Monday, December 31, 2012

Dear 2013,

Dear 2013,

I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Michelle, I'm happy to meet you. I am writing you because I am in a pretty good place right now, I finally found a home I like, a haircut I like (hey it has been a long road) and am content with what's going on right now. Your predecessor 2012 was nice to me and I was hoping that you would so kindly do the same. You see, this past year my family was healthy, my friends made it through fine and we had some really happy occasions as well. We are very thankful and really would like for you to be gentle, warm and fun. I hope that is not too much to ask...

Sincerely,
Michelle
Xoxo



Sunday, December 30, 2012

{Freeze Frame}

The temps are dropping day by day here in the Northeast.  With highs of 42 and lows of 28 with a wind chill, it's no wonder most of us are hiding indoors.  So to take my mind off the blustery weather I have been keeping warm and cozy with delicious coffee flavors, some rich dark chocolate and the cutest sweaters. 



My favorite past time- blogging + coffee
 
 


Some of the best chocolates we got from New York
 
 


My favorite new sweater from Anthro




My new winter fragrance-
I always get compliments when I wear it...
 
 
 
What's keeping you warm and toasty?
 
xoxo
Michelle
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Inspiration: Les Miserables

 When I envision the style of the cast of Les Miserables I think of Military inspired pieces, soft billowy blouses and strong colors of red and navy.  And with the winter storm looming, it feels all the more right to be bundled up in a cape, cardigan and boots.  This is my Les Mis inspiration:




 
 
1. A long cardigan to wear over your cotton dress 2.  A sweater cape for added warmth  3.  A peasant-like beanie cap  4. A deep hue of red for come hither lips  5. A dark grey metallic bootie    6. A dangerous handcuff like bracelet   7. A plaid scarf to layer
 
 
Till next time
 
xoxo
Michelle
 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Be Our Guest

So our guest room is finished (finally) and I am happy to say I pretty much got the look I wanted without having to spend a lot. The room is quite small so the best option for a bed that could actually be used was a day bed with a trundle that pulls out so if more than one of our friends stayed - we would actually have somewhere for them to sleep...

So these are some pics of different views of the room.  It's hard to get the whole room in one shot so I just focused on the parts that I really love.  The overall feeling of the room is welcoming and of course we wanted it to be relaxing so we made the bed cozy with lots of pillows. I wanted a little contrast on the window so I opted for a black and white curtain.  The mini chandelier gives it a chic edge while the bird wall decor adds a little interest.

Not bad for Ashley furniture, HomeGoods, Kohls and Target!


Ceiling view with mini chandelier
 




Curtain with tie back


 

Pillows from HomeGoods



 


Bird Wall Decor- this one is cute too



Till next time!
xoxo
Michelle



Thursday, December 20, 2012

{Once}

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a mid week Broadway show. Whenever I saw the commercials for the show Once, I found myself humming the songs and wanting to hear them more. 

A love story, about an Irishman with a guitar and a Czech girl with a piano.  Beautiful music, beautiful lyrics....so glad we went. 

If you have the chance, go see Once.



 
 
xoxo
 
Michelle
 
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Color of the moment: OXBLOOD

It's not the prettiest name- but certainly a very pretty color.  A rich bold burgundy - perfect for Fall and Winter looks.  Gorgeous in boots, sexy in a dress and striking in a handbag.  This is the color of the moment...




 
 
1.  Oxblood and lace dress   2. In Nail Polish  3.  Shiny Oxblood Satchel   4.  Ankle boots  5. In a chunky men's watch  6.  In Designer Plaid
 
 
Till next time,
 
xoxo
Michelle
 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

{Flawless}

Crave the dewey glow you see on the red carpet? the gorgeous cheekbones and perfect skin? As a makeup artist there are some absolute must haves needed in the old bag of tricks.  The best way to create a flawless face just takes a few simple steps:

 Step 1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! There is nothing worse than dry flaky skin for foundation to sit on top of.  Not pretty.

 Step 2. Primer: If you are not a fan of your own skin texture or color such as too many little bumps, pimples, (that you are working on of course- but I digress) or you have redness that comes through anything you put on you need to Prime.  It's like setting your skin up to win all the time. A nice silicone based primer will let your foundation glide onto your face. Tip: To conceal redness try a green tinged primer on those spots to counteract the red.

