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Classic Fall Staples Every Woman Should Own

October 18, 2017

Categories: Fashion

classic fall staples

ONE – Hermès Watch.  TWO – Gold Ball Earrings.  THREE – Oversized Cable Knit Sweater.  FOUR – Wool Hat.  FIVE – Chanel Gabrielle Perfume.  SIX – Quilted Vest.  SEVEN – Shearling Gloves.  EIGHT – Barbour Waxed Cotton Jacket.  NINE – Trench Coat.  TEN – Neutral Scarf.  ELEVEN – Houndstooth Pencil Skirt.  TWELVE – Riding Boots.  THIRTEEN – Hunter Wellies.  FOURTEEN – Leather Tote Bag.

As style icons like Jackie Onassis Kennedy and the Duchess of Cambridge prove, classic style never goes out of style. (Which is great because if you’re curating your closet around a few staple investment pieces, you want them to stand the test of time!) As you can probably tell, classic style is my favorite. In order to keep it fresh, I employ an 80/20 rule I explain in this blog post.

“But isn’t this style for basic bitches?” you might ask. Not hardly. Ensuring your closet is stocked with a few key pieces means that you’ll have go-to items to reach for when you aren’t feeling quite so creative in the fashion department or when trends aren’t as appropriate. When you see a woman who appears effortlessly stylish, it’s probably because she has built her look around a few staple pieces that fit her well and are made from great fabrics. Below, I’m sharing all the items I think make for a well-styled fall wardrobe and why you should add them to your closet. Let me know down in the comments which items you reach for again and again in the fall months!

1. A Classic Watch

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A timeless watch is an integral part of building a classic core fall wardrobe. A classic watch doesn’t have to be expensive to look good (take a look at this option under $100) but if you’re going to invest in something, this is a good place to start. You’ll have a timeless watch forever and classic styles like this only improve with time; minor scratches and distressed leather add character and make the watch look like an heirloom that has been passed down.

This Hermès Heure MM watch is the one I wear daily. I love the sleek design and the tan leather strap is beautiful; you can’t beat the quality of Hermès leather. The watch is fairly easy to maintain as it runs on a watch battery vs self-winding; my battery lasted for about two years and I just recently took it in to a local jeweler’s for a new battery and internal cleaning. This would make an exquisite holiday gift for someone!

2. Gold Ball Earrings

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When it comes to classic jewelry, the beautiful simplicity of small gold ball earrings can’t be matched. Less showy than diamond studs and less prim than pearl earrings, this style is the timeless, understated sister. But don’t let the word “understated” fool you – when these shiny gold babies catch a hint of light they definitely make a statement.

I love the textured style of these 18K gold plated earrings. They come in rose gold and silver as well. These are the “go with everything” earrings you’ll find yourself wearing again and again.

3. An Oversized Cable Knit Sweater

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This cozy wool sweater with a hint of downy-soft cashmere conjures images of fireside conversations in log cabins and walks through the leaf-strewn woods on brisk November mornings. An oversized cable knit sweater like this is a key piece in any woman’s wardrobe; it looks beautiful layered under scarves, vests, and jackets. On the bottom? Pair it with slimming faux leather leggings or sleek, dark denim.

A sweater in a beautiful blend of materials is an investment, but you’ll notice that if you spend a little money on one it will breathe better, hang better on your body, and will stand the test of time. Noticing those annoying little pills on top of the knit? Every woman also needs this sweater shaver in their life – I use mine all the time and it has saved many a sweater from hitting the Goodwill pile

4. A Wool Fedora Hat

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I love a great fedora hat because it looks equally chic on the streets of Manhattan as it does at a hunting lodge. A classic hat like this one just polishes off your look and adds a timeless touch. Whenever I feel an outfit is lacking or I’m just not feeling great, I add a hat and it instantly injects a bit of style into my outfit.

The hat I included in the collage above is by one of my favorite hat designers, Janessa Leone. I own a few Janessa Leone hats and I wear them year after year, always receiving compliments on them when I do. This one is in a gorgeous wool, making it perfect for fall and winter. I love the gorgeous navy color as it’s one that will flatter nearly every skin tone and won’t go out of style.

5. A Warm, Classic Fragrance

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When your skin warms, any fragrance you’re wearing is magnified. In the summer, it’s best to wear light, crisp fragrances since warm temps are at an all-time high and our skin may be sweating. But… Come fall and winter, we get to bring out all the intense, sexy fragrances since cool temps will ensure our fragrance doesn’t knock anyone over! A warm, classic fragrance is a essential addition to your fall wardrobe.

