Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

If you're like us, it can be hard to think of the perfect little something special to get for friends and family on your gift list, which can lead to quite a lot of  holiday anxiety this time of year. Have no fear! We've rounded up our top picks for both gals and guys (though many of the items are interchangeable!) that are perfect for stuffing stockings or wrapping up for that special someone in your life. Check out our lists below!

1. Drop it Like It's Hot Teacup
2. Minimergency Kit for Her in Glitterbomb (perfect for the person on your list who is always on the go)
3. Macaron Soap Set
4. Elephant Bottle Opener
5. Planet Collar Pin (Jodi's top pick!)
6. Stegosaurus Candle
7. Moscow Mule Carry On Cocktail Kit (get yourself one too, no one is looking)
8. Holiday Light iPhone Charger (also available here)
9. Smartphone Selfie Light
10. Disco Ball Sequin Earrings
11. Velvet Turban Headband (Molly's top pick!)

1. Beard Grooming Kit
2. Shoe Cleaning Kit
3. Leather Coasters
4. Record-cleaning Groove Washer Kit
5. Swiss Army Knife
6. Tobacco and Sandalwood Candle
7. Balla for Men Powder (a top husband-approved pick!)
8. Wheel of Shots game (your cousin home from college will definitely approve)
9. Corkcicle Canteen
10. Weekender Wash Kit
11. Headphone and Cable Tidy

What are your favorite stocking stuffers or small giftable items? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter Garden Party

In case you need a refresher for our favorite trends this Fall and Winter, statement sleeves were the first thing we were jazzed about this season. Ruffles, cutouts, and fun details can really take a look to the next level. We're also pretty bonkers over dark florals and winter florals here at Mod Circus, so when I saw this dress at Zara, I knew I had to have it.

I mean, look at those shoulders! I love the scuba material structure of the dress because the ruffles really stick out all space-age style, and it also gives the dress a nice boxy '60s shape.

Cut aside, I adore the hyper realistic floral pattern on the dress. The muted and rich color palette make it perfect for a winter party or elegant event.

I paired the dress with some triple buckle Mary Janes for an edgy look and a black  purse to keep it simple. A serious statement necklace and large green ring help add a cocktail vibe to the look and dress it up. 

A dark maroon lip color, similar to a floral color found in the pattern makes the ensemble perfect for an evening out or a holiday party. Are you loving big sleeves this season? 

Outfit Details: Dress: Zara (similar), Necklace: Stella + Dot, Ring: Chloe + Isabel, Shoes: Modcloth (similar) Purse: Target (similar)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: A Very Vintage Holiday

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we can officially, without judgement, be totally, 100% into Christmas, right? Good, because we're kicking off this holiday season with a super fun Wear it Two Ways post featuring holiday vintage outfits. The holidays are a super nostalgic and classic time of year anyway with family traditions and Bing Crosby wafting out of every store you walk by. That, combined with the fact that December is loaded with holiday parties that may be a bit fancier than usual, makes it a perfect time to show off your vintage pieces! For more vintage-styling ideas, check out our Bold Vintage W2W from earlier this year.


When I visited Molly a few months ago and we went to Donna's Dress Shop in Kansas City, I spied this caftan and knew I had to try it on. Luckily, it was just my size because it was going to come home with me one way or the other. It's a gorgeous champagne color with rhinestone details along the neckline and sleeves which makes it perfect for the holiday season. 

I've gotten really lucky in the vintage department this year, because on another trip to Nashville a few weeks ago, I scored this pristine condition 1940's fur coat from a vintage pop up at Third Man Records. It even has "Davis" embroidered on the inside lining of it. Bette Davis perhaps? 

Now, since both of these items really speak for themselves, I kept the accessories to a minimum. Vintage earrings and a bold red lip help to play up the old Hollywood glamour vibe while still being current. 

The absolute best thing about this caftan is that it feels like pajamas while being super elegant and classy. If you've been reading here for a while, you know that those two things are very high on my list of priorities. Plus, I feel a little like Batman with the huge sleeves and that is never, ever a bad thing. 

Outfit details: Caftan: Donna's Dress Shop, Coat: vintage, Earrings: The Jewelled Gypsy


For my holiday look, I hit up Donna's Dress Shop's Holiday preview party a few weeks ago. I was walking around with this gorgeous green dress when Donna herself stopped and asked if I wanted to try on the dress in the velvet maroon dress on the mannequin in the front window. It was decked out in dramatic gold necklaces, but unfortunately I couldn't justify springing for all of those. Anyway, needless to say, that dress is the one that made it home with me. 

