Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall is here, fall is here! The weather is crisp (but not cold), it's been sunny, the leaves in the park are changing, and I can't get enough. I've already ventured out to Missouri's wine country, visited an apple orchard (we totes missed apple picking season, oops), picked pumpkins, and drank apple cider. All my favorite pieces of fall!

What are your favorite parts of this glorious season? I know winter is fast on its heels, so I plan to get as much time outside as possible. But, I'm so happy that the cooler temperatures mean I can bring out my jackets, blazers and scarves! I don't think I've ever been so happy to wear any of them!

{Top: Anthropologie | Blazer: J.Crew (on sale!) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Crown Vintage | Scarf? | Bag (similar) and Sunnies: Kate Spade | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Alex and Ani | Lip: NARS Fire Down Below}

The Fall Lip Round-Up

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This post was supposed to go live almost a month ago. Oops. But, better late than never, right? The cooling temperatures mean that I'm reaching for my darker lips more and more. I love a bright lip as much as the next girl, but there's just something so confidence-boosting about berry and red lips, amiright? I've been rotating pretty constantly between the following four, and they're really the best fall shades that I've found so far. I've chatted about them all before, but I figured another round-up was in order!

What are you favorite fall makeup products?
 Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 107 - Lawdy, that's a mouthful. I've talked about this lipstick before. The perfect berry, it's matte, but not drying. I think it's flattering on most skintones, and it's getting some serious rotation this fall. 
 Julep Plush Pout in Magenta Plum - Guys. These weird pencil-lipsticks are maybe my favorite Julep product ever? Luminous color, with a moisturizing core, I can't get enough. And this is the perfect berry color. I can't get enough it. It's so flattering, moisturizing, and the staying power isn't bad, either! And, if you're not a Julep Maven yet, you should be! You can sign up here and get nail polish and a few extras sent to you every month!
 Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb - THE. RED. This is the most wonderful red I've ever met. The perfect combination of red and blue shades, it's just so flattering! It's also really moisturizing, has the perfect finish, and stays on forever. I can't get enough. 
 NARS Matte Lipstick in Scarlett Empress - The perfect dark, purpley-blue red. One of my favorite NARS formulas. It's just great. 
NARS Matte Lipstick in Fire Down Below - If a punchy red isn't quite your thing, I give you this offering. A dark, brick red, Fire Down Below is the perfect thing when you're feeling vampy adn dangerous. And it's surprisingly wearable for being so dark. It got a lot of rotation last winter, and I foresee it being the same as temperatures plummet here!

Life Update

Monday, October 20, 2014

Well. Hey there, guys. Sorry for the long absence. I hate leaving you guys for any long period of time, but there have been some big changes happening in Curly land that required my full attention. And so, blogging fell by the wayside. I was hoping to be back in the game by this point, but it's taking me a bit longer than expected to find my footing, so bear with me as posting may be spotty! But, since things have settled just a bit, I figured I'd stop by this corner of the internet and give y'all an update!

1) First up, I got a new job! I've been job hunting for years. Literally. So I am so excited that I finally got a new position doing something I absolutely love. And so far, it's been really great! But, 

2) Said job is in St. Louis! So, I've spent the past month packing up my life, saying goodbye to my wonderful friends in DC, and schlepping everything 900 miles west to the middle of the country. Thus, no blogging. 

3) Moving that far, when you have more than a few suitcases of clothing, is hard. Moving to a completely new place where you know absolutely no one is even harder. So there's been something of an adjustment period as I get settled at work, get settled in my apartment (buy furniture...) and just generally figure out life. But, so far so good. People in St. Louis are really nice (stereotypes about the midwest do not lie). The weather was absolute crap the first week I was here, and my mood is directly tied to the weather, so I was miserable. But things have perked up, and I've been able to do some exploring of St. Louis and the surrounding area. So far so good!

