Posh Product Review: Mario Badescu Beauty {Guest Post}

In my last guest post, I revealed my Mario Badescu Black Friday haul. For $60, I snagged full sized: Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin; Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion; Drying Lotion; and Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater.

For the past 5-6 weeks, those are the only products that I have been using on my face besides an occasional wipe down with witch hazel. Let me just say it: I AM IN LOVE WITH MARIO BADESCU PRODUCTS! I cannot wait to order more or grab a few things from my local Nordstrom store. Check out my review of the products below:

my apologies for the iPhone pics! Hopefully you can see that many of my blemishes are gone, and my skin is less oily and shiny.

Glycolic Foaming Cleanser – This is an amazing cleanser that has really helped my oily skin. Coupled with my Clarisonic brush, this cleanser lathers really well and leaves my skin clean, yet not stripped. (I’m also thinking that this product could be a good cleanser for the back. Summer is on its way ladies—might as well start preparing now!)

Glycolic Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion - I will admit this toner is strong, so if you have sensitive skin, you should look for a different MB toner. However, my skin loves this one. The Glycolic Acid helps to reduce the build-up of dead skin cells, and I’ve noticed that my skin tone has become more even with continued use of the product.

Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin – This one isn’t necessarily a “wow” inducing product; however in dealing with my oily skin, this moisturizer is easy and simple to use. It is very lightweight, so it doesn’t clog my pores.

Drying LotionEVERY WOMAN NEEDS THIS MIRACLE WORKING PRODUCT IN HER MEDICINE CABINET! You will be tempted to shake this product, but don’t. Just take a cotton swab, dab lightly to the lotion, and then apply to your blemishes and whiteheads. Your man may not find you all that sexy in the moment with pink dots all over your face--but it will be worth it because the product works!!! It does not eliminate the blemishes overnight, but definitely in two to three days max!

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – This is a great skin refresher--perfect for renewing skin after a long flight or at the end of a dry winter day.

After my prolonged use of Mario Badescu products, I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed. I have noticed massive changes in my skin: it’s softer, smoother, and has a beautiful glow! It is always nice when you try out a product, and find that it actually lives up to its claims!

Have you tried Mario Badescu products? Which ones and what was your experience?

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What-to-Wear: Superbowl Sunday 2013

As much as I am a football fan, I am not a jeans and jersey kinda gal. If you read last year's What to Wear post for this epic NFL event, then you know I'm all about embracing team spirit while maintaining your personal style. So what should you wear if you've got an exciting social event planned for the big game? Why not put together a casually stylish interpretation of your favorite team's colors in a totally trend-savvy way? You don't want to show up in a ballgown, obviously--so jeans are a great base. Then layer with fitted pieces on top, feminine accents, and a wedge or a chunky heel.

What's your favorite way to express your style while cheering on the home team?

Winter Beige | Style Savvy Weekend Rewind

dress: Adrienne Vittadini via Marshall's (similar look in stripes here) / cardigan: Target / necklace: "borrowed" from my Mom's jewelry box / tights: Betsey Johnson / shoes: Zara (similar here) / coat: Old Navy (also seen here) / leather gloves: Nine West / bag: Louis Vuitton 

I love a good ladies' event, so when LE invited me to a breakfast, I was more than happy to oblige. Off I went in my little A-Line pleated dress and matching cardigan for yummy breakfast and a beautiful program. The afternoon was spent shopping with The Honey, and Saturday evening we headed to KK's house to join my friends, the significant others and the kiddies to celebrate my niece's birthday (there's often an after party following kid birthday parties that is way more for the adults than the kids, LOL). We ended up staying over pretty late, so on Sunday we just slept in and padded around the house. Great weekend, with great company. Hope yours was wonderful too! 

Starting off the week with delays for schools and the office due to icy conditions, but looking forward to (slightly) warmer temps starting tomorrow. Have a lovely and productive week, dolls! 

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 7}

Happy Friday Lovies! I hope you have had the most wonderful week. Mine turned into a 3-day work week (for the 9-5 anyway) due to an unexpected power outage in my office building and I am always grateful for tiny unexpected, but pleasant surprises. Excited about the next few days because my Honey will be in town on this cold and snowy weekend and I am obviously over-the-moon thrilled for dates and snuggling with that guy. I also have a ladies' breakfast to attend on Saturday morning which should be quite lovely.

