How to Transition Summer Clothes into Fall Outfits

Fall is here and as you stare aimlessley into your closet you realize that you aren’t as Fall stock-heavy as you wish you were. The simple answer is to use Summer pieces for the Fall time. Against the fashion law, you say? Not if you wear it right. Let’s begin!

Adding printed, black, or colored tights to Summer skater skirts and dresses make it appropriate for Fall. Knit tights or adding thigh-high socks to the tights are perfect ways to stay comfy and chic. Adding on a leather jacket or combat boots creates a more grunge feel to a dainty outfit. Wearing sheer colored tights with shorts allows you to wear those must-have Summer shorts in the Fall!

Layering a patterned or solid print scarf to any Summer tee or light-weight cardigan will keep you warm and fashionable all day. Cotton-blend scarves can be worn during the Summer and Fall because of their thin material. For extra warmth, go for the knit and thicker scarves.

Those Summer crop tops are easily paired with over-sized sweaters and high-waisted jeans for a cozy feel. A pop of color in the shoes make the look seem interesting instead of fading into neutral Fall patterns. Chunky sweaters are a must for Fall due to their versatility.

Blending Fall items with Summer pieces is the best way to make the outfit work. A Fall deep colored blazer with a pastel top, dark bag, and light colored accessories balances each other out. Using Summer items during the Fall is the best way to get use out of your entire closet year-round.

 

Makeup Expiration Dates!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to end, resulting in makeup expiration dates. Once makeup goes past a certain amount of time, the colors can start separating and breaking off mutating into an unwanted product. Makeup should be used up or replaced within this time. Let’s begin!

Mascara’s lifetime is between 2-3 months. If you continue everyday wear then you will finish within a month. Signs to ditch that mascara is if the formula starts hardening, clumping, or smelling really weird. Sharing mascara can promote bacteria growth causing the expiration date to arrive sooner than planned.

The shelf-life of lotion is about 2 years. A change in color or scent is a dead giveaway for expired lotion. Go for a bottle with a pump rather than one in a jar. Lotion with a pump is less prone to airborne bacteria meaning it will last longer because is much more sanitary.

Foundation and concealer only live for 6-12 months. The average daily foundation wearer goes through 2-3 foundation bottles per year. If it has separated into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one! Tip: Keep makeup out of sunlight. UV rays can destroy preservatives which will make your products spoil faster.

Lipstick and lip-gloss have an expiration date of 2 years for lipstick and 1 year for lip-gloss. If you notice your lipstick has become dry or your gloss is extra sticky, they’ve probably gone bad! Testing out shades at the makeup counter is totally fine but NEVER apply directly from the tube. Ask an associate to disinfect it for you then apply with a disposable applicator.

Eye shadows, powders, and blushes last up to 2 years. Expired powders tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones. Invest in a cosmetic sanitizer and brush shampoo! Cleaning your makeup and tools on a regular basis will help prevent both bacteria growth and breakouts!

What’s in My Purse?

I thought I’d share a few of my essentials I lug around with me on a daily basis. My purse is constantly bursting at the seams, but when I remove all of the receipts, excess change, and random trinkets (I’m not sure who really needs five pens, a pair of flats, three necklaces, and old magazines), it suddenly becomes much more manageable. I didn’t include my school books, but I typically carry 1-2 condensed forms of my textbooks along with me. Let’s begin!

1. Valentino wallet, a delightful birthday gift from a good friend. 2. iPad + cover, I typically bring this for school and WordPress purposes. 3. Elizabeth and James sunglasses. 4. Bright Ideas Notepad + Pen. 5. Prada business card holder, accompanied with the wallet. 6. iPhone + Kate Spade case. 7. Trident Splash gum. 8. Planet Blue hair ties which are my favorite hair ties because they don’t rip your hair and look amazing in the hair and as bracelets. 9. Kind Almond & Coconut Bar. 10. Post-its notes. 11. Headphones. 12. Target keychain. 13. Band-Aids. 14. Forever 21 cosmetic case. 15. Products (from left to right): Urban Decay Kohl Liner, Issey Miyake roll-on perfume, Korres lip butter, Time Balm concealer, Nail file, Oribe serum (sample), Nars illuminator, Rosebud Salve, Estee Lauder Lipgloss. I typically switch out perfumes seasonally. I have been obsessed with Marc Jacobs Daisy spray-perfume lately,

DIY~ Sweater Beanies for Fall

We all have those embarrassing sweaters hidden away in the back of our closets. Those holiday or stripped sweaters that make you want to burn any picture you were taken of it in. No need to worry any more! This DIY takes those unwanted sweaters and turns them into adorable head wear. Beanies are essential for those cold fall and winter months. Let’s begin!

This old sweater has been in my closet for years and may look fashionable, but is very unflattering to any shape. Other than that you will need a sewing machine, preferably with a denim needle to accommodate the thick fabric, sewing needle and coordinating thread, ruler, scissors, and sewing pins. If you don’t have a sewing machine then you can sew by hand, but it will take longer than just using a machine.

