Monday, September 24, 2018

Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes

breakfast at tiffanys big little lies costume idea
Who wore it better, Reese or Me?! Ha!
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Can you believe Halloween is in just a little over a month? I waffle on whether or not I'm a Halloween person every year. Some years I get into it, others I don't! Last year, I loved my costume because it was cute/modest but also inexpensive and easy! 

I wrote a post about this costume last year but didn't include the 'after' photo as I wore it! If you are a Big Little Lies fan, then you know the episode where Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) attends a party wearing the famous Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's costume! 

It's basically the Breakfast at Tiffany's costume, but since Reese has blonde hair, I decided to go as her character in Big Little Lies! 

This costume is SO easy and considering how expensive store-bought costumes can be, this one was less pricey.

What you'll need:
- Tux Shirt// Order a larger size so you're able to wear it as a dress. I got a size large in the exact shirt that is linked and it was plenty big! 
- Sleep Mask// There are so many options online, but this one is one of my favorites! If you are crafty, this could even be a somewhat easy DIY project. 
- Tassel Earrings// I already had these- but think buying these makes sense because you can wear them any other day, too! 
- Boy Shorts// I got them in a nude color. It just made me feel a little less 'naked' underneath since the shirt was so big. 

If you are too lazy to order everything separately (hey, I get you), you can order a 'kit' on Etsy

tiffany and co. costume idea
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I was a Tiffany 'box' during my sophomore year in college. This is one of my favorite costumes ever. I feel like it's so different and unique but was also so easy and inexpensive to create. It was a huge hit, too!

What you'll need:
- Tiffany blue dress// There are so many inexpensive options for this! 
- Sharpie Marker// The one I linked is double sided and has a thicker marker as well as a thin one. You'll want both so you can be precise. I had my friend who was good at art/drawing do this. It definitely does take some skill so practice a bunch on paper first! 
- White headband// The one I am linking is what I would have purchased had we had Amazon Prime back then (haha). It's over the top and exactly the 'fun' thing to wear on Halloween! 
- White gift bow// I had a regular white headband, so I just bought a cheap gift bow at Target and attached it to the headband. So easy! You could also do super thick grosgrain ribbon and tie it up in your hair and then 'bow' it!

Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

These photos are old, too (ohhh to be young again)! I wore this 'Greek Goddess' outfit during my junior year of college and then again for Halloween 2012. It's one of those things that is kind of 'lame' because it's not that creative but it's comfortable and easy to do in a pinch. You can wear a bathing suit or bodysuit underneath but mine stayed in tact totally find with a few safety pins! 

What you'll need:
- Flat Sheet// You can use any size, but a twin is easiest to work with!
- Gold accessories// I just used jewelry and shoes I already owned.

There are a lot of different ways to tie a toga, so check out YouTube and find a tie that you like the best. I like the tie I do in these photos because I felt the most 'secure' (like it wouldn't fall apart).

There you have it! 3 realllllly easy Halloween costumes! I have yet to attend a Halloween party where everyone goes all out with their costumes, but I hope to attend one someday! I don't think I'll be dressing up this year, but we'll see! I'm more excited about dressing Henry in something adorable!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Shopping 9/22/2018

Happy weekend, friends! This weekend I am in Charleston for a high school friends wedding. It's a really fun time because a lot of friends from high school will be reunited all in one place! I'm also excited because I am staying with my sister in Charlotte after Charleston. She recently moved into a new place so I am excited to see it in person!!

This week was a whirlwind because I had so much to do before I left on Thursday so I didn't get around to too much shopping but scroll through the widget above to see what I did find!

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Most Comfortable Heels You'll Ever Wear

The Most Comfortable Heels You'll Ever Wear

manolo blahnik bb pump 50mm review

manolo blahnik bb pump 50mm review

manolo blahnik bb pump 50mm review
Cashmere Cable Cardigan (this goes on sale so wait for the sale!)
Striped Tee (also goes on sale- not worth the price, in my opinion, though- mad I bought it!) 
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One of the first few years when I was right out of college, I was offered a job. It was a good job for my age and skillset at the time. One of the 'requirements' of the said job was for me to wear skirts/dresses every single day with pantyhose and high heels.

