Bright Lipstick

I have a very distinct memory of getting together with friends as a child to trade makeup and praying to God that they would want my old lipsticks in exchange for their shiny glosses.  It was unimaginable to me that anyone would actually prefer a stick over the sparkly, youthful gloss, but as what normally happens when I initially hate something in beauty or fashion, I end up loving it.

These days, I’m using bright lipsticks at whatever chance I get to accent what I’m wearing.  Pigmented colors provide drama and to me, are a great way to accomplish a fresh look while sticking to the majority of your regular beauty routine.  The number one tip for bold colors is to make them your own.  I often times blend different shades together or add some concealer to make the colors a touch more muted.  What also helps is a really good primer.  I recently bought MAC’s Prep + Prime $15, which helps the lipstick stay put and last a lot longer.

Other Primers Worth Trying:

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service Primer $25, Origins Underwear for Lips $15, Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion $20

Favorite Red’s:

Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick – Xenia $24, Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain – Fiery $24, Exude Lip Creme – Red #1 $29

Nars Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave $24, E.L.F. Essential Lipstick – Fearless $1, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick – Fire & Ice $7.99

Favorite Pink’s:

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick – Candy Pink $8.99, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Roman Holiday $24, MAC Lipstick – Viva Glam Nicki $14.50

Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lipcolor – Bevarian Creme $15, E.L.F. Studio Matte Lip Color – Tea Rose $3, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick – Pout $19

Favorite Purple’s:

   

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick – Black Cherry $22.50, Clarins ‘Instant Smooth’ Crystal Lip Balm – Crystal Violet $24.50, E.L.F. Mineral Mineral Lipstick – Prime Plum $5

Lipstick Queen – Medieval $20, Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturizing Lipstick – Blueberry Coulis $22.95, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre – Violet Singulier $32

Favorite Orange’s:

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Creme Lipstick – Tangerine Tango Cream $18, YSL Rouge Volupte Perle – Shimmering Coral $34, Guerlain Rouge Automatique – Fleur De Feu $35

Armani Beauty Rouge Sheer d’Armani Lipstick – Acid Tangerine $30, Shiseido ‘Perfect Rouge’ Lipstick – Day Lily $25, Sephora Collection True Cream Lip Color – Sunset Rhythm $12

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Trends for Every Body

So much of pulling off a trend (or any article of clothing for that matter) is being real about your proportions.  How something fits or drapes on your body is the main factor in how it will appear.  Because clothes aren’t custom made for you, don’t be too discouraged if you’re having trouble fitting into one particular size – and don’t assume just because you are a certain size in one brand, you are the same in all others.

I still believe that any (ok I guess most) looks can be achieved by everyone, but you might have to get creative and adapt the season’s trends to your body.  For instance, if you are loving the nautical bold stripes that are still everywhere, but are concerned about them not be flattering, implement the idea into your beauty regime and paint a bold stripe on your nails or maybe integrate it into an accessory.

Tailoring can be your best friend here.  But, you can also make smart purchases that are geared towards maximizing your assets.  Knowing how to create illusions with your clothing will greatly benefit how you look.  Adapting any trend to your body is universally the same regardless of what piece you are trying to pull off.  Rules are made to be broken, but here are some guidelines to keep in mind…

Accomplish…

Do’s

Don’ts

Looking Taller/Thinner -Light weight clothing-Smaller prints-Vertical stripes

-V-neck tops

-Leave jackets open

-Long accessories like necklaces and scarves

-Heels

-POSTURE

-Low rise pants-Big belts-Cropped/Short pants

-Long jackets

-Tuck in your shirt

-Very oversized clothing

-Too many layers

-Finding the right undergarments

Looking Shorter/Curvier -Bold prints-Create lines/Define waistline-Fitted, tailored pieces

-Add layers/accessories to create shape

-Overly tight clothing-Baggy clothing-Find the right undergarments

Below, I broke down some of my favorite trends that are everywhere right now.  Because I can’t go over every shape/size combination (there’s a million of them!), try to combine the above methods to make them work or email me at taylorbraun@mac.com for specific direction on how to make a certain trend work for you.  Remember, this is supposed to be fun, not frustrating!  🙂

Pastels:

ASOS Pastel Pink Dress with Crochet Top $72.72, Brandy Melville Pastel Blue Tank $30, ASOS Pastel Yellow Leggings $29.09

