A Smart Way To Stock Up On Fall Essentials

This fall essentials post is sponsored by Talbots.

Coats, sweaters, shoes, it’s time to stock up on fall essentials. Luckily, doing so doesn’t have to break the bank. One of my favorite sales to look out for at my go-to retailers is the friends and family event. And, Talbots, a brand known for its timely fashion and extraordinary quality, is hosting its friends and family event right now through October 28. Get this. The discount on every item is 30% off with the code FRIENDS30!

Talbots fall essentials

Fall Essentials I’m wearing:

Coat | Turtleneck | Pumps

(c/o Talbots)

I received a Talbots catalog in the mail recently, and I was blown away by the hip fall styles in fun colors. So, when I heard about the Friends and Family sale, I started wish-listing colorful fall essentials.

It was pretty much a wrap (pun intended), then, when I spotted the Butterscotch yellow wool coat at Talbots. No surprise, I think yellow is a fabulous color for a coat (see my trench here and my moto jacket here). So, a wool coat in yellow made sense for me. And, this wrap coat? It’s beautiful. It has a figure-flattering silhouette with a self tie belt. It also has stand collar with a button closure, so you can wear it open like I’m wearing it or closed at the neckline when it gets chillier.

I’m a little obsessed with turtlenecks. They’re cold-weather staples for good reason. They keep you warm and have a super polished look. They’re also perfect for layering under or over. So, to rock my coat with the neckline open, I’m wearing the perfect turtleneck. By the way, this turtleneck comes in 8 colors, and I think I need them all, especially since they’re 30% off right now.

Low-heeled pumps are all the rage this fall. I featured this calf-hair pair in a round-up of comfortable power pumps recently. The Modern Leopard print and the comfy stacked heel make this style such a standout.

If you’re on the market for fall essentials, be sure to check out the Talbots Friends and Family Sale before it ends on October 28.

Urban Decay Launches Naked Cherry Collection, And It’s Sweet!

Given it’s popularity over the years, it’s very likely you’ve owned an Urban Decay Naked palette or two at some point. That palette achieved cult-favorite status. I really enjoyed getting creative and mastering my own makeup skills with Urban Decay palettes. So, it was shocking when news broke earlier this fall that the original Naked palette would be discontinued. What the what?

Good news is, though, Urban Decay was working on something new, and it’s good. Really good. Last month, Urban Decay dropped the Naked Cherry Collection, which includes a Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette. Will it be permanent and replace the original Naked palette? That’s left to be seen. What I do know is the collection is bomb. I got my hands on the entire thing, so I’m sharing a quick look and early favorites.

The entire Naked Cherry Collection includes the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, Naked Cherry Highlighter & Blush PaletteNaked Cherry 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Black Market)Naked Cherry 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Love Drug), a cherry-scented All Nighter Setting Spray, and 3 satin finish Vice Lipsticks in Cherry, Juicy, and Devilish.

naked cherry collection

The 12 shadow palette is fantastic if you love warm berry hues. I do! I’ve already been experimenting with most of the colors. I’ve been enjoying the perfect spread of shimmers and mattes. As with all Urban Decay shadows, I love how easily they apply and wear.

I prefer matte lippies, so these lipsticks really surprised me because I love ’em. I’ve worn Juicy, a shimmering peachy beige, every day since getting it. The deep cherry red is my second favorite. All in all, these lip colors complement the eye looks you’d create with the palette well.

When I first opened the highlighter/blush palette, I knew immediately I’d love the reddish-coral blush and the shimmering highlighter on the left. I was hesitant, though, about that iridescent complexion topper on the right. It’s the kind of color that can easily look ashy on brown skin. It looks fabulous though!

Here’s an easy look I created using the Naked Cherry Collection. My foundation is Fenty Beauty in 390. The lipstick is Juicy. I’m also wearing that iridescent highlighter. Quite nice, right? As always, I set my makeup with the All Nighter Spray. It’s my go-to setting spray. I will be sticking to the original formula, but the cherry-scented one has a soft cherry scent that’s pleasant.

