Summer came and went (faster than ever, I might add) and it seems that September creeped up on us once again. While I love Summer for its warm temps and mood-boosting sunshine, I do have a soft spot for Autumn- especially when the September issues start hitting the shelves, revealing all the best trends of the season. Fall is when I have the most fun with dressing, as once winter hits, I’m just grabbing whatever pieces are warmest and in summer, I’m ditching all unnecessary layers. There is something indescribably wonderful about that crisp Autumn air and for me, it opens up a world of outfit possibilities. The AW17 runways exuded luxury, thanks to fabrics such as velvet and fur, pearlized finishes and embellishments, and dramatic pleats. Pearls have always been my accessory of choice (given the innate Francophile in me), so this is definitely the “trend” I’m most excited about this season! These BaubleBar earrings were the perfect statement jewelry piece to begin building my collection since I can wear them with many different outfits. Shop my look and all of my favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 trends below!
P.S. Super simple up-do how-to here
I was wearing;
BaubleBar Aleeza Hoop Earrings (linked above)
Zara Black Embroidered Blouse (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here
“Pearls & Pleats” Photographed by Luke Bowes
With classes now in session for so many of you, I thought it would be helpful to share my tips for how to dress up for school. I wasn’t above wearing leggings when I was a student, but on the days when I did take the time to get ready and dress up, I noticed that I was actually more confident and as a result, performed better academically and was more socially adventurous and prepared for classroom interaction. I’m not necessarily saying that you have to dress up to have confidence- some people feel extremely uncomfortable in dressier clothes! I know plenty of girls who would only ever wear a dress on their wedding day! But as a socially awkward introvert, the boost of confidence I get from wearing a great outfit is basically a super-power. Keep reading to learn how to dress up for school without looking “too extra”!
- Seems obvious, but I’ll say it anyway- campus is not the place for stilettos. Unless you’re dressing up for a professional event or an interview, leave your heels at home. I (halfway) believe you when you say that you can walk in them all day with no problem, but the quickest way to make your look inappropriate for school is to throw on a pair of sky-high stilettos. When you’re trekking between classes all day, you need to be able to walk (quickly and painlessly!). If you can’t commit to flats, block heels are a great trendy option these days that will still give you some height. Also, as we head into the Autumn season, boots with low heels will be a go-to for me.
- Keep accessories minimal. You all know this is just how I live my life, but when wanting to look put together for school, I feel it should be all about the clothes. A beautiful casual dress, a necessary cardigan or jacket, and a sensible yet stylish shoe, and a few “accents”. For me, jewelry is a real distraction and I find myself irritated by a wrist full of bracelets or a pair of statement earrings while I’m taking notes and trying to focus on a lecture. If you’re craving some sparkle, daily jewelry is the way to go, like a classic studded earring or a delicate necklace. And sunglasses are always a necessity for the walk to your next class!
- Always bring a cozy sweater or jacket. Is it just me or is it always SO cold in the classroom?! As a cold-natured person, I’ve learned over the years to never be without a warm garment. We’re entering sweater weather now and cardigans can so easily be thrown into a backpack or tote when not in use.
- Find your “go-to” outfit. Whether you love wearing dresses, skirts, or dark wash jeans and a blouse, wear whatever it is that you feel amazing in and that you can throw on easily when you’re in a rush to get to class on time. Personally I love printed dresses and I usually look for a mid to high neck-line and a moderate length when shopping for casual dresses. Anything too low-cut or short and I’m self conscious the entire day, which is the opposite of confident!
I hope these tips on how to dress up for school will help you feel more comfortable when wearing something a little different to class! Maybe you’re most comfortable in leggings, but don’t knock dressing up for school until you try it!
