Saturday, October 31, 2015

Forever 21 Finds

I had a reader request from a couple weeks ago about sharing my finds from Forever 21.  Many of you have commented in the past about how shopping in the store feels overwhelming & I can completely relate.  Their inventory is staggering and it takes a good amount of time to weed through the vast selection to locate hidden gems. I typically have good luck finding better quality pieces in the fall & winter because many of their sweaters & coats are wool blends.  And just recently, they have started carrying some genuine suede & leather footwear too!  So today I'm rounding up my top picks for the season from their site - a couple of things to note if you're new to purchasing online: you can return items to the store for in-store credit only (they will issue you a gift card) or you can return by mail for a full refund to your original form of payment (must be returned within 30 days).
Marled Tunic Sweater // Longline Wool-Blend Coat // Faux Suede Knee-High Boots
Wool-Blend Cable Knit Sweater // Marled Bouclé Pea Coat // Faux Fur Longline Cardigan
Quilted Bag // Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka // Contrast Cable-Knit Sweater
Plaid Open-Front Coat // Mixed-Knit Cardigan // Metallic Lace Embroidered Top
Hooded Wool-Blend Coat // Leather Chelsea Boots


Friday, October 30, 2015

On Replay

I love remixing old clothes in my closet - not only is it a fun challenge to style items I've had for a while in new ways, but it also provides clarity as to which pieces are truly versatile...which helps guide me to make smarter purchases in the future.  Everything in today's look is over a year old (except for these suede boots) and I've included links below to show how I've worn them on the blog in the past + similar items that are available in stores now. You'll be seeing lots of remixing in the months to come as I'm planning on doing a shopping freeze again this winter (more details coming soon, including a way you can join me in the challenge)!

What I'm wearing:
LOFT jacket (last seen here; similar save or splurge), 
thrifted J. Crew sweater (last seen here; similar here or here), 
Forever 21 scarf (last seen here; similar here or here), 
Old Navy dress (last seen here; similar dresses here & here; similar skirts here & here), 
Forever 21 boots, NastyGal satchel (similar), c/o InPink earrings
Target sunglasses (similar), Nails: Essie Glamour Purse


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Matte Makeup + Removal Tips

Although I love fresh-faced luminous skin, there is something so beautiful about a completely matte look for fall & winter.  This is perfect for those upcoming holiday parties and evening events because matte makeup tends to stay put longer than its lightweight dewy counterpart.  Today I'm sharing a new tutorial using pretty feminine colors in blush & deep berry and I'm also providing my tips for how to remove your longwear or matte makeup in a simple & gentle way with POND'S Cold Cream.

Step 1: Create a matte base.  For everyday wear, I use BeautyCounter Tint Skin because I love the lightweight coverage.  But for photo shoots & evening, I apply Estée Lauder Double Wear because it's a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish.  I use this concealer under my eye area and set it with this loose powder.

Step 2: Apply soft pink shadow all over your eyelids, stopping just above the crease.  

Step 3: Then apply deep berry shadow in your crease, blending well as you go.

Step 4: Apply black eyeliner along your top lash line only & extend it slightly beyond the outside of your eye, creating a subtle wing.  I love this pencil because it's gentle on my sensitive eyes and it's also great for smudging when I want to go for a smokier look.  

Step 5: Curl & coat lashes with your favorite black mascara (I'm partial to this lengthening formula).

Step 6: Apply matte pink blush to your cheekbones - the majority of the color should be deposited near the back towards your ear with just a light dusting on the apples of your cheeks.  This color looks frighteningly bright in the packaging, but it's a sheer formula that, when applied lightly, gives a realistic flushed look.

Step 7: Apply matte lipstick in a rich burgundy hue.  If you don't want to buy a new lipstick, you can use a regular creme formula you already own, blot with tissue paper and dust powder on top to create a matte finish.

I first was introduced to POND'S Cold Cream back in my high school drama class.  We had to wear heavy pancake makeup for the stage and they gave us this cream to remove it after each play.  Stage makeup is known for being not only thick, but also incredibly drying & irritating.  This cream gently removed every trace of makeup & replenished our skin with the moisture it needed.  

To be honest, I haven't used it since then because I'd fallen so in love with the convenience of these cleansing towelettes.  But, since skin needs all the moisture it can get in the cold weather months, it's the ideal time to try it for makeup removal.  I used a quarter sized amount and began rubbing it into my skin gently in a circling motion. In less than 5 seconds, my makeup began coming off as I worked it in.  

After everything was removed, I used a wet washcloth to wipe the excess away (I went over it several times to make sure I got everything).  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it's just as quick & easy as my beloved wipes and my skin felt so soft afterwards.  I think this is a great way to switch up my nightly routine this winter & give my skin that extra boost of moisture that it needs!


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


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keep It Simple

One of the missteps I make as a blogger (probably a bit too often) is convincing myself that every outfit has to be incredibly compelling in some way in order to be worthy of posting here.  Sometimes I drive myself crazy trying to layer in different pieces or add too many elements...when, in reality, the looks I'm most drawn to and love to wear also happen to be the simplest.  I rarely pay full price for anything, but when I came across this camel vest last year, I didn't wait for a sale because I knew it was an item I'd love for years to come.  It's a classic piece with a modern menswear vibe that I can wear all season long - see how I styled it last year here & check out similar styles below.

