Monday, November 13, 2017

Casual Outfit of the Day / Tom Ford, Mango

Dress: Mango
Necklace: & Other Stories

I, my friends, am obsessed with sleeves. This Mango dress is how I am dreaming of spending long winter evenings, wearing tights and booties with bulky cardigans and knit hats. I love that this geometric necklace from & Other Stories is delicate and dainty yet the longer length and brightness of the sliver contrasts against the burgundy of the dress. With so many different options to pair with the dress, this Dagne Dover cross body bag would tie them all together. I have a bag made from this pebbled leather, and it is just the softest combined with great durability and an even better price point. Finally, I'm focusing here on some simple beauty tricks that make all the difference in pulling together a casual but polished look. Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk is a relatively new product that uses a chalk like powder to fill in your brows. I've tried it, and the first time out, I had a little bit too heavy of a hand. A little bit of this product goes a long way. If you want a heavily defined and strong brow, this will get you there. If you just want to fill in some sparse spots like I do, try to match your brow shade as closely as possible, dab on the chalk and then blend in with a brush for a more natural finish. Moving on to lips, I had the pleasure of joining Neiman Marcus Las Vegas for their annual Beauty Bloggers Holiday Brunch where I learned the full concept behind Tom Ford's Boys & Girls Lip Colors, including how to layer them to build the perfect tone for your skin. I've combined the matte in Evan with the sheer Scarlett here to make a more moisturizing but still long wearing color that actually comes out in a rosy tone flattering for everyone. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Favorites / Maple Holistics, Wishtrend, Seavees, Red Cherry, See by Chloe

This week’s favorites are from some brands you might not be that familiar with. I love when I find a new to me brand that I want to recommend. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these yourself.

The last year has personally been a trying one for me due to severe eczema on my hands and scalp brought on by a gluten sensitivity. Of course, it was most difficult because it wasn’t until about a month ago that an actual explanation for what was causing it was found. I’m still working to get all the  gluten out of my system, but in the meantime, I had a lovely offer from Maple Holistics to try their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I had previously been using Nioxin, which had helped somewhat, but using the Maple Holistics was like night and day. Within two shampoos, the burning and itching had stopped. This 100% improved my scalp while still leaving my hair soft and manageable. I can’t recommend this shampoo highly enough, and I have the opportunity to share it with you in a free sample if you follow this link to their free sample program. 

I’m wearing sneakers more and more frequently lately, and I’m happy to see that they are fortunately “on trend” for autumn. These Seavees are so comfortable with suede uppers and super cushy rubber sole. 

If you are obsessed with K-beauty as I am, you might already have heard of Wishtrend. If you are still on the fence about this trend, their Green Tea cleanser is perfect to start you off. Unlike some powder exfoliaters, this one does not require cleansing first as it works as a cleanser and exfoliater. If you prefer, you can cleanse and then use the powder, which smells exactly like a green tea latte, to exfoliate. These is the most efficient yet gentle exfoliater that will leave your skin feeling smooth and extremely hydrated. 

As we age, sometimes our eyes seem to sink into our faces. Wearing lots of shadow and liner often exacerbates the issue, actually making our eyes look saggier then before we started. Adding density to the outer corner of the eye actually lifts the eye and gives it a more youthful appearance, and wearing false lashes is a great way to get that lift. You want to choose a lash that is not overly dramatic or synthetic looking but blends in with your lashes and just adds that volume. The Red Cherry lashes from the limited edition set inspired by Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls come with four different sets from light to intense styles. I recommend using The Jennifer or The Anne unless you really want to take it over the top. 

Finally, this See by Chloe jacket is the perfect way to take denim in a different direction. It’s a lighter chambray, which is perfect for layering under a heavier coat, and the quilted detail is tailored enough to wear as a work blazer. But pair them with a pair of wide-legged trousers and a tee, and you have the perfect travel outfit. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Splurge or Steal / Scalloped Fendi Bag

A few months ago I found a Fendi ad for a beige and light blue bag with floral appliqué and embellishments. I ripped the ad out of the magazine and put it in my file of inspiration photos. This week when I was figuring out what I should post for Splurge or Steal, I pulled out the picture to see if the bag was still available. As I start thinking about heavier winter outfits, I like to have a touch of something lighter or unexpected, and I thought a light floral bag would be perfect to pair with some heavier winter knits. Unfortunately, I can’t find the bag available anywhere, but this grey metallic bag is now selling. It doesn’t have the lovely little flowers, but those studs are a good trade off.

As I started searching for a good steal version, I remembered a scalloped-edge Kate Spade bag not that long ago, but that also seems to no longer be available, and it was a tote anyway. This Ted Baker bag via ASOS has a much more similar style to the Fendi. And dare I say I prefer this pink over the grey?

Both bags are leather. Both have chain hardware. Both have a scalloped edge on the flap. Personally, I would get a lot more use out of a pink bag than a metallic one even with the darker palettes of Autumn and winter. I also prefer the pearls and crystal studs on the Ted Baker over the multi-color ABS studs on the Fendi. Ironic that that is one of the features that drew me to the bag in the first place. 

And finally there is the price. At $324 combined with the fact that ASOS almost always has a discount code available, the $2300 Fendi really can’t compete.