The Little Luxuries Gift Guide


the little luxuries gift guide

Happy Hump Day, Friends! I don't know about you all but I seriously need to pause time for a while because I am so not ready for Black Friday week. I swear I thought we had one more week before Thanksgiving, but nope, it's only nine days away. Eek! Don't get me wrong, I am super excited for next week. I have so much new content to share, TONS of try-on sessions, and so many sales to share I don't even know where to start. So get ready for a fun-filled week!

But for today, another gift guide... THE LITTLE LUXURIES GIFT GUIDE.

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The Guy Gift Guide


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Another Monday, another gift guide!

Today's holiday post is one of the most requested of all time... THE GUY GIFT GUIDE! Before the holiday shopping season started I created a poll on Instagram and asked what kinds of gift guides you all would like to see, and without a doubt, guy gifts for husbands, boyfriends, fathers, fathers-in-law, brothers, and grandfathers was where most people needed ideas. Something different from the usual cologne and Christmas themed tie. So I went on the hunt for unique gifts for your guy and I'm so excited to share them all with you today. 

Keep reading for lots of ideas!

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How To Pair An Oversized Sweater With A Mini


nordstrom topshop oatmeal mock neck sweater
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Oh, how I've been looking forward to Friday! I'm headed to Target and Michaels today on the hunt for some home decor filler for my Christmas decorations. Like pinecones, snow, balsam branches, etc. I've already got almost everything we need in the way of trees, tiered stands, candles, winter creatures, etc. I've been linking everything under my HOLIDAY SHOP >> Festive Home Decor if you'd like to take a look at what I have so far. I even found our tree we got last year!

For today's post, I wanted to share a popular clothing trend - the oversized sweater + mini skirt combo. I found the perfect pairing and am so excited to share with you today!

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The Pajama Gift Guide


the pajama gift guide

Another GIFT GUIDE coming at ya today! The Pajama Gift Guide is by far the most popular gift guide every holiday season and for good reason... they are all so much fun! This is definitely a post you'll want to shop for yourself - so many options at different price points - there is something for everyone!

Keep reading for A LOT more PJ options!

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The Girlfriend Gift Guide


the girlfriend gift guide

Eeeek! It's that time y'all! The first holiday GIFT GUIDE!

I wanted to start with my favorite, and that's The Girlfriend Gift Guide. Presents perfect for your girlfriend, wife, gal pal, sister, mom, mother-in-law, or hey... dare I say, even yourself! Fun printed pieces, beauty favs, cute coffee mugs, cozy throws, velvet scrunchies, and even gingerbread exfoliating sugar cubes! YUM! I had so much fun putting this together and hope it helps to make your holiday shopping easier. I have six gift guides coming this season so stay tuned for even more.

Continue reading for some ideas on how to gift the items above!

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Sephora Holiday Bonus Event | What I Bought



Well, there's nothing like a huge beauty sale to kick off the holiday season - am I right?!

The Sephora Holiday Bonus Event is happening now for Rouge Members and will be starting soon for VIB and Beauty Insiders! It's the one time of year Sephora offers this kind of a discount on their inventory + luxury products that almost never go on sale. I always designate November as a time to stock up on beauty items I use regularly and to find new holiday sets I can't live without. Also, it's a fabulous time to buy gifts for family & friends (or for yourself - #oops)! 

If you aren't sure if you're a member or how to join for 15-20% off EVERYTHING, keep reading!

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Stepping Up Fall Hair Care


This post was sponsored by Mirum. All opinions are my own.


So excited to bring you a new hair care post today! I know how much you all love to talk hair AND great deals, so today I have both for you. J and I recently got a membership to Sam's Club here in the area and OMG, have we been missing out. I walked in and was instantly in wonder by the mountains of cozy blankets, holiday offerings, and most of all... the beauty section - WOW! Talk about a good deal! I wish I had known sooner because you can get so much more for your money. 

Sam's Club is all about Stepping Up Your Style as we transition into Fall, and built a program to promotes companies that inspire not only style, but education for youth self-esteem and more!
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Makeup Removal Tips | Halloween Edition


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snapchat flower crown mouse filter costume

Hopefully, you saw part one of this Halloween post two weeks ago! If not, I will link it HERE so you can check out how I turned myself into a Snapchatfilter. It's so easy!

