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3 tarte Products I’m Loving Lately

tarte cosmetics has fast become one of my most-used makeup brands, and QVC has several new tarte product launches this month that I’ve been testing out. With these three sets, I’ve basically got an entirely new everyday makeup look!

This modernEYES Shadow Smudge & Liner Duo Set is such a smart innovation. It’s basically a 2-in-1 shadow smudge & liner. The ultra-fine gel eyeliner is perfect for the top lash line. It’s incredibly precise, and it glides on smoothly without pulling on the delicate eyelid area.

Then there’s the shadow side with a tiny sponge tip that creates the look of a softly smudged shadow line.

The shadow powder liner is located inside the cap, so every time you put the cap on, it refreshes the shadow on the sponge tip.

I apply this to my lower lash line, and it basically gives the eye definition without a harsh line — just like applying eye shadow with a smudge brush, but so much easier.

These eyeshadow sets come with the Black + Champagne combo, and then you choose between the Brown + Aubergine and Bronze + Tan, so you’re basically getting four products in one for an introductory price of $35! (I went with the Brown+ Aubergine.)

The next product I tested out is this tarte sunset blur finishing powder & hydroflex serum foundation. I’ve been using this combo on the daily for the past few weeks because it’s nice and lightweight for summer.

I start with the Hydroflex Serum Foundation in medium tan neutral. This was actually a serum first, and then they infused pigment to make it into a medium-coverage foundation. So it’s basically skincare and makeup in one.

I just apply with my fingertips, or sometimes a foundation brush, and it has a beautiful natural finish that brightens & smooths the skin.

And the SEA sunset blur finishing powder is a new product that’s a worldwide launch on QVC today. This is a finishing powder that’s like a brush-on filter. You’ll notice it’s a yellowy color, and that’s because it’s designed to cancel redness and hyperpigmentation — both issues that I have.

It blurs the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores and gives the skin a smooth, almost flawless finish.  This set is a $69 value for $45. If you’re unsure about the color to choose, they go through that on the video on the website, so be sure to check that out.

And then the tarte marine miracles 6-pc collector set gives you pretty much everything you need to finish your everyday makeup look. This is a $175 value for $59!

It includes 2 brushes, a mascara, eyeshadow palette, cream cheek duo, and lip gloss.

The Breezy Eyeshadow Palette has 6 matte & shimmer shadows that you can mix & match. The butter-soft, creamy texture is buildable, and they blend together seamlessly. The set also includes a two-sided eye shadow brush for perfect application.

Then the breezy cream cheek duo features two of tarte’s best sellers — waterproof cream blush & bronzer — in one chic palette! The set also includes a second a two-sided brush for this blush/bronzer duo. I use the thicker side for the blush and the thinner side for the bronzer.

I like to apply bronzer under my cheekbones for a little bit of contour, and then around the temples for a sun-burnished glow. And the blush, I brush over the top of my cheekbones and blend up towards the temple area.

Finally, the Surfer Curl Mascara and H20 Gloss Lip Gloss in Villa complete this everyday makeup look. I love how this gloss is hydrating and leaves an amazing shine, but it isn’t sticky at all. It’s also formulated without petrolatum or lanolin. And all tarte products are vegan and cruelty-free.

Don’t forget to check out QVC’s Beauty iQ page for the newest beauty deals each week! Plus, use code OFFER for $15 off $35+ if it’s your first time purchasing or code HELLO10 for $10 off $25+ if it’s your second time purchasing.

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Denim Trends for Fall 2022

We took a short break from discussing fall 2022 fashion trends at the end of last week, but I’m back today with probably the most asked-about wardrobe category of all: Denim Trends for Fall 2022.

Top 5 Denim Trends for Fall 2022

This may well be the most polarizing topic we discuss in this community! 😂 After all, each woman has a unique body and a unique set of lifestyle needs, so no one denim silhouette looks great on everyone.

Women also vary in how much they value being on trend. Some of us love to try new things and enjoy staying on top of the latest styles and silhouettes. Others work hard to find the denim styles that work best for their bodies and lifestyles, and they’re going to stick with those no matter what the trend reports say.

The good news is, pretty much everything goes right now. You can look fashionable in just about any denim silhouette, as long as you style them with other modern pieces and wear them with confidence. And, of course, good fit and proportion is key to any stylish ensemble.

All that to say, these posts on fall trends are simply meant to be informative. It’s up to you to figure out if you want to wear them… or not.

5 Top Denim Trends for Fall 2022

These are the 5 most fashion-forward and on-trend denim silhouettes for the 2022 fall season. You don’t need all of these styles in your closet, but hopefully you’ll find one or two to love.

#1. Flares

Denim Trends for Fall 2022: flaresleft: Mother Denim (28) // Treasure & Bond sweater (S) // AllSaints boots (9) // AllSaints tote
right: Mother Denim (28) // Nordstrom Signature sweater (S) // Aquatalia boots (8.5)

Flares are probably my favorite of the denim trends for fall 2022. This is a 70s throwback style, and the fit is straight through the hips and thighs and kicking out from knee to ankle. Leg openings are typically wider than 20″. (Not sure what that is? This post breaks down the Key Denim Measurements.)

Mid and high rises look the most current to my eye, but I’m sure low-rise styles are soon to follow. We’re seeing all lengths in flares right now, from the traditional floor-grazing style to the newer crop and ankle-lengths. Raw hems and traditional finished hems are equally popular, but the raw hem is more trendy.

Washes are everything from dark to light, with medium washes being the most versatile.

Because wider leg openings make your legs look shorter, flares look best with a stacked or wedge heel. Platform sandals, clogs, and western-style boots are current shoe trends that look great with flares.

If you want to wear sneakers or flats with flares, I recommend a crop or ankle-length style because it is slimming to show a bit of skin at the ankle (generally the smallest part of a woman’s leg.)


#2. Bootcut Jeans

Denim Trends for Fall 2022: bootcut jeans left: Edwin Denim (size 29) // Evereve top (S) // Seychelles heels (8) // Tory Burch hobo
right: Hudson Denim (29) // Vince sweater (S) // Stuart Weitzman booties (8.5) // Gucci sunnies

Flares and bootcut jeans are similar, but flares are a little more dramatic and edgy whereas bootcut jeans are more streamlined and classic.

Bootcut jeans fit snug through the hips and thighs and widen from knee to hem, but not as wide as flares. Leg openings are typically 17-20″ wide. Just like with flares, we are seeing full-length bootcut jeans as well as crop and ankle-length styles trending right now.

As far as footwear is concerned, I usually wear full-length bootcut jeans with a heel, but you don’t have to. Lower heels are trending this fall (hallelujah!) so if they have a pointed toe or a slim, square toe, that can work too.

bootcut jeans with low heeled bootsAG Jeans (28) // Vince boots – 2 1/2″ heel

Washes are everything from dark to light, with medium washes being the most versatile, but a sleek dark wash bootcut is always a classic look. I’m seeing a lot of raw hem bootcut jeans right now, which makes it easy to trim to the length you want, but you can certainly wear the finished hem if you prefer.


