August 22, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

Love the Drawing Eye Brow pencil from Etude House, a Korean beauty brand. I've tried many brow pencils from various make up lines such as Trish McEvoy and Bobbi Brown, with MAC (see my post here) as my previous favorite, but this one, so far, is the best.

My sister introduced me to the Etude House brand after she bought me one from Korea earlier this summer. After my first use, I was hooked. The pigment glides on smoothly, is easily blendable, and applies lightly to gradually build up color to darker shades, if wanted. A unique and very practical feature of the pencil is its angle tip and flat edge which enables both a thick and thin line, but also the ability to go across the brow in one swipe.
Also, there's a convenient (and good quality) brush included on the other end. And for the price conscious (aren't we all?), its best feature may be its low price point. At only a few dollars (varies depending on exchange rate and retailer), it has much better value than the $20-30 department store brand pencils I've tried.

The only problem is that I haven't yet found a retail location in the U.S. that sells it. But you can buy it online at Amazon and sites like The shipping time may be longer, but for the price and's worth it!!

The shade I use:

August 13, 2014

Paris Getaway - Part 2

close-up of breakfast basket of rolls and croissants
So this is how I started my day while I was in Paris. It was carb-loving heaven. Ok, I know the French don't typically have croissants every day, but hey, I was on vacation and it was so good.

We stayed at the Hotel Montalembert. Chic and intimate, the hotel was a luxurious home away from home in Saint Germain des Prés, our favorite area of Paris. The rooms are a bit (ok, very) small, but I think that the smaller space adds to its coziness and charm. And for shorter stays, it is perfect!
Front entry to Hotel_Montalembert
Orchids in the lobby...
close-up of white orchids

We arrived in Paris on Bastille Day, so this was our view of the fireworks from the hotel room that evening. Gorgeous. And a great welcome to Paris!
Fireworks in night sky over Eiffel Tower

Some OOTD's:

Visiting Les Invalides, a short walk from the hotel...
Outfit-Moschino_Cheap_Chic, Rag_and_Bone, Rebecca_Minkoff
top- Moschino Cheap and Chic, jeans- Rag and Bone, shoes- Arche (similar here), clutch- Rebecca Minkoff (on sale!)

 On a bridge over the Seine River...
Outfit-Helmut_Lang, Hudson_Jeans, Rebecca_Minkoff
top-Helmut Lang, jeans- Hudson, shoes- Paul Green (similar here), bag- Rebecca Minkoff

And some parisian chic:

streetstyle - woman on bike riding through city street in Paris
streetstyle - woman in white dress with tassel embellished sandals
Love the whimsical tassels on these flats. Think I need a pair...
close-up of tassels on sandals

Since I was on vacation, I didn't take as many pics with my DSLR as much as I would have liked, so head on over to my instagram to see some more such as here, here and here. Thanks for visiting and...

Eiffel Tower at night

August 8, 2014

Paris Getaway - Part 1

In July, my husband and I went on vacation to Paris (hence my lack of frequent posts...). My fourth time there, and I have to say that it never disappoints!

View from the hotel room in Saint Germain des Prés. 

Love window shopping on Rue Jacob, especially since it is home to both a Isabel Marant Boutique and Ladureé.

To be continued...

August 5, 2014

An 'It' Bag for Fall 2014

For Fall 2014, there are many trends for bags. There's the furry bag, the clutch, the pop of color, the bucket bag, the whimsical, to name a few... So many, in fact, that if you can make just one purchase (or 2 :) ), it's better to stick to a bag that incorporates the season's more classic trends. The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag is exactly this type of bag. It represents this season's other popular bag trends such as structured, gray colored, smaller (as in, not over-sized), and textured leather. And the best part about it is that this bag will look great this season and forever.

July 23, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - My Fave Sale On Now

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite sale of the year and it's going on now. What I particularly love about this sale is that all the sale items are new for the Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 season, and not discounted previous season items as is the case for conventional sales. The sale ends on August 3rd, and all prices return to full-retail on the 4th. So if you wanted to update your wardrobe and save some money on new Fall items, now is the time...

See below for 9 of my top picks from the sale:

From top L to R: Vince, Loeffler Randall, Halogen, Bobbi Brown, Bauble Bar, See by Chloe, Treasure&Bond, Pedro Garcia, AG

Some other sale items I'm loving:

Happy Shopping!

