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When it comes to makeup, I will be the first to tell you that I know very little. I rarely mix-up my look, I tend to stick with the same neutral eye shadow for work and special occasions, and the idea of lip color scares me to death. I think my experience with wearing too much makeup in middle school really scarred me for life. Sure, I wear makeup most days, but I don’t wear much. I’ve always wanted to know more about how to properly apply makeup for my face shape, but it’s always been a mystery to me, despite the fact that I’ve read a million articles in magazines like Allure.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, now is the perfect time to try something different. I stumbled upon the most amazing beauty blog a few weeks ago, and it’s totally rocked the way I have been applying my makeup. I am, quite possibly, the last person on earth to discover the blog Maskcara, but in case I’m not, you should go check it out asap. The post that inspired me to try something different with my makeup was her post last month on face shapes. I’ve seen a lot of face shape posts, but this was by far the best and most detailed post I’ve read. Plus, it included more shapes than I’ve sen in the past.

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Above I’ve taken two photos. The one on the left is sans any makeup at all. The second is my new makeup application following Cara’s guide for an Oblong face shape. I think I’m probably somewhere between oblong and rectangular, so I picked the shape that seemed to be the closest fit. Sure, the change is subtle, but I think it makes a big difference in the way the makeup shapes and highlights my features. And the great part is that it required only a few new items and very little extra time!

Here are the products I used: 
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Bare Minerals Original Foundation
Bare Minerals Warmth 
L’Oreal True Match Blush 
Almay Liquid Eyeliner
Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara

Are there any other beauty blogs that I should be reading? I would love to add a few more to my daily reads! 

Madison

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A few weeks ago I told you about a clothing swap I did with a few of my favorite bloggers turned real-life friends, Justine and Kayla. Well, the items they sent my way arrived and I’ve taken note of my first impressions below.

Next week I’ll be sharing the final installment in this series, where I share how I styled each item. But for now, you’ll have to settle for a sneak peak!

What I Thought of Justine’s Items
Item #1:
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First Impression: This is totally my type of accessory! I love my leopard-print flats from Banana Republic so this is going to fit right into my wardrobe. Plus, it’s guaranteed to fit!
Item #2: Striped Target Dress
First Impression: I loved this dress when it arrived! I love neutral colors, I love stripes, it was totally me! And, I sent something similar in skirt form to Justine, so it was a little funny how our styles seemed to overlap. I could tell right away that this dress was going to be a little more form fitting, so I was a little uncertain about how I would feel about that, since I don’t usually gravitate to dresses like that.
Item #3: Blue and Black Calvin Klein Dress
First Impression: I avoid sleeveless, crew-neck dresses like the plague because I think that they make my shoulders look super broad (full disclosure: my shoulders are super broad). So when I saw this dress, I could tell it wasn’t really going to be a fit for me and my body type. However, I’m thinking that perhaps I could style it with a cardigan so you can’t tell it is sleeveless.
Item #4: Tan H&M Blazer (Justine cheated and sent something as a bonus)
First Impression: I love blazers and I love neutral colors. This one was a hit from the moment I saw it! I can imagine a lot of different ways to wear this right off the bat. Major win!

What I Thought of Kayla’s Items
Item #1: Red Banana Republic Long Sleeved Top (from Kayla)
First Impression: When this shirt first arrived, I was a little unsure about it. Red is one of the colors I do enjoy wearing, but the neckline isn’t something I would typically gravitate toward. However, after pairing it with a few different skirts, and seeing how it looked in photos, I’m a fan! I could totally see myself wearing this to work with skirts throughout the winter.
Item #2: Hunter Green Sequin Tank (from Kayla)
First Impression: I really liked this tank! It’s super easy to pair with a bunch of different outfits and it adds just a touch of glitz without being over-the-top (read: I can wear it to work!)
Item #3: Pink Gap A-Line Mini Skirt
First Impression: My first thought was that I loved the cut of this skirt since it is more of the a-line variety. However, the material is a little dressier and has some sheen, so I’m not entirely sure how/where to wear it. We’ll just have to see next week!

Want to see what Justine and Kayla received in their boxes? Check out their posts HERE and HERE

Madison

 

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Another month and it’s high time I did another Stitch Fix Review! I slacked on documenting my fix last month and returned my items before I had a chance to document what I kept and returned. I’m back on the ball for November.

This month’s fix was a bit of a mixed bag. There were a couple items I really liked and a few that left me scratching my head. By far, my most successful fix was the box I received in August, but in each of the boxes I have been sent, I’ve found at least one item I genuinely love. All in all, I would call that a win, and I’m still totally loving the service. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so HERE (affiliate link!).

Also, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how much items in a Stitch Fix box cost, so I’ve included prices for each item I received this month. I have selected a specific price point for my items. However, you can select a cheaper option or a more expensive option if you so desire. I opted for the middle of the road option.

Item #1: Teal Green “Everly” Hi-Low Long Sleeved Dress
Price: $68
Observations: This dress was a beautiful shade of teal. I loved that it had long sleeves (a big bonus for me is when a dress has long or 3/4 length sleeves) but the material was super thin and I couldn’t really see myself wearing a maxi hi-low dress in the late fall and winter months.

Keep or Return: Definitely return!

