Weekly Roundup 31/52

Hey pals! I'm up to ears in moving and moving-related stress this week, but it's all good because I see the exciting changes on the horizon. I've been doing a bit of the in-between-homes limbo so I'm really excited to be finally getting settled in the upcoming week. Structure has never sounded so good.

Speaking of good, congratulations to Candy, the winner of the $100 gift card giveaway with The Limited and Tanger Outlets! I've got several giveaways lined up over the next few weeks, so make sure you're subscribed to email updates so you don't miss them! And for some more good, let's dig into some of my favorite links of the week!

1  I stopped in my web-surfing tracks when I saw this handmade ombre clay bead chandelier. The colors, the texture, the classic style- it's just SO good! The other styles are just as gorgeous, too. (Klaylife)  |  2  I thought everything about this baby girl nursery makeover, from the inspiration to the diy projects, was just perfect. (I Spy DIY)

 

3  I just loved looking through these comparison images of how much your hair part can affect the look of your face. It's inspired me to do a little experimenting. (Refinery 29)

 

4  This year has really held a lot of career ups and downs for me. I've been given some really amazing opportunities while also facing more rejection that I ever have in my life. My sister sent this to me this week and I thought the message was pretty powerful. (Elle)

Want a few more...?

The prettiest fireplace/mirror situation ever.

I loved reading about this rainbow blanket project.

Jonathan Adler is so clever.

Are new moon manifestations the new #goals?

I wish this notebook existed when I was a teen.

Free People is rocking my world! Check out these boots and this jacket. So dreamy, right?

Plus, my favorite follow of the week: @americasgotnotalent. This IG account is exactly what it sounds like: ridiculous, cringe-worthy, and a total guilty pleasure.

What are your favorite links of the week?

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FRIDAY VIBES // Summer Braids

Braids in summer are the perfect combo: you get to keep your hair off your face and still rock some major style. Plus they're pretty much the ultimate solution to less-than-perfect hair woes, from hiding roots to extended your wash for another day. This week I'm looking to the ladies of Instagram for their endless braid creativity. I'm crazy about these looks, especially the newer trends of braid rings and mixed textures.

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Have you tried any of these braids?

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Recap and Week 4 Inspiration

 

I LOVE seeing these beautiful pics every day! Way to keep it up, ladies! I'll be so happy to announce one of you as the winner of the ultimate Beauty Bag Giveaway next week!

 

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If you still haven't joined in but want your chance to win, don't fret! There are still seven more days and that means seven more chances to enter! You can download the prompt calendar here and simply tag your daily photos using the hashtag #FWSBeautyChallenge and voila! You've earned your entry for the day! (Tag me @freewillsstudio, too, so I can like and share your pics!) That's over $200 in free goodies for one lucky IGer, so don't forget to tag!

There are absolutely no “rules” in this challenge. Just check out the daily prompt and post a pic that shows off your own personal take on that day’s themes. The goal with this project is to feel free to express yourself and add some fun to your beauty routine, so let your imagination run wild!

If you, however, are one of those people that prefers a little more structure, I've put together a few fun pics to help clarify the prompts and help get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. Use this or don't- it's totally up to you! :)

 

Saturday, July 25: High Shine Metallic

Is there anything better than a glimmering bronze, silver, or gold? I think not. Unless, of course, we're talking rose gold. Then we've got a dialogue. ;)

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Sunday, July 26: Pastel Perfection

I love a pretty pastel hue, especially because pastels can be so surprisingly versatile. They can be ultra-feminine and delicate or unexpectedly edgy. How do you rock your candy colors?

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Monday, July 27: Graphic Mani

Graphic designs are my favorite way to wear nail art right now. They can be very simple or very intricate, but in my opinion, they always look chic. Inspire us with your own graphic works of art.

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Tuesday, July 28: Eye Liner Love

What's your favorite way to line your lids? Do you go bright or smoldering? Maybe you've got a brand or product you're raving about? Whatever your take, show us the tricks and tools you use to make your eyes pop!

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Wednesday, July 29: Budget Beauty

Who doesn't love a good bargain? Especially when it means stocking up on great beauty supplies! Show us your favorite drugstore finds and check the hashtag for some new recommendations to add to your list!

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Thursday, July 30: Hollywood Icon Beauty

Whose iconic style are you always trying to emulate? Maybe you've always wanted to try Sophia Loren's glam cat eye, Brigitte Bardot's sexy hair, or Ali MacGraw's au natural beauty. Whoever inspires you, now is your time to show us how you incorporate their classic style.

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Friday, July 31: Summer Fun!

You made it! Take today to have some fun in the sun, snap a pic showing us your summer style, and congratulate yourselves on a very beautiful July!

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Which prompt are you looking forward to most this week?

 

See you on IG, beauties!

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#FWSBeautyChallenge Inspiration: Fresh Beauty Ideas to Try This Week

Yesterday officially kicked off the #FWSBeautyChallenge! I had been pushing myself lately to bring the fun back into my daily routine. I wanted to get more creative with it all. Try some of the looks I'm always pinning instead of just sticking with the quickest and easiest. And thus the challenge was born!

If you're thinking of joining in (and you totally should!), you can pick any days from the calendar prompts- you can do as little or as much as you choose- and just put your own personal spin on the theme!

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Then simply post your pics to Instagram and tag me (@freewillsstudio) plus use the hashtag #FWSBeautyChallenge to be automatically entered in this awesome giveaway!

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Every day you post is a new entry so the more you post, the more likely you are to win!

