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Now that I am in my early 30s, I have really started to think about how I want to take care of myself and the changes I want to make to live a healthier lifestyle. There are a million things I know I should be better about (drinking more water, wearing sunscreen daily, flossing more regularly, to name a few) but the one thing that my Grandmother and Mother always told me was that it was important to take care of my skin. Not just my face, but my whole body. I’ll admit, I have gotten much better at taking my makeup off before I go to bed and moisturizing my face two times a day. But, I neglect the rest of my skin as far as moisturizing goes. The problem that I have aways found, is my skin is extremely dry and sensitive, and I’ve had far too many experiences where it will get super itchy after using the wrong body wash or lotion.
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However, now that summer is right around the corner and I plan to be in a bathing suit for most of it, I no longer can hide behind an excuse not to take care of my skin head to toe. That said, I’ve decided to make a pledge and switch from not using any type of body moisturizer to making a conscious effort to do so everyday. It may not seem like a hard task, but habits are hard to break. I just have to keep reminding myself that I don’t want to have scaly, wrinkly, dry skin as I get older so I’m tackling the issue now and giving it my best shot!  I now encourage you all to make a pledge of your own! What healthier choices do you want to make in your life?

(This post is sponsored by Olay Sensitive Body Wash and SheKnows. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that allow me to keep doing what I love. xo)

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I seem to really be on a burgundy kick right now. Whether it’s tights, hats, bags or socks even, I love the color and have been incorporating it right and left in my recent outfits. I’ve been dying to pull together all of my favorite wine-colored accessories into one look, and this was the perfect opportunity.

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Brown, like black tights, are a perfect go-to color for everyday wear, and are just as critical to a well-rounded wardrobe. I built this outfit around legwear, and these Super Opaque Tights in rich Espresso and Essential Boot Socks in Deep Burgundy, both from No nonsense, helped me stay cozy in my classic denim cut-offs. You can’t beat this great boot sock, especially when they’re so versatile and the perfect thickness; not too thick or too thin, but just right to wear with an ankle bootie. Paired with a cream sweater and camel coat, this outfit is perfect for me who’s always on the go.
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Hat: J.Crew / Scarf: Zara / Sunglasses: Tom Ford / Coat: J.Crew / Sweater: Top Shop / Shorts: Paige (gifted) / Tights and Socks: No nonsense (gifted) / Boots: Zara / Bag: Alexander Wang
You can easily pick up both of these No nonsense  must-haves at your local drugstore for under $10 each or enjoy an exclusive 20% off site-wide at Nononsense.com, just for My Style Pill readers! Use the code style20 at checkout, valid through 03/31/14.
 Follow No nonsense on Facebook and Pinterest for all the latest news and updates on their stylish and affordable legwear. xo
Shop the look below – there are some great sales going on right now!

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Hat / Ann Taylor Aviators (similar version here) / J.Crew Blouse (old – but similar version here), Schoolboy Blazer and Scarf / Rugby Jeans (old – similar version here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli / F21 Necklace / Michael Kors Watch (via T.J. Maxx) / Clarks “Jolissa Gypsum” Boots (c/o)

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Photos by: Allister
Happy October 1st! I am so happy this month is here, aren’t you? There are a lot of great things happening in the next few weeks, which include my family coming to visit, a quick trip home to Seattle for a fun event (more on that soon!), plus a scenic drive up to Warwick Valley for apple and pumpkin picking. So, I’d say I have quite a few things to look forward to, which always makes me extremely happy and feel very lucky.
Another great thing about fall, is that it offers up the perfect temperature to start wearing jeans, blazers and cute boots. Case in point, these pretty, cognac-colored lace-up booties from Clarks have patiently been waiting to be worn, so I was happy to finally break them out last week for a walk in the neighborhood with the lovely Allister (who also snapped these photos for me). Gotta love autumn in New York. :) xo

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For those of you who don’t know this about me, in addition to maintaining this blog and collaborating on brand campaigns, I work as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant. Though I generally keep my job separate from this platform, it’s been my career for the past five years and is a huge part of my life. So when Staples asked me to use their Arc Notebook and demonstrate how I put it to use, I thought it was the perfect time to explain how I prepare for new or existing clients.

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( First things first: When preparing to meet with a new or existing client, I will usually jot down notes or ideas beforehand: what we’ve discussed their current style is, what they want it to be and how we are going to accomplish that – whether it’s trends we want to try or places we want to shop. Much of what I eventually do with my clients is very hands-on and the final looks are captured on camera, but my preliminary process involves, a pen, a notebook, and often Pinterest to get the ball rolling and create a place to help my notes and ideas come to life. )

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 As a child (of the 80s, I might add), I loved writing and would collect all sorts of stationery, sticky pads and notebooks. To this day, I have boxes of pretty paper and so many random half used notebooks, it’s not even funny. In an age where everything is electronic and done on computers, iPads and iPhones, I find myself even more drawn to putting pen to paper. There is something satisfying about seeing my ideas and thoughts come to life on a fresh sheet of paper. As I’ve gotten older, much of the work I do requires lists and note taking. I have come to rely on larger, sturdier notebooks that aren’t flimsy and are easy to flip through. With that said, I am happy to say that this Arc Notebook fits all of my criteria and has been perfect for client meetings, jotting notes and just generally keeping me organized. Do you guys have a system when it comes to keeping yourself on track?

