I get overly excited when it comes to going through new arrivals on my favorite clothing sites. It was no different when I discovered J.Crew’s Fall arrivals. So many warm sweaters, hooded coats and comfy shoes. I am so ready to put away my skimpy dresses, shorts and iced coffees in favor of a pumpkin spiced something and wearing my favorite sweaters and tights. Check out some of my favorite Fall picks from J.Crew’s new Fall arrivals!
Archives for September 2014
After months of wearing my bright pinks, tinted balms and colorful glosses, it’s time to switch out those shades for deeply pigmented reds, mauves and berries. It’s time to pull out all the lovely darker shades that are synonymous with the changing of the seasons. It’s time to round up and show off some of my favorite Autumn Lipsticks.
1. Nars Scarlet Empress – As I mentioned in my Fall Beauty wish list post, Nars Scarlet Empress was my favorite go-to lipstick last Fall and I see it being a favorite shade this year too. The description says it’s a semi-matte blue red, but I would describe it more as a buildable berry. It makes for a great transition lipstick, from wearing it to the office to building it up in darker layers for going out later that night. Either way, it’s a perfect lipstick for the Autumn season!
2. Mac Plumful – This is definitely a more demure shade of lipstick. It is perfect for those not looking to be too drastic, but still want a pop of color on their lips. It’s one of Mac’s Lustre Lipstick so it has a bit of soft sheen. It’s a very pinky berry shade that is totally wearable and great for the everyday.
3. Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Sultry – This lipstick is one of my favorite Fall finds year. I am always a bit hesitant when it comes to drugstore brands because you usually don’t have the ability to test them out in the store, but these had testers for all of the shades and I had a little too much fun swatching all of the shades on the back of my hand (I was covered in pinks, reds, plums and purples). I would describe this shade as a dusty rose in color. It’s beautifully pigmented and with all the shea, cocoa and mango butter in it, it does a good job of not drying out my lips. I also love that it doesn’t require a sharpener and I can just twist it up whenever it gets too low! A great shade of lipstick for Autumn.
4. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – This is my perfect, all around, go-to red lipstick. It’s completely matte and has a bit of a creamy finish. These pencils are SO pigmented, but I’ve learned to expect nothing less from Nars. Sephora describes Cruella as a scarlet red and it’s definitely on point. As a redhead, I tend to shy away from red lipsticks, but this is among the two red shades that I love to wear throughout the Fall & Winter.
5. Mac Russian Red – This is my second favorite red lipstick. Mac’s Russian Red is a true red lipstick. The color is super pigmented and can take some getting used to, but once you do, you will think you were crazy for ever doubting its beautiful color. I like to wear this shade to Fall parties for a bold, ‘look at me’ lip.
6. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 107 – This is my newest obsession in lipstick loves. I know this has been a cult favorite for awhile, but it took me awhile to jump on the bandwagon and try it. This is the loveliest shade of berry/wine/deep plum and has a SUPER long wear time. I can eat, drink, put on lip balm, accidentally lick my lips and this lipstick is still carrying on like nothing happened. They are not joking when they say it has a lasting finish. It does fade after a good long while, but it fades to a cute light pink shade. It has a delicious berry scent associated with it and for only about $6, it’s a total steal. Seriously, go pick it up now!
Have any favorite Autumn Lipsticks of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!
I tend to have a super busy schedule and my mind is always running with a million different ideas, projects, plans and meetings. This can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep. After many tried and failed attempts, I have found a few tips I use to get a good night’s rest.
1. Create a bedtime routine. I like to create a routine around going to bed. I try to make the routine as consistent as possible. After going through the same motions night after night, your body starts to learn when it’s time to wind down and get ready for bed. I like to do my skincare routine, have a cup of herbal tea and read a couple chapters of a book before bed. It slowly winds my mind down to get me ready for bed.
2. Set a happier alarm. I hate the buzzing sound of an alarm. You are being jerked awake by an unpleasant noise, begging to be silenced. Changing your alarm to something more soothing makes it easier to adjust to being woken up. It definitely helps prevent me from hitting the snooze button, at least more than once. I like to use a clip of Brooke Waggoner’s ‘Fresh Pair of Eyes‘ as my alarm to quietly wake me up in the mornings.
