7.14.16 OOTD: A Pop of Coral

coral peplum top with white denim
Top: Banana Republic (on sale) | Denim: Dressbarn | Sandals: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: Michael Kors (similar)

Remember when I declared my love of peplum tops in my last post?  I wasn’t kidding. Today’s outfit of the day features one of my favorite tops from Banana Republic in a beautiful shade of coral.

I love the way the color really pops, especially when paired with white bottoms.  These distressed boyfriend jeans are my favorite (and pretty much only) pair of white denim at the moment.  For accessories I chose to keep things fairly simple, wearing a crocheted pearl necklace (handmade by my great-grandmother) and a gold and silver tone watch.

I’m breaking in my new Tory Burch sandals I scored last week.  I love how the neutral cognac  color seems to go with everything.  What are your favorite go-to shoes?  Let me know in the comments below.  Happy Thursday-we’re almost to the weekend!  And as always, thanks for reading.

7.11.16 OOTD

Denim: DENIZEN/Target| Blouse: LOFT | Sandals: Tory Burch | Necklace: LOFT Outlet

If you haven’t noticed, I’m totally head-over-heels for peplum tops.  Anytime I spot one while out shopping, it always makes its way into my pile of items to try-on.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I find that the cut of most peplum hems is extremely flattering for my body type.  It helps balance out my mid-section and adds a feminine flair, without being too over-the-top.  I picked up this top last week, when LOFT was having a 50% off full-price styles sale.  My only complaint is that it currently only comes in one color.  I would love to own this blouse in several colors!

I’m excited to try this top with a pair of white or cream denim (still can’t find the right pair, as I mentioned here).  In the meantime these dark cropped pair of jeans by DENIZEN from Target are perfect for running around this summer.  They have a lot of stretch and give, making them super comfortable and easy to wear while out walking around.  The ankle length hits me just right, and when cuffed give them the perfect summery vibe.

I recently retired my favorite pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals (they looked so sad, I couldn’t even bring myself to include them in ootd photos !), and replaced them with this fun perforated version.  Since, I wore my Miller sandals so much, I decided it was worth the investment to purchase the new pair in both brown and  black.  My local Tory Burch Outlet was running a promotion where shoes were 40% off and an additional 20% off select styles.  So, in the end, I was able to buy two pairs for just under the amount I would have paid for one pair at full-price!

What other good sales have people been shopping?  Anyone excited for the annual Nordstrom Sale?  Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer


While traveling over the recent holiday I ran out of my current concealer (I had been using this), so I quickly headed to the Walgreens to find something that would get me by for the rest of the weekend.  Of course, I can’t walk into any store and solely look for my intended item, so I browsed the beauty aisles to see what was new.  I came upon the Milani display and immediately looked for their newest foundation.  I had been hearing great things about it on YouTube, specifically from Tati of Glam Life Guru, and since Milani products were buy one get one half off, I decided to pick up a bottle.

Now, for the details: the foundation is called Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer.  It is 1 fluid ounce, comes in 14 shades and retails for $9.99 plus tax.  The back of the bottle claims the product is medium to full coverage, has a lightweight, oil free formula, is long-wearing, water-resistant and sweat-proof.  Sounds like all the things I want in a foundation, especially during the summertime. Continue reading “First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer”

Chambray All Day: 7.5.16 OOTD

Top: LOFT | Denim: D. Jeans | Flats: Tory Burch | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Loft Outlet | Bracelets: David Yurman, Fossil, LOFT

Today’s OOTD features one of my most worn outfit combinations-denim on denim.  I remember trying out the chambray trend years ago and being a bit self-conscious that I looked more like Jay Leno than all the cute bloggers on Pinterest, but since then I have fully embraced the look.  And, by fully embraced, I mean I wear some form of this look on a weekly basis.

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What’s In My Travel Bag: 

Today I’m sharing what I keep in my travel bag.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, my sister and her family are in from out-of-town and I have been traveling back and forth to our hometown.  On these quick weekend trips I like to throw some travel-friendly essentials into this cute Kate Spade pouch.

My hair is always getting tangled throughout the day, so I keep this mini version of my favorite hairbrush in my bag at all times.  It also works perfect to work in dry shampoo. One of the best travel-sized versions I have found is the Salon Grafix Play It Big! Clear Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

I always carry a few different lip products with me at any given time.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in the color Vintage.  It’s so pigmented that I don’t feel the need to wear any lip stick.  When I just need something moisturizing I reach for my go-to Carmex or the L’Occitane Vanilla lip balm.

In the summer I like to carry a small deodorant with me for a quick refresh.  The Lavanila is my favorite, plus it’s aluminum-free and smells wonderful!  I’ve been using it for years after hearing great things about it on YouTube.  It is a little pricey for deodorant, so if you are unsure, try the trial size first.

A few other things I will toss in are my favorite hand cream-seriously this almond scent is everything, as well as some Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer (I’m always changing up the scent). Lastly, If I’m feeling extra high maintenance, some eye shadow will find its way into my bag.

Some items are more practical than others, but I like to feel prepared.  And, honestly, who can resist the trial-size section as you are checking out at Sephora?  Answer: Not me!  What item(s) do you love to travel with?  Let me know in the comments below!

Drugstore Favorites

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant | Cetaphil Cleanser | L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock Mascara | Carmex Sally Hansen Cuticle Cream  | Almay Smart Shade Lipstick  | Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm 

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty items from the drugstore. Some are tried and true products, some are newer products I’ve been loving the last couple of months. All are under $10.oo-what a steal!

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6.29.16 OOTD

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Top: Banana Republic | Necklace: Loft Outlet | Bracelets: Alex and Ani | Flats: Tory Burch

I recently stopped into Banana Republic while out shopping on Michigan Avenue with my sister, who is visiting from out-of-state.  The store was having some great promotions- 40% off full price styles and 50% off all sale items, and an additional 10% off your entire purchase when you use your Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy card.
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