Collabs are pretty hit-or-miss for me; they are either amazing or they completely flop. My latest obsession is Harmony’s collaboration with ASICS.

My (extremely) flat feet make it nearly impossible to find a pair of shoes that is comfortable *and* stylish. But thanks to athleisure trends over the past several years, sneakers have become not only acceptable for everyday wear, but encouraged. Still, shopping for shoes can be a little discouraging for me, as popular Nike or Adidas styles don’t fit my flat feet quite right–even with customized orthopedic inserts.

Not going to lie, at age 17 or 18 I was totally bummed when my doctor recommended the brand ASICS. They felt clunky (especially on someone petite like me) and outdated. I quickly found, however, that I felt more confident in a pair of shoes that didn’t give me blisters or crush my toes. And in gray or black, ASICS look great with everything from performance leggings to cut-off denim shorts to cropped trousers.

So, when I discovered the sneaker brand’s collab with the oh-so-chic, up-and-coming Parisian label Harmony, I was super excited. Both colorways are simple and beautiful (gray with a white sole or navy with a white sole). I decided to go for the navy blue pair, which is slightly more out of my comfort zone than the gray. This option shows less dirt and scuff marks, and personally, I love how navy looks with other neutrals like beige and even black.

Since they arrived on my doorstep from Paris (addressed to mademoiselle Madalyn LaMastro), I’ve worn them with plaid trousers, “mom” jeans and more. I love how they add a streetwear vibe to any look without being over-the-top trendy like chunky “dad sneakers” are (even though I do love my FILA Disruptors).

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For me, fall fashion is all about mixing prints and textures. My latest mix combines an old-school graphic t-shirt, sparkly pants and animal-print boots in a gorgeous burgundy color that’s perfect for fall.

Temps have been low in New York City for the past two weeks, which means I have been living in these snakeskin booties. They keep my feet warm, look fabulous and match all the styles I normally wear; they make a statement without overpowering an outfit! But more importantly, they are the most comfortable heel I’ve ever owned.

Whether I’m running after the train, walking 20 blocks to work or simply strolling along the city streets on my lunch break (I’m lucky to have an office in such a great location), I know I can count on these guys. They definitely receive an A+ from an always-on-the-move millennial. 😉

I can’t live without a little height boost, and in my XLE booties, I never sacrifice stature for style. And while I love wearing sneakers, its fun to look feminine and polished, too. My style changes a lot day to day, and I need shoes that can keep up with me. Don’t get me wrong–athleisure is awesome, but the perfect animal print booties take me back to my rock ‘n’ roll roots. (Growing up on my parents’ music, my style is heavily influenced by it.)

Recently, I dressed them down with an effortless Budweiser t and a pair of “no kirakira necessary” sparkly pants. With a structured blazer or moto jacket, this look easily goes from “comfy and casual day-off” to “business as usual” (at least in my fashion-forward office it does).

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It’s October, one of the best months of the year! I have a lot more favorites than expected this month, and nearly all my new beauty favs are thanks to Sephora’s surprise Appreciation Sale. 😉

As the seasons change, I also discovered a number of fashion go-to’s I’ve really been loving, all of which are timeless and will be part of my collection for a long time.

Fashion

XLE: YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth has great taste is just about everything, so it makes total sense that her womenswear label XLE is exactly what the fashion sphere needed. I will admit that I was pretty skeptical to try an influencer-owned brand, but XLE blew me away!

A few days after the first collection dropped, I decided to try four pieces–two sweaters, a slip dress and a pair of booties. Everything is flattering and comfortable, in addition to gorgeous in a minimal, simplistic way. I definitely see myself in all of these pieces throughout the season and well into winter. The deep red snakeskin booties are already an everyday staple for me; they are beyond comfy for a heel and look badass with everything.

Réalisation Par: What’s not to love about this feminine and effortlessly chic label? Réalisation’s patterned dresses and blouses can be dressed up or down for a wide variety of occasions. Personally, I like to wear mine with athletic shoes and a messy bun; this combo is easy and makes me feel confident.

GRLFRND Denim: Anyone who reads Haute Mess regularly knows how much of a denim junkie I am, and I think I (finally) found the best pair ever. Via Intermix I chose a pair of high-rise flares with a light-medium wash that fit like a glove from the first time I pulled them on. Now, I don’t want to wear anything else!

B-Low The Belt: For so long I’ve had trouble finding the perfect belt; most are either too wide to fit through most belt loops or too skinny for my personal taste. And to be honest, the fit of every reasonably priced belt I’ve tried sucks–I almost always have to make new holes in mine, which looks awful to a detail-oriented person like myself.

