Let’s talk about The Mints: ShoeMint, StyleMint, IntiMint. Aside from this goliath I can’t leave out Sole Society (one of my favorites on Pinterest). I LOVE everything that pops into my email from ShoeMint, but I think it’s weird to subscribe to shop.
In an ideal world (one that I’m not obsessing over my bank account) I’d LOVE to buy a new pair of shoes every single month. Hello, I LOVE shoes. That aside, I feel like I’d be riding a dangerous line with access to something that says buy me or don’t forget to waive me each and every month. Am I playing with fire by giving myself another reminder each month to waive or buy?
Here are some of my current cravings from ShoeMint:
Do you use any shopping subscriptions like this? I’d love to know how it goes and if you have any self control over NOT buying something from each showroom ;)
I’ve come full circle with my book reviews - I started last January and have kept up with my leisurely reading. This month I only read one book, a book on detoxing and building a more beautiful you from the inside out - how fitting for a month dedicated to change and resolutions!
The Beauty Detox Foods, Kimberly Snyder
This book is an easy read chock full of awesome recipes and suggestions. I really do believe most (if not all) of what Kim says. She’s a dietician and works with many celebrities with great bodies, skin, and hair. If you’re curious about how foods can age and harm you and you’re looking to make better choices (and understand why those choices are better) this is a great book for education.
My only issue - which is my issue with most of these books/diets are the scare tactics. It’s easy to feel like everything you eat is wrong or bad or can hurt you in some way. To a degree - it gives me anxiety and really makes me feel like I can’t enjoy food. I don’t ever want to feel that way. So I try and take it with a grain of salt.
Is it ridiculous of me to say that reading this stuff sometimes makes me feel like an easy out for an eating disorder? Oh I can’t eat that - it has x,y, and z and will poison me! So I won’t eat anything (or just a few fruits and vegetables)….and I’ll be thin and beautiful and healthy.
I’ll never live my life with 100% clean eating - but I will always try to eat for my health more often than not and this book offers great tips to get started down that path. Buy it here.
Familiar with Kim Snyder? What do you think?
// Post Edit // Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I love the tips to stay cozy. Congrats to Lauren Adele on winning the Honeywell Humidifier!
Surviving round after round of the polar vortex has been anything but easy. The heat in the house, the office and the car is constantly on full blast and it’s a killer for skin, hair and nails. If you’re not running a humidifier during the winter months, it’s time to think about buying one (or winning one here!)
My house is full of static electricity and my hair fly aways are really something special. Honeywell sent me over this unbelievably stylish humidifier from their designer series and it is making such a difference to the air quality in my house. We run it on low all day long, but turn it up a notch when we’re sleeping. I’m no longer waking up with a dry nose, eyes and chapped lips. After all, what’s the point in slathering my face in night creams if my face is screaming for some simple moisture in the air?
Seriously though - I know it’s hard to get too glam with a home device - but I have to say, they really nailed it on the design! With my house remodel (which is so close to being finished!) I’m working on not buying anything that isn’t beautiful or doesn’t serve a purpose - this bad boy is both beautiful and functional :)
Honeywell was kind enough to offer an additional humidifier from their designer series for a giveaway!
This designer series filter free cool mist humidifier runs for a full 48 hours and doesn’t need to have a filter replaced. It runs on a low hum and is easy to clean. The retail value is $69.99. Visit HoneywellComfort.com or Amazon.com to purchase.
You can win yours by leaving a tip in the comment section on what you do to stay cozy during the winter months.
For additional entires:
Tweet: ‘I just entered to win a @HoneywellPlugIn humidifier from @nadinenocero here: http://bit.ly/1bZs3D5 #giveaway’ and leave a comment telling me you did so.
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This giveaway is hosted by Honeywell. I was given 1 humidifier for myself and 1 for a giveaway. Open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway winner will be announced Friday 2/7/2014.
I came across the craziest makeup transformation photo on Instagram the other day. While I don’t know a thing about shading to create a dramatic look - I am a huge believer in filling in your eyebrows to pump up your look.
For christmas my mom got me the most adorable brow box from Urban Decay. I love that the box offers 2 shades in each box and offers a brunette and blonde version.
Inside you’ll also find tweezers, a brow sculpting brush, and a palette of wax to help keep long brows in place (this is always a problem for me since I have very long and very straight eyebrow hairs)
I feel like filling in your eyebrows is an easy way to polish a look - especially for a day look when I wear very little makeup.
Just use the little brush provided from Urban Decay. I use a mix of both colors so it isn’t so drastic of a color change. I also use tiny strokes of the brush to ‘feather’ the color in a bit more.
Here’s a before the brows and after of me wearing bronzer and mascara only:
Are you an eyebrow filling convert? I’d love to know what filler you’re using. You can get the brown box from Sephora for $22 here.
I don’t care who your favorite gal pals are - your BFF, sorority sister, cousin, work wife, mom, daughter - whatever! This gift guide is for them. Tell them you love them this Valentine’s Day with a little token of appreciation.
Adorably fashionable eye mask - I can remember the first time I wanted an eye mask - it was the first time I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Get this for your fab friend who needs to sleep late on weekends to recover ;) $26.00 via ShopBop.
Darby Smart sent me a kit for a Klout Perk and while I had never heard of them before - I loved the idea. Fool-proof DIY is perfect for gals like me who have 2 left hands. Even more amazing? Their slogan on all boxes is ‘Internet Rehab Inside’ an awesome escape for any blogger. DIY boxes vary in price from $16 - $69, here.
