Art Love

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I’m pretty much always on the hunt for affordable art. I’ve posted roundups of pretty prints on here before (exhibit A), but my tastes have changed in the last year or so. Just like my preference when it comes to clothes, my aesthetic when it comes to interiors has become more minimalistic and pared down. I still have a soft spot for pops of color, though – I’m especially fond of the digital pineapple above. Here are 10 prints I love, ranging from bright to black and white, abstract to chart-like.

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Olive Jeans

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H&M shirt, Gap jeans, Baublebar earrings, Birkenstock sandals, vintage clutch

Unfortunately, the weather is getting a bit too chilly for me to wear this, one of my go-to fall looks, anymore (without a jacket, at least). Recently, I’ve found that I’m starting to pare down a little bit when it comes to accessories and patterns – instead of the really overworked outfits I used to go for, I’m gravitating toward simple colors and silhouettes, with the occasional graphic pattern, statement piece (like shiny gold loafers), or, more recently, cluster of cheeky pins (I am indeed a disciple of Jen Gotch). And these pants have been in heavy rotation lately – they’re just as versatile and comfortable as regular jeans, but they feel a little fresher thanks to their cool but still subdued hue. (And, I promise I’ll have some more seasonally appropriate outfits up soon – but I can’t promise that I won’t be wearing these pants in them.)

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Fall Beauty Picks

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Almay Liquid Eyeliner in Precise Black // My number one new beauty essential: this liquid eyeliner. I haven’t had liquid eyeliner on hand for a few years, instead preferring pencils that don’t run or fade – but I thought it was time to mix it up, and I read a glowing review of one on Cupcakes and Cashmere, so I grabbed it the next time I was at Target. It’s absolutely fantastic – the felt tip is just the right size, the color is really dark, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t budge.

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Candy Buttons // Over the summer, I went on a crazy cleaning spree, and realized that almost all of the lipsticks I’d been holding on to were, sadly, past their prime (read: rancid). I’ve been working on rebuilding a more streamlined collection of colors I know I’ll actually wear, and this was my first pick. I’m still getting into the habit of wearing lipstick, but this color is just the right soft pinkish-coral to make that transition easier – plus, it really does have a smooth, butter-soft consistency.

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OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx // I’m a big fan of dark nail polishes for fall – burgundy, forest green and gray are all in heavy rotation for me. But I just realized a while ago that I was neglecting classic black lacquer, and grabbed one shortly thereafter. It feels so classic, simple and glamorous, but it’s just edgy enough to make a statement.

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask // One habit I decided to get in the last months of summer was using a face mask once a week. I haven’t done a terrific job sticking to that schedule, but this thick mask always makes my skin feel fresher and softer after using it. It’s the perfect luxurious treat – I’ll sit with it on for 20 minutes and read or listen to music.

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Fall Essentials

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Hello, and apologies for the radio silence! I’ve been crazy busy, and adjusting has taken a little while – but I’m back now! (Of course, it does’t help that my computer is being particularly touchy lately.) Being the over-eager shopper that I am, I actually did the majority of my fall shopping before fall even started. I’ll probably need to pick up some more heavy sweaters as the weather gets cooler, but I was able to stock up on some essentials (on sale!) that I’ve already gotten a good bit of wear from, and that I know will take me through the season. Here are some of my must-have fall pieces, along with a few items I’m still coveting.

1 // Last year, I found myself over and over bemoaning the fact that I didn’t have an easy, slightly slouchy gray sweater to throw on when I was up early and craving a comfortable, low maintenance – but still effortlessly cool – outfit. So finding the perfect one was my top priority this season – and of course, I found it at Zara. It comes in a bunch of great fall colors (I’m thinking I should grab another one), and it’s the perfect layering sweater: thin, but still more substantial than a t-shirt.

2 // Another item I knew I needed: moss green denim. I was looking for something a little more interesting than black or gray, but that still offered the same comfort level and style. I knew moss green was the answer, but struggled to find the right color and shape: too many were frosty, others were cargo pants, some still were overly distressed or loose. But these ones, from Gap, are perfect: the color is dark enough that they still pair with nearly everything in my closet, and they’re a classic skinny jean shape, with a slightly high waist, that’s super comfortable and flattering. (They’re running out of this color, but I highly recommend any jeans from Gap’s resolution line.)

3 // I struggle to find coats that are both stylish and functional – I’ve ended up with marshmallow-esque parkas (which have their place) to pea coats that are basically decorative. This one checks off both boxes – it comes in a gorgeous deep purple-burgundy, but has plenty of pockets and an extra-warm furry lining. And the name, field jacket, just sounds so classic.

4 // I haven’t yet added a short, streamlined bootie to my wardrobe, but that needs to change. The bootie strikes the perfect balance between a combat boot and classic riding boot – it’s short, modern, but still distinctly casual. This patent pair from Zara is cool and sleek, and doesn’t veer towards the edgy or rustic vibe that tends to come with most casual boots.

5 // Another bootie option I love: an updated take on the combat boot. This pair from Zara is less dressy than the aforementioned boots, but they’re still more polished than the average lace-up pair. Their flat heel and streamlined profile keeps them casual, but metallic hardware ups the chic element.

6 // So I actually bought these boots a year or two ago (in a slightly different color/textile), but I’ve only started wearing them with regularity recently. They make any outfit a little edgier, and they’re a step up from basic flats. Despite their height, they’re pretty comfortable – I can wear them for a full day without pain (or becoming exhausted). Another plus: they’re budget-friendly!

7 // During the Zara sale this summer, I found what might be the most perfect cardigan (see this post for evidence) – I haven’t worn it too much yet, but it’s seriously cozy. I found a pretty similar style on H&M because everyone needs a giant, black and white cocoon sweater. You can throw it over a maxi dress, pair it with a mini skirt and simple tee, wear it with jeans and a thin sweater (see #1)…basically, it goes with everything, looks effortlessly chic, and feels like a blanket. You’re welcome.

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Favorite Bright Skirt

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Anthropologie skirt | New York and Company shirt | Vintage earrings | Vintage ring | Steve Madden sandals

I know I just posted yesterday about how excited I am for fall, but I have a few more summer outfits to share while the weather is still warm. This skirt I was initially hesitant about (it’s a little brighter/preppier than the things I normally wear), but it was $15 at Anthropologie! How can you pass that up? Of course I got it, and I’m so happy I did. It’s surprisingly comfortable and really lightweight, plus it has great pockets. I pretty much only wear it with solid tees in black and white, but I haven’t gotten tired of that combo yet, so I’m okay with it. I’m hoping to wear it at least one more time before I switch to my fall wardrobe.

And, in case you were wondering – these pictures are indeed from a while ago. I’m not currently lounging by the water, much as I wish I were.

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