And now for the REALLY fun part! I've been getting a few questions about the prompts, so I thought I'd give a more in depth look at the ideas behind the daily themes and help get all the inspirational/creative juices flowing!

*Sidebar: These are just my own personal ideas in case you would like some more clarification or feel stuck on any one prompt. Please know I want anyone participating to FEEL FREE to take as much liberty with the themes as their hearts desire. There are no "rules" to this challenge.
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Friday, 7/3: My Go-To Lip Color

I think this one's pretty self-explanatory. I want to see your standby shade! It's a fun way to see everyone's favorites and maybe get some new ideas for yourself. Like virtual shopping with your BFFs! You can simply show us your pucker or the lip color itself- get creative with it!

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Saturday, 7/4: Red, White, or Blue

Pick one or sport all three! Show us how you're rocking your patriotic spirit!

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Sunday, 7/4: Laid Back Sunday Vibes

Is there anything better than perfectly undone hair or glowing barely-there makeup? Not in my book. Show us how you do casual cool.

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Monday, 7/6: Beauty Bag Favorites

The IG equivalent of looking in someone's medicine cabinet. Show us your favorites and we'll show you ours. (Tip for product image newbies: if you don't have a visually appealing surface to take photos on, a white board or even a large piece of white paper can serve as a great crisp backdrop.)

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Tuesday, 7/7: Tropical Color Mani

This will be a fun one for me because I always tend to go for the moody nail color choices and this will push me to go with something bright and summery. Pick your favorite bright color or go full-on nail art- it's up to you!

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Wednesday, 7/8: Go for the Gold

Gold is my all-time favorite color and the possibilities for this prompt are really endless. Show us how you shine!

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Thursday, 7/9: How I Rock a Top Knot

Top knots are my favorite hair trend to come out in the past couple of years. Show us your favorite top knot variation or try something completely new. There are so many different top knot ideas out there.

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I hope this helped inspire those of you taking part in the #FWSBeautyChallenge. And if you're deciding whether or not you'd like to give it a try, it's never too late to jump in and give it a try!

Follow me on Instagram to see my takes on this week's prompts!

 

I hope to see you there! :)

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Five Minute Friday: Taking the Time to Feel Beautiful (plus a New Instagram Beauty Challenge!)

One of the goals I made for myself this month involved fixing my hair and doing my makeup everyday. I see how that might sound completely silly, but between a lot of work-at-home days and being a horrible sweaty monster moving into a new apartment, these things had really become last priority. And I was feeling much less than my most beautiful self.

The thing about it is, I truly love beauty: hair, makeup, nails, whatever. It's just fun, right?! So I set this goal to kind of challenge myself to bring the fun back into it, and it definitely has!

 

Whether it was trying a darker lip color, a fun mani, or an easy braid, I was really only spending a couple of minutes more than in my regular routine but it was a whole lot more inspiring!

I liked it so much, in fact, that I created a beauty-related Instagram challenge for July to keep the fun going!

I'll be going into more detail on Monday's post, but here's a sneak peek for now...

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I hope you'll join in and tag your pictures with #fwsbeautychallenge! There are so many reasons I'd love for you to take part (one of which is a PRIZE!!!). But like I said, more on that Monday. ;)

In the meantime, why not head on over to my Instagram and make sure you're following? July is already starting to look so much more beautiful!

 

Happy weekend, friends!

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Top 10 Must-Try Beauty Trends for S/S 15

We're getting our first glimpses of Spring and I'm really starting to feel the excitement that comes with updating my look. Fresh, easy, colorful- all words I'm welcoming with open arms right now. If you're looking to shake up your beauty routine, too, here are my top 10 favorite beauty trends of the season for a little inspiration...

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Which beauty trend are you most excited to try?

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Pinspiration: Candy Colored Hair

I've been thinking about unconventional hair color for at least two years now, ever since  I saw rainbow hair dye pioneers Charlotte Free and Kelly Osborne in their (respectively) pink and lavender locks. I'm not usually one to pine over a decision in regards to my hair. When I wanted Ashlee Simpson's black shaggy cut circa 2004, even though I'm naturally blonde, I just did it. That day. After about 3 minutes of weighing the pros and cons. Was it smart? Absolutely not. It is way too much work to maintain a color on the opposite end of the spectrum, not to mention the havoc it wreaks your hair. But the point is, I'm not afraid to go bold. I've had bright red, bleach blonde, hot pink streaks- I don't mind a little crazy in my hair game.

Except lately I kind of do. Not only I am starting to feel the pressures of looking adult and "responsible" (truly annoying), but I've also spent the last year and a half growing out all of my experimental color because my hair was starting to feel like straw. I'm almost done with that whole process and my hair feels a lot better, but it also feels like a big old snoozefest.

So what's a girl to do? Scouring Pinterest for an endless amount of beautiful options and confusing myself more seemed like a horrible idea. So, well, I did that and here they are. Please enjoy and continue obsessing over my own hair with me immediately following said inspiration.

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Beautiful, right? So that's the major pro. Plus it's pretty bad a$$ and since rainbow colored hair is so "on trend" it has much chicer connotations than it's grunge/punk predecessors.

But I have a few concerns:

1. I don't want to absolutely destroy my hair.

2. I don't like the idea of hair chalk, mainly just because chalk makes my skin crawl.

3. I don't want to get fired.

Thoughts/ideas? Have you tried anything like this that worked really well? Any thoughts on color choice? Over analyze hair with me in the comments section! (And hopefully I'll be showing some results sometime this summer...)

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