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Shuffle / Pink



Top: TY-LR
Pants: Ann Taylor
Sandals: Old but these Topshop pumps are on my wishlist







Immediately after the reminder that I was going back to my comfort zone, this outfit happens. I did say that pink was going to be one of the colors left in the closet after I did my purge.

The cut of this TY-LR blouse is very flattering with a wide, clearly defined waist and lots of billowy pleating across the chest. I do find it runs a little large though, so you might consider sizing down.

I’ve had these Ann Taylor pants quite a while now, and they are holding up quite well. I am finding that I’m getting a little tired of the ankle length though. And of course it seems like every pair of pants I’ve kept in the wardrobe has an ankle length…

But hey, look at me back in heels. I’m extremely happy my ankle seems to be better although I wore a pair of wedges to the annual Neiman Marcus Las Vegas Beauty Blogger Brunch this weekend (pictures coming soon!) and felt a few twinges. I'll have some of the best products I saw for the holidays up in the next week or so.

I’ve completely converted to gel manicures. You might have seen my Instagram post here of my little owl for Halloween from Nohea Nails, my favorite salon in Vegas. I’ll be including them in my next favorites post. But here I’ve layered a pale pink Dior polish over my gel because I wanted a change in color halfway through. This makes the non-gel polish last longer for me then it would on its own because it has such a strong base. And since gel is basically impenetrable, I’ve even gotten away with removing one non-gel color and polishing with a second. 


I’m off on a business trip for the rest of the week, so I won’t be getting another post out this week. How is next week Thanksgiving? Have a great week everyone!



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Empties / Lush, Murad, NYX



It’s time for more empties. I’ve been falling down on the job again.

Skincare


I’ve had the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence in my favorites for awhile now as seen here, and I will be repurchasing soon. As I’ve said before, this is worth every penny, and I credit it with changing my skin texture dramatically over the last year. You use a sparing amount once a day, so it lasts quite a while. 

Lifestyle


Sugar Blossom was my favorite candle all summer. I don’t enjoy floral scents in candles so was hesitant to even pick this one up in Target, but A did and told me that I would probably like it. It’s more of a sweet scent than floral, so the rest was history, but this is probably the best soy candle I’ve ever burned.

Makeup


A decent concealer, it becomes even better when you consider the price point. This NYX concealer has a wide range of colors and covers well without very much creasing or falling into wrinkles. I have to remember to repurchase this one as well.

Body


I waited until mid-year to use my Santa’s Belly because I didn’t want to be too long without it being available again. I’m not overly attached to Lush’s shower jellies, but I love the anise and fruit scent of this one. Luckily it’s already back in stock for this year, so I’ll be buying more than one to make them stretch.

Hair


I was crushed to recently find out that my beloved Oscar Blandi dry shampoo is no longer available, so I’m rolling through all the usual suspects looking for my new go-to replacement. So far, this Klorane is at the top of my list because I can live with the scent and it does the job with absorbing oil. Not a glowing review, but until I find something better, this is it. 

Altogether not a bad bunch with lots of repurchases. What did you use up last month?




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Double Black / Rachel Zoe



Pants: Old but similar here
Sandals: Old but similar here
Sunglasses: Prada

So awhile ago here, I wrote about giving up on the quest to add more color into my wardrobe and going back to my comfortable and familiar color palette. That used to mean black, grey and white. However, that seemed like such a finite statement, and I felt that if I ever did wear color, like I did here, knowing the Internet, someone would call me out on it. I don’t generally care when that happens; I make decisions based on what is right for me and not anyone else, so if I do feel like wearing purple one day, I'm going to.

And it’s not as though I threw away all my clothes that weren’t black, grey or white. I did, however, go through my closet to do a little inventory, and I was actually really surprised by what I found: I don’t have nearly the amount of black clothes that I used to have, and that scares me. Like really, honestly, scared me for a moment. I just made a decision go revert back into my comfort zone, and then I felt like I couldn’t do it because I don’t have what I need. Kind of ridiculous, huh? 

I stopped myself from having the complete meltdown and started puling out pieces that I like regardless of color. I found that I really liked things in many colors when I started thinking about cut and fit. I was also really drawn to the softness of some fabrics and then there were items that fit the color palette but were uncomfortable to wear, so I’ve been avoiding them. Why have them in my closet then? 

After this little exercise, I felt a lot better about what I had in front of me, and I have items that are green and blue and pink and red. I did get rid of yellow completely. Gone. 


That being said, I put together this outfit for date night a few weeks ago, and I had amazing sandals picket out to go with it, but my ankle, which I explained here, still had other ideas. So maybe these sandals don’t quite round it out, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do to be able to walk. 

This week I'm linking up to On Monday's We Link Up with Glass of Glam. Please go visit some of the other bloggers there. 


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New / Ann Taylor Fall Shopping Event

A few weeks ago I was invited over to the Ann Taylor at the Fashion Show Mall for a shopping event. The store was perfectly arranged, and it looked to me that they have leaned more toward a minimalistic approach to the store's merchandising.


