Saturday, October 27, 2012

gone glamping

What's in store for you this weekend?

I'm not really glamping this weekend, but I am coveting this cozy color combo which I discovered while avoiding what I'm really doing this weekend...moving (and hopefully avoiding Hurricane Sandy which is supposed to hit mere hours after I move back to the shoreline, yikes!)

  • I somehow missed these fab glasses when I visited the Warby Parker showroom a few weekends ago, a perfect excuse to stop back in!  
  • This Bauble Bar necklace was the start of the online shopping hunt for all things wood and teal.  Since it was my first time to order I got an additional $10 off an already discounted price, woot woot.
  • I am absolutely smitten with these gold heeled flats from J Crew, let's all say a little prayer to the shoe gods that they go on sale soon (and have my size).
  • Don't forget to check out Jack Spade when looking for tech accessories.
  • Last but not least, Kate Spade never fails to delight with adorable accessories with just the right amount of quirk!
Well, wish me luck this weekend! 
I hope your plans include lots of fall festivities and indulgences! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

fall beauty bucket list

There are a few items I have on my bucket list this fall that I would love to try. 
Here is my most current list:
I love my other YSL lipstick and all the lip stains I already own, so I'm pretty sure I'll love this too!  I'm thinking of picking up this drugstore dupe as well.
I heard rave reviews about this specific color for quite some time now, and I think it's about time I give it a try myself (along with this drugstore dupe)
Once again, this seems very similar to another tinted lip balm I already love, so I want to see how this one compares.
This is supposedly THE highlighter.  For $40, lets hope so.  Or maybe not, I probably don't need to get obsessed with another high end beauty product.
I'm almost out of my Gucci Guilty perfume, and with the holiday gift sets on their way, I think I'll try this one next!
6.  Essie Don't Sweater It
Over the summer I bought my first Essie nailpolish, I am now hooked.  I don't even bother looking at any other brands.  This one is the perfect nudy/mauvey everyday polish.
A dark, almost black, navy for winter's moody blues.
If you have already tried any of these products, I'd love to hear.
Am I missing anything?

Monday, October 15, 2012

staycation | NYC

 With New York City practically in my backyard, it's an easy weekend option for us.
My dad was in town for a financial conference, so we decided to spend the weekend in the city.  While I know New York can be a very expensive place to visit, there are a ton of fun things to do that don't cost a thing.
We took the train into Grand Central Friday night, which is fun in and of itself.  It's still maintains a very old world look and feel to it and is a great place to wander around (here's a quick little walking tour), grab a bite to eat, shop, or even just people watch.  All great options if you, ahem, miss your train on your way back home.
Ever since my friend Chris introduced me to tapas, my fiance, Neal, and I have been on a tapas kick (especially when we travel).  So for dinner Friday night we tried Las Ramblas in the West Village and it was amazing.  I love tiny little restaurants, and with 10 or so tables, a friendly staff, and out of this world food, it was the perfect late night dinner.
Saturday morning my sister and her boyfriend took the train into the city to join us, and we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (which I had never done!).  Part of the walkway is a little under construction at the moment, but there were still great views to be seen from certain points.  Typically the "thing" to do is grab pizza at Grimaldi's on the Brooklyn side, but we are a more adventurous crowd, so we took a short walk though Neal's old stomping grounds in Brooklyn Heights, and found a Yemenese restaurant on Atlantic Avenue.
After lunch we grabbed a train back to Manhattan and I (selfishly) dragged everyone to the Warby Parker showroom located in the famous Puck Building at the corner of Houston and Lafayette.  While I wouldn't recommend going on the weekend (if you can avoid it), it is definitely worth a stop if your in the market for some new specs!  After elbowing my way to the mirror a few times, I finally decided on the Ainsworth in walnut tortoise. 
Next stop was the Chelsea Market.  While I don't typically describe myself as a foodie, I really do prefer fancy food, and the Chelsea Market is definitely where it's at.  First of all, it is in the old Nabisco Factory (where OREO's were invented!) and the building is amazing.  We must have spent at least 3 hours just wandering around. 
The (surprising) highlight of the entire market was The Filling Station, which is an oil vinegar, and salt specialty store.  I'm not going to lie, this store is out of this world.  I don't even know how one could fall in love with vinegar to this extent, but it happened.  We spent a minimum of an hour there excitedly offering each other tastes of just about every item they had to offer.  We may or may not have come home with 5 (FIVE!) bottles of vinegar (black cherry x2 coconut x2, and peach), and two tubs of salt.  Truffle Salt?!!  Yes please!  While you're at it, you better throw in some Espresso salt and truffle oil (which I have been dying to try!).
We were pretty much exhausted after this, but my sisters boyfriend had never been to Times Square, so we headed back uptown to join in the fun.
After a busy Saturday, Sunday morning was very low key.  Neal and I were staying in Soho, so we just wandered up to the West Village and grabbed a bagel and coffee and had low-key breakfast in the park before hoping back on the train back to Connecticut.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Buy or DIY | Kate Spade Glitter Loafers

It was love at first sight when I saw the Kate Spade Cora Loafers.  

Pink. Gold. Glitter. Bows.
Really, what's not to love?

$225...that's whats not to love.

They aren't exactly the most practical of shoes, and let's be honest, the love affair is not likely to endure the years.  So when strolling the aisles of Target recently, I stumbled upon these shoes and instantly knew I was about to make my pink, gold, and glittery dreams come true.  With a dab of glue and a few scraps of ribbon I had the newest member of my shoe collection in my greedy little hands, err closet.
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