The velvet material is dreamy enough in itself, but I also love the trapeze silhouette of this dress. It's nice and comfy, but not too stuffy because you're still showing some leg. Since the dress is trimmed with both silver and gold, you could accessorize either way! I went with silver accents this time around. Silver ruffle shoes and a silver purse add a delightfully festive vibe. Since the trim is pretty bold, I opted for no necklace or earrings. 

I did, however, go all out with statement cocktail rings from Chloe + Isabel and a silver filagree vintage ring. Maroon lips matching the dress are a fun modern addition to the look, and matchy-matchy is perfect for vintage looks. A baby beehive hair style was an obvious hair choice here. I secured it with a maroon velvet bow to match, but unfortunately didn't get a great shot of that. 

The best part is that you can eat lots and drink some bubbly and the dress won't get tight, but you still look fancy. I can confirm this because I already took it on a test run at my office Thanksgiving party, where I ate entirely too much. You can bet that won't be the last time it makes an appearance this season!

Molly's Outfit Details: Dress: Donna's Dress Shop, Shoes: H&M (similar), Purse: H&M (similar), Rings: Chloe + Isabel (here and here)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ipsy Overview

Have you heard of Ipsy, the monthly subscription where you get beauty samples delivered to your door in adorable little makeup bags every month for only $10? I typically post a picture of my monthly haul when I receive it, so I just thought I'd break down my experience and show you some of the things I've gotten. (FYI-We are not getting compensated, or working on behalf of Ipsy in any way, I'm just providing some insight to those of you who may be curious or on the fence!) Below are some of the products I've received in the little bit over a year that I've been subscribing.

First of all, how about those adorable little bags the samples come in?! These are super fun and functional parts of getting the Ipsy package in the mail every month. They typically center around some sort of theme, often seasonal. I will forever have an amazing stash of travel bags for makeup, jewelry and skincare. Each bag comes with five products and I've gotten everything from tweezers, to makeup brushes and every type of makeup imaginable. 

One of the best things Ipsy has done for me is gotten me more serious about my skincare routine. From facial masks (many of which I've used up) to amazing moisturizers, face serums, and exfoliating products, I've become much more serious about caring for my skin. I've really noticed a difference in the reduction of fine lines and more hydrated skin, both of which make makeup go on much easier! Some of my favorite things I've received in this category include Ren Skincare moisturizer, Glamglow Firming Treatment, and BioRepublic's masks

I've also gotten some amazing lip colors that are different shades than I might not ever buy, but it's been super fun to experiment with those. Favorites in lip care and color include Hanalei lip scrub, Seraphine Guava Butter (this works for lips and cheeks!), and Meet Matt(e) Hughes lip color, which comes in a super well priced set of 6 and stays on really well.

I've also loved all of the nail colors I've received. I was especially impressed with the super metallic Formula X glitter color. I'm also realizing now that I left out some colors from Trust Fund Beauty out of this photo, but they've been colors that have held up super well.

Thanks to Ipsy, I will never have to buy eyeshadow again. Favs here include the NYX trio palette and the Pixi by Petra brow duo. It's not all roses and sunshine; every single item I get isn't a winner. I can't ever see myself in a dark purple eyeshadow, but there are way more neutrals than anything, so more often than not, I'm pleased here. 

Above include all time favorites that I've gotten the most day-to-day use out of. I used up every last drop of the Illamasqua Precision Eyeliner, I love the added hair volume from Alterna Caviar Volume, and I've really fallen in love with the entire Pixi brand. Liquid Gossamer from Jelly Pong Pong is the perfect shimmery highlight. 

Overall, I love and use over half of the items I get in every bag, many of which are at least $20 retail. I'd totally recommend Ipsy if you're a makeup novice who doesn't have a budget to spend on trying out lots of products and brands. It's a really fun way to step outside the box a little bit for not much money out of your pocket. Let me know if you have any specific questions about products (it would have taken me about 1,000 years to go through each one), or if you'd be interested to see a breakdown of what I receive monthly. And, if you're interested in trying Ipsy out, remember Christmas is right around the corner! What a perfect gift for yourself ;) 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Blush

Last week, we shared our current holiday wishlists full of nontraditional holiday attire. This dress was on mine and it definitely fits the bill. It's perfect for the office, but can easily be made festive with the right accessories. It would also be totally appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner this week! To take the dress to dinner appropriate, I added festive, tights, heels and a beret. 

This pretty blush coat is also a perfect nontraditional holiday statement piece. It plays up the blush tones in the dress and the gold hardware matches the gold of my heels

Speaking of my heels, how freaking festive are these suckers? They're the definition of "merry and bright."

And, as an added surprise, my tights match my shoes! As I said, it's easy to take a dress from "everyday" to "holiday" with the right accessories. A little glitter and rhinestones goes a long way! How are you dressing to eat your dressing this Thanksgiving? 

