Thursday, September 18, 2014

Breaking News!!!!!!

By Terry’s baume de rose ultra luxe lip balm is now available in 6 gorgeous tints.  When you see the colour in the jar, you will think it’s too much pigment and going to be far too dark but, I promise you – tis not!!!

I ended up buying the last tint I tried on which is called “fig fiction” – it looks like a vampy purple that will be way too dark at first glance but on lips it’s natural plum perfection.  I’ve actually forgotten how fabulous this balm really is… the hint of rose scent and the super moisturizing properties truly make it one of kind.  I was also pleasantly surprised at how long this balm lasted – in some ways it’s like a moisturizer and lip tint in one.  Yay!  News of this made my day.  Pick up yours at Private Edition.  I took some fun selfies in the morning light while sitting in traffic this morning so you could see how natural and sheer the balm looks.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cali Cool

I was so lucky to have my BFF fly in from sunny LA last weekend to keep me & my son (her god son) company while my hubby was across the world on business.  We had a fabulous visit & I found myself multiple times over the weekend admiring her CA easy breezy style.  She managed to look super comfy yet super pulled together at all times.  Cheers, Poodle!!
I noticed this especially at Sunday brunch after a night of eating and drinking way too much when I found myself in too tight of a tank top and a schleppy pair of jeans with holes in the knees and ratty converse.  My cool companion was in an oversize linen blend button down, skinny ankle jeans and pretty flat sandals.  Was she fidgeting with her shirt bc we were bloated and hungover… absolutely not!  After she left Sunday night & my Mom asked me if I couldn't afford new jeans,  I realized I was lacking a few polished everyday items from my closet.  They are a) skinny jeans in a clean dark wash free of holes or distress - slim but comfortable enough for day or night b) an oversize cotton/linen blend blouse c) a linen blend oversize sweater.  I’m a lover of button ups but I usually gravitate towards more rugged alternative styles (Rails) that can definitely read a little grungy.  The Frank & Eileen button downs that I adore and have also blogged about are fitted and are super chic with jeans and heals but they’re also low cut in the front and pretty crisp. 
So, my debit card took a hit this week but I grabbed a few (all on sale) items to perfect & round out my carefully curated Fall wardrobe:

I ended up with J. Brand 811 skinny jeans in the "pure" wash, a couple Nili Lotan blouses, a cashmere/cotton blend tee from Billy Reid, and a loose sweater from 360 aka skull cashmere.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Private Eyes -- I'm watching you

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PS Kristin Stewart’s eye makeup is a constant source of inspiration for me.  I had the pleasure of working with one of her Armani makeup artists once but sadly do not have photos of the end result.  I’m still perfecting this look but getting a pretty damn accurate end result on a good day. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Charlote Tilbury

It’s a shame that I literally just restocked my La Mer (which I use as a night cream) because I have been curious about Charlotte Tilbury’s “magic cream” for years!  I was thrilled to see Tilbury’s line has finally made an appearance stateside & when I saw Net-a-porter had free next day shipping earlier this week, I couldn’t resist snapping up a few goodies. 

As you all know I love a good nude (read nearly colorless) gloss!  Plus, I was totally enticed by the “lasting lip lacquer” claim.  Obviously, this gloss does not wear for the six hours it claims… but, it did stay put & glossy for a solid hour which is a major achievement in the gloss world!  I got Hall of Fame and High Society.  Hall of Fame is literally clear but adds shine and polish, which I love.  The gloss is non sticky and non-drying.

I’m constantly on a quest for the perfect black pencil to create the ultimate “I woke up like this” rocker, smudgy, eye… I think I’ve mastered the look every so often but I haven’t and thus, I keep trying… I snapped up this black eye pencil (I mean, it is called “rock n kohl”) & an accompanying smudgy shadow pencil.  I love how Tilbury’s descriptions tell you which shadow pencil will look best with your eye color.  I love the kohl eye pencil – it’s so easy to apply and really get all the pigment in bw the lashes for a nice dark lash line.  The champagne shadow pencil adds the prettiest hint of sparkle and looks perfect smudged against the black line from the pencil.   I’m definitely that much closer to my inspired look…. XO

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mad for Plaid, Etc.

