Month: January 2017

Try This: Striped Fur Coat

Hello friend! While I have always liked the look of fur (and faux fur) coats, I haven’t truly felt the need for it. First because I live in Southern California, and our winters are fairly mild. Second, because I am petite and I worry that a large coat would drown me. But when I saw this short striped fur coat on Make Me Chic, I thought it would be the perfect one for me.

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Edgy Striped Fur Coat

For my first look, I knew I wanted to pair the coat with multiple textures, including distressed denim. Therefore I chose my new and very distressed pair of American Eagle jeans. To add another element of texture, I wore my black lace blouse underneath.

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I loved how it turned out. The juxtaposition of the textures is exactly what I wanted.

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For my accessories I kept it simple with just a beautiful pair of earrings and my Rebecca Minkoff Love bag. This time I doubled up the chain on the bag to make it more of a shoulder bag than a crossbody. That small change makes such a difference in the bag.

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As for the shoes, I wanted to add some subtle pattern mixing, so I wore my favorite pair of leopard print heels. Because the shoe also has black in it, it helps it to blend in with the outfit while still providing a pop of interest.

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Feminine Striped Fur Coat

For my second look, I wanted to pair the striped fur coat with a feminine and flowy skirt. And what better skirt than my new pleated velvet one? An added bonus to this combination is another beautiful play on textures.

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I just love pairing velvet and fur for winter. For shoes I went with my old stand-by silver pumps. They never fail me!

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Although it took me a while to start wearing fur coats, I am now head over heels, thanks to this beautiful striped fur coat from Make Me Chic. Therefore, you will likely see me wearing it quite often this winter. Knowing myself, I will try to change up the look each time. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

 

Disclaimer: This coat was gifted to me. All opinions are always my own. 

Pattern Primer: Winter Florals

Hello friend! While we expect to wear floral print in spring and summer, we don’t have to leave it all behind in the cooler months. I’ve shown you before how to wear floral prints in the fall. Now, let me show you how to wear winter florals.

Muted Winter Florals

One of the ways I like to wear a floral print in the winter, is to choose a muted color palette. Therefore I forego the bright pinks and reds. Instead I opt for grays, mauves, and winter white. Here I chose a scarf with these beautiful muted shades in a lovely winter florals pattern.

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For another look, I chose more of a neutral color scheme. Here I paired the white and metallic floral tee with a  polka dot skirt. Because the colors are neutral, I decided to play it up with my patterns by adding leopard print shoes.

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For accessories, I stuck with the color scheme and went with gray tassel earrings. Because I love pairing pink with gray, I chose to wear my pink purse with this look.

Polished whimsy in winter florals tee and polka dot skirt with baublebar mini falcon drop earrings

Dark Winter Florals

The second way I like to wear winter florals is by opting for dark and rich colors. To differentiate from fall florals, I choose deep plums and blues. Here I have a purple tone floral dress. The colors simply scream winter!

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For the jewelry, I kept with the tones of the dress and chose a gray wrap choker.

Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots

For the last look, I opted for a blue and brown floral print skirt. I paired it with a black criss cross tee.

Polished whimsy in winter florals skirt and criss cross top

For my accessories, I kept the purse and shoes black to further darken the look and hence make it more winter-y! I then echoed the blue in the skirt with my blue druzy stud earrings.

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With so many options for winter florals around, I urge you to give it a try! Whether it’s an icy-cool color scheme or a deep blue, wearing prints with winter florals is easy to do. If you need to add some winter florals into your wardrobe, check out the items from this post as well as some of my recommendations below!

The Beauty Beat: The Five Minute Face

Hello friend! We’ve all been there: woke up late, lost track of time, kiddo had a meltdown… Whatever the reason, we’ve all had days where we wanted to put on some makeup but had desperately little time. Let me show you an easy makeup routine for when you’re pressed for time. My five minute face will have you looking fresh and presentable in no time.

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My five minute face routine is simple and adaptable to each situation. The best thing about this routine: you can modify it to your specific needs. It is essentially just two steps. Depending on how much time you have, you can add a few sub-steps, thus completely tailoring the routine to your needs for that day.

