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Kristen Taekman


Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette

Now that the weather has changed and there is a chill in the air, it is time to completely update my makeup drawer. I am officially swapping out my fall toned makeup for winter palettes!

I was in desperate need of an eyeshadow palette that I could use both during the day and night. Although I love a large eyeshadow palette with numerous colors, it really isn’t practical for daily use or travel. I was looking for a compact palette that I could easily fit in my makeup pouch and carry with me.  Continue Reading

Lifestyle, NYC

A Minted Holiday

I am thrilled to announce that I am ahead of the game this year when it comes to the holidays and I actually shot my holiday cards in October! Yup, I finally learned my lesson…get them done early before it’s too cold! No frozen toes or purple lips this year!

Last year, Kingsley was crying because she was so cold and Cash was not having it.  This year, an email popped up in my inbox from Minted and acted as the perfect reminder to shoot my holiday cards. I took full advantage of this reminder (and the early bird discount) and planned our shoot ahead of time.

I would love to be that family that dresses to the nines and makes their way all the way to Central Park to get the “perfect shot”. Reality…we just aren’t that family haha! I plan my dress in advance but Josh plans his outfit the same day as the shoot and ends up wearing the same super chic velvet blazer. I think this is the third year he has worn this blazer for our holiday card but what can you do!

Last year, it was so cold that Kingsley ended up wearing a beautiful dress paired with house slippers…she refused to take them off because it was so cold. So needless to say, I learned my lesson and picked a warm day to shoot our card this year. I live in downtown NYC and if you follow my Instagram stories, you probably know by now that I live close to the Freedom Tower and Oculus.

The Oculus has commissioned artists from all the Burroughs of NY to paint parts of the Oculus in cool upbeat graffiti. This year I decided it would be the perfect place to shoot our card! Below is our final choices for the cover of our holiday card and I had to incorporate some silly “reality shots” (naturally pics of my kids fighting between shots).

Each year, I rely on MINTED to print my holiday cards! They never disappoint and it’s extremely easy to use. Last year my mom printed hers through MINTED too! I love sending out holiday cards to our family and friends because I feel like it spreads the joyful spirit! Happy holidays to all of you and good luck with your card shoot! 😉 I highly suggest using MINTED if you are looking for the perfect company to print these pictures!




The Brooklyn Blonde

I have been trying to be more creative in my looks lately! I always want to be comfortable and I am obsessed with mixing up my looks. By this, I mean mixing prints, mixing athleisure wear with boots and so on and so forth! Also, why not throw on a big bold statement jacket! Cropped puffy coats are in this season and I’m loving it! This Banana Republic red puffer is everything!   Continue Reading


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


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!


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 (!

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 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.

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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