Dressing up jeans and a T-shirt

A discovery I made during the past year. I hate skinny jeans. I mean hate them. Why am I pulling myself into a denim form of a legging that I really just want to not wear as soon as I’m wearing them? Hence my movement into wearing the jeans I actually am fine with, which are straight leg or bootcut. Straight leg I can do with them being a bit shorter, but bootcut have to hit 1/4 inch above the ground and no more. But, I digress as this post is not about bootcut jeans. It’s about straight leg jeans and how I wore them this week:


And yes, I put on shoes! As if I am going out. Which I am not. But if I were, I would wear these. All of these pieces I’ve had for awhile, so here’s the closest match for jeans, cardigan, T-shirt, and shoes. And, I’m also sharing my favorite red lipstick:

This is NARS Cruella. Listen. I don’t usually wear red lipsticks because I find them to be too high maintenance, but this one actually wears well. It’s going to transfer some:

However, for me, it really only came off noticeably if I ate oily food, or put a gloss over it. If you can handle wearing it matte, it’ll stay for a good while. I reapplied once after lunch, and it lasted through the end of the day and a 3 mile run, where it was boiling hot out. My other suggestion would be to get a lip liner to line the outside to prevent feathering.

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Make-Up Monday

My current make-up favorites:

Anastasia clear brow gel

Benefit Rollerlash

It CC Cream in fair/light

First Aid moisturizer

NYX creme brûlée

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk lipstick and lip liner

NARS laguna bronzer

Tarte Paaarty blush

Tarte in bloom eye palette

Stila stay all day eye liner in dark brown

Becca highlighter in Champagne pop

Elf wow brow gel in brunette

Sonia Kashuk brushes

And me with all of them on and no filter:

Simple, looks done without being too much for a day where I’m really just grading papers and fielding assignment questions from the boys. Each of these are products that I’d buy again and again. They are long lasting and don’t irritate my skin (which can be pretty finicky). I usually follow-up with spraying my face with rose water mist and then quickly curling my hair with my t3 curling iron and setting it with Bumble and Bumble hair spray. I have my quick make-up and hair routine down to about twenty minutes, I tend to get impatient if it takes longer than that! Happy make-up Monday!

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Favorite new sweater

 

If you know me, you know I don’t like turtlenecks of any kind. And off the shoulder sweaters are some my favorites. This sweater checks all the boxes, and was my Anthroday purchase from a month or so ago. It’s boxy, and the sleeves are big, but it’s got a casual 1990s, 90210 vibe to it. I’m wearing an xs. Paired with my favorite distressed jeans, and Frye booties it’s Fall happiness because it actually feels like Fall this year! The sweater is linked here, similar style to my shoes here, and I looked hard to find a close match to my jeans, and these Madewell ones are pretty close.


In addition to that, I’m loving my Naked Honey Palette eye shadow and Essie Say it Ain’t Soho nail polish, which are a great pop with the neutral sweater!


And my necklace and bracelets (which you can’t really see), are all local from Sweet Pineapple!

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Amazon prime day beauty deals

Oh Amazon Prime Day. Coming in and taking over October. I did some early Christmas shopping, but my very favorite deals this year came in the form of a few of my “holy grail” beauty products. Two of my favorite brands NYX and Stila have prime only deals, so I had to share now before they sell out! So this is my haul:


Stila long wearing liquid lipstick in Pantina

NYX set of three glosses (Creme Brûlée, Madeline, and Angel Food Cake)

NYX lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral

Stila liquid eyeliner in Dark Brown

Beauty blender set with holder

I mentioned testing out Stila pantina on my Friday Favorites, so I’m excited to try it. I used Stila liquid lipsticks for years, and honestly I don’t know why I stopped! NYX lip glosses in my favorite colors, I use these daily until they are empty. NYX lip liners have been proven dupes for a lot of top brands, but at a fraction of the price. Stila liquid eyeliner in dark brown I wear almost everyday, so this was a good chance to refill. Finally, my beauty blender really needs to be replaced, and I’ve heard good things about this set. For the price, it is worth a try! Happy prime day shopping!

 

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Fall hiking favorites


We love hiking in the Fall! The leaves are starting to change color, it’s not blazingly hot, and it is significantly less bug filled, which we all find to be a plus. It’s really glorious this time of year:

It makes for fun hiking for us all:

And camping for the boys:


And I have to share my favorite Fall hiking gear:


This is really perfect for hiking at this time of year because it’s lightweight, but also provides a little extra warmth when it gets cool in the shade. J is in full on Under Armour which is his clothing of choice. My pants are NorthFace, my tank is Athleta, my pullover is Lily Pulitzer, and then my shoes are my standard trailblazer.

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Business casual


The post title makes me laugh, but it’s fairly accurate. This outfit also takes me back to a very similar, but more teen look I had in 1997 that was inspired by Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn video (if you know, you know). While both of these pieces I’ve had for awhile, you can recreate it with this JCrew sweater and these Anthropologie pants. And I have on a stack of navy/gold Erimish bracelets. It’s comfy, but dressed up enough for Zoom meetings.

