10 Super Useful Tips From January 2015 InStyle




1. They raved about Bare Minerals new BB called “Complexion Rescue” which improves hydration by 25% in one week. Not out yet.



2. Break sugar addiction by taking 1,000 milligrams of the amino acid glutamine every 3-4 hours for two weeks (Dr. Frank Lipman, author of “New Health Rules”)


3. Living Proof has a new $500 product that promised to “smooth and reshape” under eye area; put it on, wait three hours and get flawless, no-bags skin. Temporary, of course.


4. Gillette has a new razor for women based on the same rollerball technology as the Dyson vacuum; no more nicked-knees. Gillette Venus Swirl.




5. New second-generation at-home laser devices have FDA clearance to penetrate deep below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen. They also come with a serious new price tag; around 700.00 for a device.


6. There’s a weird new device for getting beachy-waves: it’s this cylindrical plastic tube with a sort of corkscrew thing inside that you attach to your dryer. You slip a chunk of hair into it and it twists into “perfectly imperfect spirals.” (I think I’ll pass on this one!) Forstyler.com



7. For $30 bucks there’s a salon that will send you a custom hair color kit after you send them a picture and fill out a questionnaire. Includes access to a voice-activated app that talks you through the process of applying color. Madison-Reed.com


8. To get even color with nude-hued nail polish, paint on two coats, then apply a coat of ridge-filling base coat and follow with a slick of shiny topcoat. 4 coats total.


9. Calculate how much water you need to drink daily by multiplying your weight by .67. Add 12 ounces for every 1/2-hour of exercise.


10. The Elsa side-braid is over. Let it go.


Review: Target and Toms collaboration

Review: Target and Toms collaboration

I got up super early November 16 and ordered up a storm from this new collaboration. Already a fan of Toms shoes, I was excited to see the other products in this line such as sweaters, scarves, and home goods. Between what I bought ( a lot) and what I later saw in store, I pretty much saw all the offerings. Here are my hits and misses.




I ordered all three eternity scarves and they all went right back. Way too long to double and too chunky to triple.


Had high hopes for these as a gift but very cheap and not as nice as in the picture.













For me the worst piece in the collection. Odd fit, neckline too wide, rest too small. And, it shed like crazy.

For me the worst piece in the collection. Odd fit, neckline too wide, rest too small. And, it shed like crazy. 


I loved the idea and sentiment here but this was poorly made. Too large for a cosmetic case for my bag, too.









Lots of complaints on Facebook about the lack of choice in shoes but for me nothing beats a simple pair of black Toms. If you order, I found these ran 1/2 size large!


Very soft, thick and luxe. Great deal for the price.


Just a great fitting tee; not boxy and the sleeves are the perfect length. The pattern is actually pretty subtle in person.


I bought both the grey and the ivory. The quality is just okay but the pattern on the back made this a winner. Not great for winter but come spring, I’ll be wearing this often.




















A warm woodsy floral fragrance but the best part is the nice box which will be ideal for pencils later.



The best piece in the home good collection. Looks expensive. Wish it were a bit bigger.


What is it about evening gowns and boots?

My mania for mixing media started with this iconic image of the great one, Elle Macpherson, in a formal frock with flats (NYC, 2005) but lately my fascination has turned to the artful pairing of boots and balls gowns.


It’s one of my favorite combos; a rough and tumble boot with a lady-like full skirt.  Here are few examples…

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Is this a look only for the very young, or could anyone with a badass swagger pull it off?



Update your terrarium!

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 7.19.31 AMMy terrarium has been lumbering on dutifully for several years now and frankly, it needs a reboot. Until I have time (and know what the heck to do), I love this idea, from Terrain, for adding a seasonal touch. Terrain is a dreamy nursery/garden center/garden shop outside of Philadelphia, created by the folks at Anthropologie. It’s the mothership calling me home.

Anyway, head out to the yard, find a fallen twig, and attach an Easter-y egg with a string. So simple!


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