Ropes Mansion, aka Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus

Quite possibly my favorite building in the whole city! It’s directly across the street from The House of the Seven Gables.

All the decorations in Salem are so adorable! Love this color combo.

Another one of the many gorgeous federal style mansions Salem has to offer

My BFF and college roommate Rachel and I just returned from our second annual trip to Salem, Massachusetts. We started this tradition last year on a whim as a way to celebrate her birthday (and Halloween!), and we instantly fell in love. Now, we see ourselves returning to Witch City this same time every year.

Because it was our second time, we definitely knew which spots we had to hit. There is so much to do in this small city, so our weekend was totally packed–but it is so worth it!

Between historic landmarks and a number of museums (and all the amazing places there are to eat and shop), there are so many fun little things to visit in Salem. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that everything is so adorably festive (and photogenic).

Apple of my Chai is the perfect fall drink; it’s a dry, spiced cider.

Ectoplasm is such a unique concoction! So happy I had the chance to try it while in town.

The freshest oysters at Turner’s on Church Street

Cute sites (and yummy smells!) at the Derby Street Carnival

On our first day there we grabbed oysters at Turner’s, a restaurant at Lyceum Hall. Salem’s seafood really cannot be beat, and we had been craving Turner’s since our visit last year–it was our fav by far!

Then, we took a quick walk to Essex Street, one of the main roads in Salem, which is great because it’s closed off to vehicles. The shopping is the best in the entire city, and the people watching is truly one-of-a-kind.

After that we made our way over to the cemetery and Witch Trials Memorial by way of the Derby Street Carnival. We’re so thankful we did a couple walking tours last year because we were able to navigate the city ourselves and know the history behind everything we looked at.

The Witch Trials Memorial is one of our favorite spots in Salem. In addition to the meaning behind it, it is a really cool spot to relax even though it’s in the city’s center. Plus, there is always a ton going on at the Carnival.

We ended the day at Far From The Tree, a hard cider tap room we discovered last year. I was so happy to enjoy Apple of my Chai again, as well as their new limited edition flavor Ectoplasm.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Pumpkin and apple ice cream (and Rachel) at Maria’s Sweet Somethings

Outdoor decoration inspo!

On Saturday we woke up early to get caffeine at Jaho Coffee, another one of our favs from last year. Because it is so closed to the Derby Wharf, we stayed in that area for a bit. It is arguably the cutest area in town (and the seafood doesn’t get any fresher!).

After visiting The House of the Seven Gables, we stopped at the nearby Ye Olde Pepper Companie, an old-fashioned candy shop. Rumor has it that this place is home of the first commercially made candies in the U.S., dating back to the 1800s. I stocked up on *all* the licorice ūüėČ

Windswept at the Witch Trials Memorial

On our way to Salem Witch Museum

At Old Town Hall, which you may recognize it from the “I Put A Spell On You” scene in Hocus Pocus. (It’s a museum IRL.)

Although it was a little warmer than last year, temperatures were still pretty low–especially in the a.m. So, I packed warm layers and a ton of knitwear.

The pullover turtleneck (pictured above) from Free People was soooOoOoOo cozy, and it paired perfectly with the plaid trousers I wore. I love, love, looove menswear-inspired looks durning the fall, but to keep this outfit slightly femme, I chose a go-to pair of heeled booties.

Then, I tied everything together with a thick black belt and a matte lip in Bunny by Kylie Cosmetics. I also added a pair of gold hoops and my Camera Bag from Pop & Suki.

We had so much fun exploring this quaint little city–with a rich history!–for the second time. Now, we’re definitely in the Halloween mood (and already planning next year’s weekend getaway to Salem)!

The cutest home near Derby Wharf!

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Last year my friend Rachel and I started a new Halloween tradition: a girls’ weekend in Salem, Massachusetts.

Salem can’t be beat this time of year (I promise a travel diary detailing everything as soon as we get back!). And now that it’s our second time, I for sure have a better idea in terms of what to pack. (I did not not pack enough warm layers last year, so I definitely learned my lesson.)

There is so much to do in this little gem of a city! We spend about half our time exploring the sites and shops downtown and half our time learning about the city’s history at museums and through walking tours (and another half drinking pumpkin beer and trying local cuisine). So, I like to pack casual, relatively polished clothes that are warm and comfortable, yet still reflect my personal style.

Thankfully, fall fashion is my favorite (#basic). Layering gives a girl a ton of options, and mixing different prints, textures and silhouettes is the perfect way to liven up what could otherwise be a frumpy outfit.

Beauty:

Salem’s vibe is super cool, so it is the perfect place to experiment with a new and/or bold beauty look. For the most part last year, I kept things fairly neutral, and I plan on doing pretty much the same this year. But, I’ll definitely be throwing a few fun accents in my bag.

