Happy Monday! Can you believe tomorrow is the final day of August? Well, after a month of writing blog posts and producing videos about getting ready for fall, I have to admit that I’m actually happy to be moving on into September. But first let’s check out my favorites and yours. These are the items I’ve been using (or featuring) and loving. And then I’ll share the top five sellers in the Dressed for My Day community for August, too. That means these are the top sellers across my blog, YouTube channel, Facebook page and group and Instagram account. Let’s get going on those August 2021 favorites.
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My August 2021 Favorites
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick & Creme Cheek Blush in Rebellious Rose // Estee Lauder identifies their Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in shade 420 Rebellious Rose as a cult favorite that suits most everyone. They call it part rose, part rebel. I’ve worn this color before, but evidently so have many other women. It’s one of their most popular shades worldwide. I think that’s because this shade somehow is suitable for both warm and cool undertones and it looks great with warm and cool clothing, too.
It’s not the best photograph in the world (I just took it with my iPhone in my office), but I am wearing both the Rebellious Rose Lipstick and the limited edition Creme Cheek Blush in Rebellious Rose above. (I’m also wearing it in many of the other photos I’m showing today.) The lipstick is creamy and goes on beautifully without a lot of fuss. And, while the Blush is very pigmented, with a light touch it also goes on silky smooth and lovely.
These are going to be my go-to shades for the fall for sure, but I’ve already been wearing them a lot…and not just for photographs.
Next on my list is the AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream that my dermatologist recommended when I went in for my full body scan recently.
I’ve ALWAYS had annoying bumps on my arms, mainly my upper arms. And I’ve tried everything I knew to try or that was recommended to get them to go away. My dermatologist didn’t even have to be asked to recommend AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream and she assured me it would take care of my condition. Sure enough, just after using the two sample packs she gave me I saw noticeable improvement. So I purchased two bottles and I’m buying some for my daughter, who has the same condition, too. It’s a little expensive, but if you have a similar condition you know it’s value.
I’ve had two blog posts this month featuring Sadie + Jane Graphic Scripture Tees. And you know I love these t-shirts. But I also love working with this mother/daughters team.
One minute I think the Rise & Shine Tee above is my favorite. I’m wearing it in “real life” below.
But then I see the No Shadow Watercolor tee and think that’s my favorite. I love the fallish colors in this particular tee.
And I’m wearing that one in “real life” below.
By the way, I find the Sadie + Jane Graphic Scripture Tees to run true to size. I wear mediums in the three I have. These were gifted to me by Sadie + Jane, but I have since then purchased other merchandise from them. Use code KAYHARMS for 10% off your first order.
Talbots Relaxed Everyday Jeans
I’ve tried on a gazillion relaxed fit straight leg jeans at this point. And I do indeed have several pair I like and feel I can enjoy. But I do believe the pair that is the easiest for me to wear and feel good in is my Talbots Relaxed Everyday jeans in the Eventide wash. I do have the similar Relaxed Everyday jeans in the darker Orion wash, too, and I like them. But these lighter wash relaxed fit jeans just feel like “home.”
I first purchased these in my regular size 8, and I was so happy with how they worked that I yanked the tags off and wore them. But I quickly realized I should have sized down to a 6. So I ordered those for a little bit slimmer fit, but they’re still quite roomy.
I’m wearing the size 8 in the photo above. But I’m wearing the size 6 below. You can see they’re still a very relaxed fit, but they are not as oversized.
I’m hoping these jeans are still on sale this morning. Maybe even more so. We’ll see!
Of course it’s not really been cool enough to wear this Casual Washed Blazer in Jungle Green in real life. At least, I don’t think I have.
But I’ve worn it in videos (some not published yet) and a couple of blog posts, and I know I’m going to love wearing it this fall.
You know, style bloggers get in these weird time warps during these transitional months. We’re styling clothes for the next season and talking about them so much we sometimes forget what season we’re really in. At least I do that, and I hear other bloggers saying similar things. So that’s why my August favorites have a bit of a fall vibe to them even though I haven’t worn some of them much yet.
This Casual Washed Blazer runs true to size. I’m wearing an 8. And it’s also available in Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizing.
Here’s another August favorite that I haven’t actually worn in “real life,” but I’ve enjoyed all the same. All of these clothing items hang on a rack in my office, so I feel like they’re a part of my wardrobe already. I see them all day!
I love the Sand Castle color of this Cotton Twill Field Jacket. It runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium. I might could have worn a small (as I often do in Talbots’ jackets), but I wanted it roomy enough to wear a sweater or sweatshirt under it. The Field Jacket also has an inner drawstring so you can cinch the jacket to your liking.