3. Dim the screens of your devices. This should be a big no brainer, but technology can be your enemy when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. For me, ditching the devices can be hard to do since I always sleep with an iPad nearby with Netflix playing to help me drift off to dreamland. To prevent it from keeping me awake, I dim the iPad to its lowest brightness setting. This helps me drift to sleep without the bright blue screen keeping me awake.
4. Spray your pillow with a soothing scent. On nights where I am particularly stressed or anxious, I like to spray my pillow with a soothing pillow mist from Bath & Body Works. My favorite scent, Honey Vanilla Dream pillow mist, is sadly discontinued, but they have some other great ones too. The scent is so calming and breathing deeply clears my mind and makes for a really restful night.
5. Try to stay out of your own head. This is the hardest one for me to adhere to. Trying to go to sleep, but being unable to, I end up running through tomorrow’s to do list in my head. I get myself all riled up, which is not conducive to a good night’s sleep. A great way to avoid this is to get yourself in a comfortable position and really focus on how you feel. I like to think about how I’m in my comfiest pajamas and finally resting after a long day with my comfy pillow and bed.
I thought it would be fun to share a couple things about myself. If you feel like it, share some little facts about yourself in the comments below. I’d love to hear more about you!
One – I almost always have a book in my purse even if I know that, realistically, I will have zero time to read.
Two – I can’t fall asleep without listening to some kind of background noise so I usually fall asleep listening to Netflix on my iPad or listening to an audiobook. I find listening to Jim Dale reading the Harry Potters books or listening to Downton Abbey to be particular favorites. I don’t know why, but I find british voices to be really soothing.
Three – I dislike the dentist, the doctor, anyone who pokes and prods me and I try to avoid going at all costs.
Four – I have never dyed or highlighted my hair.
Five – Scary movies always give me nightmares, even now. When I was younger, I used to line the side of my bed with stuffed animals thinking they would protect me from the movie monsters.
Six – I really love getting mail. I also really love sending mail so my friends tend to get a lot of handwritten cards randomly.
Seven – I really love the rain and big storms.
Eight – I didn’t have my first kiss until I was 16.
Nine – My best thinking time is when I take a long bath. It’s my favorite time to go over things in my head.
Ten – My favorite part of dinner is always dessert.
Eleven – I had three stitches in my head when I was 3 because I ran into the corner of a brick wall. I didn’t tell anyone about it all day. My mom only noticed when she came to pick me up from preschool. She was trying to move my front bangs and discovered that they were actually dried into the cut. Safe to say, everyone had a little panic over that.
Twelve – From when I was born until the age of one, my hair stuck straight up all on its own and could not be pushed down, even with gel.
Thirteen – My favorite number is 13 because I was born on Friday the 13th.
Fourteen – My comfiest outfit is an Adult onesie pj from Nick & Nora. It’s what I immediately throw on whenever I’m home from a hard day or feeling ill.
Fifteen – When I really need to focus and work, I’ll close all the curtains until it is really dark and play Sounds of Nature – Thunderstorms. I do not know why, but it seems to work really well to get me motivated.
Sixteen – I will never be too old for Disneyland.
Seventeen – I am left handed and I find that it’s a little bonding moment for me to find others who are also left handed.
Eighteen – I make really good Mac n’ Cheese, like really good.
Nineteen – I can’t sleep unless I know all the doors in the house are locked. In college, I used to text my roommate to ask if she could go check for me. She always laughed about it.
Twenty – Holidays are my absolutely favorite times of year. I love decorating and finding reasons to celebrate!
Summer weather is just about gone, which means Fall is quickly upon us. I am quite excited to pull out my longer dresses and booties and put away my short skirts and sandals. This weekend, for me, is going to be all about kicking back and relaxing. I have had a very packed schedule recently and I can’t wait to take the time to take a beat and catch my breath. After attending the Kate Spade fall preview event last week, I have become enamored with their accessories. Belts, Scarves, Jewelry & Hats, Kate Spade has you covered for dressing in style. I have especially been loving their cute bow accessories, each giving a piece of Kate Spade sparkle to any everyday outfit. I love this Boden Ponte dress for its length and material. It would keep me comfy, cute & warm all day long. I also feel that I can never go wrong with Sole Society’s shoes and purses. They carry all the chicness of a designer brand without carrying the heavy price tag. I can’t wait to check out their riding boots for Fall!
What are you up to this weekend? Doing anything especially fun? Share your plans with me in the comments below!