#3. Slim Straight Leg Jeans

Denim Trends for Fall 2022: slim straight leg jeans left: Pistola Denim (29) // Madewell sweater (S) // rag & bone sneakers (39)
right: Good American Jeans (6) // black sweater (S) // Kork-Ease clogs (8) // AllSaints tote

This is my answer to those who are struggling to let go of their skinny jeans. Slim, straight leg jeans are less of a trendy style and more of a classic that is having a moment right now, and they’re a great way to update your look without going too far out of your comfort zone.

The fit is just as it sounds — straight and slim from hip to hem; and straight-leg jeans can be cropped, ankle-length, or full length. Rises are medium or high, and colors run the gamut. The raw hem keeps slim, straight leg jeans looking current and adds texture to your outfit, but you can wear regular sewn hems too.

Shoes can be a little tricky with slim, straight jeans. It depends largely on the length. A streamlined bootie with a higher shaft works well under crop and ankle-length styles, or you can wear sneakers, clogs, loafers, or sandals. Typically you don’t want the jeans to buckle on top of the shoe, and it’s fine to show some ankle.


#4. Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans

Denim Trends for Fall 2022: slouchy straight leg jeansMadewell Baggy Straight Jeans

I had to borrow a picture for this style because it isn’t one I wear. The relaxed straight is a 90s throwback style, and probably the most trendy of these denim trends for fall 2022.

You will also see these called loose fit, slouchy straight, dad jeans, baggy straight… there is no one correct term. The fit is relaxed on the leg, straight down to the hem, and they can be cropped or long enough to pool on the floor.

Washes are mostly medium or light, but washed black (these have a slightly faded look to them) and ecru (off-white) are also big right now. They may or may not have distressing.

As for footwear companions, it’s trendy to wear relaxed straight leg jeans with retro trainers or Converse high tops, and also with the chunky dad sandals (as shown above). I also see them worn a lot with chunky lug sole boots and lace-up styles such as Doc Martens. A more sophisticated way to wear this denim silhouette would be with a sleek, square-toe bootie.

We’re going to be seeing more and more of these slouchy jeans as the season progresses, but probably more on the younger set. That said, you can participate in this trend and not look like your teenage daughter. It’s all a matter of choosing the jeans wisely and styling them in a way that is more refined.


#5. Wide Leg & Trouser Jeans

Denim Trends for Fall 2022: wide leg and trouser jeans Spanx wide leg crop pants c/o (M) // white tee (S) // denim jacket (S) // Seychelles heels c/o (8) // Tory Burch hobo

Wide leg jeans is another classic silhouette that is having a moment right now, and this style is a little more refined than some of the other denim trends in this list. I’m clearly not wearing jeans in the picture above, but the silhouette is what I’m talking about here. The fit is full from hip to ankle, and they can be crop, ankle, or full-length.

I feel like this style looks best with a platform or a heel, but sneakers or loafers can work if you get the proportions of the outfit right. The key is to define the waist. You do this by tucking your top, wearing a shorter, fitted top, or adding a fitted blazer or jacket.

You can find wide leg jeans in all colors of denim, but they look especially sophisticated in a dark, saturated black or indigo wash. This style can definitely make you look wider than you are, and they’re something of an acquired taste.

I’m not usually much of a fan of this look on me personally because of my body type, but I actually like the pair I’m wearing above quite a bit! They might look even better with a more form-fitting top.


Are skinny jeans in style for 2022?

Are skinny jeans in style for 2022? rag & bone Cate ankle skinnies (29) //  Marc Fisher boots (8.5) // old LOFT sweater

I’m sure you will notice that skinny jeans are NOT in this list. That doesn’t mean you won’t see them in stores (the retailers carry what sells, and many women are reluctant to give up on styles they have grown comfortable with.) But skinny jeans are definitely on the downward slope of the trend spectrum.

What this means to me is, I won’t be buying new ones, but I’m holding onto a few for tucking into boots this winter.

If you’re not ready to give up your skinny jeans, by all means, keep wearing them. To stay looking current, try matching them with more updated styles of tops and footwear.

But just remember, we all had to get used to skinny jeans back in the day. Sometimes it takes a while for our eyes to adjust to new trends, and what looks flattering to you today might change as the newer denim silhouettes become more mainstream.

For example, I used to detest crop flares. I thought they looked ridiculous on everyone. (I’m sure some of you still do.) Well, now I love them!

So yeah… Take this list of denim trends for fall 2022 with a grain of salt, but don’t write them off just because you don’t like them at first. Part of staying current and not getting stuck in a style rut is being open to trying new things.

That doesn’t mean we should all jump on every trend that comes down the pike, either, so be selective and wear what looks best on you.

At the end of the day, you should be true to yourself and wear what you love. The most important thing is to have fun with fashion, and wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident!

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Easy Backyard Entertaining Tips

I’ve had some requests for easy backyard entertaining tips, I guess because I mention having friends over a lot. It seems like a lot of people don’t host gatherings as often as they would like because of the work that goes into it, or when they do entertain, they feel like they’re too busy to enjoy their guests.

I get that, but I’ve always had a lot of people around, so I got used to keeping things easy and casual. Here are my 5 best tips.

5 Easy Tips for Stress-Free Outdoor Entertaining

#1. Lower your standards. 

No, seriously. Let go of that notion of a Pinterest-perfect party. No one cares if you have matching plates and cups or clever decorations, or if your house is cluttered or the floor is dirty.

Party Tip: The floor is going to get dirty anyway! I never clean a floor before a party. I clean afterwards.

They also don’t care if you’re still putting food out when they get there, and they don’t even really care if it’s homemade or store bought. That may be how they want to do their parties, but if your friends are going to judge you for putting out a store-bought dessert or having clutter on your counters, you need to find new friends.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I’m all ready to go when people get there and everything is set out neatly and the house is clean and tidy. Sometimes I achieve that goal, but it isn’t very often, and I’m okay with that.

#2. Buy your food, don’t make it. 

I used to be that girl who had to make everything from scratch, and I enjoyed it, but as my job got more demanding, it became too much pressure and I sort of lost interest. When I finally started buying my food instead of making it, entertaining got so much easier. That’s when I realized, most people really don’t care. (Are you sensing a theme here? Haha!)

All that to say, if you love to make homemade food, go for it, but don’t avoid entertaining because it’s too much work or stress to make everything from scratch.

Here are some of the things I often serve that everyone seems to love, and they take very little prep on my part.

