Cherry Red Puffer

If you’re anything like me, most of the clothes in your closet are neutral tones. I mean, how can you go wrong with a classic black or crisp white? However, over the past few years, I have been trying to find accessories and pieces of clothing that add a bold pop of color to my look! This can really help to break up your outfit and add a fun twist to what otherwise may be more dull.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am obsessed with winter outerwear, so when I found this cherry red puffer, I knew it was the perfect statement piece to add to my coat collection. Throwing this coat on with a monochromatic black outfit adds such a chic, attention-grabbing touch that will have people dying to know where you picked up your jacket.

I styled this gorgeous puffer with black Quay aviators and a white, ribbed, faux fur, pom-pom beanie. I get total skiing in Aspen vibes from this look and I am living for it!

What is your favorite way to add a pop of color into your outfit? Comment below!

xo, lexie

Faux Fur Moment

Okay fine, I’ll admit it…I have an unhealthy obsession with winter outerwear! There’s just something so elegant and sophisticated about throwing on a beautiful coat. Because I’ve been dressing more casually throughout the pandemic, reaching for fancier outerwear has been a super easy way to dress up my look while also keeping me warm. A few years ago, I invested in this leopard faux fur coat from a local boutique. To this day, it goes down as one of the best purchases I have ever made. It is so soft, timeless, and dreamy…but the best part is that it always elevates my look!

I recently styled this faux fur number with my favorite Top Shop beret and new rectangle sunglasses from Urban Outfitters! Adding just a few accessories to the coat made it appear as if I spent a long time styling the look, when it actually just took a few minutes! 

To make the look appear a bit more effortless, you can also nix the beret and just stick with the fun sunglasses! I am seriously in love with both looks. It has me dreaming of spending the holiday season in Paris.

Be on the lookout for more winter outerwear content! I just recently purchased 2 stunning wool overcoats that I am going to be styling.

What has been your favorite winter outerwear trend? Leave a comment below! 

xo, lexie 

Rounding Up My Favorite Summer Scents

I think that we can all agree that “omg, you smell so good!” is seriously the best compliment ever…and a major confidence booster! In light of that, I am always on the hunt for new perfumes and body mists that have a long lasting scent. In the summer, I gravitate towards something that is light and sweet. After many years of doing test trials with perfumes, mists and sprays, I have found my holy-grail scents that I cannot live without! Below I am going to be rounding up some of my favorites in order of least to most expensive.

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Love and Sunshine Fine Fragrance Mist $14.00

At just $14.00 for an 8 fl oz mist, this is a deal that you simply cannot pass up! This sweet scent combines a blend of strawberries, lemon, honeysuckle and daisies that will leave you feeling super fresh after just a few sprays. It’s not overpowering in the slightest and the scent stays on your skin. I always pack a travel-sized bottle in my purse to spray on whenever I need to freshen up.

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Gourmand EDP Pistachio Brûlée Fragrance $18.00

My twin sister is an avid Urban Outfitters shopper and loves to look around the beauty section of the store. A couple of years back we were testing out perfumes and came across this pistachio brûlée scent that I totally fell in love with! The perfume has notes of vanilla mouse, pistachio and vanilla bean resulting in the perfect combination of light and sweet. I love using this fragrance during the day when I go out for coffee or brunch and get compliments on it almost every time I wear it out.

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Gourmand Hair + Body Mist Sel Ocean Fragrance $24.00

Another Urban Outfitters favorite! The Sel Ocean scent is the epitome of summertime. The fragrance is a blend of honeysuckle, muguet and pink sea salt. This is my boyfriend’s favorite perfume and I always wear it when we go on dates and out to dinner. It is sophisticated yet fun and the scent last all night long. I even turned my roommate Emily onto it…it has become one of her new staples as well! This fragrance is my holy-grail scent that I can spritz on and I know it will be appropriate for all occasions.

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Chloé Eau de Perfume $75.00-$132.00 

As I’ve been getting older, I have found that investing in a high-end, quality fragrance is essential. I am head over heels for the Chloé Eau de Perfume because of the fresh, light and powder-like floral scent it has. It is by far my most mature perfume that I own, but because it is light, it is still appropriate for a young 20 year old woman to wear! I wear this scent when I go out for fancy dinners, on job interviews, or for formal sorority events. Because it is on the pricier side, I like to save it for special occasions only! A trick for preserving the original scent of the perfume is to keep it in the box that it came in and store it in a cool, dark area!

