Plaid for the Holidays – Look #2

I’m in LOVE with red plaid for the holidays. This look gives a twist on the classic red plaid skirt or dress by making it a two piece set. This along with the thigh high socks and bold boots makes an edgy statement for any holiday party. The gold jewelry plus the black bow for the hair brings back the class for a perfect combination. 
I would wear something like this on a Christmas Eve or Christmas night gathering. 

Holiday Look #3

Plaid set // Socks // Boots // Bag // Earrings // Necklace // Bangle // +any black ribbon

Also…it snowed for the first time this season!! Don’t get me wrong, I love snow until New Years passes. Plus, the first snow is always the prettiest. (I shot today, so stay tuned for a post with my pictures.) When I woke up to the snow this morning, it put me right in the Christmas mood, so Michael Buble’s Christmas album is definitely on repeat right now.

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Holiday Look #1

With Thanksgiving (and Christmas) coming up, I figure I’ll be going to many holiday parties and get togethers, which means I’ll need to put together some perfect holiday outfits. I’m sure many of you will have to do the same.
So here is the first installment of my suggested holiday looks, with pieces that your can (hopefully) recreate. Otherwise, the links to all of the pieces are linked!
This look would be for a generally fancy gathering such as a classy Christmas party or Thanksgiving dinner. (My family dresses up hard core for Thanksgiving) The black pieces plus the pop of red in the bag are the perfect colors for the holidays. 

Holiday Look #2

Sweater Dress (any black sweater dress can work)  // Stockings // Boots // Necklace // Earrings // Bag

Let me know what you think! I love reading your comments!

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The Perfect Sad Playlist

Every couple weeks or so, I have the urge to just lay in bed and have a good and healthy cry on a rainy day.  I may not even be particularly sad, but it’s nice to get those tears out every once in a while. I’ve formulated a playlist with the saddest songs out there. If you’re like me and like to have a good cry sometimes, I would highly recommend it. 
Any songs guaranteed to make you cry? Let me know! I’m always looking to add to my playlists!
You can also find this playlist on my Spotify. Follow me @carolinekoehn06 !! I have some other upbeat and fun playlists on there also!

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Monday Motivation

This previous weekend, I attended a religious retreat with many people in my grade in preparation for my upcoming Confirmation. Even though I left the retreat with a better understanding of my faith, I also left with ways to deal with the craziness of the world and life. One huge aspect of this understanding was the importance of gratitude, and it really stuck with me.
Today it struck me that I have exactly one month until semester one exams. This fact along with the other responsibilities on my mind shocked and stressed me. I have to apply for a job, shop for the holidays, finish homework, paper, and projects.. etc, etc, etc. I’m sure many of you can relate.
As life continues to grow more stressful and busy, it becomes common to focus on the stress rather than ways to relieve it. Instead of being grateful for the exceptional education that I receive, I grow to resent it. I shy away from my family and retire to my room as soon as I get home from school in order to work on whatever I need to get done. This routine becomes an endless cycle, and I recognize it but never change my ways.
However, on this retreat it suddenly occurred to me that I only have a year and a half left of high school.  A year and a half until I move away to college. A year and a half until I will not see my family and friends on a daily basis. Instead of focusing on just myself, I should take time to sit back and realize all of the blessings in my life.
We were told to write two or more letters of gratitude to important people in our lives. My first instinct was to write letters to my parents, and I did, but my mind suddenly gave me an endless list of people who I should be grateful for. My friends who help me through everything, my swim coach, my teachers, and my little siblings were just some examples. I could have written these letters forever.
The feeling of completing a letter and imagining the response of the receiver is insanely satisfying.
So, what’s the point of this post? I could have just written this in my journal and kept it to myself. But no, I want to challenge anyone reading this to wake up every morning or go to sleep and think of on person or thing that they are grateful for. I promise you, it makes your day a little bit brighter, and a little less stressful. Once you recognize a certain blessing in your life, the rest of life seems a little more bearable.
One more thing. One day soon, write a letter or someone who you are grateful for. I promise the feeling you get from writing it, and the receivers excitement they get from reading it makes it completely worth it.
xoxo

 

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A Trip Downtown

Inspired by Macklemore’s new song “Downtown,” (actually don’t like that song too much lol) my mom, sister, and I took a trip to downtown Milwaukee which is about 30 minutes away from my house. 
The day was full of window shopping and walking through the public market, so I would say it was a successful girls’ day. 
I bought some really cute winter tops here
In LOVE with the Milwaukee Public Market!
Cute display at West Elm!
Love this hidden mural at Collectivo Coffee. Their coffee is also to die for!
What’s your favorite thing to do with your mom or sisters? 
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My Halloween Costume!

