My Favorite Place To Watch The Eiffel Tower

There are so many great places to get a good look at one of the most gorgeous things in Paris: The Eiffel Tower. However, my all time favorite spot to see the light show that takes place from sunset to 1:00 am every hour on the hour is at Les Ombres restaurant. It’s not only a great spot at night but also during the day.

 

This last time in Paris I went to Les Ombres for brunch and it did not disappoint! Les Ombres is located just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and is a great place to get a private view of the tower without the crowds.

 

The dining room is like a large green house which allows for amazing views of not just the Eiffel Tower, but the entire city as well.

 

The restaurant offers à la carte items or a table d’hôte menu which is very common in Europe. I generally chose the table d’hôte as I like to taste as much food as possible (i.e. I’m a fattie).

 

Of course after eating all this amazing food (only half of those dishes were mine!) it’s nice to take a walk to the actual Eiffel Tower which is just a short 10 minute walk away. Once there you can sit on the lawn or walk around to see it from many angles.

Dress: Lulu*s
Jacket: COACH (available in stores)
Shoes: Zara (Similar here)
Socks: Uniqlo
Bag: The Stowe

 


Les Ombres
27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
+33 01 47 53 68 00

Open:
Monday – Sunday : 12–2:15PM & 7–10:15PM

Continue Reading

Colette

Paris has always held a special place in my heart. The first time I ever visited this gorgeous city was with my friend Bridget when we studied abroad in Spain.

I remember it being exactly what I thought it would be: the most romantic place on earth. Was it the buildings? The people? The food? The fashion? Everything?

When I landed my first job in textiles I never imagined part of my job (“job”) would be to visit Paris twice a year to attend a textile show and then do some competitive shopping. What does competitive shopping mean? It means my favorite thing in the world – going into different shops and see what the competition is up to. What fabrics are they using? What techniques are out there?

The first place I always stop at is Colette. A true Parisian institution. Colette opened in 1997 but in July of this year we all woke up to the news: Colette would close its doors in December of 2017. Of course with that in mind I made a stop at my beloved little shop.

The whole upstairs usually would house looks from Gucci, Balenciaga, Simone Rocha, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Coach and Sacai to name a few.  As of late the boutique has been been taken over by different designers – most recently Sacai. Of course the conceptual layout was impeccable.

I was so lucky to see Colette one last time. If you’re there before end of December make sure to stop by.

Dress: WhoWhatWear for Target
Coat: Pilcro & The Letterpress
Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Bag: The Stowe

xoxop


Colette
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 01 55 35 33 90

Open:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
*closes permanently on December 20th

Continue Reading

Friday Night ICE

Want to know the best way to spend a Friday night past the age of thirty? Cooking Class at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Years ago I took a class there and it was so much fun that I decided to go again.

Of course, the amazing human being that introduced me to this place is Dotty…as she’s generally pulling me out of my day to day to do fun things like take cooking classes, visit museums and try new restaurants. For those of you who’ve never heard of Dotty let me give you a little history. Dotty was my very first roommate in NYC. I rented a room in her amazing (huge!) UWS apartment for a year and then Spencer and I moved in with her together. We started our little NYC life alongside the best roommate ever. We now consider Dotty our NYC family.

So, Dotty and I met for a four hour 6:00 pm class of Fall Favorites where we learned the cook the following:

  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Truffled Croutons and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Kale Salad with Pickled Onions and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Beet Pappardelle with Goat Cheese and Roasted Hazelnuts
  • Fontina-Stuffed Veal Scallopini with Wild Mushroom Sauce
  • Guinness-Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta and Roasted Cipollini Onions
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pancetta
  • Gingerbread-Pear Trifle

The class was started off by giving a rundown of the different ingredients we would be using and explaining their purpose. Did you know that you can eat the stems of beets? And that Kale is sweetest in October? We also went over a few knife skills and some advise on good food practice. For example;

Eating In Season & Why You Should Do It:

  • Food tastes better as it’s growing in prime condition
  • The cost of food is lower as there is more of it
  • It’s better for the environment to eat in season!

How You Can Eat In Season:

Once the basics were covered we were split into three groups of four. Each group got to make all the entrees and we split the sides/soups between the three groups.

I loved how the class was run as it was very well organized, the menu and recipes were clear and the Chef and Assistant were very helpful and knowledgeable. Our Chef that night was Chef Wai Chu and assisting him was Cristina who’s last name I don’t know but was insanely funny and added a nice touch to the kitchen.

