Happy Monday! For those of you involved in Fashion Week, are you surviving ok? So far, so good on my end. It’s been great being back this season and jumping into the mix of things. I’m always sad to leave my family at the end of the summer, so I’ve kept myself busy by seeing close friends, attending dinners and parties, and of course going to fashion shows and presentations. All in all, I’ve really enjoyed the past week.

So I know I usually do my “Over the Weekend” post on Mondays, which will be coming a little bit later on today, but right now I am really excited to re-share this fun video I shot with L’Oréal Paris, showcasing my five summer must haves. I first shared it on the blog in late August, for those of you that saw it, but for those of you that might have missed it, here it is one more time! YAY!

The video was shot earlier in the summer and I was asked to pinpoint five things I can’t live without during the warmer months, which I go into detail below. For the makeup part, my focus was going to be on their Voluminous Miss Manga mascara, Infalliable Silkissime eyeliner and Colour Riche Fuchsia Lipstick. I’ve been a fan of the brand for a long time so I was excited to give these products a whirl, especially because the colors I choose were bright and bold, perfect for summer.

So even though it’s officially not summer anymore (although the weather in New York, begs to differ) I wanted to share with you again my top five summer items I can’t live without during the warmer months. Just press play, if you’d like to see! xo

My Five Summer Must Haves And Why…

Clare V. Leopard Clutch: I have coveted this leopard clutch for quite some time because I just knew it would go with everything I owned. Once I finally purchased it, I was right. The pattern is great, the material is soft and flexible and the best part is, it holds a ton but still pulls a look together instantly. It’s the perfect chic little carryall!

J.Crew Panama Hat: During the summer I am in the sun a lot, especially the past few months with all the traveling I’ve been doing, so I need to have protection from the sun. I basically lived in this Panama hat from J.Crew because it was the perfect way to keep the sun off my face while still looking stylish.

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Teal Eyeliner: In the past I always just stuck to black, brown or dark gray eyeliner. But recently, I’ve been branching out and on the lookout for a colorful eyeliner that won’t make me look or feel clownish. When I showed up to shoot this video, I was asked to choose between an electric teal liner and pretty marine blue color. I loved both, but I was drawn to the turquoise for some reason. I started playing around with it and was immediately impressed with how effortlessly it glided on without scraping or getting stuck on my eyelid. We used it in the video and then I took it home with me and used it all summer long. I especially love how it makes my green eyes pop!

L’Oreal Extraodinare by Colour Riche Fuchsia Lipstick: Throughout my years of working with fashion and beauty brands, I have accumulated a lot of lipsticks. Some I like better than others for sure, but I always figure, at the end of the day, you can never have enough lipstick options, right? I am always open to trying new kinds and brands, plus I love bright colors, so of course I picked out this bold fuchsia lipstick. You apply it with an applicator and at first it feels like your just wearing a thick gloss because of it’s shiny and creamy consistency. I was worried it would come right off. But after wearing it for many hours during the shoot, I only had to reapply a couple times. I love that it’s rich in color and has great staying power, lasting all day.

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: I go through mascara pretty quickly because I use a lot of it and often. I have my tried and true favorites that I’ve used forever, but then I was introduced to Miss Manga and immediately hooked. This mascara immediately gives you huge, doll-like lashes and has a flexible wand that allows you to cover all your lashes, even the hard to get, itty bitty ones, which you can reach easily without poking yourself in the eye. After the shoot, I was able to take it home with me, but went through it rather quickly and found myself at the drugstore a few weeks later buying a backup mascara. (I used Black the first time around and then tried out Black Brown because I loved it so much. Both are great.)

P.S. Thank you so much to the team who helped put this video together and for making me feel so comfortable.

I had a blast!

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So last night, I had a crazy realization. I was up late working, creating a post to celebrate what I thought was the blog’s 5th anniversary…but when I looked up my very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008, I was shocked to realize that I have in fact been blogging for SIX years today, not five.

What in the heck? Where did year number five go? I feel like they have all just flown by at record speed. I have no idea. But what I do know, is that I started this site simply to create a personal, creative outlet to express my thoughts and opinions on fashion and design, and since then have had the continuous and immense privilege to work with incredible brands, meet amazing people and receive the love, support and dedication from you, my lovely readers. How lucky am I? I mean, really. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there these past six years.

Now that September is here, I always find it a great time to feel inspired, start fresh and throw caution to the wind, diving head first into my deepest passions and reaching for my biggest dreams. So here’s to a great rest of the year. Cheers my loves! xo

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P.S. My Style Pill’s very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008. 

P.P.S. The post celebrating My Style Pill’s  first BirthdayHow different do I look in this photo?! 

xo

 

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Dress: Donna Morgan / Necklace: J.Crew (old) / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (this color is no longer available, but this fuschia color is gorgeous! / Shoes: Casadei (I bought these heels on Gilt years ago, but they still have the style available in this lipstick red color. Perfect for fall!)

Earlier this summer, I did a photo shoot with the brand Donna Morgan, which is an online shop that offers a great selection of extremely versatile dresses that are easy to style, and retail under $200. I first shared about this project back in June when I showed how I styled this pretty summer maxi from day to night (also worn here). But now with fall upon us, I thought it was season-appropriate to share the second part of the shoot, which shows how I transitioned this little black dress from day to night by using pieces from my own closet.

