trends on tuesday: tenessee wyatt parker

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the fact that i have two out of the four tee’s on this page may be a problem! i am loving tenessee wyatt parker which can be found at my favorite place, nordstrom in the savvy department!

this brand is the sister brand of the amazing haute hippie but for less than half of the price tag. the tee’s are soft and light, perfect for summer! snag one for this weekend’s music festival shaky knees!

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mixtape monday: shaky knees mix

happy monday needle fans! the needle has been a little mia the past three weeks due to work and weddings but never fear i am back just in time to kick off the summer!

shaky knees festival is this weekend and i am beyond excited. i am so proud of atl putting on this cool festival and it is in my back yard..what!? just in time to kick off may and all the fun music events that take place in the summer time.

to get you through your monday til the festival this weekend i took some of my favorite tunes from the official shakykneesfest spotify and made a tape for ya!

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single day tickets are still available for $61/day.

check out the amazing line up!

see ya there!

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today

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enjoying the gorgeous spring weather picking up lunch today. nude mirrored flats & black slit maxi: Nordstrom BP department

needle recipes: yummy cauliflower mash!

cauliflowermashi eat this AT least once a week. you know i like to keep things healthy so swap this out for some mashed potatoes! here are the details:

1. a head of cauliflower, chop and boil sprinkle with garlic salt.

2. once tender put in food processor.

3. add some milk ( i use non dairy for even less cals)

4. butter (also non dairy)

5. sprinkle garlic salt and some pepper.

6. add some greek yogurt for thickness, especially if you use too much milk.

7. mix and enjoy!

i honestly will eat this alone in a bowl by itself! you will not be disappointed!

what the !@$# do i wear wednesdays: meet the parents

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meeting the parents can be a big deal! (i guess depending on how much you like the person haha) but we know first impressions are everything. i put something together for two possible “meet the parent” scenarios.

this maxi dress is pretty versatile. you could dress this up or down depending on whether you will be going to a brunch, dinner on a patio, or even over for a family BBQ or dinner. be comfortable shoe wise, don’t be that girlfriend who can barely walk. a crossbody is perfect for your essentials to touch up but you’re also not lugging around a huge bag. dainty but fun earrings will keep you classy with some personality. bring a jacket or light sweater depending on where you are going.

i love this nautical striped jacket, i feel like you could also have some versatility with this. if you want to pair this with denim, try a neutral such as a gray or black to dress it up a bit. a black bag is classic for any occasion. again keep the heels simple and small, love these nude pumps. the mint colored earrings add to your neutral outfit. you could wear this to a dinner, family gathering, or a wine night with the family.

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remember to send your what the !@$# do i wear wednesdays requests to me!

@droppindaneedle

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inside…the needle’s makeup bag

makeupbagheaderhad some inquiries about some of my favorite make up products that i use so i thought i’d let you all sneak a peak into my make up bag!

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i am really into a fresh faced look with a healthy glow.

1. i love NARS sheer glow foundation. i tend to have oily skin so it works perfect for me. there is also a matte option if you prefer that look. i use the color fiji. i apply with a dual brush pictured above. i put it on with the brush side and smooth it out with the sponge side for even coverage.

 i tend to use NARS for most of my facial make up if you couldn’t tell by the picture. i use their powder foundation in fiji as well. i dust it on with a brush when i’m wearing the liquid foundation, and use the sponge for heavier coverage on simple days when i just wear BB cream. it is also great to take with you from day to night.

next i put on concealer and highlighter. i put the concealer on the apples of my cheeks first. i apply the highlighter side under my eyes, top of nose or anywhere else i want highlighted. i blend with the sponge side of my brush and pat with my finger. this dual set by elf cosmetics i can’t get enough of!

2. i lightly dust both the NARS foundation and brightening powder on to set the face look. use brightening powder sparingly. this one is by sonia kanushk.

3. i love bronzer! who doesn’t want to look healthy!? a little goes a long way though, you do not want to look muddy. i apply bronzer with a big fluffy brush. start under your cheek bones and jaw line. then i move up to temples and lightly dust the nose. i make a movement in shape of a “3” on either side of my face. my favorite bronzers include:

NARS laguna

Make Up Forever

Prestige

4. blush time! apply to your apples of your cheeks and smile when you do it for a natural look. i have HUGE cheek bones so i love the layer on the blush ; )

my favorite blush is by NARS in:

orgasm (spring/summer)

outlaw(fall/winter)

5. i like to lightly dust a shimmer highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones, underneath them, down the nose. gives you a natural glow.

this one from elf is my favorite doesn’t break the bank!

you can also use a bobbi brown shimmer brick.

or any golden eyeshadow.

brushes are important! you do not have to spend a lot of money on them either. i invest in a good bronzer/powder brush, blush brush, and tool to apply your foundation. the rest you can find anywhere! be sure to take care of them no matter how much money you spend. i find that sonia kashuk’s are a happy medium for quality, price, & availability.

dual stick for foundation, concealer, ect.

highlighter powder fan brush

bronzer/powder brush by NARS

BEST blush brush by NARS

what are some of your go-to facial beauty products?!? next week we will talk eyes!

wear this!

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this week we are inspired by solange’s awesome floral fit!landing_0622114747source

check out the needle’s take on it, again each piece prices points at $100 or under!wearthis2now that you’re inspired and dressed…wearthistoo2send me any requests for wear this! @droppindaneedle / droppingtheneedleblog@gmail.com

trends on thursday: coachella shoes

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just like everything else we’ve talked about this week, again it is all about options for coachella. you’re best three options are going to be a moto boot, a moccasin, and a gladitor.i think all three shoe styles are a must! all of these shoe options will look great with everything else we’ve “packed” for the weekend!

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