November 22, 2014

'Today's Beauty Pick' Follow-up

In a previous post several months ago (see it here), I featured Philosophy's full of promise for eyes as my 'Beauty Pick' of the day. I chose this product, because it targets the specific lifting/firming needs of the upper eye-lid and separately packages it with an under-eye cream all in one vial. When I wrote the post, I had just been using it for a few days so only noticed its more immediate effects of overall hydration and a tightening(tingling) sensation for the upper lid. Per product instructions, full effects are only to be expected after a full month of use. Now, after several months of use (with some breaks here and there...), I am happy to follow-up that I still love it and that it has actually, in my opinion, visibly tightened my upper eye-lid. Maybe you wouldn't notice any real change if you saw me, but it's one of those subtle differences that's hard to pinpoint unless you were looking for it. So for a non-prescription strength cream, this one is pretty great.

I definitely preferred the upper eye-lid treatment over the one for the under-eye for this eye duo and would probably stick with La Mer the eye balm intense (see image below) for daily morning use. Having used this particular La Mer eye product for years, I prefer its lighter weight and cooling effect for puffiness and find that it layers under make-up better. It's a lot pricier than many other eye creams, but if you use it as directed it can last for a long time, like several months!


November 14, 2014

Cocktail Party Dresses on Sale Now

Holiday season events and parties are a great excuse to need a cocktail party dress. And when you can get them on sale... even better! Bloomingdale's is having a 20% off Friends & Family Event going on now and the timing is perfect to find a holiday dress. There's still plenty of time for shipping, alterations (if needed) and accessory decisions.
Above are my nine favorite dresses from the sale. Love these for their classic and flattering style, the potential to wear them year-round, and their versatility for office events as well (well, depending on your industry, maybe not the Parker dress...).

Dresses from top, L to R: Rebecca Taylor, Parker, REISS, Tadashi Shoji, Ralph Lauren, Aidan Mattox, Halston Heritage, Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenburg

The Friends & Family Event (check site for info/exclusions) ends on November 16th(Sunday). And if you're shopping online, don't forget to use promo code HOLIDAY for the discount.

Shop the post:

Oh, and if you'd like to share your holiday looks, I'd love to see them!

November 10, 2014

Holiday Gifts - For the Hostess/Host

I've been so caught up in enjoying the perfect not too warm, not too cold weather of Fall that it's hard for me to believe we're in November (eek!) ! The upside is that the holiday season, my most favorite time of year, is upon us. So bring on the festive decorations, the sparkle and all the yummy scents of the season...but more importantly bring on the parties! And speaking of parties, now is the time to order and stock up on hostess gifts. Above are some of my fave gifts (click image for product details) for the hostess/host all priced well under $100. From a slate cheeseboard for the entertainer to a unique gift box of freeze-dried phalaris, lavender and fern, these are all on my own wish list and great for any type of gift as well!

For the hostess/host you want to spend a little extra on (or maybe a gift for yourself) ...

Baccarat bottle stopperBond No. 9 New York candleTom Dixon Plum ice bucket

Happy Monday!

November 6, 2014

Obsession of the Week - Valentino Va Va Voom 1973 Bag

Some bags just make me smile, and this Valentino Va Va Voom 1973 Shoulder Bag is just one of those bags. Like a little bit of rainbow magic hanging from your shoulder or held in your hand, this bag would look equally great as a pop of whimsical color for a formal(dressed-up) outfit, or with jeans and a tee. Love, love, love it!

November 2, 2014

Shearling Coats: Faux or Real, They're Hot!

A gorgeous and practical trend this Fall/Winter is the shearling coat. Not just incredibly warm and cozy, shearling detail is a classic look that will never go out of style. 

See below for some more of my fave street style shearling coat looks as well as my shopping picks of faux (more affordable!) and real shearling coat options.

photo credits (from top): 1. Stockholm Streetstyle, 2. The Styleograph, 3. TheUrbanSpotter, 4.

On a budget, having fun with different looks, or for any other reason, get it faux:

For an investment piece, to wear long-term, and for an assurance of quality, get it real:

So, can't wait to see your très chic shearling coat style!