Snacks & Apps:

  • cheese & meat tray // Ideally, I have three types of cheese (cheddar, brie, and aged gouda are always a safe bet) and one of those Columbus Charcuterie Trios or a Boar’s Head Uncured Genoa Salame Roll.) If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add some marinated olives, a handful of nuts, and those cute little pickles! I usually put out a bowl of Mary’s Gone Crackers along with it, or I throw some of these Firehook baked crackers right on the cheese plate. When I’m feeling really lazy, I pick up one of these cheese trays at Wegmans. (But I do like to plate it myself.)
  • Boursin (green box only) + Glutino pretzel twists // Even people who aren’t gluten-free love the Glutino pretzels, but you can use any small pretzel twist for this.
  • Lipton french onion dip & corn chips // Just mix a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix with 16 oz. sour cream. We like this best with Fritos Scoops, or potato chips work too. Raw carrots and celery are also good with it.
  • chips & salsa // Trader Joe’s has some of the best jarred salsa options, or I get the “fresh” salsa from the deli area in the grocery store.
  • hummus + tortilla chips // Easy peasy!
  • potato chips // If I’m just having a couple of girlfriends over, sometimes I just put out a bowl of potato chips and a bottle of wine and call it a day!
  • fruit or veggie tray // I just grab one at the grocery store, or of course you can assemble your own.
  • La Terra Fina Spinach Artichoke Dip + Pita Chips from Costco // This combo is always a hit, although I try to avoid Costco at all costs, so I send Paul when I want this.
  • shrimp cocktail round // I also get this at Costco, or sometimes at my grocery store.

My Go-To Meal:

  • burgers & hotdogs // If I serve a meal, burgers and dogs are the easiest, and if you have any vegetarians, you can always buy veggie burgers. We usually buy ground beef and make the burgers, but you can buy the patties already formed at most grocery stores or Costco, and there’s always BUBBA.
  • storebought potato salad and/or coleslaw // When we do burgers and/or hotdogs, I usually serve potato salad along with it.
  • strawberry spinach salad // This is as “homemade” as I get, or you can buy Marie’s Poppy Seed Dressing at the grocery store. This salad adds freshness and color to the burgers/hotdogs + potato salad meal.

Desserts:

#3. Skip the meal; serve apps instead.

A lot of times, we don’t serve a meal at all, and that cuts way down on the prep (and cleanup.) It also enables you to spend more time with your guests.

When I go this route, sometimes I make more of an effort to make a homemade appetizer… or not. It just depends on my mood and the amount of time I have.

If you want some suggestions, we all love this guacamole recipe, this buffalo chicken dip recipe, this 7-layer dip, and this jalapeño popper dip. We also like to make these mini cubano sandwich skewers.

Also, this strawberry pretzel parfait is delicious and easy for summertime poolside gatherings — of course, plastic dessert cups (or wine glasses) are best around the pool.

If we are hosting around the dinner hour and I feel compelled to offer a meal, sometimes we just order pizza. Of course, that can be costly, but most people are willing to chip in a few bucks to help out.

#4. Make it a potluck.

People almost always offer to bring something when you invite them over, so let them! Again, this does mean letting go of a certain amount of control. And invariably, someone comes in and needs to borrow a cutting board and chef’s knife and proceeds to assemble their entire plate on my freshly cleaned counter… but you know what? That is one dish I didn’t have to make, so I call it a win.

#5. Use disposable everything & keep yourself well-stocked.

It’s nice to serve on real plates with real flatware, but it’s a lot more to clean up, so we almost always use paper. (The exception is for holiday gatherings; I do draw a line there.) But in the summertime, out by the pool, it’s always paper. There are also lots of eco-friendly options nowadays, and I’m trying to do more of that.

I keep disposable cups and napkins and plates in a basket in my pantry, and I try to keep myself stocked so I’m not scrambling if I want to have a last minute gathering. I also keep a utensil caddy in my pantry fully stocked at all times.

Outdoor Entertaining Must-Haves

This section may be redundant, but here’s a “checklist” of sorts — things to have, and consumable items to keep in stock so you don’t have to shop for them each time you have an event.

Party Tip: Amazon’s Subscribe & Save is great for keeping consumables in stock, and it saves you 5%.

  • disposable plates, cups & napkins // I try to keep matching or at least coordinating sets, but sometimes it doesn’t work out, and I’m learning to let it go. Target usually has really cute ones in their seasonal section, and I try to remember to stock up at the beginning of summer, but by now it’s whatever I think to grab at the grocery store.
  • disposable utensils // I like this silver cutlery combo because it looks nicer than the clear plastic, and they come with twice as many forks as knives and spoons.
  • melamine serving dishes // So you don’t have to worry about anything getting broken near the pool, and they’re also lightweight for carrying back and forth from the house. I have and love this chip & dip set.
  • melamine serving tray // For transporting dishes and drinks to the deck and back to the kitchen. I have this one.
  • canned drinks // Whatever people like to drink; we keep an assortment of soda and beer, and we buy cans rather than glass bottles because of the pool.
  • beverage coolers // For bigger events, we like to use two — one for beer and any other alcoholic canned drinks, and one for sodas and other non-alcoholic canned drinks. Paul often prints out pictures of each of the drinks in each cooler and tapes them on top so everyone knows their choices. (Sort of brilliant, but also time consuming.)
  • outdoor pitcher // This pitcher has the look of mottled sea glass, but it’s actually made of shatterproof acrylic. I always fill it with ice water and set it outside on my bar cart along with paper cups so it’s easily accessible.
  • insulated stemless wine glasses // To keep your wine cold, of course!
  • acrylic ice buckets // I usually plop a couple of bottles of wine in this, and keep the canned drinks in coolers, but we sometimes put canned drinks in these for smaller gatherings.
  • ingredients for easy apps & dessert // cheeses, sliced salami, Boursin, salsa, hummus, Lipton Onion Soup Mix, sour cream, Fritos, pretzels, tortilla chips, cream puffs, Pepperidge Farms cookies, salted caramels, etc.
  • individual chip bags // I often put these out in a big bowl on the bottom shelf of my bar cart. Even when I have open bowls of chips on the coffee table, I notice that a lot of people (especially kids) like to grab one of these.
  • citronella candles // They make some really pretty ones nowadays.
  • Corn Hole // So much fun. Everyone loves this game.

What would you add to this list?

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Amazon Beauty Finds: August 2022

My assistant, Amy, is joining me today to share some of our most recent Amazon Beauty finds. Not to say these can’t be found elsewhere, but Amazon makes it so easy.

amazon beauty finds august 2022one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen // fifteen

If you’re a member of our JLS Insiders Facebook Group, then you may already know Amy. She’s been with me for several years, doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes admin work, and during that time we’ve become good friends. We’re about the same age, and we each have three kids (2 in college and one younger) and husbands who work in I.T.

Amy has thick, curly hair, whereas mine is thin and straight, so we have different needs when it comes to hair products. We each have a few of those in here, as well as some other beauty products from Amazon that we’ve been using and loving lately.

#1.PMD Personal Microderm Classic (Jo-Lynne) // I just started using this, so I can’t speak to the long-term benefits, but I love how my skin feels the day or two after I use it. It’s so much smoother and softer. (You only use this once a week, so I set a calendar alert to keep me consistent.) You can watch the video and read the reviews on the website to see how it works.

#2. Tangle Teezer (Amy) // My daughter turned me on to this, as I’ve been using a Wet Brush for years. This seems to go though my hair easier with less breakage. It also helps form my curls better than the Wet Brush.

#3. Mighty Patch (Amy) // These are a life saver if you still get breakouts. They dry them up overnight without leaving a mark.

#4. Method Hand Soap (Jo-Lynne) // I’m a huge fan of method hand wash because it’s a more natural option to the other drugstore brands, but I wanted something a little more upscale looking for my new bathroom (which is black and white.) I saw these sleek black bottles, and ordered them immediately. They’re cheaper than the more “bougie” brands I was looking at, and they will look great with my decor.

