Today we’ve partnered with a California-based clothing and accessories shop, Strands, to show you three looks we love for Fall and how we incorporate Strands new line into them. Use “SMALLFRY15″ at check-out to save 15%!


I love the look of these simple gold necklaces, layered. I picked the Outline Strand and the Rectangular Prism from Strands and feel like they go with everything!

Fall Look for Strands

Here’s how I’ll wear it this Fall: a simple three-quartered sleeve shift, a leather carry-all, my favorite scent and my favorite quilted loafers (a steal.) and sunglasses! When it gets colder I’ll throw on my favorite thick tights, this leather jacket and boots!

Fall Look for Strands


I am a more is more type of girl when it comes to accessories. I love the idea of a big stack of mismatched bracelets. I always notice it on others and wanted to build my own off of Strands. I picked  Stacking Bangles, Druzy Cuff and then the Midi Ring and Hammered Ring Set to top it off.

Monogrammed Wallet

Here’s how I put it together: Balmain-esque T-shirt found here, paired with some very-Fall Plaid ponte pants (similar here and here.) Topped off with my go-to Scoundrel boots a striking blue wool hat and my latest obsession, geometric sunglasses, a monogrammed wallet-slash-clutch picked up from here.

Fall Look for Strands


Dressing my 7 month(!) bump has been all about leggings as you know, but I love being able to add accessories to spice up an everyday look – even better, accessories always fit! I love Strands’ Crystal Bullet necklace, and this classic tortoise resin cuff.

Strands Accessories

Throwing it all into a perfectly fall ensemble goes like this: A boy-friend fit plaid poplin – in a maternity version, too! (not too hot like flannel tends to be.) with the most beautiful wool blazer I’ve seen. Easy distressed Rockstar jeans (maternity version here!) Paired with these must-have leopard slip-ons and all-black Ray-ban Aviators. Maybe a swipe of Revlon Fairest Nude lipstick. I love having the option to layer in the Fall so Strands’ blanket scarves are so great and add a ton of warmth.

Fall Look for Strands

Thanks to Strands for helping us beef up our Fall accessory collection! Find more of Strands on their Instagram (@shopstrands) and Facebook page and don’t forget SMALLFRY15 for 15% off your purchase! SHOP STRANDS HERE.

FRYday : Emily

Happy Fryday and welcome to our latest reader request: beauty routines! Specifically, what works for busy moms who want to put their best face forward. Reading about other people’s beauty routines is a definite guilty pleasure of mine, I find it so fascinating! So I am totally into this and excited to go first! Check back over the next couple weeks to read all about Jenna and Nicole’s as well.

You should know that I am pretty low maintenance. I only wear ALL of these things if I have an event, or night out, on a regular day I’ll modify this down to something a lot less product heavy, but for today I wanted to share what I love for a full face!
Small Fry Beauty Routine


You all know how I feel about my skin. It is sensitive, normal and oily, just give it a minute and it will change. I am prone to stress break-outs, hormone break-outs, sleeping on my face break-outs, and if I eat too much cheese or chocolate break-outs. Getting a hold on my skin has been an adventure to say the least, but I’ll tell you what absolutely works!

Kiehl’s Scrub – I had a dermatologist tell me that my skin doesn’t “turn over” as quickly as it should. Meaning the top layers don’t slough off like usual. So a mild exfoliating scrub is a must and this one is so great. I love that the ingredients are recognizable!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – I’ve already shared my love of this stuff before, it dries out zits, sort of deflating them until they are hardly noticeable. It’s magic and everyone should have this in their drawer.

Hada Labo Hydrator – I’ve found the less layers I have on the better my skin does. So this stuff is great in place of a moisturizer because it’s anti-aging, hydrating, and tightening all in one. It does the job of a primer while still leaving my skin feeling soft.


I love this studio concealer by Mac to even out any discoloration or blemishes!

As a stylist, I get to spend a lot of time with make-up artists behind the scenes on photoshoots. They probably hate me because I hover and ask 100 questions, but my last shoot’s Make Up Artist used Maybelline’s FIT ME! foundation and I couldn’t believe how dewy and perfect the model looked at 6 am! Could it possibly work the same magic on a lowly non-model citizen such as myself? It totally does, and I stopped using my super expensive foundation altogether.


I know there’s a lot of talk of “Brow Game” around the web and I’ve fallen hook line and sinker, too. I have a bundle of brow products and the only ones anyone needs are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade (I use blonde and it’s still pretty dark!) and then Almay’s Brow Pencil/Brush combo to create sharper lines and the brush to even out the pomade.

I got CK One Mascara in a sample bag from Ulta and surprisingly, I love it. It’s lengthening, doesn’t flake or smudge and doesn’t burn if I get emotional. I get emotional all the freaking time so this is a must-have.

Stila Liquid Liner is one of the few products I will buy over and over again. I get product A.D.D. and want to keep trying something new, but there’s no need with Stila. It’s the best for fine lines and cat-eye and stands strong all day.


