Flat lay of makeup and beauty products

rise & sparkle: my morning routine

Every morning, I wake up a regular, groggy human and have just 30 minutes to transform into the fabulous pinup girl you know and love. I’ve been expanding and experimenting with my daily makeup and morning stuff lately, so I thought now would be a great time to share my morning routine and all the products that help me achieve my everyday sparkle. I have a solid mix of drugstore and prestige brands amongst my go-to products, so there’s a little something for everyone.

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Close up of pink and blue floral nail art

5 floral manicures I wish I could do

I go through phases with my nails. For a while I’ll be satisfied with a nice, simple coat of polish. And then I’ll start thinking about nail art. I look at tutorials. I scroll through Pinterest. “I could do that,” I think to myself. I attempt the nail art. I cannot do it. I give up on nail art and go back to just plain painted nails…until the cycle begins again.

Floral everything has captured my heart this spring, and manicures are no different. This time,  I thought I’d share the nail art I’ve been fixating on…maybe some of you with more artistic tendencies than me can actually make use of them.

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5 easy ways to start rocking pinup style today

When I first started to get interested in pinup style, I had no idea where to begin. All the perfectly put together ladies I saw online were intimidating…it seemed like I had no choice but to go from zero to Bettie Page in a single bound. And that definitely wasn’t going to happen!

But looking back now (seven years and a lot of learning later), I know how easy it can be to start making small changes one by one. Not only is this a good way to dip your toes in the pool and feel cute instead of like you’re in costume, but it’s also the most budget friendly way to get into pinup style! (Click here for more ideas for pinup style on a budget!)

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up your selfie game (for free!)

Love it or hate it, the selfie is here to stay. I think it’s pretty obvious which side I come down on…I’ll save my lengthy thoughts about selfies as self-affirmation for another time (you can get a taste of it in my body positivity post), and focus today on the most important part:  how do you take a good one? I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but more than one friend has said I take the best selfies. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not, but I can without a doubt say that I’ve taken enough of them to have a few tips.

A lot of advice posts I’ve seen recommend ring lights or special apps or other doohickeys, but I don’t have time to mess around with that business. These tips are mostly for you: what you can do to increase your chances of having a selfie you’ll be proud to post. #wokeuplikethis

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