Gift Guide: The Beauty Junkie

Our next Gift Guide is geared toward the women in your life who consider Sephora to be their happy place. They spend their free time watching Youtube videos on contouring, and their vampy lip game is strong. Here are gifts sure to please the Beauty Junkie on your holiday list.
We’ve chronicled our love of the Beautyblender in past posts (link here) and just in time for the holiday, they’ve released the ultimate kit for those obsessed with a flawless finish to their skin. For $45, you can get this Pretty.Posse kit, which is a steal since the big pink blender on its own costs $20. The kit includes the original beautyblender, a micromini beautyblender, a reactivate mist, a beautyblender cleanser (which we are addicted to for all of our makeup brushes) and a bling ring to air your blender out. I personally own this kit and love it. It’s also going to be under the trees of a few of my family members this year.
The gift of great skin is priceless, and that’s why we love this Ren “Stop Being So Sensitive!” kit. The kit comes with Ren’s Evercalm cleansing milk, its global protection day cream, an anti-redness serum and revitalizing night cream. And, it comes in a perfectly giftable pouch that is great for travelers. Part of why we love Ren is because it is paraben free and their products contain no sulfates. The kit is $57.
We also love Make Up For Ever’s 15 Artist Shadow Palette, which is just $59. The brand has high-pigment eyeshadows and I love that this palette has a little bit of everything, from great nudes and earthtones to colors with more pop.
For the second year in a row, The Clarisonic makes our gift guide. It helps create a flawless complexion, which is the building block of a good beauty routine. This Mia cleansing system is just $99.

Gift Guide: The Traveler

We all have that friend who is seemingly on the road more than in her apartment or house. For the wanderlust, we’ve curated the perfect gift list that can accompany her whether she’s on Safari in South Africa or island hopping in Greece. Don’t forget to check out our other gift guides for the Fashion Obsessed and stay tuned for upcoming guides! Have a gift you’d like us to consider? Drop us an email.
Whenever I travel I come back with a list of my favorite restaurants, museums, sidewalk cars and the like that I can revisit to recall the memories or share with friends. We’ll, Smythson has come up with a much more elegant way of documenting your travels. Their Places to Remember leather notebook has tabs to jot down museums, art, shopping etc. for your favorite destinations. It’s $110 and can be personalized.
Half the fun of traveling is plotting out your adventures. That means turning to a trusted guide that will help you find the best of each city. We love this Luxe World Grand Tour box of travel guides that includes London, Dubai, Rome, New York, Los Angeles and many more destinations. It’s $145 at the link above.
I love this Everlane weekender bag, which is just $98. It’s a sleeker and more fashionable alternative to a standard duffle. I love the red clay one, pictured, but the bag comes in a variety of colors. It’s the perfect size for a carry on.
I’m constantly on airplanes and constantly cold. See the predicament? As a rule, I won’t use the pillow, blankets and other handouts the stewardesses hand out because they are covered with germs. That’s why I love this uber luxe cashmere pillow and sleepmask from Theory. It’s $285 on Net-A-Porter.
This Fill & Fly carry on set from Flight 001 is the perfect stocking stuffer for frequent fliers. Fill with your favorite products and go without any questions from TSA! It’s just $33.
If the person you’re gifting lives in and out of her suitcase, you need to pick up some Tumi packing cubes. These cubes are nothing short of life changing and allow you to see what’s inside through a window on the front. You can organize by outfit, day and event separate clean and dirty clothing. Just slip them inside your suitcase. They are $45 each.

Product Review: Warby Parker

I recently was searching for the perfect pair of glasses to give my eyes a rest from wearing contact lenses virtually every single day from the time I wake up until bed time. I must have tried on dozens of pairs, with price points reaching as high as $600. That’s when I decided to give Warby Parker a try before biting the bullet on a super expensive pair of frames.
Despite passing their store on a million occasions in the Meatpacking District, I’d never gone in and tried on their glasses. And that’s the beauty of Warby Parker – you don’t have to. Instead, I visited their website and looked at their styles, narrowing down the frames that I thought would look best on my face. What I love about the experience is that you get to choose five pairs to try on at home before committing to any purchases. So, I added five pairs to my cart and voila, a few days later they were at my doorstep. After trying on the five frames, I picked their Nash look, which is a wide framed hipster look. I sent the five styles back – I should mention shipping on the trials is free both ways – and then went online to order my Nash frames. After taking a photo of my prescription and emailing the Warby team, my glasses were on the way.

