Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Product of the Day / Pistache Divine Beauty Oil

I love finding new brands and even better is when those brands have great products. In October, I was given a bottle of Pistache Skincare Pistachio and Lavender Divine Beauty Oil to review. I receive a significant amount of samples, most of which I never share here on the blog, but when I like something, I want to share it with you. 

Oils have shown up so much in beauty routines over the last few years, so I assume that most people have tried at lease one. I know from my personal experiences that not all oils are created equal. Prior to the Pistache, my favorite has been Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil ($67/oz), which smells amazing. In comparison, the Pistache has more of a traditional spa scent as it contains lavender for healing and soothing, and for $34 for 3.4 oz., it’s an amazing bargain.

I also appreciate the packaging. Oils most frequently are packaged in some type of bottle and you end up balancing the oil in your hand while trying not to spill after you pour and try to recap. This product has a pump dispenser, an inner cap to prevent leaking and a larger outer cap. This is genius. 

I began using the oil on my face, but quickly moved on to applying it to my hands and neck where my eczema has traditionally been the worse. I love that it is quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy. Based on the recommendation on the bottle, I’ve also been applying it to the ends of my hair and find it soaks in nicely without adding extra greasiness. 

I don’t believe I’ve ever used pistachio oil before, but since the creator of the brand is a fourth generation pistachio grower herself, I trust she understands the benefits of the oil.

Have you every used pistachio oil before? What did you find to be beneficial? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Casual Outfit of the Day / Tom Ford, Mango

Dress: Mango
Necklace: & Other Stories

I, my friends, am obsessed with sleeves. This Mango dress is how I am dreaming of spending long winter evenings, wearing tights and booties with bulky cardigans and knit hats. I love that this geometric necklace from & Other Stories is delicate and dainty yet the longer length and brightness of the sliver contrasts against the burgundy of the dress. With so many different options to pair with the dress, this Dagne Dover cross body bag would tie them all together. I have a bag made from this pebbled leather, and it is just the softest combined with great durability and an even better price point. Finally, I'm focusing here on some simple beauty tricks that make all the difference in pulling together a casual but polished look. Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk is a relatively new product that uses a chalk like powder to fill in your brows. I've tried it, and the first time out, I had a little bit too heavy of a hand. A little bit of this product goes a long way. If you want a heavily defined and strong brow, this will get you there. If you just want to fill in some sparse spots like I do, try to match your brow shade as closely as possible, dab on the chalk and then blend in with a brush for a more natural finish. Moving on to lips, I had the pleasure of joining Neiman Marcus Las Vegas for their annual Beauty Bloggers Holiday Brunch where I learned the full concept behind Tom Ford's Boys & Girls Lip Colors, including how to layer them to build the perfect tone for your skin. I've combined the matte in Evan with the sheer Scarlett here to make a more moisturizing but still long wearing color that actually comes out in a rosy tone flattering for everyone. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Favorites / Maple Holistics, Wishtrend, Seavees, Red Cherry, See by Chloe

This week’s favorites are from some brands you might not be that familiar with. I love when I find a new to me brand that I want to recommend. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these yourself.

The last year has personally been a trying one for me due to severe eczema on my hands and scalp brought on by a gluten sensitivity. Of course, it was most difficult because it wasn’t until about a month ago that an actual explanation for what was causing it was found. I’m still working to get all the  gluten out of my system, but in the meantime, I had a lovely offer from Maple Holistics to try their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I had previously been using Nioxin, which had helped somewhat, but using the Maple Holistics was like night and day. Within two shampoos, the burning and itching had stopped. This 100% improved my scalp while still leaving my hair soft and manageable. I can’t recommend this shampoo highly enough, and I have the opportunity to share it with you in a free sample if you follow this link to their free sample program. 

I’m wearing sneakers more and more frequently lately, and I’m happy to see that they are fortunately “on trend” for autumn. These Seavees are so comfortable with suede uppers and super cushy rubber sole. 

