I’ll admit, I have a lot of clothes. Clothing is one of my favorite things to buy and my closet and dresser are both overflowing. For the most part though, I get a lot of use out of everything and tend to wear pieces for years and years until they are threadbare or totally out of style. There are definitely some basics that I reach for over and over again but most of my favorites are unique pieces that have a story behind them. I love buying clothing or jewelry as a souvenir when traveling or to wear for a special occasion and it’s so fun thinking of that trip or event when I wear it. Take this brown polka dot dress for example. I bought this when I went to New York City for the first time about 10 years ago and I still think of that trip every time I put it on.
Every now and then I end up with a bunch of beauty products that just don’t quite work for me. Whether they are samples I’ve received or items I’ve purchased that aren’t my favorite, it’s hard for me to throw them out. I prefer to find ways to make them wearable, even if it involves a little extra effort on my part. I like to turn it into a challenge- how quickly can I use up a bunch of products that I don’t really like? Lately I’ve been on one of those kicks and I’ve been trying to destash a bit and get rid of some things. My March Beauty Favorites were all super helpful in turning some not-so-great products into things that I actually like to wear. This month, I’ve been using a lot of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smokeout, the Benefit They’re Real Remover, and The Face Shop’s Lovely Me:Ex Make Up Base in Violet.
Every year around this time, Sephora release a 500-point perk mini palette from Urban Decay, and every year I have to have it (2014 palette, 2015 palette). In fact, it’s gotten to the point where I will pass on perks I want throughout the year because I need to save my points for this one! I love these little palettes and this year’s version, the Urban Decay Urban Addictions Palette, is no exception.
My closet mostly consists of solids in neutrals colors because I find those pieces to be the most versatile but I also really love a good print. Printed pieces can really liven up an outfit or make a big statement. While a lot of the printed clothes I own are pretty colorful (like the prints here and here), I love understated neutral prints like this bow print top. The black and white print and nice fabric make it perfect for work and the bows add just a touch of whimsy to an outfit.
I like a little predictability with my fashion brands. There’s nothing worse than finding a new favorite brand because you love their entire collection only to have the next one be a complete bust. Or finding the best basics only to have a brand stop making them. I like being able to count on finding certain items whenever I want them. One of my favorite releases that happens every year is J. Crew’s neon sweaters. They always have an entire collection of bright knits and I’m always drawn to the neon pink sweaters and cardigans. Luckily they’re in slightly different hues than the year before so I have an excuse to buy more!
This post is just a little late but I wanted to write about my December beauty favorites. December was an eclectic makeup month for me. I wore a lot of light, dewy makeup at the beginning of the month when we were on vacation and toward the end of the month I was all about glitter and shine for the holidays. I went through a lot of bright bold lip colors and I’ve been using up a lot of makeup and skincare samples instead of just sticking with my usual products. At the end of the month, three products really stood out to me: Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie, and Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette.