Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I'm Nervous Right Now (a.k.a An Introvert Newbie Heads Off to BlogHer)

My new "mom-slash-beauty-editor" business cards

Eek! I leave tomorrow for my first-ever blog conference! Yep, I'm heading out west to San Jose, CA for BlogHer '14. I am so excited--I can't wait to learn and network and talk all things digital for a few days. 

But here's the truth: I'm also kind of nervous. I know exactly zero people attending! Well, unless you count Robin of The Balanced Life, who I "know" entirely through Instagram. (Hi Robin!) I'm what BlogHer-goers affectionately refer to as a "newbie."

And now here I am, heading off to a couple of days jam-packed full of parties and events and meetings, and I don't know a soul. Hence the nerves.

See, I like to fancy myself an extrovert, but more recently, I've realized that I really lean more towards being an introvert. (This awesome quiz on A Cup of Jo helped me to see that. If you haven't taken it yet, I highly recommend you do.) I mean, it's not like crowds or new people give me a panic attack or anything, but I'm not typically the type to start a conversation with a random person or go up to a group of strangers out of the blue and introduce myself. (And from everything I've heard so far, that's totally what BlogHer is all about!) It just does not come naturally to me. I love hanging with my peeps who I already know, what can I say?

So all you extroverts (or conference veterans) out there: Help me out! What's your best tip for meeting people if you're at an event or party where you don't know anyone? I'd love to hear your suggestions. (While we're at it: Is anyone out there attending BlogHer this week? If so, definitely let me know!)

And, to be honest, I already feel a little more comfortable, because I just Googled and found out that there is a DryBar in San Jose! So, if nothing else, my hair is feeling a sense of relief right now. What can I say? I love being with my peeps. 

p.s.- Check out the new business cards that I ordered for BlogHer, above. They are from TinyPrints, and if you're curious, they are this style. I am so, so happy with the way they turned out! I feel like they really capture the mom-slash-beauty-editor spirit of this site. Plus they're really pretty! What do you guys think? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Can't stop thinking about this photo since I saw it in the @trophycupcakes feed yesterday. They are SNO-CONE COCKTAILS. How awesome does that sound? Apparently they are from Gracias Madre, a restaurant in L.A. I want to go to there!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've spent the last few days on vacation. We went to Anguilla and it was amaaaaazing! Since I didn't get a chance to do my weekly links post (on account of being extremely busy doing nothing on the beach), I thought I'd run it today. So, here's a few fun things I found while sitting around being lazy in a bikini. (And more on the vacay coming soon!)

• I'm so ordering this dress ASAP. It's totally the perfect fall work dress, no? And it's on sale!)

• Stumbled on this blog for the first time recently and really like her style. (And her hair--gorgeous!) For starters, I am fully going to copy this outfit.

• Behati Prinsloo's braid! So pretty.

• I've wanted a Moroccan wedding blanket forever. But now I'm going to satisfy the need with these awesome Moroccan Wedding BASKETS. Beautiful and functional storage = win.

• This casual, jeans-and-sweater combo is pretty perfect.

• Wow. Just, wow. This list of "30 Things I've Learned" by Nick Crocker is a powerful must-read. So many of these (especially #1, 10, 15, 24, and 30) really made me think.

• The genius way to un-shrink clothes. (Must try this!)

• Will someone please buy me this necklace? Purdy, purdy please? #obsessed

• Cool way of making people take the stairs. So smart!

• I adore these vintage gold-plated forks and knives. They would be so pretty to use for party appetizers.

• Here's what Disney princesses would look like in real life.

• I love iced coffee. (Particularly Grady's Cold Brew. Anyone else?) Here's a really interesting read on why iced coffee tends to be so pricey.

• This harsh-but-awesome, take-no-prisoners piece on people who bitch about kids on planes made me laugh. So perfect. (Because it's so true: Traveling with kids on planes is always a zillion times worse for the parents than it is for you. Promise.)

