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Window Shopping: Fashionable Workwear

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Lately I’ve been thinking about a career shift, and realizing that I don’t really have much in my closet that I would qualify as professional work wear. I have a little collection of dresses, but being on the taller side (5’9″) almost all of them hit too high on my leg to consider wearing as anything but a day dress or cocktail dress. I’d really like to step up my wardrobe, but as usual, for now I’m just window shopping. Here’s a little fantasy workwear outfit that I put together.

professional work wear with an edge.

1. Get What You Dessert Dress – ModCloth
2. Fancy Structured Carryall – Forever21
3. Standout Faux Stone Bib Necklace – Forever21
4. Olive Flat – Target
5. Midnight Strider Jacket – ModCloth

I love the universally flattering fit & flare shape of the dress, and at 39.5″ in length (for size M), it should hit me just above the knee – perfect. Since I’m already tall, I almost always wear flats. These ones look cute and comfy, and add a punch of color, which ties in with the inexpensive but bold statement necklace. The jacket adds a little bit of edge, while the clean lines of the bag keep it looking sophisticated.

Granted, when I was doing social media marketing, and worked in a business-casual atmosphere, in addition to the skirt length problem (I hate wearing dress slacks. Hate, hate, hate.), I also needed to cover my legs and upper arms to hide my tattoos. That was pretty easily remedied with tights or boots, and a cardigan… it felt a little silly to be wearing cardigans and long sleeves in the middle of summer, but it worked.

What do you wear to work? Do you find it as frustrating as I do to put together something that fits your company’s dress code but still makes you feel comfortable and stylish?


By Kelsi Eldredge

Product Review: Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer

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This week I tried out Dior’s Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer. It came as a free sample with my order from Sephora (I got a replacement Urban Decay Naked Palette to replace my former one, which met a sad and violent end at the hands… er… paws and mouths of a friend’s large dogs. R.I.P. Naked Palette.) I definitely have my tried and true favorites, but I love testing out new things too, so I thought I’d give it a go.

I usd the Dior primer under my usual MAC Select MoistureCover concealer and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder, and though I had high hopes (Dior! Fancy, yes?) I was thoroughly underwhelmed.

It felt wonderful and velvety while I was first applying it and really looked like it was smoothing out those pores and fine lines (hello, silicone!), but it dried to a powdery consistency and was whitish and flaky looking under my concealer. Womp womp. Do I want my skin to look matte? Yes. But dry and flaky? Nope. Not the look I was going for. I thought perhaps it was a fluke. Maybe my skin really was extra dry that day. Maybe I didn’t put enough moisturizer on. So I tried it three more times, until the sample ran out. Regrettably, the outcome was the same. My face looked ashen and flaky all the ding dong day. I’m happy that it was just a sample, and I didn’t actually spend money on it; I would have felt much better with no primer at all.
So, that’s a no-go on the Dior. What do I suggest? My old favorite (which I am back to using now), Too Faced Primed and Poreless. Aside from staying a smooth velvety texture, it also has some nice additives like vitamins A & C, is considerably cheaper ($30/oz for Too Faced vs. $42/oz for Dior) and it’s not tested on animals (according to the Beautypedia, Dior is. Sorry.) Now, Too Faced’s primer isn’t necessarily matte, if you’re feeling extra oily, I’d recommend dabbing a little Sephora Collection Anti-Shine Primer. I usually use a bit on my nose, forehead and cheeks before smoothing on the Too Faced primer.

Check out some of my other go-to makeup and skincare faves. What’s your favorite primer? Have you tried either of these? Let me know in the comments!


By Kelsi Eldredge

RAW Artists: Seattle

RAW presents Panorama

Hooray! Mark your calendar for June 22nd!

I was selected to be featured as a visual artist for the RAW Artists indie pop-up showcase and I would love to see you there! I’ll be there all night hanging out and showing my work. I’ll also have paintings, prints, cards, etc. for sale!

There will be a lot going on including a visual art gallery, fashion show, live music, short films, and more! Cocktail attire, so you get to dress up! 21+ because, booze! The show is at Neumo’s in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle from 6:00-10:00pm.

skull watercolor painting by kelsi eldredgeskull watercolor painting by kelsi eldredge

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, please purchase a ticket ASAP They’re only $15 and you can buy them online here or give me cash in person and I’ll put you on my list. Tickets are only available for the next three weeks or so. Be sure to select my name from the drop down that asks which artist you are supporting. You’ll still get to see everyone’s work, but it will be counted toward my mandatory ticket sales.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND but would still like to be supportive, donate a ticket! Purchase a ticket online and I’ll give it to someone who can’t afford one but would love to go. I need to sell 20 tickets or I end up personally covering the difference in cost, so this is a great way to help me out! My birthday is just a few days before, so you can consider it at birthday present! If I sell 20 tickets I’ll also be able to show again at any other RAW showcase in the country for free (Oklahoma? California? Oregon?)

Please share this event if you are so inclined. Bring friends, invite anyone you think would be interested! I’m really excited about this – thanks for your support!


By Kelsi Eldredge

Moving Sale/Shop My Closet!

Hey, ladies! I’m moving in a couple of weeks and I’m getting rid of lots of clothing and shoes (maybe some accessories and other stuff, too!)


Everything is in excellent condition, most of it has never even been worn, and it’s priced to sell! Help get this stuff out of my house and get some extra money for moving expenses!

