Things We Need

{ Things we need: spring blush }

March 9, 2015

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Ever since Bobbi brown discontinued her Coral blush stick (doh!) I’ve been trying out a rainbow of blush colors trying to replace my favorite shade. Luckily, the amount of beauty product that comes to this house on a daily basis is embarrassing. The amount of that that I actually keep, use and try in new ways would surprise you- a lot of it. I am an artist and I love color, so when packages of bright product arrive deskside, I drop all paintbrushes for a blush brush. Today I decided to get rid of some old product, but in that I made a list of my favorite blush shades. The photo above is of my desk this weekend. Of the hundreds here in office- I go back to the same ones. I hope it helps any of you looking for a new go-to shade or maybe one of you who is building your blush collection. I love an extra-rosey cheek for Spring so want to have you prepared for the sun.

Below is a list of my favorites, with links so you can shop the picks yourself. Feel free to leave any questions about product here on the blog and I’ll do my best to answer.

1) Bare Minerals Fruit Cocktail – this may not look bright on the website but trust me it’s bright. Very bright. Trust me again and try it because the deep pigmented pop of pink is so pretty. I love to play up it’s romantic feel with minimal eye makeup, a strong brow and a messy knot.

2) Bobbi Brown Apricot – This has been a part of my collection for a long time. Another bright, but a more peachy-pink than the color above. I wear this shade high on the apples of my cheek for a flirty, girly vibe and I have a number of friends who use it that are a lighter skintone so I highly recommend giving this one a shot.

3) The third and last bright is Dolce & Gabbana’s coral red– I haven’t seen this on any fair skin (so please weigh in if you have) but on my olive skintone this rich red-orange is like a dose of caffeine. I go light on the product and look awake and instantly sunkissed. I can’t wait to see this in the summer with a tan and a metallic brown eye.

4) Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea – For me, cream blush is a must-have. This one is a nice neutral. I would recommend not shying away from the cream for best result. Put two fingers in the pot, swirl 3-4 full times, press firmly along cheekbones and rub in using small circles. This creme really makes your skin look beautiful when used the right way.

5) Estee Lauder Pure Color blush Peach Passion– For the color shy, this ones is a light peach-pink and goes on thin and light. Works well with a heavy eye color. Truth be told I’ve never turned down any Estee Lauder product because they win at packaging.

6) Nars Orgasm– b/c duh. Cult product and very well deserved.

7) Tata Harper Lip Cheek tint in very vivacious– I’ve tried a few shades here and this is by far my favorite. It’s orange tint add just the right amount of color and does not look like orange on my cheek (in a good way). It’s matte, it smells amazing and it’s a lip tint too so when in a rush press into your lips after your cheeks (no lip liner here) and you’re all set when on the go.

8) Last but not least, the newest purchase in my collection Make Up For Ever in Peach Beige – This creme blush is a little darker in shade than it’s title suggests. It’s a nice neutral and is thinner in consistency than the above Stila shade. Plus they have a million shades to choose from at Sephora. Ok, not a million, sixteen.

Have questions about any of the shades? I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability! Happy shopping.





{ TWN: Burgundy Dreams }

September 25, 2014

TWN Black and Burgundy

Meet the color of Fall, burgundy.  I just love burgundy, especially when it’s the highlight piece of an outfit.  How to make sure your burgundy is a showstopper?  Pair it with black accessories, a knockout Alice + Olivia tweed jacket, and nude makeup.

{ Reiss Fitted Pleat Dress } { NARS Sheer Glow Foundation } { Wildfox Classic Fox Optical Glasses } { Black Quilted iPhone Case } { Manolo Blahnik Scrunched Suede Knee Boot } { Tory Burch Fleming Nylon Backpack } { Ilia Funnel of Love Lipstick } { Byredo Parfums Fragrance Candle } { Alice + Olivia Leather Paneled Draped Tweed Jacket } { Mountain Rings }

{ TWN: Neutrals }

June 25, 2014

TWN Neutrals

Fine, I’ll admit it, I love neutrals.  Not that I don’t like color, just neutrals are sooo easy, and this board proves it.  Any Naked fans in the house (everyone who touches it loves it).  With those ear buds and ear cuffs, our ears have never looked so good.  Wildfox sunnies are a great addition to my already huge collection of sunglasses.  Oh and those shoes?  Does me illustrating them show how much I love them?

