Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and soft woolen mittens…
Sorry, I couldn’t help it!!
I just watched the Sound of Music with my daughter last night and I’ve got all of the Julie Andrews’ goodness stuck in my head! Ear worm aside, there have been so many cool things that have caught my eye and stolen a piece of my heart over the past few weeks.
With winter on it’s way out and spring knocking on our door, I like to switch up my beauty routine and give my makeup an easy refresh. This month, I’ve been setting aside the smokey eyes and bold lips for a much more natural, flushed and rosy cheek.
I’ve always loved this youthful and fresh look and this season is no exception, especially with so many great blushes to choose from. My two go-to favorites are RMS BEAUTY and their all-organic, coconut oil based creme blush in DEMURE and CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in 99 ROSE PETALE. Both deliver a sheer wash of pretty pink color that wakes my face up and gives it a subtle glow from within.
I wrote about the whole RAW HEM DENIM trend a few weeks back, but I just can’t get enough! More importantly, I found a great (and affordable) pair of raw hem (more like FRINGED JEANS) at ZARA that I’ve been wearing way more often, now that it’s not painfully cold outside. That little bit of fringe detail makes even the blandest of outfits look really cool!
I’ve had my wavy lob for quite some time now and just like makeup, I like to give my hair a new look as the seasons change. A few months back I read about the return of ladylike, prep-school hair — clean, shiny, bouncy and smooth.
Instead of my usual air dry, salt spray and quick flat iron waves, this week I tested out a LARGE ROUND BOAR BRISTLE BRUSH and some MATRIX OIL WONDERS VOLUME ROSE PLUMPING MOUSSE and gave my hair a true blowout. I can’t even remember the last time I fully styled my hair!? This return to the blow drier left me with a shiny, voluminous center parted new ‘do. I’m actually on day #3 of my blowout and I keep getting compliments and people asking if I cut my hair.
As you’re probably well aware, I love leather motorcycle jackets. I own 4 myself and can’t seem to get enough. For spring, I’ve been considered adding yet another jacket to the moto collection — this time in a soft pastel.
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Ruffles + Tiers
According to the recent resurgence of GUCCI and their amazing FALL 2016 RUNWAY PRESENTATION last month, we’re about to see multi-layered skirts and dresses all over the place. I’m not complaining. Even my general minimalist aesthetic can get on board with the lush look of soft ruffles and tiers, some way more modern than you would initially think!
In fact, those pastel motorcycle jackets we just chatted about would look absolutely amazing layered over a floaty, tiered dress. You know… in case you were wondering!
I’m not quite sure how we sped through the first month of the year so fast… but hey, we’re now one month closer to spring, so I’m not complaining. Each month seems to bring with it fresh new things that capture my attention which I’m happy to now share with you!
So let’s get started…
As far as lip color goes, I’m generally a neutral loving kind of gal. I have yet to meet a nude or blush toned cream, gloss or pencil that I haven’t loved. Low maintenance is my jam and neutrals tend to lend themselves to less time applying… and RE-applying.
This past Dallas weekend may have changed my mind, though. A few months back I received a small sample (thank you,THE POWDER ROOM!) of DIEGO DALLA PALMA ROSSO ROSETTO LIP COLOR in 110 Cyclamen/The Enthusiastic and with no kids, work or urgent responsibilities holding me back, I gave it a swipe. True to it’s marketing promise, it didn’t feather, didn’t dry my lips out and stayed put until I physically wiped it off.
What did I like best about it? It wasn’t red. I love red lips, but the deep fuchsia seemed less fussy and more modern than it’s red cousin. I’m hooked.
J.Crew has been in the sunglasses game for quite some time, but never selling their own in-house brand. That is, until now… meet SAM, RYAN, BETTY, IRVING, JACK + JILL! These 6 designs cover the spectrum of sunglass styles that together create the ultimate sunglass wardrobe.
