Fitness & HealthGraced by Grit

gracedWhile I love Spring for its innate optimism, it’s also a kick in the butt to well, get off my butt! It’s finally time to throw off the cold-weather layers and start exploring warm-weather wardrobes, and that means making sure my body isn’t still hibernating in winter mode. I’ll be the first to admit, I need a lot of incentive to get moving outside- a great playlist, comfortable running shoes, and fresh workout gear are often the most inspiring! I saw the name as a sign when I came across Graced By Grit, designed by two amazing athletes, for active women. Their inspiration comes from the life-shaping grit in life that shapes you as a person, and a welcome gift at the end of it is grace. The collection is unique because it is meant to function both in the water and on land, so the top-quality fabrics are light but woven to last.

The Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Cami is built for just that, a flattering and edgy cut made with quick-dry UPF 50+ fabric. It has a built-in bra, which can be supplemented by a sports bra for high-impact exercise. The top is fashionable enough to grab a smoothie in after the workout (the ruching had me at hello), but designed to be highly functional during it. I’ve taken the Cami for a few runs, and it’s comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t ride up. Most importantly, I feel safe running even at gloaming due to the reflective logos and the easily attached safety whistle always within arm’s reach.

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Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, TravelBourbon Steak Miami

bourbonMiami’s epic energy and fun spirit remain unmatched, which is due in large part to its unique fusion of cultures. I’ve always loved spending time on Miami beaches, basking in the sun (while it’s snowing at home) and being entertained by the people watching. Sometimes on vacay, I’m in the mood for something a little more laid-back but still carries that Miami vibe. Enter Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, located within the sprawling and elegant Turnberry Isle Resort. A leisurely drive from the flocks of partiers, this is one place that the glitterati will migrate to for a taste of the superb cuisine in an elite club atmosphere with well-oiled service. The stunning entrance through glass doors invites diners into the sleek dining room which seats 250 and feels like the beginning of an opulent dream.

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SponsoredRoad Testing Olay’s new Sensitive Body Wash

olay_sensitive_body_washAlthough I’m normally not too sensitive when it comes to beauty (a definite plus when my job involves trying all sorts of products), this winter I’ve been experiencing a peculiar problem. I’m blaming it on the super cold weather and the hot showers I’m taking because of it—my skin has become so dry and sensitive that I literally have scratch marks from my upper back to my lower legs thanks to how irritated and itchy my entire body has become. (Insert huge sigh. I actually just did that while writing this.)

So when Olay approached me to give their new Sensitive Body Wash a try, I was more than happy to oblige. Out went my usual assortment of fancy fragranced shower gels and even my old standby, Dove, and in came the new bottle of ultra-gentle and ultra-moisturizing Olay body wash. What’s so fantastic about this product is that it’s formulated to sensitive skin so it’s unscented, dye-free, and soap-free which is a major plus because the last thing my delicate, scratched up skin needs is anything that could irritate it further. But while it’s gentle, it’s still incredibly effective at moisturizing—more so in fact that most other body washes I’ve tried. I was impressed and decided to investigate why. READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, NailsPerfect Pairing: Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange and Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death

Processed with VSCOcam with k1 presetI’m not one to talk smack on any reds (truly, I love all the shades) but lately I’ve been feeling like my go-to classic blue red could benefit from an extra dose of sass–a bit more heat. In response, I’ve gravitating towards fiery tomato hues that strike just the right balance between the season’s it-color orange and the glamour of a bold crimson. On my lips, I’m wearing Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Deatha thrilling red that injects a bit more intrigue into daily life. Inspired by Tatiana Boncompagni’s book of the same name, the moisture-rich lipstick is meant to reflect the complex and glamorous intrigue of the story’s leading ladies. On my tips, I’m slathering on multiple coats of Jin Soon’s Pop Orange. Part of her new Color Field collection, the bold, creamy hue is inspired by mid-century pop culture but modernized for today’s fashion forward pack. Like all of Jin Soon’s polishes, this hue imparts a can’t-look-away high shine finish and long lasting color that’s already on its third week running. Try wearing both the limited editor lipstick and nail polish for a coordinated look that’s sure to turn heads and inspire conversation.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death, $23, VotreVu.com
Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange, $18, Nordstrom.com

Beauty, MakeupBoho Rock with Butter London

lsdWith one eye always on the runway, Butter London is label that we can count on to fuse  fashion and Rock & Roll. Since Butter shades are created specifically for the runway, we know we’re on the cutting edge when new colors are released. I love getting creative with high-fashion shades which add edge to any ensemble, especially if I’m dressed in one of my many neutral or black ensembles I’ve been gravitating toward. The Boho Rock collection takes earthy neutrals to the next level with soft, shimmering shades that accentuate every skin tone.

The Lucy in the Sky shade of Nail Polish is aptly named as it’ll definitely give you a trip! Undertones are reminiscent of tangerine trees and marmalade skies, and a girl with kaleidoscope eyes. I applied three layers to get a more opaque look packed with disco-fun glitter, which shows off gold and silver tones on a rose pink base. Butter polishes are always carcinogen-free which means no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, or parabens. Since they are formulated to nourish and protect nails, rocking color doesn’t come at a cost of healthy nails.

