Top 10 Fashion Items For Fall/Winter

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  1. Janessa Leone Gabrielle Hat (here)
  2. J.Crew Silk Scarf (here)
  3. Vianel VC Wallet* (here)
  4. Aldo Croc Pointed Flats (similar here)
  5. Cami NYC High Top* (here)
  6. Daniel Wellington Watch* (here)
  7. Ralph Lauren Leather Gloves
  8. Bandhu Anadi White Lizard Cuff* (here)
  9. HomeGrown Silver & Stone Stacking Sets (here)
  10. Shashi Sonia Bracelet* (here)

Here is the 2nd part of my Top 10 favs for fall/winter as promised. I think accessories can totally change or make an outfit so I tend to invest a little more in these types of pieces. My favorite out of the bunch would have to be my JL hat, I’ve had it on my head ever since it arrived at my doorstep! The craftsmanship of this hat is out of this world, I love Janessa’s vision and the simplicity to her designs. What are some of your favs or must-haves for this time of year?

NYC Photo Diary

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All in all my friend Donnie and I had an awesome time in NYC yesterday despite the horrible weather. Lighting was awful so we couldn’t really shoot as much as we wanted to but I still managed to sneak a few shots. We started with coffee and croissants at Toby’s Estate in Flatiron. The shop itself is beautiful with gorgeous marble tops and flower patterned plates. Towards the back of the shop is the cutest little book store with greenery in every corner, I’ve never seen anything like it!

We then headed to the JINsoon Nail Spa (East Village) to get the Breathe of Milk & Honey Manicure and let me just say that was the best mani I’ve ever experienced! They first soaked our hands in warm milk and grapefruit oil to soften up the cuticles, then exfoliated our hands/forearms with a honey sugar scrub and then had our arms wrapped with hot steamed towels. Lastly they slathered on an almond lotion and had our nails painted. During our little mani sesh we met a nice lady who recommend a few spots to eat lunch. We had reservations at Gaonnuri which was a recommendation from fellow blogger Erica Choi (thank you again for your master list!) but unfortunately wouldn’t have been able to make it in time so we passed and hit up Soba-ya. The lady spoke highly of this place and I wish I could tell her how right she was! The food was amazing and the restaurant itself was just and an enjoyable experience. We had Edamame, Steamed shrimp dumplings, Hot soba, which I failed to photograph because we were starving and wet.

For something sweet we headed to the Spot Dessert Bar which was another recommendation from Erica and had quite a few plates! We walked around a bit and headed back to good ole Times Sq to end the night. I think the weather again put a damper on our sight seeing but we still had an eventful day. Till next time NYC!

Top 10 Beauty Items For Fall/Winter

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I was tagged Annabel to do my top 10 fall must haves but I decided to add a bit of a twist to it and divide it into two parts. Today is the “beauty” part and stay tuned for the “fashion” installment which will be up by the end of this week! I stayed true to some of the tag but I thought it would be nice if you saw a few different products that I’m currently using.

  1. Diptyque Eau Duelle - I almost chose Tam Dao but I love that this is a tad more spicy. It’s such a lovely warm scent and perfect for this time of year.
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium - I usually skip blush in the winter time and opt for a more chiseled look for the cheeks. This powder has the perfect amount of grey in it to mimic shadows on the face.
  3. Nails Inc. Nail Kale in Victoria - I love me a dark vampy nail and this formula is the best I’ve ever come across. The brush is the perfect size and makes nail application a lot easier because of its shape.
  4. Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream - Adorable Sophie sent me this when we did our overseas swap and I love how this is working for my skin. I tend to get a bit dry so I love hydrating creams at night. This contains avocado oil, antioxidants, and manuka honey.
  5. Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer - My foundation lays on much smoother with a primer, especially if it’s moisturizing. This has a beautiful shimmer running through it that is very natural.
  6. Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner - I suffer from extremely dry lips all year round but its worse during the colder months. This is such a nice lip balm to lay lip colors over or just to wear on its own.
  7. Diptyque Ambre - As much as I love Baies I feel that it’s more appropriate for the summer months so I stick with Ambre once it starts getting cold out. It’s notes are vetiver, patchouli, aniseed, insolent spices, cistus and tonka bean.
  8. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu - What would fall/winter be without a dark lip? Its matte which is my favorite type of lip formula and a beautiful rich blackened plum.
  9. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone - I live for that wet glowing golden highlight that all the models have during fashion week and this is my secret weapon. It’s very subtle but still noticeable and most importantly isn’t chunky at all! I saw this in the check-out line in Sephora and though it was the perfect size for the amount of product you get (20ml).
  10. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - I like to wing it during the colder months because it’s less likely to melt off my face. I don’t wear it often but when I do this is the best liner hands down!

The Bare Necessities For A Day Trip

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As you all know I’m heading out to NYC for a full day of eating, exploring, and pampering. I wanted to really pack light this time around and not have to worry about lugging loads with me. I wanted a clutch with a chain so I wouldn’t have to carry it, I came across this structured box clutch from Zara and it was love at first sight. Not only is it affordable but its pretty roomy considering its small size. My thought process behind preparing my clutch was absolutely packing what I need and sticking to the essentials. Here’s what’s inside . . .

