Monday, October 31, 2011

Makeup Monday: Makeup with or without Glasses

I'm frequently asked how my beauty routine changed when I started wearing glasses, but the truth is, it hasn't. The amount of requests for "eye makeup you can wear with glasses" made me wonder if I was doing something wrong by not changing up my eye makeup. Truly, I just do my eye makeup and then put my glasses on...simple as that! The only thing I change when I wear glasses is the height of the color - I usually keep it only on the lid, not too far above the crease. But do away with color? Absolutely not! Who says you can't wear color and glasses at the same time? Certainly not this girl.

I like this pairing of bold eyes and lips because they're in the same color family, which makes it less distracting. It also takes about five minutes from start to finish, and can be done in the back of a cab. Hey, if I can put on liquid liner in a moving vehicle, you can pat a little eyeshadow on your lids and blend. I have faith in you! But really, it might be less stressful if you try this at home and not in the back of a cab. I only suggested it to emphasize how easy this look is. Look ma, no hands!

Revlon Berry Haute (purchased in store at CVS), Milani Runway Eyes in Purples, Milani Minerals Blush, Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara, Almay eyeliner in Purple Amethyst. Note: I am a paid member of the CVS/Pharmacy Beauty Club Beauty Board.

Read on for step by step instructions on how to achieve this look.

Halloween Weekend

Miku, the prettiest unicorn/Pegasus.

Me, in my last minute, homemade little red riding hood costume. Since someone asked, my iphone case is Rory Beca for Power Support USA (it was a gift).

Brian and Kim, as Margot and Richie Tenenbaum.

Helena as Mia Wallace and Kim as Margot.

Kitty Christine and her werewolf boyfriend, "A".

This weekend, we took a trip to Philly to celebrate Kim's birthday. It was also my sister Amanda's birthday, and two days before that was my best friend Lauren's birthday - and today, Halloween, is Roxy Mae's birthday! So many October birthdays, so many excuses to eat candy.

Bobby was unable to take off work for the weekend, but Helena kept me company on the drive over. We were driving through slushy snowfall, so the usual two hour drive took us almost four hours. Still, it was totally worth it; we had such a blast. I have the videos to prove it. Being the only sober one at a party has its perks;)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Outfit Details:
blanket sweater - postlapsaria
spotted shirt - local boutique
black t-shirt - Forever 21
denim shorts - H&M
tights - Foot Traffic
Seychelles Theory boots - c/o Seychelles
bag - c/o Coach
necklace - Forever 21

I originally bought a bolt of this fabric for completely different intentions, but it sat in my office so long that I forgot what those intentions were. Instead, I made a short-sleeve blanket sweater for layering. I made it in three colors: red, as seen here, grey and white plaid and an oatmeal pattern. I have a mild allergy to wool but my neck must have developed some sort of tolerance, because this didn't seem to bother me. Believe me when I say that no one is more anxious than I am to get my site back up; we had some setbacks that delayed the relaunch quite a bit but everything seems to be back on track! I'm setting up a photo shoot with a lovely friend of mine and a photographer I've worked with before; I'm pretty excited about that.

As for this little sweater - I've decided to make them to order, since they take up quite a bit of room on the rack and it's already full. I'm thinking of doing a pre-sale on these (still have to photograph the other two options) and a few one of a kinds I have on hand, if there's any interest. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Outfit Details:
vintage hat - thrifted in Florida
vintage glasses - Guvnor's Vintage in Park Slope
trench - Old Navy (got it on sale for $30!)
Wrap dress by Miss Patina - c/o Emerging Thoughts
vintage bag - thrifted in Florida
Calvin Klein heels - Beacon's Closet
lipstick - Bobbi Brown lip color in Sandwash Pink

My mom and I did a little thrifting while I was in Florida; I picked up so many things, my suitcase ended up being overweight! This hat has the original owner's name and phone number inside - I love little details that give the item somewhat of a history. I haven't worn my favorite find yet, but I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!

Visit me at Frye and win a pair of boots!

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Come visit me at Frye's flagship location, this Wednesday! I'll be on hand to give styling tips and be your personal shopper. Even better, I'll be searching for the best dressed attendees, who will be eligible for a free pair of Frye boots! To make the contest fair and square, I'll share my top picks on the blog and let you decide on the final winner. Then, as a thank you for voting, I will also randomly select one reader to win a pair of boots from Frye!