 

As we were ready to start a new recipe we were presented with a tray that had everything we needed. Some things were even measured out already!

 

The recipes were involved and complex and like nothing I had ever cooked so it really made me feel like the class price tag was worth it ($120). Chef Wai would do mini demos each time we were about to start a new recipe so that everyone was clear on what was expected.

 

It was super fun to cook with beer. The Guiness-Braised Short Ribs took about two hours to make so we started that off first. We had to keep checking on them every 20 minutes or so to make sure nothing was sticking to the bottom of the pan. I have to say everything we cooked with from metal bowls, dutch ovens, to the knives were perfect and high quality.

 

As were finished some of the recipes we plated them to later be put into the warming oven. From top left Clockwise: Fontina-Stuffed Veal, Gingerbread (to be used with dessert), Caramelized Pears (to be used with dessert) and Kale Salad with Pickled Onions and Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

 

My favorite part of the whole class was making pasta! I actually had never made pasta and I’ve been dying for a KitchenAid Pasta attachment so it was a total treat to try one before committing to the purchase. We added beet puree to the dough which was like adding something amazing to an already amazing thing…amazing!

 

The last few minutes of cooking class really felt like being in a professional kitchen. We were a little bit rushed for time so it was all hands on deck to make sure the dinner was ready by 9:30pm. We finished a little bit past 9:30 but it was worth it to ensure everything was perfect. At the end of class we all sat down to eat a family style dinner. ICE was generous and provided us with delicious wine to go with our meal. Of course everything was incredibly good. Best part? We got takeaway containers!

If you want a copy of the recipes please don’t hesitate to reach out! What’s your favorite go to recipe?

xoxop


Institute of Culinary Education
225 Liberty St, New York, NY (Brookfield Mall)
212.847.0700

Open:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday:9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Make a Class Reservation: here

 

 

Continue Reading

League of the Flying Pig – Day 2

I finally had some time to sit down and write this post which I’m exciting about all over again.

The second day of the League of the Flying Pig was actually my favorite. We had a day full of activities going around the farm which included Distilling with Dave, Blend Your Own, Bottle Your Own and, Barrel Tasting!

My favorite events were Blend Your Own and Bottle Your Own. Although I was terrible at bottling my own.

Dave Pickerell the Master Distiller at the WhistlePig Farm, telling us all about the distilling process

BLEND YOUR OWN

This was a super fun event that really gave me a glimpse at how difficult it is to come up with a whiskey recipe that tastes good! We had five different whiskies of varying ages to blend with from which we had to limit down to three. We could only use a certain percentage of each which we kept track of by writing down on forms given to us. From all the groups visiting the farm, four would be chosen and the grand prize winner would be announced at dinner. Of course it was fun but very challenging. Sadly our blend didn’t win but it was pretty good nonetheless.

 

BOTTLE YOUR OWN

Okay, this one is pretty self explanatory. We were able to join the WP team and see exactly how a bottle is..well…bottled!

Step One: Grab a bottle!

 

Step two: Apply all necessary labels (not like I did!)

 

Step three: Fill it up!

 

Step 4: Cork!

 

Step five: Add plastic seal

Although this was super fun I was insanely terrible at it. I put the labels on the wrong side (PW?) of the bottle and in the wrong places. I could not add the plastic seal myself (which is why its not pictured) and I nearly left my bottle behind. Cue eye roll.

 

BARREL TASTING

Barrel Tasting was held by one of my favorite people at the farm – Jake! We were able to taste Whiskey aged in a Tokaji Wine barrel. It was what sweet dreams are made of. Sweet and syrupy but not in an over kill sort of way.

 

CASINO NIGHTS + DINNER 

Getting ready for the festivities with my partner in crime/one of the people responsible for this event – my husband, Spencer!

Okay, when I said earlier Bottling and Blending was my favorite I lied. My favorite was the Casino Nights and dinner. We arrived at the farm around 6 pm and were promptly escorted to a wall filled with envelopes. We were told to pick an envelope and head upstairs with a glass of champagne in hand.

The envelopes included tokens to play poker upstairs but little to my knowledge they also included prizes. Upon opening my envelope I was quick to figure out I had won one of 12 helicopter rides around the farm!

I rode the helicopter with Grisa who I met on the spot and just happened to have won as well. The ride was insanely fun and we were able to go out to see the sunset over Lake Champlain!

