Tag Archives: Spring

March Wishlist

Like many others I have such a love hate relationship with online shopping. There are just so many websites filled with cute and must have items that it gets a bit overwhelming. This month I wanted to share with all of you some of the items that I am currently drooling over and now need to wipe up my computer hehe =). But truly I am really excited about all of the fun colors that have most of the country counting down the days till Spring. Hope you all enjoy and can’t wait to see what you all think.

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 5.50.44 PM

Floral Shirt/Jean Shorts/Red Flats/Lady T-Shirt/Cheek & Lip Stick/Blush Bag

xoxo

Val

Reconnecting

Hi everyone! I know it has been too long since I last posted so before I get into catching up with all of you I wanted to say how sorry I am! The last three weeks have been nuts with finals a quick vacation and the starting summer school ahhhh! But none the less I am so thrilled to be back and sharing with all of you. Today I wanted to share a few of my snap shots from my brief time in my home away from home new York City! Most of you may not know but I have a deep love with New York City, well more like an obsession if I am being honest. I love being able to walk out onto the bustling sidewalk and be able to go anywhere that day with endless possibilities and I mean hello the shopping is also unlike any other. Any who, I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and what are some of your favorite vacation spots?

DSC_1806

DSC_1846

DSC_1862

DSC_1907

DSC_1948

DSC_1955

xoxo Val

Nordstrom Home

DSC_1300

Fun colorful quilts will add a great pop to a couch or bedroom

Ottomans and pillow for either your bedroom or living room that really brighten up a space

Ottomans and pillow for either your bedroom or living room that really brighten up a space

A few weeks ago I found myself wandering through Nordstrom after lunch at their Bistro and was thankful that I had my camera because I was so inspired by their little pop up home section. With spring on the horizon I always like to bring new pops of color into my world, and why shouldn’t the house be included in that. Wether it’s a pillow, picture or even a fun coaster I love finding little trinkets that make a house feel more like a home.

Pastel throws for the couch

Pastel throws for the couch

Who doesn't love some Tie-Dye pillows

Who doesn’t love some Tie-Dye pillows

DSC_1306

DSC_1309

DSC_1310

DSC_1305

Hope you enjoy these fun little items as much as I did and always be on the look out for something that can be brought into your home that gives it a great freshen up. And if you live near a Nordstrom I would swing by and check out this little section out for yourself, you may be inspired too!!

xoxo Val

Vasanti Lip and Cheek Colour Pod

To me sunny weather means getting outside and enjoying the color that comes alive when the sun is out. So in order to spend more time enjoying it I try to adjust my make up routine to something simple that will leave me looking put together but with little effort.  A few weeks ago I was incredibly lucky enough to be chosen by Birchbox as part of the Birchbloggers team to try out a colour pod by Vasanti!

DSC_1642

If you haven’t heard of these before then get ready to be dazzled because this is any make up lovers dream! A two in one product is exactly the product that will allow you get the color you are looking for and cut down on your primping time.  Vasanti Lip and Cheek Colour Pods are truly like nothing I have seen before, from the sleek easy to hold design to the product that is filled with everything your skins needs to look great and be protected. Your skin and lips are plumped and hydrated thanks to pomegranate sterols  and mango butter gives your skin plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will protect you from the suns harmful UV rays. With all of that good for you in one product just wait till you see all three colors that they come in. I picked the color Candle Light, which is a beautiful pinky coral color that is just perfect for spring and summer.

DSC_1650

Lips

I first took a picture of me wearing the color on my lips and I really loved it! It gave my lips such a fun pop of subtle color that really lasted and kept my lips hydrated all day.

Cheeks

The next I tried to show off the color on my cheeks! I loved how fresh and bright the shade my my face, and what I also like is that you can build up the color to the pigmentation you are looking for which makes it great for day and night!

I know that this is going to be the perfect product to add to my easy make up routine and is a great item for when I travel this summer. Thank you again Birchbox for allowing me to try this amazing product!

xoxo Val

April Maven

DSC_1601

DSC_1603

DSC_1611

DSC_1612DSC_1621

Its a new month and I am excited for some new polish’s! Literally the first day of every month when I get my Julep Maven Box my nails and myself do a happy dance! This months theme is the Vivid Collection and let me just say vivd does these colors justice. Since its spring and with summer right around the corner we finally have the okay to wear our favorite bright colors and not be judged. I am loving my new colors and know that they will be perfect additions to my go to colors for the season.

