There is something about this time of year that feels nostalgic. It's all those years of going back to school, I suppose. Summer is winding down and we are minutes away from the explosion of September. September means so many things for so many people - a new school year for some, a big move for others, apple picking, the start of fashion month, the start of holiday frenzy. The list goes on and on. If you're like me - you'll take this week to pause, to take a beat - to soak up every last minute of this delicious season. Because we all know when our alarm clock goes off next Tuesday, we'll be going, going, gone.
Last week I attended an adorable cosmetics launch at the Roman K Salon in the Nomad neighborhood. An editor from our sister publication was with me and together we sipped on champagne while they cleaned up our brows and applied the customizable makeup. Now, to be honest I am not a makeup pro. Yes - I am in the beauty industry so one can say that I have totally upped my game and now use different products, but for day-to-day application I stick to the basics - foundation, blush, bronzer, mascara and lipgloss.
Suffice to say the ittsě Palette is designed with a magnetic compartment so you can easily mix and match different products from the brand to truly customize your collection. So - it's perfect for my novice self.
So you know when you're at CVS or Sephora and you pick up an eye palette and you just know you'll never use all the shadows in it? Well, with ittsě - you don't have that problem. You don't have to stick with the collections they create for you. YOU get to be in charge with what palette YOU want.
ittsě has over 100 velvety, vivid, pressed shadows, brow and complexion products in rotation. All the cosmetics are formulated with the highest quality pigments, are gluten-free and paraben-free and are never tested on animals.
I chose the Brick & Mortar Collection, but feel free to see all of the options that they have to offer. What's fun is that if you're headed into a business meeting and have drinks with your friends later, you can set your palette up for a neutral day look and sparkly night look that can easily be applied on the go.
Although my first day of school jitters are far, far behind me, it doesn't mean I don't still feel like we are starting a new year come September. I mean - think about it. We spend most of our formative years prepping ourselves throughout the summer for a new grade + a fresh start.
And truth be told - fall is my favorite season - the smells, the leaves, the slow (and steady) change of temperature. I am not one to embrace 90 degree temps. I actually like showing up at meetings not looking like I swam through a puddle to get there. Ew - sorry for the visual. So anyways, let's take this time of year to get ready for the impending fall season!
It's still pretty warm until mid October, so I am going to really embrace my open toe heels until the cold forces me to switch to boots. Additionally, I intend to rock a TON of light and dark neutrals this season. That way it's easy to mix and match (cough my wallet will thank me cough). So shop, shop, shop the items above and more, below! PLUS hop over to my shop section for even more options.
Hey yo! This week went sort of quickly - right? I feel like I blinked and it's Friday. Which sort of scares me because we are in the dog days of summer here folks - and it's time to enjoy that shit right now before it's gone. This weekend my lovely friend Stephanie is visiting and I get to show her some New York charm. Feel free to follow us around on Instagram here and here. And snapchat (search @kelseyemurray)!
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If we're going to be honest with each other, I have to admit that I am more of a cake girl than an ice cream girl. Every once and a while I have this insane craving where I just need to have ice cream, however! And it typically only happens in the summer months. In New York there are tons and tons of ice cream spots - boutique ice cream parlors, soft serve joints, speciality bakeries and the like. But today we are talking ice cream and only ice cream, so here are 5 of my favorite places to cool off and enjoy a delicious sundae.
Sundaes and Cones *where these photos were taken
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TJ Maxx Straw Hat | Vineyard Vines Dress | DSW Wedges | J.Crew Clutch | Marc Jacobs Lipstick and Lipliner
I've spent this weekend roaming new areas of New York (Coney Island) and relaxing by a pool. If you're like me, you're soaking up every moment of this August summer Sunday. Here are some of my favorite weekly reads for your viewing pleasure...
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Love this post, from Liz.
Loft Sunnies | Calvin Klein Dress **sold out, but similar dresses below | Steve Madden Sandals | J.Crew Clutch | Marc Jacobs Lipstick and Lipliner