Fall

Color Block for the WIN…

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Sweater: BooHoo (Similar HERE & HERE ) | Jeans: Express (Similar option under $20 HERE) | Boots: Charlotte Russe (Similar HERE and HERE) | Earrings: Charming Charlie

Hi friends! I hope you all have had a great week. This week has been hectic to say the least. As many of you all know we moved to Nashville about 2 months ag0.  We LOVE it here. We are finally getting all of our furniture and getting the decorating started. I spent most of the week trying to get everything cleared out because I am SO over looking at clutter. 

I REALLY want to start decorating for Christmas but I don’t know how early is too early. LOL Speaking of decorating… I had my first At Home experience this past week and I am OBSESSED. I first heard about the store from another blogger but at the time wasn’t near one. Now that we have moved to Nashville and there is one super close I feel the need to redecorate each room. (RIP Wallet) 

On another note, I am LOVING this outfit. I am a sucker for a good sweater as you all know. This one is SO comfy and SO fun. I had the perfect earrings in my jewelry box to match and knew I had to pair them together. 

Ok…this post is getting lengthy! Sorry about that, but I wanted to finally share the giveaway winners really quick! The winners are in the widget below. Please email me at alexus.lipstickandlabels@gmail.com to claim your prize. You have 48 hrs (until Monday, Nov 6th at 10pm CST) to claim your prize or another winner will be chosen. 

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Thank you to all who entered. I am working on doing some more giveaways over the next two months for the holiday season so make sure you are subscribed to the blog via email and that you are following my on Instagram! 

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Making A Statement

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Outfit Details

Top: Boohoo | Jeans: Express | Booties: Charlotte Russe | Bag: MK | Earrings: Similar HERE, HERE, and HERE (ON SALE HERE and HERE)

Styling outfits is one of my favorite things to do. I love styling for all occasions and have loved doing so ever since I was allowed to dress myself. My nana would take me shopping every Saturday so I could get a new outfit for church on Sunday. It was the highlight of my week growing up. Not only did I get a new item to add to my closet, but she would let me choose whatever I wanted. Thanks to her I had pretty could taste in clothes at a young age. She is who I get my shopping habits from.  We did this until I was about 13. Although that tradition has ended we still try to go shopping together as often as we can. One of the many fashion lessons she taught me was that adding something as simple as a unique pair of earrings or a fun top could make a huge statement.

When I got this top in the mail I fell in LOVE. I am a sucker for the statement sleeve trend this year. Not only are these sleeves SO fun but this color is as well. I don’t think I have anything in my closet that is this color. I am LOVING it. I plan on styling this so many ways this fall and winter.

These earrings have actually been sitting in my collection for months. I couldn’t find anything to pair them with but when I saw this top I knew they’d go great together. Statements sleeves & statement earrings is a combo that always works. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

*(I will be announcing the Nordstrom gift card giveaway winners Wednesday!)*

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Pumpkin’ Pickin’ | An Easy Fall Outfit

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Outfit Details

Top:Express  (Similar option under $25 HERE) | Jeans: Charlotte Russe | Booties: Charlotte Russe | Bag:Chloe Dupe under $30! Chole version HERE | Earrings: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: BP 

 SO I know I am SO basic for taking pics at the pumpkin patch but I just couldn’t resist. We were driving around Nashville and I saw this cute little pumpkin patch and I had to stop.

I picked up this sweater from Express last week and I am LOVING it. Statement sleeves are SO on trend for this fall. Although this is a more causal outfit, this top adds just enough flair. 

When it comes to denim I am pretty picky. I am 5’9/5’10, my legs are super long and I have been “blessed” with a larger back end LOL. Shopping for jeans is always a struggle. I have recently been in between sizes so that has made it even harder to find jeans that I like and that fit right. Lately, two retailers have been my go to for jeans. Charlotte Russe and Express have had great options lately. Charlotte Russe has more trendy jeans while express has great classic pairs. Both are fairly affordable and you can easily purchase a couple of pairs for under $100! I will be linking a few of my favorites in the widget below.

 

The bag in this post was under $28 and is a dupe for the Chole faye bag! I am OBSESSED. I originally wanted they grey but it sold out quick. I plan on snagging it as soon as it is back in stock. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Now that we are getting settled here in Nashville, I am excited to find more cute little places to explore and visit. 

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Fall Items Under $100

Fall Items Under $100

Hello!! I hope you all had a GREAT weekend. I know this post is going up a bit later than normal but I wanted to make sure I got this up for you all bc I have recently found some AMAZING pieces at super affordable price points. There are also a TON of great sales going on so I wanted to share those with you all as well. 

Each new season I try to purchase pieces for my closet that I know I’ll get multiple wears out of. Trends ALWAYS come and go so I also like to purchase my more trendy pieces at lower price points. I love a good splurge but sometimes finding similar options for less just makes more sense. Why spend a lot ($$$$$) when you can spend a little ($$)?! 

