I haven’t done a makeup related post in a while so I thought I would pull together a round up of the beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I feel like my routine is fairly quick and I usually keep my makeup pretty light and natural looking but lately I’ve been playing around with creating dramatic brows, sexy smoky eyes and red lips, which has been fun, especially since we are heading into more wintry weather.
So, here we go!
I usually wash my face in the shower, but since there is usually still leftover mascara under my eyes, I use these Neutrogena face wipes to get rid of any residual makeup. Then I apply moisturizing serum and face spray by Tata Harper. Once my face is dry, I put concealer under my eyes and smooth on my foundation. I really like the brand By Terry because it smells good and goes on really easily.
Next I apply powder, blush and highlighter, then move onto my eyes. (I know that you are supposed to do your eye makeup first so that you can clean around them after applying shadow and whatnot, but out of habit I always still seem to do my foundation and powder first. Go figure!)
Stila’s eyeshadow palette in Soul is so great and offers a range of shades, allowing you to either create a really fresh and bright-eyed look or opt for a more dramatic vibe. For liner, I use Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I first tried it about a year ago and loved it. I’ve tried other brands and the majority of them are good, but I always come back to this one. It is so easy to apply, plus it’s waterproof and really stays in place all day. Definitely a bonus.
And, last but not least, the finishing touches… lipstick and perfume. I usually apply both right as I am walking out the door so my lip color and scent is fresh for wherever I am heading. And that’s it! This routine usually takes me about ten minutes tops, which I am sure Casey appreciates. :)
As always, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share some of your favorite products in the comments below! xo
Now that the winter months are here, it’s time for me to start doubling up on moisturizing. I’ve talked about it before on the blog, but I have really sensitive and dry skin and have had times where my skin is so itchy it’s unbearable. I try all sorts of products, but in the end I usually go back to tried and true brands that I grew up with. I use Vaseline products at home for my lips and hands, but when the brand contacted me to talk about how I stay moisturized this winter, and if I would give their body lotion a try, I was all for it.
A couple weekends ago, I was up near Leavenworth for a wedding and the cabins were super warm and toasty, while the weather outside was cold, damp and rainy. The combination and back and forth change in temperature can really do a number on your skin, but luckily I brought my Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Advanced Repair Fragrance Free Lotion with me and used it everyday, in the morning and evening. I’ll say that it was my saving grace, because I don’t think my skin would have looked half as good for the wedding without it! The lotion has been designed to combat dry skin with a special blend of humectants (to draw water into the skin), and healing micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly (to lock moisture in).
P.S. Have you guys had GODIVA Hot Chocolate? I brought some with me (I like to add it to my morning coffee) and made in my personalized My Style Pill mug, which made it taste even better. :) xo
Hey guys! Sorry for not posting yesterday – I left my camera in my friend’s car and on top of that, my iPhoto was on the fritz (thank goodness, it seems like it’s back to normal now), so I was worried about not being able to post, but I finally gathered all my photos together from this past weekend and am so excited to share them with you.
But first, let’s discuss my dress. (Excuse the raindrops all over us- it was drippy and wet all weekend.) I was a bridesmaid in a wedding on Saturday and got to spend the past couple days with some of my closest friends from college. The bride (my dear friend Julia) decided to have us wear dresses from a company called Little Borrowed Dress where you can either rent or buy your dress. I decided to buy mine because I loved the style and color so much. If you are looking for bridesmaids dresses that are beautiful, practical (the fabric doesn’t wrinkle!) and affordable, I would definitely recommend this company. They have a showroom in New York or you can just check out their dresses online.
Lacy, Nicole and me. I’ve known these girls over ten years!
A couple weeks ago, Casey and I took a trip up to Warwick (thanks to Ford, who helped us get there by loaning us a sweet ride) where we visited Applewood Orchards for an afternoon. The next day we drove down to meet up with the crew from Hudson Jeans for another fun fall day full of apple picking, cider drinking and picture taking. We also left with two mighty fine looking pumpkins to carve because apparently Casey is a master carver, so we shall see.
I can’t seem to get enough of the fall foliage this year and so yet again, I give you a post that is very photo heavy. But I hope you love looking at these pretty autumn leaves and colors as much as I do. The season is so fleeting, I want to make sure I soak it in as much as I can.
The past couple weekends I have been lucky enough to experience New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts in the fall and see beautiful foliage, stay in quaint homes and pick apples from adorable orchards. I look at my photos afterward and am so blown away at the scenery I get to experience and love being able to share it with you guys on the blog. Needless to say, I don’t take it for granted!
So seeing that it’s now mid-October, I’ve slowly been breaking out my sweaters and boots, but was finally able to rock an actual coat not to long ago. The one above happens to be by Lands’ End, who I have worked with in the past, if you remember this post, and am now styling up their black wool, basket-weave toggle coat for fall. In the case of this outfit, I loved mixing brown and black together and thought the black leather pants and the preppy printed sweater and black wool jacket created a nice juxtaposition all together. What do you think of this coat? Would you wear it, and if so, how would you style it? xo
Happy Tuesday! We spent a long weekend in Massachusetts by the water with our friends Kristen and Ray, at their new home in Marblehead, where we just relaxed and soaked up quiet time in their idyllic town. It was so wonderful to sit outside in the sun, walk through the little town and play Cards Against Humanity and drink wine at night. We were so lucky with the weather as well. It was sunny and crisp all weekend and the fall foliage in full effect.
I’ll let the photos do the talking now…
Ray’s quaint little office shed in the backyard.
Truman, the cuddly kitty.
The little bar to the left is called The Barnacle, where we ate one night and had the most amazing lobster rolls. Above is what the area looks like during the day and below shows how pretty it looked at night.
We were lucky to snag a seat outside. The view was incredible.
(I took these two photos on my iPhone, which is why they are a little grainy.)
On Sunday, we walked by an open house that Ray and Kristen insisted we walk through and this was the view we saw from the backyard.
How incredible, right?!
So fun taking photos of someone else for a change!
We introduced them to Cards Against Humanity, which luckily they loved. I think it’s such a fun and hilarious game.
Our lovely hosts, Kristen and Ray. Thank you for such an amazing weekend. xo
Hope you all had a great weekend! xo
(Outfit credits: Scarf: Zara / Jacket: Forever 21 / Jeans: Armani Exchange (gift) / Boots: Pour La Victoire (gift) / Bag: Celine)
Last week, Casey and I went apple picking up at Applewood Orchards and stayed overnight at my favorite B&B, the Inn at Stony Creek. We also met up with a fun crew of friends the following day at a different orchard for more apple and pumpkin picking, but more on that soon. For now, here are some cute photos from our time in Warwick!
Outfit credits available at the very bottom.
Pumpkin cider with a side of pumpkins!
My dapper man, Bow Tie Casey. :)
The orchard pup, Cuddles!
We picked all the apples! Meaning, we left with one bag.
It’s finally getting to be cozy-weather season again and that means big scarves, soft knits and best of all, comfy boots! Case in point, these brown leather mid-calf boots by Clarks are perfect for wearing with skinny jeans or paired with a cute dress and tights. I like how this style is loose around my ankle, which I feel is flattering, plus the two-tone leather is super chic and versatile.