Step 1: Hide Your Biggest Concern

Again, you can have many sub-steps here. But the focus is to cover up the “imperfections” you see that bring down your self confidence. Because truly, going about your day completely confident in your look is the main goal here.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Before face: no makeup

My biggest concern is my skin. I suffer from rosacea and therefore have a lot of red in my skin. Ironically others don’t think it looks that bad, but I feel insecure with my bare face showing. Therefore my step 1 is always some kind of foundation.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Before face: no makeup

If I am in the biggest hurry, then I just swirl on some mineral powder and move on! My go-to at the moment is Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Step one: mineral foundation

Since I don’t have time for a full face of makeup, thus no bronzer, blush etc, I have chosen a shade that is just a touch darker than my skin tone. This serves two purposes: first, it ensures coverage of my redness. Second, it adds color to my face without the need for bronzer.

To get the best coverage, I use a dense brush such as this Bdellium tools one. I use circular buffing motions to apply the powder and then sweeping motions to blend in.

Polished whimsy's five minute face

If I have a tad more time, I may add some concealer. Because I have redness around my eyes, I make sure to put concealer and/or the foundation on my eyelids as well. This ensures a well-rested appearing face.

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Step 1: conceal problem spots

Step 2: Highlight Your Best Asset

The second step in my five minute face routine is highlighting your best asset. By bringing the focus to your best asset, the onlooker will notice that lovely feature and miss the fact that the rest of your face is not as perfected.

My biggest asset is my eyes, therefore I will always do something to draw attention to them. When I have absolutely no time, I will just use my favorite volumizing mascara to make my eyes look wide and awake. If I have more time, I will further define with some eye shadow and eyeliner. I use a neutral taupe shade from my favorite eye shadow palette to add definition and depth to my eyes.

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Step two: define eye crease

Then I try to work in some eyeliner to my inner upper lash line. This is called tight-lining. It may feel weird at first, but it is much easier than trying to get a straight line on your eyelid. It also gives great definition to the eye without looking “makeup-y.” Furthermore, it makes your lashes look thicker. Just be sure to use an eyeliner that is specifically for the waterline, like my favorite one here.

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Left side with eyeliner, ride side without

I tend to use brown, gray or navy as my eyeliners for daytime. I find they provide adequate definition without looking too harsh. While I also love black eyeliner, I save that for evening and dramatic looks. Most days, I also bring the eyeliner half way in on my bottom water line. I find this further defines my eye shape. I leave the inner half clear to keep the eye bright and awake looking.

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Eyeliner on upper and lower water lines

Last of course is mascara, lots of good volumizing mascara.

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Add mascara

If I have a tad more time, I will also define my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. This further frames my eyes. I can often skip this step because I already have dark brows. For those with lighter brows, defining them may be more important than some of these other steps. Like I said, do what works for you! That’s the beauty of my five minute face.

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With eyebrows defined

Finishing Touches

My five minute face is basically finished. If I need any more color on my face, I may add a pinch of blush or a lipstick. But most of these busy days, I will opt for a tinted lip balm or gloss and head out the door.

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After face: fresh and polished

What is your quick go-to makeup look? Will you be able to adapt my five minute face for your needs? Let me know if you have any questions.

Try This: Velvet Crush

Hello friend! With velvet on trend, I have been investing in a few key pieces. I adore velvet. The texture is rich and alluring. But some may find it old and stuffy. Let me assure you, it is neither old or stuffy if you wear it the right way. Here are my four fun and easy ways to wear velvet.

Understated Black Velvet Jeans

Wearing black velvet jeans is a subtle way of wearing the trend. First of all, it looks like jeans. Only when you get close up does it look like velvet. Second, it’s black. Black always looks more neutral and blend-able than other colors, this is especially true when it comes to velvet.

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Here I paired the pants with a pretty sweater from Club Monaco. The chiffon panels on the back add feminine and whimsical details to the outfit.

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Unfortunately my sweater is from a few seasons past, but I found and linked a few that are similar below:

Take it to the Accessories

If wearing an item of clothing in velvet is too much for you, then just stick to a pair of shoes or a bag! Both are equally cute and can make the statement without you having to wear it on your body. A perfect example is this look from my leather leggings post.

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I was lucky and was able to purchase these amazing block heel velvet shoes before they sold out. So unfortunately, I cannot link the exact same pair. But through the power of the internet, I have found a few similar options, many on sale!

