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That Gurl

October 20, 2017
Chloé Isadora sunglasses, Baja East That Gurl cropped sweatshirt, Mother high waist gym snippet sweatpants, Stuart Weitzman sandals, LV handbag, Fendi fruit bag charm
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That Gurl

October 20, 2017
Chloé Isadora sunglasses, Baja East That Gurl cropped sweatshirt, Mother high waist gym snippet sweatpants, Stuart Weitzman sandals, LV handbag, Fendi fruit bag

Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017

I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping the latest cosmetics. Albeit, I could survive with lip balm, blush and tinted brow gel. These are my MUST-HAVE products. 

I'm a big fan of Glossier 'Super' serums, Balm Dotcom salve, Priming Moisturizer Rich, and I love the pink bubble pouches you receive with each order. As much as I aim to browse new brands and try different products, I find myself going back to certain brands, like Glossier..

Brow Boy tinted eyebrow gel is the first black gel I've tried. I always thought it would look harsh on my pale skin (even though I have color-treated black hair). It doesn't. The creamy wax formula coats the fine hairs evenly, doesn't flake and thickens the brows dramatically. The black tint gives a more harsh look - as opposed to the dark brown to black gel I normally use. My only complaint is the brush - it's kind big and doesn't come to a pointed tip for precise application. 

Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel by Benefit Cosmetics is my go-to brow gel. The cool dark brown tint works well with my complexion and hair color. The brush is smaller and makes for easy application. It does however flake if you fool with it too much. Maybe, I'll use the brush from one and the formula from the other..


Aside from blush and bronzer, powder is my 'cosmetics enemy'. But sometimes a girl needs some finishing powder. I have green powder for redness, translucent for setting makeup, peach for warmth, and now WOWDER! Another 'super hero' from Glossier. This powder goes on nicely, absorbs oil, reduces the appearance of pores and sets your makeup. Surprisingly, it sits on the skin well, and doesn't look cakey. Glossier claims it does not set into fine lines - I can't vouch for that cause I don't have any (HUGE Botox fan here). I'm impressed with Wowder Powder! 


I highly suggest getting the Powder Brush. The silky, synthetic bristles are soft and the brush is dense. It holds powder nicely, and the soft bristles allow for even application. The brush is small and tapered, so it's easy to apply product around your nose and under your eyes. AND you get a little pink zip-pouch for storing your brush. 

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Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017
I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping the...

I'm Coveting..

October 16, 2017
This Prada knitted crochet bralette (available at Farfetch) would look great over a fitted t-shit, or by itself and paired with a super-high waist bottom. The contrasting red stitching over the gray virgin wool is a nice Fall look (even though it's a wool bralette). I couldn't wear this, cause I'm a bit top-heavy, but I encourage crop-top worthy bodies to don this amazing Prada bralette.

The sock-style boot is super-trending this season. Many brands have one or more versions of this boot. The Fendi sandal-shaped boots (available at Farfetch) are unique, in that it literally looks like your wearing socks inside your sandals. I really like these. I've only seen this style in black and red - I'd prefer a different color - maybe gray over beige.

I HAVE TO HAVE this Prada fur shopper (available at mytheresa.com). I've been searching for a large tote for a long time. I need something big to travel with, so I can carry all my little handbags and maybe a pair of shoes with me on the plane. I can never fit into a carry-on alone. This bag was meant for me. It's furry, pastel-pink and has a hook for pompoms, so you can accessorize your bag. LOVE.

I'm addicted to Chloé sunglasses. The vintage style of these Chloé aviator glasses (available at mytheresa.com) is all me. The peach-tinted frame will bring warmth to your complexion, and the pale lens will show off your eyes. These are not your typical aviator-style, but more of a retro look. HAVE TO HAVE..

I have a pair of these sock-like Fendi boots in beige and absolutely love them. They are surprisingly comfortable and look great with dresses, rolled-up denim, and 'nice' sweatpants. This season I want these Fendi Rockoko boots in black-metallic stretch fabric (available at Fendi). The color is great for winter - I don't have to worry about them getting dirty during the cold season. The metallic will stand out and add to my otherwise muted outfits. AND I like the little pink stripes (I love pink). 

These Saint Laurent boot-inspired stirrup denim leg warmers (available at mytheresa.com) are essentially waist-free jeans. I doubt my stems will fit into these retro leg warmers (I'm no model), but a girl can dream. The muted-gray shade is versatile and the stirrups are SO retro. I remember having stirrup leggings when I was a little girl. The structured denim and way-high, over-the-knee style may not be suited for my body type, but stirrups are on my must-have list this season.
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I'm Coveting..

October 16, 2017
This Prada knitted crochet bralette (available at Farfetch) would look great over a fitted t-shit, or by itself and paired with a super-high waist bottom. The contrasting red stitching over the gray...

Body Hero

October 13, 2017


I LOVE the Glossier Body Hero campaign - women of all shapes and sizes flaunting their curves proudly. It's a true celebration of all women and every body type. Their skin is glowing from Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream and Wash. I WANT THIS!

I got it, and I can't get passed the intense scent of the Orange Blossom Neroli Blend. Glossier claims this is a baby-fresh scent - umm.. no, it's more like old lady perfume scent! AND it lingers and lingers.. Sorry, Glossier (I love your brand), but I don't wanna smell like this. 

Cosmetics and scents are tricky. Of course people have different tastes, and when your putting out one single product (or two in this case), the scent has to be universal - if you wanna attract more followers. Even though I love certain hair care products, I won't use them due to the undesirable smell. 



The Daily Oil Wash contains Coconut oil, Meadowfoam oil, Olive oil, Soybean oil, Sesame oil, Grapeseed oil, and Sunflower oil, leaving your skin feeling 'super-hydrated' (insert hero tune). The texture is light and oily-like. It barely lathers (I like suds), but it does feel nice on your skin. The Daily Body Perfecting Cream contains light-reflecting particles that give your skin a dewy-sheen. The texture is nice, smooth and non-sticky. 



The packaging is amazing. If it's pink, I want it. AND I got an an x-large pink bubble pouch with the purchase of both products. These pouches are great for storage and travel. 

Seems like these products contain everything you would want in a body wash and cream, but the scent is too strong and unpleasant. Maybe the Daily Oil Wash and Daily Body Perfecting Cream are amazing and will transform your skin, but I'll never know. 

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Body Hero

October 13, 2017
I LOVE the Glossier Body Hero campaign - women of all shapes and sizes flaunting their curves proudly. It's a true celebration of all women and every body type. Their skin is glowing from Body Hero...

QUIP

October 09, 2017
You know when you're in the mood for a little 'self-love' - AND F**K, the batteries are dead. It's a feeling of great disappointment (especially when you realize you don't have extra batteries!). That's the feeling I got the first time I used the QUIP toothbrush. The creators of QUIP claim this is an electric toothbrush and IT'S NOT! It barely vibrates. I think the handle slightly vibrates, but the brush itself isn't moving. I was on vacation, stuck with this toothbrush and highly disappointed.

The QUIP concept is fantastic. You can purchase a variety of packages (toothbrush or toothbrush and QUIP toothpaste), along with a 'year prepay' subscription for toothbrush heads and toothpaste. Essentially, you won't have to put much thought into your dental care products going forward. You can purchase a set of two toothbrushes or even a family package that includes four toothbrushes. These days unboxing (subscriptions) are super-trendy - I practically have everything delivered to my home on a set schedule -  DIY meal delivery plans, healthy snack boxes, smoothies, cosmetics, wine..

The toothbrush design is sleek, lightweight, comes a variety of metallic colors and the brush-head is a good size. I was most excited about the size and light-weight design. The toothbrush comes in a plastic test-tube - perfect storage. It also comes with a travel cover/wall mount. It's a sleeve that mounts on your wall or mirror for easy access. Everything about the QUIP toothbrush is perfect, EXCEPT that it doesn't feel like you're using an electric toothbrush at all. It's a regular toothbrush with a sexy design and a battery inside. 

I use the Phillips Sonicare Diamond Clean Toothbrush. It's much bigger, comes with an at-home charger (glass cup on a stand), and a travel/charging case. Along with the case, it's huge and annoying to travel with. BUT it vibrates! 

Everyone is raving about the QUIP - it's getting amazing reviews. I agree the toothbrush has a lot of good qualities, but if vibration is high on your must-have list, this tool falls short. I want to love the QUIP, but the lack of movement just won't satisfy my dental needs. 
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QUIP

October 09, 2017
You know when you're in the mood for a little 'self-love' - AND F**K, the batteries are dead. It's a feeling of great disappointment (especially when you realize you don't have extra batteries!)....

Lovers + Friends

October 04, 2017
Chloé sunglasses, Chloé Nile handbag, Lovers + Friends sweatshirt dress, Fendi boots
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Lovers + Friends

October 04, 2017
Chloé sunglasses, Chloé Nile handbag, Lovers + Friends sweatshirt dress, Fendi

Gentle, Rich & Nourishing

October 02, 2017


It's been fifteen months, and I'm still recovering from my botched hair-dye job! Imma spare you the rant and just say, I tried to go from black to blonde and it was a total fail. In the process of repairing my strands, I've spent countless dollars on masks, and the famed Olaplex. In the past few months, I finally feel like my hair has come to a point where hydrating masks and repair products are no longer necessary - it's all about letting my hair grow now..  

I do however like to boost my strands moisture once a week with super nourishing Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo and Rich Conditioner. The shampoo gently cleanses, hydrates and leaves your hair silky and shiny. The Rich conditioner restores luster and bounce. These products combined leave your hair feeling super-nourished and crazy soft. 



Bumble and Bumble just released another amazing hair product -  Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible (nourishing) Dry Shampoo. If you're a Bb fan you know that the original Prêt-à-powder is equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volumizer. The original comes in a powder format, smells nice and absorbs oil quickly. The powder is tricky though - you gotta make sure it's absorbed and not visible (especially on dark colored hair). In comes the new and improved Prêt-à-powder Dry Shampoo. It cleanses roots and extends your style. It is practically invisible and nourishes your hair. The scent is strong, but diminishes quickly. I'd rather the original powder scent in the new Prêt-à-powder dry shampoo, but Bumble and Bumble didn't consult me on the one! LOVE this product. 
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Gentle, Rich & Nourishing

October 02, 2017
It's been fifteen months, and I'm still recovering from my botched hair-dye job! Imma spare you the rant and just say, I tried to go from black to blonde and it was a total fail. In the process...

Beauty Insider 'Rewards Bazaar'

September 28, 2017


I've been a Sephora Beauty Insider for almost ten years! I have a ridiculous amount of points. I used to spend my points on deluxe-size samples and cosmetic sets - Earlier this year, Sephora launched 'Rewards Bazaar'. The revised membership program drops amazing one-of-a-kind experiences, services from Sephora, as well as other top brands, and deluxe-size samples and sets every Tuesday and Thursday. I guess I'm not the only Insider with an enormous amount of points, and they had to create a platform for all the product junkies to spend their points. Rewards Bazaar rewards range from 100 - 15,000 points (so the site claims)! BUT, I recall seeing rewards upwards of 30,000 points. SO YOU KNOW - for every dollar spent at Sephora, you get one point. This program is brilliant, and makes being a loyal Sephora customer worth every dollar spent.

These epic rewards go fast. I had my eye on a Wildfox + Sole dutch-style bicycle. I had to have this bike - Every Tuesday and Thursday, I sat at my computer and waited for the new rewards to appear (refreshing the site often). These rewards drop between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PT. I almost had the bicycle.. It was in my cart, and by the time I reviewed all the other products and chose samples, the bike was sold out. WHAT THE F**K - it was in my cart. Apparently, these rewards cannot be reserved and held in your cart for even a minute. Only 15 bikes for 5000 points, and they were sold out in three minutes! 




I'll admit, I'm a bit stingy with my points. I'm not gonna spend them on just anything. A few months ago I snagged the IGK Great Escape Hair Set (pictured here). The reward included an IGK pouch, travel-size products - Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, Beach Club Texture Spray, Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Call Time Styling Primer, an IGK hair tie, Hot Girls hair clip and hotel-style 'Rich Kid' slippers. I'm a HUGE fan of IGK and will definitely use everything in this set. It was well worth the 2000 points. 

If your not a Beauty Insider, join the club. Even the 100 point deluxe-size samples are worth the membership. Each month new 100 and 500 point rewards are posted. The 500 point rewards are kits containing four - five products from a single brand. These make great gifts. 

I'm a beauty blogger and purchase all of the products posted on b.a.grogie. Rewards for my dollars spent are very much appreciated. Thanks Sephora!
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Beauty Insider 'Rewards Bazaar'

September 28, 2017
I've been a Sephora Beauty Insider for almost ten years! I have a ridiculous amount of points. I used to spend my points on deluxe-size samples and cosmetic sets - Earlier this year, Sephora launched...

Kale + Green Tea AND Spinach

September 26, 2017
Kale, spinach and green tea are some of my favorite superfoods. Of course, I'd wanna try this Fresh Pressed Superfood Skin Kit by Youth To The People. You can't go wrong applying veggies to your skin - right? 

The kit includes a small bottle of cleanser and a pot of facial cream. I had high hopes, but these superfood-enriched products were kinda disappointing. The scent (especially the cleanser) is super strong, kinda 'hotel-soap-like', and it lingered. The Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser claims to have non-stripping suds - the suds are a little overwhelming (there's a lot). The cleanser also left my skin feeling dry. I expected more from this superfood-enriched product, and unfortunately, I purchased the full-size prior to trying it (pictured here). 

The Age Prevention Superfood Cream has a nice texture, but the scent bothered me. The moisturizing effect of the cream is not enough to combat the dryness from the cleanser. I gave both these products to someone less sensitive to scents. 

Facial cleanser should be shower-friendly. This cleanser comes in a glass bottle and is an accident waiting to happen. I drop stuff all the time! This alone would deter me from re-purchasing the cleanser. Superfood-enriched facial products is a great concept, but the execution here didn't meet my expectations. 
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Kale + Green Tea AND Spinach

September 26, 2017
Kale, spinach and green tea are some of my favorite superfoods. Of course, I'd wanna try this Fresh Pressed Superfood Skin Kit by Youth To The People. You can't go wrong applying veggies to your skin...

I'm Coveting..

September 13, 2017
When I saw these Alexander Wang Amelia slides (available at Farfetch) on the 2017 Spring/Summer runway, I wanted them in every color. After considering the material, comfort aspect and the fact that I had already purchased three pairs of slides from others brands, I opted not to buy them. The Fall/Winter version of these slides are velvet, and gorgeous maroon color, SO I think I might get these. The color is super-rich and perfect for Fall. This style is so unique, and slides are trending hard this year. LOVE!

If you're into fashion, you've seen this bag. The Chloé Nile cross-body bag (available at Farfetch) is a star this season. I really wanted the minaudière (super tiny style), but it sold out. I did however purchase the 'small' Nile cross-body bag and LOVE it. You can use the shoulder strap, carry the bag like a clutch, or hold it by the heavy gold-tone ring. It's small - I can however get my iPhone 6 Plus in there (and a few other things). This is my favorite bag of the season. Imma keep looking for the minaudière..

Off-White 'For Walking' white pumps (available at Farfetch) are so fun! I'm not a white shoe fan, but if they came in nude with white print, I would absolutely buy them. Off-White also has super-high, over-the-knee boots with 'For Walking' printed down the side. 

Yeah, I'm obsessed with Chloé. Eveytime I create an 'I'm Coveting' post, this high-end French brand is always on my need-to-have list (at least once). These Chloé velvet laced booties (available at Farfetch) are everything. I love booties. I'll wear them with jeans, dresses and even joggers. I like the oversized laces on these booties and the chunky heal looks comfy. The older I get, the thicker and shorter my heels get!

Every few weeks I browse my favorite on-line shopping sites to see what's new and trending. Burgundy'ish' tones are dominant this season (I think they usually are in fall). I'm not an orange fan, but the bright orange lining in this jacket is a nice contrast to the rich burgundy (I wouldn't reverse the jacket and don bright orange). This Unravel reversible cropped down jacket (available at mytheresa.com) is perfect for transitioning from Fall to Winter. It's cropped, so not too overwhelming, but down-filled, so it's warm. It's made of water-repellent and water-resistant fabric and the ribbed cuffs lock in heat. I WANT!

I HAVE TO HAVE this Prada feather-trimmed wool scarf (available at mytheresa.com). I like cream-colored scarves - cream shades brighten up an otherwise darker Winter wardrobe. This scarf has a little burgundy (like that), and the feather-embellishment is everything! I like that the feathers are only on one end. I need this - hint hint (you know who I'm hinting at)..
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I'm Coveting..

September 13, 2017
When I saw these Alexander Wang Amelia slides (available at Farfetch) on the 2017 Spring/Summer runway, I wanted them in every color. After considering the material, comfort aspect and the fact...

Smile Bright

September 03, 2017

I'm a fan of the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System, so of course I purchased the 'oh so similar' Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Kit. Like the HiSmile whitening solution, Pop Smile whitening gel is peroxide-free. The product is gentle on your teeth and won't cause sensitivity. The solution contains 99% natural, 'mouth-friendly ingredients'. Cranberry, peppermint, aloe and chamomile (to name a few). Sodium Bicarbonate is the key ingredient - You're essentially soaking your teeth in Baking Soda. I love Baking Soda. I use Arm and Hammer Baking Soda tooth paste daily, and once and while, I'll brush my teeth with Baking Soda powder for a super-exfoliating cleanse. 


The kit includes a six bulb mini LED device, two whitening trays, three whitening gels, three pre-treatment swabs and a color chart (I like that). Here's where the system differs from HiSmile - the trays have to be soaked in hot water, softened and placed in mouth to mould. Once you've created a fitted mould, you remove the tabs, apply a small amount of whitening gel, and comfortably fit the trays onto your teeth. The LED device 'should' sit nicely in front of the trays. Hmm.. You gotta sit still and concentrate in order to keep that device in place. The HiSmile tray/LED device conveniently attach (extra points for HiSmile). The Pop Smile kit also includes pre-treatment swabs to be used the first three applications. You should use this product nine consecutive times (not sure why you don't use the swabs nine times). Seems like an unnecessary step. Other than those two significant differences the kits are similar and give similar results.

You won't get super-white teeth from either of these solutions, but your teeth will be slightly brighter and with NO sensitivity. I'd say my teeth were two shades lighter after one week of use. I also use Zoom and Opalescence (peroxide based systems) and LOVE the drastic change in color. These solutions do however take longer per session, and will most likely leave your teeth feeling sensitive. I'd suggest a super-whitening in-office treatment and HiSmile or Pop Smile for upkeep. 

I'm not sure which whitening system came first (HiSmile or Pop Smile), but clearly one copied the other.. My final say - HiSmile is easier to use. 


Repost - The HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel-form (minimizing tooth sensitivity). The kit comes with an attachable mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see a significant change in color. Is it as effective as other 'peroxide based' brands (Zoom, Opalescence..)? No, but it takes less time, is less harsh on your teeth and you will see a difference. I have very white teeth to begin with, due to 'in-office' bleaching, but am using this system for maintenance and am happy with the results (especially the 'ten' minutes a day). 
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Smile Bright

September 03, 2017
I'm a fan of the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System, so of course I purchased the 'oh so similar' Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Kit. Like the HiSmile whitening solution, Pop Smile whitening gel...

Twist-Up & Cover-up

August 15, 2017
This twist-up, crayon-like Bb. color stick is the perfect root touch-up product. I have light-brown hair, BUT color my strands black. I hate when my roots show, and admittedly, I have three grays (that I can see)! I dye my hair every three weeks, so my roots are maintained. I do however have very fine hair, and this color stick is great for filling in sparse areas. Just glide the twist-up pencil along your hair for perfect coverage. The formula is water resistant - don't worry about color running down your face, neck and clothes if you get caught in the rain. The stick is compact and takes a little while to cover your roots (or grays), but is great for travel and on-the-go touch ups. 

The Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick is available in five natural shades - blonde, dark blonde, brown, red and black. There are four limited edition statement hues - Ballet (pale pink), Lilac (purple-ish-blue), Flamingo (fuchsia), and Pacific (a vibrant blue). I'm not one for colorful streaks in my hair and it would be a challenge on black stands, but I can see how they'd enhance blonde hair. 

This highly-pigmented color stick is a great temporary solution to roots and grays. Bumble and Bumble is my absolute favorite hair care brand - it's pricey, but worth it. You can purchase the Bb. Color Stick at Sephora. 
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Twist-Up & Cover-up

August 15, 2017
This twist-up, crayon-like Bb. color stick is the perfect root touch-up product. I have light-brown hair, BUT color my strands black. I hate when my roots show, and admittedly, I have three grays...

A Faux-Glow

August 07, 2017


Yeah, I have thirteen makeup highlighters - I realize it's a little unnecessary! The first highlighting makeup I purchased was Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, and the rest.. well.. I'm a product junkie!

Highlighting, low-lighting and contouring are a must these days. AND there are hundreds of highlighting products to choose from. Before I get in to the specifics, they're all similar. Yeah, the only major difference is whether the product is a solid (creamy-stick), dewy-balm-like stick, powder or liquid. Maybe some have anti-aging qualities or contain SPF, but aside from texture, color and sheen, they're closely related. Here's what I have to say about some of the more popular highlighting products..

Want a slight glow - Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is subtle and effective. Application is smooth and the barely-there sheen is flattering. Another BB liquid highlighter is Bobbi Brown Face Highlighter. This light liquid will give you super-shiny highlight. It has a strong gold-tone, and there's a whole lot of sparkle in this product. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance has a gold-tone and lots of micro sparkles. This light liquid is a bit much for my facial skin, but looks great on legs and shoulders - mix with your body moisturizer and blend well. Primers are great for subtle brightening.

BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer is unique in that it blurs imperfections, while giving your skin a radiant glow. The super-lightweight liquid absorbs nicely. There is a subtle glow, but barely-there sheen. Be warned, this product has a strong scent (for those who are sensitive). Like the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance, this product is for priming your skin. The effect is subtle, but makes a difference. 



Want a dewy look? Ciaté Dewy Stick has a balm-like texture that glides on oh so smoothly giving your skin a low-shimmer, dewy glow. This The super-light balm is creamy (not tacky). This multipurpose product nourishes your skin, illuminates and leaves a wet-dewy-like sheen. LOVE! Glossier Haloscope is similar, but has more shimmer. The dual-delivery formula combines makeup and skincare. The inner solid oil core contains vitamin-rich minerals, while the outer circle contains genuine crystal extracts. This two-in-one product is lightweight and high-shimmer. Both these dew-infusing products are great for those no makeup days.

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My go-to highlighters are MILK Makeup Highlighter (perfect for body), Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-powder Highlighter (favorite), and tréStiQue Mini Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick. MILK Makeup Highlighter is the size of a round deodorant. The larger surface allows for great body application. The product melts with your body heat and blends nicely. I use it on my legs and arms. The Watt's Up! Cream-to-powder Highlighter is the perfect shade (on pale or sun-kissed skin), and the little sponge applicator is handy when you're on the road. I use a damp Beauty Blender (with water and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend the Watt's Up! highlighter. The tréStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick is a similar shade and texture to the Watt's Up! The cream-gel product glides on smoothly, and the luminescent shade is perfect on sun-kissed skin. 



Powder highlighter is still my go-to finishing touch. I LOVE Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow. The cool-pink highlights are nice on pale skin, and the effect is subtle (apply lightly). I use a fan brush to lightly sweep the product across my cheek bones. For more intense shimmer, I use a dense brush and sweep the powder down the bridge of my nose and across my cupids bow. This product is for specific highlighting (not an all-over glow). This powder highlighter is perfect for a little extra light-reflective glow. 

I consider highlighting a necessity. Even when your skin looks drab and downright yucky - highlighting will do wonders for your complexion. Apply an all-over illuminator to, well.. allover. Apply makeup highlighter to your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose (don't go all the way to the tip) and across your cupids bow. Fake a fresh glow and highlight.
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A Faux-Glow

August 07, 2017
Yeah, I have thirteen makeup highlighters - I realize it's a little unnecessary! The first highlighting makeup I purchased was Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, and the rest.. well.. I'm...

Say The Sun

July 26, 2017
Mother The Tomcat jeans, Say The Sun Extreme Mink slides, LV handbag
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Say The Sun

July 26, 2017
Mother The Tomcat jeans, Say The Sun Extreme Mink slides, LV

I'm Coveting..

July 19, 2017
It's been blazing hot in Virginia for some time, but summers been slow to surface for most people. You're probably thinking why is this girl taking about Fall shoes already, I just pulled my sandals out! Yeah, I'm working on my Fall look and debating my statement shoes. This season I'm moving away from pastels (especially pink) and embracing the shades of Fall. 

These Prada fur and velvet sandals are everything! They're a little over-the-top, but oh so fluffy and fun. The bright pink and burgundy color combination is perfect. Slipper-inspired slides have been on-trend a while now and I love it. I'm gonna keep this trend going in my wardrobe. 

I preordered these Fendi multicolored mink and leather sliders and love them!The cross-over style flat sandal is a statement shoe. I love that each sandal is different. The white flowers on the right shoe are so cute, and the turquoise/burgany stripes on the left are the perfect color combination. You can pair these sandals with jeans, joggers.. LOVE!

Gianvito Rossi Vires knitted ankle boots are simple and will look great with joggers. I'm in a sweatpants mood these days and like to pair them with sock boots. I've been looking for an alternative to my not-so-comfy (at all) Yeezy boots. These knitted ankle boots just might be what I'm searching for.

How fun are these Chloé Kerenn shearling sliders! They're simple, fluffy and comfy. The Chloé Kerenn woven fringe sliders are new this season. The colors embody Fall perfectly. I love the woven textile comprised of cotton weave, fringe, fluffy embellishments and leather fringe. These are a statement.

I have had my eye on these Chloé Harper peep-toe booties for a while now. I'm a bootie fan and like a thick heel (for comfort). This peep-toe style is anything but boring. The thick laces cover an open vamp and can be tied in a variety of ways. Pair these peep-toe booties with a flowing, bohemian-style dress.
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I'm Coveting..

July 19, 2017
It's been blazing hot in Virginia for some time, but summers been slow to surface for most people. You're probably thinking why is this girl taking about Fall shoes already, I just pulled my sandals...

Tanning Essentials

July 13, 2017


I've been avoiding the sun for years. Of course, I'm fearful of skin cancer, and I simply don't want to age faster than I have to. I was packing for vacation last week and realized I'm so white, I'm glowing. I decided to hit the salon for a little base tan. AND, of course, I have a rash form head-to-toe. Whether it be in a tanning bed or the sun, I always break out in rashes all over my body. It could be light-sensitivity or over-doing it in the bed. Too much UV radiation exposure, can result in a rash. Your skin (specifically melanin), cannot absorb the radiation. Best solution is to maintain low exposure times and only go twice a week. Rushing a tan is never a good idea! 

A safer alternative is self-tanning. I've been using St. Tropez self-tanner for years. This product line gives you natural bronze. The application is easy, and the variety of the formulas meet many different needs. I've tried other self-tanning brands, as well as salon self-tanning, but always go back to St. Tropez. 

First, exfoliate. St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish is a great exfoliator. It's gentle and smells refreshing. I personally prefer something little more harsh - Babe Body Salt is my favorite. But for sensitive skin, this is the product for you.

I love the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. I use the larger tanning mitt, and apply the solution in swift circular motions, until my skin is drenched in self-tanner. I always exfoliate for days prior to self-taming, and liberally apply moisturizer to my hands, elbows, knees and feet prior to applying the product. This will ensure that you don't get streaks along your hands and feet, or darker shades on your elbows and knees. I use the mini mitt on my face and ears. I apply only a small amount, swiftly apply it to my face and neck in circular motions, and then apply the residue on my ears and along my hairline. 



The award wining Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse allows you to control the depth of your tan. Apply, and after one, two or three hours (depending on your desired bronze), jump in the shower to limit the tanning process. Take note - your tan will continue to develop for up to eight hours. This innovative, time-sensitive'  product is great. I wouldn't recommend beginners use this product, but rather the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.

Maintenance is important - self-tanning requires daily effort. The Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer should be applied days after self-tanning to keep your skin moisturized. It will prolong your tan for up to three days. Tan applicator mitts are a necessity. The mitts allow for even application and protect your hands. I've taken it a step further and wear latex gloves. I removed them last and apply the residue from the larger mitt to my hands. 
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Tanning Essentials

July 13, 2017
I've been avoiding the sun for years. Of course, I'm fearful of skin cancer, and I simply don't want to age faster than I have to. I was packing for vacation last week and realized I'm so white, I'm...

Bag Straps

July 10, 2017
Not sure who launched this fashion trend, but good on ya! Handbag accessories have been around a while - bag charms, mini bags attached to larger bags.. and while mismatched straps may not be new, it's mainstream presence is definitely a must-have in the fashion scene these days. I was first introduced to bag straps at Fendi in New York. There were so many designs, and each strap gave your bag a unique look. Of course, Fendi (my favorite accessory brand) exaggerates each strap with huge geometrical flowers, shapes and colors. AMAZING! Considering the detail and unique designs, the high ticket is definitely warranted (at Fendi). 

Premiere designers aren't the only ones launching bag straps. Many contemporary (and less expensive) brands have incorporated this trend in their lineup. You don't have to have a premiere designer bag to elevate your arm candy - a limited edition bag strap will do..

Pictured here:  Fendi Strap You - shoulder strap with blue and macro flowers (Fendi), Prada feather-trimmed shoulder strap (mytheresa.com), Prada leather-embellished canvas shoulder strap (Farfetch), Fendi Mini Strap You - short shoulder strap with multicolored leather (Fendi), Alexander Wang Studded Guitar Bag Strap (Farfetch), AND MY FAVORITE - Fendi Strap You - floral ribbon leather shoulder strap (mytheresa.com)
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Bag Straps

July 10, 2017
Not sure who launched this fashion trend, but good on ya! Handbag accessories have been around a while - bag charms, mini bags attached to larger bags.. and while mismatched straps may not be new,...

Hydrate Your Skin

July 06, 2017


There are currently 496 moisturizers available at Sephora.com. Choosing a facial cream can be exhausting. You really have to know your specific needs (anti-aging, acne and blemishes, dryness..). You gotta research ingredients that are necessary to your needs, and start reading labels. 
Customer reviews and personal beauty blog posts are an excellent way to narrow down your search. How many stars does the product get? What are 'real' people saying? I'm a self-declared product junkie and think these hydrating products are worth a mention.. 
This is intense hydration - Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a concentrated 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream. Hyaluronic acid is a potent hydrator that can retain up to 1000 times it's weight in water. If water was creamy- this would be it. It's so refreshing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and super-nourished. The non-greasy cream absorbs fairly quickly (a little goes a long way), and doesn't leave your skin shiny. Water Drench is the perfect hydrator during summer. I purchased this a few months ago and couldn't stop applying it during the first week (2-3 times a day). It's addictive. I use the moisturizer when I plan to go bare, cause it's not thick enough to prime my skin for makeup.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has been my go-to brand for years. The Hydrating Face Cream and Vitamin Enriched Face Base are two of my favorite BB products. The Hydrating Face Cream absorbs nicely, plumps your skin, and creates the perfect base for makeup. This lightweight formula has a refreshing, masculine scent that diminishes quickly. It's also enriched with mineral water. I'm addicted to water (really) - I consume two to three liters a day. On the subject of anti-aging, water is your best friend. 
The Vitamin Enriched Face Base is an oil-free primer and moisturizer. Like the Hydrating Face Cream, this product hydrates and plumps your skin. It's much thicker than the Hydrating Face Cream and has a light, citrus scent. I use the Vitamin Enriched Face Base if I need super-nourishing, and plan to pile on the makeup.

I love this brand - so does everyone else. The oh so popular Glossier brand prides themselves on a no-makeup-makeup kinda look - a natural girl who doesn't fuss over perfection. Don't we all wanna be that girl?
Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Priming Moisturizer Rich hydrate and prime your skin for makeup (or not). Priming products simply nourish and plump your skin, giving you a healthier look, and preparing your face for easy makeup application. The Priming Moisturizer contains Hyaluronic Acid, Mushroom Super Hydrator and Vitamins A, C and E. This lightweight formula is buildable and has a 'cream' scent. There's something to be said for products in tubes - you can really get down to the last dollop. 
The Priming Moisturizer Rich is much thicker and ideal for bedtime. It contains Red Algae Complex, Ceramides (oily waxes), Fatty Acids, Murumuru Butter, and Lavender Oil (could do without this scent). Like the Priming Moisturizer, this formula contains an anti-redness complex (I need that), and Oxygenating Agent. This is a 'luxurious face cream'.

Use my link to get 10% off your first Glossier purchase - http://bff.glossier.com/gMn0U
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Hydrate Your Skin

July 06, 2017
There are currently 496 moisturizers available at Sephora.com. Choosing a facial cream can be exhausting. You really have to know your specific needs (anti-aging, acne and blemishes, dryness..)....

Hydrate Your Hair

July 03, 2017

Sunshine, pool water, salt water.. Your hair needs extra hydration during the summer months. My hair was damaged beyond repair last summer (botched dye job). I consider myself an expert on hydrating hair masks. These are my favorite super hydrators..

IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is AMAZING! The 360 aerosol spray allows for easy application. The scent is delicious, and your hair will feel nourished and silky after just one minute. I use this mask every time I wash my strands. Give your hair a good scrub, apply conditioner and rinse immediately, then apply the Prenup hair splash mask, leave for minute and rinse. This hydrating hair mask is a MUST HAVE!


Bumble and Bumble is the Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque saved my hair, and is worth a second mention. Take a big dollop, rub your hands together to melt the product and apply to dry hair, section by section (dry hair absorbs better than wet hair). Leave for a minimum of twenty minutes. This super hydrating masque contains the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil six signature oils - argon, macadamia nut, coconut, safflower seed, grape seed oil and sweet almond. The signature scent is subtle and sweet. I apply this masque once a week, and it has made a HUGE difference in my hair. I've been struggling with severely damaged hair for a year, and only saw a significant improvement after using this product.


I purchased Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil in the OH SO TEMPTING mini section at Sephora. The lineup at Sephora is a trap - you're surrounded by mini's that cost much more than the full-size products (based on cost per ounce). Admittedly, this is my favorite section at Sephora. I can no longer find Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil on Sephora's site, so I'm not sure if Sephora carries this product anymore. Hmm.. 

I love this stuff. It's a multi-purpose coconut oil that hydrates your hair and body. Like the Bumble and Bumble Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, this product melts in your hands. Scoop out a big dollop, allow it to melt and apply to the ends of your hair. You can leave the oil on for as long as you want. The scent is ok (natural-like). You can use this oil to sweeten your beverages, replace your go-to cooking oil, and apply as a moisturizer to your hair and skin. 
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Hydrate Your Hair

July 03, 2017
Sunshine, pool water, salt water.. Your hair needs extra hydration during the summer months. My hair was damaged beyond repair last summer (botched dye job). I consider myself an expert on hydrating...

University Of Hope

June 22, 2017
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University Of Hope

June 22, 2017
Chloé Jackson sunglasses, Good Hyouman University Of Hope tank, See By Chloé wide leg cropped pants, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Fendi Peekaboo ribbon-laced leather

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

June 16, 2017

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo is a super hydrating-cleanser that will leave your hair silky and soft. The dual-chamber disperses the moisturizing cream from the inner chamber, and a low-foam cleanser from the outer chamber. It's a two-in-one super hydrating wash. This product is great for anyone with dry, damaged strands, flyaways and frizz. I use this Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo every third wash. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil signature scent is coconut(ish) and subtle. Along with every other product by Bumble and Bumble, I LOVE this Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo.


Another amazing new product from Bumble and Bumble is the Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque. This stuff saved my hair. Take a big dollop, rub your hands together to melt the product and apply to dry hair, section by section (dry hair absorbs better than wet hair). Leave for a minimum of twenty minutes. This super hydrating masque contains the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil six signature oils - argon, macadamia nut, coconut, safflower seed, grape seed oil and sweet almond. The signature scent is delicious. I apply this masque once a week, and it has made a HUGE difference in my hair. I've been struggling with severely damaged hair for a year, and only saw a significant improvement after using this product. A MUST HAVE.


Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is my favorite haircare collection. I've been using the shampoo, conditioner and oil for years. Each time a new addition is released, I purchase it, and am never disappointed. The product line includes - shampoo, conditioner, primer (great for detangling wet hair), oil (super lightweight), the Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo, pre-shampoo masque, and Dry Oil Finishing Spray. I use all of these products regularly.


I've tried many other brands over the years, but keep going back to Bumble and Bumble. Many of the products are also available in travel size (love that). If you don't wanna invest in the full-sized, opt for the travel size (I'm sure you'll upgrade to the larger versions).
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Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

June 16, 2017
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil-Crème Duo is a super hydrating-cleanser that will leave your hair silky and soft. The dual-chamber disperses the moisturizing cream from...

A Waterless Shave

June 10, 2017

To be honest, a waterless shave sounds painful, and screams RAZOR BURN! I played it safe and tested the Gillette Venus Waterless razor on my knees (the skin on my lower legs is super sensitive). The portable razor is fairly small. The soft handle contains a lubricating softgel with aloe. Just squeeze the product onto the gel applicator + cleaning pad, apply to your skin and shave. You can use the foam-like applicator to rub excess gel into your skin post shave. The process is easy, the shave is smooth and the hair is gone. The gel is non-sticky, leaves no residue and has a refreshing scent. I had no irritation - my legs are perpetually sore from shaving, so that's sayin' something.


The Venus Waterless razor has a disposable single blade, and is only meant to be used a few times. This convenient razor is not a daily shave kinda razor, but rather an on-the-go solution to touch-ups, travel or 'I didn't have time to shave in the shower, so I'll do it the cab' razor! I was reluctant to like this product, but am convinced that this Waterless razor is a great on-the-go solution to our hairy needs.
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A Waterless Shave

June 10, 2017
To be honest, a waterless shave sounds painful, and screams RAZOR BURN! I played it safe and tested the Gillette Venus Waterless razor on my knees (the skin on my lower legs is super sensitive). The...

Latest Lip 'Loves'

June 09, 2017

I'm addicted to lip balm and was so disappointed when Sephora discontinued the Kiss Me Balm - the little egg shaped balm came in a many colors, the scents were yummy and the product was amazing. So began my search for a new go-to balm.. Of course, I went with a Sephora lip balm hoping it would be similar to the Kiss Me Balm. The soothing Coconut Water Lip Balm is nice. The scent is delicious and the product feels nourishing on your lips. The balm is thicker than the Kiss Me Balm, but a similar texture. The packaging is less than what you would expect from Sephora. The turn-tube is made of plastic, and the coconut printed cover feels like card-stock. I'm not sure how the packaging would hold if it got wet (and am not gonna test it out). 

