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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Round Up: May Fashion & Beauty

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
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Squiggly Line Manicure
#FromWhereIStand...in this outfit! Shop it here!
The 27 year old version of this outfit...Shop it here!
There's still time to shop my Chloe + Isabel party & when you buy a statement necklace during May you get a free pair of studs!

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
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#TBT to that time I got to play dress up at Kleinfeld
Pineapple Nail Art & a White Cut Out Skirt
Outdoor Party Season is here! Check out my What to Wear to a Backyard BBQ post!
Overalls may be making a comeback, but the only time you'll catch me in them was back in 1989

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
(clockwise from top left) Coral Lipstick / Pineapple Stamped Nail Art / Bronzed / Pastel Leopard Nails

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
(l to r) Little Black Trapeze DressThe White Cut Out SkirtMy Go-To May Outfit

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
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Finally romper season! Shop my favorite floral pieces here!
My favorite Summer aztec dress from last year with new JustFab wedges
Vacation vibes! Shop this look here!
Wandering in the prettiest printed maxi! Shop similar dresses here.

May Fashion & Beauty | #LivingAfterMidnite
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Get a free limited edition tumbler with every order over $99 at The Shopping Bag!
#TBT in honor of the fact that I wore basically the same outfit this month
Squiggly Line Manicure
An old favorite! This colorful dress is perfect for Summer & twirling around aimlessly
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Another post in my What to Wear series went live this month! Don't miss What to Wear to a Backyard BBQ  & last month's What to Wear to a Bridal ShowerI'm thinking What to Wear to a Summer Wedding next? Leave me a comment telling me what you want to see!

It's the last few days to shop my  Chloe + Isabel PartyFor every $50 you spend in May you'll be entered to win a statement necklace from the new Chloe + Isabel Collection released in June! PLUS Receive a free pair of stud earrings with any purchase of a statement necklace during May!

If you couldn't tell by the volume of hilarious baby pictures I've been sharing on #throwbackthursday I went through old photo albums with my mom on Mother's Day & found the funniest pics! Stay tuned for more hilariousness.

Have you joined Rocksbox yet? I'm just getting ready to send back my second box & can't wait to see what arrives in my third! Want to try it for yourself? Get your 1st month free with code:  livingaftermidnitexoxo

Mode just launched their new website & I'm happy to announce that I'll be contributing style, beauty & decor articles regularly! Follow me to read the stories I've posted so far & let me know what you'd like to read about.

I'm doing a hardcore closet cleaning out right now & have listed a TON of items on both Bib + Tuck & Poshmark! All prices are negotiable & I'm willing to bundle items at a discount! If your shoe size is an 8 1/2 or 9 I'd pop over & take a look!

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

Sale Alert!

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is still happening, but things are selling out fast! Hurry over by the end of the month to see the items you've been eyeing are 40% off. Here are my favorites:


Lord & Taylor is offering 25% off almost all Women's Sandals & Shoes and 20% off almost all other items with code: SUN (Ends 5/31)

The Designer Sale is happening at Saks right now! Shoes, BAGS, clothes...if you've been eyeing something I would definitely check to see if it's onsale! This Alexander Wang Duffel is calling my name!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pastel Leopard Nails

Pastel Leopard Manicure
Pastel Leopard Manicure
Pastel Leopard Manicure
Pastel Leopard Manicure
I've always considered leopard a neutral, but when it comes to pastel green and blue leopard print nails I'm not sure that phrase applies anymore! While I initially wanted to do something patriotic, this cool colored manicure won the battle and dressed my nails to unofficially ring in Summer this past weekend! I swear for my next nail post I'll do something besides nail stamping, I'm just blown away at how easy it is to do, it'll be hard to go back to free hand designs & tape manicures! I'm thinking of trying a negative space manicure next time...what do you think?

Read my beginner nail stamping tips here!

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Londontown Lakur in Chuffed to Bits & Aces High c/o

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Go-To May Outfit

Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Whiskey Ginger // The Right Shoes
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
Off Shoulder Peasant Top | Casual Summer Outfit
I have mixed feelings about this month's Go-To May Outfit. First off, I loved the way it looked in the mirror when I put it on, but after looking at these photos I'm second guessing my decision. Something just looks off with the proportions + my legs look really short and when I wore this top with jean shorts in Florida last week and it looked much better...lesson learned. Secondly, while the top half of this outfit was definitely a go-to this month, the bottom was definitely not. I swear I haven't worn jeans all month, and putting them on the other day when it was 60 degrees was a struggle! I definitely don't plan on pulling them out again for a few weeks.

