Printed Spring Sheath

I usually gravitate towards clothes with movement, full skirts, trapeze dresses, and embellished sleeves. In this case, I found a printed sheath dress from New York & Company with contrasting florals and stripes. The standout design feature (and every piece of clothing needs one) is the pleated sleeves. Since the dress has multiple dimensions, I kept my accessories simple and often do as it is my preference. I wore the deadly heels that I was wearing on that fateful New Year’s Eve when I fell. This time, I was careful and incident free. A tennis bracelet and my favorite gold ring from Italy completed my look.

For my makeup, I chose the Haute Right Now palette and The Brows Have It from Laini Cosmetics. Lashes are layered with a double coat of YSL mascara volume faux cils. Dusty Rose liquid lip by Anastasia was my finishing touch.

New York & Company sheath dress

New York & Company sheath dress

New York & Company dress

 

Vegan Easter Candy

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! I hope everyone had a beautiful and joyous Sunday. I was very thankful that the Easter bunny brought me a delectable assortment of chocolates. I have mentioned Amore Di Mona before, but I could not resist sharing the adorable bunny shaped treats and gourmet box of chocolates.

The entire brand is dedicated and committed to producing quality chocolate that is completely allergen free- nut, gluten, soy, and dairy; safe for all those who have restrictions and allergies. Amore Di Mona can be purchased through amazon, vegancuts.com, and Nordstrom cafes. This is the perfect hostess gift, treat for a friend with dietary intolerances, or as a low calorie indulgence for yourself!

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Peace Valley Lavender Farm

Today I visited a special farm located in Doylestown, PA. The name says it all, Peace Valley Lavender Farm is truly peaceful, a picturesque landscape. The gift shop was filled with lavender products and home decor elements including sachets, candles, diffusers, and bunches of gorgeous dried lavender. The farm has been in business since 1999 and you can tell that it is a source of great pride from the way it is tended and maintained.

While shopping, I was able to meet Lily, the resident border collie that corrals the chickens and offers absolute joy to all who meet her. In just a couple short months the lavender field will be blooming, fragrant, and a feast for the eyes. I will be back in June!

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RÉVIVE Review

Behold, the elusive Lip and Periorial Renewal Cream Lip Balm. Not really elusive as I purchased this luxury product at Bluemercury, but for me, a product that I have been tracking down since high school. I received a sample of this product from Saks while shopping with my Mom. We both absolutely loved the cream and used the sample very quickly, throwing the packet away once finished. Time went by and all I could remember was the color of the packaging and the smell of the product. Did I mention, I have an excellent snoot? All these years later, I found the product, which came as no surprise that it’s RÉVIVE.

I do not have a before and after photo as I am using this fabulous lip cream as a preventative treatment. However, I can speak to the texture and immediate results. The smooth and luxurious formula glides over skin and instantly absorbs into the upper lip area and on cracked, dry lips. The hydrating properties, moisturize as they treat fine lines. Your lips are supple and ready to apply any other lip product on top. The Renewal Cream is sold for $115, making it an investment product, one that you will not regret!

Spring Nails

Smith&Cult

I am obsessed with Sugarette, a beautiful opal color nail lacquer from Smith & Cult. The brand’s formula is free from formaldehyde and the other seven chemicals typically found in nail products. I recommend applying two coats to avoid chipping and maximize the color intensity. I was able to keep my nails perfect without any chipping for over a week! Stop by Bluemercury and find your perfect spring shade!

Trip to NYC

This past week I visited NYC for work and stayed right in the thick of all the noise, tourists, and thespians. The aka. is located just steps away from the famous Belasco Theater where Sally Field is currently starring in The Glass Menagerie. My room, the service, and decor was exceptional.

I dined at Bareburger for lunch, a delicious chain that offers fresh, vegan, and gluten free options meticulously prepared to accommodate anyone suffering from allergies.

Wearing Topshop sweatshirt

Due to a considerable amount of walking and a blistery cold couple of days in New York, I layered up. I am wearing a gorgeous sapphire blush velvet blazer from Strenesse.  To avoid carrying too many bags, I decided to try the backpack trend, which I have not worn since high school. The Marc Jacobs parrot printed biker bag was a practical and spring forward choice.

Please leave a comment if you would like details about my makeup look!

2017 Philadelphia Flower Show

Holland was the theme of this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show and it was certainly a feast for the eyes. Landscapers, gardeners, florists, and passionate seed growers all gathered under one blossoming roof to enjoy the event.

The Flower Show proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and people from all over the world visit this gorgeous annual floral masterpiece. This year, the show included a Garden Spa, Gardener’s Studio, Garden Tea, and Butterfly Interactive Exhibit.

Tomorrow is the last day of the event, but tickets are still available. Be sure to plan for next year!

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

Korean Beauty Haul

Last week I ventured to New York City for a work trip and ended up with a haul of Korean beauty products. My co-worker was raving about several beauty shops in Korea Town that carried her favorite face masks. She did not have to twist my arm. I was sold as soon as she pulled out the cutest banana shaped hand cream bottle from Tony Moly.

We stopped at three different boutiques and of course I made purchases at each one. Tony Moly, The Face Shop, and The Mask Bar, each brimming with the latest in skincare technology with beautiful and eye-catching packaging, knowledgeable associates and enthusiastic customers.

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Products sprawled out on my king size bed at the A.K.A hotel in times square.

I will be trying each one of these fabulous products from all three stores. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews!

 

Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy Makeup

I am so excited to share my review of Charlotte Tilbury’s brand new Quick ‘N’ Easy makeup kits. I am always impressed with her line of products as they are so unbelievably luxurious in quality, highly pigmented, and long lasting.

Charlotte has created four Quick ‘N’ Easy kits designed for every skin tone, every occasion and most importantly for the woman on the go. Each one of the kits can be applied with beautiful results in just 5 minutes! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes to enhance their appearance?!

As Charlotte states, “The ingredients are so good, fingers are the best tools… smoothing, smudging, slicking, and sculpting straight from the bullet with the warmth of your fingers is the quickest and the easiest way to get expert results on the go in 5 minutes.”

Kits can be purchased for $75 and include the Daytime Chic Look, Natural Glowing Look, Red Carpet Look, and the Smokey Eye Evening Look available for purchase online, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter.com, and BeautyLish.com.

Stay tuned for my how to tutorial video featuring the stunning Daytime Chic Look. This fabulous kit includes a mini Wonderglow (creamy consistency that redirects light towards flattering angles of the face), Legendary Lashes Mascara (infused with tamanu oil for nourished lashes), Classic Eye Liner in Audrey (beautiful deep chocolate color with olive undertones), and the Beach Stick in Formentera (warm peach color that easily glides onto cheeks and lips for a refreshed look).

 

Easy Vegan Recipe

This particular vegan recipe was created from my craving of something fresh, mediterranean, and filling. Serve this gluten free pasta dish with a juicy orange and all the food groups are represented. It’s simple to make and satisfies hunger.

Here’s what you will need:

2-4 oz of your favorite Banza pasta (I used shells and elbows)

1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

3-4 jarred red bell peppers

1/2 cup organic canned sliced mushrooms

5 large stuffed green olives

1 teaspoon of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of parsley

1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes

pinch of salt

Juice from 1/2 of lemon

How to:

Boil pasta, drain and add to large bowl. Add the olives, drained mushrooms, and peppers. Finely chop the garlic and add to olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. Drizzle over the pasta, stir, and serve. Enjoy!

Vegan Pasta Salad