If you're in NYC this Wednesday, come on out and show us what you've got. Can't wait to meet you!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Makeup Monday: Current Obsessions

Lately, I've been gravitating toward muted, rosy hues in creamy finishes and swapping my usual black liner for a slightly softer brown. I picked up this lipstick on a whim and now it's one of my favorites!

What are your current cosmetic obsessions?

Friday, October 21, 2011

it's raining, it's pouring

Outfit Details:
Ashton dress - c/o Elie Tahari
vintage belt - Hourglass Consignment (my mom's store)
umbrella - Accessorize
MAC clutch (also available in the mini version)- c/o Rebecca Minkoff
cuff - LOFT
vintage 20s hands necklace - gift from my mom
Jeffrey Campbell heels - Century 21
glasses - Ray-Ban
lipstick - Russian Red

It has been raining every single night, for the past month.
Well, not exactly.
Bobby has become obsessed with Rainy Mood; it helps put him to sleep. I get it, because I used to do the same thing when I was in middle and high school. The problem? It makes it very difficult to wake up. It also makes me think it is actually raining outside, and I wake up very confused.

That being said, it did actually rain on this day - and though this is completely unrelated, the shoes hurt like a b****.

Chaps Styling Event

Chaps invited Christine, Aly and me to their showroom and asked us to bring along the men in our life, for a little styling session. It's not often that the men are the fashion focal point, so needless to say, we were on board! Aly brought her friend Nick, Christine brought stand-in boyfriend Landon ("A" was working and unable to attend) and I, of course, brought Bobby.

We took a look at their inspiration boards, had a handsome model demonstrate the fit of everything and then it was time to choose pieces to make and outfit. I was excited to dress Bobby but being that he has a very strong sense of how he likes to dress, he promptly (and politely, because he doesn't know how to be anything but) ditched me and picked out the clothes himself. Smart boy - I would've done the same thing, though I probably wouldn't have been as nice about it (I'm feisty). I relegated myself to the cheese tray and let him do his thing. We were leaving for Florida directly after the event and I had to prepare for my vehicular hibernation. I have priorities.

He has since worn two outfits of his choosing from the Chaps collection, and I must say, he did a nice job. I'll wait to post pictures until he posts on his own blog. I can't wait to see what the other guys (or their respective gals) chose. Which leads to me to the question: do you dress the man in your life, or does he dress himself? I think we all know my answer - though I'm sure a lot of people would be surprised to find out that it's all Bobby!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Meet my newest nephew, Ryder! He was born on September 23rd, weighing 8 lbs 3 oz.
I have many more pictures to share from my trip home - and if you follow me on instagram or twitter, you've probably seen a lot of baby Ryder and the family, already. I just couldn't believe I haven't posted any pictures of him on the blog, yet! Doesn't Roxy Mae make the cutest big sister?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Outfit Details:
Foley + Corinna chiffon petal vest - The Outnet
leopard sweater - J. Crew
leather jacket (underneath) - c/o Elie Tahari
skirt - Beacon's Closet
tights - H&M
Seychelles Theory boots - c/o Seychelles (also worn here)
Flagship Coach bag - c/o Coach (also worn here)
studded bracelet - c/o Rebecca Minkoff
bangle bracelets - Forever 21
friendship bracelet - made by Tessa
ring - street vendor
glasses - Ray-Ban
lipstick - Bobbi Brown Rose
nail polish - China Glaze 5th Ave

I have a habit of using birthday or Christmas money for necessities or just putting it in my bank account. I find nothing wrong with it, but I do think it bothers my family a little bit when their intent was to provide me with a gift - not groceries. I was having this conversation with Helena not long ago. She, too, had the same tendency. Since my family sent me handy gift cards this year, I decided to treat them as such and actually get myself a gift. With my gift cards combined, I picked out this fun, petal-fringed vest from The Outnet. It's something I would normally admire and not purchase - but now that I have it, I have already worn it twice. Best part? I still have a balance left on my gift card. I'm not promising it won't be spent on something horribly mundane.