If you are obsessed with K-beauty as I am, you might already have heard of Wishtrend. If you are still on the fence about this trend, their Green Tea cleanser is perfect to start you off. Unlike some powder exfoliaters, this one does not require cleansing first as it works as a cleanser and exfoliater. If you prefer, you can cleanse and then use the powder, which smells exactly like a green tea latte, to exfoliate. These is the most efficient yet gentle exfoliater that will leave your skin feeling smooth and extremely hydrated. 

As we age, sometimes our eyes seem to sink into our faces. Wearing lots of shadow and liner often exacerbates the issue, actually making our eyes look saggier then before we started. Adding density to the outer corner of the eye actually lifts the eye and gives it a more youthful appearance, and wearing false lashes is a great way to get that lift. You want to choose a lash that is not overly dramatic or synthetic looking but blends in with your lashes and just adds that volume. The Red Cherry lashes from the limited edition set inspired by Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls come with four different sets from light to intense styles. I recommend using The Jennifer or The Anne unless you really want to take it over the top. 

Finally, this See by Chloe jacket is the perfect way to take denim in a different direction. It’s a lighter chambray, which is perfect for layering under a heavier coat, and the quilted detail is tailored enough to wear as a work blazer. But pair them with a pair of wide-legged trousers and a tee, and you have the perfect travel outfit. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Splurge or Steal / Scalloped Fendi Bag

A few months ago I found a Fendi ad for a beige and light blue bag with floral appliqué and embellishments. I ripped the ad out of the magazine and put it in my file of inspiration photos. This week when I was figuring out what I should post for Splurge or Steal, I pulled out the picture to see if the bag was still available. As I start thinking about heavier winter outfits, I like to have a touch of something lighter or unexpected, and I thought a light floral bag would be perfect to pair with some heavier winter knits. Unfortunately, I can’t find the bag available anywhere, but this grey metallic bag is now selling. It doesn’t have the lovely little flowers, but those studs are a good trade off.

As I started searching for a good steal version, I remembered a scalloped-edge Kate Spade bag not that long ago, but that also seems to no longer be available, and it was a tote anyway. This Ted Baker bag via ASOS has a much more similar style to the Fendi. And dare I say I prefer this pink over the grey?

Both bags are leather. Both have chain hardware. Both have a scalloped edge on the flap. Personally, I would get a lot more use out of a pink bag than a metallic one even with the darker palettes of Autumn and winter. I also prefer the pearls and crystal studs on the Ted Baker over the multi-color ABS studs on the Fendi. Ironic that that is one of the features that drew me to the bag in the first place. 

And finally there is the price. At $324 combined with the fact that ASOS almost always has a discount code available, the $2300 Fendi really can’t compete.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Casual Outfit of the Day / Zara, Dorthy Perkins, Mango, Gap

Choker: Zara
Cami: Gap
Jeans: MANGO
Heels: Shein

Date night outfit, casual outfit. Date night outfit, casual outfit. This one is easily both, which creates internal confusion for me, but when forced to make a decision, I’m going for casual for this one. I might have mentioned (here) that I have a thing for the kimono trend, so I’m going for it one more time before it dies with this large floral from Dorothy Perkins. I was in the market for one that was more pink toned, but for the price ($29), you can’t beat this one. It has the attached belt, but I'm more partial to wearing it open over the jeans.

Paired with girlfriend jeans for comfort (I do love distressed jeans, don't I?) and a plain and simple black cami, you could easily slip on a pair of loafers or flats and be out the door, but when you put it all together with heeled sandals and a black velvet choker, you are elevating your casual daytime style and taking it to a new level. I hadn’t seen a choker in years, but now they are popping up everywhere. The ring hardware and the wide band on this one from Zara, make it a little more ornate than a simple black band of ribbon, and you could wind this around a few times and wear it as a bracelet as well. If you hate wearing heels on a casual day even though these have a good chunky heel making them easy and comfortable for walking, go back to the flats. I’m still loving loafer mules, and wouldn’t the Gucci pair with the fur lining (or a more budget friendly alternative) both look amazing with this outfit and also make it perfect for running around on a chilly Autumn day? 

