Currently Loving

   

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Happy Monday and sorry for the brief blogging hiatus! Things really pick up for my business in the fall, which means the blog unfortunately takes a back seat. That said, if you're ready to address your fall wardrobe and/or do some fall shopping, email me to schedule! Remember, if you're a new client you get 15% off by using the code NEWCLIENT at checkout when you purchase.

Today I'm sharing a few of my current favorites that I've either purchased, used, or seen in stores and thought, "I have to have that!" Here we go... 

This clutch from Anthropologie. Seriously y'all, I saw this in store over the weekend and had to grab it. It is only $48 and the blush color is to die for! It has a gold chain shoulder strap, too.

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This top from Anthropologie. I saw it on Jillian Harris' instagram when it was full price and just couldn't justify it. Now, it's an extra 40% off! YASS.

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This faux suede dress. I LOVE a good suede dress in the fall and winter. I recently stumbled across this one at Nordstrom Rack and LOVE it. Perfect for layering under a jacket or vest, or put a long sleeved tee underneath in the winter. 

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YSL Tatouage Lip Stain. This was sent to me a couple weeks ago and I always love a new fall lip color! This is the prettiest shade ever, stays on and is great for a bold lip at night. So richly pigmented! The color I have is #8.

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SPANX faux leather leggings. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw these on my stories and if you haven't gotten them yet, you NEED TO. They are SO comfortable, flattering, soft, and the leather is matte- not shiny looking or cheap. This is my first pair of leather leggings because I really feel like so many of them look cheap and shiny! I love them SO MUCH and so will you.

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These DV sneakers from.... TARGET! I saw these on a friend this weekend and immediately had to get them. They do NOT look like Target- I honestly thought they were Vince or Joie. The navy is super deep and could almost pass as black, which I love. RUN, don't walk, to snag these! 

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Happy Shopping! 

Friday Sale Alert | 20% Off at Dolce Vita

   

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Happy Friday! Just wanted to share a quick SALE ALERT with y'all because Dolce Vita rarely goes on sale and they have soooo many great shoes for fall! You can get 20% off plus free shipping with code SEPT20, but only through tomorrow! I ordered these and these. Heart eyes! ! I have several pairs of their booties and absolutely love how comfortable they are.
Happy Friday and Happy Shopping! 

All my favorites :: 

Current Beauty Faves

   

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Does your skin / hair ever go through those phases where you just feel like you need to mix it up? It seems like that happens to me a couple of times a year, and more especially around a season change. I am ALWAYS buying new beauty products and trying new things, so today I figured I'd share a few of my current obsessions with you. 

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1 | KRISTIN ESS SIGNATURE SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
As someone who has pretty coarse and thick hair, I loooove the way my hair feels when I leave the salon - so soft and silky but still with volume and bounce. I decided to give this Kristin Ess line a try after seeing it at Target and hearing buzz about it online. Let me first say, the price point is awesome. I'm used to paying for Pureology, Redken etc. and these are $14.99 a piece. I'm also a sucker for pretty branding and does it get much prettier than this? These make my hair feel AMAZING. I don't know what Kristin puts in them, but it's good and I haven't felt this way about a shampoo / conditioner in a LONG time! 

2 | BARE MINERALS SKIN LONGEVITY
My mother-in-law gave me a Bare Minerals kit for Christmas last year and there was a mini sized bottle of this and I fell in love. Finally got around to purchasing the full-size! You put this on before moisturizer day and night, and it gives your skin a great glow and feel. It's like it's prepping your skin to absorb your moisturizer and then whatever product you put on. I can't go a day without it! 

3 | BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BLUSH IN 'PINK CORAL'
I love this because the pigment is so rich, it will literally last me for years. A little goes a long way, and it's in a cute little compact that doesn't take up too much space. I dust it on my cheeks and tip of my nose every day! 

