I have to tell you about this conference! I was able to go to the Retail and Luxury Goods Conference at HBS last weekend. When I learned that the CEO of Kate Spade, the CMO & CDO of Sephora, and fashion designer Donna Karan were coming to speak I jumped at the opportunity. Not to mention the fabulous panelists from various companies. I learned so so so much! I came home with a better understanding of how retailers do their business. Donna Karan was fabulous. I’ve always admired her. I left amazed at the many people who have not only been highly successful in their field in this changing world, but aim to also connect with people. I took a TON of pictures, but didn’t want to overload you. I also left with the best goodie bag.
The other night I went to a Favorite Things girls night. It’s so much fun! Every group of girls should do it, and it’s a great way to get to know other girls. We do it simply and inexpensively. Everyone brings 3 items that you LOVE, but we have a price limit of $6. So, three nail polish’s, three magazines, etc. You draw names and swap gifts. So you walk away with three new things that someone else loves.
I brought three lipsticks! And, it got some of us talking about makeup and what we wear what we don’t. I wear everything. I love it all. So, I wanted to share my favorite lip stain. The YSL lip stain is AH-MAZING! I’m pretty sure it’s changed my life. But, get this…YSL makeup is owned by L’Oreal! The L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine stains have the SAME ingredients as the YSL lip stains. So, they really wear the same. They don’t have the same colors though, so keep that in mind. YSL costs $34 and L’Oreal costs $9. So, you can really pinch your pennies or go for the posh price.
This past weekend. Was so busy and so perfect. Mark and I went to the museum of science to watch two IMAX films, then we went to Flour bakery. If you come to Boston to visit me, we will go here. I love their homemade oreos and the BLT. I mean, just look at that bacon! The bakery is always busy. It’s such a hot spot I went there the week of thanksgiving (maybe to get a BLT? I don’t remember…) and the line was out the door for pre-ordered Thanksgiving pies. So, this place knows what they’re doing. The weather was actually nice! So, I celebrated by wearing a dress! Granted, I was in all black, but I wanted some of the sun to soak in! I’ve been really attracted to caramel colors this winter, so I’ve been wearing my caramel and leopard-print hat; and booties a ton.
I’ve all of sudden felt very busy in my non-busy life this week. I’ve been very productive with a lot of little things. I’ve been asked to babysit a lot and to serve a lot in my church. It’s been overwhelming because everything is a little ambiguous right now. I also have a job offer to be a bridal stylist at BHLDN here in Boston. Which is awesome! But I worry about managing my time and bringing balance to our little home. I feel like all women perform different balancing acts in their lives, and I’m adjusting to a new one. So, wish me lots of luck!
Yes! I love this women. She is brilliant. I decided to have Donna Karan be my women crush this week because I actually just got to meet her! Serious?? SERIOUS. She’s fabulous. I learned that she works hard to combine commerce with philanthropy. In recent years she has developed Urban Zen. Check it out. There’s a .com and a .org. In early years, I knew her to be an incredible designer that could forecast women’s clothing. She developed the bodysuit, which she explained came from her love of yoga (um, she’s my soul sista). I’m now more fascinated with her than ever. She’s an insanely talented designer, and it comes so naturally to her. Bravo Ms. Karan. Bravo.
We spent a night at the art museum for Valentine’s. It was perfect. We both love art museums and can spend hours upon hours looking at sculptures, paintings, and new media.
Get this, when we first arrived we started to purchase our tickets from a kiosk. A big security guard came up to us and canceled our transaction and asked us: “are yous in loves?” We said yes , and he let us enter free of charge! What a friendly man!
There he was working on a Holiday, he’d probably rather spend his night with a loved one, but he choose to spread love to others. I learned a lesson from him that night. Life is what you make out of various situations.
Good Morning! Since late December I’ve been really really really into purple eyeshadow, and purple eyeliner. Whatever. I’m still in my twenties. Here I am trying really hard to get a pic for you. Now that I look at it, it was clearly a fail. *please don’t notice my nails…please don’t notice my nails* But, seriously, this purple color has been really working out for me. Not to mention when Mark and I went to see Frozen awhile back and I realized I had the exact same makeup as the Ice Queen, Elsa . . . or as a cartoon. However you look at it.
It’s been awhile since I visited the Mac counter, but it was so much fun. No lie, when I left the store I gave the saleswomen a hug! We chatted like we had been friends for years! Pastels are HUGE for Spring, so I decided to start a tad early with this purple pastel color scheme!
Eyeshadows: Beautiful Iris; Blanc Type
Eyeliner: Designer Purple (This was my favorite addition of the day).
Lipgloss: Viva Glam Nicki 2 (“Frost yourselves!”).
Pleats are sooooo beautiful, aren’t they? Pleats create femininity and flow in dresses, shorts, skirts, and shirts. I noticed a lot of pleats being used in designs during fashion week, I’m so happy that we’ll be seeing more of them! I scrummaged through some of my clothes and found that some of my favorite items have pleats!
Side note: we don’t have much closet space here in Boston, so I’ve tossed out 50% of my wardrobe. With what’s left, half is in a big plastic bin that I dig through every once in awhile. The bin is right next to our dinner table, cause where else?
The pleats on these pants are subtle, but they make all the difference. The Argentine cowboys wear these kinds of pants, so when I lived there I snagged a pair.
Ralph Lauren *swoon*
Badgley Mischka *fave!*
Not going to lie, I love the flashes of leg coming down the runway. It can be done in a tasteful way. Especially with a slit to the knee; like Donna Karan’s slits. And don’t her models look fierce?! You go girls!
I don’t have rave reviews about Marc Jacobs designs this year, they didn’t click with me and that’s why there are no pictures here. But, he did have a slit dress with thick leggings poking through, so if you aren’t sure if you should plunge into high slits, know that you can pair it with leggings or extra thick tights.
The last image, the Badgley Mischka dress, is out-of-this-world-I-need-it-in-my-closet-perfection. It doesn’t have a slit, but I posted it anyway. yolo.
I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day. I know this day can be awful, but celebrate any kind of love that you feel! Because the world need more of that loving feeling. xoxo
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Delpozo Americans and Canadians rejoice! Plaid is still high and mighty for fall fashion. These are some of my favorite plaid picks this year. They are all bursting in confidence. I would love to own the dress in the first photo, the Vera Wang menswear-inspired dress. It’s so feminine with how it moves, but the color and the bold plaid gives it intense edge. So, don’t throw any of your plaid out during spring cleaning! If anything tie it around your waist, elementary-school style!
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Oh dear. I’m emotional. With the passing of Shirley Temple on Monday I’ve been reminiscing the countless songs that the American Sweetheart taught my sisters and me growing up. On Sundays we were allowed to watch church movies, Disney movies, and Shirley Temple movies. We would sing and dance to them over and over again. They are timeless.
She is my Women Crush Wednesday because of how she conducted herself throughout life. We know her as a curly haired, tap dancing powerhouse child. Yet, as she grew up (in her 20′s) she became a wife, a mother, a diplomat, and a US ambassador. How lovely that a child with such fame grew up to be a women of so much class and grace. I’m going to watch “Bright Eyes” now.