Sephora Honey Lip Scrub is amazing! When I first applied the scrub, I thought this isn't working - how can a balm exfoliate your lips. After a few vigorous applications I reached the grains inside. I rub the balm in circular motions on my lips until they're drenched in product, then I use my finger and massage the grains onto my lips. The result - smooth lips in seconds. Best part is the gains dissolve, and your lips are covered in a creamy, honey-scented balm. It tastes good too - not that you should eat it, but scrubs tend to get in your mouth. LOVE! 


Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Double the Lip Lipstick Liner in One is innovative, and allows you to create fuller lips in one swipe. The teardrop shaped lipstick and liner in one combines two complimentary satin-finish shades - one is the liner and the other a lipstick. Just place the lipstick and liner in one flat on your lips, and apply them simultaneously. I find the contrast between the colors a bit too much, so I blend with my finger. The result is gorgeous. I purchased the full-sized Criminally Coral and received the Lusty Rose travel-sized as a gift with purchase. The sandy-coral shade of Criminally Coral looks great on my pale skin (I'm a fan of coral) . I'm sure the Criminally Coral shade would look amazing on sun kissed skin. The neutral shade of Lusty Rose is a dark rose shade (not really my color). The lipstick and line run one feels nice, your lips appear fuller and there's no feathering. Definitely a New Lipstick 'LOVE'.

Oh and the Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Creme Brûlée (clear) appears to be temporarily back in stock, and it's on sale. I bought eight! 
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Latest Lip 'Loves'

June 09, 2017
I'm addicted to lip balm and was so disappointed when Sephora discontinued the Kiss Me Balm - the little egg shaped balm came in a many colors, the scents were yummy and the product was amazing. So...

I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017

The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great with pale skin and black hair, but I do dabble in pinks and neutrals sometimes. Blush changes your complexion (and overall look) dramatically. Whether you want a subtle no-makeup-makeup look, drama or sun kissed skin, you can transform your face with blush. I have a great Spring/Summer collection of blushes - the variety of colors make for the perfect look in every situation..


The Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette (Pearl and Pink Flush) includes the amazing BB Pot Rouge cream blush and a cream highlighter. This palette can be used on your cheeks for a subtle glow or on your lips. I've been using Pot Rouge on my lips for a while, but never on my face. Cream blush always seemed little strange to me - application is more difficult and I like using makeup applicators, rather than my fingers. You gotta prime your face before applying cream makeup and only a little at time. The heat exuded from your fingers allows you to blend the blush nicely, so take your time. If you have dry skin, cream blush is a good solution. The Pink Flush shade and Pearl highlight in this palette are perfect for summer - pretty and subtle.


I've always been a fan of Bobbi Brown blush. There's a variety of shades in matte (for the perfect flushed look), or shimmer. The pigment is strong and the color lasts. The brighter/darker shades can be heavy in color, so layer lightly. Bobbi Brown Blush in Coral Sugar gives you a subtle pink-flush. Apply to the balls of your cheeks for a healthy look. Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot is a vibrant shade (a deep coral), and is the perfect evening color. 


Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach and Laura Mercier Joie De Vivre Windflush are the perfect no-makeup-makeup shades. These colors give you a subtle-flush (wind flush). The peach shades will look great on any skin tone, especially pale tones. When your outta time or just lazy, these blushes are great for a little color and no-fuss look. 


MY FAVORITE - Givenchy Prisme Blush in Rite and Givenchy Prisme Blush in Spice. I'm obsessed. These prisme blushes can be used four ways - candid alone (lighter color), bold alone (darker color), harmonious (combination of both), or structured (allow your brush to pick up the light on one end and dark on the other, then apply with the darker shade on the bottom. I have one negative critique - the scent is strong and unpleasant (kinda like an old ladies perfume). I'm not sure why blush should even have a scent. If you're sensitive to smells, this blush is not for you. 

These colors are AMAZING. The peachy-coral shades of Rite (pictured) are sweet and subtle - Perfect for a sun-kissed glow. Spice is a little darker, with a coral undertone and pink highlight. LOVE.
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I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017
The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great with...

Sunshine & Savasana

June 01, 2017
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, Sincerely Jules Dylan hoodie, Spiritual Gangster Sunshine & Savasana tank, James Perse sweatpants, Adidas sneakers, LV ALMA  handbag, Fendi fruit charm
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Sunshine & Savasana

June 01, 2017
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Fashionable Dental Care

May 25, 2017

MARVIS is THE superior dental brand. The Whitening Mint toothpaste is my favorite. It has a strong cool-mint flavor that lingers in your mouth. Like all seven flavors, the Whitening Mint toothpaste gives you a slight tingling sensation - so refreshing first thing in the AM. You can purchase MARVIS toothpaste in full-size or travel size (I like that). You can also purchase the Seven Days of Flavor Set. These delicious toothpastes are available in Classic Strong Mint, Licorice Mint, Jasmine Mint, Ginger Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Aquatic Mint and Whitening Mint. The Jasmine Mint is a little strange (for my taste). It's like brushing your teeth with minty-flowers. I'm not a fan of licorice either, but again, it's personal taste.


The Strong Mint Mouthwash Concentrate is an alcohol-free mouth rinse, that promotes good oral hygiene. The flavor is super-strong - I tear up (seriously), and can't swish it around too long. The mint flavor is refreshing and lasts.. This mouthwash does everything you would expect from an oral rinse - fights tooth decay, combats plaque, bacteria, inflammation and leaves your breathe minty-fresh.

This dental care product line is imported from Florence, Italy and expensive - BUT worth it. The packaging makes for a nice bathroom accessory, and the unexpected flavors are stimulating. I brush my teeth often and appreciate a variety of toothpaste flavors. LOVE this brand. 
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Fashionable Dental Care

May 25, 2017
MARVIS is THE superior dental brand. The Whitening Mint toothpaste is my favorite. It has a strong cool-mint flavor that lingers in your mouth. Like all seven flavors, the Whitening Mint toothpaste...

I'm Coveting...

May 22, 2017
Spring is here - aka - 'pedicures are necessary weather'. It's time to let your feet breathe a little, and show off Springs favorite shoes. There are so many styles to choose from this season - it's kinda all over the place. While I usually opt for sneakers, heels are making a comeback on my shoe rack. These are my favorites (so far).

The t-strap and nude color of Francesco Russo ankle length sandals (available at FARFETCH) will elongate your legs dramatically. The wide vamp is comfy - in 4" heels, you need that extra support. Pair with skirts or cropped trousers. Fendi stripped cropped trousers, and a loose silk camisole would look amazing with these sandals.

These Gianna Meliani flamingo print feather sandals (available at FARFETCH) are EVERYTHING - the printed tie wraps above your ankle to elongate your legs, the flamingo print is fun, feminine and pretty, and the pink feathers - LOVE! These are statement sandals.

My favorite shoe this season is Stuart Weitzman's Nudistsong sandal. This style is flattering, feminine and comes in many colors. I purchased the Nudistsong sandal in Azure (pictured). This pale shade of blue will look great on sun-kissed skin. The shoe runs narrow (and I have small feet), so I recommend opting for the 'wide' fit.

Yeah, the weather is heating up, but booties are still an essential Spring shoe. These Chloé fringe open toe booties (available at FARFETCH) are sexy and who doesn't love fringe. Pair with high-waisted denim shorts (I'm not talking booty baring shorts), and a simple top (maybe a tee), or a loose, floral print dress. This fringe will sway while you walk.. 
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I'm Coveting...

May 22, 2017
Spring is here - aka - 'pedicures are necessary weather'. It's time to let your feet breathe a little, and show off Springs favorite shoes. There are so many styles to choose from this season - it's...

Hair Repair

May 17, 2017

It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair transformation. They all (the many hairstylists) said it will take six months to recover my hair. I've been obsessively treating, cutting and babying my strands - Still, eleven months and counting.. Hair grows (its a fact), but repairing severely damaged hair takes time - Oh, and lots of products. I'm embarrassed to say how much I've spent on hair repair solutions and vitamins. 

Initially, I was skeptical of Olaplex and didn't have great things to say about this preventative treatment. The stylist who took my hair from black to orange to green to greenish-gray-yellow-blonde (YUP, thats what I ended up with), said Olaplex would protect my hair from the bleach and there would be little damage. NOT TRUE! Clearly this stylist overestimated the treatment and was 'possibly' misinformed. I was still under the impression that Olaplex would repair my hair. I used Olaplex one, two and three for a few months after, but didn't feel like my hair was getting better, so I discontinued the treatments. 

Some time later my new stylist explained that Olaplex is a preventive treatment, and not a hair repair solution. She said regular applications would keep my hair from being further damaged. I got back on the Olaplex-wagon. Along with intense hydrating masks and vitamins, my hair 'slowly' started to grow. My stylist includes Olaplex step-one in my color solution. After rinsing the color, Olaplex step-two is applied. In between salon visits, I use Olaplex step-three (just once). Admittedly, I've been converted and am a fan of this hair-care product.

  
Nutrients support hairs strength, resulting in less breakage and thus healthier strands. Vitamins you should look for in a vitamin blend - A, B, C, D, K, Biotin, Keratin (your hair is made up of keratin protein), Folic Acid, Iron, Niacin, Magnesium, Protein, Zinc.. Not to mention minerals and oils that support healthy hair. Viviscal Hair Growth Vitamins are comprised of vitamins and minerals your hair needs. This supplement gets great reviews, many dermatologists sell or recommend these vitamins, and from my experience IT WORKS! I've been taking these vitamins for about six months. I'm terrible at taking vitamins regularly, but my sporadic vitamin-popping has still made a difference. 

Viviscal vitamin supplements contain Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Niacin, Horsetail Extract, Millet Seed Extract and the exclusive marine complex AminoMar (shark cartilage and Oyster Extract Powder). there are a few essential vitamins missing, but if it works, who cares. Six months of intense hydrating masks, Olaplex treatments and Viviscal supplements has made my hair stronger, a little thicker (I have baby hairs), and healthier. 

WARNING - Don't trust a stylist that says Olaplex is a miracle treatment that will take your hair from black to blonde in weeks. Below are pics of my disastrous transformation. After days in the salon, fried strands and painful lesions on my scalp, I went back to black. I couldn't settle for greenish-gray-yellow-blonde, and further bleaching was not an option. 


Original posts - See August 2016.
 
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Hair Repair

May 17, 2017
It's been almost a year since my traumatic and altogether unsuccessful hair transformation. They all (the many hairstylists) said it will take six months to recover my hair. I've been obsessively...

Where Healthy Hair Begins..

May 11, 2017

Oily hair and dandruff go together like 'yuck'. I'm not an expert and will never understand how skin can be oily and dry at the same time. Since my dramatic hair transformation last year ('tryna' go black to blonde), I've had major scalp issues. My hair is much more oily and I have dandruff!? Yup - dandruff. It's kinda like 'the' curse word nobody says out loud - DANDRUFF! Ok, now that I've said it aloud, or rather posted it in shouting context, lets talk oil and flakes.  

Amongst the damaged hair treatments and gentle hair care, I've been struggling to combat my oily hair and dry scalp. After just one day, my hair looks greasy (I KNOW). My hair is damaged from bleach and I can't shampoo everyday, so I began researching.. My oh so lovely hair stylist recommended I apply Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blowdry to my scalp prior to blow-drying my hair. I also use Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry and Mending Complex on my strands. The All-Style Blowdry formula has oil-absorbing powders and doesn't leave buildup on your scalp. Applying this product after washing my hair has reduced the oil buildup dramatically. 


In all my on-line studies, I realized that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so I invested in a few treatments. My favorite treatment shampoo is Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. The charcoal and coconut oil-infused shampoo exfoliates and soothes your scalp. The detox formula is super refreshing. Scalp Revival has a peppermint scent and slightly tingles. I expected a strong cold-tingly feeling, but was pleasantly surprised at the subtlety. I use this shampoo every two weeks for a super cleansing, refreshing, detox of the scalp.


Phyto Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment regulates the scalp, promoting healthy, energized hair. This oil treatment is super strong in scent and sensation. I use it once a month and love how refreshed and revitalized my scalp feels. This elixir is 100 percent pure and natural oils - Approximately four pounds of fresh plants per bottle!

The combination of these three products has allowed me to skip TWO DAYS in between washings. This is a big deal for me (I used to wash everyday). My scalp is less itchy, I have less flakes and my oil problem has subsided (at least for two days). Washing my hair two-three times a week is so beneficial to the hair-repair process. It never occurred to me to treat the skin on my head, but it makes perfect sense now. I invest so much money in facial serums and creams, of course I should invest in my scalp.
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Where Healthy Hair Begins..

May 11, 2017
Oily hair and dandruff go together like 'yuck'. I'm not an expert and will never understand how skin can be oily and dry at the same time. Since my dramatic hair transformation last year ('tryna' go...

Benefit Mini Makeup Kits

May 09, 2017
I love Benefit cosmetics. The brand is fun, vibrant and ranks high on the 'favorite makeup brand' charts. Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Kits are the prefect way to try the brands best sellers and get a cute little makeup pouch. I purchased the 'Sunday My Prince Will Come Easy Weekender Kit' and 'Date Night With Mr. Right Sexy Night Out Makeup Kit' (the names are so fun). The products pictured here are from both kits - I only kept my favorite mini products and the pink pouch. There's also a Benefit Work Kit, Girl! Work-Day Essential Makeup kit. Each Benefit Cosmetics kit comes with four mini's and a makeup bag. 

My favorite Benefit products - Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter in Champagne is my favorite highlighter (and I've tried them all). The highlight is subtle and the perfect shade. The stick glides on nicely - apply to your check bones, the bridge of your nose and upper lip with a damp beauty blender. The full-sized product has a little sponge applicator on one end, but I prefer the beauty blender. Benefit High Beam is a satiny-pink liquid highlighter. I put a little in my moisturizer for a healthy glow. Benefit They're Real! Tinted primer in Mink Brown is the perfect primer for eyebrows and lashes. Apply the primer before mascara for a dramatic look, or alone for a 'no-makeup' kinda look. Benefit GALifornia Blush in Sunny Golden Pink looks amazing on sun-kissed skin. It's an orange-coral shade and the pigment is strong, so apply a little and layer. 

The Benefit mini products are really small and perfect for your handbag or travel cosmetic bag. I love mini's! Each kit retails for $32 and are available at Sephora.
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Benefit Mini Makeup Kits

May 09, 2017
I love Benefit cosmetics. The brand is fun, vibrant and ranks high on the 'favorite makeup brand' charts. Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Kits are the prefect way to try the brands best sellers and get a...

Babe Body Scrub

May 05, 2017
In preparation for self-tanning season (Imma faux-tan kinda girl), I've been sampling body scrubs. The verdict - Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is my favorite.  This body exfoliator has transformed my tired, 'winter' skin. The robust granules are tough on dry skin. You can really feel the aggressive scrub removing the dead, parched skin and you'll love how soft your skin feels after a few applications (even those little bumps on the back of your arms will slightly diminish). WARNING - this stuff is aggressive, so if your skin is sensitive, I don't recommend using Babe Body Scrub. I used the entire bag (everyday) for week and now I can't live without it. 

The Green Tea scent is refreshing. I used Babe Body Scrub Pink Salt as well, but didn't love the smell. Babe Green Tea Body Scrub doesn't leave your skin feeling oily, but just refreshed and smooth. The resealable bag is convenient, cause you can dump some product into your hand and exfoliate your skin by section. I also use this scrub on my feet after a pedicure - amazing results (yes, I do my own pedicures). There's also a coffee scrub that is supposedly good for cellulite. I think the three scrubs do the same thing, but smell different. Caffeine-infused salts are not going to diminish cellulite! 

I really like this body scrub and will definitely repurchase. Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is available at Sephora.
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Babe Body Scrub

May 05, 2017
In preparation for self-tanning season (Imma faux-tan kinda girl), I've been sampling body scrubs. The verdict - Babe Green Tea Body Scrub is my favorite.  This body exfoliator has...

Elysian and Sayde

May 03, 2017
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Elysian and Sayde

May 03, 2017
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Bobbi Brown Remedies

May 01, 2017

When I read that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics would release a collection of skin 'Remedies', I was super excited. I felt like I was cheating on my adored Glossier serums, but a collection by my favorite cosmetic brand is too tempting. Of course, I purchased all six Bobbi Brown Remedies (product junkie here). These remedies treat everything from dehydration to irritation to problem skin..

Skin salves are having a moment - or maybe I'm having a salve moment and just assume everyone else it? The Remedies Skin Salve No. 57 is a MUST HAVE. A few weeks ago, I peeled dry skin on the side of my nose and literally caused a huge split (super painful and stupid). I applied this salve many times for three days and the wound healed completely. This salve is great for chapped lips and super dry areas (anywhere you have damaged skin). I use it on my cuticles - it keeps them nourished and they appear to be in much better condition. The super nourishing ingredients in Skin Salve were chosen to repair dry, damaged and compromised skin. Shea Butter binds moisture to the skin, while Beeswax creates a barrier. Natural root extracts, carrot and licorice, were added for their moisturizing properties. The super-thick formula has a pleasant, fresh scent - some say carrots, but I smell cucumber (even though there is no cucumber on the ingredient list).


I still struggle with the idea of using oil to combat oily skin and clogged pores. Years ago, my dermatologist told me to avoid anything that contained oil - BUT apparently oil is the new 'de-clogging' remedy. Skin Clarifier No. 75 is comprised of skin-purifying Manuka Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rosehip Oil (rich in nutrients), and Saw Palmetto Oil to control sebum levels. Together these oils exfoliate your skin and clean out pores. This thick clarifier is super oily (smells like oil too) and heavy on your skin. I recommend you apply this treatment last in your nightly routine and a little goes a long way, so just a few drops. Skin Clarifier is the only in the collection that causes my rosacea to flare-up, so I apply it sporadically. I can't say if it's improving my skin as of yet.. Layer over Reviver and under Skin Relief to treat problem skin. 

Skin Relief No. 80 - Natural ingredients from Israeli Red Algae and Knotted Kelp calm skin irritation and reduce the appearance of redness. Red Algae is known for its soothing properties and redness reducing powers. This non-greasy, calming algae complex is weightless, absorbs fairly quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft. I have rocasea and need all the 'skin relief' I can get. My face is usually red in the AM (after washing and applying product), and this serum does temporarily relieve the redness. Layer over Skin Reviver and Skin Clarifier to treat reactive, problem skin.

Skin Moisture Solution No. 86 - This intense hydration compound contains Sodium Hyaluronate - a powerful moisture magnet. It can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. This Skin Moisture Solution promotes natural Hyaluronic acid (skin plumper) production and restores skin's moisture levels. The solution is medium-weight, absorbs fairly quickly and feels silky on your skin. In combination with Skin Reviver and Skin Relief, my skin does appear more hydrated and less irritated. Layer over Skin Reviver and under Skin Fortifier (super heavy tonic) to boost dull, dry skin. 

Skin Reviver No. 91 - This power greens ferment is super rich in antioxidants. The lightweight solution contains extracts from green algae, fresh kale, spinach and brussels sprouts. YES, those little, smelly (I'm not a fan), cabbage-like orbs are making their way into skincare. This remedy is kinda like a green juice for your face. The ferment goes on like water and absorbs quickly. The scent is strange; familiar, but unrecognizable and subtly unpleasant (you get used to it). I like the Skin Reviver ferment very much. It absorbs fast and doesn't irritate. I wouldn't say my skin looks 'amazing' due to these remedies, but with all the stress and traveling I've endured, I don't look too bad! When layering Bobbi Brown remedies, apply Skin Reviver first.

Skin Fortifier No. 93 repairs and replenishes the skin's moisture barrier. Your skin's ability to protect itself will allow it to hold moisture and keep toxins out. This light-green tonic contains lipid-rich ingredients to supplement your skin's ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. Muru Muru Butter promotes supple skin, cold pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Olive Oil supplement skin's fatty acids, Rasberry Leaf Wax is an essential lipid that gives skin structure and Soybean Sterols bolster skin's cholesterol. Sound heavy? IT IS! This tonic barely absorbs, so stay away from delicate fabrics. THIS STUFF IS THICK AND OILY. I'm not a fan of heavy oil on my face, so I'm hesitant to apply this serum. Layer over Skin Reviver and Skin Moisture to combat dry skin.



I thought I had retired my Glossier serums and shacked up with Bobbi Brown Remedies, but I am not so sure.. I will repurchase the Skin Reviver No. 91. It's super light-weight, absorbs quickly and I'm a fan of 'topical greens'. I'm on my second bottle of No. 80 and No. 86, but I'm not sure I will repurchase. I do however LOVE the salve. 

Each bottle has a smart dropper that allows for easy, controlled dispensing. Always layer (never mix solutions), and allow each remedy to dry before applying the next. Apply these remedies light-weight to heavier solutions. Bobbi Brown Remedies retail for $45. The Rescue Kits retail for $35 and contain 3x3 ml remedies to combat different skin issues - Recovery Rescue Kit, Clarity Rescue Kit, and Moisture Rescue Kit. These kits are a great way to sample the products for a fraction of the cost and the mini bottles are perfect for travel. 
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Bobbi Brown Remedies

May 01, 2017
When I read that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics would release a collection of skin 'Remedies', I was super excited. I felt like I was cheating on my adored Glossier serums, but a collection by my favorite...

Luxury Hairstyling

April 28, 2017

Luxury hairstyling brand, IGK, was founded by in-demand stylists from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. YOU GOTTA VIEW THESE GUYS ONLINE! These stylists are really fascinating and their individual styles are so intriguing. I'd fly across the country and break the bank to get an appointment with any of these stylists - maybe Aaron, Franck, Chase or Leo can recommend a solution for my 'forevermore' damaged bob. Yeah, I tried to go blonde last June and am still suffering the consequences. 

This modern product line has something for every hair trend. My hair is damaged, so I can't experiment with hair products too much. I try and stick to nourishing products, but I do spritz on a little dry shampoo or dirty spray once in a while. When I get my healthy, silky stands back, I'm gonna indulge in all the IGK products. 


My favorite aspect to this brand - the scents. I love the NYC scent of Smoke & Mirror Conditioning Cleansing Oil. I only wash my hair twice a week, and I feel like this cleansing oil doesn't get the three-day grit off my hair - but if I had to do an in-between wash, this would be my go-to product. For anyone that washes daily, I recommend swapping your shampoo for Smoke & Mirror Cleansing Conditioning Oil every other day. Did I mention that it smells amazing?!


The Down & Out Dirty Spray is a great styling product. I have a bob (well kinda) - more like a damaged shag! This spray adds texture and volume. The only downside is that my hair has to be washed the next day. My hair looks really greasy and dirty the morning after applying it. I love this product, but just gotta plan the application prior to a wash. The Dirty & Out spray also comes in a travel size.


The Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is my favorite. The LA scent is sweet and soft. The application is easy - wash your hair, apply the product (it's a 360 aerosol spray), wait a minute and rinse. Your hair will feel so soft and nourished. If this mask can combat my dry, damaged hair, it will do wonders for the average mane. I LOVE this product.


The Jet Lag Invisible Shampoo works great to soak up the oil and create volume, but I'm hesitant to use anything that has 'dry' in the label too often. The scent is nice, but a little strong. I'd prefer this product to smell like the Prenup instant spray hair mask.

The Laid-Back Defrizz and Anti-Static Spray has dropped from heaven and answered my hair-static prayers. If you have fine hair, you know static can be super f**king annoying. I used to use Static Guard (yes, the anti-static material spray) on my hair to combat static, but am happy to have a 'hair' styling product replacement. The MIA scent is sweet and subtle. I LOVE this product.

Yeah, these products are expensive, but worth it. There's 24+ IGK hair styling products, including styling, shampoo and conditioners. You can purchase IGK luxury hairstyling products at Sephora.
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Luxury Hairstyling

April 28, 2017
Luxury hairstyling brand, IGK, was founded by in-demand stylists from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. YOU GOTTA VIEW THESE GUYS ONLINE! These stylists are really fascinating and their individual...

Destroyed

April 26, 2017
NSF Farah sweatshirt, NSF Sayde sweatpant, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, LV ALMA handbag, Fendi fruits bag charm
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Destroyed

April 26, 2017
NSF Farah sweatshirt, NSF Sayde sweatpant, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, LV ALMA handbag, Fendi fruits bag

Distinct Brazilian Attitude

April 24, 2017
The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! I can't wear perfume (too sensitive), but this deliciously scented product line doesn't bother me at all. The scent is strong, but sweet and intriguing. The cream is super-nourishing and has a slight shimmer that gives your skin a subtle glow.

I was super excited when Sol Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist released. It's the same yummy scent of the cream, but in a light body mist. The bottle is HUGE and I'm sure will last six months. This body mist can be used on your skin, your hair and you even lightly spray your closet to give your clothes a pistachio-caramel scent - you're gonna want to surround yourself with this scent.

Sol Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter is one of my favorite lip balms - I have one in my bathroom, one at my computer and one in my handbag! The light, creamy texture is nourishing and the tube is BIG, so it will last a long time. The cream and lip balm are infused with super nourishing ingredients Cupaçu butter, Açai and coconut oil. If I had to chose one product line of the year, it would be Sol Janeira Brazilian.
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Distinct Brazilian Attitude

April 24, 2017
The pistachio-caramel scent of Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is AMAZING! I can't wear perfume (too sensitive), but this deliciously scented product line doesn't bother me at all. The scent...

I'm Coveting..

April 14, 2017
My on going, never ending wishlist.. I'm still coveting everything pink and nude (it's an obsession). This Spring I want pink, floral, flowing and oversized - Paired with feminine handbags, unique sandals and statement booties. Oh, and I'm collecting sneakers this summer to pair with cute dresses and frayed denim. 

I'm obsessed with this Stella McCartney Embroidered Lace Dress (available at FARFETCH). It's fun, fresh and definitely makes a statement. Imma break the bank for this one..

Fendi By The Way Tote (available at FARFETCH). Ok, I just purchased a Fendi tote, but I want this one too. The floral detail is feminine and the neautral colors will go with everything. I like the boxy shape and long strap. We'll see..

There's no doubt you will see me wear these Fendi Bow Front Sandals (available at FARFETCH) this summer. I love slides and the bow detail is so cute! The spandex/elastine fabric is super comfy (I have the boots). 

Fendi Sock Style Boots (available at FARFETCH) are my favorite shoe this summer. I have these boots in Bianco and they're surprisingly comfy. I want the blue and the gray/multi with floral print. These boots elongate my legs dramatically - MUST HAVE!

Jacquemus Checkered Shirt with Oversized Cuffs (available at FARFETCH). Button downs are a staple, but the oversized cuffs on this shirt will elevate your look and make statement. Pair with booties and wear as dress, or layer long-over-long with statement denim. I have to have this shirt.

The Fendi Handkerchief Hem Scallopped Shorts (available at FARFETCH) are so pretty, feminine and unique. I love the Fendi Spring 2017 collection - I want everything..
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I'm Coveting..

April 14, 2017
My on going, never ending wishlist.. I'm still coveting everything pink and nude (it's an obsession). This Spring I want pink, floral, flowing and oversized - Paired with feminine handbags, unique...

It's A Material World

April 12, 2017



Wanna shed 30 pounds of closet weight? Admittedly, I could use to loose a few pounds of body weight too - BUT, this post is about Material World - the luxury fashion trade-in site. I'm always buying and often have too many clothes and accessories - my closet is overflowing. I get so much pleasure in something new and rarely (but sometimes) shop my own closet to find treasures that I'd forgotten about. More often than not, I opt for on-line shopping and boxes of new stuff. That being said, I hate clutter and am usually laking closet space for my new clothes and accessories. I do like to donate, but some articles are expensive and I struggle to let them go. Material World is a great outlet for 'feel-good' spring cleaning (in my case, quarterly cleaning). 

Material World accepts pre-owned clothing and accessories from a long list of designer and contemporary brands (230+ brands). Just ship your stuff and wait for a quote. If you like the offer, accept. If you're not happy wth the offer (item based), you can have it shipped back to you, or Material World will donate the articles to Housing Works - a charity committed to the AIDS crisis and homelessness. The trade-in process is easy (aside from the closet cleansing). Visit material world.co to create an account, request a 'Yesterday Kit' and wait up to ten days. Your Material World kit will include an accepted brands list, item packing list and giant shipping bag with a prepaid shipping label. Just fill out the packing list (take a photo for your records), fill the bag and drop it at FedEx. Material World will email you a notification that the package was received and it will take 7-10 business days to receive your quote.




Once you receive the quote and accept, deny or donate your items, you can opt for a Material World Fashion Trade-In Card or gift cards for the 700+ online and in-store locations. Your Material World card is only accepted at these locations - Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Intermix, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, SAKS and Shopbop. Each time you trade-in items, Material World will automatically load the money onto your Material World Fashion Trade-In Card. 

I've sent two large boxes of clothes and accessories to Material World and am happy with the outcome (mostly). The shipping is easy and I like that everything is taken care of at no extra cost. You receive the money regardless of whether or not it sells (unlike consignment). AND I'm making money off my pre-owned clothing and accessories! I do however question the process of valuing the items. I traded-in 'never worn' articles, as well as items in great condition, and was surprised to receive a low quote. Based on the 'get a quote' feature on the site, you can determine approximately how much you would receive. DO NOT RELY ON THIS FEATURE. What do ya gotta trade-in to get the highest price?! I opted to have some items returned, because the quote was simply unacceptable. The 'get a quote' feature kinda sets the seller up for disappointment. Maybe, a thorough description of the value process would enlighten Material World users and alleviate the disappointment factor. 

REVISION (April 19th) - I've just noticed that some of my items have been posted to 'shop pre-owned'. I received 25-35% of the actual sale price on materialworld.co. Of course I had hoped to receive a higher quote, but I do consider that staff must be paid, facilities maintained and material World does incur all shipping costs. Did I receive a fair quote? I'm not sure, and I am not aware of another trade-in program to compare it to.  
 
Other than the 'quote issue' (I'd still rather have money than an excess of dusty clothes in my closet), I really like this program and will continue to use it. My closet is lighter, organized and I feel good about making money off my pre-owned items. 
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It's A Material World

April 12, 2017
Wanna shed 30 pounds of closet weight? Admittedly, I could use to loose a few pounds of body weight too - BUT, this post is about Material World - the luxury fashion trade-in site. I'm always...

The Flight Vest

March 06, 2017
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim Flight Vest, Scotch & Soda Sweatshirt dress, James Purse Genie sweatpants, Yeezy knitted ankle boots (Season 2), TSE cashmere fingerless gloves, LV ALMA handbag in Amarante, Fendi Fruit Charm, Fendi Tuxedo Karlito bag charm
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The Flight Vest

March 06, 2017
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim Flight Vest, Scotch & Soda Sweatshirt dress, James Purse Genie sweatpants, Yeezy knitted ankle boots (Season 2), TSE cashmere fingerless gloves, LV ALMA...

Cozy in SOHO

February 27, 2017
Chloé Jackson sunglasses, Acne Studios Milla scarf, Rails denim jacket, Scotch & Soda sweatshirt dress, James Perse Genie sweatpants, Tibi Naomi shearling boots, Louis Vuitton ALMA Handbag in Amarante, Fendi Karlito Tuxedo bag charm, Fendi Fruits charm
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Cozy in SOHO

February 27, 2017
Chloé Jackson sunglasses, Acne Studios Milla scarf, Rails denim jacket, Scotch & Soda sweatshirt dress, James Perse Genie sweatpants, Tibi Naomi shearling boots, Louis Vuitton ALMA Handbag in...

HiSmile Teeth Whitening System

January 05, 2017
An Instagram sensation - the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. What separates this system from others? The formula doesn't contain peroxide. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel-form (minimizing tooth sensitivity). The kit comes with an attachable mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see a significant change in color. Is it as effective as other 'peroxide based' brands (Zoom, Opalescence..)? No, but it takes less time, is less harsh on your teeth and you will see a difference. I have very white teeth to begin with, due to 'in-office' bleaching, but am using this system for maintenance and am happy with the results (especially the 'ten' minutes a day). 

The HiSmile teeth whitening kit includes an LED light with attachable mouth tray, three HiSmile gels, and results guide. It retails for $59.99 and each HiSmile gel last two whitenings, so you get six in total. Additional HiSmile gels are available in a pack of three and retail for $29.99. I've been using the device for over a month and the LED light is still going, the tray is still perfectly intact and am loving the easy whitening process. 

HiSmile also has a yummy Coconut Whitening Mouthwash - the box contains five 30 ml tubes, containing the same sodium bicarbonate blend (baking soda). Squeeze a third of the solution into your mouth and squish it around for two minutes. The formula is quite thick, but liquifies in your mouth and the yummy coconut flavor is subtle. The mouthwash retails for $29.99. HiSmile offers a 35% discount on gels and mouthwash if you subscribe - delivery every 30 days.
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HiSmile Teeth Whitening System

January 05, 2017
An Instagram sensation - the HiSmile Teeth Whitening System is easy, quick and kinda fun. What separates this system from others? The formula doesn't contain peroxide. The solution is a...

Lotsa Layers

December 14, 2016
Acne Studios Jodie scarf, KNITZ Mulberry tank, Tibi oversized shirt, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Rag & Bone Booties, TSE Cashmere fingerless gloves, Chloé Jackson sunglasses, LV ALMA Handbag
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Lotsa Layers

December 14, 2016
Acne Studios Jodie scarf, KNITZ Mulberry tank, Tibi oversized shirt, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Rag & Bone Booties, TSE Cashmere fingerless gloves, Chloé Jackson sunglasses, LV ALMA

The Perfect Gifts List

December 05, 2016


I would LOVE to receive any and all of these gifts this holiday season. Yes, I bought them all for myself - There's a lot of 'to me, from me' under the tree this year! The 'perfect gift' starts with great wrapping and a cute gift tag. I purchased these eighty seventh ST. gift tags at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. It's an all-in-one holidays tag. I keep my wrapping simple - red, white, black and gold (no cartoon Christmas characters). 



If you've been living under a rock, you probably haven't heard of Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir. This product is up there with Sugarbearhair and (well) any of the multitude of detox teas taking over Instagram. It's worth its weight in gold! At first I was skeptical, but this beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply my foundation with a brush. Then I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation for perfect coverage. I use the same beautyblender (and Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir) to blend my concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. This elixir is amazing. The 15 ml bottle retails for $35 and 30 ml for $54. WORTH THE MONEY!



Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit-Sureal Light limited edition palette is universally flattering. The palette includes a powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter - this four-in-one palette is compact considering the product load. I love these shades. This product has everything you need to brighten, contour, highlight and finish your look. This palette retails for $80 and the oh so soft Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush for $46. This dual-ended brush is the perfect match to the palette. 



For the wine lover in your life - this mug is f**king awesome! Funny Guy Mugs has a great selection of witty mugs for just about any person. I don't drink coffee, but I definitely get excited at 'wine time'. I also purchased a tumbler that says 'shh.. there's wine in here'. I know many people who would love a Funny Guy Mugs tumbler - I bought three! These mugs retail for $14.99.



I couldn't survive without tea and am always promoting its consumption. I love green tea, green blends and white tea. Paired with a tea defuser, this Feelin' Good Wellness Tea Sampler from Teavana is the perfect gift for the 'health conscious'. Recover, Rev Up, Serenity, and Defense are all yummy teas that promote a healthy body. This tea sampler retails for $30.



Another Instagram sensation - HiSmile. This teeth whitening kit is different from others, because it doesn't contain peroxide and comes with a mouth tray and LED light for optimal results. The solution is a 'baking soda' gel form, minimizing tooth sensitivity. While this product has received harsh criticism, bloggers are loving this kit. Just ten minutes a day for a week and you should see big results. HiSmile also has a yummy Coconut Whitening Mouthwash - the box contains five 30 ml tubes, containing the same sodium bicarbonate blend (baking soda). Just another tasty step in your whitening routine. The whitening kit retails for $59.99 and mouthwash for $29.99. It ships from Australia, so consider shipping times before purchasing.  
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The Perfect Gifts List

December 05, 2016
I would LOVE to receive any and all of these gifts this holiday season. Yes, I bought them all for myself - There's a lot of 'to me, from me' under the tree this year! The 'perfect gift' starts...

'On A Budget' Gifts For HER

December 02, 2016


I've comprised a small list of 'on a budget' gifts for her. These trending products are all AMAZING! Gift them alone, mix-and-match, or create the ultimate stocking for the girl who's obsessed with cosmetics. 

Sugarbearhair is no different than any other 'healthy hair' vitamin as far as ingredients go. These little chewy bears are taking over Instagram simply cause they're cute, and the vibrant color looks great in photos. These mini turquoise bears are fun and taste yummy (like eating gummy bears). Most of us have 'hair struggles' and would appreciate berry flavored gummies that promote healthy hair. One jar (60 bears) retails for $29.99. 



I've been raving about Glossier products for the last few weeks and Balm Dotcom (the universal skin salve) is my favorite. The dense salve is perfect for any and every dry patch on your skin. Apply to your nails, face, body.. There are five to choose from and retail for $12. 



It's Skin Cookie Body Ice Cream is AMAZING! The mint, original and strawberry flavors smell just like (JUST LIKE) ice cream. This body ice cream is lighter than a body butter, but thicker than body cream. The soft cookie chip pieces melt upon application and add to the 'ice cream effect'. Each 2.7 oz pot (small enough for travel) retails for $10 at Sephora. LOVE!



MILK Makeup Limited Edition Triple Threat Glow Set contains three travel size, best selling products. The mini Face Mist contains rice and ginger water that calm and nourish skin. The Sunshine Oil comes in a little rollerball pen - perfect purse/travel size. Body and face oil are essential during the cold season. And.. my favorite is the super tiny Highlighter Cream Stick. The color is universally flattering and brightens your skin for the perfect highlight. This mini highlighter is a great travel replacement for my Benefit Watt's Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter (you all know this one). These three mini's come in a plastic box, retail for $30 and will make just about anyone happy!



Most people who wear makeup, own a beautyblender makeup sponge (or some other brand). If not, GO GET ONE! Another innovative product by beautyblender is the liner.designer. The triple-edged eyeliner guide works with all eyeliner formulas to create the perfect look. It's like eyeliner application for dummies. The silicon guide comes with a mini plastic case and suction cup (not sure why theres a suction cup?). liner.designer retails for $16 and is available in pink or clear. 

