Stars, Daisies and Butterflies
These are a few of my favorite things...

Friday, September 10, 2010

I absolutely adore Vera Wang's new Committed to the Cause collection at Kohl's! All items are either $5 or $10, and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to support the fight against breast cancer. It is an online-only collection, except for a few lucky stores in Wisconsin. Super-cute items that benefit an amazing cause? Yes please!

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As a girl who loves anything pink, sparkly and pretty, I find it odd how much glitter bothers me. I was just discussing with a co-worker how annoying it is to open a card and get glitter all over your hands. Obnoxious of me, really, considering said card is meant to make you smile and think fondly of the sender, not race to the garbage can shouting "Ahhhh! Glitter! Where's the hand-vac?!"

I have the same problem with lip glosses. I can spend an easy hour in Sephora, rejecting tube after tube of lip gloss because it's got the dreaded glitter throughout. "Shimmery, NOT glittery" is my motto. I have no desire to blind people with my lips. Also, I feel like the glittery glosses are more drying. My absolute favorite gloss of all time is Mark's glossblossom ripening lip tint. It's light and completely non-sticky, and the best part? It "ripens" to a perfect shade of pink. I have tried Smashbox's O-Gloss, which has a similar purpose, but it turned my lips a very alarming shade of flourescent pink. Mark's glossblossom turns into a nice medium pink that is just a little darker than my natural shade. Check it out here:

Happy shimmering (NOT glittering)!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I am a huge magazine buff. In fact, I sometimes have to weed out my vast array of magazine subscriptions, because there isn't enough time to read them all before the next month's issue arrives. Hey, I admit I have a problem!

Few things give me as much joy as digging in to the September issues of my favorite fashion mags. It combines my love of fall, magazines, and shopping to create a perfect trifecta of excitement. Who cares if I could give myself a hernia lugging the 10 pound September Vogue in from the mailbox, or if there are enough perfume samples hiding in Lucky to drive my allergies into a frenzy that lasts at least 24 hours? There are trends to be discovered, shoes to ooh and ahh over, and handbags to covet! This past weekend, in a fond farewell to Summer, I dug into my pile of September magazines with and reckless abandon. As usual, Lucky was my favorite. This year's September Vogue was especially gorgeous to look at, but I was less than bowled over by InStyle. I made a few mental notes of things I liked, wanted to try, or just wanted to keep my eye on to see if they had any staying power in the fleeting world of fashion. Here are the things I definitely want to try this season:
1. A military-green jacket. These were everywhere in the magazines I read, and I love using a muted color like olive green as a neutral. I think I'll check out J. Crew for these.
2. Studded, heeled clogs. I was very glad to see the clog trend of the 90s go buh-bye. But this new crop of high heel/clog hybrids seem so cool! I am a sucker for anything studded, too.
3. An infinity scarf. I adore scarves, and this style, which wraps around your neck and drapes like a big cowl neckline, seems especially cozy and fashionable. Yes please!
4. Something with lace. With the exception of undies, I own nothing in lace - not really my thing. It makes me think of doilies. But the sophisticated cardigans, tops and handbags I saw in the fall fashion mags used lace as an accent, and I loved it! I've already eyed a few pieces at Kohl's, and I can't wait to try them on.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must attend to the new issue of Us Weekly. Celebrity scandals are always in fashion, no?

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

If I had to pick a favorite season, it would be Fall. I love the crisp air, the changing leaves, and switching from T-shirts, tank tops and flip flops to sweaters, scarves, and boots. Honestly, I think I live in the perfect part of the country: we experience all four seasons, and secretly, I love them all. I get so excited over the first snowfall...every year around March, I can't wait to shed my heavy winter jacket for the mild spring temps...and by June, I am so ready for a swim. Which brings us to now. September is perfect in my book. Not too hot (OK, today is not the best example), and not too cold. My Uggs are at the ready for the chilly nights ahead. I've swapped my Storm Watch and Mid-Summer's Night Yankee Candles for Harvest Wreath and Vanilla Cupcake. And my favorite afghan is at the foot of my bed once again. I'm a happy girl!

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