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Fall plaid

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Hat: Target | Plaid Button-Down: Unknown | Top: Old Navy | Denim: Apt. 9 | Boots: Gianni Bini via Macy’s | Bag: Phillip Lim for Target | Rings: H&M


Every other afternoon (sometimes more), I like to get out of the house and head to a local coffee shop to spend a few hours working away from my desk and apartment. One of my favorite local places is Aromas Bliss in downtown Omaha. The coffee is great, and the atmosphere is very conducive to working, studying, etc. I spent an afternoon at Aromas earlier this week with Liz, and even though our plans to sit outside to work were thwarted by the chilly wind, I’m still glad I got “bundled up” (in fall terms) with a plaid shirt, Chelsea boots and a felted wool hat.

Let’s talk about … brows

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Eyes are the windows of the soul … and I like to think eyebrows are the windowsill. Most of us have either under-plucked or over-plucked at some point in our lives (although I must admit that some of the best advice my mom gave me was to go slow when it comes to plucking — thanks, Mom!). I’ve tried to leave my brows as natural as possible with a little shaping here and there, so you can imagine how happy I’ve been over the past few seasons when big, bold brows have been in. 

I don’t have crazy thick or dark brows, but they’re definitely there and need some everyday help. As silly as it sounds, I feel a bit incomplete if I accidentally forget this step, so if you’re a little wary of adding color or gel to your brows, take my advice: Once you start, you’ll never stop.

My go-to brand, as I’m sure many people’s is, is Anastasia Beverly Hills. Her products are unlike any other that I’ve tried (although Revlon does have some nice brow products if you’re looking for something budget-friendly). I’m in the shade Auburn of all her products and love, love, love each of them.

If you’re looking for something natural and you already have perfectly shaped brows, a tinted gel is the way to go. Also on the natural side of brows is the powder duo, which is great if you’re looking for a lot of flexibility in terms of how light or dark you want your brows to be from day to day. If you go the way of powder, I’d suggest also using it with a wax beforehand to give the powder something to stick to throughout the day, then applying a clear gel on top to keep your brows in place. (Be warned, though, that once you apply the gel, your brows will be cemented and will not move. Not even kidding. It’s some potent stuff.)

For the more advanced users or those of you who want a bolder look, I’d suggest using the brow wiz or the Dipbrow pomade. The brow wiz is easy to use and mimics the look of actual brow hairs, but I found that it took a bit of practice to get it to look perfect — and even then, I find myself using a not-so-steady hand to apply and have to go back with a little remover to erase a mistake. The Dipbrow pomade is my personal favorite, as it acts as coloring and gel in one step. This stuff is potent, though; it takes the smallest amount of product to do one brow, and like the brow wiz, it took some serious practice — and a few scary, very dark, very out-of-control eyebrow moments — to perfect. But once you have the hang of it, it’s game-changing. 

(All products shown above are by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is not a sponsored post — these are products I use every day and believe in.)


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Jacket: Rock & Republic | Scarf: Forever 21 | Top: Forever 21 | Denim: Gap | Shoes: Keds | Bag: Vintage Coach | Nails: Sephora’s “Iconic” | Lips: Fresh’s “Petal” and NARS’ “Sixties Fan”

Over the weekend, the temps were just right to bust out my favorite boyfriend jeans. While they’re probably not winners with the boys, I happen to like the slouchy, casual vibe they give off — especially on low-key weekends. Add to that a lightweight, striped top and my go-to jacket as of late, and I’m out the door to run errands and catch up with friends.

P.S. How do you like my berry lip in today’s post? I’m really digging a darker lip for the cooler weather; find out more here.

I’m curious: Do you like wearing slouchy boyfriend jeans? Where’s your favorite place to buy them?

My go-to fall lip combo

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While I love fall fashion, I’ve always been slightly intimidated by fall beauty trends. I’m always into a smokey eye during the colder months (a recurring “trend,” it seems), but a dark berry lip? I wasn’t sure I could pull it off with my pale skin. I’ve decided to experiment with different combinations to make a vampy lip work for my skin tone. My favorite so far has been layering Fresh’s “Petal” (a mauve pink) with NARS’ “Sixties Fan” (a very dark pomegranate). The result is just the right hint of berry without making me look paler than I already am. You can see the look on me in tomorrow’s outfit post! Stay tuned!

In love with mustard

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Top: H&M | Denim: LC Lauren Conrad | Heels: Shoedazzle | Bag: Phillip Lim for Target | Glasses: Forever 21 | Rings: H&M


Friday is officially here! This week has been a long one for some reason, and I’m looking forward to some downtime this weekend (and maybe a fall closet/beauty organization session). Did I mention it’s only going to be 57 degrees here today? I’m in heaven.

I love this time of year because I can get away with wearing jeans and a short-sleeved top that’s not just a cotton T-shirt. I picked this H&M top up during my recent trip to Kansas City, and it’s made out of this heavy, almost neoprene-like material. I had to go monotone with it and pair it with gray jeans (with a pop of mustard, the color that makes its way into my wardrobe every fall).

Happy weekend!