Category Archives: accessories

Holiday Dress-Up

This year I have two extra events to attend than I normally do so I’ve been trying to plan ahead in terms of outfits I’d like to wear.  Two family Christmas parties, a brunch meetup, and a business dinner.  Another issue is that New York is awfully cold this time of year.  My inspiration began with a cute crewneck sweater with an unexpected type of skirt pairing.  The office holiday party is more formal so I went with another option.  See photos for what I came up with after shopping my closet. 

Family Gathering 1: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Chicwish’s My Secret Weapon Tulle Maxi Skirt in Glitter Pink + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace

Family Gathering 2: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Nearkin’s on Amazon.com Waistband Scallop Floral Laced Midi Pencil Skirt in Beige + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge  Boots (the one pictured is by Frye)+ CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace

Office Holiday Dinner Party: Yoana Baraschi Palais Royal Reversible Sweater Dress + Eileen Fisher Black Shrug + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + Love Knot Statement Necklace

Brunch Meetup: Catherine Malandrino Crochet Knit Long Sleeve Pullover/Sweater in Black + Anthropologie’s Valora Printed Skirt + Miz Mooz Barcelona Mary Janes in Black + Anthropologie’s Shoreline Necklace


The Habe Travel Makeup Bag

I bought a Habe travel makeup bag from Amazon.com as a gift recently for my mother and she loved it.  Had I not already owned a similar case from years ago, I would have bought another for myself.  You can see for yourself how much it can hold and the variety of items you can store.  It’s perfect for those of you who tend to pack on the heavier or more prepared side, just so you don’t have to limit yourself too much ;).  The dimensions for the large case is listed as 11.4 in x 7.5 in x 3.9 in.  Since my purchase, they are currently also offering an extra large version which measures 16 in x 12 in x 5 in.

*Photo Credit: Amazon.com

The Glitter of Manhattan Portage…

This time all that glitters is gold!  With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection.  I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit.   You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)…  Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below.  Had to snag that baby up!

*Photocredit: Manhattan Portage

My Favorite Cosmetic Brushes: Sigma Beauty

Soft, durable, least shedding bristles, overall sleek design, grabs just the right amount of pigment whether natural or synthetic fiber [though this depends on you too ;)], fairly affordable (great investment), and easy to clean… these are all the things I love about my Sigma Beauty brushes :).  I have two of their sets (use them daily for nearly 4 years), their full-size and travel-size; it’s ideal to have two different sizes.  My only small qualm is with their eyeshadow brush (Pencil E30) which I use for the outer corners of my eyes; personally I would benefit from a smaller, stiffer brush since I don’t have the deepest creases.  Most people don’t have to be concerned with this…  To be fair, I may not be using the best brush for what I’m trying to achieve so I’ll have to look into another Sigma brush.  Honestly they are the best brushes I’ve ever owned and trust me, I’ve owned a good number of them from many well-known brands.

*Photocredit: Sigma Beauty

 

Scarf Treasure: Faliero Sarti

I’m in love!.. again ;)… I saw a gorgeous Faliero Sarti scarf on 11th. Moon’s website because of You Tube’s Chrissstttiiine.  It’s a peachy pink, delicate half cotton half silk with floral border best worn as a shrug scarf in my opinion, though there are many other wonderful ways to fashion a scarf.  I have a soft spot for the Fiorenza since it reminds me of my love for gardening :).

P.S. 11th. Moon’s customer service is impeccable!

*Photocredit: 11th. Moon

Sally Beauty’s DCNL Hair Accessories

I haven’t written on this topic for quite a while.  Hair accessories… love them!.. and something that you can never have too much of ;).  Every once in a while I’ll find myself wandering the beauty aisles and find something blog-worthy, like Sally Beauty Supply DCNL’s both pretty and handy-to-have hair accessories.  I’m normally a tee and jeans girl so when I feel like dolling up with just a little effort, I like to go for a beaded ponytailer, a rhinestone claw clip, or jeweled bobbies and barettes.  I’ve also included other favorite staples below…

*Photocredit: Sally’s Beauty DCNL Hair Accessories

 

Target & Bed Bath & Beyond Bedroom

Over the years I’ve learned that merely a change of curtains or an update to bedding (linens, comforter, duvet) can bring bigger welcome changes to one’s room than one would imagine.  If you are on a tight budget or find it inconvenient to have your bedroom painted, give these two simple things a try first.  My favorite sateen or Egyptian cotton bedding is from Bed Bath & Beyond.  Even my husband recognizes the importance of investing in good, comfortable sheets ;) ; afterall, a big chunk of one’s life is spent sleeping so might-as-well happily hunker down.  I’m also quite smitten with Target’s Simply Shabby Chic Cozy Blanket, Threshold Medallion Reversible Quilt (love those reversible quilts!), Simply Shabby Chic Bramble Duvet Set or the like, Xhilaration Comforter Sets, to name a few.  I recently purchased the SS Candy Floral linen set and can’t wait to dress the bed with it!

*Photocredit: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Other