Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring Things Under $200

 TOP:: Endless Rose // JEANS:: Citizens of Humanity // EARRINGS :: Lizzie Fortunato // FLATS:: Jeffrey Campbell 

It felt like Spring for a hot second yesterday and I was in heaven. It's amazing what a little nice weather can do for you. I took the kids outside for the entire afternoon. We played in the backyard and got super muddy (all that melted snow) but had a blast and I tired them out. They all slept well last night and it was the first time in a long time I had an uninterrupted night of sleep! 

This top is a new favorite of mine. It has actually been around for a over a year (maybe even two?) I believe but I rediscovered it on Shopbop and thought I'd give it a try. Kaitlin has it as well. It's a steal at $51 and it also comes in black. It's a bit billowy so I tucked it in in the front. I love the lace detail at the top and the flared sleeves. 

I love these gold earrings by Lizzie Fortunato. My sister-in-law gave them to me for Christmas (she's a really good gift giver) and because they are so bold I love wearing them with my hair up. 

All of these items above are getting me super pumped for Spring. I've linked some favorite Spring (and summer) things all under $200 below!

xo Chrissy 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lust List

I've kind of loved these mules for a while now but sometimes I wonder if they are too "grandma-ish." What are your thoughts? They also come in a pretty pink!

This sweater has the most perfect sleeve. I love a balloon sleeve detail that is fitted at the wrist.

The button up fly on these jeans are amazing and they are 40% off today! They would go so well with a pair of mules and sweater for the spring. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Beauty & Skin Products

SWEATER:: H&M // PANTS ( seen below) CHASER

One of my favorite things to do is to read up on the latest beauty and skincare trends. I want to keep my skin looking young and fresh and with the harsh pollution in the city, it can often become dull or frequently breakout.

Constantly switching up your products in your routine is definitely not cheap. Sephora and Blue Mercury are my favorite places to grab my products but I leave feeling like I just spent my entire pay check. Another costly venture? Facials! My go to spot in the city for a facial is Joanna Vargas. I swear by the triple crown - the microdermabrasion will change your skin. I try to go once every few months since again this is costly but if I properly upkeep my skin I wont have to go as often.

So here are my top beauty / skin products ( for now!) and I am always happy to answer any questions about the products I use or don't - chances are I have tried them! So please feel free to direct message us on Instagram!

1. FRESH FACE WASH ::  this rose cleansing foam face wash is really gentle on my sensitive skin plus it removes almost all of my makeup! When I use a makeup remover post wash, almost nothing comes off! The rose in this cleanser also relaxes the little bit of hyperpigmentation I suffer from.

2. DRUNK ELEPHANT C FIRMA DAY SERUM:: I  use this day serum right after the SKI II in the mornings. This vitamin C serum is packed with antioxidants and fruit enzymes that help with dullness, uneven skin tone and elasticity!

3. SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES:: This is the serum I use every single night. It exfoliates and also plumps due to it's lactic acid! It helps with dullness, wrinkles and dark spots!

4. SUPERGOOP SPF:: Going to the dermatologist every few months is no fun so in the past few years I've really embraced SPF. SUPERGOOP has come out with a range of products from broad spectrum to a cc cream with SPF! I love the silky consistency, and the fact that it's totally invisible. You will never have white streaks or smell like SPF! Bonus, it also grips makeup so put it on first!

5. SK II SKIN ESSENCE:: my most recent addition and I am obsessed. I feel like it took me a while to bite the bullet on this one - it's NOT cheap! I went for the smaller bottle since you only a few dabs to pat onto your skin. I use this right after cleansing before anything else - am and pm! I use it on my face, neck ( now on my chest) and the extra on the top of my hands!

6. DRUNK ELEPHANT LALA CREAM:: I love this moisturizer! Even the name I'm weirdly obsessed with. I put this on before bed for some extra oomph overnight and it's like putting whipped cream on my face. It's so beautifully soft but delivers rich moisturize without my skin freaking out!

7. SIMPLE REPLENISH MOISTURIZER:: My day moisturizer in the summer is Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream BUT in the winter months and heading into Spring I needed something heavier but not too heavy because I will breakout. Simple products are found at almost every drugstore ( I use their makeup remover wipes) and I am SO pleased with this replenishing moisturizer. It's the perfect weight for this time of year and provides me with moisture all day long.

