These pics were snapped before I got a trim and they display what happens when you wait 3 weeks for a bang trim. I was practically blinded by them! I certainly learned how long I could put of trimming, and this my friends, is it…they are ridiculously too long! You won’t see this happen again, I was actually just trying to time my pre travel trim just right.
As for this outfit, this is the epitome of fall casual, with warm neutrals and denim. I made the look a little more dressed up by added the cage heels (earlier I had on leopard Birkenstocks) to take the look from day to evening. I love the look of a military jacket, especially when paired with something dressy. It’s a nice balance and an alternative if you’re looking for something different than your moto. I also love a military jacket worn with boots for a more weekend vibe. This jacket is pretty versatile and I’m wishing I brought it with me to London.
I have experienced major wardrobe issues, several stains, a laundry mishap (don’t wash dark denim with whites, not matter how small your load!) which combined have made shopping a necessity. The upside? The Topshop in Oxford Circus is 3 floors!!
A few weeks back I showed you some of the amazing beauty products I got for my AOL video collab. This week I wanted to share some behind the scenes footage as well as some of the fashion items I got to create the style videos.
I am currently in London and it’s a bit of a time warp here. I’m so busy and it’s tough finding time to sit down and blog, but I hope you enjoy this video and I will catch up soon!
I am currently writing to you from my flat on a gloriously gray London morning. If I wasn’t in the mood for fall before, (I was) I certainly am now! I have a table in the kitchen that looks out over Notting Hill and I could seriously get used to blogging from this view. I have it for two weeks and I am going to cherish every minute! Jet lag had me wide awake at midnight but I forced myself back to sleep and now I am up early to tackle this day. I am beyond excited to be here and to go explore one of my favorite cities, but first (coffee, and then) I wanted to talk about this outfit.
I have always gravitated towards cool tones over warm. Not sure what it is, but I do it with everything, even makeup. I love this combo of chambray with gray denim. Chambray is a neutral and the gray denim mixes things up from a traditional denim on denim look. I dressed up the look with some python embossed pumps and an embellished clutch and as always I saw the opportunity to add a touch of leopard, and I took it! (Pardon the sloppy bangs that were in desperate need of a trim in these photos. I finally got one and they look so much better now!)
Ok I’m off to go on my long awaited date with London! Make sure you follow my adventures on instagram.
As I have mentioned several times, I am headed to London and if you are a regular reader, you know I am going for a few reasons. One, I got a fellowship as a foreign journalist to write about health and obesity in the UK. The other, is to go to fashion week. I also decided after that whirlwind I was going to need some serious r&r so I added a few days in Mykonos at the end of the trip. That being said, packing for a trip like is quite a challenge. The airline restrictions on the small European airlines are insane (44lbs!) and costly, so as a result everything needs to be packed in one suitcase. So how to pack for the role of journalist (sophisticated) fashionista (on trend) and island godess (well duh)…I have it down to a science (3 years in a long distance relationship will do wonders for your packing skills!) so I teamed up with Carefree to give you some of my tips on packing like a pro:
The first thing I do is plan each and every outfit down to the accessories. A long time ago I found this awesome outfit planner on Popsugar and I have had it on my computer ever since. It comes in such handy, because when you plan your outfits you won’t overpack and you won’t spend too much time on your trip struggling with what to wear.
I also swear by compression bags, especially for an over seas trip. You stick your clothes in, suck the air out and it flattens them like a pancake. You will get twice as many items in your suitcase and still have plenty of room. I got mine from Amazon and they were only $10!
For my beauty products I love having a hanging pouch. It’s great for keeping all my smaller things together, it rolls up and ties and when I arrive I can hang it on the door. In Europe bathrooms are very small so being able to spread your stuff out on a counter top is usually not an option. This makes things easier than digging through your suitcase and keeps everything all in one place.
For all the leakable liquids I put them in a plastic pouch by themselves so they don’t leak all over everything and for dealing with my feminine needs I have a separate pouch for my Carefree products that can easily be thrown in my purse.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a behind the scenes look at my packing process. Make sure you follow my European adventures on instagram!
Also you can watch this great Carefree video with tips on packing like a pro!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Energizer Personal Care via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Energizer Personal Care.
