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Cold Weather Accessories

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Temperatures start to dip and cold weather accessories became an absolute must when it comes to venturing outside. Caps, scarves, earmuffs and leggings are your new best friends when the temperature dips low enough, but who says function can't be fashionable? 

While the weather in SF is still really warm, I'm definitely planning ahead for when the weather gets a big frightful. Scarves and gloves for walking to and from work, socks to keep me cozy at home and cloaks to keep me warm while working in the office. All the necessities I need in all the cutest colors and styles.  The absolute must on my wishlist right now is the Boden Helena cape. I want to drape this over my chair for whenever the air in my office takes a chilly turn. It's 100% wool and totally oversized, which makes it both chic and useful!
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Minnie & Emma Fall Phone Cases

I rarely change the cases on my phone, but Minnie & Emma is definitely having me reconsider that. My phone cases from spring through the end of summer were from Kate Spade and I totally loved them, but when fall rolled around, I wanted a case that showed off the change of the season. Minnie & Emma has all the plaids and tartans you could ask for and more when it comes to cases. 

What makes the cases even better is the ability to monogram them and personalize them to your tastes. I have yet to meet a monogram I didn't like so I was so excited to show off my initials on my new case. After looking through all of the amazing cases, I opted for a Buffalo Check red and black case with my full monogram on the bottom. I have gotten a million compliments on the case since I put it on my phone, which makes it worth the slightly hefty price tag. With all of the cute plaids and tartans for fall, I really can't wait to see what they pull out for the holidays. Soon, I'm going to need a new case for every month of the year!
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Pumpkin Carving

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin carving on a Sunday night becomes so much better when you go all out in festiveness. With less than a week until Halloween, I definitely waited until the last minute possible to cross this off my October bucket list, but thankfully, the little shop next door to our house had everything we need to make it perfect, starting with pumpkins. 

I'm one of those people who will look through like 40 pumpkins to find the perfect one, but I found the perfect one immediately at the shop next door. The shop also had a special running on beer and cider so we stocked up on some of each to carve with, including pumpkin beer! 
I always get super excited for a chance to pull out my projector and a pumpkin carving party was the perfect time to pull it out and watch Hocus Pocus while we carved.
I have an obsession with mac & cheese and an even bigger obsession with festive mac & cheese so when I finally found mac & cheese in Halloween shapes, I immediately bought four boxes. It went perfectly with our pumpkin beer and hard apple ciders. 
Af for the carving, I opted for Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and my bf went for the classic jack o' lantern face. We are so ready for Halloween!

Did you get a chance to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? What look did you go for? 

Halloween Costumes

Monday, October 26, 2015

It can always be hard to find the perfect Halloween look that is work appropriate, comfortable for all day wear and is still cute to wear out on Halloween. I always end up waiting until the last minute and getting something plasticy, itchy, uncomfortable adult version of a well known costume. This year though, I definitely think I upgraded my look. 

I found this amazing Etsy shop that creates handmade costumes that are perfect for Halloween. Lola Nova makes these super cute Disney themed costumes that are tailored to fit you. While browsing for Halloween decor, I stumbled upon the shop and immediately loved her take on the snow mountain Anna outfit from Frozen. Made of a thick fabric that is also stretchy, it's perfect for all day wear. The cut also makes it totally work appropriate and doesn't have that annoying plasticy fabric that most costumes have. As soon as I bought the dress, which I did less than five minutes after I saw it, I realized that while the sizing might be a bit off so I quickly emailed Lola, the shop owner. She was SO nice and immediately offered to resize the dress for me to ensure it fit perfectly before sending. Seriously, so nice! 

After I bought the dress, I immediately went to find one or two other pieces to finish off the outfit. Our office is big on Halloween, which means everyone dresses up. The dress is long enough that it's totally work appropriate, but our office can get really cold in the middle of the day. I found this awesome pink cloak on amazon that fits the Anna look. It's supposed to be for kids, but after looking at a few of the reviews, I saw that it was WAY too long for a kid and perfect for an adult. It's a little snug around the neck, but it will definitely keep me cozy in the office. Having red hair immediately makes the braids an easy how to so the last piece I needed was a pair of boots. I have these super cute riding boots from Modcloth that are great to finish off the look. I've never been so excited to get all dressed up for Halloween. 