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If y’all try out any of these scents please comment below or message me on Instagram @lexiejmurray! Thank you for reading!

xo, lexie

Young and in Love in NYC // Central Park

After a crazy month of final exams, present prep and saying goodbye to friends at college, I’m finally home for the holidays! I’m beyond excited to spend quality time with my family over the next couple of weeks…I’ve missed them so much! A few days ago, my boyfriend Mike and I headed into the Big Apple to explore all things Christmas! Growing up, I’ve always had this dream of exploring Central Park with someone I love. Going there with Mike was seriously a dream come true for me!

We started our day by boarding the crowded train in New Jersey. After only an hour’s time, we made it to New York City! Our first stop was Times Square which was flooded with tourists from all over the world basking in the holiday spirit. We stopped at Starbucks for a little “pick me up” to prep us for a day full of lots of walking.

As we made our way uptown, we finally reached Central Park. I was giddy with joy to have Mike by my side in one of my favorite places in the whole world! Hand in hand, we made our way around the Park, laughing, joking and taking lots of photos!

The Christmas Vendor’s were set up in the Park and we decided to stop and take a look. Mike bought me my perfect white pom hat that I’ve been on the hunt for…I’m seriously obsessed with it and put it on right away! As far as my outfit goes, I went for a more casual look and decided to make a statement in my new cherry red puffer jacket! I wore my favorite black Quay aviators which are my go-to sunglasses no matter the occasion. I find that they always help to polish any look I’m going for. Like I mentioned before, I popped on my white pom hat to add the perfect winter touch to the look! Whenever I’m in the city, I also find that carrying a cross-body purse is the best idea; this way, I can keep a close eye on my belongings. I wore my favorite black Michael Kors bag with gold detailing that is seriously the perfect size!

The whole day was so magical and truly unforgettable. There’s something about the Christmas spirit in the air in New York City. I’m so happy that I got to experience the joy of the holidays with him!

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This holiday season, I feel so lucky to have this guy by my side! He’s the best gift I could ever ask for! Wishing y’all a happy and safe holiday season!

XO, Lexie

 

Oh My Gourd…Fall is Here!

Happy fall y’all! A week ago it seemed like the cool weather would never come, but by the grace of God, the temperature dropped and autumn is finally here! To kickoff the season, my sister Cammie, best friend Courtney and I decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch to get into the spirit. We started our day with Starbucks and worship at church and then drove to Lloyd Family Farms for a fun filled day!

Upon arriving, we waited in line to get our hayride tickets. After purchasing, we began loading onto the wagon. We were surrounded by giggling children pointing out the farm animals and soft smiles from all passengers as they gazed at the gorgeous open-land. The crisp air was magical making me wish this day could last forever!

As the pumpkin patch came into view, the hayride came to a stop. We made our way off of the wagon and into the sea of orange. Court, Cam and I immediately pulled out our cameras and began snapping away!

Like every blogger, fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I couldn’t wait to showcase my staples at the patch! I wore my holy-grail Urban Outfitters black turtleneck top (seriously can style this in a ton of different ways) paired with an A-line camel colored suede skirt from Old Navy that I know I’m going to wear on repeat this season! For shoes, I went with my black, suede, block heeled, thigh high boots from Zara that I adore. To finish the look, I popped on Mac Cosmetics Cream in your Coffee lipstick (favorite fall shade) and threw on my Quay Australia black aviator sunglasses for polish.

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I hope you guys are enjoying the cool weather as much as I am! What are your fall fashion staples? Comment below!

XO, Lexie

 

The Little Lemon Dress

In the beginning of summer, I remember scrolling through Instagram seeing all of my favorite bloggers/fashion influencers sporting lemon print and I was immediately obsessed! I bookmarked their posts for inspiration and was on my very own hunt for the perfect lemon sundress for summer. While shopping in Marshalls looking for swimsuits, I stumbled across this sky blue, fit and flare, 50’s style lemon printed dress. It was love at first sight and the dress was completely darling; I darted toward the rack, scooped it up and headed for the dressing room! As soon as I zipped it up, I knew that I had to purchase it! It fit like a glove and I immediately started to style the dress in my head. I envisioned my blush Kendra Scott necklace, my gold holographic Michael Kors bag and some white vintage sunnies and that’s exactly how I wore it! I took the dress out for a spin at my favorite coffee shop in Long Beach Island with my sisters for some iced soy lattes and acai bowls!

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What print have you been loving this summer? Comment Below!