ASOS Pastel Purple Button Up Shirt $45.45, Tibi Mint Green Pleated Skirt $225, 3.1 Phillip Lim Orange Sherbet Dress $624

Bold Prints:

Rebecca Taylor Garden Flower Dress $276.50, Current/Elliott Plaid Jeans $188, Tinley Road Sleeveless Button Down $39

Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts $242, Tucker Backless Silk Romper $217.99, TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Printed Jeans $225

Dip Dye/Ombre/Color Blocking:

Bec & Bridge Ombre Skinny Jeans $197.40, Equipment Color Block Button Down $258, Sass & Bide Dip Dye Striped Skirt $255.50

ASOS Dip Dye Stripe Top $39.99, Diane von Furstenberg Color Block Dress $345, Velvet by Graham & Spencer Color Block Knit/Sheer Top $70.99

Neons:

Naven Petal Skirt $187, Diane von Furstenberg Lime Green Lace Dress $398, Current/Elliott Neon Orange Boyfriend Shorts $152

Forever 21 Crazy Love Neon Tank Top $11.80, Velvet Neon Pink Skirt $58, Rachel Pally Neon Yellow Dress $180

Cut Outs:

LNA Cut Out Dress $88, Forever 21 Cold Shoulder Chambray Shirt $27.80, Jeremy Scott Cut Out Dress/Tunic $134

Brian Lichtenberg Open Back Button Up $297, Mara Hoffman Keyhole Dress $330, Charlotte Russe Open Back Tee $14.99

Blast From The Past:

Free People Striped Short Overalls $148, MINKPINK Crop Tee $40, MiH Marrekesh High Waisted Flares $102.50

Marc by Marc Jacobs High Waisted Flares $228, Charlotte Russe Lace Crochet Crop Top $19.99, Kettle Black Short Overalls $149

*make crop tops modern by wearing over a maxi dress, tank or with a high waisted skirt so you are only showing a little bit of skin

*all photos taken from websites descriptions are linked to

Nailed It

There’s no denying that going to get a manicure comes with a lot more options these days.  Growing up, we really only went as far as french or color and looking back, it seems strange that the evolution of nail innovations has just come around these past few years.  Everywhere I look people are experimenting with nail patterns, colors, textures and honestly – I love it.  It’s such an easy way to test out trends without having to purchase something where you worry about cost and fit.

I also like to switch up my looks a lot, so changing from a bold, bright nail to a more muted pastel is also a great way to enhance your wardrobe and day to day style with very little effort.  There are so many products and shades on the market that make trying out new techniques very easy and I’ve never found myself so excited to scour the market for the hottest colors and prints – in nail polish!!

My Favorite New Nail Colors for Spring:

O.P.I. Care to Danse? $7.35, Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Bubble Gum Pink $2.80, Essie Mint Candy Apple $4.95, Butter Opaque Cantaloupe $14

My Favorite Nail Colors for Summer:

Essie Pretty Edgy $8, Chanel Peridot $26, Nars Cyan Blue $18, Zoya Mitzi $8

Go To Line for Fun Events/Your Birthday:

Deborah LippmanCandy Shop $18, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? $18, I Love the Nightlife $18, Some Enchanted Evening $18

Best Quirky Nail Option:

Orly Matte Couture Vinyl $2 (appears completely flat black)

New Nail Line I Love (It’s A Tie!!):

NCLABel Air Trophy Wife $16, Poolside Party, All Eyes On Me! $16, Pick Me Up At Melrose Place $16, Hollywood Hills Hot Number $16

Models Own (European Line) – Beach Party $6.63, Indian Ocean $6.63, Lemon Sherbert $6.63, Emerald City $6.63

Fun Color Sets:

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Box Set $26.52, The New Black Rainbow Polish Set $32, The New Black Pink Ombre Box Set $22

Quality Inexpensive Nail Line:

E.L.F.Nude $2, Bubble Gum Pink $2, Smoky Brown $2

Easiest/Coolest DIY Manicure:

NCLA Nail WrapsMoney Green $16/22 strips, H-Fi Stereo $16/22 strips, Sephora by O.P.I. Trend TipsBlack and Gold Glitter $22/16 strips, Ikat $22/16 strips

*These are SO easy to use and last a long time!  I love them!!  Just stick them on your nail and file the edges down to create a really unique look.  Use them on all fingers or just two one while you polish the other 8 for a cool affect.

