Earth Tones

Clothing Shop Online Dolman Flowy Shirt

Mondays are incredibly depressing, so here’s to hoping this look on the blog makes yours a little cheerier. There are a few things you won’t believe about how this outfit came together, 1) I needed to go to the grocery store and 2) I had no where to go after that. I basically dressed up for little to no reason at all, considering I normally go to the grocery with wet hair and sporting sweat pants.

Gap Shoes and Kate Spade Lainey Bag

The top I got for a steal from Clothing Shop Online, I also have it in Maroon and the pants are of course, from the Gap, where I get most of my pants. I paired it with a Juicy Couture necklace,  the Kate Spade Lainey purse and these adorable snake printed loafers from the Gap. To be honest when I bought these loafers I thought I would wear them all the time because they are so incredibly cute, but they are so dressy at the same time it’s hard to find an everyday excuse to wear them. I’m excited though, that I FINALLY found an outfit they fit well. Out of everything I’m wearing I would say the top is the item I wear the most, I shop at Clothing Shop Online for my basics because they are of strong quality and truly at the best prices on the internet.  Well, that’s all for now, but check back soon for more fun looks!

Clothing Shop Online Look

Back to Basics: Denim & Black

Denim and Black

This is a totally girly look but I LOVE IT! I got this adorable denim top with white embroidery detail a few weeks ago at Kohls. I love it because I’m a huge follower of the denim button down trend but I’ll be honest, I was looking for a way to reinvent my basic denim look and this outfit totally does that. It’s causal enough that I can wear natural make-up too which is another huge plus. I wore it with my Tiffany’s Daisy Pearl Necklace (from the Gatsby collection) because it is dainty and girly which goes with this whole look.

Preppy Skort Look

Preppy Look The look brings me back to my high school private school days. I love putting a sweater over a a flannel look because it instantly dresses it up. I added a belt to give more shape to the look because otherwise it can seem a little top heavy. This look is my g0-to for grabbing coffee with friends, it’s got an academic feel to it that works well with coffee houses. The flannel is American Living, the belt and sweater are Gap of course (one of my favorite brands).

Date Scents

Date Scents

I love this look for a date night. However, one of the most important things to wear on a date you can’t see with the human eye…that’s right, perfume! Your scent really defines you, which is why I carry a stick of deodorant and a small perfume in my purse whenever possible. The scent is my purse tonight is Sunshine from gap (the yellow one in the photo). I love that these are small enough to fit in my purse.  It’s still winter here so I’m wearing my Gap Jacket with the Gap Legging Jean and a gray long sleeve top. I paired it with dark brown boots and my favorite lip gloss from NYX.

Gap Perfumes

Girls Night In

Anthropologie Mug

Tea, magazines, and nail polish are the perfect ingredients for a girls nights in. I try to use my nights in to unplug from the world, and that means no computer, phone, or television. It’s incredibly hard the first time you do it, but eventually you get used to it. It helps after a bad day, or just a long week. Pulling yourself away from social networks alone will do wonders for you!

After Christmas Make Up Sales

One thing I look forward to each year are the after Christmas make-up sales. For those of us on a budget it’s nice to be able to restock or try new items without putting a dent in your bank account. I went to Nordstrom Rack to pick up more of the Ivory NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation because it’s quite possibly the only one that actually matches my skin tone. It blends well and keeps it consistency better than most powders I have used in the past (and believe me, I have used a LOT of powders). I also found a few new items I’m going to be trying out (see below!).

NYX Power Foundation

The first was this cute Stila Cosmetics eye shadow set, meant as a christmas stocking stuffer now on clearance. I’ve never tried Stila cosmetics eye shadows before so I figured it was as good a time as any to give it a go. So far I’ve been pleased with them but it’s only been a few days.

Stila Eye Shadows

The second item was the NYX waterproof mascara, I needed a new mascara, and frankly I’ve got no brand loyalty for my mascaras so I figured it was worth trying out. I actually haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I will update you on how it works out!

