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Leah’s September Favorites

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How could you, September? You were as swift as a slap in the face and almost as painful. Emotionally painful, if like me, you just had a week of exams on exams on exams. Don’t even get me started on the group projects.

Agony aside, September is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s in-between summer and fall, still warm, and it’s acceptable to get stoked for the upcoming holidays. (Helloooo, Halloween.) Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been obsessed with this month.

Favorite Outfit for School

Striped blue gray maxi skirt black top gold sandals

Here in the sweet ole Peach State, it feels like a sauna. To stay cool, I’ve loved wearing this simple striped maxi skirt that’s flowy enough to let the air in, and a basic black tank top. It’s cool enough for this hot weather, but the colors scream “fall.”

Favorite Dressy Outfit

Tan black gold patterned skirt black tank nude heels plants everywhere turqouise necklace

To show you a bit of a dressier outfit, I have fallen head over my nude heels for this wild patterned skirt. Once again, I’m wearing a favorite blank tank, and a turquoise necklace you may have seen in this post. Turquoise has been my go-to hue for adding a pop of color.

To keep things classy, I’m wearing nude heels. Black and tan is a wonderful color combination year-round, but works especially well for fall.

Favorites on the Face

Physicians Formula happy booster, Warby Parker glasses, Maybelline brow drama
Product Info: Glasses, Bronzer, Brow Mascara

Physician's formula happy booster closeup beige

Physician’s Formula is a brand I hope to try more things from, and if you have a favorite from this brand, please let me down below. This Happy Booster can be used as a bronzer, but it’s shimmery and light enough that I use it as more of a highlight/blush duo. It’s not as intense and shimmery as it appears. It adds a natural, healthy glow to the skin.

Maybelline brow drama blonde

Don’t get me wrong: Anastasia Beverly Hills will forever hold my brow arches high. But if you’re on a budget and want a drugstore alternative, I’ve been impressed (and so has our resident beauty writer, Sarah!) with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara.

This is the lightest shade, so my beautiful blonde belles will not be satisfied. Despite the small brush head, it also doesn’t have the same control that Anastasia’s products do. But unlike most drugstore products, I think the color isn’t too dark and it lasts for ages.

Warby parker frames clyde silly

It’s been about a year since I invested in Warby Parker glasses. If you’re new to the internet and don’t know about WP, they are incredible. They send you five pairs of glasses for free to try on a for a week, and than you can pick one and send them back.

Their frames are stylish and the selection is gigantic. I love the look of big glasses, like Ray Ban’s, but because I have a small head they look ridiculous on me. I think this pair, their “Clyde” frames, has a similar effect without making me look like Professor Trelawney.

These specs have lasted me for a over a year, so I’m extremely pleased and plan to buy more glasses from them in the future.

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Here is an old photo of me wearing the glasses. If you have tips for taking pictures in glasses without glare, please let me know!

Favorite Show

Once again, I’m so behind on the bandwagon, but Parks and Recreation makes me die with giggles. When it first came out, I watched a couple episodes here and there, but didn’t get into it. I think this is because I didn’t start from Season 1 and didn’t fully appreciate the characters.

To sum it up, the show is about the Parks and Rec. department in the small yet obtuse fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana. Ripe with humor, the show is created by the same masterminds behind The Office (one of my other favorite shows). I also think fans of Futurama would like Parks and Rec.

Favorite Music

Remember those exams I talked about in the beginning of this article? I can’t study without background music. For studying, I like music that isn’t too lyric-heavy or distracting. Odesza‘s album “Summer’s Gone” is the best electronic album I’ve come across in a while. If you’re a fan of The Glitch Mob, check this out, and please listen to the whole album. It’s great music for studying or writing papers.

What have you loved this month?

Did you have any go-to outfits? What new beauty products are you loving? Have you watched Parks and Rec? Tell me all about your September faves by leaving a comment below!

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Easy Outfit Formulas: Bootcut Jeans + Button-Down Shirt

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Bootcut jeans and button down shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt

You know those days – the ones where you roll out of bed (after hitting the snooze button too many times), stumble into your closet, and have no idea what to wear? Our series Easy Outfit Formulas is here to help! Every other week, I’ll feature two items (which you probably already own) that can be paired into outfits for those days when you need some quick and easy inspiration.

Skinny jeans may be the most popular denim style of the moment, but one of the most classic and flattering jean styles is a simple bootcut. Depending on the wash and distressing, bootcut jeans can be polished and professional or rustic and weathered. Plus, with a great pair of heels or boots, they are super leg-elongating.