Outfit details: Dress: Modcloth, Coat: J.Crew, Tights: Modcloth, Heels: Modcloth


Friday, November 18, 2016

Autumn Daze

I'm going to be honest with you here for a minute. (Not that I'm usually lying to you, but you know what I mean, right?) I've bought tons of clothes and shoes at Target over the years, but I just haven't found much there that I have to have within the last, oh, year or so. So, a couple of months ago I stopped by to buy facewash or something and unwittingly left with pieces of their latest Autumn Daze collection.

The super '70s collection manifests itself in bell sleeves, embroidered jackets like this one, and these chambray overalls. It took a lot of restraint, but I didn't leave with every piece of it. Believe me, I wanted to.

The overalls are such a statement in themselves, you put put them over a white tee with no accessories, and still look put together, but, you know me, I'll take any chance to get a little costumey.  Which is every day, let's get real. I styled the overalls with an off-the-shoulder floral top for a perfectly groovy combination.

The pants are pretty long, which means I have to wear heels or platforms, and these chunky clogs were a perfect fit to the '70s theme. A felt hat adds some vintage character and bold translucent pastel sunnies match perfectly, while keeping the look modern.

If you're still on the fence about rocking wide leg overalls, I'm just going to put it out there that these are hands down the most comfortable pants you will ever wear ever. And ever. (Go get some.)


Outfit Details: Overalls: Target, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Donna's Dress Shop, Platform Clogs: Target (similar), Hat: H&M (similar)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cocktail Roulette - Negroni

You might remember that we started a new blog series at the very end of the summer called Cocktail Roulette. The idea is simple, we randomly select a page in one of our bartending books and then make a cocktail! Wham, bam, thank you ma'am. It serves two purposes: we actually get use out of the books sitting on our bar carts AND we learn how to make a new cocktail in the process! The first cocktail that was selected was a Blackberry Bramble, which you can read about here. This time around, I experimented with a different way of selecting the cards that I would use to determine the page number in the book.

That's right, I got my pup Murphy in on the action! I shuffled up a deck of cards and laid several out in front of her. Then, whichever cards she sniffed or touched first, I flipped over in their place in the line. The two number combinations that pointed to a corresponding recipe in the book is what I went with. 

This time around, we landed on a Negroni. It's another classic cocktail using gin, Campari and vermouth. It's quite bitter, which isn't really my thing, but I added a little bit of lemon juice which helped to cut the flavor a bit. I made one for my husband too and he loved it! Which is great because now we have a $30 bottle of Campari on our bar cart that needs to be put to use. I learned my lesson from last time and didn't try to go a different route for the liquer, I got the real deal. 

Here's the recipe for you to try at home! 

1 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. vermouth
Lemon to garnish

Stir all ingredients over cubed ice for 60 seconds, then strain into a chilled rocks glass with cubed ice. Garnish with lemon slice. 

- Jodi

Monday, November 14, 2016

Take My Money Monday

Happy Monday! Once again, we're rounding up a few of the things we have our eye on at the moment and telling retailers to go ahead and take our money already! We're gearing up for the holiday season, so several of these items will definitely be getting us through all of the festivities we have coming up. Plus, some would probably make great presents under our tree. Hint, hint Santa. 


The holidays to me mean sparkle and shine. I am really digging metallics lately and the holidays are the perfect time to incorporate them into your wardrobe. As always, I am mad for plaid, but these plaid items take on a bit more of a festive flair during this time of year. 

4. SheIn
11. Eliza J


For this holiday season, I'm all about texture! From velvet to satin and faux fur to glitter and sequins, the crazier the material, the better. As Jodi mentioned, this holiday will be loaded with metallics, and I'm also loving flowing, ruffled cuts for winter. Nontraditional holiday colors like chartreuse and blush pink are another fun way to keep the holidays fresh.

4. Zara
5. Zara
7. H&M (similar)
8. Zara
9. SheIn
10. ASOS


Friday, November 11, 2016

Fall Florals

Typically, we associate floral patterns with the spring. Everything is blooming and coming back to life, so it's a natural association. However, moody florals have become one of my favorite patterns to wear in the fall. A dark floral pattern is the perfect sidekick to the beautiful fall foliage that surrounds us and this dress is a great illustration of just that. 

To play up the cooler weather vibes of this dark floral dress, I paired it with my favorite long vest. Technically, I guess this is a sleeveless coat, but you say potato, I say pot-ah-to. Anyway, it's a heavy wool material, which makes it perfect for layering in the cooler months. 

I am also loving these dark green snakeskin mules. They bring out the details in the dress, but also work nicely as a neutral accessory to the entire outfit. What patterns are you loving this season?

Outfit details: Dress: ASOS, Vest: Express, Mules: Zara, Bag: River Island

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