May 25, 2016

Easy Hair Styling Tip For Volume that Lasts

T3 Curling Iron
My hair is naturally pin straight and thick, and the second there's moisture in the air it falls completely flat. And I mean completely flat. No frizz like most people, just heavy-flat like a wet towel... Unfortunately living in New York, there's frequently some moisture in the air throughout the year and, often, in long stretches. So my struggle has been to find a way to quickly and easily style it on my own for those days when I want or need it to hold up.

On a beautiful day with no humidity, I have no problem with styling my hair into a blown out, voluminous look that looks like I just walked out of a salon (not my words...) without styling products(creams, gels, etc.) and not much effort. In fact, it's quite easy and fast. I use 6-8 velvet-flocked 1.25" hot rollers (they're almost extinct right?) on my dry, non-brushed hair, leave them in for no more than a few minutes (you'll have to test this out depending on how your hair holds curl), shake my hair out a bit after the rollers are out, and voilà: full, naturally tousled hair...until it rains, snows or is just humid!

I recently bought a curling iron which I have avoided my entire adult life since I thought it would be too difficult to use. To be honest, I didn't think that I had the patience for it, but now that I have it I love it. The direct heat for extra control combined with an ability to target specific sections of my hair in different ways has completely transformed my hair styling options. The bonus, it's much easier than I thought.

My new simple hair styling routine for the days that I need it to last:

  1. Use the hot rollers as described above. I love them 'velvet-flocked', because they are more gentle to my hair.
  2. Add a small amount of heat protectant oil from the middle to the ends of hair.
  3. Hold the T3 curling iron (1.25" barrel) vertically and curl away from face for front sections. For back, it helps to randomly curl in different directions to give hair more movement and keep it natural looking.
  4. Flip head and add a small amount of TRESemmé Root Lifting Cream to hair roots, especially where you need it most. I find this cream to be great for holding volume at the roots without using a hairspray which can make the hair feel stiff. I received this amazing product courtesy of TRESemmé team during NYFW last Fall and it is now a part of my hair styling essentials kit.
  5. Flip head back, shape hair a little with your fingers if needed, and... you're done! This all takes me approximately 10-15 mins.

I researched many curling irons before I decided to purchase the T3. Particularly love this one for its interchangeable barrel, great quality, auto world voltage, 360º swivel cord, automatic shut-off, and it also didn't hurt that I love the way it looks...

The essentials...
hot rollers, curling iron, root lifter, hair protectant oil

From my Instagram feed (are you following me yet?) after I styled it:
View of styled hair with volume

Question? Leave them in the comments here or on my Ig feed...

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May 18, 2016

Currently Obsessed: Gucci Dionysus Bags

I haven't been particularly attracted to Gucci handbags for a long time... that is, until now. Their Dionysus bags are a brilliant mix of textures combined with classic, edgy, quirky and nostalgic details to create a collection that is both whimsical and luxurious, yet still ladylike. Love them all!!

My bag and clothing choices tend to have a more minimal design aesthetic, but there's something about the bold personality of these bags that is so magnetic, especially right now. They are the perfect complement to the more care-free mood of spring/summer.

I'm particularly obsessed the Dionysus Embroidered Supreme GG Shoulder Bag shown above, but a little taken as well with the embroidery/patchwork and the hand-painted floral designs on the bags below...

May 9, 2016

Flowers and a Sale

Vase with orange, purple and green roses

Hope you all had a great weekend and for all the moms out there, hope your Mother's Day was filled with happiness and peace. One of the things I love about Mother's Day (after, of course, the adorable cards and handmade gifts from my kids) are the flowers. Another reminder of spring, they seem to be everywhere around this time.

And on the topic of spring, Saks Fifth Avenue is currently having a sale (up to 40% off) which is a great source for discounted transition/spring pieces to add to your wardrobe.

My fave sale picks:

Have a great week!

May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Picks... It's not too late!!

9 Mother's Day Gift picks
Since Mother's Day is less than a week away, I rounded up my fave picks in case you needed some extra ideas, inspiration or perhaps just an excuse to treat yourself! All of these are wonderful and luxe choices at various price points that I'd love to receive as much as I'd love to give.

If you're worried about timing, Saks Fifth Avenue has free Rush shipping right now until May 4th with code: MOMRUSH (check site for further details). And of course there's Net-A-Porter with their customary free 3-day delivery within the US. So there you go, no excuse!! :)

Scroll through and click to view and/or shop these and more of my fave, fabulous picks:

Have a great week!

