Monday, April 21, 2014

ladurée


I think macaroons are having a moment because not only are they sweet and delicious, but they are extremely photogenic. The pops of color each flavor has is fun to look at and equally mouth watering. On a beautiful spring day I made my way to Laudree on Madison Avenue for the first time. The small store is beautifully decorated with macaroon displays, candles and pretty mint green painted walls. The two women working were efficient yet unsmiling, a theme of the luxe neighborhood full of high end retail stores.  I stood in line contemplating which flavors I was going to try. I ended up with raspberry, salted caramel, and vanilla and each was equally delicious. I savored every bite! If you are in New York I recommend stopping by this adorable shop and seeing what all the hype is about for yourself.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

liebeskind




While perusing the shopbop website for wallets (there's currently a 25% off sale going on through Thursday) I came across this brand that I never heard of that I was drawn to. I've been on the hunt for a new wallet for a while, and while I want something substantial that will last me years, I don't want to spend a lot. After looking at Liebeskind's website I fell in love with their simple yet stylish designs that came in fun, spring shades. Apparently some of the colors, like the yellow one shown above, were inspired by ice-cream flavors? Anyway, I am happy to discover this brand… now all I have to do is decide on a style…

Saturday, April 12, 2014

the spring beauty edit


Spring had sprung and it's time to edit my beauty routine for the warmer weather by welcoming brighter shades of makeup, light bases, and fresh scents.

A new base I picked up recently has been on my wish list for months and with the 15% VIB sale, I finally made the splurge. The Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer has been highly praised in the beauty community, and being a big fan of the brand, and light coverage, I knew I would like this product. I  have the shade Terre Neuve and the formulation is light but with good amount of coverage, a subtle glow, and an SPH 30 makes this a great product for spring and summer.

A cream blush looks so fresh and dewy on the checks and works well with my dry skin. The Stila Convertible Color in Lillium is a pretty neutral pink color that I like to apply with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush for a natural, flawless finish. It doubles as a lip color but I don't like this shade on my lips. A color I do love this time of year, however, is the Mac lipstick in Crosswires. I like to use this lipstick as more of a stain so I apply on small amount on my lips then rub it in with my finger. The result is a lovely coral pink tint that really brightens up my complexion.

On to nail polishes. I really wear whatever I am currently in the mood for, but I love wearing pastels in the springtime. Essie's Lilacism, a grayish lilac color, is the perfect spring shade in my opinion. My main complaint is this polish chips like crazy on me so I also have to remember to use a base coat. I also love wearing the aqua blue shade of Essie's Turquoise & Caicos. It's a fun shade without being too in your face.

Lastly, it was time to trade out my warm sweet candles and body wash for more fresh and uplifting scents. I started using the Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Shower Gel and it's such a refreshing citrus scent. It's on the pricey side for a shower gel but the smell is divine and it's quite moisturizing. For candles, I'm glad I picked up the Bath & Body Honeysuckle Bouquet candle. There were having a sale on the mason jar candles so that's why I went for this one and I like the packaging. The scent is subtle and light and reminds of fresh flowers of spring.