October 29, 2009

Favorite Fall Scents

People tend to chategorize their perfumes in different ways. I usually do mine by season. No particular reason, it's just what feels most natural to me. Certain scents seem like they belong in certain seasons. For me it's ususally a fall/winter scent or a spring/summer scent. Here are some of my favorites for fall/winter:

Juicy Couture (the signature scent)
Notes:

Watermelon, Mandarin, Pink Passion Fruit, Marigold, Green Apple, Water Hyacinth, Crushed Leaves, Tuberose Absolute, Wild Rose, Princess Lily, Tuberose, Caramel Creme Brulee, Vanilla, Precious Woods, Patchouli.

When I first smelled this, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. I tried it out a few times though, and I really do like the scent after it lingers a little. It's very strong, though so I only use a tiny, tiny amount. I've had this bottle for almost a year and it doesn't look like it's been used.


Thierry Mugler - Angel
Notes:

Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin

LOVE this. This strikes the perfect balance of being strong and soft. It definitely starts out strong, but throughout the day it just has a very soft, pure smell to it.

Chanel - Chance
Notes:
Hyacinth, White Musk, Pink Pepper, Fresh Vetiver, Iris, Amber, Patchouli.

This is a romantic scent. I love wearing this if I'm going out at night, or around the holidays. It has the right combination of being a little sensual but definitely sweet. I think it would be hard not to like this one.


Kenzo - Amour
Notes:

Frangipani Blossoms from Bali or Borobudur, Cherry Blossoms from Japan, Tanakha Wood, Incense, Thai Rice Steam, Vanilla of La RĂ©union, White Tea from China.

I stumbled across this one in a sample from Sephora. Like the Juicy Couture, I wasn't sure if I liked it first but I gave it a try and I definitely liked how it subtle it was throughout the day. It lasts but not in an over-powering way. I love it now and look forward to pulling it out during the fall.

I think I love these perfumes so much because now I associate them with this time of year.
What are your favorite fall scents?

October 28, 2009

Shoes...

BCBGeneration Tinas Platform - Exclusive to Nordstrom

It never fails if I'm searching for something specific, it takes me ages to find it. Case in point - a pair of nude, preferably patent, heels. Easy enough, right? My original inspiration were a pair of Christian Louboutin's that were insanely popular like 2 years ago. Clearly those were out of my price range. Anyway, it was one of those things where I just kind of filed it away in my mind and would look every once in awhile.
Never found any.
Probably a couple of months ago I started looking more seriously for some. This is why I hate looking for something in particular. It's much easier to just come across something that you love. To go looking specifically just guarantees that it's going to be difficult and frustrating. However, luck was on my side today as I looked at Makeup by TiffanyD's blog
Umm... perfect :)
Needless to say, I snapped those suckers up. That, coupled with the fact that I won an InStyle contest on Twitter today made this the best day I've had in awhile (being sick and all). Hopefully my luck is changing!

...and even if it doesn't, I have a super cute pair of shoes on the way :)

October 27, 2009

Sick...

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know why I haven't been posting lately. I've been sick for about a week now and after 2 doctor's visits have been diagnosed with strep throat, and either bronchitis or pneumonia. Yuck. Needless to say, I haven't been around a computer very much lately. Until I feel like making a real post, here's a fun article Marie Claire posted today:


Since I've felt slightly better today, reading magazines and websites and Twitter have been keeping me occupied. Feel free to comment with things that keep you occupied when you're sick! I could use the distractions :)

October 22, 2009

10 Fall Fashion Essentials

Building a versatile wardrobe requires starting with the basics. Basics are different things to different people depending on your lifestyle and how you need to get dressed every day. I think it can be overwhelming sometimes when you feel like you don't have anything to wear (and we ALL feel that way sometimes, right?) but in reality, you don't need that many pieces. If you can build around a neutral color palette and pick pieces that can mix and match you'll make your work even easier. To illustrate this, I put 10 items I consider to be basics or essentials into Polyvore. I could have made it easier on myself and picked any 10 items, but I picked 10 actual items in my own closet (or close representations if I couldn't find the exact one) because I thought that made this experiement a little more fair :) I went with a black and gray color palette, but any neutrals would work. Here are The 10:





1. V-neck short sleeved t-shirt
2. Boot-cut jeans
3. Boyfriend cardigan
4. Black leggings
5. Tunic
6. Platform heels
7. Flat boots
8. Ballet flats
9. Short sleeved cardigan
10. Turtleneck

Ok, so clearly this is just a base to work with. Most people are going to have more than 1 pair of jeans, I personally have the t-shirt and turtleneck in various colors, etc. There are SO many combinations here! If you look, you'll see any top can be worn with any bottoms, most of the tops can have either of the cardigans thrown over them, and the shoes go with everything. See where this is going? Now start imagining how you could integrate some color. Again, just take any one piece - the t-shirt, the short sleeved cardigan, the flats - and replace them with a color. It completely changes the outfit. Also, there are NO accessories here. Switching out your bag, or an assortment of bracelets, or a different pair of earrings would give the outfit entirely new life. It's not always about have tons and tons of pieces in your wardrobe - a little creativity can go a long way, and the more basic and versatile pieces you buy, the more longevity you can get out of them. The things that you're going to wear the most are where you should spend your money. Go somewhere like Forever 21 to stock up on jewelry, headbands, etc. each season and you'll see that your essentials will stay the same, season after season!