The racks were neatly arranged but not overly full, making it easy to both really see the style of the garments and also very easy to find your size without having to push through twenty of the same blouse. 

It was apparent that a lot of thought went into the grouping of pieces within the layout of the store. I passed through Kelly green then navy and gray and onto black. I stopped at the navy section and found myself pulling pieces and interchanging them for several outfit combinations. If you are a capsule wardrobe enthusiast, this could make your process effortless.


After being handed a glass of Prosecco, I headed for the fitting room to try on some things. This has been the year of the sleeve, and Ann Taylor is all over the trend first with the shirred cap sleeve on the Petaled Ruffled Tee I'm wearing here. I appreciated the slight peplum accent of the cut and the mixed materials with the same print on this blouse that I'll be able to wear with jeans, trousers or pencil skirts.



The Tiered Lace Trim Tee looked so vintage to me that I had to have it. It is very sheer (apologies for the strappy sports bra underneath), so I'll be wearing a cami underneath, and I find it a little big so would recommend sizing down. 



Finally I tried the Lantern Sleeve Sweater. This sweater has a super flattering fit, but if you are thinking about grabbing it, do it now because it's extremely limited stock.



Thank you to Ann Taylor Fashion Show for inviting me to shop with some sips thrown in for good measure. If you are wondering what to wear to work, check out these suggestions they have up on their site now.

Also, I've linked this week to #SaturdayShareLinkUp on Not Dressed as Lamb. Please stop by and visit all the lovely bloggers who share. 



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Collective Haul - Stitchfix, Nyx, Colourpop



After forever and a day, I threw together a video with lots of bits and pieces picked up over the last few months to share with you.
Stitchfix https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/30... PopSugar https://musthave.popsugar.com/p/must-... Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette http://rstyle.me/n/csw5xdik9e Elf Contouring Brush http://rstyle.me/n/csw5y5ik9e Pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse http://rstyle.me/n/csw52vik9e Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm http://rstyle.me/n/csw54mik9e Colour Pop Aquarius 2 https://colourpop.com/products/aquari... Kat von D Lock-It Foundation http://rstyle.me/n/csw573ik9e


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Double Red / Le Tote, Ann Taylor

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August Favorites / Nuxe, Old Navy




August was all about taking care of some lingering issues for me, so most of my favorites are a product of my attempts to solve those annoying little things that just wouldn’t go away.

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Pink // Bellagio & Rent the Runway Unlimited


Flats: Chanel


For our anniversary, we played tourist for the night and drove over to Bellagio to have dinner at Picasso’s, so it seemed like no time was better to take a picture under the huge Fiori di Como installation in the lobby. Of course, one of the things I always think about when I see it is that I’m happy I don’t have to worry about dusting it. Can you imagine how much work it is to maintain this installation and make sure it always looks spectacular because, it always does? 

I had planned on wearing this pink brocade dress by Shoshanna from Rent the Runway, but I hurt my ankle out on a hike the previous weekend so couldn’t wear heels. The Shoshanna dress just didn’t look right with my Chanel flats, so I opted for this pink dress from Dorothy Perkins. The shift style paired well with the Rebecca Taylor jacket which is also from Rent the Runway and so so comfortable. 


I only recently started using Rent the Runway Unlimited, but I really like the mix of designer clothes that are available. Honestly, there probably aren’t as many choices as you would find on Le Tote, and it does have a higher price point, but if you are on a tight budget but want to impress at the office or a formal occasion, this would be a great way to bolster your wardrobe with impressive designer pieces without breaking the bank. To be a bit cliche, you can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. In every shipment, you receive three items that you choose from the currently available stock. My current shipment contains three tops from Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe and Ty-Lr. The benefit really comes from how quickly you can turn your shipments around. This week since I’m building out outfits using my own bottoms and only adding the tops, it will take me a little bit longer to send my shipment back. I had a little bit of a glitch with the shipping on my last shipment, and UPS never scanned the tracking number. Because of that I technically had to wait for Rent the Runway to receive my shipment before they would send my next shipment out. When I contacted them with a worry that the return was lost, they ensured me that this happens occasionally, and they offered to allow my next shipment to go out without having to wait for the return. Great customer service. Another great feature is their thoroughness in getting clothes to you that will be the right fit. I had my eye on a purple gingham blouse, but when I went to place it into my order, I received a message that this blouse runs small and given the measurements I had entered into my account, I would need to size up. Unfortunately the blouse was not available in my size, so I couldn’t select it. To me, this was most welcome. I would have hated to waste one of my selections on something that didn’t even fit. 


If I’ve peaked your interest, you can use this code to get $30 off of your first order from Rent the Runway. If you aren’t interested in the Unlimited option, you can still find great one time shipments for all the fancy occasions in your life. 

