What I Wore: Green and White Stripes

A simple Saturday outfit for you guys today 🙂 Also, you get a tiny sneak peak at my front room. I’m still finishing it. I just bought a new coffee table so I’m really excited! It’s almost done! (I’m the slowest person at decorating, because I’m so indecisive.) Don’t mind my magazines on the floor. I didn’t think they’d make it into the pictures…whoops 🙂 I’m human ok!
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Blouse – Ann Taylor; Jeans – Joes; Boots – Loft (no longer available online); Watch – Michael Kors (similar here); Rings- David Yurman, By Boe; Bracelets – Anthropologie, Anthropologie, Stella & Dot.
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Also, I just got my eyelashes done again! I’m so excited about it! I love having them on because it makes my mornings so much easier. Honestly during the week I put on some BB cream, blush, and go! It’s great! It’s fantastic for summer too because I don’t need anything half the time!

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‘Fresh’ Skincare

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I love this brand of skincare products from sephora. They took beauty rituals from all different kinds of cultures and combined them to make these amazing products! Here are some of my favorite ones!

Sugar Lip Treatment

I love the “clear” treatment just to use as chapstick, but they have 8 different tinted colors as well. My favs: Rose and Sheer Petal Pink

A hydrating treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips. It also provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays.

Sugar Lip Treatment

Soy Face Cleanser

A multitasking gel that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup—even mascara—without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Rich in amino acids, soy proteins promote moisture retention, elasticity, and firmness. Rosewater balances and tones the skin.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Rose Face Mask

A hydrating and toning mask with a unique cooling gel formula that is 50 percent pure rosewater and infused with real rose petals. Rosewater and rose petals are notable for their soothing and toning properties, while cucumber extract and aloe vera gel help to reduce inflammation, and have an immediate cooling and calming effect. It is further enriched with porphyrydium cruentum, a “smart” algae that delivers optimum moisture, and antioxidant-rich green tea, which helps to brighten and protect.

Rose Face MaskSugar Face Polish

A nourishing, exfoilating mask that refines and brightens the skin, instantly revealing a radiant complexion. Enriched with revitalizing brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, which work together to gently dissolve dead skin cells and reveal perfectly nourished skin. It also includes hydrating seed oils that leave the skin soft and supple.

Sugar Face PolishSugar Body Polish

An invigorating brown sugar body scrub. Pure brown sugar blended with the world’s finest oils results in an entirely natural and stimulating exfoliant.

Sugar Body Polish

Sugar Lip Polish

A sweet treatment that that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth. This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture.

Sugar Lip PolishBlack Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. Black tea ferment, also known as Kombucha, is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster. The formula is further enriched with lychee seed extract, known to support natural collagen, firming polysaccharides that help to smooth the skin, and jicima root juice, notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties.

Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

Umbrian Clay Face Treatment

A multifunctional treatment that can be used as an instant detoxifying face mask, a daily purifying face cleanser, or a spot treatment for blemishes and irritations. Umbrian Clay removes toxins, sooths irritations, reduces breakouts, and aids in the regeneration of healthy skin cells.

Umbrian Clay Face Treatment

Lotus Youh Preseve Face Cream

A daily age-defying moisturizer formulated with Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex,  proven to prevent the signs of aging, provide 24 hours of significant moisture, and boost radiance.Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex—an age-defying, hydrating, and radiance-boosting blend of seven super-charged ingredients to defend against wrinkles, preserve collagen, promote the production of hyaluronic acid, seal in moisture, and soften the skin.

Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream*all products avaible at sephora.com (descriptions also directly from Sephora)

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Olivia Pope’s Black and White Dress

Do any of you watch Scandal? It’s Shonda Rhimes’ new show and I love it. I started watching it last year when I heard she was doing it and I think it’s in my top three tv shows right now (R.I.P. Private Practice and Gossip Girl). At least it has been able to fill the void of Private Practice, but I will forever be sad about GG.

Anyway, if you don’t watch it and you love dramatic, “scandalous”, non-reality tv, you have to at least try it out! Shonda Rhimes did Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, so if you like those, you’ll probably like this. This isn’t about medicine though. It’s about political scandals. Kerry Washington plays a “fixer”, who is actually based on a real person. I absolutely love her. Watch and let me know what you think!

The main reason for this post is to share the black and white Escada dress that Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) wore on tonight’s show. I am obsessed. At some point I’ll share more of Olivia’s style, because it’s amazing! Credit to Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for Scandal!

Love, secrets, and fashion…what’s not to love?!KERRY WASHINGTON

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Alice & Olivia Spring Dresses + Fall Fashion Week!

Alice & Olivia is literally at the top of my list for favorite brands. I always love to see what they are going to come up with. It’s probably my go to brand for a party dress, but I am loving their light and airy spring collection. Check out a couple of my favorites below and let me know what you think?

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‘Vera’ Crochet Top & ‘Shannon’ Maxi SkirtAlice & Olivia Vera Top & Shannon Maxi Skirt

*all available at neimanmarcus.com

Here are some of my favorite photos on instagram of the Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week Show! I love all of these patterns and materials. I can’t wait for fall now, and we haven’t even made it to spring yet! That takes a lot to get me to say that because I HATE the cold. I do however, LOVE the clothes. I hope I have somewhere to wear one of these fabulous dresses! My favorite…this first red one.Alice & Olivia 6Alice & Olivia 4Alice & Olivia 5Alice & Olivia 3Alice & Olivia 1

I also am a huge fan of the hair for the show! I love these braids!Alice & Olivia 2Alice & Olivia 7

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Piperlime’s 5 Spring Shoe Trends

As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Piperlime! I think they have the cutest things and a wide range of products that I love. So when they come out with fashion advice I definitely pay attention.

