Mid-Week Blues
Out of any OOTD I’ve posted thus far on this blog, this one is probably the one that’s the most ‘me’. That’s not to say my other posts don’t reflect my tastes and personal style, because they certainly do. This outfit in particular though, I don’t know, it just makes me insta-happy :) I’m a frequent sporter of cobalt blue, but hardly ever teal to be honest and the rich color in this ensamble intrigues me. The curvy shapes in the skirt and the peekaboo back of the top take this look over the top, oozing of femme. Moving on to styling: the reason I chose the casual ballerina bun hairstyle (inspired by Katie Holmes) is because the back detailing of the top deserves to be shown off, therefore an updo of some kind (I think) is appropriate.
*As I’ve said before, I’m not a makeup expert; thus why I don’t toss beauty advice out there a whole lot. However, I think this look: subtle blue smokey eye by Tiffany D would pair very nicely with this outfit; should you be so bold as to test it out. [Note: You can follow Tiffany on Twitter at @TiffanyLD!]
The Breakdown:
TOP: UO Sparkle & Fade Gigi Blouse in Black, $69.00
NECKLACE: Anthropologie Atributes Necklace in Blue, $48.00
SKIRT: ModCloth Sashay Away Skirt, $64.99
LEG WEAR: UO Opaque Tights in Teal, $12.00
SHOES: Bakers Nora Pump in Black Suede, $49.99 (sale)
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Total Cost of this Outfit: $243.98
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How to Save on This Look:
• An easy cash-save is to complete this look with your own pair of black shoes. A black flat, oxford shoe or pump are all acceptable. *I’d stray from a boot for this look, as the teal tights are a feature.
• While I think the black top shown here is unique and lovely, it could be swapped for a femme black jersey top like this one from H&M, $17.95 — key factor to keep in mind is a neckline that’s going to showcase the stone necklace.
By opting for shoes from your own closet and a less expensive top, you can cut the total cost of this outfit in half and still accomplish a totally fab look :)

Mid-Week Blues

Out of any OOTD I’ve posted thus far on this blog, this one is probably the one that’s the most ‘me’. That’s not to say my other posts don’t reflect my tastes and personal style, because they certainly do. This outfit in particular though, I don’t know, it just makes me insta-happy :) I’m a frequent sporter of cobalt blue, but hardly ever teal to be honest and the rich color in this ensamble intrigues me. The curvy shapes in the skirt and the peekaboo back of the top take this look over the top, oozing of femme. Moving on to styling: the reason I chose the casual ballerina bun hairstyle (inspired by Katie Holmes) is because the back detailing of the top deserves to be shown off, therefore an updo of some kind (I think) is appropriate.

*As I’ve said before, I’m not a makeup expert; thus why I don’t toss beauty advice out there a whole lot. However, I think this look: subtle blue smokey eye by Tiffany D would pair very nicely with this outfit; should you be so bold as to test it out. [Note: You can follow Tiffany on Twitter at @TiffanyLD!]

The Breakdown:

TOPUO Sparkle & Fade Gigi Blouse in Black, $69.00

NECKLACEAnthropologie Atributes Necklace in Blue, $48.00

SKIRTModCloth Sashay Away Skirt, $64.99

LEG WEARUO Opaque Tights in Teal, $12.00

SHOESBakers Nora Pump in Black Suede, $49.99 (sale)

… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . .

Total Cost of this Outfit: $243.98

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How to Save on This Look:

• An easy cash-save is to complete this look with your own pair of black shoes. A black flat, oxford shoe or pump are all acceptable. *I’d stray from a boot for this look, as the teal tights are a feature.

• While I think the black top shown here is unique and lovely, it could be swapped for a femme black jersey top like this one from H&M, $17.95 — key factor to keep in mind is a neckline that’s going to showcase the stone necklace.

