Monday, January 31, 2011

Spiked Heart

Image via Kat Von D's Wonderland Gallery Facebook Page

So, originally today's post was going to feature the outfit I wore out over the weekend while catching up with my ladies.  Unfortunately I never got a chance to take any photos. (I suck)  I will be recreating the look so I can take pictures to share with you, because I loved it, and it featured the Aldo Spaziano shoes I've been gushing over forever (how annoying am I?), and because I was told I could have been in an early Melrose Place episode, haha!  Oh I just love my ladies.

In the meantime, I came across this Spike Hearts Necklace by Gasoline Glamour and am completely enamored.  I mean really though, how freaking fabulous is this piece??  And this is just one of the many amazing pieces they have to offer...definitely going to be dreaming about these pieces for awhile.
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Get the Look For Less: Carolina Herrera

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beauty Tip: Banish Dark Circles

Buy Sally Hansen & Carmindy All Over Brightener at CVS

First let me just say, I purchased this product on my own, and am so pleased with it I wanted to share it with all of you! 
I did not receive any compensation from the company or anyone else to review this item.

Like many women, I have been battling dark circles for as long as I can remember.  Although it is true I never get quite as much sleep as I should, I naturally have dark eyes, both underneath and on my lid. (I blame my Italian heritage for this)

I am by no means a beauty expert, or a junkie for that matter, but I am always looking for the perfect concealer to mask those dark under eye circles. I have tried so many different products, in all different price points, and none have worked as well as this one. 

I first learned of this product on What Not To Wear, during  Carmindy's make up session.  (Obvi, because the product is a collaboration between Sally Hansen and Carmindy.)  I was skeptical in the beginning because it's purple, and well so are my circles.  It didn't make much sense to me, but I decided to give it a chance anyway because it was so inexpensive. I am so glad I did!

The product itself is super silky to the touch, goes on smoothly and a little goes a long way.  I use it on top of my regular concealer.  It adds brightness, reflects the light, and makes my darkness disappear.  Plus the "Natural ingredients including sunflower, mango butter, and papaya help smooth, retexturize, and revitalize the skin."  It's always a bonus when the makeup you use can actually doing something good for your skin as well.

If you want to try it out for yourself you can get a coupon here.

Do any of you suffer from the same problem?  Have you tried this product?  What is your favorite way to cover up those pesky dark circles? 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe With Pops of Color

Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Shimmer Sweater, $100
Oak Tweed Coat, 95 GBP
Metallic wool-blend pencil skirt, $78
Brian Atwood Maniac patent-leather platform pumps, $535
Coral Leather Lock Handle Bag, $110
Chan Luu - Brown Mix Short Necklace (Brown Mix) - Jewelry, $120
Nordstrom Lined Leather Gloves, $60

Usually by this time of year we are sick and tired of our winter wardrobes (that we were once so excited for) and are ready for Spring.  Unfortunately we still have a couple of months before the temperatures raise, but in the meantime we can easily perk up our wardrobes by adding in pops of those spring colors we love.

The look above started with those lime patent pumps from Brian Atwood.  I was instantly drawn to the unexpected color, and knew they were going to serve as the inspiration for this post.  Since the price is a bit out of my league, I made sure to keep all the other pieces in the look more accessible.  The coral handbag serves as another pop of much needed color - and I am infatuated with the way the colors work together.  

What makes these pieces so great is the muted color.  Yes they are bright, but no so much so that they will look out of place in the colder months.  This allows you to keep them in your wardrobe rotation all year round, so you are sure to get tons of use out of them.  

What do you do to brighten up your look during the drab winter days?

Stay warm!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Get the Look for Less: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Spring 2011
Stella McCartney
Floral Dress Stella McCartney

While perusing the web, I saw an advertisement for Stella McCartney's site.  Of course I clicked through, and once I got there I fell in love with the two dresses above from her Spring collection.  They reminded me of the floral Anthropologie dress I posted the other day.  That particular dress I got a few years ago, so it's no longer available - but I rounded up a few options that you can get right now, without the hefty Stella McCartney price tag. If you're lucky enough to be able to afford the real thing - I'm jelly :)  

Get the Look for Less: Stella McCartney Spring 2011

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Floral-print satin-jersey dress, $450
Elie Tahari 'Malia' Metallic Silk Sheath Dress, $298
Maxmara dresses IVORY, 268 GBP
Grey Floral Zip Back Dress, $70
Black Rose Open Back Dress, 45 GBP
Green floral knit dress, 25 GBP

P.S. Don't want to wait until Spring to wear these fabulous floral frocks?  Throw on some heavy tights and a chunky knit cardigan or layer a long sleeve tee underneath and you're good to go for the wicked winter.
Monday, January 10, 2011

Mid- Winter Cleaning

Normally the complete overhaul of your closet and home is saved for the beginning of Spring - but I decided the beginning of the New Year would be just as appropriate.

