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How to Dress for the Fall: Comfort and Versatility

Apples I picked in a bag

Apple cider, apple pie, and baked apples. What’s not to love about apples (and picking them yourself?) I love to hold onto every last bit of summer as long as possible, but as soon as late-September/October arrives, I’m ready to put on loose, crochet sweaters, a pair of cognac or black boots, and head out for some fall adventures.If you’re wondering how to dress for fall, look no further!

Whether I’m attending an exciting fall festival or whipping up another pumpkin recipe, I’m ready to embrace all that fall has to offer.

This past weekend, I went apple picking at Solebury Orchards in Bucks County and picked my own Fuji and Keepsake apples. I’ve been going there for years now, and I lucked out by choosing one of the best picturesque weekend to go.

I heard it through the apple-vine that apple picking is a great excuse to load up on heaps of apples and try and master a new recipe. (Or if you’re like me, eat all the apples before I can even start whipping up my other recipe ingredients.)

When I’m juggling (literally) a bag of apples, I want to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. I love dressing for the fall because I can wear as many boots, leggings, and sweaters as possible, which are the most comfortable staples a girl can own.

This past weekend apple picking, I wore a blouse from Swell, long black leggings from Forever 21, and cognac Steve Madden Shawny boots.

Fall fun

Fall Foliage

Single red leaf

October Weekend Adventures

Fall is about simplicity, so your outfit should be effortlessly chic as well.

What’s your go-to fall outfit? Leave me a comment below, or let me know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

Basic Beauty Products
Beauty, Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites: My 5 Essential Beauty Products

When I like a product, I love a product. Don’t get me wrong — I’m adventurous when it comes to trying new things but that doesn’t mean I necessarily always find the keepers. I try new foundations, mascaras, and haircare products all the time, based on reviews, word-of-mouth, and even testers. I’ve tried out various makeup brands, but I always go back to the ones I can find at my local drugstore.

When it comes to my day-to-day routine, I have an everyday, simple regimen. I can’t spend more than five minutes doing my make-up, no matter how much time I have to get ready! I spend about ten minutes getting dressed in the morning since I like to wake up at 8:30, and I paint my nails maybe once every few weeks. I’ve gotten my routine down, and as long as I have my coffee (and no bed-head), I’m pretty much ready for the day.

It’s not that I don’t want to get out of bed and dress myself up; it’s more that I just like to keep a natural look. I absolutely love to buy new makeup products, but I’ve never really wanted to wear a face full of makeup when I’m going to work or hanging out with friends.

I’ve experimented with makeup when I go out on the weekends, but I’m always most satisfied when I just choose the essentials: Foundation. Powder. Mascara. Repeat!

And when I say the “essentials,” I really do mean a specific essential product. I can’t imagine living without these products now that I’ve worn (and lusted over) them for years.

It turns out, my basic makeup essentials have been my favorites since high school:

Cover Girl 320 Clean Whipped Creme Foundation, Creamy Natural 5 Makeup Must-Haves: Foundation

I have pretty sensitive skin so any kind of change in environment can leave my skin feeling itchy, irritated and red.

I love this Cover Girl foundation, and it’s like my second skin. Not only is it moisturizing and lightweight, but it naturally covers up any redness or imperfections on my face that result after being jolted awake by my alarm.

I’ve noticed other cream foundations leave my face looking shiny, but this one completely morphs into my skin without clogging my pores. I’ve been purchasing it for two years, and I really don’t know what I would do without it!

Maybelline Mineral Power in Classic Ivory 

Beauty Must-Haves

absolutely adore mineral powders, but I’ve noticed some aren’t the most coverage-providing. This powder makes my skin look flawless and stays on all day. It has no added preservatives, oils, or fragrances, so I don’t have to worry about breaking out.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to adding powder to my face because I usually can’t find the perfect shade to match my skin tone. I don’t want to end up looking like a ghost or looking like I used too much bronzer.

My skin tone is pretty fair, especially in the winter. This powder leaves a flawless finish on my face without even making it noticeable that I’m wearing any face makeup. Because, hey, I’d rather eat cake than have caked-on makeup.

 

 

 

 

NYX Eyelash Curler 
Eyelash curler NYX

Talk about an eye opener! Eyelash curlers are like the coffee of my morning: a real wake-up to my lashes. I have pretty small eyelashes, so without using a curler, it doesn’t matter how much mascara I put on. For an uplifted lash, I head straight to the eyelash curler.

I’ve spent decent money on eyelash curlers before, only to be left disappointed and with limp lashes. I always revert back to the curler by NYX because, within a few seconds, my lashes look longer and thicker. I clasp the curler to the root of my lashes and hold from 5-15 seconds and voila! It looks like I slept for a whole ten hours.

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

5 Makeup Must-Haves: Mascara

I don’t wear too much in the way of eyeliner/eyeshadow, but I can’t go anywhere without mascara.

I’ve experimented with every kind of mascara: from expensive brands to drugstore brands; from shades of purple to shades of deep black; from thick brushes to thin brushes. I always revert to the same mascara. If you think “shocking extensions” is just another promotional term, it’s actually nothing but the truth.

I’ve had trouble finding mascaras that actually make my eyelashes stand out, but the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara can actually make me look wide-eyed even when I just roll out of bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Beauty Must-Haves

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Nail Polish 

Painting my nails is a great way to relax and unwind, but I rarely have the time to sit down, paint my nails, and let them dry. (Hey, I get hungry, too.)