XO, Lexie

 

Memories from Maryland

On my freshman year move-in day, I remember one of the last things my Dad saying to me before he pulled away was,”Lex, you’re going to meet ‘your people’ here”. As someone who struggled through high school in the friendship department, that was everything I was hoping for. It excited and terrified me all at the same time because the possibility of making lifelong friends seemed so incredible, but I was also scared about whether or not I would connect with people in the ways I wished for. As they say, parents are always right and I was blessed with forming some amazing friendships this past year. One of the most special relationships I created in school was with my friend Carmen. We had met at an admissions event the Spring before our freshman year started. In the Fall we both happened to be in the same Spanish class, we sat together, and the rest is history! Every single Friday we met at our school’s coffee shop and gave each other life updates, laughed until we cried, vented, gave each other advice and inspired each other! Carmen and her family invited me to spend the week in her hometown and I was incredibly excited to spend time with her and make memories that would last forever!

One of my favorite places we visited was this small town called Berlin. This quaint spot is filled with awesome shops, boutiques and restaurants. I spent way more money than I should have and bought some awesome jewelry and a new pair of sunnies that I absolutely adore! Below are some photos of the food I ate and snapshots from this sweet place!

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Whenever I travel I always look for a cute and comfortable outfit to walk around in. I went for an off the shoulder, smocked gingham top that was super comfy and summery. I paired it with a high waisted, white, frayed jean skirt that I seriously have not stopped wearing this season. I finished the look off with some blush colored, suede slides that I cannot get enough of! Most of my wardrobe is black and white so these add a subtle pop of color that I am totally obsessed with!

I’m so thankful for my vacation with Carmen and can’t wait to show her my hometown next summer!

Special shoutout to this sweetheart for being the best friend!

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XO, Lexie

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie

 

But First, Brunch!

Brunch has and always will be my favorite meal! You simply cannot go wrong with a mix of sweet and savory delicacies, coffee, mimosas and most importantly, great company. My family and I love trying out new places to eat and recently, we were recommended by a friend to try out Wildflour Bakery Cafe. This darling little restaurant is in a gorgeous, historical Victorian style home making for a cozy and warm atmosphere. This menu puts a special spin on classic brunch foods. They’re dishing out unique crepes, omelettes, flatbreads and offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten free options, making this restaurant a pleaser for all lifestyles. I started off the meal by sipping on a delicious almond milk cappuccino that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of! I followed my cup of joe by ordering a vegan roasted kale and sweet potato crepe served with a vegan chipotle aioli…it was seriously amazing! There is nothing I love more than sitting down to a meal with great people, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying life together.

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I can’t wait for many more delicious brunches at Wildflour! What is your favorite brunch place? Make sure to comment your recommendations below!

xo, Lexie

Best of Beauty 2017

Hi readers! 2017 was a huge year for me filled with so many life changes! I graduated high school, started at my dream college, made the most amazing friends, joined a sorority (shout out to Alpha Gamma Delta) and grew so much as a person. As I reflected on myself this past year, I thought that I would also reflect on some of my favorite beauty products that I used throughout 2017! Below I am rounding up my holy grail products that you definitely have to add to your beauty routine in the new year! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Best Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin // lightweight, airy, medium-buildable coverage, flawless finish. the perfect foundation. 

Best Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser // smooth, easy to blend, airbrushed look. perfect coverage on under eye circles and blemishes.

Best Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Pressed Powder // added coverage, perfect to dust overtop of foundation, doesn’t crease.

Best Setting Spray: NYX Matte Setting Spray // affordable, keeps makeup in place ALL DAY, can’t leave without spritzing some on.

Best Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush // pigmented, natural, flushed look. the perfect rosy cheek. 

Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer // guaranteed chiseled cheekbones. great for contouring. awesome shade for all skin tones, warms up the face. 

Best Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss in Eclair // creamy, moisturizing, the perfect pink pout. 

Best Lipstick: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx // my everyday pink/nude lipstick, inexpensive, long wearing, my go-to. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” // amazing color payoff, highly pigmented, blendable, mix of fun and neutral colors, potential day and nighttime eye looks.

Best Mascara: Maybelline Colossal in Glam Black // have tried high end mascaras of all brands and always come back to this Maybelline one. affordable, lengthens, curls, makes the lash line look dark and full. 

Best Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal // glowy, soft, photographs well, not outrageously metallic like some others, good for an everyday shimmer.

Best Makeup Brushes: Ecotools // soft, cruelty free, inexpensive, wash nicely, made with recycled and synthetic materials, feel good about applying your makeup with these brushes.

Best Face Wash: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel // use this face wash once and you’ll never want to use another cleanser again. leaves your face soft and very clean after a long day of oil and makeup exposure.

Best Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray // spritz this rosewater spray for a refreshing, hydrating lift after washing your face! 

Best Face Mask: Aztec Secret Bentonite Indian Healing Clay // hands down the best face mask I have ever used! it seriously feels like you have new skin after just one use.

If you try out any of these products please comment below! I would love to know what you think about them! Wishing all of you nothing but health, happiness and success in 2018!

xo, Lexie