It’s been a crazy close to one of the chaotic years of my life, and with a lot of focus and heart, I managed to keep it all tied together and moving forward. I’ve spent the last five days back home in El Dorado Hills with family, taking a pause from the grind, in order to recharge and ready myself for 2017. I could think of no better theme to roll into next year in than bows, so I saved this look and my matching manicure for the final look of the year.
A little more back story on the Mandy/bows history: I’ve always been a bow gal, from my early days as a young girl obsessed with Hello Kitty, to an adult who’s constantly inspired by Japanese fashion and beauty trends (…and still awkwardly obsessed with Hello Kitty). Needless to say, if there’s any chance I can put a bow on it, I do.
This sweatshirt is playful yet not over the top, and not only have I found it a win with my athleisure, I’ve also turned it into an evening staple here in San Francisco. Pair it with a wool mini pencil skirt, or even a big tea length one. Skinny jeans and a long silk blouse under? SLAY.
Best part? It’s under $70.
I’ve started a yearly tradition of donning this beanie on Christmas, starting with last year, when I found this amazing Kate Spade gem! It’s sadly no longer available, however, I’ve linked an all black version below that’s equally amazing! Everything’s better with pom poms, and they’re even better with veils! It adds a touch of glam to a casual item, and one that I don’t feel bad about wearing out on the town in the evening.
Sweatshirt: Zeo Ring Belt Cuff Sweatshirt, Storets
Leggings: High Rise Gleam Tight, Athleta
Shoes: Alexander McQueen for Puma Brace Mid Sneaker, Puma, similar pair here
Beanie: Veiled Pom Beanie, BCBG Max Azria
Foundation: Make Up For Ever, Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, in Y315
Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light
Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Granite
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette
Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black
Lips: Urban Decay VICE Lipstick, Wonderland