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!!



Monday, August 4, 2014

good stuff.

Mama’s tired today so we’re going to keep this post short & sweet.  The following items are so fabulous they require little commentary.

Armani Sun Fabric bronzer– lightest shade (100)


Apply Armani bronzer with this Bobbi Brown brush & you suddenly become contouring wizard with the most natural & gorgeous sun kissed glow. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Gypsy woman

I have HIGH hopes for you:,default,pd.html?gclid=CKnR14ml178CFYMF7Aody0EARA

Product of the Year

Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder

I took a leap in ordering a powder (albeit a translucent one) online.  I did consult with a rep via telephone at the Tom Ford counter in Atlanta to aid in selecting my shade – “ivory fawn” first, and I have been amazed daily by how wonderful/magical/beautiful this powder is ever since it arrived last Friday.  Each particle of this super fine & light powder individually adheres to the skin creating a luxe blur that conceals imperfections and makes skin look soft and luminous.  It gives a matte finish but not a powdery one.  It sets foundation & seriously lasts all day.  I used it for my day time look yesterday with only concealer & my admittedly lately problem skin looked pretty damn good – even after an unusually tough barre class. 

I’m currently using a BB cream from YSL as my foundation (more on that later) and I love, love, love how super light and airy this combo is when worn together!  This Tom Ford product will now be with me at all times (seriously for life).  I’ll be relying on it heavily (really lightly) in Santa Barbara  for my BFF’s wedding this weekend (YAY!!!!!).  It is truly amazing! I’m using my own brush to apply it as I don’t think the one that comes with the compact is ideal for this type of powder.  You get over that the second you try this luxurious product.    
Go buy this.  Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Latest Loves

My new favorite outfit… (this week)

J. Brand, you’re back in my good graces, thanks to your insane midrise photo ready distressed ankle jean in blue mercy.  I think it’s safe to say ankle length jeans are the most universally flattering.  I love mine with flats, pumps or booties.  I’m definitely digging the frayed hem trend though in truth, I’ve been letting out hems on my jeans for years and keeping them cleanly frayed due to my issues finding bell or flared styles long enough for my 5’11 frame.  I’m also a total sucker for anything with distressing or holes.  Brings me back to my early high school, overly pierced, slightly goth, punk days.  My super conservative attorney hubby is so glad I grew out of that phase.  In another life…

My t-shirt of choice is from this killer (new to me) brand:

I’m seriously crushing on these vintage styled, pima cotton, incredibly cool tees that are slim fitting perfection.  They run a tiny bit small.  I took a M and it fits me like a glove (in a comfortable way) and looks AMAZING on.  I cannot wait to order more & pair them with blazers or oversize sweaters in the Fall.  These satisfy the music junkie in me with throw backs to Iggy Pop & Ice-T (holla, I’m from the ATL).  I think this will become my go-to tee for everything!


I’m thinking for dinner with friends this weekend I will pair my jeans & tee with these Jimmy Choo pumps_ *No words for Mr. Choo.  He is my shoe god.  I wear his pumps literally into the ground.

Good stuff.