Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week in Five.

It's about that time, so here we are again.
It's almost May.
Whoa, now, brown cow--May.
The following fabulous five are what I'm thinking of, filling my days and feeling super chummy with--cheers!-ing at happy hour and all--as of this week.

Fresh flowers in bloom from the farmer's markets
I'm especially partial to the myriad of enticing colors of tulips that are pretty prevalent around this time of year.Here in New York, I prefer to stroll through the everyday Union Square Green Market and the weekend Williamsburg markets. Flowers, herbs, home-made wine, produce, cider. A lady could (does) get carried away with all of those gorgeous goods.   
 I feel like they've performed studies in some laboratory somewhere and have proven--yes, scientifically--that flowers trigger some combination of chemicals in the brain, perhaps even the production of serotonin, and in turn, alter moods. It could also be related to the fragrance, considering the sense of smell is the strongest of all of our mighty senses, but no matter! If botany and brain chemistry studies fail to back me up on this, that's fine. Take my word for it. Even just stopping to peruse and admire the flowers, for me, is relaxing and mood-altering, if you will.
These tulips prove to be an imperative accessory to oysters and champagne on a sunny day, clearly. This screams, "I'm having the best freaking day ever!"
Rockin' Studs

    Alright, I had a quirk or two as a child. Ok, I had several. One of them being compulsive and obsessive rock-searching and collecting. Crystals, fossils, shells, pure garbage--I loved and studied it all, magnifying glass and guidebook in hand, at night in my closet when I should have been sleeping before another trying and exhausting day in elementary school. I may not exactly spend my days scouring the playground and forests any longer, but I do still possess an extreme affinity for stones, unique crystals, and anything fossilized. I like rocks. No, love them. I can't help it. I don't want to help it!
    My most recent rock-related favorites are these two pairs of rough-cut stone studs. Try to say that out loud three times. Rough-cut stone studs. It's melodic.  And, so are these earrings. They're cooler than your run-of-the-mill faux-gemstone studs or plastic what-have-you's. And, they don't break the bank. Even the nice ones. They mix with traditional jewelry well, if costume-y jewelry isn't quite your thing, but they also don't compete and overwhelm if you're draping on a ton of bangles and/or necklaces. That's a hard line to walk.

Off-white tear-drop studs--I bought them from a street vendor in Soho, who originally asked for ten dollars, but we haggled, and I scored them for $7. Steal! I almost feel bad. Almost.

Gold square-cut studs--C. Wonder, Soho, New York.
Tidbit: If you're unfamiliar, C. Wonder was begun by Tory Burch's now ex-husband. In fact, I believe they're in the middle of a lawsuit. The store and its merchandise ranges from clothing and apparel to accessories and home d├ęcor. It's preppy...and a bit whimsical, colorful and quirky. I wonder where he found inspiration?
CoverGirl LiquilineBlast

I admit, I can be quite a makeup and beauty snob. This girl adores a good Laura Mercier, NARS, Chanel, Hourglass, YSL, Urban Decay, and MAC. Although I don't cover beauty trends and/or tips often, I do enjoy indulging in branching out, being adventurous, and of course, collecting the newest, the best, and the classic staples of the makeup world. I really haven't purchased much from the drugstore often, I confess. I know, how snotty and hypocritical, considering I love a good bargain and am constantly hunting for the best prices when it comes to apparel and accessories. Failing to do your research and blindly buying is just ignorant. But, eyeliner and some other random items from the local corner store continue to surprise me in terms of quality and duh, accessibility and price tag.

This CoverGirl LiquilineBlast is crushing it, for me. It's like a crayon!  OK, that conjures somewhat terrifying flashbacks from incidents involving white walls and crushed wax. But, in this instance, it's actually quite cute, as opposed to the times I donned it in pre-k after a wild art class or recess break. The tip is wider than those mechanical eyeliner wands. It's flattering, it stays put, and it's self-sharpening. Sharpening is a pain, right? Yuck. This girl doesn't have time for that. Easy breezy is what I desire, and what my schedule demands. So, yes, CoverGirl, I'm in. I refuse to pay $25 for one of my favorite beauty brands' pencils. It's a pencil, come on.

This LiquilineBlast costs around $8.99 at my local Duane Reade and CVS stores.
Sold. I pack my essentials in this J.CREW leopard medium-sized makeup bag if I am taking them along in my purse. It's the perfect size for taking me through the day and into the night, but also houses the necessary tools to change my beauty look entirely.   


Early Morning Walks

Whether ten minutes or an hour, I adore a good morning walk. It usually depends on precisely how early I woke and then my day's schedule ahead, but making the effort to rise just a few minutes earlier than I had planned, is always worth the while. I listen to music, or I have quiet time and admire the streets, the trees, the people. I pray, or I meditate and dabble in some self-affirmations. Mind, body, and soul alignment time...a few moments that are my center myself before the day ahead. This is my semi-alone time. I've never missed those extra minutes I'm not re-hitting the snoooooze button.

This little fox typically accompanies me on my "alone time."  We're clearly cut from the same fur when it comes to affinity for sunrise strolls--look at the joy on that face. Two happy girls in the wee-morning hours is a shocking sight indeed.

Color-blocked chunky heels
The combinations of opposite, unlikely, or even different shades of the same color, make these heels modern with a bit of a funky flare. I've seen black shoes with a white pillar heel, teal with royal blue, etc. The ones below are a classic shoe with a burnt orange hunky chunky heel. These are popping up everywhere--Currently, they're decorating the shoe departments at Topshop, Bergdorf's, Bloomingdale's, Piperline, etc.  
I creepily snapped this photo of a fellow stylish subway rider on the L train. She paired her heels with rolled-up boyfriend jeans and a woven trench coat.
Let me reiterate, I felt creepy. Normally, I would have asked her and taken a proper photo, but the train was packed, so I resorted to voyeurism.
Another great, albeit not quite so funky, but still on trend and terribly versatile:
by Michael Kors---closer LOOK

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Until we meet again.

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