Fall Beauty and Style Favorites


It’s my favorite time of year, friends. Although it’s still in the nineties around these parts, I just know the cooler days of fall are just around the corner. I’ve always preferred the style options of cooler months…layering is my friend, and I can’t wait to bust out cardigans, jackets, and scarves.

As for beauty, I tend to wear darker, richer lip colors, and I focus on correcting what the intense sun bestowed on my skin during the summer months. (Hyperpigmentation, you are not my friend.)

Here are my favorites for the upcoming season.

1. Black Oversized Sweater Jacket – I wore the heck out of the grey cardigan from my spring capsule, and I have a feeling this black version will be a major staple.

2. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum – Since turning 40 and noticing some changes in my skin, I’ve stepped up my skincare game. Fortunately, there are some awesome natural and holistic skincare lines out there, and I’ve been trying out lots of products and brands as of late. I’ve used this serum by Tata Harper for the past month with good success. It definitely firms my skin, and after applying at night, I wake up with the softest skin. (I find that I need a little more moisture after using the serum so I pat 1-2 drops of this oil into my skin. It’s the perfect combo for my normal-to-dry skin.)

3. Citizens of Humanity Fleetwood Flares – Breathing room for my ankles, hallelujah! I am busting out flares all the livelong day this season, and as always, I love the way COH fits my curves and bubble butt. (It’s all in the pocket size and placement – COH denim has larger, lower pockets, so it doesn’t look like half of your butt is hanging below the back pockets. Trust me on this, ladies. If you have a perky tush, this brand will work for you!)

4. Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Lust for Life – Theoretically, I love the idea of a dark berry lip for fall, but I can never find the right color for me. That is, until now. I received a sample of this color (I would have never thought to try it on my own), and it is such a beautiful, sheer mulberry shade. SO pretty, you all.

5. May Lindstrom The Problem Solver – Okay, this is the only mask you will ever need. Yes, it’s pricey, but it lasts forever. (It’s a powder that you mix with water each time, so it has a very long shelf life.) A fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices goes deep to tighten pores, extinguish inflammations, fight blemishes, and jump-start circulation. Do it. Don’t look back.

6. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure – Perfect cool-toned, coconut oil-based pink cream blush. People always say I’m glowing when I wear this shade. I adore RMS Beauty – the Living Luminizer is amazing too. It’s the only highlighter I use.

7. Lydia Flat in Metallic – I love D’Orsay, I love metallic, I love Madewell flats. A no-brainer.

** In regards to beauty and skincare, all of the above beauty recommendations are safe and natural. Most are organic, cruelty-free, and vegan. No need to worry about harmful ingredients and chemicals in any of the above products. They are all from amazing brands that I feel 100% confident in using, and trust me, I’ve done the research.


The Perfect Wooden Jewelry Organizer


Up until a week ago, my jewelry routine went a little something like this.

1. Choose a necklace from a grouping of necklaces hanging from a nail in my closet wall.

2. Try to coax said necklace from the nail without pulling off at least 2 other necklaces in the process.

3. Fail miserably. At least one necklace drops behind a chest of drawers. CURSE THE GODS.

4. Spend a moderate amount of time searching for rogue necklace underneath the chest with my iPhone flashlight.


6. Look for a pair of simple studs atop chest of drawers.

7. Only locate one earring of the pair.


Enter the best $50 spent in my life. This wooden jewelry armoire. You guys, I want to cry tears of joy. Every necklace gets its own hook! No tangling! You can stick earring posts into the corkboard! It’s amazing! Unbelievable! My jewelry has never been so happy and freeeeeee! I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS, CAN YOU TELL?

And! It looks pretty hanging on my closet wall, as you can see. Simple, unfussy, perfect. Do you need this? You might just need this…unless you have a fabulous jewelry storage method already, which I’m forcing you to share with us in the comments.


Odds and Ends


1. We need to talk about these menstrual panties, ladies. This review is so hilarious, yet oddly informative.

2. 100 years of fashion in 2 minutes. Love this.

3. Over the past few months, I have seen 11:11 almost every day. Pretty cool explanation here.

4. What? Will they ever figure out the Adnan Syed case?

5. Sleep orgasms are real.

6. I’m usually drawn to cosmetics over skin or body care when discovering new brands, but I have to say that after using Beautycounter for a year, my two very favorite products are the everyday body wash and body lotion. I can’t even tell you how much I love them, and the fact that my seemingly endless search for soap/body wash/lotion is finally over makes me want to scream from the rooftops. Call off the dogs!

7. How do you feel about your eyebrows? These celebrity eyebrow transformations are awesome.

8. As of today, my kids are both in school full-time, and I am chomping at the bit to publish some clean beauty posts for you all. I’ve been researching and trying out so many brands, and if you are in the clean beauty camp as well, I highly suggest checking out Citrine Natural Beauty Bar and Spirit Beauty Lounge – they both carry amazing lines, and offer sample programs so you can try before fully pulling the trigger.

Happy Friday to you! Enjoy a cocktail or two this evening.

image credit: jessica bell