August 30, 2014

I ❤ NY: Jeff Koons Exhibit at the Whitney Museum

      Even if you don't know who Jeff Koons is, you probably have seen his work! He's most famous for the shiny metallic balloon dog statutes, one of which, has sold for a record-breaking $58 million dollars. The exhibit, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, is the artist's first New York retrospective and the largest exhibit devoted to one artist the Whitney Museum has ever featured. His work is funky, fun, whimsical, and quite suggestive at times (I could not post photos of all of his work that was featured since it was very explicit!). I took a lot of photos to share with you all, click through to see them!

August 27, 2014

Product Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel No UV Light Polish

      I love gel manicures but I hate the UV light, the price tag, and the time it takes to actually go to the salon that comes along with it. So, when Sally Hansen came out with Miracle Gel, a line of gel polishes that do not need the UV lamp to cure the polish, I immediately had to get my hands on it and try it for myself. Plus, I'm a big sucker for red nail polish, so if my red mani can last for a week with no chips, it's definitely like finding a nail polish unicorn.

August 25, 2014

Home Discourse: Bar Carts

      I really appreciate a well curated and decorated bar cart in a home. If you're a person who loves to have people over and host parties, a well stocked bar cart can be your best friend. My bar cart is definitely a conversational piece, and people frequently comment on the items that live on the cart. I'm always on the lookout for beautiful accessories to add to the cart when I'm out shopping. Even if you're not a frequent drinker, you can still display your collectibles on it or even make it both an alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage bar.

August 22, 2014

Beauty Discourse: Brush Series II

MAC 217 Brush
      While my just-washed brushes lay drying in the window sill, I'm writing the second post in the brush series. The brushes in this post will range from the $20-$50 range. Unlike the choices from the drugstore brands, the brushes in the $20-$50 price point do offer brushes with natural bristles. If you're just starting to get into makeup brushes and want to put a little more money into your starter collection, I highly recommend checking out brushes in this category!

August 20, 2014

My Everyday Makeup Products

      I'm definitely a creature of habit. Once I find something that I like and that works for me, I stick to it. The same concept also goes for my makeup products as well. I usually rotate three looks in my everyday makeup routines, but I do wear a neutral smokey brown eye with a my-lips-but-better lipstick shade the most often. I've worn the look so many times that I could do it while half asleep and in under 5 minutes for both eyes. It's easy, goes with anything I'm wearing, and it's classic. Click through the jump to see a list of the products shown and why it's one of my everyday makeup products.

August 17, 2014

The Splurge - Leather Jackets

       When I was in college, I dreamt about having a cool (real) leather jacket one day but I just couldn't afford it as a college student. Luckily, my dream came true while I was in graduate school when I stumbled upon what was then my first leather jacket for an amazing price. Not long after that, my mom spoiled me by gifting me with an All Saints leather sleeved peacoat after I accomplished a significant achievement in my life. I love leather jackets - they're timeless, versatile, and long-lasting if you take care of it. 

August 14, 2014

Link Love: Cheeky Greeting Cards, Statue Selfies, & Remembering Robin Williams.

1. HOME: Tour a modern and light-filled house in Long Island that has gorgeous views of the ocean. Looking at the pictures of this house took my breath away.

2. NOVELTY: For cheeky cards to give your significant other that are unorthodox like - "You're the reason I get up in the morning...just kidding, I have to pee." and more, click through the link!

3. SHOPPING: Another Target/Designer collaboration is born. This time it's Joseph Altuzarra and his collection features silhouettes inspired by the 70's - maxi dresses, velvet blazers, snake-print pencil skirts, and more. See all the pieces before they hit the stores in September!

4. CELEBRITY: I grew up with the movies that Robin Williams starred in (Peter Pan, Jumanji, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire). Although many people like me are saddened by his untimely passing, I'm going to try to remember instead all the laughter his movies brought out in me and countless others. Rest in peace and thanks for the laughs Robin.

5. FASHION: Birkenstocks - you either love them or you hate them (or if you're like me, you're embarrassed you used to wear them). Anyone who has worn them knows they're actually quite painful to break in. Surprisingly, unlike other shoes, that painful breaking in process could potentially have a negative side effect on your feet...

6. NOVELTY: We no doubt live in the age of selfies, it only seems fitting that these statues also get a piece of the action! See how clever camera positioning makes it look like these stone statues are just as vain as we are.

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August 12, 2014

Trend Discourse: Sleeveless Coats

Asos Weekday Sleeveless Belted Coat

      I'm already counting down the days to fall because I am not a fan of hot weather. I absolutely cannot wait to bring out my wool coats, leather jackets, and boots! One trend I've observed for the fall is sleeveless coats or blazers. It may sound like just a vest, but it's not because these coats are loose rather than fitted. I think of these coats as perfect layering pieces during the transition period between summer and fall for when the weather is cool, but not cold enough for your favorite autumn jacket. Continue reading to see pictures of this coat on the runway and my six picks at the end!

August 9, 2014

Outfit: A Summer Wedding in Upstate New York

      Hurray for a first "outfit" post! I've been putting it off because I'm a bit shy when it comes to taking pictures. However, I decided today shall be the day I conquer my (digital) fears and share the outfit I recently wore to a wedding in upstate New York. After all, this is a blog that is partly fashion-centric and isn't it always a good thing to conquer your fears?

August 7, 2014

In the Nude - Nail Polish Colors for a Conservative Office

Chanel Rose Caché
      I don't always agree with conservative office wardrobe etiquette (ie: pantyhose - I loathe pantyhose!), but I do agree that you shouldn't be sporting super glittery bright nail polish in a professional office that isn't in fashion or the creative arts. Now I know what you may be thinking; "Why should it matter what color is on my nails? That is not at all related to my competence or professional abilities." And you will be right in that it doesn't at all. However, it might be a distraction if you're giving a presentation, talking to a client, or collaborating with a colleague. In any traditional and professional office setting, sticking to nude and neutral nails is the unspoken rule of office nail etiquette.

August 5, 2014

Home Discourse: Lacquered High Gloss Walls

Image Source: Coco + Kelley

      Who knew just a little shine could make such a difference? There is something so lush and glamorous about high glossified walls. It reminds me of freshly polished nails when the topcoat is shiny and reflective. Lacquered walls are definitely for those who are bold at heart and like a more uncommon finish on their walls. I've personally always been drawn to interiors that have high gloss finished walls, and I admire a home owner's courageousness especially when they lacquer their walls in an unexpected color.

August 2, 2014

Product Review: Naruko Tea Tree Night Gelly (Naruko Mini Series)

      I can't believe it is already August. I felt like just the other week I was writing "I can't believe it's July!" Summer is almost over, but honestly, I'm really looking forward to fall (NYC is gorgeous in the fall). Today is the last of the Naruko Mini Series, and I'll be reviewing the Tea Tree Night Gelly. Most beauty enthusiasts already know that tea-tree oil is a natural essential oil that combats acne because it has anti-bacterial properties. Sure it smells a little funky, but if your skin is anything like mine, it really likes tea-tree oil. I've saved the best product for last, so if you like tea-tree oil products, you won't want to miss this review.