By opting for shoes from your own closet and a less expensive top, you can cut the total cost of this outfit in half and still accomplish a totally fab look :)

REVIEW: EOS (Evolution of Smooth) Smooth Sphere in Sweet Mint
So, I got my EOS Smooth Sphere in the mail yesterday and after roughly 24-hours of use I figured I’d share my thoughts:
I will admit, I was not crazy about it at first swipe. It reminded me too much of Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm, of which i don’t prefer; It’s too tacky for my liking. But, as I’ve continued to swipe the consistency seems to be more smooth– like Soft Lips. And the more I wear it, the more I obsess over the cooling sensation of the mint. It reminds me of this mint lip balm I used to have as a teenager by a company that no longer exists, called Back to Basics. I remember loving that lip tin!! It’s always nice when products take ya back :) Haha! 
All in all, it’s a product that I see myself using over and over. It’s travel/purse-friendly, ergonomic, adorable and best of all paraben free!! Nice work EOS!

REVIEW: EOS (Evolution of Smooth) Smooth Sphere in Sweet Mint

So, I got my EOS Smooth Sphere in the mail yesterday and after roughly 24-hours of use I figured I’d share my thoughts:

I will admit, I was not crazy about it at first swipe. It reminded me too much of Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm, of which i don’t prefer; It’s too tacky for my liking. But, as I’ve continued to swipe the consistency seems to be more smooth– like Soft Lips. And the more I wear it, the more I obsess over the cooling sensation of the mint. It reminds me of this mint lip balm I used to have as a teenager by a company that no longer exists, called Back to Basics. I remember loving that lip tin!! It’s always nice when products take ya back :) Haha! 

All in all, it’s a product that I see myself using over and over. It’s travel/purse-friendly, ergonomic, adorable and best of all paraben free!! Nice work EOS!

Magenta Tuesday
Today’s look is inspired by today’s weather in Chicago – a high of 70º!! In late-October, that’s almost unheard of in the Midwest. So, I figure why not celebrate with a lively color like this rich magenta by giving it an Autumn twist and pairing it with a flirty curly side pony (inspired by Keri Russell). I love this look because when I look at it, I can’t help but smile… and I think that’s a lovely outward affect to present. Without further adieu…
The Breakdown:
TOP: Anthropologie Dotty Tie Blouse in Dark Grey, $88.00
EARRINGS: Francesca’s Collections Brilliant Beads Hoops, $16.00
BELT: BDG Skinny Braided Leather Belt in Gold, $20.00
SKIRT: JCrew City Mini in Bright Dahlia, $85.00 
LEG WEAR: UO Scale Tight in Khaki, $14.00
SHOES: Nine West Glowing pump in Purple Suede, $89.00
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Total Cost of this Outfit: $312.00
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How to Save on this Look:
• Swap the gold belt out for a cognac-brown belt in a similar style.
• Swap out the colorful beaded earrings for a gold pair of your own. I suggest something bigger/longer– either a hoop or dangler.
• Swap the fuchsia pump out for cognac-brown leather pump. (*brown pump with brown belt.)
• If opting for a no-tights look, go bare with a nude patent pump.
By taking advantage of the accessories you already own, you can save up to $140 off this look– reducing your spending to $175 for two pieces that will surely be in your wardrobe for years to come. Or, you could also go the route of the complete opposite of what I’ve just said and cash-in on the accessories to pair with neutral items you may already own. Nothing updates your closet like fresh accessories, and in-truth it’s just as cost-effective. In either scenario, you’re sure to be fabulous :)

Magenta Tuesday

Today’s look is inspired by today’s weather in Chicago – a high of 70º!! In late-October, that’s almost unheard of in the Midwest. So, I figure why not celebrate with a lively color like this rich magenta by giving it an Autumn twist and pairing it with a flirty curly side pony (inspired by Keri Russell). I love this look because when I look at it, I can’t help but smile… and I think that’s a lovely outward affect to present. Without further adieu…

The Breakdown:

TOPAnthropologie Dotty Tie Blouse in Dark Grey, $88.00

EARRINGS: Francesca’s Collections Brilliant Beads Hoops, $16.00

BELTBDG Skinny Braided Leather Belt in Gold, $20.00

SKIRTJCrew City Mini in Bright Dahlia, $85.00 

LEG WEARUO Scale Tight in Khaki, $14.00

SHOESNine West Glowing pump in Purple Suede, $89.00

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Total Cost of this Outfit: $312.00

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How to Save on this Look:

• Swap the gold belt out for a cognac-brown belt in a similar style.

• Swap out the colorful beaded earrings for a gold pair of your own. I suggest something bigger/longer– either a hoop or dangler.

