Archives for October 2010

Little Brown Dress by Essie


I bought this yesterday on a whim. I was out buying materials for my Halloween costume.  I was a Top Gun fighter pilot but very few people were able to figure it out. Probably because I didn’t leave my sunglasses on but the apartment where the party was held was very dark and the sunglasses just didn’t last.

Anyway, I wanted a nail color that fit with the overall brown, green, beige palette and I found Little Brown Dress from Essie. It was perfect! Two coats and you are good to go…it also has enough of a natural shine to it that you don’t even need a clear gloss top coat. Technically, I didn’t do the clear gloss coat because I was running out the door (why are the nails always the last thing to get done?) and just didn’t have time. The overall look is very sophisticated and glamorous and I am definitely a fan of the quality of the Essie polishes. Typically I stick with the pale pink palette for my nails but this was a very nice change of pace, without going completely dark or black. Highly recommended!

Ten Ways to Spend a Rainy Day

I love this post!


Beauty Booty

La Roche-Posay Effaclar M

La Roche-Posay Effaclar M

I have been hearing a lot about the La Roche-Posay product line and am thinking that I might need to make a quick trip to CVS tomorrow to snag this little beauty.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes

While I’m there, I think I need to grab some Neutrogena wipes. I am a huge fan of makeup removing wipes in general but I have never tried Neutrogena’s Deep Clean line.

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cleanser

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cleanser

I haven’t tried the Cloud Cleanser from Skyn Iceland yet but I literally can’t wait! I keep hearing great things about it and it seems that the cleansers that are tissue off seem to be the most successful and productive. I wanted to wait for the cold air and dry skin season to hit and with November just days away, I think the timing is perfect. According to the label, this is a gentle, tissue-off cream cleanser for dry, irritated skin that has been depleted by internal or environmental stress. Infused with pure Icelandic glacial waters, replenishing extracts, and natural moisturizers, it gently removes dirt and makeup (even eye makeup!), without depleting the complexion. Skin emerges soft, glowing, and hydrated.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:An all-natural muslin cloth (included) works with the cleanser to gently massage skin and help increase circulation. The non-foaming, residue-free, non-drying formula leaves skin feeling fresh and restored.

Update: Just washed my face with the Cloud Cleanser and apparently it COMES WITH a muslin cloth. You are instructed to apply the cleanser to dry skin (how much am I going to LOVE this when the weather gets down right chilly?) and then you wet the muslin cloth with warm water and rub your skin with the cloth in a circular motion. By the time you are done removing the cleanser your skin will feel completely exfoliated and buffed.  Inside my package of the Cloud Cleanser was the Skyn Cloud Cream…I think I’m in love! It is the most soothing cream I have ever applied. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or oily but just completely moisturized and hydrated. Excellent product! I am going to continue to use the cleanser and may consider stopping by Sephora to buy a jar of the Cloud Cream. I will keep you all posted on my Icelandic Skyn adventure!



How much do you love these trick-or-treat bags? I found them over at The Purl Bee and there’s still time before Halloween to make these for the little cuties in your life.

What I Want for Christmas…

signet-ring-ginette-nyI am in love with this ring! I want it for my middle finger. I think it is so classically elegant and sophisticated. I found this gorgeous ring on Joanna Goddard’s site (which I am now officially obsessed with and have been scrolling through for the better part of an hour). Check out A Cup of Jo, you will not be disappointed.

The Beauty of Homemade Food


Stylist Evelina Bratell and photographer Carl Kleiner have come up with the most ingenious (and delicious) way of depicting food in their new book. It is the most visually pleasing look at baking you will ever see. I particularly like the above raspberry cookies.

Just a little over one month before…

I head to Australia with OPRAH!!

Thanksgiving Napkins!


I don’t know what has come over me but I have such a tremendous desire to cook, craft and create! (The three C’s!)

I may have to pull out my old sewing machine and get to work on these fantastic Thanksgiving napkins!  I must admit that I have not used a sewing machine since high school home ec and I still have an unfinished quilt sitting in my closet to prove it.

Best Dinner Ever


My new go-to dinner is so simple and yet completely satisfying and delicious. Marinated steak tips (or just a strip steak cut into bite sized pieces), crumbled blue cheese, baby spinach and a creamy balsamic dressing. Add salt if desired.

It takes under 20 minutes to prepare and tastes like a gourmet meal.


Sweet “P”


On Friday it will be my niece, Sweet P’s, 8th birthday. I still can’t believe that the little girl I watched cling to life with tiny, birdlike fingers will be turning 8! The little girl who arrived three months early, weighing just over 2lbs is now the tallest girl in her class. How does that happen? Yesterday she came over to tell me all about her birthday party and how she is inviting her entire class (even the boys!) to a bowling party. She was so excited and practically spilling over with joy at the thought of a birthday party. She clutched the bright pink Hello Kitty invitations in her hands and the happiness danced in her eyes.

