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Collective Haul - Stitchfix, Nyx, Colourpop

After forever and a day, I threw together a video with lots of bits and pieces picked up over the last few months to share with you.
Stitchfix PopSugar Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Elf Contouring Brush Pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Colour Pop Aquarius 2 Kat von D Lock-It Foundation

Double Red / Le Tote, Ann Taylor

Top: Splendid
Pants: Ann Taylor
Sunglasses: Prada

I've linked up this week to #IwillwearwhatIwant. Check out all the participants. 

I should have titled this post half and half instead of double because I really like half of this outfit and I’m just meh on the other half. Monochromatic outfits have been my go to for years, but I’m usually being all matchy matchy in all black or all grey. But lately I’ve been cleaning out the wardrobe going in the exact opposite direction of what I was trying to do when I started this blog lo these many years ago and pairing down to a more neutral set of basics. I did the color thing, and I tried, really I did, but I will always be most comfortable in black, grey, and navy blue. It’s my uniform and it’s how I see myself, so why keep trying to fight it and just go with it? 

I have decided to keep some colorful pieces if I truly love them and love wearing them. This has led me to test drive some pieces and see how I feel about them. First up was this pair of Ann Taylor pants. I love Ann Taylor. I generally know how pieces are going to fit without even trying them on. The cuts are classic, and I don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to add something fresh. Oh, and they do an awful lot of neutrals. Winning. For some reason, these red pants never really felt like they fit right, however. After this night out in them, I’ve decided to let them go.

This Splendid thermal is really soft and cozy, and I do feel comfortable in it. I’ve decided to keep it for very casual outfits or to layer in the colder weather. This is a large, and I do think I could have sized down on this one, which is the reason why this piece, although it made the cut, is not something I love.

Moving on the the things I do love, these Catherine Catherine Malandrino shoes are the most comfortable shoe ever. I picked them up at Nordstrom Rack for a steal, and I’ve had them on constant repeat ever since.

I’ve had this See by Chloe bag for years now. I even included it in a post back in 2012. It went on vacation with us to France last year where I used it as our shopping bag toting around everything from groceries to souvenirs. It’s held up amazingly well and is still going strong.

I also love my Prada sunglasses. I had bifocal lenses put into them so that I can actually see while I’m driving and can keep them on to read menus or my phone when I’m outside. Best idea ever.

This week I've linked up for What I Wore on The Pleated Poppy. Please go and check out some of the other bloggers included in the link up. 

August Favorites / Nuxe, Old Navy

August was all about taking care of some lingering issues for me, so most of my favorites are a product of my attempts to solve those annoying little things that just wouldn’t go away.

First up was dealing with my lingering skin rashes. Most of the over-the-counter treatments doctors have recommended have really made no difference, and by July, my hand was so severely cracked and flakey, it burned constantly. The first line of attack was La Roche Posay Cicaplast. This non-greasy ointment was created to deal with the dry, flakey skin that is a result of cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, and it did an amazing job keeping the hand soothed and the itching under control while the cracks healed.

When I had the cracks under control, I started using Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. I picked this up when we were visiting my sister in July just at the grocery store and continued use has brought my hand back to almost completely normal. The salve is very greasy, so I put it on before bed sometimes even wearing a glove over it.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast

The final product in my dry skin arsenal is the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick. I’ve used the pots of Reve de Miel for years and never knew it came in a stick, which I much prefer over sticking my fingers in the product. This has been my constant on my desk while I work for the last few weeks.

I depend on tee shirts as layering pieces, but I don’t often wear them on their own. I was picking up some new pajamas at Old Navy, and on the way out, I saw this graphic tee. I picked it up on a whim, and I’ve constantly been wearing it ever since. I really like the curved hemline.

Old Navy Tee (On sale for $7.50)

I mentioned my obsession with the Aaptiv app on the Bespoke Lifestyle blog. I’ve been incredibly busy with work and family responsibilities, so getting to the gym on time for classes has been rough and just getting on the treadmill tends to get boring. The variety of classes on Aaptiv allows me to keep my workouts interesting , which keeps me going, and I can do them when I have time for them in my schedule. 

Pink // Bellagio & Rent the Runway Unlimited

Flats: Chanel

For our anniversary, we played tourist for the night and drove over to Bellagio to have dinner at Picasso’s, so it seemed like no time was better to take a picture under the huge Fiori di Como installation in the lobby. Of course, one of the things I always think about when I see it is that I’m happy I don’t have to worry about dusting it. Can you imagine how much work it is to maintain this installation and make sure it always looks spectacular because, it always does? 

I had planned on wearing this pink brocade dress by Shoshanna from Rent the Runway, but I hurt my ankle out on a hike the previous weekend so couldn’t wear heels. The Shoshanna dress just didn’t look right with my Chanel flats, so I opted for this pink dress from Dorothy Perkins. The shift style paired well with the Rebecca Taylor jacket which is also from Rent the Runway and so so comfortable. 

