Sephora sale

The Sephora sale starts this Friday, October 30th for Rouge, November 3rd for VIB’s, and November 5th for Beauty Insiders! The Sephora sales are rare, so it’s the time of year when I stock up on products  and in the Holiday season I also stock my stocking! So here is what I’m stocking up on for this year!

First, these are all of my refills:

Moisturizer, Makeup Remover, Hair Spray, Heat Protectant, B-Serum, Retinol Cream

All of these are products I get over and over again. I’m pretty loyal product wise, especially when it comes to hair and skin care. It also is because my skin is very sensitive and so when I find products that my skin agrees with I stick with them!


Second are the items I’m ordering for my stocking:

Almost Lipstick, Eye Palette, Mask

Since I’m literally the only girl in my house, I love for my Christmas stocking to be full of splurgy, girly items. Things that I might not normally buy, but B is happy for me to help him with shopping. I’ve been on a kick of finding items I used to purchase and love and one of them is Clinique Black Honey. The Tarte eye shadow palette in Tartelette will be a great add to my collection, it has some more matte choices, and provides a bit of differentiation from what I have now. Finally, I’ve read great, great things about this pumpkin enzyme mask, which sounds perfect for dry winter skin.


Lastly I have several items that I’m going back and forth about. I really would like a new foundation for winter, but I can’t decide between these two:

NARS soft matte foundation or It Cosmetics Better than Skin foundation. I own foundations from both  these companies and have had great experiences with both. However, my current NARS soft glow foundation tends to melt a bit by the end of the day, and the it Cosmetics CC cream tends to get a but oxidized as my skin gets paler in the winter. The price point of these is similar, and the reviews are kind of half and half for both. I’m trying to decide which I should test out!

Next, I’m trying to decide between two secondary moisturizers:

I love my First Aid moisturizer, but I do like to have a secondary moisturizer to kind of switch things up. I’ve been trying a sample of protini polypeptide cream, and I really like it, but the price point is high. On the flip side this Sephora moisturizer seems to be a close reboot of what was my favorite Sephora moisturizer that was discontinued. I’m still debating about the one to pick! Happy Sephora sale shopping!

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Holiday open house

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, one of the most. The late October season is a time when several of my favorite local shops have holiday open houses. This is a time when I get ahead on a bit of Christmas shopping, and collect a few new decor pieces for the holidays. Pictured above are all of the items I purchased from the holiday open house at local shop Sweet Pineapple. If you’ve seen any of my outfit shares you’ve heard me talk about jewelry from Sweet Pineapple. They also have tons of terrific home decor and gift items making it one of my favorites. Here is a close-up of a few of the items, including these lovely art pieces:

These fun ornaments for the boys (they always open an ornament from us on Christmas Eve):

And all the candles I stocked up on for the season:

Sweet Pineapple’s Holiday Open House is happening all week, so if you’re local check it out! If not, you can shop online as well!

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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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