4 | KRISTIN ESS BEACH WAVE SPRAY
Another current obsession from this line. You spray this on AFTER you dry and style your hair (I use a wand) and it literally separates the waves for you and gives you this nice shine / silky look. Just spray it on after styling and then comb through your hair with your fingers. I'm a Kristin Ess customer for life! 

5 | BARE MINERALS EYESHADOW IN 'HERE KITTY'
This is the perfect fall eyeshadow. It's the prettiest maroon color with the perfect amount of sheen, and is great for just adding a touch of in your crease to give you a fall eye look! I'll be sharing it on my instal-stories later today so you can see it in action. A little goes a long way, and it's highly pigmented. I am a huge fan of this color for fall and winter - in your clothes, makeup, accessories and shoes! Here it is on my hand... 

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6 | BARE MINERALS BARESKIN PERFECTING VEIL
This is a great finishing product. I keep it in my purse with me and use it throughout the day if I feel like my skin is looking shiny or dull. Simply dust it on after you've applied all your face makeup and you're good to go! It's like the loose powder mineral veil that we all used to wear with our Bare Minerals, but in a pressed powder form. 

If you're looking to change up your beauty / hair routine, give these products a try! I can PROMISE you won't be disappointed. Shop all my favorites below or in the links above!

A Favorite Fall Look + Bell Sleeve Love

   

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Happy Tuesday! Okay, you know I'm over here watching the weather and next week it is 70's/50's which means I can really FULLY embrace my favorite fall looks & sweater weather! Today I'm sharing one of those looks, plus my love for bell sleeves and all the cute ones that are out there in stores now. 

This top screams FALL! The colors, pattern, everything. I love simply pairing it with a medium wash jean, booties and a fun earring (these are back in stock but not for long!) and you're set. My favorite part is the bell sleeves. I am fully on board with the bell sleeve trend that seems to be coming for the fall, and I hope it stays. 

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My top is currently on sale, and an extra 40% off, ringing in at just $24! How is that even possible?! If you haven't bought it, you need to. And you have no excuse not to. I sized down to an XS, for size reference. It also comes in a basic white color

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I'm linking up some other bell sleeve favorites in store now below. There are seriously SO MANY GOOD ONES that I'm like, "Do I even need a regular sleeved shirt in my closet? Maybe it's time to do an overhaul and purchase all.the.bell.sleeves?!  

Master Bath Makeover with Smart Tiles

   

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Happy Friday! Today I'm so excited to share our master bath makeover with Home Depot, using Smart Tiles. I had never heard of this product before, and I'll admit I was a little skeptical at first. Smart Tiles are literally PAPER THIN sheets of faux tile that you peel & stick on a surface to look like fully grouted tile. When I heard about this, I was so excited because one of Harrison and my LEAST favorite home project to do is tiling, AND it's expensive. I was also a little nervous because there's no way these could actually look like real tile, right? Surely it will look cheap and silly. That was Harrison's thought, too, so he was even more skeptical than I was. Head over to the Home Depot blog to read the step-by-step process.

Today I'm here to report how PLEASED we are with the way this turned out! A few things I was surprised by -
1) How super thin the sheets are. I pictured them being probably 1/2"-1" thick. Nope! These are literally as thin as a piece of paper
2) How much like real tile it looks. When I took the first sheet out and held it up at different angles, it was crazy how much it looked like real tile! I was super impressed, even before we started putting the tiles on the wall
3) How short the process was. Think of how long it takes to tile a backsplash, etc. It is a couple days long because you have to let mortar dry, then grout, clean the grout, etc. etc. It usually ends in several arguments and a few tears of frustration on my end. This took like FOUR HOURS from start to finish. It was incredible! 

Here's a little bit about our specific project ::
We renovated our master bathroom about a year ago, and it was a huge project. My plan was to do a tiled wall behind the vanity and put sconce lighting in, but as the project went on and got more and more expensive and time-consuming, those things dropped to the bottom of the list and became "eventually" items. So, when Home Depot asked if I'd want to give this product a whirl, I was like "Yes! We can finally finish the bathroom!" 

