Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag

rebecca minkoff swing1 Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagAfter beauty products, handbags are my secondary addiction. But when it comes to arm candy, I have discriminating taste. For me, the perfect handbag seamlessly marries fashion with function, is handcrafted from high-quality materials, has really unique hardware and is classic but edgy – all at the same time. I don’t like to carry the of-the-moment “it” bag. I actually like to be somewhat of a tease…I get a kick out when strangers approach me to ask about my bag and who designed it. Nine times out of ten, the answer to that question is Rebecca Minkoff.

Rebecca Minkoff’s handbags are my dreams made reality. I don’t know how she does it, but she must have a window into my soul – because every time I’m in the market for a new purse, I find that she’s designed exactly what I’m looking for. She also seems extremely cool and down to earth, plus she’s a new-ish mom, like me…so we’re totally BFIMH (Best Friends in My Head) – along with Kerry Washington, Kathy Griffin and Wendy Williams.

Anyway, so I’ve been rocking my Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo since December. But now that it’s spring, I’ve been itching for a brighter bag. Something that’s work appropriate but that I can also work on the weekends. And it’s gotta be crossbody because my hands are always full. My search lead me to the Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag (in Sunny), which I just purchased (if my husband is reading this, don’t worry – I used a gift card).

rebecca minkoff swing3 Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagPolished hardware accents the soft pebbled leather of this Rebecca Minkoff handbag. A zip pocket details the exterior, and the gusseted sides unzip to expand the silhouette. Metal studs rest at the base, while the snap top opens to a divided 4-pocket interior. The leather-laced chain strap can be doubled, singled, or tucked inside for 3 stylish options: cross-body, shoulder bag, or clutch.

Gorgeous, no? I CAN’T WAIT for the Shopbop stork to drop this baby on my doorstep. And here’s what else is coming with it (I had a little extra $ on my gift card):

 

michael kors large orbital whisper hoops Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagMichael Kors Large Orbital Whisper Hoops in Rose Gold

Both are available for purchase now at Shopbop.com.

Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.com

saturday is final1 Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.com

Earlier this month, Kate Spade (aka creator of cuteness and the reason why I can’t seem to keep money in my wallet), launched a brand new line called Kate Spade Saturday.

Kate Spade Saturday is a new global lifestyle brand created to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. This younger, more accessible sister to kate spade new york shares the same DNA: it’s colorful, optimistic and bold, but it expresses these values in a more casual way. Saturday offers simple shapes and go-anywhere silhouettes. Functionality and utility are key. The collection is crafted with honest materials like crisp cotton, canvas and natural vachetta, brightened with bold colors and strong prints. The line includes apparel, handbags, accessories and items for the home.

After browsing around Saturday.com, I have to say that it’s everything I hoped it would be. The line is polished but fun – retaining Kate Spade’s cheekiness – but at a more affordable price point. Here are just a few of the fashionista-friendly items I’m eyeing up:

 

Kate Spade Saturday Dont Forget To Be Awesome Wallet 11 Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comKate Spade Saturday Dont Forget To Be Awesome Wallet 21 Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comDon’t Forget to Be Awesome Wallet, $120

 

 

Kate Spade Saturday Slip Neck Tee Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comSplit Neck Tee, $30 (available in Black, Heather Gray, White and Yellow)

 

 

Kate Spade Saturday Let Loose Dress in Stripe Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comLet Loose Dress in Stripe, $180

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Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush

Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush1 Corioliss White Microphone Paddle BrushHow adorbs is this Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush? It normally costs $25, but Rue La La has it on sale (in white and black) now for $15.50.

  • This brush has a perfect body shape for detangling and straightening out long hair types
  • The cushioned soft ball tip quills gently massage the scalp whilst brushing and the soft fluted handle molds to the hand
  • Anti-static rubber cushioned pad prevents fly-away hair
  • Unique, detachable flexible section pin allows easy sections with one hand

Rue La La membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousels are Back at ideeli!

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousel Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousels are Back at ideeli!

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousels are back on sale at ideeli. Last time they were available, I posted about them and then clean forgot to snag a few before the sale was over. Don’t be scatterbrained like me and miss out. The carousels hold cosmetics and accessories, with a space-saving design takes up very little of your precious counter space. It’s originally $29.99 but Ideeli has it on sale for $19.99. It’s available in six colors: black, white, silver, cream, rose and pink (seen above). This will be the perfect purchase to get you in the mood for a little spring cleaning, no?

ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Collection

loreal advanced haircare LOreal Paris Advanced Haircare Collection

Fabulous products are available at every price point. And by that, I don’t mean that you can find some fairly decent prestige knockoffs at your local Target or drugstore. What I do mean is that there are many mass market beauty products that rival ones 10x their price. Case in point: L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare collection. Frankly, I think these products are in a league of their own.

