As of today, I really do not have any New Year’s Eve plans. I think I just want to be a couch potato and eat and watch the ball drop from the comfort of my own home, warm and happy. I might even for good measure play the Auld Lang Syne version by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis from Sex and the City the movie. Maybe I will warm a cup of apple cider, wear a boa, who knows? Anyway, I have gone out each year on New Year’s unsuccessfully it usually is a frigid cold night, with crazy drunk people, drama, and overall a lot of work to achieve the look for the evening. With all of that said, if you are planing a night out on the town, here is an Audrey Hepburn, 60’s inspired makeup look. It really is very simple to achieve, but it does require the proper tools. Santa bought me the 10 piece limited edition Sonia Kashuk brush kit, which I desperately needed.
To achieve this look I used NARS black Eyeliner Pencil for both the lower and upper lash lines as well as the sockets. The liner should be drawn out slightly to create a wide eye. Make sure you do not draw a winged lash line, keep the line parallel to the lower lashes. The bottom line should appear as if it is smudged and can be applied thickly. Do not be afraid to make a definitive line on the socket. With the eyeshadow brush blend completely to smooth the harshness of the line.
Using the Luminous White from Clarins vibrant light eye quartet mineral palette (which I have mentioned before) apply carefully on the eye lid. Avoid covering the liner.
Mascara should be applied at least twice, two coats will really make your eyes pop. I used Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara in classic black.
Cheeks need some contour with this look. Apply Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in pink mosaic.
Keep lips simple, preferable nude or pale pink. Hourglass offers a gorgeous collection of nude shades. Try the Femme Nude Lip Stylo for the perfect 60’s lip.
Apples are typically a fall food, but Solebury Orchards in New Hope, PA is open all year round. It is located in Bucks County on a beautiful sprawling property lined with apple and various fruit trees and bushes. They thought of every detail and even have a refrigeration system that keeps the apples that are picked fresh. Over this past fall, I visited several times and indulged in hot apple cider while shopping in the fragrant gift store, smelling of sweet fried cider doughnuts. Of course, on the heels of Christmas and holiday rich foods I needed a refresh. It was time to bake healthy. A vegan banana teff, gluten free quick cooking oat, and buckwheat flour muffins were just the ticket. How could I possibly be expected to eat these muffins plain? You know what they needed right? Did you guess it? Apple Butter! One of my favorite items at the orchard, thick, tart, and delicious. I stocked up with apples, apple butter, fresh vanilla bean, and cider. Before the snow falls, if you have not already, make a day trip to New Hope and get baking!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and holiday season thus far. My immediate family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together, visiting, cooking and watching movies. Speaking of movies, have you been watching the Hallmark Channel? Amazing! I am completely addicted to them. Now you can purchase the Christmas films on Amazon and then start watching them in July- just saying.
My favorite part about this season though is spending time with loved ones. I love all of our family traditions and as I get older I cherish them more and more. My Mom and Dad made all of the traditional recipes including the Feast of the Seven Fishes. I had an absolutely delicious vegan meal of sesame soba noodles with a garlic ginger vinaigrette, a new recipe that I will post later. I plan to be a total couch potato and just rest during these days off.
For Christmas Mass I wore a vintage, one of a kind, blue dress circa 1960’s that I purchased at Night Bird, a black tuxedo coat from Zara, a faux fur collar from Asos– a Christmas gift, and a black pair of pointed flats from Aldo that I purchased for a steal. Accessories were kept very simple with a vintage beaded change purse and a gorgeous gold statement ring with an orange sapphire- one of my Christmas presents this year.
Mixing contemporary fashion pieces with vintage pieces is the easiest way to appear modern instead of appearing as if you are wearing a costume. The length of the dress barely skims my ankles making it important to wear flats or low heels to avoid a high waters effect. My makeup is inspired by Audrey Hepburn, keeping with the 60’s theme of the dress and later I will show you how I achieved this look.
Last minute shoppers this one is for you. Time to get serious, buckle down, and finish purchasing the items on your list. If you are at a loss for ideas for the special men in your life, here are some suggestions. I have mentioned some of these products before, but they are perfect gift ideas and make a beautiful present.
Anthony Logistics for Men has a full line of men’s products from sun care to facial treatments. The lip balm is a great stocking stuffer for men- no shine, extra hydrating for dry winter lips- hey, they need to be mistletoe ready too!
Kiehl’s has been established since 1851 and a renowned apothecary, known for effective and natural ingredients. The Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is one of my favorites that I just featured. However, this product is appropriate for men as it is incredibly simple to use with immediate results, it requires only one step-no fuss.
Molton Brown, a fabulous London based luxury body, skin, and hair care brand. The newest limited edition is the Oudh Accord & Gold Body Wash with real gold flakes for a truly unique and opulent shower experience. Cinnamon and nutmeg oil create an intoxicating fragrance with the same silky lather of the other body washes.
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb is a complex and spicy fragrance, containing warm notes of cinnamon, bergamot, pink pepper, and chili. This manly smelling cologne can be worn all year round and of course the bottle is something of a statement piece.
The Overnight Recovery Cream by J. Paul Skincare is incredibly smooth and creamy. The formula soaks into the skin and hydrates the face throughout the night, eliminating any dry or red patches. Of course these products are also anti-aging. In the winter months this is a necessary product. I recommend the three part system for the best results.
Shaving, a quintessential part of men’s grooming, you cannot go wrong with choosing a product within this skin routine. L’Occitane is a beautiful French brand with every skin concern covered. Shea butter and essential oils are key ingredients. The Cade Shaving Soap applies smoothly to the skin and is delicately fragrant throughout the day. Skin is left feeling silky soft. For a complete shaving gift, make sure to check out the brushes and razors available.
