My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

14 Sep

My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

Happy #AltuzarraforTarget eve! Here are my favorites from the fall 2014 Altuzarra x Target collaboration. Lots of slinky, sexy numbers  here. I’m keeping in mind that this fall/winter, I have a wedding and a holiday party to attend. I’m hoping to nab something for one (if not both) occasions.

1. Structured Dress with Crane Embroidery ($49.99) – Those gold cranes. That slit. This isn’t typically something I’m drawn to, but it stands out to me! I’m wondering if this dress can be dressed down with a button up underneath.

2. Sweater with Crane Embroidery ($49.99) – When you have a cute idea, run with it. Gold cranes everywhere, please. Sweater weather. You can’t go wrong with black & gold.

3. Maxi Dress in Black Orchid Print ($69.99) – The first piece I saw from this collection. Ahh, look at how gorgeous that silhouette is. It’s sexy without shoving it in your face.

4. Wrap Dress in Red ($39.99) – This would be a cute holiday dress! I’m not crazy about the neck wrap, though.

My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

 

The last few items are more casual-wear for me:

5. Dress in Purple Orchid Print ($49.99) – I imagine wearing this with textured black tights and ankle boots. Gah! I’ve been re-thinking my relationship with purple lately (I’m getting purple hair next week – more on that later). This is like that Orchid Maxi’s cool, hip, younger sister.

6. Tee Shirt in Python Print ($17.99) – Well, obvs. Is it fierce, or is it fierce?

7. Trench Coat in Military Green/Black ($89.99) - I love the mixture of fabrics in this coat. Plus, Keri Russell looked super adorbs wearing it to the Target Launch event in New York. I need a good trench in my life!

8. Croc Effect Belt in Brown ($29.99) - I can absolutely see myself wearing this with almost everything in my closet.

9. Faux Croc Belt in Black ($29.99) - My dad always used to say, “if you find something you love, you should get it in all the colors.”

I’ll be staying up past midnight and trying to snag a few pieces online, although I haven’t decided which ones I really really want yet. I’m thinking of trying for the Orchid Maxi and a belt, maybe. With every piece being under $100, it’s hard to decide! I also plan on checking out a few Targets in person tomorrow to see what the stock situations are like. During last year’s Limsanity, I think I visited over 10 different targets (2 in Southern California!). I ended up with classic, cherished pieces, and was able to sell 2 handbags that I had changed my mind about. Fingers crossed this release doesn’t involve that many trips – I’m still hobbling around on crutches!

If you’re shopping online, don’t forget to use eBates for 2.5% cash back! Make sure you know if the item you’re lusting after is an online exclusive, and if so, which website it’ll be sold on (Target.com vs. NET-A-PORTER.com). If you’re a Target addict like me, take advantage of the 5% discount using your REDcard. Smart shopping, everyone!

You can check out the entire Look Book here, complete with product names and prices.

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February Favorites

5 Mar

February Favorites

I hope you’re ready for this. I found a lot of good staples last month that have made their way into my daily rotation.

1. 100% Pure Mint White Tea Tonique – I originally purchased this toner to use as a makeup setting spray, but I’ve also been using it during my daily/nightly cleansing routine. When my skin needs a little more hydration, I mist all over and let the toner sink in. Otherwise, I usually mist all over and wipe it up with a cotton ball. This toner smells wonderful, and keeps my skin feeling taught. It sets my makeup nicely and keeps it from looking cakey.

2. Kjaer Weis Creme Blush in Suntouched – I received this sample at Veer & Wander, a salon and apothecary in the SoMa area of San Francisco. The rep there said it was the perfect natural color for my skintone, and after using it almost every day, I totally believe her! It’s a beautiful, youthful coral that brightens the complexion. It’s very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I think I’ll purchase a refill of this once I’m finished with my sample.

