travel in...color!

Tomorrow is May 1, the temperatures in SoCal have
already begun to hover at 90* {and sometimes higher} on a daily basis,
and...I'm in possession of Koffer24 Coupons;
so, of course, I've been thinking of nothing but travel quite frequently. Or,
more specifically...luggage. Colorful luggage. Stylish
luggage. Luggage that won't take forever to spot in baggage claim.
And, thanks to my introduction to Rimowa via Koffer24.de,
I think I've found my dream selection.


Orient Red, Inka Gold, Ultra Violet...the offered shades
are bold enough to stand out from the standard black suitcases; yet still
retain a subtlety to their shading that makes them ultra-apropos
for your lazy, leisurely vacays or your more sophisticated,
business trips
. My inner jetsetter is totally in
crush mode.

What's your preferred luggage style? Do you like bold shades or do you opt for simpler styles?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with RioCoupon. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


NOTD: Maybelline Green with Envy

Two coats of Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in Green with Envy. Pale Mint / Seafoam Green Creme.

Do you remember the Seafoam Green color that was in those 64-Pack boxes of Crayola crayons {it was my favorite shade}? Maybelline’s Green with Envy is basically that exact shade for your nails.

Greener than China Glaze's For Audrey, and thicker than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple {resulting in the need for less coats for coverage}; Green with Envy is one of those amazing drugstore finds that gives you luxury-brand lacquer quality at a fraction of the price {$2.99 a bottle - I can dig it}. Opacity and formula is fantastic on this shade. I had a wonky brush that was slightly uncooperative; but past experience with the Maybelline Color Show line proves that not all brushes suffer the same prob. Love it for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Must have!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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pretty, pretty pastels

Put a spring in your wardrobe with cotton candy colors
that are light, airy, and unquestionably necessary for
tiptoeing into the new season.

From left-to-right.

Alice + Olivia Chase Cutout Plissé-Chiffon Maxi Dress
Rebecca Minkoff Diamond Quilt Mini Affair Bag in Lilac
Dara Ettinger Alicia Triangle Earrings in Rose / Halo
Zoya Blu from the Lovely Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection
Stuart Weitzman Yelp Sandals in Petal
Tibi Milo Corset Skirt in Pink
10 Crosby Derek Lam Chambray Boxer Shorts in Sky
Plomo Katerina Suede Pumps in Ocean
Yves Saint Laurent Translucent Cat Eye Sunglasses in Transparent Man / Grey Gradient


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{famous footwear style challenge} converse shoreline in my closet!

You may remember that last week I faux-styled the Converse Shoreline
in White
as part of the Famous Footwear Style Challenge.
Well... Famous Footwear was kind enough to send me a pair
to style with pieces from my very own closet.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Converse Shoreline looks like the
typical Converse lo-top; but it is made specifically
for women, and features an elastic band at the back to make it a slip-on style {which
is basically the best. thing. ever.

Anyway, here are just two of the ways I've styled the Shoreline.
P.S. Apologies for my lack of makeup in these pictures. I've been dancing
a lot
lately, and my thighs are kind of blown at the moment, so...
getting dressed is about all I've been able to manage.

Xhilaration Knit Short in Mega Melon + Xhilaration French Terry Hoodie in Mega Melon

Romper {old} via Target - Similar - Mossimo Supply Co. Romper with Mesh Strap in Sea Galleon

How would you style the Converse Shoreline?


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FTC Disclosure: The Converse Shoreline was provided to me for review by Famous Footwear. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


summer style...for your iphone {case-mate review}

When the seasons change, I don't just overhaul my personal wardrobe;
I overhaul the wardrobe of my tech accessories, as well {i.e. my
never-leave-a-room-without iPhone}. After all, if it's going to mesh
with my summertime style it needs a few sunshine-worthy looks of
its own - like the Jessica Swift ISVEA and Cockatiel Icon
cases I scored from Case-Mate.

I consistently have amazing experiences with Case-Mate
in general; but I love the new Jessica Swift designs for the season,
as they are hand-drawn {gotta love that unique vibe} and
bright {so they stand-out in a crowd, and look amazing
paired with neon nail colors - the beauty aspect is always something that
should be considered, yes?}.