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I’ve always loved making fun mini films on my iPhone or back in the day, walking around with my video camera capturing funny moments of my friends, but I never took the time to truly edit the film, add music or make it into anything worth sharing. So, when I was introduced to a special film making application by French Connection, which allows you to make a unique scene from pre-made film clips from their new campaign, I jumped at the chance to give it a try.
All the backdrops are set in the lovely town of Portofino, Italy and is all about whimsy and romance. What’s fun is, it’s all up to you and takes a matter of maybe five minutes. You get to be the director and create the perfect mini film, all edited together for you at the end.
The next best thing is, once you have created your film, you can enter it in their contest and get a chance to win a trip to the Sydney Film Festival, complete with a shopping spree, and your scene will be played live in French Connection stores as part of their campaign.
You can watch my mini film here, which I based off of two best girlfriends that are on a spring break together in Europe, which is very reminiscent of how I spent my junior year abroad with one of my best friends, frolicking around the mediterranean coast – just us being girlie, and it was a blast. Hope you enjoy!
Just wanted to do a little recap of all the great things Chevy Malibu has been doing lately. For those of you just joining, you can read all about my adventure with Helena here and here, where we drove a brand new, red Malibu upstate for a weekend getaway. Then there was the fashion show and meet and greet with Isaac in LA, that sadly I couldn’t attend, but my good friend Helena did – view her cute photos here. And now, the Isaac Mizrahi x Chevy Malibu collection, that I have been patiently waiting for, is available on Living Social, which you can view and purchase here! Lastly, I will be doing a giveaway next Friday with all the items, which will include the blouse, driving moccasins, red colored skinny jeans and a double handle tote bag. Helena is doing her giveaway today, so head on over and enter since there is even more of a chance for you all to win these great pieces!

P.S. Here is a cute video of Isaac and his muses to give you a better idea of what this great program is all about!
{ Disclaimer: I have been invited by Chevrolet to be a partner for the 2013 Malibu Style program. I have received compensation for my time and expertise. All opinions are my own and do not reflect the experience you may have. }

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Zara Jacket and Boots / Old Navy Shirt / Rugby Jeans / HRH Necklace (c/o) / Kipling Celene Laptop Tote (c/o) / Bracelets: Charlotte Russe, C.Wonder, J.Crew, Tory Burch / Coach Watch
Since I work for myself, my day to day is constantly changing depending on what’s happening with certain projects, clients or stories at the time. And, since I don’t go to a traditional office, on days that I am at home, getting caught up on emails, I prefer to try and get out of the apartment and head to my favorite coffee shop for a change of scenery. But that requires lugging my computer with me, which always ends up being put in a random tote bag or my purse, which can’t be good for my beloved MacBook Pro.
So, when Kipling asked me to give their tech-friendly tote a try, I jumped at the chance. I love that it has lots of pockets and compartments for all my necessities, which helps me stay organized, while keeping my laptop away from anything that could scratch or bang it up. I’ve found it’s a much better option than shoving it into my everyday purse, which is full of things like keys, sunglasses, a pair of heels and my SLR camera. Yes, I’d say this trusty little tote is a much better option for my everyday life. (I think I hear my laptop thanking me as I type… :)

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens
To learn more about Kipling, follow them on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest!
 Disclosure: This is a collaboration between My Style Pill and Kipling – product and compensation was provided. All opinions and content are my own.

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Zara Jacket, Top, Leggings and Boots / Coach Watch (c/o) / Delphine Kipling Bag (c/o)

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After living in New York for eight years and working for myself for the past four, I find that taking breaks from the city helps me feel more grounded and centered when things get a little too hectic. So, my remedy tends to be to head home to Seattle as much as I can, and because of my flexible schedule it allows me to see my family and friends more often than not, which is pretty great in my mind. :)
And speaking of flying home, I am headed to Washington on tomorrow for a quick reprieve and am bringing this handy Kipling cross-body with me. I love a trusty and wearable bag that can withstand the daily wear and tear I impose on it since I tend to be fairly hard on my bags – poor things. Plus when traveling, everyone needs a bag with easy-to-get-to compartments for necessary items, such as a place for their licence, debit card, phone and keys, that you can grab at a moments notice. Check out all the other great cross body bags that Kipling as has to offer, here!

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens
To learn more about Kipling, follow them on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest!
 Disclosure: This is a collaboration between My Style Pill and Kipling – product and compensation was provided. All opinions and content are my own.