Fall Beauty Edit

It is officially fall! Of course my mind goes immediately to how I am going to switch up my makeup look. Unfortunately, even into October the temperature swings back and forth so you can't quite bust out all of your favorite fall clothing just yet, but makeup is a small way you can head in that direction. Two looks I tend to lean towards for fall I like to call the English Rose and the Holly Golightly.

First, a bit about the base. I have become obsessed with Lisa Eldridge Youtube videos and love her idea of using something light all over, whether it be a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or sheer foundation, and then using concealer for spots and under the eye, blending really well for beautiful skin. My problem is I have never found a concealer I've liked - foundation and powder has always been better at covering spots up for me. But I have made a vow to try and find a concealer that works because I love a natural looking face. I'm starting with a range of new and tried and true oil-free tinted moisturizers and BB creams with SPF and hoping I won't having to move up to sheer foundation because then I get to skip my moisturizer with SPF. I'll let you guys know the combination I end up with!

English Rose

Let's start with the English Rose look, which is definitely a day look that can be amped up for night. It's not too far off from the look I presented for summer, but that was more about bronze smokey eyes, the idea here is to have a wash of rose-hued color on the eyes, cheeks, and lips to contrast your paler skin. I use the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette which contains rose-hused neutrals and browns for the eyes, for cheeks Stila Convertible Color in Peony, a dusty rose, or a berry shade like Poppy {note about the cheeks, the exact color isn't important - rose, pink, berry, just make sure it is a strong but natural flush that works with your skin tone}, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé or Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Soul Mate for the lips. For me, it is not quite time to bust out the full blown deep, dark reds and burgandys - soon, but not quite yet. So even though they look dark in the image, these sheer versions are a good warm up. While the skin should be matte, by using a little shimmer on the eyes, a cream blush and highlighter, and a tinted lip balm or sheer lipstick gives your skin some life by catching the light here and there. Finish off with a little brown eyeliner for definition near the roots of the lashes, an eyelash curler, and lots and lots of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. For both this look and the next, make your eyebrows big and natural. I feel like this pairs well with plaid anything, fishermen's sweaters, and leather horseback riding boots.

Holly Golightly

Now onto the Holly Golightly. After you have your matte base on, it's time to do a little contouring. Because this look is less about color, you want to add some dimension to you face under the cheekbones and the crease of your eyelid. It's up to you whether you first put a swipe of a neutral color on the rest of your eyelid, just make sure your crease color is a little darker. Take that darker crease color and swipe it under the bottom lashes. As I'm sure you guessed, this look is allllll about the eyeliner. Personally, I feel either pencil, shadow, and gel/cream {or some combo of two or all three} gives this look more modern, lived in, French vibe, so steer clear of the liquid liner as it is much too harsh. Pencil wise, nothing beats Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion and I usually just use Blackout in the Naked2 Palette for black eyeshadow. Here is my deal with gel/cream eyeliner - I bought Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and love it...it just isn't dark enough. A common complaint and something I will happily deal with if I can't find a truer black that works just as well. For day keep the line thin along the eye and shorter at the ends, just a little flick, and then curl your eyelashes and add tons of mascara on top and a little at the bottom. I'm still rocking my favorite, Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara - something I can't believe because of it's mixed reviews and testing much more expensive, cult favorites. To finish off, a subtle neutral pinky peach blush like Lancôme Blush Subtil in Meil Glace and highlighter on the cheeks and a similar color on the lips, such as Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Forever Yours. At night, thicken up that line and lengthen that flick {just a little, this isn't supposed to look costumey} and then run the remainder of the product along your bottom lash line near the outer corners. I wear this anytime I wear black or rocking a minimalistic, menswear look.

Fall Polish

A new season wouldn't be complete without a new fragrance and nail polishes. As much as I try, I can't quite deviate from my love of lighter scents - watery, floral, crisp, a little fruity/citrusy maybe. Passiflora Eau de Farfum by Nest Fragrances is described as a modern take on a traditional and feminine floral scent thanks to the watery, green notes and I completely agree. You only need a little and after it is on the skin for awhile there is a slight warmness to it, so it is not so out of place for fall. As for nail polishes I save my blacks, reds, and burgandys for winter and rotate various versions of greys and tans like Essie's Playa del Platinum, Mink Muffs, Sew Psyched, and Chinchilly and for a twist For The Twill of It, "a rich medium brown with reflective green shimmer." Sounds like fall to me!


Italia! : Pisa + Siena

Two other stops we made on our trip were Pisa and Siena. Pisa was sort of a "we're driving by, how could we not?" but Siena I was dying to go to. I was not very impressed with the town of Pisa, but the tower and cathedral left me in awe because the town sort of feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. I kept asking if we were really here. I guess I had just pictured it in a bigger city, built up from all around.  Siena on the other hand I quickly fell in love with. The walled off city felt romantic and medieval, while still filled with very chic, modern shops and quaint restaurants. I even fell in love with their grocery shop. I wish we could have stayed longer, but I will definitely be going back to explore more.

I can't believe I took so little photos, but sometimes you have to just enjoy instead of constantly having a camera in front of your face snapping pictures!


It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Just a warning, almost every post from here on out is probably going to have to do with fall in someway shape or form. I can't help myself even if I tried. And trust me, I'm not trying. Because like every blogger/basic bish out there, I love me some fall. One thing I love almost as much more than the weather, the clothes, the makeup, is fall television. The return of your favorites that left you hanging off of a cliff, the new hopefuls that'll get you hooked {and heartbroken when they're canceled}...ahhh, it truly is the best time of year {a statement I will go on to make about Halloween and Christmas, but shhh}. I also get to be doing my other favorite thing when watching fall television which is sitting on my couch in a cozy sweater, comfy sweatpants, and fuzzy socks. I'll go all out sometimes and have a warm drink like hot chocolate or cider, or even red wine sitting by my side, a fire or at the very least a candle burning, a cocoon of my favorite blanket to burrow into when it all just becomes too much. So without further ado {really, I could keep going}, here are the shows I can't wait to come back and the ones I'm looking forward to begin.

  • The Mindy Project  - Back tonight at 9:30 on Fox! I am so glad this show got renewed because I'm convinced aspects of Mindy Lahiri/Kaling is based off an exaggerated version of myself. And Dannyyy, my crush on you grows with every episode. 
  • New Girl - Also back tonight on Fox at 9:00 pm, this silly show has me giggling every single episode.
  • Sleepy Hollow - This may be the show I am most excited to come back September 22nd at 9 pm on Fox. I just love everything about it. #Nerdalert.
  • Nashville - The music always has me coming back for more, especially the character Scarlett O'Connor, her voice is to die for. Tune in September 24th at 10 pm on ABC!
  • Scandal - I can't wait for another round of will they, won't they with Liv and Fitz come September 25th at 9 pm on ABC!
  • Reign - This had to be my favorite show to premiere last fall. It had everything I wanted, which basically equates to Gossip Girl meets Game of Thrones. I'm watching is slowly though, since it makes me nervous that from history we know the two main characters don't get a happily ever after. My bet is the show makes him fake his death or her capture and they find each other years later. Guess we have to just keep watching starting October 2nd at 9 pm on the CW to see how it pans out.
  • The Originals - Phoebe Tonkin is my spirit animal. Not only is she an awesome actress, but she is just sooo pretty...and you know, the show itself is a pretty fun guilty pleasure that premieres October 6th at 8 pm on the CW.
New this fall...
  • Forever - I like the idea behind this show, just a regular guy {supposedly} who keeps coming back to life every time he dies and through working as a medical examiner is trying figure out why. Check it out September 23rd at 10 pm on ABC.
  • How to Get Away With Murder - Coming to us after the season premieres of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal September 25th at 10 pm, is another heart pounding {and wrenching}, twisted show from Shonda Rhimes. Like the other two it may take me awhile to tune in, but once I do I'll be hooked.
  • Selfie - I just love the concept so much, a modern retelling of My Fair Lady in which a product of our social media obsessed generation who uses friend requests and likes to validate herself gets back in touch with what really matters. Coming to a television near you September 30th at 8 pm on ABC!
  • A to Z - I can't say no to a show that involves fate. Whatever, I'm a sucker. Tune in October 2nd at 9:30 pm on NBC!
Here's to planting our butts in front of the television where they belong! Ha, I kid. I'll make sure to go on a hike or something. Maybe.
{Image via Hello Giggles}


Italia! : Firenze

Believe it or not, it's been like pulling teeth trying to get these last three posts for the Italia! series. I guess because before September even hit I was in fall mode, so as much as I loved this summer vacation, my heart was somewhere else. How I can even be typing those words, I don't know - but it's fall, nothing beats it! So here we are, finally. Florence. I was really looking forward to Florence and was convinced it would be the city I loved the most. I think I hyped it up too much. I loved it, certainly, but not anymore than the other places we had been. The shopping was on point of course, which is what we spent most of our time doing! Don't worry, there will be a post with everything I bought. One day though we took a break from the city and headed into Tuscany and went to a cute market in the town square and drove through the vineyards. It was in Florence that we spent my birthday, but it was one of the last nights of the trip and I was so exhausted I was ready for bed early {that's old age for ya}.

Our first night in Florence.

Could this hotel be any cooler?

Basilica di Santa Maria del Flore {Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower}/Il Duomo di Firenze.

The cutest café open late for all my late night crêpes!

The vineyards in Tuscany.

A little blurry - but love those ceilings.

Guess who.

The Italy you see in the movies.

Couldn't take enough pictures of the Duomo, obviously.


2014 Emmy Awards

This is over a week after the fact, but I always do a post about my favorite dresses after an award show and it is sort of the only consistent thing about this blog sometimes so let's just keep it rolling. I only watched the red carpet and the opening and then wandered up to bed. I make some allowances on Sunday nights because I don't actually have to go into work Mondays {but still have to get things done} but anything that goes past 10 pm on a weekday night I'm not down with. It also felt like this award show came sooo early. Honestly for all my excitement for fall, I wasn't quite ready for it. My sentiments are the same for the dresses worn at the Emmy Awards. It seemed like no one was quite ready to bring it for award season. I'm not really into bashing here {though I will mention if I loved something had they only done this or that differently - constructive criticism if you will} so it'll just be my few favorites here.

I think Allison Williams in Giambatista Valli may be my best dressed. She stayed true to her classic taste, but with an elegant, fun twist.

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano has this whole modern princess vibe that I love. And those brows and top knot are just perfection.

Ariel Winter in Black Halo Eve is cool and age appropriate - and mixing casual stripes and a gown may be the best idea ever.

P.S. Sorry I've been more MIA than usual lately - life, ya know? But I'm trying to post on here at least once a week and soon because of schedule changes maybe a little more? I have so many fall posts {of course} in my head, but I still have to finish putting up Italy posts! 

{Images via Hollywood Life}