Be of Good Cheer...

Saturday, December 24, 2011's the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Holidays to you & yours! 

I'll be taking a little break to revel in the spirit of the season, reflect 
on the past year and refresh for a new one. See you back here on January 1st! 

P.S. Hubby was the creative director for our Christmas card this year, didn't he do great? I was still stuck on inspiration from last year's snow city card, but since we can't send the same one two years in a row had no snow, he took the reigns and created a postcard using a combo of our many photo booth opportunities this year combined with a little street art inspiration. Fun, right?!

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This morning I heard on the radio that today is the busiest travel day for O'hare Airport. Some 203,000 travelers will pass through on the way to their final destinations. And yours truly will be right there among them. At 7:00pm. With a chance of snow. Wish me luck kiddos!

What are your holiday plans? Whether it's planes, trains or automobiles, I wish you a safe journey to your final destination. (Are you singing "I'll be home for Christmas" in your head? I totally am.)

P.S. If you need any carry-on packing tips I've got ya covered. Hopefully some of my fellow travelers have stumbled upon these. Move it along people.... ;)

P.P.S. Chicago's O'hare & Midway airports are offering free gift wrap through Friday - that's pretty neat, huh.

My Christmas Crib

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Here's what things are looking like in my house lately...

I don't know about you, but I just love returning home to a festive house.
Especially one filled with glitter & sparkles! (I was vibing on pink & shimmer this year.)

It's safe to say I'm completely smitten with my little pink deer .
The guys are definitley sticking around a little longer after the tree is gone. Too cute to pack away!

What's your decor theme this holiday? Do you change it up each year or stick to traditions?

Too Faced Cosmetics Holiday 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Back in the summer I was asked to be a model* in the Too Faced Cosmetics holiday training video for Ulta. The cosmetics junkie in me screamed "yes!" and jumped at the opportunity to be made up in the newest, yet to be released products. It was a fabulous day with an amazing team and crew, not to mention I was already a huge fan on the brand. The only negative - I had to keep the secret for months! (Good thing I'm really good with secrets...) Words can't explain how excited I am to finally be able to share the deets with you now.

{Prep time}

{Beautiful brushes}

Fun fact: Remember my dip-dyed hair? It's all hidden in within that bun.
Bright pink and blue tips weren't quite cohesive with holiday, knowwhatimean.

This is the look I represented. It's a classic, beautiful palette at an incredible value. 
Keep scrolling to see the how-to video!

With everything you need for Natural, Flirty or Smokey looks.

{Almost ready!}

Aaaand the finished product! Don't mind my terrible editing skills, just showing you a few highlights. Kalina Fernandez, Director of Global Artistry for Too Faced, is the wonderful artist walking you through the steps. 
P.S. She has the best jewelry. 

Aren't the colors gorge?! 
So here is the important part. You need these. Go, hurry. They're going fast (already sold out on!) (Both still available on Sephora though - Beautiful Dreamer / In Your Dreams)  You will not be disappointed. The amount of amazing product you get for under $50 is incredible. Just in time for gift giving or add one to your own wishlist! 

While you're at it, check out a few of my other favorite Too Faced products: 

Shadow Insurance Primer - I use it every single day. When I say I've tried nearly every primer on the market believe me. With my oily skin I'm lucky if shadow remains crease-less through lunch. But this, this is a miracle. 

Romantic Eye Shadow Collection - Touted for 'everyday special occasions', they're not kidding. The sparkle/matte, light/dark shadow ratio is perfection. 

Lip Insurance - Another primer I absolutely adore. I won't wear reds, corals or bright pinks without it. You will not believe the staying power in this little tube.

If this is starting to sound like a sponsored post, I assure you, it isn't. Just a big fan spreading the word. :)

Oh, And guess what? I recently did it again for the spring collection! You guys will flip for it as well. Two words - beauty balm. Ok, one more word - turquoise. Ah! Here's a tiny sneak peek on set. Until spring...

