The Fluff Report: April 2014

April 29, 2014

MBFC-Skincare Explosion!

Do all best girlfriends take pictures of their new beauty products and text them to each other or only the obsessed? I was more than excited to hear about the new Kate Sommerville products Carrie bought after that text picture came through on a Wednesday night. I myself had been on a product kick. Maybe because Summer is coming (it IS coming, right?) and I want to figure out how to get the best natural glow. I asked Carrie what's new in her skincare lineup but also her favorite oldies but goodies. Apparently she is also on a product kick as well. Or maybe this is how we are all the time. Product junkies. I could think of a worse kind of junkie to me. Which leads me to my aside…I'm now obsessed with Nurse Jackie. Anyone watching it? So good! ok-back to products…

EYES: Carrie has been searching for a great eye cream for awhile. She tried my favorite (see here) but has been noncommittal. Then she bought this KS age arrest and swears by it. Nice and creamy, spreads easily, absorbs well and is moisturizing. Her oldie but goodie: Avon's lotion eye makeup remover. It's stood the test of time for her product list. She states it is the BEST for gently removing eye makeup with out being irritating and is only $4.00. Yes-you read that right!

FACE: Both Carrie and I have a hard time finding face washes that won't dry our skin and give us that tight feeling afterwards. This KS daily cleanser is moisturizing and removes all the dirt and makeup a girl could ask for! 

HAIR: So I never use a product to decrease my dry time, but I also have fine hair that dries quickly. Carrie does not. Her thick curls needs to be blown straight and having 2 kiddos to also get ready in the morning, does not allow for luxurious prep time. She swears by the Kenra platinum fast drying spray. Cuts down dry time in half! 

BODY: Carrie and I both have an Origins oldie but goodie skincare staple. Mine is here and hers is The Perfect World body butter. I love the smell and it gives a glow to your skin without being greasy. It lasts forever unless you gob it on, which unfortunately we both tend to do with our products.

I've made it super easy for you to find these products online. Click on the picture above or shop the post below and give these products a try! 

April 24, 2014

The New Pant Shapes

Let me start off this post by saying how much I LOVE InStyle magazine. I've been a faithful reader for a plethora of years and look forward to every month. I was overly excited when I saw in the May issue, a piece on new pant shapes. They were all so beautiful. But then I looked at the price…Out of 18 pairs of pants, 2 were under $100. The rest were $300 and up. I know fashion magazines are meant to inspire and excite the fashion enthusiasts out there. Unfortunately, as much as I'd love to…I am just not in the market for an $800 pair of cotton poplin wide legs. But a light bulb went off and so I furiously researched my own collection of new pant shapes for much more affordable prices. Enjoy!  photo 7d0c8100-bc8c-4b10-a361-02e7b8254149.jpg
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I'm such a pants freak. I have way more interesting bottoms than tops in my closet. It's so unbalanced. I guess I'm more apt to wear fun pants a zillion times without getting bored whereas a pretty and unusual top seems overplayed more quickly. Even looking at my own post, I want to buy the Anthro wide legs which look extremely similar to the ones I'm wearing, minus the color difference. Seeing how I have most of the pants listed on the InStyle guide, I've banned myself from pants. next obsession? recommendations welcomed...


April 11, 2014

Spring Break Style: Boho vs Prep

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[BOHO: dress: HM, fedora: J.Crew, straw bag: J.Crew, sandals: Piperlime]
[PREP: hat: vineyard vines, shorts: J.crew, boat shoes: Sperry, beach pouch: Hayden Reis]

I always seem to switch my style between boho and prep when packing for Spring Break.My suitcase has long, flowy maxi dresses and a navy bikini with anchors on it. It all depends on my mood for the day. Whichever style I'm wearing, I definitely love some color. For the preppy look, I'm really loving sunwashed, slightly faded pastels. However, if there is one bright color that you need this Spring, it would be CITRON. It is the color of the season. How cute is this Hayden Reis beach buddy? Store you wet suit in there or even better...keep your magazines dry when on the beach!

I've said it before and I'll say it again....H & M PLEASE COME BACK TO ROCHESTER! I'm so thankful for online ordering though. There are some really pretty, feminine maxi dresses which fit in perfectly for a beach vacay. Top it off with a fedora and straw beach bag. I wish I could wear these strappy flat sandals, but they always seem to make me look shorter. I put these in my look because I think it's important to realize that you don't have to try every trend even though you love it. Wear what looks best for your body and what makes you feel amazing! Your confidence and personality will shine. 

If you are heading out of the NY cold next week, have a safe and happy week! XO

April 7, 2014

Fashion & Food Fundraiser

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A huge thank you to everyone who came to the MS Fundraiser this weekend! I am so humbled and grateful for all the family, friends, patients and followers that came to support not only me, but the event for MS. A special thank you to the Corner Bakery and Cafe! The food there is absolutely delish and I've been snacking on their raison pecan sweet crisps since it ended. Such a sweet treat to have with your coffee or tea!

This week I'm packing and gearing up for our trip to Hilton Head-that means running everyday so I can feel somewhat better when I put on that bikini for the first time in almost a year! I have my Spring Break essentials that I will be sharing with you soon! If anyone has suggestions on where to go in HH-please let me know! Thanks!

April 4, 2014

Spring Trends on FOX Rochester!

Hey All! This past Wednesday I was on Good Day Rochester dishing about Spring fashion and beauty trends. We had a great time and all I can say is that Adam is such a good sport! Love the glasses Adam! We always have so much fun and I'm glad I was able to talk about the Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser I'm hosting this weekend. I am so grateful that through this blog and my followers, that I'm able to give back to a cause I truly feel needs attention. So many people are living with MS and because they aren't in outward pain, it's hard to understand what they battle with on a day to day basis. This disease is so unpredictable. If you are local, I really hope you can come. Check out the sidebar for the flyer on the details! 

I put together some of my favorite beauty and fashion trends and through a new program, if you hover over the items, it can take you directly to it on the web! Fun, easy shopping! 


April 2, 2014

Printed Pants + Tweed Jacket for Spring

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[jacket: zara, tee and pants: BR, shoes: sam edleman, bracelets: chloe+isabel, stelladot, loft, rings/earcuff: HM, earrings:j.crew, clutch: big buddha ℅ Paislee boutique]

Well, hello there Sunshine! We've missed you here in Rochester. We haven't seen it in so long that we forgot how the camera works with all this natural light. I guess there are worst problems to have…

I had a great time visiting NYC last week for a work conference. Although I learned a ton, my favorite part was sneaking in some shopping. Who can blame me, right? I had a partner in crime and we banged it out. We knew where we wanted to go, what we wanted to look at and we both ended up with some great finds! SK convinced me to go for this smart, fringe tweed cropped jacket from Zara and I convinced her to the cutest quilted equestrian vest (she was walking around the store with it on so there wasn't too much convincing to be had). 
We all need new black/white/gray tees. I always have a few in rotation. I adored this one with leather sleeves from Banana Republic. Talk about taking the basic tee up a notch! 
PS…it comes in white too! 

The black & white printed pants were a bonus find on sale. If you are looking for a transition piece from day to night, these pants would be perfect. Smart and classy for day but dress them up with some heels and clutch and you're ready for a night out. Speaking of which, I'm about ready for a night out! 10 days I'll be in Hilton Head and  I can't wait to soak up some more sunshine!