Now onto the best part of this outfit...these earrings! I'm so not a dangling earring girl, but I found these in the back of my jewelry drawer right before I went to Florida and I'm so glad I did. I'm going to guess I've had them since college, but they definitely haven't seen the light of day in at least 5 years.

Did you keep it casual in May like Taylor & I or did you dress it up like Tracy?

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Sunglasses / Gold Earrings (love these, these & these) / ASOS Off the Shoulder Top (in white) / Gap Jeans 
Julie Vos Cuff c/o / Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Ring via Rocksbox (Use Code: JACQUELYNBFF16 for a free month) / Forever 21 Gold Bands / similar Coral Clutch / Vince Camuto Sandals

How Maximize Your Daily Productivity with smartwater


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In July 2010 when sat down and decided to start a blog I never imagined I would be writing a post on how to juggle a full time job, blogging and normal life! While I’m not quite at the level of being able to blog full time, that doesn’t mean that blogging part time isn’t hard work. Over the years through lots of trial and error I’ve found what works for me to stay organized and keep on top of my schedule to maximize my free time and daily productivity. Here are my 5 tips on how to make the most out of your time!

How to create a blog schedule with smartwater | #LivingAfterMidnite

1. Start your morning with a to-do list. Every morning when I get to work I make a cup of coffee or tea, scroll through emails and make a to-do list of things that need to be done. It helps me to put every single thing put, whether it’s extremely important (like finish tomorrow’s blog post) or trivial (like pick up lettuce from the supermarket), because if it’s not there for me to stare at all day it’s not going to get done. Once I write it all down, I get started and keep it next to me throughout the day in case something else pops into my head and to cross things off as I finish them (because there’s nothing more gratifying than crossing something off a list).

2. Get multiple planners! I have one planner that I use solely to map out and schedule blog content. On a monthly basis I start by deciding how many posts of each category I’m going to do (fashion, makeup, nails…), then I spread them out over the weekdays so I’m not posting too much of the same content each week. On a weekly basis I create a checklist to make sure each post goes live and gets shared across of all my social media accounts. My second planner I use to schedule my social life! Pure Barre, dance class, blogger events, family obligations, everything! If I don’t write it down I’ll forget it. And most importantly I only use pencil, my schedule is constantly changing and if my planner looks like a mess, so will my head.

How to create a blog schedule with smartwater | #LivingAfterMidnite

3. Have a dedicated workspace. My desk is set up in the living room of my apartment with my desktop computer, files, magazines and any smaller items I’m currently reviewing organized in bins. I get easily distracted when I’m trying to put together blog posts so I find I can focus better when sitting at a desk with everything I need in arms reach.  But sometimes I need a break from my giant computer monitor especially after a couple hours of editing photos, so I love to escape to my bedroom with my laptop. It may not be possible for many people to have 2 computers, but having both really helps me be able to work efficiently in and out of the home.

How to create a blog schedule with smartwater | #LivingAfterMidnite

4. Stay hydrated! I have a bottle of water with me at all times, whether I’m driving, at the office, working out or typing away on my laptop. After 27 years I can finally say that I am in tune with my body and while other people may need caffeine to stay focused, I need lots of water. I easily go through about 5 or 6 large bottles a day and when I don’t I notice a huge decline in my productivity.

How to create a blog schedule with smartwater | #LivingAfterMidnite

5. Be spontaneous! Sometimes you just need to shut off the computer and pack away your planner in favor of dinner and drinks with your best friends or a night of lounging in your sweats watching TV. I find that if I don’t do this every once in a while I get a little stir crazy and I know that while I may have to stay up a little later the next night to catch up, it will absolutely be worth it!


While I can’t promise that you’ll wake up tomorrow morning with your life completely in order, you’ll be one step closer than you were before. It took me over 4 years to figure out what works best for me and I’m still learning every single day. My free time is minimal, but with these 5 tips I make the most out of what I have!


