October 24, 2014

Something New

I know, I know, I shouldn't be buying anymore lipsticks, but when browsing my local Target this caught my eye and I had to get it! I love a good matte lip and Maybelline has finally ventured into the matte finish in their Color Sensational line.

One thing that usually turns people away from matte lipsticks is that they can be drying. I've definitely experienced that with some mattes meaning that I spend a lot of time doing lip prep work before even putting the lipstick on! But what about when you just want to swipe something on real quick?! Maybelline's Color Sensational Matte Lip Color line is incredibly creamy going on smooth with no 'dragging' feeling. It is hydrating keeping my lips soft with no hints of drying. Plus I love color I bought, Lust for Blush. A great mauve-y, pinkish, my lips but better shade. I used just one swipe but could definitely be built up for more intensity.

I've been reaching for this, for nearly two weeks now and still love it! I hope Maybelline keeps these around because they are winners! Now I just got to grab some other shades.... Divine Wine looks perfect for winter. x

October 23, 2014

Outfit Of The Day : Palm Leaves

This outfit of the day is featuring my dream jacket. I had wanted this palm print Topshop number since July but kept putting it off until eventually it disappeared from the Topshop website and I chalked it up as a fashion loss on my part. However, when browsing Nordstrom's I found it! And for nearly 50% off, I jumped on it immediately.

I already have many outfit ideas for it in my head but for this outfit I paired it with a basic grey dress and my favorite moto boots (a post about those in the working!). The sleeves really pop! Can't wait for other opportunities to wear this beautiful jacket.

Jacket: Tropical Scuba Jacket from Topshop // Dress: Grey Skater Jersey Dress from Forever 21 // Boots: Harmony Combat Boots from Target

October 22, 2014

Remembering Oscar De La Renta

Oscar de la Renta has been a favorite designer of mine for years. He was able to make the most gorgeous gowns and outfits that when worn would make the wearer quite literally glow. His final collection prior this his passing, early this fall, was a perfect example of that. Feminine, polished, ladylike, lush, elegant.... I could go on and on. I was heartbroken to hear that he lost his battle with cancer yesterday. The world lost a truly magnificent designer, man, and genius - and to quote Karlie Kloss "There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta." Here are a few favorite looks he created in his 50 year span within fashion.

Resort 2007 // Fall 2006 Ready To Wear // Fall 2008 Ready To Wear

 Fall 2008 Ready To Wear // Fall 2010 Ready To Wear // Fall 2010 Ready To Wear

Fall 2012 Ready To Wear // Fall 2014 Ready To Wear // Resort 2010

Resort 2012 // Resort 2013 // Spring 2007 Ready To Wear

 Spring 2009 Ready To Wear // Spring 2009 Ready To Wear // Spring 2012 Ready To Wear

 Spring 2014 Ready To Wear // Spring 2014 Ready To Wear // Spring 2015 Ready To Wear

Oscar, you will definitely be missed. Rest in peace. xx

(All runway photos from: Style.com // Oscar de la Renta photo from: Miss Info)

October 20, 2014

Honey Beauty

I've mentioned many times on here so far that honey is one of my favorite beauty ingredients. I love everything about it! Honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee pollen have great benefits for hair, skin, lips and more. It is rich in vitamins, nutrients and beauty enhancing properties giving you the right amount of pampering you need without chemicals. Here are a few honey based products I've been eying to add to my honey beauty stash. xx

Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor by John Masters Organics // Rebuilding Moisturizer by Tara Harper // Crème Brûlée Honey Bath by Laura Mercier // Raw Honey Face Wash for Normal/Dry Skin by Worker B // Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask from Fresh // Beeswax Lip Gloss by Savannah Bee Company 

October 19, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up

I just bought the items I need for my Halloween costume a couple days ago, so I am in full swing for this holiday. Like I said, Halloween is my favorite one during my favorite season so I am bubbling with excitement. I can't wait to put my costume together! What do you think I'm being?

It's not too late to plan the Halloween Party of the century, here are some easy tips from The Sweetest Occasion for hosting one.

Also, Oh Happy Day is sharing 10 Halloween DIY Ideas! I love the ghost pinatas, so cute! 

I'm not a fan of candy corn.... but these Candy Corn Inspired Rice Krispy Treats I can get on board with.

I've been trying to eat healthier so this handy Fall Produce Guide is perfect to know what's in season.

I'm all about J Crew's Fall Clothing guide, feeling inspired! May need to add some pieces to my wardrobe. 

A spin on traditional Halloween playlists, take a peak at Popsugar's Halloween Love Songs Playlists.

I can't read a lick of Japanese but I can understand Halloween inspired nail art. All of these are oh so cute! 

Can you tell I'm excited for Halloween!? I just wish it was here already, this week better move quick so that I can get my spooky fix! xx

(Image Found on Pinterest)

October 18, 2014

Splurge // Save : Basic Tee

Occasionally, splurging on a name brand item is worth the investment. I'm not going to argue that you shouldn't buy expensive brands and should buy inexpensive or vice versa because each have their pros and cons. With an expensive piece your are typically paying for quality, usually it is expertly crafted with top of the line materials. With inexpensive pieces it's usually not as well put together, with cheaper material but again that can vary. Instead I'm going to give my opinions on things worth splurging on verses things you can get when you have champagne tastes but a beer budget.

Case in point: I own one T by Alexander Wang shirt (bought ULTRA discounted). I love that shirt, it is really worth the hype. Incredibly soft, it has the perfect cut, so so flattering. I could live in it. But at over $100 a pop retail it's a splurge I just can't simply make multiple times for a basic tee.

If you're looking for something similar, I recommend with no hesitation the Jersey Tees from H&M. I own (without any exaggeration) two in nearly every color, contemplate buying a third in every color in case something happens to the first or second, and dream of them adding more colors to the line up. It's the perfect inexpensive alternative to T by Alexander Wang. Oh so chic, can be dressed up or dressed down, and beyond comfortable. xx

SPLURGE: T by Alexander Wang from Net-A-Porter $110
SAVE: Jersey Tee from H&M $10

October 17, 2014

Something New

Something exclusive to Target is the new Clairol 'Hair Food' line of products. I'm always on the hunt for a good shampoo (right now my go to has been Bumble & Bumble's Seaweed). I don't like to use the same shampoo daily so I tend to mix it up. I'm a fan of Clairol's Herbal Essence and was intrigued by Hair Food.

There's not much on the web about these new products, but here's what I can tell you. The collection is divided into three smaller collections: Moisture, Volume, and Root Cleansing. All are paraben free and mineral oil free with some being silicon free as well. I picked up the Apricot & Honey Moisture Shampoo as I have rather thick hair that is in constant need of hydration. While a little pricier than most drug store shampoos at $9.99 I feel the ingredients and packaging make it worth it.

It smells divine (it has my favorite ingredient, honey!), and so far has done a really good job of making my hair feel extra clean and soft. I love to see the long term benefits of this but so far it's a winner!

Have you tried anything from the Hair Food line? xx