Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ready for the Holidays with Influenster

Can you believe that Christmas is already over, and right around the corner is 2016?! This week I've teamed up with Rachel from Brilliantly Chic to show you some ideas for New Years and holiday looks!
What speaks holidays more than sequins? I feel like for a bit sequins were a bit cliche (I think of the crazy bedazzled blouses with huge shoulder pads from a few decades back..) Now, I love how elegant they can be (although not always..)
 Every look has to have a focal piece, and this dress is just that. This is a favorite dressbarn piece from a few years ago.
 For a dressy look such as a holiday party, or for a nice dinner I have paired this dress with black leather Kate Spade boots, and a mink wrap. Although I love short booties, these boots provide much more warmth on cold Wisconsin winter evenings.
 For a more laid-back look I put on this lightweight long dress jacket to stay warm, but also to be not be so "formal dressy." 

What holiday look would be complete without a little glam? This month I received my second #voxbox from Influenster to test the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. I love the volume it gives my lashes, but because it is a more fibrous sort of mascara throughout the day little flecks tend to fall on my face (who wants that?). I encourage you to try it & see what you think!
 Be sure to check out the gorgeous Rachel from Brilliantly Chic below to see how she does holiday style!

Brilliantly Chic

 From the McWilliams household to you & yours...Happy Holidays!
<3 CMM

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter Whites, Golds, and Everything Nice

It officially feels like winter here in Wisconsin this weekend with temperatures in the 30's and frost on the ground!  
If you live in a cold weather climate, like Wisconsin, you need a winter jacket (or a few depending on the level of warmth you need). This black long pea coat is my absolute favorite jacket of all time...and it was purchased at a resale shop for only $20 (originally from J Crew!). 
 Today's look has lots of texture going on. Rather than pattern mixing why not try texture mixing? We have the fur of the scarf, the soft chiffon of the blouse, and the tweedy style of the skirt. 
Both this cream blouse and skirt are from Kohl's several years ago, but I love how classic and versatile they are. I have been able to get so much use out of them!
I'm once again loving this faux fur scarf wrap from Target. It's not only cozy, but the perfect chic accessory with nearly any look!
Every great look needs beautiful accessories to go along with it right? This bracelet is a favorite from Charming Charlies and this clutch is from Target (which I thrifted for under $2). They both compliment the color scheme, but add more pattern to the look as well too!

Hopefully you had a fabulous weekend & are staying warm!
<3 CMM

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Animal Kingdom

It's hard to believe that one week ago I was traveling back home from my trip to Mexico and Dallas. While I was there I of course had to do a little bit of shopping! I was visiting a dressbarn store in Irving, TX and stumbled upon an oxblood vegan leather dress I had been swooning over (as had many magazines), but I never had gotten around to purchasing it. I knew I had to have it!

So often my fall/winter go to over a dress is a leather jacket, but with this dress it was a bit too much, so I had to come up with some other options. Each look I put together centers around fur. Whether it be real or fake, fur is luxe!

 Look 1.

I took a chambray button up that I had in my closet, and tied it at my waist (about three buttons up from the bottom). I then layered a long chain necklace, and put a dark faux fur scarf over the necklace. This one I purchased at Target last year (I have it in teal & a light brown as well). I've seen some new colors and styles at Target this  year as well. To add some pattern to this look, I paired it with a shimmering snake skin patterned clutch from Target (thrifted for $1.50). I chose light brown booties (since I didn't have oxblood) which cognac trim. Would you believe they are from WAL-MART?! They were less than $30, and have a very comfortable heel height. 

Look 2. 

I chose a gold & "parkly" statement necklace from Target (thrifted for $4), to match my pave gold bracelet and ring (also from Target). The real focus of this look however is this mink fur cape (real fur). Would you believe I thrifted this from St. Vinny's for only $6. I'm not much of a fur person, but at that price how could I not get it?! To dress up this look I chose a pair of black snakeskin heels (thrifted $5). This would be a great look for a winter wedding or party!

Look 3.

 This look is all about this faux fur leopard jacket from Forever 21. I do not wear it often, as it does make for quite a statement, but it is a fun piece to have in my closet. I chose a large brown pearl necklace, black clutch, and black booties for a classic look. This look would be great for dinner, church, or a fun day out & about.

Always remember that so often a piece in your closet can be styled many different ways! Hope you're having a great weekend!
 <3 CMM

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Influenster-YSL Rouge Pur Couture Review

Happy Saturday! Hopefully you had a fabulous week. Today I wanted to speak about Influenster, and the free lipstick I received for testing purposes! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Influenster, it is a company that sends samples to its members to test and review based on their social media presence. It is absolutely free to sign up! Just because you sign up, doesn't mean you will necessarily receive free product (you have to meet the qualifications of the test). 
YSL VoxBox

I was so excited when I received an email stating I had qualified to receive the YSL Rouge Pur Couture voxbox! Lipstick has never been my thing until about one year ago. Although I generally wear perfect nude #228 by ULTA, I have been branching out of my normal zone with brighter hues as well lately.  Two lipsticks, Fuchsia & Rose Stiletto, part of YSL's Rouge Pur Couture line were included in the box. I've never worn hot pink lips before, but can I just say Fuchsia has my heart!
 I've worn this color when I really want my look to.. "POP!" 
The other color, Rose Stiletto, is more of a neutral red color. 
I really have loved testing these two lip colors out (they will last me for quite some time). I love the packaging they come in, as well as the amount of time they last! I can go the whole day without a total reapplication, which I can't say of my drug store brand lipstick. 

Want to know my only complaint? The taste... Each time I put it on I seem to notice a very chemically sort of taste in my mouth for quite some time after application. I haven't noticed this with my drug store brand lippies before.

 All in all I would highly recommend these gorgeous colors and all the other hues YSL Beauty has to offer as part of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Collection!
Have a great rest of your weekend!

<3 CMM


Monday, October 26, 2015


I've been seeing many bloggers style capes & ponchos this fall, and after seeing this beauty at dressbarn I thought it was time that I jump on board with the trend!
 This beauty is $35, and comes in black as well too! Because of the neutral tones in the cape, I decided to continue the neutrals throughout the rest of my look (Although it would look great with a pop of color too!).
 How cute are these booties (and how pretty is this side walk)? Guess where they are from....WAL-MART! They are currently on sale online for about $17. I did what any savvy shopper would do and ordered them online and picked them up in store (no shipping cost). In store they are about $24 (still a great price).
Another great WAL-MART find includes these beautiful front to back earrings (only $3)!
This belt matches perfectly with my booties & works to give the cape a different look!

I hope you had a great Monday!

<3 CMM