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THINGS I’M LOVING THIS MONTH: AUGUST

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Hi lovelies!

August has been a beyond crazy month for me- I moved across the country and started graduate school!  I am still trying to adjust to the weather and the bustle of city life, while also trying to keep up with all of the new information that school is throwing at me.  If anyone has any recommendations that could help me figure out this humidity situation, I would love to hear them!  I’ve always lived in a fairly dry climate and I’m quickly figuring out how different it is just going outside in a humid area!  Anyways, if you’re interested in the things that I’ve been loving this month, just keep reading!

1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation

I’ve seen this product around YouTube a ton recently so I decided to give it a try!  It took me a few times to get the hang of applying it because it doesn’t seem like applies well with a makeup sponge, which is what I normally use, so I had to switch to a liquid foundation brush and get some practice with that instead.  Once I got the hang of it, I started to really like this foundation!  It blends out really easily and doesn’t feel heavy on my face!  It does take a few pumps to cover my entire face but the pump dispenses a fairly small amount so I don’t feel like I’m caking it on or anything.  If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, you should definitely check this one out!

2. Kate Spade ‘out to lunch tote’

We get a short lunch break in between classes during the week so I started bringing my lunch with me every day.  I needed a lunch bag that didn’t make me look like I was ten years old again so I set out for an adult lunch bag.  I found this one at Kate Spade and it is so cute! It wasn’t too expensive and looks great with my school bag.  It is a little on the smaller side but I’m the type of person who eats food if it’s in front of me so the small size actually works better for me!

3. Hello Vino (iPhone App)

I’ve always been more of a wine girl than beer or anything else but I always stress a little bit when I go to the store to pick out a bottle of wine and want to try something new.  I like trying new wines but am hesitant to get a whole bottle of something I might not like.  I started using this iPhone App called Hello Vino that helps me select wines I might like based on my specific flavor preferences and I am obsessed!  I love how easy it is to use and feel much more confident picking out different things to try.

4. Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve actually been using these products for a little over a year but I’m going to talk about them here because during the move, I had them packed in boxes so I was using shampoo and conditioner that I picked up from the drugstore.  After just a few days, I really started to notice a difference in how my hair feels when I’m using drugstore products versus the Pureology products.  The Strength Cure line keeps my hair smooth and hydrated and it smells amazing!  It is a bit on the pricey side but I always purchase it in the jumbo size for the best deal and it makes my hair feel so soft and luxurious so I think it’s totally worth it!

Thanks for reading! Until next month!

xxJilly

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BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL OUTFITS HAUL

Hi lovelies!

I’ve been talking about my move to Boston for a while, but what I didn’t mention was that I was moving to go back to school to get my MBA!  The past few weeks, I’ve been updating my wardrobe a bit so that I’m business school ready.  So today I’m going to do a haul post and share with you some of the pieces that I have picked up  in the process!

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Black slacks are such a staple in any wardrobe, but especially in a professional setting.  They go with everything and this pair from LOFT is so comfortable!  I’m usually a dresses and skirts kind of girl but I don’t mind wearing pants that are as soft and breathable as these are.  LOFT is also having a great sale right now on their pants, so be sure to check it out!

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Speaking of staple pieces, a classic blazer is such an easy way of dressing up any look!  I was in the market for a new, good quality blazer that would last me for a while and that is what I found in this blazer from New York & Company.  It has just one button for a simple look and is the perfect length to pair with slacks or a skirt.

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But since I’m me and I’m usually found wearing a skirt, one of my favorite professional looks is pairing a blazer with a simple dress.  This one from LOFT is perfect because it’s a great length and is nice and light so I don’t get too warm with the blazer on.  It’s also on sale right now and it can definitely be dressed down so it can be worn with a ton of different looks as we head into fall!

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This is another pair of shoes that I was really debating about because the price point was a little steep for me for flats but I decided to go ahead and pick them up before classes started and I am so glad that I did!  This will definitely not be my last pair of these adorable shoes!  They are so comfortable- I wear them all day without any issues and they go with everything that I own.  I highly recommend them!

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I love a good statement necklace- it brings so much to a look, especially since I have a tendency to pick neutral colors like grey and black, it can add such a cute pop of color!  I picked this one up from New York and Company and they’re having a huge sale on accessories right now so it’s the perfect time to add a couple of these to your collection!

