January 19, 2017

Girl Crush Inspiration: Megan Hess

I get inspired by a lot of things on a daily basis. They could be quotes, articles, photos, or even my favorite shopping websites. That's one of the reasons I love social media so much; because it gives me so many opportunities to be inspired by things I would've never discovered in the first place.

One of my favorite things I've discovered on social media is definitely fashion illustrators. I don't know what it is but don't you just love seeing these illustrations of fabulous & chic women walking down 5th Ave? I have an illustration from Etsy on my desk that is just a girl reading and she has a pile of books next to her, and it brings me so much joy.

I've seen a handful of these talented ladies on Instagram & maybe I'll do a post on a few others in the future, but for now, I'm here to talk about an OG.

Meghan Hess is an illustrator that I've been onto for a while. She does some great work for Henri Bendel (I purchased her 2 new phone cases & the coasters and they're gorgeous!), she's published a few books of her own, does her own artwork but when I started researching her, the first thing that popped up was that Candance Bushnell picked her to illustrate the cover of Sex and the City. That's when I started to remember seeing Candance Bushnell's books in the library when I was younger and loving the covers.

Well, that was all Meghan Hess.

She is just so insanely talented and when I look at her artwork, I can't believe it's real artwork. It almost seems fake to me, because it's just so perfect.

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I've always had this fascination with drawings & artists. My best friend is one of the most talented artists I've ever met and I've known her since we were five years old, therefore I've been around talent for my entire life. I was so jealous, in the best way possible, that she had this awesome talent to create something visual and I wanted to be able to draw so badly that I made her give me drawing lessons when we were younger.

Maybe that's why I love Megan Hess so much; because her talent is so awestriking to me. It also awakens some sort of inspiration in me.

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I purchased her newest book "New York" and "read" it within an hour. I put read in quotes because it's not a book you can read; it's filled with her illustrations and she outlines her favorite places to visit in New York from Central Park to Tiffany's. It's the best book for anyone, not just for people who live in New York.

It's a gorgeous keepsake and I have it displayed on my nightstand. When I was looking through it for the first time, I found myself smiling because I was just loving her drawings. It made me want to do something; whether that was writing, site seeing, shopping... just do something that made me feel.

Is that too corny for artwork?

Illustrations are my favorite thing in the world. I want to cover my walls in them, have them on every tablet/computer background I have, and be surrounded by them. Megan Hess is one of the best I've seen. To be able to create an entire book around illustrations like this is something great.

She has a number of other books & a set of notebooks... and you KNOW I need them!

What inspires you on a daily basis?


January 18, 2017

My Favorite Tech Accessories

Ever since I was young, I was obsessed with tech. I've been using a computer since I was around 5 years old, playing games and using AOL. I was the only one in my house that could fix computers, phones, and televisions-- since I was around 8 years old.

As I've gotten older I've fallen more in love with technology. It may be an odd thing to say but it's the truth. When I was 13 years old, all I wanted for my birthday was a Sidekick II; my parents played a mean trick on me and handed me a shoe box for my present. I thought I got shoes, but then I opened it up and inside was the Sidekick wrapped in tissue paper. I actually started screaming & crying as if my parents just gifted me a car. It was then that I knew my love of technology was real.

Since then, I've gone through countless phones, computers, tablets and cases. I've had everything from Nextel to Dell to Macbooks & iPhones. That being said, I love to accessorize those tech items.

Combining my love of accessories with my love of technology has always been my favorite thing. Now, it's even easier because so many brands are coming out with tech accessories & I'm giving them all the business.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Kate Spade Portable Charger Henri Bendel Phone Case
Kate Spade Selfie Button Pinch Provisions Screen Queen Kit
Kate Spade iPhone Folio
Rebecca Minkoff Charging Wristlet (The charging version is no longer available, just the regular one, here

I'd also include my Kate Spade Activity Tracker in this bunch if you want to consider it a Tech Accessory. Also, I have a Kate Spade iPad case that is no longer available but similar here.

Below are a few things I have my eye on:

What are your favorite tech accessories?


January 17, 2017

The Best Beauty Buys of January

January is the time when a lot of beauty brands release their mid winter & spring collections. It's also the time when the new trends start popping up and things are beginning to change throughout the beauty industry.

It's truly an exciting time and probably one of the most exciting months. It's exciting behind the scenes as someone who works in the industry but also truly exciting as a consumer. During the holiday season, brands don't usually release new items because they're releasing value sets & limited edition packaging.

Now is the time when we no longer see the same old products & shades; everything is new and I'm so excited!

Browsing the Just Arrived section of Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom is my favorite pastime and it's even better this time of the year. I have my eye on a few buys and am waiting to hit the "Place Order" button, only because I'm trying to be good and not shop too much.

In January, a lot of brands put out their complexion products, so foundations, primers, and concealers are usually all the rage. That being said, I'm super excited for a lot of items in that range.

I'm also excited for a lot of the trends this year: athleisure beauty & fresh skin (no makeup makeup look) are two of the hottest trends this year & I'm PUMPED.

I want to dive into a few launches I'm really excited for and need to purchase ASAP. They have great reviews and they're all in my cart. They are for sure definite beauty buys for this month!

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Nars Radiance Primer with SPF Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm
GlamGlow Plumprageous Nudes Collection Skin Fitness Kit
Sephora Micellar Cleansing Milk Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

PS: I forgot to include this Becca primer. I NEED IT! 

PPS: Laura Geller just released their new liquid lipsticks (cough this is the brand I work for cough) and they're BOMB. I'm legit obsessed and  have to take every shade from my social media samples to have at home. My favorites are Makeout Merlot & Beige Bite. 

What are your beauty buys for the month?


January 16, 2017

Fashion Files: The Best Winter Accessories

We had another cold & snowy weekend in New York & honestly, the snow once again came out of nowhere. It wasn't as bad as the weekend before, but it was unexpected.

It got me thinking about winter accessories & everything you need to stay warm. It's hard to look cute in the winter because you're covered in layers & layers. You're hot underneath those layers and your nose & cheeks are beat red from the cold.

However, you don't always have to look like you just came in from a snowstorm; there are so many ways to look stylish & fresh in the winter.

I don't think I ever embraced winter accessories until this year. I am someone who is not easily cold so I used to go outside with no gloves, no hat, just a jacket. This year I changed that and started to embrace how cute winter accessories are.

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Kate Spade Beanie UGG Australia Ear Muffs
BP Infinity Scarf (I have a few J.Crew ones but this is similar)
Monogrammed Tech Gloves (I don't have this exact pair but something similar)
UGG Australia Shearling Boots
Jack Rogers Chloe All Weather Boot

What are your favorite winter accessories?


January 13, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up: Week 2

I'm going to start titling these posts so I can keep track, and you know that you're not reading the same post every week.

It's the second full week of 2017 and it's ...going.

I wasn't depressed or anxious this week, but I felt, well I felt like a raging bitch for lack of a better word. LOL I also just felt super lazy, wanted to lay in bed the entire time, and do nothing.

It's a long weekend and that's what I'm planning on, in between the gym, blogging, some time with my friends, and organizing my room.

I just purchased these shelves off of Amazon and they'll be here tomorrow, so I'll be putting it together and organizing them! I'll be sure to post a photo on Instagram once it's finished and probably do a review on here.


Other than being lazy, this week didn't bring much. Below are the links I LOVED:

A new Laura Geller blog post went up this week, check it out! 

Here's what you missed on Royally Pink: 
Have a great weekend everyone!