Tuesday, October 21, 2014

9 Beauty Situations That Make You Want to Cry Like Kim Kardashian

I posted the photo above (a #regram from Up & Out salon) on my Insta last week. It totally cracked me up because it's just so true, right? It got me thinking about other beauty annoyances, so I thought it would be fun to illustrate a few of them--in GIF form. Enjoy!

1. When you walk out of the salon with a killer new blowout...and it starts raining.

2. When you go to get more of your favorite lip gloss and find out it's just been discontinued.

3. When you discover your new waterproof mascara...just isn't.

4. When you're trying to decide whether you should gather the energy to take your makeup off before bed or play Russian Roulette with your skin and just go to sleep.

5. When you wake up with a big zit placed conveniently in the exact center of your forehead. 

6. When you've spent approximately 100 years expertly applying your mascara. And then you sneeze.

7. When the hair on your head grows painfully slow--but the ones on your upper lip are multiplying like crazy. 

8. When you buy an expensive new self-tanner, slather it on, then find out that it's clearly not your shade. 

9. When it becomes obvious that your hair stylist is cutting off more than the quarter-inch you requested.

Now it's your turn! What did I forget? Below, please tell me what beauty moments make you want to cry. Maybe you'll see them come to life in GIF form here soon. ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

13 More Cool Things You Have To Click On Today

The New Yorker cartoon above made me giggle. It's available as a framed print here.

How's your weekend going? Mine's good, though not as relaxing as I hoped it would be (lots of running around with the kids!). But I did take a break to go out with some friends Friday night, which was fun. I also found some time to cook a healthy dinner (this easy coconut curry, which I ate over coconut cauliflower "rice"--so good!). And I have these paleo brownies in the oven right now! Cross your finger that they're as yummy as they look.

So, as promised on Friday, I'm back today with a rare weekend post! Found too many fun things this week and wanted to share them all. Enjoy!

• I grew up in the supermodel era, loved them all, but was particularly obsessed with Cindy Crawford. I maintained a binder with Cindy photos (this was how superfans did it before Pinterest, kids), recreated her infamous Pepsi commercial for my high school pageant, and even did an oral report on her for 10th grade English. (Eek--yep, obsessed is definitely the right word.) For years, I saw every photo and read every article about Cindy. So, I really adored this awesome interview with her. So much great stuff. She rules. #cindyforever

• Have you read this beautiful essay by Judith Newman about her autistic son's adorable relationship with Siri? Really great. 

• I really want these black-and-tortoise-shell bow flats. Such a pretty alternative to the standard plain-black pair.

• Loved Grace's roundup of party dresses and accessories. Now I just need somewhere to wear that gorgeous hot pink number!

• Is Kim Kardashian a digital genius?

• Why hadn't anyone thought of this before? And, OMG, don't you just want to try it right now? 

• This funny, gay-wedding-advice video is great.

• 7 questions all bloggers should ask themselves.

Just in case you've ever thought about applying sunscreen with your makeup airbrushing tool...don't. Here's why.

• A modern-day use of the barter system: Will Letter For Lunch

And, ICYMI, here's a few posts that have been popular on The Sparkly Life this week...

• How to Get The Most Gorgeous Read Lips

• Almost Famous: I Auditioned For a New TV Show

• The Best Scalloped Flats At Every Price

Friday, October 17, 2014

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Photo by @dawnspinnerdavis

Super busy at work this week in the best kind of way. There were tons of launch events, so I ran around getting a sneak peek at lots of cool products launching early next year. (Great stuff coming up!) I also got to indulge in a great, much-needed facial at Face Place, which was divine. This weekend we're hanging out with some couple-friends, and then I'm hoping to squeeze in a yoga class and catch up on a few episodes of Transparent (are you watching it? so, so good).

Choosing which links to share this week was tough. So many good ones! In fact, I decided that I'll be back this weekend with part two of this post--there's just too much great stuff not to share!

Have a great weekend! 

• At an event this week, I learned that this mask is the best-selling skin-care product in Sephora. People are obsessed. Have you guys tried it?

• Such a pretty top! Totally one of those super versatile pieces you'd wear year round, with both jeans and skirts, dressed-up or down.

• Wow--this is amazing. Amazing singing, amazing piano-playing, and utterly amazing that Billy Joel agreed to do it in the first place.

• Loved this video of my boss, Keija Minor, talking about how she broke into the magazine business. Very inspiring how she did a complete career change, going from lawyer to magazine intern to editor in chief of Brides.

• I'm super into plaid right now, and this sweater is topping my list.

• Did you catch this major (beauty-related!) plot problem in Gone Girl?

• A funny piece that makes an excellent point: Is it time to kill school picture day?

• Hands down, this is the world's all-time cutest Halloween costume.

• I'm off sugar, but damn--these cinnamon-sugar pumpkin donut things look so, so tasty.

• In defense of brunch

• Once again, The Onion gets it so sadly right.

 This cat has a serious case of Resting Bitch Face.

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

• Rounded up my favorite fall sweaters (all on sale!)