If velvet shoes aren’t your style, there are also many options in purses:

Say it with Your Jewelry

For an even more subtle look, simply choose to feature the fabric in a fabulous piece of jewelry. A velvet choker may be all you need to add some drama to your look.

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I decided to be daring and get mine in a jewel tone. But you can keep it simple and wear black if you’d prefer. The choice is yours! Here is a round-up of pretty options.

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Maximize the Effect

For the non-shy among us, we can go all out and wear an entire item of clothing in the fabric. Even more effective is to choose something non-black. I decided to go with this gorgeous gray pleated skirt.

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I paired the skirt with muted shades of blush and mauve. The result is a perfect winter palette, all united by the floral scarf. For my accessories, I chose to coordinate with the color scheme by adding a pair of gray tassel earrings.

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If you were shy or ambivalent about wearing velvet, I hope this post helps you see how easily you can incorporate it into your wardrobe. Whether you are a new convert or a long-time fan, let me know how you will be wearing velvet.

One Item Four Ways: Leather Leggings

Hello friend! Recently I went beyond my comfort zone and ordered leather leggings (they are actually faux leather from Gray Monroe). Because I was unsure how to wear them, I decided to do a one item four ways post. It turns out, leather leggings are fairly easy to style. Moreover, they look super cute! Therefore, stick around and see my stylings.

Leather Leggings for Work

Because wearing leather leggings to work seemed impossible, I decided to try that challenge. I knew I wanted to wear something that covered my butt (seemed necessary for wearing leggings to work), so I chose a blazer.

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I chose to keep the colors neutral to help the leather pants blend in at work. Since the colors were neutral, I decided to dip into my other bag of tricks and play with texture. Therefore I wore a lace blouse under the blazer. I topped the entire look off with a smart pair of silver pumps.

Polished whimsy wears leather leggings for work

For accessories, I chose simple pieces like this Kendra Scott pendant and earrings. I also added on a simple gray tote to complete the work look.

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Cozy Leather Leggings

This next look came about quite coincidentally. During my last blog photo session (for my white jeans post), I was wearing the leggings and when I got cold, I just added the sweater on top. Because the two looked great together, I had to recreate it here for you.

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This look is especially good for those who are shy about wearing leather leggings. Because the sweater covers a lot of the leggings, it is a perfect starter outfit.

Polished whimsy wearing leather leggings and over the knee boots

Although between the sweater and the over the knee boots, the leather leggings are almost hidden, the bit that is peeking through is enough to add a fun element to the outfit. This look is another example of texture mixing. I simply adore the sleek leather look against the raw suede and chunky knit.

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Toughened Baby Doll Dress

One of the first ways I wore the leather leggings was for another one item four ways post, on a buffalo check dress. For that post, I added the leggings to bring a bit of edge to an otherwise sweet baby doll dress.

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This concept will work with other prints as well. I think it’ll be especially pretty with a floral mini dress or tunic. Someone give that a try and tag me on Instagram!

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For the last planned outfit for this post, I decided to do a going out look with leather leggings. I paired the pants with a beautiful and detailed lace blouse. Although it’s a black on black outfit, there is a lot of visual interest with the textures of the items. This is another look where you can add a blazer (think satin, or even sequined) for an even more fashion forward look (or for butt coverage!)

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For the accessories, I chose to add color and another texture by wearing my burgundy velvet shoes. And to make it even more nighttime ready, I added the glitter clutch.

This is another look where you can add a blazer (think satin, or even sequined) for an even more fashion forward look (or for butt coverage!) Finally, for jewelry, I accented the gorgeous blouse with pretty tassel earrings in gray and black. I kept the rest minimal with just my watch and a statement ring.

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BONUS OUTFIT

I was only planning on four outfits for this post (hence the title, duh!) But after my photo shoot I was planning on going out for burgers with the fam. Therefore, I had brought along a cardigan and booties to wear. When I put it on, I thought it looked great and warranted its own photos. So here they are, an alternate casual leather leggings look.

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These leather leggings will definitely amp up your on the go look! While comfortable and easy to wear, they are also very stylish.

