Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Agave Lip Mask-Bite // Creamy Concealer Kit-Bobbi Brown // Eau Rose Rollerball-Diptyque // Lavender Essential Oil– Young Living // Detangling Brush-Mason Pearson // Gear Ties-R.E.I. // New Audrey Sunglasses-Celine // Ella Earbuds-Frends // Gabrielle Pocket Phone Case-Kate Spade

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What’s in my bag (more like suitcase these days) the things that make living life easier, or at the very least, a little more organized. I can’t stop raving about this Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, it’s a lifesaver in this arid high desert in which I reside, and routinely put it on every night right before I turn out the light. Oh lavender oil. Lavender essential oil has become the one product that is perpetually in my bag. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It’s versatile in that it can aid in both de-stressing and re-energizing, perfect for a quick pick me up, or acts as a calming agent in everyday stressful situations. I love to put it on my pillow before bed, and has become a nightly ritual (quite like the lip mask). As far as beauty goes, a small hair brush and bit of concealer go a long way in a need-to-get-ready-quick pinch. I have found that the Mason Pearson mini brush is a purse-perfect size, and this wonder working concealer can hide any signs of the debauchery that occurred the night before (these oversized Celine sunglasses do the same). On the more organizational side, a phone case that doubles as a business card carrier is perfect for networking and serves as constant reminder to restock your cards (genius, right?). Ear buds from Frends that come with their own nifty carrying case are great to have on hand to eliminate any unwanted noise in line at the grocery store, coffee shop, airport, etc… perfect to drown out that crying baby in aisle 17 (and they’re cute too). Plus I just appreciate any product that comes with its own carrying case. If not, gear ties come in handy. Flexible ties that will keep your cords, hair ties, life, kempt.

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Luxe or Less: Black Skirts

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Wrap Skirt-ASOS // Vampire Leather Mini-Friend of Mine // M-Slit Skirt-Forever 21 // Alejandro Skirt-Stone Cold Fox // Ladylike Pencil Skirt-Forever 21 // Pizfal Lace Hem Skirt-Sea

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A black skirt, like the black bag, and leather jacket, is an essential part of the feminine wardrobe. Depending on the length and cut, a black skirt can be worn in most any occasion. Mini’s are a classic, but the shoe can completely change the feel of the piece. Dawn a mule for a refined look, or an OTK boot for a younger edgier vibe (like this). Appropriately named, this “Vampire” leather mini from Friend of Mine showcases an angular front cut, resembling a fang. I can dig it. Absolutely in love with anything by the Stone Cold Fox ladies, and had been eyeing the Alejandro skirt for months, so when I saw this replica I had to have it. An m-slit maxi with reverse zippers on each thigh, easy to dress up or down, this purchase was a no brainer (look for it in next weeks style post). A little lace goes a long way (especially on the hem of a pencil skirt),  reminiscent of lingerie, but still office appropriate.

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NAILED It

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Nail art is a fun way to accessorize and seems ever more intricate these days, especially at fashion week… tartan and claws oh my! See here and here. Although I give major props to those ladies (or guys) who are willing to rock designs that portrude off the finger, more often than not I have my hands in water or a mixing bowl and don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate a rhinestone in his gluten-free muffin. Shellac is reserved for special occasions, I usually stick to painting my own digits, and when it comes to color,  tend to venture a little further out of the box than say the predictable coral or nude. Try some psychedelic hues or glitter as listed in the Acid Trip foursome. Opaque Chartreuse is rad layered with Happy Birthday (one of my personal glitter faves). Space Out with intergalactic grays, blues, and blacks, reminiscent of the night sky. Nars’ Space Odyssey is a go-to silver, awesome for a concert or night out. Emulate Earth’s natural beauty with a pick from Gems and Minerals, all of which include a toned down shimmer effect. When it comes to polish, don’t shy away from the unknown, its easier to change than your makeup, outfit, or hair color.

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Set the mood this Valentine’s Day with a playlist that will do the work for you…

1.Saint Privat – Un, Deux, Trois
2.Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
3.Desire – Under Your Spell
4.Francoise Hardy – Le temps de l’amour (Remastered)
5.Hooverphonic – 2 Wicky
6.Radiohead – Talk Show Host
7.Allah-Las – Catamaran
8.Daft Punk – Something About Us
9.Brazilian Girls – Homme
10.Toro Y Moi – High Living
11.Blackbird Blackbird – Blurred Lines
12.xxyyxx – About You
13.TV On The Radio – Million Miles
14.Beacon – It Won’t Be Long
15.Gramatik – Muy Tranquilo

Follow the playlist and listen here

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Saguaro Pt. 2

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A Colorful Place to Stay

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What Room Service Should Taste Like: Kale Caesar with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate

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Calaveras on the Way to the Bar

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Monarch Bar

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Heading Out to Explore Phoenix

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This was our first time staying at the Saguaro Scottsdale, the second time staying at a Saguaro property (see our Palm Springs post-Coachella adventure here). It’s always super fun and colorful, so when we needed a place to stay after the Motet show and noticed there was a room available on Hotel Tonight, we had to book it. Not only does this hotel have superb restaurants (run by Iron Chef Jose Garces), cool bars, and hip decor, they’re also pet friendly (dogs under 30 lbs), and offer yoga, and beach cruiser rentals…free of charge. Although we pulled the teardrop, its always nice to have a shower and king size bed for a night and usually book something, especially if were going to be dancing all night at dusty festival grounds. I can now safely say that my days of booking hotels ahead of time are over. Hotel Tonight has really hooked it up on this trip… Use promo code “HBEBOUT” for $25 off your first stay, refer a friend and receive another $25, and thats off heavily discounted prices on the coolest places to rest your head.

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