There ya have it! The ultimate gifts under $30 for the product junkie(s) in your life. 
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'On A Budget' Gifts For HER

December 02, 2016
I've comprised a small list of 'on a budget' gifts for her. These trending products are all AMAZING! Gift them alone, mix-and-match, or create the ultimate stocking for the girl who's obsessed...

Balm Dotcom

November 22, 2016
This 'do-everyhing' salve is my new favorite product. I'm like Gus Portokalos and windex - I apply this waxy salve everywhere I need hydration. Lips, nails (keeps cuticles nourished), elbows, toes.. I'm addicted! After purchasing the original Glossier Balm Dotcom and using it up in a month, I purchased the coconut and mint flavors (admittedly, a few originals too). The scented balms are subtle and trust me, will replace your all time favorite lip balm. Rose and Cherry Balm Dotcom have a sheer tint - if you need a little barely-there color.

The formula is super-dense and builds a barrier on your skin to protect from further damage. The antioxidants and natural emollients nourish and repair your skin. A must-have this winter.

Each tube retails for $12 and if your obsessed (like me) will last for about a month, but I'm sure longer for the regular 'I need a little hydration here and there' kinda girl. For the product junkie's out there, you're gonna want all of them - I keep one in my bag, my Cosmocube, at my computer.. I can't get enough of this brand - ADDICTED, OBSESSED, LOVE!

Use my link to get 10% off your first Glossier purchase - http://bff.glossier.com/gMn0U
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Balm Dotcom

November 22, 2016
This 'do-everyhing' salve is my new favorite product. I'm like Gus Portokalos and windex - I apply this waxy salve everywhere I need hydration. Lips, nails (keeps cuticles nourished), elbows, toes.....

Chloé Camera Bag

November 14, 2016
Chloé Isidora Sunglasses, Chloé Camera Bag, Bird by Juicy Couture Coat, Scotch and Soda Sweatshirt Dress, Yeezy Season 2 Boots
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Chloé Camera Bag

November 14, 2016
Chloé Isidora Sunglasses, Chloé Camera Bag, Bird by Juicy Couture Coat, Scotch and Soda Sweatshirt Dress, Yeezy Season 2

The Supers

November 11, 2016
I KNOW! Another opinion in a sea of Glossier followers, but I'm kinda hooked and need to talk about it. The IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the 'coolest girls on the planet'. Glossier Makeup is simple, yet effective (stole that from Zac Posen). Maybe it's because all my favorite bloggers rave about this brand (specifically The Supers), or the pastel packaging (the world is having a muted/pastel moment - INSTAGRAM), but I was immediately obsessed. 

Let's talk about The Supers - These 'fast' absorbing serums are packed with nutrients to boost your skin. Super Glow is like water and absorbs immediately. The vitamin C brightens and magnesium energizes your skin for a much needed pick-me-up.

Super Pure takes a little longer to absorb, but diminishes without a trace. This serum combats redness (niacinamide -vitamin B3) and helps calm blemishes. Super Pure water-gel-like serum removes impurities (zinc) and gets you through those umm.. periods when you need it most! 

Super Bounce (my favorite) plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B. Hangovers, long flights and climate change can wreak havoc on your skin - in comes SUPER BOUNCE!! This gel-like serum takes a few minutes to absorb and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. After a week of daily use my skin felt nourished (I needed it). It contains hyaluronic acid (plumps the skin) and vitamin B5 (regenerates new skin). 

I've been using these lightweight serums for a few weeks and like the results - nothing major, but a slight improvement from my everyday skin issues. If there was ever a bandwagon to jump on, it would be this one - Glossier. The Super Pack retails for $65 - not bad for three 15 ml bottles of 'super-liquid-vitamins' for your skin. Order Glossier products online and they arrive in a pink bubble wrap pouches - great for travel or just sporting a pink bubble wrap pouch in your handbag. This post got me thinking, what would I do with my pile of pink pouches? store a wet bikini, cell phone at the pool, cosmetics while traveling, it would make a funky clutch..  
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The Supers

November 11, 2016
I KNOW! Another opinion in a sea of Glossier followers, but I'm kinda hooked and need to talk about it. The IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the...

Brightening, Setting, Retouching..

November 09, 2016
Brightening, Setting, Retouching.. And this is after you've applied foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush.. As I age, my multitude of skin issues are more apparent and that means more product. Often, too much has the adverse effect and you end up looking like a art project gone wrong, but setting powders are a necessary step to perfect makeup.

After applying topical medication (rosacea), serums, moisturizer, corrective creams, and sometimes foundation, my face is rather shiny. Thanks to my 'angry', combination skin, I'm having to deal with an oily complexion too. Bobbi Brown White Skin Correcting Powder is meant to 'brighten and illuminate' fair skin tones, but I use it to slightly mattify my look. It's the last step in my makeup routine, but if I'm having one of those 'dry' days, the powder will magnify my dehydrated skin. Decisions - oily or flakey?

I apply Bobbi Brown Skin Correcting Powder in peach to add a little warmth to my complexion. Focusing my cheeks, this subtle shade looks great on my super-fair skin. I don't feel like either of these retouching powders are drastically enhancing my makeup, but Bobbi Brown is about subtlety!

Move over BB, there's newbies in the Cosmocube! Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is like magic fairy dust. The transparent powder is formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments that illuminate your under eye area, while setting your concealer. Apply concealer, blend with a damp beautyblender, be sure there's no creasing, dab your damp makeup sponge into the powder and lightly pat it onto your under eye area. Too much is ok - it will settle and you can sweep off the excess product in a few. AMAZING results! My concealer is set, theres little-to-no creasing and my under eye area appears significantly brighter. LOVE!

The mint green tint of Laura Mercier Shine Control Pressed Setting Powder tones down redness (I NEED THAT), while reducing shine. The 'Shine Control Complex' gives you a shine-free, fresh, mate finish - a much needed addition to my cosmetic bag for on-the-go touchups. While we're on the topic of green - Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors are super light and great for combating discoloration, blemishes.. I use the green shade to neutralize the redness on my nose. The formula is lightweight and blends nicely. 
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Brightening, Setting, Retouching..

November 09, 2016
Brightening, Setting, Retouching.. And this is after you've applied foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush.. As I age, my multitude of skin issues are more apparent and that means more...

Sephora Favorites

November 05, 2016
I am a self-declared product junkie and I LOVE Sephora Favorites. These boxes are a great way to try new cosmetics without spending dollars on full-sized products. Oh, but I would pay full-price for some of these mini's (major 'mini' product junkie)! 

Honestly, I don't have time to try every product in these boxes and if I did my skin and hair would most likely get super angry and lash out in flakes and frizz. There's only so much you can put on your face and a multitude of products doesn't promote healthy skin. I choose boxes that have a few products I intend to try and then share the others. An excellent gift idea for the holidays - buy three to four boxes, split up the products amongst your friends, arrange in small Sephora bags, tie a ribbon and everyone will love you. 

Back to my mini product addiction. I prefer little products, cause I can pack tons of shit in my cosmetic bag without compromising and they fit in my Cosmocube nicely. And.. you're getting great value for your dollar. The Glow For It box has six products for $30 ($6 each). Not bad considering the full-sized Benefit Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder highlighter retails for $30. Multiple mini's for the cost of one full-sized. I never finish full-sized products before they expire anyway - there's always something new to try.
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Sephora Favorites

November 05, 2016
I am a self-declared product junkie and I LOVE Sephora Favorites. These boxes are a great way to try new cosmetics without spending dollars on full-sized products. Oh, but I would pay full-price for...

Sheer Concealer - The Newbies

November 03, 2016
Concealer is the arch enemy to my under eye! I've watched countless videos and and can't seem to mimic the flawless concealer look most vloggers achieve with ease. Mind you, I am older than most beauty bloggers and once the botox begins to wear off and the wrinkles appear, my concealer creases. A few days ago I had Dysport injected into my under eye area (under my eye, not the sides) to combat the little lines. I'm hopeful.. Will let ya know..

I'd like to use full-coverage concealer (sometimes I need it), but I gotta stick to light layers of sheer concealer and a little 'baking'. I'm a creature of habit and admittedly addicted to Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, but lately I've been exploring other brands. To my surprise, I'm switching concealer brands. But first.. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener has been my go-to under eye pick-me-up for years. It's sheer, glides on nicely and brightens the under eye area. I use Light Bisque 2 - the pinkish shade works well to combat slightly dark circles. The Tinted Eye Brightener is meant for minimal under coverage and is just not enough for me anymore (FU*K AGING). 

When the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector released, I was excited. New, lightweight under eye products by my favorite brand. I purchased the concealer in Ivory 2 and corrector in Light Bisque 2. The concealer is similar to the Tinted Eye Brightener - silky and weightless. The color is yellowish and it definitely brightens the under eye, but the coverage is light. I use the concealer first to combat the dark circles and then the Tinted Eye Brightener to lighten that area even more. The corrector in Light Bisque 2 doesn't jive with my skin tone AT ALL (despite the Tinted Eye Brightener being Light Bisque 2). I tried it a few times and am not willing to invest another $40 experimenting with different shades. I can't say if the product is good or not, cause I didn't give it a fair go.

In come the 'NEWBIES'.. Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter is AMAZING! It brightens the under eye area and highlights for a luminous under eye glow. It is sheer coverage, but the highlighting aspect makes a big difference. LOVE. The round applicator is nice to the touch and allows for easy application. I use Fair to Light 1 - a shade lighter than my foundation.

Another brand I've been obsessing over lately is Glossier. IntoTheGloss.com beauty blog comprised a cosmetic brand based on expert opinions from the 'coolest girls on the planet'. I'm a fan of the blog and am falling in love with the cosmetic brand. One of the MANY products I purchased is the Stretch Concealer. It comes in a glass pot - preferable packaging (so you get get every last bit). The formula is lightweight, silky and when applied with your ring finger, goes on nicely. It is sheer coverage, but layers well. The nourishing oils are apparent in the texture and results. I can see myself applying this concealer to other areas on my face for a little brightening and sheer coverage on dry spots.
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Sheer Concealer - The Newbies

November 03, 2016
Concealer is the arch enemy to my under eye! I've watched countless videos and and can't seem to mimic the flawless concealer look most vloggers achieve with ease. Mind you, I am older than most...

Jackson Sunnies

October 31, 2016
Chloé Jackson Sunglasses, Tibi oversized cozy alpaca cardigan, Sincerely Jules Lily camisole, GRLFRND Helena jeans, Tibi Darla loafers, LV ALMA handbag
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Jackson Sunnies

October 31, 2016
Chloé Jackson Sunglasses, Tibi oversized cozy alpaca cardigan, Sincerely Jules Lily camisole, GRLFRND Helena jeans, Tibi Darla loafers, LV ALMA

I'm Coveting..

October 27, 2016
My on-going, never-ending wish list may be a little outta my reach (and budget), but a girl can dream.. 

The Chanel Vintage Extra Large Terry Backpack is the perfect travel bag. Large enough to pack the extras that wouldn't fit in your suitcase, it's chic, makes a statement and it's SOLD OUT! That's a good thing, cause I'd be tempted to break the bank for that one.

My Tibi Cecil Loafers in navy velvet are on the way. Loafers are a great Fall shoe - This season Tibi loafers are backless or fold at at the back, exposing your heel. LOVE!

I need a new pair of neutral pumps to go with my endless pile of denim. These Gianvito Rossi Femi pumps are at the top of my 'must have' list (available at FARFETCH). 

I recently purchased a few Laura Mercier products and love them! I want more.. Special edition Laura Mercier The Iconics boxed gift set has five full size products and seven deluxe size products. This set is perfect for anyone who wants to dabble in the premium cosmetic brand and enjoy twelve of Laura Mercier's favorite products. 

I'm a huge fan of blogger Aimee Song (Song of Style) and when I saw her wear these SJYP distressed crop jeans (I'm a distressed denim kinda girl), I HAD TO HAVE! 

The Eva mohair fabric clutch by MIU MIU (available at mytheresa.com) meets all of my favorite things about a bag - fury, pink, and is large enough to hold my iPhone 6 Plus.
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I'm Coveting..

October 27, 2016
My on-going, never-ending wish list may be a little outta my reach (and budget), but a girl can dream.. The Chanel Vintage Extra Large Terry Backpack is the perfect travel bag. Large enough to pack...

Online Exclusive

October 24, 2016
Online exclusive gifts are why I love internet shopping. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has the best gifts with purchase. I just snagged myself a 'Be Who You Are' tote, mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base, and mini Face Blender brush. Another reason why Bobbi Brown is my favorite cosmetic brand. 

Ladies and Gents, you should 'Be Who You Are'. I peruse beauty and fashion posts everyday and lets face it - too many makeup bloggers/vloggers look like Kim Kardahsian. I'm sure it's flattering, but with all you minions stealing her look, there's nothing unique about her (or you)! BE YOURSELF!
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Online Exclusive

October 24, 2016
Online exclusive gifts are why I love internet shopping. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has the best gifts with purchase. I just snagged myself a 'Be Who You Are' tote, mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base, and...

Refresh and Prep

October 23, 2016
My morning routine is all about refresh and prep. I wash my face thoroughly in the evening, so it's not necessary in the morning, but I feel like I need a 'wake-me-up' rinse and opt for gentle cleansing oil. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil is an all-in-one cleanser (face and eye makeup). Close your eyes, gently rub the oil all over and rinse with warm water. The scent is refreshing and the oil leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. I KNOW - oil on your face? This goes against everything my dermatologist has been telling me for years - 'use oil-free products'. I was sure cleaning my face with oil would give me pimples, or make my skin oily, but no. Cleansing oil nourishes your skin, while gently removing impurities. LOVE this product!

After cleansing with oil, I apply Hydrating Face Tonic by (who else) Bobbi Brown. Cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf and lavender combined, leave your skin feeling fresh and prepped. The scent is super refreshing and your skin feels hydrated.

Once the tonic absorbs, I apply Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement. I purchased the 'to go' travel size serum and determined that it would require the entire bottle to see any significant results (about 4 weeks). After finishing the solution, my skin looked great. The dark spots were a little less visible and my complexion brighter. Of course, treatments at the dermatologist and intensive facials would give you dramatic results, and this serum only a a subtle difference, but every little bit counts. 

The newest addition to my morning routine is Extra Repair Nourishing Milk by Bobbi Brown. I admit, I was initially attracted to the bright white, 'milky' appearance. What is it about milk? I immediately think, nourishing. This lightweight milky formula absorbs quickly and the scent is refreshing. It's a nice little dose of moisturizer before starting your day. Oh and this is all before tea - there's a whole other routine for makeup prep and application!

I purchased the Soothing Cleansing Oil ($44), Hydrating Face Tonic ($32), and Extra Repair Nourishing Milk ($86) in full-size, but refill my deluxe staple size bottles of cleansing oil and tonic (pictured here), so they fit nicely in my Comocube with the 'to go' Intensive Skin Supplement ($28). I realize these products are pricey, but worth the investment. The full-sized bottles of Soothing Cleansing Oil and Hydrating Face Tonic last a long time..
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Refresh and Prep

October 23, 2016
My morning routine is all about refresh and prep. I wash my face thoroughly in the evening, so it's not necessary in the morning, but I feel like I need a 'wake-me-up' rinse and opt for gentle...

Latest Lip 'Loves'

October 17, 2016
I'm obsessed with Kiss Me Balm by Sephora, and am super bummed that they discontinued it. Yeah, I stocked up before they sold out, but I've been on a mission to find a new favorite. Just posted and already out of stock, the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint is AMAZING (and officially my new favorite). The barely-there color blends with your natural lip color and gives a subtle pink shade that enhances your own lips. The creamy texture goes on nicely and nourishes your lips. I like the packaging - the tube is a bit smaller than the average lipstick and the pearl white case is chic. 

Anytime the conversation of best lip enhancers comes up, I'm shouting TOO FACED LIP INJECTION EXTREME from the rooftop! This lip plumper will give you the ultimate pouty lip. Lip Injection Extreme isn't new, but now there's a mini version (LOVE). 

The Sephora Lip Color Lip Last Lipstick in Oh My Beige! and Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in The Nudest are a match made in nude lips heaven. The gel-cream texture of the liner glides on smoothly and the nude shade matches my lips perfectly. The liner is retractable, so no sharpening and no shavings. The Lip Last Lipstick is oh so creamy. The color is a bit lighter than I'd like, but combined with 'The Nudest' lip liner create the perfect nude lip shade. Strawberry Short Cake is back and channeling her scent through Lip Last Lipsticks! The scent is amazing (and addictive). It really does smell like my favorite childhood doll. I will definitely purchase more Lip Last Lipsticks and Gel Lip Liners.. 
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Latest Lip 'Loves'

October 17, 2016
I'm obsessed with Kiss Me Balm by Sephora, and am super bummed that they discontinued it. Yeah, I stocked up before they sold out, but I've been on a mission to find a new favorite. Just posted and...

There's no Milk in 'MILK Makeup'

October 14, 2016
MILK - 'for the girls who spend less time getting done up and more time getting stuff done'. Umm ok! Seems like the MILK makeup line would require just as much time as any other to apply, but they're trying to market a certain girl and well, I'm not gonna argue their 'new take on makeup'.

These sticks are, for lack of a better phrase, kinda fun. They're like little deodorant sticks packed with natural ingredients to hydrate and highlight. I gotta admit, the Holographic Stick and Highlighter are a bit to 'hyper' for my facial complexion, but they are great for highlighting other parts of the body. I use the Hydrating Oil Stick all over my legs and then apply the highlighter for a little color and glow. Shimmery legs appear longer and reflect light nicely in photos. For 'intense' highlighting, the holographic stick leaves a lavender-like hue of micro sparkle on your skin (not my favorite). I'm a little too old for purple highlights! 

I love the Hydrating Oil Stick - I'm finding new ways to use it everyday. Aside from applying to my legs (super easy application), I also use the oil in the inner corner of my eyes. This area is a problem for me and is always dry?? After I have finished my makeup application, I hold my finger on the oil stick until it warms and then gently apply a little to the inner corner of my eyes. AMAZING results!

I was most excited to purchase the Cooling Water - I think it's the first stick I purchased (the others quickly followed). I was expecting big results from this stick and am kinda disappointed. While the cooling sensation (make sure to keep refrigerated or put on ice for 5) was nice, the solution didn't seem to have a big affect on my puffy eyes. The formula does glide on much easier when warm, but after cooling, application is harder and stretches your skin while you glide the stick around your eyes. Never stretch your under-eye area - gravity and age will cause enough damage, you don't need to add to this problem area. Mind you, I did wait until I had major under-eye baggage to try the Cooling Water. There are many other uses for this product, but I haven't got around to exploring them. I purchased this stick for my under-eyes and am not sure I would apply to other areas of my face for hydration and circulation - I have other products for that! The stick is still in my fridge and if I'm perusing the food selection, I might (and have) smear a little around my area for the cooling sensation.. 

The photos taken above show the highlighting effect of the Holographic Stick, Highlighter, and Hydrating Oil Stick. Yes, I separated the swatches, but they were all on my arm for the photo (same time, same lighting).
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There's no Milk in 'MILK Makeup'

October 14, 2016
MILK - 'for the girls who spend less time getting done up and more time getting stuff done'. Umm ok! Seems like the MILK makeup line would require just as much time as any other to apply, but they're...

I LOVE Cozy Sweaters

October 07, 2016
All Saints Sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Tibi Jill Nappa sandals, LV ALMA handbag
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I LOVE Cozy Sweaters

October 07, 2016
All Saints Sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Tibi Jill Nappa sandals, LV ALMA

Highlighting Powder

October 05, 2016
Six months ago, I was anti-sparkle, but since discovering the benefits of highlighting my face, I'm officially addicted. My highlighting products are growing faster than anything else in my CosmoCube (best makeup organizer).

After applying foundation, I apply Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter down the bridge of my nose, on my cheekbones, cupid's bow (to make your lips appear bigger) and blend with a damp beautyblender and a little Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. Then I apply setting powder, blush, maybe bronzer and all-over illuminating powder. All those powders on top of the Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter will lessen the illuminating effect and using a damp (oily) sponge to apply more is a no-no for me (I'm oily enough and gotta hold back on the Elixir). In enters my new favorite cosmetic - highlighting 'powder'. 

Of course, I opted for my favorite cosmetic brand! The Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow is perfect for a little extra light-reflective glow. The pink highlights are nice on pale skin tones and the effect is subtle (if applied lightly). I use the Sephora Pro Fan Brush #65 to little dust the highlighter on my check bones. For more precise application on my nose and cupid's bow, I use the Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep brush - it's more dense and allows you to apply more product. If you want a high-impact glow, apply a little Farsali Rose Gold Elixir to your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupids bow, then lightly apply Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder - super glow! I LOVE this highlighting powder.
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Highlighting Powder

October 05, 2016
Six months ago, I was anti-sparkle, but since discovering the benefits of highlighting my face, I'm officially addicted. My highlighting products are growing faster than anything else in my CosmoCube...

Purifying Nose Strips

October 03, 2016
The facial feature people focus on most is your mouth and just north of your pearly whites is your nose - noticeable from most angles and usually crammed with impurities and closed pores, this part of your face can be annoying to keep blackhead free. I know people do suffer from blackheads on other parts of the face, and even the body - luckily I only get them on my nose. Blackhead removing strips are a great way to remove those yucky blackheads, reduce excess oil and reduce the appearance of pores. 

Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips are a new product from their facial/body masks line. These anti-blackhead nose strips are enriched with charcoal - known for powerful absorption and cleansing. These strips retail for $3 each (just one strip). The Bocsia Black Strips retail for $28/2.33 per strip (12 nose strips). I wanted to like the Sephora strips, but was disappointed with the results. The strips have an unpleasant chemical scent. I think the goal was to make them smell fresh, but it's too strong and not nice. The strips went on easily, but after 20 minutes of drying, I pulled off the strip and was left with globs of black glue-like stuff on my face (pictured here). 

Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips are my favorite. Like Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips, Boscia Black Strips contain charcoal that draws out impurities. These detoxifying strips are easy to apply - cleanse face, wet your nose, place the strip across your nose, press (I like to wet the strip for extra contouring around my nose), wait 15-20 minutes and peel off from the outer-corners in. These strips are odor free and get the job done. 

I've also tried Nivea Clear-up Strips in the past and they too have an intense smell. Dear cosmetic companies, nobody wants a sheet of perfume sitting their nose for 15 minutes. While Nivea does have nose, chin and t-zone strips in one box (excellent idea), the scent is too much for me.
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Purifying Nose Strips

October 03, 2016
The facial feature people focus on most is your mouth and just north of your pearly whites is your nose - noticeable from most angles and usually crammed with impurities and closed pores, this part...

Beauty's Besties

September 26, 2016
I already have a blotterazzi and many beauty blenders, but I couldn't resist the beautyblender + Too Faced holiday kit. I'm like a deer in headlights when it comes to light pink! I love this set, especially the mini highlighting compact by Too Faced.

I'm lovin' the light pink original beautyblender. Good to know - wash your beautyblender prior to the first use and after each makeup application, and always wet your beautyblender before applying makeup - I wet my beautyblender in water, squeeze out excess water and then apply a few drops of oil (Farsali Rose Gold Elixir is amazing).

The blotterazzi compact is super cute and the teardrop shaped makeup sponges are more subtle than the original bright fuchsia blotterazzi. The blotterazzi is a reusable oil absorbing sponge. There are two pink sponges inside the plastic mirrored compact. The water drop shaped compact has a vent at the back and a clear, hygienic separator to keep the sponges fresh. The unique shape (a flat version of the beautyblender) allows you to blot the contours of your face with ease while removing excess oil. 

The Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighting powder duo comes in a small custom-designed compact. The Rosy Glow highlighting powder diffuses light, creating a subtle glow. Apply to your cheekbones, nose and brow line for a lit-from-within look. This mini Candlelight Glow compact is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel.
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Beauty's Besties

September 26, 2016
I already have a blotterazzi and many beauty blenders, but I couldn't resist the beautyblender + Too Faced holiday kit. I'm like a deer in headlights when it comes to light pink! I love this set,...

Bob Dylan and the Band

September 13, 2016
Midnight Rider Bob Dylan and the Band tee, Tru Blu sleeveless shirt dress, Rag & Bone Harrow booties, LV ALMA handbag, Chloé Isidora sunglasses
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Bob Dylan and the Band

September 13, 2016
Midnight Rider Bob Dylan and the Band tee, Tru Blu sleeveless shirt dress, Rag & Bone Harrow booties, LV ALMA handbag, Chloé Isidora

VIB Rouge

September 12, 2016
I usually ignore emails from Sephora and most other brands. The constant parade of 'new arrivals' emails can be annoying. I KNOW, I should just unsubscribe, but maybe I'll be in the mood for a looksie, or if I'm lucky there's a discount in there?! Since learning about Sephora's Beauty Insider Rewards Bazaar (I'll come back to that), I'm anxiously waiting for notifications from Sephora ..and it was my new fondness for Sephora emails that led me to a VIB Rouge in-store event. Perks - facials, makeovers, 4X the points and a gift with purchase. While I thought the event would be a little more extravagant, it was fun to stock my basket with all the stuff I'd been eyeing since the invite, and get 4X the points. The Georgetown location offered snacks and beverages and the staff were super friendly. I didn't indulge in the makeover/facials (I hate people touching my face), but I'd imagine it was fun for the other ladies. Sephora's VIB program reigns supreme - you get gifts, points for additional gifts, invitations to events... 

Sephora's Beauty Insider Rewards Bazaar is long overdue. Not sure if its just VIB Rouge or all VIB's? Every Tuesday and Thursday, new AMAZING rewards are available for 100 - 20000+ points (no purchase necessary). I have a ridiculous amount of points, and am super excited about the new program. Will let ya know if I snag any exceptional gifts.
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VIB Rouge

September 12, 2016
I usually ignore emails from Sephora and most other brands. The constant parade of 'new arrivals' emails can be annoying. I KNOW, I should just unsubscribe, but maybe I'll be in the mood for a...

American Days

September 06, 2016
See By Chloé floral off-shoulder dress, Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Chloé Jane mini bracelet bag, Chloé Isa denim wedge sandals 
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American Days

September 06, 2016
See By Chloé floral off-shoulder dress, Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Chloé Jane mini bracelet bag, Chloé Isa denim wedge

Georgetown

August 30, 2016
Caroline Constas Lou off the shoulder top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, LV ALMA handbag, Chloé Isidora sunglasses, Tibi Jack slides
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Georgetown

August 30, 2016
Caroline Constas Lou off the shoulder top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, LV ALMA handbag, Chloé Isidora sunglasses, Tibi Jack

Shop Planet Blue

August 22, 2016
Blue Life Comfy Cardi, Jen's Pirate Booty Diviner Tunic, Chloé Nano Drew handbag, Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Tibi Jack slides
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Shop Planet Blue

August 22, 2016
Blue Life Comfy Cardi, Jen's Pirate Booty Diviner Tunic, Chloé Nano Drew handbag, Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Tibi Jack

Ruffled Trim

August 15, 2016
Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Chloé linen ruffle tank top, Tibi Juna jogging pants, Tibi Jack slides
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Ruffled Trim

August 15, 2016
Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, Chloé linen ruffle tank top, Tibi Juna jogging pants, Tibi Jack

Sephora Sheet Masks

August 11, 2016
I'm dedicated to trying each mask in the Sephora collection. I really like the natural fiber eye masks and the line has expanded to include a lip masks, face masks, hand masks and a foot mask (I'm excited about that one). Yesterday was 'mask' day.. 

The Shea lip mask is a jelly-like, lip shaped mask that fits over the lips. The mask has an opening, so you can breathe easily and I guess talk if you had to. The texture is super strange and it does tingle a little. The mask is over-sized - anyone with lips that big, should really ease up on the fillers! The Shea lip mask is said to nourish and moisturize in 15 minutes. You can wear it sitting, standing, walking around, and it doesn't slide or drip. After 15 minutes, I removed the mask, wiped the access from my skin and left the remaining on my lips. DO NOT LICK YOUR LIPS - it doesn't taste good. Post application your lips feel a little sticky, but they appear moisturized. Jelly-like feeling aside, I like it. I'm definitely gonna repurchase during the cold season, when my lips are dry and chapped.

The Orchid eye mask scent is subtle and lovely (like a flower). My rosacea didn't flare up, but I had a little irritation around the outer edge. It's common for my skin to react to products. My under eye felt a little tighter, but I didn't see dramatic results from the one-time use. The Orchid eye mask is for anit-aging and smoothing, and like any anti-aging product, you need to use it for months, before you'll see any great results. 

The hand masks are fun and my favorite. There are two, non-drip hand gloves in a pack. Upon opening the packet, you'll notice the gloves are attached - tear at the perforated line, put them on, and pull the tabs around your wrist to seal in the moisturizing treatment. The inside has a fiber lining drenched in solution and the outside a plastic lining. Best thing about these masks is you can go about your business while wearing them (I vacuumed my house). The Aloe Vera hand mask is for ultra-moisturizing and beautifying (beautifying?). The fresh scent is amazing and the concept of a moisturizing glove is great. After use, my cuticles appeared nourished and my hands felt soft. I will repurchase and can't wait to try the foot mask.
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Sephora Sheet Masks

August 11, 2016
I'm dedicated to trying each mask in the Sephora collection. I really like the natural fiber eye masks and the line has expanded to include a lip masks, face masks, hand masks and a foot mask (I'm...

Back to Black (again)

August 05, 2016
The damage was irreversible and getting worse, so I went back to black (again). I couldn't handle the greenish blonde, gray roots and orange ends, and another coat of bleach would've completely destroyed my hair. The first black dye job didn't take and I had to go back one week later for another. After just one wash, the color diminished and the greenish/blonde was visible again (pictured here). 

During the first month post botched, bleaching job, I lost a lot of hair in the shower, while styling my hair (I was super gentle with the blow-dryer and absolutely no straightener), and while sleeping. There was hair all over my house! My hair is broken half way and even down to one inch in length in some areas. It feels like slime when I wash it and despite the two Olaplex treatments (one, two and three), I don't see a significant improvement. 

I had to consider a new hair style, cause my straw-like do was terrible. I went to Miami to see my long-time, AMAZING stylist for treatments and a cut. The hair on the top of my head and at the front was more destroyed than the back and had to be chopped off. I was hoping for the Alexa Chung style, but it didn't work with my face, so we cut bangs. 

My stylist in Miami suggested Kérastase Bain Force Architecte shampoo, Kérastase Resistance Cement Anit-usure Strengthening Anti-breakage Cream, Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex and Bumble and Bumble Repair. 

I was harping on Olaplex bad and explained how I was loosing so much hair and saw no improvement. He says Olaplex does work and links the broken bonds in your hair, but mine was so damaged that only time and proper care would repair it. My stylist said that it may not seem like the Olaplex is helping, but maybe if I hadn't been using it, my hair would be in worse condition - I can't imagine it being worse than this! 

I'm no hair specialist, but from my experience I'm gonna say that Olaplex may work and link the broken bonds in your hair caused by chemical treatments, but there are limits. Olaplex can't immediately repair damage caused by hair bleach and will not maintain your hair through 5+ applications of bleach. Hair stylists may be able to push the envelope further, but Olaplex is not a miracle treatment and won't maintain the integrity of your hair if you push the bleaching process too far. Unfortunately, I've learned this the hard way. The stylists who bleached my hair went too far and greatly compromised the integrity of my hair. For details on my botched, bleaching job see below..
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Back to Black (again)

August 05, 2016
The damage was irreversible and getting worse, so I went back to black (again). I couldn't handle the greenish blonde, gray roots and orange ends, and another coat of bleach would've completely...

Botched Bleach Job

August 03, 2016
While laying in bed perusing the Internet for a hairstyle to mask the damage from my recent salon experience, I can feel my face heating up (rosacea - theres no hiding when I'm mad). I gotta get out of bed and tell you about my botched, bleaching experience. Imma try to keep it short, but it's been tragic watching my hair deteriorate and I have a lot to bitch about!

I wanna start by saying, I'm no stranger to bleaching my hair. I tried to go from black to blonde last year. My stylist at the time insisted we take it slow and after two rounds (four weeks apart), I decided to go back to black. I didn't like the in-between, warm shades. There was minimal damage to my hair - it was dry for a few weeks, but the integrity of my hair remained strong. My recent bleaching experience was very different..

My stylist was on vacation, so I booked an appointment with the salon owner. She started off with her thirty-second elevator pitch and I gotta say, I was impressed. She had decades of experience and was operating out of her second salon. Y'all know I have color-treated, black hair. At the time it was short, very healthy, and super shiny. The salon owner asked if I'd consider lightening my hair and I explained the experience I had one year prior (see video on the blog). She said there is a new product called 'Olaplex', that will allow a stylist to bleach the clients hair many times without comprising the integrity of the hair. She claimed that I could go from black to blonde in one day and my hair would remain healthy. 

I went home and researched Olaplex. There is not one bad review on this stuff. I bought into the hype and three weeks later was ready to bleach the shit out of my hair! I'd had black hair long enough and the trendy silver/blonde shade was a much-needed change. Eight weeks later, I realize that these reviews are not entirely true - Imma call it 'photoshopped' reviews. They ommit the 'hair drama' and 'time-lapse', to produce a dramatic hair transformation and promote their expertise. 

My stylist was back in the salon and hesitant to make me silver/blonde, but the salon owner was there to mentor and seemed confident. The first bleach was on the ends, the second bleaching went from root to ends and the third was a purple colored bleach to combat the orange. At this time, my head is burning, we're all tired and my stylist says it's enough for today. I was in shock - they expected me to walk around for one week with bright 'leeloo' hair?! To add salt to my wounds, I had a birthday dinner to attend that weekend. FUCK! 

The following morning, I woke up and felt crusty blobs in my hair. After further examination, I realized I had many burns on my scalp that had secreted and clumped in my hair throughout the night. Not pleasant. Oh and it's been eight weeks and the wound (pictured above) just healed completely. 

One week later, I went back to hopefully finalize the process and leave with silver/blonde hair. The first bleaching (fourth in total) didn't remove the orange, so we did another. Then she applied the gray color. I honestly didn't think the gray was gonna cover the orange. Now my hair is green and both stylists are panicking. The salon owner calls Wella and Olaplex for advise. This is a bad sign.. She says 'you know what we have to do' - 'go back to black'. Are you fucking kidding me?! After thirty minutes of them pondering the botched job done on my hair, speaking in Dutch (I don't speak Dutch), she suggested we apply a blonde color. I asked if there was bleach in it (it's blonde after all) and she said no, just color. The color wasn't evenly applied and my head started burning (hmm..). I told my stylist and she said 'can you go another ten minutes?' I'm desperate, so ok.. The green diminished, but I was not happy leaving the salon AGAIN with a hideous hair color. It was greenish/yellow, with gray roots and orange ends! Oh and my scalp was bright red.

While the interim greenish/blonde shade was bearable, the damage was irreversible and getting worse everyday. I couldn't get a brush through my hair and had to go back for treatments and a blow-dry twice a week. My stylist said the treatments were at her expense. Oh gee thanks. You destroyed my hair, it looks terrible, you still charged me full price and for every blow-dry, but you'll cover the cost of treatments - you're so generous (insert sarcastic tone).

I know I agreed and I have myself to blame. If something is too good to be true, it ain't true! I still can't help but feel mislead by the salon owner - she was negligent and experimented on my hair, lacked hair bleaching/Olaplex knowledge and showed no empathy for the damage caused. She didn't apologize, accept blame, say hello, or look me in the eyes during the following weeks of treatments and blow-drys. My stylist didn't apologize either. During my last blow-dry she said, 'I didn't want to do this and now it's my problem'. I could sense that she was upset with her superior and felt bad about the outcome, but still showed little compassion. It's unfortunate that she will go down with the ship, but I had to share my experience - I realize she didn't endorse this hair transformation, but she did administer it. 

You can't go from black to blonde in one day. It takes time and patients. Don't trust any stylist that claims you can go from black to blonde in hours or that Olaplex will maintain your healthy hair through five+ bleachings. It's not the fountain of youth for hair and can't instantly reverse the harsh effects of hair bleach. 
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Botched Bleach Job

August 03, 2016
While laying in bed perusing the Internet for a hairstyle to mask the damage from my recent salon experience, I can feel my face heating up (rosacea - theres no hiding when I'm mad). I gotta get out...

Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

July 08, 2016
I purchased the Party Lash Set by Bobbi Brown, so I could try three new mascaras for a fraction of the price and not feel bad about tossing the little tubes if they didn't suit my needs. This set retails for $52 - if you purchase the the three full-sized mascaras, the curler and a travel size makeup remover, it would cost $123! I always say mini's, samples and sets are the best way to try products. You may even discover a new must-have. The Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in this set is my new must-have. I would've never purchased a micro wand and it hadn't occurred to me that I need multiple mascaras in my beauty routine. My new discovery prompted me to talk about mascara wands, and so..
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Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

July 08, 2016
I purchased the Party Lash Set by Bobbi Brown, so I could try three new mascaras for a fraction of the price and not feel bad about tossing the little tubes if they didn't suit my needs. This set...

Multiple Mascaras in Your Beauty Routine

July 08, 2016
Size and shape of a mascara brush, and density and flexibility of the bristles are important when choosing a mascara. The formula is relevant, but they're all similar and the brush is what really defines a great mascara. Depending on your needs, eye shape and lash length, the right wand is necessary. 

Buxom Lash mascara is my favorite. The hourglass-shaped brush has long, closely packed plastic bristles that evenly coat your lashes without clumping. Want length and drama? You will love Buxom Lash. For a more natural look, start at the lash line and work your way up (or down), applying layers until you've reached your desired thickness. This will create a curled lash with more definition at the lash line. I focus on my outer lash line and apply less as I move towards the inner corner of my eye. For thick, dramatic lashes, apply one or two coats on the ends first and then apply to the lash line. Love to layer coats of mascara - this is the brush for you. 

The larger your mascara brush, the more difficult it is to reach the outer lash line and coat your bottom lashes. The micro wand is perfect for coating 'every' lash. Before applying my volumizing Buxom Lash mascara, I apply Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara by Bobbi Brown at the outer corner of my eyes. Heavier mascara at the lash line and outer corner creates drama and intensifies your look. 

Want thicker, plumped lashes? Try a large, dense brush. Oversized wands pick up a lot of product and thus allow you to apply more product with every sweep. Wiggle the brush at the roots, so the fibre bristles can wrap around your lashes for 360° coating. This method will seriously plump your lashes and create major volume.

Tapered wands are a two-in-one brush shape. The densely packed fibre bristles and thick base will plump your lashes. The skinny tip allows for more precision and coating those hard to reach lashes.