I can’t stop buying plaid shirts.  I cannot wait to wear them for Fall with my favorite jeans and booties.  How cute would it be to pair a plaid button down with a leather pencil skirt?  My favorite plaid shirts are from Rails.  I like wearing them open with a simple tank underneath and/or statement necklaces or, just buttoned and half tucked with a great pair of heels.  See my shameless selfie below & a couple outfit inspiration pics from Pinterest. 


I also can’t stop buying jeans – what else is new?  Jeans are truly my weakness but, a perfect pair can bring so much happiness and simplify dressing more so than any other item in my closet.

I’m totally in love with the new premium vintage collection from Citizens of Humanity.  I have never really loved a pair of boyfriend-ish jeans until this pair came into my life.  I’ll admit a dropped crotch is not for everyone and there are limits to which shoes you can wear with these guys but, when styled right, they are ultra-comfy, flattering and fun - perfection.  You must take one size down from usual -- possibly 2 depending on the look you're going for.  The bourbon wash = my favorite denim wash ever.  You can wear these as higher waist jeans (thus eliminating the drop crotch effect) and they look similar to a pair of vintage 501s, button fly and all.  Or you can wear them low and slouchy emphasizing the drop crotch and giving you a slightly androgynous look depending on what top and shoes you pair them with. 

Testing out some new self- tanners after not one but two disasters with my old faithful, Jergens.  Stay tuned!  Hope you all have a safe & happy holiday weekend.  XO


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Catch Up

Touching Base…


A)     Bobbi Brown’s “full coverage face brush” allows me to contour at a seriously celebrity style level.  My cheekbones have NEVER looked so good. 

B)      Byredo’s Gypsy Water is AMAZE and has become my signature scent.  I am dying to try Byredo’s “Black Saffron” too.  Gypsy water is musky and mysterious but at the same time fresh, light, and clean.  How is that even possible?  Fragrance wizards, I guess.

C)      Tom Ford is churning out some bad ass, unisex, universally flattering slightly retro style sunnies that I’m dying over.  I picked the tortoise frames aka "dark Havana" and I love how I’m now seeing life through rose colored lenses – literally. 

D)     I am loving the long nail trend; I’m one of those lucky people that has pretty nails as far as shape, nail bed, color and health so I felt like I could really rock this trend.  But No-No-No, because I have a 20 month old, whom I enjoying cuddling, loving and squeezing far too much, so I’m now enjoying an oval slightly long nail in an ombre light pink sparkle style which my nail guru copied perfectly for me after I brought him an Instagram photo. 
*Click on a link to Roseark’s photo below & then look at my pics and tell me you’re not impressed?  Thank heavens tomorrow is Friday.  Next week let's talk self tanner, premium vintage jeans & my being mad over plaid this season. 




Friday, August 8, 2014

Two To Tatcha

I’m constantly reaching into my handbag for Tatcha’s gold / camellia lip balm & Tatcha’s indigo soothing silk hand cream.  The lip balm is unbelievably moisturizing and glides on silky smooth.  Long after the balm has worn off lips still feel nourished and soft.  Let’s also touch on the fact that is likely the most gorgeous lip balm out there – complete with 24k gold leaf and all.

I’m always looking for the next best hand cream and this one is definitely my new fav.  It is super soothing and has such a lovely fresh smell.  My hands almost always feel red and parched due to allergies… this cream causes redness and irritation to vanish upon contact.  My hands look 10 years younger after a healthy size application. 

I first fell in love with Tatcha many moons ago when I discovered their blotting papers during New York fashion week and I am continually in awe of the killer products this fabulous Japanese brand churns out.  I cannot tell you how happy I am when one of Tatcha’s beautiful purple boxes arrives in the mail. 

This is a brand to keep an eye on, my friends!!