The last week I have spent cleaning, organizing and purging items throughout my apartment.  I was literally in sweatpants and a t-shirt everyday, so as you can imagine I didn't take any outfit pics.  

Image via
I have to say it is amazing how much stuff one can pack into a studio apartment.  I am glad I no longer have, that much crap.  It was quite liberating to let go of so many things - and I know at the end of March when it's time to pack up and move it will be much easier :)

If you're getting ready to do some de-cluttering of your own, here's a list of things you should throw out (donate) immediately! 

- Anything you haven't worn within the last year or matter what your reasoning for it. 

- Your "fat" clothes.  Every woman is guilty of having an array of sizes in our closet for all of our weight fluctuations.  Here's a tip, if you don't have the larger sizes to move into as your gain weight, you'll be sure to cut back as soon as your current clothes get a little tight.  Still can't part with them, take them to the tailor and get them altered to the right size.

- Reverse fit jeans.  You know, looser on the top and tapered at the ankle. These should have all been thrown out years ago, but I figured I'd throw it in there, just in case.

- Sheer stockings.  Ladies it's 2011, the rules of covered legs do not apply anymore.  Go bare, or dark, textured etc.  I promise, no matter the quality, they do not look natural.  Worried about blemishes on your legs?  Get a tinted moisturizer, it will give you a hint of color, even out your skin tone and mask blemishes.

-White pumps...yes I know, the 80's are having a moment right now, but white pumps, they must be put to rest forever.  Replace them with a nude pump...these will blend into your foot giving you a fabulous long leg line, and they go with everything!  For white, stick to a strappy sandal, wedge, or wooden slide.

-Any items that look worn.  Faded, stretched out, or has holes in it.  If you have a piece that you really love that has a rip or tear it doesn't hurt to take it to a tailor and see if it can be fixed.

-Oversized t-shirts, sweats, etc.  I promise you, wearing oversized and baggy clothes does not make you look thinner, you are not hiding under them...they are adding bulk and making you look larger.  Read more about this here

- Scrunchies - do I even need to explain this one?

- Anything that does not fit and flatter...having trouble deciding if a particular item does this?  No worries!  Take a picture and email it to me.  I'll not only let you know whether it's flattering or not, but I'll also explain why so you can make better choices in the future!

Happy Cleaning!
Friday, January 7, 2011

Shop This Shoe Trend: Cut Outs

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Beginnings

Image via Forest Wander

It may not be warm enough for new blooms, but with the new year, comes new beginnings.

Twenty ten came and went, and what a crazy year it's been!  It's almost hard to believe all the things that have happened and how much my life has changed.  I closed my boutique, my friend least likely to become a Mom did just that, and my Mother started a new life. (That's the short version)

With twenty eleven upon us it's inevitable more change will come...and I couldn't be more excited.

Sometimes change can be scary, and we can spend so much time wishing things were the way they once were.  I know I am definitely guilty of remembering when and wishing I could go back.  Although I hold all those memories dear, I am also anxious to experience what is to come!

The thing about change is, until you embrace it, you miss out on all the wonderful things that it can bring.  The more time you spend thinking about how things were, or how they could of been you delay the possibility of fabulous new experiences.  Closing my store for instance was bittersweet.  There are so many reasons why I made that decision, too many to talk about here, but I no longer look at it as the end of something, but as the beginning of the next chapter.  It was an amazing experience, and a priceless education; but now, being free of it gives me the opportunity to spread my wings and create new experiences! That is exactly what I intend to do this year!

The first adventure I have planned?  I've already mentioned this - it's a move - a big one - location to be announced ;)

So, what new adventures do you see for yourself this year?
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