Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A winning combination: Jeans, Ruffles and Blazer

One way to add an element of polish to jeans is to add a well fitted blazer.  A great blazer paired with the right accessories can turn a look from casual to chic.  To go one step further and really pull a look together,  I love adding a feminine ruffled blouse.



Blouse & Blazer

Navy and red are too of my favorite colors to pair together.  I probably wear the combination at least once a week, if not more.  Since the wash of the jean and navy blazer are so close in color, the red really adds a pop of color to mix up an otherwise somewhat monochrome outfit.  



Blouse & Blazer Casual

While these jeans are slim through the thigh and leg, the flair helps to balance the look from being too top heavy.  Since everything is so simple and classic, (with just a slight edge with the skull earrings) I love the thought of finishing off the look with flats.



Blouse & Blazer Cuffed

In order to pull off the cuffed distressed jeans with more traditional pieces, you really need one another piece that is just a little sassy and funky but ties in the more classic pieces as well.  I think this hot pink chiffon blouse with the dramatic row does just that.  It goes well with the jeans, but can also just as easily blend with the more classic blazer and accessories, tying everything in nicely.


What do you think of the jeans, ruffled blouse and blazer look?





Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Lusts

Sunday Lusts

Week in Photos


I was as gitty as a school girl when the New Kids on the Block announced their upcoming album and their tour with Boyz II Men (and 98 Degrees) earlier this week.  I was even more excited when I got tickets for the June 2nd show in Boston.  I think I have gone to more New Kids show as an adult as I ever went to as a child.  




It was exceptionally cold here in the Northeast this week, with temps in the single digits most mornings.  Despite the cold temps it doesn't stop us New Englanders from drinking Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee.  I like a hot coffee but every once in a while I get a craving for an iced.




My new phone case.




Since it has been so cold this week, I have been dressing in layers.  All I want to wear is chunky sweaters and scarves.  I love the navy sweater and plaid scarf here.  And the scarf reminds me of my grade school uniform.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser

One of the things that I really want to do more of is product reviews.  It was one of my original intentions of this blog, but I have not done nearly as many (if any) as I would have liked.   That being said, I hope to do much more in the future . . . starting today.  


I have used Soap & Glory products since they first landed in the US and was sold exclusively at Target. I was so disappointed when they disappeared off Target shelves, but am so happy that the line is back and sold at Sephora.

I had heard about hot cloth cleansers but never really gave them much thought.  I have acne prone skin and have to be very careful with the products I use so to play it safe I very rarely deviate from my normal routine.  I was in Sephora a few days after Christmas with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket when I decided to get  Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser.  (I wasn't even looking for a cleanser but their packaging is just so damn eye catching, I couldn't resist)



The cleanser is 3.3 fl oz and comes with one muslin cloth.  After applying the cleanser you rub it into your face for one minute, then let it sit on your skin for another minute.  When 60 seconds is up, you use  the cloth wet with warm water to rub off the product.


This product is nicely packaged.  The cloth is in sealed in a plastic wrapper and the cleanser itself has a foil seal under the cap.  AND I just really love the cute pink packaging with catchy marketing all over it.  




The Soap & Glory Fab Pore Cleanser is described as "a natural cream with a muslin cloth for cleansing, polishing, and smoothing the skin." Its "three-in-one concentrated formula purifies skin deeply with a natural blend of revitalizing and aromatic essential oils for an all round Fab Pore™ complexion." 

I use this about 2 times a week when I want a really deep clean.  It's said to "clean, smooth,  and melt away makeup" and that is exactly what it does.  It removes all traces of makeup and any excess oil.  The warmed muslin cloth feels like a little treat.  I cover my entire face with it, press it into my skin then gently rub it down my face.  I then re-rinse the cloth and repeat the last step.

Overall I really like this cleanser.  It gives a really great deep clean removing all makeup and impurities.  It smells fresh and leaves my skin with a slight tingle.  I also love how easy it is to use.  I always find the "rinsing" off process a tad messy, so the fact that you just wipe the cleanser off makes it that much easier.  And like I said, the cloth is a little treat for your skin.

I like to use this cleanser right before doing  a mask.  The cleanser gets rid of any impurities and opens my skin up to allow the mask to do its work.  I prefer the Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask and gotten really good results with this combination.

I would say that my only real complaint about this product is that it only comes with one cloth.  I almost wish it came with 2 or 3 so you can use a new cloth after so many uses. (The thought of using the same cloth over and over again kind of skeeves me out.) However, considering how much I like this product its not that big of a deal.  The box also advertises the cloth as being "free" so its not a make or break for me. I have prolonged the life of the muslin cloth by giving it a good rinse, sometimes even hand washing it with a milder face wash, and laying it out flat on a clean towel to dry.  Once it is dry, I fold it up and put it in a ziploc bag.  You can also get replacement muslin cleaning clothes on eBay relatively cheap, or also use a clean facecloth.

The directions do not indicate how often to use. (at least I don't think they do) I don't know if it is intended for daily use or whatnot, but with any product I would base it on how your skin reacts to it or how often you need/want a deep clean.


