Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Skincare Favorites Fall 2014



Hello dear readers! Long time, no post-- I know. Lot's of things have been happening. I moved back to the city. I started Graduate School. I turned 23. I survived Reporting Bootcamp unscathed. Until recently, I barely had enough time for normal social interactions, let alone blogposts, but now that I'm adjusted to the ways of Grad School, perhaps the posts will be less sporadic. I can only hope so, because I've missed it. 

Over the past few months, I've really invested myself in my skincare ritual. It is helps me gear up for the day ahead and then wind down at night. Given that I've been running myself ragged, it's a sheer miracle that my skin isn't in a horrendous state. Interestingly enough, I actually get compliments on how my skin looks. I attribute this to the above products. Below is a detailed run-through of both my AM and PM routines and brief reviews of products-- some you've seen before, some you haven't.

Morning 
1) Cleanse: Coconut Oil or Vasanti BrightenUp! Ezymatic Face Rejuvenator. This step is pretty self-explanatory. I alternate between coconut oil, which is an easy, cheap, multi-use skincare option and the Vasanti exfoliator. Because the Vasanti has exfoliating beads, I don't use it every day, but so far I like it. I especially like that it doesn't have parabens, sulfates, and is 99% natural. Does it make my skin radically brighter? Probably not, but it does the job just the same. I should mention I received this project in my birchbox, so it's a sample size, perfect for testing. 

2) Acid Tone: Pixi Glow Tonic. I've mentioned this product before, and raved about it. I still feel the same way. Last month the Pixi Beauty Website crashed, and my friend T can attest to this, I spent days, DAYS, harassing them on twitter because I was worried I would run out. I'm convinced that this is the most important part of my routine, and if I didn't use it, my skin would be a spotty mess. 

3) Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. This is yet another product that I received from Birchbox, and I AM OBSESSED. This product is billed to enhance the skin's defenses from both internal and external factors that cause aging. I use it as a serum twice a day, and while I can't attest to whether it's preventing my skin from aging, it really has made a notable difference in the texture of my skin. All around winner in my book.

4) Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème. Yet another amazing product that I received in my birchbox. I was literally scraping the bottom of this container, this stuff is that good. It's cooling, and really helps with my puffy, swollen eyes in the morning. It's also unscented, which is pretty crucial for me in an eye cream. 

5) REN Global Protection Day Cream. Full disclosure, I received this mini as a gift with purchase, but I'm so glad I did, because had I not, I would not have tried it. This cream is lovely. The scent, however, is a little... um, musky? I don't know, it just smells earthy, which typically isn't my thing. But that is not surprising because REN is famous for their all natural, no nasty ingredients approach. They claim that this cream makes your skin less sensitive over time. And while I don't buy that for a moment, this feels luxurious, doesn't break me out and keeps my skin moisturized all day. 

Evening
1) Caudalie Cleansing Water. I've been using this to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day. A lot of bloggers say that this is a dupe for the Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water. In my opinion it isn't. It's not the worst eye makeup remover I've ever used, but I do feel like it irritates my eyes. I won't be repurchasing. Different strokes, different folks. 

2) Dermalogica Precleanse Oil. Yet another gift with purchase. Yet another item I would not have purchased because it is scented, and has essential oils, which can irritate my skin. However, that hasn't been the case with this luxurious product.  A few drops goes a very, very long way, and it removes the majority of my makeup before my second cleanse. 

3) Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. I don't think I will ever be without this product. I love it that much. Simple, no fuss, leaves you cleansed but not stripped. If they ever discontinue this product, I honestly don't know what I will do. 

4) Repeat steps two, three and four from the morning. 

