Puff Sleeves

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One of my favorite trends over the last few seasons has been blouses with a puff sleeve! Without even realizing it I have been gravitating towards this detail when I've been shopping. Several of my recent purchases are puff sleeves.

One of the many reasons I love this detail is how it can play with your proportions. A defined waist combined with the puff sleeves can create an hour glass figure. When I wear the tops I have, I typically like to style them tucked into jeans or leather pants. My arms are typically not my favorite feature so I don't normally like details that bring attention to them. Puff sleeves are the exception because they are flattering on everyone. 

Another great reason to love puff sleeves is that the trend is seasonless. Depending on the tops you buy you can wear it year round. 
Kara Krittenbrink

Updated Daily Make Up Routine

While I post about beauty fairly often, it has been quite awhile since I have shared my daily makeup routine. For day to day, I like to look pulled together for work with minimal effort! I'm breaking down my steps below and how it can change from day to day. I like this make up routine because it's simple and I can add or simplify it to change it up.

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Depending on how my skin is looking or what my day holds, I will start my make up routine with It Cosmetics CC CreamThis CC Cream is full coverage and has a velvet finish. Some days it is more than I need so I'll skip this step and go straight to concealer. When I am using it on my hand, I blend a pump of the It Cosmetics CC Cream with a pea size amount of Benefit High Beam. With a beauty blender I apply a small layer all over of my face and blend it down my neck. (Never used a beauty blender before? read here) I concentrate more of the product around the center of my face.

Next, I apply Bareminerals concealer to my under eye area, around my nose and on any other areas that are still red. I blend the concealer with the beauty blender and set my whole face with a light layer of Bareminerals mineral veil.

To add some color, I apply Nars blush in Orgasm to the apples of my cheeks with a fluffy blush brush. If my skin needs some depth or more color I'll use the brush and apply some Hoola Bronzer in lite to my forehead, hairline and hollows of my cheeks. 


I start my eyes by curling my eyelashes. Then I go to my eyebrows. Using the spooly end of this Bareminerals eyebrow pencil, I brush my brows and then fill in with the pencil end. I concentrate drawing in hairs at the beginning of my brow. I use light strokes to draw in hairs and create some definition.  My goal is a defined, fluffy brow but I don't like it to be too perfect. 

Depending on the day, I may add a very light layer of eyeshadow, my favorite is Stila's eyeshadow in Kitten. Most of the time I skip shadow but I will define my crease with the same Hoola Bronzer in lite. I line the top of my eyes with black liner. I like the line to be thicker on the outside of the eye and thinner towards the inside. My last step on my eyes is mascara. I swear by this blinc mascara because it doesn't smudge. (Read more about it here)

Lips & Highlight: 

The last touches are my favorite but always depend on how much time I have left! I love highlighter and believe that when it is done right, you can create a pretty glow.  I add this ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter on my brow bones, inner corner of my eyes and cheek bones. I also use Benefit High Beam as a highlighter when I need a more natural look.

My lipcolor completely depends on my outfit, mood, season etc! Lately my go to everyday color has been Charlotte Tilbury's Lipstick in Pillow Talk. This was one of my best purchases of 2019 (see here).
Kara Krittenbrink

OOTD Vol. 3

I want to make a habit to share my OOTDs on the blog. Most of these outfits are what I wear to my 9-5 job. My dress code is business casual but it is not too strict as long as I look put together! I think that real life outfit sharing can be more inspirational than careful curated outfit pics (although I do love those too and will have more coming). This way you can see what I re-wear and how I style things day to day! Many items are old and not available anymore so I have found similar ones. 

Blouse (similar here) - Pants - Flats, Chanel (similar here) - Purse

Blazer, old (similar here and here) - Top - PantsPurse - Slides, old (similar here)

Dress (I have it in 3 colors) - Booties - Purse - Lip Color

One of my top purchases of 2019, I talk more about this workout set here

Crop Sweater, old (similar here) - Velvet Skirt (similar here and here ) - Purse (Chanel, not available online) - Pumps

Kara Krittenbrink

Book Round Up Vol. 5

 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Another great book by the same author that wrote Daisy Jones & The Six. A legendary film actress looks back on her her life. She recollects her rise in her career and what was happening in her social life during the time. Just when you think you know where the story is going, you can expect another turn! Grade: A

How Could She: A Novel by Lauren Mechling - I'm always a fan of books that can reflect the complexity of female friendship and still have some humor. This novel tells the story of 3 friends and the changes in their lives. Some are struggling and others seem to have everything in their life together but that is not always the case. This one moves at a bit of a slower pace. Grade: C+

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda - Two women have gone missing, a decade apart. Told in reverse, this story starts at Day 15 to Day 1, when the latest girl has gone missing. Nicolette left her sleepy rural town after her friend went missing 10 years ago and she is back to take care of her father. The twists and turns bring Nicolette into the investigation of the latest missing girl. This is a classic page turner and one of those books you'll stay up late to find out what happened. Grade: A - 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Sample - Depending on who you ask, Bernadette can be described as an opinionated, strong wife, loving and doting mother, radical architect and eclectic woman. Then Bernadette disappears and everything changes. Some of the truth behind her facade and issues comes to light. Her daughter compiles information to find where she may be and it reveals even more about a mother and daughter's relationship. Grade: B

American Royals by Katharine McGee - What if America had a royal family? This book reimagines history and George Washington became king and not president. In present day, his ancestors are still the American Royals. The three youngest members of the royal family have come of age and being royal doesn't take away any challenges. Princess Beatrice is preparing herself to become Queen and the life of duty that comes with of it. Twins, Jefferson and Samantha, have their own challenges. Samantha is in love with the boy that is off-limits. Jefferson copes with the have that a generation before he would have been in line to rule, but now with the new line of succession he is third in line and has 2 women vying for his attention. The first of a series, this book had me sad that the next one doesn't come out til later this year. Grade: A

Kara Krittenbrink

Best of 2019

First post of the year. 2019 was quite a year. I'm working on a 2020 goal list and how I came to those goals but for now I'm sharing the best purchases I made in 2019. 

