Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trend Spotlight: Tasseled Treasures

Tassels are so on trend this season and I am just loving all the adorable necklaces and clutches out there.  They bring that extra pizzazz to an otherwise plain outfit and scream summertime has come

I'm loving the elaborate designs at J.Crew right now but $150 is a pretty hefty price tag for any piece of statement jewelry. Luckily, for those of us with more modest budgets, chloe+isabel have some cute styles for under $100. Their Casablanca Tassel Necklace is excellent quality for the money spent: nickel-free with semi-precious turquoise, malachite + fuchsia jade, and natural shell beads! It looks great with a plain white tee or styled with your boldest boho prints.

Shop this necklace and more on the chloe+isabel site!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Jack Rogers Sample Sale Starts tomorrow

Jack Rogers Sample Sale
Monday, July 21st - Thursday, July 24th

Monday - Wednesday | 8:30am-6:30pm
Thursday | 8:30am-8:00pm

Jack Rogers Showroom
155 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
Between 21st/22nd Streets

Women's Footwear Sizes 5-11 up to 70% OFF
Accessories & Apparel up to 80% OFF

Credit cards only.

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Summer by the Sea is where I wanna be

Sandals: Jack Rogers via TJ Maxx | Pearl Earrings & Necklace: Majorica via GILT
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co | Nail Polish: Color Club via Birchbox

I saw this crab dress some time ago and thought it would make the ultimate summer outfit. When GILT City offered a discount on all purchases at Tuckernuck the other week, I finally hit the bid. The dress is fantastic in person. I love the ruffles, print, and flattering fit. It's perfect for a BBQ, day at the beach, or an evening at your fave rooftop bar.

Hair: Oscar Blandi Salon | Make-up: Tarte Cosmetics artists via Ulta Princeton

I had a fabulous time at the Ulta store in Princeton yesterday where make-up artists showed me all the best summer looks using the latest Tarte cosmetics. All the natural ingredients made my skin feel healthy and radiant.

Here are the products used to achieve this look:




What summer outfit is complete without a classic pair of Jack Rogers? #LoveMyJacks

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Starts Today!

The Nordstorm Anniversary Sale started today at 12am PST. Lots of great deals are already flying off the shelves. You won't want to miss out! 

This is the best time to get some Nordstrom exclusive deals, especially in beauty. It is also the time for some MAJOR mark-downs. With free shipping & returns, what's to lose? My tip: if you see something you love, add it to your cart ASAP. Many of these deals do not last long! 

A few of my fave brands included in the sale: Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Jo Malone, Kendra Scott, Molton Brown, & more!

Want to save even MORE? Sign up for free for and you'll get 6% cash back on everything you buy from Nordstrom's online sale. Here's your invitation.

Here's my sale edit:

Happy Shopping, Nordy Girls!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Torn by Ronny Kobo Sample Sale Starts Today!

Torn by Ronny Kobo Sample Sale
Up to 75% OFF

July 15th-18th (Tues-Fri) | 10am-7pm
July 19th (Sat) | 11am-7pm
July 20th (Sun) | 11am-4pm

225 Fifth Avenue
Between 26th & 27th Streets
New York, NY 10010

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Summer Afternoon in Soho

This past Friday during the late afternoon / early evening, I took a stroll through Soho. It was the opening day of the brand new brick-and-mortar Birchbox store (433 West Broadway), so I was really excited to check it out! 

When you first walk into the #BirchboxSoho store, you'll see the displays of the website's top sellers and the products from the current month's box. There were lots of sales people around who were helping customers find exactly what they want to suit their makeup and skincare needs. All the displays were bright and fun with lots of testers. To me, that's a huge advantage since you can't test any products if you buy them on their website - something especially important for fragranced products!

