Along with my everyday basics…there are those luxury make-up items that I’m always experimenting with. These, with their subtle shades, have suddenly become part of my everydays. Powder pink blushes and bronzers to beat winter pale skin. Shimmering shadows that sparkle lightly in all the right ways. This year I went from dark black cat-eye and va-va-voom red lips to sublty bronzed cheeks, and dare I say, LIP GLOSS. I forgot how amazing lip gloss makes your lips look. I’m all about a more feminine, light, and fresh look. My vampire days are long gone. I guess the more grown up you get, the less fuss you want. The less makeup, less products. Just what works, and what makes you glow. Then, there is the best cream to revive your face overnight to do it all over again. I’m constantly trying new products and makeup brands. There are are some I lean towards again and again….Stila, Dolce & Gabbana, Urban Decay, and Lancome. Of course, mixed with my everydays from the local drug store (CoverGirl & L’Oreal Paris). But take a peek at these new magicians in a bottle that have just arrived at my doorstep.
Dolce & Gabanna eye shadow and eye shadow cream. I like to use the brown cream first, then add shimmer over it. It lasts way longer for those nights out. Oh, and their nail varnish is out of this world.
Everything Lancôme Hydra Zen. I’m a sucker for all things pink. These beautiful bottles really hydrate and don’t irritate.
Stila Lip Vinyl: extra glossy in vibrant hues. Wear this with just a little bronzer and a swipe of mascara. Anymore and you’ll regret it.
Marc Jacobs primer: Newest primer I have tried. It’s light, and minimizes your pores.
Now keep on keeping fresh ladies.
I’m so excited to create a gift guide with EXPRESS this season. I’m completely swooning over their sparkled holiday dresses, cozy coats, oh and perfect skinny neck scarves. Give me anything, and I’ll layer it up and make it own. Threw on a perfect white top under my dress, and added a bit of eclecticness with this nubby green beanie. For a holiday party, I top it all off with rich red lip. This is a look I can wear all together, or take apart and wear each piece on it’s own. Take the sparkle dress with bare shoulders and a good heel. The coat with your favorite skinny jeans. And beanie, well, every single day. That’s why I’m gifting my favorite stocking stuffers to my gal pals and the special boys in my life!
Gift wrapping is honestly so much fun, and I like any excuse to play with pine cones, fresh leaves, ribbons, tinsel, and decking out my apartment in twinkling lights. My apartment already smells like a walk through a field of pine trees. I like to keep my stocking stuffers personal with handwrittten notes.
– EXPRESS beanie
-EXPRESS head wrap
-EXPRESS red scarf
-EXPRESS fingerless gloves
-EXPRESS plaid scarf
-EXPRESS grey gloves
-EXPRESS navy beanie
As of late, I’ve really been getting into DIY. I remember back at Bonnarroo on my road trip with Teva, I customized my pair that I lived in out on the campsite… just for memories from the road. But this time, I’m stepping it up a notch with Swarovski crystals and their latest collaboration with DIY gurus, HonestlyWTF. Each Teva pair of sandals comes with a Swarovski DIY kit that you can easily apply on your own at home. For me, I was all about accenting the ankle strap of my flatforms by gluing on the crystals, and heating on the gold design. It’s fun using your hands and creating something beautiful. I like mine best with everything else simple. All black, with a pop of stud.
// Teva x HonestlyWTF flatform sandals //
See how to customize your Tevas here.
There is always something so mystical about Anna Sui. Lord & Taylor right now has the absolute most perfect collection of Anna Sui, all of my #FavoriteThings. I spotted this poncho online and it reminded me something the eskimos and the natives would throw over themselves in the cold mountains of Iceland. Bohemian, raw edges, and beautiful. Her statement pieces always feel like they’ve come from a different time and different place. This piece I can’t wait to wear on a beautiful snow day on Christmas. It’s such a standout piece that all you need is a good black layering piece, jeans, and your best pumps.
// Anna Sui poncho (avail at Lord & Taylor), RES Denim, Wolford turtleneck, Ouigal shoes //
And then there is the Anna Sui that’s out of a fairytale. Her folk dresses amaze me with their electic floral prints, mixed with a touch of Asian influence. I’ve been a huge fan of Anna Sui for as long as I can remember, and what I loved most about her was her ability to use prints. Her ability to turn everything into every rock n’ roller’s dream. You can never go wrong with a dress like this. The colors so vibrant and immediately get me in the holiday mood.
This holiday is about your #FavoriteThings. For me, my #favoritethings are my family, friends, and of course, some exotic beautiful items to keep for a lifetime in my wardrobe. To win some of your #FavoriteThings head over to Lord & Taylor on Instagram or Twitter to see their holiday sweepstakes!
// Anna Sui dress (avail at Lord & Taylor), DKNY tights, Botkier bag, Ouigal boots //