8. GLOSSIER BOY BROW:: a total freak about their brows, I use this wand every single day! It is the perfect color, the perfect size and delivers an exceptional brow.

9. GEORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION:: I have probably gone through a million tinted moisturizers and foundations. I wanted something really light, but stayed with me throughout the day. After what has seemed like years and probably has been I finally found the perfect foundation. Thanks to my two friends who also use it, it's perfect coverage for all day wear without feeling or looking too heavy! Its insanely smooth and light!

10. GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINT:: one of two favorite products from Glossier. I have the cloud paint in three colors (puff, haze and beam) and I wear at least one almost everyday! They are also very easy to mix together if you're looking for a different hue. My favorite color is Puff!

11. NARS LIPSTICK IN ROMAN HOLIDAY:: I am a total lipstick fan. Something about gloss kind of freaks me out. Don't get me wrong I love a little shine every now and then but I think my hair getting caught in the goop is what is off putting, so I prefer a creamy / buttery lipstick! My favorite one is by NARS in Roman Holiday. It's not as electric as it looks, it's actually a very soft petal pink!

12. LAURA MERCIER LONG WEAR CREME EYE PENCIL:: I only wear liner if I'm actually going somewhere I need to look "nice" - aka a dress or non jeans! I have stuck with Laura Mercier's eye liner since I began experimenting with makeup and have never once wanted to try another liner. My favorite color is copper and its nice and smooth to apply and never smudges. It's probably my longest running staple!

13. GLAMGLOW MUD MASK:: I have tried a TON of masks and I will always come back to this one. After you let it dry, the problem areas will be a different color! After removing it acts as an exfoliator and I promise you when you're done you will immediately be glowing!

14. TARTE 4 IN 1 SETTING MIST:: I purchased this spray right before I went to Italy this past summer. I used it on the plane to give my skin a little pick me up and while out exploring the coast. What I love about this spray is hydrates, refreshes and sets your makeup! After I apply my makeup spray a little on and you're all SET!

15. AERIN PERUME IN AMBER MUSK:: Perfume is really personal and there are scents for day and night! One of my favorite scents is Aerin Beauty's Amber Musk. Not only are the bottles beautiful but all of her scents just smell stunning! I actually got this scent for my mom's stocking for Christmas - it makes a really nice gift!

The list could go on but I will spare you!!

(two other amazing products are the Tata Harper clarifying mask - I got this specifically for breakouts and Weleda Skin Food! I dab this on super dry areas and overnight they are as good as new!)

xx Kaitlin

Photos by Cristina Lozito Florals & Photography And Julia D'agostino

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekend Notes & Madewell Blanket Scarf

SCARF:: Madewell // SHIRT:: Wildfox // JEANS:: J Brand // SHOES:: Zara (similar here

It definitely is a happier Monday in this house today. My husband is home from work and we plan on hanging with the kids all day and maybe even sneak away for an hour or two for an adult only lunch? We'll see...We had a pretty easy and low key weekend. We went out to dinner Saturday night with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. Our plan was to head out to Bedford and eat at TRUCK (you know Mexican food is my fave) but the snow put a damper on our plans and we headed to Boxcar Cantina instead- which is honestly my favorite place for Mexican but we eat there so frequently we wanted to try something different. The food was obviously amazing and I think we inhaled a plate of nachos in under three minutes. We woke up Sunday morning to about 8+ inches of snow and the kids were ecstatic. They were so eager to get outside and play that we ended up leaving our house to go sledding at 8:30am. It was their first "real" sledding experience and we had a blast. It only lasted about 15 minutes and we were back home in dry clothes by 9:30.

On to my outfit... (scroll down)

I would say the bulk of my closet is made up of neutral pieces. Whites, creams, and greys are my go-to's, especially in the winter. However, when the warmer months roll around I like to add a few pops of color. I spotted this Madewell blanket scarf while browsing for dresses I could wear to a few weddings coming up. I was instantly drawn to the pops of color and thought it would be a really fun piece to add to a neutral outfit. I was planning on wearing my grey Vince slides that I always wear but last minute changed into these $9 flats I scored at Zara. It was a pretty dreary day outside when we shot this look (it was actually raining while we took these pictures-Julia is the best and suffered through it with me) and I loved the way these colors popped. This scarf is the perfect "blanket scarf." It's long enough to wear as a wrap but not too bulky to wear draped around your neck. It's incredibly soft and I think these colors will carry into next fall so well. Be prepared to see it again and again!