• Swap the fuchsia pump out for cognac-brown leather pump. (*brown pump with brown belt.)

• If opting for a no-tights look, go bare with a nude patent pump.

By taking advantage of the accessories you already own, you can save up to $140 off this look– reducing your spending to $175 for two pieces that will surely be in your wardrobe for years to come. Or, you could also go the route of the complete opposite of what I’ve just said and cash-in on the accessories to pair with neutral items you may already own. Nothing updates your closet like fresh accessories, and in-truth it’s just as cost-effective. In either scenario, you’re sure to be fabulous :)

MONDAY ON MARS!
*Warning!: This outfit is a.) not for the meek, and b.) definitely a splurge.  Now, I know– red pants aren’t for everyone. Understandable. They most definitely make a statement! If they’re not really your thing, keep reading– I have a couple of solutions for you. Moving on from the pant: I’m obsessed with the sequin top paired with a denim looking button-up look!! It’s fun, and it’s a cool updated twist on a classic. Sparkle and flame need a cool down, so pair with a nude shoe and an easy going loose curl (pictured: Olivia Palermo) and a nude/pink lip. (*My fav lip product: MAC Lipglass in Underage, $14.50). Overall this ensamble commands attention and I would highly reco for any fashion fearless lady :)
The Breakdown:
EARRINGS: H&M 9-Pack Earrings, $5.95 (*bronze-ish pair shown)
TOP: TopShop Sequin Tee in Bronze, $90.00
TOP: JCrew Selvedge Chambray Popover in Dark Blue Wash, $98.00
PANTS: Express Ultimate Double Weave Columnist Pant in Mars Red, $79.90
SHOES: (Bakers) Chinese Laundry Hotness Pump in Light Tan, $49.99
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Total Cost of this Outfit: $323.84 (*Not including cost of lip product).
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Kinda steep, but!– I did warn you… Still,How To Save On This Outfit: 
As promised, a few solutions for the anti-red personality: This look could easily be chic and flirty with a khaki trouser or dark skinny denim.
If opting for the denim route, cuff the bottoms 2-3” to expose the lighter blue, it adds dimension. Also go for a flat or pump that exhibits a pop of color– maybe bring back the red on your feet! 
As for the khaki option, hint: the columnist pant also comes in khaki, but surely swap-in your own khaki pant if you own them already. As for a shoe to pair with khaki, I like this flat: Bakers Glitz Flat in Bronze, $29.99. Otherwise a pop of color in footwear would be appropriate here too.
By using pants and shoes from your own closet, you’re able to save $129.89– thus chopping down the total cost of this outfit to $193.95! No, still not inexpensive but again, I warned you this was a splurge statement ensamble.
I say go for it! Be fearless.. and fab ;)

MONDAY ON MARS!

*Warning!: This outfit is a.) not for the meek, and b.) definitely a splurge.  Now, I know– red pants aren’t for everyone. Understandable. They most definitely make a statement! If they’re not really your thing, keep reading– I have a couple of solutions for you. Moving on from the pant: I’m obsessed with the sequin top paired with a denim looking button-up look!! It’s fun, and it’s a cool updated twist on a classic. Sparkle and flame need a cool down, so pair with a nude shoe and an easy going loose curl (pictured: Olivia Palermo) and a nude/pink lip. (*My fav lip product: MAC Lipglass in Underage, $14.50). Overall this ensamble commands attention and I would highly reco for any fashion fearless lady :)

The Breakdown:

EARRINGSH&M 9-Pack Earrings, $5.95 (*bronze-ish pair shown)

TOPTopShop Sequin Tee in Bronze, $90.00

TOPJCrew Selvedge Chambray Popover in Dark Blue Wash, $98.00

PANTSExpress Ultimate Double Weave Columnist Pant in Mars Red, $79.90

SHOES(Bakers) Chinese Laundry Hotness Pump in Light Tan, $49.99

… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . .

Total Cost of this Outfit: $323.84 (*Not including cost of lip product).

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Kinda steep, but!– I did warn you… Still,
How To Save On This Outfit

As promised, a few solutions for the anti-red personality: This look could easily be chic and flirty with a khaki trouser or dark skinny denim.