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And in case you wanted a close up of the booties, because I suspect you do, here they are:

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So, have I convinced you to try a pair of leather leggings? I hope so! If you are interested in shopping my exact pair, they are through Gray Monroe. All other items (or similar alternatives) from the blog post are listed below.

Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 2

Hello friend! I often get comments regarding my skirt collection. I’m not going to lie, it’s good! But that’s because I have been curating my collection for many years. I adore wearing skirts and I tend to do so on a daily basis. That’s why I started this series; you can read more about it in the first skirt code post. The second reason that I wear skirts is that they have a bigger “wow factor” than pants.

Unique Skirt Details

There is no way to truly explain it, but I think we all know what I mean. There is not much you can do to a pant that makes it all that unique. Skirts, on the other hand, can be designed in many different ways. From adding pleats to scalloped edging, skirts will definitely stand out more than pants.

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Wow Them with Tulle

One of my most favorite skirts is a tulle skirt. Romantic, frilly, undeniably feminine, tell me which pant can come close to the whimsical perfection of a tulle skirt. Furthermore, a tulle skirt can be paired with anything, from a tweed jacket to a simple tee shirt, and still look phenomenal. Pair the same items with a pant, and the result is just not the same.

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If you don’t wear skirts as often as I do, I encourage you to start! They truly add such pizzazz to an outfit. I can guarantee as soon as you start wearing them, you will get a ton of compliments AND feel fabulous. So why wait, start today! If you’re not yet convinced, stay tuned to the next installment of this series. I predict in time, I will have a skirt wearing army to back me up!

I have listed some comparable skirts from the post and ones that I am currently lusting over below. Happy shopping!

Try This: White Jeans in Winter

Hello friend! Sadly it wasn’t until recently that I realized I could wear my white jeans beyond the summer months. But that’s the beauty of fashion and personal style: it always evolves. So thanks to my lovely fashionista friends, I am now all about wearing my white jeans in winter! In case you’re not sure, let me show you how it can be done.

White Jeans for the Office

Right away, I knew I had to try a work appropriate look. I felt that wearing denim to the office would be the most difficult to pull off, so I set ahead to do so. Surprising, I found an outfit very easily AND it looks great! I think it stems from the fact that white jeans look more like pants than they look like jeans. Therefore, you can easily make them office ready (just be sure to choose a non distressed pair like mine here).

Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

To wear the white jeans to work, I simply paired them with a navy top and a tweed blazer. The look is instantly office chic. I went with blues because I think it’s a perfect color for winter, read more about it in my winter transition post.

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Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

For my accessories, I chose a pair of silver pumps and a blue handbag. Silver pumps are a surprisingly neutral shoe. They work well for work and play. If you don’t have one yet, I highly urge you to consider one. I will link to a few pair (most on sale!) below.

Lastly, for my jewelry, I chose to wear only statement earrings. Now I went back and forth on this decision, as I thought a necklace could also look good. However in the end, I stuck with the earrings. Because the scalloped edging on the jacket is so pretty, I didn’t want to distract the eye away from it with a necklace.

Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

Casual White Jeans in Winter

A more casual look with white jeans in winter can easily be created with a simple jeans and sweater look. For this one, I chose a very cozy turtleneck sweater with many neutral tones mixed in. The result is simple yet refined.

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My favorite part of this outfit is of course the fabulous booties. I have been wanting casual gray booties for a while, and this pair with its edgy vibe is just perfect.

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White Jeans and OTK Boots

What kind of a white jeans in winter post would this be if I didn’t incorporate over the knee boots, right? So I tried it and I LOVED it. Therefore I have two outfits with it. The first is this more casual one. Here I paired the jeans (my favorite distressed pair) with olive and taupe. The overall neutral tone allowed me to have fun with pattern, texture and proportion.

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I like how the peplum top works with the tall boots. And the little bits of distressed white denim showing are a great detail. These boots are a great find in that they are truly the perfect neutral tone for winter. This shade of taupe will work with any and every outfit! So if you own a pair, bust them out to wear with your white jeans this winter!

Polished whimsy in white jeans and over the knee taupe franko sarto boots

Now the fun doesn’t have to stop here. I also tried this look by adding in a fur vest. Since we are in winter, the fur adds a layer of warmth. Moreover, it adds fun texture and print to the outfit.