For part two, I wanted to share some products I picked up at Target perfect for removing makeup, especially when it's on the heavier side. You'll probably need more help than usual getting off lots of costume foundation, falsies, fancy glitter, paint, fake blood lol... you name it lets remove it! 
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How To Dress Up Boyfriend Jeans



Since I'm a little out of order this week with posts, and Monday's post went up Tuesday, I thought I'd go ahead and get this one up tonight (i.e. Wednesday). And I have another coming Friday all about the Sephora Rouge Sale happening in BOTH October and November! Eeeek! I'm so excited and I've purchased loads of new beauty products lately so I have a lot of new recommendations. 

For today, I'm sharing one of my favorite outfit pairings of all time!

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Ten Fall Sweaters Under $50


ten sweaters under $50

HAPPY TUESDAY! My apologies for no posts on Friday and Monday. I always overestimate how much time I will have when traveling. I was planning to create both of my posts on the Amtrak train to DC (I was out of office last week Fri - Sun for a meeting, to see my parents, and a birthday) but the service was so spotty that it just didn't happen. The Amtrak experience was great otherwise! I couldn't believe how easy (and affordable!) it was. Less than $80 round trip with insurance, free bags, and even wifi. I've never been a big fan of driving long distances, especially by myself, so this was a great option - definitely planning to see my parents and friends way more now!

Recently, I asked what posts you all would like to see for Fall and holiday and one was sweaters under $50. I found some really cute, versatile options above, and tried to only pick ones with lots of sizing choices available. I own several of these and love all the fun, bright colors this season. Each would look cute worn leggings, skinny jeans, flared jeans, bf jeans, an ankle skinny pant for work, a mini skirt, a midi skirt... you get the idea, so many options. Plus, the styles can also be worn for years to come without looking off trend. 

Have a fabulous Tuesday, and stay tuned for more Fall, and soon Holiday (eek!), posts to come!

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I Turned Myself Into A Snapchat™ Filter

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flower crown mouse snapchat filter

EEEK! I literally cannot contain my excitement, you guys! I've chomping at the bit to share my Halloween costume and I'm so happy I can finally unveil my creation. If you don't use Snapchat™ or haven't seen this filter, I'm the Flowercrown Mouse! I had so much fun making this costume and love that it actually ended up being super quick and easy to create. It would be a great option for someone in a pinch or without much time! You can even wear your normal clothing like my sweater I paired with to match. I absolutely love the way it turned out!

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Boost Seasonal Blues | Fav Little Pick Me Ups


pink shein loose round neck raglan long sleeve ruffle high low hem smock top

It's that time of year again. Where the days get shorter and the sun goes to bed early. Anyone else feel like they feel a slight seasonal depression every year? I definitely do! I always feel more productive early in the morning or when the sun is still up so when the work day is still going but it's dark outside, I instantly feel less productive. All I want to do is lay around and watch holiday TV and eat snacks haha. Plus, we usually have a lot of rain and snow in late Fall and Winter which makes so many days so dark and dreary. 

So what do I do to get out of this funk?! Keep reading!

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Five New Beauty Products I'm Loving For Fall


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stage stores fall makeup look

stage stores fall makeup look


I'm so excited to share FIVE NEW BEAUTY products I just added to my Fall makeup routine... all from Stage! If you haven't heard of Stage, they offer clothing, shoes, accessories, home, and yes, BEAUTY (& skincare)! And right now they are having A Beauty Bash from October 10-23, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where you can find 14 Days of Party Favors including brands included in today's post! I'm so happy to take part in Stage's Pink October campaign and to share some fab beauty buys you'll love for the Fall season and that are easy to incorporate into your usual routine.

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How To Style A Corduroy Skirt For Fall


h&m short corduroy skirt

Fall is finally in full swing (minus the hot, hot temps here in SWVA) so it's time to talk corduroy! I actually saw some corduroy skirts this summer but for me, it's a fabric that feels better when it gets cool outside. Great for in-between temps when you can still show a little leg but long sleeve and suede booties are appropriate. And OH! these suede booties are SO good (tts, very comfy)!

