New Purchase

Spring Stripes

H&M Striped Dress

The one item that I overlooked when packing for Washington, D.C. was a simple t-shirt dress for the warm (read: hot) weather that was forecast. I thought I could rough it, but my white jeans, tank top, and Sperry’s were no match for a humid D.C. day.

H&M Striped Dress 3

So, what’s a girl to do when on the go and in need of an outfit? Buy it in Georgetown, of course.

While mentally scanning my wardrobe and going from store-to-store, I realized that I am light in the stripe department. Sure, I may have one or two pieces for spring and summer, but nothing that resembled an effortless t-shirt dress.

H&M Striped Dress 4

With those criteria in mind—and not wanting to break the bank—I knew I was in the right place when I walked through the door at H&M. Soon I spotted a rack full of casual t-shirt dresses—for $12.95, no less! With a price tag like that, it was a no-brainer.

H&M Striped Dress 2

As I strolled out of the store, I couldn’t wait to ditch the pants and throw the dress on—which is just what I did the next time I ventured out on another hot D.C. day.

Winter Wear: Lucky Brand Booties

Lucky Brand Booties

One of my favorite parts of this time of year (aside from the upcoming holidays, of course), is that I get to break out my riding boots and over-the-knee boots. On any given day, you can find me rocking a pair of skinny jeans (Loft has some great options, if you are petite) and either of the aforementioned boots. But this year, the array of booties I have been seeing has intrigued me.

When I had some spare time last weekend (and a $20 off coupon), I headed to my nearest DSW to peruse their selection. I was cautiously optimistic that I would find what I wanted — but a stroll down the very first aisle proved fruitful. These Lucky Brand booties immediately caught my eye, and were sold as soon as I slipped the comfortable wedged bootie on my foot. Just to ensure that I didn’t miss out on another potential suitor, I walked through every aisle at DSW, but I kept returning to the pair from Lucky.

Lucky Brand Booties from DSW

The hardest decision I had to make was whether to get them in the taupe or grey. Ultimately, the taupe won out, and when they arrived at my house the other day (they were out of my size in the store), I knew I had made the right choice.

If you, too, have been on the fence about the whole bootie trend, I would advise you to take the plunge. I anticipate wearing these babies throughout the winter…and into spring.

Fall Beauty Buys – Part I

stila star light star bright highlighter palette

I have been on quite the beauty kick lately. It’s amazing how a new lipstick (or highlighting palette) can get me excited for the upcoming work week. Lately, the object of my affection has been Stila (surprise, surprise!).

stila star light star bright highlighter palette 2

I thought I had to wait months before the launch of Stila’s new Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette…but I was wrong. When I stopped at Ulta last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see the palette in stock — and now in my beauty bag. I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘Didn’t you just buy a bunch of highlighters from Laura Geller?’ Yup, I did. And while I have enjoyed them, something about this Stila palette proved irresistible. Perhaps it was that the palette contained three shades: Transcendence, Kitten, and Bronze. Or that all three of the highlighting shades could be worn separately. But what sold me is that I could blend them together in one simple stroke for the perfect effect (I’m all about quick and easy).

I’ve been using the palette for about a week now, and it not only brightens up my complexion but also my morning routine. I love how it accentuates my cheekbones and gives me a subtle glow — which helps when you can’t get up on time and are scrambling to get out your front door on those kinds of mornings!

While I wish I could say I stopped after this purchase, on a separate visit to Ulta I was powerless to resist scooping up Stila’s Naturally Nude Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set. Stay tuned for a future review and to see the gorgeous trio of shades in action!