  • If opting for the denim route, cuff the bottoms 2-3” to expose the lighter blue, it adds dimension. Also go for a flat or pump that exhibits a pop of color– maybe bring back the red on your feet! 
  • As for the khaki option, hint: the columnist pant also comes in khaki, but surely swap-in your own khaki pant if you own them already. As for a shoe to pair with khaki, I like this flat: Bakers Glitz Flat in Bronze, $29.99. Otherwise a pop of color in footwear would be appropriate here too.

By using pants and shoes from your own closet, you’re able to save $129.89– thus chopping down the total cost of this outfit to $193.95! No, still not inexpensive but again, I warned you this was a splurge statement ensamble.

I say go for it! Be fearless.. and fab ;)

Work & A Happy Hour Date
To me, nothing epitomizes date night more than a nice dress… But what about the 9-to-5 prior to what is sure to be the best part of your Friday? This outfit is both work appropriate, and paint-the-town-red approved! I often find that if my ensamble is the attention-getter, my hair should be up and away from my face. I like the Adele-inspired messy updo paired with a simple red lip, and maybe a nude eye with just some winged liner (no too intense). This outfit is definitely flirty in it’s palette of pattern and textures, and welcomes the brisk turn of the season with a smile :)
The Breakdown: 
DRESS: Fossil Madeline Dress in Blue, $78
JACKET: JCrew Schoolboy Blazer (Velvet) in Black, $168
LEGWEAR: UO Pointelle Lightweight Sweater Tights in Black, $14
SHOES: Bakers Alecia Dress Pumps in Red, $79.99
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Total Cost of this Outfit: $339.99
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Climbin’ up there in the $400’s region… Yikes!How to Save on this Look:
In my opinion, the heavy-hitters to the wallet in this scenario are the velvet blazer and the red suede pump. However, they also happen to be what makes this look work for me… So, here are some less-pricey options for a blazer and shoe:
• LOFT Pima Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan in Black, $34.99 (sale) –– A simple black cardigan that’s more cropped and less tunic in length would pair well with the empire waist of the dress. Downside?– it’s not as warm as a blazer, so you’d have to bring a jacket.
• UO Sparkle & Fade Cropped Ruched Sleeve Blazer in Black, $79 –– To appeal to those who would prefer a blazer over a cardigan, chew on this: No, it’s not velvet but it is cropped and it does button at the waist creating the same femme lines as the JCrew blazer, for far less I might add! (Almost $90 savings!)
• UO Kimchi Blue Suede Pointy Kitten Heel in Red, $49 — A little less aggressive than a pump, but equally as cute. This shoe definitely brings out the vintage-inspired quality of the dress more to the forefront. (Not to mention they’re $30 less expensive!)
By going the route of the UO blazer and red heel, you’re bringing the cost down to $220! I like saving $120 too ;) How fab!

Work & A Happy Hour Date

To me, nothing epitomizes date night more than a nice dress… But what about the 9-to-5 prior to what is sure to be the best part of your Friday? This outfit is both work appropriate, and paint-the-town-red approved! I often find that if my ensamble is the attention-getter, my hair should be up and away from my face. I like the Adele-inspired messy updo paired with a simple red lip, and maybe a nude eye with just some winged liner (no too intense). This outfit is definitely flirty in it’s palette of pattern and textures, and welcomes the brisk turn of the season with a smile :)

The Breakdown

DRESSFossil Madeline Dress in Blue, $78

JACKETJCrew Schoolboy Blazer (Velvet) in Black, $168

LEGWEARUO Pointelle Lightweight Sweater Tights in Black, $14

SHOESBakers Alecia Dress Pumps in Red, $79.99

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Total Cost of this Outfit: $339.99

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Climbin’ up there in the $400’s region… Yikes!
How to Save on this Look:

In my opinion, the heavy-hitters to the wallet in this scenario are the velvet blazer and the red suede pump. However, they also happen to be what makes this look work for me… So, here are some less-pricey options for a blazer and shoe:

LOFT Pima Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan in Black, $34.99 (sale) –– A simple black cardigan that’s more cropped and less tunic in length would pair well with the empire waist of the dress. Downside?– it’s not as warm as a blazer, so you’d have to bring a jacket.

