June 24, 2015

3 Tops for Summer

These are my 3 fave tops right now for summer. Whether you're going out for drinks at a rooftop bar, packing for a weekend getaway, or having a lunch date with friends, these tops are feminine and give an easy summer-chic look.

The Joie top below is a perfect date night look as well and is versatile year round. Made of silk, it can be easily dressed up. I recently bought it, and I particularly love that the spaghetti straps are adjustable.

Love this flirty lace look from Maje. This top would look perfect with boyfriend jeans or cut-offs!

June 18, 2015

Foundation Review: For Combination, Breakout-Prone Skin

makeup, foundation review
I have combination (oily in t-zone), acne prone skin so it’s no surprise that I’m very careful with which foundation finds a home on my make-up table. For many years my absolute favorite foundation was the Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation, but the one problem I had with it is that none of the shades were an ideal color match, either a little too dark, too yellow, etc. Recently I tried some different foundations based on the product being suitable for combination and breakout prone skin as well as the brand’s reputation. I specifically chose products without an SPF since I already use an SPF (La Roche Posay, buy it here) that is incredibly lightweight and is, so far, the only sunscreen that does not irritate my face after regular use.

Below is my review of the 3 foundations I considered in addition to my thoughts on the Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’. 

1. Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation (5.0): Pro- This is a lightweight foundation with sheer to medium buildable coverage. It really is silky. Due to its fluid consistency, I find it very easy to apply and blend upon first application as well as touch-ups throughout the day. It illuminates my skin and does not make me break out. Con- Available in limited shades and it’s at a higher price point.

2. NARS ‘All Day’ Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation (Santa Fe): Pro- This oil-free foundation feels light after application, provides full coverage, and really does last all day relative to many other foundations. Best of all, I found my ideal color match. Con- It was difficult to apply since it does not blend well(you really have to work it in), it seemed to accentuate my larger pores, and I think it made me break out… :(

3. Make Up For Ever ‘HD Invisible Cover’ Foundation (118): Pro- I had high hopes for this oil-free medium-to-full coverage foundation. It is lightweight, easy to blend, and was available in an extensive range of shades which promised to create a flawless finish both onscreen and off. Con- Unfortunately, the coverage was too light, it seemed to accentuate my larger pores, and it slid, a lot, as the day progressed.

4. Trish McEvoy ‘Even Skin’ Foundation (2.5): Pro- With its lightweight and watery texture, this oil-free formula is sheer yet somehow camouflages discolorations and imperfections. Con- The color choices are limited, so my closest match was a shade a bit darker than my true color. Also, it does not build coverage relative to the other foundations, the watery texture takes some getting used to, and it’s at a higher price point.

So the upshot is that I will be sticking with Giorgio Armani, but will also use Trish as an alternative, especially during warmer weather. Neither made me break out, they both enhanced the look of my skin, and the color, close enough. As far as the price, they last me at least a few months and the quality is worth it.

note: For all the foundation trials, I did not use a primer. Although primer may help, I believe and have heard from many makeup artists, as well as my dermatologist, that a good foundation does not need one. Since I’m acne-prone, I like to keep my routine as simple as possible. If it doesn’t need a primer…it’s good.

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June 13, 2015

5 White Dresses For Summer

In summer it's all about the white dress. Throughout the day, at the beach or on vacation; white is cool and crisp when the weather is hot and humid. As a dress, it's easy as well. Perfect. Get it now...

Shown above (gingham embroidery by Elizabeth and James) and below are my 5 favorite white dresses available now.

L to R: Washed-Silk by Equipment, Eyelet Lace from Madewell (30% off with Code SUMMER), Pintucked Cotton by Tibi

And if you have a bigger budget or wanted something a little more dressed-up and sophisticated, try this incredibly elegant dress from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. So chic.

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Have a great weekend!

June 9, 2015

Obsession of the Week - These Lace-Up Valentino Gladiator Sandals

I'm all about the chunky heel for comfort, as well as being on-trend this season and next. So when a shoe beautifully incorporates a chunky heel, a lace-up gladiator style and signature Valentino studs... I'm hooked. Love these. In white, they are the perfect summer and vacation sandal!

June 5, 2015

Parker for Holiday and Now...