But enough about me--here's what I think you might want to check out based on my fabulous finds around the interwebs this week (and if you're on the East Coast they might be perfect reads for a cozy weekend in). If you'll allow me to share, here goes.

Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook did a whimsical, but laid back video this week on the art of pairings with a gorgeous draped jacket. Not only does she show you how she styled the inspiration jacket, but she shows off how to get the look for less as well. What more can a style hungry viewer ask for?

The Fashion section of Telegraph (the UK based online pub) published an intriguing piece featuring Oscar de la Renta, his history with the former First Ladies of the US and his recent endorsement of previously outcasted designer, John Galliano. There are delightful little nuggets of Mr. de la Renta's history involved, as well as my favorite quotable, "Style begins by looking good naked. It's a discipline. And if you don't dress well every day, you lose the habit. It's not about what you wear, but about how you live your life." Excellently stated, sir.

One of my favorite bloggers, Natalie of The Tiny Closet, has returned to posting after a move out to sunny Cali, and she is already showing off how she's remixing her style. I love the casual at home outfit she is showing off here--it looks totally comfortable but has undertones of sex appeal as well, don't you think? It reminds me that I want to continually improve my 'kickin' it around the crib' style too.

And finally, my dear dear fellow East Coasters, don't let a little inclement weather shut down your penchant for style. Slip into those wellies, layer vibrant primary colors a la Sarah  from Classy Girls Wear Pearls in the photo above, and step into that snow with sass!

Love love magic magic to you! Until Monday.

4 Cozy Winter Coats to Keep You Warm

Stadium Cloth Mod Coat, J. Crew // Pleat Front Swing Coat, Asos // Hooded Swing Fur Coat, Asos // Quilted Coat, Tommy Hilfiger
It is seriously cold here on the East Coast and a cozy winter coat to keep the chill away is an absolute necessity.

You might be thinking, "it is winter right?" It is--but we haven't had temperatures this low (16 degrees in the morning) in Maryland for a very long time! Last winter was so mild you didn't even need to pull out your heaviest coat.

Despite the need for function and warmth in a winter coat, a girl still wants to layer on the chic as well, wherever possible; and as the ladies of our First Family showed us on Inauguration Day, there are plenty of options out there. I just snagged this Steve Madden coat on sale recently at Macy's and it is my new favorite. That fur around the neck? E-ver-y-thing.

How do you stay both warm and stylish in winter?

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A Peek Inside My Living Room | Style Savvy Home

one shelf on my bookcase contains a stack of Lucky magazines, the most amazing smelling candle from Anthropologie, an awesome birthday card from GG from a few years ago and a few of my favorite spiritual books / another shelf has a stack of Allure mags, another favorite card from GG (I noticed while taking these pics that I have at least 3 things with the word "believe" on them on this bookshelf, including this card. It was subconscious but I love that I'm surrounded by constant reminders to believe in myself), a bunch of fun girly books and a photo of my young man when he was just a little tike / my ottoman is the centerpiece of the room in lieu of a coffee table. I got this wooden breakfast tray at Target and it fits in perfectly / These chairs are probably my favorite things in the room. With the script on the back they are soo Parisian! / I found this simple, chic Missoni area rug at a barn sale for like $80. I love the warm colors of the stripes. 

While I never quite feel like I've finished decorating a space, my living room is probably the room in my home that I would deem closest to being complete. While I still need to add wall art and some greenery to warm up a couple of empty spaces, it feels very cozy and that's my goal for every room. I try to mix in a lot of really personal items like my favorite books and cards I've received because those are elements I can create that are unique to me, which won't be duplicated elsewhere; they make the space feel like "me". I would love for this room to be much more feminine, but my young man is not having that! So I try to us more gender neutral colors--I still sneak in a ruffle or two though.

What are some of the ways you infuse your personality into your home?

Savvy Stylist: Fabulous Gown for a Formal Gala

When AB was down to the wire for choosing a dress to wear to a recent gala and asked me to help style her, I was more than happy to oblige. I love shopping and I love helping people choose items that they'll feel great wearing. 