July 20, 2014

Fall Fashion Inspiration

Inspired by this look from Ulyana Sergeenko's Couture Fall 2014 Collection which debuted in Paris earlier this month, I look forward to adding some layers to dressing up in the Fall. Between the drama of a full length opera coat, the shine of the crystallized fabric, the elegance of its cut and color, and the ladylike yet edgy gloves; this look is glamour and chic in one sleek package. 

Last week, I was in Paris (see some photos of my trip on instagram). An accessory I noticed on many très chic women (young and older / dressed-up and casual) were short, wrist-revealing gloves as in the photo above, even in the middle of the day when temps often reached the mid 80's. I'm sure these gloves may have been worn for a very practical use such as grabbing the handlebars of a motorcycle, etc., but I couldn't help but notice the incredible fashion statement. Short gloves will definitely be included in my Fall wardrobe! So cool, so chic. 

photo source: via

July 5, 2014

#OOTD - A Classic Blue Dress Shirt

crop shot of OOTD-The Kooples dress shirt, Hudson boyfriend jeans, Ivanka Trump pumps, Proenza Schouler PS13 bag
The dress shirt is a wardrobe essential in both white and chambray blue. Truly classic and versatile.

I particularly love this The Kooples shirt I wore for an early, casual dinner at Yama on 17th St and Irving Pl in Manhattan. Cut from lightweight chambray, it is slightly sheer and has a very fluid and soft drape. Completely flattering, and perfect for layering and wearing in the warmer months.
OOTD-The Kooples dress shirt, Hudson boyfriend jeans, Ivanka Trump pumps, Proenza Schouler PS13 bag
Outfit details:
top- The Kooples (on sale but in limited sizes, see here, here and here for other options)
jeans- Hudson (similar here)
bag- Proenza Schouler
shoes- Ivanka Trump (similar and on sale here)
necklace- Baublebar (similar here)

crop shot of Proenza Schouler PS13 bag

Hope you had a great 4th of July! Happy weekend!!

June 29, 2014

Nordstrom Designer Sale Picks

One of the secrets to dressing well without spending a fortune is to purchase items strategically. Determine what would work with your existing wardrobe and your style, and buy good quality designer pieces when they go on sale. Even if you can only afford one designer/high-end piece a year or season, an item that is versatile, of great quality, and something you love will work for your wardrobe many times over. 

Nordstrom is currently having a Designer Collections Sale with up to 65% off select items.

Above are some of my favorites from the sale:

The Elizabeth and James dress below isn't included in the sale :(, but I had to include it. Great for the summer and travel, and oh so chic.

June 20, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - NARS 'Zen' for Cheek Contour

close-up of NARS blush in 'Zen' and NARS Artisan Kabuki Contour brush
A contour color applied to the hollows of your cheeks is a great way to highlight and add definition to your cheekbones (and minimize unwanted facial fullness while you're at it!). I particularly love NARS blush in Zen to contour my cheeks. Recommended to me by a make-up artist, Zen is particularly popular since it goes well with many skin tones. Although the color is subtle enough to use everyday (just make sure you blend in well!), I generally use it for special occasions and evening events to add more definition to my face and finish my look.

A quick and easy way to apply is to use a contour brush like the NARS Artisan Kabuki contour brush shown above. Suck in your cheeks and, using the narrow edge of your contour brush, apply the color on the line (the hollow) that forms below your cheekbone. Blend in. Apply your favorite bronzer and/or blush, and you're done.

Cheek contour, a make-up bag must!

June 17, 2014

Lulu Frost Sample Sale

With the many sample sales in NYC in May/June, this is one of my favorite times of the year to shop. Starting today through June 19th, Lulu Frost is having a sample sale at their NYC studio (12 E. 20th Street, Floor 2) from 11am to 8pm. Fortunately, for those of you who are not in the NYC area, they will also be having an online ( sample sale until June 22nd with up to 80% off select items. 

Founded in 2004, Lulu Frost is a jewelry brand known for its gorgeous statement pieces with a distinctly vintage/antique feel and design. I first discovered Lulu Frost through their collaboration collection with J. Crew. I bought a crystal statement necklace and have been in love the brand ever since!

Lulu Frost