Friday, August 29, 2014

16 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Saw this funny shirt on DryBar's Insta feed, hightailed it to Etsy, and snapped it up immediately. 

Are you guys doing anything fun this weekend? We're off to the Hamptons just for one day, then coming back to hang with some local friends. Related: How the hell is summer almost over??

Whatever you're up to, have a great long weekend!

• My first fall fashion purchase? This sleek black blazer with faux-leather sleeves. It's under-$100 and so cool.

• One of those funniest things I've read in a long time: Funny because it's oh. so. true. Said the mom who is guilty of way too many of these things including buying Bento boxes for her child's lunchbox, personalizing their backpacks, photographing her kid on the front steps, cutting said kid's cheese into flower shapes, and...I'll stop now. #help

• These gold sunglasses are amazing. Want, want, want.

• What fragrance lover wouldn't love this cute, $50 sweater emblazoned with a sequined perfume bottle?

• Kate Bosworth's braid game is next-level pretty. Exhibit A and B. Both so, so good.

• This outfit is simple but stunning--I can't stop thinking about it. Definitely recreating it soon.

• This eight-year-old fashion critic commenting on the Emmys dresses cracked me up.

• I was practically drooling reading this recipe. Yummmm.

• What's really in your Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Spoiler: It ain't pumpkin.)

• I really want to commission one of these beautiful custom oil paintings.

• Beauty product names that make you say 'Hmmm.'

Loved this piece on the power of siblings. Definitely worth a read if you have brothers or sisters--it made so many interesting points. This part kind of sums it up: "The sibling relationship is life's longest lasting relationship, longer, for most of us by a quarter of a century, than our ties to our parents...It lasts longer than our relationship with our children, certainly longer than with a spouse, and with the exception of a few lucky men and women, longer than with a best friend."

• And because you know I love me a good blowout--and a good pair of sunglasses--I had to share this news: DreamDry is teaming up with Cohen's Fashion Optical for a cool contest where you could win a makeover at the salon and two pairs of Gucci glasses. Fun, right? For details on how to enter, click here. (Note: This is not sponsored--just thought it sounded fun!)

And in case you missed it, this week I...

• Shared my #1 rule of online shopping.

• Recreated the sweet-meets-edgy outfit seen on Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins...for my four year old.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fashion Blogger vs. Four Year Old: Stripes & Sequins

black moto plus white dress

Left: Photo via Stripes & Sequins. Right: Jacket, dress, bag, sandals

I had so much fun with my recent Fashion Blogger vs. Four-Year-Old post that I couldn't wait to do another one. So, here it is! This time, I'm featuring one of my favorite ladies: Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins. I loved her sweet-meets-edgy combo of the LWD with the black moto jacket that she wore a few weeks back. I'd wear it myself, of course, but it would be so cute for a pint-size lady, too. Mini motos and (faux) Chanel? Now that's what little girls are made of.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The #1 Rule of Online Shopping: If It Doesn't Look Good On The Model...

(If you dare...) Top, Piperlime
I do almost all of my shopping online. That means, I rarely get a chance to try something on until I've already bought it. And because I hate returns (is there anything worse than lugging packages to the UPS store?), I work hard to try and determine whether or not something will fit (and look good on me) purely from viewing it on a computer screen. 

There are lots of little tips I've picked up, but my biggest one is a simple, harsh, but necessary truth: If it doesn't look good on the model, it won't look good on you. 

Sorry, but it just won't. This is one I've had to learn the hard way--and one I still have to occasionally remind myself of when I see a cute top that makes the model look a little chunky and I think, "Well, mayyyyybeee?" But no. No

The number one reason catalog models are catalog models is because their bodies are built perfectly for clothes. They're super tall with long legs, flat tummies, zero hips, and just-enough boob and butt without being too much boob and butt. Most clothes never look better than when they are hanging on the rack, and these models are the next best thing. And if a top (or a dress or pair of pants) can't manage to make them look good in clothes, do you really want any part of it?

I don't care how awesome your body is (and, by the way, this rule does not mean you have a "bad body"), but if it's not better than a human clothes hanger further perfected with a little Photoshop help, then abort mission. Move on to the next cute top. Do not attempt. 

