Reflecting Back on 2017 & Welcoming 2018

As 2017 has come to a close I have been taking time to reflect on everything that has happened this year like I am sure most of you are.

2017 has truly been a year of “ME”. My resolution in the beginning of the year was to put myself first and get back to the healthiest version of myself. Now to a lot of people that means fitness and although I tried and failed at fitness this year that was not truly part of my resolution. I wanted to become mentally healthy this year and accepting of the person I am today.

I don’t share a lot of my personal life or when I do I have my dance and act perfect, but in 2017 I came to terms with the depression and anxiety I have been fighting for a very long time. It’s weird that even as I sit here alone in my office typing this up my palms are sweaty and my heart is racing because this is something really hard to open up about but its something I know I am not alone in.

In 2016, three and a half years after my father’s passing I began experiencing delayed grief after being strong for my family members for so long. I became this version of myself that I did not know and couldn’t control. Towards the end of 2016, I knew I needed help because I hated the person I was and felt so lost in my own body and mind.

For the first part of 2017, I felt very hopeful and more like myself again with the help of therapy. I started doing things for myself like starting this blog which I am so proud of and grateful for all the support from my friends and family. Literally, without that support, I don’t think I could do it. This blog truly became the creative outlet that I have craved for long and that was missing from my life. Also, because of this blog, I have gained so many friendships and has gotten me out of my shell more and more comfortable with going somewhere I may not know anyone. I think bottom line is that this blog has become my own form of therapy.

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With the help of therapy I did start to come to terms with the person I am today but as we know with any journey it is not just a straight path and sometimes we falter or take steps back. The last couple of months I came to terms with the fact that I cannot win this battle with depression and anxiety with just therapy alone. Although I tried not to go on medication because I thought that it made me look weak or that I can’t do this myself, I gave in and decided to go on medication. But, going on medication doesn’t make me weak, it shows that I know myself and what I need to live a healthy life as the best version of myself. I always want to be honest with you guys and this is me being honest that although I shared the best parts of my life this year it doesn’t mean I didn’t have dark parts.

Focusing on the best parts of 2017 I got to experience so many wonderful things. I traveled for myself and business for the first time in a very long time. I went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys for the first time EVER! I traveled out of the country for the first time to 4 different countries this year, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and Italy, thanks to my job that I truly feel blessed to have that opportunity. While traveling abroad I had the got to travel alone to Italy which is an experience I recommend everyone do. Traveling alone, although can be lonely at times, is an amazing experience and I never felt more present with myself. This might seem cliche but to get that first passport stamp excited me to no end and I definitely did a happy dance!

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I got to see some of my best friends get married this year and other best friends have babies (hello Aunt Alie!). To see these people that shaped different parts of my life be so happy was amazing and I was so happy to be apart of those experiences.


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As 2017 ends I realize that accepting this version of myself is not an overnight nor a year fight. Working on one’s self is an everyday battle that we all deal with. Some people have different fights than others and I walk away from 2017 being more conscious of that. I feel so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life who have stayed with me through the hard times and best time, and I got to welcome so many new friendships into my life this year all which fill my heart to no end.


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Looking into 2018 I am so excited to share with you all a big change in my life. Now, I can’t tell you what it is yet but if we all be patient I look forward to sharing my journey with you all in 2018 and taking this part of my life to the next level.

Thank you all for the love and support you have given me and this blog in 2017 and I hope you continue to follow along in 2018.

xx, Alison




2017 Favorites

Can you believe a whole year has come to an end? I feel like it was yesterday 2017 just started and I just started my blog talking about my favorite things. Now as 2017 comes to a close I wanted to end the same way I began but instead of only talking about five things, I wanted to compile a list of my favorite things that I bought, tried and loved in 2017 for the five categories Hair, Skincare, Makeup, Fashion, and Fragrance.


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Kirsten Ess The One Signature Shampoo & Conditioner – I have to admit when it comes to shampoo and conditioner I am not really picky and choosey, I wasn’t until I purchased Kirsten Ess’s hair products at Target that is. If you are like me and have really no fuss hair this is the perfect formula! Also, the scent is very unique, unlike any shampoo or conditioner I have had before and I love it. I believe at this point I am on my third bottle.

IGK Down & Dirty Dirty Spray – this I have to say was a complete impulse buy that I wasn’t even looking to purchase, but after talking to a girl at Sephora I thought this was something I have to have. If you are like me and have silkier, thinner, or hair that doesn’t hold a curl unless if a little dirty this stuff is amazing! It literally makes your hair dirty without being dirty itself!

