Wish List Wednesdays October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 15 comments

wish list

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Cece Lace Bell Sleeve Jumpsuit

2 / Banana Republic Bow Slide

3 / Slivered Geode Coaster

4 / Elizabeth Cole Marina Earrings

5 / Sam Edelman Gabrielle Frame Clutch

6 / Alpha & Omega Stripe Peplum Blouse

7 / CB2 Simone Blush Chair

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?





Happy National Coffee Day

September 29, 2017  |  Fashion 18 comments

Happy National Coffee Day! This is one “national” day I can get behind. Caffeine is my lifeline. Rarely do I operate well without it.

National Coffee Day on Bangles and Bungalows

I’m not one of those black coffee no sugar people. While I secretly envy their ability not to depend on sugar or dairy, my stomach can’t handle a plain cup of gritty java. And while I need my caffeine fix, my sugar fix is probably even more important. So a cup of coffee or tea in the morning gets me going in more ways than one. I’m sure many of us will be indulging a little extra with all of the fabulous coffee deals on National Coffee Day.

Dunkin' Donuts National Coffee Day on Bangles & Bungalows


White lace blouse on Bangles & Bungalows

On another note, I know the autumnal equinox has come and gone and it’s officially fall. But it still feels pretty much like summer around here. I don’t care what the rules say. I’m still rocking white after Labor Day.

Yasmin Hakim in white lace blouse

I received this gorgeous lace bell sleeved top from the Karlie Kloss x Express collection. While it’s sold out, I’ve shared a few gorgeous other white lace blouse options here starting at $14:



white lace blouse

My other obsession right now is stretchy headbands – not the kind that give you a headache of course! But the kind that make you look cute while remaining pain-free.

Yasmin Hakim in White lace blouse on Bangles & Bungalows

I want every single one of these, but since I’m on a budget, one or two will have to suffice — for now.



A little light accessorizing and gorgeous white lace blouse are all this look needs for some seriously adorable vibes. And I hope you enjoy an extra buzz — Happy National Coffee Day!

Wish List Wednesdays September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 8 comments

wish listWhat I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Project 62 Marble Top Round Table

2 / Topshop Kylie Sequin Crossbody Bag

3 / Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

4 / & Other Stories Velveteen Embroidery Dress

5 / Banana Republic Camo Bell-Sleeve Peacoat

6 / Sam Edelman Haroldson Pumps + Shopbop Sale

7 / Kate Spade Neverending Love Story Pillow

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

The 5 Minute Outfit

September 25, 2017  |  Fashion 13 comments

Not all of us have time to plan our outfits the night before. Some of us like to waste time on our smartphones until we fall asleep. Others have actual responsibilities like putting kids to bed, responding to work emails, or folding that last pile of laundry. When you get up in the morning, your creative juices might not be flowing yet. So what do you do when you wake up with no energy to come up with a fabulous outfit idea? You opt for the 5 minute outfit.

Anthropologie Ruffled Galaxy Kimono

Kimono: Anthropologie / Necklace: c/o Soft Surroundings (similar) / Jeans: Articles of Society (similar) / Wedges: c/o Express (similar) / Clutch: c/o Express (similar) / Sunglasses: c/o Express

Soft Surroundings Druzy Pendant

5 Minute Outfit on Bangles and Bungalows

The 5 Minute Outfit

5 Minute Outfit

Clutch and coffee

Yasmin Hakim in Lafayette Square

How to Achieve the 5 Minute Outfit

1. Start with a basic canvas that’s a no-brainer. If it’s the weekend, it may be jeans and a t-shirt. If it’s the workweek, it may be your favorite capris and a tank top.

2. A statement kimono in a bold color will make you feel instantly fabulous. It’s comfortable and lightweight. And if you’re in a chilly office or restaurant, it will hide your goose bumps. There are so many affordable options out there for year-round wear.


3. Style your basic tee with a power accessory. I like to call them power accessories because they give you that extra oomph to make you feel special all day.


4. Go for bright red or hot pink lipstick. Oftentimes that extra burst of lip color will get people talking and complimenting your sense of beauty.

5. Finish off your look with neutral, yet comfortable shoes. Nude wedges usually go with everything and are comfortable. With this option, you don’t have to spend time searching for the right shoe or worry if your feet will be in agony all day.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn these jeans with a white top and thrown a kimono over it. The kimono is like a superhero cape. There’s something about a fabulous flowing piece of cloth that makes you feel like you can accomplish so much more. Shop my 5-minute look in the blog shop.

Photographs taken by Mattea Linae. Necklace provided by Soft Surroundings.

Age Defying Beauty at Soft Surroundings

September 22, 2017  |  Beauty 13 comments

With a crowded market for high-end age defying beauty products, it’s hard to choose the right one for you. These products can be pricey, often over $100 for a small jar. That’s why I love shopping for boutique brands that are laser focused on anti-aging products. Rather than spreading themselves too thin, you know they’ve got their eye on the ball when it comes to this particular beauty concern.

Age Defying Beauty at Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings has an amazing variety of age defying beauty options. With a slightly older demographic, it’s committed to offering the best anti-aging products, including ones you might not necessarily find at the mall’s makeup counter. Here are a few I’ve been testing lately:

Top Picks for Age Defying Beauty at Soft Surroundings

VenEffect Firming Photo Serum at Soft Surroundings

VENEffect Firming Phyto Serum

WHAT IT DOES: A potent serum that enhances skin tone and firmness.

