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Costume Drama: A Break From All Things Outfit

Edited by: Holier than Now
It's the Halloween season, when some of us choose to experience the thrill (or horror) of looking nothing like ourselves for a night. For those of you who blog or socially post your outfits, perhaps it's a chance to take a break from the judgmental eye of the spotlight (consider Love Brown Sugar and One More's pieces on the subject) - one night where you turn in "looking good" for looking scary, time period-accurate, or just ... a little sexier than usual. Inspired? Find last minute costume inspiration from Tickle Me Chic and more.
And for those of us who don't celebrate the witching hour, there's still a chance to step away from the closet and remind ourselves that great lingerie, shoes, bags, and jewels can make even a white tee and jeans look scary good.

Links à la Mode: October 28th

Shopbop bags: Clutches, Hobos, Satchels, Totes, Black handbags, Shoulder bags, Women's Wallets

Loving Right Now: Boots No. 7 Facial Wipes

I know this is the second skincare review for the week, but this product is really that awesome! I saw that Rumi of Fashion Toast uses Boots No. 7 makeup removing wipes to clean her face, and she has great skin, so I decided to pop over to Target to pick some up. Boots is a U.K. brand that's over a hundred years old, and is only carried at Target (and on in the US. I'm headed to Virginia this weekend to visit Brett, and I thought they would be good for the trip, so that I can use my precious liquid space in my TSA-approved ziplock for other things. Whenever I get a new beauty product, I can't wait to try it out! The day I tried these out, I had worn waterproof mascara, and a full face of makeup, and just one of these wipes took everything off, and didn't irritate my sensitive eyes! Best of all, my face actually felt clean. In the past, when I've tried wipes, I still wanted to rinse my face after, but not with these. And, the super amazing part: a pack of 30 is less than $7! A winner in my book!

Do you use face wipes, or do you do the water and sink thing? 

What I Wore: Bright White

Continuing in my quest to wear everything in my closet (or donate it!), I decided to pull out this jacket today. I picked it up in a department store after Christmas sale several years ago for just a few dollars, and only wore it once. But I decided that, paired with a simple layer underneath, the bold statement would be ok! I wore this to work, and later switched out the skinny jeans for a skirt and black tights for my sorority chapter meeting.  It was perfect for the little chill we had in the air today, and I managed to not spill anything on myself, which always inevitably happens when I wear white!

Jacket: Random Department store a few years ago, Tank: Random, Jeans: Uniqlo,
Penny Loafers: Cole Haan, Watch: Michael Kors

Do you ever wear winter white? 

Loving Right Now: Murad Clarifying Mask

I love Sephora for many reasons, one of which is their Beauty Addict reward program. I stopped in to pick up some new eyeliner, and found out I had 500+points floating around. I saw their skincare sampler gift, and decided to use my points. I got a few different samples that I'll be reviewing in the next few weeks, but I had to tell you about the Murad Clarifying Mask. I personally love masks, just because I feel like I'm giving myself a mini spa treatment.  I put it on, and rinsed it off 15 minutes later, and my skin looked absolutely amazing. My pores were nonexistent, and my skin literally was glowing. I'll definitely be hoarding my sample, as the full size goes for $37, but I must say that I think it's worth a buy, even if you just use it for special occasions!

What's your favorite skincare splurge? Do you have any favorite masks? 

What I Wore: Safari Chic

On Saturday, I started my morning with  a pumpkin spice latte, wore boots, had a  hair appointment, and then did lunch at the The Greene House at Kierland Commons with my mom.  We managed to squeeze in a little shopping after that. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we sat outside. Basically, it was one of those perfect Autumn days, and the kind that redeems the sweaty Summer months. 

Top: vintage Escada, Jeans: Uniqlo, Boots: Frye, Jacket: Kill City, Watch: Michael Kors

What did you do this weekend? And what did you wear?  

Street Style Inspiration: 5 Faves of the Moment

Since it's finally cooled down, I'm ready to dress for Fall! I've been looking at street style inspiration, especially Vanessa Jackman's blog, a lot, and these are five of my favorites. What I love about these outfits is that they are all outfits that I could wear in my real life (with a couple shopping trips, of course!). While I love high fashion, it's just not always practical (or affordable!) for everyday life!
Photos via Vanessa Jackman.