Favorite Nail Accessory:

NuBar Nail Art Neon Pack $39.95/8 pens, Lazer Nail Art Pen $4.49, Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen $8.74

*Use these to draw designs/graphics on your polished nails.

Upcoming Line I’m Most Excited For:

O.P.I. Minnie Mouse Line coming in June 2012 $8.50 each

*How cute is the glitter polish?!  It has little hearts in it.

Updating Your Home

My home aesthetic is more neutral than loud.  I generally air on the side of simple when it comes to big things that will last me a long time, while getting more creative and fun with accent pieces.  Just like my clothing, I like to invest in staples and spend less/switch up trendy accessories, which allows me to accomplish a lot of different looks.

When it comes to my home, I see value in splurging on things like bed sheets, comforters, couches, etc, but I’m always shopping for odds and ends that add personality and evolve the overall look to stay current and interesting.

Throw Pillows:

Anthropologie Stripes Pillow $148, West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillows $54-129, Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow $110

Jonathan Adler “Happy” Pillow $165, West Elm Origami Pillow $34, West Elm Gilded Pillow $39

Throw Blankets:

Nordstrom Space Dye Throw $58, Anthropologie Crinkled-Stripe Throw $78, Missoni for Target Throw $99.95

Jonathan Adler Nixon Throw $295, Nordstrom ‘Bubble Wrap’ Knit Throw $78, Horchow Chevron Throw $195

Lamp Shades:

Black and White Stripe Shade $69.99, PBTeen Ruffle Shade $69, Pottery Barn Woven Shade $49-79

Red Brick Shade $79.99, Green and White Dot Shade $180, Yellow Chevron Shade $65

Nesting Bowls/Cups:

Canvas White Bowl with Gold Interior $24-55, Colored Wooden Bowls $18/6, Horn Nesting Bowls $39.99/3

Vintage Pink and Silver Bowls $36/3, J Schatz Ridge Bowl $60, Black and White Nesting Bowl $19.50

*I like to use these by my bed to hold earrings/rings I always wear

Soap Dispensers:

Glass Soap Pump $12.99, Lavender Glass Soap Pump $9.99, Transparent Round Soap Pump $34

Madrid Soap Pump $13.99, West Elm Honeycomb Soap Pump $10, Striped Soap Pump $12.99

Coasters:

Agate Coasters $65, Psycho Print Coasters $15.52, Beach Scene Coasters $41.54

Gold Splatter Coasters $12/coaster, Chalkboard Coasters $28, Knit Coasters $12

Trays:

Clear Tray $39.95, Blue Tray $16.95, White Tray with Rope Handles $12

Black and Wooden Tray $150, Twisted Rope Tray $29.95, Stainless Steel Tray $29.95

Bath Mats:

Kate Spade Green and White Bath Mat $29.99, Pom Pom Bath Mat $29.50, Chevron Bath Mat $38

Banho Bath Mat $48, Heart Bath Mat $60, Diamond Bath Mat $65-189

Floor Pillows/Dog Pillows:

West Elm Floor Pouf $249, Jute Floor Cushion $39, Urban Outfitters Floor Pillow $39

Amazon Moroccan Pouf $169.99, Rope Wool Ottoman $165, Ikat Storage Ottoman $389

*all photos taken from links attached to their titles

Flat Out Necessary

My feet are distorted.  The reasons for this are twofold.  One, because I have an ongoing (and overwhelming) fear of asking for my actual shoe size and admit I have bought a size that isn’t right out of pure embarrassment.  I am… *taking a breath*… a size 10 (…and a half… ok sometimes – seriously only sometimes – 11, if the shoe is cut weird).

I’ve spent many trips to the Mall trying on 10’s and have mastered the act of, “OMG this is so weird!  This 10 doesn’t fit.  ALL my other shoes are 10’s… this line must be really small”.  Yes, the sales people see right through it, but it’s just like ordering two entrees from room service while alone on a work trip and making sure to ask for TWO sets of silverware… you know, for your friend that’s meeting up with you.  Sometimes I even through in an extra detail like “OH and can you make sure there’s no basil… my friend is really allergic to basil”, just to sound convincing.  #Problems

The other reason, however, is that I really do love heels and even if I mentally prepare myself to hear “YOU ARE SO TALL” from every person I run into while wearing them (remember I’m 5’10”), I have definitely been stuck one two many times spending hours in painful pumps.

