an outfit made out of staples is probably my favorite kind of outfit. it's super easy to put together and has a sort of effortless feel to it. on any given day, you'll find me in some variation of this - jeans, a tee, and a sweater. the accessories vary the most. sometimes it's heeled booties, sometimes it's loafers. if i'm looking for a little extra something, i'll toss in a statement necklace. if i'm feeling a bit more low-key, i'll just layer some delicate necklaces. when you have a simple base like that, it's easy to dress it up or dress it down, depending on the occasion or what you're feeling that day. so, staples are good.

speaking of staples, my roommates and i had a pretty horrifying conversation the other night about injuries caused by simple, everyday things. i actually could not tell you how we got on the topic of it, but i truly wish we never had. there was talk of staples, a pencil, an axe (you can ask my sister about that one), and a dog's mouth, amongst other things. i'll go ahead and let your imagination do the work on those. trust me, you don't want to hear that stories. especially if you're about to eat tomato soup. (which one of my roommate's was making while telling an awful story and it just sort of ruined it for me).

this post brought to you by the spirit of halloween, i guess? 

sweater | Marshall's
jeans | Gap
booties | Target (similar)
bag | Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Rack
necklace | J.Crew Factory 


Beauty Favorites

whew! it's been a minute since i've done a beauty post, but that's not for a lack of good beauty products. just like my clothes change with the seasons, so do my most-used beauty products, color choices, etc. here are some of my favorite beauty products this fall:

while shopping with my sister recently, i told her that i wanted to pop into Sephora quick to look for a new lip color. you'd think i'd told her i just won the mega millions lottery and was planning to give her half. immediately, the, 'oooooh! what are you looking for?' and 'oh my gosh, you have to try this!' exclamations started rollin' in. lucky for me, she's tried basically every product in the store (maybe not quite, but close), so i can say one or two words and she'll know exactly what i want and where to find it. 

like i said, i was looking for a new lip color when i stumbled on the Naked2 Basics palette. i'd heard it was beautiful, but hadn't seen it for myself yet. i opened up the sample and knew that i had to have it. it's made up of gorgeous neutral tones that are great on their own or pretty mixed with the Naked2 palette (or other eyeshadows!). so, i've used it everyday since. i like it to create a 'barely there' eyeshadow look. 
i've mentioned my love for Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains before, and that love still prevails. i've been using Honey, which is a pretty mauve-y pink. i love the lightness of the stain and it adds just enough color, while also moisturizing my lips. 
for the most part, i use Julep's Ink Gel Eyeliner (which seems to no longer be on their website), but i received the Gel Eye Glider in a box and it works just as beautifully. it goes on super smooth and creates a bolder line for me than when i use the ink gel eyeliner. 

i've also been using Urban Decay's 24/7 Velvet Glide on Eye Pencil in Plushie on days when i'm feeling particularly adventurous. the deep purple shade is rich and adds enough color without making me feel costume-y or overdone.
you'll rarely catch me with bare finger or toe nails, so it makes sense that nail polish would be included. i tend to go back and forth between brands. i'll get on an OPI kick for awhile, and then switch to Julep or Essie for a bit. OPI has been my go-to as of late (their color selection is great!) so i picked up a few new colors. i was looking for rich tones and a good neutral. the neutral is Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (currently on my fingers) and the blue is I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw (currently on my toes).
i was complaining to Kate that my nail polish chips so easily and she reminded me of a little trick using CND's Vinylux polish for a longer-laster manicure. the most neutral shade of Vinylux i currently have is Cake Pop, so i used that as my base coat, followed by one coat of the neutral OPI shade. the color lasted twice as long as it normally does, and it made the neutral color pop with the slightest tint of pink, which turned out beautiful. 
what are some of your favorite products lately?


High Five for Friday

happy friday! with travel this week, it feels like i went from friday-friday with nothing in-between. hey, i'll take it. 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this week:

1. i spent the week in North Carolina with my sister, nephew, and mom. it was nice to hang with the girls and to get lots of quality time with David. he's at such a fun age now - smiling all the time and discovering something new at every turn. i'm glad i get to see them in just a few weeks again!
at David's first pumpkin patch!
2. if there's one thing my mom, sister, and i do well, it's shop. we ran errands a couple days and i was able to stock up on some great sweaters for the fall and winter. i've been on a mission to up my sweater collection and that i did. like, had to carry one on with me on the plane yesterday because my bag was too full, did. 

