Thursday, April 5, 2018

Life Updates & Springspiration

PC: Kellie Rae Photography

Sweater | Jeans | Sock Booties

Hey guys! I wanted to drop in for some quick life lately's & some Springspiration for this next season! Even though I haven't been as up to date with my blog posts as I would like to, I still love staying in touch with you guys (why I originally started my blog & the ultimate reason behind it) - to give you some updates, current loves/likes, inspirations, hopes/dreams, & life hacks that may benefit you & yours currently & in the future! If you guys want more day-to-day photo roundups, my IG is basically where I post on the daily (OOTD's, what I am loving, travels, etc) - & you can find me here: (@emilybfahlsing).

With that, here's a little 1-10 of life lately's for you all!

1. Favorite Show(s):

*The Resident on Fox (seriously addicting medical drama that is actually not all a bunch of bullsh*t; lol)
*The Siren on Freeform (I just watched the Pilot & I'll give Ep. 2 a try)
*Gossip Girl & Scandal on constant repeat until I make it through (2nd time around with GG becuz, GG)

2. Last Trip I Took:

I just got home from Fort Lauderdale, FL! I seriously loved my time spent here and would definitely recommend this area for beaching & good eats. I posted a ton of pics on my IG feed & highlighted a bunch of my travels under my "Story" highlights in the "travel" section, but some of my favorite local spots included:

Sweet Nectar: Ahmmazzing food & even better cocktails! My sister & I shared the "Sweet Nectar Pitcher" & it was beyond delicious.

Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall: This mall was every shoppers dream. Seriously all the best stores at outlet prices! A little overwhelming how many great deals. Not to mention it was pretty much completely outdoors! Which is definitely my vibe.

Greek Islands Taverna: This place was JAM packed & had a line out the door. Bomb greek food & a super nice ambience. Service was amazing & such a great atmosphere!

The Sandbar Grille at Suntower: This place was the perfect little beachside restaurant! Cabana vibes, with the best fish tacos I think I have actually ever had. Sooooo good.

3. Spring Playlist:

4. Summer Bod Workout Regimen:

I have been struggling between wanting to just go to Yoga Sculpt (because it is definitely my favorite workout) & mixing in cardio. I feel like cardio always makes me feel better endurance wise - but Sculpt/Yoga really helps with my strength & lifting capabilities, plus it is my ultimate destress-er & endorphin booster. Lately my week in workouts (when my work schedule allows) looks like:

M: Yoga Sculpt
Tu: 30 min LISS Cardio (treadmill or run outside)
W: HIIT Yoga (20 min Yoga warm up, 20 min HIIT, 20 min Yoga cool down)
Th: Yoga Sculpt or LISS or HIIT
Fri: 45 min on Treadmill (I warm up for 10 at a low speed, do interval training for 25, and then cool down for 10 at low speed - all while binging Scandal or GG, Duh)
Sat: Yoga Sculpt
Sun: Rest

From my IG, you guys can see that I attend all of my Yoga/HIIT classes at Evolve Duluth - & I am absolutely obsessed! I adore the community & think Jess (main trainer) & all the instructors are such rockstars. First class is $6 Duluthians! Thank me later! :)

5. Quotes I'm Living By:

"You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be."

"Expect nothing. Appreciate everything."

"The phrase do not be afraid is written in the bible 365 times. Thats a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless."

"Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love."

6. This Month:

Focusing on staying positive! I get into lulls at times especially when the weather is fairly dreary. Snow in April - come on Duluth! I have really horrible SAD (seasonal affective disorder), & although January/February are usually my worst months, I struggle when the cold/shitty weather prolongs into Spring. Healthy eats, good workouts, approaching my workplace with a good attitude, being kind to others, extending lots of love - all things I want to expel my energy towards this month!

Otherwise - I am heading to Chicago at the end of the month for a girls trip with my Momma & sisters! My middle sister Sophie lives in Chicago & goes to school there, so my Mom & I are headed into town with my youngest sister, & we will spend the weekend shopping, eating, & enjoying some much needed girl time! I am excited!

