Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Go-To Summer Beauty Products

Hi all!  How is your week going?   Summers can be a hard time to feel chic and put together, especially when it comes to your skin and makeup.  If you live in a humid city like me, it can be even harder to maintain a fresh look in the sweltering heat.  But fret not!  I've recently added a few fab beauty products to my makeup and skin care routine, and I love them so much that I thought I'd share the love with you.  I also added in a few tried-and-true favorites:




1.) Maybelline Rocket Volum Mascara $7.77 - I have probably tried every mascara on the market (both drugstore and high-end brands) and NOTHING beats this baby.  The mascara glides on so easily and makes your eyelashes look beautiful and thick, almost like you have on false lashes.  During the summer, I don't like to wear eyeshadow since it's so humid in Houston and it tends to crease.  So, my mascara has to pack a punch!  I truly believe this mascara is better than any high-end brand.  Amber of Barefoot Blonde also raves about this mascara here.

2.) PCA Acne Gel $42- I do not exaggerate when I say this acne gel is a miracle worker.  My facialist, Jaclyn of Skindustry, sells PCA products at her shop and turned me on to this gel.  You only need a tiny bit when applying to your breakouts before bed, and when you wake up, your pimples will be GONE.  The salicylic acid helps to dry out the blemish and surrounding oils.  It's a godsend during the hot summer months!


3.) Benefit Watts Up!  Highlighter $30- I only recently began adding highlighter to my makeup routine, and I love the way it lightens up and adds a bit of glow to your complexion.  This Benefit Watts Up! highlighter has an easily application glider that allows you to apply it directly to your nose, under your eyes, and forehead.  It also comes with a brush for blending.  Love it!

4.) Chanel UV Essential Sunscreen $55- What would a summer beauty products post be without a reliable sunscreen?  Chanel's UV Essential is my absolute favorite, and to me, is worth the splurge.  It is specifically formulated for your face, and what I love about it is how lightweight it feels.  It also filters UVA and UVB rays, free radicals, and pollution and helps to shelter your skin from hyperpigmentation.

5.) Lancome Art Liner Eyeliner $30.50 I continually rave about this product.  I honestly wear it year-round and don't go a day without applying it.  It glides on so easily and beautifully, and makes doing a winged eyeliner easy as pie.  I buy it in Noir, the darkest black shade.

6.) Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs $12.79- Lindsay turned me on to this "tan in a can" product that instantly bronzes your legs when you spray it on.  I love it for nights out when I wish I had had time to get a proper spray tan.  I also use it on my arms and chest/back from time to time when I want to fake an all-over tan for a night out or a day at the pool.   Since I am naturally pretty pale, I use the "Medium" color.

7.) NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight $26- I love, love, LOVE this lip gloss.  It goes on so glossy and thick and has the perfect hint of color.  I wear it constantly in the summer, when I am running errands or even when going out for a night on the town.  It's the perfect gloss without looking too "overdone". 

What are some of your favorite summer beauty products?  Have any that I didn't include here? Do tell!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The View Through My Lens: 24

Happy Tuesday!  How are we doing thus far in the week, my dolls and dames?  I am feelin pretty good about myself because I've made it to Define two consecutive days (woop woop!)  and also managed to get a lot of homework and work done.  My productivity is at an all time high.  However, I have a feeling it might dwindle as the week proceeds, especially since I am visiting my beloved Lindsay (of Sadie + Stella fame) this weekend in Kansas City!  Nonetheless, I'll revel in my current energy and hope that copious amounts of Starbucks and the BPM Sirius station will keep me going.  Here's a look at what else has kept me going lately...


My niece Lily never fails to look absolutely adorable. I got to see her and play with her on a recent trip back home to OKC, and I can't believe how fast she is growing!  Click here to see her cuteness in action!



The Caceres Casa is finally coming together.  This is a shot of the living room, with our new High Fashion Home sofa, pillows, and painting by Houston artist Nedra Hawks.


My #BriargroveBeauty project is going along smoothly, and we just finished installing this David Hicks wallpaper as well as this brass sputnik chandelier in the entryway.  Isn't it fun?! 