Instead of investing in the same Gucci belt everyone else owns (I was seriously considering it), I picked two from B-Low The Belt during the Labor Day sale: a skinny beige one with a little snake for a buckle, as well as slightly thicker classic black one with Western-style hardware (both leather). I’m convinced there are no better belts for the price! And no, I didn’t have to create new holes in either of them. 😉

Earrings by Vanessa Mooney: The tiny silver hoops I used to wear every day were super worn-out, so it was time for a change. I found three pairs of beautiful and unique earrings that I absolutely love from L.A.-based designer Vanessa Mooney. The fresh pieces in my rotation were exactly what I needed to accent all of my fall looks this year.

Beauty

Glossier Zit Stick: Another month, another Glossier drop! As a Rep, I had the opportunity to experiment with Zit Stick a couple weeks before it became available. It was an instant win for me!

Zit Stick reduces spot size and redness in a matter of errors, but unlike other spot treatments, the thin (serum-y), see-through formula can be worn under or over makeup. Speaking of the formula, it includes three of the most trustworthy “breakout erasers”: benzoyl peroxide, capryloyl salicylic acid and tea tree oil.

I also love the oh-so hygienic stainless steel rollerball applicator, as well as the four-channel flow that evenly covers each spot in the product.

Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice palette: Ever since the Moroccan Spice pop-up this summer, I’ve been drooling over Fenty’s eyeshadow palette of the same name. Moroccan Spice feels so much more grown-up and sultry than so many other palettes on the market, and it has a great range of shades, tones and finishes–everything from light to dark, warm to cool and matte to metallic. There truly are so many possibilities with the Moroccan Spice palette, including Ri’s look from her Wild Thoughts music video.

Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush (210) & All-Over Eyeshadow Brush (200): Along with the Moroccan Spice palette, Fenty launched two eyeshadow brushes. I held-out until Sephora’s VIB Appreciation Sale to pick-up both brushes and the palette for myself, and although I wish I had these products in my collection sooner, they were definitely worth the wait!

The Tapered Blending Brush and All-Over Eyeshadow Brush are unbelievably soft and full; they disperse (and of course, blend) powder eyeshadow evenly *without* trapping any of the product in the bristles. There is so much less waste with these two brushes than with similar eyeshadow brushes, so they are worth the splurge in my opinion.

Plus, the extra-long handles make them so easy to use, and the nude-pink design beautifies any top shelf.

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour: I knew this lip liner would be amazing (it’s Pat McGrath, after all). Contour is a must-have matte beige brown–perfect for over-lining the lips–that looks gorgeous under a ton of different lipsticks and glosses. I use a light hand when I want natural-looking coverage, and a heavier hand when I want more color payoff. Either way, the longevity of this luxury lip liner outperforms any other I’ve tried.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Gold Astral: A glittery lip product that doesn’t feel gritty? Only Pat McGrath could make that possible! From the first application Lip Fetish Lip Balm feels so soft and leaves a beautiful dewy, healthy sheen on the lips.

Gold Astral is an out-of-this world shimmer with a clear base. The gold color is never too yellow, and the glitter particles are never, ever chunky.

Sol de Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: Not to sound dramatic, but I am a little annoyed with myself for not trying this body lotion sooner. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (pronounced “boom boom”) absorbs almost instantly, softening, smoothing and tightening the skin. The delicious pistachio-caramel scent lingers long after application and makes me feel like a goddess!

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I really wish summer would’t end, but dressing for fall is fun, right? Over the weekend I got into light layering for the first time this season–kind of like my street-style take on pre-fall.

Bright colors are everywhere lately, and now in the midst of fashion month, the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. And I’ve surprisingly been into it!

The teal Champion crewneck keeps me warm and works perfectly with Réalisation Par’s Devon Dress in White Squiggle. I love how it puts an athleisure spin on the ultra-femme minidress.

My (faux) snake print booties are casual yet instantly elevate an outfit. So, they were an easy choice when putting this look together.

Wearing my hair in an undone bun gives me the opportunity to show off a fun pair of earrings. Vanessa Mooney stole my heart recently! The L.A.-based jeweler has so many beautiful and unique pieces.

Last month I found a multicolore pochette by Louis Vuitton on The Real Real and haven’t put it down since! It gives me so much early 2000s nostalgia while playing into the bright-colors trend of the moment. Now that I have it, no outfit feels complete without it.

My look:

Sweatshirt, thrifted

Dress, Réalisation Par

Shoes, Free People

Earrings, Vanessa Mooney

Purse, Louis Vuitton via The Real Real

Makeup, details here

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