Since we’ve been talking a lot about transitional looks, I thought I would throw together some more inspiration for you from Sears. Yesterday I did an evening look, so today I thought I would give you a great day option. I kept things simple but chic, mixing a summery floral blazer, layered over a light chiffon tee shirt. I actually own this tee and it is such a great piece! It’s a chiffon like texture with a sheer panel on the top and can be dressed up or down. Another Kardashian Kollection gem from Sears! (Can you tell I’m loving them?)
Skinnies and pumps are always a good idea, and my go to for day or night. Add some great accessories like this great pair of earrings sleek bag and you’re ready for a casual meeting, happy hour, dinner or any occasion you want to look casual, but sophisticated!
As we settle in September, transitional looks become more necessary. It slowly starts to cool down, particularly in the evening. That’s why when Sears asked me to style a transitional outfit, I opted for an evening look. It can sometimes be a little trickier finding the right balance for evening.
When I tried this dress on my Sears shopping excursion, I knew I had to have it. It is such a timeless piece and the ruching makes it great for all body types. It’s such a perfect option to grab when you have to get dressed up but don’t know what to wear. You can never go wrong with a great LDB and this one is definitely a new favorite. The fact that it works year round made it a must have item.
I also love a good moto jacket, especially when it has some really great details like this one. The grommets on the shoulder give it an extra something special. This is a great option when putting together a transitional look for evening particularly because it’s denim, so it’s light enough for early fall. I added nude heels give it that warmer weather vibe so the look is a bit of a mixed bouquet, if you will. A little fall, a little summer, a little classic.
I’ve been asked about my skin care routine a few times on instagram so I put together a video for you combining my skin care routine, products and tips. Although my skin care routine is constantly changing, this is the core of what I do and the current products I’m using.
Here are some of the products I mentioned in the video:
Fall is my favorite season for fashion and although the weather in LA isn’t exactly cooperating with my sartorial desires, I am finding it fun to create transitional looks that still work.
I am obsessed with this midi skirt! If I were going to NYFW this is definitely an outfit I would be wearing. Considering I am heading to London Fashion Week instead, I will be really focusing on layered minimalism, clean lines and outfits that are comfortable, yet chic. (Something like this, this and this) When traveling to Europe it’s important to keep a color theme to prevent from overpacking, so I will be doing neutrals that can be easily mixed and matched and lots of denim. (Also, more solids than patterns like this midi skirt.)
While I am really rather bummed not to be at NYFW, I am pretty busy prepping for London. I will be in Europe for close to a month playing the role of freelance foreign journalist and fashionista in London, followed by island explorer and lounging extraordinaire in Mykonos. I am starting to get excited now that I am leaving in less than a week! The last time I was in Europe was 2009, and traveling there are my favorite memories of my life. I’m looking forward to making more!
I dropped a few hints on instagram a few weeks ago and I am happy to finally announce that I recently teamed up with AOL to shoot a series of episodes for their new fashion and beauty channel! The videos included both makeup and fashion tutorials and I am really excited to share those with you soon.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the amazing products I received to create my makeup tutorials. Some of the products I was familiar with and some were new but I love playing with makeup and creating different looks, so it has been a lot of fun. A huge thanks to each and every one of these brands!!
MAC: who doesn’t love MAC Cosmetics right? If you are into makeup then you probably have at least one MAC product in your kit. Personally, I am a HUGE fan so I was thrilled to work with them. Here are some of the products I got to play with:
Powder Blush in Fleur Power: This is the perfect pinky peach shade. I am a huge MAC blush fan because this stuff is pigmented and really stays put all day.
MAC Penultimate Liner in Rapid Black: This was a new product for me but I love it. I’m not sure what it is, but it allows me to draw the most precise line. I don’t have to sit there obsessing over trying to get both eyes even. It is really so easy.
MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara: Another new one and another great one. Being the mascara obsessed person that I am, it might surprise you that I have never tried MAC mascara. It sort of surprised me too! This formula is all about volumizing.
MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden: MAC Bronzer is one of the first I ever used. It’s an oldy but goody. It’s really pigmented so blending is key.
