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 – http://www.glossier.com/reps/alisonkozik

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 – http://www.glossier.com/reps/alisonkozik


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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 – http://www.glossier.com/reps/alisonkozik

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.”




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

Wrapped Up in Style

Style is defined by expressing yourself through what you wear.

Style refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance.

Style is different to everyone, you can give two or more people the same piece of clothing and they may style it completely different in what their own vision of style is.

Today’s post is in collaboration with Meach from My Versatile Style blog. Meach is a fellow Clevelander and a kickass girlboss who shows off her killer sense of style and how to style versatile pieces. I love looking at her Instagram (@itsmemeach) for inspiration and the latest fashion trends.

We are showing you today how 2 different people take the same piece of clothing and make it into 2 different outfits with their own personal style. We both took the same floral wrap dress from Nordstrom Rack with these great tied off bow cuffs and styled it our own ways in terms of what our personal style means to us.



Meach really captured the essence of transitional fashion by taking this long-sleeved dress and pairing it with nude stacked heels and a cognac leather bag. She truly balanced that in-between season style, since even though its October we have been getting some 80 degree days. Another thing I really love about her look is, she truly let the dress be the hero. She is not trying to make the dress work she is working the dress.

Are you inspired yet? I know I am, and I am going to file this look away for the next time I wear my dress. Check out what she has to say and additional gorgeous photos of Meach working this dress on her blog here! 

When styling the same dress for myself, I know I wanted to take what felt like a more feminine wrap dress and give it a more edgy feel by adding little details that I have been loving lately to show off a different side of this dress.

Thick black belts with brass hardware is a classic piece that is truly timeless – there is something vintage about it that I love. To add a bit of edge I am wearing my favorite pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses right now that I cannot get enough of. For a while, their wayfarers were a staple but in the past 2 years, the round metal style truly made a comeback and the thin gold metal gives them an effortlessly cool vibe.

I wanted to add to the retro aspect of this look and I thought my gold hoops from Target would be perfect, as they hint at a 70s feel but don’t take to much away from my overall look. I have been wearing my gold hoops religiously lately, I truly feel that gold hoops are the new diamond (or CZ) stud – a classic in the making.




We can’t forget to talk about my latest obsession… socks & heels

If you remember from my blog post last week which I talked about this fall trend and gave some inspiration here, I thought this dress would be perfect to add this touch too. Some might see it as a bit much or busy, but I think it truly brings this outfit into fall and takes the dress to this retro yet trendy level that I was craving.


This dress is currently in stock at Nordstrom Rack last time I checked. And if you do not feel like heading out to your local Nordy Rack store never fear as you can snag it online as well here for only $26! I got a size medium, but honestly with the elastic waist I really probably could have gotten a small. Also, here is some other floral wrap dress that I am swooning over.

Dresses 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

That’s a Wrap Dress

Hello beautiful readers! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Cleveland Blogger meet up this past Saturday at Hi and Dry restaurant in Tremont. It was an amazing afternoon to be surrounded and meet all of these amazing blogging women that were there to support one another.

We nibbled on some delicious appetizers from Hi and Dry and it was a great opportunity to get a taste of this newer place that took over the corner of Literary and Professor in Tremont. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their menu and do some bowling and drink some beer! We all mingled and went around and shared a little bit about ourselves and our blogs. It was great to hear first hand a little background of all of these blogs that are based out of the Cleveland area. Stella, from The Heart’s Delight, shared some killer photography tips and tricks that I can’t wait to utilize! And Anastasia, from Styled by Stacy, put together an awesome swag bag of local Cleveland goodies including a Blackberry scented candle from The Cleveland Candle Company, a bracelet from Banyan Tree, artwork from Cuyahoga Collective, and some beauty samples from Olive Me Beauty. Crystal, from Eat Drink Cleveland, also brought teas and coffee to try from Dreamers-Kowala Beans which represents an amazing cause by giving jobs to people of ALL abilities. And we can’t forget Leah, from By Travel And Error for bringing all these amazing women together and kicking off the Cleveland Blogger Meetups!

I wanted to share what I wore Saturday to the Cleveland Blogger Meetup, on that very very humid NE Ohio day. I recently purchased this denim sleeveless wrap dress from Gap.com when I saw my cousin Katie wearing it on a family Fourth of July party. I was obsessed immediately and knew I had to purchase it. So thank you, Katie, for inspiring this outfit ♥

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Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

Follow all of the ladies I met this past weekend for food, fashion, fitness, Cleveland, and so much more!

Leah from By Travel & Error

Anastasia from Styled by Stacy

Crystal from Eat Drink Cleveland

Stella from The Heart’s Delight

Lauren from Finding Fit After 30

Alyssa from The Mexitalian

Kate from Greatest Escapist

Kala from Cook Drink Decorate

Brittney from According To Brittney

Amanda from Closeted Fashion Blog

Jen from AuntJammy.com (relaunching soon!)

Debi from DebiDarnell.com

CLE Bloggers Meet Up

5 Pool Day Essentials

We are half way through summer and pool days are becoming a regular staple in everyone’s weekly plans. I wanted to share with you guys today what my 5 essentials are for a pool day in Cleveland.

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First off if you don’t own one of these are already, go to Amazon right now, go on, I’ll wait… A Bubba 52oz Mug for ultimate drink storage! My friend Breanne turned me on to these because she swears that they make or break a pool day. You can put so much in these bad boys that if you are like me and live in an apartment helps cut down on the times you have to run back upstairs to refill drinks. Another great thing about these is that they are not even that expensive, under $20! So go check them out, they are great to have handy.

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Nothing says summer than a good summer beer am I right? If you are like me and like to enjoy an adult beverage while relaxing poolside my new summer favorite is Ohio’s own Platform Brewery’s Hyper Retro. This lemon ginger saison ale is described as citrusy, spicy, and bright; a must try for the summer!

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What is a pool day without a good pair of sunglasses to block the haters? I recently got a pair of Ray Ban’s Round Metal sunglasses and although everyone has them, I feel like then have become a classic staple in our summer wardrobe over the past few years. I also feel incredibly stylish wearing these everywhere.

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I don’t about you guys but I refuse to wear makeup to the pool, I mean what is the point? My friend Eileen gave me a sample of the COOLA Mineral Face Matte Tint SPF 30 and this has really become my go to face SPF for pool days. It adds the slightest bit of color while protecting your face from the sun. What I love about this product is the consistency, it almost turns to a powder when massaging it into the skin, it’s really quite nice!

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So we can’t forget something for once the pool day has ended and on a semi recent Target trip, my friend Courtney and I discovered the best after-sun product EVER, Bare Republic® Daily Recovery After Sun Serum. This stuff is so soothing, light, non-sticky, and smells nice too for being an after-sun product. It is a serum consistency and absorbs nicely into the skin, I have even been using it on my face after a long day in the sun.

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