OOTD: kate spade Fall Faves Part Three!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome to Part Three of my kate spade fall faves!

Although this dress is actually from a couple of years back, it's a classic.  This plaid never goes out of style.  And neither does a giant bow, at least in my opinion!  But the icing on the cake (or novelty purse cake, mwahaha) of this outfit are the accessories which can be found at kate spade right now.  

Read on for links!

Griffin Dress: kate spade new york // Golden Girl Bauble Drop Earrings:  kate spade new york // Ma Chérie Cherry Open Hinged Cuff: kate spade new york // Langley Boots: kate spade new york // Ma Chérie Cherry Cake: kate spade new york // Black Opaque Tights: Vera Wang // Black Opaque Tights: Vera Wang

Like I said, this dress is literally my fall favorite!  But accessories are what really helps putting the "fall spirit" into an outfit.  I am a huge fan of opaque black tights like these ones.  In the fall and winter, I throw them on under every dress.  And I finally found the pair of black booties I've always been looking for!  They can be dressed up or down, and have a cute bow that makes them unique.  

I knew that the cake purse would look great with this outfit, so I had to bring it out again!  To make things even more perfect, I wore my cherry hinged bangle.  I'm also loving this style of earrings this year.  Mine are the golden girl bauble earrings from kate, but I've seen this style all over the place lately.

I got this lip color in my Sephora Play box and I love it!  It's probably the darkest I've gone, in all seriousness.  At first I didn't know if it would work, but I ended up loving the way it looks.  For nails, this is my classic fall nail color.  I know I've influenced others to purchase it too because it's just THAT good!  It's a dark espresso brown called Smokin Hot.  I actually bought it for the first time back in college, when Jessica Garvin recommended it!  PS:  That's the first blog I officially started reading!

I can't wait to get even more creative with my fall outfits this year.  It's my favorite season!

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Oils for Your Skin & Hair!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nope, oil is not just for your car!

Although, you have probably known that since the Moroccan oil craze started a few years back.  I have consistently used Moroccan argan oil in my hair since...high school?  Not sure!  But I do know that my hair has never been healthier since starting to use it!

Lately I've been learning a lot more about organic/natural beauty products and ways to use oils for your hair and skin.  I've started researching lots of new oil-based products and learned that there are so many benefits that I never would have known about!  I'm starting to pay much closer attention to the ingredients in the products that I use on my body.  I also really like the idea of knowing exactly what's in a product, and the less chemicals the better.

I'll be sharing three products I've recently found that have definitely made an impact on my hair and skin!

This organic jojoba oil is a skin necessity.  When I went to Florida, my face freaked out on me!  It was super unusual.  I don't know if it was the change in humidity or constant application of sunscreen...or both.  One of my cousins recommended jojoba oil and said she uses it daily as a moisturizer. I ordered to make sure it arrived right when I got back.  Since then I have recommended it to multiple people.

I usually moisturize twice per day, after washing my face.  I replaced my nighttime use of moisturizer with jojoba oil and...magic, I swear.  Not only does it work amazingly as a moisturizer, it keeps my skin nice and clear.  Obviously there are other factors at play when it comes to clear skin, but I think using jojoba oil is a great replacement for a lot of the popular current products out there.  I'm trying to cut back on anything with salicylic acid, even though it can help clear up blemishes, because it can actually dry out skin.  I have generally clear skin to begin with, but with jojoba oil, I am seeing far less blemishes than I normally would anyway.

Jojoba moisturizes without clogging your pores.  I also have mildly oily skin, so using an oil on my face "tricks" it into producing less oil.  That's a thing.  I'm no expert, but I haven't experienced anything is better for my face than jojoba oil.  

The one I use, linked above, is 100% USDA certified organic cold-pressed and unrefined jojoba oil.

Another product for your face!  It can be used for any skin type.  I like applying 5-7 sprays after the jojoba oil.  It just feels super hydrating (and it is), like spraying your skin with a hydrating elixir.  It's gentle, yet slightly astringent and helps with blemishes and reduces wrinkles.  The antibacterial properties in geranium oil can also help to fight external infection.  I use it before I apply makeup, but you can spray it on your face throughout the day.

The product contains 100% rose geranium hydrosol, and nothing else.

During this mission to a cleaner beauty cabinet, I was offered a bottle of this tea tree oil shampoo to try!

If you Google uses for tea tree oil, there are tons.  It's good for a lot of different reasons.  But right now, we're going to focus on why tea tree oil is the perfect oil for hair.  It promotes growth and unclogs hair follicles.  It can also improve scalp health and stop dandruff.  I've also read that it can even prevent hair loss.  