What I'm wearing:
Mango vest (similar here or here), Zara sweater (similar here or here), LOFT trousers (also here), 
c/o Mossimo loafers, Warehouse bag, Forever 21 watch (similar), Nali bangle (similar here or here), 
Forever 21 rings (similar), by boe earrings, Nails: Essie Glamour Purse


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lounge In Style

This time of year, nothing makes me happier than slipping into a new pair of pajamas, a fluffy robe & soft slippers before enjoying a hot cup of tea by the fire.  Though silk pajamas are nice, I prefer to save money on items I'm only planning on wearing while sleeping or walking around the house in, so I typically purchase budget-friendly styles. I just picked up this plaid set (which will be perfect for Christmas morning!) and since they are B1G1 50% off, I also ordered these pajamas for my daughter.

There are plenty of chic options to be found for less and since this is the season when you want to switch into something warmer & cozier, I've rounded up my top affordable favorites below.  I've grouped them according to style since I know everyone has different personal preferences when it comes to loungewear - if you're needing to upgrade yours this year, I've got you covered!



Monday, October 26, 2015

Tunics & Tweed

Today I'm partnering with Nordstrom to share two new looks that you can wear now & layer later.  I stuck with a similar color palette for both outfits because I personally find that black, gray & burgundy are easy colors to mix & match with other wardrobe staples.  And I also selected pieces that are very versatile for dressing up or down.  Read on below for my styling tips to transition both outfits into the winter!

One of my favorite trends for the season are these sleeveless turtleneck tunics (see previous looks here & here).  I've mentioned before how they are great for layering without adding bulk and I also think they will transition nicely into the spring without a long-sleeve top underneath.  The length of this one is ideal for wearing over leggings, skinny jeans or faux leather pants (as I did here).  To rework this look for winter, I would add a wool coatcashmere beanie and swap out the heels for booties.

I have a hard time resisting fringe in any form, so when I came across this tweed skirt, I knew it would be a great addition to my closet.  This would also be an office-appropriate style when paired with a simple silk blouse - but I chose to give it a more casual modern twist by pairing with a chunky knit sweater & ankle boots.  To make this look winter-friendly, layer a tissue turtleneck underneath the sweater, add a faux fur vest & opaque tights.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Sun & Shadow Turtleneck Sweater (recommend sizing down; comes in 6 colors), 
c/o Halogen Fringe Tweed Skirt (wearing a size 4), c/o Report Signature Myrna Booties
c/o TopShop Embossed Bag, c/o Nadri Hoop Earrings, Similar Ring, Similar Watch

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


Friday, October 23, 2015

Herringbone Dress

My closet doesn't contain very many dresses - mainly because my lifestyle doesn't require me to wear them that often, but also because it's difficult for me to find ones that fit perfectly off the rack.  Because I'm proportionately larger on bottom than on top, most dresses that I do purchase end up going straight to the tailor for alterations...which is why fit & flare styles are usually the best option for me.  This herringbone dress is so beautifully made and completely different from anything I have in my wardrobe.  I instantly fell in love with the sophisticated neutral tones & flattering shape - there's something about putting on a great-fitting dress that just makes you feel good!

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins dress (on sale; wearing a US4; free shipping with code DPTREAT),
Truth or Dare by Madonna pumps (similar here or here), J. Crew clutch (similar here or here), 
BaubleBar earrings, J. Crew bracelets (similar here & here), Nails: Sally Hansen Rupee Red


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Steals Under $30

There are so many amazing sales happening right now, which made putting together this month's post a breeze!  I focused on mostly casual looks for the season, but also incorporated some styles that could easily be dressed up as well.  Even if you aren't shopping right now, I'm hoping the outfits below will help provide some layering inspiration for the cold weather.  For the Gap pieces below, you can use code SUPER to get an extra 40% off; for Gap Factory, use code GFSAVE to get 25% off your purchase and for Banana Republic, use code BRSALE to get an extra 50% off!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Must-Have Moto

I love motorcycle-style jackets because they're a great way to add a slightly edgy & modern twist to your looks. Whether you're throwing it on over ultra-feminine styles or pairing it with menswear-inspired pieces, it's a versatile topper that's definitely one of my wardrobe staples.  Most of the styles I already own are a leather or faux leather material so when I came across this textured cotton one on major clearance last weekend, I couldn't resist scooping it up.  I like that it has an oversized shape, which makes it perfect for layering underneath, and because it's a cotton-blend, it will also transition nicely into the spring.

What I'm wearing:
Banana Republic jacket (similar; also love this & this), Forever 21 top (similar here or here), 
LOFT shirt (similar here or here), c/o Arizona jeans (recommend sizing down; wearing size 5), 
c/o Dorothy Perkins pumps (similar here or here), Banana Republic bag (similar here or here),