How to Wear Fall’s Biggest Trends for Under $50

fall trends under $50

Here are six ways to incorporate some of my favorite fall trends into your existing wardrobe. Best of all, everything here is under $50!

Corset dress: ASOS ($45)
Wear this dress with crip white sneakers or dress it up with OTK boots.

Plaid Blazer: Target ($34.99)
Perfect with skinny jeans (or mom jeans – see below) and you’re favorite white t-shirt.

Mom Jeans: American Eagle ($49.95)
Mom jeans have gotten a bad rap in the past, but this flattering pair will give your look an effortless vibe whilst making your legs look miles long. Wear them with sneakers, flats, heels, or sock booties.

Red Statement Earrings: Baublebar ($48)
Red is this season’s color, and there are about a million ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe. One of the easiest is with some on-trend statement earrings (that would happen to look great with all the outfits described above.)

Hoop Earrings: Jules Smith ($35)
Hoops are back, and in a big way. Replace your last-season’s studs with either a classic hoop, or something a little less traditional like these from Jules Smith.

Velvet: H&M ($14.99)
Velvet is EVERYWHERE this season. Wear this sexy little cami with jeans, heels and a leather jacket. Also, if you’re willing to spend a few bucks more than $50, check out both this dress and this jumpsuit – which would be perfect for fall weddings.


Video: My 5-Minute Everyday Makeup Routine

5-minute everyday makeup tutorial

I’m so excited to share my everyday makeup routine with you all today! Whenever I have the oppertunity to get ready with my girlfriends, observing their routines is always fascinating and I always learn something. It’s so fun exchanging tips and helping do each other’s makeup! (Wow, that may be the girliest thing I’ve ever said.)

So I thought it would be fun to invite you to get ready with me… Or at least watch me get ready.

On the days that I actually wear makeup, my “everyday makeup” takes about five to seven minutes – but it lasts me all day. Check out my video and the products below it to see how I do it.

Products and makeup brushes I used:
1. Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (also sold here)
2. Product: Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer (also sold here) – I wear the color “Fairly Light”
3. Product: Chanel CC Cream – I wear the color “20 Beige”
4. Product: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Power (also sold here) – I wear the “Translucent” color. Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40 (on sale!)
5. Product: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in the color ‘Light/ Medium’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75. Blending brush: Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki #82 – This is the best brush ever AND it’s on sale! If you buy one thing from my routine, buy this brush!
6. Product: Nars blush in the color ‘Sin’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Blush Brush #49
7. Product: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in the color ‘Medium Brown’ (also sold here). Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #7B
8. Product: L’Oreal Paris Double-Extend Tubing Mascara
9. Product: Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme in ‘Slow Burn’

Also, please excuse my messy / eclectic / empty-looking living and dining room in the background of this video – we literally just moved into our house a month ago and it has been a process getting it furnished and decorated and we’re clearly nowhere near done.


15 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses Under $200

Wedding guest dresses under $200

It’s that time of year again: Wedding Season! And the search for the perfect, affordable, and stylish dress is ON. These are some of my favorite dresses under $200 (many of which are even under $100). I’m loving all the romantic off-the-shoulder and one-strap styles this year. It’s the perfect way to show just a hint of skin but keep most things to the imagination.

1. ASOS dress ($135)
2. Bardot dress ($119)
3. ASOS jumpsuit ($76)
4. Keepsake dress ($195)
5. ASOS skirt ($79)
6. Adlyn Rae dress ($101)
7. Pretty by Rory Floral ($78)
8. Keepsake Dress ($195)
9. ASOS dress ($119)
10. Shopbop dress ($163)
11. ASOS dress ($119)
12. Bardot dress ($109)
13. ASOS dress ($190)
14. WAYF dress ($65)
15. Need Supply Co jumpsuit ($88)

Which is your favorite? It’s so hard for me to choose! I tried this one on in-store (they didn’t have my size) and it’s so gorgeous in person! The photo online doesn’t do it justice – the color is so rich and beautiful! And this one just came online today and I’m obsessed with it. All the summer weddings I have coming up call for semi-formal or cocktail attire, but if I had a black-tie wedding to go to, I would absolutely buy this one. So sassy and on-trend this season.

These dress roundups are always some of my favorite posts to put together. What can I say? I just looove love, and I looove wedding season! Let me know what you think and if you end up wearing any of these to any of your upcoming events.


Talking Skincare + Makeup on ‘Afternoon Live’


In case you blinked and you missed it, I did a short segment for KATU Channel 2 last week. I had the pleasure of sharing some of my favorite skincare and makeup tips with Tra’Renee on Afternoon Live. I go into some detail about my somewhat unusual method of cleansing and the three key steps I recommend for your skincare routine. Then I talk about the “no makeup makeup look” and make a few product suggestions for how to achieve it.

You can watch the segment and shop the products I talk about below.

Green Goo Oil Cleansing Face Wash
Khiels Facial Cleanser
Tony Moly Brightening Peeling Gel
Belief The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
MAC Strobe Cream
Chanel CC Cream
BareMinerals Liquid Lipcolor in ‘Swag’
MAC Lipstick in ‘Rebel’
ColorScience Loose Mineral Sunscreen

Everybody at the station was so welcoming and lovely to work with (and helped ease my initial jitters about speaking on TV).

It was a brief (7-minute) segment, so on I had to gloss over a few things that I didn’t have time to expand on, and I’d like to clear those up.

About physical exfoliation… Watching this back, I realized that I imply in this segment that I don’t think physical exfoliation is good for you. That wasn’t really what I meant, but I realize that’s what it sounds like. So to clarify – I don’t think all physical exfoliation is bad (and in fact I actually do a lot of it myself), but I do have some reservations about exfoliating scrubs. There is a common misconception that the harder you scrub your face, the cleaner it gets – which is not true! In fact, aggressive scrubbing can leave your face irritated, or expose raw tissue to bacteria and infection. Not to mention the whole microbeads issue

So if you do use a scrub, make sure you’re using one that is gentle, biodegradable or dissolves in water. And for the love of god, don’t scrub hard!

Microdermabrasion, which does happen to be a type of physical exfoliation, is actually my personal favorite method of exfoliation and it’s something I’ve been getting done regularly by a professional for years now. I’ll talk in more detail about that in future post though, because I’m actually in the midst of working on a project with my esthetician for this blog.

I hope you enjoyed my segment, and I hope this long-winded explanation at the end cleared a few things up!