mixed prints

the glam files print mixingSunglasses: AJ Morgan, Earrings: Lulu Frost, Top: H&M, Watch: Fossil, Pants: borrowed from S.I.L.K., Pumps: Louboutin

The print mixing trend is as economical as it is chic. It’s allowed me to remix tons of pieces in my closet, even wear a few I hadn’t before, and experiment with my personal style. I’m always up for trying new styles if I can find a way to make it work for me. When there’s a trend or piece I’m stuck on, I tend to look to my style icons for inspiration and sometimes this will lead me to a bolder sartorial choice than if I’d simply stared at my own clothes for twenty minutes! The second pair of S.I.L.K. pants I got to style have the same soft and, for lack of a better word, silky silhouette with a toffee and chartreuse honeycomb print. Abandoning the theory of keeping your prints in the same color palette, I paired them with a black and white dalmatian-esque print top and felt the result was pretty sophisticated —at least more so than I’d have imagined mixing two totally different prints would be. Let me know how you’d wear this pair in the comments and look out for a giveaway coming up in a few days!

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july beauty favorites

At the risk of jinxing it, I’ve been pretty happy with my beauty routine for the past month or so which resulted in trying less new items. A few of these products are long-time favorites I find myself reaching for over and over, despite over-stuffed bathroom drawers, because they just work. The other change I made is one I have wanted to try for a while and that’s cutting out dairy. I’m easing into it, cutting down instead of out because, well, I really love milk and grilled cheese sandwiches. But after hearing and reading so much about the possible skin-clearing effects I decided it was worth a try and you know what? I’m late to the bandwagon on this one, but vanilla soy milk is quite delicious.

Clarisonic Mia – I’ve had this for a few years now and while my frequency of use has gone up and down, I haven’t ever stopped using it altogether. My skin is pretty sensitive and my favorite brush heads are the Sensitive and Luxe Cashmere versions. Now I’ll use it once a week with this exfoliator for a little deep cleaning.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful – I heard one of my favorite You Tube beauty gurus gush about this enough to get over my past bad experiences with Tarte makeup and try it. The shade Blissful is a subtle peach so it’s perfect for summer with a little bronzer. It’s the first Amazonian Clay product I have loved!

Deborah Lippmann Top Coat – No matter what nail polish you use this over, this top coat has the loveliest, glossiest finish. Though it’s a quick dry, I’m typically overly cautious with polish for fear of smudges and nicks and let it dry for a little longer than it needs.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – This has been my daily cleanser for a couple of months now. It’s really gentle and has a super rich lather which means you only have to use a tiny bit — I’m only now close to using up the tube and will definitely be repurchasing!

Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo – I have been going back and forth with this dry shampoo spray and the powder from my May beauty favorites. This is a tad quicker to apply and easier to get volume with on day-one hair. It also works past day two and, ok, day three.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask – A couple of winters ago there was absolutely nothing that would quench my dry skin until I started using this. Moisturizer is something I apply liberally because I feel like you can never have enough! I use this one most nights and tend to mix myself skincare concoctions with it, adding a few drops of facial oil, spot treatment or Jergens natural glow moisturizer.

s.i.l.k.

the glam files S.I.L.K.Sunglasses: Gap, Earrings: Lulu Frost, Tee: J.Crew, Bracelet: Sequin, Pants: borrowed from S.I.L.K., Boots: French Connection, Clutch: Aldo, Lips: Clinique in Richer Rasin

Most nights, I still pick out my outfit for the next day. If not top to toe, I’ll at least choose one piece I want to wear the next day so that I don’t end up with half my closet on the floor of my bedroom and a stressfully-thrown-together outfit in the morning. Yet there are still those days of feeling like I have nothing to wear! Luckily my job didn’t come with a need for a complete wardrobe overhaul, but I’m still slowly working on adding those more professional pieces into my closet. One piece I can totally get on board with is silky printed pants like this pair I got to borrow from S.I.L.K. and style. I knotted my tee in lieu of tucking it in to show off the high-waisted fit and their cropped length is my favorite for showing off cool shoes. Stay tuned for more from S.I.L.K. later this week!

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