Summer to Fall Makeup Transitions

Summer to Fall Skincare

Skincare: Summer skin is beautiful and super easy to care for. Skin is hydrated, dewy, and just all around gorgeous in the summer. By the time Labor Day roles around I can already feel a rift in the force. This is when my fall/winter dehydrated skin is starts to rear its ugly head. In the summer I use gel products because they are light-weight and soak into the skin fairly quickly but once fall comes to town it’s time to move onto some heavier products. Layering skin products is the best way to get and keep your skin hydrated. When fall roles around I don’t whip out my winter skin care arsenal but I certainly tweak my routine and add a few additional steps. Combining a serum plus moisturizer is going to give your skin a fighting chance at keeping moisture and making sure it sticks around all day.

Foundation: In the summer my foundation routine is as simple as 1, 2, 3.  Just a swipe or two of a light weight CC cream or tinted moisturizer that gives me some coverage but isn’t going to feel too heavy.  For fall I like a little more coverage since my skin is quickly losing its summer glow and color. Take it up a notch and reach for a light to medium coverage foundation to give your skin a little more oomph.

Bronzer: I know you’re thinking, bronzer in the fall?, say what?!? Yes, you can wear bronzer in the fall you just have to wear it the correct way. In the summer I love a powdered bronzer to give me that sun-kissed glow and make it seem like I’ve been at the beach everyday instead of stuck in the office. But for fall I move onto a cream – matte bronzer which looks more natural and is easier to blend into the skin. Bronzer in the fall gives your skin depth and prevents you look too ghostly.

Eyeshadow: Put the bronze cream eyeshadow away and move on to rich, deep colored powdered eyeshadows. Choose warmer and richer colors that are a shade or two darker then the colors you wore in the summer months. It’s important to warm up your skin and create definition and depth.

Lips: Trade in your bright pinks and pastel colored lipsticks and glosses for deep plums and reds. It’s a simple switch that easily transitions you from summer to fall.

Mascara: I love me some black mascara but when summer rolls around I reach for waterproof blackish-brown mascaras to keep my lashes in place and have a little more of a natural look.  For fall ditch the waterproof mascara and go for a black mascara that will enhance and define your eyes.

How do you transition your makeup from summer to fall?

Xo, Lara Sophia

Fall Bags

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Is it wrong that I want every one of these bags? Well if it’s wrong then I don’t want to be right. Bags are kind of my thing, my obsession. A great bag can take any outfit and make it look like a million bucks. When it comes to great bags I always go for quality over quantity.  Take my advice:  go for classic colored and shaped bags that you’ll have to invest a little more money in but will have twenty or more years.

Fall bags are especially amazing because the color palette is extremely rich. I love having choices when it comes to the colors, textures, and shapes of my bags. Girls gotta have options. The 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Zip Satchel Bag is on the top of my list but I can’t decide between the black or blush colors. Decisions, decisions.

What bags are you currently craving?

Kate Spade NY Salina Street Small Nadine Bag // Tory Burch Mercer Leather Satchel // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Zip Satchel Bag // Chloe Marcie Leather Satchel  // CELINE Trapeze // Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch   // Rebecca Minkoff MAC Crossbody Bag // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Zip Satchel Bag // Alexander Wang Rocco-Rhodium Stachel

Xo, Lara

Post-Summer Hair Heroes

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Summer weather takes a toll on our hair. Between the sun, chlorine, and heat styling our hair gets quite the beating. When the  Fall weather rolls around it’s the prefect time to start repairing your hair to get it back to looking its best.

Repair – Everyone needs to repair their hair. We are all guilty of over processing our hair in one way or another; whether it’s from too many ponytails, too much heat, or too much hair color. Color repair is especially import post-summer since the sun and chlorine take a huge toll on color-treated hair. The sun and chlorine can fade color and make hair turn green and/or brassy and often makes us have to re-color our hair much more often causing even more damage. Oribe’s Beautiful Color line which includes shampoo, conditioner, and a mask is an amazing line that helps repair color treated hair.

