Wednesday, October 29, 2014

downtown layers

{thrifted coat (similar style), Banana Republic Factory cape, True Religion jeans c/o, Circus by Sam Edelman booties c/o DSW, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, Target striped top, Brownie and Madam sunglasses}
If I could showoff my fall uniform it would look a lot like this. Layers, stripes, neutral tones, skinny jeans, and stellar flat booties- so I can walk everywhere. It's all about layers for me this fall, and I can't wait to wear more of my blanket coats, wraps, scarves and hats. Bring on the fall temperatures! What is your fall uniform?


Photography by Alexandra

Monday, October 27, 2014

ladylike with clarins



I've been dabbing grownup serums and creams on my face since high school, and applying drugstore makeup since even longer- it's one of the benefits of having a mother who always took care of her skin and only bought fancy French department store brands. I scored her leftovers and got the not so great makeup samples in her gift with purchase. Needless to say I grew a healthy obsession with beauty and skincare at a young age, and happily still do. 

If someone asked me today what I apply on my skin, and they often do- thanks to genetics and proper skincare- I would list off the serums and eye-creams and SPFs that I often layer. For the past few months I've been loyal to one brand- and my mother would be proud that it's French luxury label- Clarins. 

Clarins sent over some goodies to test and try out. The Double Serum-which you've seen in every single fashion magazine and even on commercials- is everything and then some. It's two different anti-aging serums pumped out as one. I layer a bit under my eye cream, then wait for it to soak in and then slather on day or night cream. This serum is truly a luxe splurge, it smells great and makes your skin feel supple and youthful. After using this since April I'm not sure I can ever cut it out of my skincare regimen. 

Another fabulous skincare item Clarins makes which is another how-did-I-ever-live-without-this item is the new to the line Golden Glow Booster- a concentration of self tanner oil which you mix in the palm of your hand with your favorite SPF or moisturizer to create your perfect healthy glow. It's one of those 5 star products that really makes a difference in your appearance and even allows for less makeup. A win-win for me since this gal doesn't wear foundation, and a dollop of moisturizer with this booster makes my skin glow. 

Stay tuned later this week to see bits from the new Ladylike makeup Collection in person.

This post was sponsored in partnership by Clarins. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that keep Allergic to Vanilla's doors open.