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minimalist fall fashion must-haves report, from runway to street style  

It’s hard to imagine the end of summer is already here. But for perhaps the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to the crisp air and the return of fall fashion

The longer I work in fashion, the more of a minimalist I’ve become.

Passing through phases of maximalism and needing to drop unspeakable amounts on new collections each season- I’ve learned what I will actually wear. And what I won’t. 

Yet, it’s still all in fun to add a few new pieces into my wardrobe each season.

After watching the runways and drooling over NYC, Copenhagen and Paris streetstyle for the past several months… how could I not. 

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Simply put, after months of following this seasons fall trends in the making, here are the 7 wearable must-haves I’ll be scouting out this season to boulder my minimalist wardrobe. 

Image Cred: @maria.calvet, Whowhatwear, @mvb

The fitted, knitted maxi dress 

The return of 90’s fashion didn’t just bring back platforms and chunky slides. They brought back a form of elegance as well. This season a fitted, knit maxi dress is “unavoidable” according to Glamour. Elongating, versatile and office appropriate, It’s a timeless investment you can wear for years to come-and currently reaching fire status in this seasons trends. 

Image cred: Whowhatwear
Image Cred: LONDON FASHION WEEK ph. Szymon Brzoska – The Style Stalker

Knee high boots 

If you’re wondering about boot height this season, it’s all about the knee high boot. Or higher. But the knee high has a bit more utilitarian feel that makes this investment piece fashionable and practical to wear over denim and leggings or under suiting and paired with fall dress. 

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Cargo pants 

Another nod to the 90’s you’ll be seeing cargo pants coming into fall. Still not ready to revert back to everyday skinnies, cargos balance out a straight frame, they’re super comfy, and work well with any array of fitted tops and bomber jackets. They’re an effortless look that’s on trend and ok for casual Fridays at the office. 

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Oversized button downs

Currently in route to my closet, the new pinstripe blouse by Anne Fontaine. Oversized blouses are a key piece for fall and you can wear them with literally anything for a look that’s off duty chic that can take you from office to beachside. Pair with wide leg leather for day to night. Or biker shorts for errands and off duty vacation style. 

Image cred: @lucky_girl_h @_m__e, Pinterest, @selezneva.kat, @whatgigiwears

Tailored suiting 

A trend that will never die, it’s never the wrong time to invest in suiting. And the time has never been more right then now. With unexpected combos like crop tops and trousers and blazers over just about everything… you will never regret the amount of wear ton can get out of the right suit set. Focus on fit to maximize versatility based on the looks you want to pull together with your pieces. Oversized and boxy for me please. 

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A elongated mini bag 

Still on my wishlist, an elongated mini bag gives your outfit that confident touch that says I know fashion and pills basically any look together. Bonus points if you’re brave enough to opt for a pop color. 

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Ribbed tanks 

If you haven’t already invested in ribbed tanks, please stop putting it off. They’re the perfect layering piece with suiting, skirts and your at home loungewear. And invest in a couple of nice ones. You’ll get your wear out of them. Remember, fashion is what you were at home just as much as anywhere. 

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A Balaclava

Call me crazy and this might be a fashion stretch for some… but I’ve been hankering for a balaclava the more I see them in runways and streetstyle. These hooded neck warming “hats” have been featured everywhere this season with a real intriguing sort of edge. Plus, they’re super practice as it starts to get cool for outdoor events like games and bonfires. 

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Statement chain

Thanks to hours of shopping for my Econ shop, I already have my statement chains for the season. But if you don’t have yours it’s time to invest. The beauty of it. If you find one that really suits your style, it’s the only real piece of jewelry you need to accentuate all of your looks this fall. Ok maybe that and a couple stackable ear cuffs and gold rings.

Image cred: Pinterest, @mathildenauta, Hailey Bieber via Pinterest

Leather layers

I hesitate to add this category – not because I don’t think it’s relevant, but because a staple leather jacket is an all season, every year essential. (Perhaps its own article coming soon). Having said that if you somehow don’t own a leather jacket, it’s as multifunctional as ever and absolutely a staple for fall.

