using glasses to look instantly chic

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I recently saw a European woman wearing the most basic outfit. You could even call it plain or lazy, it was just something anyone would wear to run a quick errand without putting much thought into it. But, she managed to look totally chic in this outfit because she was wearing a really cool pair of clear-frame glasses which served as evidence that she was, in fact, super stylish.

For the longest time, I've been wearing tortoiseshell glasses but have recently been looking into getting a second pair of clear glasses to add some variation to my outfits. After trying on a few pairs from Warby Parker, I'm sold on the rose quartz Laurel 17 pair! On work or school days when you are pressed for time or can't be super creative with your outfit, a pair of interesting lasses really makes all the difference without any effort.

If you're looking to make a bold statement with your glasses, here's a few choices I recommend from Warby Parker. Don't forget they offer free at-home try-on so you can see what you like at no cost. 

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getting to know me, part 3: fashion & beauty

For this final Getting to Know Me post, I'm sharing things related to fashion and beauty. I'm one of those people who has truly been interested in fashion since childhood. No joke, one of my favorite things to do even in elementary school was spend hours on the old Style.com, which became Vogue Runway in 2015. I remember referencing Bill Blass to my friends in middle school and they thought he was someone I had made up. 

The beauty obsession kind of came later, first with makeup. In high school, I got really into MAC and insane hairstyles. I was obsessed with the iconic models of the late aughts like Gemma Ward, Anna Selezneva, Lara Stone, Lily Donaldson, Karlie Kloss, Sasha Pivovarova, Snejana Onopka, Frida Gustavsson, and Ginta Lapina, who inspired me to actually bleach my eyebrows at one point. 

After the makeup obsession, I got really into skincare which eventually led me into my current career path. My point is that fashion and beauty have been a huge, huge part of my life for the majority of it, so here are a few details.

What is your style philosophy?
Equilibrium. Balancing masculine/feminine, high/low, textures, shapes, and colors.

What designers/brands are the most "you"?
Rouje, Sézane, Anine Bing, Chloé, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Joseph, Zimmermann, APC, and I always love Zara.

What designers would you wear on the red carpet or to a formal event?
Rosie Assoulin, Chloé, Delpozo, Gucci, and Dior.

How would you style a white t-shirt for the weekend?
High-waisted vintage jeans like these, statement ankle boots like these, tortoise shell sunglasses, and a classic bag.

How would you style a white t-shirt for work?
Structured, statement midi skirt like this one with a pair of suede mules and gold jewelry. 

What piece of clothing, what pair of shoes, and what accessory should every girl have in her closet?
High-quality jeans that fit perfectly, nude pumps, and a cool pair of sunglasses.

What are your personal top five clothing/accessory must haves?
Long-sleeve striped t-shirt, high-waisted skinny jeans, camel coat, tortoiseshell sunglasses, and ballet flats.

What are your top five skincare must haves?
Glossier Balm Dot Com; Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate; Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water; Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate; and any good retinoid.

What are your top five make-up must haves?
Anastasia Brow Wiz; Anastasia Glow Kit in Gleam; Tarte In Bloom Palette; Glossier Priming Moisturizer; Too Faced Plumping Lip Gloss.

What are your top five self-care must haves?
Moon Juice Brain Dust; Moon Juice Adaptogen Protein Powder; Chia Seeds; Magnesium Powder; Aveda Comforting Tea.

Who are your current style inspirations? 
Jeanne Damas, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and Linda Rodin.

a few fall favorites

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I think we can all agree that fall is the best time of year and, although its already mid-October, I still have so many fun things in mind for the season. I can't wait to drink hot apple cider at Union Square, take cliché walks through Central Park when the leaves turn orange, and have apple strudel at Café Sabarsky on the Upper East Side. 

In the meantime, I'm sharing a few of my fall favorites ranging from clothes and beauty to music and treats.

cozy teddy coat
Get it here at H&M.
I've been dying to find a teddy coat for the longest time! After creating my fall/winter capsule wardrobe a few weeks ago, I decided now was finally the time to get one and I just so happened to find the perfect piece at H&M of all places. I've got to say, H&M has really been great lately and I adore this oatmeal colored teddy coat. I already have a camel coat that I love but I wanted something a little more unique to switch out when I want a different look. I especially can't wait to pair it with the item below! 