AB had a strict budget, and a couple of limitations on where she wanted to shop, but I was confident we'd be able to find something in one of the two stores. There was a fabulous selection of dresses at Macy's and she tried on several, but the choice came down to a demure and mature khaki green colored gown with a cinched waist and full circle skirt--so first lady-esque!; and this really youthful deep purple gown with ruching along the bodice, a dropped skirt, a very Victorian feeling 3-button lace panel in the back and a sexy surprise slit.

gown: Xscape (similar here) / nude pumps: Nine West / earrings: K. Staton Boutique (Baltimore) / bracelets: hodgepodge of pieces AB already owned

After a family and friends vote, we decided the purple was the option that better fit AB's style, even though both gowns looked phenomenal on her. I coached that metallic accessories would complement the slight sheen of the gown's fabric, and she finished with a nude peep-toe pump that she already owned. I wasn't able to be there to help her get dressed, but the finished look with AB's hair and makeup is GORG. I was floored when she sent me the photos, and so proud of my pick! 

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Fresh and from Scratch: Health Savvy Weekend | Posh Kitchen

Without a lot of plans this weekend, and since I'm mid-Whole 30, I took some time to really focus on my health. I made dishes from scratch for every meal, and even tried out a few new recipes (like this super simple one for baked salmon with dill and one that I kind of free-styled for Whole 30 pancakes).

fresh Campari tomatoes / fresh ingredients for mango pineapple salsa / coconut shrimp (wish the market had butterfly shrimp but, I had to do with regular large ones), mango salsa and steamed broccoli / ingredients for Whole 30 pancakes / Whole 30 approved pancakes from scratch, topped with fresh fruit / roasted Brussels and sweet potatoes to accompany our baked salmon with dill and stir-fried cabbage

I also got in workouts every day, including a 3 mile walk with the young man on Sunday at the trail near our home. I feel so invigorated and hope to be able to carve out time to do the same things on a daily basis, without letting the hustle and bustle of our schedules get in the way. I've learned that the key to getting in a daily workout for me is to make sure I knock it out first thing in the morning; and that I can cook every day as long as meals are planned in advance (as opposed to trying to conceive and shop for meals the day we are to eat them). 

Looking forward to taking good habits into the new week! What are you most looking forward to? 

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 6}

It’s Friday and I am looking forward to a relaxed weekend. A little bit of rest, a little bit of work, maybe catch a movie and quality time with my young man. I’m already salivating over the Whole30 approved coconut shrimp I’m planning to make tonight along with Chef G. Garvin’s recipe for mango salsa from his cookbook; and the snack of strawberries dipped in raw unsalted almond butter that I saw on Instagram. I’ll try to remember and take pics to share with you lovies next week.

Throughout my online travels this week, I’ve discovered some things that I thought you might enjoy as well, if you’d be so gracious as to allow me to share?

Dear fellow bloggers, please shimmy on over to IFB to read The Reality of Blogging While Working a Full Time Job. While reading it, I had one of those great moments of epiphany where I realized I am not alone in some of my struggles for work/blog/life balance. It’s still all very much worth the early mornings, long hours and weekend work for me—but it is okay to question it to be sure our priorities and our blogging are always aligned with what we view as our ideal lives. There were some great comments on this post as well.

I’ve followed StyleActivist on Instagram for quite some time now (she is one of the reasons I discovered Whole30) but this week I checked out the revamp of her blog and I absolutely adore it. She has quite successfully merged her loves for fashion and wellness into a stylish and well-blended mix of info. Stop by—but only if you want to be totally inspired to pay better attention to your health.

The Glitter Guide featured Bradley Agather of Luella & June in their latest Style at Home feature, and I fell in love with her home. It’s a very feminine mix of white, neutrals and pink accents that any girl would feel comfortable lounging around in.

The Glitter Guide feature led me to the Luella & June blog which is full of even more home décor inspiration, with some of Bradley’s personal style mixed in as well. The picture above is from one of her style entries, and totally drool-worthy. It doesn’t take much more to enamor me to something than it being pink and sequined—but the way she styled her sequin shift over leather pants gives it chic edge. If you’ve packed away your sparkle, relegating it to the holidays, why not whip it back out and sashay around in it this weekend?

Sending you loads of love and magic until Monday!

