Covered in Lace


shoes: Nine West {similar} via TJ Maxx
clutch: thrifted
sunnies: Ray Ban
jewelry: MK, DY, DY, Jess LC

This dress. A perfect date night dress. Also a perfect wedding, cocktail hour, girls night out, fancy brunch, or any-occasion-where-you-want-to-feel-like-a-million-bucks dress. I love this dress. It's form fitting and flattering without being overly sexy. But still quite sexy. It doesn't show too much of anything. And the combination of all these things makes it the perfect dress in my book. Do yourself a favor and add it to your wardrobe. 


TOP TEN: Summer to Fall Transition Pieces

Fall has arrived! Excuse me while I do a happy dance and sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte! 

Unfortunately, there's not a switch to flip and suddenly we have highs that only reach the 50's. Some of you may already be enjoying cooler weather, but here in the deep south, we're not. So I would say this list of summer to fall transition pieces is relative to the climate of the south. It's a mix of balancing a desire for cool weather and the reality of warm weather. 

The thing I love about all these pieces is that they can be layered. I can wear shorts and a gray tee during the day, then, as the sun sets, layer on a sweater, scarf, and close-toe flats. These are pieces I'm rotating and/or wanting. 

05. {Gray tee}


Peplum and Leather

top: c/o Karen Kane // pants: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx // wedges: TJ Maxx {similar}
clutch: Francesca's // bracelets: c/o Style Lately, David Yurman // sunnies: Urban Outfitters

I'm literally in love with this top. I love the juxtaposition of the feminine peplum shape and then the edgy, leather shoulder detail. I can't get enough of it. I actually envisioned myself wearing this top with my leather pants; however, it will be deep into the winter months before I can even think of wearing leather pants here in Alabama. 


Daily Threads: Black Spots

Target blouse // Banana Republic Outlet shorts // Jack Rogers sandals

Chris and I had last Friday off. We spent a good part of the day driving around, doing some shopping (not necessarily the kind I like), and we went out to eat. A much needed Chrinley day (that's our celebrity couple name). Since it was a day date, I dressed up a bit - and by dressed up I mean I wore a blouse instead of a gray tee. 


TOP TEN: Summer Beauty Products

Summer is winding down and we are {finally} approaching fall again. Before summer is completely over, I wanted to share with you products I found myself using pretty consistently this summer. 

First of all, these smell incredibly clean and fresh. Second of all, in the summer when there's a little more perspiration and you're typically outside a bit more than usual, your face can pick up extra junk. I find that giving my face a gentle wipe with these before actually washing my face really helps out. 

This stuff. I've re-purchased this stuff three times already this summer. My first experience with a BB cream was through Birchbox last year. I was instantly in love. But as I ran out of the product, I realized I didn't want to spend $30 on a small tube. So I decided to try out a drug store brand BB cream. This happened to be the first one I saw, so I bought it. Much to my surprise it was equally as impressive as a product that was more than three times expensive. I know a lot of people say BB creams are just tinted moisturizers, but I beg to differ. BB cream is magic. I don't know how, but it does amazing things and I like it. I've been giving my foundation a break and wearing this cream with a bit of eye concealer and finishing powder. It's quick, easy, and great quality. 

I've come to realize that stains work best with my lips; however, the thing with lip stains is that they can be extremely drying. Problem solved. Theses balm stains give me the stain I like and the moisture I need. 

The smell of grapefruit is so clean and refreshing. I typically use ProActiv as my acne defense, but lately I've been incorporating this scrub. I love the smell, the foaming action, and the scrubbing beads. 

Spoiler Alert. I didn't actually use this product for my spray tan, but I didn't want to mess up my collage with a picture of a Palm Beach Tanning Salon. This summer I decided to purchase a membership to get spray tans as needed. I really only needed some color twice this summer. Once when I went down to the beach and again when we had a summer pool party at our house. So was it worth it? Mheee... probably not, but I'm not a fan of excessive sun bathing or tanning beds. I'm also not a fan of blinding people with my lily white skin color, so I did what I had to do. 

I could put this stuff in any beauty top ten list I make. I've been using it for over two years now. I've gone through who knows how many bottles. And I will continue to purchase it. I've tried other high end dry shampoos as well as drug store brand dry shampoos and I can never find anything comparable. In the summer, when our hair collects a bit more oil and dirt, this stuff takes care of business.  It can get me through four to five days without having to wash my hair. Some may call that gross, I call it really convenient. 

I've used this every day this summer. It's my go-to product for contouring or just adding a hint of color to the face. Being in scrubs all day, I can dust a bit of this on and fool all my co-workers into thinking I'm super active and that I spend a lot of time outdoors when I'm not at work. 

Maybe I'm weird, but I feel like I tend to get a bit dry during the summer. Right before bed I lather this all over my face and neck and let my skin drink it in throughout the night. 

During the summer, my typical go-to nail color is some form of coral; however, this summer I have been obsessed with hot pink. This color satisfies my hot-pink cravings. 

I fight a never-ending war with finding the perfect mascara. I can pay $5 or $30 for a tube and see no difference. A lot of finding the right mascara depends on matching up your eyelash type to the right mascara consistency - and right now, this is what I'm liking. It's lightweight, it's does all the separating and lifting I want, and it stays in place all day - which can be pretty annoying at the end of the day when I just want it all off. But, beggars can't be choosers. 


Red and White

lace top: c/o Karen Kane // red pants: c/o Karen Kane {similar}
purse: Brahmin // shoes: Franco Sarto 

Saturday was game day. I appropriately wore red and white. And that black lace detail made me feel fancy, yet casual. This was a perfect outfit for cheering on my Pack and running errands.