January 31, 2016

Beauty Sales Week of January 31st

  • Mario Badescu (Sale begins Noon ET 2/5)

  • Belegenza, Espresso for Hair Color Booster (Sales begin 8am PT 1/31)
  • Le Angelique Hair Tools Up to 85% Off (Sale begins 4pm PT 1/31)
  • Algenist Skin Care, Kevyn Aucoin, Treat Beauty Natural & Organic Skin Care (Sales begin 8am PT 2/1)
  • Laura Geller New York (Sale begins 8am PT 2/2)
  • Lime Crime, Skin & Co. Roma (Sales begin 8am PT 2/3)
  • FHI Heat Hair Tools, Julie Hewett Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 2/4)
  • Ardency Inn Cosmetics, Sonic Toner Skin Rejuvenator (Sales begin 8am PT 2/5)
  • Le Royal 24K Gold-Infused Skin Care, Measurable Difference Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 2/6)

  • Guerlain & Natura Bisse (Sale begins 9am PT 2/2)
  • Up to 85% Off: Donna Bella Caviar Collection Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 2/4)
  • Brand to Love: L'Occitane (Sale begins 4pm PT 2/4)
  • Makeup Made Easy: Sets feat. Bare Minerals (Sale begins 9am PT 2/5)
  • Skin & Co (Sale begins 9am PT 2/6)

  • Repair & Rejuvenate: Skincare Featuring Clarisonic (Sale begins 11am ET 2/2)
  • Bond No. 9 (Sale begins 11am ET 2/4)
  • Save Face: Skincare for a Radiant Complexion (Sale begins 11am ET 2/6)

January 30, 2016

Link Love: January 24-30

13 Oversized Sweaters Made for Netflix & Chill [Refinery 29]

How I'm Decluttering My Life in 2016 [Style Tab]

My Favorite Everyday Lip Products [The Stripe]

NYC Coffee: College Prepster Shares Her Favorites [Travel Savvy TV]

See All the New Barbies From Curvy to Tall and Petite [TIME]

The 9 Most Mouthwatering Ways to Eat Burrata [Food and Wine]

The Truth Behind Being a Blogger: A Look Behind the Scenes [Seashells + Sparkles]

January 28, 2016

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: January 2016

Gardenia by Iggy Pop: Even though this has only been out for a week or so, I seriously can't stop listening to it. I'll be honest, I've never been an Iggy Pop listener, but this song is too good. Give it a listen!

Fresh 'Tulip' Sugar Lip Treatment (c/o): I feel like I've tried almost every color in the Sugar Lip Treatment line, and this one is moving up the ranks to be my favorite.

Living Proof Blowout: This provides heat protection and locks in your blowout while also reducing the amount of brushwork needed. It's one of my favorite products of lately and definitely a must-have for creating long lasting styles.

NYX Cosmetics Studio Finish Translucent Powder: This is a much more inexpensive version of my favorite Make Up For Ever powder and it's just as good. I swear by translucent powders for giving the most flawless finish to my face.

iS CLINICAL Pro-Heal Serum: It's been a little hard for me to get used to the consistency of this serum because it's so light that I have trouble gauging how much I need, but I can definitely see results already!

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish (c/o): Winter is seriously rough on my skin, but this makes it feel instantly better after just one use.

Acai Bowl: Acai bowls have always been a favorite snack of mine, but recently I started making them at home thanks to these Sambazon packs that make it super easy.

January 26, 2016

Beta Burger in Mission Hill

Recently celebrating their 3-month anniversary is Beta Burger, conveniently located steps outside the Roxbury Crossing T stop in Mission Hill. I recently went in with a few fellow bloggers to customize our own burgers on a snowy Tuesday evening.

Their selection is moderately priced with add-ons from caramelized onions to marshmallows available for your choosing. All of their burgers are cooked sous-vide to give you the juiciest possible burger while ensuring that it is cooked thoroughly. One of my favorite offerings is the shakeable fry option. Pick your poison of four flavor packets, add to your bag, shake, and enjoy!

