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I have a confession. I'm a bit hooked on quilted material. I recently realized that I have a pair of quilted pants, a quilted jacket, and I just added these quilted sneakers to the mix. Do you think I need an intervention? Me neither--these shoes are way too hot. And they made it really easy to gallivant around town snapping photos with my Nokia Lumia 635. 

As part of the #StyledByLumia challenge, I'm sharing what goes on during a photo shoot for an outfit post for the Muse. It's usually spending time trying to figure out where to take pictures, and then finding a fun place to eat instead. This time around it was a shaved ice place in Japantown (cherry/lime with condensed milk filling). Per usual, in between photos for the blog, I take photos for Instagram, so the Nokia Lumia came in quite handy for a quick shot of my sweet treat. And afterward I can store the images in Lumia Storyteller and put together something like a mobile scrapbook. Keep up with me and my Lumia challenge by following me on social!

By the way, how cute is the cross collar on this shirt? I wanted to title this post Masterchef because of it, but then I thought the shirt seemed more like a painter's smock--but then that seemed wrong too. What the hell does this cross collar remind me of? Thoughts? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

On the Muse: | H&M skinny low jeans | Cross-over collar blouse c/o 6KS (sold out) | Nasty Gal Steve Madden quilted sneakers | H&M oversize floppy hat (in blue) | Essie wicked nail polish | Lumia 635 c/o Nokia |

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Just like most everyone, I go to work Monday through Friday and get up quite early to do so. Even though I would consider myself to be a morning person, it's not easy saying bye to my comfy sheets when it's still dark outside. But one great way to feel wide awake is with my morning routine.

I don't always get to bed early (thanks to Sons of Anarchy Tuesdays and Scandal Thursdays), so it can be difficult getting a full eight hours. So when eight hours just isn't possible, Olay Fresh Effects gives me the look of beauty sleep in an instant. The Olay Fresh Effects {Out Of This Swirled!} Deep Pore Clean + Exfoliating Scrub has been a part of my morning routine for a couple weeks now. The infusion of honeysuckle and white tea is like a detox recipe for your face to keep it looking refreshed all day.

The cleanser targets dirt and impurities while the scrub uses microbead ribbons to reduce the appearance of pores. All you have to do is rub it into a foamy lather and clean in circular motions (I use my Clarisonic). The main ingredient is water, which is a big deal to me, plus it's also oil free. And did I mention that it smells totally delicious? I need a perfume, candle and drink in honeysuckle white tea, stat!

The Olay Fresh Effects products are priced anywhere from $4.99 to $12.99, and you can get the {Out Of This Swirled!} Deep Pore Clean + Exfoliating Scrub for only $6.99! It also comes in a green apple and Jasmine tea version. And if you loved the Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer that I reviewed back in May, then you'll absolutely love this skin care product for your morning routine, school, work and everywhere else.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay through their partnership with POPSUGAR. I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay. All opinions are my own.

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A couple weeks ago I watched Gone Girl, which I was super excited about because I had read the book a few years prior. So when I stumbled across these Amazing Amy illustrations, I thought they were the cutest things ever. It's a reference you'd get if you're familiar with either the book or film.

Deep burgundy tones for lipsticks are definitely on my list this season. But when it comes to your nails, I'm really diggin' gray nail colors like this Dior nail lacquer in Junon 494. I'd also love it with a matte finish too.

A month ago I was into curly hairstyles, but right now I'm feeling partial toward a more ombre wavy short hairstyle look, a la Ciara from a couple years back. Her hair game is killer! Will probably do this to my hair in November. It's funny because people are wearing this style now, but I feel like Ciara did it first. Am I wrong?

So I'm well aware that this Lady Gaga Fame eau de parfum is nothing new, but I'm really loving it this month. It's more of a fruity scent with belladonna, tiger orchid, apricot and honey. What I love most about it is the black fluid that becomes invisible when airborne, and the bottling that's too cute to pass up.

I don't really listen to the verses in Tove Lo's Habits, which might sound weird, but I only really love the chorus. I find myself singing the lyrics of the chorus over and over again at random moments throughout the day.
I was tagged by the lovely Alyson of The Beauty Vanity in this Autumn Tag so now I'm sharing it with you:

1.  OK we’re talking coffee – what’s your favorite seasonal drink?
My favorite coffee drink is a tall, nonfat, iced caramel latte. I wouldn't even call it seasonal because I order it all year. But since it's getting cooler out, I'd opt for it hot with foam, of course.
2.  Accessories – what do you opt for: scarf, boots, gloves?
Although I own both scarves and gloves, I don't tend to wear them much. But give this girl boots and a hat and I'm all set. Seriously, just wear a pair of boots and a hat--nothing else. (j/k)
3.  Music – what’s your favorite music to listen to during Autumn?
I listen to my usual playlists in the fall and in the winter too. But I do like to add a few seasonal selections once we get to November/December. A few carols here and there.
4.  Perfume – what’s your favorite scent for this time of year?
I want to go with a spicy scent since it's autumn, but I'm actually quite into Lady Gaga's Fame perfume--an oldie, but a goodie. See it above.
5.  Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?
This monogrammed votive candle from C. Wonder that I got a few months ago and I'm still loving today. I believe it's the garden scent of vanilla, musk and floral notes, 
and it's super cute that it's personalized too.
6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
I love the feeling of autumn--that whole cool breeze, sun haze, crisp air thing. I like how autumn feels snuggly and comforting.
7.  Favorite makeup look?
I'm trying to wear a lot more lipsticks in autumn, preferably dark shades like plums and burgundies. I think these colors work best for my skin tone so it's perfect that they fit so well with the season.
8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
I am looking forward to football season and holiday vacations. Even if I stay in the Bay over the holidays, I still really enjoy being able to spend time at home with friends and family.

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