Stylish Sundays: Polka Dot

Sometimes I decide I don’t care if I’m extra super cute and fashionable, I have to put on something that just makes me happy. That something is usually striped, or in this case polka dotted.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Polka Dot

Sweater: Madewell, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Keds, Necklace: Gift

I’ve had this sweater in my closet forever, and never really thought it was blog worthy, but I wear it a ton. Then I remembered I’ve been in my pajamas on this blog a few times, so I decided to just go ahead and wear it.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Polka Dot

I absolutely love this sweater, its cozy and soft, and has 3 quarter length sleeves. But the best part is that it has Polka Dots. Hot Pink Polka Dots. And so even though it’s definitely a lazy day type of top for me, it makes me inexplicably happy to wear it.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Polka Dot

I kept my makeup super simple too just my Nars Tinted Moisurizer, Nars Blush, YSl Mascara, Nars Concealer and Smiths Rosebud Salve Strawberry Lip Balm

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Polka Dot

Then I finished off the outfit with my absolute favorite shoes and called it awesome. Then I preceded to read all day after we took the photos. It was perfect.

What do you wear that just makes you happy?



Current Skin Care Routine

I woke up today, to a clean house, feeling better than I have all week. Add in that I had packages coming from Ann Taylor today and you could say it’s been a really great day so far. I know I’ve been MIA from the blogging world this past week, but this cold absolutely wiped me out. I haven’t felt that sick in a long time, and I’m kinda the queen of getting sick.

When I’m sick like I was last week, I seriously just use face wipes and moisturizer. Unless I’ve had to put on Makeup for some reason, then I actually wash my face. But I’m excited to get back to using the products that are currently in my skin care routine.

My first step is the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream. Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

Seriously one use of this and my skin looks amazing again. It smells great and it’s super gentle, which is great because the skin around my nose is super tender right now.  I only use this about once a week.

Second Step is the Kiehls Blue Herbal Cleansing Gel.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

I’ve used this on and off for years, but I especially like using it after I’ve been sick. It feels invigorating and it really clears out my skin.

Twice a week I’ll use that cleanser with my Clarasonic

Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

I absolutely love my Clarasonic and I’m so happy that I have one. I could probably use it everyday since I use the brush head for Acne Prone Skin, but I always try to at lease use it twice a week. After I use it my skin just looks and feels so much better.

Next I use the Nars Multiaction Hydrating Toner.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

This is the only picture I have of it, but it’s the one in the middle. I like this toner, but it does have some illuminating shimmer or something in it. However it’s a good quick fix product. It makes my skin look more radiant as soon as I put it on. I’m currently on the hunt for something else, and I don’t use this every day. Only when I feel like my skin needs some extra oomph.

Then for moistruizer I use Murad’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 PA+++ for blemish prone skin

Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

Honestly that’s the longest name ever. I ran out of my Nars moisturizer one day and I found this in a drawer and decided to use it up. I’m actually really loving using it, and I want to try other products in the Murad Line again. With as pale as I am, sunscreen in my moisturizer is really important. I sit right next to a window for most of the day, and a lot of the time if it’s not too hot, that window is open. I try to protect my skin as much as possible.

My final step is my Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Current Skin Care Routine

I use this morning and night and it has lasted me forever. I probably won’t repurchase this though because I don’t know that it’s really doing anything for me personally.

So that’s my skincare routine as of right now. However it will probably change as things run out. I do want to try some things from First Aid Beauty and I need to find a couple good masks, moisturizing and detoxing preferably.  Once I notice that my skin care routine has completely changed I’ll do an updated skin care routine post. I really do agree with the French, take good care of your skin, and use less makeup. It’s so nice being able to just use a tinted moisturizer now instead of a full heavy foundation. And because of a good routine, and medication from my dermatologist, my skin has cleared up enought that I might go back to the Vita Lumiere Aqua foundation I loved, but it just wasn’t working with my skin.


What are your go to skin products? Let me know in the comments below!

Stylish Sundays: Dreary Day

It was a rainy and dreary day a few days ago, which are my favorite kind of days. I took my son to the Library and we checked out more books than we could possibly read and then had pumpkin coffee (his was decaf,) and it was kinda the perfect day. One that I definitely look forward to repeating more this fall.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dreary Day

Cardigan: H&M, Tee: V.S. Pink, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Keds Necklace: H&M

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dreary Day

On My Face: Nars TInted Moisturizer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Covergirl Bombshell Eyeliner, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, Covergirl Glossy Balm

Fashion and Happy Things!   Stylish Sundays: Dreary Day

I’m almost 100% certain that Keds are my favorite brand of shoes ever. I’m so happy I bought them in gray, because gray is probably my favorite color. And look the leaves are starting to fall off of the huge tree in my backyard. The first few leaves that fall always get me so excited for the fall weather.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I was tagged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS by CGC Daily. Who *cheated and tagged all their contributors, and since I’m a contributor I kinda have to don’t I? Check out their challenge here. You guys know that I have a huge soft spot for good causes, so…

I tag Kallie of But First, Coffee, Hanna of Hanna Lei and Carly of The College Prepster.


What I wore: Navy Tee: The Limited Shorts: Krass and Co.





*no cheating actually took place

Finding Me

Welcome to Fashion and Happy Things new look! Grab a cup of tea or coffee and get cozy and stick around.

Fashion and Happy Things!   Finding Me

In September it will be 5 year since I started Fashion and Happy Things, and 2 years since it’s last makeover. I watched Taylor Swifts Live Stream on Monday and what she said about making an album every two years really stuck with me. Two years is enough time to change the way you dress, change your hair, change the kind of music you like. I’ve changed a lot in the last two years.
I want Fashion and Happy Things to represent me, as I am now. Somethings will never change, but the things you see in the image above, and the things in my header image are my absolute favorite things right now. I still love Sweaters, but instead of loose oversized cardigans, I’m loving fitted crew necks. I’m still obsessed with books, but I’m less into vampire books than I was. Instead of gushing over Ballet Flats, I adore Keds and Boots. I still drink way more tea than healthy, but I’m fruity teas and relaxing teas rather than black teas. And of course I changed my hair.
I really feel like these things represent me. I feel like I’ve changed so much, but I’ve somehow stayed exactly the same. Let me know in the comments what you think of the changes around here.