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Monday
Aug252014

Five Fun Fall Pumps (For the Office and Beyond)

Forget your boring black heels this fall -- one of the season’s greatest footwear trends is a pump with personality. The best thing about these kicks? They’ll easily take you from the office to the bar, and everything in between. 

To keep the look fresh and modern, forego the platforms -- single-sole shoes are the way to go this autumn.

Here are five great options available right now, all under $150.


Steven by Steve Madden “Aliciaa” in Black/White Pony, $119 at Piperlime.com.


Joe's 'Alyson' Pointy Toe Pump in Grey/Navy, $145 at Nordstrom.com.



Topshop 'Gallop' Pointy Toe Pump, $95 at Nordstrom.com.


French Connection ‘Ellis’ Pump in Aluminum Nubuck, $130 at Piperlime.com.


Steve Madden 'Groovi' Floral Print Half d'Orsay Pump, $100 at Nordstrom.com.


Which are your favorite?


Kristen


 

Wednesday
Aug202014

Five Must-Have Fall Transition Items

Guys. Guys! It’s finally here. After months and months of waiting, it’s finally here.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes return to the Starbucks menu next week.

Which means that my all-time favorite season is nearly upon us. To get you ready, I have scoured my favorite fashion retailers to pin down the clothing items that will help you smoothly transition your look from August to autumn.

1) The Jacket



Clockwise from Top Left:

  • Olive & Oak Floral Print Bomber Jacket, $58 at Nordstrom.com.

  • Zara Double Breasted Trench Coat, $170 at Zara.com.

  • H&M Cape in Textured Woven Fabric, $34.95 at HM.com.

  • J.Crew Varsity Sweatshirt Jacket, $88 at Jcrew.com.

  • H&M Cotton-Blend Biker Jacket, $49.95 at HM.com.


2) Light Sweaters



Clockwise from Top Left:

  • Halogen® Drop Needle Stitch Sweater (Regular & Petite), $70 at Nordstrom.com.

  • Lucky Brand 'Carmine' Open Weave Cardigan (Online Only), $90 at Nordstrom.com.

  • H&M Oversized Sweater, $20 at HM.com.

  • J.Crew Mixed Media Sweater, $88 at Jcrew.com.

  • Lucky Brand Mixed Open Stitch Sweater, $90 at Nordstrom.com.


3) Closed-Toe Shoes

Clockwise from Top Left:

  • H&M Leather Ankle Boots, $99 at HM.com.

  • Jessica Simpson 'Arriel' Bootie, $100 at Nordstrom.com.

  • BCBGeneration 'Jezebelle' Pointy Toe Cutout Bootie, $98 at Nordstrom.com.

  • Zara Studded Ballerina Flats, $70 at Zara.com.

  • Dolce Vita ‘Brigid’ Loafers in Tweed, $130 at Piperlime.com.


4) Pants. Full-Leg Pants.



Clockwise from Top Left:

  • H&M Skinny Low Ankle Jeans in Black, $30 at HM.com.

  • Old Navy Women's The Rockstar Mid-Rise Cords in Winter Wine, $35 at OldNavy.Gap.Com.

  • LOFT Wild Prairie Print Fluid Ankle Pants in Julie Fit, $70 at LOFT.com.

  • LOFT Moto Bi-Stretch Skinny Pants in Julie Fit, $70 at Loft.com.

  • Old Navy The Rockstar Low-Rise Super Skinny Jeans in Cyan, $32 at OldNavy.Gap.Com.


5) A Dress with a Sleeve

Clockwise from Top Left:

  • Gabby Skye Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress, $98 at Nordstrom.com.

  • ASOS Floral Cut Out Body-Conscious Dress, $87 at ASOS.com.

  • H&M Patterned Dress, $30 at HM.com.

  • Tahari Tiered Jersey Sheath Dress (Regular & Petite) in Currant Red, $124 at Nordstrom.com.

  • Topshop Stripe A-Line Dress, $135 at Nordstrom.com.


What else is on your fall transition shopping list?

- Kristen

 

Monday
Aug182014

Take Your Wardrobe from Sweet to Sophisticated in 3 Easy Pieces

If you’ve followed Faux Fancy for a while, you know that I have a penchant for girlier clothing items, from full skirts to frothy pastels. Recently however, all of this girliness has begun to feel a bit too sweet.

I turned 30 last year, and I’m loving this time in my life -- and I’m ready for a wardrobe that’s more fitting of this wiser, more confident and exciting time. I’m striving for a little less ingenue and a bit more leading lady.

