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3 Tips For Layering A Fringe Vest For Fall

A vest is really one of the most versatile pieces you can own. In my opinion, every closet should have a few different styles. Over the years, I've accumulated a few different styles - a puffer vest, a sleeveless trench vest, and new to my closet is this fringe vest.

I've posted this fringe vest several times over on my Instagram, and wanted to finally share it over here. It's currently sold out in the small, but you can still snag the medium/large size here. It's even on a flash sale or $30, right now! You cannot beat a fall essential, like this fringe vest, at that price!
3 Tips For Layering A Fringe Vest For Fall by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
3 Tips For Layering A Fringe Vest For Fall by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
3 Tips For Layering A Fringe Vest For Fall by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

3 Tips For Layering A Fringe Vest For Fall by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

When it comes to layering a fringe vest for fall, I stick to a few simple tips that I wanted to share with you:

1. Mix Textures - When layering pieces for fall, I find that mixing the texture of the pieces is essential to achieving a flawless look. You essentially want a heavy and light piece mixed together - two bulky pieces just do not work. For example, I styled this smooth, lightweight cotton tee with a rough, woven, fringe vest. A silk blouse with a heavy fur vest would also work well. I also recently wore this vest with my favorite lightweight tunic - currently on sale here for $28

2. Proportions - I absolutely love styling a dress and vest together for fall, as seen here, but keep in mind that proportions are key. You really want the hem of the dress and the hem of the vest to be about the same.

3. Fit - Make sure your vest is tailored enough to flatter your waistline. There is nothing that will add a few pounds to your figure more than a poorly fitted vest! Like anything, don't just purchase a piece because it's cute on the rack. Always make sure it flatters your figure, or send it right back!

What do you think? Do you agree with my tips to style a fringe vest? Do you have any that I missed? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Fringe Vest, c/o Vici Collection / Jeans (old) - love these / Tee / Booties (old) - love these / Bag

My Favorite Lip Plumper Tool

We all want our lips to be plumper, right? It's why thousands of women are getting fillers (btw, did you catch my post about Botox?), and even going as far as trying unsafe tricks like the "Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge", and making "duck face" in every photo.

I get it. Full lips makes us feel more confident. More powerful. I'm not sure why exactly that is. Maybe it's because full lips or a big bold red tend to command attention. I mean, we do look to stars like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson as pillars of beauty - and they have big lips.

I know I always feel more confident with a bold lip. In fact, if I am not feeling 100% some days, I will reach for a bold lip color so that the attention is on my lips versus my tired eyes. Has anyone else tried that?

So, when I was given the opportunity to try the lip plumper tool Kiss Lip Plumper by PMD Beauty, I was willing to give it a try. The Kiss Lip Plumper tool is basically a little handheld vacuum that creates a safe suction effect on your lips. Not only does this promise to enhance your lips and make them fuller, but by creating extra blood flow to your lips (by way of the vacuum) it will enhance your collagen, which will reverse the signs of aging.  Makes sense, right?
My Favorite Lip Plumper Tool by Colorado beauty blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
My Favorite Lip Plumper Tool by Colorado beauty blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
My Favorite Lip Plumper Tool by Colorado beauty blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Using Kiss Lip Plumper is easy. You start by applying the lip plumper tool specially formulated serum to your entire lips. It has a minty feeling, which indicates there is menthol in it - which is a natural lip enhancer.

Then, the instructions say to use the lip plumper tool on the fast speed (it comes with 2 speed options) for 20 counts on each portion of your lips - top right, middle and left, bottom right, middle and left. I tried this, and didn't see much change, so I changed the speed to the slower option and used it 30 times on each area. This seemed to work best for me.

Check out my before and after below:
My Favorite Lip Plumper Tool by Colorado beauty blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Pretty cool, huh?

Remember, this is a daily use device. The plumping effect lasted about an hour for me. Using this product daily, however, will stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin in your lips, which will keep them looking youthful longer! 

Overall, I'd say this lip plumper tool is a great option if you are looking to make your lips fuller, safely and cost effectively. PMD is even offering all of my readers 20% with the code leah20. (Good until 10/25)

What are your thoughts on this lip plumper tool? Do you want plumper lips? Would you try this product? Let me know if the comments below!

Black Dress For Halloween + A Link Up!

