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    BEAUTY

    The Best of: 2017

    It’s so hard to believe the year is wrapping up! In the past several months, I feel as though my personal style has finally grounded itself in the direction I’ve always wanted to take it. This was a huge year of growth for me in my personal goals, and for that, I’m so grateful. With 2017 coming to a close, it’s time for a roundup of some of my favorite products and purchases!

     

    Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne  This is one of the newer additions to the vanity. I caught a whiff of it for the first time in Saks 5th Ave a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love. It’s floral, romantic, and everything I’ve ever wanted in a fragrance.

    Glossier You – When Glossier announced their first fragrance I knew I had to have it. It has hints of musk and iris and meshes with your own personal scent, hence, “YOU.”

    Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm – I bought this on a whim on Revolve and now I can’t live without it. With the weather being so dry and cold, this stuff is a lifesaver. I use it every day when I wake up and before I go to bed.

    Ouai Wave Spray – When I cut my hair short over the summer, I relied on quick beachy waves because it was the only style I could really work with. I love the extra volume this product gives my hair without looking like I even used a product. It leaves my hair stays silky and shiny throughout the day!

    Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich – My favorite Glossier product, and probably my favorite product just in general. The rich lavender scent is SO luxurious, and it feels like a high-end face cream even though the price tag is only $35. You really can’t beat it.

    Bioderma Sensibio H2O – This micellar water cleanser is the best I’ve found for removing makeup. It’s so gentle and soothing and doesn’t burn the eyes. Believe the hype on this one, babes.

    Glossier Invisible Shield – I was skeptical about this product at first due to the size (1 fl oz), along with the $34 price tag. I’ve never had a good relationship with sunscreens and I could never commit myself to wearing it every day. This sunscreen changed that — and how many people can say they look forward to applying their sunscreen? Invisible Shield goes on clear and smells amazing. If Glossier comes out with a higher SPF, I’ll be 100% sold, but for now, I’m perfectly happy with Invisible Shield.

    PF Candle Co Coconut Soy Candle – Pretty sure I’ve raved about this one before. It’s self-explanatory. Love it.

    YSL Rouge pur Couture Lipstick in Rouge Vermillion – I was looking for a deep red lipstick that wasn’t too deep, but wasn’t too bold. This color is like a raspberry red and is super hydrating for my dry lips. I gently dab it on before work and it lasts all day! Now just to find the perfect nude shade in 2018…

    Bagatiba 1SM Necklace – Bagatiba is one of my very favorite jewelry brands. Their 1SM Necklace goes with everything and gets so many compliments. I love seeing the 1SM paired with their D2C so I just ordered one to go with it (stay tuned).

    Mejuri Sapphire Hoops Mejuri was sweet enough to gift these dainty hoops to me early in the fall and I’ve worn them pretty much every day since (I should probably invest in some more earrings but I’m too in love with these).

    Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in Melody – I’ve gone back and forth between loving and hating eyeshadows in general but I’ve finally found “the one.” It was only this year that I started playing with cream eyeshadows, and I absolutely love how buildable they are. The shade Melody from Chanel is perfect because it’s ever so subtle, with the right amount of shimmer.

    YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector – This works like a powder but has the consistency of a balm, so ultimately it doesn’t make a mess! This product cuts shine and mattifies so effortlessly.

    Hope you found a few favorites of your own in this lineup. Its been a wonderful 2017. Here’s to the new year!

     

    NYC

    Williamsburg Hotel Editorial

    A New York City wedding has been an absolute dream of mine ever since I was a tween and binged watched Four Weddings on TLC (Anyone remember the bride who transported her guests from one venue to another via double-decker tour buses?). Thanks to an amazing team of creatives and vendors, I got to play bride for a day at the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn for an amazing Elopement Editorial. The “Charles” to my “Aubrey” was my real life boyfriend Jason, making the day even more fun! I’m so excited to share that after months of holding in excitement from this shoot we are published on Catalyst Wedding Co.

