Fall Staple: Long Sleeve Swing Dress

If there's one item in my closet that gets me through the fall season it's definitely the long-sleeved swing dress. I swear I wear more of this style throughout the season than anything else (like this one is definitely going to get some serious wear), sweaters and denim included. 

Honestly, it's one of those pieces you can just throw on and go with minimal effort. Lawd knows that I need all the help I can get while juggling three boys. I almost always snag mine at ASOS, this one included, and throw them on with heels, boots and tights as the weather starts to change.

Go ahead, grab one for your wardrobe. You can thank me later when you're running low on time and grab it and go.

...It sure beats sweatpants

Head over to Take Time For Style and see how their styling their fall staples today and enter to win a $150 Nordstrom Gift Card here. 

Red Bell Sleeve Dress and Espadrilles

It may be fall but it sure as heck doesn't feel that way with the 85˚+ degree temperatures.  Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining, I'm all for a couple more weeks of sandals and short dresses. These two are prime examples of pieces I have on repeat while the temps stay at an all-time high...

Oh, and they're on sale for under $45 a piece!

5 Ways To Combat Dry Skin

This post is sponsored by Jergens.
If you’re a long-time TfDiaries reader you know I love Jergens moisturizers. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up in a household where it was constantly stocked by my mom or if it’s the softness it gives my skin, or both, but I will always have a place for it in my beauty routine. Simple as that.

Now that summer begins to wrap up and the temperature begins to drop, it’s time to cue the creams and moisturizers to head off dry skin issues before they start. Better to be on top of it than have to deal with it later when my skin starts to feel rough and extremely dry. That being said, today I’m sharing 5 ways to combat dry skin with the help of Jergens NEW Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer.

5 Ways To Combat Dry Skin

1. Exfoliate
First things first, LIGHTLY EXFOLIATING is essential for sloughing off dry and dead skin cells. But, don’t over do it. Opt for a light exfoliant and never rub too hard. Exfoliating also helps the skin absorb your moisturizer better, making it more effective.

2. Moisturize
Moisturizing is key when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. For me, I try and add a moisturizer to my body post-shower to keep things feeling soft. I’m all for Jergens Nourishing Honey Moisturizer to help nourish and keep my dry skin at bay. It doesn’t hurt that their formulas are made with an illuminating HYDRALUCENCE® blend, as well as honey and orange blossom essence for keeping your skin looking softer and fresh. I’m particularly fond of the subtle, non-overpowering scent.

3. Skip The Hot Shower
One of the quickest ways to dry out your skin in the winter time is to nestle up to the heat. Sure, hot showers during the wintertime feel great after dealing with frigid temperatures but they’re quick to dry your skin out. Opt for warm (and quick) showers to avoid over-drying.

4. Pat Dry
I’ll be the first to admit that I constantly hop out of the shower in a hurry and find myself roughly drying off. As it would turn out rubbing your skin is a sure fire way to add to your dryness. Tip : Softly pat yourself dry. Sure it takes a few seconds longer but it saves you the cost of having to overcompensate later with extra moisturizer (which doesn’t work).

5. Hydrate
You’re likely loading up on coffee to stay warm but be sure that you’re also drinking at least eight - 16 oz glasses of water a day. Keeping yourself constantly hydrated helps ward off dryness. It all starts from within!

How to you fight off dry skin in the cold-weather months? Don’t forget to check out Jergens NEW Nourishing Honey Moisturizer.

4 Budget-Friendly Halloween Costumes for Besties

It's officially FALL! Woo-friggin-hoo. With the fall weather comes apple picking, pumpkin carving and my all-time-favorite holiday, Halloween. If you've been reading a long for awhile you are well aware of Jackie and I's tradition of creating costume ideas for Halloween. You can find last year's  90's themed costumes and the year before's costumes here.  We kind of go all out. Aside from having to do school pickup in one of my costumes this year (which was hilarious and of course had to be the most ridiculous costume we put together. Find out below which one it was.) we invited a very adorable, 4-month old to help us out. It's safe to say he was thoroughly amused by our antics and might have to join us again in the future. A special shout out to our resident prop-master and photographer, David. Like always, he came through with a last minute stake in all of 5-freaking-minutes. Like a boss. 

All that being said this year Jackie and I put together 4 super easy, budget-friendly costumes for you and your bestie or significant other if you're looking to get creative. 

This year's theme is Classic Television. Whether they're from the 1960's or the1990's these shows are favorites in our book and just so happen to have a blonde and redhead for us to effortlessly channel for Halloween this year.

So, without further ado, here are our costumes for Halloween 2017. Pin them, shop them, share them! 

The Rugrats: Chuckie, Tommy and Angelica
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Tommy: Onesie cut into tee. 
Angelica: SocksDressShirtTightsBows, SneakersCynthia doll 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow and Buffy
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Buffy: Pants, Top, Cross, Booties

Bewitched: Samantha and Endora
(Yep, this is the one I showed up to school pickup in. LMAO. I'm sure there were a lot of WTF's happening after being seen in that get-up)
Get The Look: 
Samantha: Dress (also seen here), Witches Hat, Apron, Shoes
Endora: Dress, Vest, Shoes (Naturalizer)

The Flintstones: Wilma and Pebbles
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Pebbles: Dress, Bones

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Fashion Week Style: Inspired By The Mazda CX-5

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Autotrader; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things about fashion and personal style is that you can draw inspiration from just about anything. Love the look of a new skyscraper or the deep red hue of the leaves on the tree in autumn? Boom, outfit inspiration that quickly translates to fall colors in a new dress or sky high silver platforms. It's that easy and can be done with just about everything....

So, when Autotrader asked me create an outfit for Fashion Week inspired by the 2017 Mazda CX-5 I was immediately up to the task. Who doesn't love the playful, sporty shape of the little SUV that packs a major style punch when it comes to the exterior. Nothing about stepping out of this car says hey! I'm a mom of three. It screams she has style and knows what she likes, right? Or at least I think so. It doesn't hurt that the interior is just as good as the exterior, especially with 10 Bose speakers on the premium audio system and a traffic sign recognition system. So as I cruise on by with the windows down blasting Michael Jackson with oversized cat eyes, feel free to wave or hitch a ride. Car-eoke it will be. Cleary 2017 is the year for this spicy SUV, it's fully re-designed with major upgrades to the interior and a smoother quieter ride. We're talking LED headlights, a rearview camera for the dreaded city-parking and a 7-inch touch screen with Mazda Connect.  The seat memory function doesn't hurt one bit either, since the two heights in this house hold are pretty extreme (I'm the super short one!).

Enough about the whip, let's talk about the outfit it inspired. Since in my opinion everything looks better in color I was most inspired by the Soul Red hue paired with the 17-inch alloy wheels so I let my fiery locks and a punchy pink pop of color on the lips take the reigns, next to a bold star-print, black and white, wrap dress with black and silver accessories. Nothing says 'sleek' better than silver trim. I mean these retro booties with the grommet details alone are 100% channeling those wheels and all of the mechanical fixings. I wanted all of the curves of my look to match up to the unique curves on the Mazda CX-5, from the round handled bag inspired by the Mazda logo to the starlike design on the wheels to match the print on my little wrap dress. I personally think I did a pretty good job bringing the car to fashion-life. It's fun, playful and not too serious. All things fashion accessories should be. What do you think?

See more ways cars inspired our favorite fashion week accessories, here. And check out Autotrader for your car-buying needs.

Outfit Details: Express Moto Jacket, Star Print Dress, Chinese Laundry Booties, Kohl's Ring Handle Bag

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