October 21, 2009

Fashion's Maven Product Review

Organix Pomegranate Green Tea Shampoo and Conditioner
When I was in Target the other day, these products caught my eye. (Possibily because they look like Philosophy products?) Pomegranate green tea - sounded good to me. I was in a hurry so I didn't even really read the label, I just loved the bottles, the look, and the scent. Well I'm happy to say that these were a GREAT find! First of all, it's $6.99 for a 13 oz bottle and after doing research, apparently you can usually find a buy 1 get 1 deal. So, you can't beat the price. Second of all, it's sulfate and paraben free so if you have sensitive skin, these should work well for you. This is a major reason that I can't use a lot of drug store products so I'm SO happy to find products like this in Target! Most of my hair products are Aveda which I LOVE, but that can get expensive. It's nice to have a drug store alternative I can use to stretch the life out of my higher end products. I used both the shampoo and conditioner tonight and am very pleased so far. They do smell a little sweet, but the sweet smell hasn't lingered and I'm left with just a faint pomegranate scent which I like. Here is a link to the Organix website if you want to check out their other products: http://www.organixhair.com/pomegranate.asp

There are few things more exciting than finding a good drug store deal. What are your favorite drug store products?

October 20, 2009

Is It Me?

Sunday I went out in search of something simple - potpourri. Ok, not the most exciting purchase, but we just bought a new house, and one of the many new purchases was a new coffee table, and I already had a centerpiece but it needed - potpourri. So, I went to Target figuring I could get what I needed for around $10.
Well, I don't know what happened.
They didn't have potpourri. (Seriously, Target?) So I meandered over to the hair care section. Dangerous. I'm still in search for the perfect products and tools to create wavy hair, so I looked at curling irons but they didn't have anything that looked good, so I went over to hair products and they have some Bumble & Bumble styling spray that looked good. They also had some shampoo and conditioner in a brand I'm not familiar with (can't remember the name) but it was pomegranate tea scented. Um, sold. So obviously I scooped that up. Anyway the point of this is I spent like $50 and didn't even get what I went for.

Does this happen to anyone else?
Or is it just me?

October 19, 2009

Sephora Sale!

October 19th through November 2nd is Sephora's Friends and Family sale. To take part in this, all you have to do is enter the code FF2009 at checkout for 20% off! This is a fabulous opportunity to stock up on essentials, try out new products you've been lusting after, or pick up some holiday gift sets. If you're in the need for a little inspiration, here are some gift sets I wouldn't mind adding to my collection (I think the right gift set is usually a great value):

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes $32

LORAC Multi-Platinum Palette $37

Sephora Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler $38

Korres Lip Saver Roll $19.50 (These are full sized Korres lip butters! Definitely getting this.)


Dior Complete Makeup Palette - Deluxe Palette For Eyes, Cheeks & Lips $70

Looks like I have some decisions to make...
What's on your holiday gift list? Let me know if you make use of the 20% off and what you bought!

October 16, 2009

Sales :)

I received emails about 2 sales and I thought I would spread the wealth :)

First off is the Saks Friends and Family sale:
Use the code FRIENDS2 at checkout. Also the code OCTSHIP9 will get you free shipping. If you need an instore coupon, email me and I'll send you one! This sale ends Sunday.

Next is the Tory Burch sample sale:

This is going on until Monday night at toryburchprivatesale.com. It starts tomorrow at noon est and I can't wait to see what's up for grabs! I hope the Reva flats are on sale, but those are super popular so I'm not holding my breath.

These are some great sales and good opportunities to get something if you've had your eye on it for awhile. Help the economy, go shopping :)

October 15, 2009

Things I Want...

I've picked up a few things recently (that I've posted about), but I can always find more. I don't know that I'll get all, or any of this, but for some reason doing online 'window shopping' when I'm stressed out calms me down. I plan outfits and think about how I would integrate something into my wardrobe. Anyway here are some things I'm liking:

Slouchy Ribbed Beanie - Urban Outfitters
Not only is this cute, I think it's a good solution for hiding a bad hair day. Always useful.


