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 :)


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.


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


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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