Sadly, this rule doesn't work the other way: If it looks good on the model, it won't automatically look good on you. But, hey, that's what those UPS return trips are for, right?

P.S. - Today is the last day to enter this giveaway. Hurry: Enter to win now!

Friday, August 22, 2014

11 Cool Things You Need To Click On Today

Getting a little carried away in the beauty/fashion closet at work

Summer is winding down, our office is a ghost town with people squeezing in those last few vacation days, and I'm already thinking fall. Case in point: We throw a Halloween party every year (you guys know how I love me a good theme party, right?), and this year I'm starting early with the planning, officially deciding yesterday that the theme is going to be "Vintage Halloween." (You won't tell, right?) If you want to follow along with my planning, you can follow my Pinterest board where I'll be heavily pinning away for the next two+ months! :)

But let's not go too crazy with autumn prep--summer's not over yet, right?

• Love a good skinny jean. Love a good boyfriend jean. So naturally these skinny boyfriend jeans are next on my list. Best part: They're under $100!

• These shoes! So pretty, such a good deal and you'd totally wear them with evvverrrrythinnnng.

• I discovered Surratt eye shadows this week, and OMG--they are amazing. The texture is insane (so silky!), and there are so many good colors. I especially love this perfect nude.

• How cute are these bedsheets with metallic gold polka dots? Cute enough that they're in my cart right now.

• The pregnancy announcement heard 'round the (Instagram) world: Big congrats to my friend Eva on her impending bundle of sure-to-be-super-chic joy!

• This new video of celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves is LOL funny.

• Who would have guesses that Snoopy held the secret to anti-aging?

• Years ago at a beauty event, I was treated (ha) to a view of my skin through a UV camera. It was terrifying. (A UV camera lets you see already-occurred sun damage lying in wait underneath your skin, and spoiler alert: There's likely already a ton of damage you don't know about. There was for me. Good times.) This video shares a similar peek at that hidden sun damage and gives a cool glimpse at the power of sunscreen to block UV rays.

 Emily's xoJane piece on adopting her foster son brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful.

And in case you missed it, this week I...

• Went back-to-school shopping with a picky preschooler.

• Announced a cool giveawayHave you entered yet?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back-to-School Shopping With A Girly Girl

Love this dress! It reminds me of Tea Collection...for about one-sixth of the price. Dress, Okie Dokie; leggings, Okie Dokie; sneakers, Disney
Shockingly, my skirt-obsessed girl is all over this skinny-jean-and-graphic-tee combo. T-shirt, Arizona; jeggings, Arizona; sneakers, Disney

Dress + leggings x pink = our go-to kind of outfit. Dress, Carter's; leggings, Okie Dokie; sneakers, Disney.
If you want to be a hero to a four-year-old girl, this is what you buy: Frozen sneakers
Dress, Arizona; leggings, Okie Dokie; sneakers, Converse

T-shirt, Okie Dokie; jeggings, Arizona; sneakers, Converse (Note: That rag she's holding is not available at JCPenney. That' would be Bunny, her lovie. Bunny has seen better days.)

Behind-the-scenes of our shopping trip. I drew the line at the Sofia the First costume as a back-to-school option.

Shopping for a little girl can be amazing. Shopping for a picky little girl can be tough. And when it comes to clothes (and, ok, dinner), my daughter is picky. The older she gets, the more say she wants to have in what she wears. And that generally means skirts or dresses all. the. time. 

I do nearly all of her shopping online, and when the boxes come, we'll go through them together and she'll basically sit there like a little King Joffrey ruthlessly deciding whether something lives or dies. If it's pink, purple, or emblazoned with princesses, cats, or sparkles, it will usually go on to see another day. Typically anything blue ("it's too boy"), kind-of plain ("it's not fashionable"), or the p-word ("I hate pants!!) is sentenced back to the returns center. What can I say? My little girl is absolutely a girly-girl through and through. She loves making a statement with what she wears, and she loves expressing herself through clothes.

Gee, where did she get that from?