I spotted the most gorgeous purple hydrangeas at Whole Foods the other day, and used an antique mercury glass decanter for a vase.  I'm also swooning over AERIN's new candle collection.  I purchased the Jacaranda Wood scent and I am amazed how strong the scent is + how long it burns.  It might be my new favorite candle!


I added a By Luciana print to our bedroom gallery wall in the top left corner.  It says, "Je Vour Aime Mon Cheri," which means "I love you my darling" in French.  Have you checked out Luciana's shop?  It's full of fun prints and tees.


Last April, one of my childhood besties tied the knot to an incredibly great man. They chose to do the ceremony at the courthouse with just their pastor and immediate family, which I think is so sweet!  Last week, the newlyweds threw a party to celebrate the union.  I loved traveling up to Oklahoma for the festivities and catching up with one of my favorite gals.  The green Anthropologie dress I am wearing here is deceptively comfy and probably my all-time favorite summer dress.


The past 2 weeks, we have been babysitting my parents Great Dane, Graycie, while they traveled through Africa and Turkey.  She is such a hilarious dog with a thousand quirks.  One particular quirk is that she has absolutely NO idea how huge she is, and tries to squeeze in to the smallest places.  I was cracking up to see her posing in my living room wing chair last week, amongst a Mimosa Lane chevron throw pillow and a David Hicks La Florentina lumbar. 


What is life without movie quotes?  To me- nothing.  That's why I love my Buy Me Brunch tank, which commemorates one of the best scenes from Anchorman.

Ohhh Ben Stiller.  How I love thee.

Enjoy your day my dears!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: A Brass Bathroom

It's no secret I'm a fan of brass.  To me, nothing is more luxe than a cleanly-designed space accented with pretty gold fixtures.  I've shared my love of brass in the kitchen, but until today, I have yet to dissect the beauty of brass in the bathroom.  And what better way to start a week than to share a little bathroom eye candy?   I love the bright whites and the old-school brass shower plumbing in this bath:


And is there anything sexier than black + gold?  The glossy subway tiles in this shower and sink area accentuate the touches of brass:




Scott Maddux, the design extrodinaire behind Maddux Creative, designed this jaw-dropping bathroom that graced the cover of The World of Interiors May 2014 cover:


The deeply veined Arabescato marble combined with the rich, unlacquered brass here is nothing short of lustworthy.  The delicate cut-glass pendant lights add another dose of charm. 


This bathroom by Tracery Interiors is another chic example of the impact black and gold can have.  I love the tile they chose to adorn the floor, as well!



And lastly, what is more decadent than a standing washbasin constructed of lucite and brass?


One word- Yum.  

What are your thoughts- are you a fan of brass in the bath?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Project Update: Cakewalk Style Shop

TGIF!  Are you looking forward to the weekend ?  I hope so!  I thought I would close out the week with sharing a few updates on my Cakewalk Style Shop project, which I first introduced here. I am helping the owners of Houston boutique Cakewalk Style-  Jennifer Grigsby and Gina Cartwright- space plan and design their new shop location at 3201 Westheimer. How cute is the exterior?!


One of our main goals in the new space is to design inspiring office spaces in the back of the store for the girls to work from.  We are working with very minimal square footage, so function is our main focus .  To help add order to the overflowing supplies and products the girls had in their offices, we created a storage unit wall in Jen's office, constructed of Ikea Besta shelving in high gloss white. We plan to wallpaper the bit of wall nook that is visible in the Ikea Besta shelving and add downlighting.  This space is where Jen and her team plan to wrap and pack online orders:


We are also planning to wallpaper the main focal wall in Jenn's office that you see upon walking in her space. We decided on a bold floral print- Ellie Cashman's Dark Floral II Light Fresco wallcovering:


In Gina's office, we are in the process of adding window treatments to the windows as well as brainstorming an interesting ceiling treatment.  Here's what the current window situation is:


The glazed tiles aren't ideal, but because the girls are renting the space we have to work with what we've got!  The building sits on an east-west orientation, so there is serious sunlight streaming in in the afternoon.  The girls have even admitted to wearing sunglasses at times because of how bright it is!  So, window treatments are needed ASAP.  The plan is to do an interesting cornice box to frame the corner window and add roman shades.  Here's what's in our inspiration file:


I love the geometric shape of these cornice boxes.  They'd add such visual interest to the space and hide a bit of the upper tiles.