Aerial view of the WhistlePig Farm 

 

Dinner started the way every dinner should – with a huge cheese and charcuterie plate!

Casino Nights in the barn – super fun!

 

The whole weekend up at the WhislePig farm was pretty amazing. I am so happy I got to partake in the festivities and hope I’m invited back next year!

Continue Reading

League of the Flying Pig – Day 1

If you know and love whiskey then you’ve heard of WhistlePig – the small Shoreham, VT based distillery was established in 2008 and in a few short years have position themselves as THE name in American Rye Whiskey. After racking up numerous awards including Best in Show at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and WhistlePig continues to push the boundaries in the spirits industry.

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to be invited by my husband, Spencer, to be a part of the League of the Flying Pig celebration at the WhistlePig farm. This yearly event invites 200 food and beverage professionals from around the country to experience life at the farm through a mega celebration. This farm is what dreams are made of, guys. I loved driving there through small windy dirt roads, as it was like I was exploring another world just a short five hour drive from NYC.

Things you should know: there is zero phone service once you get to the farm, there is a one way road leading up to it, and no signs as to where you actually are. I’m shocked I didn’t get lost! 

Upon my arrival at the farm I was amazed at how gorgeous the grounds were and of course I gravitated towards the animals first:

 

The two day event started with a casual evening at the farm. There were guided tours of the distillery, farm excursions on Gators, live music, food and of course, award winning Whiskey.

 

My favorite drink was the Jaws Found Love: WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey, Lemon, Strawberry, Tiki Bitters and Mint!

 

I was insanely happy to find a true Vermont staple: Ben & Jerry’s! The WhistlePig crew had an on site scooper delivering amazing scoops of Vermont’s very best ice cream…

 

As my husband working a lot of the time I had to make friends during my time at the party. I met Andrew, Zigis and Jeremy! We were partners in crime for the Gator tour and we had a blast!

Our mode of transportation

We ended the night with some dancing and corn hole! Next on blog I’ll tell you all about day two.

Dress: Lulu*s
Jacket: Levi’s
Shoes: Derek Lam (Similar herehere & here)
Bag: Proenza Schouler

xoxop

Continue Reading

#MontenegroNights

Last night I attended the UrbanDaddy x Montenegro Amaro event at the Terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel and honestly it was one of the most fun events I’ve been to in a while!

The set up was as gorgeous as can be! As I walked through the doors for the Gramercy Park Hotel I was immediately greeted and escorted to the elevators. “Once you get in press T” I was told. When the doors opened at “T” I was transported to another world!

 

The event showcased and highlighted the delicious liqueur! There was an intimate tasting bar where you could try Montenegro Amaro while enjoying the delicate smells of cinnamon, orange peels and spices.

I wore this WhoWhatWear Collection beauty! I figured I needed something floral to help transport me to Italy!

 

There was also a tattoo bar by Daredevil Tatoo. I wasn’t brave enough to get one but that didn’t stop Spencer from adding to his collection. He got a cinnamon plant…you know, an homage to the color of my skin (or so I told myself!).

 

As if tattoos and hidden tasting bars weren’t enough there was a confessional where you could confess your sins and receive a drink as penance. Slightly more fun than a Catholic confessional. 

 

My all time favorite part of this event was the cocktail styling bar paired with the video booth! Spencer and I got to dress up a little and make a fun video. I mean, does it get any better than your husband feeding you grapes? <3

xoxop

Continue Reading

Joshua Tree

Top: Zara
Pants: BDG
Shoes: Lulu*s

If you haven’t been able to tell, Spencer and I are HUGE fans of National Parks. So, it’s no surprise that we carved out an afternoon during our most recent trip to California to spend a few hours in Joshua Tree. Of course, I would suggest spending more than the 4 hours we did (we’re camping next time!) but if you have an afternoon while in Palm Springs it’s only a short hour ride away. The scenery is gorgeous and very much other worldly. You feel like you’re on a different planet! Totally worth doing if you’re tired of laying by the pool – yes, that sometimes is exhausting (ha!).

 

Continue Reading

Patagonia – What You Need to Pack!

Patagonia has been a long time dream…just not mine.

When Spencer told me he wanted to visit Chile I didn’t think much of it. I honestly found it to be a chore of a trip to make him happy. I was so so wrong.