Black Leggings - Express
Pretty self explanatory. I want to try these out with tunics and dresses.


Skinny Jeans (These are Hudson's from Piperlime)
These will be good to wear boots over. And if I ever get skinny, I can just wear them by themselves :) However, I don't view these as a necessity just yet because I've learned a trick on how to wear boots over normal jeans. If you tight roll them and put a sock over them (hey, I didn't say it was cute), then your boots will slip right over. Of course this works for knee high boots and higher so that you cover up the funky lookings jeans/sock look. Wouldn't work with ankle boots.

I would also like more boots, the perfect leather jacket, and the perfect black bag - but I'm always on the search for these things. Suggestions are welcomed :)

October 13, 2009

Project Vanity

My husband and I recently bought our first house and one of the things I was most excited about was getting "my" vanity back. The vanity belonged to my grandmother and is about 90 years old. It has needed a lot of work for sometime now so I thought this was a good time to do it. It's been a process but I'm pretty pleased with the results! First off, what I had to buy:

- wood touch-up pens

- orange oil

- beads

- baskets

- hardware

- drawer liner

- fabric

- foam

- lighted mirror

- plywood

Before pictures:





I used the orange oil to polish the wood and restore some of it's natural shine. I used the touch-up pens for all the nicks and scratches. I also replaced the hardware with antique bronzed knobs. Next, I worked on making a brush holder. I took a small vase and filled it with beads.
Next, I worked on reupholstering the bench (with the husband's help). There were 3 layers of fabric on it, underneath which was a broken piece of plywood.
The husband built me a new seat and we were able to get to work.
New seat, foam, fabric, and a little dog who wanted to help. We cut the foam to size and covered it with the new fabric using a staple gun to secure it.
Almost done! Along the way I had cut the drawer liner to fit each drawer and placed baskets inside the 4 bigger drawers. I arranged all my makeup, added the new lighted mirror, and called it done!

And here's how I have it organized:

Perfume on top
False eyelashes, sharpener, samples, eyelash curler pad, boscia oil absorbing sheets
Last year's Tarte treasure chest. This years has 16 more eyeshadows! It sells for like $52 at Sephora, but wait until next Monday and you can get 20% off with the Friends and Family discount. That's when I got this one last year. Great, great deal!
Eyeliners, brow products, concealers, mascara
Eyeshadows
Foundation, bronzer, blushes
Lipsticks and glosses

So that's it! I'm excited to have this setup for putting my makeup on in the mornings.
How do you keep your makeup organized?

October 12, 2009

I Want Curls...

I am a textbook case of always wanting what I don't have when it comes to my hair. It would probably help if my hair could decide what it wants to be. It's certainly not straight, but it's definitely not curly. I guess this leaves wavy but that doesn't always seem to describe it's natural state. It's thick, but it has almost a fine texture to it. See? It's confused. And thanks to it's confusion, I can never make it do what I want. It has too much waviness or body or something so that I can never get it stick straight despite my best efforts with my CHI, and for reasons I don't entirely understand I can't get a nice looking curl or wave out of it, either.

Frustrating. Especially since I've spent countless hours, tears, dollars, etc. trying to get the wave OUT of my hair. I have never successfully attained this and now that I'd like it to stay, I can't get that either. Can. Not. Win.

Lately I've been using this:

I guess it helps, but it's not getting me where I want on it's own. Ok, so it would be a miracle spray if it could do that, fair enough. I either let my hair air dry, or I blow dry it a little on a low, cool setting. I don't have a diffuser, and I don't have a particularly nice hair dryer. It has ceramic/ionic settings, though. So maybe I need to upgrade that? (Note that I always think I'm in need of an upgrade.)

Ok, so then I use this:

Just a very basic 1" Revlon curling iron. Granted, this might also be the problem in the equation. I don't think this is the world's greatest curling iron by any means, but since I'm new to trying to actually amp up the curl in my hair, this is all I have. I am, of course, willing to upgrade :)

Ok, so I've watched tutorials on YouTube. I've tried the whole using my CHI to put some wave in my hair which was an epic failure. All I want is some nice beachy waves/loose curls! What am I missing here? Wrong tools? Wrong products? Wrong technique? I welcome any and all suggestions! Post them here or email me :)

October 9, 2009

Forever 21

Just made an order with Forever 21. I don't shop at F21 as often as I probably should. I find the actual store to be a little overwhelming which is probably why I shy away from it. However, you can't beat the prices. You do have to be careful to look at the materials used to make sure you're getting something that looks more expensive than it is. That's probably the biggest trick to integrating cheaper pieces into your wardrobe - make sure they don't LOOK cheap :) Striking the right mix of higher and lower budget pieces is one of the keys to truly having style, in my opinion. Anyway, here's what I got tonight:

tiered sleeveless tunic
I plan on using this as a layering piece. I have several cardigans I can't wait to throw over it!


drawstring hem slub tunic
Same as the above. I'd wear this over straight leg jeans or (maybe) leggings (if I can work up the nerve to wear leggings again lol). I really like the color of this. The website calls it lavender, but I think it's pale enough that it can be very versatile.

Ok, that was it for clothes. It's hard for me to always know my size in F21 compared to other stores I shop in regularly, so I'm pretty careful about what I buy. The rest is jewelry though which is always fun!

long chain bead earrings
Love gold and coral together. I usually think of coral as a summer color, but these earrings don't strike me as summery. They're also loooooong which I love :)

peacock trio set
I only bought these for the feather earrings. I have absolutely no interest in the other 2 pairs, but all 3 were only $4.80! Worth it even if I only like 1 of the 3, and I might be interested in the other 2 when I see them but I already have several pairs of gold hoops. We'll see.

entice elastic ring
I went back and forth on this. I think "elastic" was throwing me off. Ultimately, I think it's cute enough that I'll wear it a few times. That's the beauty of cheap accessories - you're not looking for something that will last you a lifetime, just a season or 2.

lacquered crescent hoops
Love the pairing of the royal blue with gold here. Jewel tones are so striking in the fall and can really pop off of black and gray, 2 colors I obviously love to wear this time of year. I think these look fun :)

round jewel elastic bracelet
I have a couple of purple and plum tops that I think this would look great with. Just a fun but cute statement piece.

fancy stained glass earrings
Love all the colors here. I know I could wear these year round.

double strand beaded necklace
Love long necklaces! I have other long gold necklaces I can layer this with, as well as some shorter pendant ones from dogeared.com that would look great with this.

I can't wait for it all to get here so I can start making new outfits. I really love F21's accessories, especially jewelry. They have pieces starting at $2.80 so it's very easy to stock up!

October 8, 2009

Recent Purchases

Apologies for the lack of posts/comments lately. My husband and I recently bought a new house and moved so life has been a little crazy. I have some new subscribers/Twitter followers/etc. so welcome to everyone and thanks for checking out my blog :)
Since things have been so crazy lately, I thought I'd just make a post with some recent purchases.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren cashmere cable knit sweater

I don't know if this is the exact one I bought because I got mine at the outlet, but it looks exactly like this. It was either $50 or $60 which is a friggin' STEAL for 100% cashmere. I know a black cable knit sweater isn't the most exciting of purchases, but being cashmere it should last for years and years which is exactly what you want out of a staple item. Very excited I got such a good deal on this!


Lauren by Ralph Lauren beaded necklace

This isn't something I would usually gravitate towards, but again I got it at the outlet at a good price so I figured why not. I can pair it with my new sweater for a traditional preppy look, or I can layer it with other necklaces for something slightly more edgy. There are several possibilities here.


Chinese Laundry Trust Me boots (FINALLY, right?)

After my last post I decided I wanted these badly enough to pay for my indecisiveness. I found them at Chinese Laundry's website (http://chineselaundry.com/) and was pleasantly surprised to learn that if I signed up for their email, I received 15% off my first purchase. Nice!


GAP Ultrafine Turtleneck Sweater in black

Again, I know a black turtleneck isn't that exciting but to me it is a staple of my fall and winter wardrobe. I wear black turtlenecks so much I have to replace mine every couple of years, so this is my newest addition. I love Gap's turtlenecks because they are reasonably priced and you always see some new styles and colors every season. I stock up every fall!


GAP Dropwaist Tunic Blouse in gray pearl

This just looked like something fun to try. You could pair it with jeans or leggings (although I have somewhat of a phobia about leggings - possibly more on that in another post), boots or flats, and it looks like you could layer it over a thin long sleeved shirt which would extend how long you can wear it. I'm excited to try this out!



Nine West Rocha in black leather

I love heels. LOVE. I just wish I had more excuses to wear them. I probably find more heels than any other type of shoe that I want to buy, but I have to be realistic (something that I hate). I probably have 30 pairs of heels and I just don't wear them enough. I wear mostly flats in my day to day life, so that's wear I try to spend my money since they get the most wear. That said, sometimes I just can't resist a pair of heels and this was definitely the case. I've been wanting something with a platform, and I thought I wanted a rounded toe but I think this was a good compromise. It's not too much of a platform and the slightly rounded point probably means these will last me longer. I got these from Piperlime, so I could read the reviews which were excellent!

So yes, pretty boring, lots of black and gray, but hey, those are good colors for fall and winter. I definitely can add plenty of personality with accessories. I made a Sephora order recently, and I have a nice, full shopping cart at Forever 21 online, so expect more purchase posts in the near future!

What have you bought for fall so far?