 Step 3. If after your primer you like what you see, then you may need only a little coverage instead of full coverage.  The newest BB creams are perfect for this.  I like Garnier's Nutrioniste BB Cream. It gives you extra hydration, a nice glow and is usually build able without getting cakey.  It also has added vitamins and ingredients that help your skin while giving you a little color and sheer coverage.  One of those glorious two for one deals. However, If you feel you still need more coverage then a regular foundation is key.  Choose one for your skin type- oily girls need more of a matte finish and normal to dry can get away with ones that give a little glow.

 Step 4. Concealer.  My preferred concealer  you can actually find in a drugstore.  Though I never really met a concealer I did not like.  For heavy duty concealing, Laura Mercier makes a great one called Secret Camouflage that you can find at any luxury cosmetic boutique or department store.  I like to conceal after I apply my base.  Only for the fact that when putting on concealer before  foundation you wind up wiping off what you put on.  With concealer last- you can blend a little where you need it such as under the eyes and around the nose (like for those pesky tissue blowing red rings) and on any blemishes that may still peek through your base.

 Step 5. Lastly, highlighter and bronzer for a shimmery glow.  NARS makes a lovely highlighting cream that can double as a blush too.  Lancome's bronzer is just the right shade to contour and givea subtle tint.  I like placing my bronzer in the hollow of my cheeks, across my forehead and chin.  Highlighting cream or powder instantly lifts your cheek bones when you place it right under your temple to halfway under your eye- like the shape of the letter C following your orbital bone.  Down the bridge of the nose helps slenderize it as well.

After these five steps your face will be ready for whatever you want next, mascara and gloss for a natural look or for a more glam look smokey shadows and black liquid liner. Either way I guarantee you will look fabulous and flawless!


 

 
 
Till next time my beautiful friends!
Xoxo
Michelle
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Style Star

What is it with celebs? They make a trip to Whole Foods so chic, a walk through the airport fabulous and a red carpet look effortless.  Sure they have stylists, and make-up artists, hair stylists and much more disposable income.  Well - I guess that all helps.  With that said- they still inspire many and send a lot of us running to the mall.  My faves? Lately I have been loving Jessica Biel and Olivia Palermo.



Jessica Biel (Google)

{Inspiration}




1. Silky Blouse  2. Lace Detail Dress  3. The cutest Faux Fur Purse  4. Lace Heels  5. Faux Pom Headband  6. Dainty Pearls




Olivia Palermo (Google)


{Inspiration}


 1. Peplum Blazer  2. Peplum Dress 3. Glitzy Heels  4. Bangles   5. Clutch



Get the Celeb Look!

xoxo
Michelle

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I Heart Bauble Bar

My latest addiction is inexpensive, colorful and easily dresses up any outfit.  BaubleBar is an online and now real life store in NYC where you can shop for fun and affordable accessories.  The necklaces are my fave but their bracelets and earrings are making their way into my heart and jewelry box alike.  If you can't make it to their flagship store on 5th Ave you can still shop the look at www.Baublebar.com


Here's a preview:






Till next time!
xoxo
Michelle
 
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mono-TONE

{TRENDSPOTTING}
 
Monotone outfits: Closely ranged hues and tone-on-tone ensembles.  Explore different colors like pinks, reds and greens.  Best picks are JCREW for preppy glamorous tones, The GAP and LOFT are your best bets for shopping on a budget.  All have sweaters, buttondowns and trousers in all the complimentary shades you need to recreate the look. As in these 3 ways:



 
 
 
Mono-Fabulous!
 
xoxo
Michelle
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Take Me Home

 
 
Nothing like chic and cozy accents to update your home.  
These brighten up not just your room- but your day. 
 
 
  


Like...a  new chandelier for anywhere...
An unexpected friend at your table...






A gorgeous graphic pillow
to add a little oomph to your room...



 



Chevron notecards - for dropping a note or an invite and





don't forget a comforting home fragrance-

 the scent of chai tea reminds me of my mom
...just because she loves it.





It doesn't take much...to make you feel at home

xoxo
Michelle