Here are 10 items that I found under $100 that I think will be perfect to have for fall and even going into winter. 

1. Cozy Cardigan: I love a good cozy cardigan. They are perfect for fall and can be worn dressed up or dressed down. THIS one comes in 4 colors! 

2. Army Green Skinny Jeans: Army Green is always popular during fall. I love the utility jackets that you see everyone wearing in this color. These jeans are SO flattering & under $70! The best part is that Express is currently having buy one pair of jeans get the other for $19.90. Basically you get two pairs of jeans for under $100!! If you are in the market for jeans I would check them out! 

3. OTK boots: A good pair of OTK boots are a MUST. I have been looking for a good pair of black OTK boots with a heel and I stumbled upon THESE. The sizes are limited so I hunted down another pair. Target has THESE for under $50 and they are an additional 20% off.

4. Leopard Booties: I am obsessed with leopard print. You will be seeing a lot of it this season. I found these on target’s website. I know Target is KILLING it right now. These are around $30 I believe. I like how affordable these are bc they are a more trendy item.

5. Leopard Mules: Another leopard piece that I am so wanting!! I have been seeing these everywhere. They are around $90! As soon as they come back in my size I am snagging them.

6. Distressed Hem Skinny Jeans: Distressed jeans are something I wear year round. I LOVE these bc of the raw hem. They are a perfect price point and have the cutest detail.

7. Moto Jacket: I am OBSESSED with this jacket. It was part of the #NSale this year and I snagged it up. I haven’t been able to wear it yet but for under $100 I couldn’t pass it up. It looks like a high end designer jacket. 

8. Long Sleeve Tees: These tee’s are must haves for fall and winter. They are PERFECT for layering! The come in a few colors and are only $19!! You can wear these & dress them up or dress them down.

9. Ruffle Sleeve Sweater: Statement sleeve sweaters are SUCH a huge trend this fall. THIS one is actually from target and UNDER $23!! Target is doing 20% off all sweaters so I would grab it while you can. I also just got THIS sweater from target and I am LOVING it.

10. Aviator Sunglasses: I LOVE these sunglasses. I tend to wear a darker lens in th fall and winter. I love aviators so when I saw these I HAD to have them. I personally think that I might like these more than my Ray-Ban’s and they are about $100 cheaper. 

SALE ALERT! Here are some sales going on that you DO NOT want to miss! 

BooHoo: 50% off everything + free shipping YAY50

Loft50% off with code FRIENDS ends Friday 10/27

NastyGal: 50% off with code GET50

Target: Boots 20% off with BOOTS20 | Sweaters 20% off

Thank you all so much for stopping by and reading today’s post! I will be going the entries for the Nordstrom giveaway to verify them and then will randomly pick a winner! I hope to have the winner picked by Wednesday! Keep checking back this week to see if you were a winner.

You can shop the items in this post in the widget below! 

Fall, Fashion

Finally Fall.. + My Fall Bucket List

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Outfit Details

Top: Windsor (Similar HERE, HERE, and HERE) | Jeans: Express |

Shoes: Similar HERE | Watch: MK | Bag: Similar HERE | Sunglasses: BP

It is FINALLY feeling like fall here in Nashville and I am SO stoked. I LOVE fall weather. I was starting to think it would NEVER cool down. Fall is my favorite time of year and my favorite season to “style”. I have ordered SO many cute pieces for fall and can’t wait to share. 

Today’s fall look is one that is very easy to recreate. This color combo is one you will be seeing a lot of because I just can’t get enough of it. This combo is not only perfect for fall but so easy to put together and pull of. I love having pieces that are easy to just throw together and go. This cold shoulder add the perfect detail to this classic look. 

Every year I make a fall bucket list. #BASIC but there are just SO many fun fall activities to participate in. B and I both love making this list of fall to-do’s because it doubles as date night ideas. Now that we are in a new city, I am even more excited to explore and cross things off my list this year. 

1. Visit a pumpkin patch. 

2. Go apple picking. 

3. Try a new pumpkin recipe. 

4. Have a bonfire & make s’mores.

5. Go to a football game. 

6. Visit a haunted house. 

7. Watch as many disney halloween movies as possible.

8. Decorate for fall.

9.  Take fall family photos. 

10. Give thanks.

What are some things on your fall bucket list? I’d love to hear! 

Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments and encouraging words about my blog rebrand. I am so excited for what is in store. Thank you for taking the time to read and like my posts. It means the world to me. 

 

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Start of Something NEW. + All about the blog name change & rebrand..

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HELLO! Welcome to Lipstick and Labels. 

I am SO thrilled to FINALLY share with you something I have been working on for a while. Not only did the blog get a little face lift, but I also decided to rename and rebrand. Renaming the blog was a split decision but I am so glad I decided to do so.

