October Beauty Buys

Fall 2014 Beauty

 

Every season I try to add some new beauty and skin products to my routine. This month my beauty buys consisted of my first foundation (EVER), new blush, red lipstick, overnight skin cream and a new scrub! In the beginning of the month, I was having a rough morning and I decided to walk over to Sephora (bad idea) to look at makeup. Well, the Skin IQ technology led me to my first ever NARS liquid foundation. Brushes be gone, the makeup expert showed me how to apply the foundation by just using my finger tips. I opted for a matte foundation for the fall/winter because 1 I wanted this makeup to be fool proof and 2. Dewey foundation just didn’t seem that appealing for this time of the year. I paired up my new foundation with a powder blush in Sin to match.

I still like to mix my beauty routine with high and low brands on the same day I walked over to CVS and picked up the new St. Ives Even & Bright facial scrub. It smells amazing and I use it after long days at work and events. I feel like this scrub gives me the right pick me up after a long day. I tried out a new night facial cream by Lumene. Since I am a big fan of lavender scents for bed (it knocks me right out) I bought the Time Freeze moisturizer to keep at Scott’s house so I don’t have to bring my Kiehl’s Midnight Concrete Serum back and forth.

My final purchase was a new shade of red lipstick by Maybelline. One can never have too many. Did you buy any new makeup this month?

Happy Weekend!

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Photo from the Century 21 Grand Opening Party 

We made it to the weekend! YES! This weekend is filled with Halloween activities and the most epic of parties hosted by my good friend Alexandria. (Side note: Alexandria throws the best parties and when we found out she was going to be in London for Halloween for work it was devastating news. Thank goodness we tugged her arm to throw a party this weekend ;D)

This week was especially fun because the grand opening party for the Century 21 department store was Wednesday night. Let me tell you, this department store has some serious WOW factor. Big open space, gorgeous lighting, chandeliers (possibly from the old Strawbridges?!) and designer clothing from top to bottom. I treated myself to a cobalt blue tote and I can’t wait to make it my pop of color for the winter. The store opens to the public on October 28th at 821 Market St and DO sign up for the Loyalty Program.

Now let me get a little emotional here. Once I stepped into Century 21, I felt so humbled to have been a part of the #C21Philly campaign. I started my blog as a small hobby and creative outlet for me. It started small just writing about celebrity fashion I admired to local fashion events in Philadelphia. Now I write about lifestyle, dining and of course the expanding retail in the city that I love. I get to work with local and national brands, a dream come true! To all of my real friends and family that have supported me and my writing along the way, thank you. I have to give a shout out to my old supervisor and PR guru Michelle for giving me the opportunity to work with Century 21. Michelle, you always pushed me to do better and supported me and my blog when others didn’t. Thank you, thank you.

At The Moment

Pin of the Week 10.23.14

 

At the moment, the links I love on the internet:

The pin of the week is brought to you by The Beauty Department! TBD is one of my favorite beauty sites to read in the morning. I think they have the best holiday makeup tips and tricks which I am looking forward to using this year.

Cruising the Open Road with District Drive

Let’s be clear, the only wheels I own is my monthly SEPTA pass for the bus and subway. I move through town solely by public transportation, my bicycle, my own two feet or Sue, Scott’s Subaru. The thought of owning a car, doesn’t come to mind often since I can commute through Philadelphia very easily. However when there are events in the suburbs or my mom is calling from New Jersey asking when I’m coming home next, the idea of a car does cross my mind.

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Thankfully, my friends over at District Drive asked me if I wanted to borrow a Chevrolet of my choice for my weekend trip to Bucks County I jumped at the chance. I went with a new Impala and I am glad that I did! The new Impala has a sleek design and leather interior that I loved. The vehicle had a lot of features that I really enjoyed and assisted with making my trip out of Philadelphia much smoother.

I felt the Chevy Impala gave me full accessibility at my fingertips, literally. The car was a push to start automatic (heaven), had touch screen capabilities for the radio and GPS, and bluetooth capabilities syncing to Scott’s cell phone. I was able to navigate us out of the city, listen to Spotify and take incoming calls.

For me getting back on the highway can be a little nerve racking, but with the Chevy Impala I didn’t have a worry at all. Why you may ask? The Impala has sensor technology that can track vehicles/people in your car’s blind spot or breaking quickly in front of you. AMAZING! The sensor technology lights up in your side windows or dashboard. Though I was focused on the road, this added technology really let me cruise without any worry.