7. Brand Spotlight:

I shared on my Instagram Story today how OBSESSED I am with For Love & Lemons Spring Lookbook. I am actually dying over this whole line right now! I love how dreamy & ethereal all of their pieces are for Spring/Summer. The mix of lace, cascading ruffles, & easy prints are exactly what I am loving for my closet. I've linked some of my fave pieces below!

8. Eating Lots Of:

Oui Yogurts, Chickpea Pasta, & Avocado Toast.
I am so in love with these Oui Yogurts for breakfast! My fave flavors are Coconut, Mango, & Vanilla. They seriously taste like a little slice of heaven. I have been making a variation of Banza Chickpea Pasta (100% made of chickpeas - I found at Target) about once a week, with red sauce & either ground turkey or chicken breast & it is SO good & flavorful. Otherwise I have been having a lot of avocado toast for lunches & they are so filling & delicious! I usually just use the Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins (100 calories per serving) with avocado on top, a drizzle of olive oil, & a few pieces of goat cheese/red pepper flakes/salt & pepper on top.

9. Favorite Recent Purchase:

My merino wool blanket in "blush" from Sarah Lou Co. Even though Summer is quickly approaching, I am ALWAYS cold, & this blanket is the coziest, softest blanket ever! Not to mention it is OH so pretty & such high quality. I linked it for you guys {here}.

10. Currently Reading:

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I meant to dive into this last Summer & got caught up in some other reads. I am excited for this one though! I love a good thriller, & it is based in Minnesota!

& lastly, I put together a little "Springspiration" Shop with some of my current favorites below!

Have a good weekend lovelies! I love you all a latte. <3 Xx. E.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Top 10 Pieces & Products of 2017

Okay! I know it is February, & this post is about 1 month & 22 days overdue; but better late than never I think! Hopefully everyone's 2018 is off to a great start, I know that my blog posts have become few & far between - I usually keep more up to date with daily to do's, recipes, lifestyle, outfits, etc. on my Instagram (@emilybfahlsing) & my IG stories/snapchats, but blog posts will still come from time to time! I more or less enjoy just checking in with you guys & saying Hi on the blog, answering some questions & hopefully providing some answers, & just utilizing the creative aspect of my mind away from the throes of everyday life!

I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite pieces & products from 2017 with you guys because most of these things I utilize on a daily basis &/or I seriously can't get enough of - & I think it will be the same for you, too!

1. Chenille Sweater

As pictured; this cowl neck Chenille sweater I picked up from Express in December has been my go-to live in sweater for pretty much any occasion. It is SO comfortable, literally like lounging in a cloud - & goes with just about anything! The material is kind of velvety/plush, but lighter. The one I got is linked {here} & below, & is currently ON SALE for less than $50! I am wearing a size XS for reference.

2. JCrew Slippers

I literally live in these. I can not stress enough how amazing these slippers are! I wear them all day everyday around the house. I probably am already due for another pair (I got them in November), because I have already worn them in so much. They are so comfortable & so easy to slip on & off! I have them featured on my IG {here} & {here}. I have linked them below at JCrew Factory (under $30), & at JCrew ON SALE for under $50! These sell out every season, but usually end up getting restocked!

3. Sorel Wedges

My go to outdoor wedge (also pictured in these specific blog post photos)! I slip these on to go just about anywhere, whether it to be to run errands, go to yoga, or to go out to dinner. They are so versatile because they can be dressed up or down, & they are SUPER comfortable! You for real don't feel like you are wearing a wedge. For us petites, these are kind of a must because they add a good amount of height & just the right amount of flare! Even if I don't look put together, these kind of make me look put together. Know what I mean? They are durable in the winter conditions, & waterproof! I linked them below along with some of my other Sorel wedge faves. These are the "Lea" wedge for reference.

4. Glam Glow "Volcasmic" Moisturizer

I have been using this every night before bed as my night cream if-you-will, & I absolutely love it! It is so creamy & nourishing, my face feels immediately smoothed & hydrated! I love the smell too, it smells like an orange dreamsicle. I switch up my skin routine from time to time but I get a lot of questions as to what I utilize & this has been working well for my fine lines & the dry weather! I linked it below; along with a Glam Glow Volcasmic kit I just might have to try next!