This week I've linked up for #IwillwearwhatIlike on Not Dressed as Lamb and #FashionFriday with Jo-Lynne Shane. Please visit and check out all the other bloggers linking.


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August Empties // Racinne, Etude House, Sephora, Josie Maran



Doing good keeping the counter clear of my empties as I committed to here. This month I'm finally finishing up some makeup products.

Makeup

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm - Is it skincare or is it makeup? I don't know, but it's awesome. I believe I got this sample from Sephora, but the writing on the package was small and hard to read, and I've never used a finishing balm before, so I just let it sit. Then last week, I thought, why don't I just look it up online, and after reading the description, I became intrigued. It really seems to be a primer with the standard put it on, it will make your complexion smoother, pores smaller, makeup goes on better, etc. stuff that primers are supposed to do. However, and this is a big however, you can put this stuff on TOP of your makeup to soften the spots where everything has gone into the creases. I often use a drop of oil patted on to try to get rid of some of that stuff sitting in my wrinkles, but this is smooth and creamy not oily. Mind blown. And it works. I now have this on my list to pick up a full size.

Sephora Collection Brow Gel - You can tell by the packaging that I've had this forever, and to be honest, I didn't use it up but found it at the back of my drawer evaporated. It takes me forever to go through a tube of brow gel. As long as they don't leave clumps of goo in my brows, I don't really care which one I use. I am glad Sephora changed the packaging because I do hate looking at the gel go from clear to muddy goop as you get product on the spooky and put it back into the tube. I prefer out of sight out of mind.

Skincare

Etude House Mango I Need You Mask - I've tried multiple sheet masks over the last few years and have never really fallen in love with them. Since I've been a total convert to K-beauty lately, I thought I'd give them a go again.. This mango mask made me kick myself for what I've been missing out on. Another win in the product column this month, I'll be ordering more of this firming mask from Memebox. I also used the Cherry Lip Gel Patch which is bizarre but really works too. 

And finally the Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Cream and Neck Emulsion which came in the set with the serum I mentioned here. I found the cream to be quite greasy, but the neck cream was nice and not too expensive in the realm of neck creams, but I'm not sure I would repurchase. Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream is still my holy grail neck cream. 






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Purple // Ann Taylor

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More July Empties / Vichy, Klorane, Racinne




As I mentioned in my last empties post here, I'm keeping my empties on my bathroom counter top which is forcing me to share them so that I can throw them away. So far so good as it's only been two weeks and I have more to share. Not entirely exciting this time and no makeup, but this is what I've emptied in the last two weeks.


 My consumption of dry shampoo (probably a very wrong way to use that term since I'm not eating it) has gone way down since my psoriasis on my neck has been so bad. I thought that I really didn't need to be overdoing it on hair products, but to tell you the truth, it really has made a difference, so I'm back to using products, and this one contains oat milk which is supposed to be calming for the scalp.  Klorane is not my favorite dry shampoo, but it's not the worst I've ever tried either. I have a few of these travel sizes, so this was my go to lately. It is so easy to just rip through a small can of this in nothing flat. I probably received this in a Glossybox, but to be honest, I wouldn't buy it on its own first because the Oscar Blandi (which is getting hard to find :() is still my favorite and second because this is a French drugstore brand, and it always kills me when I see how much it costs here versus there. At $10, it's not the most expensive, but I guess it's the principle.

 I have no idea where I got the Racinne 3 piece system this serum was part of as well as a face cream and neck cream. I might have bought it last year when I was looking for a new neck cream, but I knew it had been sitting in the drawer for a while, so I thought I had better use it. I do like the neck cream, but what I've emptied so far is this serum. I kept this one in my office, and on days when I am rushed in the morning,  I tend to finish my skincare at my desk. If you are unfamiliar with the brand (because I was), Racinne is a Korean line out of Canada, and describes the Ultimate Youth Power line as minimizing the look of large pores and promoting elasticity. This is a lightly scented white serum that is neither terribly sticky or silicone feeling like some serums can be. It does take a while to sink into the skin. It's a good every day serum, but it didn't leave me feeling like I couldn't live without it, so I'm moving on to try something else.


Not exciting at all but keeping it real peeps. I empties a powder fresh Secret this week. I don't usually buy the powder fresh, but D did the shopping last time I had this on the list, so this is what he picked up. I'm now using the Secret Clinical Strength just because I remember using it a few years ago, and I thought I would try it again to see if there is a noticeable difference. 


And last but definitely not least, I emptied a Vichy Micellar last week. This is my favorite Micellar, and like the Klorane, it is a French drugstore brand. I've stocked up on our last two trips because you can buy huge bottles in 2-packs there for about the same price as they sell this 6.76 ounce bottle at Target. I will capitulate and pay the price for it when I run out because I use it every night. It leaves no stickiness on my skin and does not burn the eyes at all. Even if you just use it to take off mascara, I can't recommend it highly enough.

So that's it for this week's batch. Time will tell if I can keep up the battle to keep the clutter off the countertop by getting things posted here. 



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