The Beauty Locker: Pumpkin Body Butter

imageFall makes me crave all things pumpkin flavored and scented. It smells and tastes so good! One of my favorite fall purchases is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter. It’s amazing! All year long, I buy the coconut version, and slather it all over me, but come fall, I stock up on the pumpkin scented lotion. Today, I bought six of them! They don’t last long in the stores at only $4.99, so you need to stock up while you can.

imageThey make great hostess gifts and birthday treats. I have a gift closet downstairs, where I keep things that I can use at the last minute when I need a gift for someone. Lotions and potions make great gifts for everyone. I also buy scented candles, holiday or floral napkins, and cute coasters. I try to never arrive at a party empty handed.

Homework: Favorite pumpkin food or product?

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Dress Code: Working my new midi skirt

imageToday, I wanted to wear my new black pleated midi skirt that I bought at the Banana Republic outlet for $20. Get used to it, because I will be wearing it a lot this season! This type of skirt can be unflattering for my body type. It’s all about choosing the right shirt. It can’t be too long or too short, and it needs to fitted in order to be flattering. I decided to wear my new favorite skirt with a black and white stripped sleeveless t-shirt from Old Navy and bright yellow short-sleeved cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft. I finished the outfit with my Tory Burch leopard and lace pumps and a huge black ribbon and rhinestone statement necklace from Banana Republic.

Homework: What would you wear with a black pleated midi skirt?

Dress Code: Mad for plaid and a monogram

imageI’m still working on wearing all my new fall purchases. So for a casual Saturday night out, I debuted another one of my Nordstrom Anniversary sale purchases, a Vince Camuto maroon and ivory plaid sweatshirt. This sweatshirt had solids maroon sleeves and the plaid portion in the front is sheer. I wanted a simple and comfortable outfit for dinner with friends, so I wore this cute new top with my Joe’s boyfriend jeans and my black Tory Burch Reva’s. My favorite accessories to add to any plaid shirt are pearls and a monogram. As a result, I added my gold “H” monogram necklace from C. Wonder and my vintage Chanel button ring. I can see myself wearing this sweatshirt on a Friday with a black pencil skirt with heels and then slipping on jeans and flats to head out to dinner and drinks.

Homework: What is your favorite accessory to wear with plaid?

Dress Code: Happy fall, y’all!

imageI made a decision this week. I’m over the summer-like weather and officially dressing for fall. I have so many cute fall purchases ready and waiting to be worn. Today, I needed a two for one outfit; a daytime and evening look. For school, I wore my Vince Camuto black, leather trimmed leggings from last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale with a short- sleeved black sweater that I picked up from the Banana Republic outlet last weekend. I knew I needed a pop if color, so I added my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace, my hot pink Kate Spade bangle and my new Stacy Brown Design monogram beaded bracelet. My Coach wedges completed the look. Fridays are made for leggings and comfy sweaters!

imageAfter school, I was headed to a high school football game. Since I was going to be on the field, my open-toed wedges were not going to work. All I needed to do was switch out my shoes for my Enzo Angiolini riding boots. I bought these boots at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July and this was my first opportunity to wear them. The boots are super cute and comfortable and I know I will be wearing them a lot this season.

Homework: What are most excited to wear this fall season?

Dress Code: leopard+hot pink+monogram=fabulous

imageLeopard, hot pink, and a monogram… I love it when all my favorite things come together in one outfit! Even though it is still rather hot out, I decided to dress for fall and wear one of my new favorite sweaters. I bought this leopard print sweater a few weeks ago at the Banana Republic outlet for $25. Since it was a warm day, I didn’t layer it with anything. I do think it will look really chic with my denim worksheet underneath when it get a little chilly. This cute sweater paired perfectly with my classic Halogen black pencil from Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. I decided to skip the necklace and pile on the bracelets. I was really excited about wearing my new Stacy Brown Design tassels monogram beaded bracelet. It’s adorable and it was only $19.99. I added a coral and pink bangle from Banana Republic with a hot pink bangle from Kate Spade. The orange and hot pink accessories gave this outfit just the right pop of color!

Homework: What will you wear on the first cool day of fall?