1. Athleta Leggings and Crop Top - This Spring when I had committed to working out, I needed to replace some of my workout clothes. I tried out 6 pairs of black leggings to find the perfect pair! These won by a long shot and I've since bought several pairs in a few different colors. The high rise and compression material make a comfortable fit and the pockets are a bonus! While I never thought I would be one to wear a crop top to workout, since starting cycle bar this summer this crop has become my favorite top. The high neck and not too short length are a perfect match to the leggings. 

2. Apple Airpods - I jumped on the airpod train at the beginning of the year. I didn't think they would be that different from headphones but they are 100x better. Not being tethered to your phone really makes a huge difference. I can walk around the house or office while listening to podcasts or music and leave my phone charging. The sound quality is also way better than any headphones I've owned.

3. Denim Leggings - While I will always love my Madewell jeans, I have found another pair I love. These denim leggings are flattering and comfortable. The front seam adds a trendy detail to the classic skinny look.

4. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - This mask is one of the first things I pack in my carry on anytime I travel. It super moisturizing and great to combat all the dry airplane air. During the winter months, I'll apply a layer before I go to bed and wake up with glowy, moisturized skin. I've been trying to add more clean products to my skin care and the Jet Lag Mask has Sephora's clean certification. 

5. Gucci Soho Disco Leather Bag - While a major splurge, this purse is a classic item in the perfect red! I've used it even more than I expected to. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen this purse in many of my OOTDs I post on stories. What I love most about the crossbody style is that can be paired with athleisure just as easily as my work clothes.

6. Dalia Faux Fur Throw - Complete on a whim, I purchased this faux fur throw during the Black Friday sale at Anthropologie. It is the perfect accent piece on my bed and is one of those items that makes me smile every time I see it. I also love curling up under it while reading or binge watching One Tree Hill.

7. Weighted Blanket - It seems like everyone has been talking about weighted blankets the last couple years and early last year I finally bought one for myself. I LOVE this blanket. Something about the weight is comforting and helps me stay asleep. I use it a few nights a week. It is also a great blanket to use while binge watching netflix!

8. Equilibria Subscription - I am someone that struggles with a lot of anxiety in my day to day life. It affects a lot of things but a big one is my sleep. I am always working on ways of taking care of myself because it helps manage my anxiety level. After a lot of research into CBD, I decided to try using it to see how it can help. While it is not a fix all, it has really helped to calm my mind. It is hard to explain how its helped but I can summarize by saying I'm a fan! There are tons of CBD options so please do your research and understand the differences and what is/isn't legal where you are. This subscription service has become the best option for me!

Kara Krittenbrink

Beauty Favorites of 2019

1. Ice Roller - I love when a random purchase becomes an immediate favorite. I use my ice roller a couple times a week and it is always something I look forward to! Not only does it help your serums sink deeper into your skin, but it helps with any puffiness or inflammation. If you have headaches or migraines an ice roller can also help with some relief. I originally wrote about it in this post

2. Skin Builders Pimple Patches - These are a life saver. I originally purchased them for my trip to Italy but now I use them all the time. At the first sign of a pimple, stick one on and wear overnight. The next morning the pimple will be noticeably smaller. I'm not sure exactly how they work, I just know they do! 

3. OGEE Tinted Lip Oil Pencils -These were highly recommend to me by a friend and I loved them so much I gave some to my friends as Christmas presents! I've never had a lip color that was this moisturizing. The color is buildable so you can have a light tint or layer for more color. I want to purchase the clear oil to wear at night or over my other lip colors. 

4. Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream - This is the first eye cream I've tried that I will actually purchase again! I am trying to change more of my skincare and beauty products to clean versions and this eye cream has a natural retinol in it. It has both hydrating and anti aging ingredients that will brighten the eye area. 

5. Beauty Counter No. 1 Oil - My holy grail beauty product! I can't have a list of favorite products without including it. This oil has been part of my skincare routine for over 2 years! Read more about it here

6. St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Tanning Mousse - Self tanners are always a little tricky. This foam goes on colorless and the tan develops over a few hours. When paired with a tanning mitt, I find it to be one of the easier tanning products to apply and the color goes on even. 

7. Charlotte Tilburry Lipstick in the color Pillow Talk - It's taken me quite awhile to love a neutral lipcolor. This shade Pillow Talk is known for being a shade that looks good on almost every complexion. I've had a few friends try the color and they love it as much as I do.

8. Living Proof Dry Shampoo - This is my holy grail of dry shampoos and I actually have it on a recurring order! It is strong enough to dry up any oil but, when brushed out, doesn't leave a dull residue or color.

9. Reusable Cotton Rounds - Many of the products I use, need cotton rounds I apply. I've never liked the waste cotton rounds make but didn't know what other options I had until I found these reusable ones. Once I've used then all, I throw them in the mesh bag they came with and wash them with my next load of white laundry. 
Kara Krittenbrink