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Share with me in the comments below!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Commuting to and from work, I spent about an hour a day on the train. Then, there's the 10 minutes each way it takes to walk from the train to my office and back again. All in all, I spend about a hour and a half commuting to and from work. My newest favorite way to use that time is to listen to a few chapters of a book. Usually, I like to read an actual book to and from work, but I hate when you get to that really great place in a book that you just don't want to put down and then you hit your stop. Putting the book down seems practically impossible and this is when I came up with the idea to have both the book and audiobook so I never have to miss out on finishing that amazing chapter. 

The only problem is that audiobooks can be a bit expensive. I've seen them range from $10 to almost $40 and that's just way too high for the way I go through books. This is why I was so stoked when I discovered Audible. For $15 a month, I get a credit for any audiobook I want plus 30% off all other books. Even better, their trial period gives you a free month and two free books. It actually makes me excited to get on the bus! Another thing I'm loving about Audible is that it's not just audiobooks, but they also have these crazy dramatizations of classics like The Wind in the Willows and The Lord of the Rings so it's great for helping me fall asleep at night. I'm so excited to  be able to pull out my phone everyday and go right back to my next book. 

Are you a big fan of audiobooks? Share with me in the comments below!

Birchbox October Unboxing

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October's Birchbox is all about harnessing the power of beauty and inspiring confidence. My box this month was a whole new array of products that I haven't gotten a chance to try before so I'm really excited to try out all these new products. Check out what I got in this month's box!
What's in my box:
- 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment
- CLEAN White Woods
- Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Highlighter
 - Caudalie Make-up Remover Cleansing Water
- Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
- Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara
I saw the packaging for this company a while back and just loved it. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but the packaging on these korean products is so fun and artistic that you can't help, but imagine the products inside are fun too!

I am quite a big fan of the Neutrogena face wipes for removing all stubborn makeup. But I will never say no to trying something new like the Caudalie cleansing water. I'm really excited to give it a try, especially when I consider the smell. I love the herbal scent that most Caudalie products have. It sounds like such a soothing way to help relax me after a long day. 

Pumpkin Scented Everything...

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Fall so I'm pretty much obsessed with pumpkin scented everything. Pumpkin lotions, pumpkin face masks, pumpkin soaps, pumpkin candles, pumpkin tea, etc. I just can't get enough so when I found a whole line of cute pumpkin scented beauty products on Etsy, I was sold in like two seconds. I opted to get the pumpkin spice soap duo in oatmeal and goat's milk, a pumpkin pie whipped soap and a pumpkin pie candle that has a crackling wood wick. Yup, I'm pretty much in pumpkin scented heaven.
I was a little skeptical of the Pumpkin Pie scented candle because I had never used a candle with a crackling wood wick before. I was not disappointed. It definitely takes a try or two to light and stay lit, but don't lose patience. It's totally worth it. It definitely crackles, a little quietly, but I ended up loving it for a completely different reason, the light. Yup, totally weird I know. The flickering light the candle gives off totally reminds you of the type of light you would see flickering in a fireplace.

I have wanted my own fireplace for forever now, but it's definitely not something you'll usually find in San Francisco. I love that this candle will give me a little flickering fire whenever I light it.

Getting three different kinds of pumpkin soap can seem like overkill, but they are all amazing in their own way. The whipped pumpkin soap is perfect as a shave lotion substitute and smells just like you would imagine a pumpkin pie crust to smell. Perfect win-win.

The Pumpkin Spice soap bars are perfect for in shower use with my favorite loofah. The oatmeal soap is great on my sensitive skin and left it oh-so-soft. Since I had so many soap products to try, I gave the Pumpkin Spice Goat's Milk soap to my boyfriend to use. His skin can get a little dry and goat's milk is great for moisturizing.

Are you obsessed with Pumpkin scented everything? Share with me in the comments below!

My Skincare Routine

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I have crazy combination skin that is also super sensitive so finding skincare products that work for me has always been a bit difficult. Usually, a product will work great for the first couple of days and then, out of nowhere, my skin will start freaking out. I'm talking massive breakouts, dry patches, the works. It hasn't stopped me from trying new products, but it definitely keeps me from ever calling something a holy grail product. Each of the products I currently use have been in my rotation for almost a year now and I couldn't imagine giving any of them up. 

