December 30, 2014

What's in My Bag?

I don't know about you, but I'm always a bit curious what other women carry in their handbags. Those small items we tote around each and every day can reveal a lot about our lifestyle and our interests.  It is inside a woman's handbag where you will find her absolute favorite, most essential products. Today I thought I'd let you peek inside my bag and share some of the little necessities I must have with me at all times. Clockwise from top left:

1. Parisian Chic Weekly Planner. I'm all about planning and list making, so having a nice journal is a must. This one had a pleasant bonus - weekly style advice from Ines de la Fressange. I had it for several years and am a bit heartbroken it wasn't re-released for 2015.

2. Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Notebook. I always carry a notebook to write down blog post ideas. You never know when the inspiration might strike.

3. Express Card Case. (Similar here). I typically carry a full size wallet and switch a to a card case whenever I wear a clutch or a miniature handbag. The truth is, my wallet is so old and unsightly that I wanted to spare you the disgust you might feel from the dingy thing. Needless to say, I'm in desperate need of a new wallet, and I have my eyes on this classic Cuyana beauty.

4. J.Crew Heart Key Chain. 

5. Anthropologie Sunglasses. (Similar here). This is without a doubt my most beloved and worn pair of sunnies. I love how versatile this style is. It looks just as good with flirty dresses as it does with jeans and T-shirts. 

6. Clinique Chubby Sticks (in Chunky Cherry, Curvy Candy and Plushest Punch). I love that I can easily apply these sans mirror. Their subtle color is perfect for everyday use.

7. Zenith Handbag. (Similar here).

8. Pocket Mirror. 

9. Miniature Perfumes. I often keep at least one miniature bottle of fragrance in my bag. Those little sample size bottles that come free with purchase are great for this purpose since they are so compact and lightweight. You can currently find a mini bottle of Tory Burch and Fresh Life perfumes in my purse.

10. Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer. Most days a week I go makeup-free with an exception of a few dabs of concealer around my chin. Yes, I do get occasional chin acne that always leaves some red marks that seem to linger for months. As Tina Fey says, "I have the chin of a teenager." So it shouldn't come as a surprise that good concealer is one makeup item I can't live without. This Neutrogena one is intended for the under-eye area, but I prefer it over the medicated blemish concealers which I find to be too drying. 

11. L'Occitane Hand Cream. My hands get severely dry during winter (to the point of skin cracking). This classic shea butter hand cream helps keep them under control.

12. Fine Tooth Comb. Anyone who has ever had bangs (I've had them my whole life), knows how quickly a bit of wind or sweat can turn them into what looks like greasy noodles. Not a good look! Trying to separate them with your hands only makes them oilier faster. I always keep a small comb handy to freshen them up. It also works great for brushing out dry shampoo.

11. A Nail File. I miss the days when my hair and nails were strong and healthy. If anyone has any advice on how to improve them I'd greatly appreciate it. Just like my hands, my nails can get dry and brittle, especially in the winter. I have to carry a nail file around for those broken-nail emergencies.

12. LensCrafters Lens Cleaner. You don't get to see me in my glasses on the blog very often, but I'm actually four-eyed most of the time. Though I don't always clean my glasses properly (sometimes using a bottom of my own or Mr. C's shirt is just so much quicker), I try to be a good girl and use this spray and cloth kit to care for my beloved Warby Parkers. 

13. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone CaseI clearly have a thing for Rifle Paper Company goods. 

14. iPod Nano. I don't usually listen to my nano through the headphones, but I love to blast it in my car. What kind of music might you find on it? Oh, a little bit of everything - from the classics to latin pop. It's quite a random mix.

15. Orbit Spearmint Gum. Always!

16. Ballpoint PensI always seem to misplace my pens, so I usually carry several of them, just in case. These came in a set of three and have fun captions on them. 

December 24, 2014

Blue Roses

{Mcginn jacket and Tracy Reese skirt (both from Nordstrom Rack, similar jacket herehere and here, similar skirt here), J.Crew sweater and earrings, Jean Michel Cazabat boots (similar here), Zara clutch (similar here and here)}

December 18, 2014

December Wishlist

December 15, 2014

Radiant Orchid Midi

{Tibi skirt (sold out in this color but still available in black, emerald and my favorite navy here), Zara jacket (similar here and  here), J.Crew sweater, Equipment blouse (from Nordstrom Rack, similar here), Jean Michel Cazabat boots (similar here and here), Express mini handbag (adore this one), BaubleBar earrings (really want these), Giles and Brother ring (on sale!)}

December 10, 2014

Gift Guide for the Hostess

December 8, 2014

Cognac Pouch

{Reformation coat (similar here and here, also love this fur-collared one), Theory sweater (from Nordstrom Rack, similar here and here), Madewell jeans, Jean Michel Cazabat boots (similar here and here), Little Liffner clutch (on sale!), Alexis Bittar earrings (love these ones)}

December 4, 2014

Gif Guide for the BFF

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December 2, 2014

Gift Guide for Mom

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I can't believe there's less than a month left until Christmas! If you're still looking for gift ideas for your loved ones, I've prepared several guides that I'll be sharing this week. I'm starting with the most important recipient - mom. If there's anyone worth splurging on it's our mamas, for all the work they do taking care of everyone year after year, often forgetting about themselves. I believe moms deserve something truly special, something luxurious, something they would never buy for themselves, such as this classic silk pajama set, a rich, intoxicating fragrance, or this gorgeous lip color set.