April 30, 2015

Books I Read: March

Nearly forgot to share the books I read last month and this month is over tomorrow! Better late than never I suppose! 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - A short but rewarding read, I recommend everyone read this book about the importance of following your heart. It tells the tale of a boy who abandons his life a shepherd in search for a treasure shown to him in a dream. Throughout his journey he faces trials and tribulations that make him stronger. I don't want to ruin the end so that's all I'll say, but definitely read it.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas - I was able to knock this book out in about 3 days. Humorous observations, dang good advice, and gorgeous photos. Made me want to pack my bags and fly to Paris, or alternatively, be born again as a Parisienne.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - I was very excited to read this tale spanning many decades and countries however I just simply could not get into it. After struggling through I felt entirely unsatisfied by it. So unfortunate as it made many best of lists, but perhaps it just was not my cup of tea.

I went to The Book Thing in Baltimore recently and found many a books to bring home, needless to say I'm pretty well stocked for a while now! x

April 29, 2015

Next Gen Nail Polish Removers

I love nail polish. My Essie collection is absolutely insane. I have more nail polish than any one person would never need in their life. The one thing I hate about nail polish, is the removal. Is there anything worse than the scent of nail polish remover?! It lingers! Thank goodness for Ciaté for stepping up to the plate and bringing in the next generation of nail polish removers.

Each of these Choc Pot Removers smell like, you guessed it, chocolate. Acetone free, they are enriched with Marula Oil, Vitamins B5 and E to condition and care for nails. Plus they are travel sized and mess free: dip your nails in, twist, and viola polish free. If you prefer the traditional route: those are available as well. I definitely want to scoop up one or two of these... I'm thinking white chocolate & dark chocolate? Yum! xx

April 27, 2015

Alessandro Michele's Gucci Fall 2015 Ads

The fashion world was waiting on edge to see what Alessandro Michele would bring to advertising his incredibly successful re-branding collection for Gucci shown this season. The result? A retro, vintage feel that is almost voyeuristic. Unlike the ultra sexy Gucci ads of the past these are toned down and invoke a sense of mystery. It's still seductive but less overt. 

What are your thoughts on the Alessandro's work so far with Gucci? Impressed? Underwhelmed? I personally can't wait to see what he comes up with next. 

(All photos from Gucci's Facebook)

April 26, 2015

Sunday Link Round Up

With spring finally making its way in I have been dreaming of a tropical vacation somewhere. Along with trading in my rather dark wardrobe palette for something a bit more brighter. Here's a couple things to glace over this Sunday morn:

Okay okay,  I know I said we were done with the fashion shows but how can you resist this cheeky Frappuccino-Themed fashion show hosted by Starbucks! Super kawaii. 

I honestly, to this day still consider Spice World one of my favorite albums of all time. These 10 life lessons from the Spice Girls are perfect.

Loving these embellished Ashish denim shorts. Would make a fun DIY.

I love love love Kendall Jenner's campaign adds for Calvin Klein. I want one of those cropped sweatshirts!

Broad City is one of my favorite shows at the moment and I can't get enough of Ilana's quirky cool style. This is a great interview with the costume designer, Staci Greenbaum on her inspirations for these two cool New York chicks. 

I'm heading to NYC this Saturday and am looking to hit up one of these 5 Unique NYC Bookstores.


(Photo from: Almalkarim)

April 25, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Did anyone else partake in the Lilly for Target madness?! I completely lucked out getting my most wanted piece, the Boom Boom One Piece Swimsuit, after nearly having a sleep deprivation meltdown at 4:30am. I kid you not: I had three things in my cart at 3:05 am and the site crashed! By the time it got back up the only thing left in my cart in stock was the swimsuit. Praise the Lilly goddesses. Honestly, I was completely happy just getting that piece alone but I decided to test my luck by waking up 2 hrs later to go to the actual stores.

I ended up going to three Targets with no expectations, however I was able to scoop up a few small accessories and my coveted Boom Boom Satin Dress! Here's a little more about what I got:
Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit in Boom Boom - This was the piece I knew I had to have, so being able to get it online despite the website issues was heaven sent. I love the print, and the back being a faux two piece was a happy surprise as in the lookbook you could only see the front. Can't wait to lounge at the pool/beach in this beauty.

Boom Boom Satin Dress - This was one of the items that slipped from my grasps online. After hunting around online and elsewhere for returns/resales I couldn't justify spending $80+ for a $38 dress. I nearly gave up until I happened to see it peaking out from the racks in the fitting room. It was fate! I find this to be ultra flattering with it's bell sleeves, loose fit and slightly open back. It will definitely be my summer uniform.

