With the weather starting to change in some climates, facial moisturizer is as important as ever to combat dry and dull skin. I’ve been on the hunt for a fantastic new option so I was thrilled when so many of you weighed in recently to TAGG’s impromptu Facebook poll inquiring about your favorite picks. The options run the gamut, from the classic to organic to more luxe finds you swear by. Must mention that three of you swear by pure coconut oil, which is said to absorb surprisingly well and is certainly an affordable, multi-tasking find that has so many benefits.

best face moisturizers

Drugstore Favorites: Aveeno // Cetaphil // Cerave (big fav!) // Olay // Simple

Must Haves Under $50: Clinique (dry skin or combination)// Kiehl’s //Benefit (love the packaging!) //  OSEA

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outfit: floral and flouncy

September 18, 2014

floral print and flouncy skirt
While shopping for my NYC trip a few weeks ago I was on the hunt for a fun black skirt. I was searching for a more voluminous midi length option to pair with a crop top but this skirt from Ann Taylor was too good to pass up. The cut, the leather detailing, the fun flouncy style… it just worked, it’s universally flattering and I knew it would be a way more useful addition to my closet. Evidenced yesterday: in addition to being perfect for a night out, I wore this look to a local Chamber business networking breakfast. If you don’t have a great black skirt in your closet right now, I cannot say enough good things (though there’s tough competition: Ann Taylor’s collection is getting better by the minute, evidenced by this assortment!)

floral print and flouncy skirt And, can we chat about this blouse, part of Piperlime’s new branded collection? Admittedly out of my comfort zone with this bold print duo, I half declared to friends I’d never wear this after getting it during a bloggers reception in NYC. Now? Love. Big time. The duo-print is awesome, the fit is great and it’s different than anything I own (sound like question #3 from yesterday?). I am now seriously debating its navy floral print counterpart. Adorable, right? Pair that one with jeans for a casual cool dinner, and preferably fun heels or earrings with a pop of color to complement the prints.

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Ready for some Q&A action? Since starting this blog, I’ve somehow become a resource for style related questions from friends and family (my 25-year old self would NEVER believe me!) so thought i’d take it a step further and answer some questions from my amazing readers. For my latest post with Target they suggested I ask readers, “What is one thing that you love about style, and one thing you find challenging?” Your responses on Facebook were so great that I thought I’d respond to a few of them here.

I’m definitely not an expert in any way — wow, still crazy anyone is asking me for style advice! — but I’ve learned so much from starting this blog, and reading so many other blogs, that I hope this is helpful if even in a small way. I’ll do my best to get to the rest ASAP if you guys like this post, and if you have a question, leave it in the comments section, or shoot me an email: averagegirlsguide@gmail.com.

From Sandy: How do I wear athletic shoes to outside places with the kids and not look like a shlub?

Such a good question! Instead of putting on athletic sneakers try a pair of slip-ons. I absolutely love the leopard pair shown here (and they’re a steal!), however this all black quilted pair is perfect for those easing into the slip-on sneaker trend. Wear them with jeans, cargo pants, shorts, even a dress or skirt with a tee, for a cute casual look that’s realistic when you’re running a million places with the kids in tow.

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pulled pork in a slow cooker

First up for fall! The goal here is to dish up some more good eats, that keep the focus on enjoying time with the fam (or in front of the tv with wine!) instead of in the kitchen after a long, crazy day. This delicious pulled pork recipe adapted from 100daysofrealfood.com calls for a slow cooker  and your ability to toss ingredients in there. I just ordered this slow cooker and I am literally jumping-up-and-down excited about its arrival. Do you had a favorite slow cooker recipe? Share! pulled pork in a slow cooker Keep Reading —>>

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