Definitely stop in and give their founder Adrian a hello and welcome to Boston! Don't have time to sit in and eat? Online ordering is now available through their website.

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January 24, 2016

Beauty Sales Week of January 24th

  • Tool Time: The Beauty Edition (Sale begins 9pm ET 1/24)
  • Sisley (Sale begins Noon ET 1/29)

  • Chaacoca Moroccan Argan Oil (Sale begins 8am PT 1/24)
  • Cortex Hair Tools Up to 85% Off (Sale begins 1pm PT 1/24)
  • ClarityMD Clear Skin Formula, Crown Brush (Sales begin 8am PT 1/25)
  • DFI Anti-Aging Skincare, Tweezerman (Sales begin 8am PT 1/26)
  • Dr. Botanicals Skin Care, Illamasqua (Sales begin 8am PT 1/27)
  • Vanity Planet Beauty, Vinali Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 1/28)
  • Osmotics Cosmeceuticals (Sale begins 8am PT 1/29)
  • Russell Organics, truDERMA Dietary Supplements (Sales begin 8am PT 1/30)

  • Indulge Yourself: Face & Body Care (Sale begins 9am PT 1/24)
  • Crown Brush (Sale begins 9am PT 1/26)
  • Fragrances She'll Love feat. Burberry (Sale begins 9am PT 1/27)

  • D'OR 24K & L'REVE Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 1/24)
  • SK-II Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 1/26)

January 23, 2016

Link Love: January 17-23

12 Successful People Share Their Best Productivity Hacks [Levo League]

Hairstylists Are Flipping Out Over This New Wave Technique [Refinery 29]

How to Stay Positive When Life Throws You a Curveball [My Domaine]

Meal Planning Made Easy: Your Plan for Success [Dashing Dish]

Meet Jodi Guber Brufsky & Michelle Wahler of Beyond Yoga [Career Contessa]

People Are Pissed Off Cara Delevingne Wore These Shoes to the White House [NYLON]

The Top 5 Brunch Burgers in NYC [Guest of a Guest]

January 21, 2016

2016 Hair Revival with SASSOON Salon

Yesterday, I headed into SASSOON Salon on Boylston for an amazing cut, treatment and blowout with Lena Vinnitsky, Boston Assistant Creative Director. This was my second time in SASSOON and my experience didn't disappoint. Check out my review of the last time I was in there! This will be the first of many posts brought to you by SASSOON, so stay tuned for so much more over the coming months!

Since it's 2016, it was time for a cut to get my hair looking and feeling healthier for the new semester and year ahead, and it definitely did that. Ready to get your hair in its best shape? Here are 10 tips brought to you by the pro's at SASSOON for getting your best hair yet this year.

1. Try a Radiant Refresh: Ring in 2016 with a new signature style by simply adding a side-swept fringe to your classic cut or upgrading your color with a warmer palette. This season’s statement styles call for cool, pared-back hair with effortless shine.

2. Fashion an Everlasting Blow-Out: If you’ve spent the time creating a beautiful blow-out yourself or paid someone else to do it, the last thing you want is to wake up the next day and it be gone. Lena Vinnitsky, Boston Sassoon Assistant Creative Director, explains, “prep is paramount and a lightweight mousse will work as a setting lotion, but make sure you comb the product through your hair to achieve an even blow-dry.”

3. Shine On – Just like our skin, healthy hair gets its strength and shine from a combination of proteins and vitamins. Customized weekly treatments, such as a Sassoon Instant Fusio Dose Treatment by Kerastase, deliver a host of benefits to dry, parched hair – from boosting the vibrancy of your color to preventing future damage and instantly smoothing and strengthening each strand.

4. Turn Down the Heat: Swap the perfect blow-out and go au natural once a week. Embrace your natural texture by applying a conditioning style cream and air-drying. You will prevent breakage and cuticle damage, while maintaining softness and combating frizz.