I always start my routine with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It's a great everyday exfoliant that doesn't strip your skin or leave it super dry. It also smells awesome, very herbal and soothing. I love that using the muslin cloth means I don't have to splash water on my face. Afterwards, in lieu of a toner, I spray some Evian mineral water all over my face. It's a quick wake up for a sleepy morning. I dap on a bit of Algenist Eye Renewal Balm, the only eye cream I've found that actually lightens my dark circles. Finishing up my morning routine, I moisturize with Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream. It gives the perfect amount of moisture without feeling overly greasy. 

Masks are a complete essential in my skincare routine. When my face is having a breakout freakout, I always use the PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. The big tub lasts you such a long time, it has an amazing pumpkin smell that is perfect for this time of year and it does an amazing job of declogging and cleaning up my skin. I always notice a difference the next morning. With winter coming up, I know I'll be needing a super moisturizing mask to make up for the cold dry weather. For that, I always go for Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. It banishes dry patches, smells wonderful and doesn't make you feel like your'e caking anything on. 
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Have a skincare product favorite? Share with me in the comments below!

Etsy Finds

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I love Etsy in phases. There will be weeks, months where I don't look at it at all and then there will be  days, weeks, months where I'm checking it almost everyday, finding something cute, adorable and handmade that I just need to have. Whether it's adorable new stickers for my Erin Condren life planner (I LOVE stickers) or pumpkin pie scented candles that come with a crackling wood wick (seriously, it's like having your own fireplace)! I've been on an intense Etsy kick lately and have been coming across some of the cutest finds. I just wanted to share a few of the cute pieces that I have been coveting lately. 

Are you Etsy obsessed too? Share with me in the comments below!

Currently I'm Loving

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's finally fall and finally October so I've been going a bit overboard with everything seasonal lately. I type that as I watch Halloween movie classics and sip on a cup of pumpkin chai tea (yup, it's fall-tactic). Check out some of the products below that I've been really loving lately.
With the weather starting to get chilly, it's been getting harder and harder for me to get out of bed in the morning. One of the only things that pushes me out is the thought of getting to make a big mug of David Rio Club Chai tea. I've always loved a good chai tea, but I've found it hard to find a company that makes a mix to my liking. I like mine a little spicy and very cinnamony. I warm 1 part of the brew with 1 part milk in a small pan and instantly have a chai that tastes just like I had a barista whip up the perfect one for me everytime. SO GOOD. 

When I'm at work, it seems like everyone has their headphones on all day and I can understand why. It makes it so much easier to get through your daily workload when you get into that zone where you can block out everything else. Lately though, my headphones just haven't been getting it. I have been using the white in ear headphones that came with my iPhone and I don't know about you, but after awhile those definitely start to hurt my ears. As someone who just needs to plug in, zone everyone else out and just get stuff done, this didn't work for me so I finally invested the money to get an amazing pair of headphones. After some tech chat with a few friends and my boyfriend, I was convinced to get the Bang & Olufsen H8 Headphones. They're bluetooth enabled and wireless with a built in mic, great noise canceling capabilities and they have touch gestures on the side that let me change songs, pause and control the volume without ever touching my phone. All in all, they're pretty amazing and if you're looking to invest in a really good pair of headphones, you should definitely check them out. They're pricey, but hey you're ears are worth it!

The bipolar weather we have been having in San Francisco has been really playing a number on my skin. The only thing that seems to be keeping it under any kind of control lately is the PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It really does smell like pumpkin and I notice the results literally the morning after I use it. The texture and clarity of my skin is just ten times better than it was before. It also comes in a huge tub so it will be a LONG time before I run out which is nice for my wallet.  

It's really nice to start my morning at the office with a cup of tea, but what's been making my morning tea even better lately is the Belvita Pumpkin Spice breakfast biscuits. They're the perfect breakfast on the go and they taste amazing. I've tried a bunch of the flavors, but I have to say my current addiction is the pumpkin spice seasonal one. I could a whole box in no time at all. 

I've been so excited that it's finally fall and finally October, but I've been so busy lately that I hadn't had anytime to decorate and when I did pull them out, I found my decorations to be severely lacking. Thankfully, my sister and I had planned a trip to Target and I was able to find the cutest fall decor pieces and all under $5! Seriously, one of the most expensive pieces of decor I found was a the $3 black typography sign below so I was able to stock up on a ton of cute pieces without breaking the bank. If you haven't checked out your local Target yet for cute fall decor, you definitely need to, like now. 

What have you been loving lately? Share with me in the comments below!

