There is nothing more attractive anyone–man or woman–could wear than jeans and a white t-shirt (at least, in my opinion). Throughout the years, this combo has made me feel put-together, confident and, most of all, comfortable.

While I love getting dressed up and glam from time to time, I am definitely a sucker for borrowed-from-the-boys styles, especially during the daytime. Baggy trousers and grandpa cardigans are both staples in my wardrobe. Even more essential, however, are an array of jeans and white t’s.

To keep these pieces looking and feeling fresh, there have definitely been a few small tweaks in terms of how I style them as I’ve grown up. And I have definitely come to the realization that there are two go-to ways I love to wear these pieces.

The first is a relaxed top with high-rise jeans, and the second is a tight, stretchy top with slouchy, low-rise jeans (like I’m wearing today).

I can’t wear this combo without a thick leather belt; I love the way it pulls the entire look together. If the weather (or the occasion) calls for it, I will also throw on a jacket in a color that ties into the belt. Today I opted for a gray knit one so that I could get away with wearing the black belt with brown shoes 😉

Embellishments, subtle patterns and distressing also bring these looks to life! Plain, no-nonsense jeans are great, don’t get me wrong, but I looove a strategically placed tear or two (or 10). Details like these are the perfect way to add texture and depth to a super basic outfit, but still look relaxed.

Gold or silver necklaces (the more the merrier) are definitely a must for me when wearing jeans and a white t-shirt. The metal instantly gives the entire look a more polished vibe.

One final way I keep this look feeling fresh is by swapping the shoes from year to year. For both jeans-and-white-t combos I mentioned, I tend to go for booties; they give me height but keep the look casual.

Currently, animal prints are my favorite option because they are made of neutral colors, yet they add a new pattern/texture element to the mix.

I have two pairs of snake print ankle booties (one brown, one white and gray) that I absolutely could not live without. They are the perfect combination of fashionable and effortless. (In the past, however, I’ve loved styling these outfits with Doc Martens and other chunkier styles.)

Someone who really inspires me to create more stylish, yet casual outfits is YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth. She always looks incredibly put-together, even in jeans and a white t. I take a lot of cues from her when it comes to personal style, then put my own spin on them. Keep scrolling for inspo and to shop my entire look! 🙂

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

Shop my look:

Cardigan, Free People

Off-the-shoulder t-shirt, Free People

Belt, Free People

Jeans, thrifted

Booties, Free People (no longer available), similar here


My Lidstar collection–can’t decide which I love most.

Normally I prefer to get creative with dark, edgy and vampy makeup looks during the fall and winter, and tend to favor a bare (or near-bare) face during the spring and summer months.

This year, however, there are a few beauty trends that have caught my attention–and I am so eager to experiment with looks out of my comfort zone.

Wearing Glossier Lidstar in Lily

One-product sparkly eyelids: From Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Top Coat that gained popularity over the holidays, to Glossier’s brand new Lidstar, glistening eye glow, the sparkly lid trends isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Lidstar–per Glossier’s “Less shadow, more glow” motto–is a sheer (but buildable) wash of color with a twinkling finish. And Natasha Denona’s formula is similar! The only real difference is that it’s a solid, whereas Lidstar is a whipped, lightweight mousse-y texture.

For daytime (or even on a night out, honestly), I love wearing one sparkly shade all over my lids for a monotone look. It comes off as relaxed and cool, and it is so easy to swipe a couple layers onto the lids (yes, with your fingers!), add some mascara and run out the door. I looove effortless makeup looks like this, especially during the warmer months.

Since I picked up Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude late last year, I can’t get enough! (I also have my eyes, no pun intended, on the Grey Brown shade.) Additionally, I am obsessed with Lidstar in Herb, Lily and Slip for the springtime! Herb is a smoky green with a yellow-gold pearl; Lily is a sheer lilac with blue and violet pearls (very 1990s/early 2000s); Slip is a sheer baby pink with a golden highlight.

Emporio Armani SS 2018 [source: Harper’s Bazaar]

Prada FW 2018 [source: Fashion Week Daily]

Dua Lipa [image via Instagram user @dualipa]

1990s blue shadow: Speaking of the 1990s, blue eyeshadow is back in full-force! And I love it! I don’t know much about Dua Lipa (or pop culture in general), but I do know she sported a killer, statement-making blue eyeshadow look at a recent show.

While blue-hued eyeshadow was all over the recent runways, Dua Lipa’s look really solidified this trend for me; I love how wearable she makes such a vivid and intense color seem.