This week I have linked up with the #SaturdayShareLInkUp. Please visit and leave some kind comments for the other bloggers as well. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Wishlist - Tiffany, Vince Camuto, Estee Lauder, Londontown, Ray-Ban

Ring: Tiffany
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Pumps: Vince Camuto

My thoughts have definitely turned to fall - not because the temperature has gone down - quite the opposite. It's still hot, but since the nights are cooling down, in my mind at least, it's almost autumn. My favorites reflect that with some great transitional pieces that could be worn from now into the cooler months without looking like you are guilty of trying to fast forward.

My wedding band is from Tiffany, and my husband has gifted me with several more bands over the years. I’m always keeping my eye open for the next ring on my wishlist. This ring is a classic, simple design, and since it's silver, you could get away with wearing it to the beach but still wear it out on date night or to the office and it's season-less. 

Estee Lauder has been my go-to brand for that "your lips but better" pinky nude for years. Desirable is another great version of this color that is nude-y brown enough to hold up into the fall. I've been hearing a lot about Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk as well; as soon as I check that one out, I'll let you know what I think. If you've tried it and agree that it's one not to miss, please let me know.

Do I really need to say anything about these Ray-Ban glasses? Classic. Nuff said.

I chose Londontown Lakur in my last Casual Outfit of the Day post. I’m still obsessed with it, and, as promised, here it is in Candy Floss, which I am currently wearing. For the first time I actually feel like polishing my nails is good for them because of the oils, extracts and vitamins this polish contains.

Finally, I could write volumes about my love for D’Orsay pumps. I believe they are the most flattering shoe, and I’ve had many different pairs over the years. And did I mention they are usually really comfortable too? This is a beautiful, classic pair from Vince Camuto just perfect for autumn with both pants and skirts. 

This week I've linked up to Link up on the Edge. Please visit and see what all the other lovely bloggers have to share. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fashion in Real Life - Saint Laurent Spring 2017

Saint Laurent Spring 2017 via Vogue                 
Jacket Approximately $3900                           Leather Jacket: French Connection $228
Jeans $690                                                                     Jeans: J Crew $115
Pumps $995                                                    Pumps: Louise et Cie $99.95
Ear Climber $895                                         Ear Climber: ABS by Allen Schwartz $52.50
Drop Earring $895                                        Drop Earring: Kristin Perry $58

Total: Approximately $7375                                                     Total: $553.45

I know we’re just about to find out what Saint Laurent has in store for us for Spring 2018, so what better time to look back at what they brought us for Spring 2017 and bring it to real life. I’ve had the picture of this outfit saved in my favorites file for a year now. I’m not sure what keeps drawing me back to it, but there seemed like no time like the present to dust it off and try to recreate it for a real woman over 40.

I could not find a leather jacket with anything approaching the cut of the Saint Laurent jacket. The neckline and shoulder detail are one of a kind and notice the puff on the shoulders. Hello 80s. But artisan incorporation of blouse detailing in a jacket and it’s a leather jacket. I compromised with a butter-soft version from French Connection that adds a little bit of length in the midriff to keep away from the crop. Saint Laurent styled their jacket with nothing beneath…The French Connection jacket has more of a traditional cut, so feel free to wear a tee shirt underneath.

Pairing the jacket with slouchy jeans brings a casual, livable vibe to the outfit. I went with my favorite boyfriend jean from J Crew. This jean is affordable and seriously looks good on everyone.

It’s the accessories that take this casual jean and leather jacket combo and move it into date night territory. It’s also the touch that really mirrors the look and makes it attainable for real life. If you have the confidence, pair the ABS ear climber on one ear with the Kristin Perry drop on the other. You’d look great matching either pair on its own too though, but the mismatch gets it closer to right off the runway.

The final piece, and the item that just pulls it all together for me is the ankle strap pump. Pairing this conservative pump with the edgy outfit makes it one of a kind, and the heel height is not too high making it a shoe that’s realistic to wear out especially if there’s a walk of more than 10 feet involved. 

