As of late, I find myself perusing home decor and neglecting my long-time beauty and fashion fixation. A few months ago, I purchased a home. I've been obsessing over decor, storage and lifestyle. SO, my fashion hiatus has prompted me to launch a lifestyle section on my blog..
One of the first decor ideas that came to mind when I initially viewed my soon-to-be new place was the oversized shelves in the kitchen - It is the perfect space for growing Modern Sprout hydroponic herbs.
I've been growing hydroponic herbs inside a countertop, LED lit greenhouse for years, but my new open space urged me to ditch the greenhouse and install a Modern Sprout LED grow light.
Modern Sprout was started by two regular, but thoughtful thumb-colored people. The indoor gardening company focuses on hydroponic growing methods of herbs, flowers, small trees and salad greens. Modern Sprout also has grow kits for outdoor gardening.
Initially, Modern Sprout sold herbs, but they've expanded into other plants with new jars, vases, hydro planters and biodomes. This in-home gardening method is perfect for small spaces and for folks that live in the city and are lacking outdoor space.
I'm partial to herbs, especially basil, oregano and sage. I use these herbs regularly and love that they're grown in my home, without chemicals. I also find these herbs last much longer than an herb plant purchased at the grocery store.
I tried growing mint many times and was unsuccessful, but the herbs listed above are low maintenance and always a success. The mint plant pictured above was purchased a the grocery store.
The start-up process is easy. Each Garden Jar comes with a steel net pot, polypro wick, coco pith disk, growing medium, activated carbon, organic seeds and instruction Manuel.
Pull the polypro wick to one inch below the edge of the steel net pot, fill the pot with the growing medium and run warm water over the medium for 30 seconds. Fill the Garden Jar with water (about 2 cups). Place the coco pith disc on top of the growing medium and gently run water over it until the pith completely expands and you are able to spread the soil around. Add the activated carbon and then the seeds. Push the seeds into the soil (mint seeds should remain above the soil). Set your Garden Jars under a LED grow light and wait..
When your little herb garden begins to sprout, empty the water. Mix a little plant food with 2 cups of water - pour most of it in the jar and a little over the soil and through the net pot. Repeat..
This is basil, sage and oregano after one week. The herbs take a little while to get going, but if you maintain them, they will grow up to 12" high. I suggest moving your LED grow light higher as they grow.
The basil Garden Jar is my favorite. The leaves are a good size and it smells amazing. I use fresh basil in everything; pasta sauce, over baked chicken, in salad and beverages - Add a few basil leaves to hot water for a refreshing beverage.
ALSO, basil freshens your breath - So, chew on a few leaves when necessary.
AND, basil is an excellent source for vitamins. The extracted oil can be used to treat wounds and skin infections.
You can purchase a Modern Sprout Grow House with an LED grow light. It fits nicely on the countertop, is appealing to the eye and can hold up to four Garden Jars. It's super expensive, but mine lasted years - I gave it away and I'm sure it will keep glowing for a few more.
My oversized kitchen shelf is the perfect space for a hydroponic garden. But, this time I went with the Modern Sprout LED grow light. I purchased two (one for each counter), but..
I struggled (REALLY HARD) with the idea of drilling holes in to my cabinetry to accommodate the grow light, but after a full day of contemplating, considering different options and having a breakdown, I went for it. I'm beyond happy with the outcome.
I screwed two small holes in the roof of the cabinetry to hold small black chains, attached the grow light and drilled a larger hole in the side of the cabinetry for the power cord. Luckily, I have an outlet in the cupboard next to the shelf (for the microwave).
The grow light has three settings and an automatic on and off option. I opted for the 12 hours on and 12 hours off. Choose the time of day you want the light to come on, set the timer, press the on button and hold till the light reaches maximum strength. Each day, your grow light will turn on and off at the same time.
The Modern Sprout hydroponic indoor garden is easy to maintain, looks great, is a conversation starter and will give you plenty of fresh herbs. I LOVE this gardening method.
As of late, I find myself perusing home decor and neglecting my long-time beauty and fashion fixation. A few months ago, I purchased a home. I've been obsessing over decor, storage and lifestyle....
Chloé sunglasses, Lovers + Friends Tara tank, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, Louis Vuitton Bumbag (kaki), Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Christian Dior J'Adior bracelets, Maison Margiela mule sneakers AND Teddy the Bear in his doggles
Chloé sunglasses, Lovers + Friends Tara tank, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, Louis Vuitton Bumbag (kaki), Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Christian Dior J'Adior bracelets, Maison...
