September 21, 2014

Morning On The Upper East Side

After fashion week was over, Thomas and I packed our bags and moved on over to The Mark Hotel for a little weekend getaway in the city. Since we were already in New York, we figured we should stay through the weekend and enjoy parts of the city that we didn’t have time to explore during the madness of NYFW. We used the bikes available at the hotel to get us all around the Upper East Side one morning.

Our first stop was at Organic Avenue, a delicious place for a fresh pressed green juice or anything healthy for that matter! Thomas and I both love starting our days off with a green smoothie or juice instead of coffee- it gives us way more energy throughout the day and no crash at 2pm ;)

A little indulgence after fashion week was definitely necessary. I try and stay away from too much sugar (I get terrible headaches if I eat too much) but the treats at Vegan Divas can’t be missed while in NYC. Trust me when I say that they have THE BEST donuts I’ve ever had. Vegan or not, they’re still the best. I go for the mini ones so I can try multiple flavors + a yummy blueberry and lemon muffin.

We made a quick stop at The Met on our way to Central Park. It’s so incredibly beautiful! We spent a whole day inside last February and still have so much we didn’t see. We’re definitely setting aside a dedicated day on our next trip to the city in a few months.

I just love Central Park. We rode (and walked) through the park on this beautiful crisp Fall morning, listening to all of the musicians, watching performers and stopping to take in all of the beauty.

 J.Crew Sweater (25% off until 9/24), Rag & Bone Shorts, J.Crew Scarf (25% off until 9/24), Free People Hat (similar here), Marni Sandals, Chloe Bag, Ray Ban Aviators

J.Crew is also having 25% off most of their fall styles with code: SHOPFORFALL until 9/24. A few of my favorite pieces aside from the sweater and scarf I’m wearing above are these scalloped pink flats, this ‘hello goodbye’ tee, this embellished blazer (that I may have already picked up!) and this coat.


September 19, 2014

Travel Beauty Tips & Products

I wish I could bring my whole beauty cabinet with me when I travel. Just like overpacking with clothes, I often overpack with beauty products. Thomas and I are getting ready for a big Europe trip in two weeks and I’m condensing my must-have beauty and skincare products because every ounce counts when you are packing for a long trip. I’ve narrowed it down to just the essentials and picked products that can perform multiple jobs at the same time.

Travel beauty essentials-


Moisturizer- My current favorite moisturizer is Clé de Peau Beauté Gentle Protective Emulsion w/ SPF (also available here). It goes beyond just hydrating, but is gentle on your skin, fights against anti-aging and has spf. It’s pricey for moisturizer, but one bottle lasts 6-8 months.
Cleanser- I’ve been using Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm for a few months now and I love how luxurious it is and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry after cleansing.
Makeup Remover/Toner- I’ve mentioned by love for the Arcona Triad Pads before and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using them. I stock up (two or three) at a time for fear of running out and not having them!
Mask- My body is super sensitive to travel. Planes make me swell up like a balloon- especially my face and feet. I use the Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate Mask right after I land- it works as an at home facial and reduces puffiness, brightens and leaves you looking refreshed.


Primer- Instead of a heavy foundation, I’ll use Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer over my moisturizer for a subtle glow and coverage. With a little concealer and blush, I’m good to go for a barley there look.
Concealer (and brightening powder)- Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer completely covers my under eye circles and the brightening powder helps it last all day.
Blush/Bronzer- Le Metier de Beaute Blushing Bronzer Duet is my favorite combo so I don’t have to carry a separate blush and bronzer with corresponding brushes while traveling.
Mascara- I’ve been a loyal fan of bareMinerals ‘Lash Domination’ (and still am) but my newest mascara obsession is Buxom with the ‘Strong & Long’ Brush. You can pick from seven different brushes depending on what look you want for your eyelashes.
Lip Balm- I’ve been using EOS for years and I love this stuff to keep my lips hydrated and soft. My new favorite is the Visibly Soft Coconut Milk – it’s so yummy (and smells so good!).
Lipgloss- I don’t go anywhere without my Bobbi Brown lipgloss in “Petal”.
Lipstick- I always have lipstick on hand. Chanel Ultrawear Lip Colour in “Deep Rose” is my favorite lip color for fall.
Perfume- Givenchy ‘Dahlia Divin’ is my new favorite scent. I always travel with perfume, that’s why I prefer to buy smaller sizes to fit in my carryon.

kate spade new york cosmetic case and  frends headphones


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September 18, 2014

Tommy Hilfiger

Thomas and I had the pleasure of attending the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2015 runway show during NYFW. A few days prior, we headed into their flagship store on 5th Ave to style each of our outfits for the show. I opted for a more menswear inspired look with this striped short suit and polished pussybow blouse. Thomas kept his clean and classic with a tailored blazer and colored chinos.

I’m constantly blown away by the presentation of the Tommy Hilfiger shows. The setting is spectacular and I’m always excited to see what they’ll do next. The show was filled with a rock n roll meets festival style vibe and feel. The star printed flowy dress above was one of my favorites from the the collection!

On Julia: Tommy Hilfiger Blazer, Shorts & Blouse c/o, Louboutin Pumps, Givenchy Bag c/o Luisaviaroma, Dior Earrings (similar here), Armani Lipstick in “Laque De Chine”, Givenchy Sunglasses c/o Editorialist

On Thomas: Tommy Hilfiger Blazer, Shirt, Pants & Sneakers c/o, Tom Ford Glasses