1/17/17

Wrap Coat


I have been eyeing this wrap coat for at least 2 winters now, though I wasn't sure I would like the shape on me once I wore it. How wrong I was! As soon as it arrived earlier this fall, I put it on and immediately felt so fabulous in it. LOL The wrap and draping were perfect, the tie at the waist hit me at the right height and the neck was much easier to maneuver than I anticipated. When the hood is completely draped around the shoulders, it can be difficult to lift my arms so I tend to leave it scrunched up around my neck. I have tried wearing a scarf with it, but find that it's too much fabric with the draping. However, when I am feeling cold, I will pull the coat around a bit farther so it closes tighter to my neck and it does a fantastic job of keeping me warm! I'm so glad I finally splurged on the coat because I have already worn it quite a lot this winter. Some of the reviews say to size up, but I went with my normal size of XS. 

Stan and I are finally back home from our California trip so I will be working on a full recap of our time in both Palm Springs and Los Angeles very soon! While I will miss the sunshine and warm weather (warmer compared to our 30 degrees -ugh), I am thrilled to be home. There is no better feeling than sleeping in my own bed. 

Coat - T Tahari | Turtleneck - Club Monaco | Jeans - Topshop | Bag - Saint Laurent | Boots - Stuart Weitzman | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney

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1/16/17

#thatpinkdoor in Palm Springs + 20 Dress Options for a Warm Weather Vacation

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new place is drive around looking at the homes in the area, admiring different architecture styles that are representative of the area and culture. Palm Springs is by far one of THE best places to do this because the homes are so distinct and unique to the city. Of course, I had to seek out the famous pink door that I have seen all over Instagram (it even has its own hashtag #thatpinkdoor), which surprisingly was very easy to find (just google the address - yeah, it's that easy). In fact, while we were walking around the neighborhood, we ran into the next door neighborhood of the pink door home and she told us that the nephew of the owners put the home on YouTube to bring some attention to it (without the owners knowing) and it became a viral sensation. While the home is beautiful in person, there are so many other homes in the same neighborhood with just as much if not more character. The light colors, symmetrical designs, tropical plants and trees mixed with the mountains in the background make for a scene that seems straight out of a movie. 

One of my favorite items to wear on warm weather trips are dresses because they are much easier to style - and pack for that matter. I usually just throw on a hat, fun shoes and a cute bag with a dress, or keep it even simpler with just a bold lip and sandals to complete the look. While I tend to shop many different sites regularly, Revolve is one of my favorites for vacation looks (remember this post, this post and this post - all from  Revolve!). I rounded up 20 other dresses from the site in the widget below that would be perfect for a warm weather getaway! And no, this isn't sponsored, I just really adore their site and love sharing my favorite recommendations with all of you. ;)

Anyone have any vacations coming up?! I would love to hear where you are going!

Dress - Avery | Shoes - Aquazzura | Hat - Hat Attack | Sunglasses - Illesteva | Bag - Chloe

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1/15/17

The Most Flattering and Slimming Faux Leather Leggings

While I love wearing leggings, I don't always love the way my legs look in them. I have short, muscular legs that look less than ideal when wearing certain styles of leggings. I love my traditional Spanx (this is the pair I wear) that I wear under slim fitting dresses and pants, but have never branched out to try any of their other clothing items. I had read reviews on the faux leather leggings and how they were the most flattering and slimming ones out there. So I ordered a pair to see if the hype was real. I prefer to go up a size in my leggings so I purchased a M, and from the first moment that I put them on I was amazed what they did to my legs. It instantly pulls everything in, slims the hips and thighs and has a super high waist that makes them very comfortable to wear. And as I have heard it described by other people, there is no issue with "leggings crotch" with these. Ugh. That's another reason why I stay away from many brands is because they are so unflattering in that area. This is NOT the case with this pair and while I still won't wear leggings with a shirt that doesn't cover my bum, I certainly could. If you have not yet snagged yourself a pair of these leggings, I would highly recommend trying them! 

