Ok, that title is pretty bad, but I couldn’t think of anything witty! I recently purchased one of a girl’s wardrobe essentials after a long search: a denim jacket! I hit up Old Navy last week in search of an affordable option. I was in luck, the San Francisco flagship store is always well-stocked, but it was like a denim explosion when I walked in the store. They had all different kinds of washes, I really wanted a dark denim jacket, but I wasn’t able to find my size. I did, however, find the next darkest wash, “dark worn.” To my surprise, the XXL was too big (for my shoulders at least), so I got the XL and went on my merry way.  I’ve pretty much been wearing it every day since I got it, and it really goes with everything! That’s why I wanted to do this post, to show how versatile a denim jacket can be!

First up, casual/weekend outfit.

Outfit Details:
Purple Print Dress – Nordstrom (Similar style here)
Denim Jacket – Old Navy (buy me!)
Orange Leather purse – Linnea Pelle (Similar style here)
Black and gold sandals – Target
Feather earrings – Forever 21
Necklace – Fab
Chunky clear bracelet – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar style here)

Denim jackets are okay for the work place, too! I would wear it on your casual day if your office has a dress code, or any day if you work in San Francisco (ha!).

Outfit Details:
Floral high-low top – Xhiliration by Target (available here)
Teal trousers – Mossimo by Target (Similar style here)
T-strap Mary Janes – Pikolino (Similar Style here)
Leather Crossbody bag – Cole Haan (similar style here)

This can easily be dressed up with blazer or a cardigan if the denim jacket is too casual for your office.

Now onto evening! I just switched out my accessories, bottoms and added a brighter lip.

Outfit Details:
Purple top – Nordstrom Rack
Black skinny jeans – Old Navy Rockstar denim (available here)
Rose Gold Pumps – Corso Como (similar here)
Red Crocodile Clutch – Cole Haan (Similar here)
Copper earrings – Etsy

There you have it! Denim three ways. If the lighter wash doesn’t work for you, go for the dark denim. That wash has a lot more polish to it, so you could wear it more often in a professional setting.

Are there any pieces you have problems working into your wardrobe? If you have a piece you have but aren’t sure how to wear it, I would love to help. Just shoot me an email!

I have been bad about getting my Monday posts out on time. Mondays aren’t easy for us non-working folk either!

After sharing my new favorite BB cream, I thought I’d share my favorite products in my make-up drawer.  I keep my daily make-up routine pretty simple, using 3 of my top 5 products every day.  My routine now includes the Dr. Jart+ BB cream that I reviewed last week (and I’m still loving it a week later), concealer, powder, eye brow pencil, eye shadow, blush, mascara and a moisturizing lip tint.

First up, MAC Eyebrow Pencil:

MAC Eye Brows

This product is probably my most essential! I wasn’t blessed with naturally full and dark brows, I inherited my mother’s light blonde and sparse brows. It probably didn’t help that I started plucking my brows at 17, but this pencil has been a savior to my beauty routine for many years. It’s by far the best eyebrow pencil I have tried, the formula is perfect! Most brow pencils tend to be on the waxy side, which doesn’t work for the sparse hairs. I need a pencil that has more pigmentation to give the illusion I have eyebrows! This pencil is self-propelling and self-sharpening, making for easy application. There’s nothing worse than a dull eyebrow pencil! This pencil comes in 5 shades, so there’s a shade for everyone. I use Lingering, which is kind of a dark blonde. I’ve tried auburn brow pencils and they come off too orange, Lingering is soft taupe brown and shows more neutral on my skin. It’s great for red heads, blondes and brunettes, but I really think it depends on your skin tone and hair color. If you have thicker brows, this will work to fill in the gaps you may have in your brows, and the plus side is the pencil will last you longer since thick brows require less product 🙂

Next on my list of top products is the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I love love love this palette so much, which is rare for me to say because I am a MAC girl at heart. While I’m not a fan of the brush that came with the set, the shadows more than make up for it.  I use the first, third and fifth shadows the most (Foxy, Booty Call, Tease), they’re great everyday colors  . I use the darker colors occasionally, and the color payoff is great! They’re all very pigmented, though the glitter shadows tend to have a lot of fallout. The colors in this palette will work on all skin tones, that’s another reason it’s awesome!

Onto cheeks!

NARS Deep Throat Blush

My favorite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a shimmery peach with good pigmentation. All of my NARS blushes are long-lasting and you only need to use a little product. Their most popular blush is Orgasm, which I also own, but veer towards Deep Throat more because it’s less frosty. I use this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it up the cheekbone.