I was wearing;
H&M Nautical Navy Cardigan (no longer available, similar options linked)
Red Knit Striped Dress (no longer available, similar options linked)
My shaving routine has changed quite a bit since switching to green beauty. Gone are the days of the foamy, foul-odored aerosol cans of Barbasol and environment destroying micro-bead exfoliators. Another thing that’s “out”? Spending half of my paycheck on razors. Harry’s was kind enough to let me try out their Winston Set and I was instantly obsessed. As someone with dark body hair, getting a close shave has always been my top priority and I’ve long relied on mens’ shaving products to get the job done (I’ve always found them to be more cost effective!). Harry’s beats all the brands I’ve previously used in not only quality, but also economically, ethically, and aesthetically. Keep reading for my shaving routine breakdown and a giveaway of all of my shaving essentials in partnership with Harry’s!
I can’t tell you how many times the laser hair removal technicians told me to exfoliate after I asked for a solution to ingrown hairs (my main concern for choosing to try laser hair removal) during my treatment. It’s true that exfoliating is necessary for removing dead skin, therefore releasing any body hair that might be trapped under the surface. The problem with most exfoliating scrubs, though, is that they’re loaded with oils which cause the hairs to soften and slip away from the blade edge. Enter the dry brush, an exfoliating solution that has only recently become mainstream, although it’s an age-old idea. To use a dry brush, step into the shower and before turning on the water, run the dry brush over your entire body in concentrated circular motions. I usually use a little less pressure on sensitive areas such as the neck and chest. I’m no expert, but personally, I don’t dry brush more than twice per week. Some people do it before every shower, but I don’t think my skin could handle that and I normally only shave my legs once per week. If you shave daily, unless you experience irritation, I think you could get away with exfoliating just your legs before every shave. But don’t forget to apply body moisturizer after every shower no matter which exfoliating product you’re using! It will be much more noticeable if you skip this step when dry brushing, unlike when using exfoliating scrubs which leave behind that oily residue I mentioned earlier. P.S. EcoTools makes a few great cruelty-free dry brushes. Many other companies use natural boar hair, so if you’re a vegan or prefer to buy cruelty-free beauty products, this is something to keep in mind.
Next in the routine is shaving cream application. I’ve been using lots of Dr. Bronner’s products over the past year like their fair trade coconut oil, their liquid soap for home cleaning and hand soap, and their bar soap for body washing. The formula of their shaving gel is a little unusual, as it is much more of a liquid than any other shaving gel I’d used in the past. It does, however, create enough suds for a barrier against your razor, it just takes some time to get used to the more viscous formula. The cap is on the bottom, but I always flip it “upside down” before opening- it will spill out otherwise, so beware! I also always give it a good shake before using to make sure there’s no separation. At the end of the day, I don’t mind this non-traditional formula so much because my legs feel much less dry than when I used to shave with aerosol creams such as Barbosol and Skintimate.
I complete my routine with my Harry’s Winston razor. Just a little disclaimer before I gush about this guy; while I love the look of the polished metal handle, as a woman (whose shaving routine mostly takes place in the shower), it is a little slippery and harder to grip than I imagine Harry’s other handle, the Truman would be. For the entirety of my time shaving, I’ve always alternated between disposable razors and disposable blades. Obviously the disposable blades are a little more eco-friendly, but I usually switched back to the disposables after lots of frustration for shelling out $30 for a box of blades that wouldn’t even last me a month. I found myself getting more milage on the disposables, but I also got much more irritation, too, trying to make them last longer and continuing to use them long past their prime. Harry’s blades are made in their own factory in Germany (meaning they have total control over not only the production, but also the condition of their facilities and workers) and they’re only. $2. Per. Blade. I know, your mind is blown right now. I’ll give you a second to pull it together… So we all get on board with cheap, good razors, right? Since I don’t shave every day, I change my blade every two or three weeks and it feels so good to no longer having to be stingy with the blades since they’re so affordable.
Shop all products mentioned in this post below and keep scrolling to enter to win your own set of shaving essentials including a Harry’s razor of your choice, a Dr. Bronner’s shaving gel in your choice of scent, and an EcoTools dry brush!
“Shaving Essentials” Photographed by © Emily Davis
I was sent a Harry’s Winston Set to try for free. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting Epicurean Emily.