cozy blouse for fall

Happy Monday y’all! It was a whirlwind weekend for me. Now that I have a job, all I want to do is sleep in and catch up on all the chores I wasn’t able to get done during the week. How fun am I? As a Dallas fashion blogger with plenty of things to blog about, I better step it up! Saturday, David and I went out to lunch and had regrettable, greasy bar food. Hint: I don’t regret it! I also got to wear this super comfy, slouchy top over the weekend from ShoptheMint.com!

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Fall Basics to Wear With Anything

When I saw this top, I totally fell in love with it! I love cozy things that I can wear during the chilly months. Instantly I thought how perfect this top would be with a big blanket scarf for added coziness! Plus, I mean can we talk about the color? Burgundy is a signature fall color and one that’s well represented in my closet. This Slouchy Dolman Tunic is a steal at $24 and it’s an exclusive color that won’t be around for long!

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I paired my slouchy tunic with my favorite gold nautical knot necklace and my chic Kate Spade bag. You’ll probably be seeing these accessories and this top a lot this season, so get used to it! Some of my favorite things in my closet are just simple basics that I come back to again and again. My tunic will definitely be one of those things. I’m not the type that likes to wear skin tight clothing and frankly I don’t have the ripped abs to make it look good either. Comfort is just too important to me! Wearing comfortable clothes shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, that’s why I really like cozy tops like this one.

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Fall basics are something I can’t have enough of. As the season gets going, you’ll be seeing a lot more of my favorites! In the meantime, check out my comfy top from ShoptheMint.com, it won’t disappoint! Enjoy your Monday!

-Liz

*Sponsored by ShoptheMint.com

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Good morning girls! Today I wanted to share with you a new beauty product I really enjoy. As you can probably tell, I love talking about skincare products and reviewing some of my favorites. Product reviews help everyone out because we all hate buying a new, pricey skincare product and then finding out it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hydropeptide, a skincare company that specializes in anti-aging products, sent me their “On the Go-Glow” travel size set of anti-wrinkle serums to test out. Here’s what I thought!

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Professional Packaging

First impressions are lasting impressions. A product could be relatively useless but if it’s packaged pretty people will buy it. Marketing is everything these days! Hydropeptide didn’t disappoint with their packaging. The travel sized bottles came in a cute little off-white makeup bag! The bottles all varied in sizes and shapes. I really liked that the company branded themselves as a company that bases their products in science. The cute little molecules on the logo were a great touch!

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Simple Skincare Regiment

Another thing I loved about the skincare line was how simple it was. No repetitive “rinse and repeat” nonsense that takes too long. Ain’t nobody got time for that! All it required was that I started out with a clean face (no makeup or visible dirt) and apply each product one at a time. A little went a long way too, which is nice because I know I’m getting the most for my money!

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Quality Feel in Skincare Products

I can always tell based on smell and texture if a product is decent. I’ve tried so many “lotions and potions” as my mom calls them and many of them have one thing in common: oil. Not all oil is bad but when it’s excessive it makes the product feel runny, like it’s ingredients will break me out in acne. No one needs that! My favorite product amongst the ones they sent me was the Purifying Mask. It was smooth and creamy with just a tiny bit of texture so your skin has something to grab onto.

Hydropeptide is offering you guys 20% off the “On-the-Go Glow” travel kit using codeย BBACK20A! Be sure to take advantage of this if you can!

-Liz

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Blanket Scarf for Fall Happy Wednesday girls! My photographer (aka “boyfriend”) wasn’t available for pictures so please excuse my iPhone usage. I hope your week is going nicely and you’re enjoying the sun though! It’s my second week “on the job” for my new company and I’m really liking it. Of course, the first few weeks are the easiest, but I think I’ll pretend it’ll be this great for awhile. You know, live in blissful ignorance? Anyway, since Labor Day has come and gone, I wanted to focus a post on tasteful ways to wear white after Labor Day. It’s such an old rule, but one that can be bent a little!

Wearing White After Labor Day

One of my favorite ways to incorporate white after Labor Day is white jeans or on my lazier days, white jeggings. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be totally on board with leggings or jeggings being worn in public but I must say, they are comfy! No Nonsense sent me a pair of their bright white jean leggings to try and I really liked them with my favorite red tunic top. It’s a simple look that makes a stylish statement. Best of all, it’s easy to wear!

White Leggings

If I’m going to wear something white during the fall or winter, I’ll pair it with seasonal colors so it won’t stand out as “oh my, she’s wearing white after Labor Day!”. For this outfit, I wore the red tunic and camel-colored peep toe heels with a plaid blanket scarf. If that doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does! In the same way, if it were winter I’d wear shades of blue, purple, and maybe even some pink. Simple little touches like these can completely transform an outfit.

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White isn’t as taboo to wear after Labor Day as it once was. The old rules of dressing are slowly being changed with each generation. White is so clean and crisp anyway, why would you ban it even if it’s only for a season?

-Liz

*Thanks to No Nonsense for collaborating on this post

Happy Monday gals! I had a serious case of the Sunday scaries yesterday and the only way to solve it was by heading to Target and taking my sweet little time browsing the Target dollar section. Honestly, it’s therapeutic! Everything I could possibly want is between $1 and $5. Seasonal items, stationary, mugs, adult coloring books, you name it- the dollar spot has it. Piggy backing off of my post last week about office chic items, I figured I’d share with you a few affordable alternatives to the items I featured last week! Starting with some cute stationary- look at these adorable ‘hello’ notecards and pencils for $1 each! *Happy dance*

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Cute file folders

I’m a big fan of organization and a good bargain. These file folders combine both of those things! $1 each and they have multiple designs. If I can find a cute gold file holder on sale sometime, I’ll be putting these on my desk to double as artwork!

