Slumber Party Series Part Three: Sheets, Duvets & A Giveaway

Happy National Sleep Awareness Week and welcome to part three of the Slumber Party series! This installment is all about my favorite duvets and sheets. But first, a giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Slumbr, which is a company that makes the most amazing pillows (they make you relax faster than a valium and champagne) and Poéthique, which is an eco-luxe brand of 100% plant-based skincare products. 

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Now let’s get the party started on bedding. I’m a duvet girl and down insert (aka down comforter) kind of girl. I know some people like regular comforters and no duvet, but I don’t. Sorry. If you enjoy a good comforter vs duvet debate, there’s a great post on Apartment Therapy.

Also, I know there are alternatives to down, but for me, there is no alternative. Would you rather drift off to sleep in a comfy cloud of down or sandwiched between clumps of cotton/polyester fill? Didn’t think so. Down is just so lux. Furthermore, a decent down comforter will last you forever. I took my parents’ old one with me to college and I still use it for guests to this day. Honestly, it's probably like 15 years old at this point. So buy the real thing. It's worth it. 

Here are some of my favorite duvets along with sheet suggestions for maximum style and comfort.

Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet

If you couldn’t tell from the picture above with my dogs, I love my Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet. It’s soft, stylish and looks good with any style of bed or headboard. As they say in Portlandia, put a bird on it

Marimekko Kesahelle Sheets

While I’m normally not a fan of mixing patterns, I really like the way Marimekko’s Keashelle sheets coordinate with the Dwell Studio duvet. The stripes contrast the birds without getting too busy.

Missoni Patrick Duvet

Missoni bedding is kind of my dream. It’s Italian (omg, do you feel a Dresses to Decor coming on, I know I do!) and impossible to mistake for anything else. The Patrick Duvet provides a great focal point for a room, especially if you have simple bedroom furniture. 

Sky 500 Thread Count Sheet Set

If you’re going to have a Missoni duvet, you can’t go crazy with patterned sheets unless you want to give the person you are sleeping with a seizure. Sky’s 500 Thread Count Sheets are available in two perfect colors to work with the Missoni Duvet, which are orange (I get it, not for everyone) and lavender (the safer choice). 

Anthropologie Georgina Duvet

Anthropologie’s Georgina Duvet is like that person who walks into the party and everyone stares and gasps at their beauty. An interesting update of the Shabby Chic style, it is available in white and cream as well as the muted blue color that is pictured. 

Anthropologie Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set

With a classic scalloped edge, Anthropologie’s Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set is the perfect compliment to balance the Georgia Duvet. Remember, no one wants to get busy in a bed that looks too busy. 

Anthropologie Tolouse Duvet

The Toulouse Duvet by Anthropologie is what you choose if the person you are sharing your bed with thinks the Georgina is too feminine for their taste. A little more muted and modern, it has just enough ruffle going on. 

Sweet Home Collection 1800 Thread Count Sheets

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Dark on dark starts to look goth. Don’t be a downer. The crisp mint color of these shockingly affordable 1800 thread count sheets from Sweet Home Collection is a fresh compliment to the dark Tolouse Duvet.

Serena & Lilly Cherry Duvet

Serena & Lilly’s Cherry duvet is technically kids bedding (so it’s only available in twin and full/queen sizes, boo), but it was too cute not to include in this roundup. What adult wouldn’t love these cheery cherries?  I die for this to dress up a guest room. 

Comphy Sheets

Sometimes, less is more. I think if you are going to use a fun fruit print duvet, plain white sheets are best. And I found the most comfortable ones are from a brand called Comphy. I swear, I can’t make this up.

I discovered these sheets when I was getting acupuncture from Colette Widrin at Askeo Theraputics last week. She had the softest sheets on her table. I was literally never so comfortable having someone insert needles into me. Comphy sheets are made from magic, clouds and microfiber from heaven. 

F-it Fridays: Activewear You'll Get Off The Couch For

This photo was taken by Hayley Fisk at dr pilates, which is my favorite studio in Los Angeles. I love dr because it's small and boutique, so every class feels like a private session. The instructors are fun and give you an intense workout (hardcore = a hard core), but also know how to make adjustments for people at various levels. If you are in Larchmont Village, you need to stop by and take a class. If you are not in Larchmont Village, it's totally worth dealing with the traffic. I feel like very few things in Los Angeles are actually worth the traffic, so that's saying a lot!

This photo was taken by Hayley Fisk at dr pilates, which is my favorite studio in Los Angeles. I love dr because it's small and boutique, so every class feels like a private session. The instructors are fun and give you an intense workout (hardcore = a hard core), but also know how to make adjustments for people at various levels. If you are in Larchmont Village, you need to stop by and take a class. If you are not in Larchmont Village, it's totally worth dealing with the traffic. I feel like very few things in Los Angeles are actually worth the traffic, so that's saying a lot!

There are so many ways to motivate yourself to workout. Some people buy fitness trackers or join Facebook groups. Others watch The Biggest Loser to make themselves skip dessert (I feel this way about Hoarders and cleaning). But, my favorite way to motivate is buying stylish activewear. After all, who doesn't like wearing a new outfit? If you don't, I feel sorry for you. 

So I guess this F-it Friday is also Fit Friday! If you've worked out a lot this week (or even if you haven't, no judgements), you deserve a calorie-free treat! F-it and buy yourself something nice. Here are some of my favorite activewear pieces to get you off the couch and onto the reformer (or spin bike, or treadmill, or insert your favorite piece of fitness equipment here). 

DG LUXSPORT Leggings & Tank

Back in March (which wasn't that long ago, really), I  collabed with Kinx Active, which is an activewear makeup line, on a photoshoot. Several of my outfits were from Diane Gilman. If you haven't heard of her, she's dressed some of the most iconic rock stars in the world including Janis Joplin and Cher.

