I don’t follow the runway shows (except for Dior & Elie Saab; be still my heart!) but after seeing the Fall ’17 Michael Kors collection come across my social media I had to check it out! The instant vibe I got was, “Paris Meets Prep,” and somehow the whole collection looked startlingly familiar… My Pinterest board, “5th Avenue at 5am” could have been a literal inspiration/mood board for this collection, which is why I fell in love with it!
These are my 12 favorite looks from the MK F17 runway this month:
Give me all the navy blue and white! Things I love about this collection: The platform heels, wide shoulders and tapered waists, wide belts, double breasted men’s wear cut jackets and coats, pinstripes, and all the suit separates you can mix and match!
Do you follow runway shows every season? Who are your favorites and how do they give you inspiration for your own style?
I wasn’t originally going to publish a Valentine’s Day makeup look because I didn’t want to shop for new stuff, but I’ve started this new thing where I try to “shop” my own collection of makeup! I ended up finding some palettes I haven’t used in a while and created this look that was just too pretty not to share! If you’re thinking of creating a last-minute romantic makeup look for today I suggest you go back through your old makeup and see what you can find! You really only need a few shades of blush/pink/peach eye shadows, a dusty/rosy pink lipstick and a liquid illuminator. If you’re really desperate, head to the drugstore! I’ll be linking drugstore “dupes” for all the products I used too!
For the lips I layered three newly released Maybelline products: 125 Magnetic Mauve Color Sensation Shaping Lip Liner, 565 Almond Rose Matte Lipstick & 02 Grey Envy Vivid Matte Liquid Color Sensational Gloss. Y’all may remember me raving over the vivid matte liquid product before HERE and I’m in love with this new one as much as I was with the original shades!For the eyes I started with a light pink shimmer shadow all over the lid and worked a smokey rose shade into the crease, then blended a deep golden brown into the outer corners and finished with a glitter bronze gold in the center of the lid. For liner I used a small tapered brush and smoked out a line along the upper lashes with a charcoal gray to keep everything soft and romantic.To get the “glowy” skin look I mixed a small amount of liquid illuminator with my foundation and blended with a sponge applicator. I finished with a rich peachy powder blush and a swipe of powder highlighter to really make my skin look healthy and bright! Do your brows and contouring the way you normally would.
After 2 months of research I made the big move from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress sight and 2 years later I’m so glad I did! While hosting my own site has it’s special set of challenges, it feels amazing to be able to focus on CONTENT and less on tweaking my site. I have to thank Blogger for all the coding I learned though, because it sparked my interest and led me to choose coding as my main course of study in Uni! I have learned SO much about running a blog in the last two years and have enjoyed growing, even through the tough moments! To celebrate this 2 year Blogaversary I’m sharing a few blog-related facts you may not know about me!
I’ve had 5 different blog names since 2009! (Bello Bene, Amphoria Bello, Glitter & Bow, My DIY Life, and now, RKC Southern!)
RKC Southern stands for my initials, Rachel Kennedy-Christian (my first, maiden and married names!) + an ode to my upbringing and my mother’s heritage as a dyed-in-the-wool Southern lady!
The 3 blog posts I spent the LEAST amount of time on were the ones to go viral (Example: If you search “Don’t Kill My Vibe” on Google my design is the FIRST image to show up! HERE. The image is all over Pinterest but my initial pin from the blog post where I first published the image has been RT’d 94k times and counting! I created that design on a whim in 5 minutes.)
Until about 2 months ago I shot ALL my photos with an Android smartphone camera and edited them online with PicMonkey!
I met my now best friend through an online blogging class and we both moved to Nashville within months of each other!
Because I lived in Germany for 5 of the 8 years I’ve been blogging my blog has been featured on more European sites and publications than American ones.
I’ve been asked my growth strategy for gaining a Pinterest following and my numbers are only where they are because I started using Pinterest when they were in Beta testing! There weren’t many pinners to follow when I was invited to join so everyone was just following the only accounts that existed!
I don’t plan non-sponsored content/posts out more than a month in advance. The truth is I just don’t get inspired until the last minute, so when I do, I run with it! For example I realized two days ago that it was my 2 year WP anniversary and decided to write about it this morning!
My blog revenue pays for my designer handbag and shoe addiction but I’ve NEVER paid retail for any of it. I wait for sales, save up, and buy 90% of my luxury collection second hand.
75% of my blog content and videos are shot between 6pm and Midnight! I get most inspired and fired up to work at night, which is why I’ve invested in some good lighting equipment!
I’m also sharing some of the blogging must-haves that I’ve discovered along the way with you today! I use most of these items every time I’m prepping a post:
I’ve mentioned many a time on this blog and on my social media how much I love Missguided clothes and how often I purchase from them! They have the prettiest, feminine pieces for great deals and they run SALES all the time! Right now they’re offering 40% OFF EVERYTHING and I had to share a round-up of my favorite red and pink pieces! So many of these are in my shopping cart right now — which ones should I get?!
40% off valentines must haves with code WITHLOVE40, 45% off site wide with code 45mg(excludes sale), 4% cash back with Ebates!
I was looking through some shots I took of some beautiful French hotels I stayed at last time I was in Paris and it inspired me to shoot a little boudoir theme collection of my January Favorites! Paris is the easiest city to fall in love with, don’t you think? 🗼❤️