Hello Monday! Kicking this week off with a new outfit post-I love this outfit, I wore it around on Saturday to run a few quick errands, so I wanted to be somewhat comfy but the added heels gave the outfit a little edge! The weather here in Chicago on Saturday was a little cool but the sun was shinning and that made it feel much warmer, so I wanted an outfit that was fashionably fall, but not too warm that I would be overheating! This long cardigan is so amazing! It is a wonderful fall transition piece, being that it is lightweight and it is super cute! It is also a piece in which you can dress up or down, and we all know I am a huge fan of those pieces. Unfortunately the black is not an option anymore, but they do have a wine colored one that I cannot wait to get my hands on! 🙂
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This. Sweater. Is. Amazing. There is absolutely no other way to describe it, besides as a sweater that you need ASAP! It is so comfy, well made, and just perfect! Not to mention it is under $30, did you hear that, UNDER $30, that is unheard of for a knit sweater! I recommend purchasing it one size up for a more oversize cozy fit! I also wanted to shout out H&M, they seriously have the best fall clothing this season, all of the sweaters are perfect and I want to purchase them all! PS. You’re welcome 😉
The season of layering and accessorizing is upon us, which means having a few great accessories that will truly accentuate your style this season is a must! The triangular hinge bracelet above is my absolute favorite, I literally wear it ALL the time! I love that it can be dressed up or worn casually! I have included a few other accessories that are a must have this season and that will enhance your fall style!
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Working out. Ugh those dreaded words. Yes, working out can be a pain at times- but there are so many benefits to doing so! I am not going to lecture you about the benefits of working out because lets be honest, you either know or you see it all over social media. Instead, I am going to provide you with a quick 20 minute workout that you can incorporate into your daily routine! Now let me put this out there, I am by no means a trainer or a certified workout instructor, but I do enjoy working out and I have included this 20 minute workout into my daily routine and I personally have seen great results. Not only do I see my body toning, but I have more energy throughout the day! Plus you only need about 20 minutes! There is literally no excuse as to why you cannot add this workout in daily, it is so quick! I choose to do my workout in the morning, it gives me a little boost in the a.m- but you can do it midday or in the evening, whatever works best for YOU!
Okay lets get started!
20 Leg Lifts
10 Second Break
50 Knee highs
20 Straight leg sit-ups
10 Second break
10 Jump squats
1 Min plank
20 Donkey Kicks
Once you complete each circuit take a 1 minute break, then repeat for a final time!
Fall is officially here y’all! Grab your PSL’s, grab your chunky sweaters, and grab your booties! It’s time to celebrate! Okay, maybe I need to tone it down a little.. But if you couldn’t tell, fall is my absolute favorite season! I love everything about it and I anticipate the cool crisp weather as soon as the 4th of July is over. I am slightly, just slightly, obsessed. I love the fall style, the fall foods, and the fall activities, but one thing I anticipate the most is decorating my house for the season. In this post I am going to detail 10 decorating tips that will for sure enhance your season décor this fall!
Candles are a must for fall decorating, add them to your tabletop, add them to your coffee table, add them to your mantle- heck add them pretty much anywhere! Candles not only fill your home with amazing fall smells, but they also welcome that cozy fall feeling into your home.
2. Fall Pillows:
Photo By: Chapman Place Blog
Pillows will literally add coziness to your home décor this fall, I mean, what is more cozy than laying on the couch surrounded by a bunch of great pillows?! Adding pillows to the mix is an easy way to bring the season into your home, not to mention there are so many adorable fall pillows available. Some décor pillows can get a little pricy, so if you are looking to save some cash this fall, look into buying decorative fall pillow covers for the pillows that you already have. Etsy and Pottery Barn are great places to browse various pillows and covers!
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I have found this detail to be the easiest and cheapest way to add fall flare to our décor. You can simply go outside and pick out a few good looking branches, add them to a vase, and Voila! Décor! I have also seen some individuals add a little glitter or frost to them once they are in a vase, just to spice them up a tad, but you can also string some lights throughout the branches as well!
