Archive for February 2013

Favorites : Blushes

February 28, 2013
I don't usually tend to wear much makeup and on most days, I can get by with some mascara and abit of blush. While I may only have one particular favorite mascara I have more than one favorite blush. Do you wear blush? What are some of your favorites?

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed This nude mauve color is incredibly flattering and mimics the look of a healthy glow for me. It's my go to blush when I'm feeling lazy since it's virtually foolproof, blends well and wears like a dream.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused 
I like this vivid pink color whenever I feel like my face needs a pick me up. It has a matte finish without being drying. This one is especially pretty in the summer and does a good job of withstanding hot weather and humidity.

bareMinerals Blush in Flowers
I use this when I want a darker flush. The reddish pink color is gorgeous and perfect for creating weathered cheeks.

NARS Blush in Sin
A cool berry shade with a subtle hint of gold shimmer and a favorite during the cooler months. Because it's highly pigmented, a little goes a long way for an amazing color payoff.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Pink 
This is a vibrant baby pink that is really aptly named. Goes on sheer but can be layered for more drama.

Becca Cream Blush in Turkish Rose

The soft rosy nude color imparts a lovely luminous glow. I prefer cream blush in the winter. The formulation has a fantastic smooth texture, and wear. 

Becca Cream Blush in Wild Orchid
A cool toned violet pink shade that is a great face brightener. I use this on my lips sometimes too.

Becca Beach Tint in Fig

This tea rose beige color works really well for that no makeup look as it creates a natural looking radiant sheen. It has a water resistant gel like consistency that's easily blendable and long wearing. Also pulls double duty as a neutral lip stain.

Shoe Crush : Miu Miu Sandals

February 27, 2013
Miu Miu Shoes, Miu Miu Sandals
I'm aware that's it' still February but I'm already dreaming of warmer weather and dressing for it and that dream includes these Miu Miu Swarovski crystal-embellished glitter finished leather sandals. I mean like how fabulous are they? 
Find them here.

Style Crush : Jessica Chastain

February 26, 2013

Jessica Chastain was an absolute red carpet stunner in a shimmery strapless rose gold custom Armani Privé gown at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Her 1940's inspired soft wavy locks and red lips spelled old Hollywood glamour and the look was finished with a vintage Harry Winston bracelet and earrings. This talented actress who is always immaculately groomed has such an impeccable sense of style that is all about polished sophistication. These are some of her best fashion moments in the past year in my opinion. What do you think of Jessica Chastain's style? Which look is your favorite?

Dine Out : Locanda Verde

February 22, 2013
Locanda Verde, Locanda Verde Restaurant, Locanda Verde Review, Locanda Verde New York

We dined at Locanda Verde during NY Restaurant Week last month and I'm happy to say that it lives up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. They pretty much offered their regular menu which was awesome since a lot of places actually create RW menus that don't necessarily include their signature fare. The decor has an old school tavern feel and a relaxed atmosphere with dark wood tables, leather banquettes and metal bistro chairs. Unfortunately they didn't allow photos of the interior so you'll just have to take my word for it. We were seated in the front of the dining room by the coffee bar and it was rather drafty there. The people next to us actually kept their coats on for the duration of their meal. It probably didn't help that the temperature outside was below 20 degrees that day. Their rustic Italian food was excellent enough to make us forget the cold for a little while. Everything was seasoned and cooked just right. I don't usually eat bread and found it hard to lay off the focaccia. My roasted skate entree was delicious. Hubster's fire-roasted garlic chicken was tasty, juicy and quite substantial. The portion was like half a chicken. My favorite dish might've been the roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta and pecorino that we ordered as a side. The service we experienced was adequate, neither impressively good or bad. We ventured into the lobby of the adjoining Greenwich Hotel which is also owned by actor Robert De Niro to warm up afterwards. It kind of felt like sitting in someone's living room which was rather pleasant at the time. We plan to return there for brunch when the weather warms up.