So what do all these changes mean for the blog? Hopefully not much! I'll still be getting dressed everyday, and am already figuring out how to work outfit photos into my daily schedule. My dress code has changed a little bit (business casual, with an emphasis on casual), so it's going to be a lot of experimenting with the clothes I own to make them 100% work appropriate! But, I'm excited for the challenge and eager to share some new looks with you!

And, dear readers, if anyone is in the St. Louis area, shoot me an email! I'd love to meet you :)

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guys run (don't walk, run) to your local CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reed, whatever and grab a bottle of this. Seriously. A skin perfecter/moisturizer/sort of BB-cream what have you, it's one of the better drugstore products I've tried in recent years. White in the tube, it's one of those self-adjusting thingies and changes when you apply it to match your skin tone (it oxidizes a bit orange on me, but nothing a little primer can't handle). I think it's actually supposed to be worn under makeup, but I've been using it as my only face base for most of the summer and it's been perfect. Just a hint of brightening color, it provides me with an extra dose of moisture and a lovely, dewy finish. On warmer days, I pop a bit of loose powder over top, but usually just leave it alone. It's great. I think it will be too dark for me come the dead of winter, when all my Italian-ness disappears and I am left ghostly and pale, but it will definitely go back into rotation next spring!
Before: You can see a little unevenness in my skin tone and the habitual dark circles. Time for a little wake me up!
After: As you can see, it's barely there coverage. Just enough to even out skin tone, provide a smooth base for the rest of whatever I'm putting on my face that day. And a lovely, dewy finish that isn't too shiny. Perfect!

The Fall Bootie Round-Up

Monday, September 15, 2014

The temperatures in DC took a dip this weekend (seriously, it barely topped 70 Saturday as opposed to over 90 the previous weekend!) and I could not be happier. With the drop in temperatures, my brain zeroed in on one of it's favorite topics: fall shoe choices. I've professed my love of boots and booties before, and every fall, I find myself eyeing the latest options.

As I was last fall, I'm still finding myself drawn to booties over tall boots. They just somehow seem more versatile! Perfect with skirts, pants, dresses, I haven't found a way I can't wear them yet! I may have already added a pair to my collection (but I'm adding a pair I have hardly worn to my Poshmark closet soon), but I'm trying to hold out a little longer before I go on a spree, since it's still definitely sandal weather here, but I'm not sure how long my willpower will last! I've rounded up my favorite pairs below. Check them out!
Laine boots • J.Crew • $248.00
J.Crew Barrett buckled suede ankle boots • J.Crew • $275.00
The Charley Boot in Leather • Madewell • $198.00
Madewell The Otis Boots • Madewell • $208.00
The Billie Boot • Madewell • $228.00
Jack Rogers Women's Marianne Boot • Jack Rogers • $189.99–194.42
Vince - Candice - Desert Bootie • Vince • $208.60
Vince Camuto Amori Bootie • Vince Camuto • $179.00
Chelsa zipper detail bootie • Sole Society • $89.95–99.95
Pour la Victoire Rocker Casual Leather Bootie, Black • Pour La Victoire • $175.00
Donald J Pliner Sarje Calf Hair Bootie • Donald J Pliner • $298.00
Sam Edelman 'Mare' Bootie • Sam Edelman • $129.95
Dolce Vita 'Yazmin' Ankle Bootie • Dolce Vita • $258.95
Joe's 'Abby' Cutout Leather Bootie (Women) • Joe's Jeans • $198.95
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Salem' Bootie (Women) • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $197.95
Lucky Brand 'Asherr' Desert Bootie (Women) • Lucky Brand • $88.95
Clarks® 'Spye Celeste' Leather Bootie (Women) • Clarks • $129.95
Sole Society 'Tallie' Lace-Up Bootie (Women) • Sole Society • $89.95
Seychelles Scoundrel Buckled Bootie, Camel • Seychelles • $130.00
Crown Vintage Avery Bootie • Crown Vintage • $69.95

What fall shoes do you have in mind? Send 'em my way, I'd love to see!