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Friday, September 30, 2016

Round Up: September 2016

September Vacation Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
(l to r) The Summer of the Scarf | Summer Travel Style in Kentucky
The Paisley Swing DressCoffee & Colorful Walls

September Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
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The most delicious coffee from Third Street Stuff in Lexington, Kentucky!
Black on black at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville! Shop my look here!
You can't do a Pedal Tavern adventure without a hilarious shirt! Shop mine here!
Couldn't leave Nashville without a stop at the "I Believe in Nashville" sign! Shop my outfit here!

September Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
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Froze all day!! Finally got to try the infamous froze at the Maybelline Lounge during NYFW! Shop my outfit here!
Celebrating National Coffee Day with a fun outfit & a few hilarious coffee tshirts! Shop them here!
Want to know how I edited this and all of my photos? Check out my post here & shop this outfit here!
The perfect Summer to Fall transitional maxi at my favorite place ever, The Sagamore in Lake George! Shop similar pieces here!

Makeup Inspiration
(l to r)
Metallic Double Wing Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
Fall Lips & Leather Weather! Shop my jacket & matte lipstick here!

September Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
(l to r) Dark Florals at Lake George | From Work to #NYFW with Lafayette 148
The Perfect Wedding Guest Dress | Off the Shoulder at #NYFW

Nail Art Inspiration on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
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Rachel Antonoff NYFW Fall 2016 Inspired Mani
This Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask that Popsugar sent me in their September Must Have Box is the cure all for my dry hair! My hair goes through some weird phases during the change of seasons and this mask has kept it so soft and hydrated! Shop it here! Use Code: SHOP5 for $5 off your first box! #MustHaveBox
Pink Fishnet Nail Art

September Living After Midnite Instagram Posts
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Nudes for Days!! These bareMinerals shades are amazing! Shop them here!
Lake George at sunset from The Sagamore
Donut Goodness from North Lime Coffee & Donuts in Lexington, KY
Don't miss my Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup!

September NYFW Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
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This off the shoulder dress is only $25 & you need it! Shop the whole look here!
Bell sleeved maxis for Summer & Fall! Shop similar dresses & my accessories here!
Black, white & red all over with Lafayette 148 during NYFW! Shop my look here!

September Fashion on Living After Midnite by Jackie Giardina
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Feeling patriotic in red, white & blue! Shop this look here!
The most perfect dress for Alex's big Southern wedding! Shop my dress & clutch here!
Casual summer style in front of the most photogenic house in Kentucky! Shop my look here!
Throwing it back to one of my favorite NYFW outfits from last September.

NYFW Fashion Week Runway Looks
Another season of NYFW is under my belt and the looks that I saw sent down the runway might have been my favorite ever!! Flowing fabrics, boho style and lots of unexpected accessories ruled the runway! Here are my favorites from the shows I got to attend!
(clockwise from top left) Noon by Noor | Tadashi Shoji | Erin Fetherston | Erin Fetherston
Check out my Fashion Week Pinterest Board where I've been pinning all my favorite runway looks, street style and more from Fashion Month!
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I'm debunking the myths about airbrush makeup this month on the blog! So many people think that airbrush makeup is super hard to apply and that it should only be worn for special occasions. This couldn't be further from the truth! Head over to my Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup for 7 tips for getting the best airbrush results and for a 20% off discount code on your own system.

Are you a Lightroom newbie like I am? I'm sharing the secrets to how I edit my blog photos in just minutes with Dreamy Presets!

One month til my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN!!! Megan and I are shooting our hilarious Halloween costumes this weekend (so make sure to follow me on Snapchat for a sneak peek), but while you're waiting for the finished product check out last year's 3 Halloween Costumes for You & Your Bestie and my Happy Halloween Pinterest Board!

Spa Week is coming up (October 17-23) and tons of spas in your area are participating by offering you $50 treatments that will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired! Find a spa near you here! Since that's my birthday week you better believe I'll be taking advantage of the sale and treating myself to a facial and massage!

I got a new camera!! While we exploring Kentucky, carrying around my huge DSLR became a huge hassle and I was SO jealous of Jen's tiny DSLR quality mirrorless camera. I've been traveling a lot lately and I have a few more trips lined up, so while this camera was an investment, it was definitely worth it! I brought it to Nashville this past weekend and it was amazing! It fit in all my small crossbody bags and no one had trouble using it to take a quick photo for me! I ended up going with a Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera with a 35mm 1.8 Prime lens, and while I haven't mastered it yet, I'd be happy to help if anyone has any questions about it! I'll still be using my DSLR to take a majority of my outfit photos and all of my nail and makeup photos, but this new camera will be coming with me while I travel!

Looking for more inspiration. Check out my September 2015 Fashion & Beauty Round Up!

August Favorites...


