I was curating the perfect collection of clothes and accessories for a trip to Paris and Amsterdam in June. THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE! I guess I'll have to model the 20+ looks in the house. Here's a few of the stand-out pieces in my "cancelled trip to Europe" suitcase.
I had to move mountains to get these Dior D-Trap ankle boots (available at Dior). These fishnet cutout boots were a key piece on the runway. The reinvented combat boot has a leather flap with double buckles and a few signature Dior features - the bee, gold Christian Dior logo and black star on the sole. These boots would have turned heads in Paris - maybe next year..
I'm a HUGE fan of Moschino t-shirts. They're high quality and make a statement. I was planning to pair this Moschino BULLCHIC! t-shirt (available at Farfetch) with a Tibi turquoise jacquard midi skirt and the Dior D-Trap boots. It would have been my Carrie Bradshaw in Paris moment. No worries - this t-shirt will not go to waste.
My sunglasses collection is overflowing, BUT I managed to fit one more pair in there. These DiorCamp aviator sunglasses (available at Farfetch) were made for me. The straight pink arms don the CD logo and the slightly tinted pink lens adds sofiticaticon. LOVE!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snag this Christian Dior Book Tote (available at Dior). It is gorgeous. The Toile de Jouy embroidered pattern was inspired by Mr. Dior's muse. I love the complexity of the pattern, along with the grey shades and Christian Dior signature on the front.
The Dior book tote is timeless and while it is reinvented each season, the old ones never go out of style. Interesting fact - you can collapse these totes and pack them nicely in your suitcase.
The iconic Moschino teddy bear has a three dimensional effect and a playful vibe. The teddy bear makes an appearance each season and is super cute. I like that this one is bursting through a piece of art. From a fashion obsessed state of mind - this Moschino teddy bear t-shirt (available at Farfetch) is a piece of art.
I have a very basic hairstyle - a slightly slanted bob, colored black. It's chic, but you can't do much with it. Albeit, hair clips do add a little flare. I purchased this Off-White two-toned hair clip (available at Revolve) to hold my tiny strands together and add a little contrast. The white and black clip holds my thin hair nicely and looks great against my black hair.
I was curating the perfect collection of clothes and accessories for a trip to Paris and Amsterdam in June. THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE! I guess I'll have to model the 20+ looks in the house. Here's...
We popped out for a quick jaunt around the block to capture a few Mother's Day photos and I finally debuted my Diorcamp boots - YAY! I'm wearing Dior sunglasses, Free People Kelly Washed set (tie-dye sweater and shorts), Dior J'adior cotton oblique bracelet set and Dior Diorcamp boots. Romi is wearing All Saints and Danielle Guizio. The balloon flower arrangement is by Balloons by Zippy.
We popped out for a quick jaunt around the block to capture a few Mother's Day photos and I finally debuted my Diorcamp boots - YAY! I'm wearing Dior sunglasses, Free People Kelly Washed set...
Dior sunglasses, Dior J'adior cotton oblique bracelet set, VS jewel embellished bra, Free People Want You t-shirt, My Baby Made It sweatpants, Balenciaga Ville XXS top handle bag, Dior D-Connect sneakers
Dior sunglasses, Dior J'adior cotton oblique bracelet set, VS jewel embellished bra, Free People Want You t-shirt, My Baby Made It sweatpants, Balenciaga Ville XXS top handle bag, Dior D-Connect...
My usual Must-Haves list is comprised of designer clothing and accessories that I have-to-have or am lusting over and can't afford. These days, the must-have items on my list are necessary beauty products during a pandemic. Never thought I'd say that!
I'm sensitive to scents and hate the smell of hand sanitizer, but it's a necessary product to have on hand! I was so happy when NCLA Beauty launched a small lineup of Hands Clean sanitizer available in lavender, eucalyptus, watermelon and unscented. You can pre-order these little bottles of hand sanitizer at Revolve.
I got lip fillers (and botox) a few days before the stay-at-home order came into effect AND my lips are perfect - BUT, now I have to wear a face mask. Enough said! I'm happy to see many of my favorite clothing brands producing face masks - I know the quality is there. I pre-ordered three cute GRLFRND masks at Revolve.
The best place to order cheeky, cloth face masks is Etsy. You can also order personalized masks. If you want a hefty mask with replaceable filters, there are many online stores to choose from. I believe face masks will be around for a while and everyone should have at least one.
It seems like many people are struggling with DIY beauty these days. Most rely on hair, nail and tanning salons to keep their beauty in check. Fortunately, I prefer to do my own gel nails and apply self tanner at home. I do however get my hair colored every three weeks and had to learn a new skill during these unusual times.
dpHUE is my go-to hair coloring brand. The dpHUE root touch-up kit is easy to use, the color is perfect and the solution completely covers roots (even greys). Paired with the dpHUE gloss, this color touch-up duo is perfect for someone who requires single process coloring. I posted a lengthy DIY root touch-up video a few weeks ago - Scroll down a little..