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray I was looking for a new texturizing spray as I can’t say I have found an amazing drugstore one that outshines the Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun, but again those Sephora girls love them some IGK products and I got talked into trying the Beach Club Texture Spray – and I mean with the return policy why not try it? I have to say this stuff stands up if not better to my precious Dry Spun.

Bastiste Dry Shampoo – one product I found myself buying over and over and stocking up on when there was a sale this year was this dry shampoo. My friend Gina introduced me to this drugstore dry shampoo this year and nothing really compare in my opinion.

Ouai Wave Spray – Whenever I airdry my hair I love spraying this stuff all over. Not that I have a lot of natural wave to my hair but this will pick up even the tiniest wave or help hold a wave I create with damp hair.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler – Now granted I did use this more when my hair was longer this summer but this stuff literally made my hair air dry perfectly! Instead of having my hair flip out all ways this stuff worked magic and made my hair dry normally.


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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – I talked about this stuff way back in the beginning of the year and I am still obsessed with it. I use it every night and whenever I go away and don’t bring it I instantly see a difference and then I kick myself for leaving it behind. But to my defense, it does not travel well.

Glossier Super Bounce Serum – this is a recent purchase that I contemplated for awhile as I used the Glossier Super Glow Serum and was really unimpressed. But, I kept hearing a lot of buzz about this product and I have to say it live up to the hype! I honestly really love this hyaluronic acid serum – one of the best I’ve tried. The only downside is that it is only  0.5 oz for $28. If you want to try it out here is my rep link to get 20% off your first order –

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Face Mask – Some of my favorite skincare products this year have the ingredient honey in them and the brand Farmacy completely change my skin game this year. This mask is by far my favorite mask I have ever used. The texture is like putting actual honey on your face with a relaxing warming sensation. It’s so moisturizing that I feel like my skin is glowing afterward, one of my favorite masks for travel!

Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer – This lightweight moisturizer is my favorite for spring and summer. Again it has honey in it which my skin seems to react very well too. I notice more balanced skin when I would use this as my night moisturizer.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm – cleansing balms really became my favorite way to remove makeup and cleanse my face this year and it helps that they are travel-friendly. This Green Clean one removes all makeup (including waterproof mascara) and leaves my skin feeling clean and not over dried or over moisturized.

Pacifica Under Arm Wipes – a big change I made was switching to natural deodorant this year and although I didn’t put a brand that has completely blown me away this year these wipes have been repurchased so much to give my armpits a nice little refresh.

Glossier Balm Dot Com – This should not come to much surprise as I always and I mean always mention how much I love this stuff! I use this every night on my lips and throughout the day. Its the perfect lip prep before applying lipstick and heals lips when they are dry and cracked. I have the original, coconut, and cherry (for a hint of color); my favorite though it probably the coconut. If you want to try them out here is my rep link to get 20% off your first order –


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Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer – I absolutely love this stuff. I wear it every single day. It adds the most natural looking glow to your skin and makes you look so healthy! I usually just wear this stuff and a bit of concealer as my everyday “foundation” because it doesn’t feel like your traditional primer on the skin, it almost absorbs in like a cream.

Glossier Cloud Paint – one of the things I never leave the house without is blush, I can thank my mother for that. No look is complete without some color on your cheeks. What I love about the Glossier Cloud Paints is they give the most natural flush and melt into your skin in a way that doesn’t even look like you have makeup on. I have three of the four colors and I use them every single day and mix them together to create different colors. If you want to try them out here is my rep link to get 20% off your first order –

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Bond Girl – This lipstick is my go-to everyday color. It is very close to my natural lip color but adds a slightly deeper hue. This was bought on a complete whim but I am so happy I bought it. Although it is matte it is not drying what so ever! This formula is so velvety smooth I honestly surprised I don’t have more of a collection of it.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black Waterproof This is by far my favorite drugstore mascara and the only mascara that I have repurchased in a long time. A big thing for me is that I have watery eyes so finding a good true waterproof mascara is a big deal and sometimes harder then it seems. But this formula provides the fuller look that I am looking for and doesn’t give me raccoon eye in an hour.


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Kona Backless Mule Loafers – I got these beauties back in the late summer and didn’t stop wearing them until there was snow on the ground. What I love about these loafers is that they add a more put together touch to any outfit and they are just so easy to slide on and go.

Fount Petite Bellfield Tote – This should not come as a surprise to anyone as I haven’t stopped talking about or featuring this purse since I got it back in October. It was quite the investment but I know it will last forever and get better with age, plus I love a chance to support a local Cleveland business.

