Fall Beauty With Aerie

This past week has been a craze during fashion week and it was challenging to find moments to lay low. Everything I did from morning to night revolved around a social engagement and strict schedule. Any pocket of free time I could find, I'd wander around my neighborhood and I got to find some gems like Giovanni Rana (part of the lovely Chelsea Market).

During the afternoon I got to capture some of my favorite pieces from Aerie. I layered the chambray shirt dress with their oversized sweater on an off day for a simple, every day look. What I love are the minimal details like the gold rings with the criss-cross ties woven in to give it a little pop. I also tied the dress in a knot on the bottom to create some different lengths throughout the bottom.

If you didn't already know, Aerie has had several campaigns highlighting different aspects of natural beauty. I've partnered with them in the past for their untouched ads using models of all sizes here. Now, it's great to enter the Fall season in partnership with their new campaign using no makeup. 

#aerieREAL

Photos: Bethany Marie
*This post was made in partnership with Aerie

Summer Beauty Essentials with Urban Outfitters

Each change of season, I love seeing what UO Beauty has in store and we've recently partnered up to share some of our favorite summer picks for beauty! Take a peek below:

Lavender + Sage all natural deodorant. What?! I was too excited to try this out and I can say that it never leaves my purse now. It's got a clean and fresh scent that isn't too heavy and it's easy to apply. Without the use of any aluminum or harsh chemicals, it's vegan, cruelty-free, propylene glycol-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. Not to mention it comes in 3 other kinds: cedar wood + juniper, bergamot + lime, and a classic fragrance-free. 

Cacao detox mask. This is what I've been looking forward to weekly since it smells like a brownie on your face, literally. It's one of the most enjoyable masks I've tried yet, and sometimes too tempting to want to lick the spoon! Raw cacao is great for lightening blemishes and scars and cell regeneration. The addition of the coconut milk aids in the elasticity of the skin. Get those impurities out while enjoying this goodness on your skin. 

Milk Blot paper and Sunshine oil. These blot papers are so great for an on-the-go saver. It's made from unbleached hemp that clears out pores keeping the skin refreshed without ruining any makeup. The sunshine oil brightens and hydrates. Another great on-the-go product and the ingredients make it live up to its name: grapeseed, avocado, grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, mandarin and lemon peel oils. 

To see more of my favorites or shop the items, check them out below! Hope you enjoyed!

Mornings With Aerie

"Portraying beauty should always be something we're invited into, not something we feel like we cannot attain. Beauty is inspiration, a pure spirit that sparks each individuals language of beauty. "

I spent this early morning retreating and taking some time to 'be'– my idea of where beauty begins. As important as it is to build up wardrobes for going out, I've been embracing the personal ones behind closed doors. I grabbed some essentials from Aerie – the lace wraparound bralette, skinny jogger, and duster cardi. The softness and comfort of each piece left me never wanting to take them off. Especially the duster– it's a piece that I like to leave at the edge of my bed to throw on whenever I need. 

The idea of beauty and Aerie's vision behind their AerieREAL campaign is something that gets me so passionate and excited. From featuring unretouched ads, using real models of different sizes, they've effortlessly set the stage for 'real' to be displayed worldwide. The positive message that it's not constrained to one body type or personality even, but it's being brought back to its bare, foundational state. This for me is the core of my blog so it's amazing to be able to share in the message reaching so many young women.

To me, true beauty is learning how to rest– rest in life and rest within yourself. Learning how to be. Everything in us flourishes when we see what's already within and give it a place to speak out. Often we've choked the true nature of beauty because it's been constrained to a formula.

How do you find beauty in simply 'being'? You can also read more about the AerieREAL campaign here.

Photos: Charley Woodman // Shot in a home courtesy of Airbnb here
*This post was made in partnership with Aerie

Beauty For Real: Two Essentials For Your Collection

Hello and happy Thursday! I've got some new goodies to share today by Beauty For Real, a brand with easy to use, and on the go products for women of all ages. A perk for me: built in mirrors with everything. It's got plant derived antioxidants, essential oils, avocado oil, grape seed, aloe vera, and green tea extract, as well as no parabens. I'm big on using natural ingredients so this was a plus. :-)

I'm using a cheek tint & luminaizer (color: goldrush & afterglow) which gives some great soft color and highlighting, and the true color lip cream (color: always there) which has become one of my favorite lip products as of late. I'm big on the application process. Some lipsticks/glosses/etc need work to put on and the way this one outlines and defines the lips have made it so easy to use. Not to mention, I thought it'd be more glossy, but it's more creamy which is my taste. 

In addition to these fun products, receive 15% off your next purchase when you use the code 'meldenisse.' :-)

Wearing: BFR Always There lip cream* (here), BFR Goldrush & Afterglow cheek tint* (here)