Speaking of illustrations….if you see any of my illustrations you like on my Instagram, email to inquire about purchasing.


{ Naked Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palette } { Frends Earbuds } { Baublebar Ear Cuffs } { Coach Bag } { Deep V Dress } { Wildfox Sunglasses } { Aldo Ring } { Valentino Studded Heels } { Dallas Shaw Illustration } { Cartier Perfume }

{ TWN: Hint of Neon }

June 18, 2014

TWN Hint of Neon

Hints of neon is a great way to ease into incorporating color into your wardrobe if you’re like me and have a whole closet full of neutrals (I live in gray tees).  And um hello, can we talk about these shoes?  I’ve been in love with these Delpozo shoes for months now, so any outfit that involves those shoes deserves 5 stars.

{ Ruffled Blouse } { Stella McCartney Sunglasses } { Honeycomb Necklace } { MAC Lipstick } { Etro Printed Trousers } { Valentino Studded Clutch } { Chanel Earrings } { Marc by Marc Jacobs Gold iPhone Case } { Butter London Nail Polish } { Delpozo Bow Shoes }

{ TWN: Watercolor Chic }

June 11, 2014


Watercolors are my life, and well, my job, so watercolor chic speaks to me.  And isn’t this girl chic?  Tom Ford, E&J, Chanel, a Dallas Shaw original (heyyyooo), Givenchy, Louboutin, and more.

 { Tom Ford Aviator } { Elizabeth and James Jacket } { Chanel Bag } { Dallas Shaw Illustration } { Givenchy Red Lipstick } { Jo Malone Lotion } { T by Alexander Wang Shorts } { Christian Louboutin iPad Case } { Gorjana Chevron Pendant Necklace } { Pierre Hardy Ankle Cuff Leather Sandals }

ps. Illustrations are now for sale.  See one you like on insta? Email for details.  Watercolor chic.



{ TWN: Something Preppy }

June 4, 2014



Sometimes we all just need a little prep in our step (see what I did there).  And in lieu of a plaid skirt and cardigan tied around our neck, we went modern prep and paired a striped tank with jeans a statement necklace and some glasses (for when you want to look extra smart).  Tie it all together with a cool clutch, cute case, fun sandals and you’re a prep in training.
Oh, add in some mascara and a red lip and you’re basically Taylor Swift.


{ TWN: Safari }

May 28, 2014

Now I may not be heading on Safari this summer (if you are, can I come with?), but doesn’t mean I can’t dress safari.  Of course any safari outfit needs a great hat and a green jacket.  Glam it up by adding a graphic tee, skirt, and snakeskin heels.  And never ever forget about the accessories and makeup!

{ TWN: Stripes and Florals }

May 21, 2014

 I love pairing florals and stripes for spring and wanted to share one of my favorite combinations in stores now. I added gold metallic topsiders and Elizabeth and James cat eye shades for my walk, but you can consider adding your own favorites depending on your days agenda. I always love this look with a pair of nude wedges.

{ TWN: Penthouse }

May 14, 2014

Sometimes to get a change of scenery, I paint up in our Penthouse office because it has great lighting.  Here I recreated my outfit for you to try (for lounging or otherwise).  After this long winter, I’m still not ready to let go of my sweaters, so pair yours with shorts, sandals, and aviators.  Throw in some great makeup and accessories and you’ll have a comfy spring look.

{ TWN: Ted Baker }

May 7, 2014

This week I was invited to preview the new Ted Baker store before it opened to the public at the KOP mall, in Philadelphia. I rode with the skia blue media team and a group of stylish Philadelphia creatives on “Ted’s traveling trolley” and arrived at the store outfitted by the Ted Baker team. I choose a playsuit in a bright poppy color, and floral heels. I added braids and matching lipstick for the evening. Like?
We met the team at the beautiful new store which takes design influences from the circus, the contortionist, juggler and cotton candy were just for us though 😉
I had such a nice time chatting the other phila Ted Baker ambassadors. (Chatting. Singing some Beyoncé, same difference) won’t be long before I get back to the store to pick up a few other favorites.
The store is now open to the public- make sure to stop in asap before the neon floral prints are all gone!

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