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Dress: Donna Morgan / Necklace: J.Crew (old) / Blazer: Rag & Bone (gift from Alicia) / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Shoes: Casadei 

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Necklace: Bauble Bar / Jacket: Zara / Bag: Clare V. / Shoes: Zara

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Earrings: From Karla’s Closet x Roman Luxe Collaboration / Jacket: Zara / Clutch: DVF (old, gifted) / Shoes: Zara

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Jacket: IRO (I scored this jacket majorly on sale but this inky-hued, deep purple version is also pretty stunning.) / Necklace: Bauble Bar (gift) / Bag: J.Crew / Shoes: Schutz (old, but similar options here and here)

The thing about a LBD is, it can be worn alone and still look amazing because it represents a polished, chic look, perfect for the office or happy hour, depending on the length and cut of course. :) But sometimes it’s fun to change it up a bit. So for instance, an easy way to create a daytime look is to try and keep the colors a bit brighter to lighten up the look of the dress. In this case, I used a punchy neon bag and pretty lavender shoes. Then for evening styles, I opted for more bold and striking pieces, such as a patterned leopard coat or an edgy maroon leather jacket. xo

P.S. Looking for some great versatile dresses for fall? You’re in luck! Donna Morgan is now offering 15% off the site with the code MSP0915, valid from 9/4-9/6! Happy shopping! xo

 

Yippee, Fashion Week is here!  Can you believe it? How it’s already September 3rd, I have no idea. But it’s an exciting time of year for fashion, and starting today all through next week, it’s going to be crazy, fun, fast-paced and my days will be filled with nonstop shows, events and parties.

And speaking of events and parties, I am proud to share that I will be hosting an event with Marimekko next Wednesday from 5PM-8PM at their New York flagship store on 5th avenue. There will be cocktails, special savings, and I will be giving styling tips and advice on how to incorporate fall trends into your wardrobe, plus how to mix patterns, which Marimekko is famous for. You should definitely stop by. :)

Make sure to RSVP here: http://marimekkoeveoffashion.eventbrite.com/. Hope to see you all there! xo

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RSVP here: http://marimekkoeveoffashion.eventbrite.com/

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This past weekend, I headed up to Whistler for a good friend’s Bachelorette party. I can’t believe I had never been there before, especially since I went to college in Bellingham, Washington, which is about 20 minutes away from the Canadian border. But, regardless, this trip was a blast and I am so happy to have finally experienced this charming town. I can’t wait to go back during the winter and ski!

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 We took a light hike to Lost Lake and sat out on the dock enjoying the view.

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We managed to head back right before it started pouring down rain, but I’m happy I managed to capture some pretty pictures of the lake and trail beforehand.

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After the brief downpour, a double rainbow appeared, which is always breathtaking to see in person. My friend Lacy actually captured this gorgeous photo on her iPhone.

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The girls!

I hope you guys all had a fantastic weekend and feel rested and ready for September.

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

xo

 

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Last Friday, Casey and I ventured over to Captiol Hill where we had lunch at Barrio, then drove over to Madison Park so I could show him Lake Washington. We spent time walking along the water and snapped a few pictures before heading back over to South Lake Union to meet friends for dinner. It was such a beautiful day and Seattle felt pretty magical. Summer here is just my favorite.

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I had to drop him off at the airport tonight (there may have been some tears) but I think the city stole his heart just as I was hoping it would. The trip was a great success and we had a blast. I will be in town for another week so stay tuned for more Seattle-centric photos! xo

Hat: Panama Hat (I found mine in a shop in Spain but this version by Anine Bing is pretty spot on) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Necklace: Forever 21 / Shirt: Zara / Skirt: Michael Kors (I found mine at a consignment shop, but I love this one by Current/Elliott) / Shoes: UGG (old) / Bag: YSL (on loan from Bella Bag)

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Yesterday I took Casey to Kerry Park in Queen Anne. It’s one of my favorite places in the city and I love taking people there when they come to visit because not only is the view breathtaking, I love seeing their initial reaction as we drive up to the overlook. Gorgeous, isn’t it? But on top of wanting to visit Kerry Park for the view, I knew it was the perfect place to shoot this outfit for Lands’ End. I partnered with the brand to try a new pair of their jeans since they recently relaunched their denim line. They are now focusing on achieving a great fit for everyone, offering low, medium and high rises (I’m wearing this style) in soft material and in various washes. The new styles also now come with slightly slanted back pockets and a higher waist in the back that trims your shape immediately. I also really like their chambray shirts, especially the striped one I’m wearing. You can check out more denim styles here!

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Panama Hat: (bought in Spain) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Necklace: Bauble Bar / Shirt: Lands’ End / Jeans: Lands’ End / Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s (mine are an older style, but I also love their new striped version)

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This past weekend I played tour guide with Casey and took him all around Seattle. It was his first time visiting so, of course, we checked out all the classic sites such as the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and Alki Beach to just name a few. Tonight we are going to a Mariners’ game with my family and tomorrow, which is his last day, we’re going kayaking on Lake Union then having dinner at The Pink Door before I have to take him to the airport so he can catch his red eye flight back to New York. I will be staying here a bit longer since I have a bachelorette party in Whistler this coming weekend, but am hoping to have some more great photos to share for the next “Over the Weekend” post!

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Seattle in the summer never fails to dazzle me and this trip has been no different. If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it! xo