Style Sessions: Top Fall Fashion Trends + Ava Ryan as Fashion Boss Lady

This week I came across a hilarious video from Ava Ryan as Fashion Boss Lady for W magazine and had to share it with you! Ava talks us through this seasons top fall fashion trends and of course, coats make the list as she exclaims, “What’s the point of living, if you can’t dress like a fabulous carpet?”. Yaaas, girl! She also shares that her favorite fall fashion trend is feathers, “Big Bird is the fashion icon of our time”.

Definitely take a moment to watch the video below, it’ll add a sprinkle of laughter to your day. Inspired by this, I also wanted to share a few of my top fall fashion outfits. Tell me ladies, what are you most excited to wear this fall?


Ava Ryan as Fashion Boss Lady for W magazine

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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My Top Fall Fashion Trends

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Fall Fashion Trends:  Beige Coat    |    Stripe Top    |    Paige Transcend Verdugo Skinny Jeans (BEST jeans ever!)    |    Chanel Classic Flap Handbag

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Fall Fashion Trends: Over The Knee Boots    |    Skinny Jeans    |   Embellished Jacket

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Fall Fashion Trends:  Leather Pencil Skirt    |    Monochrome Blouse    |    Beige Heels    |    Black Aviators

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Style Sessions: My Bridal Makeup Look – Natural and Pretty Vibe

Oh how I loved my wedding day! I’ve been reminiscing and watching our incredible wedding video this week (ok, truth be told I watch it every week!)… and it made me think that I wanted to share my bridal makeup look with you. One of the most important things to me was looking like myself… I didn’t want to walk through the church doors and have Chris wonder, who is that?! It can be tempting to try new looks and go super glam for the big day, but I feel if there’s one occasion to really be your authentic self, albeit an elevated version, it’s your wedding day. Plus, you want to look back at the photos in 20 years and not say to yourself, “what on earth was I thinking?!”

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I love effortless, pretty makeup and wanted to have a soft, feminine bridal makeup look. My vision was to do a bronzed ‘lit from within’ base, illuminated bright eyes with gorgeous lashes, a peachy rosy cheek glow and pretty pink lip stain. When it comes to doing my own makeup, I am quite good at it – but knew my bridal party would love to have someone do theirs. Also to be honest, it was very appealing for me to just sit back, relax and let someone else do my makeup on the wedding day.

I’m a huge believer in referrals, so I asked my super talented wedding hair stylist if she could recommend any fab makeup artists she had worked with on weddings and that’s how I found Kate Dove, makeup artist extraordinaire! After stalking her on Instagram here, I instantly knew Kate was perfect. Seriously, check out her Instagram to see her stunning makeup transformations and reviews on super popular makeup products – such amazing inspiration and tips!

We met a week before the wedding to do a makeup trial (I wanted to do this close to the wedding so we would remember everything) and it was such a fun experience! Kate knows so much about makeup and had the best of the best products in her arsenal. It was amazing to see her work and I was thrilled with how she created the natural, effortless and pretty vision I had.

My bridesmaids were equally in love with their makeup looks too, so much that they’ve asked me since the wedding if they can go to Kate for makeup lessons! I have never found a makeup artist that gave me a look I loved… until Kate. Before this experience, I was always scared to have other people do my makeup, because no one ever got it right and there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable.

Feeling fabulous and confident in your own skin is what great makeup is all about. It isn’t always about changing your face dramatically, although that can be fun to play with. When it comes to wedding makeup, focus on enhancing your best features and stepping out as an elevated version of yourself. Kate listened and took the time to genuinely understand my vision… she’s amazing! If you’re looking for an incredible makeup artist for weddings and special events, Kate is definitely your girl! It’s also fun following her Instagram here for lots of inspo and pretty photos.

I’d love to hear from YOU! How do you feel about getting your makeup done? Do you like someone doing it or do you prefer to do your own? If you’re married, what vibe did you choose for your wedding day? I’m also sharing the products used to create my bridal makeup look below, including a fabulous spray to make it last all day and night.

