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?

On My Radar: Bottoms

bottoms 1. Calypso St. Barth Joleen Maxi Skirt, $250 2. ModCloth Source of Sweetness Skirt, $42.99 3. No. 21 Contrast Floral Pattern Shorts, $187.85 4. J.Crew Pleated Short in Seersucker, $69.50 5. Topshop Organza Stripe Skirt, $96 6. Zara Printed Pencil Skirt, $59.90 7. Zara Cropped Jacquard Pattern Trousers, $59.90 8. Tory Burch Isadora Short, $175 9. Windsor Ivory/Black Trial Pants, $32.90

HELLO everyone!!! After a month hiatus, I am finally back. I apologize for my absence, I have just had a very crazy and hectic last few weeks between moving out of Iowa, bringing all my stuff up to Minneapolis, family and friends visiting out on the Cape, and working. However, I have some exciting news…I officially signed a lease for an apartment in Minneapolis, so after Labor Day I will be moving in with two of my good friends from high school. So I am excited to finally be living back in Minneapolis for the first time in awhile.
Anyways, today on the blog is all about bottoms. I have come to realize that my closet is extremely top heavy…meaning I have a lot more tops than bottoms. So, in an effort to focus on balancing out my wardrobe, I am sharing some of the ideal bottoms I would love to have in my wardrobe.

What do you need more of in your wardrobe?

Beach Weekend Essentials

beach-essentials 1. Sabine Three Tier Link Necklace, $38 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses, $110 3. San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Wide Brim Fedora, $58 4. Sanctuary Belted Mosaic Maxi Dress, $148 5. Mar Y Sol Caracas Double Stripe Sisal Tote, $109 6. Melissa Odabash Capri Bandeau Bikini, $180 7. C.Wonder Knotted Bangle Set, $48 8. NARS Lipstick in Casablanca, $26 9. Vix Pipa Broderie Anglaise Woven Kaftan, $180 10. Seychelles Change of Pace, $79 11. Vince Camuto Fynn Flip Flops, $59

Spending the summer on the Cape has my beach fever in full swing. I have seen so many adorable airy maxi dresses and tunics around these parts and I want every single one! Also, the amount of adorable beach bags being shown this season has my heart a flutter. To top it all off (and, to cover up the sandy beach hair) simply throw on a chic fedora or floppy hat and some oversized sunnies.
If you are planning any kind of beach getaway sometime soon, these are some of the things you should pack in your bag. Take it from me, a newly self-proclaimed beach aficionado ;)

Weekly Wish List: Sun Kissed

weekly-wish-list 1. Kate Spade Saturday Half-Circle Backpack in Small Squares, $130 | 2. Modcloth The Pose Garden Sandal, $32.99 | 3. t+j designs Gold Crystal Accent Bracelet, $28 | 4. Club Monaco Aleta Jumper, $198.50 | 5. MOTO Light Blue Boyfriend Jeans, $84 | 6. BaubleBar Pastel Ziegfeld Necklace, $36 | 7. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color SPF 15 in Rose Dahlia, $34 | 8. Zara Floral Print T-Shirt, $35.90 | 9. ASOS Mini Tote Bag with Tassel Detail, $42.43 | 10. Tory Burch Pearl Embroidered Linen Tunic, $295 | 11. Sandy Hyun Deco Hinge Bracelet, $88 | 12. Topshop Rebel Clean 2 Part Sandals, $96 | 13. Polette Eyewear Lady Brown Sunglasses, $12.99 | 14. Loren Hope Gwyneth Necklace, $165 | 15. Furbish Sampling Necklace, $36 | 16. Topshop Crochet Top, $45 | 17. ASOS Leather Contrast Weave Clutch Bag, $59.40

I can’t think of a better way to ring in summer than fun, edgy accessories, bold lips, airy tunics, and oversized sunnies, just to name a few.

Summer Nail Polish Picks

summer-nail-picks 1. Lancome Vernis in Love in Sugar Rose, $15 | 2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Dilettan, $20 | 3. NARS Nail Polish in Orgasm, $18 | 4. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Milf, $17 | 5. Julep Nail Vernis in Taylor, $14 | 6. Dior Vernis Color Block Nail Lacquer in Plaza, $24 | 7. JINsoon Nail Lacquer in French Lilac, $18 | 8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Lara’s Theme, $17 | 9. Essie Hip-Anema, $7.79

Summer time means sandal season, which means it is essential to have your toenails painted at all times. If there’s one thing that makes me cringe, it’s seeing bare, discolored toenails. Paint those babies with a hot shade of pink or red!
As far as fingernails, pretty much anything goes for color. But if you want my opinion, the brighter the color the better during the summer. My favorite color of my picks above is from the up-and-coming brand JINsoon – how fab is that shade of purple?! I’m totally swooning.

What is your go-to summer nail color(s)?

Day-to-Night Summer Outfits

summer-outfits Look 1: 1. Dolce Vita Robyn Dress, $143 2. BaubleBar Gold Stud Pyramid Pendant, $26 3. Annabel Ingall Jojo Cross Body Bag, $299 4. Madewell Drifter Sunglasses, $49.50 5. BaubleBar Sky Gold Prong Bracelet, $28 6. BaubleBar Rose Gold Bow Bangle, $20 7. BaubleBar Gold Sun Cap Cuff, $26 8. Yosi Samra Flip Flops, $55

Look 2: 1. J.Crew Embroidered Gauze Top, $88 2. OTTE Cargo Shorts, $108 3. Kate Spade New York Gramercy Mini Watch, $250 4. Jules Smith Edie Thin Stacking Rings, $65 5. Illesteva Leonard Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $130 6. ASOS Leather Contrast Weave Clutch Bag, $59.40 7. Zara Mid-Heel Sandals, $49.90

Look 3: 1. Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Ferrous Wash, $69.50 2. Dorothy Perkins Yellow and White Stripe Skirt, $39 3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Supermodel, $17 4. BaubleBar Pave Crescent Bangle, $32 5. J.Crew Crystal Feather Necklace, $58 6. Zara Silk Satin Ankle Strap Sandals, $39.90

These 3 outfits can easily be worn during the day for running errands or on a lunch date, or at night while grabbing drinks with some friends. Whether you prefer a flawy maxi dress, an airy gauze top with fun printed shorts and strappy sandals, or a more girly approach with a chambray button down and a summer skirt, there is an outfit for everyone.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Two more days until the weekend!