Thoughts for Thursday: 10 Fall Beauty Favorites

Today I've rounded up my favorite beauty products for fall.  As the seasons change my skin tends to change and I have to make some adjustments to my beauty routine to keep my skin looking good as it gets cooler.

1. L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream-  This is my go-to winter moisturizer.  I don't know about you all but as I get older the change of the seasons really does a number on my skin and it gets to dried out.  I used to use this cream religiously years ago and then stopped for awhile but I just started back up again and it's been great! It feels heavy but really does go on light, dries quickly and moisturizes.  The best part is that it doesn't make my acne prone skin break out at all!

2. It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream- after asking this summer for foundation recommendations this one was hands down the most recommended for every day use and so far everyone was right!  It's not heavy but is totally buildable if you want more coverage and just goes on so well.  It is the best CC cream I've found out there. I found it to be moisturizing too so it doesn't crease in my fine lines or make my skin look dull.  I used the light color this summer but will probably switch to fair for winter time.

3. It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Brush- a few of you also said I had to try this brush as well and I'm so happy I bought it.  While it isn't cheap I think it makes a huge difference when applying the CC cream, it just gives you the flawless finish you want.   I also think it's a very easy to use brush if you're exactly a makeup expert like myself.

4. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer- another highly recommended concealer I finally gave this one a try!  It really is that good at covering my dark circles.  I went with the light neutral color which I think blends in well with the foundation but gives me enough coverage and brightens the area so much.

5. BareMinerals Invisible Bronze- I have this is the fair to light color and use this as my fall/winter bronzer.  Since I'm pretty fair skinned but still like to have that summer glow in the winter I've found this one to be the best at giving me a little hint of color without making me look orange or too dark.

6. Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder- love love love this setting powder.  My skin tends to get really dull in the fall and winter without any sun on it so I've found this powder, which I use in the nude color, just gives you a little bit of that dewy glow look you want without looking overdone.

7. L'Oreal Lash Paradise- I've always been a drugstore mascara girl but this one is so far the BEST mascara I've ever used! I've tried pretty much every brand of department store and drugstore mascara but it wasn't until this one came along that I truly found one that lengthens and volumizes!  Up until this point I was using Maybelline illegal lengths with It cosmetics superhero volumizing mascara to get the look that just this one mascara gives.  I have the waterproof and the regular and I think they both work just as well except that the waterproof really lasts forever.

8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in paaarty- this is my current favorite blush color for fall that I happened to get as a free gift a free months ago from Ulta.  I just feel like it has the perfect fall neutral blush color for everyday wear and it really does stay on all day.  

9. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette- for my everyday make up look I love this eye palette.  I try to stay away from the shimmery and sparkly colors for everyday and I've found this palate to be the best.  I just love Urban Decay's eyeshadows and really do feel like last all day.

10. Rimmel London Scandel Eyes Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner-  I've tried a ton of eyeliners and keep coming back to this one again and again.  I tend to prefer pencil liners over liquid liners and this one is just easy to work with in my opinion.  I also think it really does last all day or night.

What are some of your favorite fall go to beauty products?  Do you change up your beauty and make up routine with the seasons? 

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Weekend Away in Atlanta

Over this past weekend Kyle and I were able to sneak away for 48 hours to Atlanta by ourselves!  The whole point of the trip was to have dinner with some of Kyle's business partners that live in Atlanta so we decided to leave the kids at home and make a weekend out of it.  I was a little nervous to be leaving the kids because we haven't left them for two nights in a row in over two years but I know it's good for them to be separated from me every once in awhile ;) (and now I realize we need to do this more often and for maybe 4 or 5 nights next time)

We started off the trip with some mimosas for breakfast at the airport bar and on the plane.  We figured we had to start the trip out right since we were sans kids.

We arrived in Atlanta on Friday around lunch time. Kyle has been there many times for work but it was first time in the city.  I had no idea Atlanta was so big and there were so many neighborhoods!  We stayed at the St. Regis in Buckhead which was close to the work dinner we had
on Saturday night.   Our room wasn't ready when we arrived so we decided to find lunch and do some exploring near our hotel.

Cardigan (old similar here)// tee // jeans // slip ons // handbag (old similar here)
 This was my casual travel outfit, which is one of my regular everyday go-tos. 

We basically pulled up the Yelp app and saw King + Duke first, glanced at the menu and knew we had to try it!  It was so so good!

We had the pimento cheese hushpuppies for an appetizer and Moscow mules.  Then Kyle had their burger and I had the Georgia kale salad.

After we stuffed our faces we headed over to the Shops at Buckhead.  We hadn't planned on shopping but I'm so glad we went.  I found the most adorable sweaters and top at Joie and Kyle was able to get a bunch of clothes at Bonobos.

I didn't get the dress because it's too cold here now but it was so cute! 

My new favorite casual sweater that I think I need it in every color! 

Our room was finally ready around 4:00pm so we headed back to the hotel to get ready to go out to dinner with good friends of ours who live in Atlanta.  St. Regis hotels are always gorgeous and this one had the most amazing soaking tub, which sadly I never took advantage of.  

