Fall Fragrances

Each season I switch up my fragrances just a bit. Spring and summer bring light florals and refreshingly delicious everyday scents, while fall and winter bring heavier, richer fragrances that pair perfectly with chunky sweaters or glamorous holiday dresses.

Four of my absolute favorites are below. While roses may remind many of spring, I love the contrast of roses with winter weather. To me, it's a denser floral that is perfect for snowy days, and Roses de Chloe is a new classic rose perfume. I didn't want to like Alien because the packaging isn't feminine and the name is terrible, but when I got a sample in a Sephora order, it quickly became one of my favorites. It's a soft, but rich, scent that has both vanilla and floral in its notes. I first tried Vanilla Insensee in a Birchbox last month and I could use it every day, every occasion. It has amazing staying power and isn't overly sweet. Tocca Margaux takes a gardenia scent and somehow creates a deep, warm fragrance that I use on most nights out in the winter.

Do you switch up your fragrances each season? Any favorites this fall? 
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Work Tote

For years I carried a past its prime Longchamp bag to work, and while I've graduated to a leather tote in the past year or so, it happens to be royal blue and isn't the most versatile of bags. Lately I've been looking at more neutral bags and decided that a saddle colored leather would work best for me. Not only does it go with both brown and black, but it can be used year round. The tote style works best, in my opinion, for easily carrying around a laptop, a planner, and any other necessities.

The Madewell tote is perfect for someone who has a bit more bohemian style than I do, though the color is gorgeous. The Tory Burch tote has simple lines that would complement any outfit, and I love the silhouette and understated paneling and details of the Rebecca Minkoff bag. The C.Wonder bag is a lower price point and the nylon bottom would definitely help it stand up to day to day use.

Do any readers have an everyday work tote they swear by? I'd love to hear suggestions!

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October Birchbox Recap

October's Birchbox was full of products that would be great for someone, just not for me. With the exception of the lip balm, these are all products that I can confidently say I won't be purchasing, but they may have an audience elsewhere.

This month's products included:
  • TONI&GUY Classic Shine Gloss Serum: This serum adds a bit of gloss to dry hair, and while it was a bit much for my hair, I could see it being a great option for hair that's drier or has frizzy issues. 
  • CLEAN Rain Eau de Parfum: If you're in the market for a fresh, melon scented perfume, this one's for you. That's not my cup of tea, but it's certainly long lasting. All day I kept getting whiffs of it, and wishing I was back to one of my floral perfumes.
  • Supergoop! CC Cream: This CC cream offers a bit more coverage than I'm used to, but if you're in the market for a heavier than normal everyday CC cream, with SPF, then this is a great option. Plus, Supergoop! is a brand that truly specializes in broad spectrum sun protection. 
  • Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips: On Saturday, I was outside at a the UVa game all day and totally forgot lip balm with SPF. My lips got totally fried and this balm saved the day on Sunday. Two days later, and all remnants of the burn are gone. 
  • ModelCo Power Lash Mascara: I'm still having a tough time finding a mascara better than Benefit's They're Real. This mascara is on par with any normal drugstore mascara, but not worth the price. However, I'll definitely toss this travel size in my makeup bag to have on hand for touch ups. 

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Collection

I recently had the opportunity to try out Dove's new Pure Care Dry Oil collection including shampoo, conditioner, and nourishing treatment oil. As someone with extremely thick, stick straight hair, I'm always trying to make sure my hair looks shiny and healthy, but I also find that it doesn't take much to weigh my hair down and start crossing into oily territory. Heavy products work against my hair and it takes a lot of trial and error to find something that makes my hair glossy, but doesn't fight against volume.

Robe is from Plum Pretty Sugar, which makes the most beautiful loungewear.

I also prefer a haircare routine that's quick and easy. While I wash my hair each and every day, I often let it air dry during the week and I don't have time to bother with much more than shampoo, conditioner, and one product. The Pure Care Dry Oil collection was perfect for a three step process that made my hair silky and healthy, regardless of whether I did a blow out or not. I simply shampooed (no repeat!), conditioned, and then while my hair was still damp, I rubbed a few drops of the oil through my hair, concentrating on the ends. The oil absorbed quickly and as my hair dried, it felt shiny and healthy without being weighed down.

