National Lipstick Day Picks

Today is National Lipstick Day (hey, if donuts can have a day, why not lipstick) and to celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite new lipsticks with readers. From a vampy lip to fire engine red, here are our new obsessions:
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I’ve been rocking Boots’Stay Perfect lipstick in Love Red for a week straight and cant rave enough. I have dozens of fore engine red lipsticks from Chanel to Dior, but this baby comes in at under $10 and is super creamy and color rich. I’ve honestly become a convert, and the color lasts for hours on end.
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Need something a bit more vampy? Bareminerals has a great, deep shade called Marvelous Moxie that is high pigment and saturates nicely. It’s $18.
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If you’re trying to accentuate a tan, a coral lip goes a long way. Boots Botanics lipstick in coral is $8.99 and has a sheer finish.

NYC Dining Guide: Osteria Morini

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Chef Michael White of Marea and Costata achieves the seemingly unachievable with his Italian restaurant Osteria Morini: He transports you into rustic Italy with authentic dishes and a fairytale ambiance that will make you feel like you are tucked away in an Italian village rather than New York City’s Soho neighborhood.

I had the pleasure of dining at Osteria Morini with a friend on a recent Friday night, and was satiated on all counts. That’s a high bar as I’ve spent weeks and weeks of my life in Italy indulging in pastas, seafoods and wine.

Let’s start with the feel of the restaurant. Red brick walls, wooden tables, copper pots and pans hanging from the walls alongside vintage mirrors. As if that wasn’t enough to stir up the aesthetic of Italy, behind the bar there is an old-school style slumber of sorts, complete with a meat slicer for fresh prosciutto and other Italian delicacies in a freezer window.

We started the night with a bottle of wine from a distinctly Italian wine list, organized by region. If you’re a fan of Brunello, this is a great spot, as the wine list boasts five different bottles. The wine list has a great range of options, from bottles starting at $40 up to more than $700. We opted for a great bottle from Lazio called Cesanese Amarasco for $48. The cocktails were also quite interesting, and there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to Negroni drinks.
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Now onto the food. The menu has so many tantalizing options that we had a hard time choosing. For starters, we went with the prosciutto and mortadella meatballs which were to die for. The sauce alone was worth ordering the dish for, and we gladly sopped up leftover sauce with out bread. Would absolutely recommend this appetizer.
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We also had the fig and straciatella special appetizer which is pretty much my idea of heaven on a plate. It was garnished with walnuts, rosemary and balsamic, and was simultaneously creamy and light.

When it came time to choosing our entrees, it was overwhelming. The menu has a number of homemade pastas that sound just delectable. But, it also had lots of different meat and fish dishes as well. After flip-flopping back and forth between pasta or something more light, we opted for the porchetta and sea bream.
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But, as if reading our minds, before the main course arrived, the restaurant sent out a delicious cappelletti dish, which are these delicate pasta purses stuffed with truffled ricotta in a butter and prosciutto sauce. Our waiter said we would be remiss not to try the pasta, and he was right. This dish was absolutely to die for and will be a go-to on future visits.
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Next, came the entrees. The Porchetta is a house specialty, and is a spit-roasted pork with rosemary and sage with the most delicious, salty crackling. I had the catch of the day — a sea bream in a tomato, garlic and lemon sauce with capers and olives that was very flavorful. We also had the parmesan potatoes and green beans.

At the end of the meal, we couldn’t even fit dessert (but the pan cotta looked great!). Overall, a delightful experience where Italian cuisine is taken seriously and executed on the highest levels. For the health-conscious, the menu had plenty of high-protein, low carb dishes to choose from as well.

Turks & Caicos Restaurant Guide

We were recently able to spend a week on the white sand beaches of Turks & Caicos, swimming in the turquoise waters, sipping apertifs in the sun and arguably most importantly – eating the amazing cuisine. The Caribbean island has an eclectic cuisine that revolves around really fresh seafood, and local delicacies like conch. Here are our picks for the most delectable eats.

Coco Bistro
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For fine dining in a unique atmosphere under the stars and palm trees, Coco Bistro is it. Pro tip: Make a reservation well in advance, as this is a hard table to snag. Set in Grace Bay, the menu is chock full of fresh fist like salmon with caper beurre noisette and blackened mahi in a red thai curry sauce. The conch ravioli is also a popular dish. I opted for the grilled yellowfin tuna as my main and the grilled shrimp satay as a starter and the spicy lobster tacos.

Infiniti
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Nestled in the resort of the Grace Bay Hotel is Infiniti, which was one of my most memorable dinners in Turks & Caicos. Named Infiniti for its long infiniti bar, which as first glance seems to extend all the way into the crystal clear waters, the restaurant is beautiful. We dined outside with the sound of nearby waves crashing near us. Be sure to arrive early so that you can take in the sunset as you sip pre-dinner drinks. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. Our favorite dishes: The simply grilled fish and chicken satay to start.