This week I've linked up to the #SaturdayShareLinkUp on Not Dressed as Lamb. Please check out the other bloggers there, too. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Product of the Day / Nars Multiple

My first experience with Nars The Multiple was several years ago and involved the shade Orgasm, that wonderful peachy pink that somehow seems to work for everyone. I was skeptical first because I had oily skin and the last thing I wanted to do was add something oily to make my skin look even shinier, but I really wanted to try this color and product that everyone was raving about. After giving in to trying it, I found that even more wonderful than the color to me was the formula. If you are unfamiliar with The Multiple, it is a creamy stick that has a powder finish on the skin. Far from adding oil to my skin, it had this wonderful glow with a powder feel. The creamy consistency makes it easy to work with, and most of the shades are universal enough to work on cheeks, eyes or lips. It’s the ultimate multi-tasking, quick use product. It’s the perfect thing to carry in your bag for touch ups because one product does three things, so you don’t have to carry a huge makeup bag, and it’s the most convenient thing to use when you are in a rush in the morning because you literally just smear it on. For such a quick, simple product, the glowy finish is also perfect for night out looks. 

The Charlotte Gainsbourgh Collection takes the more neutral palette of The Multiple and moves it into the richer berry and red range. Jo is a bright peachy pink like Orgasm but ten times brighter. Alice is a cool-toned red that is brilliant on cheeks and lips but might be a little too much for eyes. But my favorite of the collection is Jeanette, a beautiful, deep berry that is the perfect color for fall.

The Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection is a limited edition, and it is not available everywhere you would normally find the Nars line, so act fast to make sure you don’t miss out on this one.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date Night Outfit of the Day / Alexander McQueen Blouse

Skirt: Loro Piana
Belt: Revolve
Earrings: Forever21
Nailpolish: H&M in Bordeaux

Yes, I am going to post an all-white outfit after Labor Day. Let’s be honest, that’s just a guideline, and if you live in the West like I do, we are still pulling triple-digit temperature days. The weather drives my wardrobe choices much more than the date on the calendar does. And what better time to pull together an all-white ensemble than at the end of summer when we all still have some color and rosy glow left in our cheeks.

The Alexander McQueen blouse is classic yet has a sleeve that fits right in with this year’s exaggerated bell and ruffle options, but you’ll get the last laugh because you’ll still be wearing your new blouse next year. The buttons are concealed which is a huge help in getting rid of the dreaded gape for those of us who are a little more well endowed.

Take the classic, tailored blouse and pair it with a flowy maxi skirt for date night. All right, I will. This skirt is actually a light-weight knit, so you can pair it with the blouse now or with a heavier, shruggy sweater when it finally does cool down. I see it in my future with a pair of tennis shoes and a cross body bag when I’m out running errands.

Tying the blouse and skirt together is another piece that takes a trend and makes it more wearable and realistic for women over 40. Instead of a corset, this wide-laced belt will give the look without the discomfort. The back zips so you don’t have to worry about lacing it on and off. Wear it over the untucked blouse to add some waist definition, and you get to widen the laces after dinner to give yourself a little breathing room.

Adding the date night glitz to the outfit are these inexpensive drops from Forever 21, and for a spot of dramatic color, you can’t go wrong with this deep wine polish from H&M. Your nails can lead the way into fall with this one-coat wonder. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Favorites // Dior, Aquazzura

Sunglasses: Dior
Earrings: Lizzie Fortunato
Sandals: Aquazzura
Jeans: MiH

I started picking bits and pieces to include here for my favorites, but now looking at them, I think paired with a graphic tee and a blazer, they’d make a great date night outift.

Dior Sunglasses - These Dior sunglasses come in several different colors, but I am very partial to the pink. On first glance, they look like a standard aviator with pink lenses, but on closer look, the white openwork frame is much more delicate than expected.

Aquazzura Sandals - These Aquazzura silver sandals are something of a dream and probably belong on my wishlist instead of here, but I’m trying to figure out how many different times I could wear them to bring down the cost per wear to a reasonable amount. Silver, check. Cross foot detail, check. Super high heel, check. Which all together might make them completely impractical thus destroying my cost-per-wear pursuits, but they are ah-mazing.

Lizzie Fortunato Earrings - I’m seeing large tassel and beaded earrings everywhere across multiple price points, but these from Lizzie Fortunato make the favorites list because of the contrasting colors, they are both satin and beaded, and they have that burnished gold dot at the ear. 