Lastly, these candles are a two-fer. First amazing scented candle - always a good gift - but wait! Deep inside the wax is a piece of jewelry just waiting to be uncovered valued anywhere between $10 - $10,000 Maybe your friend will literally strike gold. $24.99 from Bella J. here.
What a weekend! There were quite a few personal plans on the calendar and plenty of work - around the house and for some deadlines at the office. Lucky for me, I was able to cap it all off with a delicious Sunday brunch at one of my favorite places - The Cleveland Museum of Art!
A few fashionable ladies were invited to brunch at Provenance, which I had only previously been to for drinks (head to the Mad Men-esque bar, it’s amazing).
Post a fashionable, bellini-filled brunch full of laughs and heavenly entrees, we headed over to the theatre to see Mademoiselle C, the documentary following Carine Roitfeld after her departure from French Vogue. The film was fabulous, check out the trailer here:
I’ve always been a fan of hers - she has such a beautiful body that I imagine all beautiful French women to be blessed with, but I have to say what really stood out was just how kind and loving she seemed in the film. I always imagined her as an Anna Wintour sort of type. If you love fashion films, this one will not disappoint.
Of course, I can’t wrap up a post on a fashionable brunch without sharing what I wore:
A quick and casual Saturday look for running errands… that gives me some street cred back while browsing at Tiffany & Co. ;)
JPC bought me this hat when we were on a trip to NYC, mostly as a joke…but I ended up LOVING it.
In the great words of Andre 3000, She got that swag sauce, she drippin’ swagu.
I was just at Target today and have to say - their home accessories section is KILLING it lately. So, do yourself a favor and get over there.
Also stop by on February 9th because there is another hot collaboration launching! Peter Pilotto for Target offers their signature prints and some serious crop top action. Here are my favorites that I hope make it home to my closet:
This sleeveless dress ($69.99) + long sleeve shirt (&19.99) are EVERYTHING.
This dress ($79.99)
This dress ($44.99)
This dress ($44.99)
This skirt ($34.99)
This sweatshirt ($29.99)
This blouse ($34.99)
This crop top ($24.99)
Guys, this collection screams awesome. My birthday is 7 days after the collection launch, so I may just pick up everything I want ;) Also, can we talk about this model? Awesome hair and I need those heels.
Crazy news - do you live abroad and don’t have access to a Target? They’re pairing up with Net-a-Porter for an online release as well, ships internationally!
Nonstop on the brain are these three beauties below. If you follow me on Insta you’ve already seen the Nike’s. I love the Pigalle’s for work or fun and these espadrilles just scream warm weather getaway… le sigh…
A few days into the new year, I spent some time writing a recap of my 2013 resolutions, a year in review, if you will. While I wasn’t 100% successful on all of my ventures, I still think I made awesome progress. I don’t see my new years resolutions as pie-in-the-sky dreams, but as smaller attainable goals to make myself better. I don’t want to set myself up for failure, because well, that sucks.
So, I’ve done some reflecting on what I want to get out of 2014 and I’m come to the following thoughts:
2013 was a blur. While I did a lot, I didn’t do anything that really truly stuck out to me as fantastic. I wasn’t living my best life. 2012 was a HUGE year for me, and when I look back on it, 2013 felt I was still playing catch up from my wonderful steps - new house, new job, great vacations, new dog, the list goes on - and I am so lucky for that. But I couldn’t say the same about 2013.
They say how you spend your time is how you spend your life - so in 2014, I’m going to rock some major self care. Here’s where I’m going with my resolutions:
Travel: This blog has an entire section dedicated to travel, to give you an idea of how much I used to do it and how important it is to me. When I lived aboard - my life was spent buried travel books and online travel booking services. Because of that - I’ve been all over Europe and Asia and have LOVED every minute of it. In 2014 I hit Mexico, Minneapolis and Boston - it was all amazing, but a wedding weekend and a work trip aren’t the most ambitious travel plans. Of course I hit my former-home of Chicago a few times, which being as close as it is, should happen way more often. Here’s what I’m trying to do:
- Make more trips to Chicago
- Make more trips to NYC
- Take one domestic trip to a place I’ve never been to
- Take one international trip to someplace I’ve never been to (!)
Pay off a student loan: Getting WAY real with you guys - I have a ton of student debt. I went to an expensive private school (that I loved) and financed my education on my own. I’m doing alright paying down my debt, but I’m sick of being saddled with it…as anyone can imagine. So, I have one baby loan that’s just hanging around getting paid down with my larger payment, but this year I’m going to knock that sucker out. Every bit helps and I’m going to work on OWNING this part of my life - instead of just auto-debiting my payment and looking the other way.
Cooking For The People I Love: JPC and I have been working our butts off getting the kitchen/dining room/floors completed. This means we can finally host guests properly in our house, which I haven’t done since I moved to Cleveland just over 3 years ago. I know the best way to bond with friends and create closer relationships is to invite people into your home. I plan to do this often, using my time at home to host small soirées. First up? I’m hosting my wine club - nearly 20 women will be the test of it! Wish me luck ;)
Get a Rockin’ Booty: I saw this picture of Lea Michele and I saw my future. I knew it was time to get serious. I will be on my next domestic or international beach trip rocking a half thong/Brazilian bikini. I will work out, do my squats, and eat healthy. I mean, my US Weekly tells me Kim K. does 100 squats a day - I can do that. Because while a rocking’ booty isn’t the end all be all - it also represents being curvy, healthy, happy and beautiful. I should treat my body better, I’m a better person to others when I do.
What’s on your plate for 2014??