I have always been told that I look “put together”, and it’s something I strive for when I am getting dressed each day. It doesn’t mean that everything matches perfectly, or that I have a million accessories on, but instead that everything together creates one, unified look.
I have a few tricks that can make this process a little bit easier. 1) Always start planning your outfit at the basics—the shirt and jeans, the skirt and top, etc. For instance, if you’re wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, choose a crop top. If the baseline of your outfit looks off, then your whole ensemble will suffer.
2) Match your shoes to your blouse. This doesn’t have to be a perfect color match—it could mean that stylistically they go really well together. For example, a lot of jobs allow you to wear jeans to the office, but you still need to look professional. To do this, wear a button down top and a pair of pointy toe pumps. The top and shoes always signify the mood of your look.
3) Pick one statement piece. In the look I’m wearing, I chose the bell sleeve cardigan. You want something that stands out from the rest—something that draws the eye in, but still subtle enough that onlookers won’t be able to pinpoint it. This goes for jewelry too. Have you ever heard the famous Coco Chanel saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Overdoing it is an easy mistake to make. Wearing just one statement piece of jewelry is a good way to play it safe, be it a dramatic earring or a beautiful necklace—you can’t go wrong.
On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan
Similar Clarks Shoes
Dealing with my hair in the summer is always difficult. During the rest of the year, I stick to my strict washing/blow drying schedule. But whenever I’m up at the lake, everything shifts. I’m in and out of the water constantly, and blow drying becomes less and less realistic. I’ve developed two go-to easy summer buns:
My first look is done with semi-wet hair. Out of the shower, I let my hair begin to air-dry while I put on make-up and get dressed. Then I use a round brush to blow dry just the front section of my hair. Styling the front pieces adds a little framework to the look and reduces the overall damage to the majority of your hair. After that, I part my hair and tie it up into a low twisted bun.
For my second look, I let my hair air-dry overnight naturally. Whenever I do this, I wake up the next day with a curly mess.
To tame my textured mane, I start by parting my hair farther left than I normally would. Then I create two messy French braids with the front sections of my hair. After that, I loosen up the braids even more, making them big and romantic. Finally, I pin up all of my hair (including the braids) into a low messy bun.
Both of these looks are incredibly romantic. And most importantly, they take less than two minutes to accomplish!
Though I prefer my hair blown out, these easy alternatives come in handy when you would rather spend your time enjoying the sunshine.
I love being comfortable, but I also love being fashionable. The jeans and a t-shirt look, though very popular, used to bore me. I just thought it wasn’t stylish enough.
I started to brainstorm a few ways to elevate the casual look and came up with some ideas. First, opt for high-waisted jeans as opposed to low-rise. Then, try tucking in your t-shirt. You immediately begin to accentuate your figure, adding personality to the outfit.
Finally, ditch the sneakers and pick out a pair of feminine flats to balance the look. Before you know it, your outfit will be turning heads.
You can find my t-shirt and jeans here and here. My flats are sold out of blush, but here are a few similar options in the color:
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada
I’m constantly trying out new beauty products, and every now and then something sticks. Here are my most recent beauty finds:
Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour
This is the longest wearing lipstick I have ever encountered! It stays on all day, all night, after eating, drinking, etc. I truly have never been more impressed with a makeup item than I have with this. I HIGHLY recommend investing in this product.
Moroccanoil Frizz Control
Redken Frizz Dismiss
My hair gets extremely staticky in the Winter time. These have been the only two products I have ever tried that actually make a difference. I spray the frizz control after washing my hair, before styling it with heat products, and I’m usually good for the first day of clean hair. For the next couple days, before my next wash, I use the frizz dismiss wipes on my dry hair and it instantly calms my hair. I’ll even pack a few wipes in my purse for on the go touch ups.
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer
I’ve struggled with acne for a long time, so when I find something that actually works for my skin it feels like a tiny miracle. Any time I discover a pimple on my face, I put this on it and by the next day it usually is gone, or well on its way. And in the mean time, it’s covered up.
BareMinerals Stroke Of Light Concealer
I’ve recently joined the under eye concealer trend after hearing many great reviews about this product … and I have to agree with all of them. This stuff makes me look and feel awake! I’ll pair it with my tinted moisturizer if I’m in a hurry and instantly look refreshed. It’s a must-have.
It’s that time of year again. As Mark Twain once said, “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” Nonetheless, it’s good to be prepared. As a college senior, I have lots of experience with school supplies. Check out my backpack essentials:
Baggu Laptop Sleeve
Baggu is my go-to bag brand. Their designs are simple and their material lasts.
I never leave the house without this lipstick. The formula is comfortable and the nude tint is perfect for everyday.