It’s no secret I love Chanel fragrances – you can read about some of my favorite fragrances in this blog post. And their latest perfume, Gabrielle, is no exception. It’s classic femininity mixed with a hint of sexy in a beautiful crystal bottle, bursting with sophisticated floral notes like jasmine, orange blossom, Grasse tuberose, and ylang-ylang. Think feminine with a hint of spice!

6. A Quilted Down Vest

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Quilted down vests are made for layering and layering gives a rich, complex look to any outfit. I have quilted vests in neutral colors like navy and black and find myself wearing them all the time. They look great with sweaters, turtlenecks, and even plaid flannel shirts for a more casual look.

I chose to include a vest from J.Crew because I find their vests to be the most flattering on the body and I love the hardware snaps on the front pockets. This navy quilted vest will be one you reach for again and again during the chilly months to come!

7. A Pair of Cozy Leather Gloves

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As a child, I used to despise wearing gloves for some odd reason. I would allow my poor hands to become dry and chapped as the winds whipped them day after day but I refused to put on gloves!

While most of us are no longer that weird neglectful, gloves are a necessary accessory that is often overlooked. But it’s undeniable that a great pair of leather gloves adds a polished quality to fall and winter looks. Made of shearling and soft leather, this pair of gloves is beautifully made and will protect your pretty little paws season after season.

8. A Waxed Cotton Jacket

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It doesn’t get much more classic than a waxed cotton jacket. This gorgeous olive green version is lined with plaid fabric and is the British classic brand Barbour’s most popular style. Fending off misty mornings, rainy afternoons, and snowy days, these jackets are an investment piece you will have for years to come. You can even send them in to Barbour to be re-coated if the wax begins to wear off years down the road.

Order yours with a bit of room because these jackets are wonderful to layer. I pile on a thick sweater, a cozy scarf, and I can’t even feel the wind. This will become your favorite jacket!

9. A Classic Trench Coat

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Would Breakfast at Tiffany’s be the same without Audrey Hepburn wearing her iconic trench coat? I don’t think so. There’s a reason these classic coats have withstood the test of time; they’re effortless, flattering, and instantly bring a touch of sophistication to any outfit. This one is about as classic as they come.

Whether you’re wearing your trench belted over a chic black cocktail dress or hanging over your shoulders as you travel, you’ll realize how quickly it will become an integral part of your wardrobe.

10. A Neutral Patterned Scarf

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Neutral tones elevate your look and make it appear uniform and luxe. A beautiful scarf in neutral tones like this one is an essential accessory for fall looks. It will look incredibly chic wrapped around and tucked into a trench coat.

Need some idea on how to tie yours? Take a peek at my favorite scarf-tying video here.

11. A Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

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I love the soothing continuity of a traditional houndstooth print. It looks even better on a cozy thick fabric in a classic style like a blazer or a pencil skirt like this one. I find myself reaching for a pencil skirt over and over again in the fall. They are perfect pieces for when you’re unsure of the dress code or for when you need something that’s a bit more polished than casual. I pair mine with sweaters, turtlenecks, tights when the weather cools, and even riding boots.

12. A Pair of Riding Boots

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Riding boots might be my most-worn classic wardrobe item. I wear my riding boots with everything – sweaters and jeans and even paired with dresses and skirts over opaque tights. This pair is a classic riding boot but the subtly distressed details make the boots seem like something that’s been passed down from a relative.

I chose to include this pair of boots because they are from my favorite boot brand. Their boots have classic inspiration, but little details that keep them fresh and up to date. My boots from them have lasted for years and they are neither too dressy or too casual; they are the most wearable boots you’ll ever own. This style also comes in a wide calf version.

13. A Pair of Hunter Wellies

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If riding boots are my most-worn classic wardrobe item, then wellies are my second most-worn classic wardrobe item. I remember falling in love with the classic green and navy wellies I saw all over London as a little girl. They repel rain and snow, but let’s be honest… We love them because they make us feel like a countryside version of Duchess Catherine.

While I can’t resist a pair of tall wellies in green or navy, I’ve found I wear this short black pair much more in a city. They look great with a pair of cozy socks just peeking above the top and they are so comfortable.

14. A Leather Tote Bag

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Last but not least, every woman should have a classic leather tote bag. They look beautiful in the fall against cozy fabrics like tweed, plaid, and houndstooth.

I’ve been eyeing this version for months – I love the simplistic styling and the vintage vibe. It’s perfect for toting around a laptop, a book or two, and maybe even a tumbler of your favorite pumpkin-flavored drink.

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Army Jacket and Gold Lace Midi Skirt

October 16, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Tassel Earrings.  Velvet Cami.  Army Jacket (Bookmark and Keep Checking – They Restock Often).  Similar Jacket.  Similar Belt.  Similar Vintage Chanel Belt.  Gold Lace Skirt.  Chloé Nile Bag in Black.  Chloé Nile Bag in Gold.  Black + Tan Velvet Prada Shoes.  Red + Blue Velvet Prada Shoes.  Green + Black Velvet Prada Shoes.  Burgundy Velvet Prada Shoes.

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The idea for this outfit popped into my head once upon a sleep-deprived night. I’ve long been a fan of midi-length skirts with their flattering, ladylike silhouette and the latest crop of metallic midi skirts up the glam factor just a bit. Another trend I’m loving is actually a classic I often see popping up, season after season – the army jacket. And I thought, why not combine the two? The masculine army jacket toughens up this metallic lace skirt and a belted waist keeps the feminine silhouette defined. And all the texture – my favorite aspect of fall fashion. Velvet, leather, lace, distressed cotton, and metal hardware combine to create an updated take on fairytale princess inspo.

The jacket I’m wearing is one I’ve been wearing constantly lately; it’s roomy enough to layer over sweaters as well. It’s currently only available in two sizes but if your size is sold out, bookmark the page and keep checking back; they seem to restock this jacket consistently. I also like this similar version.

This metallic gold skirt is made for fall events and holiday parties. Pair it with a fitted turtleneck sweater or a blush pink ballet sweater and velvet strappy heels.

Fit Details:  Jacket runs true to size and is roomy enough to wear over sweaters. Cami runs true to size but is designed to be fitted; order one size up if you’d like yours a bit more roomy. Skirt runs small; order one size up. I love these velvet shoes and have worn them for over a year now. I found multicolored ones in black/tan, red/blue, and green/black. I really love this solid burgundy pair as well.

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Travel Cosmetics

October 11, 2017

Categories: Beauty

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Makeup Bag.  Facial Cleansing Cloths.  Tinted SPF Moisturizer.  Blush + Bronzer Palette.  Sunscreen Powder.  Cream Eyeshadow.  Mascara.  Tinted Lip Balm.  Lip Crayon.  Extraordinary Oil.  Roll-On Perfume.

Previous Travel Makeup Post.

Switzerland, 2010. I stared at my father blankly as he laid a tiny hard-sided suitcase at my feet. “What am I supposed to do with that?” I asked, taking a second glance at a weekend’s worth of clothes, shoes, accessories, and beauty products piled on my bed. “Make it work!” he said with a smile and more than a hint of sarcasm. (There is a rather large difference between the way a businessman and a blogger pack for a weekend away.) Twelve hours later, we were on a small plane to London with his minuscule suitcases tucked under the seats in front of us. But despite my initial irritation, I look back at this as one of my best travel lessons.

It was easier and more efficient to travel with a small carryon. Check-in was a breeze and there were no lost bags. We easily brought our suitcases into the cab and I had no excuses for too much shopping. (Looking back, the shopping factor may have been Dad’s idea all along. Brilliant, he is.) I learned how to use a hotel hairdryer and minimal makeup to achieve a still-chic beauty look. And I realized that at least 75% of my travel annoyances come from lugging around and dealing with massive suitcases. While I can’t always travel with a carryon, I’ve implemented many lessons from those trips with my parents when I pack now.

Whether you’re packing in a carryon only or you’re just trying to reduce the weight of your suitcase (for more shopping, duh) a great place to start is with your cosmetics. Today I’m sharing what I keep in my chic little cosmetic bag when I really want to pare down my beauty essentials. If you like this post, you might also like my previous post on the best travel makeup here.

1. Facial Cleansing Cloths

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Finally someone designed individually packaged cleansing cloths, perfect for tucking into your gym bag or suitcase. Since moving to dry Denver, my skin has become really sensitive to many cosmetic products and Biossance is one of the only brands I know won’t cause me to break out. The cloths are alcohol-free and biodegradable, plus they contain squalane; a super-moisturizing ingredient that moisturizes and hydrates. They gently remove makeup and cleanse the skin while conditioning brows and lashes. Need a bit more makeup-removing power? Add one drop of the Extraordinary Oil to a cloth and gently remove long-lasting lipstick or stubborn eyeliner.

