Spring Makeup Refresh

I’ve been known to stop random women on the street who have particularly good skin to ask them about their skincare/ makeup routine. Anything for glowing skin, am I right?

Anywho, my friend Farell is no exception. I stalked her until I got a full run down of she how gets her lovely, dewy skin. Ladies, take note.

FB makeup routine

Sisley Eye Shadows
(they are pricey, but last a long time)

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MAC Strobe Cream
(gamechanger)

 

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Stovetop Whistlers

Uncluttered kitchens bring me great joy. I need a life. But really, I find that when I banish the clutter I’m more likely to actually cook and eat at home. That being said: daily appliances, cutting boards, pots and pans must be out of sight. My rule of thumb: make sure anything you keep out has an intentional feel. Take the teakettle as an example. A kettle can make quite the design statement in the kitchen. Keep it simple and classic…a roundup of my favorite stovetop beauties below:
tea kettles
This kettle reminds me of my childhood. An old Italian (whistling) classic.
I’m coveting this Staub x Goop kettle.
This kettle would look great in a clean, all-white kitchen.
Made in England, this chrome tea kettle is another classic.

Non- hideous baby gear

registry
Non- hideous baby gear. Yes, that’s part of my Google search history. There’s no doubt that babies require a lot of “stuff” but I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t all have to be hideous and plastic  (although, sometimes sleep deprivation will lead you to buy things like this). We spend a lot of time on decorating our homes and new parents don’t have to sacrifice nice design for function, thanks to these companies:

Who knew a highchair could become a beautiful piece of furniture in your home?
We love our Trip Trap in Natural

A lightweight and foldable chair. NO batteries required:)

Made in the USA | Luxury high-end cottage style furniture.
We went with the Devon crib in white

Great if you love style as much as sustainability

Bumbleride Indie Stroller
It’s light, versatile and great for navigating tight urban spaces or conquering rugged beach terrain

baby clothing favorites

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.44.26 AM{I received this beautiful baby blanket at my shower
and now am obsessed with this London brand}
kate quinn organics{I’m a big fan of Kate Quinn’s onesies & gowns.
Can’t wait to put my little one in this getup}Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.29.08 AM{Egyptian Organic Cotton.
Can’t get enough of these bodysuits}
c600x477{Definitely my favorite brand. I’ll be bringing my baby home
from the hospital in one of their little numbers}
Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.39.12 AM{I came across this brand in Nantucket
and love the incredibly soft baby outfits & preppy prints}

Fall Beauty with Benefit

Fall Beauty with Benefit

With a new season comes a new beauty routine (I’m pretending that it is actually Fall here in San Francisco, despite the heat). Benefit is my go-to spot for eyelash tinting and brow waxing. Each time I visit I swear I will.not.buy.anymore.products. Never happens. I left last weekend with some new goodies that are too good not to share. Here’s what’s new in my makeup bag for Fall:

  1. High Brow– an old product that I used years ago and forgot what a difference it makes to the entire eye area. I line it under my brows for a lifted look.
  2. Gimme Brow– how have I been living without this product? Complete your look with full and defined brows.
  3. Benefit Foundation Brush– the bristles are so soft and makes foundation or tinted moisturizer go on flawlessly.
  4. Benefit Big Easy– provides great coverage with a natural finish. It has a liquid-to-powder finish and takes care of your SPF needs.
  5. Benefit Dallas– hands down, my favorite new purchase. Every time I wear it someone will say that I have the “pregnancy glow”. Little do they know…

Nursery Planning: gender neutral

Nursery
We’re taking our friend’s advice and trying to get the nursery in shape before my 3rd trimester begins. Since we aren’t finding out the sex of the baby, we have to keep the room neutral (twist my arm!). Some nurseries and accents currently inspiring me:
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The Animal Print Shop
9bbc4dd709cde2c920e646384590d593f6b30fd3f12ee781018f0fd69f99383bPS: In other very important news, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their 2nd child (way to take the spotlight, Kate). Time to throw another royal tea party!

Pack It Up: travel essentials

As Fall nears and we sneak in our last minute getaways, here are my
travel beauty essentials I can’t go without:
Travel Essentials
10. A fun dopp kit (see below)
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