NYX Mascara

The next item I picked up the Light Night Cream from Neutrogena. I’ve been using a lot of face masks and astringent on my face in the last few weeks, trying to find one that actually works on my skin and so I needed to stock up on a good moisturizer for my poor skin. I only really use cream at night, not as I am in a rush to get ready for work in the morning so I’d have to say the name sold me on this one. It really is light and so it doesn’t feel like I am putting on another mask or overly greasy product as I go to sleep.

Neutrogena Light Night Cream

These were all the items I picked up on this trip to the store, I’ll update this post on how they all work out. What are some of your favorite beauty products on sale now? I’d love any suggestions so I can try them out while they are on sale 🙂

Gap Jacket

GapJacket

There are few things better than a structured Gap jacket. I paired it with a striped blouse from the Gap also. I wore it with lighter combat boots to add a little color to my outfit but it could go great with a variety of different types of boots. What works about this outfit is that is warm, because even on the west coast it gets a little chilly from time to time. This makes a great wear to work look also, depending of course, on the attire allowed at your workplace. Light Combat Boots

Kate Spade Bags Galore

Santa left me these beautiful Kate Spade purses this Christmas! The lighter one is the Lainey bag and the black bag is the Small Catalina. The Catalina is great for  dinner one night or just out and about.

Kate Spade Lainey/ Small Catalina

The Lainey bag has tons of room, which is why it is a must-have in my opinion! I don’t know about you, but I am always running around with a dozen random items in my purse. I would rather be over-prepared than under so a bag that will aid me in that goal is always welcome. There are two pockets that zip for more personal items and then a large open area for things like a laptop that won’t quite fit in zipped bag. I also really enjoy this design for the random rainy day. It’s easy to put your valuables in the zippered compartments and slip a plastic bag into the middle open compartment where you can store your umbrella if you don’t have a place to put in when it is not in use. The best part is, it’s not zippered so you can quickly grab it as soon as you are outside again.

Kate Spade Lainey Bag Lainey Bag Inside

The Small Catalina offers an adorable pattern inside the bag as well as an extra zippered compartment on the outside which is great for putting small items you don’t want to lose if your purse becomes somewhat cluttered (confession: mine always does). Also my previous black Kate Spade reminds me of this purse a great deal so I suppose there is a certain fondness I have a small black handbag. Is that not the sign that we are all becoming our mothers: favoring the practical handbag? All things aside I’m incredibly grateful I received these handbags this Christmas and I can’t wait for all the fabulous outfits I will pair them with in the future, my mind is already racing.

Kate Spade Small Catalina

Small Catalina Inside

Making what you have work for what you want

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Whenever I put together an outfit, in the back of my mind I’m always looking for that “wow factor.” That one thing you’re wearing that everyone is going to notice. Back in my sorority days, this was also known as the one item that every sister of mine would ask to borrow every other week. It was almost as if this item and my name were synonymous. I believe every girl should have one of these items. Maybe you got it at a boutique no one has ever heard of and threatened the owner to destroy any duplicates of it so no girl could ever possibly have this one item…whatever you did it was all for the sake of the “wow factor.” 

My “wow factor” item today is perhaps a little more attainable than going to a boutique, in fact it’s as simple as going to your local Anthropologie. This sweater looks cozy and adorable all in one. It goes well with your basic jeans, boots, and gold jewelry. It’s the perfect shade for Thanksgiving and the holidays which also makes it ideal. It’s a little more expensive than the average sweater, but it’s one you’ll wear a bunch in fall. Think of it an investment in your new favorite item in your closet. What’s your “wow factor”? 

Great Bag Finds for $50 or less!

Happy Friday!

Every woman needs great accessories to keep all her belongings as she is on the go. Here are some bags to get you in the Fall spirit, a lot are great for work and I included some clutches and crossbodies for those nights out.

Hope you enjoy! (Links posted below)

Bag Basics

 Zara Everyday Shopper Bag // Forever 21// Zara City Bag

ASOS Quilted Black Bag // Zara Basic Clutch// Crossbody Tassel Bag 

Forever 21 Envelope Satchel //ALDO Shoes Bag //  Sole Society Purse