Monday, June 29, 2015

Fringe Benefits (See Jane Wear)

H&M fringe-top outfit
H&M top, rag & bone jeans (on sale!), Coach heels (old but similar and here),
Chanel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
Fringe is having a moment.  It was a moment that I didn't particularly care for.  Fringe is typically for those with a boho feel and that just isn't me.  Then I found this shirt.  And I didn't understand my feelings.  But I like clean lines, I thought.  And I don't like decorations!  But I couldn't shake my newfound interest in fringe.  When I saw this shirt at H&M the other day, I knew I had to test the waters.

And here we are--thoughts on fringe?

fringe top light jeans chanel-bag

cream-fringe-top

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Get Some Gingham (See Jane Wear)

gingham-culottes equipment-mina-top stuart-weitzman-nudistsong
Equipment tie shirt, Zara gingham culottes (sold out but similar here and here), Chanel boyfriend bag, Stuart Weitzman sandals, Saint Laurent sunglasses
Look, I'm sorry for the culottes overload.  Wait, no I'm not!  They're just SO work appropriate and comfortable for the office.  This particular pair wins because 1.) they're gingham 2.) they're very lightweight and 3.) they were under $50.  There's no shame in my culotte game.

PS I'm still waiting on more your secret drugstore buys..I want to know!  

culottes-outfit-summer

ladylike-culottes-outfit-summer

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cheap Beauty Favorites Under $10 (See Jane Save)

drugstore beauty favorites, cheap beauty products

Wow, it's been awhile since I've done one of these and I forgot how fun it is to share tried and true products.  Disclaimer:  I am NOT a beauty connoisseur; I stick to what I like and while I enjoy the occasional splurge, sometimes I can't stomach spending a lot on most beauty products.  Here are some tried and true products that I stand behind.  I'd love to hear about some of your cheap favorites, too!

L'oreal tan towels - I tried the original 'tan towels' and liked them fine but once a friend recommended the $8 L'oreal version, I never went back.  They're a 1/3 of the price and work exactly the same.
Tweezerman eyelash curler - Ok, fine, you caught me.  This is the one item on the list that's not under $10--I found mine for $12 when I left my 'better' (or $25) eyelash curler at a hotel one weekend.  This works just as well.
CeraVe facial cleanser - I keep this in the shower and use it with my Clarisonic (which is NOT under $10, but worth the investment for exfoliation).
TJ shaving cream - I bought this shaving cream on a whim at Trader Joe's one afternoon and I will never buy another again.  It's thick, not too fragrant and makes my legs silky smooth.  Plus, it doesn't irritate the excema spot on my leg - so win/win!
Sonia Kashuk gel eye liner - Love my girl, Sonia.  I can't resist her stuff when I get lost in the abyss that is Target.  I picked some of this up after my MAC eyeliner gel was out and eventually was like, "MAC who?!"
L'oreal voluminous mascara - I've tried expensive mascaras here and there but I always go back to this one.  If you like to layer on the coats - this one is for you.  It makes my lashes look fluffy and full.
Sonia Kashuk 'classic red' lipstick - I don't know why, but I have a really hard time splurging on lipstick.  Maybe because it never lasts all day on me and I tend to lose them in my bags.  But this is a great red--not too orangey and not too pink--and under $10.
Neutrogena body oil - I've been using this forever; I started when oil was still a bad word--now we wear them our faces.  I love the light scent and how it looks on your legs when you have a summer glow.
TJ face wash - For awhile I used a cleanser that a facialist recommended me; the one caveat was that it was $30.  She did say that for my skin type (normal to oily), I should be using something that doesn't make my face feel too tight afterwards and this one from Trader Joe's is perfect.  No cleanser will ever make me oil-free, but perhaps that will keep the wrinkles at bay!
Queen Helene clay face mask - Long live the queen!  This was also a recommendation from a facialist and whoa--it's good.  If your skin is in the least bit greasy, try this out--it truly draws the dirt out of your pores.  I used this religiously before my wedding when I was trying to attain picture-perfect skin--it worked.

Ok, spill it.  Tell me your cheap beauty favorites!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Summer Hat (See Jane Wear)

summer hat outfit, brixton-joanna-hat
Brixton hat (also here), J Crew shorts (on sale!), Zara (old but similar),
 Splendid espadrilles, Saint Laurent sunglasses
Some may mistake me for a gondola operator, but come on, I'm in Chicago, not Venice.  Although, I don't have my own gondola, I can still appreciate a stripe + wide-brim hat combo.  And maybe I'll serenade you, too.

summer stripes outfit, panama hat, espadrilles


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Off The Shoulder (See Jane Wear)

off-the-shoulder-top flare-jeans top-knot
T-bag off the shoulder top, Paige canyon flares, Zara colorblock heels (old  but similar),
Illesteva sunglasses, Clare V basketweave clutch (similar)
It's warm outside!  I'm celebrating with my best flamenco dancer impression.  OlĂ©!

basketweave-claire-vivier-clutch off-the-shoulder-top flares


Monday, June 8, 2015

Nude Culottes (See Jane Wear)

culottes outfit summer, strappy sandals
J Crew silk cami, Theory nude culottes (on sale!)Mansur Gavriel bag, Stuart Weitzman 'nudistsong' heels, Illesteva sunglasses

Gosh, if my style could be summed up in one word this spring/summer, it'd be, "culottes."  You know when a style just WORKS for you?  I think about how styles in the late 90s looked so awful on me--butterfly clips, wide-strap Abercrombie tanks, bootcut cargo pants, bangs.  Man, I looked bad.

2015: the year of the culottes--it's finally my year!

theory sprinza pants outfit, nude culottes

mansur gavriel bucket bag outfit, nudistsong heels, culottes

Monday, June 1, 2015

Wedding Guest Dress (See Jane Wear)

cocktail wedding attire, carven dress
Carven dress (on sale!), Stuart Weitzman 'nudistsong' heels, Chanel clutch,
J Crew fringe earrings, Illesteva sunglasses
Do you have a million weddings this summer?  They sneak up on you and it's silly to buy new outfits for each one.  You often don't see the same people at each wedding, so do you re-wear dresses?  I play around with hairstyles and jewelry to make a dress seem new and fresh--and also borrow from friends!

When I get fancy, I like to channel Betty Draper--a slicked back chignon and a defined waist.  How about you?

carven dress, chanel nude clutch, tassel fringe earrings, wedding season

summer wedding attire colorful