Tuesday, February 26, 2013

B Inspired: Funny Face loafers

When I'm not feeling well and Audrey Hepburn is my go-to. While fighting a cold ti was recently Funny Face that turned my day around and sparked my need for a new pair of loafers. I have studded and leopard but I'm feeling like one more to add is necessary.
From left to right: Darby Suede Loafers // Studded Loafers // Ivanka Trump 'Sasha' Loafer // BP Milten Loafer

Monday, February 25, 2013

B Craving: Orange accents

I was a bit disappointed in Oscar fashion last night. I was hoping for some bright pops of colors but muted colors seemed to be the trend. Around my birthday in January I saw myself wanting everything with orange. Bright and bold enough to make a splash but not as expected as pink. What color are you craving?
1. J Crew beaded rose necklace
2. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela two tone wedge sandal
3. T. Babaton Bradley pant
4. Bliss blood orange + white pepper sugar scrub
5. Madewell polka dot scarf

Friday, February 22, 2013

B Favors

Is it just me or did this week go by fast? I'm in Portland for the day for quick work trip and strategically planning how I can sneak in tax free shopping. If I can't make it there are always these treats that cheered me up this week and have an underlining "I want Spring" theme if you can't tell.
ONE // Neon heels from Prabal Gurung for Target are asking for us to go boot free soon.

TWO // Tan towels have become by go-to for quick color during the week. For the winter, I keep to the half towels as there isn't too much leg being shown.

THREE // Homemade girl scout cookies are on my baking list this weekend. I've been craving a box but haven't been able to track down those girls yet and this recipe looks like the next best thing.

FOUR // Statement studs are the new statement necklace. J crew and Bauble Bar have great choices that will be hanging from my ear lobes any day now.

FIVE // Laptop sleeve is simple and chic for working on the go. In and out of different bags, this Kate Spade sleeve protects my Macbook air without adding bulk!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

B Wanted: Leather tote

We've seen them anywhere and everywhere. Different versions of a coveted celine leather tote yet I  haven't come across one that made me squeal. This mint leather tote comes real close and just jumped to the front of my "must have" line. It's only $120 and from Gap, yes Gap! I'll see you this weekend pretty.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

B Served: Tea for B

It's been 12 days since I've had coffee. 18 if you don't count the decaf cappuccino I couldn't say no to. I have no decided factor on the health benefits for either or but somehow I'm on a tea kick. Maybe it's the cute electric water kettle on my kitchen counter or the realization that there's hundreds of flavors. With any newest addiction I am sure enjoying all the cute accessories. What's your favorite tea to drink?
one // Tea mug with infuser
two // twisting tea ball
three // honey dipper
four // blue hill honey
five // krups silver art kettle
six // fortnum & mason classic teas

P.S. I'm guest blogging for Cassandra of Coco + Kelley today. Go here to see my latest dream vacation!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

B Staple: Neutral wedge

It's no where near spring in Seattle. But retailers are saying differently so I've found myself starting to build my Spring wardrobe for that small chance of a day over 70. I've loved that the neutral has still involved metallic but not over bearing the whole shoe. These are three shoes I'll have a hard time deciding between.
1. Cole Haan 2. Rebecca Minkoff 3. Diane Von Furstenberg

Friday, February 15, 2013

B Favors

Another week, another list of favorites.
ONE | SUPERFEET: Introducing the best thing to happen to your feet since heated slippers. I've been known to wear the wrong shoes all sorts of places. These insoles work in the smallest of flats, with only taking up half of your shoe they will fit all sizes and give you support! Sold at Nordstrom or online.

TWO | JEWELRY UNDER $10: I go through most jewelry like I do with shampoo. Wear it out then it's time to switch it up to something different. I've been impressed with the collections I've found via Asos, Forever 21 and BaubleBar.com, all places I go for best priced jewels!

THREE | WORKOUT HEADGEAR: Admittedly, I get sweaty during my workouts. Esspecially during a tough spin class and rarely have the time to fix my hair mid uphill push. The Lululemon Bang Buster headband is the best to keep sweat out of my face while staying snug on my head without being too tight.

FOUR | DESTROYED DENIM: My latest denim go-to. Pair with preppy sweater and formal shoes it's effortless.

