Canadian Tuxedo

May 25, 2016

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CHAMBRAY TOP from LOFT | PINAZ WEDGES from TJMAXX | c/o SIMON MALLS

BLANK NYC DENIM | TOPSHOP BAG | DANIEL WELLINGTON WATCH c/o | MADEWELL BRACELETS

Last month, Potomac Mills challenged me to accessorize a chambray top as part of their month-long Accessorize Your Spring Sale, going on now through May 31st. They sent me this top from LOFT and at first, I thought I’d pair it with a white pencil skirt and a pair of colorful pumps for a casual work look but the more time that passed the more I found myself wearing the blouse with my favorite pair of denim. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the kind of lady to sport a Canadian tuxedo, let alone suggest it to others. But with the right shades of denim it can be quite the cute little weekend outfit. And super comfy.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been hard to find any kind of fashion inspiration with nearly 20 days of straight rain so this duo was something I reached for at least once during the weekend. No shame.

Are you a fan of the Canadian tuxedo? Do you mix a darker wash with acid wash or tend to stay in the same denim color palette? Share with me in the comments below!

The Weekend Update | Vol 2

May 20, 2016

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  • I love a good refreshing towelette in the middle of the work day but the older I get, the more sensitive my skin becomes and it’s been difficult to find a product that doesn’t leave my face red and blotchy. No bueno. These JĀSÖN® Gentle Basics towelettes are the only ones I’ve found that leave me refreshed and blotch free. They’re dermatologist tested and clinically proven to hydrate skin, without causing redness or irritation. Bonus? All of their products are free of harsh chemicals, skin irritants and are fragrance and gluten free.
  • I finally found the perfect SPF to add to my daily skincare regimen. Not too thick and not at all sticky. Apply after your moisturizer or mix together!
  • NYX’s matte lipstick in ‘Butter’ has quickly become my go-to shade for summer. And since it’s the perfect taupey nude, you can bet this lip will be following me into fall and winter! Apply the butter gloss in “Natural” over the lipstick for a pinkier lip or “Peanut Brittle” for a more taupe/sierra color.
  • Keep all these summertime essentials in a sassy bag like this fun fringe crossbody.
  • While these have been my staple shades for well over a decade, I’m thinking of changing things up this summer with this pair from Celine. Not too pricey, and everything I’m looking for in a potential new pair of sunglasses. Perhaps an early birthday present to myself? We’ll see…

En Route with Mark & Graham

May 18, 2016

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PONCHO c/o MELISSA MCCARTHY Seven7 | BLANK NYC DENIM | SOLUDOS FLATS | RAY BAN AVIATORS

OVERNIGHT BAG, ZIP POUCH, TRAVEL BAG, CARRY-ON SPINNER, LUGGAGE TAG c/o MARK & GRAHAM

It’s hard to find the perfect overnight bag. An ordeal, some might say. The perfect bag to pack for a birthday sleepover, a weekend at your parent’s place, a weekend at his parent’s place, a Bachelorette party weekend, a mini vacation to that cabin you keep saying you’re going to take but you never do, Memorial Day weekend at the beach… you get the idea. Truth be told, I’d been using promo bags to toss my weekend essentials in – the ones you get when a new retail store opens. But it’s been more than a handful of years since I graduated college and the time for me to own a grown-up weekender has come and gone. Longggg gone.

I stumbled upon Mark and Graham in my Twitter feed, of all places. This exact overnight bag was featured in the press image and I instantly knew that with a gold monogram slapped on the front of it, that bag would be mine. For years, I’d gone back and forth in between cognac and black leather, whether or not it should have a long strap, handle straps, or both… all of those little details you take into consideration when you’re making an adult purchase. Should I get the matching cosmetics kit? Will it be too matchy? Should everything be monogrammed? Should nothing be monogrammed? Maybe I’ll get married one day and my monogram will change. Just kidding, I’ll never change my name. But that’s only because I’m never getting married. And then all of a sudden I’m 30 minutes into pinning mountain wedding theme images. Ok, so monogram it is.

Overnight bag problem solved. Onto the next… the rest of my luggage. Ugh. Lucky for me, and you, Mark and Graham is kind of a one-stop-shop for all of your travel needs. If you’re a fan of the matchy-matchy, you can match bags up ’til your heart’s content, or if you’re more like me and like to switch it up a little they have the same leather bags in a number of colors. I chose to go with beauty and tech bags in different colors but all colors that complimented each other (stone, grey, blush, navy, and cognac).

Are you a mathcy-matchy kind of luggage gal or do you prefer to mix and match?

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