9/22/17

7 Trends To Add To Your Fall Closet

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I use the term "trend" loosely because let's be honest....I'm not Vogue magazine. LOL However, these are pieces and looks I have seen over and over from various retailers, brands and designers so I thought I would identify the ones that were my favorites. 

While Velvet is traditionally a standard fabric for fall and winter, I have seen so many variations this year with it. Hats are not a trend but some of the styles that are emerging for fall are ones that are a bit different than a regular fedora or beanie. The fisherman/fiddler cap is everywhere now and there are so many great ones at affordable price points so you can add this trendy piece into your look without breaking the bank. Embroidered and embellished pieces are again something that typically pop up in the colder weather, but like velvet there are tons of variations this year. And it's a fun way to make a regular ol' piece of clothing (jeans/sweater/flats) a bit more exciting. Blazers aren't a trend per se, but I have seen a ton of oversized blazers popping up which is a bit more trendy than classic. Plaid for fall - groundbreaking. But regardless of how overdone it is each season, I still see it everywhere this year and it's something that's wearable and easy to keep for years to come. Oversized cardigans have been around for years, and frankly they are not going anywhere so it may be worth grabbing one or two as a great transition piece or layering piece when it gets colder. And finally, ankle boots. You may think I am crazy for including this as a "trend" but over the past few years I saw a ton of over-the-knee or thigh high boot styles being more prominent but this year it is nothing but ankle or mid-calf. And if you want to take this to a more trendy place, purchase a fitted or sock style ankle boot. Scroll through each trend below for pieces that would be great additions to a fall closet!

Velvet


Hats


Embroidered Pieces


Blazers


Plaid


Oversized Cardigans


Ankle Boots

9/21/17

A Fall Dress For Any Climate + What's Been On My Mind



Since I do almost all of my shopping online (I've been this way for years now), there are some pieces I am unsure will look great and others I know will instantly be a hit. This dress fell into the category of instantly knowing it would be a hit. The shape wasn't too wide though it still looked quite loose and comfortable and the color was gorgeous. While I don't wear too much yellow, I am really loving marigold for the fall because it is so much richer and flattering when on. 

If you live in a warmer climate, this is the perfect seasonal transition dress because the colors it comes in (there are 5) are all appropriate for fall but the short sleeves make it easy to wear in the heat. However, if you live in a cooler climate, I also think this is great for a transitional dress because it pairs well with a long cardigan or a moto jacket like I wore in this picture. And either flats, sneakers, heels or ankle boots all would work with it. In other words, it's absolutely a great dress for transitioning into fall no matter where you live! 

Not fashion related, but here's some random thoughts that have been on my mind this past week. 

1. Third trimester is kicking my butt. And while I anticipated that it would, it still hit me like a ton of bricks. I will be doing a final bumpdate in a few weeks so I will chat more about it then.

2. Obviously you gain a new perspective on something once you have gone through it, so I have a new outlook on how to relate to a pregnant woman. I am still shocked at how many people try to scare you with weird stories/comments in the name of "offering advice". LOL My new favorite thing to say to a pregnant woman is how great they are doing, and how they will be a great mom! Sometimes a boost of encouragement makes you remember how strong you really are.

3.  I forgot how hot September can be, and do that every year. Once September hits, I assume it going to be nice and brisk with no humidity. And then never dress correctly because it ends up being hotter than August sometimes! (this was the case in NYC as well when I lived there)

4. I've been trying to make an effort to get up earlier each morning because I tend to feel more productive when I do, but as someone that is not a morning person it is still a challenge. Any tips on how to get up earlier?

5. I'm really excited for Elmo to meet the baby. He is such a wonderful dog and absolutely adores kids, so that is truly one of the things I am looking forward to the most right now.

6. My skin is beginning to venture back into the oily territory (just slightly) and I'm already bummed about it. Ha! I was loving having drier skin and it actually made wearing makeup a bit more fun because I wasn't worried about controlling oil all day. It's not completely back to the way it was, but I am hoping that it does stay a bit more dry permanently. #glowymakeupismorefun

Dress - Lush | Boots - Sam Edelman (from last year but similar here and these are so classic and chic!) | Bag - Chloe | Sunglasses - Quay | Lipstick - Nudestix Matte Pencil in Belle | Necklace - Made Community

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9/20/17

Review: Surratt Smoky Eye Baton Sticks with Swatches of All Colors

These Surratt Beauty Smoky Eye Batons are the perfect answer for a fall, smudgy eye look. They are a dual ended stick with a creamy liner on one side and a complementary shimmer shadow on the other. This allows you to create a quick smokey eye without needing multiple shadows or liners. 
Swatches from left to right: Cendres, Partir En Fumee, Fumee Noir, Fumee Brun, Vapeur Mauve, Nuit D'Orage, Canons de Beaute, Entincelle
My favorite shade is Cendres, a sheer taupe color and I love to use the shimmer shadow all over the lid and then smudge the liner into my lash line. The liner is exceptionally creamy so this will not give you a precise line, but rather a smokey/smudgey effect. I find that applying it and then smudging it out either with the shimmer shadow or my finger gives the best look. Surprisingly for how soft and creamy both sides are, they last all day without creasing. Stay tuned because I have a tutorial with the Cendres Smoky Baton coming up on my YouTube channel next week!
*pr samples included


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9/19/17

Sandals With Sweaters - Does it Work?

