Thursday, November 16, 2017

FALL STYLE | GETTING LOST IN THE LAYERS

These bras were sent to me for review.  All opinions are mine alone.

 'Tis the season for layers!  Layers are my absolute favorite part of dressing for the fall.  This past weekend, I unpacked all of my scarves and shawls.  My collection has grown so much over the years.  It had gotten slightly out of hand, so I had a really intense culling session.  I have such a tendency to hold onto scarves and shawls (and sweaters, honestly!).  I'm always looking to pare down my wardrobe, but scarves are always passed over.  It's so hard to get rid of them!

The only downside that I see in scarves is that I, essentially lose my shape during the whole of winter.  I'm basically hiding under my clothes for months.  That isn't really a problem, but like I said my shape is completely lost in the fabric.

Recently, I started wear Upbras.  I'd seen them on social media and was super curious to try them, and they asked if I would like to try a couple.  I asked if I could try the convertible bra and the strapless bra.  My thinking is that the convertible bra is the most bang for your buck, and it will very useful not only with dresses but also with summer clothes.  As for the strapless bra, I've only found one strapless bra in my life that has been worth anything, and I was hoping this particular bra would be the second.

And, my friends, it is!  Can you even tell I'm wearing a strapless bra with this outfit?  I know this shirt didn't need one, but this simply shows how well made the bra is.  I have no lumps or bumps where the back strap is, and the tops of the cups don't come away from my body.  It was very form fitted and perfect for my shape.  I can't be happier with both of the bras.  If you'll keep scrolling down, I have some pictures that show the specifics of how the bras work.

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style


Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style


Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style

Rebecca Lately Upbra Review Fall Style


The bras come with this thick, yet very comfortable, padding on the inside.  If you look along the bottom of the wire towards the center, you see two hooks.  Each hook controls one side of the bra.  When you have the bra on, you will on the straps and hook it where you want, depending on how much lift you would like.  And it's as easy as that!

I've worn quite a few push up bras, and these are the first that don't actually feel like I'm wearing a push up bra.  I've had absolutely no spillage out of the tops or sides, and they give a lot of support.  I've been wearing the convertible bra under my work clothes, and it's been incredibly comfortable all day.  These bras are a welcome addition to my bra collection.  If you are in the market for a good fitting bra that gives you lift, I highly recommend the Upbra.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

STITCH FIX | PRINCESS KATE FASHION

I have used my Stitch Fix referral link within this post.  If you click through and schedule a fix, I will receive a $25 Stitch Fix credit.  Please don't feel obligated to click, but thank you if you do!  Additionally, if you create a Stitch Fix account you will have your own referral link with which to earn credits! 


It's been quite a while since I've scheduled a Stitch Fix.  They are so much fun to get in the mail, and I was seriously overdue.  Whenever I schedule a fix, I always request Nicole as my stylist.  She knows my style very well.  I also request styles inspired by Princess Kate fashion, because I love her classic style.  This fix was the first fix I requested all my clothes to be made in the USA.

Here's what I got!

STITCH FIX | PRINCESS KATE FASHION by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

STITCH FIX | PRINCESS KATE FASHION by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Monday, November 13, 2017

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW


When I was switching to a cruelty free beauty routine, I was shocked that Marc Jacobs Beauty is cruelty free.  I don't know why, but it was easy to assume that all of the big beauty brands are tested on animals.

I've noticed some confusion online about whether or not Marc Jacobs Beauty is, in fact, cruelty free since the perfumes are not.  Marc Jacobs Beauty is cruelty free and owned by Kendo, which is a huge corporation that owns a lot of cruelty free brands.  The Marc Jacobs perfumes are owned by Coty, which is not a cruelty free company.  I was so happy to know that I can still splurge on my favorite MJ.  A lot of my favorite makeup products come from the brand.

Since I did splurge last week on aMarc Jacobs  mascara, it's the perfect time to share my review.  For review purposes, my lashes are black, straight, and short.  They will not hold a curl all day.  They are not voluminous by any definition of  the word.  I look for mascaras that will volumize, define, and lift my lashes.  I've been using the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara and love it!

