Essie recently introduced a brand new collection that is a hybrid line between nail color AND nail care called Treat Love & Color. We’ve seen a rise in brands creating more good-for-you nail color to address all the damage we do to our nails with non-stop nail polish application and gel manicures — Sally Hansen launched Color Therapy at the end of last year — and now Essie has launched the “BB cream of nails,” with the new Treat Love & Color collection. While Sally Hansen has gone the oil route (Argan oil to be exact), Essie’s new formula is composed of collagen, camellia leaf extracts, and brightening pigments, to strengthen and improve overall nail health over time with continuous use. They also require no bottom or top coat, which is pretty cool. See swatches and review below!


January is always such a motivating month for me. The reflection that comes with the New Year and self-improvements I want to make. In the past I’ve resolved to travel more but this year I want to spend more time at home and get organized. And I’m starting with the bathroom, which I’m overdue to downsize.

The new DUO’s from Olay, Ivory and Old Spice are my perfect shower DUOver (pun intended). It’s the first dual-sided cleansing tool infused with a flexible cleansing core, which translates to it’s a body wash and exfoliator loofah in one. Only better since it offers 2X better clean than their basic body wash and puff– and it lasts up to 30 uses. The never before seen two sided clean has an exfoliating side that renews skin surface and smooth side that conditions.

I’ve talked a lot about my back injury from a few years ago when I herniated a disc and a foam roller has been a staple in my home ever since. As it should be for virtually everyone since we’re all tight somewhere and I have yet to find a tool that rivals it. Until now. Or maybe the better way to phrase it is take it to the next level.
Last week I stopped by Lululemon to learn about the Rove Foam Roller 01 from it’s co-founder + Bespoke Treatment Physical Trainer Daniel Giordano.  The Rove Foam Roller 01 is a durable, versatile and highly effective product that significantly improves the way athletes prepare and recover for physical feats to improve health — anywhere! Unlike the foam roller I have at home, this one lays flat making it ideal for packing and travel and then curls and hook to form the classic foam roller shape. See below the 3 photos of Daniel Giordano and I and how he rolls it from virtually the size of a Macbook air laid flat to the more standard foam roller size when curled.

For the first time in a long time I’m looking to the future with a big question mark. I was considering a big life change. I love blogging but after doing it full-time for so long I thought I might want a change of pace but New York always has a way of opening doors and helping me find new ways to grow. The pull has never been so strong. I was actually supposed to be in LA for a few months but all my plans were set on hold in anticipation of what could be the biggest month for my site! My Olay campaign is seconds away from launching, Glamour Magazine asked me to judge their beauty awards for the 2nd year in a row and I’m filming a project with New Beauty and Amazon StyleCode Live. I also have something in the works with Health, Vanity Fair and Redbook and all of this gives me chills. In a good way, I’m so excited! I’m not a stranger to humbling moments and big collaborations, I’m just not used to them happening all at the same time. I’m not in the habit of comparing myself to other people so sometimes I need to take a step back to realize OMG this is a big deal!

Rag & Bone Coat and Skinny Coated Black Jeans (on sale!)

Sorel Tivoli II Blanket Boot in Red Dahlia

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Growth is important, no matter what stage you are in your blogging career. And so are opportunities. The fact that 9 years later this industry finds new ways to surprise and challenge me gives me hope. And hey a winter in New York isn’t so bad… at least I have warm boots. The only Sorel’s I’ve ever owned are the Joan of Arctic style, which I love but are literally for the arctic. They make my feet sweat unless it’s extremely cold outside. The perfect compromise are these Sorel Tivoli II Blanket Boot, and I love them in red!


One of our favorite skincare brands, GLAMGLOW is full on entering the color zone with the launch of 10 kissable “nude” shades of their PLUMPRAGEOUS Lip Treatment ($24) this month, ranging from sultry metallic bronzes to sheer and soft pink nudes. The PLUMPRAGEOUS Nudes come in Matte, Gloss and Metallic and promise to plump, enhance, condition and prime your lips while delivering an instant shot of color. Wear them alone or layer a few shades together for maximum color impact.

I ended last week at the Chill Space NYC for an epic, and unexpected spa experience. Relaxation came in the form of a 3 minute Chill Cryosauna, followed by a 30 minute detoxifying Infrared Sauna and ended in an hour float. The Chill Space also offers therapeutic massages for the ultimate and more conventional way to relax. But lets get to the fun stuff!

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The coldest 3 minutes of my life. I HATE the cold, so I was terrified of this. You step into a cushioned, upright bed, with your head out of the machine and then shriek as the cryosauna pulsates nitrogen mist at a temperature of -220 degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold but somehow the time flew by and I walked out feeling amazing. Again, I HATE the cold but what an incredible rush. My body felt amazing and awake. It definitely lived up to the endorphin release, “runner’s high” feel that I was not expecting. I can’t believe I loved it! (Did I mention I HATE the cold?).

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Lets hear it for the boys! Literally. Tom Ford recently released a line of mini lipsticks, Lips & Boys featuring 25 of which are new and named after men Tom Ford admires alongside 25 of his bestsellers. Small but mighty (especially at a $36 price tag), they are so luxe and the formula has me drooling! I’m wearing this beauty as part of a project I can’t wait to announce, one of many I have over the next few months that really makes me feel like I’ve hit the next level — which I didn’t even know was achievable! But enough with the cliff hanger… for now. In this post, I’m wearing shade Logan, which is a bright fuchsia in the Metallic Finish range of this collection. The finishes based on the color vary from Matte Finish, Metallic Finish and Satin Finish. It feels amazing on and look at that sheen! I want them all, especially James so I can pretend it was named after my boyfriend, because in my fantasy world we’re Tom Ford’s friends.

