Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION

Can I just tell you how happy I am that ripped jeans are still on trend during this Fall fashion?  Granted, I would still wear them even if they weren't 'trending' right now, but that's beside the point.  When I was younger, I was obsessed with ripped jeans.  And if my favorite pair of jeans ripped simply from wearing them all the time?  Even better.  

I guess this new trend is like a ripped jean instant gratification.  Never mind wearing them for months until they rip on their own.  These take out all the work.  These jeans from Old Navy are insanely comfortable, and I also own them in mint.  The mint pair have been put away since it's not i my fall fashion color palette. But this black pair?

These are for year-round.

What do you think about ripped jeans?  Fall fashion must have? Yay or nay?

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION by North Carolina fashion blogger Rebecca Lately
Top: TJ Maxx (old - similar linked below) // Jeans: Old Navy // Flats: Simply Sage Market via Jane
Earrings: Barnes Jewelers (old- similar linked below) 

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION by North Carolina fashion blogger Rebecca Lately

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION by North Carolina fashion blogger Rebecca Lately

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION by North Carolina fashion blogger Rebecca Lately

BLACK & GRAY | FALL FASHION by North Carolina fashion blogger Rebecca Lately

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REBECCA READS | FALL READS

As the weather gets colder, the stack of books on my nightstand grows taller.  There's something so cozy about reading a book with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.  I can't tell you nice it was this morning when we woke up to cold weather.  Granted, it's about to slowly increase to warmer temps by next week, but I'll take what we can get.

What can I say?  I am 100% a cold weather person.

At the beginning of the month, I pulled together some spooky books to read.  A couple of these have been on my list to read for a long time, and the others are new-ish to my reading list.  My husband even picked out one of them.  The book he picked is pretty hefty, so I definitely won't be able to finish it this month.

Rebecca Lately Fall Reads Blood for Blood The Grownup Swan Song Good Omens Neil Gaiman


Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This has been on my list to read for such a long time.  Every time I pull it out to read, it gets bumped down the list by something else.  I am determined to start and finish it this month!  I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, and this sounds like a creepy/funny read that is perfect for October.  Basically, the end of the world is about to happen.  Everything is going to plan, until the angel and demon who have been living on earth all this time decide that they actually love the life style.  They are not looking forward to the rapture.  Plus, someone has misplaced the Antichrist.  It sounds pretty funny!

Rebecca Lately Fall Reads Blood for Blood The Grownup Swan Song Good Omens Neil Gaiman

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

This was a free bonus book in last year's October's box from Book of the Month.  I have a lot of books to read right now, so I'm not subscribing to Book of the Month anymore.  I really miss it, and when my to-pile is smaller, I will re-subscribe.  I was thrilled to see a short story by Gillian Flynn.  Generally speaking, I enjoyed reading her books.  They have just enough of a creepy vibe to be interesting and keep you guessing.  This book is about a lady who has grown up and survived most of her life by scamming people and/or begging for handouts.  When a lady walks into the hand reading shop where she works and asks her for help with her haunted Victorian mansion, it's obvious that the narrator (who is unnamed) is in over her head.

Rebecca Lately Fall Reads Blood for Blood The Grownup Swan Song Good Omens Neil Gaiman


Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

This is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, which is a young adult alternative historical fiction.  The store is set in the post-WWII era, except Hitler won.  This series follows Yael has she works with an underground group to murder Hitler.  Yael was in a concentration camp and, as a result of the medical experiments performed on her, can shape shift.  I enjoyed the Wolf by Wolf (and Iron by Iron, the prequel to Wolf by Wolf), and I can't read until I have the time to read Blood for Blood.

Rebecca Lately Fall Reads Blood for Blood The Grownup Swan Song Good Omens Neil Gaiman


Swan Song by Robert McCammon

This was my husband's pick for me.  He told me it was a long book, but I was not expecting over 950 pages.  Swan Song won't be the longest book I've ever read.  I keep reminding myself that when I take a gander at it on my nightstand.  Swan Song is a post-apocayptic novel set in the US.  To keep the synopsis short, it's a story of two individuals, Josh and Swan, who are trying to survive in the nuclear holocaust.  Add to that, the force responsible for Earth's destruction is searching for Swan because she has special powers.  It sounds so exciting, but I'll be honest to say it's a little intimidating.

