The Fluff Report

February 11, 2015

My Best Friend's Closet: Ski Essentials


I know we are all looking forward to Spring, but Winter is still in full effect here in Upstate NY. With temps getting into the negatives next week, I'm still buying cold weather clothing-and most of the time getting great deals! Stores are thinking ahead and pulling out the warmer weather items, so nows is the time to stock up on some essentials. Carrie and I have become big skiers in the past few years in order to somewhat keep up with our children,  but I only learned how to ski once I moved back to Rochester 12 years ago. Carrie + I went to Killington with our husbands (then boyfriends) for my first lesson. Many things happened on that trip that often come back up in conversation-namely the argument we got in with the boys when they called us cheaters at Euchre ["I DO NOT CHEAT!] and something embarrassing that happened on a ski lift that is less than appropriate to discuss on a fashion blog. 

I love Carrie's suggestions on how to keep hands and lips soft in the brutal temps. I love the Athleta base layers since mine are a hundred years old and make me look like a diaper butt. Who couldn't use a new puffer vest. This was 50% off at J.Crew making it completely affordable. I've been searching for a great pair of ski goggles but I love the red mirrored Ray Bans to wear on sunny, milder days. 

If we have a couple more months of Winter, we might as well make the best of it! I would love to hear suggestions on what you can't live without in the cold! 

SHOP SOME WINTER ESSENTIALS BELOW!!







February 5, 2015

Dark Circles? Dry Skin? Read On For Some Beauty Must Haves for Winter!

I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias, Inc. on behalf of Neutrogena for this#NewNeutrogena campaign #AD #Collectivebias. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 









Old Man Winter gives my skin a beating throughout the cold season. My eyes are dry, my hair is dry and my skin is especially dry. I was so excited to try a new product from Neutrogena that could baby my parched epidermis. I read about the Hydro Boost Gel Cream in both Redbook and People StyleWatch and couldn't wait to head to Target and pick it up. Being conscious of ingredients in my personal care products, I looked them all up on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep website. All ingredients were within my comfort zone and it's listed as oil-free, fragrance-free, dye-free and non-comedogenic (which is a term for oils, lotions, etc. meaning it does not block pores).  I've been using this product for weeks day and night and my face feels so soft. I've had none of that tightness feeling you get with being dry. I love how light it is and I can appreciate that it's not greasy! I even put it over my makeup the other day, which is something I don't think I have EVER done. To be honest, it was fine. I kept looking in the mirror to see if I looked shiny or greasy but I didn't. I would highly recommend this product as a great beauty deal under $20! 

Now what to do with the age old problem of dark under eye circles? Working as an Optometrist this is definitely a question I field a lot. I'm pretty happy to now recommend the Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream! I love how convenient it is in a twist bottom pen. The product releases into the brush after a couple clicks and you literally paint it on underneath your eyes. I always recommend dabbing the product in, rather than rubbing because the under eye skin is so thin and delicate. Using your ring finger applies the least amount of pressure. And although this isn't one of my biggest derm issues, I had a co-worker try it and we noticed a difference in 1 week! It actually brightened up my eyes as well so this is a keeper for your peepers! 

I'm loving my newest beauty must haves for the long Winter we have in Rochester. My skin has not suffered at all! Lately, my beauty routine has been natural, simple and quick. I'll say it again-I love how easy the eye cream is to apply. Both products are a perfect base for my beauty routine. I used a tinted moisturizer, my new favorite eye shadow palette-the double exposure from Smashbox cosmetics and my favorite liquid liner from LORAC. I swiped my chapstick for Beautycounter's lipsheer in twig. It's hydrating, tastes like vanilla and contains safe ingredients. Do you change up your beauty routine in the Winter? 


STEPS FOR USING NEUTROGENA RAPID DARK CIRCLE REPAIR EYE CREAM

1. Twist bottom of pen to release product onto brush
2. Dab eye cream to under eye area
3. Pat the eye cream until absorbed, using ring finger for least amount of pressure
4. Apply makeup


STEPS FOR USING NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST GEL CREAM

1. Clean face
2. Apply evenly to face and neck
3. Use day and night
4. Apply makeup


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February 1, 2015

mint + navy + cristina v. jewels








PHOTOS // MR. FLUFF


NECKLACES + BRACELETS // c/o CRISTINA V. 
PANTS // LOFT
BAG // GIGI NEWYORK
FUR // VINTAGE
SHOES //(OLD), SIMILAR

Do you exchange gifts with your love for Valentine's Day? As the years have passed, I don't necessarily rely on presents to make me happy. Having two kids + working full time-we're lucky if we get to get out alone for a couple of hours for dinner or a movie. (American Sniper is first on my list) But if I do receive a gift, jewelry is at the top of my list! It's so personal, thoughtful and truly won't go out of style. I am really drawn to Cristina V. Jewelry.  I love a good statement necklace, but lately I've been more into pieces that are more delicate and easily layered. The mix between gems and metal on these pieces are the perfect combination in my opinion.  BONUS: all pieces are handmade in New York. 

For my last tv segment, I talked about how to incorporate the color marsala into your wardrobe. The Jessica zippered tote from GiGi New York in burgundy is a perfect addition to have, especially if you live around Rochester. I always bring my laptop to and from work so I like the zippered top so it doesn't get wet from the snow. It fits all my daily essentials easily. 

The mixtures of texture in this outfit makes me smile. dots, jacquard, croc, glitter. It may seem a little overboard but to me-I love the combo. 

And now you may love or hate me but -GO PATRIOTS! I lived in Boston and who isn't obsessed with Tom and Gisele? I mean, really? XO

CLICK ON THE ITEMS BELOW TO SHOP THIS POST!


January 29, 2015

Kickin' It Old School


Not that I can really wear sneaks right now because my Winter shoe wardrobe consists of tall boots, short boots and mid boots, but I'm feelin' positive and looking towards Spring. Once the weather breaks I'll be ready with a new pair of vintage kicks. I love the heritage collection from Brooks and the vintage black Nikes are right up my alley. I've noticed there's been a lot of collaborations going on lately, like NB + Kate Spade and Madewell + Saucony. I received the newest J.Crew catalog in the mail and there is a pair of white + gold NBs that are UN-believable! I couldn't find them on the website yet but I'll be waiting. Hopefully, there isn't another Sperry Shearwater Boot situation. (that would be that I didn't buy them when I first saw them, they sold out and now can not be found anywhere-not even eBay) 


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January 26, 2015

Pantone's Color of 2015: Marsala!


Happy Monday! If you can-be sure to check out this morning's tv segment on Good Day Rochester at 8:45 am. I'll be with my friend and interior designer Rachel of Rachel Clark Designs and we'll be talking about none other than MARSALA-the Pantone color of 2015. The general consensus for this color is that it's not as exciting as past years (hello-radiant orchid!) and perhaps a little dated, but in my opinion, it's an easy color to incorporate into your wardrobe. I put together a ton of ideas that I'm sure you will love! 

SCROLL THROUGH THE LOOKBOOK BELOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT MARSALA PIECE