9/20/18

Fall Boot Guide: The Best Boots To Buy This Fall





Dress - Three Dots (runs big) | Boots - Botkier | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Le Specs

One of the best things about fall - BOOTS!!! Ankle ones, flat ones, trendy ones, suede ones - I am here for them all. I purchased these gray boots during the Anniversary Sale and they were by far my favorite item. The pointy toe, the heel that is not too high and the suede makes these close to the most perfect boot ever. Since now is the best time to begin buying boots (because once it gets cold, all the best ones sell out so fast), I thought I would dedicate today's post to nothing but boots. I went through so many websites to find all the best styles for every imaginable category both trendy and classic. I mixed both splurge boots with budget options so be sure to scroll through each widget to see all my picks. A few of my favorites not to miss - one of the best looking classic ankle boots for just under $100, these ankle boots are absolute perfection for jeans, chunky sweaters and apple picking LOL, I'm crazy for the combat boot trend and I adore these with the shearling trim, these have over 2000 reviews and are a great option for a comfortable flat ankle boot and these are most definitely worth the splurge (I've had them for years and still wear them non-stop) but they do sell out quickly each year so just be aware if you've had your eye on them.

Scroll down to see all my other boot picks from each category.

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Western



Combat/hiker boots



Knee high boots



Classic ankle boots



Leopard boots



Chelsea boots/flat boots



White boots



Slouchy boots


9/19/18

Which Tatcha Enzyme Powder Is Right For Your Skin?

Tatcha has recently reformulated their best selling enzyme powders (fun fact: this was one of the first products and brands I ever reviewed on my blog) and they are better than ever! I already love these enzyme powders because they give the skin a gentle exfoliation without ever stripping or irritating it. And while other traditional exfoliators should only be used 1-2x/week, Tatcha enzyme powders are gentle enough for daily use. I have all 4 newly reformulated powders and thought I would break down exactly which formula is best for each skin type.

But first, let's talk about how to use these powders. They are not suited to remove makeup or be a primary cleanse, but more of a second cleansing or exfoliating step. Mix a bit of water with the powder in your hands and massage onto the face. This new formulation has a more finely ground form of rice bran in it along with papaya enzymes. Additionally the powders have a pH neutral base which means they won't strip the skin of any moisture or leave it feeling dry/uncomfortable. In addition to helping gently exfoliate the skin, reduce fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation and minimize breakouts, each formula has additional ingredients targeted for certain skin types. 

1. The Rice Polish Classic (white bottle) - This is the original formula and designed for normal to normal/dry skin. If you don't suffer for any significant dry patches or have overly sensitive skin, this would be a great option.

2. The Rice Polish Deep (green bottle) - For those with normal/oily skin, the Deep formula is best for you. It contains Japanese Wild Rose to help decongest and clarify the skin, while also helping to minimize the appearance of pore size.

3. The Rice Polish Gentle (purple bottle) - My personal favorite is the gentle formulation which is suitable for those with dry skin. My skin is only slightly dry, but I like using this one because it feels the best on my skin. It contains licorice root to keep the skin calm and prevent tightness.

4. The Rice Polish Calming (blue bottle) - If your skin is extra sensitive, is easily irritated or painfully dry, then I would recommend the calming formula. The Japanese indigo in it helps soothe the skin while still allowing for an effective exfoliation. And if you want to make it even more gentle, try mixing it in with your cleansing oil for just the slightest bit of exfoliation.

There is a reason these enzyme powders have been the brand's top seller for so many years - they are truly remarkable and are wonderful on the skin. It was these enzyme powders that made me fall in love with Tatcha more than 4 years ago. And if you are hesitant to try them and not sure if you want to buy a full size, they sell travel sizes on the Tatcha site which are perfect to buy and test to ensure your skin loves the formula. Find them all here.
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9/18/18

Off the Shoulder Sweater + My Favorite Designer Heels To Splurge On




Sweater - Asos | Jeans - Mother (also here) | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik (color is discontinued but love these velvet pumps and these velvet pumps) | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (similar here and here) | My all time favorite strapless bra

Yes, more gray! I am loving the absence of color in my outfits lately. LOL I've come to think that off the shoulder or one shoulder sweaters are genius because they allow for the cozy feel of a sweater in between summer and fall but you won't sweat profusely because some skin is still showing. This one can be worn off one shoulder or both shoulders and the chunky cable knit is classic. 