2. Tinted SPF Moisturizer

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A girlfriend told me about this lovely little tinted moisturizer and it didn’t take me long to realize why she raved about it so often. This creamy moisturizer-meets-sunscreen is hydrating but not greasy and can even be layered for a bit more coverage. It blends flawlessly for a smooth coverage unlike I’ve ever seen from a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen. It’s water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, but is easily removed with a cleansing cloth. Best of all, it contains technology that protects cells and DNA and helps inhibit enzyme activity – the causes of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Talk about a miracle cream.

3. Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter Palette

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This three-in-one palette contains blush, bronzer, and highlighter. The products have such a pretty peachy-pink tone to them; they can create a beautifully natural makeup look or accent a hint of tan perfectly. When I travel, I like taking this palette along with me because it’s just so versatile. I can use it for blush, eyeshadow, bronzer, highlight, contour… And it’s all in one small package.

4. Brush-On Sunscreen Powder

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When someone very close to me was diagnosed with melanoma last year, it forever changed the way I thought about protecting my skin. My family is fair-skinned (Welsh, Swiss) but we tan easily and rarely burn (French, Native American). I always thought that this ability to tan protected us from developing skin cancer. It doesn’t. Now I prefer to keep myself pale as a ghost and get spray tans from Glamour Bar Denver. On top of that, I utilize every SPF I can get my hands on. This Brush-On Sunscreen Powder has become a favorite of mine because it’s easy to work into my routine and allows me to do touch-ups on the go. I dust this on over my makeup, on my ears, and down onto my neck and chest; I know someone who keeps an extra in her car and dusts it onto her hands while she’s driving. I’m currently using the SPF 30 Matte in Medium, but there is also an SPF 50 version available. Between my Tinted SPF Moisturizer and this Brush-On Sunscreen Powder I have a nice layer of protection against the sun.

5. Cream Eyeshadow in “Marie Antoinette”

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If you haven’t discovered the magic that is Charlotte Tilbury, prepare yourself. You are about to become an addict. On my list of essential travel cosmetics is her shimmering metallic cream eyeshadow in “Marie Antoinette”. It’s easy to apply with your finger – no brush necessary – and can be layered to create a more dramatic evening look. Dab a little on for a shimmer of warm taupe in the daytime and blend layers for a rich, slightly smoky nighttime look. Product tends to move around on my eyelids, but this cream eyeshadow stays better than any other I’ve tried. If you happen to notice any creasing, just use your finger to blend it out and refresh.

6. Volume Mascara

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I currently am addicted to have lash extensions from Glamour Bar Denver (mention my blog for $50 off yours) so I usually only apply a little mascara on my bottom lashes. But… I had to mention this incredible mascara because it is my all-time favorite. It thickens and lengthens lashes, creating a glamorous look with lots of volume. I don’t even need to use eyeliner when I use this mascara because it makes my lashes look gorgeous. If you like a more natural lash look, you can brush the mascara out with a small lash brush and it will separate lashes nicely; I like to pack a few of these disposable lash/brow brushes in my cosmetic bag when I travel.

7. Tinted Lip Balm

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This pretty little lip balm makes for a lovely gift, but it’s also always in my cosmetic bag. It gives just a hint of rosy-pink color to lips while hydrating and softening with shea butter, aloe, and beeswax. (It also smells beautiful with notes of blood orange, rose, and white vetiver.) It’s on my essential list for travel because there is nothing worse than traveling to a different climate and ending up with cracked, dry lips. This tinted lip balm is gentle enough to apply before bed and wear during the day.

8. Lip Crayon in “Rose Violine”

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A beautiful rosy-pink lip crayon that gives a gorgeous kiss of color to lips. It glides on creamy and smooth and has a satin texture with plenty of color without being so pigmented that I need a lip pencil; it’s incredibly easy to touch up on the go. I like applying this in the evening with just a touch of the tinted lip balm in the center of my bottom lip to create the illusion of plumper lips, but the color doesn’t look out of place during the day if you want a bit of color.

9. Extraordinary Oil

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The most does-it-all product on my list. A nourishing and gently fragrant blend of sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, sunflower seed, and evening primrose. French women have realized the importance of beauty oils for ages, but I’m grateful I discovered this one a year ago. When I travel, I use this product for so many things I had to make a list for you to keep track of them. It’s one of the main reasons I’ve been able to pare down my travel products to this small cosmetic bag.

