Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gal's Guide: Tryst Studio, Hingham

I recently enjoyed a night at Tryst Studio in Hingham to celebrate Alexis Kletjian's debut jewelry line (more to come on that next week) and was treated to a little pampering. Kelly, Tryst's owner gave me the scoop on one of their most requested services, the good ole' eyebrow wax, as Vanessa from Without a Measuring Cup enjoys above.

Remember, brows are sisters not twins, so don't sweat it if they aren't identical. One of mine has a hook that drives me CRAZY, but the Tryst gals were able to soften it with a little shaping. Of course, waxing isn't for everyone, make sure you aren't on any antibiotics or retinols before your appointment, as these can cause the skin around your brow to thin. Thinned skin can pull when waxed, causing irritation, which isn't a good look on anyone! Before your appointment, put down the tweezers for at least two weeks, as close to four weeks as possible is highly recommended for the esthetician to be able to shape you into beautiful face framing full brows.

The second step to perfect brows, is the filler. I had only ever tried an eyebrow pencil, but after using Trysts' angled brow brush and powder, I wouldn't go back. Using powder creates a much softer look, as you can feather in as much as you want for any level of drama. After the powder is on, give the brows a good brush, from the bottom up, and you're good to go!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet Erica Ray of Erica Ray LA & a Giveaway

In the sweltering heat of summer, graphic tees and tanks are the perfect option. A new favorite of mine is Erica Ray LA, who has been seen on Ashley Greene, Brooke Burke and Emily VanCamp recently. Erica's designs are hand printed with a 4-12 color screen process, in the good ole US of A. Making each tee and tank with hand printing ensures lasting colors, and what's better than supporting a brand and people right here?!

After graduating from college Erica was designing illustrations for a magazine, that combined fashion and art, and got a nudge from her mother to put them on t-shirts. All of a sudden, she was designing and manufacturing, flying to LA to work with a factory and printers.

The prints change seasonally, but the Hamsa (symbol of luck) and American Flag print are the designers faves, and also top sellers. The tops come in a variety of different fits from muscle (black anchor above!), to slit back (white anchor above).

Locally, you can grab Erica Ray LA at National Jean Company. Nationally these versitle tees and tanks are  available at Lord and Taylor or via her website.

Two winners will be selected to win a white anchor open back tank, or black anchor muscle tank (both are size small). Add a blazer for cool summer nights, or boyfriend jeans and hells to dress them up! Ends this Thursday! Good luck!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Gal's Guide: Style a Nightstand

I've teamed up with Zillow to bring you LSP'ers some beautiful home tips and tricks, direct from the experts! Up first,  how to create and style a beautiful nightstand.

Bedrooms are homeowners’ private retreats from the stresses of everyday life. These personalized spaces are sanctuaries to relax and recharge, requiring calming ambiences. If the bedroom is lacking personality, update the space by refreshing or introducing a new nightstand. From simple and traditional to unique and trending, here are five nightstand designs to suit any décor.

Display Old-fashioned Suitcases

Create a vintage-chic nightstand by stacking three to four worn leather suitcases in different rectangular sizes. Stack from largest on the bottom to smallest on the top and keep the structure stable by filling each case or using craft glue. Suitcases are great storage options for linens, old books and rarely-accessed keepsakes. (Think how beautiful these pretties from Brimfield would be as a nightstand?!)

Transform a Bar Cart
A bar cart is a trending home accessory that doubles as a unique nightstand. A wooden bar cart suits traditional décor while a brass or metal cart offers a more sophisticated and classy look. Bar carts are perfect for smaller spaces because they are typically made with light frames and glass shelving, creating a translucent illusion, making the space feel less cluttered. (Inspiration via Mimosas in The Morning)

Stack Sturdy Books or Magazines
Make use of a large magazine collection by stacking to create a stylish and fashionable side table. Simply stack magazines on top of each other up against the wall until the desired height is reached; stabilize by gluing each magazine together. To add a little more surface area to the top, finish a secure stack by adding a glass table top.

 Hack Existing Furniture
Update current nightstands by painting, distressing or adding decals or overlays. For nightstands with drawers, try a trending ombré paint design or give it a shabby-chic look by sanding back the existing paint. Finish with new hardware to match the style of the final piece.

 Utilize Wall Space
Floating shelves are cost-effective solutions to provide nightstand storage without absorbing floor space. Installation is simple with a do-it-yourself kit that’s available at hardware or home décor stores. Another clever use of vertical wall space is including a small wooden ladder next to the bed and personalize by hanging jewelry, displaying accessories and hanging twinkle lights on the rungs.

