Must-Read Books For the Fall

October 7, 2014 | Heather


Fall! It’s a time for picking apples, wearing plaid, watching the leaves change color, and catching up on the season’s most beguiling new book releases. One of the first things on my Fall to-do list is to read more. It seems simple enough, but with jam-packed days and a busy social schedule (hello, Holiday season!) it’s easier said than done. To prepare, I’ve got a stack of fashion tomes waiting for me on my coffee table. It’s a good reminder to kick up my feet and flip through a few pages whenever I have a free minute. It also doesn’t hurt that the beautiful covers work equally well as decoration! If you’re looking for some fashion (or décor) inspiration, check out my picks for Fall reading.

1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

In an era where twenty-something women are told how to think, where to work, who to date, and what to wear, it’s refreshing that a voice has broken the mold to empower women to do one thing—be yourself, flaws and all. In Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham takes readers on a voyage of self-discovery as she successfully navigates the often-perilous facets of womanhood, from dating and friendships to self-love and careers. Through her series of essays, Dunham shares what she’s learned on her path to self-awareness with a refreshing candor and raw honesty that emboldens readers. Her painfully-relatable stories of graduating from one-night stands with toxic men and dead-end jobs with no purpose, to loving relationships and a fulfilling career will leave you laughing, cringing, and sighing “me too.” Thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisitely-written, Dunham’s memoir is like reading your quirky big sister’s diary.

2. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. As in her previous books, most successfully What Alice Forgot, Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations–“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.” But it’s the big ones–Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?–that will make you think. This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same.

3. Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

This is a book full of wonders. This is a book full of sentences that any writer, 21 or 101, would be proud to have authored. This is a book that will speak to young readers, because it expresses some of that inexpressible anxiety of starting out, of making life’s first momentous choices, of wanting and fearing and needing and hoping and dreading everything at the same time. It will also speak to older readers, because it’s an inspiring reminder of youth’s brimming energy, its quivering sense of possibility.

4. The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Wow. Just the premise of this novel had me intrigued, but once I started reading Kimberly Derting’s The Taking, I was avoiding sleep and thinking about it until I finished…and dang, I’m *still* thinking about it. Well written with an expected but not patronizing reveal, the details and the emotion move this story along and kept me gripped from the get-go. From the dropped clues to the harrowing climax, I had a vivid suspense movie playing inside my head the entire time. So good!

5. Women in Clothes, edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton

From an initial conversation between three girl crush-worthy authors, a book appeared: Women in Clothes is a look at why and how we wear what we wear, in 600+ meticulously and beautifully designed pages of essays and conversation, with every possible permutation of women exploring their personal history through their clothing choices.

6. The Secret Place by Tana French
Do you like Gone Girl? Yes? Then it’s time to catch up with French and her Dublin Murder Squad mysteries. The Secret Place is the fifth in the series — this one is about the murder of a teen boy, which leads to a complicated web of secrets and lies surrounding a group of teenage girls at boarding school.

Found: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Striped Sweater

October 7, 2014 | Heather

While we’ve come to expect trailblazing red carpet looks from our favorite star of the small screen, we’re also inspired by her off-duty style. For being the woman who launched a thousand trends, Sarah Jessica Parker keeps it low key when she’s taking her kids to school or running errands around New York City.

She was recently spotted sporting a closet classic—a wide-stripe sweater—while out and about in the Big Apple. Her Easy Fit Boat Neck Top ($92) from Three Dots is the perfect year-round staple, and in true SJP form, she made it hers by styling it with a Chanel fanny pack, chunky-heeled Mary Jane pumps and skinny distressed jeans.

We love the look and the fact that this top is under $100. Get yours, here.

~Bethany Cantor

Blake Lively Is Pregnant! See What She Wore To Announce The News

October 6, 2014 | Heather

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child together!

The 27-year-old actress revealed the exciting news on her new website, Preserve, and even posted a photo of her tiny baby bump. The pic was snapped by her brother Eric Lively and features her cradling her bump. Blake Lively announced her pregnancy on her website this morning with a stunning side profile picture of her baby bump adorned in Sam & Lavi.
The blonde beauty was absolutely glowing in the autumnal printed Lyna Top and Seren Skirt from the Los Angeles-based label.

Blogger Inspiration: Can She Pick Out ALL Our Clothes?

October 3, 2014 | Heather

OUTFIT DETAILS. Black and White Sweater (on sale – 20% off code FRIENDS) // Smitten Kitten Tee // Distressed Jeans // Quilted Boots // Chanel Bag (similar here) Cheaper Version HERE

I love it when bloggers pick out the perfect outfits for me. That’s exactly what Christine Andrew of Hello Fashion has managed to do with her latest Instagram. Comfortable, well-balanced style that works just as well for Friday at the office as it does for Saturday in a brunch booth. Where you wear it is up to you, where you shop it is right here.

