Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

It never fails that as soon as I think I’ve found my favorite new signature spent & pulled the trigger on a bottle a new scent comes along and totally sweeps me off my feet.  As a long-time fan of Jo Malone it comes as no surprise that I’m OBSESSED with her new fragrance, Wood Sage & Sea Salt.  Oh. My. God.  This scent is seriously perfect in every single way.  I want to lather myself in it in the shower, I want it on my skin & pillow before bed.  It is just absolutely heavenly.  It is salty, musky, earthy and woodsy in the best possible way & I actually think it’s just delicious for Fall.  There is a depth to it that makes it less light and fluffy and more dark & deep.  Thank you, Jo, for making this killer scent available in the smaller $55 bottle because there was just no way I was possibly leaving the store without one. 

If you’re in Nashville, see my friend, Autumn, at the Jo Malone counter at Nordstrom. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Let me be frank

Frank & Eileen plaid (shocker!) blouse

Love at first sight! The feel, the perfect plaid print for Fall and always, the fact that you can wash yourself and they look perfect. 

I love how these blouses work just as well for the office (I wear a nude cami underneath) as they do for a night out with pointy toe pumps and skinny jeans. 


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