the fall wardrobe

27 August 2014

bespectacled, fall, pre-fall, autumn, wardrobe planning

It's apparently that time of year again - pumpkin spice latte season.

So you can say that fall is kind of upon us here in San Diego, what with the consistent 80+ degree weather. I'm kind of at a loss wardrobe-wise because I want to dress one way but the weather here isn't really cooperating with me. So at the moment I'm trying to find more of a balance between what I want to wear and the actual weather here.

I think the key is to find pieces that are lightweight but can be easily layered up in the event we get some weather around here. Everlane's Boat Neck Sweatshirt has been on my wishlist for quite some time now and it looks like the perfect piece to layer with or wear on it's own. And because it's such a basic piece it would work seamlessly into my wardrobe I think. And I'm always on the look out for new gray sweaters or tops - they're my go-to pieces year round really.

Whenever I'm in H&M I always try on their coats and man do I really want one. All of the fabrics are way to thick and on top of that usually lined so I'm hoping to actually DIY my own lightweight coat. I'm deciding between the Cocoon Coat or Three-Quarter Sleeve Coat patterns from Burdastyle as the base for my coat. I'm leaning more towards the latter, but we'll see! But I do the coat to be in some kind of dark gray fabric (I'm in a very gray-obsessed mood as of late).

And last on my list are midi-length culottes! I'm all about practical pieces and adore shorts that look like skirts - they're still pretty feminine while still being able to move around in without worrying about flashing your underwear everywhere. I'm experimenting with different lengths and think that a midi-length piece would work for me (if not I could always hem them shorter myself). I think culottes are the perfect transitional piece - still breezy enough for the summer but still fall-appropriate even without tights (which I have a tendency to ruin really quickly).

Another kind of general wishlist on my part, but what about you guys? How is fall like where you live & what's on your fall wardrobe list? Do you find yourselves wanting to dress for one kind of weather only to get something else?

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lately #11

25 August 2014

bespectacled, life lately, new in, books, random, non-beauty

1. Picked up some stuff! I got this super adorable & unnecessary chick correcting tape thing, the Essie Butler Please Nail Polish because I've been wanting a blue nail polish, 2 notebooks and 2 books. The first is Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle which someone had recommended to me, and the other is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I haven't read fiction books in quite some time (I stick to a lot of non-fiction really) but I figured it was time for a change especially since I'm almost done with The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo. Anyway, what's on your reading list lately?

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2. Was in the Berkeley/Bay Area over the weekend and visited UC Berkeley. I didn't actually take too many pictures but I enjoyed the trip a lot. These are two photos I took at UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden and look at that view! It as a great little place and somewhere I'd recommend going. We were only there for a day and a half so we couldn't really explore every nook and cranny but the campus was a lot different to what I've been to and it was just so packed with so many different stores and what not. So that's why I wasn't as present online as I normally am. This week will also be super busy for me but I'm really looking forward to this three day weekend!

bespectacled, life lately, food

3. Discovered the joys of homemade ice cream sandwiches from a shop called Cream - just handmade cookies with ice cream sandwiched in between and it was only $2. I wish this would catch on here in San Diego. Or not because I'd be buying some every chance I could get!

4. I'm on the search for the perfect midi-length short/culotte. I'm trying to experiment a bit more with lengths especially since I'm experiencing a pretty bad eczema flare up and don't really feel like showing off too much of my legs. I'm thinking of getting this ASOS pair & I figure I could just hem it to the right length. I really love the look of culottes/skorts - they really speak to the practical side of me.

5. Speaking of eczema, like I said I'm experiencing a really bad flare up at the moment and am wondering if any of you guys have any product recommendations to help with the itchiness? I haven't had this bad of a flare up since I was a teen and it's really distracting, you know?

6. And so I don't just leave you with just my awkward skin issues, I've been actually really good about limiting myself to only only five beauty pieces this month, but how adorable are these Sephora Kiss Me Balms? Definitely eyeing the 'Soda Pop' one. (By the way, what do people call soft drinks in your area? We call them 'soda' here in California but I've heard people call them 'pop' before!)

Anyway, how was your Monday? Did you do anything exciting over the weekend? Or do you have any exciting weekend plans?

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review: LUSH Ultrabland

22 August 2014

bespectacled, review, skincare, LUSH Ultrabland

I'm not sure if this happens to other people but I have a long queue of reviews that I'm in the middle of writing. I like to give myself to really try a product out, especially things like skincare that can sometimes take a lot of time for me to form a opinion on. That being said, I've been using Ultrabland for quite some time now and have finally come around to writing a review for it.