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White Jeans for a Night Out

For my last outfit, I wanted a going out look. Because I still wanted to wear it with a boot, I switched to my slimmer and sexier evening OTK boots. And what better color for a night out than black right? So the outfit quickly came together as a black and white look.

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Although I am a color girl, sometimes a black and white outfit is all the statement a girl needs. Moreover, all of the beautiful texture gives it a lot of interest and elegance.

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Because the lace blouse has so much beautiful detail already, I decided to skip a necklace and opt only for a pair of earrings. These black and white pair that resemble lace are a perfect companion to the outfit.

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In conclusion, I think it is safe to say that I am loving white jeans in winter. There are endless ways to wear them for every kind of occasion. I’d love to know how you are wearing white jeans in winter. Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram.

Clothing pieces from the post (and close alternatives of older items) are linked below.

Try This: Plaid and Lace

Hello friend! As you know from reading my blog, I enjoy pairing unexpected pieces together (read more about it in my lace skirt and sweatshirt post). Because I have recently been pulling out my white items of clothing from storage (discussed in my winter transition post), I came upon that same lace skirt. I knew I wanted to wear it in a unique way, so I tried a plaid and lace outfit.

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Plaid and White Lace

The outfit came out better than I anticipated. There is just something inherently beautiful about pairing unexpected pieces together. I especially like to pair “soft” with “tough” which is how I came up with my camo and lace post. The same concept works here. A “tough” or masculine plaid shirt is paired with a “soft” or feminine lace skirt.

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An added bonus of wearing this skirt in the winter is the ability to stretch out my summer wardrobe. Although this skirt, with its feminine eyelet and scallop detail, is more of a summer skirt, paired with the flannel, it can pass in the winter.

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Even though the outfit itself is such a standout, I still couldn’t resist adding another pattern in. Therefore, I wore a leopard print shoe. Then I just pulled it all together with a black shoulder bag. Lastly, for jewelry, I added one of my favorite earrings and some fun rings.

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Plaid and Black Lace

Because the above outfit worked out so well, I set out to try it with another lace skirt. I chose a pretty black and taupe lace skirt. This time, I chose a plaid top with many neutral tones in it. The outfit also turned out great.

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For the accessories here, I chose not to pattern mix (it does happen once in a while)! Instead I opted for accessories with some fun details and textures. Therefore I chose a pair of booties with fringe and a fun textured clutch.

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Winter Wardrobe Transition

Hello friend! Winter is finally here. Now we don’t have too cold a winter in Los Angeles, but I still like to adjust my clothes for the new season. Let me show you my process for updating my closet and transitioning into my winter wardrobe.

Update Colors of Winter Wardrobe

For my seasonal color palettes, I like to take cues from nature and the occasions of that season. For example, during fall transition, I like to wear warmer colors such as browns and oranges. Then, during December, I center my outfits around holiday colors. For that month, I wore a lot of red, green and gold. Now that we are in Winter, I lean towards a few staple color schemes.

First, I add white back into my wardrobe (stay tuned for winter white posts). During the fall months, I did not wear much white (besides small accent pieces). But now that it is winter, I can add it back in. Because winter is often associated with snow, white makes for a quintessential winter color.

In addition to the white, I adjust the rest of my colors away from the warm shades of fall and towards the cooler and icier tones of winter. For example, I will wear more blues and grays.

Try New Combinations

Winter is the perfect season to experiment with layers! I enjoy layering cool weather clothes such as scarves, vests and sweaters over other pieces in my wardrobe. This makes for fun and new combinations to wear. The key to making this type of look “work” is to choose a unifying color scheme.

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For example, pick items that have similar tones so they look like they “go” together even if they are from different seasons. As you can see in the example below, I have paired a spring/summer pleated skirt with a thick turtleneck sweater. Even though the items look like they are from different seasons, the outfit works because the colors are unified. In this example, it is the color gray that brings it all together.

Polished whimsy's winter wardrobe transition with flowy skirt and turtleneck sweater

Retire Some Pieces

Finally, I urge you to retire some items of clothing. Whether it’s a permanent retirement to a charity or a temporary retirement to storage, you will see results. Your winter wardrobe will be neater and more accessible.