Wristlet in Boom Boom - I have to say I got this just because I am such a big fan of the Boom Boom print but it is a rather cute wristlet! Perfect size for your phone, sunnies, cards, cash and a lippy. The cotton fabric makes it a great beach option and the bamboo handle is darling. I can see myself also using this a make up holder in my handbag.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Designer Extraordinaire Lipstick #104 Dancing Rose & Essie Nail Polish in First Timer - I will say Target was a bit misleading with the make up involved in the Lilly for Target collab. I was under the impression that these were exclusive new shades made specifically for Lilly for Target which after a little investigation was not the case. I'm not disappointed though! The lipstick is a truly gorgeous shade so I am glad that I am able to repurchase once finished. It does have a pretty patterned case which I'm sure I can reuse once out. The nail color is so fun, a tropical pastel green, and Essie is a fav of mine. Just wish they made it clear these weren't exclusives!

Scarf with Fringe in Wavepool - Again I really wanted the Boom Boom print scarf but they were all scooped up in a flash! Slightly disappointed at first, but after some thought I realized that it was highly unlikely I'd wear a green scarf with pink tassels. This one is much more my speed. I believe it's described as white but I see it more as a light powder blue with a gorgeous tropical pattern, is ultra soft and large enough to be worn in a multitude of ways! Can you spot the crab and anchor?

What did you score?! What were your thoughts on the collection? I thought it was a great way to introduce Lilly to people who normally can not afford it, just wish it was executed a bit better! Some ladies were ruthless, and resellers are such a pain. Either way I'm looking forward to the warehouse sale in June.

April 24, 2015

Favorites from Australia Fashion Week A/W 2015

Many apologies for this being so delayed. Perhaps I just didn't want to let go of Fashion Weeks quite yet... The last bit of Fashion until next season - here's Australia. I have to say I was quite curious to what Australia would bring to the plate and like most of the collections outside of the big four I was pleasantly surprised with what was shown. Here are my favorites:

If you look at only one collection make it Maticevski. A stunning collection with gorgeous details there are so many things to look at it's hard to keep up! It had a futuristic regal feel (hello, Star Wars anyone?!) Everyone is going to want this gold carry on. Take a look at the detail on this dress! And this, this and this are amazing. The only detail I wasn't crazy about was the exposed zipper on the back of this gold number, but honestly, look at the whole collection.

Loved the edgy yet feminine looks at Jayson Brunsdon. So many things I want to add to my wardrobe stat. This amazing tulle and sequin skirt paired with a crisp collared shirt makes the perfect womanly meets manly contrast. I also loved this amazing patterned coat. Predominately made up of reds, pinks, whites and blacks it was like a super lush Valentine. 

In a sea of "super serious model faces" it's always a breath of fresh air when you see models actually having fun on the runway. Take note of Alice McCall - a whimsical collection featuring bright smiles, messy make up and bunny ears. I love this red romper, this white dress, and lastly this sleek patterned two piece.

For a gorgeous frock look no future then Steven Khalil. I however adored the high waisted pencil skirts. Look at this one, this one, and this one. But I wouldn't stay no to this dress, heart eyes!

The weird and wonderful collection by Dyspnea is definitely a treat for the eyes. From intricate beading and lace, to fur adorned shoes and skirts. This collection has it all. Take a look at this outfit, this one, and lastly this one. Not quite practical for everyday wear but who cares?! Also doesn't the hair have some serious Givenchy vibes?

Johanna Johnsona had a very Roaring 20s collection of flapper-esq dresses, bobbed hair, and lots of sparkle. I love this slinky satin number, this one looks ready for dancing the Charleston, and imagine the heads that would turn in this one! Gorg!

And that's a wrap! Until September.....

(All Photos from MBFW)

April 19, 2015

Sunday Link Round Up

The A/W 2015 season has come to a close and now we have a good couple months before we get back into it again. I have Australia favorites lined up for this week but it'll be a little bit quieter round here. A lot of exciting round up links this week from the future of NYFW to new makeup products.

Did you hear? NYFW is moving! From Lincoln Center to two new locations. 

Adidas is suing Marc by Marc Jacobs. What for you ask? Well, stripes, four to be exact.

Have you heard about lip oils? I'm more of a lipstick girl myself but reading about these little beauty wonders has made interested in giving it a go. These from YSL look lovely.

I've been on the hunt for a new phone case ever since my old one bit the dust (RIP Tory Burch iPhone Case). I love this collection put together by Victoria McGinley - how do you pick just one!?

Did you see Burberry in LA? If you missed it check out Guest of a Guest they have a great instagram round up.

Lastly take a peak at this cute little video for Prada's Galleria Bag. Has a bit of a Wes Anderson feel don't it?

(Photo from: Downtown Magazine NYC)