LASH love

If you have ever seen any pics of me, or better yet know me in real life, you know I always (always!) wear eyeliner. Not necessarily because I always want to (even though I have it down to about 30 seconds an eye these days), but more because I always felt I had to, since I have very light features. I'm not saying I'm going to die without eyeliner, I just look kind of tired and washed out without that bit of contrast. I have heard about lash extensions a lot this past year, but never thought that they would make that much of a difference on me, since I always wore eyeliner anyway. But when Lashbee reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying a full set, I couldn't resist and immediately scheduled an appointment for the following weekend. 

And let me tell you, I was a bit skeptical at first (things near my eye scare the crap out of me), but when I went to their launch party the Thursday before my appointment and saw how amazing they looked on some of the attendees, I was convinced I would become a fan.

I was right. I am obsessed.

I opted to get the Queen Bee, since I like a little drama, which is one up from their signature Lash Bee (the difference between my Queen Bee and Lash Bee is that I had faux mink lashes applied with a little extra thickness). From start to finish, the entire experience was really pleasant. It's not scary at all (seriously, I thought it would be a little scary since it involves eyes, but I swear, it's actually really relaxing). It does take a little while - depending on how many eyelashes you have (fun fact: I have 143 on each eye) - but it's actually really nice to just lay there and not have to worry about doing anything (not something I'm usually very good at). It doesn't hurt that the space is super cute too - with bright pillows, great lighting, and relaxing music. 

The results were amazing. Not only did my lashes look full-on glamorous, I looked wide-awake and bright eyed - without the use of any eye makeup (below left image). Even with the use of my normal eye makeup (below right image), my eyes were so much wider and dramatic - and the only thing I used was eyeliner on the top and a bit smudged under the bottom lashes. Seriously, I'm never using mascara again. 

The best part is they last a while (they will fall out with your regular lashes), and you never have to go and get the whole thing done again - you just have to go once every 3-4 weeks for a quick touch up to keep them nice and fluffy. 

So all in all, I have to say I was super impressed - from the results (as you can see), to the full experience. Erin and Anjali (the owners) were super sweet and very professional - giving me play-by-plays of exactly what the experience would be like - and Erin did a fantastic job on my lashes. They certainly made a believer out of me!

P.S. thinking about trying them? You can book here (consultation is always free!), and if you mention you were referred by me, you'll get $10 off your set!

BANANA republic picks

When I was little I remember thinking Banana Republic was the coolest place to shop - everything was leather (it was the 90's, after all) and expensive (hey, I was in elementary school - anything over five bucks was a lot). When I got to the age where Banana Republic was a frequent stop on my list (right after college when I needed things other than jeans and tanks to wear to work), I remember thinking, man, didn't this used to be cooler? There wasn't nearly as much leather, and the once "hip" store wasn't full of grunge-era baristas buying all black outfits anymore. In place of 90's hipsters was middle-aged women buying tweed pantsuits. Not high on my list of cool things. So for a long while I took a break from the store, deeming it too "professional" for me (jeans will forever be my favorite uniform, after all). 

Until now. Banana Republic has switched gears and stepped up their fashion game, ten fold. And man, they are KILLING it. Here are my favorite things they're repping right now (most of which I just scooped up at their huge additional 40% off sale):

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Hallo Hei Hello Graphic Tee - Love the simple chicness of this muscle tank. 

Faux-Leather Trim Pullover - Oversized sweater + leather? Perfect in my book. 

Striped Dolman-Sleeve Shirttail Tee - Stripes. Need I say more?

Glasses Intarsia Pullover - Such an adorable print!

Mixed-Media Shirttail Pullover - I'm still drooling over the short sweater vest/long white shirt combo a la Clueless's Cher Horowitz. This is a great updated version.

Fringe Leather Moto Jacket - Fringe. Cropped. Leather. Perfection.

Faux-Leather Cocoon Dress - The little leather skirt detail is fantastic on this. Comfy and stylish is the way to go.

Soft-Wash Burgundy Plaid Boyfriend Shirt -Good ol' fashion plaid never goes out of style.

Heritage Striped Tunic Dress - Love the simplicity of the shape and stripes. 

P.S. I also got a women's version of this, but it's apparently sold out now, so I'm linking to the very stylish men's version!

FALL staples

And so the best season of the year has officially kicked-off. I love (love love!) everything fall has to offer - including the best weather for fashion. Not cold enough for coats and gloves yet, but chilly enough to wear scarves and closed-toe shoes. Hey, I'm just glad I'm not sweating through 95 degree weather still. The struggle is real.