Like their #BirchboxLocal pop-up shop at Chelsea Market that I reviewed last fall, the new shop as a BYOB (Build Your Own Box) station. It's a kind of formal pharmacy-like counter with display cases of all your options for Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes. There are info cards on the walls that you can take to get extra info on the products and check off your selections. Each custom box is $15 for 5 products. It's a little bit less DIY than the #BirchboxLocal station was, which had "vending walls" that dispensed the products you selected which you then placed yourself into your empty box. Personally, I liked the vending wall set-up a little better but I can see how it would be difficult to keep it staffed at a full-time store. Also, if you're a regular Birchbox subscriber then this section might not be so exciting. The options were a little more limited than they were at #BirchboxLocal. There weren't any items exclusive to the store and most had been featured in very recent Birchboxes. They'd still make a fantastic gift though!

The options for the Women's BYOB included: (Body & Nails - pick 1) Color Club Polish, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream, Whish Shave Cream, (Skincare - 1) Caudalie SOS Morning Eye Rescue, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit, (Fragrance - 1) Atelier Cologne's Orange Sanguine, Joie's Folle de Joie, Tocca's Florence, (Hair - 1) Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date, Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, and (Makeup - 1) Cynthia Rowley Black Eyeliner, Jouer Lip Gloss, Marcelle BB Cream, Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight, or Supergoop CC Cream.

Near the BYOB station was this cool computer set-up. Not sure what product to buy? Staff looking particularly busy? No problem! This touchscreen program allows you to filter a bunch of options - style, hair type, skin type, and age. It will then pull up a bunch of recommendations for you.

The product walls are especially well organized. Rather than having product separated by brand, they are instead separated out by product category - makeup, skincare, hair, etc. Although there weren't any product discounts or gifts with purchase (at least not yet), you can pay for products at the shop with your Birchbox points - and you can earn Birchbox points there too!

The store has 2 floors and the basement floor has hair, body, home, and men's products. It also houses the services station. At that station, you can book appointments for hair, nails, and make-up. The make-up and hair services each cost $30. The nail services cost $10 (basic polish change), $20 (polish change + nail art on 2 fingers), or $30 (polish change + nail art on all fingers). There was a 20 minute wait for a manicure when I was there, but I was informed you can also book in advance on their website here. They also offer several beauty workshop classes in that space which are $30 to non-subscribers or FREE for Birchbox subscribers.

After all that shopping, you might work up an appetite! I was thrilled to see the Chobani cafe across the street from the new Birchbox store. I'd been meaning to check it out.

Admittedly, I didn't really know what to expect from the cafe. I just like Greek yogurt and wanted to have a look. At the cafe they offer Chobani yogurt mixed with numerous sweet and savory fresh ingredient combos. Some of the savory ones included hummus, tomatoes, feta, cucumbers, and olive oil. I picked a very tempting sweet one that had chocolate flakes, pistachios, honey, and mint leaves. I got the "half" size which was the size of a typical Chobani tub for about $5. I also got an incredible iced coffee for about $3.

They had lots of cute poufs and nice wooden trays for guests to enjoy while dining in the cafe. They also had a number of outlets to plug in your laptops and smartphones. I decided to take mine to go and was surprised to see that they give you your yogurt in the same high quality glass tubs - yours to keep! I'll definitely be using mine in the future to make my own yogurt combinations. The ingredients tasted really fresh and high quality. There were layers of each on top of my yogurt which made it really hearty and perfect for mixing. I never would have thought of having yogurt with toppings instead of a classic desert like a cake, pie, or mousse. I'm loving this new idea and was just as satisfied with my yogurt than any of those other (less healthy) options.

Overall a very lovely and delicious afternoon!

What neighborhoods have YOU explored lately?

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Get Your Beach On - Calypso St. Barth Sample Sale!

Calypso St. Barth Sample Sale
Up to 80% OFF!

Tuesday-Thursday, July 15th-17th | 10am-8pm
Friday, July 18th | 10am-7pm
Saturday, July 19th | 11am-7pm
Sunday, July 20th | 11am-4pm

260 Fifth Avenue
Between 28th & 29th Streets
New York, NY

All Sales Final. No Exchanges or Returns. 

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