Music Monday – Westrin & Mowry

Perhaps it’s the relentless Facebook and Instagram pictures of majestic fall colors from home, or perhaps it’s the passing of our recent anniversary trip to the Midwest that has my mind so focused on The Mitten state. Whatever it is, I feel it is once again the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful Michigan music that Karrin and I are so tied to.

Westrin & Mowry (comprised of Brian Westrin and Pete Mowry), an Americana duo from the Lansing area, have recently released a full length album that has been on constant repeat during my daily commute. This isn’t the first album the talented duo has put out, but it’s been a solid 10 years since the last release. The two have been involved in several other musical projects over the years, so there are a variety of reasons for the break between albums. And as impatient as I know many were to hear more from these guys, The Past Rushes In was worth the wait. I don’t think this new album would be what it is without that break – Westrin & Mowry’s lyrics and music are very much drawn from personal experience, and I love that I can hear and feel that difference, and that the two albums can relate to completely different parts of my life – sort of like I’ve grown with them. It takes time to create that type of music.

So if you are into butter smooth vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and elegantly produced sounds that are perfect for coffee shops and Sunday drives – then these guys are for you. Check out the new album on Spotify (my favorite tracks are Late Night Run and Never Alone), and if you feel so inclined to own a copy, it is now available on iTunes and Amazon. And for those that are interested in reading more about it, the duo did an interview with the Lansing State Journal with some details regarding the creation of these songs.

Happy Monday!

xo,

haley

Back to the Basics (numéro deux)

DSC_0975 (2)My first post ever on Style Sound was Back to the Basics. I’ve been so disconnected from fashion and posting lately that I decided it was time to get back to the roots that started this awesome partnership I have with Haley. Fashion goes in waves and circles, it goes from trend to trend with so many ups and downs;  but there is always the  constant you can go back to that never fails, the LBD that beats out any crop top. Don’t get me wrong, we all know Haley and I love a good crop top (case in point: here, here and here… or even check out the minor midriff I’m showing in this post), but a good pair of denim jeans and a classic white button up will never seize to prevail. The best part about the basics is you can accessorize or adjust them slightly to wear in different/fashion forward ways to bring some life into them without having to spend half your  monthly budget on new clothing. After you make the initial investment all you need is some minor cash to add some seasonal flavor.
DSC_0955 (2)Gap button up and jeans | H&M hat | gifted necklace and bracelets | Espadrilles borrowed from my sister | thrifted Coach saddle bag

It may be nearing peak fall, but on this beautiful sunny 75 degree day I couldn’t bring myself to pull in any fall colors. I kept my basic high-waisted jeans feeling effortless with a tied white button up, accessorizing with fresh neutrals and a chunky Indian necklace.

DSC_0964 (2)Did I mention my VINTAGE COACH SADDLE BAG FIND? Sorry for the ALL CAPS but that is how excited I am!!! I have been searching for 5 years for a used one in both good condition and worth the price and I found this gently used baby at my local Ballard Buffalo Exchange. It’s the perfect size to take me from a day at work to a night out for drinks with friends. This basic leather bag is sure to keep coming back in posts for the years ahead…
DSC_0958 (2)The next time you go shopping and want to buy  three different trendy tops I challenge you to take a step back and invest in a good solid basic. I promise you, even though the choice may feel boring at the time, it will take you places you may not have thought possible.

Have a fabulous weekend!

xo,

Karrin

 

Thursday Thing To Try – younique 3D Fiber Lashes

DSC_0729Have any of you guys heard of Younique? It’s a relatavely new make up brand that we’ve started seeing pop up more and more the past few months. The brand is run as a direct sell business (think Mary Kay or Avon) where someone can start their own ecommerce site selling the products.

Our lovely friend Bri has her own shop, and asked us if we wanted to give the 3D Fiber Lashes a try so we could review the product here on Style Sound. Of course we would!! Many of you may also know some ladies selling this product, and have therefore seen lots of before and after pictures throughout social media – it’s a pretty dramatic difference.

Neither of us were very familiar with the product, and I think we were both a little intimated when we recieved the mascara – we are both pretty simple when it comes to everyday make up routines, and the fiber wand was unlike anything we’ve seen. However, it ended up being very easy to use, and the dramatic difference between using the 3D Fiber Lashes vs regular mascara did not disapoint! Without even using an eyelash curler you can see a dramatic difference in both length and volume, while not feeling like you are wearing chunky fake lashes.

Below are a few pictures of the product, as well as some Before/After shots:

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DSC_0725Here is how it works. Apply regular mascara and allow to dry (for every day Haley loves Laura Mercier while Karrin loves Almay One Coat) . Next, doing one eye at a time, apply the Transplant Gel (which looks like a regular mascara wand as pictured below) :

DSC_0781Follow with the Fibers Wand immediately after the Transplant Gel. This applies tiny hair like fibers to the wet gel on your eyelashes – this is what gives your eyelashes the volume and length you are looking for!

DSC_0757Lastly,  apply another coat of the Transplant Gel to seal it all together. Besides getting aweome results, the best part of this is that you use it over your normal mascara routine. So if you don’t feel like going lash crazy during the day but want to pump up the volume for the evening, you don’t have to start over – you just add the 3D Fiber Lashes to what you already have on!

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Haley – before with regular mascara

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Haley – after

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Karrin – before with regular mascara

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Karrin – after

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If anyone is interested in more info on Younique or browsing their products, check out Bri’s site here:

https://www.youniqueproducts.com/BrianneStankus

Let us know if you guys have questions on this stuff!

xo,

haley & karrin

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