Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!



Hope all of you have a good day full of spook and scare, and a fun night if you go out!
xoxo,
A+C

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

One Piece, Three Ways: The Leather Pants

Leather pants are pretty bold for fall. They are super trendy, but somehow classic at the same time.  Here are some maybe not so out there ways to rock these pants.


Look #1: Fair Isle Sweaters are staples for winter. So are some luxe suede boots. Throw in a third texture with some leather. Fun and festive.
Look #3: The peplum top is fun and flattering with some straight leather pants. Throw on a statement necklace and black pumps, and you've got a great look to go out in.
Look #3: The sweater and bow flats. The look of the pants is instantly softened with a cozy sweater and the fun bow flats.

Can you rock this look? Will you dare?!
xoxo,
A+C

Monday, October 29, 2012

MYMM: Politics

Religion and Politics: Two things we aren't supposed to talk about, but somehow are always talked about, especially now. Avoid being rude and obnoxious like others have been recently!

1. Don't ever tell anyone what they believe is wrong. There is no right or wrong way, it's what you believe. That's honestly one of the rudest comments anyone could make!
2. Take a chill pill on Twitter. Unless your twitter account is politically based always, there is no need to tweet 20 times per presidential debate, it's a good way to get unfollowed.
3. If you say something about your personal beliefs, be ready to back it up. That's all part of being an educated and well read young person. Don't say you like Romney/Obama/Any other candidate without being able to say why. People will ask.
4. Avoid pushing your beliefs hard on anyone, especially in class. It's a good way to drive everyone crazy. State your beliefs, but respect others' beliefs.
5. Please, don't let others do these things back to you!

Keep going, just a little bit longer and the election will be over!
xoxo,
A+C

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Live From New York...It''s Saturday Night!

All political beliefs aside, this time is stressful. We could all use some humor during the time of political commercials and debates on debates on debates. The SNL skits always crack me up.


Paul Ryan and Joe Biden


Have you seen any of these? Do they make you laugh? Let us know!
A+C


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Car Supplies For Winter

Now that it is finally cooling down, I thought I would be a little bit of a mom and make a quick list of things you should keep in your car for the upcoming winter! For those of us that live in cold weather, it's so important to be ready!
1. Snow/Ice Scraper: Especially if you park outside!
2. Blanket: When you're freezing or a random football game.
3. Salt: To melt ice off your car (probably special ice melt that doesn't damage paint.)
4. Lotion: Hello dry skin.
5+6+7 Inexpensive Hat/Gloves/Scarf:Pick these up from Old Navy or Target and just have them in case you get stuck waiting somewhere.
8. Old Sweatshirt: It's post party and you're freezing in your LBD. Toss one on to drive home.

What do you keep in the car during winter?
xoxo,
A+C

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Tortoise and the Hare

I am a sucker for anything and everything tortoise shell. All of my glasses and most of my sunglasses have been tortoise shell since about 4th grade. It's so classic. It can swing brown or black, I love it.



Jimmy Choo / Michael Kors watch, $320 / Tory Burch thin bracelet / MICHAEL Michael Kors tortoise shell hoop earrings / Pendant jewelry / Principles by Ben de Lisi bracelets jewelry, $10 / The Row sunglasses / American Apparel plastic eyeglass / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew

Are you a fan? Let us know!
A+C


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Best of: Makeup Gift Sets

Holiday makeup gift sets are so great. We have 5 favorites from Sephora that we had to share! (we would love to receive, err give these!) All from Sephora! (non sponsored)

Too Faced Perfect Collection: Great for some luminosity!

Benefit: Upgrade to Gorgeous: Full sized high beam and and sugar bomb powder, what more could we ask for?

Nars Forever Yours: Who doesn't love a basic set?

Fresh Sugar Cheer Set: Darling cosmetic bag and great products!

Urban Decay: Ocho Loco Set: need I say more? 8 Eyeliners for under $60?!

Will you buy any holiday makeup sets? Let us know!
xoxo,
A+C






Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: Tarte Lip Surgence Collection

If you're anything like me, makeup is always something fun to try out. Especially lip products. I've never tried a lip stain, but I think I am now addicted. (this is NOT a sponsored post or review.) I picked up this Tarte 5 Piece Lip Surgence Collector's Set a few weekends ago, and I've now tried every shade. I love it. at $34, it's such a steal. One of these goes for $24 alone, which is way too pricy, considering the Revlon options that are supposed to be wonderful. Here is my review on each shade.

Escape: Pretty sheer but shimmery, lasted a fairly long time. My least favorite.
Enchanted: My favorite. So great, lasted me over 5 hours, and fading appeared to be even.
Exposed: A great nude, easy to layer. A good basic.
Sweet: Fun and well, sweet. Lasted about 5 hours and is pretty sheer.
Elite: Another one of my favorites. So fun and bright, again lasted 6 hours.

