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#NSALE Casual Outfit

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Jacket: Top Shop Sold Out (Similar HERE) | Tee: Caslon | Leggings: BP | Shoes: Adidas Sold Out (Similar linked below!) Fav everyday sneaker HERE

Sunglasses: BP | Bag: Marley Lilly

Today I wanted to share with you all a more casual look from the #NSALE. I know you all are probably SO tired of hearing about this sale but it really is THAT good. I’ve been placing so many orders even though I was supposed to cut myself off a LONG time ago. LOL sorry husband! 

I do NOT get supper dolled up every single day although through Instagram it may seem that way. It is just not possible some days for me to get runway ready. I have days where I stay at the computer for hours or am hoping in and out of the car running errands. I rock casual wear at least twice a week. I think the more casual look is becoming more popular which I am NOT mad about it at all. I picked a few items from the NSALE that arrived this week and I loved them SO much I had to brave the blazing southern heat to take pics and share with you all. I apologize for how bad these photos are, but it was BOILING!

I really want THESE sneakers., but I actually might buy THESE today instead bc I love the color combo.

I am waiting for THESE tees to come back in bc they have been selling like CRAZY. Every time I add them to my cart and then check out they are gone -_-!  

I hope you all liked today’s post! Let me know if you want to see more casual wear! XO

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Summer Makeup Tutorial

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Hello Friends! I am so glad to FINALLY share a makeup tutorial with you all. It MIGHT be my most requested post! I decided to attempt video. Honestly, it didn’t turn out half has tragic as I thought it would BUT I’m no Jaclyn Hill that’s for sure LOL! I had SO much fun doing this. I will for sure be adding more video content to the blog. 

This look is what I do when I am needing to get ready rather quick but need to be put together. I can usually complete this look in about 15 min from start to finish. I didn’t include my skin care routine or how I did my brows but I will linked everything that I used below. 

I am going to warn you now, my voice is raspy bc I am getting over a cold so you will just have to ignore that. 

Face

Sephora 10hr Long Wear Perfection Foundation

Sephora Brightening Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 

AirSpun Loost Powder

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder

Maybelline Fit Me Powder

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish

BH Studio Pro Powder (dupe for MAC studio fix)

BH Cosmetics Contour Kit

Wet n Wild Highligther

Eyes

Mac Single Shadows

Similar Mac Palette HERE

Lashes – Kiss #11 Lashes

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

Lips

Kylie Lip Kit in Dolce K and Malibu

Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss 

Brushes

ELF Ultimate Blending Brush

Real Techniques Sponge

Eyeshadow Brushes

Watch my latest tutorial below! Be sure to thumbs up the video and subscribe for more. XO



Thank You for stopping by and reading today’s post! Let me know in the comments if you want more videos and what you’d like to see.

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@ShopTheMint Floral Maxi

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Dress: The Mint Julep Boutique/@ShopTheMint

Hello! You may have noticed I skipped yesterday’s post! Funny story, we went to the lake over the weekend and when we got back home Sunday night I could not move. I was SO sore from tubing. I guess I am not as young as I think I am! LOL 

On another note, I am SO excited ab today’s post. This is in collaboration with The Mint Julep Boutique also known as @ShopTheMint on Instagram! I am ALL about a good maxi dress. The Mint Julep has a TON of adorable maxi dress in all colors and styles. The one thing I LOVE about this boutique is that they are very affordable. I love boutiques that offer cute clothing at affordable prices. You all know I am ALL about a good deal. 

I actually wore this dress to B and I’s anniversary lunch! I got SO many compliments. I had it for one day and all of my girlfriends ad family were texting me to borrow! 

If you haven’t that the chance to check out The Mint Julep Boutique, do so ASAP. They have new arrivals often so you are bound to find something you love. If you sign up for their email list you get $10 off your first order!! 

Shoes: Marc Fisher | Earrings: sold out (similar HERE) | Watch: MK Similar on sale HERE | 

Thank You so much to The Mint Julep Boutique for collaborating with me for today’s post.

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Classic Black & White

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Dress: BooHoo Sandals: Jack Rogers Monogram: Etsy Watch: MK 

Hello friends! Can you all believe it is Thursday already?! I feel like this week has flown by. Today’s outfit is one I have been loving. I love a good black dress especially when it can be either dressed up or down. I dressed it down by styling it with a pair of some of my favorite sandals for summer BUT you could totally add some wedges or heels and dress it up. 

What I love about black dresses is that you can pair them with almost any color accessories. I opted for white bc it is such a classic and effortless touch.

I know I have shared a TON of dresses lately…oops…but they are just SO easy to throw on and go. This southern heat is NO joke so I try to dress as comfortably as possible. 

