Monday, April 29, 2013


Let me tell you, this blogging thing--not always easy.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for those who are consistent with their posts and post frequently.  A photo shoot after work but before cooking dinner is not as much fun as you would think.  Most nights I'm ready to pull on my pajama's as soon as I get home and that is not a look the world is ready for.  And let's not talk about how I accidentally purchased cottage cheese WITH PINEAPPLE (why? why does this product exist?) and mixed all of that into our pasta dinner  tonight before I realized my mistake.  So after salvaging dinner, here I sit.  I do not hold any fashion wisdom tonight.  I only wish to say that growing up is tough.  It's a delicate balancing act--work, relationships, housework, blogging.  But for whatever reason, I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't doing all these things.  It may not be easy but I'm so hopeful that I'll get better at juggling all aspects of life.  Or at the very least, look good trying.

Sweater:  Madewell
Shirt:  J. Crew Factory
Jeans:  Madewell
Purse:  Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes:  J. Crew
Jewels:  J. Crew, Urban Outfitters

Running Wild

There is something about spring weather that just makes me smile.  The same can be said for yellow and polka dots. And on top of all of that goodness, it was a glorious Saturday!  Apparently, I also decided to wear every piece of jewelry I own (not really, but maybe one day...).

There's no rule that says you have to wear one necklace at a time. A complete wardrobe is nothing if not versatile and by mixing accessories you can create a million different looks.  The trick is to balance it out.  If wearing a chunky cuff on one hand, try pairing some delicate bracelets on the other hand.  I like to layer up necklaces of the same weight but varying lengths.  That being said, check yourself in the mirror and do a little editing if you feel like you went overboard.  Truthfully, I'd rather overdo it than under do it but that's probably just me ;]

Top:  J. Crew Factory
Shorts:  Denim
Shoes:  Aldo
\Purse:  J. Crew Factory
Jewels:  J. Crew, J. Crew Factory, Vintage, F21

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Training

Last stop:  Boston, MA.  In spite of recent events, we stuck to our original plan to visit Boston.  And I'm glad we did.  It was cold and rainy but we were welcomed warmly everywhere we went.  Rain is never a good thing for my hair so I borrowed from the boys this baseball cap to protect (hide, if you will) my tresses.  I was hoping someone would stop to ask me what team I was supporting since I had an answer prepared for such an occassion--the Cienfuegos, duh--but to no avail. 

By the way, I scored this camo jacket for $20 bucks at Urban Outfitters in our previous stop in Portland and I kind of love it.   

 Camo:  Urban Outfitters
Trench:  J. Crew
Jeans:  Express
Purse:  Kate Spade
Hat:  borrowed from the boys (J. Crew)
Shoes:  DV  by Dolce Vita
Jewels: J. Crew, F21, J. Crew Outlet

A Pop of Poppy

Fourth stop:  Portland, ME.  One of my favorite places we've stopped.  The cobblestone streets, fine dining, and small town vibe sold me the second we arrived. I also had my best meal on the trip at Fore Street restaurant AND shared a too-good-to-be-true pistachio gelato with Rob at Gorgeous Gelato. To accommodate my ever expanding waistline, I paired leggings with another casual outfit but added pops of poppy to still stand out.  In place of a necklace, I tied a little kerchief to add interest and add warmth. Finished with my favorite cat-eye RayBan's to complete the look.

Shirt: J. Crew
Cardigan: Gap
Trench: J. Crew
Purse: Kate Spade
Kerchief:  Madwell
Jewels: Vintage, Madewell

Delicious ravioli at Fore Street, where the menu changes daily--Portland, ME 

Open kitchen at Fore Street--Portland, ME

Scenes from Portland, ME

**Photo Credit also goes to Rob.  He is exceptionally skillful at planning trips and budgeting and picking resturants, etc.  Basically, I just follow him around blindly.  Check out his blog for more photos from this trip!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Think Pink

Third Stop:  Portsmouth, NH.  We made a quick pit stop here before continuing on to Portland, ME.  It's another charming city with waterfront views and a picturesque downtown.  The place to be for breakfast was The Friendly Toast, where I had a delicious tofu scramble and the most amazing homemade toast.  In fact, it was so good, I dug right in and forgot to take a picture!  We spent the rest of the morning wandering in and out of all the small shops and of course, drinking coffee along the way.  Pulled out the knit blazer over a bright tank and added my favorite polka dot jeans.  I wish I could wake up in a different city every day :]

Top:  H&M
Blazer:  J. Crew
Pants:  Gap
Shoes:  DV
Purse:  Kate Spade
Scarf:  Madewell
Jewels:  Madewell


By the Waterfront--Portsmouth, NH

Pardon My Trench

Second stop: Providence, RI. Woke up at the beautiful Omni Hotel in downtown and headed to breakfast at Tazza Caffe. They featured a unique coffee brewing system of halogen siphoning. The result is a strong, full bodied cup of coffee without a bitter aftertaste. I was in heaven. Other places of note include RISD Art Museum and the Thayer Street neighborhood. I dressed for comfort for our trek through this idyllic city--leggings, basic layers, iconic trench, comfy flats.

Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Sweater: J. Crew
Trench: J. Crew Factory
Leggings: Loft
Shoes: J. Crew
Jewels: J. Crew, Fossil, gift
Purse: J. Crew

Tazza Caffe in Providence, RI--Halogen Siphoned Brewing

Wise words from RISD Art Museum

Friday, April 19, 2013

Connecticut Casual

A quick post from the road here in New Haven, CT on campus at Yale University--the most picturesque campus I ever did see.   We took a few days off work to explore the New England area and are planning to road trip to Portland, ME and back. Looking forward to what's to come!  Drop me a line if you think there's somewhere we should stop :]

T-Shirt:  Madewell
Cardigan:  Gap
Jeans:  Gap
Shoes:  Soludos x J.Crew
Purse:  Kate Spade
Jewels:  Madewell, F21

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Product Review: Michael Todd True Organics

Skincare is a subject near and dear to my heart.  I've not been blessed with the best of the skin genes and therefore, work hard at keeping it looking good.  I enjoy trialing new products and have learned a ton through trial and error.  

I discovered Michael Todd through the internet and other beauty bloggers. I was drawn to Michael Todd because it clearly stated what percentage of each product was organic and exactly what was in them.  Most brands claim to be organic but upon closer inspection, couldn't be farther from it.  And over the years, I've found that my skin responds best and looks the best when I use all natural products.  A friend once said to me, "if you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your body."  I purchased these products around Thanksgiving and overall, was so impressed with the results.

(FYI-my skin type is combination/oily, with the occasional pimple once a month) 

Blue Green Algae antibacterial toner. The bottle I'm showing in the picture above is EMPTY--my favorite in the entire line.  It a great toner that prevents breakouts  by eliminating toxins and nourishing the skin.  It has a light lavender scent.  The best thing is how it feels on your skin.  It's so refreshing but, unlike some other toners, not over-drying. It balances and tones but it's alcohol free.  
97% organic.  I would absolutely purchase this again!

Moisture Lite non oily hydrating lotion.  I can't wear most moisturizers because they're too heavy for me and cause my makeup to slide right off my face.  I was powdering and blotting my face repeatedly through out the day before I started to use this moisturizer.  I can't believe what a difference it's made.  It's non-greasy, smooths on easily, and did an amazing job of controlling oil and shine.  Because of this, I'm able to wear a wider selection of foundations, rather than sticking to those aimed for oily skin or matte finishes.  It has a citrus scent, but it dissipates fairly quickly. 
82% organic.  I would purchase this again.

Avocado and Mango hydrating facial mask. You're probably thinking why does an oily skin need a moisturizing mask.  Well, in the winter, I get dry patches periodically.  However, after using it for the first time, I noticed how much healthier and dewy my face looked.  It's packed with mango butter, avocado oil, shea butter to nourish the skin and also contains salicylic acid to exfoliate any dead skin cells.  While I thought I'd only use this when my skin felt dry, I used it any time I need an instant glow.  It smells primarily of mangoes and just melts into the skin so easily.  A little bit of this goes a long way--I've not made a dent in mine yet.
Certified Vegan.  I would purchase this again.

Intensive Organic eye cream.  This is marketed as "cutting edge" treatment to reduce dark circles and fine lines.  I can't honestly say I've seen a big difference.  It's a bit greasy when applied, so I need to wait for it to absorb before applying any make up.  Otherwise, my concealer will not last very long.  I was using Bobbi Brown's Extra Eye Repair beforehand and had amazing luck with that.  As soon as I switched, I noticed my eyes were getting darker and darker.  What I ended up doing with this eye cream is to keep it stored in the fridge and I use it 2-3 a week as a treatment.  When you apply something cold to eyes, it instantly de-puffs and serves as a nice little treat. It's does effectively keep the eye area well hydrated.
90% organic.  I would not purchase this again.

All products are available on their website.

*All opinions expressed on my blog are my personal opinions on products. I am not affiliated with any cosmetics brand.  Unless otherwise stated all products mentioned were bought by myself.

The Harem Shake

Playing with proportions is essentially a balancing act, whether you're working with patterns or volume or fit.  If you get it wrong, you may end up looking off-kilter. Let's keep a few things in mind to ensure we always look our best.

1. Balance out volume with skinnier silhouettes.  More or less, what I'm wearing today.  If you're wearing a billowy top, then wearing skinny bottoms is a safe bet.  Nothing good can come of being completely shapeless.  The same goes for if you were wearing something voluminous on the bottom, like a maxi skirt, then a fitted blouse would give you the most flattering shape.

2.  Pair opposite lengths together.  Wearing long with short and short with long is a great way to balance proportion.  Try wearing a short dress with a long cardigan.  Or vice versa, a cropped jacket over a longer piece.

3.  When in doubt, belt it. I love adding a belt--it creates an instant hourglass figure.  A nipped waist is one of the biggest favors you could do for yourself and the most flattering of silhouettes.  If you're unsure whether an outfit is making you look frumpy or not, reach for that belt and cinch in that waist, ladies.

Shirt:  Madewell
Pants:  F21
Belt:  J. Crew
Purse:  Kate Spade
Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Jewels: Fossil, vintage, Express

*all links were found via pinterest and are link backed accordingly*