I usually choose a deep red nail polish on most days, but I absolutely love this Revlon brand because it’s the perfect deep raspberry/magenta shade, which looks great when I’m wearing neutral colors. I’ll wear this nail polish any and all season long, and I love Redken nail polishes because my nails actually stay polished and don’t chip for a while after.

I bought this nail polish on a whim one day a few years ago, and it’s been a staple in my life ever since!

What are your makeup must-haves? Do you keep your routine simply, or do you change your look often? Leave me a comment or come say to hi me on Facebook or Twitter





Clean eats for Monday
Health

How to Avoid a Manic Monday (Brain Food Included)

 

Chicken and broccoli Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be….

Ok, so no one really likes  Mondays, especially when you have a fun-filled weekend. It’s not like we can’t tolerate them, though, with a little brain food.

I like to prepare my meals to bring to work (most days) because it not only saves me money, but it also makes me feel healthier, knowing what exactly I’m eating.

That being said, I don’t really like spending my weeknights cooking for the week, so I’ll try and make food for the first few days of my work-week on Sunday, when I have free time. I have a few go-to favorites, but I really love incorporating chicken in most dishes. It’s a great lean protein with vitamins and minerals (which is super necessary to stay focused). I don’t know about you, but I feel beyond sluggish after eating foods with few nutrients and lots of oil, like fries.

I also love eating pasta, but who doesn’t? One of my favorite recipes is sautéed pasta with broccoli, but I love adding a protein and swapping the white pasta for whole wheat pasta.

Chicken, broccoli and whole what pasta (with marinara sauce) is one of my favorite foods because it’s not only easy to make but it’s nutritious and satisfying. It’s packed with protein, a vegetable (with nearly as much vitamin C as an orange), and a satisfying whole grain carb. In fact, I make this meal too often, and I may have mentioned it before on social media before, *cough Instagram cough.*

I like to cook my chicken on a George Foreman 2 serving classic plate grill because it takes about 1/4th of the time that it takes if I were to cook it in the oven (plus it tastes smoky and flavorful), but if you have another ninja way of cooking, then go for it!

Recipe for Chicken, Broccoli and Bowtie Pasta 

(Serves 4, or maybe less, depending on how hungry you are)

Ingredients 

-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I’ll buy Perdue or whatever I can find that is organic!)

-2 cups of baby broccoli florets (I just frozen Birds Eye because I can buy in bulk and save it)

-8 ounces of whole wheat bowtie pasta (I use Delallo)

-Grated Parmesan Cheese

-Salt and pepper to taste

-Spices to taste (I like using McCormick’s Southwest “Sweet and Smoky“)

-Pasta sauce (I usually just eye-ball the amount, but I always make sure to buy the sugar-free sauces. Yes, some sauces have added sugar in them.)

Directions

-In one pot, boil water on the stove, and cook the pasta accordingly

-In a separate pot, boil water for the broccoli and cook for 5-6 minutes

-Spray your George Foreman grill with non-stick cooking spray

-Preheat the grill for several minutes, and season your chicken breasts with spices and salt and pepper

-Place chicken breasts on the grill, cover it, and cook for 3-5 minutes (until the juices run clear)

-Heat up pasta sauce in a pan for several minutes (just before it boils)

-Combine your cooked pasta, broccoli and chicken, pasta sauce, and serve with garnished Parmesan cheese and additional spices. Enjoy!

I’ll get about three tupperware containers out of the above portions since I’ll eat it for dinner as well.

After I eat this as my Sunday meal, I’ll put some in a tupperware container to be my savior come Monday at noon. When my stomach starts to growl, I won’t have to reach for the first fast food meal I can find!

Have any cooking suggestions? Leave me a comment!

Maura Lieberman Fashion Blog
Beauty, Fashion, Health

Why I Started a Style Blog

Who am I? Maura

What is this? My own personal blog, encompassing fashion, health, and beauty.

When? Now, whatever time it may be..

Where? Usually somewhere in Philly, (or down the rabbit hole)

Why? Because I spend so much time reading blogs and not writing my own ideas down!

So I made the blog leap. I’ve dabbled in having blogs before, but I never really went very far with them. I blogged when I studied abroad in Paris, I blogged when I wanted to post some of my writing, and I blogged when I needed to express how badly I needed to start doing yoga again. (Someday…)

I blogged for myself. I blogged for my family. I blogged for my friends.

I made a blog to discuss my love of fashion, beauty, and health. The result? “Reconstyles.” This blog is an outlet comprised of my favorite beauty products, natural recipes, and favorite fashion pieces. I want to  bring together my love of healthy foods, DIY natural beauty products, fashion, and make-up.

I am happiest (and feeling my best) when I make my own meals using ingredients of known origins. My love of wellness started when I first interned with a raw food author, and I was hooked ever since. From there came my love of DIY natural beauty products, timeless clothing pieces, and living a relaxed lifestyle.

I want fashion, beauty, and health to coexist.

I believe in natural beauty, simplicity, and a style that never gets outdated. Confidence starts from within, and I’m here to express myself, whether through concocting a face exfoliator using nothing but coffee grounds and olive oil, or finding recipes that are great for my body and wallet.

Style is about more than what you wear. Style is what makes your inner self visible, and that starts with healthy eats, natural beauty products, and of course, your favorite pair of boots.
Maura Lieberman In New Orleans