WHAT I LEARNED & LOVE: I found my skin brightened over time. I’m not sure about its firming effects, as my skin is still pretty elastic in my 30s. But it does feel extra luxurious upon application.

Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Complex at Soft Surroundings

Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Complex

WHAT IT DOES: Active copper, anti-aging peptides, and collagen-boosting proteins lift, tone, and tighten the area around your eyes.

WHAT I LEARNED & LOVE: There is a noticeable improvement in the health of my eye area. Note: I used this in combination with my JeNu Plus, which helped to accelerate the minimization of fine lines around the eyes.

Amarte Aqua Lotion

Amarte Aqua Lotion

WHAT IT DOES: Enhances skin’s clarity and transparency and improves tone and texture.

WHAT I LEARNED & LOVE: It’s great for my combination skin. The ultra lightweight lotion evens out the texture of my skin without making it feel heavy. So oily areas and dry areas feel equally cool, clean, and smooth. I also found it gave my skin a bit of inner glow over time.

I used these in combination for extra fabulous results. But they all have their unique benefits. My favorite happened to be the Amarte Aqua Lotion, which made my skin feel like silk. Soft Surroundings has over 150 amazing skincare options curated for lasting age defying beauty results.

What’s your current anti-aging beauty favorite?

Disclosure: Soft Surroundings provided me these beauty products in exchange for a review.



Wish List Wednesdays September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 18 comments

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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / H&M Ruffle-trimmed Dress

2 / Pillow Guy Luxury Bedding

3 / Baublebar Shani String Hoop

4 / Sugar Paper Wax Seal Set in Gold

5 / Dagne Dover Ava Bucket

6 / Madewell Cotton-blend Sweater

7 / KG Kurt Geiger Strut Leather Ankle Boots

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?


Summer’s Not Over with the Anthropologie Sale

September 18, 2017  |  Fashion 15 comments

September may be my favorite month with the changing color of the leaves, the mildly warm weather, and the wardrobe transition into light layers. It’s also a great time for sales. As fall items make their way into stores, there are an abundance of deep discounts on summer styles. Since the weather is still pretty pleasant, this is the time to buy and wear what you want at the price you want. I’m coveting everything right now at the Anthropologie sale. With an extra 25% off, it’s got my wallet in a tizzy. This Valencia baby doll dress, originally $148, is now $38.

Valencia Dress Anthropologie Sale

September in St. Louis

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Lafayette Square

Golden glow Yasmin Hakim

Old Navy Ghillie Flats

Hanging out in Lafayette Square

Yasmin Hakim in Anthropologie Valencia Dress

Anthropologie Valencia Dress

Shop the Anthropologie Sale

Here are more of my favorite items from the Anthropologie sale:

And check out these other fall sales going on right now:

Lord & Taylor: Up to 20% off until 9/19

Rebecca Minkoff: Up to 50% off

Ann Taylor: 40% off select

LUISAVIAROMA: Extra 20% off sale items

Photographs taken by Mattea Linae





Playful Prep for Fall with Old Navy

September 15, 2017  |  Fall Fashion 11 comments

This post is brought to you by Old Navy.

Life is all about happy coincidences. When I chose these Old Navy pixie ankle pants I was smitten by the marigold shade, which is having a moment right now. To tone things down I added a grey sweater with a cheerful rose gold polka dot print — my take on playful prep for fall. I patted myself on the back for coming up with such an awesome color combination, thinking it was so original. Little did I know that was not the case. It’s funny how color pops up in everyday life without even realizing it.

Lulus on grand in St. Louis

I had the intention of shooting at Lulu’s on Grand in St. Louis because I remembered it had a bright yellow door, which I loved. Yellow happens to be one of my favorite colors.

Yasmin Hakim in Old Navy September 2017

Sweater: c/o Old Navy / Pixie Ankle Pants: c/o Old Navy / Sunglasses: c/o Old Navy / Headband: c/o Old Navy (available in store)

Imagine my surprise when I realized I perfectly matched the restaurant’s facade. I could stand in front of it and disappear like an illusion.

Old Navy Playful Prep on Bangles & Bungalows

I swear I didn’t plan this. Like I said, it was a happy coincidence.

Old Navy Playful Prep

So I took it in stride and made the most of the location. In fact, I doubled down on it.

Old Navy Fall Trends

Perhaps this may go viral and start a new trend of dressing to match your surroundings…or maybe not.

Old Navy on Bangles & Bungalows

Outdoor seating at Lulu's St. Louis

Yasmin Hakim in Old Navy Playful Prep September Fall Trends

One thing’s for certain, yellow is definitely my lucky color. And I totally recommend these Old Navy pixie ankle pants, especially if you’re trying to capture the playful prep trend for fall. These pants fit like a glove, with a good stretch, and a fabulous price at $35. September promos at Old Navy include up to 40% off all pants and jeans so be sure to get your sale on.



Wish List Wednesdays September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 7 comments

wish list

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Banana Republic gets the Olivia Palermo treatment with extra emphasis on the details like on this pink ruffle trim coat.

2 / Paperless post invites are always a hit with their modern design, guest list tracking, and automatic follow-up messages. Make your party planning a bit easier and eco-friendly!

3 / A classic pump with a neutral palette to go with everything.

4 / I’m curious whether this liner works as well as it promises. Have you tried it?

5 / This statement skirt that will draw tons of compliments.

6 / Keep these post poo drops in your powder room for guests so they don’t worry about “spoiling” their welcome.

7 / Pair these studded boots with a sweet pink dress for the perfect twist.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Paperless Post. All opinions are my own.