navy baker boy hat
So, I went to the H&M store to see if they carried the teddy coat I saw online. I had the intention of getting the coat, a beret, and a neutral-colored scarf, but they didn't have the coat so I was left on the hunt for a beret and scarf. I ended up liking the beret, but I tried this baker boy hat on and absolutely loved it! The little gold details and the navy color are perfect for adding a bit of interest to my outfits. Now, I just need the weather to cool down so I can wear it with my striped tees and teddy coat.

bourbon maple candle
Get it here from White Barn.
I mentioned this candle in my home fragrance haul, but I just had to put it in my fall favorites. I cannot get enough of this scent! I didn't expect to like it when I went to smell it in the store because I hate bourbon but I instantly fell in love. The three-wick candle is so great because it truly fills the room with long-lasting scent.

pumpkin pecan waffle room spray
Also mentioned in my haul, we picked up several room sprays. They're all great, but I've been especially partial to the Pumpkin Pecan Waffle. It just smells like a cozy, autumnal Sunday, like you're cooking waffles in the kitchen on a rainy morning.

pumpkin latte socks
Get them here at J.Crew
I stopped in at J.Crew and when I saw these socks, I had to get them. I needed a new pair of trouser socks to wear when the weather gets cold and I'm really not a fan of boring ones, so I'm happy these jumped out at me. It's hard to find a pair of socks that are cute and fun but not too crazy and still pretty neutral. These are a pretty light gray with cute little lattes and pumpkins on them. They seriously make me so happy, I'm having trouble taking them off.

maison margiela 'jazz club' fragrance
Get it here at Nordstrom
I've loved this perfume for awhile now but I think it's the perfect scent for fall. While it is technically a men's cologne, I think it works really well for women, too. The scent evokes the ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club with notes of musk, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, and tobacco with a bit of pink pepper, neroli, clary sage, and rum. It's just warm and deep and makes you feel cozy.

victoria's secret weightless shea body oil
Buy this similar product at The Body Shop.
This is another product I've had for awhile and I hate to say it, but I can't find it anywhere to buy. However, there are some similar products at The Body Shop and L'Occitane. You guys, this oil smells so good. The scent is warm and the oil absorbs into your skin really quickly. I love putting it on as soon as I get out of the shower as a base to hold onto any other fragrance I may use.

jurlique nutri-define eye contour balm
Get it here at Dermstore.
I was thinking about adding an eye cream to my nighttime skin routine and found this one in my product stash. This is a super hydrating eye cream with ingredients like alfalfa seed (to even skin tone), licorice root (to soothe, hydrate, and brighten), silver ear mushroom (to draw and retain moisture), and a Biosome5 technology which nourishes your skin with antioxidants. I particularly love this eye cream because it feels good on my sensitive skin and doesn't sting the eye area.

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will & grace reboot
I remember watching Will & Grace with my parents when it was originally on and thinking it was so funny, even as an elementary and middle schooler. I'm quite wary about reboots, especially now that every single show seems to get one and they're never that good, but this has not disappointed! It feels like the show never ended and just naturally picked up in 2017. All of the characters are still so funny and while there are millennial jokes, they're not typically as forced and stupid as other shows make them. 

two cozy playlists
I'm pretty picky when it comes to music, so finding pre-made playlists is tough. It's especially tough to find ones I like for fall because I'm not going to listen to any playlist with the song "Ho Hey". It's just not going to happen, sorry. But, I've been listening to two playlists this season that I've really been enjoying.

The first is The Everygirl Listens: Backyard Dinner Party which doesn't necessarily sound like a traditional fall playlist but it has great classics by Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra, and Nick Drake as well as newer songs by Ray Lamontagne, Belle & Sebastian, and Feist.

The second is a playlist I found a long time ago on 8tracks and transferred to Spotify. It's called Let's Go to Georgetown and features artists like The Kooks, Andrew Bird, and Vampire Weekend. All of the songs just have a sort-of college campus vibe, which is very autumnal.

vegan chocolate chip scones
Find the recipe here at Yoga Journal.
I've been told that these are my best baked goods yet and I can't say that I disagree. I got the recipe from this Chloe Coscarelli cookbook and tweaked it just slightly. I didn't have an orange on hand both times I've made these, so I omitted the zest (although I recommend using it if you can) and only used orange juice. Also, I let them bake for about 18 minutes rather than the suggested 15. Please, go make these because they're delicious and perfect for fall. 

where to shop online for the holidays

Here's a bit of holiday magic to interrupt the regularly scheduled fall content you're seeing across the internet. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? October is typically the month when Americans start doing their serious Christmas shopping. 