3. LC Lauren Conrad Necklace (similar) – I received this as a a Christmas gift from my brother, and I’ve been wearing it at least 3x a week ever since. I love how simple it is, and how it goes with almost any outfit. I’m not sure that this is still available online, but you may want to check your local Kohl’s just in case!

4. Kjaer Weis Creme Foundation in Just Sheer – Okay, time to fess up: I’ve been using this foundation since January but I wanted to make sure I love-loved it before I said anything about it here. Obviously, that time has come, hitting pan and all. Everything you have read about this foundation is true. The coverage is amazing. The finish is a gorgeous, natural-looking, satin-matte result that I can’t get from any other foundation. Some days I don’t even need to set it with powder (that’s saying a lot, considering how oily my t-zone gets!). The shade Just Sheer is a pretty close match; it’s a tad too dark but I can get away with it as long as I blend down onto my neck. Kjaer Weis has announced new shades in 2014, so I’m hoping that I can find a closer shade. If not, I’m contemplating purchasing Paper Thin to mix for my perfect shade.

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Why Paint Won’t Hide You From Predator

21 Feb

Credit: Arkansas Shutterbug on Flickr

Yesterday a man in Modesto, CA stole a car and lead police on a chase that lasted more than an hour. After driving his car to the bone and running, he was found hiding in a nearby shed via heat-detection, covered in black paint. My boyfriend Ian wrote up the story and then sent me this tweet:

Credit: @HiDefShooter on Twitter


I don’t know if you’ve ever seen “Predator” or not, but it was one of the movies I agreed to watch with Ian when we first started dating so he would think I was cool (also: the entire “Alien” franchise). There’s a scene in the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character covers himself in mud to avoid being detected by Predator (awesome cameraman burp at 0:46, by the way). You see, Predator has heat vision. It locates its targets via thermal imaging. The mud that Arnold used was supposedly colder than 98.6° F, and helped to mask his own heat signature.

All this got me thinking: this Modesto fella had the right idea, but poor execution. He was found in a shed, which leads me to believe that he covered himself in either spray paint or some other utility paint. Yeah, he had the dark of night on his side, but he didn’t stand a chance against heat detection! Plus you guys, that’s like, really bad for your skin.

Credit: Arkansas Shutterbug on Flickr

Mud, on the other hand? Mud has anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve read that there are minerals in mud that can help soothe skin irritation. And when else would you be more irritated than when you’re running from the cops? People take MUD BATHS, for crying out loud. People pay hundreds of dollars to sit in mud. I would never pay anything to sit in paint. My pores would hate me. They would absorb the paint, clog themselves, and leave me to die a slow, toxic, and unnaturally-colored death.

So, I’m just sayin’, if you’re ever trying to hide from Predator the police, take a cue from Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer and use mud to conceal your heat signature. It’s way better for your skin than paint. Although I guess that guy didn’t have easy access to mud, being in the midst of a California drought and all. Oops.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

11 Feb

I remember the first time I tried on contact lenses. It was an awful experience, trying to touch my eyeballs for that long of a time. It was frustrating and I’m pretty sure I cried because I couldn’t get the lenses in no matter how hard I tried. My mom was downstairs letting me “figure it out on my own” because she said that was the only way I was going to learn. These days, I can pop contacts in and out like they’re nothing. I guess that excruciating couple of hours did me well!

I wear contact lenses a lot. Once in a while my lenses will dry out or get smudged with make up. I have to either take them out to clean them, or deal with the discomfort until I get home. Other times I’m out of town for a few hours and driving home late at night, when my contacts are on their last leg of the day. I will usually bring my glasses and my gaudy Clear Care contact lens case + solution when I know I’m going to need to remove my lenses before the trip home. Believe it or not, but the lens case + solution take up a lot of room in my purse, so I usually bring a miscellaneous bag to carry it all.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

Enter: The chic Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case. I spotted this baby at my first visit to a Henri Bendel store. I left it on the shelf trying not to think about it while I perused the rest of the mall, but I knew I was going to be picking it up before I left.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

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