The comfort waist leggings are available in two different flower prints, which as you know is a huge trend this spring and not going away any time soon. (So, if you don't like flower prints, you're kind of SOL for a while because they are EVERYWHERE.) The matching tank is also available in several colors. 

Michi Dive Rash Guard Crop Top (Yes, I have no idea what's going on with the name either)

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I love this crop top by Michi. It's literally one of the sexiest pieces of activewear I've ever seen. Wear it to barre and channel your inner badass ballerina with literally any pair of leggings. 

Alo Yoga Epic Leggings

Although they are white, you can totally wear Alo Yoga’s Epic Leggings before Memorial Day.  After all, they do live up to their name. Perfect for cardio activities, even if you don't workout your hardest, at the very least, your style will be epic. 

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette

The Modern Cotton Collection Bralette by Calvin Klein is retro chic. Wear it under a black tank and let the logos show or alone (but obvs with pants or shorts because you don’t want to be creepy) during an extra hot hot yoga session. If you were wondering, I have this bra and it’s more supportive than it looks. 

Body Language Aven Pullover

I love this pullover by Body Language. First of all, it will look super cute any of the pieces featured in this post. I also really like it because it’s lightweight for those times when you don’t want to freeze, but you know a big, thick sweatshirt is going to be too warm.

Forever 21 Active Slashed Leggings

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Everyone loves a deal and these Forever 21 Active Slashed Leggings cost less than a Flywheel class. I'd seriously consider buying these in bulk. 

ban.do Water Bottle

This ban.do water bottle isn't technically clothing, but we all know how not stylish dehydration is. I love this bottle for its sheer honesty! 

BooHoo Keira Metallic Contrast Weekend Gym Bag

Say yay for this gym/weekender bag by BooHoo! Made of synthetic materials, it's the chicest place to throw your stinky grippy socks and that leaky bottle of green juice you didn't close properly. 

Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In Italy

Welcome to Around The World In 80(ish) Products, an ongoing series where I will explore the best in international beauty. The idea for this series started in 2016 when I wrote about K-Beauty. While I try not to obsess over my analytics, I’m always surprised to see how much traction that post still gets. Obviously, K-Beauty is a huge trend right now, but I think that globalization and the Internet in general have made us more interested in international beauty products now more than ever.

After all, I know when ever I visit another country, I love to go to a local drugstore or department store and buy things that are likely better, but at the very least more interesting than what is available back home. But, the truth is that you don’t need to go abroad to buy international products. So many are available at brick and mortar stores in the US as well as online.

So, bellas, let’s take a trip to Italy. Or just talk about my favorite Italian products. 

Jolii

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Jolii is a new Italian cosmetics line that has answered a question many of us have asked for years, which is“Can you please take the gloss out of my lip gloss?” The answer is yes. Jolii Luxe Crème Mattes apply exactly their glossy sisters, but they last longer than an iPhone battery and are sexier than a super model in a tight Gucci dress. But because so many matte formulas leave your pout feeling dry as a box of pasta, Jolii is formulated with both shea butter and jojoba oil to keep your lips as moist as the cream inside a cannoli. Jolii’s color selection is also very unique (clearly these people think outside the lipstick box) with deep shades of red, purple, brown and orange.

Armani Beauty

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I first tried Armani Beauty is at the least glamorous place on earth, which is the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles. Without getting into too much detail, this mall is the exact opposite of the Sistine Chapel. I was scheduled to do a photoshoot for MRKT Handbags that day, but could not find an available makeup artist all week. Being the resourceful person I am, I figured there would be tons of people at Bloomingdales who would want to do my makeup and in return, I’d buy lots of products. But I guess I was wrong because the cosmetics section was a ghost town at 11:00am on a Saturday. The whole thing was so bizarre, but clearly it was destiny because the only counter where someone was actually working was Armani Beauty.

It was there when I was introduced to Maestro Fusion Makeup, which I’m pretty sure is a product I will use for the rest of my life. Maestro is not like any other foundation I’ve ever used. It has a very unique texture, almost like a liquid powder. Just a few drops are needed. The bottle has a built-in dropper, which dispenses the perfect amount. Then, you blend it in with your fingers (no blender or spongie thing necessary) and it disappears into your skin like magic. It’s hard to say a foundation can change your life, but this one might be the exception to the rule.

Terax

Terax is a true Italian brand. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Bologna, Italy, the company is still family owned and operated.  My favorite Terax product is the Crema Conditioner. As a not so natural blond with dry AF hair, Crema has taken up valuable real estate in my bathtub on and off since middle school. The brand disappeared from shelves for a while and was re-launched in 2016. I recently started using it again and I feel like I’m in love with my conditioner. Crema is super creamy (hence the name) and really penetrates into the hair to restore moisture. Leave it on overnight once a week and you can skip your regular hair mask.

Davines

 

Before I started using their products, I always found Davines in the showers of the most sophisticated people I know. Yes, I’m that guest who uses your fancy shampoo. Davines, which is pronounced dav-vin-ess, was founded in 1983 in Parma Italy. The brand focuses on creating artisanal and sustainable products for both hair and body. Their hair care line is quite extensive and includes shampoos, treatments, and styling products for every hair type you can and cannot think of. Every single product smells like heaven and has a cool name such as Oi, Volu, Nonu, Dede as well as other names I’m incapable of figuring out how to pronounce. My favorite Davines product is the Love Shampoo for curly or wavy hair. It’s the only shampoo specifically made for curly hair that I (you guessed it) love. It’s also the easiest to pronounce. 

