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T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It’s Fall)

Oh, this new zippered dress from H&M … it was love at first sight.

The black, green and blue print is so lush, and subtly hints at the color of peacock feathers. The jewel tones are so rich -- perfect for fall.

The structure of the dress is great for both day and night. It can be easily paired with a blazer for the office, but I also love layering a cozy, long knit sweater on top. Oh, and my favorite new hat from H&M, of course.

The gray sweater and boots brighten up the dress a bit, and help the colors to really pop.

  • Dress, H&M. No longer available online, but check the stores! Alternate styles can be found here, here and here for under $90.

  • Hat, H&M. No longer available online (but check the stores!!), but similar can be found here, here and here for under $60.

  • Sweater, BCBG. No longer available, but similar styles can be found here, here and here under $100.

  • Boots, Michael Antonio. No longer available, but similar styles can be found here, here and here under $150.

- Kristen



The (Second) Best Beauty Advice I Ever Got

At a young age I knew I liked makeup and all-things beauty. I used to sit on my mom's bed as she'd get ready for a date night with my dad, watching her apply lipstick, add blush and finish with a sprtiz of perfume. As soon as I was able to begin using makeup, I flocked to it. Years later, I actually starting applying my mom's makeup, which were special moments for us. However, it took until my late teens to begin experimenting with skin care and into my mid-twenties to get into a routine that would replish and nourish my skin.

My a-ha beauty moment came a few years ago and had nothing to do with blush. I realized I was asking my face wash to play a role it shouldn't: makeup remover. Face wash is designed to work with your skin, clearing pores, exfoliating and adding a brightness that gets dulled during the day. It is NOT meant to power through your makeup and ALSO wash your skin. You have to get rid of the makeup first to let it do it's job. Simple, yet mindblowing for this girl.

Since then, I have been trying various makeup removers and cleansers as my very first nightly skin care step. The results have been amazing. Not only does my skin look brighter, but I use less face wash which streches my dollar even farther. My current routine includes the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil ($28) and Make Up Forever SensEyes Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($24).

Don't be scared of using a cleansing oil - it doesn't add oil into your skin. Instead it uses oil to dissolve makeup and purify your skin. Plus the Boscia one has a nice cooling effect and smells lightly of mint. Also, if you're finding that you can't get your eye makeup completely off, try a specialized eye product to help you get all that lingering mascara. Feel free to start with makeup remover wipes as an all-over product (I like Neutrogena's which are only $5). Wipes are a cheaper option to start seeing a difference, just remember that you still need to wash your face.

Curious about the best beauty advice I ever got? Sunscreen. No excuses.



A Little Bit Rock and Roll

If you read my post about my trip to Paris earlier this year, this dress may look a bit familiar. I purchased it especially for that springtime vacation -- the polka dots felt spot-on (pun intended) for April, and easy to style with ladylike accessories.

However, I can’t help but stretch an item of clothing past its expected seasonal boundaries. Plus, it looked too darn cute paired with my fave new cardi from H&M.

The boucle-yarn knit is super cozy, and the black leather piping gives it the slightest edge, helping to dress it either up or down.

When paired with my beloved Sam Edelman boots (also a pre-Paris purchase), my new H&M hat and chunky gold accessories, I felt the outfit took on the slightest bit of rock and roll cool.

What are you looking forward to wearing this autumn?

- Kristen

  • Sweater, H&M, $40 at

  • Dress, Forever21. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for less than $100.

  • Boots, Sam Edelman. No longer available, but similar can be found here, here, here and here for less than $120.

  • Hat, H&M. No longer available online (but check the stores!!), but similar can be found here, here and here for under $60.

  • Watch, Michael Kors, $250 at



September Non-Beauty Favorites

Check out our favorite books, shows, home wares and fashion that the Faux Fancy ladies have been loving. Watch our September non-Beauty Favorites video! 

Here’s the full list of products we featured in the video:

Kristen's Faves:

  • Wool hat, $18 at H&
  • How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, $16 at Amazon.
  • French Press, $30-50 at Sur la Table.
  • Boucle-yarn Jacket, $40 at H&
  • Library card, free!

MK's Faves: 

  • Gilmore Girls, $8.99 subscription to Netflix.
  • Chunky Knit Throw Blanket, $20 at Target.
  • Fringe Kimono, $23 at Target.
  • Flower Crown, $5 at Forever21.
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, $12 at Amazon; Bossypants, $16 at Amazon.

 What things have you been loving?

- Kristen & MK



September Beauty Favorites

Want to see the latest skin, makeup and hair products that the Faux Fancy ladies have been loving? Check them out in our September Beauty Favorites video!

Stay tuned for our September Non-Beauty Favorites video, including the clothing, home and entertainment bits we can’t get enough of.

Here’s the full list of products we featured in the video:

Kristen’s Faves:

  • NYX Shine Killer, $13 at

  • Sephora Collection The Painter: Airbrush Sponge, $12 at

  • Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium, $10 at

  • Bumble and Bumble A Tint of Brown Hair Powder, $36 at

  • Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry, $8 at

MK’s Faves:

  • Essie Nail Care Good To Go® Top Coat, $8.60 at

  • Maybelline Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze, $5.70 at

  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15, 0.33 oz size, $18 at

  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation®, 0.5 oz size, $14 at

  • L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation in Creamy Natural, $13 at


Which products have you been loving lately?

- Kristen + MK