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November 27, 2014

Current Cosmetic Obsessions | life + style

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1- Sunscreen: Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 by Mario Badescu

Lightweight texture, absorbs instantly so you can quickly move on to a bit of concealer, blush & bronzer… done!

 

2- Perfume:  Black Saffron by Byredo

If you don’t buy this perfume for its flawless packaging & branding you will purchase it for the beautiful smell.  It’s a more masculine scent than I typically wear but the smoky, citrus, leather and tobacco aroma is slightly addicting.

 

3- Oil (for your face): Beauty Oil by RMS

I can’t be the only one that feels like night cream is a bit of a heavy drag.  This light oil smells like cooking vanilla and makes for lovely moisturized skin by morning.

 

4- Concealer: Highlighting Concealer Brush by TERRY

Dreamy creamy concealer that covers it all up but is light enough to not show anything but your pretty skin. 

 

5- Skin Perfector: Micro Blur Skin Perfector by Kiehl’s

I bought Micro Blur Skin Perfector with a girlfriend because she heard it was supposed to make your face look “Instagrammed” in real life… sold.  I’m not sure if it holds up to that giant promise but it does make for a smooth and creamy base before makeup.  Also, mentally I enjoy dreaming of my permanently Instgrammed face!

 

6- Mascara: Intensifying Long Wear by Bobbi Brown

I literally wear mascara 1 x per month due to the insane process to remove all the mascara from my lashes and face by the end of the day.  Not sure if it’s my skin type but I’m always left with raccoon eyes and 20 washes to remove it all.  Bobbi’s Long Wear is a dream.  It sort of clumps up and comes off in literally seconds.  Quickly becoming an everyday mascara girl now!

 

7- Hairspray: Laque Couture by Kerastase

I used L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for years simply because every magazine and online review always said it was the very best.  Truth is I always thought it was sticky, but I stuck with the expert recommendations until my hair salon gave me a sample of Laque Couture by Kerastase.  I swear it leaves my hair soft and will hold the curl through rain or a sweater or a hot summer.  Oh and just a spray or two is all you need.

October 15, 2014

Costal Living Coronado Showhouse | Decor

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I came across the photo tour of the Costal Living Coronado Showhouse via Derring Hall today and it’s truly everything you would hope for in a California Beach retreat.

Built by Flagg Coastal Homes and designed by Los Angeles based Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey, the home is a true nod to fresh, elegant and casual California living.  I love that they did everything they could to take advantage of the ocean views by putting the sleeping quarters downstairs and the living space upstairs.

Read more about the house over at Derring Hall or Coastal Living

 

October 5, 2014

FALL VIA ETSY | DECOR

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VHNY Boutique - Laptop Sleeve / The White Pepper- Brass Owl Family / Texturable Decor – Handwoven Blanket / Couture By Ayca – Halloween Garland / Amanda Catherine – Fall Pencils

October 2, 2014

940 Saturdays | Gift Guide

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My friend Dr. Harley Rotbart was kind enough to send me a copy of his book “940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal.”  It is also a follow up to “No Regrets Parenting” and is aptly named after the 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns 18.  The journal is beautiful with cover art by Lisa Congdon and is a brilliant way to stop, take a deep breath, and record what you were up to for the most important times of your life as a family unit.

The journal is such a unique way to jot down those special moments that make up the story of a family.  My favorite part, tucked in back in a secret envelope, is a guide to kids developmental milestones and a fantastic list of family activity ideas.  940 Saturdays is on my gift guide list for anyone expecting a first baby, or those families that would enjoy the memories this book can help provide.

I love this book for no other reason than life seems to be moving faster and faster these days and a journal like 940 Saturdays allows me to stop and be thoughtful about how to make every day count.  And, in all honesty… I will probably forget to write in my “940 Journal” every Saturday but the effort and the time to stop and enjoy my young family is what I look forward to… and I think that’s the point of this thoughtful family tool.

 

September 24, 2014

William Stafford Diver | Inspire Within

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Go for it.  You can do it.  William Stafford Diver.  #InspireWithin

September 16, 2014

Pressed Juicery | life + style

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If you live in California and you follow the “healthy” happenin’ stuff, you’ve probably heard of Pressed Juicery by now.  I went to my first Pressed Juicery store with a girlfriend in Montecito, California.  We grabbed a few juices to mix with some adult beverages post our sunset stroll on Butterfly Beach.  It was perfection.  I realize this is not really the point but seemed important to share…

Anyway, back to healthy…  the California-based juice company just released their first book, JUICE: Recipes For Juicing, Cleansing, And Living Well

To celebrate the arrival of JUICE, founding partners and co-authors Carly de Castro and Hayden Slater will be heading to the Bay Area for two upcoming book signing events.  The first will be hosted by Diesel, A Bookstore on Saturday, September 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, and the second will take place in San Francisco on Sunday, September 21 from 1-3pm at Book Passage in the Ferry Building.  The book is available for purchase on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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September 2, 2014

Sawyer Benson | Decor

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I’ve been in a rather “traditional home” mood lately and nobody seems to be doing it better than Sawyer | Benson… an architecture, landscape, and interior design firm based out of New York City.

Their thoughtful mix of traditional exteriors paired with more modern and clean interiors is truly inspiring.

A few of my favorite snaps from their various projects.

Enjoy!

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August 15, 2014

UGallery | Cecy J Gallery Wall Tip

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Special thanks to UGallery for asking us to share our gallery wall tips on their site today.  It was a pleasure!

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August 5, 2014

Summer Tattoo | Life + Style

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I’m so not a tattoo girl… that type of a commitment gives me chills up and down my spine.  But after seeing my “perfect body” yoga instructors at Gather in Ketchum, Idaho rock them flawlessly this summer, I feel like I could get behind the trend.

Love the options you can find over at Lulu dk, a chic online shop for more than just summer tattoos…

interior design blog, mom blog

August 1, 2014

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