• Why National Food Days (i.e. National Donut Day, National Ice Cream Day, and so on) are basically just total b.s.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Best Stuff For A Beach Vacation

Top row, from left: Fedora; bikini top and bottom; sweater. Middle row: embroidered shorts; denim shorts. Bottom row: sandals; bag; sunscreen; headphones

My husband and I are leaving this week on a much-needed, much-overdue vacation. To Anguilla! And without kids! So it's actually going to be a vacation! I can't wait. Doing a little bit of shopping--and a lot of daydreaming--has really gotten me excited. Here's a few of my favorite beach-vacation finds--plus why I love each one.

Genie by Eugenia Kim Crochet FedoraI am not typically a "hat person," but if you don't feel like bringing home wrinkles and skin cancer as a souvenir, it's essential. I've owned this fedora (with a plain cord in place of the sash) for years, and I love it. It's crushable, so I can smoosh it into my suitcase, and it works just as well for pool days as it does for walking around town. This floral one is a pretty update.

Tory Burch Bikini Top and Bottom - I bought this last week and I am OBSESSED. (I can't stop trying it on!) It's so flattering, and the top is very supportive, which can be hard to find. Plus, it's really sexy in the most sophisticated way. I cannot wait to wear it.

Townsen Zuma Sweater - Sometimes I forget to pack a sweater when I'm going somewhere warm, and I always, always regret it. This lightweight one would be perfect paired with blue or white jeans, thrown over a bikini, or worn on the plane.

Topshop Embroidered Shorts - If I wear shorts, they're usually denim cutoffs. But these are convincing me to get out of that rut. I want to wear them with flat strappy sandals and a breezy white tank (like this one!).

Citizens of Humanity Denim Shorts - I have been living in these shorts this summer so far--they are awesome. They are a bit longer than most denim shorts, which means they cover the top of my thighs (where other, too-short shorts tend to bunch up in the most unattractive way), and that makes them infinitely more flattering. I also love how they're a bit loose in certain spots, but still tight in the right places. They're not cheap, but so worth it to me since I wear them so much. 

DV by Dolce Vita Sandals - I live in flat sandals when I'm on vacation. Honestly, if I'm going to an island, I don't even pack heels anymore--they just end up collecting dust in my suitcase. These flat strappy sandals are sexy and comfy, and when you're on vacation, there's no better combo than that.

Foley + Corinna Tote - A good straw bag is a vacation must. One that's cute like this can double as a beach tote and a day bag for sightseeing, shopping, etc. If you want to be a real packing star, you could even use it as your carry-on, too. Plus, aren't the bright stripes just so fun and cheery?

Oscar de la Renta Sunscreen Stick - I've mentioned before that Oscar de la Renta sunscreen is one of my favorite products--great formula and just so glamorous. This stick version is perfect for travel. I'll slip it into my carry-on, so that I can be protected at the pool...even if the airline loses my bag. (This is totally the kind of thing I stress about!)

Frendz Rose Gold Headphones - Best headphones ever. Cushy (so totally comfy for a long flight), loud and clear (even over the deafening hum of the plane), and just so darn cool (those rose-gold studs--swoon!). I've owned them for about a year now, and I'm never going back to earbuds.


Friday, July 11, 2014

12 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

My first full week at the new job went really well! Now I'm prepping for tons of family to come into town today, a graduation party for my niece tonight, and my son's baptism this weekend. Whew. My vacation next week (Anguilla--yay!) can't come soon enough. Have a great weekend, all.

• Who would have thought that the nail polish photo above--a picture I quickly snapped while literally walking into a waxing appointment--would become my most popular Instagram shot of all time?

• The perfect hostess gift for your most glamorous friend? These gold geo bottle stoppers. So chic! And so The Sparkly Life. :)

• I mentioned loving this awesome Anthropologie Scrollwork Maxi dress a few weeks back. I then went to actually purchase it a few days later only to find out it was 100 percent completely sold out online and in stores across the country. Well, I learned my lesson. Buy first, and only then open your big mouth online. Well, I noticed that it was randomly back in stock today, actually shrieked, and then quickly scooped it up immediately. Now that one is safely on its way to me, I can share it again: This dress is beautiful--so perfect for summer nights--and it sells out lightning fast. If you love it half as much as I do, I suggest you nab one here asap. Seriously, move...!

• An asymmetrical updo that's kind of different--and so pretty.

• 35 genius travel tips (they're really good!)

