Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend in honor of our veterans. It was a fairly quiet one for us, although we did have the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding on Saturday.

It's been incredibly windy and dry which undoubtedly is making the California wildfires worse. It's absolutely heartbreaking. My dad and grandmother live near Thousand Oaks, but thankfully they are alright and their homes are not threatened.

It's always difficult for me to blog about clothes when there are so many serious issues facing people, so I'll keep things brief. I'm still all about the basics, and both my cardigan and dress are must-haves. They are the perfect soft, cozy knits that I'll live in for the rest of the year and well into Winter.

You'll probably recognize this Leith dress, as I've worn it on the blog before. It has a good amount of stretch, looks flattering against my curves, is fantastic for layering, and comes in several colors. I'm contemplating getting another one in black...it's hard to resist! As a rule, I try not to buy items in multiple colors anymore but I've got to admit that this dress is very tempting because of how versatile it is! Go up one size in case you are interested. I'm a pretty standard medium across the board, but I had to get a large in this and the fit is perfect. 

The Old Navy cardigan is a recent buy from one of their never-ending sales. I don't know how people keep up with them! It's also very soft and layers well over dresses. All I need is a pair of ankle boots and I've got my Thanksgiving outfit covered. 


I haven't done a life update since July, and I think it's high time I filled you guys in a bit! Today I'm joining the lovely Anne in Residence for her currently linkup. I used Anne's prompts as well as my own...hope you enjoy!


 1. Appreciating: my right to vote, not only as a citizen of this country but also as a woman. I must confess sheepishly that yesterday was my first time ever voting in a midterm election. I began voting in presidential elections as soon as I turned 18, but I never felt compelled to vote in the midterms until this year. I'm happy that I finally did. Local elections do matter, and they directly impact everyone in the community. Did you vote?

2. Posting: less on social media, saving more for this blog. As platforms and algorithms ebb and flow, I've taken some cues from friends and have made not only a conscious decision to unplug more often, but I'm also finding myself just totally uninterested. It's an awesome feeling actually, the whole not caring part. If I feel like posting on Instagram I do, if I don't then so be it.

3. Relaxing: on the beach in Laguna and Oceanside most weekends. I've almost entirely made peace with our Fall in southern California. Naturally as an envious human I want a New England Fall with colorful orange and red leaves but that's just not happening. Below in Laguna, it was a sunny day with a high of 81. Pure bliss. I kept picturing those aerial shots you see in the openings of The Real Housewives of OC.

Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, Ca

4. Wearing: dark green everything. From my Ted Baker crossbody bag to my wrap top from Target's a new day line, I seriously can't get enough of this rich jewel tone. I included the link below and I got my normal size medium. The jersey fabric drapes beautifully on the body.

 Target wrap top

5. Watching: Man in the High Castle (season 3) via Amazon. Have you watched it? Nate and I have been fans since episode one, and each season has been better than the last. A short summary: It's 1962 and the axis powers have won World War 2. The western part of the United States is controlled by the Japanese, the eastern coast is the Greater Nazi Reich. It's an incredibly well-written and thoughtful take on a dystopian history with enough depth to really grip you. I definitely recommend beginning at season 1.  

6. Researching: developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. 

7. Getting: a new job! Yes, I recently got a job working as a caregiver and special needs provider for an in-home care company. That's why I've been doing research and attending some classes in preparation. I've thought about going into this area for awhile, but hesitated because my background is in Psychology and not healthcare or nursing. But I love helping people and this just seems like the natural next step for me. Would you be interested in hearing more? I can devote a separate post, just let me know. I'm very excited!

How is your Fall going so far? I can't believe it's already November!

Also linking up with Gina and Amy Ann.


I've loved midi dresses since I was a kid, and I'm pretty sure that watching reruns of I Love Lucy are mostly to blame. I started wearing midi skirts and dresses a few years ago when they became trendy again, and I still can't let them go. Midi dresses are so feminine, and they can also be surprisingly comfortable. I love being able to move around freely in a midi length while still looking polished. 

After seeing this dress on Lilly last Spring, I immediately bought it and have worn it countless times since. Dinners, a family gathering, and more recently on the plane ride to Mexico! Hey, the elastic waist makes it feel like I'm wearing sweatpants. 

Wearing // Older Ann Taylor midi dress, Old Navy moto jacketSam Edelman flats, Chelsea28 white bag, cool option here & here

In order to bring the dress into Fall, I simply added the moto jacket I raved about in my last post. Camel and blush pink look beautiful, and I decided to tie them together with white accessories (which are still very much on trend for Fall and Winter). Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? For that matter, who says you can't bring your warm weather favorites into the colder months? I've really been on a mission this year to get the most use out of different pieces in my closet and although I struggle with it at times, I think I've done well overall. I'm much happier dressing (and blogging!) this way and I hope I'm giving you some ideas! 

Midi dress styling option seen here


 There are only two sales every year that I genuinely save for and look forward to - the Nordstrom anniversary sale, and Sephora's beauty insider sale. Sephora doesn't do sales often, so each year I make sure to grab my favorite holy grail products because they're rarely discounted. Now this event isn't to be mistaken for the Sephora Friends and Family sale, which used to be open to everyone and now is only for true friends and family (you have to know an employee that works at Sephora in order to get a one-time use code).

Here are the details you need, keeping in mind that if you have rouge status, the sale began last weekend:

Sale is online and in-store

Rouge members get 20% off 11/2 - 11/5 with code ROUGEBONUS

VIB members get 20% off 11/9 - 11/12 with code VIBBONUS

Beauty Insiders get 15% off 11/16 - 11/19 with code BIBONUS

Got all that? It's a bit confusing with all the date changes but everybody gets a discount relative to their status at Sephora. Below, I've compiled a list of my personal recommendations. It's a pretty comprehensive look into the products that I've tried and tested over the years, and that I keep going back to time and again.

Tatcha silk canvas primer: You can read my review on this primer here, but essentially this is THE product I wish everyone would try. Yes, everyone.

Kate Somerville exfolikate: Contains lactic acid and fruit enzymes to slough off dead skin cells. I use it twice per week. Pricey, but it's consistently named as best on the market from pretty much everyone in the industry.

Loccitane shower oil: Smells divine and is ultra moisturizing. I love shaving my legs with it.

Alterna caviar replenishing hair masque: I'm convinced this masque is the reason why my hair feels as healthy as it does. A little goes a long way, and I concentrate it on my ends.

Origins GinZing eye cream: This pink eye cream contains caffeine to help de-puff, brighten, and conceal dark circles.

Make Up For Ever ultra HD foundation: The only foundation brand I've used for years...probably almost a decade! All of their foundations are top rate, but the HD is perfect for photography. In this day and age, when are we not being photographed?

Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip cheat liner and lipsticks: Read my thoughts here, but Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong. It's quickly become a guilty pleasure.

Becca glow lip gloss: I'm not as big on lip gloss as I was during my twenties, but I've reached for this one every single day since buying it over Summer. Non-sticky, comfortable formula, peppermint scented.

NARS velvet matte lip crayons: My favorite shade is "sex machine" which is a beautiful mauve tone with very slight shimmer.

Laneige lip sleeping mask: Makes lips baby soft and smooth. Wear overnight as a true mask, or use it as a regular balm whenever your lips need some TLC.

Glow Recipe watermelon sleep mask: Good for all skin types and literally makes skin glow.


There are a couple new-to-me products I'm interested in as well but I'm still on the fence. I'll let you know what I end up getting.

I hope you try some of these if you haven't already, they are too good to pass up! Happy Halloween and happy shopping 💋