I think I have the opposite of seasonal affect disorder sometime. While the warmer weather and brighter makeup shades have me slightly giddy, I do mourn the end of holiday season and layered, cozy outfits. We had a cold snap on Monday (and even some snow) and I relished every minute of it. But ya know… spring is here to stay so I took the opportunity of Shopbop’s Friends and Family sale to stock up on some warm weather dresses and sandals (see my picks below).
As my 35th birthday approaches this summer, I realize that I can’t fight my own personal style. You won’t find me in floral prints or loads of pastels. I will always love Jill Sander, All Saints and Alexander Wang. Architectural basics and soft fabrics win me over every single time. And while I’ll play around with makeup, I also have found personal style there too – soft bronzer, black eyeliner and a nude lip. While I have finally mastered the self-blowout, I still can’t resist an up-do just like the one above.
I never dread a birthday (at least not yet), and there is something new to appreciate every single year. So while we continue to reinvent ourselves, I am reminded to celebrate landmarks and each of our unique choices. Please don’t miss Leandra’s post about why she doesn’t wear makeup – it really struck a cord (A thoughtful discussion about why women don’t always wear makeup). And at the same time, seize the day and pick up a new treat during Friends and Family season! Lots of sales to be found here:
Shopbop‘s Friends & Family SALE offers 25% off the entire site with code INTHEFAMILY14 through 4/17. My picks:
Nordstrom has 10% off some select beauty products through 4/21 along with an online gift with purchase with any $125 purchase. My picks:
Love these beauty professional’s list of tips and tricks
Fascinating: British and Irish Accents
Tips on Spring Cleaning your skin
This post has me feeling good about my largely black wardrobe
Love this round up of problems only the beauty obsessed would understand
Infatuation is my favorite new thing – hope they expand beyond NYC soon – and their list of “banned” words is hilarious
40% off at Gap on select items ends today – no code needed
I have really been embracing the idea of looking forward – not back – lately. Naturally breeding a more positive attitude, I think I become more motivated and creative. Instead of beating myself up for a missed workout or putting my foot in my mouth, I just know that tomorrow is the opportunity for a bigger and better day.
Speaking of workouts, I am striving to step up my game. Pool time is serious with my group of friends and I’d like to get in better shape. While I do frequent cardio, I know I could add runs and weight bearing exercises. I’m also working on my diet. Those who have read this blog know I lost 40 pounds on Nutrisystem last year. While I am still at my all time low weight, I know I need to introduce more whole foods, veggies and fruits. Not to mention, when I eat this foods my skin also looks better than ever! So, that’s where my head is these days. And of course playing and testing so many skin care and makeup goodies.
Some finds from around the web:
Speaking of diet, this is fascinating: what 100 calories really look like
Love this series by Kara – battle of drugstore mascaras – first up is Lengthening
Tempted to invest in this updated classic
Love this how-to, adorable video featuring Estee Lauder products
Earn double InCircle points on beauty online and in stores through Sunday at Neiman Marcus
One of my favorites, Perricone MD, is having their Friends & Family Event. Save 20% on all purchases with code FF2014 through 4/15.
Get 25% off at J.Crew on dressed-up styles with code SPRINGISHERE through 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight
Sale for insiders is happening at Sephora: Beauty Insiders can use code TICKET online through tomorrow and VIB and VIB Rouge members can use code VIBTICKET and ROUGETICKET online through 4/11
While I adore classic and neutral beauty, I have a ton of bolder shades that have arrived at the office over the past couple of weeks. I love this image to remind myself that classic beauty can also incorporate stronger, deeper shades. And there is nothing like a change in seasons to inspire a little vanity shake up, right? Here are some finds from around the web and killer sales going on. Enjoy!
Loving these cuff rings highlighted by Casie – I especially have my eye on this one.
Loving Deborah Lippmann’s creme and candy colored spring collection, especially this shade.
I had to send my beloved PS1 off to be repaired and meanwhile I am drooling over this beautiful shade for spring.
Suffering from dry skin? Check out this tip.
Julia styled this clutch over here and I am in love!
Through tomorrow at J. Crew take an extra 40% off sale items using the code EXTRA40. Love these to amp up my sleep game and this sparkler.
Take $15 off $100, $40 off $200, or $75 off $300 at Piperlime with the code SPRING through 3/21.
Through tomorrow at Neiman Marcus, use the code BET2GET to receive a gift card with select regularly priced purchases: spend $250 to get back $25, spend $500 to get back $50, spend $750 to get back $100, spend $1,000 to get back $150, or spend $2,000+ to get back $300 — you can even double your card’s value if your purchase includes both men’s or women’s apparel and a shoe or bag purchase.
Receive a $35 gift card on a $250 purchase, $75 gift card on a $500 purchase, $150 gift card on a $1,000 purchase, $450 gift card on a $2,000 purchase, or $700 gift card on a $3,000 purchase in women’s contemporary apparel at Saks Fifth Avenue with code CONTEMP3 through 3/23. I have my eye on this jumpsuit.