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Set at the Beach House resort, Kitchen 218 has both a great dinner and brunch (So good, we went back twice). For dinner, start with the chef’s famous pumpkin soup. It came in a generous portion and I still wanted more. I followed it up with a coconut herb mahi mahi, (and too much rose)

Stelle Restaurant
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At the swanky Gansevoort Turks & Caicos is Stelle Restaurant. We went here for both lunch and pre dinner drinks. The ambience was the best on the island with a cool pool draped in white linens. The mojitos were strong and the salads we had for lunch were super fresh. No reservation needed.

Fish Fry
Make sure to keep your Thursday night open for the local fish fry, where area chefs set up stands with grilled fish and finger foods. Not only is the food delicious, but it’s super inexpensive and there is plenty of rum punch to go around and a local band.

4 Great Ways to Get the Designer Look You Want for Less

Who wouldn’t love to have the wardrobe of a celebrity? A walk in closet with everything in it from the latest designer clothing fashions right down to the matching shoes and accessories. To accomplish this you’d probably need to use a bulk of your income, and if you’re anything like me, you probably wouldn’t be able to afford much more. The reality is the clothes, shoes, and accessories we see celebrities wear are often out of our budget, leaving us clipping magazines or trying to find “generic “version somewhere to pacify our deepest desires.

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What if I told you there was a way that you could obtain some of those killer designer fashions on a small budget? There is more than one way to skin a cat, and I stumbled across four new ways to use technology to find the deals for you. Check it out.

1. Sign Up for Email Subscriptions
Whether you have a taste for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, or Prada, you can easily check out their company website and sign up for their email list. While a bulk of the emails are informational in nature giving you updates on new products, partnerships, and the like, there are also a decent amount of promotional offers that you could be missing out on. Designer companies know that everyone loves a good bargain, and as such they may throw in a discount or two that can be used online or in stores to grab the things you’ve been longing for the most. So if you haven’t done so already, it’s probably a good idea to sign up for their email list.

2. Social Media Accounts
Social media has become the cool new way to get to know more about your favorite products and services on the market. Let’s say you really love designer Marc Fisher and want to know more about what the company has to offer and where you can find the latest shoe fashions. All you’d have to do is either like or follow the company’s social media pages and you’re part of the club. You’re privy to loads of information on the company, the products they offer, the sales they might have, and even a few discounts here and there.

3. Partnering Sites
You’ll find that sometimes designers work together in order to give their customers more of what they want. For instance, Tommy Hilfiger, a well known clothing designer, has recently partnered with Marc Fisher shoes to give their customer base more of a “one stop shop” option when it comes to finding all the latest clothing and shoe fashions. By checking out other designer sites, sometimes you can find discounts there that you can take advantage of. Maybe one company will give you a discount on shoes if you purchase a qualifying amount of clothing from another company.

4. Discount Finding Apps
Last but certainly not least, whoever came up with the idea of having a discount finding app is a god send. Now instead of having to search from store to store or website to website, you can find out where the latest designer fashions are in stock and where they are most affordable. This cuts down on time and also allows you to get the most for the money. There are plenty of discount finding apps out there that you can take advantage of.
As I’ve stated before ladies there’s always a way to find great savings on the fashion choices you want the most. So if you’re a lover of all things designer, then I advise you to tap into the above four options and watch the savings start coming in. I’m certain that by applying all four of these options, you can cross a lot more things off your wish list and step out of your home looking, and feeling your best.

Yes To Summer

I love when my bath products play on the scents of the season, and that’s why I’ve been obsessed with Yes To’s newest line of flavors, touching on grapefruit, blueberry, tomato and all of the other scents we associate with a summer in the sun. We love the Yes To line because it is really affordable but great quality with a diverse collection to choose from. Here’s what we’ll be packing on our weekend trips this summer:
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The Grapefruit line is easily my favorite. This Even Skin Tone Moisturizer has your daily dose of SPF and contains oils to reduce the appearance of dark spots. It’s $15.99.
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This Yes To Tomatoes acne control cleanser is less than $7.
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Yes To Blueberries Deep Wrinkle cream uses antioxidants to fight aging, It’s also a wonderful, rich moisturizer for just $15.99.

What To Buy At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom very rarely has sales, but when it does, it’s epic. Today marks the start of their Anniversary sale and we’ve scoured the racks for the best deals so that you don’t have to. See our picks below.

Denim:
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Hudson Lydia jeans $129.90, marked down from $198.
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These Arielle skinny jeans from Citizens of Humanity are $138.90, down from $208.

Dresses:
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This St. John jacquard dress is $799, instead of $1250.
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This Diane Von Furstenberg “New Jeanne Two” dress is marked down to $265.90 from $398.
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Scalloped crepe dress from Adrianna Papell is marked down to $78.90 from $119.
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James Perse Gathered Raglan Midi dress is $156.90, down from $235.

Tops:
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This Theory Jodi cotton and cashmere sweater is $196.90, marked down from $295.
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Rag & Bone Nightingale blouse is $233.90, down from $350.
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This Equipment silk blouse is $185.90, marked down from $278.