#5. CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (Jo-Lynne) //I have dry skin, but my teenage daughter loves this. It’s affordable, and it does a great job cleansing her oily skin.

#6. Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender (Amy) // I have used this for years on top of my makeup. It takes away any texture and shine my makeup didn’t quite cover, and I use it during the day for any touchups. I don’t go out without it.

#7. Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements (Amy) // Perimenopause has done a number on my hair. It is thinner than it’s ever been and seems to be much more prone to breakage. I have been taking these for a few months, and I do feel like my hair is a bit fuller than it used to be. I am going to give it another month to see if I notice a real difference.

#8. Fancii LED Makeup Mirror (Amy) // I did purchase the Rikki mirror during the #NSALE, but mine arrived broken, and after reading up on issues with it, I decided to try this. I absolutely love it! It looks great on my counter, and the lighting is just what I needed.

#9. PCA Skin Nutrient Facial Toner (Jo-Lynne) // I started using this after a friend raved about it, and I just read that it’s actually for oily-prone skin? Maybe because it’s summertime, but I use it morning and night and I don’t feel like it dries out my skin. (It’s also for aging, so there’s that.) I love the scent, and it has lactic acid for refining pores and gentle exfoliation.

#10. Laura Geller Baked Balance & Brighten Color Correcting Powder Foundation (Amy) // Nobody likes wearing heavy foundation in the summer, so I decided to try this to see if it would give me enough coverage without clogging up my pores when I get hot. So far, I love it. It feels super light, but it’s buildable so I can add more if I need to.

#11. LilySilk Pillow Case (Amy) // I actually prefer this over the more expensive SLIP pillowcase because it has a zipper closure that keeps it on. I have curly hair, so making sure I use a pillowcase that protects my hair and skin in a must.

#12. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Oil (Jo-Lynne) // This one is my older daughter’s recommendation. She has extremely dry skin and hates the feeling of lotion, so she started using this body oil as soon as she gets out of the shower while her skin is still damp. She loves how it keeps her skin soft and moisturized all day and overnight, and it doesn’t leave that sticky film that lotion sometime does.

#13. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume (Amy) // My daughter requested this for her 21st birthday this year, and it is the sweetest scent. A little goes a long way, and keeps her hair smelling great until her next wash.

#14. SMARTAKE 13-Piece Drawer Organizers (Amy) // We just moved, and I now have a cosmetic drawer in my bathroom and needed a way to organize all my makeup. These fit the bill perfectly, and I love having all my makeup sorted and out of site.

Jo-Lynne, here! I had to laugh at this because we just had our master bathroom renovated, and I also now have a cosmetic drawer in my bathroom. I just so happened to order the exact same drawer organizers in the 28-piece set. So, I can second this recommendation. These are great!

#15. Kerastase Paris Resistance Ciment Thermique (Jo-Lynne) // I’ve shared this heat-activated blow-dry styling cream before, and I just went back to using it. My hair dresser recommended it; it’s designed to treat and protect weakened and damaged hair, and it also claims to make the blow-dry two times faster as it tames hair. I especially like it in the summer because it helps tone down the frizz from the heat and humidity.

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Refresh Your End-of-Summer Wardrobe

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At this point in the season, I’m starting to get tired of my summer wardrobe, and I find myself looking to add a few new pieces to the rotation.

If you’re also in the mood for a summer wardrobe refresh, today is the last day of Friends and Family at Gap Factory. They’re doing 50% off everything + extra 10% off for Rewards Members (it’s free to join) and they have some cute pieces at really good prices.

This tiered v-neck dress was a happy surprise. I don’t usually wear ruffles, but with the flattering v-neckline and dolman sleeves, somehow it works!

The tropical floral print is really fun for summer, but I’m partial to the solid black. It’s chic and understated, and I also appreciate that it’s 100% cotton.

I also like how you can see the subtle crinkle texture in the solid versions. (It comes in solid fuchsia and a blue tie dye, as well.)

This dress runs true to size, but if you’re tall or long-waisted, you may need to size up for length in the bodice.

I ordered another dress that I like a lot, too, especially for those who need work wear. This v-neck dress in the navy dot print is made of a smooth rayon weave, and it has a nice drape.

It also comes in several other prints, and it runs true to size. I’m wearing the small, for reference.

This v-neck top is another great work wear piece. I wore it here with denim shorts, but it would also look great with white pants or jeans.

It has dropped shoulders, short sleeves with banded cuffs, and vents at the hem. It also runs true to size, or you could probably size down if in between.

Then for a more casual vibe, I love their ForeverSoft Scoop Neck T-Shirt. It makes a nice easy tee for throwing on with jean shorts, and you can layer it under a jacket or cardigan when the weather cools down.

It’s really soft and on the thicker side, which I like, and the seam up the back is a nice detail. This tee comes in tons of colors, and it runs small. I sized up to a medium in this one.

I’m also wearing the Gap Factory 6″ High Rise Destructed Cheeky Midi Denim Shorts. They have a 6″ inseam, and I like the destructed details.

These shorts run TTS, or size up if in between. I’m wearing the 28, but they’re pretty snug in the waist; I’d be more comfortable in the 29.

And at the last minute, I added this ForeverSoft Tank Top in bird of paradise red to my Gap Factory order.

I really like the cool slub texture the way it fits around the arms, and the higher neck offers good sun protection. I never think to apply sunscreen to my chest when I put it on my fact in the mornings, but I really should.

This tank top comes in a bunch of colors, and it runs true to size. The small fits perfectly.

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5 Fall 2022 Shoe Trends To Wear This Season

Right now it may seem like summer will never end, but cooler weather is coming, and I keep getting questions about the fall 2022 shoe trends and how to wear them with the current denim styles.

In my 2022 fall trend report, I named three types of shoes that are trending this season, and today I’m diving deeper into each style and how to wear them. I also rounded up some shopping inspiration for each!

What Shoes & Boots To Wear This Fall

I named three fall 2022 shoe trends in my 2022 fall trend report but I’ve added two more to this post for a total of five. You don’t need all of these in your closet, but these are my personal favorites, and some you can even start wearing right now!

#1. Clogs & Mules

Kork-Ease Darby Clogs (8) // Nordstrom sweater (S) // Good American straight ankle jeans (6) // AllSaints tote

Clogs have been making their way back onto the fashion scene for the past few years, but this year they’re really taking hold. You can wear clogs with just about anything — from straight crop jeans (as shown above) to full-length flares to dresses.

The sling back style of these Kork-Ease slingback clogs keep them on my feet better than the open back styles, plus the hand-finished leather upper is soft against the foot, and the Kork-Ease signature cork-covered foam footbed is supremely comfortable.

I rounded up a bunch of other clog options below, and I threw in a couple pairs of mules as well. Mules are more of a classic style for those who aren’t into the 70’s retro vibe.


