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Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100

This post is sponsored by Nakturnal. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Coming off the coattails of fashion week, where the streets were filled with designer duds, but I also spotted some REALLY good designer dupes, which is what today's post is about! Specifically, one of my favorite designers, Self Portrait, was spotted time and time again. I saw some designer dupes pieces that were so good, I honestly had no idea they were knock-offs. Take my dress below, for example. It has the amazing asymmetrical one shoulder neckline, that SP has become known for, but I got it for a fraction of the price! Unfortunately, this dress is sold out, so I thought I would share some other great Self Portrait designer dupes you can score for under $100.
Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Designer Dupes: Self Portrait Dupes Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
When it comes to purchasing designer dupes, you want to give the illusion of it being the actual piece, without actually crossing the boundary. For example, no one wants to be caught in a fake Louis Vuitton with subpar branding all over it - that's so obvious. But with dresses, like this one, you'll leave people wondering.

For those that aren't as familiar with the brand, they are known for their contemporary design and feminine details. Everything they do is so interesting, but still totally approachable. Some of my favorite pieces of theirs include lace paneling, whimsical ruffles, and interesting necklines - just like the one I have styled above. Still, their pieces come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, there are so many ways you can achieve the Self Portrait look, on a budget. I linked to a ton of budget friendly options, below.

How about you? What are your favorite designer dupes? Let me know in the comments below!!


3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans

Styling a dress over jeans is one of the hottest fall trends. When temps are too chilly for summer dresses, wearing a dress over jeans is the answer to extending your summer wardrobe longer. Not only that, it just looks cool. When it comes to wearing a dress over jeans, I stick to a few simple tricks.
3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
 3 Tips To Style A Dress Over Jeans by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

1. Stick to fitted jeans - oversized baggy jeans just don't do it for me here, folks. I love these by Levi's because they are just loose enough, while still being fitted, to achieve a super chic look.

2. Let the dress be the star - I know embellished denim is in right now, but the fact that you are styling a dress over jeans is a big enough fashion statement. Don't try to overcompensate with flashy jeans that overpower the overall look.

3. Stick to mid or full length - we've been wearing short dresses like tunics over denim for years, guys. This is all about elevating your look to the next level, and I find that mid to full length dresses do just that. It makes the whole dress over jeans look unique and expected. I mean, why fit in when you were born to stand out?!

Now, this is the part where I drop my products links for you to shop the look, but in full disclosure...I have to say, I HATE this dress! I'm not going to drop the link, because I don't want to dis the brand, but it's so bad, and I have to be upfront with you about that. (We've been friends for too long, after all!) Not only is this dress tight (like I could barely breathe, tight), but the arm sleeves are tiny - I could barely fit my arms in them, and I have pretty thin arms. I even had to have Brandon put my shoes on for me, because bending over in this, was just not an option. I was pretty strategic with which photos I chose, because it also does nothing for "the girls", if you know what I mean. I chose to post these photos, because I do think it shows a great example of how to style a summer dress over jeans, but I'm not going to promote this piece because it's a total fail. I hope you guys know I will always be honest with you about that!

Dress (see above) / Jeans (love!) / Shoes / Sunnies 

Boyfriend Blazer

Trend alert: the boyfriend blazer. Sure this piece has been around for a few seasons, but not like you'll be seeing this fall. Another one of fall's hottest trends is this masculine plaid pattern. It was ALL OVER the streets of fashion week, and all you couldn't walk into a store without seeing the pattern. This boyfriend blazer combines the best of both worlds, and is a total steal at $35.
Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear LoveBoyfriend Inspired Outfit - Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Plaid Boyfriend Blazer - Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Boyfriend Blazer With Skinny Jeans - Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Boyfriend Blazer In Plaid Pattern - Boyfriend Blazer by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The boyfriend blazer is oversized, to fit like it's straight out of your man's closet, but tailored enough for a woman's body. I paired this boyfriend blazer with tight fitting jeans and menswear inspired loafers, to achieve an overall masculine look. 

Now, when it comes to jeans, I often get asked a very important question - do I tuck or do a roll? In my opinion, rolling the hemline of your jeans is the final added touch needed to set off any look. (Boys...that tip is for you, too!)

Hope this gave you some work week inspo. I'm working on my fashion week recaps, btw. Do you guys have any questions? Or do you even care about fashion week coverage? Just curious. Let me know!

