2.27.2013

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Ever since I was a kid I've loved The Wizard of Oz. As an adult, I was drawn to Wicked for its more complex look at some of the characters, namely the two witches. Now I am practically giddy over the upcoming OZ the Great and Powerful. I was thrilled to find that Urban Decay has created limited edition palettes inspired by the two witches in the film, Glinda (the always radiant Michelle Williams) and Theodora (the smoldering Mila Kunis).  





The Glinda palette is ethereal, featuring soft eyeshadow shades sprinkled with metallic flecks to add a bit of light. The liner is a deep eggplant which really makes the eyes pop. Finish the look with a sweep of the High Gloss Color in Glinda, which gives the lips a wash of pearlescent pink. I love this palette for daytime, as it is subtle enough for the office, and it's the perfect way to usher in the spring season.






The Theodora palette is perfect for evening, as it features warm, sultry colors. Create a sexy smoky eye using "Bewitch," "Beware," and "West" shades (all in the brown family) and the Glide On Eye Pencil in "Zero." Your finishing touch is the creamy red gloss stick in "Theodora." This set will have you looking like a bombshell in no time flat.

Each palette also comes with a step-by-step instruction card so that you can recreate each character's signature look from the film.



Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

2.26.2013

Recipe Box: Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups

One of my New Year's resolutions was to take the time to prepare my food in advance. I'm constantly running around, and without taking the time to get meals together, I'm often left scrambling to throw things in my bag as I run out of the house. 

Breakfast tends to be the hardest, especially if I sleep in. I love using muffin tins to make mini versions of my favorite foods, and these bacon, egg, and toast cups are no exception. I love this recipe from Martha Stewart, but will often just toss in whatever I have in the fridge.  They taste amazing lightened up as well. I love throwing in some sauteed peppers and onions, a light sprinkling of fat-free cheddar, and some shredded low-sodium ham.

I will usually make two tins and then keep one set for the week and freeze the other.





What are your favorite "to go" breakfasts?

2.22.2013

One Piece, Three Ways: Sequined Clutch

Buying a fabulous piece can do wonders for your wardrobe, however, after you've worn or used it the same way a few times, it can seem stale or impractical. The key is taking this  piece and finding ways to keep it fresh. Today is the first of many posts I like to call One Piece, Three Ways.

A sequined clutch might seem like something you'd only wear out at night. Tone it down and polish it up a bit to make it totally wearable during the day. I got this clutch from J.Crew this Christmas (similar one here) and wanted to share my favorite ways to incorporate it into my looks.




2.21.2013

Glam on the Go: Sephora Brush Wand

The Oscars are fast approaching and although I will not be in attendance, it made me think about parties and events and the quick touch-ups. I love Sephora's brush wand because it allows me to fix my shadow and liner without fumbling through my makeup bag. Each piece snaps together to make one long brush and the heads are interchangeable. The best part? It will only set you back $12. 




Buy it here

2.20.2013

Spring Trend Report: Lemon Zest

The brightest Pantone color for spring 2013 is definitely lemon zest. It's bright and cheery and can be dressed up or down. I love pairing this hue with prints and other bright colors. This color looks good on everyone, you just need to decide how bold you'll go!

Pair it With: deep blue, purple, tangerine.



2.19.2013

How To: Organize Your Jewelry

If you're anything like me, you have jewelry all over the place. I decided that it was time to create a system to organize everything while still keeping it within reach. Here are my favorite ways to keep everything de-cluttered.


Bracelets

I've tried many different ways to organize my bracelets and by far the best option is to use stackable trays. You can buy the jewelry specific kind, but I've found that they aren't deep enough to house chunky cuffs and bangles. I like the kind  that are made as drawer organizers because they're a bit more spacious. I found similar kinds here.




Earrings

I have two methods for storing earrings. I use a stackable tray for any large chandelier or hoop earrings. This way they don't get tangled and I can reach them easily. 


For studs, I like to use children's snack cups (preferably with lids). The lids have saved me from losing backs many times. I found this one at Target for $1.99. I bought a few others as well and intend to use them for knickknacks. 


Necklaces

I like to store my statement necklaces in compartmentalized organizers so that I can see what I have.


For the dainty ones I like to use a necklace tree to prevent knots and tangles. I found this one at Bed Bath and Beyond and chose it because it's adjustable. I can adjust the height based on the lengths of the necklaces.



Other Options

If you're short on space, the stackable trays tend to work the best because you store them vertically.  If you have space and want to display your pieces, I love using a cute cake tray or  mirrored platter. Additionally, a key rail works great for hanging necklaces. If you want to spend the money so it's done for you, PB Teen makes this organizer.





How do you store/organize your jewelry?


2.16.2013

Spring Trend Report: Poppy

Poppy is one of my favorite color trends this season because of its warm and vibrant nature. Just a hint will add a pop to your outfit while making it the main attraction will create a bold statement. Check out some of my favorite ways to incorporate this hue into your wardrobe this season.

Pair it With: navy, gold, charcoal.




2.12.2013

Recipe Box: Pretzel Kisses

I always love finding new sweet treats to make and gift to friends and family. My friend and nutritionist, Lauren Kelly, posted these yummy snacks on her blog yesterday and I wanted to share them with you. Simple to make, these small bites are the perfect blend of sweet and salty. Best of all, you can change the color of the M&M's to reflect the holiday.