Hahaha! I didn’t really mean to have so many jackets in this favorites list. But like I said, they’re all hanging in my office teasing me, begging to be worn. And I have indeed worn this Italian Luxe Knit blazer.
I purchased this classic black blazer when it was 50% off and I had Talbots classic rewards to spend. Right now it’s 25% off, so that’s hardly a dent in the price of this Italian luxe knit blazer. But it’s worth keeping an eye on because it has such a great, classic fit.
And my final August favorite has nothing to do with clothing or beauty products. A sweet and thoughtful friend recently sent me this little Birds of Ohio Field Guide. It fits in perfectly with the other books I have on my coffee table. But more than that, James and I are thoroughly enjoying looking through it. And I thought you might want to check out if they have a Field Guide for your state or region.
This little book is full of colorful, beautiful photos of the birds common to different states or regions. And the entries are arranged by prevalent color, so you don’t have to know the name of a bird to look it up. Unfortunately they don’t have a field guide for every state, but you’ll find the 14 books they do have HERE. It was such a sweet gift to receive from my friend, so you might want to consider them for birthday or Christmas gifts, too.
Well those are my August 2021 favorites. Let’s take a look at yours.
Your August 2021 Favorites
Well, this is pretty wild. I didn’t check out my analytics until I’d already written everything above. But it turns out your favorites are also some of mine. Ha! In fact, the top five sellers of the month are all in the three photos below. Can you guess what they are?
Your #5 August 2021 Favorite – Frame Le Sylvie Crop Straight Raw Edge Jeans
Whether you kept them or not, I don’t know. But a lot of you took my cue and ordered the Frame Le Sylvie Crop Straight Raw Edge Jeans in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I do love these jeans, and they’re one of the few pair I kept from the sale. This is premium denim at its best. I’m wearing them below.
Of course these jeans are now twice the price they were in the #NSale. But you might put them in your Nordstrom wish list and watch for a sale if you’re interested.
Your #4 August 2021 Favorite – Cargo Crop Chinos
I actually will not be surprised if these Cargo Crop Chinos turn out to be one of the best sellers for the entire year of 2021. I first showed these versatile cotton chinos way back in the early spring.
Oh! And I just realized these Cargo Crop Chinos were in the July Favorites list, too! I have to say, I’ve worn mine a lot this spring and summer. And they’ll still be in my playlist for fall, too. The crazy thing is, these Cargo Crop Chinos are still available in a lot of sizes (and other colors). They’re marked down and you get an extra 60% off, but they are final sale.
Your #3 August 2021 Favorite – Casual Washed Blazer
Turns out you also like the Casual Washed Blazer that I listed among my favorites.
That blazer is indeed still 25% off today. And I’m not sure I mentioned above that it also comes in indigo blue (navy).
Your #2 August 2021 Favorite – Sadie + Jane Tees
I am so pleased that Sadie + Jane Tees come in the number two slot of your favorites. I have really enjoyed introducing Pam and her daughters who run Sadie + Jane to you. I interviewed her for an Instagram Live a couple of weeks ago, and I was on her Facebook Live this past week.
Of course, Sadie + Jane has other scripture tees besides the ones I’ve shared here, too. I especially love this Joy Joy Joy tee and this Whatever Is tee. Both are almost sold out. But you can leave your email address on the website and they’ll get back with you when they restock. You ladies really gave their business a boost. Way to go!
Your #1 August 2021 Favorite – Talbots Everyday Relaxed Jeans
I’m not surprised that so many of you have ordered the Talbots Everyday Relaxed Jeans. Talbots is by far my top selling retailer here at Dressed for My Day. And the relaxed fit and casual vibe of these everyday jeans obviously resonated with many of you. Definitely size down in these.
Well, that’s a wrap! I always think it’s fun to think back over the month and evaluate what I’m loving and using or wearing the most. And I definitely find it useful to see what resonated with you the most. I’d love to hear from you if you purchased any of my or your favorites. Let us all know how they worked for you. If something didn’t work, please let us know that, too, and why. But do be gracious because others may be enjoying that item.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. I hope you have a lovely Monday!
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Blessed for My Day
Certainly there is nothing wrong with occasionally remembering with fondness the days gone by. That’s the conversation that reunions are made of, whether they’re of the family, class or old friend variety. It’s definitely fun to reminisce about antics and fashions and successes of the past.
But there’s nothing good to come from living in the past. If we find ourselves constantly reaching back for the way things were or complaining too frequently about how much things have changed, we’re only doing ourselves and those around us a disservice. Why is that not wise? Because God has a purpose for the now. He did indeed work in the past. But He is also at work now. If we’ve got our heads twisted ’round lingering on what used to be, we may miss what He’s doing in the here and now.
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:10