I had to share this post quickly during the holiday season. I know I am slow to the uptake on this one, especially since I shop at Ulta regularly. For the first time in years I retried a couple of lipsticks from NYX cosmetics. I purchased two of the Soft Matte Lip Creams in San Paulo, a gorgeous rose shade and Copenhagen, a brilliant berry. The texture of the lipsticks are creamy and apply evenly. I was impressed by the long lasting color, which lasted for hours even after eating and drinking. The velvety lipstick smells just like sweet vanilla buttercream and has a beautiful matte finish. The price is right on these beauties and the brand has numerous colors from which to choose, making them the perfect gift idea. Whether you are celebrating eight nights or waiting for Santa, these are a wonderful gift for the glamour girl in your life.
Red is such a cheerful color, is it not? I feel happy when I wear red. My Mom saved her wool, double breasted and belted coat for me and after all these years it still looks brand new. A good, statement coat elevates any outfit. It is the best way to dress up an otherwise casual ensemble or create an elegant finish. Even though the wind was harsh and the temperature low, I pulled out the Spanx tights and opted for a black and blue skater dress from Topshop. Similar here. I wore an older pair of over the knee boots with a mid sized heel. Similar here. The skater dress has 3/4 sleeves so I was able to wear my long black gloves to cover the exposed skin for extra warmth. Check out Asos for a variety of statement red coats this season.
It’s the holidays and each year I try to prep myself earlier and earlier to alleviate some of the chaos. This year, I ordered the majority of my gifts online in late October, which did cut down on the stressful last minute shopping. As I mentioned before, I have also been listening to Christmas music since the beginning of November. This time of year always goes by quickly and sadly some of the negative aspects can overshadow the real meaning of the season. It is important to slow down and enjoy each moment- soaking up all of the magical elements. Spend time with loved ones, enjoy the decorations, donate to a charity, celebrate traditions, bake, watch your favorite Christmas movies, and incorporate your faith throughout the season.
In case you are having trouble finding the balance, here are some tips from Montgomeryville Nissan to stay calm and stress free during the holidays. One personal tip that I have found helpful is using gift bags as often as possible. Papyrus has a gorgeous selection of holiday bags, which look fabulous and save time and energy on the wrapping process. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to wrap your gifts. They tend to accumulate, which can make it overwhelming. Instead try to pick a fun and convenient time to wrap- treat yourself to a snack, play some music and make it a relaxing experience!
Anna Kendrick looked incredibly chic in a minimalist black and white Narciso Rodriguez dress to the premiere of Into The Woods. Her makeup was created by Laura Mercier makeup artist, Sara Glick. Her makeup is simple and refined looking with a beautiful sheer finish. Here’s how Sara achieved Anna’s look.
RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Retexturizing Hydrator was applied all over her face
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free applied all over her face
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer in #0.5 only applied as needed on individual areas
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Cameo applied lightly with a sponge
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Soft Iris only applied to the hollows of Anna’s cheek and swept towards her hairline
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, in Seashell was applied to the top and bottom inner corners. Rosegold was applied on the lids and bottom lash line. Plum was applied to the crease and outer lash line.
Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir was used to draw a line on the top lash line and the top waterline
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara was applied to the top and bottom lashes
Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde to fill in Anna’s brows
Emily Blunt looked absolutely radiant at the premiere of her new film, Into The Woods. She wore a gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana dress with a warm makeup palette, created by Laura Mercier makeup artist, Jenn Streicher. Jenn wanted a vibrant lip color to stand up to the gorgeous rose design on Emily’s dress. Here’s how the look was achieved.
RéVive Intensité Moisture Serum Extrême Complete Hydration was applied all over the face to ensure moisturized skin
Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum was then applied all over her face
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Natural was applied with a damp BeautyBlender sponge for just a subtle amount of color
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #1.5 was applied under Emily’s eye
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder was applied all over her face to set the look
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold was applied over Emily’s eyelids then applied Amethyst to her lash line
Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir applied to the lash line
Multiple coats of mascara was applied to her eyes to finish the look
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Plumberry was applied as a base- first layer on her lips
Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Ruby was used to create a deep color on the ends
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Hollywood was applied to the center of Emily lips for the final ombre effect
It certainly feels like December now. Time to layer and bundle. On a recent shopping trip to Walnut Street in Philadelphia, I walked into Zara. Very shorty afterwards my hands, arms, and my mother’s arms were filled with their fabulous knitwear. I entered the fitting room with sweaters galore. During this season, I love feeling cozy and warm and a beautiful sweater is the best way to achieve comfort and style. Today, I am wearing my favorite pair of Ann Taylor pants, a navy and white jacquard sweater from Zara, and a pair of extra toasty Ugg boots. The sweater alone feels as warm as wrapping up in a blanket, which is just my speed.
As for makeup, I opted for a sparkly winter look. This would be ideal for a holiday party worn with either a more casual outfit or with a very fancy dress. Basically, the lipstick and blush are the most exaggerated of the look, keeping eyes very simple. I applied the Tender Pink from Clarins Vibrant Eye Quartet Mineral Palette and then the Luminous White just as a highlighter on the eyebrows.
Red Amour mini Creme Smooth Lip Colour from the Laura Mercier Ruby Spark collection.
I tried a brand new product from the Laura Mercier Chameleon Collection, Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic. The effect is gorgeous. It brightens the whole face with a subtle luster, perfectly blended together to highlight the face and add a warm glow.