I'm all for a dress code. There is a time and a place for one and I get that. But you better believe I was not going to promise to wear high heels every. single. day. Needless to say, I turned down the job offer. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good high heel. I have many pairs and wear them somewhat often. They make me feel sexy or powerful or glamorous! But there is something to be said for a flat shoe. While a heel is sometimes the most flattering choice, sometimes my feet just scream out for a flat shoe!

Earlier this year, I saw this article and could not agree more!  I really think that it all made sense: I was wearing fewer pairs of my heels and reaching for more sensible (but still beautiful) shoes. 

The LA Times article says that women are willing to pay more for more comfortable shoes and I could not agree more. If I find a shoe that my foot feels incredible in, I will buy a pair in every color (hence why I have the Ferragamo Vara in almost every color, ha!). 

The article also mentions that people are on the go now more than ever and because of that, they need a shoe that can keep them moving. This was another point where I found myself shaking my head in agreeance. Sometimes, when I am in high heels, I feel immobile. For example, if I was out at a restaurant and then we relocate for drinks and the new location was 8 blocks away, I really might not make it in my highest/more uncomfortable pair of heels. 

For me, the pain is just not worth it. I have an insanely high arch that makes many shoes- even flat shoes- have a deleterious effect on my feet. So I am really picky when it comes to adding a pair of shoes to my closet!

All of this to say that I found a shoe that looks like a 'heel' but feels like a flat!!! It's like hitting the jackpot! The winners are the Manolo Blahnik BB pump in 50mm. PurseBlog has a great heel comparison graphic that you should definitely check out! I love the classiness of the BB pump but have always been so wary of the high heel! 

The 50mm is 2 inches. It's basically a 'kitten' heel but doesn't look dorky.... so like high heels with training wheels, ha! They are pricey, but I could walk 10 miles in them! This heel height sells out quickly and especially in the more popular colors so if your size and the preferred color is out of stock, don't worry because they restock them throughout the year. They also occasionally go on sale. It's usually the more seasonal colors but sometimes you can find them for under $300 on sale! 

I know this is going to sound a little nutty but other shoe brands like Jimmy Choo and Prada make a very similar style shoe but Manolo Blahnik's low heel is .2" higher and I really think that almost unnoticeable bit of added height makes the shoe look less dowdy and much more elegant. 

Do you have a favorite brand and style of heel that is amazingly comfortable? I would love to know about them!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lately 9/20/2018

Wearing: This sweater is back this year! I got it two years ago and it is one of the most worn items in my closet. The quality is impeccable and it's so beyond comfortable! This year they have come out with different colors than two years ago and I love every color. It's a very pricey sweater but I'm thinking it will go on sale in the next few weeks like it did a few years ago! Here's to hoping!!

Eating: Do not walk, RUN to your nearest Trader Joe's and try their sweet potato gnocchi with butter and sage. Holy moly. I grabbed a bag of it because I love gnocchi but I also love anything with sage. I literally popped the bag into a bowl and microwaved for 5 minutes and I had an insanely delicious meal. It tasted like something you would be served at a nicer restaurant. It's not really 'healthy' but I wish they sold the plain sweet potato gnocchi because I feel like I could recreate the butter/sage taste without using so much and in turn cutting back on the calories! A bag is plenty for two people, but I think you could even serve it to 4 people if you added in something like sausage and/or some sauteed veggies! It also reheats wonderfully. 

Sale-ing: Club Monaco is one of my favorites and right now they are offering an extra 30% off sale! This is usually when I get the best prices for cashmere! I really love this tweed jacket

 So I think I may have found my latest heartthrob: Noah Centineo. I watched 'All The Boys I've Loved Before' on Netflix and it was a really cute teen movie. However, even if you just watch it for Noah, it'll be worth it. He. Is. A. Babe. 

Listening: Well, we are almost done with September (can you believe it?!). But I finally got my September playlist in good shape. These songs are so good and I'm so glad I'll have this for travel days ahead! Right now I am obsessed with 'Magic In the Hamptons'. It is SO fun and just makes me smile and want to dance! 
Loving: Even though the Steelers aren't doing so hot right now, Henry still supports his team. I never thought I'd be 'that girl' that dresses their dog, but here we are. He is just SO funny with clothes on. 

Wanting: I did minimal browsing this week, so not much but scroll through to see!