MiH Jeans - I did not fall for the wrecked, decorated or stringy hem trend on jeans this summer. It just did not fit my personal aesthetic. I do, however, like the ragged bottom on this pair from MiH. Combined with the lighter wash, stretch, and a higher waist, they have more of a classic vibe that reminds me of broken in jeans from my teenage years.

There’s Someone Inside Your House - Speaking of my teenage years, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins looks like a throwback to every teen slasher/urban legend movie of my youth. If you’re like me, I’d much rather read it than watch it though. Imagining it is 100 times scarier than seeing it on the screen. This novel looks like delicious brain candy perfect for settling into with a blanket and hot cocoa as the weather cools off. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Splurge or Steal - Feathered Mules

Alberta Ferretti Feather Mules $925.                                    Jeffrey Campbell Feathered Slide $129.95

I’ve seen these Alberta Ferretti mules floating around for awhile (get it - floating - because they have feathers), but when I first saw them, I wasn’t too interested because it was the middle of the summer, and I always think of feathers as something for fall, and they were orange. Now I think even orange shoes have their time and place, but orange, feathered $925 mules in the middle of the summer did not scream to me, “I am your perfect must-have shoe.”

Now that my thoughts have turned to fall (even if the temperature does not yet agree) with all the usual furry, wooly goodness, why not feathers? I’m not sure why I think feathers fall into the more a fall thing than a summer thing category, but I like the texture paired with satins and velvets. Now that I think they are season appropriate, I’m taking another look at this pair especially since mules are back in a big way. At least these are in black, making them more practical if a $925 feathered shoe can ever be practical. Since it probably isn’t for most people, I’ve been on the hunt for a dup.

I haven’t been able to find a substitution that has the same long feathery look of the Ferreti’s except for this Jeffrey Campbell slide. This version may be more reasonably priced but perhaps even less practical than the original. Not only are they feathered but they also have crystal encrusted heels and embellishment across the toes. This version also has a bit of a heel and is available in fuchsia and turquoise, too. In comparison to the Ferreti, the Campbell is a little over the top, and I do prefer the Ferreti for having just enough drama. I will keep hunting for the perfect dup for these, and if I find one, I will let you know.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Casual Outfit of the Day / Dorothy Perkins Floral Dress

Booties: ASOS
Hair Coils: Loft
Lipstick: Lipstick Queen

I’m going to make it my mission to put as many dark floral prints out there for fall as possible starting with this one from Dorothy Perkins. This maxi is casual but completely covered, and are those peonies? I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated when every maxi I like the print on has spaghetti straps. 

I’ve paired the maxi with these white booties from ASOS to up the quirky factor, but you could just as easily pair the dress with a pair of black flat booties like these or these

Have you tried hair coils yet? If not, you should just to tell me what you think of them. They remind me of scrunchies or using one of those coiled keychains in your hair, but they are supposed to both be good for your hair and not leave an indentation, which for me is the bigger concern. I’m always wanting to pull my hair back immediately after I style it when it’s still a little warm, and then I get that horrible crease the band leaves across the back of my head. Wear the black or silver with this outfit and let me know what you think of them in the comments especially if you’ve already tried them.

My first experience with Lipstick Queen was that navy blue lipstick right there. Just like some of my favorites from the 80s but better, it looks blue in the tube but applies as the most perfect berry shade. The lipsticks have a balm consistency that is heavily moisturizing, and I’m willing to try the green now. Why not since it is supposed to be pink on application perfect for matching with our peonies.

Finally, I’m obsessed with Lakur from Londontown. I’ve used the shade Royal Wedding here, but I also have Candy Floss on my wishlist post later this week. This nail color is actually good for your nails and contains all kinds of oils, extracts and vitamins for nail health. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Favorites // Joie, Shu Uemura, Bastide

Joie Angelynn Ankle Tie Pumps (ON SALE 44% off)

Lots of fun things have been popping up online lately. I think it's because more and more fall things are appearing, and since that is my favorite time of the year, it's also my favorite time to shop. Here’s a peek at some of my current favorites.

