WHAT I’M BUYING FOR FALL

WHAT I’M BUYING FOR FALL

We’re already into the Fall season so it’s only fitting that I do some shopping to update my Fall wardrobe with a few items I already have my eye on. Thankfully, trends haven’t shifted that drastically since last year, so I don’t need to spend much to achieve refreshed Autumn looks. It works out perfectly too, because I’ve been focused this year on shopping intentionally, and only buying pieces that either fill a void in my wardrobe, or those that will get a lot of wear for the season. So, let’s get into it!

1. THE BOOT
I’m still obsessed with animal! But really, who isn’t?! I love that this trend can still be considered a classic, so the boots I’m buying will still be “style relevant” long after the animal craze is over.

This croc-embossed leather knee high‘s on my wishlist, and I plan on purchasing her at the end of the month. It’s chic yet affordable, and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them this season.

I tried getting in on the Western trend last year, but ended up returning the boots I bought. I love the animal/Western mix of these boots, and I can’t wait for them to arrive in the mail!

Patent leather’s been grabbing my attention recently, and more specifically this style of a patent ankle boot:

As much as I love the style, I just don’t see the boot fitting well into most of the looks I like, so I opted for these instead. They’ll get more wear, and will be more versatile for how I like to dress.

2. A GOOD SKIRT
I’m stocking up on pleated, slip, and skater skirts this season, because they’re too cute not to! I’m happy I got over the notion that skirts can’t be worn when it’s cold out, because they always look so chic when layered right. I plan on styling my skirts with chunky knits, knee high boots, leggings, a good trench, and maybe some leather! Here are a few of my faves…

3. THROWBACK EYEWEAR

Yes, accessories still matter in the Fall/Winter months. And even though it seems like we hardly see the sun once October rolls around, sunnies are still my go-to accessory to finish off a pulled together look.

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4. TRENCH COATS
I’ve only had to bust out my trench coat once this season, but I’ve got my eye on these Fall staples.

What’s on your Fall shopping list? Share your faves in the comments below.


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BOLD SUMMER LIPS WITH STUDIO C COSMETICS

A bold lip is the perfect complement to glowy Summer skin that features minimal makeup. Showcasing your sexy lips is the easiest way to achieve a fun, pulled together look without all the fuss.



This Summer, I’ve partnered with makeup artist and creator of Studio C Cosmetics, Cynthia Dunyoh, to offer three bold shades of lipsticks from her collection on my Couture Diva site.

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2. STAY INSIDE THE LINES
A great way to prevent bleeding is by filling the lip with a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade. The dry texture acts as a magnet to keep color in place.

3. KEEP IT FRESH FACED FAB
Keep your face as natural as possible. Use concealer, or a tinted moisturizer as needed, and top with highlighter and mascara. It’s that simple to nail the look!


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