Trying: This is a new category! I am always trying new products so I thought I would share with you one product a week that I am trying out! This week I am trying out Tula's latest product for acne-prone skin! I love a product that promises to keep my acne at bay so I'm excited to see how this one works. So far I like it. It's a lightweight gel that you can easily apply all over your face! Use code SYDNEY for 20% off! 

Pittsburgh-ing: The Gobblerito is back, I repeat, the Gobblerito is back!!!! For those of you that know, you know. For those of you that don't, you need to run not walk to Mad Mex and try out a Gobblerito- it is pure heaven. 

Traveling: Charleston and then Charlotte this weekend! Next up? Niagara-On-The-Lake! We are going to celebrate my mom's birthday. I have never been but I'm excited- I have heard that it is beautiful, especially this time of year! If you have any recommendations on what we should do, where we should eat, etc. let me know in the comments below! 

Quoting: 'Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles. It takes away today's peace.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Resetting Fine Jewelry

Resetting Fine Jewelry

Where I get my jewelry from is one of my most-asked questions ever. I'm pretty sure my jewelry style can be summed up as 'simple, dainty, classic'. I'm not a costume jewelry person (but there is a time and a place/outfit for it) and I always prefer 'real' jewelry over anything else. I also always prefer something subtle that doesn't draw attention but just adds to whatever I am wearing.

I'm lucky enough that my grandfather worked in the fine jewelry industry and therefore, my Grammie and Grandpa have always given me the most beautiful pieces of jewelry.

I've grown up knowing a lot about fine jewelry. My dad worked for my grandpa for a while so he's passed down the knowledge to me and my sister. Growing up, my sister and I used to color on GIA notepads that had diamond diagrams and showed the grading scales for color/cut/clarity/carat weight.

I've discussed this before, but the rose ring you see above was given to me for a birthday and I absolutely loved it. However, as I got older, I was not wearing it because I thought it could be confused as an engagement ring. So, I had it reset into the necklace that I have worn every single day since. I never ever take it off and probably never will. It's very special to me. My sister also has this same necklace from our grandparents.
Resetting Fine Jewelry
After I shared this transformation, I got questions about resetting jewelry almost daily so today I'm sharing another piece I had reset. My grammie recently gifted both my sister and I this dainty beautiful diamond ring. It was quite literally an engagement-style ring, though. So I took it to the jeweler and had the center stone and side stones reset. The jeweler came up with this bracelet design so as to incorporate all of the diamonds from the setting and I absolutely love it.

I think when you have a special piece with meaning, but it might not work for you, you should get it reset! There is no sense in having beautiful pieces just sitting in your jewelry box collecting dust. If you find the right jeweler, they will be able to create anything from super simple to a true work of art!

Also, once you have the stones reset, you can keep the setting and have something different set into it. For example, I am thinking that a pearl or sapphire would look beautiful in the rose ring setting!

I'm emotionally attached to the pieces since they have been gifts from my grandparents, but if you are not attached, you can sell the gold to the jeweler (depending on the jewelry) and that will take down the cost of the new piece!

You can also consider using extra diamonds from settings and incorporating them into your engagement ring or wedding band. You can even have settings melted down and reused for a new setting. It doesn't always work out perfectly, but if it does, I think that makes it even more special.

When you are having items reset, it's important to have a good jeweler that is well-skilled and extremely knowledgeable. Not only that, but you'll want someone creative. Some of those older settings can be so odd/out of fashion now and it's hard to look at a piece yourself and imagine it as a more modern, classic piece! Pinterest is also a great place to look as well as just googling the type of item you want. For example, if you have an old emerald piece, you can just look up 'emerald ___' the blank being the type of jewelry you want (ie. bracelet, earrings, etc.). And then you can take your inspiration photos to the jeweler and they can recreate it exactly or modify it!

Besides having items reset, did you know that if you find a good jeweler, they can create custom pieces for you? For example, I saw a sapphire and diamond ring that was out of my price range, but also too chunky/big for my taste. So you show the jeweler the design and have it recreated to fit your taste and budget. That means either sizing the carat weights down or adjusting the number of stones in the setting.

