Fashion

Pink for a Grey Day

Pink always make me feel pretty! Seeing that I am a New Yorker, I normally find myself wearing black. Although black is easy and a trusty g0-to, it’s nice to change things up a bit and add in a pop of color. As it gets colder and colder in the winter months and the days get shorter, I always feel refreshed when wearing a bright and fun color! Continue Reading

Fashion

3 Ways to Mix and Match Prints

It’s fall but we are on the brink of winter! Ugh can you believe that it’s suppose to snow in NYC tomorrow!? No matter what the weather, I always say it’s important to stay fashionable! So what’s better than a cappuccino, pink mohair jacket and leopard boots? Ha! I have been exploring my inner fashionista and experimenting with mixing and matching unlikely patterns. I personally love the mix and match print look and since it’s all the rage, it keeps me on my toes constantly searching for the latest trends. Love adding in my favorite striped shirt from The Striped Sheep! Make sure to take a look at this brand, the quality is amazing and my ultimate go-to no matter the season!

Leopard is basically considered “neutral” at this point…you see it everywhere! Here are three ways to style out leopard print!

Beauty

O Boticário!

Makeup Monday has me in search of new perfumes and body lotions from around the world!

I came across this fabulous Brazilian brand, O Boticário, which happens to be the largest beauty franchise in the world with over 4000 shops. The brand has been around for over 40 years and O Boticário has an online store in the US, coming up on its third year anniversary (boticario.com)!!

I was browsing their website, looking for various bath and body products, when I came across their perfumes. I was immediately drawn to the chic and retro perfumes bottles because they reminded me of the 50’s! I love when you can enjoy fragrances and actually display them as décor in your home or bathroom.

I ended up ordering three different perfumes: Lily My Lily  and Lady Lily EDP. They all smell incredible! Lily has an unmistakable fresh and elegant scent. What’s the secret of this scent? The technique of enfleurage! It’s the way in which the essential oil is extracted from the flowers to become the main ingredient of the perfume.

My Lily also smells incredible and is a little less floral than Lily. The secret of this scent is that is has Narcissus, a flower that can’t be planted and grows spontaneously in the fields of France.

Last but certainly not least…Lady Lily EDP! Although all of these fragrances smell incredible, I have to say that Lady Lily EDP is my favorite. What is the secret of this scent? The perfumes of the Bulgarian, May and Damascenas Roses in the exclusive essence called Grand Rose. The Roses are collected in a special way and each has a distinctive method for extraction of essential oils, which are blended by the maturation technique. The method, almost extinct, allows the essences to interact and blend with each other in a natural way… And in their own time!

I am also all about delicious body lotions and I found this one from  https://boticario.com/lily-body-deodorant-moisturizing-satin-cream-250g/p. A scented body lotion is a total luxury for this busy momma! Normally, I use whatever body lotion my kids use but after browsing the O Boticário, I decided to treat myself to a luxurious lotion. This winter, I want to step up my fragrance game and stand out from the crowd. Little secret…apply the O Boticário prior to using the O Boticário fragrance and it helps it last even longer!

Overall, I am extremely impressed by the products from O Boticário and HIGHLY suggest trying the perfumes and lotions. It’s really amazing to come across an established overseas brand that is available in the U.S! I feel as though I’ve been keeping a fun secret and now I want to share it with all my followers.

Use coupon code kristentaekman for a 10% discount on boticario.com !

 

 

Beauty

This Seasons Berry Lipstick

The weather has officially changed and it is COLD in NYC! Do you know what that means? It’s time to update my makeup and swap out my nude lipsticks for bold and rich berry tones. Wearing a berry lipstick in the fall is inevitable…it’s like ordering a pumpkin spice latte…it’s going to happen. Navigating which hue of berry to wear can be a little tricky. You have to make sure you choose the shade that works best with your complexion. Continue Reading

Fashion

The Sweater Dress

The sweater dress is the ultimate fall statement. It is the perfect outfit to stay warm yet fashionable on any fall day. When it starts to get a little cold outside, go ahead and wear this same look with jeans or leggings but for now, stick to over-the-knee boots! You can also layer this look with a jacket or coat! I would go with this duster for an edgier look or this one for more traditional. The possibilities are endless when it comes to fashion! Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018

It’s that time of the year again! My walk to school today was filled with crisp air, colorful leaves and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes (although I must admit I’m having a hard time giving up my iced coffees).

Thanksgiving is around the corner, we are all starting to think about the holidays and you know what that means…shopping lists and gift guides! Each year, I love to be inventive and gift the ones I love something exciting. I have to admit, a lot of the gifts I give are based on Oprah’s Favorite Things!

Today was the day…Amazon announced Oprah’s Favorite Things and I am SO excited!!!! Adam Glassman went on Good Morning America this morning and announced the most coveted list of the year. The best part?!?! I GET TO GO TONIGHT to the unveiling! Woop, Woop!

I am so so thrilled to be asked again to attend this amazing event as an O Magazine Insider and can’t wait to share my experience with you all. I have already peeked at her list on Amazon and wanted to share some of my favorite gifts (so far). Each year, these gifts sell out so quickly so make sure to check them out before they are gone!

Believe it our not, Christmas is only a little over a month away so it’s time to start making a list and checking it twice. Make sure to follow my Instagram stories tonight to see the event live! I can’t wait to see what’s in store and share my experience with all go you!
As soon as I get home tonight I will do a Facebook live to show you all of the fun goodies that I got!!! Can’t wait! Stay tuned!
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Fashion

The Little Blue Jean

How fab are these jeans? I recently wore them for a shoot with NYDJ and they are hands down the most comfortable pair. The little blue jean is a closet staple! Each fall, I find myself buying a new pair of jeans that I know will become the ones I wear on a daily basis. Whether I pair them with sneakers to take my kids to school, or dress them up for date night out, I know they will be my trusty jeans for the season! Here are three ways I like to style my jeans: Continue Reading