Must-Have Mascaras

mascaras 1. Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara, $19 2. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara, $8.49 3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $5.99 4. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23 5. Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25

If I was stranded on an island and could only bring one beauty product with me, it would, without hesitation, be mascara. Simply applying a coat of mascara on your lashes is all you need when running late or feeling under the weather. And, to set the record straight, while some say that applying mascara to the bottom lashes is a huge faux pas, I am huge advocate of a quick one or two swipes on the bottom lashes. Don’t be afraid to do the same :)

In my beauty product hoarding experience, these five mascaras are at the top of my list. While three of them are at a higher price point than some of you might want to pay for a tube of mascara, my current favorite of my favorites is the more affordable L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. This mascara is by far the best lengthening mascara I have ever used. I just love how long it makes my lashes look. Furthermore, the small wand makes it very easy to apply.

What is your favorite mascara?

3 New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

NYE-outfits LOOK 1: 1. Topshop Jumpsuit by TFNC, $76 2. BaubleBar Crystal Cage Ring, $32 3. BaubleBar Midi Solitaire Duo Ring, $32 4. BaubleBar Aztec Gem Bib Necklace, $42 5. Whiting & Davis Rectangle Minaudière, $197 6. MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, $15 7. DV by Dolce Vita Ferris, $99
LOOK 2: 1. Topshop Floaty Sleeve Sequin Crop Top, $112 2. By Chance Stella Track Pants with Suede Trim, $220 3. Halogen Patent Leather Clutch, $78 4. J.Crew Fringed Jewel Statement Necklace, $325 5. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore, $22 6. French Connection Ellis, $130
LOOK 3: 1. Rachel Zoe ‘Antonia’ Leather Dress, $595 2. Oasis Natural Twisty Faux Fur Jacket, $92 (on sale!) 3. BaubleBar Crystal Feather Bib Necklace, $58 4. J.Crew Strappy Mirror Metallic Pumps, $278 5. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition ‘Old Hollywood’ Nail Polish, $18 6. Club Monaco Abby Clutch, $149.50

And just like that, 2013 has come and gone. Can you believe it? New Year’s Eve is just a few short days away.
In Minneapolis, New Year’s Eve is always a bit of a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I love any and every excuse to dress up in as much sparkle as possible, but when it’s 20 degrees below zero (and I’m not exaggerating – the temperature is predicted to be a brisk -13 this New Year’s Eve) it literally becomes a matter of life or death with what I decide to wear on NYE.
Anyways, if I lived in a perfect world, I would definitely be rocking one of these three outfits above this New Year’s Eve. You can’t go wrong with a jumpsuit, some sparkle, or leather and fur, am I right?

What are you planning to wear this New Year’s Eve?

On My Radar: Delicate Rings

delicate-and-dainty-rings 1. Miss Selfridge Diamond Shape Ring, $9 2. Gorjana Boa Ring, $60 3. Gorjana Alphabet Stackable Ring, $30 4. BaubleBar Ice Zing Ring, $28 5. Target 5pc Matte Crystals Stack Rings, $19.99 6. BaubleBar Double Cone Ring, $24 7. BaubleBar Crystal Channel Double Finger Ring, $36 8. BaubleBar Crystal Cage Ring, $32 9. Forever21 Simply Stated Twisted Ring, $3.80 10. Forever21 Love Is All You Need Midi Ring Set, $4.80 11. BaubleBar Feline Triad Ring, $26 12. Jules Smith Edie Thin Stacking Rings, $65

So, lately I’m loving the look of delicate rings. Whether worn by themselves, or in a stack, I love the edge it adds to any outfit. It’s also a great way to glam up that fresh mani you just got.
My inspiration for this latest craving of mine started when I saw top trend-setting bloggers like Blair from Atlantic-Pacific (see example here) and Aimee from Song of Style (example in this post) rocking more than a few rings on their fingers.
At the top of my list from my round up is #3 (K for Kira, duh), #7 (I love the unexpected factor a double ring adds), and #11 (because who doesn’t need a ring with cat ears?!).