The Beauty Locker: the Skimmies slipshort

imageThings are getting personal today! Foundation garments are so important for a sleek and polished look. I recently discovered Jockey’s Skimmies slipshorts and I’m obsessed. It looks like a pair of Spanx, but the material is soft and not at all binding. The slipshorts are very comfortable and create a smooth line with no VPL (visible panty line). I have always been a die hard slip wearer, so I really like that these “shorts” are a two for one deal. I wear the slipshorts under my skirts at school. We have a two story building on my campus and I have had a few near Marilyn Monroe moments on windy days while walking up the stairs. The slipshorts offer the proper coverage when the weather is not cooperating 💨

imageThe Jockey brand Skimmies can be purchased at Macy’s, Kohl’s and Target and retail for $20 a pair. I found a Jockey outlet at the Carlsbad outlet mall and bought mine for $12 a pair. What a deal!

Homework: What is your favorite foundation garment?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear pearls, pearls, and more pearls!

imageLast week our school photographer was on campus for three days taking school pictures. My goal was to take a picture each day and then pick the best one. Sadly, I missed my window of opportunity each day. Today, was the make up picture day, so I needed a fabulous outfit that would look great for my one take. I decided to go for a classic look with an LBD and pearls. I wore my black shirt-sleeved shift dress from Anthropology and then piled on the pearls. My long C. Wonder pearl necklace is extremely versatile. Today, I’m wearing it as a triple stand with another pearl necklace with a bow detail from Ann Taylor Loft. I added some stretchy pearl bracelets from Forever 21 my vintage Chanel button ring, and my C. Wonder pearl stud earrings.

Homework: What would you wear on picture day?

Passing Notes: The Carlsbad outlet mall

imageWhen I was driving back from San Diego on Sunday, I saw the Carlsbad outlet mall out of my peripheral vision. It would have been rude not to stop, right?

I’m getting so much better at outlet shopping. I don’t need to go in every store and I only buy things that are bargains and fabulous. I did quite well on this trip.

I started at Kate Spade. I found a great black and white striped overnight bag. It folds into a pouch for storage and will be great for traveling or as an extra gym bag. I also bought a pair of large rhinestone, go-with-everything earrings. The entire store was 40% off and the overnight bag was additional 20% off on top of the 40%. Score!

Then I headed to Banana Republic. I was very selective. I found a black silk pleated midi skirt and a black sweater. The skirt was $70, but then it was 60% off. I had a $20 reward coupon so the skirt was basically $8. I wore it to school today and I love it. I predict it will be one of my favorite fall purchases.

Then, I went to the Gap. I found a super cute maroon and navy striped dress and a super comfy pair of black pajamas. These items were on sale, but not super cheap. I just liked the simplicity of the dress. It will be perfect on a busy morning when I don’t want to overthink my outfit. I love Gap pj’s! The fabric is so soft. I think this is the fourth or fifth pair I have bought. I like this pair in black because they look more like lounge wear and less like pajamas. I could go and get my mail wearing this outfit and not be embarrassed if I ran into a neighbor.

My last stop was at the Crate and Barrel outlet. I broke a few of my water glasses and I was lucky that they carried the same style. In addition to the glasses, I found some super cute to-go cardboard food containers. I don’t know what I will use them for, but I knew I had to have them. The black and white pattern would look adorable with an orange tulle bow and filled with Halloween treats.

All in all, this was a successful visit and I am happy with my purchases!

Homework: What is your all-time favorite outlet purchase?

Dress Code: Sunday = fun day!

imageI had such a fun weekend! I headed down to San Diego for a birthday celebration on Saturday night. Of course, that led to brunch on Sunday morning to debrief the soirée. The party was in Hillcrest, so we walked a few blocks to a cute little restaurant for breakfast. I packed my white Gap boyfriend jeans and a black j’adore graphic t-shirt from Old Navy for Sunday. I wore them with a Coach leopard hat, a pink Kate Spade bracelet, and my black Tory Burch sandals. I always pack a hat when I travel, just in case of a bad hair day. Let’s just say, I’m glad that I had it! The outfit worked well for brunch and outlet shopping on the way home. Details on my shopping purchases will be shared this week!

Homework: What is your favorite brunch outfit?

Dress Code: Birthday party fun!

imageLast night I celebrated a dear friends birthday down in San Diego. The invitation for the party stated the dress code was “dive bar casual.” I knew I would start with my Joe’s boyfriend jeans, as they are perfect dive bar attire. I then added a black, gold-studded Michael Kors t-shirt and my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace. Next, I piled on the Kate Spade bracelets and put on my leopard and lace Tory Burch pumps. I was ready to go! It was a fun outfit and a great party to celebrate my friend Duane’s birthday!

Homework: What would you wear to a “dive bar casual” party?