5. Go Glam After the Gym: Slick hair back using your fingers with a dollop of Gel Forte from Sebastian to hold the hair in place. Apply the product to the roots of your hair leaving out the ends. To achieve an even sleeker look, comb the gel through to tame any strays and let the hair air-dry. For a dryer texturized look, simply apply the product but blow dry the hair back and away from the face. Use bobby pins to secure the style in place and ensure longevity of the look.

6. Trim Down: Forward book your salon appointments every 5-6 weeks for regular trims and haircuts. You’ll keep your ends healthy and feel forever fresh.

7. Embrace Hair Oil: Many avoid using hair oils for fear they leave hair looking & feeling greasy. The new generation of hair oils is lightweight and nourishing. Embrace hair oils this winter and try Davines OI Oil or Oil Non-Oil.

8. Treat Yourself: In between appointments, keep hair shiny and healthy with an at-home deep-conditioning masque treatment personalized for your hair type.

9. Try a Cool Rinse: In the same way that central heating affects hair, washing it in hot water can also dry locks out, so opt for a warm temperature instead. “Rinsing your hair in cool water adds extra shine and locks in vital moisture,” says Lena.

10. Warm Up: Blend warmer color palettes to support and enhance shine this season. “From rich mocha for brunettes, deep ruby for redheads, and soft, light hues for blondes, warmer tones keep you from looking washed out in the winter and give your skin a boost of radiance,” says Richie Rivera, North American Color Director. 

I partnered with SASSOON for this post. I am in no way being influenced by any opinions but my own.

January 19, 2016

Review: January 2016 Birchbox

Ciaté London 'Showgirl' Mini Paint Pot: This polish has an ergonomically-designed bottle, flawless finish brush, and amazingly pigmented, long-lasting color.

Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner: This eyeliner delivers the same smudge proof, rich color in a thicker, bolder line than the original skinny liner.

Peripera 'Strawberry Juice' Peri's Tint Water: Enriched with a nourishing fruit complex that includes papaya extract, this stain saturates cheeks with juicy color.

Supergoop! Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream: This treatment reduces dark circles, deputes undereye bags, blocks UV rays, and minimizes lines.

Whish 'Almond' Three Wishes Body Butter: Luscious, antioxidant-rich formula that firms, softens, and soothes.

January 17, 2016

Beauty Sales Week of January 17th

  • Arganatural Skin Care, The Beauty Edit: Mirenesse (Sales begin 8am PT 1/19)
  • Embroylisse Skin Care, The Beauty Edit: Morphe Brushes (Sales begin 8am PT 1/20)
  • Vivant Skin Care, The Beauty Edit: Luminess Air (Sales begin 8am PT 1/21)
  • Korean Skin Care: Goodall & Soo Ae, The Beauty Edit: Stila (Sales begin 8am PT 1/22)
  • Donna Bella 24K Pro Edition Skin Care, LightStim LED Light Therapy (Sales begin 8am PT 1/23)

  • Living Proof (Sale begins 9am PT 1/19)
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/20)
  • NuFACE (Sale begins 9am PT 1/21)
  • Terre Mère Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/23)

  • Love Potion's for all: Featuring Penhaligon's (Sale begins 11am ET 1/19)
  • The Beauty Bar: Prettify with La Prairie & More (Sale begins 11am ET 1/23)

January 16, 2016

Link Love: January 10-16

5 Ways to Feel Productive Before 9 A.M. [The Glitter Guide]

A Look Back at David Bowie's Indelible Influence on Fashion [Fashionista]

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins [Cooking Classy]

Is Gigi Hadid's Style Actually "Good"? [Man Repeller]

The 6 Stages of Cancelling Plans [The Every Girl]

The 10 Best Winter Date Ideas in Boston [Thrillist]

The Relationship Secret [College Prepster]

January 14, 2016

Boston Bites: Coffee

Over the past year or so I've been curating my favorite spots in Boston for coffee. Here are just a few. Any I'm missing? I'd love to get your recommendations! You'll definitely notice a pattern here that my order of choice tends to be an Iced Hazelnut Latte at most places. At least I'm consistent I suppose!