The first leg our trip was to Santiago and then Patagonia. I had heard of the W Trek before, the 5 day 4 night hike through the Chilean portion of Patagonia. However, I always thought this would be something we would conquer later in life, never something we would do so soon! So, with two weeks to prep before our trip I started to do some intense research of what was needed for this hike. The longest hike either one of us has ever done.

Our hiking trip was booked through Chile Nativo, who coordinates all your shelters, food and transportation to and from Torres Del Paine National Park – I’ll elaborate on their services in the next post and tell you where you need to go and how to get there in order to visit the park. So, given most logistics were taken care of I knew all we needed to bring was our gear. But what gear? We didn’t own any.

I knew that since we would be hiking the Winter W Trek we would need a lot of layers to keep us warm. We were in Patagonia May 23-27 which is the start of winter in Chile. I was able to look up the median temperature on The Weather Channel. They have great resources where you can look up last years records to get a better idea of what to expect. We had also heard the weather at that time could be fickle. Would we experience rain? Snow? Wind? All of the above? Ahhh!

I figured we should go straight to the experts so Spencer and I went to REI. With the help of their staff at the SoHo location and a lot of research we figured out what we needed:

FOR YOUR BODY
Base Layer – this is the first layer you will put on under everything. Hence the “base” name. I initially thought of getting the R.E.I. brand but we were already spending so much money on other layers that I wanted something more affordable. Uniqlo offers three great different options: HEATTECH, HEATTECH Extra Warm, and HEATTECH Ultra Warm. I found Extra Warm and Ultra Warm too heavy so I picked up the following for 5 days:

Tops:

Bottoms:

  • HEATTECH Leggings
  • HEATTECH Extra Warm Leggings (wore these the first day and they were way too warm under my trekking pants!).

**if you’re staying in a refugio (shelter) you will be able to give your base layers a quick rinse and dry over night***

Fleece – this was fairly simple as there are plenty of options out there. I love the price point and make of Columbia‘s product so I bought a Columbia Women’s Glacial Fleece Iii 1/2 Zip

Puffer – or as our guide, Mauricio, called it – “Puffy”. For this part of my layer I wanted to find something also a bit fashionable that I could wear under coats during winters in NYC. The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket  is perfect because it packs down to a small bag, weighs nothing, is extra warm and the silhouette is quite cool.

Shell – this is the last thing you layer on top of everything else. I needed something rainproof but again, I wanted something somewhat fashionable and functional. I tried a few jackets but ultimately went with REI Co-op Rhyolite Rain Jacket in Black. It’s cool looking and will definitely keep the water out!

Pants – I may have gone back and forth 20 times about really needing these – REI Co-op Activator Soft-Shell Pants – spoiler alert, you do NEED them. No offense to whoever designed these or whoever enjoys wearing them but it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to convince myself to spend money on. I mean, look at them. But did they keep me dry? You bet! And they also kept me looking incredibly not fly.

Beanie – I lose every single beanie I buy each season – no fail. I either drop it in the subway or I leave it a concert venue or something happens. So, I had to buy a new one for this trip. Again, trying to find something functional and fashionable was the goal. I found this awesome HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. 2 Pack Quartz Beanie on Revolve – currently sold out but you can find it here. The best part is Spencer and I were able use these interchangeably so we killed two birds with one stone.

Warm Gloves – I can’t give you advise on which ones your should get because I failed miserably in this area…more below.

 

FOR YOUR FEET
Shoes – as we would be hiking in cold weather and my feet are easily cold I looked for something designed for hiking but also for winter. I tried the  Merrell Moab FST Ice+ Thermo Winter Hiking Boots and they were amazing! I didn’t get a single blister. They’re lined with faux shearling so my feet felt like they were on a bed of fluff the whole time. Mmmm..

Socks – just as important as your shoes, if not more, are your socks! You have to find breathable socks that will keep your feet dry and blister free. These MIRMARU Multi Performance Crew Socks were perfect! They were nice and padded so my feet felt like they were in a cloud.

 

GEAR – all rented
Hiking Poles – we rented these from Chile Nativo at $5 a day. I can’t imagine having done this hike without them. In the past when I’ve seen people use these I’ve though “Wow, they look silly…”  but as silly as they look, you will be happy you have them!

Snow Spikes – I kind of hated using these to be completely honest. They were absurdly uncomfortable and hard to get used to but hiking up and down a snowy mountain would not have been possible without them.