FIVE | RUBBER STAMPS: Here's something new about me: I collected rubber stamps as a child. I was a craft freak (now you get why I love DIYs) and begged my parents to buy me a new stamp every trip to the craft store. I love these custom monogram stamps from Ampersandity on Etsy. Ordering these ASAP.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

B in love

Happy Valentine's Day!
Last year though I was in a relationship I spent my Valentine's evening in a kettlebell kickboxing class. I'm sticking with my theme and enjoying a night at Flybarre! I wonder how long I'll keep up this unexpected tradition. Tell me your Valentine's Day plans, single or taken. Regardless, hope you're loving your day! xo -B

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

B Mine: Gifts for yourself

"Don't forget! Valentines Day is just a day away!" A sign I saw recently saw in a store reminding me of February 14th. As if we could forget between all the pink ribbon and heart shaped chocolates that Valentines Day is tomorrow. It's expected for us single girls to be bitter and hate the day with a large bottle of wine. I hate to disappoint but I love a holiday that reminds to love.

There are a lot of things I've loved in my life and much more I'll continue to learn to love. Whether your single, dating or found the one you're to be with take tomorrow to enjoy loving the life you're living. And splurging on a gift for yourself isn't a bad idea either (next day shipping?)
1. Catbird First knuckle hammered gold ring
2. Hot Cakes chocolate molten cake take and bake
3. C. Wonder heart pillow
4. Kate Spade heart stud earrings
5. Aerin round match striker
6. Tory Burch Robinson satchel

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

B Bold: Yellow collar necklace

The time of the statement necklace is no where near behind us. With Spring still too far to reach I'm intrigued to add my own brights and sunshine. It's simple way to update my dark fall clothes that are still in rotation and give my dresser a bit more decor!

Sass & Bide Photo credit // Asos opaque stone necklace, Asos premium jeweled bib. Topshop neon stone collar, Limited Edition scallop necklace

Monday, February 11, 2013

B Revealed: Weekend recap

The weekend for me was a relaxing one filled with activities. Though it wasn't technically the weekend I went to Vancouver BC for a spontaneous work trip. It's been years since I've taken my last road trip up North and was pleasantly reminded of the gorgeous city. Behind the clouds in my picture and huge mountains just moments away from the city. Vancouver BC has been said to be known for their Chinese food and I got a plate full with colleagues at Lin's.
Then after returning home I had a perfectly fill weekend with getting back to the cycling studio. And while getting in some exercise on the weekend only means you can fit in some time for wine tasting in Woodinville. The weekend was perfectly finished with a sunny day that makes all the rainy day ones worth it. I love my city and so happy to be home.

BONUS: In the process of making chocolate chip cookies I discovered I had no eggs. I improvised with milk and behold, I had moist cookies I'm always looking for! Not too mention cookie dough safe to eat. It was a happy accident.

Friday, February 08, 2013

B Quoted

And who's counting? No one. Enjoy your weekend! I'm just returning to Seattle after a quick work trip in Vancouver BC (forgot how pretty this city is). Till then, find something that makes you happy this weekend! I'll be settling into my new place and wine tasting with my favorites. What are your plans?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

B Supplied

Remember preparing for the first day of school? I'd wait in anticipation to receive my class letter withholding my school shopping list! I think that's the one thing I miss about school. I have a geek fascination with finding great pens and love freshly stacked pieces of paper.  But I'm soon learning that as you get older the treats bet better in the real world and while I've simply just added a desktop calendar and new notepad to my desk, I wouldn't mind a brand new set of Pentel markers!

1. 2013 Paper Source Foil Embossed Desktop Calendar 2. Sharpie metallic three pack 3. Lexon bamboo calculator 4. Acrylic clipboard 5. Peel & Stick Weekly Calendar Pad 6. Kate Spade New York 'out of office' ipad case 7. Frends headphones Taylor Gold 8. Kate Spade New York bow terrace darla

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

B Tiny: Mini essentials

In many of the last seasons over sized jewelry, over sized bags and really anything over sized was what we wanted. And I liked it all including my over sized menswear Michael Kors watch but after a few days wearing a new mini Marc by Marc Jacobs my wrist feels like a whole new person! Got me to thinking that maybe I can start balancing my over sized favorites with a few minis too.
one: Sulta 'The Midnight' Travel Dryer
two: Marc by Marc Jacobs henry Dinky Watch
three: Tory Burch Robinson tiny jewelry case
four: Volupsa Japonica Mini Candle
five: Apple iPad mini
six: Coach leather crossbody bag

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

B Cleansed: How to detox your beauty routine

Today I start a juice cleanse. I know, I know "I'm crazy". But before you make any quick judgements let me tell you its only for three days. That should be cake, right? Meanwhile I'm detoxing my whole body I thought about what it takes to detox my beauty routine. It's these simple steps that make your regular routine work deeper and better throughout the month!

