August 26, 2015

In my Goyard St. Louis Tote...Finally

Goyard Storefront in Paris
Several years ago I wanted (and needed) to find a good quality, lightweight tote that was as chic as it was practical. After considering many options, my choice then was clearly between the Louis Vuitton Neverfull and the Goyard St. Louis. At the time, I happened to have a trip to Paris where I stayed in a hotel (Hotel Bel-Ami) right around the corner from a LV boutique, and of course bought the Neverfull. Although I don't regret that purchase (except for one reason, see my post from way back when here), I still loved the classic luxe yet understated style of the Goyard. 

During a trip to Paris last month, I resisted the urge to take advantage of all the sales going on in Paris and finally, bought a Goyard. Never on sale, but definitely worth the investment... Love it.
Goyard St.Louis Tote Bag Blue
With the consecutive high temps this past month, I especially love the lighter feel of this bag. And so convenient for a last minute throw in of an extra pair of shoes, water bottle, whatever...

This is 'What's In My Bag' today:
What's in my Goyard Tote

Oh, and my cellphone which is still in the attached pouch (my fave feature).

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August 19, 2015

Electric Blue Moto Jacket Obsessed

I have this thing with moto jackets.  If I could get one in every color, I would. And if I could get multiple of my faves, then perfect.  Currently, I'm obsessed with this electric blue moto jacket from Rebecca Taylor.  Love how the edgy style of the jacket transforms with a bright and whimsical blue shade. Softer yet bolder.

Perfect to make a statement with a minimal-chic look...

Now, if only fall and spring would last longer so I can wear these jackets more often... That, or I'll have to move to LA and wear them every evening!

August 17, 2015

Bioderma Micellar Cleanser Review

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Cleanser

After hearing its rave reviews (including my sister’s!) for way too long, I finally bought and tried Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O cleanser. It did not disappoint. A no-rinse micellar cleanser and make-up remover, Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O removed my foundation, blush, mascara (regular, not sure how it would work with water-proof mascara) and everything else. Labelled fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic, it is soothing and wipes off clean without an oily or sticky residue.

This particular cleanser is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin. Bioderma also has Sébium H2O for sensitive oily skin and Hydrabio H2O for dehydrated sensitive skin. I have acne-prone and oily/combination skin (lucky me, right?!) and the Sensibio still works well (used it for several weeks) for my skin type. Although it is a ‘no-rinse’ cleanser, I still feel the need to follow with my regular gentle face wash for ‘end of the day’ make-up removal and cleansing. But maybe that is due to my more oily skin… Nevertheless, I love how it gently and effectively removes my make-up without making me break-out, and my skin feels refreshed and soothed after use. Priced lower than many other make-up removers and cleansers I have tried, this Bioderma cleanser is a welcome addition to my make-up kit and toiletry bag.


August 4, 2015

70's Saddle Bag: An 'It' Bag for Fall

Fave Saddle Bags- Fall's Must Have Bag
Love it or not, seventies fashion is a major trend this season and will continue to be one for Fall 2015. An easy and beautiful way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe is with a saddle bag: a classic reference to the decade.

The Chloe 'Goldie', Tom Ford 'jennifer', Chloe 'Marcie' and Jil Sander 'Robin' are some of my fave saddle bags available now.

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Hope you're having a great week!

July 30, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015: My picks

There are less than four days to still take advantage of the reduced prices in Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale which started on July 17th. A couple weeks ago I shared my fave picks (see collage above) on Instagram. Since then, I've added some more faves. Scroll through below to see and buy these fab finds!

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July 28, 2015

A Classic Button Down Shirt...

I've always loved the look of a classic button down shirt, preferably in some shade of blue. Lately, I am obsessed with them. When styled to be relaxed and a little bit slouchy, these classic shirts go with everything and make your outfit look effortless yet "pulled together".

Particularly love how the bandana complements the outfit in the photo above. Get this très chic look with a square scarf from Chan Luu. Love it!

Even for men, a classic button down in blue never fails. Now, do they make that shirt in my size?? 

2 photos above via

Click through to my Instagram a/c (@josephinacollectionhere and here to see 2 of my fave button down shirt ootd's.

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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!