Levi’s Wedgie Skinny Jeans – I feel like the Levi Wedgie has been the jean of 2017 and once I finally got my hands on a pair I could see why! The jean has a snug fit and slimming high rise, which is perfect if you have some curves.

Lucy Williams x Missoma Square Malachite Necklace – a true Black Friday find! I have been eyeing this necklace for quite some time and with a 25% off Black Friday code I snatched it up and haven’t taken it off since. I love the vermeil gold and how it stands out with my skin tone and not to mention the  malachite stone, a stone sacred to the Goddess Juno, patron goddess of Rome

Rings and Earrings – I wanted to loop these together because I usually wear them both together almost on a daily basis. I really got into the delicate ring look in the past year and 3 out of the 4 rings I wear on a daily basis are from Pandora (1, 2, 3)and the other one is locally made from Cleveland and unfortunately, I can’t remember what person I got it from. Earrings was another big part of 2017 as I strictly only wore diamond studs since college and then took a year off from wearing earring entirely. There have been three pairs of earrings that have been on rotation lately, these Madewell Tiger Eye pair, Oceanne Malachite pair, and these gold hoops from Target.


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Replica Jazz Club – Be transported to Brooklyn 2013 where “the cozy atmosphere of a private club. Chic and heady cocktails. Honey and woody notes of cigar boxes. The tradition has been immortalized through the generations, handing down the address of this Brooklyn jazz club. An anthology of classic notes and coppery tones, between deep armchairs and a handful of bar stools, with subdued lighting, reflected on the piano where some cocktails linger, wafting their liquory notes.”



How to Survive a International Flight

Now I still don’t consider myself a pro-international traveler, but this past year I have traveled internationally a few times and each time I refine what I think I truly need on the flight with me. So here are some things that I will be taking with me in my carry on next week when I travel to Munich, Germany for the second time this year.

Lip Balm // Hello dry lips! I feel like airplanes and dry lips go hand in hand and a heavy duty lip balm is necessary. My go-to lip balm should be no surprise to you guys, Glossier’s Balm Dotcom in coconut is my favorite scent, but I also like the cherry to add a hint of color to my lips. Get 20% off your first order here with my rep link.

Solid Cleanser // The key when traveling is to take a few liquids as possible. My favorite solid cleanser is Farmacy Green Clean, this product smells so fresh and it is cruelty-free. This product removes waterproof makeup which is really important to me as I religiously wear waterproof mascara.

Facial Mist // A sure way to feel instantly refreshed and awake is a facial mist and my favorite is Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater. The only thing is I would recommend maybe spritzing yourself in the bathroom or you neighbor may get a little mist as well.

Masks and/or Under Eye Treatment // Like I mentioned above airplanes dry out your skin so masks are a great way to help keep your skin looking fresh. If you feel comfortable with applying a mask midflight there are some great ones you can actually sleep in and then take a facial wipe to remove. I really like Embryolisse lait-crème concentrè which can be used as a face mask, facial lotion, and face primer before makeup.

Multitasking Makeup // The less makeup the better, I don’t like feeling overwhelmed with a lot of products when traveling so products that can have multiple purposes is perfect!

Dry Shampoo // When I travel for work sometimes I don’t get the luxury of having a lot of refresh time when I check into the hotel before I have to leave again. A way to keep my hair fresh is to dry shampoo my hair before take off, usually in the airport bathroom, and only slightly work it into my hair. I quite possible look weird with some dry shampoo showing my hair feels like gross when I get off the flight. I really like Batiste but honestly, I’ll take any travel size I can find.

Hand Sanitizer // I feel like I have been mentioning how the air and the water aren’t the best when it comes to germs so I really like to keep a hand sanitizer on me and this Honest Spray Hand Sanitizer is my favorite. It’s really easy to use and smells like oranges.

Tylenol PM // I don’t know about you but falling asleep in on a 13+ hour flight can be difficult sometimes and you need a little extra help. I really like Tylenol PM because it helps you fall asleep and it combats the aches and pains that come with sleeping in an airplane seat.

Vitamin C // There are so many germs floating around an airplane with the recycled air and all. I start taking vitamin C a few days before I depart and then throughout my entire trip. I really like the Vita Fusion gummies because they are actually delicious to eat and taste just like orange candy.

Compression Clothes // My favorite bottoms to wear on a long flight are my compression leggings I got on Amazon this past year or I recently got these new Aerie joggers that are so soft and comfy, but with the joggers, I may get compression socks to help with long flight swelling.

Slanket (scarf/blanket) // I saw a post on Into The Gloss where they used this term and insistently loved it to describe the legendary travel scarf/blanket.

Smell Good // Travel deodorant is the best way to keep smelling good. The one thing you do not want to do it put any harsh scents on you while on the plane, you want to wait until you get off the plane to spray yourself with perfume. I recently ordered Native in scent vanilla coconut from a recommendation my friend Courtney gave me. Native has a line of sensitive skin which is baking soda free which as we know from my past deodorant post my skin does not do well with baking soda.

Facial Wipes // We all know that feeling when you wake up from a nap and feel the need to splash water on your face. Now airplane water isn’t the best and getting to the bathroom is sometimes a hassle so these Garnier micellar water facial wipes are my favorite to get the sleepies out of my eyes. I follow with my facial spray and I feel 10 times more awake and refreshed.

Headphones // Now I wish I could lie and say I cozy up with a book during my long flight and get a lot of reading done, and I do on domestic flights, but with the temptation of movies literally at my fingertips, I get completely sucked in. I recommend a good pair of noise-canceling headphones so you can be completely undisturbed while you binge watch a pretty decent choice of movies or shows, only to be disturbed by the stewardess for snacks.


Cleveland Made Holiday Gift Guide 2017

With the long holiday weekend over, maybe you opted out of shopping and spent time at home with family and friends or maybe you only made a dent in your shopping list. Either way, forget the mall this holiday season and shop with Cleveland instead. Even though small business Saturday has passed there is no reason to stop shopping locally. I pulled together a few of my favorite Cleveland businesses below to show you some great options for really unique gifts for the holidays.

Let me know down below in the comments what your favorite local business whether it is in Cleveland or somewhere else. 

Fount // The Coventry Bucket Bag in Cocoa & The Finley Wallet in Peppercorn Black

Emily Roggenburk // Cleveland AF Crewneck Sweatshirt – Heather Gray & Perfectly Cleveland Photo

Shore Society // Lake Erie Pennant & Cooler by the Lake Mug, White

Oceanne Jewelry // Money Clip, Petite Hemisphere Studs, & Happy In Cle Bar Necklace

Sweet Dish & Darling // Camping Candle in Espresso Stout, Mexican Hot Chocolate, & Brown Sugar & Fig

REVIVAL Body Care // Immerse-Soaking Salts & Goddess Facial Serums


Black Friday Sales I’m Shopping

Let me start off by saying that I am not a Black Friday shopper – I hate going out super early on Friday morning or even worse on Thanksgiving to get “the best deal of the year”. BUT I am a sleep-in Friday morning, make some coffee, and browse my favorite store/brand’s website Black Friday shopper. So if you are like me and like to shop from the comfort of your own home in your comfy clothes with coffee in hand here are some of the sales that I will be shopping this week.

If I could just wear Madewell the rest of my life I would be completely fine with that. I very rarely find a brand that everything literally just speaks to me, but when it does it is Madewell and it comes with a sometimes not so wallet-friendly price tag. That is why you want to shop their Black Friday sale which is actually going on now, yes NOW! 25% off their entire site if you use the promo code DONTSTRESS. Here are my picks from their site:

whisper cotton turtleneck in wellton stripe
athens cat-eye sunglasses
10″ high-rise skinny jean in lucille wash
the small transport crossbody
northfield mockneck sweater

I used to manage an Abercrombie back in the day and dreaded working Black Friday, but flash forward to today and I love shopping their Black Friday sale! Now although Abercrombie has not released their Black Friday sale they usually stay quite consistent which is usually 50% off the entire store like last year and Abercrombie will most likely start this sale on Thursday. Here are some of my picks:


Sephora Black Friday deals were release at the end of last week I believe and let me tell you they are something to get excited for and the perfect opportunity to either stock up on favorites or try something new. Here are all of the deals that we know about as of now:

Alterna Haircare: The Caviar Moisture kit ($30 value) will be available for only $10.

Atelier Cologne: Get the special Perfume Ornament ($36 value) for only $12.

Benefit: The Best-seller Blowout set is valued at $43 but will be on sale for $15. In this set, you will get a full-size They’re Real Mascara, mini Hoola bronzer, and a mini High Beam highlighter.

Bite Beauty: The Mini Multistick Duo ($20 value) will be available for $15.

Buxom: The Pout on the Prowl lip kit includes one mini Full-On Lip Polish in Dominique and a Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Toxic Cherry. The kit is valued at $32 but will be on sale for $12.

