January 22, 2017

Today's Beauty Pick - Clinique Extreme Volume Mascara

Clinique Extreme Volume Mascara
I had been avoiding Clinique cosmetics for most of my adult life since my early experiences with them were not so great. The colors didn't work with my skin tone and the face lotions/foundations that I used made me break out. So when a Sephora make-up artist recommended I try Clinique's Extreme Volume Mascara, I was skeptical. Also, I already had a favorite mascara.

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted (and needed...) to learn how to wear mascara. Based on recommendations from friends and make-up artists, I tried a bunch which I reviewed in two posts: SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MASCARA... and SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MASCARA...PART II. After these trials and several years later, my fave mascara without a doubt was and has been Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! mascara. In fact, I have been wearing this one everyday for daytime as well as special events... until now.

The Clinique high impact extreme volume mascara is fantastic and a new fave. It doesn't clump, you can layer it on for a more dramatic look and it wears well throughout the day (no smudging!). I still love the one from Benefit Cosmetics, but (gasp!) I might like this Clinique one a little more. Seems to last throughout the day better and the long bristles/fuller brush help to create more volume.




January 18, 2017

Obsessed... Patch Trend & Anya Hindmarch

Always on the lookout for unexpected ways to add a little whimsy or pop of color to my more understated outfits, I was immediately attracted to the patches trend that emerged on the fashion week runways several seasons ago. Fun, a little quirky and chock full of nostalgia for the '90s, patches are an easy way to incorporate fashion's current shift for more personalization and interesting detail. The best thing about patches this time around though is that they can be luxurious, and the ones with more whimsical designs are not limited to the kids... :)

So speaking of luxurious, I've been a fan of Anya Hindmarch's accessory line and currently I'm obsessed with her 'All Over Stickers' Collection. The clutch above is from this collection. Embossed onto the leather rather than applied as patches the designs are charming and light-hearted. On a small accessory like a clutch, they make a statement but in a more subtle way. Want to get more personal? Her collection also includes individual sticker patches that you can adhere to just about anything. Made of high-quality materials (and her design), they're not cheap though...

If you need to stick to a budget and want a little DIY, you can also head over to MJ Trim for their patch collection. Although you can purchase online, I'd recommend a visit to their physical location in the garment district in NYC. Much more fun to see in person!


Below are some of my favorite Anya Hindmarch 'stickers' as well as bags:






January 8, 2017

#OOTD with a Floral Print Moto Jacket

back view of Parker floral print Cooper Jacket
Hope you all had a great weekend! We got a little snow here in New York, and it's so pretty but... cold. So as much as I enjoy hibernating at home and extra excuses for hot chocolate and coffee, kinda can't wait for warmer weather. Maybe not hot, but the kind of weather that's ideal for wearing and layering with lighter weight jackets, my fave outfit piece.

Two of my fave and most flattering jacket styles are moto jackets and bomber jackets. A shorter/cropped length, they are elongating(who doesn't want that?!) and add an edgy or fashion-forward look even when the rest of your outfit is not.

Lately, I've been obsessed with this floral print moto jacket from Parker. The floral print trend has been all over the fashion week runways for the past several seasons and continues for Spring '17. Since I'm generally not a traditional "floral print" kind of person, this is one trend that, although I often find it gorgeous, has been a bit difficult for me to embrace and incorporate into my everyday outfits. A floral print on a moto jacket, however, is one way this trend works for me and maybe for you!

Scroll through for more pics, outfit deets and to 'shop this post' (this jacket is on sale!):

close-up of Parker jacket and Milly BOSS clutch

front view of Parker Cooper jacket, floral print, Milly clutch

full length side view of OOTD, Parker moto jacket, BOSS clutch, Mother jeans, pink pumps

Outfit details:
jacket- Parker (on sale!)
lace camisole- similar here and here
jeans- Mother Denim
shoes- similar here and here
clutch- Milly (on sale!)

Back full-length OOTD, Parker floral print moto jacket

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January 3, 2017

Moving on...Hello 2017!


As you might have guessed, I took a little break from the blog for the holidays. This year in particular, I felt the need to take a step back, remind myself to live in the moment a bit more, and take a little time off to reflect on my current situation and goals going forward. Although I stayed active on social media, I wasn't as "plugged in" as usual. Not sure why I had a stronger urge to do this now, this year, but I'm so glad I did! It gave me a chance to re-set, and feel more inspired and motivated to tackle my goals and get better control over my life. Best of all, I was able to have more time with my family and finally make some progress on re-decorating my office and closet. Can't wait to share it with you! :)

As I write this post, I still can't believe it's already 2017. I know that I probably say this every year about the new year, but it's always the case! For me, 2016 had its ups but also its downs, so going into the new year I'm putting behind the "downs" and remembering its highlights such as fun and relaxing family vacations to Los Angeles and Jamaica, my cousin's wedding, and attending fashion weeks in both New York and Paris (so amazing...).

Another highlight, of course, was having this blog, connecting with new people and discovering new things. Thank you to all of you who take the time to stop by here or on one of my social media accounts, even if it's just for a sec to scroll through the pics! I really appreciate it! The top photo is a collage of my "best nine" photos from Instagram based on likes for 2016. For those of you who follow me there -why aren't you all? ;) - thank you!


Happy new year and have a great week!! :)

December 17, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - For Him

Gift picks- Cocktail recipe book, Polo sweater, Cocktail Kit, Shinola Watch


These are some of my fave gifts 'For Him'. If you need to get a gift by Christmas with regular, free delivery, there's still a little time depending on the item and where you live.  Worried about cutting it close? 'Rush Delivery' and 'Buy online/Pick-up in Store' are great options for those last minute gift purchases!