I just received them today and am more than happy with the experience. Oh, and here’s the best part – my new glasses & their lenses with my prescription + shipping was just $95, total! That means I can spend the $500 I saved on shoes :)

Winter Fashion Edit: Chic Blouses

There’s arguably nothing more versatile than a well-cut silk blouse. You can pair it with jeans, leather pants, a skirt or wear it for work or play. Here’s a selection of our favorite blouses across a range of price points that have a great fit.
I adore the shape and flow of this Marni crepe top, $1,130.
This Zara blouse is just $49.50.
I love the shape of this silk blouse from Whistles, which can be paired with virtually anything. It’s $180.
This Emma Cook silk crepe de chine printed blouse is on sale for $198.
Equipment makes the comfiest silk tops that I basically live in. This Shiloh washed-silk shirt is half off at $89.
We’ve chronicled our love for Theory before, and this shirt is no different. It’s an absolute classic that I own and wear under a blazer with a suit, with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. This Yumcha pussy-bow silk crepe de chine blouse is $295.

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Los Angeles Day Trip: Malibu Cafe

A few weeks ago I was visiting friends in Los Angeles and we decided to drive to Malibu for the day. After lunch by the beach we stumbled upon The Malibu Cafe, and words cannot do this place justice. Get the word “cafe” out of your mind, because this place is more like a playground for adults. In one phrase, if Alice in Wonderland took place on a ranch, this would be it.
Set outdoors on several acres of land, The Malibu Cafe is like a wonderland. It has a rustic feel — think adirondack chairs, large trees with chandeliers hanging from them, twinkle lights and wooden bars. Now add wonderful cocktails and food & games, and you have yourself the backdrop.

We went to The Malibu Cafe for what was supposed to be a “quick cocktail” and cut to hours and hours later, we left slightly buzzed and full after a wonderful day taking the place in. The food was amazing as were the drinks, and there is something for everyone. Giant Jenga pieces, paddle boats, a pool table, corn hole.

Added bonus: this is the most Intagrammable place ever.

Lily Aldridge To Sport Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra

Each year, Victoria’s Secret creates a “fantasy bra” for its famed fashion show, and the extravagant creations never disappoint. This year’s is no different. The $2 million (!) bra has more than 6,500 gems and is set in gold. Model Lily Aldridge will follow in the footsteps of greats before her such as Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks and will wear the bra down the runway at the Fashion Show. The bra is dubbed the Fireworks Bra.

Trying out FabFitFun

I’ve signed up for a number of subscription services and by and far, have found them lackluster. When a new box has arrived, I love some items, but find the others to be fluff. But, I recently tried out FabFitFun and really love the concept.

This subscription services delivers a box of goodies four times a year and you receive full-sized products. What I like is that the boxes are a mix of products geared toward people into fitness and beauty and everything in between. They cost $49.99 each, or if you order all four upfront, the cost is $179.99.

I received my first box this week and loved the items in it. A sampling of what is included in this season’s box: two Passport to Beauty Gold Radiance face masks, a lip gloss, an umbrella, Doctor D. Schwab moisturizer, ankle resistance bands and a dvd of workouts, whitening strips and a portable phone charger.

Overall, I’m a fan of the products included and I love that living well and fitness is part of the concept. This is one subscription service we can get behind!

New Can’t Live Without Product: Heat Spray

I’m a natural skeptic of many of the products pushed on women on a daily basis. But, I recently got my hair cut and was chided by my stylist because of my split ends and heat damage. I blow dry and curl my hair nearly every day, which can really add up and damage your hair, causing breakage. During my cut, my stylist covered my hair in Oribe heat protection serum and encouraged me to buy my own. I took baby steps, not knowing if it really works or not, and bought a $7 bottle of Tresemme heat protection spray, not expecting to be a convert. Well, I am. I liberally spray my hair with it once I get out of the shower before blow drying. I then spray a little more to dry hair before curling. My hair cut has definitely lasted longer as a result, and I have fewer split ends.

Raf Simons Leaves Dior

Christian Dior’s creative director is leaving the French fashion house he helped rehabilitate. Raf Simons, 47, is not renewing his contract with Dior, the fashion house said. Mr. Simons has been at Dior since 2012, and is widely credited with improving the brand and dusting off its image. Mr. Simons famously replaced John Galliano.

Chic Workout Wear: K-Deer

We are constantly on the lookout for cute workout clothes that will make us look great at our ballet barre class and after running errands or brunching with friends. That’s why I was super excited to stumble upon activewear line K-Deer. The line’s pieces come in bright prints and have an awesome fit. I’ve worn my Strawberry Fields leggings to a few fitness classes and have been stopped several times by other women in the class asking where I bought them. Here are a few of our favorite pieces.
One of K-Deer’s most popular styles is their Haute Legz design, which comes in a variety of shades and features an ombre striped pattern. These leggings are $98.
How amazing are these Charleston print leggings? They are $98.
I adore K-Deer’s crop tops. They pair perfectly with the leggings and are on trend but also fast drying to wick away sweat from your workout. They run for $46 and come in a number of solid colors, but also in striped patterns if you want to match your leggings. They also have a line of crop tops with built-in bras, which is just genius.
I personally have these Strawberry Fields leggings, and get stopped every time I wear them.

The leggings are a favorite among the celebrity set, with Giada, Candace Cameron Bure and Jordin Sparks all pictured in the looks. What we loved most is the pants in particular are as technically sound as they are beautiful!