UO Sparkle & Fade Cropped Ruched Sleeve Blazer in Black, $79 –– To appeal to those who would prefer a blazer over a cardigan, chew on this: No, it’s not velvet but it is cropped and it does button at the waist creating the same femme lines as the JCrew blazer, for far less I might add! (Almost $90 savings!)

UO Kimchi Blue Suede Pointy Kitten Heel in Red, $49 — A little less aggressive than a pump, but equally as cute. This shoe definitely brings out the vintage-inspired quality of the dress more to the forefront. (Not to mention they’re $30 less expensive!)

By going the route of the UO blazer and red heel, you’re bringing the cost down to $220! I like saving $120 too ;) How fab!

So, I don’t talk a ton about makeup on here because quite frankly (confession:) I’m 25 and am just learning the proper ways to use it. That’s not to say I’ve been terrible with makeup since my teens or anything like that, it’s just I’m learning more about quality products and application best practices now… which is kinda cool… better now than never I guess!
Anyway, per my last post re: Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale–– I decided to buy myself something that I otherwise wouldn’t if it weren’t for a coupon code. I’ve always thought it was a silly expenditure of $20+, and my Sephora is a pain in the ass to get to (as most things are in Chicago if the L doesn’t run where you wanna go). But, I caved and got a Beauty Blender sponge.
For those who are like 100% lost as to why I would buy a sponge–– it’s for a more even/flawless foundation application. I was inspired to try it out via a video by one of my more favorite YouTube Beauty Guru’s– Tiffany D –– You can check out her video HERE, if you’re interested in seeing this thing in use.
I’m pretty excited to try it out and have high hopes of liking it, to be honest! Fingers crossed! (*Review to come.)

So, I don’t talk a ton about makeup on here because quite frankly (confession:) I’m 25 and am just learning the proper ways to use it. That’s not to say I’ve been terrible with makeup since my teens or anything like that, it’s just I’m learning more about quality products and application best practices now… which is kinda cool… better now than never I guess!

Anyway, per my last post re: Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale–– I decided to buy myself something that I otherwise wouldn’t if it weren’t for a coupon code. I’ve always thought it was a silly expenditure of $20+, and my Sephora is a pain in the ass to get to (as most things are in Chicago if the L doesn’t run where you wanna go). But, I caved and got a Beauty Blender sponge.

For those who are like 100% lost as to why I would buy a sponge–– it’s for a more even/flawless foundation application. I was inspired to try it out via a video by one of my more favorite YouTube Beauty Guru’s– Tiffany D –– You can check out her video HERE, if you’re interested in seeing this thing in use.

I’m pretty excited to try it out and have high hopes of liking it, to be honest! Fingers crossed! (*Review to come.)

ATTN: Guru’s and beauty aficionado’s alike!!––
Hypothetical question: You get 20% off ONE item a Sephora’s F&F Sale, What do you snatch up? Something you religiously use? Something that looks fun and out of the ordinary that wouldn’t other wise get? I’m curious!!
Interested?Enter your email to get a coupon-code for the: Sephora Friends & Family 20% Off Sale!

ATTN: Guru’s and beauty aficionado’s alike!!––

Hypothetical question: You get 20% off ONE item a Sephora’s F&F Sale, What do you snatch up? Something you religiously use? Something that looks fun and out of the ordinary that wouldn’t other wise get? I’m curious!!

Interested?
Enter your email to get a coupon-code for the: Sephora Friends & Family 20% Off Sale!