Functionality {of course} is an essential detail {iPhone's do not
come cheap}; which is why the security aesthetic on both of these is one of my favorite
things. Unlike a lot of cases that simply slide on the back {1 piece}; these feature 2-piece
which cover the back, then snap over the front for bonus
bumper protection

Perfect prints. Optimal protection. Seriously... what more
could you ask for?

Do you change your cell / Smartphone's style each season? Which of these cases is your fave?


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FTC Disclosure: These items were provided to me for review by Case-Mate. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} beat the heat!

Heat-styling leaving your follicles fried? Get acquainted with 5 products
that will repair, strengthen, smooth, and protect from future damage.

{beauty board} beat the heat

1} blowPro You Only Smoother Advanced Smoothing Spray A few sprays before styling results in smooth cuticles; while multiple uses curbs hair breakage. Bonus: It also detangles! Features 450* Heat Protection.

2} Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray This is like sunscreen for your hair. The formula {dry-spray} protects from all heat tools, while enhancing shine. Tip: If you don’t have dry shampoo on hand, use this – it has style refreshing capabilities. Features 450* Heat Protection.

3} Sultra Heat Safe Protectant Spray The ThermaStress Complex formulation contains Cystine {to repair cuticle damage}, Hair Keratin Protein {to rebuild, and recondition – from the inside out}, and MiruStyle {to protect from future damage}. Features 428* Heat Protection.

4} Pureology Color Stylist Fortifying HeatSpray Protective Primer Before heat styling, spray onto hands then lightly rub from tips to crown to avoid oiliness, and create glossy shine. Features 400* Heat Protection.

5} ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray Spritz 3-5 times on hair before combing through entirely, and using heat tools. The formula smooths, softens, and detangles. Even better…you get that fresh from the salon feel. Bonus: This adds extra volume to hair. Features 428* Heat Protection.


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FTC Disclosure: Oscar Blandi's Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


ridin' the Converse wave {surfdome review}

Though I tend to fall more into the 5-inches and up category nowadays;
Converse sneaks were my primary form of kicks
back in the day. We're talking the All Star Hi version, of which I owned
a barrage of confectionery colors from green to pink - shades
sweet enough to make a candy store swoon.

Being that spring is upon us, and summer isn't far off; when
Surfdome offered me the chance to review one of
their pieces, I made a virtual beeline for the trainers section; which is how
I became the proud parent of a pair of Converse All Star Ox
Shoes in Optical White
This is my first time owning a lo-top pair of Converse, and I. am. smitten.
They have an incredibly understated, beachy vibe to them that pairs
perfectly with crop tops and cutoff denim shorts {two of my
summer staples}; but look just as charming coupled with printed rompers
or casual sundresses. I've taken to pairing them with
ballet attire on my way to-and-from dance class - when I'm seeking
complete comfort - precisely what these deliver.

Sneaks aside... Surfdome itself is kind of, well, epic in
a shop-for-your-entire-family-for-any-occasion type of way.
Men, women, boy, girl, infant...
snow, surf, wake, skate...
they carry brands {Roxy, G-Star Raw, Quiksilver}, and musts for
all of the above {and then some}. Truth be told...
I kind of desperately want to raid their Playsuit section
{they would look adorbs with my new Converse, after all -
talk about summertime cute!

Which Surfdome pieces would you love to score? Do tell...


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FTC Disclosure: The Converse All Star Ox Shoes in Optical White were provided to me for review by Surfdome. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} flower power

Spring is in the air, and florals are on your skin, hair, and nails. No…seriously.
Take a peek at these 9 necessary additions to your Spring 2013 makeup menagerie.

flower power

{1} Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm
{2} Clinique Happy In Bloom 1 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray
{3} Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Rose Petal
{4} Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom
{5} Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink
{6} NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose
{7} JINsoon Botanical Flower Collection in French Lilac
{8} Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose 1.7 oz. Eau de Toilette Spray
{9} Benefit Cosmetics Posietint


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NOTD: Revlon Flirt

Two coats of Revlon Flirt. Pink Creme with Lavender Undertones.

