Many apologies for the radio silence on A State of Ruin, lately. These past few months have been crazy busy! My recent move to Louisville went off without a hitch and it feels AMAZING to be back in the same city as my wonderful partner, Dakota. But you didn’t really think I would pass up a blog post on Halloween weekend did you?! If you are a major procrastinator (like me), check out some of my looks from this year’s #ASORHALLOWEEN for a little creepy inspo! Don’t forget to follow

Braids are the perfect (and chic) solution to the long nights and hair-ruining humidity of summer. From causal to flirty, there are endless ways to style your braids which makes them perfect for every occasion. Try these 3 looks this summer for beautiful braids that will last all day. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@state_of_ruin) for even more summer-time inspiration!

Bluemercury. Haven’t heard of it, yet? You will. Bluemercury was created by Marla Malcolm Beck in 1999 as a one-stop shop for people to find their favorite department beauty brands in one relaxed environment (they even have spa treatments available in store!). Growing from one storefront to multiple locations and eventually getting picked up by Macy’s this year for a cool 120 million dollars,  Bluemercury has the promise of spreading like wildfire. Plus, since it boasts lines like Bobbi Brown, NARS and Estee Lauder, not to mention top-of-the-line skincare products, you can bet your bottom

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