In addition to the usual suspects (like Boy Brow, Balm Dotcom, a good primer, my must-have BB Cream and a trustworthy mascara), I added some extras to my makeup bag for this trip.

I’ve always loved a bold lip for fall, so I am bringing both Bunny by Kylie Cosmetics and LBB by Colourpop. Bunny is a cool mauve and LBB is rich berry that gives the perfect wine-stained pout; both are festive fall hues.

And, I cannot get enough of my new Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Mocha and Chili Mango, so of course I have to have them with me, too. Mocha makes contouring a breeze (plus, it looks much more natural than a powder contour in my opinion), while Chili Mango is a spicy, sparkly orange that draws attention to the eyes in one easy swipe across each lid.

A nude, dusty rose blush is the way to go in my opinion, so I’ll be bringing my go-to¬†Amazonian Clay Blush in Seduce by Tarte.

To amp up the eyes for a night out, I packed an eyeshadow primer from Urban Decay, as well as their Naked Heat palette (which quickly became my favorite eyeshadow palette ever when it launched a few months ago) and Marc Jacob’s Matte Gel Eye Crayon eyeliner in (Earth)quake 41, a rich, deep brown.

No look is complete with a killer highlight, so I’m bringing Glossier‘s Haloscope in Moonstone for daytime and Milk Makeup’s Mars¬†(the powder version) for an evening glow.

I also packed a few of my favorite on-the-go skincare products. Simple’s micellar makeup remover wipes (available at drugstores) are a must-have, and so is Glossier‘s Invisible Shield SPF 35+. And the Tea Tree Water spray by Lush is perfect for cleansing, toning and keeping oils at bay while on the go; it’s the ultimate skin refresher.

Clothes + accessories:

There’s no better place to rock your favorite fall pieces than in Salem! So, I packed quite a few fall staples to layer throughout the weekend. I cannot wait to show Haute Mess readers these gorgeous fall looks I put together while in Salem. Stay tuned! ūüėČ

  • A versatile cardigan from Rat & Boa
  • A neutral pullover sweater¬†from Free People
  • Plaid trousers from Topshop
  • A warm knit scarf from Free People
  • (Vegan) leather moto jacket by Blank NYC
  • My go-to winter coat in blush
  • A pair of clogs for daytime from Free People
  • A pair of heeled booties in black for a night out
  • Sneakers by APL
  • Statement earrings
  • My custom Pop & Suki Camera Bag¬†(so I can be hands-free while touring the city)
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Last week I took a midweek trip to New York City to visit Glossier’s showroom! As a Glossier Rep, this is sort of like¬† totally a right of passage for me ūüėČ

Because this was my first time visiting the showroom, which is located in SoHo near Chinatown, I was sure to snap a ton of pictures. After all, it claims to be the most Instagram-able room in town, and it definitely did not disappoint!

Although I’m familiar with most of Glossier products, it was great to be able to test those I’ve never seen IRL before. Needless to say, I will definitely be stocking up on Generation G in Crush and Super Bounce as soon as I get the chance. (I’m a sucker for fun lip colors and anything with hyaluronic acid, so…)

The atmosphere inside the showroom is minimalist and clean–and the Showroom Editor’s utility suits are super cute! As expected, the brightly lit penthouse (yes, penthouse!) is a combination of crisp white and, of course, Glossier pink. And it smells SO. GOOD. thanks to a candle burning (next to a cluster of crystals!) on the sink. I still cannot get over the little “employees must moisturize before returning to work” sign.

I also absolutely looooved the artwork hanging on the walls, too. In addition to the infamous mirror decals that read “YOU LOOK GOOD” and “ASK ME ABOUT MY BROWS”, several larger-than-life editorial-style shots hang on the wall (including the new Birthday Balm Dotcom shots shown below).

Glossier additionally provides comfy seating and a little reading material, too. Offbeat, artsy magazines sit on tables near the inconspicuous Glossier mottos “JUST DEW IT” and “MAKE GOOD CHOICES”.

The best part? You can shop aaaaall of Glossier’s showroom deals (which are listed below!) through my Rep page! Any first-time Glossier customer receives 20 percent off her first online purchase, and all customers enjoy free shipping each time they choose any two items.

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I booked a spur-of-the-moment flight¬†to visit one of my closest friends in Los Angeles this week, and I am so excited to be back on the West Coast! For this trip I decided to pack light–meaning no checked bags, only a carry-on.

Thankfully, I have a ton of Glossier‘s TSA-approved pink pouches on hand; they’re resealable and waterproof, so they’re perfect for holding toiletries and makeup in a carry-on bag. One of these convenient quart-sized beauties comes free with every Glossier purchase.

To show readers just how much can fit in Glossier’s signature pouches,¬†I decided to spill the contents of mine for a week-long trip one of my favorite cities.