I also had been on the hunt for a cropped "cigarette" type jean. A pair I could wear with my sock booties or taller booties that didn't work well with skinny jeans. I bought these ones by J brand and love them. They have a bit of a higher waist and some stretch to them. I think they work great with flats as well. There are so many cute things coming out for spring and I wanted to share a few favorites I have with you at the bottom of this post! (PS: some cute dresses)

photos by Julia Dags


Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Bags

BAG:: Gucci // CHAIR:: Amazon // DESK:: Bungalow 5 also like this one and this one!  // RUG:: Pottery barn

NYC has finally warmed up! Just yesterday the temperatures reached 60 degrees and I felt amazing without my parka on. I've got Spring fever to say the least and cannot wait to break out pastels, lighter outerwear, flats without fear it will snow, and of course a fun Spring bag!

I have been SO good with bags in the past few years. there was a moment in time when I was being a crazy bag lady and scooping bags up left and right. But when I purged my closet this last time around, I really took it out on the bags. I left my classics, the ones I invested in and won't go out of style and realized less bags are more bags.  I do have my eye on one in particular for my 30th birthday in May - still can't decide on a color! 

I love wearing my periwinkle Gucci crossbody or my blush messenger Valentino (also like this studded one), something about the soft colors feel right when the weather is nicer. A lot of you may still be experiencing the winter blues so we wanted to get a head start on Spring over here and lighten things up! Shop my favorite Spring bags below!

xx Kaitlin

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lust List

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Little Lace Top

TOP:: Maje (on sale and comes in another pretty color) // JEANS:: Citizens of Humanity // SHOES:: Frye // BAG:: Chanel // EARRINGS:: Bronzallure

Hello everyone and HAPPY Valentine's Day! It's no secret this is probably my least favorite holiday. There's no particular reason why, I've just never been that into it. That's probably why you don't see a crazy Valentine's Day themed post up on the blog today...Maybe next year! Although I must say, since having kids I definitely have started enjoying it a bit more. I got each of my kids a little something special and some chocolate heart cookies for after dinner and it is all Hunter has been talking about it. It was my bribing point this morning trying to get him dressed for school and it worked. It was the first time in a long time we were actually on the early side of morning drop off! Yay for us :) But honestly, watching my kids get excited about little things like Valentine's Day ( or as Lila calls it, Clementine's Day) makes me so happy. Seriously the best. All the cheesy cards and stuffed animals for my babies!

On to today's post...I actually bought this top for Christmas Eve and wore it with black leather pants. That's the thing about most white tops. They are truly seasonal. The one I'm wearing is the Maje Layou Top and I bought it at Bloomingdale's during one of their promotions. It's currently on sale for 50% off and also comes in a pretty orange/coral color. I ended up switching out the cami that comes with it to one of my stretchy camisoles I bought at Zara a few years back. I prefer the more fitted fit look underneath the sheer lace top. As for the jeans...(scroll down)

These are hands down my new favorite jeans. They are by Citizens of Humanity and they are the "Rocket Crop Skinny" jean in Orbit. They have a real "denim" feel to them which I love. So many jeans right now are just super stretchy and often feel slightly loose and baggy after a few wears. These are the exact opposite. They still have the perfect amount of stretch but are a thicker, higher quality denim.  This particular style comes in a ton of different washes. I also have them in a grey shade. I also love that the waist isn't super high or super low on this pair. It hits me at the perfect spot.

These shoes. These shoes have been on my radar for quite some time. I had wanted a pair of mules like this for the fall but could never find the perfect pair. I had ordered a few similar looking styles but they were either too bulky or too flimsy. The Frye "Naomi Mule" is perfect and I think it's a great transitional shoe that will easily carry over into next fall as well. If you are looking for a more budget friendly style- I love these ones!

xo Chrissy

photos by Julia Dags



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