March 25, 2015

Today's Beauty Pick - Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum

Trish McEvoy - Beauty Booster - Serum - Skincare
I never really believed the importance of a serum until I tried Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Serums. These are amazing.

First of all, both contain hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring chemical compound in your body) which is supposed to be a substance short of miraculous to attract and retain moisture. The eye serum promises to decrease the appearance of fine lines, darkness, and puffiness while hydrating, brightening, and firming the under-eye skin. I’m not sure it actually does all of these things in a measurable or long-term way, but one thing in particular I did notice was that the puffiness under my eyes diminished more than I have ever seen it before. And I have tried tons of eye treatments and moisturizers formulated to reduce puffiness. For this result alone, I’m hooked. Also, my under-eye skin looks instantly hydrated and brighter right after applying the serum. Love the Beauty Booster Serum for the face because it’s an effective way to moisturize/hydrate dry spots without globbing on moisturizer which will just make your makeup slide off. A godsend this past winter! Also, it’s very light and didn’t make me break out (very important for me!). But my favorite use of the face serum was to pat it on in the middle of the day or before going out at night to “refresh” the skin and make-up.

The serums are a bit pricey, but you really only need a few drops so they should last awhile. For me, especially with the incredibly cold winter we had, worth the investment!

Also included in my photo is a House of Harlow cuff and Ily Couture 360ยบ studs, 2 jewelry accessories I love and that I’m wearing nowadays. Get the deets and shop them below!

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Hope you're having a great week! -xo

March 17, 2015

My Juice Cleanse Experience: What I didn't expect...

Last month, I finally tried a juice cleanse. Not the hard core 21 or 10 day cleanse, but a more realistic(is it?) and beginner-friendly 3 day cleanse. To be honest, I didn’t do a lot a research before deciding to do a cleanse.  A friend recommended it as a way to detox from unhealthy eating habits and to hopefully kickstart a healthier way of eating. Since processed foods and pastries have always been a major food group in my diet :), I thought a juice cleanse may be a great way the help me achieve my New Year’s resolution to eat more healthy. My friend actually gave me the cleanse idea 2 years ago, but since it was hard for me to even imagine juicing for one day, I never got farther than “hmmm, that sounds interesting, maybe I’ll try it”. Fast forward to the end of January in the midst of the cold and snow, and feeling sluggish. I saw an offer from Gilt City to try a BluePrint 3-day cleanse at almost 25% off. In one of those ‘today is the first day of the rest of your life” moods, I bought it without hesitation. (Btw, I had already heard a lot of great things about Blue Print and know many people who have tried it, so I guess that made the decision a little easier…)

So it wasn’t the experience I thought it would be. I thought I would be hangry (hungry+angry for those of you who are lucky to not be familiar with this condition:)), weak and starving, but actually I felt energized and really alert. Ok, I did feel hungry at various times during the day, but it was more that I missed biting on solid food and having my coffee(no coffee during a cleanse)/snack breaks. Also, you’re “allowed” to have certain solid foods like celery or avocado if you really feel that you can’t make it through. Of course, I’m not saying t hat a juice cleanse is for everyone, but for me, it forced me to get real. I can get through the day without coffee, and a lot of my mid-afternoon lethargy may actually be from a huge lunch and is not always from lack of sleep… Bummer!

These results were not completely surprising though since I had previously heard of similar experiences, but what I didn’t expect was how it affected my body for several days after the cleanse. I didn’t realize that you couldn’t just go back to eating regular food without a major stomach ache. You have to ease into it (they give guidelines), and it wasn’t until about day 4 of the post-cleanse when I could go back to regular food. So no big dinner event, etc. planned right after your cleanse unless you plan on not eating! Another result I didn’t expect was that I became a bit dehydrated even after drinking a ton of water and juice, and my skin(mostly on my face) would slough off for a few days post-cleanse. Not a big deal except this happened right before fashion week, so I went to my first event of the week with super dry and peel-y skin. Not a good look. Last but not least, I lost weight. I expected to lose some water weight, but I dropped to a number I hadn’t seen since before my first child(I have 2 kids), although I definitely do not recommend a juice cleanse solely for weight loss as it can be temporary and not a long-term solution on its own.

Not sure I would do a 3day cleanse again, but I realized that I have more willpower than I thought I did and am more motivated than ever to have a cleaner diet. Those juices were delicious!

