October 31, 2014

Product Review: Nature Republic Bamboo Charcoal & Mud Pack Mask

      Happy Halloween!! Although I'm currently breakout free right now,  I unfortunately still suffer from oily skin. My skin has reacted fairly well to mud masks in the past when it comes to oil control, so when I was picking up my second bottle of Nature Republic's The First Essence (reviewed here), I spotted this on the shelves and decided to give it a try.

October 29, 2014

My In-Flight Travel Essentials

      I leave tomorrow for Korea and while I'm super excited for my trip, I'm not looking forward to the 10+ hour long flight. Like every seasoned traveler, I have some of my own carry-on essentials that make the flight more bearable.

October 27, 2014

Link Love: Pumpkin Fashion People, Pancake Art, & Allure's Best of 2014

1. RECIPES: Sometimes it can be difficult or near impossible to make lunch for work in the mornings. Save yourself the stress and sleep in a bit longer by making lunch the night before with these recipes!

2. NOVELTY: Halloween is coming up soon!! Have you already decorated and carved your pumpkins? If you haven't and you're looking for last minute inspiration, click through to this link to see famous fashion people in pumpkin form.

3. VIDEOS: The videos through this link involve puppies - lots of puppies learning to howl for the first time. Need I say more??

4. BEAUTY: If you're like me, you always look forward to Allure's "Best of" articles. Allure's Best of 2014 is out, so head on over to the site if you want to check out what products made it onto the list!

5. FASHION: As some of you may know, Oscar de la Renta, the famed fashion designer recently passed away. His clothes however, live on and I can't imagine a more appropriate way to honor the designer than by admiring his work.

6. VIDEO: If you love it when talented people turn food into edible art, this is the video for you! Watch as pancake batter is drizzled in a way that creates detailed portraits of primates and monkeys!

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October 24, 2014

Trend Discourse: Windowpane Print

Image Source: Dress | Skirt

     Ever since I saw Olivia Palermo wear a matching windowpane/grid patterned set from Zara, I've come to love how chic the windowpane print can be. I think it's one of those patterns that even people who are afraid of prints and patterns might be drawn to. It's a great alternative to plaid if you're not a fan of plaid, and it makes a statement without being too obtrusive.

October 22, 2014

Home Discourse: Gold Home Accessories Under $50

Image Source; Studio McGee

     When it comes to home decor, I love a touch of gold. I'm sure that I'm not the only person that goes crazy on the gold decor, but I know that there is such a thing as too much gold when it comes to home decor. So, I think the best and chicest way to incorporate gold into your home is through small decorative objects and accessories. You know the drill - click through the jump to see inspirations and my six picks all under $50.

October 20, 2014

Outfit: Animal Print in the Garden

      It was a crisp but sunny day in New York yesterday. Our local neighborhood botanical garden was having a fall harvest festival and there was music, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pony rides, and even a petting zoo! Weather wise, it was also a perfect day for an outfit shoot. I finally broke in my leopard slip-ons (they had been giving me horrible blisters before) and wanted to incorporate them in a fall outfit. 

October 17, 2014

Latest Lemmings - Oversized Scarves

Image Source: Asos Oversized Check Scarf

     The key to keeping warm here in the fall and winter here in NYC (and probably every other place that gets chilly) is layering and finding items that will block that nasty windchill. A stylish way to keep warm is an oversized scarf and it can instantly take your outfit to another level. I'm lusting after a nice oversized one for the fall and I'll be experimenting with ways to drape it!

October 15, 2014

Product Review: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

     My skin is prone to getting dry and flaky during the fall and winter months. Unlike in the summer where I use a night-cream that doesn't make me go into oil production overdrive, I use a more rich and hydrating product in the colder months. Overnight masks have always interested me as they're hassle free, easy to apply, and travel-friendly. I picked up the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Mask recently while in Sephora hoping my skin will love it.

October 13, 2014

Three Trendy Autumn Outfits

      There are three major trends I see for fall and they are; the sleeveless coat, matching coordinates, and the blanket poncho. These trends are easy to incorporate into your wardrobe, but to see how I would style each trend as shown above, click through the jump!

October 9, 2014

Beauty Discourse: Peeling Gels

      I first heard about peeling gels from my Aunt (who is really into Korean beauty products & skincare) who recommended that I use a peeling gel to gently exfoliate my acne-prone skin. They're very different from traditional exfoliators that we have here in the States. Luckily, I happened to already have a generous sample of Naruko's tea tree peeling gel. I used that sample to the very last dollop, and I don't think I will ever go back to traditional exfoliators after using peeling gels.

October 6, 2014

Trend Discourse: Blanket Ponchos

Image Source: Burberry

      I was a little surprised when I saw this trend popping up for Fall 2014 (but not as surprised as the revival of the Birkenstock). It's not a cape, but it's not entirely a poncho either. Instead, it's a hybrid between a poncho and a cape but it's more like a blanket like than anything. Burberry calls it a "blanket poncho" and that's definitely the most accurate description. Speaking of Burberry, there is no doubt in my mind that the designer house started the trend.

October 3, 2014

Beauty Discourse: The Benefits of Using Clay Masks

      When I think of clay masks I can't help but also think of those spoofs on TV where a girl is doing a clay mask facial and in walks the person she is interested in only to see her face covered in a green paste. Clay masks have been around forever, and there are so many different ones to choose from. No matter which clay mask you have in your beauty drawer or you're thinking about trying one, read on for tips on how to use and incorporate a clay mask into your beauty ritual.