Beauty Bar | Fall Nail Colors

I'm definitely not alone in my love of changing my nail color to fit the seasons. Here's a quick round-up of what I'll be on my rotation this season. 

Lubu Heels - China Glaze

 Image: Amazon.com

Image: Amazon.com

I love black nail polish during winter. Lubu Heels by China Glaze is a black polish with a twist. From a distance, the color looks like a simple black, but in the sunlight you can see tiny flecks of red glitter. It is also very affordable! Get it here on Amazon. 

Gray Matter - Formula X|Sephora

 Image: Sephora.com

Image: Sephora.com

This has been my go-to fall shade for the past year. Sephora's Formula X polishes are my favorite--they are creamy, quick-drying and very pigmented so you don't have to use many coats. Gray Matter is a perfect matte gray that looks chic with any fall look. Shop it and all 100+ shades now at Sephora

Double Down - Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy

 Image: Walmart.com

Image: Walmart.com

I don't usually use metallic shades on my nails, but when the holidays come up I am drawn to the more shimmery shades. I love this copper because it is understated yet still lends you a touch of shine. It's a unique choice from the standard gold or silver and is affordable to experiment with from Walmart

London Court - NAILS INC.

 Image: Sephora.com

Image: Sephora.com

This year I am getting into the muted pastel trend--anything with "dusty (insert color here)" in the description has my attention. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo named their daughter Dusty Rose in homage of this beautiful color, need I say more? Since this tone is muted and warm, it won't wash out paler winter skin tones. Check it out here

Now and Zen - Essie

 Image: Target.com

Image: Target.com

It's hard to tell from this picture, but Essie's Now and Zen light cement-gray shade has a sage-green tint to it. This is perfect for winter if you don't want to go full into the forest-green polish trend and love a neutral nail. Check it out at Target

Pastorale - NARS

 Image: Saks Fifth Avenue 

Image: Saks Fifth Avenue 

If you've taken even a perfunctory read of my blog, you know I love a trans-seasonal piece. The same holds true with a trans-seasonal polish. Pastorale by NARS can glimmer by the lights of your holiday party just as well as being your toes-in-the-sand color for the summer. It's a little pricier, but you'll use it year-round. 

Dark Forest Green - Burberry 

 Image: Saks Fifth Avenue

Image: Saks Fifth Avenue

Green nail polish is a major trend this year. All shades of forest, khaki and even bolder green tones are popping up everywhere. Personally, I prefer a very subdued version of this trend. If I am wearing green on my nails, I want the color to be just right. I love this elegant deep forest color by Burberry. The green is not jarring but still makes a statement. It doesn't hurt that the packaging is just as lovely as the color! 

I realize in making this list that I left off the essential red nail! However, I feel like everyone has a favorite red that is tried and true for them. I love Really Red by Essie, but I am always open to finding that perfect red. What nail colors are you crushing on this season? Let me know if I missed something amazing. :)

Five Finds | Online Boutiques

I've got to say it--I'm addicted to online shopping. And I know I'm definitely not alone. It is simply too difficult to resist the "buy X amount and get free shipping!!!" quote unquote bargain or the fraction-of-the-cost couture find on eBay. However, with moderation, online shopping is the key to a fantastically diverse wardrobe. Stores from across the globe are available to give your closet a unique boost, no matter where you live. I'm always checking out new boutiques I run across and lately I've found some keepers. Read ahead and hold onto your credit cards for my Five Finds list of online boutiques that have been on my radar lately.

1. The Oxford Trunk

Hate it or love it, your favorite social apps are the best marketing platform ever. Sometimes those "annoying" sponsored posts can lead you to cool stuff! In this case, a sponsored post in my Instagram feed led me to The Oxford Trunk and I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. The overall vibe is West Coast chill meets classic (too perfect). The price point is quite affordable on many of the items, with higher-end pieces sprinkled in the mix. The coolest part? The handcrafted jewelry offers a unique mix of delicate crystals and bold designs. Check it out!

2. Mindy Mae's Market

HELLO affordable basics!! If you are looking for simple, yet chic pieces that won't break your budget, Mindy Mae's Market is something you need to check out. A Facebook ad prompted me to this site, and I saw this adorable leopard clutch on Something Navy's blog--I knew I had to check it out. It's so easy to head to this site and see tons of things you absolutely "need," so proceed with caution. From comfy tees and hoodies to faux leather skinny jeans and booties, this is a must-shop. Added bonus: I love that they use women of various shapes for their models!

3. Effin Shop


Prepare your bank accounts for Effin Shop...you will "need" so many things from this site! I was drawn to it when I saw an ad featuring the beautiful lace dress above. When I scoped out the whole site, I was in love. I was drawn in by a statement dress, and I stayed for the amazing basic pieces. As if you needed anymore reason to fill up your shopping cart, the prices are reasonable as well. If you wanted to create your entire wardrobe at one stop, Effin Shop would be a good choice.