This is a good steal, if you think you might be interested in at least two of these, you're saving 
$12 by purchasing this set. Overall, so happy with these! Also, I must say they are moisturizing, but I don't know about 6000% because I don't even know what that would feel like.

Have or will you try this? Let us know!
xoxo,
A+C

Monday, October 22, 2012

Brooches Under $50

Brooches-a fun and inexpensive way to add some bling to a simple look. Here are our favorites under $50!

Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry / Tasha crystal jewelry / Stella & Dot chain jewelry / Tasha crystal jewelry / Carolee jewelry / Pearl brooch / Forever 21 rhinestone jewelry / Forever 21 rhinestone jewelry

I think I might have to pick one up this weekend. Someday, I hope to get some of my grandmother's gorgeous ones, but for now, I think I'll buy an inexpensive one to pin on the lapel of my blazers! I personally love this bumble bee brooch! Do you rock these? 
xoxo,
A+C

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How To: Be Adored By College Reps

It's crucial for every high school student, either now or in the future. College admission reps meet hundreds of prospective students every year. Here is how to make yourself stand out!

1. Talk to them in person every chance you get. Juniors and Seniors especially: if that college rep to your dream school visits your school, you better be there. It's bad policy to show up as a senior and be highly interested in a college: already visited, applied, etc. But if the rep doesn't know your name, what good is it?
2. Ask them questions. Ask them how they like your city and what they loved about college. Seriously, they love it because it shows genuine interest.
3. Follow up every visit/conversation with a note. Our guideline for notes: email for a brief meeting, note for an official interview/visit/presentation. You want them to remember you right away, before they meet more students! Email is much more effective for a casual hello at a college fair than for an interview, in which a handwritten thank you note is imperative.
4. Be genuine. Don't say cliche things. Ask genuine questions that ARE NOT ON THE WEBSITE. Seriously, if you ask how big the college is, you come off uninformed.
5. Smile, give a good handshake. Smile when you meet them. It's nice to meet you Ms. Smith! or, How is life going to Wesleyan, Mr. Daniels? Shake hands when you start and end the conversation. It's crazy how many teenagers don't do this.
6. Act excited about the college. An admission rep (who I became close with) told me that all reps would love me if I acted so sincerely interested and excited about the college. I think it's true, it helps.
7. Look neat. College fairs or presentations are not the time to look like a mess. Put on some cords and a sweater, and you will stand out as the girl who cared about her appearance and isn't wearing her lulus and a sweatshirt.

Be your lovely selves!
xoxo,
A+C

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Exfoliate!

It's finally cooling off-the air is getting drier and drier as the days pass. It's so important to exfoliate your skin at this point of the season! Here is my favorite basically FREE exfoliator! 


Drum roll...SUGAR!

A family friend has the best skin ever and she's been doing this since she was a teenager, so my mom and I decided to give it a try, and we are addicted. It's free and easy, it's pretty natural and has no fragrance.
But, we do not recommend the use of this on your face.
Try it out and let us know! I use it once-twice a week!

xoxo,
A+C

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Look For Less: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo looks so great-here is our look for less version!

H&M merino sweater, $33 / Long sleeve tee / Vero Moda fitted blazer, $42 / J.Crew tall jeans / Tasha clover jewelry

Grand Total:$ approx. $140!!

Do you love this look? Let us know!
A+C

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Splurge or Steal

Last weekend, a friend of mine was sporting this AE boots, and I could not believe it! They look so good and so high quality. While $80 isn't a "total steal", we think it's a good price for riding boots!

Love these or leave these?
A+C


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Brush Up

Ah, makeup brushes. I received a request to post the makeup brushes I actually use and which ones I use for what product. I am going to flat out say that I use the absolute bare minimum in brushes. I probably should have more than I actually have. My mom only uses Bobbi Brown brushes, and she bought me several when I first started to wear makeup. I still use all of them to this day and I have added more to my collection! All brushes and photos are found on Bobbi Brown's website under the brush section here.

EYES:
Eye Shadow Brush-Use for basically all eye shadows.

Eye Liner-Used to apply cake liner. (also for gel, but I don't use gel.)

Cream Shadow-for applying cream shadows.

Angle Eye Liner-Used for applying all over/crease.

FACE:
Face Blender-Used to blend out face products, and to apply my shimmer brick.

Bronzer-used for bronzer.
Blush-used for applying blush.

Others that I don't own but many people would use:
-Foundation
-Concealer

I love my Bobbi brushes, but they are expensive. Let us know if you have other brands that maybe are less expensive that you still love!
xoxo,
A+C



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Chai Tea Latte

Yum. I love Chai Tea Lattes! Here is an at home DIY version from Taste of Home (recipe and photo from same link)




Ingredients

  • 2 individual tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer
  • Whipped topping and ground nutmeg, optional

Directions

  • Place the tea bags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water; brew according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the milk, brown sugar and creamer. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved. Pour milk mixture into mugs; stir in tea. Dollop with whipped topping and sprinkle with nutmeg if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Enjoy! 
A+C

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Simplify Your Saturday

Life gets in the way of so many things. We thought we would give you 5 ways to simplify your Saturday.