With these fall trend essentials, you can mix with your wardrobe essentials in style all season with countless combinations and creative layering. Shop wisely and you’ll be adding these fall pieces to next years essentials. 

Here’s to the new season. Fashionably yours, xoxo 

Image cred: @selezneva.kat

joining JUNOCO on a mission #ToBeHuman

There are a lot of things that make us human–a deep level of complex emotions, a strong awareness of self identity, the ability to question the world around us.

We are a lot of things.  Perfect is not one of them. Yet, we live in a world inundated with idealism driving consumerism and self worth. 

JUNOCO challenges us to rethink our imperfections with the launch of their #ToBeHuman campaign, asking friends to share personal insecurities, and how they’ve learned to be proud of them.  

Thankful for the invitation, I am happy to join the JUNOCO with this message of positivity, learning to overcome perceived flaws and embracing what makes each of us unique-because that is truly beautiful. 

“What’s one of your insecurities that you’re most proud of?” JUNOCO asks the question. 

Dull skin, the start of a few fine lines that have emerged with time, a splash of multiplying freckles… while they can all be minor annoyances I remind myself these things:

Freckles formed from blissful memories spent in the sun. From beaches abroad to slow afternoons with a cool drink in hand. Fine lines mark the smiles and expressions that share our inward emotions with others, defining much of who we are. 

Dull skin – admittedly I don’t have a romantic acronym for. Thankfully, there’s great skincare like JUNOCO’s cleansing balm (a new favorite) to moisturize and bring out your most radiant natural glow. 

So stop fretting. Keep living. And embrace what it means #ToBeHuman. 

No one is perfect. But confidence under pressure and inward beauty cover a multitude of perceived imperfections. Here’s to your good health and a happy spirit. 

More on JUNOCO? Check out my full JUNOCO review of their cleansing balm and powder. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with JUNOCO. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

I’m literally sleeping better, with an overlooked luxury we should all invest in – Sunday Citizen bedding review

We spend about a third of our lives in bed.

Allowing that to sink in, I’m actually taken aback I haven’t made the comparably modest investment in luxury bedding much much sooner. 

Consider the value of a better sleeping experience–one you actually look forward to at the end of the day rather than just another element of life’s necessities. 

That’s the difference Sunday Citizen bedding made in my life. 

I felt the difference immediately. That deep sinking in feeling my body had been craving since my last 5-star escape (It’s been far too long). The first night of sleep–honestly like a mini slice of paradise. I slept like a baby, wrapped in silky-soft sheets buried beneath a fluffy comforter with the AC pumping. 

It felt like a stay at a luxury resort.

Deepening my amusement, after making the mental comparison, I discovered Sunday Citizen bedding was ironically born to create just that experience. A story that started with a 4th generation textile family and an entrepreneur hoping to develop a blanket for his luxury hotels.

In this Sunday Citizen review, I’ll be sharing my personal experience after spending 3 weeks wrapped in their bamboo viscose sheets and snug stitch comforter. 

When Sunday Citizen reached out, I so happened to be in the market for some new bedding (My $20 Amazon sheets just weren’t cutting it). I had more recently “invested” in some known brand sheets thinking I was getting something a bit more elevated, but was disappointed when they didn’t feel much better, and started looking dingy and pilling from normal everyday wear. 

All that to say, it was worth trying something different, and Sunday Citizen sounded like an interesting company to get cozy with. 

3 weeks later–I’ll never go back to ordinary bedding. Sunday Citizen was superior in every way, and well worth the investment.

First, here’s what you can expect from the brand. Sunday Citizen promotes affordable luxury with high quality materials sold direct to consumer. As with all DTC models, that keeps the operation lean and more affordable for better quality products. 

But what really makes Sunday Citizen stand out? The fabrics. Perfectly put, “not all fabrics are created equal”.  – Sunday Citizen

Sunday Citizen makes their own fabric blends. Yeah, that’s radical. 

Working directly with the manufacturers to weave up a unique blend, Sunday Citizen has mastered that soft luxury feel you crave when slipping into a freshly made bed. 