I will warn you, this post is LONG, but I promise it is worth reading until the end.

As you all know, the blog was formerly know as AlexusLaneiaXO. When I started my blog (2 years ago) I had the hardest time coming up with a name. I settled on just using my name for my site because I was getting impatient with the entire process of trying to figure out a name and wanted to get this blog thing going. (There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with using your name for your blog. Mine is just not catchy and hard to spell.)

 I knew from the beginning I wanted the blog to be mainly beauty and fashion. I started blogging as a hobby and had NO idea people were making careers out of it or that making money from blogging was even possible. As time has gone on, I have learned SO much about blogging and blogging as a business. A while back I started getting more and more opportunities through blogging and eventually started making a small income (I can go more in depth on how you can make money as a blogger & on social media in another post if you all are curious).

I have always had a passion for blogging but it was always in mind a hobby. A couple of months ago I started to really see the potential and opportunity in the blogging community and decided that I should realign my goals. 

I took some time away from blogging to decide what direction I wanted my blog to go. The Instagram algorithm has made it very hard on bloggers. This market is very saturated and it can be very discouraging at times. It is hard being on social media because the comparison trap is REAL. I honestly was frustrated with it all and was in desperate need of something new. 

On that break away, I started really researching blogging as a business and how to become a “successful” blogger and social media influencer. I started looking at some of my favorite bloggers who I adore and seeing what set them apart and how they got to where they are. 

What I found to be consistent in “successful” bloggers is that they work there BUTTS off, are consistent with content, they are unique and true to their style/brand, are constantly working to produce the best content and really focus on what their audience likes and wants. 

I decided that if I was going to continue to blog that I would have to seriously step up my game. My site has always been a struggle for me. I have never LOVED the way it looked so I knew that I wanted to do a complete overhaul on the site. I had every intention to keep my name but on a whim asked you all via Instagram stories if I should keep my current blog name or change it. I got SO much great feedback from you all. It was a very close call. As I stated before, I wanted this to be a platform for beauty and fashion content. I decided to rename the blog to better fit my niche. Now when people see Lipstick and Labels, they know the blog focuses on beauty and fashion content. 

I have decided to now OFFICIALLY commit to posting 4-5 post on the blog per week. You can expect one of those post to be beauty related and the others to be fashion and lifestyle oriented.  I want to provide you all (my readers) with content that you want to see. If you have any suggestions or request for content please feel free to DM or email me. You can also get in contact with me via the contact form at the top of the blog.

I am SO excited to see what is in store for Lipstick and Labels, and I can’t wait to share all of my ideas and content with you all. If you have made it this far, you are in for a treat! 

As a thank you, I will be giving away two gift cards to Nordstrom! Enter using the widget below. <3

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Let me know what you all think of the new site! I LOVE hearing your feed back.

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Dixieland Boutique: Shop New Arrivals With Me

Happy Monday Friends!! I know this post is going up a bit late BUT I have had a crazy start to the day to say the least. 

Some of you may remembered a while back that I worked with Dixieland Boutique! 

I had the opportunity to work with them again and model for their boutique! (SO MUCH FUN!  Brittany, the owner & Dixieland team are all SO sweet.) 

I wanted to share some of their new arrivals because I am OBSESSED!

One of my favorite things about Dixieland is that they carry sizes S-3x, You don’t see that often in boutiques so that is a major plus!!!

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This yellow dress is SO cute! I LOVE it. It is PERFECT for an event or a night out! 

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This is the cutest ots dress! If you attend a college and the school colors are red, this is PERFECT for tailgating! 

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I shared about these jeans on Instagram the other day but y’all, they are AMAZING. Hands down the comfiest jeans I have ever worn & they are under $40!! 

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These are the PERFECT everyday top! You can wear them now while it’s warm or layer them for the fall/winter.

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These key hole tops are adorable and so on trend! I love that you can personalize them by adding a monogram.

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A denim jacket is a must have for fall!! This one is lightweight & perfect for layering like it is styled here.

I hope you all enjoyed these looks from Dixieland Boutique! 

You can shop all the new arrivals at www.dixielandboutique.com.

Thank you SO much for stopping by! 

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Photography by Lindsey Jones Photography!

 

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Chic Outfit + Life Update

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Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Old Navy |  Heels: Similar HERE |  Bag: Similar HERE | Earrings: Walmart Similar HERE

HI FRIENDS! I feel like it has been SO long since I’ve done a post! I took the last week or two off from blog post bc we have been SO busy!  FYI this is going to be a lengthy post so you might want to grab a snack :)! As you may have seen on Instagram/Snapchat, we have MOVED!