Glossier’s Invisible Shield SPF 35: The sun in LA is strong–even when you’re not on the beach–so sunscreen is a must all day, every day. Glossier’s Invisible Shield has SPF 35. It doesn’t clog pores, and it also protects the skin from pollution and free radicals (which are abundant all over LA). The best part? As the names states, it sinks into skin without a trace; it’s non-greasy, and it doesn’t¬†disturb makeup. A must-have.¬†$34, Glossier

Bali Body tanning oil:¬†I love the beach, and you really can’t beat LA’s–views of the mountains are amazing, and shoreside spots like Venice and Santa Monica offer great local vendors and cuisine within walking distance (hard to come by in an Uber-obsessed city like this one). So, you can bet I will be spending a ton of time in the sand and surf this trip.

No matter which coast I’m on, I just cannot hit the beach without some of Bali Body’s all-natural tanning oil. Unlike other tanning oils I’ve tried, Bali Body’s never feels goopy or sticky. Instead, it leaves skin¬†soft and glowing from head to toe. For the deepest tan, my fav is the watermelon scent, which also¬†helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks.¬†$23.95,¬†Bali Body

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer: A trustworthy pore refining primer is key during the sultry¬†summer months to keep makeup looking fresh. By blurring pores and fine lines, smoothing texture and minimizing shine, this primer creates the perfect base for makeup.

Much like Glossier’s Invisible Shield, Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer is undetectable on the skin. And like any good primer, it¬†creates a hidden barrier that prevents makeup from clogging pores.¬†Prices vary, Sephora

Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser: A quick and easy cleanser is the best friend any girl-on-the-go could have. Milk Makeup’s Matcha Cleanser is in stick form, making it super convenient for throwing in a carry-on bag. Just rub it onto damp skin for the detoxifying and purifying power of antioxidant-rich matcha green tea.

This skin savior also gently exfoliates and soothes, while added algae extract boosts skin’s natural defenses and provides instant hydration, according to MILK.¬†$26, Sephora

Micellar Water: There’s nothing better for removing dirt and makeup (even stubborn mascara!)¬†from the¬†skin than micellar water. Not only is it powerful and effective, micellar water doesn’t require any rinsing. And it gets the job done¬†without any alcohol or oil, so skin never feels stripped or greasy.¬†For me (and anyone with sensitive skin), Simple’s micellar water is necessary both on the road and at home. $1.99, Target

Makeup Essentials: Leave it to Glossier to have nearly all the products I need for a cross-country trip! This time around, I decided to pack Boy Brow in Brown, Stretch Concealer in Medium, Haloscope in Moonstone, Cloud Paint in Haze and Balm Dotcom.

I also picked up my favorite high-end mascara in a travel size, which is considerably less expensive than the full-size version. Benefit’s Roller Lash¬†works like a push-up bra for lashes; it gives them an instant curl, a West Coast-worthy lift¬†and dramatic length! Plus, the tiny bristles are perfect for targeting lower lashes.

Last but certainly not least, no night-out look is complete without a fun lipstick–especially on vacation! I packed MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum, a universally flattering neon¬†pink, as well as an orange tinted balm from Missha for that just-ate-a-popsicle pout. For good measure I also brought along Glossier’s Lip Gloss ūüėČ

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By now most of you already know how obsessed I am with Poshmark, a website and app that allows you to sell new and pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories and makeup to other users.

Fast fashion production is the second leading cause of pollution in the world, according to EcoWatch, so shopping secondhand plays an important role in conserving the environment. Plus, thrifting can be so fun. It is a great way to find super unique goodies¬†for your home or wardrobe, and in my opinion it’s something we should all do more often. Thanks to Posh, I can enjoy all thrifting has to offer from my iPhone or laptop and connect with others’ who have similar closets to my own.

Over the past two months, I sold quite a few¬†pre-loved pieces¬†on Posh, and¬†I was able to purchase a few things¬†I’d been eyeing with my earnings. Needless to say, many of my newbies¬†made it into my favorites for the¬†month of February.

Oversized white fishnets: My first favorite is an awesome pair of oversized white fishnet stockings. Even though fishnets are almost a little too trendy right now, I honestly can’t get enough of them. For Christmas I received a thick pair of¬†fishnet socks, and I had basic black fishnet stockings leftover from Halloween. But, I’ve been wearing both pairs to death, so I decided to invest in another earlier this month.

Because they don’t make as much of a statement as traditional fishnets do, this oversized white pair is perfect for daytime. I love the way they look with miniskirts, or peeking through ripped jeans. They definitely stand out without looking obnoxious, and they are so subtle that I don’t even feel weird about wearing fishnets in the middle of the day.¬†Shop similar here.