5) Darphin Soin D'Arôme au Jasmin. I found this old sample in my makeup bag and I decided to give it a whirl. The scent is exactly that of sleep. And I don't look like an oil slick after I put it on. I can't say it has changed my life, but the aromatherapy benefits definitely make this product enjoyable. Plus, it's Darphin. Lush. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vintage Green




We all carry history with us. Perhaps this is why I have always felt such a strong connection to vintage items-- imagining the lives of those who owned them before me. I love the idea of carrying those stories with me as I live mine, so to speak. In that I find deep comfort. So, when a very lovely friend of mine (Hi Jess!), approached me a few months back (as evidenced by my translucent complexion) about showcasing a few pieces from the amazing vintage jewelry line that she works for, of course I jumped at the chance.

Vintage Green was quite literally born of an inherited passion and skill-set. Georgia native, Edith Anne Hunt, repurposes vintage and antique pieces into fresh unique designs, that effortlessly bring glamour and polish, without seeming dated.  That unique fusion of both modern wearability, yet timeless beauty, for me at least, speaks to our ability to punctuate our own stories with unique treasures, without forgetting the beauty of the past.

Take a peek at their newly launched website, http://vintagegreenjewelry.com, I think everyone will find something that strikes their fancy. I seldom wear my tassel necklace without receiving scores upon scores of compliments! Congratulations to Edith Anne and Jessica on the launch of this new venture, I'm wishing you oodles of infinite success and joy!xx

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Daisy


Skirt: Zara. Top: Zara. Sweater: Helmut Lang. Shoes: Keds. Bracelet: Prada. Watch: Hermes. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Treat Yourself


By now it should be very, very clear that I enjoy a good spa night, on a very regular basis. The above products are some that I consistently reach for, yielding results, relaxation, and dare I say, really, lovely skin.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (available here)
Rule number one of spa night (or any night really) is that a good pamper starts with a good cleanse. And by that I mean a double cleanse. The first to get rid of my makeup, the second to get rid of any dirt, grime, nastiness that remains from the day. I really love this cleanser, which is very evident because I'm already onto my second container. It's incredibly gentle, yet incredibly effective. I'd recommend it a million times over to anyone who asked.

Pixi Glow Tonic (available here)
I am obsessed with this product. I've been using it twice a day for the better part of two months to exfoliate after I cleanse, and I can honestly say, I don't know how I went without it. I can say with 100% certainty that I will keep it in my rotation for as long as they continue to produce it. Seriously, the ladies at Pixi are genius. And they know how to make a seriously effective product. It has simple ingredients, but reallly has made a visible improvement to my skin's appearance. The days of clear, glowing skin, with even tone, are here to stay, and I owe it all to this product. Magic, pure and simple.

Glam Glow Skin Clearing Supermud (available here)
The best way to describe my feelings about this product is ambivalence. On the one hand, this mud mask does seem to help clear my skin if thing are looking a little spotty. But, I say that with a bit of trepidation, because I have never used a similar mask, so I have no basis for comparison. This really wouldn't be an issue, given that I do feel the mask is effective, but my biggest bone to pick is that I feel cheated on the amount of product received. At $69 a pop, I would assume that the weight of the tub comes from the product itself, but the packaging is bulky and deceptively cheats you. I can't say for sure if I will be coming back for more.

Glam Glow Hydramud ( available here)
Unlike its skin clearing counterpart, I am head over heels in love with this product. You get more product for your money and a little goes a very long way. And the scent? It's refreshing but not synthetic and if you leave it on overnight you wake up with the most luxuriously soft skin. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Darphin Organic Chamomile Aromatic Oil (available here)
When it isn't a mask kind of evening, I've been using this as my nightly moisturizer. It soothes any redness that I might have in my skin, but also absorbs well. No greasiness to be found. Not to mention, it has a very gentle and soothing scent which helps me de-stress and lulls me to sleep.

California Baby Skin Protectant Cream (available here)
This body moisturizer is new to my collection, but I am already obsessed. It is super duper effective, smells like lavender and calendula, which makes it super-duper spa quality, but has none of the nasty ingredients hidden in mainstream bodycare products.

