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Artist Crush: Rosanne Olsen

September 9th, 2013

This weekend I stopped into one of my favorite photography galleries, Iris Gallery, on Newbury Street and came face to face with a massive framed print that stopped me in my tracks by photographer Rosanne Olsen. How amazing is this?

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They also look great on the smaller, more affordable, scale too.

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I dream of having some large scale, modern photography in my house soon, and one of these might be an ideal option. I just love them.

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A Fall Transition

September 6th, 2013

I woke up this morning to my thermostat reading 57 degrees… I guess fall really is here.  But even though the temps are dropping and it is past Labor Day don’t think for one minute my white jeans are getting packed up! Oh no, I, like many others lately, have taken to completely ignoring that rule- especially in early fall.  I am absolutely loving the look of white jeans with a chunky knit fisherman sweater. This could be my uniform for those days it stays under 65. It’s crisp, classic, comfortable and most importantly, chic- as shown by these lovely ladies.

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Here’s how you and I can get the look- some affordable options as well an investment pieces, like that Reed Krakoff bag (I’m lusting after this version) and a classic Barbour jacket.  Also absolutely LOVING this delicate and gorgeous diamond necklace by India Hicks (her whole jewelry line is heaven).

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My Daily Routine: Makeup, Skin & Hair

September 5th, 2013

I have long loved the Top Shelf posts on Into the Gloss, my fave beauty blog, and so I thought I’d do one of my own! I have a few things that I buy time and time again and highly recommend.   Here they are!

SKINCARE

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1. A constant favorite- the smell and texture (and gentle nature) of Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser is amaze. I keep this in the shower.

2. I love me a good scented body lotion (Malin + Goetz B5 is the best scent eva in my book or Aesop’s Inensive Balm) but when it comes to actually softening rough patches and moisturizing like no ones business, Amlactin is the best. Scent free and does what it says. Just don;t put it on freshly shaved legs (OUCH).

3. I know wipes don’t get your skin really clean, but when I’m super duper lazy it’s better than not washing at all! I love these Simple Radiance wipes best.

4. For body wash I love Burt’s Bee’s Peppermint & Rosemary Wash- mine is almost gone!

5. GUYS. I swear to all things holy that since I started using this activated charcoal facewash by local company Shamanuti I have not had one single pimple and my skin is crazy clear. With it’s cool consistency, black color and gender neutral fragrance I think Andrew should try it too. I am almost out and am going to get more! Also think their Pumpkin Enzyme Mask sounds super lovely for fall!

6. Also very cool and contributing my my current clear skin is this genius scrub powder from One Love Organics that you just mix in with your cleanser to create a gentle but effective scrub.

7. Another One Love Organics product (I’ve been trying to go more organic/ less chemical) is their Morning Glory Oil that I’ve been using a few drops of every day.

8. Shiseido’s Urban Shield is a constant in my drawer. Awesome non-greasy texture and killer sun protection (man do I regret all that sunbathing…. paging the LASERS.)

9. Speaking of sun spots, I’ve been using this Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin C Moisture Serum daily too.  As I said, I think lasers are my only hope, but I do feel a little brighter after a month of use!

10. Clarisonic. Duh. (Did you see it comes in leopard now???)

11. Ok, truth be told, I was sent this gorgeous Cle de Peau eye cream to try. I could not afford it otherwise. The packaging is insane on the vanity and I’ve quite liked it in the few months I’ve been using it (it lasts forever).

12.  Tweezerman tweezers to keep the brows in check between waxes.

13. Elizabeth Dehn’s Vitamin E eye cream is super moisturizing, so I use it at night!

MAKEUP

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1. I typically follow Jackie O’s rule of red on the toes, pink on the fingers. I’m not into nail art or the strange “party nail” trend.  I like things clean and simple.  I always have Essie Mademoiselle and Geranium in my drawer- and just tried the new deeper true red shade Twin Sweater Set on my toes and love it for fall. And then I go Wicked for winter when I’m pissy. :)

2. I still pray Chanel decides to bring back the fluid Teint Innocence (please please please) but until then Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in color 4.5 has been a good second choice.

3. NOTHING beats Cle de Peau concealer (I use the beige color). Nothing. I’ve tried ALL the concealers guys. All of them. This is it.

4. Currently love love loving YSL Volupte Shine Sheer Candy in Sweet Fig. Half balm, half gloss with a great taste and the perfect hint of red/pink natural color.

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze- I fade this out come fall in exchange for her matte bronzer in Medium.  But I like using it for nights out even in the winter.

6. Chanel’s blush in Malice has been a fave all summer. I am always buying mroe blush trying to find that perfect flush, and this is the one I use most often.

7. All summer I wore Hermes Jour de Hermes and I got so many compliments. It’s such a lovely fragrance.

8. I love me some eyeshadow palettes- none better than Urban Decay Naked 2 for variety and incredibly wearable shades (no odd colors you never use). So great for traveling!

