Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lavender Bell Sleeve Sweater



peep toe booties // Gucci Dionysus handbag // Chanel lipstick

I'm so pumped that blush pink and lavender are "trendy" colors for fall this year - they're my favorite colors! When I saw this lavender sweater for less than $40, I knew I had to have it for my fall wardrobe. It's made of the SOFTEST material and also comes in a really pretty orangey-brown color too. Plus it's incredibly well-made, and the price tag makes it even sweeter. It runs TTS, I'm wearing the XS :)

On another note, I just love how "fall" these photos look! Some of the trees in Winston are already starting to change color and drop their leaves, can you believe it? My front porch is decorated for fall, and my mom made pumpkin bars and brought some over for me... so you can say that I'm officially ready for autumn, haha. Just bring on the cooler weather!

xoxo

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Favorite Fall Trend


One of my favorite trends for fall is anything and everything in the cognac or camel color. Scarves, hats, booties, sweaters - you name it, and if it comes in cognac, I want it! I just ordered these ankle boots which I think will look adorable with dresses and skinny jeans this fall... and this houndstooth scarf is what fall dreams are made of - pair it with a sweater, white tee, sweater dress, jean jacket, the list goes on and on. Don't even get me started on this suede jacket.... sigh. 

Can you tell I'm ready for cooler weather? :)

On another note, my sweet dad came to stay with me last night and he hooked up my TVs while he was here! Now I can finally watch TV again... and Netflix! I'm starting episode one of "Damages" tonight, have you guys seen it?! 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Staples


One of the things I love most about Nordstrom is that I can find both budget-friendly pieces (like the cardigan I'm wearing) and amazing designer pieces, all in the same place. If I'm going to splurge on a designer item, I tend to pick handbags because I know I'll wear them over and over again - like this Givenchy mini Antigona. It's the perfect neutral color to carry you from spring and summer into the fall (I love it paired with booties!) and the size is great for on-the-go. I'm rounding up some of my favorite designer items from Nordstrom in the widget below!

Did everyone have a good weekend? I threw my BFF a baby shower in Raleigh on Saturday, and then my mom came up for the night to help me with some house stuff! If you missed it, I shared a whole blog post on pantry organization on Friday. It seems like you guys like the organization and house posts, so if you want some more, let me know! :) 

Happy Monday!  

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Friday, September 15, 2017

How I Organized My Pantry




Happy Friday, friends! I shared a little snippet of this pantry DIY project on Instagram stories and was so excited when a bunch of you told me that you wanted to see a full post on it! I am used to having only a few cabinets dedicated to food storage (since I've spent the past nine years living in apartments), so having a full pantry is still a novelty that I'm trying to get used to. I wanted to take advantage of the space and make it as organized and efficient as possible! 

The book I'm currently reading, The Complete Book of Home Organization, has been a HUGE help in this process. The book recommends to start by categorizing your pantry and the items going into it. Chances are, you've got a lot of food taking up lot of space. Here are the basic pantry categories:
  • Baking supplies
  • Bulk items (rice, beans, nuts and other bulk dry goods)
  • Canned food
  • Pasta and pasta sauces
  • Chocolate and desserts
  • Prepackaged foods
  • Snacks

Cardboard food boxes clutter the space, so using clear containers is an excellent way to store pasta, grains, rice, etc. (and keep it fresh!). I did some research and found that the OXO pop containers were the highest rated, so I ordered two 10-piece kits and then a few extra containers for good measure. I keep items like sugar, flour and powdered sugar in the 4 quart containers and 2.4 quart containers. The 2.1 quart container is perfect for spaghetti noodles, while these slant containers are easily-accessible and great for cookies and snacks. (Not going to lie, I've eaten almost that entire container of Oreos this week haha!)

For my little "DIY project," I ordered chalk markers and labels from the Container Store. I used these thick chalk markers for the bigger chalkboard labels and these thin chalk markers for the smaller chalkboard labels - I recommend ordering three packs of the large labels and three packs of the smaller ones to get started. I wrote everything in capital letters to keep it neat and uniform-looking, but you can really make it your own with pretty calligraphy or cursive writing. I also ordered these hanging labels for the woven baskets (since you can't apply a sticker directly to them).  

Woven baskets can also be effective pantry organizers when you use them correctly - but I don't recommend them for everything. They're nice to look at, but the large sizes can become so full of food that you can't see what's at the bottom. However, they do work well to store items like bags of food, snacks, prepackaged breakfast items, large quantities of the same item, and extra canned goods. I bought these savannah utility baskets because I love the way they look and they hide my K-cups and other pre-packaged snacks. For canned goods, I ended up purchasing this can-rack for all my cans of soup, tomatoes, beans, etc.

And finally, I also purchased these stackable baskets to keep fruit and vegetables. They're nice if you like to buy huge quantities of a certain fruit or vegetable. I always like to have apples and oranges on hand! 