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Item #2: Burgundy 41 Hawthorne V-Neck Dolman Top
Price: $48
Observations: I had a really hard time with this top! It fit really well and the shade of burgundy was really nice. It seemed like a great top for wearing around the holidays and throughout the winter under jackets and cardigans. However, I was unsure about the style. It was fitted at the bottom around the hips and loose around the midsection and had looser arms. Usually, I prefer tops with a bit more structure since they seem to wear better and last longer.

Keep or Return: I debated for a long time but ended up returning it.

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Item #3: Green Tulle Faux Fur Hooded Jacket
Price: $108
Observations: This jacket was a major disappointment for me. I think I’m going to specify in the future that I don’t really want my fixes to include outerwear. When I buy a coat or jacket I usually take a long time to decide on the perfect, high-quality piece. It’s a splurge item that I really make an investment in for the long term. Although this jacket was a nice weight, the way it fit was pretty horrible (baggy and frumpy looking) and I couldn’t really see myself getting much use out of it.

Keep or Return: Return!

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Item #4: Burgundy Moon Collection Stud Detail Skirt
Price: $78
Observations: I feel in love with this skirt right away! The material was thick and heavy, which I felt was perfect for fall/winter, especially in Minnesota. And I really liked the fitted waist and a-line shape. I was so bummed when the skirt turned out to be way too big on me. I’ve requested this skirt for my next fix in hopes that the size down will fit better.

Keep or Return: Sadly, I returned it.

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Item #5: Off-White 41 Hawthorne Horseshoe Stud Detail Top
Price: $58
Observations: This top was love at first sight! I typically gravitate to items that have interesting or unique details and patterns that are different neutral shades. Although the material is thinner, I like that it makes a great layering piece and the sleeves hit right above the elbow. Another thing I love? The little metal studs around the neckline and on the sleeves. I’ve already worn this top 4 or 5 times since I got it.

Keep or Return: Keep!

Have you tried Stitch Fix? What have you thought about your fixes?
Madison

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Right before we left for our trip to Italy, I received my latest box of Stitch Fix goodies. Perfect timing, right? I was even more excited about the fact that this was the best box I’ve received yet! I fell in love with three out of the five items that were sent my way, which I would consider a big win.

Since the weather is starting to get cool around these parts, I was also excited that the items I was sent were geared toward the changing temperatures and seasons. The photos above show what I was sent this month. Three tops (grey, green and black/white striped) a pair of black legging/skinny pants by Sanctuary (pictured in all of the photos) and a very ill-fitting trench coat.

When I first saw the black pants I was a little skeptical about them. They were a little more expensive (in the $80 range, I believe) but once I put them on, I was totally sold. They fit great, are super comfortable and have detailing that makes them look more like pants than leggings. However, I think I’ll still choose to wear them with tops that are plenty long. And I can’t wait to pair them with brown boots for fall! I put these pants to use right away and wore them on the plane to Italy the next day. They were the perfect choice since they were comfortable enough to feel like sweat pants but looked more put together when paired with flats and a cute top.

As far as the tops go, I put a picture up on Instagram asking what you all thought about the three. I was immediately drawn to the green and grey tops, but the overwhelming winner on Instagram was the black and white top?! As much as everyone else loved the black and white top, I decided it needed to be returned. But I ended up keeping both the green and grey tops, which are long enough to wear with my new black pants.

And then there is the trench coat. Do I really need to say anything about it? It was horrible. Cheaply made (and super cheap price point at around $38) and ill-fitting, it was a definite return!

Want to sign up for Stitch Fix? You can do so HERE.

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And in other fashion-related news, I’ve been easing myself into fall with some in-between pieces that are helping to make the transition a little less painful. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. But I think I would enjoy it even more if I didn’t know winter was right around the corner.

Pictured above: 1. Transitioning from colors to navy/grey. Love that color combination. 2. Now that my hair is getting a little longer I’ve been trying to get better about wearing it down. My default is still a ponytail. 3. Kimono dress at Banana Republic. It’s part of the Issa for Banana Republic line, and I was totally smitten. Sure, it looks a little bit like a robe, but I’m going to wear it anyway. 4. Putting on boots (today) for the first time this season. 5. I finally found an orange dress on clearance at Banana Republic that I’ll be wearing to the Gator game in a couple weeks. Can’t wait to be down in Gainesville again. 

Madison

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Hello, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Joe and I just got back from the most wonderful 10-day-long vacation in Italy and I’m just now sitting down to my computer for the first time in just as many days. It’s been one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken, and I can’t wait to share all about it! My mind is already swimming with ideas on posts about packing light (we only traveled with backpacks), amazing Italian recipes I have to recreate at home, and how to budget for a trip to Europe while eating well.

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However, all of that is going to have to wait until I can get my head around being back to a regular schedule. We were awake for 24 hours yesterday on our travels back and boy am I going to pay for that this week! In the meantime, I’m sharing a few photos Joe snapped while we were in Siena right before taking a wine class on Tuscan wines. I think we walked close to 7 or 8 miles every day of our trip and by this point on our travels I had purchased a pair of Birkenstocks to save my poor feet. I used to complain when my dad forced me to wear them, and now I’m wearing them voluntarily. Funny, I could have sworn I was never going to wear another pair when I grew up.

Also this shirt from Banana Republic got worn multiple times throughout the trip. It was perfect with skirts, pants and these shorts from J. Crew Factory.

Talk soon!
Madison

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