• Talked about a great new movie--one the food industry doesn't want you to see.

• Revealed the coolest new app for people who love magazines, but hate clutter.

• Shared the best scalloped flats...at every price.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Best Sweaters From The (Major!) Shopbop Sale

From left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Unless you've been living under a rock that doesn't have Wifi, you know that Shopbop's epic sale is going on now. And because it is actually blogger law that you must post about it (and also because there's tons of truly awesome stuff and the deals are really, really good!), I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

Maybe it's because the weather is finally starting to feel fall-like, but right now, I'm totally craving cozy sweaters and cardigans, especially fun patterned pieces and basics-with-a-cool-twist, so that's what I've focused on here.

And remember, you'll get 25 percent off these items (or any others) with the code FAMILY25! But hurry: The sale is only going on for the next three days.

Here are a few of the cool sweaters currently filling my cart...


Monday, October 13, 2014

Fed Up: The Movie The Food Industry Doesn't Want You to See

Have you guys seen the documentary Fed Up yet? I saw it a few weeks ago, loved it, and then watched it again this weekend with my parents. Afterwards, my parents and I had an hour-long discussion about the film, which I don't think has ever happened...!

If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must-see. It's entertaining, eye-opening, and will likely significantly change the way you think about food, shop for food, and eat. 

From various reporting and reading I've done over the years, I knew a lot of the facts in the movie already (fat's not the problem, sugar is; processed food is bad; low-fat isn't better for you; eat more real food, etc), but they presented them in a very clear, easy-to-understand way that I loved. Plus, I still learned a ton. For example, I had no idea just how complicit the government is in the obesity problem or just how powerful the sugar and processed food industries are--and it's all pretty scary. 

I've included the trailer below for you to watch, if you'd like--and I definitely recommend seeing the movie if you haven't already. (And, by the way, this post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form. I just think the movie is something people need to see!)

Have you seen Fed Up yet? What did you think? I'd love to discuss below!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Coolest App For Magazine Lovers...Plus a GIVEAWAY!

{Giveaway info at the bottom!}

Have you guys heard of NextIssue? I discovered it randomly a few months ago, instantly downloaded it--and fell in love. It's an app where you pay a flat fee each month (I have the $9.99/month plan) and get unlimited access to digital issues of 135 magazines (back issues, too!). 

I love it for so many reasons, but two main ones: 1) I find myself reading stories in magazines I don't normally read. I read all my regular favorites, of course, but I like that I can also check out a one-off article in a magazine I might not typically buy without dropping an extra $4 on an issue that might not have anything else I'm interested in. I'm discovering lots of cool, new-to-me magazines, too.

And 2) No clutter. This is huge for me. As someone who has worked in magazines for 12+ years--and loved magazines for far longer than that--you can imagine that I own a lot of magazines. I mean, just take the ones I've written for alone and you've got yourself quite a bit of paper. In recent years, I've really tried to cut down on the clutter in my life, but still the piles of magazines remained. No more. I still bring home the issues I work on, of course, and I get a few paper subscriptions at work, but most of my actual reading is done on my iPad. In my mind, nothing beats reading a big pile of magazines--without the pile.

If you head over to the NextIssue blog, I'm featured today as a guest curator talking more about why I love the app, and sharing some of my favorite reads that I found in various magazines this month.

And now for that giveaway: Three winners will each receive a three-month subscription to NextIssue! (So, basically, three months of unlimited magazines for freeeeeee! Yay!) Please enter via Rafflecopter below. I'll contact the winners directly after the giveaway ends next week. Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Best Scalloped Flats At Every Price

scalloped shoes

From top left: Loeffler Randall (also love this nude version- *ALSO: Use code FALL20 for 20 percent off!); J. Crew; Loeffler Randall; Chloe (also here); Ugg (on sale!); Ugg (on sale!); Mia; Chloe (also in red and this amazing gold); J. Crew; Chloe (plus this bronze pair is amazing--goes with EVERYTHING)

I received a pair of bronze Chloe scalloped flats a few years ago as a gift, and I have basically rarely taken them off my feet ever since. I wear them to the office (so great for days when I'm running around and can't deal with heels--they still look fancy and put-together), on the weekend, to playdates, really anywhere and everywhere.

I don't know what it is about a little fancy edging, but these flats are super chic, feel so much more special than a plain pair, and I always--always, even years later--get compliments when I wear them. And, of course, they're crazy-comfy. 

Now, admittedly they are not cheap, by any definition, but I can attest that they last forever (in fact, mine still appear nearly brand-new despite an almost abusive level of use). Plus, they have a very timeless look that's goes with almost anything in your closet. 

But really, you don't have to spend Chloe dollars to get a very similar look. The flats above come in a range of prices like $34$128--that amazing silver pair is on sale for $80! 

Which one is your favorite? 

P.S.- Speaking of shopping, you can get 20 percent off some of the key fall pieces at Piperlime with the code FALL20....including those great magenta Loeffler Randalls in the top left above (which also come in nude)! Such an awesome deal. Enjoy!