• This piece on celebrities and their historical lookalikes is in-sane. I mean, all of them are crazy, but a few of them (particularly Orlando Bloom, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Nic Cage, and Maggie Gyllenhaal) are nothing short of mind-blowing. Just wow.

• This list of the most popular baby names of 2014 is so interesting! I really got a kick out of the fact that my daughter's name is the #79th most popular on the girl's list and my son's is #78 on the boy's. At least, I'm consistent, I guess? (But, sorry, I refuse to believe the #1 most popular name in the country right now is Imogen. Do you guys know a single person who named their baby that this year?)  

• Supposedly this was Jessica Simpson's favorite breakfast when she was dieting for her wedding. Either way, it looks super delicious (and easy). Will definitely be making it soon!

• Great Ikea Hack: This DIY gold-and-marble bookcase.

• I want to wear these.

• I want to make this.

• And ICYMI: This week, I was featured on BaubleBar's blog chatting about my new job and a few of my current obsessions. (I also shared some favorite BaubleBar finds here--so much good stuff right now!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Talking Shoes, Statement Jewelry, and Sugar Addictions With BaubleBar Today

Be sure to head on over to BaubleBar's blog this afternoon because... I'm there! Yes, I'm honored to announce that they're featuring me today as their "Midweek Muse" talking about my new job, my current obsessions, and lots more. Click here to check out the interview. 

And, in honor of the feature, I decided to choose a few of my favorite pieces currently on the BaubleBar site below. This sparkly necklace, this edgy black stunner, these rose-gold Frends headphones--ahh! There is so much good stuff there right now, huh?

Let me know what you think of the interview! 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Obsessed: Best Summer Dress (It's Under $100!)

Dress, French Connection
Okay, first of all: Please forgive the low-budget iPhone selfie (and messy bedroom. and photo-bomb by my cat--oy). But I couldn't wait any longer to show you this dress. It may be my favorite purchase of the summer so far. Seriously. I am in love with it. 

When I first saw it in the store, I actually didn't notice that it had an open back (and if I had noticed that, I never would have even tried it on--going braless is not an option for me). But once I got it in the dressing room, I figured I might as well put it on, and I am so glad I did. 

The dress is awesome. It's designed perfectly so that you can still wear a bra--nothing shows at all--and the cutout is actually amazing when it's hot out. (Feels kind of like A/C!) Plus, there's a stretchy waistband, so it's really, really comfy, and the overall cut of the piece is extremely flattering and slimming. I recommend going a size up for a looser, breezier fit. That's what I did and it's become my go-to casual dress for sweltering weekend days--I actually get excited to wear it!

And it's under $100! You're welcome.

P.S.- Just remember to cover the exposed area on your back with sunscreen since it's likely a spot that doesn't usually see the light of day. I spritz it with my favorite spray sunscreen after getting dressed--and sometimes ask my daughter to help me reach it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Weekend Recap

How beauty editors dress their babies in the sun before they're old enough to argue. 

We weren't planning on going anywhere for the long weekend, but had a last-minute change of heart when we started to get jealous of everyone heading out of town. So, Thursday night we packed up the car, strapped both kids in their seats, and drove to my parent's house in Fenwick Island, Delaware just before bedtime. The idea was that my two awesome bed-sleeper/horrible car-sleeper kids would sleep in the car since they would be so tired. In my delusional state, I even downloaded a movie onto my iPad thinking I could watch it while my two little ones slumbered peacefully. Hahaha. Um, no. While my daughter actually did sleep (miracle!), my exhausted son screamed the entire time. And I don't mean "entire time" as in "felt like the whole trip." No, literally the. entire. time. Four hours. Fun stuff.

But once we got there, things were great (and quieter!), even though--get this--I FORGOT MY BATHING SUIT. Nevertheless, we hit the beach and the pool (it was my son's first time in a pool and he loved it--total water baby), took my daughter to see a movie (her review: "Angelina Jolene was the perfect Maleficient pretender!"), and I even got to take two (two!) long, glorious naps. (Thank god for grandparents!) Then, before we knew it, the weekend was over and we had to drive back. Neither kid slept this time. WTF?

What did you guys do this weekend? And any tips for getting kids to sleep in the car?