Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Must-Have: Ten Booties Under $100

A new season calls for new shoes!  The best thing about fall outfits are the boots.  Either that or all the miniature candy bars (3-4 mini's equals one bar, right?) that line the shelves.  I'm especially loving booties right now--a little ankle intrigue never hurt and they come in all shapes and sizes and colors.  Here's a few of my top picks that won't reduce you to a ramen noodle only diet.  Hover over each image for more details and click to shop!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

There Will Be Blood

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Move over cherry red--this season's red is far more sinister.  Mimicking the already changing leaves, deep hues have once again taken a forefront in our wardrobes.  Oxblood had a major moment last year and I'm still loving it this year.  Choosing to go with this coated denim, c/o Aeropostale (um, on sale $12.99), in this muted hue, I figured I could do some fun patterns on top.  Houndstooth and polka dots--perfect together, right?  Maybe a little obnoxious, but right nonetheless! 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mad for Plaid

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I'm mad for plaid, especially in scarves, at the moment.  I usually use scarves to establish a color palette or to tie the look together.  This scarf from the men's department is a great tartan print so I layered it over a chunky knit sweater.  The red bag makes a real statement against a neutral background.  Sometimes I tend to over think my outfits.  Those are the days when the contents of my closet end up on the bedroom floor.  Of all the outfits I do wear and photograph, its the simple and effortless ones that are always my favorite.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Isle Be Fair

Sweater: J. Crew Men's (similar) // Jeans: Gap // Jacket:  J. Crew // Purse:  Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Madewell

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It was time to start digging deeper into my closet for warmer pieces--or in this case my boyfriend's closet.  Technically, only sweaters made in Fair Isle can be called Fair Isle but as it's loved by geezers and hipsters worldwide, there's countless of takes on them.  There's something about this classic motif that makes it perfect for a fall weekend.  I particularly like the way the pattern incorporates some great colors.  So naturally, I paired it with my bright red pants to pull some of those colors out.  I spent my Saturday in New Hope, PA--a charming little town just over the NJ border--eating and window shopping so my trusty moccasins kept me warm and comfortable for a little exploration with my love.  And by love, I mean coffee. 

Just kidding, R.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin Spice

Dress:  F21 // Blazer:  Madewell // Scarf:  J. Crew (men's) // Boots: Aldo 

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Mixing prints is once again the name of the game.  This pumpkin colored dress with a geometric motif pairs well with the plaid scarf because they share similar colors--the navy and the golden tones.  Adding the academy blazer breaks up all the patterns, as does the repeated cognac accessories.  To make any outfit instantly "fall ready" try on a wine red lipstick.  And to go the full nine yards, a little pumpkin spiced latte certainly fits the bill.   

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Product Review: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

Product Review: Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

This foundation is marketed as a liquid foundation that magically transforms on contact to a flawless powder like finish.  I was instantly intrigued because anything described as a "powder-finish" is music-to-my-oily-skin-ears.  I picked up a bottle to test out this revolutionary formula.

I chose my shade out of the 15 that are available.  The packaging is a slim glass bottle of substantial weight with a twist-off cap.  The first thing I noticed was how watery the consistency was.  For that reason alone, I wish it was more fool-proof (a.k.a. ME-proof) because if it were to open and spill, it'd be all over.  After giving it a good shake, I apply it with fingertips, as directed on the bottle, working in small sections.  It is build-able in coverage but you really have to spend the time to work it into the skin.  I recently tried applying it with a Real Techniques expert face brush and it worked well together.  It's a flawless finish, if the texture of your skin isn't too too bad.  Trust me, my skin is far from perfect but this holds up well against my large pores and dark spots.        

I love how lightweight this foundation is.  When I look closely, I can't see where foundation meets skin.  Somehow it manages to blend in perfectly, for that 'no-makeup' makeup look.  I did wear this without a setting powder the first few times to test the longevity.  It was a medium--I saw some separation around my nose and mouth by midday. After that I used my Rimmel Stay Matte translucent setting powder and that seemed to do the trick.  While the foundation is marketed as a powder finish, I felt that I needed a little extra for my oily skin to stay shine-free all day. 

I think this foundation is ideal for everyday use for those who don't require a heavy-duty, full coverage foundation.  It's suitable for dry to normal skin and passable for an oilier complexion.  The main draw is how remarkable the finish is and how it miraculously transforms to a velvety smooth finish.  I would add this to my top drugstore foundation picks!

Looking for more drugstore recommendations?  Check out this post for more foundation product reviews.

Finish:  Matte
Coverage: Light to medium, not easy to build
Packaging: flat, glass bottle. Product is a very thin liquid, wish it had a fool-proof delivery method.
Staying Power: Just okay--for oily skin, I recommend a setting powder.
Application: Fingertips only, working in small sections. SHAKE WELL.
Price: $12.99 at Ulta
SPF: 18
My Shade: Classic Tan, starting to get too dark as I'm losing my tan.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pass the Mustard

Jacket: Francesca's Collection // Sweater: Madewell // Scarf: South Moon Under // Shorts: Forever21 // Boots: DV by Dolce Vita // Purse: Kate Spade

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Tights are a girl's best friend.  You can be the queen of transition with their help and versatility.  Got a favorite summer dress or skirt?  You can make it work for fall by adding tights or leggings and a pair of boots.  Same goes for shorts!  I love a good high-waisted short--anything that makes me look taller and skinnier is a no-brainer.  To carry in the flattering silhouette to present weather conditions, I layered up from top to bottom.  This waffle knit sweater underneath a pop of mustard is an interesting mix of textures, while the printed scarf ties everything together. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Strike a Cord

Top: Forever 21 // Trench: J. Crew (old) // Cords: c/o Aeropostale // Shoes: Madewell // Clutch: J. Crew Factory 

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Give your denim a break and reach for those cords.  They're just as comfortable and these days, just as cost effective.  Opt for classic black or camel for the most wear, but stay away from that light khaki shade--school uniform much?  The colored denim of last season is easily replaced with darker, muted tones for fall, like this eucalyptus shade or the ever popular oxblood. There are a multitude of colors to choose from on the market and just like my jeans, I go for a soft, stretchy material--almost like leggings.  These tick all the right boxes for a great corduroy for fall. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Field Day

Jacket: J. Crew // Leggings: C. Wonder // Boots:  Aldo // Purse: Kate Spade

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While the season calls for more layering than our effortless summer looks, fall can be just as simple with a few basics.  I'm not wearing anything new--these are staples I gravitate towards year after year.  Firstly, invest in a good pair of riding boots. I say 
invest because, while I am all about pinching pennies, anything on our toes have a short shelf live.  With the rough weather conditions, this could mean that one pair doesn't even make it through one year.  Same goes for thick ponte leggings that read more like pants for maximum versatility.  Last but not least, this field jacket has been my loyal companion through the cooler months.  It's a waxed cotton, meaning it'll keep me warm and repel water.  The neutral color means I can wear it in a multitude of different ways.

What are you fall basics?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Blazer: Madewell (love this one) // Dress: Primark (only available in the UK) // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff // Boots: DV by Dolce Vita

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My heart says it's autumn, but the weather here begs to differ. No matter the unnatural climate (80 degrees in October? Tornado warnings in New Jersey?), bright colors are an all-year-round kind of thing in my book.  I take full advantage of my lingering tan to set off the hot hues we saw on the fall runways, like bright jewel tones and bold primary colors.  To make a truly transitional outfit for the season, layer on a fitted blazer and your favorite booties.