Thursday, December 31, 2009

Indulgent Beauty: Before Those Resolutions Kick-In

Before you begin all the requisite self-assesment, gym-membership-purchases, calorie restrictions, and spending freezes that the new year entails, allow yourself one last "hurrah" of self-indulgence. Below is a list of my top four ways to indulge before reality sets in (pick your poison):

1.) Eat: Barefoot Contessa's Panettone Bread Pudding. (Because you thought panettone could never be delicious, and Ina proved you wrong! This is the perfect midnight snack.

2.) Lounge: Pom Pom Slippers in Baby Blue from Aspinal of London. (You will feel as if you are walking on a cloud, and they keep your feet cozy).

3.) Drink: Egg Nog from the grocery store warmed up on the stove with vanilla bean (scraped from the pod) and a candy cane to stir it. Make sure that you add a generous splash of amaretto after heating.

4.) Beautify: Chanel Precision Sublimage Essential Regenerating Eye Cream. (It's the only one that really works, and the eyes are the first thing that reveal your age).

Happy New Year!!
xo beauty

photo credit slippers: http://www.aspinaloflondon.com
photo credit eye cream: http://www.amazon.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Style Inspiration From Wham!

The most inspiring 80's winter wonderland ski-fashion can be found in the Last Christmas video from Wham!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r1pXsJs-Ys

To emulate these looks you'll need:
2.) a camel coat with a belt a la George Michael in the scene where he walks with his lady friend in the snow (check out what appear to be lilac Ugg boots on his feet)
4.) plenty of metallic tinsel garlands to decorate your christmas tree and facilitate awkward Christmas-tree-decorating-interaction with your ex

photo credit blanket: http://shop.creaturesofcomfort.us
photo credit coat: http://www.farfetch.com
photo credit brooch:http://www.swarovski.com



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

If you want your stocking stuffers to be truly unique, check out the site Kiosk to view their international selection of beautiful and functional international items. Some of my favorites include elegant Portuguese toothpicks that remind me of miniature lace parasols, German bubble packets (complete with wand), Alma Hairpins from Mexico, and Supergel stain remover from Lisbon. They even sell an Obama rubber stamp.

photo credit: http://kioskkiosk.com

Festive Holiday Drink

Last night I went to a beautiful holiday party in my friend's new apartment. Besides serving outstanding homemade cookies with slivered almonds and Ebelskiver (tiny filled pancakes with blueberry preserve), there was also a pot of mulled wine on the stove that filled the whole house with a festive air. Apparently it was made with a dry red wine, a mix of mulling spices, and this Swedish Glogg syrup. The syrup was what really made the difference (this was honestly the best mulled wine that I've ever had). I've decided that I'll bring along a bottle of this to the next holiday party that I attend and maybe get a few bottles as Christmas gifts as well.

photo credit: http://www.giftchaletauburn.com

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fight the Ugly This Holiday Season

Chapped lips, dry skin, and flaky cuticles can really hamper your ability to look stellar at all the holiday parties you have to attend this season. While I can't fix all your beauty woes in a single post, I can offer up my two best beauty secrets for fighting the ugly. The first tip is to make Kleenex your ally in the fight against the cold and flu. Kleenex now makes anti-viral tissues that kill 99.9% of germs that cause the cold and flu virus so if you are sick you won't spread it or reinfect yourself. They come in convenient pocket packs (stash a pack in all of your holiday clutches). I also keep a box of tissues near my bathroom sink, and after washing my face at night I dry it with a soft tissue instead of a harsh towel. My next tip is to get yourself a tiny tub of Sara Happ Lip Scrub (I bought the Cocoa version for myself, but the limited edition Creme Brulee looks great as well). Now I know that exfoliating your lips sounds a little odd, but trust me it has changed my lip situation. I no longer need to apply balm constantly and lipstick glides on smoothly. I use the scrub every night before bed and remove it with a tissue for best results.

photo credit box: http://www.kleenex.com
photo credit lip scrub: http://www.sarahapp.com

Foxy Lady

There is a fox joke in my family that started when a baby fox took up residence in my parents' backyard in Westchester two years ago. Since then the fox has come and gone seasonally (sometimes it goes on vacation/hiberation and come back looking relaxed and refreshed). The fox joke consists of finding items that have a fox motif and leaving them around the house for other family members to discover (such as: rolled up in someone's napkin at dinner or behind a couch cushion). I'm kind of loving the idea of making this stylish contribution to the fox theme by gifting a female family member with a pair of foxy gloves. These Kitsune brand wool gloves in fire-engine red look incredibly warm and the little fox on the cuff is too adorable.

photo credit: http://www.colette.fr/