Photo Credits: Image 1- The Perfect Palette. Image 2- 100 Layer Cake. Image 3- HomeBNC
This is without a doubt my favorite way to decorate my home in the fall. I love to add small pumpkins to my table and randomly throughout the house. Seriously, nothing screams fall more than pumpkins! I favor the light colored pumpkins, simply because I gravitate towards a neutral color scheme when decorating, but I also add a few orange or green ones as well. However the white ones are also great because you can take a gold marker and beautifully script season related words on them- this will help enhance the look!
Photo Credit: Image 3- Dot and So
There is probably nothing better than spending a cool, crisp, fall evening laying on the couch bundled in a big comfy blanket. Which is why I see it as a must to add various throw blankets to your décor. Drape them over the couch, drape them over a chair, or even fill an accent basket with them- it all works the same!
Photo Credit: Image 1- French Country Cottage
Flowers do not have to be restricted for the summer and spring months. Flowers have the ability to make any house feel like home, so try to incorporate them into your décor throughout the entire year. Mums are a wonderful fall accent, they look just as great inside as they do lining your front porch! Also, if you are like me and obsess over white flowers, do not hesitate to add those to your neutral fall color scheme.
7. Banners & Garland
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Banners and or garland are a must have in my home during the fall. I think they are so cute and truly accentuate the décor, there are so many banners with adorable phrases, images, and colors that will be the finishing touch. These banners and garland also look adorable intertwined with a strand of lights!
What would the season be without a festive wreath?! They’re simple, yet amazing, plus there are endless DIY wreath projects that are easy, and look just as great as ones that cost $30+ in stores.
Photo Credit: Image 1: Shanty 2 Chic. Image 2: The Window Seat
Yes, just yes. During the fall you will literally find pinecones scattered all over the house (my pup loves them). If you have never incorporated pinecones in your fall décor, you definitely should start! I purchase the scented ones from Whole Foods, I am not sure what the scent is but it screams fall, but you can also collect pinecones from the yard and add various scents to them yourself! I will follow-up with another blog post this week on how to make your pinecones scented and have that smell last!
10. Halloween Trinkets:
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, which may elevate my excitement for fall, so I always try to add Halloween decorations to the mix. I have a banner with little dancing skeletons on it, Halloween towels for in the kitchen, ghost lights, and various other small Halloween pieces. You can make the Halloween decorations as subtle or as extreme as you want, and the nice thing about these decorations is that there does not have to be any rhyme or reason to them. Meaning you can go out and purchase random pieces from the store, or use decorations that you have had for years!
I’ll admit it, I am a makeup junkie! I love trying new products to see what products I love and what products I could live without. Makeup shopping brings out my inner child, I get so excited and I. Want. It. All. Whenever my boyfriend, Thomas, & I are walking past Sephora or a makeup counter, he does his absolute best to try and distract me- hoping that this time he will not be suckered into ‘browsing’ makeup for the next hour. I have to swatch all the beautiful lipstick colors, eye shadows, highlighters, and bronzers. I love it. Which is why I am so excited to share this post with y’all! Below I have listed my current favorite makeup products, and why you need them in your life. Like now.
MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
This has been my go-to foundation for years! Of course I have tried other foundations that I have liked, BUT I always come back to MAC’s Matchmaster foundation. It is full coverage and lasts for hours- and when I say it lasts for hours, I mean it literally lasts all day! I have worn this foundation for 12+ hours & it looks the same at the end of the night as it did when I applied it in the morning. It is a full coverage foundation, so when you wear it your face will look flawless. To top it off, this foundation contains SPF 15… love it! I always ensure to find a foundation that has some type of SPF in it because it is so very important to protect your skin- lets fight wrinkles early ladies!
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Bronzer: ‘Give Me Sun!’