#2. Wooden Platform Sandals

Seychelles heels (8) // floral top (S) // Edwin bootcut jeans (29; similar for less) // Tory Burch hobo

Platforms are one of the biggest fall 2022 shoe trends, and I’m seeing a lot of platform sandals with wooden heels and neutral uppers like these Seychelles Heels. These are a really nice option for those of us who live in areas where the weather doesn’t cool down until later in the fall season.

Mine have a suede strap, which I like a lot for transitioning to fall, but leather works just fine too. It’s also the color of these that keeps them more fall-appropriate. You can wear wooden platform sandals with all styles and lengths of jeans as well as dresses and skirts.


#3. Western-Inspired Boots

Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots (8) // Madewell sweater (S) // Mother Hustler ankle flares (29; similar for less) // AllSaints shoulder bag

Western-inspired boots are having a moment this fall, and they come in all different colors and heel heights. I found discovered the Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. These are good quality boots and very comfortable, so I ended up buying them in both Warm Copper and Sesame Suede.

You can wear Western style boots with just about anything. They pair well with dresses, if that aligns with your personal style, and of course they look great with jeans. These are particularly well-suited to full-length flares, but you can also wear them with cropped or ankle-length flares, as shown above, and straight leg jeans as well.


#4. Retro Runners

rag & bone Retro Sneakers (8.5) // Madewell henley sweater (S) // Pistola Denim straight crop jeans (29)

Sneakers continue to be a solid fashion choice going into fall, and the retro runner style is particularly taking off right now. I feel like these look best with casual outfits, especially jeans. You can certainly wear them will longer lengths, but I styled mine with a cropped straight above.

I’m wearing the rag & bone Retro Sneakers from the #NSale in the Light Sand Suede, and they’re quite spendy at full price, so I rounded up some other options below. While retro styles are taking hold, that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your clean white sneakers or court styles. In fact, I think they work better with dresses, so it’s nice to have some of each.


#5. Lug Sole Chelsea Boots

Tory Burch Chelsea Boots (old) // Madewell The Perfect Vintage Flare Jean // Rails Collins Utility Jacket (old) // AllSaints backpack (black only)

Lug sole boots, especially the Chelsea boot style with the goring on the sides became really popular over the last few seasons, and they’re still going strong. A lot of times, this style of boot is big and clunky, but you can find more streamlined styles if you hunt.

Again, you can wear these boots with just about anything, depending on your personal style. I’ve definitely seen them paired with dresses, but I’ll be wearing mine with jeans. The pictures above are from last year, but I rounded up some current options below. I didn’t find as many of these as the other styles, but I think there will be more as we get further into the fall season.


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Outdated Fashion Trends & What to Wear Instead

When it comes to fall fashion, I probably get more questions about what is OUT than about what is IN, so today I’m deep diving into the list of fashion trends that are on their way OUT from my 2022 Fall Fashion Trends Report last week.

But first, a disclaimer: Take this list with a grain of salt. If you love it, wear it. There are no fashion police who are going to throw you in jail for wearing skinny jeans, and I’m not telling anyone to stop wearing the items on the “out” list. In fact, you might even still see them in stores.

I just wouldn’t recommend investing in more of these this season unless it is something that uniquely defines your personal style. And if you are looking to purge some items from your closet, this is a good place to start.

OUT: Infinity Scarves

Infinity scarves have been “out” for a while, but I still get questions about them, so I wanted to include them here. Also, the big square blanket scarves tied kerchief style have come and gone.

Wear Instead: Traditional Oblong Scarves

A more classic choice and one that never goes out of style is a traditional oblong scarf.

These are typically made of wool or cashmere, but you can find cotton and acrylic versions if you’re allergic to wool. I mainly wear these as a cold weather accessory. It’s not something I’ll wear after going inside.

The fashion scarves that you wear as part of your outfit aren’t trending, but they’re a classic wardrobe accessory that can be worn in a modern way if they suit your style.


OUT: Cold Shoulder Tops

Yes, my friends, the cold shoulder trend has come and gone… It arrived on the fashion scene very suddenly, and it was everywhere for about two years, and then it disappeared almost as fast. That’s the sure sign of a fleeting trend.

Wear Instead: Flutter or Puff Sleeves

Maeve ruffle sleeve tee (M) // Wit & Wisdom shorts (6) // Dolce Vita slides (8)

Flutter sleeves and puff sleeves are both big trends right now, but they don’t flatter every body type. They really don’t flatter mine, but some of the more subtle styles work for me, like the one above. I also like this longer flutter sleeve top.


OUT: Long Pendant Necklaces

As I said in my Fall Fashion Trends Report, some long pendants are classics, but big stone tassel pendant (see above) that was a huge trend for a short time is definitely out.

Again, what makes an item super trendy is when it gets popular really fast, you see it everywhere, and then it’s gone after only one or two seasons.

Wear Instead: Shorter, Layer Necklaces

Madewell Story Set of 3 Layered Necklaces

A more modern look in necklaces are the shorter, layered styles like the one shown above. This one was sold out for a while, and I’m happy to see it back! I like how it has a mix of gold and silver, and the pendant is reversible so you can choose with metal tone you want to be predominant.


OUT: Low-Rise Skinny Jeans

I’m sure no one is surprised to see these in this list. While skinny jeans are more or less a classic and I think they’ll always be around, they are less popular this year than some other styles. I kept a couple of high-rise pairs to wear with tall boots this fall.

Wear Instead: High-Rise Flares

Flares are making a comeback this season, and I could not be happier about it. I always loved this style! (Bootcut jeans fall into this category; they just don’t have quite as wide a leg opening.)

AG Farrah Fray Hem Bootcut (28; similar for less) // Nordstrom Signature cashmere sweater (S; similar for less) // Marc Fisher Urmi Booties (8.5) // AllSaints tote

Rather than the low-slung styles of that were popular 10 years ago, we are seeing higher rises along with raw hems and the occasional busted-out knee. Full-length flares, like those shown above, as well as ankle-length styles (shown below) and crop flares are all trending this season.

Mother Hustler Raw Hem Flare Ankle Jeans (28) // Paige booties (8)

If you’re not a fan of flares, straight leg jeans are still trending in cropped, ankle, and full-length styles. I like to have a variety in my closet.

Paige Cindy (29) // Halogen sweater (8) // Michael Kors heels (8)

The slouchy look is more fashion-forward, but if you don’t care for that, the slimmer straight jeans like the ones shown above look more current than skinnies, and they allow you to achieve a similar balance in your outfits.


OUT: Dusters & Waterfall Cardigans

Cardigans as a general wardrobe piece are a classic, but certain styles wax and wane in terms of popularity. I’ve given away all my waterfall cardigans, and I would say, only wear the super long duster style if it helps define your personal style. I never felt comfortable in those to begin with, so I was happy to let mine go.

Wear Instead: Shorter V-Neck Cardigans

Cardigans may not be on the cutting edge of fashion, but traditional styles can look chic if styled in a current way. One trendy way to wear a cardigan this season is to wear a v-neck cardigan buttoned-up, like the one shown here.

Quince Boyfriend Cardigan (S) // Caslon t-shirt (S) // AG Mari (28) // Marc Fisher booties (8)

I wore that one over a t-shirt, but they look especially fresh worn alone (or over a lace-trim cami or pretty bralette) and front-tucked with flares or straight-leg jeans.