Don’t worry, I don’t plan on overhauling my closet entirely. However, there are a handful of items that you will begin to gradually see more and more of in upcoming posts.  

Here is a quick roundup, as well as tips to help those of you who are also craving a slightly more grown up look, whether for a single event, to button up a bit during fall, or for a complete wardrobe refresh.

 

Lengthen and Slim Those Skirts

The Inspiration: Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is living proof that a longer, slim pencil skirt can be every bit as feminine and sexy as a shorter, fuller version, but it’s endlessly chicer. They also provide a much trimmer and more streamlined silhouette.

Below-the-knee hemlines like those Victoria are rocking above are a bit extreme for me -- my ideal length would hit right at or at the middle of the knee.

H&M Crêpe Dress in black, $30 at HM.com.

ASOS High Waisted Pencil Skirt, $39 at ASOS.com.


Don’t be Afraid to Wear the Pants

The Inspiration: Olivia Palermo

Whether getting ready for a big meeting or a night out with the girls, the wardrobe conversation always goes the same way.

“Kristen will obviously be wearing a skirt or dress . . . what’s everyone else wearing?”

Not that I don’t own my fair share of pants -- they’re just not my go-to piece of attire. I love Olivia Palermo’s lean, slim pant silhouette, whether ripped casual jeans, jewel-toned trousers, leather sleek leather stunners or dressier dark denim.

My shopping in this department will have less to do with the pants themselves, but the tops to turn them into outfits -- the tops are the gaping hole in my wardrobe.

Banana Republic, Sloan-Fit Faux-Leather Ankle Pant, $110 at BananaRepublic.Gap.com.

Zara Medium-rise coated slim-fit trousers, $70 at Zara.com.

Old Navy Women's The Rockstar Distressed Skinny Jeans, currently on sale for $25 at OldNavy.Gap.Com.

 

Rock a Collar

The Inspiration: Too Many to Name!


Weather layered beneath a sweater (preferably one with a bold color or contrasting pattern), tucked into a pencil skirt or crisp and loose with a pair of distressed jeans, a good collared shirt offers a variety of sartorial options.

I’m definitely looking for an assortment of shirts that can fit numerous wardrobe needs.


H&M Patterned Blouse, $25 at HM.com.

H&M White V-neck Blouse, $20 at HM.com.

Forever 21 Gray Collared Chiffon Blouse, $15 at Forever21.com.

Zara Long-Sleeved Blouse in Yellow, $80 at Zara.com.


What about you? Are you ready for a wardrobe updated of your own?


- Kristen

 

Sunday
Aug102014

Kristen’s Top 5 Fave Beauty Vloggers

We’re pretty major YouTube fans over at Faux Fancy. It’s such a wealth of entertainment and inspiration. And when it comes to beauty tutorials, there isn’t a more powerful medium than video.

Beauty vlogs are a fantastic source of step-by-step beauty tips, whether you’re looking to address a specific beauty conundrum, or you’re just looking for a new look to rock on Friday night.

I subscribe to dozens of beauty vloggers, but there are a handful that I find myself going back to again and again.

The vast, vast majority of beauty tutorials and tips work for all skin types, with the slightest of variations. However, I do find it helpful to view tutorials from women with darker skin tones as well, as I can directly purchase more of the specific product shades they use.

So, without further ado, here are my current top five fave beauty vloggers on YouTube, in no particular order.


Patricia Bright

(YouTube: BritPopPrincess and BritPopLife)

London-based vlogger and blogger Patricia Bright creates easy-to-emulate beauty and hair looks on her YouTube channel. I love how uncomplicated her tutorials are, that they’re typically very quick to achieve, and that they often include affordable products.

In addition to fantastic beauty and hair tutorials and fashion hauls, Patricia and her adorable husband Mike regularly post vlogs of their travels, antics, and everyday life in London, which are incredibly entertaining.

Patricia’s warm, often silly and incredibly approachable nature make every tutorial seem all the more achievable, and makes the videos themselves addictively watchable.


Shirley B. Eniang

(YouTube: ShirleyBEniang)

Shirley is another fantastic London-based vlogger and blogger whom I absolutely love. Shirley features beauty, hair and fashion tutorials and videos, as well as wonderful tips around home organization, skincare and overall life improvement.

Shirley does an amazing job of creating glamorous looks that are incredibly easy to re-create. She also offers several videos for those just getting seriously into makeup, from brush recommendations to foundation and contouring tutorials.

Like Patricia Bright, Shirley has an incredibly warm, friendly, best friend type of vibe, which makes sense, as she and Patricia are actually long-time buddies.


