Parrrrty Makeup with the Glossier Black Tie Set

Parrrrty Makeup with the Glossier Black Tie Set


Here's what I did:

This on brows and skinThis on eyes & lip. Both have videos! I mean, it's working so well I am faltering in my urge to do anything else. Don't worry, something new and exciting will come along soon and I will be all over that instead.

One Dress Two Ways - Help Me Pick!

One Dress Two Ways - Help Me Pick!

When it comes to holiday dressing, I like to bring my own kind of heat. The sexy sexy kind of heat. J/K not really. The truth is I abhor anything lacy, itchy, wool, sequins (oh the marks, the rashes that last for weeks!) I hate wearing uncomfortable shoes. I need to be able to dance. These are the things I typically look for in party outfits. This year I also had another requirement - packable. My plan was to pack as much versatility into my outfits as possible. Ten days, countless events, and one amazing rollerball.

The inspiration for the following looks came from these pragmatic sources, and also my complete obsession with Pia Robbio, creater of the label LPA (from whence this leopard silk dress came) who in the linked article wears her own dress as a cape. Also from my friend Mimi who sent me on a quest to find this epic look,  not realizing it would consume me and I would eventually make it my own.

The bustier dress is from The Real Real, but it was new with tags and is currently available in stores. Nobody does bustier dresses like Alexander Wang, but you can definitely find a ton in the second hand world.

Look 1 is just the dress, in all it's silky leopardy glory. It's got some amazing details that make it special, like how it's the perfect flattering shade of bronze, the silkyswoosh of the fabric, and of course, the built in choker. I love the extra long bell sleeves.

Look 2 is the same dress but worn open as a cape. The collar is still intact, and there was complicated wizardry to get the thing in place.

Now I need your help. I tried these on because I was packing. The party is tomorrow night. Which one, dear readers, should I wear??


Big Blue Fluffy Fur Coat

Big Blue Fluffy Fur Coat

Today the windchill was zero. It was cold. I was not cold, because I wore this beast of a coat - I felt likeI was wearing a sleeping bag made of the softest, fluffiest neon cloud. It paired really well with my sneakers. I don't even know what to write because this coat just defies words, so for today you get extra pictures and less words. Never forget, fashion should be fun.

Sheetmasking for Combination Skin

Sheetmasking for Combination Skin

I sometimes feel like I have two different faces - the top half is a freeze dried strawberry I am constantly trying to rehydrate, and the bottom half is a sensitive, hormonal teenager who doesn't know how to wash her face after soccer practice. I used to treat whichever version of my face needs the most love and attention, but I realized that just because the sheet is for the whole face doesn't mean I need to use it on my whole face. I'm a genius, right?

So watch the video to see how I boost and customize my sheetmasks, or read the easy steps below.
You glow get them (crying laughing emoji)

1) Cleanse and tone your face. Toner primes your skin to help it better absorb nutrients, which makes it an essential first step before masking. I start with P50 toner and let it soak in. Then I use the Glossier Soothing Mist to help gently PH balance my lower face, and the Hyalamide Hydra Density to plump and treat my top half.

2) Boost with serums. The sheet mask will help these super hero ingredients to penetrate more effectively - just make sure to only use things with a thin watery texture so you don't block the absorbency of the ingredients in the sheet mask. I used the Glossier Supers in Pure and Glow, which are sold out right now, but you can dupe them with The Ordinary  Niacinamide + Zinc and Hyalamide Booster Glow. I finish with Hyalamide SubQ Anti-Age.

3) Apply sheet masks, using scissors to cut shapes that fit your needs. I used the Cremorlab Peptide Plumping Mask for the dryer parts and Witch Hazel Pore Tightening Mask for my breakout prone areas (thank you Peach + Lily for gifting these to me!)  Sit for 25 minutes. I recommend using the time to read one of these novels, because they will help you tune out and relax.

4) **Finish by gently massaging in the ingredients, and then applying a moisturizer on top to lock all the good stuff in. I used the Lagom Cellus Deep Moisture Cream.

**BONUS STEP: Before applying your moisturizer use the Nuface with Damask Rose or Aloe Gel, the microcurrents not only tone your face but also boost absorption of all those great ingredients.

How to Reuse Your Sheet Masks 

If you can't afford the dyson dryer...try this $30 special towel instead

If you can't afford the dyson dryer...try this $30 special towel instead

But you still want smooth, fast drying hair... Why not try this plush, soft, super-fast absorbing towel instead. The fibers are designed to be extra gentle on wet hair, which is fragile and more likely to break. It doesn't rough up the cuticle like a traditional towel (read: less frizz) and it's perfectly designed to create a comfortable wrap. It's like the turbie towel's chic big sister.

