Paris is Always a Good Idea

It’s official, the hubs and I are headed to Paris! This weekend we finalized our travel plans for the rest of the year (I hinted¬†about it on Instagram) and booked our flights to Europe and Spain. After all, Paris is always a good idea right? I think so too ūüėČ We’ll be celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary and counting it as the honeymoon we really never had so this trip has been a long time coming! I’ve already gone Pinterest-crazy, reading every travel guide I come across and pinning restaurant lists and travel tips. Not to mention my favorite bloggers have been spamming my Insta feed with gorgeous¬†Paris photos for #PFW (Paris Fashion Week) so the wanderlust is in full effect. read more


Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Glow Kit …

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit launches online today and everyone can’t wait to get their hands on it. I’m excited because not¬†only have I been watching Nicole’s Youtube videos for years (think back to the days when she had a stripper pole in her room #noshade), I always love seeing hard-working women succeed and kick serious butt! You go girl!

nicole glow kit review

¬†The Nicole Glow Kit is the sixth kit from¬†Anastasia but the first glow kit collaboration for the¬†brand. The kit is limited edition and will only be sold at Sephora and It’s comprised of six metallic, powder shades that live within the pinky, peachy, rose gold family. It retails for $40, you get 0.16 oz. of product per shade and can be used to highlight everything from your cheekbones to your collarbone. read more


Finding The Perfect Spring Dress

Connecticut keeps playing with my emotions with its all-over-the-place¬†weather. One minute a light jacket will do the next I’m bundled from head to toe. The little¬†bit of warmer weather¬†has kept me hopeful that warmer days are near. They’ve also inspired¬†me to do a little shopping for the perfect spring pieces¬†– specifically, the perfect spring dress.

What makes a dress the perfect spring dress? It has to have the prettiest floral pattern, feel like nothing on, and sway effortlessly if a gust of wind so happens to swoosh your way. Check, check and check with this navy number. read more


My Casual Style + 10 Things You Didn’…

Hi new and faithful readers! Happy Monday! There’s been a ton of new activity on the blog lately so I thought it’d be the perfect time to re-introduce myself by sharing my everyday casual style and 10 things you probably didn’t know about me.

On a day to day basis my casual style includes jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers (these and these have been on rotation lately). I stick to a pretty neutral palette because I know if I’m in a rush I can mix and match without thinking about it too much. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add a cute jacket and statement shoes. But really I’m all about comfort these days and love putting together effortless looks. read more


Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review + Luminous …

When it comes to foundations, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk¬†is pretty up there in the favorites of favorites of the beauty world. It’s amassed a huge cult following, making it seem like it’s everyones HG foundation.¬†So when I heard Armani was coming out with a new, fuller coverage foundation, aka¬†Power Fabric Longwear High Cover, I was instantly intrigued.

armani power fabric and luminous silk foundation comparison

The two foundations are very different. Power Fabric is full-coverage, with a matte-velvet finish and SPF 25. Luminous Silk is sheer to light medium coverage, with a dewy finish and no SPF. Both are $64 (eek!) and beautiful foundations in their own right but serve completely different purposes. read more


Comparison is the Thief of Joy

They say “comparison is the thief of joy” and what better time to dive a little further into this saying than while we’re all still recovering from a Valentine’s Day hangover.

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I would be lying if I said I never felt the pang of comparison and its little sibling jealousy. I’m a perfectionist, through and through, and I’m particularly hard on myself when I feel I’m not meeting my own expectations. In general, we can all get wrapped up in what others have – feeling either content or disappointed on how we fair. Days like¬†Valentine’s Day don’t help much – everyone’s posting about their happy relationships and extravagant gifts. It’s very easy to feel sad and lose sight of all the good we do have. So what can we do to channel our innate nature and turn it into a positive? read more


First Dates

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Happy Monday loves! This past weekend was such a relaxing one with the hubs. I think the snow forced us to take it easy for once. Saturday’s weather wasn’t too bad so we took the opportunity to head to the mall for the afternoon (that’s where we were going in case you caught my awesome lip-synching on InstaStories lol) but Sunday we woke up to tons of snow and stayed home. I definitely did my fair share of vegging out on the couch and watched The Grammy’s and The Walking Dead. read more


Pink Lemonade Martini

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Happy Friday guys! Or should I say bottoms up?! ūüėČ Let’s take a moment and talk about how cute this Pink Lemonade Martini is? My girly side can’t handle it.¬†With Valentine’s Day a few days away and the weekend finally here I thought this pink martini¬†would be the perfect cocktail for celebrating! I always get suckered into trying the cute drinks when I’m out to dinner so I knew I wanted to share something fun, easy and pink.

ingredients for pink lemonade martini


  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Pink Lemonade
  • 1 oz. Citrus Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec (Or Limoncello)
  • Fresh or frozen Cranberries, Raspberries or Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions: read more


What to Get your Best Friend …

What to get your best friend for Valentine’s Day should be a pretty easy task. After all, you’ve been through it all, know it all, and are still¬†completely obsessed with one another. So why do we get stumped when it comes to shopping for our favorite people in the world?

What to get your best friend for vday

For me it really boils down to getting it just right – I want to feel like I picked out exactly what they would have picked out had they been in the store with me. Too much pressure? Maybe. But it’s so worth it when they open their gift and love it. read more


Feminine, Floral Valentine’s Day Dress

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I’m a sucker for feminine, floral dresses – they have an air of romance and sweetness to them, and this one was love at first sight. Last week¬†I was window shopping (well, that’s what I told myself) and I spotted this beauty out of the corner of my eye. I marched myself¬†into Express, tried it on, and left completely smitten and ready for Valentine’s Day.

The dress is suppose to be a “midi” dress but on me it’s full length which works out perfectly. I love that it has a cinched or “smocked” waist because it helps create a more¬†flattering figure, especially since the rest of the dress is flowy. My favorite part is the cute lace-up v-neck that adds just a touch of sexiness to an overall sweet dress. It’s the perfect feminine dress for Valentine’s Day but I can also see myself wearing it to dinner dates or family gatherings. read more


How to Look Put Together With …

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Sweater: Zara Wrap Cardigan || Top: Scallop Frill Tee || Gray Jeans: Similar HERE and HERE || Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs || Sneakers: J. Slides

Looking put together with little effort is an art. When I hear people say “Oh I just threw this on,” more often than not they definitely thought about it a bit and have a reason for their choice of clothing – it’s rarely ever random. The magic is in the fact that they didn’t obsess over every detail and somehow still look incredibly polished. read more