Look for less

One of my favorite looks from this past Fall:

I adored, but couldn’t afford 400 dollar shoes. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for knock-offs, and finally found some at Target. With a few other pieces I completed the look:

And then tried it out:

Pretty close, right? And for quite a bit less!

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Stars + sparkle

I love a JCrew tippi sweater, and if I could own one in every color I would. My favorites are the traditional ones, but I find that the embellished ones are actually slightly more lightweight, perfect for layering in the winter, and as a stand alone in the spring. Paired with just a few sparkly accessories and comfy boots, it’s a win-win.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven

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Red + Gray

I should preface this by saying this is my favorite winter outfit when it’s a typical Alabama winter, not the current 9 degree temps we are having right now. Currently I’m dressed more like this:

Which is pretty much the only way to dress when the wind chill is -1. Here’s a run down of my pieces for when the weather is more of its typical 45-5o degrees:

1. A long sweater that’s kind of like still wearing my bathrobe, but more stylish.

2. My go to earrings for any weekend (mine are real, these are dupes).

3. My shoes are ridiculously old, I love these bowed mule updates.

4. Girlfriend jeans that aren’t skin tight, but not ridiculously baggy.

5. Smokin’ hot, my favorite semi-dark polish.

6. The Epcot tee that I love because it has my birth year on it (you can find it online through the shop Disney app).

7. My bracelets are a stack from my favorite local shop Sweet Pineapple (if you’re local they may still have them in store). These bracelets are a close second.

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Pink + gray

Pants (super old-similar here), Gray sweater (similar here), Gray heels (similar here), Earrings

I love that my pants that I’ve had forever are still in style! This is an easy transition to fall look, the merino sweater is cozy on cool mornings, and the linen pants transition easily to warmer afternoons. The ruffles on the sweater are enough detail that I kept the accessories to a minimum, with simple stud earrings and strap heels.

 

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Four fall sweaters

In anticipation of approaching fall weather (these sweaters are actually more for our winter here), I’m updating my sweater wardrobe. I already bought 3 (Target!) and 4 (Banana Republic). Both have a slightly 1980s fit, but still slim enough that I wasn’t swimming in them. Number 2 is in my Jcrew shopping cart, I love the details on the collars and pockets. And finally number 1 is on my Christmas wish list. It’s a splurge, but so pretty!

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Beauty insider

I could also call this “confessions of a beauty junkie”, however I have to say that my make-up choices have refined over the years and settled down a bit. Yet, I can still remember my first NARS eyeshadow purchase, and dropping sixty dollars on Dior shadow without batting an eyelash as a college student. Now, I stick tend to stick to my tried and true favorites, NARS and Urban Decay shadows, Anastasia brows, Maybelline mascara, and L’Oréal foundation. Yup, my foundation is cheap, and honestly it works as well as the fifty dollar ones I’ve tried. And believe me I’ve tried them! I’m much more discerning with new trends now, because I don’t like the clutter in my make-up drawer. However, this past weekend, while picking up my Sephora moisturizer, I grabbed this:

And I tried it out on Sunday with my Sephora birthday sample gloss:

And it was awesome. It didn’t budge all day. And my lips didn’t feel dry or cakey like most lip primers. I’m considering it my new favorite!

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