I definitely experienced a range of weather when I visited Stacie in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. There were a couple of what I would consider normal spring days, a couple of really warm (90 degrees or so) days and then a big storm rolled in and we were back to our winter coats. When the weather is really finicky like that I like to rely on light spring layers. We did a lot of exploring while I was there and it was easy to throw on a few layers in the morning and remove them if the day warmed up. One of my favorite things we did was visit Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall, where we ran into all of these pretty trees!
I just got back from visiting Stacie in Nashville and we had so much fun! I was there for a week and our days were jam-packed but it still feels like I need to go back soon because there were so many other things we didn’t get to do! Nashville is pretty easy to visit because it’s so small so it’s super easy to get around. I swear, every time we went anywhere it only took about 15 minutes. We circled the city a few times each day and ate a ridiculous amount of food. I also loved looking at all of the colorful murals around the city and I couldn’t resist using them to showcase some of my new clothes from thredUP, an online consignment shop. You’ll hear a lot more about my trip over the next few weeks, so keep checking back!
Earlier this week G and I took a mini trip to Santa Barbara. Our flight left super early in the morning and we spent the day checking out the pier and walking down State Street. Obviously I wanted to look cute for our trip but I really wanted to be comfortable for the flight and our day of walking. Luckily, New Chic recently sent me some updated staples that fit the bill perfectly.
I haven’t been buying too many new beauty products so far this year but I’ve been having a lot of fun rediscovering products I already own. My March beauty favorites included a new concealer that has gotten quite a bit of use, an old favorite nail polish shade, and a lip primer that I finally figured out how to use well. I’ve been wearing a lot of soft pink and purple shades of makeup but I’ve been trying different combinations with a few different palettes so none of them have really stood out so far. I’ve also been wearing a lot of pink blushes and lip colors and tring some new skincare products. But when it came down to it, these three products really stood out in March. My 2016 March beauty favorites were the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, Essie’s Lovie Dovie Nail Polish, and the Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer.
Black is a staple in my wardrobe, which becomes super obvious as soon as the weather gets cooler. I think it’s really easy to throw things together if most of my clothes are in various shades of black and gray, then I can wear them all together or add a pop of color with a bright sweater or shoes. It makes getting dressed really easy in the morning. I also happen to really love all black outfits, they somehow look way cooler than if I were to wear the same pieces in different colors. I think the key is to have a lot of basic pieces that have some kind of interesting detail to keep them from being too boring.
Peplums are one of those things that I either love or hate. I usually love them on other people or on the hanger but they often hit me at weird spots. When I saw this leather peplum top with its scalloped hem and cutouts I decided to take my chances. Luckily, it worked out and I ended up with a fun top for cooler weather. I really like peplums when they’re paired with either pencil skirts for a more streamlined look or fuller skirts that really play up the volume of the peplum. When I wore this top recently, I opted for the latter with a sweater underneath to keep me warm.