Flirt was literally on my polish wish list for more than one year before I finally picked it up. I only wish I had purchased it sooner because it. is. gorgeous.

This was my first brush {no pun intended} with Revlon nail polish, but it will definitely not be my last. The formula is so easy to work with - very creamy and smooth to apply; and opaque with minimal coats {I could have gotten away with one coat here, but I always apply two to be on the safe side}. Flirt is far more pink-toned than mark's Cupcake; but definitely in the same color family, so they would look gorgeous together for an ombre look.

NOTE: Flirt is very similar to Essie's Cascade Cool {we're talking dupe territory}, so if you have that shade in your collection, you can skip this one. If not...shop on.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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{the must list} clarisonic

My daily skin care routine undergoes a complete makeover
more often than I'd like to admit. One week I'm obsessed with a product, the next
it's so yesterday, and I'm off looking for something new to fill its place.
The one constant, however, is the Clarisonic Mia for the sheer fact
that it. works. Soft, bright, smooth...
yes, yES, YES.

My skin is all of the above and then some since I started using
the Mia a few years back {there's a reason why the system is recommended
by just about every beauty editor}; which is why I've been coveting
the Mia2 since its release - a purchase I plan on making
very, very soon due to the debut of new summer perfect shades, and
my recent discovery of Clarisonic Coupons.


From Seabreeze, Key Lime, and Wild Waves
to Passion Fruit and Berry, the new collection of colors is enough to add a
tropical touch to your vanity; while delivering glam skin results
in preparation for vacation season. Now the only question is
which sassy shade to scoop up {I'm leaning towards the Key Lime}.

Are you a Clarisonic fan? Which color would you choose?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with RioCoupon. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


tell me about it...stud

As a child I wanted nothing more than to get my ears pierced so I could wear
oversize hoop earrings a la Kelly Kapowski of Saved By the Bell.

Flash forward to my eleventh birthday when I finally felt brave enough
to feel the wrath of the ear piercing gun, and things changed. It was at that very time
that I spotted Kristin Cavallari {during her Laguna Beach days}
wearing a pair of oversize diamond studs while on the beach with Stephen Colletti.

From then on, all I cared about was studs. Not diamond, mind you; but CZ.
After all, just as a Cheap Engagement Ring does not have to look cheap,
neither do cubic zirconia studs {or any studs for that matter}.


Though my one true stud love will forever be the oversize look;
as I now have three piercings in each ear, my tastes have branched out a bit.

For the summer I love a cheeky motif representative of the season, like the
Enamelled Strawberry Studs; or an unusual, avant-garde aesthetic -
case in point, the Triangle CZ Studs {worn in my third piercing -
just below the cartilage}.

For evening affairs I opt for a mixed metal like the Knot Stud Earrings
{which effortlessly work with any other metal you may be wearing}; or
the always apropos Oversize White CZ Studs.

And for spring...it's all about pastels. Pinks and lilacs are. a. must.

Are you a stud lover? What's your preferred earring style? Tell me about it...


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with JewelleryWorld. All opinions expressed herein are my own.



Bisous. Kisses.
One of the most enchanting words in the French
language; and now forever emblazoned upon the Wildfox
Bisous Off Shoulder Top
{joined by a trio of lipsticks no less}.


Raw edges, a hand-cut hemline, and the ability to wear
on or off the shoulder make it the perfect
accoutrement for sassy loungewear or impromptu weekend workouts;
while the flirty vibe of the lippy print and scrawled Bisous
make it ideal attire for casual date night.

Happy Friday, loves. May your forthcoming weekend be full of bisous.


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{famous footwear style challenge} converse shoreline

I have been shopping at Famous Footwear for years,
so when they invited me to be a part of their Style Challenge I had
to say yes.

I selected the Converse Shoreline Slipon in White, which is similar
to the classic Converse All Star Lo, but made specifically for women {no unisex
sizing here}, and featuring slip-on styling - so perfect for beach season.

