Halloween Costume Inspiration

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Everyone has a soft spot in their heart for Halloween. The thrill of dressing up, eating candy, carving pumpkins, and attending haunted hayrides will forever be engrained in our memories. Now that we’re older, costumes seem to range from goofy to raunchy with little to no in-between. Here’s some cute (and appropriate) costume ideas for this year’s night of fright!

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1. You’ll be the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious person in this Mary Poppins ensemble! Bonus: it’s pretty easy to find these items in your closet.

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2. Mickey won’t be able to keep his eyes off of you in this adorable polka-dot Minnie Mouse outfit!

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3. Want something cute to do with a significant other? Popeye and Olive Oil are the perfect match!

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4. Rosie the Riveter! Fun, easy whip up, totally empowering, and gives you the excuse to wear the boldest red lipstick you can find, all while wearing denim everything.

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5. No one will know where on earth you are in this Carmen San Diego costume!

Lip Balm

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While fall activities may have you in a busy hustle, there’s one thing you should remember while heading to that apple orchard or pumpkin picking: lip balm. This less glamorous lip-wear does not receive the kudos it deserves. In order to rock those bold, autumn shades on your lips, they need to be healthy and moisturized.
When choosing lip balm, try not to simply select the one that is currently in vogue or that everyone else is using. Just because they are well-known doesn’t mean that Baby Lips by Maybelline or the EOS egg will necessarily do the job. Choose a lip balm that touts three key features: moisturizing, healing, and protecting. It needs to do the job of a moisturizer, an intensive skin healing cream, and a sunscreen. Burt’s Bees and ChapStick generally ensure a positive outcome, as do lip balms manufactured by skin care lines.
Lip balms also come in a variety of tints, shades, shimmers, and colors. Stop by your local drugstore and browse for the perfect lip balm for you and don’t forget to integrate it into your daily beauty routine!

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Puffer Vests

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Autumn days can be difficult, wardrobe-wise. When it’s chilly in the morning, warms up throughout the day, but has cold breezes in the evening, it’s safe to say that almost everyone has a hard time deciding whether or not to wear a sweater or throw on a coat. Puffer vests are the perfect solution to your weather woes. The insulation of the vests provides the perfect protection from the elements and keeps your core warm. Layer it over a sweater on the chillier days or over a button-down on days when a sweater may be too much once you’re indoors. They are available in a variety of colors, styles, and prices and add that touch of preppy equestrian flair that we love. Try on a puffer vest for size and combat this confusing weather!

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Be My Wing Woman!

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Unless you’re a makeup fanatic with a large, well-stocked vanity, every once in awhile the makeup routine needs a change. Whether it’s a different brand of bronzer, tone of blush, or shade of lipstick, a girl has to have the necessary tools to create a fresh look that will impress. One of the best ways to liven up eye makeup is through liquid eyeliner. Instead of just swiping it on… make wings! The cat eye look is classy for daytime, but also sultry enough for a night out on the town. If applying liquid eyeliner is daunting, remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t try to quickly slap it on before running out the door. Watch tutorials, look at photos, study your eye shape, and experiment with different kinds of liner. There are brush tip pens that are easier to use for beginners. If you already know how to do it, then show us your wings!

Fall Nail Trends

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With the crunchy leaves swiftly blanketing the ground, our transition to an autumn wardrobe is well underway. Swapping out shorts for jeans and crop tops for sweaters is an obvious move, but don’t forget to change the color scheme of your nails! Neon and pastel nails just won’t complement your burgundy cable-knit sweater or navy corduroy pants. This year’s lineup of both Essie and O.P.I.’s fall collections are sure to please. Darken those nails and show them off while holding a cup of warm apple cider!Nails 1 Nails 2Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Love Me Some Leather

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Even the slightest hint of leather can make any outfit appear more effortless and cool. It doesn’t always have to be jet black either. For fall, leather comes in different colors like burgundy and brown. Leather is very functional, because it can be paired with almost anything. The contrast of a leather jacket combined with a girly dress is edgy, while keeping a ladylike sweetness; especially helpful since jacket weather is upon us. Riding boots are a hot topic for the season, as well, and nothing beckons a second glance like riding boots matched with just about anything.

Bows, please

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Nothing is as elegant as a bow. The simplest tying together of two strings is an iconic symbol for classiness. In the smallest accent or biggest statement, bows create a look that is ladylike with a hint of prestige. Needless to say, we love bows! Get a dress covered in them or wear high heels with bow peeps. It doesn’t have to be bold. Go old school and tie ribbon in your hair for a girlish, playful look. It is a simple way to add a pretty accessory to your look!

Trend Watch: Baseball Tee

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If you don’t own a baseball tee, you’re doing something wrong. These comfy-casual tops are super easy to wear and go with nearly anything in your wardrobe. Layer on the love with cardigans, flannels, and sweaters, or dress them up with a long-chained necklace. Keep warm with an infinity scarf and a pair of your favorite pair of jeans and boots. Don’t be afraid to try this laid back and stylish look celebrities are sporting this autumn!

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Trend Watch: Parka

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Even though it’s only October, the air in some places has gotten pretty chilly already. As much as I love my pea coat, I dislike the number of layers I have to wear in order to feel cozy and warm underneath. Thankfully, there’s a new option for me, you, and everyone else this winter – parkas.

I know, I know. Parkas aren’t exactly a novel concept, but usually when one thinks ‘parka,’ the image conjured up is this:

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While these puffy, reflective parkas have their own practical application, they aren’t my personal favorite style out there. This year’s parkas not only keep you warm, but take up less bulk:

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On the outside, the jacket looks like a regular light coat you’d throw on in spring or fall, but the inside is where the magical warmth happens–be it fleece, soft goose down, or faux fur–these slim-fit parkas are sure to keep you cozy for the incoming winter storms.

An Early Frost

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Almost every girl loves a sparkly something, particularly jewelry that makes an otherwise ordinary outfit shine and stand out. We’re talkin’ the kind that makes a girl feel not just pretty, but gorgeous for that date night. Sometimes small studs are the way to go, but other times big and bold are just right for the occasion. Holiday parties are just around the corner, but consider adding a little shine to that LBD or casual Friday now. There’s no rules for when and how. Wear the unexpected when people least expect it!

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