A Punch of Gold
As the leaves have all pretty much turned their colors & fallen to the ground, they’re the final punches of color this area will see for quite a while. So, in leu of celebrating the Autumn hues we all know and love– I present this transitional, flirty, punch of gold look.
The Breakdown:
TOP: (Ann Taylor) LOFT Button Cuff 3/4 Sleeve Sweater in Oatmeal, $39.99
JACKET: Top Shop Mustard Daisy Print Pyjama Style Jacket, $110.00
NECKLACE: Anthropologie Citrus Twist Necklace in Assorted, $38
PANTS: Zara Trousers w/ Piping on Pocket in Black, $49.90
SHOES: Francesa’s Collections Dancing on Air Flat in Black, $28 
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Total Cost of this Outfit: $265.89
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$250+… Eeeeh that’s gettin’ up there––How You Can Save on this Look:
• Omit the $30 black flats and swap-in your own similar shoe or low-profile black heel
• Omit the $50 trousers and swap-in your own black cigarette pant, or leggings. I do recommend that ladies have a nice black pant in their closet as it’s just one of those items that’s great to have for any occasion. 
*And what I mean by leggings (^) are not cotton semi-see-through spandex yoga pants or opaque tights!! I mean the leggings that actually have a zip and button but contain spandex. I’ve often talked about the Zara Ponte Di Roma Trousers in Black as my ‘go-to’ legging of choice. THAT is the type of legging I am speaking on here.
By swapping-in items you may already own, you can accomplish this look for $187.99. No, still not ‘cheap’, but guess what none of the pieces shown here are cheap– and by cheap I mean cheaply made. They’re quality and they’re going to stick around in your closet for a long time. Solids and statement pieces really stretch your dollar in the longrun. How fab!

A Punch of Gold

As the leaves have all pretty much turned their colors & fallen to the ground, they’re the final punches of color this area will see for quite a while. So, in leu of celebrating the Autumn hues we all know and love– I present this transitional, flirty, punch of gold look.

The Breakdown:

TOP: (Ann Taylor) LOFT Button Cuff 3/4 Sleeve Sweater in Oatmeal, $39.99

JACKET: Top Shop Mustard Daisy Print Pyjama Style Jacket, $110.00

NECKLACE: Anthropologie Citrus Twist Necklace in Assorted, $38

PANTS: Zara Trousers w/ Piping on Pocket in Black, $49.90

SHOES: Francesa’s Collections Dancing on Air Flat in Black, $28 

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Total Cost of this Outfit: $265.89

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$250+… Eeeeh that’s gettin’ up there––
How You Can Save on this Look:

• Omit the $30 black flats and swap-in your own similar shoe or low-profile black heel

• Omit the $50 trousers and swap-in your own black cigarette pant, or leggings. I do recommend that ladies have a nice black pant in their closet as it’s just one of those items that’s great to have for any occasion. 

*And what I mean by leggings (^) are not cotton semi-see-through spandex yoga pants or opaque tights!! I mean the leggings that actually have a zip and button but contain spandex. I’ve often talked about the Zara Ponte Di Roma Trousers in Black as my ‘go-to’ legging of choice. THAT is the type of legging I am speaking on here.

By swapping-in items you may already own, you can accomplish this look for $187.99. No, still not ‘cheap’, but guess what none of the pieces shown here are cheap– and by cheap I mean cheaply made. They’re quality and they’re going to stick around in your closet for a long time. Solids and statement pieces really stretch your dollar in the longrun. How fab!

A Twist on Layering!
Three considerations make the recipe for this buttoned-up boho look, each layer entirely dependent on the another(s). By selecting a minimal yet powerful pop of color (in this case, orange) and building it in two ways: one that compliments and one that contrasts, are steps 1 and 2. By layering in orange’s complimentary color (blue) in the necklace and denim you achieve contrast. By providing a neutral base for the colors via the button-up and shoes you produce a compliment. And the final ‘ingredient’, shape and texture: by mixing smooth with detailed and curves with strait lines you create a balanced, not too tailored and not too carefree ensamble.
The breakdown:
TOP: JCrew Stretch Perfect Shirt in Smoky Graphite, $29.99 *Sale
NECKLACE: Francesca’s Collections Falling For You necklace in Orange, $24
DENIM: Levis Flap Pocket Flare Jeans in Creased Pure Rigid, $45 *Sale
BELT: H&M belt in Orange, $5.95
SHOES: (Target) Xhilaration Sandi Canvas Boat Shoes in Taupe, $19.99
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Total Cost of This Outfit: $124.93
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($125 ain’t bad for a head-to-toe outfit, but here’s..) How You Can Save on This Look:
• Omit the $45 jeans and swap-in your own denim. *Wide-leg makes this look in my opinion, however.
• Omit the $20 faux ‘top siders’ and swap-in your own low-profile neutral or brown flat
By swapping-in items you may already own, you can accomplish this look for $59.94! That’s under $100!! No excuse not to be fun and fab!!

A Twist on Layering!

