So strange, I know. If you’d ever suggested to me I should go lighter with my hair, I probably would have laughed. But It was time for a change and I didn’t want to lose much length so color it was!
A little over a year ago I had probably the worst highlight experience of my life. They were streaky and chunky and orange and terrible. I hated it so much that about three weeks later I went out and bought a box of “Dark Cool Espresso Brown” hair dye and covered it up. Every couple or months or so I would be convinced I saw those damn highlights peeking through and would buy another box of dye. It was fine, my hair was incredibly dark, and that suited me just fine.
But onwards and upwards. A friend of mine from work always has AMAZING color, so I asked for her colorist’s information and made an appointment. I saw Flores at Arrojo (of Nick Arrojo/What Not To Wear fame) and it was incredible. The space was clean and well laid out and they were super accommodating. I’d made an appointment just for single process color (silly me) so they were able to shift and juggle things around to make enough time for me to have everything done.
Here’s the original color I was going for:
Flores was super nice and explained how going from my box dyed super dark color to Kim K’s not quite natural blonde would take a couple different steps. Going all at once would probably destroy my hair and wind up looking not so nice. We decided it would be better to break it up more in order to keep it looking pretty at each step of the way instead of trying to push it too much and leave me with undesirable color for a 4-6 week stint.
So here’s what I started with:
And here’s the final-for-now result!
I’m super happy with the results. I’m going back in a few weeks for stage 2 on my hair journey. I’m excited to change it up with my makeup and clothing and see how it compliments the new shade. I also still catch glimpses of myself in passing mirrors and get startled. Who is that?!
What do you think of my new hue? Have you ever drastically changed your hair color?
When I first moved to New York, I bought the most amazing white leather jacket. It was incredibly soft, incredibly versatile, and incredibly on sale. I would name it one of my top 5 favorite articles of clothing ever owned. EVER OWNED.
Unfortunately, it was destroyed in a tragic and kind of gross way. I don’t want to get into it, mostly because I’m still upset about it and it really is gross and I’ve been looking for a replacement ever since.
This weekend, I was doing some window shopping and decided to pop into Intermix just to see what was there. Big mistake.
I found the world’s second most perfect leather jacket. Almost as soft, almost as versatile, and almost as made for me as the original. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as wallet friendly.
This IRO Intermix Exclusive is in the color “Pink Rose” which is an amazing pale pink, almost lavender that makes it undeniably perfect for spring AND fall, and you could probably get away with it in summer and winter too. It’s not too fussy with its pockets and zippers (you know how moto jackets can get with all the crazy hardware) and is just the right length. It can dress up a pair of jeans and dress down a little black dress. I’m honestly smitten.
Too bad it’s $1,250.
Maybe one day, you shall be mine, little pink jacket!
Until then I’ll try to be satisfied simply by blogging you.
Yep, it’s been a while since we said goodbye to 2013, but these were my favorite products of the year anyway.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – I wear shade SX09 in this magical magical stuff. It’s a highly pigmented foundation/concealer that can be sheered out to nothing or built up to completely opaque. It makes your skin look perfect, but still like skin. I’m hooked.
Tom Ford Lipstick – The ultimate luxury lipstick. Cherry Lush is the perfect glam, slightly glossy, all day lasting, universally flattering red.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil – This angled brow pencil is my go to for fast and perfect brows. I use the shade dark brunette to fill in and shape my brows when I’m in a hurry. I’m usually in a hurry.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – I’ve mentioned before that if you have hair, you should pick up this product. Yes, it’s expensive, and yes, you go through it quickly, but there’s nothing like it on the market. It smells amazing and works on clean hair, dirty hair, long hair, short hair, and just makes your style perfect, whatever style it is.
Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes, specifically the shade Fresco – I wanted to include the single of this eyeshadow, since I’ve had it and used it and loved it way longer than this palette, but couldn’t find a good picture of it. It’s the perfect warm, matte, nude/brown for blending, shading, etc. The palette is great in general, but that’s by far my most reached for shade from it.
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser - Smells like lemons, gently exfoliates, creates a luxe foam, leaves skin soft. My friend accidentally tasted it and said it tasted good too. All around win.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer and Powder – These two products, before and after foundation, ensure smooth, plump skin, and foundation that lasts all day.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream - Smells amazing, hydrates deeply, doesn’t feel greasy. I’ve gone through 3 tubes I love it that much. It lives on my desk and saves my hands from the drying evils of office bathroom hand soap.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium - The perfect universal contour powder. This stuff gives me cheekbones. It’s also super blendable, buildable, and natural looking. I will never be without it.
Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate – Ok, yes, I was 24 for most of 2013, but this stuff doesn’t only fight wrinkles, it also hydrates and refines skin. It’s the perfect under-makeup moisturizer with an amazing texture. I’ve gone through two of them!
Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb - I only recently discovered Lush bath bombs because I only recently had a bath tub. They’re awesome. This one smells like their Honey I Washed the Kids soap and turns your regular bathwater a super soft beautiful blue. It’s also incredibly fun to watch it fizz.
Laura Mercier Creme Eyeliner in Noir - The easiest to apply, fastest drying, longest lasting cream/gel eyeliner I’ve found. It’s also super inky black and works great to tightline. I’m dying to pick up more colors, especially that cobalt blue!
A few weeks ago, I went to Cinderella on Broadway with my mom, one of my best childhood friends (and bridesmaids!) and her mom. It was amazing.
I basically grew up watching the 1960s TV version, as did my mom. The broadway musical was a bit different: longer, updated, etc, but still completely wonderful. I thought I’d give it the same blog treatment as The Book of Mormon and Peter and the Starcatcher. Here it goes!
First, the costuming for the show is amazing. So many magical dresses that change right before your eyes! The peplum was a big theme as it allowed for mysterious fabrics and strategic layering. I’ve replicated the look with a pretty pinkish purple, also found throughout the show!
Also, since this is your modern Cinderella, she obviously can’t turn down a pair of leather trousers. She just won’t believe in sensible rules! I’m such a sucker for this look. This pair is from J Crew Collection. And while glass shoes may be nice in theory, this lucite pair from Stuart Weitzman might be a bit more forgiving to walk in with plenty of sparkle.
You don’t have to travel in a pumpkin, but this orange hued statement necklace from ASOS will brighten up any look. It’s possible.
If you’re going to stay out until midnight, you’ll need a lipgloss that lasts. Stila’s Stay-All-Day Vinyl Lipgloss will last longer than it takes to say the name of it. Also holds up to modest kissing. Smudged lip colors are so ten minutes ago.
And finally, after a late night, you’ll probably have some dark circles to hide. Don’t want to go trying on shoes looking like a raccoon! Reach for Bobbi Browns corrector in Bisque to perfect your under eyes so you, a plain country bumpkin, can find a prince to join in marriage, and four white mice are easily turned to horses!
Note: I don’t actually think that your under-eye circles will have any impact on whether or not you marry a prince. Also note, if you are not familiar with R&H’s Cinderella this post may or may not make very little sense.
I was lucky enough to get to do a video tutorial for Birchbox featuring the new Costal Scents Revealed Palette.
Check out how to get the look:
This palette is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 1/Naked 2, for a MUCH more reasonable price. This palette goes for about $20 while picking up both Nakeds will set you back over $100!
What do you think of this eyeshadow look?
I have very dark hair and very dark eyes. Both brown. There are certain colors that I think really work with my coloring, and over the years I’ve managed to pick up various shades of them. These colors obviously won’t work for everyone, but they’re the ones I reach for almost any time I’m going to wear eyeshadow. I pair them with browns and beiges so they don’t look too overpowering, but they can be built up for a really bold look for a night out. A few of these are a bit scary, but especially for the fall and winter holidays, they’re very wearable!
Clinique Black Honey Eyeshadow – This is my most recent addition. It’s a beautiful reddish blackened purple. Black Honey is Clinique’s trademark shade (similar to Stila’s Kitten) in that they have a whole range of products in the color. I’ve tried the superbalm, almost lipstick, and now the eyeshadow and I’m constantly pleased with the color. This one adds a bit of depth and sparkle to eyes when applied and blended all over the lid.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Shadow in Fire Glow – A lot of people look at this shade in the pan and think “no way!” It’s a copper-y orange and very unique. I like to place it right on the center of the lid to give a bit of a glow.
Clarins Eye Shadow Single in Gold Leaf – The formula here is SO nice and smooth and pigmented. It was almost too easy to swatch. I’d describe it as a true dark gold. I’m pretty sure this shade is discountinued since it’s not on the Clarins website, but they might have it at counters and I found it on Amazon.