Head Lamps – we never used these because we started our hikes very early on and finished them before sunset (pro hikers!) but just in case you get stuck walking in the dark have this handy!

 

EXTRAS
Travel Towels – you will need a quick drying, lightweight towel. Trust me, you don’t want to add any unnecessary weight to your pack and you don’t want to carry around a wet towel from refugio to refugio. We bought The Friendly Swede Microfiber 2 Pack. Did they feel like a regular towel? No. Did they do the job? Yes.

Flip Flops – you will need these for the showers at the refugios. Fantastico Sur does a great job of keeping the bathrooms clean but why risk it? You don’t want food fungus while in another country. Even in your own country actually…

Sleeping Clothes – needless to say, bring some warm pants and a comfy tee shirt you can wear around the refugio after your daily hike and to sleep in. After hiking for 8-9 hours all you will want is a pair of sweatpants and comfy tee. I went with a pair of yoga pants and a long sleeve I picked up during our trip to Martha’s Vineyard last summer.

Moleskin – be sure to carry some of this just in case you start to feel a blister coming in. It helps with the friction your shoe/sock will cause in certain areas. I bought Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus Padding but you really can pick up any brand. You will need a pair of scissors to cut the moleskin.

Basic First Aid Kit – this was super helpful to have. Luckily we didn’t really need it but if you find a small one with band aids, tweezers, scissors, eye drops, heat/cold packs, etc. bring it along! You never know.

Water Canteen – I have two of these and perhaps I have a slight bias because I went to college where this wonderful product was born but I carried with me my Classic 27 oz Klean Kanteen. You really don’t need anything bigger than that because you will have plenty of opportunities to refill with deliciously cold glacier water along the way.

Batteries/Phone Charger – in cold temperatures your batteries will quickly lose their juice. Pack a few extras just in case for your head lamp. Of course bring your phone charger because how else are you going to document everything?!

Sunglasses – pick up a cheap pair! You don’t want to make the same mistake I made and bring along your expensive beautiful Karen Walker sunnies that you’re too scared to use in fear of ruining.

Sunscreen – do not forget to bring sunscreen! Even if it’s not super sunny you need to protect your skin!

Basic Toiletries – just because you’re in the wilderness doesn’t mean you can’t get clean. All refugios have showers! Pack shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc. Of course bring everything travel size. Again, the least amount of weight you can carry the happier you’ll be.

 

FOR YOUR GEAR
The final question was: “how am I going to carry all of this for FIVE full days without wanting to kill myself?”

The answer: REI Co-op Trail 40 Pack. I wasn’t in love with this backpack’s colorway to be honest. Sadly R.E.I. only offers the Women’s version in Graystone (purple), and Oregano (a very green Khaki). The Men’s version comes in Black (girls like Black too!) but it was too wide in the shoulder for me. I learned to love my Oregano color way after my friend Kenzie told me it reminded her of Troop Beverly Hills.

During the trek I became slightly obsessed with my backpack and ALL the awesome compartments it has. Since we were only doing 5 days we didn’t need more than 40 Lt. each. I was able to fill it but had enough room to still pack the daily lunch the refugio gave us every morning before our hikes. There are multiple zippers and compartments so I was always able to reach anything I needed. It was super comfortable and I never felt the weight of the backpack put any sort of strain on my back. It was all perfectly balanced on my waist.

 

THINGS I WISH I HAD…
Waterproof Gloves – I had a pair of gloves Spencer let me borrow but they were super bulky and definitely not waterproof. They kept my hands warm for the most part but I think I could’ve done better to be more comfortable

Cheap Sunglasses – as I said above, I had a nice pair I thought I would be able to use but when you need them is when there are rocks flying at you because of the strong wind. You don’t want to put a nice pair of sunnies through that.

Binoculars – I swear I would have seen a puma if only I had a pair…

Slippers – the refugios are warm but not warm enough to walk around in flip flops. I really wish I had a pair of warm slippers to give my feet a little extra comfort at the end of the day. Instead I had to rock the sock + flip flop look. Not my best moment.

 

THINGS I HAD AND NEVER USED…
Lock – you may need one in the summer due to the large number of people staying at the refugios but given there we were the only people at the refugios it was very unnecessary and heavy. If you do bring one a basic locker one will do the job.

Headphones – maybe I would’ve needed these if the refugios were packed with loud people or if I hated the group I was hiking with but I never used my headphones! I wanted nothing more than to hear the wind blow, the rain hit the ground, the water crashing on the rocks and chat with my hiking group.