I didn’t request samples from L’Oreal, so when a box of shampoos, conditioners and styling products showed up on my doorstep, I didn’t know what to make of them or what made them different/special…until I introduced them to my overprocessed tresses. Last weekend, I tested the following products:

loreal paris advanced haircare products LOreal Paris Advanced Haircare Collection

Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask: Instantly infuses moisture into every strand. This mask, with its light and luxurious gel-like texture, transforms even dry, dehydrated hair into silky, soft and manageable strands. (more…)

Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter

nivea vanilla macadamia kiss lip butter Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter

I need another lip balm like I need a hole in the head. But when I saw Nivea’s Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter while picking up some essentials at CVS, I couldn’t resist tossing a little non-essential treat into my basket. The name is perfectly apt – it goes on like butta and smells like (you guessed it) a vanilla-macadamia mashup. Imparts good moisture and gives the lips a healthy sheen. It’s packaged into a slim tin that conveniently stows in your pocket or the smallest of handbags (I keep mine in the car console)…although I kind of wish it came in stick form. I’m no germaphobe, but sticks just seem more sanitary.

Nivea Lip Butter is also available in Smooth Kiss, Raspberry Rose Kiss, Caramel Cream Kiss and retails for around $4.

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer DDF Discoloration Reversal MoisturizerLate last year, my friends started to remark about how fabulous my skin looked. I quickly dismissed the first few compliments, thinking my pals were just being kind. But the flattery just kept coming and I started to wonder what all the fuss was about. Then one morning, I looked in the mirror and finally saw what everyone else was seeing. The dark marks around my jawline that have plagued me for years were almost gone – and my complexion was positively radiant. That’s when it all clicked…and my new moisturizer instantly achieved holy grail status.

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer promises to “effectively hydrate skin during the nighttime sleep cycle to help reduce the appearance of melanin build up, and help to achieve younger looking skin.” And boy does it ever. I’ve struggled with hyperpigmentation since puberty and have tested a ridiculous amount of products to minimize my the dark marks that acne and other blemishes have left in their wake. I’ve had good results with a handful of those products, but nothing comes close to the transformation I’ve witnessed with DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer.

Not only did it practically obliterate my dark marks, it evened out my entire skin tone and imparted a glow that – up until now – I’ve only been able to achieve with makeup. What a welcome surprise! And the funny thing is that even though you’re supposed to use it twice a day, I only use it in the morning (I didn’t read the directions when DDF first sent me a bottle to review) and my friends noticed an improvement in my skin after just two weeks of using the product. Just imagine how quick you could see results if you actually use as directed! (more…)

Stella & Ruby State Necklaces On Sale at ideeli

Winners of the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion Giveaway

vaseline intensive rescure repairing moisture Winners of the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion Giveaway

My sincerest apologies for posting the winners of the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion Giveaway so late. Life has been crazy busy lately and I am beyond sorry for being MIA for so long.

Anyway, without further ado, the winners of the contest are Amy Z, Carey, Cindy Aiton, Katy M and Theresa N. Each of these lucky ladies have won a 10 oz. sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion,  a 7.5 oz. jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and the gift of healthy, soft skin that comes with both!

Many thanks to the generous folks at Vaseline for spoiling my readers pretty.

And stay tuned because I’ve got more fabulous giveaways in the works.

Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly

essie chinchilly nail polish Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly I’m a gray nail polish kind of girl. Gray is what I naturally gravitate to when I’m at the nail salon or in the store shopping for new colors. It’s neutral and edgy all at the same time. Anyway, for the past four years, my favorite gray nail polish has been OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques! – a dark greige (combo of gray and brown). And I didn’t think any gray lacquer could get more love from me, until my mom (of all people) introduced me to Essie’s Chinchilly.

Mama Spoiled Pretty, who usually rocks bright and metallic manicures, tried Chinchilly on a whim and has been obsessed ever since. She wears it quite often, and when she does, I always notice her nails and tell her how nice they look. So this weekend, while spending the day at my parents’ house, I decided to try Chinchilly for myself. In the bottle, it looks like a lighter version of my OPI fave. But on my nails, the gray leans a little lavender – which gives it a more feminine feel. It also looks amazeballs with a sparkly topcoat.

spoiled pretty essie chinchilly nail polish Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly

The shade is universally flattering, which I don’t often say (because most of the time, it’s not true). Honestly, I’ve seen this color on tons of women and it looks great on everyone. I can’t believe it took me this long to get acquainted.

I love Jacques, but Chinchilly is what I’ll reach for – from now on – when I’m feeling gray.

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