Tadashi Shoji and Emporio Armani S/S 2018 come to mind, as do Carolina Herrera, Prada and Veronica Beard F/W 2018. I definitely have quite a few backstage shots from different shows pinned to recent mood boards for inspiration throughout spring and summer.

Last week I placed my first order ever from theBalm (I’m so excited!), which included a couple blue/teal shadows! I can’t wait to create a ton of blue eyeshadow looks all season long, so look out for a couple posts with all the details in the near future 😉

Winged eyeliner: Ok, so this isn’t as much of a trend as it is a classic, but I decided to include it in this post because I’ve really been loving it lately. For daytime, I love a lived-in cat eye that’s subdued and slightly smudged–with no other eye makeup besides mascara.

I’ve been practicing my winged liner a ton, and pairing it with the pink Lipstick Matches gifted to me by Red Earth. The easy-to-achieve “melted” look pairs perfectly with the effortlessly sexy cat eye.

[source: Instagram user @glossier]

Valentino ss 2018 [source: WWD]

Bella Hadid at Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2018 couture [source: eonline]

Orbital bone blush: There are hardly any 1980s trends that I am actually a fan of, but this is one that I am really into.

I first got into this look around this time last year when Glossier first debuted Cloud Paint; I was instantly drawn to Haze, a deep berry. Glossier suggested applying this shade–instead of on the apples of the cheeks where blush is typically applied–to the orbital bones around the eyes (where the company also suggests you apply Haloscope).

A few weeks ago I also used this technique to help recreate a Vanessa Hudgens makeup look (read all about it in my recent post). I married my blush (a combination of Cloud Paint in Beam and Benefit’s GALifornia) to my eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s Naked Heat palette mixed with Fenty Beauty’s Matchstick in Chili Mango and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife).

This ended up creating a really nice gradient effect, which made the bold colors a lot more wearable. It was also a really fun and fresh change-of-pace! I will definitely be continuing to use this method of application into the spring and summer–at least with my more bold blushes. (And I’ll be keeping all my subtle nude-y pink blushes on my cheeks.)

Much like blue eyeshadow, this makeup look has appeared in a multitude of fashion shows lately. Namely, Valentino S/S 2018 and Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2018 Couture.

While I won’t be pairing this eye/cheek combo with shoulder pads, geometric patterns or chunky, waist-high belts anytime soon, I will be integrating it into my routine in an updated, more natural-looking way. When you do this with bright or berry blushes, it makes for a really easy everyday look that still comes off as updated and cool.

Gold highlighter: Regular readers know that I am *always* about the warm, sun-kissed glow no matter the time of year. So, it only makes sense that when higher temperatures hit, the glow heats up, too.

In addition to my cheek bones, lately I’ve been loving gold highlights (like Glossier‘s Haloscope in Topaz and Fenty’s Trophy Wife) on the inner corners of my eyes, tip of my nose and cupid’s bow.

Blotted “popsicle” lips: I really got into blotted, seemingly popsicle-stained lips last spring, and I am so excited to start sporting them again this year! Because I’ve spent so much time in L.A. over the past few months, I have been able to stock up on a ton of Korean beauty, which arguably started the blotted lip trend.

While shopping at Little Tokyo’s Tonymoly, I was on the hunt for an orange lip color, something I don’t have much of in my collection. I ended up picking up LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange, as well as the LIPTONE Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red.

Both these have the staying power of a stain, which is great for the carefree spring and summer months because you won’t have to babysit your lip color when you wear these guys. I also really love the feel of Water Bar; it’s super hard to describe, but it feels cold and slightly wet, in a super nourishing (yet lightweight!) way.

Finally, I picked up something I’ve had my eye on since last summer: Glossier’s Generation G in Crush. I have a feeling this will be my go-to lip color of the season.


A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.

Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.

To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.

Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.

I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.

The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!

Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren

Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.

I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki

Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!

I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.

But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.

Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao

Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.

But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!

A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.

It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier

Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!

I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish

Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.

You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush

Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.

Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora

Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.

Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier

Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.

I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!

This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People

Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.

I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.

The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.

Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.

To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.

Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.

Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.

Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice


Turmeric is one of the most underrated ingredients out there! It has a ton of health benefits and it adds a comforting flavor to all your favorite recipes; it works perfectly on meat and fish as well as veggies.