MAC Concealer in NC15: I have been a fan of this concealer for awhile. It gives great coverage and highlights at the same time.
MAC 7 Lash: These are my favorite MAC Lashes. Not too thick, not too thin, but really glam and really pretty. I love these for girl’s night out!
MAC Lipstick in Snob: I have an obsession with pink lipsticks and I have so many from MAC but I didn’t have this one and I’m so glad I do now! It’s a beautiful pale pink. Of all the lipsticks I’ve ever tried, I always come back to MAC for their long wearing, great formula.
Eye Shadows: I was sent several shades and decided combine them with shades I already had to create a bronze and rose gold palette. I included a variety of mattes and shimmery shades that are great for a variety of looks. I love to create customizable palettes because with most palettes there are certain colors I will use all the time and certain colors I won’t. This palette with get A LOT of use. I used it in the videos and I’m excited for you to see more looks I create.
Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Glosses: I talked about these glosses in my last favorites video. Since then I’ve acquired a few more colors. These are my favorite lip glosses of all time. Ever. They they’re not too sticky, but just tacky enough to stay on. I wear them alone or over lipsticks and I even layer them to create new colors.
Vincent Longo Creme Gel Eyeliner: Golden Orbit and Flamenco - Love these. Really shimmery and pretty. They’re perfect for adding a bit of glam to a bronze smokey eye.
Beauty Blender and Mini: This is a must have product. I swear by the Beauty Blender for flawless blending of foundation, concealer and setting powder. It’s amazing. The mini is their newest creation which works amazing for under eye concealer, the corners of the nose and eye lids. It’s SO good.
Lola V Lashes: As you can see I haven’t tried these yet, but I love lashes so I am looking forward to them.
BH Cosmetics: I did a review of a few products a few weeks ago and I was so impressed that I couldn’t resist getting some more. Love all of the stuff I got and still one of the best for the price point.
Special Occasion Palette: This palette comes with shadows, bronzers, setting powder and blushes. It’s a great palette to travel with because the colors work for both day and night looks and it cuts down on having to pack a bunch of separate products. Like the other palettes I’ve tried the colors are pigmented and amazing.
BH Lip Gloss in Knock Out: This gloss has a great texture and color. It’s a pretty rose shade and I love it alone or over lipstick.
BH Studio Pro Waterproof Eye Primer: In my last review I had tried a the correcting primer and I made mention that it didn’t last as long as I would have liked. I’ve been searching for an alternative for Urban Decay and this is the one, it lasts all day!
BH Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder: I am a total powder girl. Due to my tendency to get shiny throughout the day, I always gravitate to matte finish powders. I love this powder because it really does keep the shine at bay and also has great coverage.
BHMakeup Remover Towelettes: I realized last minute I didn’t have makeup wipes and I got these to do changes between tutorials. They are awesome! They remove makeup, dirt and even lash glue with ease. They smell great and are great for travel.
BH Cosmetics Contour and Blush Palette: I was dying to try this because I love to contour and highlight. So far I’ve tried the white and banana shades and they work great over your concealer to set and highlight.
BH Party Girl After Hours Palette: The name says it all. This palette has awesome colors to make bold looks for a night on the town. It has 4 diamond shades that add that extra glittery touch. These are extremely pigmented and I am really looking forward to doing some tutorials.
Lola V White Lolita Kit: I was first introduced to Lola V at BeautyCon (see lashes above) and these cases are a dream! So perfect for traveling and the makeup mirror and lights are amazing. I’m so in love with this! It was perfect for hauling my makeup to the shoot and made application a breeze.
Oh Neutrogena…how I love thee. One of my favorite drug store brands. A few of my staples and a few newbies.
Shine Control Primer and Healthy Skin Primer: I use one or both every single day. Love love love. I use shine control during the warmer weather and also when I am going to be out for awhile. The healthy skin I use more for everyday. I’ve talked about these endlessly and I use them in almost every makeup tutorial.
Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation: I love the shine control products so I wanted to try this. I haven’t yet but I am excited about it. Neutrogena Shine Control Powder: I carry this in my handbag at all times. I tend to get shiny and this powder is translucent and gets rid of shine without looking cakey. SO good.