Kiko Milano

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Kiko Milano is the best affordable Italian makeup you’re not wearing (yet). With over 1000 stores in 20 countries, they aren’t quite that big in the US, yet. But give Kiko some time. After opening up their first location in 1997, the company only expanded to the US in 2014. Considering their first stores in this country were in New Jersey and Staten Island, which are not exactly centers of emerging cosmetic trends, this brand has yet to break the Internet. But, when I visited their store at Hollywood and Highland (which is essentially the Hollywood version of the Fresh Kills Landfill), I was very impressed. With over 1,400 products, I like that Kiko is a one-stop shop with literally everything including makeup, brushes, skincare, nails, etc.

This year, the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary with a variety of limited lines. Check out the Tropic Heat capsule collection for some spring/summer/vacay/you-live-in-a-warm-climate-so-seasons-are-really-irrelevant-anyway inspiration

 

 

F-It Fridays: Hopping Into Spring With Flower Print Accessories

One of the biggest trends this season is flower prints. There are so many things I love about this. First off all, flower prints are an instant mood booster. Seriously, it's hard to be sad if you're wearing sunshine. But I totally get a full on flower print dress or romper isn't for everyone. That's why you've got to accessorize. Here are some of my favorite flower print accessories of the season. So, as I always say, F-it, it's Friday, buy yourself something pretty.

Trina Turk Desert Oasis Clutch

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The good thing about Trina Turk's Desert Oasis Clutch is that it's really unique. The bad thing about it is that pictures don't quite do it justice. I took a look at it in person at Trina's new boutique in my neighborhood and was so wowed. Made of vinyl, the style of this bag is very vintage, as if you bought it from a Palm Springs consignment shop. I feel like this is something you could pull out every spring and summer for the rest of your life. 

J. Renée Alawna Wedge Sandal

No white shoes before Memorial Day is a rule no more with these cute wedge sandals by J. Renée. Super affordable priced under $100, the print is the epitome of spring. 

Gucci Printed Coated Canvas Continental Wallet & Pursuit Slides

So, these are not technically matching, but with similar prints, how could you not want to pair these Gucci slides and wallet together? Much like you and your BFF who might not like Real Housewives, but you love her anyway, these two just go together. And you shouldn't feel any guilt about going double Gucci because the wallet is really large enough to use as a clutch. Wear them together with a cute sundress or even to lux up simple shorts and a t-shirt. 

Draper James Peabody Perforated Tote

If you like flowers, but aren't into prints, this tote from Reese Witherspoon's boutique Draper James, will have y'all covered. It's the perfect size and style for a spring day. And yes, it comes with that adorable key fob.

Sonix Primrose iPhone Case

Hello! Why shouldn't you dress up your phone for the new season? Make your smart phone even smarter with this on point case from Sonix.

Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses

I can't with these Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Floral Print Sunglasses. They are too cute for words. I can't even imagine how awesome they're going to look with swimwear this summer. Be a lolita and not a cougar with these cat eyes!

Ted Baker Suitcase

Airports are generally the least chic places on earth. Actually, that's not true. Heathrow is pretty darn stylish. Do you know what Heathrow and Ted Baker have in common? They're both British! Coincidence, I think not. This flower print luggage from Ted Baker is really special. It will also be super easy to recognize in baggage claim.  But obviously, people will want to steal it, so if you purchase, please pay close attention. 

Balenciaga Knife Flower Print Booties

Flower prints are generally more cute than sexy, but these Balenciaga boots are simply bangin'. Made of leather, you need to step into these right now. With a heal that high, they aren't made for walking, but who cares?

How To Wear Makeup To The Gym Without Scaring Small Children & Animals

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Want to wear makeup to the gym and not scare small children and animals after you sweat? I swear it's totally possible. I reveal all of my gym makeup secrets and favorite products for A Sweat Life. Click on over and check it out. 

Everything You Need To Know About Female Face Shaving

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Face shaving for women might like the latest skincare trend du jour, but it's actually a great way to get your glow on. Still not ready to take a razor to your face? It turns out female face shaving isn't exactly what you think. I spoke with several experts on this topic for an article published by The List. So, click on over. Unless you want razor burn.

How To Be A Blonde Bombshell & Fight Brass With Sass

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup by Kinx Active.

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup by Kinx Active.

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When I was a little girl, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have probably said blonde. Luckily, I was able to achieve that goal by high school with a whole lot of bleach on my naturally blah brown hair. I haven’t really gone back since. (Okay, three times, but I think I’m blonde for life now.) 

But, being blonde is a commitment. It’s time consuming and expensive. In addition to not being naturally blonde, I have another huge hair problem. Left to its own devices, my hair is dry AF. It also doesn’t grow as long and gorgeous like it appears to for every other woman I know. So, my life, at least in terms of what I focus on from a vanity standpoint, has been a constant battle to achieve a presentable looking head of hair. Yes, it’s annoying, but for the first time in a long time, I think I’m having more good hair days than bad ones.

In my quest for blonde, I’ve tried EVERYTHING. If your hair is blonde, dry and annoying, you don’t have to suffer through what I did. Here are the essentials to being the best blonde you can be.

A Product Squad To Combat Brass

In college, I thought it would be fun to go strawberry blonde. It was cute, but it ruined my hair forever. Ever since, my hair wants to be red and brassy all of the time. It’s a constant battle for a brass-free head.

Beating the brass starts with purple shampoo. But be forewarned, purple shampoo is kind of a lifestyle choice. It’s powerful stuff. My shower sometimes looks like I murdered Barney the Dinosaur.  But if you’re blonde, it’s a necessity.

As you can imagine, I’ve tried ALL THE PURPLE SHAMPOOS. My personal favorite is Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash. It’s doesn’t dry my hair out and the packaging prevents bathtub staining, which is a huge issue with most purple shampoos. If you need an extra purple boost, add the Blonde Angel Conditioner to your routine once a week or more.

