Category Archives: Gift Guide
One of my favorite things to do is swap cosmetic secrets with my amazingly beautiful and kick ass girlfriends. This is what I’m using and what I love right now. No paid review peeps… just what’s working this very second. Hope you enjoy.
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.
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.
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…
I’m really loving all of the new online boutiques that keep popping up. One in particular that caught my eye recently is Nine Space!
I was drawn to them for their overwhelming attention to detail and perfectly photographed products. They jump off the pages and help tell a beautiful story of what they’re about – which is simply artisan decor, cozy throws and dreamy bathrobes. They also have amazing yellow dip-died napkins that are a must for Spring.
Although small with only 8 employees, Nine Space seems to be lean and mean, selling their thoughtful items to over 400 retailers, spas and hotels. They were named one of the top 100 private consumer product companies in 2013.
I pulled some of my favorite shots from their lookbooks and listed the products that I feel pair perfectly with the vibe.
Also, Nine Space heard we were fans over at Cecy J and offered a discount to our readers. Between now and April 30th they are offering our readers 30% off ALL items! Just enter CecyJLove at checkout.
Happy Nine Space hunting for Spring.
A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients. I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home. What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site. High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!
High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor. My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.
With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter
A few of my absolute favorites…
We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living. Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.
Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home
1.) What is your signature style?
My signature style is sophisticated rustic design. No bears or moose allowed! I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.
2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots?
In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.
3.) Go to paint color/ brand?
For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.
4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?
As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels. The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!
5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?
Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination. Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!
6.) You are based in the in Tahoe area. Give us the scoop…
Where should we….
True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood
Great Menu – Stella
For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins
I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty
Have you checked out Artsy Modern yet?
1. SKINNY LAMINX COLTS CUSHION/ 2. GENTLEMEN’S HARDWARE FELT I-PAD CASE / 3. TWIN TRIANGLE NECKLACE – GRAY & YELLOW / 4. POLKA DOTS & DASHES NAPKIN SET- SUNSHINE YELLOW/ 5. FLORA & FAUNA APRON/ 6. NAVY DASHES CANVAS STORAGE BIN