Six Things You Need In Your Makeup Bag This Fall

Fall Beauty Trends

Labor Day is officially a week away signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another stylish season. Along with the end of summer parties and fitting in last minute vacays is the switching out of closets and makeup bags. I’m even on the ball when it comes to that, taking the time to clean out my makeup drawers to make room for new and fun fall things. And, as with every new season on this piece of the blogosphere, it’s time for another “Six Things You Need” feature.

What does the Fall have in store when it comes to makeup? In a few words – retro, metallics, barely there beauty, and plenty of pretty fall colors

Fall Inspired Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup brands have already released their Fall makeup collections and one thing they have in common are eyeshadow palettes filled with beautiful shades that scream autumn leaves and cooler weather. Dark greens, matte purples, and daytime nudes are all you need to get through this season looking gorgeous and on trend.

Nude Lipstick

If red lipstick just isn’t your thing then a nude color is the way to go. Balenciaga’s minimalist take on beauty can easily translate into real life, with the right foundation and a beautiful nude lip that works for every single occasion.

Black Gel Eyeliner

Remember the swinging sixties trend I told you about last week? The retro trend is carrying over into the Fall beauty world with thick lined eyes and exaggerated cat eyes. Black liner will be your best friend this season, the gel formula making it easy to get the dramatic look you want and the staying power you need.

False Eyelashes

Designers like Versace and Prada had their models sporting some over the top lashes on their Fall runways. While we don’t want to look like we’re rocking spiders on our eyes, there are other options to voluminous lashes than just mascara. I took the leap into false lashes land and it was a really fun and easy trip! Definitely worth getting a pair for your beauty bag.

Metallic Eyeshadow

Another big beauty trend on the fall fashion runways was metallic eyeshadow – from shimmery bronze to iced out silvers. Having these shadows on hand gives you a nice break from the traditional seasonal colors and add some beautiful drama to your life.

Concealer

If you’re going to go for the barely there look you gotta keep it flawless, making concealer is absolute essential for your makeup bag. Pat some under those eyes and cover off those dark spots before setting it with a pressed powder.

Your turn! What are you beauty bag essentials for Fall?

Swinging Into Fall With The Sixties Trend

I was one of those who was late getting on the Mad Men train but when I finally did, I finally knew why so many fashionistas like myself were in love with show. Besides the gripping story lines (and a very handsome Jon Hamm!), the fashion was to die for! The costume designers knew how to bring 50′s and 60′s fashion to life and make every girl want to wear every outfit of Joan Crawford’s right now.

So you can only imagine how excited I was to see that sixties inspired fashion is going to be a hot trend this Fall. Shift dresses, big button coats – I’m down with all of that! Aside from the nostalgia of it all, any girl can pull it off. The silhouettes are flattering on the curviest of curves and can easily carry us into the Spring with flirty prints and soft colors.

Looking to get a head start on your fall fashion game? Stores like ASOS, MisGuided, and Boden got you covered! ;)

Shift Dress

ASOS Orla Kiely Giant Snowdrop Sixties Shift Dress

Shift Dress

Misguided Jemna Navy Shift Dress

Fall Trends

Boden Curzon Coatigan

Fall Coats

Boden Eliza Coat

Fall Coats

Boden Ottoman Shift Dress

Pocket Dress

Boden Retro Pocket Dress

 

Which look is your favorite?

Aztec Print Pants Styled 3 Ways

While out at the mall the other day, I saw printed pants everywhere. My first thought, “I am too old to be rocking those pants” especially since they were mostly leggings. I gave up on leggings a long time ago and printed pants, how could I pull those off?

The trick is to find a print and a pant’s style you’re comfortable with. They are plenty of style options to choose from–palazzo pants to flare hems to slim fits. As for prints, you don’t need to go as big and bold as the leggings in stores like Forever 21. Going for a black and white tribal print is easier to style for us printed pants newbies.

That’s why I picked these Morgan Skinny Fit Aztec Pants from House of Fraser. They have the fit of a skinny jean, a tribal print that is on trend, and neutral colors that are easy to play with.

Just take a look!

Fashion

Bonton Jeanne Pierre Open Stitch Cardigan /Topshop Stripe Seamed Bralette / Lulu by Lulu Guinness® Girl Trapezoid Tote /  Bakers Laramy Sandals

Printed Pants

Bisou Bisou® Textured Peplum Top / Charming Charlie Floral Box-Chain Necklace Set / Micheal Kors Brooke Leather Medium Tote Bag / Victoria Secret Collection Peeptoe Pump

Printed Pants

Forever21 Flawless Knit Tank / H&M Purl-knit Cardigan / Mossimo Supply Co. Kady High Top Sneaker Wedge / Target Mad Love Oversized Round Sunglasses

 

Would you ever rock printed pants?

Fierce Natural Hair: Straight and Sleek

One of the beautiful things about the natural hair life is the styling versatility that comes with it. We can rock short curls, long curls, and big-hair-don’t-care afros without doing any major things to our hair. We can also sport our length and go for a sleek, straight look.

Now I know many curly girls have sworn off all types of heat but for me, every once and awhile doesn’t hurt. I look at it this way: my hair can take a little heat every now and again. Besides, I work hard to get it this long and I wanna show it off every now and again!

Best thing about this style is you don’t even have to wait to have super long hair. It’s just as cute (and just as fierce) if you’re growing out your TWA.

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9 Fierce Fall Handbags That Will Never Go Out of Style

Fall Handbags

I have a confession to make:

I’m not big on handbags.

In my early 20′s I did everything I could to not carry a bag. As I got older, I would buy one handbag every few years. When I had my daughter, I ditched the handbag for the baby bag. The designer handbags I do own? Those were gifts from my husband during our 10 years together. The last time I bought a handbag was last year for my birthday after seeing these babies marked down so low I couldn’t pass it up!

So why am I doing a handbag post? Well I do appreciate a good bag, especially if it’s a style that can carry me from one year to the  next. Trends take a back seat in this department, preferring classic styles. If you’re like me, then do keep reading!

When shopping for a handbag that’s going to last you for seasons to come, investing a bit may be necessary but will pay off in the long run. Classic styles and classic fall colors like black, gray, and ivory should also be on your shopping list.

That’s what I kept in mind when picking out these fierce handbags.

Top Row: KENT in Fall Russet / Tory Burch Frame Flannel Satchel / Nine West Mini Sateen Hobo

Middle Row: Marc Fisher Crossroads Wing Tote / Kate Spade Cedar Street Medium Harmony / Calvin Klein Key Items Tote

Bottom Row: Brooke Leather Medium Tote Bag / Marc Jacobs Washed Up Billy Hobo / Calvin Klein Monogram Domed Satchel