The Right Topper for Genius Layering this Fall

Coat or cardigan? Today’s featured topper is a little bit of both, and I’m here for it. It’s getting chilly in St. Louis, so I’m officially in transitional style mode. And, the Haley Textured Topper from J.Jill is the perfect stylish and warm piece for genius layering.

Topper c/o J.Jill | White camisole | Faux leather leggings (similar, similar, similar)

Ankle boots (similar, similar, similar)

If you caught my Ease into Fall with a Versatile Long Cardigan post, then you already know that I’m a huge fan of long cardigans for transitional styling. They’re functional and chic.

Today’s featured long cardigan is particularly special because of its standout style. It has impeccable details like a luxe-looking texture, black rib trim, and patch pockets.

What makes this cardigan even more special is its weight, which makes it much warmer than the typical cardigan. It’s so warm that it’s an ideal alternative to a coat.

It’s still a cardigan though. So, I can roll up the sleeves and have fun with styling.

Talking about styling, I love the look of long cardigans with pencil skirts as well. Here’s another way I’ll be layering the topper this fall.

I also tried it on with the Madewell Ribbed Mockneck Midi Dress in Stripe, and they’re a perfect match. By the way, If you’ve been searching for a dress like that one, the Madewell style is on sale for under $30 (original $88).


Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

This All-Grey Sweater Dress is Anything But Boring

And, just like that, fall weather arrived in St. Louis. So, bring on the sweater dresses, leggings, and booties. Luckily, I’ve been getting ready. I’m a summer gal at heart, so fall fashion doesn’t always excite me. This fall, though, I’m really digging the styles. Lace up details on anything, for example, especially on a sweater dress, get my attention.

Terry dress c/o Venus | Leggings c/o Venus | Booties (similarsimilar, similar, similar)

When I spotted this terry dress with its lace up details around a plunging v-neckline, I immediately started imaging all the styling possibilities. It’s casual enough to wear as loungewear but hip enough to rock outside as well. And, get this? It has pockets!

sweater dress

I wore it out for the first time with basic leggings and ankle booties (see these booties worn herehere, here, and here). I envision also wearing it with tights and tall boots. The dress is a fly piece that I’m happy to add to my fall wardrobe.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Special Discount on Handbags—Handmade in South Africa

I’ve been a longtime fan of Chameleon Goods handbags, a South African based handbag company offering African-inspired styles. My first bag from this etsy retailer remains one of my favorite clutches of all time (see it worn here, here, here, and here). And, my latest style will certainly be a go-to essential this fall. By the way, when you find your favorite, use the code STYLE15 to get 15% off your order!

Knotted tee (similar, similar) | Ankle jeans c/o (sold out, long version) | Fedora

Velvet loafers c/o | Clutch c/o (use STYLE15 to get 15% off)

New Chameleon Goods Handbag

My new bag is a black leather folder clutch with Baule cloth from Siera Leone. The combination of the cloth and leather is magical. And, the color palette is so perfect for fall.

This particular style is currently sold out, but Chameleon Goods will be restocking soon. Be sure to use the code STYLE15 to get 15% off any order you place though.

In today’s look, I paired a simple white tee with dark rinse jeans to allow the accessories to shine. My twill fedora and Chameleon Goods clutch are always ready to make a statement too.

Want to know a secret? The cardigan shown below is actually this one worn on the reverse side. Shhh…

My Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Foundation Match

My makeup routine is simple. I like to use as few products as possible to get flawless looking skin. But, I have scars and hyper-pigmentation. I also have sensitive skin (read all about how DNA testing helped me further understand my sensitive skin here). So, when the Fenty Beauty Collection dropped, I only planned to buy a highlighter and the lip gloss because I didn’t need new makeup. But, after reading all the rave reviews about the foundation, I had to try it.

I was disappointed when I skimmed the ingredients in the Fenty foundation and noticed “Fragrance/Parfum.” That’s usually a deal breaker for me since I’m sensitive to fragrances. I took a chance, though, and I tried the foundation. The fragrance was listed near the bottom of the list of ingredients, likely indicating it was not a predominant ingredient. I also couldn’t detect a strong smell. Good news. I’ve been using the foundation every day for a week without any reaction.

My Fenty Beauty Foundation Color Match

I got matched to the color 390 in the Fenty Beauty Foundation. I apply it using the Fenty Beauty foundation brush. For reference, I wear a NC50 in Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, and I’m a 2Y12 in the color IQ system at Sephora.

This foundation will likely replace my old favorite because of its beautiful matte finish, perfect shade match, and buildable coverage.

Fenty Beauty Foundation

What are you favorite products in the Fenty Beauty Collection? And, are you as excited as I am about the holiday collection?

How to Make Double Denim Fresh for Fall

Double denim is back in a big way this fall. Actually, pairing denim with denim has been holding its own among top trends for several seasons now. And, for denim lovers, this is great news because it means we have infinitely more cool ways to wear our favorite jeans.

Chambray shirt (similar) | Skinny jeans (under $30) | Linea Pelle Leather hip belt c/o

Cardigan c/o | Pumps (old) | Lip: Mac “Rebel” listick

Add Layers to Double Denim for Cool Fall Styling

To anchor the look, I tucked my favorite chambray shirt (an older style from Old Navy) into a pair of skinny jeans (under $30!). To add a little fall flavor, I reach for perfect-for-fall layers, like my J.Jill long cardigan, and luxe leather accessories like my Linea Pelle hip belt.

Double denim fall style

I love a long cardigan as a transitional layer. It delivers the warmth of a cardigan, but it’s so cool looking. For another way to rock this cardigan, see this post.

My Linea Pelle Etched Basic Hip Belt is worn to break up the denim. Its beautiful color—”Missoula”— and antique brass hardware also introduce warm fall color into the combination.

Need to add more warmth to your denim on denim look? Check out a cold-weather styling of these same denim pieces in this post.

Location: South City, St. Louis