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Outfit Idea: Coral Skinnies and Stripes

3 May

My love of stripes is well documented on this blog, in my closet and all over my Pinterest board. I can’t help myself… they are classic, chic and sophisticated which I love. I’m also infatuated with the bright denim this spring and these Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans are my new favorites…they are super comfy, a great color and only $30! This is one of my favorite casual spring time outfits, perfect for running errands, writing or hanging out on the weekend. With the bold jeans, bright nails and statement jewelry I like grounding the look and taking the girly quotation down a bit with a neutral bag, shoes and my  favorite utilitarian JCrew army jacket. I bought it a few seasons ago, and I wear with everything from maxi dresses to and sandals in the summer to skinny jeans and boots in the fall.

Gotta Have Bright Jeans: Splurge versus Steal

25 Apr

I really can’t get enough of bright colors when spring and summer roll around. I love bold decorative pillows on the couch, bright statement necklaces, and all the great color in clothing this season…especially the bright jeans! I’m at heart, a jeans a t-shirt girl, so the opportunity to jazz up my go to look is very exciting. Tons of celebs including Cameron Diaz, Kate an Pippa Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Bilson, just to name a few, are loving the look of colored jeans lately. On a recent trip to JCrew I couldn’t get enough of the candy colored denim adorning the shelves. You can pair them with everything from a silk blouse and nude heels for a sophistacted look to chambray shirt and flats for something more laid back. With my penchant for deals I had to do a splurge verusus steal so you know you can rock this trend no matter your budget. And by the way, I have to say the Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans come in tons of different colors and are my favorite go to jeans in my closet. The fit is amazing, nice rise,  stretchy and comfortable and perfect for ladies (like myself) who have a bit of a booty and athletic legs:) Plus, they are under $35!!! SO weather you want a splurge or steal, this is a really fun and fashionable way to wear jeans so I totally recommend picking up a pair for spring!

  1. J Brand skinny twill jeans in bright blue $175
  2. J Brand skinny twill jeans in coral $170
  3. Rage and Bone jeans in aqua blue $190
  4. Old Navy Rock Star Jeans $35, these come in blue, coral, yellow and green. It’s easiest to find them in stores as oppose to online.
  5. Gap Skimmer legging jeans $59.95.
  6. Blank NYC jeans, $88

Top 10 Spring Beauty Must Haves

17 Apr

When spring finally makes it’s long awaited appearance, I can’t wait to pack away my sweaters, store my boots and break out my bright colors, maxi dresses and sandals. I adore spring time since and I love that we still have an entire summer of warm weather, al fresco dining and fabulous spring and summer styles to look forward to. As the season changes, along with switching out my wardrobe, I’m always sure to update my makeup. Plus, picking up an on-trend lipstick like this one from Revlon is a great way to update your look for spring for under $10. For spring time beauty this year, I love soft shimmery corals, subtle bronze skin, neutral eyes and a bold lips paired with a pastel manicure and pedicure. Here are  10 of my spring makeup favorites!

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: This is my go to for spring and summer coverage. It leaves your skin looking flawless and it has a rich moisturizing texture that gives you coverage without looking like heavy makeup. It’s perfect for warm weather and a go to for top celebrity makeup artists.
  2. Stila Eyeshadow in Sun: I love this and I’ve been wearing it for years! It’s a beautiful soft shimmery coral that looks great on it’s own or you can apply it wet for more intensity.
  3. Benefit Sun Beam highlighter: Properly placed highlighter gives you supermodel-like cheekbones and this soft gold shade creates such a beautiful and ethereal glow for spring.
  4. Stila Lip Glaze and Apricot: This looks great placed over a bold lip color to tone it down and add subtle shimmer or on it’s own for a sexy, nude lip.
  5. Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown is knows for her perfect nude shades and creating the most flawless “no-makeup-makeup” looks. This palette is great because you get some many shades that look great on many different skin tones.
  6. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer: A great bronzer is key for spring and summer. I wear mine all the time which is how I justify the splurge for this Guerlain bronzer:)
  7. Revlon Lipstick in Persian Melon: Bold lips are the must have beauty look for spring and this color is perfectly on trend without being too out there. I always like to pick drugstore brands for my more adventurous beauty choices so I’m not breaking the bank.
  8. Essie nail polish in To Buy or Not To Buy: A soft and shimmery lavender, this shade is the perfect spring time pastel.
  9. Julep Nail polish in Hayden
  10. Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer: Simply apply this everyday and you’ll have a great, natural looking streak free, safe tan in no time!

