Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Friday!

Just a few highlights from my week! 

Fun drugstore purchases: Vogue {Really excited to see The Great Gatsby!!}
New essie in butler please, and revlon lip butter in tutti frutti.  

Sitting outside on my terrace for the first time this year. So happy Spring is here.

Mint & lemon flavored water. So refreshing.

At the park with the hubby.

Nothing better than fresh flowers. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Essie fifth avenue

I think I have posted about this one before- but I forgot about it and recently discovered it again. I love this red. It could not be more perfect! It is my favorite orange/red. I have a feeling this will be my go-to all summer.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cat Crazy

Baby boy with my Charlotte Olympia kitty flats

The Husband surprised me with this vintage mug from Etsy. 
I now use it as my designated tea cup.
I almost cried when I opened it.. {Haha!}

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dior Gris Trianon

This was my first time trying a Dior nail polish, and I am very impressed! Gris Trianon is from the new Spring 2013 collection. Not only is this particular color gorgeous, but the application and formula was flawless. I don't think any other brand even comes close in comparison. This was two effortless coats. 

I think what made the most difference for me was the size of the brush. It is flat and HUGE! I was almost able to cover my entire nail in one swipe. With Essie or Chanel, it normally would take about 3 or 4 - making more room for error.

Like Chanel, these are definitely not cheap. But in my opinion, they are far better in quality. And even a few bucks cheaper I believe. Chanel does have a better selection when it comes to color, but Dior wins for everything else. I will definitely be purchasing more of these. I currently have my eye on Tutu {also from the new Spring collection - similar to Essie Fiji or French Affair}. 
I should mention that this looks super similar to Essie Chinchilly, but this is slightly lighter. Chinchilly also has some blue/purple undertones.

Friday, February 22, 2013


For some reason I have only been posting on Fridays this month. Hah! Not sure why, but I guess it's better than nothing. The Husband took a personal day for Monday, so I am pretty happy for a 3 day weekend with him. We also have our nephew's birthday party on Saturday - definitely looking forward to that as well!

Here are a couple of things I have been excited about this week-

I mean really. How pretty is this?!

I have been shopping on Amazon and Etsy quite a bit lately, and I recently purchased this Laduree pastry book. It just came in the mail this morning, and I am just in love with it. The cover is some sort of velvet/suede material, and has gold trim. Such a pretty little book. I can't wait to make macarons and other goodies from these recipes!

I've also decided that after seeing how stunning this book was that I needed the mate to it. The Savory book {this one being the Sucre, of course}. I'll have to order that one soon!
I just love pretty little books..

I also found these on Etsy from a Scottish lady in France. They are vintage copper kitchen canisters with sucre, cafe, and the on them. So pretty! They match our copper pots & pans great.

Bon weekend! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Friday!

From my sweet husband for Valentine's Day! Vintage copper recipe box and chocolate. :-)
Now I need to find some cute recipe cards to go with.

Last week I went for a long overdue haircut - I had 7 inches taken off! It's still long, so I think I want to go back and have another 2-3 inches cut. I'm loving my shorter hair. I can't believe how long it was and I wish I had taken a before/after picture!

Happy weekend!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Friday!

Here are a few things that have made my week a little brighter:

I bought this yesterday actually, and it has become an instant favorite.
It is pure HEAVEN.

 Finally bought the blu ray version of the most magnificent movie ever made,
 in my humble opinion. I could watch it everyday! :-)

Current make up wish list. I definitely have a problem. Yikes.

Child of mine takes everything I own and makes it his.
Including my lap top case. Silly boy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Instagram lately

Rosebuds and vanilla bean make the apartment smell yummy on rainy days.

Smoothie prep! 

The finished product. So good!

I have been lusting after these Charlotte Olympia shoes for months it seems,
and now they are finally in my possession! Very excited to wear these!

I do not own any Dior nail polish, so I wanted to try a few.
  I came home with riviera and gris trianon. The brow kit was FREE! 

I had been eyeing this iPhone case since summer.
And I found it on ebay last week. So pretty and girly.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Zoya Electra

Everyday I fall more in love with Zoya! This might be my new favorite brand of nail polish.

I got Electra in my December Glossybox. It's not something I would have picked out for myself,
 but I really like it. I used 3 coats and it almost has a foil finish. 
Super pretty and cheerful for these drab winter days.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chanel spring 2013 collection

How gorgeous is this illuminating powder?!
Can't wait to get my hands on it!

I am dying over this collection as a whole. Everything is just gorgeous and they are colors I normally like - soft, pretty and pink. Though typical for spring I guess. A couple of things that I have my eye on are the les 4 ombres quadra eyeshadow in refinement, le vernis nail color in emprise {on model above}, and the rouge allure velvet matte lip color in l'eclatante {also on model above, I believe}.

all images via

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tom ford smoke red nail polish

This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts! And it was a complete surprise 
from my Brother. I have never tried anything from the Tom Ford nail polish line, and 
this is everything I had hoped for, considering the price point. So far, I am on day 5 
and still no chips! If this was an Opi polish, my nails would be a wreck by now. The 
formula was so easy to work with, too. I used this on my toes about a week and a 
half ago, and it still looks like I had a fresh pedicure. Love it!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cole Haan oxford wingtips

Maybe I am not a normal female, but I don't normally get this excited about a pair of shoes {Except for maybe my black patent Louboutin's. Which I am still afraid to wear!}.
 I am in love with my new purchase!

While out shopping with my husband and mother in law after Christmas, we wandered over to the shoe area in Nordstrom. My husband pointed these out and I was intrigued by how different they were. I would have never picked out a blue pair of shoes for myself. Let alone oxford wingtips. But I knew they had to come home with me. I was a little worried as to what I would wear with them, and so far I am surprised at how versatile they are. 

So, needless to say, my husband will be picking out my shoes from now on {Haha, maybe}. 
He has far better taste than I do when it comes to footwear. :-)

Admiring my new shoes at Best Buy, haha. L-O-V-E.
Horrible quality iPhone pic! But it's all I had.
I desperately need a full length mirror, too..

I am wearing a gray wool cowl neck sweater from Loft, Joe's jeans,
Zara coat, and my new oxfords!  {On sale here!}

Monday, January 7, 2013

Essie pretty in pink

After weeks of bright and shimmery colors, I needed something clean and neutral
for a change. I bought this color so long ago that I forgot how pretty it is!
This is like 'my nails, but better.'
 And with a touch of pink. 

I love fresh looking feminine colors.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello 2013!

I have only posted on here 3 times within the last 2 months! Oops. I'm not really sure why. I guess I just have not had much motivation and have been more into spending time with my hubby and family during the break. It has been very relaxing and enjoyable! So this is just a bunch of photos from over Christmas vacation. I should have done this at least a week ago. Haha. 

Peppermint hot cocoa in my Christmas Starbucks mug.
Bright red lipstick on Christmas day. Also wearing my new faux mink scarf from
 Restoration Hardware that my in laws got for me. Love it!
Partridge in a Pear Tree salt & pepper shakers from PB.
Downtown all pretty with Christmas lights.
I made peppermint truffles for Christmas Eve & Day. They turned out pretty good!
Mom & I on Christmas day
Bought these on sale a couple days after Christmas {Hubby even picked them out.
 He has a good eye for shoes!}. Dying to wear them!

Some of my favorite christmas gifts:

Burberry lippies from my in laws! LOVE! The formula on these is just wonderful.
So easy to wear!
The colors are {L-R}: dusty rose #10, tea rose #08, & nude beige #01.
From my Brother. He totally spoiled me this year!! Just GORGEOUS!!
The lipsticks are spanish pink and indian rose. They glide on like butter and have a
sweet vanilla scent. Not to mention the packaging is just fabulous. LOVE.
The nail polish is carnal red. Beautiful color! I haven't tried this yet, but I have heard
amazing things about the nail polish line.
 I have a feeling this is the start of a Tom Ford cosmetics obsession. While it is all quite
pricey, you definitely get what you pay for. I'll do a review later on these. 

Holiday nails:

Zoya holly. I got this last year in a birch box and never tried it. Super pretty!
Zoya is becoming a favorite of mine. As far as ingredients go, this is a good as it gets and
they don't do any animal testing. The lasting power is like nothing I have ever experienced.
NYE nails: Zoya ziv. Another stunner!