I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Brick since high school, but it wasn’t until this year that I figured out how to really make the most out of it. It has every color of shimmer you need for a contoured face. I start at the top of my cheekbones and the apples of my cheeks with the middle pinks, then take the dark brown and brush under the cheekbones (make a fish face and hit the indentation) then take the the white highlighter and hit the very top of my cheekbones and up around my brow bone in a “C” shape. Then I take a blush brush and blend it all together! I love that I can do all of this with one product.

These limited edition Mac brushes come in white, black and charcoal. They’re gorgeous and a great deal for a bundle of brushes!

I have a lot of favorite scents, but the one I get the most compliments on is Givenchy Simply Irresistible.

I wash my hair at the most once a week, I just love how it looks with some grit in it. The best it looks is day four or five and to keep it feeling fresh I am obsessed with Alterna Dry Shampoo. Mango coconut amazingness!


I love playing with different lip colors, and here’s my favorite three in the rotation currently. Pure Zen for a perfect soft pink, My all time favorite nude, Peach Kiss by Baby Lips, and for Fall, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless.

Since I cycle through so many different lip colors, Too Faced’s Borderline is my favorite product of the year. It’s a reverse liner, so you go up and above your natural lip line, and it leaves a light waxy finish so your lipstick doesn’t creep up and feather. Even better it’s clear so you can use it with ALL your different lipsticks without having to buy matching liners. GENIUS!

Do you use any of these? We’d love to hear what you love and have tossed out!



Freshly Picked Giveaway!

We’ve got an awesome giveaway today for you from our friends at Freshly Picked! Last  year we hosted a giveaway to celebrate the launch of their camo pair and today we’re keeping with tradition and giving away the WHOLE line of camo including the new Camo Punch pattern. One lucky winner will get the whole line! Two pairs of moccasins: one in Camo Punch and one in Green Camo, plus matching tees for each! Check out this darling line in action:Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line Freshly Picked Camo Line
Ready to enter? We’ll announce a winner next week, good luck!!

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Land of Nodtober pt. 4

This month has flown by and we are already to the week of Lately Lily’s Pop-up shop at the flagship Land of Nod store in Chicago! They’ll be picking the winners of the trip for 4 to Chicago and $1000 Land of Nod shopping spree - ENTER HERE! - along with hosting the party on October 25th! (We’ll be sharing the winner on our social media, so look out for that!) or those of you close enough to Chicago, here’s what’s in store for the party!Lately Lily Party in Chicago


Location: North & Clybourn Store 900 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 10-1pm

  • Learn how to draw Lily in one of her favorite Chicago destinations with the incredible author/illustrator Micah Player.
  • Decorate and pack your very own sunny yellow Suitcase and fill up your Passport activity book!
  • Announcement of the winner of the Delta Vacations giveaway for a family of four to Chicago + 1,000 Land of Nod Shopping Spree
  • Shop ’til you drop! They will have their book, activity set, flashcards in addition to a collection of 5 new tees called “The Traveling Girl”. This collection is really special because the designs are all about getting to know Lily as a person. Each tee is a glimpse into a different part of her personality.
  • Grab a party favor! A limited edition Lately Lily Halloween tote + Chicago City Guide illustrated by Micah Player (while supplies last)

And now for our last interview in our Nodtober series, with Michelle the managing director of Land of Nod!

Michelle Interview
We love Michelle’s two rules she never breaks: “Be kind and generous, everything else is up for grabs.” What a great motto!


We can’t wait to see all the details of the party unfold, both Lately Lily and Land of Nod both have cultivated a culture of magic and wonderment as Michelle states and those two ideals will make one heck of a party!


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halloween party

Are you throwing a Halloween party this month? We’ve got two tips to make your hosting gig that much easier. First, start with this Halloween Party Kit via Land of Nod!
Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

We love how you can buy the whole collection in one neat kit, or pieces to fill what you have on hand already. Like these witch cups!

Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection KitLand of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

Or these amazing gold foil napkins! You can have a super stylized setting or minimal with touches of color and pattern, you choose!

Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

We’ve found that sourcing all the materials for parties is usually the most overwhelming part of hosting (running to multiple stores with kids is never fun!) so we love this shortcut. Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit
And for our second tip, you need to try out these party hats. They are super easy, bright and festive! We’ve also made matching 3D balloons  that would be perfect for this too, find that post here. 

Halloween Party Hats!Land of Nod Halloween Party Collection Kit

And here’s how you’ll make these hats at home! Download the hat template at the bottom of the post, either directly onto the color of paper you want, or by tracing it.

Halloween Party Hats!

Punch holes or cut slits for the ribbon or elastic, and then add the face decorations and accessories!

Halloween Party Hats!

  • For the pumpkin, yellow triangle eyes and a toothy grin, with a green stem on top.
  • The ghost gets black eyes and smile.
  • For the bat, tape or glue wings to each sides.
  • For Frankenstein, use a black marker for the stitches, circles of black paper for eyes and the neck screws.

Halloween Party Hats!

Download the template below! Tag us #smallfryDIY if you whip these up this Halloween!

All tees C/O the shop & Apparel! Might we recommend this “Boo Yah” t-shirt is to compliment the theme?

Party Hat Template