The Fluff Report: July 2013

July 29, 2013

Beauty Spotlight: FACE STOCKHOLM

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Nothing makes for a better Friday morning while on vacation than a complimentary beauty session at Scott Miller Salon with Swedish cosmetics line, FACE STOCKHOLM. Helen Andersson, lead educator and crown wearer on right, was on hand filling me in on all of their beautiful summer products. One of my faves was a crème blush that doubled as a lip stain. Thirteen colors, ranging from warm and shimmery to bright and cheery are all named after big cities. I did Paris, a bright watermelon shade. Much better than the first time I did Paris which involved staying at a filthy hostel, watching a man get maced at an outdoor cafe and being surrounded by guards with machine guns at the airport. Perhaps the city Paris and I need a do-over.

Silvana, from Scott Miller chose gold and plum crème shadows for my eyes. I have my own abundant collection of purple shadows with gold falling a close second. I would have never thought to combine the two of them in one look. It was warm, natural and enhanced the hazel in my eyes. 

I still cannot believe that I only have a tinted moisturizer on. No foundation, no powders. Isn't that what we are all looking for in a summer beauty routine? Quick, easy and natural. Perfect. 

Tell me...What's your "go to" summer beauty product? 

July 22, 2013

July Obsessions

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1. For some people it's shoes but for me it's bags. Obsessed. I came across the Spartina449 website and didn't know which pattern I loved more. This bag looks like the perfect size to pack for a night and skip out of town.
2. I thought I'd be tired of chevron but I still can't get enough. These hair ties from 6 Degrees are perfect for when you want to add a smidge of fun pattern to your outfit. They also look much cuter on your wrist than a black elastic. 
3. Madewell makes some of the best silk camis. I'm in lavendar love with this feminine pick. 
4. Can't wait to try Bobbi Brown's newest navy & nude palette. 
5. Decorating a new home is exciting! I love this glittery, fancy mirror to glam up a nautical themed bathroom. 
6. I haven't used these relaxing eye patches before my but friend Alicia has. She read a celeb used them for de-puffing of the eyes. She swears by them since trying so I can't wait to pick up my own pack! 
7. I've been obsessing with Kate Upton's brows since the cover of Vogue so I desperately try to re-create the look with my Anastasia Brow Powder
8. If you are a parent, I'm betting you've either seen Despicable Me 2 or Monsters University this month. I can't get enough of those little minions. Then I found insta-minions and #8 happened on my lunch hour. 
9. Venti Iced Soy Chai Latte anyone? Yes, that would be me. Everyday. 
10. Remember when you said you would never, never, never use wallpaper? tsk. tsk. Never say never with these Sherwin-Williams HGTV prints. 

July 15, 2013

2013-2014: DIY Organizer

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They say we will close on our new house this week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but if you've ever bought a house in New York, you won't be surprised when I tell you we were supposed to close last week. On the brighter side of things, it has given me more time to research organization for the new casa. My goal is not to move anything we haven't used in oh, the last six years. 

What better way to get organized then to organize a new planner.  Is it archaic that I'm using a paper planner and not doing things digital? Judging from all I see on the shelves of Staples, I'd say there are a lot of people like me that still like to see things laid out in front of them and write things down in pretty colors. Jen from inspired me to create the above customized beauty and here are some suggestions on how you can create your own as well! 

#1. Choose a planner: I liked how Jen used the Martha Stewart discbound system. It's very easy to move pages around, reuse things throughout the years and customize the layout based on your needs. She chose the full size but I knew it wouldn't be practical for me. I like to have something small enough to put in my purse or my work bag that isn't as big as my laptop so I opted for the smaller size. I love the aqua color! 

#2. Customize your pages: I custom designed all the pages that I wanted and needed. Calendars by month, to do lists, even a blog section with pages to record my purchased items, blog post topics and collaboration ideas. A house section includes paint ideas with colors we'll use for the new home and different home improvement projects. There are a ton of etsy stores that have downloadable planner forms but I could not find a single one for the smaller size so I had to design my own! Can I tell you it was a pain in the a$$ and consumed my weekend. Yes, I'm obsessive in some ways...

Inside are clear folders for holding fabric swatches, birthday cards, important dates, etc. There are also tabs for separating sections: calendar, blogging, house, kids, etc. 