4. Tuckernuck

Tuckernuck would make the list on the basis of it's name alone--so fun to say! However, even with the most banal name, this eclectic offering of traditional preppy pieces and bold accessories would stand out anywhere. While the east coast preppy look isn't necessarily my thing, a few structured pieces can and should fit into any wardrobe. If you are a preppy type, Tuckernuck will be your mecca for '50s silhouette party dresses and collared button down shirts. For me, I can't get enough of the high-quality unique accessories!

5. Public Desire

Rihanna x Puma furry slides, the onslaught of velvet, Kim K's ubiquitous clear plastic footwear--there are tons of trendy looks circling the internet. To score these looks for a fraction of the cost, check out Public Desire. They offer SO many cute styles modeled after the latest trends--all for super affordable prices. This is a must for getting your shoe fix without making your bank account too sad.

Red Carpet Looks | Best of the Emmy's

Hey guys! Just a quick blog post listing my favorite red carpet looks from the Emmy's! I love seeing all the glamorous moments (and, let's face it, the not so glamorous attempts). What were some of you all's favorite looks this year? 

 Kerry Washington looking stunning showing off her pregnancy! 

Kerry Washington looking stunning showing off her pregnancy! 

 Kirsten Dunst. I love how her outfit--from her hair to her shoes--is 1920s inspired with modern flair.

Kirsten Dunst. I love how her outfit--from her hair to her shoes--is 1920s inspired with modern flair.

 Olivia Culpo. This dress is so flattering on her figure! 

Olivia Culpo. This dress is so flattering on her figure! 

 Portia Doubleday does sex appeal the right way with this dress. 

Portia Doubleday does sex appeal the right way with this dress. 

 Finally, my favorite look from the red carpet: Sophie Turner in Valentino. Love this (not only because I love Game of Thrones) but because this unpretentious, laid back glamour is definitely my vibe. 

Finally, my favorite look from the red carpet: Sophie Turner in Valentino. Love this (not only because I love Game of Thrones) but because this unpretentious, laid back glamour is definitely my vibe. 

Trend Report | Autumn 2016

Excuse the punny title (I couldn't resist). I also can't resist some of the trends that are hitting the scene for fall! This time of year usually sees me sick of Kansas heat and humidity and ready to pull out my jeans and sweaters. There is still quite a lot of summer left to go, but for you fashion-forward thinkers like me, here is a list of some trends I will be embracing this fall.

1. Dusty Pastels

Pastels aren't just for spring anymore with this muted color palette. Usually I tend to stick with more neutral shades, but some of the new pieces popping up for fall are the prettiest pastels in muted tones that will go with anything. For the colder months, I will definitely add some edge to these feminine shades by pairing them with black accents. Throw on styles in this color like you would a more traditional neutral shade and watch your outfit transform!

2. Silky Fabrics

With temperatures cooling down, fall and winter make us want to reach for more sumptuous fabrics. Silky styles are a great way to add layers that stand out. Kendall Jenner's burnt orange silk jacket makes her outfit pop not only with the bright color but with the unexpected texture. Fall is all about layering and adding a piece that with a silky shine will add dimension to any outfit.

3. Boots in Non-Standard Colors (Not Black or Brown)

To repeat myself, cooler weather is all about layering. Texture is one way to achieve layering perfection, and color is another. You can choose to create a monochromatic look (which I am quite partial to in black), and you can create a great look by incorporating pops of color. Shoes are a great way to do this. In the sea of ubiquitous winter blacks and browns, you'll stand out in a boot sporting a pop of jewel tone color! While going for a non-traditional color may seem impractical, it's surprising how many outfits a carefully selected tone can go with. It all depends on the shape and cut of the boot. Keep it simple and steer away from too many buckles, fringe or other kinds of ornamentation to achieve an elegant vibe. If you are looking for a unique shoe but don't want to take the plunge on a brighter color, try a mossy green/brown or a creamy light taupe for something that is still unexpected, yet more neutral.

4. Sport-Luxe Isn't Going Anywhere

We are living in a lucky time--sports luxe is in and that is just a trendy way of saying it's ok to wear your sweats out in public!! The best thing about this style is that it is all about layers (the key to fall dressing, in case you forgot). Throw on slightly fitted sweats, a beanie and a bomber coat and you're good to go. I will definitely be experimenting with mixes of mesh insert leggings, these Sabo Skirt sweater material joggers, and leather jackets all season. During my travels in colder climes this summer I developed what some might call an unfortunate habit of wearing socks with my Teva sandals--I think I might just carry it into some of my sport luxe looks. ;)

5. Minimalist Accessories

This may also be a product of my travels as I didn't want to always take the time to put on much jewelry (not to mention pack it around), but I have been enjoying a more minimal array of accessories. By wearing less, they speak for themselves more. So this fall, I plan on sticking to limiting my accessories, either by sticking to a simple choker or wearing a dainty ring. In keeping with this trend, I plan to keep my sunglasses understated in color (but bold in effect!) such as these classic Ray-Ban rounds pictured above.

That does it for my favorite fall trends! I hope this gets you all inspired to shop and try out some new trends for the fun of the changing season--not to mention to keep things interesting once the cold of winter sets in!