So when JCPenney invited us to come by and do a little back-to-school shopping, I was excited, but also a little nervous. I was already imagining the battles we were going to have in the store--and the pink fest we were surely going to walk away with. Don't get me wrong: I like the girly stuff, too. But it would be nice if S would deign to try on a different color sometimes. Or pants. Like when it's, oh, 20 degrees out?

But she actually surprised me that afternoon in the store! Yes, she made a beeline to the princess stuff  (we left with Frozen sneakers that we might as well have gotten surgically attached to her feet since she pretty much refuses to take them off), and yes we bought several (adorable) dresses. But she also agreed to a little blue, lots of leggings, and even jeans. SKINNY JEANS! (There was the sparkly jeweled button on the fly that won her over. My sincere thanks to the JCP design wizard who thought of that trick.) The Great Pants Experiment of 2014 may not seem earth-shattering to you, but my daughter hasn't worn pants in years, so this basically felt like my own personal Everest.

Here's a few photos of S modeling some of her new back-to-school looks. There's a little pink, a little denim, a little girly-girl--and it's all totally my girl.

P.S.- Um, check out those poses! Could you die?)

When it fits, you feel it.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by JCPenney via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JCPenney.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Lexypexy Eco-Chic Teethers! {CLOSED}

I know it's hard to tear your eyes away from the supercute baby above, but just try for a sec to focus on the wooden things that he's chewing on. Those, my friends, are the cutest. teethers. ever. They're from Lexypexy, an adorable line of cool, eco-friendly wooden teethers that's miles away from the garish plastic stuff out there. 

I discovered them a few weeks back while I was at BlogHer, and actually did a double-take when I first saw the display. They didn't look anything like baby toys. Instead, they looked like superchic mini odes to some of the most iconic bags from Chanel, Chloe, and Hermes. (I found myself really, really wishing that they had been around when my daughter was teething!) 

Luckily, my son is still in the gnawing phase. (Well, actually, not so much luckily--teething is hell). But how cute does he look chomping down on the little croissant and yacht? He loves them. And I love that they're not full of sketchy chemicals like plastic teethers.

Lexypexy is generously giving away a set of THREE teethers of your choice (valued at $73!) to one lucky reader. You can go with all three bags if you've got a wee Kardashian on your hands; the sunglasses, yacht, and vintage sportscar if yours is more of a Little Lord Disick; or just mix and match to make your own set--they're all so adorable. 

And if even if you don't have a kid, I'd suggest entering anyway. Save 'em for the next baby shower on your calendar and show up looking like a gift-giving rock star. Or just display them! (No joke: The bags in particular would actually look amazing styled on a bookshelf. Yes, I'm obsessed...!)

Please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

10 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Such a pretty (and affordable!) storage solution for your favorite lipsticks

Heading down to the beach with the kids today (long car trip. pray for me.), so I'm about to embark on a frantic packing-fest. (Packing for a trip with kids is the worst, BTW. You have to bring everything and it's kind of a disaster if you forget one of the 5123432 essential things like, say, diapers. But that's another post...) 

Oh! This was fun: I saw the play The Maids (starring Cate Blanchett) last night. It was good--amazing acting, very intense, and the set was so cool and different. Worth seeing if you're in NYC and a big Cate fan.

In the meantime, here's a few fun things worth checking out today...

• Is there possibly a prettier way to store makeup than this vintage-y lipstick holder? I think not.

• I'm buying this pleated black leather skirt for fall, and then, mark my words: I am going to live in it. (SO. AWESOME.)

• This modern take on the Topsy Tail (remember that thing??) is really pretty and looks super easy to do.

• How to take the perfect shoe selfie.

• This cracked me up: "20 Back-to-School Ideas That'll Make the Other Moms Cry." Such a funny look at some of the truly insane Pinterest projects out there (and you don't have to be a mom to enjoy it, I promise). 

• This brand-new line of customizable cotton string lights (hard to explain--check them out) is so cool. They would be so pretty for a wedding, a bedroom, etc. Definitely planning to order some for my next party!

• I love this living room--cool and chic but still totally cozy/homey.

And in case you missed it this week, I...

• Revealed the best people to follow on Instagram.

• Talked about why the death of Robin Williams feels like it hits so close to home.

• Shared some fun, eye-catching phone cases for the beauty junkie.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Would love to hear your plans below. Go!