Facing Fall Skincare: It’s Time For Extra Moisture & I Hate The Word Moist, But Clearly It Was Necessary Here

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The seasons are changing and so is your skin. As we approach the end of Daylight Savings Time aka my least favorite day of the year, I find my face needs some extra moisture and TLC. This is annoying because I feel like I just figured out the perfect skincare routine for summer and now I have to switch it up again. Luckily, I’ve been able to find a few gems. Here are some of my favorite fall skincare products.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

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Fall murders my lips. Seriously, even in LA it feels like all the moisture goes and takes a vacay the second it becomes September. Luckily, I have a solution. Every night before bed I apply LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. No, it’s not Ambien for your lips but it’s more like lip balm on steroids. It smells like strawberry and feels like butter. And yes, you can apply it during the day as well.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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I know what you did last summer. You skipped out on sunscreen. I’m not judging you, but let’s be real here. You need to fix this, which is exactly what SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum does. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it reverses photodamage (aka sun damage) and the signs of aging. Don’t you hate those signs? I prefer signs for Starbucks and luxury spas. Seriously, it’s the perfect day serum for every skin type.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

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There’s nothing funny about SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier because H.A. actually stands for Hyaluronic Acid, which is this thing that makes your skin look plump and firm aka not old. I apply it after the C E Ferulic as well as at night. If you need to add moisture without oil, H.A. is your new best friend.

Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes

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Whether it is allergies, lack of sleep or too much rose, most of us need some extra help in the eye department. Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes is like having a personal assistant for your under eyes. It does EVERYTHING! It’s tightening, refreshing, moisturizing and nourishing. It’s also one of those products that feels really good when you apply it. I put my bottle in the fridge before I shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to apply, it has extra cooling power. By the way, this trick works for every eye cream or gel.

Erno Lazlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil

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You know when you wash your face and then you use some toner or micellar water on a cotton pad and then you realize you still have makeup on your face and you wonder WTF was the point of just washing your face? Then you will be obsessed with Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil. It takes off all of your makeup (so squeaky clean) without being irritating. It’s also paraben free and won’t clog your pores. I put two pumps in my hands and then apply it to a dry face, add some water and remove everything with a hot washcloth. It feels like getting a facial without having to tip anyone or drive somewhere.

LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask

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Sleeping masks are a K-Beauty thing, but don’t be afraid to integrate them into any beauty routine. Think of it as a final step before you start looking really pretty. If you have never used a sleeping mask before, LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask kind of feels like applying custard to your face. It’s not exactly a mask but more like the thickest moisturizer ever. If you like the idea of a sleeping mask, but the word custard has almost made you click off the page, LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask has a  thinner consistency and is less expensive.

Fab for Fall With Tahari ASL

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Sometimes, I need to dress like an actual adult, which is why I love Tahari ASL. They have so many fab pieces for fall, all of which are incredibly versatile. You can wear them to work and then to happy hour (my favorite hour) afterward. These are also great to layer with, which is important with the ever-changing (read: incredibly annoying) fall weather. But don't take my word for it. Check out a few of my favorites.

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How fashionista is this? Seriously, the Carmeuse Ruffled Cape Blouse is bold and so not basic. It's also burgandy and possibly other adjectives that start with b. Wear it to work. Wear it on a runway.  

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Keyholes are more popular than pumpkin spice right now. The Mockneck Keyhole Crepe Blouse is chic and stylish. You can wear this top for business causal or actual casual. Also, lavender is love!

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The Asymmetrical Ruffle Hem Top is one of the most timeless pieces from Tahari ASL this season. It's a total classic you will wear for seasons to come. Literally, you can wear it all year round. I even wear mine with shorts on warmer fall days. But obviously, I wore it with jeans here because not everyone lives in California and obvs I already wore shorts in another picture.

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I was all about floral prints over the summer (have you seen my Instagram?), but I thought when the weather turned cold, I’d have to give them up—wrong! The Ruffled Jabot Floral Print Blouse is the perfect layering piece.

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The Star-Neck Jumpsuit is everything! As someone who wears rompers to business meetings (if you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has ever had a business meeting with me), sometimes I need to step it up. This jumpsuit is comfortable and versatile. Throw a jacket on (like the one below) and you have an entirely different outfit.