#3. Buy a hole puncher: The one thing I dislike about the discbound system is that it needs a specific hole punch. The Arc System desktop punch is $40 dollars! That was a little pricey for a hole puncher in my opinion but I was already sucked in to the idea of my creation and so it really was a non-issue once I had made up my mind. 

#4. What will you write with? Based on Jen's recommendation, I chose the Papermate Flair ultra fine assorted colors pack. I've always used the medium tip but the ultra fine is perfect for the smaller printing I need to do. They really do write well without any bleed and did I mention I like pretty ink? Highly recommend these. 

Can't wait to get this baby ready to go! Let me know if you are interested in any downloadable printables for this size planner. (inside pages are 5 1/2x81/2) I can also do the larger 8.5x11 for you. I thought it would be great for teachers, meal planners, wedding and or pregnancy/baby planner. I would love to customize it for you! 

And I'm super curious....what type of planner do you use?? 

July 10, 2013

What's in the box?

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I belong to an online community call Influenster. I'm guessing you've never heard of it so let me tell you a little about it. Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. The open book that I am, I just love to share product reviews with my readers. This month it was the "sunkissed" voxbox. What's more exciting then a. getting a package in the mail and b. getting a package in the mail filled with unknown goodies? Let's take a peeksy at what I found...

1. SinfulShine Colors nail polish: I am usually a die hard Essie/OPI fan so I wasn't sure what I would think of a $2.99 drugstore polish. WELL, didn't this knock me down a few pegs! I love the color I was given, described as a periwinkle. I like to call it an electric neon baby blue. Either way, I could not believe how long this polish stayed on! toes get sweaty in my work shoes and nail polish never stays put. Thank you sinfulshine for showing my toe sweat who's boss.

2. BB Cream anyone? Usually I'm a no thanks, but again I was pleasantly surprised by the Olay fresh BB cream. It spreads very easily and evenly and gave me a pinch of color in the right direction. (darker, not lighter). It has an extra bonus of SPF 15 and comes in two shades. 

3. Take your highest most uncomfortable heels and slip in some of these Dr. Scholl's high heel inserts. You might just be fooled into thinking they are your favorite slippers. enough said.

4. I have to say that I haven't had a chance to use the Goody ouchless hair ties. A pony is not in my immediate future. I'll donate to some long haired friends and get back to ya. 

*Don't forget to enter my Sweet William Vintage giveaway here for a chance to win an ombré woven wrap bracelet! 

*all products were provided complimentary from Influenster but opinions expressed are my own. 

July 8, 2013

Fluff is turning 1!

The Fluff Report turns ONE this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to do my first giveaway! I teamed up with Meredith and Alison, the sister duo behind Sweet William Vintage to offer this ombré woven wrap bracelet. I'm a huge fan of taking vintage jewels and recreating them into something special and updated. Remember this amazing necklace Alison made for me incorporating the brooch from my wedding dress and my Mother and Grandmother's pearls? That was one of my very first blog posts and chosen to be Lauren Conrad's Chic of the Week. I wanted to thank every one of you for supporting TFR and being a loyal follower. It means so much to me every time someone comments and let's me know that they're reading. I'm not sure what will become of this journey but it's been a great time so far! Thanks again Fluff followers! 

It's so easy to enter this giveaway. Just be sure to "like" TFR and SWV on Facebook. Easy Peasy! Winner will be announced on TFR's birthday, this Friday. Good luck lovelies! 

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July 4, 2013

Sneaks and Stripes for the Fourth

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                             tee: gap
shorts: j.crew old, similar
sneaks: converse
necklace: j.crew, similar
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Summer is a time to show off your piggies and pedis but this season I've done everything opposite. Buying scarves, jeans and long sleeves, now I've moved over to sneaks. Bright, white and crisp was on my check list but it took some restraint not to go for a more colorful option. I had Keds and Tretorns in high school so I thought it more than appropriate to go back and take some pics in the ol' hallways. 

Take a notice at my nails if you will. I do not usually buy drugstore nail polish but gave this SinfulShine Color a try when I received it in my sunkissed VoxBox {more to come on that goodie} I love the electric baby blue-periwinkle color and couldn't believe its staying power! 

I love the casual look of this striped baseball T from Gap. It has that worn in look and feel. I bought it in gray too. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Thank you so much for reading!