What are your favorite places to look for style inspiration?

Neat Knickknacks

Whenever I look through design magazines, or even my friend's homes, I think that what sets the houses apart from each other the most is the little knickknacks that they have on their shelves. Obviously, people each have their own unique tastes in design, but I love to see what people choose to display on their shelves. I've rounded up a few of my favorite ideas of the moment, so check them out!

I love globes, and this may sound silly, but sometimes, the color schemes clash with the rest of the decor. With this world globe, $70, from Z Gallerie, that certainly won't be an issue! This definitely doesn't look like it belongs in a classroom. The monochromatic color scheme would look striking on a bookshelf, and I think it would be a great conversation-starter. 

This ceramic hand, $12, from Urban Outfitters would be the perfect way to display your pretty jewelry on a dresser, instead of hiding it away in a jewelry box. I think the whole idea of the ceramic hand "wearing" jewelry is just so cheeky and fun. Plus, you get to look at your jewelry, since you certainly can't wear all of it every day!

I've always thought trunks were so cool, for some reason. I love these CB2 metal trunks, $50+.   I'd stack them at the end of the bed and keep mementos in them, or leave them half opened with little treasures inside on a bookshelf or coffee table. I know these might now be for everyone, but I just find them really fun!  

Do you have any unusual knickknacks hanging around your house? 

What I Wore: A Sweater! Finally!

So, I'm super excited. Yesterday, the high was 85, so I decided to wear a sweater. Yes, I realize this is summer weather for most people, and I ditched the sweater by noon, but the light layers were perfect for the slight chill in the morning. This sweater is super comfy and baggy, and is probably one of my favorite cooler weather items in my closet. Basically, it feels like wearing a blanket. I tried to pull it together a little for work, and belted it over a black skirt and tee. These Cole Haan flats are ridiculously comfortable, and I have a feeling I'll be wearing them a lot this Fall.

Sweater and Tshirt: Urban Outfitters, Skirt: American Apparel, Flats: Cole Haan, Watch: Michael Kors

What is the comfiest item in your closet (sweatpants and pj's excluded!)? 

Cheap Thrills: Jewelry Under $20

Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are vintage or from the jewelry boxes of my mom or grandma. However, every now and then, I can't resist a new, fun addition to my jewelry box. I've found that sometimes, an inexpensive accessory can just brighten my day, without causing major damage to my wallet. Yes, sometimes, you can tell that jewelry is cheap, but other times, I think you could fool a friend into thinking you've dropped more than you did, if you pick the right pieces. Here are a few of my favorite picks of the moment:

I think that every girl needs a few funky cocktail rings in her jewelry box, and this ring, a steal at $5.80 from Forever 21, is a great way to start a collection. I love the vintage style, and it definitely looks a lot more expensive than it is! Plus, if you happen to sip one too many cocktails while wearing this ring, and it slips off, you won't feel bad about losing it!

This necklace, only $6.80 from Forever 21, looks like it is straight out of the J. Crew catalogue! I love the jumbo rhinestones, combined with the chains to kind of toughen it up a bit. This would look great with both jeans and a cocktail dress!

I love these delicate pave dome earrings, only $16 at Urban Outfitters. I think these would make the perfect everyday earring- they aren't too flashy that they will clash with anything you wear. I love the smoky stones mixed with the gold, and they are the perfect size, too!

Do you love inexpensive jewelry, or are you more of an "investment piece" girl? 

What I Wore: Simply Sheer

Last week, I started to realize how many items of clothing hanging in my closet haven't been worn in a while. The old idea of "you wear 20% of your closet 80% of the time" definitely applies to me!  So I've decided to challenge myself to work my way through my closet. I've had this sheer rag & bone top for a little while, but never knew what to wear it with. I realized I'd never tried it with my trusty pencil skirt, and  wore this to work, then to lunch with my mom. It's hard to tell in this photo, but this top is sheer (I had a tank underneath) and has some really cool pleating and shimmer running through it. I'm really glad I finally wore this top! I really like it, and I'm glad I found a way to wear it. 

Top: rag & bone, Skirt: H+M, Shoes: BP (Nordstrom)

Do you wear everything in your closet? 

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Coats on!