A great benefit to this product is that it's cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, and gluten-free.  It smells like eucalyptus and leaves my hair feeling refreshed.  But I'm going to be honest, I was using their website as reference when looking at ingredients, and they list aqua, jojoba oil, botanical keratin, argan oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil.  Sounds great, right?  But then I grabbed the bottle.  There are about 15 ingredients on there that are not listed on the website.  So I Googled all of them.  They all seem to be naturally occurring, mostly derived from coconut oil.  And they all serve a difference purpose (foaming, anti-humidity, etc), which is obviously understandable in a shampoo.  But I would appreciate it listed on the website!  They were all very wordy, so I would have had no clue what they were had I not looked them up.  And I'm no expert, but it seems like they're all legitimately natural ingredients that I wouldn't have a problem rubbing all over my scalp and precious hair!

Overall, I really like the product.

You can enroll in a free sample program with Maple Holistics to try your own products.

As I discover more products I love, I will of course share them with you!

Until next time, 

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OOTD: kate spade Fall Faves Part 2!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hello again!  Happy Friday the 13th!

Here's the next installment of my kate spade Fall Favorites of the 2017 collection.

Cherries, poppies, and bell sleeves, oh my!
Yup, denim skirts are back.  And so are those 70s bell sleeves, apparently!  And you may have never thought of a purse as delicious, but here's one that might change that.

PSA: The friends and family sale starts today!  So you can get (almost) anything in the store, full price or sale, for 30% off!  Use the code FRIEND if shopping online.

Poppy Denim Skirt: kate spade new york // Black Flounce Knit Top: kate spade new york // Langley Boots: kate spade new york // Ma Chérie Cherry Cake: kate spade new york // Wine and Dine Metro Watch (on sale!): kate spade new york // Tassel Earrings (last year, similar HERE and HERE) // Floppy Burgundy Hat (on sale!): Target

I am in looooove with this embroidered poppy skirt!  It's so vibrant against the denim.  It's also super stretchy and actually really comfortable.  Paired with the black flounce top, it's the perfect way to do florals in the fall.

And for the piece that is arguably the star of the show, my cake purse!  It is like walking around with a celebrity when carrying it.  It's the star of the show and everyone wants to comment on it.  Typical for a kate novelty bag!  Surprisingly, there's enough room in there for an iPhone 6, a small wallet, and a few other things!

The kate spade Langley boots are definitely going to make a lot of appearances this fall and winter!  They came out this summer in preparation for fall, but I couldn't pull the trigger until I was sure I would be able to wear them soon.  I finally did it, and have worn them a ton of times already!  I love that they look great with and without black tights, giving me lots of options for whatever the weather may be.

For accessories, I wore my trusty kate spade wine and dine watch.  I threw on a floppy burgundy hat and tassel earrings.  Luckily I have a lot of items in this color scheme!

If you missed the last fall favorite, check it out here:

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OOTD: kate spade Fall Faves Part 1!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

I'm back again with another rendition of my kate spade favorites!

...And we're bringing out the fall looks.  During this season, the theme is France!  So all things Parisian are on the scene.  You'll see lots of red, embroidery, poppies, and cheetah (in homage to Josephine Baker and her pet Chiquita the Cheetah). 

In Bloom Chiffon Mini Dress: kate spade new york // Cameron Street Sima: kate spade new york // Garden Garland Statement Earrings: kate spade new york // Black Felt Hat (almost identical HERE from Target): Charming Charlie // Burgundy Lace Up Flats (last year, same color HERE and same style HERE): Target

The silhouette of this dress is one of my favorites and tends to make an appearance every fall or winter season in different prints.  The flowers sewn in are so pretty and delicately embroidered.  If you look closely at the fabric, there is a subtle black overlay of the dress that looks like cheetah print!

For accessories, I paired the dress with a pair of velvet burgundy lace-up flats from Target last year.  They fit in even better this year since velvet is such a huge trend!

The rose gold earrings are new from kate spade for October.  They're so ornate and the dripping gems give them a très elegant look.  I can't wait to wear them with my hair up!

The black Sima is a classic black evening bag.  When I bought it, I had no idea how much I'd actually use it! It's easy to wear as casual or fancy, as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or clutch.

I was so excited to finally be able to bring out my felt wide-brimmed hats!  They're too hot to wear in the summer, and finish off outfits perfectly for the fall and winter.  This one is from Charming Charlie a couple years back.