Bryan and I have wanted to make the permanent move to Nashville for a while now. We are SO blessed and thrilled that life has brought us to this point MUCH earlier than we anticipated. Never in a million years did I see myself actually moving from my hometown. We are originally from a town in KY and were both born and raised there. When B and I first got together we always discussed moving to a big city.  We had been searching for homes in out hometown for a while, nothing felt right and things just weren’t falling into place like we had hoped. We prayed about it and felt like God was calling us to move. 

I am stubborn by nature and DO not like change or having to step out of my comfort zone. We only know a handful of people here in Nashville. New jobs, a new home, a new city, new faces, it is a lot to take in. I debated back and forth in my head and with B for the longest time. One day I just woke up and said “Lets do it!” It has been a HUGE leap of faith, and I know this move will be a struggle but boy am I excited. I can’t wait to explore Nashville, experience new things, and see where God and this journey takes us. 

I will make sure to try and blog all my Nashville adventures. I will also try and share a few home decor post once we get everything in our place together.

We have been here about week and LOVE it! I miss my family and friends but thankfully they are only an hour drive away.

Also, if any of you all are in Nashville and want to meet up for coffee, lunch, etc. Please feel free to reach out :) I love meeting new friends & other blogger babes!

So if you don’t care one bit about my rambles I TOTALLY understand! I’m a talker LOL! Most of you all are probably here for the outfit post so lets get into that! 

Black and white for me is always a comfortable go-to. I’m sure you all can tell I tend to gravitate toward neutral colors. I saw this top online for like $12 and had to snag it. This look was so effortless but very put together. I found these heels at Rue21 $10 and they are designer dupes! My earrings are also designer dupes. You will NEVER guess where I got them…. WAL-MART for like $4!! 

I wanted to add that post might not be as regular as normal! I am trying to get adjusted to everything here and B’s new job is a bit more demanding that his old one so we are still trying to figure out shooting times and new locations.

OK…Enough of my rambling!! 

Thank you so much for reading today’s post!! 

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Fall, Fashion

Easy #OOTD w/ Nordstrom Sale Items

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Tops:Lush ($27!) | Jeans: Cello I buy mine HERE | Shoes:Marc Fisher | Necklace:Bauble Bar \ Sunglasses: RayBan Bag: MarleyLilly

I am sure you all are SO over these Nordstorm sale post, BUT I wanted to do one last post before the sale ended. This is one of my favorite outfits. I always use this as a go-to if I’m in a hurry or don’t know what to wear. I’ve talked ab these tunics b4 and they are staple for your wardrobe. They are perfect for work or everyday casual wear. I think I’m going to order the black one today! 

These jeans are a new favorite of mine. They aren’t a part of the sale but are SO affordable. I buy mine HERE! I am kinda bummed bc I have lost a few pounds/inches since I bought them and they are starting to look a little too big :/

On another note, there will be a giveaway going live on my Instagram tonight, you won’t want to miss it!! 

Sorry this post is super short btw, it got deleted and I had to rewrite in a hurry! Don’t you just love when you forget to save?! (Insert the palm to face emoji here LOL)

Thanks for stopping by! 

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LikeToKnow.It | What it is, How it works, and Why you NEED this app.

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LikeToKnowIt-2Hello friends!!  As some of you all my have noticed on Instagram, I recently got accepted into the Reward Style/LIKEtoKNOW.it program. I have to say a HUGE thank you to Amanda, from Pardon Muah and Jill from www.jbyjilly.com for helping me out with everything. They are seriously the best and if you aren’t following them you need to be!!

If you follow other bloggers I am sure you have seen/heard to liketoknow.it.

Before I start I wanted to be 100% honest. YES reward style is an affiliate program and is how bloggers make money. It is a great tool for bloggers AND readers. I know some people feel that bloggers are always trying to push the links for sales and clicks but to be honest it is VERY overwhelming to share on Instagram regularly and not have something like this. You may have noticed that before I did post on Instagram as much bc it was such job to respond to comments and DM’s ab items I shared in pics. Now that I am apart of RewardStyle, it is much easier to share, and I hope that you all find that this is much easier and convenient for you all as well. My ultimate goal is to provide you all the best content and to be a great resource for YOU, the reader. 

I hope this post answers any questions/concerns you have about RewardStyle/LIKEtoKNOW.it. 

What is LIKEtoKNOW.it? 

LIKEtoKNOW.it is a service that allows you top shop the images of all your favorite influencers across various social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc. 

How does it work?  

Influencers link products in their images using LIKEtoKNOW.it.

LIKEtoKNOW.it. delivers the ready-to-shop product details to you via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and/or email when you screenshot or ‘like’ an image on social media.

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I shared this look on IG yesterday and still got a few questions so I wanted to link it in today’s post! 

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Outfit Details

Top: Socialite Pants: Old Navy Sandals: Tory Burch Bag: MK

Thank you SO much for reading & being patient with me while I work to get the best content created for you all. 

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