Sweater Weather


As I was packing my luggage for my visit to New York City for this Thanksgiving holiday, I realized that my list was sweaters and more sweaters.  It’s the first time my sister, Mackenzie, is hosting Thanksgiving at her new apartment, so I am excited for a prolonged weekend in New York.  And when I thought of walking down the avenues and braving the freezing wind (and the crowds, and the chilly subways), I re-evaluated my packing list.  I needed something comfortable, something warm, and something presentable.  Of course, while I always I think I’ll wear that one asymmetric silk top with the detail bows and sequin, I continuously opt for the casual comfort of a sweater.  My favorite sweaters are well crafted and well tailored and easy to care for - sweaters may be basic but during this cold weather, they’re essential.

With holiday sales coming up, I’m ready to bolster my sweater collection and I’m taking recommendations - what’s your favorite fall staple? Share below!

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Replica Flower Market


Out of all the senses, the soft scent of roses or the crisp smell of fall evoke the best of memories.  Replica by Maison Martin Margiela, the Belgian fashion house, does something simple and straightforward in replicating memories with associated scents.  Take for example the replica of a Flower Market - this perfume captures the moment you walk through a row of vases with wet petals crunching beneath your feet and light filtering through artfully arranged blooms.  I know that memory, you have that memory.

This Replica scent is simple and perfect - major floral notes of grasse rose, sambac jasmine, and freesia combine with more moody, earthy tones of oak moss and cedarwood.  However, ultimately, this light, delicate, feminine scent is reminiscent of a fresh bouquet of roses.  Packaged in a classic apothecary bottle with a cotton label and rope detail, the perfume is sleek and vintage all at once.

The Replica collection carries other scents like the Funfair Evening, Beach Walk, and Lazy Sunday Morning and after trying them, if even for a bit, I can assure you the memories are all there.  Although the Replica perfumes are priced at $125 at Sephora (rollerballs are more affordable), the amount of product in a full size is more than other scents and it is well worth the investment (and my new found Ebates love comes in handy, especially now).  My philosophy on perfumes has always been less is more - I’d rather have three or four wonderful scents than a million and one bottles.  And when those perfumes bring about lovely memories, well, that’s just a plus.

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Love and Beauty

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Lots of things can happen in a short amount of time, and thankfully, lots of happy things did happen (hint, hint).

My sister and I are excited for the upcoming posts on Pretty Squared, because even during a brief break, we’ve been swatching, sampling, trying, and loving a ton of new products.

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Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette

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Field of flowers.  Stila couldn’t have picked a better name and a better product.  The new, limited-edition release of the Stila Field of Florals palette features twelves blush shades that were inspired by a flower.  Field of Florals is a compilation of Stila’s dual lip and cheek creams which means that Stila curated one of their most popular items in a lovely array of colors.

As with the previous Stila releases, Stila Field of Florals features bleandable, lightweight creams which translate to a petal-soft texture and dewy finish.  All palette shades are long lasting and can be easily applied using a small lip brush and/or stippling brush (my favorite is the affordable Elf stippling brush).  Although the individual pots holding the product are on the smaller side, the product is easy to pick up and a little goes a long way (for a cream finish, the longevity is definitely there!).

The best part of the Stila Field of Florals is the range  and variety of included colors - from peony, tulips, gerbera, and magnolias, each radiant shade is reminiscent of a flower and accordingly, all colors are unique, natural, and flattering. Because this palette is a dual blush and lip palette, a whole makeup look can easily be coordinated (without having to worry about contrasting lipstick and blush shades, which is definitely ‘a thing’).  As a note, while the product is creamy and easy to apply, I recommend wearing  lip balm prior to applying on the lips to help with moisturizing.  Lastly, the minimalist, sleek packaging is perfectly suited for travel and makes Field of Florals a favorite for seamless touch-ups.

I’ve been wearing this Stila palette every day since purchasing from Sephora, and I love discovering all the shade nuances.  Blush and lipstick are the fun parts of a makeup routine and Field of Florals definitely makes getting ready fun!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.