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Body Butter (available here)
I love figs. It's not a secret. So this purchase is probably expected, but it certainly didn't meet my high expectations.. It's nice and feels luxurious, but very heavily scented, so I often feel I need to take breaks from wearing it. Sometimes too much perfume can be a bad thing. I'll probably use up this tube, but the chances of me going back for seconds are pretty slim.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lilacism



Chambray: J.Crew. Skirt: Zara. Shoes: Superga. Sunglasses Karen Walker. Necklace: Wear It Don't Bear It. Watch: Hermes. Bracelet: Prada. Lippie: Laura Mercier Lip Glacé 'Rose'.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Color Therapy



As I've mentioned before, now that we are (finally) making the transition into spring, I'm also making the transition into a brighter color scheme, particularly with my lipstick. I've added a number of items to my ever-expanding collection and they are pictured above. These goodies will provide me the much needed lift to my face after a very harsh and draining winter. No peakiness here.. at least I hope. My thoughts on these cosmetic rays of sunshine are below. 
Top to Bottom: Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in As you want Victoria. Chanel Rouge Allure Incandescente. Chanel Rouge Allure Seduisante. 

Revlon Lip Butter Juicy Papaya (available here)
Don't let the inexpensive packaging fool you, as this is one of my most reached for products. I keep it in a heavy toration in my makeup bag. I grab for this when I want a glossy wash of peachy-pink goodness. It is as delicious as its name suggests and it wears beautifully. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in As You Want Victoria (available here)
A true fuschia lipstick, this is a fun, bright alternative to your typical red lipstick. Much like the other lipsticks in the 'moisture renew' range, this one is super duper comfortable to wear, and it doesn't smell offensively sweet like those in the 'Kate Moss Lasting Finish' line. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Incandescente (available here
This purchase as well as the one that follows has the fabulous Lisa Eldridge to blame. Famed makeup artist to the stars, she posted a set of looks on her blog that she did for Keira Knightley during a press junket. Queue panic and a mad dash to the Saks beauty department. Orange lips are going to be huge this season, and this lippie falls right into that category. It is a gorgeous tomato red, that is fiery and oh-so bright. A very unique color that is harder to come by in drugstore ranges. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this treat very regularly. Oh and the packaging? As luxe as you would have to expect from a prestige brand like Chanel. I look pulling it out of my makeup bag, because it makes me feel like a movie star. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Seduisante (available here)
Yet another purchase that can be blamed on the genius Edlridge-Knightley team. This pink is unlike anything I have in my collection. It's a true pink that pulls on the warm side-- which makes it fun and kick brighter than my natural lip color without being boldly in your face bright. Safe to say I'm hooked. 

Left: Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Utopia. Right: Chanel Illusion D'ombre in New Moon. 


Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Utopia (available here)
Let's preface this by saying that I'm obsessed with the illusion d'ombre formulation. It's super silky and easy to blend, and you can wear it in a sheer wash, or in a super packed on pigmented punch of color. this shade is a warm, pinky lavender, which I have been wearing daily as a sheer wash on my lids. The sophisticated warmth of the shade prevents it from looking tacky, and it wakes up my face, and the color just makes me smile. Definitely a unique color, and worth the purchase if you are looking to experiment. 


Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon (available here)
Full disclosure, I bought this shadow because it is an Eldridge favorite, but don't let that dissuade you-- it is MAGIC.  It is a reddy-mink-champagne-bronze. That's not a real color, you say? False. This beauty can add some subtle definition, or can be kicked up a notch to the most gorgeous wash of color, with the most sophisticated kind of shimmer. It is truly unlike anything else I own, and every time I wear it I feel like a million bucks, which is pretty  much justification for this purchase in itself.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pretty in Pastel





Jeans: Rich and Skinny. Sweater: Inherited. Blouse: Theory. Coat: Zara. Shoes: Juicy Couture. Necklace: Wear it Don't Bear It. Lips: Make 'Taffy'. Eyes: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 'Utopia'. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Think Pink







