Styled Three Ways: Stripe Dress

Another dress coming at ya styled three ways! This dress is so cute and has the best colors for fall! Purples, blues, and golds make it easy to pair with everything and style multiple ways! This dress is from Urban Outfitters and is only $59! Such a great price for the versatility it allows for styling. I’m wearing a Medium. It’s a body-con fit, so I went one size up to have a little more room!

This first look is just letting the dress shine on it’s own! I’ve paired it with my favorite OTK boots and a simple camel colored bag. These boots are great because they not only make your legs look longer, but they keep them warm too! Like a big sock! Great for when it’s colder out. They almost hit the bottom of the dress, so not a whole lot of your leg is exposed! Dress it up with some fun earrings and a necklace and you’re all set to go! These boots are amazing and I cannot stress enough that they are worth the money! They stay up, are slim, and really comfortable – and under $100 when Goodnight Macaroon runs a sale!

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For my second look, I actually tucked the dress into my favorite pair of dark jeans! This dress is slim enough to do this with, and just ends up looking like a top! Super fun and easy! I also played off the lighter beige stripes in the outfit and paired my beige booties and beige bag with this look! My bag is from Target and under $35. Trying not to get designer bags for the remainder of the year – we’ll see how long that lasts! However this one is a great size and can double as a cross body!

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My third look I wore my new pair of Lucky Brand ankle booties with a cozy oversized purple cardigan. These booties are really comfortable, and I love how pointy the toe is. They hit a little higher on your ankle, so that point makes your legs look long and lean! I got this cardigan last year, and they still have a ton of colors on Nordstrom rack! It’s only $26!!! I have an xsmall and the fit is awesome. So cozy and snugly and doesn’t shrink at all! I linked a grey one for you, but you can use that link to see all the other colors!

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Shop the whole look below!

Affordable Coats Under $50!

It’s definitely cold here in Chicago – so time to start gearing up and making sure we have coats to keep us warm! I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite styles below – and most of them are under $50! Coats are a great way to accessorize – and we don’t think about the different styles we may need until we’re headed out the door and don’t have the coat or jacket we really want! I usually buy a puffer coat and call it a day – but for dressy occasions I love having a longer pea coat, to go out for the night with my girls I love having a little leather jacket or a jacket that can double as a blazer. Teddy coats are huge right now and super cozy, but you don’t need to spend your whole paycheck on a cute one! There are tons out there at great prices.

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Couple places I love to get different styles of coats are Shein, Old Navy, and Chicwish! They have a lot of different styles and they’re really affordable. Easy shipping and returns, and great price points.

I’ve linked my favorites under $50 here below! I’ve also linked a few that are more than $50 – but still worth the extra money and will last you a few seasons!

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The rest of these are also great for winter. I usually default to a classic puffer coat in a grey or black so I can wear it daily, and stains don’t show as much. You still need to wash or dry clean your coats occasionally –  but picking a dark coat can help extend that. With sloppy snow and wet grounds, you’re bound to get a splash up or rub against a dirty car and get a nice big smear where you don’t want it! I have one little white puffer coat that I LOVE, but I feel like I wash it once a week!

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Statement Earrings: How to accessorize your looks!

A7CF035B-3A72-4112-802C-B29B6C24977FEarrings are the most fun way to amp up your everyday outfits! We’re coming up on the Holiday Seasons… Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years! Plenty of occasions coming up to really make you look pop! Dinners, parties, company events, and time with family and friends are all excuses to wear a more bold earring and stand out in a crowd!

My favorite places to shop are Target – the Sugarfix line, Baublebar, Jcrew, Loft, and Zara! Most are already at great price points, and these retailers always have sales going!

What I love most about earrings is their ability to completely transform your everyday look. If you’re feeling a little plain or underdressed, add a bold pop of earring to elevate your look!
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If you have an event and your dress is solid colored, or doesn’t have a pattern or detailing… the best way to add some sparkle is with a fun pair of earrings!

