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JCrew Fall Sale

JCrew Fall Sale


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JCrew just started a huge sale! Almost everything is 40% off with the code GOBIG. Even if the weather hasn't quite cooled down where you live, this sale is a great time to get some basic fall and winter pieces at a sale price. 

Cashmere sweaters are a fall and winter staple. These are thin enough to layer but will still keep you warm. I love both the vneck and turtleneck options. For something with a print, I'm getting this leopard sweater to wear with black leather pants!

When anyone asks for coat recommendations, I always suggest JCrew coats first. They can be an investment but will last you years! At 40% off this is the time to get one. They always sell out by the end of the season. This lady coat is my absolute favorite dress coat! The nipped in waist creates a flattering figure even when you have several layers on. I've had this style for several years and I still love it! For a more casual coat silhouette, I am a big fan of the cocoon coat. I have wanted one for years, and last year finally purchased this grey one!

Will you be stocking up on any Fall or Winter items?
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Is it time for Fall?

Is it time for Fall?


It is late September, you are tired of Summer, football has started and pumpkin spice is everywhere.. which means all you want to do is wear Fall clothes. Is this just me? While the temperatures are not cooperating for me to actually pull out my sweaters, tights and boots, I have started to wear a bit darker of colors and patterns to start transitioning to Fall. 

Outfits can be a little tougher during this time and below I'm showing how I would style an item now and in when the temps are cooler. Being able to style items now and thru the Fall and Winter will extend your wardrobe, and who doesn't love that? I recently picked up these leopard shorts at Zara. While they are shorts, something about leopard typically makes me think of cooler seasons. I wore a version of this first outfit on a bachelorette party last weekend. I loved how flattering the cut was and how they make a statement while still being really comfortable. 






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Munich and Oktoberfest

Munich and Oktoberfest


During our almost two weeks in France, Austria & Germany last Fall, we spend the most time in Munich. Our first and last days were spent in Paris (see here) and then went to Austria for 3 days (see here).  We had a few day trips we wanted to take from Munch so we gave ourselves the most time in this city. The whole reason for this trip and the timing of it was Oktoberfest! It has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I can't believe I finally got to experience it. This post is a little long but I really wanted to share all the information I had and everything I can learned while we where there. I'll be doing another post on 2 day trips we took in Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp and Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Augustiner Brau - One of the oldest breweries and taverns in Munich. Their beer is one of the major beers served at Oktoberfest! Augustiner has a long and interesting history. Take it all in as you sit in the basement and have traditional bavarian food! The atmosphere is fun and a mixture of locals and tourists.

Eataly Munich - During our first night in Munich, we needed a good meal and it was pretty late. I've been to several Eataly's and they never disappoint. Our big bowls of pasta and bottle wine were the mid trip break we needed from sausages and beer.

Victuals Market - This daily market has a little bit of everything. You can wander thru over a 100 vendors and shops. For an alternative to eating at a restaurant you have  plenty to pick from at the many stalls. You can really spend a half day wandering the market. It's a great place to find some interesting souvenirs.

See/To Do



Marienplatz - As the main square of Munich since 1158, I recommend it as a first stop in the city. Use it as a central point to start a walk around the area. There are plenty of places to shop and eat as you explore. Dating back over 100 years,  the main attraction in the square is the Glockenspiel. 2 (or 3 times in the summer) the Glockenspiel chimes and the life-size figures re enact a the 16th century marriage of a local duke. The second level re enacts another story from that time period.

The blocks surrounding Marienplatz are worth wandering thru. Its a historic and well preserved area. So whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, it is well worth getting lost and discovering.



Oktoberfest - I honestly could do a whole post over just Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a giant yearly beer festival in Munich that has been a tradition for over 200 years. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to partake in the festival. It is a little over 2 weeks long and it typically starts at the end of September and goes into October. The festival is really unlike anything else in the world. There are food booths, games and small rides all over the fairgrounds!

The big attraction are the numerous beer tents. There are big and small tents and each one has their own vibe and decor! We researched and read all about all the tents. No matter what tent you use, you can't reserve a table unless you have a group of 8 or more. You will also need to make those reservations months if not a year in advance. For those, like us, that don't have a big group or those that don't want to make a reservation you will have to work a little harder to get a seat. The best strategy is to look for open seats at a table and then ask those sitting there if you can join! Waitresses will walk around and take your order for beer and food. Cash is preferred and sometimes the only thing the beer tents take. I recommend giving a big tip on your first round and then the waitress will make sure to come back to you!