Sometimes I wonder if the fashion mafia plans out our winters so that Spring/Summer trends will seem all that much more appealing. After what has been a terribly dreary, drab and just plain miserable, winter, we are being thrown a proverbial bone with some color-therapy prozac. As if inspired by the quirky dream-scape of the Grand Budapest Hotel, or the decadent desserts of Marie Antoinette, this spring we are being served colorful confections. Everywhere you look, cotton candy pink, mint candy apple, all ushering a more saccharine world upon which we can feast our eyes. 
If you can't see yourself purchasing clothing that is so heavily influenced by the trends, you can however, participate by including the brighter color scheme into your makeup routine, with a pastel polish or a lipstick. Much like the number from the Audrey Hepburn classic, Funny Face, the fashion and beauty industries, most certainly want us to "Think Pink". Here are some of my most reached for pinks of late:

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in Isadore- I first bought this gem 7 years ago, and it has been since reformulated. Let me just say, if I liked it before, I love it now. The packaging is much more aesthetically pleasing than before, and it has a stronger lasting power than your typical cream blush. The late Aucoin was a genius and a game changer, and his products set the standard in the industry-- this blush is no exception. It gives the most lovely youthful glow, and it is just beautiful on the skin, blending very seamlessly into a subtle flush, that makes you look bright, wide-eyed and awake. Perfect if you are feeling tired and blah-- which is all of us these days. 

Surratt Lipslique in PomPon-- This item in particular is exciting to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a very rare moment that I stumble across a brand that I have never heard of, let alone, one that was founded by a protege of the famed Kevyn Aucoin. Jason Surratt recently launched a line that is exclusively available at Barneys, and let me tell you-- it does not disappoint. First things first, this pink is a more cool-toned shade, and one that I wouldn't ordinarily reach for. That said, I love it. Think 1960's gamine, or Audrey in How to Steal A Million. Very mod, while not in the slightest bit dated or cheesy. Down to the nitty gritty: the packaging is sleek and sexy, and the actual product is hydrating. Not to mention, the click dispense system virtually eliminates the risk of smooshing your lipstick (Yuck). This product is actually heaven, with its smooth consistency, light to medium opacity and is just an all around comfortable, easy swipe-and-go. I am defintely looking foward to testing other products in the range after this happy surprise. 

Make Lipstick in Taffy--  I received this lipstick  as a "gift with purchase" but that hasn't overly influenced my opinion. To be frank, I was a bit let down over this product. I had such high hopes. A lovely neutral pink, natural and subtle. Perfect for every day use. The formulation however, leaves something to be desired. It's gritty and drying. Save your money, splurge on the Surratt Lipslique, it's more worth your while. 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Awakening




Coat: TopShop. Sweater: Autumn Cashmere. Pants: Citizens of Humanity. Shoes: Superga. Bag: Saint Laurent. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Watch: Hermes.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vacation Beauty Bag





I recently went to Mexico, and these were the essentials I brought with me in my beauty grab-bag!

(1) Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: My new favorite and most essential beauty item, this warm, rose-tone infused palette makes you glow and can be used to create a wide array of versatile looks, with rich, buttery shadows. 

(2) Chanel Blush in Malice: This blush smells heavenly, and it's not often that you say that about your blusher. That's just the tip of the iceberg, since the formulation is also heavenly and it applies like a dream. I find that when I am tan, this blush enhances my skin tone giving the natural, slight redness of the cheeks that comes along with a sun-kissed glow. 

(3) Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence: I love this formulation because it is equal parts rich and pigmented, and packs a serious shine that can't be imitated. It just completely puts the legendary, cult-status glossimers to shame. Silky, yet long wearing, and not the slightest bit sticky. And the packaging? Pure luxury. You really do get what you pay for in this instance. This color in particular is a warm, coral-y pink that is brightening, yet still neutral and flattering. Perfect go-to gloss for the warmer months. 