  • Hand Sanitizer - This is just something I carry with me at all times. I work in the medical field so I’m a huge germaphobe, my hands must be clean at all times! The Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is my absolute favorite, it’s pricier but it smells amazing and doesn’t dry up the hands.
  • Lip Balm - It’s a must-have especially if I’m going to be eating and re-applying lipstick throughout the day. The Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is a great primer and will keep my lips moisturized throughout the day.
  • Mini Perfume or Rollerball - This is when samples or miniature perfume bottles come in handy, they don’t take up much space. I’m bringing Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne with me for a mid-day spritz.
  • Lipstick / Lip Liner - You can skip liner if you don’t use it but I’ve been loving a combo of M.A.C Stripdown and M.A.C Styled In Sepia. I have already planned what makeup look I’m going for (sad I know) and pretty sure these two will be my lip color of choice.
  • Sunglasses - I think accessories totally change the look of your outfit but my eyes are super sensitive so I have to wear them. I opted for my folding Ray-Ban Wayferers.
  • Small Wallet - If I don’t have everything in one place I’ll loose it! I have this small VC wallet from Vianel which was kindly sent to me (perfect timing). Its made of natural smooth grain leather, has a contrast edge detail, two-tone zipper, gold foil stamped logo, and lined in leather. You also have the option to monogram their items as well which gives it a nice personal touch!
  • Cash - Not all shops and cabs take credit cards so it’s always good to have some cash with you. I’m also notorious for leaving my cards at registers then realize it when I go to pay for something else and it’s missing!
  • Camera Battery - An extra battery will always come in handy just in case you need more juice to keep snapping away.
  • SD Card - Donnie and I will both be bringing our own SD cards and sharing plenty of photos so the more space the better.

I might toss in some Aleve for headaches, breath mints or a battery pack for my iPhone but I can easily put them in my coat pockets to keep from cluttering my bag. I can’t wait to go and share our little day out, this mama is definitely in need of some  girl time!

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One Shade Wonders, Neutrals

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Although I own a hefty amount of shadows I can’t be bothered with using a base, crease and highlight everyday. I just don’t have the luxury of sitting down to do a full eye look so I opt for something that’s one and done! I can cancel out any discoloration on my lids and it takes seconds to do. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that get the job done and will suit just about any skin tone.

  • Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley - This is perhaps my favorite eye shadow of all time, I always come back to it in the end! It’s a gorgeous sandy golden shade that looks natural but still defines the eye.
  • Jouer Eye Shadow in Chocolat - This is the sister shade to pale barley but just a tad darker. It’s leans more towards taupe and its very pigmented.
  • Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Iraklion - I’d say this is the most natural looking out of the bunch. It’s a rose gold shade that has purple undertones. It’s a very unique color and to me a hidden gem.
  • L’oreal Infallible Shadow in Bronzed Taupe - A true pure pigmented taupe with cool undertones. To be drugstore it’s incredibly long-lasting and a good quality shadow. They’re very similar to the GA Eyes To Kill if not better and a fraction of the price. I love to wear this when I want a bit of sparkle peaking through my lashes.
  • M.A.C Eye Shadow in Sable - If you have boring brown eyes like moi then you have to try this out, my boyfriend thought I was wearing colored contacts once and it was all down to this bad boy! It instantly makes brown eyes pop because of the purple undertones.
  • Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Three Shakes - This is perfect for day or it can easily be layered for a smokey eye if you’re in a pinch for time. It’s on the warmer side with a rusty golden undertone. Awesome formula and I love the cooling effect it has when you apply it straight to the eyelid.
  • Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight - A rich creamy pewter golden shade that sets almost immediately so I advise to apply it one eyelid at a time.

Closet Essentials Series: The Cami

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Olivia Palermo says every girl should have a silk camisole as a wardrobe staple, I couldn’t agree more. Apart from acting as an under shirt it helps me connect with my more feminine side. My attire can be very masculine and androgynous at times but a silky dainty cami can change that in an instant. Not only does it say I’m a grown up but I love the sensual ease of pairing it with different pieces in my closet. You can easily achieve a laid-back look with a pair of jeans or really dress it up with a sexy pencil skirt so it’s a very versatile item to have. I also like that I can skip a bra and let the tatas breathe, they’re almost nonexistent so it’s not an issue.

This particular camisole is by a company called CAMI NYC. Founder & CEO, Samantha Steen, found her niche in the fashion industry after an exhaustive search for a classic silk camisole. Samantha was able to create what seemed to be missing from her wardrobe – and likely many others. I’m wearing the high top style which has this gorgeous sheer panel across the top which is a bit risky for me but I really like the placement of it. It’s extremely soft and made out of 100% silk and crosses perfectly along the back. It came beautifully packaged and with instructions on how to care for such a delicate piece. They do have different shades and styles, even some with lace which I’m eyeing!

