September 21, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up

Cooler weather is finally starting to roll into Maryland. I can't wait to wear tights with skirts & dresses! I've also been having a craving for apple pie! Time to break out some baking skills. xx

Have you ever been watching a movie and had a moment where the leading lady was applying a fresh coat of lipstick and you thought, dang I wish I knew what shade! Well Vogue has gathered up the most iconic lipstick moments in film and provided an accompanying lipstick to go with it!

Also on Vogue, here are Seventy Three Questions with Anna Wintour, the fashion supreme.

My hair is getting extremely long. I'm teaching myself patience by growing it to my waist. Recently I gave myself a fringe.... something new for Fall! With my long hair it's getting more tedious to do anything with it, I love this half up hair crown from TeethAreJade.

On a recent shopping trip to H&M I spotted this gorgeous embellished sweater. It was love at first sight and I'm already contemplating a trip back to add it to my wardrobe.

Next up, something sweet. A billboard made entirely out of cake! Located in London it was only up for about 8 hours were after it was deconstructed and the cakes were given out to passersby. Yum!

In celebration of Charlotte Tilbuay's beauty line FINALLY being avaliable stateside through Net-A-Porter here's a beauty interview with the lady herself.

 Oh I sure do love a good Croque-Madame, might need to whip myself one of these up one weekend.

September 16, 2014

Something New

I know I just mentioned a few days ago that I was eying some YSL beauty but here are two other brands that I had been itching to try scooped up from a recent trip to Sephora.

Though I love Fall I'm not quite ready yet to give up Summer beauty. BECCA was a brand that I always seemed to look over at Sephora until I decided to stray away from my usual make up haunts and scope out brands that I typically don't give a second glance to (remember... be adventurous Natalie!). One look at the BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle and I was sucked in. The swirls of color, the texture, the shimmer.... I needed it.  I purchased the shade Raspberry/Opal, it adds a nice natural glow of color definitely mimicking that summer glow. Great for those low maintenance days when you want to skip all the extra steps.

Next brand I had always been eying but never diving into was Laura Mercier. I decided it had been a while since I indulged in some skin care so the Flawless Skin Face Polish was calling my name. This stuff is an absolute DREAM. Smells heavenly, lathers easily, non-abrasive and leaves my skin feeling so soft and supple. I can't believe I waited this long to get it! I plan on looking into other Laura Mercier products now knowing the skincare is a god send.

Watch this space for some YSL Beauty! Perhaps next paycheck.... xx

September 15, 2014

Having A Moment

Backpacks are everywhere right now and I'm loving it. (Though it does pain me a little bit when I think about how I donated a beautiful backpack I got in Uruguay a couple years ago... if only I knew what was to come!) With everyone sporting these functional and cute bags from celebrities to the fashion elite it's definitely true, backpacks are cool again. xx

RUCKSACK from Zara $60 // MINI CARA DELEVINGNE BAG from Mulberry £795 //  FAUX LEATHER BACKPACK from Forever 21 $33 // BLACK GRID PRINT BACKPACK from New Look £23 // KENZO RAINDROP TEXTURED BACKPACK from Net-A-Porter $800 // BLACK BACKPACK from Target $34 // RIBBED FAUX LEATHER BACK PACK from Forever 21 $30 //   COLOR BLOCK BACKPACK from ASOS $67 // RALLY BACKPACK from All Saints $630

September 8, 2014

Something New

I've decided to be a bit more adventurous in my beauty buying. I tend to find something I like and stick with it. This ends up being me buying from the same brands over and over and over again (I'm looking at you Too Faced, Maybelline, and NARS). One bad product experience with a new brand will kill it for me, and then I get stuck in a rut. 

I've never ever used any Dior products. But after spending quite a bit of time in Sephora gazing longingly at the sleek navy blue packaging I decided to just go for it (though I did play it a bit safe). I scooped up the Dior Blush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush in Lucky Pink. It reminds me of my favorite blusher, NARS in Angelika but a little more peachy with less shimmer. Swipes on easily and gives a beautiful natural flush. 

I also scooped up the Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Charnelle a build-able sheer natural pink lippy that is definitely a my lips but better shade. Seriously obsessed with this as it is oh so creamy, smooths on like a dream, and makes my lips seem plumper and feel hydrated. Me loves. 

What should be next on my 'something new' list? xx

September 7, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up

Fall is the perfect time for trips to the museum, warm cups of tea, and cozy knits. Here are few things that caught my eye for this week.

Can you believe it? It's officially Fall! I for one love Fall, the changing of the leaves, the hot chocolates and teas, the clothes! Here's another little guide for Fall Fashion from The Everygirl that will turn you into a Fall lover if you're not one already.

I've been eying up these black D'Orsay Pumps from Sole Society for a good long while now. I need to just take the plunge!

I've been having a marble moment. From these ultra cool surf boards by Alexander Wang to these two awesome marble DIYs for envelopes and sneakers - this is one pattern I'm swooning over.

For my fellow Baltimore readers, the American Visionary Art Museum is having an outdoor showing of The Fantastic Mr. Fox following the Baltimore Book Festival on September 26th. It's free, it's fun and it's right by the water!

I've been looking around for a bit of hair inspiration now that mine has gotten so long. I'm really loving these romantic waves.

Hamilton's Soda Fountain and Luncheonette is my new favorite spot for a bite in NYC. (Though Penelope still holds a place in my heart.) Makes you feel like you've gone back in time.

Lastly, with this cooler weather coming we all know this means for some of us, that means sick days as well. I like this post on How To Make A Sick Day Better to make you feel better about those days when you wish you were better. 


(Top Photo from: Kianamccourt)

September 6, 2014

Favorites Under Fifty

Who doesn't love a bargain? This little series I like to call Favorites Under Fifty - which is a little round up of a few of my favorite things I've found around the web for under $50. 

I love pairing this sporty sweatshirt with a gorgeous pattered skirt - this palm print one is perfect for transitioning from Spring to Fall. Pair it with a sleek pair of pumps, a cute, structured satchel,  and a bit of sparkle. A nude lip will pull it together and I couldn't help but throwing in the cult favorite candle!  x

September 4, 2014

Beauty Bits

A few beauty bits I've picked up from my local Target. I sure can't avoid the beauty aisles to save my soul.

My hands are always in dire need of moisture so I'm constantly using hand lotions. I scooped up this Essie Spa Many Many Mani Intensive Hand Lotion to use when I paint my nails (and beyond). I love this stuff, smells heavenly and is incredibly hydrating.

I mentioned a couple days ago about my loves of lippys, so I've already added two more to my collection. A red, no surprise there, from Sonia Kashuk: Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude. I actually really love the color and texture of this, my one complaint is that you need a sharpener for it. The other lippy I bought is NYX Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap. Like the Big Cherry shade I wrote about a couple days ago, I'm slightly obsessed with these silky lipsticks. Snow Cap is a natural pink nude. I like to dab a bit of sheer gloss to make it really pop.

I really really wanted to like the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Blush but this is honestly so so so sheer! Maybe I was expecting a little too much for my olive skin but I barely saw any color at all. Probably more suited for you fairer ladies. I'll try again when I lose a bit of my summer tan.

A loyal user of Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder I wanted to mix it up a bit and decided to give Revlon's Nearly Naked Powder a try. It is really like wearing no make up at all, sinking right in to the skin giving a very natural look with lots of coverage but no heaviness. I use it to set my foundation after applying.

Lastly, I'm a big fan of Herbal Essences' Naked Dry Shampoo and decided to give the Naked Sheer Shine Mist a whirl. It leaves my hair soft and does leave my hair full of shine. Plus it smells like champagne, yum!