Friday, July 31, 2015

Heatwave


A few tips to beat the heat.


I'll take my coffee frozen, dipped in chocolate and coconut. Please. (Starbucks should get on this.)

Have a great weekend. Stay cool!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Brows On Fleek?


What's the secret behind Cara Delevingne's eyebrows? According to Daily Mail, apparently she doesn't let anyone touch them. She's smart...



I'm a victim of a bad eyebrow wax, so this tube of Revitabrow just arrived via Amazon Prime. I'll try anything! I've been trying to grow them thicker and was just starting to make progress.

I'm even more mad that I just bought a package to European Wax Center because I won't be setting foot in there for quite some time while I recover. Every time I'm there they try to upsell me and I say no... I finally caved... and then this happened.  I had to stop myself from furrowing my brow typing this... don't want this to cause wrinkles too.Thanks for listing to my rant.


Now I'm truly getting my money's worth out of this product (I use the soft brown color). The dual-sided brush is a must for application and blending. I didn't consistently fill in my brows until recent months when I bought it after seeing great reviews. It takes some time to nail down the precise application so skip it when I'm in a rush. In that case, I'll use this MAC angle brush and eye eyeshadow (Bobbi Brown in Blonde).

If you don't fill your brows, here is a great tutorial from Maskcara. She's on of my favorite beauty bloggers. It's pretty crazy what a difference it can make in your look. Also, here are some before and after of celebs with bolder brows.


I'm going for a brow look a la Karen Smith Amanda Seyfried. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nautical Chic

Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart

I recently spotted Nautical Chic on the shelves at Juliska in Stamford and it's on my growing wishlist of coffee table books.


I started to compile some timeless nautical looks and this simple style caught my eye first.


I immediately thought of this Olivia Palermo outfit - one of my favorites. Now, to find that perfect cableknit sweater to wear season to season. And a navy peacoat. Can you tell I'm anxious for fall clothing?!


Bette Davis, 1935 (colorized). I'm pretty sure that every fashion blogger has posed exactly like this in their round shades over the summer.


My Pinterest perusing led me to this. Transform simple nude heels with this DIY knotted rope heels from Vogue Australia. This pair of Steve Madden heels is perfect for the project. Would be cute for a nautical themed engagement shoot with a navy dress.


 We can't forget the classic blue and white striped tee. Duchess Kate loves her stripes and says hi.


Yours truly! I've been into nautical fashion since the 80s.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015-2016 Day Planners

myAgenda $24+
Lilly Pulitzer Agenda $28

Growing up I loved back to school shopping... both clothing and supplies. I still get giddy when it's time for a new planner. Most people think I'm crazy for still having a written planner, but there are other organizational enthusiasts out there that are with me. So for you all, I have compiled some of the most popular and stylish planners I see around blog world. 

I've been using the Erin Condren Life Planner for the past two years. I'm a fan of the weekly view and the durable cover. The folder in the back is a necessity for me to stick bills or other to-dos in.


I have also seen cute, wallet friendly agenda options at Target. They are sold only in stores, not online.



Another roundup... including some Kate Spade options.

Did I miss your favorite planner?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

San Francisco


Catching up on some recent trips! I travel for work every so often and one of my more frequent destinations is San Francisco. When I don't have meetings or dinners scheduled I'm on my own to explore. I don't have much free time or close friends that live there so I try to make the most of it without venturing far from my hotel.

STAY AND SHOP
I stayed at the Park Central (formerly Westin) on my last visit, which is an SPG property. Appropriately named, it was within walking distance Union Square and the Ferry Building. In addition to all the department stores and high end brands around Union Square, there is also a string of discount stores along Market Street including Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th. If shopping is your thing, you won't be disappointed.

I've also stayed at The Fairmont, which is a beautiful historic hotel. It's also haunted (no joke, I had a bizarre experience with a voice on the elevator). Besides that, it was lovely.

WORKING OUT
When I travel I try really hard to get workouts in . It happens more frequently when I'm on the West Coast because I wake up at 6AM in a panic thinking it's 9AM and I've overslept. In advance I'll check to see if my hotel offers a gym or if there are any studios I can drop into it. Yoga is usually easier to pack for and welcoming to newcomers. I'll bring a mat towel and don't need to pack sneakers. The last time I decided to finally give Soul Cycle a try since it was near my hotel. I'm a big fan of spin and can see why this studio has a cult following. Since I lugged my spin shoes in my suitcase I was committed to going.

FOOD
Before my flight home, I stopped by the ferry building for breakfast. It reminds me of Chelsea Market in Manhattan with several specialty and gourmet food vendors. There is always a long line at Blue Bottle Coffee so I hop right in. I had a baked egg sandwich with sautéed mushrooms, Gruyere, and herbs from Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Cafe that was unreal. I was actually trying to go for something somewhat healthy... oopsies (I wasn't on the 21 Day Fix during this trip). Finally, I couldn't come home empty handed for Ted so brought home some Macarons from Miette. They aren't colorful because they don't use any artificial ingredients. One of these days I would like to visit their full shop in Hayes Valley.

One of my favorite restaurants that I have been a few times with clients is Wayfare Tavern. It's great for both lunch and dinner and I love the old world decor.

Any San Francisco favorites I should keep in mind the next time I go?