Wm Farmer & Sons

For a woman born and raised in upstate New York, I have never been through the Hudson Valley region until this past week. The winding roads, bucolic scenery, and typical overcast weather was not unfamiliar to other parts of the state. However, just like all over the country, each area has its own flair, culture, and community. Hudson is known for its wineries as it is the oldest grape growing region in the country. All types of farming is alive in the Hudson Valley from livestock, flowers, herbs, and vegetables.

The town of Hudson is quaint and I have to say an antique and independent boutique shoppers dream. Stores offer everything from glamorous high-end clothing to beauty and home decor. Down state New Yorkers retreat to Hudson on the weekends for a much needed respite from their fast paced lives.

Hudson Valley

On this trip, I stayed at the Wm Farmer & Sons, a beautiful renovated building. Owners restored the 19th century front street building while maintaining the architectural elements that make this hotel truly special and unique to Hudson. Reclaimed wood, coper pipes, vintage wood burning stoves blend seamlessly with the more modern creature comforts. I will definitely be back to visit!

  

Avery Graham Noble Skin Care- Necktar Before and After

I hate to be lazy, but in this case a picture really is worth a thousand words. A couple months ago, I was introduced to Avery Graham Noble Skin Care. Founder, Elizabeth A. Cardarelli is a licensed Clinical Aesthetician with a wealth of knowledge and a loyal client base. Her skincare addresses many concerns including acne, rosacea, and anti-aging to name a few.

My beautiful model has agreed to be featured for a before and after experiment using Avery Graham Necktar Architectural Cellular Formula. I have to say, I am impressed with the results! The formula texture is silky and smooth, non greasy and absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling cool and refreshed.

Here are the results of just half a jar applied 2x daily!

Avery Graham Nektar

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Avery Graham Nektar

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Avery Graham Nektar

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Avery Graham Nektar

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The results speak for themselves! For appointments or to shop.

Beautiful Brides Philly Goes to the NFL Draft

Dana Persia and her extraordinary styling team have been selected for the Procter & Gamble VIP Style Lounge during the 82nd NFL draft. 

Dana is the Founder and Owner of Beautiful Brides Philly and Beauty On Demand. During this two day event held at the Logan Hotel, Dana and her team will provide their expert glamorizing services to the NFL draftees and their families. Beauty on Demand will be assisting with the style and grooming services including shaves, haircuts, and hair styling to name a few, provided by Gillette, Braun, Old Spice, Head & Shoulders, Pantene and Secret.

Dana launched Beautiful Brides Philly in 2010 and in less than three years her business grew to accommodate a staff of over 15 stylists. In December 2011, Beautiful Brides Philly was named Fox Small Business Center’s Small Business of the Day and is now the largest on-location bridal beauty company in Philadelphia. BBP serves over 150 clients per year and continues to grow and an amazing rate.

Wedding season is just around the corner. Be sure to reach out to BBP to schedule a trial run and hair and makeup for your special day.

Beauty on Demand offers an array of luxury services for a day of pampering to address all other occasions. Your personal professional styling team will visit you directly at your home, hotel, or office to make sure you look absolutely spectacular!

Read more about Dana’s background and incredible company here.

Stay tuned to see the coverage of these exciting upcoming two days from the NFL draft!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away, are you ready to celebrate your mom? Some of my staple gift ideas include gift certificates to a spa, her favorite restaurant or store, and how can you go wrong with a heartfelt card and bouquet of flowers?

This year, the thought crossed my mind that all of these could be combined with a different flair, making an entirely new gift!

Make your mom a goodie basket, filled with some of her favorite things from lip gloss to specialty foods. You don’t need to break the bank either. You can start now collecting items to include. For instance, instead of the traditional floral arrangement, opt for a more permanent bouquet of dried flowers.

Flower bouquet

Add a bag of her favorite coffee with a new mug and a book so she can enjoy a lazy Sunday. Simply Enjoy offers a tasty and decadent Swiss Chocolate flavor and is a UTZ certified company; dedicated to sustainable farming!

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A beautiful candle or diffuser for the home is a perfect way to complete this gift. Try a complex fragrance profile from Aquiesse ranging from sweet floral to rich amber.

Aquiesse candles

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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AmoreDiMona

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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!