*Model is a term I use loosely considering I did little more than lend my face. However, it's an extremely fun experience and quite an honor to participate. A huge THANKS to the fabulous Too Faced team! 

Treasure Bowls

Friday, December 16, 2011

"Treasure bowl" is a term I made up (at least I guess I did) for the simple yet sweet gifts I'm giving this year to some of my favorite females. Stemming from my latest obsession of pretty bowls and dishes ranging from from Anthropologie to thrift store finds I thought this could be a nice way to share a little cheer this season. The concept is simple: Find a small, pretty bowl and fill it with treasures. I'm going with theme's based on color and personality, only adding items that fit within the size of the bowl. (Easy to wrap!) The best part: you can make it work on any budget. When she’s used all the items you gave her, she can re-use the bowl and add her own treasures like collection of cocktail rings, seashells or vintage buttons. Here are a few ideas to get you started...happy treasure bowl hunting! 

The Glamour Girl
Features everything a glam girl loves - sparkles, gold and the hottest items on the market (ikat & glitter!)

The Nature Nirvana
For the lady that loves natural elements in fancy interpretations.

The Blue Belle
She's a class act with impeccable style (and a touch of sass) who loves the sea and fine cuisine.

Update: This post was featured on DailyBuzz Style's Top 9 - All About Ikat roundup - Thanks DailyBuzz Style!

Horsing Around

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jacket - Zara (also here)  /  Top - H&M  /  Shorts, Necklace & Tights - Forever 21  /  Belt - Vintage (also here) Boots - Charles Albert (similar) (also here)   /   Watch - DKNY  /  Sunnies - Sears  

If you're going to wear a blouse with horses on it, you can't take it too serious. So I got playful and paired my new stallion shirt with faux leather shorts and textured tights. Luckily, the weather on my last trip to Tennessee allowed it to happen, quite the contrast from this past weekend here in Chicago. Missing the pretty leaves and sunshine right about now!!

How's the weather in your part of the world?

Scenes From The Weekend

Monday, December 12, 2011

//  The first holiday cocktail of the season \\

//  With a yummy cheese plate. \\

//  Cookie baking / gingerbread decorating mania  \\

  //  Chocolate rimmed plastic cups. We're classy like that. \\

//  Cookies and cocktails  \\

//  and a Holiday Mani!  \\

How was your weekend?

The Valentino Garavani Archives

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Did you hear about the virtual Valentino museum? It just "opened" and is quite spectacular. One, because from Jackie O to Julia - Valentino has dressed the best. And two, because it's a museum that you download to your computer and explore at your own leisure. Whaat? Yes.

"Animated galleries show a life's work, and hundreds of key dresses have been photographed revolving 360 degrees to show every line and stitch."

You're welcome.

Do you get the Goop newsletters? (I love them.) Gwyneth (seriously, when can we be BFF's?) interviewed Valentino's business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, to get the scoop.

P.S. I'm guest posting over at Lili & Mae today with another 'Spot the Steal' Challenge. Come give it a whirl!

Buffalo Plaid & Sparkly Shorts

Friday, December 2, 2011

Top - Target (old)  //  Short - Bongo Party Shorts (love that name!)  //  Bracelet - Forever 21  //  Earrings - Kenneth Cole  //  Shoes - kelly & katie  (seen, here, herehere

It's safe to say that I'm obsessed with sequins this season. Picked up these shorts for $14 (woot!) but was having a hard time deciding on a top to wear with them. I had packed them in my suitcase over Thanksgiving weekend just for kicks so my options were even more limited. Lying next to them in the bag was this flannel shirt and I thought "why not"? So I gave it whirl and this is what I got. Comfy and sparkly? I'm in love. Next challenge, a sequin crop jacket! 

Update:  This post was featured in DailyBuzz Style's "Mad for Plaid" Top 9 roundup - Eeeps, exciting!