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Favorite fall fragrance

Floral fragrances have never smelled right on me which is why I’ve always preferred sumptuous, oriental scents. They can be overwhelming to some noses, so I always recommend that people who find this to try them in the fall/winter. Or you can try the shower gel or body lotion version of the scent you have your heart set on. For me, this gorgeous new scent from Chanel is exactly what I’ve been looking for in terms of a new fall fragrance. The bergamont and grapefruit is perfect for cozy sweaters, autumn leaves, and snuggly evenings by a big fire.  I love fall.

The Hunger Games + me being awkward

I can’t wait for the March 23rd premier of the Hunger Games, how about you? This recent Glamour cover also got me pondering just how much Jennifer Lawrence looks Carla Bruni Sarkozy, (the “First Lady” of France, haha).


It’s uncanny, no? I’m unbelievably jealous of them. I want a hot celebrity twin.
Anyways, another reason I can’t wait to see the Hunger Games in theaters is because the Breaking Dawn: Part II trailer will premiere. (No, not even kidding)

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My girlfriends and I used to see the films to laugh at the gratuitous, shirtless, Jacob shots, (and to drool over him), but never took any of it seriously. I’m a faithful True Blood fan, anyways. Or I was. In the lull after quickly finishing the Hunger Games series, Amazon offered a cheap Kindle download of the first Twilight book and I said, “sure, why not?” …and now I’m addicted.

This morning, I seriously considered using Breaking Dawn’s “Turning Page” song by Ryan O’Neal as a wedding song:

I’ve waited a hundred years,
But I’d wait a million more for you.
Nothing prepared me for,
What the privilege of being yours would do.

After I nixed it, I debated just using Edward’s wedding toast to Bella:
“No measure of time with you will ever be enough, but let’s start with forever.”

Melting!!! No wonder this has tweens and full-grown women (ahem) swooning. Hello. That is some good shit! I want someone to tell me I’m lovely and far from ordinary.

I’m now completely and embarrassingly obsessed with Twilight and my fiancé is having a ball teasing me about it.

xoxo, Wendy

Spring ’12 Inspiration Board: Simplicity

Minimal. Gamine. Edgy. If you want to try this style, you must accessorize. And invest in quality. Any black skinny will not do. And your hair is a major player.

1. Proportions. They are perfect. A statement necklace makes this.
2. Flattering drape on the shirt. And the v-neck complimenting the pointy-toe Valentino’s? I’m dying. Note the sunglasses. Key.
3. White blazer over all black could look too covered, so, smartly, hair is pulled up. Hello chic. Add a drapey bag and black sunglasses.
4. Proportions. Accessories. That’s the whole look.
5. That bag. Those simple heels. Classic, minimal structure.
6. Proportions. That little jacket is amazing (love the buttons), white top is perfect length and the peep-toes add flirtiness. The bags hardware makes it.

Key Pieces / minimal + gamine + edgy
- Black, ankle-skinnies
- Black or white tunic top that hits at upper thigh
- Long or cropped blazers in white or black
- Classic wayfarer-esq sunglasses
- Simple black leather bag

Spend On
- The black skinnies are so crucial it’s worth buying them in a variety of materials, like leather or cotton, for spring in addition to jeans, so you can tweak the look.
I love:  J. Brand, Paige Denim

- A great jacket wardrobe it a good investment too. Cropped, tailored, loose. Try a variety of materials, but try to spend up. Quality tends to cost more.
Try: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, French Connection

- Raybans. They’re timeless.

- Minimalist black heels or point-toe stilettos. Designers do these better and more comfortably.
I love: Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Manolo

Skimp On
- Bags can be had at all prices.
Try: Target never ceases to amaze me and I’ve never left T.J Maxx without drooling over bags.
- Sunglasses. Faux ray bans for $5. Yes please, thank you.
- Black peep toes, black pumps
Try: Nine West consistently puts out comfortable heels, so I just can’t advise anyone to pay $500+ for them.

have a great weekend!

xoxo,
Wendy

I’d be lost without:

HD Microfinish Powder by Makeup Forever

This finely-milled translucent powder gives skin an air-brushed quality. I apply with a fat, fluffy brush after all my makeup is done to “set” everything, but I focus a lot on my t-zone where things get shiny. This takes care of that without looking cakey.

Application tip: Remember to either blow on your brush, or dab on the back of your hand so you don’t over-apply!

Weekend nails

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I despise doing my nails myself bc they never look as good as at the salon. This color from Essie was too good to pass up though, (it’s “super bossa nova”) and with a little Sally Hansen Nail Art pen, all my mistakes are less noticeable. Yay!

