LASH OUT

IMG_3587When it comes to make up, I like to wear it but I like to keep it simple.  I am more of the five minute face type than the five layers of conturing type.  But every once in a while, I like to go the extra steps to amp up my look for an evening out or a special event.  Luckily I have been blessed with genetics that grant me long lashes.  Just about any mascara makes my lashes look great for day to day and I don’t usually give them much thought. At times I have felt adventurous and used false lashes. They do add a lot but for me they are not practical for frequent use.  I am great at evenly applying liquid eyeliner with speed and ease but false lashes are a struggle for me. I feel like I cant get them straight, the glue goes everywhere, or something is uncomfortably pinching, and then comes the removal and trying not to rip lashes out. Ouchies! Needless to say, I usually avoid the drawn out falsies process.  When friend and long time supporter of my little blog Judy asked me to try Younique’s 3d fiber lashes I was a bit confused as to what it was exactly.  I wasn’t sure if they were false lashes, or mascara… turns out that it’s kind of a little of both and completely easy to use.  3d fiber lashes are used in conjunction with your current mascara so breath a sigh of relief (I hate breaking up with products I love).  After applying your normal mascara, one eye at a time apply the gel and fibers. The tiny fibers grab onto the gel acting like mini one-time-use extensions. After that a final coat of gel to seal them in, and bam! Lux lashes.  Drama added to your look and not your beautification process, just the way I like it.  The fiber lashes wash off easily with your normal soap and water and a bit of makeup remover. No pain.  It’s definitely a product worth adding to your beauty armory.

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1-for-3

143A couple posts ago I mentioned using key pieces to simplify creating different looks for different times of day, but there are other times when having go-to multi-occasion items is critical.  When packing for Thailand I was cautioned to take less than what I needed so that I didn’t end up having to carry too much around the country. I minded the advice, packed light, and did my best to take items that were suitable for a range of scenarios.  One thing I brought was this rib dress from Shopping Bare. The material is lightweight and comfortable, and air dries quickly (important when on a vacation).  The colour is neutral so it goes well with anything. The silhouette is form fitting but full coverage so it is neither frumpy or risque. Whether you are packing for a trip or looking for a key item to expand your everyday wardrobe, a dress like this is a must.  It is the perfect foundation to build just about any outfit around. Here are some ways I stretch the use of this piece.

Photos: Tschka Moran (facebook)

_MG_9231Saturday errands are easy as can be with a rayon voile scarf, waist pack, and Nike Roshes. The light weight scarf is great for a bit of sun protection or for some warmth when visiting indoor spaces where the air-conditioning is on full force. Everyone has an opinion about fanny packs and whether or not they are in vogue… The truth is, as long as you look put together there is nothing wrong with this hands free accessory.  I love using them when I am out and about or traveling because of how much it frees up my hands.  Fanny packs are also great to have when bike riding, if you have ever tried riding with a purse I am sure you understand.  Fresh new trainers worn with dresses are in style and are perfect for a day of sight seeing or just walking the dog. These Roshes took me all over Thailand. The are great because they are so classic and neutral in black and white, but white leopard print adds a bit of interest that ties back to the scarf.

_MG_9180 _MG_9038_MG_8985_MG_9029907A0294Instead of reaching for jeans on those days when I want to be comfortable in the office, I pair this cozy dress back to light weight blazer, silk scarf, and heels.  Adding a structured jacket to this dress hides the fact that the dress is so form fitting and adds a bit of professionalism. Using a silk scarf gives a touch of femininity and colour while drawing attention to the face.
907A0254907A0248907A0244907A0174When evening time comes, matching the dress back to  a lux silk robe and accessories with sheen makes for a sensual yet classy outfit great for a date or meeting up with friends. I love the way the seafoam green colour of this robe I bought in Chang Mai looks against the heather oatmeal dress.  I played up the green by adding a Navajo made necklace of California Jade, and a shell clutch I snagged in Krabi.  I love wearing pieces that are conversation starters in the evening.  My robe, clutch, and necklace all have a story.  Items like these work like ice breakers.  Perhaps someone complements my robe and I mention that I found it in Thailand, they happen to be planning a trip to Thailand… and away we go!!907A0153907A0185907A0101 907A0119

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LONG STORY SKORT….

