October 21, 2016

Lace Up Shirtdress and the Perfect Work Pumps

Now that I'm back to working in a business casual environment I've been wearing lots of shirtdresses again. I love the simplicity and classic look of the shirtdress. On days that you may have snoozed a couple times, simple no fail outfits are important!

The lace up detail updates this shirt dress! I have been loving the lace up trend for awhile and finally decided to pick up something. You can lace the top up tighter during work and then loosen it up for drinks after! This dress is currently sold out. I love this black lace up dress and the shirt version. This is another great option too!

I needed another pair of classic pumps to wear to work. After a friend recommended Banana Republic's pumps I purchased this pair. I've now worn this pair a few times and they are the perfect work pump! The height is just the right height to wear all day. I love the pointed toe and how it elongates your legs! The aren't kidding when they call it the Madison 12 hour pump, they are so comfortable!! After a crazy day at the office, my feet still felt great! We need to talk about the color too! The pump comes in 8 colors but the plum is by far my favorite. It's a rich stunning hue that is the color for Fall. I may need another pair in this stunning emerald green!

Lace Up Shirt Dress, sold out (similar here and here)

October 19, 2016

The Latest Trend: Velvet

Certain fabrics lend themselves to particular seasons. Plaid pops up in stores even before the first leaf changes color. Another fabric that comes with the cool weather is velvet! This soft, luxurious fabric is especially popular this year. I would definitely call it the fabric of the season! I just ordered these booties and plan on wearing them all the time!

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Typically velvet lends itself to nicer pieces, like dresses and skirts. I love the burn out pattern on this shift dress! This bell sleeve dress would be a great item for upcoming Holiday parties. The draped back on this dress is stunning!

Velvet also works for less dressy occasions. For a date night this mustard top and denim works perfect. You can add a blazer or jacket if its chilly! The off the shoulder trend isn't going anywhere and this velvet take on it makes it Fall and Winter ready. To dress up a tshirt and jeans look, swap out your tshirt for this comfy blush top!

For more versatile pieces I suggest these pants and this midi skirt! The pants are subdued enough to wear to the office with a button down and blazer. Add a fun top, maybe with some embellishment, and the pants transform into a great party/date night outfit. The midi skirt length and grey velvet fabric lend itself to a variety of occasions, work or fun!

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If you aren't quite ready to take the plunge into velvet clothing, accessories are an easier way to ease into the trend. I am always look for more flats to add to my collection. These embellished loafers pair well with work pants or your weekend denim. Wear a little black dress to show off the ankle ribbon strap on these heels

Each season new trendy sneakers come out that tempt me to ditch my heels! The rose pattern and velvet fabric make these sneakers look nothing like your running shoes. 

This quilted velvet bag comes in two colors (burgundy/pink here) and is under $50! You don't have to spend a lot to partake in this trend! 

Are you as in love with velvet as I am?

October 17, 2016

Tips for Transitional Dressing

The view, the views, the views... I don't know that I could ever get used to the views in Napa! I wish pictures could even do it justice. The truly breathtaking part is that the views are panoramic, you can't find a bad view if you tried. 

The weather just added to the wonderful trip. The cooler mornings and evenings gave me the taste of Fall that I've been craving! As much as I love this weather, it is sometimes hard to dress for the change in temperature throughout the day. 

Transitional dressing can be a bit challenging for some. As soon as you feel the first chill, it is tempting to bring out all your fall essentials (think scarves, sweaters, plaid, jackets) and put away everything you have been wearing all Summer. In reality, after the first sign of fall the temperature fluctuates daily. Here we've had beautiful days in the 70s followed by a few days back in the 90s. Even when it is warm, if its October I still want to dress for Fall!

The key to surviving the temperature changes and still feel Fall appropriate is the mix and color palette! When I get out my Fall sweaters and jackets I keep some key Summer pieces that I can mix up. Rompers, tops and a pair of jean shorts mix well with the Fall pieces you are ready to wear! I've put together my tips for dressing for this transitional period!

1. Switch out your sandles for booties or shooties. Just changing your shoes can make an outfit look Fall appropriate.  Pair your favorite romper with a jacket and booties.

