Monday, June 20, 2011

Most Recent Read – A Summer Recommendation

There is a time and place for deep, introspective literature, and other times we just need fun and playful fluff. The last few weeks I’ve needed the latter.

And this is what I went for.

The basic synopsis is a smart, New York girl working in banking gets sick of her job and quits on a whim. Then, as only would happen in a book, she falls into a job at a hot PR and event planning firm. Madness ensues.

The overall feel to this is very similar to that of The Devil Wears Prada – and for good reason, check out the top right corner of the photo if you didn’t catch it already. In fact, the two stories are extremely similar. But it’s all in good fun. I think what makes it work is that it’s a relatively normal girl getting pushed into a more intense, extravagant, over-indulgent environment. There’s love, enemies, frenemies, and the conflict between personal and professional life.

Told you they were similar.

There’s no deep meaning to this and I felt parts of the end were a bit forced, but if you need a fun, basic read; this would make a good option.

What are you reading right now?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June Birch Box

I know it’s a bit late, but I thought some of you might still be interested in seeing what I got this month.



The schpeel on their theme of the month -



And the product breakdown -


I don’t think it’s the most exciting lineup of products they’ve done, but that Laura Geller ‘blush’ (though I’d say the shade I got is a bronzer) is full sized. Crazy, right? So that product alone already more than made up the cost of the entire box. Not too bad!

If you’d like to see my other posts on Birch Box, click here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Top Scent Picks for Summer

I’ll be moving in a few months and, in an attempt not to push things to the last minute, I’ve been trying to wade through my belongings and find things that I can manage to live without for awhile and go ahead and pack now.

For some things, this is easier said than done. I have a relatively large perfume collection (we won’t talk numbers yet, but it’s well into the double digits), and though I have to admit that it’s excessive, I love them. However, I had to be strong and suck it up. I can live with fewer for a bit.

After a lot of deliberating, I’ve managed to whittle down my collection to the bottles that will get me through the season while the rest are being lovingly boxed up. There are a few others in addition to these, but I thought it’d be best to focus on the ones that are still available and easily accessible.

1. L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake

This fragrance carries multiple floral notes including lotus, freesia, peonies, carnations, and lilies combined with more woodsy sandalwood and cedar . I can’t distinguish any of these, but they blend together in a lovely way. This scent makes me think of a field full of wild flowers. Despite so many notes, it comes across as very crisp and clean. It smells neither young nor old; it just does its own thing. I don’t own anything else close to it, and I love it for that. This would be a good scent for someone who wants something ‘different’ while still playing it safe.

2. Miss Dior Cherie by Dior

This is my sweet fragrance. There isn’t anything that’s really exceptional about the notes, but what makes it stand out to me is that it has the right amount of sweetness. To me, a lot of the sweeter scents that girls swoon over seem overbearing and sickly sweet (I’m talking to you Aquolina Pink Sugar). This scent just walks the line of the sweetness tolerance. It wouldn’t be safe to wear on the extremely hot days (too much heat might take it over that line) but it will be nice for cooler days or in the evening.

3. The Beat by Burberry

  My first ‘real’ perfumes came from Burberry, and I still have a soft spot for their releases. What sets this one apart from its Burberry cousins are the citrus notes. While the others center more around vanilla notes, this one gets a kick from bergamot and mandarin that makes it fresher and lighter in comparison. I will say that it doesn’t seem to last as long as my other Burberrys, but that isn’t surprising considering it’s working with lighter notes.

4. Love Spell by Victoria’s Secret

I know. I know. A lot of eyes probably just rolled, but this scent is pure nostalgia for me. This was the scent in high school that all of us seemed to love, and I think anyone could still pick it out of a crowd. On top of that though, I still think it’s a nice scent. It’s a slightly sweet, fruity floral and seems to wear well on everyone. And an interesting side: every time I’ve been complimented on my perfume by a guy, I’ve been wearing this.

You probably know that VS also sells multiple other items with this scent (lotion, body splash, etc), but I only go for the perfume. The scent from the others fades too quickly. I can’t always find it on the site, but I’ve always been able to get it in-store.

5. Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent

Sephora describes this as the fragrance of ultra-femininity and sensuality. The first point – probably – but I don’t follow the second. Though the description mentions notes of blackberry and sandalwood, all I get from this is a soft rose. And I’m good with that. Though to be fair, rose is one of my notes. This scent comes across too lightly to qualify as sensuous, but I think ‘feminine’ is fitting. I think this would act as a good transition fragrance – for a girl who is over smelling like cotton candy and sweet tarts looking to smell more sophisticated without making the jump to the heavier ranks of Shalimar or Chanel No. 5. This lightness is also what makes it safe for hotter days.

Though I have some other LEs, rollerballs, and (a lot) of samples to supplement, these will be my primary scent choices for the next few months. I know that even this is more than many women feel the need to have a time, but it’s a huge cut back for me. I guess we’ll see how well I get on with it.

If you had to, what’s the smallest number you could comfortably get your perfume collection down to?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Working in Some Gold for Summer

Though it’s not yet officially summer*, it sure feels like it. The days are long, temperatures are rising (a lot!), and kids are starting to get out of school. This is when a lot of us start thinking about getting a little golden color whether through a real tan (bad idea), faux tan, or even just a bronzer. I am not one of these people.

I am one of those few perpetually pale, forever china doll-esques, of the world. I made peace with my skin color a long time ago and the idea of trying to maintain a faux tan now seems like it would just be more trouble than it’s worth for me and I don’t much care for bronzers.

So what’s a pale girl to do when she still wants to add some gold?


Do some nail painting – obviously.


This is OPI’s Glitzerland. Though I’m breaking this out for summer, it was actually released last fall in the Swiss Collection so you may not be able to find this particular one anymore.

But good news if you’re interested in this shade – I’ve found something else very similar.


Here it is next to Revlon’s Gold Coin. Though it was originally released with the Revlon Heavenly Metal collection, I’ve since seen it worked into the permanent displays at drugstores so you should be able to get your hands on it. Though I think the texture of them is a tad different – Gold Coin’s shimmer looks more flakey while Glizterland’s is finer – they are still similar enough to make me feel silly for owning both.

So now I don’t feel quite so left out of the gold summer surge. Are you planning to work any gold into your life for the summer?

*Summer officially begins June 21st, but I’d say that it’s hot enough to qualify now!

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