12/8/16

The Most Flattering Sweater Dress

Truth be told, I don't love wearing pants. Or jeans. Or shorts. I wear them a ton especially in the winter because they keep my legs warm, but in all honesty - I prefer a skirt or dress. They let my legs breathe! Sweater dresses are one of the most comfortable cold weather dress options and this one mixes so many of my favorite elements - a cowl neck, a neutral color and I find that a more fitted sweater dress helps to balance out the bulk of the heavier material. The criss cross pattern also makes it figure flattering and helps to define the waist.  I wore this a few weeks ago when no coat or tights was necessary, pairing it with some of my favorite YSL boots that I purchased almost a decade ago! But I can easily seen this dressed down with sneakers and a vest, or snow boots, tights (these are my all-time favorite tights) and a parka

I checked the forecast and it is already going to be hitting the 20's next week so sadly a 'no tights and coat' option is no longer feasible. I have always wanted to take a trip somewhere warm in the dead of winter, so Stan and I just booked a trip to Palm Springs and LA for the first part of January! It's our first time to Palm Springs, though I have spent a little time in Palm Desert and loved it. We have both been to LA but not together so all we can think about is what restaurants we are going to hit up first. Ha! If you have any recommendations for either city, please let me know!

Dress - Ann Taylor | Bag - Chloe | Boots - YSL (old but similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Chloe

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12/7/16

Review: NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes with Swatches

NARS recently released two Limited Edition cheek palettes that will be hitting Sephora any day! They are called the Unfiltered Cheek Palettes and there are two versions - Unfiltered I (top left) and Unfiltered II (top right), and true to NARS quality, the pigmentation is amazing. I was pleasantly surprised to see that neither Laguna nor Orgasm was in either palette! Both of those shades are NARS classics but almost every palette always contains one if not both shades. It was great to see a different selection of colors.
Both palettes are stunning, though I gravitated more towards the lighter palette (Unfiltered II) and found the colors worked perfectly for my peachy-pink preferences. Unfiltered I is a bold palette and the colors would be stunning on anyone with medium to dark skin tones. Unfiltered II is a bit paler in comparison and after seeing the swatches on my arm - I definitely feel it would be more suitable for those with pale to medium skin tones. If you are looking for a cheek palette to add to your collection, NARS is never a bad decision. Each palette offers a good selection of colors to create many different looks. 
*pr samples included

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12/5/16

Beanie Weather

Acne mohair sweater
Acne mohair sweater
Acne mohair sweater
Acne mohair sweater
I can't take full credit for this look - I saw this outfit on Pinterest and immediately wanted to recreate it. Her sweater is a bit more voluminous, but I loved the chunky sweater/skinny jeans/oxfords look with head to toe black. I get so many of my outfit ideas from Pinterest - it's still such a wealth of inspiration! 

I had to add a beanie with this look because winter has arrived. Brrr! They are such a fun accessory to make an outfit more casual, but also keep my head warm. Which I guess is the point, right?! I was never a hat person years ago, but I always admired girls who wore them regularly. I felt they would look silly on me, but was determined to find a way to make it work for me. I finally bought one just to get myself used to wearing it and styling it. Once I did I fell in love with them and now buy multiple hats and styles every year. That's typically the way I get myself comfortable with a trend that I am longing to try. I bite the bullet and buy something from a style I'm longing to wear and then find ways to make it work for me. And I still look to Pinterest for help many times. When I'm unsure how to put something together, I will do a quick search and look for outfits that showcase a particular item I want to wear. And then I try and remember that fashion should be fun so I allow myself the permission to experiment now and again. I'm glad for that - because now my head reaps the benefits in the winter. Ha!

Sweater - Acne (similar here and here) | Jeans - Topshop | Beanie - Anthropologie (old but similar here and here) | Shoes - Vince (old but similar here and love this funky twist on an oxford) | Bag - Mansur Gavriel | Sunglasses - Illesteva

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12/2/16

Friday Finds

The holidays are in full swing, though I feel it was summer only yesterday. I have discovered some really fun things over the past few weeks, and I am also going to share a few gift ideas at the bottom of the post.

1. Let's first talk about the shoes in the above picture. YAS! I have been eyeing them for as long as I can remember, and they finally went on sale for Black Friday. While they are still pricey, I was comfortable splurging on them because they are a shoe that will never go out of style.

2. I didn't go overboard decorating the house because we still don't have that much furniture. However, I did buy a full size tree finally rather than just a mini one like we have in our old apt. This was the one I purchased and I am loving it. If you have a smaller space but still want a tall tree, this was another great option that I looked at.

3. I've shown my cleanse drink on Snapchat a few times, but I received a couple emails asking for the extra recipe/mixture. So here it is: 2 1/2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (with mother), 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a pinch of cinnamon. I love the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but the taste can be difficult to stomach. I found this recipe online and really enjoy it. One serving lasts me 2 days.

4. I was on a book reading frenzy earlier this season, but I read a book I didn't really like and it killed my mojo somewhat. However, I have been enjoying a new podcast! It's called Up and Vanished and if you like mysteries - this is one that you must listen to. It's a true story, and most of the investigation at this point is happening in real time which makes it even more exciting. Also, I finally just watched the entire season of Making a Murderer. Yup, it's so good.

5. In other show news, I have fallen in love with This is Us on NBC. And of course The Affair. I'm obsessed. When will Noah get his life together, right?!!!

6. I was recently sent this skincare device and am really curious about it. I haven't brought myself to use it yet even though I have tried and loved dermablading. I think I am nervous to do it on my own skin. But I will share my thoughts once I have tested it thoroughly.

7. Like many of you, I have a serious candle addiction. I LOVE candles. I have tried a ton of different brands, but this brand is still on my wishlist. I hear it is the best of the best.

8. Some dupe styles that I found recently that really impressed me: these boots that look very similar to these uber expensive Givenchy ones, and these OTK boots are one of the best dupes for the Stuart Weitzman Lowlands.

Below are some beauty sets that I personally would love to receive!  

Here are some home decor items that I thought would make great gifts!
Gift ideas for someone that may be hard to shop for!
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