May Flower Power

May 1st, 2015

By Logan Timmins

You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” and if you’re like me, you’re grateful for the recent rain we have been experiencing because of all of the beautiful blooms that we now get to enjoy! Everywhere I look, I am delighted to see such vibrant and colorful flowers that are bursting forth at the height of spring. Those aren’t the only blooming flowers I see, though. Spring beauty, fashion and fragrance all seem to be inspired by the lovely blossoms too! Here are some of my favorite flower-power finds this month.

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Yellow Floral Wide Leg Trouser by Miss Selfridge — These pants combine two of my most favorite things on the planet—wide leg trousers and a beautiful floral print. Viola! Available at MissSelfridge.com

 

 

 

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This colorful, floral print shift dress by P.A.R.O.S.H. is a bold and beautiful choice for any one of your springtime semi-formal gatherings. Available at Farfetch.com

 

 

 

 

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Perfect for work or play, this Oasis Pleat Hem Lace Shell Top is a great separate with gorgeous texture. Available at JohnLewis.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Subtle and completely chic, these Tory Burch Floral Perforated Flat Thong Sandals can be paired with shorts, capris, or a sweet day dress. They’re a necessity!

 

 

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If you are like me, you anxiously wait for spring so you can debut your espadrilles. These are DV by Dolce Vita, and they would look super-cute paired with boyfriend jeans, a simple t-shirt, and fedora!

 

 

 

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For casual chic, pair this Carolee Catch The Bouquet Fabric Frontal Floral Necklace with an easy tank or t-shirt, cropped pants or denim shorts, and a low wedge sandal. Available at Dillards

 

 

 

 

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For a night out, stash your lip-gloss and ID in this beautiful and charming Natasha Couture Floral Clutch. Available at Nordstrom

 

 

 

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Achieve a vibrant, healthy glow with any one of the 12 hues that make up Clinique’s Cheek Pop blush line. My personal favorite? Melon Pop, all the way.

 

 

 

 

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We all have those days when a warm, relaxing bubble bath is an absolute must. This Secret Garden Bath Bomb bursts into a fragrant bouquet of flowers and petals that envelope you as your stress, worries, and cares melt away. Available at LUSH

 

 

 

 

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The newest addition to the Flora fragrance line by Gucci, Generous Violet is a gorgeous scent for any occasion. Available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

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Another floral fragrance fave, Dolce, by Dolce and Gabanna is a feminine and fresh full-bodied blend that just might become your new favorite. Available at Macy’s

 

 

 

 

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After your bath, massage this Butterfly Flower Ultra Shea Body Cream into your skin for a hydrating and sumptuous aroma inspired by a butterfly garden in full bloom. Available at Bath and Body Works

 

 

 

 

 

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Antica Farmacista’s Peonia Gardenia & Rosa Home Ambiance Perfume provides an exquisite and luxurious scent that will fill your home with floral delight. Available at Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

Fashion and Beauty Trends Spring 2015

March 1st, 2015

yellowWEAR YELLOW
Before you bolt from the bold suggestion, understand that wearing yellow can actually be fun and flattering. From pastel, amber, neon, mustard, marigold, canary, and “Sunny D,” there is definitely a shade of yellow suited for you. The trick is in knowing your skin tone and what compliments it best.

allwhiteALL WHITE
Rejoice! The sun is shining bright, the air is clean and crisp, and now, our wardrobes should be too. This white-from-head-to-toe look took runways by storm at New York Fashion week, and we’re following suit. Personally partial to the totally black, sleek and slimming ensembles we’ve seen in season’s past, I am excited to flip the script and step way outside of my comfort zone to participate in this white-out movement. Eye-catching and completely confident, it takes a gutsy gal to rock an all-white get-up. This season, we applaud her.

ginghamGINGHAM
A cousin of plaid but more befitting of springtime, this picnic table print has found its way into our spring wardrobes and we love the fresh, fun feeling it adds. Appearing in a multitude of fabrics and silhouettes, you can incorporate this gingham trend into just about any ensemble for almost any occasion.

ON BEAUTY
Beauty and makeup is, perhaps, my most favorite conversation topic…ever. Everyone wants to look their best, and I believe that understanding how to best enhance your natural features is one of the keys to achieving that. This spring, I am so excited about some new beauty trends that are absolutely doable and will be lovely on anyone!

Bright lip
We’ve seen it before, yes. But are we tired of it? Of course not! A bright red, pink, orange, coral or even purple lip can complete a beauty look in one fell swoop. Mauve-y, brownish, natural lip colors were all the rage for fall and winter, but now it’s in with the bold, out with the nude. A fresh face with neutral and natural eyes paired with a daring lip color can be quite a confident statement this spring. Go for it! Here are a few of my favorite lippies to try this season:

nars audacious annabellaNars Audacious Lipstick – This line of lipsticks is, hands down, the closest to perfection that I have ever found. Complete with 30 different colors for any and every occasion, the non-drying, long-lasting, and super-highly-pigmented formula will have you wanting every single one. Try “Annabella” to start. Described as a “poppy red,” this magnificent shade looks fabulous on any skin tone.

 

ysl color 5Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick – Lightweight and luscious, this lipstick should have a place in any woman’s collection. With vivid colors, hydrating texture, and glossy shine, this line is perfect for spring in every way. “Color 5” is my current fascination; a fun, fuchsia flush I can’t seem to put down.

 

maybelline rebel bloom orchid ecstasyMaybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom – I have come to expect to be delighted each time I try a new Maybelline lipstick, and their winning streak with me continues this season with the new Color Sensational Rebel Bloom collection. If you want beauty on the budget, make a B-line for the Maybelline at your local drug store because these lippies are a brilliant buy! My personal favorite for this season is “Orchid Ecstasy” for a fun and fearless purple.

NATURAL (LOOKING) SKIN
My favorite new development in the beauty world: natural looking skin. Say goodbye to thick, opaque foundations that camouflage like a mask. This season is all about a fresh-faced, your-skin-but-better look that doesn’t scream “I took two hours to do my makeup this morning.” With the sun starting to shine and the weather beginning to warm up, the beauty world is beginning to veer away from the more matte finishes in foundations and towards the more dewy, radiant and luminous makeup. You’re lucky if your skin is flawless naturally, but for those of us who need some extra oomph, here are a few products that have my personal stamp of approval:

perricone no foundation serumPerricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum-Formulated for more oily skin types, this product acts as a skin-treatment while providing very natural looking coverage as well. Gorgeous!

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation-The Serum’s sister, this is the formulation for more dry skin types. This performs equally as well as the other formulation and is also a combination of skin-treatment and luminous coverage.

guerlain meteorites baby glowGuerlain Meteorites Baby Glow-Okay, this new product has my heart and I truly believe that you will love it, too. Infused with magic (or something), your complexion will look refreshed, luminous, and “smooth as a baby’s skin.” Highly recommend!

 

 

meteorites pearlsGuerlain Meteorites Powder for the Face-Designed to minimize flaws and bring brightness to the skin, this illuminating powder made of light-diffusing pearls proves positively brilliant. Use this to set your foundation, and you can thank me later.