Holiday Party Dresses

If there’s one thing we can all agree is awesome about the holiday season, it’s all the glitzy and fun party dresses we get to wear. It’s that festive time of year once again and  soon cocktail parties will be in full swing, meaning the more red and sparkly you are, the better! And even though this is the time we’re supposed to be shopping for others and not ourselves, there is always the excuse of a party dress. Obviously.

And so in the spirit of all things merry, I spent my snowy morning jumping around the internet to One Direction‘s latest album hunting down the best cocktail dresses to shake your tush in. There’s lace, sequins, red, beading and more! Here are my picks of holiday dresses to get you to your next Christmas or New Year’s party.
Holiday 2014 Party Dresses

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Review : Marc Jacobs Holiday Highliner Gift Set

One of my favorite beauty discoveries this year is the Marc Jacobs Highliner pen in Lun-atic. It’s that perfect streak of purple/silver gel that stays put on the lower lashline for hours. So, it was little surprise when Marc Jacobs announced their Holiday 2014 collection that the Sky-Liner Gift Set of highliners was high on my wishlist! I mean, why settle for one gel liner when you can have seven? #AmIRight?

Needless to say, as soon as Sephora‘s VIB sale hit, I was pounding the pavement to get this in my grasp. And since purchasing, my eyes have been decked out with Jacobs’ smooth and creamy liner all-day every day. Needless to say, I have NO regrets!

Marc Jacobs Holiday Highliner Gift Set review

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Red Carpet : Hollywood Film Awards

Happy Monday dreamer! Grab some caffeine because award season is in full swing! Friday the Hollywood Film Awards made their way onto television Friday night, for the very first time. CBS picked up the award show to kickoff awards season, and they meant SERIOUS business. Not only was the awards show televised, but we were also treated to a red carpet pre-show and an after party follow-up. (Though, both were hosted by Oprah’s BFF Gail and were a bit of a snoozer, if I’m being honest.) In general Friday nights are quiet on television, so why not fill up primetime with coverage of A-list celebs like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart and Kiera Knightley? Johnny Depp was also there – entirely wasted – which was completely fabulous if you ask me. (Seriously, look that up on YouTube!)

The Hollywood Film Awards are kind of odd, in that there are no nominees. But, they’ve proven to be quite the predictor of who will end up with THE golden statue at the end of the tunnel: the Academy Award. So, let’s kick off a new week by taking a glimpse at what the stars chose to wear to the first ‘big’ red carpet of the season!

2014 Hollywood Film Awards Red Carpet

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Review : The Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare

When it comes to skincare, I do like to bounce around but always come home to my favorites from Philosophy, promising hope and purity to my skin. Running low on my Hope In a Jar, I trotted off to the mall for some replacements before taking pause at The Body Shop. I’ve never really thought of The Body Shop as a master of skincare, but I was a bit intrigued. Not to mention, it was 40% off that day which felt like the perfect time to dig into the skincare just to see what I thought. Turns out: what I found was very good things!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare Review

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In the Kitchen : Roasted Tomato and Bread Soup

A Saturday afternoon in the kitchen is among my favorite things ever. And this fall, I’ve been turning towards soups and chili to keep me warm and cozy indoors. I discovered this Roasted Tomato and Bread Soup recipe on Pinterest and immediately knew I needed to make it. After all, tomato soup with chunky bread is a longtime favorite – for basically everyone, right?

Roasted Tomato and Bread Soup

I’d say Saturday or Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to make this Roasted Tomato soup! It’s a very simple recipe, but does require time – mostly for the roasting. You can have your tomato, onion and garlic mixture roasting away in the oven while you’re doing other things around the house. They’re a nice fragrant addition to have lingering in the background while you’re reading a book, watching football or doing dreaded chores.