The curved brush is shaped similar to your lash line and allows for even coverage. This brush is great for curling your lashes. 

A Spiral brush or curved bristles grab onto your lashes, coating every little hair evenly. You can create serious volume with the style wand.

I had never seen a Round brush until Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes mascara. I love this mascara and the brush is excellent for precise application. You can focus on each section individually, rather than the 'all-over sweep' you get with tradition brushes. The round brush is also great for coating the outer corner giving you a more dramatic look.
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Multiple Mascaras in Your Beauty Routine

July 08, 2016
Size and shape of a mascara brush, and density and flexibility of the bristles are important when choosing a mascara. The formula is relevant, but they're all similar and the brush is what really...

Cleanse & Rejuvenate

July 05, 2016
10 days left in Amsterdam and then I'm moving back to the U.S. - YAY! The house is packed, and 'I've' been packing my body with all the yummy (unhealthy) foods Amsterdam has to offer. After weeks of consuming anything and everything, I'm feelin' a little heavy (in every sense of the word). I need to kickstart a healthier lifestyle and rejuvenate my body. 

For the next 72 hours, I'm focused on my go-to juice cleanse by Juice Brothers and favorite teatox, SkinnyMint. No food, just liquids! It's not as hard as you think - you just gotta stay focused on the benefits. I've done many juice cleanses and favor the green juices over fruity blends. Too much sweet, makes me crave salt, but the bitter greens deter me from sneaking salty snacks. Master cleanse is my favorite; maple syrup, lemon and cayenne make the perfect morning drink. Oh, and the nut milks are a nice treat at the end of the day. I honestly don't struggle with juice cleansing; especially the hard cleanse by Juice Brothers. I think they key is to find juices that taste good. 

I'll also consume about 4 cups of green tea, SkinnyMint tea and 2 liters of water a day. Yeah, Imma be on the toilet all-day long! Green tea is a miracle beverage. I drink Sencha green tea everyday to keep the bloat to a minimum, and reap the health benefits the antioxidants and nutrients have on the body. After I finish the juice cleanse, it's salad, fruit, veggies and chicken for the next few weeks. Imma look fabulous, my skin will glow and I'll feel energetic again. Sometimes your body just a needs a restart and after 3 days of liquids, even green beans taste good! You will be inclined to eat healthier.

Juice/tea cleansing tips: 
Set reasonable goals (you can't go a week without food). 
The end of your cleanse should land on a weekend, so you can relax and avoid over exerting yourself.
If you absolutely have to eat something, opt for avocado with olive oil or lemon. Salt free nuts will also curve your cravings.
Choose juice blends that you'll enjoy (well, mostly).
Do the cleanse with a partner, so you can support each other and smack the other if they're dreaming about french fries!
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Cleanse & Rejuvenate

July 05, 2016
10 days left in Amsterdam and then I'm moving back to the U.S. - YAY! The house is packed, and 'I've' been packing my body with all the yummy (unhealthy) foods Amsterdam has to offer. After weeks of...

Photo Matte Eyes

June 29, 2016
What I like about the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes travel palette is the size, neutral-matte shades (I'm anti-sparkle), and blendability. This compact eye shadow palette is super mini, and great for travel, or on-the-go application. The eight matte shades meet all of my natural or amped-up eye makeup needs. I use the Canyon (dark brown) and Haze (light gray) for liner. Canyon has a cool undertone, and doubles as a brow powder for darker, fuller eyebrows. The Rosehip (my favorite) and Vanilla shades are the perfect base and the pale rose shade looks nice alone. This little palette has a lot to offer!
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Photo Matte Eyes

June 29, 2016
What I like about the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes travel palette is the size, neutral-matte shades (I'm anti-sparkle), and blendability. This compact eye shadow palette is super mini, and...

Skin Illuminating Cleanser

June 24, 2016
I received a deluxe sample of the Skin Illuminating Cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia Fit. Instant obsession. The smell is so refreshing - a kind of citrus meets a subtle floral scent. Oh and I LOVE soapsuds (hair, face, body - I need bubbles)! This milky cleanser gets super sudsy, so I'd recommend using a tiny amount. The first time I used this Skin Illuminating Cleanser, I put a big dollop on the brush, and had suds running all down my face and décolletage. 

After a few weeks, my skin was visibly brighter and more vibrant. This cleanser contains licorice root extract - which lightens skin, peppermint leaf extract to sooth the skin and Gingko Biloba leaf extract to increase circulation. 

Clarisonic's Skin Illuminating Cleanser is meant to be used in the AM, but I use it at night. There's nothing better than removing all your makeup with a super refreshing cleanser that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. I'm a fan and will definitely repurchase. 

I should mention that I use cleansing oil in the AM. If you cleanse your face thoroughly in the evening, there's no need to use your Clarisonic in the morning. I also exfoliate regularly and use my Clarisonic every night, so a little oil nourishment in my beauty routine is necessary.

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Skin Illuminating Cleanser

June 24, 2016
I received a deluxe sample of the Skin Illuminating Cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia Fit. Instant obsession. The smell is so refreshing - a kind of citrus meets a subtle floral scent. Oh and I LOVE...

Illuminate All Over

June 15, 2016
I'm not a fan of sparkles on my face, but the illuminating trend has brands producing barely-there 'micro sparkles', and I'm loving the effect. In reality, there not sparkles per say, but rather, light-reflective powders - still look like sparkles to me! My favorite is Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder. It's super subtle, and gives a natural glow. The pearlescent pigments of the correcting powder illuminate your skin, while setting your makeup. This is an 'apply all over' product and a must-have this summer. 
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Illuminate All Over

June 15, 2016
I'm not a fan of sparkles on my face, but the illuminating trend has brands producing barely-there 'micro sparkles', and I'm loving the effect. In reality, there not sparkles per say, but rather,...

Electro Bunny

June 13, 2016
McQ Alexander McQueen Electro Bunny sweater dress, Converse sneakers, LV ALMA handbag
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Electro Bunny

June 13, 2016
McQ Alexander McQueen Electro Bunny sweater dress, Converse sneakers, LV ALMA

What is Your Perfect Match?

June 08, 2016
I just received my online order from KOH Cosmetics and love this KOH color card. There are 227 colored stickers for you to try on and determine which ones you like. What a fantastic idea! Attention ALL nail polish brands - we want color cards!

I'm a huge KOH Cosmetics fan and am a little bummed that the store has closed in Amsterdam (insert sad face). kohcosmetics.com seems to be the only way to shop this amazing nail care brand these days. My favorite KOH Cosmetics products are the Hand Nourisher, Nourishing Cuticle Brush, Anti-Aging Base Coat (it's the perfect pink color), Essential Nail Serum, Crystal Nail File To Go, Gentle Cuticle Stick, and the Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set. I'm branding KOH Cosmetics a 'premiere designer' of nail care and encourage you to shop this elite brand.
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What is Your Perfect Match?

June 08, 2016
I just received my online order from KOH Cosmetics and love this KOH color card. There are 227 colored stickers for you to try on and determine which ones you like. What a fantastic idea! Attention...

Transform Your Look

June 06, 2016
Dramatically change your look AND simplify your beauty routine with Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel, Buxom Lash Mascara and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. The 'easy' fresh-faced, summer look is my favorite and I'm a self-proclaimed pro at this 'no makeup, makeup' look. Gimme Brow, Buxom mascara and Extreme lip plumper are my 'I can't live without' makeup products for this simple look. 

If you follow my blog, you know I'm no stranger to lip injections! Unfortunately, filler diminishes and you can only inject so much in a period of time. When your accustom to full lips and awaiting your next visit to the dermatologist, Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme will give you the ultimate pouty lip. The non-sticky gloss will give you an 'extreme' tingly feeling (love that) and your lips will appear much fuller within minutes. I have tried too many lip plumpers to mention and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme still reigns supreme. 

Of course, when a new 'revolutionary' mascara hits the beauty scene, I'm the first to buy it, but I always go back to Buxom Lash Mascara. This mascara goes on light and builds nicely, without clumping. There's never too much product on the brush and the little bristles do a great job separating your lashes evenly. The brush is big, so getting into the corner can be an issue - Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long Wear Mascara is perfect for the outer corner. I know artists say to let the first coat dry and the aptly the next, but I disagree. Continuously applying Buxom Lash mascara will create longer, voluminous lashes with no mess.

Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel is fairly new product in my makeup routine. Despite its newbie status, this little tube takes priority. I can do without mascara, but not brow gel. Gimme Brow has a thick, creamy texture that allows you to layer the product and build up your eyebrow hairs. Tip: let the first coat dry before applying the next. The short wand and little tapered brush (it's all about the brush) allow for precise application. Using little pressure and short strokes you can transform your brows in little time. The product does claim to adhere to skin allowing you to create artificial hairs. I prefer to keep it natural and avoid 'overdoing' my brows. Penciled-in brows look great in pics, but not so nice up close. Benefit Gimme brow gel is a 'MUST-HAVE'.
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Transform Your Look

June 06, 2016
Dramatically change your look AND simplify your beauty routine with Benefit Gimme Brow volumizing fiber gel, Buxom Lash Mascara and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. The 'easy' fresh-faced, summer...

Mini Bracelet Bag

June 01, 2016
Tibi shirt, All Saints sweater, J Brand jeans, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Chloé Jane mini bracelet bag
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Mini Bracelet Bag

June 01, 2016
Tibi shirt, All Saints sweater, J Brand jeans, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Chloé Jane mini bracelet

Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara

May 23, 2016
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara is definitely 'too cool'. This multitasking mascara allows you to adjust the curve of the brush head to suit your eye-enhancing needs. The dial at the end of the wand clicks as the brush goes from straight to curved (it's a three-in-one). I'm sitting by my computer, waiting patiently for the unveiling at Sephora..
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Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara

May 23, 2016
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara is definitely 'too cool'. This multitasking mascara allows you to adjust the curve of the brush head to suit your eye-enhancing needs. The dial...

Trend: Espadrilles

May 18, 2016
The plaited fibre sole defines the Espadrille, a summer must-have this season. This long-time Spring/Summer favorite is taking on a new identity in 2016 and showcasing innovative, fun designs. 

Espadrilles are a given during the summer and embellished espadrilles are even better. I love the tassels on Aquazurra's pale yellow espadrilles (pictured here). I purchased a pair of Chloé espadrille wedge sandals (kinda like the ones pictured here), and while I'm nervous to balance on 5 inches of fibre sole, I can't wait to wear them.

Espadrille sneakers are having a big fashion moment and I want them all! Sneakers have been dominating our looks for many seasons and combining these two shoe designs is genius. The fibre sole or in the case of Alexander Wang's sneaker espadrilles with a fibre toe-cap, adds a freshness to the sneaker and brings the long-time favorite shoe into summer. You can wear the sneaker espadrille with tailored pants, joggers, dresses, and basically anything in your closet. The espadrille sneaker is cool, chic and on-trend.

Pictured here: Alexander Wang sneaker espadrilles, (available at NET-A-PORTER) Castaner Carina canvas espadrilles, Castaner fringe canvas espadrilles, Chloé printed canvas espadrilles, Chloé espadrille wedge sandals, Tod's leather espadrilles, (available at mytheresa.com) Aquazurra Palm Beach espadrilles, Rag & Bone Gina suede espadrille ankle boots, Miu Miu patent leather espadrille sneakers, Kenzo embroidered espadrilles
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Trend: Espadrilles

May 18, 2016
The plaited fibre sole defines the Espadrille, a summer must-have this season. This long-time Spring/Summer favorite is taking on a new identity in 2016 and showcasing innovative, fun...

Skincare To Go

May 13, 2016
I purchased Bobbi's Skincare On The Fly set in the Sephora 'Check-out trap'. You know, where they sell mini versions of all our favorite cosmetics at exuberant prices - I love that section! I always find great little products and kits while waiting my turn in the line. What starts out as 'I made it under budget' quickly becomes 'oh shit! How did that happen?' 

I have been using Bobbi Brown makeup for years; it's practically all I use. After recently dabbling into the Bobbi Brown skincare line (the Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio), I decided I'm loving this stuff and gotta see what else there is. This Skincare On The Go kit is excellent! I was hesitant to wash my face with cleansing 'oil', but after a week of no pimples or extra oily skin, I'm hooked. The smell is refreshing, and your skin feels super soft. The Hydrating Eye Cream and Face Cream are amazing too. They have a creamy-jelly texture that absorbs quickly and leaves your skin bright and plumped. These creams are excellent under makeup. They create the perfect, nourished canvas for better makeup application and an even look. The Hydrating Face Cream quickly became my favorite. I've already purchased the full-size face cream (pictured above) and plan to buy the Cleansing Oil in the near future. 

Bobbi Brown sets are a great way to try a number of products, at a fraction of the cost. If you don't like them or they disagree with your skin, you didn't invest 'too' much money. If you like the products, even better, cause now you have mini versions for travel.
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Skincare To Go

May 13, 2016
I purchased Bobbi's Skincare On The Fly set in the Sephora 'Check-out trap'. You know, where they sell mini versions of all our favorite cosmetics at exuberant prices - I love that section! I always...

Hunkemöller Haul

May 11, 2016
I recently discovered Hunkemöller in Amsterdam and am kinda obsessed. I'm a pajama addict and when I saw the 'pink' collection through the window, I knew I'd be hooked.. 

Hunkemöller is the Dutch version (replica) of Victoria's Secret. While the quality is a little less than that of our favorite American retailer of lingerie, I like the selection of styles and colors. One important things to mention; size up, cause after one or two washes, the items shrink (a lot). I'm usually an XS in pj's and undies, but would purchase a SM at Hunkemöller. I absolutely love the bralets. They're lined (I need that), super comfy and did you know bralets are having a big moment in fashion this summer?! I have bralets from Victoria's Secret and prefer the Hunkemöller styles (just sayin'). If you're visiting Amsterdam and ran out of undies, Hunkemöller has great deals (similar to VS); 3 for €20 or get one free. The staff are super helpful and the store's are well-done. I'm a fan!
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Hunkemöller Haul

May 11, 2016
I recently discovered Hunkemöller in Amsterdam and am kinda obsessed. I'm a pajama addict and when I saw the 'pink' collection through the window, I knew I'd be hooked.. Hunkemöller is the...

The Hydrating Prescription

May 05, 2016
Planes and hotels wreak havoc on your nails! It's only been a few days since my pre-vacation mani and they already look terrible. Of course, I packed a Formula X CLIX! nail polish set. I've posted about these mini nail polish kits many times and have only great things to say. These little sets of polish, serums and oils are perfect for travel, small in size and meet all of your on-the-go mani needs. 

I've tried three different CLIX! quads in the past and decided to pack the Hydrating Prescription for my international trip. The Hydrating Prescription CLIX! quad contains a Prime Condition base coat, Sheer Strength nail color in Wondrous, Condition Plus top coat and Quench cuticle oil. The color polish is the same as all the other kits; a sheer pink (neutral and pretty). The top coat is like any other top coat and the cuticle oil (essential when traveling) is my favorite in this set. I didn't really like the base coat - it went on heavy and because I applied the next step too soon, the base coat dragged across my nails like wet glue and made a hot mess. I tried to carry on, but after a few attempts to cover the damage decided to start again.. I get super frustrated if I have to take polish off and re-do, so I just scraped the first step and applied the color, top coat and oil. Unfortunately, its the base coat that gives your nails extra nourishment, so I didn't get the 'hydrating' experience. The end result; nice color and an 'ok' on-the-go mani.
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The Hydrating Prescription

May 05, 2016
Planes and hotels wreak havoc on your nails! It's only been a few days since my pre-vacation mani and they already look terrible. Of course, I packed a Formula X CLIX! nail polish set. I've posted...

Gift With Purchase

May 02, 2016
Another reason to shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com rather than visit the beauty counter. With every $100 order, you receive a Bobbi Brown gift with purchase. The gift usually consists of three mini (deluxe size) products and this trio changes often. Being a mini fanatic, I wait for my favorite products in mini form and then make my online purchase (I know!). 

I just received a Long-Wear Eye Pencil, a mini Eye-Opening Mascara, and a mini Instant Long-Wear makeup Remover. All my 'travel' eye makeup needs are met. Now, just weeks later, there is a new trio available. The Bronze Babe Set includes a mini lip gloss, a mini bronzing powder (love), and WAIT a mini face blender brush. I WANT!

*Remember to look at the very top of the web page for the gift with purchase code.
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Gift With Purchase

May 02, 2016
Another reason to shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com rather than visit the beauty counter. With every $100 order, you receive a Bobbi Brown gift with purchase. The gift usually consists of three mini...

Threading by Anna

April 28, 2016

One 'NOT SO FINE' day, my long time favorite wax strips left a harsh skin burn on my upper lip. I visited the Dermatologist and she claimed it was a severe skin burn, prescribed medicated cream, constant icing and to take cover from the sun for a few weeks. She also recommended that I ditch the wax and start treading my upper lip and brows. Excellent advice - I've been threading for years and will never go back to wax. Yes, it hurts! Yes, I shed a tear everytime! But it works great and with little irritation to your skin. I've never experienced harsh side effects from threading. 

Tips - Find yourself an experienced threader; they know tricks to reduce the pain. Push your tongue against the inside of your upper lip so the skin is taught while threading the sides. When threading the upper part of your lip (by your nose) pull your upper lip down so the skin is stretch and taught. Visit your threading professional frequently, cause the more regrowth you have the more it hurts. Most threading professionals like to use alcohol after, but I prefer to go bare and let my skin heal on its own. The pain stops almost immediately after the treading stops and the redness diminishes quickly. 
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Threading by Anna

April 28, 2016
One 'NOT SO FINE' day, my long time favorite wax strips left a harsh skin burn on my upper lip. I visited the Dermatologist and she claimed it was a severe skin burn, prescribed medicated cream,...

Marlies Möller

April 25, 2016
I really like my 'mini' Marlies Möller Essential Hair and Scalp Brush, and assumed all the styling brushes in this line would be great. So, with big expectations, I purchased three full-sized Marlies Möller hair brushes.

I was really anticipating great results from the Thermo Volume Ceramic Styling Brush and kinda feel let down. It styles ok (like most ceramic brushes) and matches my set, but the squared handle is impossible to swiftly rotate while you blow-dry. After the first use, my hand and wrist hurt. I'm fairly good with a round ceramic brush, but this handle just slows me down. 

The All Around Hair Brush (pictured center) claims to remove residue left by products and cleanse your dry hair. I have oily hair and was hoping this would aid in my mission to wash less often. The directions say to brush your hair in all directions, morning and night. Does it cleanse your hair? I don't think so! It does however feel nice on your scalp; like a 'bristle scalp massage'. I wouldn't recommend using it in the AM - it causes major static. 

The Hair & Scalp Massage Brush is the full-sized version of the 'mini' Essential Hair & Scalp brush I posted about a few months ago. The larger brush detangles easily and is an overall great paddle brush. These brushes look nice (I love the wooden handle), but there are much better hair brushes out there. 
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Marlies Möller

April 25, 2016
I really like my 'mini' Marlies Möller Essential Hair and Scalp Brush, and assumed all the styling brushes in this line would be great. So, with big expectations, I purchased three full-sized...

Chloé Jane

April 22, 2016
I always look forward to the fashion at Coachella. I admire all the ladies donning their 'I'm a bohemian, festival-goin', cool girl" look. This years fashion choices definitely inspired me to purchase the Chloé Jane Mini Bracelet bag. LOVE! 
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Chloé Jane

April 22, 2016
I always look forward to the fashion at Coachella. I admire all the ladies donning their 'I'm a bohemian, festival-goin', cool girl" look. This years fashion choices definitely inspired me to...

Beautiful Days

April 21, 2016
Mango dress, Banjo & Matilda Jeronimo cardigan, Rag & Bone Harrow suede booties, Chloé Drew fringed shoulder bag 
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Beautiful Days

April 21, 2016
Mango dress, Banjo & Matilda Jeronimo cardigan, Rag & Bone Harrow suede booties, Chloé Drew fringed shoulder

Online Exclusive

April 15, 2016
Y'all know I love miniature versions of my favorite products and will go to great lengths to get them! Bobbi Brown has 'online exclusive' trios including one of three beauty-boosting face masks, along with two mini (deluxe sample size) products to compliment the face mask. For an extra $13 you get two mini products - I'm all in! If you're gonna buy the masks anyway, purchase them online and get the trio. It's a great way to try other Bobbi Brown products without paying full-price. I'm a huge Bobbi Brown fan and would love to buy every product (that suits my needs), but it's expensive stuff. bobbibrowncosmetics.com often has exclusive sets and a gift with purchase - more mini's! Of course you gotta into the store for makeup, color choices and custom advise, but once you've determined your product line, shop bobbibrowncosmetics.com. 

I posted about these masks a few months ago, but let me recap; I'm branding these masks - The Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio. Instant Detox, Radiance Boost and Skin Nourish can be used together or individually to address your specific needs. I'm obsessed!

The Instant Detox is my favorite. This clay-based mask is creamy, has a refreshing citrus scent and kinda cools your skin while you detox. This mask will leave you feeling refreshed and super clean. The Instant Detox deep cleanse removes excess oil, tightens my skin and my complexion looks AMAZING! I use the Instant Detox and the the Radiance Boost twice a week - This deep cleanse/radiance boosting treatment is my favorite facial pick-me-up. The online exclusive Beauty Sleep Trio includes: Instant Detox Mask (75ml), Extra Repair Moisture Balm (7ml), and Extra Repair Eye Cream (3ml).

The superfine Walnut Grain Beads in Radiance Boost, gently exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. This mask leaves my skin feeling super-tight (I like that), and my complexion is brighter. The orange scent is invigorating - I'm partial to citrus scents in facial care cosmetics. The online exclusive Radiant Glow Trio includes: Radiance Boost Mask (75ml), Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (5ml), and Hydrating Face Tonic (15ml).

I also use the Skin Nourish once a week before bed. This lightweight mask is creamy, the scent is calming, and I love a mask that you can leave-on throughout the night. In the morning you will have plump smooth, nourished skin. The online exclusive Thirsty Skin Trio includes: Skin Nourish Mask (75ml), Extra Treatment Lotion (15ml), and Extra Face Oil (3ml). 
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Online Exclusive

April 15, 2016
Y'all know I love miniature versions of my favorite products and will go to great lengths to get them! Bobbi Brown has 'online exclusive' trios including one of three beauty-boosting face masks,...

Creamy Body Wash Pods

April 13, 2016
The 'creamy body wash pods' wall at Sephora on Champs-Elysées in Paris is worth the visit. It reminds me of a candy store, but for cosmetic addicts! Each pod contains 7.9 ml of body wash; enough for one shower and perfect for travel. Just crack the tip and enjoy the delicious scents. There are ten scents and they all smell amazing. I love the coconut, vanilla and chocolate. 
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Creamy Body Wash Pods

April 13, 2016
The 'creamy body wash pods' wall at Sephora on Champs-Elysées in Paris is worth the visit. It reminds me of a candy store, but for cosmetic addicts! Each pod contains 7.9 ml of body wash;...

Bobbi Brown Haul

April 12, 2016
These are my favorite days - goin' buck wild at Bobbi Brown! Once I get through all these products, I'll post my opinion.. 
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Bobbi Brown Haul

April 12, 2016
These are my favorite days - goin' buck wild at Bobbi Brown! Once I get through all these products, I'll post my

See by Chloé

April 08, 2016
See by Chloé sweater, Chloé Jodie camera bag, J Brand jeans, Rag & Bone sneakers, Tibi Toscana shearling coat
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See by Chloé

April 08, 2016
See by Chloé sweater, Chloé Jodie camera bag, J Brand jeans, Rag & Bone sneakers, Tibi Toscana shearling

Brow Aid Kit

April 06, 2016
How cute is Sephora's Brow Aid kit - set of three mini brow tools! At half the size of full-sized tweezers, these little shaping tools take 'mini' to a whole new level. This set includes everything you need to groom your brows on-the-go: the mini slant tweezers, an angled shaping and defining brush, and the brow spoolie come in a thin, clear pouch (perfect travel size). I carry the brow spoolie in my purse (just in case my brows get outta hand). These miniature tools work just as well as your full-sized brow tools. LOVE!
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Brow Aid Kit

April 06, 2016
How cute is Sephora's Brow Aid kit - set of three mini brow tools! At half the size of full-sized tweezers, these little shaping tools take 'mini' to a whole new level. This set includes everything...

Perfecting & Brightening

April 04, 2016
Last month I posted the Pomegranate Eye Mask and said I'd try other Sephora eye masks and let ya know what I thought.. I recently used the Sephora Perfecting & Brightening eye mask. Unlike the first eye mask I tried in this collection, this mask did not irritate my rosacea. Everything bothers my skin, so I'm happy when I find products that don't turn my face bright red! This white pearl infused mask claims to illuminate your skin - not sure my under eyes appear brighter (it's gonna take more than a fifteen minute mask to fix my under eye problems), but my skin feels and looks nourished. I'm happy with the results.

Application is easy, the masks wraps around your under eye area and up to your brows (good coverage) and the serum-like solution doesn't run down your face. The Pomegranate eye masks had a subtle, refreshing scent. This mask however had a funny smell - not bad, but not pleasant. I have six more masks to go..
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Perfecting & Brightening

April 04, 2016
Last month I posted the Pomegranate Eye Mask and said I'd try other Sephora eye masks and let ya know what I thought.. I recently used the Sephora Perfecting & Brightening eye mask. Unlike...

It's Potent

April 01, 2016
My under eye area has been super dry all winter, causing my brightener and concealer to become cakey and appear flaky (not nice). I tried so many creams and at the advice of a magazine, fell upon Benefit It's Potent eye cream. HALELUAH! This cream doesn't get great reviews, but I think its amazing. Its claim is to brighten eyes and fade dark circles - does it do this? Not really, but that's not what I bought it for anyway! They should brand this cream 'super nourishing' and 'the solution to caky makeup'. Within a week, my under eye area was no longer dry (it's a miracle). 

It's Potent has a light-creamy, silky feel that glides on effortlessly and creates the perfect base for under eye makeup. I apply more makeup than before (which of course makes me look better) and it doesn't flake or appear cakey at all. YAY! I'm delighted with the results.

So, here's what happened to me - I dropped it and cream went everywhere (seriously everywhere). I lost most of the jar on the floor, the wall and my pants. I love it, so I purchased a new one. Be careful of heavy glass jars; they bounce! 
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It's Potent

April 01, 2016
My under eye area has been super dry all winter, causing my brightener and concealer to become cakey and appear flaky (not nice). I tried so many creams and at the advice of a magazine, fell upon...

Fringed Tunic

March 29, 2016
Proenza Schouler cable knit fringed tunic, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'Heart' bag, Mother faux leather leggings, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots
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Fringed Tunic

March 29, 2016
Proenza Schouler cable knit fringed tunic, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'Heart' bag, Mother faux leather leggings, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee

Jeweled Cap Toe

March 25, 2016
I love my Miu Miu jeweled cap toe sneakers! Paired with jeans and an oversized sweater, the shoes make your statement. 
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Jeweled Cap Toe

March 25, 2016
I love my Miu Miu jeweled cap toe sneakers! Paired with jeans and an oversized sweater, the shoes make your

Bobbi Brown Travel Brushes

March 21, 2016
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown makeup brushes and am super excited that the latest limited edition travel brush set includes a blush brush. This is unheard of for Bobbi Brown! For every regular sized makeup brush I own (except the blush brush), I had a travel size to match and have been on the hunt for a appropriately sized, good quality brush. YAY! My set is complete - and then some.. The blush brush is amazing and reminds me that a new blush brush allows for perfect application, so of course, now I want a new regular sized! 

This set includes an ultra-fine eye liner brush, eye shadow brush, concealer blending brush, eye sweep brush, foundation brush and blush brush. Combined with travel brushes from my previous BB sets, I am stocked and ready for makeup application on the road. The travel case can hold many more brushes, is slim and chic. The quality of these brushes is excellent. The brush heads are soft, natural feeling and rarely do the hairs fall out. What's great about this set, is the brass plated handles are compact, but the brush heads are full size. 

One thing I should mention is that after the first wash, the blush brush had a really pungent smell. It was unbearable, so I washed it again and then again with beautyblender liquid cleanser. The smell has diminished, but remains. I'm still gonna use it (funny scent and all).
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Bobbi Brown Travel Brushes

March 21, 2016
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown makeup brushes and am super excited that the latest limited edition travel brush set includes a blush brush. This is unheard of for Bobbi Brown! For every regular sized...

Tea-Talks

March 18, 2016
Flat Tummy Tea is a two-step herbal detox claiming to cleanse your system, stimulate digestion and reduce bloating. I posted a review about Flat Tummy Tea a few months ago and thought I'd do a comparison to another natural teatox program, Skinny Mint. This 28 day, two-step teatox is designed to kick start a healthy lifestyle, increase your energy levels and naturally cleanse your body. Basically, both teas make the same claims, but in different words. I'm not gonna get into the ingredient details for each tea, cause I'd be writing for days, but I will give you a quick review and my personal thoughts. 

Both Teas work! Combined with healthy eating habits and just a little exercise, you will look and feel better. Tea detoxing is no weight-loss miracle, just an addition to your healthy lifestyle. Tea in general is really good for you. I am partial to green tea and recently read a post about tea detoxing compared to simply drinking green tea. I followed their suggestion, drank five cups of green tea a day (no teatox) and had great results. I didn't loose weight, but my stomach was much less bloated. If teatoxing is not for you, I suggest green tea after every meal. It increases your metabolic rate 4 to 5 percent and is an excellent source of antioxidants.

What is similar about these two detox programs? They both contain green tea and other natural diuretic ingredients. Flat Tummy Tea 'Activate' should be consumed every morning and 'Cleanse' every third evening. Skinny Mint 'Morning Boost' should also be consumed every morning and 'Night Cleanse' every second night. Both have a mild laxative effect and reduce bloating. Both morning teas contain caffeine and thus your energy levels increase!

What's different? Flat Tummy Tea is a loose tea in resealable packets. You can use a tea defuser - I am partial to individual tea filters (less to clean). Either way, this is an additional cost. I like that Skinny Mint comes in individual tea bags (also in resealable packets), each with a tag 'Morning Boost' or Night Cleanse'. As far as taste goes, Skinny Mint is much better. The Morning Boost has a fruity flavor and the Night cleanse has notes of lemongrass, ginger and orange. 

Not that this matters, but the Flat Tummy Tea comes with a small zipped case (great for travel). My Skinny Mint purchase came with an 'insert your own photo here' fridge magnet. I guess it's for inspiration and I suppose it would make a cute Instagram. Oh and it will bring social media attention to Skinny Mint! 

A two week pack of Flat Tummy Tea currently retails for €28.28 and a Skinny Mint 14 day teatox for €24.90. Not much difference there, but you will have to purchase a defuser or filters for the Flat Tummy Tea.
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Tea-Talks

March 18, 2016
Flat Tummy Tea is a two-step herbal detox claiming to cleanse your system, stimulate digestion and reduce bloating. I posted a review about Flat Tummy Tea a few months ago and thought I'd do a...

Cuticle Lab

March 16, 2016
I'm a 'nipper' and my own worse enemy when it comes to healthy cuticles. I do my own manicures and sometimes cause more damage than good. I do a much better job painting my nails than any manicurist, but if I'm having a bad day and feeling stressed, I tend to over pick and nip at my cuticles. The cold, dry winter weather doesn't help either and until a few weeks ago, my cuticles were a hot mess. Cuticle Lab to the rescue..

After using the Cuticle Lab by Deborah Lippmann, I recommend everyone put down the sharp tools and avoid nipping altogether. This four step process has given me great results in just four applications. My cuticles appear nourished and the damage I've created over time is quickly diminishing. 

Step one - apply the Cuticle Remover Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment. It says there is no need to soak hands in water, but I don't like the idea of leaving the solution and cuticle residue on my fingers, so I rinse it off. 

Step two - Use the dual-ended cuticle pusher to gently push back cuticles and remove cuticle build-up. This is not a complaint, but rather a suggestion - the sharp'ish', squared end of the tool is fantastic for removing build-up, but I'm right handed and due to the angle it is hard to manage it with my left hand. A tool with this end on both sides, but opposite directions, would be even better. Of course, then there would need to be an additional tool with an arched end for pushing the cuticles back. 

Step three - apply cuticle oil. This hydrating oil has a lovely coconut scent, softens your cuticles and absorbs quickly. 

Step four - gently massage The Cure Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream onto your cuticles. I love this cream. It has a subtle scent and leaves your cuticles feeling soft and nourished. I use this cream three times a day and my cuticles look great. Another suggestion - I will go through this jar of cream much faster than the bottles of cuticle remover and cuticle oil, so a bigger jar would be much better in this Cuticle Lab kit. 

This cuticle treatment therapy takes about five minutes and leaves lasting results. I'm a fan and will definitely repurchase the products in this kit.
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Cuticle Lab

March 16, 2016
I'm a 'nipper' and my own worse enemy when it comes to healthy cuticles. I do my own manicures and sometimes cause more damage than good. I do a much better job painting my nails than any manicurist,...

Gray Mood

March 14, 2016
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, All Saints Sweatshirt, J Brand jeans, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots, Tibi Toscana shearling coat, Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder bag
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Gray Mood

March 14, 2016
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, All Saints Sweatshirt, J Brand jeans, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots, Tibi Toscana shearling coat, Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder

Express Dry Your Polish?

March 11, 2016
Sephora Express Dry nail drying spray claims to dry nails in one minute. First and foremost, I purchased this spray in Europe and there are no english directions on the bottle? I translated the directions off sephora.fr (France) and determined the application process. After three coats of polish, I applied the spray liberally (from 30 cm away) and waited a few minutes. My nails were still tacky after five minutes. My KOH Essential Nail Serum dries them in no time, so I was disappointed to find that this 'nail drying' product didn't meet my expectations. 
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Express Dry Your Polish?

March 11, 2016
Sephora Express Dry nail drying spray claims to dry nails in one minute. First and foremost, I purchased this spray in Europe and there are no english directions on the bottle? I translated the...

blotterazzi

March 09, 2016
I have reservations about beautyblender and until recently was quite content using Bobbi Brown brushes. It seems like everyone who's anyone (worth taking beauty advice from) uses the beautyblender, so I decided to give it a try and you know me - I don't half ass anything! I purchased two beautyblender's (pro and pure), beautyblender micro.mini and the blotterazzi. 

The blotterazzi is a reusable oil absorbing sponge. There are two pink sponges inside the plastic mirrored compact. The water drop shaped compact has a vent at the back and a clear, hygienic separator to keep the sponges fresh. I couldn't figure out if I was meant to carry both sponges or just one. I decided one is enough and keep the hygienic film on top, so the residue doesn't get on the mirror. After all, you should wash the sponge each night and I can't imagine producing enough oil to soak both sponges in one day! Oh, and these sponges should be washed prior to the first use (very important). 

The unique shape (a flat version of the beautyblender) allows you to blot the contours of your face with ease. Just press and hold for a second. Compared to blotting papers, this sponge is much easier to use. Your makeup will not come off on the sponge and I find it allows you re-set your makeup. If you have oily skin, you know that makeup separates throughout the day and while traditional blotting papers pick-up oil, they don't help with this issue. As your pressing and holding this squishy sponge against your face, kinda give it a wiggle to diminish makeup separation. The blotterazzi does remove quite a bit of oil from your face, but it is not as affective as blotting papers. You are still left with a little glow and if you want a matte result, this is not the product for you. While the original beautyblender may be a tiny bit more dense, these sponges are the same material, so I suggest using your 'dry' beautyblender to remove your facial oil and see if you like the result before purchasing the blotterazzi. 

I will continue to use the blotterazzi, but on those super oily days, I'm going back to blotting papers. On that note, I don't think I would re-purchase this product. I still have not mastered the original beautyblender, but will get back to you soon with my review..
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blotterazzi

March 09, 2016
I have reservations about beautyblender and until recently was quite content using Bobbi Brown brushes. It seems like everyone who's anyone (worth taking beauty advice from) uses the beautyblender,...

Pomegranate Eye Mask

March 04, 2016
There are eight masks in Sephora's eye mask line; each with different skin benefits. The pomegranate eye mask awakens and tones the under eye area, while reducing signs of fatigue. My 'vacation diet' (too much salt and vino), has left my eyes puffy and tired looking, so I purchased the pomegranate eye mask and used it this morning. The packaging is nice and the application easy. There is a lot of serum on each mask, so I gently squeezed a little off - otherwise it would be running down my face. The masks are a great shape and cover the under eye area, as well as around the outer side of your eye, all the way up to your brows. The mask stayed put and felt very refreshing. There is a subtle scent of pomegranate (love that scent). After 15 minutes, I removed the masks and gently rubbed the remaining serum onto my skin. There was a lot of serum left in the packet, so I applied a little more to my under eye area and on my lids (I don't like to waste). 

I have rosacea and while the mask did not have harsh effects on my under eye area (no rosacea there), my upper cheeks and the outer sides of of eyes turned very red and slightly burned. It is not uncommon for my skin to react to cosmetics, so I don't see this reaction as a bad thing. On a 'brighter' note, the pomegranate eye masks left my under eye area feeling tight and reduced the puffiness significantly. I will definitely purchase other masks in this line and post about them soon..
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Pomegranate Eye Mask

March 04, 2016
There are eight masks in Sephora's eye mask line; each with different skin benefits. The pomegranate eye mask awakens and tones the under eye area, while reducing signs of fatigue. My 'vacation diet'...

Airport Attire

February 29, 2016
Tibi sweater, Tibi jogging pants, LV handbag, Chloé Isidora sunglasses
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Airport Attire

February 29, 2016
Tibi sweater, Tibi jogging pants, LV handbag, Chloé Isidora

Mini Mask Trio

February 26, 2016
I'm so appreciative when a cosmetic brand releases mini versions of their new products. It allows customers to determine whether or not its for them, without paying the 'full-size' price. The Bobbi Brown Mini Mask Trio is a great way to sample the new and AMAZING facial masks. If you read my recent post about Bobbi Brown face masks, you know this 'Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio' is everything you'd expect and more. Refer to my Beauty-Boosting Face Masks post for more details..
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Mini Mask Trio

February 26, 2016
I'm so appreciative when a cosmetic brand releases mini versions of their new products. It allows customers to determine whether or not its for them, without paying the 'full-size' price. The Bobbi...