I wanted to put together a list of online shopping destinations that may be helpful during your holiday shopping. As you know, my ethos is quality over quantity and that is reflected in these retailers. I also tried to put together a list of retailers that are a little more unique than your typical Zara or Sephora, although those are both great options as well. I hope you find something you like for each of your loved ones and a few things for yourself!

P.S. This is a longer read, so light a candle, make a cup of chai, and grab a chocolate chip scone.

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Sézane
If you're a consistent reader of this blog, you probably know Sézane. It's the French fashion brand you see all over Instagram. This is the perfect place to find a gift for the girl who loves everything Parisian and who is looking to add quality pieces to her carefully curated wardrobe. 

The Perfect Gifts: Julie Scarf ($70) | Laure Necklace ($70) |  E-Gift Card

Morning Lavender
This is a cute little boutique with pieces that are great for girls with a feminine, flirty style. If she likes gingham, warm florals, and kimonos, this is the shop for her. The shop carries clothing as well as accessories like scarves, hats, sunglasses, and more.

The Perfect Gifts: Bree Sunglasses ($21) | Trina Camel Plaid Shawl ($49) | E-Gift Card

Christy Dawn
Based in Venice, California, Christy Dawn has the perfect dresses for your bohemian girls. This shop is for the girls whose style icons are Penny Lane and Sienna Miller. They also carry a few accessories to choose from. Note that the pieces at Christy Dawn are on the pricier side.

The Perfect Gifts: River Dress ($280) | The Lennon Dress ($202) | E-Gift Card

Rarely
This Madrid-based brand is a great option for quirky, subversive pieces like graphic t-shirts and statement sweatshirts. Their clothes would make great gifts for the Tumblr set or anyone who has an ironic sense of humor or inclination toward edgy street style.

The Perfect Gifts: i heart banana Tee ($79) | I'm Not a Real Influencer tee ($49)

BEAUTY & WELLNESS


Violet Grey
This is my favorite place to find special, It-girl beauty products from brands like Chanel, Le Labo, and Omorovicza. Every brand on Violet Grey, which is known as the Industry's Beauty Edit, adheres to a strict set of standards to ensure consumers that they have been tested, approved, and filed by industry experts. If you want the best of beauty, look here.

The Perfect Gifts: The French Pharmacy Set ($50) | Yves Durif Brush ($65) | E-Gift Card

CAP Beauty
This New York favorite only stocks 100% natural products with no synthetic ingredients. If your girl is into green beauty, shop here. They carry makeup and skincare, of course, but also some great wellness brands like Moon Juice and The Wellness Chef so you will be able to find something unique and useful for your loved ones who are into wellness.

The Perfect Gifts: Moon Juice Brain Dust ($35) | RMS Living Luminizer ($38) | E-Gift Card

Credo
Another clean beauty destination, Credo carries sustainable and ethically sourced brands like Ilia, Rodin Olio Lusso, Tata Harper, and W3ll People. Credo has a feel similar to Bluemercury as opposed to the bohemian vibe of CAP Beauty. The brands are sometimes lesser known but you can guarantee that they're clean and ethical.

The Perfect Gifts: Herbivore Coco Rose Scrub ($36) | Tata Harper Essentials Set ($70) | E-Gift Card

Anthropologie
I hope that, by now, everyone knows the glory of the Anthropologie beauty section. It's obviously a great place for clothing and home decor gifts, but the beauty selection is the real treasure trove. Just like the rest of their products, the beauty section is filled with beautifully packaged, apothecary-inspired brands that make really special gifts.

The Perfect Gifts: Capri Blue Volcano Hand Cream ($18) | Baudelaire Sisal Bath Brush ($10) | E-Gift Card

HOME

The Little Market
For unique home gifts, I love recommending Lauren Conrad's The Little Market. All of the products are fair trade and handmade by female artisans. You can get everything from gift boxes and candles to toys and beautiful baskets. 

The Perfect Gifts: Scented Candles ($26) | Striped Hand Towels ($32) | E-Gift Card 

Zara Home
Is it just me or is Zara Home still a hidden gem in the U.S.? Just like the clothing arm of the brand, Zara Home carries affordable versions of on-trend home decor. You can find everything from bedding and furniture to small decor items and candles.

