Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Y'all

::Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here), Boots old, similar (here and great priced here), Blouse Equipment (similar here), Poncho Anthropologie (here), Skirt J.Crew old, similar (here on sale!), Sunnies Kate Spade (similar)::

This past weekend, fall finally stopped in NC. Aaron and I woke up Sunday morning and had a lovely brunch in Chapel Hill at the Carolina Inn. It was such a beautiful place and we're already planning our next visit. We sat for a bit before ordering and just chatted while we drank coffee which was a nice change from rushing through meals like we usually do. After, we spent the next hour walking around UNC campus chatting about college memories and the weather. The leaves are finally changing here and I couldn't be more excited. It's one of the things I miss most about Ohio. It happens so late here, but once it does, it's really beautiful. It was a great little Sunday and I would be lying if I wasn't sad to see Monday come. 

On another note, this poncho from Anthro was a bit of a splurge for me, but I know Ill be wearing it non stop this season as I also plan to double it as a coat! It's one size so extra big and comfy, plus warm! I am already planning to pair it with jeans and a comfy cotton tee!

Thank you for reading friends! You're amazing!

Monday, October 20, 2014


 ::Dress Nordstrom (here, striped version here), Heels Jessica Simpson (here), Necklaces Mindy Mae's Market c/o (love this necklace), Bracelets David Yurman / Mindy Mae's Market c/o, Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here)::

I am a firm believer that a great dress should be two things: 1. comfortable 2. versatile. This Topshop dress is both of those things. Perfect for the office or an event, it's adorable print and flattering  fit make it timeless and visually appealing. I know Ill be getting tons of wear and my money's worth out of it. Topshop is always a life saver when I need a piece quickly, I know I can pop in and find something fabulous always!

On another note, how is it already Monday again?! The weekends go by much, much too fast my friends. Did y'all do anything fun? We pumpkin patched and carved which was great fun with friends. Now I just need to figure out how to keep out pumpkins alive for Halloween!
Enjoy today and as always, thank you all for reading, it means so much!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Broomstick Favors

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Although Halloween isn't my favorite holiday, I do love the festivities that the holiday brings: pumpkin patches, carving, Halloween decorations, adorable kids in costumes, and etc. This past weekend some of our friends and us headed to a pumpkin patch for a corn maze and some pumpkin buying; after, we all came back to our house for an assortment of food and carving.  To make it easy, I picked up some Digornio Pizzas from Walmart and everyone brought an appetizer to share. It was a no fuss gathering (which are some of the best in my opinion) with good conversation and lots of laughs. 

In advance of the evening, I also picked up a huge bag of Wonka Halloween candy to make cute little favors for everyone. These little witches brooms were filled with candy and so easy to make. Plus, my friends loved having them to snack on throughout the night! I thought I would share this quick and easy tutorial with y'all for your upcoming Halloween gatherings! #treats4all

 1. Each witches broom will take 2 brown paper lunch bags. Cut midway down both bags. After, cut strips to the bottom of the bag around the first bag. Do this on all four sides.
2. After you have cut the first bag, take the second bag and cut fringe about 2 inches. Place the fringed bag inside of the bottom of the first bag (shown in right picture). Fill fringed bag with goodies!
3. Place a pretzel rod (the broomstick) in the center of the bag and gather "tassel papers" around the pretzel. Holding them up around the pretzel, tie up with string of twine.
4. For extra cuteness, add a name tag on the bag and display for guests! Voila, little broomsticks!
Above are the completed pumpkins. Two of my girlfriends choose to "bedazzle" their pumpkins instead of carving which turned out adorable. Mine is the vampire- we all used the stencils that came with our carving stuff to make it easy. 

Do y'all carve pumpkins? I hope our last long enough to light for the Trick or Treaters in a few weeks! #collectivebias

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shrug it off

 ::Sweater c/o Ily Couture (here, I am obsessed), Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here), Jeans Madewell (here), Necklace J.Crew (similar and on sale here), Blouse J.Crew (here), Stacking rings c/o Ily Couture (here), Boots old (similar here, here, and here), Bracelets J.Crew / David Yurman / Macys Sunglasses Michael Kors (here)::

I've had this Ily Couture shrug sweater for a little over two weeks and I've worn it a ton already. I've layered it over blouses, tees and tanks. It was my go to sweater for our Mexico travels since it's light, but still warm. I was so snug on our plane rides! Plus, it's comfy!