  • Shave Oil:  Blend a few drops of oil with a bit of hotel body wash to create a silky shave oil.
  • Hair Oil:  Rub a few drops of oil between your hands to warm and glide over the ends of damp hair (dry works too) to moisturize dry ends.
  • Under-Eye Oil:  Pat a drop of oil into the under-eye area to take the place of eye cream.
  • Moisturizer:  Skin feeling dry or chapped? Rub a couple drops of oil between your hands to warm and massage all over your face for an extra dose of moisture. (This is great to do at night!)
  • Creamy Body Lotion:  Blend a few drops of oil into hotel body lotion to boost the hydration factor.
  • Makeup Remover:  Stubborn makeup? Gently massage a couple drops of oil onto eye makeup or lip makeup, let sit for a minute, then use a warm face cloth or cleansing cloth to remove.
  • Night Cream:  Before bed, rub several drops of oil into dry cuticles, hands, elbows, and feet. Allow the moisture to soak in overnight and wake up with nourished, soft skin.

10. Roll-On Perfume

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I’m addicted to this one; a subtly sexy combination of black tea and exotic florals like orange blossom, cassis, and hibiscus. I’ve never smelled any fragrance quite like this and I always receive compliments when I wear it. It’s long-lasting, but the easy roll-on formula is easy to take on the go if you want a touch up throughout the day. And if you love it as much as I do, there’s a candle and a room spray in the same fragrance that have been my go-to gifts to give.

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Fall Office Wear: Lace Blouse and Plaid Ruffle Skirt

October 10, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Lace Ruffle Top – Comes in Black and Cream.  Plus Size Lace Ruffle Top.  Plaid Skirt.  Suede Loafer Pump – Comes in Black and Taupe.  Louis Vuitton Cinéma Intrigue Bag – Fall 2010 Runway (Pre-Owned in Gray Here and Here.)

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Miranda L. Sober Photography.

I’m often asked about professional looks and office wear. As most of you know, I work from home (most often in leggings or jeans) and reside in Denver, Colorado – a place where yoga pants at lunch meetings are commonplace and heels on the street are a bit of a rarity. However, when I did work in an office I still loved fashion and applied the same guidelines to styling my office attire that I do to my personal style now. That guideline is the 80/20 rule and I’m going to share how it helps me choose my looks and decide what pieces to purchase.

love classic style; whenever I invest in a piece of clothing or a designer accessory I ask myself if I will be able to wear it in five or ten years. Yes? Then the item is likely a classic that will aid me in curating a collection of investment pieces. No? Then the item is a trend that will soon fade and I’m better off choosing a less expensive version I won’t feel guilty about donating or consigning in a year or two.  At the same time, I don’t want to dress all in classics with no updates (my style would never change throughout my life) and I don’t want to dress like a walking billboard for this season’s trends (bring on the cringeworthy photos years from now). So I apply the 80/20 rule to help infuse a hint of trend into my overall classic style.

When I’m styling a look, I go for about 75-80% classic pieces or styles and about 20-25% trendy pieces or accessories and this method is what I suggest for styling office wear that doesn’t feel dull or stagnant. For example, the overall feel of this look is classic; cream lace, a plaid skirt, doctor’s bag, and loafer pumps. But I’ve incorporated a small amount of trends; the ruffle blouse, the asymmetrical skirt hem, and the pearl details on the loafer pumps. These fresh and more fashion-forward details keep the look from feeling boring while still allowing it to remain office appropriate. If you feel your office is too traditional for 20% start with one item; eyeglasses in a bright color, a graphic print scarf around your neck, or suede pumps instead of your usual leather ones.

Since the pieces have these trendy details, I kept both the blouse and skirt under $100. The suede loafer pump is quite classic and reminds me of a shoe from the 1960’s but the pearl detail and similarity to the popular Gucci Marmont loafer pumps make me think this is a style that won’t last for years; the version I’m wearing is a steal at $148 compared to the $900 Guccis. The doctor’s bag I’m carrying is one I’ve had for seven years now. It was an investment, but it goes to show that classic pieces like this will never look dated. You can still find this bag on consignment sites like Luxury Garage Sale or Trendlee. Pair it with a simple tweed dress and your whole look will appear elevated and rich.

Fit Details:  Blouse runs true to size. Not into lace? Try this affordable blouse for a more sleek look. Skirt runs true to size measurements; go down a size if you’re in between measurements. Shoes run true to size; go up one size if you’re in between sizes.

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Velvet Victorian Blouse and Comfy Denim

October 7, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Victorian Blouse.  Black Jeans.  Chloé Nile Bag in Black.  Chloé Nile Bag in Rose Gold.  Chanel Belt and Shoes.  Similar Loafers.

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Miranda L. Sober Photography.

This beautiful blouse incorporates two of my favorite trends for Fall 2017… Victorian and velvet. Together, they create sumptuous texture and an incredibly feminine silhouette that makes a statement. To keep the look slimming and appropriate for evening, I added a pair of stretchy black jeans and a velvet loafer. A pop of saddle brown (I love the idea of a rich metallic too) add interest to an otherwise all-black look.