That being said, I am constantly scavenging to find cute flats.  I’m all about boots in the fall and winter, but as the Summer gets closer, I find myself looking for fun alternatives to pair with fresh looks that won’t be boring.  And, even though I’m mostly style over comfort, c’mon… my ankle once swelled up twice its size in Vegas because I was wearing 5″ heels all day.  I was 100% sober and I will never get the man’s voice out of my head saying, “DUDE, that girl is SO drunk!” as he watched me wabble to my room (not even a little bit ok in the first place and also breaks my cardinal rule to not wear heels over 3″ during daylight to be sure I won’t be mistaken as a transvestite).

Here Are My Picks for Spring/Summer:

Loeffler Randall Star Sandals $175, Tan and Glitter Sandals $136.34, Black and Tan Sandals $36.36

Dolce Vita Red Sandals $109.99, Black Sandals $100, Joe’s Jeans Cobalt Sandals $90

Rebecca Minkoff Gold Sandals $125, DV by Dolce Vita $59.99, Silver Sandals $34.95

Ted Baker Pink and Orange Sandals $63.63, Lacoste Pink Jelly Sandals $63.63, Yellow Jelly Sandal $47.90

Embellished Sandals $99, Petal Sandals $79, Yellow and Gold Sandals $70

Elizabeth & James Ballet Flats $198, Black Patent Leather Flats $84.50, Two Tone Flats $62

Rebecca Minkoff Aztec Flats $195, Nude Patent Leather Flats $70, Yellow/Nude Flats $59

Steven by Steve Madden Blue Flats $119.99, Mint Green Flats $66, Red Bow Flats $15

Perforated Loafers $118, Striped Smoking Slippers $115,  Zig Zag Espadrilles $21.81

Loeffler Randall Flat Moccosin $195, Steve Madden Leopard Flats $80, Dalmation Casual Flats $79.95

Milly Two Tone Rose Boat Shoes $125, Milly Two Tone Yellow Boat Shoes $125, Gold Boat Shoes $89.95

Jil Sander Red Lace Up Shoes $758, Cole Haan Leather Oxfords $178, Leather Shoes with Spikes $154.52

Chuck Taylor + Missoni High Tops $200, Neon Keds $45, Leopard Sneakers $30

Tech Accessories

I will never forget my first cell phone.  I had to have the rectangular Nokia (you know, the one with Snake on it) and still think back with pride realizing how fast of a texter I was even with 3 letters on each button.  I obsessed with changing the covers to show off different colors and prints in an effort to make a rather bulky looking device “cute”.  Things have certainly come far since then; sometimes it feels like I can’t even go a month without a new tech accessory catching my eye, which makes personalizing these things (which we spend so much time on!) fun, as well as reflect our personal style.

I recently purchased a new mouse pad from Freshly Picked ($35) and an iPhone case from J Crew ($25) to spruce up my gadget’s looks for Spring.  Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to something like this because they’ve become as much of a part of our look as our shoes or handbag!

Tech Accessories I’m Geeking Out For:

