I got that Wintertime, Wintertime dry skin/chapped lips/ static hair

It is my pre-New Year’s resolution to write more. I love writing and sharing my obviously important insight with you all, but I also love Netflix, binge eating and bar-hopping, and I somehow I always find those more often.

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As Winter creeps up on us like Kim Kardashian’s ass on my timeline, I start to search for new Winter products. Like many of you I’m sure, my skin, hair and lips go into a full catastrophic meltdown at the first gust of bitter winter air.

Over the years, I’ve formed an arsenal of winter-proof products that keep me from being scalier than that Komodo Dragon Bindi Irwin used to sing about (If no-one else remembers that, I’m extremely embarrassed for myself).

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1) Due to the popularity of tights (Thank you God), women shaving their legs in the winter is at an all time low. And although I own tights more opaque than a window tint, I still try my best to keep my gams in line. Not even for the man in my life, but mostly for the girl who does my pedicures.

Image_1_Pomegranate_Raspberry_with_Razor_rev_17EOS Shave Cream$3.49.

This product is a miracle. An absolute MIRACLE. You really don’t have to use much, but it leaves your legs smoother than that first time you shaved in middle school and could finally wear skirts (Hollister here I come!!).

2) My face never fails to get incredibly dry November-March. So dry that I try not to stand too close to anyone so they can’t tell. My boyfriend doesn’t get kissed for a solid 3 months.

However now I’m macking away because this product has SAVED ME. It softly removes any dead skin and leaves you with a fresh, polished face. 100% worth the price, and I only needed to use it about 2x a week for great results.

 

s1314723-main-LheroLaura Mercier Face Polish$32.00.

3) STATIC HAIR. There’s really nothing else to say. I was turned onto this tip last year by a friend who was probably trying to drop a hint that my hair looked like some kid’s that kept his hand on that ball at the science center for too long. Throw a dryer sheet in your bag and run it through your hair to get rid of static. These are great because they don’t leave behind any fragrance.

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Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets$8.59.

4) Anyone that knows me knows that my number one priority and love in life is chapstick. I can’t be more than 5 feet away from it at all times. I keep multiple tubes in my car, desk, purse, nightstand, etc. just to assure I am never without. I’ve tried just about every balm on the market and this one still reigns supreme. My lips never get chapped or dry, and a little goes a long way.

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5) The best hand lotion I’ve ever had comes from the same brand as my game-changing shave cream- eos. I first loved the small size and slimness of the packaging (ideal for coat pockets), but I really went head over heels for the insane amount of moisture it gives my poor cuticles and hands. Plus it doesn’t smell like Christmas threw up on me.

 

EOSEOS Hand Cream$1.99

Winter can be such a harsh, cruel time here in the Mid-West, so anything to help me survive is KEY. Just remember when all else fails, Florida is only a plane ride away, but vodka is cheaper and closer.

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Fall Needs (Yes, NEEDS)

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Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. The weather, the fashion, the football, the snacks that come with watching football, etc. For some odd reason, whenever I think about Fall fashion, I think about what I would want to wear as I scarf down a dozen doughnuts at the Cider Mill (I need therapy). My excitement for the season is building, so I’ve already picked out some pieces I feel I need to complete the vision of drowning myself in fresh cider:

 

1) Rebecca Minkoff ” Mini 5- Zip” Convertible Crossbody Bag: $129 ( special Nordstrom Anniversary sale price!)

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Optimal for free hands to carry more doughnuts. Plus this beautiful grey sleet color will go with everything.

 

2) TopShop for Nordstrom “Mine” Ankle Boot: $130.00 

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I’ve been looking for a brown ankle bootie that doesn’t cut me off at a place that makes me look like i have cankles, this may be them.

 

3) Laundry by Shelli Segal Tweed Single Breasted Reefer Coat: $100 (Another Nordstrom Anniversary sale item!)