(4) Revlon Lipstick in Siren: If you are going to lug lipstick on vacation with you, it must be bright. That's the unwritten rule of tropical traveling. Orange lipstick is going to he HUGE this spring and summer, but I was feeling too trend shy to splash out on an orange lipstick from a prestige brand. Turns out, there was no need for me to do so... Siren is bright, beautifully pigmented and hydrating. My new go-to bright lipstick. 

(5) L'Oreal Liquid to Powder Foundation: Ah the beauty of cascading. This beauty industry term refers to the process in which product formulations are released by prestige brands, and then eventually trickle down into staggered releases amongst the mass market brands. In the case of this product, I had read that it was a dupe for the Armani Skin Maestro  foundation, which I have never tested, and never plan to because this product is AMAZING. I don't often rave about foundation but this product truly deserves it. Scentless and virtually undetectable to the eye, it evens your skin-tone and perfects, but it looks like skin, not like a mask. Like you woke up with flawless skin. Super natural, and a totally fuss free product. That'll teach me to judge a book by its cover... 

(6) Oribe Surf and Wave Spray: I love Oribe and I love that they make travel size offerings.. perfect excuse to make an "I just want to test this" purchase. While I have wavy hair, and this product wasn't overwhelmingly amazing when it came to beachy texture, it does define and create some waves when you spray it on wet/damp hair. It smells yummy and it creates very little crunchiness. The real beauty of this product however, is that it virtually eliminated the frizziness that plagues me and defeated the matte beach hair look that is hard to pull off, unless of course, you are Jared Leto.  I'd say if you like a beachy, mussed up, textured hairstyle, but frizz is your nemesis, like me, you should buy it. As a bonus, it has the most amazing mist upon application. The mechanics of the bottle are simply one of a kind. But I'm probably the only person you know who would use that as a justifiable reason for making a purchase. 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Sacred Truth



At this stage in the game, it's a pretty safe assumption that I am a weapon of massive consumption when it comes to cosmetics. So, a few weeks ago when I walked past Lush, I couldn't fight the compulsion to go in an just take a sneaky peak at a little something as a pick-me-up for the seemingly endless winter we are having. Of course, I couldn't leave without purchasing something, and I decided on one of their fresh, hand made masks. They come in tiny little tubs, with just enough for around 8 uses and they expire in about two weeks time. Perfect for a spa night with your girlfriends (especially given the very reasonable, under $10 price tag), not so much for the ever so occasional pamper night solo. Packed with wonderful ingredients that hydrate (honey and coconut oil) as well as brighten (green tea and papaya), there are also a number of essential oils listed as ingredients, which I have mixed feelings about. Not to mention this mask smells very, very verdant. Pungently verdant. Think grass, which, truth be told, is not my ideal choice where fragrances are concerned. But alas, I digress. Slather some on and it dries in less than 10 minutes time, and then you rinse. It doesn't make a drastic difference, but the papaya has enzymes which does help to exfoliate, revealing more even and toned skin. Does it blow my Glam Glow Exfoliating Mud out of the water? No way. But, all things considered, it is a nice treatment that doesn't require a huge investment, so, if you are looking to just unwind via a nice relaxing ritual it might be a good bet for you. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Top Shelf Staples



The adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies to a number of different elements of life, but is particularly applicable to my skincare routine.  I tend to flout this timeless advice and always end up returning to the above stables, tail between my legs. No matter how many times I have strayed, I always return to these all-stars. 

(1) La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense- This moisturizer is part of my daily routine and I doubt that I will ever go without it. I alternate between the "Riche" formulation in the winter, as it is heavier duty, while the "Legère" formulation is perfect for the warmer months. The key to this perfect potion, aside from the classically french touches of minimal fragrance etc, is hyaluronic acid, while contrary to the scary implications of the name, is actually a moisture binding molecule. Naturally occurring in the body, like many other elements, we produce less and less of it as we age, which contributes to dehydration and aching joints. Its presence in skincare, makes a tangible difference in the condition of your skin--almost overnight. Plumped and hydrated skin, just like magic. It's also very moderately priced, paraben free, and is available at Duane Reade and CVS. 