October 28, 2014

Home Design Style Inspiration With Modani Furniture

As much as I love going out and attending events, I also love being at home. It's where I regain my center and truly relax/ home base. You know that quote by Oprah, "Your home should rise up and greet you when you walk through the door."? Well, I truly believe this. So now I have to be honest. I moved into my house around 5 years ago and never finished designing it. This kills me. Sure, it's furnished and painted with my preferred design style, but it's not complete. Not pulled-together the way a great outfit would be. Yes, it does greet me when I walk through the door. But does it stand up to say hello? Maybe it's more like a sit-up... So when I was recently introduced to Modani modern furniture, I was inspired and determined to get back on track on my home-design project!
Ultra modern and sophisticated pieces, Modani modern furniture is exactly the style of furniture I love. And at more affordable price points relative to similar modern furniture stores, it's a perfect resource for staying within a budget, completing a look (just like with an outfit), or frequently changing up your design. 

Modani's Savina Lounge Chair shown above is my inspiration for my living room. Sleek and a bit edgy, obsessed with this chair as a minimal yet statement-worthy piece. Add in a touch of whimsy with velvet throw pillows like the bold and graphic ones below (the crystal lettering!)...

...and the rest of the room is easily balanced with other minimal yet luxe pieces. 

Some fave accessories to finish off the room: 
-Barcelo Lamp: bold yet subtle
-Pink Peonies: pop of color
-Silver Stool: elegant and luxe
-Caravaggio Oversized Mirror: understated ornate detail
-Lapisan Vase: statement piece
-Mateo Pewter Rug: for texture and warmth

Although I haven't yet visited a brick-and-mortar Modani location, I plan on doing so soon to see (and feel) the products in person. (I'll be sure to give an update!) See here for their U.S. locations and a virtual tour of their stores. And if you go, let me know what you think!

October 23, 2014

#OOTD - Pastel Coat Trend For Fall

Pastel shades are a major trend this fall and winter season. In particular, I love pastel colored coats to brighten my mood and outlook when the daylight hours are shorter and the weather becomes a bit more dreary. And since your coat dominates your look when it's just too cold to go without, a candy-coated and unexpected light color not only completes your outfit, it makes your outfit. So "Yay!" to lighter colors for fall and winter!!

outfit details:
coat- Jil Sander (other styles here)
shoes- Sophia Webster (other styles here)
clutch- Maje (similar here)
sunglasses- Ray-ban (similar here)
watch- Movado

photo credit: my 11 year-old - Thanks, sweetie! :)

Click through the slide show for some pastel coat options at varying price points:

Happy thursday!

October 20, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - Topshop Lips in Tease

Topshop is one of my fave go-to clothing retailers for great on-trend/fashion-forward pieces at much lower price points than the designer brands. Perfect when your style philosophy (like mine) is all about mixing high and low. But for beauty... I didn't even know they sold beauty products until recently.  This past September, I met some Topshop brand ambassadors at a party during NYFW and they gifted me the lipstick (Lips in Tease) shown above. Skeptical that I could even wear a bright, 'Barbie' lip color, I tried it anyway and I love it! The color isn't as saturated as I was afraid it would be, and it applies smoothly yet has a matte finish. Since I normally wear neutral or sheer (ok, boring) lip colors, I have to say I'm a little excited to add a fresh and new color to my make-up options! (See me wearing it here on Instagram.)

Happy Monday!

October 16, 2014

Last Day! - SHOPBOP 25% off Sale!!!

In case you haven't had a chance to visit this sale, SHOPBOP is currently offering 25% off full-price and sale items. It's a great opportunity to get started on holiday shopping for gifts and party outfits for yourself :) . Make sure to use code FAMILY25 at checkout for the discount. Sale ends today at 11:59 PT. Click over to site for more details.

My SHOPBOP faves and must-haves:

Oh, and don't forget, there are some brand exclusions :( from the sale. See below for the list:

Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.

Happy shopping and have a great Thursday!

October 14, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many of you already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Accessory Concierge, an online store of trendy accessories at lower price points, has a new line of accessories to show its support and help raise awareness for breast cancer.  Twenty percent of all proceeds from the sales of its "Fight Like a Girl" cuff, "Here Comes a Fighter" cuff  and the "Tough As Nails" necklace will be donated to  "The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease."

Regardless of how you show support, raise awareness or donate to the cause, every little bit helps. So join the fight for this very important cause!