Happy Friday! <3
I've decided to try out a styling category to share a few of my favorite ways to change up an item or outfit without having to totally revamp your wardrobe.
Keep scrolling for two of my go to tips, and please let me know what you think!
In honor of the best day of the week, I am celebrating with a list of my top five favorite things at the moment! Enjoy!
1. tv show Younger
This show is so stinkin' cute! I had heard good things about it for a while, but it is a TV Land original, so I was a little iffy. But trust when I say this show is an adorable way to escape for 30 minutes. In a nutshell, the premise is that this 40 year old divorcee mom is trying to gt back into the world of publishing, but no one wants to hire her because of her age. She decides to reinvent herself as a 26 year old and hilarity ensues as she constantly tries to keep up the charade. Definitely a must see!
2. Fall Drinks
Fall is definitely in the air (even currently in SoCal!) so that means dark evenings, crisp air, and a warm beverage. I know everyone loves the pumpkin spice (I do too!) but there are other equally wonderful delicious and fall-ish flavors to try. A personal favorite of mine is the Maple Pecan iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. We have been blessed by the Dunkin gods to have one built SUPER close to our house, and I take advantage of it constantly. If you are on the East Coast, or lucky enough to have one near you on the West Coast, this drink is definitely a fall must try!
3. Weekend Happy Hour
As the hubs and I have been very busy with work and travel lately, we have been on the hunt for yummy weekend happy hours the past few weeks, but they are definitely not easy to find. Most happy hours are only during week days, as those are the least busiest times. However, we have found some success. One particularly great weekend happy hour is at Paul Martin's. They have happy hour every day from 3-7pm in the bar, and it includes a long list of $6 wines, cocktails, beers, and appetizers. They also have $13 entrees that include alcohol! Definitely a must try the next time you are scouring for decent happy hour.
4. l'occitane hand cream
What your mother told you was true. Your hands DO show the first signs of age. That is why I have become obsessed with L'Occitane products. They are a french body products company that makes a number of items, their most popular being hand creams and butters. They go on so smooth, are not oily at all, and your hands are left feeling so soft. A small tube goes for around $12, so it is not the cheapest hand creme, but I definitely think the results have been worthwhile!
5. All things gingham
As I have mentioned in other posts, I'm not a huge fan of Target clothing. It is not always made with the highest quality materials, so after a few washes you find the items worn out and pilled. But when I mozied past the clearance rack, I couldn't find the strength to put this jacket back! The gingham is perfectly adorable for fall, it is made with 100% cotton, and it was only around $10!! That first week I got it I wore it three times...no shame in the gingham game!
1. Light-weight Trench
A classic trench screams cool temps, but they can be sweltering if you are carrying around pounds of material. This light trench is made of a light Nylon blend so it wears super light. Especially for areas like Southern California, this is crucial when it is a cool 60 degrees in the morning but later rises to near triple digits. A trench like this polishes any outfit, whether it is a skirt with heels or jeans with flats.
The above Burberry trench is a find I made earlier this year, you can read more about how I find it at such a great deal HERE.
2. Sweater Dresses
A sweater dress is another great weapon for battling heat in these later months. It allows for CRUCIAL breeze while still maintaining the appearance of warmth. As mentioned in my previous post (that you can read HERE) it is important to stick to light weight, natural materials (ie cotton, linen) to ensure you remain cool and that the material doesn't add any extra sweat (I am looking at you Polyester!)
The above Burberry sweater dress is on total repeat in my closet, especially for work as my office likes to maintain an ARCTIC TUNDRA at all times. It was a birthday gift from the hubs a few years back. But he got the idea (and link) from me, because I am a girl that know what she wants! Therefore, that would be how he purchased it off The Real Real for $100, including shipping and tax.
3. Bandana Scarves
This post is on a Burberry streak! (Because Burberry is everything lovely and classic in the world, that's why <3)
A small bandana sized scarf is perfect for getting the illusion of adding accessories for warmth without passing out from heat stroke. It's a cute detail that is great with t-shirts, dresses, button downs, what have you. This particular scarf was an eBay find for $25, and even came with the original box! Total score.
