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Bonkers for Blush

 

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With Fashion week wrapped up I don’t know about you but I am super excited about all of the new fashion coming out. I don’t know exactly why but lately I have been obsessed with blush, either beautiful skirts or sweaters I want it all. I know that in most parts of the country it is cold and snowy , but I love the idea of a soft pink against the snow and typical dark colors of winter fashion. So after searching my favorite stores I have come up with a little list of my favorite blush items I found. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do and I can’t wait to see what fashions comes out of this years fashion week!!!

xoxo Val

 Blazer/Sweater/ Blouse/ Midi Skirt/ Pointy Flat/ Purse/ Wrap Skort/ Earrings/ Quilted Flats

Laduree Comes to town

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I wish that I could do a cartwheel right now because if I could I would be doing them the whole length of my apartment! That is just how excited I am that one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures has graced my gorgeous state. Every year when I take my yearly pilgrimage to what I call my second home New York, the day I land I am in line at Laduree ordering up some delicate and colorful confections. Fast forward to a couple months ago when I found out that Laduree was opening in Miami I honestly would check their website multiple times a month. This was just to see if I could find out exactly when those wonderful doors would be opening. Well lone behold Monday February 24th was the day myself and I am sure many more have been looking forward to!

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Nestled in a quaint and yet bustling section of the Lincoln Road Mall Laduree commands the attention of anyone who passes. With its beautiful macaron towers of all colors displayed all through the store this sophisticated gem is a little slice of Paris. I kept on telling the staff how truly excited I was to be there ( I honestly don’t think they understood I was prepared to wait hours for these delights!).  After selecting one of every flavor and a couple extra I still couldn’t get over how surreal it felt to be there on a regular Monday night in February. I can not wait to go back for more (now that its a car ride not a plane ride) and get my macaron fix. So when you are in the area or trying to find something fun to do I highly recommend you visit because you will never regret it!

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One I was home I obviously had to have one….or three, oh who cares if you have had a Laduree macaron you understand. It was just completely surreal to me that on what seemed like a typical monday for myself had somehow seemed to surprise me and it ended with me being at Laduree munching on my favorite treats. If any of you haven’t ever been to Laduree some of my favorite flavors are the rose, lemon, caramel (you may want to get two of these, you won’t want to share) and the chocolate coconut! The one I am holding in the picture below is a limited edition valentines day flavor which is wonderful sweet and a bit tart berry flavor.

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I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did and hopefully I have inspired a few of you to give them a try. To find out exact details about the Laduree Us locations click here! I’m off because I have macrons to eat, au revoir mes amies!

xoxo Val

Weekend Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a simply amazing weekend! I always feel like they fly by which is why I love to do something enjoyable every chance I can. So in true simply-gold fashion I wanted to share with all of you those little moments of my weekend that bright a smile to my face and truly made me appreciate all of the wonderful joys of life.

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If anyone knows me they know how much of a sweet tooth I have. I love trying new desserts and baking so on Friday after work my boyfriend surprised me with some of my favorite cupcakes of all time! If any of you live in South Florida you have to check out Misha’s they have such amazing flavors and best of all they are mini you you can enjoy the whole thing without feeling guilty. Two of my all time favorites are the strawberry shortcake and the salted caramel, and yes they all taste as good as they look (I’m trying not to drool).

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This looks like the ultimate foodie collage and to be honest to me it is!! On Saturday my beau and I finally went out to celebrate not only a fun date night but Valentine’s day too. We ended up going to one of my all time favorite restaurants Zuma at the Epic  in Miami where the atmosphere is buzzed with electricity and the open kitchen gives every foodie a glimpse into the wonderful masterpieces of edible perfection. Its Japanese food at it’s finest and will leave anyone who has just one bite wanting more and what is neat is that all of the dishes come prepared to share. No need for cutting, they come in perfectly bite sized pieces so even the neophytes of chopsticks won’t have too hard of a time. There was so much food we ate that night but a couple of my favorite were the infamous stir-fried edamame(you will truly never look at edamame the same), the sweet corn with shiso butter from the robata and the Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy YUM!!!! And of course we cant forget about dessert which if you order the sampler comes out in a bowl of ice and two chef choice sorbets, fresh fruits and signature desserts. Ours had the green tea banana cake and a chocolate lava cake with caramel and pralines inside. Lets just say I was in a serious food coma after, it took me all sunday to recover.

