Wardrobe MUST: Madewell Jeans

You guys, I’m baaaaackkkkkk… I disappeared over the holidays because I was shopping for presents and drinking punch and throwing my 10th annual holiday party, and well, time got away from me. Plus it’s not a good idea to drink and blog, things get weird. I am so sorry friends! I still love you. But in the last few weeks, I’ve changed, and I have to tell you now, I’ve fallen in love with someone else… Madewell jeans.

I already had two pairs, but over the holidays I ended up in Madewell like three times (why three times? who knows?) and just LOVED every pair I tried on, so I did a full investigation, and it turns out their jeans are BOMB. Their sizes also run slightly big (I sized down size on most pairs), which makes me feel amazing about eating friend chicken for dinner last night… I mean, kale, I had only kale for dinner.

To sweeten the denim deal, they have this program for recycling your old denim into a $20 discount for you: You bring in your old jeans to any Madewell store. Madewell gives you $20 off a new pair FOR EACH PAIR YOU BRING IN. You read that right, you bring in four pairs, you get a four IOUs for $20 off of each pair of jeans. And since it’s a little coupon card, you don’t have to use it right away. Pop in your wallet until you are ready to replace and old pair. Madewell then ships your old jeans off to Blue Jeans Go Green™ to recycle into housing insulation. Everybody wins!  You can read more about the program here: Madewell Do Well. (Let’s all just admit we have a couple pairs in the back of the closet that we’re holding on to, “just in cases”.)

Long story short, I popped into Madewell on Sunday to use my last coupon card before it expired (was good for a full year!), picked up this pair of dreamy denim 9″ high rise skinny, ($135 or $115 after trade-in). I am obsessed. Ps check out my insta for even more fun stuff: @thechampagnechic

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Four other solid Madewell options (you’ll see all of these on the blog at some point):

  1. 9″ skinny in black, (on me) ($128, or $108 after trade-in)
  2. 10″ high rise with chewed hem, ($135 or $115 after trade-in)
  3. 9″ high rise dark grey ripped, ($128, or $108 after trade-in)
  4. Cali-denim with raw hem, (ON SALE $90, $70 after trade-in,), few more sizes available at Nordstrom here.

Once I tried to even pull off a pair of their overalls, but my husband laughed so hard when I did a “fashion show” I couldn’t keep them. He was probably right, I looked 12. Sigh.

Denim on!

xo

Fashion Round-Up: Everyday Black Booties

If you’re like me, you spend your entire fall (and winter now that I live in California) in the same pair of low heeled black booties. Unfortunately, I am not blessed with slim, angelic ankles, so I need a pair with a really low shaft height. I️ appreciate this below-the-ankle cut because the height looks good on everyone, and hits right at or below the ankle bone, slimming the look of your leg. This means you show the perfect amount of skin with jeans and also hit low enough to wear with dresses and skirts. And a 1″ heel feels dressed up, but wearable for everyday, so it’s guaranteed to be the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe.Mine: Alexander Wang Kori Ankle, $575 (they have silver AND rose gold accent)

I️ rounded up some great options at all price points so you too can find your ride-or-die black booties.

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1. Loeffler Randall $425,  2. Kenneth Cole $139, 3. Munro $224,

4. Jack Rogers $96 (on sale!), 5. Sam Edelman $99 (on sale!) 6. Gap $80

Here’s a shot with jeans.

Show me your faves!

xo

What To Get From The Sephora Fall Sale

Alright let’s get right down to it. The Sephora Fall Sale is here from now until November 15th. I’ve already made four online purchases and been in-store twice, and I’m ready to talk about my purchases. While beauty is fun, the Sephora Fall sale is serious.As for the discount, if you are VIBRouge or VIB you get 20% off (the first time VIBs get 20% too), Insiders (everyone else) get 15% off, which is nothing to sneeze at since Sephora rarely has ANY discount codes. Overwhelmed by where to start? Right here in this very post, I’m sharing my top products to stock up on.

If you’re looking for something I didn’t list (like a hairdryer or a new primer), but not sure what you want, Sephora staffs up like crazy during this sale, so go in store and ask an associate. They are super knowledgeable and will have the right recommendation based on your needs. The best part of it all? Sephora has a 30 day return policy EVEN IF IT’S BEEN USED. So, no risk at all to try something new.

And remember it’s also the perfect time to pick up replacements for the tools you use everyday but you haven’t thrown away in like, 10 years, like your eyelash curler,  blending sponge, or foundation brush. A good time to replace those grimy tools.

