This Warby Parker + Karlie Kloss Collab has your new favorite shades

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Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker CollectionEvery Summer I like to get a new pair of sunglasses to really seal the deal. Something that says “Screw you cold weather, it’s time to party!” This season, I’ve got my eye on sunnies from Karlie Kloss’ new collection with Warby Parker. A blend of classic styling and modern shapes, this collection is has a great chance of having your next pair of go-to shades.


Karlie wearing Marple in Heirloom Silver with Faded Slate lenses – $145

Every purchase from this collection will benefit Karlie’s chosen charity, Edible Schoolyard, that brings kitchens and gardens to low-income schools to help them learn healthy eating habits. And of course, as always, for every pair sold, a pair of glasses goes to someone who is in need. Don’t you love being a philanthropist while you shop?

If the fabulous Marple’s aren’t quite your speed, don’t worry. There are two other styles to fit your needs. Each style comes in two version, and all have the ability to define your Summertime looks. I know, deciding which pair is right for you may be hard, so I’ve put together a little guide to help you figure out which pair I think is the perfect fit for your personality.

 Marple – For the Adventurous Vixen

You’re the type that likes to make statement, without trying too hard.
You like your look to speak for you, since you’re too busy being fabulous to try to impress others.
But boy, do you impress! Your subtle glamour can’t be denied. You enjoy light day-drinking
excursions, stimulating conversation, and spontaneous fun.

marple-frames-2 marple-framesClara – For the Cool Visionary

Equal parts trendsetter, bohemian, and philosopher, you’re cool, but approachable.
Your friends look to you for your effortless style that’s always just ahead of the curve.
You enjoy: Brunching at soon-to-be hot spots, casually thrifting, and writing in your Moleskine.

clara-frames clara-frames-2Julia – For the Polished Go-Getter

People are pretty convinced you did indeed wake up like that. You always look pulled together.
Even if you’re just wearing a T-shirt and jeans. It may even be your uniform of sorts. You invest in
quality basics and add simple accessories, like these shades in a timeless aviator shape.julia-frames-2 julia-frames
It’s clear I’m all Marple, but which style do you think is all you?
Get your favorite for $145 at WarbyParker. And let me know what you chose.
I’m curious to find out which pair is standing out the most.

La Nuit En Rosé – New York’s First Rosé Wine Festival

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Rosé wine lovers set sail on NYC’s Hudson River on June 13-14 to indulge in exquisite
wines and seriously good times. The occasion? The country’s first large-scale Rosé tasting event, La Nuit en Rosé. The sold out event, taking place during four 4-hour sessions over two days, gave the public and members of the press, the opportunity to taste 85 rosés crafted by 58 wineries from around the world. The vast selection ensured that wine connoisseurs and novices alike, would be able to discover rosés that seduced their tastebuds.
And as if sampling a bevy of rosé wines weren’t enough, La Nuit En Rosé up’d the experience with a hot DJ, beautiful views aboard the state of the art Hornblower Hybrid, and cuisine to compliment the wines including: a choice of ice creams (one rosé-infused) from The Tipsy Scoop; French pastries, canelés and financiers by Céline; oysters provided from the Brooklyn Oyster Party;  and some of the most delectable cheese and charcuterie We’ve ever experienced, from Vin sur Vingt, among others. We were there, and we will definitely not miss the next event, which promises to be bigger and even better. More info at

Here’s a look at the La Nuit En Rose experience:


Perlier has the answer to fighting Summer heat

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perlier lemon sorbet crackling body waterIt won’t be long before the thick of Summer heat will be bearing down upon us, and you may be wondering what you could do to keep cool. Well this Lemon Sorbet Crackling Body Water from Perlier is unlike ANYTHING you’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to use this unique body refresher on the most sweltering what-did-I-do-to-deserve this days.

This unique formula actually “crackles” when applied to the skin, giving you a nice cooling sensation.  It also moisturizes your skin and leaves behind a light lemony scent. Now, the directions suggest using it in the morning before heading out or in the evening after a hot day, but I’m ready to plop it in my bag for some spur of the moment goodness. Imagine having this cooler at your next picnic, or at the beach. Priceless!

$24.50 HSN


Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Youth Serum

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Photo Jun 24, 2 56 56 PM Have you ever imagined Mother Nature might be off somewhere making you a special concoction to maintain your youth? Well your wish may have been answered by Perlier and their Honey Miel Royal Elixir. Made with fresh (not freeze dried) royal jelly and organic Italian Honey, this luxe serum leaves your skin look, refreshed and youthful.