I've rounded up my fall staples for the season - including everything from leather jackets (always a must-have in my book), to oversized watches. Check out my style inspiration board and fall picks below. And fret not, almost every option has a splurge vs. steal idea - so lots of price ranges available! 

Neutral Booties ($40) - I love the cut of these - and they are so inexpensive! I find myself wearing my tan booties all year around, so this is a great option if you go through them like I do. This way you can get them in every color!

Plaid Scarf ($60) - I love plaid. I love scarves. This one is a match made in heaven. If you want a cheaper version, I love this one, and have this one. And this patterned gray option isn't bad either.

Leather Jacket ($685) - As you may know, leather jackets are quite the investment, but it's one I think is well worth it. I love that this one is navy instead of black, and the cut is perfect. But don't fret if you don't have an extra $700 laying around! This is a great inexpensive option, and this is a great faux-leather option. 

Oversized Watch ($275) - I am a sucker for a beautiful watch. My dad has quite the watch collection, and his love for a good timepiece has certainly rubbed off on me. I'm loving the unique coloring and detail in the Cora Series Zebrawood + Turquoise JORD watch - and yeah, it's WOOD. How freaking awesome is that? Obsessed.

Oversized Sweater ($168) - Free People kills it when it comes to anything oversized and bohemian, so there's no surprise here that their sweaters are on point this season. Looking for something a little cheaper? I love this one and this one too.

Striped Shirt ($34) - I love stripes and I'm so glad they're getting their comeback - although they never really ever go out of style. I like the flow of this loose one from Urban Outfitters, but love a good classic crewneck too. 

Plaid Shirt ($49) - Luckily these days, you can get a decent plaid shirt pretty much anywhere. I have a few of these ones by BDG, and they have a great "drape" to them and come in SO many different colors. I also really like the color scheme and style of this one.

Knit Beanie ($27) - Etsy is the place to get hand knit, quality made items, and this beanie is the perfect example of everything I want in a warm, stylish fall staple. The grey tone/marbled coloring is perfect for every skintone, and for $27, you might as well buy two ;)

 

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BASEBALL tees

As much as I pretty much loathe sports (my usual answer when someone asks me if I like baseball/football/basketball is 'oh, that's a sport, right?'), I still love a good baseball tee. There's something about the contrasting sleeves and the ultra comfiness that makes me forget that it has (or had) anything to do with sports. 

Here are a few of my favorite picks. I'm loving the selection of fun, quirky sayings below, but here's a Classic Red and Classic Black option as well. 

P.S. Some of my favorite concert shirts I've purchased (i.e. The Shins, The Black Keys) are baseball tees  - so next time you go to a show, make sure to check out the merch table for them! 

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FALL denim

Fall is hands-down my favorite season (as short as it may be these days), and it's never too early to start dreaming of cozy sweaters and all-suede-everything. Even though I'm a die-hard skinny jeans fan (see my post on my fave pair here), lately I've been loving the vintage distressed bellbottom + boy jeans look I've seen pop up around town. And black jeans. Man, I really love me some black jeans.

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I got my hands on these and these for fall (at the BOGO half off sale? Heck yes), and can't wait to try a few new styles out with some layers and leather for autumn. Seriously though, American Eagle seems to have the best jeans lately - and for 1/4 (or less!) the price of my normal Paige or JBrands. Two pairs for $70 - you can't beat that. 

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P.S. this is a nifty little guide on how to properly cuff your jeans. 

BED head

My search for the perfect bed head is never-ending, but below are some of the recent images that made me want to stop what I'm doing and play hairdresser for a bit. Of course, the ever-perfect Brigitte Bardot and Sienna Miller (two of the best coifed people on the planet) have mastered the look, but there are some serious contenders on my Pinterest board.

I so wish I had just slightly wavy, slightly thicker, slightly dryer hair. But alas, us limp, boring, straight-haired girls can dream, can't we?

I've found a few online tutorials that give some advice on how to achieve the look (here, here, and here), but some seem to be too much work (why spend 25 minutes trying to look like you spent none?!), and some seem to not work at all (I love dry shampoo - but that is not the cure-all). So I'll continue my trial-and-error experiments on getting the perfect bed head look, but until then, enjoy looking at the inspiring photos above.

SNEAKER faves

In the past year I have transformed my closet from almost all heels (of literally every variety), to mostly booties and sneakers. As much as I love heels - and I do love heels - they seem to be more and more impractical for my everyday use. When I'm home, I'm almost always in birks or my sneakers, and when I'm at work, I'm wearing booties 99% of the time (see my faves here). You'll still rarely catch me on a night out in anything without some sort of heel, but for everyday wear, sneakers are my go-to. Here's a list of my favorite kicks, and why they rock.