 

Thanks for reading!  What are your go-to pieces for a business casual look?

xxJilly

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MY FAVORITE THINGS PART II

 

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Hi lovelies!

Today I’m going to be adding to my original My Favorite Things post- I had so many things that I wanted to share with you guys the first time that the post ended up being crazy long, so I decided to separate it into two segments.  So, here we go with four more of my holy grail, all time favorite items:

1. Favorite Makeup Item

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of weeks, you know that I have battled oily skin and acne since I was a teenager and have always struggled to find a good foundation that didn’t feel too heavy but held up against my troublesome skin and busy schedule.  The Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is the best one I have found that achieves both.  I apply it with a makeup sponge and it is super blendable, easy to work with, and leaves a natural airbrush-looking finish!  It is a bit pricey but I have found that a little bit with this product goes a long way and I can achieve a full-coverage look with less than one pump of foundation.

2. Favorite Place to Shop

This one is constantly changing depending on the season.  You know how that goes- you’re obsessed with the summer line but then the fall clothes come out and suddenly you aren’t sure if you’re even in the same store.  Lately, my go-to has been LOFT.  They always have different sales going and I find great quality stuff that I am able to pair so many different ways and create more looks with one piece.

3. Favorite Book

One important thing to know about me is that I am a total bookworm.  Reading has been my escape since I was a little girl and majorly into with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.  Even now, mystery is still my favorite genre but one book has always stood above the rest.  And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christie is a timeless and haunting murder mystery that I find myself re-reading over and over and recommending to anyone who asks.  You only think it’s a classic “whodunit” but you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.

4. Favorite Beauty Accessory

The https://www.t3micro.com/product/volumizing-hot-rollers-luxe speak for themselves.  They are super easy to put in, leave my hair feeling soft, and deliver huge results- plus they heat up super quickly, a major plus if you’re like me and usually getting ready at the last minute.  I do have to apply a light layer of hair spray with these, which I don’t usually with a traditional curling iron but the time saved getting ready when I can simply throw these in, do my makeup, take them out and be ready to go makes them totally worth it.

Thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

xxJilly

Fashion

BREEZY RED SWING DRESS

Hi lovelies!

Today I’m going to be talking about one of my recent purchases- this red dress with a beautiful swing silhouette.  I picked it up at a store that my sister absolutely adores called No Rest for Bridget.  I had never heard of it before she took me there but I found a few super cute things there, all at great prices.  The fabric is so comfortable and perfect for this humid summer weather we’ve been having!  The neckline has adjustable laces that both add fun detailing but also make the top part of the dress a little bit customizable so you can wear it how you want to.  The material does seem to be a tiny bit sheer in the sun so I threw on a pair of spanx underneath so I didn’t need to worry about anything showing through.  Other than that, I love absolutely everything about this dress!

I paired the dress with my favorite Keds kicks and I love how they dress down the look a bit so it was perfect for lunch with my family and then running a few errands afterwards!  I will definitely be returning to No Rest for Bridget soon!

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Thanks for reading!  Hope you’re all having a good week so far!

xxJilly

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THINGS I’M LOVING THIS MONTH: JULY

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Hi lovelies!

Can you believe we’re already heading into August?!  The summer is going by so fast, I swear it’s going to be Christmas time before we know it!  With the end of the month comes time for another post on things I’ve been loving this month.  So if you’re interested in hearing more about my July obsessions, just keep reading!

1. Liquid blendercleanser

My beautyblender is definitely my most-used makeup tool.  I use it every day so, respectively, it also gets the most wear and tear.  I used to use the beautyblender solid soap and I felt that it was doing a sufficient job cleansing but then my sister actually purchased a bottle of the liquid soap and I fell in love.  The liquid soap really gets my beautyblender feeling like new and I am confident that it is clean and not worrying about any lingering dirt in my pores.  Total game changer for me guys, I definitely recommend it if you’re a beautyblender user, and if you aren’t, then I doubly recommend that!

2. Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

This line of highlighters is fairly new and with how much I love all things Too Faced, of course I had to give them a try.  I’ve been in the market for an intense highlight shade since my Becca Champagne Pop is a bit more on the gold side, and that is definitely what I got with the shade Blinded by the Light.  It is a beautiful highlight shade, super pigmented, and perfect for that summertime glow!  Plus, how adorable is this packaging?!