First Aid Beauty: The Ultra Repair Cream will be available in a 12 oz. tub. This super hydrating moisturizer is valued at $42 but will be on sale for $15.

It Cosmetics: It’s Your Secret to Beautiful Skin set ($35 value) will be on sale for $15.

Lancome: Get the Dramatic Eye Duo ($32.50 value) for $15.

Make Up For Ever: Sephora will be exclusively selling the limited edition holiday duo The Artist Neutrals, which includes the Artist Liquid Matte lip color and Artist Rouge Lipstick, for $15.

Ole Henriksen: Get your own Dashing Through the Glow: Refresh Anywhere Set ($22 value) for only $12.

Philosophy: The Always on the Glow set ($32 value) will be on sale for only $15.

Sephora Collection: The Winter Queen Palette ($20 value) and the Colorful Cleanse and Treat set ($18.50 value) will both be available for $10.

Tocca: Tocca Favorites set ($26 value) will be on sale for $10.

*(Sephora deal information provided by

I love Zara, its great for basics, is decent quality, and it doesn’t bust the bank. One thing I hate about Zara is their website, it is not the most user-friendly (at least to me), I get frustrated and overwhelmed easily by it. This would be actually one retailer I would rather shop the store to find what I need, but since I won’t be heading out to my local Zara online it is! I recommend browsing the website before they launch the Black Friday sale so you can weed through all their clothing and accessories and not risk anything running out of stock while searching. Now Zara has also not released their sale but if it is anything like last year it should be 20 to 30% off select apparel. Here are a few of my picks:


Last but not least is Glossier, now again this brand has yet to release their Black Friday sale, but I do know that there is a great sale in store you just need to be patient a little bit longer. Again like Sephora, Glossier’s Black Friday sale is a great time to stock up or finally try out the brand. Here is my rep link to get 20% off your first purchase along with free shipping on $30 or more. I know I will be using this sale to stock up on some of my absolute favorites such as these:

What Black Friday sales are you shopping?

What’s In My Bag // November 2017

Happy Monday ladies! Is everyone ready for Turkey day? I know I am ready to stuff my face! A few month ago I made a splurge purchase to spoil myself when I was at The Cleveland Flea and stopped by the FOUNT booth. I have eyed and lusted after these bags for quite some time and finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in one of these gorgeous bags. I absolutely love the fact some that something designed and created in Cleveland has its home on my shoulder now and when people ask me where I got it I find myself responding with pride that it is from FOUNT in Cleveland Ohio.

I know I love these types of posts where you get to peek inside someone’s bag and see what items that they truly can’t leave home without. So here is what I cannot leave home without and has its home in my Fount bag.

HUM Nutrition Vitamins* // A big goal of mine for 2017 was to start taking more vitamins and supplements daily and some of those vitamins I take throughout the day so I like to keep them easily accessible in my purse. When HUM Nutrition reached out to me I was really excited to try their products, especially after seeing them at Sephora. I took a recommendation quiz on HUM’s website which got me 3 great products to try out. HUM recommended the following products:

GUT INSTINCT is a skin probiotic that benefits your skin, health, and beauty. This product contains 25 billion organisms and 10 strain probiotics. As someone who suffers from digestive issues pretty frequently, I was really interested in seeing if this would help alleviate some of my problems. I noticed pretty instantly that my stomach problems pretty much stopped or decreased drastically and the couple times I forgot to take them I experienced my symptoms had returned!

FLATTER ME is a digestive enzyme that helps support a flatter stomach and healthy digestion. You just take one pill before two of your biggest meals and helps with that awful full feeling you get and help break down your food during digestion. I have noticed such a difference with digesting after large meals with this and I ended up liking this supplement probably the most because if I can avoid that full feeling I am all in!

UBER ENERGY supports consistent energy through adrenal strength and this is something I need desperately since I wake up at 5 am every morning during the week and I need a little extra help when it comes to keeping my energy up. I did notice a decrease in that 2 o’clock feeling where you feel pure exhaustion sweep over you, which in turn makes me more productive in the afternoons.

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Rifle Paper 2018 Planner & Pens // I always carry my planner and a few pens with me because if I didn’t I would have no idea my schedule. I wanted to show off my new planner from Rifle Paper because I am slightly obsessed with it and cannot wait to start using it.

Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses // These round sunglasses have been my go to since the summer. I find that they truly look good with anything I am wearing so I always like to keep them on me.

