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My favorite fall outfit

Fall Outfit

Hands down, this is my favorite style of fall outfit.  I pretty much live in skinny jeans when I'm not at work. They're comfortable and so versatile.  And my day off style is pretty bland (hello, grey and black), I love to throw on a cute scarf.  And of course it's not fall without some booties!  Prior to last year, I had never worn booties. I bought one pair and then ... I wanted to buy all the pairs.

So, not only is time for fall, but it's also time for a fall giveaway!  I joined a ton of awesome bloggers to give away a $450 gift card to the clothing store of your choice!  How awesome is that?  You can use the widget below to enter.

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Makeup Monday: August Beauty Favorites & Giveaway!

August Beauty Favorites

Another month ends, another beauty favorite post magically appears before your eyes. I didn't change up my makeup too much this month, so August's favorites are kind of equal part makeup and skin care.

August Beauty Favorites

August Beauty Favorites

Indeed Labs Hydraluron

Earlier this year, I did a huge beauty swap with Aine.  This product is what started it all.  Since we can't get this in the states, she offered to send it to me.  We ended up doing a huuuuge swap (it was so much fun!).  I tried this Hydraluron as soon as I got my package, but my skin was breaking out pretty bad.  Since I wasn't sure if the Hydraluron was causing it, I put it away for a while.  Well, for the past month I've been using it, and I can tell a definite difference in my skin!  I use it during the day under my moisturizer.  My skin feels smooth, soft, and super moisturized.

If you've never heard of Hydraluron, it is straight up hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture.  Essentially, it attracts tons of moisture to your skin.  My skin is oily, but it's also dehydrated so this is amazing for it.

Michael Todd Organics Blue Green Algae Toner

I absolultely love this toner.  Honestly, I'm a toner junkie.  My skin just doesn't feel right if I don't tone.  So, this is particular toner is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and highly moisturizing.  It gives my spots a slight sting that makes me feel like it's doing something.  :)  It's great for my acne prone skin.  If your skin is like mine, I highly recommend this!

REN Micro Polish Cleanser

Usually, I prefer chemical exfoliants to exfoliants with the little scrubbies in them (so technical, I am).  This formula feels like frothy clay mask.  It has little exfoliating beads in it.  You can use it 2-3 times a week.  I use this when my skin needs a good exfoliation.  My complexion looks so much better after I use this!

August Beauty Favorites

Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme

This was one of my samples in my Birchbox this month.  It feels sooo. good.  The skin under my eyes is always so dry, and this has improved the moisture level.  My makeup looks better, and my skin looks healthier.  Win, win!

Sleek Blush in Pomegranate

At first glance, this blush is scary.  But, if you tap your brush lightly and dust it over the apples of your cheeks, it is surprisingly natural looking.  You can see me wearing it in my favorites video.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I was a bit hesitant to include this in a favorites post, because I actually would not purchase the full size of this product.  The only reason?  The price!  The full size of this primer costs $55.  $55!!  I would much rather spend $55 on a skin care item than on a makeup item.  That being said, this primer is so good.  It is light, yet slightly tacky.  Your foundation really clings to it and everything looks smooth.  If you are not adverse to paying that for a primer, do it!  I just can't (although, I might spring for the smaller $18 size).

Neutrogena Longwear Nourishing Foundation in Classic Ivory

I used this in my day off makeup post.  This foundation looks so great on my skin.  It has quite good coverage, but it doesn't look cakey.  It covers up everything I want to cover up and lets my skin show through a bit.  It lasts a long time, as long as it's not too humid outside.  If I know it's going to be super humid, I will wear a primer underneath it.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Playa del Pink

This is going to sound ridiculous, but when I was rounding up the items for this post I wasn't sure if I had featured this in a previous favorites.  Well, even if I did, I will feature it again!  I absolutely love this eye shadow.  It's so incredibly light weight on my lids, and it's also very pigmented.  The sheen is gorgeous and flattering.  I recommend these eyeshadows!  (I want to go back and buy all the colors!)

Maybelline Color Elixir in Celestial Coral

This is a very nice liquid-lipstick-esque lip gloss.  It looks like a lip gloss but kind of feels like a lipstick.  It's not tacky, yet it stays put for a long while.  I love this color, which is Celestial Coral.  Love!!

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Black

I love me a good volumizing mascara, and this one fits the bill.  It has a traditional bristle wand, which is what I prefer.  Although it doesn't claim to lengthen, I do find that my lashes look a little longer with this mascara.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish

Because I am so highly organized, I left out one product in the picture.  Earlier this month, I participate in a Blogger's Day Out through Em Grey Photography.  That particular morning, after I left my house, I realized I'd forgotten to paint my nails.  I pulled into a Walgreens real quick and purchased a bottle of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Petal Pusher (a pale pink), painted my nails in the car, and they were dry before I pulled out of the parking lot.  Amazing!  I love this line of nail polish.

And now for my monthly giveaway!  (personally, my favorite part)

This month, I am giving away:

1 Neutrogena Healthy Mascara in Black
2 Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polishes (1 in Petal Pusher and 1 in Slick Slate)
1 Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush

You can enter with the widget below.  Good luck to all who enter!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

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Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Dress // Earrings // Clutch // Sunglasses // Flats

I think I've talked about this before, but according to fashion "rules" black and blue aren't supposed to be worn together ... right?  I feel like I read this somewhere... Anyways!  Rules or not, I really like black and blue together.  It's kind of chic, like wearing all black.

What do you think about blue and black together?  Too much?  Just enough?