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This season, I’ve been less about wearing one coat and more about layering. It’s getting cold in New York but all the stores and buildings are so overly heated that working in layers is easier than over heating. So I’ve been doing a light jacket with my Nike Down Cape  over everything (they also have a version with sleeves). Bombers have been a big trend, and while I’m not normally a trend girl, somewhere around purchasing my fourth bomber jacket I realized I’m drinking the Kool-Aid pretty hard. My favorite though is this silk bomber jacket and pants from Yummie by Heather Thomson. It’s nice and long and looks really cute as the whole set, and with my new High Top Sneakers from FitFlop. This is my second pair of shoes from FitFlop and they have changed my life. I’ve been looking for a cool shoe brand with an orthopedic sole and these offer so much support and are so comfortable.

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I’ve been playing with some new and not so new beauty products and am overdue for a round up. But before we even talk makeup, you know how much I love a strong ring game and this week I got this fun lip ring (as in actual lips on a ring — not ring in my lips!) from Solange Azagury – Partrdige’s new Hoptlips Core Collection. Cara Delevingne has one so these are like our bff rings… jk, but it does feel like a ring every beauty blogger would want. They are available in so many fun lip shades, mine is in Black Cherry. And speaking of beauty I’m overdue to express how much I love the products in this picture.

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Most of them are from events or random mailers that showed up at my apartment months and months ago — it takes me a while to try products. And these have been in my makeup case almost nonstop!

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Kandee Johnson, YouTube sensation known for her absolutely amazing beauty transformations (did you see the one where she’s Donald and Hilary at the same time?!?), has partnered with SinfulColors to create a range of 24 vintage inspired nail polish shades. Consisting of two collections, Pretty Vintage, which is currently available in 12 shades, and Vintage Anime, which will be launching in February (also 12 shades), each at a phenomenal price of $1.99-$2.99.

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The collection is filled with fun colors and textures (like glitter, shine and matte), all with super cute names, like Mint Chip which is the matte shade I’m wearing above. Kandee flew into NYC for the launch of her collaboration, hosted at Beauty Bar in NYC. I haven’t been there in forever but between the sparkly, glitter filled walls, candy bar and a room full of nail polish, it was pretty much full on girl nirvana. Plus Kandee is every bit as lovely and personable as she is on her YouTube channel — she’s so amazingly sweet and lovely.

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The start of a new year is always a time of reflection for me. I’m more about making goals then resolutions, and looking for ways to better myself. I’ve been traveling so much I’ve fallen off my workout schedule, so now that I’m home I’m hoping to get back into a routine. And I’ve been making a cautious effort to be more active during the day.

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Outfit details (all available at JCP):

Nike Solid Leggings

Xersion Mesh t-shirt

Xersion Studio Long-Sleeve Full-Zip Hoodie (on sale!)

hailey-baldwin-modelco-makeup-review ModelCo recently launched their newest celebrity collaboration – Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo.  The social media “it” girl has joined forces with iconic Australian beauty brand to showcase her favorite go to products spanning face, lips, eyes and body.

The Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo range is all about my signature go-to beauty products. I have always loved the world of beauty and was thrilled to be given the chance to show my creativity by collaborating with a cult-cool brand like ModelCo.” – Hailey Baldwin.

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This limited edition collection features all you need to mirror this uber cool celebrity’s signature style and flawless look. I haven’t tried the whole line but here’s a quick review of some of the products:

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Confession: I don’t make it out for facials as regularly as I should so I’m big into DIY facials and face masks. I’ll double and even, triple mask at any given time. And to clarify double/triple masking means either you use them all at the time targeting different parts of your face OR what I do, which is use one after the other. The order for me is always, exfoliate, tighten, moisturize. Which you can also do with non-mask beauty products. The idea being when you exfoliate you get rid of all the dead skin cells and then whatever you put on top will absorb and penetrate better into the skin. And any type of exfoliation should be followed up by some type of product to close the pores and moisturize. You don’t have to add more masks but be sure to use an essence or alcohol-free toner, serum and moisturizer (or whatever your product preference is) so that the exposed skin doesn’t take in more dirt now that it’s so exposed from the exfoliation. When it comes to masks, I love ones that brighten, tighten, wake up my skin, fill in the wrinkles, prevent sagging and everything in between. There have been a lot of strong new releases this past years and here are the masks that have been using on repeat:

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Like the rest of the world I have some fitness goals for the new year which is why I’m partnering with POPSUGAR to take their January Jump-Start Challenge. It’s a 2-week plan that’s all about you and a ‘clean’ diet with meal recipes and at-home workout plan. While I won’t be following it to a tee — I’m a vegetarian and am also never giving up coffee… I am committing to not drinking alcohol and eating healthy. I’m also permanently keeping my yoga matte, jump rope, stretch band and foam roller in my living room to keep me motivated. Also my weights, which are 8 lbs each, which conveniently is how much Charlie weight so I may be redefining puppy aerobics.

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2016 is going to be hard to top! I’ve had so many incredible features over the years but being in Real Simple and People StyleWatch were big moments for me! I’ve also added to my sizable list of makeup heroes spending time with the founders of Colourpop, GlamGlow, Kat Von D, Laura Geller, ByTerry, NudeStix, It Cosmetics… and the amount of celebrities from Lionel Richie, Kerry Washington, and Courtney Love that I’ve been able to meed. And so much travel!!!! I have so much to be grateful for.  This was also the year I rescued Charlie and getting him healthy and being able to give him so much love is probably my biggest achievement. 2017 was too epic not to document a photo gallery and timeline of my best moments!