I received an email recently from a reader asking my thoughts on which designer pumps were the most comfortable since she wanted to buy her first pair. I replied immediately "Manolo Blahnik, without a doubt". I have tried tons of different expensive heels and for me I have found Manolo Blahnik pumps to be the most comfortable for me (the BB style is my favorite). I prefer an 85-90mm heel height (that is about 3.5 inches) and can walk all day in them! Christian Louboutin has always felt a bit too tight and narrow on my foot, as did Jimmy Choo pumps. Other splurge pumps that fit me well are Gianvito Rossi and Prada, though Manolo Blahniks are by far my favorite and most comfortable. For me, I wear my regular size though many reviews say to size up so I'm at a loss as to how to advise for sizing. I personally just buy my size and the size up and send back what doesn't fit. #freereturnsarelife

I normally wear the Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, but think I may try this style next time. They are absolute perfection! And the flats are just as stunning. I have also been looking for a classic pair of gray suede pumps and these are on my wish list as well. 

What are your favorite designer pumps to wear? Let me know!

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9/16/18

Fall Fashion Finds Under $100

Popping in with a quick Sunday post to share some fall fashion finds under $100! I've been featuring a bit of splurge, mid-range and budget items in The Fall Shop but I love an under $100 round up so I thought I would pull one together with pre-fall pieces. Are you shopping for fall items yet or do you like to wait until it gets cooler?  I love to be prepared so I begin looking for things in late summer so I get them before they sell out. 

1. Leopard scarf - Is it even fall without a leopard scarf? No, it's not.

2. Knotted mules - I am loving these simple chic mules and they go with almost anything!

3. Gray embellished sweater - A simple gray sweater but not! The little pearl details are so cute.

4. Gray chunky sweater - Frankly, you cannot have too many basic chunky sweaters for fall. This has no frills and that's what I like most about it.

5. Wool fedora - This is currently sitting in my cart because I am a hat lover and fedoras are my favorite style to wear in the fall.

6. Black boots - I am starting to warm up to the combat boot look and these are at a reasonable price point to dabble in the trend.

7. Black peplum blouse - I love the shape of this blouse (see an almost identical style in this post) - and the delicate print is great for day or night. Also throw this on with a pencil skirt or a great pair of trousers for the office.

8. Black chunky sweater - A bit oversized, a bit slouchy, button details on the sleeves - I love it all.

9. Faux leather pants - I personally love the paperbag pants style because the tie belt always looks so flattering and accentuates the waist. These are another option for leather pants if you don't want to go the leggings route. This would look great with a fitted turtleneck, a button down blouse or a cropped sweater.

9/14/18

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer Expands Shade Range - Here Are Swatches of Every Fair Shade

It Cosmetics' best-selling full coverage concealer, the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer has just been released in 48 shades. The original formula came in only a handful of skin tones, so this release is great news for fans of this concealer! If you have not tried it, it is strong stuff. It gives insane full coverage and only a small amount is needed to conceal any area on the face. That being said, when using under the eyes I like to make sure the skin is well hydrated and moisturized so the formula blends better into the skin. Because of it's intense coverage and long wearing ability (it is also waterproof), it can be hard to blend out without proper moisture. But once it sets on the skin, it looks flawless and doesn't move! Below are 12 swatches of the fairer shades.
From left to right: 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5
Shade 10 is the fairest they make and it is quite pale - much too pale for me. I wear shade 11 and find it does a great job of brightening under the eye without being too white. The undertones seem to be quite varied so I think there will be a match for almost anyone. You can see swatches of every single shade here for any that I may not have featured.

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9/13/18

A Duster Cardigan To Wear Now





Cardigan - Asos (Under $25! Wearing a S/M) | Camisole - Express | Jeans - AG | Sandals - Schutz | Bag - Saint Laurent | Sunglasses - Fendi (similar here) | Necklace - Nashelle

I'm not ready for super heavy cardigans and sweaters but a lightweight duster like this one is perfect for this in between weather. Since I'm on the shorter side (5'4"), I like it with heels but if you are taller than me a long style like this could be perfect for heels or flats. And yes, here I am again mixing different colors with my burgundy tote. I told you that a burgundy shade is a neutral for fall because it can be worn with almost every color! It's crazy but here it is being styled with blush and I love how the two go together. If you want to splurge on a burgundy tote, I highly recommend this one for the shape, style, lightweight feel and how well it has held up over the years. A few other splurge totes in burgundy that caught my eye are this one with the chain detail, this one for a printed option and this stunner for a major splurge but that shape is everything! But I can't mention burgundy totes without sharing the best budget option out there - this one from Madewell is gorgeous in shape and color (here it is with a zip top). And a weekender bag in burgundy that's under $100?! Yes! 

