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Buffalo plaid and books

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Jacket: Forever 21 | Striped top: Forever 21 | Scarf: Forever 21 | Jogger pants: Old Navy | Flats: Target | iPhone Case: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Why, yes, I have indeed worn these pants multiple times in the past few weeks. But when pants are so comfy and so chic at the same time, you really can’t resist the temptation to wear them as often as possible. I wore these pants earlier this week in a 9-5-appropriate way, so I wanted to wear them in a way that’s ideal for a casual weekend. With stripes, quilted leather, buffalo plaid and a good book, I am more than ready to take on the weekend!

Must-have lip crayons


Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madeira | Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist | Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous | L’Oréal Glossy Balm in Innocent | Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline | Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino (shop these lip crayons by clicking the pics below)

If summers are the time for lip glosses, I definitely start to reach for lip crayons in the fall. They’re long-wearing and tend to be moisturizing, but I find I don’t have to touch them up as often as lipsticks. That means they’re a winner in my book. I rounded up my favorite brands and colors above, from nude all the way to a night-out-on-the-town red. And can we just take a minute to appreciate the names of each color? That’s my secret dream job: naming makeup or nail polishes.

Fall colors

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Jacket: Target | Chambray button-up: Banana Republic | Denim: Old Navy | Boots: LC Lauren Conrad | Lips: Tarte’s Exposed | Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke | Nails: Nails, Inc.’s Victoria | Sunglasses: Cole Haan via TJ Maxx | Bracelets: Forever 21, my grandma’s

One of my favorite parts of fall: jackets. This one from Target was such a unique color that I had to pick it up full-price (not something I typically do with Target clothes). I’ve already paired it with a casual weekend look and giant scarf, and this time around, I wanted to wear it with other similar fall colors: olive green and cognac. I love an anorak jacket for fall layering!

Let’s talk about … highlighters


If someone were to ask me what my favorite part of my makeup routine is currently, it’d definitely be highlighting, contouring and blush. I love the difference it can make in how my makeup looks. Right now, I’ve been rotating between a few different highlighters. The Body Shop’s Brush On Radiance is perfect if you’re looking for something a little less expensive, and it’s pretty hard to go overboard with this one. If you’re looking for something with a bit more punch, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are what you’ll want to reach for (I own Moonstone and Rose gold). Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact is also one that requires a light hand and very little product to make a big impact. 

MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade is really natural-looking and slightly less shimmery than the others, so definitely try this one out if you’re just breaking into highlighting and contouring for the first time. The most recent highlighter purchase I’ve made is from theBalm: the Cindy-Lou Manizer. It’s a peachy-pink highlighter, so I’ll probably reach for it more in the summer months when I have *slightly* more color to me. 

I’d love to know what some of your favorite highlighters are! Let me know in the comment section below!

Sweatpants made 9-5 appropriate

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Hat: Forever 21 | Blazer: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx | Jogger pants: Old Navy | Booties: Target | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Hautelook | Nails: Nails, Inc.’s Victoria

Welcome back from the weekend! How were your days off? Here’s how mine went: Friday — going out for pizza, then playing my new card game. Saturday — farmers market, enjoying the gorgeous afternoon outside, an outdoor show and night out on the town. Sunday — church, baking a homemade mozzarella/tomato/basil pizza, taking in another gorgeous day on a walk and catching up on some fall TV. 

On Friday, I shared some inspiration for making casual sportswear work well for the weekend and for the workplace. This is my workplace edition: jogger pants, a white top, peep-toe booties and a leather-sleeve blazer. So this might not work for every workplace, but if you have the flexibility to work from anywhere, it’s perfect for an afternoon spent working from a coffee shop.