The Fluff Report: September 2013

September 30, 2013

Go Big & Glossy or Go Home: A Dining Cabinet Makeover with Sweet William Vintage

Every once in awhile I actually discover a great home find. It's uncommon since I'm usually more focused on fashion and beauty, but when an old high school friend posted this hutch and buffet for sale, I couldn't pass it up. I didn't have a place for it yet, so part of my must have list when looking for a new house was "dining room large enough to fit huge china cabinet." 
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I called up my gal-pal Meredith from Sweet William Vintage to give the massive piece a makeover. She's a whiz at turning vintage into modern so she suggested we go with a semi-gloss black finish. Blending the old with the new, she convinced me to keep the original hardware and I love the combo of black and gold, whether it's fashion or furniture! She added a fun twist and painted the inside back Silver Fox from Sherwin-Williams. What a fun update for this classy lady. I love that I  can finally display my Grandmother's beautiful china that I've been holding onto for years. 

Be sure to check out Meredith and Alison, the other half of SWV onlineFacebook, and their Etsy shop. 

September 27, 2013

Pantone + Sephora = Color IQ

Aahhh...liquid foundation...Don't you feel this is the hardest beauty product to buy for yourself? I never know what shade will blend in best and not leave the proverbial dreaded line in the sand, separating my jaw from my neck. The color I was using made me look yellow and even lightened my skin tone {jaundice...not quite the look I was going for}. It was awful. And it was chosen by someone in the store. An expert of sorts. I kept trying to make it work, thinking that the girl that helped me, knew something I didn't. But alas, I had to take it back. I was excited to once I heard about the new Sephora and Pantone Color IQ. Here is what you need to know...

What is Color IQ? It is a free service that uses a device to scan the surface of your skin, find your color IQ number and then find your precise foundation match. It's a science folks. 

How does it work? The Color IQ device captures in pitch darkness allowing the tool to focus on the skin's physiology while eliminating variables that can affect shade selection. 

How do I get the Color IQ experience? Head on over to your local Sephora store. Your face must be bare to get the best effect. Sit down with a consultant and have him/her scan your skin. Once you get your Color IQ number, the consultant will plug it into the computer and all of your matches will pop up. What I found most helpful was then the consultant's recommendations on the different types of foundations. For example, which had the nicest finish or worked best with my skin type. 

The match I went with? I decided to try the Diorskin Nude Foundation. I've only been using it a few days but I absolutely love the way it makes my skin look and feel. I think I've finally met my match!  

Have a fantastic weekend! And don't forget to follow The Fluff on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook

September 25, 2013

MBFC: Glam Edge

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{scarf: CK, earrings: Michael Kors, heels: Zara, similar, polish: OPI, coat: FP, similar}

I think it's fun and exciting to experiment with new trends. Having said that,  I also think it's important to know who you are and what trends you are comfortable wearing. I for one am not an "edgy" trend lover. It looks and feels weird on me. I've never gravitated towards the low clunky moto boots or tall black gladiator sandals. I do have a vegan leather coat but  I try to pair it with more girly pieces. When I saw Carrie's picks for this month's feature, I was totally inspired. Each piece is a little bit rock and roll but with a touch of glam.  I could see myself wearing it all...but maybe not all at once...

September 23, 2013

Fluff on TV!

Now that it's officially Fall, get your scarf out and get ready! I'm visiting our local CW to show viewers 5 easy and different ways to wear a scarf. The emphasis is on EASY here. I'll post the video link later today but if you are local, make sure to tune in at 7:15 and/or 8:15am! 

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September 19, 2013

Fall Color Highlight: Cobalt Blue Peplum Dress

{Dress: BR,Shoes:BCBGGeneration,Bracelets:S&D/Emerson&Oliver, Necklace/Earrings:S&D}

Everyone should keep a classic dress hanging in their closet. You can never go wrong with black but how fun is this cobalt number?! Even though the color is bright, the silhouette is elegant and figure flattering but modern with the peplum and exposed zipper detailing.  I've been trying to showcase different ways to rock this statement necklace from Stella & Dot. See it more casual with camo in this post from last week. 

As far as my beauty look, Carrie said I had "magazine hair" and I couldn't agree more. I wanted it tousled but I have never worn it like this on a regular day. Note to co-workers: watch for new look tomorrow. As much as I dig bright lips, I wanted the dress to do the talking, so I opted for a neutral palette instead. 

Thanks for reading and don't forget you can follow TFR on Twitter!  


September 17, 2013

Pucker up for Fall

{Red: Tarte LipSurgence Lip tint: FIERY}
{Berry: Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick: MYSTIC PLUM}
Oxblood: Face Stockholm Lipstick: BELOVED}

For many years I wore the same shade of lipstick. Hoochie from Too Faced was a cult fave of mine and when I couldn't find that anymore, I wore MAC Vista. I still find tubes of it scattered though pockets of different purses or the center console of my car (just in case I'm desperate)reminding me of a good decade of life. Now I'm experimenting with brighter lip shades: pinks, reds, and even oxblood. I'm learning which ones will get me through a day of talking with patients and which ones are perfect for a bold nighttime look. Either way, I'm determined NOT to be the gal that walks up to a makeup counter asking for a "pink frost" and wondering why it was discontinued 15 years ago. Don't You be that lady either...

