Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Link Roundup

(photo from my instagram)

Bobby, Miku, and I escaped the city for a long weekend in the Catskills, and though we're freezing our toes off (and I witnessed several accidents, due to icy roads), it has been nice to unwind and recharge. I think Miku is especially happy to be in the country, as you can tell by this picture. I'm going to shut my computer down and unplug for a bit, but I didn't want to leave you without some links to check out:

- All of The Cut's Pretty Hurts articles, in one place.

- A reminder to be present. That may sound funny, coming from someone who is active on all social platforms. But it's important to know when to disconnect, sit your phone down, and live in the moment. Make memories - don't just curate them on instagram. It's all about balance.

- This brought tears to my eyes. Bravo, bro!

- These mouse loafers by Minna Parikka are a Disney lover's dream.

- 4 DIY Skin Solutions that I love.

- Thanksgiving recipes from all 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).

- Hairstyles to try: A volumized ponytail for short hair, or the 90s hair flip.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kate Spade Saturday

Outfit Details:
Kate Spade Saturday Gold Dot Perfect Crew Sweatshirt in Lots of Dots Black
Kate Spade Saturday Deep Pleat Mini Skirt in Gold
Miista Alexia platforms in Black/Gold
Kate Spade Saturday Mini A Satchel in Hyper Pink
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore
Lookmatic Payton frames

It's not everyday that you walk into a store and could imagine its entire contents in your closet - at least, not for me. When Kate Spade Saturday opened, I felt as though they tailor-made it for me: it's graphic, bright, and all about having fun - everything I look for in clothing. It is named after the best day of the week, so I wouldn't expect anything less. I live in their slip neck tees (I recently wore them back to back) and favor their bright, poppy handbags and accessories, so when they asked me to share some of my favorite holiday looks and gift ideas, I did a little dance and threw some confetti in the air (or just said "yes," depending on whose story you believe). For the first look, I went with some golden holiday glitz with their Gold Dot Perfect Crew Sweatshirt and Kate Spade Saturday Deep Pleat Mini Skirt. The golden polka dots are a recurring theme in their holiday collection: hats, gloves, tops, dresses, bags - I love it!

I'll be sharing my gift guide and second holiday look with you, soon, but in the meantime, check out this amazing giveaway they're hosting. One lucky winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to Kate Spade Saturday and four more (yes, FOUR!) for their girlfriends. I would love for that winner to be one of my readers, so make sure you go and enter, here!

p.s. Happy, happy birthday to my little sister, Tessa Marie! I love you, Chichi!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Makeup Monday: Urban Decay Naked On The Run

I just got back from a weekend trip to New Orleans, with Urban Decay! As you might know from my previous trips to NOLA, I love this city. And unless you are new to reading this blog, you know how big of an Urban Decay fangirl I am. I live and swear by so many of their products, I'm practically an unofficial spokesperson. A very unofficial one, but maybe if I stand outside their window with "In Your Eyes" playing on a boombox, they'll put a ring on it. Until then, I'm more than happy to gallivant around the streets of New Orleans with them, because the ladies behind the brand are just as fun as the products they represent.

I (along with Teni, Sona, and Elshane) was generously invited to New Orleans for the upcoming launch of Naked On The Run. What better way is there to celebrate an all-in-one, travel friendly palette than to test-drive it on an actual trip? I usually pare down my products for travel, but even still, I end up with quite an arsenal (I could say the same for my overstuffed suitcase full of shoes I'm probably not going to wear). The Naked On The Run palette includes five shadows, eyeliner, blush, bronzer, highlighter, lipgloss, and mascara, so I was able to leave most of my makeup at home. To give you an idea, that last look is completely done with the palette, save for my brows, liquid liner, and lip liner under the gloss. I'm normally not much of a gloss girl and expected to neglect that particular product, but I've been wearing it a lot. It comes out on November 20th, but I have a feeling it will sell very quickly, so you might want to mark your calendar. I'm pretty excited about having such a convenient makeup kit, since I travel so much. Speaking of traveling: this trip went by so quickly, but we managed to pack so much in.

Urban Decay went all out, when it came to planning our trip, and we had such a wonderful time. We stayed at The Ritz Carlton (dream bed included), ate incredible meals, learned a lot about the rich history of New Orleans, made friends with our tour guide and hotel staff (Hi, Scully and Scott!), and of course, made time for music (dueling pianos at Pat O'Briens and jazz at Preservation Hall). I even had time to catch up with two of my friends, Erin and Andi! It was quite an action-packed couple of days, and I would relive them, in a heartbeat. Urban Decay, I'll go back on the run with you, anytime. Thank you for having me!