June 29, 2014

Nordstrom Designer Sale Picks

One of the secrets to dressing well without spending a fortune is to purchase items strategically. Determine what would work with your existing wardrobe and your style, and buy good quality designer pieces when they go on sale. Even if you can only afford one designer/high-end piece a year or season, an item that is versatile, of great quality, and something you love will work for your wardrobe many times over. 

Nordstrom is currently having a Designer Collections Sale with up to 65% off select items.

Above are some of my favorites from the sale:

The Elizabeth and James dress below isn't included in the sale :(, but I had to include it. Great for the summer and travel, and oh so chic.

June 20, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - NARS 'Zen' for Cheek Contour

close-up of NARS blush in 'Zen' and NARS Artisan Kabuki Contour brush
A contour color applied to the hollows of your cheeks is a great way to highlight and add definition to your cheekbones (and minimize unwanted facial fullness while you're at it!). I particularly love NARS blush in Zen to contour my cheeks. Recommended to me by a make-up artist, Zen is particularly popular since it goes well with many skin tones. Although the color is subtle enough to use everyday (just make sure you blend in well!), I generally use it for special occasions and evening events to add more definition to my face and finish my look.

A quick and easy way to apply is to use a contour brush like the NARS Artisan Kabuki contour brush shown above. Suck in your cheeks and, using the narrow edge of your contour brush, apply the color on the line (the hollow) that forms below your cheekbone. Blend in. Apply your favorite bronzer and/or blush, and you're done.

Cheek contour, a make-up bag must!

June 17, 2014

Lulu Frost Sample Sale

With the many sample sales in NYC in May/June, this is one of my favorite times of the year to shop. Starting today through June 19th, Lulu Frost is having a sample sale at their NYC studio (12 E. 20th Street, Floor 2) from 11am to 8pm. Fortunately, for those of you who are not in the NYC area, they will also be having an online (lulufrost.com) sample sale until June 22nd with up to 80% off select items. 

Founded in 2004, Lulu Frost is a jewelry brand known for its gorgeous statement pieces with a distinctly vintage/antique feel and design. I first discovered Lulu Frost through their collaboration collection with J. Crew. I bought a crystal statement necklace and have been in love the brand ever since!

Lulu Frost

June 14, 2014

Love that Look

Street style photo, nyc, spring/summer look
Took this photo recently on a weekday in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan. Love how her very casual distressed jeans and flip flops coordinate/contrast with her bag and a jacket with a fashion-forward cut and texture. Throw on heels for a truly casual chic look. Love that look...

June 10, 2014

Shopping at Rebecca Minkoff HQ

About a week (or so) ago, I visited the Rebecca Minkoff #RMHQ store in NYC for a unique and special shopping experience. I have 2 words for it...fantastic and fun.

As the hashtag indicates, this store is located at the corporate headquarters of Rebecca Minkoff. Down the hall (actually, just a few steps) from the showroom and corporate offices, the small and intimate #RMHQ store carries a curated selection of seasonally current clothing, bags, and accessories from the RM collection. Aside from the opportunity to actually visit the corporate HQ of a brand that I love, the store carries many limited edition items or items that are only sold online as well as some items in colors that are exclusive to #RMHQ. What makes the shopping experience more special and cool, is that there are no hired salespeople to help you. Corporate Rebecca Minkoff employees take shifts in the store for the ultimate brand-to-consumer experience.

These personal shopping experiences are by appointment only, but the good news (in case you didn't know) is that they are open to the public.  Just email RMHQ@rebeccaminkoff.com for your appointment.

Some photos from my visit:

 The perfect prints and shades for summer...
Some RM denim line exclusives...

Below are the two items that went home with me. To be honest, it took tremendous fiscal restraint on my part to just choose two, since I really wanted to go home with almost everything in the store. But I'm pacing myself. Knowing that they'll continually refresh the store with new and different products, I'll definitely be back for more!
Mini Perry Satchel (in Tortora - color exclusive to #RMHQ) and Small Pouch (in Hawaiian Print)

Oh, and one more very important thing. If you visit the store and use the #RMHQ on social media, you'll get 20% off.  #loveit!!

June 6, 2014

8 Summer Essentials

Aside from your favorite sunnies (see some suggestions here) and your favorite hat/visor (my fave here), there are 8 wardrobe essentials for this summer that will get you started for the season. All versatile pieces, these will not only work in many different outfits, but will transfer to other seasons.
8 Summer Wardrobe Essentials
The essentials:
1. a print top - to brighten up a neutral outfit or embellish a simple look
2. a shirt dress - add a belt to dress it up or to look more polished
3. an oversized boyfriend dress shirt - wear it casually with shorts or dress it up with a pencil skirt (great as a beach/pool cover-up too!)
4. a statement necklace - great to take a simple outfit from day to night!
5. a comfortable yet stylish sandal with a mid-heel - for when you need to do a lot of walking, but don't want to look totally frumpy...
6. cool sneakers - because they're cute, comfortable... and on-trend
7. relaxed jeans - roll up the cuff for a casual-chic look
8. a roomy tote - to carry layering options, your hat, and maybe a change of shoes


Have a great weekend!

June 1, 2014

A Week in Photos

I love walking around certain parts of Manhattan during the weekday when it's not overcrowded, and everyone(or most) have gone back to work, business as usual. Took the first 4 photos while walking around my favorite shopping areas in Soho on a Wednesday a little over a week ago. 
Love the agnès b. signage/logo. Simple and so cool.

Balenciaga, the (my) mother ship...
Last Saturday, I attended BeautyCon (next 4 photos), "a fashion and beauty summit for the internet's most influential beauty and fashion icons and their ever-growing number of fans".
the gorgeous Amy Pham (DJ, host, actor, model).

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