(2) LRP Hydraphase Yeux- From the same product line centered around hydrating your epidermis, but formulated just for your eye area. Hyalurnoic acid keeps the area conditioned and prevents the formation of dehydration lines, while ingredients like caffeine de-puff any bags or swollen lids. This is particularly helpful for me because I tend to wake up with puffiness akin to that of Walter Mathau. 

(3) Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm- Truly my favorite cleanser of all time, I found this through esteemed skincare blogger Caroline Hirons. Her tone is slightly didactic, but if you follow her advice, you're skin will change. Scent free and somewhat lardy looking, the balm, which is made of non-irritating, and very minimal ingredients mind you, melts into an oil when you massage it onto your skin, literally taking the day off with it when you rinse it away. It is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin and makes a soothing ritual out of washing one's face. At this point, I can say that I have pretty much committed myself to daily use of this product for the rest of my life, which is convenient because it has taken me months to make a dent in this sizable tub. 

(4) Darphin Intral Serum- I picked this up during a summer sojourn in Paris. While I don't consistently use this, when I do, it noticeable soothes sensitivity, redness and irritation. 

(5) Hydraphase Intense Mask- This is my moisturizer on steroids. I regularly use this on my pamper nights during the winter and my face literally drinks it up overnight. Left with conditioned and comfy skin every single time. Sadly, this bad boy is not readily available in the United States, so I have been forced to turn to other alternatives. I have sought solace in the arms of the GlamGlow Hydramud mask,  and my thoughts will no doubt be formulated shortly. GlamGlow, as it happens, makes amazing masks-- very pricey but great for special events when you want your skin to look its best. 

(6) La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen- This is a step that in all honesty I tend to slack off on during the winter. But, it is really quite important to use SPF daily, even during colder months, for both anti-aging and multiple health reasons. Must be better about this step. I am haunted daily by visions of my quickly fleeting youth. But, when I do use  SPF, this is the one, it has a high protection factor, but retains a lovely texture, and doesn't cause me to break out. Nothing exciting, but you'll probably thank yourself in 20 years when your face isn't withered and leathery.

(7) La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo- By now you are probably wondering if this post has been sponsored by LRP. It's not. They just so happen to make fabulous products at an affordable price point and they don't irritate my sensitive skin! This item is single handedly the most effective anti-blemish treatment I have ever used. Even prescription treatments haven't been able to hold a candle to this miracle in a tube. It makes spots and aberrations shrivel up and disappear. I tell everyone who asks that they should buy it. Rumor has it, or rather press release does, that they are upping the ante and recently released a reformulated version that also prevents scarring and pigmentation, post pimple annihilation. Sign. Me. Up. 


And there you have it. If I have accomplished nothing, I have at the very least proven that, yes, the rumors are true, I am very much a high maintenance girl. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

LVP









{Look One // Bandeau Bikini: Marysia. Cover-up: Boo Gemes. Flips: Bernardo. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Look Two // Dress: Zara. Shoes: LK Bennett. Lippie: Revlon Siren. Look Three // Bandeau Marysia Antibes. Skirt: J.Crew. Sunnies: Ray Ban.}

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Waldorf




Chambray: J. Crew. Sweater: J.Crew. Skirt: ASOS. Tights: Wolford Velvet Opaque. Boots: Stuart Weitzman 50/50. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Edie



Vest: Macy's. Sweater: Vince. Dress: Rachel Pally. Tights: DKNY Super Opaque. Boots: 50/50 Stuart Weitzman. Sunglasses: Oliver Goldsmith. Hat: Catarzi vis ASOS. Nails: Butter London Pearly Queen. Bijoux: David Yurman, Ippolita. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Penultimate Lip Care