Well, we have officially entered the Holiday months and Halloween will be quickly approaching. I've  personally always struggled with the holiday when it comes to finding what to wear. (I did knock it out of the park that one time Brandon and I were Anna Wintour and Bill Cunningham, though. You can see that post here.) If I'm honest though, I just hate dressing up, and all the pressure that comes with it. Anyone else?

I figured, this year, I would take the more effortless approach to the holiday, and find the perfect black dress for Halloween. I just love all the elaborate face makeup these days, so wanted to find a simple black dress to pair with face paint or a fun mask. Enter this lace number from Chicwish.
Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love 
Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Black Dress For Halloween by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
For a fun street look, I immediately saw that this black dress for Halloween would pair so well with my favorite burgundy booties. Unfortunately, they are from last year and not available anymore, but I found a super similar pair here. 

I picked up this cute squid bucket bag at Zara during our trip to NYC. Isn't it the best?! By far my favorite new accessory!

All products are linked below, and I even linked to a few fun masquerade masks, in case you want to pair this dress with one for Halloween. 

Dress, c/o / Booties (old) - love theseBag


I'm also co-hosting the Spotlight Weekly Link-Up with Living In Color Style and Stylin' In St. Louis. Today's theme is black. Link up your looks below!!
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Ruffle Shift Dress

Got a break from the cold weather over the weekend, so we shot this blue ruffle shift dress. I received this dress from Charles Henry and have worn it multiple times since! (And I get compliments on it every time!)

During fall, it's easy to gravitate towards dark hues or earth tones, but it's also fun to reach for unexpected colors, like this baby blue ruffle shift dress, to switch things up during the season. I don't typically reach for baby blue, but I have to say, I just love the fresh, vibrant color of this dress. It works so well for work and play, because the mock neck gives it a professional feel, while the ruffle hem adds a playful touch.

I really love that about this brand. Charles Henry does a great job of blending professional with playful. Remember this dress I wore in NYC? It's Charles Henry too. (shop it here)
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ruffle Shift Dress by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Also new to my closet are these strappy sandals. The stiletto heel never really went out of style, but it is definitely going to be coming back in a big way, next season. I have to admit, I (and my feet) have been loving the chunky heel trend. And the older I get, the more I appreciate a low heel. If I'm going to go with a stiletto these days, I want to make sure they are gentle on feet.  So I love these because they are perfect for all day wear. (I love them so much I bought them in black, too.) 

What shoe trends are you a fan of? Do you also have a favorite ruffle shift dress? Let me know in the comments below!!

Dress, c/o / Shoes 








6 Botox Questions Answered

Disclaimer:  I am not nurse or doctor. I am sharing my personal experience and thoughts on the this topic. Please consult a medical physician before deciding whether this is right for you.

Yes, I did it. I got Botox - and I'm not afraid to talk about it. In fact, I think we should talk about it. So let's talk about the Botox questions you may have.

I know some of you are rolling your eyes, like "I would never"... and some of you are cringing, saying to yourself, "why is she sharing this?!" Well, I make it a point to be transparent with you guys, because transparency is just my life policy. I'm an adult and I make my own choices. That's the beauty of adulting.

Plus, I think a lot of people are curious about the topic and have Botox questions but are just afraid to talk about it.

I decided to put together a little Botox FAQ. I'm answering the most common botox questions below. If there is something I haven't covered, please feel free to ask me your botox questions in the comments below, or send me a DM on Instagram. And, if you are in the Denver area, I highly recommend Taylor from Restorative Injectables. I have been seeing her for months, and she is incredibly knowledgable and just overall delightful to work with. Please tell her I sent you!
6 Botox Questions Answered by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

1. Does it hurt? I mean...a little, but not much. It just feels like a little pinch.

2. Will I see immediate results? No. Botox results typically take about 3-7 days to appear.

3. How long with it last? Everyone is different but, on average, results last about 3-4 months. (I personally find that when I am doing a lot of high intensity cardio, my body tends to metabolize it faster.)

4. How many units should I get? This is really different for everyone, and how natural, or how intense, you want your results to be. I personally get 21 units throughout my forehead and "11".

5.  When should I start getting Botox? Again, everyone is different. The average age is 40, but I started getting it around the time I turned 31. I started to notice some deep lines developing in my forehead and "11" and wanted to be proactive - which leads me to my next question.

6. Is Botox preventive? Absolutely! By starting Botox early, you begin to train the muscles around your wrinkles to work the opposite way, so that you age more evenly over time.

