Lionfish

January 26, 2012

Even with all the marbled vanity space in the room I shared with Victoria and Chelsea at Alt Summit, we always ended up wandering to and from each other’s makeup areas to share products and boast about our favorites.  Some people are turned off about sharing stuff like makeup but it was totally natural for us – instant friends I tell you.  Victoria offered up her amazing all-natural skin products, I gave instructions on how to use my bombshell curling iron, and Chelsea told me she had finally found an eyeliner that worked.  I have never been able to wear…

Even with all the marbled vanity space in the room I shared with Victoria and Chelsea at Alt Summit, we always ended up wandering to and from each other’s makeup areas to share products and boast about our favorites.  Some people are turned off about sharing stuff like makeup but it was totally natural for us – instant friends I tell you.  Victoria offered up her amazing all-natural skin products, I gave instructions on how to use my bombshell curling iron, and Chelsea told me she had finally found an eyeliner that worked.  I have never been able to wear eyeliner, people.  I don’t know why but every gel, pencil, brush and powder I’ve tried always leaves me feeling underwhelmed and looking messy because I can’t draw a uniform, clean line close enough to my lashes.  But I was feeling brave and after watching Chelsea I took a try with her Stila Smudge Stick liner… I think you know where this is going: I loved it!  The deep bronze color, called Lionfish (die for that name), went on smoothly with hardly any effort and the soft formula make it easy to get it to touch my lash line.  I loved the way it framed my eyes without looking too heavy.  Even better, the smudge stick is waterproof so it stayed put all night at the Alt white party.  I’m hoping to pick up my own smudge stick this weekend so I can keep practicing.  Might even have to try out some of the other pretty colors it comes in – the Moray golden olive could be a game changer.

(Image via Pinterest, Stila Smudge Stick via Sephora)

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Zuny

January 25, 2012

Good bookends are hard to find… There are the standard and gorgeous ceramics (like Jonathan Adler) and the chic, sparkly agate variety (like these pretties at LEIF shop), and of course the delicate lucite and carved type that I can’t come close to affording (ahem, Spisani).  But what if your taste leans toward the whimsical and unexpected and a ceramic dachshund isn’t going to push the envelope for you?  Maybe a Zuny bookend is what your shelves need!  My coworker with incredible taste is notorious for spoiling me and she really out did herself when she gifted me a Zuny…

Good bookends are hard to find… There are the standard and gorgeous ceramics (like Jonathan Adler) and the chic, sparkly agate variety (like these pretties at LEIF shop), and of course the delicate lucite and carved type that I can’t come close to affording (ahem, Spisani).  But what if your taste leans toward the whimsical and unexpected and a ceramic dachshund isn’t going to push the envelope for you?  Maybe a Zuny bookend is what your shelves need!  My coworker with incredible taste is notorious for spoiling me and she really out did herself when she gifted me a Zuny piggy bookend for Christmas this year.  I don’t know how she does it but she always finds me perfect but “grown-up” pigs to add to my collection (she previously gave me this, and this).  So, back to Zuny – they are leather-made home accessories grouped into three design categories so you can find the animal(s) that perfectly align with your aesthetic.  As you can probably tell from the menagerie I selected above, the animals are incredibly well made and boast tons of personality through simple detailing.  The leather looks soft enough to cuddle but trust me, they are heavy enough to prop up your collection of Harry Potter books.

I died when I read how the company describes their products: “Zuny enriches the peoples’ life and provides a perfect gateway for releasing annoyances and pressures from work and frustration.  Make your life funny and easy.”  How could you not buy into that?  I can vouch that my piggy bookend makes me pretty happy every time I see it.  And it totally releases my daily annoyances.  With its cuteness and functionality.  Swear.

(Images 1-3 via Google, All other images and quoted text via Zuny)

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THE GLOW

January 24, 2012

Maybe it comes with the fact that I work with children all day everyday or maybe it comes from my admiration for my own mother, but whatever the reason, I am absolutely fascinated by the relationship between mothers and their children.  Especially young children and babies.  I’m not sure there is a bond anything quite like it.  Watching a mother interact with her children is unlike anything else.  And although I am not a mother (except to two little bunny boo pups), I think the love is unlike anything else. THE GLOW is a website/blog that “gives a glimpse into the…

Maybe it comes with the fact that I work with children all day everyday or maybe it comes from my admiration for my own mother, but whatever the reason, I am absolutely fascinated by the relationship between mothers and their children.  Especially young children and babies.  I’m not sure there is a bond anything quite like it.  Watching a mother interact with her children is unlike anything else.  And although I am not a mother (except to two little bunny boo pups), I think the love is unlike anything else.