Here's how I styled them!

ff style challenge 1
From left-to-right.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Shoreline Slip-On in Ox White
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Divine
Eugenia Kim Craig 2
Target Xhilaration Strapless Sweetheart Romper in Blue Floral
Juicy Couture Pave Dragonfly Necklace
Chan Luu Coral Beaded Bracelet

How would you style the Converse Shoreline Slipon?

Stay tuned...in the next week or two I will be styling the Converse Shoreline Slipon in White on myself and sharing the images with you!


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Famous Footwear. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{fashion folio} glamorous rebellion

glamorous rebellion

Rag & Bone/JEAN The Vest in Tattered + Smashbox Love Me Be Legendary Lipstick in Love Me + Alice + Olivia Dina Neon Embossed Pumps in Coral + Chaser Outsiders Tank in Black + 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Cinched Ankle Pants in Black + Pamela Love Silver Cross Cuff + ILLAMASQUA Nail Varnish Scorch

The Ankle. It seems like a harmless enough location to show a sliver of skin; but all bets are off when that peek sits right below a pair of ebony cropped trousers adorned with pleated details at the hips and waist that slide ever so seductively into a tapered, elongating cuff.

Add a rebellious edge to the sophisticated style by topping it with a graphic, raw-edged tank {tuck it in for polish and to show off your waistline} and a deconstructed denim vest. A silver cuff adds an understated touch of sparkle about your wrist; while neon pumps contribute an air of femininity to the slightly androgynous legwear and draw even more attention to those ankles. Opt for a bold red lip {with shine!} to brighten your face; and finish it off with a glossy white nails to lighten up the look. It’s glamorous. It’s edgy. It’s perfect.


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{crushable} swarovski nirvana collection

Swarovski adverts never fail to make me swoon.
The grandeur, the luxury, the sparkle!
It’s enough to magically transport you to another time and place altogether
{think a glamorous ballroom at the turn of the century}.
But no collection has captivated me more than that of Nirvana - easily
attainable with the affordable price points of the collection and a
Swarovski Coupon Code {thank you


The mix of pastel shades - from Rosaline, Light Turquoise, Crystal,
, and Lavender - have spring written all over them; while the deeper-shaded
pieces, including Pantone 2013 Color of the Year...Emerald and the
elegantly moody Jet Hematite provide a strong, sophisticated balance.

My most crushable? The Nirvana Baby Necklace - I believe I need it
in both Light Turquoise and Tanzanite.

Which piece of Nirvana would you love to add to your jewelry collection?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with RioCoupon. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


NOTD: JULEP Courteney

Two coats of JULEP Courteney. Key-Lime Green Crème.

As a mint polish junkie I have a tendency to re-buy the same color over and over {and over and over} again from different companies and collections {at last count I had 11 mint green shades - all practically identical}. So…I was incredibly excited to spot JULEP’s Courteney, which had a bit of the same vibe of a mint green in a more summer-y offering – key lime.

Like a mint green, Courteney has that pale-yet-bright quality that makes it equal parts subdued and standout; but the color itself is unlike anything I have seen before. Sometimes it looks avocado {think 1970s green}, others it appears more kiwi or key-lime toned. One thing is for sure…it is so, so perfect for summer manis and pedis. If you’re a fan of green nail colors this one is a must, as the formula is incredibly easy to work with, and the hue is something you definitely don’t have in your collection!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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spring blog swap with Quinn of Mama Fashionista!

So…back in November 2012 Quinn of Mama Fashionista and I did an awesome blog swap
made up of makeup, books, accessories, and coffee. At the time,
we deemed the swap to be a massive success {not to mention incredibly fun},
so Quinn came up with the brilliant idea to do a swap for each season. And so, I bring you the
goodies I received from our spring swap. Stop by Mama Fashionista
to see what I picked out for Quinn!

Streekers Wild Weekend in Pink: This lets you do a bright but temporary streak job on
your hair. I'm thinking pink tips for the weekend!

BaubleBar Necklaces! The neon yellow is braided {and can actually be worn
as a bracelet when wrapped around twice}; and the black and gold spike is the
perfect amount of edginess for GNO.

