Happy National Coffee Day! This is one “national” day I can get behind. Caffeine is my lifeline. Rarely do I operate well without it.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
I swear I didn’t plan this. Like I said, it was a happy coincidence.
So I took it in stride and made the most of the location. In fact, I doubled down on it.
Perhaps this may go viral and start a new trend of dressing to match your surroundings…or maybe not.
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.