THE GLOW is a website/blog that “gives a glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms.”  Not only does it showcase these gorgeous and talented moms (think Rebecca Minkoff and Cynthia Rowley) with their little ones, but it gives a peek into their homes, darling children’s rooms, and their kids closets (please tell me that I am not the only one who is obsessed with children’s/baby clothing).  Whether the site is called the glow because of the gorgeous glowy light flowing through the pictures (Molly can take pictures like this!!) or because of the glow that a mother has, I don’t know.  But I adore it all.  

I have always had an admiration for working mothers who can balance a successful career and children that seem to live such a normal (all things considering) childhood.  Jennifer Garner is my absolute idol – two small daughters and a baby on the way and she lets her kids wear normal kid things like Crocs.  Suri Cruse is just not a realistic child.  Sorry Suri.  Reading about the different moms on THE GLOW is one of my favorite parts – it makes you realize that yes, they’re famous but their kids also have poopy diapers on friends couches.  Now I am luring you in even more aren’t I?        

THE GLOW has been featured on various blogs such as Amber Interiors, Rikshaw Design, and Stylish Bird and images from the site have been circulating around Pinterest.  I am posting it here because it is just that wonderful that I want to make sure all of our pretty little readers get a chance to see the site in all its glory.  And because our blog is probably the only way I could get my mom to view the pretty images.  (Shes not too advanced in the computer/opening attachments area)  

(All images via THE GLOW)

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One Hundred Mirrors

January 24, 2012

Since I have been on the lookout for a perfect mirror for my bedroom (the makeover is truly all consuming) I immediately perked up when the girls of Roses and Rags blog wrote a post on mirrors a few weeks ago… Besides including images of stunning interiors with picture-perfect mirrors, they linked to a few websites with affordable but gorgeous mirrors that have proven to be extremely helpful in my search!  One in particular, Ballard Designs, really got my attention.  I’m currently deciding between the Bellesol and the Daphne – but my eyes have been stolen by the mirror you…

Since I have been on the lookout for a perfect mirror for my bedroom (the makeover is truly all consuming) I immediately perked up when the girls of Roses and Rags blog wrote a post on mirrors a few weeks ago… Besides including images of stunning interiors with picture-perfect mirrors, they linked to a few websites with affordable but gorgeous mirrors that have proven to be extremely helpful in my search!  One in particular, Ballard Designs, really got my attention.  I’m currently deciding between the Bellesol and the Daphne – but my eyes have been stolen by the mirror you see above, the Sacha.  Arranged in a grouping of four in the image with the couch, the mirror is a square made up of 100 small mirrors linked with a metal frame on the back.  Basically, this pieces is a total show-stopper.  What a great way to fill wall space without hanging a giant mirror that would scream “do you see yourself, do ya?!”  I think it would look great above a bar cart or console table (a Lucite one like this obviously) for flashes of reflection and unexpected texture. 

Maybe some day I can drop the dough on a four-piece set for behind a couch… Because I just can’t stop thinking about it.  Do any of you have a go-to source for pretty mirrors I should know about?  

(Images via Ballard Designs)

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Studded and Heeled

January 23, 2012

More than ever before, I have been a huge shoe hoarder lately.  I’ve always loved shoes, but for some reason I feel like this fall and winter season I have accumulated more shoes than ever.  Not complaining in the least bit.  Actually, I’m quite proud.  The last thing I need is one more pair of shoes sitting in my closet (at least until spring and summer come around), but I feel like these Madewell Clog Booties are calling my name.   These guys would literally go with everything that I wear and would spice up even the simplest of outfits.…

More than ever before, I have been a huge shoe hoarder lately.  I’ve always loved shoes, but for some reason I feel like this fall and winter season I have accumulated more shoes than ever.  Not complaining in the least bit.  Actually, I’m quite proud.  The last thing I need is one more pair of shoes sitting in my closet (at least until spring and summer come around), but I feel like these Madewell Clog Booties are calling my name.  

These guys would literally go with everything that I wear and would spice up even the simplest of outfits.  Sometimes I’m guilty of being too simple.  If that’s possible.  From skinny pants and a chunky knit to a dress and tights, I picture these booties going a lot of places with me/on me.  They could also 100% go from day to night and be worn out to the bars.  It takes true talent for a shoe to fit both of those bills, no?

Although the dark tobacco color is definitely the classic, go with everything choice, I am actually leaning towards the “warm shale” color.  I have less of this color in my shoe repretoire.  See, I am already coming up with reasons why these should be mine.  Trying not to think about them too much!!    

(Images via Madewell)

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