September 30, 2014

Travel To: Bite Lip Lab // NYC

One thing you must check out in NYC if you're a beauty junkie is Bite's Lip Lab. Located in Soho this amazing wonder gives you the opportunity to make your own personalized lipstick with the help of their Lip Lab Artists. Giving you control of the color, texture, scent and even tube the possibilities are endless!

To start the consultation you'll be asked what 'look' your going for. When I made my lippy I was anticipating the start of summer so I wanted something summer-y, bright, and fun. They'll choose various colored waxes to create the look you're going for. You also have a couple options for the finish - cream, matte, sheer or deluxe (I picked sheer).

After you’ve sorted out your shade, you'll be directed to the scents! You can make it scent free or you can pick from eight different options- you can even mix two together. I was leaning towards cherry-lime but the cherry-vanilla won me over. Also, it definitely doesn't smell synthetic this is the real deal!

Now here's the cool part. They pour your now custom lippy into the bullet molds which they then place on top of ice to harden before being transferred into the tube.

And tada! You're personalized lipstick is ready to go! The whole process is fascinating to see how it's done! I'm already itching to go back and make another. Maybe this time a red? A nude? Something wild?!

Here's some bits you should know:
  • While no appointment is necessary I STRONGLY encourage you to do so. I lucked out that I got there when it had just opened and I was first on the wait list so I only had to wait an hour, however while I was getting my consultation many people were turned away.
  • Each lippy costs between $32-$48 dollars. While that may seem steep keep in mind that it is a personal consultation. You can spend as much time as you like there and every bit of the process is customizable! You are creating a one of a kind item!

September 29, 2014

Five Beauty Trends From LFW S/S 15

I tend to look to my female counterparts across the pond for beauty inspiration. To be frank, for pretty much any inspiration in the fashion department. Every time I have been to London I spent more time stealthy eying the gals on the tube taking mental fashion notes than remember what stop I needed to get off at. That being said here are five beauty trends from the London Fashion Week runways that you bet I'll be rocking this coming Spring/Summer.

Bed Head
The gals over at Topshop featured a serious case of bed head. But instead of lazy these piece-y, messy waves looked incredibly sexy. The ideal look for us girls that want to look like we don't care, but still look on point.
Berry Lips

Think dark berry reds are took harsh for Summer? Burberry thinks otherwise. Their models were rocking this stunning shade usually reserved for the colder months. Dabbed on like a stain, layered on matte, or glided over the lips more glossy, take a chance 
with berry. 

Orange Blush
Orange isn't usually a color one goes reaching for as a blush but Erdem made the vibrate color look incredibly wearable. Especially flattering on darker skin. With a light hand orange blush will give your cheeks a gorgeous flush. 

Green Eyeshadow
Another wildcard, forest green eyeshadow. Instead of the normal light to dark Giles mixed it up putting the rich shade in the corners of the eyes. Unexpected, exotic and oh so cool.

Bare Faced
Berry lips, orange blush, and green eyeshadow too daring? Never fear, many designers opt for a barely there natural look. Mary Katrantzou's girls were void of blush, lipstick, or eyeshadow. Just bare faced beauties with a bit of balm. Effortless and ethereal. 

 Will you be rocking one of these cool British girl trends this coming Spring/Summer? xx
(Top photo from: A Love Is Blind // All other photos from:  

September 28, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up

We're nearing my favorite month of the year! October! I absolutely adore Halloween and all the joy that fall brings so I'm already dreaming about Halloween related posts.... but before that here are a few bits I've found and loved this week.

I'm a true lover of books, you'll always see my nose buried in one. I recently read this short story called The Love Of My Life by T.C. Boyle off of The New Yorker. If you like a good twist, you should check it out.

What girl doesn't have at least one pair of black leggings in her arsenal? The Evergirl gives you three essential ways to style your black leggings this fall.

Whenever I'm feeling a little discouraged I love reading these career tips from Mindy Kaling to Tina Fay to Hilary Clinton. Definitely lifts your spirits.

I'm a tiny lady but lately I've been absolutely obsessed with wide leg trousers. I really love this camel, high waisted pair from Miss Selfridge.

A really interesting article about the "Myth of the Maxxinista" in regards to outlet and discount chains. Some I knew of but a lot I didn't! Might want to skip if you love a bargain.

Miroslava Duma  is one of my fashion inspirations so this top photo of here on Collage Vintage from Paris Fashion Week gives me heart eyes.

Plan on traveling this Fall/Winter? Check out Joy's Favorite Travel Essentials.

(Top Photo From: A Visible Sign Of My Own  )

September 27, 2014

Reverse Washing

I’m going to share with you something that probably sounds completely bizarre and entirely wrong, but has worked wonders for me! I first heard about ‘Reverse Washing’ on, where else but, Kate’s blog Gh0stparties. After reading her praises on the method and doing a little research on my own I was intrigued. Reverse Washing is literally what it sounds like. Instead of shampoo first you use conditioner first and follow with shampoo. Goes against everything we’ve been taught! Even the bottles tell us to shampoo first!

The basic reasoning is that when you condition after shampooing your hair, it’s pretty tricky to get all the conditioner out with water alone, which will ultimately leave a residue that weighs it down. I absolutely dreaded using conditioner on my hair for that exact reason. Each time I did, my hair would be flat, greasy, and lifeless. Problem was without conditioner my hair was incredibly tangled, dry and frizzy. I always blamed my hair, believing it was just hopelessly damaged and beyond repair. I can’t tell you how many ‘miracle products’ I tried just to be sorely disappointed.