Jacket - Cynthia Vincent (old but similar here and here) | Sweater - Club Monaco | Leggings - Spanx (also available here) | Boots - Stuart Weitzman | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney

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1/14/17

My Updated Face Mask Collection

 Here is a look at my updated mask collection! Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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Emma Hardie Mask (not available anymore)

1/13/17

The Off-the-Shoulder Top You Need for Spring

I'll be taking a break from my regularly scheduled winter outfit posts because Stan and I are currently in Palm Springs for the week! *insert hands up emoji* As soon as we landed, the sun was shining and we both couldn't wait to get outside and explore. After leaving snow and 20 degree temps, we were itching to spend as much time as possible outside. This particular post was shot in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood right near the Palm Springs Design District and the homes were so beautiful and colorful. I'll be sharing what we did, where we stayed, etc early next week, but for now I wanted to put up this outfit post because I couldn't wait to wear this off the shoulder top! I had seen it on the J.Crew site in December but it sold out during the holiday sales, and I was so bummed. However, right before I left for Palm Springs, I checked the site again and it was restocked in all sizes! I love an off-the-shoulder style, but I don't see too many with long sleeves which makes it a great transition piece. This white denim skirt is another J.Crew find from earlier this year, but I cut off 2-3 inches and love the shorter look a bit better than the original knee length. Finally, these lace-up sandals were a must have for this trip because the block heel makes them so comfortable to walk in. I also love that they are mix between a sandal and a bootie which makes them suitable for other seasons than just summer. I'm dreading our trip back to the cold weather, but we still have a few more days out here so I will be soaking up every bit of sunshine and warm weather that I can! 

Top - J.Crew | Skirt - J.Crew (on major sale!) | Sandals - Loeffler Randall (on sale!) | Bag - Sophie Hulme (color no longer available but similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Illesteva | Nails - Essie Coconut Cove

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1/12/17

Review: Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powders

I am a HUGE fan of Laura Mercier complexion products (this foundation is a holy grail formula for me and this powder is one that I will never be without), so I was ecstatic to try these new Candleglow Perfecting powders. The Candleglow foundation was actually a tad too shiny for my combo skin, but these powders were an instant hit for me. To date, I have never found a powder that rivals my trusted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I typically like to use that powder to give my cheeks a natural glow and radiance, without adding too much color. However, my Hourglass powders have met their match with these new ones from Laura Mercier.
There are various shades suitable for different skin tones, though I find that I can use multiple shades for different purposes. Shade 1 is the perfect finishing powder for my cheeks and face. It helps to blur imperfections, give my skin a natural glow while never making it shiny. Shade 2 is one that I use before my blush or bronzer to give my cheeks a bit of warmth. The texture of each powder is smooth and finely milled which allows it to glide effortlessly onto the skin. The other shade I was sent to test was Shade 4, which I was afraid would be too dark but surprisingly worked as the most beautiful bronzer for my coloring.
I have all three swatched above, with Shade 1 being at the far left, followed by Shade 2 and then Shade 4. They all have a warm undertone but fall in the middle between being slightly yellow and slightly orange, which I find is perfect to add warmth and radiance to my skin without looking unnatural. I never thought I would see the day when something would rival (and on some days replace) my Hourglass powders, but these have impressed me greatly. Whether you are looking for a pressed powder to set your makeup without making it look too matte or you want to add a bit of warmth to your cheeks and face, these powders are so versatile and would work to create many different effects.
*pr samples included

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1/11/17

A Workout Outfit You Can Wear Outside the Gym

While my athletic prowess has been quite lacking these past few years (due to multiple spine surgeries, blah), I'm excited to finally be at a place again where I can begin to workout without being in intense pain. Growing up I was a competitive figure skater so my workout clothes were more sport specific - often with sequins and lace which made them even better. However, skater skirts and leotards are not the look I'm going for anymore (though they were fun at the time), and I've begun building up a workout wardrobe that also serves other purposes. I think it is great to have pieces dedicated just to sweating it out in the gym or a class (currently I'm loving barre), but I also like not having to go home and change right after in order to meet a friend for lunch or run errands. I love this long tunic style tee from the GAP because it's long enough to cover my bum, but has amazing stretch which makes it ideal for working out. I enjoy wearing leggings, but these from BCBG mix a legging and a pant so I have worn them to almost every occasion you can imagine. Workout classes, date night, sightseeing - they fit the bill for everything. And the puffer coat is necessary because it's freezing, but it still has a great shape and fit so it adds to the outfit rather than being an afterthought. Sneakers are not necessary for many of the classes I currently take, but these are some of the chicest ones I've seen so I love wearing them with so many casual outfits.

I'm looking for other workout wear suggestions or brands that you enjoy being active in. Leave me a comment below with your recommendations!

Coat - SAM (more colors available here) | Shirt - GAP | Leggings - BCBG | Sneakers - APL | Hat - Club Monaco (similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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1/10/17

Review: Dior Airflash, Sisley Phyto Teint Eclat and Decorte Soft Creme Foundation

Foundation reviews are one of my favorite videos to film. Here is my latest! Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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