October 17, 2014

Snap shots

Photos by Susan Hang
Photos by Susan Hang
Photos by Susan Hang
Photos by Susan Hang

Pretty faces, real sun flares, baby BFFs, and strolls at the lake kinda describe my life lately. This week has been extremely busy for the first time in a long time but I still wanted to share a few portraits I took late last week/earlier this week. Need to keep at this photography & editing game.

October 12, 2014

Monstrous

Jill Stuart Platform Sandals
Jill Stuart Platform Sandals
Jill Stuart Platform Sandals

This purchase occurred prior to my "shop smarter" mindset, but anyway, I ended up with some grossly impractical, sky-high platforms from Jill Stuart. And actually, I'm not even sure if chunky shoes are my thing - probably not since there's a need to think about it, but who can resist beautifully crafted and regally suede encased footgear? Don't fret though because this was another one of my purchases that stemmed from Gilt and I must note the 90% discount. Now I just gotta figure out what I'm going to do with them.

October 9, 2014

Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream
Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream
Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream, $28.50

I tried a few things from Kiehls some years ago and wasn't overly impressed with the brand - my mindset is that if a brand doesn't work for me, I'll probably never come back to it. But this eye cream had always floated around in my mind so I finally decided to buy it after going through so many different ones and not ever really feeling complete. You might be thinking - "Not another cliche product review", but there's a reason why select products attain cult followings, simply because they work.

I'm notorious for saying products are just ok until I realize that I can't find something better and then I'm like - "Oh this one was really good". I'm basically at a point where I can say this eye cream is a-ok and I can assure you it's just as good (if not, a smidgen better) than La Mer's Eye Cream which should say a whole lot if you know the hype around La Mer.

This eye cream looks and feels super rich, but is very lightweight on yet still surprisingly moisturizing. I know some people look for anti-aging properties, wrinkle prevention, etc in their products, but my belief has always been that if you keep your skin well-moisturized, aging and wrinkles will naturally transpire at a slower rate - this product really fulfills that philosophy. Best of all, it absorbs amazingly well and fast enough so I don't feel like I'm wearing anything and as the day wears on, my under eye area continues maintaining the moisture I've been yearning for years. I do wish it came in a pump or squeeze bottle for portion control because sometimes, I find myself latching on to more product than I actually need.

October 6, 2014

Dior Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer

Dior Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
Dior Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
Dior Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer, $33

Before getting into the concealer itself, thought it might be beneficial to point you all in this direction and particularly in the comments section where PaulCantor wrote:

"I suspect that if you did a large-scale poll of people who started blogs within the last 5-7 years, you would see that many of those folks have stopped blogging; some, without ever making a dime. There are a few reasons....

2. It's very difficult to continue writing and producing content on the same subject over and over. People grow, and so do their interests along with them. At 30, you no longer want to write about what you were writing about at 25.

3. There comes a time when recoiling from the web, and all the outlets for over-sharing it provides, makes less and less sense. It's like college. There's a reason it's only four years. "


This statement very well applies to myself in the midst of mommying, pursuing a career in fashion, working out, and making time for other things so I think I'll stop apologizing for not being the ideal blogger I'd like to be and can't seem to be. I promise, I'm trying to be better. Through my inconsistency and numerous blog aliases throughout the years, I don't know how many of you have stuck around, but many thanks to those of you who've continued checking back.

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Now that we've got that cleared up - let's get into the actual post. The problem with concealers for me is that they're typically not moisturizing enough so I always end up with this unflattering cakey effect. Hence, this Dior Hydrating concealer seemed like the obvious choice for winter (note: purchased last fall and I've been using it since). Two words: It's ok. I primarily use it for under the eyes as I think it's on the sheer side to cover blemishes, scars, etc. Consistency and after-effect-wise, it's probably comparable to Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer (which I use in conjunction w/ Dior), but a tad more emollient. And if you've used the Nars, then you'd know that the texture is quite easy to work with - this in my opinion, is even better.

What I like most about this concealer is that it provides enough coverage while offering this brightening effect that's perfect for under the eyes and along the nose bridge. It doesn't look flat like other concealers. I've also never had an issue with creasing throughout the day - if anything it just appears very natural and skin-like. What's not working is that it just isn't moisturizing enough - I happen to be on the extreme side of dry around this time of the year. I mean I've tried the divine La Mer Eye Cream and it still turns out the same. The other thing is the color is not a perfect match - I got the lightest one, but I'm sure I fall in between 1 and 2 and for $33 a pop, I don't really feel like buying both to mix.

Anyway, long story short, I still need something a little more hydrating. I would, however, recommend it to those of you with normal and even semi-dry skin as it is a pretty nice concealer. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear below before my next concealer journey commences.

October 4, 2014

Scrapbook iii

Novel Ave Scrapbook

Noted: Layers on layers never get old in my book, more knits and updated knits (cutouts etc), gray on a whole new scale, + RN circa 2010 - never a bad idea.

I find this time of the year most inspiring and refreshing - something about the damn air. Anyway, as I went through my Pinterest boards looking for wardrobe inspiration, I noticed how intrigued I was with gray - something is really alluring about that right now - I'll take anything in gray (or plaid - how beautifully draped is that voluminous scarf?! Also kinda need a plaid, menswear blazer like the above - in gray of course).

I've also realized how I've been feeling more roused by old runway styles versus what's current - I believe that gal in all white was Proenza Schouler '10ish - cleanly put together without being too feminine..really embodies my aesthetic. And do you see that unexpected leopard factor - very unlike me, but I'm surprisingly in love and in need of such a fur coat. That plus a slinky lace short is the perfect amount of glam for me right now.

Life isn't always high heels and fashion so when I'm feeling really stale, I always find newness in Rumi Neely's style pre-2012...her formula of meshing impetuous elements together (like dainty mini dresses and scary, monstrous hooves) then was and still is a source of inspiration in updating my ever-evolving personal style. There's prob a large mixup of feelings about RN, but she really laid down the current state of blogging in this way.

Finally, I've decided I'll be topping everything off with an oversized clutch. What's been inspiring you?

Photos via my Pinterest; RN photos belong to fashiontoast.com.