Obsessed! Pajama Jeans

October 1, 2014 | Heather

t-shirt: c/o Sundry / pants: Rag & Bone (they have been selling out so just in case, they are also available here, here and here) / sunglasses: Ray-Ban / shark tooth necklace + earrings: c/o BaubleBar / watch: Daniel Wellington / nail polish: NARS “Chinatown”

Today’s Obsession was found by tomboyKC style editor Lynsey Eaton.

 

Blogger Fall Outfit Inspiration

September 30, 2014 | Heather

J Brand Skinny Stretch Jeans | J.Crew  Sweater on sale! | Renee’s Accessories Plaid Scarf | Old Navy Utility Jacket | Michael Kors ‘Runway’ Chronograph Watch | Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet | Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet | Karen Walker ‘Number One’ Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Celvin Bootie | Tory Burch Robinson Square Satchel

“This time of year, I start gravitating toward the darker end of my wardrobe, but I kind of like when I challenge myself to wear more color. I’ve been trying to infuse more of it into my colder weather wear. This sweater comes in a million colors, and I decided to go with the brightest. It’s on sale right now, so it’s definitely a fun score. I snagged the Old Navy utility jacket on sale, as well. The plaid scarf is a steal at only $38 and couldn’t match more perfectly!” ~Haley

Today’s Outfit Inspiration comes from Haley of the blog love & sequins.

 

Celebrity Style Beauty: Jillian Harris

September 29, 2014 | Heather

It’s no secret that I adore Jillian Harris and her incredible sense of style and her makeup is always FLAWLESS! She has such a keen eye for hot trends and beautiful things it’s no wonder  Jillian’s style and fashion blog is a must read for all Fashionistas! The petite Canadian host of Love It or List It Vancouver’s lovely makeup artist Kaitlin Hargreaves is sharing Jillian’s favorite makeup products and every day routine with all of you!!!

Here’s the Scoop On Jillian’s Flawless Makeup Routine:

I know you’ve all been requesting a post on my beauty routine, so TODAY’S the day!!!!! My lovely makeup artist Kaitlin Hargreaves is sharing my favorite makeup products and every day routine with all of you!!!

First I PREP the skin with MAC fast response eye cream, gently massaging under and around the eye. Next, I use Eminence coconut moisturizer. Be sure to use Embryolisse moisturizer for very dry skin.

Moving onto the face, I gently buff MAC Face and Body foundation in C4 all over the face and blend down onto the neck. For under eyes, I use either MAC studio finish concealer in nw20, or MAC prolong concealer in nw20, blend it in in a v shape and all the way up and around the eye to the brow. For any blemishes or discolouration on the face, I use studio finish concealer in nc30. Blend it all in until it’s seamless. I finish the skin with Christian Dior nude powder foundation on top in 030 to give a bit of extra coverage and to mattify the skin.

For the brows, I use a small dab of Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in “ash“. Dip a coarse brow brush in and apply using small hair strokes, elongating the tail and squaring off the centre.

Fo the eyes, I apply MAC Paint in “tan ray” all over the lid and slightly up into the crease – this is a base for the eyeshadow as this prevents any creasing and helps the shadow stay put all day. With a duo fibre eyeshadow brush, I buff MAC’s “cork” and “satin taupe” all over the lid, blending it nicely into the crease. Next, apply “Kat Von D” inked liquid eyeliner on the top lid, winging it out slightly. Tightline the inner waterline with Christian Dior “carbon” black waterproof eyeliner, and make sure to apply to both the upper and lower waterline. Next, apply a coat of Christian Dior “maximizer mascara base” and then 2 coats of Christian dior “extase” mascara in black.

For the cheeks, I contour with a Ben Nye medium brown powder color from the top of the ear towards the mouth, ending two finger widths from the mouth. Apply Christian Dior blush in “lucky pink” on apples and bring upwards onto cheek bones and temples. Lightly dust Christian Dior nude bronzer in “Cinnamon” on high points (forehead, temples, cheeks, nose, chin.)

Lastly, line the lips with choice of color – I like MAC’s “what a blast” (orange red) and “kiss me quick” (cool red). Top the liner with your choice of lipstick. I like MAC’s “you say tomato” (orange red) and Christian Dior’s “999″ (cool red).

Finish off with Merle Norman’s “expert touch finish spray“.

And VOILA, you’re done!

Makeup Forever Aqua Brow | MAC Pro Longwear Concealer | Christian Dior Powder Blush | Christian Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick | Christian Dior Nude Compact | Diorshow Extase Mascara | MAC Fast Response Eye Cream | MAC Face and Body Foundation

Saturday Shopping and Steals & Deals

September 27, 2014 | Heather

Happy weekend everyone! Today I’m doing a Fall decorating, a little work and of course Saturday shopping! I also wanted to share some Fall Fashion Inspiration and a few Saturday steals & deals that you can find at your favorite stores today! ENJOY!