Fall and Winter accessories and apparel are my favorite AND I should be perusing the new arrivals, but I'm stuck on Summer styles. Maybe I'm holding on to summer in hopes that it will last a little longer than usual. I'm still coveting pale colors, floral prints and pretty details.
This Chloé bandana-printed silk twill minidress (available at MyTheresa) is the perfect chic-bohemian look. The short, trapeze silhouette is flattering and the high collar elevates this style. I would pair this dress with booties and Chloe Nile handbag. Perfection!
I LOVE the "don as many hair clips as you can" trend. Dorit Kemsley is the hair clip queen and one of my favorite celebrities for fashion inspiration. Google her hair clip madness - it's brilliant!
I have to have these Saint Laurent crystal-embellished hair clips (available at MyTheresa). These antique silver-tone metal hair clips are encrusted with the Saint Laurent brand in crystals. LOVE! Saint Laurent also has "Call Me" hair clips - I'll take those too.
I have an abundance of everything, but t-shirts are my clothing-crack! The Palm Angels "Kill the Bear" t-shirt (available at Ssense) dons a bouclé graphic appliqué of a bear with it's head removed. It's a little morbid, but I like it. This brand is new to me and the various teddy bear inspired styles have my attention.
I'm considering to sell an LV handbag so I can add this pretty, pink arm candy to my collection. I've been coveting this Dolce & Gabbana pink PVC mini Sicily tote for too long. The Sicily silhouette is structured and chic. Pink is my favorite color and this shade of pink is perfection. The sporty strap gives this otherwise classic silhouette a modern vibe. HAVE TO HAVE!
Fall and Winter accessories and apparel are my favorite AND I should be perusing the new arrivals, but I'm stuck on Summer styles. Maybe I'm holding on to summer in hopes that it will last a...
I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked pencil brows AND thinning hairs that come with age. It's an impossible brow battle! There are many products that may induce thicker brows, but for some of us, the hairs are too long gone.
For a more youthful, full-brow look, eyebrow makeup is your hero! These three brow products will enhance your brows dramatically..
Benefit is one of my favorite brands. The Benefit brow enhancing product lineup is lengthy and impressive, but these three combined, will give you that Instagram worthy pic. I reference Instagram often when referring to an enhanced or fabricated look!
Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel is a must-have and the only product I absolutely need. Even on those no makeup days, I still apply Gimme Brow.
The tapered brush allows for precise application. The tinted gel has microfibers that adhere to the hairs and skin for a natural, full look. The formula is buildable (I recommend layering). Apply from the arch to the end first (these hairs should appear darker) and then use the leftover gel on the brush (before double-dipping) on the inner brow hairs. Always pull the arch to end hairs down and the entry hairs upwards.
Gimme Brow gel is water proof and lasts all day (unless you take a nap on your face). It is available in two sizes - the mini is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel.
The Benefit Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is all you need to create defined, fuller brows. The small pencils allow you to shape your brows with ease - Although, it may take little practice.
The multi-tasking pencil has four shades to define and highlight. This 4-in-1 pencil will eliminate a few products in your makeup bag and is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel.
Click the intended tab and the non-sharpen pencil appears. Twist the end to push the pencil out of the slim plastic tube. Use the lighter shade to fill in your brows from start to end and then the darker shade for a more intense brow look. Apply the definer below the brow from start to end and the highlighter from arch to end. Perfectly contoured brows!
The Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is available in five shades. VERY IMPORTANT - these shades are based on your skin tone AND your eyebrow hair color.
Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer nourishes and smooths your brows. Wear alone to condition or use as a primer to extend the wear of brow products. I apply Browvo! at night, so my eyebrows are super nourished in the AM.
You may have to continuously click the pen the first go, but only once thereafter for the perfect amount of conditioning primer. This double duty eyebrow primer is essential to healthy, fuller brows.
I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked...
This one goes out to all of you suffering from angry red face! Whatever the cause, Rosacea is hard to manage and flare-ups can be unpredictable. I use three topical medications and a variety of facial serums, but my irritable skin flares up on the daily.
Yeah, you're should avoid food, beverages, products snd environments that trigger a flushed face, BUT that would leave you miserable. Spicy food, cheese and wine are three of my favorite things to eat and drink AND I refuse to give them up in an effort to combat my flushed skin. Stress is also a huge factor, but that one's unavoidable.
