Monday, October 20, 2014

Fashion: Little Grey Jersey Dress

Luv AJ The Moto Jacket (similar here), H&M Jersey Dress (similar here), F21 Western Ways Booties, Christys' Crown Hat (similar here), 
Malcorra Necklace c/o MANDA unchained

Years ago I had my eye on a killer jersey dress from All Saints, but could never bring myself to dish out the cash for it. A few months ago, I searched high & low for a similar dress & lo and behold H&M had a nearly identical dress at a fraction of the price! As you can see, there was no looking back & I made the dress mine :)

Jersey dresses are not only comfortable and soft to the touch, but I find them to be highly versatile. Dress them up for a hot date out on the town with a pair of sexy heels and statement jewels. wear it to work with the perfect navy blazer and just right booties or style it for a casual day grabbing lunch and running errands with a killer leather jacket and simple ankle boots. I also love throwing a great cozy knit over this dress to utilize it as a skirt! The possibilities are endless & I am stoked to have this affordable find in my closet!

Don't forget! Today is the last day to enter to win this amazing handmade MANDA unchained Malcorra necklace! Complete the Rafflecopter info below to be considered for this awesome giveaway! Winner will be announced on Friday 10/14.


Friday, October 17, 2014


I know we are more than half way through October, but better late than never, right?!

Here are my most loved beauty products throughout the month of September!

1. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray & Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil MistThese are two of my holy grail haircare items. I've been using both of these products for months on end and I have not been able to use anything else. Heat protectant sprays in liquid form always leave my hair feeling either crunchy or as if some serious residue was left behind. As someone with fine hair, those types of products are my worst enemy. Thankfully I stumbled upon Alterna's Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Proctectant Spray, which has saved my hair from serious heat damage, whether from the sun or from using heat styling tools. After letting my hair air dry a bit, I ALWAYS apply this thermal protectant spray, which has the consistency of a super light lotion. This leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth without weighing it down, plus it smells heavenly! After blowdrying my hair, I then apply the Kendi Dry Oil Mist, focusing on the ends of my hair to leave my hair looking & feeling smooth, silky & frizz-free!

2.) Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye- This season I've been drawn to metallic, shimmery shades of just about anything.  This lipstick in the shade Lullabye is no exception. This color is so fun & bubbly, yet pairs perfectly when wearing slightly edgier outfits. I love this festive shade, appropriate to wear during the upcoming holidays for the celebrations to come. Because there are sparkly bits in the formula, be sure to apply carefully and gently pack it on for optimal pigmentation rather than swiping it back and forth, which can be a bit harsh on the lips.

3. Crown Brush Deluxe Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet C476-  I can't get over the fact that this brush is super affordable as far as cosmetic brushes go and applies better than any of the higher priced brushes I own. This synthetic brush is soft to the touch and helps apply my eyeshadow seamlessly. I love the fact that this brush features dual ends. The thinner more tapered end of the brush works wonders for applying shadow in the crease of the eyes, the inner corners of the eyes and is also perfect for applying shadow just below your lower lash line. 

4. Urban Decay Perversion- Wowee! I praise you, Ipsy, for introducing me to this incredible mascara! If you are looking for a mascara that not only lengthens, but also gives the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes, this has got your name written all over it. The consistency of this product is a bit on the wetter side which my lashes seem to love. I'm so hooked and will definitely be purchasing the full size. My absolute favorite mascara of the moment.

5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm- SPF 20 with light to medium coverage in the perfect shade for my currently tanned skin. I've been using this oil free BB cream for the last few months, applying it right after cleansing and moisturizing my skin. I love the fact that this product already has SPF in it, is lightweight, yet gives my skin a nice even tone with its optical blurring formulation. I've found this to be the perfect BB cream transitioning from Summer into Fall!!

Let me know in the comments below if you've tried any of these wondrous products out! If so,  are you loving them as much as I am?? ;)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FASHION: Piperlime SoHo + MANDA unchained GIVEAWAY!

Pim + Larkin Faux Pony Fur Jacket from Piperlime SoHo (similar here), Cloak & Dagger Polka Dot Crop Top (similar here), Orla Kiely Angora Sweater (similar here & here), Free People Yard Check Hi Rise Crop Pants, H&M Platform Pump, Malcorra Necklace c/o MANDA unchained, Urban Outfitters Fuzzy Beanie, Coco & Breezy Zesiro Sunglasses, Kate Spade Saturday The A Satchel (LOVE this one)

Alright, Daisy O. I blame you for my recent Piperlime addiction. Grrr!

This past Saturday, gal pal & fellow blogger Daisy O of & Pretty Things & I met up for a yummy brunch at Joseph Leonard and had plans to attend the Grey Layers NYC blogger meet up. With our belly's happy & super full (guys! we literally had a hash brown PIE!) we headed toward SoHo where the event was scheduled to take place when little miss Daisy asked if I'd been to the Piperlime store. This is where the trouble began, folks.

The stores vibe is free & open, housing some of the dreamiest fall/winter pieces. From high end designers to reasonable indie lines, there is literally something for everyone at all price points imaginable. I was feeling pretty naughty after Daisy & I parted ways, finding my way back to the Piperlime shop on Wooster with about 8 pieces in hand. The next thing you know I'm in the fitting room struggling to narrow down my options because I wanted every single piece. After much deliberation, I decided on this amazingly chic black faux pony hair coat by Pim + Larkin & the coziest cardigan from the Piperlime Collection that I have not been able to take off the last 3 days. Also, I may or may not have just purchased a pair of Joe's Jeans with a 30% off one item promo code they give you just for signing up to receive e-mails (go do it now!!) :P

I am madly in love with this coat. It looks expensive & sophisticated, plus it was completely reasonable, even more so thanks to their 20% off sale this past weekend! This may be hard to believe, but my outerwear collection was lacking a simple black coat. I can wear this beauty with literally anything I own and it's the perfect length to wear over dresses and skirts as the weather starts to cool down! <3

You may or may not have noticed at this point, but recently had a little face lift :) I am so happy with the outcome & in celebration of an easier to navigate, more organized blog, Amanda Tjan, the jewelry designer behind MANDA unchained, & I have partnered up in hosting this awesome giveaway!

Want to win the divine, best selling "Malcorra" necklace I'm rocking in this post?! Heck yeah, you do! It's simple! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter info indicated below & you'll be entered to win! Sweet deal!

Winner will be announced Friday 10/24!!