3. Tory Burch Miller Sandals

These sandals have been on my wishlist forever!  I’ve love the simple, yet elegant vibe that they bring to a look.  I finally caved and picked them up at Nordstrom and I am so so glad that I did!  I wear them almost every day!  They are so comfortable and go with basically everything!  The only thing that I will note is that they do run a bit on the small side.  I’m normally a size 8 but after trying them on, I purchased these in 8.5 and they’re actually a bit snug but I think they will stretch some as I wear them so they should be perfect after I break them in a bit more.

4. Eyebuy Direct Digital Screen Protection Glasses

Like a lot of you, I’m sure, I spend a ton of time in front of my computer screen.  I had seen this site mentioned on a few different YouTube channels and I knew that one of their primary products were advertised as lenses containing blue light or digital protection.  The site is fairly inexpensive and super easy to use- if you already wear prescription glasses, all you have to do is enter your current prescription and choose whether or not to add the digital protection.  I wear them whenever I sit down at my computer to work and don’t have to worry about straining my eyes starting at the screen!

Until August!  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Fashion

CHAMBRAY A-LINE SKIRT

Hi lovelies!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  I spent yesterday with some of my favorite weekend activities- eating brunch and window shopping!  I noticed this adorable wallpaper on one of the walls near the restaurant and I could not help but stop to take a few photos even though I wasn’t actually planning on taking any blog shots sooo please excuse my lack of any accessorizing and messy hair because you know sometimes life calls for some spur of the moment photos and you just gotta roll with it, right?

So today I’m going to be talking about this super cute A-Line skirt that I picked up recently on sale from Madewell!  It’s made of a soft chambray material and has button detailing lining the entire length of both sides.  One thing that I really like about it is the midi length.  I usually favor maxi skirts but the length of this one is so much fun and perfect for summer and heading into fall.  For this look, I paired the skirt with a ribbed sweater tank, which is also on sale right now at Madewell.  I love that the slouchy silhouette of this tank brings a nice relaxed vibe to the look.  I only recently started shopping at Madewell because they opened a store in my local mall and so far I am loving everything that I have found there, especially when they have great sales going like they do now!  The online sale ends today though so definitely go check it out before its gone!

On a side note, can we talk about this purse?!  A friend saw it at the Kate Spade Outlet and knew it was so me so she sent me some photos and picked it up for me.  I’m obsessed and my inner crazy cat lady is just head over heels in love with it!

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Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

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NAVY SUMMER WEDDING OUTFIT

Hi lovelies!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Yesterday, I attended the wedding of a good friend from high school and let me tell you it was HOT out!  The couple got married in an old church in my hometown that is affectionately referred to as ‘The Glass Church’ and it is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a very small, one room church made of all glass and that July sun shining in through made for a rather toasty- albeit beautiful- afternoon.  You’ve probably noticed by now that I can usually be counted on to chose full length dresses, however for this event since I had an idea about how warm it would be, I went with this adorable navy dress that I got from Lulu’s.  This dress is so cute and comfortable, is less than $50, and comes in a ton of different colors!  On a side note guys, if you haven’t ordered anything from this website you definitely need to check it out.  I have ordered so many of my special event dresses and even a few casual dresses from them and I am obsessed!  They have so many options for different styles and often have great items go on sale!  Shipping is always fast and easy, and though I haven’t actually had to return anything yet, the return policy seems to be pretty straightforward should you need to.

I paired this simple green and gold pendant from LOFT to add a little bit more color to the look and went with my Tory Burch sandals to make sure I would be comfortable moving around all afternoon in the heat!

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Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

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THINGS I’M LOVING THIS MONTH: JUNE

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Hi lovelies!

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe holiday weekend!  I’m going to try to do a post at the end of each month talking about all of the different things I have been loving that month- from makeup products to iPhone apps to books I finished reading.  I know it’s July already so obviously off to a great start here but better late than never!  So if you’re interested in what I’ve been obsessing over in the month of June, just keep reading!

1. In a Dark, Dark Wood

This psychological thriller is the debut novel by Ruth Ware and I literally could not put it down- seriously, I carried it around the house and read while I ran the vacuum cleaner.  I don’t want to ruin anything so I’ll just tell you that if you’re looking for your next great read and love a little bit of chilling mystery, here it is.  I definitely recommend this book to all of my book lovers out there!

2. Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer

Between oily skin and the summer heat, my skin is constantly putting my foundation to the test so I’m always on the hunt for a good primer.  I decided to give this one a try for my trip to Vegas earlier in the month and guys, this one is a game-changer.  It keeps me matte and shine free for way longer than any other primer I have tried.  I can actually feel it clinging to my skin and providing a solid base for my foundation as I apply it.  I will definitely be repurchasing!

3. Roadtrippers

At the end of the month, my fiancé and I will be moving to Boston and we decided it would be an adventure to drive across the country and explore a little on the way there.  Neither one of us has ever lived outside of California so the thought of planning a road trip of that size through a lot of unknown territory seemed pretty daunting.  A friend suggested we check out Roadtrippers- a free iPhone app designed for planning road trips- who knew!  It has been super helpful in figuring out where we will stop, how long between each stop and what other points of interest might be near each of our stops.  I highly recommend it for a road trip of any distance!

4. TOMS Majorca Suede Bootie

I talked about these already in my White Shift Dress post but really they belong here too!  I am obsessed with them!  They might just be my favorite booties I have ever owned.  The color is super versatile and they are so comfortable!  I’ve been reaching for them with a ton of different looks this month and I love that I’ll still be able to pair them with plenty of outfits in the fall as well.

Until next month!  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Fashion

WHITE SHIFT DRESS

Hi lovelies!

Happy Tuesday!  I spent last weekend celebrating my not-so-baby-sister graduating from college!  It was so exciting to see her walk across that stage in her cap and gown to receive her diploma but also makes me feel super old!

The ceremony was indoors but the weather has been very warm all week so I chose to wear a lightweight, white shift dress that I picked up from LOFT a few weeks ago.  The material is very breathable and there’s no added heat in the sun from dark colors.  The best thing about it though is it has a built-in liner that is thick enough to not need anything underneath but still thin enough to keep me cool .  The last thing I want to deal with in this SoCal summer heat is an extra layer!  The fit of your traditional shift dress is lose enough to be comfortable but not so much so that it swallows your entire shape.  This makes it a very flattering option for any one with a curvy figure like me!  And I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be sitting for an extended amount of time like I was during the ceremony, I would way rather have something with a slightly looser fit for maximum comfort.  I couldn’t find this exact dress on their website anymore, but they do have a similar silhouette with a different pattern here.  As usual, with the busy pattern on the dress, I kept the accessories super light- just a simple and wide gold bracelet for a pop of sparkle.

For shoes I decided to break in this new pair of booties that I found on sale at Nordstrom and I am so glad that I did!  I don’t normally risk it and wear new shoes for long events but I have had good luck with a few different pairs of Toms shoes in the past and these did not disappoint.  They were super comfortable for me to walk around in all day and I really put them to the test.  I was up and down stairs in the auditorium, chasing my sister with a camera across grass lawns, and huffing it half a mile to and from the parking lot.  These booties definitely get the thumbs up from me- and my feet!

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Thanks for reading!  Hope you all had a nice weekend!

xxJilly

Fashion

CLASSIC BLACK MAXI DRESS

Hi lovelies!

One of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe is this black maxi dress.  I literally wear it all the time!  The material is so soft and comfortable and I can wear it with just about anything.  My go-to is usually a cardigan like I paired with this look but I also often opt for a chambray button down or jean jacket to dress it down.  This cardigan is another of my favorites right now- I found it at American Eagle and it’s still available in three colors!  It is super light-weight so I can easily wear it all summer but has tight stitching so it keeps me warm when the sun goes down and the night cools off.  I absolutely love it and may purchase it in an additional color before they sell out!  With a neutral look like this, I love to pair a fun statement necklace for a little pop of sparkle.  Another thing I’m totally into right now is the bralette.  I love how much variability there is with colors and styles- they really bring that extra something to my look when I’m wearing a lot of grey, white, and black.  Not to mention the fact that they are SO comfortable compared to your traditional underwire!  They’re so cute and wearable that I don’t mind when they show a little bit so they’re perfect for a dress like this that hangs a bit lower in the front.

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What are your go-to pieces?

xxJilly