      Small décor updates make a big difference to the overall appeal of the home. Homeowners benefit from fresh, organized and comforting interiors while residing in the home but also when they place their homes on the market because buyers prefer updated spaces. Check out Zillow Digs for more interior design ideas.

Emily Creswick of Zillow

& S

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Who's Your Daddy Sweepstakes with Penguin

Original Penguin and InsideHook want to send you and your daddy to NYC for some father/daughter bonding over a $2,000 shopping spree!  The grand prize includes round trip travel and hotel accommodations for the winner and their dad along with 2 NIGHTCAP fragrance gift packages and a $2,000 shopping spree at the brand's new flagship store in NoHo. 

The sweepstakes runs until June 13th, so hurry and enter herehttp://bit.ly/SkMg2W

If you're not feeling that lucky, check out their father's day gift shop for some ideas to keep him styling after Sunday! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

You Don't Need Sephora Anymore

Photo Cred: TechCrunch.com

3D printing is trendy. Last fall a 3D printing shop even opened on Boston’s most fashionable street, Newbury. The shop had printers that could literally print gifts (although, I’m not sure you’d actually want the hunk of plastic, but the gimmick of it being printed was super cool). Now a Harvard grad, has invented a printable item you’ll want to keep, and keep printing more of – MAKEUP!

Unveiled at TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference, Grace Choi is attempting to revolutionize the way gals buy makeup, by not necessarily buying it, but buying a printer and products to make your own shades right from your computer. From pinterest, to your makeup bag, Mink lets you skip the trip to Sephora.

The printer, that's rumored to launch towards the end of the year uses subtrates, just like drugstore and high-end brands use, and matches a hex to your favorite photos to print the color onto your makeup. 

Would you buy it?


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dorm Room Do-Over with PBdorm

For those of you who knew me in college, you'd know that my dorm room looked like Lilly Pulitzer threw up. Everything was pink and green, in fact I had no common theme tying any of the items together, besides the qualification of being a shade of pink or green. At the time it was cute (at least I thought so), looking back, it was a rookie attempt at making my space feel like it was on trend, but had no balance.

If I had a chance to do it over again, things would be much, much different, with no trace of pink or green. Now, years (ugh!) later, I'm thinking about a dorm decor do-over but applying that to some home office inspiration from PBdorm. Keeping the colors simple, with lots of grey and pops of color (navy and an occasional teal) makes the space feel more grown up. Picking key pieces that each have their own special details, makes the space feel more glam and grown up. Here are my picks to make your space feel more up-scale:

First, the furniture:

Lighting is so important and often overlooked:

Lastly, the accent pieces:

Romantic Mirror - $150
Birdcage Candle Holders - $29 to $25 (can double as a unique spot for florals, perfumes or jewelry!)
Succulents - Okay, this centerpiece is drool-worthy, but I couldn't resist tying it in with all of those colors!

If you're heading off to college in the fall, your first apartment, or creating a home office space, check out PBdorm and get inspired.

If you're lucky enough to be going off to school make sure to bring your acceptance letter into your local store, to score 10% off, or share your new .edu email address!

If you had a do-over, what would you choose?

Special thanks to PBdorm, for including me in this campaign!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gal's Guide: Mini Facials, Huge Relaxation

Crunched for time but need to find a way to de-stress (and pamper!) yourself? MiniLuxe has your solution with their new MiniFacials! The 30 minute private treatments include a concentrated serum enriched with a special blend of vitamins and nutrients (and of course, it's free of paraben and artificial ingredients), depending on what your skin is craving. Each service includes a heavenly hand, neck and shoulder massage while the serum does it's thing.

With recent travel (west coast, bachelorette parties, etc.), long hours at work and my typical level of everyday stress, I opted for the "I Don't Want to Grow Up" treatment, from the six available options.  At MiniLuxe in Lynnfield, make sure you ask for Teddi, she was so knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable right away. I learned the difference between hydration and moisturizing, yes that is a thing, while enjoying my massage. Teddi suggested using a product with hyaluronic acid to ensure that my skin was hydrated and in turn wrinkles would appear less obvious, and then layering moisturizer on top of that hydrated skin to seal it in.

After the service, I went home with the same mask that was used in my treatment and another (I couldn't help myself) called Beauty Rest'ore that I wanted to try. At $6.50 each, why not! My skin was feeling and looking amazing and my stress level at a good ole' zero.

If you aren't pressed for time, you should also treat yourself to some color, with a new Boston named collection of signature polishes. I sprung for a light blue shade, appropriately named, "The Vineyard" that has me day dreaming of the beach.

What mini-facial and Boston-esque polish are you wanting to try?