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Sugarfix is the Target brand of Baublebar – and I love a lot of their styles!  Big bold earrings, bright colors, and usually all under $15 each!

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Some of my other favorites are below! Bauble bar also just launched their holiday selections! Tons of sparkle and lots of amazing gift sets. You can get a few pairs of earrings for the price of one or two. Amazing deals!

Click on the photos below to shop! A lot of these come in multiple colors too – so head to the site and pick your favorite.

 

How to get the WHITEST teeth with Smile Br!lliant!

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This teeth whitening journey I’ve been on lately has been really exciting for me! I was born with naturally yellower teeth – if that’s a word, and have tried multiple types of whitening toothpastes, white stripes, whitening tray programs from the dentist, etc. While I did notice a change right after the stripes were removed, it never seemed to hold, and I was forced to constantly repeat the whitening cycle over and over again.

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Strips are also not cheap! Each time you buy them, it will cost you around $40-$80 and without lasting results, that can be disappointing. Being a coffee lover, I need a whitening program that works for me, fits into my budget, and gives noticeable results that last. Thankfully, I found Smile Brilliant! The #1 Dentist recommended teeth whitening system using custom fitted trays – for only $150!

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There are MULTIPLE reasons this whitening program was a game changer for me! First and most important… it worked! I finished my program about 3 weeks ago and my teeth are still brighter and look great! The reason Smile Brilliant works so well are their custom fit trays. When you purchase a kit – you are set a package to make an impression and exact mold of your teeth. You mail these back, and within a week you are sent your own custom trays that fit your mouth perfectly. This means that every nook and cranny of your teeth will be coated in the whitening gel every time you whiten. You also have these trays for life, and unless you decide to get braces or alter your bite – these will continue to be useful for you. This same type of mold could cost up to $500 from your dentist!

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The other thing I loved about this program is the options for kits. There are different levels of whitening you can choose from depending on how stained your teeth are and your sensitivity level! This makes for six options… heavy stains, average stains, light stains – for both non-sensitive and sensitive teeth! I choose the average stains for sensitive teeth.

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Speaking of sensitive – is it not the worst when you have to whiten daily, and you can barely drink anything hot or cold, bite into food, or chew without extreme sensitivity? Awful! This system not only comes with whitening gel, but includes a desensitizing gel as well! After you whiten, you rinse out your teeth trays and fill them with the desensitizing gel and leave it on for as long as you need. For me I would do this for about 20-30 min – and it was a game changer. I could whiten daily with no sensitivity, which allowed me to go through the process at rapid speed and see noticeable results.

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I’m so excited about my results, and happy that this opportunity came my way! This program comes with a 100% guarantee – and the ability to consult with anyone at anytime if you have questions of concerns. The customer service was especially great and they were so helpful in guiding me to making adjustments to my routine if I felt more sensitivity than normal. You can also order more whitening gel and desensitizing gel down the road if you feel you need a touch-up – amazing!

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Both these photos are unedited… the lighting was slightly different but you can see a big difference in the before and after!


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Weekly Round-up!

Happy Monday Babes! Rounding up all my looks from last week with sizing and lots of other details for you! Read my reviews and then head to the gallery to shop!

First look was this adorable Color Block coat! It’s a teddy coat – which are trending right now, but it’s so different than all the other ones out there! The bold colors of pink, deep purple, and ivory make it a standout! It’s also under $80 which is amazing! It’s super warm and snuggly – and has such an easy fit. I’m obsessed! Wearing an xsmall.

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I rounded up a TON of booties for you last week as well… with this blush pair being one of my favorites. They come in a few colors, and currently on sale! I love how flat they are, and the braiding detail adds such a great pop of detail! I chose the light pink color – which paired well with the jacket – but they go with white, black, grey’s browns… literally all of your basic colors! They’re super cute and run TTS.

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Check out my boot post for all my favorite booties for fall, at many different price points! Here’s a close up of the fun detail on the top of these little ankle boots! The heel is very low too, and they’re really comfortable!