I do however have a lineup of anti-redness products to mask the "I've had too much wine" look. These redness correctors will change your life..
Many dermatologist stock Colorescience products - that's sayin' something about this better skin brand. All of the products have SPF to combat skincare battles as a result of sun exposure, before they start. Colorescience All Calm provides SPF 50 sun protection. LOVE that!
Colorescience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector is a new product in my skincare lineup. The primer-like product calms your skin while combatting redness. It has a similar texture to Colorescience Perfectors - a silky, thick facial product that glides on nicely and neutralizes your skin tone. It is however only available in one shade that may be light on tanned skin or darker skin tones.
I have been using Colorescience products since 2014 and while I've updated my go-to product list many times over the years, Colorescience Perfectors are still at the top.
These primers give you a natural, even tone, leaving no trace of caked on makeup (like foundation often appears). These perfectors blend perfectly (hence the name I suppose), minimize the look of your pores, blur wrinkles, and enhances your complexion. The natural result is far better than using foundation. People often compliment my skin and asked what foundation I wear - I don't!
The texture is soft and silky. It is a bit thick, but when applied over a nourished face, neck and décolletage, it absorbs quickly and enhances your skin dramatically.
I use the Calming Perfector during cold seasons and blend it with Bronzing Perfector during the summer for a sun kissed look. The Brightening Perfector is great for combatting redness and illuminating your skin. Don't be afraid of the pale yellow tone - it will transform your skin and brighten your complexion. I promise.
I have 'officially' (nothing I declare is really official) branded It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Color-Correcting cream the 'anti-redness warpaint'. If you have Rosacea or hyper pigmentation, you need this.
Bye Bye Redness is the ultimate anti-redness product. It's kinda like a foundation, primer and cream in one. It is thick, has a silky texture and gives you super full-coverage. This product is smooth, goes on like a primer (similar to Colorscience primers), has a green tint (to mask redness) and gives you a matte finish.
Apply to your cheeks, nose and forehead and blend outwards. A little goes a long way. Beware - this stuff will stain your clothes, so be careful when applying.
Bye Bye Redness Color-Correcting cream is available in three shades - Transforming Porcelain Beige, Transforming Neutral Beige and Transforming Light Beige. If you can't decide what shade to purchase, go with the neutral.
The mint green tint of Laura Mercier Shine Control Pressed Setting Powder tones down redness. The 'Shine Control Complex' gives you a shine-free, fresh, matte finish - a much-needed addition to my cosmetic bag for on-the-go touchups.
I wouldn't recommend this translucent powder for tanned or darker skin tones. Apply this powder to combat redness and reduce shine - it's not an all-over powder.
This one goes out to all of you suffering from angry red face! Whatever the cause, Rosacea is hard to manage and flare-ups can be unpredictable. I use three topical medications and a variety of...
Chloé aviator sunglasses, Spell & The Gypsy Collective Follow The Sun dress, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Chloé Nile handbag, Louis Vuitton scarf, Adidas sneakers
Chloé aviator sunglasses, Spell & The Gypsy Collective Follow The Sun dress, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Chloé Nile handbag, Louis Vuitton scarf, Adidas
Fendi sunglasses, Honorine Peri mini dress, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Louis Vuitton backpack, Louis Vuitton scarf (on the backpack), Adidas sneakers
Fendi sunglasses, Honorine Peri mini dress, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Louis Vuitton backpack, Louis Vuitton scarf (on the backpack), Adidas
Too Faced is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. The vast lineup includes skin prep and setting products, along with high-quality and innovative makeup. Oh and the scents are amazing!
Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (not pictured here), is the ultimate lip plumper and probably my most-valued makeup product. Your lips become significantly fuller and flushed with color in minutes. Since purchasing my first Too Faced lip balm in 2014, this brand has taken over my CosmoCube.
The new Too Faced Dew You lineup is part of the Tutti Fruity Collection and is comprised of four products - Dew You primer, foundation, setting powder and setting spray.
The watermelon and cumber scent of Dew You products is delicious. I'm not a big fan of scented facial products (especially floral scents), but LOVE this one. It's sweet and refreshing.
Dew You Fresh Glow Luminous Face Primer can be worn alone for a dewy look, under makeup for a boost in luminosity and over makeup for a highlighted look. I prefer the strobing effect over the full-face dewy look. The all-over glow is a bit too shinny for me.
