Nordstrom (Similar option for $60 with more sizes) | Tee: Express ("Wren Grey" sold out, Exact Color, slightly different tee) | Jeans: Express | Sandals: Amazon ("Taupe") | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Ring: Express (Similar) | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"
None of the pieces in this outfit are new to the blog, but here's a little overview on sizing in case the pieces are are new to you!
This jacket was just re-stocked in multiple sizes...and then it sold out in many of them again. (I've noticed another "big" blogger recently got this jacket and I suspect that's why!) But it's worth checking inventory often for a re-stock if you want this exact option. It ran true to size for me and I'm wearing an XS here. This option from AE is also very similar and about half the price of mine. I found when I saw someone in real life wearing it! It looked cute on her so after complimenting her I asked her where she got her jacket. Luckily she was very nice about it and didn't mind sharing, since I know that question can potentially be off-putting to some people. (I don't mind when people ask me that...even prior to the blog. What about you all?)
My tee is currently sold out in this color, but the style is one of my favorites for layering. It's extremely soft and comfortable and the right balance of fitted but not too tight. There are lots of other cute colors in stock, or you can get this exact color of Wren Grey in a slightly different cut.
My jeans and shoes both run true to size. I am tempted to get another pair of these exact jeans and try some DIY distressing to get the slit-knee look. Paige makes a slit-knee white jean option that I like, but I don't want to spend $200 on them. If you've had luck with DIY knee distressing or know of a good tutorial, let me know!
Nordstrom (Similar option for $60 with more sizes) | Tee: Express ("Wren Grey" sold out, Exact Color, slightly different tee) | Jeans: Express | Sandals: Amazon ("Taupe") | Bag: c/o Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Ring: Express | Nails: China Glaze "Let's Chalk About It"
Beauty Hits and Misses:
I don't do a lot of beauty-related posts, partly because I prefer to re-purchase my staples rather than experiment with new products, and that doesn't give me a lot of new content to share here. But now and then I succumb to marketing and impulse purchases like anyone else, so here are a few things I've tried since my last beauty-centric posts (Tried and True Beauty Staples and 2016 Bargain Beauty Favorites) and how they worked for me:
When I re-apply lipstick throughout the day, I prefer to do it with a clean slate rather than just applying over top of what I was already wearing. Normally I cut a makeup removing wipe in half to remove lipstick, but this looked potentially more convenient and portable. I liked it! I used it with a tissue and it easily removed all of my lip products without leaving greasy residue so I could re-apply right away. It also has a pleasant taste, which was unexpected. I still think makeup removal wipes do a better job, but this is a good portable and more affordable option.
Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay $12
I re-purchased this many times and yet surprisingly I couldn't find a place where I had posted iabout it! This is my favorite volumizing spray for my thin, fine, straight hair. A little of this plus some backcombing at the roots gives mega volume. Possibly too much if I'm visiting a dry climate and it actually stays that way. But the humidity here flattens my hair to a limp, sad state, so this really helps it keep some volume at the crown.
Quick Tan Body Drench $10
This is like a hybrid of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs and a Gradual Self Tanner. It's a spray-on liquid that gives instant color, but unlike Airbrush legs that you wash off instantly, you can build your color with the built-in sunless tanner over multiple days. It smells nice to my nose and dries very quickly.
Express Wand Lip Gloss
Anytime I have an Express coupon, it's for an amount like $40 off $120, and inevitably the items I want add up to $118. So I will add lip gloss or socks to my shopping cart to meet the coupon requirement. I like the tube lip glosses at Express, but when they came out with the wand version I decided to try that too. Sadly, it wasn't for me. I am a MAC Lip Glass fan and this just didn't hold a candle to that. The color didn't have any staying power or much shine at all. (These have great reviews online though, so maybe it's just me!)
MAC Lip Liners
While I have worn MAC Lipstick and Lip Glass for over a decade, I held off on trying their liners because of the price even though they are so popular and highly recommended. Hey, I grew up using Wet & Wild 666 Lip Liner, which cost 99 cents. So it took years to bring myself to pay over $15 for a lip liner! I purchased two colors ("Soar" and "Absolutely It") and while I do think it's a very good quality product with great colors, it's just not good enough to justify the price for me. BH cosmetics liners are comparable but better in my opinion and only $5. But I still prefer an automatic lip pencil to any that require a sharpener, and Rimmel makes my favorite for only $7.
Yet another very popular product that just doesn't seem to do much for me at all. It didn't clear up my skin or make any significant improvements as far as I could tell, so it was a miss for me.
That's it for my recent hits and misses! If you have any bargain, must-try beauty items please let me know in the comments! Have a great weekend!