Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to: Master the sparkling mess, part 2

I've already mentioned several times that I am a costume jewelry hoarder. I love all the sparkle, style and presence it provides: I believe throwing on a statement necklace or a big ornamented cuff is the easiest way to invigorate any outfit you're not really sure about. 
A few weeks ago I had a lot of fun organizing my collection: first of all I sorted out all the old stuff (some of it went to my teenage cousin, some directly to the trash), and then I brainstormed the ways to display all that I kept, in a neat and coordinated way. I've found the cutest hangers for my necklaces, as I showed you in this post. And since I've been in love with the look bubble glass, I am so happy that I've found these vintage bowls and plates, which are just the perfect containers for all my sparkly baubles. Now, at least, I can find my favorite earrings without spending 15 minutes rummaging through a sparkling mess.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Little things

Pink & Cherry mani-pedi

I've just started to save for my future Louboutins...a girl can dream, right?

White flowers that make my office/room look so much more beautiful!

Getting ready for the summer popsicle craze (courtesy of Ikea)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From my kitchen: Chestnut & berry cake

Until recently I thought that baking a cake (a real one, I mean) was something of a really big deal, something very complicated and best being left to the professionals. But Emily, one of my favorite bloggers at Cupcakes and Cashmere, has proven me wrong. Her classic chocolate cake looked so inspiring and delicious, that I decided to try and face this challenge on my own! 
I've chosen a recipe that looked both simple and delicious. I was quite intrigued by the absence of flour, but it has proven to be a great thing: this cake is really far from being too heavy. On the contrary, it is just as light,  moist and full of flavor as a perfect cake should be. And the combination of chestnuts, berries and rum? Divine!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Beauty: Copper perfection

(Photos by Digitalnews)

Do you have the impression that Blake Lively looks simply perfect in just about every makeup she puts on her face? I'm always looking forward to seeing her in the magazines, since she always looks so flawless and is a great source of inspiration.
This look dates from January, but I still can't get enough of those copper eye shadows, peach blush and soft and pinky lips. I find this makeup really spring-appropriate, and I 'm sure I'll be wearing it very often.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Little things

Beautiful flowers that have been making me smile this whole week

A proof that even a plate of scrambled eggs can look great!

A patterned tunic from C&A that's been a staple in my closet for a few weeks now

Sweet treat that's been helping me cope with all the stress of the impending wisdom teeth removal.

The sweet scent of this tropical candle has been lifting my mood each and every evening of this crazy week

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How to: Master the sparkling mess, part 1

My costume jewelry collection is growing bigger and bigger, that's why I'm always on the lookout for some great new storage ideas. I've never liked jewelry boxes much: they are always too small; and I tend to forget what I actually own when it's hidden away. On the contrary, I really like the idea of displaying my jewelry so I can see it, and decide quickly what I want to wear.
I've stumbled upon these cute butterflies and dolls (that are actually tiny hangers) recently, and the moment I saw them, I got this simple idea: I have attached them on my wardrobe door (from the inside), and I've hung all my necklaces on them. It's both pretty and functional, plus it makes accessorizing oh so simple, as I have my clothes and accessories all in one place. 
And what I did with all my rings, bangles and earrings? I'll show you next week!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My style: Spring pastels

(La Redoute Skirt, Clockhouse top, Deichmann wedges, Galeries Lafayette tote, I am ring & necklace, Bijou Brigitte headband)

I've been known to be quite obsessed with black color: I find it sharp and elegant, and I'm pretty sure that nothing better than an LBD has been invented yet! But after this winter, I'm positively fed up with all the shades of black. What's more, the last time I looked properly into my closet, it was just so....dark! It was the right moment to go shopping for some happier colors. And what a surprise it was when I found myself gravitating towards the pretty nudes. They are so neat and beautiful, and perfect for spring! I found this skirt at La Redoute, and I immediately fell in love with its ruffles. It's wonderfully versatile and fun, plus it has made me reach for my tanning lotion again!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beauty: Flawless

(Photos by Fanpop)

I think that you'll agree with me when I say that the quest for a perfect complexion is a perpetual one. I've already tried on innumerable foundations / concealers / powders and primers and I always hope there's a better one yet to come. Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm not happy with my current favorite: Make Up For Ever´s HD Foundation. I was rather intrigued by their "no airbrush" commercials, and I wanted to try it on my own. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. It provides a coverage which I really appreciate on the days when I'm not able to have my 8-hour beauty sleep (and that means almost everyday :) Plus, it's lightweight and it gives you the impression that you're not wearing any foundation at all. In one word: perfection (however, I'm still not able to leave the house without my blotting papers, but I can't have everything, right?).

When I saw this picture of Ashley Greene, I've immediately wanted to recreate her perfect look: flawless complexion, slightly dramatic eyes framed with black pencil and a dark black mascara; and a rosewood lipstick. And I think that my HD foundation will be the perfect starting point. What else will I need? 

Monday, April 4, 2011

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