pretty things no. 23

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Happy first official day of fall, everyone! 🍁 I sometimes see articles telling you how to celebrate fall without ‘being basic’ and my first thought is always ‘Who cares about being basic in the fall?!’ Give me all the seasonal drinks, cozy sweaters, Lululemon leggings, and boarding school books in the world! As they say, if being basic in the fall is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

So, in honor of the first day of the best season, I put together my fall essentials for pretty things. As you can probably tell, they’re very inspired by the brand Sézane, who I think does autumn really, really well.

The first essential is a good, camel coat. My favorites are always from J.Crew like this one. There’s honestly nothing more classic and elegant that will enhance your outfit like a quality camel coat.

Another must-have is a cashmere sweater such as this white one from Theory. It’s soft, luxurious, and will last you a lifetime if you take care of it. Plus, it’s a great fabric for fall because it’s versatile. It’ll keep you warm if it’s chilly, but won’t be too hot if it’s still warmer outside.

If you want to add a bit of charm to your look, try a felt hat (I recommend Rag & Bone). It’ll complete the outfit and give you a bit of a vintage, Parisian edge.

I’m sure that every fall, most of you bring out your collection of tall boots. I love this pair from Aquatalia. They’d look perfect with everything from skinny jeans and a sweater to a mini-dress or skirt.

The next great piece for fall is the silk scarf. It isn’t cold enough yet to warrant a wool or cashmere scarf, but a silk one serves as a great transition.

If you ask me, the perfect classic fall jacket is a quilted Annandale from Barbour. It has the distinct vibe of an English hunting jacket that would be worn by members of the royal family, making it both practical and luxe.

Finally, if you want to make a statement, do it with a pair of corduroys like these from Ulla Johnson. The color and texture are probably the most autumnal thing you’ll ever find, plus I guarantee they’ll make you stand out in a crowd.

six month update: 101 in 1001 goals

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Back in March, I started working on my ‘101 in 1001’ list. Since then, a few of the items have changed a little bit, but it’s been really fun working on them! Having this list makes it easier to achieve little goals throughout the months. It serves as a roadmap and definitely prevents boredom. If I ever can’t think of something fun to do, I check the list and try to knock an item off of it. So, it’s been six months since I began the list which means it’s time for a check-in!

So, far I’ve crossed off 35 of the 101 items, which I think is pretty good! That’s a little over a quarter of the way through the list in only six months. Yay!

Start: 10 March 2018 | End: 4 December 2020

Personal Development (7/20)
Vote in the 2020 election
Read 150 books (38/150)
Go to the chiropractor
Join a gym that I love
Take a fun, creative class
Donate to 3 charities (3/3)
Learn and wear an elaborate braided hairstyle
Finish re-reading the Harry Potter series
Treat my mom to a trip or other big gift
Read all of Proust's In Search of Lost Time
Get genetic DNA testing
Go to a protest or political event
Explore the Asian Art wing at the Met
Revisit the American wing at the Met
Get my balayage highlights redone
Volunteer
Get a facial
Get a massage
Take three different fitness classes (1/3)
Fill out the monthly reflection pages in my Passion Planner for a year


Professional (9/15)
Update my resume
Go to a networking event
Buy a DSLR camera
Start a side photography business
Finish writing a novel
Read 3 new professional development books (3/3)
Film a "Travel With Me" vlog
Meet three bloggers I admire (1/3 - Marianna Hewitt)
Go to a launch party
Take a new headshot
Meet my personal income goals
Start investing
Send thank-you notes to people who have helped my career
Mentor someone younger/earlier in their career
Find a mentor


Home (3/10)
Sign a new apartment lease
Move to a neighborhood that I love
Buy groceries at the farmer's market
Update my bedroom at home
Buy a Smeg appliance
Organize digital photo library
Sort through and donate books
Type up all of my journals
Make 3 fun cocktails
Make 5 recipes from Pinterest (5/5)
Baking (4/10)
Bake a very intricate pie
Make gingham sugar cookies
Bake macarons
Take a baking class
Bake a unique bread recipe
Bake homemade Poptarts
Make a perfect souffle
Try 3 baked desserts I haven't tried before (3/3)
Bake blueberry scones
Bake something from KawaiiSweetWorld's channel

Travel (5/20)
Make another trip abroad
Go to Palm Beach
Visit Harry Potter world
Get Global Entry pass
Dine at a Michelin starred restaurant
Take a long weekend trip to Austin, Texas
Visit Japan
Do a fun staycation in Florida
See the James Turrell light exhibit at MoMA PS1
Do the Harry Potter Studio Tour
Drink cider at a biergarten in the fall
Stay at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Stay in a unique Airbnb
Visit Montreal & Quebec City
Go to a beach outside of Florida
Book a trip for my 27th birthday
Visit a castle
Dine at Chiltern Firehouse in London
Eat a unique ice-cream flavor at a cool shop
Have a cupcake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Just For Fun (7/26)
Go to a concert
Watch all of the Best Picture nominees in a year
Dress as Lara Croft for Halloween
Celebrate my 26th & 27th birthdays (1/2)
See 3 Broadway or off-Broadway shows (1/3)
Watch a live tennis match
Watch the 2018 World Cup
Sign up for MoviePass
See Taylor Swift in concert
Go to Hillsong
See the Nutcracker
Get my makeup done professionally
Go to a live talk show
Leave a 100% tip
Watch every Audrey Hepburn film
Go to a baseball game
Send photo Christmas cards
Buy an investment handbag
Buy new clear or rose quartz glases
Drink a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
Finally watch "The Wire"
Go to a music festival
Find a new signature perfume
Make a short film
Find + buy something I love at a vintage store
Throw a themed dinner party

summer fridays overtime mask review

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Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, Sephora ($44)

I love Summer Fridays. It’s the brand founded by Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores that’s all over Instagram. I was at their brand launch party earlier this year and was lucky enough to be gifted their first product, the Jet Lag Mask. I was so excited when they launched their second product at the beginning of September that I placed an order immediately.

I have a feeling I’ll be collecting each of their products as they’re release, so let’s make it a tradition for me to share my reviews as they come out.

FIRST IMPRESSION

I was excited to see that the package design and ingredients were fitting for fall. I love displaying my Jet Lag Mask because of the pretty blue color and I imagine I’ll be doing the same with this pretty orange creamsicle colored tube. Fortunately, this product was released right around the same time I knew I needed a good exfoliating product. I also knew that it involved pumpkin, so I was sold.

WHAT’S IN IT

The Overtime Mask is described as “a clarifying mask that uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead skin cells for a luminous effect”. Along with the pumpkin and apricot seed powder, it’s also formulated with oat kernel proteins, beta carotene, and vitamin E. As with all Summer Fridays products, this one is certified clean at Sephora meaning it has no parabens, sulfates, fragrance, or silicone and it is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. 🙌

USING IT

The first thing I have to talk about is the scent! It’s a blend of spices like clove, ginger, and nutmeg and seriously smells like pumpkin pie filling. So good! The exfoliant is really light which means it’s not going to be too abrasive on your skin but give a good scrub. If you have super, super sensitive skin, I’d be careful but for the most part, this should work for everyone. After scrubbing for 60 seconds, I left the mask on for ten minutes then rinsed. My face was instantly smooth and glowing! Just like the Jet Lag Mask, I highly recommend the Overtime Mask.

dressing for fall in a warm climate

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Question—-is there anyone out there that doesn’t love fall fashion? Maybe I’m biased but I swear, everyone I talk to gets so excited come September 1st for sweaters, boots, and scarves. But if you live in the South like me or another climate that’s warm year-round, it can be hard to see all of the cute fall outfits on Instagram when you’re still stuck wearing shorts and tank tops in ninety plus degree weather!

I love fall fashion so much that, during college, I often wore sweaters even during the sweltering hot summers. Granted, they were “beach sweaters” made of lighter materials but they were sweaters nonetheless. I got together with a college friend recently and she reminded me of this one time I was wearing a sweater in sweltering August and actually said out loud, “I don’t know why, but I just got really hot all of the sudden” as if wearing a sweater couldn’t possibly be the reason.

Since then, I’ve managed to find a balance! You can totally take part in the fun of fall outfits without killing yourself in a heavy sweater. Here are some of the ideas I’ve found that work.

Heavier textures like embroidery
Wool sweaters and corduroy are still a no-go, but you can transition into the fall months with embroidered pieces. Try an embroidered mini-skirt that’s not super heavy, so it feels okay in the heat but the embroidery makes it feel like a piece that’s well-suited for cooler weather.

Lightweight dresses in warm colors
Some simple t-shirt dresses and caftans can work for fall if you choose the right colors. Try cinnamon, burnt orange, burgundy, and even emerald green then pair with ankle boots.

Cardigans and kimonos for layering
For those living in warm climates, kimonos are a godsend! They allow you to layer up while still keeping very cool. Pick one with fall colors and patterns to layer over tank tops, t-shirts, and shorts. You can also try a lightweight, cotton cardigan that looks cozy but doesn’t suffocate.

T-shirts with fall motifs
This is a super easy way to incorporate the fall vibe into your outfits while still wearing short sleeves. I recommend checking out Etsy because there are so many sellers that offer cute, fall-themed pieces. Anything that says “grateful” works too.

Warm toned makeup
Swap out light summer colors with warm colors for fall. Try eyeshadows in gold, rust, and brown as well as burgundy lipsticks and nail polishes.

Swap sandals for ankle boots
Many summer outfits you wear with sandals can be made instantly more autumnal by switching into ankle boots. An easy combination is ankle boots, denim shorts, white t-shirt, and lightweight cardigan or kimono.

Sleeveless trench coats and sweater
Since you probably won’t be wearing an actual jacket for awhile still (December through February, maybe), why not try a sleeveless jacket? It’s a great layering piece that dresses up any simple outfit without causing you to overheat.