Thanksgiving-Ready Frocks

festive-frocks 1. Dolce Vita Cassi Dress, $220 2. Topshop Heart Jacquard Tea Dress, $80 3. Pim + Larkin Lace Shift, $149 4. Oasis Tyler 3/4 Sleeve Dress, $105 5. LOFT Collared Cotton Tea Dress, $79.50 6. Mango Contrast Sleeve Shift Dress, $79.99 7. ModCloth Shimmer and Shine Dress, $64.99 8. Warehouse Jacquard Zip Yoke Sweat Dress, $80 9. Warehouse Animal Jacquard Wrap Front Dress, $85

With Thanksgiving just three days away (can you BELIEVE it?!) it’s time to start thinking about what to wear. I don’t think I’m alone when I say every Thanksgiving I become the victim of an overstuffed belly, so I like to wear something with a little give.
In my opinion, wearing a dress is the most effortless way to be as comfortable as possible with those expanding bellies, but still look polished.

What are you wearing for Thanksgiving this year?

Weekly Wish List: Fall Edge

weekly-wish-list 1. True Religion Casey Camo Skinny Jeans, $178 2. Vita Fede Mini Titan Two Tone Bracelet, $240 3. Juicy Couture Leopard Mitt Gloves, $98 4. J.Crew Bib Necklace Sweatshirt, $98 5. Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Eye with Lapis Necklace, $220 6. Lauren Merkin Mini Marlow, $325 7. J.Crew Collection Studded Penny Loafers, $350 8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Front Legging, $99.50 9. J.Crew Dean Midshaft Boots, $278 10. Sequin Rhinestone Link Bracelet, $75 11. Topshop 90’s Round Insert Sunglasses, $32

As I was browsing the Internets finding item after item I wanted to add to this edition of my weekly wish list, I found myself very attracted to the edgy pieces that are being shown everywhere this fall.
I am dying to add camo to my closet ASAP, so the True Religion camo skinnies caught my eye. At the top of my list, however, are the Juicy Couture leopard gloves with the leather detail. I mean…I die. I’m thinking those need to be added to my Christmas list this year.

P.S. Speaking of Christmas, I have started a holiday gift guide board on my Pinterest page with tons of ideas for everyone on your list this year. I listed the price in the caption of every item to make it even easier for y’all – and don’t worry, I have included gifts for all budgets! Be sure to follow my board if you have a Pinterest account (or bookmark it if you don’t) because I will be updating it with new gift ideas all holiday season! So if you’re feeling stumped or unmotivated about Christmas shopping, look no further –

Fall Sweater Guide

fall-sweaters 1. Madewell Softfleck Sweater, $88 2. Pim + Larkin Cashmere Blend Novelty Sweater, $98 3. Dorothy Perkins Blush Leopard Print Jumper, $45 4. Dorothy Perkins Navy Hen Motif Jumper, $39 5. Mango Jacquard Sleeve Metallic Sweater, $79.99 6. Splendid Cashmere Blend Stripe Blocked Sweater, $168 7. BB Dakota Camo Sweater, $88 8. Mango Beaded Mohair Wool-Blend Sweater, $79.99 9. Forever21 Must-Have Mixed Knit Sweater, $22.80

Is there anything better than sweater weather? I think not. This fall, as is tradition, sweaters of all shapes, sizes, colors and textures are being seen everywhere.
Above I have rounded up some of my favorite trends of the season; from camo, to metallics to animal prints to even a sequin hen, I simply must have them all.

What sweaters are you looking to add to your wardrobe this fall?

