transitioning clothes season to season

Hey! I've worn this jumpsuit before...but I love it so much I just couldn't put it away yet! I love to transition clothes from season to season, playing with what works and making new outfits from old. This jumpsuit was pretty easy to work with, being all black with a little-sequined detailing. The possibilities were almost endless. I could've paired it with a black jacket, that would have been easy, but I wanted something to pop a little more. This jacket has been on repeat all fall season because it goes with everything! It is just so flattering to my figure. I paired it with these killer shoes from Steve Madden. At first glance, you might think they are summer shoes. Alas, they are suede which makes the shoe more luxe and fall fashion geared. They have a lucite strap along your foot, which elongates your legs in ways you never knew possible. Also, they have a cylindrical block heel, which means comfort. Click here to get them under $50!! I kept the outfit simple and paired with tasseled earrings and dainty gold jewelry. A dupe for my purse can be found here. A little pop at every turn. 

How do you transition your closets? 

High-End Beauty Faves

It has been a while since I've done a beauty post, so I thought I would do my high-end beauty faves. My last makeup faves were mostly drugstore and that post can be found here.  

This scent can be worn by men & women and gives off an exhilarating scent of musk and vanilla. The Maison Margiela collection transports you to another time, I swear.  This scent will either remind you of a time well had or a place you haven't been before but are searching for.

This is such a great fall shade lipstick. It's on the muted beige-pink tone. It has a satin finish and I love layering it with the Tom Ford lipstick down below.   

This is my favorite shadow to wear as a blending shade, just above the eyelid. It blends perfectly for a classic look or a smokier eye. Glides on without fallout.

This is another go-to shade for fall and winter. My makeup changes with the seasons and the last thing I want are pinky summer cheeks in the fall. I love to blend this one with Giorgio Armani blush, listed below.

I love this mascara, it is so dark and blacks out your lashes. It doesn't get clumpy when you apply more than one coat and the brush has a handle that you can adjust how curved you want the wand to be, so neat! 

This lip liner is all sorts of amazing. Its great for all skin tones and is the perfect nude pink shade, that will make your lips appear plumper. Sometimes I line my lips and fill them in with just this liner, it's that good!

This lip liner is great if you're going for a darker fall lip, and not so pink. It still has nude undertones in it, which will enhance your lips. This liner doesn't skip or drag along the lips either. 

This, hands down is the BEST blush I've ever used. EVER. This is a powder blush that applies so thin but so pigmented. Not to mention, its quite nude- it won't give you clown cheeks, but a natural cheek contour and highlight. 

This shade is new from Tom Ford and I know, it's pricey. There is a reason for that though, the quality of this lipstick is unmatched and it is the best I've ever tried. Besides the fact that it IS the perfect pink nude, this formula is the only kind that hasn't dried my lips out. 

Don't be scared by the name, it's just a nice way of saying you're setting your concealer to last all day.
I am always looking for a concealer to hide my undereye, and most just don't get the job done. I knew this formula was different when I applied it, it's thick but creamy- and when blended in and used with the setting powder, it's amazing. Highly recommend.

distressed jeans & utility blouse

These have been my best distressed jeans lately. I have been obsessed! Which I wouldn't normally expect because I am usually a dark washed jeans kinda gal. So, the fact that I'm wearing a light wash distressed pair speaks volumes on how well they are made, and how flattering they are. These jeans are from Express, and the fit is just amazing. Flattering in all the right areas, trendy, and they don't stretch while you wear them. Right now Express is having a 40% sale off of everything! This utility blouse is from last season at Loft, but because they are such hot sellers, they have them again this year. They fit so well and can be worn a ton of ways, they also come in a bunch of colors! My sunnies were from Forever 21, and they were under $10. My favorite places to get sunglasses are Loft, Forever 21 and H&M. You can't beat the style and price!

where to: eat, stay & play in NYC

Park Avenue

Madison Square Garden

In September I went to NYC for the first time with my girlfriends for New York Fashion Week. It was an amazing trip, and everything I thought it'd be. In between the fashion related goings on, we packed all the food, shopping and fun we could into our trip. Here's a breakdown of where we ate, stayed & played. 

Airport attire (Shop cardi here: under $20 for 2 days only)
(Weekender bag here: under $23 for 2 days only)
(Other stuff down below)

Having never been to NYC before, I tried to base our hotel off of where we would be spending the most time for fashion week. I was super lucky and found the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. It was a hop, skip & jump away from everywhere we had to be. This particular hotel is in Midtown Manhattan and near the garment district. The hotel is a historical landmark, with a marble staircase that dates back to over 100 years ago. It also was the birthplace of the PGA and houses a PGA golf museum, which was cool to look through, even though I'm not a golf fan. The hotel rooms were super clean and updated and gave us a nice view of the buildings outside. I booked this hotel through and we couldn't have been happier. 

Grand marble staircase at the Martinique

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were starved from a super early flight and decided to grab a quick lunch at the Martinique cafe, which is open to hotel guests, but also has a street entrance. The food was tasty and nicely priced, and it was the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite. We also ate at The Harold, which is an American bistro, serving locally sourced food. The atmosphere was upbeat and trendy, the food was delicious and the prices were average. Everyone kept telling us to be prepared with how expensive NYC was, but honestly- we thought the restaurants were fairly priced. We found the only thing to be expensive in NYC, were glasses of wine & Prosecco. 

The Martinique Cafe

Our mortgage payments, haha 😂

We choose to use yelp and open table to help us find a dinner local. We were feeling like carbing out due to the long first day, and choose Arno. Arno is located between the garment & theater districts and is walkable to Madison Square Garden. They specialize in Northern Italian cooking, and the food was outstanding! I could've eaten there every night. Best Part? They bring out a huge cart with various desserts on it, and you literally pick what you want. The lattes were magnifico.
Wild mushroom pasta at Arno

One of our fashion week parties we attended was at Inside Park at St. Bart'sSt. Bartholomew's church is next door and offers a rescue from the busy streets of Park Avenue and also tells a storied history. 'Inside Park at St. Bart's' offered a piazza style terrace that seemed a million miles away from the crowds of NYC. This is a great place to catch lunch or dinner. We also went to The Kimberly hotel. It's a boutique hotel that is one of the 3 top business hotels in America, and also one of the top 100 hotels in the world. The hotel is so luxe, but the best part was the 'upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel'. A super swanky hot spot that boasts amazing views of the city and surrounding areas. This place is a must see/must go to if your visiting NYC and want a total city experience. 

We mostly shopped in Midtown, and visited the Macy's Herald Square. It is the biggest Macy's in the world and has more than ten levels of shopping. You could really get into trouble here, as they have stores like Louis Vuitton & Gucci inside. The overall trend we saw in shopping was, disposable clothing. Meaning, clothing from stores such as Forever 21 and H&M. Clothes that are trendy, and maybe only to be worn a handful of times, and keeping the price point under the twenty to thirty dollar threshold for each piece. We scoped out Times Square too, because well- it's a rite of passage. It was a site to see, but too touristy and over-stimulating. Nice to check out, but also nice to leave. 

The largest Macy's

To get around the city, when we weren't walking, we used taxi's and Uber's. The taxi's weren't overpriced and the Uber's were sooo convenient. Definitely, download the Uber app & the Arro app on your phone before traveling. The Arro app lets you pay for a cab ride from your phone, super easy.

Uber app

Thanks to these babes for always traveling with me 💜

Have you guys ever been to NYC, what did you think and were did you go?