Blue State // BU // Iced Hazelnut Latte

Cafe Fixe // Washington Square // Iced Latte

Cafe Madeleine // South End // Latte

Gracenote // Financial District // Latte 

Loyal Nine // Cambridge // Latte

Ogawa // Downtown Crossing // Latte 

Tatte // Beacon Hill // Iced Hazelnut Latte

January 12, 2016

Brand Spotlight: Spiritual Gangster

One of my all-time favorite workout brands is Spiritual Gangster. Their clothes are inspired by yoga and good vibes and are always super soft.

January 10, 2016

Beauty Sales Week of January 10th

  • BH Cosmetics, Mario Badescu (Sales begin 8am PT 1/12)
  • Booty Parlor, DKNY Fragrances, PureO Natural Solutions for Hair & Skin (Sales begin 8am PT 1/13)
  • Alterna Haircare, Bellami Hair, Suki Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 1/14)
  • Designer Fragrance Sets for Men & Women, Josie Maran (Sales begin 8am PT 1/15)

  • 75% Off: Aqua Mineral Dead Sea Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 1/13)
  • Up to 90% Off: Brilliance New York (Sale begins 9am PT 1/14)

  • Master the Bold Eye: Mascara, Shadow, & More (Sale begins 11am ET 1/12)
  • Save Face: Skincare Featuring Derma MD (Sale begins 11am ET 1/13)
  • The Blowout Bar: Salon Essentials by Oribe & More (Sale begins 11am ET 1/14)
  • Crown Brush (Sale begins 11am ET 1/16)

January 9, 2016

Link Love: January 3-9

10 Kitchen Resolutions for a Happy, Delicious 2016 [Chocolate and Zucchini]

25 Inspiring Quotes For The New Year [Katie Armour Taylor]

Boozy Orange Pomegranate Float Recipe [Sugar & Cloth]

Cooking Details: Last Night's Dinner [A Dash of Details]

Decluttering For The New Year [Style by Emily Henderson]

How Your Favorite Instagram Filters Got Their Names [Seventeen]

Target's next big collaboration is with...SoulCycle [well + good]

January 5, 2016

Two Thousand Fifteen

Happy 2016!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year, 
here's a look back at some of my favorite memories from this year. 

February: my 20th birthday

June: seeing my sister graduate from high school

July: Her Campus Her Conference 2015

August: visiting London with my sister

September: completing the Jimmy Fund Walk

November: hair modeling for Living Proof

January 3, 2016

Beauty Sales Week of January 3rd

  • The Beauty Boutique (Sale begins 9pm ET 1/3)

  • Retinol Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 1/3)
  • Beauty Blowout (Sale begins 4pm PT 1/3)
  • #ManiMonday: NAILHUR, 100% Pure, Joviderm (Sales begin 8am PT 1/4)
  • FaceBase, Ganique Paris, Viviscal Haircare (Sales begin 8am PT 1/5)
  • Bliss, Hair Extensions: Rouge, Sono & Donna Bella, MEDIHEAL Korean Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 1/6)
  • Medpeel Skincare, Silk'n Hair Removal (Sales begin 8am PT 1/7)

  • Tuscan Beauty: Borghese and Skin & Co. (Sale begins 9am PT 1/3)
  • Skincare feat. Algenist & Dr. Dennis Gross (Sale begins 9am PT 1/5)

  • Repair & Rejuvenate: Skincare Featuring Clarisonic (Sale begins 11am ET 1/5)
  • Treat Your Skin with Molton Brown London & More (Sale begins 11am ET 1/8)

January 2, 2016

Link Love: December 27-January 2

7 Fashion And Beauty New Year's Resolutions To Add To Your List [Huff Post Style]

12 Striking Photos Show What Happens When Health Care Comes Too Late [Refinery 29]

A Simply Perfect New Year's Eve Cocktail [Apartment 34]

Career Goals: How to Get From Blogger to Entrepreneur [Levo League]

How kate spade new york is Changing the Game of the Social Enterprise Model with their own Purpose Label [Meg Biram]

How To Manage Your Money Like A Boss [Career Contessa]

Wild Mushrooms a la Plancha Crostini [My Domaine]