Hairdryer – most refugios don’t have power outlets because they want to discourage people from using too much electricity – absolutely fair and great for the environment! I also never actually needed it because I was showering at night after our treks. By morning my hair was dry.

Makeup – I was a little silly to think I would need this…I did use my daily powdered foundation and blush as an extra source of sunscreen but I don’t know why I brought lipstick along!

 

Next post I’ll tell you how to get to Patagonia, what buses you need to take, how to book them and where to stay!

 

Continue Reading

Italy in Brooklyn

Top: WhoWhatWear Collection
Pants: BDG
Sunglasses: Karen Walker (now on sale!)
Bag: Proenza Schouler
Shoes: Nine West

Do you ever wake up wishing you were in Italy? I do, all the time. Specially on a hot summer day when all I want is an Aperol Spritz and to enjoy Aperitivo under a large umbrella. That said, I was craving pasta all last week…solution? Find the best Italian food close to my hood.

I used to run by Locanda Vini e Olii all the time when we lived in Fort Greene and it made me question what this adorable restaurant with a sign that reads “Levi’s Drug Store” was. After some research and some Yelp-ing I figured it out. It was a little slice of Italian heaven in Brooklyn.

Spencer and I took a walk over there on Sunday afternoon to briefly pretend we were in another country and enjoy their delicious pasta. Listed below is what we ate and what you should eat too…

To Start:
Seafood Guazzetto – Point Judith (RI) calamari stewed with palombo & mussels, tomato, chili pepper & white wine

To Share:
Guitar Strings “Alla Buttera” – Pancetta, tomato pomarola, chili pepper, egg yolk

Tagilerini Al Tartufo – Shaved Italian summer black truffles & white asparagus tossed with butter, grana padano cheese & tartufata puree (porcini mushrooms, black olives, anchovies, truffles)

To Drink:
Aperol Spritz– Traditional Venetian aperitivo made with prosecco & sparkling water, Aperol, Orange Slice

Continue Reading

Top 5 Beauty Products I’m Currently Obsessing Over

Let me preface this post by saying that I got ALL of these things for free – this isn’t a sponsored post! It’s rare that I get something for nothing and end up loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I love free things! (Who doesn’t?!). But I know my taste and usually prefer to shop for myself when it comes to scent, lip color or any type of facial product. That said, here are the things that have been on constant repeat in my daily beauty routine and I didn’t pay a dime for…

  1. Milk Cooling Water – I got this for free the other day from UrbanOutfitters which was incredibly fitting because I’ve been having a lot of under eye problems. The skin under my eyes feels a little rough and when I wake up my eyes feel puffy. Cue Milk Cooling Water…fused with seawater and caffeine in a gel stick presentation to depuff and give you a nice glow. Pro tip: throw it in the fridge that way it feels extra cool when you apply.
  2. Glossier Generation G – Okay, who isn’t obsessed with Glossier, right? I use their Haloscope pretty much every single day. However, a few days ago my work friend Maggie from Life On Broome came to my desk with a gift in hand. She had ordered Generation G in color Zip but didn’t love the color so she wondered if maybe I wanted it…duh, of course! I have been wearing it almost every day and I love it. It’s long lasting and small enough to throw into any pouch I’m carrying around. Forever grateful, Maggie!
  3. Benefit They’re Real – I used to buy this mascara ALL the time and then somehow just stopped. However, the other day I was at Sephora and they threw in a free sample of it. I’m hooked again! The volume, length, curl and definition this mascara gives is awesome. My good friend Melissa mentioned how she likes this mascara too but it dries out too quickly. We came to this conclusion…buy the travel size version!
  4. Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau – This amazing rose and blackcurrant scent came to me via my friend Gabrielle over at LeBrooklynette. The smell reminds me of a beautiful flower garden and makes me feel like I’m in a Joseph Kahn video. Thanks, G, for making me feel like a million bucks.
  5. Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo – Yet another Sephora freebie. I guess I had a lot of points to use? Anyway, I was offered this lip stylo in the Peacemaker colorway and I was SO close to saying no but I am so happy I said yes. The color is like nothing I would ever buy – very neutral – but I love it! I tend to go for reds or orange lip colors but this one has become a staple for me. I thought because of my darker skin tone it wouldn’t look good but I’m a neutral believer now.

What products have you been loving lately?

Continue Reading
1 2 3 8