Thanks again to District Drive and Chevrolet for my set of wheels for the weekend! Check out updated about District Drive here and #PHIDistrict on Twitter.

Happy Weekend!

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Its the weekend! A weekend that I have been looking forward to for quite sometime because its my birthday present weekend. Scott is taking me up a trip to Bucks County specifically New Hope and Doylestown filled with wine tastings, shopping and dinner at Honey. The best part about the trip (city dweller moment) is that we’ll get to see all of the fall foliage in full effect this weekend. Yes, I love Philadelphia however nothing beats seeing the leaves change out in the suburbs or in the rural suburbs (as Scott refers to my hometown in NJ). Hopefully I will be able to snap some great photos and make a Bucks County Moment!

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To make a great weekend even better its the HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL IN CHESTNUT HILL (insert fan girl scream). I have never been able to go and tomorrow that all changes. I’m not entirely sure how Quidditch will be played or if the butter beer will be as delicious as Harry Potter World’s version. I’m just giddy to wear my Prefect badge out and about.

Whatever you do this weekend I hope its a great one!

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At The Moment

Pin of the Week 10.16.14

At the moment the links I am really digging on the internet this week:

  • The future trends of nail art and I want to try all of them.
  • Remember playing MASH in elementary school? Me too. Who What Wear graciously brought this game back to life this week.
  • Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

The pin of the week is a gorgeous outfit from the Tibi S/S 15 collection. I enjoy the simplicity of a black and white ensemble. Maybe next summer I will take on this trend.

 

Team Android During Fashion Month

I have always wondered what it would be like to have two cell phones. One for personal use and a second just for special projects (this blog). Let me tell you 16GB is not enough for all the photos I take on my camera app so luckily Verizon reached out and offered to provide me with the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone for all of my Philadelphia fashion events last month.

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When my Samsung first arrived you could definitely say I was a fish out of water. I have been #TeamApple for the past eight years (I even worked at the Apple Store in Atlantic City) so I was completely unfamiliar with Android technology. I even had to google on my iPad how to turn the Samsung on! (Feel free to make fun of me later, that was tough to admit haha.) After I started getting acclimated with my new phone and playing around with all of my regular social media apps, I synced my personal email to the Gmail app.

Mind. Blown.

Again fish out of water moment but I loved how the Galaxy synced up perfectly with my Google profile. Calendar, drive, email, the works was now synced in perfect harmony on my phone and my life. Another aspect of the phone I enjoyed is that you can customize more than just your home screen or lock page. I can customize text messages, colors, fonts and my front app screen. As a creative person, I like that these aspects of the phone can change whenever I want them to. This aspect of Android technology was very appealing to me. I can switch up how my phone looks every season instead of getting bored with the same layout for two year.

I hope all of this information helped! Of course, the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is awesome, but I felt that it was necessary to show show this phone synced up with my entire life. Not just the camera. So have you thought about becoming Team Android? Sticking with the iPhone and #bendgate? Let me know!

Happy Weekend!

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October is one of my favorite months because every weekend is jam packed with events to go to in Philadelphia. Get ready guys, this is a happy weekend to the extreme!

First off, who wouldn’t want to go to the High Steaks! The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge and Cocktail Competition? Taking place at Square 1682 on Sunday, this is a foodie event not to miss with a stacked list of restaurants participating. Tickets are $40 for all you can eat & drink.

Looking forward to shopping this weekend? Well I have two events for you to check out. On Saturday, take the #57 bus down to BUS STOP boutique because they are hosting a meet and greet with the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. All 6 designers in residence will have their collections for sale. Use the hashtag #BusStopLovesPFI if you go and say cheers to shop owner Elena!

For my readers out in the suburbs, don’t worry I’ve got an event for you too. Stop by Formals XO at the King of Prussia Mall for their styling event with Amanda Margusity the Style Director of Faviana. RSVP: Formal XO at 610.265.7766.

See you next week and have a great weekend!

 

Event Alert: Vanity Fair LiftTOUR

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Hello readers in the Greater Philadelphia area! The Vanity Fair LiftTOUR benefiting Dress for Success will be moving around to five different malls in this area. At each stop, women are invited aboard for a free bra fitting with a Vanity Fair Fit Expert and the opportunity to donate a brand-new bra on behalf of Vanity Fair to the local Dress for Success affiliate.

Since the LiftTOUR launch back in July 2014 this initiative has helped 3,500 women and Vanity Fair has matched that donation of bras to local Dress for Success chapters. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time and event to participate in and help a charity local to Philadelphia.