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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Fashion

Fall Clothing Wishlist

Like it or not, it’s almost fall. August is nearing the tail end of the heat and humidity and the crisp fall air in approaching at the end of September. With that being said, I thought I’d get a jump start on sharing some cute fall clothing pieces that I have my eyes on.

A big trend I’m into for fall is corduroy. I got a little taste of it late spring this year and I’m feeling it again for the upcoming fall season. I think it’s the best texture for the fall, honestly. It’s cozy, keeps you warm and it looks great in all the beautiful fall colors. Below are a few of the corduroy pieces I’ve got sitting in my shopping cart.

American Eagle: Corduroy Mom Jean

Of course, I’m also looking forward to throwing on my coziest sweaters. I’ve mentioned before that I’m on the hunt for cardigans that are short enough to be worn as a top but still comfy and slouchy and it looks like Nordstrom has exactly what I’m looking for. Here’s a few cute sweaters that I’ve got my eye on!

Nordstrom: Halogen Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan (I shared this one during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it’s still available!)

Now that I’ve just started a new job, I’m also on the hunt for some pretty blouses to wear to work too. I like to have tops that are versatile, that I can wear to work during the week with trousers and also on the weekend with jeans for a night out. I don’t like to dress TOO sexy, so usually pretty printed or ruffled blouses are what work best for me for both occasions. Below I’m linking a few that I think would be perfect for both work and a night out!

Nordstrom: Astr The Label Stevie Peplum Top (this one is sold out in my size but wanted to share anyway cause it’s so dang cute and I’m LOVING this brand!)

Something else I’m looking forward to is DENIM. All the denim. I LOVE DENIM. It’s my favorite clothing piece to wear, although not always appropriate. I’m still obsessed with a looser, mom style jean but I also love really big baggy boyfriend jeans (unclear if I can pull them off so stay tuned). And of course, can’t forget the denim jackets. A denim jacket is the perfect fall layer to go over a sweater when it’s just starting to get chilly out!

Nordstrom: Madewell The Momjean Ripped High Waist Stretch Jeans (LOVE the color of these and the minimal distressing, and can’t complain about the price tag at 25% off!)

Let me know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to this fall!

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

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November 2018 Favorites

Now that November is over, I’m back to sharing my monthly favorites. This one has a lot of lifestyle things and some clothes because that’s really all I’ve done this month. November has been a heavy month for self-care and improvement. It’s also been sort of a slow month for new products because I was saving to buy the new launch of Something Navy (and it was completely worth it). So here’s some things that I’ve been really enjoying this month. YAY!

1. Breakfast

I am just crazy into breakfast these last two months. It’s such a major part of my morning routine on the weekends and helps to set me up for a really great day. Breakfast with a nice big cup of coffee is like a sign of a good, happy day. I feel the most productive after I’ve had breakfast also which has been a tremendous help for my blogging skills. I highly recommend having breakfast as often as possible!

2. Echinacea

I also got sick early in October and it was awful so I amped up my vitamin game. Once it’s cold and flu season, my intake of vitamin C and echinacea drastically increases. I take vitamin C year round, but echinacea is only during the cold months and I SWEAR BY IT. It reduces the amount of time that you’re sick by several days which is really helpful when you have a busy schedule or just hate being sick. Again, I highly recommend.

3. Slouchy Knee High Boots

I’ve mentioned these boots in a few of my previous outfits posts. These are on a totally different wave length from the typical leather knee high riding boot. These slouchy ones give off a very relaxed, cool but feminine vibe which is how I like to describe my style so they are right up my alley. They look great with a casual jeans and a sweater look but they look even better with a long dress or a sweater dress for a cozy, feminine look. They can be really casual or dressed up and that makes them extremely versatile. I hope these stick around for a very long time. Some of my favorites are from Something Navy at Nordstrom, Zara and Target!

4. Blush/Light Pink

I have never really been into pink as far as clothing goes but this fall I think it’s just the prettiest most feminine thing you could wear. Probably because it is. I love a blush pink sweater or a light pink blazer. I even love pink lip gloss and pink eye shadow! It’s becoming a real issue. The only issue I’m finding is that I struggle to style it with anything other than denim and white shoes? I think it would also look so dreamy with tans and browns but I just don’t have enough of those in my closet to do that. If you have any advice, please hit me up.