Jacket ($35!) / Denim - (old) same brand, similar style here  / Shoes (sold out) - obsessed with these Velvet ones / Sunnies 



Strolling Through Central Park

Before heading to New York, all I could think about was Central Park. It's what made me fall in love with the city. The first time I attended fashion week, 3 years ago, I stayed on the Upper West Side, just outside of Central Park, and it completely captured my heart.

Have you ever been this time of year? It's absolutely dreamy! I couldn't wait to share the special scenery with my family, but, with it being fashion week, I couldn't help but start outfit planning for out site seeing trip. I received this beautiful cold shoulder shift dress from WAYF, just in time for our trip, so I took it for a spin on our Central Park trip.
This dress is so comfy, guys! Add a few key accessories, and you have yourself one chic casual day look. This leopard clutch has been a staple piece of mine for years! When it comes to investment pieces, they have to make their pay-per-wear, and this one certainly has. I wear it all the time! If you're unsure of investing in a piece that is a few years old, let me tell you not to worry honey. Animal print was all over the streets at NYFW, so it's safe to say that leopard print isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Dress, c/o WAYF / Jacket (sold out) - love this, only $24! / Shoes (old) / Bag / Sunnies 



Fresh Face With Glo Skin Beauty

Psst... MAJOR Glo Skin Beauty Giveaway happening on Instagram here. Go enter for your chance to win one of FIVE $150 gift cards!

Back from NYFW and after all the good NYC eats (and drinks!), and a full day of airport travel, my face feels anything but fresh. I spent all last night doing damage control with one of my favorite brands. And, lucky for me, the brand that keeps my face fresh, has a fresh face themselves. Meet the new Glo Skin Beauty.
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From Cleanser To Makeup, Glo Skin Beauty Is My Go To
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You may recall me talking about Glo Minerals - I've talked about them a lot around here. As a blogger, I get asked to test a ton of beauty products, and I share the ones I love with you, on here. But the one I keep coming back to, time and time again, is Glo Skin Beauty. They carry a full range of products, offering personalized skincare solutions, covering me with everything from my cleanser to my lipstick.

Ever since I hit 30, I've been on an anti-aging mission, and my skin regimen is of utmost importance in my daily routine. I have combination skin, so it's important to me to find products that bring balance to my skin. Don't get me wrong, having an oily forehead is awesome for fighting wrinkles, but my face tends to be dry everywhere else, so I need products that work together to tackle all of my skin concerns. 

It's really important to start with a cleanser that removes old makeup and dead skin, in order to start with a smooth surface. Bonus: a cleanser that brightens your skin! I'm currently working on removing years of California girl sun damage on my face, with this Brightening Serum by Glo. But, unless you start with a good cleanser, layering on creams and serums will do nothing. That's why I love this Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser. I personally use this product about 3 times a week, because it is pretty aggressive. For morning and night maintenance, I stick to this Daily Polishing Cleanser.

After cleansing, it's important to immediately restore the pH in your skin, so I spritz this Phyto-Active Toning Mist on my face, then finish with the Phyto-Active Light Moisture. My evening routine is a little more aggressive/moisturizing, but these two products work perfectly for daytime use, priming my face for makeup. 

Speaking of makeup, I use so many different shadows and lippies over the days, but I almost always start with the same base products. As I mentioned, I'm diligent about protecting (and reversing) my skin from sun damage, so it's important to me to have a product with SPF. This Luminous Liquid Foundation not only has SPF 18, but the light diffusing diamond powder gives the most luminous appearance. I also have the WORST under eye circles, so it's super important to me to use concealers that not only concealer, but also brighten and highlight. I start with this Oil Free Camouflage (in Natural), and let it set, before highlighting with this Liquid Bright Concealer (in High Beam). Then I blend it all in with a sponge. Like most Glo products, they work really well together!   

I'll doing some more posts with Glo Skin Beauty in the coming months, so if there are any particular products you have questions on or anything you want to see, please let me know! I'm also hosting a giveaway over on my Instagram here. I'm giving away FIVE $150 gift cards!! Go enter!

This post was sponsored by Glo Skin Beauty. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


NYFW So Far

Wow guys - 2 days into NYFW and I am spent! I'm currently giving myself the biggest pep talk to pull myself together and get out the door.