Drink water: We hear this over and over but this really is the easiest solution! I've started to aim to drink a gallon a day. It's a lofty goal but my body still feels great if I miss by a glass or two. Starting with this will help with so much more than just your skin but a glowing hydrated face is a major plus!

Check expiration dates: Do you know our beauty products expire? I forget all the time. Try to go through your products quarterly and throw any that have been around too long. Below is a break down is what should be tossed after a certain time frame. Don't know when you purchased something? Better safe than sorry, toss it.

Two years:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Eyeshadow
  • Blush
  • Moisturizer

One year:

  • Lipstick
  • Pencils

6 Months:

  • Mascara
  • Eye cream
Next time you purchase a new product, write the expiration date large and clear with a sharpie so that you don't forget!

Remove build-up: Products are great but sometimes you need a good deep cleaning for them to work again. For my hair, I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. This will strip your hair gently of shampoo and product build up. To ensure I don't dehydrate my hair with over cleaning, I'll use a deep conditioning formula on my ends right after.

See a professional: Face it (no pun intended). No one can get you as cleansed and detoxed as a professional esthetician. There are plenty of at-home extraction DIY videos but there are also a lot of risks to scarring your face further if done wrong. Extraction removes built up oil and dirt from hard to reach places! On a budget? Many salons now offer just extraction for under $20 and after all that's the hard part! To keep up with my clean pores post-facial, I use a at-home facial steamer to open my pores so product gets to work deep.

Monday, February 04, 2013

B Snacked: Rosemary pretzel bites and cheese dip

I love when I have no intention on blogging a subject but then my Instagram blows up with requests. Being the people pleaser I am (you're welcome) I will share the crowd pleasing recipe I have loved to dish out. Rosemary pretzel bites with cheese dip! Yep, how can that go wrong.

I first made this recipe a couple months back around Christmas. The pretzel bites turned out perfect but the cheese dip was awful. Here are a few things I learned and adapted from this recipe:
  • Instead of making traditional pretzels, roll doll dough out and cut into 1-1 1/2 inch bites
  • Let the cheese dip take adequate time to thicken up after adding milk (I rushed this in my first try).
  • Salt and pepper are crucial. Season your cheese dip well but don't forget you have sea salt on the pretzels!

Overall, I have loved making this recipe. There are many little steps but simple in process and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. I'm hoping to expand on my dips for the next Sunday gathering... how good does Jalapeno cheese dip sound? Yep, I'll blog it after.

Friday, February 01, 2013

B Favors

We could go into the long catch up of where I've been listing my excuses of why I haven't been blogging. But instead I prefer to just jump back into things that I love or in this case favor. Here is just a bit of what I've been wearing, loving, listening to, etc. And in return I hope you share what you've been favoring lately.

ONE | Neutral sweaters: It feels as if Winter should be over but I know it's not. In order to make good purchases but also keep myself warm, I'm investing in neutral sweaters that will still be classic for next season regardless of the trends. The T. Babaton Gene Sweater from Artizia has been a huge favorite that I can't stop wearing.

TWO | Deep cleaning: Beauty junkies love cleaning their face and I don't know what I was doing before Dermalogica's precleanse. You'd think putting an oil on your face would only clog the pores but ta da! That's the trick to bring dirt up before you go in with your cleanser. Addicted.

THREE | Hunter rainboots: Not much to say about these babies. Classic, so many colors and a Seattle essential.

FOUR | New tunes: Best part of music award season for me is watching Bruno Mars perform and I hope to see more of him. His new CD Unorthodox Jukebox has been on repeat as of lately.

FIVE | Gifts to yourself: I've always loved receiving great gifts from loved ones that I can remember for years to come. Though there comes a time unfortunately when some items have bad feelings attached. Giving myself a gift after heartbreak felt empowering and marked a time where I'm happy to be who I am. How better to do this than with a David Yurman Crossover Double X Ring?
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