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With my beautiful sister, Georgia, on the morning of my wedding. Loved our makeup!

 

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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My Bridal Makeup Look – Natural and Pretty Wedding Style

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My Bridal Makeup Look:  Estee Lauder Mattifier Shine Control + Perfecting Primer    |    Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ivory Beige    |    M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20    |    M.A.C Mineralize Loose Powder in Light Plus    |    Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder (best bronzer ever!)    |    NARS Blush in Deep Throat (my fave blush ever, it suits everyone and adds the most beautiful pop of life to your face!)    |    Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Volume Mascara    |    Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette    |    Estee Lauder Color Envy Lipstick    |    Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (this is incredible for keeping your makeup perfect all day and night!)

 

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My gorgeous bridesmaid, Ariella

 

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My stunning sister, Georgia, is getting a spritz of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to finish her makeup.

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My beautiful bridesmaid, Florence, is getting a touch of NARS Blush in Deep Throat.

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Friday Faves – Best Labor Day Sale Finds You Need To See

These are some of the best Labor Day sale finds this weekend! I love snapping up designer fashion on sale and these pieces below are definitely on my list. They’re perfect for fall, most are 50% off and they all have amazing five-star reviews too!

What are your plans this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to! I’ve got a relaxing few days ahead, spending time with family, brunch with friends and probably catching up on some of my fave tv shows. I hope you enjoy a beautiful long weekend!

 

Best Labor Day Sale Finds You Need To See

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Best Labor Day Sale Finds:   1. Free People Electric City Pull Over – 40% off, only $58!    |    2. Molly Pointy Toe Flat Shoe – 50% off, only $44 (more colors too)    |    3.  Sonix Parker Sunglasses – 50% off, only $59    |    4. Tory Burch Adeline Boots – 33% off (more colors)    |    5.  Madewell Paint Stripe Leather Tote – 50% off (more colors)    |    6. Zella Turning Point High Waist Crop Leggings – 40% off, only $32!

 

Thank you for joining us at the Friday Faves Link Up! I hope you enjoy connecting with other bloggers, reading their favorite posts of the week, sharing your favorite post and making new friends all over the world. We’re so lucky to be part of this amazing community! Remember, you can share anything in the link up and be sure to visit and say hello to the blogger listed before and after you. Link up’s are all about networking and making wonderful connections, trust me – it’s worth the effort.

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Style Sessions – Best Booties For Fall

I absolutely love cool weather style and these are the best booties for Fall! They’re comfy, cute and super affordable. I’ll always love classic black boots, but over the past few seasons have really come to adore lighter hues like grey and stone. I just find them so versatile and incredibly chic!

I’d love to hear what kind of booties you like wearing? Do you have a favorite color? Also, what do you think of my picks below? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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One of my fave Steve Madden Booties

 

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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Style Sessions – Best Booties For Fall

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I’m wearing one of my fave Steve Madden Booties.

 

 

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Best Booties For Fall: 1.  Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie    |    2. Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie    |    3. 1.State Larocka Perforated Bootie (currently on sale 50% off!)     |    4. Jeffrey Campbell Jermane V-Cut Bootie

 

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Friday Faves: Currently Covet – Sam Edelman Hermione Embellished Pumps

I’ve been doing a little online shopping this week and my heart skipped a beat when I spotted these Sam Edelman Hermione Embellished Pumps. They’re fabulous, affordable and look like expensive designer shoes… so you’re guaranteed to get compliments! This is the kind of wardrobe staple every girl needs, they’ll instantly transform a simple jeans and tee combo, or up the ante on your fave little black dress. Oh and I’m not the only one who thinks they’re amazing, they have five-star reviews.