Another necessary step in most beauty routines is waxing or threading the upper lip and eyebrows. The Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover is an excellent DIY threading tool. You simply twist the handles, while gliding the coil spring along your upper-lip. It's painful, but does a great job removing unwanted hair. You can purchase this Tweezerman beauty tool at Sephora.
Being able to do your own nails is a necessary skill to have. You never know when your go-to salons (and the entire world) may close for months!
I was introduced to gel nails a few years ago and went to the salon four times before deciding to do it myself. I purchased gel polish in a variety of nude shades, base and top coat polish, remover, foils and an LED nail lamp. My go-to brand is CND.
I recently discovered Static Nails. The lineup includes reusable press-on nails (I gotta try these) and long-wear polish that promises to last up to 10 days. The shades are gorgeous and it seems like either one would be easier than applying/removing gel polish. Of course, I have a few items in my cart!
Admittedly, I like tanning beds. BUT, the last place I wanna be is baking inside a horizontal UV radiation bed that someone else just laid in. SO, I'm going back to DIY self-tanning. My go-to brand is St. Tropez. I've been using it for years. BUT, as of late, I'm experimenting with new brands. I'm going to apply Luna Bronze Self Tanning Lotion later today..
This process takes a little practice. I suggest purchasing a light color, a tanning mitt and body exfoliator. Read the instructions carefully and stay away from water and excessive activities that will make you sweat for at least 6 hours.
Applying self-tanner is a quick way to enhance your stay-at-home skin. On the bright side, if you screw it up, nobody will see it - Unless you post pics.
My usual Must-Haves list is comprised of designer clothing and accessories that I have-to-have or am lusting over and can't afford. These days, the must-have items on my list are necessary beauty...
I was challenged to a Bug Out bag competition. I had thirty minutes to gather all of the items I deemed essential if I had to leave my home and go into survival mode. These items should be of the utmost importance.
I didn't include self-defense items or proper food, but I think I did a great job for someone who hasn't been preparing for an apocalypse. I hope you appreciate that I included prosecco, coconut water and avocados. AND, there's a color theme!
For those of you who aren't familiar with a Bug Out bag - It's a bag (usually a sturdy backpack) containing essential items for survival. It typically has camping gear, non-perishable food, a change of clothes and self-defense items. You can buy pre-prepared Bug Out bags for up to thousands of dollars. Your Bug Out bag needs depend on your level of paranoia!
I do think having a Bug Out bag for your pet is smart. Often, emergencies happen and we forget to pack essentials for our pets. My Toy Poodle, Teddy, has an extensive Bug Out bag that we can grab-and-go..
I was challenged to a Bug Out bag competition. I had thirty minutes to gather all of the items I deemed essential if I had to leave my home and go into survival mode. These items should be of the...
Dior sunglasses, Talentless Please Wash Your Hands t-shirt, LPA Devin sweatpants, Louis Vuitton Hot Springs backpack, Balenciaga Triple S sneakers. Teddy is wearing a custom Wash Your Paws t-shirt and Canada Pooch wellies.
Dior sunglasses, Talentless Please Wash Your Hands t-shirt, LPA Devin sweatpants, Louis Vuitton Hot Springs backpack, Balenciaga Triple S sneakers. Teddy is wearing a custom Wash Your Paws t-shirt...
Due to stay-at-home regulations and temporary business closures, my hair salon is closed. AHH.. I gotta cover these grays! SO, I'm using the dpHUE Root Touch-Up Kit (black) and am coloring my hair for the first time.
I was nervous, BUT the process was easy - I'm beyond happy with the results. I LOVE this DIY hair color kit and highly recommend dpHue.
Hmm.. How many people are gonna adopt DIY hair coloring and abandon their monthly salon visit? At home coloring is a fraction of the price AND you don't even have to change out of your pj's.
Due to stay-at-home regulations and temporary business closures, my hair salon is closed. AHH.. I gotta cover these grays! SO, I'm using the dpHUE Root Touch-Up Kit (black) and am coloring my hair...
DiorByDior pink gold sunglasses, J'adior cotton oblique bracelet set, Moschino Couture! Care Label-Print t-shirt, Hip Chik LOVED jacket, LPA Devin sweatpants, Versace socks, Louis Vuitton Alma Time Trunk handbag, Yeezy season 6 stretch ankle boots
DiorByDior pink gold sunglasses, J'adior cotton oblique bracelet set, Moschino Couture! Care Label-Print t-shirt, Hip Chik LOVED jacket, LPA Devin sweatpants, Versace socks, Louis Vuitton Alma Time...