The gel-cream texture is non-sticky, applies nicely and soaks into your skin seamlessly. This face primer creates the perfect canvas for soft-focus luminosity. It is high-shine, so apply sparingly. I purchased the Radiant Pearl. The micro sparkles have a pink-tone and transfer easily (be careful putting on white tops).
The Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Translucent Setting Powder is a brightening setting powder. Apply to areas you want a little extra glow - I like to sweep the powder over my under eye concealer and across my nose and cheeks. The micro illuminating pearls reflect the light and blur imperfections.
Dew You Fresh Glow Translucent Setting Powder is available in three versatile shades - Radiant Pearl (pale skin), Radiant Nude (sun-kissed skin) and Radiant Caramel (darker skin tones). I purchased the Radiant Pearl and Radiant Nude. The Radiant Pearl is transparent, while the Radiant Nude has a slight bronzing quality.
The packaging is brilliant. Under the pink and gold, watermelon printed twist cover is a flip-top with a mesh layer to control the amount of powder you shake through. This mesh also allows you to rub your brush along it and remove access powder. This innovative design ensures you won't waste powder.
This setting powder is light-weight, brightens your complexion and smells amazing! It is is infused with soothing cucumber extract and has the Dew You signature watermelon and cucumber scent. Delicious!
Another deliciously scented Too Faced product - It's Bananas Setting Powder from the Tutti Fruity Collection. This matte yellow powder blurs imperfection and brightens your complexion.
The yellow-tone neutralizes redness and combats under eye circles. The light-weight powder is perfect for setting concealer. This pressed, setting powder can also be applied to high points on the face for a matte highlighter. The It's Bananas Setting Powder is cute and smells yummy.
The Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection is one of my favorites. I purchased the Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm and then had to have the Peach Lip Scrub. This exfoliating lip scrub is gentle and effective. Your lips will feel soft and rejuvenated. The peaches and cream scent is sweet and yummy!
If you want a pouty look, buff your lips first, get the circulation flowing, apply a lip balm and then color. If you want super-plumped lips, purchase the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This stuff reigns supreme!
Too Faced has a Hangover Collection - LOVE that! The collection consisted of a primer and setting spray, but is expanding and will include an AM and PM facial moisturizer - Can't wait.
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray hydrates and brightens. The weightless formula is coconut water-infused and has a subtle coconut scent. You can apply this spray as a primer, setting spray and a mid-day refresher. It soaks into the skin nicely and give you a smooth canvas. LOVE!
The Too Faced Dew You lineup and Hangover Collection are a must-have this summer. All of these Too Faced products combined will leave your skin feeling hydrated, boost luminosity, prime and set your makeup and treat your lips for the perfect pouty look.
Too Faced is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. The vast lineup includes skin prep and setting products, along with high-quality and innovative makeup. Oh and the scents are amazing! Too...
I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have been using a scalp scrub once a week.
The Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub is my new favorite scalp treatment. The peppermint scent is refreshing and the deep cleanse restores your hair and scalp balance.
This inexpensive, detoxifying shampoo gets to the root of damaged hair and restores your scalp. The peppermint scent is natural and subtle. Natural peppermint is known for it's purifying properties and refreshing qualities.
This is a scalp scrub and has a salty texture, but lathers and replaces your regular shampoo. First apply to your scalp and work your way through your hair to eliminate product build-up and environmental aggressors.
When paired with water, this scrub does feel a little oily. I know - why use oil to combat an oily issue. It works! Oil-pulling is commonly used to combat oily skin and even whiten your teeth.
After using this product, my itching subsides for a few days. Albeit, it's a stress-related habit, so no haircare product is going to completely solve my issue. This Sephora Collection Peppermint Hair Cleansing Salt Scrub has landed a permanent spot in my haircare routine.
I've been super stressed lately and scratching my head. It's a terrible, unruly habit - A scalp scrub and detox is necessary. I usually do a scrub on my scalp once a month, but as of late, have...
Chloé sunglasses, Spell & The Gypsy Maisie Strappy dress, Fendi pink cowboy boots, Fendi Peekaboo bag AND Teddy the Bear
Chloé sunglasses, Spell & The Gypsy Maisie Strappy dress, Fendi pink cowboy boots, Fendi Peekaboo bag AND Teddy the