Neiman Marcus is offering FREE Rush Delivery if you order by 12/21/16 noon CT with CODE: NMRUSH. East Dane (Shopbop's men's store) has free 3-day shipping. Mr Porter (Net-a-Porter's men's store) has free next-day delivery. Voilà, so take advantage of those free expedited delivery options and happy shopping!




From top, L to R:

1. Vintage Cocktails Book - This one's on my wishlist! (under $100!)

2. Leather Bottle Opener Key Fob - Stylish as much as it is practical! (under $50!)

3. Sweater - under $100!

4. Stirred Cocktail Kit - Perfect for the home entertainer, especially love the extra large ice-cube tray. This one'll have to go on my wish list as well! (under $100!)

5. Brass Screw Cuff Bracelet

6. Dartboard Set

7. Leather Slipper

8. Cashmere Scarf - under $100!

9. Leather Smart Gloves with Faux Fur Lining

10. Puffer Parka Coat - Not many sizes left in this color, see more Canada Goose jackets here.

11. Watch - Love this one for it's beautifully classic look.

12. Velour Robe

13. Set of 3 Zip Travel Bags - A necessity to keep organized and efficient when packing! (under $100!)

14. High-quality Noise Isolating Headphones

15. Fisher Space Pen - Writes at any angle as well as extreme temperatures. (under $50!)

16. Nylon Backpack - fashion-forward and practical



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December 14, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - Techie/Fashionista

Song of Style's Capture Your Style Book, Gentle Monster Sunnies, coffee, Cupcake, necklace

With the growth of social media, the rise of bloggers, etc., there's often a fine line (or no line) between a techie and a fashionista. So whether you're a techie-fashionista or just a fashionista, these are all trend-setting gifts to be loved as well as useful. 




From top, L to R:



3. Light-up Case - for the selfie-obsessed...











14. Charger - For those of us who need something practical yet cute!


16. Pocket Phone Charger - This one is a necessity for anyone who uses their cell phone throughout the day. I have it and can't live without it! Charges your phone without a wire and has light-up dots to indicate how much charge is left.


The items below are more fashionista and not so much techie, but great gifts all the same. Especially love Aimee Song's Capture Your Style book and that fringe phone cover is so chic!






Next up, Gifts for Him!

December 8, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - For Her

With less than 3 weeks until Christmas, it's time to get cracking on those gift lists. I don't know about you, but I did some a ton of shopping online during the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales and most of it was for myself! So... now it's time to finalize my gift lists and start making some purchases!

Gifts 'For Her' can be an overwhelming category as there are so many choices. If you don't know exactly what 'she' wants or needs, it can be hard to know where to start! Below are some of my top picks 'For Her' that I would buy myself and that I think would be liked by most fashion-forward women.





From top, L to R:

1. Cashmere, crystal-embellished sweater - Luxe, fashion-forward as well as classic... the perfect gift!

2. Eye mask with an ice pack (under $50!)

3. Cashmere tech gloves (under $100!)


5. Crystal stone earrings (under $100!)


7. Metallic leather clutch - so chic...




11. Nail polish set - neutral color essentials! (under $50!)


13. 'Gem' wireless earbuds (under $100!)

14. Sephora gift card - When all else fails, because who wouldn't love a gift card from here!

15. Faux fur, zip-front robe - So cozy and this one's genius without a belt!

16. Leather satchel - So classic and luxurious, can't go wrong with this one!



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Also, shop my prior posts, HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016 - GIFT SETS and 16 HOSTESS GIFTS TO BUY NOW... for more options. 

Note: All of my gift guide posts are, and will be, listed in the sidebar at the top.


Next up, Gifts for the Techie/Fashionista!


December 5, 2016

Bomber Jacket OOTD and Some Fave Sales

OOTD full look, Maje bomber, Club Monaco top, Caroliine de Marchi Clutch, Sam Edelman Shoes

Happy Monday! I love a good-looking jacket to enhance my look or to add a contrasting style... and of course, to keep me warm! Lately, I've been obsessed with bomber jackets. Whether they are traditional in nylon or leather with a shearling collar, or with an updated look in materials such satin, bomber jackets can be classic as well as edgy and chic. A cropped style jacket, they also elongate your look which is always a good thing! 😉

I bought this jacket on sale in Paris last month and have been wearing it on repeat. I chose one size larger than I normally wear so that I can layer a sweater underneath, but it would also be perfect if worn more snug on top of a cute holiday cocktail dress. This exact jacket was specially made for Le Bon Marche (my fave department store) in Paris, but you can get the same style in a different color here. Best of all, it's on sale now here too!


Close-up of Maje bomber jacket and crossbody clutch

Some other bomber jackets I'm loving now:





My shirt is on major sale now too although sizing is limited. Love the on-trend ruffle detail as well as its refined and feminine look.

Club Monaco ruffle trim top

Some other tops with ruffle detail to buy now:





Back view of Club Monaco ruffle detail top, Soho

Other outfit deets

Clutch/crossbody Bag: Caroline de Marchi Paris- Introduced to this brand/collection last year, and have been obsessed with it ever since. Read my Paris fashion week post about it here.

Shoes: Sam Edelman- These are so comfortable, especially with their block heel!

Choker necklaces: Baublebar (velvet bow and chain), my go-to for on-trend/reasonably priced jewelry

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, a fave denim brand

Sunglasses: Gentle Monster


Close-up of clutch bag in Soho, NYC
Photo credit: Photography by Lydia Hudgens



On another note, there are some great sales going on now. Here are 3 that I'm loving now:

- Coach, up to 50% off select styles, ends 12/7

- BaubleBar, 25% off 2+ with code GIFT25, ends 12/11

- Bloomingdales, 25% off select items with code FRIENDS, ends 12/11



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Have a great week and stay tuned for more gift guides! 😘😘

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