Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Fall Candle Recommendations

Fall Candle Recommendations

When I chatted fall candles on Instagram a few weeks ago SO many of you said how excited you are to get your fall candles burning and I could not agree more. Don't get me wrong, I like summer and I am not necessarily wishing it away but I do loathe the heat. The heat has been crazy here in Pittsburgh this summer. We have had so many 90+ days without reprieve and that's pretty rare here! I am definitely willing to welcome 70 degrees with open arms! 

Plus, I just love pumpkin bread, hot coffees, long outdoor walks, cozy scents, super soft sweaters, cozy sweatshirts, and all of the other stuff that comes with fall! I'm not letting myself burn a fall candle until mid-September. I just can't bring myself to do it. BUT, I'm all about shopping for fall scents now! 

I am a bit of a candle hoarder and I love buying new scents. I have a lot of scents that I recommend, but since scent is such a personal preference! I am SUPER picky. I personally prefer a manly/woody/firey scent. It sounds snobby, but I can't stand anything that smells 'cheap' or fake. I also don't like anything sweet (like no vanilla cheesecake or anything like that).

I also polled all of you on Instagram to share your favorites. I pulled the top 9 scents that were the most recommended so you can all check those out, too! 

Instead of trying to describe the scents myself, I figure you all can just click over to the scent to check it out because I am SO bad at describing them. Just know that if they are coming from my recommendation, they have my personal stamp of approval. I can't say the same about the recommendations from you all, but I think that when a candle is super popular, it is usually for good reason.

Fall Candle Recommendations

I noticed that some of my favorites from different brands (especially Target and Anthropologie) are not yet available. For example, I LOVE Through the Woods from Target and it doesn't seem that that is available yet. I also love Fir and Firewood from Anthro- but I'm thinking that might skew more holiday/winter which is why I don't think that is available. I am thinking as we get closer to fall, more will become available! I also like getting my candles at Homegoods. I have found some real gems there before and the prices can't be beaten! 
Fall Candle Recommendations


Leaves was not only the most recommended candle but it was overwhelmingly the most recommended ever in the history of me asking you guys to recommend things. Hundreds of you were raving about leaves. I have yet to smell it, so it's TBD, but I am excited. A close second was Sweater Weather. I was honestly surprised because I haven't shopped at Bath and Body Works in years. I always just think of the brand as roll-on glitter and cucumber melon spray, haha! 

There were also a ton of different Yankee candle recommendations. The only clear winner from those was Autumn Wreath. I can't remember the last time I bought a Yankee candle but I do see them from time to time at Homegoods!

Monday, August 10, 2020

My Favorite Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG & BONE

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

grayson the hero white button down shirtgrayson the hero white button down shirt

grayson the hero white button down shirt

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A white skirt, dark wash skinny jeans, and ballet flats are certainly nothing earth-shattering. In fact, I've shared a variant of this look quite often throughout the past 11 years of Summer Wind.  It's just such a classic and definitely one of my go-to outfits and especially during the fall season. 

As timeless and classic as this look is, I do think it's hard to find the 'perfect' white button-down and jeans! So today I thought I would share my go-to's. 

This white shirt is one of my most favorite shirts. It's soft, the white is completely opaque so you can't see your undergarments and the fit is loose but still flattering. I would call this a more 'casual' white button-down rather than something fitted that might be more appropriate for office wear. I also have this white shirt from the same brand. It's called the 'washed' shirt and I find that that one is even more casual and slightly more sheer. I prefer the one you see in the photos above! They wash well in the washing machine with other whites and I just hang it dry and steam it. Once it's steamed, it doesn't wrinkle much while wearing and you can even pack it once it is steamed and as long as you fold it carefully, it doesn't really wrinkle in luggage either.

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

Cate Ankle Skinny Jeans RAG and BONE

These jeans are easily my most-worn pair of skinny jeans since I got them last year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and they are back again this year. I didn't really even realize at the time how much I was going to love them. They are SO flattering. I have received so many compliments on them as well as people asking me where I have gotten them- not just on IG but even more in real life!