Skin appears to have a more hydrated appearance immediately after use.

How it works:

The serum’s Royal Jelly from African bees stimulates collagen production and provides nutrients and anti-oxidative properties that are vital to your skin’s health. It’s the same stuff that keeps the Queen bee (who is fed the Jelly by her minions) alive 50 times longer than other bees. Pretty remarkable.

The experience:

This serum glides on almost like a gel. When applied, my skin has a plumper, more refreshed look. Its great for “waking up” the skin after a long day or restless night. In warmer weather, you could likely just use this serum alone with only an spf on top, since it’s pretty moisturizing. I’ve even used some on my cuticles and feet for an intense jolt of moisture.

While wrinkles aren’t an issue for me, I do have to battle against dull skin tone at times. The Royal Elixir Serum helps to inject my skin with a dose of vitality so that my makeup routine has a great foundation.

To try Perlier’s Royal Elixir Serum for yourself, visit HSN here and be sure to watch for upcoming Perlier on-air segments.

*Product provided by the company via ifabbo

Anna Sui Debuts New Fragrance, La Nuit de Bohème

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La Nuit de Bohème fragrance

La Nuit de Bohème

Designer Anna Sui revealed her newest fragrance amidst the wonderland of her NYC boutique. Sister to 2013′s La Vie de Bohème, the new La Nuit de Bohème fragrance captures the spirit of Sui’s young, girl-child woman who has now turned to the night to express her freedom and individuality. La Nuit de Bohème is right up my alley. It has the sweetness of innocence but also has an air of sensuality and mystery. Perfect for evening frolicking in your neck of the words. It’s luxurious, feminine, and may just be your new favorite scent. Even its captivating packaging is a must have for any dresser.

La Nuit de Bohème opens with the fizz of Champagne Citrus and Midnight Blackberry, deepens to Gilded Lotus Flower, Rose Petale and Sunset Oud Wood. For it’s finish, it plays out with Cedarwood Heart, Haitian Vanilla Orchid, Indonesian Patchouli, and Golden Amber Resin.

Pricing: 30ml. – $46, 50ml. – $65, 75ml. $78

Available now at, And Anna Sui Stores. Wider availability begins in Fall2014

David Burke Fabrick Opens in NYC

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Rasberry Caprihiahs from Bugatti Bar

Rasberry Caprihiahs from Bugatti Bar

Celebrity chef David Burke opened his latest culinary destination, Fabrick, at Archer Hotel in Manhattan’s Garment District. The new restaurant’s location is partly responsible for inspiring the restaurants unique name. The eatery will be serving “rustic American” fare in surroundings that include an open kitchen, a wall lined in Himalayan salt bricks, a modern tavern feel, and colorful accents.

At the exclusive opening event, guests nibbled on samplings from the Fabrick menu including succulent Lobster dumplings, perfectly balanced Avocado Pana Cotta, and a raspberry filled donut that is out-of-this-world-addictive. Well really everything was delectable, but those three dishes are still dancing in my head. The ambiance in Fabrick’s dining area is warm yet airy, with an open feel that seems fitting for a date or an impressive client dinner. If by chance you just want to pop in for a drink, the adjacent Bugatti Bar can whip up an equally crafty cocktail for your sipping pleasure.

Archer Hotel, 47 West 38th Street, 212-302-3838


Will you kick your colorist to the curb for

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Photo Jun 03, 3 44 57 PM (1)Since I decided to break up with permanently straight hair, I also broke up with salons for the most part. Hair stylists and colorists are important and vital parts of the beauty scene, but I was just tired of salon trauma. Nothing personal guys. Unfortunately, the idea of home hair color makes me rethink that decision. I don’t want anything crazy. Just fresh, glossy, grey covering color. Is that asking for too much? has answered with a loud NO.

Photo Jun 03, 3 37 38 PM (1)Photo Jun 03, 3 43 09 PM (1)My package included the color kit and a free glossing enhancer, along with the optional coloring tools add-on. They even included a battery for the timer!

Photo Jun 04, 12 25 51 PMThe kit comes with really cute personalized instructions too.

My first kit from eSalon just arrived* after a simple online quiz and color selection process. All you need to do is answer a few questions about your hair, choose from the color options recommended for you, upload a few pics of you and your current hair state (optional), and order! eSalon will blend a bottle of custom hair color for you. Now don’t worry if you get confused or if you think you’ve chosen a ridiculous color. eSalons experienced color experts are available for consultation and will contact you if they think you’re selected color might be an issue (That’s why it’s a good idea to upload a few photos).