Pressed Juicery’s Alkalizer – A delicious favorite juice of mine. To me, it tastes like a spicy apple cider. It definitely does a great job of perking me up in the middle of the day! Thanks Pressed Juicery for making this delicious concoction year round.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – This has become my ultimate favorite eyeliner. Every time I stray to another liner, I always find myself coming back to this one. It goes on so smoothly and creates the cutest kitten eye for my everyday look.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation – I have been loving my CoverFX mineral foundation. I’ve been using it in conjunction with my Dr. Jart+ BB cream. It layers really well over the BB cream and provides great sheer coverage. It is even great to reapply during the day on my shiny areas. It does not cake up at all!
Kate Spade Notebooks – These notebooks have been amazing for keeping myself organized. I love to sit down in the morning and write out my daily to-do lists. It feels so gratifying to be able to check things off my list and having it all written down takes a lot of stress off my mind.
Essie Dress to Kilt Polish – This is a gorgeous shade of red that is perfect for Fall! It’s so glossy and bright, it makes me excited to see my nails everyday.
Air Wick Wax Melts – Air Wick recently came out with wax melts in a bunch of tasty new scents! I was actually sent a few from Air Wick to test out and I was really pleased. My favorite scent has been Isle Royale Sugar Maple and Hazelnut Crisp. Surprisingly, none of the candles I own smell like maple or hazelnut so I have been loving melting this. I really like to light it in the morning, while I hurry around and get ready for work.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ – It is impossible to hear this song and not start dancing in your seat. I like to play this on my way to work to get myself pumped up for the day.
Outlander – OMG, I have been loving this show. Based off the series of books, Outlander focuses on World War II nurse Clarie Beauchamp as she finds herself transported back in time to Scotland in 1743. It is so addicting!
As soon as I saw this adorable Gingham shirt dress on a fellow blogger, I knew two things. One, I must have it and two, that I had quite possibly found a new online clothing shop to love. I was right! Boden Clothing is a British Style clothing company, whose website I have been stalking continuously for the past few months, loving every page of their cute styles. After checking out their new arrivals for Fall, I found so many new pieces to covet that I felt it was only fair that I share my favorites with you. I was especially loving the shades of green and leopard print. Do you know I actually do not own ANYTHING in leopard print. Shocking, I know! This must be rectified soon!
September is a treasured transition month for me. I get excited to pack up all my Summer loves and pull out all my Fall favorites. This is also a great time for me to pick up new beauty loves that I have been eyeing at my local Sephora. I’ve been keeping a list of old favs that I want to restock and new additions that I can’t wait to try. These are some of the awesome products that are on my Fall Beauty Wishlist!
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil – When the weather gets chilly, my hair starts to poof up like nobody’s business so I need a product to keep the frizz in check. I’ve tested out the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil in my local Sephora a couple of times and it does a great job of taming the poof and separating the different layers in my hair, without weighing it down or making my hair greasy.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface – During the Fall, I like to switch out my shimmery blush for a shade that’s a bit more matte. I look for a shade that gives me a healthy glow, like I just ran 5 miles, which, knowing me, I probably didn’t. The Tarte blushes give your cheeks a natural-looking flush that can be built up for a more dramatic look.
Fresh Sugar Face Polish – My face definitely gets a lot drier with the changing weather, and exfoliation becomes an absolutely essential part of my skincare routine. While I love, love, love the Clarisonic, mine sadly broke this past summer and replacing it would be rather pricey. In the interim, I’ve found a delicious smelling exfoliation alternative, the Fresh Sugar Face Polish. Made with Brown Sugar and delicious Citrus Oils, it is an amazing smelling scrub for a cold Fall day.
Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore BB Cream – Another recent favorite of mine is the Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore BB cream. I got a sample of this BB cream in one of my previous Birchboxes and since then, I’ve been smitten. It blends beautifully with my fair skin and with an SPF of 30, it protects it from the harmful rays. It will make for a great product transition from Summer to Fall.
NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress – This was my favorite go-to lipstick last Fall and I see it being a favorite shade in the rotation this year too. The description says it’s a semi-matte blue red, but I would describe it more as a deep berry. It’s a totally buildable shade, that can go from a light pink to a dark, dark berry, depending on the layers of lipstick. It makes a great transition lipstick, from wearing it to the office to building it up for grabbing drinks with friends.
Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette – This is a perfume that I seem to go back to again and again, no many how many perfumes I own. It is a classic and elegant scent, perfect for any career gal on the go. It also has incredible staying power. Most perfumes’ scents disappear a couples hours after they’ve been sprayed, but I catch whiffs of this scent all day long. A perfect perfume to transition from work to play, I am excited to put this scent back into my Fall rotation.
What’s on your Fall Beauty wish list? Share them with me in the comments below!
With Fall officially here, It’s time to mix things up. I’m putting away my summer polishes and opting for darker colors. I’m starting to pull out my warm sweaters and long dresses. Another accessory that I love to switch up with the changing of the seasons is my cell phone case. I’ll retire the Lemon print case for something a bit more festive for Fall! While perusing for a new case, I saw a bunch that I just adored. A deep red with festive black bows, gold mirrored cases, leather cases, even cute monogrammed ones. It’s going to be tough to choose only one. Maybe, I’ll just have to use a new one for every month in Fall.
Have your eye on a new phone case for Fall? Share the link with me in the comments below!
I’m not sure about you guys, but I actually have major anxiety about getting my hair cut. It may be because I’ve always felt my hair was a big part of my identity or it may also be, in small part, due to a very traumatic hair incident I had as a teenager. Let me tell you the story.
I was fifteen and it was only two days until the start of my sophomore year of high school. Naturally, I wanted to look really good on the first day as the first day of school was always picture day. My older sister chose just then to decide that she wanted to become a hair stylist and she also decided that I would be her first client. Why didn’t I say heck no and run away screaming? I do not know. Looking back, it would have been the smart plan. As she began setting up all her necessary hair cutting tools, I showed her the picture of the cut I wanted, Hilary Duff circa 2004. Super cool, I know. She assured me she totally knew what she was doing and then out came the ponytail holder. A harmless looking band to hold my very long hair in place, while she did a little initial snip. With a quick cut of the scissors, all the hair that was below the ponytail was cut off and now I was sporting a very short and not at all attractive bob. See, Traumatized!
So it stands to reason that haircuts, even to this day, give me a boatload of anxiety. I’m always worried about being stuck with a cut that I simply hate and have no ability to alter. There’s no edit/undo when it comes to cutting your hair. And I hate when people tell you “Oh, don’t worry. It will grow back.” Yes it will, but it will take ages and, until then, I will have to deal with this mess on the top of my head. After one too many truly terrible cuts, I came up with a few tips to ensure that I keep my haircut stresses to a minimum.
1. Ask Around. I started asking all of my friends, especially those who always have exceptional hair, where they got their hair cut and the name of their stylist. If they did a great job with your friends hair, chances are they would do a great job for yours.
2. Be Very Vocal. Although I am NOT a shy person by nature, I tend to get a little shy around stylists and never quite have the voice to speak up and say what I do or do not want. This leads to stylists taking their own interpretations of what you want and you end up with something that is definitely not you, like me and front bangs. Ack, no! I’ve learned to summon up my words and be VERY vocal when it comes to telling the stylist how I like my hair, my side-swept bangs, the layers, everything. The more they know, the more they can ensure they are giving you the exactly what you want.
3. Ask For Less. I actually got this tip from a stylist friend of mine after getting another cut that was just a bit too short for my liking. It was what I asked for so I couldn’t complain, but I didn’t know how short it would actually look until it was all said and done. She suggested that next time, I ask for the stylist to cut an inch longer that I think I want, let them blow-dry and style and then decide if I need them to cut a bit more. This way, I’ll never be shocked at the length and if I want to go shorter, I still have that option!
4. Give it a couple days. Change can always be a bit of a shocker for me when it comes to my hair. I’m so used to styling it a certain way that I generally immediately hate the new ‘do when I realize that it will probably look and style slightly different than when I went in. I try to reserve all judgement for at least 5 days after the initial cut. I almost always find that I like it a lot more than I thought I would and that the styling is not so different. Go figure! 🙂
5. It will grow back. I know I said I hate when people say this and I do, but I like to say it to myself on occasion. When you hear it coming from yourself, it holds a different tune. I think “I know it will grow back, but for now it could be fun to figure out how to try different styles with this cut! I could try out some fun curls or a new kind of braid!” Reminding myself that this cut is only temporary and to focus on the fun parts of having a new ‘do helps me realize that it’s never the end of the world to get a bad cut.
I hope these tips help any of you who may have serious haircut stresses. Any haircut destress tips of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!