They are called 'ankle' jeans and they look cropped on the model, but you can see on me, they almost look like they were hemmed just for my height to be full-length jeans. I'm 5'6" and they hit me right at the lower ankle. They are very stretchy which makes for a very comfortable pair of jeans, but they do stretch out a bit once you wear them so I would suggest sizing down at least one size. They're not really high waist but not at all low waist, either. It's just a happy middle ground so whether you what to tuck in our leave your shirt out, it all looks good!

They are still pretty pricey even on sale, but there is some sort of sorcery in the hips and butt of these jeans that for me, makes them worth every penny!

Besides two classic clothing staples, I'm also wearing two of my most-worn accessories: my Goyard St. Louis GM and Chanel Ballet Flats. If you click on those links, they will take you to past posts where I have reviewed each piece in-depth as they are both investment pieces but I get SO much wear out of both! 

More Nordstrom Sale Content:
- Things I Have and Love Included In the Sale
- Best of Beauty and Skincare

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday Shopping: Nordstrom Sale Skincare and Beauty

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Skincare and Beauty

Neulash// I love a lash/brow serum because it truly works. I've used NeuBrow now for several years and Neulash is basically the same thing but for your lashes! For the first two weeks, I apply it at night every night. Then, once I see results, I keep up with it a few times per week. It takes two seconds to apply.

Mario Badescu Trio// I've talked about the drying lotion a ton. As the name suggests, it is actually not a lotion but it's a watery/chalky substance. I dip a q-tip in it and use it as a spot treatment at nighttime to get rid of any zits. It truly works and minimizes the zit, if not completely gets rid of it overnight. It's a product I am never without. The drying lotion alone is usually $17 and for an extra $6 you get the mist (which smells fantastic) and the balm.

Bobbi Brown Balm Duo// This is a tinted lip balm that I have yet to try so I am ordering it. I love tinted lip balms and these seem very similar to others that I have tried. Do I need these? No, but I'm chalking it up to 'research' to find the best ones!

L'Occitane Duo// This is a go-to for me in the shower. It's a little bit of luxury as it's much pricier than your standard shaving cream or body wash. I really only use this when shaving my legs rather than using it as a body wash. It smells wonderful and it lathers so nicely and my legs are always insanely smooth after using it!

Lancome Advanced Genifique Serum// I just ran out of this serum a few weeks ago and was waiting for the sale to purchase more. It's a lightweight serum that you can use morning or night. I use it in the mornings. It's SO hydrating which is one of the reasons I love it so much. It also sinks into the skin pretty quickly so it's nice for that morning 'rush'. It is supposed to improve the texture of skin, elasticity, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate, and more. I think the hydration aspect of this is incredible. I have used the Skinceuticals HA Intensifier and I would say these serums are somewhat similar in terms of the results they produce.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick + Gloss// I love the Bobbi Brown Crushed lipsticks. I wear the color babe often. It's somewhat matte but the application is creamy and it never dries like a lot of matte products do. It almost feels like a balm on my lips. It's pretty pigmented so it's a real lipstick, but you can build the color. For daytime, I like to do a light, one coat swipe, and then in the nighttime, I'll add more for a more pigmented look. I have yet to try the gloss so that's why I am particularly interested in this set! You know me, I can't resist lip products!

Anastasia Brow Duo// I've been using Anastasia Brow products for so many years. I started out using the pencil and then switched to the powder. Last spring, a makeup artist suggested I switch back to the pencil as it provides a more natural look and I couldn't agree more. It's pretty foolproof in the application, too. I am definitely interested in trying the brow gel, especially on days where I don't feel like wearing makeup and am just looking for something to hold my brows into place.

Tula Set// This is such a good set because it has a variety of Tula products. It's great for someone who hasn't tried the brand yet. You can read my review on all of the Tula products, here. The kit includes two of my top favorite Tula products, the eye balm, and the tinted primer. If you bought those two products, it would be $64 alone. So for $4 more, you get a cleanser, pouch, and the instant facials. It's a good deal!