I'm still playing around with the order of things... it will probably take me a few months to get it exactly how I like it. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Oh and if you have any pantry tips, leave them in the comments so we can all see!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

xoxo

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Casual T-Shirt Dress for Fall



t-shirt dress (also comes in grey!) // wool hat // necklace

Happy Thursday morning, everyone! (Almost to the weekend, woohoo!) This little t-shirt dress is so cute for a casual fall look - it's actually more of a sweatshirt material (it's thick!) and has some distressing around the hem, which gives it a little more of a cool factor than your typical t-shirt dress. It would also be cute with a fall scarf (especially a leopard one!). Oh and y'all I finally found a new lipstick color that I love just as much as "creme cup" (which I've been overwearing lately). It's called "Mehr" by MAC - honestly I have no idea how to pronounce it haha but it's a GORGEOUS fall color, still a neutral but a little bit darker than creme cup. 

On another note, would you guys be interested in a post on home organization for tomorrow? I was thinking about blogging about how I organized my pantry - but let me know if that sounds boring! I shared a little snippet on snapchat and had several people ask about it, but I wanted to make sure most people would find it interesting! It's so funny because growing up, I was always incredibly organized at school, but my bedroom was always a WRECK and my parents had to constantly get on me to clean it every week. Now that I'm an adult, nothing makes me happier to keep my space clean and organized - life is so chaotic, it feels good to have control over something. My dad's reaction when I sent him a picture of my pantry was classic, though, he was like..."Man you are gonna have a weird house all organized and everything... and to think we couldn't even get you to clean your room!" LOL! 

xoxo

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Updated Makeup Routine


Happy Wednesday, loves! I've had a lot of request for this post via email so here ya go, my updated makeup routine! :)

1. Primer
I recently started using this face primer and love it - my skin has been feeling dry lately so this is incredibly moisturizing (and anti-aging!). You can even use it on your hair to seal split ends and tame fly-aways.

2. Foundation
My skin is in the "in between" stages of summer and fall right now, where my skin isn't tan enough for my summer foundation, and not pale enough for my fall foundation. So I've been mixing them! I apply this foundation in #107 and this one in #307 right on my face, then use this foundation brush to blend it all together. One of the reasons I like these two products together is that they're very matte so your face doesn't get shiny during the day.

3. Under Eyes
I actually stopped using under-eye concealer at the beginning of the summer, and haven't used it since! I think under eye concealer can sometimes look aging if it's too bright or too light of a color... and it can cake into the crinkles beside your eyes. I've been liking my makeup better without it!

4. Contour 
I've used this bronzer for years and swear by it - one of the main reasons I love it is the brush it comes with! It's also the PERFECT shade of bronze! I apply it around my hairline, underneath my cheekbones, and down the sides of my nose. Just make sure to blend it all in afterwards. 

5. Blush
I recently discovered this iconic blush while I was packing for my move (it was way back in my makeup drawer) and remembered why I used to love it so much! It's the perfect universal pink shade and manages to look good on every skin type. I've been wearing it in all my photos recently!

6. Highlight
I've been using this liquid highlighter this summer and for the start of fall - I'm obsessed. I actually used to use this back in high school (but before I actually knew how to wear highlighter haha). I put just the tiniest bit onto my fingertips and dab it into the tops of my cheekbones. 

7. Mascara
This might be boring but my mascara routine hasn't changed in YEARS! I start with L'Oreal Double Extend primer from the drugstore and then top it with this mascara. I SWEAR by this combination!!!

8. Eyebrows 
My mom told me I was drawing my brows in too dark (leave it to your mom to be brutally honest about your makeup haha!) so I recently started using this powder in #02 and really love it! It does a great job of filling in my brows and matches them perfectly.

9. Finishing Powder
This is my favorite part of my makeup routine (not sure why!). I love this Bye Bye Pores powder and save it for last to "set" my makeup. I swirl the powder onto a fluffy brush and blend it into my skin in circular motions... while I'm setting my makeup, it also mattefies by skin, preventing shine, blurring imperfections and decreasing the sizes of my pores. It's a literal miracle product!

10. Lips
 I apply this lip balm every single night before bed (I keep it on my nightstand) because I hate waking up in the middle of the night with dry lips! With this balm I wake up and my lips feel soft and moisturized. You probably can tell by my latest blog posts but as for lipstick, I'm O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with MAC "creme cup." It's the perfect pale pink/nude color and manages to go with every single outfit. It looks equally as good running errands as it does when I'm dressed up for a date night. Seriously try it for yourself and you won't be disappointed! :) 

Let me know if you have any questions!

xoxo

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rule Breaker

Sole Society booties // Louis Vuitton Neverfull, buy pre-owned HERE

I don't follow that silly rule that says "no white pants after Labor Day" - in fact, some of the cutest looks for fall and winter (in my opinion) are put together with white pants! For example, I love this all-neutral outfit with these white pants (less than $100!) paired with this sweater and booties in matching brown hues. Easy and effortless. By the way, you may have seen these coin necklaces I've been wearing on Instagram and I'm crazy over them - they're all from the Styled Collection and you can mix and match them to create different looks!

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday! North Carolina is supposed to experience strong winds and rainfall today... a few of our friends have already lost power. My backup plan is to curl up with my newest book if that happens!

xoxo

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