We got dressed and headed over to our friends Kate & Jon's house in Brookhaven for drinks and to see their little two year old son before we headed out for the night.

Joie off the shoulder top // jeans// mules (on sale for $49 here or $78 here!!) // clutch // sunglasses 

We started the night off with a drink at  Beetlecat in Inman Park which is the same chef owner as King + Duke where we had eaten lunch. Beetlecat has the coolest 70s vibe to it and the cocktails were so good. I had the Salty Dog and my friend Kate had the Brass Monkey. 

We then headed over to dinner at  Barcelona.  Another fun and delicious spot.  Barcelona is a tapas restaurant and I'm pretty sure the four of us tried almost everything on the menu.  Surprising the crispy cabbage was the probably the best thing on the menu and we were not expecting that even after our waitress recommended it.  

On Saturday morning Kyle and I had a couples massage at 9am.  Can you believe it's the first couples massage we've ever had, and Kyle's first professional massage. I don't know why we haven't done this before but it was amazing!  After that we had coffee and breakfast by the St. Regis pool.  The weather was too cool to really enjoy it but our waiter was telling us the pool can get really wild in the summer time.  

After breakfast we showered and got dressed and our friends picked us up to take us to lunch and do some exploring at  Ponce City Market.  It reminded me of a smaller (less crowded) version of Chelsea Market in NYC.  Lots of fun shops and restaurants to explore.  

I had a chicken biscuit from Hop's Chicken and Kate & I split a beer from The Tap on Ponce.  

After that we walked The Beltline for a little bit and then headed back to our hotel to relax before dinner.  

Sweater // jeans // sandals // handbag (old but similar here) // sunglasses 

 Kyle and I decided to spend the afternoon laying by the pool and relaxing and I couldn't help but get some chips and salsa because they looked so good. I seriously ate and drank my way through Atlanta ;)

On Saturday night we headed to a private residence of one of Kyle's business partners for dinner.  I didn't take any pictures besides my outfit for the night but I wish you all could have seen their house. It was absolutely gorgeous!  They just finished building it this spring and it's in The Vinings right on the Chattahoochee near the restaurant Canoe (for you locals).  It was really fun to get to meet all the people Kyle works with in Atlanta.  If you've been reading here awhile you know that he travels a lot for work so it's always fun when I can put faces to names of people he's worked with for years.  

Dress // Mules (on sale for $49 here and $78 here!!) // Handbag (old but similar here) // Sunglasses 

We flew home early on Sunday morning and even though I enjoyed the time away I was so excited to get back to my boys and hear about all the adventures they had with my sister and parents.   I'm hoping we get to head back to Atlanta again some time soon so we can explore the city more and visit with our friends again.  


Thoughts for Thursday: September Outfit Round Up

Can you all believe it's October?! Since I've spent pretty much every day of October in athleisure wear I thought I would round up some of my outfits from September since I apparently spent some time in real clothes last month ;)  
Our fall weather is finally here to stay (at least I think it is) so I'm excited to pull out even more fun clothes from my closet. I'm just hoping we can hold off the winter weather for a few more months.  

Dress// Sweater vest// Necklace (sold out, similar here)// Booties 

Striped tunic// Necklace (sold out, similar here)// Sunglasses// Jean Shorts (sold out, similar here)// Slip Ons 

Striped Blouse (old, similar here)// Jeans// Slip Ons 

Cardigan// Tee// Jeans// Toms (old color, similar here)

Striped Top// Jean Shorts (sold out but similar here)

Dolman Tee// Necklace (sold out but similar here)// Sandals// Jean Shorts (sold but similar here)

Striped Shirt (sold out but similar here and here)// Jean Shorts (sold out but similar here)// Sandals// Longchamp Bag 

Cardigan// Striped Tee// Jean Shorts (sold out, similar here)// Slip Ons 

Our September was so busy and our October is shaping up to be just as busy too!! I feel like this time of life is just so busy lately that I'm trying my hardest to slow down and enjoy it but it's so tough!

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Current Obsessions: Shopbop Sale

I know every blogger is talking about this but the Shopbop Buy more, Save more is always such a good sale!  I tend to use this sale as a way to stock up on classic pieces that are pricey and usually don't go on sale.
The sale only lasts 3 days and you get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500 with the code EOTS17

I rounded up my favorites below, click each image to be taken directly to it:

If you've followed me long enough you know that I own and love the Karen Walker Super Duper sunglasses, they're totally worth their price tag!  I also own the Sam Edelman Petty booties and probably wore them almost every day of last winter.  You know I can't turn down anything blue and white which is why I've included both of those dresses on my wishlist.  AG jeans have become one of my favorite brands over the last year and I love this distressed version.  That Joie cardigan looks so comfy and I'm thinking those leopard print Sam Edelman mules would be a fun way to give that trend a try.  Tory Burch items are sometimes excluded from these sales but these oak colored Minnies and this wallet are both included! I have not tried the Minnies yet but I've heard they're better than Revas, anyone agree?