The price point, while not cheap, is in line with the quality you are getting — handmade acetate frames, UV protective lenses and an overall, really nice weight to the glasses. I’m really particular about my sunglasses when it comes to weight — too light and they feel cheap, too heavy and they give me a headache. J.Crew gets it just right.
My absolute favorite!? While it’s a tough call, I’d have to say the BETTY in grey.
One of the few bloggers that I consistently follow — Jacey Duprie of DAMSEL IN DIOR recently posted images from a trip to Park City. Gorgeous mountain scenery aside, the other best thing I noticed was her boots. Unlike any winter boots in my collection, I loved how these DANNER ‘STUMPTOWN’ BOOTS were rugged and practical, yet still didn’t make her feet look like a Yeti’s. I’d almost go out on a limb to say, I would wear these boots even if it were NOT snowing!
THIS is the bag of my dreams. A combination of modern, minimalist and classic design, the M2MALLETIER bags have secured a top spot on my handbag wish list. Known for their “needle” handles, I can’t help but drool every time I see this bag in person and in editorial shoots. Don’t even get me started on the amazing skins and colors involved…
Honestly, what I love best about this bag!? It makes a true statement without any recognizable logos or flash. It’s so strikingly simple that you can’t help but pay attention.
Good job, M2Malletier… you’ve got my full attention.
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Trader Joe’s Macarons
First came the MINI CINNAMON CHURROS, now the macarons. Are you trying to put me into a diabetic shock, Trader Joe’s?! In all seriousness, the Trader Jacques’ A DOZEN MACARONS VARIÉS are by far my favorite sweet treat… and I don’t see that status changing next month either. Oui, Oui! With an assortment of 6 flavors (fig, lemon, pistachio, coconut, salted caramel + chocolate) and stunning colors, they are almost too pretty to eat.
At only 40 calories per macaron, it’s nice to know my nightly treat is not a calorie buster. Better yet, this box of 12 cookies comes in at under $5. Good thing, I’m due for another.
As a perk of this blog and the styling work that I do, I’m constantly exposed to noteworthy products, services, people, places and trends. I thought with the new year, I would start a monthly blog series sharing my favorites with you. Kind of like a cheat sheet to the best-of-the-best of that particular month! It’s nice to see the highlights of the month documented in one place and organized by category. You know how a good list can make me all sorts of giddy…
So, let’s get started!
Wear… A warm coat. No joke here. It’s been cold, cold, cold and one coat in my closet has been my knight in shining armour. More like puffy down coat of armour. A few months back I posted about the quest for the PERFECT PUFFY COAT… well, I think I may have found it. The MARMOT HAILEY JACKET is the lightest, warmest, best-est winter outerwear I have ever owned. Coincidentally, it’s also waterproof. Holllllaaaaa!
Eat… a lot. Always. I made this fantastic BEEF BOLOGNESE last Friday night and can’t stop eating. This will sound a little funky, but add a small pinch of cinnamon to the recipe. It’s a little tweak, but it adds such a unique and flavorful “warmth” to the dish.
With a last minute babysitter in place, my husband and I recently enjoyed a rare “date afternoon” consisting of lunch and a movie. He picked the movie and I didn’t object. I can’t even tell you the last non-animated kid movie I went to! Let’s just say, it’s been a while. THE IMITATION GAME was an entertaining, historical drama focused on true WWII events involving a little known British mathematical genius and his top-secret work that ultimately led to the shortening of the war and thousands of lives spared. Expect to hear a lot more about this movie (and Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing performance) once award season gets into full swing!
Buy flowers. Sounds frivolous, but a $16 investment at COSTCO, buys me at least 10-days worth of floral happiness. Aside from NYC bodegas, Costco has the freshest and least expensive selection of flowers out there. I can make a floral run on a weekend morning and score 2-dozen roses that brighten up my family room/kitchen and add a pretty pop-of-color. I simply snip 3-5 inches of stem under cool, running water and arrange in my favorite vase.