Eye Opening Mascara

February 24, 2016
I was really excited about the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara and had high expectations. I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed. I wanna defend this mascara (cause you know I'm obsessed with Bobbi Brown), and say that I expected something different, or I need more time to adjust, or it's just not me? The super-sized brush is 'super' huge. I made a holy hot mess during application (insert Givenchy Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser). My longtime favorite mascara, as well as other favorites over the years have small plastic brushes that allow for second, third and forth coats without crazy clumping. This Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara is a one coat kinda mascara. Coming out of the tube, I noticed the large brush had a ton of product on it and even scraped some back into the container. Still, the mascara went on super heavy and it took me minutes to separate my eyelashes. This mascara did create volume, but due to an excessive amount of product on the brush, I was hesitant to add another coat and to create length - the mascara only made it 1/3 through the length of my lashes. After a few attempts, I've decided to return to my all-time favorite mascara and now know that this particular mascara brush type (super-huge) isn't for me.  
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Eye Opening Mascara

February 24, 2016
I was really excited about the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara and had high expectations. I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed. I wanna defend this mascara (cause you know I'm obsessed with Bobbi...

Coconut Créme

February 22, 2016
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut milk hand créme has the most delicious scent. This non-greasy, lightweight product absorbs quickly and nourishes your hands. Oh, and the scent is heavenly! LOVE!
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Coconut Créme

February 22, 2016
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut milk hand créme has the most delicious scent. This non-greasy, lightweight product absorbs quickly and nourishes your hands. Oh, and the scent is heavenly!

Beauty-Boosting Face Masks

February 19, 2016
I'd been anticipating the January launch of Bobbi Brown Beauty-Boosting Face Masks, and despite my many trips to the BB counter in Amsterdam was left empty-handed and wondering, what's all the hype? I practically had butterflies when I saw them on display in Harrods a few weeks ago. Yes, I'm that ridiculous! Lets 'face' it, every product Bobbi Brown releases is great - you can't go wrong with this premiere cosmetic line. It's no surprise that I purchased all three masks. I would have purchased the mini's too, but they didn't have them (insert sad face).

I'm branding these masks - The Miraculous Makeover Mask Trio. Instant Detox, Radiance Boost and Skin Nourish can be used together or individually to address your specific needs. I have overdosed on all three and love the results.

The Instant Detox is my favorite. This clay-based mask is creamy, has a refreshing citrus scent and kinda cools your skin while you detox. Hawaiian Sea Salt Water and Amazonian White Clay work together to remove impurities, reduce pore size and maintain moisture. This mask will leave you feeling refreshed and super clean. The Instant Detox deep cleanse removes excess oil, tightens my skin and my complexion looks AMAZING! I use the Instant Detox in the center of my forehead, down my nose, on my cheeks and chin. At the same time, I apply the Skin Nourish around my eye area (not too close to the eye), around the edges of my nose (where it gets super dry and flaky), and around my eyebrows (they're dry from Browfood - a hair growth treatment). Combined, these masks address both my skin issues at once. This deep cleanse/nourishing treatment is my favorite facial pick-me-up.

I also use the Skin Nourish twice a week before bed. This super-moisturizing mask contains hydrating herbs Coral Grass, Salicornia, and Trehalose, Collagen producing Chlorella Extract, and Muru Muru Butter to repair your skin's natural moisture barrier. This lightweight mask is creamy, the scent is calming, and I love a mask that you can leave-on throughout the night. Apply liberally and wait two-five minutes. Then gently remove the excess product and massage the remaining onto your skin. In the morning you will have plump smooth, nourished skin.

The superfine Walnut Grain Beads in Radiance Boost, gently exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. While the Kaolin Clay reduces oil, Algae Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate moisturize your skin, and Orange Oil energizes. I have Rosacea, and very sensitive skin, so I'm not surprised that this gentle exfoliator causes my forehead, nose and cheeks to turn red. Once the redness diminishes, my skin feels super-tight (I like that), and my complexion is brighter. The orange scent is invigorating - I'm partial to citrus scents in facial care cosmetics. 

Directions: Instant Detox can be used once a week (or two if necessary). Apply, allow two-five minutes to pass and remove with warm water. Skin Nourish can be used three times a week. Apply, wait two-five minutes, gently remove access and leave remaining product for overnight nourishing. Radiance Boost can be used once a week (or two if necessary). Apply, let it sit for two-five minutes and rinse off with warm water while gently massaging in circular motions.  

The application of these masks is quick, but the results last. I should mention that the packaging is great. The metal-like tubes are flexible and you can roll them up, allowing you to get as much product out as possible. 
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Beauty-Boosting Face Masks

February 19, 2016
I'd been anticipating the January launch of Bobbi Brown Beauty-Boosting Face Masks, and despite my many trips to the BB counter in Amsterdam was left empty-handed and wondering, what's all the hype?...

LASH SHOW

February 15, 2016
I mentioned in a recent Make Up For Ever product review that I have a new addiction to falsies and have been buying many styles from major brands. So far, Make Up For Ever false lashes reign supreme. My favorite is Lash Show Natural Impact N-402. These winged false lashes sit on the outer half of your natural lashes and give you a little lash-boost, while creating a subtle cat eye effect. I have very long natural eyelashes and really only need volume. N-402 is just enough volume and drama for every day wear. These reusable lashes are expensive, but can be worn many times if you take care of them. A mini Make Up For Ever glue is included in every box. The precision applicator is fool-proof and the glue is safe for sensitive eyes. False lashes tip: let the glue dry a little (get tacky) before applying the lashes. Wet glue will cause them to slide around while you're positioning them.

I don't like a lot of eye makeup (on me) and wear my false lashes with no eyeliner. If you get up super close to my face, you'll probably notice, but from a distance it looks good. You gotta remember to get as close to the lash line as possible and precise application is necessary. This particular style does not have a solid band, which makes it more difficult to hide. For a no-liner look, other styles with solid bands may be more suitable. This style is however easy to apply, because it is half the length of your lash line and goes on with ease.

Make Up For Ever false lashes sit on a flexible band, that allows for easy application. The lashes are long, fine and depending which style, may even look natural. There are currently 49 Make Up For Ever false lash styles to choose from and definitely one that will suit your eyelash needs. Stay tuned for more false lashes reviews..
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LASH SHOW

February 15, 2016
I mentioned in a recent Make Up For Ever product review that I have a new addiction to falsies and have been buying many styles from major brands. So far, Make Up For Ever false lashes reign supreme....

The Strengthening Prescription

February 12, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are quads that hold four mini nail polish, serums or cuticle oil (depending on the prescription). Each prescription restores your nails of common nail issues. 

The Strengthening Prescription includes a Prime Strength base coat, Sheer Strength nail color in 'Wondrous' (sheer pink porcelain), Shine Strength top coat, and Quench cuticle oil. The base coat is a sheer white shade infused with ceramic, which strengthens your nails and creates a clean base for your color. The sheer pink color of the nail polish (step two), is very subtle and atop the pearl color, gives you a pearly-pink shade. The The gel-like top coat is quite thick, but goes on easy and creates a shield against external damaging and staining. Pale pink shades are my favorite, but when I wash my hair the black die turns my nails a smokey, pinkish/gray. I'm impressed with this top coat and its ability shield from the dye. I'll go through this mini bottle of top coat quickly!

Allow each of the three coats to dry completely, before applying the next. Once your nails are completely dry, apply the cuticle oil with the mini doe foot applicator. I'm a big fan cuticle oil - it's an instant manicure, when you don't have time to get your cuticles treated. This oil is incredibly thin, compared to others I've used, and absorbs quickly. Downside - the 'nail polish' scent is not great for daily use (as recommended). 

It's been three days since I applied The Strengthening Prescription and my nails still look fairly good. Aside from minor chipping, the color remains and my nails feel a little harder than usual. This nail treatment process was fairly quick and easy. Cause the CLIX! quad is so small, this is a great on-the-go treatment when traveling.
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The Strengthening Prescription

February 12, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are quads that hold four mini nail polish, serums or cuticle oil (depending on the prescription). Each prescription restores your nails of common nail issues. The Strengthening...

In London

February 10, 2016
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder bag, Tibi shearling coat, Rag & Bone Cooper oversized shirt, Thakoon Addition wool crossover sleeveless pullover, Mother faux leather leggings, Stuart Weitzman Lowland over-the-knee boots
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In London

February 10, 2016
Chloé Isidora sunglasses, Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder bag, Tibi shearling coat, Rag & Bone Cooper oversized shirt, Thakoon Addition wool crossover sleeveless pullover, Mother faux leather...

De-Tox Eye-Cubes

February 08, 2016
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes kinda have a bad rap, but it seems like most people bypassed the directions and are using the cubes all wrong. We'll get to the process in a sec. These little cubes contain cucumber extract to sooth your under eye area, arnica which is commonly used to reduce swelling, green tea (my number go-to beauty ingredient), chamomile - a rich source of antioxidants which combat inflammation, aloe to soften and sooth your skin, caffeine which increases blood circulation (reducing dark circles), and hyaluronic acid used to retain moisture. Basically these little cubes are a power house of beneficial skin care ingredients. 

Due to the high cost, I waited until my eyes were looking a little rough (too much salt and vino the night before). There are six cubes and six pouches for $50. The swelling went down dramatically, which I'm sure is due to the ingredients, but also due to the frozen aspect. Applying very cold tools, ice cubes or cold water will reduce under eye puffiness. My under eye area looked brighter and felt tight - I like that! The cucumber scent is refreshing and the solution is light, like a serum. 

The process however is a little messy, but not as bad as everyone says. Most importantly, application is meant to be done while standing. Freeze the cubes, place one in a pouch (one for both eyes) and gently massage your under eye area in circular motions. Go back and forth between both eyes in 10-15 second intervals for a max of two minutes. *You don't want to freeze your under eye area. The solution will run down your face, so keep a kleenex nearby. Once the cubes have almost melted, discard the remaining amount, and gently pat the solution onto your skin. Wait for it to absorb (about three minutes) and rinse with cold water. It does get super sticky after drying, so allow yourself six minutes for application, absorption and rinsing. I know it seems like a lot, but it is very refreshing and a quick under eye pick-me-up. I'm a fan!
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De-Tox Eye-Cubes

February 08, 2016
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes kinda have a bad rap, but it seems like most people bypassed the directions and are using the cubes all wrong. We'll get to the process in a...

Brush Mates

February 03, 2016
The Marlies Möller essential hair and scalp brush is the perfect match to my Sephora Bounce: mini round ceramic brush. The Marlies Möller mini paddle brush is made of wood, sturdy and at 7 inches long, just big enough to detangle and style my short hair. These two mini's are the ultimate travel brush duo.
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Brush Mates

February 03, 2016
The Marlies Möller essential hair and scalp brush is the perfect match to my Sephora Bounce: mini round ceramic brush. The Marlies Möller mini paddle brush is made of wood, sturdy and at...

Bamboo Charcoal

February 01, 2016
Bamboo charcoal can be used for many things: purifying water, brushing your teeth, as well as cleansing your body, face and exfoliating. Bamboo charcoal has strong absorbing properties that draw toxins from your skin (hence the purifying water). It is said that cleansing with bamboo charcoal removes impurities from your skin, giving you a soft, improved appearance. I have been using the bamboo charcoal exfoliating body sponge by Sephora twice a week, for five weeks, and can't say I've seen any improvement. Yes, I feel like it's lightly exfoliating, but my body pouf provides the same sensation. Is it drawing toxins from my skin? I honestly don't know, but I can't see a difference in my skin. If you are a 'bamboo charcoal' believer, than maybe this product is for you, but I'm not jumping on the bamboo charcoal movement just yet.

I've read many reviews about the bamboo charcoal body sponge falling apart. It does say on the packaging that the sponge must be handled with care. This cleansing sponge is very delicate, so wrap your hand around one side while exfoliating your body in circular motions with the other side. Gently drain the sponge of access water by squeezing with both hands (do not twist). I have not experienced any breakage and my sponge is still completely intact.
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Bamboo Charcoal

February 01, 2016
Bamboo charcoal can be used for many things: purifying water, brushing your teeth, as well as cleansing your body, face and exfoliating. Bamboo charcoal has strong absorbing properties that draw...

The Brightening Prescription

January 26, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are convenient quads that hold four mini nail polish, serum, or cuticle oil (depending on the set), meant to restore your nails of most common nail issues. Each bottle is 0.1 oz (super tiny) and a great for travel. The sheer color and top coat have earned a permanent spot in my toiletry bag. I love these little sets! The Formula X CLIX! Brightening Prescription is meant to remove stains and offset discoloration. 

Step 1 - The brightening treatment serum is applied first and dissolves quickly. 

Step 2 - The color correcting base coat has a light purple hue that combats yellow stains. This color corrector is not as thick as polish and can probably be used alone for a quick color-pick-me-up. 

Step 3 - The sheer color is the perfect pale pink (my favorite). 

Step 4 - Although it is clear, the color plus top coat kinda looks holographic and has a slight hint of blue color. 

Only four coats and you have brighter nails. The color is pretty, but a little too blueish for me. It could be that I don't have nail discoloration, so there is no color to neutralize and the blue stands out more. Of course, I purchased this set cause it's mini! I also purchased The Stregthening Prescription, The Hydrating Prescription and The System To Go - I will post reviews soon.
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The Brightening Prescription

January 26, 2016
Formula X CLIX! are convenient quads that hold four mini nail polish, serum, or cuticle oil (depending on the set), meant to restore your nails of most common nail issues. Each bottle is 0.1 oz...

Insta Dry

January 22, 2016
Formula X Dry nail drying drops are amazing. This product just moved to the top of my favorite nail products list. First, I applied a Formula X brightening treatment, a coat of color corrector, two coats of sheer color, and a top coat. I waited the recommended three minutes, applied one drop of Formula X Dry on each nail and waited another minute. Voila! My nails were actually dry - really (hard) dry. Great product.
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Insta Dry

January 22, 2016
Formula X Dry nail drying drops are amazing. This product just moved to the top of my favorite nail products list. First, I applied a Formula X brightening treatment, a coat of color corrector,...

Make Up For Ever

January 20, 2016
Make Up For Ever didn't interest me until I visited the Sephora in Downtown Montréal. The Make Up For Ever section is huge, intriguing and the lashes display to die for! I have a new addiction to falsies and have been trying all the major brands. Make Up For Ever false eye lashes are amazing, but we'll talk about that another day. Being that the lashes are great, I figured their other products are probably high quality as well - so, I went back and purchased the Make Up For Ever Sens'eyes waterproof sensitive eye cleanser and the Mist & Fix setting spray.

When I take off my false eye lashes, sometimes there's glue left on my lashes and lids and my longtime-favorite eye makeup remover doesn't get it off. I was hoping the Sens'eyes would do the job and it does! This oil-free, gel makeup remover is strong enough to remove waterproof makeup, so a little glue is not a problem. The directions say to apply the remover on a cotton pad and let the solution sit on your eyelids and lashes (do not rub), then gently wipe the eye makeup off. Unfortunately, it burns my lids, so I'm enclined to speed up the process and rub away.. This remover is a sensitive eye cleanser, but I guess my skin is 'overly'-sensitive. There is no visible irritation after using this product, so I'll finish the bottle.

Mist & Fix is a light weight makeup setting spray. I'll admit, I was hesitant to spray anything wet on my face after applying my makeup, but this non-greasy, non-sticky formula goes on nicely and dries instantly. It kinda has an unpleasant scent that diminishes quickly - I'm sensitive to smells and would discontinue use if it lingered. After misting my face, my makeup appeared more even and my dry, 'winter skin' looked hydrated and dewy (even a little oily). Now that I'm over my fear of makeup setting spray, I'm gonna try other brands before settling on my favorite.
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Make Up For Ever

January 20, 2016
Make Up For Ever didn't interest me until I visited the Sephora in Downtown Montréal. The Make Up For Ever section is huge, intriguing and the lashes display to die for! I have a new addiction...

Isidora

January 18, 2016
Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, AllSaints knit scarf, Banjo & Matilda Jeronimo Cardi, Sanctuary Aurora Coat, LV ALMA Handbag
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Isidora

January 18, 2016
Chloé Isidora aviator-style sunglasses, AllSaints knit scarf, Banjo & Matilda Jeronimo Cardi, Sanctuary Aurora Coat, LV ALMA

Sonic Cleansing

January 15, 2016
The new Clarisonic Mia Fit is the perfect travel size cleansing device. This compact, sonic cleansing device has two settings: delicate and power cleanse. Setting 1 (delicate) is gentle on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend using the Luxe Cashmere brush head on setting 1 for a soft, non-abrasive cleanse. Setting 2 (power cleanse) is just that; a stronger scrub for those moments when you need extra cleansing. The power cleanse is great for after workouts and removing heavy makeup. The Mia Fit is waterproof, so you can take it in the shower. It comes with a stand, usb universal voltage charger and a Radiance brush head (pictured below).

Clarisonic tips: Apply an ample amount of facial cleanser to the brush head and cleanse your face using circular motions. Take advantage of the timed function that guides you through a 1 minute and 20 second cleanse on your face and neck. Clean your brush after each use. If it is full of makeup, wash with facial cleanser or eye makeup remover (for stubborn, waterproof makeup). Once a week, remove the brush and clean your device. Change your brush every three months.
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Sonic Cleansing

January 15, 2016
The new Clarisonic Mia Fit is the perfect travel size cleansing device. This compact, sonic cleansing device has two settings: delicate and power cleanse. Setting 1 (delicate) is gentle on your skin....

...and the brush heads

January 15, 2016
I also purchased a brush head twin-pack with Sensitive and Radiance brush heads, along with a Luxe Cashmere brush head. I was most excited to use the Luxe (it's all in the name), but it doesn't meet my facial cleansing needs. The supersoft, long bristles massage your skin and I know it's cleansing my face, but I prefer a more abrasive brush. I wanna feel like my skin is being super-cleansed. These brush heads are expensive, so I'll use it for the recommended three months, but I am looking forward to replacing it. The Sensitive brush head (black and white brush) has been a long-time favorite of mine. It cleanses your skin, removes makeup and impurities, leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed. I recently tried the Radiance brush (pink and white brush) and love it (maybe more than the Sensitive brush). The bristles feel slightly softer and the brush appears more dense. I have not used the Skin Illuminating cleanser as of yet (sold with Mia Fit and Radiance brush head), but will post about it soon. 
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...and the brush heads

January 15, 2016
I also purchased a brush head twin-pack with Sensitive and Radiance brush heads, along with a Luxe Cashmere brush head. I was most excited to use the Luxe (it's all in the name), but it doesn't meet...

Fringed Chloé

January 13, 2016
Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder bag, Sanctuary Aurora coat, Tibi oversized sweater, 7 For All Mankind flared jeans, Chloé leather boots
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Fringed Chloé

January 13, 2016
Chloé Drew fringed suede shoulder bag, Sanctuary Aurora coat, Tibi oversized sweater, 7 For All Mankind flared jeans, Chloé leather

Mini Kinda Mood

January 11, 2016
Sephora's Bounce: mini round thermal ceramic brush does everything your regular sized brush does AND fits in your purse! No sacrifice was made in the design of this mini hair brush - The ceramic coating retains heat and distributes it evenly onto your hair. The tourmaline-infused bristles assist in anti-frizz and add shine. Albeit, it takes a little longer to dry your hair with this mini brush, it gives great results. I love this little brush! I'm hoping Sephora will release a mini paddle brush in the near future. Sephora Bounce: mini round thermal brush retails for $12.
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Mini Kinda Mood

January 11, 2016
Sephora's Bounce: mini round thermal ceramic brush does everything your regular sized brush does AND fits in your purse! No sacrifice was made in the design of this mini hair brush - The ceramic...

Strays Away

January 08, 2016
I'm all about mini's and admittedly often buy tiny stuff cause it's tiny! Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers are great. Each tweezer has a unique tip for all of your tweezing needs. The angled tip is ideal for regular tweezing, the flat tip allows for a good grip on thick hairs, the pointed tip is precise and the slanted-point tip is a two-in-one mini tweezer. These teeny tweezers are just under 2 inches long and take up little space in your cosmetic bag. This set of four is also great for someone deciding which tweezer tip they prefer, before purchasing a full-sized pair. Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers set retails for $10.
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Strays Away

January 08, 2016
I'm all about mini's and admittedly often buy tiny stuff cause it's tiny! Sephora Strays Away mini tweezers are great. Each tweezer has a unique tip for all of your tweezing needs. The angled tip is...

Furry Details

January 02, 2016
Fendi fur detail wool-knit beanie, Alexander Wang sweater, Tibi jogging pants, Rag & Bone Kent sneakers
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Furry Details

January 02, 2016
Fendi fur detail wool-knit beanie, Alexander Wang sweater, Tibi jogging pants, Rag & Bone Kent

Water: A Beauty Must-have

January 01, 2016
Hydrate your body with Boxed Water. The sustainable packaging is charming (kinda chic), small enough to fit in your bag and environmentally friendly. Boxed Water is my new favorite on-the-go water. 
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Water: A Beauty Must-have

January 01, 2016
Hydrate your body with Boxed Water. The sustainable packaging is charming (kinda chic), small enough to fit in your bag and environmentally friendly. Boxed Water is my new favorite on-the-go...

Bordeaux

December 27, 2015
Tibi shearling coat, Alexander Wang sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'heart' bag, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots
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Bordeaux

December 27, 2015
Tibi shearling coat, Alexander Wang sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'heart' bag, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee

Empties

December 23, 2015
I am super high maintenance when it comes to facial cosmetics and insist on taking everything when I travel. If I packed full-sized containers, I'd need a second suitcase! Mini's and empties are my travel 'must haves'.

MAC stackable containers and Bobbi Brown empties are my favorite travel containers. MAC stackable jars are the best way to arrange all of your facial creams and serums. If you're like me and use up to seven creams a day, these mini containers will drastically minimize the size of your toiletry bag. These jars are kinda delicate, so be careful when screwing them onto each other. I find anti-aging creams and sunscreen have harsh effects on plastic, which causes them to break easily - makes me wonder what it's doing to my face! Bobbi Brown empties are made of thicker plastic with a screw-on cap that seals the jars and bottles; they will never leak. These empties are great for liquids and foundation. They can also withstand the harsh effects of strong anti-aging creams or sunscreens.

Shrink your toiletry bag with stackable's, mini's and travel containers. This is an investment you'll be happy you made.
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Empties

December 23, 2015
I am super high maintenance when it comes to facial cosmetics and insist on taking everything when I travel. If I packed full-sized containers, I'd need a second suitcase! Mini's and empties are my...

Keepin' Warm

December 21, 2015
Tibi shearling coat, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Chloé boots
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Keepin' Warm

December 21, 2015
Tibi shearling coat, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Chloé

Laundry On The Road

December 18, 2015
My holiday season always consists of travel and often more than two weeks on the road. This year I'll do three cities in fifteen days to see family and friends. Packing for two entire weeks would mean oversized and over weight luggage, so I opt for minimal packing and count on doing laundry somewhere along the way. The Laundress travel size laundry care and detergents are great for on the road laundry. Each bottle is 2 fl oz., compact and more than enough for many weeks away from home. Each product has a unique fresh scent and treats your clothes carefully. Delicate wash, signature detergent, stain solution and sport detergent meet all of my family's needs. You can choose from a wide variety of travel size laundry care products from the Laundress - mix and match to create your perfect laundry travel kit. 
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Laundry On The Road

December 18, 2015
My holiday season always consists of travel and often more than two weeks on the road. This year I'll do three cities in fifteen days to see family and friends. Packing for two entire weeks would...

Christmas Inspired Kiss Me Balm

December 16, 2015
Kiss Me balm by Sephora is my favorite lip nourishing treatment. The creamy balm is lightweight, hydrates your lips and protects them from harsh weather conditions. Each color has it's own scent and they all smell yummy. Clear smells like Creme Brûlée, light pink of cotton candy and the Christmas inspired balm like cherry. The luminescent pink shade of 'Lucky Cherry' gives subtle color with tiny pink sparkles that brighten your lips. This festive lip balm is the perfect stocking stuffer.
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Christmas Inspired Kiss Me Balm

December 16, 2015
Kiss Me balm by Sephora is my favorite lip nourishing treatment. The creamy balm is lightweight, hydrates your lips and protects them from harsh weather conditions. Each color has it's own scent and...

The Weathered Look

December 14, 2015
Spring/Summer 2015 designer collections brought destroyed denim to the forefront. While these styles were extreme and unlikely to take over denim fashion, the more subtle, 'mainstream' weathered look continues to evolve into Fall/Winter. Distressed denim, frayed hems and raw cuts are on trend this season. Sitting just around your ankle, skinnies, boyfriend jeans, and straight cuts with frayed hems are easy going and laid-back. Paired with an oversized sweater, sneakers or booties, distressed denim is one of my favorite trends this year. Of course, you can trim your favorite jeans to create this raw edge look yourself, but without proper treatment the hem will continue to fray. Prefab versions most likely have stitching or treatments to keep the look consistent over the years. Once considered punk or just simply 'old jeans', rips, tears, raw edges and even patches are all trending denim looks for Fall/Winter.
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The Weathered Look

December 14, 2015
Spring/Summer 2015 designer collections brought destroyed denim to the forefront. While these styles were extreme and unlikely to take over denim fashion, the more subtle, 'mainstream' weathered look...

Gloss Wand

December 09, 2015
This six in one gloss wand is super cute and has a lot to offer. Standing two 'mini pots' higher than the average lip gloss size, this wand is great for on-the-go girls who like variety (I have four full-size lipgloss/lipsticks in my bag). These little jars of neutrals, peach, pinks, and a dark fuchsia gloss screw onto each other via the doe foot brush applicators. The slight hint of color is 'just enough' and they smell amazing. These glosses are a little sticky, but then again most lip gloss are! This slender gloss wand would make a great stocking stuffer for any girl into gloss.
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Gloss Wand

December 09, 2015
This six in one gloss wand is super cute and has a lot to offer. Standing two 'mini pots' higher than the average lip gloss size, this wand is great for on-the-go girls who like variety (I have four...

Dear Santa

December 07, 2015
My Christmas wish list is short, pink and all about fun fashion pics. The Chloé Drew fringed shoulder bag (available at FARFETCH) and Fendi fur detailed wool-knit beanie are at the top of my list. These statement accessories are on trend for 2016's color palette and anything but boring. Of course, I always need a new pair of aviators and I'm a little obsessed with Chloé - these Isadora aviator-style sunglasses are a must (available at NET-A-PORTER). I absolutely love my Clarisonic Aria and Mia 2, so it's a given that I would wish for the new Mia Fit. A smaller facial cleansing device that goes everywhere and takes up little space. Probably the most exciting item on my list, is the LuMee iPhone case. This case has LED lighting on both sides to create perfect lighting for great social media pics. Can't wait for Christmas!
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Dear Santa

December 07, 2015
My Christmas wish list is short, pink and all about fun fashion pics. The Chloé Drew fringed shoulder bag (available at FARFETCH) and Fendi fur detailed wool-knit beanie are at the top of my list....

Rethink Your Retinol Routine

December 03, 2015
Skinceuticals reigns supreme in skincare products. This dermatologist recommended brand has just about anything you need to combat every problem. I am definitely a fan and it's no surprise that I turned to Skinceuticals for a 'non-prescription' retinol treatment. Clinically diagnosed rosacea temporarily suspended my prescribed anti-aging treatments, but after years of combating this condition, I'm back at fighting the aging process. Retinol is undoubtedly a great way to replenish your skin, combat wrinkles and revive your otherwise dull complexion - but not without side effects! I'm sure you've heard horror stories about retinol and I'm sure they're all true - I have a few of my own. In the end, it's about moderation and finding what regimen works best for your skin.

I recommend this four step regimen twice a week to start and increase as needed. Wash your face with Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. Of course, it's 'gentle' on your skin, refreshing and nourishing. Then apply Skinceuticals Eye Cream to combat dark circles, puffy under eyes and protect this sensitive area from the retinol. Next, apply a pea-size amount of retinol to your entire face (avoid eye area). I suggest starting with retinol 0.5 and increasing it to 1.0 if needed. Wait 30 minutes (or more) and apply Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair. I use this product for repairing my skin after retinol, sunburns, and any severe dry skin conditions I may have - It's a must have in my skin care regimen.

The more serious side effects of retinol are chapped skin, severe dry patches, burning and redness. While reducing these side effects, this four step regimen will nourish your skin, allowing for healing between application and extreme nourishment from the Epidermal repair cream. Retinol will diminish wrinkles, combat discoloration and give you a more even complexion. It's a great solution to aging skin, but use with caution and don't rush in.
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Rethink Your Retinol Routine

December 03, 2015
Skinceuticals reigns supreme in skincare products. This dermatologist recommended brand has just about anything you need to combat every problem. I am definitely a fan and it's no surprise...

Winter Mint

November 30, 2015
Sanctuary Aurora Coat, Tibi Essential Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Skinnies, Chloé Nano Drew Handbag, Cholé Leather Boots
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Winter Mint

November 30, 2015
Sanctuary Aurora Coat, Tibi Essential Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Skinnies, Chloé Nano Drew Handbag, Cholé Leather

Fur or Faux?

November 27, 2015
The cold weather has put me in a fur or faux kinda mood. Admittedly, I'm addicted to soft, furry things (real and faux). While some of my favorite apparel and accessories this season are fur, I often opt for a less expensive faux version. Everything is fur or faux this winter; from coats to gilets and bags to shoes, you can don this trend just about anywhere! I especially love little fur details on boots and shoes - it's unexpected and fun. I'm also partial to neutral tones that lighten up an otherwise dark season for apparel. Here's a montage of fur and faux items to inspire your fashion choices this winter.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) Fendi Peekaboo shearling tote, Zara faux fur stole, ear muffs and snood, (available at Mytheresa) Stella McCartney faux fur gilet, Mango faux fur coat, Fendi fur bag charm, (available at NET-A-PORTER) Stella McCartney faux fur tote - available in two sizes.

Photo credit (top): Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com - Tibi Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Show
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Fur or Faux?

November 27, 2015
The cold weather has put me in a fur or faux kinda mood. Admittedly, I'm addicted to soft, furry things (real and faux). While some of my favorite apparel and accessories this season are fur, I often...

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud

November 25, 2015
Cold weather, indoor heating and dry conditions will dehydrate your skin, leaving your complexion dull and sometimes chapped! GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will replenish your skin, boost radiance and combat the side effects of severe dry skin. This nondrying masque uses raw honey and ginger root to detoxify your skin, conditioning coconut and sugars along with citrus acid for extreme moisturization. This product smells great, sweet and honey-like. GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will leave your skin feeling soft and super hydrated. You will be surprised with the results of just one treatment.

Apply a thin layer of Thirstymud masque and leave for 10-20 minutes. Use a cotton pad to remove the access masque and gently massage the remaining product into your skin. I recommend applying before bed to allow for maximum hydration.
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GLAMGLOW Thirstymud

November 25, 2015
Cold weather, indoor heating and dry conditions will dehydrate your skin, leaving your complexion dull and sometimes chapped! GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque will replenish your skin,...

Faux Fur & Flares

November 23, 2015
Glamorous faux fur coat, James Perse T-shirt, 7 For All Mankind flared jeans, Chloé Nano Drew bag, Chloé leather boots
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Faux Fur & Flares

November 23, 2015
Glamorous faux fur coat, James Perse T-shirt, 7 For All Mankind flared jeans, Chloé Nano Drew bag, Chloé leather

Dry Bar Mai Tai and Bay Breeze

November 18, 2015
Two great products for two perfect looks. Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray adds texture without weighing down your hair. Create loose curls with your flat iron, run your fingers through and apply the sea salt spray for an 'I've been at the beach all day' look.

Worth a second mention - Drybar Bay Breeze will quickly become your favorite product this winter. Combat dry, tired hair with this hydrating shot. The super-concentrated formula will leave your hair feeling soft and silky for days.
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Dry Bar Mai Tai and Bay Breeze

November 18, 2015
Two great products for two perfect looks. Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray adds texture without weighing down your hair. Create loose curls with your flat iron, run your fingers through and apply the...

Flat Tummy Tea

November 13, 2015
This two step detox tea claims to reduce bloating, increase your energy levels, cleanse the body, assist in digestion and speed up your metabolism. I'm not sure what affect it is having on my energy levels and metabolism, but it definitely reduces bloating and alleviates the yucky feeling you have after a big meal. After one month of drinking the 'Activate' tea in the morning and 'Cleanse' tea every second night the first week and third night going forward, I saw big results. Paired with morning power walks and limiting my sugar intake, I was able to really slim down in just two weeks. I am on my second month and am addicted! Both teas are light in flavor and taste yummy (well, I like the taste of tea). Flat Tummy Tea is an important part of my beauty routine - I'm drinking it right now! The two packets of tea come in a small zipped case, ideal for travel and I never leave home without it.
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Flat Tummy Tea

November 13, 2015
This two step detox tea claims to reduce bloating, increase your energy levels, cleanse the body, assist in digestion and speed up your metabolism. I'm not sure what affect it is having on my energy...

Keepin' Warm This Winter

November 12, 2015
So soft and super warm; shearling, fur or faux and shag style coats are my favorite trend this winter. I'm keepin' warm in my new Tibi Shearling Toscana Peacoat. It weighs five pounds, so I'll get a workout too! LOVE! 
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Keepin' Warm This Winter

November 12, 2015
So soft and super warm; shearling, fur or faux and shag style coats are my favorite trend this winter. I'm keepin' warm in my new Tibi Shearling Toscana Peacoat. It weighs five pounds, so I'll get a...

GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip & Wet Lip Treatment

November 11, 2015
These GLAMGLOW balls of lip exfoliator and balm are the perfect lip-reviving duo. The Fizzy Lip exfoliating treatment contains Caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt and hibiscus flower. A lip scrub that is gentle on your lips, yet effective. The exfoliating treatment also contains an antioxidant-rich blend of fruits to smooth and energize your lips. Pre-exfoliate by gently massaging your lips for 10-15 seconds, then apply water to activate the 'fuzziness'. It doesn't really fizz up (disappointing), but your lips feel smooth and it taste yummy (yes, I got some in my mouth). The Wet Lip balm, second phase in the poutmud treatment, is enriched with oils and butters for intense nourishment. The balm is non-sticky and a great base for lipstick. The Moroccan mint leaf contained in both treatments gives you a slight tingling, minty feeling and smells yummy. I love this lip treatment duo and plan to buy it for all the ladies in my life this holiday season. 
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GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip & Wet Lip Treatment

November 11, 2015
These GLAMGLOW balls of lip exfoliator and balm are the perfect lip-reviving duo. The Fizzy Lip exfoliating treatment contains Caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt and hibiscus flower. A lip...

Most Wanted Winter Fashion

November 09, 2015
My top six essential Winter styles include a cape, flared denim, fur accessories (shoes, bags, charms...), over-the-knee boots, fringe and a cozy gilet. These on-trend styles will instantly update your winter wardrobe.

Pictured here: (available at FARFETCH) Chloé checked cape, Au Jour Le Jour Flared Jeans, (available at NET-A-PORTER) Fendi Peekaboo large leather trimmed shearling tote, Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots, Mango fringed tote, Zara Fancy waistcoat.
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Most Wanted Winter Fashion

November 09, 2015
My top six essential Winter styles include a cape, flared denim, fur accessories (shoes, bags, charms...), over-the-knee boots, fringe and a cozy gilet. These on-trend styles will instantly update...

No-makeup Makeup Kinda Glow

November 04, 2015
I have been protesting foundation for years and instead focused on blemish free, healthy skin. Laser treatments, topical medication and anti-aging creams replace my need for layers of makeup and my skin looks great (for the most part). I'm also a no-makeup makeup kinda girl and while I appreciate cheek and lip color, thick lashes and a heavy brow, I'm not focused on a 'perfect' complexion. Until..

I was feeling drab one day and happened to be near a Bobbi Brown counter (never makeup shop when you're feeling down). Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation and Intensive Skin Serum Concealer were on display and of course the Bobbi Brown consultant was happy to sample the products for me. I wasn't completely sold on the effect, mostly because I don't like having makeup applied over my own. I asked for a sample to try at home, just in case I didn't like the color or overall look and wanted to return the unopened bottle. This foundation moved to the top of my 'must have' beauty product list after just one application. My skin was glowing, looked fresh and appeared natural. I applied a thin layer of the concealer over my Bobbi Brown tinted eye-brightner and the combination worked great to cover my dark circles and even out my under eye area. These lightweight serums will brighten your skin, even out your complexion and give you a natural medium coverage.

I highly recommend purchasing the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face & Touchup brush. The soft bristles blend these serums onto your skin seamlessly. Apply a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand and from there small amounts onto the larger end of the brush. In circular motions, apply the foundation starting on your nose and working your way outwards towards your hair line. You don't need a lot of product for the intended medium coverage. Use the small end of the brush to blend the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer under your eyes.

For a hint of color and fresh look, Bobbi Brown blush in Pastel Peach is subtle and pretty. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, a little down your nose, across your forehead and a dab on your chin for a healthy glow.
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No-makeup Makeup Kinda Glow

November 04, 2015
I have been protesting foundation for years and instead focused on blemish free, healthy skin. Laser treatments, topical medication and anti-aging creams replace my need for layers of makeup and my...

Little Crush

November 02, 2015
Tibi oversized sweater, 7 For All Mankind Skinnies, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'heart' bag, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots (bordeaux suede)
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Little Crush

November 02, 2015
Tibi oversized sweater, 7 For All Mankind Skinnies, Burberry Prorsum little crush 'heart' bag, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots (bordeaux

The Traceless Hair Ring

October 30, 2015
While the strange design of these Invisi Bobble resemble an old telephone cord, surprisingly they work! These stretchy coiled hair ties hold your hair in place (even my fine hair) and will not leave a crease. These hair ties come in a variety of colors and retail for €4,95 at Douglas in Amsterdam. I'm told you can buy this style hair tie in many places by different brands. 
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The Traceless Hair Ring

October 30, 2015
While the strange design of these Invisi Bobble resemble an old telephone cord, surprisingly they work! These stretchy coiled hair ties hold your hair in place (even my fine hair) and will not leave...