Boden Clothing Fall 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

I've been obsessed with Boden Clothing for quite awhile now, ever since I spotted this gingham dress on a fellow blogger and immediately knew it was a complete must have. Boden is a British clothing line, but their pieces always seem to perfectlu fit my preppy and feminine style. I tend to get particularly obsessed with their fall/winter lines. 

The British know a thing or two about staying stylish when the weather gets chilly. I've already placed an order with a few must haves for fall including this super cute plaid skirt! I mean, come on, how could I not? I also love how fun some of their accessories are, like this adorable taxi purse (um, it also comes in london bus red)! I've formulated a very long wish list so I can pick up a whole new slew of pieces during their next sale. If you're looking for some closet inspiration of your own, check out my Boden Clothing fall wish list below. 

Wedding Attire

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'm already thinking about my weekend plans and this weekend, my plan involves a wedding. My friend and former co-worker Rahul is getting married and I am so excited to attend. He's Indian so the wedding will be a little bit different than I'm used to, but I'm crazy excited to see all the different traditions. I wasn't sure what the attire was, so I erred on the side caution and decided to go with classic black.

Now classic doesn't have to mean boring and this dress is anything, but boring. You definitely make a statement in this LBD with the overlay of black lace and cream colored tulle. Rent the Runway is a must for anyone who goes to at least a few big events a year. I would definitely also recommend getting the Pro account. A free dress on your birthday, free shipping whenever you rent and you always have dress insurance. A definite must if you have a ton of events to attend every few months.  I'm pairing the dress with a pair of pointy toe black pumps from J.Crew. They're comfy enough that I can walk around in them and make the rounds for most of the day without desperately needed to take a seat (oh so important for a wedding).

As soon as I picked the dress, I knew the perfect purse to pair with the look was my Kate Spade Mini Maise. I can't never seem to get enough of its cute mini-ness. It goes with practically every outfit I own. I wanted to add some sparkly flair with this crystal bib necklace from BaubleBar. With my outfit all planned out and ready to go, I know my boyfriend and I are going to have an amazing time. Congrats to Rahul & Avni! 

All the Pumpkin Products

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pumpkin may be in every scone, muffin, cracker and pie around right now, but it's also in a ton of yummy smelling products that all pumpkin lovers really should try. I've always been a big of fan of pumpkin in practically everything. On particularly stressful days, I let myself overdose in pumpkin scented everything from shower gels to face masks to pumpkin scented candles and tea. Check out some of my pumpkin scented favorites.

The Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask works like a dream making your skin super soft all the while smelling like pumpkin pie. Seriously, it's probably one of my favorite face masks ever. It's one of the only masks that works well with my sensitive skin and continually works on improving. I'm also kinda obsessed with the entire Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte line from Bath & Body Works. I basically smell like a combination of  pumpkin and brown sugar all day long. Layering the lotion and fragrance mist is definitely the key to all day wear. If you're as pumpkin obsessed as I am, then you definitely need to pick up a few of my products favorites below. 
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Do you have a pumpkin scented product favorite? Share with me in the comments below!

Mad about Plaid

Monday, October 5, 2015

Okay, truth time. I may have a slight obsession with plaid. Maybe slightly more than a slight obsession. Jackets, purses, scarves, even phone cases. I just can't seem to get enough of any of it. The pattern itself seems to signify fall and winter so now is the perfect time to load up. 

To be honest, sometimes plaid patterns can come off as slightly masculine so I like to do my best to add a feminine flair. Sometime that means pairing my favorite plaid button down with a sparkly statement necklace or pairing it with my favorite black pencil skirt. Check out some of my plaid pattern favorites below! I plan to add many of these to my closet very soon. 
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Are you mad about plaid? Share with me in the comments below!

Instagram Fall Style

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall is creeping up on me. I can't believe it's already October! It's the start of cooler weather and fall wardrobes. I've been stocking up on some of my favorite fall essentials and thinking about my favorite pieces from last fall. I took to looking to some of my favorite outfits combos from last fall that I showed off on instagram. They're looks that I basically wore as my daily uniform last year so it's a safe bet to say I will be pulling them out again this year! I love looks that last season after season. I can't wait to go shopping again for cozier pieces to add to my fall looks. Check out some of my favorites looks from last year below and be sure to follow me on instagram to check out new looks from this fall.

Have a favorite fall look of your own? Share with me in the comments below!

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