congratulations sookie!

Melissa McCarthy deserves the recognition she's getting for Bridesmaids and Mike and Molly--Emmy Best Actress, and a possible *gulp* (I won't say it, in case it jinxes her chances). But she'll always be Gilmore Girls' Sookie to me.

You have to be a GG fan. image via oy-with-the-poodles-already.tumblr.com


products I acquired that I actually use, pt 3: lipstick, poppy king for jcrew

poppy king for jcrew lipstick
Who has the confidence to wear bright lips? I don't. I'm a neutral lip kind of person. Then occasionally I'll catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and think "Dear God! Put some color on. You look so pale."  So I searched and risked my health trying on various lipstick shades at every Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto. I couldn't find a bright lipstick shade worth the space in my small everyday makeup bag. It was either much too red, much too pink, much too orange, or just too much.

Finally last August in NYC, I found it. (I just realized I found these 3 products while on vacation. Why? And also, enough with the J.crew posts!) This fabulous shade from poppy king for J.crew is just the perfect mix of red and orange with a great smooth texture and semi-gloss (not too glossy, and not matte) finish. Rumour has it that this shade works on many complexions. See for yourself!

For more J.crew makeup tips, follow this link. Brighten up babes!



If you blinked yesterday (like I did), you may have missed the news that Jenna Lyons, president and creative director of J.crew, is leaving her artist husband for a lesbian relationship.Read the gory details here. I'm not shocked about the split or her new relationship. These days? Meh.

I want Jenna's glasses. Image via NYPost.
I'm shocked that she's giving up the house to her husband. WHAAAAAAT?

jenna's dressing room
I blogged about Jenna's enviable life and home here. Honestly, I wouldn't give up this dressing room for ANYBODY.

On the other hand, I look forward to seeing Jenna + Lover's new abode in Elle Decor or an online shelter magazine real soon. Can you imagine?


tuesday shoesday: wedges

katerina wedges, on sale at anthropologie
Not your usual pumps or wedges, but I could use the additional 4.5". What a lovely pair of shoes and a conversation piece!


products I acquired that I actually use, pt 2: stila illuminating tinted moisturizer, spf 20

stila illuminating tinted moisturizer, spf 20
Listen to me ladies, I realize that sometimes you're too busy to even look in the mirror when you go about running errands and driving your kids everywhere... but you must not leave the house barefaced. There is nothing more demoralizing than being the schlumpadinka who doesn't take care of herself. Take a few minutes of your day (wake up earlier if you must), and try to look presentable before you leave the house. In addition to you know, brushing your teeth and hair, apply a bit of tinted moisturizer with spf on your face before you leave the house.

Stila's illuminating tinted moisturizer with spf 20 does exactly what it says: it moisturizes, it's tinted, it's got spf so you're protected from the sun, and darn, it really does illuminate your skin even if you haven't done a thing to give you that natural glow that we're all trying to achieve. And it's light, so you feel like you have nothing on.

A great product for everyday.


products I acquired that I actually use (a short series): bare minerals

I'm sucker at the makeup counter, but there are very few makeup and cosmetic products that I've bought that I actually use and recommend. So this will be a very short series.

bare minerals get started kit for medium complexions

At the end of last year's family cruise, we found ourselves with a few days left in our vacation to enjoy Boston. You know how it is when you come back from eating too much and sunning too much? My body was a mess and worse, skin couldn't decide whether it was dry or oily, fair or dark. The makeup in my luggage would not do. Luckily, our hotel was situated in this vast shopping complex with a Sephora, the best makeup store ever.

After swirling, tapping, and buffing 2 shades, my skin looked and felt amazing. The Bare Minerals Get Started kit is a product that actually lives up to all the glowing reviews.

Because of my lifestyle, this isn't a product I use everyday. But in the rare occasion when I'm not just going to yoga or the grocery store, I love this kit. Possibly the best $60 you'll ever spend on makeup.


25% off at jcrew!

You know it's a good day when twitter tells you before you even have coffee, that J.Crew is offering 25% off *and* free shipping on orders of $150+. This is the type of promotion I've been waiting for, and haven't seen too often since it applies to both sale and full priced merchandise.

Needless to say, I spent most of the morning online.I limited my wishlist to items actually available in my petite size (a result of DNA, vegan lifestyle and all that time spent sweating at my Bikram studio, so don't judge me).

Before the 9:30 yoga class, my shopping cart was already full and I haven't even looked at footwear and handbags!

majesty peacoat. previously blogged about, now leaning towards the pinky red.
blythe blouse, silk
#2 pencil skirt, shown in royal paisley

jackie cashmere cardi and houndstooth cafe capris on Michelle Williams, October 2011, vogue.com
cafe capris, shown in camel (but I'll prob get black)
jackie cardi and shell, shown in maraschino cherry
Promo ends on Sunday, Oct 23. Shop away!


tuesday shoesday: affordable pumps

If any of you are willing to part with $600 for footwear, you and I live in a different reality. Also, I hate you. For the rest of us, here's a pair of affordable pointy (yes, pointy!) classic two-tone leather pumps that you'll wear for years. You don't even have to hide the purchase from your husband. (Not that I've ever done that.)
Ivanka Trump pumps $120, piperlime.com


monday musical: it's not unusual

This is the first Monday in a long time when I've felt so happy and grateful to be where I am. I hope you all feel the same. Shall we dance?

If you don't get up and do the Carlton dance whenever you hear this, I don't even want to know you.

The original, ageless Tom Jones.


saturday silver screen: The Notebook and BONUS!

It goes without saying that 'The Notebook' is considered one of the most romantic movies of all time. Both women and men of all ages openly admit to loving this film. I've seen it so many times I'd almost forgotten how good it was until a dear friend reminded me to watch it last weekend. Of course, I cried all over again.

'Why didn't you write me? I waited for you for 7 years!"
I lose it every time Rachel says that. Isn't Ryan Gosling the sweetest thing?

And just for reading the post and sticking around, here's a bonus. Remember when the MTV Movie Awards were fun and didn't always go to those dumb Twilight stars?

Dear Gossip Genie: Could you get McGosling back together? 


fashion looks I love...

All images from: The Simply Luxurious Life
what I love: skinny black pants, the perfect classic bag, sunglasses, short sleeved fitted neutral sweater
what I love: skinny pants, perfect bag, sunglasses (again), classic pointy stilettos, untucked blouse, bright sweater and LIPS!
what I love: monogrammed pillow, pink Hunters, coral sweater
what I love: bracelet sleeve coat, skinny colored jeans, those KILLER shoes
Happy weekend!