Discovering Dezzal

LA has been having the best winter I can remember in a long time, with lots of gloomy weather and tons of much-needed rain! Still, every once in a while, we are graced with 70 degrees and sun, and we can appreciate that perfect weather all that much more now. I know I definitely did, as I had been waiting to wear my new dress from Sans Souci for a while! Also new in is this vegan biker jacket I got from Dezzal.

If you haven't heard of Dezzal, it's a really cool place to shop for something one-of-a-kind. They are based in Asia, and feature various labels and designers that you can't find stateside. When I first perused the site, I was pleasantly surprised--it's definitely not your typical Asian ecommerce store filled with tons of low-price knock-offs. In fact, most of their pictures are watermarked to prevent OTHER sites from copying their designs and using their pictures. A couple of the labels that I really like on Dezzal are Oserjep, Lushijiao, and Fanice. Check them out if you are on the market for something unique!

Vegan leather biker jacket, c/o Dezzal. Olive dress, c/o Sans Souci. Mini mini bucket bag in Brandy, Mansur Gavriel. El Paso bootie, Minnetonka. Scarf, Aritzia (old)

Review: Maybelline 24k Nudes Palette

When it comes to make-up, I love trying new things but always seem to go back to my tried-and-true favorites. When I was younger, I was a bit more experimental with my look (those colored Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners were my jam--I seriously used to own like half the colors!) but these days when it comes to eye-make up, I like to stick to boring, everyday brown shades, with maybe a bit of metallic thrown in on special occasions.

So when I was asked to try out the new Maybelline 24k Nudes palette, the answer was an easy yes! A collection of warm colors and wearable jewel-tones, the palette is right up my alley. If I ever get a little experimental with color, it's always with a khaki green or a darkish purple, so I was really excited that the palette included those shades. I also love how there's a good amount of shimmer in this palette, with copper, bronze, and gold colors included. And there is a matte black shade as well as a shimmery black for creating smoky eyes!

Confession: I can't remember the last time I wore drugstore eyeshadow. Pigmentation is just so much better with high-end brands, so for eyeshadows, I always prefer to splurge, especially since eyeshadows last me forever (I've had my two Urban Decay Naked palettes forever). So I was excited to see how this Maybelline palette would compare. Surprisingly, even without using eyelid primer, the darker colors show up really well, but blending and working with the lighter colors is a little more difficult, at least for me. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by this palette and am excited to continue trying out different looks with it!

Maybelline also sent me the Eye Studio Master Precise liquid liner to try as well as the Colossal Big Shot Volum' Express mascara. I'm always pretty whatever about mascara. I have such dinky lashes that mascara doesn't make as much of an impact, and I get so many mascaras in the form of samples and gifts with purchase or as a part of gift sets that I never really buy any. There are some bad mascaras out there, and those usually get chucked right into the trash, but I'll use any decent mascara that doesn't smear too easily (giving me racoon eyes) or clump weird. The only exception for me was the waterproof formula of Maybelline Lash Stylist, which had a comb applicator instead of your usual mascara wand, but they sadly discontinued this product many years ago. It was my holy grail of mascara! I still have a couple of unopened ones that I am saving for a rainy day (I know some people will probably think that's really gross, but I don't care! I've yet to experience negative effects from wearing old make-up). Anyway, the Colossal Big Shot is a pretty good mascara, although it doesn't "wow me" or anything (but as I said, no mascara ever really does). It does take me a few coats to get the look I want.

The Eye Studio Master Precise liquid liner (why does Maybelline like to give its products such long names?) on the other hand, was a surprise hit for me. At first when I saw the extra long tip, I thought it would be really hard to control, but it's stiff enough to be just right and applies just the right amount of product for a controlled line. I would even go so far as to say it's the best drugstore liquid eyeliner that I've ever tried. I only wish that it came in a waterproof formula to really last through the day and night!

What about you? Have you tried any of these products? What are your drugstore faves?

This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fall Feels

I finally visited a neighborhood nearby with some nice fall-colored leaves and it was glorious. It's been quite chilly in LA lately (by our standards); in fact, this is the longest stretch of chilly weather I can remember experiencing since I moved back after college. The cold weather definitely contributed to a legitimate fall feel. It didn't even feel like we were in LA anymore! My fiancé and I strolled hand in hand, enjoying the slight bite and freshness to the air. It's been a while since we took a walk just for the simple joy of it (Pokemon adventures don't count) and it brought us back to the early days of our relationship. Both this turtleneck and the beanie were Thanksgiving weekend finds from H&M, and I got so excited about lower temps that I decided to wear them together even though they are kind of the same color. I think my bag tied it altogether nicely, or perhaps made it all too much, depending on who you ask. But I'm not one for overthinking things.