5. Bath & Body Works 3 Wick Candles

I have a slight obsession with 3 wick candles. I usually have at least one burning while I am home at all times, & Bath & Body Works candles have seemed to last & burn the longest! Also they have the biggest variety of scents (& they all smell AMAZING). Bath & Body isn't directly affiliated with so I couldn't link through them below, but I did link the same candles through 3rd party websites. Otherwise, you can find any of my favorite scents (shown below) at any Bath & Body store! I always take advantage of their sales every season because these candles can cost a pretty penny. So worth it though!

6. IT Cosmetics CC Cream/Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer

The dream duo for complexion & coverage! (at least from what I have found)! For my daily makeup routine, I always use IT Cosmetics CC cream to even out my complexion & then Tarte's Shape Tape concealer to conceal my undereyes/highlight my T zone. The CC cream gives me just enough coverage without heavy/thick application, & Tarte's concealer is definitely my favorite concealer to date! I have linked both below. For shades, I use the shade "light" in IT Cosmetic's CC, & "fair beige" in Tarte's shape tape.

7. Chloe Rose "Work It Girl" Swimsuit

I guess technically this could be deemed a 2018 purchase, but I have been eyeing it for quite some time! I saw this swimmy online in various places & I fell in LOVE with it. For my birthday I took the plunge & splurged (treat YAself) because I rarely fall in love with swimsuits. It is everything & more! It has fairly cheeky coverage (in boobs & butt area) but flatters you in the best places. Seriously, it will be so cute paired with high waisted shorts & wedges, & I can't wait to wear next month in Florida (stay tuned for features)! It is currently sold out (you can try & search it on google & you may find your size on various websites); otherwise Revolve just released their pre-order schedule & they say some shipments will start March 25th for all sizes! I linked below! I ordered an XS for reference & it fits cheeky but well.

8. Jogger Sweats

Pretty much jogger anything I am down with. For males & females! I particularly love the sweatpant variations, but I think jogger pants in general are super cute & can easily be dressed up or down. I'll wear mine out to a casual dinner with wedges & then I will wear them to bed that same night. Problem? I think not. More like a solution! I linked my favorite ones from Express {here} (also featured on my IG (here)) - & I also linked them along with some other favorites below!

9. Adidas NMDs

I actually bought these to wear for work, because I needed a new pair of work tennis shoes; & because I am on my feet 13 hours a day (nurse life calls for long hours) I needed something durable that would be both comfortable & cute! I absolutely love my NMDs & I am so happy with my purchase! They are sweat/water wicking & easy to wash. Plus the boost makes them comfy & easy on my back. Not to mention they are PINK & come in a variety of colors! I linked my exact pair below - otherwise you can pretty much search on google any style & a variation will pop up! You can also see them on my IG {here}.

10. Marc Fisher Wedges

I think these were actually voted the most loved wedge of 2017! These have sold out pretty much every season & I completely understand why. They actually go with everything, & the combination of the ankle strap & suede makes them really easy to wear. I have them in the chestnut brown color in style "Adalyn" (linked below) & shown on my IG {here} & {here}; but they now come in a variety of different colors & styles! They are perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer months!

There we have it! A compilation of my favorite pieces & products of 2017. As you can see, I am kind of a shoe fanatic. Shoes have always & will forever dominate my closet! If you guys have any questions feel free to email &/or DM me (link in "Contact" section); I love to hear from you all! These months are flying by so quickly lately, I have been really trying to stop & think about each day & to live for every moment - no matter the challenges. I just wanted to give a shout out to all of you to say how thankful I am for you all! So THANK YOU! For every or any impact you have had on my life. For reading &/or just glancing at my blog. I love you all.

XX. E.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday "Glow" Makeup Look

Happy holidays everyone! I can't believe it is already almost Christmas. Although I feel like I have been in the spirit for over a month now - decorating the whole house from top to bottom in holiday decor, turning the tree on every night, watching Hallmark movies literally all day; everyday, wrapping gifts, decking myself out in red, you get the picture. I love this time of year! Everyone seems so warm & happy when they are out, even when it is completely hectic. Plus, we have snow up here! Which isn't surprising, but it is definitely going to be a white Christmas in MN.