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9/12/18

My Favorite Brand of Pajamas + All the Books I've Finished Recently



Pajamas | Mug | Air pods (wireless headphones) | Bedroom furniture linked here

These are some of my favorite blog posts to write - book reviews! I love to read but finding the time to actually sit down and read is the hardest part. I started listening to audiobooks when pregnant and haven't stopped since! I get through quite a few books this way and have a ton to share with you today. Before we get to the books, I have to gush on my pajamas. I don't even know how many pairs of Kate Spade pajamas I have but it's a good amount. Ha! I love that she offers a cropped version because most pajamas are wayyyy too long on me so once I found hers, I have bought them in every new pattern and print I can find. I am a stripes lover so these blue and white pjs spoke to me immediately. And even though I am not a cat person, I found the cat detail on the pocket so cute. For more of her pjs and sleepwear/loungewear options, scroll down to the widget at the end of my post.

And don't forget to check out The Fall Shop where I am featuring my fall fashion and accessory finds. I update it a few times a month with new finds so keep checking back! You can find the tab at the top of my blog.

1. A Little Life - This was by far my favorite book out of all 10, but it's very hard to read. It's not a book that everyone will enjoy because it is quite dark and depressing at times, with very intense subject matter (physical abuse, sexual abuse, suicide etc). Even with all of the darkness, it was still a beautiful story. A story of friendship, love, life and the bonds that form and evolve over time. It begins as a book about 4 guys living in NYC that have been friends since college and now are trying to navigate their way in life and their careers. One of the 4 friends, Jude St. Francis, emerges as the main focus of the book as his troubled childhood past is something that begins to affect all those around him. I don't want to say too much more so as not to give it away, but if you enjoy deep, thought provoking and intensely emotional books (either happy or sad), this is a must read. One final note: I had no idea how the author got the title for the book until I was reading reviews on Goodreads. If you can't figure it out, email me and I will fill you in. LOL

2. The Heart's Invisible Furies - I was on a roll with long novels with intense storylines because I read this and A Little Life back to back. This book is very long because it follows the entire life of the main character, Cyril Avery. He is born in Ireland to a teenage mother, given up for adoption to a couple that can only be described as odd and then struggles growing up as a gay youth, teen, and man. I LOVED Cyril and his personality is delightful - it makes the book! I laughed, I cried, I felt so much emotion in this book. It is a wonderful read! Definitely my second favorite out of the bunch.

3. The Idea of You - Frankly I don't even know how I managed to stay sane through all these emotional books I read back to back. This one seems like it will be a cheesy love story, but please do not let the storyline fool you. This book is fantastic! A quick synopsis - a 39 year old mom of a pre-teen falls in love with the lead singer of the world's biggest boy band. Yeah. That is the premise of the entire book - but this book is so well written and the story is much more intense than I was prepared for. Do NOT discount this as a cheesy romance novel - I guarantee it will surprise you. (And make you sob uncontrollably at the end)

4. If I Die Tonight - A mystery thriller that kept my attention to the very end! An 80's music pop star claims that a teenage boy stole her car and then ran over another boy that was trying to help her. No one seems to know who has done it but fingers begin to point to a loner named Wade. Wade's mother is sure he didn't commit the crime, but struggles to prove her son's innocence. While I could put some pieces of the story together, I couldn't figure out the entire picture until the very end.

5. It Ends With Us - My first book by Colleen Hoover but it will certainly not be my last. What a good book! Lily falls for dashing Rile Kincaid, a neurosurgery resident that she meets one night on a rooftop. Their love story seems picture perfect until she runs into her first love at dinner one evening when her and Rile are out together. Soon Lily and Rile's relationship begins to falter and Lily finds things out about Rile that break her heart. I was worried this story would end in a painful way, but I was so happy with the way things ended. Highly recommend!

6. Something In the Water - Erin and  Max go on a honeymoon to Bora Bora but encounter something while scuba diving one afternoon. This one event will completely alter the course of their lives and puts them in a tough spot as to whether they should share what they know or keep it secret. It's a good thriller but not great. Lots of buzz because Reese Witherspoon put it in her book club - though I think it is a bit over hyped.

7. An American Marriage - This book had so many great reviews and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't my favorite. Roy and Celestial are newly married when Roy is wrongly convicted for a crime and goes to jail for 12 years. When he gets out early for good behavior, he must rebuild his life and figure out where he stands with Celestial. It has its moments and many  may enjoy this, but it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be.

8. All the Light We Cannot See - The one dud in the entire bunch for me. I tried so hard to get into this and got more than halfway through and found it painfully dull. I just couldn't finish it.

9. Two Girls Down - A mystery thriller that I typically go for. It took me a bit to get into but it kept my attention throughout the entire book.

10. Crazy Rich Asians - I should have seen the movie before reading the book because the movie doesn't cover half of what the book does! I absolutely loved the book and there is so much more detail and backstory for everything in it. It's a fun and light-hearted read.

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