9. Benefit Lemon-aid is an awesome eye shadow base I always have on hand. Neutralizes any red blotchiness.

10. MAC angled eyeliner brush is awesome for powder to liquid eyeliner (my fave kind).

11. Low Laura Mercier’s cake liner in Black Ebony with the brush above. Wet the brush and you get a great, flexible line.

12. Even though I love palettes, I always use up the neutral base color first- so I have a full size Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts shadow on hand. Sometimes I also buy Bobbi Brown’s Bone instead, (would be best for paler complexions as it’s lighter)

13. Concealer is so my “stuck on an island” product- and this one has become a staple for me- Givenchy’s Mister Light in Toast. It illuminates the eye area like no ones business!

14. I used to have a massive uni-brow and while I still have thick brows, now they sometimes need a little help thanks to Father Time.  I used to use Anastasia’s Brow Wiz in Brunette but then found the exact same pencil for half the price at CVS from Salma Hayek’s line Nuance (not available online)!

15. You can tell I like this shadow, and how old it is by the shape of the container- Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Wash in Stone is SO good.

16. And I forgot to number my mascara and because I’m hella lazy, I’ll just say it’s Benefit They’re Real which is so great, clump-less and makes your lashes SO long.

And by the way, my makeup drawer is a mess. I’m not one of those perfectly organized people. No smoke and mirrors here, just messiness. :)

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HAIRCARE

Ok, onto hair. For the first time in my life I’m dealing with grays and damaged hair. FUN. So I have gone from someone who had NO hair products to someone who has a drawer full.

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1. I LOOOOOOVE the whole L’Oreal Total Repair 5 line. I would have photographed the shampoo and conditioner but I am out of it. I also love this masque once a week for a few minutes while in the shower! I also like to mix in Malin + Goetz Peppermint shampoo for extra deep, tingly cleaning.

2. The best hairspray ever. Says every hairstylist ever, too.

3. Bumble Surf Spray is a classic for a reason- volume, texture and beachy waves.

4. I liked this blow dry lotion for softness. Plus biotin and collagen must be good for my hair, right?

5. More L’Oreal Total Repair- the dry oil spray is so great- I put on ends before I dry or on dry hair if I’m having a super frizzy day to calm it down.

6. Another great moistuizer is Shiseido’s Essence Absolue.  Jennifer Aniston swore by it, so I bought it. It’s good stuff.

7. This is the best curling iron for loose beachy waves due to it’s lack of clip. But warning, it’s SUPER hot. My assistant got one and fried her arm.  But with practice you’ll LOVE it. Curls last forever.

 Any products you simply cannot live without???

Calypso Giveaway & Shopping Discount Exclusive

September 4th, 2013

One of my fave stores Calypso has been kind enough to let me give my readers exclusive first access to their new fall shopping discount  offer- enter  GCFALL2013FB to get the discounts listed below! Certainly a help when stocking up for the fall season as it comes into full swing!

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Here are some of the things I’d love to get with a gift card, for sure, all available now on their site.

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And I have an awesome giveaway for you guys too- a Calypso cashmere scarf and one of their fab scented candles- what girl doesn’t like scarves and candles, right? Enter your pick for scarf and scent below and like them on Facebook for a chance to win!

Pick any color of this scarf or this scarf (only these two varation- none of the printed scarves) and any scent of the bougie parfum candle!

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Happy shopping, y’all!

Still Life (With Shoes)

September 3rd, 2013

While flipping through some of the INSANELY bloated September issues (I’m looking at you, Vogue) I came across an ad that took my breath away.  The Valentino Fall campaign is striking with it’s richly colored and layered “still lives” that are akin to renaissance era paintings seen in a museum.  Juxtaposed with a single garment it is, well…. so much more artistic than so many campaigns we see.

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But something felt so familiar…. I could not help but think “I’ve seen this before…where was it?” And then after jogging my memory I remembered seeing these STUNNING images on photographer Conor Doherty’s site.  I think these would be pure insanity on a huge scale above a sofa.

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And having worked with him before, I can attest to the fact that he is not only immensely talented but incredibly sweet too.  And I know that he can’t help but feel that all to familiar feeling of flattery mixed with anger at seeing your work copied (he shot these years ago…) It’s happened to all of us. I’ve had my entire blog design copied inch by inch never mind lots of room designs.  And I have been on the other side of it too, when given an image of someone else’s work and being told “I want my room to look just like this.” Nothing is more insulting to a creative person than being told to copy someone else.  There is no point in hiring a designer to copy someone, you hire them to translate your wishes into something unique just for you (and just by them).

Being copied means that you’ve done something that resonates so strongly with someone that they want to create it themselves exactly as you did.  So it’s a mixed bag- your work is oddly validated but at the same time cheapened. But as I am constantly reminded, nothing is truly original in this world and we all take inspiration, cues and ideas from one another on a daily basis.  It’s the nature of the creative beast, I think.

But I digress, back to the art of photography.  I am so enamored with large scale photography and desperate to find something stunning for above my sofa, much like Conor’s images above. This pictures just confirm my desire!

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