Posh Tip: 4 Ways to Avoid Feeling Broke

Despite what’s in your bank account there are ways that you can avoid feeling broke, and live in a state of abundance, which is what will attract even more abundance. As modern, multi-hyphenate, twenty and thirty something women we are ever so diligent at building our empires at this point in our lives. We work hard, so we want to play hard as well; and we want to look great and feel great while doing both. Sometimes, unfortunately, our budgets may not allow us to do everything at once.

No matter what your resources look like on paper right now, it’s what you think, speak and live that’s going to help change your situation. It will take time for the results of your plan to start to come to fruition, but what you can control in the meantime is your attitude about your finances. I know there is lots of practical advice out there that speaks to how to build your finances, but what I’m focused on here are the emotions that kind of swirl behind the scenes. Here are a few ways you can avoid feeling broke

Use you words for good, and not evil.
What we speak into the Universe is what gets brought forth into our lives. So if you say, “I’m broke”, you’re going to feel broke. Avoid language that makes you feel crappy at all costs. Remove words and phrases like “broke”, “poor”, “lack” and “I don’t have” from your vocabulary, and replace them with things that are positive. Try “I didn’t budget for that this month” or “now is not the best time for me to indulge, but with some planning maybe I can do that in the future”. See the difference? One set of words can make you feel like a helpless victim to your situation, while the other set shows that you have ownership over your financial choices.

Save and stash.
When I was going through my roughest financial period several years ago, it was nothing for me to shake my little jar of pennies into the Coinstar machine at the grocery store and turn them into dollars. But I notice that so many people disregard coins as though they are not spendable. Save all your coins someplace where you might forget about them, let them pile up for a few weeks or months—you’ll feel pleasantly surprised at how much extra cash you can end up with. Similarly, you can stash bills where you’ll forget about them too. You know that awesome feeling you get when you find a $20 bill stuffed in the pocket of last year’s winter coat? You can have that feeling all over your home. When you get paid, stick a $20 bill into the top drawer of your nightstand. Slip a $5 bill into a hidden compartment in your car. Stuff $10 into one of your shoes. Not only will you not spend that money right away, it will end up delighting you by coming in handy when you need it most.

Keep cash close.
A long time ago my mom sent me a financial article that suggested that in order to avoid feeling broke, you should keep one large bill in your wallet at all times, and that you should also avoid spending that bill at all costs. The article recommended a $50 or $100 bill—I started with $20. The idea here, though, is that as long as you have that bill in your wallet, the phrase “I don’t have any money” is null and void. I have never forgotten that suggestion because it worked for me; in fact, I still keep a bill tucked into my wallet even today; that idea helped me to not only know I always had some money, it helped me to visualize that bill growing and to imagine what it would feel like to have it multiply.

Treat yourself well.
Whatever it means to you, treat yourself well at all times. Whether that means wearing your most special wardrobe pieces, giving yourself a mani/pedi, eating really well or working out—do what makes you feel good as often as possible. The more positive you feel and the more energy you have, the better your outlook will be on your life and your finances in general.


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3 Products to Try from the NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection

Our favorite retailers have moved onto the spring season, and I am daydreaming of what to wear when the warm weather reappears. At the top of my list, as with every season, is a refresh of my go-to beauty products, and after checking out the Spring 2013 Color Collection from NARS, I am already excited to shop. 

Eye Shadow Duo

With vivid cyan and parakeet green paired together, Mad Mad World looks like it’s a serious “night on the town” eye in a compact. Perfect for wearing with an understated LBD.

Satin Lipstick

I think Dressed to Kill, a fuchsia rose with gold shimmer would be the perfect every day lipstick. The soft rose color is subtle, but the gold shimmer would make it pop just a little, to show up better on those of us with red undertones in their skin.

Shimmer Nail Polish

I love a good party nail, and Disco Inferno looks like it’s just that. The iridescent silver green looks almost like a mood color that would show up slightly differently in varying lighting--so you’re kind of getting two colors in one.

Have you seen the NARS 2013 Spring Color Collection? What would you love to try?