After washing my hair I threw it up in the towel and then did a mask and make-up. I took it down when it was mostly dry, threw a hat on it (it's cold!) and an hour later I had silky smooth, frizz-free hair with waves. It's basically the solution to "it's too cold to walk around with wet hair but I'm too lazy to blow dry." Since it's the giving season I feel like I should mention this also makes a great, practical gift or white elephant or stocking stuffer if you fancy.

Aquis Essentials Hair Towel $30

Metallic Holiday Party Makeup with Pat Mcgrath Metamorphosis and Glossier Haloscope

Metallic Holiday Party Makeup with Pat Mcgrath Metamorphosis and Glossier Haloscope

Here is a deep and abiding conundrum in my life - I LOVE sparkly, dewy, glossy things... but I hate glitter. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. And also of the face world. It's itchy. 

So what's a girl to do?

Turns out the right kits, sticks of ground up real crystals, your fingers, and an amazing cheap eyeliner brush are all you need.

List of products:

Metamorphosis 005 in Bronze
Glossier Haloscope
Precision Eyeliner Brush ($5!!)
photography foundation in golden tan

P.S. If you're wondering what happened before this video: I started with this makeup as a base (video) and then I sketched on a rough cat eye using the graphite pencil from the Glossier Black Tie Set, which is very user friendly.

The Reformation Turtleneck (30% off right now) | Vanessa Mooney Tassel Earrings (also on sale)

The Definitive List of YA Series & Gone Girl Mysteries to Give and Get

The Definitive List of YA Series & Gone Girl Mysteries to Give and Get

Oh Winter - time to cuddle up indoors in piles of puppies and blankets. It's also time to wait in lines - post office, airport, Starbucks (those syrups bring in a whole new crowd of people who don't actually like coffee), stores, bathrooms. It is a season of giving and it is a season of lines. Cannot be avoided.

So what could be more perfect than a digital book (or three, or twelve) to help pass the time? Now is not the time for deep thinking, or tear jerkers. Now is the time for pure, delicious, time consuming entertainment.

PS it is really hard to write about these without ruining anything, so bare with me! There's more detailed descriptions on the link. Also, here are instructions on how to send digital books as a present - because you can save a tree. Help any tech challenged loved ones to download the kindle app and populate it with books for them, they will thank you (and so will the planet!)

For lovers of Trilogies, YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance, Adventures etc.

The 5th Wave:  The world has been systematically destroyed by the visitors, only the children and teenagers survive

Beautiful Creatures: A family of cursed witches, an epic battle between good and evil, and a love story with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Beekeeper's Apprentice: (Mary Russell Series) what if an middle-aged Sherlock Holmes found his equal in a 14 year old prodigy. This is the story of how student surpasses master, friendship, and of course mysteries.

The Delirium Series:  In a dystopian world where love is declared the deadliest of all diseases, one's only hope is to be cured. Lena is 95 days away from getting her cure when she does the unthinkable. She falls in love. 

Diana Herself, The Bewilderment Chronicles:  A girl with flaws, a quest that turns magical, and an awakening. That's all I can tell you.

The Divergent Series: Different than the movies (especially after the first one) and definitely worth reading, this is the story of a dystopian, future world where you must choose to put yourself into a single box. What happens if you fit in more than one?

The Diviners Series:   Set in the 1920s, this is the story of a disparate group of actors brought together to fight the supernatural- falling in and out of love with each other as they go.

Ender's Game:  Widely considered the original that started it all, I've been told to only read the first one because it is a true masterpiece (fight me on this if you want)

Graceling Series: A world where some people have magic powers, and some do not, and the interplay between the two. Possibly an incredibly timely allegory on socio economics and thoughtful use of power, but also great for times when you feel completely different and misunderstood.

The Grisha Series: An epic romance, a battle for the world, a teenage girl at it's center. Cinderella meets Harry Potter meets WWII.

The Hunger Games Series: In case you've been living under a rock, just read this. It's really good.

The Legend SeriesWhat was once the western United States is now home to the Republic. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. Romeo and Juliet set in a world where trump is elected (j/k not really) 

The Magicians: If Harry Potter was for older, more depraved kids with much darker enemies.  Not even sure this book is YA, it's pretty dark, but it's a page turner.

The Maze Runner Trilogy: Also very very different than the movie. A boy wakes up in a box rising from the ground with no memories. He's inside a maze, with only a ragtag group of boys to organize their own survival. Then a girl comes up, and they can speak in each others minds....

The Passage: A dystopian world who's only hope for survival is one very special little girl.

Red Rising: A sexier, darker Hunger Games cum Ender's Game set across the galaxy.

The Shadowhunters Series: A world of angels, demons, fairies and power struggles who's only hope is a ragtag, sexy group of teenagers.

The Wrath & The Dawn: A magical love story based on classic myths - this is the story of a prince forced to slaughter his bride every night and the girl who survives.

The Twilight Saga: Vampire/Human/Werewolf love triangle. Honestly if you haven't read this yet I'm pretty sure I wont be able to convince you. I'm not even sure why you're reading this list. In case you're 14, in which case - you're welcome.

