Archive for December 2015

Happy Holidays

December 23, 2015
I just wanted to wish everyone the happiest of holidays and thank you for the time you you've spent with me here throughout the year. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is one that brings family and friends together. During this season of giving, let us take time to slow down, enjoy the simple things and the company of loved ones. I'll be off doing this so I'll see you back here in the new year.

Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel

December 21, 2015
Non Acid Peel

We had an amazing time on our recent Curacao vacation but the change in weather and strong sun there really did a number on my skin. Upon our return, my face looked dull and tired and the sun totally aggravated the appearance of my freckles and gifted me with some unwanted sunspots. Fortunately I had this Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel waiting for me to try when we got home and it was just what I needed. This product comes from the company that created the original Glycolic Acid Peel and it is formulated as a  safe, acid-free formula that is gentle enough for all skin types. I've used a number of different glycolic acid peels before and they're great for cell renewal which improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture while evening out discolorations.

About the Brand: Exuviance was created by Doctors Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the anti-aging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Exuviance has continued to develop many new patented anti-aging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

Product Claims: New Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is formulated with NeoGlucosamine to increase cell turnover and exfoliation for all the benefits of a peel with the potential for irritation. More than just your average peel, this leave-on, no-rinse formula, appropriate for all skin types, plumps skin matrix to increase volume and helps firm and tighten skin while exfoliating to reduce pigment and brighten skin.

Non Acid Peel

Recent Loves : Hair

December 18, 2015

So it's been awhile since my last recent loves post and I realized that I don't talk about hair products that much so I wanted to share a few that I have been using and really liking lately. My hairstyle has been some form of a bob or a-line bob for a number of years now. It suits me and my preference for low maintenance hair.

Tech Gift Guide

December 16, 2015

Next to beauty gifts, my favorite type of gift to receive would be tech gifts. They' can be practical and fun and this works out well since my husband really enjoys giving tech presents. <I mean who doesn't love gadgets that make life easier. And there are so many well designed options these days. Are you a fan of giving or receiving gifts of technology?

1. Ringly Smartphone Connected Ring
Ringly takes notifications to the next level. You can customize them with different colors and vibrations to easily distinguish between a new text, email or call. It can even let you know when you have a new Instagram follower.
2. Apple Watch
This version with a rose gold case and lavender band has to be the prettiest Apple Watch of them all.
3. Mira Wellness & Activity Tracker
I've been meaning to get a fitness tracker but most of them are not that attractive. The Mira actually resembles a stylish piece of jewelry and it also functions as a timepiece.
4. Braven Lux Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Portable speakers used to look so plain. This one is definitely not and it's waterproof as well.
5. Apple iPhone 6S in Rose Gold
My enabler husband convinced me that I should have this phone. Let's just say I'm really glad he did.
6. Portable Phone Charger
There's no reason to get caught with a dying battery when you can carry one of these around. The marble look is so chic.
7. olloclip 4 In 1 Lens
Most people use their phone as their main camera these days and this lens set is full of creative options.
8. Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer
This nifty little gadget makes it so easy to print photos right from your phone. I don't know how many times I've wished I could just make a quick print of a pic for someone.
9. Leica 10771 M RangeFinder Camera
This is like the Bentley of cameras and I'm totally coveting it.
10. Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Any device that cleans so I don't have to is a winner! I've seen one these in action at a friend's house and it works.
11.Breo iScalp Scalp and Body Massager
Personal massagers are a must for self care and this one features an innovative 3D channel massage module with six traditional massage styles that mimic the feel of being massaged by an actual therapist.

Gift Guide For Guys

December 14, 2015

I've heard some people say that it's often the guys in their lives that are the hardest to buy gifts for. I find it to be quite the contrary when it comes to those I have to shop for especially my husband. I always joke that he gets presents from me all year long since I'm responsible for choosing his entire wardrobe. This is actually a win-win for us since it means that he'll never wear anything I think is hideous and I happen to have pretty good taste. Well I'm quite sure it's better than most men and he often does gets a good number of compliments on the way he dresses. When it comes to holiday gifts, clothing, accessories or tech are usually a sure bet for most males. What do you tend to gift to the men in your lives?

