Now & Later: Mint Condition

I’ve always been a fan of the color green but mostly the really deep shades of evergreen, the classic olive, and jewel toned emerald but lately this very special shade of green is speaking to me. This pretty hue is soft yet vibrant and pairs so well with gray right now which is a huge staple of my cooler weather wardrobe. Later, when the temp rises, this color looks fantastic with a tan and mint is perfect with your spring/summer neutrals and white. If you’re feeling especially girly, try going pastel from head to toe!

Now & Later: Mint Condition

1   J. Crew merino boyfriend sweater in Minty Green

2   7 For All Mankind The Skinny’ jean in Midnight Floral

3   GiGi NYC ‘Uber Clutch’ in Mint

4   Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ bootie

5   J. Crew linen scarf in Soft Mint

6   Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jeans

7   GAP colorblock pop sweater in Navy

8   BaubleBar mint twist ring trio

9   C Wonder bow tassel driving moc

10  Forever 21 lace back peplum top

11  C Wonder stretch skinny jeans

12  C Wonder frosted neon bling stud earrings in Bright Aqua

13  Forever 21 platform peep-toe slingbacks

14  BCBG ‘Nellie’ dress*

15  Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish

16  Sam Edelman ‘Alina’ sandals

*I actually couldn’t resist this gorgeous dress and purchased it for my upcoming trip to Key West! Key West: What to Pack post coming soon!

Diesel x The Style Darling: Coachella’s What to Pack

If you’re like me, you get that packing is one of the best parts of a trip! So welcome to my new installment: ‘What to Pack’. I’ve teamed up with Diesel at King of Prussia Mall to host their grand opening this weekend with a chance to win 2 tickets to Coachella plus airfare and access to the Diesel house!

Diesel’s designs are simultaneously edgy and effortless which couldn’t be more well-suited to Coachella’s chic Cali vibe. We’re talking some crazy cool distressed denim, a dress that zips apart into a vest & skirt, and some show-stopping prints! So I’ve pulled together my dream Diesel wardrobe for this three-day mega music festival and a few beauty necessities to ensure that you stay stylish and safe under that warm Cali sun!

(Insider tip: Come enter the contest and see which outfit I chose! I’ll be at Diesel KOP Friday for the kickoff at 4pm, Saturday 4-8pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. And follow along with #DieselKOP!)

DieselxTSD what to pack

Friday:

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

Diesel ‘Divina’ medium bag

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Saturday:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (vest)

Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jean

Diesel ‘We Ally’ wedge sneaker

Sunday:

Diesel ‘Casol’ bomber jacket

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (skirt)

Diesel ‘Carrus’ cap

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Pool Party:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Janet’ bathing suit

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

etc.:

Bobble filtered water bottle

Tarte ‘Natural Beauty’ cheek stain

Diesel ‘Loverdose’ perfume

Philosophy ‘Hope in a Jar SPF’ face lotion

Essie ‘Butler Please’ nail polish

Maybelline Baby Lips SPF lip balm

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara

This post is sponsored by Diesel.

Diesel x The Style Darling: Grand Opening Event at King of Prussia Mall

Hi darlings!

So here it is, the BIG announcement! Diesel is back at the King of Prussia mall and you’re invited to celebrate! I’ll be hosting the grand opening this weekend at their awesome new store, so come out for your chance to win two tickets to Coachella plus airfare (I know, right?!) and access to the Diesel house!! Check out Coachella’s INSANE lineup below!! (So jeal!)

Excited yet? I certainly am! And entering couldn’t be easier just come visit the store during the contest hours and be photographed in your most stylish Coachella look! Diesel’s mix of urban edge and effortless design are the perfect combo for this cool Cali festival! I’ll be there Friday for the kickoff at 4pm, Saturday 4-8pm, and Sunday 12-4pm, so come say hi! And follow along with #DieselKOP to catch all the grand opening entries!

KOPEVITECoachella lineup poster

The Beauty Breakdown: GlamGlow

I am a huge skincare buff and I am constantly searching for that glamorous spa facial feeling at home. I’ve tried a lot of products and every once in a while you find one that makes your skin feel born again. GlamGlow is that product. I stumbled upon this special mask while perusing the internet (probably Pinterest) and since I’ve been on the mad search for a new facial mask, I was game to try it. Pretty motivated, I wasted no time heading down to Sephora and when I asked for GlamGlow, the sales associate nearly exploded with excitement! She had nothing but rave reviews and there were only two left on the shelf. I took this as a good sign. I apply it to restaurants, too: the less empty tables, the better the restaurant. I figured if a huge retailer like Sephora only had two left, I was in luck.

GlamGlow mud mask

And I was! I rushed home, washed my face, and applied the mask. Within minutes I could see it drying and then I waited. Waited for something to happen…naturally, I got distracted watching the Real Housewives of Crazytown and when I checked the mirror (about an hour later), I was surprised at what I saw. The mask dried into a light green gray and the areas where the mask purged impurities were a bit darker. It sounds gross but I thought it was pretty cool because these were results I could see! Once I washed my face and moisturized, I examined my skin again. It was soft and yes, glowy, and didn’t feel dry (before the moisturizer) the way most masks leave your skin. My pores also looked much smaller and overall, my skin looked much smoother.