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My second look was this AHHHmazing poncho from Chicwish. This was gifted to me as part of a collaboration – and I’m OBSESSSSSSED! I mean I know I say that about everything I own – ha, but this is something I would not have picked for myself, so I’m so glad this was choosen for me! The deep rust/brown color is so perfect for fall and all the upcoming holidays! This would be perfect for Thanksgiving as you can hide all that turkey and stuffing under it! The sleeves are dollman – so everything just hangs so perfectly. Wearing and small!

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These boots I snagged during the #nsale, and I’m finally rocking them! They’re such a deep brown color and have a nice suede finish. They have little studs around the edge of the boots by the ankle giving it a little more detail. These are Sole Society, so they’re comfortable and a great price point. Run TTS. Paired them with my favorite Madewell perforated tote in that same shade of deep brown.

Another amazing sweater from Chicwish is below! How cute are these pom hearts? This sweater comes in a few colors, and there’s also kids sizes too so if you have a daughter – you can have her match you! The ivory is such a bright crisp color, and the poms are in the shape of little hearts! The neckline is a soft V which makes it easy to wear off the shoulder like I did in the photo! It’s chunky and warm and just perfect to pair with your favorite jeans or skirt!

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Also – the Sephora Sale is going on every weekend this month depending on your membership level! If you’re not a Beauty insider – no worries, you can sign up today for free and still shop the sale! So many great deals and the perfect time to load up on all your favorite beauty products, skincare, hair care… and holiday gift sets! See my Sephora Sale post of all the things I’ll be shopping for!

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These last two pictures – uggghhh can we just savor the leaves for a moment? I do brighten up my photos a little bit – however these trees looked exactly the same in person as they do int he picture! I don’t want winter to come yet!

This first look – I was a little worried I had wayyy to much tan/camel tones going on – but you guys love it! Yay! These boots and sweater are two of my favorite purchases so far this season. It took me a while to get on the OTK boot trend, but I’m so glad I finally spend the money on these bad boys! I can never find a pair that is slim enough, but stays up on my legs and these are perfect! Run TTS.

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This skirt is under $50 and I love that it’s corduroy! It’s really high wasited, but still covers your butt. Very important for me, ha! I’m too old to have things hanging out! Another reason I paired it with this long Madewell color block sweater! This sweater can be worn with anything, any color top under it, and casual or dressy. It’s a little expensive full price – I wait until they go on sale, but they’re definitely worth the money! They don’t shrink and the fit is amazing. Also, they’re very soft for a wool sweater! Wearing an xsmall!

And finally – this cute little sweater thermal! I love it! The sleeves are so pretty and the detail on them is unreal! Free people is one of my favorite brands for this reason. I went up one size in this to a small, and the fit is perfect. Tuck it in, wear it with a skirt, wear it out with some booties – it looks great with anything. Definitely a front runner for Thanksgiving week! Happy shopping babes! So much fun stuff coming up for the Holiday Season! Stay Tuned!

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The Best Boots for Fall!

I think one of my favorite reasons for loving fall and winter weather is because it’s boot season! No need to keep your toes perfect and flawless with cute polish – let your shoes do the talking. I may be saving a little extra money in not-as-frequent pedicures, however I have a serious problem in spending all my funds on cute shoes… eek! My wallet is not happy, but my feet are dancing with excitement and that’s all that matters!

There are so many different styles out there lately, it can be hard to pick and choose – and also stay in your budget. No worries! I’ve got you covered on all my favorites, as well as the best brands to splurge on, as well as where to find quality shoes at affordable prices! This allows you to make your dollars work for you, and create multiple looks with lots of fun boots! YAY.

Couple of my favorite places to get bargain boots are Lulu’s and DSW! Without having to wait for a major sale and risk the retailer running out of your size, these outlets are my go to! Some of those favorites are below!

All my fav Lulu’s Boots are below!

Usually my go to stores are Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. They have all the best brands, and frequently go on sale. They also stay on top of trends and have a wide variety of types of boots. Casual, dressy, wear to work, date night looks, bedazzled and holiday boots... you can literally get everything at one store!