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If I had to pick a favorite Tahari ASL piece this season it’s the Faux Fur Capelet. Seriously, how cute is this? Wear it with a dress, a jumpsuit or jeans and you automatically look like a glamorous movie star. I'm not kidding--this capelet is magical! The second you put it on you will instantly feel like the paparazzi are chasing you everywhere! 

Thank you so much to Tahari for partnering with me for this post.

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Neutral Edition)

Welcome to F- It Fridays, a new series featuring some of my favorite finds of the week because F-It, It's Friday, you deserve a treat. This week, the theme is neutrals you’re going to feel not-so-neutral about!

MRKT Mateo Mini Backpack

Backpacks are back in a big way, even if they are little. The inside of MRKT’s Mateo Mini Backpack features lots of pockets including a removable media sleeve, so you can spend less time digging for your lone lip balm and more time being productive. Made of durable felt and vegan suede, it's equally stylish and practical.

Jac Vanek Perfect Cropped Sweater

I love Jac Vanek’s signature statement t-shirts, but this cropped sweater doesn’t need words to tell you how awesome it is. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans or throw it over a cute dress on a chilly autumn night.

Pull&Bear Leather Look Biker Jacket

Pull&Bear's Leather Look Biker Jacket is a great example of how a nude color can really stand out. Although it is technically a fall piece, you'll look forward to wearing this jacket again in the spring. 

BP Bell Sleeve Blouse

I love the bell sleeve look because it walks the fine line between elegant and boho. This BP blouse is a pretty ivory color that would look great accessorized with a statement necklace. Light colors not your thing? It is also available in green.

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Les Grainés

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You made it through another week, so at the very least, treat yourself to a new nail polish. Yves Saint Laurent's Taupe Grainé 53 is the perfect shade of taupe, packaged in a bottle so chic, you'll want to leave it out, instead of inside your medicine cabinet.

Fashion Inspired by Slate's Dear Prudence aka Investment(ish) Clothing For Fall

I’m a huge fan of Slate’s Dear Prudence column. While I don’t always agree with Mallory Ortberg's option, I always look forward to reading it. Last week, this question really got me thinking… 

I want to give the letter writer a hug and offer her a cocktail. Not only was her new bag destroyed (seriously the worst), but she also has to be reminded of this awful incident every time she encounters the most inconsiderate coworker in the world.

One argument I noticed came up in the comments was whether $200 was a lot for a handbag. After really thinking about it, I’ve concluded it’s only fair to say that it totally depends on the person and the handbag. $200 might be a steal for some, but a splurge for others.

Sometimes, it’s challenging to write roundups both for this blog and all of the other websites I’ve written for in the past. It’s always been my personal policy to feature products that work for a variety of budgets. There are two reasons for this. The first is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have style. The second reason is that it sucks when nothing is in your reach. I don’t want anyone to read my blog and feel badly about themselves. I’m all about being aspirational, but overly aspirational just isn’t my niche.

However, while fast fashion has it’s place, I am a big proponent of spending a little more to buy quality clothing you’ll want to wear for more than one season aka investment(ish) pieces. Here are some of my favorites for the fall. 

Honkey Tonk Skirt by Draper James

Draper James’ Honky Tonk Striped Skirt is timeless and versatile. Wear it to work with a white button down, a sexy top on date night or with a t-shirt to brunch. At $215, this is one of those bold pieces you can wear just about any place.

I love Draper James. Created by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, the brand is all about curated southern charm that stands out whether you are in Dallas or Detroit.

Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest by N:PHILANTHROPY

N:PHILANTHROPY’S Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest puts the “vest” in “investment(ish).” . If you’re not a vest person (no judgments here), but like the look, check out the Georgie Faux Fur Cropped Jacket instead. Both are 100% cruelty and guilt free because N:PHILANTHROPY donates 10% of their net proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the SPCA of Los Angeles.

Alana Cropped Distressed High-Rise Skinny Jeans by J. Brand

For $240, J Brand’s Alana cropped distressed high-rise skinny jeans are the happy medium of being distressed. Finding distressed jeans has been a challenge for me. Jeans that are not distressed enough look I'm wearing something that needs to be thrown out and overly distressed jeans look like I'm trying too hard. 

Luke Lace-Up Blazer by Intermix

For $425 with unique raw edges, Intermix's Luke Lace-Up Blazer is more badass than business. It’s the perfect blazer to wear with your J Brands or with leggings and boots.

