Author: Calley Rae

May Favorites {2015}

My favorite beauty and lifestyle products for May 2015!

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Minty Turquoise Nails

The sun has been making more and more appearances and I couldn’t be more excited!! Because of the recent appearance of sunshine, I decided to bust out one of my all-time favorite Spring nail colors: mint. The mint I went with is Turquoise & Caicos by Essie. This color reminds me so much of Tiffany & Co.’s signature color, which is why I think most of you can agree with me when I say it’s one of the best colors ever- based solely on the beautiful jewelry alone. I love using my Tiffany & Co. jewelry boxes as decorations around my room, and I usually drape a small necklace or bracelet across them. The color looks great paired with silver and gold. To play off of this, I added some silver sparkle to my ring finger on each hand to mimic diamonds. To make the silver glitter polish (Set in Stones) pop even more, I painted it on top of a base layer of a neutral color (Toasted Marshmallow). This also made the glitter easier …

Yummy Poached Egg & Avocado Breakfast!

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, my typical breakfast smoothie is no longer cutting it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good frozen banana & chocolate protein yumminess to start the day, but it’s getting a little old and a little too cold. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to food, and once I find something I like I stick to it until I find a new obsession. Enter this recipe. I came across the idea of avocado on toast a while ago, but never got around to trying it. Wholly guacamole was I missing out!! Not only is it delicious, but it keeps me full all morning and is loaded with tons of healthy fats. About three days ago I decided to try adding a poached egg on top. The result: perfection.   Granted, I had never cooked a poached egg before, but YouTube eased my anxiety. Thanks Jamie Oliver! (check out his easy tutorial here) This is totally worth giving a shot, and literally takes no time at …

Mermaid Inspired Nails

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with mermaids lately. I’m not sure if its their gorgeous long and flowing hair, or the fact that their shell bra’s reminds me of a bikini which, in turn, makes me think of the beach. Meaning, basically I’m jealous that these fictional characters live in a place so warm that all they need is two shells and a fork comb to look great. I think I can officially say the Polar Vortex has gotten to me. Until it’s warm enough to head into the ocean for a swim, the next best way to feel like Ariel is to paint my nails mermaid-esq. I decided to go with one of my favorite polishes Essie’s For The Twill Of It. The metallic sheen that changes colors in different settings is the perfect polish to mimic the changing color of a mermaid’s fin. To add some shine and a “scale” look, I used Hors D’oeuvres, also by Essie. I love this glitter polish because it has both silver and gold which is totally …

Photo Diary: Playing Catch-up

Because of the craziness that has been the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to upload any of my recent photos. Now that those hectic few weeks are behind me {praise the University gods} I’ve decided to post some of my favorites from recent shoots. Most of them are from about two weeks ago when my family came to visit. We went to the Lilly House in Indianapolis and it was amazing! If you ever find yourself in Indy, I would definitely recommend a visit!! The house is spectacular and the gardens surrounding it are even better! XOXO Love, Calley Rae P.S.-Check out my last post where I created a Thanksgiving Trip video here!! Related articles Photo Diary: Trip to Little Nashville (lovecalleyrae.com) Thanksgiving 2013 (lovecalleyrae.com)

Thanksgiving 2013

After weeks of school work, classes, exams, and group projects, I can final breath a sigh of relief!! Ahhhh…. Finals aren’t until next week, but lucky for me, all but one of my classes are over with. Yayy!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to go home and see my family, friends, and the beach {it’s been four months!!}. Although I haven’t been home in quite some time, I was lucky enough to have some family members come to Indiana to visit for Thanksgiving. They’re the best!! It was my cousin sister, Sarah’s, first time here and she had a blast blast. Maybe we’ve got a future Hoosier on our hands?! I took A TON of footage while they were visiting and decided to share some of it with you!! Hope you enjoy!! {Watch it in HD, it’s better that way!!} Happy Holidays!! XOXO Love, Calley Rae P.S.-music by Young Triforce Cat Baron

Fall Makeup Must Haves!

Yay for Fall makeup!! In this post I’ve listed my essential cosmetic products for the cooler months, and have tried my best to entice you to try them out as well-yeah, I’m that friend. 1- Bronzer: Even though I love cozy sweaters and warm scarfs, I’m still a little bitter that the sun has gone into hiding and with it, my tan. To keep from looking sickly {it happens to the best of us}, I like to apply a small amount of my NARS Laguna Bronzer, just for some definition and warmth. Don’t go crazy though, less is more when it comes to bronzer in the colder months! 2- Fall Eye Palette: I love playing with warmer eyeshadows in Autumn and this shadow quad by Maybelline in 02Q Natural Smokes is perfect! You can easily transition your look from day to night with these colors, and they look great with a nude lip! Not to mention how convenient it is having all the colors for one look in the same palette. I give this two …

Essie’s For The Twill Of It

Lately I’ve been obsessed with the whole 90’s grunge look. Im talking oversized sweaters, combat boots, beanies, ripped jeans, the whole nine yards. Being a 90’s baby, I can remember listening to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with my super stylish next door neighbor. I always envied her “in your face” band shirts and cool black nail polish; and while my parents may have shook there heads at her disheveled appearance, I always looked up to her as a kind of fashion role model. Because I’ve been rocking faux leather skinnies and oversized flannel tops a lot lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a nail polish that reflected that “devil-may-care” vibe while still being November appropriate. Essie’s Fall 2013 color For The Twill Of It fit the bill! I love the metallic coloring of it and the way it changes in the light. It really plays on the whole holographic trend thats been getting some attention lately as well. Not only is the coloring rad, but if you mess up the polish before it dries …

Photo Diary: Trip to Little Nashville

Sometimes you just need to get away, and this past weekend was like that for me. I’ve been so busy with tests, papers, and readings that I haven’t had any “me time” in a while. This past Sunday I decided to venture to a nearby town for a {really} mini vacation. Yay for Sunday Funday! The town is Nashville, IN. and it reminds me of the town from Hocus Pocus, super cute and super homey. It has locally owned shops that offer everything from homemade ice-cream to decorative shops. The streets are decked out in Christmas garb and I couldn’t have been more happy. Here are some pictures I took during my little trip to Nashville. Enjoy! It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas!! I loved this little shop’s decoration!! Pretty vintage bike. I seem to find a buffalo everywhere I go. Pretty little side street. Never miss an opportunity to take a picture with a horse. Never. Pretty flag display. Word. Really cool beaded curtain. What are your favorite ways to spend your …

Favorite {Drugstore} Fall Lip Colors

This Fall has just been one big experiment for me. It’s my second year being in Indiana and now that I am used to the cold (it’s still in the 70’s in my hometown), I feel like I can fully appreciate what the Midwest Autumn has to offer. From the rich yellows, plums, and reds of the falling leaves to the crystal clear blues of the rivers and streams, I’m in awe. Mother Nature has completely outdone herself and it has inspired me to reflect these bold colors in my fashion and beauty choices. The easier way to do this: lip color. I’ve never personally ventured into the darker lip realm. Sure I’ll throw on a red lip occasionally {aka-Christmas and New Years} but I usually stick to nudes and pinks. Recently the change of weather has me feeling a little bold. {{Exciting!!}} Almost everyday I have done a neutral eye with bold lips. Not only have I gotten loads of complements, but I feel like a whole new person. Weird how that works, isn’t …