HomeCharming Baskets

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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.

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!

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