Native Union Pop Phone (plugs into your cell phone) $29

Diane von Furstenberg Ear Buds $25

Micro Gem Headphones $25.60

UrbanEars Headphones $60

Portable Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $14.99

iPhone Desktop Headset $59.95

Heart Shaped Splitter (so two people can listen to one song/movie, etc) $14.99

Diane von Furstenberg Travel Adapter $98

Microphone Speaker (plugs into your cell phone) $24

VooMote Zapper (universal remote that plugs into your cell phone) $69.95

USB Tulip Hub $24

Poodle USB Hub $16

Nerdy Hello Kitty Flash Drive $17.95

Gold Plated Flash Drive/Key-chain $45

Rebecca Minkoff Animal Print iPhone Case $38

Jagger Edge Knocker iPhone Case $90 with Skull Charm $22 and Rabbit Charm $28

Rebecca Minkoff Tiger iPhone Case $38

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Knuckles’ iPhone Case $58

Marc by Marc Jacobs Phone Wallet $168

Cable Knit Cashmere iPad Sleeve $82

Diane von Furstenberg Floral iPad Case $136

Dannijo Reid iPad Case $105

Marc Jacobs Leather iPad Case $495

Kate Spade Stripe Laptop Case $60

Billykirk Laptop Case $209

Ted Baker Patent Leather Laptop Case $90

Speck See-Thru Case for the MacBook Pro $69.95

Anya Hindmarch Camera Case $150

Marc by Marc Jacobs Camera Case $378

Rainbow Camera Chain $65

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to

Beauty Buff’s Beware…

…because you are about to add an expense to your monthly budget.  I have found something so exciting for Beauty lovers that if even 1 of you do not know about it, this post will be worth it.  I had heard of Beauty Subscriptions, but for whatever (insane) reason, I was frustrated that they are mostly popular/available abroad.  It was hard to find any I was interested in that shipped within the U.S.  The idea behind them is to pay roughly $10-15/month (normally) or $25-40 every three months and have 3-5 samples of a new product sent to your home once a month.

I love getting packages and when I see mail that is not a bill, it’s like a little thrill, so this for me is like a pint sized Christmas I get to experience every 30 days.  Not only is it great because you can try a huge variety of products (some of which you’d probably not try if you had to buy the full size), but also because I’ve found you can actually spend less money on hair/beauty supplies by subscribing to one or two.  So far, I have only tried BeautyBox 5 (most of the good providers either are still working on shipping to the U.S. or have a wait list, so sign up for as many as you are interested in and then pick the ones you want when they are able to accommodate your orders).  Although I am definitely still a fan, I initially didn’t customize my order (they have options to put in your hair/eye color, skin type, etc) to see what their standard shipment was, but I think this was a mistake.  My first shipment was very much geared towards “anyone’s” features and I think I’d prefer something more particular to me, so I’ve since changed my profile.  That being said, it’s still a really fun service and something I am really excited about for $12/month or $30/3 months.

My First BeautyBox 5 Shipment:

Left Picture (top, bottom): side of BeautyBox 5 shipment, box opened up with samples in a bag

Right Picture (top row left to right, bottom row left to right): Freeman Pink Grapefruit Facial Exfoliating Scrub ($3.99/bottle), Pur-Lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer ($55/1.7 oz), La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipe ($9.99/24 wipes), BeautyBox 5 Card, Doctor T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipe ($34/40 swipes), True Natural Advanced Lift and Firm Serum ($69/.5 fl oz)

Overall, I was hoping there would be more makeup samples, as opposed to this one, which was focused more on skin care, but I was surprised that I enjoyed these products more than I thought I would.  Also, now that I’ve customized my profile, I have a feeling the samples will get more diverse and there are certainly other subscribers that focus 100% on makeup/nails, etc.  I did a brief synopsis of each product below, but considering had I bought all these products at a store the total would be $171.89, I can see why people are so crazy about these monthly indulgences!

Freeman Pink Grapefruit Exfoliating Scrub:  Very vibrant fragrance!  I would definitely buy this to use for an early morning to wake me up.  The scrub is hearty enough to make me feel like it is getting rid of dead skin, but not too abrasive, which I like.

Pur-Lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer:  My skin feels really healthy after I apply it and it is extremely light, but you can definitely smell the SPF in it.  It has an SPF 30 (which is a total plus!) but it does appear a bit greasy like I’m putting on straight sun-tan lotion.  I would use this on vacation, but don’t see myself buying it for everyday.

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipe:  I love makeup remover wipes and use them all the time, but I normally buy the cheap grocery store brand or for a few extra dollars, Neutrogena.  They are ceratinly more effective than the store brand’s and leave my face feeling fresh.  I still have to rub my eye a few times to get all the makeup off, but can accomplish it with one wipe.  They’re pretty much on par with Neutrogena for me.

Doctor T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipe:  I really liked this sample.  I’m fair skinned, so sun protection is important to me (even though it should be important to all of us!).  Personally, I would still use a lotion on my face, but would absolutely buy a pack of these for the Summer to protect my body from the Sun.  They’re easy to use, no fuss and I managed to get through a pool day without a burn while using the swipe.

True Natural Advanced Lift and Firm Serum:  This one was my favorite.  I’m starting to get into preventative tactics to keep my skin (especially my face) firm.  What I liked most about this product is that you can actually feel it working.  I applied a small amount and within 15 seconds I felt like I had put on a light mask.  It’s not too tight where you feel like you can’t make facial expressions, but more-so just a hint of resistance to make you feel it is effective.  It also made my skin really soft after I followed it with moisturizer.

