January 21, 2015

Obsession: Kate Spade

photo by Marianne Andres
This holiday season, Kate Spade was banging out some pretty impressive goods. I am always frequently visiting the Newbury store and the new added Saturday in the Prudential. Always on the hunt for the perfect bag and wallet, I scored some goods I just adore.

My Mini A Satchel is my new best friend. Its the perfect size for trecking through the city and being able to fit all my necessities. Not only is it a cross body but you can carry it with its charming little handles. The gold dots add just the right unexpected touch without being too overwhelming.

I must admit, I have a wallet fetish. I keep searching for the right size, durability, and chicness. I spotted this glittered bad boy months ago on Kate Spade and when it went 60% off I knew it was meant to be. Rose gold and sparkly, its so easy to keep organized which is hard for me to do. I love the adorable dots inside that match my bag. They are a perfect match.

December 29, 2014

Monday Muse: Cameron Diaz

The look of love suits her. This number is casual but the blazer and bag pull it all together.
Cameron Diaz has had quite the year while always maintaining to look fabulous at 42. With one hit movie after another,  she also managed to find love with her fiance,  Benji Madden. I just love her style and the way she wears clothes. She is simple yet chic and always throwing her own personal touch on each outfit. This year was no exception. Love looks good on her.
I love everything about this look. Diaz is one of the few that could pull it off.
I feel like I could wear this look anywhere. The stripes break everything up nicely.
Diaz never forgets the perfect finishing touch like those hot shoes. They take it up a notch.
Basic but chic and perfect for the airport.
The perfect take on the LBD.
Va Va Va Voom!

November 13, 2014

Taylor Swift's Blank Space: Look for Less

Everyone is talking about Taylor Swift's new video, "Blank Space", from her hit album 1989. The song is pretty catchy but the fashion in the video is right on point.  Glamorous and full of luxury, Swift pulls off every ensemble perfectly. These beautiful pieces must cost a pretty penny so here are a few budget-friendly options if you're looking to recreate the looks.
Taylor is getting back at her lover in this cream two-piece outfit. Try something similar like this sexy cut-out dress from ASOS.

Nothing is hotter than a leopard dress with sky high heels and a red lip. This Vince Camuto is almost identical to Taylor's at a quarter of the price.

Revenge is even better when you look this good. This baby blue dress is simple yet stunning and can take you from day to night. For the next best thing, try on this one from The Limited.
To see the video, click below!

October 19, 2014

Inspiration: Be Bold

 Be daring, but most importantly, just be yourself. Marilyn was. 

October 8, 2014

Home Sweet Home

As some of you know I moved and the transition was sad as I had lived in my beloved South End apartment for ten years. Times change and you roll with the punches. As I unpack my life, there are a couple things to make my new place feel like home. Flowers and a deliciously scented candle always brighten my day and create a warm, inviting feeling. My new favorite candle is this one from Anthropologie made by Voluspa in Crane Flower. The scent is intoxicating and truly fills an entire room. I also pick up flowers from the market in Copley every Tuesday that come in adorable mason jars. Priced at $8, they are such a nice, affordable addition to my nightstand. So as I square things away and get organized, it is now starting to feel like home sweet home.

September 24, 2014

Eyelash Central

Trust me, I have tried every mascara out there. I have spent hundreds of dollars on them searching endlessly for the thick, long lashes we see in the magazines and every celebrity. Year after year, I’ve searched for the perfect way to add volume, length, and thickness to my lashes. How does Jennifer Lopez do it? I finally decided that enough was enough—it was time to take the plunge into the world of eyelash extensions.

That is where eyelash guru Andrea Starr came to the rescue. She's the best in the business and I enlisted her to help a girl out. Starr opened her namesake, Eyestarr, on Newbury three years ago. The adorable studio is adorned with pictures of long-lashed celebs and old-Hollywood starlets as a throwback to an era where the focus was on thick, full brows and voluminous eyelashes. Starr is as beautiful as her shop and quite a fashionista. With a list of celebrity clientele and a Boston Magazine Best of Boston award under her belt among others, she really knows her stuff. She customizes her extensions to each individual client. After a consultation, we settled on a full, dramatic look for my first set of lash extensions, which were a mixture of silk, mink, and synthetic lashes.

I laid back and Starr placed pads over my bottom lashes and under the top ones. She then proceeded to work her magic by individually attaching each lash with medical glue. The entire process was painless and quite relaxing. Along the way, I chatted with Starr and was impressed by her beauty knowledge. The session took about an hour, and she said the lashes would be sealed on for the next four weeks.
I was worried about what showering and other daily activities would do to my lashes, but Starr put my fears to rest. She said that water is excellent for the extensions, so I can feel free to swim and shower normally. However, she said I should avoid using oily creams and makeup because this can harm the adhesive.
I am so happy with the results, and my lashes have received numerous compliments. Of course, I bat my eyes and say "thank you.” I have been wearing them for a couple months now with a touch up every four weeks.  An extra bonus is the lashes are always curled, so no mascara is needed. Bye bye, racoon eyes!

August 18, 2014

Hair Guru: Laura Kuhns

When it comes to my blonde locks, I don't let anyone but Laura Kuhns touch them. Blonde can be tough and sometimes finding the right shade can prove more than difficult. Laura knows color and even took strands of my hair to a baby doll pink last month. She allows for creativity without going too far. Not only is she a topnotch stylist, but an amazing gal who might just call you "doll" and endear you in every way. Laura started her career as assistant to Avanti owner and lead stylist, Alex Iacobacci. She splits her time between Avanti and Charles David in Plymouth She is my lifesaver and a great friend.

STYLE 101 with Laura Kuhns:

Favorite Shop: Urban Outfitters 
Must Have Hair Product: Renee Furterer Silver Shampoo
Currently Coveting: Anything leopard 
Nail Obsession: Essie Mint Candy Apple
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