I purchased this Glossier haul online, but recently visited the store on Lafayette St., NY AND it's a must see. If you love cosmetics, you will love perusing the pink and white themed Glossier store. This was the first time I stood in line to enter a cosmetic store and apparently, there's always a lineup?! Once you're inside, you understand that the store is fairly small and jam packed with Glossier fans.
The products are on display and you gotta snag a salesperson to put in your order. The sample products are displayed on large white columns and if there wasn't so many people, it would make for a great Instagram photo.
There is a huge stairway leading up to the thoughtfully designed store. The decor is brilliant and there is a small elevator "of sorts" at the cash, where Glossier shopping bags with the buyers name printed on it come from above. It's a fun shopping gimmick.
I don't know if they sell these Glossier Slide Sandals at the store (they were not on display), but you can get them online. They're perfect for lounging and super cute. There are reviews saying the sizing chart is incorrect, but mine fit perfectly.
Glossier packaging is thoughtful and unique to the brand. You also receive a pink bubble pouch with a zip closure containing your products. These pouches are perfect for travel. There also a cute way to package cosmetic gifts. Who doesn't want a pink, bubblewrap pouch?!
I purchased the Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Protector under the impression that it was an exfoliator that perfects your skin. Upon receipt, I read Glossier reviews and it seems like this solution is for acne?
The description online does say this exfoliating solution will improve the appearance of redness, blemishes and large pores. Due to the list of acids, I'm hesitant to use it all over my face and am just applying a little around my jawline daily. I have rosacea and super-sensitive skin, so I wanna make sure this solution isn't gonna burn my face off.
The bottle has a push-pump that distributes small amounts of solution onto a cotton round - I like that. AND, I haven't had a serious reaction so far. BUT, this stuff smells like acid and leaves your skin feeling sticky?!
Unless I see an immediate result, I like to give facial products a few months before forming an opinion. I haven't given this product enough time to tell, but will update this post in the near future..
The Glossier G embossed natural cotton rounds are high-quality cotton pads. Unlike most cotton rounds, these don't have flyaways, so you won't get fibers stuck in your lashes. They're chemical free, fragrance free and lint free. Oh and they're super soft. There's 60 cotton rounds per pack and the cost is worth it.
I LOVE the super duo Glossier serums. I've used these in the past, but ventured off to try other brands. As of late, I'm back on the Glossier bandwagon.
The Super Bounce Serum contains the famed Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin B5 for mega hydration. Hence the name Bounce - your skin will feel nourished and supple.
The Super Glow Serum contains vitamin C and Magnesium to promote brighter skin. The combination of these two serums has made my complexion more radiant and less dry during this cold season. This serum duo is a must have.
Both serums are lightweight, non-sticky and have a subtle scent that dissipates quickly. They do take a minute to absorb, but sit nicely under your daily moisturizer.
Seems like I always and only have a breakout when I'm on vacation. The Glossier Zit Stick is perfect for on-the-go and travel. I typically use sulfur to combat breakouts, but this 5% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment gel gets the job done much faster. On that note, this breakout eraser is strong and will burn through a pimple in no time, so apply precisely.
Twist the bottom of the pen and translucent formula appears on the stainless-steel rollerball tip. Apply on clean skin or over makeup and off ya go.. The Capryloyl Salicylic Acid will shrink blemishes while the Tea Tree Oil reduces swelling.
This zit erasing formula does diminish my pimples quickly, but leaves the area red and a little irritated. I recommend you test the product on less-visible skin before putting it on your face. I will continue to use a gentle sulfur treatment at home, but will throw this zit stick in my travel cosmetic case for a quick solution.
I am obsessed with the Glossier Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Plumping Cream. This wondrous product has secured a permanent spot in my cosmetic routine AND landed a spot on my best of 2020 list.
The lightweight moisturizer glides on nicely and absorbs quickly. I typically use this cream around the delicate eye area in the AM and sometimes add a little over my night eye cream for extra hydration. This Bubblewrap cream leaves my under eye area looking fresh and nourished. Trust me - It's a miracle!
You can use this cream on your lips. It doesn't have a cream taste and will moisturize your lips, but I don't think it will make your pout appear plump - just nourished. I suppose applying it won't hurt, but I prefer a heavy-duty lip balm.
While this water-in-oil emulsion is meant for delicate areas, you can apply this cream anywhere for intense hydration. The packaging is compact and great for on-the-go and travel.
I purchased this Glossier haul online, but recently visited the store on Lafayette St., NY AND it's a must see. If you love cosmetics, you will love perusing the pink and white themed Glossier...