Allison’s Fall Beauty Wishlist

North Texas recently experienced a cold front that had most of Dallas scrambling to their nearest Starbucks in their leggings and quilted vests. And while that temperature drop was short-lived, that little taste of fall weather reminds me that it’s just around the corner. Unfortunately every year when fall arrives, my skin freaks out and leaves me with incredibly oily skin and dry cheeks and temples. Thanks to that premature cold front, I’m already getting ready to take preventative steps before autumn is here to stay. Here’s what’s on my beauty/skincare wishlist…

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7 Quilted Pieces To Try This Fall

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When I say the word, “quilted,” does it conjure up images of Vera Bradley? While I did have my own Vera wallet back in the day, I wouldn’t say that those quilted bags are part of my wardrobe anymore. But recently, the company made this surprising announcement that in order to appeal to more Millennials, they are going to carry quilted leather goods! I think that this a great move for the company, since the quilted trend is definitely coming back strong and sure this fall.

I personally love this trend! It adds more textual interest to your outfits, and there are so many ways to incorporate it, whether it’s a quilted cross body bag or a vest. It’s also a great fall trend because quilted pieces tend to be a little warmer with the double layer of fabric. I also think it has a preppy, polished look that can make an item look more expensive. Here are a few of my favorite picks…

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10 Cute Snoods To Wear This Fall

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Worn on your head or around your neck, a snood will help you brave through the heaviest of rains and the stiffest of breezes. Listed below are my top ten picks perfect for any type of fall weather. Ranging from the fluffy to ultra chic, these scarves epitomize everything I love about fall: rich colors and comfy knits.

1. H&M Knit Tube Scarf | 2. Sequin Snood | 3. Fisherman Rib Button Snood | 4. Mixed Knit Snood Scarf | 5. +Eleven Everything Foil-Print Wool Snood | 6. J. Crew Bandana Snood | 7. UGG Textured Snood | 8. Wine Zig Zag Snood | 9. Athleta ECHO Ombre Scarf 10. Dip Dye Snood

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Spring ’15 Hairstyles You Can Wear This Fall

If you’re still drooling over the NYFW SS15 collections, you won’t have to wait over six months to wear these runway-inspired styles. There were wearable hair trends in every show ranging from braids and effortless waves to sleek ponytails. If you are looking for a little hair inspiration, check out my eight favorites from NYFW…

T H E  C H I C  T O P K N O T

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I am more than thrilled to see that topknots were all over the runways during NYFW last week. I love this choice of a hairstyle during a fashion show because it avoids any distraction from the hair and truly keeps the focus on the outfit and styling. As a bonus, topknots are also an extremely attainable. For a bigger bun, tease the top of your hair before securing the bun in bobby pins.

S L I C K E D  B A C K

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All of the Washington Roberts models wore this teased look which I think is extremely appropriate for a night out or concert. You can achieve this look by teasing the top of your hair as you would with a pompadour. Then slick the sides back and secure them underneath the tease with bobbi pins. This is a great wearable way to achieve that look without leaving the house drenched or looking like you have greasy hair.

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15 Fall Must Haves For Your Wishlist

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The tell-tale signs of autumn are fast approaching and I’m all buckled up and ready to go! It’s time to dive into the season and get acquainted with the latest offerings via prime runway style inspiration translated into real life sensibilities. There’s a lot to sample and enjoy this fall and we’ve only just begun. Here’s a glimpse of what to look forward to when it comes to pieces that are ready to rock…

1. M.U.F.E Artist Shadow (Hazelnut Satin) | 2. Felt Cowboy Hat | 3. Blue Fair Isle Wool-Mohair Blend Sweater | 4. Fingerless Glove Mittens | 5.  CND Vinylux Nail Polish (Impossibly Plush) | 6. Alpaca & Wool-Blend Turtleneck | 7. Clara Platform Wedge Booties | 8. Rockstud Headband | 9. NARS Lipstick (Scarlet Empress) | 10. Navy Tara Moto Jacket | 11. Narciso Rodriguez (Narciso) | 12. Side-Zip Stripe Tee | 13. Tricolor Pyramid Drop Earrings | 14. Zip Applique Leather Bucket Bag | 15. High Riser Rivington Trousers

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9 Things I Wish I Knew As A College Freshman

It is really crazy to me that I just started my senior year in college. I remember being a senior in high school and that feels like 5 minutes ago; time flies is an understatement. Although I still have a lot to learn as I plan to go to graduate school, there is so much I wish I knew going into college. There is no official way to get you through the four years of college, but I want to give you some tips that orientation won’t tell you.

College is a time to find yourself, as corny as that sounds. You will experience things that will make you a stronger, better and a more mature person if you take it all in. The past few years I realized how much more I am capable of than I thought. I was once watching a show and someone said, “You never know how much you can rise until you are asked to do so,” and in college you will be asked to do so. Be open to making mistakes, learning new things and doing things outside of your comfort zone, because at the end of the day that is what college is for. Make the most of your college experience because they are the years to truly devote to yourself. Set yourself up for success in the future by taking the right approach – but also don’t forget to just have fun (which I’m sure you will)!

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1. Speak to upperclassman going in the same direction as you

College isn’t like the movies where freshman Friday actually exists. The upperclassmen are your friends. They will help you in a way that the administration can’t because they have been through exactly what you are going through not so long ago. They have already learned the ins and outs of the college and when it comes to taking the right classes, the right professors, and joining the right clubs there is no one better to rely on.

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9 Things You Need To See From New York Fashion Week SS15

New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close. For one week, I’ve watched as trends have been born, put to rest and revived. However after seeing all these collections, via Internet photos and live streams, I’ve realized that NYFW SS15 is all about these nine things listed below…

1. Prints that add a level of intrigue

Opening Ceremony via Opening Ceremony

2. Complex patterns that make your clothes move, even before you do

Alexander Wang via Columbine

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