They’re on the pricey side but again a staple that can be paired with endless options. Cheap ones from Forever 21 are a one and done deal where if you invest in a quality cami it can last you ages. If you’re a new customer you can sign up to their email and receive 15% off your order. I’m extremely happy with CAMI NYC and I can’t wait to try more!

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October Favorites

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 This month I have a bit of beauty, skin care and even a little fashion favorite to share with you all! I’ve been sticking to the bare minimum when it comes to my makeup routine so no new discoveries yet. I’m heading to NYC next month and I’m very tempted to look at the Charlotte Tilbury Range, that Film Star Bronze and Glow is calling my name! So per usual I kept this months favorites short, simple and quick.

NYC Girls Day Out

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 Donnie and I will be back it again with a much needed girls day out in the city. I live for the chaos and fast pace of the streets, very different to an average day here in PA. We will be heading out on Nov.17th which is a Monday, weekends are a bit chaotic and it just happened to work out with our schedules. We have manicures scheduled and lunch reservations booked so it should be a ton of fun. Now as far as shopping goes we decided to pass. We really want to embrace the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, even if it’s one day! If any of you have any recommendations on places to have dessert or coffee please leave them below, we’re still researching and figuring out what to do in between our schedule. Outfits and IG photos are a must (blogger at heart) so i’ll keep you updated throughout the day. Sadly I won’t be vlogging because it’s a getaway and I really want to focus on everything around me! Hope you guys won’t be too upset but I promise a post will be up sharing the days events.

The Minimal Approach To Autumn Makeup

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I can’t wait until Autumn rolls around to add a few extra layers of makeup or go for full-on looks but this year the tables have turned for me. I’ve embraced minimal style when it comes to fashion and I thought I’d do the same with my makeup routine. I love my grungy smokey eyes but it’s also fun experimenting and evolving my technique when it comes to makeup application. I picked out 5 products and it’s all I used! I know others might need more or feel that they do but my advice is to try it out. We all have imperfections so be confident and own them, perfect example are my bags pictured up above (I blame both of my children).

  1. Moisturizer - I will not wear makeup if I don’t have my base essential. It helps achieve a smooth foundation application while helping it adhere to the face. I’ve been obsessed with the *Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which is extremely hydrating and gives my skin a sheen without the use of a highlighter. You can even add it to the tops of the cheek bone over foundation for extra hydration against the cold harsh air. In support of breast cancer awareness you can purchase this in a limited-edition set packed in a hot pink cosmetic bag for $49.50 vs $65 on its own.
  2. Foundation/Base - I like my skin to look like actual skin (cake-free) and I can achieve it easily with the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Its super light on the skin and I can build up the coverage in areas of the face I need to.
  3. Cheeks - I’ve skipped blush, bronzer and highlight but contouring gives structure to the face. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium has the perfect amount of cool tones to mimic natural shadows on the face.
  4. Eyes - The only thing on my eyes is M.A.C’s eyeshadow in Patina. It cancels out the discoloration on my eyelids without being harsh in any way. It’s such a pretty golden taupe shade with purple undertones. I curled my eyelashes to open up the eyes but didn’t apply mascara. I had to tell myself “less is more” to help part with my mascara wand. If your lashes are light try using a clear coat of mascara to help define them.
  5. Lips - One thing I can never give up is a good bold lip especially during Autumn/Winter. I have so many but the one I always come back to is M.A.C Diva. It’s the perfect brick red with a matte finish and what makes this make-up look a bit more modern.

Are you brave enough to embrace the minimal runway-esk look for the day?

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Taking Your Own Photos In Public

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For some it isn’t an option to take your own photos in public but for others (like myself) who gives a flying sh*t! I’m just here waving my hand saying you’re not the only one. It’s a bit of a pain to bug friends and family to take your pictures plus lets face it, they don’t really get the whole blogging thing. Unfortunately my personal photographer is all the way in California and will be for the next two years so I rely on myself to get the job done. The first time I went out and took photos on my own was nerve wrecking! People can be nosy and feel the need to know what it is you are up to but then again that’s the type of world we live in. I try my best to find areas that are secluded or that aren’t crowded but there will always be that one person that passes by. I just smile or act like I’m the only one in the area. I take my blog very serious so I tune everything out and all I see is my camera lens. . .

  • Your tripod and remote are your best friend.
  • Drive around your neighborhood the day before or on a day you have off to see if it’s somewhere your comfortable setting up.
  • Take a few test shots to make sure your in focus, you might have to walk back and fourth but it’s worth the results.
  • Posing can be difficult and repetitive but just have fun with it, act like you’re walking, let the wind blow your hair around, try to look relaxed while being as comfortable as you can.
  • If people start staring avoid all eye contact, I repeat ALL EYE CONTACT and just keep shooting.
  • Where do I put my remote while shooting? In my pocket or I cup it in my hand.
  • If someone asks about what you’re doing you can easily say it’s an assignment for school or your job.
  • Shoot at different angles to get some variety out of your session, make sure to get detailed shots of accessories such as rings, purses, shoes and even your nail color.
  • Practice makes perfect and eventually you’ll find what works for you.

Have fun and just remember you owe nothing to no one, so go put on a show!