Check out my Instagram (@KelsiBSides) to see what I have available. Everything is first come, first served – you can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card – just comment on the post you’re interested in. I’ll be adding more things in the next few days as well! If you don’t use Instagram, you can email me at kelsibsides at

I’m also having an ad sale for the next two weeks. Advertise your blog or small business here for 40% off regular price! Just go to my “advertise” page and use the code MOVING at checkout!


By Kelsi Eldredge

Giveaway: Old Spice For Hair That Gets Results

I hope you all got a chance to read my last post, in which I reviewed Old Spice’s new line of men’s hair care and styling products. If not, go check it out and get excited to try it because I’m teaming up with Old Spice for a really awesome giveaway!

One very lucky Brighter Sides reader will receive this prize pack:

Old Spice Bulk-Up Shampoo/Conditioner for Results
Winner receives a 6-month supply of Bulk-Up 2-in-1 thickening shampoo and conditioner and one Nike FuelBand (to track training as you expand your arm muscles for your next international arm wrestling match.) Plus, “Over the Top” DVD to complete your training.

old spice giveaway pack

Prize Recap:
- Three (3) bottles of Old Spice Bulk-Up Shampoo/Conditioner – plus two (2) to give to friends. That’s Five (5) total!
- One (1) Nike FuelBand
- One (1) “Over the Top” DVD
- Hair that gets results. Even Lincoln Hawk would be impressed.

Excited to to win? Great! Entering couldn’t be easier – all you have to do is comment on this blog post! Please make sure to include your name and a valid email address so that I can contact you if you’re the winner. Entries must be in by Midnight on Monday, May 5th PST. One entry per person. Open only to residents of the United States.


By Kelsi Eldredge

Old Spice Hair Care & Styling Product Review

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Old Spice. Old Spice has compensated me to review their products. Regardless, I only write about companies and products/services that I feel will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions expressed in this post are those of Kelsi Eldredge and Cesar Candelas.

Old Spice Logo_highres

I was recently contacted by Old Spice to review their new line of men’s hair care and grooming products. I asked my friend, tattoo artist Cesar Candelas to try out all of these manly products for a month and pick out his favorites. Cesar and I tested out seven shampoos and five styling products and after much consideration narrowed it down to the five grooming products that worked best for him. Read on to see how we felt about these new additions to Old Spice’s classic line, and for hair care and styling tips from yours truly!


Cesar Candelas pictured here styled with Forge Molding Putty

First impressions:
Old Spice stuck to their traditional red, black, and gold packaging, which looks classy and luxurious, and Cesar liked that it helped him to effortlessly distinguish his grooming products from those of his house mate’s. In keeping with Old Spice’s theme, the scent of all of their hair products is rich and subtly swanky, not overpowering like some other men’s grooming lines.

Cleansing Products:
Figi 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
This double hitter has a wonderfully rich lather, which is easy to work through the hair, and a lush scent reminiscent of being in the tropics. The two-in-one function cuts down on shower time and left Cesar’s hair feeling smooth and manageable.

Wolfthorn 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
This was Cesar’s overall favorite product in the line. He says he was initially attracted by the artwork on the bottle, but what was inside the bottle is what made him want to stick with it. He normally suffers from an itchy scalp, but noticed that when he used Wolfthorn, his scalp and hair felt great. I could tell he liked it, because it was definitely the lightest of any of the bottles at the end of the month! I also must say, I really enjoy the scent of this one. It’s hard to categorize, but it smells a bit dark and sultry.

Hair Cleansing pro tips from Kelsi:
- If you feel like you aren’t getting a rich enough lather, don’t add more shampoo, add more water! The surfactants in shampoo need water in order to spread. Make sure your hair and hands are very wet before adding shampoo, and don’t be afraid to get it wetter as you work it around into a wonderfully creamy lather.

- Two-in-one’s are great for “normal” hair, but if you have dry hair or feel like a two-in-one just isn’t giving you the control you need, follow it up with a separate conditioner for extra moisture!

Styling Products:


Deadlock Spiking Glue
This is the hardest working product in the bunch. Cesar used this one when he wanted to spike his hair up and found that it held his hair perfectly in place all day. It also adds a healthy shine! If you want a product for your hair that won’t budge, this is it.

Forge Molding Putty
This was his favorite product in the line. I love that they call it “putty” because that’s really the consistency of it. It has the ideal amount of hold for the disheveled, “messy on purpose” look that is popular right now. Cesar’s hair is quite thick and coarse, and the Forge Molding Putty held up unquestionably well, even in our Seattle rain!

Unruly Texturing Paste
Cesar used this on days where he wanted just a touch of texture for a slightly polished, better-than-natural look. He also remarked that all three of these products stood their ground when he was outside in the rain better than any other line he has used, and didn’t immediately melt and run the way other products have in the past.

Hair styling pro tips from Kelsi:
- Make sure your hair is dry before using any finishing products, otherwise your hair will end up limp and lifeless.

- Start with just a small (dime size, more or less, depending on your length and thickness) amount of product in your palm, then rub your hands together, really working the product around. This will warm up and emulsify it, allowing for controlled, even application.

- When applying a styling product, start toward the back of your head and work your way forward, through the roots, midsection and ends. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers as a comb and really get in there. This way, you won’t end up with a big gloppy mess right in front of your face. Remember, if it’s not enough, you can always add more! Better to err on the side of caution.

Do you have any hair care or styling questions? Please feel free to leave a comment! I hope you’re excited to try out this new line, we feel like it has something great for every guy with every type and texture of hair. I can tell you that Cesar was really happy with the products we mentioned and he’ll by purchasing more when he runs out!


By Kelsi Eldredge