Teni Panosian

(YouTube: MissMavenDotCom)

Teni is a gorgeous LA-based vlogger and actress who is completely self-taught in the art of makeup.

Many beauty vloggers tend to create overly intense and extreme makeup looks that aren’t realistic for everyday women, or that are simply too overdone for most occasions. Teni is highly talented at creating hair and makeup looks that are glamorous and sophisticated without looking as though you spent way too much time on your face. She also creates several polished yet discreet office-appropriate makeup looks.

Teni has a really sweet and intelligent demeanor, and fosters dogs when she isn’t vlogging. What’s not to love?


Camila Coelho

(YouTube: MakeUpByCamila2)

Camila is a Brazilian vlogger based in the U.S. While she does often create natural hair and makeup looks on her YouTube channel, my favorite tutorials from Camila are of her perfect, playful, party-ready bombshell looks.

And as a bonus, Camila ends every video by teaching her viewers a word in Portuguese. And if you’re fluent in the language, you can check out her original YouTube channel, here.


Michelle Phan

(YouTube: MichellePhan)

Michelle Phan is probably the best-known beauty vlogger in the universe, having catapulted beyond YouTube to her own cosmetics line with L'Oreal, Em, endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, and a book coming this fall.

Michelle is a complete chameleon when it comes to the looks she creates, from perfect girl-next-door looks for an afternoon date to totally transformative event and Halloween makeup. Michelle is a true artist, and her videos take viewers every step of the way.

In addition to her makeup looks, Michelle also posts several videos dedicated to self-empowerment, confidence and living a positive life.

Who are some of your favorite beauty vloggers?

- Kristen

 

Sunday
Aug032014

Five Step Summer Beauty Check-Up

Hi lovelies -- hope you’re having a fantastic summer! Of course, all of the days with your hair under the sun and your feet in the sand can start taking their toll by August. Here are five of the most common summer beauty ailments, and products that can help you cure them.

Dry, Damaged Hair

Your mane can often use a little extra TLC in the summer, thanks to the sun, chlorine, and additional heat we often use to beat it into shape. Using a good, moisturizing hair mask once a week can do wonders to restore your locks to silky, manageable glory.



Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, $6 at Drugstore.com.


Summer Breakouts

Sweat, sunscreen and the additional oil brought on by all of the heat and humidity can lead to more blackheads and breakouts than you usually experience. Switch to a daily cleanser or scrub with salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay, and a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide to treat any current flare-ups.

There are a few helpful things to note when it comes to products with benzoyl peroxide. The most important thing to look for is the percentage of medication in your product -- I usually opt for a treatment with 10% benzoyl peroxide, as it provides a high-strength dose, regardless of the brand. This ingredient also has the tendency to bleach fabrics, so if you have colored towels or pillowcases, it might create spots. White towels and sheets will be your best bet during the treatment.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub, $9 at Target.com.

Target Up & Up Maximum Strength Acne Medication, $3.50 at Target.com.

Fried Feet

Unless I’m traveling for several days at a time and decide that gel mani is in order, I typically opt to do my nails at home rather than in a salon. However, running around in sandals and outdoor activities in sneakers can lead to rough, tired feet. I like to treat myself to a midsummer professional pedi to clean everything up.

Or, if you opt to pamper yourself at home, a good pumice stone, exfoliating scrub, moisturizer and cuticle trim can make quite a difference.

Earth Therapeutics Foot Doctor Pedicure Kit, $25 at Ulta.com.


Foundation Mismatch

If you’ve gotten a bit of sun this summer, there’s a good chance your skin has deepened beyond your usual foundation shade. How to tell? Take a dab and smooth it along your jawline. Does it disappear into your skin? Does it look lighter than your neck? Take a trip to the store to see if your fave foundation is available in a darker shade, and give it the jawline test as well. Sephora even offers advanced technology to pinpoint your exact skin tone, and the cosmetic brands that offer your ideal shade.

Sephora Color IQ

Dry Skin

The warmer weather and extra outdoor time can also wreak havoc on your skin. Rough patches on your elbows or knees? General dullness to your skin? Not to worry, there’s an easy, two-step solution: exfoliate, then moisturize. To get the best bang for your buck, opt for a body product set that comes with a skin scrub and a ultra-moisturizing body butter, and treat yourself to an at-home spa sesh.

The Body Shop Shea Bodycare 3pc Gift Set, $30 at Ulta.com.


Enjoy the rest of summer!

- Kristen