#OOTD: Black and Wine


OOTD Casual Fall Style With Chaser Drape Back Dolman Tee and American Eagle Hi-Rise Jeggings

{ Chaser drape-back dolman tee; AE Hi-Rise Jeggings; DV Dolce Vita flats (last year); Vince Camuto ‘Colby’ bag (love this current fringe version); Nixon Kensington watch }

These photos are from last week, but I’m basically wearing the exact same thing today. Uniforms, y’all. Get on board. ;)

I love Chaser basics. I stock up on their tees and thermals at my friend’s boutique, m.marie, and wear them to death. They’re super soft and drapey, and get better with every wash. I bought this thermal tee years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite things in my closet.


Festive Fall Simmer Pots


Pinterest is overflowing with ideas for fall simmer pots. They’re the best way to fill your home with all the fruity, spicy scents of the season. Most are made on the stove top, which require some care and supervision. Not ideal for easily-distracted folks like me; there’s a reason I’m only allowed to burn jar candles in open spaces around the house.

So I found a great workaround!

My first crockpot came with a ‘Little Dipper’ mini crock. I made queso in it for a party once, but hadn’t used it since. When I cleaned out my kitchen recently, I found it buried in the back of the cupboard and thought, “hey, worry-free simmer pot!”

It works like a charm: I can plug it in and leave it for hours, it gets just warm enough to fill the room with fragrance without scorching or burning off all the liquid, and I can reuse it for days.

It’s fun to experiment with different scent combinations. These are some of my favorite simmer pot ingredients to mix-and-match for the season:

  • fresh sliced apples, oranges, grapefruit or lemon
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • pure vanilla extract or vanilla essential oil
  • lemon essential oil
  • sandalwood essential oil
  • fresh rosemary

To start, I fill the crock about halfway with the fresh sliced fruit, then add filtered water until the fruit is covered (be careful not to overfill; don’t go higher than 3/4 full). Then I add the cinnamon and/or fresh herbs, a heavy sprinkle of the ground spices, and assorted essential oils (usually 8-15 drops of each oil, depending on how much I want the fragrance to come through). Finally, I stir it all together to combine.

I leave the lid on for the first 30 minutes or so to heat through, then remove the lid to let it simmer and steam. If the scent starts to dissipate, I cover the crock again for a bit to reheat, and repeat, and so on and so forth. ;)

For more home fragrance inspiration, check out Ingrid’s ‘DIY Room Scents + Sprays‘ video.

If you don’t have a ‘Little Dipper,’ a regular ol’ crock pot will likely do the trick! Search for one in a thrift store that you can dedicate to the task, or find an old pot for a stove top version (check out Pinterest for helpful instructions).

Latest Beauty Empties

Keira Lennox Beauty Empties | Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Oil SPF 15

The latest makeup, skin care, and hair products I used to the last drop + mini reviews!

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Oil SPF 15: 

Let me start by saying I don’t make a habit of dropping $80 on face oil. I went into Sephora for deodorant one Friday night after a crazy week at the flower shop, and the lights, music and, you know, Sephora magic put me in a ‘treat yo’self’ haze. You know what I’m talking about, it’s like a casino in there!

This Peter Thomas Roth oil was on a new arrivals display, and it smelled like pure garden roses from heaven, so I bought it in a exhaustion-meets-overstimulated stupor. BUT. I love a good beauty oil, and I killed the entire bottle in five weeks. I used it every day on my face, neck, chest and arms. I would’ve bathed in it if I could; it’s perfectly moisturizing, has SPF 15 for sun protection, and smells intoxicating. I haven’t replaced it, but I sure want to.

Kari Gran Essential Serum: 

This is an excellent all-natural face oil that smells calming and herbal (think lavender and ylang ylang) and hydrates sensitive skin. A little goes a long way, and the 30ml bottle lasted at least six months with regular use. I’ll definitely replace this serum soon.

I recommend anything from Kari Gran, and if you’re new to the brand, their starter set for $35 is a good introduction. You can read my full review here!

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk:

My dry skin needs a daily dose of all-over hydrating lotion, but it’s sensitive to a lot of perfumes and synthetic ingredients. I love that this body milk is paraben and sulfate free, and contains a blend of natural ingredients — some you’d find in your kitchen! — with nourishing oils for velvety soft skin that never feels greasy. The sweet almond and cream fragrance is a lovely base for all your favorite perfumes. I already restocked!

Amore Pacific Cushion Compact: 

I did a full review of this skincare-meets-makeup cushion compact over the summer, and it’s one of my favorite beauty buys of 2015. I could easily see myself using this exclusively every day, and I’ll restock it as soon as I finish up some of my tinted moisturizer stash.


This is an good micellar water cleanser, but I didn’t see much difference between it and the Simple formula, which is half the price. I think I’m on the fence about micellar waters; they do a decent job of removing makeup, but I always feel like I need to rinse my face afterwards (even though you aren’t supposed to) and the product goes so fast!

I think I’ll stick with my jar of organic unrefined coconut oil by the bathroom sink for the nights I feel too lazy to wash my face; it melts off every trace of makeup with help from a warm clean washcloth, and hydrates at the same time.

Mermaid Shampoo:

I bought this online a while ago when Urban Outfitters opened their beauty department. Pros: It smells like all the best parts of summer and is made in the U.S. with natural ingredients. Con: It didn’t do an excellent job of cleaning my hair, since I usually go a few days between shampoos. I used it every now and then, just because it smelled so good, but at $35 a bottle, I don’t think I’ll repurchase.

Keira Lennox Beauty Empties Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk