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March 22, 2017

Top 5 neutral lip products


There was a time (when I first started blogging) that I experimented with bright shades of lipstick. "Schiap" by NARS was having a moment and I went through a phase where I bought every variation of red. There's nothing wrong with trying trends, but looking back on old photos sometimes makes me cringe. I guess that's the beauty of blogging, in a way, because it allows you to reflect on your style, how you've evolved and being able to see what worked and what didn't.

Colors from left to right: Totally, Bare Blush, Fortune Cookie, Blankety, Pearl Rose

For me, it's proof that I'm just not a bright lip kinda girl. There's a reason I gravitate towards neutral shades and I think at a certain age you just get comfortable with yourself and what you truly love. For me, it's a nude lip. Or at least some version of one. I think we can all thank Kylie for bringing the 90s shades back, so if I want to go crazy I'll go for something a bit more matte and brown ;), but for the most part a good neutral gloss or lipstick is my go-to for everything from my 9-5 to black tie. And while I have more than I can count, I wanted to share five of my absolute favorites.

1. Totally -- This is truly the perfect nude gloss. It's very close to my lip color and it usually what I put on the morning when I'm getting ready.

2. Bare Blush -- I bought this in the fall because it's a little more mauve/brown, but still very subtle. Laura Mercier is my favorite gloss brand at the moment, and I also have/love Bare Naked and Baby Doll.

3. Fortune Cookie -- If you're looking for something that gives your lips a true nude look, this is it. I'll often use this if I do a heavy smokey eye. And, it's only $5!

4. Blankety -- I don't wear lipstick on a daily basis, but when I do this is a favorite. Matte lipsticks tend to dry me out but this one has a bit of moisture and shine to it, though definitely not on the level of a gloss. Depending on the look I'm going for, I might layer one of my glosses over it.

5. Pearl Rose -- I've become obsessed with Aveda's products and this gloss is amazing. It's more pink than nude and has a bit of shimmer, but I absolutely love how it looks on. It has mint in it so it's naturally cooling and plumping.

I'm always looking to expand my collection, so if you have a favorite please share!

March 17, 2017

Link Love

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-I picked up this ruffle sleeve top a few weeks ago and finally found it online! Keep an eye out for it on the blog soon.

-This t-shirt was just restocked in white and I couldn't scoop it up fast enough! I have it in gray and it's my absolute favorite.

-I stumbled across this bag while doing research for yesterday's post and think I need it! I love the color and that it looks a little like a designer dupe.

-H&M is having another one of their massive sales! I'm still shopping for transitional pieces so this cozy cardigan, this sweater with the open/tie-back detailing and this bomber jacket are on my list!.

-Obsessed with these bow mules in the blush color!

-I had high hopes for these jeans but they just didn't work on me. But if you're a normal height and are looking for a great pair of straight leg jeans, I'd definitely recommend them!

-Even though I'm limited because of my height, I'm totally into the waterfall duster/trench coat situation that's going on right now. This one and this one are perfect for spring!

-This is the sweatshirt I was wearing in my Instagram post earlier this week. It's quickly become my go-to lately!

-I'm trying to cool it on the loafers, but these metallic ones are seriously tempting me. Gold or silver?!

-How gorgeous is this little white dress? Statement sleeves, lace...it has it all!

-I can't resist a breezy white top and I'm loving this one!

-Haven't worn a baseball hat in years, but I'm kind of into how I'm seeing them styled recently. This one is super basic and perfect for days when even dry shampoo can't help my hair ;)

March 16, 2017

The best neutral crossbody bags for Spring


Over the past few years, I've definitely downgraded the size of the bag I carry on a daily basis. Maybe it's because I'm getting older and am learning to edit my life a bit, but it's funny to look back and see photos of me with huge purses. Not only were they entirely too big for my petite body, but like...what was actually in there and why did I need so much of it?


Spring It Bags
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six

Having a kid which meant having a diaper bag definitely pushed me towards something smaller, but my desire to carry around less has coincidently lined up with shifting trends in fashion, too, as smaller bags have risen in popularity. Almost all of the bags I use nowadays are smaller crossbodies that comfortably fit a card case for the essentials (license, credit card, insurance info, etc.), a pair of sunnies, a lipgloss (or two or three, because let's be real -- old habits die hard) and my phone. I love not feeling dragged down by something heavy on my shoulder and being able to have both hands free because #momlife.

Fortunately, this trend isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, a great crossbody/mini bag is a must this Spring...and there are more options than ever! Which is why I wanted to share some of my favorite neutral picks. You may remember me saying I recently got this one from the Shopbop sale (seen here) and I absolutely love it! This one is at the top of my wish list right now as a splurge, but I'm also loving this suede beauty as a more budget-friendly option.

Which one is your favorite?



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