Again, I'm no expert on the topic, but wanted to share my personal experience with you all. I can't express enough how important it is to work with someone that is educated in the field, so that you get the best experience possible. I, by no means, want to completely change my face. I just want, like most people, to age gracefully. Taylor from Restorative Injectables really helps me achieve the "natural" look I'm going for. I can't recommend her enough.

Have any of you done Botox? Do you have any other Botox questions? Would love to know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!





7 Awesome Tips to Take The Perfect Picture

I posted this picture on Instagram a while ago, and captioned it "Did it for the 'gram", which got me thinking about all the times I've taken pictures, just to get the perfect picture for Instagram. Believe it or not, taking the perfect picture takes some practice - and yes, it is an art. I've been doing this whole blog thing for a few years now, and by no means consider myself an expert, but wanted to share my tips for getting the perfect picture.
7 Tips to Take The Perfect Picture by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
7 Tips to Take The Perfect Picture by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
7 Tips to Take The Perfect Picture by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
7 Tips to Take The Perfect Picture by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
7 Tips to Take The Perfect Picture by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Top / Skirt / Booties (old) - super similar / Bag (old) / Sunnies  

1. Camera - It's really important to have a camera that performs the way you want it to take the perfect picture. Some girls take awesome pictures on their iPhones, but I prefer having a full frame camera to shoot with. (Now, ask me if I know how to use the thing, and that's an entirely different story!) Luckily, Brandon takes all my photos, so we invested in a Canon 6D. We currently have a 50mm lens, but really need to get a 70mm lens to shoot the way we want to.

2. Confidence - is everything when it comes to taking the perfect picture. Of course it's not comfortable prancing around the streets taking photos of yourself, and stopping in the middle of an intersection during a red light, to get that perfect shot. I know, I know...but people staring. Of course they are! Who cares, though? They aren't paying your bills, and chances are you won't ever see them again. You have to own it, every part of it, or it's going to show up on the camera. You do you, boo!

3. Take Risks - It's easy to stick to the shooting locations you know, or the poses you have become familiar with, but like they say, "If there is no risk, there's no reward." You have to be open to trying new things for that perfect picture, because that's what life requires of you if you want to excel to the next step in anything!

4. Hire someone that is willing to take risks with you. - (And, if not, do like I do and force your husband to take risks with you. Sorry, Brandon.) The risk takers behind the camera are just as important as the ones in front of it. That means, they need to be willing to jump out into the streets with you, or even lay down on the ground to get the perfect shot. I realize how absurd that sounds, but it's just the simple truth.

5. Lighting - They don't call it the "golden hour" for nothing. Whenever possible, try to shoot during the golden hour to achieve the dreamiest photo shots. I wish I could do this more often, but sometimes you just have to roll with what your schedule allows. I prefer to shoot in semi-shaded areas, otherwise the sun is "too hot" and washes out the look. Ideally, I try to shoot late afternoon, when it's still well lit outside, but the sun isn't so intense. I find that really helps me achieve the ideal lighting for my shots.

6. Edit - Everything really comes down to the editing. If you edit photos on your computer, I highly recommend Adobe Lightroom. It's where I edit all my blog photos. If you aren't familiar with editing, you can search for presets online, and load them into the program, then play with things from there. After I edit in Lightroom, I always edit them again before posting to Instagram. My favorite iPhone editing programs are Snapseed and VSCO.

7. Believe in what you are doing - With Instagram's ever changing algorithm, it can be pretty disheartening to put (what you believe to be good) content out there, only to have it tank on Instagram - because most of your followers aren't even seeing your posts. At the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself and what you are doing, and know that you are creating good content. If you keep creating good content, I believe it will all work itself out in the end.

What about you? What are some tips you want to share about taking the perfect picture? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!
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New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect

This post is a little overdue, but I'm finally sharing my recap of New York Fashion Week, with a few things you should know. If you missed my first post, on How To Attend New York Fashion Week, you can read that here. (There's also a post about NYFW packing essentials, here.)
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Not having been to New York Fashion Week in several years, there were definitely some changes (and certainly some things that never change!).

Things that were exactly as I remember them:

- You'll spend a small fortune on cab fares - you just can't help it. I try to take the train as much as possible, but sometime a cab is just easier - and it adds up quickly.

- It's exhausting. You would think it's all fun and games, but it really is quite exhausting. You have appointments to make, outfits to change into, and shows to see, all while traversing miles of city from point a to b, then c, and back to a. And seeing how you are usually fueled by copious amounts of champagne, it wears you down pretty quick.

