Hello Loren Hope

April 24, 2012

Just wanted to take the time to brag on our of our amazing sponsors, Loren Hope.  Created by Loren Barham, who by the way is as sweet and nice as they come, Loren Hope is an amazing jewelry line and a personal favorite of ours.  The line features an array of unique pieces from classic gold layering chain necklaces (which we love!) to chunky colorblocked beaded necklaces like the Libby.  If you’re a gold jewelry junkie like us, you’re bound to become just as obsessed with Loren Hope as we have.  Whether you’re into the classics with a twist, or…

Just wanted to take the time to brag on our of our amazing sponsors, Loren Hope.  Created by Loren Barham, who by the way is as sweet and nice as they come, Loren Hope is an amazing jewelry line and a personal favorite of ours.  The line features an array of unique pieces from classic gold layering chain necklaces (which we love!) to chunky colorblocked beaded necklaces like the Libby.  If you’re a gold jewelry junkie like us, you’re bound to become just as obsessed with Loren Hope as we have.  Whether you’re into the classics with a twist, or the ultra colorful and chunky – Loren literally has something for every single girl out there.  I honestly cannot even begin to pick a favorite, but the pieces pictured above are definitely high on my list.  My regular uniform of chambray button downs and white blouses and tees would look killer with each and every one of the jewels above, no?  Not to mention that a tassle necklace has been high on my list since forever – lets just say that I now have eyes only for the Samba fringe necklace.  Now that puppy would be on constant rotation in my life.  Who doesn’t love a little bit of fringe every once in a while?

Do tell, which Loren Hope piece is your favorite?  Or do you secretly wish you could take them all home with you like we do?!

(All Images via Loren Hope)

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Face Time

April 24, 2012

About two months ago my face was going through a rough time – it seemed that over night it had transformed into the dry and breakout prone skin of a teenager.  So dry that my regular routine was causing me to get a symmetrical rash on both of my cheeks that looked terrible.  I consulted my new coworker (who has flawless skin) about what to do and she sat me down and gave me a stern talking to… “You’re face is so parched I can see it from 3 feet away and you are literally burning your skin with the…

About two months ago my face was going through a rough time – it seemed that over night it had transformed into the dry and breakout prone skin of a teenager.  So dry that my regular routine was causing me to get a symmetrical rash on both of my cheeks that looked terrible.  I consulted my new coworker (who has flawless skin) about what to do and she sat me down and gave me a stern talking to… “You’re face is so parched I can see it from 3 feet away and you are literally burning your skin with the acne treatment you’ve been using – your face is in pain.”  Um, wtf.  How could I have let this happen?  I was mortified to tell her that at the time I was using no moisturizer or lotion on my face.  She held my hand, told me everything would be okay, and instructed me in the path of what I now consider my skin saving routine.  Oh, and I now consider her my “skin whisperer.”

01. Neutrogena Naturals, Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover: I use this gentle wash at night to remove all my make-up including my waterproof Dior mascara.  It smells so fresh and I’m always amazed that it removes all traces of makeup without any forceful rubbing on my eyes.  Highly recommend for those who like to get eye-makeup off while washing your whole face.

02. Willa Girl Foaming Facial Wash: This product was sent to us by one of our favorite beauty PR teams and although it’s part of a new all natural skincare line created specifically for girls ages 7-18 I decided to give it a try… After I use the cleanser above I put the foaming wash on my damp skin and use with my Clarisonic.  My face feels amazing afterwards and so squeaky clean – the natural formula is hydrating and did wonders to tame by inflamed skin.  This is the cleansing product I use every morning.

03. Clarisonic Mia: My favorite.  I got it for Christmas and have been religious about using it everyday in the morning and evening.  It’s not for everyone but I love how it buffs my skin and leaves it feeling super clean and soft.

04. Clarisonic Delicate Brush Head: Even after I added moisturizer to my routine, my skin was still so angry and the ugly rash would not seem to go away… The skin whisperer told me that my regular Clarisonic brush head might be to blame and told me to invest in the “delicate” brush – the most gentle in the line.  I took her advice and it was like going from sandpaper to feathers.  Well, not really, but you get the idea.  My skin thanked me and the rash disappeared.

05. DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbeavin‘: Sally has blogged about this stuff before… Before my skin care woes of 2012 I used this morning and night.  Hence the “burning of my skin.”  It’s powerful stuff guys – not the best thing to use twice a day if you don’t have true acne.  I now only use a teeny tiny bit if I get a flare up and I only apply it a small area and not my whole face.  Powerful I tell ya.

06. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer: Do you have sensitive skin? Buy this.  Hydrating to the max, sinks in fast, not greasy, light and clean scent – I love it.  I put it on three separate times before I leave in the morning because I love it so much.  No spf for me here either, I found tested a sample with and without and the spf made my skin red.

07. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: The woman at the Kiehl’s counter tried to talk me out of getting both the moisturizer and the cream but I insisted I needed the cream for night.  It was worth the battle – the cream is a bit thicker and richer and I can almost hear angels singing when I put it on after washing my face at night.  My skin loves it.

08. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: If you’re looking for a good eye cream I highly recommend this… It’s very light and delicate but very hydrating.  I’ve noticed a huge difference in how my skin looks around my eyes since using it.

09. Ilia Balmy Days Lip Care: Also sent to us by our beauty guru PR loves, I made this lip care mine all mine.  It’s the first thing I put on my lips before my lipstick or gloss and the last thing I put on before bead.  Clear and conditioning, it goes on like silk and is so much better than any chapstick I’ve ever used.

Obviously these products might not be the answer for everyone but they work wonders for me so I thought I’d pass them along!  The older I get the more I invest in taking good tare of my skin… 

(Novel: An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin // Image taken by MBM for A PIECE of TOAST)

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Street Style Savvy

April 23, 2012

Aside from checking my regular lineup of blogs on a daily/wheneverIgetachance basis, People.com is my next favorite site to visit.  Not necessarily to keep up on celebrity gossip, but more so to see pictures of pretty actors and actresses wearing killer clothes all while doing their normal day to day things.  Enter: Star Tracks.  Who doesn’t love to stalk the stars pictures at Coachella, the beach, leaving the gym, you name it?  Please say that you do it too? Until Star Tracks, I really had never thought much about Jessica Alba.  Is she pretty? Yep.  Killer body?  That too.  Good…

Aside from checking my regular lineup of blogs on a daily/wheneverIgetachance basis, People.com is my next favorite site to visit.  Not necessarily to keep up on celebrity gossip, but more so to see pictures of pretty actors and actresses wearing killer clothes all while doing their normal day to day things.  Enter: Star Tracks.  Who doesn’t love to stalk the stars pictures at Coachella, the beach, leaving the gym, you name it?  Please say that you do it too?

Until Star Tracks, I really had never thought much about Jessica Alba.  Is she pretty? Yep.  Killer body?  That too.  Good actress?  I’m not one to judge – I couldn’t act to save my soul.  What I do know is that Alba is reallly, realllly good at is dressing herself.  It seems as if no matter when the cameras catch her, she is looking damn good.  Pretty scarves, big sunnies, and colored/printed denim are all among Jessica Alba’s signature day to day looks.  How is it possible to look that put together while juggling an acting career, two babies, and everything else in life?  God only knows that I can be seen in the lovely grocery store flourescent lighting every Sunday night sans makeup, with a bun on the top of my head, looking everything but put together.  Now I know I’m no celebrity, but from here on out I will be taking notes from Jessica Alba when I am out and about. 

(All images via People.com)

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Alexa Leigh Star + Om

April 23, 2012

I have the biggest girl crush on Kelly Framel, aka The Glamouri.  She’s beautiful, adorable, incredibly stylish, wildly successful, and has a kind and approachable look… I never tire of looking at her blog and each post makes me love her and her style a little bit more.  Being the jewelry lover that I am, I always take note of her dainty rings (many from Catbird) and gold necklaces.  I’ve blogged about the darling Maya Brenner inital necklace she has but now I’ve really fallen for the long and dainty Star + Om lariat necklace she “never takes off.”  Designed by…

I have the biggest girl crush on Kelly Framel, aka The Glamouri.  She’s beautiful, adorable, incredibly stylish, wildly successful, and has a kind and approachable look… I never tire of looking at her blog and each post makes me love her and her style a little bit more.  Being the jewelry lover that I am, I always take note of her dainty rings (many from Catbird) and gold necklaces.  I’ve blogged about the darling Maya Brenner inital necklace she has but now I’ve really fallen for the long and dainty Star + Om lariat necklace she “never takes off.” 

Designed by Alexa Leigh, the long necklace is a dual pendant that can be worn with one pendant long in the front with the other close by your neck – or with the pendant in the back draped low (perfect for those dresses or tops with a lowww back).  There are several different pendant and metal choices to choose from but I want to copy Kelly with the star + om…  

AND if you like the star + om necklaces as much as I do you’re in luck because the lovely Alexa Leigh is offering all A Piece of Toast readers a 15% discount on anything on her site! Just use code “APIECEOFTOAST” when checking out 🙂  Best way to kick off a Monday?  Yes.

(Images 1-8 via The Glamouri // Star + Om necklace via Alexa Leigh)

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Ode to Earth Day

April 22, 2012

Can we all agree that we are some pretty lucky humans to be living on such a wonderful an awe-inspiring earth?  I’m taking today as a reminder to be thankful of natural wonders and make an effort to take better care of our pretty planet… (Image 1 via Native Kee, image 2 via Amanda Julica Photography)

Can we all agree that we are some pretty lucky humans to be living on such a wonderful an awe-inspiring earth?  I’m taking today as a reminder to be thankful of natural wonders and make an effort to take better care of our pretty planet…

(Image 1 via Native Kee, image 2 via Amanda Julica Photography)

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