Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Red

Small things make the days before the holidays a little cheerier. For those of us who are still sitting behind a desk and looking at a monintor instead of being off and joining the rest of the world in retail therapy (or I mean Family bonding time) we have to do what we can to make the best of it.

For me, that involved a few simple things...
New nail color, just in time for christmas - this time I went with an unusal read, for me anyway. It came in form form of two gelish shades (bad, I know). I have queen of hearts on all my fingers, with an extra coat of good gossip on my ring finger.


 A good book and a rediscovered product - today they come in the form of these two:
Deconstroted Sammy and L'Occtaine
Holiday Decor in the lobby, it makes the morning a little less crazy...


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Designer Spotlight: Nina Cortes


I'm a bit of a Project anything junkie, I loved the original version on Bravo, and followed it when it went to Lifetime. Now some of you may argue that it lost some of its edge, but I stil think its an innovative show and concept, and always look forward to having it in my DVR.
So you're probably not that suprised that I've been loving the spin-off Project Accessory. This show is much more "me". I'm secretley obsessed with jewelry, most of you have a makeup collection, I do too (a small one) but its my accessories that I adore the most. A great bag, the perfect earring - those things really make my day!


This season my favorite designer has been Nina. I love her personal style, she had a modern spin on the beach life that really appeals to me. I'll let her work do the rest of the talking...
The complete look from the Kenneth Cole Challange
This necklace was intersting because it had a front and back,
 and the metal was painted gold and black to give a three toned effect (I heart it!)
Source Clutch with versatile handle

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ins and Out: December

Well hello there, I've been so busy with finals and the holidays
 - so I though it might be time for a quick in and out post

Ins
Holiday Decor - there is something about this season that really brings out the inner Martha Steweart in me :). I've been looking for a new color/theme for our home, and I think I found it at Target :) These oraments were the inspiration behind the tree...
I posted a picture of the christmas tree on twitter here, but you couldn't really make out my favorite part - the lime green accents.
Holiday shopping -  It's always to find an excuse to do two things: shop + make other people happy. This year has been all about the neices/nephews so those of you who are mommys or expert aunts - please send me some links/inspirations on what kids really "want" this year :)

Fringe - I took the plunge a few weeks ago, and I'm really loving it
















Outs

Finals - need I say more? but the good news is I have my official graduation date, now its time to plan the party :)
The weather - I feel like a broken record with this one, but the weather has been really chilly, I guess I should expect it by now. There is an upside to this, now that I'm working in the city, I have all the reason I need to buy a new fun coat for winter... the only problem is deciding on which one

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rachel Roy Eye Palette

I'm sure most of you know that I am a huge admirer of Rachel Roy. She is like epitome of beauty and brains. So I was so very excited to learn that she was venturing into the world of beauty by lauching an eye palette. I was even more suprised to see it sitting on my desk one day (after a very strong hint to the Mr.). So I thought I would share my thoughts on it.

I have to start with saying that I am a packing girl, it says a lot about the designer and I loved the abstract evil eye on the cover and the recylced packaging. (I'm not sure how it will hold up, but it defnitly looks pretty sitting on the vanity amongs the black sea of eye paletes)

Onto the inside, it's a traditional mirrored pallete with a dual set of shades (day on the left and evening on the right). I've taken two seperate shots so you can see the grouping of shades:  



ShadesTop to Bottom: Galaxy, Balance, Fire, Energy and Dark Magic



 
Shades Top to Bottom: Celestial, Empyrean, Twilight, Infinite and Evil Eye

As for my thoughts, I really love the consistency of the eye shadows, they're smooth (velvety) and have great pigment. I'm suprised by the choice of colors for her day look, the rich amber shades are not what I see in most "neutral" palettes (thinking of UD) and it's a pleasant suprise.

I've only worn a few of the shades, and my favorites so far ar Energy and Dark Magic as well as Empyrean and Evil Eye. I'll have to give you an update on how the rest of the shades do - but I hope this is just the first of many more beauty offerings from her line!

Also, the brushes she includes are a really nice touch, they are soft and easy to wash. They are also perfect for blending in the crease and I like them better than the UD brushes that came in the book of shadows.

The most interesting thing about the pallete was the QR codes on the back, where you see tutorials on the eyeshades by Rachel herself. It's nice to see designers actually sharing their thoughts behind the makeup (or beauty products). It was really nice to hear her view on the "smokey eye" about being lived in and forgiving - not so technical.
 
Overall, I was pretty happy with the palette, I can see myself reaching for both day and night shades in the fall and winter especially - so the timing of the launch is perfect! Have any of you tried it?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hello Youtube

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! I have a little update to share....