- It's intimidating. You just can't avoid the comparison game while you are there. You'll see other bloggers getting their picture taken, and start to question everything you have on - even though you got your picture taken as you walked up to the building. It's stupid, but it's true. Beyond that, you really feel like a small fish in a big pond. It's easy to let your confidence fall.

Things that had changed at New York Fashion Week:

- Shows are really all over the city now. It used to be that Bryant Park and Lincoln Center were the main hubs for all things fashion. Now, Skylight Clarkson is, but shows are really spread out everywhere. Next season, they are doing away with a main event space altogether, so it will be interesting to see where they all end up.

- The fashion has gotten more...interesting. Sure, all fashion is meant to be a personal representation, but some of these just cross the fashion lines from the artistic attempts of Lady Gaga to the "literally wtf" ensembles of Miley Cyrus. (At least Miley circa 2015. We're glad you're back, girl.)

Things I forgot for New York Fashion Week: BRING FLATS WITH YOU EVERYWHERE. I repeat! EVERYWHERE! I made the mistake of taking off in *comfortable* heels, one morning, thinking, "I won't be walking too far."  4 miles late...I was very wrong. And your feet will let you know it. I pretty much wore flats the next two days. (Thank God that is a trend RN. The ones pictured here saved my life!) I immediately made a note in my phone to never make that mistake again.
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
As for the events:

Day 1: I attended the Shopbop event with my Denver blogger friends, Jack Savoie of The Savoie Daily and Desiree from Darling Be Daring. (Btw did you see Shopbop is having an amazing sale right now? Check out my post here.) They completely rebranded their site, so they had a huge celebration. The installations were absolutely stunning, in true New York Fashion Week style. They even had puppies to play with, from Foster Dogs NYC. If you are in the New York area, and in the market for a furry friend, you should definitely check them out. Amazing organization!
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
New York Fashion Week Recap: What To Expect by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
After that event I met up with my folks and Brandon and we headed to see Chicago on Broadway. I had never seen the play, just the hit movie, so I was nervous I wouldn't like it as much as I loved the movie. Boy, was I wrong. It was so good and far surpassed my expectations!

Day 2: I attended the Romeo Hunte Presentation. I was so excited about this show, because I got to take my mom and Brandon with me! It felt amazing to be able to share that experience with them. After that, I was supposed to attend the Obviously event but was a little too pinched for time before my next show, so I had to skip it at the last minute. That afternoon, I attended the Katie Gallagher show, and made new blogger friends with Courtney of Somewear Southwest - she is the best!

That night, we went to a piano bar in midtown that my parents picked out. We had so much fun signing along, and I even got up on stage and sang a tune. *insert covered eye monkey emoji here*

Day 3: That morning, we headed to Grand Central Terminal as I had never seen it. To my surprise, there were so many bloggers there (I was in the bathroom with Jamie Chung, guys!). Later I found out, the Kate Spade presentation was being held at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal. (Clearly my invitation got lost in the mail!) After that, I headed to the Runa Ray presentation with my new friend, Courtney. The plan was to head to the Banana Republic presentation after that, with a chance to meet Olivia Palermo, however the show was open to the public and the line was INSANE so I ditched it quickly for an afternoon of shopping with the fam.

Brandon and I headed to the LuLu*s Style Studio party that evening, before meeting up with my parents at Gotham Comedy Club to see Bobby Collins perform. Guys, he was hilarious! We were all in tears! Highly recommend seeing him perform if you ever have the opportunity.

Day 4: I planned to take this entire day off to go to Brooklyn, but decided to go ahead and attend the Leanne Marshall show because it's always so swoon worthy! I was so honored that they sat me at the front row, next to Kayla of Not Your Standard. *pinch me moment*

That night, we ate at a cozy italian restaurant a block from where we stayed named Patrizia's. This place was a hidden gem, and I will definitely be back next time I'm in the city for New York Fashion Week.

Day 5: I completely skipped out on all things fashion and took a morning stroll with the hubby around the High Line. We ate at The Wild Son in the Meatpacking District, shopped around Soho, then had lunch at Eataly before hopping a plane back to Colorado Springs.

I always love time spent in New York City, but there really is something so special about fall in the city - especially at New York Fashion week. I'll definitely be back, and would love to room with a few gals next time, so if you plan on going, let me know!