Essentials

THE SWEATER DRESS: Your Most Unexpected Spring Transitional Piece

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I honestly haven’t worn a sweater dress since 2007, which was my senior year of high school and probably with a combination of Ugg Boots. (Whatever, you did it too!)

Now when I think “sweater dress,” I picture “soccer mom going out with her girlfriends on the weekend and feeling hot” – this is not my ideal look.

However while browsing one of my favorite sites one day, aritzia.com – I fell in love with their take on the silhouette.

There it was, black, sleek and complete with an edgy hem. I had to have it! I didn’t know a sweater dress could make me say, “damn!” but it did.

I decided to make this look super easy and casual with my over the knee boots — and for some extra texture and warmth, I added my knee-high American Apparel socks. I like that these socks elongate the boots and allow you to show some skin without being over the top. You still get a touch of spring but still keep your legs from freezing as we transiton out of the cooler months. (Thank God!)

I can easily add a heeled bootie for a night out or give my feet a rest and wear these over the knees out on the town. What I love about an over the knee boot is that it gives the illusion of being dressed up but they’re flats so I can literally run to grab a cab or dance all night with ease.

These mirrored sunnies I scored at Urban Outfitters  add that cool girl flare I long for (and not to mention super Instagram worthy). I am all about a mirrored moment right now.

This sweater dress is not only warm, but comfortable and chic – which you might consider an oxymoron, but I speak the truth! I would highly suggest scoring one if you don’t already have it in your closet.

Are you ready to join me in my new found love for sweater dresses? You won’t regret it, I promise.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

Dress: Wilfred Free by Aritzia (Similar here)

BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Socks: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Watch: Michael Kors

GREY ON GREY ON GREY

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 50 shades of grey — almost.

I live in grey. From my wardrobe to my bedroom — it is by far my favorite hue. One look I love is wearing this neutral from head to toe.

This coat I first discovered on Instagram and instantly took a screenshot. After dreaming about it for a week, I purchased at Aritzia and was so excited to wear it.

I wanted an alternative to my black coat this winter, and sometimes being in a sea of puffers around the city can get a little boring — having a statement coat to mix in every now and then is a great way to switch up your look.

I layered my coat with this dream of a sweatshirt I found at Forever 21. Under 20 bucks, I regret not buying two!

My jeans are Denim X — the latest fit from American Eagle Outfitters. They feel so soft, almost like a second-skin. The fabric has a ton of stretch and keeps their form. No one likes a saggy skinny jean!

My shoes are All Saints, I scored them last summer — they have become a staple in my closet and are surprisingly comfortable.

You can easily recreate this look with my picks below — who knew one color could be so versatile  – how will you wear it?

SHOP MY LOOK:

Coat: Aritzia (now on sale!)
Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Shoes: All Saints (Similar)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

Photos by Allison Schaller

BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Living in NYC has really shown me a fast-paced lifestyle. There isn’t always time to run to your favorite department store or beauty boutique to get what you need. I’ve learned over the years that your beauty essentials do not have to break the bank! Just like you might mix high and low end pieces in your closet — the same can translate to your make-up bag!

I love a good drugstore find especially when it’s unexpected. Duane Reade’s are literally on every block in NYC so it’s hard not to come across one while being out and about. I’ve compiled my favorite drugstore finds I can’t live without that you can easily find on your next errand!

1. Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

This is a classic. Not only can one wipe take off the smokiest of eyes but it is gentle enough on sensitive skin. I like using these before using a cleanser to make sure I get a really good clean. It’s extremely important to have make-up free skin before you head to bed. Even on your most lazy nights, keep these by your bedside for easy make-up removing. At under 10 bucks, there’s no excuse you can’t wake up like Queen B — flawless.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

I was recommended this moisturizer by my dermatologist and never looked back! I have extremely sensitive skin and this works wonders to keep my skin feeling super hydrated. It also comes in a pretty large bottle for under 15 dollars which means you won’t have to restock for months! I’ve tried countless luxury brands of moisturizer and I always come back to this — you won’t be disappointed!

3. Revlon Colorburst Balm

I was always one to use the Clinique Chubby Stick but came across this one day at my local CVS and thought why not give it a try! The Revlon Colorburst Balms come in so many colors and finishes — lacquer, matte and stain — there’s a perfect lip for everyone. The packaging is super cute and easy to apply and for under 10 dollars you can’t really go wrong. The pigment is pretty remarkable for a drugstore find and lasts for hours. If you’re not a lipstick person I think this is a great alternative because they wear like a lip balm and aren’t too drying. I like mixing mine with a bit of Aquaphor (another drugstore must-have!) for even more moisture and it tones down the color. At such a great price you won’t feel guilty when you buy more than one and you can have fun testing out new colors that you might be worried to splurge on otherwise!

4. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner

For an evening look, I love a good smudgy eyeliner to play up my eyes. This eyeliner by L’Oreal is a steal! The color is really bold and lasts all day. It’s easy to smudge with a Q-tip and even comes with a sharpener which is a definite win-win. I’ve been using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Liner Pencil from Sephora which I still love but this L’Oreal one is a fraction of the cost.

5. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

I used to use this in college then tried the Dior Show‘s and Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras of the world which I still adore but recently re-discovered this drugstore gem! The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara gives a great full lash effect perfect for everyday. It doesn’t clump and two coats is all you need. At under $6, you have no excuse not to try it!

BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Photo Cred: Dea Jenkins, shot in NYC