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September 13, 2013

Fall Must Have: Military Inspired Coat


{boots: Vintage 9West (borrowed), jeans: J Brand, Tee: Cynthia Rowley @ TJMaxx, Coat: H&M, bracelets: Stella&Dot, rings: SD/vintage, lips: Tarte}

Since mid-Summer I've been stalking the internet, stores, magazines for the perfect army green military-inspired coat. It had to be a certain length, style and price. I had fallen in love with my friend Sarah's that she got last year at H&M. And...since  H&M literally left the building, we have no access to the store here in good ol' Rochester. Thankfully, H&M has done what we've all been waiting for and allowed us all to order online now. The stars were aligned and the fashion Gods were looking down upon me because a year later, an almost exact replica was on their website! Immediately I ordered it {for under 50 dollars} and I have been praying for cooler weather ever since so I can wear this baby. 

And just a little bit about the boots. These are actual vintage Nine West. {The label actually reads 9West} My friend Rachel bought them for FIVE dollars. They were resoled for 12 and so these amazing boots were literally under 20 dollars. Holla! Not only does Rach know how to redo vintage furniture, she can spot a vintage clothing find like a needle in a haystack. 

Which reminds me....have you entered the Rachel Clark Designs giveaway? A gorg, chic glossy black antler candleholder can be YOURS! It's the last day so enter here

Have a wonderful weekend and love you all for reading!! XO

*this post is being submitted for IFB Project #116 consideration*

September 11, 2013

Hello Camo & A Statement Necklace

{top: BR, necklace: StellaDot, pants: Gap, bracelets: Stella&Dot/J.CrewFactory, heels: Sam Edelman, sunnies: RayBan}

Thanks to Jason from Scott Miller salon for mentioning my "must haves" for Fall in their latest Style issue. I've kept to my word with wanting camo pants and finally decided on these skinnies from Gap. 

The real standout of this outfit in my opinion is not the bare, jagged, unkept nails, but the amazing statement necklace from Stella & Dot. If you are a dedicated TFR reader, {love you} you know I've come to a spending screeching halt for September. I mentioned I'd be bringing a few dolla saving tips and here's the first...If you can't afford to buy new jewels, why not host a Stella & Dot party in order to earn free jewels? I know most of my girls jump at a chance for a night out kibitzing, snacking, and guzzling sipping on a cocktail. You might feel awkward insinuating that they buy something, but I always make it well known that there is no pressure to buy! It's a rare night to get together with girlfriends and have fun and eat BLT dip. And earn free jewelry. Like this Pegasus necklace. That I could never afford to buy otherwise...No pressure though...

Don't forget to enter the antler decor giveaway going on until Friday at midnight! Enter here

September 9, 2013

Oh Deer, A Giveaway!

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Obviously the main focus of my blog is fashion and beauty, but since buying a new house, I've been in decorating mode. I've really been able to try some different and fun decor that I haven't used in the past. I asked my friend Rachel from Rachel Clark Designs to show me some of her tips and tricks for updating my {home} look. She busted out some fantastic ways on how to incorporate antlers into 3 different areas. My husband nearly had a heart attack when he heard I was allowing antlers as actual DECORATION in our casa. {sorry Sweets, but the large furry mounted head and his antlers stays put in the garage} Because I LOVE this mix of masculine charm, I wanted to offer my readers not only unique ways to display them but also the chance to spice up your own space! So Rachel is kindly offering one black, glossy antler candleholder seen in the foyer pictures. {Adorable coral candle not included but can be found here.} You have the entire week to enter and there are more ways than one to get more entries.  

Best of luck, have a wonderful week, and thanks for reading! 

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September 6, 2013

Transition Time: Take a Dress from Summer to Fall

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{dress: BR (on sale!, limited sizes), similar, white heels: RR from Kohls, similar, boots: NW(old), similar, cardigan: Gap (old), bracelets: SD}

September is a big transition month around our household. Bob went back to teaching, kids started school and a new daycare and I'm trying to figure out how to not spend a dime on clothing and beauty products for 30 days. I guess one way to save money would be to transition an outfit from Summer to Fall. I originally bought this dress for my tv appearance on our local CW. {If you haven't seen it yet, click here}. I love pairing it with these white heels I got from Kohl's and yes, I will wear them after Labor Day if I please. But when the temperature drops and I need to cover up, I can throw on my gray cashmere cardi from Gap and my knee high boots. And when the temperature really, really drops, tights could be added for extra warmth. So I guess this outfit really transitions from Summer to Fall to Winter. 

What pieces are you thinking of transitioning to Fall? 

September 4, 2013

Style Spotlight: Banana Republic Fall Bags

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{All bags found on: Banana Republic}

While most men find Fall simultaneous with Fantasy Football, women on the other hand (myself included) are more into the "Fantasy Wardrobe". It's an actual hobby for me to obsess over all the Fall clothes on the racks, in the magazines and on the web.  One item I'm always on the hunt for come September is a buttery, soft bag. Hobo, satchel, clutch, whatever. The deep rich tones and shiny hardware always catch my eye. I've been super impressed with Banana Republic's handbags as of late. I own the Presidio Hobo seen in previous posts and love how it looks better as it ages. Wish I could say the same for my forehead. So if I had to make my Fantasy Wardrobe picks this Fall, I'd definitely draft the satchel. It has versatility, depth, and will never sit the bench the entire season...