Bobby Suede Wedge Sneakers - so before you gawk at the price (they are Isabel Marant, after all), let me tell you that I got mine, brand new tags and all, on Ebay for $200. Yup, $200 is still crazy to spend on sneakers - BUT - they are fabulous. They are well-made, have the perfect amount of slight heel, and are super comfy. Truly fashion-friendly sneakers. Check Ebay, people! I buy a lot of high-end, never or slightly-used items from there, and it's great when you can get them over 50% cheaper!

Air Pegasus 83 - ok, back to real-life affordable sneakers - aka Nikes. These are the newest addition to my collection, and I LOVE them. Comfy, minimal, perfect gray color - all around great. Oh, and I got them on sale for $50 bucks - can't beat that! (P.S. these are cool too!)

Chuck Taylors - everyone should have a pair of Converse in their closet. They are forever classics - and for good reason. I've had my same pair of gray low-tops for 6 years. SIX. YEARS. And I wear them fairly frequently too. Comfy, easy-on/easy-off, and they come in a million colors - buy yourself a pair now if you don't already have three. 

Leopard Slides - these Steve Madden's are great for when you want a little style, but still want to be comfortable. They have a rubber sole, just like a sneaker, so you can still run around town in them. They are super easy to throw on, and I like to keep mine on hand for when I decide to last-minute change from heels to flats (since I don't really like actual flats). (P.S. totally want these to come back into stock so I can scoop them up!)

GOLD studs

I've recently become enamored with rows of tiny gold earrings, similar to my love of gold bracelet and ring stacks. I've spotted them quite a bit on Instagram, Pinterest, and fashion sites lately, and I can't help but want to stock up on teeny tiny mismatched gold studs too! 

I've always loved simple gold jewelry, so below is an assortment of different shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Can't say I wouldn't love to get a pair of tiny gold initials to go with my new Catbird Moon and Star necklace my awesome boyfriend surprised me with :)

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LEATHER love

As a follow up to my boot post here, leather jackets are another item that is pretty much absolutely necessary fall through early spring. As much as I admire other jackets I see on the interwebs, in magazines, or on blogs, I never take my leather one off. And by leather "one", I mean two. I have an incredible navy leather moto jacket that I got from Gap (! - I'm just as shocked as you) last fall, and a cropped black leather moto jacket from H&M circa 2010. Neither of them were bank breakers (the Gap one was $300, the H&M one was $125), and they are both my favorite jackets ever. 

Fact.

I searched the interwebs high and low (false, I just went to Pinterest), and found my top five leather jackets for the season - priced high to low. A girl can dream about the Isabel Marant one, but don't fret, there's always a similar style for less somewhere, especially if you don't have an extra $1,200 laying around to spend on a jacket this season (join the club).

1. Isabel Marant Kady Jacket2. AllSaints Oxblood Jacket. 3. Muubaa Cropped Brixia Jacket4. UKmerchant Handmade Leather Jacket5. Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket

STACK 'em (II)

In addition to the first post I did on ring stacks  a week or so ago, here's a follow up focusing on bangle/bracelet stacks - my second favorite thing to stack. I've been seriously coveting this one from one of my favorite designers, Samantha Wills (and my favorite shop, Third Street Habit, for obvious reasons), which fits perfectly on the top of my forearm. It was love at first forearm fit, honestly. I love the dainty hamsa bracelet here, and the slim rose gold stacker here. I also love to pile on a bunch of wood bead bracelets, similar to these. Below are a few of my favorite Pinterest images - so many possibilities! 

SHOE lust

The interwebs is a dangerous place for shoes. Lately I've been drooling over Anine Bing's new clothing and shoe collection (specifically this pair, and this pair), and have seriously been in shoe heat lately. Maybe it's because I much prefer fall booties to summer sandals, and the fact that warmer clothing is slowly creeping its way into the stores for the fall season doesn't make it any easier (notably awesome fall collection rolling in at Third Street Habit - I mean, look at this perfect tunic). I came across a few styles on Pinterest that I've been digging lately - for summer and fall - and I would LOVE to get my hands on those fantastic heeled oxford cutouts (#1), and embellished booties (#2). Any trends you've come across that you can't wait to add to your own collection?

SUMMER wants

I've been digging tie dye-inspired prints and ombre colors for summer a lot lately. Pretty much any sort of bright color combination has been catching my eye all over town. Below is essentially my summer wishlist for fun colored clothing (and one neutral but awesome jumpsuit). Ah, if only I had a couple grand in my summer wardrobe budget.