Other Beauty Box Providers I’m Excited About:

BirchBox ($10/month, some brands include Nars, Stila, Kiehls, has a subscriber for Men, currently has a wait-list)

Julep ($19.99/month, formaldehyde free nail polish/products, available right now)

MyGlam ($10/month, some brands include Urban Decay, Tarte, NYX, currently has a wait-list)

GlossyBox ($?/month- not available yet, some brands include O.P.I., Bobbi Brown, Chloe, Shu Uemura, coming soon to the U.S.)

TestTube ($29.95 + shipping/quarter gets you four shipments of bigger products- usually 6 full size products + a magazine, some brands include Korres, Moroccan Oil, Smashbox, available right now)

Glymm ($?/month- not available yet, some brands include Butter, Anastasia, YSL, coming soon to the U.S.)

LooseButton ($12/month, some brands include Dermalogica, Benefit, Laura Mercier, currently has a wait-list)

BeautyArmy ($12/month, some brands include StriVectin, RapidLash, Joico, currently has a wait-list)

A Couple Gift Sets for Men:

HisKit ($12/month, has samples of grooming products, tech stuff, small wardrobe staples like socks, etc, currently has a wait-list)

MaleBox (coming soon, sign up to be notified when they are available to ship)

And One for Dog’s Too:

BarkBox ($25/month, usually comes with a toy, treats, fun product like printed doggie bags and shampoo, available right now)

*Know that there are many more of these (all kinds too) available to the public, but after doing a lot of research, I’ve found these work with the best products.  It is definitely worth keeping your eyes out though.

*Photos taken from websites

My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Bloomingdales.com

NeimanMarcus.com

Nordstrom.com

Barneys.com

SaksFifthAvenue.com

ShopPlanetBlue.com

Zara.com

Designer Websites:

BCBG.com

DVF.com

MichaelKors.com

AliceandOlivia.com

RebeccaTaylor.com

Online Retailers:

Shopbop.com

RevolveClothing.com

Net-A-Porter.com

ShopTheTrendBoutique.com

Refinery29.com

Asos.com

Topshop.com

IntermixOnline.com

FarFetch.com

Piperlime.com

Couture.Zappos.com

Madewell.com

PinkMascara.com

LesNouvelles.com

Specifically Shoes:

Zappos.com

SteveMadden.com

FryeBoots.com

DolceVita.com

Jewelry:

FavorJewelry.com

RachelRoy.com

Handbags:

ELuxury.lm

Look for Less Spots:

Forever21.com

DorothyPerkins.com

AE.com

FredFlare.com

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers:

Gilt.com (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices)

LastCall.com (Neiman Marcus Off Price)

LuckyMag.com (Sign up for their deal of the day)

DailyCandy.com

PopSugar.com

OpenSky.com

LuxeYard.com (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers)

OneKingsLane.com (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair:

Sephora.com

ElfCosmetics.com (great deals!)

Beauty.com

Drugstore.com

DermStore.com

RickysNYC.com

SkinStore.com
MACCosmetics.com

Home Goods/Office Supplies:

Amazon.com

RussellandHazel.com

KateSpade.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

WestElm.com

CrateandBarrel.com

CB2.com

ZGallerie.com

PotteryBarn.com

RestorationHardware.com

JaysonHome.com

FishsEddy.com

Anthropologie.com

WorldMarket.com

GretelHome.com

GandGWebstore.com (artificial flowers)

LindaandHarriett.com

DesignPublic.com

SeeJaneWork.com

Tech Stuff:

FreshlyPicked.BigCartel.com (love their mouse-pads)

AhaLife.com

AplusRstore.com

ThinkGeek.com

CoolestGadgets.com

What to Wear When Nothing Else is Working

Living in California, I’m lucky to experience great weather throughout the year, but because I live by the beach, the ocean breeze usually causes a bit of a chill.  There have been many mornings where I wake up freezing and find myself elsewhere in Los Angeles, hours later, completely regretting my long sleeved wardrobe choices.  I’m also out for the whole day a lot and when the sun sets, the temperature drops significantly.

My solution to this is very commonly one of my favorite staples in my closet – maxi dresses.  They are pretty effortless when you find the right shapes and easily layered with jewelry, a jean jacket or a sweater.  You can also throw a tunic or crop top over a basic maxi to get a different look.  It’s a great way to look put together while on the go and a safe bet for a variety of occasions due to their combination of style and comfort.  I’m tall, so length is not usually a problem for me, but if you find them too long, know that many knit styles can be cut to your desired length or you can obviously consult with a tailor.