Wish List: Fawning Over Faux Fur Vests

Gryphon / Via Spiga / Simply Vera, Vera Wang / DKNY

A faux fur vest has been on my wish list ever since I fell in love with one at Zara last year, just before their website launched e-commerce. The vest wasn't in stock in my closest store (which is about an hour away), but I thought if I could just hold out until I could order it online, I would snap it up. Well, e-commerce opened and everything flew off the virtual shelves, including my cute little vest. Hmph! Fast forward to this year and I spy faux fur vests everywhere! So my faux fur fixation has been reignited, and the search is on! I'll be paying close attention to both style and fit: I'd prefer one that is black or brown... or perhaps a subtle animal print; and since I'm short and curvy, it needs to hit at just the right spot above my hips to not make my short frame appear even shorter. I also think I'm partial to belted styles...

Are you into the faux fur trend? Which of these is your favorite?

Girls' Night Out | Style Savvy Weekend Rewind

So much fun hanging with my girlies this weekend, and I crossed one of my desired closet staples off the "to grab" list. I've been wanting a chambray shirt, and during a quick trip to Urban Outfitters I found a great BDG button down version in a vintage wash, down from $59 to $29. Score! I also snagged the cutest little silver spiked bracelet

wearing: Francesca's scarf / leather jacket found at Marshall's / black Express button down top / H&M skirt / Hue tights / Diba peep toe pumps / Target x Neiman Marcus Marc by Marc Jacobs pouch
This is only a portion of the group--have to respect some of the girlies' requests not to be on the blog, but they're here in spirit

Girls' night out started at Kona Grill downtown (1 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). I've been to Kona Grill several times and I love the atmosphere and the food. Tried something new this time, the grilled veggie flatbread, which had this amazing combination of pesto and balsamic drizzle as the sauce. I definitely recommend. After dinner and wine, we headed to Havana Club (600 Water Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) for cocktails and dancing. Havana Club has valet parking which is a bonus for hanging out downtown in winter; there's no worrying about walking from distant street parking in the cold in high heels! We ended the night (read: morning) with girl chat and giggles for about an hour at Mrs. C's house. The perfect end to a perfect girls' night. 

Sunday fun-day was about "family fro-yo and movie night" with The Kid and my little sis, Tati; as well as Golden Globes red carpet viewing. You can check out my favorite looks at the Pish Posh Perfect Facebook page

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well. Cheers to a new week! 

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 5}

This weekend I’m hanging with my girls! On the agenda: sushi, cocktail induced silliness, an haute pair of heels (for me at least) and we may even shake a tail feather or two. Can. Not. Wait. I feel like I haven’t had any quality girl time in awhile, and though it’s probably only been since right before the holidays, it always feels like way too long between each time we get together. This will also be the last time I drink alcohol in the next 30 days, so I am really going to savor that--which leads me to my second point about the weekend.

Also on the agenda during the two most wonderful days of the week: meal planning and grocery shopping. I’m starting the Whole30 program again on Monday and it requires a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer + lots of cooking (you can read about my first experience with Whole30 here). The last time there were moments where I didn’t have my meals set in advance and I almost starved in the decision-making process (I hate impromptu decision making. I am a p-l-a-n-n-e-r, honey. Any other way is for the birds!). So I’m really looking forward to having this experience again, to eating whole foods and to having tons of energy and clear, eczema-free skin. I’m also dedicated to making an edited version of the program my food lifestyle. After my initial Whole30 I went to Europe directly following and then the holidays came and there were just way too many treats to be had. This time it should be easier to transition the principles into my regular diet.

But enough about my weekend, here are a few lovely things I think you might like to do, if you’ll allow me to make suggestions?

Take a gander at this post at Ramshackle Glam, which really felt more like a conversation with an old friend than a blog entry. If you’re over 30 or married or have children—or have experienced any of the life changes that make you want to trade in your late night party pumps for a pair of cozy slippers—you will find it totally relatable too. I needed a reminder that relishing a different type of fun than I used to doesn’t mean my life is any less awesome. And don’t we all need that sometimes?

For my fellow bloggers, you’ll love this set of 40 Cool Things to Do With Your Posts After You Hit Publish at Pro Blogger. If one of your 2013 goals is to grow your site, you’re guaranteed to find inspiration here. I’m already planning to institute one task in particular.

