Net-A-Porter Sale!

Psst, Net-a-Porter.com, the ultimate chic girl’s fashion destination, is having a sale! This is serious business because they rarely have sales and the good stuff always sells out quick. This one has been going on for about a week, so hurry, grab the goods! A few of my favorites:

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Maje maxi dress
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Gucci heels
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KOTUR box clutch
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Happing Shopping!
xoxo,
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Bath Time: Soak It Up

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A bath is a fabulous way to unwind after a long day. In fact, having a nice bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub was one of the few things that I really missed when I was in college. I know, I know, cry me a river, right? While I may not have the jacuzzi tub yet, I do get to enjoy baths much more often these days. Following are the key components of the perfect nighttime soak.

>> The Basics [ hot-warm water + Epsom salts/bubble bath/bath oil ]
My personal fave are Epsom salts to soothe aching muscles from a long spin class and combat bloat as they are a natural system detoxifier (hello quick skinny tip!). Also check out bath oils and bubble bath for a little more luxury. Just please, please make sure the products aren’t full of any weird ingredients, because well, when you’re sitting in a tub in the nude…you get my drift ;) LSC approved products here, here and here.

>> The Sips [ choice of beverage + choice of glass/goblet/tumbler/pimp cup? ]
Arguably the most crucial aspect of the bath time ritual, a sip, hot or cold, alcoholic or a little more tame, is most definitely a standard. My choice is usually a nice glass of red or white wine. Get really classy and pop open some champs (side: this pairs well with lots ‘o bubbles). Tea is another option, but I personally find soaking in hot liquid AND drinking hot liquid a little overkill, mkay? But hey, try it out and let me know.

>> The Mood [ candles + tunes ]
Setting the mood should not be passed up. If you want the full effect, you must light candles. Lots of candles. The glow-ier the better. Dimmer lights work as well, but candles are just so…dreamy? I like unscented. Music is also important and go with your favorite tunes that bring you back to earth. My favorite is electronic/indie/dreamy (is there one name for this? does anyone even know what I’m talking about?). Think Zero7, Washed Out, Radiohead.

>> The Reads [ choice of magazine or choice of book ]
Pretty self-explanatory. Pick a book. Pick a magazine. Or pick both. Whatever you do, DO NOT bring a Kindle or iPad near the soak zone. Electronics and water don’t mix.

>> The Mix-In’s [ pick your favorite extras ]
Dry brush for even more detoxification and for a greater benefit from the Epsom salts.
For some extra “ahhhhh”, add essential oils such as lavendar, jasmine or sandalwood.
Make it a mini spa day and put on a face mask/hair mask/lip scrub/parrafin hand treatment.

Now that you have all of my essentials for a great bath and a balanced sense of chic, what are you waiting for? Hop in!

xoxo,

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Beauty Keepers

Truth be told I am a true product junkie. Give me a new beauty product and I am a happy girl. With that said, I think it is safe to say that any beauty guru, no matter how many products they’ve tried, has a list of favorites and “can’t-live-without’s” that will always make the cut. Here are five of my top faves, from splurge to cheap and everything in between.

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1)    Clarisonic: When I first heard about this a few years ago, I knew I had to have it in my beauty arsenal and I am so happy with my decision. This little gadget is an investment in the health and beauty of your skin. I swear my face glows after every use! Bonus: shower friendly.

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2)    Beautyblender: This unassuming pink sponge will change your life-promise! I’ve tried comparisons and more wallet-friendly versions, but nothing beats the original. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the way that my foundation looks because of this gem.

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3)    Aquaphor: This stuff uh-MAZE. I have one in my car, my purse, my nightstand, my desk, etc. Use it on your lips, your cuticles and on your lashes at night for full, lush, fluttery peepers. Oh, did I mention it is super cheap-o?!

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4)    DiorShow mascara: If there is one makeup item I can’t live without it would have to be mascara. I am serious about the stuff. My lashes need to be full, voluminous AND long. I have tried many mascara out there, and I still like to switch it up, but I will always be faithful to this fashion favorite. The ultra thick brush has magic powers and does the job every time.

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5)    Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder: I didn’t know I liked powder until I tried this stuff. This silky smooth translucent product is the perfect finish for setting your makeup and seriously does something unexplainable to make your face look perfect, and nobody can mess with perfection. At least, not when you wear this!

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6)    Water, water, water: Yeah, I said it. So technically, this isn’t a “product,” but it is a beauty secret and one I can’t live without. Ladies, guzzle this stuff like it’s going out of style and you won’t be sorry. Tip: grab a water bottle (my favies are Camelbaks with the straw) and commit to re-filling all day for glowing skin, super energy and a reduced urge for those cute mini cupcakes staring at you all day at work.

xoxo,

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