8/14/18

A Beauty Collection Not to Miss: The Guerlain Summer 2018 Collection

I know most of us are probably already looking ahead to fall with clothing, makeup, skincare, etc but there are still some summer collections worth checking out before they are gone! The Guerlain summer 2018 launches are absolutely stunning. From the packaging to the formulas, Guerlain never disappoints. While Guerlain is always known for their bronzers and highlighters (the colors and textures are always perfection), it is the other ancillary products from this collection that really impressed me.
Let's start with my favorite out of all the new products - the Rosa Rossa fragrance! If you get nothing else, get this! With notes of lychee and blackcurrant, it's a delicate fruity floral that has incredibly lasting power. For a true summer fragrance, the Terrcotta Le Parfum is gorgeous. Notes of bergamot, ylang-ylang and vanilla make it a warm scent that smells just like summer. The Terracotta body oil is lightweight and absorbs instantly into the skin. The most unique product out of the bunch is the Bee Glow - a daytime moisturizer that helps to hydrated the skin while also leaving it radiant and glowing. While the formula has skincare benefits, it is best used under makeup as a primer.

The Guerlain MaxiLash is one of my all time favorite mascaras but I have actually never tried the Guerlain's waterproof mascara. The brush is full and fans out which is what I normally look for in a mascara. The Terracotta bronzer/blush powder and Terracotta Summer Glow Highlighter released are stunning just to look at and as always the formula is beautiful. The bronzer is more of a cheek color for me since the bronze portion is quite dark and the other shade is a gorgeous vibrant peach. The gold leaf pattern over the top is an overspray so it disappears as you use the product which I don't mind too much because I'm more interested in the two colors rather than the gold shimmer. The highlighter is a bit too dark for me so I have been using it on the eyes but for a more medium to olive toned complexion, this would give a gorgeous golden glow to the cheekbones. Definitely not a subtle look, but the powder isn't overly glittery so it won't be too bold. 

For me, the stand out favorites were the fragrances - they are perfection! If you have never tried any Guerlain bronzers, they are truly worth the hype. Perhaps start with a basic one like this or this and then once you are hooked, you will want to collect them all. The best part is they release limited edition ones every few months so you will amass quite a collection very quickly. Ha! 
*pr samples included

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8/13/18

The White Blazer





Blazer - Express (wearing an XS, more colors here) | Tank - Express (wearing the color Soft Ivory in XS) | Denim - GRLFRND | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Le Specs | Sandals - Schutz

I'm not a huge blazer gal, because often they can look too boxy or oversized on me. However, when I find one that works for me, I have to share it. I found this white boyfriend blazer and online it looked promising, which can be either a good sign or a disappointing sign. Thankfully it was a good sign because this blazer is absolutely stunning! It's a style that can be worn with jeans as I have done with this look, but also has a classic shape and fit that would make it great for an office environment or a more conservative look. And the color is more of an ivory shade rather than a bright white which often I try to avoid. I think an ivory shade is easier to wear and looks more versatile for various seasons. Fit wise, it is true to size for me and the XS works perfectly and the length is exactly what I have been looking for! Frankly, I don't think I could have designed it better. Such a great piece and at a reasonable price point - a double win!

For more white blazer options, I found some both under $150 and over $150 in the widgets below.

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8/10/18

20 Striped Dresses Under $100

Dress (almost identical style here) | Bag (similar) | Shoes (more sizes here) | Sunglasses
There is something so classic about a striped dress - no matter the shape, color or style. I find myself constantly drawn to them over and over because of how easy they are to pair with neutral accessories. I rounded up 20 different dresses that all have stripes (wide, thin, vertical, horizontal, etc) and all are under $100! Scroll through the widget below to see all my favorite picks.

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8/9/18

Summer Dresses To Wear Into Fall





Dress - Beltaine (on sale!) | Boots - Vince Camuto (runs TTS for me) | Bag - Chloe | Hat - Hat Attack (similar here and here) | Bracelet - Giles & Brother

We may still have a month left of summer, but I love pulling out my ankle boots around this time to wear with my dresses. I picked these up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and already know they will be some of my most worn boots. I think they look great with a delicate dress like this one or with a heavy sweater and jeans like how I styled them in this post. Even though this dress is perfect for the hot weather, I can throw on a denim or suede jacket with ankle boots and a heavier hat, which instantly makes it cute for fall. Because of the drop waist, I could even see it worn with a chunky sweater over top so it would look like a sweater and skirt! I rounded up a bunch of other dresses in the widgets below that I think would transition well into fall.

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8/6/18

Casual and Dressy In One Outfit



Top - Re:Named (under $60! I am wearing a S) | Jeans - Free People | Shoes - Steve Madden | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Amazon ($10!)  | Necklace - Wanderlust + Co. | Ring - Kendra Scott

A blouse and jeans is always something I find myself going back to again and again. It feels so versatile  and appropriate for so many different situations. After living in NYC for many years, a blouse and a great fitting pair of denim (distressed or not) became a staple for me. I would think nothing of wearing an outfit like this to lunch (maybe a slightly lower heel), shopping, a meeting or a night out. To me it feels casual and dressy all at once - which is almost how I would describe my style. I like to be casual and comfortable but still want a polished vibe overall whether that is with heels, my hair styled or makeup on.  

Which do you prefer? Do you like to be more dressy or more casual - or maybe both like myself?! Let me know!

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8/3/18

Friday Finds

Tank | Pants (size down) | Sandals (similar) | Bag (similar) | Sunglasses | iPhone case (only $20!)
Happy Friday! I have a great round-up of finds for you this week. Leave me a comment below if you have any new discoveries that you are loving!

1. I love Gillian Flynn novels (I've reviewed a few here), and absolutely loved Sharp Objects. And now HBO has made Sharp Objects into a series and I am hooked! A new episode airs each Sunday I believe and I can't wait for the next one.

2. Speaking of shows that I am loving, I have talked before but Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is absolutely hysterical. It's a show on Netflix where Jerry Seinfeld interviews and chats with comedians while driving around in a crazy car going to get coffee. I have seen every episode and am now rewatching all of them again.

3. If you follow me on insta-stories, you know what my next favorite find is....Air Pods! Stan bought them for me and they are wireless headphones. I didn't even know I needed them until I had them. How did I ever exist before these? They are the best!

4. My favorite enzyme powder just got reformulated to an even gentler formula. And there is one for every skin type - normal to dry, normal to oily, sensitive and dry.

5. My lashes need this new mascara!

6. Glow water? The name alone intrigues me. And there is a glow powder!

7. This blush looks like an envelope. I want to get it just for that. #packagingjunkie

8. This is one chic looking leopard blouse. I am crazy for the oversized fit!

9. These sunburst mirrors are such a good deal as part of the Anniversary sale (and under $30!). They would look great with 3-4 of them grouped together on one wall.

10. So much of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has been picked over, except this classic trench coat! How is it still in stock?! The drapey fit and the tie at the sleeves make is a bit different from a regular trench style. And it comes in petite sizes!

11. A few new foundations that are on my list to try: this new Benefit foundation with the great packaging, this long wear foundation (which has mixed reviews so I'm still debating) and this blurring foundation.

12. Given my crazy love of loungewear, this $52 jumpsuit is calling to me! Doesn't it look so comfortable??

To read my past Friday Finds posts, click here.
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