The Young Elites: A dystopic fantasy world where magical children are bought and sold - power struggles, star crossed lovers and mysteries abound.

If you like more suspense/murder/mystery in your indulgent reading here are my favorite "Gone Girl" esque books from the last year.

Luckiest Girl Alive  - Do we ever really get past the wounds of high school?
Girl on the Train - an alcoholic on a train is the only one who noticed when the perfect girl goes missing...
Midair - planning the perfect suicide/revenge in the city of love. 
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Why did reclusive writer Leonora go on the hen weekend? And what did she do while she was there? 
All The Missing GirlsTold backwards—Day 15 to Day 1 - there are two missing girls, separated by almost a decade, in the same small backwoods town. 
Under the Harrow: What would you do if you found your best friend, and twin sister, dead? 
All the Pretty Girls: Three sisters. One goes missing. The other two fall apart. This is what happens next...  
Wilde Lake: A rape, a murder and family in a small town that is supposed to be a modern  "utopia" 

Why You Need A Salt Lamp

Why You Need A Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp

I just got a Himalayan Salt Lamp from Whole Foods a few days ago. I got it because we blew a fuse while cooking and didn't want to bother the maintenance staff in the middle of the night before thanksgiving. The plugs were working. The overhead lights were not. So when I saw a cute, crystal** looking lamp for under $20, I thought why not. I was purely motivated by aesthetics.

Then, as I was reading the instructions I stumbled upon the list of benefits of salt lamps (and the interesting science behind it) and I become even more intrigued. Could this really help with my SAD (seasonal affected disorder) or with the coughing/runny noses that had plagued our entire household since the weather turned overnight from 60s to 30s.

I plugged it in. I crossed my fingers. That night, not a single dog or human awoke with their sinuses. Heaven. 

Since then I have been alternately trying to stop my profound and deep held hoarding instincts (an apartment our size only really needs one!) and telling everyone I know that they need one.

How have I not known about this sooner?

So back to the science behind. The salt is heated up by the bulb inside. The salt attracts moisture (this we know because eating it makes us bloated and it's the thing to do when you spill red wine on someone to get the stain out instead of pushing it deeper into the fabric!) Along with the moisture it brings along the common irritants like pollen, mold, dust, smoke, smog, bad spirits, nightmares of ex-boyfriends past and germs. Then the heat from the bulb dispels the moisture out into the air again, but all the bad stuff in the air is trapped in the salt crystal. BOOM. Science magic.

There's also some voodoo hippy stuff about deionizing the air, and other things I didn't understand (this does a decent job of explainging it but the source is dubious) but also gives off a pleasant, warm, natural glow that is supposed to help with SAD. We shall see.

Either way I am into it, and it really does look chic and adorable. I have placed it next to my humidifier (because those things potentially gross me out a lot) in hopes they will counter each other it.

Feelings wise my nasal passages, skin, and soul feel less freeze-dried strawberry and more pudding.

** I LOVE crystals - see soap and haloscope

OFF LABEL USE: Stock up on the Glossier Black Friday Sale Milky Jelly Dog Bath

OFF LABEL USE: Stock up on the Glossier Black Friday Sale Milky Jelly Dog Bath

Yes, this Friday, the entire Glossier website will be 20% off. If you can make it on before everyone goes completely insane and everything sells out might I recommend a new usage for the beloved Milky Jelly Cleanser.

Here's what happened. My darling baby has developed a new fun habit of sleeping on my face. She's basically a dog version of a swiffer so this is gross. We bathe her once a weekish, when her hair starts to get clumpy and tangled and turns from white to beige. She also starts to itch herself aggressively, like wake me up in the middle of the night thumping. I tried some fancy, expensive things. They worked alright. I tried some organic, from the apothecary things - they made my face breakout and get itchy.

Finally, I did a deep dive into all the animal and dog websites I could find looking to see if any of my already sensitive skin approved soaps contained ingredients that would be safe to use on her. After weeks of research, I determined that the ingredients in Glossier Milky Jelly were not only safe, but widely recommended across various vet and natural dog websites.

So, after assuring myself this was not animal cruelty, I decided to take the plunge (pun intended) and bathe her in Milky Jelly.

It. Was. Amazing.

She loved it.

Her coat was smooth and clean and soft and fluffy and shiny and white. Not only that, but so far it's lasted way longer than her other soaps. She's still clean and fluffy five days later, which is usually when she starts to gross me out with her beige color and kind of oily/dirty/beigeness, and I have to hold myself back on washing her because over washing is bad for her skin.

Obviously this is insane, and if your cheap dog shampoo is working for you disregard this email. But if you're little monster is having similar issues, and is a tiny dog who needs like a capful of soap for 3 weeks, then this is worth checking out.

Plus, it will be 20% off.
Stock up before it sells out!

Glossier Milky Jelly