Yesterday I popped over to the grand opening of Marshalls in Hollywood and got to shop the store before it opened. Umm, shopping a brand new store before anyone's had a chance to move things around? I'm there. And this Marshalls did not disappoint. From the staple sweaters and jackets to handbags (so good) and rows and rows of boots, there were designer finds as far as the eye could see. I left with a pair of booties and a couple of dresses that I am way excited about. Stay tuned next week to see my picks on the blog! And if you're in the LA area, I'd definitely recommend swinging by the new Marshalls on Hollywood Blvd - it's a great one.
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
Wallis blouse and jacket (c/o); Sanctuary pants; Forever 21 clutch; Call It Spring heels (c/o); Ray-Ban sunglasses
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of fur. Fur anything. (Well, almost.) Mainly fur jackets and vests, a favorite new clutch, and a throw blanket on my couch that I probably use when it's a little too warm to do so. Needless to say, when checking out Wallis' new "W Collection", this burgundy leather-trimmed fur baby was a definite standout. After styling this Wallis printed blouse for now in Monday's post, today I'm styling it for later, once the temperatures drop. I love pairing oxblood with light blue for the fall, and this pairing is no exception. Faux leather leggings and ankle-strap heels complete the look. Now if we could only get some of those cooler temps...
Most morning, my makeup routine consists of concealer, my favorite powder foundation, and a little eye makeup to keep things clean and simple, but when it really matters, I always start with a little primer on top of my moisturizer. It makes my makeup last longer and prevents the mid-day shine that can be inevitable. There are so many options out there ranging in prices and promises, but above are a few that I've tried and love. The bareMinerals "Prime Time" is my everyday go-to because it's really light and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. The Smashbox "Photo Finish" is definitely a bit heavier, but it is great for an ultra-matte finish, perfect for an event or special occasion. The Neutrogena version is an excellent drug store find, and the Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening potion helps smooth those fine lines and brighten dull skin. For lips, Too Faced Lip Primer readies your pout for even the most unforgiving lipstick. As for the eyes, I've never been a big fan of eye primers because it just seems like an unnecessary extra step, but this 5 in 1 from bareMinerals does it all - brightens, smooths, has built-in color, and includes SPF. Let me know - did I leave off any of your favorites?
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer $36
2. bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer with SPF 30 $26
3. Neutrogena Shine Control Primer $10
4. Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer $19
5. bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow $18
6. Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion $31
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
Wallis blouse (c/o); Forever 21 shorts; Sam Edelman boots (similar here); H&M necklace, bracelet, and clutch
The British fashion brand Wallis has released a brand new, limited-edition "W Collection" for fall and holiday, and it is so good. (And psst, it's all on sale!) The premium collection includes high end basics like knitwear and leather pants and luxe standouts like this sequined dress, perfect for the holidays. While we're still in the middle of our Indian summer here in Southern California, I decided to take this printed blouse from the collection for a spin and style it for now and later (coming to the blog later this week). The shirt is a pretty strong piece on its own, so I kept things pretty simple with leather shorts peeking out, fringe suede boots, and a couple of statement jewels. It's an easy bohemian look that can go from day to night. Stay tuned this week to see this shirt into the winter months.
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole Photography
Poncho, skirt, and booties all (c/o) T.J.Maxx
If you've been following this blog for a bit, by now you know I'm a huge fan of T.J.Maxx. When I need a specific outfit or when I just want to browse, it's one of the first stores that I think of. Their new in-store campaign, Maxx Life, is all about the style choices women make to express themselves, and I couldn't identify with it more. I dress according to my mood, so my own personal style is always an expression of who I am that day. My main concern though is usually casual comfort. I work from home in front of a computer every day, but sometimes I have to run out for an errand or meeting at a moment's notice. It's important to me to have comfortable basics that still feel pulled together. This poncho was a recent find at T.J.Maxx, and I immediately knew it had to come home with me. It's so soft, and the pockets and detailing make it feel so luxe. Once we get a little cooler weather here, I'll definitely be pairing it with skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots, but for now, I loved the girly feel of wearing it with this coated denim skirt. (It's also a new favorite - you'll be seeing more of this skirt in posts to come.) Add booties and accessories, and it turned out to be the perfect little fall look for me, comfortable enough for all day but something I would absolutely wear to meet with a client. Hope everyone had a great week, and happy Friday! How will your style choices this weekend express who you are?
Today is the last day to shop the Shopbop Friends & Family sale (I shared over on Facebook earlier this week), and if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend. Using code "FAMILY25" at checkout, you can take 25% off site-wide (with a few designer brand exclusions). It's the perfect time to stock up on fall essentials and maybe even get a head start on your holiday shopping. At 25% off, you can finally pull the trigger on those pieces you've been eying. Above are a few of the finds currently crowding my shopping cart. Happy shopping!