Avon Mega Impact Eyeshadow in Poolside Pop: So amazing for creating
mermaid eyes. The two colors are incredibly complementary to one another;
and you can build the intensity to your liking.

Avon Glazewear Sparkle Lip Gloss in Rave: Love, love, love!
The color is subtle, but the sparkle effect makes it look like you have
tiny diamonds on your lips.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Nude Beige: If you have
sensitive skin, this is a must-own powder. It's lightweight, easily controls shine,
and is completely gentle.

Avon NAILWEAR PRO+ Nail Enamel in Decadence: The shimmer makes
this color incredibly luxe!

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Sugar Rush and Sweet Nothing:
Sugar Rush is a pastel baby blue {one of my all-time favorite
nail colors}
, and Sweet Nothing is more teal / turquoise
leaning {think China Glaze Aquadelic}.

NCLA Call Me for the After Party: The name alone
screams Spring Break, yes?

BVLGARI Refreshing Towel: There are no. words.
to describe how incredible this smells. Trust.

Aussie Miraculously Smooth Shampoo + Aussie Miraculously Smooth Conditioner:
This. Stuff. Smells. So. Amazing.

Avon Advance Techniques Medium Hold Hair Spray: Rarely
do you come across a hair spray that doesn't make leave your hair feeling crunchy.
This, however, is it. Insta-love!

Terra Dolce Lavender Green Tea Artisan Soap: The scent is incredible;
but I cannot get over the adorable packaging. It has a rustic vibe
that is just perfect for gift-giving.

EOS Tangerine Medicated Lip Balm Sphere: The color,
flavor, scent is too perfect for spring!

Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream: I've used this like seven
times a day since receiving it. Yes, I'm a bit OCD about
hand-washing and moisturizing.

Books! Single in Suburbia by Wendy Max + The Chocolate Money
by Ashley Prentice Norton
+ Faking It by Elisa
: A little chick lit goes a long way.

Kim Kardashian True Reflection Eau de Parfume 3.4 oz.: Honestly,
this is one of the most glamorous-smelling fragrances I have
ever encountered. The plum and vanilla notes are such an elegant
addition to the woodsy / musky tones.

L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Face Mist: This, to me, is the epitome of
luxury. It literally revitalizes my entire face.

Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel: This is such a classic product;
but it's my first encounter with it. The fragrance is just beautiful; and
it leaves your skin feeling so soft.

Michael's Gourmet Coffee in Macadamia Nut White Chocolate + Pecan Turtle:
The latter tastes nutty with a hit of caramel; the former tastes exactly
how it sounds. It's like having dessert for breakfast. Yum!

What did you think of our spring swap?


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put a {primestyle} ring on it...

"...diamonds are a girl's best friend."
Lorelei Lee {Marilyn Monroe} in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Engagement rings.
They are something that we covet from childhood
and will wear for years to come. Thus, choosing one that you adore,
one that gives you butterflies and makes your heart skip a beat
{in the same fashion as your paramour} is a non. negotiable.
As is finding the perfect price for the aforementioned bauble, of course.
And so there is...primestyle rings.


Princess, Emerald, Marquise, Heart, Oval, Pear, Radiant, Asscher, and Round.
Primestyle delivers ultra-glamorous engagement rings
{among other too-pretty-to-pass-up pieces} at affordable prices so that you
wind up with your dream ring without breaking your budget.

My favorites?
The 1.10CT Round Cut Diamonds Engagement Ring {the design has a
Cleopatra vibe that I love; the 1.55CT Princess and Round Cut
Diamonds Engagement Ring
{the avant-garde aesthetic is
swoon-worthy}; and the 1.20CT Round Cut Diamonds Engagement Ring
{a ring fit for a princess, yes?}.

Which ring is your favorite? What does your dream engagement ring look like?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Primestyle. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} beachy bombshell

Prepare your beauty drawer for beach season
with vacation-worthy fragrances, tropical tips, and sunkissed skin!

beach beauty

Victoria’s Secret Beach Hair Wave Spray
Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette
Victoria’s Secret Sunset Kiss Flavored Gloss in Orange Rush, Berry Juice, and Luscious
Nordstrom Nail Color in Sugar Sand, Tropical Tango, and Creamsicle
Escada Island Kiss 3.3 oz. Eau de Toilette Spray


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to the beach!

The essentials that will make your sunny day getaway all sorts of perfect.

{fashion folio} to the beach!

Roxy Sail Away Towel in Acid Yellow
Victoria’s Secret PINK Backpack in Palm Tree
Mossimo Supply Co. Graphic Tank in Orange Ombre
Xhilaration Knit Short in Mega Melon
Victoria’s Secret PINK Water Bottle in Blue Aztec
Ray-Ban Mirrored Cats 5000 Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Transparent / Red Mirror
Case-Mate iPhone 4 / 4S Vibe Case in ISVEA by Jessica Swift
Wildfox Prairie Rose Baggy Beach Sweatshirt
Victoria’s Secret PINK Mini Duffle Bag in Coral Studs


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FTC Disclosure: Case-Mate’s iPhone 4 / 4S Vibe Case in ISVEA by Jessica Swift was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{beauty board} second-day strands

Five products that will give lustrous life to your locks, even on non-wash days.

second-day strands

restyling Oscar Blandi Proteine di Jasmine Protein Mist Spray it directly on hair, or on your brush as you blow dry to reshape your style {i.e. get rid of those pesky sleep dents}. Bonus: Use it on damp hair for detangling.

freshens blowPro Faux Dry Dry Shampoo The pouf system {a bottle that releases poufs of translucent powder} makes it easy to control how much powder you release; while the micronized cornstarch construction freshens follicles.

cleansing OJON Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Powder Apply at roots, flip head, shake hair, brushboom! All excess oil is instantly absorbed, and your locks look as if they’ve just had a cleansing spa day. Tip: Keep it in your gym bag – it works wonders after workouts!

volume SACHAJUAN Volume Powder Follow each spritz of product with a good rubdown into hair {the secret for absorbing the oil and creating major volume}. Bonus: If you have bangs, this product is essential for keeping them separated and non-greasy between washes.

shine ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo Use all over scalp, comb the product through hair, and restyle. The talc-free formula absorbs oil without absorbing shine, and leaves you with high-shine strands for day 2 {or 3!}.


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FTC Disclosure: Oscar Blandi's Proteine di Jasmine Protein Mist was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{fashion folio} effortless play

{fashion folio} effortless elegance

Diane von Furstenberg Reagan Draped Sleeveless Top in Coral + JINsoon Botanical Flower Collection in Coral Peony + Alexis Bittar New Wave Angled Hoop Earrings in Gold + stila After Glow Lip Color in Tangerine Dream + L'AGENCE Large Door Knocker Ring in Antique Gold / Topaz / Pearl + Rachel Zoe Lexi Raffia Platform Sandals in Natural + dELiA*s Neon Tribal Print Denim Shorts in Neon Multi + Elizabeth and James Plated Victorian Star Ring in Ivory

Tribal. Ikat. Aztec. They are, without doubt the prints of summer. The chic culprits responsible for tying together some of the most playful yet oh-so glamorous looks - especially when worn in high hemline fashion.

Balance the bottoms with a loose-fitting top in a complementary solid color, slipping platform sandals in a nude / natural hue on to give you legs. for. days. Monochromatic lips and tips provide a well-polished {no pun intended} air; while rings with a Victorian air add effortless elegance {wear one on the middle finger of each hand to make them impossible to miss. Shiny locks styled in a deep side part give a nonchalant nod to Old Hollywood glamour {paging Veronica Lake}. Just don’t forget to tuck a bit behind your ear to show off your avant-garde angular hoop earrings.


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NOTD: mark Cupcake

Two coats of mark Cupcake from the Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Sorbet Shades duo. Sugar-Sweet Lavender.

Cupcake is the second shade that came in the mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Sorbet Shades duo {I swatched/reviewed the first - Creamsicle - last week}; and just as perfect for spring!