BEFORE :: 

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I chose this small white hexagonal tile for the wall because our whole bathroom is full of marble and rectangular tiles. I didn't want anything too busy or anything that would clash with our finishes. I also chose these brass sconces (LO-OVE) because I wanted to do some mixed metal and really love the gold look. 
AFTER ::

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Head to the Home Depot blog to see the step-by-step process. We are super thrilled with the way this makeover turned out! If you have a surface that needs tiling but you're looking for a cost-effective and EASY solution, definitely look into Smart Tiles. They could be your answer!

A huge thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post! 

Pinterest-y Fall Decor

   

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I am (believe it or not) actually not a huge Pinterest user, which you'll notice if you follow me there. But, each year I take to Pinterest to find ideas for unique seasonal decor and tablescapes because I LOVE FALL AND CHRISTMAS AND WINTER AND ALL THE THINGS (may or may not be currently drinking pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee with pumpkin bread in the oven while it's a meer 89 degrees outside). Today I'm sharing this fall centerpiece that I did in my dining room, created by combining some ideas I found on Pinterest. 

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I love doing neutral decor for the seasons, rather than bright orange pumpkins and sunflowers for fall, and rich red for Christmas. I knew I wanted white pumpkins and greens. My dough bowl sits in the middle of my dining table and is usually empty or filled with some gold pears, so I knew I wanted to use that as a base. I used this faux lamb's ear greenery, but it would also be so pretty with dried eucalyptus or boxwood sprigs. Perfect for keeping as a base when Christmas rolls around! 

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I just placed the greens in the base of the dough bowl, then layered the pumpkins of different sizes around, with the middle pumpkin being the biggest (and it's a candle so I plan to light it when we use that room). I found these antler ornaments which were perfect for placing them and securing them where I wanted. Then, I added in some dried florals.

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Shop all the "ingredients" below. I'll be sharing more fall decor soon, if you are interested! 

How to get your closet ready for fall

  

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Happy Tuesday! Let's start with a shameless business plug - If you haven't gotten your Fall Wardrobe Consult / Revamp on the books with me yet, NOW is the time. Don't wait until the temps actually drop to scramble around in your closet and figure out what goes, what stays, and most importantly what to WEAR in the cooler weather this season! With that said, September and October are some of my busiest months and they are booking up quickly. If you haven't already, email me to schedule! 

Today I thought I'd share a few tips with everyone about editing your closet in preparation for fall. I'm talking about how to know what to get rid of, what should be on your fall wish list, and where to take those items you purged. 

1) "IF YOU DIDN'T WEAR IT, PURGE IT"
This rule can apply in many situations, but not all. It's all dependent on the size of your closet. If you didn't wear it last season because you have so many clothes that you never saw it / forgot about it, then it doesn't necessarily need to go. If you have a smaller, more streamlined wardrobe where you can easily see everything and you didn't wear it last fall/winter, ditch it. You didn't reach for it then, so you won't reach for it as it gets older and older.

2) KEEP ITEMS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
If you are one of those with such a large wardrobe that things are getting lost, then use your best judgment to purge (or hire me and I'll tell you exactly what needs to go!) based on what items bring you joy / happiness when you see them. If you look at an item and say "that's fine, it's okay, I guess I'll wear it, blah blah", then chances are you'll never reach for it when getting dressed and it's just taking up wasted space in your closet. Ditch it! Another factor that comes into play is whether or not you like / want to shop for each season. If you love buying new things and are able to do a good shopping trip at the beginning of each new season, DEFINITELY don't hold onto those things that are just okay. They'll soon be replaced with items you'll actually love and wear.

