pretty things no. 24

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This month is about all things cozy and warm but also a little bit dark and spooky. I’m celebrating October with my favorite “scary” movies and taking inspiration from them for this weekend’s edition of pretty things.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, I’m the type of person who tends to like dressing not as anything in particular but in a generally chic outfit with a spooky element added on. The perfect thing is this lace mask. You can really put together any all black or white outfit and add this on top to make a chic and easy Halloween costume.

This A.P.C. high-neck blouse made me think of Victorian and Gothic fiction like Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Sleepy Hollow, and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak. In real life, though, it would look great with a pair of jeans and suede ankle boots!

The Apocalyptic scent from Byredo is so good for October, as it was inspired by “a landscape of ashes and despair”. Sounds depressing, but smells really good and will get you in the mood for Halloween. It has notes of white-hot iron, black raspberry, oak moss, papyrus, dark wood, and birch.

This Hermès Rocabar wool blanket, with its 70s inspired color palette, is like an expensive version of something you’d see in a vintage shop. It just looks like the perfect thing to wrap up in to read or watch old movies.

One of my favorite go-to masks for fall is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I used it all the time in college because it smells amazing and exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, AHAs, and the same crystals that are used in microdermabrasion.

I’m absolutely obsessed with these fauve-inspired earrings from Madewell. Artists in the fauve movement like Matisse and Derain were known for flat, fragmented shapes like what you see with these earrings. They’re the kind of thing you could pair with a basic white tee and jeans for a carefree, French girl vibe.

I have a tradition of buying a pair of themed socks from J.Crew every season and this year, I’m proud to say that I used rewards and coupon codes to get three pairs of socks for $2. Yes, two dollars. I love this pair with dancing skeletons for Halloween!

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.

five ways to treat yourself this weekend

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There's something about autumn that just feels special. I really feel like it's the "treat yourself" season above all others. Considering that the earth is going through a major transition and society is as well (back-to-school, etc.), it only makes sense that now provides a great opportunity for a little more "self-care" time. Here are some of my favorite ways to give myself a treat every so often. 

light a candle + read this month's issue of your favorite magazine
I did this the other day with the newly released September issue of Vogue. Set yourself up in the living room or, better yet, in bed with the newest issue of your favorite magazine. Light a fall candle and take your time reading and looking at all of the beautiful photography.

watch a fall movie with a batch of homemade popcorn
There are so many movies to get you inspired for fall. Pick one, get cozy in loungewear, then make a bowl of homemade popcorn to eat while you watch. We make two kinds of popcorn, one is a savory, cheesy version and the other is caramel.

order a seasonal drink + browse your favorite bookstore
This is one of my favorite things to do. Go to Starbucks and get one of the fun seasonal drinks (I always recommend the Caramel Apple Spice) then spend some uninterrupted time browsing your favorite bookstore. Check out all the new releases, classics, sales section, and even the board games. For an extra treat, choose a few things to take home with you! If bookstores aren't your thing at the moment, you can also do this at Target. 😉

visit a cute cafe alone or with a friend for a cheese board + glass of wine
Something I used to do in college as a treat is ride my bike down to this cute French bistro (the head chef was from Lyon) with whatever book I was reading in my bag. I'd order a glass of wine and their amazing cheese plate, sometimes even a seasonal fruit tart. I'd do this on my own most of the time but once, my roommate tagged along and we both ordered the most delicious French onion soup while classic French movies played in the background. 

spend an hour on your pampering routine
We all treat ourselves to sheet masks and things from time to time, but when was the last time you spent a full hour on self-care? Do everything from body scrubs and hair treatments to face masks and oils. I recommend trying Grace's summer beauty reset, which can be updated for other seasons just by utilizing seasonal products and scents.

pretty things no. 21

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This weekend's edition of pretty things is inspired by my newly booked upcoming trip to London! We're going in the spring, first to London and then to Amsterdam for a few days and I couldn't be more excited. I'm already planning my outfits, which makes this the perfect topic for pretty things.

The number one item on my London outfit wish list was a sleeveless trench like this one from 3.1 Philip Lim. I'll be layering it over white tees and blouses for a polished look.

It seems like most travel packing lists involve a leather biker jacket because it's useful for so many climates and situations. I'm partial to beige biker jackets because they look lighter and make your outfit more luxurious.

To me, a pair of patent leather brogues is quintessentially British (just like a Burberry trench). They're a great masculine piece to pair with a feminine dress or blouse to give your look a little edge.

London weather can be unpredictable especially in the spring when a warm day can easily transition into a cool evening. I'll definitely be packing a lightweight scarf that will also add some femininity and color to my outfits.

When I'm in the city, I'm always sure to wear not only a sunscreen but a pollution blocking sunscreen like this one from Supergoop.

I've been mentioning how I plan on styling masculine pieces with feminine ones. This Burberry blouse is the perfect feminine piece to layer under a trench coat or with a pair of heavy brogues.

Finally, who would I be if I didn't recommend a pair of large sunglasses for travel? This black, angular pair from Le Specs will add a touch of glam to complete any look.

three beauty products on my counter right now

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I used to write a lot more about beauty than I do these days. The truth is, I've been trying fewer products lately because I've gotten into a routine that I love. But if you need new recommendations, you're in luck because I've recently added three amazing new products to my routine. Like, life saver level products. 

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask
Obsessed with this mask. It's a great clay texture that feels good on your skin and doesn't dry out. If I'm going somewhere 'special' (a date, an event) or plan on taking photos, I put this mask on about twenty minutes before I plan to do my makeup. After letting it sit for 15-20 minutes, remove with cold water and immediately do your makeup. I swear, this makes my skin look so glowy yet matte at the same time. It's brilliant!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel
I adore this tinted moisturizer. I've been using Dr. Jart or It Cosmetics for years now and randomly decided to give this a try instead per the recommendation of an Ulta employee. I'm so glad I did because it's my favorite. It's super light and literally doesn't feel like anything on your face. It looks really glowy and natural, plus it lasts all day long and it's hydrating so it's really good for your skin. For reference, I use the shade 'Ginger'.

Oribe Free Styler Hairspray
My stylist used this hairspray while she was doing my hair recently and I fell in love. It's a flex spray, so she used it throughout the styling process, not just at the end. In fact, she actually used the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to finish instead. Before I use any hot tools, I spray this into my hair (flip your hair over and spray it up into the hair) and then I use a little bit afterwards as well. It's been so good at keeping my waves cute all day long in the humidity.