Nov 30, 2012

Instagram outfits and shoes

I've been posting outfit of the day or shoes of the day on instagram and so I thought I'd post a few of the outfits that don't make it onto the blog.
J Crew Top :: 7FAM boyfriend jeans :: Chanel ring and pumps :: OPI Die Another Day 



BlankNYC floral jeans :: Gold and Silver Bracelet :: Bangles :: Miu Miu Booties


Zara coat :: J Crew top :: Rag and Bone jeans :: Pink Chain Bracelet :: Chanel Pumps :: YSL bag


Nov 29, 2012

Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse

I posted on my instagram a pic of my accessories and lippies and I just had to tell you how obsessed I am with this Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Gilded Veil.  It's the perfect color for the holiday season and looks amazing layered over other colors.

It's part of Laura Mercier's Limited Edition Art Deco Muse collection.

My favorites from the collection:

Nail Lacquer in Crimson, Modern Red and Noir Glace

I'm also really loving the Graphic Liquid Eye Liner.  I've been using it almost every day since I got it.  The liner goes on really thick so you have to be really careful with the application.  I've been dotting it on my eyelid and then smudging it to create a thin smooth line.  What I love best though, is that the staying power is awesome.  It lasts through the entire day and does not smudge at all.  Once it's on, it's on! 
And just a closer look at the mascara brush.  I love how full it is, it really covers every lash and brings out every your smallest lashes.  With a gentle touch, you can use it on your bottom lashes as well and it doesn't smudge.

Nov 28, 2012

Apricot White Chocolate Muffins

I love dried fruit so when I go to Trader Joe's I always stock up on their dried fruit.  I grabbed a bag of dried apricots last time we were there and when I got home, decided to try out an apricot muffin.  I've never baked an apricot muffin before, so decided to experiment.

I find that muffins always tend to use more butter than I prefer, so I did a little bit of replacing, as I always do, to make them a bit healthier and added ground flaxseed meal.  (I've since gone dairy free since making this recipe and no longer use butter at all but that is another post for another day.)  As I mentioned before, I've been experimenting with using the flaxseed as a replacement for butter (see my flaxseed oatmeal cookies) so wanted to try it out with the muffins.  I added the white chocolate chips for a little bit of flavor but it wasn't too much so didn't overwhelm the taste of the apricots.  I was a bit nervous to how they would turn out but they were so delightfully delicious and moist that I had to write the recipe down and share with you guys.  Everyone that tried them gave them a double thumbs up and was amazed at how moist they were! 


Adapted from Apricot Muffins

1 cup chopped apricots (about 22 apricots)
1 cup boiling water
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or line with paper muffin cups. Chop the apricots and place them into a small bowl.  Pour the boiling water over them then let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, oil, buttermilk, ground flaxseed and egg. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until it's combined.  (it's fine if the batter is lumpy)
  • Drain water from apricots, and mix them into the batter.
  • Add white chocolate chips and mix gently. 
  • Spoon into the prepared muffin cups. 
  • Brush the tops of the muffins with a bit of milk and sprinkle with turbinado sugar (I like my muffins tops more browned and crunchy which is why I do this but you can skip this step if you want.)
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.

Nov 27, 2012

Saks Designer Sale

Finally! Saks has their designer sale online.  I'm trying to make the tough decisions as to what to actually buy.  Luckily with the code HOLIDAY it's free shipping and returns so I am getting a few things and seeing how they work out.

As you can expect, things are selling out fast but here are what I have my eye on.
also love the suede bow flats!

There's a bunch of colors on sale, including these gorgeous metallics and even the black is on sale!

And of course, don't forget about the bags!  I spotted a few YSL Chyc totes but they sold out even before I had a chance to think about it.  Still some great choices though!

Nov 26, 2012

Lookbook: Neon and Fur

What I'm Wearing
J Crew Sweater - now on sale. I like these sweaters big so I got a size Small.  I'm usually an XXS or XS in J Crew.  Love the color!
Madewell Jeans - my favorite ever jeans.  They run true to size and in comparison to J Crew jeans, they run smaller/tighter.
Roberto Del Carlo Boots - similar but knee high These are old but very much favorites.  So comfy and love how they keep  my entire leg warm!  These Rachel Zoe OTK boots are amazing.  I'm a fan of flat OTK boots as well.  I'm eyeing these Juicy Couture ones.  These are a better price point and I've seen a lot of people with them and they're really cute on.
OASAP Coat (c/o) - I'm the queen of black coats.  I have so many but I could not resist this one with the fun star buttons and a fur hood.  This shawl collar coat is also really cute and looks really warm.
Moni Moni Baby Monique bag (c/o) - thanks to Moni Moni for sending over this fab crossbody.  I love the soft leather and the pretty gold.  I've been changing up my cross body bags with this one and it holds a good amount of stuff in it besides it being small.  I love carrying it as a clutch as well.
t+j Designs 18K Pave Link Bracelets in Gold/Diamond Pave and Turquoise Pave - our best selling 18K Pave Link Bracelet now comes in several colors!  These are selling like crazy and I highly suggest if you like them to get on it quick! :)

The colder it gets, the less I feel like getting dressed up so a big comfy sweater, skinny jeans and my favorite OTK boots is all that I've been wearing lately! 

Nov 23, 2012

Black Friday Deals

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  I made my first turkey last night and it was quite successful so I'm quite the happy camper :)  I hope those of you that celebrated thanksgiving had a great day and hope everyone is enjoying their Friday!