AG Adriano Goldschmied skirt (c/o) Piperlime; Piperlime Collection sweater (c/o); Forever 21 tee (old); Loeffler Randall clutch; H&M necklace and bracelet; bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Live Large
I've been a fan of Piperlime for quite a while now, and my love of the brand took on a whole new level when I happened upon their SOHO store during a visit to New York. (It's now a must-stop anytime I'm in New York.) I just find their selection to be so expertly curated and packed with my favorite brands as well as a few in-house finds. Recently Piperlime has launched its very first Piperlime Collection, and it is SO good. From this mixed metals mini (hello, holiday) to the perfect cool-girl moto jacket to the easiest little shirtdress, the well-priced pieces are packing my current wishlist. Today I'm taking their Mixed Stitch Sweater for a little fall test run, and it's something that's right up my alley. While it's cozy enough to pair with my favorite sweats for a day curled up on the couch, it's perfect for pulling together a coated pencil skirt and tee combo. Strappy sandals, statement jewelry, and a contrasting handbag (that I'm LOVING) make for easy, wearable #MomentsofChic.
Photos thanks to Taylor Cole Photography
Lace dress (c/o) Simply Dresses; Old Navy vest; Madewell booties; Tory Burch bag; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Kendra Scott bracelet; Shop Prima Donna necklace; Michael Kors watch
This little crochet dress came just in time for our latest heat wave, so I couldn't help throwing it on the day I pulled it out of the box. Paired with a favorite vest and leather booties, it felt fall appropriate but still cool enough. We celebrated the wedding of two great friends this weekend, so I'm moving pretty slowly this Monday morning. (But hey, better late than never, right?) Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!
Photos thanks to Kaela Rodehorst
H&M dress; CAbi coat (c/o); Sam Edelman "Kayla" boots; Rebecca Minkoff bag; Julie Vos necklace; Michael Kors watch; People by People sunglasses (c/o); bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in "Risk it All" (c/o)
I've been on the lookout for the perfect leopard coat for a couple of years now, and this year, I think I may have found it. Don't get me wrong: there are tons of really great leopard jackets and coats out there, but living in Southern California, the last thing I need is (another) heavy winter coat. This one from CAbi is lightweight and SO comfortable, and I love the three-quarter length sleeves - so great with longer sleeves layered underneath in the winter. Also, this post marks the first appearance of the boots that I will undoubtedly be over-wearing this winter. They're the perfect no-frills, suede over the knee boots, and after skipping out on them and regretting it last year, I couldn't resist when they came back around this year. These photos are from my recent New Orleans trip where a slight cool front gave me a little taste of fall. Hopefully there are more fall temps coming my way soon! Happy Friday, everyone!
A couple of years ago I got my makeup done, and the makeup artist used an airbrush system on my face. I thought it was the coolest thing, and I must say, my skin looked flawless. It was kind of the best possible version of myself without looking overly made-up. When it comes to airbrush makeup systems, I've heard a lot of good things about Temptu, so I was excited to get the chance to try it out for myself. Excited, but also intimidated.
The Temptu system arrived pretty compact, and it was really quick and easy to set up. (Connect the power cord, air hose, and AIRpod gun, then snap in the foundation pod.) As soon as you turn it on you'll start to feel the air coming through. You hold the lightweight gun like a pencil and pull back on the "trigger" to allow product to flow through. I tested the flow on my hand first to get a feel for how much or how little I wanted to press on the trigger. I was surprised that the foundation is super light, allowing you to build the look you want through layers and avoiding one heavy, caked-on coat. The dial on the machine allows you to adjust airflow according to your needs, but I keep mine on the standard 3:00 position. The kit also included blush and highlighter shades which were also easy to apply, build, and blend. (I even used a bit of the blush as a lipstain and added gloss over it afterward.)
The intimidation factor wore off really quickly, and the after effect was light, bright, and a little bit glowing (if I do say so myself). There are no brushes or sponges required, and the formula is hypoallergenic, great for most skin types. I will say though, that Temptu for me is definitely not for everyday use. It takes more time than my usual mineral powder makeup, and I would reserve it for special occasions only, making the price a bit steep. (And also accounting for this sitting-down review. I tend to sit on the floor in front of a mirror when I have a little more time to do my makeup.) Overall though, I am impressed by the Temptu system, so if you're looking for a professional-quality airbrushed look that you can achieve in your own home, it's definitely worth a shot.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Temptu, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.