Another option is using a toner like Dessange CC Cream. This treatment cuts brass so well, I wouldn’t trust it around a trumpet. Pro tip: actually read the directions before you use this product.

A Conditioner That Works Like A Therapist For Your Hair’s Dryness Issue

Going blonde will make anyone’s hair prone to dryness. I really like Terax Original Crema. It was all the rage in middle school, went away for a few and was recently(ish) re-launched in 2016. Crema is creamy, but doesn’t weigh my hair down. I like to leave it in for a few hours once a week for an extra moisture boost instead of using a mask.

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A Special Hair Towel

Although I love my Ralph Lauren towels to dry off my body, regular towels split your ends like a bad divorce. That’s why I use the Laguna Blue towel on my hair. Made of microfiber, it’s anti-bacterial (great if you wash your hair at the gym), eco-friendly, and most importantly (let’s be honest here) it absorbs water twice as fast as a regular towel. Seriously, it’s like the diamond lane for your hair.

Oil For Your Ends At Night

I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s a great multitasker you can use you on your hair, body, face, etc (just don’t eat it). I put a few drops on my palms at night and apply it to my ends before I go to bed. No need to wash off.

Sun Protection

We all use sun protection for our skin (hopefully), but we rarely think of using it for our hair. Despite what you remember from using Sun-In when you were 12, sun is actually the enemy of blonde hair. It will brass it up like a bad jazz band. But you can’t just use your face sunscreen on your hair. (If you were wondering, I tried and it didn’t end well). There are two products I really like for this purpose. One is Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist. It’s very hydrating and has a UV filter.  It also smells like heaven. If my hair is extra dry or I’m planning on getting it wet, I use Nios Shield SPF 15 Leave-In Conditioner. It’s super creamy and a little work to apply, but it will immediately take away your fear of the ocean or pool destroying your locks.

A Hat (This Is Not A Fashion Tip)

Even with product, I still think the best way to protect your hair is with a hat. I like a straw fedora because they look cute with most swimwear and clothing. These hats from Forever21 and Kate Spade are all you need.

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So Last Week: Ciao Manhattan/It's Getting Personal Edition

Happy(ish) Sunday! It’s time for So Last Week.

I try to keep things light here, but I didn’t have an easy weekend. I’m only deciding to write about it because I think so many lifestyle blogs are overly aspirational and lack honesty about real life. There’s a reason why I say this is a blog for people with “imperfect hair and sometimes unmade beds.” Before you think I’m about to throw myself a pity party because I’ve had a rough few days, that’s not what I want at all. I’m very well aware of how privileged and lucky I am. But sometimes, even first world problems hurt and my weekend was ruled entirely by one. On Friday, my parents moved out of the home I grew up in. I know this is part of adulthood, but it doesn’t change the fact that I feel a bit heartbroken. I’m not sure I will ever be the same.

The thing about growing up in New York is that you’re always a New Yorker no matter what. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for nine years and as Californicated as I’ve become, I’m also every cliché in articles like this one, except for the fact that I don’t like bagels or the subway. If you were wondering, I prefer croissants and Via. Being a New Yorker is almost like an option that should be listed in the race/ethnicity section on a form. It is who you are. I think only real New Yorkers can understand what I mean. But, now maybe my NY card has finally expired. I still have friends and family in the city, but no roots. All I wanted to do was mourn the loss of real estate (I know, so first world), but I couldn’t cry about this all weekend because I was afraid to cry alone. Coincidentally, everyone I love was gone this weekend.

My husband had a bachelor party in Nashville and 99% of my close girlfriends (those I can cry around) were out of town. It was really strange. I couldn’t help my emotions from creeping up. I worked out, made the bed, went food shopping and walked the dogs. Perhaps this was the longest period I’ve been by myself in over three years.

So, for two days, which felt like an eternity, I distracted myself the only way millennials know how. By disappearing into click holes and binge watching seasons of a show everyone else watches, but that I just discovered. And I’m pretty sure tonight, I’m going to mess up a whole lot of mascara to make up for it. Ciao Manhattan! I’ll miss you.

If you need to be distracted, here are some good places to start.  

The List: The Untold Truth Of Bath & Body Works

Want to know a ton of secrets about Bath & Body Works? I dish (yep, I wrote this one) everything like the TMZ of mall stores. If you’re wondering, I’m not exactly a fan of their beauty line, but I’m obsessed with Wallflowers because most plug-ins smell like a gas station.

Jovani: Celebrity Stylist Ali Levine Shares Star Style Secrets

As always, my very good friend Ali Levine delivers the goods. Also, if you haven’t read my interview with her from 2016, you should.

Byrdie: I Tried The Bizarre Lipstick Hack Jude Law's Daughter Swears By

I don’t want to spoil this, but I think this trick might just actually be life changing. I can’t wait to try it after I stop crying. So, hopefully by Wednesday.

Vogue: Your Internet Search History Will Soon Be Up for Sale—Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself

This article explains how your ISP can now make even more money off you. Awful. I know. You’re welcome.

Well+Good: Taking A Hot Bath May Be Just As Good For You As Working Out

If this is true, I’m about to hop into one right now.

Trina Turk Opens on Larchmont

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know I live near Larchmont Village in Los Angeles and that I absolutely adore Trina Turk.  Being from the East Coast, I have a deep appreciation for prints. So, obviously, this is a label I'm obsessed with. 

When I first moved to Los Angeles from New York, I remember going to the Trina Turk store on Third Street to buy Cali appropriate clothing. However, last year the store closed without warning. I was really sad. Not kidding. I was even there for what I didn’t know was the final sale. Forced to get my Trina fix at their outlet in South Pasadena or just buy it at all of the other stores where the line is sold, I still really missed their charming Third Street location.

