Life According to my iPhone…

Life has been moving a million miles a minute lately.  We have been visiting our house, aka dirt, a lot lately and are starting to see some progress.  We have foundation now!!!!  We have also finalized our paint colors for the interior as well.  Loving the cool gray tones.  In other news, I have been starting up with heavy travel again so spent the last week in Scottsdale.  It really is so beautiful there.  And, last but not least, of course I supported #nationaldogday .

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Fall Make Up Capsule 3: Planning

I cannot believe fall is already just around the corner….I am keeping my eyes open (aka stalking) Starbucks for the first glimpse of PSL, then it’s on!   In more relevant news, with a new season comes a new make up update.  I will once again admit, I am LOVING the quality v. quantity approach, as well as a defined area of my life to practice simplicity.  I have really come to appreciate a small yet complete makeup collection given all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and it’s not slowing down anytime soon with Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Tucson, New Orleans and Madison coming up in the next 6 weeks.

Lessons learned…

I kind of missed the softer shades of eye shadow.  While I really love a black dark sexy smokey eye, I think I may be getting a little too old, or maybe just a little to lazy for this.  Plus, I am starting to get some wrinkles ( insert crying emoji), and dark shimmery shadows seem to only highlight this flaw. So Botox or a matte shadow palette?  Have I mentioned my deathly fear of needles, doctors, poisonous substances injected into your body?  The matte palette wins.

Moving on, I loved my contour brush.  More than anything…maybe even more than chapstick!   It stays!!!

A trend I will be embracing, the deep red “wine stained” lip.  I just need to complete some research on the right brand and color, but I am leaning towards NARS given my love for their heat wave lipstick.  Here is my plan for September thru November…

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And just for giggles here is my favorite shot from my trip to Boston last week.  We took a private tour of Fenway Park… My history junkie husband is wearing off on me 😉  !!!!

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Updates on Our House

We are starting to make progress on our home and foundation is coming shortly.  We have rough plumbing going in this week, and our meeting with the builder to finalize design choices.

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I really have struggled with committing to a brick color, but am 99% sure we will be going with the color below, with super dark espresso cedar garage doors, trim and front door.

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I am also planning decor ideas room by room via Pintrest, and starting with our hall bathroom, which will be used my guests.  As much as I love the cape cod look, the more I think about it the more I think it will not work for our lifestyle, so really leaning more towards industrial, neutral, and touchable.  Enough rambling and bring on the pics!

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

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Okay, it is almost that time again, so we enter the planning stages for the upcoming fall season. ( yay PSL is in the horizon)!!! Fall in TX tends to be somewhat tricky, days are warmer and evenings chilly.  I really define my “outside of work” life into 3 distinct buckets, which I have mentioned before… Everyday wear, Day Outings and Date Nights.

For everyday wear, I wanted casual and comfortable clothing.  I want clothing that breaths and wears well, in addition to being able to layer.  A few soft tees in autumn themed colors are always a safe bet ( J Crew).  I look for longer tees and always size up so I can pair with leggings and get some level of bum coverage.  Grey and stripes are a must for every season in my book as well ( Banana Republic).  I love my neutrals!

Longer light weight sweaters, cocoon wraps and puffer vests ( J Crew Factory) help with layering and for the chillier days a light weight parka ( Banana Republic) in a warm olive tone.  For bottoms, I really keep it simple with jeans ( Paige ) and Leggings (Target). For shoes it is always best to stay neutral and invest in high quality and comfortable pieces.  Flats ( Tory Burch, DSW) are a must rain boots ( Hunter) and a bootie ( J Crew) made my list. Lastly, my go tote style purses.

For Day Outings, I like to keep my options no fuss but a little more presentable and polished, yet still practical and comfortable.  The Blazer ( Banana Republic) , I love!!! I use it, as well as the navy cardigan for layering.  In addition a classic white tee and a navy tee with some type of famine detailing, helps just make things come together.  Jeans are obviously a must, but also wanted to throw in a sweater vest and I am loving the emerald green!! Shoes are simple for me, the riding boot (Tory Burch) or a knock out suede pump( J Crew).  Toss in a pop of color with the mini wristlets in ruby and we are set for lunch with the ladies, day shopping, etc.

I love me some quality Date Nights, but let’s get real, we are not the fine dining type.  We are a dinner and home by 10pm type, or a midnight movie type.  BUT, I like the option to somewhat change up the look. Colors and comfort are similar, but just a little change in fabric and cure.  I tend to go for silk blend blouses. They just feel sexier. My husband like heels so these two bring something a little unique to the table.   The deep red, pointy toe or the chunky block heel pump(J Crew).  However, I always reserve a pair of flats for date night too… Sometimes heels just aren’t happening in this house! ( Leopard flats, Target). A tiny purse(Tory Burch) feels more feminine as well, so I try to ditch the totes.

There you have it, 1 season with 36 pieces. Time for purchases this month, to be ready for September!