Sandals with sweaters - the look is either a yay or nay for most people. I for one LOVE to mix clothing from different seasons in one outfit and have been doing it for years. I love taking traditional styles from a particular season (like a sweater) and wearing them with pieces from another season (in this case sandals). I also love chunky sweaters and shorts, summer dresses with ankle boots - the possibilities are endless. Obviously there are certain combos that look ridiculous (I'm not going to sport a bathing suit with UGGS LOL), but I enjoy mixing things up. 

My tip for trying this particular style is to only wear a sweater rather than add elements like a heavy coat or scarf, etc. That's when things do begin to get a bit mismatched. However, a trench coat, military jacket or bomber jacket would also look cute with sandals since those are all lightweight outerwear options. However, I am not opposed to a heavier winter coat or a huge chunky knit with stilettos/pumps. I am a huge fan of that look as the next step up from sandals and sweaters. I think wearing a delicate shoe with cold weather pieces is a great way to make things look a bit more feminine, and break up the chunkiness that can come with being so bundled up. 

What are your thoughts? Do you like wearing sweaters and sandals together? Yay or nay?

Sweater - Express | Jeans - Express | Shoes - Steve Madden | Clutch - Clare V | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (similar budget option here)

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9/18/17

What I'm Loving Right Now - Fashion, Beauty, Home, etc

Sharing all my recent favorites in today's video. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

The products mentioned in the video:

Blog post with my other Golden Goose sneakers
Also available here
Here are the GG leopard sneakers with the red glitter stars
Here is my Instagram of me wearing the leopard sneakers
Here is my blog post on ALL THINGS LEOPARD!! :)
Cute leopard slip-ons for under $50!!!!!
H&M Home here
H&M gray cloth basket I bought for the baby's room (gray is sold out right now)
More baskets from H&M Home
H&M pineapple candle I bought for my office

9/15/17

10 Oversized Cardigans For Fall


I was about to title this post "The Cardigan and the Bump". LOL We took these pictures very late in the day and I swear my bump almost doubles in size by the evening. I am so happy I found these stretchy tanks which seems like they were made for pregnancy but are actually not maternity at all! I sized up to a medium, but will definitely be buying more for after pregnancy because they hold their shape and are long which I prefer for certain outfits. Oh and they are $12. #bonus

Cardigans are everywhere it seems, but they are not a style that always look good on me. I have to find the right style, length, fit, etc so as not to look like I'm drowning in it. I loved this one because it was mid length and had a structured shape which worked much better for my frame. And of course the leopard print makes it an instant hit in my opinion. I squeezed one last wear out of my favorite faux leather leggings because the next day after we took these pictures, I was already not able to fit into these anymore. Ha! But all of you non-pregnant people will be able to and you should buy them asap! I reviewed them last year in this post and have since talked about them non-stop because they truly are incredibly flattering. Definitely a must have for fall, though I would recommend pairing them with a longer top or sweater because they can look like a bit like workout leggings with a shorter shirt. And to be honest, I am of the notion that leggings are not pants so I always prefer to have something on that at least covers my bum. 

Wishing everyone a great weekend and as always, thanks for stopping by and spending time with me on my little space on the internet! I always appreciate it. xo 

Cardigan - Cupcakes & Cashmere | Tank - Nordstrom (non-maternity and only $12!) | Leggings - Spanx | Bag - Gucci | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik (similar budget options here and here) | Sunglasses - Chloe

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9/14/17

Sweater Weather....Sort Of



Well the blistering hot temps of summer are pretty much gone, but it's not big, fuzzy sweater time either. September and October fall in that in-between time, where it's not too hot and not too cold. So I have been loving lighter weight sweaters and long sleeved tops like this pink one I'm wearing in today's post. 

Before I get into what I'm exactly wearing, I have to share a bit of a backstory on it. I have not shopped at Express in yearssssssssss. I don't know why but I never really felt compelled to check out their selection and it didn't seem like my style. And yes I know that Express does TONS of sponsored campaigns with various bloggers promoting their clothing, and slowly over the past year or two I was shocked at how cute some of their things were when I would see them on social media and certain blogs. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was on the hunt for some longer sweaters/tunic styles for pregnancy, headed to the Express site and was surprised at how many great things I found. And they were having a huge sale so I ended up snagging a couple of different pieces and even some regular jeans (I just rubber band the waist) at amazing prices. Even a few readers told me how they shopped a ton at Express while pregnant because many of their tops, sweaters and tunics were flattering and perfect for their bump. So long story long (yes, long because I love to ramble), I am somewhat of an Express convert now. No I don't think I will be filling up my entire closet with their pieces, but their prices during certain promotions and sales are quite good and I have loved the items I purchased so far (I have one more sweater and pair of jeans that I will be featuring on the blog next week that I got during this shopping trip).

If you were on the fence like me about shopping there, I will say that their jeans have really appealed to me. The colors, styles and fit are nice and they make so many in petite sizes! *insert hands up emoji* That alone won me over. I went through the site and found a few more pairs of jeans that caught my eye and put them in the widget below. Scroll through to see all of them. 

Sweater - Express (on sale for under $30!) | Jeans - Express (I bought the petite but the regular size is here) | Shoes - Schutz (similar here) | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Le Specs

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