Cut a rectangle from the sweater, measuring about 12 inches (30.48 cm) wide and 17 inches (43.18 cm) long. This takes into account a beanie that is folded up about 1 inch (2.53 cm) at the bottom. You can decrease or increase the measurements, if needed. Along those lines, you can always not fold up the bottom of your beanie, or fold up a greater amount than I did. Depending on the type of sweater you are using, you can use the finished bottom edge for the bottom edge of your beanie. Some sweaters have a stretchy bottom, while others don’t.

Fold the sweater rectangle in half, lengthwise. Make sure the “front” sides are facing each other (unless of course, the stitching is the same on both sides of your sweater). Pin along the edge.

Sew along this edge. Adjust the tension/settings on your sewing machine so that you can sew the largest, loosest stitch possible. Also change your settings to a straight stitch.

Sew a straight stitch all around the top of the sweater “tube”, about .5 inch (1.27 cm) from the top edge.  Remember that you aren’t sewing the 2 layers together – just a straight stitch all around, on a single layer. Technically, you’re not sewing anything to anything. This stitch will be used to gather the fabric at the top. Tip: When you are sewing around the top and come back to the point where you started, make sure the stitch doesn’t actually meet at the ends. This will make it easier to pull and gather the thread at the next step.

Carefully pull the thread and gather the material together. With some adjusting and pulling, the fabric will eventually bunch. Tie and cut off the thread.

Adjust the settings on your sewing machine back to normal/the settings you were using before. Sew a straight stitch directly under the bunched up fabric. Tie off the thread, and cut the excess.

Turn the beanie right side out. The top of the beanie will have a bunched effect. If you decide to fold up the bottom of the beanie, you can hand sew a few stitches to keep the fold in place. Adding clear nail polish or top-coat on edges will prevent fraying.

And that’s all! If you wanted to add more pizazz then buying jewels or iron-on designs are an easy fix. Apply jewels with fabric glue and let it dry for 4-5 hours. Another way to personalize it is to dip-dye or solid dye the beanie. Dip it in bleach for dip-dye or colored dye and wash it out to prevent bleeding through. Sewing a fluffy pom-pom on the top of the beanie can create a more laid-back fall look. This beanie only cost $2 for extra thread and pins compared to the Asos.com beanie below costing $15.00.

 

Weekly Fashion Update~ Vintage Flannels for Fall!

I love the laid-back and cozy feel of flannels for fall and winter.  They are an ideal layering piece, and there are so many new ways to wear them this upcoming season. Even though there’s nothing better than a classic go-to fall outfit of jeans, flannel, and boots, today’s flannels can be dressed up with blazers, rhinestone necklaces, or maxi skirts. Whether you mix them with other prints, dress them up, or go for classic 90s grunge, there’s no going wrong with a classic plaid flannel. Let’s begin!

Flannels look adorable peeking out from under a sweater for a super preppy look. Layering is perfect for the fall because it allows you to stay fashionable and warm.

Pile on the jewelry with your flannel to make even the most casual outfit more eye-catching. The touch of a wedge adds more gleam to relaxed jeans and an over-sized flannel.

Flannel + maxi: you will feel like you are in your pajamas but you will still look so stylish! A solid black maxi is a staple because it can be matched with any pattern.

Love the mix of hard and soft with flannels, leather, and studs.

Flannels also look great buttoned up under a blazer!  The rolled up jeans and chunky boots add a bit of edge to this otherwise super polished outfit.

Updated 90s grunge look- tie a flannel around your waist for that touch of pattern and laid-back style.

Product Battles: Physicians Formula Nude vs. Naked Palette!

Recently, Physicians Formula came out with 2 new palettes named Shimmer Strips. One is Classic Nude and the other is Smokey Nude. They both correspond near perfectly with the Naked palettes. Thus, concluding that a product battle is a must between the Naked palette and the Classic Nude palette. Let’s begin!

First off is the Classic Nude palette from Physicians Formula. All of the colors are shimmery, hence the name Shimmer Strips, but they aren’t glittery. It comes in this adorable little casing and has a magnetic flip that keeps everything closed. Inside it comes with a sponge-like brush which can’t really be used much. The colors are small strips of 9. On the back of the packaging it has tips to enhance your smokey eye and how to use the sponge applicator. This product runs for about $10.99 at most drug stores. The main problem I had with this product is that without primer all of  the colors have the same shimmery pigmentation. The picture of the swatches I did are all with primer and a lot of product. The fall-out is minimal.

In comparison is the original Naked palette. With its 12 pigmented shades, this bad boy runs for about $52.00. Most of colors are shimmery, but there are a few matte colors in this palette. It comes with eye primer and other than the cost I really love this palette. I think it’s universal and can be worn daily. The price is a banger, though. To spend $52.00 on some eye shadows! This palette looks fine without primer and amazing with primer. The fall-out is minimal.

And the winner is….. The Naked palette! I chose this palette because I felt like it was worth the money. Typically, I weigh cost more than anything in these battles because I love my under $15 makeup, but the rewards outweighed the cost. Naked offers matte and shimmer and the products that come with it have the ability to be used for more things. Everyone needs a little luxury makeup, and this product battle luxury wins over cheap.

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