And now, you can order even more products like full-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioners, treatments and touch up wands, so your color stays looking great. I can’t wait to try my new customized color. I’ll be posting soon with the results. Get started with your hair quiz at and be on your way to at-home hair excellence.

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*Products provided by PR company for evaluation.
-Referral links are included above.



Easy Summer Cocktails with Vita Frute by Veev

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VitaFrute1The only thing that’s better than a refreshing Summer cocktail, is a lazy Summer cocktail. You get both with Vita Frute by Veev! For your next BBQ, take the deliciously easy way out with these pre-crafted cocktails. They’re available in Organic Lemonade and Organic Cosmopolitan, and are under 125 calories per serving. The Organic Lemonade variety is my pick. I find it a bit smoother and maybe a tad less sweet, but they’re honestly both worth a try. Just mix with a little ice, and keep the party going. Take it easy this Summer and pick up a couple of Vita Frute Cocktails for your party.

*I received this product free as a Klout Perk.

Recap and Huge Haul from The Makeup Show NYC 2014

A little fun at the Sephora brush booth
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Another year of The Makeup Show NYC has wrapped. More artistry, more innovation, and more of me saying I don’t need any more makeup, them ultimately caving. I have so much to share (and so much goodness to try) so let’s get started with a recap. Folks going the TMS Chicago, take note!

Of course, after all the fun at the show, I needed to go through all the beauty goods I took home! First, here is the loot from the Blogger Event. I see so many future staples from Temptu, Mario Badescu, Armour beauty, NARS cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin, Crown Brush, Make Up Forever, Smashbox, Gorgeous cosmetics, and more!

Photo May 10, 2 45 21 PM Photo May 10, 2 46 19 PM Photo May 10, 2 46 24 PM Photo May 10, 2 47 18 PM Photo May 10, 2 47 23 PM Photo May 10, 3 10 10 PM Photo May 10, 3 11 18 PMSome of my favorite items from the bag:


And even with a huge goody bag, I still needed to get a few items that I couldn’t pass up.

Photo May 13, 10 46 36 AM(Clockwise from top left) Cotton Swabs, more Cleanse by Lauren Napier Wipes, more Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate, Koren Zander’s new makeup brush cleaner, Ardency Inn Modster lip primer stick (boom base) Bdellium tools eyebrow brush, Inglot gel eyeliner, Ardency inn Modster Lip Vinyl in Dubstep Remix, Clean brush cleaner (Goats milk version. Lemon scented).

That’s all of it, folks. A great show as always and great products to share. if you have any questions about what you’ve seen, feel free to ask in the comments.

Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review

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20140524-230514-83114693.jpgOh those big crazy Manga eyes. Ladies in Asian countries have popularized the comic inspired large eye look and now Loreal is bringing it to the American mainstream. Their new Voluminous Miss Manga claims to be able to magnify and amplify lashes with it’s 360 degree flexor brush.

I picked up a tube in blackest black for a good price at Harmon Beauty Discounts. I’ve been looking for a good drugstore mascara since I have up Lashblast (not cruelty free) and my current faves, Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara are both deluxe samples. I’m usually pretty thrifty when it comes to my lashes.

20140524-233420-84860476.jpgThe tube is nice to look at with a black base and metallic pink wand piece.

Photo May 27, 1 15 01 PMPhoto May 30, 9 15 27 PMWhat stood out:
The most noticeable things about Miss Manga are the extremely flexible brush head and erratic composition of the brush’s bristles. The flexible head allowed for good “wiggling” of the wand while applying coats. I can only assume the wild bush bristle placement contributes to a less uniform look, which is good if you’re into the trend of spidery lashes. It may also help with coating each lash fully. I’d consider this more of a lengthening mascara than volumizing, but you can judge for yourself from the before and after shots.

The Blackest Black shade has pretty good pigmentation, even against dark skin. Three to five coats are probably needed for the best results. It also has good staying power. Once dried, I didn’t experience any crumbling or flaking off at all, which is epic for Summertime humidity. I didn’t even use the waterproof formula, but it took an oil based makeup remover to get it all off properly.

The verdict: I’ll keep using Miss Manga as a good drug store solution. If you want length added to your lashes, but not necessarily volume. You’ll want to give this a try.





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