Take a style cue this weekend from Baltimore stylist and event designer, Stephanie Bradshaw (pictured above from her blog), and pair winter white with classic black in seasonally appropriate fabrics like her velvet pants from J. Crew. Finish with a sexy shoe and a serious pair of shades--then off you go to take on the world! (And seriously, how amazing is that bag?!)

Lots of love and magic (and cocktails!), until Monday.

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Savvy Style Chat {GG, All The Many Layers}

For our very first savvy style feature of 2013, it was a pleasure to chat with my long time girlie, GG. She is wearer of many hats (figuratively, not literally) and has a great laid back spirit with a style to match. So without further ado, for our January Savvy Style Chat, I present...

GG / All the Many Layers / AlltheManyLayers.com

These dainty earrings are my faves and really capture what I'm drawn to when shopping for shiny things. Sorta vintage looking and whimsical. Understated but unique.

What is your full time gig? 

By day, I work for a financial services company handling third party relationships. It’s very fast paced, and I put fires out all day. The best part of my job is building loyalty with my clients and helping them find solutions. I’m also a full time mom of three.

How does your occupation affect your personal style? 

I work in a pretty conservative environment, but I’m okay with this because I keep my wardrobe pretty simple anyway. I like clothes that are tailored to my shape but forgiving in the right places. Earth tones and stripes and polka dots make me happy. Now when it comes to my hair, I’m a chameleon. I get bored quickly and change hairstyles often. I save the extra big, lioness hair for the weekends.

 Snagged this cute little black blazer and red tank from Kohl's Jennifer Lopez Collection for an outing with the girls.  On the bottom, I wore skinny jeans and black suede pumps.

How do your other roles and endeavors affect your style and how do you transition your wardrobe throughout the day to meet the needs of these various roles? 

I usually have several pairs of shoes at work and in the car so I can change things up if necessary. If I’m heading to cheerleading practice with my daughter after work, I will kick off my heels and opt for flats. On the other hand, if I’m heading to dinner to catch up with a girlfriend, I might throw on some heels. When shopping, I look for pieces that are versatile.

What is the one piece in your entire wardrobe right now that you absolutely cannot live without?

I can’t live without my camel, over the knee boots. They’re flat and I can wear them all day without a moment of discomfort. I usually rock them with skinny jeans and a cozy sweater or a slim fitted turtleneck. They go with everything.

This is a typical Saturday outfit for me in the fall/winter as I navigate through my kids' many activities and my weekend errands.

It’s pretty cold here on the East Coast and winter hats and scarves are becoming more necessary; when layering with these items, do you prefer to go for style or function?

A little bit of both. I usually lean to the functional side though. I won’t buy something if it’s itchy or needs to be hand washed. Also, I won’t wear wool hats or scarves because they damage my hair. I’m a pretty simple girl. I like things that are soft and cozy and don’t require a lot of fuss.

How often do you go shopping—either in-person or online? What’s your favorite place to score super cute budget-friendly pieces?

A couple times a month I might grab something as a treat to myself. I do most of my major shopping seasonally – looking for staple items that will fill a void in my closet. Over the past couple of years, I’ve significantly scaled down my wardrobe so that I’m not hoarding items that I never wear. For example, I used to have about 10 pairs of jeans and now I only have four pairs and that’s really all I need. My favorite place to score budget-friendly pieces is definitely Asos. I’m really into knee length pencil skirts and they are my number one source.

The new season signaled a need for new hair and beauty routines. What are your go-to products for hydrating winter hair and skin?

For my skin, nothing compares to Amlactin. The stuff is amazing. It exfoliates and moisturizes like nothing else and it’s easy to find right at CVS or Walgreens.

For my hair, I love to use natural moisturizers like coconut, grapeseed and extra virgin olive oil. Beyond that, I try lots of different products but I always come back to the basics because it’s just easier. If you haven’t noticed by now, I really want to be a minimalist when I grow up.

Another day, another roller set. #naturalhair

Where do you go for lifestyle inspiration?

I hardly know where to begin. Currently, my favorite reference books for inspiration are "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach and "12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women" by Gail McMeekin. One of my favorite bloggers is Danielle Laporte. I just purchased her book, "The Fire Starter Sessions – A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success On Your Own Terms". I’m really into soulful and practical things.

