Elegant Florals Take the City

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Salvatore Ferragamo Bag

Beautiful garments featuring poppy florals and lush foliage prints have always found a home in my wardrobe. When done well, these eye-catching prints really add a lovely element to a wealth of ensembles, especially when executed on romantic fabrics like airy silk chiffon. An elegant and romantic piece featuring these charming motifs was the exact kind of piece I had in mind when planning a look for a special late-summer celebration. 

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Bag

The event called for a polished ensemble that was fit for an outdoor setting and knew it was the perfect time to pull out this chic tie-neck chiffon blouse which featured an elegant and bright take on these nature-inspired prints I adore. I kept this gem of a top the focal point of the look and paired it with dark pleated formal shorts and luxe accessories in the same dark contrasting hue. Funny enough, the picturesque restaurant we chose coincidentally complimented my look of the day. Combining that with a fine meal and the most-loved company made for perfect afternoon celebration 

Theory Shorts

Floral Blouse

Floral Bow Blouse

Theory Pleated Shorts

Shirt: Vintage | Shorts: Theory | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Bag: Salvatore Ferragamo | Sunnies: Fendi 
Lip: Smaskbox Always On Liquid Lip in "Driver's Seat"


Best NYC Spots to Grab a Sweet Bite

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Best NYC Dessert Spots

Whether you're in a mood for a quick bite or a leisurely stop at a café or patisserie, there's no better way to enjoy a break than with something sweet. Often a companion to a soothing hot beverage or complimentary drink, desserts in NYC are some of the best you'll ever enjoy. From frozen favorites to appetizing confections, I've rounded up some of the trendiest and tastiest sweets from around the city. 

Ferrara | Little Italy 
Since it first opened it's doors in 1892, Ferrara has created a consistent standard of quality by serving the finest in Italian coffees and confections. A family run business for five generations, this charming neighborhood café has remained as committed to its customer service and offering high-quality products as it was on the day it opened. Presenting a delectable array of classic Italian sweets and coffee beverages, this full-service café is also a Gelateria, which houses a deluxe variety of mouth-watering chilled options. 
Favorites: Tiramisu, rainbow cookies, and I always grab a few of their pistachio nougats before heading out their door

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream | Various Locations 
With a modest start on streets of NYC, Van Leeuwen has come a long way from its cheerfully yellow truck days in 2008. The creators of this chic, artisan ice creamery have taken simple ice cream to the next level with unexpected ingredients and pairings. With a mission to spread joy through their frozen treats, they keep their offerings inclusive with unique alternatives for vegan customers. Using simple, quality ingredients, their lineup includes fresh flavor profiles with classic choices that keep folks coming back for more. 
Favorites: Sicilian Pistachio & the limited edition Bourbon Cherries Jubilee   

Breads Bakery | Union Square
They've certainly earned the title of Best Chocolate Babka in NYC. My favorite item on their impressive menu, the chocolate babka is wonderfully rich, airy and incredibly flavorful and best enjoyed with their delicious creamy and dreamy cappuccino. From savory breads to enticing sweets and pastries, the freshly-made, ultra-satisfying offerings on Breads Bakery's menu are a homerun. 
Favorites: Chocolate Babka and rugelach, all their bureka options

Dominique Ansel | Soho 
A true feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, the innovative and creative sweet creations found at Dominique Ansel NY will leave you thinking about them long after the last bite. Whether it's flavor or presentation, world renowned and James-Beard award winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel infuses creativity and whimsical elements into every pastry he creates. The trendsetting chef is responsible for the wildly popular cronut, a hybrid treat often sold out at his Soho bakery. Issued in new flavors monthly, enjoy this now iconic treat in fig & almond (September launch), a delish autumnal flavor to celebrate the season.
Favorites: raspberry pistachio tart, banana bread tiramisu, coconut lime cake

Boost Skin Health with This Sweet Wellness Treat

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Reserveage Collagen Candy

With another fun summer drawing to a close, now is the time to kick start your autumn wellness routine. Taking the time to properly assess the items that go in your body is just as important as what goes on it. Incorporating a quality collagen supplement is a highly valuable component in a comprehensive wellness regimen. From easy one-take remedies to powdered mixtures, consuming an extra dose of collagen is easier than ever. Reserveage Nutrition is taking a different approach to collagen by offering a candy-like option that is not only fun but feels like an small indulgence rather than a task.

Before I jump into why I'm loving Reserveage Collagen Candy, let's talk basics. Collagen is a beneficial protein which lends to a wealth of wellness benefits ranging from skin to hair and nails. Overtime the natural collagen properties in the body diminish leading to a weaker and suffering appearance of skin. Seeking a collagen supplement can counteract the natural loss of this beauty-boosting protein and aid in improvements in the overall health of skin and more. 

As the natural breakdown of collagen occurs, Collagen Candy can help remedy the troubles experienced by this loss. Its sugar-free formula is developed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and other potent ingredients which help boost skin's texture and overall look. With consistent use, not only are fine lines softened but skin elasticity is boosted which ultimately leads to a more radiant, youthful appearance. Best of all, this powerhouse product aids in strengthening nails, preventing painful breakage while enhancing hair density. If these proven beauty improvements are not thrilling enough,  adding this perfectly-portioned treat to your wellness routine ahead of autumn will help promote more hydrated and smooth skin conditions later in the season. 

Whether you're on-the-go or at your desk, Collagen Candy's compactly packaged treats help you gain daily collagen benefits without the chore of traditional supplements. No need to mix in a beverage or water as the powdered candy-like formula melts on your tongue much like the nostalgic candy from childhood. Offered in a sweet yet subtly tart sour apple flavoring, this fun supplement is one you'll want to try. 


