Beauty Review: Christine by Van Thomas Concepts

Monday, January 19, 2015

The first step to having good hair, is having healthy hair. Hair products are great but my two (or three) absolute must-haves for healthy hair are a good shampoo and conditioner and a heat protector. Pistol & Stamen sent me some samples of shampoo and conditioner from the Christine Line by Van Thomas Concepts to try out, and I thought they were both wonderful products.

Both have a wonderful, light, and clean scent. The shampoo is sulfate-free which is important to avoid damage to your hair. What is really great about it is that it has a micro-lather technology which despite being sulfate-free allows it to really lather up and thoroughly clean your hair. The conditioner is very light but effective. It's like my hair is instantly softened and smoothed after I use it. It seems noticeably more healthy after just one use. I don't even need to use a leave-in or additional product (unless I'm styling with heat!). The products use three key ingredients to achieve this: keratin, silk, and jojoba oil. I also love their philosophy of making the most of the short time you're in the shower. Sometimes I don't have time to sit there for 30 minutes with a hair mask on but I want everyday to be a good hair day, and with Christine it is. It can be difficult to find a product that is gentle, effective, and not heavy but the Christine line is all of these things and more.

Perfectly Preppy Activewear

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I'm Wearing: 
Capris: Devon Maryn c/o Shoes: Nike Vest: Old Navy (Similar) Sweatshirt: Dance Teachers Club of CT

There's nothing like a cute new workout gear to help you stay motivated to workout. These Devon Maryn capris are totally adorable and also really functional. Most of the women at my yoga studio wear the exact same pair of shorts to class, but I like to have something different.  I put these capris through the ultimate test and wore them to my hot yoga class. After 90 minutes in a 105 degree room I can officially say that I love them. When you are sweating that much you need high quality clothing that wicks and doesn't fall down or sag. I got a ton of compliments from other women before class. I didn't have to stop between poses and adjust them at all. It was wonderful. Did I mention these are made in the USA? (Always a plus!)

They also make a pair of matching shorts. Can you say yes, please?

A Cozy + Cool NYC Apartment

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I haven't shared a decor post in about a month, so I figured it was about time! I ran across this amazing apartment on Domino and found myself daydreaming about living there. I don't think I have ever seen decor that reflected my personal style so much before. It's modern with nods to the past, some elements are playful and some are very regal. I love the way all of these things play off each other. And in case you didn't know, I love grey in interior design. Honestly though, how fun is this apartment? 

All images via Domino. Photography by Brittany Ambridge. Interior design by Milly De Cabrol.

Casual New Years

Monday, December 29, 2014

What I'm Wearing:
Top: Julie Brown Designs Jacket: Vintage 

I have a cold. I woke up sick on Christmas and have been sick ever since so I've been in kind of a fog. I haven't had a cold in about three years, I really never get sick. I am blaming my mom's first graders for this one. I hope everyone else enjoyed their Christmas and spending time with loved ones! I'm hoping to feel better by New Years Eve. 

You guys know Julie Brown Designs is one of my favorites. Every single time they release a new collection I want one of each. You can now shop their website, which is so exciting for me because I'm not that close to a store that carries their line. I like playing with hard and soft or feminine and masculine items sometimes and it's been so unseasonably warm here lately that I just threw my vintage leather jacket over the top of this gorgeous pink beaded top. I liked how it turned out with this really bright pop of neon pink under all this hard black. When I shed the jacket it took away the edginess and was just a beautiful and elegant pink top paired with a cigarette pant.

By the way, check out the guest post I wrote for Visit Massachusetts on Christmas at Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club (one of my favorite places in Western Massachusetts). 

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What I'm Wearing: 
Vest: Old Navy (Similar) Sweater: Asos Necklace: Beau and Stella Bracelet: Loren Hope Designs Boots: Nine West (On sale!)

On my nails: Julep Love

This is probably one of my favorite outfits for a warmer winter day. It's comfortable, easy, and still adorable. It's all about the little details here. I absolutely love navy and pink together, but the elbow patch on the sweater just adds a delightful surprise when you turn around. I absolutely adore my Loren Hope bracelet. I always get so many compliments when I wear it. I'm just dying to build my collection and create a Loren Hope stack look. I've looked for a necklace like this for years and couldn't find one. I often see little discs with the constellations punched out but that wasn't what I was looking for. Then I found Beau and Stella and was immediately obsessed. I'll take one of each constellation please!

I cut my hair a little shorter than normal...what do you guys think?