Lifestyle

Things I Loved This Month: September 2019

September has been a good month, I think. Very busy and lots of travel going on so I’m excited to share this month’s favorites with you. Keep on reading to see what some of my favorite things were!

Punta Cana, DR

Earlier this month, I went on vacation to Punta Cana and stayed at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. It’s an all inclusive resort in Bavaro Beach and it was a really nice trip. I was so happy to relax and lay on a beach for 5 days without a care in the world. We spent a good amount of time relaxing by the pool/beach, eating good food, and drinking yummy drinks. It was an exciting, and romantic trip and I was so happy that we got to go!

Toronto, Canada

I also took a little trip to Toronto for work, which was also a great time. Though it was busy during the day, I was able to get out and explore one night. I took a stroll down Yonge St. and treated myself to some of the best sushi I’ve had in a while! Toronto is such a young, happening city so I’m looking forward to going back to explore some more!

Pumpkin Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Say what you want but Starbucks and all things pumpkin got the best of me this month. I’ve been drinking the pumpkin cream cold brews non-stop all month long and I see no end in sight honestly. I will usually get a nitro because of the caffeine but when I’m not so sleepy, I’ll stick with a regular cold brew. It’s just sweet enough that you don’t need to add any other creamer or sweetner to it. Definitely try this if you’re into pumpkin drinks!

Pumpkin Beer

I tried my fair share of pumpkin beers this month also and I have to say it’s hard to choose a favorite! I’m really into local beers, so I’ve tried mostly the ones at breweries around Long Island. My favorites so far are the Montauk Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale and the North Fork Brewing Co. Butternut the Hutt, but an honorable mention to the Blue Point Brewery for their Pumpkin Ale also!

Target

I’ve been all over Target this month because they’re getting in all their new fall fashion. Target has really stepped their game up in recent years as far as fashion goes by adding in all new brands. My favorites are the Who What Wear brand and the A New Day brand. They have really pretty pieces for work, but also some of the best quality basics for under $20 (think: tees for $10 and leggings for $14). Plus they often have dupes for other brands, like Madewell which has such cute pieces but the price point is not necessarily affordable. Definitely check out some of the new styles there!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

I put up a question sticker on my Instagram Stories recently asking for suggestions for drugstore foundations and this is one that was recommended to me by a friend. I decided to try it out because I liked the $5.99 price tag and I fell in love. It’s got a medium coverage, but it’s definitely buildable (just make sure it dries in between layers). Plus the shade range is insane! I found my exact match and only needed to try out 2 shades. Love this and highly recommend for a drugstore alternative foundation.

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Fashion

How To Style Pink For Fall

Now that we’re really into the swing of things for fall, I thought I’d also get into styling for fall. One thing I’ve been really into has been pink for the fall. Pink is the kind of color that, no matter the shade, is always associated with spring and summer. I’m here to show you that it can be worn all year round! Keep on reading to see how I style my pink pieces for the fall.

Outfit #1

I got this pink cardigan from the September 2019 collection of Something Navy because 1) I’m obsessed with pink and 2) felt I needed a new cardigan. This one comes in a dark gray and a pretty rusty orange color (that I’m very interested in). My favorite way to style button up cardigans is with just a cute bralette under and jeans or even trousers if you’re ballsy (not for work unless you’re SUPER ballsy). Today I went with some medium/dark wash mom jeans and a pair of white sandals (similar) since the weather is not REALLY that fall yet.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

These pink trousers are very spring if we’re honest, but I figured the best way to make them more fall was to add some leather to the look. I paired this leather jacket over a plain white t-shirt and some black mules. What I love is that adding the leather also grunges up the look a bit more, while the pink pants and the mules keep the look feminine and perfectly balanced. My pants are sold out but here is a similar pair at a similar price point!

Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #3

I’m obsessed with this sweater! I’ve shown it to you a few times in the brown and now I’m sharing the pink because it’s that good, linked here. Super soft and cozy and perfect for fall. I found these cream pants at Target a few weeks ago and impulse bought them, but they are the kind of pants that are wardrobe staples but I can never find in stores. I knew I had to grab them, especially because they were less than $30! I’m adding a denim jacket and sneakers to dress it down, but you can add heels and a blazer to dress it up for work.

Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga
Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga
Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #4

I’ve shown you guys this pink trench tons of times, because it’s just the cutest. For a pink coat, it really goes well with everything and I wore the heck out of it in the spring this past year. I paired it with a pretty simple all white outfit to transition it into the fall. One of my favorite white sweaters and the same cream pants from the previous outfit look super cute with the pop of pink while still keeping you warm. I added nude heels but again you can dress it down with sneakers! The long version of this coat is sold out, but here’s a similar short version from the same company.

Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com and Target.com.

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The 5 Fall Shoe Trends I’m Loving Right Now

Now that fall is in full swing, I wanted to share some fall shoe trends that I’m absolutely loving right now! As you all know, shoes are my thing and always have been. I have TONS because I wear such simple outfits, that shoes are the best way for me to spice things up (along with fun jackets/coats). All these shoes are linked and from Steve Madden so they are super affordable. So keep on reading to see some of the fun shoes trends that I’m going to be wearing all season long!

First up are these cute combat boots with fur inside! I love these mainly because of the heel, and also the fur inside. It’s such a cute added detail that still keeps you comfy and cozy. I also really like the leather on these too. They are not normal combat boots, so they way cuter in my opinion. This style is called “Comfort” and they are just $99.95! You can find them linked here and below!

Next I found these pretty croc textured knee high boots! I love the texture on these because it’s super subtle, but still very much on trend. They also have a heel which means you can dress them up too! I’ve been loving knee high boots since last fall and frankly, my love for them has only grown stronger. These are called “Triumph” and they are linked here!

I wasn’t big on the western trend last year. It’s really not my style, but when I saw these boots I felt like I could get on board with it. I love this tan color, though they come in black and white also! I think the heel is a perfect height and the little metal detail on the toe/heel is such a good ode to the western era. These cuties are called “Zora” and are linked here.

By now you should know that I’m a sucker for a sleek, fitted ankle boot. I have 5 pairs that I got last year that I wear constantly in the fall and winter. The only thing I don’t love about (some of) those is that they are the sock material, so they’re not as structured as I’d like sometimes. Cue to these pretty ladies. They are suede which I love but still have the slim heel and ankle that I’m looking for, making them perfect to wear with dresses/skirts and jeans! These are called “Clovers” and they are linked here!

Now even though it’s getting chilly, I still love a strappy sandal if I can swing it. I also love the low heel trend that’s been happening even though I will always prefer a super high heel. These are cute, neutral and can easily be dressed up or down! They come in black also and are a perfect shoe if your fall weather is a bit more mild. These are called “Inessa” and they are linked here.

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Beauty

My Easy, No Foundation Fall Makeup Look

Today, I’m sharing a super quick and easy fall makeup look. I’m actually really happy with how it turned out! I took inspiration from all the pretty fall colors I’m starting to see and decided to base my makeup off of that.

I started off using my Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer Spray, and then adding my Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes and on my cheeks. I use the color Caramel first under my eyes and on my cheeks to cover my acne scarring and then I go back in with Warm Beige in the inner corner under my eyes to brighten. I set everything with my Laura Mercier translucent powder.

For blush, I used an old limited edition Anastasia Beverly Hills blush kit in the color Vegas and I used my favorite bronzer, the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I love the way these two look paired together, it’s very pretty and warm. Be sure to use a light hand on the blush because it’s VERY pigmented! For my highlight, I used Chocolate Geode by Becca Cosmetics. I finished off my face by filling in my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and set it with clear mascara.

For my eyes, I decided to use a NYX eyeshadow palette that I had and my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I started off using Low Blow from the Urban Decay Palette in my crease and then went in with a warm nudey-mauve color all over my lid from the NYX palette. For the outer corner, I took a pretty cranberry color from the NYX palette and lightly added that in also. I finished it off using a pretty shimmery light pinky-cranberry color on my inner corner, also from the NYX palette. I added some black winged eye liner and finished it off with my Too Faced Bette Than Sex Mascara, because I ran out of my favorite Dior mascara. For lips, I used my Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner is the color Undercover.

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Fashion

How To Transition Your Summer Clothes To Fall

Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, I’m ready to get into the swing of things for fall. I’m so excited for pumpkin spice, apple cider donuts, cool weather and of course, fall fashion! Today, I’m sharing how to transition your summer clothes into the chilly fall weather.

Outfit #1

For this outfit, I figured one of the easiest pieces to transition into fall is shorts. Specifically leather shorts! Because they are a heavier material, you can get away with wearing them a little bit longer than other shorts. I like to pair mine with a heavier sweater to keep me cozy without being too warm. These shorts are old from Zara, but the sweater is from Something Navy and is currently on sale for 40% off! It also comes in a ton of colors. I just ordered it in pink! The brown is linked here and the pink is linked here.

Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #2

For this outfit, I decided to keep it very classic and wear an outfit I like to wear all year round. Jeans and a graphic t-shirt is my go-to outfit. For the fall, I like to add on a blazer for warmth and a little bit more structure. I also added heels, because why not! As the season goes on, you could transition the blazer into a heavier jacket or even layer it with a heavy coat for more warmth.

Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

For my third outfit, I figured I’d style one of my favorite dresses. This navy dress is old from Target but it’s so versatile. You can wear with with a cardigan for work, or on it’s own when it’s nice in the spring and summer. I decided to add on this washed black denim jacket because I love navy and black together. It’s such an easy outfit to throw on for a casual day or even date night!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

Similar to outfit number 2, I took jeans and a t-shirt and styled it with a blazer but this plaid blazer is super heavy and really nice to wear as a jacket in the fall. The plaid pattern is still also really popular even though the jacket is from a few years ago! I kept it very casual with white platform sneakers from Superga. Again, just throw on a heavier coat for more warmth as the season goes on.

Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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My Exciting, Romantic Weekend Getaway in Punta Cana

About a week (and a half) ago, I went on a really nice, romantic vacation with my sweet boyfriend to Punta Cana and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. Keep on reading to hear all about our first real baecation!

To start, we stayed at the Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana which is a 4 star all inclusive resort. It was really nice and we were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The service was top notch, and we felt like we were always treated well! We were also pleasantly surprised by how big the rooms were too which was a nice extra surprise. The resort in general was small, and didn’t have a lot of guestrooms so it was very cozy and intimate. We spent a lot of time seeing the same people, which was comforting, though a little weird at first!

The only thing we were really not that thrilled about was the food. We felt that there was only 2 good restaurants for dinner and we were really underwhelmed by the breakfast and lunch options. The resort also always had tons of activities going on throughout the day. You could relax at the beach or by the pool or you could participate in yoga on the beach, water aerobics, a foam party or so many other activities. Plus every night, they had a themed show! Our first night was a rock and roll themed show and another night was belly dancing. It was really cool actually and the performers did an excellent job!

We also did an excursion where we went snorkeling/diving, parasailing, and swam in a natural pool. That was a lot of fun! Andrew did the diving but I was too scared to. He got some great pictures down there which was really exciting for him. Parasailing was also a lot of fun, it just felt like floating up in the air and was not scary at all. Plus swimming in the natural pool was relaxing and a great way to end the excursion.

I think overall, we had a great trip and it was a really nice and relaxing way to spend time together. It was our first big vacation together and it could not have gone better! We would love to head back there with friends again one day, but we’re already thinking about where our next trip should be! Any ideas?

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My Full Winc Wine Subscription Review

Hello Everyone! This week we’re getting a bonus blog post so I can share my full review of the company Winc and their products. As you may know Winc is a wine subscription company, and I am a HUGE fan of wine. I have actually been really interested in this company for a few years now, so I was very excited when they reached out to me to try their wines so I thought I would also share a review on my blog about what I liked about them. I’d also like to thank Winc for partnering with me and sending me some wines to try out!

In order to get your first box, you go online and fill out a super easy 6 question quiz. They ask questions such as “How do you take your coffee?” and “Do you like citrus?” to help figure out your palette. From there, they will recommend 4 wines for you based on your answers. What I liked is that you can choose to get 2 red and 2 whites or you can switch it up and get 3 reds and 1 white or all 4 red or whatever you want! You also have the option to skip a month of the subscription if you need to.

After I placed my order, it only took a few days to ship which was great. Because it’s a wine subscription, you do have to have someone 21+ available to sign for the package when it arrives. Luckily, they partner with Fedex pick up locations to allow you to pick up your package there instead of having it delivered to your house and potentially missing the package.

I also really liked that they offered you a few recipe options to go with the wines that they recommended for you. It’s helpful if you’re still learning about wine and you’re not quite sure what to pair them with. They also share the tasting notes on the website and more details about the wine so you can learn about it before you drink them!

I thought the wines they selected for me were spot on based on what I normally drink. My favorite is red wine and they picked the Chophouse Cabernet Sauvignon and the Rosa Obscura Red Blend and both were delicious! Cabernet is my one true love, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the red blend. I also got two whites, both were Sauvignon Blanc, and both delicious also. I’m not big on white wines, but I felt these two were the kind of wine I would have chosen for myself if I was picking out a white wine.

If you click my link here you can receive a $22 discount plus complimentary shipping which means you’ll get 4 bottles of wine for just $39 delivered right to your door. Winc is such a cool service if you’re a big wine drinker like I am, so I highly recommend checking them out and trying out a few new wines!

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