Desk top calendar

These pastel wooden pencils are $1 and the notepad/mousepad is $1 too! You can’t beat that price! The watercolor illustrations on the notepad are so pretty. When I saw this, it totally made my day! I’ve seen some that have the days of the week on them and others that are blank note pages. Keep your eye out for new ones!

Cheap Recipe binder

Since moving out on my own, I realize how precious and wonderful having my mom and grandmom’s recipes are. I’ll be darned if I can ever write them down though! I always end up calling my mom asking how to make this or that. Having a recipe book to keep everything in would be really helpful! This one was only $5 in the Target dollar spot! It has sections in it to divide appetizers from main dishes and so on.

Pretty Storage Boxes

Storage boxes are the best things ever for organization! I always have loose papers on my desk and just being able to put them all in one place is so helpful! These boxes run between $10 and $13 based on the size. How pretty would a few of them be sitting on your desk at work though?

Day Designer agenda

I feel like I’m on a never-ending quest to find the perfect planner at a decent price! Normally, I’m a Lilly Pulitzer girl (so is my mom after I bought her one!) but lately I feel like I need something even bigger. I found a Day Designer planner at Target and just loved it! How pretty is the floral design? It mimics the ones Kate Spade and a few other designers have but for under $20!

Pretty clipboards

Finally, this is probably one of the cutest finds of my afternoon shopping! I love clipboards even though I don’t have a use for one. The zebra and floral themes were really pretty and so much more fun than the boring old traditional ones our gym teachers carried around. These were priced around $10.

Treat yo’ self and pick up a few new desk accessories for this week! Even a pack of new pencils totally brightens my day!

-Liz

 


kate spade inspired desk supplies

Girl Boss Desk Supplies

Happy Friday gals! Since starting my new job, which by the way I love, I’m coming to notice that your office is your home away from home. You need to love it! My “office” is more of a desk in a big room with a few other coworkers, but nonetheless it’s still my own little space. Decorating an office space is probably the most exciting part of a new job. It’s certainly my favorite part! My office building in Downtown Dallas is actually an old warehouse converted into office space. How neat is that? Here are a few things I’m adding to my desk!

Kate Spade Pens and Pencils

Kate Spade is my go-to for everything! Sometimes I can even get a good deal on desk supplies. However, if her prices aren’t in your price range, the Target dollar spot is a good place to find chic office supplies for cheap! Some of my favorite things come from Target. Target also has a great selection of Kate Spade inspired planners and notebooks. This year, I’m definitely investing in the super pretty gold polka-dot planner for work. You wouldn’t believe my to-do list!

Stationary and Calendars from the Rifle Paper Co.

Ever since I walked into Anthropologie and began browsing the little desk supplies and home decor area, I fell in love with the Rifle Paper Company’s pretty calendars. Knowing that my job requires so much organization, I’ll not only need my Google calendar to stay on task, but also a pretty wall calendar. You can’t be too organized! Plus, I just love the 2017 Bon Voyage theme! Next year when I’m finished with the calendar, I’ll repurpose it and frame all the illustrations for my wall!

Travel Mugs and Swell Water Bottles

I’m a big fan of keeping your own coffee mugs and water bottles at the office. Why? Because mine are cuter and way more fun than the ones in the office kitchen. I love the ‘But First Coffee’ travel mug from Ban.do! Gold and white is my favorite color scheme. Swell water bottles are alsoย becoming popular and are on my wish list. They aren’t what you might consider affordable, but there are other alternatives if you’d prefer to save some money! Having both of these items at my desk also adds a little personality to my space!

I’m so excited to start this new journey in my life! Moving to Dallas was a little scary but it’s really worth it when you find a place you love and a job you enjoy. Never be afraid of the unknown, girls! There’s so much out there to do!

-Liz


Valentia pure glow moisturizer

Hey gals! I hope your week is going well! I’m still settling into the dry heat here in Dallas. This Maryland girl is used to humidity! The first time I ever saw a cactus was in San Antonio and I just about flipped, I thought it was the coolest thing! In the same moment I noticed that the ground was cracked open. Such a bizarre thing to see for someone who grew up by the water! With all this dry heat, my skin has suffered and gets flaky throughout the day. My skin is also sensitive, so I have to be careful with moisturizers. Luckily, I tried Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer and it worked wonders on my skin!

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Like I said, my skin is sensitive! When I first tried the moisturizer, I was a little nervous. It doesn’t take much for my skin to itch and burn from a simple ingredient. I was pleasantly surprised when my skin felt good and dare I say, happy? The moisturizing ingredients are paraben free (parabens are a kind of makeup preservative) and can even be pronounced! Things like ginseng and shea butter are in this product!ย DSC_2160

The process of putting it on is simple: Put it on before your makeup or before you go to bed (or both if your skin is extra dry). If you want the full Valentia regiment, use the cleansing and toning serums. I love that it’s a cream and not an oil or butter-like paste. A little goes a long way too, which I appreciate as beauty products can empty the pocket book pretty fast!

Anytime I’ve ever gone into a beauty store and bought a skincare item, the salespeople always ask me if I have a good moisturizer. That’s how important skincare is. Makeup can’t work wonders without a good base to start with. Taking care of our skin is so important to keep it healthy and looking nice!

Liz

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