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I love Boston. It was the first city I ever explored and home to some of the most beloved people in my life. There truly are no words to express how I feel about Monday's events, except that you truly are a special city filled with extraordinary people and everyone is standing by you. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were impacted and those who are struggling to find normalcy amongst the chaos.
All my love xo
Winter, winter go away.....I don't wanna wait 'til May! I know I'm going to get some grief for this because I'm leaving for Playa Del Carmen, Mexico in 36 hours but I have to get it off my chest. This is the longest winter I can remember. And it's not that it's bitterly cold or filled with snowfall records - it's just grey, cold & relentless. I was very fortunate to have my best friends here this weekend (more on that later), but what I did not count on was having to wear my red down coat everywhere and having it star in the photos. So today, on the coldest day, I pretended it was 55 degrees, brought out some spring cheer and survived the brutal wind to tell the story. Take that, winter. xo
As a May baby, I never had a true appreciation for my birthstone, the emerald. As I get older and wiser, I now understand its mature elegance and think it's simply beautiful. This season, bright & bold neons have made way for rich and vibrant jewel tones. Here are a few ideas of how to work this unexpected color into your wardrobe. Also keep in mind if you're starting to shop for those May birthdays! xo
1. 1969 Legging Skimmer Jeans in Citrus Green / Gap
2. Large Miranda Natural Grained Tote in Green / Michael Kors
3. Nail Color in Pretty Edgy / Essie
4. The Emerald City Earrings / Love Obsessed
5. Sleeveless Swing Dress in Jade / Asos
6. Mad Men Collection Contrast Clutch / Banana Republic
7. Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Jade / Chanel
8. Lace Trench Coat in Kelly Green / Burberry Prorsum Lace
9. Lasercut Belt in Green / Gap
10. Large Metal Aviators in Crystal Green Mirror / Ray-Ban
I've made a resolution to wear more of my jewelry during the work week. I have such a diverse collection, that I should be enjoying it more! One that's been getting a lot of attention is my new gold open heart ring. I love the unique structure of this ring and its quirky elegance. The best part? It was only $15! Shop now.
ps. Looks great with this Spring's bright & bold pastel nail colors.
While out running errands this weekend, you must add these flats to your list. I was in Old Navy earlier this week and they had just put them on display. I felt like I had hit the cheap & chic lottery. They will be perfect for my upcoming trip to Mexico to mix up my resort shoe wardrobe. Each come in a variety of colors (links below) to match practically anything. Most importantly, they are comfortable and not victims of rigid construction, which inexpensive flats often are.
Hurry up, because I assure you these will not last in stores. If you're shopping online, enjoy an extra 15% off this weekend with code "ONSALENOW". With that kind of deal, I may even be back for more! xo
Available in White, Orange, Navy & Nude
Available in Silver, High Voltage, Neon Orange Sherbet, Tranquil Teal, Navy, Gold, Nude, & Pink Neon
Available in Black, Coral Tropics, Off White & Olive Green
I don't know about you, but whenever I see a Marchesa dress on the red carpet, my breath is taken away. I adore Marchesa and cannot get enough of Georgina Chapman. On Project Runway All-Stars, she is elegant, refined, and oh so lovely. And let's be honest, her appearance on husband Harvey Weinstein's arm makes all the award shows more glamorous.
In JCPenney's latest designer collaboration, Georgina has created a "Pearl" of a collection. The slogan captures the spirit of the designs -- "Elegant, fun, sexy and girly. Lace, bows, taffeta and tulle. No matter the occasion, your Pearl dress awaits."
The pieces range from $70 to $250 and are suited for fashionable women of all ages. Fashion forward teens can find prom dresses, and we *cough* older *cough* ladies can find some signature pieces to add to our collections. I can imagine wearing a few of these pieces to this year's Spring & Summer weddings. Shop some of our favorites below -- xo
photos courtesy of jcpenney
I don't know about you, but I am so ready for Spring. It feels like these gloomy, chilly days are endless and I'm ready for bright colors, blonde(r) highlights, and open-toed shoes. I had this in mind on Saturday when the lovely crew at Chanel gave me a new palette. I'm headed to Mexico in a few weeks and I wanted a bold fuchsia lip and an eyeliner that brought out my eyes. Voila! Thank you to Sterling, Barbara, and Monique for making these last days of February a little bit brighter.
Eye Shadow: Ombre Essentielle in Ivory, Sillage, Trace & Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme
Eye Liner: Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Gris & Jade
Eye Brows: Crayon Sourcils in Blond Clare
Lip Color: Rouge Allure #91
Lip Liner: Le Crayon Levres in Fuchsia
Lip Gloss: Levres Sciltillantes in Surprise
I recently met Monique at Chanel Soho and we hit it off immediately. She is a warm and lovely woman who provides lots of helpful tips & tricks. One in particular really stuck with me and I wanted to share with all of you.
If you're anything like me, beauty products can be a bit of an impulse purchase. Sure, you have your investment products, but then you'll go to a make-up counter at Bloomingdales and before you know it, have spent a few hundred dollars on "this season's hottest colors". Even worse is walking into a drugstore. How many of you have gone to a CVS on a Tuesday night for lysol wipes and toilet paper and left with a few Cover Girl items that were "Buy One Get One 50% Off" and you just had to try them? Don't feel bad - we've all been there. I love buying and trying new beauty products, but the real problem is that we often have so many products that we forgot what we have. They get thrown around in our make-up bags and some are lost & forgotten forever.
Monique gave me the idea of creating an inventory of all my make-up. She advised that this tool can be useful when planning a special look, but more importantly, you can bring it with you when shopping to ensure you don't duplicate colors you already have. In four quick steps, I created a make-up journal that provided great insight into my collection and I found some goodies I had completely forgotten about (naturally). Follow these four steps to making your own make-up inventory and truly protecting your beauty investments. xo
I wanted to be sure that I captured my inventory in a compact journal that I could throw into my purse before a shopping trip. I had been given this as a gift, so I thought it was perfect!
My categories included Lips, Eyes, and Cheeks. If you do your own nails, this is also a great way to capture nail polish colors.
A few tips here - your lip colors will go on paper smoothly, but be sure not to press too hard and ruin the tip of your lipstick. For eye shadows and cheek colors, a little water on a q-tip will make the process easier. I found it helpful to note the brand & shade in the case I want to re-purchase in the future.
This step is key, because it protects your swatches from smudging. I did in fact go shopping for make-up at Chanel yesterday, and they did the same thing! More on that later...
You know we love everything DryBar! If you haven't read our manifesto yet, click here for details. Tonight is a big night for the team, as they're making their primetime debut on QVC! We encourage you to cheer on Alli and the crew tonight on QVC at 9PM (EST) during Red Carpet Style. Follow #QVCRedCarpet on Twitter for the latest updates!
For their big premiere, they're offering three of their hottest items for one great deal! The Blowout in a Box includes their brand new Buttercup dryer, Full Pint medium round brush, four Hold Me! clips, mesh filter, and two nozzle attachments. This gift box is perfect for an Easter basket (it's bright yellow, after all!), Mother's Day, or birthdays. This is a must-have for any woman in your life who deserves a little pampering.
Break a leg, ladies! xo
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