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My Kind of Suit

I could discuss all the pros of blanket scarves on this post, but I’m pretty sure most of you are already on board that train. What some of you may need some convincing on however are bodysuits. I feel as though I’ve had them towards the bottom of my list for a while but then I saw this one from J.Crew and decided to give it a try. Well, I’ve already worn it twice this week and figure I’m going to need more before people start to question me! You know I love a good front tuck, but there are times I don’t even want to deal with that or am simply looking for a more put together look. It feels so good not to have to worry about my shirt coming untucked and I know a lot of you active women (need I even mention mothers!) can probably relate. And how much sense does it make to wear one of these with your overalls? Genius. Do I continue to mistakenly refer to it as a onesie, yes, yes I do. But call it what you will, these things are awesome. Especially when it comes to layering, it feels great to have things stay in place and not shift and ride up when they aren’t supposed to. They also come in all shapes and styles. As I did some searching, Free People seems to be leading the pack in this department. Make sure you scroll below to see a bunch of my favorites. You’d never even guess most of them were bodysuits!

Details: JCrew bodysuit / Scarf (similar, see more below) / Denim / Bag / Booties (similar) / Earrings


Sale Into the Weekend

Happy Friday guys! This week flew by, but I’m always ready for the weekend. We don’t have any major plans, just some of those oh-so-fun homeowner responsibilities to tackle. I absolutely love our home (and neighborhood) but there are times when I miss our rental days back in Hoboken. One quick phone call and any issues we ever had were quickly handled…by someone else ;) Those were the days! Regardless, I wouldn’t trade this house that’s become our home for anything.

There are a few noteworthy sales happening right now that I wanted to share with you. I’ve gathered some of my favorites from each retailer that you can find below. Happy shopping and happy weekend to you!

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off Sale

JCrew: 40% off purchase with code BIGSALE

Madewell: 20% off $100+ or 30% off $200+ with code ONYOURMARK


Beauty Go-To’s

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared any of my beauty favorites on here. I’m always so flattered when I receive compliments on my make-up over on Instagram, and even more so when those of you ask for a tutorial! I’m far from a pro in this department (so a tutorial is a long-shot) but I have found a routine with a handful of products that’ve been working well for me for some time now. I’m not one to constantly try new products just for the sake of it, but I also don’t give up searching until I’m happy with the results. Here’s what’s been working well for me, you can scroll below for the details:


1. Bare Minerals Liner: Once in a while I’ll use a pencil liner, but I find that liquid liner lasts longer for me. And if you’re going through the trouble of putting on your make-up, you want it to last as long as possible, right?!

2. Bare Minerals Blush: This loose powder blush has been a long time favorite of mine. I’m not sure that all of the shades are shown online, but ‘secret’ is my go-to.

3. Nars Bronzing Powder: I do my best to keep my face from getting much sun, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want it to have some color! I love dusting a bit of this bronzer on my cheekbones, nose and forehead to add just a touch of color.

4. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye Concealer: I’ve gone through a few concealers over the years (I do have three little kids, lol) and this one is my favorite by far. You only need a dot and this stuff stays put, covering everything that needs to be covered.

5. Nars Tinted Moisturizer: I’ve gone back and forth on a few tinted moisturizers (I prefer them over foundations), but this is the one I keep coming back to. However this one is a close second.

6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: When it comes to mascaras, I have two #1’s. The reason I love this one is because of the way it can thicken my lashes with just a few strokes of the brush.

7. MAC Eyeshadow: I tend to find an eyeshadow palette I love and stick with it until my favorite three (maybe four) colors run dry. I’m pretty obsessed with this one though, so there’s a chance I’d even repurchase it!

8. Benefit They’re Real Mascara: This would be my second top mascara. I’ve loved this one for years because it lengthens my lashes like no other!

9. MAC Eyebrow pencil: I’ve gone through at least three if not four of these brow pencils. I prefer the twist over those that need sharpened and they finally added a brush to this one which was long overdue!

10. Stila Stay All Day Lipstick: I’m constantly forgetting to reapply lipstick throughout the day. That’s why I turn to this all-day-lipstick quite often, and I always receive compliments when I do. Especially in the shade ‘portofino’ ;)

11. Bare Minerals Perfecting Veil: Post tinted moisturizer and bronzer, I’ll often add a dusting of this mineral veil. It helps to set and protect the makeup I’ve already applied and gives a softer overall look.

Fall Floral

Happy Monday and Happy October to you! In one sense I feel as though I’m still transitioning out of summer, but on the other hand I finished decorating my porch with pumpkins and mums this weekend. I love how everyone gets into this season. Not only with sweaters and blanket scarves and pumpkin everyyything, but with their decor as well. I was strolling Audrey through our neighborhood the other day and I couldn’t help but admire how pretty everyone’s front porch looked. The colors are all so striking and the flowers and pumpkins are all so fresh. I’m crossing my fingers that my mums last more than two weeks this year. And if you have a secret to making them last longer, do share!

I had parts of this outfit all set for a date night that fell through last week (our poor sitter ended up sick), but I threw on a trench coat and decided to make it work for church. I’ve worn this adorable floral top a handful of times already and I love how well it works to layer. It’s also super cute with army green pants and a denim jacket. And if you need to dress it up, you could always tuck it into a skirt and throw a blazer over it. But you know me, give me denim any day!

Details: H&M top / Levi denim (similar) / Trench coat / Mules (similar) / Nickel & Suede earrings / LeSpecs sunglasses (similar)