Are you shopping the sale?
What did you buy?
Any pieces you're looking stock up on for winter?

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Thoughts for Thursday: Fall Clothes for Toddler Boys

Shopping for clothes for my kids gets harder and harder as they get older and start to get more opinions on what they wear.  While I do let them have their dinosaur and truck tees I also try to keep a lot of basics in their closet that I love since I know my days of dressing them are slowly dwindling.   Everyone always says finding cute boys clothes is tough but I think if you truly look hard you can find lots of great pieces in all different stores.  Now that my boys are out of all things baby and into all things toddler I rounded up my favorite places to shop for fall and winter below.

J.Crew Factory Crewcuts- this is one of my favorite places to buy basics for the boys.  They have a great selection of solid color and striped tees and polos.  I tend to go for J.Crew Factory vs J.Crew because the prices are just so much better and the quality is pretty similar.  Plus for some reason I seem to find more stuff I like at Factory for the boys than regular J.Crew.  Since they always have such good sales from 40-60% off it makes purchasing clothes for your kids from here guilt free.
Here are some of my favorites:

Old Navy-  ON has quickly become one of our favorites for pants because my boys are so tall and skinny!  It's been tough finding pants that are long enough for Miller that he can also keep up around the waist and Old Navy has become our go-to over the past year.  We've been wearing both their pull on pants for school and the ones with the button fly. I loved their corduroy pants last winter so I'm hoping they bring those back soon. I also bought Miller a really comfy pull on pair of skinny jeans that he loves this year. He really wanted a pair of jeans and the ON ones were the only ones I liked on him. If you need a pair of durable affordable dressier shoes I loved their sueded desert boot last year and they brought it back again this year!  I've already bought this years size for my boys.
Here are some of my favorites:

Target Cat & Jack- I've had pretty good luck with the Cat & Jack line from Target too.  If you take your time and really sort through it you can find some great basics.  We loved their skinny pull on pants last year for Miller and I bought a bunch of their long sleeve Henleys and plain crew neck tees for the boys last year.  This year I picked up a pair of sneakers to keep in Miller's backpack as the extra pair and I got them both a pair of the C&J chukka boots to wear to school with pants and jeans in the winter months
Here are my favorites:

Mini Boden- this one is more of a splurge but I absolutely love their clothes and the quality is so good you know they will last. So far this fall I have picked up two tees for each boy.  I love love love the Raglan style tee but most have 3/4 length sleeves which drives Miller nuts because he tries to pull them down so I love the Mini Boden has one with full length sleeves.  I also got each of them a striped super soft tee.  I plan to get them some of their pull on corduroy as we get closer to winter.  While their prices can be steep I've found if you wait around for a 20% off sale and free shipping you can get a good deal. I also know that with this quality I can easily pass it down from Miller to Matthew and then on to my nephew.
Here are my favorites:

So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions about sizing or fit and I'll see if I can help.  Do you shop at these places?  Are their any good stores I missed? 

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Thoughts for Thursday: The First Day of School

Hi Friends! Happy September! Yesterday was the first day of school for both my boys and it was huge success!

Miller was very excited to go this year. This is his third year at this preschool he's really familiar with everything and most of his friends have followed him through the years. He was so excited to be in Pre-K and one of the big kids at school.  I can't even think about him going to kindergarten next year (cue all the tears).

Matthew was a little bit more apprehensive since this was his first year and the past week he's been saying "you go to school with me mommy, you stay with me mommy." Totally broke my heart :( He's always had separation anxiety so I was so nervous to leave him but he did really well!  I was so proud of him. They said he didn't shed a tear and was happily playing with the other kids.  Only half the class went with him yesterday so I'll be interested to see how he does when it's all 12 kids together on Friday.

I only had an hour free yesterday but on tomorrow I get a whole 2.5 hours to myself! I don't even know what to do in that time ;)

I'm hoping everyone else's kids have had a great first week or few weeks back at school and to all my friends in the path of Irma- I'm praying she changes directions or slows her role before she gets to the US.  

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Labor Day Sales

I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend! Ours has been rainy and in the 60s but the sun is supposed to break through a bit today and the temps are supposed to get up to the high 70s so we'll see.  While I have been enjoying this fall like weather I'm hoping for a few more warm days before fall officially hits.

Holiday weekends always mean good sales! So many of my favorite retailers have so much good stuff on sale, some of it is leftover from summer and some of it is new fall items!  I rounded up my favorites below.

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Labor Day Sales 

Old Navy- 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees

J.Crew- 30% off your entire purchase with code YESPLEASE

Loft- 40% off full price styles 

Tuckernuck- 25% off final sale items with code FINALSALE25

J.Crew Factory- 50% off everything and extra 50% off clearance with code DELISH

Sole Society- up to 60% off select styles

Banana Republic- 40% off everything

Are you shopping any of the sale this weekend?  Who's ready for fall and who's hoping for a few more weeks of summer?

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