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The Five Senses Of Fall

November 20, 2017
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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
Stanley Horowitz

Out of all the seasons, Fall is undoubtedly the most visceral because of the way it has of invoking all of our senses. The air becomes crisp and cool as we finally get away from the sweltering heat of Summer and reacquaint ourselves with all things cozy like sweaters, snuggling under blankets while enjoying scented candles and hot drinks. It's a season I always find myself wishing would hang around longer and that's not just because I know that winter is looming. Whenever anyone asks me when they should visit New York City, I always suggest the fall because it's such a great time to savor the city along with the season. Here's to embracing the five senses of fall...

Eye Candy : Daniel Henney for Arena Homme+

November 17, 2017
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Daniel Henney lounges about at home so effortlessly and stylishly on the cover and pages of Arena Homme+. I'm not even mad that this is just a thinly veiled advertorial for Hamilton watches for which the Korean American actor is a publicity ambassador because he looks damn fine in every single photo and the styling is on point. Third image is my favroite of this shoot! The vibe is just dreamy!

So People Magazine declared Blake Shelton the Sexiest Man Alive earlier this week to considerable backlash. Personally I'm in the camp that disagrees but more so because of his past racist, homophobic and sexist tweets than the fact that he's not even remotely close to the type I find physically attractive. I do think it's a total travesty that Daniel Henney has never even made it onto their radar considering the Michigan born actor has been steadily working in Hollywood since 2009. But then this is a magazine that generally fails to recognize people of color.  I mean how do you pass over Idris Elba for Blake Shelton???  Earlier this year Elba participated in a date lottery to fundraise for W.E. Can Lead, a charity with a mission to educate and empower young girls. That's sexy AF not to mention he smolders! Maybe People felt they met their quota on minorities for the decade with Dwayne Johnson last year.  But somehow it's okay to keep perpetuating the outdated myth of cisgender male sexuality...  Anyway there's absolutely no denying how extremely handsome and sexy Daniel is. And how incredible is his hair! And to my husband, I will admit to having a thing for Idris but not Daniel. Okay maybe a a little after My Lovely Samsoon but it definitely didn't last long.

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Currently Coveting

November 15, 2017
Currently Coveting

With the holidays around the corner, I have my mind on festive dressing lately. I'm also thinking about the cooler temperatures which have finally arrived and how to stay warm and stylish at the same time.

1. H&M Lace Blouse
The lace and bowtie add a touch of fancy to this blouse which I think can work for day or evening depending on how it's styled.

2. H&M Ruffled Pants
I saw these on mannequin at H&M but they didn't have them in my size. I've been thinking about them ever since. The cropped length and ruffle detail are so fun.

3. TopShop Pow Bonded Coat
Loving how this coat combines trench and menswear styling for a classic and polished look.

4. J. Crew Cluster Stone Ring
A pretty cocktail ring that will add sparkle to any ensemble.

5. Botkier Chelsea Faux Shearling Lined Boot
Chelsea boots are always in style and this looks like it combines form and function with a cozy lining and sturdy sole.

6. J. Crew Ruffly Tulle Dress
This dress is so dreamy and feminine! It looks party or wedding perfect! I also think it would be fun styled with those Chelsea boots and a moto jacket...

You can always check out my running wish lists in the Shop With Me section on the blog. What are you coveting?

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Getting To Know Alana Mitchell Skincare

November 13, 2017
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As much as I enjoy luxury skincare, I've also been making an active effort to discover and support more independent natural beauty brands particularly ones that are owned by women because that's something that's important to me.  A licensed medical esthetician, Alana Mitchell launched Alana Mitchell Skincare with a mission to make safe and effective products that deliver real results. The formulations are a fusion of scientific ingredients and the finest natural and organic ingredients on the market and the  products are free of artificial fragrances and parabens and not tested on animals.

Current Mood

November 9, 2017

Listening...  to Years and Years. I've been a little obsessed since seeing them perform live at the Erdem x H&M event. I can't wait for the song Hypnotised that's featured in "The Secret Life of Flowers” campaign film by Baz Luhrmann to be released. It's so hauntingly beautiful as is the film!

Watching... The Good Doctor. This ABC drama is based on the Korean drama of the same name and we thought it might be fun to watch both at the same time. The K-drama which has already aired is only 20 episodes long while the network drama has done so well that it has already scored a full season. The American drama followed the Korean one closely for the first few episodes and then kind of veered into it's own direction which is cool.

Eating... steel cut oats with kale, mushrooms and egg. I've been doing savory oatmeal for awhile and this is currently my favorite because it's so hearty and wholesome at the same time not to mention delicious.

Using...  this Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask every other night. Check out my mini review!

Obsessed...  with using this TriggerPoint Foam Roller after my workouts. It's great for recovery and working out any muscle issues. My husband swears by it for his tight IT bands.

Hoping...  that the forecasts about winter arriving late and leaving early this year will turn out to be true.

Wearing... these Frame Denim Le Garcon jeans non-stop. They're just so comfortable and flattering and easy to dress up or down.

Ordered... my first pair of Hunter boots. As much as I love my Loeffler Randall rain boots, the knee high length can be a little restrictive. It's nice that Hunter is doing shorter lengths in more refined silhouettes now.

Putting... my shopping list together for the Sephora VIB Sale. It's mostly restocks including this mask which I can't live without. Can you believe that I've spent so little at Sephora this year that I haven't even made the qualification for VIB for next year yet?

Happy... that I managed to score a dress from the Erdem x H&M collaboration. I purchased this dress and top at the preview party and then I shopped again when the collection went on sale on 11/2. Used the app and it was breeze. I really wanted this pajama style top to wear as a jacket but the 4 was too big. I also got this dress  which my husband really liked. I liked it as well but I ended up keeping the first one because it's more versatile so I took this photo of the other one for him. I also returned the lace top because it didn't feel special enough. The quality of this collection is really good.

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