1. J. Crew Factory Silk Dot Bowtie
Cause bowties are so dapper!
2. Everlane Chunky Wool Beanie
A hat should ideally be warm and look good too.
3. J. Crew Jacquard Lambswool Shawl Collar Sweater
Sweaters always make great gifts and this one has really nice looking details.
4. Clarisonic Alpha Fit Sonic Cleansing System for Men
My husband has become a Clarisonic fan since trying mine with his own brush head. If he is willing to use it regularly he should have his own.
5. Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch
It's cool how watches do more than tell time these days.
6. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
A good pair of headphones are a necessity but they shouldn't cost a small fortune.
7. Uniqlo HeatTech Extra Warm T-Shirt
We're big fans of HeatTeach underwear and this baseball style t-shirt can be worn on the outside.
8. Happy Socks Dotted Crew Socks
Colorful socks are such an easy way for guys to add a little fun to their outfits.
9. Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Sneaker
One of my husband's favorite sneakers. These have a modern low profile look while being effortlessly stylish.
10. Ray-Ban 61 mm Square Sunglasses
Ray-Bans are so classic and reliable.
11. Mini USB Travel Humidifier
My husband complains about his office being dry and this USB powered humidifier could be a practical solution.

Beauty Gift Guide

December 11, 2015

So I talked about my preference for practical and fun gifts in my previous gift guide and I would consider beauty products both of those things. In fact they're one of my favorite types of presents to receive. And I might actually be coveting a few items here. I'm a big fan of the Farmacy Beauty Masks reviewed here. I picked up the Truffle Clarity Clutch during Cyber Monday and I just love how it keeps items in my purse so clearly and chicly organized. 

1. Smith & Cult Diary of a Beauty Junkie Nail Polish Set
2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat & Mini Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Gift Set
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sofia Five Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection
4. Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Limited Edition Gold Eyelash Curler
5. Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
6. Farmacy Beauty New Dawn Mask Medley
7. Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo
8. Touch In Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base
9. Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Set
10. NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device
11. Truffle Clarity Clutch
12. One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm
13. Soap & Glory Bright and Bubbly Gift Set
14. Lotus Wei Joy Juice Perfume

Under $30 Gift Guide

December 9, 2015

What type of gift giver are you? I try to give fun and practical gifts because that's what I like to receive. I don't think the price matters so long as there is thoughtfulness and purpose. Here are some of my luxe for less picks. Which one of these would you want for yourself?

1. Best Day Ever Mug
2. Sézane Mini Candle Set
3. 17 Month Classic Agenda
4. Topshop Disco Ball Keyring
5. Hello Beautiful Small Tray
6. & Other Stories Punk Bouquet Gift Set
7. Charbonnel et Walker Holiday Dark & Milk Chocolate Box
8. Nate Berkus Elephant Decorative Tray
9. Fossil Printed Wristlet
10. Kate Spade NY Polka Dot Reusable Shopping Tote
11. Garance Doré Love Style Life

Escape to Curacao

December 7, 2015
Willemstad Curacao, Curacao JetBlue, JetBlueSoFly

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I was vacationing in Curaçao last week. It has always been a dream of mine to be basking in sunshine and warmth while it was cold and dreary in New York City. While it hasn't exactly been crazy cold, it was still really nice to get a taste of summer-like weather at this time of year. The above photo was taken from my favorite shady spot on the beach. 

Willemstad Curacao, Curacao JetBlue, JetBlueSoFly

Curaçao is an island country in the Dutch Caribbean outside the Hurricane Belt. It is the "C" of the ABC Islands along with Aruba and Bonaire and was once part of the Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao is the home to over 35 beaches and a rich and diverse heritage of over 55 cultures. The official language is Papiamentu, a unique mix of African languages and Portuguese, Spanish, with some influences from Amerindian languages, English, and Dutch. The official currency is the Dutch Antilles Guilder (also known as Florin) but the U.S. Dollar is readily accepted. The current exchange rate is favorable to the dollar and we found that prices converted to just over a half with that. 

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

December 4, 2015
If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I've been enjoying the warmth and sunshine in Curacao this week but I also have some photos to share of the gorgeous and rather warm autumn we've been having in New York City like this one of Washington Square Park last week. I'm not going to overload you with a million pics here so to see more, check out my Instagram feed and of course you can also follow if you'd like. 

Rena & Ian : Hello Again

December 2, 2015

It's probably been a little too long since Rena and Ian's last appearance here. Anyway they're back and Rena wanted to show off her new outfit. When I received a Barbie Fashionistas doll at the Oprah's Favorite Things preview, I just knew the dress she was wearing would look fantastic on Rena. Some of you have asked about where I get clothes for these two before and Barbie and Ken do fit them though some options are more suitable than others. Barbie wore this striped top and leopard skirt outfit with bare legs and stiletto heels but Rena is more modest and she wanted to go for more of an edgy feel so her look was styled with tights and punky boots. I think Rena looks more modern and chic and Ian agrees. What do you think? 

I happen to be on vacation in Curacao right now but I'll try to make the blog rounds later today from the beach. You can get a peek at what I'm up to on Instagram.

On Rena // Dress: Barbie Fashionistas // Tights & Boots: Original Pullip
On Ian // Sweater: Vintage Ken // Jeans: Twilight Edward Ken // Sneakers: 1:6 Nike

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