Fit Details:  Top runs true to size; it is designed to be worn loose and flowy and is quite comfortable. Jeans run true to size as well. They will appear small when they arrive – don’t worry! I didn’t believe everyone when they talked about how flattering, stretchy, and comfortable this denim brand is, but as soon as I put this pair of jeans on I completely understood. The jeans feel more like leggings in terms of comfort, but they slim the leg like a great pair of denim.

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Apple Watch Review

September 26, 2017

Categories: Lifestyle

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Apple Watch 38mm Pink Sand Strap.  Apple Watch Black Leather Classic Strap (ON SALE).  Apple Watch Charging Dock.

Wearing:  Denim Jacket.  Workout Tank (ON SALE).  Ivy Park Sweatpants (The BEST You Will Ever Wear!)  Gray Phone Crossbody Bag.  White Birkenstocks.

“It’s the ugliest watch I’ve ever seen… Who would wear that?!” My exact words after Apple launched its much-discussed Apple Watch a few years ago. I found its sleek, glass design to be unattractive and lacking any creativity whatsoever, especially when it comes to the strap selections. And then I attended a wedding at which many of my friends were wearing the Apple Watch. My criticisms of the watch’s outward appearance quickly disappeared when I saw exactly how functional it is.

These women were answering phone calls via their wrist, simultaneously wrangling children and bridesmaid dresses. One was touching up her makeup and with just a word to her wrist she sent a message to her husband, letting him know it was time to pick up all her primping items from the bridal suite. Another was requesting an Uber from her wrist, her arms full of wedding gifts. They seemed like Wonder Women with their watches and suddenly the watch’s stark design didn’t seem quite so bad after all as I fumbled around with my phone in hand.

Since you’ve been seeing my watch in my Instagram Stories, many of you have been asking me about it… What I like, what I don’t, and what apps I use. In this post I’m breaking down all the details for you!

The Basics

I have the Apple Watch Series 2 38mm in Rose Gold. This is the smaller size and I love it as the larger 42mm seemed to take up my entire wrist and appeared more masculine. However, if you prefer oversized watches and are used to wearing one you would probably be happy with the larger 42mm size. I am linking the new Series 3 watch that recently launched September 22nd in this post because the Series 2 is no longer available via Apple and is not currently shipping from Target either. (Plus, if you’re going to get one, might as well have the one with the latest bells and whistles, right?!)

I wear the size S/M Pink Sand strap. My wrist is about 6″ around and I could also wear the size M/L strap, but the excess strap length hanging off looked a bit sloppy and bothered me. I understand that if you order the watch online, you get both strap sizes in the box. I prefer the Pink Sand strap for working out, doing housework, yard work, etc. I also have the Classic Black Leather strap for everyday and to pair with casual outfits.

I found that at night my watch often slid off the flimsy charger that comes with the Apple Watch. I would wake up with an uncharged watch more often than not, so I found this rose gold Belkin Charging Dock that keeps both my iPhone and Apple Watch organized and charging during the night. It looks super cute on my nightstand and now I just take the original charging cord when I travel. If you’re also a fan of the AirPods headphones like I am, I also found this pink charging station that allows you to charge all three Apple products at once.

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I got my Apple Watch in the hopes that it would improve my productivity and it has certainly done so. Since I work from home and toggle between housewife and blogger roles a large part of my time is spent doing laundry, tidying our home, doing yard work, steaming clothes for shoots, and photographing new products. I’m all over our house during the day. That used to mean I had my phone in hand in case anyone called or I needed to keep up with Instagram comments in between tasks. But the biggest difference the Apple Watch has made is eliminating the need to carry my phone with me 24/7. I can easily call, text, and see emails that come through from my watch. And with the Airpods, I don’t even have to speak into my wrist, so I can keep gardening or folding laundry during my phone call.

When I’m out, I leave my phone in my bag and use the Apple Watch to send talk-to-text messages and pick up phone calls. I use the Uber app, the Starbucks app, and the Maps app the most when I’m on the go.

Health & Fitness

I have had a love-hate relationship with working out the past two years and my Apple Watch has encouraged me to live a healthier lifestyle both mentally and physically. I never realized how much time I spend sitting at my desk until I began wearing my watch and receiving “Stand Reminders” when I have been sitting too long, working through emails and creating blog posts. A notice pops up on my screen and I take that as my hint to let the pups out, tidy up, or go run an errand or two. Instead of slouching at my computer for hours on end, my days are interspersed with activities and I feel happier and healthier overall. I can check the effectiveness of my activity throughout the day in the Activity app, which tracks calories burned, steps taken, and hours standing vs. sitting.