March 11, 2015

Via Spiga - Spring 2015

Fashion-forward with high-end quality at more affordable price points, I have been a fan of Via Spiga shoes for years. And even with many of their previous and current season shoes sitting in my shoe closet right now, I'm still particularly excited about their new styles for spring 2015. These images are from their spring 2015 ad campaign featuring model Hilary Rhoda.

A hot trend, the gladiator sandal is a must-buy for spring/summer 2015. Love the Sumner flat gladiator sandal shown in the first image, but since I don't often wear completely flat shoes, love how the ones below are a modified version of the gladiator style with a heel!

A gorgeous studded wedge heel which would be perfect to take on vacation. Right?...

 Also love the military inspired look of these sandals...

Classic yet on-trend with some edgy detail, Via Spiga's shoes for spring 2015 make a standout collection.

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image source: courtesy of Via Spiga (photographer- Sharif Hamza)

March 5, 2015

What I bought, got and more...

Hi, hope you're all having a great week! I'm still trying to figure out how it's already Thursday and March. On the upside, it's almost the weekend!!... So anyway, I just wanted to share some things that have recently entered my closet that I'm kind of obsessed with right now. In fact, if you know me you've probably seen me wear some of these pieces again, and again. They are on repeat, because... I love them!!

This storage pouch for makeup brushes, pencils and accessories is a must-have if you're a beauty junkie and like to travel. By Make Up For Ever, it breaks down into 2 sides so that all your brushes, etc. are easily accessible (not lying or rolling around on the counter) while you're getting ready. I would check its dimensions though if you're considering buying it. It is a little larger than I expected it to be, but that is now why I love it even holds a lot!

Have you heard of Rocksbox? It's a monthly subscription service for designer jewelry. You fill out a style survey, and create a wish list from a "rotating closet" of jewelry. They promptly send you a set (3 pieces) based on your preferences to borrow. Kind of like Netflix for jewelry, you can borrow for as long as you like and send back for a new set as much as you want. The beauty of it is that you have the option to buy what you love at "insider" prices. I recently received an offer to try it for 3 months, and I'm hooked. If you'd like to try it for 1 month free, use my code josephinacollectionxoxo at checkout until March 27th. And share your sets, I want to see what you get! Below is a pic from my instagram (@josephinacollection) feed of my first Rocksbox set.

Love this fringe top from Candela. As a sweatshirt style top, it is cozy and casual, but also edgy and on-trend with its raw edges and fringe detail on the sleeves. Perfect look for this season and into the Fall/Winter.

This necklace from Gorjana works with almost any outfit. I bought it awhile ago and find that I'm always reaching for it, especially when I'm in a rush! As the trend toward delicate necklaces is becoming more and more popular, this one is definitely an accessory closet staple.

Always on the lookout for great denim, love these jeans from Citizens for Humanity for a great casual, weekend look. They are not overly distressed so they can be easily dressed up as well.

Simple yet bold, love to wear this belt with a minimal look. And...I have this thing for shiny, metallic accessories...

Last but not least, these gorgeous rose gold, drusy studs and gold ear jackets courtesy of Kendra Scott. A perfect combination of classic and edgy, I love how you can mix and match the studs and ear jackets! Kind of obsessed, can you tell?

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Have a great finish to your week!! xo

March 2, 2015

#NYFW Fall 2015 - Mara Hoffman

In the midst of this snowy and unusually cold winter we’re having in New York, I looked forward to see some more of Mara Hoffman’s signature colorful and vivid prints for her Fall 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. And she did not disappoint. Adding another element to her designs for Fall 2015 by incorporating a theme of Star Wars to her collection, Mara Hoffman effortlessly blended boho-chic, for which she is known, with futuristic inspiration though her fabrics and intense detailing.

Referencing Luke Skywalker with a strong palette of whites, creams, and camels; the collection was also rich in geometric prints, and textures and details like embroidery, tufted chiffon, and gold beading.

Above and below are my fave looks from the collection. Especially love the coat below. The pattern, a "textural landscape", is perhaps in reference to the landscapes of Tatooine, the planet of Luke Skywalker. Made of tufted chiffon, it interestingly resembles cool.
 A gorgeous and flattering geometric print.
Another standout piece, love how this cream colored dress is elegantly relaxed yet chic with the keyhole cutout in the front and back and the tall boots.

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