So, when I found out they were opening up a new boutique in my neighborhood, it was as if my wish came true. I even briefly considered asking my credit card company to increase my limit. Just kidding. Kind of…

Yay! Trina Turk is here!

Yay! Trina Turk is here!

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the opening party. It was probably the nicest store opening I’ve ever been to. There were cocktails from Jardesca and local eats from Burger Lounge and Salt and Straw ice cream. There were so many people (mostly wearing prints, if you were wondering) who came out to support this wonderful addition to Larchmont Boulevard. The store was packed with wall-to-wall people. Even Trina and her husband, Jonathan were there. I wanted to say hello, but I was afraid of coming off like a creepy fan girl. I also saw Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules. His outfit did not rule. No, Arianna was not there. (At least six people have asked me this question.) 

Obviously, I was impressed with the clothing but the store itself was equally stylish. Designed by Bestor Architecture in a mid century modern style, the wood paneled walls and tile floors reminded me of the Palm Springs flagship location.

It's not desert chic, it's just chic!

It's not desert chic, it's just chic!

Pretty prints!

Pretty prints!

The store had everything including clothing for men and women as well as accessories. I wanted all of the handbags! 

Sunglasses are absolutely essential. 

There was also a photobooth! Here I am with my friend Farah.

Now that I can go to Trina Turk whenever I want, expect a whole lot more prints in my wardrobe! 

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Activewear Makeup Is Now A Thing & You Are Going To Be Obsessed

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A few weeks ago, I first posted about Kinx Active, which is a new activewear cosmetics company. Ever since, I’ve been dropping hints about the amazing photoshoot we had with Hayley Fisk.

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Unlike your regular makeup, Kinx kind of has super powers. It looks like ordinary makeup and is applied the same way, but you can put it on at the beginning of the day, get your sweat on and then walk around without looking like you either got into a fight with someone or watched a mini marathon of Beaches followed by Titanic.

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Kinx currently offers three gel finish eyeliners, which are Black (so classic), Syrup (the perfect everyday brown) and Cream (perfect for making your eyes look awake after one of those hour and a half long yoga classes- yawn). While Kinx doesn’t sweat off, it is easily removed with regular makeup remover. Don’t ask me how that works. I just enjoy the benefits.

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This is me enjoying the benefits of Kinx. If you were wondering, it’s replaced every other eyeliner I wear because clearly, I’m not working out in this picture.

Another bonus is that Kinx liners self-sharpen. If you've ever accidently stabbed yourself in the eye or tried to line with a dull pencil, you know how important this is. Seriously, other than water boarding, could anything possibly feel worse than trying to line your eyes with a dull pencil?

Dr Pilates Reformer

I’m all dolled up and getting my Pilates on. If you want to steal my look, both the tank top and leggings are DG 2 LUX SPORT by Diane Gilman. But don’t steal my Kinx, get your own.

Dr Pilates Magic Circle

DR Pilates on Larchmont in Los Angeles is my favorite studio. If you want to stalk me, I’m there at least once a week. Like Kinx and DG 2 LUX SPORT, DR is magical. But don’t ask me what is magical about the Magic Circle because I’ve been trying to figure that out for years.

Post class, I still have my glow and another DG 2 LUXSPORT top and t-shirt on.

Dr Pilates outiside

Seriously, this is close up. Does it look like I just spent an hour on the reformer? NOPE!

Kinx Face Wipes

Kinx also has amazing face wipes for when I need a little post cardio triage. Smart people engineered the leak-free packaging, so your wipes don’t dry out. Because a dried out face wipe is a useless face wipe. Thank you Kinx for thinking of the most important face wipe feature ever.

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This is me on my way to spin class. You bet I’m using my Kinx about an hour from now.

So, if you want to get your Kinx on at a sweet discount, go to Kinx Active and use promo code AL15 for 15% off.

 

Dresses To Decor: Ralph Lauren (No Relation) Edition

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Welcome to Dresses To Decor, the series where I discuss the decor lines of my favorite clothing designers. Ralph Lauren, who I am not related to (because I know you were wondering), is one of the greatest American designers. Known for his sophisticated cable knits, prints, and the ubiquitous polo pony logo, the brand is synonymous with classic looks that are just as stylish today as they will be in fifty years. The same applies to the label's extensive home line with things to enhance every single room. Here are a few of my favorites and must haves. 

Palmer Bath Sheets

Ralph Lauren Palmer Bath Sheets are my favorite towels of all time. At 35 X 72, they’re big, fluffy and fabulous to wrap yourself up in. These towels are kind of magical and will make you feel like a VIP at a spa every time you get out of the shower. Available in 25 different colors (I can’t even think of 25 colors off the top of my head), they will match everything. If you like your towels extra fancy, have them monogrammed. And you should because if couldn't tell from the site's logo, I so heart monograms.

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

My personal rule for life is that friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. This applies to both sweaters and throws. There is nothing quite as lux as a cashmere throw sitting on your couch, especially the Whitney Cashmere Throw with its chic ruffled edges. With six colors available and sized at a generous 60 X 60, it’s a great way to upgrade your Netflix and Chill.

Amalfi Coast Diffuser

Designed in the style of a perfume bottle, the Amalfi Coast home fragrance diffuser is a must. With notes of fig leaf, cassis, blonde woods, and galbanum, who wouldn’t their home to smell like the Amalfi Coast of Italy? It also makes a no-brainer hostess gift.