My favorite boots under $100!


My favorite boots under $50 are below!

Some others that are worth the splurge!

Sephora Sale: Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event!

It’s the best time of year… the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event is starting this weekend!! Unlock up to 20% off your favorite beauty, hair, and skincare products if you’re a Beauty Insider! You can easily sign up, and will get instant access to shop on designated weekends depending on your membership level! Not a Sephora Beauty Insider Member? No fear…. you can sign up for free online and join today to get 15–20% off purchases!

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First Access • October 26–29 + November 2–5
Sephora Rouge members get two weekends to shop top holiday beauty finds at a whopping 20% off with code ROUGEBONUS! (minimum spend of $1000 to reach this level).

Next Wave • November 9–12
All VIB members will receive access to shop holiday event products at 20% off with code VIBBONUS! ($350 minimum spend to reach this level).

Final Pool • November 16–19
Beauty Insider Members will be able to shop the holiday event at 15% off with code BIBONUS!

All my Favorite products are linked below! I love this sale for skincare products especially – it’s not everyday when your favorite skincare lines, makeup, and hair products all go on sale…. so it’s the best time to stock up for the holidays! Prep your winter skin, get some gifts purchased for family and friends, and the best time to stock up on sample kits to try out some new products! HOOORAY!

#Trending: Color-blocking!

Color-blocking is definitely one of my favorite trends this season! It’s right up there with camo and leopard print! You all know my love for stripes, so bold stripes and big blocks of color are right up my alley. I’ve rounded up all my favorites for you below!

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This look is trending not only in tops – but dresses, shoes, and accessories, especially scarves like the one I’m wearing here! So many big bold fall colors in one scarf, which can create such unique looks with dresses, a plain top, a coat and some fun boots. Such an easy and affordable way to change up a solid color base.

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The fun part about combining lots of colors – is you can wear these pieces with so many things! If you have a sweater with yellow, ivory, and grey – you can wear grey jeans, light jeans, dark jeans, a jacket over it… you can wear black leggings and sleek boots for a more edgy look, or rock a skirt with knee high boots. Because there are so many colors in one top – you can mix and match lots of different color denim and textures to create different styles. I used to think that these big bold prints were hard to wear more than once, but it’s so fun to create different looks from one piece!

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This sweater is one of my most favorites – all the blues and grays make it easy to pair with white, gray, navy, and all shades of denim. It’s a great length for wearing over dresses too! The sleeves are loose enough to layer up long sleeves under which I love. I’m always freezing – so the more layers for me the better!

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Scroll down to shop all my favorites!

Shift Dress: Three Ways!

One of my first posts when I started blogging was a swing dress from Old Navy – and I styled it three ways. We’ll that same shift dress now comes in a long sleeve option, so I’m doing it again for you! I love affordable pieces that can be dressed up or worn casual for all occasions. This dress is under $25 and can usually be bought on sale! I choose a dark green for the fall and winter months – but it comes in a bunch of other colors too!

The first look is a super easy and classic everyday style. Your favorite pair of booties, denim jacket, and simple jewelry (excuse my pale legs, ha!). This is great for work, lunch dates, meeting up with friends after work, dinner dates, etc.

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I’ve paired it with my favorite reversible tote and tan Vince Camuto booties – but you can rock whatever color or printed boots you have!

The second look – omg SCREAMS fall! Cozy scarf with all fall tones, and over the knee boots in a pretty camel color. This scarf ties in all the colors of the dress and boots, and adds a pop of texture to an otherwise basic dress. These boots are from Goodnight Macaroon and are so affordable compared to similar ones out there. The Marc Fisher’s run almost $500 when the pair I am wearing are only $148 – I also got them on sale for $88 when the site ran their 40% off! They run this sale A LOT so keep checking back. I have them in camel and also the grey color – they have black too! Wohoo! Check the sale alert box to get an email when an item drops in price!

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This scarf is also a great price! I love all the yellow, burgundy, blue, and fall tones. You can wear this so many ways and with so may different tops, dresses, and your winter coats. For $29 it’s a great way to jazz up your look!