5 Steps to Organize Your Closet

28 Mar

With spring right around the corner  the new trends like bright denim, maxi dresses and platform wedge sandals are really exciting, but I couldn’t justify buying anything until I cleaned out my closet. Before bringing any new items in, I wanted to take stock of what I had and what I actually needed to get. Plus, I knew cleaning my closet would make it easier to get ready in the morning and I’d feel a sense of pride and accomplishment every time I opened those doors. So I put on a few episodes of Project Runway and got to work!  Here are my top 5 steps to spring clean your closet!

  1. What you need: Before you start cleaning out your closet it’s important to have a few key items for when you put stuff back in. I love these hugable hangers from The Container Store ( I also found similar ones at Costco) and their slim profile takes up less space so you can fit more clothes in your closet…plus they are covered in a fabric that helps your tops and dresses, even sleeveless, stay on the hangers. You’ll also want to a few sweater bags for storing knits during the warmer months and  these clear shoe boxes to keep your shoes orderly and in good condition. I first saw Kimora Lee Simmons do this clear box trick for her shoes, now everyone does it. Kimora puts a picture on the outside of the box to make the shoes easier to find… a totally fab idea!
  2. Clear it all out:Now take everything, and I mean everything out of your closet. Even if you know it’s going to go back in….take it out.
  3. Make 3 piles: This is a trying, but entirely necessary step. Make 3 piles… KEEP: stuff you know you still wear, DONATE: clothes that are in good condition but you don’t wear any more (read: things with tags you thought you’d wear but really never have), THROW AWAY: anything that’s ratty or in poor condition needs to be thrown away. I don’t know about you, but I have strange sentimental attachment to things like shirts (weird, I know) so this step is always hard for me.
  4. Try it on: Go to your “keep pile” and try everything on in front of a full length mirror. If you don’t have a mirror take a picture with your phone. This was probably the most painful step, but it’s well worth it. There is no reason for me to keep clothes I was hoping to someday fit back into…it was bad clothes karma. Plus, some things that I loved were not super flattering on my body…better to give them to someone they’ll look good on…good clothes karma:)
  5. “Organize” everything away: Put everything back in your closet on slim hangers if possible. Organize them by type, blouses go together, tanks, dress pants, jeans, skirts are organized by type and by color; sweaters are put away into sweater bags for safe keeping until winter;  skirts are put on skirt hangers; shoes go into individual boxes; handbags are neatly organized on shelves.

Now that your closet is clean you can take inventory of what you need to buy for spring! I’ve been using this checklist from InStyle… and I know cleaning your closet is hard (and sometimes emotional) work so I think everyone deserves one or two new spring things!

DIY Exfoliating Body Scrub

20 Mar

With spring just around the corner a body scrub is essential to slough off all those winter layers to reveal soft, smooth, radiant skin. I’ve wanted to make my own scrub for a while and after a failed (and sticky) attempt with a honey and sugar recipe, I settled on this salt scrub. I love it since you probably already have all the ingredients…olive oil, sea salt and lemons… in your kitchen! Now, not only does the salt act a as fabulous exfoliant, it also has therapeutic properties that help with sore muscles and circulation. Salt’s also odor free, so the lemon adds a lovely citrus scent while the olive oil acts to soften and moisturize the skin. I like to scrub away on dry skin before taking a shower, after a quick  rinse my skin is super soft, hydrated and glowing…just in time for spring!

While the recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of salt I wanted to make a whole jar so I went with a cup of salt. You can use sea salt, or if you want to be indulgent you could try a course pink Himalayan salt. I also used less olive oil…just enough to moisten the salt and then squeezed in half a lemon. Voila… super easy and affordable, DIY, exfoliating body scrub!