Since my first use, (over a week ago) I’ve been using GlamGlow as a spot treatment and it definitely does the trick! The healing time is considerably reduced for any imperfections that might have popped up and it’s gentle enough to wear overnight.

The only downside is the price. At $69, it’s a luxury but such a small amount goes a long way and I believe that your face deserves the very best. Having clear, healthy skin is integral to any makeup look. It all begins with beauty basics.

Spring 2013: Handbags & Heels

So earlier this month our little groundhog friend told us Spring will be coming early and I couldn’t be more excited for some of Spring’s trends! While I’m really eager to add more emerald to my wardrobe (ok, I already have!) and looking forward to attempting the print on print look. I have also been busy planning a trip to Key West to be a bridesmaid in my bestie’s wedding, so naturally I have been searching for some fun Spring additions!
I find the easiest way to transition into Spring is to start with accessories. So I’ve paired some of my favorite Spring 2013 handbags and heels together with a twist (one is luxe, the other just a few bucks).

Handbags & Heels

 

1 B Brian Atwood ‘Linford 2’ bootie || Forever 21 quilted neon crossbody

2 Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ tote || Zara high-heel platform court shoe

3 Aldo ‘Errozinc’ tote || Via Spiga ‘Clair’ sandal

4 Alexander Wang ‘Rocco’ duffle || H&M neon ankle strap sandal

5 Tory Burch ‘Amanda’ classic handle hobo || Forever 21 neon ankle strap pumps

6 Aldo ‘Bernell’ clutch || Jeffrey Campbell ‘Don’t Even’ pump

7 Vince Camuto ‘Janet’ drawstring tote || Forever 21 colorblock wedge sandal

Philly FABB gets zen!

This past Sunday, Philly FABB members met at Philly Power Yoga and enjoyed a zen afternoon of hot yoga, healthy fare from Fuel, energizing antioxidant-rich hydration from Bai, and took home some inspirational jewelry from Empowered by Jen Groover.

Philly FABB gets zen

Philly FABB gets zen!

Abby and Lauren at Philly Power Yoga treated us to an amazingly relaxing and re-energizing yoga session focused on creating space within our torso and lengthening our limbs since we spend so much time at our desk and sitting at the computer. It was the perfect super chilly Sunday activity. I find that I get caught up in the rush of life and running from one commitment to the next and it was such a pleasure to take some time and slow down and quiet my mind.

Philly FABB members, Natalie and Jade, perfecting their pose!

Philly FABB members, Natalie of TheSecondBest.com and Jade of StyleWallflower.com, perfecting their poses!

After our class, all the FABB members got to nosh on delicious, healthy paninis and a beautiful strawberry & spinach salad from Fuel. I loved the food so much that I will definitely be adding Fuel to my favorite places in PHL and without any guilt! All of their menu items are 500 calories or less and 100% organic!!! Now I’m not a health nut, but when something is filling and delicious, I’m in! I absolutely loved their roasted turkey panini with goat cheese and pesto! And it was 345 calories, love!!

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Fantastic paninis from Fuel
[image courtesy of FuelPhilly.com]

Once we loaded up on a perfect post-yoga grub, we sat down with Lauren and Abby and had a really great open discussion about the power of yoga and its origins. I learned that yoga was created as a way of creating space within the body and as a precursor to mediation. There are so few moments where my mind is solely focused on one task and that is the beauty of yoga. In creating the necessity to focus only on your body movement and balance, you are clearing your mind of all the daily chatter like ‘don’t forget to buy printer cartridges’ and ‘remember to schedule an oil change’. It’s good for the body and the mind!

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My Philly FABB cp-founder Jessie and I.

For continued mind and body zen, each Philly FABB member received a goodie bag from our event. Fabbies enjoyed sipping on Bai after class to give them a little pep in their step that also ward free radicals. The Lemonade, Pomegranate, and Mango were all delicious but Blueberry was the crowd favorite!

Bai flavors

Treat your body well, inside and out! Thanks for making that easy Bai!

With Empowered jewelry by Jen Groover each Philly FABB member will be able to keep their inspirational messages with them wherever they go. Empowered’s designs are classic and ideal layering pieces, plus each has a  unique message! Jen created Empowered jewelry to inspire others to live their best life possible. This rhinestone pendent is my favorite and is engraved with Jen Groover’s personal quote “live with passion and purpose”.

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Sometimes we all need a little inspiration…and bling!

Our friends at Andre Richard Salon also gifted each member an organic, fragrant bar of soap from Hugo Naturals. Of course this soap smells divine but it is also 100% natural, vegan, gluten and soy-free. It’s made with food grade products and isn’t tested on animals because there is nothing fabb about traumatizing animals or slathering your body with toxins. Instead, Hugo Naturals uses coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E which are so nourishing and hydrating. Just what skin needs in this winter weather!

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Such an amazing scent! Put it right to use after my workout!

Thanks again to all our of Philly FABB sponsors of Bend Into Your Blogging Zen. Each of you played a very special role in creating a fabb event!

Lauren xo