Friday, August 22, 2014

RANDOM LOVELIES AND ROSÉ

Happy Friday! I am kicking off my Friday with another "Links to Share" post, where I share with you various musings, how-to's, career advise, quotes, antidotes, fashion/styling tips, cocktail recipes, ideas to steal, etc that I come across in my cyber travels. Enjoy and Be Inspired!
1. Table Setting ideas for your next soiree.That picture is from an Arabian Nights themed wedding.
2. This leather strap basket from Wolves Within is the perfect storage for my many fashion magazines.
3. This Is Oakland: a guide to my city's most interesting places. Even though I reside in LA now Oakland is still home.
4. This blissfully beachy, coastal inspired Pinterest board is just lovely and it has me wishing for sand between toes and smell of salt water.
5. A list of the best rosé wines found here, and why it's still rosé season here.
6. I love a great notebook and if it's stylish and makes a statement all the better, like this one by Paper Sugar.
7. I was in Target the other day and I saw this navy blue and magenta nylon backpack by Mossimo, I gotta have it and it just went on sale.
8. Gotta thank Creature Comforts for this list of Online Creative Resources.
9. Get ideas for creating your own workplace in a tiny home...Love this!

Lovely Lupita in pink with the beach as her backdrop.
HAPPY FRIDAY!

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'M LOVING

Just inspiration and a short list of loves, my loves...Enjoy and Be Inspired!
 The Sepetmber ISSUES ARE HERE!!!!!!  YES!!!!!   #idie, #portermaglover, #fallfashion!
Models of the 90's, (l to r) Naomi, Tyra, Beverly Peel, circa 1992
  Do things that scare you once in awhile. 
 A convertible mustang in my favorite color.
 A glass of rose please!
 A great entry way and that door is simple interior lust for me.
 Visit here for "11 Topics Every Fashion Lover Should Be Able To Talk About".
 Pouty lip babes with curly fros!
 This poncho from Altuzarra's Spring/Summer 2014 collection, is perfect for transitioning from the warmer months into the not so cold cooler months.
 Loving these bar stools and those rustic pendant lights, image found here.
 A smokey eye and a nude lip = perfection.
 Lounging and naked and still wifi connected.
 A ripple in water, I call them water echos.
 I love a great quote.
 Stack-ism - stoned out baubles.
 Natural hair updos.
 Culottes!!!! Culottes!!! They remind me of my sister for some reason.
 Gotta get one of these Nutri Bullets now especially since they're on sale everywhere.
  I love these delicate one piece unmentionables.
 Loving this poem by Napoleon Hill, it pretty much sums up an unfulfilled life. I took this photo at Alameda Beach a few months ago, I love how I was able to capture the contrast and shadows.
Now this reminds me of when I was little and I use to climb on top of a chair and pinch off pieces of my mom's freshly baked bundt cake....memories.

Seize the Day
Stef

Friday, August 15, 2014

"O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!"

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Walt Whitman, “O captain! My captain!” 
From the movie "Dead Poets Society"
RIP Robin Williams - This one hurts just a little bit more...
Happy Friday! I am kicking off my Friday with another "Links to Share" post. where I share with you various musings , how-to's, career advise, quotes, antidotes, fashion/styling tips, cocktail recipes, etc that I come across in my cyber travels. Enjoy and Be Inspired!
1. Loving these semi-precious stone necklaces by Ariel Gordon, found here.
2. 10 Rules for New Yorkers visiting LA, This is hilarious.
3. Got mad love for Birkenstocks, they're not for hippies anymore and they're gaining popularity. My sister has been wearing these forever, but this season, designers added an easy luxe factor to this comfy stock, my favorite is the all black "Montery".
4. I am a sucker for a great gallery wall, and this Charleston home of Darius Rucker from "Hootie and the Blow fish" is an interior decor enthusiast dream.
5. A Pucci wedding in Capri, an extravagant wedding weekend with a custom made, one of a kind Pucci wedding dress and sea blue bridesmaid dresses. These images put my wanderlust into overdrive...elemental bohemian.
6. 40 Ways To Stay Creative, "the world would be a dreadful place without creative people".
7. Fabulously feathered in this fashion editorial for VOGUE Brazil, February 2014, "Colombina  Gotica" is soo befitting.
8. BLOGSHOP, Photoshop for Bloggers.Think of this as "Photoshop Boot Camp". Online and in-person classes start August 23 & 24, visit here for details. 
9. I am obsessed with all things coastal, and this lovely bedroom and that beach view has me swooning. 

Celebrating creativity...Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BETTER THAN BARE

What's better than bare? A peek of skin? Daring neckline? The sheerness of it all? Bare legs, backless and midriff baring? The outline of a shapely silhouette, a peek of thigh in high side split and a little side boob never hurt anyone. Enjoy and Be Inspired!
The collarbone is one of the sexist zones on your body. A necklace sitting subtly at your clavicle, is the perfect way to highlight it. Wearing a simple silk camisole against soft glowing skin is...better than bare.
Whats better than backless? A dress in a bold hue with a deep v in the back, legs for days in sequins, and making a statement in gold with glistening skin, and Carmen Diaz's amazing side boob.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MID-SUMMER BATH & BODY CARE

Gotta have that glow. Enjoy and Be Inspired!
Polishing  Body Brush; achieving glowing skin from top to toe.
Ole Henriksen Lavender Body Oil
 LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios SPF 45 for body
Niven Morgan St. Tropez candle 
I love scents and aromatherapy, be it perfumes, body oils, candles, bath and body washes. Scents of citrus, pomegranate, and exotic musk, aphrodisiac jasmine, and Tunsian neroli, floral notes, and amber undertones make me swoon and uplift my mood, you know what they say, when you smell good you feel good and add to that an amazing body glow and the perfect facial SPF, and  an  intoxicating, energizing fragrance with lush green notes, unexpected citrus, that's perfect for summer, it's Calyx by Clinique and this scent last, it actually gets better the longer it stays on the body. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MID-SUMMER BEAUTY INSPIRATION

All aglow in sun-drenched and luminous beauty. These last days of summer have me longing for more sunswept makeup ideas to glow & behold. I want complexion perfection, and a signature summer scent to boot.
  Enjoy and Be Inspired!
 Kevyn Aucoin "The Sensual Skin Enhancer" I have heard nothing but great reviews about this "ultimate concealing / perfect highlighter" this product can do it all.
The BeautyBlenser is  perfect for applying that Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, this high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator is a beauty babes dream, a must-have, you can use this to apply your foundation, highlighter, etc, but make sure you get the "Original" beauty blender.
Summer beauty means no-fuss, light weight and easy, especially with multi-purpose products like that Nars "The Multiple" in Na Pali Coast which can be used for the eyes, cheeks, lips and body. I love the barely there lip color of Clinique's "Almost Lipstick" in black honey, this transparent pigment is a Clinique best seller, and Maybeline's "The Nudes" eye shadow palette is perfect to take your look from day-to-night and pared with Josie Maran's coconut water-infused cheek gelee that add hydrating color to your face, this little pot of cheek gelee is absolutely perfect for warmer weather. If you're looking for a soft and pretty tropical scent look no further than this cult classic Kai.
Red lips and highlighter in the inner corners of the eye...loves.
Naturally neutral.
Winged eye liner is sooo the business and that lip...get it Cara!
Matte and pretty.
Bold color on the lids and on the lips.
 I love a glossy coral lip....Smack!
Summer beauty overload whether you're "a less is more" girl or high maintenance mama, or all  about a bold pout. I hope these looks inspire you to add a little more umph to your current beauty regimen.