How do you maximize your time & stay organized? I’d love to know what works best for you!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Sales

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Happy Friday! I'll be unofficially kicking off Summer this weekend by relaxing at the pool, reading a few books, sipping on a few drinks & of course a little bit of shopping! I've rounded up my favorite Memorial Day Sales happening this weekend along with my favorite items from each site so you can see exactly what I'm looking to add to my Summer wardrobe (aka the items you'll probably see popping up in my outfit posts over the new few months!) If you're looking to add a few new Summer pieces to your closet too, now's the time to do it!
Happy Friday, Happy Long Weekend & Happy Shopping!

5/21-5/31: Up to 40% off Select Items.



5/21-5/25
20% off sitewide. Use code: MEMORIAL20
25% off when you buy 3 items. Use code: MEMORIAL25
30% off when you buy 4+ items. Use code: MEMORIAL30



5/21-5/25: Up to 50% off Select Items.



5/21-5/26: 20% off Sitewide. Use Code: VACAY



5/21-5/26: 20% off Sitewide. Use Code: LONGWKND


5/21-5/25
20% off your purchase of $75+
25% off your purchase of $100+
+ Free Shipping
Use Code: SUMMER



5/21-5/26: 30% off Sitewide



5/21-5/26: 50% off Sitewide for VIP Members

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*Check back throughout the weekend, I'll be updating this as more sales are announced!*

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Keep your Teeth White

How to Keep your Teeth White
One of the most common questions I get asked is “How do you keep your teeth so white?” Considering I take up close photos of myself on a daily basis and post them on the Internet for the world to see (and comment on) it’s important for me to keep my smile in tip top shape. How do I do it…well first off let me just say I love going to the dentist. I religiously go every 6 months and I would probably go more if my insurance covered it. And obviously I brush and floss twice a day (If you’re not flossing at least once a day, start now! I have terrible gums and I’ve basically reversed all the damage I did when I was younger by doing this!), but all of that just isn’t enough to protect against stains on my teeth. I love my tea, coffee and wine and I’m not prepared to give it up for a dazzling white smile! Enter Infinitely White
How to Keep your Teeth White
Let me start by saying that Infinitely White is not a teeth whitener; it’s a tooth shade protectant that will keep your pearly whites white! It will help you protect and maintain your teeth at their current shade by bonding to the surface of your teeth and creating a barrier from all that things we love to eat and drink that stain our teeth. I was definitely skeptical about putting something on my teeth before I ate because I was afraid of ingesting it, but once I read the ingredients all my fears vanished because it contains only natural, non-toxic ingredients! Mineral Oil, Microcrystaline Wax, Vitamin E, Organic Peppermint Oil and Dicalcium Pyrophosphate are the only ingredients…aka it’s allergen-free, gluten-free & vegan, + it’s not tested on animals!
How to Keep your Teeth White
All you have to do is blot your teeth dry, put a dab on your finger and rub Infinitely White across your teeth like you’re “brushing” before eating or drinking. I tried both the peppermint and flavorless options, and while the peppermint “tasted” great, I preferred the flavorless when I was using Infinitely White prior to eating. I’ve been using it for about a month and I’m pleasantly surprised how white my teeth stayed especially since they’re prone to getting stained easily from all the tea I drink!
How to Keep your Teeth White
Interested in trying Infinitely White for yourself? Good News, they're giving all of my readers 10% off + free shipping with promo code: Midnite

Let me know in the comments what you do to save your smile!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Infinitely White, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Off The Shoulder

Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | #LivingAfterMidnite
Off the Shoulder silhouette tops and dresses have been a favorite for mine since forever (aka I cut the neck out of my sweatshirts Flashdance style), but they haven't been in style for years which made it impossible to find them. Now that they're back on trend they're everywhere and I'm adding as many as I can to my closet! This striped swing dress is literally perfect, I picked it up a couple months ago during an ASOS sale and have been saving it for the weather to warm up, now that has I've warn it 3 or 4 times. On a side note please disregard the bruises on my knees, dancing is destroying them and there's only so much the blur tool can erase and I have zero idea how to photo shop. #reallife

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Sunglasses / Glamorous Striped Off The Shoulder Dress (sold out in stripe but available in solid black or white, also love this!) / Sole Society Fringe Bag c/o / Forever 21 Gold Bands / Sole Society Sandals c/o (old, love these)

Photos: Taylor Fuller

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