MY SEPHORA FALL SALE FAVES

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Fall Makeup Must: Copper Eyes

I’m super obsessed with metallics for fall. Accessories, clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, and I want it to be metallic. (I actually just tried to buy a entirely sequined metallic jumpsuit but it was veto’ed by my more rational friend. Like, where would I wear that? But it was so pretty… sigh.) Anyway back to my one true love: Copper. Not just for pennies anymore. For your FACE! I stumbled upon this amazing eyeshadow from MAC and it’s been the answer to my copper pleas. This specific hue is guaranteed to pop your eye color brilliantly (especially you blue and green eyed babes). Try these four steps to swoon-worthy beauty. (Took me 3 minutes, I swear!)

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How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints

Listen friends, we all wish we were independently wealthy, yeah? You know, hanging out in the French Alps not working the 9-5 grind. But that’s not our (or at least my,) reality. We’ve got to work our faces off Monday to Friday to afford those weekend trips to Napa and our lovely condos. And since we spend more time at work than at home (TRUEE!!!), I feel we must commit to being our best selves at the office too. One way to do that, is by actively trying to be the best co-worker, employee and manager possible.

I’m in a field that’s creative, corporate, and team-oriented so have managed a lot of different types of people. I’ve run teams of up to 14 people and also teams of just 2 people. I’ve worked with people who were “please don’t ever leave me, you’re the only person who can do this” and people who were simply “good”. However, in my years of experience, I have noticed that there are consistent behavior traits across my strongest team members, that I always look for now in new hires. Today I’m going to share my tips so you can be the girl everyone wants on their team (aka Office MVP). This list is not exhaustive, but a good start.

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BE HONEST: Boss ask you a question, but you don’t have the information? Don’t try to CYA and make up an answer. Just admit that you don’t know, then do your damnedest to find out quickly. No one expects you to have all the answers, but a half-baked response, or worse – an answer with incorrect information – can sometimes be more damaging to the job and the relationship (trust fail). You don’t have to know everything all the time – just be committed to finding answers when faced with an unresolved question. (Unless, of course, it is your singular job to know that singular thing he/she is asking you about, in which case, you better just know that thing. But that’s a different problem.)

In the same vein, if your manager asks you to complete a task and you don’t have the bandwidth to meet the given deadline, let him/her know. A simple: “I can’t do that by 5pm, but can deliver by tomorrow at 11am” or a “I can get it done by 5pm today, but will need to de-prioritze something else, what would you like me to move down the list?”, works brilliantly in bringing your manager into your world. Nine times out of ten, something can shift. If it can’t, put in the overtime or enlist more help. We allllls got to work late sometimes. Continue reading “How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints”

I Tried Glossier: Here’s What I Think

With tons of new beauty lines launching every week, I’m skeptical to try a new brand comes out. After all, can it really be better than my go-tos like Nars? So when I heard about Glossier, I didn’t think much about it. Flash forward a few years later and Glossier popped up in Vogue, and I thought – THIS IS LEGIT NOW. I must try it. For a bit of background, Glossier was started in 2014 by Emily Weiss, the blogger behind Into The Gloss and former Vogue staffer. In just a few years, Glossier has amassed a huge cult following, with up to 10k waitlists for new lipsticks.

Scroll down for my first experience ordering Glossier, the final look and “would-I-buy-again?” decision.  This is very serious makeup business.

Here are the three products I ordered.

First impressions: It arrived in 3 days, even though the site said 5-8 days. I also had forgotten I ordered it, so it was like surprise makeup. Opened to find free samples and a sheet of stickers – a fun touch. The products I ordered came in a pink zippered pouch made of bubble wrap, loving that idea. No plastic waste and I have already repurposed that bubble bag. The Boy Brow and the Generation Lipstick are smaller in size than I anticipated for $18 but it’s not a deal-breaker. (p.s. The website is super easy to navigate and checkout was quick).

IMG_8582.jpgIMG_8586These three products together lent themselves well to a berry-colored palette. I loved this look for daytime! It felt light and pretty, but I still got some full brow coverage. The only other products I’m wearing are:

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Wardrobe Want: More Pleated Midi Skirts

I am LOVING pleated skirts midi right now. They are so feminine and fun, and you can’t help but feel like a giddy girl in them (twirling optional). Since pleated skirts are so on trend, you can find one in almost any color and in lots of fun patterns. I found this bright striped number at J. Crew and styled it with a t-shirt (only $28!) since it’s still pretty warm here in California. I also love the look of a pleated skirt with a thick cable knit sweater and booties for cooler temps. I tried this skirt with a white silk button-up too and the outfit was trés professional. Enjoy, mon cherie.

ps I have a new instagram account @thechampagnechic. Follow me for more fun!

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