#SlightlyObsessed




Top: Kohl's (old)
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Zara (old)
Bag: Coach
Lips: Elizabeth Arden Ultra Lipstick - Tulip 16
 Elizabeth Arden Lip Pencil - Plumrose 07
Nails: Formula X For Sephora - Gravity
Toes: Formula X For Sephora - Extraordinary 





Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the last official days of summer. Happy Labor Day to those of you in the USA. 

This post is as the title suggests about random things I've been obsessing about lately. I added slightly because I don't want the authorities to get involved. In no particular order:


  • Sephora's Formula X line of nail polish
  • I've loved every color I've tried so far. Great formula, good price point and a nice variety of colors.                                                                                  
  • Frida Kahlo A bold lip, beautiful braided hair and a killer fashion sense. Obviously I was intrigued. I've been reading Kahlo by Andrea Kettenmann and I'm already on the hunt for more information about this complex and prolific artist. "The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become 'somebody,' and frankly, I don't have the least ambition to become anybody."- Frida Kahlo
  • Lush skincare In this post I talked about how I've been trying to be consistent with my skincare which has resulted in visible improvement. Shocking I know. That post focused on Peter Thomas Roth products but I've also been using some Lush products for the past two months and I think they've really helped as well. I'm working on a review.
  • Starbucks  Specifically coming up with "my drink" at Starbucks. I don't drink alcohol so I feel this is my only opportunity to have a signature beverage other than water with lemon. It's been a bit rough. I don't drink coffee so my options are limited to tea. I started first with a grande iced green tea frappucino with soy milk. It was all good until I got the Starbucks app and realized it had 56g of sugar. So on to the next one I went.  Option number 2 was a grande iced chai tea latte with soy milk. That reportedly has 43g of sugar, which in my humble opinion was still too much sugar. I almost decided to scrap the whole thing and just stick to Teavana when Starbucks and Teavana combined and then they threw Oprah into the mix. At that point it just seemed as if the universe was telling me to stay the course. So now I've settled on a tall Oprah Chai Tea with soy milk. I'm afraid of them discontinuing it  which would force me to start this whole process over again  so I've been researching a back up. As of today it's a tall skinny chai tea latte with soy milk.  
  • Boyfriend Jeans They don't have to be a perfect fit. They just have to not fall down when you walk. You can dress them up or down. What could be more perfect? 
  •  Bookmarks  I've been reading more actual books vs reading on my Kindle app lately so I need bookmarks. Luckily I had one I picked up as a souvenir on my last trip but I need more.  And because I'm special me they have to be pretty, colorful and magnetic. The search continues. 
  •  Shooties   I resisted these for a while. I was like what trickery is this? It's either a boot or a shoe not both.  I eventually caved and am now firmly on the bandwagon. You see it's a boot and a shoe so you get the look of a chic boot and  can still show off your pedicure. They're great! 


That's all I can think of for now. I'm off to read some September issues, do lanudry watch Netflix and maybe catch a movie. I'd love to hear what you've been #slightlyobsessed over lately. Have a great week! 



Stardate :1401.09

PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS!!... Itty-bitty living space









Necklace: J-Crew Factory- Here
Shirt: Gap
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Henri Bendel Debutante Satchel-  In Black Here
Bracelet/Rings: David Yurman
Nails: YSL- Bleu Marjorelle- Here
Toes: Formula X For Sephora- Extraordinary- Here
Lips: Lippy Butter London - Come to Bed Red * Review coming soon* Here



A virtual high five to those of you that know where the title of this post comes from without googling it. Up high!

I try to keep it light here at this little corner of the internet, but I think it is safe to say that the past couple of weeks have been rough. One of the low points for me was hearing about the death of Robin Williams. He was one of the few actors I could always count on to make me laugh. To think that the flame of someone who brought so much light to so many people would end that way is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family and friends. 

I've read a lot of blog posts and articles in the past weeks that have segued the conversation about Mr. Williams' passing into a discussion about depression. I have no personal experience with depression so it would be irresponsible of me to broach the subject here.  Instead I'll share with you what I vowed to do after I'd dried my eyes the night I heard of his death. I told myself that I would be kind. Yep, I know it's not exactly earth shattering but it is the pledge I made in my heart. I will be kind because I may never know what the other person is going through. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!  


Stardate :1423.08

Skin Care Regimen: Peter Thomas Roth





 This year I've upped the ante on my skin care routine and the Peter Thomas Roth line has been in heavy rotation.  As a background I have combination skin prone to acne and hyperpigmentation.  I also am guilty of not always being consistent with my regimen. 

I decided to give the PTR line a try after reading all of the positive reviews online. I've included in the picture above all of the PTR products I currently use.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash $32/8.5oz

The first Peter Thomas Roth product I tried was the glycolic face wash. I liked the way it gave me that deep down clean feeling and left no type of residue or film on my face after rinsing. I only need a dime sized amount to wash my face so the bottle lasts for quite a while.  I have never experienced any type of tingling or irritation while using the wash, but I've had medical grade peels administered by a dermatologist so it's possible I've built up a tolerance to glycolic acid. When used consistently the wash really helps to minimize my breakouts. 


Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque  $40/5oz

I have a hit and miss relationship with sulfur. I've tried it in some facial products and found it to be irritating.  I've tried it in others with no result whatsoever. The PTR sulfur masque works for me. The directions say to use it 2-3 times a week for 10 minutes. I find that I use it more as a spot treatment when my skin flares up so a jar lasts me forever. I dab a small amount on the affected area and leave it on overnight. I usually see a marked difference within a day or two. It's a sulfur mask but I don't find the smell off-putting. On a scale of 1-10 I'd put the sulfur smell at about a 3.5.


Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Gel $54/3.40z

After the wash and the masque my next step would be either the PTR Acne Clearing Gel above or the Complexion Pads below. If I have several eruptions brewing I'll use them both with the pads first followed by a thin layer of the gel. The gel to me is unscented. It's clear and does not leave a film on my darker skin. I've used the gel in the mornings and evenings. The directions suggest using it 2-3 times a day as needed. I think 3 times a day would be a bit much with this product. 


Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Pads $36/60 pads
The complexion pads are scented. It's a mild clean scent that PTR describes as peach bellini. I can't tell you the last time I smelled a peach so I can't vouch for that, but I will say the scent does not bother me. The pads are double sided with a flat smooth side as pictured above and a more textured side when flipped. The Acne Clearing Gel and the Max Complexion pads have 10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid so they clearly mean business. There is a Gentle Correction Pad with .5% salicylic if you want to start with something a little milder. The suggested usage for the pads is also 2-3 times a day. I only use them once a day and always at night. 

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60/1oz


What's that you say? This isn't a Peter Thomas Roth product. You are right eagle eyes it is not. It is a product I've been using this year with the different facial regimens I've been trying so I decided to add it to the pics. I use it as a spot treatment on the areas where I have some hyperpigmentation and it seems to be helping. I need to try it for a couple more months before I can give it a full seal of approval.

Have you tried any Peter Thomas Roth products? Are you one of the lucky ones who just needs honey and water filtered during a full moon to keep your skin blemish free ?



Stardate :1412.08

41.2339° N, 1.8042° E: Sitges, Spain






Ahhh yes, the last of the summer vacation pictures.

During my stay in Spain I spent some time in Sitges which is about twenty miles southwest of Barcelona.  It's a nice seaside town with a hippie, laid back vibe. 
Beautiful beaches- check. 
Antique stores-check. 
Yoga stores-check.
Historic churches-check.
Designer boutiques-check.
Nude beaches-check. I kid you not. There was a nude volley ball match playing in one of the restaurants.
So basically there's a little something for everyone :)



This is my favorite picture of the entire trip.



Don't squint. This wasn't the nude section :)



I thought these flowers at the bus station were lovely.


Caught while trying to figure out how I was going to get this dude in Bow Pose into my carry on. I didn't get it. I should have. 


The balcony/terrace potted plant situation was too fabulous here. 


I really liked the design of the building with the clock.

After some sight seeing.


El Fin


Thank you for the lovely comments on my earlier vacation posts. I enjoyed sharing my pics. Have a great week!


Stardate :1403.08

Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life, Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante & Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade



Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life ( $10.50/ 0.40z)

I picked up this Formula X For Sephora color weeks ago but had yet to try it. After a week of a bright red mani I was in the mood for something more subdued, so I turned to Larger Than Life.  


This was my first time trying a Formula X For Sephora color and I must say I was quite pleased. The two coats I'm wearing in these pictures applied evenly and smoothly, and drying time was normal. There is a subtle pearlized finish to the color that is noticeable in person but difficult to capture in a photo. It's a sophisticated nude that I'm happy to add to my polish collection.


Next up we have a new to me lipstick- Chanel Rouge Allure #145-Rayonnante.  I'm a sucker for nice packaging, so check out what Chanel did here with that pop up gold top. Just tap and...


voila! Try and tell me that isn't cute.
Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante( $35/.120z)
Rayonnante which I think loosely translated means radiant, is a creamy, pinkish plum. Once upon a time I told myself I would stop buying plum and red lipsticks. That time has passed and I realize now that if those colors work for me I should stick with them.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade ($29.50/.19oz)
Tocade which from La Internet may mean whim or passing fancy is a deeper berry that is pigmented enough that I can wear it alone(see the pics below). However, I prefer it layered over Rayonnante.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade
A close up shot of the applicator and the color indoors.

Chanel Rayonnante
On the lips I have Chanel Rayonnante.
Chanel Glossimer Tocade
Just the glossimer Tocade above.  
Chanel Rayonnante and Chanel Glossimer Tocade

And finally them layered. 




What's on your lips and tips(hey that rhymed) these days?

Stardate :1428.07

Barcelona: Summer 2014: Park Guell


Scarf: Target
Top: Target
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Puma
Bag: Coach












Hello.  How was your weekend?  Too short you say. I agree.  And sadly, my summer vacation feels like it was ages ago. I think I need to put up some of my Barcelona pictures around my place to get me back into that vacation state of mind.

The pictures above were taken at Park Guell(pronounced "Gway"), a thirty acre garden designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Here you'll find great views of Barcelona and beautiful trails perfect for aimless wandering and selfie taking with Gaudi's colorful, eclectic designs as a backdrop.

One of the things I wished  my city had was more parks. There is just something about a beautiful, shared open space that I love. My favorite cities, London and Paris have great parks and Barcelona has been added to my list.

Park Guell is on my list of places to see if you ever find yourself in Barcelona. Pack a picnic, a good camera, comfortable shoes and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week !



Stardate :1421.07



Signatures


Scarf: Zara in Barcelona
Top: Express
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Nordstrom - Trouve Tilly Pointy Toe Bootie
Bag/Sunglasses: Burberry





Hello. I hope you guys are doing well. I have one of those weeks ahead of me where there's no way out but through one breath at a time. 

In the pictures I'm wearing a scarf I picked up at Zara in Spain during my trip. Even with the exchange rate the price could not be beat.  I've been on a scarf kick lately. The longer and the brighter the better. A friend told me the other day that scarves were my signature accessory.  I've never thought of myself as having a signature anything, but how you see yourself and what other people notice about you are usually not the same.  I'm trying to pare down my closet (more on that later) to just the basics so developing a signature look sounds appealing.  

What about you? What are some of your signature accessories, scents, looks?  


Stardate :1414.07