5. Jewel Tones

Another thing I’m really loving is jewel tones, especially an emerald green and purple! I really love them as accessories in shoes and jewelry but I also am really loving them for sweaters and coats. I think they are just a really pretty and elegant addition to a simple outfit. I also think they look so pretty together, like an emerald green long wool coat over a pretty velvet purple dress. These are also great colors for the upcoming holiday season,but you knew that already.

6. Simple Habit App

I also mentioned this in my chit chat life update post, but I’ve trying to meditate often to improve my well being. I felt like I needed to try something new because I was losing my motivation to stay positive. I downloaded the Simple Habit app and started doing 5 minute meditations every morning and night to help with sleep and to start my day on a good note. In the last month, I’ve found that it has definitely improved my sleep so that I can fall asleep faster and feel well rested in the morning. I also find that it helps keep my mood a little bit higher or at least more level throughout the day whether I’m having a good day or a bad day. I definitely have a lot of practicing to do but I do feel it’s made a difference in my life so I’m looking forward to exploring more into meditation.

7. Spotify

This one is not really new at all; I’ve been an avid Spotify user for a few years. However, it’s probably my second most used app behind Instagram. I listen to some of my favorite podcasts on Spotify during the day at work and on the weekends. I listen my the Rap Caviar and Get Turnt playlists at the gym. I’m really into the Top Hits playlist for when I’m writing my blog or just starting my day because I like upbeat and catchy music at the moment. I have literally spent like every waking moment listening to music lately because it makes me feel good.

8. Attached by Amir Levine & Rachel S. F. Heller

This was my book of the month for November 2018 because I listened to an episode of Girls Gotta Eat Podcast where they interviewed a match maker and she said that this book along with The 5 Love Languages were what she recommends to all her clients read before they start the match making process. It discusses the science behind adult attachment styles and how they affect your relationships. It’s a brain system that helps to determine how “secure” you are in your relationship based on whether or not your partner meets your needs. I’ve always had an interest in attachment styles and even wrote a paper about it in college so I thought it would interesting to read this book and it did not disappoint! It helped me take inventory of my needs from a romantic partner and more definitively determine my attachment style. I think this is a great book for anyone, single or in a relationship, to read if you want some more insight into why you act the way you do!

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What I’m Reading: November 2018

For the month of November, I read Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller. As you know, I’ve been reading a book every month since August and I’ve been really into self help books but I wanted to move a little bit more toward science based self help not just the typical “You can do it!” type books that are out there. After listening to an episode of Girls Gotta Eat podcast, one of their guests recommended this book to read. It discusses adult attachment styles and the science behind how we build relationships and why we sometimes act “crazy” in them.

Our adult attachment is thought to stem from our childhood and our attachment to our parents. In the past, attachment studies were based on an experiment called “The Strange Situation” where babies or toddlers were brought into a room filled with toys by their mom. The child was allowed to play and eventually the mom was taken out of the room and the child’s reaction was observed. Some children noticed the mom’s disappearance and were visibly distraught while others did not seem to notice. When the child was reunited with their mother, some were immediately soothed by their mother, some took a lot longer to calm down and some were completely unphased. This helped researchers come up with the three attachment styles: secure, anxious and avoidant.

Research shows that your attachment is flexible throughout your life and can be changed based on life experiences. For example, if you were a secure child but maybe your parents had a nasty divorce where you felt you couldn’t express your feelings about it, you might eventually develop an avoidant attachment style where you avoid intimacy and affection at all costs. Or alternatively, you might develop an anxious attachment style where you crave intimacy and affection because you were missing it during a critical point in your life.

What I loved about this book is that it provides simple tests for you to determine your attachment style and then gives detailed explanations on some of the characteristics of those attachment styles, why they happen and how to recognize them in yourself and your partner. But it’s not just a random person in their basement trying to give you relationship advice, it’s based around years and years of research. There’s lots of studies on attachment styles and the authors do a great job of referencing tons of psychologists who got strong results from their research. That’s what I really liked about this book because I felt like I could trust this source of information.

I feel that reading this book has provided a lot more insight into why I do certain things in relationships and why I have the reactions that I have. It also helped me realize what kind of attachment styles my previous partners have had and it’s helped me make sense of why things didn’t work out.  As far as self-help books go, this one definitely not the same as any other self help book I’ve ever read. It builds strong cases for why you can trust the information and it gives very detailed explanations. I highly recommend this book to anyone who might be struggling in their relationship or even just wants to learn more about themselves.

Let me know what books you’ve been reading in the comments below!

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Fall 2018 Weekend Morning Routine

If you know me, you’ll know that the weekends are my absolute favorite part of the week but not usually for the same reason as anyone else. Most people like to use their weekends to go out and treat themselves, but for me weekends are about doing things I love and are actually productive. For me, that often means that I get A LOT of things done. I truly value my weekend mornings because they set me up for a productive and positive week.

I start my weekends the same way I start any other day. On the weekends, I do tend to sleep in a little bit later than I normally would until about 9:00 or 9:30am. First thing when I wake up is that I open my Holy Bible app and listen to the entire chapter of the verse of the day. After that, I open up my Simple Habit meditation app and I do a 5-10 minute meditation to start my day off right. These two steps are absolutely critical for how my day goes. I find that I have better, more positive days when I start off my morning with the Bible and meditation.

After that, I always go and make myself a big cup of coffee and some breakfast. Usually it’s just Eggo waffles and some sausage because we don’t like to get too fancy at my house, but it’s really whatever I’m in the mood for. While I have my breakfast is when I catch up on my social media, listen to a podcast and do my best to get into a creative mindset. When I’m not feeling so creative, I like to scroll through WordPress and read some new posts and find bloggers to follow. I also like to scroll through Pinterest and find some inspiration for future posts!

Once I’m done with breakfast is when the real productivity starts. I prefer to spend my mornings prepping blog posts for the coming weeks. Depending on what I have coming up I’ll either write up some new posts or get ready to take some photos. I’ll do my makeup and lay out my outfits before setting up the tripod or put on some music if I’m just writing up some new content. Once I get those done, I’ll edit those photos and finish up prepping my new posts. After that, it’s usually almost noon and I’ll have some lunch and get ready to head to the gym and actually start my day!

It sounds very boring, but I love to have structure in my life. Dedicating my weekends to working on something I love makes me so happy and it really sets me up for a good week. I don’t have to worry about what I didn’t get done because I went out and was too tired to take photos or do some research for future posts. I love to go out and enjoy my life as much as the next person, but I’ve found that spending time doing something I love gives me so much more satisfaction because it’s always one step closer to the future I’m working toward.

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Fashion

Thanksgiving 2018 Outfit Ideas

Being that Thanksgiving is already a week away, I decided to share some basic outfits that I think would be perfect for my favorite holiday. These outfits are put together but still comfy and cozy so you can eat everything on the table plus dessert! YUM!

1. Sweater Dress

If you didn’t see this coming, you have literally never done anything related to fall in your life. Sweater dresses are the best thing since sliced bread and I’ll tell you why: 1. COZY AF, 2. No pants, 3. No one will see your 9 months pregnant food baby (not that anyone really cares cause everyone has one anyway). If you pair it with cute knee high boots, then you look even more put together! AMAZING!

Dress: Target / Boots: Target / Scarf: Urban Outfitters

2. Leather Pants

This is how you stay comfy while pretending you have your sh*t together. Leather pants are the ultimate staple for faking it til you make it (as far as fashion goes). They’re leather so people will say “Wow look at her, she looks great and so put together!” but you’ll be thinking, “Thank goodness, I am cozy as heck and still have room for dessert”. Throw on a cozy sweater with a button down underneath and BOOM, you may or may not have possibly gotten ready before this dinner. You’re welcome.

Sweater: American Eagle / Shirt: Zara / Pants: Target /  Shoes: Steve Madden

3. Printed Dress

This one is similar to the sweater dress because of the no pants thing and the food baby thing. However, the material will make it more or less cozy than the sweater dress, but that’s not the end of the world right? A printed dress is always good because again, it makes you look WAY more put together than you actually are.

Dress: Zara / Boots: Public Desire / Scarf: Zara

4. Jeans + T-shirt

If you’re crazy enough to think of wearing jeans for Thanksgiving dinner, at least TRY and be comfortable. Nothing beats jeans and a t-shirt so that’s why I’m showing you this today. Add on a cozy cardigan over top and some slip on shoes and you’re basically ready for any occasion. Plus, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you were to unbutton your pants at the end of your meal. Everyone would understand…

Cardigan: Something Navy / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy

5. Sweatshirt + Leggings

This one is for the girls who don’t give a f*ck about how they look while scarfing down their third plate of mac and cheese with extra gravy, half a turkey and their second slice of apple pie. You know who you are. If you can’t be bothered to put real clothes on for Thanksgiving dinner then don’t. No one’s judging you, honey. Throw on your best comfy sweatshirt and a pair of leggings and get your forks ready because you have a very long day of eating ahead of you.

Sweatshirt: H&M / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

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