Monday, September 30, 2013

Summer into Fall

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Blazer: J.Crew (on sale + additional 30% off with code SHOPNOW) | Blouse: J.Crew (similar here on sale) | Shorts: Arden B. (old) | Sunglasses: Valentino | Belt: Madewell | Shoes: Charles Jourdan | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklaces: Brian Gavin, Theresa Mink | Bracelets: H&M c/o, David Yurman, J.Crew (similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors

Hope you all had a great weekend! I am back after a little blogging break due to rain, floods, and a bad cold. Colorado weather has been crazy recently, but there have been plenty of sunny days, too. I took advantage of one of them to let these shorts have a last hurrah before putting them away for the season.

P.S. A handsome little guy decided to join me for photos this time--it is hard to believe he's nearly a year old already!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans, Part II (an ASOS Review)

Jeans: ASOS c/o (in petite and regular sizing) | Blouse: Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Valentino | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Reed Krakoff | Necklace: Urban Outfitters | Bracelets: David Yurman, J.Crew (similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors

A couple months ago, I decided I was sticking to skinny jeans after trying a pair of petite boyfriend jeans. When ASOS asked me to do a review recently, I decided I would give boyfriend jeans another shot and ordered a different style.

The Brady Slim Boyfriend Jeans are a slimmer, more streamlined style that preserves the boyfriend look without too much added bulk. The fit is relaxed through the thigh and knee, getting slimmer from knee to hem. They come in a variety of washes, from indigo to bleach, and are available in both petite and regular sizing, and the regular size comes in three different inseam lengths. I found that they run true-to-size for ASOS, and a Petite 00 was just right on me--I like how "relaxed" through the thigh and knee didn't mean they were gaping at the waist or too roomy in the hips.

Personally, I think this pair will fit into my wardrobe well. The darker wash pairs nicely with the more classic pieces in my closet, and the fit is exactly what I wanted from a boyfriend jean--relaxed, but still feminine and flattering. I think I'm a convert this time around!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Work Outfit: Seasonless Tweed

Dress: Banana Republic Factory Petites (see it on Jean also) | Sunglasses: Valentino | Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (read my review) | Necklace: Urban Outfitters (old) | Bracelets: Tiffany, H&M c/o, David Yurman | Watch: Fossil

While other bloggers were enjoying Fashion Week in New York this week, I have been enjoying Law Week here in Denver (teensy bit of sarcasm there). Admittedly, pretty much every week is Law Week for me, but this week, I was attending a continuing legal education conference, which is kind of a much-less-stylish version of Fashion Week for the legal community in which I practice. I thought it fitting that I share a work outfit today.

I found this dress over Labor Day Weekend at the Banana Republic Factory Outlet, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it fit. It's a lighter tweed that feels both cool enough for warmer weather and warm enough to wear with tights and layers in the winter. Soon after purchasing this dress, I read Jean's post reviewing it, and she seemed to be impressed with the fit, too. All told, I was pleased by the selection and fit the BR Factory store had to offer, and their frequent sales are great for building a budget-friendly work wardrobe.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Beauty Bonus: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

This is the second post in my little extra series about my favorite products--the ones that fall into the failsafe, can't-live-without-it, worth-every-penny, Holy-Grail-of-Beauty-Products category. (See the previous one on NARS Pore-Refining Primer.)

My post on the NARS Primer focused on what you put under your foundation and concealer to make it stay put and stay flawless throughout the day. Today, I'm going up a couple layers to what I put on top of my primer, concealer, foundation, blush, highlighter, etc. for a finishing touch to mattify any shine and "set" my makeup.

Make Up For Ever came out with a "High Definition" line a couple years back, and while I haven't fallen in love with the foundation, I really like their translucent finishing powder, the HD Microfinish Powder ($34, Sephora). It's made of 100% pure silica, and it really does seem like it's geared toward people who are on high-definition camera as it gives the skin a really lovely, soft, matte finish without ever caking or looking too "done." It subtly softens fine lines and blemishes, too. While my makeup can look a little slippery once I get my moisturizer, primer, concealer, and foundation on, this powder seems to set the whole look nicely, all while looking reasonably natural.

I've been using this product for several years now and have gone through a couple full-size jars. The great thing they've recently added is packaging that's much more conducive to travel. Instead of the crazy tap-into-the-cap-and-hope-for-the-best design of yore, it has a fine mesh inside the middle of the package, and the lid closes tightly over the mesh to prevent spillage. In the several months I've been hauling the new package around--I touch up a few times each day because of my oily skin--I've had no spills or near-disasters with it, which was not really the case before.

Small note of caution: use this powder sparingly (you really don't need a whole lot), and especially so if you'll be in a lot of flash photos. I've noticed that flashes can sometimes pick up the silica particles and give the face a ghostlt-looking pallor if this stuff is loaded on. (Bonus: using sparingly means a $34 jar should last a nice, long time--always a plus in my book!)

Do you have any amazing products you think I should try? Let me know--I love experimenting!

Note: I was not compensated in any way for this product review.