the parka...



A touch utilitarian, a pinch wilderness woman; the parka is the model off-duty meets street style staple that should be at the forefront of your outerwear collection this fall / winter. Dress it up by layering it over a fancy dress {minis a must}, or keep it minimal - pairing it with laid-back looks {think skinny jeans and rugged boots}. Here are 6 styles to swoon over:

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sally hansen limited edition insta-dri halloween 2014 collection


Happy Thursday! A few weeks back I told you about the Sally Hansen Limited Edition Insta-Dri Halloween 2014 Collection, and today I have swatches of 3 out of 4 {I'm missing OMGhost} of the spooky shades. Let's get right into the pictures, shall we?

clockwise from top right: Pumpkin Queen; Night Fright; and Scaredy Matte

Pumpkin Queen is an Orange Creme. I don't usually gravitate towards orange polishes; but, surprisingly, I seriously love this one {though the color, unfortunately, gives me lobster hands}. The formula is slightly frustrating - it's a bit thick; so if you don't completely wipe down the brush on the lip of the bottle before applying, it can be gloppy. This is 2 coats.

Night Fright is a Black Creme. I'm a sucker for a black creme. My one qualm with Night Fright is that, while I used only 1 coat for these swatches, it's not a one-coater. With one coat, it appears almost dark chocolate brown, as opposed to black {not what I was going for}. I would highly recommend 2 thin coats in the future. The formula was good here - very easy to work with {always a must when working with such a dark shade!}. This is 1 coat.

Scaredy Matte is a Black Matte. Hi perfection. I'm being real here...Scaredy Matte is flawless. The application is smooth and even, the dry time is blink-and-you'll-miss-it fast, and the color and finish? Love, obsessed...insert your choice of adjective here. This is 1 coat.

OVERALL: The colors in this collection are perfect for Halloween; and overall I'm happy with them. My one issue is something I've mentioned about the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Collection in the past...the brush!

I'm really not a fan, and truly wish that Sally Hansen would change it. In my opinion, the brush head is too wide, resulting in polish on the skin flanking the nail. Additionally, the brush absorbs too much polish with each dip, which can cause an uneven manicure and a gloppy mess. You have to be mindful to apply very thin coats to avoid this - which, yes, can be frustrating. Rant over! My pick from this Limited Edition Collection is Scaredy Matte.

AVAILABILITY: Mass and drug retailers across the United States and Canada.


Thanks to Sally Hansen for sponsoring this post!

wednesday essentials...


Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag in Black | Sunglasses: Shop Suey Boutique Dana Sunglasses in Brown c/o | Lip Balm: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist | Perfume: Victoria's Secret Victoria Eau de Parfum

My closet is full of handbags from Shop Suey Boutique; but I have never tried their sunglasses {though I have admired them from afar because...sunglasses!}. So when I was offered a pair for review I had to say yes; and thus, the Dana Sunglasses in Brown arrived at my door.

Glamorously oversize {you know how I adore all things oversize} and decadently chic; these have become one of my new favorite pairs of sunnies - and the fact that they are so affordable makes them even more so!

I've been sick for the past week, and these have been fab at making me feel elegant - despite the fact that I am literally dragging myself out of bed. I simply slip them on over no makeup eyes, pair with a pink balm, fruity floral fragrance, and quilted crossbody, and voila! The world is none the wiser that I'm under the weather. Perfect, yes?

What are your essentials today?



{fashion folio} fall flavors


fall flavors
Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Crimson | Boots: MICHAEL Michael Kors Kendra Polished-Leather Ankle Boots | Cardigan: TOPSHOP Fine Gauge Midi Cardigan in Nude | Bag: Tory Burch Robinson Mini Fold Over Cross Body Bag in Deep Berry | Ring: BaubleBar Crystal Cage Ring | Top: Chinti and Parker Gathered Cotton Top | Jeans: PETITE MOTO Ripped Skinny Jeans in Dark Stone | Bracelet: BaubleBar Pavé Circle Links in Gold | Hat: Urban Outfitters Alexa Panama Hat in Tan

A nude cardigan and white blouse pay homage to the winter months ahead; while black buckled ankle boots, a vampy lip, and a deep berry crossbody stay true to the hues of fall. Distressed skinny jeans keep things casual; a gold chain-link bracelet and caged ring are ultra-glam. Top tresses with a floppy hat for the ultimate in autumn-esque accessories!


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