The next three are from MAC – Antiqued which is permanent, Crimson Tryst, and Love’s Lure, which are limited edition and part of the Nudes and Metallics collection. Antiqued is really similar to Black Honey. A big lighter and redder. Crimson Tryst is more purple while Love’s Lure is much redder. I have to be pretty careful applying these as they’re super pigmented and bright, but they give a warm, bright look to my brown eyes.
Finally, Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Vintage. This is from the Neutral Palette. It’s an old, dirty gold, which does not sound appealing but looks a lot prettier than it sounds. It’s perfect paired with a red lip for a holiday party. The palette also contains light, medium, and dark neutral shades which makes it a perfect day-to-night palette for your makeup bag.
It’s so hard to do these posts. I keep putting them off because I’m close to finishing a product and want to include it. As I type I’m about two hair washes away from being done with a shampoo and a detangling spray. I suppose those will have to wait until next time! Here’s what I’ve worked through recently:
Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo – This feels so nice to use on your scalp, especially in the summer or after a workout. It’s pretty clarifying, so I don’t suggest using it all the time, but it got the job done and felt tingly and smelled wonderful. I’d buy it again if I were looking for another shampoo.
Diptyque Candles in Iris and Jacinthe. Obviously love these. I’m planning on converting the jars into brush holders or pen holders for work even. I think they’d look nice on my desk!
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut. This was a great summer brow color. I literally used this all the way up. I impressed myself even. I have this in Espresso for the colder months which is what I’m using now!
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel Cream. Honestly I think they make the names of these things uncomfortably long on purpose. I love this stuff. It has such a unique texture. It keeps skin hydrated and primes it well for makeup. It also makes my skin feel super soft and wrinkle free. I guess I can’t credit the moisturizer entirely for my lack of wrinkles since I’m not even 25, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. HOLY GRAIL HAIR PRODUCT. Seriously, if you have hair, this is the best product for any style. It’s in between a dry shampoo and an aerosol hairspray. It makes clean hair feel a bit dirty and dirty hair feel cleaner. It smells amazing. The only problem is I loved it so much I used it up rather quickly. The bottle is huge compared to similar products but I went through it in less than two months. And at $39 it’s not really sustainable. I think I’d buy it again, but use it a bit more sparingly.
Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Creme. This smelled great. Unfortunately that’s the best thing I have to say about it. Also be warned that this product is insanely expensive. I didn’t pay NEARLY full price for it. The problem is that since I don’t wash my hair that often (every 3 days if I can get away with it) I also don’t condition it very much. So when I do, I want a heavier, richer product. This seems like it would work, but it didn’t. It would be a great everyday conditioner though if the price weren’t so prohibitive of that. Towards the end of the tube I started using it without shampooing just to add a bit more moisture to the ends of my hair.
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. If you’ve met me, you’ve heard me rave about this product. It works into a lovely foam, exfoliates gently, leaves skin super soft, and smells (and tastes, oops) AMAZING. It’s just a great exfoliant to have around in case your face seems dull or tired. It’s invigorating and refreshing. I seriously love it. I got a sample in my Birchbox, one in Matt’s Birchbox Man that I commandeered, a travel size in this set, and then purchased the full size. So obsessed. For what it’s worth though, I’m not nearly as impressed with the other products in the Suki range. They weren’t bad, just not life changing like the Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser.
Clarins Water Purify One Step Cleanser is perfect to take off a bit of makeup before cleansing, remove residue after cleansing, or just use quickly in the morning to wake up and prep skin for moisturizer and makeup. I’ve gone through quite a few of these actually. It’s one of my most repurchased skin care products!
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo. When it’s that third day and the texturizing spray just won’t cut it, this is what I reach for. I replaced this empty bottle with the version for oily hair with nettle in it. I don’t think it works quite as well and has a bit of a stronger scent (this one is almost completely fragrance free), so I’ll be switching back to the original when that one makes it into a future empties post.
It’s mostly hair and skin care (almost completely hair and skin care!) but those tend to get used up faster and more frequently. What have you used up recently?
It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on the blog, I know. But things have been a bit crazy here! For starters, Matt and I got engaged!
Matt proposed Friday, October 11th in our apartment with a beautiful ring inside a glass of champagne followed by an AMAZING dinner at Daniel. I said yes, obviously and we spent the long weekend at my parents celebrating and drinking (more) champagne and brainstorming how to have the perfect wedding. The Wednesday after that we embarked on an 8-day cruise to the Bahamas, a sort of Engagementmoon!