I also get a lot of inspiration from my friends, family and people I interact with every day. I love to hear people’s stories and to observe how they express themselves. I believe that authenticity is evident in how you dress, how you deal with people and ultimately how you live your life. I strive to surround myself with people and experiences that inspire me.

If a stranger walking past you on the street was asked to describe your signature look in one word, what word would that be?

It depends on the day. On certain days, my one word synopsis would probably be classy. On other days, my look could easily get summed up as bohemian. All in all, I would hope that I wear my positive energy in such a way that it is more memorable than anything I’m wearing. It’s my best accessory. My hair is close second.

My mini fashionista in all her faux fur glory

You’re raising two little girls who, I’m sure, try to emulate everything Mommy does right now—but what advice will you give them about personal style in the future?

My seven year old already has a unique sense of style. She likes bright, bold colors and the more sparkle, fur and bling, the better. My two year old loves anything with ruffles.

I will encourage them to express themselves and have fun with fashion - but always keep it classy. Also - and this is really the most significant thing I’ve learned as my style has evolved – I’ll teach them to know their bodies and avoid blindly following trends that don’t flatter them. Oh, and always wear underwear with jeans and princess dresses. #insidejoke.

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Style Resolutions for the New Year {2013}

As with everything else about my lifestyle, my personal style requires reflection and creation of a new set of resolutions for 2013. This is a process which I thoroughly enjoy and it’s interesting to watch my style evolve with my age and personality. I would not like, ever wear some of the things now that I wore in my 20s. Like, never ever. It’s also so much fun getting inspiration from sources like Pinterest, Instagram and other blogs. There is sooo much I want to try style-wise and I believe that, in combination, my resolutions will help me to expand into my comfort zone—knowing what works for my body, but being able to deliver it with a twist. There are some things that I’d like to continue but elevate or do more of; and a few things that I’d like to begin in order to end up with what I view as a more complete wardrobe, like:

Shop More Consignment

I started consignment shopping about two years ago, and I love the advantage of finding really unique pieces, or items with a story. I have a couple of go-to shops, but I’d love to expand my list of favorites in order to find more treasures. Each shop or boutique has its own voice, so the more places I can choose from the better the opportunity for me to find items to love that fit my style and preferences.

Fill in the Gaps

There are a few key pieces that I need to add to or replace in my closet like a denim or chambray shirt, a brown high heeled calf high or over-the-knee boot, a sexy red pump (I have a pair of bright red summer sandals, but there’s nothing like the shape of a classic pointed or open-toe pump), a khaki colored trench (my current one is navy) and a long camel or off-white winter coat. These are things that never go out of style and are easy pieces to grab when one is in a hurry with little time for over-thinking wardrobe choices (as I do incessantly—the over-thinking, that is).

Shop out of Season

I’ve always known that you can score great deals on clothing by shopping deals out of season, but I’ve never been one to do so. I usually have laser pointed focus toward snatching up pieces to wear right away. But I think it will be a pleasant surprise come June to pull that adorable summer dress out of a bin that I snagged during a winter clearance; or to find my new favorite pair of fall boots in April.

Curate a Selection of Party Dress

I’ve noticed that I have a nice little section of fun and vibrant party dresses at the front of my closet and I gaze at them constantly, longing for an event to which to wear them—BUT, I want more! I love pretty dresses and the stories and nicknames that get created around them with each event (I currently have a “cupcake” dress, a “candy stripe” dress, and “Pointer Sister” dress (lol) that I adore!).

Add Color

I’ve been working for a couple of years to go for less of the neutral and muted tones and more for vibrant color—for all seasons. I developed a good selection of color for summer, and am slowly doing the same for winter where I’ve tended to gravitate toward blacks and grays in the past—so boring! I want to brighten it up!

What about you—have you made any 2013 style resolutions? What do you want to add, change or remove where your closet is concerned?

*{photos: (1) / (2) / (3) / (4) / (5) / (6) }

Style Crush: Miroslava Duma

I have a style crush on Miroslava Duma. A petite powerhouse, always impeccably dressed--whether in a playful jaunt of mixed prints or luxurious mounds of layers--and a street style photog favorite, 'Mira' Duma is the epitome of what's haute in fashion. 