The beautiful pink color in Caitlin was simply stunning, I loved how pigmented it is and you can build the color up with more coats or just leave it sheer with one coat. The fun orange polish named Mariska was defiantly a surprise to me. Some of you may know that I tend to stick to the same color pallet with my nail polishes so adding an orange to the mix was hesitant for me. However I really really love this color, I enjoy that even though it is orange and pigmented it still isn’t overwhelming and very pretty (this color also has a matte finish and just added a topcoat to add more shine).

  Also how wonderful is this Peach Bellini Blush I got in my box. It gives you the perfect amount of color to your checks without being too much and would even be beautiful swept across the eyelids for an easy day look. Did I mention that it is also pore minimizing, who doesn’t love a little extra boost to our already beautiful complexions! Hope you all enjoy these as much I do and I can’t wait to see all of your favorite polishes for spring!

xox Val

Weekend Snapshots

Hi all! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We were blessed with such amazing weather this weekend, the humidity was low, the sun was out and there was the most amazing cool breeze. I found myself down at Lincoln Road Mall to get my Laduree fix, grab some lunch and just enjoy this beautiful weather. Also and a bonus decided to swing by Trader Joes since the only closest one is down in Miami.

DSC_1388

Though they didn’t have any of the Nina Ricci gold macrons that day I was lucky enough to get one of the boxes filled with all of my favorite flavors! ( and by favorite flavors I mean I got one of each!!!!!) Can I just add that I am always taken aback by how beautiful the Laduree windows always are and it doesn’t hurt that the Nina Ricci theme is hot pink!

NMS_1547

And of course I had to the Miami Beach Art Deco Box as well since I didn’t get it the last time!!!!

DSC_1413

If any of you have been to New York then I am sure you have heard of Serendipity, we are lucky enough to have one of our own and my beau and I stopped in for lunch ( my favorite tomato soup) and of course a classic Frozen Hot Chocolate for two!

DSC_1457

DSC_1464

DSC_1471

DSC_1473

They also added a Dylan’s Candy Bar and as you can imagine every sugary confection you could think of is housed in this candy land dream. I was so excited to able to have all of my favorite Dylan’s Candy Bar easier then ever now and I loved picking up a few of my favorites! I am so excited to have one so close but I know that when I go to New York I will feel like a kid in a candy store, there is truly nothing like the three story flagship store filled with candy!

DSC_1479

DSC_1489

Like I had mentioned I did treat myself and go to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of my favorites. I know this may not be new to a lot of you who have been to Trader Joe’s but I just wanted to share with all of you a few of my favorites from the store!

NMS_1543

I can not wait to enjoy all of my goodies that I picked up this week and look forward to seeing some of things you enjoyed this weekend! Also since I am newish to Trader Joe’s I would love to hear what some of your favorite items are that are worth trying!!

xoxo Val

Bucket Bags

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.17.27 AM

I must confess I have been coveting bucket bags lately, I don’t know why but I just find them so cool and yet incredibly practical. I mean hello bucket is in the name and what doesn’t a bucket hold! Now bucket bags are nothing new to fashion, they always come in and out of fashion and always come back a little more refined or reminiscent of the times. With an upcoming vacation of mine on the horizon I was looking to pick up a bag that I could throw all the essentials I needed for a day into and yet something that I didn’t mind being banged around. Unfortunately all of the bags I seemed to have gravitated to were really out of the budget I had set for myself. I tend to not like to spend a lot on items that are more in trend and something that may not be around for a while. So after what seems like weeks worth of searching I decided to share some of my favorite finds with all of you (or the ones who share the love of this bag as much as I do)! And the best part is that they are all under $100! Hope you all enjoy!!!

xoxo Val

Tan/Yellow Fringe/Grey/ Navy/Light Blue/ Black 

Spring is in the Air

Since this week was the official beginning of spring I decided to take some time an enjoy the beautiful weather that we had here is South Florida. I know its practically summer here all year round but on the few days we get here where there is a cool breeze and the humidity is low we like to take full advantage of it.  This weekend I really enjoyed getting out and spending some time with my family as well as finding some spring inspiration for decor.

IMG_8927

IMG_8928

IMG_8929

I thought these Easter/Spring inspired dinner wear was so fun and interesting way to welcome the new season, leave it to William Sonoma to make an egg look cute! Also how divine and yummy looking do these pastel chocolate eggs look!!! It took all that I had not to buy the whole basket.

