Sunday, February 16, 2014

spring forward

After my wonderful experience with Nars “Ratin Jot” nail lacquer last month {reviewed here}, and an unquenched thirst for majorly in-your-face lipstick, I remembered one of my most lusted after lipsticks: Nars Funny Face.  Semi matte and extremely bright, this fuschia lipstick is now one of the first ones that I reach for when making up my face each day. The formula isn’t the most moisturizing, but I don’t find it to be too drying, either. With exfoliated lips, this lipstick smoothed on in about two light-handed coats achieves the perfect bold lip to capture the attention of anyone and everyone that passes you by.

In addition to a hot pink mouth, my floral scarf and chartreuse driving mocs are yet another attempt to encourage balmy, sunny weather from the cold, snowy days that we’ve had just about every week. Bring on the flowers, sunshine, and blue skies. At this point, I’d even welcome my atrocious spring allergies with open arms. I think that it's obvious that I'm tired of shoveling snow.

Both scarf and moccasins are from Isaac Mizrahi’s line for the home shopping television network, QVC. If there’s snow on the ground and I can’t do anything else productive other than sit on the sofa in my pajamas, at least I’m spending my inside time effectively by buying cute shoes and accessories... I’d say that’s pretty productive (even if I do the same thing even when there isn’t snow... oops).  

The yellow driving mocs are quite comfortable, not to mention stylish.  I’ve long been a fan of wearing moccasins, but these just feel a tad bit more grown up than the usual fringed counterparts. Listed as chartreuse on the website, I’d say these would be better described as a true mustard color. Perfect for pairing with crops and a light jacket when spring comes. The peony blossom scarf  in Begonia Pink, on the other hand is nice and soft—perfect for tucking into a jacket for a nice splash of floral right next to your face. Dreamy. Although both pieces are distinctly “spring”, that hasn’t stopped me from stepping out with my floral scarf bundled around my neck as I wander around in my winter coat. 

Even with the piles of snow as far as the eye can see, I can’t help but feel smug. A little snow never stopped anybody, and it certainly won’t stop me from being the brightest and springiest girl in the neighborhood, that’s for sure. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

young, wild, and free (runs)

I’ve never been very athletic. Actually, that’s a complete understatement. Not once did I get the “important” Presidential Fitness award; I always managed to get the “you-participated-here’s-an-award!” award.  I generally found myself tripping over my feet and chosen last for most athletic expeditions in my elementary and middle school days.

Fast forward a few years and here I am, walking four miles a day and generally following a pretty healthy lifestyle. My younger self probably would have just scoffed at the idea of me doing exercise, but when you have so many fun colors to choose in athletic shoes, the concept of exercise quickly gets a lot more interesting. Hey, if the shoe fits, right?

First off, the shoe of choice: the Nike Free Run 5.0+ in Volt. I’ve seen plenty of people rave about these babies and I can certainly see why. Completely and utterly obnoxious (but super adorable) in color? Check. Comfier than walking on a pillow? Double check. I had previously only worn the Free Advantage trainers and a few random pairs of Adidas runners in the past, but these new Nike babies are my absolute favorites to wear. They certainly put a happy smile on my face as soon as I look down at my feet, but then again, they glow so much that I don’t even have to look.

A few other necessities for me include Nike hair ties--they don't kink--in hot pink and bright blue, the MapMyWalk app that calculates time, mileage, and pace for all of your walking endeavors, and my favorite of the bunch, KT Tape a.k.a. "savior of all aches and woes". My favorite applications include those for runner's knee and peroneal tendonitis, but the possibilities are endless. With strategic placement and stretching of the cotton tape, muscles are raised under the skin and provided with immediate relief. Always nice when one has bad joints from long years of dancing... Needless to say, I've come to rely on my Kinesio taping quite a bit.

If that's not enough incentive for getting outside and exercising (and looking cute, cough cough), I don't know what is. Besides, you never know... Being outside in your cute kicks and sassy hair ties might even get the attention of that cute neighborhood boy. Ah, the joys of exercise.