On My Radar No 36

Happy Friday! I'm particularly excited about today because it kicks off my birthday weekend (I'll be 31 tomorrow). I'm looking forward to stopping by one of my favorite antique shops, Wynsum Antiques for their grand re-opening tonight, and then heading to Chez Nous tomorrow for dinner. Until then though, here are a few things that have caught my eye this week. 

HOW TO WASH JEANS SO THEY LOOK NEW | You know I love jeans and this article on WhoWhatWear.com explains how to wash your denim so that it stays looking fresh. 

PERSONALIZED HAIRCARE | Hair can be a tricky thing and as I've embarked on a heatless hair journey, I've discovered just how important the right hair products are. Prose, is taking this approach one step further with personalized haircare routines tailored to you, your lifestyle, location and hair needs. 

GORGEOUS CANDLES | There are few things more luxurious than candles. I love lighting a few in the evening to help calm the mood and set a soft glow across the house. That said, it can be difficult to find candles that are both beautiful and lightly scented - anything too heavy gives me a headache and exacerbates my asthma. Enter, Apis Cera. I recently discovered this brand through Jamie Beck and have been smitten ever since. This beautiful brand, in their own words "has one ambition: to restore candles to their former glory" and I am totally on board.


Spring Uniform + A Style Update


As you know, I rely on a few "style uniforms" to get me dressed quickly and still feel polished everyday. These uniforms are typically the same year-round with a few minor tweaks to suit either cold or hot weather, and they're made up of pieces I love and wear for many years. I find that this makes getting dressed a breeze and creates a perfect canvas that I can change up with accessories and outerwear throughout the year. Recently though, I've been feeling like one of my favorite spring uniforms was lacking a cute but lightweight and breathable white top. Now, you know how much I love a crisp white shirt but if last summer taught me anything, it's that some days during a southern summer you just can't be bothered with rolling up your sleeves and anything too tight to the body is a definite no-go.

On those days, when t-shirts feel too casual I would love to have a one or two simple but fun white tops to help update my jeans and sandals, flats or slides combination that I wear on repeat. I currently have two blue tops like this and I wore them so much last year that I know a white one will serve me well. 

With this newfound realization in mind, I'm currently on the hunt for something that fits the bill and isn't too expensive. To help me hone in on the silhouette I want, I've put together this visualization that I'll be coming back to to keep me focused on the perfect silhouette - plus, I just love making these! 

straw hat / sunglasses / white shirt / jeans (my favorite skinny jeans!) / gold hoops / watch / signet ring / ivory comb / perfume (my new favorite!) / straw bag / sandals


Splurge vs Save: Where I Spend & Scrimp In My Wardrobe

In today's video I want to share the areas I think you should splurge and save in your wardrobe to make sure it's well-rounded and will last you for years to come. Before we hop into though, I want to make it clear that the monetary value behind what makes a splurge or steal is different for everyone and the most important thing is to always stay within your own personal financial restraints and never exceed your budget in the name of fashion. With that in mind, a "splurge" will be anything that requires a larger part of your fashion budget and a save is anything that requires less. 

When it comes to building a timeless closet full of pieces that you can wear for years to come, I recommend always striving for the highest quality item that you can personally afford, buying natural fibers and materials, and then taking care of those items so that they last as long as possible. Doing this will help ensure that you spend your hard earned money only once and don't need to repurchase the same pair of shoes every year. If, instead of buying impulsively, you take your time to pick the perfect piece for your wardrobe (whether it's a splurge or save), and ensure that that item is well-made and you spend a little more when necessary, you will help ensure that you only need to buy something once. Also, if you understand the pieces that are worth spending a little more on, you can spot a great deal and score some beautifully made "splurge" items at a steal price. I'm working on an entire series all about this so be on the lookout for that but in the meantime, let's hop into my splurges and saves. 


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First up in the splurge department is shoes. Well-made shoes in classic styles will last you for years if cared for properly and I can't stress the importance of high quality shoes enough. Like handbags, I only have a few pairs of shoes so I think they are definitely worth the splurge. Not only can cheaply made shoes hurt your feet, they can also wear out a lot faster than their well made, high-quality counterparts. For this reason, I have chosen to invest wisely in a few pairs of shoes that I wear constantly and care for well so that they last ages. Plus, great shoes have the ability to elevate the rest of your outfit in a snap - which you know I love!


Much like shoes, I think well-made handbags are 100% worth their elevated price tag. Because I own so few, it's important for each one to go the extra mile and I have found that when I invest in a high-quality handbag it not only lasts longer because of the superior quality, but also because I take better care of it. Also, rather than purchasing countless cheaper equivalents of my ideal purse, I have had much better luck and saved more money long term by saving up for what I really want and know will work with all the outfits in my closet. That said, I do not think you should go out and spend a fortune on your handbag just because it is a splurge. Rather, I encourage you to scour eBay, TheRealReal.com and Etsy for vintage or pre-loved designer handbags at nearly half the price of a new one. Not only are these options cheaper, they also add some personality to your look. My only word of caution for going this route would be to do your research, know how to authenticate any designer item before you buy it and do not hesitate to ask the seller as many questions as necessary.