3) THE RULE ON "SKINNY" & "FAT" CLOTHES
Most everyone has those things in their closet that don't fit, and they are saving them for when they lose weight, or in case they gain weight. First of all, don't ever save something for in case you gain weight. That's a rule that everyone can live by. If you're saving those clothes that you love oh-so-much from a size or two (or three, four) ago, really evaluate the reasoning behind it. If you're saving them because they make you think of a time when you felt better about yourself, ditch them and buy clothes that make you feel good about yourself NOW (I can help with this, too!) If you're saving them because you're a couple pounds over your normal and you have a plan in place to get back to that, they can stay. If you've been at your current weight for over a year (barring any circumstances like post-pregnancy, illness, etc) and you still have those items taking up space in your closet, it's time to purge and dress for your current body type. If you still have a goal of losing weight, buy some staples for your current weight and then treat yourself to new "skinny" clothes when you actually lose the weight! The goal is to feel good about yourself wherever you're at - not just wear sweats until you get to your desired weight. 

4) 10 FALL STAPLES
These are a few things that I believe every woman should have in her fall wardrobe. They are timeless, classic and will serve you well EVERY fall - not just this one. 
1) Dark wash skinny jean. I don't care what your size / body type, you need this. If you're unsure of what looks best on you, I can help


2) Vest. This is the perfect layering piece because it goes over everything from tops, to dresses, to sweaters and more. Whether you like the sweater vest look, military vest, or fur for winter (or all 3 like me), inVEST in a VEST!


3) Booties / Boots. I like to have both in my closet, but if you don't have either, you should at least have one. Choose a neutral color to start with, like taupe or cognac. Then, add in a black.

4) Flat / Slide. I love a great leopard flat, but also really see the value in a neutral slide. 


5) Black legging pant. These are not your yoga leggings - they are thicker and more of a "pant." They can be worn with all of your blouses that cover the front & back


6) Long cardigan. Perfect for layering over everything


7) Blouses that cover the front & the back. These are hitting your pocket line or below and are the most flattering length. Plus, you can wear them with everything from skinny jeans to leggings to boot-cut jeans to skirts. 


8) A really cute long-sleeved dress. Whether it's a tee-shirt dress, peasant dress, sweater dress or shirt dress, a great long-sleeved dress will go with your booties, flats, tights, vest, etc.

 
9) Long neutral necklace. Whether you like silver or gold, you need a long necklace that you could throw on every single day if you wanted to. 


10) Tunic sweaters. Lightweight, easy for layering, throwing on with leggings or jeans and wearing day to night. Tunic sweaters will NEVER steer you wrong.

5) WHAT TO DO WITH THE THINGS YOU PURGE
I have found that most people (including myself) just like to get this crap outta their house! One of the best ways to do this is with ThredUp. They simply send you a big "clean-out" bag with a pre-paid Fedex label on it. You fill it up, seal it, and drop it at your nearest FedEx location. Then, they sort through it and you get an email with the payout amount for that bag. I have found that they give you a pretty good return, and any designer items are sold separately for the highest price possible. You're going to get the same amount, if not more, than you would if you took the items to a consignment store, AND they'll donate what they don't take if you want them to. So, it gets it out of your house and into the right hands with almost ZERO effort! You can get the money sent to you on a pre-paid Visa gift card, or credited to your ThredUp account so you can shop for more goodies. I even bought a Vince sweater with some of my credits! 

I hope this is informative for y'all! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to answer.

***If you've never worked with me before, I'd love to offer you a special discount for us to edit your fall wardrobe! Just use code NEWCLIENT at checkout for 15% off. (You can purchase all services by clicking on the 'PURCHASE' tab at the top of the page). I can't wait to meet some new faces this fall season!

Working Girl Wednesday

    

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Happy Wednesday and hooray for some sunshine peeking through the clouds! Today I'm picking back up on Working Girl Wednesdays (on the Wednesdays I feel like it - ha!), where I'll be sharing looks that are perfect for in the office, out afterwards, with pieces that can be mixed and matched into weekend wear, etc. This one is PERFECT for this early fall season, and into the winter with tights & boots and a blazer or jacket.