Three considerations make the recipe for this buttoned-up boho look, each layer entirely dependent on the another(s). By selecting a minimal yet powerful pop of color (in this case, orange) and building it in two ways: one that compliments and one that contrasts, are steps 1 and 2. By layering in orange’s complimentary color (blue) in the necklace and denim you achieve contrast. By providing a neutral base for the colors via the button-up and shoes you produce a compliment. And the final ‘ingredient’, shape and texture: by mixing smooth with detailed and curves with strait lines you create a balanced, not too tailored and not too carefree ensamble.

The breakdown:

TOP: JCrew Stretch Perfect Shirt in Smoky Graphite, $29.99 *Sale

NECKLACE: Francesca’s Collections Falling For You necklace in Orange, $24

DENIM: Levis Flap Pocket Flare Jeans in Creased Pure Rigid, $45 *Sale

BELT: H&M belt in Orange, $5.95

SHOES: (Target) Xhilaration Sandi Canvas Boat Shoes in Taupe, $19.99

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Total Cost of This Outfit: $124.93

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($125 ain’t bad for a head-to-toe outfit, but here’s..) 
How You Can Save on This Look:

• Omit the $45 jeans and swap-in your own denim. *Wide-leg makes this look in my opinion, however.

• Omit the $20 faux ‘top siders’ and swap-in your own low-profile neutral or brown flat

By swapping-in items you may already own, you can accomplish this look for $59.94! That’s under $100!! No excuse not to be fun and fab!!

Breast Cancer Awareness: Parabens talk

So, I figured now that we’re midway through October it might be a good time to revisit the topic of parabens in leu of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I tune-in to many of the youtube makeup/style guru’s videos, blogs, websites, etc., and I really enjoy that network of girl-world advice. While I know political or social issue soap-box-ing isn’t the route many girls care to direct their channels, I do think it would be nice to see some “girl power”/uniting chatter about breast cancer as it is a disease that claims so many lives.

Fact: 85% of diagnoses have no family history. (breastcancerawareness.com). That means those diagnoses’s come from causes related to diet, wellness, lifestyle and environment -aka- things we can control. I’m willing to bet on average most women hold the attitude of, “Wow, what a sad disease… but I’m not convinced it’ll happen to me”. – realistically. As someone who prefers to take a preventative approach to something as serious as breast cancer, well knowing how deeply it affects lives– I like to focus on the things that are within my power. After all, people always say, “it’s the little things”.

So, Parabens: they’re chemicals found in most cosmetics and skincare products that are injected for a multitude of reasons, but commonly: 1.) to prevent bacteria/microbial growth and 2.) to boost a ‘youthful’ appearance– usually by acting as a pluming or lifting agent. While that sounds pretty harmless, parabens (when soaked into the skin) make friends with ostrogen hormones (aka the ones that promote cell growth), and fool the body by mimicing said hormones. As we know, cancer is a cell vs. cell attacking disease, and as you can guess when you build an army of strong faux hormone cells (which hold the capability of multiplying) and they befriend tumor cells… well, that’s not a fun time.

Think of how many things per day (or twice a day) you apply to just your face:

  • cleanser/face wash
  • toner
  • moisturizer
  • foundation primer
  • concealer, foundation (wet &/or powder)
  • blush, bronzer
  • eye shadow, liner, mascara
  • ETC!!

Point being, roughly 10-12 products are being soaked into your skin just via your every day makeup routine. And if each of those products contain parabens… well, I think that’s just scary. I should mention, to avoid parabens altogether in life is virtually impossible. They are in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, makeup, and even in some foods. My goal is mainly to be aware and cut-down whenever possible… and I also think knowledge is power in this instance. If every woman were just conscious of the products they buy, reading the labels on what they’re applying to themselves– it’s a small step in the right direction.

Parabens listed in on labels in the ingredients section to look out for:

  • Methylparaben (E218)
  • Ethylparaben (E214)
  • Propylparaben (E216)
  • Butylparaben

I personally think it would be amazing to see Youtube Guru’s support on this topic, or if anything to use your video platform for creating awareness to a disease that’s a concern (or should be a concern) to each woman.

Love your bewebies ladies!! Take a preventative approach to breast cancer and make small lifestyle changes!!

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Go pink! :)