Forever Jewelry


My next splurge is forever jewelry.

While you know I LOVE costume jewelry (both new and vintage), I have chosen to invest carefully over the years in some key forever pieces that I wear every day. For me, this has worked out fantastically and I couldn't be happier with my minimal collection of pieces. All-in-all, I think forever jewelry is definitely worth the splurge because these pieces are classics that I know I will wear forever.

Also, not only have I thoroughly enjoyed carefully collecting these pieces over the years, but because they required extra thought before purchasing I can say with certainty that I truly love and wear each and every piece enough to justify the cost. 


The proper undergarments can make or break your outfit and I can personally attest to the benefits of spending a little more on high quality bras. In college, I worked for a large department store as a bra fit specialist and learned very early on how the right bra can transform your posture, attitude and how your clothes look on you. So, when shopping for bras I recommend taking the time to get fitted properly and then also taking the time to find the perfect bra for you. I have an entire series on this coming up down the line but in the meantime, a safe place to start is with a well fitting t-shirt or seamless bra in a nude for your skin tone because it will work with a multitude of tops. 


Natural Fiber Sweaters

Next up is sweaters made from natural fibers like cashmere, cotton, wool, silk and blends of these. Before making the decision to purchase natural fiber sweaters in classic silhouettes, I spent far too much on their synthetic counterparts. These sweaters left me feeling sweaty and itchy and never lasted longer than a few seasons. You know how much I love a great cashmere sweater and it's a closet staple that I think is definitely worth splurging on. If chosen correctly, in a classic silhouette and color that suits your wardrobe and lifestyle, a great cashmere sweater can last for years. In fact, I have a cashmere cardigan that belonged to my grandmother that's still in perfect condition! 

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Tailored Blazers & Outerwear

You know how much I love a great blazer and I've found that spending a little more on blazers and tailored outerwear is 100% worth it. When shopping for my blazers and coats, I like to keep a few things in mind in order to pick a well-made piece that fits me well and I've found that spending a little more to ensure these points is a wonderful place to spend my money. Doing so ensures that my blazers and jackets are not only great additions to my wardrobe, but that they also  


When it comes to saving, I have a few places that I find I can scrimp on without sacrificing quality too badly. In these instances, even though I'm spending less than I would on a splurge, I still look for high quality construction and versatile silhouettes that will compliment the other items in my wardrobe. So, with that said let's hop into my "saves." 

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Trendy Pieces You Can't Wear Forever

The first item I like to save on is trend driven pieces that I may not want to wear beyond one year. When it comes to trends, I think you can approach them in one of two ways. The first is to adopt every trend haphazardly regardless if it will compliment your personal style and the rest of your wardrobe. The other, is to strategically adopt a few trends every season or year that do compliment and enhance your personal style and wardrobe. As I'm sure you know by now, I definitely subscribe to the second method and I encourage you to do the same if you feel like you're constantly chasing trends and never have anything to wear. 


Next up is costume jewelry. Before we get into why I consider this to be a "save" I want to distinguish between costume jewelry and statement jewelry. I find that the two are often used interchangeably but they aren't always one in the same. In short, statement jewelry is jewelry that makes a statement. These pieces can be fake (plastic, acrylic etc) but don't need to be.

In fact, some of the best statement jewelry is made of precious and semi-precious stones and solid or plated gold like these incredible pieces. Now, costume jewelry is anything that's entirely fake (fake gold, fake gemstones etc like my Target hoops and Baublebar marble effect earrings). These pieces are often very inexpensive and are also often times statement pieces because their low price tag makes them easy pieces to experiment with. 

White T-Shirts

Last but not least, I like to save on white t-shirts. While I certainly understand the argument for expensive white t's, for me personally it's just not a practical use of my money.

Especially since moving back down south, I wear white t-shirts too often and in such intense heat that they just don't last long enough to justify spending a lot of money on then.

Instead, I've found that a simple cotton t in a classic, flattering silhouette is easy to come by. Places like Everlane and Hanes regularly offer perfect white t's for under $20. 



And there you have it! I'd love to know the items you like to splurge on and those you save on. Also, if you want to see my corresponding video, you can watch it below. Thanks so much for watching!


Straw Hats For Spring


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I love hats. During the cooler months I swear by fedoras and berets to keep me warm and stylish and during the warmer months, it's all about the straw hat. From wide brim to panama, I love these lightweight toppers for shielding me from the sun and keeping me classic and cool. Currently, my small collection of hats includes lower end options from places like Asos, TopShop and Forever 21 and while there's certainly nothing wrong with them, I would love to upgrade my hat collection with one classic, beautifully made option that I can wear for years to come. Today, I've rounded up 6 lovely hats that I've come across recently. 

