October Cravings

I can’t believe it’s October already! You wouldn’t have any idea based on the dreary warm rain we’ve had in New York lately, but I’ve still been out trying to enjoy the fall as much as possible. Currently I’m craving chunky knits, faux furs, and cashmere everything. My current October goals are finding a perfect mustard yellow dress that can transition between seasons and perfecting an autumn themed smokey eye.

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Fall is by far my favorite season for dressing. I absolutely love the deep, rich colors, layering jackets over sweaters over tops, and gold and brown hued accessories. But, let’s be honest, shopping for every season can get awfully expensive. I think if we all had it our way, we’d have a new wardrobe on point with every trend per season, but since that isn’t possible, I always love to pick up a few key pieces that I can work into the clothes I already own. I’m absolutely swooning over this oxblood peplum top from Topshop and these heels from LC Lauren Conrad (wouldn’t they be great with a pair of tweed socks?).

Everything on this list is less than $50, and let’s be honest, you can’t really beat that.

Fall Beauty Picks

Fall makeup is such a different beast than summer. In summer, it’s waterproof mascara, and sunscreen and you’re good to go, but fall makes me step up my beauty ballgame quite a bit. Year after year, fall has me reaching for dark nailpolishes, rich, saturated lipsticks, and deep musky scents.

As the weather turns colder, and my skin inevitably gets drier and my hair frizzier, I turn to super moisturizing products to combat the drop in temperatures. I’ve been using John Frieda Secret Weapon for 10 years, and the Yes to Tomatoes brand has always been a favorite when I’m trying to stick with natural face products.

While the last few days of August play out, I’ll be dreaming of deep nailpolishes, bold lips, and smudgy eyes. Now if only the New York humidity would cooperate….

Ruh Roh- I Broke My August Goal

The good news is I didn’t buy any clothes, so the decision to not shop before I get “back into fighting shape” hasn’t been lifted.

The bad news is that I work in the same building as Charm & Chain, and they were having a delightful little sample sale one floor down from me. But that ring! Those bangles! The price! Can you really blame me?

Gold Dotted Bangle by Gerard Yosca, multi-color blue bangle & yellow bangle both by Sequin, gold druzy ring (similar here)

*Sorry for the blurry iPhone pic. My lack of sleep during the last night of vacation is definitely having an effect today!

August Challenge Check In

So, earlier this month, I made a deal with myself to not buy any clothing items until the September. Well, I can’t believe it, but I’ve already made it halfway through.

To tell you the truth, it isn’t easy. Things aren’t exactly going as planned, and while I haven’t bought any clothing items in August, my reasons for not doing so aren’t exactly going as planned (tip: if trying to lose weight, don’t go on vacation with a boyfriend who wants to do nothing but cook and eat amazing food). Also, I’m still just as bored as ever. Yuck. I hate being bored. I used to have a million hobbies, but lately, I just don’t seem to have the energy for any of them!

Another thing I’ve realized is how much time I spend online window shopping. Seriously, I think there are at least 10 websites I visit nearly every day to just peruse and see what’s new in the sale section. I didn’t realize I’d become so focused on it, and I definitely think that’s something I’m going to need to work on.

Anyway, only 2 more weeks to go of this challenge, and I’m really hoping I can make it. In other news, I’m spending an extra day in Fire Island (thanks work), attempting to get some good pictures, so hopefully I’ll have something to share with you!

My Type of Self-Help Reading

I’m a sucker for pseudo-self help and style books. You all know the ones I’m talking about, anything by Lauren Conrad, Nina Garcia, or Pamela Keogh. There is something so light, fluffy, and fun, about looking up to beautiful, stylish women and saying “hey, I bet I could do that too. I often find myself turning back to these books time and again for a dose of inspiration, or just some light reading when I’m on the beach.

Currently, my Amazon wishlist is absolutely overflowing with books like this. And while I have to be judicious in the selection process (they can get expensive and I suppose I should read actual literature every so often), I can’t help but pick a few new ones up every couple of months.

I thought I’d share a few of my absolute favorite inspiration books:

What about you- do you read books like this or do you think they are cheesy? Any suggestions on other books I should take a look at?

My August Challenge

Have you ever found yourself to be a bit, well, bored with life? Everything is going good, but there just seems to be something missing? That’s been me the past couple of months- things have been great, but for some reason, I just don’t seem to be excited about anything.

And it’s usually during this time that I get into trouble. No, I don’t necessarily mean that I cause trouble, or wreak havoc (the days of Hurricane Alex- yes, at one point my friends actually called me this- are long gone), but instead I generally tend to cure boredom with my credit cards.

The past few months have seen quite the upgrade in my wardrobe, and while I’m working hard to clean out my closet of all the clothes I no longer wear, it just doesn’t seem to justify all the spending I’ve been doing.

On top of that, I’ve gained some weight. And while they may be a couple vanity pounds here and there, when your clothes all start to fit a bit too tight, it’s definitely a time for a change.

So, this August, I’m challenging myself to not shop. It sounds a bit crazy, but here are the reasons I’m challenging myself to 31 days without buying clothing:

  1. Pay down my credit cards and prep for all the inevitable fall purchases I’ll know I’ll be coveting when the weather turns cool.
  2. Get back into shape so I can wear the abundance of clothes that are already in my closet (ie: my vintage fall dresses that were always a bit fitted).
  3. Learn to find other ways to satisfy my need for excitement.

I know, it may sound boring to you, but I’m actually excited about this challenge. I’ve gotten so used to spending a portion of my day devoted to online window shopping, and I know this is definitely going to have to stop if I want to succeed for all 31 days.

What does that mean for The Dandy Life? It means that you might be seeing a lot more fitness related posts, healthy recipes (and maybe a few not so healthy recipes), and some repeats of things already in my closet. I hope the next 31 days don’t bore you and you’ll come along on this challenge with me!

Do you think I can do it? Have you ever given up shopping for a period of time?