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I love experimenting with menswear in the fall, this coat is the perfect piece to play around with.

 

4) J. Crew Merino Asymmetrical Zip Sweater: $89.50

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Love this heather color, would be great unzipped with a silk tee underneath and boyfriend jeans.

 

5) Club Monaco Bria Belt: $69.50

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A little expensive for a belt (hello student discount!), but I think I would get a lot of mileage out of this one!

 

6) Zara Faux Leather Dress: $79.90

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The perfect leather dress to transition from Fall to Winter (A single tear streamed down my face as I typed that word).

 

 Total amount (with student discounts, sale prices that may not be listed): around $500. I’ve recently purged my closet (quality over quantity people!), and I gave myself a budget of $450 for new Fall staples. A litttlleee over budget, so I sold a Kate Spade handbag on ebay that I love, but rarely ever use for the extra dough.

Great rule of thumb to follow: when you gain a piece, give away or sell a piece. Keeps you from hoarding and cluttering your space with things you don’t wear! Except for my haven’t worn since ’99 “Limited Too” *Nsync Shirt. That beauty is here to stay.

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Nars-issistic V-Day

I’m officially back from the dead. Seriously people- I was non-existent from all life in the past week. BUT I’M BACK and brighter than ever- mostly in part to these amazing new products. Nars has always been my go-to makeup brand, and while I was sick and feeling sorry for myself I found an excuse to buy myself something new from them (I had a gift card so that doesn’t really count towards my February-no shopping rule..or so I told myself).

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These products are perfect for Valentine’s day and just about every day- I love the pops of pink that make me look  fresh and alive- which is something my Valentine (my cat…jk it’s my boyfriend..and cat) hasn’t seen me look like in over a week now. Both of these are from Nars Limited Edition “Final Cut” Collection available at Nordstrom, so I highly suggest grabbing them up A.S.A.P before they’re gone!

|NARS “Adelaide” Illuminator: $30|

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I apply this on the top of my cheekbones BEFORE my powder/concealer and rub it in good- so it’s not too glittery. I put a bit of Nars Orgasm blush over it after applying powder to really make it have some depth.

|NARS “Villa Lante” Satin Lip Pencil: $25|

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I LOVE this shade. It glides on so easily and even after a few hours it leaves you with a nice pink-flushed look.

 

Hope everyone has a great V-day! Single, taken, whatever, it’s a great day to celebrate love in all shapes and forms. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to go get a dozen heart-shaped doughnuts and share with NO ONE.

Disclaimer: I lied about having a cat. Wishful thinking since my dear Mr. Pepper went to the litter box in the sky.

 

 

NYFW Fall/ Winter 2014

Happy New York Fashion Week! Apologies for being a tad behind.. I’ve been very busy this week blowing my nose and spending some quality time at the hospital sicker than a dog SO I’m just catching up on the shows. Overall, GREAT start. A few dark horses really grabbed my attention. Cue Katy Perry’s annoyingly addictive Juicy J jam…

TOME

– By far my favorite. It was the label’s runway debut and they killed it. These are clothes for a woman who knows what she wants, not a little girl trying to play dress up. These clothes actually work. Seriously, they WERQ.

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VERONICA BEARD

– Pleasantly surprised with The Veronicas. Nothing too terribly special, but these are clothes I would skip Summer for just to wear in Fall (and that’s saying a lot since the snow is up to the waistline of my leggings…which are actually pulled up to my bra).

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BCBG MAX AZRIA

meh. I expected more on their 25th anniversary. A little too American Hustle for me, which I think has been played out already. HOWEVER, those Muff Purses are everything. I’ve been trying to bring muffs back since 1997. My time is now.

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COACH

Bravo Stuart Vevers. If someone were to show me this collection and ask me to guess the designer, I would have NEVER guessed Coach, which is a great thing. It’s completely different from the brand’s usual aesthetic, and I love it. There is about to be a whole new Coach customer- and it may be me. I haven’t owned a coach bag since I had one of those baguette ones with 2347023 C’s on it in the early 00’s. I used to carry it around in middle school with the lip gloss and feminine products I didn’t need yet.