I couldn’t help but let the tiny thoughts of fear sneak into my mind, as they so often do when moments of pure joy engulf us. Because with excitement comes disappointment. What if the boys create trouble? What if the girls create drama? What if not everyone comes to little Sweet P’s party? I know that the path ahead of her will inevitably be filled with stones. She’ll trip and fall. She may even get hurt. We all do. It is inevitable in life that you fly and you fall, peaks and valleys. But when looking at her innocent, joyful face, I want nothing more than to protect her from anything and everything dark and cloudy. But I know I can’t do this, in the same way my mother couldn’t do it for me and I won’t be able to do it for my children. We have to let our loved ones fall because only when they fall do they learn how to pick themselves up and keep moving forward, climbing towards the next peak (or in this case, Hello Kitty birthday party).

Weekend Activities


Busy, busy weekend! Went to a wild and crazy birthday party for a 2-year-old and his 5-year-old brother (they were born 10 days apart). It’s all working out now but once they start asserting their independence, it could become a little difficult for their parents’ to do the joint birthday party thing.

Hit downtown Salem for some dinner and drinks with friends. Salem in October is quite a trip and definitely not to be missed! It is packed with people, all dressed in costume and extremely festive. Halloween is not just another holiday around here.

Finally, I will be blogging about my Australian Adventure with Oprah for The Boston Globe.

Struggle to Balance


A writer whom I very much admire posed an interesting question this week. She wrote a blog post about the struggle to achieve balance in life. She was referring to her own struggles as a working mother. I am not yet a mother, but I am a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a girlfriend and a working woman. I, too, face a daily struggle to keep my life in balance.

The writer asked, “Do you ever doubt the choices you have made – and are making – about the way you spend your time?

I faced this exact dilemma over the weekend. As the owner of my own company, I work 80 plus hours a week. My life is my job. I have been doing it for almost 7 years and have built a successful company but with success comes sacrifice. When the weekends come I am able to see the draining effects of work.  I literally run myself ragged Monday through Friday and oftentimes even on the weekend. However, when I am given a free weekend with no obligations, I become selfish. I don’t want to venture out. I don’t want to see or do anything. I want to curl up in bed with a book or catch up on my reality television. Unfortunately, this is not very conducive to having, making or keeping friends. So I have to give of myself to make others happy, even if it is not something I feel like doing.

Why do I feel this urge to put others first even if I so desperately need the time to myself, to recharge, unwind, take stock of my life and just relax? But here is the catch. Typically, when I end up “forcing” myself to get out of bed and DO something, I almost never regret it. For example, this weekend, I promised my brother I would take him out for a night on the town. (We live in a small New England town, so a night on the town isn’t as wild and electric as it sounds.) But it was wonderful! We had dinner at a fantastic little restaurant, ate the best food I have ever had and then went for drinks at a local bar. Just me, my brother and M. We laughed, we talked, we shared stories and jokes. It was good. It was enjoyable. It was fun. It was exactly what I needed but not what I thought I wanted. It wasn’t a night spent lounging in bed, doing nothing. And now it’s Monday and I’m back to work, burning the midnight oil so to speak. The weekend seems so far away and my days of anticipated relaxation are behind me now. But I don’t regret giving away my free time. My balance is completely off, but I’m okay with that. I enjoyed myself and I laughed and sometimes that is the best relaxation you can ask for. Maybe sometimes we don’t know what’s best for us and it’s smart to just go with the flow, wherever it may take you.

Tiny Dancers


There are so many things I adore about this picture that I don’t even know where to begin. I found it on Style Me Pretty. It was from a California wedding where the bride chose a soft-pink palette with gorgeous floral arrangements including my all time favorite flower, the pink peony. The brilliant photographer, Lori Palladino, captured the beauty with elegance and style.


Martha Stewart Pumpkin Carving Kit

Martha Stewart Pumpkin Carving Kit

I am so excited about Halloween this year! I’m attending a Halloween costume party, plan on sightseeing in Salem, MA, and am going to decorate to within an inch of my life. This year is going to be all about living life as fully as possible and pulling as much joy from every day. This weekend I am going to make a trip to Macy’s to pick up Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Carving Kit.

Martha Stewart Collection Pie Pan

Martha Stewart Collection Pie Pan

And no fall is complete without a homemade pumpkin pie. I love the idea of having the instructions on the pan itself. It reminds me of the bartender glasses that have drink ingredients and measurement etched on the glass. Clever and efficient. I may just have to snag myself one of these pie plates as well. (There’s also an apple version…decisions, decisions, decisions…)

Photos to come…