Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

I’m spending my Sunday editing some new purchase posts, only getting out of bed to work out, and giggling with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Hope your’s is just as Hashtag #lazysunday

Favorite Item

Mirrored Tray

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My sister got me this tray for Christmas. I was looking for a mirrored tray for my perfumes and vanity decor and she went a step farther by having it monogrammed. Amazing. It looks super high brow and I’m not ashamed. The size is perfect for holding what I wanted to display…

You can shop a similar one here – Mirrored Dresser Top Trays

Favorite Look

Waves

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I haven’t used my Sultra wand since this summer and I can’t seem to comprehend why I retired it for so long. I was getting a little tired of my hairstyle – I almost always curl it at the ends for fullness – so I decided to switch it up. So pleased. Beach waves never go out of style, especially when you don’t want to look too overdone. I already have a full of face of makeup so keeping the hair a little more casual is a nice balance. The wand looks intimidating at first but it’s become second nature to me. I usually wrap my hair around a couple times and then leave the ends so that I don’t end up looking like Curly Sue (Google her).

You can try it here – Sultra Waving Wand 

Favorite Beauty Product

Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

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I ordered this brush set a couple weeks ago and was going to do a full review but haven’t had enough time to really get up close and personal. It was an exclusive and I’m a sucker for an exclusive – mainly because I get anxiety over the fact that there is a product out there that if not purchased, will be out of reach forever. These are the types of regrets I simply cannot live with. Anyway, the bristles are remarkably soft and high quality and the set of 3 is complimentary and nice for creating a basic contour (as well as buffing and blending liquid makeup). Not to mention, they come with blotting papers, a sleek little pouch and a contour guide. Overall, it contains a stippling brush, a buffing brush, and and angled blush brush. I’m getting used to using the stippling brush because I’ve never used one before, but the buffing and blush brushes I can work with like a freaking pro. Love.

You can shop it here – Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

Favorite Purchase

Wildfox Onesie

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No you shut YOUR mouth. Yeah. I got a onesie with cat ears on the hood. What startingly amazing thing have you done recently?

Favorite Food

Teavana

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I, along with most of the female population, have vowed to get back into my healthy eating habits for the new year. I’m not into resolutions but I figured now was as good a time as any to detox by body after I indulged the sh*t out of Christmas. I started feeling a little Chipmunk like after hoarding every treat placed in front of me. Ya feel me? So – in addition to upping my workouts and monitoring my food intake, I’ve started hitting up loose tea. In no way am I ridiculous enough to believe that this is a food replacement (refer to: Favorite Food) but I didn’t feel like tweaking the title.  I picked up a fancy little holiday set right before Christmas and am actually shocked at how much they satisfy my sweet tooth. The set embraces the scents and tastes of the holiday season, and you can’t beat pumpkin spice and peppermint in one setting. Specifically, it contains 4 holiday teas which consist of Pumpkin Spice Brûlée, White Chocolate Peppermint, Chococaramel Sea Salt, and Spiced Apple Cider. I haven’t tried them all but so far I love the white chocolate peppermint and chococaramel sea salt. Probably because they’re the most indulgent sounding. Pathetic.

I don’t believe that this set is still available but you can get a ton of similar ones here – www.teavana.com

Favorite Pastime

Voraciously Reading

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I’ve been trying to catch up on all the books sitting in my iBookshelf. I download them like they’re going to vanish within seconds – big up to purchase anxiety, yet again. Although I love reading on my iPad, there are some books I feel are worth buying in physical form. Coffee table books and books having to do with style and fashion are a must have tangible good. They look pretty and class up the joint, plus you can mark off and go back to them without having to scroll through hundreds of pages. I’d been wanting to read Sophia Amoroso’s #girlboss for months now. I’ve been a loyal Nasty Gal investor (read – shopper) and am always open to a little inspiration and advice, especially from such a powerhouse. I’m halfway in and am marking off pages worthy of anecdotes that need to be drilled into my head. Her uhf*ckwithable attitude is infectious, I’ll make sure to do a book report review when I’m done. I also purchased The Glitter Plan, which is Pam Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor’s rise to infamy with Juicy Couture. Since Juicy is now fading into the outlet abyss and they’ve recently launched their new, more high endline – Pam & Gela, I was interested in reading their memoir. Yes Please is another can’t miss read. I am crushing hard on Amy Poehler. She is genuinely funny and offers up some really deep musings that you have to read a couple times to ensure she isn’t just f*cking with you. Idol status. Those are the 3 books I’ve started reading so far. I’ve also just purchased Serena by Ron Rash , Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner, and Paper Towns by John Green. There isn’t enough time in the day…

Here’s a list of book adaptations hitting the big screen this year (and as everyone knows – the book is always better than the movie).  21 Books to Read Before They Hit The Big Screen in 2015

Favorite Outfit

Ripped Denim

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Excuse the shitty photo quality. I was just getting home from work and realized I didn’t take advantage of the cloudless day for a superior outfit pic. These black skinnies are from Zara (I believe I purchased them back in October). They’re not as skinny in the shin area, and I find that a lot of denim fails me in this area because I have smaller shins. Other than J Brand which fit like second skin, a lot of denim I’ve tried and even purchased falls short here. Anyway, the wash and the strategic shreds are great. I actually DIY expanded the knee rips (with my own two hands and all) so that they’re a little more edgy and not as clean looking. Paired them with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell lace up flats (mimicked off Aquazurra) and had a bit of Kurt Cobain meets Olivia Palermo.

Happy Weekend

xo

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Sunday Style Inspiration

I haven’t browsed Pinterest in a while but since I’ll be shopping in my closet this month (in order to attempt to stay in line with my resolution to be more fiscally responsible – try saying that with a straight face), I needed a little inspiration.

Here’s to yours.

xo

Things to look out for – 

Chunky knits/oversized silhoutettes/black on black on black/robe coats & torn basics.

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Wear Me: Keep These, Toss Those

I was recently rummaging through my wardrobe in order to find one of my 35 white tees and realized that I have too many clothes. HAHAHAHA. Not really but I did come to the realization that I need to start storing away my summer wear in order to ensure my Fall/Winter items are up front and center like the girl who just got a 3rd tit.

Here’s the guideline I’m following…

1. Toss out the distressed denim shorts and replace with heavier skirts, skorts, and tailored shorts.

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Okay I had a really tough time coming to terms with this one. I practically lived in mine all summer. With stilettos, flip flops, embellished sandals etc etc. To make room for heavier skirts, tailored skorts and shorts putting these away is a fairly reasonable idea. Unless you pair them with a chunky knit and tall over the knee boots (Autumn only – you can only push it so far), delegate them to storage. Instead opt for cleaner lines, heavier fabrics like houndstooth, wool and leather (fleather too). Much more fitting for Fall weather, plus they look good either dressed up or down.

2. Trade in lightweight, sheer kimonos and feathery cardis for denim and leather jackets.

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A long knitted cardi or lightweight layering piece is always a good idea to have around but a heavier jacket is always a better choice for the colder months. Duh. A denim jacket is a prime topper & it looks good under a coat too while leather is definitely bad ass and it keeps you warm and chic at the same time. Faux is a nice affordable and vegan friendly alternative as well (or fleather as I like to call it – someone find out if I can copyright that).

3. Swap your Birks and flat sandal mimics for flats.

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No brainer. I know. They still easy to throw on, feminine and dainty and they’re a comfortable alternative to Uggs. Trust. I love me a pair of Uggs but as a Fall/Winter uniform? No. It’s a subliminal message you give to those around you that you just don’t give a f*ck about style. You might as well wear granny panties and chapstick as lipstick too. Not saying that there aren’t days where we do – hello Sundays – but you’ll be amazed at what 10 minutes of effort can result in. Less hobo and more hobo chic.

4. Add legs to your romper.

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Oh girl. Who didn’t rock the romper this summer. Huge right. Adding a little leg coverage to ease you into colder temperatures ain’t so hard. It’s comfortable, you don’t have to worry about a perfect hairless leg, and you’re trendy as sh*t. You’re welc.

5. Midis instead of maxis.

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Okay, you can still pull off a maxi during the Fall (if you layer the crap out of it) but a midi is more in fashion right now, it’s versatile (takes you from your 9-5 to your 8-2) and it’s flattering if you know how to style. Whether you wear them with pointy toed flats and kitten heels or 6 inch stilettos – it works. I just got a gorgeous chiffon style midi from Topshop and I styled that sh*t 30 different ways in my head…

Keep these guidelines in mind to take the guesswork out of what you need to have front and center in your wardrobe, and as your choices for the next few months. As always, they’re simply for inspiration…mix it up, own it and remember to not give a sh*t what anyone thinks.

Do work.

Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

So many this week. How shall I choose?! #thestruggleisreal

Favorite Purchase

My Wildfox Malibu skinny sweats are amazing. No – amazing is not the correct word. They are mind blowing. The softest (obviously – it’s Wildfox) most luxe feel, slinky yet impeccable cut and pretty much the most flattering “sweat pant” I have ever put on my body. One in every whimsical design please.

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Favorite Photo

It was my Dad’s birthday this weekend, and since my sister is in town visiting we decided it was perfect time for a family day. At the beach. It was everything.

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Favorite Treat 

Nothing beats gelato in the summer time. Except maybe cake. Nothing beats cake.

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Favorite Beauty Product 

I just picked up Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation. I’m not going to review right here because it needs a post all of it’s own. I love it. It’s a nice break from the thick matte Kat Von D Tattoo foundation I’ve been using these last few months…

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Favorite Look 

My silk Wilfred shorts are definitely up there on my list of favorite purchases this summer. They’re so comfy and they’re give off the right amount of put together-ness.

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Hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend and that your makeup didn’t melt.

xo