Spring Blouses

One of the best parts of spring is being able to go without a coat and finally show off my outfit underneath, amiright?! I hate wearing a cute blouse or shirt and having to cover it up with a big coat, it seems like such a waste. When the weather gets warmer but isn't quite summer, I gravitate towards blouses all the time. And I am especially drawn to blouses with tons of detail, patterns and unique shapes because they completely make the outfit. This Maje blouse looked cute online but in person the color was even more spectacular! I have nothing like it in my entire closet, and it seemed like a piece that I could dress up or keep casual like I did in the above look. I searched for some of the cutest and most unique blouses at all price points and put them in the widget below.   

Blouse - Maje | Jeans - GRLFRND | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Illesteva

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Vitamin C Moisturizers

Vitamin C is one of my favorite active ingredients, next to retinol and glycolic acid. It's often more gentle on my skin than other strong anit-aging or targeted active ingredients, though I still see great results. Typically I find that Vitamin C helps keeps my skin bright and even-toned. Here are two Vitamin C moisturizers that I've rotated into my routine recently and my thoughts on each:
1. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer - I'm already a huge fan of the Sunday Riley brand so I was immediately interested in trying this new launch. As you can see from the picture above, the texture is rich and decadent though it breaks down a bit when you apply it and feels much thinner on the skin. What you can't experience from the picture is the amazing fresh citrus scent it has which is one of my favorite features of this product! It makes it so pleasurable to put on. It's designed to help target anti-aging concerns, hydrate and address dullness and uneven texture. I found that it worked best for me at night because it did leave my skin a tad shiny, but I enjoy how supply and fresh my skin felt after applying. My skin did look smooth and bright while using, though at this point I have not seen any fading of dark spots. Obviously it will not target hyperpigmentation like a concentrated serum, but if you are looking for a moisturizer to add to your routine that will help continue your goal of even skin tone, this would be a great addition. For those with dry skin, it could be a great option for day or night, but if you are oily I would reserve it for the evening only.
2. Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer - While the Sunday Riley C.E.O moisturizer can be for day or night, this one from Murad is designed for the evening only. The texture is similar to the SR, but is a tad more lightweight in my opinion. I did not get as shiny when using this, and I felt that it did a great job of hydrating my skin quickly. My skin looked a significant amount brighter when using the SR, yet with the Murad the noticeable result was a smoother and more refined texture to my skin. Any of the rough and bumpy feeling that it had was almost gone within 7-10 days of using it every night. Only a small amount was needed to cover my entire face, and no breakouts or blemishes popped up while using. I can see this being good for both dry and combination skin types, and great for someone wanting an all around great anti-aging moisturizer that will target a myriad of concerns. 
*pr samples included

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Swatch Video: MUFE Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks

MUFE just launched a new matte liquid lipstick and here are all the swatches. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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Cropped Pants For Spring

I picked up these cropped jeans at the beginning of winter (see them in a previous post) and love that they are still so perfect for spring. While I have been pairing them with sweaters for the cold weather, I am looking forward to styling them with off the shoulder tops, cropped shirts and blouses. As someone who has an incredibly short inseam (normally 26" or 27" will come down to the base of my ankle), I am thrilled to see cropped pants becoming so popular. This particular style is flattering because it darts in at the waist, yet has a straight wide leg. They run quite large so I went down 2 whole sizes, but the high waist makes them comfortable and also helps to elongate my legs. The dark denim is an easy neutral base, though I am loving many of the lighter color versions for the warm weather. J.Crew has a ton of great options now and are always the go-to site for cropped styles, so I linked a few of my picks as well as a couple other brands/colors/patterns that I thought were cute. 

Sweater - Rag & Bone (on sale - also available here, here and here) | Jeans - J.Crew (on sale!) | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Chloe

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Friday Finds

One of my favorite finds from the past 2 weeks is definitely this bag! It's a great bag for spring and summer and has one of the most unique shapes I have ever seen. And I love that it's a neutral color because it can be worn with anything and everything. It also comes in a few other colors which are stunning like this malachite one, this mother of pearl mini version and this cute collapsible bag.

1. The transition to spring will be starting soon (next week it will be in the 60's here), so I love a good trench coat for that time. I've had my eye on this blush one and this one with faux leather detailing.

2. I'm on the fence about picking up a few colors of this new Tom Ford launch. I can't decide if I will really get a ton of wear out of it.

3. This enzyme powder cleanser comes in individual packets which I think is genius. I would have loved to have something like this with me during my recent trip to LA.

4. In the spring and summer, I always want to try a backless shirt option but really struggle with finding the right bra. I have heard great things about this one that allows for a backless look.

5. These gold aviators are really speaking to me for the warmer weather. I love the reflective lens.

6. I have a trench coat and a puffy winter coat, but the one thing missing in my closet is a raincoat. This one is definitely bold but seems like it would be a fun addition.

7. La Prairie launched a new product that is really intriguing to me. It is both a day cream and night cream in one bottle - not sure how difficult it would be to dispense each separately though? Hmmm....

8. Anthropologie always seems like the store that embodies spring clothing, amiright?! I have quite  a few of their tops pinned to my spring fashion board - this off the shoulder tunic, this flutter sleeve top is a great option for both work or play, this embroidered top looks like a work of art and I am always a sucker for a beautiful striped top like this one.


A Few of My Favorite Pieces From Topshop Right Now

I've reached that point in the winter where my ability to be creative with my outfits is beginning to dwindle. Do you ever have that? It's cold and the thought of putting together a cute outfit becomes nearly impossible because I just want to wear my fuzzy robe and pjs all the time. That's often why I reach for a sweater and jeans because it can look pulled together when I'm not feeling inspired or even motivated to get dressed. Topshop has been one brand that is always easy to go to for cute, fun, and relatively inexpensive pieces to make a sweater/jeans combo a bit less boring. Though I have to be honest, it's normally hit or miss with me when shopping their items because I either love everything they have out at a certain time or nothing appeals to me. I've been on a streak with them recently and am really enjoying many of their pieces including this ruffle sweater I'm wearing, this blush colored hooded sweatshirt and this embroidered number. I rounded up a bunch of other items right now from them that I'm loving in the widget below.

Stan and I are off to explore D.C. today and to do some eating. Ha! There are so many restaurants there which were our faves from NYC that we can't wait to hit up some of them. And this place does adorable coffee/latte art so I'm looking forward to going there this afternoon. 

Sweater - Topshop | Jeans - Topshop | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney | Lips - Gucci Iconic Red

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