While Creamsicle was pure jelly, and sheer on first coat; Cupcake was more creme, and I actually reached full opacity with a single coat {I applied two to be on the safe side}. Though less unique than its partner {I'd peg Cupcake as a cross between Essie Cascade Cool and Revlon Flirt}, it is every bit as wearable for the spring / summer months. Bonus for moi: It matches one of my bikinis so you know that I'll be wearing it quite often.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review by mark. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


the occasion is life...

"A lot of people throughout my adult life have asked me, 'What are you so dressed up for? What’s the big occasion?' And I always say, 'The occasion is life! And I’m happy to be living it!'"

Dita Von Teese


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what's your virtue? {lip gloss review}

7. That was the age at which my lip gloss obsession began.

It started with a tube of Bonne Bell Lip Smacker in Strawberry, before
moving into Wet 'n' Wild Glassy Gloss territory, and finally
settling into a jumble of slick lip gems from Maybelline, NYX,
CoverGirl, mark, and about a billion others {I could write a book;
but I'll save you the tawdry details}.

Nevertheless, I am always game to try something new.
Enter...Lip Bliss' What's Your Virtue?


Kindness, Generosity, Wisdom, Simplicity, Devotion, and Curiosity.

Six virtues / shades to choose from - all offering brilliant glamorous shine
and moisture
. Not to mention that it's gluten-free - a very novel factor
in the beauty world at the moment.

I received two shades from the collection - Wisdom {plum} and Curiosity {mulberry}.
Two virtues that fit my personality to. a. T.

The subtle tint of color makes these incredibly wearable day or night. The minty
provides a very fresh feeling with every application. But my favorite
? Gift-giving!

The packaging is adorable, and I love that the devotion offerings make it simple to
personalize your choice for the intended recipient.

Tell me...what's your virtue?


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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review by Lip Bliss. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{fashion folio} glamour tribe

{fashion folio} glamour tribe
Kenneth Jay Lane Deco Pendant Necklace in Ruby / Lapis / Emerald + Jean-Michel Cazabat Emma Pumps in Black + bluma project Laila Bracelet Set in Teal / Orange + A.L.C. A.L.C. Pixley Tank in White + OPI Call Me Gwen-Ever + DANNIJO Gusto Necklace in Clear / Light Blue + alice + olivia Cady Cuff Shorts in Leopard Print + House of Harlow 1960 Horizontal Sahara Sand Ring in Rose Gold / Matte Gold

There is something so undeniably glamorous about the concept of being on safari {whether referring to your wardrobe or a nature-fueled vacay}. The bright, bold colors and prints; the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them khakis that pair understated with urbane; and, not to be forgotten…the leopard. In this case, tailored. leopard. print. shorts.

A slightly slouchy tank {think undone luxe} plays down the sexiness of the high hemline of the shorts; while simple leopard print pumps {remain in the same color family but don’t feel the need to be matchy-matchy} contribute the perfect kiss of class. Play the low-key card with a jumble of brightly-colored stretch bracelets wound around your wrist, offset with a vibrant orange polish on your tips; and get truly glamorous with layered necklaces {an intricate collar clasped at your throat, a long, colorful pendant dangling near your midsection}. An earthy statement ring completes the look, and adds a pretty sparkle to your fingers; the ideal companion to your high-gloss locks {curled at the ends for playful bounce, of course}.


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{beauty board} pastels please!

Give your makeup drawer a Spring beauty edit with soft pastels that are confectionary chic - and so on trend for the season!

{beauty board} pastels please

sorbet stare mark On the Dot Pastels Eye Color Compact Nine cotton candy colors to play with. Bonus: You can apply them wet or dry.

delicate digits THE NEW BLACK Cream Puff Light Confections 5-Piece Set Wear one, wear all {we’re talking pastel ombre here}…the colors are as light and airy as macarons from Ladurée - and will see you through all four seasons.

sweet cheeks Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Collection Shimmer Brick Compact in Lilac Rose Use a single sweep for a dewy pink sheen {similar to a highlighter}; or build pigmentation with multiple swipes for a stronger, lilac look.

light lips Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout Looks like a gloss, feels like a balm. This is one of those sheer pastel pinks that plays into the your lips…but better ideology.

pale peepers NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Bouthan Wear the soft pink tulle {left} in the inner corner {as a highlight} swept over 2/3 of the eyelid, and the bright pink with gold shimmer {right} in the outer crease to intensify and accentuate. Pastel prettiness!