I recently fell in love with this bronzer and have not used any other bronzer since. It is a universal color, I have extremely fair skin and it looks beautiful with my complexion, but I have also seen it on individuals with a darker complexion and it looks just a beautiful! This bronzer does not go on streaky or muddy, it is perfectly formulated so the application is smooth and flawless- AKA you need this in your life!
Becca X Jaclyn Hill: Champagne Pop Highlighter
Hello, highlight! If you are in need of a highlighter that will amplify your natural beauty then you need Champagne Pop! I love this product because it is not overwhelming, it is a highlighter that is subtle and will accentuate the high points of your cheek, allowing you to achieve a healthy luminous glow.
Cover FX: Custom Enhancer Drops
Uhm, these drops are so amazing! You can add this product to your foundation, primer, serum, and moisturizer to easily and efficiently add highlight to your daily look. A little goes a long way, so make sure you do not over do it, but I promise you that you will fall in love with these enhancer drops!
Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Definer
Filling in your brows has never been so easy! The Brow Definer has a unique triangle tip that allows you to easily outline and fill your brows. All Anastasia brow pencil’s have a spooley on the end for the intention to seamlessly blend the color, which really enhances the look of your brow! The Brow Definer is perfect for an individual who is looking to fill in the sparse areas of their brows.
Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Wiz
Yes, I do have both the Brow Wiz & the Brow Definer and yes, I do need them both! When I am looking for my brows to be more defined I use the Brow Wiz- the small tip really allows for that precise and defined look, without looking overdrawn.
Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
Okay, by now you are probably thinking ‘she must be obsessed with her brows’, and I definitely would not say that you are wrong! My natural brows are very small and choppy looking, so I have devoted a lot of time into finding the perfect products that will enhance my brows without them looking like a tattoo. Benefit’s Gimme Brow Gel is so amazing for the days when you are not wearing a lot, or any, makeup. The application is so effortless, on days when I am running a few quick errands I quickly throw this on my brows, without any other makeup, just to hide my natural choppy brows!
Kat Von D: Tattoo Liner
I love a good winged eyeliner look and you cannot achieve the perfect wing without the perfect eyeliner. We have all had those days when we cannot get our eyeliner to match how it looks on the other eye, well let me tell you, those days become way less when you have the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in your life! The flexible felt tip glides across the lash-line smoothly for a fluid application, oh and it is waterproof and will last you ALL day! I also love this product because it is the only felt tip eyeliner that last for months!
Laura Mercier: Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Do you want your makeup to look flawless all day? Then drop what you are doing and purchase the Laura Mercier Setting Powder now! This powder is translucent and lightweight, I apply it to my face once I finish all the liquid products (foundation and concealer) and it does not result in that dreaded cakey feeling. It instantly eliminates grease and unwanted shine, and your bronzer, blush, and highlighter glides over it so smoothly!
Urban Decay: Naked Skin Weightless Complete Cover Concealer
The Naked Concealer has been my go to concealer for the past 3 years and I have yet to find a concealer that will make me change my ways. I am so devoted to this product, but for all the right reasons! My biggest issue with concealer is the fact that so many seem to crease, well not the Naked Concealer, it does not crease and the application is effortless.
Morphe: 350-S Shimmer Nature Glow Eye Shadow Palette
How gorgeous is this palette?! I mean come on! SO beautiful. Morphe’s palettes are all so beautiful, the color combinations are fabulous and they are perfectly formulated to feel creamy even as a powder. I purchased the 350-S palette earlier in the year and fell in love with it and I am loving the colors all over again for fall! Plus most palettes are under $40 and right now they are on sale for $22.99!
ColourPop Individual Eye Shadows
Okay, last product! I have recently re-fallen in love with these eye shadows, they are individual size and all the color options are gorgeous. They apply so beautifully and are so pigmented! Plus, they are only $5!! Not to mention you receive $5 off of your first purchase…You’re welcome! 🙂