I had such a relaxing, but fun Halloween! I was also so proud of my costume!
My friend and I spend about an hour perfecting this makeup to be the barfing rainbow face on Snapchat. 
We created this look by using a white liner under the eyes with some black liner on top of that, rainbow face paint, and lots and lots of blush. We were really proud of the result.
What did you dress up as for Halloween?
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The Liebster Award!

I’ve been (surprisingly) nominated for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to the beautiful Kay AND Raashi for the nominations. Check out their flawless blogs Shoes and Glitter and Raashi’s blog. I love this idea of getting exposed to newer blogs, as I’m still pretty new to the blogging world myself. 

Here are the rules for my nominees:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and comment on their blog
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Nominate 10 bloggers that you think deserve the award, and notify them
4. Answer the 10 questions you are given, and give 10 more for the bloggers you nominate to answer
5. Make a copy of the rules in your post

Here are Kay’s questions for me:

1. Why did you decide to start your blog?
I started my blog honestly because I thought it would be fun! I also wanted to get more exposure to the online writing world since I hope to be a journalist when I’m older. I figured I might as well get started early! I’m not sure why, but the idea of sharing my life along with my beauty, fashion, and lifestyle tips seems so fun! 
2. What is the main thing you love about blogging?
The new, awesome people that I get to communicate and collaborate with. 
3. Is there anything you dislike about blogging?
Sometimes, it takes a lot of motivation to take and edit pictures and create posts, but I always manage to do it!!
4. What is the worst beauty product you’ve ever used?
Neutrogena Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads. I usually love Neutrogena products but these pads just dried out my skin too much, even when I used moisturizer after using. 
5. What is your favourite perfume?
Love Sweet Love by philosophy. (Can’t live without it)
6. What is the one beauty product you couldn’t live without?
I simply could not live without my Redken Curvaceous Shampoo and Conditioner. (does that count as a beauty product? lol) I would recommend this to anyone with naturally curly hair. It does miracles.  
7. Tea or coffee? What are your favorites?
COFFEE. (School would not happen without it) I’m a big fan of mochas- peppermint mochas during the winter, then the switch to mocha frappuccinos during the summer. Call me basic, but in the fall, I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Spice Lattes…
8. Do you have a quote, or an idea that you live by? If so, what is it?
Yes. “Be your own kind of beautiful”. I try to live by this everyday. 🙂
9. What would be your dream job?
Working as a writer/content creator for Buzzfeed, stationed in New York. 
10. If you won the lottery, what would be your very first purchase?
Lots and lots and lots of new clothes. 
Here are the questions for nominees: 
1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
2. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
3. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
4. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
5. Any unique/unordinary talents or quirks?
6. Best date you’ve ever been on (with a boy OR a friend!)
7. What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
8. Favorite song currently?
9. Favorite song of all time? 
10. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? 
And (finally) here are my nominations (and some blogs that I love)!
I can’t wait to get to know more about you all!
xoxo
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3 Fall Makeup Trends I’m Loving

As I’ve been scrolling through my Instagram feed the past couple days, a couple of trends have really stood out and I’ve been wanting to try them myself. 

1. Bronze Shadow

I’ve been seeing the coppery eye shadow everywhere, and I absolutely love it! The look screams fall, and it allows eye colors like green and brown to really pop. 

2. Berry Lips 

via Instagram @angexla
via Instagram @acaciabrinley 

3. Bold Brows  

via Instagram @vegas_nay

The combination of these trends gives you flawless fall looks like these: 

 via Instagram @griffinarnlund
via Instagram @acaciabrinley
What are your favorite fall trends?
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DIY Audrey Hepburn Costume

With Halloween coming up, I figured I would give some suggestions for some cheap and almost effortless costumes. Last year, I needed to come up with a costume on very short notice, and the idea of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s came to mind. It worked out way better than I expected and I was very happy with the end product.

What You’ll Need: 

5. Cat eye sunglasses (LOVE these ones)
6. BIG diamond earrings (a girl’s best friend)
7. Some cat eye liner and a little red lip color
8. A sophisticated bun with bobby pins to hold the tiara
9. Pair it with simple black heels
What’s the best last-minute costume that you’ve come up with? 
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Homecoming Take 2

Since I go to an all-girls school, we usually ask boys from the all-boys school nearby to our homecoming. The unspoken rule is that they have to ask us back to theirs. So last weekend I got to go to another homecoming dance! I had another amazing time! 
My dress was actually borrowed from a family friend, but it’s from French Connection.
Other getting-ready essentials. perfume (my favorite) // bag // watch // shoes 
Have a good weekend everyone!
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