Split-Side Wool and Cashmere-Blend Midi Dress by T by Alexander Wang

If you’re missing your summer maxi-dresses, T By Alexander Wang has your fix for fall. Their wool and cashmere blend midi dress is equally comfortable and stylish. For $345, you’ll be able to wear it through the winter with warm leggings.

Meridian Cashmere Wrap by Lilly Pulitzer

This $198 Lilly Pulitzer cashmere poncho does two things. It keeps you warm without being heavy and it adds a fun pop of color to your ensemble. Seriously, if you are one of those people who wears all-black a lot, you need this poncho like water. 

Trista Dress by Trina Turk

If you like Missoni, but also paying your rent, check out Trina Turk’s Trista dress. It’s a really useful fall piece for those of us who live in warmer climates. It’s currently on sale for $283.50 but normally costs $378. 

Adalyn Long Sleeved Blouse by Equipment

If there is one item I think is absolutely essential to spend more money on, it’s a white button down shirt. French label Equipment has built their popularity this type of shirt. While Equipment’s signature style is somewhat menswear inspired, their the Adalyn Long Sleeved blouse has softer lines and is worth every penny of $218.

Laverne Asymmetrical Dress by Alice + Olivia

You need a black dress for forever and the Laverne Asymmetrical Dress from Alice + Olivia is such a keeper. (I seriously want it for myself.) While the asymmetrical look is super trendy right now, this dress is so something you could wear to every wedding and event you ever attend for the rest of your life. I mean you wouldn’t, but you could… 

 

Seasonal FOMO, Wardrobe Anxiety and Getting #OOTD Ready With My Favorite Jewelry From Sterling Forever

One thing I love about Los Angeles is that it’s warm and sunny all year round. This means I can sip coffee on my terrace almost every morning, hike on Thanksgiving, and sit out at the pool pretty much whenever I want. While I can’t say I don’t love the semi-eternal summer of this city, I have a little bit of FOMO when I see pictures of people in their Fall coats and boots. That’s just not going to happen for me, so transitioning to a seasonal wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge. While I’ll rarely look truly Fall, I do what I can by choosing darker clothes, rotating long sleeves back into my repertoire and incorporating new accessories into my ensembles.

One of my favorite accessory brands is Sterling Forever, which I recently discovered through my friend, Ali Levine, who is a celebrity stylist. She designs and curates her own collection for SF.  They have high quality, but affordable pieces (and bonus, there are always promo codes). The styles are always on trend for the season, but you’ll still want to wear them for years to come.

Great accessories do more than just complete an outfit. At least for me, they prevent me from overthinking what I’m wearing and changing approximately 400 times before I leave the house. All I need to do is coordinate an SF bracelet or necklace to the first (okay, maybe second) thing I put on and then I’m #OOTD ready.

Here are my four favorite SF pieces for fall along with how I incorporate them into my wardrobe.

I can’t get enough of this black Layered Bar Bracelet. One feature I love is the toggle clasp. Obviously, it’s beautiful, but it also makes it possible to put on the bracelet without having to ask for help. Have you ever screamed in frustration trying to put on a bracelet when there is no one around to assist? Okay, maybe that’s just me. The toggle makes the entire thing so not an ordeal and just a one-person operation. It also helps the bracelet stay secure, so you don’t have to experience that nagging anxiety about your jewelry falling off. This can be a huge problem among bracelet-wearers. I really think more bracelets in this world need toggle clasps. Designers, are you listening?

I love coordinating my bracelet with a casual dress like the one I’m wearing here or even jeans and a t-shirt. It would really compliment a pair of black leather boots or booties.

I am borderline obsessed with this gold and pink suede tassel necklace. Such a versatile piece, it’s like having at least three necklaces in one because there are so many ways to tie it. The rich-colored suede and gold are warm and sophisticated for fall. If you’re not a pink person, it’s also available in navy, aqua, cream, grey and black. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it, I might have to buy another color. Even my dog, Lulu insisted on borrowing it from me. Who wore it better?

And yes, I know I’m wearing a summer caftan in this picture, but I’m at a pool, are you expecting me to wear cashmere? Hey, at least it’s long sleeved.

Ali told me I had to get this Cobalt Mosaic Necklace. When a celeb stylist gives you advice, you listen. And I am glad I did. The epitome of a statement necklace, it really stands out. I usually wear it with a blue top, but it would also look fab with a freshly ironed white button-down shirt, making the ensemble a little more fun and slightly less conservative.