The Perfect Gifts: Striped Two-Tone Shawl ($30) | Polka Dot Mug ($13) |

General Store
This online shop carries unique home decor items that feel one-of-a-kind. This is a great option for people who gravitate towards clean, minimalist design and art-lovers. The store carries decor items such as lighting fixtures and vases, but also cookbooks and coffee table books.

The Perfect Gifts: Brass Dish ($50) | Gjelina Cookbook ($35) | Morning Bowl ($60)

Kaufmann Mercantile
If you're looking for a gift for someone with impeccable design taste and you have a larger budget, Kaufmann Mercantile is your place. They sell beautiful European design objects, books, and bar items as well as unique kitchen tools.

The Perfect Gifts: Menu Glass Teapot ($70) | Scents of Land Candle ($42) |

STOCKING STUFFERS

Sugarfina
For a more unique holiday gift, try a gift set of candy from Sugarfina. I like the idea of candy as a gift for co-workers or as a stocking stuffer for sweet-tooth friends. Sugarfina offers the cutest variations of candy that appeal to a more refined palette, using flavors like champagne, rosé, and even green juice.

The Perfect Gifts: 8-Piece Bento ($64) | 24K Gold Rosé All Day Bears ($24) 

ban.do
One of my favorite go-to's for quirky gifts, ban.do has a huge selection to choose from. They carry everything from paper goods and accessories to yoga mats and phone cases. This is a great option for stocking stuffers and smaller gifts.

The Perfect Gifts: Very Busy Notebook ($12) | Rose Mobile Charger ($35) | E-Gift Card

Rifle Paper Company
Based near my hometown in Winter Park, Florida, Rifle Paper Company is my favorite place for paper goods. You can find any type of paper good you're looking for, whether it be a calendar or a planner, a notebook or even a phone case.

The Perfect Gifts: Maps of the World Calendar ($26) | Clear Rosa Phone Case ($34) | E-Gift Card

Muji
Japanese company Muji is a minimalist's treasure trove for all sorts of home and paper items. If you have a friend whose style is minimalist or Eastern-inspired, they will love anything you get them from Muji. Plus, everything is super affordable.

The Perfect Gifts: Plantation Paper Notebooks ($3) | Japanese Incense ($14)
 

autumnal home fragrance haul

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I try to be casual in expressing my fondness for fall, but the truth is that my passion for the season is pretty unbridled. Just the sight of pumpkins, the scent of caramel, and the thought of tall stacks of old books give me heart palpitations. So, it's no surprise that I'm here today with a haul of autumn-inspired home fragrance.

My mom and I went to White Barn to stock up on fall scent essentials and I swear I could have lived in the store. The merchandising was so beautiful! The black walls were a perfect backdrop for their pumpkin stand set up and the candles placed underneath beautiful, glass cloches. 

We started by stocking up on wallflowers for around the house. There were a ton of beautiful smelling scent choices, but we ended up with Cranberry Woods, Pumpkin Apple, and a few Cinnamon. If you don't already have a wallflower, I highly recommend them! You just plug the holder into an electric socket and can switch out the scents as you wish. They do a really good job at keeping your space constantly filled with fragrance.

We also got a few room sprays, my favorite being Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. This product is super concentrated so it only takes one spritz to fill the room and this scent makes it smell like you're cooking a perfect fall breakfast. We also got a simple Vanilla Bean spray which is a classic choice that always smells good.

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We also picked up a selection of hand soaps. I feel like hand soap is often underrated or ignored even though, when selected properly, they can rival candles as the reigning star of home fragrance. We use our hand soap multiple times everyday, so it's an easy way to incorporate seasonal fragrance into your home.

We chose Sunkissed Citrus Honey for the kitchen, which may not seem like the most autumnal scent but it's warm with a hint of lemon which is great for the room it will go in. We also chose a classic Pumpkin Cupcake and a Birchwood & Juniper soap which will transition really well into the winter months. But, my favorite of the ones we bought is Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte which incorporates three popular fall scents into one product. It smells so good, I've been washing my hands nonstop. 

Finally, the pièce de résistance: the Maple Bourbon three-wick candle. Both my mom and I are not fans of bourbon at all, so I didn't expect to like this scent when I sampled it at the store. I was so wrong! It smells just like a bottle of maple syrup. Once lit, it only takes a few minutes to fill the entire room.

I'm so pleased with the scents we chose! I think we have a good balance of sweet/syrupy and crisp/fresh and all of the smells throughout the house are so relaxing and evocative of everything autumnal.