I only recently started using Rent the Runway Unlimited, but I really like the mix of designer clothes that are available. Honestly, there probably aren’t as many choices as you would find on Le Tote, and it does have a higher price point, but if you are on a tight budget but want to impress at the office or a formal occasion, this would be a great way to bolster your wardrobe with impressive designer pieces without breaking the bank. To be a bit cliche, you can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. In every shipment, you receive three items that you choose from the currently available stock. My current shipment contains three tops from Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe and Ty-Lr. The benefit really comes from how quickly you can turn your shipments around. This week since I’m building out outfits using my own bottoms and only adding the tops, it will take me a little bit longer to send my shipment back. I had a little bit of a glitch with the shipping on my last shipment, and UPS never scanned the tracking number. Because of that I technically had to wait for Rent the Runway to receive my shipment before they would send my next shipment out. When I contacted them with a worry that the return was lost, they ensured me that this happens occasionally, and they offered to allow my next shipment to go out without having to wait for the return. Great customer service. Another great feature is their thoroughness in getting clothes to you that will be the right fit. I had my eye on a purple gingham blouse, but when I went to place it into my order, I received a message that this blouse runs small and given the measurements I had entered into my account, I would need to size up. Unfortunately the blouse was not available in my size, so I couldn’t select it. To me, this was most welcome. I would have hated to waste one of my selections on something that didn’t even fit. 

If I’ve peaked your interest, you can use this code to get $30 off of your first order from Rent the Runway. If you aren’t interested in the Unlimited option, you can still find great one time shipments for all the fancy occasions in your life. 

This week I've linked up for #IwillwearwhatIlike on Not Dressed as Lamb and #FashionFriday with Jo-Lynne Shane. Please visit and check out all the other bloggers linking.

August Empties // Racinne, Etude House, Sephora, Josie Maran

Doing good keeping the counter clear of my empties as I committed to here. This month I'm finally finishing up some makeup products.


Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm - Is it skincare or is it makeup? I don't know, but it's awesome. I believe I got this sample from Sephora, but the writing on the package was small and hard to read, and I've never used a finishing balm before, so I just let it sit. Then last week, I thought, why don't I just look it up online, and after reading the description, I became intrigued. It really seems to be a primer with the standard put it on, it will make your complexion smoother, pores smaller, makeup goes on better, etc. stuff that primers are supposed to do. However, and this is a big however, you can put this stuff on TOP of your makeup to soften the spots where everything has gone into the creases. I often use a drop of oil patted on to try to get rid of some of that stuff sitting in my wrinkles, but this is smooth and creamy not oily. Mind blown. And it works. I now have this on my list to pick up a full size.

Sephora Collection Brow Gel - You can tell by the packaging that I've had this forever, and to be honest, I didn't use it up but found it at the back of my drawer evaporated. It takes me forever to go through a tube of brow gel. As long as they don't leave clumps of goo in my brows, I don't really care which one I use. I am glad Sephora changed the packaging because I do hate looking at the gel go from clear to muddy goop as you get product on the spooky and put it back into the tube. I prefer out of sight out of mind.


Etude House Mango I Need You Mask - I've tried multiple sheet masks over the last few years and have never really fallen in love with them. Since I've been a total convert to K-beauty lately, I thought I'd give them a go again.. This mango mask made me kick myself for what I've been missing out on. Another win in the product column this month, I'll be ordering more of this firming mask from Memebox. I also used the Cherry Lip Gel Patch which is bizarre but really works too. 

And finally the Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Cream and Neck Emulsion which came in the set with the serum I mentioned here. I found the cream to be quite greasy, but the neck cream was nice and not too expensive in the realm of neck creams, but I'm not sure I would repurchase. Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream is still my holy grail neck cream. 

Purple // Ann Taylor

Top: Ann Taylor (no longer available but I'm eyeing this embroidered version)
Jeans: H&M ($9.99!)
Sandals: Old but these are insane
Sunglasses: Prada
Lips: Stila Beso

True confession time: I still have not unpacked all my shoes from our move last year. I can give you all the excuses, but let’s just leave it at, I haven’t unpacked all my shoes yet. I finally got around to trying to empty a box and came up with several pairs that I immediately wanted to wear including this pair of white sandals. I haven’t been wearing a lot of heels lately, so a trip to Trader Joe’s seemed like a good enough reason to break them out with a pair of jeans, right?

These are one of my favorite pairs of jeans right now. They are a super comfortable pair of skinnies from H&M that have plenty of stretch and aren’t too low on the waist. Paired with a peplum embroidered top that I got from Ann Taylor earlier this year in anticipation of warmer weather and yet had not worn yet. If you remember, last year I really struggled with weather appropriate clothing when we first moved. I simply did not have that much that could be worn on an extremely hot day mostly due to the fact that I’ve been sitting in over-air conditioned offices during the summer for the last 20 years. Now that I’m working from home, upstairs, and I’m the one responsible for paying the electric bill, it’s a little warmer in my office these days. Plus on said trip to Trader Joe’s, the car was like a thousand degrees. 

These sunglasses are my daily wear because I had prescription lenses put in them, so I use them when I’m driving, but I still love wearing them all the time. And I do find myself going back to a nude lip these days as I’ve finally found an eye makeup routine that it letting me get back to my love of a smokey eye that doesn’t look age inappropriate. But today I decided to hang with the red still, and the Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick is my go to because it lasts forever but is not really drying. It’s the perfect lip for a hot day out running errands. 

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