They’re also conscious of their impact on the environment, using recycled PET bottles in their comforter filling and shipping in recycled boxes. 

Ready to sink in? Here’s the scoop on Sunday Citizen sheets. 

A must-have for every home in 2022, Sunday Citizen sheets are the ultimate luxury hotel sleeping experience brought into your home.

A mix of bamboo viscose, the texture is smooth and soft and hasn’t pilled or stretched out after its first couple of washes. They have that nice cool feel to the touch when you first slip in, and stay super breathable all night long. They have a variety of muted earth tones available. My selects – the fitted sheet in white and top sheet in a buttermilk accent.

Want to get cozy? The snug stitch comforter is the plushy soft yet cool comforter you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. (Seriously, I don’t know how we lived without it).

On one side, you have this almost sherpa-like, fluffy fleece. The other, a smooth and cool sheet-like feel. Sunday Citizen’s duo-surface comforters make a great all-season select, with a cozy contemporary design that suits every home decor. 

Perfectly cool, yet warm and cozy. How is that even possible.

Positive this is my husband’s favorite editorial sample of all time, and the remainder of our master bedroom linens and blankets have since gone into storage.

Do yourself a favor and get the snug sham set too. Same duo-material, great for temperature sensitive sleepers and all who dream to be incomparably comfortable.

But don’t just take my word for it. Vogue calls Sunday Citizen one of the best places to buy bedding, and other editors rave of the snuggliest blankets, throws and beyond. 

Ready to get a better nights sleep? I sure was. And thanks to Sunday Citizen, I’ve never had a better nights sleep from home. And for this new mother of one, it’s never been more worth it. (Baby approved). Seriously, go check them out. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, items in this post were gifted by Sunday Citizen. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

Vegamour reviews put to the test, here’s what you can expect

Looking for ways to achieve thick luscious locks? (Aren’t we all). Vegamour reviews have been flooding social media and across the web. With taglines like “Performance you never thought possible” and 100% vegan formulas, it’s a tempting promise in hopes of the best hair ever.

If you’re deciding whether or not to give them a try–I did. Here’s what you can expect.

In this Vegamour review, I’ll share my first impressions of a handful of products I’ve been using over the past 30 days. 

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Formulated with powerful plant-based ingredients
  • Lots of testimonials sharing positive reviews
  • Rich herbal scent
  • Beautiful simple packaging
  • Easy on my sensitive scalp
  • I noticed some immediate results

For the past 30 days, I’ve been using a regiment of Vegamour’s shampoo and conditioner, a conditioning hair mask, and both lash and brow growth serums.

Since I’ve been using them in tandem, I’ll review Vegamour in its entirety while also sharing a few notable comments about each of the products I’ve been using.

Vegamour GROW revitalizing shampoo and conditioner kit review

First, let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. Both come in 8oz, soft matte nude tubes. Active ingredients include mung bean, curcumin (derived from tumeric), and red clover. They have a soft, herby sort of smell that’s pleasant–reminiscent of a spa treatment.

I have a history of psoriasis and a pretty sensitive scalp. The Vegamour shampoo and conditioner were non-irritating and left my hair feeling clean and heavily moisturized. 

Be sure to rinse thoroughly. I found the conditioner is pretty heavy on the roots, and can sometimes dry looking a bit oily. However, I work in a sprinkle of dry shampoo powder after using, and it gives it the most perfect “next day” volume and texture that makes it really easy to style. 

So for immediate results of volume, it actually works quite well. 

Vegamour ENSO overnight restoring hair mask review

Next up, a deep conditioning treatment. I tried the ENSO overnight hair mask, and it felt like quite the self care treatment. It has a similar herbal fragrance as the shampoo and conditioner, but has a much richer and thicker texture. 

I massaged it into my damp hair before bed, and slept with a towel wrap. In the morning after a rinse, my hair felt extremely moisturized and luxurious. It gave it that real “healthy hair” feel with a sort of weight to it, yet somehow maintained a more than normal volume.

My feedback on instant results–it’s a great treatment for that sort of main hair with a healthy, voluminous feel. 