A quick round up of my favorite sales going on today.

Check out Coterie for some awesome beauty deals!  Most notably 3 Butter London nail polishes for $25!  If you buy using my referral, we'll both get $10 after your first purchase!

t+j Designs (my jewelry line) is celebrating with 50% off select items in our Black Friday collection and free shipping on your order.  There's a ton of items so check it out!  It only goes through Sunday and things are selling out fast!  Use code BLACK50only works on items in this collection.

Net-a-porter has SO many good things on sale!  I kind of went crazy.

Here's my picks but hurry as everything is selling out.

And of course don't forget the J Crew sale!  See my picks here.

Lastly, Madewell is also doing 25% off everything with code TREAT.  I ordered this gorgeous lace dress for an upcoming party that I'm going to and this sequin dress for another holiday party!

Murad Essentials

I'm really bad at sticking to just one skincare line.  I like to see what else is out there and if it will work for my skin or not.

I recently discovered the Murad Acne Fighting Favorites Duo and although I don't have terrible skin right now, I'm always a bit wary of breakouts so like to use products that will prevent them.  This cleanser and lotion isn't super strong so I think perfect for those of us that only have occasional breakouts.  Alone the Clarifying Cleanser is $26 and the Skin Perfecting Lotion is $33 so this set is a good deal to get them together.
They also have some great travel sized products that I plan on bringing on my trip that I'm taking in a few weeks as I'm traveling to a much colder climate and want to make sure that my skin doesn't dry out from all the travel and the temperature.  The individual packets for the Exfoliating Mask is so handy.  Since I have limited space in my carry on, I won't be taking both my cleanser and exfoliator so their Exfoliating Cleanser is a great combo of both.  I have yet to use the Soothing Skin and Lip Care but the reviews look great, especially on the driest of spots. I am a crazy lip balm/chapstick person but the Lip Protector takes it one step up from my usual and it protects and restores.

Exfoliating Cleanser | Exfoliating Mask | Soothing Skin and Lip Care | Pomegranate Lip Protector

If you are interested in getting some of their products they're offering $25 off your purchase of $100 or more on their website.  Use code:BLACKFRIDAY

Nov 22, 2012

Designer bags and shoes on SALE!

I'm doing my crazy shopping this morning to make sure I don't miss out on anything and I saw that SSENSE already has a ton of designer stuff on sale!  (I believe most retailers won't be starting the sale until 11/23 or 11/28 depending on the brand.)  I have ordered from SSENSE before and they are a reputable retailer.  One thing to note, they are based in Canada and you'll be charged a foreign transaction fee on your credit card, but hey no tax so you still save!

All these bags and more are on sale.  Looks like it's ranging from 20% to 30% off regular prices.  You'll also get free shipping with code FREESHIPWW.



They also have some YSL Tribtoos and Arty rings on sale! (I'm wearing mine today!)

 OK, I'm really getting off the computer to go start cooking now!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sales, Shopping and Haul

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm sure those of you celebrating are stuffing your faces and then preparing to do some relaxing/napping on the couch.  I've got my computer ready to do some online shopping :)

I went shopping last week (when I went to look at the Designer Pre-Sale) so wanted to share some cute finds at Forever 21 and a little sweater haul!

I went to Forever 21 to find the Sanrio Collection but the one I went to must have sold out quick because there wasn't much left.  I thought this neon sweater was adorable.  It would be a cute weekend wear sweater with some boyfriend jeans and booties.  I passed since I already ordered a few pieces but still thought it was a cute shirt.  I'm wearing the size Small here and fit is true to size.

I've been looking for a long cardigan as I love the longer length.  I fell in love with this hot pink one and you know how I love to inject brights into my outfit so had to get it.  And at under $16 it was a steal!  The material is actually a nice thicker weight so will definitely keep you a lot warmer.  The metallic sweater actually looks a lot more expensive than it really is.  The material and weight of it is thick and the metallic is not too shiny.  It's a great sweater if you are looking to add a bit of sparkle without being over the top sparkly.

The necklace that I'm wearing in the photos above is the Gold Double Large Chain Link Necklace and don't forget you can get 35% off your order with the code TDAY35.  The code expires tonight so shop now!
read more for a haul and more shopping and sale picks...

Nov 21, 2012

a few sales...

I'm waiting to see what sales are gonna happen for Black Friday but there's so many sales going on right now that I had to share!

I just found out that is no more and it's actually all on Amazon!  I used to shop on Endless a lot but am happy that they combined with Amazon as I'm an Amazon prime member so I tend to take advantage of the free 2 day shipping quite often.  Most of these shoes and bags are on Prime so I love getting my stuff fast!  They are running a Black Friday week deal of 20% off Shoes & Handbags and they have some cute stuff!

Great time to grab a mini MAC or classic MAC from Rebecca Minkoff!  Also love some of the Kate Spade options you can get for 20% off too.

Choies is having a great sale, if you spend $100, you'll get $20 off, $50 off your order of $200 and $100 your order of $300!   The discount will be applied at checkout so no need for a code.

Romwe is also having a great sale. Up to 70% off, from the 21st through 26th.
My picks!

And a cute outfit that I'd wear out to dinner.  I would add tights and booties of course for this cold weather we are having!

 (for the jewelry: take 35% off your order with code TDAY35)

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