More of our Faves from the Sale:

Great Lengths

After years of sporting dresses that fall around the knee, this year I’ve taken up a new style that is longer but also somehow more sexier and pulled together. Meet the calf-length dress. There is something lengthening about this type of dress that almost acts in a way a pencil skirt would. I recently stocked up on a bunch and have been wearing them to work and getting tons of compliments. Look for this length made of jacquard material, which is perfect for day to night wear.
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The print and cut of this Ronny Kobo Shakira midi are perfect for a day at the office turned into dinner with friends. It’s $328.
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This Maggy London dress is super versatile. We love this midi style. It’s on sale for $95.
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This Cynthia Steffe dress is on sale for $84.
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This Ted Baker Laya dress is $180.
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This Victoria Beckham stretch-knit dress is $2,250.

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Perfect Date Spot: Santina

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I recently had the pleasure of nabbing reservations at Santina in the Meatpacking District two days in a row (it’s like the reservation gods smiled down on me) and ate brunch last Saturday and dinner and drinks last Sunday at the Mediterranean restaurant and have nothing but great things to say. Santina is the perfect spot for a date or brunch/night out with girlfriends. Here’s our recap:

First, let’s talk about the décor. It was the closest I felt to the Amalfi Coast since vacationing in Capri last summer. The restaurant is adorned with intricate Murano blown glass chandeliers. Striped umbrellas outside the restaurant for al fresco seating make it feel like a private beach club, and the plating are colorful ceramics that look like they were shipped straight from Ravello, Italy. Bonus: the restuarant is right below the High Line, which is fun to walk before or after dining.
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The cocktails were all made with care and had fun names like “The View From Positano” which was my favorite – it’s gin, black pepper and strawberry. Want to drink from a ceramic pineapple that you’ll see everyone sipping from? Try the Manganelli Punch. We also had a pitcher or two (sorry, not sorry) of the aperol spritz, which I highly recommend.

The food is also a throwback to Italy. When you walk in, you will notice table after table with what looks like a flat circular bread on it. Pro tip: order the Cecina. It’s made of chickpea flour and comes with fun dipping sauces that you choose – like avocado or tuna. I didn’t even think about the carbs entering my body right before 4th of July weekend, that’s how good it was. For mains, you can’t go wrong. My favorite dish was the swordfish dogana, which came with beans and olives and a great marinade. The Guajillo chicken and Shrimp Zingara rice were also great.

Craving more of Italy? Check out our Amalfi Coast travel guide.

WHAT TO PACK FOR 4th OF JULY WEEKEND, PART 2

Here, we continue our list of what you’ll need for a stylish 4th of July.

5. Daytime dresses

From the pool to a little day drinking, you’ll want to pack some short, casual dresses.
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Love this sleeveless crop top dress from Asos, $36.
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The cut and print of this Nicole Miller dress will make it a summer staple.

6. Going out dresses

I spend the bulk of my time while packing deliberating on what night time dresses to pack. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
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We love this Mara Hoffman Cutout column dress, which can be paired with heels or wedges.
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This slinky Asos dress, $25, will also do the trick.

7. Strappy Sandals
An outfit isn’t complete without a killer heel. Keep an eye out for scrappy sandals and T-straps.
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These Giuseppe Zanotti Coline sandals, $845, are super versatile.
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We love this Saint Laurent Jane studded sandals, on sale for $647.

What to Pack for Fourth of July Weekend

Whether you’re planning on spending 4th of July weekend in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard or abroad, the holiday marks the unofficial style weekend that kicks off the summer. Here’s our style guide to everything you need to pack to be at the top of your fashion game. Today, we begin part 1 of our series on what to pack, starting with the beach & pool. Follow back later this week for Part 2.

1. A bikini and sexy one-piece
Your bathing suit game is especially important if you’re planning on lounging by the pool or beach. And this year, there are so many more cute styles to choose from.
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We love this Mikoh Kaneohe neoprene plunging bathing suit. The low neckline is sexy, but the style is more forgiving than the bikinis. It’s $284.
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This bold printed Mikoh one-piece is just $210.
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Next, you’ll need a fun, printed bikini like this one from Matthew Williamson, $315.

2. A sheer, whimsical cover-up
A pool ensemble is only complete with a great cover up. Think sheer white fabrics and additions such as tassels and cut-outs.
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This Miguelina Rachel dress is $598, and is light, airy and easily packable.
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This PilyQ Harper cover up is just $209

3. Sandals & Espadrilles
Poolside lounging means finding the right balance between functional and stylish. Here are our picks:
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These K Jacques St. Tropez sandals are scrappy but delicate and can easily slip on poolside. They are on sale for $106.
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These Tibi Camilo sandals hit on the gladiator trend but as super comfy. They are on sale for $212.50.
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These Tabitha Simmons espadrilles are great for day time.

4. Beach Bag
Look for straw totes or bags with bright prints to keep your items organized.
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This Sensi Studio straw tote, $260, should do the trick.
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Love the print on this Sophie Anderson tote, $665.

Shop the looks from our 4th of July Style Guide:

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