On another note, the Nordstrom sale opens for public access tomorrow. I am going to be sharing what I purchased from the sale. I got a few suggestions to do a try on session and share items that way. Would it be something you are interested in? Let me know in the comments to in an Instagram DM.

Also I am planning to giveaway a Nordstrom gift card tomorrow in honor of the sale. All you have to do to enter is comment on an Instagram post from THIS week to be entered. Each comment = 1 entry! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

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Pink Ruffle Dress under $20

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Dress: Kohls (under $20)  Heels: Similar HERE Watch: MK 

When I first saw this pink ruffle dress I fell in love, and when I saw the price tag my jaw dropped. I mean $20 is a STEAL. Kohls is actually offering an additional 15% off making it about $16. This might be one of my favorite budget finds of the season. I think this would be PERFECT for a summer wedding or to pack for vacation. 

Kohls is actually one of B’s (my husband) favorite stores. He loves the price point and shops there constantly. Whenever we go I like to check out the sale racks bc they have some crazy good deals AND let you stack coupons and Kohls cash! 

On another note, this week here at AlexusLaneiaXO blog we have been doing some major organization and bts work. I even “hired” my little sister on as an intern and it has been the biggest blessing!!! I keep asking myself why I didn’t get some help sooner. Honestly it is A LOT of behind the scenes work blogging even as a small blogger & B (who typically helps me a lot) has been working some crazy hours lately so I am taking all the extra help I can get.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and reading today’s post. 

P.S I am giving away a Nordstrom gift card at the end of the week in honor of the Anniversary Sale. All you have to do is comment on my Instagram pics from this week. Each comment = one entry. Good Luck!! 

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#nsale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 – Everything you need to know about the biggest sale of the year

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What is the #nsale? 

The #nsale is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that happens every year and is without a doubt the biggest sale of the year. A large selection of new arrivals are marked down & it is the perfect time to stock up for the fall and winter.

When is the #nsale?

The #nsale has early access for Nordstrom cardholders that starts today July 13th and goes through July 20th, and then the sale opens to the public on July 21st and ends August 6th.  

How to get early access? 

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To gain early access to the sale and shop these amazing deals early, you have to be a Nordstrom card holder. You can apply HERE for a card, if you are are approved you also get a $20 note to use toward the sale. If you haven’t done so already I highly recommend bc items will go FAST! 

How to prepare for the sale? 

Before the sale I highly recommend going through your closet to purge any old items AND to figure out what items you need to add. I also keep a list of any designer items I’ve been eyeing since there are always a TON of big name brands on sale.

What should I look for & what are the best deals? 

Shopping the sale is a bit (ok..VERY) overwhelming. I personally think the sale is the best time to purchase staple pieces for your wardrobe. Below is a list of items I keep my eye on. 

Designer jeans

Tennis shoes

Workout attire

 Cardigans & layering pieces

Designer shoes

Everyday Watches

Handbags

Everyday jewelry

T-shirts/Casual tops

Makeup Sets

What can we expect to see about the sale? 

I will be updating the “#Nsale” section under the SHOP tab at the top of my blog with all of my top picks and items that I think are good deals as well as restocked items. I will also be doing a try on post from items I find from the sale. 

I hope you all found this guide helpful. I promise not to blow up your feed with #nsale post bc I know everyone and their sister is. Thank you for stopping by. I can’t wait to see everyone’s #nsale purchases

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Gettin’ Lashed w/ Private Label Extensions

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Hello Friends! I am SO happy to be bringing you todays post.

As many of you know, I got started in the beauty/fashion/blogging industry about 2 years ago when I started my freelance makeup artist side gig. It took off and after receiving tons of questions all the time, I decided to start a blog to share my tips, tricks, secrets, etc. I have used a TON of makeup products over the years and know when I see a good product. 

I personally LOVE wearing false lashes. For me they are so easy to apply, convenient, and budget friendly. One thing I love about false lashes is that you can either get a natural look or go more dramatic in a matter of seconds without having to commit to one style/length as you would with lash extension. 

I recently had the opportunity to work with Private Label Extensions and test out two pairs of their mink lashes. Right off the bat when I saw their lashes I fell in love. They are BEAUTIFUL. I normally stay away from mink lashes because they can be a bit pricey but at $12 a pair, I couldn’t resist. $12 might seem a bit pricey for lashes but bc they are mink, you can get up to 20 wears out of them!!! These lashes are VERY high quality and feel and look luxurious. If you are a bride these would be PERFECT for your big day. I honestly can not say enough great things about these lashes. I will definitely be purchasing more and be using these in my freelance kit form now on.