For those of you who have been tried and true followers/readers of the blog - you know that I decided to leave YT about a year or so ago. My reasons weren't that special, I was very busy, the community as a whole was changing and I just ran out creativity for it. 

A year or so later, I've given it a lot of thought and decided to come :) I decided to come back because I missed the interaction, and being able to share my thoughts. So if you are interested, I posted my first video this afternoon. You can now find me at youtube.com/rufflesandrouge

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New York

This summer has been pretty crazy, but with that comes the excuse for a nice break! This year, I opted for a small getaway to NYC. We spent about 5 days roaming around the city, I have to really give a big thank you to @amyroto for e-mailing me a lovely guide to the city! She's a great yt/blogger, so be sure to visit her blog at www.curlsandthecity.com

The weather was absolutley perfect, around 75+ degrees the entire time of the visit. There is something about that city that made me and the Mr. seriously contemplate moving..(crazy, I know) it was just full of life!

 I'll leave you now with a small recap from the trip. (P.S. this was also my first time using my new camera, so please feel free to share what you think of the picture quality in the pics below)

Littley Italy

These were amazing, a little shop near Rockafeller

We all know who she is

I love this building, too bad I didn't have time for a proper tour

The "Friends" foundation, a fun pop culture fact from our pedi-cab guy @ Central Park
Me, a few hours before our flight left...tired, but already wearing things I purchased on the trip

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Summer 2011 Ins and Outs

Well Hello There! Remember Me? The girl who once blogged here. I know I've been gone quite a while, and well I can't say I've been out traveling the world or something equally as glamorous, I've just been busy.

I did want to give you all a little update, and what better way to start than with my Summer Ins and Outs

In

The City - I had an opportunity to return to one of my previous employers, and it was an opportunity I couldn't resist - this did however make for a very hectic summer but I am back in the city and really enjoying it this time around (minus all the FOG!)

NYC - I'll be heading there next month for a well needed break, but I am so lost - not even sure what neighborhood to start my adventure in!! Is it weird that I was browsing the SATC tour info online? lol

Project Runway - I've been loving the new season - anyone else with me?

New hair - I went lighter, much lighter this summer and I've really been enjoying it. I'm sure once the season starts turning I'll be wanting my dark hair back, but it's been a nice change. I haven't been able to figure out the whole new makeup with light hair thing - it's been quite a mix of experiments and no real holy-grail combination. Maybe this is where you all come in - any thoughts?



Excuse the bad cropping and photo job, I just thought I'd add a visual of the new hair :)


Outs

The weather - holy **#* the weather this year has taken crappy to a whole new level. I miss the sun, it's finally starting to warm up, but with the fog, it only lasts a few short and sweet hours (most of which I am in the office).

Missoni @ Target - I missed it. The ENTIRE thing, I had a lot going on that week, and by the time I took myself to the store it was wiped clean.. I actually saw a lady pick up an entire section of clothes (all sizes) and put it in her cart. I guess I know who will be selling her stuff on Ebay

Homework- I keep counting down the days, it'll all be over in December!

Lack of Blogging - I miss it, I miss interacting, and talking - I've been so MIA - but I have a new camera in mind, and finally enough time to return with some interesting posts to follow.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sparkles



Why Hello There!

I know, it's been a while - I took an unexpected break from blogging, both writing and even worse reading - it's been a crazy summer but I have finally gotten the motivation to return and thought I would start it off with a small haul from this week.

I am preparing for a trip to NYC next week (ok, I have to say this hurricane Irene - is a bit scary, considering I haven't been to NY since I was 16, and now I am going post-hurricane - let's hope for everyone's sake it doesn't come full gusto!) but back on track - I was shopping away at my usual go-to spot (Target of course) and discovered they had these beautiful Sally Hanser polishes on clearance. I've actually been looking for a while, but didn't notice they were no longer in the main stock until today.


What I really love is the size of the glitter, its large and bold

I also picked up two other polishes, Peachy by Revlon and Midnight Sky by Sally Hansen

I hope you have all had a great summer, I can not believe how fast it went by! I think these polishes are helping me get ready for fall, I am excited to try a few combinations - I'm thinking a few nude polishes with set the stage on top
What fall inspired items have you been purchasing?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Getaway

What do you do when you're a little stressed out? Go on a getaway - even if its a small break!

I am not sure how you all are but one thing I love to do, but can't seem to find enough time to make it happen is to travel. The Mr. and I decided to get an early start to our one year anniversary so we booked a last minute trip to Santa Monica.

I can tell you that I did a whole lot of shopping, eating and lots of people watching and loved everyminute of it! The weather was a bit off - not sure what is going on with the June Gloom - but thought I'd share a few pictures.