Beige turtleneck, H&M. Beige pom pom beanie, H&M. Farleigh slim mom jeans, ASOS. Bow flats, Zara. Georgia mini shoulder bag, Chloé.

Off Duty Vibes

When I'm running errands during the week, my Nike Air Max Theas are my shoe of choice, and this is more or less my weekday uniform (although in the interest of full disclosure I will admit that I am usually wearing leggings instead of pants). The athleisure trend is not going quite as strong as before, but I consider it to be more of a lifestyle thing than a trend--I don't think I will ever give up the comfort, simplicity, and ease! I've written before about how much I love my Air Max Thea, but I've had them for quite some time now and still love them as much as ever. I've never used them to work out in, but they are by far and away my most comfortable walking shoes. Plus, I love how they make my feet look so narrow (my Nike Frees make my feet look super wide), and give me a little height boost!

Morning Suede Moto Jacket, BLANKNYC (this color is out of stock but Nordstrom still has a selection of other colors available and I love this shade). Oversized knit sweater, H&M (available in other colors as well). Black stretch jeans, Gap. Faye small shoulder bag in Intense Green, Chloe (found it on sale!) Bag pom-pom accessory, Topshop.

Fall Colors

LA is a city best known for palm trees and not, unfortunately, trees that give off a vibrant and dazzling display of autumnal colors each fall. A trip to the Northeast in the fall (I'm thinking Maine or New Hampshire or someplace along those lines) to see some REAL autumn foliage is definitely on my bucket list. Still, I would typically spy at least a few neighborhoods with some decent deciduous trees while driving around this time of year, often stopping to take some pictures. This year I haven't noticed too many, or maybe I just haven't been driving around as much, but I nevertheless find myself gravitating towards fall colors in my wardrobe choices. Banana Republic sent me this top and boots in such perfect fall-ready colors, so here I am in an outfit of varying shades of brown, green, and orange. It's definitely one of my favorite color palettes, and there's no better time of year to be wearing it!

Shoulder bow top in Chai Spice, c/o Banana Republic. Wedgie Icon jeans in Midnight Rain, Levi's. Suede Canton boots in Spanish Olive, c/o Banana Republic. Suede-effect jacket, Zara. Small Faye shoulder bag in Intense Green, Chloé (on sale!)

My Four Must-Haves For Fall

So it's a little late in the season now, considering that winter is right around the corner, but I've realized that there are a few basic wardrobe pieces that I've been reaching for repeatedly lately and decided to do a post on them. I'm wearing them all here and the combo of these four has more or less been my failproof fall outfit formula. They are:

1) THE DRAMATIC BLOUSE: Ruffled details are everywhere this season and I happen to love a bit of ruffle action! However, if ruffles are a bit too frilly for your tastes, blouses with neck-tie details or some bell sleeves are really great choices as well. Basically, I think it's a great time to be a blouse-wearing woman because there are so many pretty options out there. Totally addicted with this green one from H&M (sold out already but there are still some sizes left in off-white) currently. It's such a gorgeous, feminine piece; perfect for the holiday season, and this dark forest green shade is my current OBSESSION.

2) VINTAGE-CUT JEANS (preferably black): No secret that I've been all about the mom jeans lately, and in the fall and winter I always reaching for black-colored bottoms. Different shades of blue denim go in and out of vogue but black never fails! And it just looks more polished. I already wrote about how much I love my black Levi's Wedgie Icon jeans in this post.

3) SUEDE JACKETS: I think I prefer the look of suede to leather because it's much softer and less "tough" looking. Real suede also tends to be more affordable than real leather as well, so it's less of an investment. The only downside is having to beware of rain! I scored this one on sale from Mango a few months ago, felt a little iffy about it at first, but now that I've gotten into the habit of wearing it, I absolutely love it! The color makes it such a great fall piece.

4) MULES: The Gucci Princetown loafers have been a huge hit this season, with tons of similar "inspired-by" styles available! I, however, don't really gravitate towards such masculine pieces, but these bow flats from Zara really appealed to me. I find myself slipping my feet into them literally all the time, it's just way too easy. I was wearing slides all summer long, but with the seasons changing some close-toed action is necessary so these mules were perfect. I have major heart eyes for Prada's pretty version as well but decided to save rather than splurge.

What are the pieces you've been continuously reaching for this fall?