LUSH Ultrabland is described as an "ultra-effective, ultra-gentle ... cleansing cream that cares gently for all skin types". Personally, I see this more as a cleansing balm because it's more solid than what I think of as a cream, but it's also more creamy than other cleansing balms out there. Textures confuse me. But whatever this actually is, I feel like this has is an excellent product for my skin and my makeup removing needs.

beauty planning #1

17 August 2014

bespectacled, beauty planning series, NARS Duo Eyeshadow Cordura, Pixi Glow Tonic, Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid, Revlon Colorstay Concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Whiskey

I do a good deal of wardrobe planning but not enough beauty or skincare planning, which is especially important now that I've limited myself to five pieces a month. As a blogger I think it's extra hard to want to buy everything for the sake of new content on the blog - I know I've fallen into that tendency quite a lot since I've started blogging. But there are plenty of ways to create new and interesting content without having to buy very many things - at least, I'm still trying to work on that!

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura
I've become a really big NARS fan these last couple of months and while I was so tempted to pick up one of their new Audacious Lipsticks there are just so many shades to choose from. I don't think I could only pick one, which I really cannot justify. But what I can justify is an eyeshadow duo that I know I would use often like this one in the shade Cordura. The Sephora website describes the shades as a "shimmery warm rich brown & a shimmery dark brown", which sounds like it would work alone or as a compliment to my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. $35 on Sephora

pixi Glow Tonic
I've tried manual exfoliators in the past and they have been alright but I really would like to try a chemical exfoliator this time around and with the pixi Glow Tonic being such a blogger favorite I've had this on my list for quite some time now. Hopefully this won't aggravate any of my dryness or sensitivity. 8.5 fl oz, $29 at Pixi Beauty

Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid
Being in an office that has the air conditioning on year round and living in a dry climate isn't the best for dry skin like mine. And with my current moisturizer nearing it's end I'd really like to try something new. This serum has a rather generous 5 oz - that's only $7.80/oz - which is what caught my attention in the first place. The reviews on it are pretty good as well which has had me coveting it for months now. I don't know what the consistency is like but I'd probably end up using this as a replacement for my current nighttime moisturizer. 5 oz, $39 at Sephora

Revlon Colorstay Concealer
Most people don't really put drugstore items on their wishlists because they're so much more accessible, why not just buy it? Well I'm at a 5 a month limit here and even drugstore purchases count. I've been on a higher-end concealer kick for a while now and haven't tried a new-to-me drugstore concealer in a while. And I do rather like Revlon so this Colorstay one sounds good. $9.99 at

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey
And lastly a new brown eyeliner. While I adore the pencil eyeliners I own I find that they aren't the smoothest to apply, especially when my skin is a bit more dry, which can be a little annoying. I've never tried a non-drugstore eyeliner before and so wanted to dive in with this Urban Decay one. I kind of felt the same way with the NARS Audacious Lipsticks as I do with these pencils because there are so many different browns to choose from. I'm not even sure "Whiskey" is the one I"ll pick up until I swatch them because it honestly looks like there's a different brown for whatever mood I'd be in. Sometimes so much choice is is daunting because if you end up liking it the whole "gotta-catch-em-all" feeling comes into play and suddenly you're neck deep in pencil liners. $20 at Sephora

Do you guys plan out your beauty purchases? What's on your to-buy/wishlist?

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top 3 concealers

12 August 2014

bespectacled, beauty, concealers, NARS Radiant Creamy Ginger, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, OCC, Skin Conceal, Y2, Dior Diorskin nude Concealer 003 Sable, Sand

If I'm wearing makeup an undereye concealer is definitely one of those things that I have on. Being a sufferer of genetic dark circles, without concealer I get the "you look tired today" spiel which can be a bit annoying. That's my face guys, I can't really do much without makeup. So concealers have really become a makeup essential for me and is one of those beauty things that I wore even when I really wasn't into beauty. It has been quite a bit since my last favorite concealers post and so I wanted to share what my top are at the moment.

From what I've tried and tested, my favorite concealers are on the mid to upper range of prices - I've liked some drugstore ones in the past (as you can read in that post!) but I've found these preform head and shoulders above those! Incidentally I like these for different reasons - which is a good way to justify having more than one concealer that works for you. I'm a girl who likes to have options.

First is the oh-so covetable and talked about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I have in the shade Ginger (who else really enjoys the names for these? Cacao, chantilly, biscuit, yum!) I've done a review & comparison to the Maybelline Fit Me concealer written up already if you'd like to read it but basically: it's the longest wearing concealer I have & is brightening, but this creases quite a bit on me and can look cakey against my dry skin. It's nice on the days when my skin is being a bit more cooperative but I have to be a bit better at application.

Whereas the Dior Diorskin Nude Concealer in 003 Sable/Sand is definitely lighter and better when my skin is drier. This isn't as brightening or long wearing as the NARS concealer, but the creasing is minimal (I have some fine lines under my eyes so creasing is always expected) and the formula sits really well on dry skin. And lastly the OCC Skin Concealer in Y2 is right in the middle. Lightweight, but has decent wear time and a medium coverage. This doesn't crease very much on me and the packaging is a bit more convenient for traveling around with so I find myself reaching for this the most lately. Again not as brightening or hydrating but lasts well and looks pretty natural under the eyes and is pretty convenient.