A while ago, I purchased a dress from Michelle Jonas (great travel/beach collection).  Never in my life have I had something that makes me feel good every time I wear it.   The best part about this dress is that it is incredibly flattering to almost anyone’s body.  I’m serious.  I call it the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress because any of my friends can borrow it and look fantastic.  The straps are adjustable and can be tied tight, making it more supportive than you’d think.  It’s called the Keyhole Dress $235 (I got it in black, but you can get a variety of colors and tie dye options).  You should definitely own this.

  

Other Maxi Dresses I’d love for Spring/Summer:

Monrow T Back Racer Dress from Shopbop $76 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Printed Silk Maxi Dress from Asos $572.64

Volcom Printed Dress from Bloomingdales $59.50 photo taken from website

Sunahara Red Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $150 photo taken from website

Blu Moon Rose Maxi Dress from The Trend Boutique $209 photo taken from website

Pencey Standard Tee Dress from Piperlime $110 photo taken from website

A.L.C. Printed Maxi Dress from Les Nouvelles $795 photo taken from website

C & C California Colorblock Dress from Shopbop $98 photo taken from website

Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Dress from Bloomingdales $348 photo taken from website

Eternal Sunshine Creation Aztec Dress from Planet Blue $264 photo taken from website

Wildfox Indian Brave Dress from The Trend Boutique $149.99 photo taken from website

C&C California Multi-Stripe Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Madison Marcus Button Down Dress from Shopbop $258 photo taken from website

Blu Moon U Back Leopard Dress from The Trend Boutique $199 photo taken from website

   

Free People Sweet Caroline Maxi Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Diane von Furstenberg Naira Dress from Shopbop $598 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Floral Dress from The Trend Boutique $239 photo taken from website

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Racerback Maxi Dress from Bloomingdales $108 photo taken from website

Sass & Bide Hi-Low Dress from Shopbop $450 photo taken from website

Backstage Short Sleeve Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $132 photo taken from website

Blue Life Hipster Dress from The Trend Boutique $120 photo taken from website

  

For Love & Lemons Bewitched Dress from The Trend Boutique $169 photo taken from website

Entertaining with Ease

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to have people over for dinner.  It can often times save money by foregoing restaurants and bars, gives you a reason to clean up the house and more than anything, provide for a night of good conversation with people you love.  When it comes to entertaining, I like to have pieces that are easy to use, but still have character.

I like to mix and match my pieces to create a unique feel, which also allows me to trade out new finds with ones that may have broken (I have a clumsy streak) or add in a new piece I don’t have yet.

Here are some Serveware options I’d love to entertain with:

Chalkboard Cheese Tray  from West Elm $34/medium board and Cheese Knives from Jayson Home $28/knife photos taken from websites

Printed Bowl from Jayson Home $42 and Five Section Bowl from Neiman Marcus $50 photos taken from websites

Butter Dish from Williams-Sonoma $19 and Two-Toned Wood Spreaders from Anthropologie $18 photos taken from websites

   

Soda-Lime Pitcher from Anthropologie $28 and Banana Bark Three Section Dish from Neiman Marcus $36 photos taken from websites

   

Chip and Dip Tray from Williams-Sonoma $49.95 and Madras Caddy from World Market $14.99 photos taken from websites

Beverage Dispenser from Anthropologie $298 and Round Chalkboard (to hang on the dispenser) from Pottery Barn $22.50/set of 4 photos taken from websites

   

On Ice Condiment Set (keeps them cold) from Crate & Barrel $16.95 and Wood Circle Server from Crate & Barrel $21.95 photos taken from websites

Multicolored Salad Bowl from Crate & Barrel $26.95 and Green Tiered Stand from World Market $29.99 photos taken from websites

Farmer’s Market Baskets from Anthropologie $14/basket and Patterned Trivet from Anthropologie $24 photos taken from websites

     

Flower Market Tray from Neiman Marcus $140 and Metal Rolling Party Bucket (see the bottle opener on the side?) from Pottery Barn $199 photos taken from websites

Straw Dispenser from Fishs Eddy $12.95 and Striped Straws from Fishs Eddy $4.95 photos taken from websites

Polka Dot Cake Server from Fishs Eddy $14.95 and Pink Cake Stand from Fishs Eddy $56.95 photos taken from websites