Locanda Verde
344 Greenwich Street (N. Moore & Greenwich)
New York City

Wisdom & A Winner

February 20, 2013

I think I need to remind myself of this at times.

The lucky winner of the Sabrina Zeng Gemini iPad Day to Night Clutch giveaway is Mirjana I.
Congratulations Mirjana! I've sent you an email to confirm your choice & shipping info.
And for everyone else, Sabrina is generously offering a special 20% discount to you all on the entire collection of beautiful clutches and totes in her shop with the code 'RLOVES20until midnight this Saturday. Happy Shopping!

Eye Candy : East Side Story

February 19, 2013

Miao Bin Si lights ups the streets of Hong Kong in three exclusive covers and a dazzling editorial for Stylist Magazine. The gorgeous model poses against an array of dramatic backdrops in splendid Eastern influenced designs featuring bold patterns and vibrant hues from various designers including Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta and Erdem. Catch an enlightening behind the scenes account of how the shoot all came together here.

East Side Story // Stylist Magazine // Spring/Summer 2013 // Photographer: James Meakin
Model: Miao Bin Si // Styling: Alexandra Fullerton // Hair & Makeup: Athena Skouvakis

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Pinteresting Things : Love Is...

February 14, 2013
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Since it's Valentine's Day today, I thought it'd be appropriate to share some images related to love and romance from my Dynamic Duos & Romantic Pairs board on Pinterest. For the record, I'm not big on how commercialized Valentine's Day has become but I do believe that love in all it's forms should be celebrated. Doing things for the ones you love and appreciating them every day is just more meaningful than buying them a present on a day when you're "supposed to" in my book. What do you all think?

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married for 50 years until his passing in 2008.
are one of Hollywood's greatest love stories and there is so much truth in her quote!
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Eye Candy : Winter Getaway in Céci

February 12, 2013

This cold weather getaway themed editorial in Korean magazine CéCi sure looks frosty with all that snow but also so stylish at the same time. I'm loving all the pops of bright color.

CéCi Magazine // January 2013 // Photographer: Kim Wi Mil 
Model: Park Ji Hye // Makeup: Song Yoon Jung // Hair: Yoon Sung Ho

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Rena & Ian : A Snow Story

February 8, 2013
Since it's snowing in NYC today, here is a little photo story featuring Rena and Ian that I shot a few years ago with the help of the hubster because he's awesome like that. Rena is wearing a Barbie ski outfit and a hat from Etsy. Ian's shirt, jeans and coat are from Twilight Edward Ken and his hat and scarf are from Cool Cat.

Happy weekend & Happy Lunar New Year!

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Dressing Your Tech & A Giveaway

February 5, 2013

I love my tech and being able to dress it smartly is a priority for me. I recently acquired a chic new clutch case for my iPad that I'm absolutely smitten with. This Sabrina Zeng Gemini iPad Day to Night Clutch combines style with function when I use it to tote my iPad. It pulls double duty as a fashionable clutch when I'm going out. The size is large enough to accommodate all my essentials and the built in slots for cards and cash eliminate the need to carry a wallet, keeping the silhouette sleek and stylishIt's reversible which gives it the feel of two clutches in one and the fact that it was meticulously handcrafted from quality materials on a limited run makes it feel luxe and special.

Sabrina has graciously offered to give away a Gemini iPad Day to Night Clutch of your choice to one lucky rolala loves reader. 

Go to her site to see all the fabulous styles and be sure to also check out her collection of stylish Camera Totes

This is suitable for small tablets as well and you can always just use it as a clutch if you don't own an iPad. This is an international giveaway.  To enter, you just have to sign up for her newsletter and be a GFC or Bloglovin' follower of this blog.  Please follow the instructions and enter via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by Sabrina Zeng. Giveaway ends on 2/20/13 at 12:00 am EST. All entries will be verified for eligibility. The winner will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter form and notified via email. If the first winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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