Vince cardigan (S; similar for less) // Good American jeans (6; similar for less) // Kork-Ease clogs (8)

The look you’re going for here is somewhat slouchy, with an air of nonchalance. (I really need a cami for this to be truly wearable, but it worked for these pictures.)

A wrap cardigan is another good option that looks more modern to my eye, and sweater blazers are also trending.


OUT: Quilted Puffer Vests

Puffer vests are a classic, somewhat preppy/outdoorsy style, and I’m sure they’re still worn a lot in some areas because they are so practical. But as a fashion item, the style I’m wearing above is looking a little tired at the moment. You can also toss your faux fur vests… yowsa! That is some outfit I had going on there!

I also want to address the riding boots I’m wearing there. I declared them “out” in my last post because they’ve been on the decline for the past few seasons, but then I saw them declared an in-coming trend for Fall 2022 by Who What Wear. Go figure! I don’t think we will see these hitting the mainstream this fall, but perhaps next year? I’ve always loved the style, so I’m hoping this is true.

Wear Instead: Shacket

Shackets have that same cozy, casual feel as a puffer vest, but they’re more on trend at the moment.

Not a fan of a shacket? There are so many cute jackets out this season that will top off your favorite t-shirt or lightweight sweater… like this leather moto with removable hood, this sweater blazer, or this cotton twill boxy jacket.

Caslon leather hooded moto jacket (S)

I still love my leather jackets for transition season. The hooded one I’m wearing above is still available, and I also picked up this leather bomber jacket with removable shearling collar during the #NSale.


OUT: Low Shaft Booties

It is with great regret that I inform you, this low-shaft ankle boot with the split shaft that was everywhere just a few seasons ago now looks terribly dated.

These booties were perfect with skinny ankle jeans, but now that straighter styles and full-length jeans are on the upswing, we are seeing a resurgence of higher shaft boots as well as other shoe styles, such as clogs.

Wear Instead: Clogs or Tall Ankle Boots

Kork-Ease Darby Clogs (8) // Good American Good Classic Bootcut Jeans (6)

Clogs are having a moment, and they pair easily with ankle-length jeans, but I find it difficult to wear clogs with full-length jeans and pants because they get caught under my heels when I walk.

With flares, I prefer a sleek leather ankle boot with a slender shaft. Western style booties are also trending this season.

Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots (8)  // Treasure & Bond sweater (S) // Paige Cindy straight ankle jeans (29)

Just make sure the shaft is high enough that the jeans don’t get caught on the top when you sit down or walk around.


Wear Instead: Camo Print

These old pictures are cracking me up. This is from 2017, and I loved that tee so much…. and those jeans. But yeah, camo is on the back burner at the moment. It comes back around every few years, so if you have a piece you love, don’t get rid of it. Just stick it in the back of your closet for the season.

Wear Instead: Moody Florals

Mini Floral Ringer Tee

I’m just making this up, but I was trying to find something that looks more modern but has the same slighty edgy undertone as the camo, and I came up with this! It’s pretty spendy for a tee, so I’m going to try to find some other options, but I love this vibe.


OUT: Colored Jeans

This was a specific question from one of you, and I have to say, colored jeans aren’t really a thing this fall. I’m mostly seeing that off-black that has been trending for a while, as well as all shades of blue denim.

Wear Instead: Washed Black or Ecru

Paige Claudine (28) // Paige booties (8) // vegan leather puffer // similar black sweater

I guess I got a step ahead of myself there! So  yeah, if you’re wanting an alternative to blue jeans, rather than a color like red or plum or green, I’d go with washed black or ecru. I’ve also seen some khaki-colored denim. In other words, neutral denim washes are more current.

Also utility pants are still a big trend this year. If I want to wear olive or another color, I’ll do that in pants rather than denim. I kept that pair of Vince chinos in Deep Laurel from the #NSale, and I hope to play around with them soon.


OUT: Leopard Print & Snakeskin

True confessions: I still like that cheetah print sweater… the whole outfit, in fact. And I think that sweater is enough of a classic that it still works, but I did pass it on, so I guess that says something.

Again, some of these trends phase in and out every few years — especially the more classic styles like this one. Cold shoulder tops were one and done, I think… I hope, anyway! Leopard and cheetah prints, on the other hand, are classics that simply aren’t “trending” at the moment.

If you want to keep your looks fresh, consider a more obscure animal print…

Wear Instead: Zebra and Tiger Prints

J.Crew Gathered Scoopneck Top

We are seeing a lot of zebra and tiger prints, and abstract versions of old favorites (like leopard, python, and cheetah.) Other prints that are popular this season are plaids and stripes.

I’m sure I could go on. What else are you wondering about? I’m not an expert, but I pay attention, and I can tell you what I think based on what I’m seeing in stores and on the style blogs.

And please remember, none of this is a personal affront to your wardrobe choices. This is just what “they say” is going to be happening in the world of fashion this year.

Feel free to take it, or leave it; and as always, wear what makes you happy!

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Best & Worst Purchases: Spring-Summer 2022

Now that we’re nearing the end of the summer season, I decided to take a break from talking about transition styles, and I pulled together one of my most-requested posts — my best and worst purchases from spring-summer 2022.

This is always a fun exercise at the end of the season, and I think it helps me make better purchasing decisions going forward. Maybe it will help you too!

My 10 Best Purchases of Spring/Summer 2022

These are things I purchased this season that I have used a ton or I plan to have in my closet for years. The cost per wear on each of these items is low, even if the price tag is high. If you snagged some of these, let me know how they worked for you!

Most of these are still in stock, if you’re interested in purchasing, so I shared sizing info under each picture. For reference, I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

Mother jeans (29) // tie dye tank (old) // sandals (8) // sunnies // bracelet

#1. Mother Dazzler in Fairest Of Them All // I bought a bunch of white jeans this year because I had go to up a size. Fortunately, with denim styles in flux, I was going to put away most of my white jeans from last year anyway.

I did a whole white denim post a few weeks ago, and I could have put several of those in here, but for the sake of keeping this list to 10 and having some variety, I decided to choose one pair. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn the Mother Dazzler most often, but The Hustler is a close second. Both were great purchases; it just depends on if I want a straight leg or flare.


dress (XS) // denim jacket (S) // sandals (8) // nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

#2. Eileen Fisher Jersey Tank Dress (XS) // This dress is a bit of an investment, but I have a similar one by the same designer that is going on its fourth season. I’ve been alternating the two all summer long.

I really wanted a basic black that can be dressed up or down, and this fit the bill perfectly. FYI, I recommend sizing down in this dress. It’s a great price right now, and it also comes in Berry and Lilac.


#3. Dolce Vita Grazie Slides (8) // These are probably my most-worn sandals this summer. They sort of replaced my Millers, which is hard to believe! I love the molded footbed for comfort, and the basketweave strap is very much on trend right now. These are true to size, or size up if in between; I have the Cafe color.


shorts c/o (28) // wrap c/o // tank c/o (M/L) // sandals (8) // sunnies (option)

#4. 7FAM Midroll Short Destroy (on sale at Zappos!) // I’ve worn these shorts so much, it’s a wonder they’re still in one piece, but they’re actually in great shape. They are so soft and comfortable, and I love the distressed details and medium rise. They’re still in stock, but unfortunately at full price. They run true to size, or you can size down if in between.