Neutrogena 3 in 1 Concealer: This concealer is really great for every day use. It goes on light and is buildable so you can create the desired level of coverage. I also talked about this in that video.
Tarte is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Their Amazonian product line is so amazing, so far there’s not one product I’ve tried that I haven’t liked. One of my favorite things (in addition to how beautiful they are) is they are all paraban, sulfate, gluten and cruelty free. It’s makeup we can all feel good about!
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer: I’m kind of in love with this. I just tried it for the first time the other day and it glides over the skin effortlessly, filling in pores and lines. It really grips foundation and makes constant touch ups a thing of the past. I also didn’t get shiny at all. I used it with the foundation and finishing powder and my skin looked flawless all day in the extreme heat.
Tarte Marajuca Creasless Concealer in Medium: This is one product I’ve actually been using for awhile and is probably what drew me into this brand. Another in my top 3 list. Right now, I’d say it ranks number 1. The reason being is, it truly is creasless. A big issue when highlighting under the eyes, is after a few hours, the concealer settles into lines. This stuff not only stays put for hours, but stays creasless and its extremely moisturizing so it never looks caky. Seriously a dream product!
Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Clay Dual Liner in Black/Bronze: I try extremely hard not to get attached to products that are limited edition. There is nothing worse then finding something amazing, only to have them take it away. Tarte, you are killing me with this. Probably one of the BEST gel liners I have ever tried and you are making it limited edition?! (insert tears here) You guys, I would run out and buy this stuff immediately. I am seriously considering stocking up before they take it away. (Or you could always petition them to reconsider and make it permanent. (Don’t think it hasn’t crossed my mind!) It goes on so silky smooth, stays put, doesn’t cake, is so beautifully pigmented. Love, love, love.
Tarte: Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: As I mentioned, I am mascara obsessed and if you make it to the top of my list you are probably really good. This one is top 5. Lengthening, volumizing, curling and conditioning this mascara has it all.
Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Fearless and True Love: These are so lovely. They apply like a stain but wear like a balm. They are super moisturizing and leave a nice color and shine.
Tarte LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy: Like the power pigment, this is really hydrating and shiny, but what sets it apart is that it reacts to your lip’s pH, giving you your own unique shade of pink. Both of these lip formulas are amazing. They feel so luxurious and are really the perfect cure if you have dry cracked lips. I started out in the morning with light pink lips, by midday they were a bright berry, by evening they were almost red. So cool.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light-Medium Honey: Although this is full coverage it is still build able and not at all heavy. Like all of the other products by this brand, it is really moisturizing. This is my first time using this foundation and I am really impressed by it. Though it is still really hot in LA, it doesn’t make me too shiny and I think the moisturizing properties are going to make it even more perfect for winter. As I mentioned, I put this on with the primer and the setting powder and I literally didn’t have to touch up my makeup all day.
Tarte Best in Faux: I love the concept of this, but I haven’t quite got the application down yet. It’s basically a wand that contains fibers you add to your lashes to create a faux lash look without adding falsies. My first attempt at applying bordered comical until I accidentally got a fiber in my eye. (Note to self: read directions) I will re attempt and get back to you!
If you guys try any of these products let me know what you think and stay tuned for the videos I will be sharing with you soon!
Can we talk about the fact that my new bangs are already over my eyes? Not so much in these pics, because they were taken last week, but as we speak I am brushing them out of my face in annoyance. The two week trim rule was no joke! I am getting them cut next week right before I leave for London, I am not exactly sure how I am going to get through the this week though. I am going to attempt the side sweep and hope I don’t break down and grab a pair of scissors!
As for this outfit, the silver lining to the end of summer is the fall and winter seasons make it perfectly acceptable to wear sparkly things for any occasion. Since I never met a sequin I didn’t love, it’s no surprise that I had to wipe the drool off my mouth when I laid eyes on this blazer. The fit is more like a cardigan than a blazer and to be honest, I wish it was a tiny bit bigger but I couldn’t resist styling it regardless. I decided to balance it’s delicate beading with boyfriend jeans, added a little edge with the studded clutch and a touch of summer with the neon pumps.
Meanwhile, I am attempting to plan my fashion week wardrobe and trying to stay sane. I will be sharing that process soon!