Of course nowadays I've been setting whatever concealer I wear with the Milani The Multitasker Face Powder and it takes all of these concealers from a half a workday to eight hours plus! The powder is so finely milled that it sets without being cakey which I really enjoy.

I am very fickle with concealers, so this list will most likely change sometime in the future. But let me know, what are you favorite concealers and why?

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new in: August's Five

10 August 2014

bespectacled, august's five, beauty, skincare, Herbivore Botanicals Face Toning Elixir, Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner Electric Blue, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil DOD, Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Stoked

I've been trying to cut down on spending a bit and one of the places where I feel like I've been spending too much on stuff that I don't use is beauty. So in an effort to cut down spending in this area I'm limited myself to only five pieces a month. I hope that this will work and that I'll be paying a bit more attention to the five pieces that I do end up getting.

new in: Matt Bernson Sterling

08 August 2014

bespectacled, new in, Matt Bernson Sterling Shoes, personal style, fashion

Yes I am giving these shoes a post of their own. No, I don't care, I love them so much. Just look at them. These fit my aesthetic so much - they're pointy, have an interesting detail to them and are in a neutral color.

I first saw this on the Need Supply website and just could not justify the price at the time. So I let it stew in the back of my head and I would sigh every time I'd pass it when I was on the site. Then, these ended up on sale and there was an extra 40% off and I was just about to throw all my money at the computer screen when I decided to google the brand -- Matt Bernson -- and found it on their site for cheaper! And they arrived in two days. I am in all kinds of love with this shoe and now you know too. (Not that you really needed a post dedicated to one pair of shoes, but oh well!)

Moral of the story: shop around. The internet is full of surprising deals, sometimes you can find a really good one (after you weed through all the awful ones). This is especially important for me, when it comes to higher end products - you might find something elsewhere for cheaper! Is buying it at so-and-so store better than another?

What about you guys? What have you bought lately that made you swoon? Or do you have something on your wishlist that you're crossing your fingers will go on sale?

Sterling Shoes // Matt Bernson

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in rotation #4

06 August 2014

bespectacled, beauty, in rotation, NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick & Blush, Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint, Revlon Photoready BB Cream, OCC Skin Conceal Y2, Pacifica Perfume Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

I've been surprising myself lately with how much more subtle looking my makeup has become. I've been shying away from the brights and bolds in blushes and lipsticks to ones that give a bit of tint and are mostly natural looking.

The two lipsticks pictured here, NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick & the Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in 02 Coming Up Rosy, are very subtle in the color they give off. Dolce Vita is a tiny bit darker than my natural lip color giving it a "my lips but better" quality to it and is comfortable to wear. I know I said I'd return the Chubby Stick Baby Tint but I lost the receipt and just couldn't be bothered. But I've surprisingly enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This gives off a really sheer hint of pink/red. It's supposed to adjust to give a more personalized color (which I'm an absolute sucker for) but I never really got too much color pay off off of mine. But I still like it, and like other Chubby Sticks this is really moisturizing. I wish they had stuck to the whole "chubby" naming theme though! And of course I've also been enjoying the Bite Beauty BB for Lips featured in my July Favorites, but I couldn't find it before I took this shot.

As a base, the Revlon Photoready BB Cream gives a lovely dewy finish to the skin which is nice when your skin is chronically dry year round. If you're looking for coverage this definitely isn't it, as I find it rather sheer to light - although I always apply base products more lightly so I have no idea if it could be built up. But the finish looks more natural on me than the NARS Tinted Moisturizer, which I think made me look like an oil slick. As far as concealers go, you should always expect something different from me. I'm starting to amass quite a collection now and I have so many to choose from, it's great. The OCC Skin Conceal in Y2 is not the highest coverage concealer that I own, but it's so easy to apply and gives up a natural finish that doesn't really crease too much on me compared to my more creamy concealers. I find that I need some kind of moisturizer underneath to help it blend and move along on my dry skin, but otherwise this does not budge and has just been working really well for me.

Mascaras aren't normally something that I reach for but when I do wear it I pick up the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara. Not only because it's the only mascara I own at the moment, but also because it's actually pretty nice looking. It's comfortable to wear and doesn't clump but still gives a bit of definition and length to the lashes. This is not waterproof so don't go watching any tear-jerker movies or go swimming with this. Or, you know, do - I'm not your mom.

For blushes, I picked up the NARS Blush with the same name as the lipstick - Dolce Vita. I find the naming interesting because it evokes images of excess and luxury and the lipstick and blush under this name don't necessarily match that - to me at least. Though you can say that it's luxurious in how much money I spent on makeup to make myself look like I'm not wearing makeup. Anyway, Dolce Vita is a lovely matte dusty rose shade that I find myself picking over others because it would work with a lot of different lipsticks, not just the ones here. Versatility is always a nice thing for blushes.

What's in your current makeup rotation? Any particular favorites in it?

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