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The Comfiest Sweater Dress Under $35



amazon black pink queen women's loose oversize turtleneck wool long pullover sweater dress

Finally, Friday and I'm so excited because I found an adorable, comfy turtleneck sweater dress under $35! AND because our new downstairs couch comes today! We ended up purchasing a grey L-shape reversible sectional with ottoman from Wayfair and I can't wait to see how it works in the space. We've been meaning to gets something new since we moved in a year ago so I'm pumped to finally have furniture that matches the rest of the space - will be sharing on Instagram stories later today!

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How To Wear Light Colors During Fall


h&m powder beige short suede skirt
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I'm so excited to share today's look with all of you! My photographer and I were finally able to take photos of seven outfits this past Friday so I finally have lots of new blog content to share. A break from the rain thank goodness! We had a low 70's overcast day and it was literally perfect. The last couple of shoots I've sweat spray tan all over everything changing outfits in the car OR gave myself frostbite from shooting Spring looks in 30-degree temps (yes, this actually happened haha).

Today's look is a great transitional pairing from Summer to finally Fall. AND you can keep wearing ivory/white/cream while still keeping things seasonally appropriate. A great way to wear lighter colors in Autumn and Winter is to think texture and material. Suedes, thicker knits, detailing like balloon sleeves, wool, quilting etc. paired with a fun print.. all things you'll see in this post!

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Huge Instagram Roundup | Fall Outfit Inspiration


h&m corduroy skirt

WHITE BLOUSE (runs a little big, size 0) | CORDUROY SKIRT (tts, size 0) | BLACK SUEDE BOOTIES (tts) | BLACK QUILTED BAG (size large) | AVIATOR SUNGLASSES (62 mm)

OMG, you guys! It's the first day of October (queue the confetti cannons!)... can you believe it?! I've been ready for Fall and all things October since the middle of Summer haha. It's been super hot and rainy here in Virginia for weeks, and the last couple of days we have finally seen cool temps. OH, how I love this season! AND Freeform is doing 31 (yes, THIRTY) Nights of Halloween this year which means it starts today! Let the holidays begin haha... 

In honor of Fall, I put together a HUGE IG roundup of 23 outfits to fit the season.
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SHOPBOP SALE | TONS OF ITEMS I OWN DISCOUNTED


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Woohoo! There's a super exciting SHOPBOP SALE starting today. You can receive 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500! It runs through Saturday, but as usual, the good things go fast. I'm SO excited they are having this event because my favorite skinny jeans are included, along with some of my bags, shoes, sunglasses, and even sale items are included! YASSS!! Above you'll find everything I own from SHOPBOP, including the three items I purchased during early access yesterday (the turtleneck, asymmetrical skirt, and hat). 

Keep reading to see the items I own in photos and additional things I'm loving!

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New Fall Purchases I've Made


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YAY! It's officially Fall Y'all! And as most of you know I've been just a little overly enthusiastic about the season this year lol. I started putting out pumpkin decor a couple weeks ago and even though it's been 90 degrees outside, have been wearing my cozy sweaters inside. Now it's officially okay to drink pumpkin spice lattes twice a day! If only the southwest Virginia weather would get on board. I swear, if we have one more crazy hot thunderstormy day I will just lose it. I'm SO ready for cool, dry temps so I can sip coffee on my porch and open the windows. Ya feel me?

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The Quote That Made Me Stop Competing



I know it's been much, much too long since I wrote a Motivational Monday post, or any post about self-confidence, inner beauty, and/or self-love. So today I wanted to finally get back to what I love most about blogging and social media - sharing real words, about real life, that hopefully many of you can identify with. I want you to leave Pardon Muah on this beautiful Friday feeling like you can conquer the world... or hey, maybe just today! I want to lift the weight so many of us feel from... drum roll, please...

COMPARISON.
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10 Recent Affordable Amazon Purchases

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Getting back on track today with a fun Wednesday post! Recently my gal pal Riley from the blog Yes, Please Daily posted about some of her Amazon favorites and I thought it was such a good idea. Justin has turned me into a mini Prime monster, and lately, it's my go-to for all things... coffee pods, kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, clothing, tech, and more! There are so many good deals to be had, on-trend items, and some incredible, fabulous dupes for luxury items, like the quilted bag above.