It can be difficult to prioritize health in a culture that romanticizes being busy and rewards long hours. But… I’ve learned there is a fine line between being productive and living an unhealthy lifestyle. If we do not have our health, we have nothing. This also includes mental health. The Apple Watch comes with the Breathe app, which facilities mindful breathing throughout the day. The app guides you through, inhale by exhale, and monitors your heart rate. I began to look forward to these moments when I could take a few deep breaths, think about my day, and be grateful. Over the course of a couple weeks, I noticed my heart rate had gone down a bit as well. Recent neuroimaging studies have suggested that meditation increases the functional and structural plasticity of neural processes underlying emotion and attention.

Another app I’ve fallen in love with is Kayla Itsine’s Sweat app. Fondly known as “BBG” or Bikini Body Guide by her devotees, it is an easy-to-use app that provides the user with weekly workout plans comprised of clearly depicted moves that can be done from anywhere with very little equipment. The app also provides a meal plan (I haven’t used this feature yet) and playlists of music to listen to while you complete the workouts.

Apps To Check Out

Breathe – Comes with iOS

The Breathe app is a mindful breathing guide for reducing stress and improving overall mental health.

Sweat – Available Here

The Sweat app is an easy-to-use weekly workout plan, food plan, and weight tracker.

iTranslate – Available Here

iTranslate provides a button that allows you to say something into your wrist to get it quickly translated into whatever language you need.

Mint – Available Here

The Mint app keeps track of the bills you have coming in and the money flowing in and out of your accounts. Allows you to quickly see an overview of your budget at a glance.

Shazam – Available Here

Shazam is an app that recognizes music being played, then finds the song info and the lyrics for you too.

Trivia Crack – Available Here

Trivia Crack is a more basic version of Trivial Pursuit, but a great way for us nerdy folk to pass waiting room and line time nonetheless.

Peak Brain Training – Available Here

Remember in The Other Woman when Kate King says she needs “brain camp”? Well, here it is… Designed by both neuroscientists and gamers.

Quartz – Available Here

The Quartz app breaks global news down into bite-sized pieces with an opportunity to learn more if you want.

Do you have the Apple Watch? I need to know your favorite features and most-used apps! Any hidden treasure apps I’m missing?

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Favorite Reading Spot in My Navy Blue Silk Shirt Dress

September 21, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Shirt Dress.  Louis Vuitton Sac Plat.  ‘H’ Charm Bracelet.  Pink Slides.

Extensions, Lashes, Tan, Nails c/o Glamour Bar Denver (Mention My Blog for $50 Off Lash Application)

Miranda L. Sober Photography.

The weather is so pleasant here in Denver and the bookworm in me has taken full advantage, stepping out with a good book to soak in these beautiful fall days. My favorite reading spot in Denver is on the west side of Governor’s Park on 7th Avenue and Logan. There’s a shade-covered stair and plenty of benches as well. There’s a Trader Joe’s across the street, so I usually pick up a cold drink to sip and some fresh blooms to bring home.

I’m wearing this beautiful navy silk shirt dress from Rebecca Taylor. This dress style is universally flattering, comfortable, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Pair it with a jacket, tights, and booties as the temperatures drop! But for now… I’m wearing it with these incredible blush suede slides with pearls in the heel!

I always get lots of questions about this Louis Vuitton Sac Plat bag. It’s become one of my most-carried bag styles because it’s perfect for everyday and it holds so much. I bought mine vintage because I love the way this particular style looks when the leather has darkened and it looks used and loved. There’s just a certain personality vintage bags have that you can’t get when you buy new. I know it can be scary to purchase a vintage bag not knowing if it’s the real deal, but I like this site because all their pieces are completely authenticated. It’s also a great resource when you’re trying to find a bag style that has been discontinued.

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Denim Wrap Top

September 15, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Denim Wrap Top (ON SALE!)  Similar Lace Skirt.  Watch.  Bamboo Bag.

Hair, Lashes, Tan, Nails c/o Glamour Bar Denver (Mention My Blog for $50 Off Lashes)

Miranda L. Sober Photography.

Another great transitional piece as we head into fall… This denim wrap top is super soft and comfortable. Runs true to size. I’m looking forward to pairing it with burgundy jeans when the temps drop!

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Current Hair Styling Favorites

September 14, 2017

Categories: Beauty

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t3 Hair Dryer.  t3 Interchangeable Curling Wand Set.  Thickening Spray.  Illuminating Cream.  Heat Protectant.  Dry Shampoo.  Hair Spray.  Texture Spray.  Nourishing Oil Spray.