There will be many more fall faves coming your way!

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OOTD: Tropical Vacay Attire!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

For me, one of my favorite parts of planning a vacation is figuring out what I'm going to wear!  I tend to shop a lot and overpack, but you bet I'm always dressed for the occasion (whatever it may be).  I've linked all my favorite looks from my Florida trip that you may have seen on Instagram!

I worked really hard to find everything that was still in stock, so I'm sorry if something is no longer available after this post has been up!  I also left comments on specific items if I thought there was something you should know!  DM or email me if you have any questions!

I got this Anthro top when they were having 30% off their sale a month or so ago.  I've worn it so many times since then!  I had no idea it would be such a favorite, but they always have cute things.  As for the seashell clutch, I've got a lot of questions about it but it's just from Forever 21!  I found it on a random shelf and I think it was the last one.  I'm pretty sure it's a makeup case!

Off-the-Shoulders Top: Anthropologie (sold out, but just as cute HERE) // White High-rise Midi Shorts: Target // Seashell Clutch (sold out, similar HERE): Forever 21 //  Cat Eye Sunglasses: Dry Goods // Imani Sandals (last year): kate spade 


This swimsuit is awesome.  Less than a week before I left, I decided I wanted one of those sort-of-scandalous-but-not-since-it's-a-one-piece swimsuits.  I don't know why I don't shop Amazon for clothes more often.  Luckily I have Prime shipping!  I would highly recommend this one.  You can choose from a ton of different colors!  

I literally waited until 3 days before to order the heart sunglasses.  I had a pair from Target, but they recently broke.  I knew they'd be a hit in Florida, and I was right!  Again, Prime shipping saved the day.

Black One-Piece Swimsuit: Amazon // "Olivia" Krazy Straw: Krazy Straws // Swan (mine was from Aldi for $15, but the original is HERE if you're desperate) // Heart Sunglasses: Amazon

These shorts are sooooo cute, I wish I had a closer picture.  They're from J Crew, but they almost look like they could be Lilly.  The colors are gorgeous.

Purple Jolt Dobbie Tank:  Nordstrom // Shorts: J Crew // Coconut Novelty Bag (last year): kate spade // Leather Sandals: J Crew // Shine On Flower Hanger Earrings: kate spade

This is a dress that I bought in Florida at Islander's.  I'm obsessed, it's like a Mexican blanket you can wear.

This skirt is a beautiful, vibrant green, but it definitely runs a bit small.  It looks way more expensive than it actually is!  I don't know how long pleated skirts are going to be in, but I hope it's a while so I can wear this a few more times!

Green High Waist Pleated Longline Skirt (wearing XS, but would probably size up): SheIn // White Top (sold out): Lush // Golden Girl Bauble Drop Earrings: kate spade

Maya's palm leaf dress was a hit!  You can't go wrong with a fit and flare, either.  
It's literally flattering on everyone.

I bought this dress/swimsuit cover-up when I was at the H&M in SLC.  Why is it that I find all kinds of things at the H&M in whatever city I'm traveling in, but never at home?  I was wearing this one with a bralette underneath or just a swimsuit.  I love all the cut outs.

Another Amazon swimsuit!  This one has palm leaves all over it.  I love that the back is regular bikini style, so you tan normal.

My very favorite leggings in the whole wide world.  They're the most comfortable and the prettiest.  I'm SO SO SO SO picky about patterned leggings (read: I never like any of them), but I love Albion Fit's.  I also bought these while traveling in SLC because that's where their store is.  I plan to buy more online though in the other colors.  I originally wanted them in slate, but they didn't have it in my size.

I bought the top at Islander's and it is SO SOFT.  This was my travel outfit on the way home.  I couldn't have chosen a better combo!

Antigua Leggings (pink only in the capris version right now, but HERE'S my style in the color slate): Albion Fit // Makin Waves Cotton Tee: Billabong // Disney Marie Pink Cap (sold out, similar HERE): Forever 21 // Cat Eye Sunglasses: Dry Goods

Such a fun tropical sundress!

I bought this on the same trip to H&M in SLC.  It's such a great floral print!  I bought it specifically for Florida, but wore it to teach my floral watercolor workshop because how could I not?!  Unfortunately it's sold out, but the top is still in stock!  And let's be honest, the pattern is the best part.

Off-the-Shoulder Floral Dress (sadly sold out, but similar style HERE!): H&M


So if you were ever wondering where Maya and I buy all our clothes, there you have it!

Until our next vacay! 

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