I can’t tell you how many times I have been so happy I had cover-up with me at school. It can be a life saver.
Lavender Essential Oil
When school is stressing you out, a whiff of this will do the trick.
Gucci Glasses Case
Not only is this case chic, but it is also extremely durable–perfect for inside your backpack.
Staying hydrated is key for a productive day at school. Keeping a refillable water bottle with you is cost effective and good for the environment.
My planner is my most prized possession–it keeps me organized and sane. The cute floral design is an added plus!
Speaking of cute designs, these pencils make a dull writing tool into a fun accessory.
Louis Vuitton Wallet
It’s always good to have your wallet on hand, especially when you need to buy a coffee and scone between classes.
Mundane, yet vital. Studying is impossible with your hair in your face.
Wedding season is in full bloom. That means it’s time to figure out what to wear, which isn’t always easy.
If I’m unsure about the dress code, I try to pick something versatile–easy to dress up or down.
Summer weddings, particularly if they are set outside, usually imply a more casual look. I decided to pair the ensemble with my favorite wedge sandals, something suitable for the season. I also opted to wear my hair down with minimal jewelry. If it were a black tie event, I might have chosen an updo and pearl earrings.
Whenever I go shopping for a special occasion, I try to buy things that I know I will wear again. I decided on a two piece–high waisted skirt and cropped lace top to match. I’ve already worn the pieces separately since the wedding.
My last piece of advice is to pick something you feel comfortable in. You’ll be posing for many photos and dancing all night, so choose wisely.
On Me: Forever 21 Skirt & Blouse, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies
The belt is an accessory I forget about easily. I rarely need to wear it on my jeans, so I end up not wearing it at all. Today, however, it made all the difference.
I found this dress at the Gap and fell in love. The dropped waist made me feel like I was from the 1920s–an inspiring fashion era. But tonight I wasn’t in the vintage mood. Thus, the belt.
I added this Urban belt and immediately felt complete. Some nights you want your waist defined and some nights you don’t. The belt makes it so either option is possible, and for that I’m grateful. If you think about it, you’re really getting two outfits for the price of one! Ah, fashion. Your wallet will love you for it.
Check out a few other belt dresses I’m digging right now:
I found this Rebecca Minkoff tote at Nordstrom Rack and just had to have it! It’s big enough to carry all my stuff, but it doesn’t feel like a piece of luggage.
Check out my list of handbag essentials:
A Good Book/Magazine–You never know when you’ll have extra time in a waiting room or get bored on the bus.
A Small Notebook & Pen–It’s so handy to be able to pull out pen and paper when an important thought comes to mind that you don’t want to forget!
Sunglasses–Good for both outdoors and indoors when trying to see in sunlight or look put together after a rough night’s sleep.
A Piece of Jewelry–Spur of the moment dinner plans might cause for a little something extra.
Small Makeup Bag–Perfect for concealing a hairbrush, pressed powder, hair tie, argan oil, lipstick, tweezers, and perfume (all quite necessary, I swear).
Summer is the only time of the year I wear shorts. I typically wear them casually at the beach or a backyard bbq with my flip flops and a bathing suit underneath.
However, dressing them up can be difficult.
I find that high waisted shorts, usually in a different material than denim, are the easiest to play with.
I love to pair my shorts with a fancy blouse. Lace is my favorite way to take my look from day to night.
Finally, I always always always add a heel! Even if it’s subtle, it is a sure fire way to make your Summer shorts appropriate for a night out.
On Me: Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies
I am constantly trying out new beauty products, but this month I have found a few that are worth mentioning. Check them out:
hey honey Open Your Eyes Eye Contour Lifting Fluid
I have been looking for an under eye treatment for a while now, but was unsuccessful. Most products I tried didn’t really DO anything. This one is completely different, however. The morning after trying this out you will feel tighter around your eyes and more awake. I swear by it.
Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move
This has been my go-to lipstick this month! First of all, the color is like no other. It is a deep nude, red brick shade that really makes your face pop. Oh, and it lasts ALL day. Even after eating.
OLAPLEX Hair Perfector
My hair stylist sold me on this product after she tried it out on me during my session. It allows your hair to handle all of the damage that you put it through. Your hair will thank you.
bareMinerals Blemish Remedy
I have always had problematic skin. It’s dry in some areas and oily in others. I notice a new blemish every other day. This stuff not only hides my breakouts, but also HEALS them. I recommend using it as a spot concealer underneath your foundation.
CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm
This product is really popular in the Youtube beauty blogger community, so I decided to give it a try. If you are someone who wears a lot of makeup, this product is a must. I don’t use it everyday, but for nights when I go all out on my makeup I am so thankful I have it when I get home.
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow