BOOKS : Winter Reading Suggestions

Winter Book Suggestions

In the cold wintertime, is there anything better than staying indoors with a hot beverage and a good book? Piping hot coffee, peppermint tea and hot chocolate pair nicely with reading under an ocean of blankets (doggie in tow). Personally, I’m a big fan of the literary escape any time of the year – but with winter still underway, I find myself leaning more and more to my books to pass the time. Today, I’m sharing some winter book suggestions to have you happily reading your gloomy days away.

I picked books from a variety of genres, so no matter what you’re in the mood for…I’ve got the book for you!

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Runway Report: Valentino Spring 2015 Haute Couture

Guys, screw Cinderella! Valentino put on their own live-action fairy tale this with week a Spring 2015 Haute Couture collection that felt like the fairy tale romance of my dreams. Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri brought their own Jane Austen meets Grimm Brothers saga to life through corsets, rich textures, stunning embroidery and of course that whole whimsical sense of magic we’ve come to expect from a Valentino collection.

MUCH to my relief, the peasant dresses that plagued Valentino collections for the past several seasons were replaced with that traditional silhouette you’d expect to find on Sleeping Beauty, or, you know, the heroine of an Austen novel.

Valentino Spring 2015 Haute Couture

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Dupe by NYX

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a strong favorite in the beauty community, but does come at a hefty price tag. Good news? I’ve found a dupe in the drugstore that I like possibly even more! NYX Cosmetics‘ HD Concealer is a significantly more affordable option that is just as creamy and blendable as our beloved one from NARS. Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer is often thought of as a dupe, but I find it doesn’t give as great a coverage as the NARS’ concealer. Imagine my surprise then when I learn that NYX’s concealer comes with even a touch more coverage! Say, what?! Yes. More, indeed.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer dupe by NYX Cosmetics

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Runway Report: Chanel Spring 2015 Haute Couture

Well, hold on to your crop tops, because Karl Lagerfeld tells us they’re here to stay!

Amidst a garden of paper mache, rumored to take one year to construct, Karl debuted Chanel‘s take on Spring 2015 Haute Couture in Paris today, and it was predictably grandiose. Say what you will about our dear pal Karl, but the man sure knows how to put on a show! He also appreciates some great eye candy, kicking off the show with two very svelte male models ‘watering’ the set before the looks began skipping down the runway.

As always, Chanel grew a large, and important, crowd. Both Anna Wintour and Anna Dello Russo were in attendance, along with recent face Kristen Stewart and one of my favorite models to crush on, Lena Perminova. Just what was Chanel serving this season? Well, crop tops and a whole lot of embellishment!

Chanel Spring 2015 Haute Couture

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2015 SAG Awards : Best Dressed List

Hollywood’s brightest stars took to the red carpet last night for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards! It was a bit painfully slow to start, but eventually the red carpet did fill up with big names like Julianne Moore wearing some stunning couture, all the ladies from Orange is the New Black (which won best ensemble cast in a comedy, btw) and of course Lupita Nyong’o being as dazzling as ever.

The SAG Awards have really stepped it up in terms of fashion in the last 5 years. It used to be a more casual red carpet, but these days – no one’s messing around. Glam to the max, the ladies of Hollywood really bring out the big guns for this special night when actors salute other actors on their general actor awesomeness. And, with haute couture to custom gowns aplenty, there’s basically no room for error – making the Best Dressed List feel like an episode of Celebrity Death Match! #Throwback #MTV

I did manage to narrow down my list to 10 Best Dressed Ladies of the night, including some obvious and not-so-obvious choices. Let’s get down to it!

10 Best Dressed of the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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2015 SAG AWARDS : Worst Dressed List

The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards were last night, and some of Hollywood’s best actresses showed up looking pretty whacky. From bell bottoms as sleeves, to droopiness and bruises, there was a whole lot of weirdness piling out of limos. There also seemed to be a contagious case of bad hair going around. Last year, my SAG Awards’ Worst Dressed List featured only 2 ladies, this year the list is up to ten. That’s a 500% increase in fugliness people! Statistically speaking, I don’t think it could get worse than that.

*sigh* I guess we can’t be winners all the time! Right, Julianne Margulies? Right.

Worst Dressed of the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Fashion: In a Spring State of Mind

Wednesday, we bundled up to talk Winter Skincare favorites (here), but today my mind is firmly on spring fashion! Sure, it’s still a long while off with snow and cold temperatures in the forecast, but it’s never too early to start prepping your wardrobe for spring. If nothing else, throw in a little color to offset the gloomy gray days ahead.

This spring, sporty is very in, making workday fashion a lot more comfortable than I’m used to. From sporty conversation sweaters like Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ Don’t Panic sweater (okay, maybe not totally work appropriate), to the scalloped hemlines of DKNY, it’s a relaxed approach to dressing that’s feels very welcomed after the heavy aesthetic of winter. It’s also time to start thinking about your sunglasses for the spring/summer season, and Dolce and Gabbana has some seriously cute polka-dot ones that have my heart bursting with glee!

Here are 10 pieces to get your closet ready for Spring. Bring it on, baby!

Spring Fashion

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Winter Skincare Favorites

It’s that time of year again. You know, when your skin is so dry you could practically cry over it? Freezing temperatures are met with an incessant need to wash your hands to keep the flu at bay, leaving your hands so dry and chapped you welcome cashmere gloves to hide them. Is there anything MORE uncomfortable than dry hands without a hand creme in your purse? I think not.

Skincare is important throughout the entire year, but in these frigid months I call out to some additional favorites to quench my skin’s constant thirst. Today, I’ve rounded up favorite additions to my skincare regimen that are helping put the moisture back in my skin and the smile back on my face! These are my winter skincare favorites that I guarantee will make things a bit less miserable.
Winter Skincare Favorites

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Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2015 is a Stunner

Few things excite me as much as a new collection from Alberta Ferretti. And I swear, it’s like they know it’s my lifelong dream to be as ethereal and romantic as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. Okay fine, in everyday life I’m not that big of a romantic, but as it turns out I really like my clothes to have romance. What can I say? Everyone needs to feel like a princess every now and then.

Alberta Ferretti’s long-awaited Pre-Fall 2015 Collection, sure delivered the aristocratic grace to give every young lady out there her Kate Middleton moment. The Pre-Fall season is always a bit of a marathon, and in the final hour comes Alberta Ferretti with fine detailing, embroidery and texture. While we may not be actual princesses, we can sure as heck dress like one!

Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2015

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