The Stephanie Windsor Riviere Necklace has a beautiful antiqued silver setting with white crystals. A riviere is a necklace of gems that gradually increase in size toward the central stone, but this one has a very gradual gradient that is subtle yet still has more character than it would if all the stones were the same size. I really love this necklace - but not the price. If you’d like me to find a dup for it in my next Splurge vs Steal, please leave a comment below.

I know I favorited the Joie pumps because the deep olive is such a great color for fall especially in suede. On first look they are simply a standard, classic pump, but then you get to that ankle tie and those tassels. Need I say more, plus they are on major discount right now.

I have used the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil before, so it truly is a personal favorite, but right now, they have it in limited edition packaging in this gorgeous gold bottle. I’m a sucker for packaging, so put a product I already like in a limited edition package, and you know I’m going to buy it.

Bastide is a company I was not familiar with, but they have been around for years producing home fragrance, fragrance and bath and body products. I just found out about them recently. The company is actually owned by Frederic Fekkai and while the product line is limited now, they are promising skin care in the near future. As it is a French company, and I’m obsessed with French skincare, I’m sure I will give that a try, but for now I have my eye on the Figue d’Ete Body Wash because it has a base of olive and coconut oils with a scent of fresh figs. 

Finally, I did not see the similarity between the riviere of the necklace and the name of the Jack Vartanian bracelet - Riviera - when I was browsing, but maybe I have rivieres and the Riviera on my brain. But this bracelet is an example of a classic gold cuff that will never go out of style and can be worn for years and years. It’s the kind of thing I’m always on the hunt for. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Splurge or Steal - Dolce & Gabbana Embellished T-Shirt

Imagine my surprise when I was looking at the new releases for the Dolce & Gabbana daywear collection for fall, and I thought that I had taken a giant step back to the 80s. Embellished t-shirts everywhere  - I mean like the kind I used to make myself with a hot glue gun, swap meet t-shirts and old buttons and rhinestones. 

This embellished tee is actually one of the more demure selections, having only a patch, buttons, and stitching around the neckline and hem. I’m not sure still if it’s exactly wearable and with a price tag of $975, if you like the style and want to take the trip back to the past, you might be looking for another option. 

As I was searching for a steal version, I just could not commit to going all in on this trend. This is a pre-fall release for Dolce & Gabbana that it only available on pre-order, but they’ve been doing these embellished tees for a while now. I haven’t really seen more reasonably priced brands jump on the bandwagon, nor have I seen anyone sporting the originals either. But they keep producing them, so I made it my mission to find something to dup it. 

This Miss Selfridge version is much more wearable, and doesn’t look like you found that t-shirt that had fallen behind the drawer inside your dresser. The rose print is embroidered and not printed, meaning that for $32, you won’t have to worry about washing and getting cracking of the print. The embroidery is delicate enough to pair with a pencil skirt or trousers for a day at the office, jeans for running around town on the weekend, or a maxi skirt or even a mini for date night. 

I may not have found an exact dup, but, in this case, that could be a good thing. I think I found a much more reasonable, wearable version of a trend. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Product of the Day / Diptyque Diffuser 2.0

Diptyque Diffuser in Baies

If you follow fashion and beauty bloggers and bloggers (which you must since you are here), you know that there is a cult addiction to Diptyque candles especially in the Baies scent. You may also already be aware of the price tag: $64 - $90 depending on the scent and type of glass you choose. I know, they are long-burning and highly scented, but it still seems like a lot for a candle, right? 

Leave it to Diptyque to take it one step further. I have had good diffuser in the past, and I have had bad diffusers in the past, but almost all diffusers are an accident waiting to happen. The small, squatty jars with the long reeds sticking out of them are prone to having the reeds fall out and leaving the oily residue behind where they fall. The tall jars with less exposed reed have the reeds fall out less frequently but are an even worse danger with the tipping hazard allowing the entire jar of oil to pool on your coffee table. And who likes getting the oil on your hands when you have to flip the reeds because they aren't producing scent anymore. There's also the whole dust catching eck factor.

