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.

November 17, 2014

Cooking in Heels: Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

In case you can't tell Laura Vitale is one of my favorite chef's. Her recipes are easy to follow and her videos are fun to watch. Don't believe me? Her youtube channel popularity has gotten her a TV gig on The Cooking Channel, with her own show Simply Laura. The proof is in the pudding. Or in this case, the proof is in the muffins.

These muffins are so good and (of course) super easy to bake! All of the flavors from the orange, chocolate, and streusel topping complement each other perfectly for a fast and easy fall treat.

November 16, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of November 16th

  • Makeup Must-Haves Feat. Jouer (Sale begins 9pm ET 11/16)
  • Baby Quasar: Light Therapy Devices (Sale begins Noon ET 11/21)

  • Cattiva Cosmetics, DermaMD, Salon-Worthy Shears (Sales begin 8am PT 11/16)
  • #ManiMonday: Sephora by OPI, Femme Fatale Lashes, NYX Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 11/17)
  • ClariSEA: Sea Salt Solutions, Kevyn Aucoin, Salon-Worthy Strands: Haircare (Sales begin 8am PT 11/18)
  • LightStim LED Light Therapy, Patyka Skincare, Rouge Bunny Rouge Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 11/19)
  • Gifts For Him: Burberry Fragrances (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/19)
  • H2O Plus, Laura Geller Beauty, Pink Sugar Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 11/20)
  • Holiday Women & Men's Fragrance Sets, JAQUA Bath & Body (Sales begin 8am PT 11/21)
  • Gifts for Her: PMD (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/21)
  • Beauty Stocking Stuffer Event (Sale begins 8am PT 11/22)
  • Lovely Locks: Haircare Feat. K√©rastase (Sale begins 9am PT 11/18)
  • Clarins Skincare & Gift Sets (Sale begins 9am PT 11/20)
  • AHAVA (Sale begins 9am PT 11/21)

  • Clarins & More: Beauty for Moms-to-Be (Sale begins 11am ET 11/17)
  • FabFitFun Beauty & Fitness Boxes, Spritz On Cheer: Fragrances for the Holidays (Sales begin 11am ET 11/19)
  • T3 & More: Create an At-Home Blowout Bar (Sale begins 11am ET 11/20)
  • GLOSSYBOX. Handpicked beauty, every month. (Sale begins 11am ET 11/21)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 11/22)

November 15, 2014

November 14, 2014

Envious Events: Heavenly Touch Denim from Riders by Lee Launch

On Wednesday night I headed over to the W Boston hotel for a fun blogger-only launch party hosted by Riders by Lee in honor of their new Heavenly Touch Denim collection!

The night was filled with blogger chats, drinks and snacks (including a delicious cookie/cannoli bar), a little photo shoot, and of course- trying on the perfect pair of jeans. 

I'll be honest with you- I hate jeans. I don't even own a pair (do jeggings count?) and you can find me in leggings almost everyday. These jeans are SO comfy. I opted for a dark wash skinny leg mid-rise pair and they fit me perfectly! There were women of all shapes, sizes, and styles at the event and these work on everyone!

The goody bag which included: Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery, 2 Wicked Good Cupcake Jars (I'm totally visiting their Boston location to try out other flavors!), a bag of Melitta coffee, and of course my new jeans which I wore during the event.

I had a great time at the event and I'm so glad I was able to attend!

November 12, 2014

Review: X Out Wash-In Treatment

From the makers of Proactiv comes X Out Wash-In Treatment ($19.95 for 2.5 oz.) is a 3-in-1. It can be used as a good old fashioned face wash, an overnight spot treatment, or as a face mask.

My favorite way to use it is as a mask. It has a slightly gritty texture that as you wash off melts down while still exfoliating your skin. I think that this shows the most effective results when used once a week as a mask as opposed to a spot treatment because it doesn't go on clear or in a thin layer on your skin.

It's like an arctic breeze hitting your face which was a bit overwhelming the first few times because it's so minty and so cooling, that it's slightly off-putting.

I've definitely seen an improvement in the appearance of occasional acne flare-ups and also the brightness of my skin overall especially where I have hyper pigmentation from previous breakouts. I can only imagine what it would do if you regularly suffer from acne, but I'd recommend giving it a try.

November 10, 2014

Mood Board: Striped Sweaters

There's nothing I love more than stripes. I have to give credit where it's due to my parents who often dressed me in a patriotic combination of red or blue striped tops and coordinating pants as a baby. Currently I own about 10 striped tops and sweaters at the moment but in the past have probably owned about two or three times that many in the past.

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