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Monday, August 31, 2015

Mixed Textures

One of the best ways to tackle dressing for the transition into fall is to wear autumn-appropriate textiles in summer cuts.  For example: this top, while sleeveless, is made from a soft knit that doesn't feel too heavy on 70-degree days, plus it will be great for layering with later on.  And these leather shorts are more versatile than you might think because you can dress them up or down (see more styling ideas below).  I love combining multiple textures like this (knit, leather, suede & calf hair) because it elevates the look & helps the outfit appear more expensive than it really was.

What I'm wearing:
Context sweater (extra 15% off w/ code LTLOVE; also in black & taupe), 
Mango shorts (similar under $25under $45, under $50), Dolce Vita flats
Ann Taylor bag, Bracelets: Madewell (similar here or here) & J. Crew (similar), 
Sole Society ring (similar), Forever 21 earrings (similar), 
Nails: Essie Fiji, Lips: L'Oreal Blushing Berry


Friday, August 28, 2015

Simple Suede

We experienced a significant cool-down in our weather this week (sorry to those of you still in a heat wave!), which gave me the chance to pull out this faux suede coat that I purchased earlier in the month.  It's the ideal topper to wear now because of the cropped sleeves and lightweight but luxe feel - I layered it over a classic silk blouse & paired with my favorite leopard flats for a comfortable but chic casual look.  P.S. This lipstick is the perfect red for fall - you could easily layer a matching gloss over the top for a bit of shine, but I personally love the modern matte finish.

What I'm wearing:
H&M coat, Joe Fresh blouse (similar here or here), c/o Old Navy jeans
Sam Edelman loafers (similar here or here), Warehouse bag, BaubleBar earrings


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Post-Workout Skin Care

Over the last few months, I've tried to be much more intentional about keeping up with my workout routine (as mentioned in this post).  And while there are many health benefits to regular exercise, one disadvantage is that excessive perspiration can lead to potential breakouts, because allowing sweat to dry on the skin can actually clog your pores.  I quickly discovered this to be true for myself, so I began washing my face after each workout session to help prevent any skin irritation.  But, after a while, I found that using soap & water three times a day (morning, mid-afternoon & evening) was stripping it of essential moisture & drying out my skin.  

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Graphic Tank (short-sleeved option here), c/o Old Navy Compression Capris

I've talked before about how these POND'S Wet Cleansing Towelettes are my favorite for everyday use & when I travel.  So I decided to try using them mid-day & post-workout to cleanse and hydrate without the need for water. After a couple weeks, I came up with a great system & noticed a huge improvement in my skin!  Now, when I'm getting ready to go to the gym, I simply throw them in my bag with an ice pack - when I'm done working out, the wipes are a refreshing way to cool down & clean my pores after a strenuous workout.  I also keep a stash of towelettes in the fridge for days when I'm exercising at home (I even caught my 11-year-old daughter grabbing one to use after a long bike ride on a particularly hot day). 

If you haven't yet given these POND'S Wet Cleansing Towelettes a try, now is the perfect time because POND'S is offering a $1.00 off coupon (print yours here) + they've just launched their Skip The Sink Sweepstakes!  To enter, just follow POND'S on Twitter & tweet @PONDS to share how you'll #SkipTheSink this summer.  The sweepstakes runs through August 31st and 10 randomly-selected winners will receive a $50 AMEX gift card + one package of POND'S Wet Cleansing Towelettes (all the official rules & details here).

This post was created in connection with my appointment as Influencer for POND'S.
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