Welcome to Dressed for My Day. It’s a Monday morning and I don’t really have photos of an outfit or a style guide that I’m passionate about sharing. So I’m punting and simply sharing my February 2021 favorites. These are all products I’ve purchased in the last month or two that I’m really enjoying this month. Let’s get started!
I think I’m sharing a few things you’ve perhaps already seen here at Dressed for My Day, as well as a few that I haven’t yet posted. In fact, I just acquired a few of them this weekend. But they’re already becoming fast favorites. If this month’s favorites had a theme I think it would be “moving on.” I’ll explain as we go.
Favorite Beauty Products for February 2021
Let’s start with something fun. Well, I think all my selections are fun. But I especially love buying pretty new nail colors. And these OPI Hollywood Infinite Shine polishes are all a part of OPI’s newest spring collection. Of course, there are a few other colors I didn’t share here, but you can see them all here. I really even like some of the more modern, nontraditional shades, such as Bee-Hind the Scenes, a nice yellow. But I’ll probably be sticking with pinks and reds.
I purchased the Suzi Calls the Paparazzi persimmon pink and I’m an Extra warm pink. I would love to wear the Movie Buff pale pink, but I think it would look better on women with darker skin. Oh, and I did get the Emmy, Have You Seen Oscar red, too. I’m always looking for pretty reds.
OPI Infinite Shine polish is my absolute favorite, especially for home manicures. This easy system (be sure to get the base and top coat duo, too) keeps your nails looking shiny and smooth for approximately 10-14 days if you take care. I usually try to apply another top coat a couple of times during that span. These pretty Hollywood shades are fun colors to wear as we “move on” into spring.
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Satin Lipstick in Soft Mauve
I purchased a large portion of the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect cosmetic line for this post, in which I shared these products formulated for older skin. I rated the entire line pretty high. I could easily wear these cosmetics everyday. But I’m pretty loyal to many of my Mary Kay products. But I’m definitely keeping the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Satin Lipstick in Soft Mauve handy. I think I’m wearing it most every day that I can. This lipstick goes on satiny smooth and lasts beautifully. While I’m not a big advocate of most mauves, this one reads more like a dusty pink to me. But if it’s not your shade, check out the other colors available here.
I’m also continuing to use the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer. I have other primers, several of which are much more pricey. But this one applies silky smooth and it creates such a nice canvas for my foundation. I will never go back to applying foundation without a primer, that’s for sure. But the more primers I’ve tried, the pickier I’ve gotten, too. I want one that applies very soft and silky. And then it needs to actually help my foundation go on more smoothly. Finally, it needs to help my foundation stay put and stay pretty, without creasing or fading. This L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer checks all the boxes. “Moving on,” I’ll be using this primer with whatever foundation I use.
Now here’s something I haven’t mentioned before. I’ve been applying this neuBROW® Brow Enhancing Serum for just about two weeks and I can already see a significant difference in the texture and fullness of my brows. Y’all! I have never had very full brows and they’ve always been so blonde, too. It’s been a real struggle. But this serum, in just two weeks of use, is already making it so much easier to shade in and shape my brows. It’s actually giving me some brows!
I purchased this neuBROW® Brow Enhancing Serum when Nordstrom had a 2 for $100 deal. Unfortunately that deal is gone. So you only get one vial of the serum for the price I paid for two. Would I pay the $100 for the one vial? Yeah, if I can’t get two for one next time around I will go ahead and pay the full price. It’s that good.
A Top & A Tank
I wear either a long sleeve layering tee (featured in January’s Favorites) or a camisole or tank almost every day under my sweaters or tops. Not only do they keep me warmer (it’s been a cold winter!), but they also provide a nice layer between wool sweaters and bothersome seams and tags.
As I “move on” into spring I imagine I’ll be wearing this camisole almost exclusively under my tops. I love that they come in eleven skin tones and a full range of sizes. They’re soft and have adjustable straps.
I mentioned recently in my video about transitioning into spring that it’s a good idea to add a couple of cotton sweaters to your wardrobe as you move on into the new season. Even when I lived in sunny Arizona I liked to have at least one of these in my drawers for beach or mountain vacations. Made with natural fibers, they are breathable and not overly warm. But layered with a t-shirt or tank, they keep off the wind and chill.
I’ve already been enjoying my red Fisherman crewneck sweater, but I ordered the navy and white stripe one, too. The sweaters are 30% off the full price today with code SALETIME. I think both of these will look great with jeans, chinos or white jeans.
Boots & a Bag
Next up, two essentials I’ve needed when I’ve been moving on lately. My leather snow-worthy boots and a new travel bag.
These Sorel Lennox Leather lace-up boots are a little heavier than my Blondo waterproof boots (which I still love!), but the weightiness actually feels a little comforting when you’re trudging through snow and ice. But I also just love the style of these blackened brown leather boots with genuine shearling fronts. You can see me wearing them with outfits in my recent How I Really Dressed for My Day posts here and here. In fact, in the photo below I’m wearing three of my February favorites: the Sorel Lennox Leather lace-up boots, the Fisherman crewneck sweater and the Jamie High-Rise Indigo Jeans I’ll share further down.
These boots run true to size. And they’re still 40% off and available in a good number of sizes. But if you’re looking for good all weather boots and don’t want to pay that price, you might check out my Blondo boots.
I purchased the Tumi Voyageur Patricia Backpack because I wanted a fun, sturdy and travel-worthy backpack for daytrips and weekend outings. I wanted something to let me be hands-free, but I also wanted it to still look chic and sophisticated. I’d heard about the quality of the Tumi brand, too. So I bit the bullet and decided to give this one a try. It’s a pricey bag. But I honestly believe it’s one I’ll enjoy for years.
The Tumi Voyageur Patricia Backpack has several hidden pockets, but the enclosure I like the most is the outside phone pocket at the top of the bag. It has a magnetic closure for safety and my large phone fits in it perfectly and discreetly. See the photo above. The phone is sticking out in the photo so you can see where the pocket is, but the device slips all the way in and stays safely inside. You can also slip the back of this bag over the pull handle of your rolling luggage.
Pants & Jeans
Admittedly, I really don’t remember when I got these Luxe Wool Straight Leg Pants. It may have been last year for all I know. When you do what I do for a living, purchases sort of run together. But I don’t remember wearing them before this year, so surely I got them recently. Anyhow I have absolutely fallen in love with my Luxe Wool Straight Leg Pants in melange grey.
These Luxe Wool Straight Leg Pants are a lightweight wool blend. In fact, they are so lightweight I think I’ll be wearing them year round (other than maybe the hottest, steamiest months). They are lined, but the lining feels so soft and light, too. I have them in the curvy fit, but they’re also available in the regular fit.
I think they are such a nice modern silhouette. And even though the tag reads “Dry Clean,” (not Dry Clean Only) I washed them on delicate in the machine and then laid them flat on a drying rack to dry. And they did splendidly. I did need to iron them, but they ironed up very quickly with minimal work. I love these pants!
the Way-High Jean in distressed
I think it was last Thursday when I got in my order from Everlane. It was one of those times when I placed a huge order and thought I’d probably only keep a small portion of it, but then I ended up liking every single thing I ordered. Hmm. Yeah, these distressed Way-High Jeans (shown on the left below) are definite winners. They are a very modern full leg but slim silhouette, if that makes sense. They’re not a wide leg jean, just full. They’re comfortable and I think very flattering.
I wore them in videos I shot on Saturday and then wore them in “real life” on Sunday. And I loved how they fit and felt. I’ve been looking for a jean with a modern silhouette that feels right for me, and I think these Way-High Jeans fit the bill. I’m wearing them in the higher of the two jeans sizes I normally wear, a 30. And below I wore them with this Italian Merino ribbed turtleneck, also from Everlane.
By the way, while I like the way the Way-High Jeans look in the photos above, I still don’t think the pictures do them justice. You can’t really see the way they move, of course, in still photos. The jeans are 98% Organic Cotton and 2% Elastane and they feature a raw hem. The Way-High Jeans are priced very fairly for the quality and well under $100.
But I’d also been looking for a pair of skinny jeans I could heartily recommend because I know so many of my readers prefer to stick with them. I’m still on the lookout for the more economical skinnies I can really get behind, but these Vineyard Vines Jamie High-Rise Indigo Jeans are definite winners. They were on sale when I purchased them a few weeks ago and are not now.
I purchased the Jamie High-Rise Indigo Jeans in both the medium and dark rinse (shown above). The dark rinse definitely have a dressier vibe and are quite versatile. But I find myself reaching for the medium rinse Jamie High-Rise Indigo Jeans (shown below) more often.
I’m also wearing the Jamie High-Rise Indigo Jeans in a size 30, but they are quite roomy on me. I probably should have returned them for the 29s, but, as someone who is really rather over the snug fit of skinny jeans, I sort of like the comfier fit of the 30s.
Okay. I think that’s a wrap. As the name of the post implies, these are all fashion and beauty finds that I’m truly enjoying this month. So if you have any questions, ask away! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope your Monday is a good one.
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Blessed for My Day
Waiting is some hard business. Can I get an amen? I think most of us struggle with waiting for the Lord because we feel like it is time wasted. But waiting is really the hard work we must do so that God can do the work that only He can do. When we jump ahead and jump in instead of waiting patiently for God to work, we only slow His results down and sometimes sabotage them completely.
I’ve found that the key to waiting well is to value this season rather than disdain it. Use your waiting time productively. How can you wait well? Pray more, praise God continuously and persistently choose to trust Him. You can also use this time to search God’s Word for promises and instructions that resonate with your particular situation so that you can plumb the depths of them. And during this time of waiting do the things you know you are supposed to be doing – the hard things like staying out of the way, keeping appropriately silent and going on about the work you have to do.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! ~ Psalm 27:14