Urban Outfitters Wallet // I found this tiny envelope wallet at Urban Outfitters about a year ago when I needed a smaller wallet for a purse at that time I was wearing. I love that this holds everything I need and I can just toss it from purse to purse.

Lippies // I carry quite a few lip products with me at all time but there has been three lately that I have been giving a little more love to. The Glossier Balm Dot Com in cherry smells delicious and adds the slightest bit of color along with the moisture we know and love from Balm Dot Com. If you want to try it out click my link here to receive 20% off your first purchase. I’ve been also wearing this gorgeous Maybelline lipstick in Toasted Truffle which feels so velvety and gives a beautiful brown 90s color vibe. And we can’t forget my one and only gloss from Fenty Beauty, the universal luminizer adds the perfect touch to any lipstick.

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Hair Bobbles // Hands down these are my favorite hair ties and I carry them with me at all times! They don’t crease your hair and they hold ponytails and buns very securely! They come in tons of color but I like the clear and nude ones. I have bought these from Amazon and Sephora and the price difference isn’t much if you buy the real ones.

Mario Badescu Hand Cream // What I love about this hand cream is that it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy. The formula is made up of vitamin A, vitamin E, wheat germ oil and honey for ultimate hydration and nourishment.

Vintage Mirror Compact // Last but certainly not least is my vintage mirror compact which I picked up at Flower Child in Lakewood, Ohio. I love vintage pieces that hold history and I thought that this compact was so beautiful and was a nice feminine touch.

*HUM Nutrition vitamins were provided by HUM Nutrition. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HUM Nutrition. #humnutrition #startwithin.

What to Wear // Late Fall Wedding

This past weekend one of my oldest friends got married and I couldn’t be happier! Although it was freezing this past Saturday it was clear skies and sunny out, a perfect day for a late fall wedding.

The older we get the fewer opportunities we have to get dressed up, but although weddings are a day to support and celebrate with two people united in marriage it is also an opportunity to dress up more than you would normally.

Weddings take place in every season and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to wear in some of those seasons; especially late fall and winter.

When I was looking for a dress for this wedding I had a slight idea what I wanted. I know I wanted long sleeves but also flowy and definitely a fall color palette. One of my favorite places to get dresses from is Nordstrom, they have a great selection and I think their website is very searchable when you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Also, I love that they usually have a ‘Dresses Under $100‘ section, because you shouldn’t be spending an arm and leg.

I ordered three dresses knowing that I would only be keeping one if I was lucky and with Nordstrom’s great shipping and return policy it so easy to just click and buy. Two of the three dresses were from the same brand and the sizing was a bit funky and they ended up being too small, but my third dress from BB Dakota was a winner winner chicken dinner!

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This dress truly had everything I was looking for – bell sleeves with a fit-and-flare silhouette and not to mention this Bordeaux color with this more minimal floral pattern. One of the features of this dress that I actually thought I wasn’t going to care for was the collar. The dress has a keyhole neck with button closure which gives the dress a more jewel neckline which I don’t normally gravitate to. As soon as I slipped it on it fit like a glove and I knew my search was over and my favorite part of the dress was the neckline!

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Now, remember how I said that day was freezing??? Well, we can’t forget two very very important pieces to this outfit – tights and a coat. I just picked up these black tights from Old Navy, I don’t usually spend a lot on tights and don’t really see the point too. The cocoon silhouette coat is Lucky Brand and I picked it up from Macy’s at the end of the season last year. I wasn’t planning on buying a coat and thought it would be fun to try it on and well the rest was history. Unfortunately, it is unavailable but here are a few other coats I really like – 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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And of course lets not forget the piece of resistance, the velvet platform shoes. I felt the dress gave off a 70’s vibe and wanted to have a bit fun with the shoes but not spend a fortune. I had been eyeing these shoes at Target for a little bit but had nowhere to wear them to so didn’t buy them but once I decided on this dress it was game over. To top it off Target was having a 20% off shoe sale which made these puppies right around $26! And do you want to know the best part? THEY WERE SO COMFORTABLE! I wore them all night and didn’t take them off till I got home. Towards the end of the night my feet were getting a little sore but to be fair I danced my ass off.

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What to wear for late fall/winter weddings can be tricky and stress, but they don’t have to be. I recommend purchasing a few options from a store you know and trust and bringing them home to try on and play with. Tights are your best friend and a cute/functional coat is your best accessory. Also, remember you can always have fun and spice up a look with shoes, it is unexpected and makes an impression.

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Photography By: Eileen On