One of the questions I’m asked most often is what products I use on my hair. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that great hair products make a big difference in the appearance of a hairstyle and how long it lasts throughout the day and through events, weddings, etc. Before we get into the products I use and the order in which I apply them (just as important as the products themselves) I think it’s important to give you a little run-down on my hair type just in case it’s different from yours.

I have hair that’s both highlighted and lowlighted, fine in texture but there’s a lot of it. I now have no-heat, no-glue, n0-tape hair extensions from Glamour Bar that add volume and a bit of length. These photos were taken pre-hair extensions (you can see them here) but I was pleased to discover all of these products work well with them, so I haven’t really had to alter my hair routine at all.

Styling Prep – While Damp

  1. Spritz Reference of Sweden Thickening Spray into roots and focusing on the crown area, distributing with your fingertips.
  2. Take a nickel-sized dollop of Kérastase Forme Fatale cream-gel, flip your head over, and distribute this halfway down your hair to the ends. Comb through with a hair pick to gently detangle. This product adds volume, movement, light hold, and a beautiful shimmering sheen to your hair. Twist hair half-up in a large claw clip to air dry while you apply lotion, do your makeup, etc.
  3. When hair has air dried for 10 minutes or so, flip your head over and apply a nickel-sized dollop of DryBar Hot Toddy halfway down your hair to the ends. This product is a heat and UV protectant that will protect your hair from your styling tools as well as the environment throughout the day.
  4. I love this t3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer because it’s lightweight and it dries my hair in half the time. Blow-dry hair with a round brush, focusing on creating volume at the roots by pulling the brush straight up and curling hair around the brush itself. I finish my bangs by pointing the blow dryer downward and smoothing them down with a round brush.

Styling – While Dry

  1. If you’re starting with second-day hair (or more, I’m not here to judge) spritz some DryBar Detox dry shampoo in the roots and the sections around your face. I love this dry shampoo because it smells beautiful and it erases any trace of greasy hair better than any other brand I’ve used. P.S. The key to making hair last multiple days is to brush it out at night, then twist up and wear on top of your head like a granny bun while you sleep.
  2. Curl hair away from your face to create the loose waves I often wear in my photos. Wrap sections no larger than the curling iron barrel you use to ensure the curl holds. I like to hold sections for 10 seconds or so, then unwind and let the curl cool. This interchangeable curling wand is great because it comes with three barrel styles perfectly designed for curls, loose curls, and beach waves. I’m using the largest barrel in these photos.
  3. As you curl, spray each finished section with DryBar’s Money Maker hair spray. It smells divine (as all their products do – think the best combo of fresh + feminine) and it gives a soft, flexible hold to hair. Once you’re done curling, spray all over your hair.
  4. Once your curls are completely cooled (about 5-10 minutes) I flip my head over and spritz Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray all over the underside of my hair, taking my fingers to my scalp to help distribute product and break up curls. This product smells incredibly sexy and gives texture, hold, and volume to your hair.
  5. Tip your head back over with all its sexy new volume. Use the round brush to smooth any fly-aways. To finish off your look, spritz a few sprays of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue on the ends. This product is a silky hair oil that hydrates ends, gives a floral fragrance to hair, and creates silky movement. A little goes a long way… I’ve had mine for almost a year.

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Transitional Fall Style

September 13, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Pearl ‘5’ Brooch.  Denim Jacket.  Polka Dot Dress:  Sizes 0 and 6.  Sizes 6 and 8.  LOVE this Similar Dress.  Chanel Bag.  Chanel Leather Flower Bow Pumps.

Denver’s weather has been switching from somewhere in the 70’s with crisp mornings made for hot lattes… To days simmering in the 90’s with haze from the Western wildfires making its way across our city. It’s no surprise this makes for difficult outfit options. I was just in New York and Vermont for my mother’s birthday and the crisp fall air made me so excited for sweaters, boots, and scarves. But until then? I have a transitional outfit idea for you.

Slinky little dresses for layering are so popular this fall. They’re perfect with tights and booties and topped with chunky sweaters. But in the meantime, top these pretty dresses with a denim jacket or army jacket and strappy heels.

Fit Details:  This dress runs true to size. The only fitted part is around the waist, so it would be very easy to tailor if you need. It’s currently on sale, but only available in a few sizes which I’ve linked above just under my photos. I also linked a blush-nude dress I love and is available in all sizes. I sized down in the denim jacket to make sure it’s fitted.

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