Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Forward

I'm excited to be partnering with JCPenney today to share three looks featuring pieces from their new fall arrivals. One of the things I love about their store is that they carry such a wide variety of brands, so I did my best to feature as many of them as possible and I've included sizing information below for those of you who are shopping online. They are currently running an amazing sale and every single piece I'm sharing here is under $50 + you can get an extra 20% off when you use code GRTDEALS.

I discovered these lightweight turtlenecks in 2013 and I'm so glad that they continue to bring them back year after year.  They are one of my cold-weather closet staples & I have them in every color - they're perfect for layering under sweaters, shells & coats when the temperatures drop (see example here).  I'm always a sucker for a faux leather skirt and the asymmetrical hem of this one is so pretty & unexpected.  Note: I did order a petite size (even though I'm 5'8") to get the best fit through the waist as it does runs a little big.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Worthington Turtleneck (wearing a S), c/o Worthington Faux-Leather Skirt (I'm wearing a 4P), 
Similar pumps, Similar bag

I am loving the duster cardigan trend this year because it's a great way to add a light layer that's both flattering & modern.  Because it's a longer length that provides more coverage, you can wear it with black leggings or jeans.  The ribbed texture of this one caught my eye - though it also comes in gray & black, I couldn't resist this rich burgundy hue.  Note: I recommend sizing up for a looser fit or if you're looking for something with a more oversized feel, this gray boyfriend style is a good option.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Stylus Plaid Shirt (wearing a S), c/o Worthington Cardigan (recommend sizing up; I'm wearing a M), 
c/o Arizona Skinny Jeans (wearing size 5), c/o a.n.a Isha Mules, c/o Call It Spring Bag

A comfortable sweater dress is a must for fall, especially when it has cool details like a faux-leather front.  This one would be easy to dress up with a statement necklace & suede pumps or to wear for daytime with a plaid scarf & classic trench.  I also picked up the top version of this style in burgundy (here).  When layering a button-down under a dress like this, I've found what works best is to tuck the shirt into my shapewear for a seamless look  (I personally swear by these).  

What I'm wearing:
c/o Joe Fresh Sweater Dress (wearing an XS), c/o a.n.a Shirt
c/o a.n.a Ryder Ankle Boots, c/o Liz Claiborne Satchel

Thank you to JCPenney & ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shearling Chic

One big trend for the season is shearling and, while I love the cozy concept of it, I've always felt this style a bit difficult to pull off.  I have tried multiple different types of outerwear in this fuzzy textile and they all seemed too bulky and overwhelming on my frame.  So when I came across this cropped black jacket (for 75% off the retail price!) on a recent trip to Marshalls, I knew it was the perfect way to embrace this trend in a chic sophisticated way. I love the polished feel of this silhouette and I appreciate the fact that the sleeves are a slimmer cut in a stretchy fabric so that I can scrunch the sleeves up for a more relaxed look.  Marshalls has so many amazing new arrivals in stores, so if you haven't been in a while, now is the perfect time to go check out their affordable fall styles!

What I'm wearing:
Ella Moss jacket c/o Marshalls (check your local store; also on sale here), Gap top (similar here or here), 
J. Crew Factory skirt (last seen here), c/o Prima Donna heels (recommend sizing down), 
H&M bag (similar here or here), Forever 21 necklace, Bracelets: Zara (similar) & Forever 21
BaubleBar ring (similar), Lips: L'Oreal Pink Lady



Monday, September 28, 2015

Simple Cat Eye

Today is my second & final post partnering with Walgreens to share my favorite wearable beauty trends from NYFW (see last month's post here).  For their fall/winter collections, Oscar de la Renta & John Galliano both sent models down the runway with a fresh face & simple cat eye, which really appealed to me for its pretty simplicity.  So often a cat eye is paired with matte skin & a bold red lip, but I loved the concept of balancing out the harsher eye-liner with soft, glowing skin.  Here's how you can re-create this look at home in four simple steps:

Step 1: After applying my foundation, I used the Boots Botanics Radiance Highlighter to help brighten my under-eye area.  I like this formula because it has a light-yellow undertone, which cancels out the purplish-blue of my dark circles + the creamy formula isn't drying like others I've tried.

Step 2: When creating a cat eye with liquid liner, I've found that it helps to steady your arm by resting your elbow on the edge of your counter top.  I also prefer to make small dots in between my lashes with the tip of the eyeliner and then "connect the dots" into one smooth line instead of drawing it freehand.  This precise pointed brush is ideal for creating the perfect winged tip and even though it looks black from a distance, the shade is actually a darkened emerald with a subtle sparkle that catches the light in a flattering way.

Step 3: I talked about this mascara in my previous post (here) and I've really fallen in love with the formula.  The big fluffy brush creates full voluminous lashes in just one coat.  If you prefer, you can leave your bottom lashes bare for this look, but I personally like to add mascara to mine, especially since I won't be using liner on the bottom.  I feel that it creates a more balanced look this way.  Alternately, you could try using a light reflecting powder on your lower lash line to create even more of an eye-opening effect (I like Colour Prevails Eye Shimmer in Rose Gold).

Step 4: I love beauty products that are multi-purpose & this oil is great for wearing as a base under your makeup to help hydrate skin...but I also love to pat a little bit on top of my cheekbones to help finish this look & give my cheeks a dewy, youthful glow.  A little goes a long way, so start with just a small drop and add more as needed.