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie
Change is literally in the air, bringing with it the cold and rain that requires a wardrobe transition. I must confess to being ill prepared myself and as a consequence have been drenched in the freezing cold. Time to get out your boots and coat because fall is well and truly here. I may stick stubbornly to my floral dresses all year round, but the difference is in the layers. So I'm on the look out for fabulous tights and there are a couple of lovely posts to help me choose or even DIY my own style.

Links à la Mode: October 14th

  • Beautifully Invisible: The Art of Fashion Photography, as told by guest contributor Casee Marie
  • Best of bklyn: A guide to looking great on rainy days.
  • Broke & Beautiful: Kelli Murray proves that fashion and style are both forms of art.
  • Clothed Much: Blogging tips I've learned after a year and a half of blogging
  • Dramatis Personae: If I Were Another Person- What would you wear if you were someone else?
  • Forever Amber: My discovery of style blogging has also led to a discovery of places around my town that I didn't even know existed
  • Grit and Glamour: Friend Friday: Sticks, Stones, Comments, Criticism, and Kindness
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Bloggers Talk Monetizing Sites
  • Intrinsically Florrie: A backstage look at the London Season debutantes of 2010 at the Queen Charlotte's Ball, featuring Pronovias wedding dresses and Mikimoto jewelry.
  • Leia's Delights: Tutorial on how to enhance curly/wavy hair
  • Love Brown Sugar: Why spend your hard-earned dollars on trends that will fade away next season? A Guide To Thrifting Trends
  • Make the World a Prettier Place: A selection of beautiful vintage-inspired dresses
  • Malvestida: I came across the idea of making a photoshoot about two of the things I love the most: music and fashion.
  • Oranges and Apples: Beauty Essentials: Nivea Creme
  • Other Dutch Animals: Mad men and English women: reject the high maintenance of the past and do vintage your way
  • Skinny Purse: How To Wear Tights - Fall's Essential Foundation Garment
  • Shrimp Salad Circus: Get that extra mile out of your tights with seven fun and fashionable DIY projects!
  • Style Eyes: Sustainable Clothing - Progress by the UK high street and online retailers since the launch of the sustainable clothing action plan
  • The Citizen Rosebud: The story a a couple of backhanded compliments
  • The Coveted: Is it Fall Yet? What to wear in transitional weather.
  • The New Professional: DIY: Turn an A-line into a pencil skirt.
Shopbop Dresses; Jersey, Maxi, Mini, Black, Cocktail, One Shoulder, Work, & Sweater dresses

Cheap Thrills: Beauty under $10

While I like department store makeup for certain products, I love drugstore cheap thrills even more. While some parts of your beauty routine are hard to replicate at the drugstore, I've found a few products over the years that I love, both because they are awesome products, and because they are CHEAP. Plus, when you save money on makeup, you can have a little more shopping money, which is always a good thing in my book! Here are a few of my favorite cheap thrills of the moment:

1. Revlon Colorsilk Haircolor #30 Dark Brown 3N
Last summer, I was away from my beloved hair colorist while I was interning in NYC. I woke up one morning, realized there was no way I could wait another month to color my roots, and decided that I would give at-home hair color a try. I figured, if it worked, I could save a whole lot of money, and if it didn't, I'd go to a salon and have it fixed. I used this color, and was actually happier with the color than I had been with my salon color! Needless to say, I haven't looked back, and it's saved me a bundle! I'm not sure I can recommend trying to take your hair lighter, but darker, for me, hasn't been a problem! (Disclaimer: I've tried to cut my hair at home. Did not work well, and definitely don't recommend that. Yes, I realize it was not a smart move. ha!)

2. Loreal Vive Pro Color Care Shampoo for Color-Treated Dry Hair - 13 Oz and L'Oreal Vive Pro Color Vive Conditioner Hi-Gloss Conditioner, for Dry or Damaged Color-Treated 13 fl
At some point in the last year, I read about this wallet-friendly shampoo and conditioner, and I figured I'd give it a shot. Fast--forward six months later, and I still use this shampoo and conditioner. It seems like it's kept my color-treated, dry hair healthier than it was before, when I was using pricey salon shampoo. And bonus: It smells great!

3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
This classic has been a staple of mine since high school, and I've never found a pricier cleanser that works as well for my skin. I know different skin products work better for some than others, but I love this one, and I'm happy to report it does not bleach out my towels like some other cleansers I've tried.