Here are Piperlime’s shoe musts for the Spring! I’ve added my favorite items in each catefory, but don’t forget to visit the website and check out all of them!

1. Fashion Sneakers

Kate Spade New York ‘KickKate Spade New York 'Kick'Ash ‘BowieAsh BowieAnd don’t forget that running shoes can be cute too! Get a bright color for spring!

New Balance ‘WRC1600New Balance WRC16002. Sliver Wedges

Sam Edelman ‘SophieSam Edelman 'Sophie'Diane von Furstenberg ‘DionDiane von Furstenberg 'Dion'3. Metallic Sandals

Lola Cruz Leaf SandalLola Cruz Leaf sandal

Chinese Laundry ‘Lucky Charm’Chinese Laundry Lucky Charm4. Spring-Ready Boots (This is my favorite trend!)

Nine West ‘ShamblesNine West ShamblesH by Hudson ‘EnckeH by Hudson Encke Steve Madden ‘PrizzzeSteve Madden PrizzzeSteve Madden ‘Thunder-C’Steve Madden Thunder-CMichael Antonio ‘MasseyMichael Antonio Massey

5. Colorful Flats

DV by Dolce Vita ‘Luna’DV by Dolce Vita LunaChinese Laundry ‘Easy Does It’Chinese Laundry Easy Does ItBelle by Sigerson Morrison ‘Varsha’Belle by Sigerson Morrison Varsha*all items found at Piperlime.com

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I’ll Walk Alone

I recently finished I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. I'll Walk AloneIf you have ever read her books, they are kind of typical, but something makes me like them. I love mysteries and I read them so fast so I think that is why I liked this.

Her books are all very similar. There is a well educated, well dressed, successful woman as the main character/target for every story. There’s usually an aloof police man who is never the one to solve the case; someone who has won the lottery that makes themselves part of the story (usually…which I think this is funny…how many people can win the lottery. I do think some of these characters have been used in multiple books, but really how many crimes can they solve just because they won?…so it’s not realistic, but I still like it.); usually some older lady who decides that she is a detective and snoops around to find clues; and half the time there is a religious figure like a priest involed. The murderer or “bad guy” is always not who you would expect, although I have gotten pretty good at guessing who it is now!

I’m making her books sound completely predictable, but I still love them! They aren’t always predictable in the end and they usually have different plots at least. They’re just really fast fun reads and you want to keep going to find out what happens. Mary Higgins Clark definitely leaves you hanging at the end of her chapters so you can’t stop reading.

Anyway, this one is about a successful interior designer, whose son has been missing for two years. New evidence turns up pointing the finger at her, so she has to prove her innocence and try to find her son and who is framing her. It’s good. Read it at the pool or something this summer or when you’re stuck inside because of a storm!

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Spring Nail Colors

So…it’s still winter, and still freezing…but spring fashion trends are everywhere online, in magazines, and even in stores already! It’s this huge dilemma for me because I want to buy all of them up right away, but I can’t wear them. Then by the time I can wear them, the next season is already out or I’m tired of them because it took so long for the snow to go away! I know, I have such a hard life when this is my biggest problem in the morning right? (heavy sarcasm, if you couldn’t sense it :P)

Anyway, if any of you are like me, there is a simple way to solve this! Spring Nail Colors! You can at least brighten up your fingers and toes and stay warm at the same time! Then when it really is spring, you can match them to your cute new spring outfits! So, here is a rainbow of spring colors to try!

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Dior ‘Cherie Bow’ Nail Laquer; Deborah Lippmann ‘Groove is in the Heart’; Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Geigei’; China Glaze Nail Polish in ‘Passion for Petals’; Essie Nail Polish in ‘Madison Ave-Hue’.

I don’t wear a lot of pink, but I LOVE it on my nails. Two of my favorite pinks are O.P.I. ‘That’s Hot Pink!’ and ‘ElePhantastic Pink’O.P.I.-Thats-Hot-Pink-225x300OPI Elephantastic pink

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LCN Polish in ‘Soft Daisy’; Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Jacqueline’; Butter London in ‘Jasper’

My favorite yellow is Sally Hansen ‘Mellow Yellow’.Sally Hanson Mellow Yellow

Greens

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Deborah Lippmann Polish in ‘Rockin’ Robin’; YSL Nail Lacquer in ‘Bronze Pyrite’; Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Neely’; LCN Polish in ‘I Love Mint’; Butter London Nail Lacquer in ‘Fiver’;

Right now I am loving O.P.I. ‘Thanks-A-Windmillion’.OPI Thanks A Windmillion

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LCN Polish in ‘Lilac Blossom’; Butter London Nail Lacquer in ‘Molly Coddled’; Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Julie’; Essie Nail Polish in ‘Bond with Whomever’.

And my favorite…O.P.I. ‘Lucky Lucky Lavender’.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It just so happens that I picked a lot of O.P.I. shades for my picks this post…I do love O.P.I., but I also recommend Essie and Sally Hansen! These three brands are probably what I buy the most and are a little bit cheaper than Butter, Deborah Lippmann, or Dior, for example. They don’t chip as fast and have a great thick color…none of that see-through, you have to put on ten coats to get it to show kind. Two coats and a quick-dry top coat are all you need. However, I do like all of the brands I posted out!

Don’t forget to let me know what your favorites are for spring!

*ideas and photos from LuckyMagazine.com

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