Here are a few things I spotted during my shopping and have made it onto my ‘Currently Covet’ wish list…
 

Currently Covet: Sam Edelman Hermione Embellished Pumps

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Currently Covet:  1. Sam Edelman Hermione Embellished Pumps    |    2. Kendra Scott Tessa Stone Stud Earrings (also in more colors)    |    3. Quay Kandy Gram Sunglasses    |    4. Rebecca Minkoff Glow Selfie iPhone Case (it lights up for the perfect selfie!)    |    5.  Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter Compact (this is the best!)    |    6. Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color    |    7. Chelsea28 Adriana Fringe Tote, on sale – only $52! (also love this tan tote from Madewell)

 

Thank you for joining us at the Friday Faves Link Up! I hope you enjoy connecting with other bloggers, reading their favorite posts of the week, sharing your favorite post and making new friends all over the world. We’re so lucky to be part of this amazing community! Remember, you can share anything in the link up and be sure to visit and say hello to the blogger listed before and after you. Link up’s are all about networking and making wonderful connections, trust me – it’s worth the effort.

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Style Sessions – 5 Ideas On How To Wear A Blazer

If there’s one item I recommend every girl has in her closet, it’s a stylish blazer. Instantly transform a simple jeans and tee combo into a polished on-point outfit with these five ideas on how to wear a blazer. My absolute favorite designer for blazers is Pierre Balmain, you simply cannot top a Balmain blazer! They’re a style staple among celebs and just like other cult classics (hello Chanel handbag), a Balmain blazer is fashion goals. I love the way Morgan Stewart and Kim Kardashian both styled their Balmain blazers…

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One day I’ll have my very own Balmain blazer #goals, but for now… Inspired by my love of these chic blazers and classic style, I wanted to share a flashback of blazers in my own wardrobe and ways I’ve styled them. There’s always a place for the chic black blazer, but I really adore bold printed blazers and statement colors. I’ve had the black floral blazer below for a number of years and come Fall each year, out it comes. And you know what? Every time I wear it, people still ask where it’s from. I believe that’s what great style is all about, classic pieces that stand the test of time, yet still appear on-trend.

Do you love blazers too? What kind of color or vibe do you choose? Leave a comment and let me know what you think and which way I’ve styled them is your favorite.

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear!

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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Five Ideas On How To Wear A Blazer

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I also wanted to share a few of my favorite Pierre Balmain Blazers, best of all quite a few are currently on sale!

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Style Sessions – Best One Piece Swimwear to Flatter Every Girl

I adore summer vacations and have made it my mission to find the best one piece swimwear. Bikini’s are cute and all, but there’s something about a one piece swimsuit that’s stylish and so figure flattering. With lots of pretty prints and color options, fun frills, bow and tie details, today I’m sharing the best one piece swimwear options for every girl.

As always, I love hearing your thoughts and what I really want to know is what everyone else thinks of one piece swimwear… are you a bikini girl or one-piece swimsuit fan? I’m definitely a one-piece girl, they just make me feel confident, comfortable and with so many cute options, they’re fun to wear too!

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Chris and I on our recent honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Australia

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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Best One Piece Swimwear to Flatter Every Girl

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Best One Piece Swimwear: 1.  La Blanca Caged One Piece Swimsuit    |     2.  Robin Piccone Ava One Piece Swimsuit    |    3.  Kenneth Cole Solid One Piece Swimsuit    |    4.  J.Crew Stripe Shoulder Tie Swimsuit    |    5.  Becca Crochet One Piece Swimsuit

 
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Style Sessions: The Best Summer Dresses For Every Girl

I love how effortless pretty dresses are to wear! So today, I’m sharing the best summer dresses for every girl. My go-to is this Wayf Blouson Midi Dress, it’s classic, perfect for summer and totally on-trend.

I’m wearing the coral color in this Midi Dress and just ordered the ivory too! It’s currently 40% off and only $40… so obviously, a girl has to stock up! I normally wear a size 4 – 6 and found this dress fits totally true to size. With a cinched waist, perfect v-neck and stylish length, this is one dress that is super flattering for every body shape!