This weekend Im heading to do some volunteering and then some pumpkin patching with friends and a carving party! Yay fall! I am hoping the weatherman is lying and it wont be 75 this weekend- Im hoping for 60ish and some warm cider- a girl can hope right? My falls are so different since moving from Ohio- Im so / so about it. Sometimes I miss the Ohio fall so bad, but then on a sunny October warm day I am glad we are here in NC experiencing something different! I'm just thankful we get a little taste of fall late in the year, I would be so sad if I didn't have at least a taste of it!

Do you have fall where you are?

p.s. click over here to Visit On the Daily Express to see a fun little Q&A I did with her!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Smokey Eye Tutorial

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Today I wanted to share an easy smokey eye tutorial with y'all in a few easy steps and since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought it would fun today to take it one step further and turn it into a a little festive makeup tutorial. So in lieu of anything too scary, today I am teaming up with Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes to provide a 1920's flapper makeup tutorial (and also a smokey eye for everyday wear). I don't really plan out Halloween costumes anymore since entering the "real world," but Halloween parties are always springing up and a 1920's flapper girl is such an easy costume to throw together. Smokey eye, Pearls, Headband, fishnets and a LBD and you're good to go. 

Note: I applied my foundation, bronzer, etc. before starting my eyes. I also always start by filling my brows in, you can see my post on that here.

Smokey Eye

1. Use a highlighter under the brow bones and wisp a light powder.

 2. With a makeup brush, slightly wisp a medium brown eye shadow in the crease of your eye. This will serve as a base for the darker shadow that will come later. 

3. Using a fine tip makeup brush, dab highlighter in the crease of your eye. This creates an illuminated effect. 

4. Taking a blending brush, start to dab black eyeshadow over the lash in a round shape. Once the black is filled in the eyelid, use a blender brush to blend out harsh lines. 

4. Next, apply black liner to top and bottom lash lines. 

5. Once eye liner is applied, use a pencil brush to go back in with black eye shadow and trace along the lower lined eye lid. This creates the smokey effect on the bottom lash line as well. Blend the creases together at the outside of the eye. 

6. Apply mascara and voila smokey eye. 

Now, if you're looking for a 1920's look, you just need to add a few more steps. 

1. Add a good false lash! This isn't 100% necessary, but really adds a pop to the face.

2. Using a pinkish/red blush, dab the apples of the cheeks in a circular motion. 

3. Finish with a bright red or dark maroon lipstick and you're ready to party Gatsby style. 

Another thing I love about being a flapper as cliche as it might be, is that I still feel glitzy and glam for the night- not caked in makeup and heavy. Of course, when the night is over, I reach for my Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes and wipe all the makeup away. These Cleansing Towelettes are the perfect thing to always have on hand- after a long day, I hate standing at the sink and scrubbing my makeup off- but these take you from makeup to fresh in just a few wipes. Plus, at retailers like Walmart they are affordable so there is no excuse to go to bed without washing your face first (and your skin appreciates it, trust me). #NeutrogenaFaceOff #ad

Are you dressing up for Halloween? My office wants us to dress up, so this is what Im going as. :)

Scarf Weather

I am finally starting to feel back to normal- I always hate the lag you feel after vacation, know what I mean? Now that we're out of 80 degree weather, I am full on thinking about fall! The boots/scarves/hats! I love them all- especially the layering aspect of a scarf! The more fluffy/oversized the btetter! Here are some that I have my eye on right now, loving so many! How perfect is this leopard ombre scarf? And only $18.00! And that Anthro Aztec scarf looks over sized and soft for only 29.00!

Have you picked up any scarves for fall?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hey y'all, starting today Shopbop is having  25% off sale for TWO DAYS ONLY. Here are some items I am loving and considering- for starters...these stackable rings? I am also eying this houndstooth sweater  (you can't go wrong with classic black and white). If you missed the Tory Burch sale two weeks ago, but have your eye on a new bag for fall, this is a great time to score some great brands for a huge discount- I am loving Rebecca Minkoff lately and the color of this bag is perfect for fall.

And guys, that bedazzled beanie? Er Meh Gersh... Can you tell I'm itching for a bunch?!

Anyway, I hope you score some great pieces, use the code FAMILY25 for two days only! Ends October 16th- go treat yo self!

Ill be back tomorrow with a fall look- I didn't take any outfits in Mexico since it was 80 degrees and didn't really make sense to share them in October!

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