Get the picture/Gallery Wall prints

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Sometimes I go down an etsy spiral. I find one great illustrator, or jewelry maker, whatever the craft may be, and then 30 minutes later I’ve sent myself an email with 10 prospective links. That’s where this blog, and sharing these finds with you all comes into play :)

Whether you are looking for a home update, or great gift idea, there are few things that show as much personality and thoughtfulness as a piece of art. I love the process of finding a piece that either brings humor, beauty, or depth to the room. The prints above are pretty lighthearted and whimsical. They’d be great to add to a gallery wall, or work desk. I’m drawn to bold colors and texture, or hand drawn illustrations in light colors.  Basically two ends of the continuum, but lets not focus of design labels.

If you’re looking for more ideas I would check out Etsy, and Artfully Walls, both very fairly priced and inspired. I’m all about supporting less know artists or passion projects which both achieve.


What are you go to’s for design and art finds?

Beauty Counter Spotlight//Eyelashes

photoAn eyelash curler is one of the unsung heroes of your beauty bag. If you’re using a sub par version, you may not even really see a difference. Everything changes though when you come across one that actually works.

The Shiseido curler lifts the whole lash with determination that my last Revlon model could not; it also captures all of my eyelashes from corner to corner which noticeably ups the game. This baby is perfect for a weekend look sans mascara. Or for a regular daily look, I finish things off with Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara.

You can shop it here.

What topics would you like me to cover on the next Beauty counter spotlight?

What to wear to bid Fall adieu?

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[Outfit Details: Hat: Banana Republic (Sold out online); Sweater: Zara; Coat: Thrifted; Jeans: Madewell; Boots: Sam Edelman; Bag: Cuyana]

This weekend I journeyed up to the Hudson Valley in New York. Sometimes you just need to smell some good old country air and listen to some solid Spotify playlists to clear your head.

With the holiday’s fast approaching (sidenote, they’re like here) this felt like one of the last low-key weekends I’d be having for a while. I chose to stick with a pretty dark and rich palate, which I tend to strongly favor in the fall. The turtleneck, skinny jean, and flat ankle boot feels frills free and warm, perfect for an outfit I don’t really want to use any brain power for.

Enter my new favorite hat (by the way, this is a L/XL large for my fellow large headed ladies) and coat and the rest of the day felt entirely before me.

Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving – hug your loved ones tight and tell each and every one how thankful you are.

Beauty Counter Spotlight // Leather Care

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I have this weird obsession with meticulously caring for my leather goods. In fact, just saying the term “leather goods”  gives me a tiny shiver of pleasure. I talk a lot about buying quality things (namely leather, not faux) whenever I can, and a part of that is maintenance.

Give your boots one slushy, snowy winter in NYC, and they’d be in your trash pile come April. In comes a small brigade of products that you can use to give protect and nurture your bags, boots, flats, etc. for another season.

I use Scotchgard as soon as a new pair of shoes comes out of the box, to ensure they are water and oil resistant. I use another shoe lotion to moisturize when the leather loses its’ luster. Suede can be notoriously tricky to care for, but many products come with a brush so you can gently loosen dirt and then clean the surface.

All you need is a soft cloth, the right products, and your beautiful leather items will age on beautifully, without the gross city stains you’d care to forget.

If you want to read more, Into the Gloss published a great article with more products right this way.

My fall list (the fashion apple of my eye)

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[Outfit Details: Jacket: J.Crew, Sweater: Banana Republic; Shirt: F21 (old); Jeans: Madewell; Boots: LL Bean]

This fall I made a list. Have a dinner party, check. Pick apples and make glorious things with them, check. Make a shopping list and stick to it, CHECK. At the top of my list was a lightweight jacket that was utilitarian and weather saavy (guys, this jacket is waterproof with a hood).

As always, I fell in love on the J.Crew website. I’ve found that sticking to a plan for my purchases this season has expanded the versatility of my closet even though I’m adding a smaller amount of items. I’m abiding by the mantra of “fewer, better things.”

Are you all sticking to a list this season? Having any luck? Of course there are always a few finds the come your way that are too good to pass up on, but I’m really digging this more intentional approach to building my closet.

Beauty Counter Spotlight

I’ve been wanting to share more beauty and skin care finds here on Steeped in Style — so here’s my first edition of the Beauty Counter Spotlight. This feature with focus on some of my new and old beauty favorites that have earned a place of honor on my actual (and sometimes metaphorical, because it can get crowded) bathroom counter.

First up: the perfect light gray nail polish: Cocktail bling by Essie. I’m shocked I have never tried this hue until a manicure I had last week. This color is calm enough for more professional office settings, but still offsetting because it isn’t your typical run of the mill polish. Color me sold, I have to own a bottle.

What type of product do you want to see featured in the beauty counter spotlight?

Posts of note

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a round up of interesting posts from around the web, but I’ve been quietly collecting some gems which I’m excited to share with you all below!

Churro bites. if anyone knows me they know that this is one of my FAVORITE street desserts, that is surprisingly hard to find.

Lovely LC’s home photos. She may be taking a bit of heat for having “basic” style but I’m loving the mood of her new home.

Lena finally has a book out and everyone is grabbing one. Her ideas on being proud of your own life and yourself are obviously making me want to join suit and get myself a copy.

A man’s take on boyfriend jeans.

Career tips from real women.

Jenna (we LOVE you!) shares how to roll the perfect sleeve.

The best of (Black boots)

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In the midst of closets organizing, and wardrobe planning, you sometimes stumble upon a rockstar item that hass been holed up in the back of your closet, or is somewhere out there in the retail universe that you need to bring home. I’m somewhere in the second camp, in regards to black booties.

While I gravitate more towards neutral browns, the power of a pair of boots can’t be denied. I’m leaning more towards a 1-inch heel height, but there are lots of options out there for wherever you forsee these little beauties taking you :)

Shop some of my favorites above, or let me know what you’ve seen about the interwebs yourselves.

Denim that gives back (Madewell x Blue Jeans Go Green)

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Dear Denim Lovers (yes it deserves an upper case “D”),

Wanted to share a quick note on a super thoughtful and beneficial program that Madewell is offering through October 6th. Right now if you bring in a pair of old jeans (they don’t even have to be Madewell brand), you’ll receive $20 off your purchase of a new pair on the spot.

This clearly accomplishes two things that you should care about:

1. If you haven’t cleaned out your closet yet (for shame) this gives you a valid reason to retire an old pair and rebuild your wardrobe with something fresh and fitting, mostly because Madewell jeans are awesome.

2. More importantly your old denim will be donated to Blue Jeans Go Green, which creates insulation for new homes being built for those in need.

Please participate if you’ve been wanting to rebulk up your denim wardrobe. I bought this pair earlier, and it feels so good to make some good with a simple pair of jeans. Find out more about the Madewell offer, and  Blue Jeans Go Green, and let me know what pair you end up with.

Primal Neutrals

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10[Outfit Details: Dress: Zara; Necklace: BaubleBar; Shoes: J.Crew]

I would never claim to be a print lover, but there is a small section of my closet completely dedicated to animal prints. I’m not sure what it is that draws me to the leopard, but sometimes you just go with your gut no?

This little dress from Zara is proving to be super functional – wearing it now with bare legs and flats or sandals, but in a few months (dear Jesus, let it be not weeks) I can see this with black tights and booties. Anything that works with both black and brown accessories is a winner in my book. Also shout out to J.Crew for the amazing Kiki flat, I have somehow acquired two pairs in the last month and am super impressed with the heel support and great leather. There are a ton of styles on J.Crew now over on sale as well.

What prints are a staple in your closet? Let me know in the comment box below.