So, what’s the best thing to wear with these classic, versatile jeans? A button-down shirt, which is equally classic and versatile, pairs perfectly with bootcut jeans. To see how to wear this combo for different situations and styles, check out the outfits below:

Polished and Preppy

Bootcut jeans polka dot shirt purple sweater look
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt, Sweater, Shoes, Bag, Earrings

This outfit has a clean, polished, and slightly preppy feel – perfect for class or an internship setting. Start with dark wash bootcut jeans, which have a more dressy and professional look, and a crisp polka dot shirt. Layer a plum sweater over the shirt so that the collar peeks out, then slip on a pair of cognac oxfords. Accessorize with a scholarly leather satchel and classic pearl earrings.

Rustic Fall

Distressed bootcut jeans plaid shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt, Cardigan, Scarf, Boots, Earrings

If rustic and casual is more your style, try this look, which instantly makes me think of cozy cabins and pumpkin spice lattes. The outfit starts with distressed, medium wash bootcut jeans and a red plaid shirt. Perfect the art of fall layering by adding an oversized gray cardigan and a warm mustard yellow scarf. Western-style booties and arrow earrings complete the ensemble and add to the woodsy, country vibe.

Modern Classics

Dark bootcut jeans embellished white shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Blouse, Blazer, Heels, Clutch, Earrings

This dressy going-out look is all about classic pieces with modern and trendy touches. You can’t go wrong with dark wash bootcut jeans, and an embellished, sleeveless version of a classic white button-down helps make the outfit more youthful.

The black blazer gets a modern update with zipper accents and a draped collar, and a slouchy, foldover metallic clutch also adds a trendy element. Finish with bright heels and jeweled earrings.

Thoughts?

What do you think of this outfit formula? Do you like bootcut jeans and button-down shirts? Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, & Jessica Alba

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, & Jessica Alba

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, and Jessica Alba. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Chic Sweatshirt

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing burgundy skinny pants, a gray sweatshirt, and pointy-toe pumps
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted off-duty in a pair of bordeaux-colored skinny pants, a gray sweatshirt featuring a graphic print, round oversize sunglasses, a black satchel, and pointy-toe heels. Rosie’s fall-appropriate getup is casual and fun, but still looks chic thanks to the mature color-scheme and sleek accessories.

Outfit Inspired by Rosie

Rosie HW Outfit
Jeans, Sweatshirt, Bag, Sunglasses, Sneakers

Rosie’s outfit is especially perfect for a day spent around campus – it’s laid-back, but still looks fashionable and put-together. A pair of maroon or bordeaux-colored skinny pants are a cool alternative to normal skinny jeans, plus this color is so “fall” to me. A gray crew-neck sweatshirt with graphic lettering continues the casual yet cool vibe.

While Rosie’s heels were super-chic, make this look more functional for everyday wear with a pair of trendy slip-on sneakers. These black pony hair slip-ons maintain the chic aspect of the outfit, and pair well with oversized, rounded cat-eye sunglasses and a black satchel.

Look 2: Bar Refaeli’s Marvelous Maxi Dress

Bar Refaeli wearing a black maxi dress, a wide brim hat, and ankle boots
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Bar Refaeli did some shopping in Milan, Italy (lucky!) in an all-black number that was both boho and rocker. She wore a tank maxi dress with a slit, along with a wide-brim hat, ankle booties, and a combination of studded belts around her waist. Though it’s fall, Bar proves you don’t have to put away your classic summer maxi dress just yet!

Outfit Inspired by Bar

Bar Refaeli Outfit
Dress, Belt, Hat, Booties

Bar’s outfit is all about accessories, which are able to transform a fairly basic black maxi dress into a super cool look with a boho/rocker edge. This maxi dress features a slit like Bar’s, which will better show off these perfect-for-fall black ankle booties. A studded or beaded belt gives the dress the bohemian-esque touch that really makes the look pop, as does a wide-brim fedora.

Look 3: Jessica Alba’s Mixed Metals

Jessica Alba wearing a studded tee, distressed skinny jeans, and a plaid shirt
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Jessica Alba looked ready for fall in dark colors, flannel, and mixed metals. She wore a pair of distressed black skinny jeans with a studded black top, a wide-brim fedora with a metallic band, a plaid shirt tied around her waist, and metallic cap-toe flats. As usual, Jessica looks on-trend, and the incorporation of metallic touches on her flats, shirt, and hat make her outfit stand out.

Outfit Inspired by Jessica

Jessica Alba Outfit
Jeans, Top, Hat, Shirt, Flats

Jessica’s outfit is laid-back but trendy, and incorporates many eye-catching details, from the distressing on her jeans to the flashes of metallic on her shirt and shoes. These metallic cap-toe flats perfectly offset the more grungy feel of the skinny jeans, while a black top with a metallic stud design ties them together.

A black, wide-brim hat may just be the ultimate accessory of the season, and makes any outfit look instantly chicer. Lastly, tie a plaid flannel shirt around your waist to break up the all-black color scheme and add an unexpected print into the mix.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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