Entries Tagged as 'style'

November 25, 2015

you can go shopping. i’m going to the beach.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. To give you the abbreviated version:

The only things left to do this week? Pack my bags, pop over to St. Louis with my boyfriend for a family dinner and then put myself on a plane to the beach for my actual (30th!) birthday — which is on Black Friday!

beach vacation

So, while you’re scooping up the fantastic Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, I’ll be scooping up ceviche and downing margaritas by the beach in one of these little numbers.


Speaking of numbers, there’s a number of fantastic deals awaiting you this week. What will you be getting me?

November 25-26
$20 off $95+

The Choosy Chick
November 27–30
15% off everything in the boutique plus free shipping on U.S. orders over $40.

One Love Organics
November 28–December 1
25% off everything excluding gift cards
CODE: merryolo25

November 30

20% off site-wide

Rachel’s Plan Bee
November 24–27
Free gifts with purchase with $49+ purchase and $100+ purchase
CODES: FREEGIFT49 and FREEGIFT100 (put in comment section)

November 24-30
15% Off Orders of $250+
20% Off Orders of $500+
25% Off Orders of $1000+

Spirit Beauty Lounge
November 20-30
Free gift bundle ($40 value) with $100+ purchase

S.W. Basics
November 27–30
30% off site-wide

November 27
40% off W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! Treat yo’self, but don’t get too wrapped up in the chaos.

October 13, 2015

shopbop friends & family sale

In just six weeks, I’ll be boarding a plane for a much-anticipated international getaway for my birthday.

Needless to say, I’m giddy with excitement, and it’s finally time to start stocking my resort wear (sounds fancy, huh?) while everyone else is thinking fall.

My beach vacation planning falls just in time for Shopbop’s Friends & Family Sale, which I’m taking advantage of today, so I thought I’d share what’s been patiently waiting in my cart to see if it qualifies for the big sale!

Use code INTHEFAM25 to save 25% on qualified purchases. Exclusions apply. Sale ends October 15.

shopbop friends and family sale fall 2015

I recently upgraded my iPhone, and love to have a few additional cases on hand to switch it up with my mood. Of course, my mind is always on beauty products, so these fun phone cases caught my eye.

Red Nail Polish iPhone Case // Liquid Makeup iPhone Case // DVF Lips iPhone Case

Though I don’t plan on bringing too many beauty products with me, it’s always fun to have a fresh new cosmetics bag (which double as jewelry holders during travel). All three of these fit my personality to a T.

I Need Lipstick // It’s a Wonderful Life After Coffee // Meow, I Mean Roar

shopbop friends and family sale fall 2015

Now’s the time to add a few more fun accessories to add to the mix (seriously, I could have a whole other blog on accessories — I love ’em!). They aren’t all absolutely necessary by any means, but I love the idea of having a chic passport holder and oversized, ocean blue sunglasses.

Take Me To The Ocean Tote // Kate Spade Passport Holder // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Organizer Bag // Rose Gold Frends Headphones

shopbop friends and family sale fall 2015

Aw, the dresses. Oh the dresses. While bumming around in my bathing suit is priority No. 1, at some point I have to be dressed — and these gorgeous pieces above caught my eye for specific reasons.

Dress One // Dress Two // Dress Three

Dress one looks perfect for the day — exploring the city, having a casual lunch, perhaps doing some shopping.

Dress two is the quintessential vacation date night dress: Short, bright and detailed yet casual enough for the beach life.

Dress three is one that can easily be thrown on atop a bathing suit for a quick jaunt for food or drinks.

shopbop friends and family sale fall 2015

Of course, at some point, I will have to come home and wear more appropriate fall / winter clothing. I’m on a DVF kick, and these dresses (with tights!) need to find their way into my closet stat.

Dress One // Dress Two // Dress Three

My favorite is dress one, for its flowy fit and paint-splattered print.

Dress two is classic DVF: Wrap, chain link print, ultra chic. A must for the woman with a sweet office.

Finally, dress three is elegant to the max and could easily double as a date night outfit.

What online shops do you visit regularly? What sweet accessories are you a sucker for? Getting anything during the Shopbop sale? Tell me in the comments!

September 9, 2015

voluspa | amaranth & jasmine candle

By now, you know that my love for jasmine extends well beyond skincare.

So it only seemed fitting for my eleventh post in the #12DaysOfJasmine series to focus on bringing this “King of Flowers” into your home.

I’ve found my favorite jasmine-infused candle in Voluspa’s Amaranth & Jasmine Maison Metallo Candle.

Seriously. I buy these in pairs for my tiny one-bedroom apartment. This candle smells that good.

voluspa jasmine and amaranth candle

{I’ve purchased four — and counting — of these Voluspa Amaranth and Jasmine Candles. The two-wick tins cost $18.}

Pink jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) comes together with essential oil-infused amaranth in Voluspa’s candle to create a warm yet sweet scent that’s truly jasmine, but with a softer, sweeter, less heady aroma.

The coconut wax-blend candle burns relatively clean and features a double wick that helps the wax pool evenly and beautifully after lit.

One of my favorite things to do on spa nights in is light this candle, begin my skincare and bodycare routines and then enjoy the soft, floral scent that’s easily my favorite of all scents (king of flowers, it is).

While I don’t talk much about home products on the blog, I will say that I look for beautiful, reusable, cruelty-free candles with cotton wicks. Voluspa’s candles fit the bill.

I also love that the wax is made with a blend of coconut oil (finally, a way you ladies who are sensitive to coconut oil can enjoy it in your home!), which produces a better burn (though you’re still going to get some smoke and blackness).

These beautiful tins are wonderful for reusing as jewelry holders or as bookshelf decor (though, again, if you’re like me and have already purchased four of these candles, you may just need to recycle!). Another great idea: storing your mini facial oils or travel beauty! What a chic storage unit, no?

So, while things like candles don’t typically get a ton of space on the “lifestyle” component of this blog, I couldn’t resist including it in my #12DaysOfJasmine series to illustrate to you how crazy I am about this scent. I must have all the jasmine-infused things!

Jasmine lovers, have you found a great jasmine candle or other home scent? Any beauty lovers out there secretly obsessed with candles? How do you prefer to scent your home? Tell me in the comments section!

December 5, 2014

holiday gift ideas for him

All the dudes in my life get grooming products for Christmas.

And maybe some of these things, too.

holiday gift ideas for him

(From top, left to right)

Bike Chain Bottle Opener

Drinking beer is exciting, so why not use a cool bottle opener to celebrate whatever occasion you’re about to toast? Who cares if the occasion is Friday at 5.

Brickell Men’s Products Men’s Starter Kit

Guys deserve great green skincare, too, and Brickell Men’s Products delivers. Made with certified organic and natural ingredients, Brickell Men’s Products packs all the green goodness that us ladies have come to expect in our skincare, yet is packaged in a dude-friendly way that looks sleek on the vanity. The Starter Kit contains six travel-sized products for your man to enjoy, including face wash, shave cream, aftershave, moisturizer, soap scrub and hand balm.

Industry of All Nations Ribbed Alpaca Beanie

Available in black and gray, Industry of All Nations’ Ribbed Alpaca Beanie, available via Accompany, is one you’ll want to borrow from the guy. Warm, durable alpaca fibers insulate while allowing the skin to breathe.

Warby Parker Barkley Sunglasses

Made from custom cellulose acetate, Warby Parker’s Barkley sunglasses offer a contemporary yet classic look that’s both stylish and subtle. The anti-scratch and anti-reflective coated sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection and 100 cool points.

Das Boom Industries Yuzu, Shiso & Saffron Body Wash

For the minimalist guy’s shower, Das Boom Industries’ Everywhere Wash in Yuzu, Shiso & Saffron gets him clean from head hair to toe hair. The bright, fresh burst of yuzu, an East Asian citrus fruit, makes Das Boom Industries’ Everywhere Wash the perfect early morning everything cleanser. Everything Wash is also available in Bayrum, Smoke & Dirt and Bourbon & Leather, but this was by far the favorite of my test subjects (and myself).

Herschel Supply Co. ‘Chapter’ Travel Kit

If you’re going to give a guy a bunch of great new green grooming products, then it only makes sense to add in a tough dopp kit to boot. Herschel Supply Company’s ‘Chapter’ Travel Kit is made of durable tech canvas that fits both the “form” and “function” requirements.