day-to-nightLet’s face it, there are those times when looking effortless actually has to be effortless.  This last Saturday was just that for me.  I would’ve been happy posting up on the couch for the entire day but I forced myself to join society. When I was shopping in Bangkok I noticed a lot of the girls wearing skorts, or little short skirts that have shorts attached underneath.  I’ve loved skorts since my pre-teen years.  I love skirts, but I love them even more with the comfort of a short underneath to protect from any possible wardrobe malfunctions.  This cream polkadot skort was a perfect choice for my day-to-night/ low-effort needs on Saturday.  Paired with an adorable Townsend sweater, gold flats, and a bow belt I was sweet in my skort for lunch and errands on the go.  A quick switch of the top to a bright tropical blouse with a good strong shoulder, pink studded belt back to my trusty studded leopard heels, big earrings, and a black blazer for the chilly walk home and I had a sassy evening ensemble. Even luckier for me I scored a gem of a vintage Lanvin purse recently on Etsy that worked perfectly with both looks so that I didn’t have to do the old purse transfer. Next time you have a long day ahead of you or you are feeling a bit less than excited to pull yourself together, reach for items that can pull double duty to save a bit of energy but keep yourself looking fabulous throughout the day.
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SUMMERTIME TREATS

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I can always tell when I didn’t get enough r&r over the weekend when I am day dreaming of poolside activities at the office on Monday.  The sun, floating in the pool, and my favorite… fruit filled beverages.  There are few things I find more delightful than a well crafted summer cocktail. I love to cook and eat healthy… but I cocktails are my guilty pleasure. Come on, a girl has to live a little. When I find myself in need of an escape I start researching new and exciting concoctions on tastespotting.com.  Here are a few on my list of drinks I am dreaming of… and will make in the near future!!! I may even make one tonight!!!
Coconut-Cloud-Martinia-500x500I bet this coconut one tastes exactly like summer…

DSC03674Pineapple-Mint Ginger Fizz…. refreshing and tropical mmmmmm….

Tequila-Paloma-14A Paloma is always sure to please…

savory-melon-peach-cocktail-VianneyRodriguezAnything with cantaloupe and peaches= amazingness plus this is a savory cocktail… genius.

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OUT IN THE WEST TEXAS TOWN OF EL PASO….

IMG_3536Every time Eloy and I make a trip to El Paso we make it a point to take a little time to be tourists.  We have visited Tombstone on the way, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, and now Rosa’s Cantina.  Remnants of the old west can be found all over New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas and although Rosa’s Cantina is not necessarily an old west saloon, the fact that Marty Robbins immortalized it in the form of a Western Ballad make it a bit special (listen here). Over Christmas by brother started singing the song and it quickly filled up what ever silence was available… especially in the car.  Eloy chimed in that the famed Rosa’s still existed and it was decided… we had to make a stop. Rosa’s sits on the outskirts of El Paso near the Rio Grande and the border of New Mexico. It is definitely the type of place you could imagine cowboys arriving on horseback to. We will have to go back to enjoy a drink at Rosas’s as we made our stop on our way out of town and much earlier than opening time. We hopped out to bare the heat for a few quick photos of me in my tourist-tastic outfit and hit the road for our long drive through the desert.IMG_3501IMG_3527IMG_3511IMG_3506IMG_3537

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KOH PHI PHI

IMG_0526Since returning from Thailand the most common question is what my favorite place was.  It is difficult to say what my favorite place is in Thailand, each place had it’s own high points and charm. However, if I were to pick based on natural beauty I would have to say Koh Phi Phi.  Although a bit overrun by tourism, Phi Phi is a jewel.  It is a diver’s paradise and the islands jetting up out of the deep emerald waters are impressive.  With the help of our friends Scott and Shelly that we made on our ferry ride from Krabi, we rented a long boat for the day to explore the surrounding islands. Our long boat tour revealed why so many back packers make their way to this tiny island that was devastated by a tsunami in 2004.  As the long boat pulled away from the shore, the outlying islands became clearer and revealed caves at the bases of the tall rocks shrouded in dense jungle.  Hugging close to the cliffs our Thai captain lead us into a secluded lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. Although the day was quite overcast the water was still warm and after some initial anxiety jumping off the boat into the sea became second nature.  Ducking below the water’s surface we could see that we were completely surrounded by vibrant tropical fish and giant clams and urchins lined the sea floor. Climbing back on the boat we made our way to Maya Beach.  Maya Beach, made famous by the movie “The Beach”  is as stunning in person as it is in photographs, so the long swim from the boat to the rope ladder to get on the island was worth the trouble.  Maya Beach is what you think of when you imagine the beaches of Thailand, white pristine sands and turquoise waters.  After soaking in the beauty of the beach we were off for more snorkeling and a quick stop at Monkey beach. We quickly learned that while monkeys look cute, they are not to be trusted and started on our way back to the island for a bit of nightlife and street eats. Aside from a long boat tour, taking a hike up to the highest point on the island is well worth braving the heat for.  Eloy and I made our way to the top following the tsunami evacuation signs early in the morning before the heat of the day hit and we were able to get a full view of the island and a few photos of course. From high above all the tourists and commerce are hidden from view and Phi Phi can be seen for its true beauty. If traveling to Thailand taking the time to visit Phi Phi is a must see.
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