Buying a Dirndl - If you are going to Oktoberfest or just want a great keepsake, buying a dirndl should be on your to do list. Its an experience itself. During Oktoberfest, they are basically sold everywhere but your first stop should be Original Steindl which is just a few blocks from the Marienplatz. The dirdnl has three parts: the dress, skirt and top. Some are sold all together and others you can pick each part individually.

English Garden - One thing we didn't have time to see but I wish we had was the English Garden. Named for the style of park, it is one of the largest urban public parks in the world. There are several different areas including a Japanese teahouse, Chinese Tower and artificial stream where you can surf.

Getting Around

Munich is a major air and plane hub so it is not difficult to get to. We came from Salzburg, which is about a two hour train ride.

I found Munich to be one of the easiest cities to get around! The subway system is really easy to navigate and stretches to almost anywhere you would want to travel to. We bought a 3 day ticket that you can use to ride the subway as much as you need each day.

Also check out the bus system, from our air bnb in Munich it was the easiest & fastest way to get to the airport on our last day.


Stay

Like the rest of our trip we booked an air bnb for our time in Munich. Like I mentioned earlier, Munich is really easy to get around so we didn't mind staying a little farther outside the main area. Our air bnb was a few blocks away from the English Garden. We had a short walk to the subway to get wherever we needed to.
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White Hot

White Hot



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When you are in the middle of wedding planning you have to make so many decisions. One decision that shouldn't be stressful is what to wear to all of the fun parties and showers that are thrown for you. Last week I was helping a friend of mine find an outfit for her upcoming couple's shower and after searching I realized there are so many cute options out right now. It was fun to find her some different dresses and rompers to try.  

While I don't think you have to wear white for any of your wedding events, it is what color my friend wanted to wear.  One of my favorite looks is this jumpsuit! It really can be worn for almost any wedding event but I love it most for an engagement party or couple's shower.

For a shower or other day time events, this cut out dress and off the shoulder option are so dreamy and feminine. They would also be great to pack for a beach honeymoon!

For options that are a little different, I would suggest this assymetrical dress. With just subtle assymetry and a classic neckline it is a mix of modern but classic. 
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Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan

Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan


Suncare is important year round but really something we should all focus on during the Spring and Summer.  It's no secret that I took suncare seriously. Sunscreen has changed a lot in the last few years. There are so many options when it comes to how to protect your skin.  It is not just about lotions anymore. Below are some new types of products to integrate into your routine. 

I'm also sharing how I get a faux tan. Just because we are protecting our skin doesn't mean we can't have a summer glow. 

  1. Sunscreen Oil - If you have ready any of my skincare posts, you'll know I love face oil. Over the past few years it has become my favorite skincare products. I've now switched to using a this sunscreen oil in the morning all over my face and body on any days I'm going to be outside. This formula soaks in and doesn't feel greasy. Once it has soaked in you can apply make up over it with out any issues. It is moisturizing and nourishing and gives a soft glow that I love.




2. Setting Mist -  I know many people are skeptical about whether a setting spray works of not, but I've always been a believer. When you combine one with spf, I'm really in. This product not only keeps your makeup on longer but it applies an even coat of spf 50. It is an especially great travel item.






3. Setting Powder - Another dual purpose item, this product sets make up, applies sunscreen and mattifies your face. It is the perfect product to use as a sunscreen touch up over makeup. It will soak up any oil as well.

Color Science Setting Powder - Supergoop Setting Powder


I've tried my fair share of self tanners and had plenty of bad experiences. Finding a combination of natural color, even application and a great smell is not easy. I've never had as natural of color as St. Tropez and Tan Towels. St. Tropez's foams (here and here) go on smooth and evenly. The foam is colorless and has just a slight but pleasant smell. It gives subtle color that you can build but you will tell a difference after one application. I have recently starting using this tanning mitt and the application has been even easier. 

Tan Towels are single use towels infused with self tanner. Application is easy because you just swipe the towels across your body. Since there aren't any liquids with this product, it's so easy to take on vacations. 

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