Fit Friday: $250 Lorna Jane Giveaway!











top: lorna jane c/o | leggings: lorna jane {available in two colors!} c/o | water bottle: lorna jane c/o | shoes: nike {similar here + here} | fitbit {charge hr}

See more of my favorite Lorna Jane styles here…

Comfortable workout clothes are all I have wanted to wear (day and night) for the past few months. A few readers asked me about maternity activewear on Instagram and here’s my secret: Don’t look for maternity brands, just size up (as needed) so you can wear your clothes after you’re pregnant, too.

I’ve needed my share of pick-me-ups with this first-time pregnancy, so I immediately fell in love with the selection of inspirational quotes and one-liners on many of the items at Lorna Jane. If you haven’t seen or heard of them before, be sure to scroll through some of my favorite pieces above and check out @lornajaneactive on IG for more inspiration (seriously, their IG makes me want to get back in shape asap!). I honestly think they’re one of the most on-trend yet classic activewear brands around, and I was thrilled to find pieces that work well with my growing belly.

I’m even more excited to offer you a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop Lorna Jane! Just follow the steps in the rafflecopter widget below and check out the terms & conditions if you have questions on the details. This giveaway will close on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Lorna Jane will select one winner whom I will contact and notify via email.

Good luck! Thanks so much for reading.

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Special thanks to Lorna Jane for sponsoring this post.


Photos by Ashlee Brooke.

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Beauty: Is it Okay to Wear Concealer as a Foundation?



Products via Ulta Beauty c/o: AmazingCosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer | AmazingCosmetics Amazing Concealer | AmazingCosmetics Perfection Stick

I first started wearing makeup when I was in the 8th grade. Despite having two older sisters to ask for advice, I decided to figure it out myself (I guess I was afraid they’d tell me I was too young to be wearing makeup). My main goal at the time was evening out my complexion. I’ve always had freckles and I wanted nothing more than to cover them up. I remember starting with my sister’s concealer… and wearing it as a foundation. It wasn’t until a friend pointed out that my makeup was caking around my eyebrows that I realized I probably should find some “real” foundation.

Looking back, the issue wasn’t so much that I was using concealer as a foundation, it was just the type of concealer I was using and the way I was applying it.

Today, my favorite concealer for spot treatments is bareMinerals “Well Rested” Concealer. But, after receiving samples of the AmazingCosmetics concealer and testing it out for all-over coverage, I may have a new contender for my makeup regimen.

Here’s how I applied it…


STEP 1: Apply the AmazingCosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer all over (or wherever you intend to apply the concealer). I started with my under-eyes and worked my way out from there. If you’re like one of my sisters and hate when makeup accumulates in your pores by the end of the day, you should definitely be using a primer. It helps ensure your makeup goes on and stays on evenly throughout the day.


STEP 2: Apply small dabs of the AmazingCosmetics Amazing Concealer and gently blend in with your finger or a makeup sponge. Be careful around your hairline and eyebrows to avoid my 8th-grade “caked brows” look. This concealer is very concentrated so a very small amount goes a long way and the coverage is incredible–not oily like the concealer I used at 14 years old.



STEP 3: Apply your regular foundation as needed. I’ve been using my old tried-and-true bareMinerals Original Foundation because I can easily adjust how much coverage I want and it blends nicely with liquid concealers.


STEP 4: Use the AmazingCosmetics Amazing Perfection Stick to brighten under-eyes and/or freshen up your coverage throughout the day. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually use this, but the convenience and easy application make me want to give it a fair shot.



That’s it! Whether you’re looking to even out your skin tone, have freckles (like me) that you’d like to be more subtle, or have various blemishes you want to forget about, wearing a concealer as part of your foundation (rather than just a spot treatment) is totally acceptable. Remember, the key is to use a small amount and be careful when blending near your brows and hairline.

What do you think about using concealer as a foundation?

Special thanks to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post.

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Easy Fall Accessories with BCBGeneration


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scarf: BCBGeneration c/o | hat: anthropologie {last seen here; similar style} | dress: anthro {old} | boots: nordstrom {last seen here + heresimilar style} | bag: rebecca minkoff | glasses: prada | lips: nyx

Hello again! Fall is in full swing in Utah and while coat weather is still a ways out, my scarves are coming in handy for the windy trek from my car to the office each morning. I love the versatility of this plaid loop scarf from BCBGeneration. The pink adds an unexpected twist (I might normally purchase traditional plaids with red only) and the fabric is soft–not itchy–so I can wear it with just about any shirt. See other ways I’ve worn it here.

Be sure to check out the new fall arrivals from BCBGeneration between now and Nov. 11! You can get 40% off your purchase with code ‘Amanda40’ (expires 11/11/15). For more style inspiration, search hashtags #BCBGeneration, #GenGirl and #StyleHunters on Instagram.

Lastly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to each of you who left such sweet comments during my absence the past few weeks. I’ll be addressing the ‘elephant in the room’ in an upcoming post. This may have played a small part in it. ;)


Special thanks to People StyleWatch and BCBGeneration for partnering on this post.

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