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

The Marc Jacobs Mascara claims to be ultra-volumizing.  It gives the look of false lashes without the fuss of applying falsies.  The brush is curved and made out of traditional bristles (vs. rubber bristles).  It claims to volumize the hard-to-reach lash line.  The tip of the wand is designed to add even more drama.  It comes in the color Blacquer, which is the darkest, shiniest black.  It instantly volumizes and does not smudge.

This Marc Jacobs mascara is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.  It is not vegan.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

In my experience, this Marc Jacobs mascara does nearly everything it claims.  I do get instant volume. One swipe on my lashes, and I'm good to go.  Of course, I do love a lot of volume.  Typically, I do three coats for maximum volume.  It actually volumizes the roots of my lashes, which adds a lot of drama.  The formula is not wet or dry, it's somewhere in between and leans towards wet.

The brush separates and defines my lashes.  I don't think the defined tip is all it's cracked up to be.  All I've noticed it does is clump the mascara on my inner lashes.  To avoid clumping, I clean off the excess mascara before applying it on my lashes.

This Marc Jacobs mascara definitely lives up to the no-smudging claims.  This literally never smudges on me.  In the pictures above, I had been wearing it for 8 hours.  In fact, I was also wearing Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner.  As you can see, it all stay put.

Let's talk about the packaging for a moment.  I know packaging is the point of the product, but it is worth mentioning.  The shape of this Marc Jacobs mascara makes it really awkward to hold.  I have yet to drop the wand while I'm applying the mascara, but I can easily imagine it happening at some point.  The packaging is high end and gorgeous, but it's not practical.  The angles make it uncomfortable to hold.  Although, it does look beautiful on my dressing table.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | MARC JACOBS MASCARA REVIEW by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately


The price of this Marc Jacobs mascara is also a point that I need to address.  The full size is $26 and the mini is $14.  The VIB sale (which is still going on right now) is the best time to purchase.  Even with 20% off, this mascara is still $20.  Given that drugstore mascaras keep climbing in price (some are at $13), I don't mind splurging on this.  In fact, one of my Pacifica mascaras is $17.  That's without a sale or discount.  Of course, it makes sense to wait until a sale to purchase any Marc Jacobs product.  And I will gladly splurge on this any chance I get.

Have you ever tried this Marc Jacobs mascara?  Do you think it's worth the price?

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Friday, November 10, 2017

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | SEPHORA


The Sephora VIB sale is going on right now, so I thought it'd be helpful to share some of my picks.  I love buying during the VIB sales.  Typically, they happen twice a year.  It's going on right now until November 15.

Here are the codes:

ROUGE: 20FORROUGE
VIB: 20FORVIB
INSIDER: INSIDER15

The VIB sales are the perfect time to stock up on your faves or get a discount on some splurge items.  I wanted to share some of my tried-and-true products, along with some splurge products that are definitely on the pricey side.  And since it's kind of hard to find cruelty free brands at big retailers like Sephora and Ulta, I definitely want to throw some recommendations out there.

The big brands that I love to shop at Sephora are Becca, Herbivore, Hourglass, and Marc Jacobs.  I also love Sunday Riley, but I'm honestly looking for a dupe at the moment for the Good Genes Treatment.  The Good Genes Treatment is amazing and has done wonders for my skin.  As you can see, it's definitely the splurge side.  It's a great time to take advantage of the discount for Sunday Riley!

Marc Jacobs is a guilty pleasure, and I am so happy it's cruelty free.  The beauty products are some of the best I've tried.  In my opinion, you can never go wrong with Becca highlighters or Hourglass blush.  They blend so beautifully on the skin and really give you that lit-from-within glow.  I couldn't leave skincare out of the mix, and Herbivore rates pretty highly in my book.  I've owned both of the products I've featured and will repurchase them time and time again.

What are you picking up in the sale?


Sephora Wish List