    Planner/Event Design

    Fitting Fêtes

    Event Styling

    Soiree and Cabernet

    Venue

    The Williamsburg Hotel

    Primary Photography

    Leah Coppotelli Photography

    Secondary Photography

    Steph Massaro Photography

    Rentals

    Party Rentals Ltd.

    Linens

    The Bayith

    Officiant

    Once Upon a Vow

    Florist

    Rose Red & Lavender

    Stationery/Signage

    Cut Above Stationery

    Cupcakes

    Kah-Pu Fine Foods

    Cake

    Baked

    Bride Model

    Laura Craffey

    Groom Model

    Jason Friedman

    Hair/Makeup

    Bespoke Beauty and Bridal

    Dress

    Rebecca Schoneveld
    Lingerie

    Loulette Lingerie

    Menswear

    Tuxedo by Sarno
    Engagement Ring and Bridal Band

    Victor Barboné

    Groom’s Wedding Band

    Digby and Iona
    Accessories

    Happily Ever Borrowed

    Accessories

    Hushed Commotion

    Ribbons

    Adorn Company

     

    NYC, STYLE

    Transitioning from Summer to Fall

    It’s that time of year again — when you throw on a cozy sweater at 8am and by 1:00 in the afternoon, you’re having some serious regrets. If you’re reading this on the East Coast, you know that Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind right now. It’s mid-October, we’re well into fall, and we’re still getting 75 degree days…but you won’t hear me complaining. Before we dive into full on sweater weather, you’ll find me in midi and maxi dresses with my leather bag in hand; the perfect uniform for that in-between weather. I’m all about browns, oranges, and reds paired with some elegant gold jewelry. You can’t go wrong with these picks I’ve listed below that are statement pieces in themselves.

    Dress: Kimchi Blue Ruffle Midi Wrap Dress

    Sunglasses: UO Sadie Slim Oval Sunglasses

    Shoes: Target

    Bag: Ona Bags – The Leather Capri in Antique Cognac 

    Jewelry: Bagatiba NCS Necklace & 1SM Necklace, UO Simple Rose Pendant Necklace, Mejuri Evil Eye Ring & Sapphire Hoops

    BEAUTY

    Current Bedtime Favorites

    We all need our beauty sleep. How we take care of ourselves before bed determines our quality of rest, and ultimately, our energy to begin a new day. In high school, I made a terrible habit out of falling asleep in front of my laptop screen with Netflix still running and a full face of messy, day-old makeup. I would spend the next day struggling to keep my eyes open after rolling out of bed, throwing my hair in a ponytail and hauling my butt off to school. As I dive into my early twenties, while still not getting enough sleep, I have made good bedtime habits a top priority, because if you can’t get a good nights sleep, you are only setting yourself up for a rough day ahead! Your twenties are your time to hustle and your time to thrive, and the last thing you want to do is sleep through them. The key thing to remember is that you need to put yourself first; these products have not only helped me get a good night’s sleep, but made the chore of getting ready for bed something to look forward to.

     

    for the shower:

        Etta+Billie: Lavender Hand & Body Wash, $25, Rosemary Lemon Sea Salt Body Scrub, $12*

    Etta+Billie is a skincare brand based out of SF and prides itself in creating skincare using all natural ingredients. I was so excited to try these out when they were gifted to me earlier this month, I had so much trouble deciding which scents to choose from because everything on Etta+Billie’s website sounded like a dream! I finally settled on the Lavender Hand/Body Wash and the Rosemary Lemon Sea Salt Body Scrub and within weeks they have become a shower staple of mine. The Lavender scent is rich and refreshing and the Sea Salt Scrub is exfoliating and easy to use. I was hesitant to choose a scrub at first because I’ve had many that have been too rough on my skin and made a mess on my shower floor. Etta+Billie’s solid form and smooth cocoa and shea butter is the perfect solution to that problem.

