November 28, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: November 2014

Lovely Day by Bill Withers: Little known fact about me: I love Motown and similar music. I listen to this when I need a bit of motivation when working an opening shift at work or before my early morning classes and it always does the trick.

NYX 'Tiramisu' Butter Gloss: This is climbing to the top of my favorite glosses list. It's the perfect every day shade and consistently looks amazing with whatever I'm wearing. The formula is the perfect consistency and I just can't get enough!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black: I received a sample size of this with a recent Sephora order and I'm  highly considering purchasing the full size or asking for it as an upcoming holiday gift. It's very different from the sweet scents I know and love, but that's what makes it interesting.

Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads: I picked these up online in the recent Sephora VIB Sale and these are doing an amazing job of acting like a toner of sorts. Stay tuned for a full review next week!

Echo Design Milk Made Tubular Snood: I purchased this at work earlier this month and I can't stop wearing it! It's super warm and I absolutely love the burgundy shade with my complexion.

Exhale Cool Beam Facial: This is something I've never listed in a favorites before, but it's actually a service. I began working at exhale almost 3 months ago and I absolutely love it! I tried out the Cool Beam facial and that's what I can seriously credit to my skin being more amazing this month than ever before in addition to the Peter Thomas Roth product mentioned above. I can definitely see myself getting another cool beam in the future.

Peppermint Bark: Tis the season to make homemade treats with your friends. Our go-to easy snack? Homemade peppermint bark! Just melt chocolate and add crushed candy cane.

It's been a long three months away from home and I'm so happy to be in Philadelphia with my family even if it is only for a few more days. These have been some of the craziest and most emotion-filled few months of my life and going home was what I needed to cheer me up. Hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2014

Brand Spotlight: Opening Ceremony

Swirl Matelassé Stretch-Jersey Peplum Top // Margot Zip Boots // Scuba Wool-Blend Mini Skirt // Sequin-Embellished Faille Jumpsuit // Mini Paloma Tech Clutch

Starting as a boutique in New York in 2002 and inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, Opening Ceremony founders and UC Berkely grads Carol Lim and Humberto Leon seek to imagine a traveling couple as inspiration for their now coveted brand. Opening Ceremony serves as a platform to share their passions for art, travel, and fashion and has continued to expand and grow, partnering with fellow brands and creative minds. 

November 24, 2014

American Music Award's 2014: Best Dressed

Selena Gomez was the first of the ladies in black who hit the red carpet for the AMA's last night. She wore a Giorgio Armani Prive black silk jersey long-sleeved gown with a plunging back and front slit.

While I could do without her bag, Meghan Trainor looked beautiful in a lace Ted Baker London dress. Trainor was nominated for the New Artist of the Year Award at this years show.

Fergie showed off legs for days in a Halston gown, accessorized with Loree Rodkin jewels, and Versus shoes.

image credits: getty

November 23, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of November 23rd

  • Beauty Essentials for Less (Sale begins 9pm ET 11/23)
  • The Beauty Boutique (Sale begins Noon ET 11/24)
  • Skincare Brands We Love (Sale begins Noon ET 11/25)
  • Luxury Beauty Gifts: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins Noon ET 11/29)

  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 8am PT 11/23)
  • Gifts We Love: Camille Beckman Bath & Body (Sale begins 4pm PT 11/23)
  • CIATE Nails, LORAC, Nest Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 11/24)
  • English Laundry Fragrances, LaLicious Bath & Body, VIOlight (Sales begin 8am PT 11/25)
  • Fragrance Republic, life therapy Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 11/26)
  • COACH Fragrances, Mally Beauty, TEADORA Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 11/27)
  • Luxury Gifts For All: Carven Perfumes (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/27)
  • AHAVA Skincare, Crown Brush, Holiday Fragrances $25.00 & Under, Smashbox Studio Smoky Eye Kit (Sales begin 8am PT 11/28)
  • Beauty Gadget Gifting Event (Sale begins 8am PT 11/29)

  • $39 & Up: Classic Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 11/24)
  • Up to 70% Off: Beauty Essentials (Sale begins 4pm PT 11/28)

Rue La La:
  • Holiday Fragrance Sets for Her & Him (Sale begins 11am ET 11/23)
  • Scentbird: Try a new perfume every month. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/24)
  • Holiday Hair & Beauty Musts Featuring Kerastase (Sale begins 11am ET 11/25)
  • Scents of the Season: Indulgent Candles & Soaps (Sale begins 3pm ET 11/25)
  • BeautyArmy. Personalized products picked monthly, Cologne for Men: A Foolproof Stocking Stuffer, The Best Stocking Stuffers? These perfumes. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/28)
  • Brillance New York Skin & Hair Care (Sale begins 11am ET 11/29)

November 22, 2014

Link Love: November 16-22

November Empties- Products I've Used Up [amarixe]

8 Designers Share Their Favorite Flea Market Finds [Domaine Home]

How Not To Look Like A Tourist in Paris [Refinery 29]

Lemongrass Stuffing Recipe [I Am Food Blog]

Meet Jaysea DeVoe, One of the Youngest Yoga Teachers in the United States [NY Times]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1: What Are the Critics Saying? [College Candy]

November 21, 2014

What to Wear Where: Thanksgiving Dinner

I love Thanksgiving for several reasons but here's just a few:
-The Gossip Girl & Friends Thanksgiving episodes are among my favorite all-time episodes of any TV show. I fully intend on watching them next week when I fly home.
-I get complete control of the kitchen. 
-The food eaten on Thanksgiving has better food than any other holiday.
-I get to head home for the first time in almost 3 months. 

Enjoy a few serious (and a few fun) outfits to wear for Thanksgiving dinner.

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

November 19, 2014

Quote du Jour: John F. Kennedy

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.