For Work and Play

Office wear is making a comeback in a big way. Blouses are a major staple in my wardrobe, so I love layering and accessorizing them when the temperatures start to drop. Here are some ways to make your office clothing more playful outside the office.

Layer. 

Whether it be a flattering, tailored blazer or a cropped sweater, like I wore, layers to add or subtract to your blouse when altering your setting can bring together your look in a way that keeps you looking chic, not stale. Shop some of my favorites of the season below.

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Mix Patterns.

Mixing patterns in the right way (and OWNING it!) immediately makes an outfit more fun and fashionable. I tend to stick within a color scheme and mix patterns matching that so it doesn’t look like I got entirely dressed in the dark. Other rules of thumb I stick to: mix tight patterns with graphic (i.e. my pants vs. my blouse, respectively), linear with linear (to flatter, not hinder), and ~typically~ no more than three busy patterns in one outfit (as to not overwhelm the eye). But, rememberthese are arbitrary rules of mine, tweak them to your style!

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Accessorize.

!!!! The most important part of ANY look, in my opinion! Jewelry, bags, shoes, and hats are going to amplify your look as soon as your strut out of that cubical. Trade in your briefcase for a crossbody, your kitten heels for badass booties, and drape yourself in jewels fit for a queen. Then, conquer.

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My outfit: Blouse: A Byer (similar), Sweater: Zara (similar), Pants: Express, Boots: Express, Hat: Brixton, Purse: Gucci (similar)

16 Halloween Makeup Ideas You Have To Try

If you’ve followed me on social media for any amount of time, you know I LOVE Halloween. It’s the time of year makeup artists and enthusiasts rejoice, as it is finally socially acceptable to leave the house in full glam, full gore, and any and everything in between. Count me in.

Since this is the fourth (omg!) year I have been infatuated with Halloween transformations, I thought I would compile each look I’ve created and rank them based on difficulty. Most are totally doable if you have not even a single artistic bone in your body.

VERY EASY: BEGINNER

Baywatch Lifeguard

Throw on some highlighter, lashes, gloss, and a red swimsuit. I have a YouTube tutorial on this look, watch it here.

 

1950’s Barbie

This is completely adjustable and open to interpretation. I always loved being a Pink Lady as a child and this is a grown-up version.

 

Cute Pikachu

I created this look last year in the heat of PokémonGO. You can still order these ears with Amazon Prime in time for Halloween. Watch the tutorial here.

 

Elsa

I created this to go to work in 2014. It worked for me since I already have the long blonde hair down and the makeup I did was very loosely based on the actual character. I’d like to think my eyebrows (at least!) have improved over the past three years!

 

Sandy from Grease

This look was from a summer photoshoot this year, but I got so many comments comparing me to Sandy, I figured I would include it! Again, this is an easy look if you’re already blonde, but even if not, add some red lips, big hair, and a black off-the-shoulder top. Photo courtesy of Eric Jackson Photography.

 

INTERMEDIATE

Pennywise from “IT”

Very popular this year. Adjustable difficulty depending on the eyes. Watch my tutorial here.

Female Pirate

A hat and some gaudy jewelry will enhance your eyeliner-patch. I actually really liked this eye-dea. 😉

 

Girly Cat

Basic alert! I’ve been this as a last minute look two (three?) years. Always impressive, despite the fact you’ll see clones at every party.

 

Vampire

Again, always impressive despite the over-saturation. This is also adjustable depending on your skill base. (Sorry again for the 2014 BROWS UGH)

Pretty Poison

This look is based off a Pinterest favorite, scrolling for uniquely festive looks a couple years ago. It’s more just Halloween “themed,” as opposed to being based off an actual character. I love how it turned out, though. 

 

DIFFICULT (OR JUST TIME CONSUMING)

 

Alien

I loved this look! It still could be improved upon, but it’s different. Watch my tutorial here.

 

Zombie

This is one to be mindful of when creating — you want to look like a living dead, but be careful not to look abused. My mom hated this one for that reason. Personally, I’m proud of my bullet hole.

 

Mermaid

ALWAYS IMPRESSES.

 

Unzipped Skeleton

This one was not very difficult, especially since I went for a cartoon-like look, but it took forever. And forever in the shower. Watch it here.

 

Marilyn Monroe Painting

One of the most difficult face paintings I’ve ever done, despite it being only two colors. This one requires quite a bit of artistic ability for the shadows to look authentic. Watch my tutorial here.

Pop Art Superhero

One of my favorites, if not the absolute fav. I’ve done this look two years in a row and it gets jaw-dropping reactions for the effort it takes. Watch my tutorial here.

 

Half Skull

This is such a popular look within the past couple years! There are so many incredible variations. My first attempt (two years ago, first photo) was not my best, but I tried again recently and added a vampire element and am really pleased with the outcome. Scroll for more of the vampire-skull shoot!

Please send me anything you recreate! I would LOVE to see!

Free Gift! My Favorite Hand Cream

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently discovered L’Occitane’s Peony Collection and fell totally in love. Watch my simple two-step pamper routine using it here.

L’Occitane has now released a collaboration with the beautiful designs of Rifle Paper Co. I’m familiar with L’Occitane and have been for years, and though I had never previously heard of Rifle Paper Co, but I am so excited this collab brought them to my attention! Any floral fanatic will feel satiated simply looking at the products on their website — they carry everything from flower-filled journals to springy sneakers! Keep reading to see how you can receive the gorgeous tin and L’Occitane’s two best-selling products featured below completely FREE.


This colorful collaboration showcases the Rifle Paper designed packaging on L’Occitane’s best-selling, classic hand cream tubes in a trio (a perfect holiday gift for anyone – really, anyone) and the wonderfully scented shea butter trio in small pots. The free gift features one of each!

I’m really loving these products because of their convenience. Either of them, the tube or the pot, can easily be tossed in your purse or backpack for hydration on-the-go, or in your glove compartment to moisturize while sitting at a red light. Though the pots have a refreshing apricot scent, I think I’m partial to the tubes since they’re a little easier to spread and a bit more hygienic.


Luckily, you can receive one of each for FREE! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. That’s right, you get these cute little products in this cute little tin. I don’t know about you, but I love anything cute and little. Shop here. Act soon, this free gift expires October 31, 2017!

*This post is sponsored by L’Occitane USA.*