4 Fall Nail Looks with JinSoon

Friday, September 3, 2021

JINsoon x Suzie Kondi

Say goodbye to the neon tones of summer and try your hand at these minimalistic nail art looks this autumn. Using the trendy JinSoon x Suzie Kondi Collection, illustrious nail artist Jin Soon Choi has imagined up four ultra-chic nail art looks perfect for the fall season ahead. Get settled in and let's dive right into these looks. 

Prior to starting any nail design, be sure to properly prep the nails. For a less harsh option, choose an acetone-free remover to clear away an remnants of previous polish, debris and oils. Use a nourishing cuticle oil and gently push back with a cuticle tool of your choice. Follow by shaping nails to your desire and layering on a single coat of JINsoon Power Coat evenly on each nail. 

A fresh take on a classic design, Jin Soon modernized a traditional French tip with contrasting shades and on-trend hues. "I think using two different pops of color on each hand makes this look modern and fun," says Choi. 

Step 1. Begin this two-toned design with the lighter shade, Piedra. Swipe the nail polish brush in a diagonal line from one nail wall towards the center of the free edge. 
Step 2. Follow by picking up the darker polish (Palma or Lavanda), and repeating Step 1 on the opposite nail wall. The darker shade of choice is to overlap the lighter shade and neatly meet in the center. 
Step 3. To avoid smudging, allow the polish design to dry for 1-2 minutes. 
Step 4. Once dry, apply a complete layer of JINsoon HyperGloss to each nail to achieve a gel-like finish. 

Often presented in a black and white combination, Jin Soon has added a whimsical touch to this elegant pattern by using a fresh color way. 

Step 1: Prior to creating this cheerful nail art, place a dollop of Palma and Piedra to a nail pallet or piece of foil. 
Step 2: Using a dotting nail tool, dip into the first shade (Palma) and create a free-handed, spaced dot pattern on the nail. 
Step 3: For a unique look, choose a dotting tool in different sizes and pick up the next shade (Piedra), continue applying dots to the spaced areas on the nail. 
Step 4: Allow 1-2 minutes for the design to dry and set. 
Step 5: Finish the look with a coat of JINsoon HyperGloss top coat. 

An elegant interpretation of the standard French tip, Jin layered two polishes for a more complex look that appears modern and sleek. 

For this nail look, you'll need a precision nail art brush. If you don't have one, a tiny paint or makeup brush will work well too. 

Step 1: To start this design, begin by picking up Palma on the tiny brush and draw a thin line along the free edge of the nail. 
Step 2: With the same brush, use Lavanda and draw a thin line below the one you've just created with the previous polish. 
Step 3: Whilst drying, use a clean cotton bud soaked in remover and clean up the edges. 
Step 4: Once dry, give the nails a glossy, chip-resistant finish with a fortified layer of JINsoon Top Gloss. 

An ultra-cool nail look, this negative space design will offer a fun way to wear a sophisticated shade in an eye-catching minimalistic shape.

Step 1: Use a tiny nail art brush and saturate with your preferred polish (Piedra). Draw a free-handed swirl lined shape along the nail, stretching from the bottom to top of nail. 
Step 2: Once the shape is achieved, use the same polish and fill in the nail from the line to the neighboring nail wall. Be sure to leave a bare space on the opposite side (negative space). 
Step 3: Use a polish remover saturated cotton bud to clean up the design and allow to dry for 1-2 minutes. 
Step 4: For a glossy, chip-resistant finish, layer nails with an even coat of JINsoon Top Gloss. 


3 Simple Ways To Revive Hair After A Day in the Sun

Sarah Flint Emma Sling

From invigorating watersports to splendid summer strolls, an enjoyable day in the sun can leave hair in a tricky state. Much like the skin, sun saturated hair can become damaged by harmful UV rays which contribute to drier conditions making hair more susceptible to breakage and disturbance. The key to protecting and rejuvenating these hair conditions is seeking solutions and products with hydrating ingredients and UV inhibitors which hinder sun damage. Read on for my three simple quick fixes to revive hair after a day in the sun. 

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil 

A protective product that packs a punch, this light-weight spray is one I'd recommend not only as after care but one to use before you head out for a long day in the sun. This potent mist is formulated with an effective blend of oils (wintergreen, cinnamon bark) which filter damaging UV rays as well as  nourishing ingredients like shea butter which further hydrate parched sun-weathered strands. For an effective application, mist evenly over the without overwhelmingly dousing strands. 

Aveda Sun Care Hair Veil

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo 

Refresh a sweaty scalp and suffering hair with an easy application of this detoxifying and balancing favorite. Suitable for all hair types, Briogeo Scalp Revival is comprised of healing agents like witch hazel and binchotan charcoal, a potent ingredient which pulls away follicle clogging impurities while refreshing the scalp. Best of all, this rejuvenating dry shampoo consists of biotin which promotes nutrient-rich hair growth. 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Dry Shampoo

Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion 

Generously applying this nourishing salt spray to sun-saturated tresses boosts the natural texture caused by the elements while providing body and movement. Infused with UV inhibitors and a mixture of conditioning oils, this salt spray helps create a touchable waved beachy hairstyle without added heaviness or drying qualities. If using hot tools, use this as finishing spray which will not only provide texture but lasting hold. To activate the styling agents, be sure to shake before use and apply from mid-length to ends for best results. 

Bumble & Bumble Salt Spray



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