#5. YSL 55mm sunglasses // These are a ridiculous splurge, but I wear them so often, they really deserve to be included in this list.

A pair of chic sunglasses is one of those accessories that really takes an average outfit up a notch or two. You don’t have to splurge to get the look, either. See my post on Save or Splurge: Sunglasses for lots of options at different price points!


Mother jeans (28) // ATM tee (M) // sandals (8) // sunnies

#6. Mother The Hustler in Au Revoir // I forced myself to pick just one pair of blue jeans for this list, so I think it has to be this Mother Hustler in Au Revoir. I’ve probably worn the Mother Dazzler more, but they were purchased back in January, so I can’t really count them as a spring/summer purchase.

I really like having an ankle-length flare in my rotation, and this light wash is so pretty for summer.


swimsuit (8) // Kate Spade sunnies

#7. Sea Level Cross Front One-Piece Swimsuit // I purchased several swimsuits this summer after my surgery, and I think this is my favorite. It’s flattering and comfortable and so easy to pull on and off. In fact, I like it so much, I got it in both black and red, and there are some other colors too. It’s still well-stocked at Nordstrom, if you want to check it out.


sweater (S) // 7FAM jean shorts (28) // Dolce Vita sandals (8) // DIFF sunnies // straw tote

#8. 525 Cable V-Neck Sweater // This sweater needs no introduction, I’m sure, but it’s one of my spring/summer favorites because it pairs so well with shorts (as seen above) but also with jeans. It’s soft and comfy, and the cable pattern is really pretty too.


tank (M) // AG shorts (29) // Kendra Scott earrings

#9. Lazy Lake Daze Tank // This was purchased later in the season, but it’s one of my favorites for throwing on with casual jeans or jean shorts. It’s so soft, and the slogan is appropriate since we spend a week or two at my parents’ lake house in Maine every summer.


silk tee (S) // Fidelity Denim (28) // similar espadrilles // Lagos earrings // Yurman bracelet

#10. Frame Oversized Silk T-Shirt // I’m going to throw this one in here because while I haven’t worn it a ton, I know it’s going to be in my closet for a long time. It’s such a great quality piece, and I scored it on sale at something like 60% off. I especially love this olive color with black denim, but it also looks good with white and ecru, and I will wear it with blue jeans sometimes as well.


#11. Born Miarra Sandals // These are another late summer purchase, but one that I’m wearing on repeat and will continue to wear into the fall as long as it’s warm. The navy has ended up being a lot more of a neutral than I expected, and they are so comfortable.

Okay, somehow I mis-numbered, and I ended up with 11 items. Oh, well! I don’t want to take any of those out, so moving on to worst purchases…

My 5 Worst Purchases of Spring/Summer 2022

Before we get started, my standard caveat still applies: These items aren’t bad, and most are things I actually like. I just didn’t end up wearing or using them all that much, and I regret these purchases because I did NOT get a good cost per wear out of them. Please don’t feel duped if you bought any of these off of my recommendation. They might work great for you; they just didn’t work for me.

Okay, let’s get started!

#1. Born Sloane Platform Sandals (8) // This one pains me to include because I truly love these, but I just have not worn them enough to justify the purchase. I even put them on yesterday, thinking that I need to wear them more, and ended up taking them off again and swapping them out for neutral pair.

I think this is an example of “know thyself.” I just do not reach for colorful shoes, even though I love this turquoise. If I had purchased these in one of the neutral colors, I would have probably worn them a lot. Lesson learned!


#2. Dolce Vita Nilton Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal // I love these too, so again, I hate even putting them on here. But I don’t think I’ve worn them out once. Paul and I are going out to dinner tonight for our anniversary, so maybe I’ll put them on and wear them finally!

I just feel like I don’t have many occasions to wear high heels like this… I mean, I used to wear them everywhere. Church, out to eat, whatever, but these days, every time I put them on, I feel like it’s overkill. I think I need to get over it and wear what I want… or create more opportunities to dress up!


dress (S) // sandals (8) // sunnies

#3. Paige Brielle Drawstring Waist T-Shirt Dress // I thought I was going to love this dress and wear it a lot this summer, but every time I tried it on, it didn’t seem quite right. I don’t know if it’s the flutter sleeve, or how it’s longer in the back than the front, or if I just like the other causal summer dresses I own better, but I couldn’t get comfortable in this one.

It’s a shame because it’s good quality, and I could us a navy dress in my rotation, but I finally decided to return it during a big closet purge back in July.


shorts (6) // tee (O/S) // earrings // bracelet c/o

#4. WHBM Pret-a Play Shorts // I actually have these shorts in THREE colors — olive, black, and this pretty lilac. I like them, but for whatever reason, I don’t reach for them that much. I actually wore the lilac pair last week because I realized I hadn’t gotten much wear out of them this season. I will probably keep all of these because they fit and I like them, but I decided to include them in this list because I regret buying so many. Or maybe I just regret not wearing them, haha.

Someone pointed out in my last edition of What I Wore Lately that I wear jeans a lot in the summer, and that is true. I think I just go to them first because I find them comfortable and easy, but I really should wear shorts more. In fact, I just went and put on the olive pair to wear today!


jumpsuit (S) // sandals (8)

#5. Cloth + Stone Sleeveless Belted Jumpsuit // I shared this in my last What I Wore Lately as well. I tried to wear this jumpsuit last weekend, and it sits really funny in the front, above the waist. I couldn’t fix it so it looked right. Maybe it wouldn’t have been noticeable to anyone else, if I was wearing it and moving around naturally and not posing in a mirror. But I couldn’t deal with it, so I took it off and put it right into the donation pile.

So that’s that! Again, please don’t feel offended if you bought any of these items on my recommendations. I truly like each one. They just didn’t work out for me.

I often get asked about what I do with the clothes that I pass on. I return unworn items, but the rest either go to friends and family or to a resale shop. My theory is, I’d rather have someone else enjoy them than let them clutter up my closet until they’re out of style. Because I do buy new clothes so regularly, it just doesn’t make sense to hold onto things I’m not wearing.

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Fall Transition Top Roundup

When I asked for feedback about what you all want to see this month, I had lots of requests for fall transition tops we can wear when it’s still warm in September and October.

I get it, even here in Philly, it sometimes doesn’t cool down until half-way through the fall season, but we still want to look seasonally appropriate. I’m so glad to see a lot of these tops in the stores right now, so I did a quick roundup for you, but first I’ll share some more details on this transitional look.

Evereve Floral Mesh Top (S) // Edwin Ryder Bootcut Jeans (29) // Seychelles Heels (8) // Tory Burch Miller Hobo // Kendra Scott Ryder Hoops

This top is a perfect example of the type of top you can start wearing now, and then wear it into fall for as long as it stays warm. I love the elbow length sleeves with a bell cuff detail, and you can wear it on or off the shoulder.