Have you ever reset your jewelry? If so, what did you have created?! I love getting jewelry ideas from others! If you don't have anything to reset but are looking for simple fine jewelry, I'll be sharing some pieces from AUrate with you soon!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

5 New Beauty Favorites

5 New Beauty Favorites

Products Mentioned In This Post:
Charlotte Tilbury Blush// I had a few blushes that I was rotating between but I didn't really love any of them. I have recently become a huge fan of the Charlotte Tilbury brand after getting sent a press package of some of the products. So, I headed to Nordstrom and had a color picked out for me. I got the color 'ecstasy'. What I love about this blush is that the outer shade is for the upper cheekbone and the middle is for the apple of the cheeks. You can also just mix it all together for the prettiest bronzy flushed glow. 

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze + Highlighter// This is my holy grail highlighter. It's so natural looking and just gives you the most beautiful glow without ever seeming sparkly or 
'fake'. The bronzer is great, too. It's a little light for the summer, but it will be a great shade for me in the winter months when I am paler!
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil// This lip pencil is a game changer. I have the color 'pillow talk' and this is one of the most popular colors because it's just a shade darker than natural lips. So, you can really fill in your lips and they just look natural but better. The pencil is matte and I don't love a matte lip so I top it with my favorite Dior Lip Glow in the shade pink or berry! 

NeuBrow// While this is expensive, it is worth every penny. I don't have super sparse eyebrows but I wanted them to become fuller so I could skip having to fill them in. This made my eyebrows grow so much and it's so easy to use.  You just swipe on at night and you're good to go. I noticed results after 2 weeks and noticed major results after a month. 

Alpha Beta Peel// I'm all about a peel. I do one every night and I love to try different brands each time I run out. My friend Aly recommended this product so I ordered it and love it!! I got the 'extra strength' because my face is used to a peel, and it really does work. I do it twice a week (since it's so strong) and definitely notice clearer skin. There is a reason this has so many great reviews!

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. Nordstrom is a go-to for me when shopping for makeup and beauty products. They carry all my favorite brands and when you go in to get your makeup done or color-matched, they are so helpful! All opinions are my own. 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

10 Fall Wardrobe Staples

10 Fall Wardrobe Staples
The fall season lends itself to the best kind of dressing (in my opinion): layers! I can't get enough of layer colors and textures for a classic but cozy look. 

I was racking my brain to think of fall wardrobe staples that get the most wear in my closet each season. I came up with many more than 10, but tried to simplify it so as not to overwhelm everyone! These are pieces that I think regardless of your personal style, they are staples and (many are) functional for all women!
Barbour Jacket// This is my favorite lightweight jacket. It's casual and neutral so it can work with so many different outfits. I also love that it's roomy so you can easily layer once the temps start to drop!

Cute but Comfortable Flat Shoe// Think classic ballet flats or a velvet smoking slipper in either a neutral or fall hue like deep green or burgundy!
Vest// I love Patagonia J.Crew Puffer, . I notice myself reaching for vests all fall and winter long. They are so good at keeping your core warm without adding a ton of bulk. They're also cute, too! 

Chunky Sweater// Need I say more? I love a textured, chunky knit. It's warm and comfortable but adds so much character to any outfit. I also love a cashmere cable knit. I ordered two of the one I am linking- they're so cozy and cute. They come in so many colors and at $70, they are nice for the price!

Cashmere Wrap// I rave about these wraps all the time and there's good reason! They are so versatile! I wear mine like a scarf and the gray pairs really nicely with a Barbour jacket.

Oxford Cloth Button Down// This is my layering hero in the fall! I love the classic style and casualness of oxford cloth so I have every color and stripe imaginable! They're cute on their own but are great for layering! 

Leather Jacket// This adds a bit of edge and texture to any outfit. Perfect for a chilly night and works with everything from a t-shirt to a dress! Honorable mention to leather leggings, too! 

Neutral Booties// I am not a huge bootie fan. I would much rather wear flats or loafers. But some outfits just call for booties or booties are necessary for keeping you warm! 

Functional Neutral Rain Jacket// This has been one of my latest purchases. I had some 'cute' rain jackets but nothing super functional. I love being prepared for a rainy day!  
Plaid// Whether it's a plaid shirt, plaid scarf, shoes, etc. A plaid touch always lends a cozy casual vibe that is always well-loved during the fall season. I love a good plaid and plaids like Blackwatch can be treated like you would a neutral!