3. Kate cut and colored my hair and i'm obsessed. they're both exactly what i wanted! it's been years since i've had my hair this short, so it's been fun to try new ways to style it. the hint of red is a fun change, too!

4. after David was in bed one evening, Kate and i decided we needed to watch Hocus Pocus. tell me you remember that movie! it was surprising to us to be able to recall scenes and lines before they happened, considering it's been at least 10 years since either have seen it. 

5. over the last few years, i've become quite the anxious flyer. i don't know what changed, but i dread getting on an airplane these days. these last two flights were some of the best i've had in awhile, so it was nice to have that for a change! heck, who wouldn't enjoy this view:

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it!


Style + Function

if you ask me, style and function go hand in hand. especially when it comes to accessorizing, i look for things that fit within my personal style and serve a purpose (generally speaking). the easiest example of this is using a handbag. although the outside of the bag is what catches my eye first, before falling in love too quickly, i always check out the inside to see how large it is, how many pockets it has, if it has a divider inside, etc.

the Siena Leather Camera Bag from Jo Totes is a great example of style and function in one. while it's main purpose is to make carrying a DSLR camera easier (and safer!), it also has plenty of room to hold your regular handbag items, like your phone, keys, wallet, lip balm, and whatever else you need! truthfully, i tend to leave my camera at home when i'm traveling or doing something in the city merely because i don't have a safe and pretty way to transport it. not so anymore!
i love the shape of this bag - the structure of it is what allows for the protection of the camera, while also making it stylish and versatile. the leather is a rich cognac and the adjustable strap allows for easy wear. the adjustable pads on the inside make it easy to store an extra lens and keep the body of your camera from moving around and risk any scratches or damage. 
i'm happy to say that i no longer have a good reason to leave the DSLR at home, thanks to Jo Totes! i'm looking forward to bringing my camera with me when i travel, especially when i go to see my nephew, so that i can snap some photos that aren't on my iPhone ;)

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The Lucky Sweater

don't mind the salt stains on the toes of my boots...lesson learned.

a couple saturdays ago, mike and i headed out to a nearby outlet mall to do a little shopping. he was in the market for some pants for work and i'm always in the market for something at the mall. after a quick lunch, we drove out to get our shop on. we both had some success and still had the night ahead of us, so our next obvious activity was to head over to the casino and win a little money (hopefully!). 

the last time i was at a casino, it was in Vegas and i was about 12 years old. i made the mistake of stepping off the designated carpet area and was instantly reprimanded by casino staff. so, that was what i knew of a place like that. we set a limit of how much we were both willing to spend, and through those glorious double doors we walked. if you've never been, there's a bit of everything overload when you first walk in...we had to get our bearings and make a game plan. we circled around the whole place to see what types of games they had available and decided on the one that required the least amount of money. we found machines next to each other and got to work. we spied on some fellow gamblers, just to see how the thing worked, and then took a swing at it. i put a couple bucks in and ended up with a $.40 payout, so...i wasn't exactly off to a hot start. we continued and i started winning a little, $4.50 here, $7.60 there. i was feelin' it. Mike, however, wasn't exactly winning.

we continued on, trying a couple other games, until we found the one. we decided that i had the lucky touch, so my role was pressing the button. the first couple rounds weren't great, and then it happened. the rewards started rollin' in. 4x! 10x! double! 9 free games! you honestly would have thought that we just won a million dollars based on our excitement. we watched our winnings rise and debated every time whether or not we should test our luck again. after a couple losses, we knew it was quittin' time. i hit the 'payout' button and our $58.20 receipt was printed. whaaaaaaaat! like i said, you would have thought we won a million, but walking out of a casino with more than double the money we put into it was a sweet, sweet victory. we cashed out and strutted out of that place like we owned it. we recounted in the car and split our winnings, 50/50. and then it was time to decide what we'd do with this new pile of money we found ourselves holding. brunch in the morning, it was!

and so, this sweater is officially dubbed my 'lucky sweater'. here's to hoping that luck continues!

sweater | J.Crew Factory
pants | Madewell (old)
booties | DSW (similar)
bag | Target
necklace | J.Crew Factory (similar)
earrings | Elisabeth Ashlie
sunglasses | Kate Spade