Celebrating Who Mom Is, With Kay Jewelers! by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
This post has been sponsored by Kay Jewelers. All opinions are mine.
Mother’s Day is a few short days away so of course I’m thinking about some special gifts to give my mom. But besides thinking about gifts, I’m also reflecting on how my relationship with my mom has changed over the years. Naturally, when I was growing up, she was all things that a mom should be, and did all the things a mom should do. Helped me with my homework and made sure I did well in school. Took me to dance and music lessons. Made sure I ate healthy foods and went to all of my doctor’s appointments. Vetoed my crazy fashions and put my childhood crushes in check. LOL.
But now that I’m an adult, my #MomIs my friend. We talk about my career path and plans for the future. We go shopping and out to dinner when we get together. We bond over family game time, funny memories and celebrity gossip. We travel together. And we engage in weekly chats about our favorite TV shows and other current events. It’s nice to pick up the phone and chat with my mom about what I did over the weekend and hear about hers, and share a few laughs about random stuff happening in our lives. It’s cool to have a great mom, but it’s even better having a mom who’s a great friend.
This Mother’s Day is the precise time to reflect on my relationship with my mom and how things have transitioned over time. I’m so grateful for her, as well as for our ever-evolving connection. Our relationship is so meaningful, as I’m sure yours is too. So meaningful gifts are in order. If you’re looking for some classic options, you can’t go wrong with the gift of jewelry! Kay Jewelers has a beautiful selection of pieces you can gift your mom, or another special mother in your life, this Mother’s Day. From these beautiful diamond heart earrings in yellow gold, to this heartbeat necklace with diamonds and these gorgeous emerald earrings, Kay has all of the perfect gifts to make your mom feel special!
Shop my Kay Jewelers picks:
–Heartbeat Necklace 1/20 ct tw Diamonds Sterling Silver
–Diamond Heart Earrings 10K Yellow Gold
–Diamond Ring 3/4 ct tw Round-cut 14K White Gold
–Colors in Rhythm Necklace Lab-Created Sapphires Sterling Silver
–Lab-Created Emerald Sterling Silver Earrings
–Diamond Bracelet 1/4 ct tw Sterling Silver
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Style in a Cinch by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Be careful what you wish for….
It’s one of those phrases everyone is quick to say, but it’s so true, and my life is living proof of it. When I think back on where I was and what I was doing a year ago, and where I am and what I’m doing now, I’m so thankful and blessed. But I’m also overwhelmed. I don’t have everything I asked for, but I have a lot of it, and it’s been all-engulfing and exhausting. With so much work and various engagements and commitments, I don’t have a lot of spare time, so efficiency is my BFF right now.
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When it comes to getting dressed, basic pieces with a few key accessories has been my go-to lately. I’ve been living in Topshop jeans – I have a few pairs and they each fit like a dream! These stepped hem ones are my faves because a) you can’t go wrong with black, stretchy denim, b) they’re high-waist (a ‘win’ for my curves), and c) the raw, bi-level hem is perfectly edgy.
Another recent fave is this Gucci belt. I know you’ve seen it everywhere (and on everyone), and for good reason. It’s been the best new accessory of the season! There’s something about the classic GG logo getting revamped for 2017 that I just love. Plus, it adds a quick and easy luxe touch to simple jeans and a top. After all, I don’t have a lot of time – I need my fashion to be fast!
Get the look:
ASOS Tartan Peplum Top / Similar here, and here
Sheer Plaid Shirt / Similar here and here
Gucci Ayers Leather belt with double G buckle / Also here
Topshop Step Hem Jeans / Similar here and here
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 black leather pumps / Also here and here
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Beauty Review: Cailyn Cosmetics Matte Tint Trio Set by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Lipsticks are the one beauty product I can’t ever have enough of! If you saw my makeup collection, you would know – I own a lot. But with so many colors and ‘styles’ (matte, glossy, creamy, liquid, frosted, etc.) it’s hard to NOT to try them all.
While I never change my foundation and powder, I change lipsticks on a daily basis. The color and formulation I wear really depends on the seasons, my outfits, and my mood. For Spring, I prefer pinks and purples. And now that Spring is here, it’s the perfect time for me test out a new collection of colors. I recently received this Cailyn CosmeticsMatte Tint Trio Set for review. The trio I received was the Purple Lilac set with three hues: Fantasist (pink), Surrealist (purple) and Corruptionist (deep purple).