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The third look is so cute for an office holiday party! My office doesn’t typically get really dressed up for the Christmas dinners and team parties… so this is perfect! Fun tight with a print to add a little detail, low solid black bootie, and some fun jewelry and red lip. A red lip cures everything – am I right? Pair it with your favorite black clutch and you have an appropriate and fun office party look!

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Click on the photos below to shop!

Happiness = Good Hair Days: How to get the perfect curls that last for days!

Alright ladies… a few of you have asked for it – so I’m sharing my hair secrets! From curling tutorial, to keeping it looking fresh, to using affordable products… all my tricks are below for you!

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First of all… I love my hair! It may be the one thing I love the most, other than my long natural eyelashes. I have a ton of it, it’s fine, straightens easily, and holds curl very well. The technique I use will work for any hair – unless it’s super super curly, then I’m not sure this tutorial is for you. So sorry! If your hair is fine, thick, coarse, dry, oily – then you’ve come to the right place!

First lets start off with products! Some people think the more expensive the hair product, the better it is for your hair. While this may be true in some cases, you can find similar products with the same ingredients for a lot less and they will perform the same way. I work in food production – and I can tell you that a lot of brands use the same formula for items, but just the packaging and price point will differ! No need to spend a fortune, but some items are definitely worth a little splurge! The shampoo and conditioner I use religiously is only $6.99/bottle at Walgreens, Ulta, or Target! It’s Hask brand, and I use the nourishing coconut formula. This gets all my tangles out, and helps keep my hair super healthy and strong. I’ve used it for years and love it!

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Before I dry my hair, I always flip it upside down and run Moroccan oil through my ends. I can use about a quarter size amount, because my ends are dryer and can use the extra moisture. This also helps protect the ends from the heat and helps seal them while styling. If the ends are starting to get a little rough in between haircuts – I will also use a split end mender with the oil! The oil I use is below. There are two versions – one is a little thicker, and one is a little more penetrating! Both work great depending on how dry your ends/hair may be.

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Once this is in my hair – I use a wet brush to get all the tangles out and will just blow dry. My brush of choice is just a paddle brush – and this works well with any type of hair, and will help smooth out any bumps or curls. Once my hair is dry, I spray it all over with a little hairspray. I choose to splurge a little on my hairspray and get the Moroccanoil brand in the firm hold. This hairspray goes a long way, because a little makes for lasting hold. I have a lot of hair so I make sure I lift up all the layers and get a coating everywhere. Brush that out and make it smooth… then start to curl! This hairspray is anywhere from $22-24. So a splurge, but not terrible!

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I prefer a wand that does not a have a clamp. I feel the clamp creates a different style of curl that falls easily and does not last as long. I love the L’ange wands. I have two – one in a 1 in barrel, and another in a 1.25 in barrel. That half an inch makes a big difference in the way the curl falls – so for my length currently, I prefer to use the smaller one! You can usually get these on some great deal! I got both for under $45 when they retail for over $120! Do you need to spend a lot on a curling iron? Absolutely not! With the right product and technique – your curls will hold whether your wand cost $25 or $250! I prefer ceramic over titanium. They both get very hot, but ceramic is a more even heat across the wand – where the titanium can have hot spots.

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Hold the wand facing down and wrap your hair around it – away from your face! If the wind blows, you want your hair going with the wind not against it! Leave the ringlets in place until you’ve curled your whole head. Comb through them with your hands to create your loose waves – and spray with a texturizing spray! Then finish with a little hairspray. If you missed a spot or don’t love how it’s falling, you can re-curl those pieces once you see how everything looks. In between washes, I usually put my hair in a high pony with a scrunchie – very loosely when I sleep – and spray dry shampoo in it before I go to bed! This helps soak up the oil that may come during the night, and keeps the volume into the morning. Then I usually just have to re-curl a couple pieces in the morning and off I go!

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My tutorial video is linked below! Hope you enjoy!