You can check out Private Label Lashes HERE

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I get a lot of questions about how to apply false lashes, so I decided to do a mini tutorial for you all.

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What you will need: 

Tweezers

Lash Glue

Eyeliner

Mascara

Step 1: Once your remove lashes from packaging, measure the lash to your eye. If the lash is too long for your eye you might need to trim the outer ends. Do so carefully to avoid removing too much of the lash.

Step 2: Apply lash glue to the lash and let sit to get tacky for about 20-30 seconds. If you apply the lashes right after applying glue it will be a #hotmessexpress. 

Step 3: Apply lashes starting in the center and then apply the inner and outer corners. 

 Step 4: Apply mascara to the base of your natural lashes to blend with false lashes & apply a black eyeliner to upper lash line to hide the false lash band.

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I hope this post was helpful! If you try out the Private Label mink eyelashes, tag me in your pics.

Thank you Private Label Extensions for sponsoring this post.

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Color Block… & Tassel Earrings Under $20

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Tunic/Dress: UmGee (Similar HERE & HERE) | Wedges: Steve Madden | Earrings: Charming Charlie | Monogram: Etsy | Sunglasses: BP (only $14!!)

As you all know I am a sucker for neutral colors. I am trying SO hard to steer away from wearing just neutrals but it is HARD!! I ordered this dress online from a  fb boutique. I am SO wishing they would start a website bc they have the cutest stuff. I fell in love with this simple tunic/dress bc I had bought these earrings from Charming Charlie a few weeks ago and thought they would go so well together. You might have seen me show them in my Insta-stories while I was shopping there. They have a ton of BaubleBar style jewelry for my gals on a budget.

On another note, you might have noticed that I have been MIA lately. We have had a ton of family stuff go on and have had some big changes in our lives over the last month or so. I have been taking a break to deal with that and really be present. I appreciate everyones patience as I attempt to balance everything. 

I spent last night until ab 2am working on the blog!! I am really trying to brand and create some great content for you all. 

OK so this post got a bit long..oops. Thanks for stopping by and reading my rambles. Tune back tomorrow for some 4th of July inspiration. Signature

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Summer Look For Less…Bow Sandals, Designer Inspired Sunglasses, & More….

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Top: Francesca’s  | Jeans: Nordstrom | Sandals: Target | Watch: Apple Watch | Ring: Charming Charlie (On sale for $6!!) BaubleBar version HERE  | Earrings: Sold out, Just ordered some of THESE (only $16!) | Sunglasses: BP (only $12!) Designer version HERE | Bag: MK

Summer time is the best time to bring out all your fun and colorful pieces. When I saw this top in Francesca’s I HAD to have it. I think I paid like $15 for it. I LOVE stopping in Francesca’s during the summer bc they always have cute trendy pieces at affordable prices. I don’t believe in splurge on trendy items, so I love being able to get a designer look for less.

I have been dying for these bow sandals ever since I first saw them on Instagram but couldn’t justify spending $100 on them. I was thrilled to see target sell almost identical dupes for $25! I have linked them above!!! They do sell out FAST, but they usually restock. 

On another note, I wanted to share about a recent purchase of mine that I have been OBSESSED with. I bought an apple watch a week or two ago and I am so mad I didn’t get one sooner. I think I have worn it everyday. It has been SO handy. I know a lot of people have questions about them so I was thinking of doing a review on it. Would that be something you all are interested in?  Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by.

Check in tomorrow for an fun announcement/enhancement to the blog.  

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Feeling Blue…. Featuring Shoptiques

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Dress: Back Down South (Available via Shoptiques HERE) | Shoes: Marc Fisher

I shared this dress on Instagram on Easter and got SO many questions. I went to shoot the photos of this dress a few days later and by the time I went to write a post about it, the dress was sold out. I purchased mine at a local kentucky boutique BUT I was able to find the exact dress online!! I got SO excited bc I really wanted to share this with you all. 

Something about this dress is SO flattering…I am not sure if it is the cut to the stripes but I am obsessed. I paired this dress with my fav wedges. I know you all are probably SICK of seeing them but I can’t get enough of them. I promise I own other shoes LOL. I am glad I am getting my $$’s worth since they are a bit pricey.

Moving on, I wanted to share with you all this site I stumbled upon when trying to hunt down this dress for you all. I discovered Shoptiques and they had the dress in stock in all sizes and right around the price I paid for the dress. I was SO thrilled bc this site actually is like one big shop for a TON of boutiques. I could browse through their site for DAYS. I love how they offer one platform for a variety of shops and various price points. If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you checking out Shoptiques

Thank you SO much for reading today’s post! 

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