Taking a relaxing trip, just the two of us, was the perfect way to celebrate. We had a significant amount of time to just focus on each other and the promise we were making and the excitement of what was to come. We had massages in the spa, days reading on the beach, and didn’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning. Not to mention the beaches were beautiful
Here are a few photos from the trip if you’d like to see!
Saying goodbye to a gray New York City!
Waking up for a spectacular sunrise off the coast of Florida.
And going for a swim (and kisses) in the Caribbean!
Would you go on an engagementmoon? Or would you rather wait to take a big trip for your Honeymoon? I think it was so fun to spend a few days on the beach away from everything to celebrate on our own. And since we want to head to a mountain to ski for our Honeymoon, why not both?
I recently heard about an interesting company called True & Co. The idea is that you can fill out a fit survey and get a personalized shop of lingerie ideal for your body. Bras that fit? Without an awkward measuring tape? Sounds too good to be true. And it mostly is, which is why True & Co lets you have your order for a fully refundable $45 deposit. They’ll send you your order, let you spend a week trying everything on in your home, then you can keep what you want and return what you don’t and they’ll refund or charge you for the difference. Also, shipping is free both ways. Sounds great, right? So here’s how it worked out for me:
Here’s everything all neatly boxed up. The presentation really is lovely. I picked three bras, and they rounded out the order with two from the shop that they thought I’d like, for a total of five.
First up, Pure by Montelle. This was one of my picks. When I selected it, it was on sale for $18. I REALLY wanted to like this. It’s a beautiful bra, so soft and classic. Unfortunately, the band is just too loose. It’s currently marked down to $12 though and the only size left in stock is one band size smaller than the one I received, so I may be repurchasing in the smaller band size, but this one is getting returned.
Next was one of True & Co’s picks, the Night No. 13 Strapless. I wasn’t thrilled about this, since it seems like a basic nude strapless bra, so I’m returning it. It also didn’t fit that great and at $45, it just wasn’t working for me. Returned.
Another one of my selections from my personalized shop, Luscious by Blush. This really is Luscious. Enough padding to shape, but not enough to really enhance. The cups are lacy and the back and side panels are a polkadotted mesh. It’s also one of the most flattering bras I think I’ve ever worn. I bought it on sale for $18, but it’s currently marked down to $12. Status: Kept.
True & Co.’s second suggestion for me. I think this bra is beautiful in the box. Unfortunately, once it’s on it’s not quite as nice. This is the Long Long Ago by Elle Macpherson. It’s really beautiful but unfortunately not the most comfortable or flattering, and at $55, the most expensive of the bunch. Returned.
Finally, my last pick. Midnight Kiss by Blush. This is probably the sexiest out of the bunch and I’m thrilled with it, especially since it was also on sale. The combination of black lace and midnight blue satin is so gorgeous, and the fit is surprisingly perfect. This one I also kept.
So all in all, I kept two and returned three, not bad considering any given trip to Victoria’s Secret usually results in me bringing about 15 or so into the dressing room, hating all of them, grabbing one that’s reasonably priced and fits well enough and buying it in three colors. I definitely liked the experience and found it super convenient and easy. Filling out the return survey also gives them super helpful data so that they can build a better personalized shop and recommend more things to my taste that should fit my shape better. Love it! Would I order from True & Co again? Absolutely.
Bonus: obviously if it comes in a box and involves tissue paper, the cat’s interest is piqued. Silly, Bisous.
Matt and I were planning on heading to Central Park after work today for the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. They were showing West Side Story (I told Matt it had to do with gangs, was set in New York, and Marlon Brando was in it). The plan was to get there early, stake out a good spot, and make sort of a picnic date out of it. Unfortunately, it rained.
While they were still showing the movie, sitting in wet grass wasn’t entirely appealing, so we had a makeshift living room picnic instead!
I picked up some sandwiches from a favorite place near work, we spread our blanket out on the living room rug instead of the Sheep’s Meadow grass, and we watched 2 episodes of season 4 of The Wire. So it was kind of like a regular evening except no one had to cook and we sat on the floor. Which made it a little more romantic. We also took a break in between episodes to run out and get frozen yogurt from across the street!
They’re still screening movies through the weekend, so maybe we’ll catch a different one. The Shining on Sunday, anyone? Do you ever have stay-at-home dates?