I’ve tried other liquid mattes before, and I love using them because they go on smooth and are typically easy to apply. And this Cailyn set was no different. Each one, when applied, first went on fairly wet, and stayed wet for a while, which made it easy to apply multiple layers, and touch up. Once the shades dry on your lips, they can get dry – they’re matte, of course – so I kept my lips moisturized before applying.
Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint 19 – Fantasist
For the lightest color (Fantasist), I applied about 3-4 layers to get full coverage. The color is a very pretty light pink, which I can see myself wearing in the summer. But most likely I’ll probably pair it with the middle color, to create an ombre lip, or I’ll just blend the two colors together.
Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint 14 – Surrealist
Surrealist is a gorgeous purple orchid hue, and it’s along the line of colors I like to wear. The purple really pops, but it’s not too light or too dark that I’d feel the need to amp it up or pair it down.
Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint 16 – Corruptionist
The last color in the set is Corruptionist, a really dark, almost black purple. I’m a fan of super dark lips, but not for everyday wear, of course. This shade only needed one application – of course you can add more if you want to go darker.
Get the trio for $48.45 at Cailyn Cosmetics, or $19.99 each on Amazon.com.
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Are You A Good Sport? by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Are you a good sport? I try to be. I was raised to be kind, polite and considerate of other people’s feelings, and I’ve always tried to honor that. But it becomes quite the challenge when others don’t extend you the same courtesy, doesn’t it? Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot negativity from a bunch of different people. So much so that I have to bombard myself with positive messages and happy thoughts. But since we don’t live in a vacuum, and have to interact with other people (both positive and negative), what’s the best way to handle them – or difficult situations? It’s more in my nature to remain kind and be a good sport. I find that kindness can soften even the hardest of hearts. And being a good sport is just the right approach to every area of your life. We teach children to be a good sport when they participate on sports teams and in school events – so shouldn’t adults exemplify this behavior as well? So my advice to you is to remain a good sport, even if others aren’t ‘playing the game fairly.’ I’m a strong believer that good always wins in the end, and it’s better on your conscience, too!
Speaking of sports, every now and then, I like to ditch my dresses and skirts in favor of some fun pants. It’s so rare for me to find pants that fit well, so when I do, naturally, they’re a keeper! The athleisure trend has taken over the athletic world and every day fashion, too. I’m loving the influx of sporty pants this season. Especially the ones that are wide-legged, to really give it a fashionable feel. I found this pair of wide leg track pants here, but a ton of shops are making and selling them right now, at various price points. I particularly love the ones with a contrast stripe down the side – they kinda have a retro feel, throwing it back to those vintage Adidas suits LL Cool J used to rock. The great thing about this style is that you can go full on sporty, pairing the pants with sneakers and a coordinated athletic top. Or you can rock it with a bodysuit, moto jacket and heels, like I did. A little bit fashion, a little bit sport.
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Grow Your Best Lashes with GrandeLash MD by Allison Croce - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
With bars popping up all over and tons of new growth serums, lashes are a big deal! Everyone is looking for that full-lash look, but without too much maintenance. In the past I’ve tried lash extensions but I found that they required a lot of upkeep and there were restrictions, like no sauna or swimming. I love that full eyelash look, but don’t want to have to worry about them too much! So I decided to give one of the new lash serums a try.
I was first introduced to GrandeLash MD at the International Beauty Show in New York. I purchased a kit which included not only the lash growth serum, but also lash enhancing eyeliner, primer and mascara. Not long after I started using these products, I was hooked!
The GrandeLash MD serum is very easy to apply. Once a day, before bedtime, you apply a small coat over your top lash line as you would apply liquid eyeliner. In just a few weeks I noticed significant lash growth. During the day I started using the liner, primer and mascara. Each of the products work together to plump and condition your lashes. After only three months of using GrandeLash MD, my lashes were long and lush!
GrandeLash MD is loaded with vitamins, minerals and peptides along with lash conditioners. Results are noticeable within four weeks with full results achieved after three months. What I love about this lash serum is how quickly you start to notice growth; not to mention there is no upkeep. I continue to use the serum nightly to maintain my results. When used with the primer and mascara, you will be giving your lashes the ultimate treatment and I promise you will love your results! Shop online to be on you way to your best lashes!
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