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Thankfully on sunday I had nothing to do! So I took the time to catch up on my favorite fashion magazines, sip on some ice coffee and enjoy some fresh flowers. Even with all the craziness of the weekend it is nice to just enjoy doing nothing on the weekends. Just spending time enjoying the sunshine, relaxing and enjoying some much needed us time. I feel like it is important to do little things for ourselves now and again because I mean hello if we don’t who will! Any who, hope you all took some time to do something you find enjoyable this weekend that brought a smile to your face!

xoxo Val

February Birchbox!

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If you haven’t seen it all over instagram already but this month Birchbox has teamed up with Us Weekly to bring us Red Carpet worthy products that will leave us looking and feeling like a movie star. I don’t know about any of you but I love award season, all of the beautiful gowns, men in their finest and perfectly polished faces and not a fly away hair in sight. And as soon as I can I am at my vanity trying to recreate those beautiful looks and thanks to birch box it is a little easier. Creating my own step and repeat with the products in my box ( because lets face it all of them deserve their time in the spot light) I have decided to share just how wonderful all of them are.

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To start off our red carpet spotlights is the newest fragrance from Juicy Couture. Now i have share that I have been a fan of the Juicy fragrance line since it came out and have owned every single fragrance that they have come out with and they never disappoint. The newest addition is La La Malibu truly smells like sunshine and thats because the notes of mandarin mixed with a subtle sugar make you feel like a red carpet beach babe without all the sand.

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On a red carport we can’t forget about your nails and this color changing polish ( yes you read that correctly it changes colors) from Ruby Wing in Kitten Heels will leave the crowds stunned. At first the polish is the most eye popping shade of pink that would leave barbie jealous but step into the sunlight and your nails will turn a heart stopping red. Something that sounds so amazing that only celebs could have you are able to try yourself, what could be more glam then that!

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Now if your on the red carpet giving all of your interviews you want to make sure your breath is crisp and clean, but not smell like you just swallowed a container of tic tacs. Meet your best friend from 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy pretty much pop rock meets bacteria fighting breath mint, pretty awesome I know!!! These fun crystals use Zinc and Isovoxy to fight bad breath causing bacteria leaving you interview ready.

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Get ready for a power house hair product that not only protects your hair but will give you that mega war shine like your favorite celebrities! Being a huge fan of the Beauty Protect line shampoo, conditioner and the protect and detangle this new product to the cult like brand is the Beauty Protector Protect & Oil! Infused with Argon Oil this lightweight formula protects your hair from all that heat, styling and UV rays we subject it to getting camera ready. And what I love is that this is prabon free and cruelty free, who doesn’t love that!

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Last but certainly not least before we get our faces primped and glowing we need to make sure that we make our face a smooth canvas. Thanks to Birchbox who partnered up with the fabulous Dr.Brant to give us his most coveted Camera Ready Kit products including his Pores no More Primer.This sheer and lightweight powerhouse will instantly smooth the surface of your skin, minimize pores and absorb oil all night. So no need to worry if your shiny for your acceptance speech!

And thats all folks! All of the products any gal will need to either walk the red carpet or strut down the sidewalk in your most fierce outfit. Hope you all enjoyed and thank you so much for all of your support!

 

February Julep Maven

DSC_1173Doing my nails has to be one of my favorite things to do. Wether I am treating myself and getting them done or enjoying a night in with a new color and Sex and the City reruns I just enjoy the me time.  Thankfully each month thanks to my Julep Maven boxes I get to try some new colors every month and they never disappoint. Since February is the month of love this months box featured a line of Dramatic colors that really speak to the emotions. Since I get the Classic with a Twist box I got the colors Greta, a striking  shimmery berry lacquer that gives just enough pop of sparkle to any manicure. Then there is Octavia a sultry indigo that will make any nail polish fanatic drool. And because little gifts of love are featured this month Julep gifted mavens with a beautiful glittery glam polish in a perfectly pink color with gold glitter specks and when it hits the sunlight it looks like a pink aurora borealis! Its truly magical and I am completely in love with it.