Audrey Dinnerware Collection

If any dinnerware set deserves a #adulting label, the Audrey Collection is it. Rimmed in 24k gold, the pattern is inspired by a hand-painted silk garment. Made in Portugal of porcelain, (so that's where it actually comes from), don’t forget these delicates dishes are not dishwasher safe. But, they're so worth it for special occasions. Teacups with saucers, as well as dinner, bread, and salad plates are available. 

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Spalding Stripe Wallpaper

When wallpaper came back in style, I cheered. It’s such a pretty way to decorate a hallway, dining room or to accent just one wall of your bedroom. Ralph Lauren’s Spalding Stripe is simple, clean and works for a variety of styles.

Cantwell Ice Bucket

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The Cantwell Ice Bucket is absolutely stunning. Handmade of lead crystal in Hungary, it features a brown saddle leather cover. Embossed with a Ralph Lauren logo, it’s a truly unique piece. And yes, the leather comes off so you can wash it without needing to take a valium first.

Preston Bar Tool Set

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I've already professed my love for the Preston Bar Tool Set in my post about bar cart styling, so if you're already in the know, feel free to skip over the next sentences. Featuring an ice shovel, jigger and bottle opener, Preston is extremely modern and functional.  There’s also a matching martini shaker. And because I personally have this set, let me answer your question right now. Yes, the leather can get wet. No, it doesn’t get ruined. Just be careful and you will be fine.

Ashlyn Bedding

Ashlyn Bedding

Bold floral prints are classic Ralph Lauren style. The Ashlyn bedding line reminds me of a spring day. It also might be the perfect choice for a guest room. You could even skip the duvet or comforter (I’m a total duvet girl, but I understnad how they are completely annoying) and just use the sheets and pillowcases to break up a solid comforter. I also think your in-laws and parents would absolutely love this.

Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are an easy and affordable way to dress up your coffee table or enhance a bookshelf.  You can also leave a coffee table book out and everyone who comes over will think you actually read. Ralph Lauren has several including Speed Style and Beauty: Cars From The Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren (surprising title, I know), and Vogue On Ralph Lauren.

Big Pony Dog Polo

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Okay, so this Polo for your pooch isn’t technically decor, but I don’t care because it’s so darn cute. Perhaps they kind of are because we all know that dogs, polos and especially dogs in polos are an instant way to upgrade a room. 

F-It Fridays (Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy): I Love Rompers, But Not When I Have To Pee Edition

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Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare.  Photo by Haley Fisk

Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare. 

Photo by Haley Fisk

Welcome to F-it Fridays, your weekly(ish) dose of retail therapy, where I recommend things you should buy for yourself. After all, you made it through another five days, so you certainly deserve something. 

This week, we’re romping into spring with (you guessed it) rompers. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and sporty, except for those moments when you really have pee and getting them off can kind of be a close call. Just being honest. Still, the slight inconvenience is totally worth it. Also, not that comfort is ever a real factor for me, but I think rompers are way more comfey than dresses or pants, which is which kind of strange, because they are essentially a combination of both. Here are few of my favorites:

Top Shop: Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuits aren't technically rompers, but they're part of the greater romper metro area. I love the Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit from Top Shop. Maybe it’s because I miss my mom right now (she lives in New York and I live in Los Angeles), but this jumpsuit reminds me of things my mother used to wear when i was a little kid. I really wish should would have kept her vintage ones for me, but Top Shop will have to suffice. Sophisticated and chic, this jumpsuit would look incredibly fabulous with a statement necklace from Sterling Forever.

Revolve: Del Rio Off The Shoulder Romper

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I love this romper from Del Rio. With its bell sleeves and the off the shoulder neckline, it’s extra on trend this season. 

Lilly Pulitzer: Tiki Wrap Romper

It’s not exactly a secret that I adore Lilly Pulitzer, especially this Tiki Wrap Romper. The print reminds me of cocktails, vacations and sunshine. The long sleeves and shorts combo is just right for spring days and breezy summer nights.

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Nordstom: Misguided Ladder Stitch Lace Romper

Misguided’s lace romper is perfect for an evening romp. With a sexy, plunging neckline, it might just become your new little black dress. Don’t be afraid to wear it heels and accessories such as this delicate Cartier inspired bangle from Sterling Forever.

Forever 21 Lemon Print Cover Up Romper           

Seriously, I’m obsessed with this lemon romper from Forever 21. It’s maybe the cutest thing I’ve seen all season and at less than $20, there are no excuses not to buy one. I’m seriously ordering one as soon as I am finished with this post because LEMONS! If this is a little summery for your spring season (it's summer 85% of the year where I live), wear it with a cropped denim jacket

Alice + Olivia Richie Romper Gown

I don’t know if Alice + Olivia’s Richie Romper Gown is a romper, a gown or just a work of fashion magic, but I know I’m completely in love. Wear it and you will stop traffic. You will not be able to get through an event without being completed annoyed by people asking you about your outfit. If this could win an Oscar for Best Romper, it totally would.

Free People Nolita Romper

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This cut out romper from Free People needs to be cut into your wardrobe immediately. The gorgeous plum color and fitted legs really stand out.

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Pinterest This! My So-Called Bar Cart

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In a previous post, I talked about an aspect of my living space that I didn’t like, which is my lack of closet space. But, there are so many things I love about my home, including my little bar cart corner. I love bar carts because they’re an easy, sophisticated way to decorate your space. They also serve a purpose, especially if you don’t have a ton of storage for bottles and glasses in your kitchen.

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If you’re wondering why I took off the wheels off (I guess its technically no longer a cart, oops) it’s because of Milo (big) and Lulu (little).

The bar tools and shaker are Preston by Ralph Lauren. There is an entire Preston line, which includes an ice bucket, a wine coaster and drink coasters. But, I only choose a few items because I’m not a fan of having absolutely everything matching. The ice bucket, decanter and glasses are all from Tiffany & Co, but different lines.