While this isn’t an autumnal color palette, which is one of the top fall trends I mentioned in my Fall Fashion Trend Report earlier this week, the mix of mushroom, plum, and black definitely has autumn overtones.

I paired this top with full-length bootcut jeans and a pair of chunky wooden platform sandals for a fall date night or girls’ night out look.

These jeans run a bit small; I sized up to the 29, and they’re snug in the waist, but I like how they hold in all the fluff.

If you’re looking for a classic bootcut with finished hems and no distressing in a medium indigo wash, these are a great choice, although they’re definitely pricey. I’m planning a post on denim trends, and I’ll find some other options at different price points.

I’m also planning a post on transition shoes, and these Seychelles Wood Heels will definitely be included. They’re perfect for pairing with lightweight tops and jeans, or even shorts and dresses, now and later.

I love the mix of suede and leather, and the wood platform sole give them a fun retro vibe. The straps are soft against the foot, and the padded footbed makes them very comfortable to walk in.

I promised a transitional top roundup, and I swear, it’s coming! I just wanted to give you all the details on this look first.

I also want to give a big shout out to my very patient husband, who’s been pinch- hitting while Alison is out of town. He used to take all of my blog pictures, but we’re kind of out of practice, so I really appreciate him taking the time out of his busy work schedule to help me out. There are only so many mirror selfies I can look at!

I tried to find tops at a variety of price points, but if there are any other retailers you’d like me to include in future roundups, please let me know.

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What I Wore Lately Vol. 84

Happy hump day, friends! We’re plodding through another week over here.

Meanwhile, I rounded up what I wore lately to share with you today. I still marvel at the fact that anyone cares what I wear, but here we are!

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

These pictures start right after we got home from our short vacation to Maine. The day after we arrived home, I took Becca to a nearby university to drop her off for a week of marching band camp. As you can see, I hadn’t even unpacked yet. I threw on this lilac slub tank and white jeans.

ATM tee (M) // Mother Insiders (29; option) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Lagos earrings

The next day was church, and I wore a different pair of white jeans and my new sweater vest. I love this mix of neutrals.

Evereve sweater vest c/o (S) // Good American jeans c/o // Dolce Vita sandals c/o (7.5) // Kate Spade earrings // VE bracelet c/o // similar crossbody

I spent most of that afternoon by the pool.

Robin Piccone coverup (S) // Tommy Bahama tankini (& bikini bottoms) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Vera Bradley towel

I had some errands to run on Monday, and I threw on this comfy outfit.

Lazy Lake Daze tee (M) // Citizens Isola c/o (29; option) // Born sandals (8) // LV Graceful PM // Lucky Brand earrings // VE bracelet c/o

I met a friend for dinner that night, so I changed into a more elevated top and sandals. I also swapped out my jewelry to silver.

Frame linen tee (S) // Citizens Isola c/o (29; option) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Nordstrom earrings // Evereve necklace // VE bracelet c/o // similar bag

This is an old Treasure & Bond tank that I keep because it’s so soft and comfortable. I love how it’s slouchy and doesn’t cling to any lumps and bumps but still allows me to get sun on my shoulders and arms. You know how some things you can’t really explain why you love them so much, you just do? That is how I feel about this tank, lol. I also have it in black.

Treasure & Bond tank (old) // AG shorts (29; similar for less) // Born sandals (8) // Lagos earrings

Last Wednesday, I wore this to my dermatologist for a glycolic acid peel (thus the lack of makeup.) I had a mani/pedi appointment after that, so I swallowed my pride and went looking like this.

I thought about bring makeup with me and putting it on between appointments, but it’s really best to let your skin breathe after a peel, so that’s what I did.

Evereve tank c/o (S) // Mother Insiders (28) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // LV Graceful PM // Nordstrom earrings // similar necklace // VE bracelet from my new collection… coming soon!

I wore this outfit to Becca’s marching band demonstration, for the culmination of band camp. It was really hot and humid, and we were in the sun. I was so sweaty and gross by the time I got home, but this outfit ended up being fairly cool and comfortable… all things considered.

LOFT tee (S) // WHBM shorts (6) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Kendra Scott earrings // similar necklace

I met a friend for lunch last Saturday, and I considered wearing this jumpsuit. You may remember, I styled it last spring in Florida with block heeled sandals. I thought it might be cute cuffed with casual flat sandals, and it is…

Cloth & Stone jumpsuit c/o (size S) // Dolce Vita sandals (8) // similar necklace

But the top does this funky thing in the front. It just doesn’t lay right, no matter what I tried to do or where I placed the waistband. I this is one item that actually fit better before my surgery, when I had more of a chest to fill up the top.

I decided to change into this dress instead, and I felt much better in it. Plus, we ate outside, and this was cooler for the Philly heat and humidity.

Evereve dress c/o (M) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // LV Graceful PM // Kendra Scott necklace // Kendra Scott earrings // VE bracelet (another one from my collection… coming soon!)

I wore my Eileen Fisher tank dress to church on Sunday and out to eat afterwards.

Eileen Fisher tank dress (XS) // Vince Cauto sandals (8) // LV Graceful PM // Evereve earrings c/o // VE bracelet c/o

When we got home, I changed into pajamas for the rest of the night. I took a picture because these are on sale. I have this Drinks On Me print as well as the Tropical Blue, and both are marked down to $29.99.

Soma tank crop set (size S)

Monday was a lazy day, but I took a picture anyway because I love these Vuori joggers in the Dogwood Heather. Also, this tee is the softest thing. I’ve had it for years, and it’s still in great shape.

Splendid tee (M) // Vuori joggers c/o (M) // On Cloud sneakers (8.5)

I wore this outfit again yesterday. I didn’t really go anywhere, except for a workout appointment earlier, but I wanted to feel like I looked somewhat put together after being so schlumpy the day before.

Lazy Lake Daze tank (M) // Citizens Isola c/o (29; option) // Born sandals (8) // diamond studs

And that’s it for the past two weeks! At this point in the season, these posts start to get very repetitive, but I hope it’s still somewhat helpful… not sure I dare say interesting, ha!

I confess, sometimes I get dressed with this post in mind. Otherwise you would see a lot more repeat outfits, as I’m content to wear the same few things over and over. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see me play around with from the items in my closet.

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Transitional Trend to Try: The Sweater Vest

Yesterday we started discussing the 2022 fall trends and what’s in and what’s out for the coming season. One of my favorite transitional trends is the sweater vest because I love knitwear, and this is an easy piece to wear now and later.

This sweater vest is from Evereve, and I’ve been wearing it this summer with shorts and light colored jeans. Autumnal colors is another big transitional trend, and this olive color plays right into that.

Here’s how it looks paired with ecru jeans and sandals. For fall, I’ll wear it with flares and clogs or chunky platform sandals.

I also have a similar sweater vest in a cable knit that’s more of an oatmeal color. I wore it to church a couple weeks ago with white jeans and taupe block heeled sandals.

And here’s one way I might wear it after Labor Day, when it’s still warm here in Philly but I want to look more like fall.

These wooden platform heels are another fun transition style, but we will talk shoes another day.

I rounded up a bunch of sweater vests at various price points for your shopping inspiration!

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