Powder Beige

October 29, 2015
Mango Dress, Elizabeth & James fringed serape, Chloé Nano Drew bag, Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots
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Powder Beige

October 29, 2015
Mango Dress, Elizabeth & James fringed serape, Chloé Nano Drew bag, Sam Edelman over-the-knee

Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover

October 27, 2015
Due to a hot wax burn many years ago, I have since done threading on my upper lip. It is painful and regrowth remains consistently the same. Sometimes, I forget to make an appointment or can't make it before an important date and always wished I could thread myself. I was excited to try the Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover and am pleasantly surprised. I did hesitate for a minute or so - the stainless steel coil is intimidating. Yes, you can feel the little hairs being swiftly plucked, but the pain is not so bad (not as bad as threading). A great trick for upper lip hair removal is to press your tongue against the inside of your upper lip, so the skin is tight; this will minimize the pain. Press the straight part of the coil on either side against your skin for optimal results. Use both sides and hold the tool in different angles to ensure you remove as much as possible. Although I was not able to remove the tiniest of hairs (I'm a perfectionist), the obvious hair is gone and there is minimal skin irritation. The Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover claims to reduce re-growth, as it is pulling the hair along with the root. I have only tried once and cannot confirm this, but will repost after a few months. The directions are easy and removal process takes two minutes. Excellent tool!

Retails for $20 at Sephora.com and €27.95 at De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover

October 27, 2015
Due to a hot wax burn many years ago, I have since done threading on my upper lip. It is painful and regrowth remains consistently the same. Sometimes, I forget to make an appointment or can't make...

'Gorge'

October 23, 2015
Jil Sander dress, Phillip Lim 'Gorge' pouch, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots
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'Gorge'

October 23, 2015
Jil Sander dress, Phillip Lim 'Gorge' pouch, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee

Airport Attire

October 19, 2015
Mango Fringe Knit Cape, J Brand Jeans, Mango Fringed Suede Bag, Rag & Bone Harrow Suede Booties
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Airport Attire

October 19, 2015
Mango Fringe Knit Cape, J Brand Jeans, Mango Fringed Suede Bag, Rag & Bone Harrow Suede

Luxury Fashion For Less: Gucci

October 08, 2015
The Fall 2015 Gucci girl has a nonchalant attitude toward fashion and still gets all the attention! Gucci makes geek street fashion chic and possibly the most fun to mimic this season. The muted color palette and 70's inspired vibe is eclectic and easy-going. I posted about Zara's 'Gucci inspired' collection a while back - fast fashion stores are practically replicating the Gucci style and producing trendy, inexpensive items. Pictured here are apparel and accessories from Mango and Zara. 
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Luxury Fashion For Less: Gucci

October 08, 2015
The Fall 2015 Gucci girl has a nonchalant attitude toward fashion and still gets all the attention! Gucci makes geek street fashion chic and possibly the most fun to mimic this season. The muted...

Luxury Fashion For Less: Burberry Prorsum

October 06, 2015
The Burberry Prorsum Fall 2015 collection, 'Patchwork, Pattern and Prints' showcased 70's inspired chic bohemian style. Floral and fringe dominated the runway and each look was as inspiring as the last. The suede fringe cape was my favorite. The elderberry colored cape retails for €7,250! You can buy a similar style at Mango in cognac for €99,99! This neutral color would look great paired with dark denim and bordeaux over-the-knee boots.

The Burberry Prorsum show always introduces a new style of handbag featured in that seasons favorite colors and embellishments. The Fall 2015 collection showcased the 'Bucket Bag' in two sizes, prints, suede and of course fringed. Pictured here is a dark green fringed suede bag by Mango. Bucket shaped, jewel tone and fringed - embodies everything necessary to pull off a Burberry Prorsum inspired look.
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Luxury Fashion For Less: Burberry Prorsum

October 06, 2015
The Burberry Prorsum Fall 2015 collection, 'Patchwork, Pattern and Prints' showcased 70's inspired chic bohemian style. Floral and fringe dominated the runway and each look was as inspiring as the...

Luxury Fashion For Less: Chloé

October 05, 2015
My favorite collection this season is without a doubt Chloé. Fleetwood Mac, corduroy, shag and ponchos - the Chloé girl is feminine, carefree and fashionable.

I was beyond excited when I walked into Mango and realized I could re-create many Chloé Fall 2015 looks for a reasonable price. Shopping spree! I got to thinking, I'm gonna browse fast-fashion stores and share my findings with you. From the runway to your closet, this week I am focused on bringing you trendy looks for a fraction of the cost. Stay tuned..
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Luxury Fashion For Less: Chloé

October 05, 2015
My favorite collection this season is without a doubt Chloé. Fleetwood Mac, corduroy, shag and ponchos - the Chloé girl is feminine, carefree and fashionable.I was beyond excited when I walked into...

Dried Herb

October 01, 2015
These green hues were once referred to as army or olive green and mostly used in military inspired collections or chic safari attire. A new name and applied to all facets of fashion - 'dried herb' hues are a staple for Fall 2015. These earthy tones are neutral and should be paired with similarly warm colors. For a sophisticated look, substitute black and don chic attire in dried herb hues. Wear a sheer green top with tailored pants in a slightly darker shade, or layer dried herb greens atop dark blue and cream - dark blue denim flares, tan shoes, a cream-colored silk blouse and green cape - perfection! Feeling casual, go military-style in modern way by paring cargo pants and a sheer sweater. Natural colored fur (preferably faux) compliments warm green tones and transforms your look from casual to sophisticated and chic.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) Emilio Pucci braid-trimmed suede fedora, Barbajada fringed leather and cashmere wrap, Burberry nail polish in Khaki Green, (available at FARFETCH) Jocelyn Infinity Scarf, 3.1 Phillip Lim sleeveless knit top, 3.1 Phillip Lim gathered ankle trousers.
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Dried Herb

October 01, 2015
These green hues were once referred to as army or olive green and mostly used in military inspired collections or chic safari attire. A new name and applied to all facets of fashion - 'dried herb'...

Over-the-knee

September 28, 2015
Tibi Essential Shirt, Tibi oversized cozy alpaca cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Denim, Sam Edelman Elina suede over-the-knee Boots
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Over-the-knee

September 28, 2015
Tibi Essential Shirt, Tibi oversized cozy alpaca cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Denim, Sam Edelman Elina suede over-the-knee

The Micro Bag

September 25, 2015
The micro bag is having a macro moment this season. Just big enough to hold your essentials, these bags make a cute statement. Channel your seventies vibe in this Chloé bag or cuddle up to this miniature furry bag by Fendi. Elevate your look and hang a Fendi micro "peekaboo' bag on the handle of a larger tote - kinda like a bag charm. Love this trend!

Pictured here: (available at FARFETCH) Fendi micro 'Peekaboo' tote (available at mytheresa.com) Chloé Nano Drew leather shoulder bag.
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The Micro Bag

September 25, 2015
The micro bag is having a macro moment this season. Just big enough to hold your essentials, these bags make a cute statement. Channel your seventies vibe in this Chloé bag or cuddle up to this...

..and back to black

September 23, 2015

It was Carolyn Stanbury (Ladies of London) that inspired my transition from long black hair to a blonde bob. Although my amazing hairstylist was eager to give me a new look and willing to put in the time, I'm sure he thought I was having a 'life crisis'! After a lengthy chat about color choices and what to expect, it began..

Cutting my hair was the easy part and I still don a Carolyn Stanbury bob. The bleaching process was terrifying. It didn't hurt, but watching my hair turn bright orange triggered regret. After two bleaching sessions, a beautiful red color application and a much needed treatment, I was surprised at the results. A few days later, I went back for more. Going forward it would be regular visits to the salon for blond highlights. After the first visit my hair was brown with natural blonde highlights. I was 80% there!

I regret to say I missed my black hair and didn't feel like myself anymore, so I went back to black. I kinda wish I had gone all the way and then determined whether or not the color was for me, but I do love my signature black hair. The lesson here - be sure you want a drastic hair transformation before investing days at the salon and a ridiculous amount of money! I would've liked to post the full-process from black to blonde and pondered posting this video, but figured why not share my experience.

Music Credit: Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair by Nina Simone
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..and back to black

September 23, 2015
It was Carolyn Stanbury (Ladies of London) that inspired my transition from long black hair to a blonde bob. Although my amazing hairstylist was eager to give me a new look and willing to put in the...

Over-the-knee & Oversized

September 21, 2015
Oversized capes and ponchos atop over-the-knee boots are the perfect paring for Fall. Showcased in Fall 2015 runway shows: Chloé, Burberry, Thakoon and more - capes and ponchos look effortlessly chic. Opt for an oversized poncho atop fitted pants and over-the-knee boots, or a shorter hem cape paired with flared pants and a chunky heel. A heavy knitted poncho is an essential layer for Fall, both cozy and on-trend. Over-the-knee boots can be tricky (sometimes garish), but paired with long, oversized knits and tights or fitted pants look classy and chic. If you only try a few trends this season, let it be a cape or poncho and over-the-knee boots.

Pictured here: (available at FARFETCH) Chloé Checked Cape, Sergio Rossi Blue Over-the-knee Boots, (available at NET-A-PORTER) 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather-trimmed Wool-blend Poncho, Sam Edelman Elina Suede Over-the-knee Boots.
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Over-the-knee & Oversized

September 21, 2015
Oversized capes and ponchos atop over-the-knee boots are the perfect paring for Fall. Showcased in Fall 2015 runway shows: Chloé, Burberry, Thakoon and more - capes and ponchos look...

The Bodysuit

September 14, 2015
I don't remember how old I was the last time I wore a bodysuit, but it was in the nineties and I had a drawer full of them. I suddenly feel old! Bodysuits have kinda lingered in the background over the years - I purchased a Wolford bodysuit a few years ago and felt the body-hugging fit was unflattering and showing off all my imperfections (I returned it). Thankfully the 'cropped top' trend forced me to maintained a flat stomach and bodysuits are an option again. I love a turtleneck bodysuit paired with high-waisted flares or cropped trousers (high-waisted is a must). One of my favorite looks for Fall is my Tibi stretch-jersey turtleneck bodysuit and cropped stretch-jersey wide-leg pants in dark grenache - I am a bit obsessed with monochromatic looks. Channeling the seventies this season, opt for a simple turtleneck design in neutral shades paired with corduroy or denim flares and a thick heel. Visit NET-A-PORTER and browse Donna Karan NY, Wolford and Body Editions for simple and unexpected bodysuit designs.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) Tibi stretch-jersey turtleneck bodysuit, Wolford Berlin stretch-jersey bodysuit.
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The Bodysuit

September 14, 2015
I don't remember how old I was the last time I wore a bodysuit, but it was in the nineties and I had a drawer full of them. I suddenly feel old! Bodysuits have kinda lingered in the background over...

Sleeveless Pullover

September 09, 2015
Thakoon Addition Wool Crossover Sleeveless Pullover, Rag & Bone Cooper Oversized Shirt, J Brand Maria Straight Leg Jeans, Alexander Wang Dina Mules, LV Handbag, Fendi Bag Bug "Fur Me"
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Sleeveless Pullover

September 09, 2015
Thakoon Addition Wool Crossover Sleeveless Pullover, Rag & Bone Cooper Oversized Shirt, J Brand Maria Straight Leg Jeans, Alexander Wang Dina Mules, LV Handbag, Fendi Bag Bug "Fur

Skirted Trousers

September 07, 2015
Ok, this first time I saw the skirted trouser trend, I thought it was odd, but this chic look is swiftly growing on me. What changed my mind? These Commes Des Garçons Vintage Skirted Trousers - LOVE! Skirted trousers were seen all over the Spring 2015 runways, but fashion chatter speculated whether we would see it on the streets. Bloggers, celebrities and models made it happen and now a new season is here and the skirted trouser trend has evolved.. Rag & Bone showcased silk dresses and knee length skirts atop tailored pants in the Fall 2015 runway show. This collection shows that layering all-over, both top and bottom is fresh and innovative.

Update your pant look and opt for skirted, wrap or apron trousers. Loose fitting pants with material wrapped, tied around your waist and landing just short of your knees or all the way to your hem are casual and cool. An apron or skirt atop your tailored pants are modern, intriguing and attention-getting. Make a fancy statement by wearing a full, ruffled skirt over tailored pants (my favorite). Happy layering..

Pictured here: (available at Farfetch) Commes Des Garçons Vintage Skirted Trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Wrapped Skirt Trousers.
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Skirted Trousers

September 07, 2015
Ok, this first time I saw the skirted trouser trend, I thought it was odd, but this chic look is swiftly growing on me. What changed my mind? These Commes Des Garçons Vintage Skirted Trousers -...

Accent Appliqués

September 03, 2015
How fun are these Perfect Accent appliqués by Incoco! Subtle accents of happy and sad faces, the 'mustache' and swirls are cute, charming and accentuate your manicure. Incoco nail appliqués are easy to apply and last for about a week (as long as you're not gardening). Accent appliqués are available in solid colors or clear, so you can apply them atop any color (the mustache). There are currently 36 nail accents available at Incoco.com - four nail Appliqués for $2.99. 
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Accent Appliqués

September 03, 2015
How fun are these Perfect Accent appliqués by Incoco! Subtle accents of happy and sad faces, the 'mustache' and swirls are cute, charming and accentuate your manicure. Incoco nail appliqués are...

1984 Vintage Denim

September 02, 2015
Tibi off-the shoulder tunic, 7 For All Mankind 1984 boyfriend jeans, Manolo Blahnik pumps, LV handbag, Brandi Melville bandana bracelet (Wired bandana hair band)
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1984 Vintage Denim

September 02, 2015
Tibi off-the shoulder tunic, 7 For All Mankind 1984 boyfriend jeans, Manolo Blahnik pumps, LV handbag, Brandi Melville bandana bracelet (Wired bandana hair

Ballerina-Esque

August 31, 2015
Tibi Cozy Alpaca Oversized Cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim, Gianvito Rossi Suede Ballerinas, LV Handbag, Fendi Bag Bug "Archy"
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Ballerina-Esque

August 31, 2015
Tibi Cozy Alpaca Oversized Cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim, Gianvito Rossi Suede Ballerinas, LV Handbag, Fendi Bag Bug

Red Red Wine

August 27, 2015
Merlot, burgundy, grenache and bordeaux - let the rich colors of red wine inspire your fashion choices this upcoming season. Don't be afraid to wear shades of dark red from head-to-toe. Don a burgundy cable-knit sweater atop a grenache colored pant, or matching silk top and leather skirt in crimson-red. Emilio Pucci's velvet wide-leg pants in burgundy and Giamba's sleeveless fur tank inspire a perfect I'm chic, quirky and soft to the touch look! Pair red wine colors with cream, shades of gray and deep blue hues. Fur (faux too), velvet, wool, heavy lace.. dark red colors combined with textured fabrics are alluring, sophisticated and spot-on for fall.

Pictured here: (available at M'oda 'Operandi) Giamba sleeveless fur tank (available at NET-A-PORTER) Emilio Pucci velvet wide-leg pants, Gucci wool-felt hat, Lipstick Queen Bete Noir Lipstick, Common Projects Tournament leather sneakers, 3.1 Phillip Lim leather and wool-twill skirt.
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Red Red Wine

August 27, 2015
Merlot, burgundy, grenache and bordeaux - let the rich colors of red wine inspire your fashion choices this upcoming season. Don't be afraid to wear shades of dark red from head-to-toe. Don a...

Fabulous Fendi

August 21, 2015
I'm officially declaring Friday, 'Fun Fashion Day'. Not sure I would wear these fluffy pink boots, but they're still fabulous! Shearling footwear dominated the Fendi Fall 2015 runway - These powder-pink shearling booties, with a glass-like, Perspex heel appeared to float down the runway. Love this pink shearling? There is a Peeakboo micro shearling shoulder bag and strapless shearling dress available in the same powder-pink. LOVE!

Available at NET-A-PORTER.
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Fabulous Fendi

August 21, 2015
I'm officially declaring Friday, 'Fun Fashion Day'. Not sure I would wear these fluffy pink boots, but they're still fabulous! Shearling footwear dominated the Fendi Fall 2015 runway - These...

Superb Sephora Hair Accessories

August 19, 2015
The Sephora brand releases new products often and these three deserve a beauty post. The Sephora Push & Pop Travel Pop-up Brush is a multi-tasking purse size brush. This compact brush has a mirror and a clear compartment that holds up to three hair ties. All of your on-the-go hair needs are met with one little device. Sephora Collection Hair Ties are available in many colors - choose one to match your hair color and blend in perfectly or opt for a colorful, sparkly tie. These no-tug hair ties are comfy and won't leave a crease in your hair. Although they are not a new product, now and then Sephora introduces new colors. Sephora Collection Quick Fix: Hair Scrunchie was the first in my new scrunchie collection. The faux leather-like material holds hair firmly and will not leave a crease once removed. This scrunchie is small and suitable for short hair styles - it won't overwhelm your barely there ponytail.
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Superb Sephora Hair Accessories

August 19, 2015
The Sephora brand releases new products often and these three deserve a beauty post. The Sephora Push & Pop Travel Pop-up Brush is a multi-tasking purse size brush. This compact brush has a...

Inspired by the Seventies

August 18, 2015
My recent visit to Zara (actually my first time shopping at Zara) has made me think differently about fast fashion and admittedly, I am a fan. Zara's impression of Fall 2015 designer collections stay true to the original style, while keeping a short distance from mimicry. The colors, prints and silhouettes are 'what's now'. With a little designer inspiration and your own interpretation, anyone can re-create Fall's high-end fashion looks from Zara apparel and accessories. Just beyond the front doors was a seventies inspired collection that screamed Gucci Fall 2015 (one of my favorite collections this upcoming season). I also recognized a little Chloé in the clothing and purchased an oversized, shaggy vest similar in concept, but different material than the one seen atop a denim Cholé dress during the Fall show.

And so, another fashion collage to inspire you - seventies fashion is back (not sure it ever left). This seasons seventies inspired collections are retro and modern, feminine and flattering. Flared trousers are literally the most flattering cut on women. Denim and corduroy, shag and sheer will rein favorite materials this Fall. Hue's of pink, gray, dark red and the oh so retro camel are choice colors. Styling notes: flared on the bottom - fitted on top, loose or flared overalls, feminine silk tops, barely-there makeup and easy going hair.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) Chloé Shearling-trimmed Bomber Jacket, Marni Wool and Shearling Scarf, Gucci Point D'Esprit Top, Mark Cross Benchley Bag (available at FARFETCH) Natasha Zinko Overalls, Au Jour Le Jour Flared Jeans.
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Inspired by the Seventies

August 18, 2015
My recent visit to Zara (actually my first time shopping at Zara) has made me think differently about fast fashion and admittedly, I am a fan. Zara's impression of Fall 2015 designer collections stay...

Oversized Sweaters are for Sundays

August 17, 2015
Mason Scotch Sweatshirt Dress, Tibi Beacher Sandals, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, Fendi Karlito Bag Charm
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Oversized Sweaters are for Sundays

August 17, 2015
Mason Scotch Sweatshirt Dress, Tibi Beacher Sandals, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, Fendi Karlito Bag

Fashion Throwback

August 15, 2015
From 2013 runway shows to mainstream brands, this nineties scrunchie trend has been lingering for a while. I was never one for hair accessories, but I'm feeling nostalgic and admittedly started a scrunchie collection.

If you fear looking like your on our way to aerobics class, there are ways to modernize this accessory trend. Straight hair in a low ponytail is best with a large scrunchie. Those of us who don short do's, try a low bun (secure with elastic first) and use a small scrunchie, so the little hair you have still shows. If you maintained your long hair throughout the bob/lob phenomeon, then you have more scrunchie options - half up, half down, the traditional high pony in a large scrunchie (so nineties) and a top-knot bun held with a printed scrunchie. This is a trend to try - fun, flirty and everyone loves a throwback!

Pictured here: Brandy Melville Printed Scrunchies. Looking for something more subtle? Sephora Collection has a small, faux leather-like scrunchie available in black - perfect for shorter hair styles.
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Fashion Throwback

August 15, 2015
From 2013 runway shows to mainstream brands, this nineties scrunchie trend has been lingering for a while. I was never one for hair accessories, but I'm feeling nostalgic and admittedly started a...

Fur Details

August 13, 2015
I love my new Naomi patchwork, shag detailed ankle boots by Tibi. Can't wait to wear them.. Embrace the fur (preferably faux fur) trend this fall - from shoes to bags and coats to gilets. I plan to don one of each (not at the same time of course). 
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Fur Details

August 13, 2015
I love my new Naomi patchwork, shag detailed ankle boots by Tibi. Can't wait to wear them.. Embrace the fur (preferably faux fur) trend this fall - from shoes to bags and coats to gilets. I plan to...

Trend: Gray

August 12, 2015
The Fall season is nearing and I feel myself gravitating towards anything gray. Each season I subconsciously adopt a new hue and can't help but purchase everything in shades of my new found color. I do love a head-to-toe gray ensemble and encourage you to try it, but all gray everyday will get boring! Don your gray accessories with neutral tones, such as cream and tan for a classy look. Rose, Salmon and peach shades paired with gray accessories will enhance your complexion and soften your look. Need a pop of color? Seafoam green will brighten your ensemble. I also love dark red paired with gray. A red merlot silk dress worn beneath a bathrobe-style gray sweater or crimson red over-the-knee boots with a long, heavy-knit poncho in smoke gray. Both rich in color, feminine and perfect Fall looks. Although there are perfect pairings, gray goes with everything and versatile accessories are must-haves.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) See by Chloé Waffle-Knit Sweater Dress, Gianvito Rossi Suede Over-The-Knee Boots, Tom Ford Eva Aviator Sunglasses, Fendi Peekaboo Tote, Eugina Kim Farrah Embellished Hat.
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Trend: Gray

August 12, 2015
The Fall season is nearing and I feel myself gravitating towards anything gray. Each season I subconsciously adopt a new hue and can't help but purchase everything in shades of my new found color. I...

Cozy Cardigan

August 11, 2015
Jil Sander Dress, Tibi Cozy Oversized Cardigan, LV Handbag, Tibi Beacher Sandals
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Cozy Cardigan

August 11, 2015
Jil Sander Dress, Tibi Cozy Oversized Cardigan, LV Handbag, Tibi Beacher

Del Toro M'Oticons

August 10, 2015
These colorful emoji slippers make a statement in more ways than one (literally). Limited edition Del Toro M'Oticon slippers are cheeky and fun. Pictured here: 'Snap chat', 'Piece of Cake', 'Boose Cruise' and 'Queen of Hearts'. The tongue and cheek emoji combinations are cute, and playful - 'Shrimp Cocktail' anyone?

Available exclusively at Moda Operandi for men and women. 
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Del Toro M'Oticons

August 10, 2015
These colorful emoji slippers make a statement in more ways than one (literally). Limited edition Del Toro M'Oticon slippers are cheeky and fun. Pictured here: 'Snap chat', 'Piece of Cake', 'Boose...

My Last Night in Santorini

August 06, 2015
Tibi Macrame Applique Cropped Top, Tibi Agathe Fluted Skirt, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Tibi Jack Slides
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My Last Night in Santorini

August 06, 2015
Tibi Macrame Applique Cropped Top, Tibi Agathe Fluted Skirt, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Tibi Jack

The Black Version

August 04, 2015
Tibi Fluted Skirt, Rag & Bone Tank, Tibi Jack Slides, Ioanna Kourbela Bag
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The Black Version

August 04, 2015
Tibi Fluted Skirt, Rag & Bone Tank, Tibi Jack Slides, Ioanna Kourbela

Summer's Favorite Sandal - Gladiators

August 03, 2015
Jil Sander Dress, Tibi Beacher Sandals
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Summer's Favorite Sandal - Gladiators

August 03, 2015
Jil Sander Dress, Tibi Beacher

Jil Sander & Ioanna Kourbela

July 30, 2015
Jil Sander Crop Top, Jil Sander Skirt, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Tibi Mina Leather Slides
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Jil Sander & Ioanna Kourbela

July 30, 2015
Jil Sander Crop Top, Jil Sander Skirt, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Tibi Mina Leather

Origami Fashion

July 29, 2015
Tibi Origami Strapless Top, Tibi Origami Skirt, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers
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Origami Fashion

July 29, 2015
Tibi Origami Strapless Top, Tibi Origami Skirt, Rag & Bone Kent

Up close and Simple

July 28, 2015
It's hot and humid in Santorini.. Fussing with perfect hair and makeup is wasted vacation time, so I'm keeping it simple. Bronzer and coral blush are enough to brighten my complexion and give a natural glow (of course I'm avoiding to tan my face). Bronzer allows for consistent color all over without undoing all the facial laser treatments and anti-aging you've worked towards over the years - your face is sensitive and you will regret the sun damage one day. I straightened my hair once and it lasted a few hours - not worth the effort. My hairtysle of choice - a low-bun with pieces falling out. A windblown 'effortless' style.

Accessories are important on vacation and white pieces standout against your sun-kissed skin. Layer bracelets and pile on small rings - opt for tiny rose gold or silver rings on each finger (rose gold looks great on tanned skin). Vacation destinations are great places to shop for accessories - so hit the stores early in your vacation and stock up on local (handmade) accessories.

Accessories pictured here: Dior Chicago Aviators, Bottega Veneta Knot Bracelet, Isabel Marant Bracelet, Gabriela Artigas Rose Simple Rings, Blanca Monros Black Diamond Ring, Ariel Gordon Love Knot Ring, Kate Spade Bow Bracelet.
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Up close and Simple

July 28, 2015
It's hot and humid in Santorini.. Fussing with perfect hair and makeup is wasted vacation time, so I'm keeping it simple. Bronzer and coral blush are enough to brighten my complexion and give a...

Touring Santorini

July 27, 2015
Tularosa Dress, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers
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Touring Santorini

July 27, 2015
Tularosa Dress, Ioanna Kourbela Bag, Rag & Bone Kent

Santorini - Fluted & Fringed

July 25, 2015
Rag & Bone Tank, Tibi Fluted Skirt, Tibi Jack Fringed Slides, LV Handbag, Dior Chicago Sunglasses, Bottega Veneta Knot Bracelet, Isabel Marant Bracelet
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Santorini - Fluted & Fringed

July 25, 2015
Rag & Bone Tank, Tibi Fluted Skirt, Tibi Jack Fringed Slides, LV Handbag, Dior Chicago Sunglasses, Bottega Veneta Knot Bracelet, Isabel Marant

What to Wear in Santorini

July 23, 2015
I'm so lucky to be traveling to Santorini today and can't wait to showcase my summer vacation ensembles. I have put 'too much' thought into packing for this trip and yes, I have a laundry rolling rack for such occasions! I consider myself a master at packing and thoughtful when choosing the right apparel and accessories and these things take time. The pale scenery in Santorini brings out the desire for white apparel and lighter shades. For day I'll wear t-shirt dresses in white and mint green, and a loose fitting peach dress with beige embroidery and tassels. My evening looks include full A-line skirts with cropped bodices and tanks, fluted skirts with crop tops and one Grecian strapless dress (my favorite). The Santorini forecast is 'hot' and sunny, but I'm gonna pack silk pants and a light sweater anyways (ya never know).

My straw knapsack and hat are a must (Shopbop.com). A squishy straw beach bag saves space in your suitcase. I like small bags and will pack my mini Dolce & Gabbana Embellished handbag inside my Louis Vuitton tote (you need a larger bag for the plane). Packing small handbags inside larger ones, saves a lot of room. Of course one clutch is necessary for dinner. Pictured here: Phillip Lim Gorge Pouch - a neutral, goes with everything clutch.

Santorini's landscape is not high-heel friendly, so I'm packing flats, platforms and a pair of wedge booties (for pictures - I don't plan to walk around in them). Gladiator sandals seem fitting for Greece and just so happen to be on trend this season. Shoes pictured here: Tibi Mina Leather Slides, Burberry Prorsum Wedge Booties, Tibi Camilo Sandals, Tibi Jack Slides, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers, Miu Miu Embellished Sneakers and Salvatore Ferragamo Jellies (for the beach). I love the sneakers and full skirts trend and my fringe Jack Slides are a great statement shoe to wear with an otherwise plain t-shirt dress.

My swimsuits and sarongs are Agua Bendita. The yellow crochet sarong pictured here is handmade (thanks mom). Coverups are a necessity for walking to and from the pool - pictured here Muche Muchette cream crochet coverup and a colorful Camilla Embellished coverup.

So there ya have it! Pale colors, white is must and flat neutral-toned shoes. Santorini is a great location for photos, so pack thoughtfully and don your best vacation looks. I will post my 'vacation in Santorini' looks over the next few weeks..
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What to Wear in Santorini

July 23, 2015
I'm so lucky to be traveling to Santorini today and can't wait to showcase my summer vacation ensembles. I have put 'too much' thought into packing for this trip and yes, I have a laundry rolling...

Fall Trend: Pink

July 22, 2015
The universally flattering pink is on-trend for Fall 2015. Whether it be bright pink, fuchsia, pale pink, Barbie pink or pinkish peachy, seems like the entire pink spectrum is having a moment in fashion. Not all pink shades work for every skin tone, so find your pink, one that works with you and not against you - for pale skin tones opt for a brighter pink, cool tones for black hair and warm for blonde. Pair pale pink with mint green, rose with teal and fuchsia with orange. One accent color is enough - you don't want to look like a rainbow! Embrace the trend and wear a full pink ensemble, like Tibi's blush pink skirt and top (above). If you're hesitant to don a pink look, then opt for a pink accessory - sunglasses and shoes are a subtle way to showcase your love for color. Fall's feminine pink shades are refreshing to a usually dark-toned season in fashion. Much of my closet is pink and I'm thrilled to see shades of pink in many Fall 2015 collections.

Pictured here: (available at NET-A-PORTER) Carven Oversized Coat, Alexander McQueen Padlock Shoulder Bag, NAILS INC NailKale Polish - St. John's Wood Gardens,(available at Farfetch.com) Linda Farrow Pink Sunglasses, Tibi Blush Pink Skirt, Tibi Blush Pink Top, Stella McCartney Fluffy Sweater, Miu Miu Round Glasses (available at mytheresa.com).
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Fall Trend: Pink

July 22, 2015
The universally flattering pink is on-trend for Fall 2015. Whether it be bright pink, fuchsia, pale pink, Barbie pink or pinkish peachy, seems like the entire pink spectrum is having a moment in...

Karlito Tote

July 16, 2015
This tote is amazing and 'yes' I'm considering it.. It's a vibrant, outrageous carryall tote that says, 'I'm ridiculous and I have a great sense of fashion humor'. Karlito Tote is just one of the clever and kooky items from Fendi this season. Fendi's Bag Bug/Monster collection for Fall 2015 include oversized fur embellished monster scarves, Karlito iPhone cases and sneakers, Bag Bug sweaters, shoes and bags, fur monster jackets and shearling monster backpacks, for the more subdued a furry brow atop one-eye Bag Bug scarfs and beanies (I'm partial to the gray and pink) and of course new bag charms - Luv these fur balls. The collection continues to expand with new items released each day.. Visit farfetch.com and NET-A-PORTER to view Fendi's newly released Bag Bug apparel and accessories. I'm loving this collection!
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Karlito Tote

July 16, 2015
This tote is amazing and 'yes' I'm considering it.. It's a vibrant, outrageous carryall tote that says, 'I'm ridiculous and I have a great sense of fashion humor'. Karlito Tote is just one of...

Three Trends to Try

July 15, 2015
Three trends to try this summer: Bare a little skin in an off-the-shoulder tunic, dress or crop top. Pair your off-the-shoulder tunic with cropped pants and your crop top with a full A-line skirt. Culottes are summer's faved pant style this season - landing a few inches above your ankles, these pants are 'forgiving' and flattering. For a 70's daytime look, wear your high waisted culottes with wedges and t-shirt and for a modern night look don a pair of tailored culottes with with an off-the-shoulder tunic and strappy sandals. Soft fringe and fur embellished shoes are my favorite trend this season. I'm happy to report the furry shoe trend doesn't end with summer - we will see full-furred boots and poufs of fur on slides, mules and booties.

Pictured here: Tibi Off-the-Shoulder Tunic, Tibi Ophelie Fringe Mules and 7 For All Mankind Denim Culottes.
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Three Trends to Try

July 15, 2015
Three trends to try this summer: Bare a little skin in an off-the-shoulder tunic, dress or crop top. Pair your off-the-shoulder tunic with cropped pants and your crop top with a full A-line skirt....

Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

July 14, 2015
How fun is this lip mask! Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch is an oversized jelly-like pair of lips worn atop your own for a 20 minute lip rejuvenation session. I think I'm more intrigued with the novelty than the results - this lip mask would make a great gift for any girl in need of a little pampering. Aside from all the fun and the cute selfies, Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch nourishes your lips, leaving them soft and silky. You lips appear hydrated, with a slight shine. This lip mask retails for $4 and is available at peachandlily.com.
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Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

July 14, 2015
How fun is this lip mask! Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch is an oversized jelly-like pair of lips worn atop your own for a 20 minute lip rejuvenation session. I think I'm more intrigued with the...

Agua Bendita

July 13, 2015
Charming prints, embellishments, tassels, ruching and ruffles are what make Agua Bendita a superior brand in swimwear. Ethnic Adventure and Loving the Earth are just two of the elaborate themes Agua Bendita swimwear showcases each season. This is my favorite swimwear brand! Of course I love the details and colors, but the fit is impeccable - the ruched bottoms accentuate your assets and my 'not so little and perfect' bottom looks better in Agua Bendita than any other swimwear brand. Tops and bottoms are sold separately, allowing for the perfect size and fit all around. There are often a few styles featuring the same print, so you can mix-and-match to meet your needs.

Agua Bendita sarongs, cover ups and scarves are as equally impressive and the perfect pairing to your bikini. Opt for a matching sarong folded and worn around your waist at the pool to enhance your bottom or full-size and wrapped around your bust for more coverage. For a modern poolside look, drape a scarf (much smaller than the sarongs) over your shoulders.

Agua Bendita swimwear is available at aguabendita.com and revolveclothing.com
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Agua Bendita

July 13, 2015
Charming prints, embellishments, tassels, ruching and ruffles are what make Agua Bendita a superior brand in swimwear. Ethnic Adventure and Loving the Earth are just two of the elaborate...

Travel Essentials: Bag-all

July 10, 2015
Organize your suitcase with Bag-all travel bags. Choose from a variety of bags for shoes (even tall boots), cosmetics, gadgets, jewelry, undergarments, laundry and more.. With each bag donning a photo of contents within, these bags are cute and an efficient way to pack. A must have for avid travelers.

You can purchase these travel bags at bag-all.com and shopbop.com.
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Travel Essentials: Bag-all

July 10, 2015
Organize your suitcase with Bag-all travel bags. Choose from a variety of bags for shoes (even tall boots), cosmetics, gadgets, jewelry, undergarments, laundry and more.. With each bag donning a...

Yassas Greece

July 09, 2015
I'm packing for Santorini, Greece (YAY!) and thought I'd share with you my summer vacation essential cosmetics list and vacation beauty advise. Rule #1 - keep your makeup natural and your routine simple.

Opt for a natural glow with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder and Bobbi Brown Blush and Highlighter Cheek Palette - shades of coral brighten your face and accentuate your bronzed skin. Buxom Mascara in black will make your lashes thicker, longer and give you a naturally enhanced look. I'm a lipstick girl, so it's no surprise I have four lip products in my cosmetic bag - Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme for the ultimate pouty lip, YSL Tint-in-Oil lip gloss to nourish my lips, Dior Addict Lip Glow in coral for the perfect summer shade and Bite Beauty BB for lips to hydrate, prime and protect my lips from sun damage.

Where there are tropical temperatures there is usually humidity which = frizzy, unmanageable hair! Don't fuss over a perfect hairstyle and opt for wavy 'I'm on vacation and I don't care' hair. Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder is a light dry shampoo with a fresh scent (oh and gives great volume when applied to roots). For texture and light hold in your waves use Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish.

Protecting your body from sun damage is of the utmost importance. I use Tizo3 sunscreen on my face (day and night, cause it's a great tinted primer), Skin Ceuticals Epidermal Repair for much needed moisturizing after the sun - this cream is used to repair skin after facial procedures and works great on sunburns. After a long day in the sun, the fresh scent of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (reminds me of blueberries) will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated - this cleanser removes makeup and oil while gently exfoliating your skin. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is effective and refreshing.
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Yassas Greece

July 09, 2015
I'm packing for Santorini, Greece (YAY!) and thought I'd share with you my summer vacation essential cosmetics list and vacation beauty advise. Rule #1 - keep your makeup natural and your routine...

Want Longer, Thicker Lashes?

July 08, 2015
Many people comment on my eyelashes - I have been asked what falsies I was wearing more than once.. None, they're real! A quick application of LASHFOOD before bed and my lashes are thicker, longer and healthy. They appear hydrated and silky, my mascara goes on nicely, I never have to curl my lashes and they look smooth. I know - healthy lashes?! You can't go wrong adding nutrition to your lashes or any other part of your body, whether it's inside or out. LASHFOOD is comprised of organic medicinal herbs and there are no harsh side effects. I tried Latisse many years ago and my eyelids turned dark purple - I'm happy the permanent eyeshadow faded over time and caution anyone considering this lash growth method. LASHFOOD natural eyelash enhancer is Ecocert certified (meets standards for natural and organic cosmetics). I highly recommend this product.

You can purchase LASHFOOD at lashfood.com or sephora.com
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Want Longer, Thicker Lashes?

July 08, 2015
Many people comment on my eyelashes - I have been asked what falsies I was wearing more than once.. None, they're real! A quick application of LASHFOOD before bed and my lashes are thicker, longer...

The Laundress: Take Care of Your Clothes

July 07, 2015
Of course I wash my under garments, socks and tops after each use, but I avoid washing sweaters and bottoms if I can to preserve their original color and state. There's nothing worse than washing your new jeans and finding they're covered in micro white pilling and faded. I was introduced to The Laundress Denim Wash by a salesperson at the denim company, 7 For All Mankind. Tried, tested and true, my new blue denim jeans came out looking almost perfect. Now I use Denim Wash on all of my heavy, dark fabrics to maintain their color.

When I find a brand that is this impressive, I usually buy their other products as well - and so, my collection of clothing care products is starting to look like my hair products shelf! Among the vast variety of detergents in The Laundress clothing care line, I currently use the Signature Detergent, Delicates Detergent, Sport Detergent, Wool and Cashmere Shampoo, Denim Wash (I luv this product), Stain Solution (miracle product), Ironing Water and Stiffen Up (natural starch). Each product has a unique fresh scent and successfully treats your clothes in the manner intended. I know it may seem ridiculous to purchase a different detergent for each fabric, but clothes are expensive and I want mine to look good after 15+ washes. I assure you these products will keep your clothes looking great for an extended period of time.

Purchase these and other Laundress products at thelaundress.com
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The Laundress: Take Care of Your Clothes

July 07, 2015
Of course I wash my under garments, socks and tops after each use, but I avoid washing sweaters and bottoms if I can to preserve their original color and state. There's nothing worse than washing...