What are you planning to read this fall?

Monday, October 16, 2017

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH

Every season, it's so exciting to switch up my makeup routine.  There are so many colors and textures to consider, and when the weather starts to turn colder it's time to switch it all up!  Today, I want to share my go-to fall nail polish.  As I was looking back on all my nail polish posts over the year, I realized it's been a very long time since I've shared a fall nail polish round up.

It's been four years!

My fall nail polish collection looks very different than it did four years ago.  Colors come and go, textures come and go, and I've decluttered a lot of non-cruelty-free nail polishes.  All of the polishes I'm featuring today are from cruelty free brands and I've been able to find them online.  In fact, this post would've been a little longer, but some of my favorite colors have been discontinued.

With that being said, here are my favorite polishes for fall!


CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Smith & Cult Stockholm Syndrome, $18

In my opinion, every fall nail polish collection needs a gray polish (or two, as you'll see below).  Smith & Cult describes this color as opaque elephant gray, which doesn't say much about the actual color.  This is a medium smoky gray with cool, purple understones.  It is a creme finish.  When it dries, it's glossy.  I love a high gloss polish, so I always add a top coat of Seche Vite.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Nails, Inc. Baker Street, $15

This polish has been in my collection for years.  I instantly fell in love with this classic, bright blue. It's definitely not an everyday color, because it's so bright!  The fall & winter is the perfect time for this shade of blue.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Marc Jacobs Beauty Petra, $18

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know how much I adore the Marc Jacobs Beauty nail polishes.  The color range is impressive and they offer a variety of textures.  This is one of the metallic shimmers.  It's a dirty bronze with metallic shimmer that seemingly goes with everything.  Swipe it on your nails for an instant grungy glam.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Marc Jacobs Beauty Delphine, $18

I did say that I love gray, right.  This is another one of my favorites, mostly due to the purple undertones.  This is a little deeper than the previous gray polish, and it's definitely one of my most-used nail polishes.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Julep Logan, $14

If moody colors are your thing during the fall, then this color is definitely for you.  As you can see, it's a little difficult to photograph (see photo below).  If you're unfamiliar with Julep's nail polish line, they have different categories according to your personal style.  For example, this is from the Classic With a Twist color range.  Julep's nail polishes are fast-drying and long-lasting.  Their color range is unbelievable!  I have many shades that aren't in their permanent line, so you won't see them featured on the blog.  However, rest assured that I have many and I love them all.  This sultry aubergine shimmer rates pretty high on my list.

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | FALL NAIL POLISH by North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately

Julep Octavia, $14

I tend to favor blue polishes during the colder months, and this deep, inky blue is no exception. This is another Classic With a Twist color from Julep, and it is so chic.  I love that Julep's polishes are five-free, vegan-friendly, and include strengthening ingredients.  This smoky indigo creme color would look gorgeous against winter whites.

That rounds up my faves for fall nail polish.  What colors to wear when the weather turns colder?

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Friday, October 13, 2017

STYLE INSPIRATION | SUNDAY BEST

In case you're new to my blog, today's post is part of my Style Inspiration series.  Every Friday, I share an outfit.  I alternate between Weekending, or casual, outfits and Sunday Best, or fancy, outfits.  It's a great way for me to get creative with outfits and inspire myself to mix up the items in my closet.  Sometimes I pair together items that are similar to my own and sometimes I live vicariously through my own blog posts.  ;)

Most Sundays, I wear a dress to church.  There's not really a specific reason, other than it's just what I've always done.  However ... sometimes it's just more comfy to wear a casual outfit and dress it up with a few accessories!  My favorite accessory is a huge, chunky necklace and a classic clutch.  I could easily recreate this entire outfit in my closet, minus the clutch.  I might need to order it!

What is your favorite kind of fancy outfit?

Sunday Best