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Almost sweater weather

Boatneck shirt, J.Crew Jeans (similar)

And I’m back! We’ve spent the last several weeks getting settled into our new house, adjusting to the boys’ new staggered schedule of school, and work. I’m so excited because our house included an unexpected, but greatly appreciated full length mirror in our closet! With that little detail, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my wear from home basics. I was almost going to wear shoes for the photo, but let’s be honest, I’m not wearing shoes around our house.

Bracelet stack (Erimish variety and Julie Vos…I get these local at Sweet Pineapple).


These earrings are my absolute favorite and I’m definitely asking for another pair for Christmas. They are so lightweight you can’t even tell you’re wearing them and the colors are so pretty! They are enewton and I also get them local, but you can find similar online as well.

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Nordstrom anniversary sale


Hanging out in my current home office, it’s hard to determine what I could potentially need from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, besides perhaps my house finally being done so I could move into an actual home office space. Some years there is quite a bit I pick up from the anniversary sale, and then other years I don’t really find anything. This year I have my eye on some work from home basics, that means tops for Zoom meetings and exercise clothes. First up, Zoom meetings:

And days where I have a meeting, but also have to run to the store:

 

And days where B and I go run when it gets colder out:

All of these items can be found within the preview of the sale, and you can make a wish list of your favorites! Check out my wish list below:

 


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June Make-Up Buys


Some refills and some new items to test out this month! First up, a few of my usual rotations:

Essie no chips ahead topcoat. You will never convince me another topcoat lasts longer than this one. I’ve tried many, and it’s the best.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. This is my current favorite primer for my IT CC cream. If I’m wearing the CC cream, I’m wearing this and I have yet to get burned this summer on my face.

Tarte lip balm in Nude. Love it, wear it almost everyday!.

I switch between Neutrogena and Clinique make up remover. They are pretty similar and I typically only use them for cleaning brushes, so I would go for the steal instead of the splurge.

My boys hate sunblock that smells (is their a kid out there that relishes the smell of sunblock?), so I’m always on the hunt for ones that don’t. Their favorite is the Neutrogena Clear Face, but the SPF on that one is kind of low, especially for being in the pool. I tested out the Sport Face one this month and I feel like it stays better, and no smell.

Ouai air dry foam. Wow does this smell amazing! It makes your hair super soft, and I think if I did double buns it would have had even more of a wave the next day.

Pixie eye patches. Tricky to put on, but they are very cooling, and make a big difference in puffiness under my eyes.

Morphe M105. A narrower countering brush, good for bronzer placement. First saw it on a Lindsey Regan Thorne make-up tutorial and I really like it!

I also picked up a few items for A this month:

Dove deodorant. Good smelling, not super strong.

With the amount of pool time the boys have had this summer, I needed to up their hair care routine. The boys have totally different hair types, so I tested out this shampoo and conditioner with A. It doesn’t have a strong scent and his hair has been super soft and healthy looking!

One of my goals with the boys is that they learn and understand the importance of good skin care and hygiene. This Supergoop moisturizer is for A to put on every morning. He really needs to wear sunscreen everyday, and this one has no scent and NO sticky feeling like most sunblocks. I tested it out and I love it for days when I wear no other makeup. So much so, that I may buy another container for myself.

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Favorite lip balms, sticks, and glosses


I’m a really inconsistent lip product wearer by nature, but over the last few years I’ve realized the importance of wearing at least a balm to keep my lips from getting super chapped. As you can see I definitely have a color preference, and it’s a pinky-nude hue. I don’t like bright colors or reds, because I hate it when they wear off and you get a weird lip line. The ones above are what I wear, from have it on everyday, to special occasion.

First, have it on everyday is Tarte SEA Quench Lip Balm in Nude. It adds just a touch of color, is not tacky, and keeps my lips well moisturized.

My recording lecture videos color is either Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk or YSL in Beige Tribute. These are really similar, the CT runs a bit more on the pink side, and the Beige Tribute has a bit of a darker undertone. Both are matte, so I usually pick one or the other and follow it with…

NYX lip gloss in Creme Brûlée. By far my favorite lip gloss, this is not sticky, wears well, and it’s all I use for touch-ups once I get to work (when I’m actually going, which right now feels like ages ago).

If I want a bit more of a pink pop, but still in a Nude hue, I’ll use NARS Chihuahua lip gloss. This is sticky, but has great impact and shine. I’ll usually wear it if I’m going out, but not if I’m teaching in class. If I’m in class teaching I’m talking a lot and this doesn’t wear great for that.

If we are at the pool, or going hiking I wear Fresh Sugar lip balm in Honey. It is a little thicker than the Tarte Lip Balm, and it has SPF in it. It definitely transfers color though, so be prepared for that.

And my lips would be a huge mess if it were not for my nightly routine:

I put on Fresh caramel balm as soon as I wash my face or get out of the shower at night, then I put on Kiehls lip balm right before I go to bed. I also have realized the importance of drinking a ton of water which helps as well. I usually drink one Smart Water a day, and then refill either my Swell bottle or Yeti thermos multiple times, and aim for around 60 ounces or more.

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