5 Ways To Rock Fall’s Velvet Boot Trend

Thursday, September 21, 2017 • Permalink • 

Velvet boots are one of fall’s most stand-out and most wearable trends. Sound like contradiction? It is, kind of. The secret to straddling being both a statement piece and a closet staple is pairing a classic shape with dramatic velvet fabric. For this post, I’ve picked five classic boot shapes that have been remade in velvet for fall, giving you five different ways to wear this fabulous trend.

A mod block heel is a classic minimalist silhouette, so it’s particularly interesting to see it done up in beautiful pink-red velvet. I picture this book paired with a traditionally minimalist black, white, and grey ensemble.

Joie Saleema Block Heel Bootie

→ Buy the Joie Saleema Block Heel Bootie, $348.00, at nordstrom.com.

Loving This Week: Gold Rainboots + Pumpkin Spice Knits

Monday, September 18, 2017 • Permalink • 

Free People Sweater - Topshop Boots - A.P.C. Bag - Melissa Rainboots - J.Crew Cashmere

The evening news meteorologist just informed us that the Bay Area is experiencing the coolest weather in 113 days. Finally, fall makes an appearance. I’m ready for the season of chunky knits, boots, and pumpkin spice. Perhaps all wrapped into the same outfit?

Here’s what’s been turning my head in the online stores this week…

1. Free People Swim Too Deep Sweater, $128.00
This gorgeous oversized Shaker stitch sweater is the pumpkin spice of knits. Instant fall.

These Are Ulta’s Best-Selling Concealers Right Now

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • Permalink • 

If I had to guess, I’d say concealer is the one makeup product that everyone uses from time to time. Even if you hate foundation and think mascara is a torture device, it’s hard to resist the allure of being able to downplay under eye circles or cover up a rogue blemish, right?

The trick is finding your personal best concealer. What works on one person could be totally wrong for the next. But, if you ask enough people what their top pick concealer is, the wisdom of the crowd will point you in the right direction. With that in mind, these are the five best-selling concealers at Ulta right now…

This Ulta-exclusive hydrating wand concealer can double as a highlighter or contour, depending on which of the fourteen shades you pick. Users praise its long-lasting formula and smooth application, with one verified buyer saying “…it looks totally natural. It’s literally magic in a tube.”

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer

→ Buy the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $25.00, at ulta.com.

Loving This Week: Eel Skin Boots + Corduroy Crops

Monday, September 11, 2017 • Permalink • 

COS Jumper - Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Makeup - Trademark Boots - J. Hannah Necklace - Marc Jacobs Pants

I definitely have a mad case of ready-for-fall. I’m ready to be cozy in layers of soft fabrics and chic boots. Corduroy, jewel-colored boots, and boucle knits have all turned my head this week. How about you?

Check out all of my favorite online shopping finds for the week…

1. COS Boucle Wool Jumper, $99.00
COS has quickly become my favorite store. Their pieces are the just-right combination of quality, affordability, and modern minimalist style. And, unlike just about every other affordable clothing line, all of their fabrics genuinely look expensive, even up close. I never worry that I’ll order something online and it will show up looking like a polyester dishrag. This sweater is just my latest find.

5 Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 • Permalink • 

As much as I love my department store skincare indulgences, I’m not about to pay top dollar when a drugstore buy will do the same job (or better). This is especially true when it comes to bath and body products. I rely on a basket full of drugstore options to keep my skin in top shape. These are my current favorite drugstore beauty products, all of which I use every day.

I start my morning with this African Black Soap Body Wash. African Black Soap is traditionally made from natural ingredients like palm ash, tamarind extract, tar, and plantain peel and is used to treat skin conditions. My skin is prone to being dry, red, and irritated, and somehow this seems to help. I also love that it’s free of nasty things like parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil, and it’s organic, fair trade, and cruelty-free. Plus, it has a fresh, non-cloying scent. It’s really kind of perfect.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash

→ Buy the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash, $8.99, at target.com.