(Photo: JustJem)

denim: maurices | sweatshirt: wildfox | blouse: j.crew | satchel: cambridge | booties: steve madden

Vest: J. Crew ** 25% off full-price styles & extra 30% off final sale styles. Use code SHOPFORFALL

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Boots: Free People

Scarf: Nordstrom

Check Out These steals & deals:

ANN TAYLOR: 50% off select Full-Price and Sale styles. No code needed. FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping. Ends 9/29.

ANN TAYLOR LOFT: Flash sale until 10am Friday ($50 off $100 spent and $60 off $100 spent with your LoveLoft card. Use code FLASH

BANANA REPUBLIC: $25 off every $100 you spend. Use code BRHERENOW FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50. Ends 9/30.

EXPRESS: Semi-Annual Clearance Sale, up to 60% off.

GAP: Extra 25% off your purchase. Use code EXTRA Ends 9/29. FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.

J CREW: Extra 30% off final sale styles. Extra 40% off with your J.Crew card. Use code PICKASALE $5 flat-rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders of $150+

NORDSTROM: Clearance Sale! Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

ZAPPOS: Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing.

Have a stylish weekend!

Steal Her Style: Kate Beckinsale

September 25, 2014 | Heather

I just may be her number one fan. Kate Beckinsale always has my vote, whether she’s dressed for walking the red carpet or strolling the streets. When I saw this easy-breezy fall look from her, I had to nab it for my own. Simple and fresh, Kate layers some of my favorite fall essentials flawlessly together: a peachy-nude sweatshirt, a figure-hugging light blue skinny, and a rough-and-tumble suede bootie. But it’s the accessories that make this a celebrity-worthy outfit, and that’s why when I’m done writing this I’m dashing out for a pale blue quilted purse and a pair of cat eye wayfayers! Whether you’re shopping with your gal pals or hanging out with your kids in the park, this spring-ready outfit will make you feels as fresh-faced as Kate Beckinsale.

1. Frenchi Long Sleeve Pullover: Almost a sweater, I love the peachy color of this long sleeve pullover. Paired with jeans and a bootie, it’s a comfy top that’s cute enough to meet the girls for lunch in. The lovely pinky nudes and neutrals of last summer are back again…and I couldn’t be happier!

2. Joie Rigby Booties: A style staple in my closet, I love the way this fog-colored suede bootie transitions from winter to spring without a hitch. Paired with a light-colored skinny and pastel top, it’s both cozy and fresh at the same time.

3. Love Quotes Eyelash Rayon Scarf: Available in fall-ready tones, the  Love Quotes Eyelash Rayon Scarf is made of a delicate, airy weave that’s both seasonally appropriate and still warm enough to ward off a chilly fall breeze. I’m in love with its natural, no-fuss eyelash fringe!

4. Black Orchid Black Jewel Legging: Jeggings offer a light and tight sillhouette, and that’s why I’m picking up the celebrity-favorite Black Orchid Black Jewel Legging (worn by fashionistas like Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria). Pick up a pale denim pair to wear spring into summer.

5. J. Crew Favorite Tank: It’s a tradition. When I set out on my spring shopping trip, I always pick up at least two crisp white layering tanks. I layer with them all summer long, so last year’s are in need of replacing. J. Crew’s are the perfect mix of boyfriend with a feminine fit.

6. J. Crew Thick Cat Eye Wayfarer: The vintage vibe is back again. Channel your inner Zooey Deschanel with these cat eye wayfarers, a combo of two of the most classic frames out there. The warm caramel-color complements any skin tone.

7. Rebecca Minkoff Affair Bag: Ditch the oversized tote, and swing into spring with a prim little shoulder bag. This quilted beauty is done up in pale blue leather, a color that complements fall’s pop of color craze. A woven leather chain strap is the perfect finishing touch.

Win It! The I.O. Metro Gold Serving Tray

September 24, 2014 | Heather

Can you believe it’s already the end of September? That means the Holidays are just around the corner. I.O. Metro and I have teamed up for a great Instagram Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a gorgeous piece that will set the stage for a stylish event for your home….the I.O. Metro Gold Square Tray. This gold tray can be placed on a large ottoman to sit drinks on, or group a set of candle holders together and create a centerpiece.

Bonus!!! The winner will also receive another surprise designer piece for their home that compliments this tray beautifully!

To Enter The Giveaway!

1. Follow @CelebStyleGuide & @iometro

2. Tag your BFF on the Instagram post

3.  Like The Post on Instagram

Contest Ends October 15th…..Good Luck!!!