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November 2016

Fashionably Informed

Fashionably Informed: 5 November 2016


I love this quote. Gratitude is always my center, and whenever I’m feeling a little bit off, I try to remind myself of all the things in life that have blessed me. It’s a perfect sentiment this time of year, because it also helps stave off some of the feelings that creep up when we get into shop-o-palooza or maybe start comparing our family goings on to other people’s. What we have, is enough.

1 – Whatever your political opinion, remember what it took to get us gals to vote, both here and abroad. Don’t waste this gift that millions of women the world around still can’t take advantage of. Vote

2 – If sheer sentiment isn’t reason enough to drive us to voting as an act of equality, consider that we may not be on equal economic footing until 2186, according to the World Economic Forum.

3 – Let’s just roll with this women empowerment week and slap on this subtle little hint of strength to stack with our watches.

4 – Nothing makes me feel quite as tough as a red lip. This one is a deep sultry wine that while seemingly challenging as a color, has a beautiful formula that lasts and lasts.

5 – While pinterest is intent on reminding us that not all super heros wear capes, I’m still strongly endorsing a cape to be your most super self. This Halogen grey, hooded one is so sleek and urban. Web fashion stalkers will notice that it’s a dupe of Atlantic Pacific’s DKNY that was very popular last year.

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Recent Fall Beauty Favorites

This time of year I generally focus on stocking up on skin care instead of makeup.  Once the weather changes, I find that my skin needs a little extra TLC and it seems to shift every year whether or not that means oil control or ultra hydration! Of course, I’m also always suckered in by the fabulous holiday sets and lines that come out this time of year. Right now, I’m loving some of the products that came out in the nutcracker sets by MAC.  Here are a few things I’m into this fall….


5 of My Fall Favorites

1 – This foundation has become my go to. Normally I’m an Armani Luminous Silk gal, but this new hourglass has the same blend-ability but much more of a fall, satin or velvet finish. It’s just the kind of coverage you want going into winter.

2 – The bite lip mask is an essential for me in fall.  I put it on at night and wake up with smooth, plump lips that can handle all of those dark matte shades we’re into this time of year!

3- Amore Pacific is one of the best skin care lines out there and I don’t think they get quite as much play as they deserve. I’m obsessed with this aging serum, but you’ll also love their hydrating spray (an airplane essential for me!) and their cleanser for a deep clean that doesn’t strip your face of key oils it needs in the winter!

4- This is one of those fab MAC products I’m loving! The nutcracker collection MAC put out has a bunch of fun colors and great pallets. If you happen to live in a neck of the woods where the whisper of gilt/blush combo isn’t sold out buy a hundred. (And maybe sell a few on eBay and finance your student loan payments.)

5- This “mask” has been a welcome addition to my Sunday beauty routine. Its texture is a little different, almost goopy and it certainly doesn’t harden like a traditional mask.  That said, it is immensely restorative and feels like something your facialist keeps up her sleeve when you ask for “brightening.” It marries well with another hydrating treatment to follow it’s somewhat astringent finish.

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Moody Fall Outfit

When the weather crisps up a bit, I get ready for an outfit that’s got a little edge and a little more of a moody feel. I’m in love with turtleneck sweater dresses. They do double duty keeping you super warm and super chic at the same time. Add over the knee boots and some killer jewelry and you’ve got a quick outfit that can go from casual to dressy depending on how you accessorize it and whether or not your boots have a heel.


Acne Studios Dress || OTK Boot  || Bite Lipstick || Celine

Black + Crystal Jewels

To add some of that fall vibe, I’m loving black crystal jewelry. I think it’s a bit less expected than your typical ‘j.crew’ looking crystal but still looks polished and sophisticated. A few of my fave pieces are in the shopping bar below.