The perfect cup of coffe


The most amazing bruschetta ever!

Enjoying the sunshine

An attempt at a FOTD
 Dress - Express
 Shoes - Dolce Vita for Target

the hotel room - I really loved the wall color, almost asked the hotel for the name of it

The View from the hotel - the whole reason for going out there - SUNSHINE! :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

May Favorites (a belated edition)

Since I have had a long absence from blogging, I thought I would return with an easy post. My favorite things for the month of May. I know it's well into June one but hey, I can still recap :)

Where have I been you ask? I was finishing up my thesis at grad school, and am happy to say I did well but it kind of took over my life. I'm almost done with school but decided to take the summer off so I could take a mental break!

I actually have not been shopping as much since the blogging hiatus, maybe it's because I haven't been able to keep up with my blogs and YT. Funny how that works!

Here is a quick round-up of some of my May favorites...

Starting at the top: Elle decor, I received it as a christmas gift and have really enjoyed it. I have torn out a ton of inspirational images from it. I like seeing the different types of decor and finding ways to inspire myself to be creative in my home.

Next is the Sonia Kaushuk hair brush - I had been wanting a Mason Pearson brush but will make do with this for now. I love how it feels, no amazing hair changes yet, but it is a a great brush.

I also picked up Essie's Topless and Barefoot, and I absolutley love the color. I'm not sure if it was any better than other nude favorites, but anything with a cult following deserves a second look - so when I saw this at my local ULTA I decided to try it out. It's a fun summer color, a true nude, with no pink or peach understones, and works well with my skin. Some nude colors just don't work for me, but this one is great!

I also picked up a few random things including the Juice Couture Couture perfume. I was watching @5andra's video the other day and saw her mention how often she used this perfume and how she paired it with her other favories - and so here it is. I have been wearing it to work quite a bit, and am enjoying the lasting power. The next perfume on my list is the Jennifer Anniston one. Have anyone tried it?

Lastly, I picked up a summer inspired body scrub. The mint & melon fragerence combo is pure heaven. It's not too fruity or floral, which can turn me off when it gets really warm. It's a refreshing scent and the scrub is very rich so it leaves my skin very moisterized - post scrub - so its almost like a scrub and body oil in one.

On a random note: I am looking forward to going away this weekend. The Mr. and I have a small getaway planned for so.cal, all I know is that it involves lots of sun, lots of food, and hopefully lots of shopping. I'll twitpic if I get a chance :)

Hope you're all having a great summer! You'll be hearing more from me (I promise)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decor Inspiration: Bookshelves

When I start talking about home decor with friends or in general, the one thing that I always seem to bring up is my need for a home library. I usually get an odd stare, like there is something more important I should be doing with my square footage. But I don't explain or apologize, I love books and that's really what it's all about for me.

There is something so beautiful and homely to me about being surrounded by a ton of old books and magazines (I'm a bit of a hoarder of those as well).  So until I get a little corner all to myself, I can enjoy inspirations from other beautifully designed and decorated bookshelves. Here are a few of my favorites:

The legendary DVF library (via Instyle

Big and Bold Via Flickr


Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere
Rachel Roy's Bookshelf (complete with her collection of bright yellow national geographic)

Chic Shelves via Maison Decor
Light and Airy (via apartment therapy)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Product Review: Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiance Lotion and Nectar

I'm a big believer in happy accidents. Things that don't really have any rhyme or reason, but just end up being great solutions to your needs. That is exactly how I feel about my new HG skincare routine.


As you can see, I am already on my second bottle of the Vitaminc C+ Pure Radiance 24 h lotion, and half way through the Vitamin C+ Bright Skin Radiance Nectar.

I was inbetween finishing my previous skincare routine, and looking to try some Yonka products actually, when I was at CVS and thought I would try these out. I'm kind of a sucker for stats, and it had this huge display saying 84% of users saw brighter skin after using this combo - and that was enough for me.

About the products...

Pure Radiance 24 h lotion (left) Bright Skin Radiance Nectar (right)
Lumene Skincare - This specific product line has over  90% natural ingredients and is paraben free.

The Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24 h lotion, is a really lightweight lotion that can be used day or night (hence the 24 hour notion). The main ingridient in this product is the Artic Cloudberry oil - which also gives it a ligh yellow tint and a soft citrus smell. The consistency is very "gel" like, as in its very lightweight and absorbs into the skin instantly. Probably one of the quickest absorbing lotions I have ever used.

What they claim: This lotion is designed to leave a matte surface on the skin. With regular use it promises to normalize sebum production and helps to reduce the appearance of pores. Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which has natural antioxidants, protects the skin from stress factors.
 