1 | First up is this very high-end option from Gucci. I love the simple but stylish design of this option and the mid sized brim. I don't know that I could bring myself to spend quite that much right now, so I to get the same effect I would tie a silk scarf like this one, this one or this one on a plain straw hat. 

2 | Next up, is a very cute (but slightly more casual) option. I really love the open weave that allows for nice air flow during the hot spring and summer months. 

3 | This third option is my favorite out of the bunch and I'm completely smitten with the pale color, classic silhouette and quality craftsmanship. I also think the price point is extremely fair for the impeccable construction and innovative packable design. 

4 | Next, is a lovely black and white option that's perfect for adding a pop to a light colored spring and summer wardrobe.

5 | When it comes to classic hats, Borsalino is a visionary. This classic hat is perfect for a classic wardrobe and I love the olive green ribbon that will compliment every color in my wardrobe. 


Monday Muse: Aerin Lauder


Today's post kicks off a new micro series that I'll be posting a few Mondays out of the year. As the title suggests, this new "Monday Muse" series will explore the style of an inspiring woman and in each post we will delve deeper into what makes her image unique but wearable and how you can incorporate a few of her tricks into your own closet. First up, is one of my all-time favorite fashion and business inspirations - Aerin Lauder

Of her style, Aerin has said that it's "very classic and feminine, but with an ease to it" and I couldn't agree more! Everything she's pictured wearing is classic but modern and always feminine - even when wearing structured separates like blazers and pants.  

One of the things that I love the most about her style is how approachable it all feels. Even though she's typically wearing pieces far beyond my budget, she always looks so relatable, comfortable and relaxed. Plus, the majority of her wardrobe and outfits are made up of simple separates that most women already have in their closet.

From her simple jeans and beautiful blouses to her effortless hair and barely there but always polished makeup, she's a woman after my own heart. She regularly mixes classic closet staples like black pants and classic jeans with feminine touches like floral tops, heirloom jewelry and lace details. Below, I've linked a few of Aerin's outfits that can easily be recreated using pieces you probably already have. Just remember to wear your outfit with confidence and go out and chase your dreams!  


Spring Capsule Makeup Collection & Routine Video


Today I'm sharing my quick and easy, five minute spring capsule makeup routine.

If you've seen any of my other makeup posts, you know that I prefer a light, natural look and this routine gives me just that. 

1 | HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER: The first step in my routine during the warmer months is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I love this primer because it's light on my skin, controls oil beautifully and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth - the perfect base for my foundation. 

2 | ALIMA PURE SATIN MATTE W3 + BAREMINERALS ORIGINAL FOUNDATION GOLDEN BEIGE: Next, I apply a light layer of foundation. You know I love mineral foundation and since we're between seasons, I mix the Bareminerals Original in Golden Beige with the Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in W3 for my perfect shade. I love each of these mineral foundations for their flawless but super lightweight finish and lately I've been applying them with my new Milani Powder/Bronzer brush. I picked this brush up recently and have been loving it. It's ridiculously soft, has kept it's shape and bristles through many washes and applies my foundation evenly. Plus, it's under $20.

3 | BAREMINERALS WELL-RESTED CONCEALER: Once my foundation is on, I like to add a very light dusting of Bareminerals "Well Rested" Concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I love this concealer because it's lightweight (have you noticed a theme yet?), easy to apply and brightens my under eye area perfectly. I like to apply it with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush for an airbrushed look. 


4| BAREMINERALS WARMTH: Next, I like to add some color and life to my face with Bareminerals warmth. I alternate between this and "faux tan" throughout the year and find that on light makeup days I can wear only this and skip the blush. I like to apply it with the EcoTools Powder Brush for a natural application. 

5 | L'OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PRIMER: For my eyes, I love eyeliner but often skip it day-to-day. To keep my eyes a wide awake look without it, I apply a layer of the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer before going in with mascara.

6 | CHANEL INIMITABLE INTENSE MASCARA: For mascara I've fallen back in love with the Chanel Inimitable Intense and when combined with the L'Oreal Primer my lashes look lifted, voluminous and long - I LOVE it!

7 | E.L.F. GOTTA GLOW LIP TINT IN PERFECT PINK: Last but not least, I apply a quick application of lip tint and the E.L.F. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink is a great dupe for the Dior Lip Glow. It gives me just enough color and leaves my lips feeling hydrated and smooth. 

And there you have it! I also put together a quick video of the application (set to some great music!) if you'd like to see these products in action. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel. Please forgive the slight haze my video seems to have. It's an issue with resolution and exportation that I've been trying to fix since I upgraded my camera a few months ago and I hope to finally have it fixed soon. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy Sunday!