4. Camel Color Everything
Nothing screams Autumn like a rich camel! This warm brown color is reminiscent of falling leaves and apple cider and all things wonderfully fall. Whether it is a bag, your shoes, a dress, whatever, you will instantly looks ready for September-December with this color. *Currently on the hunt for a camel colored sweater dress, if you come across one please help a sister out!*
You can read more about these adorable suede booties HERE!
If you have other fall wardrobe essentials for looking cute while beating the heat, please share below in the comments!
Happy hump day all!
If you live close to the equator like mwah, you will understand the struggle of dressing fall-dorable without becoming a total sweat monster. At the same time you will probably freeze indoors because every AC will be blasting. #firstworldproblems
While temps are still summer high in SoCal, it is possible to still pull off an autumn ensemble without being miserable. Keep scrolling!
Ralph Lauren Tie Up Top (new, $20) Lululemon Leggings (new, $90) Stuart Weitzman OTK boots (secondhand, $200) Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag (new, $50) Chanel Cat Eye Sunglasses (secondhand, $30)
Outfit Total: $390
The first rule of fall dressing is opting for light, natural materials. Say hello to cotton and linen, and bye bye to polyester and rayon. Natural materials like cotton and linen are lightweight and breathable, which means your human steam won't be brewing underneath your clothes. Ew. Man-made materials are highly processed and thick, meaning no air flow. Bonus: these natural materials are higher quality that will stand the test longer against wear and washing. Winning!
Fall time also means incorporating longer sleeves and bottoms. Skin is for summer! You want to make sure your pieces are thin (cotton! linen!) and breathable. I also love to opt for a rolled up sleeve, allowing for a breath of fresh air which can be rolled down when you head to the frigid indoors.
Boots are a total fall staple. Adding a pair to your ensemble (even with shorts!) is an easy way to transition your outfit into the new season. Ankle booties or OTK, any will do!
Lip color: MAC PatentPink lip crayon
Maybe it is just me, but I prefer to stick to neutrals during Fall and Winter. My wardrobe is particularly white and black, but I typically save my *few* color items for spring and summer for a pop of color. Maybe it has something to do with the changing of the colors in nature, but I think incorporating more creams and charcoals into your outfit instantly helps you match these later seasons.
In conclusion! When dressing for a warm fall, you will want to
Is it just me or have slides been all over the place lately? They are the more sophisticated cousin of the flip flop while maintaining versatility. Plus they are just super easy to slip on and go. Perfect!
Of the bloggers I follow religiously, I have been seeing the Hermes Oran sandal all over their posts. They have the traditional H design over the toes and come either flat or with more of a heel. Super classic and chic, but also HUNDREDS of dollars. ($760 for the cheapest model brand new to be exact.) Even a decent pair on eBay and other secondhand shops do not budge under $300. So yeah, not really happening anytime soon.
I am so in love with these Burberry espadrille slides because they are classic and simple but still have a touch of special with the famous nova check design. While there is not a current model very similar to this style, considering a pair of new Burberry flip flops are starting at $250, these slides were probably retailing at around $300 brand new.
I found this pair on eBay with the Buy It Now option offering the Best Offer option. The model is quite out of season, the soles were quite worn, and the fabric had light staining on the side. But this was nothing a cobbler and some cleaning wouldn't fix, and the shoes still had a lot of life left! The seller was asking $50, so I low balled at $25 and surprisingly it was accepted! With $5 shipping, these adorable plaid Burberry slide-goodness were only $30!
Like other high end items, with shoes there are definitely details you want to look for when purchasing second hand pieces from sites that are not authentic certified. Make sure to look at many pictures and ensure the details are consistent with the high quality these brands produce (ie straight stitching, accurate "Made In" location, etc). Make sure you get a product number so you can make verify this item matches the same product online (Google it!). For these particular shoes, and many similar styles, there is not sufficient material to print a serial number on. If this is the case, you want to look for other signs of authenticity. For these slides, you can see an authenticity stamp (very lightly) printed on the bottom of the shoe that includes where the shoes were made. Even though I got these at an incredibly low price, you still want to make sure you are investing in a legitimate designer item.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have more tips about authenticating secondhand designer items, please share below!
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