Monday, May 4, 2015

Casual Spring Pieces

My two fashion choices tend to be an overarching selection between (workout clothes, yoga pants, etc) for the very casual days and being dressed up for work or an evening out (dresses, heels, carefully curated accessories, etc). The latter takes considerably more effort than throwing on a pair of Lulu Lemons and a t-shirt while running errands or popping into a workout class. However, this past weekend while my sister and I were exploring Boston, it was the kind of day that warranted something a bit more than the normal workout outfit but something less than professional or evening attire.

Having a collection of casual pieces that are comfortable, easy to wear, and that can be paired with
wrap sweaters, wedges or sun hats! Shift dresses offer a relaxed feel that allow you to be ready for any plans! This Crochet Shift Dress ($50) is one of my favorite pieces - wear it with the Cotton Wrap Sweater, Metallic Wedges and Stripe Scarf, for put together, casual style!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coral Cocktail Dress + Envelope Clutch

When I first saw this dress, I knew it would be the perfect transition into Spring piece
that I could wear it with a lot of different bags. I had my eye on the 
navy paired with the pale coral is a classic combination. I also love adding
statement jewelry pieces to dresses with high necklines. It adds a focal point
without taking away from the geometric pattern of the dress.
Leslie is graduating from College in May, and this is a definite option as we are 
going to brunch and out to dinner to celebrate. I also have a couple of weddings to 
attend this summer and this is a flirty, feminine option. I would pair it with a fun pair 
of heels to dress it up. The best part of this dress, is that it is extremely comfortable 
and at $128, it is a versatile option that can be dressed up or down!

I planned this photoshoot with Lorna a week in advance, and when the day 
finally came, it was beautiful, however the clouds kept shifting - the sun 
would peekaboo behind the clouds and then come back out at full strength.
I didn't want to include sunglasses as I thought it would make the outfit too 
casual for the feel I was going for, however, looking through these photos, 
it is definitely evident that I was squinting every time the sun came out!
In true Boston fashion, it was also extremely windy and it's hard to have 
picture perfect hair when it's blowing everywhere and sticking to my lipgloss!

J.Crew Necklace {similar here} // ASHA by ADM Zodiac Ring // Tory Burch Wedges {similar here}

Photography by Lorna Stell

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

Ask any skincare professional and they will tell you it is never too 
early to start thinking about protection, prevention and overall care of your skin.
For a while now, my focus has been protection from the sun.
I am embarrassed to admit I have used a tanning bed, not worn enough 
sunscreen (it as high school and college, sorry!) but now, I am all about protecting
my skin from the sun. I love using Tan Towels and have mastered the art of natural bronzer.
However, I have also started focusing on prevention. Anti-aging to be exact. My favorite
anti-aging skin care is from Trish McEvoy and BeautyCounter, along with most of their skincare and makeup products. (Darphin is amazing, but pretty pricy!)

I am starting with baby steps - beginning with my under eye area using:

Next is the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum (this is for all over the face) and helps stimulate natural collagen production (anti-aging). I follow this with both BeautyCounter Lustro Face Oil to add mega moisture and the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 30 moisturizer

Last (but definitely not least since I always need this) is the
Laura Mercier Lip Balm with vitamins a, c and e and SPF 15!

At this time, my skin is prepped and ready for make-up to be applied
and at the end of the day, I use a gentle Makeup Remover and everyday face cleanser!

Do you have any Anti-Aging products you use and love?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

White + Navy | Navy + White

I am all about Navy and White. I find navy to be the most flattering color (I wear it a lot) as it isn't as harsh as black and can be paired with almost any color. (Yellow, Blush, Green, Orange, name it!) In my wardrobe, about 80% of the pieces are navy. So when I put this outfit together, and walked out of the house, I almost rolled my eyes because yet again, I was wearing navy! I just can't help it as I find it is slimming and preppy - two things that are important!

An outfit like this, white jeans (on sale), cute navy top, espadrille wedges, a functional bag and a
 fabulous pair of statement earrings (also on sale), is easy to wear while walking around the city, 
at lunch with your girlfriends, an evening at the movies or even just running errands.
I love that it is so versatile and the top can be switched out if you wanted to incorporate a little bit more color! I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit for a weekend trip on Nantucket or to grab a cup of coffee at Cafe Zume's down on main street in my new neighborhood. 