Currently Coveting...


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Coffee & Colorful Walls

Black Midi Dress Colorful Wall Iced Coffee Summer Style Living After Midnite Fashion Jackie Giardina

Happy National Coffee Day!!!! Aside from National Margarita Day & National Taco Day (which is next week by the way), this one is probably my favorite (or at least in the top 5 of these ridiculous national holidays!) When I was creating my blog editorial calendar for the month and noticed that that coffee day was coming up I decided to hold off posting these cool photos from my trip to Lexington to celebrate!

This awesome multi-colored wall is at Third Street Stuff & Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky and that giant iced coffee I'm drinking has both coconut and almond syrup in it. Usually I drink my coffee with just a little bit of almond milk, but when I saw all the different options I knew I had to try them...surprise, surprise...it was beyond delicious! We loved it so much there that we went there two days in a row!

These perfectly painted pastel houses are at Gratz Park just a few blocks away from Third Street Coffee (you can also see them here), so if you ever find yourself in Lexington, Kentucky I suggest stopping at both of these places! Check back next week when my Travel Diary will be up!

Wayfarer Sunglasses | similar Dream Catcher Necklace | Gap Denim Jacket | similar Who What Wear for Target Black Midi Dress | similar Blue Clutch | similar Indigo Rd. Black & White Lace Up Sandals c/o Macy's Backstage
Black Midi Dress Gratz Park Lexington Kentucky Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Black Midi Dress Colorful Wall Iced Coffee Summer Style Living After Midnite Fashion Jackie Giardina
Black White Lace Up  Tassel Sandals
Black Midi Dress Gratz Park Lexington Kentucky Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Black Midi Dress Colorful Wall Iced Coffee Summer Style Living After Midnite Fashion Jackie Giardina

Since I'm all about the funny shirts (check out the hilarious one I wore last weekend) I thought I would round up my favorite coffee tees for National Coffee Day!

Black Midi Dress Gratz Park Lexington Kentucky Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Black Midi Dress Colorful Wall Iced Coffee Summer Style Living After Midnite Fashion Jackie Giardina
Wayfarer Sunglasses | similar Dream Catcher Necklace | Gap Denim Jacketsimilar Who What Wear for Target Black Midi Dress | similar Blue Clutchsimilar Indigo Rd. Black & White Lace Up Sandals c/o Macy's Backstage

Photos: Jen Dang

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So excited that my Off the Shoulder look from last week was chosen to be featured among all these other amazing ladies! Make sure to check out their posts from last week!

Links à la Mode, September 22nd
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dark Florals at Lake George

Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina

It may be the first day of Fall, but it's still hot AF out and I'm just not going to sweat my ass off wearing Fall stuff to take photos because there are just too many great items in my closet that can easily transition from late Summer to early Fall! Case in point this dark navy floral maxi is perfect to wear now with sandals and later with a leather jacket and knee high boots! I packed it for Labor Day Weekend getaway to Lake George and it was the perfect outfit to unofficially kiss Summer goodbye in! 

Lulu's Navy Floral Maxi Dress | similar Burnished Gold Bracelet | similar Stone Ring | Galian Cognac Crossbody Bag c/o (similar) | Target Brown Lace Up Sandals (ONSALE)
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina

Sadly this navy floral dress seems to be out of stock at the moment (you can sign up to get notified when it becomes available again though), so I rounded up my favorite floral maxis that are perfect for Summer & Fall!

Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina

If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (my brother and I's carpool karaoke session on the ride up was probably the highlight) then you know I spent Labor Day Weekend with my family at The Sagamore in Lake George! I've been there about five times over the past few years and it's literally one of my favorite places I've ever been. If you ever find yourself in the New York Adirondack Region I highly suggest visiting, the lake itself is beyond beautiful and the resort is as perfect as you can get! I'm dying to head back up during the Fall because not only is it the perfect Summer vacation destination, it's also perfect for Fall weekend getaway to see the leaves change!

Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Dark Navy Floral Maxi Dress Brown Lace Up Sandals Late Summer Outfit Lake George New York Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lulu's Navy Floral Maxi Dress | similar Burnished Gold Bracelet | similar Stone RingGalian Cognac Crossbody Bag c/o (similar) | Target Brown Lace Up Sandals (ONSALE)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup

A Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air on Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina Beauty Blogger

I know what you're thinking...airbrush makeup is something you only get for weddings and special occasions and when you do its done by a professional! Well I'm here to tell you that's definitely NOT the case and that you can easily ((and quickly)) apply airbrush makeup at home any ((and every)) day of the week just like you would apply any other makeup! While it may seem intimidating at first I promise you'll be a pro in no time!