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HomeCharming Baskets

photo by The Daily Obsession

Spring is here (or almost here for some of you!), and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. This time of year, I always try to clean house and look for great storage or organizational solutions. The Land of the Nod has lots of chic options that work for not only kids, but also adults.

I really love the Charming Baskets, which come in stripes, dots and herringbone (pictured above). The pattern is modern, yet also fits into multiple spaces and types of homes. The patterns are great to mix and match, but also work well by themselves or likely with other baskets you already have in your home. Even better, these baskets are “handmade in Senegal, West Africa by Wolof artisans using environmentally friendly, sustainable materials;” it’s always great knowing that your purchase helps others and is environmentally-friendly. I’m currently using mine for random throws and overally, as a catchall for the living room.

Check out the full selection at TheLandofTheNod.com.

 

Beauty, NailsMagical Pixie Dust

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Oh, Zoya. You really do know how to satisfy my glitter loving heart!  The new Magical Pixie Collection is a trio of shades with their trademark Pixie Dust finish pumped up even more with bigger glitter and their first ever holographic pixie particles. Does that sound amazing? Because it really, really is. Here are the three shades you’re going to be coveting:

  • Cosmo – A silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles
  • Vega – A blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles
  • Lux - A rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles

zoyaawakenI’m currently wearing Cosmo on my toes and it is a glitter explosion–you can see the different sizes of glitter (it sparkles an insame amount) and how holographic the finish is. The woman who was doing my toes at my salon couldn’t stop talking about it and even pulled a few of the other people there to look at it too. And the other two are equally as pretty, just in different colors. If you like sparkly polishes at all, you REALLY need these.

Also new for spring from Zoya is their Awaken collection. With delicious sherbet shades of purple, green, blue, pink, orange and gold, it’s the perfect collection to take you into the warmer weather. All of the shades just beg to be worn on a picnic or with a cute dress. The collection also includes a top coat called Monet, a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper and you can wear it over any of the shades in the collection (or any others you already own) for a super cool effect. Love this one. Bring on spring!

Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Aerin Kaleidolight Palette and Rose Balm Lipstick

Aerin Beauty Spring 2014 Essentials

In beauty editorial, no word is more overused than ‘perfect’–I’m certainly guilty of it as well, but there is no other word that can better describe these two key pieces from Aerin’s Spring 2014 collection. They’re all you need to put your prettiest–and most radiant–face forward for the season. The Kaleidolight Palette is designed to be an all-in-one complexion brightener, featuring five versatile and light-enhancing shades that add a subtle glow to cheeks, lids, or anywhere on the face. The palette contains the classics–two shades of beige for highlighting, two shades of bronze for contouring and adding warmth, but you’ve also got a beautiful rosy pink blush and a vibrant lavender powder that instantly brightens eyes. You can use each color separately, but I often do the lazy-girl-swirl and take a large blush or powder brush over the entire palette. Even with minimal effort, the payoff is gorgeous–a beautiful, natural-but-better, glow for the entire face.

The only other tool needed for complete complexion perfection is lipstick and this season, Aerin launches her best one yet. The new collection of  Rose Balm Lipsticks combines luxurious color and balmy texture with a light shine finish that gives yourl lips that same pretty glow. The lipsticks come in ten shades–from a peachy coral (Cabana) to a moody purple (Wild Lilac) to a blush pink (Pretty). Pictured above is a pinkish neutral shade most aptly named Perfect Nude.

Both items are encased in Aerin’s signature gold packaging–and is equally as elegant displayed on your vanity or work desk.

Aerin Kaleidolight Palette, $70, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom
Aerin Rose Balm Lipsticks, $30, Saks Fifth Avenue

Beauty, Fashion Week, MakeupKevyn Aucoin Runway

Lela RoseWith NY Fashion Week behind us and Paris fresh in our minds, I’ve got a rush of adrenaline and new ideas and obsessions. Of course the fashion is amazing, but beauty is what completes the picture. In several shows including Milly and Lela Rose, Kevyn Aucoin produced some of the most editorial looks. The flawless, creamy complexions of the models were accented by glittery eyelids and dewy fresh lips were simple but fresh and beautiful. I’ve put together some of my favorite elements for a take-home version of the runway looks.

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AccessoriesSoxiety

soxietySometimes, there’s nothing better than a lazy weekend morning spent in bed…and to make it extra cozy, I love throwing on a pair of soft socks. Soxiety is a new online retailer that offers high-quality socks, designed and made in Northern Italy, with affordable pricing. From mercerized cotton lisle and luxurious cashmere, these are socks made to last.

Cashmere socks are a great go-to gift for the men in my life – one that people rarely splurge on, but always make people happy to receive. Even more so, I’m loving their new Women’s Collection for myself! I got to try the Gray Ribbed Cashmere Socks, and they are oh-so-lovely. These socks are knee-length, so I just pull them over leggings and push them down slightly at home, but also are a great length for under knee-high boots. This particular pair is a warm mix of merino wool and cashmere in a classic ribbed weave, with a touch of lyrca so their shape holds up. I’ve been grabbing them whenever I feel a bit chilly, especially in the early mornings before I get up to make coffee. They feel so luxurious and just plain good.

I can’t wait to try some other styles – and honestly, this might be my destination of choice for great gifts, especially for my sock-fiend friends.

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