Keeping Your Beauty

Happy National Fragrance Day! 10 Best Picks For Spring ’16

Today is not only Good Friday, it’s National Fragrance Day! So of course I had to do a little research on some of the hottest fragrances for Spring/Summer ’16. Now keep in mind, I’m a little biased when it comes to perfumes. I don’t like anything cloyingly sweet, woodsy or really heavy. If the description says it has notes of “patchouli” I run screaming in the other direction.

My perfume preferences, especially when it comes to the warmer months, are light florals, clean greens and fruits. Oh and I’m a sucker for roses, which you will see by my selections. Hopefully at least one of these picks will be of interest.

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Cost-Per-Wear: Are You Spending Too Much Money On Fashion?

Spring shopping is in the air! Right now there are new fashion trends, colors, shapes and looks you might be dying to add to your spring and summer wardrobe. But before you go on a shopping spree and blow your budget, it is best to take a few moments to make a plan. Make a list of your must-haves and wants. Then, take another look at your list and highly consider your cost-per-wear.

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Tiny Totes

If the the thought of spending $3,000+ on a designer bag seems frivolous to you, or simply out of your range, the hot bag trend of the moment is the miniature version of your favorite designer bags. As long as you don’t need to carry a ton of things (it never looks good to have your bag look overstuffed) or just want to use it for evening many of these nano or doll-size versions of popular handbags come in at well under $2,000.

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Keeping Your Beauty

Lips Like Sugar

Want to know a great anti-aging secret? Scrub your lips – with sugar! Yes, sugar lip scrubs are all the rage and for good reason. As we age our lips get even more dry (like the rest of our skin) and exfoliating them buffs and removes dead surface skin and flakes. Most of the sugar lips scrubs contain balms and oils so they are not too harsh and they quickly lock in moisture. Lips look younger and more kissable.

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The Way to Go High Low: Orange You Glad It’s Spring?

Pantone may swear by pastels like rose quartz and serenity for 2016, but if the runways are any clue, it’s pretty clear that orange is also going to be a major color trend for this spring. From Altuzarra’s floral prints to Karen Walker’s navy and tangerine color combo, all signs point to the fact that the citrusy hue will be big this season.

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Keeping Your Beauty

What’s Inside My Makeup Bag? Take a Peek!

Believe it or not I’ve actually been asked what I carry in my makeup bag. Probably because it’s usually jam packed or it could just be idle curiosity. Now keep in mind these are the items I carry everywhere with me. What I use on a daily basis to have my makeup ready is for another post – another time.

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Runway To Real Way: 4 Essential Black Spring Shoes Inspired by Oscar de la Renta

This past weekend was the vernal equinox, a sign that spring is officially and unequivocally here. And while fabrics are about to get lighter, colors brighter and layering will once again become an art from, we can’t forget about all the action below our ankles. Spring footwear has a penchant to boast all kinds of features, from floral patterns to chunky platforms. But this year, we’re focusing on the versatility and mileage we could get out of a pair of neutral black kicks that are anything but basic.

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Keeping Your Beauty

Why All The Fuss About Color Correctors?

If you think your local Sephora or drugstore has been taken over by pastel makeup, you’re right. That rainbow of color has been a secret weapon for makeup artists for years. Color correctors are designed to erase skin discoloration, scars, sun spots and blemishes by using their opposing hues. It’s like have having an Instagram filter in real life! You’ll actually use less makeup.

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What Were They Thinking? Celebrities In Fashion That Screams “Diva” 

Otherwise known as “WTF was she thinking?!” Yes, we know celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow are prone to taking risks with their style and often wear “questionable fashion.” (Remember that ugly medicine pink Oscars dress on Gwyneth?) But we were hoping that was a thing of the past. And usually it is, until they do it again.

Sadly, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Greene and Gwyneth Paltrow are repeat offenders.

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Celebrity Style Steal: Ashley Olsen’s Business Cool

Bring out the white and creams for this spring season with an easy-to-wear, Ashley Olsen inspired ensemble. Start off with an Equipment white button down blouse. This essential works for the office and you can throw it on with a pair of denim shorts for the weekend. What makes this neutral outfit work is the texture from the skirt.

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Must-Have Trend For Spring: The Denim Pencil Skirt

One item you will want to add to your closet (or dig out in my case) is a denim pencil skirt. Some may say this trend is retro and they would be right. I think of the 70’s version my babysitter’s wore that were jeans re-purposed into a long skirt. I thought it was so cool. At any rate, today’s denim pencil skirt is a slim-fit skirt that’s all shades of denim blue, white or black and can be a midi length to just above the knees.

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Living On Long Island

The Best Sushi On Long Island? Restaurant Yamaguchi in Port Washington

If you live in or ever visit Port Washington and drive down Main Street, there is one thing you will notice immediately – there are a LOT of sushi joints in this little town. Most are good, but Restaurant Yamaguchi is spectacular, and trust me, I have eaten a lot of sushi in my life. Not Jeremy Piven levels, but close. It’s no wonder this gem got a 25 in Zagat in 2012-2013.

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How To Shop Super Clearance Sales: Save Hundreds Of Dollars

I stumbled upon a super (duper) clearance sale at Kohl’s last weekend. What brought me into the store was an online coupon for an extra $10 off any $30 purchase, so I thought I would see what I could find on the clearance rack. Well as it turned out I saved $428! This was because there was an extra 40% off all clearance! This is key to saving lots of money. Always look for “Take An EXTRA % Off”sales and you can save 75- 85%.

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The Shoe You Will Want For Spring (and it’s flat!)

The shoe gods have finally heard my prayers. Flats are finally the shoe of choice. Major shoe designers are hopping on the bandwagon, like Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik so I feel vindicated. I knew it was only a matter of time before women (and our feet) were going to rebel.

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Wearable Trends: Love To Lace ‘em Up

This month I’d like to talk about one of my favorite fashion topics: shoes! More specifically a spring shoe trend that has completely dominated the season, the lace up sandal. I consider this trend to be an updated and more refined spin on the gladiator sandals that we couldn’t get away from a few years ago. For 2016, the laces are delicate and thin, feminine and much more universally flattering than earlier versions of this trend.

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