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{muse of the moment} chanel paris-byzance pre-fall 2011 hair / makeup

Cleopatra VII. If there is a single individual whom I adore even more than Marie Antoinette, it is she. My affection for the Queen of the Nile, however, has virtually nothing to do with her skill for seduction {though it is, unquestionably, an admirable quality}; rather, it falls upon her beauty, brains {I highly recommend reading Cleopatra Confesses for more on that}, and penchant for head-turning accoutrements.

Traces of her ultra-glamorous guidance can be {obviously} seen in my accessory drawer {snakes, anyone?}, and daily makeup routine {hello winged liner and come-hither cat-eyes}; so the Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011 Hair and Makeup? Let's just say that I steal a glance at photographs of it no less than six times per day. Really though... can you blame me? Filigree headbands, bohemian behives, a double dose of heavy liner {placed in a position so wrong it's right}...the empress-esque inspiration is enough to make anyone swoon. I dare you to try not to.

Barbara Palvin

Jac Jagaciak

Frida Gustavsson + Jac Jagaciak

Lindsey Wixson

Jac Jagaciak


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trend alert: stackable eternity bands


Move over engagement rings and wedding bands!! There’s a new chief in town...the eternity band! Although eternity bands have been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as the Egyptians, today they’ve come back with a renewed vengeance. No longer are the days of just owning one old-fashioned eternity ring. Because an eternity band can commemorate a wide variety of occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, children’s birth, or any other milestone, their popularity has increased. As more people are turning to eternity bands these days, there is a wider variety of looks and styles, like stackable gemstones, all diamond ones, or plain gold or platinum bands. With stackable rings trending now, you get to wear your eternity rings like a badge of honor.

The coupled benefit of stackable eternity rings is that they are both trendy and meaningful. Unlike a wedding band, you don’t have to stop at one, and who wants to? An eternity ring gives couples the freedom to choose more than one ring for the most meaningful occasions in their lives. This is a way for the couple to capture and share a special memory in an everlasting way.

Diamond eternity rings make the perfect gift for an anniversary or birth of a child. In both cases it is a sentimental way of showing gratitude to your wife for the life you have shared so far and/or for the precious family addition. These rings are also extremely complimentary to an already dazzling diamond engagement ring, and with the promise of eternity behind it, it will not be overshadowed by your engagement ring. Diamond eternity rings are offered in single row, double row, and even triple row designs, as well as fancier options set with brilliant round or princess cut diamonds. No matter which design you choose, the results will be sure to please!

For a little fun and flare try gemstone stackable eternity bands. The beauty of these rings are in the medley of different colors you choose. With stunning options such as sapphire, emerald, pink sapphire, or even ruby and diamond, to name a few, you can mix and match as you please. Whether based on your loved ones birthstone or a favorite color, it will leave a lasting impression on her heart.

As you may all well know, eternity rings have long come to symbolize never-ending love, life, and trust. What more can we hope for?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was provided by Anjolee.


NOTD: mark Creamsicle

Two coats of mark Creamsicle from the Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Sorbet Shades duo. Bright Peach / Coral Jelly.

I’m a sucker for pastel polishes, so when I saw this Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Sorbet Shades duo from mark, I basically had to have it immediately {P.S. the cute names for the polish colors – Creamsicle and Cupcake - only played a teeny tiny role in convincing me to do so}. Anyway…

...I rarely come across jelly polishes, so this was an unexpected first {and hopefully not last} for me. The formula was incredible. Initially, it seemed very sheer, and made me think that I would need multiple coats, but after the second was applied…opacity achieved. This is a color that will definitely make an appearance on my toes this summer – it is just so pedi perfect. Bonus: so. many. compliments. Every single time someone saw my hands while I was wearing this polish, they commented on the color. The jelly formula truly puts it in a class of its own.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

Follow me on Instagram @cafefashionista to see more of my favorite nail colors / art.


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