2.11.2013

Spring Trend Report: Emerald

Pantone released its Spring 2013 Fashion Color Trend Report and the winner is...emerald! The deep jewel tone is one of my favorites because it looks great on everyone. The rich color gives garments and accessories depth and dimension. I've put together an inspiration board featuring some of my favorite pieces.

Pairs it With: mint, plum, poppy, gold, tangerine, khaki, and black.




2.08.2013

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Her

I love Valentine's Day for the sentiment more so than the actual gifts. I'm not really a chocolate girl and while I love flowers, I feel like they can come off as generic (especially roses!) I've rounded up my favorite goodies, perfect to give your wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, or BFF.

Tory Burch "Reva" flats/diptyque "Baies" candle/BaubleBar "Love" necklace/Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick/BaubleBar stackable "Love" rings/Too Faced "Beauty BFF" set/Baked By Melissa Valentine's cupcakes/Kate Spade "Brilliant Ideas" notepad

2.07.2013

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Him

Although many say that women are much harder to shop for, I find that men tend to be more difficult. Valentine's Day can be a tricky holiday, especially if you just started dating someone or have been in a relationship for awhile. I've rounded up all of my favorites below.


You May Be Dating? Maybe?
If you're casually seeing someone or if you're just not sure about your status, I think less is more. You don't want to come across as over the top or sentimental. Vosges' Mo's Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar is the perfect fit. It's a little sweet, a little smokey, and a lot delicious.




You're in a New Relationship?
If you're still in the honeymoon phase, you're feeling butterflies and (possibly) frustration over the right gift. You want it to be personal not generic, thoughtful but not sappy, and most importantly, "him." As much as you may want to shout your love from the rooftops, refrain from buying anything stuffed or cuddly. I love Ray Ban Wayfarers for this reason. The Wayfarer has been synonymous with cool for decades, and the classic frame looks good on pretty much everyone. The shades have recently been updated and are now available in a fold-able model, perfect for the guy on the go.




You've Been Dating For Years?
If you've been dating your guy for awhile or have been married for a few years, Valentine's Day can easily become a holiday that caters more to you (i.e. chocolates, flowers and/or dinner). I prefer to think outside the box and try to find cool things that my boyfriend wouldn't normally buy for himself or treat him to an experience that we can both enjoy. I love Bespoke Post because each month, the company curates a box around a different theme (previous boxes have focused on cocktails, wine, coffee, grooming, and traveling). You choose the subscription (available in one, three, and six month options), fill out the recipient's information, and voila! 



I also love giving experiences like go carting, catching his favorite sports team play, or a day of hanging out, drinking beer, and playing games. It shows that I appreciate him while actually doing something that we both can enjoy. And seriously, does he really  need another collage of vacation photos?


Are you giving your guy a gift this year? If so, what are you getting him? 

2.05.2013

Celeb Style For Less-Beyonce

Perhaps the most talked about moment of the Superbowl was Beyonce's halftime show. I was drawn to her stage ensemble (obviously) and my immediate thought was how to capture the essence of the look without it being too costume-y. The two main components of her attire were black leather with whispers of lace. 

To accomodate all budgets, I've broken the pieces up into "Steals" and "Splurges."


Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty via People Magazine


Steals-Top: French Connection /Faux Leather Dress:Kohl's /Lace Inset Dress: French Connection/Shorts: Rachel Zoe/Booties: Sam Edelman
Splurges: Top: Oscar De La Renta/Leather Dress: Saint Laurent/Mesh Inset Dress: Alexander McQueen/Shorts: DKNY/Booties: Rachel Zoe

2.02.2013

Recipe Box-Skinny Superbowl Snacks

Even if you're not a football fan, chances are you'll be attending a party this Sunday to watch the commercials and partake in some game-time snacks. Trouble is many "tailgating" foods are calorie laden (hello nacho platter!), and paired with alcohol, pack a double punch. I found a few deliciously modified recipes that I plan on making for the big game.

SELF magazine has an awesome selection of lightened up bar food, and I'm going to be making these buffalo chicken dippers for my Superbowl party.

Alton Brown's guacamole is full of good fat and gets its flavor and heat from fresh herbs and spices. Pair with some baked tortilla chips (store-bought or you can make your own) and you'll feel like you're indulging without going crazy.

For something sweet, I spied this awesome recipe on Zoom Yummy. These cheesecake stuffed strawberries taste decadent, but the actual amount of cream cheese and sugar used is minimal so you can eat without the guilt.


Happy eating!

2.01.2013

Game On! Superbowl Attire

I'm a tried and true San Francisco 49ers fan and am elated for my team's Superbowl appearance on Sunday. The colors, red and gold, lend themselves nicely to the ensemble that I've selected to wear. I'm going to wear a casual but sophisticated gold sequined top, my favorite pair of James Jeans, and I'm keeping the accessories simple with my everyday gold watch.
Top: 7 For All Mankind/Flats: Shoemint "Koko"/Pants: James Jeans "Twiggy"/Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade"/Bangles: Amrita Singh




What are you wearing for the Superbowl?
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