Boots Botanics Radiance Highlighter (Fair) // Circa Beauty Vivid Vinyl Liquid Eye Liner
Boots No7 Lash Impact Mascara // Boots Botanics Facial Oil

This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Denim Devoted

Today I'm talking about the best denim styles for fall & sharing two ways to style them.  My Old Navy Rockstar Jeans (seen here, here & here) are, without a doubt, the most worn pair of denim in my closet.  They fit me just right, are perfectly broken in and the medium blue wash goes with everything.  So it takes a lot to get me to favor another pair over them, but this month I took on that challenge & I think I may have found two more to help expand my denim collection.  If you're also in the market for a new pair (or are looking to refresh your fall wardrobe in general), now is a great time to shop!  Old Navy is currently offering 30% off men's & women's and 15% off kids & baby items online + free shipping on orders over $25 using code OURSTYLE (this sale is good for today & tomorrow only so don't miss it)!


When it comes to weekend wear, I want to be comfortable while still looking pulled together.  I like the idea of casual layers in soft muted colors like this pastel pink sweater & heather gray vest.  The lighter wash of these skinny jeans + the special patchwork details make them the ideal choice for a Saturday filled with soccer games & running errands.  I'll admit that have been on the fence about the whole backpack trend...until I came across this soft plaid version.  It holds just as much as my beloved bucket bag and adds a fun dose of fall prep to my looks.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Quilted Vest (wearing an XS; also comes in 6 other colors), 
c/o Old Navy Lightweight Sweater (wearing a Small; also comes in taupe, olive & plum), 
c/o Old Navy Rockstar Distressed Jeans (wearing size 4), Converse Sneakers, c/o Old Navy Backpack
Olivia Burton Watch (identical style here), c/o BaubleBar Earrings, Nails: Essie Angora Cardi


There's something I love about wearing all my favorite oversized pieces together, but balancing them with feminine details like pointed pumps, a tousled ponytail & bold red lip.  It's the perfect combination of tomboy meets girl and, not to mention, it's incredibly comfortable too!  The medium wash & subtle distressing of these relaxed boyfriend jeans means I can dress them up or down - if you prefer flats over heels, this outfit would be equally as chic with these block-heel loafers.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Cardigan (this year's version here), c/o Old Navy Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (wearing a Small)
c/o Old Navy Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Jeans (recommend sizing down; wearing size 2), c/o MIA pumps
NastyGal Satchel (similar here or here), Madewell Earrings, Lips: Maybelline Red Revival

Photos by Olya Myers


This post is brought to you by Old Navy.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Seasonal Beauty Swap

As I mentioned last week, I believe it's so important to shift your beauty routine when the seasons change.  In the summer, it's all about protecting your skin from the sun...but in the fall & winter, due to the colder & drier weather, your skin & hair will require different types of products and more intensive care to maintain moisture.  So today I'm sharing 3 ways that I'm beginning to transition my beauty regimen so I can get ahead of the curve before the chilly temperatures hit.


POND'S Dry Skin Cream
I've been applying this at night before bed and have been so impressed with how deeply it penetrates my pores & the way my skin seems to hold onto moisture better since I started using it (note: it also does double-duty as an effective hand cream).  Thanks to the rich formula, a little goes a long way - I only use one small finger scoop for my whole face, which means the jar will last me for quite a while.  When using before bed, I recommend giving it about 10 minutes to really sink in prior to going to sleep - I typically apply mine before taking my vitamins and brushing/flossing my teeth so it is fully absorbed when my head hits the pillow.


Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream
Keratosis Pilaris (also referred to as "chicken skin") is something that I have battled for years.  Though mine isn't a very severe case & only presents on the back of my upper arms, it's visible enough to be a nuisance & is a condition that I find gets much worse in the colder weather.  This cream is specifically designed to treat KP and though I was skeptical at first, I noticed a marked improvement after just 1 week of use.  I apply it just once daily, usually in the morning after I shower or just before bed.


It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
My hair has been color-free for years but I recently decided it was looking a little dull so I asked my stylist to add in a few subtle balayage highlights.  While I absolutely love how it looks, I have noticed since then that my strands are drier than they used to be and I find myself needing to use more conditioner than before.  I tried several different products before coming across this keratin-infused leave-in spray, which is one of the best I've used.  I spray it on after towel-drying & it leaves my hair soft, shiny & tangle-free.  The price is a little steep, but because my hair is shorter, I can usually get the bottle to last me about 6 months.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as Influencer for POND'S.
Visit POND'S Pinterest for more skin care tips.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Neutral Stripes

Another day, another cape - I'm nothing if not a creature of habit!  But what I love about this striped one (and what distinguishes it from others I own) is that there are actually arm holes and the fabric is sewn together underneath.  Because of this design, it actually fits more like an oversized open-front jacket and is so much easier to wear because I'm not constantly readjusting it on my shoulders all day long.  This also has a heavier weight to it than some other styles I've tried + it's currently on sale for less than $50 (be sure to use code DPTREAT to get free shipping).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins cape, J. Crew sweater (similar for less here or here), 
Madewell jeans c/o eBay (similar for less here or here), ShoeMint mules (on sale!), 
Zara bagBaubleBar cuff, c/o Capwell + Co. ring (similar), 
Forever 21 earringsNails: Estée Lauder Metallic Sage