Fashion Friday: Current Fave Beauty Buys

Many of you recently asked about my current favorite beauty products and so I thought I’d share those today. I tend to re-purchase only a few things because I love testing new stuff (especially when it comes to foundation, concealer, blush and mascara!) Here are the best of the best right now:

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The deets:

  1. This lipgloss (in Red Currant) is a super sheer red/pink that just makes your lips look healthy and happy.
  2. My most fave concealer right now.
  3. I got a sample of this foundation and really like it- it’s super lightweight but covers a lot and has a matte finish.
  4. I also just finally tossed by drugstore hairdryer in the guest bath and treated myself to the Harry Josh hairdryer and it’s GREAT! Not to mention compact, light and pretty. And 20% off right now!
  5. Chanel makes such nice makeup, and this blush in Rosewood is a fantastic staple that looks fresh and natural.
  6. I’m on my second bottle of this daytime moisturizer– it feels great on my skin and has SPF 30.
  7. My FAAAAAAVE face wash. Also on my second huge bottle. Adore the smell, my skin feels clean but moisturized and it’s all natural.
  8. Another fave Tammy Fender product– this is like a mini-facial. You put it on like a mask and let it sit for 5 minutes and then wash your fact with it (it’s a fine grain scrub). Glowy skin in minutes!
  9. This handwash is luxe but smells so good….
  10. And the hand sanitizer version is insanely yummy. No alcohol smell or dryness. Awesome treat for this terrifying flu season.
  11. Such a great mascara. It keep selling out for a reason. Plus Wander is cruelty free which I love.
  12. I never use eyeliner pencils or markers- only a wet skinny angled brush and Laura Mercier cake liner (14.)  It creates the cleanest line in my opinion.
  13. This milky serum creates such a soft, glossy, frizz-free blowout.

Latest Fave Finds

I’m on a train back from a work trip to NYC and way behind on , well, everything so here’s a quick post sharing some recent finds/purchases of mine/ for my clients that I am just loving…..

  1.  I just got this faux fur blanket for bed and it is THE BEST faux I have ever had. OBSESSED.
  2. I also got these Juliska mugs and they make me SO happy every time I make coffee in the morning. Perfect size, weight, handle, etc.
  3. I splurged on two of these Aerin frames for my house and they are like jewelry for my side tables. SO good.
  4. Sometimes it’s the little things- this spoon rest came back with me from Vermont and its adorable and functional.
  5. We are using these on a project and I am OBSESSED with this print. OBSESSED.
  6. Kayce Hughes just did some small commissions for us, but I am loving for myself :)
  7. I needed toy storage for our new family room but also wanted it to function as secondary seating.  Enter – well made, offers lots of space for Legos and dinosaurs and a perfect perch for when entertaining. I’m having a custom cushion made for the top.
  8. After seeing a similar color on my trip to New York at Roman & Williams insanely good Guild shop/restaurant, I’m really wanting to paint a paneled library in a high gloss formula of Ben Moore’s Templeton Gray.
  9. I picked up a couple of these art stands, so perfect for propping up small paintings or prints on bookshelves or consoles.
  10. We ordered two of for a New York City project and I cannot wait to see them in person. Breathtaking.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!

Antiquing: The Neoclassic Style

In the recent couple of years I have become more interested in incorporating antiques into my designs and my home.  And with that I have noticed some trends in the styles and periods I find myself most drawn to and thought I’d share some of the knowledge I’ve picked up in my antiquing travels.

The most broad term for the types of furniture and accents I find myself buying lately is Neoclassical, which is a sort of umbrella term that includes the sub-styles of Louis XVI, Directoire and Empire styles from France and the Federal and Empire styles in America during the late 18th century.  Based on the historical, classic architecture and design of Greece and Rome– these styles favor straight, rectilinear lines and pure geometric shapes (unlike the more curvy and ornate styles of the Rococo period before it).

Side note: Look Ma! My college degree is being used right now!!!!

OK, just had to call out my use of my (rusty) art history knowledge. Anyway, I love this style, especially when mixed with modern accents to really create an  interesting and tension-filled juxtaposition. Darryl Carter is the master of this look, in my opinion:

Look how that coffee table makes all the antique pieces look so fresh and modern! LOVE!

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Valentine Day Gifts

Valentines Day snuck up on me this year, and while I never make a big deal about it (much like New Years- #overrated) I do like grabbing some little gifts keeping in the theme my mom used when we were growing up– gifts must be red, pink or heart themed (This does not to apply to jewelry though, because we make the rules) :)  I’ve extended this include gifts of booze because that’s romantic right?

1. (an excuse to buy yet another striped tee) // 2. // 3. //  (these are SO good) // 5. // 6. //  (choose the heart charm to go inside!) // 8. // (comes with the antiqued trophy vase!)// 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // // 17. (my fave pink champagne) // 18. // 19. // 20.

1. // 2. (Andrew wants this) // // 4. (another Andrew fave- and he doesn’t have a sweet tooth!) // 5. (this is HILARIOUS)// 6. // 7. // // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. (maybe from his little lady?)// 13. (because pizza=love) // 14. // 15. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Trend Watch: Fringe Trim (Yay or Nay?)

The other day I was trying to finish up my pillow scheme for my “formal” living room and a CRAZY idea popped into my head. Should I use some brush fringe on one pair of pillows?  I nearly stopped dead in my tracks at the fact that I was even entertaining that thought. Five years ago- heck, one year ago, I would have told you brush fringe and ANY fringe really, was a design no-no and made a face.

But here we are.  Bullion and brush fringe is making a comeback. It’s kind of like shoulder pads being revamped- super  80’s and 90’s, looks good on 1% of people/rooms but most will hate that it’s back (I, for one, have a deep disdain for shoulder pads). But it’s so interesting to me how trends recycle in this way.  Things you thought you hated slowly become something you think is cool again.

I mean, I’m not mad at. It’s fun. It’s not something I personally would do in my current living room, but I like it in someone else’s!

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