4. Maybelline The Falsies Volum'Express Mascara - Blackest Black
I know I've raved about this before, but I've been using this mascara for about six weeks, and majorly love it, for both  the price, and the formula. I've always used pricier Lancome mascara, but this definitely does the trick, and at only $5, to boot!

5. Nivea A Kiss of Shine Pink Glossy Lip Care 10ml/0.35oz
Until recently, I haven't been the hugest fan of lip color. I've been slowly making sure to add something to my lips in the mornings, but I keep this gloss in my purse for touch ups throughout today. The light pink color is just enough to brighten my lips, but not too bright that I can't put it on without a mirror. Plus, it's ultra-moisturizing, which will be great for the dry winter months ahead!

What are your favorite drugstore beauty products? Does anyone else use at-home hair color? 

What I Wore: My Fall Shorts

Yes, you read that title line right. I like to call these shorts my Fall shorts. You see, it is still in the 80s or 90s here. And everywhere else, people are starting to wear tweed, and flannel, and all sorts of cool weather goodness. So these shorts are tweed, but they are still shorts, which means I can wear them and pretend that I'm somewhere less sweltering. I wore this outfit to lunch with my mom for my birthday, and we had lunch on the patio at one of my favorite spots, Olive and Ivy. Although this top wasn't in my original Tucker for Target post, I saw it at my local store, and was immediately drawn to it. I've been wearing it a ton, and it's lightweight enough to wear, even though it's 3/4 sleeves! Maybe I'm a little pathetic for being obsessed with the weather cooling down, but I've found my ways to incorporate Fall trends that are still desert climate appropriate. 

Shorts: Gap, Top: Tucker for Target, Sunglasses: Ray Ban,  Ring: Made Her Think, Shoes: Soft

What are you wearing in this transition-to-fall period? 

Magazine Art

I spotted this print on 20x200 last week, and was instantly intrigued. The artist assigns a color to each letter of the alphabet, and uses the pages of old magazines as the "text" for the art. I love this print of a page from Vogue's July 2010 issue. And for $50, it's pretty reasonable as far as art goes! I'm sure it would make a great conversation starter. 

Wardrobe Staple: The Red Bag

I realize that a fire-engine red handbag, to some people,  may not be considered a wardrobe "staple." However, I think it is a really fun way to incorporate a little color into an otherwise "blah" outfit. Plus, I believe that whatever you are wearing on any given day should make you happy, and whenever I see a bright pop of color, I can't help but smile. Here are three of my favorite red bags of the moment, for any personal style.

If you're looking for a great everyday bag, this Marc by Marc Jacobs turn lock satchel, $478 at Saks,  is a fun option. The double strap is perfect- you can either sling it over your shoulder, or hold it in your hands, depending on where your daily adventures take you, and it is roomy enough to hold all of your daily essentials.

This Kate Spade bow wallet, $129 at Nordstrom, may have a wallet-style organization on the inside, but  I think it is too cute to hide inside your purse. It would make a great clutch for your next dress up occaision, and you can slip it in a bigger bag during the day. Win-win!

It seems like a smaller, ladylike bag is always in style, and the Macdougal Alley bag, also by Kate Spade, $325 is perfectly proper. This bag would be a great option for a shoulder bag for day-to-day use if you don't carry a ton with you (Personally, I can't do the small bag thing. But kudos to you who do.). I love the tone of the red, and the texture of the leather makes this bag a standout.

Do you own  any red handbags? Is this a staple for you? 

What I Wore: A tiny piece of Fall

This week, the temperatures finally started to drop a little, and to say I got a little excited would be a bit of an understatement. I ordered this Kill CIty jacket over a month ago, and it has been taunting me from my closet since then (Yes, I'm aware clothes can't exactly taunt, but you get my point). So when I was headed to dinner with some friends the other night, I decided I just had to make this work. So I pulled out a light, gauzy shirt dress, and belted it all together! Sometimes, you just want to wear not-season-appropriate clothing!

Jacket: Kill City, Dress: Anthropologie, Belt: Gap, Shoes: Soft 

Which of your fall wardrobe are you most excited about wearing? 

