Monday, October 10, 2016

like a proper French girl...

About 2 weeks ago I received a most wonderful 45-minute facial from Sisley Paris. The service was completely complimentary and took place within the Bloomingdale's store located at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. This particular Bloomingdale's has special rooms specifically for spa services and I was more than happy to indulge.
Receiving a facial by Sisley was like being immersed in a zen tea room. This perfectly Parisian beauty brand is plant and flower-based and I'm absolutely obsessed. While Sisley Paris products are on the decadent side, it's one brand I can justify splurging on. And actually feeling good about it. Very good...and very French!

You can shop the Sisley products I purchased after my facial below. I've provided links to the 3 products I felt I had to have. The rose mask was a must-have. But the lipstick and lip treatment were necessities for me personally. I have the worst chapped lips around and Sisley's concoctions really have the magic touch I have been looking for. 


Friday, October 7, 2016


Few product lines have a scent as consistent and intoxicating as AVEDA. I started using their products and going to their salons when I was in college and far, far away from Chuy (he's been styling my hair since I was 14). I figured if I had to go to someone other than my dear Chuy, AVEDA was it. I don't trust many when it comes to my hair. 

And so I was thrilled to receive a generous box filled with AVEDA's Fall favorites. I've wasted no time re-familiarizing myself with their line. Right off the bat, their Shampure dry shampoo is a no-brainer. Especially since I only wash my hair once, twice a week. My hair literally smells like I just left their salon after a quick douse of powdered Shampure.

Obviously the NEW damage split-end cream is a must. I do all sorts of things to my hair for the sake of living life and having fun and I know I'm not alone...split-ends are something I think we can all use help with in between trims. 

AVEDA...keeping you stylish, zen & smelling like heaven.


1- Shampure Dry Shampoo $30 CLICK TO PURCHASE!

2 - Thickening Tonic $29 CLICK TO PURCHASE!

3 - Damage Remedy Split-End Repair $32 CLICK TO PURCHASE!

4 -  Air Control Hair Spray $9-$29 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"The Girls" a novel by Emma Cline

So, originally my plans for Summer reading included a couple more books than just the one. But The Girls ended up taking me the whole Summer and then some to finish....hellooo Fall! That was fast.

Normally, when a book is too good to put down, I'll plow through it in a few days; staying up late to get to the next chapter. Wide awake because the plot is thickening...

The Girls was a good read but not great in my humble opinion. I kept waiting for things to pick up and move along but the story was slow which made the chapters seem long. The author puts a significant amount of effort into analogies and her descriptions. Cline is very descriptive. Her adjectives consuming the story, slowing it down...which made it difficult for me to get through. However, some passages were so poignant they could easily zap you into that very moment or memory...

"I worked the words around with unspecific effort, like the idle rattle of a lemon drop against the teeth." p.128

"As if the bright flash of your efforts could distract death from coming for you, keeping the bull snorting harmlessly after the scarlet flag." p.133

"I was already starting to understand that other people's admiration asked something of you. That you had to shape yourself around it." p.170

"Men did it so easily, that immediate parceling of value. And how they seemed to want you to collude on your own judgement." p.198

It sounds like I'm complaining but for the most part I enjoyed the vivid descriptions. The Girls was salacious. Provocative. Mystifying. And even though it is fiction, you feel otherwise. You get an autobiographical sense which is the idea. Was this really what it might have been like to have been one of the infamous "Manson girls"? Cline wants you to think so.

For me, I felt the book pick up pace around the last 100 pages. The plot unraveled fast then and it made me wonder why this hadn't happened sooner in the story...a story that dragged on in deep contemplation as the main character went between the then and the now.

And then the story ends rather abruptly. Almost as if everything had just been merely a dream. Even though I was ready for the book to end, I was left wanting more. More of what, I'm not sure. 

This was a popular book this Summer. I saw it pop up on numerous instagram posts so I'm wondering...what did you think about the book? Anyone else feel like me? I liked it! But I didn't love it. 

Now...what I really want to read next? The Girl On the Train.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

100% Bloomies

Bloomingdale's  X  cool designers  =  100% Bloomingdale's exclusives! Exclusive designer pieces you can only get at Bloomies.

With so many options in every department, from luggage to shoes, I've narrowed down my list of Fall favorites. Shop my 100% Bloomies picks here. Scroll down for links!

1. Project Social T Lace-Up Sweatshirt $71

2. Lucy Paris Lace Off-the-shoulder Top $58

3. Dior "Opening Night" Gel-Shine Nail Lacquer $27

4. BlankNYC Suede Moto Jacket $198

5. Juicy Baby Pink Velour Zip Hoodie $108

6. Juicy Baby Pink Velour Jogger Pant $88

7. Rebecca Minkoff Duffel Satchel $295

8. Mustard Seed Lace Romper $88

9. Rimowa Salsa Deluxe 26 Pearl Gold Luggage $655

Happy Shopping & Saving!
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