July 14, 2015

Summer and Vacation Ready With These Essentials

Essentials for Summer or Vacation

There are three things that I love and always associate with summer and sunny weather vacations: the color gold, glossy lips, and sun-kissed skin.

I wear gold jewelry year-round, but I especially love how it looks in the summer sun and paired with lighter colored clothing. Lately, I've been obsessing over hand chains like this one from Kendra Scott and shiny gold nail color (would also be great for the holidays!). For glossy lips, my fave of the moment is the Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-in-Oil. Super hydrating and glossy, but let's be real, I'd buy it anyway for its beautiful packaging!

As far as sun-kissed, getting a healthy glow while staying protected from damaging UV rays had always been more tricky for me. Recently, I received a sample of Tone & Tan by Karin Herzog (c/o) and Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF 20 (c/o). The Tone & Tan is a self-tanner and toning cream, and the MST BODY is a tinted beauty balm cream with SPF. I love using the 2 together for a gradual tan and sunny glow while having sun protection from the SPF. The Tone & Tan is easy to apply, looks natural and didn't streak even when I was in a rush and quickly(sloppily) smoothed it on. The MST is hydrating and dewy, and is great even without a tan when you want to give your skin an immediate, radiant glow with its tinted formula. Love it.

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July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!!

Hello! Hope you're well and enjoying the weekend. Mine's been pretty low-key and pleasantly relaxing...always a good thing! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Independence Day and share some fun sales going on now...

Banana Republic // 30% off regular- priced items and an additional 50% off sale items
CODE: BRTHIRTY (30% off regular- priced items)
CODE: BRGOBIG (additional 50% off sale items)
DATE: Now – 7/5 (30% off regular- priced items) and 7/8 (additional 50% off sale items )

Barney’s Warehouse // extra 60% off clearance, extra 50% sitewide
DATE: until 7/7

BCBG // addtional 40% off sale
DATE: 7/2- 7/6

J.Crew // extra 40%-60% off final sale items
DATE: 7/2-7/6 on marked final sale items. See site for additional details.

Joes Jeans// up to 50% off select styles
DATE: until 7/5

Les Nouvelles // extra 20% off sale items
DATE: until 7/5

Lulu Frost // 20% off sitewide

Moda Operandi // up to 80% off sale

Old Navy // Red, White, and New Sale: Thousands of for the family for $2, $4, $6, & $8
Select styles

Zhush // 25% off site wide!

DATE: until 7/5

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2015

Floral Print Moto Jacket

This season the floral print is a hot trend. On shirts, pants, shoes as well as bags; a floral print can give a fashion-forward update to an otherwise basic look. 

Love this jacket which was included in my sale picks from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale in May. Now it's 60% off, so if you loved it too...here's your chance!

Happy Friyay!

June 30, 2015

This White Dress: A Summer Must-Have

Dress, Valentino Rockstud Clutch
Earlier in the month I posted on my 5 favorite white dresses (see the post here). Since then I found this eyelet open-back dress which I absolutely love. Reasonably priced, it's lightweight and an easy outfit solution on a hot summer day.
OOTD, white dress, Valentino clutch
The overlapping fabric on the back shows some skin without being too revealing. Also love that the skirt is lined so you don't need a slip (unless you do...).
open back eyelet white dress
I'll be going to France later this summer, and look forward to having this dress for the trip, especially if their heat wave continues!
OOTD, white dress, Valentino bag
My current fave clutch:
Valentino Rockstud 1973 clutch
And now, to work on my tan...

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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!