1. Turn off all social media for a few hours.
2. Go outside and walk or reflect.
3. Think of five things you're grateful for that happened in the past week.
4. Call a family member or friend you've lost touch with.
5. Make a healthy snack/meal.

Hope you can take some of these (at least one) into consideration today!
xoxo,
A+C

Friday, October 12, 2012

Get Graphic

Such a huge fall trend-graphic sweaters! Do you love them or will you leave them?
Tory Burch sequin sweater / Wildfox Couture crewneck sweater / Madewell printed shirt / J.Crew j crew, $155 / J.Crew merino sweater / Topshop cream shirt / Leopard sweater / Illustrated People chunky sweater, $81

Personally, I love some of them! Let us know!
xoxo,
A+C


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Parent Trap Day

Happy Parent Trap Day-if you don't remember the significance:


Happy "Parent Trap Birthday" Day
  • HALLIE: How old are you?
  • ANNIE: (her mouth full) I'll be twelve on October 11th.
  • HALLIE: (chokes) So will I!
  • ANNIE: Your birthday's October 11th? (Hallie nods) How weird is that?


Happy birthday to Annie James and Hallie Parker!

love,
A+C


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reminder:

For all of you readers struggling this week....please credit back to Kennedys Amongst Kardashians if you post/pin/tweet anything this post. Thank you!

xoxo, A+C



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nice and PLUMp

We love plum!

Even if you can't fully commit-there are so many ways to bring a little plum in! 
xoxo,
A+C

Monday, October 8, 2012

iPhone 5

Ah. It's almost time for me to upgrade to an iPhone 5 and I cannot wait. here are some of my favorite cases! 


Do you have an iPhone 5 or will you be getting one soon? Let me know what kind of case you have!
xoxo,
A+C




Sunday, October 7, 2012

TEXTure Me

With the coming of fall comes many new textures. Suede, velvet, corduroy, cable knit...oh my! Here are three "textu(re)ally" interesting looks. 




1. Silk + Leather + Suede: This look screams elegant and sophisticated. Great for a formal event, meeting, dinner...you name it!
2. Cable Knit + Corduroy + Python Leather: This look is so comfy and cozy for the fall, shopping, church, lunch, work or internship. This look travels for miles
3. Denim + Velvet + Leather: My favorite look-velvet leggings are such a fun twist on the normal leggings we reach for when we thrown on a denim shirt. Throw on some boots and you're all set.

TIPS
1. Do not mix suede/velvet/corduroy as a general rule.
2. If you're playing it up with textures, keep color toned down. 
3. Please do not wear an outfit all in one texture. (head to toe velvet or suede...not so great.)
4. Don't wear the same texture for pants and shoes.
5. A scarf is an easy way to throw in texture fast.
6. Have fun with it, of course!

Do you love to play up texture? Let us know what looks you love!
xoxo,
A+C

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hey I Heard You Were a WILD(fox)

So I have a confession. I am borderline obsessed with some Wildfox Couture Tops/Sweaters. They are so quirky and so unconventional, I truly cannot help it. While some of them are too far for me, I can't help but like a few.

Wildfox No.9 Love Potion: One of their most well known pieces!
Keys: Cute and comfortable.
Heart: One of the most well known pieces (if not the most well known) was everywhere last season. J.Crew made a version, Old Navy and so many more. I still kick myself for not getting one.
Be a Deer: very on trend for fall.
Montague: My inner love for Shakespeare comes out in this piece.
Hearts: Cute and sweet.

Is Wildfox too wild for you? Do you have any pieces? We'd love to know!
xoxo,
A+C

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scarf It Down

Scarves are without a doubt one of the best fall accessories. Here are some of our favorites!

J.Crew (my obsession, I broke down and bought this baby!)  jcrew.com
Lilly Pulitzer (I think Murfees are cute, but overrated. I have one that I snagged on sale.)  lillypulitzer.com
lululemon athletica (the coziest thing.) - lululemon.com
Old Navy (cute cablekint.)  oldnavy.gap.com
Target (python print.) - target.com
Burberry (I am the first to admit that I am obsessed with these classic scarves, especially the whitescarves. I am also the first to admit that I won't be getting one in the near future.) tessabit.com
Topshop (fun!) topshop.com
Topshop (relaxed and comfy.)topshop.com

Let us know what your favorites are!
xoxo,
A+C





Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall Outerwear

It's officially getting cooler. Temperatures are finally dropping. Could it be? It's about time to get out our fall outerwear! While we posted winter outerwear, fall is a little different! Here are our favorites.