Diptyque came up with a system some time ago called the Hourglass Diffuser which has no reeds (breakthrough!), and now they have released the diffuser 2.0. It works based upon the design of an hourglass: you place the oil in the uppermost chamber and it drips down into the lower chamber past the reeds over the course of an hour. It's pretty ingenious. The original model wasn't that decorative, but the new version displaces the Diptyque "D" in a gold floral design on the center of the chamber. It's even pricier than the candles, but it can be refilled, and if you love home fragrance but don't want an open flame, it definitely has its benefits.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Date Night Outfit of the Day - Rebecca Taylor, H&M, Dorothy Perkins, BaubleBar, ASOS

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I just want to wear jeans to dinner. And why not? I've picked out some dressy bits to pair with them but still keep the comfort level at a premium.

This Rebecca Taylor lace peplum top is so pretty. If you are daring, you could wear it on its own because the front panels are opaque. Another benefit of going bare is having the full drama of the open back panel.

If you aren't daring enough or feel that you need the extra support, this lace bralette from H&M is a good option without impacting the style of the top.

These white jeans from Dorothy Perkins aren't really a boyfriend cut but more of a relaxed skinny which makes them a more flattering fit for a night out while also teaming well with the peplum on the top. You know I'm always looking for versatility in pieces, and these could just as easily be paired with flats to do the grocery shopping, but I've paired them with studded, beige, peep-toe booties by Glamorous from ASOS to make the outfit a little edgier than the frilly top would have you believe. The chunky heel adds height but nice stability, and the perforations and heel cutout make this a bootie that is cool enough to wear on a hot summer night.

To finish off the outfit, the Starfire Druzy Tassel Earring from BaubleBar is available in either black or the grey I show here and is the epitome of the feminine yet edgy mix of this outfit that is also built for comfort. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

More Favorites - Daya by Zendaya, Nyx, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg

Booties: Daya by Zendaya
Trench: Monrow
Necklace: Marc Jacobs

I did not intend to put together a complete outfit post today and just wanted to put up some things that I've found and really like. After I edited the pictures, I realized that although I would probably wear this as an outfit with a different shoe, I had unintentionally come up with a great date night outfit probably due to the fact that these pieces are so versatile.

These booties are perfect for a night out with jeans or black trousers. The wrap dress is so flattering for every body, but I would pair it first with a simple black or navy blue pump. The Marc Jacobs necklace is also so versatile and would go either with a casual, work or date night outfit as would the trench. And the eye shadow palette is the perfect mix of colors that will create a great smokey eye for a night out or a good natural eye for the office. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Product of the Day / Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour

The last time I did a product of the day post it was for Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Colour. That product is truly a timesaving, one step method to easy but finished eye looks for everyday. Today I'm gushing about the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour.

One of the hardest things about loving fashion and beauty and reconciling that to ageing is when you see a trend that is fabulous, but you realize it probably won't work for you. I know that there are some who throw caution to the wind and just go for it claiming, "Age is just a number," and "I dress for me!" But we all have seen examples of this in the grocery store; it may work for some and bless them, but I want to continue presenting myself with some grace and style in an age-appropriate way.

So if, kind reader, you share my goal (which, I hope, is why you are here), let's talk about matte lipstick.

It's everywhere. It seems like a great idea. It generally does not work on mature, dry lips with age lines around them. Period.

But have you tried Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour? Ah, you haven't. It is long-wearing; I wouldn't say it's wear all day, but it is long wearing. And it is MOISTURIZING. I'm not kidding. The brand describes it as a satin matte, and when you are wearing it, it does feel moister than a matte but not slick. It is very smooth, and the velour description of the name is a somewhat accurate description of how it feels when you rub your lips together. Since it is moisturizing, it does not dry or chap your lips like most matte lipsticks, and it's very lightweight. When I've tried matte before, it drives me crazy because I can always feel it, and it really feels like it's making my lips even smaller as it sucks the moisture out of them, so this is a pleasant difference.

I've chosen the color Sensual, which is what is always described as the pinkish brown color that is your lips just better. I do still like to wear color on my lips, but for an everyday shade for the office or running errands, this is more flattering than a stark nude, which can make your teeth look yellow (unless you are a strict whitener), and it goes with everything, so you don't need to worry if your lips are clashing with your sweater.