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Red Carpet : Governors Awards

2014 Governors Awards Red Carpet

It’s official: awards season has kicked off! Last week’s Governors Awards featured all the leading ladies in their red carpet best, kicking things off with a bang – and a lot of color! Of course, I can’t help but feel crushed heading into awards season without the timeless Joan Rivers voicing her opinions. It just won’t be the same without her Fashion Police specials. Hats off to Joan, may she be praising and cursing red carpet fashion from above!

In the last week, I myself have been gearing up for awards season by hitting the local cinema. Gone Girl and Interstellar were intensely gripping, and packed with incredible performances (HELLO! Rosamund Pike and Matthew McConaughey!). Maps to the Stars originally beckoned to me because of that standard crush on Robert Pattinson, but Julianne Moore really stole the show. I’m trying to build up the nerve to see Fury soon – I think I’ll need snacks. Needless to say: it’s movie time people!

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Event : Amy Kirchen Fashion Show

Amy Kirchen Fashion Show

When Amy Kirchen hosts a fashion show, I go running – literally. I’ll sign up for her classic and seductive designs anytime, even if that means scrambling from a long day of work to get there. To me, a trip to Amy Kirchen’s Boutique is like stepping into another world – with one sharp, chic lady holding the reigns. Kirchen’s aesthetic is filled with decadence and romance. Guests pass through white column pillars into her crystal showroom, lined with the finest garments and jewelry. It is a room so elegant you quite forget you’re tucked away in American suburbia. And so, an Alice in Wonderland theme that urged attendees to Enter through the Looking Glass couldn’t be more appropriate. Amy’s world is a beautiful place, and one I always appreciate a glimpse at.

An Amy Kirchen event is also always a good excuse to connect with another Amy in my life, Amy Wray of Mod City Magazine. It’s like, Amy Squared! Birds of a feather flock together, and these fashion-minded gals are lots of fun to hang out with. Sometimes us gals need time to gush about fashion over champagne (and cupcakes).

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Review : Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation

Recently Estee Lauder launched a brand new foundation, the new Perfectionist Foundation – which now sits beside the cult favorite Double Wear foundation at an Estee Lauder counter near you. It’s autumn, making it prime time for me to get back into my base and a new foundation is always exciting! And so I jetted off to my nearest Nordstrom to get color-matched by one of the nicest gals I’ve ever met. Seriously, Estee Lauder and MAC always have the best salesgirls. I don’t know what it is – but I always walk away with a new best friend ;)

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation Review

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My Autumn Walk to Remember

My autumn walk to remember

When it’s cold, icy and covered with snow outdoors, I’m going to think back on the beautiful days of autumn, my favorite season of all. This fall, I’ve been really savoring every moment because I know what comes next isn’t so great. (Sorry winter, but you know you’re a drag.) I’ve been curling up with hot tea and chocolate, by the glow of candles and twinkling lights each night. I’ve also been enjoying afternoon walks – both with and without upbeat anthems ringing in my ears. The weather is literally perfect this time of year and the golden light of autumn is so inviting, isn’t it? Sometimes I think I’d like to move to a warm climate – but then I think how I’d miss this: autumn.

I know, I sound quite zen at the moment. Perhaps it’s that I’ve upped the ante in my yoga sessions – or maybe it’s the great sleep I’ve been getting lately. Whatever the case, I’m feeling happy and content this season. And I wanted to just revel in that for a moment. Happiness should be celebrated, after all!

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Recap : 31 Days of Lipstick

In October, I challenged myself to really dig into my lipstick collection and make use of the lip products I have waiting in the wings. Because if there’s one thing I love, it is a lip product. Hence the challenge to myself to wear a different lipstick each day. My 31 Days of Lipstick challenge was both fun and frustrating at the same time. Fun in that I got to discover favorites I forgot I had. Frustrating because, when I find something I love I like to celebrate it – not necessarily by moving on to the next thing the very next day.

Alas, it was a journey – and one I thought I owed my Instagram  and Twitter fans a recap of, as they were along for this very colorful ride!

31 Days of Lipstick Recap


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