Photography by Lorna Stell

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Life Lately via Instagram

Here are a few shots of life lately through the eyes of Instagram!
 I love being able to share design projects, fashion picks and of course
pictures of Kingsley! Follow along here! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

White Spring Dress + Floral Heels

When I first saw my apartment that I am currently living in, 
the brick accent wall was immediately a favorite feature. It adds 
such personality and charm and while I am still working on filling it with
furniture (my bedroom has been the focus), I knew it would be fun to incorporate
into a style post for a day that wasn't conducive to shooting outside.

I got this Kate Spade Crossbody bag at TJMaxx on super sale
(I was in desperate need of a new crossbody 
as my previous navy one has seen better days).
This white dress with the blush band was 70% off at Banana Republic outlet
and I knew it would be a great addition for spring! You can also see my roundup
of floral heels on my post I did last week! I love that the color from the handbag 
matches with the color of the heels without being too "matchy" and 
the two pieces I can incorporate into other outfits!

Mint Crossbody Bag (similar here and here), Trish McEvoy Makeup Kit, Floral Heels

Photography by Lorna Stell

Monday, April 13, 2015

Trish McEvoy Power Of Makeup Brush Set

Good Morning! Today i'm sharing my Power Of Makeup Trish McEvoy Brush Set 
that I absolutely LOVE! If anyone knows me, they know that I have a serious
passion for makeup and the accessories and tools needed. I also have to admit that
using high quality brushes makes a profound difference in terms of applying makeup 
and the way the end result looks and feels. I find Trish McEvoy's brushes to be my favorite.
They are made with unbelievably soft materials and each have a chic acrylic handle.
The Angled Contour Brush (used for eye colors) and the Perfect Foundation Brush
have dual purposes that allow for a quicker yet more flawless makeup application. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

What's in my Purse?

I absolutely love when bloggers and celebrities post the contents of their handbags - 
it's so fun to see what different individuals bring with them in the beautiful handbags they carry! 
This was one of my favorite photo sessions with Lorna Stell because 
makeup, jewelry and accessories come with me wherever I go - 
and of course, having a convertible handbag (like this one) that you can 
wear as a satchel or as a crossbody is SO convenient!

Do share...what's in your purse?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Floral Basketweave Pencil Skirt

When I first saw this skirt (it's on sale!) - I was drawn to the floral pattern and bright colors.
When I tried it on, it added such a flirty and fun dimension that could be dressed up 
for a more dressy, professional look or dressed down for a casual dinner out. Lorna Stell
and I did this photo shoot at the same time as my fruit smoothie photoshoot, so of course I 
wanted to incorporate the bright pink of my smoothie into a couple of these images!

I also recently learned how to curl my hair - I use my straightener and it actually 
just happened by accident! I like the messy kind of curls, and it works out
because that's the outcome that results! 

*Photography by Lorna Stell

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shopbop Friends and Family Sale

Shop, Shop, Shop! This is kind of how I feel every day - but today is the day to do it!
This is the sale that everyone looks forward to and I have rounded up my favorite
items - from swimsuits to jewelry and handbags to maxi dresses and this GORGEOUS 
dress from Shoshanna. What are you waiting for?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Morning Routine {Fruit Smoothie}

I'll admit, i'm not a morning person, which also includes 
that I am not a big fan of breakfast. I love every other meal, 
but just can't get into breakfast. Recently, however, I have been waking 
up early to attend a work out class and delicious smoothie has become my new 
breakfast routine and it is amazing how healthy and refreshed I feel after drinking a 
combination of coconut water, fresh strawberries, raspberries and pineapple! 
I like a bit of a tangy taste and berries are my absolute favorite fruit!

I use coconut water (it's delicious!) and really
gives me the hydration I lack from not drinking straight water.
I also like to use more raspberries than strawberries or pineapple, and it gives
the smoothie a bit of a tart taste! Some mornings, i'll even add chia seeds to add a bit of
fiber and protein and help aid in exercise performance!  

*Photography by Lorna Stell