     

    Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash, $18

    Last month, Glossier launched Body Hero, including an Oil Wash and Perfecting Cream. Think of it as the Phase 3 set! I was super excited when Glossier announced these products, and the rest of the world was too. The campaign was beautiful and empowering, and I think the GTeam deserves a medal for this one. Even Kim K uses Body Hero. I held off on purchasing the Perfecting Cream because I currently have way more lotions and body creams than I know what to do with. A body wash from Glossier is something I’ve dreamed of since the brand took over my morning beauty routine, and I am thrilled to now include the Daily Oil Wash in my nighttime routine. The oil lathers and froths once it’s hit by water and provides a gentle, hydrating clean. The scent is subtle but luxurious. Glossier has done it again.

     

    Harper + Ari Peach Sugar Cubes, $22*

    Harper + Ari makes exfoliating sugar cubes that smell good enough to eat (even though you can’t, such a bummer). They currently have 6 fun flavors to choose from, including Coconut, Peach, Tangerine, Blue Raspberry, Apricot, and Lemon. I use their Peach flavored cubes in the shower once a week to exfoliate and nourish my entire body. One cube typically does the trick, but I prefer to cut the cubes in half before use to avoid being wasteful and I use them as I need them! The glass jar is huge and I certainly don’t see myself running out anytime soon.

     

    for the vanity:

    BioClarity Clear Skin System, $29.95, Hydrate Skin Smoothie, $19.95*

    BioClarity is a 3 step, twice a day system that uses plant-based science to target the root cause of your breakouts. While I don’t have acne prone skin, I still get tiny breakouts here and there and BioClarity helps tremendously with reducing those breakouts, balancing my skin, and minimizing redness. For best results, it is suggested to use all 3 steps together, but I typically skip the first step (Cleanse) and use my personal favorite cleanser from Glossier. The second step, Treat, targets redness and breakouts and minimizes pores, so I complete this step only once a day since my skin tends to be somewhat dry. BioClarity’s Hydrate Skin Smoothie is their newest product, a moisturizer containing Floralux, a plant-based ingredient derived from chlorophyll. it detoxifies, balances, contains anti-aging vitamins. I use these products before bed most days and it does a fantastic job of keeping my skin clear and balanced.

     

    Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, $22

    Surprise, surprise, another Glossier product! While Glossier’s two masks aren’t marketed as frequently as some of their newer launches and best sellers, that is not to say that their face masks are any less stellar – I actually believe that this is one of Glossier’s best products. I use this as an overnight mask a couple times a week by applying a thin layer after I’ve washed my face, and I wake up practically glistening. This mask is insanely hydrating and soothing and leaves your skin looking fresh and dewy.

     

    Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream, $22

    I’m a huge fan of Mario Badescu’s products. I love how affordable and accessible they are to the average person; you can purchase them at Ulta, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, etc. I purchased the Seaweed Night Cream on a whim at Urban and it quickly became a bedtime favorite. It’s lightweight, absorbs into the skin easily, and it is ever so soothing. A little goes a long way with this cream – you don’t need to pile it on!

     

    for you –  

    Kindle Paperwhite, $119.99

    My Kindle Paperwhite was an impulse purchase of mine over the summer. I had caught the reading bug again and I wanted to invest in an e-reader after hearing friends rave about them. Thanks to my Kindle, the reading bug stuck. Some days, I use my Kindle more than I use my iPhone. It’s that good. For one, the battery lasts weeks, so if I fall asleep reading it and forget to plug it in, it has no impact on the next day. The device uses electronic ink, so the screen looks just like regular paper and does not cause eye strain. In my opinion, reading a good book before bed is one of the best ways to let your brain unwind and settle yourself in for a good night’s sleep.

     

    P.F. Candle Co Soy Candle, $18

    This candle has been on my bedside table for quite some time now, and I love how soothing the smell is. I keep it burning while I’m masking, reading, and tidying up before bed. P. F. Candle Co just released their candles for the fall season as well, and the Spiced Pumpkin is calling my name.

     

    As always, if you want to save 20% on the Glossier products mentioned, feel free to use my rep link. The discount will be applied as long as it is your first order!

     

    Sweet dreams!


    *Product was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.