Tizo3 Facial Sunscreen

July 06, 2015
This compact tube of tinted facial mineral sunscreen, Tizo3, goes on smoothly, leaves your skin feeling silky and has a matte finish. Tizo3 contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, the top two sunscreen filters. The primer-like sunscreen is photostable (will not diminish in the sun) and waterproof for 80 minutes. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB Tizo3 protects, primes and enhances your complexion. Best part is that it looks and feels like a primer - is a great base under makeup. Tizo3 gives you a slight tint of color and looks fresh when worn alone. After one use, I promise you will love wearing this facial sunscreen!
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Tizo3 Facial Sunscreen

July 06, 2015
This compact tube of tinted facial mineral sunscreen, Tizo3, goes on smoothly, leaves your skin feeling silky and has a matte finish. Tizo3 contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, the top two...

Embellish..

July 04, 2015
Rag & Bone Cropped Tank, Tibi Sheer Skirt, Tibi Mina Leather Slides, Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Leather Handbag
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Embellish..

July 04, 2015
Rag & Bone Cropped Tank, Tibi Sheer Skirt, Tibi Mina Leather Slides, Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Leather

Mind Your Midriff

July 02, 2015
Before I go on a rant about minding your midriff, let me be clear - most women have midriff concerns and it is normal to have a slight bump or swelling in your abdomen area. Only models (whom are usually in their twenties) have a flat stomach and they work hard for it. Those of us who don't obsess over our physic during the winter, might have some regrets come that first summer heat-wave. Even if you bust your ass tryna get fit for summer vacation, after the first salt-rimmed margarita and poolside burger - your bloated! So don't fret, just dress appropriately and do your best to mask your shortcomings with the right attire. Here are some bikini options for those of us trying to cover our midriff while keeping fashionable and cool in tropical temperatures. Moderate to high rise bottoms are your best friend this summer. Side ruching (gathering of material) creates a diversion and makes the area appear smaller. Prints conceal, while solid colors tend to show your figure for what it is. Horizontal stripes will make your bust look larger and your hips wider, in turn your belly will appear flatter. A pair of high-waisted shorts atop your bikini is a cute 'cover up'. It's all about playing with proportions, texture, prints and styles to find your perfect poolside attire.

Pictured here: Dolce & Gabbana Floral-Print Bustier Bikini Top and High-Waisted Briefs, Norma Kamali One-Shoulder Top and and Moderate-Rise Bottoms, She Made Me Crocheted Bikini Top and Shorts, Dolce & Gabbana Striped Bikini Top and Ruched Briefs. Visit NET-A-PORTER for these and many other high-waisted bikini styles.
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Mind Your Midriff

July 02, 2015
Before I go on a rant about minding your midriff, let me be clear - most women have midriff concerns and it is normal to have a slight bump or swelling in your abdomen area. Only models (whom are...

Off-the-Shoulder

June 27, 2015
Tibi Off Shoulder Tunic, Tibi Juna Jogging Pant, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers
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Off-the-Shoulder

June 27, 2015
Tibi Off Shoulder Tunic, Tibi Juna Jogging Pant, Rag & Bone Kent

Subtle Shades

June 25, 2015
Zadig & Voltaire Sweater, Alice + Olivia Cardigan, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim, Rag & Bone Strap Sneakers
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Subtle Shades

June 25, 2015
Zadig & Voltaire Sweater, Alice + Olivia Cardigan, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim, Rag & Bone Strap

Bite Beauty BB

June 23, 2015
Bite Beauty BB for lips is my new fave lip balm and an essential product in my makeup routine. The natural-clear balm is a great base to be worn under lipstick, nourishes your lips and leaves them smooth - ideal for additional color application. The BB for lips balm in flush gives you a slight hint of peach color - the perfect 'kinda natural' shade for summer. Like BB face creams, BB for lips hydrate, prepare, prime and protect. Bite Beauty BB for lips is a five-in-one lip balm that will revitalize your lips while shielding them from sun damage (SPF 15) - a must-have product this summer.
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Bite Beauty BB

June 23, 2015
Bite Beauty BB for lips is my new fave lip balm and an essential product in my makeup routine. The natural-clear balm is a great base to be worn under lipstick, nourishes your lips and leaves them...

LOOKBOOK for Fashion Inspiration

June 22, 2015
LOOKBOOK.com is a worldwide online demonstration of street fashion, personal style and trends. Peruse the library of bloggers, artists, and fashionable posts for inspiration and fashion education. There are so many different fashion perspectives - someone will definitely showcase a similar style to yours (or a style you strive for). There is a large population on LOOKBOOK with exceptional fashion sense that will motivate you to expand your personal style and give you insight into trends and how to wear them.

LOOKBOOK is a fashion site where anyone can post their looks - just create an account and load your images. You can 'hype' looks you like and fan your favorite profiles. It's addictive!
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LOOKBOOK for Fashion Inspiration

June 22, 2015
LOOKBOOK.com is a worldwide online demonstration of street fashion, personal style and trends. Peruse the library of bloggers, artists, and fashionable posts for inspiration and fashion education....

Juna Joggers

June 18, 2015
Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Haute Hippie Longhorn Tank, James Perse Cardigan, Rag & Bone Kent Leather Sneakers
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Juna Joggers

June 18, 2015
Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Haute Hippie Longhorn Tank, James Perse Cardigan, Rag & Bone Kent Leather

fabulous foaming face wash

June 16, 2015
Stimulate your senses and instantly feel rejuvenated in the a.m. with cold water and bliss fabulous foaming face wash - a two-in-one cleanser that removes oil and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin. With a subtle scent of fresh fruit (kinda reminds me of blueberries), this face wash will leave you feeling refreshed and your skin nourished. bliss fabulous foaming face wash is at the top of my 'must have' products list. It is available in three sizes - 2 oz, 6.7 oz and a super-sized 15.5 oz (that'll last you a long time).

Visit blissworld.com and Sephora.com for fabulous foaming face wash and other bliss products.
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fabulous foaming face wash

June 16, 2015
Stimulate your senses and instantly feel rejuvenated in the a.m. with cold water and bliss fabulous foaming face wash - a two-in-one cleanser that removes oil and makeup while gently exfoliating your...

Pebble Check Trousers

June 15, 2015
Temperley London Pebble Check Trousers, Rag & Bone Augusta Tank, Tibi Kirsi Slides
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Pebble Check Trousers

June 15, 2015
Temperley London Pebble Check Trousers, Rag & Bone Augusta Tank, Tibi Kirsi

Summertime Shades

June 10, 2015
White and off-white are always on trend during the summertime - we all look great in white attire atop our bronzed skin! This summer don a variety of off-white shades together, wear a neutral print, try textured textiles and of course your shoes should be off-white - laced sandals, slides and sneakers are staple shoes for summer 2015. Here's some inspiration..

Alice + Oliva Margaux Smocked Dropwaist Dress, Tibi Camilo Sandals, Tibi Tie Crop Top, Alice + Olivia Kizzy Full Pouf Skirt, Karl Lagerfeld Sneakers, Haute Hippie Longhorn Tank, Isabel Marant Natacha Fringed Mini Skirt, Tibi Mina Leather Slides, Isabel Marant Bracelet.

Visit NET-A-PORTER for Alice + Oliva, Tibi, Karl Lagerfeld and Isabel Marant off-white fashion.
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Summertime Shades

June 10, 2015
White and off-white are always on trend during the summertime - we all look great in white attire atop our bronzed skin! This summer don a variety of off-white shades together, wear a neutral print,...

Sheer Stripes

June 08, 2015
Tibi Striped Skirt, Tibi Tie Crop Top, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers, Matthew Williamson Peach Sunglasses
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Sheer Stripes

June 08, 2015
Tibi Striped Skirt, Tibi Tie Crop Top, Rag & Bone Kent Sneakers, Matthew Williamson Peach

The Trapeze Top

June 04, 2015
Tibi Trapeze Corset Top, Tibi Pleated Silk Culottes, Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Louis Vuitton ALMA Handbag
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The Trapeze Top

June 04, 2015
Tibi Trapeze Corset Top, Tibi Pleated Silk Culottes, Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Louis Vuitton ALMA

The Morning After Shower Cap

June 02, 2015
Drybar's The Morning After shower cap is lined with soft terry cloth to protect your hair from moisture, humidity and feels comfy against your skin. The fit is great - not too tight, but snug enough to keep your hair dry. The Morning After shower cap is my preferred headpiece for those days when I can't be bothered washing my hair.

Purchase the The Morning After shower cap at thedrybar.com or Sephora.com.
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The Morning After Shower Cap

June 02, 2015
Drybar's The Morning After shower cap is lined with soft terry cloth to protect your hair from moisture, humidity and feels comfy against your skin. The fit is great - not too tight, but snug enough...

Jack Slides

May 29, 2015
Tibi Silk Cami, Tibi Silk Wrap Pants, Tibi Jack Slides
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Jack Slides

May 29, 2015
Tibi Silk Cami, Tibi Silk Wrap Pants, Tibi Jack

Camilo by Tibi

May 27, 2015
Tibi Camilo Sandals, Basic Terrain Jumpsuit, Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag, Dior Chicago Aviator Sunglasses
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Camilo by Tibi

May 27, 2015
Tibi Camilo Sandals, Basic Terrain Jumpsuit, Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag, Dior Chicago Aviator

ghd rose gold

May 25, 2015
This ghd styler had me at a moments glance - I luv anything rose gold! This set includes a 1" styler that is dual voltage (important for travelers), two sectioning clips, a heat resistant travel case and a detachable heat-resistant mat for placing your hot styler on. So far, I'm impressed..

I was drawn to this styler because it is dual voltage, it is award-winning, has positive reviews (and it is rose gold). Tried, tested and true - this styler is great! The ghd styler leaves my hair silky and straight. At a safe and effective temperature of 365°F, the ghd styler is not super hot and there is no option to increase the temperature - no temptation or even the ability to put the temp at max and cause damage to your hair.

You can purchase the ghd rose gold styler set at ghdhair.com and Sephora.com.
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ghd rose gold

May 25, 2015
This ghd styler had me at a moments glance - I luv anything rose gold! This set includes a 1" styler that is dual voltage (important for travelers), two sectioning clips, a heat resistant travel...

Alice + Olivia Cocoon Cardigan

May 24, 2015
Alice + Olivia Jodi Cocoon Cardigan, Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Rag & Bone Kent Leather Sneakers
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Alice + Olivia Cocoon Cardigan

May 24, 2015
Alice + Olivia Jodi Cocoon Cardigan, Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Rag & Bone Kent Leather

Marni Nappa Opaca Shopping Bag

May 13, 2015
One single item can inspire your personal street style and fashion choices. The Marni Nappa Opaca Shopping Bag makes me feel like dressing head2toe in olive green, white and cream - here's what I've put together..

Rag & Bone Sloane Ribbed-jersey Sweatshirt, Derek Lam Wrap Skirt Combo Dress and Tibi Leather Mules. Equipment Shirt, Rick Owens Viscose Pants and Christian Louboutin + Jonathan Saunders Ankle Boots.
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Marni Nappa Opaca Shopping Bag

May 13, 2015
One single item can inspire your personal street style and fashion choices. The Marni Nappa Opaca Shopping Bag makes me feel like dressing head2toe in olive green, white and cream - here's what I've...

Texas Tea and Sake Bomb

May 12, 2015
I've been a dedicated fan of Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner for years, but a few months ago I went on weekend trip and packed samples of Drybar hair products in my carry-on (simply because I was lacking space). I'm so happy I did! I always get samples from beauty stores and hardly ever use them.. this time paid off and I've learned my lesson - try new things! I have been converted and am using Drybar shampoo and conditioner, Texas Tea and Sake Bomb. Texas Tea volumizing shampoo and conditioner provide instant fullness without stripping your hair of moisture. Texas Teas gives you that much needed weightless bounce we all desire. Sake Bomb shampoo and conditioner are nourishing, have a pleasant scent and leaves your hair feeling incredibly silky and most importantly - shinny. I go back and forth between the two, depending on what my hair needs, moisture or volume.

Sake Bomb is available in travel size - the 1.7 oz bottle is flat and convenient when packing too many toiletries (as I often do). Purchase these and other Drybar products at thedrybar.com or Sephora.com

*Both Sake Bomb and Texas Tea shampoo and conditioner are free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates.
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Texas Tea and Sake Bomb

May 12, 2015
I've been a dedicated fan of Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner for years, but a few months ago I went on weekend trip and packed samples of Drybar hair products in my carry-on (simply because...

Karlito Buggie

May 11, 2015
Fendi Karlito Buggie, Dior Chicago Aviator Sunglasses, Rag & Bone Ayon Shirt, Rag & Bone Cropped Randi Jacket, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, Converse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers
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Karlito Buggie

May 11, 2015
Fendi Karlito Buggie, Dior Chicago Aviator Sunglasses, Rag & Bone Ayon Shirt, Rag & Bone Cropped Randi Jacket, Rag & Bone Aston Satchel, Converse Jack Purcell Leather

Comfortably Chic in Neutral Tones

May 07, 2015
Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag, James Perse Cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Patched & Destroyed Ankle Skinnies, Rag & Bone Ghita Moccasins
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Comfortably Chic in Neutral Tones

May 07, 2015
Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag, James Perse Cardigan, 7 For All Mankind Patched & Destroyed Ankle Skinnies, Rag & Bone Ghita

Restylane Silk

May 06, 2015
My recent visit to the dermatologist consisted of baby botox and Restylane Silk injected into my lips and oral commissure area. I am no stranger to fillers and lip injections - in comparison to other brands I gotta say Restylane Silk hurts, swells like crazy and left me with major bruises. You will notice in the photos above that day one my lips were huge! This is normal and happens with most fillers, but by day two the swelling usually subsides - not the case with Restylane Silk. The day after my procedure my lips were even bigger, I had a major bruise on my lip and I was showing signs of bruising on the skin above my lip. My dermatologist warned me that there would be excessive swelling and possibly bruising, so I was not surprised that my lips were getting worse everyday. I slept with my head propped up on two pillows, took arnica tablets 3 times a day and iced my lips often (this is important). After one week the swelling and bruising was gone and my lips look great! After all that pain and suffering, I have the perfect pouty lips I was hoping for.

So why choose a filler that has higher risk of side effects, such as bruising and swelling? The fine needle and smaller particles in Restylane Silk allow for more accurate and precise injections, so your dermatologist can create a subtle, natural pouty lip. Your dermatologist or a cosmetic enhancement professional can really form a specific shape, control the thickness of your lips and create perfect symmetry with small, continuos injections of Restylane Silk. This is my new favorite filler! With the combination of a great dermatologist and good injectable filler, you will have amazing results, but there may be some pain involved (and hiding in your house for days)!
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Restylane Silk

May 06, 2015
My recent visit to the dermatologist consisted of baby botox and Restylane Silk injected into my lips and oral commissure area. I am no stranger to fillers and lip injections - in comparison to...

Beauty Tips: Olive Oil

April 23, 2015
Can't get last night's eye makeup off - just pour olive oil on a cotton swab and wipe clean. It won't irritate your eyes and removes even the toughest makeup stains (even if your oil based makeup remover couldn't).

When time is a factor and you need your polish dry NOW, dip a soft brush in olive oil and gently swipe across your nails. It will accelerate drying time and nourish your cuticles.
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Beauty Tips: Olive Oil

April 23, 2015
Can't get last night's eye makeup off - just pour olive oil on a cotton swab and wipe clean. It won't irritate your eyes and removes even the toughest makeup stains (even if your oil based makeup...

NUDESTIX

April 13, 2015
NUDESTIX is great for removing makeup mishaps. Glide the clean-up pencil over your mistakes and then wipe away with a q-tip. What sets this product apart from other makeup remover pencils? The oil infused crayon-like tip does not absorb the makeup, so it is always clean and doesn't transfer last weeks makeup mistakes back onto your skin.

Retails for $24 at Sephora.com.
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NUDESTIX

April 13, 2015
NUDESTIX is great for removing makeup mishaps. Glide the clean-up pencil over your mistakes and then wipe away with a q-tip. What sets this product apart from other makeup remover pencils? The oil...

Kiss Me Balm

April 09, 2015
Sephora Kiss Me Balm is light, has a yummy scent and leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished. It's my new favorite lip balm for spring!

Available in six colors at sephora.com.
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Kiss Me Balm

April 09, 2015
Sephora Kiss Me Balm is light, has a yummy scent and leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished. It's my new favorite lip balm for spring!Available in six colors at

Spring - Sans Skinnies

April 07, 2015
The never-ending skinny jean trend has been lingering around far too long and lets face it, they're not the most flattering jean. There is an array of denim styles to choose from this season; the cropped boyfriend jean for a loose fitting casual look, the oh so chic flare jean (makes everyone look better, taller and skinner) and the denim track pant (my favorite). It's time to retire your skinnies - think of it like a 21-day cleanse - from skinny jeans! Push your skinnies far into the back of your closet and opt for a modern denim style that's comfy and flatters your figure. 
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Spring - Sans Skinnies

April 07, 2015
The never-ending skinny jean trend has been lingering around far too long and lets face it, they're not the most flattering jean. There is an array of denim styles to choose from this season; the...

Tied Tibi

April 02, 2015
Tibi Simone Silk Trapeze Corset Top, Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Tibi Kirsi Slides and Phillip Lim "GORGE" Pouch - it was meant to be!
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Tied Tibi

April 02, 2015
Tibi Simone Silk Trapeze Corset Top, Tibi Juna Jogging Pants, Tibi Kirsi Slides and Phillip Lim "GORGE" Pouch - it was meant to

Rag & Bone - Hooded

April 01, 2015
The Rag & Bone Roni Hoodie and Randi cropped jacket are my new "must haves". Yes, I'm obsessed with this collection (especially the accessories) - I want everything! Browse the Rag & Bone Spring 2015 collection for chic athleisure inspiration.

Photos: Vannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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Rag & Bone - Hooded

April 01, 2015
The Rag & Bone Roni Hoodie and Randi cropped jacket are my new "must haves". Yes, I'm obsessed with this collection (especially the accessories) - I want everything! Browse the Rag & Bone...

Elizabeth & James Fringe - NYC

March 30, 2015
Elizabeth & James Fringed Mavericks Serape, Sanctuary Aurora Sweater Coat, LV handbag and Fendi Spring 2015 Bag bug "Archy"
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Elizabeth & James Fringe - NYC

March 30, 2015
Elizabeth & James Fringed Mavericks Serape, Sanctuary Aurora Sweater Coat, LV handbag and Fendi Spring 2015 Bag bug

Long Over Long - NYC

March 27, 2015
Long Over Long - Nasty Gal Candy Girl Faux Fur Coat atop Alice+Olivia Jodi Long Cable Cardigan
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Long Over Long - NYC

March 27, 2015
Long Over Long - Nasty Gal Candy Girl Faux Fur Coat atop Alice+Olivia Jodi Long Cable

Isabel Marant Spring 2015

March 26, 2015
I luv luv luv the Isabel Marant Spring 2015 collection. Pictured here: fringed silk gilet, fringed woven silk poncho and matching skirt and cotton-crepe wrap vest. I wouldn't wear these items as pictured - the all-white tribal look doesn't quite translate to city street style, but rather the gilet atop an oversized tee and leather or suede leggings, the poncho atop denim flares and the fringed woven silk skirt with a white v-neck tee and gladiator sandals. Visit NET-A-PORTER to view the collection - happy shopping!
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Isabel Marant Spring 2015

March 26, 2015
I luv luv luv the Isabel Marant Spring 2015 collection. Pictured here: fringed silk gilet, fringed woven silk poncho and matching skirt and cotton-crepe wrap vest. I wouldn't wear these items as...

Mister Perfect!

March 25, 2015
Worth a second mention - Givenchy's Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser quickly and gently erases makeup mishaps. Where has this Mister Perfect been all my life?! It's almost impossible to apply mascara down to the roots of your lashes without getting a little on your lids and removing the smudges (with a q-tip) can be a struggle. Then I met Mister Perfect.. the marker-like pointed applicator allows for precise removal of unwanted lip and eye makeup - a must have!
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Mister Perfect!

March 25, 2015
Worth a second mention - Givenchy's Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser quickly and gently erases makeup mishaps. Where has this Mister Perfect been all my life?! It's almost impossible to apply...

Patched & Destroyed

March 24, 2015
Casual in 7 For All Mankind Patched & Destroyed Ankle Skinnies, Rag & Bone v-neck tee and Jack Purcell Converse
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Patched & Destroyed

March 24, 2015
Casual in 7 For All Mankind Patched & Destroyed Ankle Skinnies, Rag & Bone v-neck tee and Jack Purcell

Fashionable Inspiration

March 23, 2015
Two of my go-to online fashion lookbooks are Revolve's Hot List and Shopbop's Lookbook. Revolve posts trendy looks and a breakdown of each item (of course all sold at Revolve), allowing you to purchase everything pictured and recreate the look. Shopbop posts fashion photo shoots - each spread presents a theme or focuses on one designers new arrivals. Shopbop's fashion spreads showcase trendy looks in a vast variety of styles that will definitely inspire you - it's like having a personal stylist! Visit www.revolveclothing.com and www.shopbop.com for fashionable inspiration.
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Fashionable Inspiration

March 23, 2015
Two of my go-to online fashion lookbooks are Revolve's Hot List and Shopbop's Lookbook. Revolve posts trendy looks and a breakdown of each item (of course all sold at Revolve), allowing you to...

Trend: Culottes

March 20, 2015
Culottes are dominating the pant scene this summer. Opt for loose fitting silk culottes paired with an oversized soft-flowing top and chunky heels or platforms for a chic, feminine look. Wear your tailored culottes with an oversized t-shirt and fringe slide sandals for a trendy, casual look. Need some culotte inspiration? The Tibi Spring 2015 runway showcased culottes styled in every which way - it is my favorite collection this season! Together the Simone Trapeze Corset top and Simone Pleated Silk Culottes (Tibi) are the perfect combination of modern, feminine and comfy.
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Trend: Culottes

March 20, 2015
Culottes are dominating the pant scene this summer. Opt for loose fitting silk culottes paired with an oversized soft-flowing top and chunky heels or platforms for a chic, feminine look. Wear your...

Rag & Bone Ghita Moccasin

March 19, 2015
The perfect bootie for summer - the 1 1/2" wedge gives you a smidgen of height, the fringe and tassels are on trend and they are super comfy. I luv my fog suede Ghita Maccasins and kinda wanna buy the taupe suede ones too!

Visit www.rag-bone.com - retails for $395.
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Rag & Bone Ghita Moccasin

March 19, 2015
The perfect bootie for summer - the 1 1/2" wedge gives you a smidgen of height, the fringe and tassels are on trend and they are super comfy. I luv my fog suede Ghita Maccasins and kinda wanna buy...

Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag

March 18, 2015
The Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag is my favorite style for summer 2015. This bag can be worn cross-body and high on your torso (pictured here) or around your waist - fannypack style! It is available in three color schemes; nougat multi, smoke and black. I remember seeing this bag on the Spring 2015 runway and thinking "I have to have that bag!"

Visit www.rag-bone.com or www.neimanmarcus.com - retails for $595.
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Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag

March 18, 2015
The Rag & Bone Aston Convertible Bag is my favorite style for summer 2015. This bag can be worn cross-body and high on your torso (pictured here) or around your waist - fannypack style! It is...

Are you applying dry shampoo correctly?

March 17, 2015
I recently read an article about the misuse of dry shampoo (I can't recall where I read it though). As do many of you, I applied dry shampoo in the morning when my hair was oily and immediately brushed it through. I've learned that you should apply dry shampoo at your roots before bed - this will allow time for the dry shampoo to combat the oil while you sleep and in the a.m. your hair will look fresh (as fresh as it can be with dry shampoo). This method works great - the results are fresh hair, no oil and less of the heavy residue feel you get with applying in the morning.

I use Bumble and Bumble prêt-á-powder at night - it's too heavy for daily morning use, but a great sleep-on-it dry shampoo. This dry shampoo smells great, the powder is light and blends fairly quickly. Prêt-á-powder is available at www.bumbleandbumble.com and Sephora.
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Are you applying dry shampoo correctly?

March 17, 2015
I recently read an article about the misuse of dry shampoo (I can't recall where I read it though). As do many of you, I applied dry shampoo in the morning when my hair was oily and immediately...

Want a Smooth Shave?

March 15, 2015
Visit your nearest drug store and pick up hair conditioner for dry hair - the thicker the conditioner, the better. Or, use your regular conditioner (thats one less product to buy). Apply to your legs (and anywhere else you might require smooth, hairless skin) and shave as usual. The creamy layer of conditioner delivers intense moisturizer to your skin allowing for a smooth shave, no nicks and no razor-burn. I've tried a variety of shave creams over the years, but I always go back to hair conditioner.
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Want a Smooth Shave?

March 15, 2015
Visit your nearest drug store and pick up hair conditioner for dry hair - the thicker the conditioner, the better. Or, use your regular conditioner (thats one less product to buy). Apply to your legs...

Aurora Sweater Coat

March 12, 2015
I luv my Sanctuary Aurora Sweater Coat. Looks like I found it in an attic or vintage store, but it's new! 
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Aurora Sweater Coat

March 12, 2015
I luv my Sanctuary Aurora Sweater Coat. Looks like I found it in an attic or vintage store, but it's

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney

March 10, 2015
Nobody does luxurious minimalism like Stella McCartney. Staying true to form, this collection showcased structured garments, long over long and monochromatic looks. The long one-sleeved knit sweaters are modern and sure to make a statement. I'm not sure about white flowers in fall, but this floral dress is gorgeous. There were many white looks throughout the show that caught my attention - I'm especially drawn to the hooded white fur/knit coat - it's extravagant and I luv it!

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
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Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney

March 10, 2015
Nobody does luxurious minimalism like Stella McCartney. Staying true to form, this collection showcased structured garments, long over long and monochromatic looks. The long one-sleeved knit sweaters...

Paris Fashion Week: Chloé

March 09, 2015
Fleetwood Mac, a knit poncho, pink corduroy...this is my favorite Fall 2015 collection. Chloé is known to be a bit snooty, but looks like the vibe has changed and the aesthetic is becoming more free-flowing, artsy and kinda hippie-ish. I Luv it! The rose-pink overalls atop a silk shirt and neck tie is my most coveted look in the show - or it could be the gray knit poncho - or even the long shag vest. I want everything in this collection. 

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
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Paris Fashion Week: Chloé

March 09, 2015
Fleetwood Mac, a knit poncho, pink corduroy...this is my favorite Fall 2015 collection. Chloé is known to be a bit snooty, but looks like the vibe has changed and the aesthetic is becoming more...

Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin

March 07, 2015
The Lanvin Fall 2015 show was one of nostalgia. The garments presented a sentimental feeling of vintage clothing in rich colors and an ethnic influence. Leather harnesses draped across the body, tassels hugging the hips, shaggy goat hair and luxurious fur were paired together to create a sophisticated collection draped in passion and romanticism. 

Photos: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com
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Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin

March 07, 2015
The Lanvin Fall 2015 show was one of nostalgia. The garments presented a sentimental feeling of vintage clothing in rich colors and an ethnic influence. Leather harnesses draped across the body,...

Paris Fashion Week: H&M

March 05, 2015
Athleisure for the slopes on a different planet sometime in the future! These head to toe monochromatic looks make me wanna travel to colder climates and hang out in a ski lodge. I luv the gray jumpsuit Gigi Hadid (model) is donning. This collection showcased many pieces and various styles. H&M is known for offering a vast variety of on-trend garments and accessories. Come Fall there will be a plethora of coats to choose from - quilted, cracked leather, puffer, fur, suede (blazer) and bomber jackets. The ski-pants and oversized knit sweater is a great look for a day on the mountains..and the knee high moon boots look chic, warm and comfy. 

 Oh and models smiling on the runway is refreshing!

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
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Paris Fashion Week: H&M

March 05, 2015
Athleisure for the slopes on a different planet sometime in the future! These head to toe monochromatic looks make me wanna travel to colder climates and hang out in a ski lodge. I luv the gray...

Pink+Leather

March 03, 2015
Pink atop black leather is feminine, edgy and chic. Yeah, they're faux leather, but look great! Oh and I'm debuting my new Fendi Monster Charms - I luv these fur balls.. 
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Pink+Leather

March 03, 2015
Pink atop black leather is feminine, edgy and chic. Yeah, they're faux leather, but look great! Oh and I'm debuting my new Fendi Monster Charms - I luv these fur

Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana

March 02, 2015
Models with their childen and mothers to be walked the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 fashion show - It was a family affair. A collection dedicated to mom! The embellished garments donned embroidery, drawings, cartoon-like figures and of course dedications to momma. 

I am really anticipating the release of those furry headphones! 

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana

March 02, 2015
Models with their childen and mothers to be walked the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 fashion show - It was a family affair. A collection dedicated to mom! The embellished garments donned...

Milan Fashion Week: Stella Jean

February 26, 2015
This is "mismatch extremism". Prints, colors and offbeat silhouettes, old and new combined to showcase an eclectic montage of well..fun! This collection is amusing, vibrant, exotic and sentimental. I luv the long fur-lined vest with colorful tassels and I am definitely gonna start tucking all but one part of my shirt into my skirts and high waisted pants - it's those little details! Great show...I'm inspired!

Photos: Gianna Pucci / Indigitalimages.com
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Milan Fashion Week: Stella Jean

February 26, 2015
This is "mismatch extremism". Prints, colors and offbeat silhouettes, old and new combined to showcase an eclectic montage of well..fun! This collection is amusing, vibrant, exotic and sentimental. I...

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci

February 25, 2015
Newly appointed creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, is showcasing his own vision, far from past collections and giving us a new, contemporary "Gucci girl".

Not what you would expect on a Gucci runway - These garments look like something out of a vintage store or your grandma's attic. Mind you it was intriguing and carried us to a time and place where 70's inspired geek street fashion is chic. Some of the pieces really threw me off, but styling aside and minus the fur-muppet slides, the floral patterns, retro textiles and easy-going vibe is refreshing. I know - vintage is refreshing? The nonchalant fashion attitude, random dressing, minimal makeup and messy hair makes me feel like we don't have to try so hard - fashion is about expression, so throw on whatever you feel like and wear it like it's 1975!

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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Milan Fashion Week: Gucci

February 25, 2015
Newly appointed creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, is showcasing his own vision, far from past collections and giving us a new, contemporary "Gucci girl".Not what you would expect on a...

London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum

February 23, 2015
Christopher Bailey is undoubtably my favorite designer and the Burberry Prorsum show is my most anticipated throughout fashion month. This 70's inspired collection was titled Patchwork, Pattern and Prints - I couldn't have said it better.

The bohemian looks were comprised of paisley and floral prints in blue, red, olive green and gray. Patchwork and fringe were the dominant features in this collection. Capes, ponchos, booties and the bucket bag showcased heavy fringe in jewel tones and classic dark tan. The patchwork fringed poncho will definitely be the "it" piece this fall (as was the monogrammed Prorsum poncho from fall 2014). Paired with over the knee suede patchwork boots, bed-head hair and round sunglasses - the epitome of 70's chic. The navy shearling cape is gorgeous and timeless (my favorite piece). And I'm coveting the patchwork fringe booties. This collection is alluring, nostalgic and inspiring.
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London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum

February 23, 2015
Christopher Bailey is undoubtably my favorite designer and the Burberry Prorsum show is my most anticipated throughout fashion month. This 70's inspired collection was titled Patchwork, Pattern and...

New York Fashion Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim

February 18, 2015
The Phillip Lim fashion show is my most anticipated during New York fashion week. Much of my closet is lined with Lim designs and I'm anxious to add some of the pieces in this collection to my wardrobe.

This collection was comprised of distressed fabrics (silk and knits), fraying, strapping and layers. Many of Lim's past designs were referenced in this season's collection. The montage of asymmetry, uneven hems and oversized silhouettes showed a slight punk reference and appeared a little erratic. Some of the looks were more subtle, but not without leaving an impression - the long sleeve gray denim jumpsuit and distressed knit sweater atop a burgundy leather skirt were simple (in comparison to the other looks), chic and memorable.

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
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New York Fashion Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim

February 18, 2015
The Phillip Lim fashion show is my most anticipated during New York fashion week. Much of my closet is lined with Lim designs and I'm anxious to add some of the pieces in this collection to my...

New York Fashion Week: Rag & Bone

February 17, 2015
The Rag & Bone fashion show was just what you would expect from the brand. This season was a compilation of many previous designs - off-beat street fashion with a hip-hop influence. The collection sure was shiny - lurex and nylon skirts, as well as shiny vinyl coats. The 90's inspired collection showcased puffer jackets and bright colors. The knee length skirts atop tailored pants was my favorite combination amongst the many layers in each look. The shiny long camisoles over long sleeve t-shirts was intriguing - this collection was about long over long, layers, mismatched colors and innovative fabrics.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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New York Fashion Week: Rag & Bone

February 17, 2015
The Rag & Bone fashion show was just what you would expect from the brand. This season was a compilation of many previous designs - off-beat street fashion with a hip-hop influence. The collection...

New York Fashion Week: Thakoon

February 16, 2015
Yesterday I mentioned the "mismatched" trend. Well this is what it looks like. Much of the Thakoon collection for fall/winter was comprised of contrast and showcased layers, folding, wrapping, tying, mismatching textures, textiles and prints - I luv it! These mismatched looks and odd silhouettes are unusual, intriguing and anything but boring. This collection has inspired me to mix it up and step out of my comfort zone.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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New York Fashion Week: Thakoon

February 16, 2015
Yesterday I mentioned the "mismatched" trend. Well this is what it looks like. Much of the Thakoon collection for fall/winter was comprised of contrast and showcased layers, folding, wrapping, tying,...

New York Fashion Week: Tibi

February 15, 2015
Last season Tibi showcased fabulous shoes and again the brand has introduced new takes on their previous collection. I need to draw your attention to the fluffy shoes - Though I would never wear them, I luv these shoes!

This arctic inspired collection consisted of loose fitting garments, calming colors and silhouettes that we often see on the Tibi runway. Many of the pieces in this collection are made from super soft materials - who doesn't wanna be wrapped in soft garments! I'm looking forward to the bouclé culottes and fur-shearling coat - so cozy. Although forecasters say mismatching is the "new" trend, Tibi showcased monochromatic looks, from head-to-toe. I'm a huge fan of many shades of one color and hope this trend lasts a little longer.

Photos: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com
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New York Fashion Week: Tibi

February 15, 2015
Last season Tibi showcased fabulous shoes and again the brand has introduced new takes on their previous collection. I need to draw your attention to the fluffy shoes - Though I would never wear...

New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson

February 15, 2015
I want to be this girl! Effortless, feminine and chic. The textiles, color palette and prints in this collection remind me of fall. There are so many pieces in this 60's inspired collection on my "must have" list. I'm really coveting the gray bomber jacket and high waisted pants in carmine red. Ronson is getting unfavorable reviews about this collection, stating her new aesthetic will disappoint customers - this is the first time I've seen her show and I really like this collection! Thus far, this is the most wearable collection I've seen showcased for fall/winter 2015 (for someone at my age and with my lifestyle). 
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New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson

February 15, 2015
I want to be this girl! Effortless, feminine and chic. The textiles, color palette and prints in this collection remind me of fall. There are so many pieces in this 60's inspired collection...

New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu

February 14, 2015
Wu had me at the first look.. The wide collar fur vest and olive green ensemble that opened his show is perfection. I was taken by many of the looks, especially the olive green garments. The collection showcased impeccable tailoring, luxurious fur vests, coats and oversized scarves (gorgeous), crocodile stamped leather and body hugging silks. The long sleeve sheer black dress and sheer beaded sleeveless dress are my most coveted looks from the show - surely the epitome of seduction. Albeit, Jason Wu has changed his aesthetic and is designing luxury sportswear, I love where this path is taking him. If only I had the lifestyle to wear these garments (daydreaming!). 

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com
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New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu

February 14, 2015
Wu had me at the first look.. The wide collar fur vest and olive green ensemble that opened his show is perfection. I was taken by many of the looks, especially the olive green garments. The...

Adidas x Kanye West Fashion Show

February 13, 2015
Yesterday, models walked onto the runway and stood in rows while Kanye West made his Adidas x Kanye West presentation. My first thought - ballerina meets Game of Thrones meets great camping garments! I guess the head-to-toe leotards, knee high socks and bunched boots kinda threw me off at first, but all that aside, each garment displayed atop the leo's screamed Kanye West and his personal style. I like West's style and I loved the show - I might even buy my first Adidas garment in the fall.. There were fifty looks that showcased the men in layers of clothes, slouchy pants, oversized sweaters and nice selection of coats. The women's looks consisted of oversized garments atop sports bras, body suits and leotards - the looks were casual (kinda frumpy), but cool and modern. Day one of New York fashion week fall/winter 2015 and the Adidas x Kanye West "off-beat street fashion" show has already made a big impression. 

Photos: Alessandro Garofalo / Feudiguaineri.com
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Adidas x Kanye West Fashion Show

February 13, 2015
Yesterday, models walked onto the runway and stood in rows while Kanye West made his Adidas x Kanye West presentation. My first thought - ballerina meets Game of Thrones meets great camping garments!...

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil

February 12, 2015
Coriander fruit oil, possiflora edulis oil, apricot kernel oil and jojoba seed oil are natural nourishing ingredients that make Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil a super hydrating lip gloss. The soft, curved applicator hugs your lips and allows for easy application. Volupté Tint-In-Oil comes in eight subtle colors (really subtle - barely there colors). Oh and the scent is pleasant, sweet and floral. The gloss is light, non-sticky and "really" nourishes your lips. Oil is our friend ladies - this gloss will sooth and revive your dry lips within days.

You can purchase Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil gloss at Sephora and major department stores.
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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil

February 12, 2015
Coriander fruit oil, possiflora edulis oil, apricot kernel oil and jojoba seed oil are natural nourishing ingredients that make Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil a super hydrating lip gloss....

Tibi Spring/Summer 2015

February 10, 2015
The Tibi Spring/Summer 2015 collection has finally arrived! This collection is cohesive, but diverse, with flowing materials, structured garments, some fitted and some oversized, wrapping and hand-crafted materials with various textures. The collection is clean, modern and shows an asian influence. I absolutely luv this collection; especially the shoes. The fringe slides and mules (pictured here) are unique, fun and kinda peculiar - I have to have them! My favorite pieces are the Kirsi Slides, Rienhard Straw Hat, Ribbon Fil Culottes, and Juna Jogging pants. My shopping bag is overflowing - I want everything. Visit www.tibi.com to browse my most coveted collection of the season.
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Tibi Spring/Summer 2015

February 10, 2015
The Tibi Spring/Summer 2015 collection has finally arrived! This collection is cohesive, but diverse, with flowing materials, structured garments, some fitted and some oversized, wrapping and...