This last weekend we took some last minute Christmas card photos, & I decided to go for a very natural, basic holiday look that would stand out in photos but not be too "glam." I don't usually wear a lot of makeup, so instead of loading on the dark eyes to make a statement I decided to go with more highlight. I wanted to create a "glowy" look to pair well with all of the red, gold, silver, & glitz of the usual holiday wear! I asked you guys on my Instagram story (@emilybfahlsing) if you wanted a kind of step-by-step tutorial to this look, & you guys overwhelmingly said yes! So here we have it. A little tutorial without the video for how you can create this holiday "glow" look at home. PS! I want you guys to know that none of these makeup products are part of a collaboration. These are all my tried & true products that I have used for a long time, & love!

I always start with a clean and moisturized face. I then prime my face with Benefit's The POREfessional primer. This primer has always made my face feel super soft & gives me a good amount of coverage without having to use a lot of product. I follow the primer with my absolute favorite foundation (cc cream if you will) from IT Cosmetics in the shade "Light." This foundation is light enough that it doesn't feel caked, makes my face feel extra moisturized, but also conceals a lot of redness/fine lines. I love it for everyday use! I usually just apply this with my fingers all over my face & blend.

I then apply concealer with a beauty blender underneath my eyes, between my eyebrows, & to the bridge of my noise. I use Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer in the shade "Fair Beige." I will never switch my concealer again after finding this product. I have horrible under-eye circles & this concealer really helps to brighten my eyes without accentuating my fine lines. I like to get a shade lighter than my skin in concealer because I want it to also serve as a highlight (why I apply it to the bridge of my noise & between my brows). I seal in my foundation & concealer with my tried & true matte powder from Rimmel in the shade "Translucent." I try to focus on my under-eyes when applying the powder so that I can again, create a more highlighted look for my dark circles.

For this look, I then applied bronzer to my cheekbones, forehead, & to the bridge of my nose. I didn't do a dramatic contour, more or less just used a basic blush brush to apply the bronzer to these areas. I use the Anastasia Powder "Light to Medium" Contour Palette for my bronzer & I kind of just mix all the shades together. I then applied a small amount of blush to my cheekbones in the shade "Orgasm" from NAR's. This shade of blush has pinky-peach undertones with gold flecks so it provides a good highlight base. I wanted even more highlight for this look specifically, (to reflect all the glow of the holidays) so I then applied highlighter to the very top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, & right above my lip with the pinky highlighter shade from Carli Bybel's Highlighter Palette. I adore this palette for highlight, I also love her eyeshadow selection! Perfect for everyday use (I love golds/pinks/browns). Any gold/pinky light highlighter would work for this look though!

For my eyes, I took the pinky tinted highlight from the Carli Bybel Palette & applied it to my brow bone. I then applied the light gold shadow from the palette to my lid. I took a white eyeliner pencil (any white liner from the drugstore will do) - & I applied it to my lower waterline. I made sure this was nice & pigmented, & then I took the gold shadow that I put on my lid & applied it over the white liner line with my finger & blended this in. I took my usual mascara, (I have used Loreal's Telescopic Carbon Black since high school, & I haven't found any mascara I like more) & applied it to my upper & lower lashes. I don't have to do much with my brows anymore - since I got them micro-bladed (see my post on my micro-blading experience here) but I do fill them in a little with Sonia Kashuk's brow pencil in "Taupe."

A bold lip really completes this look. Red was my color of choice (because Christmas, duh) ;) & I used Maybelline's Red lipstick in shade "Ruby Star."

& there we have it! My "glow" makeup look step by step for the holidays! You guys should trial this weekend. You really can use any similar products that have the same pigments (or just take the products you have to work with if they are similar to mine & go in the same order); otherwise I have linked all of the products I use throughout the tutorial above & directly below.

& My Outfit:

Bonus! I attached some last minute gifts under $50 below (great stocking stuffers) for those in a bind to get their Christmas shopping done. All of these are guaranteed delivery before Christmas Eve! So get shopping!

Hope everyone has an amazing Christmas with their loved ones. I really do love this time of year.

Lots of love! Xx. E.