Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Old Christmas Tradition

When I was younger, my mother used to buy me these darling french book series called Martine. Each Christmas, like clockwork, I would read the books until I feel asleep. I must have done so for at least ten years straight. Recently, I found the collection of Martine books on amazon and the nostalgia was just overwhelming. What a great tradition to pass down! Doesn't snuggling in bed with your favorite book, and perhaps a mug of steaming hot chocolate sound heavenly?  Do you have any special Christmastime traditions?

Also, check out these classic children's books from ToysRus!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Proud)

I simply cannot believe how grown up Alex has gotten, it seems just like yesterday that he looked like this. No matter how old you get, you'll still be my baby brother. I love you, Alex!

How to email a busy person. This will really come in handy since I will be graduating from grad school in about two weeks. I need to get those recruiters' attention.

Lost love.

Snowy, Sparkly Pine Cone Ornaments. What a fun kid project!

Oribe Maximista Thickening Hair Spray. I need this, like now!

We Never Met. What an interesting Instagram feed!

I love these shoes from just fab. They're perfect for the holiday season!

Happy Socks! What a great holiday gift idea! I love, love, love lounging around the house in snuggly, colorful socks.

I'm loving this Fleece Pajamas from Intimissimi! It's sort of like a family tradition of ours to buy new PJ's for the holiday season, this one is definitely a contender.

Boozy chocolate pot de creme. This has become my go-to desert. Quick and divine!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What To Wear To A Winter Graduation?

I will be graduating from graduate school in December, Hooray! but it has just occurred to me, I haven't the faintest idea what to wear. Since it won't take place in the summer months, flirty little sundresses and open-toed sandals are a no-go.

The look I will be going for is simple, elegant, and studious - not to mention warm. This little number from Asos would be darling, with a blazer on top, of course. I'm not sure it would qualify as studious though.  To think of it, I don't think it would be a good idea to wear a blazer underneath my graduation gown. What about this? This dress from Banana Republic would be a lovely choice as well.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Nail Colors

Fall is in full swing. While my wardrobe reflects the change in season, my nails haven't gotten the memo. I tend to gravitate towards warmer colors like Ice-Bergers & Fries and Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! from O.P.I. 

Do you change your nail color to reflect the seasons?
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chanel No 5

Have you seen the new Gisele Bundchen commercial for Chanel No 5? She's  just stunning! However, I wish that I could muster up the same kind of enthusiasm for the iconic fragrance. My mom has an enormous bottle in her room which she uses periodically, but I never truly developed a liking for it, and I've tried. I would dab it on my wrists and each time, after the initial alcohol scent dissipates,  I hoped to detect nuances of spicy, sexy, intricate notes that would make me fall utterly in love with it, but all I ever get is muddled flowers. I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but it just smells like old lady.

Do you like Chanel No 5? Coco Mademoiselle and Allure are my favorite Chanel fragrances. I'm also looking forward to trying Coco Noir.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Masculine Scents

My boyfriend wears this Yves Saint Laurent cologne, sometimes I snuggle extra close to him because the scent is subtle but also warm, spicy and intoxicating. I remember when I was younger, my mother used to always wear masculine scents. Remember this oldies but goodie? I think I'd like to jump on the bandwagon too. I've been wanting to try this and this yummy musk from Kiehl's. Black XS by Paco Robanne and this Men Energizing EDT spray from DKNY have also peaked my interest. Would you wear a masculine scent?
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Tired)

Tired of soggy cauliflower? roast it!
Would you like fries with that? too bad you're dead. Drive-thru funerals, seriously?
Riveting photos of the Underground Railroad.
Learning to love criticism.
Best way to reheat leftover pizza.
A baked potato party! My mother, Alex and I do this all the time!
The Nudes Palette eye shadow from Maybelline. Great for the fall season!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

'God Only Knows'

BBC has assembled the likes of Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, One Direction, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith and others to sing the Beach Boy's "God Only Knows," to promote its launch of BBC Music. You know you want to sing along!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fallen For Fall

To me, fall has always felt like a season full of wonder and magic. For some reason, the shift in the weather feels like a fresh start. I can't help but  to feel positively revived by the change of pace, which is funny, because everything feels slower and lazier, but in the best possible way.

Last week, on my way to Cafeteria for Yves' cousin's 30th birthday party, I had to pull my blazer tighter onto me to keep the chilly air at bay. Like the geek that I am, I suddenly felt giddy, with visions of hot toddies, throw pillows and a roaring fire swirling around my crazy brain. And no, I don't even have a fireplace in my house. I don't know what it is about this time of year, I  just feel warmer and full of hope, like anything is possible.
Speaking of feeling warmer, I'm in dire need of cozy sweaters. What do you think of this one from J.Crew?

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Scandalously Stylish

Who doesn't want to look like Olivia Pope?

The Scandal-inspired collection at The Limited is just too good for words! I love, love, love this dolman wrap coat and the capes, aah! I can't wait for the return of Scandal tonight, will you be watching?

I'm also excited to see Viola Davis on "How to Get Away With Murder." There are so many strong, intelligent female characters on television this season, Bravo! and a huge bravo to the amazingly talented Shonda Rhimes.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Back In NYC

I flew to Ft. Myers, Florida, for my grandmother's birthday celebration last week and now I'm back in NYC! I slept in one of these comfy little numbers from Pottery Barn but nothing feels better than my own bed. It was wonderful to see my cousins, we talked, ate, laughed, danced, and I think we're closer than we've ever been. I just love those silly, crazy girls.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Disney Princesses Redux

Disney Princesses have never been so bad. Emmanuel Viola, an Italian illustrator and digital artist turned the prim and proper Disney princesses of yesteryear into total modern day rebels, with piercings and tattoos to boot. No need to come charging on your white steed, Prince Charming! these ladies are certainly no damsels in distress.
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