Friday, September 14, 2018

How I am Bettering Myself

Sweater// Jeans (old, similar, similar)
Handbag// Lip Color (in babe)

Today I am getting a little introspective and sharing some deeper feelings. I'm chatting about self-love and self-awareness. I think self-love is extremely important. 

Quite honestly, I don't think I've ever really struggled with it. Not to make me sound like a narcissist! It's just that I have never really questioned who I am. I feel like of course there are things I would love to change about myself or work on, but for the most part, I am happy and comfortable as Sydney and have always had a sense of who I am. Sure, at times, I've felt confused or down or unsure. I've also grown and changed throughout my life and know that will only continue! But for the most part,  I've kept my self-esteem leveled and (for the most part) I am and have always been happy (which has always been a choice- but that's another story for another day). 

One of the things that I have done in the past few years is making a mental list of the things I don't love about myself. For a while, I didn't even realize I was doing this! I'm not talking about beating myself up inside, but more so giving myself constructive criticism. I target the things I knew I could work on and in turn would better me as a person. I am always trying to better myself and I know I will forever be a work in progress and that's fine by me!

I thought I would share some of the things I don't love about myself and how I've worked to change these things! I think it is always important to be self-aware and that is the first step. The second step is to treat yourself with kindness. The criticism in your head needs to be constructive and for the better. You can't just be thinking 'I'm not good enough', 'I'm fat', etc. Those thoughts will only bring you down!!

Being more flexible. 
This is one that I have been working on for years. I am somewhat rigid and I know that can be hard to deal with not only for myself by for others, too. I'm leaps and bounds more flexible now than I was even just a few years ago. In fact, now, I'd even venture to say that some would consider me flexible. This was a long road, but I knew that life throws curves. Even little things like a rainy day could warrant flexibility and in the past, I may have freaked out, but now I know 'in the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal. There's always tomorrow.' 

Being more active. 
This is SO different than thinking 'I am flabby', 'I am fat', 'I hate my body'. This is me saying I need to get outside, move more. Not to lose weight, not to get toned (these would be bonuses and great side effects), but because it's good for me. It's good for my body, mind, etc. Getting older, my health is important and increasingly top of mind each day. When I got Henry, it got me excited that I would become more active and sure enough, I did. I take him on longs walks and I love that it not only benefits me but also him! I've also been trying to do different things like going to the driving range, going to a trampoline park, etc. They're not workouts but they're just fun activities that keep me moving! 

Wasting time. 
This one can still be said of me today and I think it will always be a work in progress for me. I talked about this in my Productivity post, here. With social media and Netflix and more, there is just so much media to consume. It's hard to shut it down. Think about all the time you spend watching instastories, binging TV shows, etc. Successful people are not consuming as much because they are spending more time creating. This is such a basic concept! I've created windows where I allow myself to consume and when those windows are ended, it's over. It's a little like a diet! Even if I do have some downtime, now, I start to read a book or clean my apartment, etc. It's just realizing that too much media consumption is a pure waste of my time. 

Drinking more water. 
I think the first step was cutting out diet coke. When I was in college, we had these cups that we carried around campus. It enabled us to walk into any dining hall and fill up our drinks for free and also was supposed to cut back on the waste from paper/plastic/etc. Well, this lead to my Diet Coke habit. I would have several each day. Several. As soon as I graduated from college, I made a point to cease all Diet Coke. In the past several years, I drink Diet Coke occasionally (maybe once a month), but for the most part, I stick to water. You can see I have been working on this for a while because I have written a lot of posts on this topic! I've been so much better about drinking more water and I am proud of myself. 

Be accepting of aging. 
Aging is a very weird thing. It's things you notice not just physically but mentally and in the world around you. It's hard to see those fine lines start to pop up. It's hard to see people pass away. It's hard not being able to connect with certain friends because you're at such different life stages. But the thing is, it's change and it's inevitable and there is nothing anyone can do about it. This troubles me from time to time and when I get down because of it, this is when I really remind myself that I need to be accepting and choose to be happy! 

