How to Transition into Sweaters

sweater + denim skirt
cute fall transition outfit

Being the semi-basic girl that I am, I'm of course ready to start wearing sweaters soon! Naturally, it's been super hot here this month with highs in the 80s and even up to 90 a couple of days. However, we've had a couple of cooler days and nights sprinkled in, and I've opted for lightweight sweaters like this one. I love wearing a sweater with shorts or a skirt, and how creative you can be with mixing and matching this time of year!

sweater with a denim mini skirt and ankle boots
casual sweater with a skirt

I picked up these ankle boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in August, but just saw that they're on sale for 30% off again! I love that they're dressy enough for the office, but can also be styled with fashion forward looks like the outfit I'm wearing here + this recent outfit.  

casual sweater + jean skirt
denim skirt, sweater, booties
Sweater  |  Similar Skirts here + here  |  Ankle Boots (on sale!)  |  Similar Hat  |  Choker

5 of my Holy Grail Makeup Products

Holy Grail Makeup Products | Love, Lenore

I realized that it's been a long time since I shared some of my very favorite makeup products, so today I'm sharing 5 makeup products I absolutely swear by! These products are all the best I've ever tried in their respective categories, and that I've either repurchased multiple times, or plan to when I run out!

THE best full coverage foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear
Double Wear is my ride-or-die makeup product. I strayed for about 6 months in an effort to save some money, but I recently went back and now remember why it's the best! The coverage is flawless and full without being cakey 🙌 and it truly does last all day! My t-zone is pretty oily, but this foundation can hold up with just a bit of setting powder on top. Tips: I apply in a stipling motion with this brush, and purchased this reusable pump to have better control of how much I'm dispensing.

I'm not going to lie, this product is a serious splurge and I delayed on buying this for years, but it really is a great highlighter and a tiny bit goes a long, long way. I've had mine for about 6 months now, and have barely made a dent. I have the color 'opal.' 

Makeup favorites | Love, Lenore
I don't know how I missed out on this concealer for so many years, but it's truly fantastic! I have *very* dark circles (my entire life unfortunately), but this does a great job of covering and highlighting, and doesn't fade throughout the day. Unlike a lot of other full coverage concealers, the consistency is nice and light, and is very blendable. I've tried so so many concealers, and this is by far the best! This tube has also lasted me several months too, so I'm extremely impressed and will definitely be repurchasing for the foreseeable future.

If you've ever asked me what lipstick I'm wearing, chances are it's been this one. I wear it 9 times out of 10, and it's pretty much become my signature lip color! I've lost track of how many times I've repurchased over the past couple of years. 

I'd heard/read great things about Tarte's blush for years, and finally got this one as a birthday gift from Sephora. Believe me when I say that I haven't touched another one of my blushes since I got this! The color is pigmented, so a little goes a long way, it's very blendable, and doesn't fade from my face halfway through the day like so many others. Mine is the color 'paaarty' (a soft mauve-y rose) and I can't wait to pick up another shade or two to mix into my rotation!

I have several beauty topics planned for this fall or winter, but please let me know what requests you have! Thanks for reading! xx 

My Current Color Obsession

Summer-to-Fall transition outfit
cute bell sleeve top
This week I realized how into red I am lately! This cracks me up because red used to be my least favorite color. Yep, literally at the very bottom of my list. Maybe it's the transition to fall, or the contrast against my blonder hair, but I just can't get enough these days!

I absolutely love this little bell-sleeve top (the perfect muted red 👌), and you'll never guess where it's from! It's also on sale for 15 freaking dollars right now, which I cannot wrap my mind around. Scoop it up now!

bell sleeve top, cropped jeans, loafers
cute summer-to-fall outfit: bell sleeve top, cropped jeans, loafers
Top (on sale for $15!)  |  Jeans  |  Similar Loafers  |  Sunglasses ('weekend riot')  |  Similar Bag  |  Necklace

Have you by chance seen the Shopbop re-brand? I looovvve their new logo, and the look of their site. So chic. They also have an amazing promotion for their app right now... You can take 15% off full priced items on your first Shopbop purchase using the Shopbop app and code APP15!

Fall Jacket Guide

oversized jean jacket

I love fall layering with jackets, and there are so many cute jacket trends this fall! Here are four trends/styles that I'm especially loving...

The obvious trend that I'm sure we're all noticing everywhere is oversized jean jackets! I love the effortless and vintage vibe, and I've already worn mine so much.

Bomber jackets are definitely still in this year, and I'm loving the varsity jacket look that's in the mix too.

A faux leather jacket is an absolute closet essential in my opinion! I found my perfect jacket last year and got soooo much wear out of it. I can't wait to wear it again this fall and winter. 

A new trend that I foresee being big this fall is shearling! Similarly, teddy coats and faux fur should be big as always too. 

I'm Back!

relaxed & casual fall look | oversize tee, cropped mom jeans, ankle boots
oversized tee by Project Social T
Hey hey! It's been a minute since I posted. I gave a little update on my Instagram story last week about what transpired with my father-in-law, but if you missed it here's a quick scoop without going into too much detail. Friday before last we found out he was being airlifted to a hospital about an hour from us (from Arkansas where he lives) with serious bleeding related to his cancer & treatments. After rushing to the hospital, we found things to be much much worse than we expected/knew and Friday night to Saturday morning was undoubtedly the scariest night of our lives. We are incredibly grateful that his surgeons/doctors and nurses did an amazing job, and that his mental strength and any remaining physical strength pulled him through that night and the remaining weekend. Over the course of last week he recovered and made gains at a rather miraculous pace (he was very popular at the hospital!), and we got to bring him home on Wednesday. Trey and I came home to work Friday, then headed back down to Arkansas over the weekend to visit, keep him company, and help with his care. 

We are just so grateful that he's okay and that his cancer outlook is now looking really positive. We were not ready to lose him, and knew he wasn't done fighting. We look forward to our kids knowing both of their incredible grandpas! 

Needless to say there was no time over the past week and a half for photoshoots, dressing up, or even giving a thought to Instagram and blogging. However, it's great to be back in a routine, and back to both blogging and work!  

oversized tee, cropped jeans, ankle boots
cropped mom jeans with ankle boots
Top (c/o)  |  Similar Jeans here & here  |  Ankle Boots  |  Similar Hat  |  Lipstick ("loved")

So, this outfit is definitely a more experimental look for me, but this fall and winter I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone with my styling combinations and purchases. I was honestly getting a bit bored, so want to take some style risks! 

Cropped, relaxed jeans paired with tall ankle boots are definitely a look that's new to me, but I'm diggin' it right now and want to play around with the pairing more in the future. This super oversized tee from Maude Boutique is so comfortable and versatile. I love that I can style it as a cute lounge look around the house, or dress it up a bit with denim to head out the door. See another way I styled it here.