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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

Fashion · Lifestyle

TRAVEL OOTD

Hi lovelies!

Happy Thursday!  I headed to Vegas this past weekend for some fun girl time in the sun with my cousins!  I’ve never been a great flyer so comfort on plane rides is a top priority for me.  I usually opt for a super soft tee and workout pants since the stretchy material is great for a more relaxed fit.  I also always make sure to have a cardigan or sweater with me, considering how cold it tends to get on airplanes.  My Nike kicks are perfect for traveling- I can walk forever in them and they’re easy to slip on and off when I’m going through security- and when you live in Los Angeles, getting through LAX security quickly and efficiently becomes an art form that you and other travelers greatly appreciate.  With that in mind, I always keep my accessories to a minimum- maybe a watch on long or red-eye flights to keep track of the time but not much more than that.

As far as luggage, I recently purchased this suitcase from Away and I am obsessed with it!  I’ll probably do a full review on it in another post once I’ve had a chance to use it a few more times. For now, I will tell you that though it is a bit on the pricey side, from what I’ve seen so far it’s definitely worth the money with all of its features and versatility.

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What are your faves for traveling?

xxJilly

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MY FAVORITE THINGS

Hi lovelies!

Since we’re still getting to know each other, I thought I’d do a post on some of my holy grail, all time favorite things.  I think rather than one big list, I’ll do it by categories so we cover a few different things!

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1. Favorite Purse

Guys, am I the only one who wanted to cry when they discontinued the Marc by Marc Jacobs line?  I have three different bags from this collection and the New Q Hillier Hobo is my favorite by far!  This bag is amazing.  I’ve had it for two years and use it all the time and it still shows zero signs of wear!  It has so much space and never feels too heavy for me, even when I fill it with all the things I need- plus all the things that I don’t but pack anyways just because there is so much space!  The one good thing about it being discontinued is that most of the line can now be found at a discounted price at Nordstrom Rack!

2. Favorite Shoes

You’ve already seen my Keds white sneakers in my first post- but you’ll see these a ton on my page because they really are my go-to favorites for shoes with just about any look.  They’re simple and comfortable and they have the potential to dress down any look.  A lot of my pieces are on the dressy side so when I’m going for casual, these shoes are an easy way to get there.

3. Favorite Food

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be popcorn.  I like sweets just as much as the next girl, but salt has always been my drug of choice.  I make it at home on the stove in some coconut oil and it’s the perfect snack for any time!

4. Favorite Lip Color

I am obsessed with the Sweet Peach collection by Too Faced and the lip oils are no exception.  Papa Don’t Peach is my favorite shade of the line- it’s one of those ‘your lips but better’ colors and it is super wearable, plus it tastes like peaches.  Total win-win if you ask me.  I literally never leave home without it tucked in my bag.

FUN FACT: Setting up a flat lay at 11pm is not easy.  Will definitely be shooting with natural light for the next one!

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What are some of your holy grail items?

Thanks for reading!

xx Jilly