Smoothness - Again overprocessing, heat, chlorine, and humidity can cause some super frizzy hair situations. We all want smooth, soft hair because it looks better and it feels so darn nice. Finding good products that can give you smooth-frizz free hair isn’t an easy task. Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil line is an incredible line of products that all contain a mix of lightweight nourishing oils that leave your hair smooth, soft, and silky. The line also helps lessen frizz and flyaways. The line consists of a shampoo, conditioner, an oil, and a prep spray and they can be used individually or in conjunction for optimum results.

Shine – Keeping hair shiny and healthy is a task in itself but getting it back after the wear and tare of the summer months is whole another issue. The ultimate goal is to get your hair back to healthy, shiny, smooth hair as quickly as possible. Seaberry is known for its ability to promote shiny hair and seabuckthorn oil is full of omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 which helps give a hair lustrous look.  Fresh’s Seaberry shampoo and conditioner are made up of seaberry, seabuckthorn, and cranberry seed oil which make the perfect combination to give you nourished soft and shiny hair.

How do you rehab your post-summer hair?

xo, Lara Sophia

Accessorizing for Fall

FALL

 

Fall is one of my most treasured times of year. Everything from the crisp weather to sipping apple cider and going pumpkin picking to the boots on my feet to the deep, rich colors of my ensembles makes me happy. Fall is a slow and beautiful transition and our daily looks should reflect that. Tis the season to step away from the bright lips, nails, and accessories that ruled our summer wardrobes and reach for the richness and depth that comes from dark colors.  Think pinky-nudes, shades of bright and deep reds, dark plums and black everything. Fall is all about the accessories – boots, bags, hats, lips, nails, scarves, and sunglasses.  Make sure your fall into Fall is a stylish one.

Xo, Lara Sophia

fashionably fit: tory burch for fitbit

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Staying fit just got super fashionable. No more ugly calorie and step trackers for all you fashionistas out there. Tory Burch has teamed up with Fitbit to solve the conundrum of fitness versus fashion. Say Buh-bye to the plain, ugly trackers that we know, and say Hello, darling to chic, fashion-forward trackers.

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If you don’t know, Fitbit creates electronic trackers which calculate everything from how many steps you take to how many calories you burn to how well you sleep and much more.  Tory Burch teamed up with Fitbit to create accessories that make wearing their Fitbit Flex super-chic.


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The Tory Burch for Fitbit line consists of four styles that range in price from $38-$195. In this line, there are two-silicone printed bracelets which come in the colors navy and fuchsia; they have an adjustable closure and a secure, easy-access holder for the Fitbit.

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The stunner of this line is the metal hinged bracelet, and the fret pendant necklace which are both made of solid brass. Both designs incorporate open fretwork which is a signature of this collection.  These are gorgeous pieces that can easily take you from the office to the gym to dinner and drinks. Plus they fashionable enough that no one would ever guess what they are.

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The Tory Burch for Fitbit line is currently available for pre-order on both the Tory Burch website and the Fitbit site. Shipments are slated to start going out on September 30th.

These pieces are going to be a hot commodity so I would get them while you can!

xo, Lara

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(Images via Fitbit.com)

Superb Street Style: Mad Hatter

While there’s a lot to love when it comes to summer fashion, the #1 fashion staple for summer is definitely the sunhat. Sunhats are a fun way to top off any outfit. They also happen to be super functional. Sunhats help you beat the heat and block the sun’s harmful UV rays. You get to block the sun and be stylish at the same time; it’s a win-win situation. Plus rocking a sunhat and sunglasses makes you look like a potential celebrity who’s hiding from the flashes of the paparazzi’s cameras. There’s a sunhat for every style from the simplicity of the baseball cap to the sleekness of the fedora to the glamour of floppy hat.

Here’s some hatspiration for this summer!

Stephanie Sterjovski from stephaniesterjovski.com looks super chic and cool in her white trilby hat.

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Sheridan from blueeyedfinch.com gives her casual outfit a sporty flair by topping it off with a baseball cap.

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Emily Jackson from theivorylane.com is the picture of perfection. Emily shows us how a floppy hat can add glamour to any casual outfit, plus the wide brim of her hat is great for blocking out the sun.

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Saretta Thais from thelioninjewels.com rocks the ultimate beach hat. Saretta is wearing a floppy hat just like Emily but as you can see their hats are giving off two totally different vibes thanks to the fabrics and colors. Saretta’s hat is made of straw which makes it perfect for the beach or pool.