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Fall-Inspired Athleisure Wear



Hello, hello, friends! Long time no see. My sincere apologies for the long blog absence last week. I woke up Tuesday with the worst double ear infection I've had in years and it totally knocked me out of the game. Phew! It's still hanging on today but at least my head no longer feels like a water-filled balloon haha. 

I've been meaning to share this fun monochromatic, a little bit edgy, fall-inspired athleisure look for quite some time now. I snagged this hooded leather jacket (under $100) in August and have been praying for cooler temps so I can start wearing it regularly. And how cute does it look with a simple white teeleggings, and sneakers?! Definitely planning to share more athleisure wear in the coming weeks.

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A Must-Have $45 Fall Sweater


nordstrom shiraleah pink tyler scarf

nordstrom shiraleah pink tyler scarf
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I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! I was planning to have this post up last Friday but sadly didn't get to it before Saturday and Sunday rolled around... #badblogger... so here it is today! 

J and I spent Saturday at Mountain Lake Lodge where they filmed Dirty Dancing - it literally looked just like it did in the movie! Two of our friends got married and the hotel & property were their venue of choice. Which was super convenient because after all of the festivities were over we were able to stay the night at the lodge. Unfortunately, it rained towards the end of the night and into the morning so we didn't get to do too much exploring. The wedding was beautiful though! It was in a rustic barn with tons of twinkle lights. 

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Six Affordable Fall Wardrobe Basics


express high waisted stretch bell flare jeans
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There's nothing I love more than must-have Fall basics. Pieces that can be worn day in and day 
out in different ways, with different items you already own or have your eye on. Shopping for cool weather staples now will make getting ready later in the season so much easier! Plus, stores usually put out some of the best clothing and accessories at the end of the Summer and things sell out fast, so make sure to take a look at what you're in need of soon. I love going through my wardrobe season to season because I always forget what I have and it keeps me from buying duplicates or similar pieces. 

Today I put together a chic casual outfit that is easy to replicate full of items that are affordable and sure to be worn on repeat as the temperatures begin to drop.

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Labor Day Sales You'll Want To Shop



It's hard to believe Labor Day will be here Monday. Time to put those white pants away! JK I don't follow those stilly rules. And to be honest I'm quite excited for LD this year as it marks the (almost) end of Summer and the beginning of all things Fall and hopefully cooler weather (please please!). It's been in the 90's here in southwest Virginia and I'm just about over it. Plus, I look like a crazy lady running around town with my thermal tops and boots... yes, that's been my attire haha!

Since tons of sales have started, and we are going camping for the weekend, I figured I would go ahead and post as many LABOR DAY SALES as I could find. I will make sure and add to the list on Monday but this way you can get a head start. 

Even my cute pink lounge set is ON SALE!

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Beauty Q&A | Answering Your Most Asked Questions


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#tgif, babes! 

Today's post has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally sit down and do a BEAUTY Q&A. I get quite a few makeup and hair questions on social media every day, many of which are the same or similar, so I thought I'd go through most of those here. I hope this post can serve as a resource if you're ever looking for products/tools I use. I'm even linking my sassy earrings!

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What I Bought | Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event


sephora beauty insider event purchases

A special Tuesday post coming at you today! If you haven't heard Sephora is currently having a Beauty Insider Appreciation Event where you can save 10-20%, depending on your member level. I buy A LOT of beauty and hair products every year (but it's for the job so it's totally okay haha!) so I was able to shop with my Rouge discount starting this past Friday. I made a couple store purchases and made one online order. BTW you can use your discount as many times as you like in-store but only once online. 

Here's the date breakdown for member levels:
ROUGE 20% off August 24 - September 3
VIB 15% off August 30 - September 3
Insider 10% off August 30 - September 3

If you're not Rouge no worries, you can always come back to this post to shop OR you can head over to my Makeup Routine, Haircare Routine, or Skincare Routine where a majority of the items are from Sephora. Today I wanted to share each of the items I picked up with my 20% discount.

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