See how well the collection accents fall’s favorite brown hues here.

Disclosure: Urban Decay provided the entire collection.

Chocolate Brown: How To Rock Fall’s Most Wearable Color

Rejoice! Chocolate brown is an IT color this fall. And, there are so many cool ways to wear the rich hue. Now, brown and brownish shades have always had a place in fashion. Brown booties? Essentials. A brownish trench coat? Such a classic. This fall, though, what we’re seeing is brown holding down entire looks. Picture head-to-toe brown ensembles.

chocolate brown fashion trend

What I’m wearing:

Dress c/o Soft Surroundings | Belt c/o Linea Pelle | Booties (option, option)

Earrings: Simply Chic Jewelry | Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette

Lip: Urban Decay “Juicy” lipstick

I’m particularly fond of chocolate brown on a suit or a floor-sweeping maxi dress. When I saw today’s featured Soft Surroundings dress, I knew it was for me. The chocolate brown dress blends a few trends I’m loving. It’s a beautiful shade of brown, and it has the polished style of a blazer at the top.

This dress is a wrap style dress. I recommend sizing down. I’m wearing a size small, and I’m confident a size extra small would fit even better. Because it is a wrap style dress, though, you have some flexibility with sizing. The dress connects with ties on the inside and two buttons on the front.

This dress is long with long sleeves, so to make it a tad sexy, I’m highlighting the fabulous split you can play with since it’s a wrap dress. Of course, doing that is optional. Ha.

By the way, have you tried Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Collection? I’m a fan! I created this beauty look using the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, the Naked Cherry “Juicy” lipstick, and the Naked Cherry Highlighter/Blush Palette. The colors in this collection are perfect complements to fall color trends.

Location: Lafayette Square, St. Louis

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How To Shine In The Scarf Print Trend For Less

The scarf print trend has been gaining steam for a few seasons now. For Fall 2018, we’re seeing classic scarf patterns reimagined as slinky suits, flirty skirts, and fabulous dresses. And, today’s featured dress from Zara is a perfect example of how the trend is trickling down into the mass market, making it more affordable and accessible.

scarf print trend

What I’m wearing:

Dress | Booties (similar, similar)| Tote (other favorite) | Lip: Mac ‘Media’ lipstick

Scarf prints like this one remind me of Hermes silk scarves, and hence look luxurious and expensive. Of course, this dress is from Zara, so it is silky not silk. That detail, though, takes nothing away from the luxe look of this dress.

For reference, I’m wearing the dress in a size medium, which is my standard Zara size lately. So, it does run true to size. The dress buttons up in the front, which offers some flexibility in styling. You can wear it buttoned up, unbuttoned, or play with the buttons to create a deep v-neck or a high slit.

Shopping for fabulous styles to rock the scarf print trend? Keep an eye on stores like Forever 21, Mango, and Asos for luxe-looking options at fairly low prices.

Location: Downtown St. Louis

Talking about scarves, read more about that must-have accessory for fall here.

Put A Scarf On It For Fresh and Fabulous Fall Style

Want to add a fresh and easy update to your fall style? Put a scarf on it! Need a quick style reboot? Put a scarf on it! Scarves, of course, are classic accessories. This fall, though, they’ve emerged as a must-have trend. Wrap one around your neck, over your head, or even around your bag strap, then watch the style magic happen.

For example, I needed to transform the basic combination of  leggings and a tunic into an outfit to run a quick errand recently. I threw on a trench coat and reached for a scarf. This old H&M scarf (seen before here), though, has a print that complemented my trench and bag. And, just like that, I had a look.


What I’m wearing:

H&M scarf (optionoption, option) | Lilly Pulitzer trench coat (similar)

Ponte leggings Lifestride booties c/o | Tory Burch bag (option, option)

Location: The Muny

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