Fair Day

Saturday I was so excited to be going to the Fair with my family! I honestly can’t even tell you all the last time I had been but I have the best memories of going every year as a kid. Though it was so much different then from what I remembered it was fun to indulge in some nostalgic fair food and seeing all the different kinds of animals oh and did I mention food! ( I am sure this weeks workouts will be kicked into over drive to make up for all of this! I mean hello look at those fries!)

IMG_8972

Sunday was much more relaxing thankfully and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky which was perfect for a day outside. As I am sure some of you know by now I really enjoy plants, flowers and anything that makes me smile that is found in nature. I just find it so remarkable that our earth can make such breath taking beauties for us to enjoy. Anyways, my mom has been redoing her garden for the spring so I took a ride with her to a nursery near the house to scope out some new additions and fell so in love. I loved all the different fountains and all the rooms like looked like secret gardens I had to take some pictures because it was just too beautiful.

IMG_8975

IMG_8976

IMG_8977

IMG_8978

IMG_8984

Hope you all enjoyed some of the snapshots into my welcoming of spring weekend and that you all got to take some time to enjoy the beautiful weather!

xoxo Val

The Riviera Collection

IMG_8800

Its that time of month where every nail polish lover dreams come true! Well at least for me it is hehe 🙂 I am always stalking my mail box at the beginning of every month waiting for my Julep Maven Box and finally after two weeks and one vacation I am so excited to share it with all of you. From the title I am sure you can see that this months theme is the sunny and chic Riviera! Now we cant all visit the french Riviera this summer (unfortunately) but that doesn’t mean our nails cant look like we have. This month I peeked and looked at what colors I would be getting this month and at first I have to say I wasn’t sure if I would love them ( shocking moment I know). But fear not I am obviously obsessed with them since I have used both of my colors twice already. I am also already considering ordering them so I don’t have to worry about running out.

IMG_8644

I get the Classic with a twist box and in this months box there was a creamy white color called Soraphine and this vibrant fire engine red lacquer called Myriam. As I had mentioned earlier I was nervous that I wasn’t going to totally love both of them, mainly Soraphine because I haven’t had the best luck with white polishes. So I bit the bullet and tried Soraphine first and immediately was squealing with joy because I loved it that much! Its the perfect neutral nail polish when you want something simple yet pretty which reminds me of my favorite go to polish Ballet Slippers from Essie.

IMG_8803

I just recently tried Myriam and have already gotten dozens of compliments on it. I usually end up choosing red for my nails, mostly because I think its a fun pop of color but still classic and thats why I think I gravitate to this color. It is a classic and vibrant red yet really packs a punch and it is eye catching which is great for spring. It also remind me of my go to red polish Big Apple Red from OPI but now I have a new favorite go to red.

IMG_8806

Like with all Julep Maven boxes each comes with a full sized Julep beauty product and this month it was a shade of lip glass from their line. I have gotten one before in a box and have loved it so I was looking forward to trying another shade. This month I got Graceful a beautiful, soft and light creamy pink color that goes on sheer and a bit milky. It is  perfect to wear alone or ontop of your favorite lipstick shade.

Hope you all enjoyed this look into my month Maven box and maybe inspired you to try some of my new favorite shades!

xoxo Val

Giving Lip

I have forever been a chapstick gal and I have to admit that it is probably because I am just so nervous to pick the wrong color. However, lately I have been inspired by some of my friends and fellow bloggers to step out of my comfort zone and give some lip colors a try. On a recent trip to ulta and the drug store I picked up some shades and decided to just dive in! I got several but these are ones that I have tried and actually really love, and what I love the most is that these are fun shades but they don’t cost a fortune.  Some of them are even fool proof like my go to Dior Addict Lip Glow, it goes on like a balm and the shade adjusts to the perfectly pink shade to suit your lips! It takes all of the guessing out of trying to fins the perfect baby pink. Hope you all step a little out of your comfort zone and give a lip color a try that maybe you were hesitant about, it may end up paying off.

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 11.38.44 AM

From left to right I got the L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry, Dior Addict Lip Glow ( It actually enhances your lips natural color!!), Jouer Lip Enhancer, Revoln Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten ( P.S. this color is lighter in person and it comes out very sheer) and then Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon!

Hope you all enjoy and find these lip color as simply divine as I do!!!

xoxo Val

© Copyright 2014 - Simply Gold