It’s finally my favourite time of the year and the easiest way to tell is by how active I am on my blog. I always get a surge of motivation and creativity in September after all the lethargy I experience in the blistering heat of August. The anticipation of slightly cooler weather and a bit more outfit diversity has me bristling and wanting to share all of it here on my little corner of the internet. For today’s post I wanted to talk about my staple autumn outfit and makeup pieces and how I plan to incorporate them into my England move, seeing as I only have so much luggage space to move my wardrobe over there with me.
Most of my wardrobe during the fall and winter months consists of oversized, thick sweaters that I pair with black leggings, boots, and call it a day. I really can’t be bothered to put together any intricate outfits when the weather starts getting colder because I can never quite feel warm in Toronto. However, I’ve heard that it is much warmer in London so I might have a bit more freedom with my outfits once I’m over there. Needless to say, most of my sweaters are flying overseas with me so expect to see them on this blog in the coming months.
I have become slightly obsessed with denim jackets the past few years and I attribute that both to the 90’s trend that’s taken over and my part-time job at the GAP. Denim was incorporated into every outfit there and there were so many denim jackets to choose from. One of my favourites is a fitted, dark denim that I can wear when the weather is a bit warmer in order to shield myself from any unexpected wind. The other is an oversized, distressed men’s denim jacket that I wear on top of my oversized sweaters when it starts getting colder, but not cold enough for a winter coat; perfect for a seasonal transition. I expect to live in my denim jackets for a while in London before I have to switch over to my coat.
I always need a good pair of boots in my wardrobe, especially in Toronto with the constant freezing rain and snow. Last year I had a pair of black Doc Martens, but they were so uncomfortable I just had to get rid of them. I couldn’t wear them for more than a few hours before they started making my toes sore and my arch hurt. This year I bought a pair of Blundstones based on the recommendation of a few people I know who own them. I hear they are fairly comfortable, but I always have trouble finding shoes that don’t make my feet ache after time, so we’ll see how it goes with these ones. I’ll probably have to wear these on my flight so that I don’t add the extra weight to my suitcase.
I have such an issue with exposing my neck during the colder months that I’ve gone through so many scarves and only have one in my wardrobe that actually works to keep me warm. I need a good, oversized scarf that wraps nicely around my neck and doesn’t part to reveal any skin. It really drives me nuts when I can’t get that perfect wrap underneath my pea coat, so I’m only bring my H&M scarf with me to England and hopefully I can find another that is just as good.
Makeup/ Skin Care
My favourite colours to play with when the weather gets a bit cooler are brownish nudes, stepping away from the brighter pinks I tend to wear during the summer. I will probably be reaching for my Glossier Cloud Paint in ‘Dusk’ a lot as well as my go-to Hourglass blush in ‘Mood Exposure’. I use these pretty much all year round, but they go especially well with the fall. I will also be moving more toward nude lipsticks with a brown and dark pink hue as these seem to match my skin tone the best. And always either matte or satin finishes.
I love powders for my makeup even though they can be a bit drying in the winter months. They are just so much easier to wear and quick to apply, especially when on the go, and I don’t usually have to worry about them moving around throughout the day. My go-to base will be the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation paired with my Hourglass blush and a sparkly, powder eye shadow. My absolute favourites at the moment are in the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette, specifically the colours Vermeer and Primavera. They are so pigmented and really make my brown eyes pop amongst the muggy autumn weather.
The key to surviving the colder months for me is a lot of moisturizer on every part of my body. Sometimes, if it gets really dry out, I’ll turn to Vaseline to heal the really deep cracks or dryness on my skin. However, my current favourite face moisturizer is Pond’s; I’ve been using it for months and I’m still obsessed. It’s the perfect thickness for my skin type and it smells great. My favourite body lotion is by Soap and Glory because of the shea butter infusion and delicious scent. I try to use it every night before bed on my hands and feet and anywhere else that feels a bit dry.
I really can’t leave the house without perfume, but especially so in the fall. There’s something about the chilly weather that makes it smell that much better and more comforting than in the summer and I can’t get enough of it. My favourite perfume and the one I would now consider “my scent” is Chanel Mademoiselle. It’s the perfect powder sweet scent that isn’t too overpowering while also being strong enough to last the day. Also, a little goes a long way. I’ve had my bottle since February 2017 and I’m only half way done!