Finding a good mascara is really hard! I have watery eyes, so waterproof is a must. That limits my choices, which sucks because there are some great mascaras out there I can’t use, argh! Any time a new waterproof mascara comes out I usually run out to buy it. It usually disappoints, like so many others, but I always come back to this one when I’m between finding a new “holy grail” of mascara:

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

This is, by far, my favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous mascara’s formula dries soft, comes off easy with make-up remover and of course you can’t beat the price. Since it’s so cheap, I can buy a couple and keep one in my purse for emergencies. I also tend to run out of time when I get ready in the morning and will end up putting mascara on the bus while going to an appointment (haha). Another great thing about this product is it’s great for sensitive eyes. On top of watery eyes, they’re also really sensitive and many mascaras irritate my eyes, however the L’Oreal mascara doesn’t! Hooray! The nice thing about it is you can layer it on depending on how dramatic you want your lashes to look. I usually do 1-2 coats, but it’s such a flexible formula, a third coat wouldn’t look spiky at all.

Last, but not least, lips! My friend Katy will attest to how many lipsticks I actually have. A drawer full and I know the name and shade of each one ha ha! The funny thing is, I don’t wear lipstick often, if I do it’s usually red or fuchsia. It’s such a pain to touch up throughout the day, so I end up using this product a LOT. Low and behold: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in “Enchanted”

Tarte makes some amazing products, and their lip products have to be some of my favorites. I own three of these lip tints in different shades; Enchanted (shown above), Amused (sheer fuchsia) and Lust (sheer red). They don’t really tint the lips for a long time, so you have to reapply often, but it’s more like a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, so it’s actually good for your lips! Having three shades allows me to wear this product with any look. I layer it with a matching lip liner if I want more color payoff. It is a little on the pricey side ($24), but it’s well-worth the price.  I haven’t finished one yet and I use them often!

So, there are my top 5 products. I’d love to review more products, if you have any ideas, feel free to email me!

xoxo

“Hey, in some parts of the universe, maybe not in contempo-casual, but in some parts, it’s considered cool to know what’s going on in the world.” Josh from Clueless

I really just wanted an excuse to quote Clueless, that movie is full of great one-liners. Plus it ties into today’s theme: Casual wear! We ran out of our beloved pink Himalayan salt, so I had to venture out to Trader Joe’s. I had to get ready pretty quickly, so I threw on my “new” dress from Crossroads with a brown belt, black leggings and a boyfriend cardigan. Since it was gloomy in San Francisco, I wore my riding boots and topped it off with a plaid scarf. Who says you can’t be comfortable and cute?

Snarky McSnarkerson at your service!

Side detail of hair

Outfit Details:
Floral dress – thrifted from Crossroads Trading
Boyfriend Cardigan – Forever 21
Black Leggings – Target
Riding Boots – Naturalizer

I’m so excited that my hair is finally long enough to wear up! As you can see from the very back, it’s not quite long enough to stay, but WHATEVER, it’s cute hehe.  I am horrible at doing hair, but thanks to Youtube, I have found SO many short hair tutorials.  This is called a rope braid, which is essentially a French braid with two pieces of hair.  This lovely young lady made a great tutorial if you’d like to learn how to rope braid!

So if you’re looking for a cute outfit to run errands in AND be super comfortable, try an outfit like this out.

xoxo

The sun has honored us San Franciscans with its presence quite a bit lately, which is awesome because my closet is filled with knee-length dresses! I had to run some errands, so I thought a cute outfit was in order. Bare legs made their first appearance in 2013 on May Day (ha!). I really wish I could get a little color on my legs with the sun, but I’ll probably have to go the sunless tanner route. I’m sure most of SF is pretty pasty right now anyway, so blind away white legs, blind away!

This is a pretty versatile outfit; change the shoes and you can wear it to work. Wear it for errands, lunch with your girlfriends or in-laws, if the sun is out, wear it!

First bare legged day of 2013!

I kept the jewelry simple and wore my new favorite sandals with gold accents. I love this Juicy Couture necklace so much. The heart at the bottom is a charm, you can buy more Juicy charms to add to the necklace. The length is adjustable, so I can wear it so many different ways! It’s one of my pricier pieces in my jewelry collection, but it’s definitely worth investing in nice pieces.  The earrings are from Forever 21 and came with two more pairs of geometric shapes.

Outfit Details
Striped dress – Old Navy
Giraffe print cardigan – Old Navy (similar here)
Gold accent sandals – Target
Gold watch – Michael Kors
Charm Catcher necklace – Juicy Couture
Square earrings – Forever 21

Hopefully there will be more dress posts to come with the sunny forecast!

xoxo