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October 7, 2015

Top 10 beauty must-haves

It recently occurred to me that beauty products are something I rarely talk about here. Sure I share some every now and then in my weekly Link Love posts, but I've never really done a rundown of my favorites. Which is, uh, just downright silly because I always love seeing which products my favorite bloggers use and it's often how I find out about new things (I'm big on recommendations, not so much experimenting on my own). So today I'm sharing ten of my must-haves. This definitely isn't everything I love and use on a daily basis, but it's a start and I'm hoping to incorporate more beauty posts soon :)

Beauty must-haves

1. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: I was introduced to Bobbi Brown's shimmer bricks a few years ago and haven't looked back. I use the bronze palette on a daily basis for a little bit of contouring on my cheekbones and it's so, so pretty. You can use each color individually in different ways and on different parts of your face, but I love using them all together!

2. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue: I'm not a fan of foundation, but I definitely need something to even out my skin tone. This is super lightweight, gives my skin a beautiful glow and takes away any dullness. I layer it over my regular moisturizer and it never feels greasy.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel: My brows tend to get a little unruly, so this has been a serious game changer. I like to use a brow brush first and then go over them lightly (using too much makes them look a little aggressive) with this to keep them in place. They literally stay all. day. long. From work, to changing clothes for the gym, to home where I have a toddler crawling all over me, I know I can always count on my brows being on fleek. Oh, and it doesn't flake!

4. Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate: I have some forehead wrinkles I'm not too fond of and have been using this on them for a few months now. I layer it under my moisturizer at night and have seen a noticeable improvement. It also makes your skin feel all warm when you first put it on which I love.

5. benefit Roller Lash Mascara: I haven't had to use an eyelash curler since getting this mascara. It gives them the most gorgeous curl and lengthens better than anything else I've tried. I love combining it with this for a super full look.

6. Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: I'm a mess when it comes to eyeliner, so I love how easy this one is to manage. The tip is really fine so it's great for a thin line for everyday wear or for creating the perfect bold cat eye.

7. Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm: A tin of this stays next to my bed and I try to remember to put it on every night before I go to sleep. The mint is so cooling and relaxing and it makes my lips super soft.

8. Revlon Colorstay Concealer: I've been using this for a few years now and every time I try to switch I end up coming back. The coverage is good and it's lightweight, not cakey.

9. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate: The first time I used this it was like putting a delicious Christmas/cinnamon scented candle on my face. But in a good way. It smells ah-mah-zing and is so tingly. I use it in the shower so that I can massage it around for a few seconds and then let it sit like a mask for a minute or so. My skin feels so clean and refreshed afterwards.

10. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle: No joke, I've been using this since high school. I wash my hair every 2-3 days and when I do I put this on after I rinse out my conditioner and let it sit (like a hair mask) for 3 minutes or so (hence 3 Minute Miracle haha). It smells amazing and leaves my hair soft and silky. It's also like a de-tangler, too, which anyone with long hair can appreciate!

October 6, 2015

Fall skirt guide

Let me start out by saying skirts are not my go-to. Other than here, I honestly can't remember the last time I wore a skirt on the blog…or at all, really. I think I'm just a pants person at heart, ya know? Give me the classic jeans and a tee look any day. I also think I've flat out avoided them over the years because of my height. When you're this short, you almost always have to get them tailored which -- real life -- is more time, money and effort than I'm willing to spend on something that isn't even my favorite. Not to mention that whole tights situation when it's cold out.

My tune is changing a little bit this fall, though. I feel like skirts are having a bit of a moment (which sounds ridiculous because, well, they're skirts) and with so many cute pieces I'm starting to think a trip to the tailor might not be so bad ;)

Today I wanted to round up a few of my favorite styles for fall and help you narrow down your shopping list. Fortunately, a lot of them overlap so you could literally knock out all four of these trends with one skirt if you're savvy enough. Which, let's be honest, you definitely are.

Suede: You can thank the 70s/boho revival for these babies being everywhere. Make them more modern with a chunky oversized sweater and cutout ankle booties or go full-on retro with a tucked in turtleneck and over the knee boots.
Wrap front: These are in the same 70s vein, but can definitely be made more polished depending on the skirt you choose. A wrap front midi would be perfect for the office as a way to give your standard pencil skirt a break.
Asymmetrical: Ok, so -- by nature -- these kind of overlap with the wrap front skirts a little, but not always. So they deserve their own category. I love this style for a bit of an edgier vibe.
A-line: You can never go wrong with this classic silhouette. It's probably the most versatile of all styles and offers the most variety, so if you're looking to spend a little more on a closet staple you'll wear season after season, this is probably your best bet!

October 2, 2015

Happy Friday + Link love

October (October!?) is my favorite fall month and I can't help but get allllll kinds of basic. I just love the vibe of it! The colors, the yummy scents, the food. It just has a special feeling that none of the other months have for me. Though given the weather forecast this weekend, I predict a lot of time spent cuddled up inside. We haven't actually had a rainy weekend in what feels like forever, so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't kind of looking forward to it ;) If you're on the east coast, stay warm, dry and safe!

-All the rain we're getting here has me wanting another pair of Hunter boots. This basic pair has been on my wishlist for a while.

-I'm still loving the windowpane print that's been around for a few seasons now and love this cozy top.

-I'm really into skirts for fall this year (roundup coming next week!) and have my eye on this one, this one and this one.

-After 50 years, Ralph Lauren is stepping down.

-I'm all about chunky sleeveless turtleneck sweaters right now. They're perfect for layering since you don't have to deal with extra fabric in the arms so they're ideal for putting under blazers, your favorite moto jacket, etc. This one and this one are super affordable options!

-It may not seem possible, but we have less than 3 months to wear 2015's color of the year -- which happens to be marsala. This burgundy and gray cape is so cute and the perfect way to put a check mark in a few trend boxes all at once.

-An app that's basically Yelp for humans is coming. And it's creepy.

-Bloomingdale's Friends and Family Sale is on! Get 25% off almost everything!

-It's time to stock up on sweaters and Banana Republic is offering 40% off right now! I picked up this one and this one.

-I know. We talked about this last week. But if you're debating the flare trend, I highly recommend it. I reached the verdict after getting these (if you're petite, buy them!) in the mail this week, but they're also available in non-petite and might be the most amazing things I've ever put on my body. Run, do not walk!

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