April 23, 2016

Travel: Luggage Goals

Luggage set in orange and classic brown and white stripe

At the airport or checking into a hotel, I always find myself admiring the beautiful luggage of other travellers. And it's usually not an individual piece that catches my eye, but an attractive coordinated set. Yes, I have luggage envy. Most of my luggage pieces were last minute purchases (usually on sale) just before a trip, so the only coordination I've achieved over the years is in color (basic black to keep it easy).

Last Wednesday, I attended the press preview of Henri Bendel's Fall 2016 collection. Gorgeous, by the way. You can see some of it on my instagram (@josephinacollection) account here and here. Ok, back to this post... The event took place on an upper floor of the Henri Bendel New York flagship store on 5th avenue. As I entered the store, the luggage set (available now) shown in my photo above stopped me in my tracks. This is exactly what I want. Chic and sophisticated while still fun and versatile with different colors and patterns. Love it. And what's even better is that they have more types of pieces in different colors to select from and to coordinate into an individualized set.

With the weather warmer, all I can think about is summer vacation and where I will plan my trip (trips?). These HB Luggage pieces are certainly inspiring me to get these plans into motion! :)

Completely infatuated with this orange 'train case'. Love its vintage style updated with a more modern minimal design and color. This one's top on my wish list right now since it would be so practical to hold all of my beauty supplies and toiletries in one elegant container.

This luggage wheelie might be a necessity... not only pretty, but it has 360º wheels!

So, what about you, any fun travel plans for this summer?

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April 19, 2016

Coachella Inspired...

Floral Band Set
With the start of Coachella last Friday, there was no better way to get amped up for the festival frenzy (even if you weren't going!) than an evening of festival inspired fun with B Floral and special co-host Carole Radziwill of BRAVO TV's Real Housewives of New York.  Held at Studio Arte (located in NYC's Garment District) on April 7th, the space was transformed into an oasis of floral magnificence, colorful whimsy and celebration.

Aside from the expected abundance of gorgeous floral arrangements throughout the entire room, there were some more unique displays such as a flower wall and a band set (see above) made of flowers. So amazing. Add a flower crown making station, specialty drinks, hors d'oeuvres, hair/make-up by Glam Squad, and temp tattoos by Tattly to make it a glam spring event that was certainly festival worthy!

floral arrangement and candy display

Just lounging and getting way too comfortable in this space thinking about how I'd like to wear floral crowns more often... every day maybe? too much?
Josephina of Josephina Collection lounging wearing a flower crown
Love, want, need this!
Floral teepee
The beautiful Bronwen Smith, the lead designer and owner of B Floral:
Sophisticated and chic Carole Radziwill having fun with a floral mic:
I had so much fun with my temp tattoo, because everyone thought it was real. Definitely raised a few eyebrows the next day! My choice was a rose on my upper arm (arm below is not mine), especially loved that they are scented!!
The gorgeous B Floral Team!

photo credit: images1-4 by Josephina Kim (me!), images 5-10 courtesy of B Floral (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

April 13, 2016

Shoe of the Day: Lace Up Sandals by Saks Fifth Avenue

Wearing Blue Lace-up Suede Sandals
must-have shoe for this Spring/Summer is a lace-up sandal. I particularly love the lace-up sandals I'm wearing in the photo above for many reasons including their stunning color, chic style, and their good quality. Another reason is that they are comfortable. And with a 4 inch heel, that's saying a lot! More importantly for you though, they are majorly discounted at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH...right now.

Of course, the most important reason I love these sandals is because my daughter picked them out and gave (with a little help from her father...) them to me as a surprise gift during the holidays. So sweet and she knows me so well! :) 

Here's another photo of the sandal. There's a convenient zipper on the heel so the laces don't have to be completely loosened and re-done when wearing them.
Also love it in black...

Another sandal I'm loving now is this one (swoon) which is on my wish list. It's not necessarily a lace-up (although it does lace at the ankle), but I had to include it because I am obsessed with it... and everything else Aquazurra

Comes in a more practical, shorter heel  as well.

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April 11, 2016

NYC Places to Go: Le District

Le District signage
Since I love French food and French-inspired fare in general, I've had several people recommend a visit to "a French market" called Le District in Lower Manhattan. After having it on my "to do" list for several months, I finally made the visit and was amazed. This "market" was a 30,000 square foot French marketplace comprised of restaurants(with outdoor dining), culinary specific stations (e.g. boulangerie, charcuterie, fromagerie, etc.), a grocery, and even a florist.

Opened last Spring, Le District is located at 225 Liberty Street in Brookfield Place in the financial district area of Lower Manhattan.

So if you are a foodie, a Francophile, like to discover new places, just like to eat (ok, that's almost all of us...), or maybe you're French; head over for a fun and unique gastronomic destination in NYC.

Some photos from my first visit (I'll be back soon!):
Display of pastries
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