I'm thinking it would be fun to do an interesting trim on the roman shade:


For the ceiling treatment, love the idea of stripes like Kelly Wearstler utilized in the Avalon Hotel:


More fun stripes in a bold patterned nursery:


We will be installing the wallpaper soon, so I'll be able to share more progress pictures with you then.  I also need to take more photos of the offices themselves- I realized as I was putting this post together that I don't have many "before" photos that help explain the layout.  Be sure to follow along on my instagram for sneak peeks as we work on the space!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fishtailin' It

To me, nothing oozes "effortless style" like an over-the-shoulder fishtail braid.  No, my current obsession with the hairstyle did not start with that Frozen movie's Elsa character.  I apologize in advance if your child has subjected you to watching that film over and over again, or if you yourself are a big fan.  I just can't do animated films, no matter how amazing people say they are- it's not my style.  I'm more of a Tarantino fan.  Nonetheless, I loooove a good fishtail braid and have always envied ladies with long, lustrous locks who can whip one up and throw it over their shoulder carelessly.  It's equal parts sweet and sexy:



It's a versatile look- whether going to the lake or beach, or dressing up for a big event, a fishtail braid can work for a variety of occasions. 




Want to amp up the sweet AND sexy?  Fishtail pigtail braids (say that 10 times fast)!  This is my ultimate hair dream:



As a perpetual bob-er for most of my life, I've spent the last few years growing out my locks.  We aren't quite there yet, but I see fishtail braids in my (somewhat near) future.  Ohhhh the excitement.  Want to try the look yourself?  Go here for a fishtail braid tutorial.

Are you a fan of this look?!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Crop It

Bad nineties music videos aside, the crop top is back with a vengeance.  I, for one, am a big fan and love this look for summer- when done right!   I think the key to pulling off the crop top look is to balance it with a pair of pants, a midi skirt, or a pair of high-waisted shorts (and a toned tummy doesn't hurt, either!).  If possible, I think the look is much more sophisticated when a belly button is not exposed.  These ladies are croppin' it flawlessly:








What's your take?  Do you love this look, or is it a bit too Britney Spears "Baby, One More Time" for you?

Here are a few of my favorite crop top picks:




Monday, July 14, 2014

Oh, Tom

Hola chicas!  Did you have a lovely weekend?  I went back home to OKC for a friend's wedding celebration, which was beautiful.  Is there anything better than seeing a best friend sublimely happy and in love?  I think not. The only thing not-so-lovely is my sore back from driving 7 hours yesterday back to Houston.  But enough whining- on to something chic.  That would be designer Tom Scheerer.  I am sure you have seen his coffee table book that was released last fall, or at least eyed a few of his beautiful interiors in one of the many shelter mags he's been published in.  The man is living the life.  He works part of the year designing in NYC, and the other part of the year designing and relaxing in Harbour Island, Bahamas.  The two distinct cities and lifestyles translate in to a relaxed, yet tailored, aesthetic with plenty of whimsy:




His rooms feel decidedly "undecorated," as the NY Times so eloquently explained: "As  a decorator, he has forged a career doing rooms that are relaxed to the point of being hard to categorize as decorated; this is the idea, an observation he would take as a high compliment." 


How fun is this map wallpaper in his Rhode Island home?






Why hello there, Tom. Lookin good for 58.  Meow.

Check out his portfolio for more gorgeous inspiration, and buy his coffee table book here!

P.S. - I am thrilled to be guest posting on Lauren Nelson's blog (formerly the Girls of Lincoln Park) today!  Show Lauren some love and check out the post here!  XOXO