What to Wear on Rainy Days

So, yesterday, it rained. Yes, I realize, if you live in any state other than Arizona, you deal with the drizzle and move on. But when it rains in Arizona, 90% of my friend's Facebook statuses have something to do with the weather. People don't go to class, and instead sit inside and stare at the weird stuff falling from the sky. The weatherman looks like a kid on Christmas morning. After observing some of my fellow Phoenicians getting soaked to the bone, I decided that a little post on chic, rain-appropriate wardrobe items was in order. I know that it may seem ridiculous to buy this stuff if you live in a place as dry as Phoenix, but I think these items are all fun, and if you live in a rainy locale, these accessories will make your rainy days so much brighter!

Confession: I'm one of the few people that live in Arizona that I know that  already owns rain boots, from spending a very rainy semester at college in Texas, but if I were to buy rain boots again, I'd love to have Hunter boots.  Yes, they are really expensive, but if I lived somewhere where I had to wear rain boots often, I think I'd splurge for this pair from Bloomindale's, $125.  They apparently are very comfortable, and last forever, and I adore the red- it would be so cheery to look down at your feet and see these cuties!

If you watched Gossip Girl this week, you probably know where my inspiration for this next item comes from. During the episode, Serena and Blair had these perfect, 70s style, clear bubble umbrellas. I tracked down this version, and for only $15, it will keep you totally dry and looking fun!

Obviously, the perfect rain ensemble would be worthless without a great raincoat (let's be honest: an umbrella alone doesn't keep out all the water). I found this version, $85, at American Apparel. I think it is a great alternative to a trench coat, and would be perfect for casual weekend outings. It comes in a variety of colors- I'd probably go for the mocha color, but this kelly green is fun, too!

So, what do you wear on rainy days?

What I Wore: Zipped Up

Although I usually dress very casually for work, yesterday I decided to turn things up a notch. I think part of me wanted to dress up a little because the temperatures finally dipped into the 80s, so I knew I wouldn't melt if I wore something other than a sundress. This is probably one of my favorite articles of clothing- I love this pencil skirt because it is a classic silhouette paired with a fun, modern twist. The zipper up the front is a standout feature, and I love the navy/black color block thing going on, too. I love pairing this skirt with tights and ankle booties in the winter, but today, bare legs were more weather-appropriate.

Shirt, Urban Outfitters; Skirt, rag & bone; Shoes, Cole Haan; Bag, Gap
What is your single favorite piece in your wardrobe? 

Wardrobe Staple: The Nude Pump

I have found that one of the quickest ways to look like you have mile-long legs is to wear a certain kind of shoe- a nude or flesh-colored pump or sandal. While normal heels certainly boost your height, they don't really lengthen your legs. Nude pumps are a great alternative to black heels, and they go with just about anything in your closet. Plus, an added bonus: these shoes make you look perfectly pulled together and ladylike! Here are my top three picks for nude shoes- trust me, these babies are worth it!

What girl doesn't adore Christian Louboutins? This knotted pump pair, $895 at Bergdorf Goodman, will become an instant classic in your closet.  I love the knotted detail, and the 5.5 inch heel is perfect if you love skyscraper platforms. The nude is a perfect color, and the blood-red sole is a glamourous update on the standard nude shoe. 

If comfort is what you are looking for, look no further than these Cole Haan Air Miranda pumps, $150 (on sale from $200). Most Cole Haan shoes have a wonderful secret hiding in their sole: Nike Air technology, which makes these pumps super comfortable to wear all day (and night) long. I love the stacked wooden heel- it's a tiny detail, but it makes these unique.

If you want to keep things simple, this Steve Madden Olympicc pair, $99 is perfect. Free of adornment, these would be best paired with an outfit that needs shoes that don't stand out. In case the 4.5 inch heel is a little much for you, this style, the Ulltra, has the same look, but with a much more manageable 3 inch heel.

So, do you have this wardrobe essential in your closet? What do you wear with your nude pumps? 

Happy October!

Wow, can you believe it is the first week of October already? This year is flying by! I'm spending time with family this weekend, but you should check out this STUDDED PUMPKIN tutorial by the ever fabulous Jaimee Rose of the Arizona Republic. She created this lovely last year, and I think I'm going to have to copy her to have one of these babies in my house this Fall. It would make a great weekend project! PS- you want to follow Jaimee's blog- she posts pumpkin pictures (almost) every day in October. Can you tell I love Fall?

Photo Credit- Jaimee Rose

What are you up to this weekend?