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.

Bath & Body, Mom & KidsEarth Mama Angel Baby

angelI’ve never really thought of myself as an “Earth Mama” but today I stopped for a moment and realized that I do love to give my daughter lots of love through natural organic foods, clothes, creams, and even wipes! A great addition to our bathtimes has been Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, a certified-organic favorite among moms. It’s made by Earth Mama Angel Baby, a company dedicated to organic products for pregnancy and post-partum care through toddler stages. The light foaming wash has a beautiful orange scent from Vanilla and Sweet Orange essential oils which I wish would linger long past the bath! The soap is actually not a traditional soap, but made from castile, a natural germ fighter. This eases my mind as I’ve been hearing so much about antibacterial handwipes and the like making us and our children more prone to drug-resistant mutant germs. I’ve always been partial to foaming washes because they are so efficient for coverage and even distribution over hair and skin, and they’re easier to control especially when going near the eyes. The Angel Baby formula is made with soothing organic Calendula, which is perfect for winter skin and eczema-prone babies. There are no detergents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes, and is also gluten-free. Because it has zero toxins, it’s safe for newborns, pregnant women, and moms.

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FashionObsession of the Moment: Citizens of Humanity Pencil Skirt in Bauhaus

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BeautyCetaphil Launches Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

cetaphil_cleasning_clothsI’ll admit it: I’ve been jumping on the cleansing cloths bandwagon. A quick glance at my new bathroom cabinet (which I’ll spare you for now as I am mid-move) shows an assortment of wipes from all kinds of brands. I’ve got ones that are oil-balancing and acne-treating and skin-radiating, but at the end of the day I really just want my wipes to do one thing: remove makeup, clean, and doesn’t leave me feeling guilty about not giving my face an end-of-day wash.

Luckily Cetaphil, purveyors of gentle skin care, has just launched Cleansing Cloths and despite having just used them for a couple days, I’ve already deemed them my new favorites. The first things you’ll notice about these cloths are that the texture is much softer than many other wipes you may have tried and the size is quite a bit larger. Cetaphil designed these cloths to be a one-stop-shop and thanks to the fragrance-free gentle formulation, they’re even safe for removing stubborn eye makeup. Each cloth is infused with Cetaphil’s ever popular gentle cleanser and according to the brand, is effective enough to cleanse the entire face and even replace face washing. While I wouldn’t recommend doing that on a nightly basis, the wipes do leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed–never leaving behind any kind of film or other ickyness. Priced between $5.99 and $6.99 (or $5.39 at Target right this second) for a pack of 25, these wipes are super accessible. Grab a pack and try them out for yourself!

 

Fragrance, HomeBring on Spring (Scents)!

Are you as over winter as I am? I’m craving sunshine, light breezes and spring-scented air… But since it’s still chilly, I’m turning to candles to bring in the scent of spring, while still providing coziness at home. Candles from Tocca are always a treat, and their scents let your senses escape to another place. These three are my current favorites! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupA Fresh Tarte

tarteIt’s always so great when a brand updates a product you already love–it’s kind of like your favorite product getting a new outfit or a kick ass new pair of shoes. (Can you tell I’ve been shopping a lot lately?) And those fabulous new outfits are now adorning the Cheek Stains and Power Pigment lip tints.

Tarte’s Power Pigments are lip tints are pencils that have a touch of mint to them, and are easily applied (you can do it without a mirror!) and give you some minty freshness with a decent amount of color. I love the way the pencils have the shade colors right on them so you can easily figure out which one you’re grabbing without having to open it (always a problem when you carry as many lip products as I do!). They also make my lips super soft because of the vitamins and shea butter, so they’re almost balm-like in a way. All of the eight fantastic shades were inspired by the colors of the Cheek Stain, making it even easier to go for a coordinated look if that’s what you’re after.

The Cheek Stains are the same they’ve always been, just with what they’re calling a makeover (a brand after my own heart!)  The sticks use the same easy push-up form as before and the colors still leave a good amount of natural looking color on your cheeks that lasts all day.  The containers are definitely smaller now so they’re easier to tote around with you or pack (always something to consider) and they look great paired with their matching Lip Pigments. All around, the new look these old favorites are sporting is fabulous. Check them out!

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsRousskine

rousskineJ’adore Rousskine, a delightful boutique I discovered recently whose owner Dominique pulls from her imagination to create handmade animals, scarves, and other cute friends. I introduced Arielle, a beautifully made super-stylish little fox to my daughter recently, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I really appreciate the softness of that materials used, and details like a floral lining for the ears is so sweet. Arielle’s proportions make her cute and hip at the same time! I was so curious to get to know the creator of this chic collection, Dominique was kind enough to indulge some of my curiosities, all the way from Montreal.

Can you briefly describe your background? I studied fashion design but found my real passion when I studied textile design. I had the chance to work in a small handmade toy company one year later. So I still learn everyday, and get to do what I love full time.

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Bath & BodyLand’s End Coastal Living Body Collection

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Growing up in Southern Connecticut, I always associated Land’s End with the other New England: the Cape Cod/Kennebunkport/ carefree on the coast kind of living rather than the (let’s be honest) uptight, conservative Stepford-wife-soccer-mom suburban town I was stuck in. I carried around one of their iconic canvas totes and fantasized about going sailing Jackie Kennedy style. After adolescence, I ended up moving to the big city, but never lost appreciation for the rugged-but-romantic style of the American shore.

This spring, the brand is bringing that nautical romance to me with the launch of their first body care line: Coastal Living. Their inaugural collection features the essentials: a body lotion, a body wash, and a hand cream in an absolutely divine lavender-honey fragrance. The products are formulated with hydrating shea butter extracts, soothing aloe vera, and good-for-you Vitamins A and E to nourish skin and protect it from daily damage. The lotions are easy to apply and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft instead of greasy. I’m particularly addicted to the hand cream which I keep by my work desk and apply on an hourly basis.

While I usually tend to shy away from scented body products, I am absolutely in love with the fragrance of this collection. There’s a distinctive note of lavender, but it’s soften and sweetened by honey blossoms. The result is a fragrance that is neither too aromatic nor heavy–and kudos to the brand–it also lacks that “generic” quality that seems to be a tell-tale sign of mass body care products.

Discover the new collection for yourself at LandsEnd.com.

Fitness & Health, ShoesKick It Up

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With my sister running in a race this spring, she’s motivating me to step up my fitness game. But it doesn’t hurt to have cute workout gear to help you along the way…starting with shoes! Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes, right? These just happen to be for working out. The latest addition to my closet are these New Balance W890 sneakers, part of the Heidi Klum for New Balance collection. READ MORE

Home, Paper GoodsFamille Summerbelle: A Touch of Whimsy

NYCSilverNewI’m always in search of chic accents to add some unique charm to everyday home life, and am guilty of an affinity towards anything European. I was happy to come upon Famille Summerbelle, a family-run company based in the UK. All products are thoughtfully designed by Julie Marabelle who has a background in Fine Art and Theatre Design, which is apparent in the vibrant color and artistry. The beautiful city prints and cut-outs are so whimsical, I couldn’t resist the renditions of my favorite cities, New York and Paris. My hand screen-printed silver print arrived from across the pond and I immediately began marveling over the nuances that only a New Yorker would recognize! The details are amazing- the tramway going to Roosevelt Island is so cute, as is the guitarist playing tunes in the East Village. I’m dreaming of summer days and outdoor bands! READ MORE

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