Everlane Cashmere Hoodie

Made of ethically sourced grade-A cashmere source directly from Mongolia, Everlane’s Cashmere Hoodie is touchably soft and offers an attractive, slim fit that keeps the look polished. This isn’t the bro hoodie you remember from your days on campus. Another one you’ll want to jack from your guy. (Note: A less-expensive but just-as-beautiful cotton cashmere version is also available.)

Toms Taupe Aviator Twill Men’s Paseos Mid

Mid-cut shoes in taupe? Bet your guy doesn’t have this in his shoe wardrobe. (Do guys have shoe wardrobes?). As with all Toms purchases, your gift of the Toms Taupe Aviator Twill Men’s Paseos Mid also helps a person in need via the company’s One for One promise.

December 3, 2014

holiday gift guide for people who like to stuff stockings

Because we all need ideas of what to put in other people’s hanging socks.

stocking stuffer ideas

(From top, left to right)

Etta + Billie Hot Toddy Body Scrub

San Francisco natural bath and body line Etta + Billie’s re-imagination of a hot toddy in bar form is just genius — and oh-so-beautifully packaged, as all the products are. Sea salt, organic cocoa butter and fair trade shea butter combine with cinnamon, cardamom, clove and ginger for a warming morning skin treat.

Deco Naturals Holiday Collection Lip Butter Set

As sweet and cheerful as your favorite childhood lip balms (but without all the nasties!), Deco Naturals’ Holiday Collection contains six creamy lip balms made from cocoa butter, beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E in familiar flavors such as candy cane, gingerbread, sugared cranberry, egg nog, spiced pear and hot cocoa. Pass the egg nog, please.

The Konjac Sponge Company Konjac Sponges

Cute konjac sponges are a staple in every beauty addict’s bathroom, and this year they’ll likely be the staple of every stocking. These small but mighty sponge exfoliators gently buff away dead skin and can be used with just water or your favorite cleanser. (Just make sure to tell your not-so-beauty-addicted friends what to do with it, mmmk?).

Jane Iredale PurePressed Electric Refillable Compact

You shouldn’t be the only thing all dolled up this holiday season. Update your Jane Iredale powder with a beautiful amethyst compact decorated with a fuchsia crystal. It’s designed to hold any Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, PureMatte or Beyond Matte Powder Refill. (Oh, and get one for your friend, too. Because this gift guide is for others. Not yourself. I forget.)

Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

Would you be offended if someone put oil-blotting papers in your stocking? Not if they’re elegant ones from Tatcha. These all-natural blotting sheets, made of 100 percent Abaca Leaf and gold flakes, absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup.

Kusmi Tea Green Teas Assortment

Greet the green tea connoisseur with an assortment of delicious Kusmi Tea. Interesting flavor combinations, such as strawberry green team, rose green tea, spearmint green tea and ginger-lemon green tea will tickle the tastebuds of even the most adventurous tea-drinker in your life.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

Armed with these four high-quality brushes, the makeup guru in your life will be able to create a flawless face thanks to Real Techniques’ Core Collection Brush Set. Gifting them to a beauty newbie? Point her to Real Techniques’ online video tutorials or everyone’s favorite, Lisa Eldridge.

Lotus Wei Mini Serums

Lotus Wei’s Balancing Serums are the perfect remedy for the stressed-out friend or family member who is in desperate need of some down time. This mini collection allows her to experience all of Lotus Wei’s powerful aromatherapy blends designed to dramatically change the everyday state of mind. My favorites? Infinite Love and Joy Juice.

Mustache & Beard Comb

Probably not wise to give this to your sister. Instead, stuff that mustached-man’s stocking with this handmade-from-sustainably harvested cherry wood comb. At 2.13 inches wide, 0.88 inches tall and 0.25 inches thick, it’s one unobtrusive grooming product that can easily fit in a pocket

The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck

Featuring quite possibly the most beautiful tarot art I’ve ever seen, The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck includes major and minor arcana and instructions on how to use the deck. For the tarot-curious, you might want to also include The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook. It’s pretty, too.

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