On the agenda for Day 3: Kendra Scott party, Runa Ray Show, Banana Republic Presentation and then a little shopping before heading to the LuLu*s party tonight. Then, we are ending the evening with a comedy show with my parents. (I don't know how they are keeping up with everything, as they have been going nonstop, too!)

 I'm not sure if I shared that they were coming to NYC with me and Brandon. It's their first time to the city, so we have been taking in all the sites, and I've been skipping away for my fashion week stuff while Brandon shows them the city. It's been a trip to remember for sure! If you are making a trip to NYFW, I highly recommend doing it this way. There is a lot of FW week stuff to do, but unless you are a major blogger that gets invited to all the things...there's a lot of down time, too. It's nice to have my family with me, so we can fill that downtime with fun.

As for the past two days...I thought I'd do a quick recap.

Day 2 - We headed to the Romeo Hunte presentation at Intrepid Museum. It was on a ship, guys! SO fun! I also got to take Brandon and my mom with me, which was amazing. I loved getting to share a part of this world with them. This is what I wore.
Velvet Skirt (currently 40% off!)


Romeo Hunte SS18 Presentation

After that, I headed over to the Katie Gallagher presentation. If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you know that tights and pajama inspired silhouettes were the thing at that show. That makes me one happy camper, people. I mean, let's be honest, that is basically my wardrobe when I'm not shooting or working.

Katie Gallagher SS18

On Day 1, I changed outfits 3 times. #NYFWprobs - I wore this to the Shopbop event, which was the cutest! Did any of you see the BTS deets on my Instagram stories! The decor was a dream! They even had Foster Dogs NYC there (which is an amazing adoption organization for puppies) and we got to play with puppies!! I wore this amazing two piece set to that event.


We rounded off the first night with seeing Chicago, live on Broadway. It was so good! I wore this black dress to that show. Also, these heels are SO comfy and on major sale. I wish I would have sized down, though.



Well, time to get ready and head out for the day. Day 3, let's do this! 
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Tips For A Better Flight

Good morning NYC! We landed late yesterday, after a long day of travel. I'm taking the day to recoup before heading to a few shows over the weekend. I've got my family here with me, so we are taking in all the sites, which is always fun.

I've done quite a bit of traveling over the past few years, and have learned some tricks that keep me sane during and post flight - so I thought I would share them.
Photos by Karen at Elan Photographie Studio 

Audio books - I'm a huge fan of Audible. I feel like I never have time to just sit down and read a book (self diagnosed ADHD kicks in!). That's why audio books are perfect. I just finished Rob Bell's "Love Wins" and am starting on his book "Why The Bible". Have any of you ever read Rob Bell? I'm really digging him right now!

Headphones - This goes without saying, but I never travel without a pair. (Or a few pairs, cuz you just never know.) I love these ones from Sudio.

Snacks - I always try to pack healthy snacks like dried mangos, jerky, nuts and plantains. Airport snacks are a fortune to buy, and I get so annoyed when I don't plan and end up paying a ton for them. I paid $4 for a small think thin bar last time I traveled, so I came prepared, this time! LOL

Sweater - There is nothing worse that being stuck on a 3 hour flight freezing. It's crucial for me to layer, if I want to enjoy the flight. I usually will base layer with a tee or tank top, and wear a cardigan or trench over.

Collagen Face Mask - This is a total post-flight essential! Flying wreaks havoc on my skin, so I always treat myself to a face mask, after traveling, to bring it back to life. I love these by Patchology because they only take 5 minutes! (Shout out to Taylor at Restorative Injectables for introducing me to them!)

Water - My friends always tease me for how much water I drink, so I'm sure they are chuckling at this one! I make it a goal to drink 2 smart waters by the time I get done flying. It really helps with the jet lag!

Backup Charger - I mentioned this was one of the 5 things I plan on taking to NYFW, but I always travel with it. I don't understand why all planes don't have chargers, but you just never know. And more don't than do, so I always have a backup. I use this one by Mophie.

Roll My Ankles - I have a major fear of blood clotting while flying (happened to my mom years ago, and her and I have a blood clotting disorder in our blood) so I always make sure to roll my ankles every 30 minutes to help prevent clotting.

Baby Aspirin - Same reason as above. I take a baby aspirin everyday, but step it up to a full aspirin the day before, during and after travel.

Well, I'm off to go do some sightseeing. Hope you all have a great day. If you have any must-dos/sees for me while I'm in Manhattan, or if you have any travel tips, I'd love you to share them in the comments below!

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