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DION LEE

I really enjoyed the mix of perfectly tailored work-wear and sexy, unconventional body-con dresses. Soft and Sexy- like Ryan Gosling holding a kitten.

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CREATURES OF THE WIND

– This one might be a tie for my favorite. Effortless, easy, fun, great lines. Enough said.

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– I was really looking forward to this collection and I found myself a bit disappointed. Great collections tell a story and take you somewhere. This collection just felt messy and chaotic. The textures and colors were beautiful, but I feel unfulfilled and confused as to what the inspiration was.

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Well, it’s about that time to go rub Vic’s over every crevice of my body! Stay tuned for more snot and shows.

(This sickness is making me very vulgar, I apologize for nothing)

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H.L.A.A (Haute Look Addicts Anonymous)

A few years ago when fashion “flash sales” became a thing, I dabbled in them a bit but never really bought into the hype. Nothing was returnable….brand names weren’t that big…I had no money…..

However, in recent weeks I have rediscovered Haute Look. Haute Look was acquired by Nordstrom in 2011 and let me tell you, SO.MUCH.BETTER. Seriously people- the brands are spectacular, the sales are huge and best of all, just about everything is returnable to Nordstrom Rack. How easy is that?!

My wallet has felt the wrath of Haute Look. As much as I try to stay away, some of the sales are just too good to pass up. It would be rude of me not to take advantage of these God- given opportunities. Here’s some of my haul:

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Retail:$50 | Haute Look : $22

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Retail : $50 | Haute Look : $22

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Retail:$70 (set) | Haute Look:$30 (set)

(It’s becoming apparent to me I may have a pajama fetish….)

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Retail: $158 | Haute Look: $59

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Retail: $275 | Haute Look: $65

And finally, the dress and the price that brought me to my knees:

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Retail: $625 | Haute Look: $65

SIXTY.FIVE.DOLLARS.

Although I can’t stand that “gym, coffee, Haute Look” commercial (hello, we have jobs), I can’t help but find myself being THAT GIRL.

I’ve made a vow not the shop in the month of February (LAWD HELP ME), although there is nothing wrong with browsing Haute Look, viscously adding everything in to my cart then exiting out of the browser in between sobs.

Pray for my soul. February is going to be a LONG month.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

No, I am not talking about Disney Land (or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which may be a tie for first). I’m talking about Linda Dresner. Linda Dresner is a woman, a store, and an icon. Dresner owns a self- titled boutique here in Michigan. She is an incredible visionary and has an immaculate eye for fashion. She owned a boutique in New York in the 80’s that attracted the likes of Jackie O and many other influential ladies of that era. This past weekend I was  invited in to help with a sale event (I work for her on occasion- sales, events, photo shoots, etc.).

I have always admired Dresner. As a young girl I used to walk by her store and see the beautiful, one of a kind pieces in the window and dream about the woman who gets the wear them. She offers Couture, Avant Garde pieces in a Midwest town- talk about rare. Working with Linda has been one of the biggest and best opportunities in my life. Building a personal relationship with her has given me some of the greatest inspiration I’ve ever known. She lives and breathes fashion and has fun with it- she doesn’t take it too seriously and she always steps outside the box.

 I definitely still have a contact high from all the Couture I held.

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On me: Style Stalker varsity sweater coat, Madewell blouse and Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.

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Giles Coat

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Above: Balmain Jeans, Commes de Garcons Vest, amazing sherling vest I forgot the designer of (shame on me)

OBVI my favorite- an Alaïa:

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I feel so fortunate that I basically stalked Linda for months so she would invite me to do anything in the store I’ve always admired. Best advice she’s ever given me:

“Life is too short to not dress and look how you want. Have fun”.