Pillow Talk Trio// Pillow Talk has a cult following and for good reason. It's a 'your lips but better' color that just looks very natural. I am wearing it in the photo above (from last February, no filters so you can see the true color- but I think it looks slightly different on everyone). I have been using this color for years. I have a pencil and lipstick but have yet to try the gloss. I don't typically use lip pencils, but this one is so good. I don't line my lips, rather I fill in my entire top and bottom lip with the pencil and the color lasts so long. You can either then top with your favorite balm or gloss or top with the lipstick for more color or staying power.

Hair Dryer// This is the only hair dryer I have used for years. It's amazing and dries my hair so quickly. I mentioned this previously, but you can find t3 products at Costco if you are a member. They sometimes have them available for purchase online as well and usually, the price is better than in the Nordstrom sale.
Chanel Perfume// This is a go-to perfume of mine. I'm so bad at describing scents so here is the description they have for it 'delicate and unexpectedly fruity-floral fragrance for women that creates a soft whirlwind of happiness, fantasy and radiance. A green and fruity grapefruit-quince accord intertwines with the softness of jasmine and smoothness of white musks for an intoxicatingly light, floral trail.'

Dennis Gross Peel Pads// These are pricey so I only purchase when they go on sale. They do go on sale at other times on other retailers' websites, too, so there's not a huge rush to purchase these if you don't need them. However, they are a product that I use leading up to special events. You can 'maintain' by using them once or twice a week but the real crazy noticeable results are when you use them 3-4x per week for about 3-4 weeks. I notice my pores greatly decrease in size, fine lines reduced, the texture improves, my face looks brighter and healthier. The hype on these is so real.

Hermes Duo// This is another favorite scent of mine. It's a bit manly, which I love. I honestly think a man could wear this as cologne. Here's the description from the site 'Terre d'Herm├Ęs is a symbolic narrative exploring raw material and its metamorphosis. A novel that expresses the alchemical power of the elements. An eau between earth and sky. A journey imbued with strength and poetry. Woody, vegetal, mineral. Woody, aromatic.'

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Duo// This is probably my #1 most favorite scent ever. I have the large bottle and in the past few months, I have sprayed it on myself even when I am going nowhere because it just smells THAT good. This is another one I think men could also use as it definitely has a musky/manly scent to it. Here's how they describe it 'Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited, and totally joyful. Ambrette seeds open the fragrance. Their textural quality wraps the scent with an aura of sophistication. Sea salt illuminates the heart. The crunchy nature of sea salt brings both texture and a sense of freshness. Sage defines the base. It is woody with earthy, aromatic tones that bring a natural depth.'

Friday, August 7, 2020

My Favorite Coffee Table Books


My Favorite Coffee Table Books

My Favorite Coffee Table Books

My Favorite Coffee Table Books

My Favorite Coffee Table Books

My Favorite Coffee Table Books
I shared we got a new coffee table a few weeks ago and I've been a bit lazy about attempting to style it. However, it inspired me to take stock of the coffee table books I have in my arsenal so I can start styling. I'm sharing some of my very favorites with you all. 

Not only do I use these beautiful books just on coffee tables, but I love using books as decor. They make the perfect 'riser' if needed and can add color, texture, or interest to any vignette! Plus, I think they are a nice way to show off your individual personality with books that speak to your own personal interests! 

Coffee table books can be pricey, so my tip is to keep an eye on them on Amazon or watch out for sales. I also think to look at eBay for older versions, vintage books, and even just gently used coffee table books- it is a great resource and you'll be surprised to see all of the old school books you can find there! A good example would be that I found this vintage Spode book!

One of my biggest tips is to take off the jackets of books. I love it when the spine is a solid color and you can see the embossed title. I think it looks cleaner and that way you can mix a lot more together! I also like to occasionally put the same color books together. You can see the two blue books I have underneath the monogram champagne bucket (in the photos above). I want a 3rd to complete it but the blue just works well in that space rather than a mix of colors.

Here are some of my top favorites:

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