New Thing: Stick It

Stick ‘em up. Having a blog propels you to do lots of things. Sometimes, things you’d never normally do. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. So, once a week, I’m peer pressuring myself to test out the waters and try something out of my comfort zone. This week: Stick-on manicures. For some odd reason (I think it’s my work sked), I’ve gotten stuck on a Wednesday mani/pedi rotation, which means come Sunday, I’m all chipped out. Solution: manicure stickers, or, as Sally Hansen calls them Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. I found these are my local Target over in the nail polish aisle. That’s about as close to real nail polish as they come, being found in the nail polish aisle. Options abound, from solid with glitter to lace, flowers, stripes and other tacky crap I’d never be caught dead in more. I went with flowers because I…Read More

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Makeup Monday: Emma Stone's Eyes

Emma Stone in Lanvin. Last night’s Golden Globes sent a storm of celebs down the red carpet in fabulous frocks and daring makeup. My favorite look of the evening, however, was Emma Stone. Her eyes were completely on par with her dress. And what a dress it was. It’s a bit risky to play up such dramatic makeup with such a powerful dress, but the team at Chanel helped Stone pull it off. It’s all about the eyes. Stone is a Revlon brand ambassador, which means she, of course, was wearing a smattering of Revlon products. The artist behind the look was Chanel’s Rachel Goodwin, who created the look with pewter and gunmetal shades. For the eyes, here’s what she used: Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Noir and Intense Mascara in Noir. Revlon ColorStay 16H Eyeshadow Quad in Precocious. Noted are the nude-ish lips paired with the bold eye, because…Read More

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The Power of Patterns

One look, four patterns. Yesterday, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m usually a solids kind of person. But I mixed it up with a mess of patterns. Normally, if I do wear a pattern, it’s just one. And a bold one at that. Mixing and matching a bunch of little patterns together can be risky. You can easily come off like a vagrant wearing every last scrap of clothing you own. Or, you can look like an art teacher who went to Woodstock version 1.0. But, if you do it right, it’s possible to make the look work. I don’t know what got into me when I paired my big, boho mama skirt (FYI if I could LIVE in these hippie dippy schmattas, I totally would.) with a pattern tank and threw on my DVF leopard tote. I also had on my Zingara animal-print halter bikini, which was…Read More

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The Life of Riley Fridays

I’m not so sure how fab this whole things is, but it’s touting my new concept. After a chat with my Mom, where I explained to her my new office attire was a bathing suit and my new office was the beach or a pool (I live in a tropical environ, so part of my New Year’s resolution was to enjoy it as much as possible and since I have to work, why not meld the two?), she threw out a saying “the life of Riley.” And then she was floored neither I, nor my husband, had any clue what it meant. I chalked it up to a generation gap. But after she said it, she suggested I dedicate Friday (my favorite day of the week) posts to the good life. And I think it’s not a half-bad idea. So here it is, my first Life of Riley Friday post….Read More

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Yes, a Whole Post About Lipstick

Current faves. There are two things in life that should always be red: sports cars and lips. I know this is very ’50s of me, but I love lipstick. Bold, red lipstick. Nothing says a perfect pout like a pair of beautifully lined rouge lips. And the last thing I’d ever do is swipe gloss over the top of that lipstick. For me, red lips should be marvelous and matte. Finding the right lipstick to make that happen, however, is a chore in and of itself. Reds fade to bright or hot pink, bleed into your lip line and they make for a mess if you don’t locked down the exact shade and texture. When I came across Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet ($32.50), I got that little tingle of excitement that I might be able to give my old standby Clinique red I’ve been rationing for eons now (it was…Read More

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What to Do This Weekend

More at http://www.dailycandy.com/miami/article/117617/Miami-Events-and-Diversions. Fancy a game of ping-pong? Wanna meet Patti Smith? Need something to wear to meet Patti Smith? Craving a burger? Need to work off the calories from that burger with some yoga? It’s time for you to read DailyCandy’s Weekend Guide, my friend. Find it all here. I’m so excited about Fly Boutique in MiMo. I can’t wait to rummage through the vintage finds. And this whole Prana Passport thing is completely genius. To new old clothes and yoga traveling. Cheers.

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Thirty-seven? What Do You Mean, 37?

Dear Weather Channel, might this be some kind of error? I conceded defeat and turned the heat on about an hour and a half ago — because it’s cold. And its going to get legit cold later. Whenever the temps dip below 70 in Miami, madness sets in. At yoga this morning, the room was heated to 80 degrees. People walked in wearing scarves. Boots. So when the temperature actually starts doing weird stuff, like being, well, all cold and 37 and stuff, we Floridians don’t know what to do with ourselves. Honestly, I was wearing a bikini on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I’m tan for the first time in a long, long time and it’s all tucked under wooly socks and thermal pants. Something is clearly wrong here. Nevertheless, that small Midwestern portion of me, the one who barely remembers what it feels like when its…Read More

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Attention Patti Smith Fans

Yes, that Patti Smith. You may get as excited as Michael Stipe when I share this little bit. On Sunday, Jan. 8, Patti Smith is going to be at Book & Books in Coral Gables to talk about and sign copies of her latest memoir, “Woolgathering.” The book is a collection of her childhood musings combined with her life story. It’s a re-release with a hefty dose of new material, like omitted writings, illustrations and pics. And you get to meet Smith in person. Yes, the “Godmother of Punk” will be there in the flesh. Bring a pen and your best bra. The signings start at 4 p.m.

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Reference Point: Christmas Tree Takedown

Curb alert. While we were out galavanting on NYE, we ran into fellow blogger Hadley Henriette. Total side note: girl has style like none other. She mentioned she publicly disagreed with our when-to-take-down-the-tree post. So we took a little trip over to her blog, “Field Day” and took a look-see for ourselves. Now that’s a lovely tree, Hadley. But she plans to leave it up until at least Valentine’s Day. This also spawned a conversation with the other New Year’s Eve-bies I was hanging with, and it turns out Erin’s mom was infamous for keeping her tree up well into April. Yes, April. When I was a kid, that thing hit the curb the day after Christmas and the ornaments were packed up and put away just as quickly. Mine actually took a trip back to the big bag in the garage today—remember, it’s eco-chic. Since this seems to be…Read More

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