There are so many ways to style your bar cart, depending on your space, style and budget. If you're a wine drinker, your cart will look different than someone who is really into mixed drinks. Here are some of my favorite bar carts and accessories. Well, at least my favorite ones that I didn't buy. 

Wayfair: Loudon Chrome Serving Cart

This is similar to my CB2 cart, but less than half the price.

CB2: Elixir Mini Bar

If you prefer a cabinet to a cart, this midcentury modern mini bar is so stylish.

Anthropologie: Oscarine Lucite Bar Cart

The brass on this lucite cart pops, but if brass isn’t your thing, it’s also available in silver.

Apt 2B: Deepwell Bar Cart

If The Great Gatsby were a bar cart, this would be it. Obsessed with the rose gold detailing.

Crate and Barrel: Set of 12 Stemless Wine Glasses

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I use these glasses as my everyday drinking glasses, so they're not currently on the cart. They’re cheap, durable and dishwasher safe, so you can break them guilt-free.

Crate and Barrel: Nattie Champagne Glasses

Love these classic champagne glasses from Crate & Barrel. Like the stemless wine glasses, they're cheap. Read: good for the clumsy. 

Michael Aram Dogwood Napkin Holder

 

Napkins are really just disposable coasters.

Kate Spade Mask Bottle Opener

I love this bottle opener, but please don't ask me how it works. 

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F-it Fridays (Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy): Six Pieces You Need For Spring Right Now

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Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of Kinx.

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of Kinx.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Los Angeles, the winter is finally over. This has been the longest two months of my life since I moved here eight years ago. It's been non-stop cold and raining since the beginning of the year. I actually cried when I had to buy rain boots at Havaianas, which is a store where I normally buy flip-flops. 

Yes, these look like unicorn hooves.

Yes, these look like unicorn hooves.

Now that the rain has stopped and I’m finally able to quit dressing in layers, I’m more excited than ever about spring fashion. Remember, it's never too early to start shopping for next season. And it's always an appropriate time to treat yourself, because f-it, it's Friday! Here are six must-have Spring pieces you need right now! ASAP! Seriously, not kidding!

Selfie Leslie Maxi Skort Romper

I have a floral skort romper from Forever 21 (shown in the picture above) that I bought two weeks ago, but it's already sold out. (I know, that sucks I can't wear it without stopped in the street.) So this one from Selfie Leslie at Forever 21 is the next best thing. Florals are everywhere this season and it's my personal belief that you can never have too many rompers. I like that this one has long sleeves, so it's perfect for slightly chilly nights, perhaps with a denim jacket

Miss Selfridge Red Choker Neck One Shoulder Top

Super trendy, Miss Selfridge's choker neck one shoulder top is one of my faves. Miss Selfridge is a UK high street retailer that has just recently become available in the US. Wear this piece now with a motorcycle jacket over your shoulders. 

Top Shop Zig Zag Pattern Dress

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Featuring a fun, bold stripe pattern, this Top Shop dress makes the top of my list. It will look perfectly appropriate without outerwear until it's warm enough to be worn on its own.  

J. Crew Tulle Ball Skirt

When I first saw J. Crew's Tulle Ball Skirt, I actually swooned. Incredibly versatile, it can be worn with a t-shirt, button down, or with something more formal for a big event. It's available in navy as well as a bright mint color. Maybe buy all three.

Sea Linen Tie Tank

Sea's yellow Linen Tie Tank is the color of the season. Beautiful and unique, this is a good investment top that will part of your regular wardrobe rotation for the summer.

Reebok Cardio Crop Top

 

If there's one trend I'm sure of this season, it's all things sheer. Reebok's crop top might be athleisure, but it's sexy and stylish enough to wear outside of the gym. 

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Beauty Multitasking With VOLANTE

Do you want to know a really big skincare secret? Like, blow your mind, click bait headline, WTF kind of secret? Okay, let’s start with an analogy. Imagine you’re trying to return something to a store. You approach customer service and the clerk ignores you. After trying to get her attention, you become so frustrated, you raise your voice.  The clerk continues to do nothing. Then, you threaten to write a mean Yelp review. Crickets. At the end of your rope, you ask for a manager. She turns around because you’ve finally irritated her into submission. She accepts the return and gives you a refund. So what does this have to do with skincare? Here’s the secret. It turns out that this is how so many anti-aging skincare products work. They reverse the signs of aging by irritating your skin. Wouldn’t everything be easier and less painful if we could get the results we want and skip the whole irritation part?

When Dr. Elizabeth Vanderveer was developing her VOLANTE skincare line, she thought the same thing. While most doctors formulate their products with chemical ingredients, Dr. Vanderveer took a different approach, using a natural blend of botanicals called 7VITAE. This patented formula is made from aloe vera, arnica montana, bromelain, calendula, daisy, flower, grape seed and zinc aka things you can actually pronounce. It’s also paraben, petroleum oil, mineral oil, sulfate, gluten, as well as synthetic fragrance and cruelty free.

Every VOLANTE product contains high concentrations of 7VITAE line and is designed to multi task by reversing the signs of aging, soothing and rejuvenating your skin. Here are a few of my favorites.

Healer Concealer

VOLANTE’s Healer Concealer is makeup and skincare combined into one product. It’s especially good for the sensitive under eye area, which can easily become irritated by harsh products. (It also works as a substitute for eye cream on those mornings when you are in a rush to get out, but you didn’t hear that from me.) Now, let’s discuss the “healer” part. When you apply this product to inflamed skin, it heals 50% faster than it would on its own. Protip: A little goes a long way. Put a little bit on your fingertips and rub them together to warm up the product and apply from there. You can also use a damp beauty sponge for layering.