Penultimate Lip Care

Penultimate Lip Care by rcadamiyatt featuring lip care


I am what you might call a lip product philanderer. The bottoms of my handbags are quite literally littered with scorned and dejected lip balms, which I have replaced with whatever shiny new product that has become the object of my affection. You name it, I've probably tried it. However, my longtime love, in terms of lip treatments, is my tried and true Nuxe Rêve de Miel. Living up to its name, its a dream come true. We first crossed paths while I was summering in Provence at the age of 9, and was suffering from a particularly grotesque case of chapping-- I will spare you an image, I had just entered into the awkward phase of my adolesence... Need I say more? Anywho, a decade later, fate brought this magical treatment back into my life. It has the perfect consistency, it's cushiony and delicious, but not shiny. Slap some on before bed and your pout will be perfectly conditioned come the time you slam on the "snooze" button the next morning. And while this is my "holy grail" bedside staple, it is too clunky to be a practical when on the go, not to mention it comes in a tub which means you have to stick your finger in it... ick, not the slightest bit hygienic. Enter the apple of my wandering eye (chuckle chuckle)... Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer. I stumbled upon this quite accidentally, first when a lovely friend of mine brought it back from a transcontinental flight, and then a few days later when I found a mini lying around the sample drawer at home. Love at first swipe. Unlike its comparable alternative offered by Kiehls, this balm has weight, and doesn't just evaporate off of the lips. It actually lasts, and can be layered for a more glossy affect-- yet it isn't gloopy either. But what really has me singing its praises is the fact that it keeps my lips feeling content when I'm out and about, and I don't have to incessantly reapply without making any real improvements in the comfort of my kisser. Is this self-professed lip product tarte on the way to monogamy? Within reason, of course,  I will never give up my Nuxe. Only time will tell...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rêveries Nocturnes




Sleepshirt and PJ set: J.Crew.




I have to say upfront that this post was inspired by not one, but two Audrey Hepburn films, and arguably her most famous ones, Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. In her first major motion picture, Audrey captured the hearts of her viewers as the endearing Princess Anne, a young woman who wants nothing more than to experience life as a normal woman, and wear pajamas. I have mentioned it before, but I love a good pair of jammies. Arguably, my favorite time of day is when I get to put on a pair of comfy pj's and veg out before I turn in for the evening at around 9:45. I was born a geriatric patient-- it's not my fault. Anyways, all Princess Anne wants is to be able to wear a pair of pajamas, which she eventually gets to do, in one of the most iconic "meet-cutes" in motion picture history (at least in my opinion). It should come as no shock then, that I adore sleepwear, because Audrey set the standard. There's just something about a nice pair of matching pj's-- it just does it for me. I recently purchased this crisp pair of robin's egg blue cotton jammies from J. Crew (currently on sale, I believe)-- they will be perfect for my upcoming vacation and the warmer months which I am willing closer day by day. Audrey also went on to set another sleepwear standard, raising the bar for all of us ladies as the lovably lost Holly Golightly. She meets her romantic interest while wearing a white sleepshirt, inspiring the envy of many a lady, who could only hope to look as amazing when she is awoken from a deep slumber after a late night out, to meet her love interest. Hollywood may have set some unreasonable standards for women, but the practice of looking put together when heading off to sleep just calls back to a more classic time. Perhaps I'm buying into a cinematic myth, but  I love my new additions to my after-hours wardrobe. After-all, I may be indulging in a film-culture fantasy, but you're never too old to dream, so why should you look like a slob while doing so?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Prima





Tank: Eberjey. Skirt: The Reformation. Sweater: Vince. Boots: Michael Kors. Tights: DKNY Super-Opaque. Hat: Catarzi via ASOS. Watch: Hermes. Earrings: Gorjana. Necklaces: Heirloom. Lipgloss: Secret Agent Beauty-- Foreign Intelligence Flirt.