No matter what, there will be some items you just won’t wear year round (for me that is rompers, shorts and sandals). Instead of letting them occupy valuable space in your closet, pack them away for the season. This accomplishes a working closet (in that everything in it can be worn at that time). It also gives you something to look forward to next season, where you get to bring out those stored pieces. It’s like free shopping!

These three simple updates keep me interested in my wardrobe and help me look fresh each season. Do you have any other tips? Please let me know in the comments!

My Skin Care Routine

Hello friend! Today I thought I’d share my skin care routine with you. It’s an important part of our beauty routine that is often overlooked. I confess, I’m not one to get excited over skin care. To me, it’s more of a necessity than a pampering. However, knowing how important it is, I do make a point of providing my skin with proper care. In this post, I will share what I have learned throughout the years in the hopes that it will help you!

Good skin care is not cheap. Because of the cost and the sheer number of products available, I recommend consulting with a dermatologist to make sure you pick the right products for your skin type. Therefore, you won’t waste money trying products blindly. Furthermore, you don’t have to go high end with every product. I’ll tell you where to save your money.

Save on face wash. I learned that in pharmacy school years ago. It makes complete sense, you are washing it OFF! No need to go high end there. I am appalled that there are cleansers selling for triple digits. I say, choose one that is mild and appropriate for your skin. There are many options at all price points.

Morning Skin Care Routine

My morning routine can be split up into four main steps.

Step One: CLEANSE

I like to wash with a gentle non abrasive wash in the morning. Since I have (or should have!) washed off my makeup the night before, my skin should be relatively clean. This cleansing step is simply to get rid of any dead skin and oil produced overnight. I like to use a non-tripping (i.e. non-foaming) cream cleanser. My favorite one right now is Normacleanse by ZO Medical.

Now this product is billed as a cleanser for normal to dry skin. However, it is light and mild and I would argue that it works for all skin tones. For example, I have oily to combination skin and this works wonderfully for me. Also, this product is very concentrated so it lasts me for a very long time. I usually use about two pea size dallops to wash my entire face.

Step Two: CORRECT

This step is different for each person as well as in different times of your life or season of the year. For my skin, I use two serums. One is a vitamin C serum that fights off free radicals. The second is a redness reducing serum.

Polished whimsys skin care routine

Step Three: MOISTURIZE

At this point I use a moisturizer for my face and eye area. For most of the year, I only use my face lotion. However, during the coldest and driest parts of the winter, I also like to mix in some extra moisture with a hyaluronic acid concentrate. For the eye area, I choose a fast absorbing but moisturizing eye cream so that it won’t impede my makeup application.

Polished whimsys skin care routine

Step Four: PROTECT

Finally I apply a layer of sunscreen to protect my face from the damaging rays of the sun. Currently I am using this product, but I’m not completely loving it. So if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comment section!

Evening Skin Care Routine

My evening skin care centers around thoroughly cleansing my skin of the makeup and grime from the day. Following that, I work in some age reversal products and end with a good moisturizing.

Step One: CLEANSE

At nights, I perform a double cleanse to ensure that all my makeup is removed. First I use an oil cleanser. I massage it well into my skin (including my eye area). Then I add a bit of water to emulsify it. I follow that with a good rinsing. Then, I use my cream cleanser, usually in conjunction with my Clarisonic skin cleansing brush. After this, my skin is super clean but not dry or tight.

Polished Whimsy's skin care routine

Step Two: CORRECT

For my evening time treatments, I use a retinol type product to speed up skin cell turnover. As a result, skin is softer and less textured. I switch between this retexturing serum and retinol cream. While both work well, I find that the serum is a bit gentler. Therefore, I turn to that one in the drier months. I follow that with a glycolic acid treatment, which acts as a chemical exfoliant, clearing off the dead skin.

Step Three: MOISTURIZE

The last part of my night routine is to follow up everything with a nice moisturizer. This product is another one that I vary. At the moment, I am using my hyaluronic acid treatment which is doing the job quite well.

Polished Whimsys skin care routine

*APPLICATION TIP*

I will leave you with one of my most important tips. When applying different products, to ensure best penetration of each item, apply in order of lightest to heaviest. For example: liquids first, followed by any gels, next any lotion products, then creams, last will be oils.

If you’d like to try some of these products, I have linked them here:

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