Being kinder. 
I don't want you to think I am mean. In fact, I would like to think that most people in my circle find me to be kind. But I want to be kinder. You can always be kinder. I think life is tough and hard and the more kindness, the better you make your life and others'. It's not just being kind to those you know. It's being kind to anyone and everyone you encounter. I really work to smile at everyone and be open and friendly. I try to help if I see a need for it. Even if you just see someone struggling with carrying all of their groceries or maybe their Starbucks app won't load and you cover their coffee. It's small acts that can brighten people's days and it's so easy. Not to mention, I really think it enriches my life by being kind, too. And even better, I hope that if people see me being kind, they will too! 

Overcoming fears. 
This is something that runs deep within me. I am terrified of medical situations/doctors/needles. It is an irrational fear but it affects me and has all my life. It's not a casual fear. It's something I will be working on for as long as I live but I know the fear is there and my family and friends do, too. This fear is kind of ironic because I have had so many stitches in my life from accidents! Sometimes even the smallest steps to overcome something that feels all-consuming can be a real accomplishment.

Setting financial goals. 
I've always been a good saver. I have always set financial goals and have always met them. I'm disciplined with that. But I really wanted to get into investments. Not for retirement but separate just as something extra to have. It's just not something I ever got around to doing until the past year. I finally made it a priority and am so glad I did. I love reading books about types of investments, I follow the news because I know how much it affects my investments. It's fun for me but I know it will also be a nice addition to my already lofty financial goals! It's also fun to see how this has changed my shopping habits. I buy fewer designer shoes/accessories because I know that means more I can contribute to my investments each month! Compounding interest is a very powerful thing and such a great motivator. 

Remembering people's names. 
I am the WORST at this. It's such a bad (and sometimes embarrassing) flaw. I work on this in every social situation where I am meeting new people. I employ tricks and everything, but yet I still forget. This is still a work in progress for sure. 

Be grateful. 
This is another thing I am always working on. I think in today's 'go go go' world, it's hard to pause and really reflect on the life you are living. Every night before bed, I try to name 3 things I am grateful for from that day. Sometimes I forget or fall asleep too quickly, but it's a good time to be able to practice gratitude. I believe that no matter what you are dealt with in life, you can always find something, anything to be grateful for.

Be accepting of things less than expected. 
I wasn't sure how to word this, but I like what I like. I know what I like and I tend to put myself in situations that I like. Does that make sense? When I get myself into situations that I don't like, I tend to flee or get really uncomfortable. This is something I have recently noted about myself. I want to be more open to experiences that are not what I expect. I need to work on being more comfortable outside of my comfort zone. 

Do you find yourself trying to work on things? Do you make mental notes on things you want to work on? I think the most important part is that you love yourself and love yourself because you know you are always working on yourself!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lately 9//14/2018

Chanel Flats (similar)
Lip Pencil (pillow talk)// Lip balm (berry)

Wearing: I'm wearing the $15 white button down shirt I always rave about. It runs true to size but fits a little oversized, which I like. Size down if you want it to be more fitted to wear under sweaters! It's so soft, quickly steams because it doesn't wrinkle too much, and always looks so effortless!

Eating: Pumpkin spice cookies... more like I wish I was eating these! Also creamed Brussel sprouts. These two recipes are like my fall food dreams come to life! 

Reading: Does anyone have any seasonally appropriate books? I know that is kind of an odd request but I love reading books set in seasons that I am currently living recs for books set in the fall season!

Celebrating: Tomorrow is my parent's 34th wedding anniversary! I wrote a post about them last year! Cheers to many more, mom and dad!

 I finally watched the Mr. Rogers Documentary, 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' and it was so good. Mr. Rogers is a man I have long looked up to for his beliefs and values and the way he cares for everyone and this documentary really paid tribute to his work and life. 

Listening: Mac Miller's tiny desk concert. His death really saddened me and struck a cord. He has been a Pittsburgh icon and so many of my friends knew him well so it really hits close to home. I grew up listening to his music and it's almost like it's a signaling that it's the end of that free and fun period of life.  

Loving: This might be the most boring bra of the century but oh my goodness is it the most comfortable thing I have EVER worn. I found the nude color while in Target (only $15!!) and then I went online to order the rest of the colors. I now have 4. I mostly wear it like I would a sports bra but you can also wear it under things like sweaters and blouses and it is really nice because it's seamless so it doesn't show through anything. I really only like lightly lined bras with minimal padding so if you are the same way, I highly recommend this bra

Wanting: I am such a sucker for fall clothing/accessories. It's all so good. Between the colors, prints, fabrics, it's all so inviting. I am loving tweeds, plaids, and velvet right now! 