By conditioning first you get the nourishment from your conditioner, then the cleansing of your shampoo while giving your hair volume. I’ve been Reverse Washing for a couple months and immediately saw improvements. My hair is ultra soft, full of volume, tangle free, and just looks infinitely better.  I've been converted. Will you be giving the Reverse Wash method a shot? xx

September 25, 2014

Layla Headphones By Frends

I don’t usually make expensive purchases (though lately that seems to be changing….), however my mama gave me two important thoughts: one - you should treat yourself to something you really want every now and then & two - sometimes it’s better to spend more on something that will last, than little on something that won’t.

Case in point, I bought cheap headphones for my iPod which were absolutely horrendous. The sound was awful, they were falling apart, I definitely made a mistake. So when my birthday rolled around I decided I wanted to treat myself to something that could be an investment. I picked these beautiful headphones by Frends because, well, I needed new headphones and look at them!

I can vouch for the sound quality being awesome, they are extremely comfortable to wear, and they are definite head turners. So if you’re on the fence about buying expensive headphones or if you’re looking for something a little more dainty and luxe then Beats by Dre - get the Layla headphones from Frends! 

September 24, 2014

Five Trends From NYFW S/S 15

If you're anything like me you're still swooning over the NYFW S/S 15 collections. I can't seem to get them out of my head and have a lot of inspiration now for what looks I need to be scooping up for next Spring and Summer! Here are five trends from the runway that you can rock next season regardless of your budget.


Gingham was the pattern of NYFW S/S 15. Everyone from Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar De La Renta to Creatures of Comfort and Micheal Kors featured the sweet girly pattern. Shoes to dresses, blouses to skirts no article of clothing went untouched. The perfect pattern for picnic wear or for simply a sunny day. 
Rocker Chic

Studded leather jackets, all black ensembles, and androgynous looks dominated Marissa Webb, Diesel Black Gold and Rachel Zoe. Show off your inner rocker with a pair of skinny black denim paired with a fitted leather jacket (bonus points if studded) and some cool shades. Oh, but don't forget the red lipstick and you're ready to pretend you're in the band. 

Silky Fabrics

Nothing looked more effortlessly cool than smooth, silky dresses, shorts and jackets. See Erin Fetherston, Nanette Lepore, and Jill Stuart. Dresses paired with strappy heels or shorts worn with laid back sandals this is the perfect look for transitioning from hot days to much cooler nights. Who would have thought silk and satin would be on our summer wishlist?


Belts aren't just for trousers as clearly demonstrated by NYFW. Victoria Beckham opted for a belted coat, Vera Wang belted dresses, and Micheal Kors belted skirts. Also take note of how Micheal Kors styled his belts! I was extremely excited as I've been wearing my belt like such for years now. Ahead of the trend this one. 
Pops of Neon

Forget color blocking, Spring/Summer 2015 is all about black and white with a strategic pop of neon. Whether it be peeking out like at J.Mendel, paint splattered on like Herve Legar by Max Azria or incorporated in a sexy yet sporty way, see Alexander Wang - make your outfit really pop with a splash of neon.

So many exciting looks, heartbroken it has already come and gone but who's looking forward to NYFW F/W 15?! xx

(Top image from: Style2klik // All other photos from:

September 23, 2014

Travel To: Fells Point // Baltimore

One of my favorite places to go to in Maryland is Fells Point. Fells Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood of Baltimore which has been around since about 1763. Made up of shops, restaurants, music shops, markets and most notably over 120 pubs.With it's maritime past this seafaring town boasts the greatest concentration of drinking establishments and restaurants in the city.

Bond Street Social
is an awesome bar/restaurant. Lots of fun on weekend nights I actually met Terrell Suggs (Outside Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens) there!

Drinking establishments aside, filled with cobblestone streets and historic charm, Fells Point makes a great day trip to enjoy good food by the water, Baltimore style. 

My favorite spot is The Waterfront Hotel. Food is amazing (their Calamari Fries are heavenly), live music on weekends, and you can't beat their brunch special! $10 bottomless Mimosas on Sat & Sun from 10am to 2pm. I'm there! If there's one thing Baltimore takes seriously, it's brunch.

My other favorite watering hole is Max's. With 140 rotating taps and over 1200 bottle beers in stock there is definitely something for everyone from your casual drinker to your beer connoisseurs. Avoid if you're claustrophobic! Get's crowded during the weekend! 

is the greatest, definitely try the garlic & capers mussels! Also if you can get the 10 Sips That Shook The World Cocktail (see above) a delicious combination Raspberry Stoli, St. Germain, Agave Green Tea Reduction, Lemon Juice, and Orange Bitters it will knock you off your feet!

Other places worth checking out: Brightside Boutique for trendy clothes, Red Star & Brick Oven Pizza for tasty pizza, Sticky Rice for late night drinks, Blue Moon Cafe for ultra late night breakfast food (try the Sweet Baby Jesus or Capn' Crunch French Toast), The Horse You Came In On Saloon (the oldest operating bar in the United States and Edgar Allen Poe had his last drink there) & Willow (charming atmosphere, yummy margaritas and delicious fish tacos!).

Next time you're in the area, mosey down to Fells Point! It'll be worth it I promise! xx