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Best Summer Dresses: Wayf Blouson Midi Dress    |    Rose Gold Sandals    |    Tan Clutch    |    Ray Ban Aviator 58mm Sunglasses    |    Crystal Stud Earrings    |    Michael Kors Lexington Watch (on sale)

Beauty: Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (the best, my makeup lasts ALL day)   |   Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (#3N1 – holy grail of foundations)   |   Beauty Blender Makeup Applicator Sponge   |   Concealer (NC30)   |   bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (Illuminating)   |   Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium   |   Laura Mercier Cream Blush in Blaze   |   Estee Lauder Mascara (the best!)   |    Maison Margiela Replica Perfume in Beach Walk   |   OPI Nail Polish in ‘Cute and Small’ (it’s the PERFECT soft pink)   |   Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Color in Peach Glow (my new fave color, it’s gorgeous)

 

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition. It’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) and provide a link to this in your post. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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The Best Summer Dresses – Wayf Blouson Midi Dress

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Best Summer Dresses: Wayf Blouson Midi Dress    |    Rose Gold Sandals    |    Tan Clutch    |    Ray Ban Aviator 58mm Sunglasses    |    Crystal Stud Earrings    |    Michael Kors Lexington Watch (on sale)

Beauty: Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (the best, my makeup lasts ALL day)   |   Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (#3N1 – holy grail of foundations)   |   Beauty Blender Makeup Applicator Sponge   |   Concealer (NC30)   |   bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (Illuminating)   |   Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium   |   Laura Mercier Cream Blush in Blaze   |   Estee Lauder Mascara (the best!)   |    Maison Margiela Replica Perfume in Beach Walk   |   OPI Nail Polish in ‘Cute and Small’ (it’s the PERFECT soft pink)   |   Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Color in Peach Glow (my new fave color, it’s gorgeous)

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Shop The Look: The Best Summer Dresses

 

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Friday Faves – Don’t Miss The Best Sales This Weekend!

Don’t miss the best sales this weekend! It’s the final days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and there’s also some other great sales on this weekend too! I really believe these days, you never have to pay full price for anything! There’s always a sale on and I love to take advantage of these to shop new season style, designer fashion at deeply discounted prices, or even get started on Christmas shopping!

Be sure to check out a few of the best sales this weekend…
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LOFT, extra 50% off selected – no code needed
Williams Sonoma, extra 20% off selected with code EXTRA
West Elm, up to 30% off selected – no code needed

Stylish Picks – The Best Sales This Weekend

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Stylish Picks – Best Sales This Weekend:  1. Paige Undone Hem Skinny Jeans    |    2.  Steve Madden Thigh High Boots (only $89!)    |    3.  Vince Camuto Prasata Booties    |    4.  Sunglasses    |    5.  Stud Earrings    |    6.  Tory Burch Suede Handbag    |    7.  Suede Moto Jacket (available in grey and tan colors)

Thank you for joining us at the Friday Faves Link Up! I hope you enjoy connecting with other bloggers, reading their favorite posts of the week, sharing your favorite post and making new friends all over the world. We’re so lucky to be part of this amazing community! Remember, you can share anything in the link up and be sure to visit and say hello to the blogger listed before and after you. Link up’s are all about networking and making wonderful connections, trust me – it’s worth the effort.

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Style Sessions – Best Activewear On A Budget

I believe fab workout clothes inspire you to get out and move! I wanted to share my best activewear on a budget finds, they’re cute, comfy and won’t break the bank. I spend so much time in activewear and with lots of stylish options, it means you can easily get through the day from morning spin to brunch and beyond.

I’d love to hear from you, do you have any favorite brands or places to find activewear? I like discovering new options, so please leave a comment and let me know. I also want to know what colors you like? Black is such a popular choice, but brights are so fun too.

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

 

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Best Activewear On A Budget

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Best Activewear On A Budget:  1.  Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings (in Nordstrom sale for $35)    |    2.  Wireless Sports Bra (on sale)    |    3.  Chillin’ With No Makeup Sweatshirt    |    4.  Nike Flyknit Training Shoes (on sale $89)    |    5.  Zella Midnight High Waist Crop Leggings    |    6.  Zella Sultry High Waist Leggings (on sale $46)

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