Dec16

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas …

Around here, I try to keep the holidays in perspective. As kid winds down the aisles of stores and laundry lists all the things she “needs” or scans the pages of Amazon, making journal-sized lists of all the things she “wants” for the holidays, I put on my mom voice (it’s a cross between Charlie Brown teacher and something my mom used to throw out there) and remind her that it’s not about what we get, it’s about letting people know we appreciate them. As luck would have it, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods reached out and asked me to be a part of its latest blogger challenge. The mission (as I chose to accept it): To gift a few people who need some holiday cheer. With that on our frontal lobes, kiddo and I headed off into the great holiday shopping zone to pick out presents that let those…Read More

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Dec12

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

About a year ago, I made a conscious decision to stop waiting for someone to buy me flowers and just buy them for myself. And then, I made it a weekly ritual to bring something beautiful into my home. I’d hop on my bike, head to a green market, pick something that would fill my home with a bit of beauty and arrange it. And it made my space feel warmer, brighter, sunnier, which in turn brought an extra dose of joy to my life. Why wait for someone else to do that when I can do it for myself? While the whole putting-it-together aspect fulfilled some weird internal Martha Stewart craving I have, I must admit there’s something that much sweeter about having the whole package put together for you. Enter Kalla. I first caught a glimpse of the custom online flower service’s beyond cute arrangements when the brand…Read More

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Nov23

The November Beauty Board

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year What do I most love about fall? Is it the changing leaves? The cooler temps? In Miami, no. None of that exists. What I most love about fall in Miami is the arrival of pumpkin-flavored things. To help me fake fall, I’m turning to these Nest products for around the abode. The Nest Pumpkin Chai Liquid Soap makes it a changing of seasons every time you wash your hands. And the Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle makes it smell like the holidays every time it burns. Speaking of smells and things that make me happy, this Modern Muse scent from Estee Lauder is a good fragrance, thanks to a blend of woods and florals, to wear when gearing up for the holidays. Pair it with my beautiful rose gold Messika bracelet (I adore how dainty it is)  and it really is the most wonderful…Read More

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Sep29

September Beauty Board: Scents, Scrubs and Some Thing You Can’t Live Without

Scent-sational As a freelance beauty reviewer for Neiman Marcus, I’m always excited to try out new products, but this month’s offerings were some of my most favorite to date. Take, for instance Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water Eau De Parfum. The blend of spicy and citrus is, to me, the essence of fall. I’ll be wearing this fragrance alongside my new fall fashions. The bottle is also beautiful, with its minimalist design. I love how pretty it looks on my vanity. Finishing Touches It’s the details that make the difference—and that also applies to makeup. When getting ready for a night out, I like to try a new lip shade, like this one from Jason Wu for Lancome. Then, I like to take lashes to new levels with Lancome’s Grandiose Mascara from Neiman Marcus. Final touch: a bit of bling, like this necklace from TJ Maxx.  Clean Up Your Act Buffing, scrubbing, polishing—the joys…Read More

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Sep18

Pinheads

Ever since my braid encounter at NYFW, I’m obsessed with mane attractions—and finally glad about growing my hair out. It’s now at a stage where I can do fun stuff with it. Blo Midtown invited Mills and I to try out a few new tricks they have up their sleeve using bobby pins. Those little metal hair tamers are no longer limited to just pinning hair back (or unjamming locks in times of trouble—in the movies, anyway). Apparently, you can also use them to make art in your hair. How fun. Mills got a cool shape to accent her fishtail and I, being a blogger, thought a hashtag would be a perfect fit for me. The salon has a whole book of cool pin ideas, too. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see owner Sandirose’s sweet puppy. Do you die over this face? Milly literally begged me for a puppy for two…Read More

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Sep14

The Highlights of NYFW

It came and went so quickly, but it was memorable, nonetheless. Here’s a look at my Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week adventure. Backstage at Jason Wu Being backstage at Jason Wu was a full circle event for me. It was his collab with Target and “Wugate” that got me heavily invested in blogging to begin with. From Low ponies, natural makeup and one-on-one time with Deborah Lippmann, the experience was a great kick-off to day two. The Volume at Zimmermann Layers, ruffles, ruffles and layers, the spring 2015 collection from Zimmermann is the stuff girly girls dreams are made of. Even the swimwear had volume. Backstage and Front of House at Public School Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is typical at Public School. Even the hair clips at the CFDA winners show are extraordinary. Seeing a sunglasses-less Anna Wintour at the show, just added to the experience. And…Read More

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Sep06

Spring 2015 Beauty Trends at NYFW

I have so many fashion week stories to tell, but let me get to the guts and glory before I start weighing in on my experience. (I’m saving that gem for last.) First things first, let’s talk hair and makeup trends for spring 2015. I started off my backstage trend-tracking adventure at Costello Tagliapietra at Milk Studios. Makeup came under the direction of Tina Turnbow for Beauty.com using Jane Iredale and Arcona for skincare. Here, it was all about the eyes. Strike that, make that the eyelashes. (Did you hear that? My inner mascara/turned-lash-extension junkie just yipped.) Of course, beautiful, flawless skin will always be the perfect canvas, so prep accordingly and invest in a good foundation. As the artist explained, when eyes are the focus, bags and dark circles will take away from the big picture every single time. Hi, welcome to why women invest entire incomes in eye…Read More

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Aug28

August Beauty Board: Last Call Before Fall

From fragrance to face, here are the products I’m savoring before the change of seasons, some of which will make the transition nicely come fall. Scent-sational Finding the right scent for the end of summer/beginning of fall isn’t easy. Something crisp, something fruity, something with a lingering earthy note. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum Travel Spray is perfect because A) It travels in a chic case and B) It’s that exact combo mentioned above with white rose, neroli, blond woods and sandalwood. Sandalwood also lingers in Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique, mixed with white rose, bergamont, tonka and vanilla. It’s a scent that goes the distance. And speaking of perfume with the power to stick around, I’ve been into men’s colognes as my own personal fragrance for some time now. Why? Because the scent lasts longer, in my opinion. A combo of spicy/woody with pink peppercorn and grapefruit makes

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Aug14

Just Breathe

What happens when you take a handful of bloggers and invite them to sweat and spa at Exhale at the Loews? Well, it goes a little something like this: Upon arriving at the hotel, I parked at the valet and was handed the most delicious strawberry smoothie. Then, I made my way to Exhale, which I had no idea lived inside the Loews. But it did, in April, a happy and very-close-to-my-house surprise. Once inside, we hit the workout room for a Core Fusion class. Core Fusion is a yoga, Pilates, cardio, barre hybrid. (Read: It’s killer—in a good way.) As someone who works out on the regular, I was shocked at how effective the class was (read: how out of shape I am.) I found myself trying to catch my breath more than a few times, and the next day, well, let’s just say I managed to find all…Read More

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