Hair Powder… code name: dry shampoo

It’s not often that two friends separately ask me about hair powder in the same day, soooo…

What you need to know:
Umm, apparently no one calls it hair powder anymore?! Apologies, Shawna and Hannah. No wonder you couldn’t find!

  • Anyways. Dry shampoo is definitely on my list of top 5 favorite products because it is such a versatile time saver.
  • If you color your hair at a salon like me, you’re aware that every time you shampoo, you’re kissing some of your precious hair color goodbye.
  • Paired with the bevvy of hot styling tools I live and die by, it’s no wonder my hair feels like a bale of hay when I don’t baby it with a gazillion products.* So, I make a point to shower as little as possible  wash my hair as little as possible.
  • Enter, dry shampoo.

Why:
We all know that hair at the scalp gets oily after so many days. I know, yech. Hair thickness, products, how much you hit the gym and even horomones affect how often you need to shampoo. Finer hair tends to show it sooner than thicker hair, while curlier haired girls tend to notice it after an even longer period of time, (bitches!) How much product you use in your hair and where you put it also makes a difference. And we all know how we look after a sweat session at the gym. Finally, hormones. I think I went through a bottle of Head and Shoulders a week as a teen. Shudder.

How to:
Just lift hair along the crown of your head and lightly sprinkle spray a little hair powder dry shampoo directly onto your roots and  lightly massage in/fluff. I like to use a thin, natural bristle brush** or fine tooth comb to brush through, then hit it with a blow dryer for volume.

Additional benefits:

  • It adds awesome fullness to hair because you are essentially beefing up your puny strands’ root base with a physical product, while also stimulating blood flow to your roots which encourages growth.
  • At the same time, you’re also mussing hair at the root, which I call “finger teasing” (wow, that sounds dirty!!) Essentially, your doing a gentler version of teasing hair with a comb, which we all know, gives hair crazy volume.

My recommendations:
If you’re blonde, save the money and just buy baby powder! Brunettes, you can try using it too, just be really particular about blending it into your roots, or you will look like you’ve got dandruff!

My favorites:

  • Johnson & Johnson baby powder, available at drugstores
    (Tip: I love the cute little $0.99 travel ones for my gym and makeup bags)
  • Pssst Instant Spray Dry Shampoo, available at drugstores for about $6.99, or online here
  • Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, $19

Do you use dry shampoo? What do you think? If you try my method out or try any of these recs, please let me know how it goes.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate.
You know I love to talk products :-)

*applied sparingly
**Natural bristle brushes help distribute oils better than synthetic brushes and are worth investing in. There is a REASON the Mason-Pearson hairbrush is famous and $150. It’s amazing. EDIT: Oh my god. And it’s on sale for $95 on Amazon

Clarisonic Mia

Do you hear the heavenly music? Because that is how awesome the Clarisonic Mia is.  This special skin-care brush (from the makers of the famous toothbrush) features a pulsating brush head that exfoliates skin for 1 minute — and then shuts off on its own.  Just wet it, apply your cleanser of choice to the brush and go. Poof. Easy.

I love you, Clarisonic Mia

Claims to:

- Remove makeup six times better than traditional methods

A Mary Kay rep recently explained to me that a foam cleanser takes 1000 rinses to cleanse off — shiver
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- Clear pores and reduce the appearance of pore size
- Cleanse so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better

My take
:

It works. After using it for nearly two months, I can attest to it meeting and exceeding expectations on all 3 of it’s claims. And it’s fun to use! :-)

Think about what you put on your skin nearly every day…moisturizer, maybe a primer, foundation, concealer, blush and/or bronzer. Now really think about how little time you probably spend really working your cleanser into your skin at the end of the day. Yuck.

Do you religiously exfoliate the recommended 2-3x/week? If not, then your dead skin cells mix with all this product gunk and oils over time to create problems like acne or dryness.

Now picture your “skin prep” routine… you gently apply an expensive skin serum at night or acne medicine, but the product can’t reach your skin to do it’s magic because all this dead, gross skin if clogging your pores. What a waste of money!

Final thoughts:

The one drawback is the price: $119-149. The replacement brush heads are about $18-25/2-pack.

Verdict: It’s worth it.  My skin is smoother and clearer and works wonders on  post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (acne scarring) .

I love this product so much that if I had the money to buy one for every single woman I know, I would. (Men too, even!) It is life-changing.

* Note: I owe Sephora’s “Top-Rated Products” website section and HUGE credit for helping me discover this. At last count, this little gem had 1,014 reviews, if that is any indicator of its cult status.