Denim miniskirt: There’s nothing better for showing off a sweet pair of fishnets than an old school denim miniskirt. Via¬†Posh, I found a pre-loved medium wash denim mini from Guess Jeans. I love pairing it with a basic white t-shirt or bodysuit, a chunky knit cardigan and black booties. For more on how I style this must-have piece, check out my lookbook here.¬†Shop similar¬†here,¬†here¬†and here.

Kyshadow burgundy palette: I also picked up Kylie Cosmetics’¬†Kyshadow palette in burgundy at an unbeatable price thanks to Poshmark. Bloggers and YouTubers have been raving about the quality of this palette, and I was definitely in the market for some new eye shadow, so I think this purchase was meant to be.

While I was considering another Naked palette, I needed a change of pace. And,¬†when I saw that fellow blogger (and girl crush!) Lissy Roddy¬†creates her signature warm eye look using Kylie’s burgundy palette, I knew I had to have it.

I’ve never really considered myself a #KylieCosmetics type of gal (in fact, I’ve never even owned a lip kit), but there’s something about her¬†burgundy palette to which I am so drawn: the colors are absolutely gorgeous. Its¬†warm nudes and browns make¬†the best¬†all-over lid colors; the deep oranges and reds work perfectly in the crease and on the lower lash line. I seriously cannot get enough of this palette!

For some reason I’ve always thought of myself as a cool-toned, gray and black eyeshadow kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong: I still absolutely love using my Naked Smoky palette for a night out, but Kylie’s burgundy palette is ideal for creating stunning daytime looks and even some more casual evening looks.¬†$42, Kylie Cosmetics

Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit in Ultimate Glow: My last Poshmark purchase was a highlighter palette from Anastasia Beverley Hills. All three highlighters I already own are creme formulas, and even though I love them, I have been really eager to try a powder one.

I spotted ABH pressed powder highlights on my last trip to Ulta, and they instantly caught my eye. Because I already own opal, golden and silvery highlighters, I wanted to add a rose gold hue to my collection, and this six-color collection features just that.

Amber Gold is a natural, warm rose with a gold luster, and like all the other shades¬†in this set, it is¬†creamy, blend-able and intensely luminous. I find that using a powder highlight, as opposed to a creme, is so much better for highlighting smaller areas (like the nose and cupid’s bow) because it allows you to choose the size of the applicator you use, and a smaller brush means more control.

While I love Amber Gold on my cheeks, White Sand, a warm beige, is ideal for creating that exclamation point down the nose; snow works really well along the brow bones and in the inner corners of the eyes. Honestly,¬†there’s not one shade in this palette that I don’t love! #Obsessed.¬†$45, Ulta

Buxom Full-on lipstick in Sydney: I am definitely guilty of stocking up on statement lipsticks and shying away from everyday pinks and nudes. This season I decided to take a break from deep reds and my signature flashy purples in favor of something a little more natural: a feminine, taupe-y mauve.

Buxom’s full-on lipstick is perfect because it moisturizes and plumps lips naturally, while doubling as a lipliner so the application process is always flawless. It also dries to a soft, velvety finish that blends evenly with your lips’ natural color, appearing effortless.¬†$20, Sephora

Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Seduce: Even though I am a diehard Nars Orgasm gal, I wanted a blush that was a little less pink and more neutral. I am also a big fan of Benefit’s Rockateur, but that really is not the best for daytime because it is super sparkly and sultry; I needed a happy medium between the two.

Enter: Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush in Seduce. I’ve heard so many great things about Tarte’s Amazonian clay range, so I decided to pick this blush up after Christmas when I had a little extra spending money–and it really delivered. This blush is seriously everything I hoped it would be: a rich, pigmented nude with natural rosy undertones. $20, Sephora

First Aid Beauty oil-free matifying gel: Anyone who knows me knows that I live by Glossier’s “skin first, makeup second” motto. Although this is not a Glossier product, First Aid Beauty’s oil-free matifying gel does¬†wonders for the¬†skin.

It moisturizes, which is great because I always forget to moisturize otherwise; it mattifies oily skin so I never look greasy; it refines pores and even reduces redness for fresh, glowing skin–and, the best part, it lasts all day long! Though this gel sits really well under makeup, it is nice¬†to wear on its own, too. Plus, a little really goes a long way with this product, so it is definitely worth the price. $30, Sephora

(Psst! Stay tuned for an upcoming post reviewing my recent Glossier purchase!)

Do Less by Rachel Jonat: I received this book for Christmas and finally finished it earlier this month after being busy with readings for my grad classes. Do Less truly helped me organize my space by teaching me how to downsize my wardrobe, my workspace and beyond. This book is broken down into easy-to-read sections, so I plan on keeping it on my bedside table for quick access every time I need a refresher course in minimalism. $9.60, Amazon

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