The Lumene Vitaminc C+ Bright Skin Radiance Nectar, is a silky serum that is used underneath the moisterizer (day or night). The nector in this product is actually Artic Clouldberry nectar. The product is  lightweight and absorbs pretty well.

What they claim: It gently exfoliates, minimizes pores and makes the skin look smooth. The detox properties of cloudberry nectar are designed to help make the skin look brighter and more radiant.

What I think:

I am defnitley a believer, after finishing one bottle of the 24h lotion, I can say that my skin looks really healthy. My acne spots are starting to fade, and when I switched from using this to the Yonka products, my skin broke out horribly.

I would say that the biggest thing for me is in how my skin feels after I use either product, and if I could use only one word I to desscribe it, it would be HYDRATED. There is something about this line of products that instantly add a touch of brightness and bring the skin back to life (in the morning) and help your skin stay hyrdated all night long.

I would defnitley repurchase (I already have), but like many of you I'm always looking to try new things, so who knows how long I'll be on this kick. I can that this has defnitley found a home in my bathroom cabinet and that speaks for itself.

Friday, March 18, 2011

In and Out March

This past week or so has been very hectic, aside from working on my Thesis for school - I also managed to take a pretty nasty fall the other day in the Dining Room (graceful right?). So, I thought I would do a quick post to get my mind off all the crazyness and onto things that I really want to be thinking about :)

Ins

Spring - well the desperate need for it to arrive that is. I am really looking forward to having warm weather as my big project for this year is to make over our backyard and create an outdoor living space. I will defnitley be blogging about the process, so hopefully the weather starts to cooperate soon!

Organization - I just made over my home office, and am almost ready to show all of you all the hardwork I put into it!  It's currenlty inside of our bedroom but I finally have a space where I can focus on work/school/and blogging now.

Rouge - more specifically, REAL color on the lips. I've been pale pinking it for way too long, and with Ms. Bubblegarm's new post about her Impassioned lipstick, I think I too need to get my hands on some colors this season.

Outs

The Catch All Bag - my shoulders are seriously telling me something. I've been using my Big Buddha Desnise bag as my work tote and school bag and I think it's time for something much, much smaller.

I really have been looking at the Rebecca Minkoff Mac Clutch - my question is do I go bright pink? classic black? or summer approriate ivory?



School - is there really anything more to say about it? I just really REALLY want this semester to be over.

Yonka - I was really excited to try the Pampalmouse - but it unfortunatley was too rich for skin so I ended up breaking out instead of getting the smooth skin I was hoping for. The good thing is that I ended up loving a skincare combo that I had picked up on a whim as a "temporary" solution (that blog post will be up on Monday)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend - Rescue me on twitter if you can - I will be spending my weekend up to my neck in textbooks.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Target Designer Relaunch: My Picks

I am a Target girl or (tar-jay) as I like to say. I can say that a good portion of my everyday staples are from that store, and I know I am not the only one. When I heard that @target would be relaunching some of their designer pieces from their Go International Collection on March 13, let's just say I was a tad-bit excited.  

The Go International collaborations have been a great success for the store, some lines have been fabulous, while others are nice (but just not my taste). The store will be relaunching 34 dresses by 17 of the past designers.To see the full list of dresses visit Racked here

I was really excited to pick up a few pieces that I missed out on the first time around - so I logged in early this morning from bed on my phone and placed my order.I was hoping they would have the infamous mustard tule Rodarte dress, but alas no, they only had it in a peachy nude (which I picked up anyways) along with these two dresses.

Rodarte for Target Slip Dress in Peach
Below, is the original mustard Rodarte dress

Source


My other two picks were...

Thakoon (perfect for work) which I think is sold out already??

Thakoon Printed Tie-Waist Dress in Black/White
And the signature floral print by Tucker. I think it would look great as a mini so I think a little alteration may be in its near future.




Tucker for Target Signature Dress in Floral Print
Did any of you pick up dresses from the Re-Launch?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stuck in a (Hair) Rut

I'm a long hair kind of girl. It's a simple statement, but it means that for the past half century (or so). My hair story is really simple, I have long straight hair. Occasionally I've colored it, and now and then I add some bangs(fringe) and a few layers, but for the most part its been the exact same for years now. 

This year, I've been tempted to make some changes, but my problem is that I am so lost. 
I need something that adds some life back in (I'm thinking color or cut - maybe even both) but these long thin strands aren't doing me any favors.

I really like Lauren Conrad's new do...





And of course there is Olivia Palermo's Locks. I loved her old hair, but am really loving her new short look as well. (dilema, dilema)


 And some other recent favorites...








So I'm not sure what I should do.... A new color? A new cut? Both? Any thoughts?? :)

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