My top 3 favorite lipsticks for Fall (and a dessert island lipgloss I can't live without)


Ily Couture cape (it's so soft!); Old Navy tee and jeans; Sam Edelman Petty boots; ℅ Lulu's necklace, old (similar.)

All Summer long I live a pretty low key lifestyle. My makeup is neutral, my hair routine is near non existent, and I spend my days by the lake on the beach with my kiddos. I adore it! I spend less time on the exterior and more time with my kids. It. Is. Amazing. Then, like clockwork, Fall arrives and school begins and I find myself longing to have more fun with my makeup and clothes. My full time mama life becomes a bit less chaotic and a bit more regulated.  I paint my nails for the first time in months and I find I cannot leave the house without lipstick. 

*Sidenote: Sometimes I feel like September is the restart of the year for me, much for than January 1st. I devote more time here on my blog, and more time getting dressed and figuring out what what I want to say (and wear) in this space. I kinda love it;) I may waver back and forth sometimes on whether or not I will keep this space up, but I always, ALWAYS come away with the knowledge that this blog is worth it for me. 

ANYWAY. I meant to share more of what I love in regards to lipstick today, and got derailed. Ha. 

Let's talk lipstick then, shall we? 

I tend to wear a color on my lips almost all the time when I'm dressed, because it brightens my face and gives me a boost of confidence. I think every outfit looks better with a brighter lip, especially if you are eyeshadow challenged like myself and lips tend to be the focal point! Here are my favorite lip colors and when I like to wear them!

1) It Cosmetics Vitality Lipstain in Je Ne Sais Quoi: This is actually a lipgloss that stains your lips a really pretty pink and is something I wear when I'm NOT wearing a brighter color. It's natural enough to wear to the gym, and works well for the days you don't want to worry about reapplying lipstick or being high maintenance. I bought this on a whim last winter and I have faithfully re-bought a new tube every four months or so when it runs out. It's a dessert island lipgloss for me. It also looks good layered over lipstick! ( I also LOVE this makeup line! Their blush, concealer, and brow gel is AMAZING. Seriously, I'm addicted.)

2) Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in Lead the Way:  I received this lipstick in a gift bag once and was instantly hooked. I love Bare Minerals lipstick (and their serum foundation!), because it goes on really creamy and has a peppermint smell to it. This color is a really dark plum and is a little goth, but I feel really fashion forward and cool when I wear it. Ha! (Cheaper option: Covergirl lipstick in Euphoria! This is a bit darker than the Bare Minerals version, but it gives off the same vibe. I wear them both equally!)

3) Bare Minerals Lipstick in Live It Up: This is my favorite red! I find that a red lip is my favorite, go-to lip color and it really looks great with every single outfit. I wouldn't leave the house without it!  This is a cherry red that is really classic and lasts all day with minimal re-application. (Cheaper option, NYX lip color in Eros! This is a really similar match, maybe even a little more blue toned? It goes on a  bit more "slippery" than the Bare Minerals one, but I like the cheaper price;)

4) Bare Minerals Lipstick in Risk It All: This is a really bright pink, with a darker undertone than the cheaper version below. This is a color I wear when I don't want to go with the full red lip vibe, it works well for work and isn't super obnoxious or in your face. (Cheaper option, Maybelline lipstick in Fuchsia Fever! This is usually my Summer pink, it has a lighter tone to it and looks awesome with easy looks and minimal makeup, though I do wear it year  round sometimes.)

Tell me, what is your favorite lipstick color and/or brand?

When you realize you're an idiot


Forever 21 top; Target skirt (option), hat (option), and sweater (option); necklace via Rocksbox.

Back in August I wrote this post about how turning 35 was kind of a downer for me. I've never had an issue with turning a year older until this year, when all of a sudden 35 felt too grown up, too NOT ME in a way. I feel 25-ish inside, so being a decade older than that was pretty bittersweet. Which is interesting because I have never felt better about myself, my life, and where I am than right now at this age. But still, 35? Ugh.

Then right about the time I published that post I saw this Instagram photo and caption that Giuliana Rancic posted (I think our Birthdays are pretty close to each other), and I immediately regretted what I had felt. In recap, she talked about how she used to dread birthdays and getting older until she got breast cancer and beat it, and now she relishes each one because she didn't know if she'd be able to have more birthdays for awhile. 

And then I got it.

I'm not saying I'll never feel a twinge of something as I age each year, but seriously, it is a blessing to get older. To be privileged to say I'm 35 and happy and blessed and content. And healthy! I have an amazing husband (11 years married TODAY, happy anniversary, babe!), two awesome children that I can take the time to nurture and raise, a great home filled with amazing books and enough luxuries to make me smile each day, and a loving family and friends. I've never felt better than I do now, so worrying over a stupid number that means nothing is sort of ridiculous, am I right?

THEN, I saw this photo on Facebook that really took all I've been thinking and clarified so much for me (it's a sign, right, when all this comes right when you need it?) It's about taking all the stuff we complain about (kids that wake up early, grocery shopping, work, chores, LIFE), and realizing that within each complaint is a blessing and a reason to be grateful. I get that these things can be a bit high and mighty/ preach-y, because it's natural to complain and be down sometimes, but not all the time. It's important to think about what we do have and think about what makes us happy rather than what doesn't. 

So anyway, I'm an idiot sometimes and I'm trying to be grateful and complain less, because I am darn happy to be 35 and to live this life.

Have a great weekend, friends! I am so happy and grateful to have YOU here with me;)

How to style ankle boots


Top from the grocery store (bought while perusing the produce, ha!), option and option; Old Navy jeans; Target boots; necklace via Rocksbox.

A group of us mama's were chit chatting at soccer practice this past Saturday and the subject of how to wear ankle boots came up. I am a HUGE fan of wearing ankle boots year round, and as a matter of fact I own only ankle boots (besides my rain boots), so I may or may not have an issue. Ha. I just think they make every outfit better, from a pair of skinny jeans and a top, to a dress and tights, all the way up to something more formal. They edge up a look depending on the pair, and just make life better.

Here are some tips on how exactly to style these boots, and my tips for making it work for you:

- In my opinion, ankle boots look the best when worn with a skinnier leg pant or legging, or with a dress/skirt. I like to roll my pants up a little when wearing an ankle boot so that a little bit of skin shows. This lengthens the leg line in my opinion, and creates a slimming look. This gets a bit trickier in the cooler winter months, but until it seriously snows here I am willing to have cold ankles;)

- I love wearing ankle boots with dresses and skirts! I think it has a more unexpected look, and creates more interest. I also love wearing them in the warmer months with denim cutoffs and a tee (or tights, denim cutoffs, and a sweater in winter!), or a faux leather skirt and band tee

-Something I like to do when going out to something fancier is to pair a more casual able boot with a dresser dress. I always strive to make something a bit off about a look, and ankle boots are a great way to do this. It creates a more unique look and adds visual interest!

This is a look I have been lusting over lately, too!

-In the winter months I love wearing fleece lines tights with a dress and ankle boots, or a skirt and sweater. It becomes something other than a pair of pants and a top, and the boots are more practical in the snow. (Though I have been known to get snow all inside my boots while bounding through snow banks, oops!) 

-I've mentioned before, but 99% of my boots come from Target. I love that they have trendy looks for less, and that I can get a new pair of boots or two each season. I have a variety of pairs in a bunch of different colors, though a basic pair of black and a tasseled pair of my current faves;) I'll link some of my favorite pairs below that I own, and some I WISH to own someday. 

Long live the ankle boot!

Tell me, what is your favorite way to wear ankle boots? OR, what boots do you like best?

3 ways to rock the marsala color trend


Nordstrom jacket; top (option); Old Navy jeans; Target hat, old (similar); ℅ Ted and Muffy ankle boots; Dooney and Bourke bag.

It's like clockwork each year around this time. I look around in my closet and all of a sudden the color palette I love for Summer (lots of white and faded denim with bright, floral patterns) starts to look tired. I want to start fresh each Fall and transition to a darker look, with deeper jewel tones and darker patterns (hello leopard!) My nails get painted black each week (my fave), my darker lipsticks come out, and anything and everything in burgundy is purchased or brought out of storage. 

I always think it's funny when a color becomes really trendy, especially when this particular color just seems to always be in at this time of year. For the past couple of years it has been Marsala (or oxblood, burgundy, merlot…ha, I need wine now;) I love incorporating Marsala into my clothing and accessories in the Fall, it just feels RIGHT. It's like a state mandated girl law to wear it on repeat, am I right? 

Here are 3 ways to rock the marsala color trend this Fall:

1) The easiest way for me to start with a new color, or something trendier, is to incorporate it in my makeup. One of my favorite lipstick colors for Fall is Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in "Lead The Way." It's a deep wine color and has almost a goth look to it. My husband hates it! It is definitely an adventurous lip color, but one that instantly make me feel up to date and current. I also really enjoy a burgundy nail color, and would also choose a deeper purple eyeliner as a fun pop of color on my eyes. 

2) The second easiest way to incorporate this color into your wardrobe is through accessories. I've had this hat above for a couple of years and I love how it brings color to my face in the drearier winter months. You get extra points for wearing an oxblood fedora, too! Scarfs and gloves/mittens also work here. Target is my go to place for stuff like this, because they tend to have the trendier colors and patterns for a low price point, and I can always find something there. 

Note: Can we discuss the awesomeness of this burgundy striped cape? Or this quilted leather cross body bag?

3) Lastly, clothing is an obvious (and really fun) way to bring in this color trend. I bought this faux leather jacket above (similar option) from Nordstrom this Summer and I have been dying to wear it! I wear it with all black a lot, and think it is such a great alternative to the black (faux) leather moto jacket look (which I own as well.) I have been eyeing this Free People top in burgundy, as well as this Lush tunic, too. Oh, and THIS yummy sweater! I may have a problem. Anything that I can throw on with jeans and feel fresh and current in makes me a happy girl;)

Tell me, do you follow color trends? What is your favorite way to wear marsala?

7 things from my closet that I wear on repeat (and never get tired of)


Old Navy chambray top, jeans, and bag, old (option); Target boots and hat, old (option.)

I noticed something interesting while shifting all my summer clothes out of my closet and bringing my Fall/Winter clothes back up this weekend. While I bring a lot of new things in on a regular basis, I tend to wear the same basics over and over again as a base and make all new looks with these same items. My wardrobe at this point is pretty casual, as I'm just beginning to work part time outside of the home and my life as a stay at home mom demands an easier look. I like to be comfortable, but I also like to look put together and like I care about taking care of myself. I started thinking about the clothes I have in my wardrobe that really work for me for multiple occasions, and wanted to put together a list for you (with options under each choice, too. Let's do this!

1) Jeans are something I wear almost exclusively. I favor a skinny jean, and the Rockstar brand at Old Navy are my go-to. They have recently redone their jeans and this newer version has a higher waist, and the fit seems to be more realistic. I love a jean with some distress, typically a ripped knee or two, and I often cut the bottoms at the ankle and fray them, or cuff them with ankle boots. I like a dark wash (above), a pair of black, and usually a white and gray, too.

I also have a pair of camo pants I bought a couple of years ago from Old Navy and always wear, that I have never seen there again. These are similar.

2) Ankle boots are my favorite type of boot, and the only kind I have besides my Hunter rain boots. Target is my favorite place to buy shoes, with these fringe ones above being a current favorite. I also love my Sam Eldeman Petty boots in Putty, and a pair of black buckled ones I got at Target years ago (similar option.) I really like that ankle boots look awesome with jeans, skirts, and even shorts in the Summer. I think they make any look a bit more edgier;)

3) A year or so ago I splurged on the Free People lace tunic (last worn here), and I have never regretted it. It looks great over anything, it has such pretty detail with the lace and ruffles, and I now need it in black. Ha. I also own a similar one from Target that is a near identical look.

4) I have a bit of a hoarding problem when it comes to hats. I like them for a pop of color or a bit of fun in the drearier winter months, and they also hide hair that is less than clean;) I like beanies the most, with Target (surprise!), being a fave for where I buy them. I like ones with pretty details like studded hearts, or a fun and trendy color like the one in burgundy I'm wearing above.

5) I've notice that I have a lot of shorts in my closet that pull double duty for me, both at home and at work. They tend to be a little oversized, are often a button up style, and can be tucked into a pair of black pants and worn with cute flats, or worn with jeans and boots (see above.)

6) I also have a bit of a jewelry obsession! I love that I can make a mostly boring look more exciting with some cute jewelry options. I'm obsessed with my Alex and Ani snake and feather bracelets, and I wear  a bunch of bracelets and earrings from Baublebar on a daily basis (these Phased out bracelets, this similar Constellation pendant necklace), as well as multiple studs in both ears that often mismatch.

7) Finally, I have a couple of fun faux leather items that I think add some edge to my look for certain occasions. I love these faux leather pants paired with a slouchy sweater or tunic top, a faux leather skirt (similar) that looks great with ankle boots and a crop top, and a great faux leather jacket for casual AND dressy looks.

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