Blazer: H&M (sold out in cream, so here is a similar option) | Oversized Tee: Target (similar) | Pants: H&M (wear them ALL the time) | Necklace: BaubleBar | Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar under $50, more here, here) | Bag: H&M (similar here, here) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth, From Dylan (c/o) | Lip color: NARS 'Damned' | Nail color: Essie 'Chinchilly'

I've wanted this statement necklace since the first time I saw it! I am really not a statement necklace girl because I don't really consider myself too preppy or the super sparkly type, but this one is so different and it's both pretty and edgy at the same time. I wore this outfit yesterday for a really busy work day filled with events, but love that this necklace has a cool, edgy vibe that will completely work with more casual outfits as well. BaubleBar (one of my absolutely favorite places to buy jewelry) also has a non-pearl version that comes in different colors, and a similar, smaller version as well!

On a totally different note... Is anyone else kind of getting to the meltdown point about winter this year?? I am usually not one to be seasonally depressed, but we have had an extra cold winter for Missouri and I feel like I'm about to go crazy! The week forecast for here is basically really cold with either snow or rain depending on the day, so bare with me if outfit posts aren't exactly plentiful ;) Get me some somewhere warm and sunny ASAP!



New Extras

 Sweater: Target (similar sweater that I'm obsessed with!) | Faux Fur Snood: Asos (similar here, here, here) | Jeans: H&M | Heels: H&M (so comfy, but size down 1 whole size!) | Earrings: BaubleBar (on sale!) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth | Bag: H&M (similar here, here) | Sunnies: Amazon | Lip color: NARS 'Damned'

Today I'm remixing a few pieces I've had for a little while now with a couple of fun new accessories that absolutely loving! These earrings just came in the mail over the weekend, and I'm smitten. They're so pretty, and are amazing quality for the sale price (and not too heavy). These heels are the also. They're really comfortable and edgy, and the price can't really be beat. One thing I learned about H&M shoes though is that they run really big! I ordered two pairs in my regular 9.5 (yes, I have really long feet! haha), and they were both so big. I exchanged them for an 8.5 (size 40 European there) and both fit perfectly! Just FIY :)

On a totally different note, I didn't get a chance to talk about the Oscars in yesterday's post! There were really only a few looks I didn't like, and I thought the majority of ladies looked stunning! My best-dressed were Emma Stone, Sienna Miller, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana and Naomi Watts! And that performance of "Glory" ... talk about goosebumps and tears. Who were your best-dressed ladies, and favorite moments??



The Red Lip

Sweater: H&M (sold out in the cream) | Scarf: Aerie (on sale!) | Hat: Prima Donna | Lips: MAC 'Ruby Woo'

The classic red lip. So chic, but so daunting. I had never owned a true red lipstick until just a couple of weeks ago when I was suddenly determined I needed one!

You all know how much I love wearing neutrals. I love that they can be classic, edgy, versatile, or whatever you need them to be. And they're my number one tip for maximizing a smaller budget and wardrobe (hello mix-and-match). Because I wear so many neutral pieces and outfits, I love that a simple red lip can serve as a pop of color.

via my Instagram - @jacyoverstreet

I knew I wanted a great quality lip color that would compliment my skin tone and stay put! The thought of red lipstick smearing on your face isn't exactly a great one. I had no idea what type of red would work best on me, so I wanted an expert opinion. I've always heard how amazing MAC lipstick is, so I thought it was the perfect time to try one out and invest. I headed to the MAC counter a couple of weekends ago so that one of their makeup artists could pick out some options for me, and so that I could actually try them on, which ended up being a great decision.

I decided on Ruby Woo, which now has its own accompanying lip pencil (that I also purchased), and love it! It's vibrant but matte, and stays put so nicely.

Lip color: MAC 'Ruby Woo' | Nail color: Essie 'Blanc'

Tips for applying:
  • Exfoliate: I will usually gently exfoliate my lips using a warm, damp wash cloth. If I'm on-the-go or already in the office, I'll use this great lip exfoliation stick that's always floating in the bottom of my purse and then wipe it off with a napkin. I've also heard good things about this lip exfoliator.
  • Moisturize: I then apply a light layer of lip balm (this one is nice and light) because I like to lock in some moisture under my lipsticks and stains (especially if they're matte). If I feel like my lips are a little too balmy/slippery, I will lightly blot some of the balm off.
  • Line: I've always gotten away without using a lip liner with either lighter lipsticks or darker lipstains that I can have good control of. However, I knew with red that it was worth the extra investment to pick up a liner to keep the color neat and in place. I've also heard you can just buy a 'universal' lip liner that's nude and can work with all of your lip colors... Anyone have any experience with this?

Do you have a signature red lip? I'd love to hear what you use!