This herb is also recognized for its ability to nourish the skin and hair. Sites like Pinterest are full of DIY turmeric masks for nourished, glowing skin and strong, glossy hair. I rounded up my go-to recipes and masks because I want all my readers to love turmeric as much as I do! You will quickly realize it is *such* an easy ingredient to add to your lifestyle.

Turmeric latte recipe

Turmeric lattes are an easy and healthy treat to make at home. Naturally sweetened and warm, a turmeric latte is a comforting way to consume vital nutrients and nourish your body from the inside, out.

Indulge guilt-free while enjoying the benefits of turmeric, as well as ginger, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and treats nausea, and black pepper, which heightens turmeric’s healing property.


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Raw honey to taste

Step 1: Warm milk in a saucepan; do not boil.

Step 2: Add turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Stir continuously.

Step 3: Once mixed evenly, combine coconut oil and black pepper with the mixture. Continue to stir and heat until melted.

Step 4: With a wire whisk, create the frothy consistency of a latte. Stir until heated through.

Step 5: Pour in a mug, then add honey to taste. Top with ground cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Turmeric veggie bowl recipe

When I was away at college and had little time, money and energy to cook for myself, I always turned to various quinoa-veggie bowls with turmeric. Protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, and fibrous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower are super filling, while turmeric provides essential nutrients and simple spices like garlic and chili powder bring some life to the dish.

This recipe requires little cleanup and it’s easy to make in bulk–perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle and low budget who likes to stay healthy.


  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup qunioa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Chili powder to taste

Step 1: In a small pot, heat 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cook until almost all the water boils out.

Step 2: While qunioa cooks, add chickpeas, broccoli florets and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Mix until the olive oil is evenly distributed.

Step 3: Coat mixture in the ground turmeric, then pour onto a baking sheet and distribute evenly. Cook at 425 farenheit for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Pour the quinoa into a bowl. Mix in salt, garlic powder and chili powder to taste (you can also add a little low-sodium soy sauce). Top with cooked chickpeas and broccoli.

To make this dish more filling, you can add black beans, shelled edamame, roasted kale or any other roasted veggies you’d like! When I make it in bulk, I store the cooked ingredients in separate containers, then mix some of each together when I’m ready to eat.

DIY turmeric face mask

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is ideal for treating acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It also exfoliates the skin to improve texture and reduce pigmentation, evening skin’s tone. Turmeric is high in natural antioxidants that slow down cell damage and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

You’ll need…

  • 2 tablespoons ground oats
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 drops raw honey

Mix ingredients together throughly, then apply a thin and even layer to the face. Let dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Scrub gently to exfoliate. Pat the skin dry, then finish with your moisturizer of choice.

Or, try this turmeric face mask from Yllo, or this one from Kiehl’s.

DIY turmeric hair mask

  • Equal parts turmeric and honey OR equal parts turmeric and olive oil

Mix ingredients together thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Apply an even layer all over your scalp and roots. Massage the scalp, then let the mixture soak for 1-2 hours. Rinse with lukewarm water, then wash and condition your hair as usual.

What are your favorite ways to use turmeric? Definitely let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on any of my social media! 🙂


One trend I am absolutely loving this season is the longline blazer! They are sleek, stylish and sexy (basically every adjective that starts with an “s”)!

After mega-babe Emily Ratajkowski surprised us all with her seemingly sudden courthouse wedding, I had to get my hands on the gorgeous, mustard yellow longline co-ord she wore!

I don’t normally shop at Zara–the quality is usually lacking and their company values are extremely questionable–but these pieces were priced higher than usual for the retailer, so I figured they were worth a try. Thankfully, the fabric is thick, the color is vivid and the buttons look strong.

This suit has a relaxed, retro-inspired flared fit despite its tailored appearance, but the adjustable tie belt emphasizes the waist. I love how Em Rata styled it with a chic black hat and a simple pair of heeled sandals.

She definitely caught a lucky break in New York’s blustery winter, because by the time my suit arrived, temperatures were below freezing again. So, I styled it with my go-to office shoes, my heeled black booties.

I kept my makeup neutral and fresh because the suit makes such a statement; I wore my favorite blush by Tarte called Seduce, a rosy nude, as well as ColourPop’s Lumière, a muted mauve lip.

As time goes on, I definitely want to play around styling this suit, both as a set and as separates. And of course I can’t wait to wear it with a floppy hat and heeled sandals à la Em Rata.

Shop my style:

Jacket, Zara

Trousers, Zara

Booties, Free People, similar here