Fall Beauty Must Haves

fall-beauty-must-haves 1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain, $34 2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator, $42 3. Claudio Riaz Instant Face Set, $86 4. Lipstick Queen Lip Liner Red, $18 5. NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Fairy’s Kiss, $45 6. Make Skin Illuminating Primer, $34 7. Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Black Pearl, $18 8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Moderncraft Lip Tar Collection in Black Metal Dahlia, $18 9. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in 24 Karat, $28 10. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner in Dark Chocolate Ink, $23 11. Smashbox Photo Matte Anti-Shine Primer, $25

Happy Fall, y’all!
From vampy, berry lips, to dramatic cat eyes, to matte skin, to metallic nail hues, to subtle smokey eyes, these beauty products are just some of the many I would love to add to my makeup bag to keep up with this fall’s beauty trends.
At the top of my list is the Claudio Riaz Instant Face Set. While the price is steep, I feel like it is a product worth investing in. I don’t know about any of you, but, it seems like I only have 50% of the makeup on my face at the end of the day that I had at the beginning of the day. Perhaps this product is the answer to that problem.

What beauty products are you looking to add to your makeup bag this fall?

Steal Her Style: Miranda Kerr

steal-her-look 1. J.Crew Collection Icon Trench, $298 2. MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick, $15 3. Dorothy Perkins Stripe Leather Look Side Tee, $17 (on sale!) 4. Current/Elliot The Ankle Skinny, $228 5. Urban Outfitters Kate Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $14 6. Nine West Sossi Flats, $79 7. ASOS Leather Scallop Edge Shopper, $126.57

This look from Miranda Kerr is the perfect casual weekend look, and is SO easy to throw together. Simply pair a basic striped tee with some distressed denim and a pair of leopard flats and throw a chic trench over it and you have yourself a perfect late summer-into-fall outfit.

The Color of Fall: Shades of Blue

fall-blue 1. Zara Jacquard Pattern Blazer, $119 2. Tinley Road Lila Bag, $16.97 3. Madewell Silk Pleated Shirtdress, $119 4. BaubleBar Blue Bellflower Collar, $36 5. Schutz Slate Heels, $230 6. River Island Ron Loafer Blue Shoes, $47.52 7. Mango Printed Slim-Fit Trousers, $79.99 8. J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton, $79.99 9. Forever 21 Essential Chiffon Shirt, $17.80 10. Stella & Dot Turquoise & Purple Stone Chandelier Earrings, $69 11. Sole Society Colorblock Sandals, $49.95 12. Zara Cowl Rib-Knit Sweater, $79.90 13. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch, $185 14. Butter London Nail Polish in Giddy Kipper, $15 15. Rebecca Minkoff Kerry Pouch, $95

The runways have spoken! This fall, it is all about shades of blue. Particularly relevant on the fall runways are navy and cobalt.
The nice thing about navy is that it is considered a neutral, so it can be worn with basically anything. Cobalt is a bit more difficult to pair things with, considering it is such a bright pop of color. In my opinion, it is all about contrast – if you’re going to go with a neutral navy piece, contrast that with a bright, crisp color. On the other hand, if you go for a bright cobalt piece, contrast it with a more subtle, neutral piece.
Whichever shade of blue is your favorite, be sure to add some blue to your wardrobe this fall!

P.S. My banner at the top of my blog has been M.I.A. for like two weeks now, and I have no idea where it went :( does anyone know how to fix it?! I’m thinking I may just have to invest in a new blog layout soon to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of my blog coming up in just a few short weeks… :)

Work-to-Weekend Blouses

work-2-weekend-blouses 1. Oasis Cutout Detail Shell Top, $62 2. Chinti and Parker Oversized Polka-Dot Cotton Shirt, $75 3. Topshop Pleat Sleeve Detail Tee, $68 4. Equipment Daddy Cutout Washed-Silk Shirt, $110 5. ModCloth Bask in the Grass Top, $47.99 6. Oasis Snakeskin Dip Hem Top, $55 7. Dorothy Perkins Blush Tipped Placket Shirt, $49 8. J.Crew Silk Ruffle Top, $110

I always say that one of the keys to a timeless wardrobe is strong basics. And in my opinion, one of the biggest staples a girl can have in her wardrobe is a versatile blouse (or several). There are so many different ways to style a blouse, whether you want to dress it up with a pencil skirt or a blazer, or dress it down with skinny jeans and flats, the possibilities are endless.
These 8 blouses above are just a few that I would love to add to my closet as I begin to attempt to establish a more professional wardrobe.

What is your favorite way to style a blouse?