When Luminess Air sent over their Legend Airbrush System and Starter Kit I was initially thinking of doing an airbrush makeup tutorial, but instead I figured a beginner's guide to airbrush makeup would be much more beneficial considering most of you probably have never used an airbrush machine before! No matter what your skin type is, what skin imperfections you have or how much makeup you typically wear, airbrush makeup is suitable for you, but first you'll definitely want to read these tips!

So here they are my 7 tips for getting the best airbrush makeup results!

1. Tie your hair out of your face. This may seem fairly obvious, but it was still something that needed to be mentioned. While the chances of you actually spraying makeup on your hair is slim, you still don't want that stray hair to distract you and before you know it you've got way too much makeup in one spot!

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

2. Get used to the pressure. Before adding any makeup to the cup, turn on the machine and get used to how much pressure you should apply to the spray throttle. Airbrush makeup should be applied lightly so getting used to the pressure before starting is crucial for flawless application.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

3. Always shake each bottle before you use. Liquid makeup can separate so it's super important to shake up each bottle right before dropping your makeup into the stylus.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

4. Match foundation before use. Before applying airbrush foundation it's important to match it to you skin just like you would with any other foundation. I suggest applying a few shades on your cheek with your finger to see which one matches best in natural light. Pick the closest one and even if its not an exact match since airbrush makeup blends better than a traditional foundation a slight variation will disappear once applied.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

5. Keep airbrush stylus 6-8 inches away from face and don't stop moving it. This is super important because results will look blotchy and spotty if you don't follow these instructions. I suggest moving your hand in a circular motion for the most seamless application. Lack of hand movement will result in way too heavy application and flawless airbrush makeup is achieved by light coats.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

6. Make sure each layer is dry before adding another. If one layer of foundation (or blush, bronzer, etc...) isn't enough it's fine to add another layer to achieve the perfect look, but DON'T apply it right away. Make sure the previous layer is completely dry before adding another one.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

7. Remember... it's just makeup and it washes off. If it doesn't come out great the first time. Try again!

Beginner's Guide to Airbrush Makeup with Luminess Air Airbrush System Living After Midnite Beauty Blogger Jackie Giardina

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Off the Shoulder at #NYFW


This is probably the fourth consecutive NYFW that off the shoulder pieces ruled the runway. This trend is not going away anytime soon and I'm not mad about it! It was HOT during fashion week (and is still hot now) so while I'm all for introducing Fall items into my wardrobe I'm all for keeping my Summer favorites around a little bit longer. This DVF inspired off the shoulder dress is definitely a Summer favorite, and this new deep red GiGi New York cross body is definitely something I'll be wearing all Fall.

DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
DVF Inspired Off Shoulder Dotted White Dress GiGi New York Monogrammed Red Crossbody Bag Studded Sandals NYFW Outfit Summer Style Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Karen Walker Starburst Sunglasses | Make Me Chic Off the Shoulder High Low Dress | GiGi New York Crimson Madison Bag c/o | similar Stone Ring | similar Nude Studded Sandals





Photos: Tracy Davis

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Friday, September 16, 2016

From Work to #NYFW with Lafayette 148

Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina

NYFW may be over, but I have so many fun posts to share with you about my crazy, jam-packed week. I'm kicking this season's NYFW coverage off with this AMAZING outfit from Lafayette 148 New York! In case you didn't know I work full time and juggling shows and events during fashion week with my 9-4 job can prove to be difficult, but so worth it! Most days I was going straight from work to the madness so when Lafayette 148 invited me to their showroom to pick out an outfit for their NYFW Cocktail Party I jumped at the chance to pick out an outfit that perfectly transitioned from the office to cocktails with the most stylish ladies! 

I thought I would pick out dress to wear to the event, but once I saw these belted culottes I knew I had to have them! I'm a curvy girl and finding pants that fit me is a struggle, but these are hands down the best fitting pants I own (and probably ever will own)! I paired the pants with a cuff and white blouse from Lafayette, then finished off my look with fun accessories from my own closet! Somehow my last look of NYFW that I put together last minute ending up being my favorite!

Karen Walker Starburst Sunglasses | Gold Collar Necklace | Lafayette 148 New York Cece Silk Blouse c/o | Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes c/o | Lafayette 148 New York Infinity Cuff c/o | similar Galian Handbag c/o | similar Vintage Scarf | similar Red Fringe Sandals
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes | White Silk Blouse | Red Fringe Sandals | Office Fashion | Soho Fashion New York Fashion Week NYFW Living After Midnite Jackie Giardina
Karen Walker Starburst Sunglasses | Gold Collar Necklace | Lafayette 148 New York Cece Silk Blouse c/o | Lafayette 148 New York Eldridge Culottes c/o | Lafayette 148 New York Infinity Cuff c/o | similar Galian Handbag c/o | similar Vintage Scarf | similar Red Fringe Sandals

Photos: Tracy Davis

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