Fall 2014 Fashion Trends for Women

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends for Women || Runway Chef Saying hello to a new season also means saying hello to new fashion trends, something I’m always excited to do. Recently, I’ve spotted a few things here and there that I’ve mentally added to my “To Buy” list (and physically added to my Pinterest board) but I haven’t really had a chance to truly delve into the world of Fall 2014 fashion trends since the season started. So the other day I decided to sit down with my afternoon tea and write out a list of some of the things I’m hoping to incorporate into my wardrobe as well as some of the trends I’ve been spotting for the Fall 2014 season. Of course, in my world, food and fashion go hand-in-hand, so before I settled in to research the trends, you know I grabbed myself a snack, aka my daily dose of chocolate. My latest fave? The new Lindt HELLO chocolate. They come in delicious flavors like Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cookies & Cream, and Crunchy Nougat. Hello?! How could I pass any of those up?! Oh, and also they come in mini sizes (along with bars and sticks), which is good because we all know, when it comes to me and chocolate, self-control is not in my vocabulary! In honor of their new chocolate, Lindt has partnered with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce “It Started with HELLO“, a digital romantic comedy video series that captures couples as they make their first connections. For each of the 5 episodes their will be 5 weeks of sweepstakes with some pretty sweet prizes (things like a shopping spree, a date night, and a spa day). Make sure you head over to the Sweet Connections Sweepstakes page for the official rules and to get yourself entered.

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends for Women || Runway Chef Fall 2014 Fashion Trends for Women || Runway Chef So now that we’ve settled the important issues of chocolate, let’s talk fashion. For the fall season I’m loving things like long vests, capes, oversized sweaters and coats, mod 60′s dresses, printed outerwear, a dark brown lined lip, anything in a vibrant red, dresses over jeans, all the gray tones, felt hats, of course leather, art deco jewels and pearls, gingham and flannel prints, and maybe even a pair of metallic oxfords. As I mentioned above I’ve already got my eye on a few pieces, all of which you can shop below:

Tell me- what trends are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

This post is sponsored by Lindt HELLO chocolate. All opinions are my own.

How To Wear A Dress With Jeans

How To Wear A Dress With Jeans || Runway Chef When I first saw a few people wearing a dress with jeans, I’m not even going to kid you, I thought it was a bit odd. It seemed too “out there” for me and a look that I would never be able to achieve….well, at least without looking like one fashionable fool. But desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve put myself on a bit of a closet spending freeze at the worst possible time- while the seasons are in transition. So instead of saying I have nothing to wear for probably the bazillionth time, I decided to do a little closet matchmaking with my dresses and jeans. And you know what? They totally fell in love (or as much love as jeans and dresses can possibly fall). Here are a few tricks on how to wear a dress with jeans:

Go for Height// I found that the dress and jeans look worked best with heels. Wearing flats made the whole outfit look too bulky.

Layer in Varying Lengths // For this look, dresses with a bit shorter of a hem work the best. Compliment the short dress with a long coat or sweater. The contrast in length will help to keep the whole outfit streamlined.

Cinch It In// The dress with jeans look is not good with flowey dresses. You’ll want a dress that has structure and form. However, if you absolutely must use a flowey dress, I recommend cinching it in at the waist with a chunky belt. And if the dress isn’t flowey, well, still use a belt to break the look up.

Have you ever tried wearing a dress with jeans?

P.S. We snapped these photos on a super windy day so the slight blur of the dress is not your eyes going bad….just the wind ;)

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Embellished

Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef I really am trying to be better about having a positive outlook on Mondays, but sometimes the only thing getting me through are some sparkly embellishments. And big sunnies. Oh and coffee. Always coffee. Also, limited conversation until I’ve had said coffee. In case you couldn’t tell by the length of this short post, I obviously haven’t had my coffee yet….

Hope you all have an “embellished” Monday and a great week!

Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Embellished || embellished sweatshirt layered with a button-up and paired with leather shorts & booties for fall weather @runwaychef Piperlime Sweatshirt c/o // H&M Shirt // French Connection Shorts c/o // Guess Booties // Chanel Bag // Kendra Scott Ring c/o

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Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Growing up I absolutely hated my bushy eyebrows. It didn’t matter how many times someone told me that Brook Shields had thick gorgeous eyebrows “just like me”, the only thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was Oscar the Grouch. So naturally I plucked my eyebrows into oblivion. Literally. At one point I think you might have even needed a magnifying glass to see them. It was scary. Like Halloween scary, except 24/7 (#notok). Fast forward a few years and I’ve now come to realize that thick eyebrows really are gorgeous. Instead of wishing my brows looked like anything but Brook Shield’s, I now want them to look as much like hers as possible. Well-groomed and well-shaped eyebrows not only help to define your face, they also make your eyes look bigger and brighter and it’s one thing that should never be skipped in your daily routine. Even if your tight on time, doing just your eyebrows (along with a coat of mascara and adding a touch of concealer) will make such a huge difference. To achieve the perfect eyebrows, here are my tips-

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto A before shot of my eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tools of the Trade: Eyebrow brush, clear mascara, tweezers, eyebrow brush/comb, small scissors 

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto First, you’ll want to figure out what the proper shape of your eyebrows should be. Using your eyebrow brush handle as a guide, line the brush straight up against your nose (like the first picture). The end of your eyebrow should line up with the handle so anything to the  side opposite your brow should be plucked. To figure out where the highest part of your brow should be, hold the brush diagonally from your nose to your eyebrow across the farthest side of your retina. Your arch should be wherever the brush hits (see the second picture). To determine where the end of your eyebrow should extend to, keep your brush lined up with your nose but this time move your brush to the farthest corner of your eye. Your eyebrow should extend out to the point at which the brush hits (as in the third picture).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After you determine the shape your eyebrows should be, use the eyebrow brush to gently brush them from the center towards the outer corner.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Pluck any stray hairs using your tweezers.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Next, use the comb side of the brush to comb your eyebrows up and out.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Use the scissors to trim any hairs that extend pass the brow line. I usually only do a trimming once a week, unless it is needed.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After the brows have been cleaned up, you’ll want to fill them in with an eyeshadow or brow color that is one shade darker than your natural brow color. I use the dark brown from the Les 4 Ombres Chanel eyeshadow palette. (I like to use eyeshadow as opposed to a pencil as I think the color is less harsh and it blends in more easily creating a more natural looking eyebrow.)

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Add on a coat of clear mascara (or brow gel) to lock in the color and keep your brows in place.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To finish the look, I like to add a swipe of a shimmery eye shadow right underneath my brow to highlight the area and really make my eyes and brows pop. Here I’m using Chantecaille in “Marigold“.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto In this picture you can see the dramatic difference between the eyebrow that has been done (left) and the one that has not (right).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To maintain my eyebrows, I usually follow the plucking and trimming routine once a week, of course plucking out stray hairs as need be. I fill my brows in with the color and gel any time I do my makeup.

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Nautical & Navy

Nautical & Navy || utility jacket, boho shirt & white jeans @runwaychef Just as I’m not ready to give up on my ice cream, I am most definitely not ready to give up on my white clothing. I know, I know. No white after Labor Day…blah, blah, blah….please tell me something I don’t know. Because let’s be real, I’ve got 99 problems but wearing white after Labor Day ain’t one. Of course, that being said, I do have to be practical. Shorts and tank tops in the fall are probably not going to happen (at least where I live). But white in the form of some distressed denim paired with a cool weather utility jacket, that to me is the perfect compromise of summer and fall all rolled into one and the best way to transition from one season to the next.

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