How to: Winter Weather Layers

February 04, 2015
Layers are a must during the winter season. Here are some tips on how to stay warm and still look chic while out and about in cold weather. Try layering different textures in various neutral colors. Pictured here: black faux leather leggings, white cotton t-shirt, cropped wool cable knit sweater and pink fur coat. There are no rules that say you have to wear dark colors during the winter, so opt for a light pink or peach color to brighten up your look. With all those layers on top, you need to elongate your bottom with fitted pants in a dark color. Booties and knee high boots in a similar color to your pants will make your legs appear longer. Cover your neck with a scarf and don't forget your wool mittens (cause their cute). Trust me, it's warm and super cozy inside all these layers.
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How to: Winter Weather Layers

February 04, 2015
Layers are a must during the winter season. Here are some tips on how to stay warm and still look chic while out and about in cold weather. Try layering different textures in various neutral colors....

Chic in Faux Fur

February 03, 2015
Warm and cozy in faux fur and faux leather leggings. 
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Chic in Faux Fur

February 03, 2015
Warm and cozy in faux fur and faux leather

Anastasia Brow Tools

January 30, 2015
These are the best tweezers! Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers are stainless steel with a slanted top for precision tweezing and plucking even the smallest hairs. I've tried a lot of tweezers over the years; why are tweezers great in the beginning and then one day they just don't work anymore? It's for this reason, that I keep buying new tweezers and trying new brands. Thankfully I stumbled upon this brand and now I'm hooked on Anastasia Beverly Hills brow tools. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7 brush is perfect for travel. The angled brush is great for filling in your brows with shadow and the spooley brush for creating the perfect brow shape. The dual-ended brush is super small and great for on the go. This is the ultimate brow tools duo!

You can purchase both these products at Anastasia Beverly HillsSephora and major department stores.
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Anastasia Brow Tools

January 30, 2015
These are the best tweezers! Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers are stainless steel with a slanted top for precision tweezing and plucking even the smallest hairs. I've tried a lot of tweezers over the...

Gillette Venus Swirl

January 29, 2015
This razor has a lot goin' on! The Gillette Venus Swirl is great for shaving those "hard to reach areas". The blade itself pivots, giving you more flexibility when you shave. The ball between the handle and razor swivels causing the razor to turn and allows you to smoothly glide over your skin and around your curves. The venus blade has five blades, a moisture ribbon all around the blade, a moistureglide serum strip and a tiny comb that pushes your hair towards the blades evenly. I'm liken' this razor! Gillette Venus razors are my favorite by far - they give you a great shave, no nicks and leave your skin feeling smooth. Last year Gillette released the Venus Snap razor; a travel size razor that came in a plastic travel case. I use my Snap razor every time I travel. It's small and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. 
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Gillette Venus Swirl

January 29, 2015
This razor has a lot goin' on! The Gillette Venus Swirl is great for shaving those "hard to reach areas". The blade itself pivots, giving you more flexibility when you shave. The...

Fabulous Fashion Finds - The Sandy Legging

January 25, 2015
I ordered a pair of Sandy Leggings by Mother from Revolve thinking leggings don't look great on me, but I'll try them anyway. I am beyond impressed with the fit of these leggings - my butt has never looked so good! The material resembles matte faux leather and looks great under a long shirttail button-down and a comfy wool cardigan. Leather pants are on trend this season, but too expensive - the Sandy legging is a great alternative. Splurge and get yourself a pair of these leggings, you will luv them! 

You can purchase these leggings at www.revolveclothing.com (pictured here) or www.shopbop.com.
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Fabulous Fashion Finds - The Sandy Legging

January 25, 2015
I ordered a pair of Sandy Leggings by Mother from Revolve thinking leggings don't look great on me, but I'll try them anyway. I am beyond impressed with the fit of these leggings - my butt has never...

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

January 24, 2015
New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 is just a few weeks away! 80 fashion shows will take place over the span of one week - February 12-19, 2015 (Mercedes Benz Fashion week). Visit Fashion Week Online for the show schedule, photos, LIVE STREAMING and replays. You can also view the collections on vogue.com. I watch the shows attentively and will post my favorite collections, along with a breakdown of trends for Fall/Winter 2015. Stay tuned...

NYFW News: WWD recently reported that Mercedes Benz will not be affiliated with New York Fashion Week after this season. There is speculation that they will sponsor MADE Fashion Week; a younger, modern alternative to NYFW. Many designers have opted to showcase at MADE and other downtown NY locations over the years. Although many brands are seeking alternative events, classic American labels such as DKNY, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein Collection and Michael Kors will showcase at NYFW Fall/Winter 2015.
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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

January 24, 2015
New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 is just a few weeks away! 80 fashion shows will take place over the span of one week - February 12-19, 2015 (Mercedes Benz Fashion week). Visit Fashion Week...

Trend Inspiration - Denim

January 21, 2015
The denim midi skirt has secured a spot as one of the top denim trends of 2015. The 70's inspired midi skirt seen on many runways for pre-fall went from below the knee, all the way down to the floor. The skirt was shown with buttons, seams, in many shades and in a variety silhouettes. How to wear this trend:

Wear a v-neck cashmere sweater (opt for a feminine, pastel color) tucked into your denim pencil skirt. Pointed-toe pumps in nude suede and a structured top-handle handbag. Pictured here: (NET-A-PORTER) Tibi Denim Midi Skirt and J. Crew Cashmere Sweater.

For a flirty look, opt for a fluted silhouette denim midi skirt, paired with a fitted sweatshirt in neutral colors. Pointed-toe pumps and a structured tote. Pictured here: (NET-A-PORTER) Michael Kors Fluted Denim Skirt and Phillip Lim Sweatshirt.

A patchwork denim midi skirt with a frayed hem is a statement on it's own, so keep it simple on top with a tucked-in gray t-shirt. Accessorize with a cross body bag in pale rose or peach. Pictured here: (NET-A-PORTER) Saint Laurent Patchwork Denim Midi Skirt and Rag & Bone T-shirt.
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Trend Inspiration - Denim

January 21, 2015
The denim midi skirt has secured a spot as one of the top denim trends of 2015. The 70's inspired midi skirt seen on many runways for pre-fall went from below the knee, all the way down to the floor....

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

January 19, 2015
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a non-laser treatment that uses broad spectrum light programed at specific wavelengths to treat "angry" skin. IPL is used to improve photoaged skin, erase age spots, treat rosacea, reduce redness caused by broken capillaries, treat acne, remove unwanted hair and enhance your skins overall appearance, resulting in an even and radiant complexion.

I had my first IPL treatment ten days ago and am impressed with the results. The procedure was quick and the pain level, bearable. It felt like a hot light against my face and an elastic snapping on my skin (not pleasant). Thankfully my dermatologist treated my entire face in less than twenty minutes. There were minimal side effects: slight burning sensation and itchy skin (lasted one day). The brown spots on my face became dark and slowly faded over the following week. The age spots on my face are 30% of what they were prior to the treatment and my skin is luminous! I also have rosacea and since my treatment the redness on my cheeks, nose or forehead has dissipated. I will have a second treatment in seven weeks - Hopefully the IPL will remove the remaining pigmentation and my complexion will be "near perfect".

I highly recommend the IPL treatment for age spots. The cost is $300 to $600 per session. I know it seems like a lot, but think of the money you will save on foundation, cover-up and the plethora of skin enhancing facial creams and serums you use regularly! Great skin = less makeup and less product.
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Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

January 19, 2015
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a non-laser treatment that uses broad spectrum light programed at specific wavelengths to treat "angry" skin. IPL is used to improve photoaged skin, erase age...

Iggy Pop and Strangee

January 17, 2015
Casual and comfy in an Iggy Pop tunic and Converse. Oh and the furball is my favorite Fendi bag bug Strangee (I didn't name it).
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Iggy Pop and Strangee

January 17, 2015
Casual and comfy in an Iggy Pop tunic and Converse. Oh and the furball is my favorite Fendi bag bug Strangee (I didn't name

Alexa Chung for AG

January 15, 2015
The much anticipated collection by Alexa Chung for Adriano Goldschmied is now available on-line at NET-A-PORTER, Matchesfashion and Mytheresa. The 20 piece collection will be available in stores on January 20th. British model and fashion icon Alexa Chung has collaborated with denim brand AG to create a casual collection with a 60's vibe of denim jeans (of course), short dresses, overalls and a mini skirt, as well as sweaters and t-shirts. Alexa Chung has a unique personal style coveted by many, including myself! I've been checking on-line daily for additional items to become available (it's selling out faster than I search). I have to have the denim shirtdress and denim skirt overall.. wish me luck.

The collection will be available at Adriano Goldschmied, Anthropologie, major department stores; Bloomingdales, SAKS, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. It will also be available on-line at Revolve, Stylebop, Mytheresa and Avenue 32.  
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Alexa Chung for AG

January 15, 2015
The much anticipated collection by Alexa Chung for Adriano Goldschmied is now available on-line at NET-A-PORTER, Matchesfashion and Mytheresa. The 20 piece collection will be available in stores...

and the award goes to...

January 14, 2015
In the spirit of award season, I'm presenting b.a.gorgie beauty product awards to cosmetics I recently discovered and absolutely luv!

Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover quickly removes lipstick and lip stains without harsh rubbing. This product is excellent! I wear lip stains often and usually the red and pink stain is still visible days later despite my efforts to scrub it off. This oil-in-gel lipstick remover immediately erases lip color, leaving your lips soft and clean.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine is my new favorite lipstick. The colors are vibrant, slightly shiny and the creamy lipstick allows for easy application. Most importantly, this lipstick doesn't dry your lips. I luv the lipstick casing design - it's unique, pretty and what attracted me to this product.

I know I keep talking about Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, but it's because this product is amazing. This styling spray adds texture and volume to hair, smells good and comes in a mini purse size for on-the-go touchups. Trust me - you will luv this product.

Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blowdry - This styling product has micro oil-absorbing powders that extend the life of your blow-dry by one day (maybe even two). It adds volume, smells great and leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh.

Givenchy Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser is a makeup removing marker that allows you to correct mistakes on your lips and eyes. No more struggling with q-tips...this remover has a slanted tip for precision removal.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow adds color and makes your eyebrows appear thicker. I usually fill-in my eyebrows with a dark eyeshadow and will most likely continue this method for full-makeup looks, but for day to day I'm using Gimme Brow.

Congratulations on your b.a.gorgie beauty product awards!
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and the award goes to...

January 14, 2015
In the spirit of award season, I'm presenting b.a.gorgie beauty product awards to cosmetics I recently discovered and absolutely luv!Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover quickly removes...

Head-to-Toe in Alice+Olivia

January 10, 2015
No, these are not pajama's! Cozy up this winter in a head-to-toe knit outfit - comfy, warm and chic. Pictured here: Alice+Olivia Ceri oversized sweatshirt and matching back zip knit pants. 
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Head-to-Toe in Alice+Olivia

January 10, 2015
No, these are not pajama's! Cozy up this winter in a head-to-toe knit outfit - comfy, warm and chic. Pictured here: Alice+Olivia Ceri oversized sweatshirt and matching back zip knit

Still Trending: Sneakers

January 09, 2015
Sneakers are dominating the footwear category these days. Worn with everything from dresses to jeans and of course joggers. Whether your dressed up or down, sneakers are the must-have shoe trend of the season. Opt for a court style in bright white or a neutral color for a look that is modern, chic and best of all, comfortable!

Pictured here (and my favorites): (available at NET-A-PORTER) MM6 Mason Martin Margiela leather and suede sneaker $365. Converse Jack Purcell leather sneaker $70. Jil Sander leather sneakers $495. 3.1 Phillip Lim Morgan low-top sneaker (on sale at shopbazaar.com) $225. (available at NET-A-PORTER) Saint Laurent classic leather sneaker $595. Acne Studios Adriana plaque-detailed leather sneaker $430. 
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Still Trending: Sneakers

January 09, 2015
Sneakers are dominating the footwear category these days. Worn with everything from dresses to jeans and of course joggers. Whether your dressed up or down, sneakers are the must-have shoe trend of...

In Search of a Dry Shampoo?

January 07, 2015
I have a favorite dry shampoo that I've used for years, but I'm always open to try new products...here's my opinion on "best dry shampoo products" (as per a handful of magazines). Oh and I included two of my own choices, cause I think they reign the dry shampoo arena and deserve mention.

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder does the job, the scent is nice and it gives great volume. For those of you that have thin hair, this product will give you that much needed boost. Downside - I have black hair (dyed) and the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-a-Powder is hard to work through my hair and ensure no visible powder. Great product for styling, volume and a night out, but may leave residue and kinda heavy for daily use. 

Alterna Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo - I can't get passed the strong scent; it was unbearable! 

Simply Smooth Xtend Between Dry Shampoo smells fruity and sweet - luv the scent. Simply Smooth's spray dry shampoo does give your hair a slight sheen, which is great for those of us with dark hair. This product leaves no residue and gets the job done, but so do most dry shampoo's! It's ok, but I'm not in awe of the results.

Detox Dry Shampoo is all the fuss in magazines and don't see the appeal. The scent is very strong and smells old-ladyish. This product also leaves residue and feels heavy in your hair.

Sephora Express Dry Shampoo is still my favorite. It smells ok (a little too floral for my taste), but it dissipates quickly. It leaves no residue, gives you volume and you can layer the product depending on how much you need without weighing your hair down. Best part is it retails for $9 at Sephora.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish isn't really a dry shampoo, but I thought I'd throw it in the mix, because it's a great styling product that gives similar results. I often use dry shampoo for volume and texture and that's exactly what this product is meant to do. Dryspun Finish doesn't absorb oil, but will assist you in creating a textured, voluminous look. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish is my latest prized product.
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In Search of a Dry Shampoo?

January 07, 2015
I have a favorite dry shampoo that I've used for years, but I'm always open to try new products...here's my opinion on "best dry shampoo products" (as per a handful of magazines). Oh and I included...

Furry Fashion

December 29, 2014
The arctic winter climate in Montreal calls for layers of shirts, sweaters and of course, fashionable fur! Pictured here: Elizabeth and James Bianca rabbit and coyote fur jacket, Alice+Olivia Izzy cardigan, Marc Jacobs Boots, J Brand Photo Ready skinny jeans, Louis Vuitton Alma handbag, and Fendi's "Strangie" Bag Bug (I luv Buggies!).
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Furry Fashion

December 29, 2014
The arctic winter climate in Montreal calls for layers of shirts, sweaters and of course, fashionable fur! Pictured here: Elizabeth and James Bianca rabbit and coyote fur jacket, Alice+Olivia Izzy...

Perfect Product Combination - Bob (or Lob) Hairstyle

December 17, 2014
I cut my hair short a few months ago and seriously struggled to adapt to my new do. I had long straight hair that required little styling and virtually no product (except oil) - My new style is the polar opposite! Don't get me wrong, I luv my bob cut, but there is a major adjustment period. If you are thinking about jumping on the short hair trend-wagon, do it! Short hair is modern, versatile, and youthful.

href="http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/index.tmpl#1">Bumble and Bumble to the rescue. I'm obsessed with this product line and of course my new bob cut product combination consists of Bumble and Bumble products. I tried many brands over the last few months, a plethora of products in my hair and I have come up with the best bob or "lob" product combination.

Step one: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse. Apply to wet hair and focus on your crown for volume. Randomly blow-dry your hair - you're going for a wind-blown look.

Step two: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. Once your hair is dry, spray Dryspun Finish onto your crown for more lift and sparingly throughout your hair to add thickness.

Step Three: Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish. My Favorite! This is your bob or "lob" cuts new best friend. Lift your hair and as it falls spray Cityswept Finish in swift motions. Use your fingers to separate and Voila! You have the perfect effortless, wind-blown look.

Optional: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. Perfect for waves and loose curls. It is light and manageable.

*Many Bumble and Bumble products come in travel sizes, so you can experiment with these products for a fraction of the cost. Visit www.bumbleandbumble.com and Sephora for the complete product line.
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Perfect Product Combination - Bob (or Lob) Hairstyle

December 17, 2014
I cut my hair short a few months ago and seriously struggled to adapt to my new do. I had long straight hair that required little styling and virtually no product (except oil) - My new style is the...

Best Red Lipsticks 2014

December 11, 2014
I've been testing red lipsticks for weeks trying to find the best color and most wearable in terms of application and endurance. Here are my three favorite red lipsticks for this holiday season:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Ruby. The color is vibrant, like a deep berry red. The product is non-sticky and stays put - it doesn't run into the tiny wrinkles around your lips. Melted lipstick will last all night, as long as you sip your drink carefully and opt for small bites. It is crazy hard to remove! I suggest getting a lip stain remover or using eye make-up remover that contains oil. 

Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks Lip Color in Sultry Red. The name says it all - Your sexy, sultry red lips against the golden colored scotch you've been sipping all night is so seductive. Sultry Red is the truest red, the perfect color for your holiday style. The lipstick is soft, creamy and goes on nicely. It will wear off slightly, so keep the festive gold tube in your clutch for touchups.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur was my red lipstick of choice last winter and it is still my go-to for this holiday season. Provocateur is rich, bright and has a subtle shine. This lipstick will stay on all night long! 
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Best Red Lipsticks 2014

December 11, 2014
I've been testing red lipsticks for weeks trying to find the best color and most wearable in terms of application and endurance. Here are my three favorite red lipsticks for this holiday season:Too...

Christmas Cosmetics

December 07, 2014
Christmas inspired cosmetics are the perfect stocking stuffer. It's all about the theme, so products that are Christmas red, green and gold. Limited edition Christmas themed beauty products like Bliss Peppermint High Intensity hand cream, Philosophy "Have a Cherry Christmas" shower gel, and a red bath lilly from The Body Shop are practical and festive.  

Christmas themed beauty products also make for a fun, thoughtful gift. Any girl will appreciate festive hand creams, lip balms and body wash. For the finishing touch, include a super cute Christmas ornament (Shop Pier One Imports).
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Christmas Cosmetics

December 07, 2014
Christmas inspired cosmetics are the perfect stocking stuffer. It's all about the theme, so products that are Christmas red, green and gold. Limited edition Christmas themed beauty products like...

Gray is the New Black

November 30, 2014
Stay fresh and keep it light this winter in pale pink and gray garments. Pink is incredibly flattering on pale winter complexions and gray is the new black this season!

A MUST HAVE: gray skinny jeans. Pair your skinnies with a light gray t-shirt and loose fitting pink sweater, or go monochromatic and wear gray on gray (my favorite look of the season). For those of you residing in arctic climates, opt for a head-to-toe wool outfit, like these matching Alice+Olivia wool sweater and pants - cozy, warm and fashionable. Change up your holiday party style and wear a graphic t-shirt tucked into a puffy pink skirt - says I'm cute and I'm here to party!

Items pictured: Available at NET-A-PORTER - DKNY Feathered/Silk Skirt in Pastel Pink, J. Crew Cashmere Sweater in Pale Pink, Rag & Bone Light Gray T-Shirt, J Brand Dark Gray Skinny Jeans, Available at Shopbop -  ElevenParis T-Shirt, Available at ALICE+OLIVIA - Alice+Oliva Oversized Cashmere Cardigan and Knit Pants.
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Gray is the New Black

November 30, 2014
Stay fresh and keep it light this winter in pale pink and gray garments. Pink is incredibly flattering on pale winter complexions and gray is the new black this season!A MUST HAVE: gray skinny jeans....

The Promenade de la Croisette

November 25, 2014
The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, France just became one of my favorite streets to shop. Boulevard de la Croisette is a mere 3 km lined with premiere shops, hotels, restaurants and casinos. Oh and it happens to run along the Mediterranean Sea and overlooks hundreds of fabulous yachts. It is so beautiful, quaint and special - it's almost too perfect! 

The premiere designer shops are small box-like stand alone stores. I have never seen a shopping district like this before. Premiere designer stores are usually very large and impressive from the street view, but the stores in Cannes were small and quaint. Even more surprising was the service I received from the sales personal (and store security); everyone was friendly! This is not common in most premiere designer stores. The sales people at Louis Vuitton and Fendi were welcoming, attentive and provided exceptional service. It makes your shopping experience so much better when people treat you nicely - and you're more likely to return to that location in the future *something all sales personnel should keep in mind. 

I always visit the premiere designer district in every city, even if only for a coffee and to watch the shoppers go by. The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes has left an impression on me - I'm already talking about visiting again next summer! 
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The Promenade de la Croisette

November 25, 2014
The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, France just became one of my favorite streets to shop. Boulevard de la Croisette is a mere 3 km lined with premiere shops, hotels, restaurants and casinos. Oh...

A Rare Commodity

November 17, 2014
Out of all those stores, in all those cities and after all that shopping, this is the first hand written note I've received from a store or brand. It's so simple and yet a huge gesture that has separated Tibi from all the other brands I shop at. Thank you Tibi! I appreciate the effort and can't wait to shop your resort collection. 
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A Rare Commodity

November 17, 2014
Out of all those stores, in all those cities and after all that shopping, this is the first hand written note I've received from a store or brand. It's so simple and yet a huge gesture that has...

Beauty Samples

November 05, 2014
Take advantage of beauty sample programs - it's a great way to try new products at no cost. Most stores that sell cosmetics offer samples and if they don't, ASK! I'm sure they have samples hidden behind the counter. Sephora has a great sample program. Sign-up to become a Sephora Beauty Insider and based on how much you spend throughout the year you may graduate to VIB or VIB Rouge. Each level grants you gifts, samples, promotions and beauty classes. Of course, the higher the level, the more rewards you will receive. You can also use your points to purchase gift sets comprised of deluxe samples from high-end brands. 

Not interested in trying new (random) products - collect the samples anyway and make little beauty gift bags for your friends. They will luv it!
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Beauty Samples

November 05, 2014
Take advantage of beauty sample programs - it's a great way to try new products at no cost. Most stores that sell cosmetics offer samples and if they don't, ASK! I'm sure they have samples hidden...

Is everything on trend this season?

October 21, 2014
Being someone who has studied fashion, thrives on fashion trends and blogs about fashion, even I'm confused and pose the question, "Is everything on trend this season?" What's the point of reporting trends, if practically everything is popular right now? I read magazines and browse the internet regularly to keep in the know about fashion trends. I feel like if one were to compile all the trends every magazine and fashion site were reporting this month, anything goes! It would be easier to report whats not on trend. This can be very confusing for women trying to keep up with fashion, not to mention expensive. Let's recap shoe trends for fall 2014 - running shoes, chunky heels, pointed toe pumps, metallic shoes, slip-ons, combat boots, over the knee boots, oxfords, smoking slippers, statement shoes...the list goes on and on.

There are few new trends this season, like oversized pastel coats, structured garments, and running shoes worn with everything from casual daywear to dresses and tailored looks, but everything else is just past trends re-visited. I'll admit, I do covet some of histories trends, like folkloric fashion and androgyny from the eighties, but I'd like to see something new and exciting. I want to feel inspired by fashion. Like most of you, I am left sifting through the exuberant amount of fashion "must haves" and trying to find something that stands out. I guess the takeaway here is anything goes! 

I realize I am contradicting myself as a fashion blogger. Normally, I would spend too much money on clothing and accessories for fall, and by the time the leaves change all of these trends will be out. This season, I'm gonna take a break, explore my closet and opt for a style that is my own. 
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Is everything on trend this season?

October 21, 2014
Being someone who has studied fashion, thrives on fashion trends and blogs about fashion, even I'm confused and pose the question, "Is everything on trend this season?" What's the point of reporting...

Fashions Finest On-Line Shopping

October 12, 2014
I'm an avid on-line shopper! I make 85% of my fashion and cosmetics purchases on-line, rather than visiting malls or shopping street side stores. Shopping on-line is superior to in-store shopping mostly due to the vast selection and ability to search for items unavailable in your area. 

On-line apparel and accessory sites like Shopbop and NET-A-PORTER publish lookbooks that showcase items from various designers/labels together - it's like having a personal stylist. The photos provided for each item allow you to see how the garments fit and which items to pair it with. Clothes look better on a model than on a hanger.. I luv lookbooks! Magazines are also a great media for inspiration and list every item, so you can search the internet and purchase anything that is published. Harpers Bazaar magazine has launched an on-line shopping site that allows readers to browse and purchase many of the items in the magazine. My fashion inspiration often comes from magazines and lookbooks.

My morning ritual consists of coffee and browsing on-line shopping sites. First on my list is Shopbop. This site carries many of my favorite designers/labels and posts new items each day. Shopbop stylists have great taste and showcase different brands together well. There is a section under each item "wear it with" that allows you to recreate the outfit pictured. Shopbop also publishes great lookbooks daily. They currently have 862 brands (I counted), such as Alice + Olivia, Phillip Lim, Elizabeth and James, as well as premiere designer names like Saint Laurent and Marchesa. Shopbop has a vast selection to suit everyones personal style. Shopbop has free shipping and returns. Included in your package you will find a prepaid return label that ensures a free return if you send the item back within seven days of receiving it. This allows you enough time to try on your items and decide whether you will keep them. 

I recently discovered NET-A-PORTER and quickly became obsessed with browsing the new arrivals, the magazine's page, and the stylish combinations of apparel and accessories showcased listed under "how to wear it". Each item has photos from many angles, up close so you can see the material and full body shots. What sets NET-A-PORTER apart are the videos posted next to each item showcasing the look. NET-A-PORTER has brands I haven't seen on another on-line shopping site, like Kate Moss for Topshop, and high brands such as Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler. If anything, this site will inspire you!

For premiere designer items my go-to on-line shopping site is Shop Bazaar. If I had to sum up this site in one word - trendy! There are currently 330 brands including Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, The Row... It's designer apparel and accessories heaven! There is a "In the Magazine" page featuring items from the latest edition, as well as a "Trends" page for current fashion inspiration. 
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Fashions Finest On-Line Shopping

October 12, 2014
I'm an avid on-line shopper! I make 85% of my fashion and cosmetics purchases on-line, rather than visiting malls or shopping street side stores. Shopping on-line is superior to in-store shopping...

Folk Luxe

October 05, 2014
Reminisce a traditional time in Russian, Eastern Europe and Native American history. The return of historic folk costume gives you a sense of romanticism and a feeling of warmth.

Folk Luxe fashion is inspired by cultures from around the world. The nostalgic trend is comprised of ethnic prints in black, brown, orange, yellow, red and cream. Knits made from alpaca, mohair and wool blends were seen all over the runways for fall 2014. Folk fashion is about mixing prints and patterns, layering, and vintage accessories. Ikat and forest animal prints dominate this trend - the traditional imagery comprised of warm colors portray culture and sentiment. Express your joyful sensibility in owl, fox and deer prints. 

Visit NET-A-PORTER.COM and browse the shearling vests, ponchos and heavy knits in prints inspired by nations around the world. 
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Folk Luxe

October 05, 2014
Reminisce a traditional time in Russian, Eastern Europe and Native American history. The return of historic folk costume gives you a sense of romanticism and a feeling of warmth.Folk Luxe fashion is...

Like A Boy

September 28, 2014
My most coveted trend for fall 2014 is loose garments with masculine characteristics. This androgynous trend is modern, sophisticated and intriguing. Androgyny is about mixing your feminine and masculine pieces. Opt for boxy and structured cuts, combined with a silk camisole in neutral colors; tailored pants with high heels, oxfords or sneakers and loose sweatshirts or a bomber jacket. This trend is about loose cuts, unisex garments and neutral colors. 

Ladies, you don't need to show off every curve to make a statement, so get rid of those skinny jeans and go for a modern, clean, androgynous look. Visit NET-A-PORTER.COM and browse their vast collection of tailored pants, sports jackets, sweaters, and masculine shoes for women. 
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Like A Boy

September 28, 2014
My most coveted trend for fall 2014 is loose garments with masculine characteristics. This androgynous trend is modern, sophisticated and intriguing. Androgyny is about mixing your feminine and...

Fall Faux Shearling

September 19, 2014
Faux Shearling mid-length coats in neutral and pastel colors are on trend for fall/winter. The voluminous silhouettes are luxurious and modern. Layer your soft faux shearling coat over a evening garment to show off your sophisticated style or wear with denim for a casual chic look. While neutrals are pretty and classic, opt for a pastel color, like pink or purple. These unexpected colors for fall/winter are feminine, stylish and on-trend.

Visit NET-A-PORTER.COM and browse the wide variety of faux shearling coats. 
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Fall Faux Shearling

September 19, 2014
Faux Shearling mid-length coats in neutral and pastel colors are on trend for fall/winter. The voluminous silhouettes are luxurious and modern. Layer your soft faux shearling coat over a evening...

Fashion Blooms

August 09, 2014
Floral prints and ornamentation are pretty, feminine and a must this summer.

The Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2014 collection showcased a variety of apparel and accessories featuring flowers in pastel colors, floral appliqués, and gorgeous feminine floral prints. I took my summer wardrobe inspiration from this show.. I'm drawn to anything floral! The Dolce & Gabbana floral print inspired by the almond tree can be found on many D&G garments, shoes, and bags. LOVE!

This Marchesa Marisol Floral-Embellished Suede Clutch encompasses many of this summers trends: appliqués, plastic embellishments and of course, flowers! 
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Fashion Blooms

August 09, 2014
Floral prints and ornamentation are pretty, feminine and a must this summer.The Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2014 collection showcased a variety of apparel and accessories featuring flowers in...

Fabulous Summer Shoes

August 08, 2014
Summer shoe trends are all about color, so put your beige and black shoes away! The pointed toe pump is a classic style that elongates your legs and gives you a polished look. Manolo Blahnik is famous for designing pumps in many colors and materials. These turquoise suede Manolo's look great on tanned legs and add a pop of color to a neutral outfit. Wear your vibrant colored pumps with jeans and t-shirt or an all white classic summer look.

The d'orsay flat is making a huge appearance this summer. These flats have a closed or open toe, a heel cup and the sides are cut out. I'm not a big fan of flat shoes, but I'm loving this style. These Phillip Lim d'orsay flats come in many colors; black, blue, and a variety of color combinations. This summer is all about colorful shoes, so opt for a pastel pink or bright yellow.
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Fabulous Summer Shoes

August 08, 2014
Summer shoe trends are all about color, so put your beige and black shoes away! The pointed toe pump is a classic style that elongates your legs and gives you a polished look. Manolo Blahnik is...

Dior Blush in Coral Cruise

August 04, 2014
Dior blush vibrant color powder in coral cruise paired with a coral lipstick or gloss gives you a subtle summery look. Gently apply a small amount for a natural look, or layer for a dramatic effect. Although Dior blush comes with an angled brush for precise application, I prefer to use a traditional blush brush. I find that a larger round blush brush allows for perfect coverage on the apples of my cheeks, without overdoing it. I often find blush separates on my face after a few hours (because my skin is so oily), but this blush stays put all day. I have purchased a variety of Dior makeup products in the last few months and I gotta say - I have yet to be disappointed!

Coral colors look great on tanned skin and in combination with little or no makeup leaves your face looking fresh and pretty. You can purchase Dior blush vibrant color powder at Sephora. It is currently available in eight colors and retails for $42.
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Dior Blush in Coral Cruise

August 04, 2014
Dior blush vibrant color powder in coral cruise paired with a coral lipstick or gloss gives you a subtle summery look. Gently apply a small amount for a natural look, or layer for a dramatic effect....

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Cosmetic Bag

August 03, 2014
The latest addition to my D&G collection! This Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Cosmetic Bag is pretty, durable (patent leather), and the perfect size to hold all of your cosmetics...and then some. Inspired by the almond flower; this print was seen on both apparel and accessories throughout the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 collection.


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Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Cosmetic Bag

August 03, 2014
The latest addition to my D&G collection! This Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Cosmetic Bag is pretty, durable (patent leather), and the perfect size to hold all of your cosmetics...and then...

Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Dauphine Top Handle Bag

July 20, 2014
I LOVE the Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Dauphine Top Handle Bag. I had planned to buy a fabulous handbag during my recent trip to Paris, so of course I went to Dolce & Gabbana. It was on the street (staring at the window display) where I fell in love with this unique statement bag. 
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Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Dauphine Top Handle Bag

July 20, 2014
I LOVE the Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Dauphine Top Handle Bag. I had planned to buy a fabulous handbag during my recent trip to Paris, so of course I went to Dolce & Gabbana. It was on the street...

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués

July 19, 2014
I absolutely love Incoco nail polish appliqués. There are currently 140 nail design appliqués, 108 colors, 7 french manicure shades, and 33 french manicure designs and colors to choose from. There are also 13 design and solid color appliqués for your toes.  Incoco introduces new colors and designs often; including holiday themed designs. Incoco nail polish appliqués give you a perfectly polished manicure and pedicure. 

The nail polish appliqués are easy to apply. Just peel off the back and front covers, place the sticker on your nail and fold over the top of your nail gently until the appliqué rips, allowing you to remove the excess sticker. Each pack of stickers comes with sixteen nail polish appliqués, in 8 different sizes. Before peeling off the covers, place the stickers against your nails to determine which size best fits.

There is no drying time! More importantly you can place the appliqués close to your cuticle (unlike polish) and create a perfect polished look. No mess!

I do find with continuos application of the stickers that my nails get dry, so I recommend taking a break and using polish, or a nail hardener every third manicure or pedicure. 

Incoco nail polish appliqués range from $7.99 to $9.99 at www.incoco.com
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Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués

July 19, 2014
I absolutely love Incoco nail polish appliqués. There are currently 140 nail design appliqués, 108 colors, 7 french manicure shades, and 33 french manicure designs and colors to...

KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set and Gentle Cuticle Stick

July 07, 2014
The KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set includes great buffers for natural looking nails. There are three buffers; Equalize, Clean and Beautify. Use the buffers in order from one to three. Be gentle, because you are removing the surface of your nails and you don't want to damage them. I prefer the KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set, because the files are soft and less abrasive than most buffers. I also use the equalize buffer to file my nails. It is gentle and allows you to shape your nails slowly.

After I have buffed my nails and removed my cuticles I use the KOH Gentle Cuticle Stick. The slanted rubber tip is soft and allows you to gently push your cuticles back without damaging them. 

KOH nail products are designed with gentle nail care in mind. For those of you who do your own manicures and pedicures, I highly recommend checking out this product line. Visit www.kohcosmetics.com/nl/. You will find nail products you didn't know existed!
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KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set and Gentle Cuticle Stick

July 07, 2014
The KOH Natural, Glossy Nail Buffer Set includes great buffers for natural looking nails. There are three buffers; Equalize, Clean and Beautify. Use the buffers in order from one to three. Be...

KOH Purifying Nail Bath

July 03, 2014
I love the KOH Purifying Nail Bath tablets. Drop one into your manicure or pedicure bowl and enjoy the subtle scent of lemon. The nail bath tablets soften your cuticles and leave your nails looking fresh. The tablets contain lemon oil that removes stains and rejuvenates your nails. For those of you that wear dark nail polish, which often leaves yellow stains after removal, this is a product you will appreciate.

The Purifying Nail Bath tablets come in a stylish jar that retails for €25,86. It's expensive, but the jar of tablets will last you months of weekly manicures. If you're like me and do your own manicures and pedicures the price is worth it and you will see a significant difference in the appearance of your nails. 

If you are ever in Amsterdam and in need of a quick mani or just wanna pick up some great nail products, visit KOH Cosmetics at the Bijenkorf, Located in the Dam Square. You can also purchase KOH nail products at www.kohcosmetics.com/nl.
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KOH Purifying Nail Bath

July 03, 2014
I love the KOH Purifying Nail Bath tablets. Drop one into your manicure or pedicure bowl and enjoy the subtle scent of lemon. The nail bath tablets soften your cuticles and leave your nails looking...

DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

July 02, 2014
DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder applied to your cheeks and nose will give you a subtle glow. The powder has a slight shimmer, rose and bronzing affect. You can also apply to your décolletage to illuminate your neckline. I use this powder along with my bronzing primer to create a fresh, natural sun kissed glow. 

The DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder comes with a kabuki brush and Dior sleeve. The illuminating powder is available in ambre/amber and rose/pink. You can purchase the DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder at Sephora and most major department stores for $56. 

*This powder is a limited edition.
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DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder

July 02, 2014
DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder applied to your cheeks and nose will give you a subtle glow. The powder has a slight shimmer, rose and bronzing affect. You can also apply to your...

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum

June 30, 2014
The new Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum is comprised of caramel, peach, orange and jasmine. This delicious sweet scent is sure to attract attention. If you are drawn to oriental scents and avoid strong floral scents (like me), you will love the smell of Bon Bon parfum. This parfum is unique, sweet, spicy and for lack of a better word - yummy! 
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Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum

June 30, 2014
The new Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Eau de Parfum is comprised of caramel, peach, orange and jasmine. This delicious sweet scent is sure to attract attention. If you are drawn to oriental scents and avoid...

Bobbi Brown Face

June 25, 2014
I have combination skin; rosacea, acne and oily. I struggled to find makeup to meet my long list of needs. My dermatologist recommended I try Bobbi Brown makeup. It's been a few years since my first purchase, and now I practically own every product made by Bobbi Brown. The makeup gives me the results I want and doesn't irritate my skin or clog my pores. The BB cream and yellow based Sheer Finish Loose Powder cover the redness on my cheeks and the Tinted Eye Brightener along with the white Retouching Powder masks dark circles under my eyes. Together these four products allow me to create a natural base, before adding blush, eye makeup and lip color.

I start with under eye cream and add a small amount of Tinted Eye Brightener. I gently sweep the Eye Brightener at the base of my under eye circles and blend upwards. Too much under eye makeup will sit in your wrinkles and cake in the corners of your eyes, so use sparingly. 

Then I apply my favorite makeup product Bobbi Brown BB Cream. I squeeze the cream onto the back of my hand and using a foundation brush apply the cream to my face using circular motions to blend it in. I start on my forehead, blend down the bridge of my nose, apply to my cheeks and blend down around my chin and neck.

Finally I sweep the Retouching Powder under my eyes and across the bridge of my noise to brighten my look. Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder is amazing. It is available in six shades; each one combats specific discoloration of your skin. These powders even out your skin tone and brighten your look. 

If I need extra coverage I will apply a small amount of Sheer Loose Powder. I strive for a natural look and most days forego the loose powder.

Visit a Bobbi Brown makeup counter at any major department store for a consultation; the knowledgable makeup artists will help you find your perfect makeup shades and teach you how to apply your makeup. 

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