I adore the look of a cozy sweater when the weather is chilly. Unfortunately for me (and my bank account), I am super sensitive to most sweaters, and cashmere seems to be the only thing I can wear without needing to take twenty-seven Benadryls! Cashmere tends to be pricier and slightly more high maintenance than regular wool or cotton sweaters, solidly placing it in the splurge category. Luckily, as winter is winding down, this time of year is perfect to shop for these timeless sweaters. Most are on sale, and as long as you stick with basic solids or traditional stripes or prints, you can get years of wear out of them. I’ve linked to several great cashmere sweaters below, all of which are ON SALE (!!), priced under $200 (including a fabulous one under $50), and feature timeless silhouettes and colors. This Vince crewneck I’m wearing is 40% off with both free shipping and free returns.
Timeless pieces have a place in every woman’s wardrobe, especially those of us inching our way up in age! The older I get, the more I really try to be more intentional about the items I buy. And though I do love a good trend, my goal is to put my investment more into classic looks that will work from season to season and last for years without looking dated. I’ve put together a list of some pieces I think are timeless staples, and I’ve tried to include a variety of price points because classy looks can be found in any budget!
Although they are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, black pants are definitely not all created equally. This Enza Costa pleated “Easy Pant,” however, has earned the title of current favorite! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a pair of go-to black pants. Thinking back on how my favorite styles have evolved, I get a little tickled (and maybe a tad embarrassed) as I recall the trends! The first pair of LBPs I remember having a relationship with was a wide-leg pair from Banana Republic my senior year of high school. My sister gave them to me for Christmas, and I thought they were just so chic. With the faintest hint of a pinstripe on the draped silk (or more likely, rayon) fabric, those pants made me feel like I was going places!
With their signature guipure lace designs and elegantly intricate details, Self Portrait dresses have created quite the buzz since the label’s 2013 launch. Malaysian-born designer Han Chong aims to fill a gap in the contemporary-priced market, though his thoughtful creations could no doubt pass for couture. The feminine, yet edgy styling of this London-based line has quickly become a favorite among the Hollywood trend setters —Rachel McAdams, Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Biel have all been spotted in these pretty frocks, and Julianne Hough is a repeat offender!
It’s a rare day when I put on a dress and immediately feel completely put together, but Self Portrait dresses have that effect. I felt pretty and stylish, and I immediately justified the purchase with a list of events to which I could wear this little number! The details are amazing, from the practical pockets to the precious sleeve ties, and accessories are really not even necessary with the stunning lace overlay. I kept the look streamlined with everyone’s favorite minimalist stiletto and these fun crystal earrings from Accessory Jane (check out her blog — she’s adorable!). I linked to a few other favorite Self Portraits designs below; there really is something for everyone, and each dress is like a beautiful work of art!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Dresss: Self Portrait, (also in black) available locally at Tootsie’s (other favorite Self Portrait dresses include the long sleeved tiered lace dress, the Guipire Midi Dress, the Guipire Mini Dress, and the Azalea Midi Dress, and we also love the Scalloped Edge Combo Jumpsuit and the Arabella Guipure Lace Midi Skirt ) | Heels: Stuart Weitzman (similar and less expensive option by Steve Madden) | Clutch: YSL, sold out (similar YSL clutch) | Earrings: Accessory Jane | Ring: similar by Jennie Kwon and Wouters & Hendrix | Lips: Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Cherry Pink
Although my makeup routine is pretty minimal, I still LOVE cosmetics! From an early age, I was fascinated by both my mom’s and sister’s makeup bags. Ever the Southern lady, my mother has never left home without her lipstick (or earrings!). I have never been one to pile on the cosmetics, though with small children, there are certainly days when I need a little more to conceal the tracks of a long night! I really just prefer a fresh looking face, and these are some of my favorite products to achieve a natural, yet polished, look!
- YSL Touche Éclat – This magical little luminizing pen helps bring light to any dark areas, especially under-eye circles, which is where I need the most help! For anyone interested in contouring, the Touch Éclat is the perfect highlighter, and it can be used to brighten and contour your whole face, from minimizing frown lines to thinning out your nose.
- Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder – I generally skip foundation, but I still want to look put-together, and Tom Ford’s powder formula is just right for cutting the shine and providing light coverage without resulting in an overly 90s-matte finish.
- Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum – This scent!!! It is clean, crisp, and just so lovely! I have a hard time finding fragrances that don’t aggravate my super sensitive eyes, but this subtle perfume is just right. With its citrus and mild floral notes, it is a great choice for summer, but I wear it year-round!
- Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eye Shadows – This collection of six matte neutral shadows is a fantastic palette to add to any makeup bag. The lighter shades are great on their own or as a base for the darker shades, and the darker colors easily blend so you can make your evening look as dramatic as you like. I think these colors would work well with pretty much any skin and eye color.
- Laura Mercier ‘Mosaic’ Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic – I recently ran into a sweet friend of mine, and her skin and makeup looked so radiant I had to ask what she was wearing! She gave credit to Laura Mercier’s amazing ‘Mosaic’ Shimmer Bloc, and I ran out to buy one right away. This highlighting blush provides just the right amount of shimmer and color to give a subtle youthful glow to the cheeks without going overboard on the shine and pigment.
- Kevin Murphy ‘Powder Puff” Volumizing Powder – Although not makeup, this product goes everywhere with me. I have baby fine hair, and any volume must be worked into it via product and blow drying prowess. Kevin Murphy’s Powder Puff starts as a powder but feels slightly wet after application. It then quickly dries, leaving amazing texture and volume behind. It is hands down the best root lifter I’ve found!
- Nyx ‘Butter’ Lip Gloss in Crème Brulee – I received a tube of Nyx lip gloss in a gift bag at an event a few years ago, and I have been hooked on this drug store favorite ever since! The formula is super smooth without feeling too sticky, and it has a very nice, but very subtle, flavor as well. I love the Crème Brulee and Èclair colors! Priced around $5, this is a great lippy to keep in your purse and not have to worry about misplacing.
- Maybelline Brow Drama – My other absolute favorite drugstore find, Maybelline Brow Drama, is JUST SO GOOD! I adore a strong eyebrow, and this “brow mascara” helps fill in and tame your brows while maintaining a very natural look. No clumping, no flaking, just full and pretty brows!
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – Some version of this cult classic has been in my makeup bag since high school. I’ve tried others, but the folks at Shu Uemura just know what they’re doing when it comes to eyelash curlers!
- Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Hand Wash – The hand wash in my picture is just a sample sized version I received as a gift with purchase recently, but the same scent comes in a full sized bottle as well. This scent is just heavenly and is a nice touch for any guest bathroom!
- Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer – As I mentioned, I rarely wear any type of foundation, but when I do, I prefer tinted moisturizers because I don’t like a matte, makeup-y look. I also don’t really like the feel of that much product just hanging out on my face all day! This illuminating tinted moisturizer provides just enough coverage to achieve a more polished look, but the dewy finish is fresh and youthful.
- YSL ‘Baby Doll’ Kiss & Blush – Cream blushes are new to me, but this one by YSL has been such a game changer! I was always afraid to use them because I felt like I wouldn’t be able to control the coverage and would have trouble blending it on my cheeks. (I actually shied away from ALL blushes until about five or six years ago because I was so fearful of looking like a rodeo clown!) This couldn’t be further from the truth! This foolproof product is so easy to use, and I love that I can also use it as a lip color.
- Coconut Oil – By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the wonderful health benefits of coconut oil, and most of us have a jar in our pantry for cooking. But coconut oil is not just for the kitchen. I keep a separate jar in my bathroom for moisturizing, eye makeup removal, and exfoliating. It also works great as a cuticle oil, hair conditioner, and lip balm. You can splurge on an oil from a beauty counter, but I just get mine at HEB! Just watch out though…if you’re like me, your piña colada cravings may keep you up at night when you use it to moisturize your face!