casual summer

hat: J.Crew // dress: J.Crew // shades: Prada // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // sandals: Stuart Weitzman similar  // lip: Rimmel 

I love the relaxed vibes of summer – soaking up the sun and taking it easy! Dresses, shorts, and sandals have been my go-to this season. While keeping it pretty simple, I like to add a red lip to bring it all together. I was excited to add Rimmel London’s ‘Call the Shots’ lipstick into my summer makeup routine. It’s a matte finish and provides long-lasting color, both important to survive the summer heat. A win-win for any look!

This post was a collaboration with Rimmel London. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting collaborations with Taffeta + Cedar!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access


1: leather jacket // 2: lip set // 3: denim // 4: velvet mules // 5: cashmere cardigan // 6: sweater // 7: booties // 8: skincare // 9: watch // 10: bag // 11: wool coat

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access) officially begins today! Here are a few of my top picks, including elevated basics, closet staples, and versatile pieces. To really make the most of your wardrobe, I suggest investing in quality pieces that can be interchanged and worn frequently. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the time to stock up and strategically build your wardrobe. A reminder that this week is early access for Nordstrom card holders only, but you can apply online or in-store!

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spring beauty


1: Le Volume de Chanel Mascara // 2: Fiona Stiles – Ultra Luxe Nourishing Lip Balm // 3: Byredo – Gypsy Water Hand Cream // 4: Le Vernis Chanel – Garçonne // 5: Dior Addict Pure Ultra Gloss – Tell Me Dior 

It’s always refreshing to switch to lighter aromas and softer colors for Spring. Here are a few of my favorites. I generally stick to a natural palette and will occasionally wear a bold lip or something with extra shine. I’m really loving the Fiona Stiles Lip Balm as of late. It’s the perfect amount of shine to wear alone or layer over a lipstick – and it’s super moistening! Oh, you can never go wrong with a luxe mascara that adds volume with a single stroke!

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Fiona Stiles Beauty

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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles. She was in Chicago celebrating the launch of her new makeup line, Fiona Stiles Beauty. Her line is available exclusively in Ulta Beauty  stores and online. At the event Fiona was hands-on with the makeup. Everything is easy to apply and has intense pigments, so a little goes a long way. She discussed the longevity of everything from lip color to foundation, different color combinations, and how to build and blend eye colors. Oh, and I don’t want to forget how super cool and down to earth she is. Seriously, how awesome! So, be sure to pop in your nearest Ulta Beauty and check out her fantastic new line of easy to wear and apply makeup!

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H&M launches beauty


H&M is planning to launch an entire beauty collection this fall! It will include makeup, body, haircare and beauty tools. There will be 700 products in two collections – premium and certified organic and with a nice price tag from $2.99 to $24.99. What a great way to try new colors and trends for a new season.


Image via NYLON

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cheek & lip glow


This Cheek & Lip Glow from Dior adds just the right amount of a pink glow to your face. Create a dewy look on your cheekbones or something a bit more matte by simply rubbing it in more on your cheeks. And we all know you can never have too many lip glosses in your makeup bag! A perfect addition to your Spring makeup routine.

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Double Perfection Lumière


The Double Perfection Lumière from Chanel is hands-down my favorite powder makeup. I’ve been using it for years and love the natural and flawless effect it provides. It’s medium to full coverage, but for a lighter full-face application I use a kabuki brush and then use the provided sponge for the areas I need a bit more coverage – under eye area, blemishes, etc.


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