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Are you a hat person? What style hat is your favorite?

xo, Lara Sophia

check your oil

To keep your skincare routine running smoothly: check your oil. Not all oils are created equally. Certain oils work better on specific skin types with specific needs. You wouldn’t put the same type of oil in a Bentley that you would put in a Honda, would you? Don’t do it with your skincare oil either. The quality of the oil is just as important in skincare as it is when it comes to cars. Finding the right oil for your skin will prevent damage and keep your skin hydrated and fresh. Investing in a good, high-quality oil is key.

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Dry Skin –  go for an oil with avocado in it. Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps retain moisture by restoring the skins lipid layer. Lipid layers live around your skin cells and they create a barrier  to keep your skins natural moisture in place and prevent it from escaping.   Try Sponge Ladi Avokanto available at Sephora

Roughness – use a coconut oil to make skin feel soft and radiant. This isn’t an oil to use if you suffer from Acne and roughness. Only use coconut oil if you have normal to dry skin with roughness as coconut oil can cause pimples if your acne prone. Try the Malie Organics Coconut Vanilla Beauty Oil available at Nordstrom

Acne – pick Argan oil.  Many of you may be thinking, I have oily skin and acne and this crazy girl wants me to put more oil on my face!?!? Gimme a minute to explain myself. Argan oil can actually decrease oil production and inflammation plus unclog pores so it’s  the perfect oil to slough on acne prone skin.  Try Josie Maran Argan Oil available at Sephora

Dark Spots – grab an oil that contains Rose-Hip seed oil. Rose-Hip seed oil contains fruit seeds that are loaded with vitamin A. If you don’t know vitamin A is also known as retinol, which lightens hyperpigmentation and scars.  Try Sunday Riley Isis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil available at Barneys

Dullness – go for an oil that is rich in grape-seed oil.  Grape seed oil is super hydrating and is rich in vitamin C which leaves skin glowy and vibrant. Try Caudalie Contouring Concentrate available at Nordstrom

xo, Lara Sophia

 

 

 

Oo, baby, here I am, primed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours!

This summer I’ve already discussed some meltproof makeup tips, here. In that post I mentioned the importance of a primer; it’s the glue that holds everything together. Remember on SATC when Carrie said, “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” well I like my makeup right where it belongs…on my face. It’s not just about applying a little primer and being good to go – it’s a process. During the warmer weather months I like to take extra precaution and make sure everything from my hair to my lashes and my skin stays put. Some may call these steps excessive; I just call it being prepared.

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Seal in the moisture – I start off by spraying my moisturized face with the Caudalie Grape Water to seal in the moisture and keep my skin staying hydrated. The grape seed oil in this spray is super hydrating.

Prime the primer – This summer I am adding a little pre-priming to my routine. I’ve been giving my skin a spritz of the Urban Decay’s B6 Complexion Prep Spray to give my primer a primer, if that makes sense.

Prime Time – Applying a primer is the key to this whole routine. Make sure to find a primer that works for your skin type. I’m loving the Giorgio Armani Light Master Primer, which makes my skin glow like no other.

Lashes and Lids – To avoid looking a like a raccoon all day I prime my lashes and lids to make sure my mascara stays put and my eye shadow doesn’t crease. Currently, I love the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff and the LANCÔME Super Enhancing Mascara Base .

Finishing Touch – Finish it all off with the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray, which makes everything stay in place. Both the Urban Decay Prep Spray and the All Nighter Setting Spray are the bread of the makeup sandwich; they keep everything together.

Get Touched Up – For mid-day touch ups I like to reach for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir since it cools the skin and adds some hydration. It’s a great pick me up and is an easy way to freshen up your makeup without re-applying.

Don’t forget your hair – Want your blowout to last more than a day without bringing on the frizzies? Hair primer is you new BFF. Hair primer extends the life of your blowout and helps any styling products do their proper job longer. I personally love the Oribe Foundation Mist, but Jennifer Aniston’s hair in the new Living Proof ads has me dying to try the Prime Style Extender Spray.

May the primer be ever in your favor.

Are you a fan of primers? What are your favorite primers?

xo, Lara Sophia