With all Julep Maven Boxes they send a full sized beauty product and this month was their featured Julep Eye Sheen shadows. This cream based eye shadow go on smoothly and dry with a beautiful and dramatic eye color. It takes the hassle out of applying powered shadows and little speckles of the shadow falling all over your makeup.  In a nut shall its simply amazing!!

xoxo Val

Bliss Spa Day

If you follow my Instagram then some of you will have seen that a week ago I spent the afternoon at the Bliss Spa in Ft.Lauderdale. This was my very first time to this Spa and to let you all in on a little secret I haven’t ever been to a spa before! So as a newbie I was on cloud nine the entire time to say the least.

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The Spa itself is inside of the W Hotel and right when you get out of the elevator the aroma of fresh and tranquil oils instantly relax you. After checking in and changing into the softest robe you could ever imagine I relaxed and waited for my massage therapist. I wish that I could have taken the room home with me, I loved all of the colorful decor from the red and blue nautical pillows to the coral inspired printed curtains. It really compliments the location of the spa which is right on the beach! They had an area with bite sized brownies, blondes, veggies, crackers and a platter of cheeses. To accompany the snacks they had lemon infused water and an assortments of my favorite teas; it was truly magical and I hadn’t even had my treatment yet!

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At Bliss I chose the Fully Loaded and it really is the works! It includes the most amazing facial with a fruit acid wash, oxygen wrap, a collagen boosting serum, a skin specific mask and their signature O2 blast! While the massage therapist is working her magic on your skin your hair is getting some love too. The Hair Dew treatment exclusive to the Bliss Spa’s that pumps your hair with essential oils and moisture that your hair craves. And to top it all off as your skin specific mask is soaking in your massage therapist is giving your neck, shoulders and feet a wonderful rub down. I told you all it was the works!! It was hard not to be relaxed after all of that love and was so sad when it was all over.

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I truly can not wait to go back and get pampered some more and I don’t think I could have picked a better place to get my first facial. If any of you are in the area or looking for a pick me up give Bliss Spa a try and I promise you will not be disappointed! And I loved the products so much I went home with some of my favorite treats from the day!

xoxo Val

My Current Obsession

 

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Thanks to the holidays I have gotten an abundance of goodies to try. Lately I have not been able to get enough of this Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Set that I got from my wonderful boy friend. This set includes all of  the essentials one may need either for everyday or perfect for traveling.  This particular set came with a travel fragrance, Body wash, Body Butter and a hand cream and they are all AMAZING! This fragrance isn’t too over powering and sweet, it gives you just a subtle fresh smell that perks you up. I also really enjoy how simple and elegant looking the packaging is with the crisp silver bottles and the pop of fresh lavender color of the label.

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Another goodie from Laura Mercier that I got was the sample of hand creams in all of her signature scents! (yes the fig comes in this one too). I am addicted to hand creams, probably because I never like when my hands feel dry after using so much anti-bacterial or from constantly washing your hands. I love how cute all of these are and obviously they all smell amazing so it was hard to figure out which I wanted to use first!

For the Guys

 

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As much as I enjoy finding the cute themed Valentines items for ladies we can’t forget about those wonderful guys in our lives. I always get stuck trying to find something that isn’t too cheesy but is a little different then my go to Godiva Chocolate. So this year I tried to get ahead of the game and really find some items that any guys would truly love. Wether your into working out or music to something small and nice like a leather bracelet I tried to find something for everyone! P.S. I just got to smell the new Bond No. 9  Scent of Peace for him and I don’t know any gent that wouldn’t love wearing it. I mean it is based off of their number one selling fragrance Scent of Peace for ladies!

xoxo Val

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Valentines Goodies On a Budget

 

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I love love love Valentines Day not just because its a wonderful day to celebrate love but I personally enjoy all of the pink items and all the heart decor. I understand you don’t need just one day to tell all the people in your life that you love them but it is a fun time to just take a second to tell someone that I LOVE YOU! But like most people you don’t want to spend a fortune on your valentines day goodies but still want to find something nice and something you know they will love. Now I will say I tend to give little things like these to my best girlfriends or my mom because everyone deserves something cute!

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Valentine Splurges

 

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Like many of you I live for a good deal and an awesome sale but I can’t fib and say that whenever I go into saks that I don’t drool all over the beautiful items that I covet. Since valentines is always a fun day filled with love both giving and receiving I decided to make a fun little shopping guide for all of my fashion obsessed readers (myself included). I hope you all enjoy these picks and feel free to leave a couple of your favorite splurge worthy V-Day gifts.

xoxo Val

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