Smelling: This White Pumpkin hand soap smells SO good. It honestly doesn't smell at all like typical pumpkin scented products. It's lighter and fresher but still has a nice fall vibe to it. I got it at my local Homegoods but it looks like you can order it online, here! Only $6!

Traveling: Headed to Charleston next week for a wedding and I am excited but I am praying and hoping that Florence weakens for all who live in the area.

Quoting: 'If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What I Love About Fall

the best things about fall
Image Via (great iPhone background!)

Fall is my favorite season. I love the temperatures and the fact that during the fall in Pittsburgh, it seems to be sunnier more often. But besides the weather, there are so many other reasons that my love for fall runs deep!

Speaking of the sun, it has been very absent lately- we have had SO much rain and the flooding is crazy here! All of the rain made the temperatures dip and it has actually been cold. So I've been feeling extra fall-ish this week! I feel like it's 'basic' to love fall, so I started to make a list of all of the reasons that fall makes me truly happy! Basic or not!
Steelers Games
Plaids and Tartans
NOT Sweating but NOT freezing
Barbour Jackets
Cashmere Sweaters
Leaves Changing Color
Children and Pets in Halloween costumes (SO cute)
Fall Shows are back like This Is Us
Pumpkin Beer. Not really a beer drinker but I love the cinnamon sugar rim!
Fires (outdoors, indoors, love 'em all!)
Fall Scented Candles
Cozy Blankets
Hot Coffee
Pumpkin Patches
Darker Polish colors (my favorite is OPI I've Got the Blues for Red)
Alllll of the Halloween Candy (my fave is kitkats)
Henry in his little coat 
Patagonia Pullovers and Vests
Back to school 'feeling'/new desk supplies
Cicadas Humming 
Apple Orchards
Crockpot Meals
Pumpkin Food and Drinks
Apple Cider cocktails
Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown
Warm Apple Pie a la mode
The smell of a bonfire
LL Bean Wicked Good Slippers
The excitement leading up to the holiday season

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

August Favorites

Pumps (old, similar)// Sunglasses

I'm a little late with the August favorites- the month is already getting away from me! But better late than never, right? Here are my favorites from August!

Dress// I love a good 'set'... it reminds me of the 1960's when icons like Jackie O ruled the style game. The sheath is a sexy fitted sheath dress and when you add the blazer it makes it a perfectly polished ensemble.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil// I have this lip pencil in Pillow Talk. I have never loved the look of a lip liner, but instead of lining my lips with this pencil, I fill my lips in! The color is just a shade darker than my natural lips, so it looks natural but better! I could not recommend this more- it has become an everyday product for me!

Facial Radiance Pads// Love these exfoliating pads. They're strong but at the same time, they are gentle. I've been using them every night!

Cedar and Juniper Candle// This scent is so cozy but also still light and seasonless. I'm obsessed-, especially for the price!

D's Six Pack and Dogs// I kind of hate this about myself, but I loveeeee hot dogs. I wish I could say something healthier like kale, ha! But D's has some of the best hot dogs in Pittsburgh- I could not recommend it more!

Olay// I have included some particular Olay products in months past. However, after visiting the Olay Research and Development labs at Procter and Gamble, I am such a fan. I've always loved Olay but learning the science behind what is in the products as well as seeing all of the research that goes into each product was incredible. Olay is launching their Face Anything campaign and I really love the message behind it!

Classic Crepe Top// This is such a good closet staple. It's great for wear-to-work, but I also wear it out at night to dinners or events. It's classic and has a nice weight to it making it look super luxe.

By Terry Baume de Rose// This stuff is SO good. It doesn't really have any color to it but the feel on my lips is wonderful. It's smooth and thick with a light rose scent but not at all sticky or goopy. It's expensive but I'm really glad I bought it.

Grandpa Joe's Candy// This is a Pittsburgh favorite! I get the $5 box every chance I get. They have every candy imaginable and it's so much fun to fill up a box with all different goodies.

Favorites from previous months:
- July

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