     

    BEAUTY

    Glossier: Wowder Review

    It’s not powder, it’s Wowder.

    Last week, Glossier dropped its brand new loose powder after much speculation on whether or not Wowder would be a Glossier product. I was a little hesitant to order this new launch, as I’ve never been a huge fan of powders and I love a good dewy (aka classic Glossier) look for my daily makeup and skincare. Nevertheless, Glossier claimed Wowder to be “unlike any powder you’ve met before,” and my expectations were very much exceeded.

    I purchased the Wowder Duo which retails for $35 (US) and included the powder and a brush with a super cute little pouch. You can purchase each of these individually as well, the Wowder being $22 and the brush being $20. By purchasing the duo, you save $7 which I have to applaud Glossier for. They do everything in their power to make their products friendly to everyone’s wallets, like a few months ago when they reduced the price of the Phase One Set from $80 to $45! While I didn’t necessarily need the Wowder brush, the price of the set altogether was light enough that I had to go for it. Plus, there’s a little Glossier G on the bottom of the brush which is just adorable.

     

    The packaging for Wowder is brilliant. My previous issue with powder was that I would always end up applying way too much and making a mess everywhere. Wowder’s trampoline mesh applicator prevents you from ever making those mistakes. You simply press the brush against the trampoline to release as much powder as you need, swirl the brush around the tub, and voila! You’re ready to apply Wowder, and you haven’t wasted any product. The lid of the Wowder has a piece on the inside that holds itself against the trampoline mesh to further prevent any loss of product. Snaps to Glossier’s packaging team, they couldn’t have done this better if they tried.

    I wear the shade Medium in Glossier’s Stretch Concealer and Perfecting Skin Tint, so I went with Light/Medium for my Wowder. Wowder comes in 3 adaptable shades: Light/Medium, Dark/Deep, and Rich. While some people take issue with so few shades, Glossier’s shade ranges tend to be so adaptable that even a shade slightly too light or too dark will still work for you, especially when it comes to their Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer. Light/Medium Wowder seemed perfect for me as someone with somewhat-tan Asian skin, but I can understand why I’ve heard a couple of girls complain that they are too pale for Light/Medium Wowder.

    I applied Wowder last to set my makeup and “undo the dew.” In my before image, all I have on my skin aside from my usual makeup is Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint and Haloscope (normally should be applied after Wowder) which are known to give you a dewy finish, so this really put Wowder to the test. It’s totally weightless; I almost couldn’t even tell I was wearing it at first. It leaves your skin still looking like skin (you can thank the diamond powder for that!) and it doesn’t cake up like other powders. As I mentioned before, I’m a sucker for dewy skin and I was afraid the matte look would make my skin appear chalky and flat. Wowder still left my skin looking fresh and glowing, and still matte, and I loved having complete control over how much dewiness I wanted. It’s the perfect in between for my taste.

    Wowder is a winner in my books, and I can’t wait to use this stuff religiously as we’re coming into the fall and the dewy skin trend begins to hibernate for the winter.

    Don’t forget, I am a rep for Glossier, meaning if you shop with me, you can get 20% off your first order, plus free shipping if you order 2 or more things. Purchasing the Wowder Duo through my link will knock off an additional $7 bringing the $35 price down to $28. While I am a rep for the brand, all opinions are my own and I wouldn’t recommend a product unless I absolutely loved it!

    TRAVEL

    A Love Letter to Rhode Island

    Growing up a hop, skip, and a jump away from New Jersey’s beautiful beaches, I haven’t had the need, nor the desire to check out any of the East Coast’s other beaches. I figured I had the best of the coast at my fingertips, and if I wanted to find better, the West Coast was where I had to go. I was so wrong.

    On a short weekend trip to New England with family, I was lucky to escape Massachusetts for a few hours to run off to Rhode Island, where I fell in love with Bristol and Newport, and especially the little towns we drove through to get to our destinations. I could immediately see why they make so many films and TV shows about this kind of small town charm (Gilmore Girls, anyone?).

    Jason and I started in Bristol, RI where we wandered Colt State Park and admired the view. We stopped by a little farm and met a bull, a herd of sheep, and the sweetest little cats in New England. We stopped by Quito’s for some clam cakes and fried clams like a true New Englander, which happened to sit right on the water and be the perfect sunset watching spot. The following day we took a drive to Newport, RI where we wandered along Second Beach, unsure if we should feast our eyes on the sunset over the gently crashing waves or St. George’s prep school sitting on the hill that looked like a snapshot from Scotland. It was a multi sensory experience at its finest.

    What I could not get over was how clean the water is – from the surface it looked clean enough to drink, to bathe in… I wish I could say the same about my beloved Jersey beaches. Don’t get me wrong, Ocean City, NJ will always be my beach. It’s a little chunk of home, while RI is more of a vacation spot for me. The ginormous rocks, the homes sitting on the water, the sunsets, left me speechless, not to mention the friendly faces of every one on the beaches and strolling the shop filled streets.

    Rhode Island, I’ll see you in my dreams.

    xx.

    Truly Madly Guilty on Kindle Paperwhite

     

    BEAUTY

    I’m a Glossier Rep!

     

    So it’s not exactly news that I’m a HUGE Glossier fan, nor is it news that I am one of their reps (if you follow me on Instagram I’ve likely bombarded you with posts and stories raving about Glossier). But, with this being a brand new blog, I felt this was worthy of a post. I became one of their official reps this past May, and I was so excited to be asked by a company I adore to be a part of their rep program! As a rep, not only do I have my own page on Glossier’s site, but I get to offer you guys 20% off your order if its your first time shopping with me, plus, if you purchase 2 or more items you automatically qualify for free shipping. My top picks are listed on my page with a little blurb about why I love them, and I also talk a little bit about them in my introductory video! Happy shopping!

    BOOKS

    Book Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

    It’s officially August, the “Sunday” of summer. We’re in the last full month of summer (break in my case), and it’s a little depressing. For me, the perfect cure for when I’m feeling a little down is a light read, which is exactly what I found in Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This novel has been sitting on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads for a short while, after seeing so much hype about it. Truth be told, the plot summary didn’t exactly interest me when I first read the inside sleeve, but what really did, was the book’s gorgeous cover. This is the kind of book I wouldn’t mind carrying around with me and flashing it around at a coffee shop, because it’s just so darn cute. For someone who’s heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover” time and time again, I always find myself guilty judging books by their covers, and this one got me more than the actual plot did!

    “It was about the inestimable burden of their lives: the work, the houses, the friendships, the marriages, the children, as if all the things they’d wanted and worked for had cemented the impossibility of any sort of happiness.” – Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

    The novel begins at a Christening party for Franny Keating, hosted by her parents Fix and Beverly Keating. Albert Cousins shows up uninvited, kisses Beverly Keating, and realizes this is the life he was meant to live. The problem is, Fix is married to Beverly, Bert is married to Teresa, and combined, they have a grand total of six children…but this doesn’t stop Bert. This one kiss at a christening party manages to break up two marriages, while suddenly blending the families together and changing their lives as they know it. The story takes place over the course of several decades, showing how this one action affected them through adulthood.

    “This was the pleasure of a long life: the way some things worked themselves out.”  – Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I had hoped. The overwhelming number of characters was my initial turnoff, followed by the fact that a portion of these characters were extremely unlikeable. Certain plot lines that I’m pretty sure were supposed to be heart-wrenching, fell a little flat on my end, and I don’t think I was feeling all of the emotions I was supposed to feel. What kept me going through the novel was the incredible character development of Franny Keating. While my feelings towards certain characters flip flopped throughout the book, I was constantly rooting for her, as she was just an all around great character, and also one of the funniest. In my opinion, Commonwealth didn’t exactly live up to all of the hype is was getting, but it was exactly what I was looking for – a light summer read. If you’re looking for a novel you can cruise through on a plane or a train ride, Commonwealth couldn’t be more perfect.

     

    Rating: 3.5/5