If you are in the market for a hot cloth cleanser or just want something for a deep down clean, I would recommend the Soap & Glory Fab Pore Cleanser.  It retails for $20 at Sephora.  

Have you tried this cleanser?  Got any recommendations for other hot cloth cleansers or Soap & Glory products?  Comment Below.

This is my 200th blog post!  (YAY!!)   It's been just about 7 months since my first post and I'm kind of excited and quite proud that I am still going.  Thanks for all of you that follow me and keep coming back.  And for those of you new to my blog, "welcome!"

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored review, nor was I compensated for this review.  All items mentioned were purchased my me.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes of the Week





As I mentioned in my Week in Photos on Saturday, I am obsessed with Emily McCarthy's blog.  As a paper designer/stylist and brand stylist, her blog is full of quote images that she has designed.  I loved all of them, but decided on just two.



(Images Source: Emily McCarthy)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Lusts

Case-Mate Gold Pearl iPhone 5 Case -  I don't have the iPhone 5, but this case makes me want one.



Books
Clockwise from top Domino: The Book of Decorating;  Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me;  Cupcakes and Cashmere



Linda & Harriett 2013 Letterpress Calendar



Goyard St. Louis GM Tote - As I mentioned yesterday I am kind of obsessed with Goyard.  The top of my Goyard wish list is the St. Louis GM in yellow.


Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup - I keep reading about Revlon's new Nearly Naked foundation and really want to try it.  


Peacoat, Old Navy

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Week in Photos

Source: Emily McCarthy

I would normally save this for my Quote of the Week, but my quote collection is getting so big.  I guess I could say I collect quotes.  Whenever I see one I like I save it,  which is how I get most of my weekly quotes.  My collection is getting so big that I don't know if I will ever get to post all of them.  SO, I have added a "Quotes" page, where I am going to post all the fantastic quotes that I have saved.  (I have already posted some, but there are lots more still to be posted).  I'll still feature one of my favorites each Monday.

Emily McCarthy is a blogger, owner of Emma J Design and co-owner of Twist Paper.  I am officially obsessed with her work and could probably dedicate an entire Friday Faves to all of her sites!



Source: unknown

You would have never known that it was in the 60s here on Monday when we then got just about 2 inches of snow here in the city on Wednesday. (some nearby towns got a bit more)  Then yesterday is was 22 degrees when I left the house in the morning.  Got to love how bipolar New England weather is!



Source: Pinterest

One way to celebrate Pantone's Color of the Year is which Emerald  Sherbet, especially with Spring being just a few short months (?) away!




As the oldest Parisian trunk maker still in business, Goyard trunks are one of the most sought after.  I love how timeless and brightly colored these are.  Goyard is kind of one of my latest obsessions.  All the monograms and stripes on their gorgeous bags and trunks are hand-painted. A Goyard tote is on the top of my lust list.



Source: Pier 1 Imports

I originally saw this and thought "I want that entire dining room," then I looked beyond the dining room and envisioned the table as a workspace.  Who says a desk needs to be a traditional rectangle?  It made me think back to Coco & Kelley's new office, where the founder, Cassie, uses a round table instead of a desk.  It's kind of brilliant actually.  It is so informal and you could really use the table to collaborate with others and move around your "desk."  I don't see a dining room here, I see my dream office.




(belated) Friday Faves

I know it is technically Saturday but I had all intentions of posting this yesterday.  I was having some 'technical' difficulties (I was having spacing/aligning issues in blogger). Since “Saturday Faves” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, for the sake of alliteration, let's just pretend for 2 minutes that it is still Friday.


Blogs



Fannie's blog is so cute and full different moments of her life. I love all the original photos she uses. AND, not only is Fannie a ballet dancer, she teach ballet to 3-5 year olds.  How awesome is that??



I love Amberly's sense of style.  Last week, she did a DYI where she transformed an old IKEA bookshelf into a gorgeous metallic gold focal piece.  I love how she provided great tips on styling the shelves.   Then this week, Amberly revealed her new workspace, which really made me want to get moving on creating my own.


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Sophia is not your typical beauty guru.  Covered in tattoos, the Tattooed Tea Lady, does great product reviews, loves tea and has committed to donating to a different charity each month in 2013.  This month, it's Arthritis Research UK




YouTube



Most people know of Cupcakes and Cashmere for Emily Schuman's famous blog. Earlier this week, Emily posted a video on styling a coffee table.  I loved her tips on the subject, watching it 3 times.

While Emily only has 2 videos posted on her Youtube she has still managed to pick up 1199 subscribers (make that 1200 - I was the 1200th subscriber . . . just cause) I know that 1200 isn't much compared to her thousands of blog followers, but for 2 videos I think it just goes to show what a large following Cupcakes and Cashmere has.




Shopping



  
I know I mentioned it before, but WANELO is a great shopping destination.  Similar to Pinterest, users post various products to the site which you can then link back to and purchase.  Most of the merchandise is different and unique items you probably wouldn't have normally found.



Ron Robinson is located at Fred Segal.  I don't know how I first discover their online store, but I love discovering all the different items they sell.