1. Barbour Coat: This is a Beadnell, and pretty common. It seems to be a good layering jacket.
2. Puffy Coat: For those mornings when we run to Starbucks or home from the gym, a puffer coat can offer warmth, but it's much more casual.
3. Quilted/Puffer Vest: Another one of those great layering pieces!
4. Fleece: Everyone has their favorite, from Patagonia to Mountain Hardwear to Old Navy. Fleece jackets and pullovers are nice and comfy.
5. Rain Jacket: Any sort of rain jacket is crucial for those on college campuses! Good to keep on hand.
6. Peacoat: Whether you prefer short or long, pea coats are classic and will be worn for years to come!

What are your favorites pieces of outerwear for fall?
xoxo,
A+C

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Get Well Soon

I received this question on tumblr: Anonymous asked: hey C-I love your blog and tumblr, you're so inspiring to me. I know you've dealt with much illness, and I have a friend who just got diagnosed with lymphoma. My friends and I want to put together a basket-but I would love some input from someone who knows the feeling of being hospitalized. thanks!

Safe to say, this made my day! Here are my suggestions:


-Pick a cute basket or reusable grocery bags!
Blankets: I still sleep with one that I got when I was 7 post op!!
iTunes Giftcards
DVDs: Please make them fun chick flicks. I got PS I Love You after a surgery, and I cried. Comedy is key.
Fun Magazines
PJ Pants: If you're recovering, you will be living in these! This is a great way to always have your friend think of you!
Coloring Books: Actually, these are fun. There are so many cute ones out there!
Colored Pens/Notepads/Notecards: Especially if you're like me and wrote a lot of thank you notes!
Fuzzy Socks
Nail Polish
Cute Cup: You have to really keep fluid in you, why not have a darling cup?
Lotion/Chapstick: For those of you with no hospital experience, your skin gets extremely dry. I got body butter from one of aunts one time, and it's now a tradition because it is SO helpful.

DO NOT:
Bring food. Unless you know what his/her dietary limitations are or if she has an appetite, it's useless. Plus, I cannot tell you how many ice cream/cookies/cupcakes/cake pops he/she will get. Same goes for candy, it is such a bummer when you cannot eat one of your favorites!
Bring anything hospital related. No. Please do not.
Flowers. This is totally personal, but I feel like flowers are not the best gift to give from a friend to a friend. I feel like they are less personal, even though it is a nice thought.

Hope this helped! Let us know what you think!
xoxo,
A+C

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Think Pink: Cosmetics

Everyone is well aware that October is breast cancer awareness month. I also am sure that almost everyone knows someone who is affected by this far too common form of cancer. Luckily, there are so many ways you can donate: Race for the Cure, local organizations, and of course: breast cancer awareness everything. If you are a pink fan like I am, this is also a very fun month!  Not only do we get to support research, but there are so many things to buy that are pink! Here is our selection of cosmetics for a cause!

OPI Nail Polish self.com
Smashbox Lipstick smashbox.com
Clinique Fragrance Lotion bloomingdales.co
Pantene Shampoo makeuplovesme.com
Bobbi Brown Blush bloomingdales.com
Clinique Chubby Stick lordandtaylor.com
Stila Blush/Lipgloss stilacosmetics.com 
EOS Chapstick/Lotion drugstore.com 
Jane Iredale Lip Gloss nordstrom.com


Will you make any pink cosmetic purchases? Let us know!
Love,
A+C

Monday, October 1, 2012

MYMM: Shopping

Like so many MYMM posts, this one is prompted by us observing a scene. Last weekend, I was at J.Crew checking out. A father was spending a significant amount of money (read: $1200.) on his teenage daughter. She wanted a peacoat in addition. Her father said no, he is already spending too much. This girl pitches a screaming fit. Yes, she is probably 15 or 16. And to make matters worse, she was wearing a tee shirt that had her high school name on it. If that is not awful behavior, I don't know what is.

1. Greet the salespeople even if they do not greet you. I mean they are probably distracted, but saying hi always makes someone's day a little brighter.
2. Do not leave clothes on the dressing room floor. Yup, we've all seen it: 5 pairs of jeans, 4 tops. a couple dresses, all on the floor. Picking up and hanging up everything is not their job, be polite! It's like leaving crumbs everywhere on a table at a restaurant.
3. Put things back where they came from. No, that polka dot blouse was not with the cardigans. Put it back, unless a salesperson takes it.
4. If you don't want help, say "I'm just browsing/looking." Don't lead them on! It's less stress for you, too.
5. Say thank you. Anyone who has been a reader this long knows every MYMM post includes this!

Most importantly, Be grateful for what you get! We know none of you will pitch fits!
xoxo,
A+C