Radiant Youth Firming Crème

Confession: As someone with combination skin, I was terrified to try anything with the word “crème” in it because crèmes generally make my skin oily. However, because VOLANTE is formulated for all skin types, I decided to give the Radiant Youth Firming Crème a try. It actually balanced out my skin and because you only need a very small amount, it didn’t feel heavy at all. It also does things you didn’t think a moisturizer could do including firm, exfoliate and prevent future signs of aging. Another thing that’s great about this product is that it’s formulated for both AM and PM use, making it a budget friendly option.   

Transformative Eye Crème

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VOLANTE’s Transformative Eye Crème does everything. It takes care of all under eye issues including lines, circles and sagging skin. I also love that it is packaged in a jar, so nothing is wasted and it’s easy to control exactly how much you use.

Radiant Glow Firming Body Serum

Want your body to look as fabulous as your face? Radiant Glow Firming Serum is the product to use. It helps with cellulite, sagging skin and loss of radiance. It works anywhere. I like to use it on my hands because they’re starting to age from too many gel manicures. I’m also a fan of the glass apothecary bottle.

To check out the rest of the VOLANTE line, visit their website.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Photo by Hayley Fisk

Photo by Hayley Fisk

Happy Sunday! I am writing this from my bed because I’m exhausted. I’ve had a very tiring, but exciting week. Yesterday, I had a photoshoot for Kinx Active, which is a new brand of activewear cosmetics. I can’t wait to tell you more about Kinx and share all of the pictures with you soon. In the meantime, I’m doing a giveaway. All the details are on Instagram.

After you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to check out some of the posts I came across last week. As always, they’re totally worth your time. 

The Cut: 50 Simple Pieces For Building A Classic Wardrobe

Classic clothing is always a good investment. Here are fifty suggestions.  How many of these do you have?

The Lady Gang: Kate Sommerville Skincare Notes

If you aren’t listening to The Lady Gang Podcast, you should. A few weeks ago, they interviewed Kate Sommerville and it was one of the best beauty podcasts I’ve ever heard. This post is the Spark Notes version of the episode. This information won’t change your life, but it will change your skin, so that’s close enough.

Vogue: Forty Things I've Learned In Forty Years

Listen to your not-so-elder elders. This is important stuff!

Man Repeller: Why I'm Done Dressing Down

I related to this essay because I work from home and rarely dress up. Like Claire Beerman, I’m trying to pick up my game. Perhaps #ootd on Instagram is in my future.

Ali Levine: Wardrobe Wednesday All Dressed Up

Celeb stylist Ali Levine makes some fancy and affordable wardrobe suggestions that are especially applicable to those who read the Man Repeller link.

Escaping Through Drugstores

Some people escape through drugs. I escape through drugstores. I can wander the aisles of a good one until my phone dies, even if I'm supposed to be doing something else. I've also found that any drugstore related activity is the best excuse to get out of nearly any situation. Seriously, no one ever questions a good drugstore lie. Here are a few of my go-tos and what they really mean.

I can get in some of my best quality alone time at the drugstore. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen too often because my neighborhood drug store is very basic (it's actually horrible, please get it together Larchmont Rite Aid).  But, put me a fancy Duane Reade in NYC and I can entertain myself for hours. Drugstores are a treasure trove for finding new beauty products without going into debt. Here are a few of my current faves. If you ever spot me crying in the aisles, it's because one or more of these has been discontinued (RIP Loreal Magic Nude Foundation), but that's another post all together....

Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Nutrition Elixir Deep Nourishing Mask

I love Dessange and there’s nothing I appreciate more than a good hair product under $9000. Dessange's newest hair mask ($13.99, so like 2.5 lattes) is designed to nourish and moisturize your hair, but not weigh it down and make it greasy. Just to warn you, your hair will look so fab people might come up to you on the street and want to know your secret. Hopefully, they aren't creepy, just jealous that you knew about Dessange before they did. 

Omega Labs Nail Lacquer

So I might have fibbed just a little because Omega Labs Nail Lacquer isn't a drugstore product. But at $7, it's close enough. Sold online (well obviously) and at Sally's, it's professionally formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor, so it won't destroy your nails . But more importantly, their colors are trendy and fun. 

Dove Shower Foam

 

I’m normally a Dove Beauty Bar kind of girl because I can go through bottles of body wash faster than cases of water. But Dove’s new Shower Foam is on its way to earning permanent shelf space on the side of my bathtub. It has a light, clean fragrance that's not overpowering and makes my skin super soft. But, the best thing about Dove Shower Foam is that a little product goes a long way. I don't need to use it by the gallon. A few pumps and I'm good to go.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Before the days of Dr. Pimple Popper, there was Biore. The little white strips dried on your nose and chin like paper mache. You ripped them off and count your gross blackheads. It was so satisfying! Now Biore has improved their pore cleansing strips by adding charcoal. This magical ingredient gets down to unclog your pores, making them appear smaller. And yes, you can still see your blackheads on the dark strip. Biore recently launched an entire charcoal line, but the strips will always have a special place in my medicine cabinet. 

 Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink

 

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink is one of my favorite lip products ever. I found it on a whim, walking by the display. The perfect bright pink color caught my eye and it's been one of the great loves of my makeup case eyer since. It stays on for hours and unlike most lip stains, especially cheap ones, it's actually moisturizing. 

ELF Translucent Matifying Powder

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ELF sure gives you a whole lot for $2.99 with their Translucent Matifying Powder compact. This powder is light, natural and gets the job, keeping the shine off your face. The black compact is sophisticated and made really well. Seriously, I’ve dropped mine 75 times and the powder inside has yet to break. It comes with a bonus sponge applicator and generous sized mirror,  making it really easy to apply on the go.