Fashion

Look Optic

This morning, the president just announced another 30 days of social distancing…We all know this is the right thing to do BUT another 30 days seems like forever ;( Good news is that we are all in the same boat. I have been keeping myself busy with homeschooling, blogging and focusing on the little things that make me feel great and lift my spirits!

I have noticed that many of us, including myself, spend most of our days in sweatsuits. I also realize many of us are wearing our glasses! Yup, I only have a few pairs so when I came across LOOK OPTIC I was so excited to see they had super stylish frames at affordable prices. Their lightweight and colorful frames are giving me life! Who says that you can’t be chic while in quarantine? LOOK Optic is giving you 20% off your purchase so check them out and have fun shopping the fun frames, colors and styles! And just think, on your next ZOOM call, all of your friends aren’t going to be looking at your roots anymore! You will be having a full on conversation about your cool new frames πŸ™‚

Beauty

Practice Makes Perfect

While we are all cozy at home, I decided this would be the perfect time to go through my makeup drawer! Dun dun duuuun!! I know this is a daunting task…trust me, I am with you! Did you know that makeup expires!? Yup, it has an expiration date just like the can of tuna that’s been sitting in the back of your pantry for who knows how long!? LOL. Will that tuna still be edible this time next year, probably, but why risk it? Same thing goes for makeup! That blush that you’ve had since you went on vacation two years ago…time to get rid of it! So start cleaning out your makeup drawer!

Also, take this time to practice because practice really does make perfect! I have been using this amazing Urban Decay palette to practice my smokey eye. Practicing your makeup is actually a great way to take your mind off of what’s going on in the world and well, make yourself photo ready for your next selfie. My Husband said to me, “where are you going”? after I had finished my smokey eye. I said I was going to Instagram…lol! Happy practicing! Below are some of my favorite easy all in one eye shadow palettes:

Fashion

The Stay at Home Cozy Cardi

Growing up in New England has you wearing a cardigan pretty much all year round. It feels funny to be talking about cardigans as “spring” accessories but it’s a year round must have!

The weight of the wool may change from a heavy to lighter knit but a trustee cardi should always be top of mind and front of closet. A cardigan is the perfect layering piece and my go-to when I feel like I have been wearing my jean jacket too often. During these crazy times of staying home and quarantined, nothing feels better than wearing a cozy cardigan sweater!

Here are a bunch of my affordable favorites that can be shipped to you ASAP:

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The Poet Shirt

Who else remembers the Seinfeld episode with the ruffled shirt? LOL! Hilarious! Well, I actually got my inspiration for this look from fashion week shows. Ruffles are back with vengeance. πŸ™‚ And the vest…don’t even get me started…all of a sudden it’s all about the vest! I’m loving these cool sleeper trends; looks that have been around since the turn of the century are trendier than ever!

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Cool Culottes

It seems silly to put the words leather and spring in the same sentence but it’s actually quite normal to wear this fabric while transitioning into spring. For example, today, it’s 40 degrees and raining but it is technically spring and I see a tree blooming with cherry blossoms. Oh spring, she is trying really hard to come out and bring on that beautiful and much needed sunshine. While she tries, we can test out the various new trends of the season. 

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Banana Hues

I am always in the market for basic pieces with neutral hues to style under anything and everything. I’m basically into any piece that is handy and ideal for layering. Banana Republic recently launched their True Hues Collection which specializes in their inclusive range of nude clothing accessories designed for ever skin tone. There are so many styles and tones to choose from, whether you are looking for intimates, bodysuits, silk dresses or shoes! This new collection is timeless, classic and essential for every woman’s wardrobe!

Beauty

Makeup Monday Self-Care

I am not sure about you all but boy of boy, now more than ever, I am in need of some major R&R, skincare and self care! It’s been such a stressful week filled with uncertainty for all of us.

For me, and I’m sure for most of you, the new “normal” starts today. The next few weeks of quarantine are going to be about homeschooling, reconnecting with loved ones and filling those empty slots of time with things you enjoy to do! Whether it’s Facetiming an old friend or reading that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months…take a little time for yourself!

I am going to dive into my self care routine. These eye masks are everything and so easy to use while working relaxing. I like to put them on after the shower, before coffee and let them stay on while I sip my hot cup of joe and plan the day. Whether you are tired, puffy or just need the hydration, there are plenty of eye patches that will do the trick. Below are a few of my favorite brands that can be delivered straight to your home. Stay safe and healthy!


Lifestyle, Mommy

Quarantined

I am not even sure what to say…What is there to say? This too shall pass…I hope that you all are staying safe and healthy during this very scary time.

It’s so hard to believe that just a week ago we were living our normal lives, our full-scheduled, busy hectic lives and now here we…it all came to a screeching halt.

As a New Yorker, having been through all the disasters, (911, the blackout, Hurricane Sandy) I know that we can get through just about anything. Our city is strong and resilient. But this…this is a whole new level. Knowing that this virus us affecting EVERYONE in the WORLD is almost too much to bare.

I have had quite a few moments lately…moments of shock, deep sadness and uncertainty. It’s a horrible feeling that is consuming my mind and body. What will happen to my children and schooling? What will happen to my husband and his work? What will happen to my work? Will any of us get sick? It’s all just too much but I keep coming back to one thought…there is a higher power that is calling for us all to stop, take control and pull back on our crazy lives. We are being forced to stop for a reason, whatever it may be, so it is time for us to listen and put life into perspective. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with “what if” questions, why don’t we try to replace those by staying in the moment and enjoying the time we have to ourselves and with our loved ones.

My family and I are fortunate enough to have friends that offered us their home outside the city and I am beyond grateful. NYC is the epicenter of this pandemic and I was scared to have my kids in the middle of the city. So for the next few weeks, my family and I are hunkered down in the country. We are going to take this time to go on walks, get plenty of fresh air and settle into our homeschooling routine. Hopefully all of this will give us some sense of “normalcy”.

With that being said, work is part of my everyday normal and after taking last week off to adjust, I feel ready to get back to work and know that it will help me stay busy and take my mind off of things. So between homeschooling and cooking more than I have ever cooked in my life, I will continue to post about fun fashion trends and makeup finds. (All of this content was shot a week or so before the horrible pandemic).

So take this time for YOU! Rest, relax, reboot and recharge. Think about why you needed to slow down and think about all of the things that really matter to you as well as what you might want to change in your life.

I am thinking about you all during this horrible time. Please stay safe and healthy!

Kristen