Parker NYC showroom
Cooler than usual temps the past few days in New York has had me thinking (a bit obsessively) about fall/winter and the holiday season… Last month I was invited to preview the Parker Holiday 2015 Collection in their NYC showroom. An extensive collection of stunning silhouettes and gorgeous embellishments/patterns, the looks were an exciting anticipation of this year’s holiday season even before the summer has started!

Parker is a contemporary apparel line of feminine silhouettes designed for the urban-chic woman. The Holiday Collection 2015 showed standout looks as rompers and jumpsuits as well as interesting detail such as cut-outs and metallic embellishments.

Below are some more photos from the preview. And since this collection won't be available until late September and October, scroll down to the bottom of the post to see my fave Parker picks for the spring/summer season available now.
Parker Holiday2015 Gold dresses

Parker Holiday 2015
Absolutely love how the grommets on the leather dress below make it visually more figure flattering as well as adding edgy detail to a minimal black dress.
Parker Holiday15 Black dress, grommets

Not sure I could pull this one off, but it is a fabulous blend of fall's trend of boho and urban chic.
Parker Holiday 2015 Leather dress Fringe
Obsessed with white for holiday and the winter months ...
Parker Holiday 2015 white

The following 2 pics are from Parker Black, their evening wear collection. Gorgeous.
Parker Black Holiday 2015
Check out my instagram here for a close-up of the metallic stud detail on the dress below.
Parker Black Holiday15
And now, my fave Parker pieces available now!
from top L to R: 1. Bombay dress, 2. Priya top 3. Nash shorts 4. Allegra dress (on sale!), 5. Ashford Combo dress, 6. Devlin pant (on sale!)

Happy Friday!!

May 20, 2015

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale - My Picks

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale picks
Above are 9 of my fave pieces from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale which started today. There are so many great pieces on sale and it was hard to limit it to just 9 (I'm sure I'll be adding more to my list as the days progress), but these are the buys that I thought were the perfect combination of great style, quality, price, and wardrobe versatility as well as being on-trend.  And yes, that is a floral print leather moto jacket in the middle...so obsessed! :)

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May 17, 2015

4 Summer and Vacay Shoes to Get...Now

Adidas sneaker, Ancient Greek sandal, Stuart Weitzman Gladiator and Legwrap Sandal
There are 4 types of shoes you need this summer (and on vacation) to be on-trend and chic, as well as practical. First, you need a cool sneaker like this Topshop for adidas Originals '80's Premium Superstar' sneaker. And for all the days at the pool or beach, shoes that can get wet are imperative. These Ancient Greek rubber sandals are a fun yet functional blend of whimsical and chic. Of course, you can't forget the huge gladiator trend this summer! I love these gladiators from Stuart Weitzman for their quality and boho luxe style. Especially love that they have a more walkable heel: not too flat or too high/thin. Last but not least, is the strappy, chic high-heel that's minimal yet a statement maker. Gorgeous year-round, this shoe looks as good for evening as well as with cropped boyfriend jeans. This 'Legwrap' sandal from Stuart Weitzman is one of my personal faves!

May 3, 2015

Kendra Scott for Mother's Day, Graduation, Birthday, etc...

Kendra Scott Showroom NYC
During New York Fashion Week this past February, I had the fortunate (and fun) opportunity to visit the Kendra Scott showroom in NYC and preview their Vía Maya Collection for Summer '15. Inspired by the jungles of The City of Dawn after a trip to Tulum, Mexico, Kendra Scott created a collection that incorporated the season's major trends of tropical kitsch and saturated color. The Vía Maya Collection "showcases a wild paradise through expressions of artisanal character and unbridled vibrance".

Wearing Mother-of-Pearl Havana Statement Necklace, Kendra Scott
In the showroom, trying on the Havana statement necklace in brown mother-of-pearl.

Photos of some gorgeous pieces on display in the showroom:
Havana Mother-of-Pearl Necklace, Kendra Scott Showroom
Emily Statement Necklace in Pink Hibiscus, Kendra Scott Showroom

Below are my wish list items from the Summer '15 collection which would also make great gifts for Mother's Day or any other special event coming up.

A stone color that goes hand in hand with warm weather and sun is turquoise. Also love the turquoise statement necklace and pendant necklace from the Kendra Scott Spring '15 Collection shown in my photo below.
Turquoise necklaces, Kendra Scott showroom

So now that #springisfinallyhere, bring on the summer!