Hair Bands // Lounge Pants // Vintage Mug // Anna & the French Kiss // Tee // Glasses

Y'all.  What a week.  It's been a little crazy with school starting this week.  Getting back into a routine is ca-razy!  But, we can't stay away from the beach during Labor Day weekend!  It's the last real weekend we'll have a chance to go, so we're taking it.  But you can bet your sweet bippy that the first chill moment I get, I'll be cuddling up in some comfy lounge pants, a warm cup of tea, and a good book.

Budgeting Bloggers: August 2014

This year, I will be documenting my monthly clothing budget.  I will show you my budget for each month and what I bought with it.  Every month, I have $60 to spend towards clothing.  Some months might be more, because I use Ebates to shop online and use a small commission through affiliate links.  During the months that I receive money from Ebates and Skimlinks, that amount will also go towards my clothing budget (this month!  yay!).  This month my budget was $209.49.

I did really good this month!  Since I didn't have a lot of time to shop, I only bought things through the subscription services I've been using (Stitch Fix and Rocksbox).

Stitch Fix August 2014 5

From Stitch Fix, I bought a top and cardigan.  This is the Chris & Carol Wilam Zig-Zag Print Top and the 41Hawthorn Abrianna Long Sleeve Cardigan in navy.  I love these two items so much!  Even though it's still summer (AND SO HOT) here, my office is pretty cold.  The top is eye-catching and comfortable, and the cardigan fits me perfectly.  These two items were $112 (that's including the $20 styling fee).

Rocksbox August 2014 4

From Rocksbox, I purchased this House of Harlow 1960 Five Station Necklace in cobalt.  This necklace runs for $75 regular price, and it would have been $60 through Rocksbox (they give a 20% discount).  I had completed a survey for a $15 credit, so this was $45.  After a quick google search to try and find it at a cheaper price, I couldn't find it cheaper than $45.  That clenched it for me!  I love it!!

Here's my budget break down:

Budget       $209.49

Stitch Fix   $112.00
Rocksbox      45.00

Total          $157.00

Balance      $  52.49

I literally have no time to go shopping, so I am super happy with what I purchased this month.  I've already gotten my next Stitch Fix and Rocksbox.  I haven't decided what to keep yet, but I'll be sharing all that next month!

Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers.

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Top: Target (same style, different colors) // Jeans: Old Navy // Satchel: Madewell
Sandals: Target (same style, different colors) // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Photos by Em Grey

This is the first week of school, and I am one big bag of mixed emotions.  I am excited for the routine of the school year, but this year is going to be different.  Our boys will be in 2nd and 1st grade, and I will be going back to school as well.  It is funny that I've already gone back to school once during the life of my blog. During the last time I was in school, I maintained a consistent posting schedule here.  Eventually, I needed to take time off from the blog.

This time around, it feels different.  I feel motivated to maintain my regular posting schedule and fit everything in.  Realistically, I can't do anything all the time.  I can't work all the time, or clean the house all the time, or study all the time.  To be honest, when I decided to go back to school the idea of quitting the blog crossed my mind.  But, I have a lot of fun here and I need that creative free time when I'm busy (maybe even more so when I'm busy).  So, I plan on maintaining my posting schedule for now.

And, of course, the wonderful Em Grey has helped me with that.  These pictures are from the last Blogger's Day Out session I did with Em, Angela, Lee, and Molly.  A couple weekends ago, we had another session!  It felt really great to put take pictures of 10 outfits within 3 hours.  Em is a fashion photo extraordinaire!

So, even if I can't wake up early enough to take outfit pictures with my husband, I have a lot of photos to use.  And of course, putting together the 10 outfits made me dig into the inner depths of my closet to pull out some tops and skirts I haven't used in a while.

On a more exciting note (I guess), are you sad about summer ending?  This week has felt uncharacteristically cool for August.  Are you excited for cool weather to arrive?

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

Rocksbox: August 2014

Have you heard of Rocksbox?  It's basically the Netflix of jewelry.  For $19 a month, you get sent three pieces of jewelry to try out.  Try them out as long as you want and send them back when you want different pieces!  If you want to purchase any of the jewelry, you get a 20% discount.

Rocksbox August 2014

This month, I got my second Rocksbox!  I was pretty happy with my first box, even though I didn't keep anything.  I've had a lot of fun trying out different styles of jewelry.  I'm not too adventurous when it comes to jewelry, so these are all things I wouldn't pick out for myself.

Rocksbox August 2014

In this box, I was sent the Gorjana Mesa Cuff.  This fit perfectly.  It's hard to find bracelets that fit me well, and this one is gorgeous.  I am pretty tough on bracelets though, since I work on a computer most of the day.  So, I sent this one back.

Rocksbox August 2014

I recently started wearing midi rings, so this was fun to find in my box!  This is the Urban Gem Arrow Midi Ring in silver.  It was a little too tight, so I sent it back.  But, isn't it cute?

Rocksbox August 2014

This is the House of Harlow 1960 Five Station Necklace in Cobalt.  I love this necklace.  Cobalt is one of my favorite colors. I love classic statement necklaces like this.  It adds something to your outfit, but it won't fall out of style for a long time.  I was on the fence about keeping this one, because after the discount it was still $60.  I had completed a survey for a $15 credit in my account, so it would only be $45.  I was literally boxing it up to send it back and realized I would miss wearing it.  I had room in my clothing budget this month for it, so I kept it!  And I am so, so glad I did.

Rocksbox is so fast with shipping, I already have my third box!  I'll be sharing that one in a couple weeks.

Have you tried Rocksbox?  What do you think?

p.s.  I was given a complimentary 3-month subscription in exchange for a review.  All opinions are 100% my own.