Her enviable wardrobe pays homage to some of the most timeless fashion houses, and gives street cred to some of the most amazing newcomers; her stylish wares are always enviable, always drool worthy. 

Her beauty looks are are no less stunning than her wardrobe: Ms. Duma's mid-length, sometimes highlighted, sometimes darker hair is simple and chic; and she maintains flawless face, always giving a big bold eye, lashes for days, usually with a minimal cheek and lip. 

The sartorial theme of Mira Duma's looks may change, one day embracing a ladylike look, going bohemian glam, or pushing the high fashion envelope the next, but she always owns each one. Her style inspires me to be unafraid to take risks and play around with trends as long as I can find a way to make the looks my own; to have fun with bold color; and is a reminder that a playful chunky necklace is sometimes the best accessory

Whose style are you currently crushing on? 

* Photos: (1) / (2)/ (3) / (4) / (5) 

Perfectly Priced: Topshop Stripes

Start the new year in bold stripes with this black and white jersey skater dress. For the office: add a pop of color in a bright blazer, with complementary skinny belt and pumps; then ditch the jacket to show off the sexy back, add a statement necklace and metallic heels and you're ready to paint the town. With this little pretty, perfectly priced at $52, you'll pull off the perfect desk-to-date night feat. 

Petite Stripe Band Back Dress - Topshop

Posh Weekend Plans + Weekly Link Wrap Up {vol. 4}

For me, this weekend will be about nesting and enjoying the final days of my holiday vacation. With a return to the 9-5 imminent on the horizon, I want to be sure to soak up every last ounce of just kicking around and doing the little things that make me happy, like: catching up on Revenge (the show on ABC, not like, actual Revenge); hanging the super cute mirrors I got from Marshall’s months ago that have just been sitting unloved in my dining room; rearranging my furniture post-holiday décor/Christmas tree; and taking a long walk at the trail near my home. But before all of that commences, I’d love to share with you some of the little gems I’ve discovered this week on the web, if you don’t mind? 

It seems the webosphere is way in reflective and fresh start mode this week, and that is wonderful kismet because I am as well. The beginning of the year is such a brilliant time to open your eyes to new things—or to see old things with fresh perspective

GG offers an excellent opportunity for reflection in her thoughtful “How Do You Want to Feel in 2013" post at All the Many Layers. You may be starting to think that I just promote her posts because she is my bestie—and admittedly, that’s part of it—but mostly it's because she’s a super intuitive writer who is gifted at helping people to get more in tune with their spirits by being so open about her own flaws and insecurities. 

Through Blogging Your Way to The Front Row, a book I’m reading to get tools for growing my blog in 2013, I discovered Gala Darling—yet another rockstar woman to love. First of all, she wears pink and sparkle and bunny ears quite often (love her yet?); but more than that her messages of self-love and adventure are exactly what I need going into a new year, where I’m focusing on stepping outside the box and creating more of what an ideal life looks like to me. I think you’ll love her too. Find her at GalaDarling.com and watch her video from the TED conference. It’s about 14 minutes long, but so worth it. 

I am always on the quest for healthy meat-free recipes and new yummy salads, so The Glitter Guide’s 10 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2013 hit the spot! I totally pinned that greens, sprouts and sweet potato salad, and 2 or 3 others. Can. Not. Wait. To. Try. 

And finally, I absolutely adore the photo above, found on Pinterest this week. It reminds me of the kind of uber girly, indulgent style that makes me smile both sartorially and in home décor. I have never been one to save an item for a “special occasion” and I kind of want to be even more sparkly in the new year. Every day is an occasion in my book! I’m not sure who initially brought the quote “Life’s too short to wear boring clothes” to life, but I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. 

As an aside: I’ve been thinking a lot about significantly cutting the amount of time I spend watching TV this year in favor of reading—books, magazines and online favorites alike. I have several magazine subscriptions, a stack of books this high, and don’t get to read my favorite blogs as often as I’d like, because “I don’t have time”. But rather, it’s because I haven’t made the time, isn’t it? And I want to remedy that and really dig back into one of my very first loves. 

Is there anything about your priorities that you can change this year to make more room for what you love, or what fits into your ideal life? 

I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Lots of love and magic, until Monday.