2. Think about color. Emerald, mustard, crimson, camel and navy are major Fall colors. Even if you are wearing or mixing in summery pieces the right color palette can change the look. Florals are still appropriate when they are in the right colors.

3. Add a jacket. When the day begins and ends chilly a jean jacket or light moto jacket adds the warmth you want!

4. Mad about plaid. No other pattern screams Fall like plaid. Still warm enough to wear shorts? Pair together jean shorts, booties and a plaid button down.

5. Think about your beauty routine. Switch out your nail color for grey, brown, crimson or emerald and your lips to darker shades as well.

What are your favorite tips for dressing for the fluctuating temps?

October 14, 2016

Matte Lip Color Reviews

The last few years matte lip color has become more and more popular! I've been a big fan of this trend from the beginning. I've tried lots of brands and there are definitely some better ones than others. The first matte formulas that I tried were beautiful colors but after wearing for an hour or two my lips were so dry! It was hard to wear those colors when they didn't feel good. The dryness also makes the color crack a bit. 

To combat the dry problem many brands came out with cream matte formulas! The creamy colors looked matte but felt silky. The problem with some of these formulas is that they don't last on your lips and you need to reapply all the time. 

I've done some research and found two formulas that I love! 

A friend of mine recommended the new Gen Nude lip line from Bare Escentuals. It didn't take much coaxing since Bare Escentuals is one of my favorite make up brands. The new Gen Nude line has lipstick, lip liner, lip gloss and liquid lipcolor. I fell for the Gen Nude liquid lip color because all the colors are matte. I bought the color Weekend, it's a great rosey neutral. The formula is soft and comfortable. I was surprised by how well it lasts since it is so soft on my lips! The color is a "my lips but better" look. My favorite way to wear this color is layered over my brighter lipsticks. It blends well and mellows out the colors. Layering lipsticks is a great way to extend the number of lip colors you have!

On a whim I purchased this Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil duo. It's nice to get smaller sizes when trying out a new product or brand. Both colors are great, but I definitely love Cruello more (seen in the 2nd pic above)! The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils go on smooth and very similar to most matte lipsticks. The difference is how my lips felt a few hours later. It is not the dry cracked feeling like other matte lipsticks I've worn, it still feels smooth! The formula is not what I would call moisturizing but it is hard to get that with any matte color. The pigment lasted most of the day, even through my morning coffee and then lunch!

Do you like the matte lip trend? What brands/formulas do you wear?

October 12, 2016

A Jumpsuit for Everything

Our last full day on our trip started with a short road trip from Napa to San Francisco. We wanted as much time as possible in San Francisco so we were up early to leave. Driving away from Napa was so hard but knowing we were getting a day in San Francisco made it much easier. 

Once in San Francisco we spent the day walking, sightseeing, eating and shopping. With all the hills in San Francisco, the walking is exhausting. My outfit for had to be comfortable for a long day! My full recap of everything we did in San Francisco will be up on the blog soon, for now here's what I wore!

 I bought this jumpsuit over Labor day weekend and have worn it at least once a week since then. A simple casual jumpsuit can be transformed based on the rest of your outfit! This one is sold out but I've found plenty of others that are just as great. A soft fabric in a flattering fit is the key to getting a transitional piece. The first time I wore this piece I added black wedges and a statement necklace. The dressy accessories created a perfect look for a luncheon. I even managed to create a work worthy look with a blazer and black pointy toe pumps!

For travel, I like to pack dress, jumpsuits and rompers. A whole outfit with just one piece in clothing. This not only saves space in my bag but makes picking an outfit easier too. Comfy sandals got me thru the long day of sightseeing. For the cooler morning and evenings and when we were along the water, I definitely needed a jean jacket (see post here). 

A simple jumpsuit can really become a wardrobe basic and create countless outfits! Although this one is sold out, the silhouette on this one is almost identical! The wrap top and cinched in waist is flattering on most figures. The slouchy cut of this one has special details like a keyhole back. If you want something a little less typical, I would recommend this one! The fabric of this one looks really comfortable!

Similar Jumpsuit - Jean Jacket (40% off with code CRISP)
Tassel Necklace - Crossbody, old - Flat Sandals, old (similar here)