Vegamour review of brow and lash growth serums

I have what any would consider to be very fair, think lashes and brows. Not due to over plucking, just got that roll of the dice in my genetics. So, I was quite excited to dry the brow and lash growth serums from Vegamour. 

Both come in small pink tubes. Each with an applicator tip appropriate for the job. Active ingredients include the same lineup of the shampoo, with the addition of cannabidiol (from the sketch yes it does look like cannabis derived) which is shown to reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation.

I apply both 1-2x daily. In the morning after a face wash and at night before bed. 

I’ve tried a few lash growth serums in the past only to result in extreme eye irritation and redness that made any positive results just not worth it. Both the brow and lash serums were non-irritating, and easy to apply.

Vegamour review results

So do they work? You’ll notice most Vegamour products list a 4 month trial period for their promised results. So after 4 weeks in–I don’t think I can fully commit to answer if their promises come true. However–

there are a few immediate results I’m happy to report, and have been pleasantly surprised with my Vegamour experience.

The shampoo, conditioner and hair mask give my hair that really thick, heavy yet high volume feel that I can best describe as healthy

It leaves it feeling highly moisturized with a ton of extra volume. That in itself has kept me using the products over the past few weeks.

Even more exciting, after 4 weeks of fairly consistent use of the brow and lash serums 2x daily, I’m actually starting to notice results!

Especially in my brows. For the little effort it takes to swipe on, I’m really looking forward to keeping up with the progress over the upcoming months. 

I used to never leave the house without filling my brows, but the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself feeling good about stepping out after a little brow gel. 

Want to give them a try? Vegamour has tons of positive reviews and customer testimonials for each product. And if that’s not enough, you can find a slew of reviews online including before and after photos and known beauty critics like InStyle and Shape Magazine providing their endorsements. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with Vegamour. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

luxe “thank you hostess” gift ideas you’ll want to give (and get)

You know the table will be set with elevated dish wear and foods to share over the sounds of laughter and the best company. Everyone knows being the best guest means never showing up to the party empty handed, but there’s something growingly mundane about grabbing a bouquet at the nearest market on your way in.

Thank your host or hostess more personally, with these distinct gift ideas for your hostess unique as they are.

Swivel cheese & tapas board

Plan to bring charcuterie to share? This compact cheeseboard has places for crackers, jams and meats with an included cutlery set. Make an irresistible spread to share, and leave the board as a hostess gift.

Enjoying tequila tasting journal

Does your hostess adore a good party? This guided tequila tasting journal includes tips on selecting the best brands and educating your palate along with mastered cocktail recipes. Bonus guest points if you also bring the tequila. 

Olive oil gift curation box

Bring the taste of Italy with the old world delight of “pinzimonio” (dipping raw veggies or breads into olive oil and a scrumptious mix of peppers). This olive oil gift curation box includes a bottle of rich extra virgin olive oil from Puglia, Italy along with a Japanese, lampworked amber dipping glass.

3-in-1 Classics wooden chess, checkers and backgammon game set

Challenge your hostess to some after party gaming with this 3-in-1 classic game set in a beautiful natural wood finish. 

Gourmandise box of 24 macarons from Laudurée Paris

Nothing says best hostess gift of 2022 quite like Paris. This elegant gift box of 24 macarons includes Laudurée’s chef’s choice of assorted flavors including passion fruit, salted caramel, and blackcurrant violet. 

Mid century modern bluetooth vinyl record player

Give the gift of ambiance with this  mid century modern record player, complete with simple nostalgic design and bluetooth connectivity. 

Whimsical motif set of 6 wine charms 

Joanna Buchanan’s wine charms infuse your soirée with an optimistic mood and make a perfect thank you gift for any esteemed hostess. 

Engraved gold cake server

If you haven’t checked out Zara’s home goods, perhaps it’s time you did. This engraved gold cake server is crafted with stainless steel and offers an elegant way to serve desert. The perfect holiday hostess gift. 

Looking for more holiday or hostess gift ideas?

Check out some of my favorite bespoke foodie and home goods resources like Uncommon Goods and DLISH.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, some items in this post were gifted, and may receive affiliate commissions on some items in this post. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!