Warm Weather Daydream

maxi skirt summer fashion watercolor illustration

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
gold layering necklaces $$$ Nordstrom or $ Nordstrommariner tee $$ J.Crew, side slit maxi skirt $ Bluefly, bow espadrille wedges $ UGG or $$$ Guccicork clutch $$ Zappos or $$$ Stuart Weitzman

Hi friends, happy Wednesday. You know it’s sad when you wake up and are excited to see the temperature at 40 degrees (like I did today.) The past few days in New York City have been excruciatingly cold (aggravated further by the fact that I’ve been foolishly underdressing.) Add to that some mounting stress at work and I’ve been longing for a warm weather getaway and the chance to wear anything other than pants and snow boots.

Today’s fashion illustration isn’t 100% out of my closet; rather a mix of my pieces with some things I wish I had. But, I think it’s easily duplicated with pieces you probably have in your own closet.

What do you think, ready to wear this look at the oceanside? Where are you dreaming of being right now?

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In My Gym Bag

GymBagToday’s Illustration:
Lacoste $ Travel Shopper or $ Large Tote, aerie $ seamless reversible sports bra, Reebok $ studio slipper or 2.0, Havaianas ‘Slim’ Flip Flop $ kids or $$ women’s, pocket hair brush $ Conair or $$$ Mason Pearson, no snag hair ties $ Chelsea and Marbles or $$ J.Crewno slip headband $ Under Armour or $$ Lululemon, Living Proof $ Prime Style Extender

Have you heard of Class Pass? For less than $100 (price varies regionally) take unlimited classes all over the country. The one drawback: studios only allow three visits monthly. I didn’t join at first because I love Physique57 (which is available) but I need it more than three times a month.

I had a vacation and a renewal coming up, but I didn’t want to pay for P57 since I’d be away. Since CP – membership includes other cities – I decided to support a friend (actually, my “cousin-in-law”) and give Class Pass a much needed try. (Which led to a gym bag update.)

What can’t you live without at the gym? And, have you tried Class Pass, yet? If so, PLEASE share any tips or recommendations. (:

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Last Minute V-Day Outfit Ideas

shopbop, nordstrom, asos, last minute outfit ideas

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
dinner & movie: 
boxy white tee $$ Shopbop or $ Madewell, twisted mini $$$ Alexander Wang or $ Express, metallic oxfords $ Keds or $$ Toms or $$$$ Prada

drinks & concert: pretty wrap top $$ Saks or $ Topshop, leatherette leggings $ Nordstrom or $$ Adrian Goldschmied, slip-on sneakers $ Vans or $$$ Vince

full-on date night: off-the-shoulder peplum $$ top and $$ shorts, strappy heels $ Steven or $$$ Alexander Wang

Last week I highlighted my faves for “staying in.” But, if have plans this Saturday; here are my top outfits for “going out,” no matter the occasion.

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Valentine’s Day – Staying In

tony moly, etude house, urban outfitters, wildfox, shopbop, stila, sephora, aerie vday sleep cami and boxers

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
printed sleep set $ aerie (cami & boxers), graphic eye mask $$ Wildfox, allover shimmer $ Stila, lip scrub $ TONYMOLY, lip gloss $ TONYMOLY, hand cream $ Etude House

I can’t believe we’re already into February 2015; but, we are! And, that means V-day is right around the corner. Whether you’re coupled up or fabulously single, I have a few favorites that can help the weekend feel fun and flirty.

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My Daily Make-Up Routine

make-up bag

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Amore Pacific CC Cushion Compact $$ Nordstrom or Laneige $ Target, Full Exposure Travel Palette $ Smashbox or Naked3 $$ UrbanDecay, Orgasm Blush $ Nars or Pale Pink $ Bobbi Brown, Stay All Day Eyeliner $$ Stila, Double Extend Mascara $ L’Oreal, Lip Balm $ eos, Hand Cream $ Etude House, eyelash curler $ Shu Uemura

Hi, everyone! If you’re on the East Coast, I hope you safely survived winter storm Juno. As for me, it was relatively tame in Jersey City and I was able to enjoy a productive and relaxing day home (including working on this post!)

After sharing my skin care routine, a friend requested I post about my make-up. Fortunately, my skin is good enough that I can keep a pretty low-maintenance system with few steps.

After washing my face, I apply a few of the steps from my skin routine. Then, I pat a light covering from my cc cushion. (Another great product from Korea; it evens skin-tone and helps with blemishes.) Next I put a bit of eyeshadow. I usually do a bright color across my arch and in the corner of my eye. Then, I put a natural pink or brown in the crease. Since I’ve been going to Physique57 most mornings, I like a compact palette. This one has great colors and is tiny and light. I like it because it has all the necessary basics for my skin-tone, but also has some fun sparkly choices (which I use when the mood strikes.)

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Alexander Wang Emile

Alexander Wang

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Alexander Wang Emile Satchel

I love a good satchel and the Emile is an oldie but goodie. I love the cute shape and the tiny handles. The leather has a nice texture and seems pretty sturdy. I also love the version with gold hardware.

Sadly, I don’t own this bag. But, if you do – I would love to hear more about your likes and dislikes. My favorite mini satchel is the Pashli which I wrote about last week.

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10 Steps of Korean Skin Care

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m so excited about today’s post because I recently replenished my skin care stock and I’ve been sticking to my regimen pretty religiously (so far.)

It’s no secret that Koreans make some pretty good beauty and skin products. (Refinery29 / Allure) And, while there is one Japanese item on my list – I mainly stick to my motherland’s offerings for “the 10 steps.” (For more details on the routine, I like this write-up from Into the Gloss.)

Here are my ten, illustrated of course.

10 Steps of Korean Skincare

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Physique 57: Barre Style

Physique 57 Workout Outfit

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
mesh inset leggings $$ adidas by Stella McCartney or $ VS, strappy detail tank $$ Athleta or $$$ Alexander Wangcolorful sports bra $$ Gap or $ H&Mgrip socks $ Free Peoplebarre shoes $$$ Blake Brody or $ Reebok

Those of you who know me in real life had to know a Physique post was coming up! I am obsessed and I have to tell the world.

There are a lot of reasons I wanted to “get in shape:” to be stronger, have more energy, look great in my wedding dress, etc.

After failing to find programs that made a difference – a colleague’s recommendation influenced me to give (pricey) Physique57 a try. A little less than thirty days before my wedding, I booked my first class.

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Success: Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ Pumps

Vince Camuto Caprita Pointy PumpsToday’s Fashion Illustration:
Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ Leather Pointy Toe Pumps

As you may know, my feet are ridiculously small. I read a lot of petite blogs, but so far none of them rival the child-size-ness of my feet. I own these shoes in size 4.5!

Sometimes, when purchasing sneakers at the less expensive kids’ price, this is awesome. Other times, when I can’t find a grown-up-lady shoe to save my life, it is so frustrating and depressing I want to crawl into a shoe-less-land and give up. (So sad!)

Seriously, here is a typical example of me shoe shopping:

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