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I LOVE burgundy because it's such a rich hue and is great for fall and winter. It also looks great on just about everyone! This lace shell (30% off today!) can be done with so many things; black cami underneath and black leggings/jeans, white cami underneath with white jeans or a skirt, or worn with a vest or jacket ontop. 

This wrap skirt can also be worn so many ways; to the office, to a nice dinner, casually with a chambray button-down or t-shirt up top, with tights & boots, or bare legs and booties. I am a sucker for a textured pattern and this one is so great for this upcoming season.

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Shop it all, including a few other workwear favorites, below! 

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These are a few of my favorite things

   

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying safe and dry. My prayers go out to everyone in Florida and in the path of Irma. The footage I'm seeing is so devastating! Our beloved BVI's have been ripped to shreds and some of our favorite spots there are no longer. So so incredibly sad. Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite things. They are all random but I LOVE them equally! Let's start with the most important...

1) my FAVORITE. TOP. EVER.
This top is what dreams are made of in my opinion. It's is the perfect basic shell for wearing alone or layering, has lace detail, can be worn frontwards (v-neck) or backwards (high-neck) and is SO flattering. Easy, flowy, flattering and basic - this top is perfect on its own, under a vest, cardigan, jacket etc. 

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wearing above :: necklace | pants | shoes (only $41!) | jacket | sunglasses

2) PURISTRY products
Has anyone else tried this line? I saw it at Anthropologie awhile back and have been wanting to try it, so I was super excited when they sent me the Seaberry Moisturizer and Restorative Face Oil. I love a good face oil and equally love a hydrating moisturizer. I've been alternating between my Tula products and these from Puristry. I love how natural they smell and LOVE the way they feel on my skin! I would highly recommend them if you're in the market for some facial products. 

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3) this NYX MATTE LIP COLOR.
I ran out and bought this after I saw JennySue Makeup post about it on instagram because DUH... it's September and I need a new FALL COLOR. I went with the 'Budapest' color and it is SO Pretty. I wish I had a picture of it on, but I will try to snap one and post on insta-stories at some point. I love how matte the color is. It has such a rich pigment and STAYS ON through eating and drinking! The best part? The $7 price tag. Thinking I may have to stock up on a few other colors...

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4) THIS textured oversized cardigan.
I picked this baby up over the weekend and it is soooo cozy yet thin so it's perfect for throwing over a tank, dress, tee, etc. I love the color and obviously POCKETS.

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5) this 'Nato Mount' iPhone holder
Okay this is SO random. My parents gave this to me over the weekend and it is so practical! I am always struggling with where to put my phone while I'm driving, especially if I'm using Maps or listening to a Podcast and want to be able to change to the next episode easily, etc. This literally has a magnet that you stick to the back of your phone, underneath your case so no one can see it. Then, you stick the base on the spot in your car where you want it. The magnet is so strong that you can just stick your phone on there and swivel it however you want! Totally not a fashion blogger item to post, but super practical. 

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Happy shopping and stay safe! 

The Wrap Dress : Timeless, Flattering + On-Trend

   

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Happy Wednesday (that feels like a Tuesday so YAY that we're ahead and not behind!), y'all! I have been a little bit MIA due to the fall season coming soon which means lots and lots of wardrobe consults and fall shopping trips! Stay tuned for a post on how you can get your closet ready for fall. Today I'm sharing a timeless, classic piece that every woman should have in her closet. The wrap dress is flattering, currently very on-trend (although I believe it will never go out of style) and oh-so feminine! Perfect for daytime with flats or sandals, nighttime with some heels or booties, and perfect for fall with a leather jacket.

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LINKED :: dress | shoes | sunnies | earrings - sold out, similar here

This one is not only cute and flattering, but it's a faux wrap so you don't have to actually worry about it wrapping correctly, fidgeting with it, etc. Plus, the price tag can't be beat!  I've linked this, plus other favorites below.