While I do have naturally straight hair, I can imagine that this line would work wonders on hair with more natural texture and frizziness. The moisture and glossiness of the dry oil would likely calm and nourish dry hair and tame flyaway frizzies. Plus, the dry oil allows your style to hold all day. Whether I go with blown out straight or add curls with a curling iron, my hair feels silky smooth to the touch from morning to night.

On a side note, I absolutely love the packaging of the entire collection. It has a luxurious, rich feel to it, while still maintaining the clean, pure aesthetic that you see throughout Dove's product lines. The dry oil is actually pretty enough to even keep out on a dresser among your perfume bottles and night creams.

Dove is offering an opportunity for all women to try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection risk-free through December 31, 2014. They promise that if you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21-12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for more details.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Quilted Vest Info

I've had a ton of questions about the quilted vest I have been wearing way too much lately and that I posted on Instagram last night. While I have an outfit post lined up next week featuring this particular vest, I wanted to go ahead and give y'all the info on it since it appears to be selling out.

It is actually from Old Navy, and I'm super picky about buying things from there since I feel like most of it you get what you pay for, as in it falls apart, but this vest is adorable and feels well made. I have one in pink from last year and it still looks great. This year, it also comes in red, ivory, and olive green.

I have dressed mine up and down. Yesterday, I wore it to work and Junior League with this dress and a belt similar to this one. Over the weekend, I went for a more casual look with leggings (as pants!), a henley top, and a blanket scarf.

The other Old Navy item I swear by? Chambray shirts.

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Anthropologie Sale

Anthropologie is currently offering 25% additional off their sale section, which is the perfect time to stock up on items that are good to have on hand for shower gifts, to do a little early Christmas shopping, or even pick up a few things to spruce up your own place.

Of course, it's always worth checking out the baubles at Anthropologie, too. How gorgeous are both of these pairs of earrings? Also, there are quite a few delicate and feminine nightgowns and robes in the sale. I personally love this one and this one

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One Dress, Two Ways

I blogged about this dress a few weeks as one of my updated fall wardrobe picks, and since it's still one of the best pieces I have seen this season, I'm showing you two different ways to style it. One dressed up look, one dressed down.

The dressed down version is a sophisticated version of outdoorsy. Ribbed sweater tights are a rugged complement to cognac colored riding boots and I love the look of a quilted vest over a dress. In fact, I wore an ivory quilted vest over a navy wrap dress this evening to my Junior League meeting. A little touch of peach for lips and cheeks is all you need for this casual look.

To dress up the drop waist dress, a leopard scarf looks gorgeous with the dark peacock green color. While I would actually wear just solid leopard, I couldn't resist using this scarf that combines leopard AND stripes - two of my favorites in one scarf. A classic black quilted bag, sleek booties, opaque tights, and red nails round out this evening out look.

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Lucy Activewear

It's safe to say I'm obsessed with workout wear. I try to fit in a class almost every day, and since I have had the opportunity to try out ClassPass this past month, I've been checking out pretty much every studio in DC. This means I'm always running to or from a yoga, pilates, or barre class, and I need workout wear that is functional yet also looks stylish for running errands or grabbing brunch.

When lucy contacted me last month about some of the new styles that they have in their collection, I jumped at the chance to try out a few of their pieces. I snapped a few shots from my sister's rooftop while I was in NYC this past weekend (I had taken off my makeup right before realizing the lighting was perfect for taking pictures, so you're getting the true picture of me working out!)

Both the Flexibility Leggings and the Feel the Beat Tank have a dance influenced look, which I absolutely love. The Flexibility Leggings have a contrasting ribbed legwarmer built in that extends above the knee, in addition to a substantial stirrup at the foot. I usually run into workout pants being far too long, but these actually fit perfectly. They are snug and flattering with a thick waistband that even has an internal pocket. 

The Feel the Beat Tank is a long tunic length with a shirttail style hem. It's not skin tight, but allows just enough room to have some movement, while not flipping up in downward dog. The back features an XY detail that is reminiscent of a leotard and the shelf bra is slightly padded and would allow women of any size to go without an additional sports bra. 

Both the leggings and the tank are made of a moisture wicking fabric that dries quickly and is ideal for a tough workout. lucy also sent me Power Training Headband, which has grips on the inside that ensure it stays in place and doesn't slide around. This was perfect for me, especially since I recently had layers cut into my hair (along with cutting off about 4 inches!) and they just refuse to stay back in a ponytail.

Check out the rest of lucy's stylish workout wear here and shop a few more of my favorites using the links below!