the little market

Designer Lauren Conrad & her friend Hannah Skvarla just launched an awesome online shop called ‘The Little Market‘. The website is open for consumers to shop carefully selected handmade goods from artisans in developing countries around the world. Their mission is to aid women artisans and help them support their families while showing respect and appreciation for their craft. I think this is such a great venture and I wanted to share the site and some of my favorite goodies currently available for purchase.

 

dove

 

Hand Embroidered & Beaded Dove Ornament – Just in time for the holiday season! Support the women of Friends Handicrafts in Nepal with your purchase.

copper candle

 

Unscented Copper Candle – Copper is a big trend for fall and winter this year in terms of home goods and holiday decor. Support the Community Friendly Movement in India with your purchase.

pillow case

 

Little Flower Pillow Case – Beautiful linen pillow case with dainty felt embroidered flowers. Support the women of Friends Handicrafts in Nepal with your purchase.

Be sure to check The Little Market on a weekly basis for new arrivals! I have seen so many cute, unique items come and go over the past couple of weeks. I am always excited to see what’s new and to shop for a great cause.

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i’m in love with my ipsy october glam bag

I am beyond excited about all of the great products I got in this month’s Ipsy glam bag! Check out the goodies below:

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Zoya Nail Polish in ‘Giovanna’ – $8

This color is stunning – I love the metallic look and the spectrum of blues and greens. It is unique and Zoya is an awesome brand!

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Big Sexy Hair – Blow Dry Volumizing Gel – 1.7 oz – $5

This gel really makes your hair feel and look thick without heavy application. I don’t use hair products very often, but this is great to have on hand.

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BUXOM Lip Polish in Gabby – Full Size $19 

I received a sample size of this amazing plumping lip polish. It is long lasting and a beautiful, dark color for winter months. I’m very excited to wear this all season long!

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La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes – $9.99 for a 30 pack

I received TWO (yes, TWO!) 10 packs of these face wipes. These bad boys come in handy 24/7 – lazy nights, early mornings, after a gym session, and the list goes on. They are fragrance-free and biodegradable to boot. MUST HAVE!

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Cake Beauty Be Delectable Moisture Body Lotion – Coconut & Cream – $12

DELICIOUS!!! This lotion is perfection. It is a blend of coconut oil, aloe vera and shea butter. It smells “delectable” (as it is so conveniently named) and it nourishes your skin completely. I am determined to try the other “flavors”: lemon & cream, strawberry & cream and vanilla & cream.

Can I just remind everyone an Ipsy subscription is $10 per month including shipping? The value I received in this bag is just unbelievable. I am over the moon right now!! Sign up today!!!

perfect lip colors for autumn

Below are some my favorite lip colors for fall! I recommend always trying new lip colors – I am usually happily surprised when I get a little risky with darker colors. I am also into the matte look – non-glossy, evenly applied. 

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Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tint

I love this lip tint in ‘Exposed’. It is dark but not overwhelming. It also lasts all day, applies very smoothly and actually has a nice scent to it. 

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Color in Volcanic Red

For a rich, deep red, I am obsessed with this Revlon product. It really gives you the perfect red lip!

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red 

I love the smooth velvet feel to this lip pencil and it is easy to apply with the ‘crayon’ design. There are a bunch of fabulous shades to choose from. I also recommend (if you’re feeling up to trying out a brown lip color) this product in ‘Bahama’.

Do you like to experiment with different lip shades? One of my favorite looks – and I think it really brings everything together – is wearing nail and lip colors in similar colors! 

spotlight on cc skye

CC SKYE is an awesome jewelry/handbag designer based in LA! She has a variety of gorgeous baubles- punk, glam & funky. I love the pave gold earrings, rings & cuffs. This is definitely a line that requires saving up for – but everyone deserves to splurge once in awhile, don’t they? 🙂

Here are a couple of my favorite pieces in her jewelry line:

pave wicked ring

Pave Wicked Ring 

whats your name

What’s Your Name Necklace

mariner blet

Mariner Bracelet

vintage show stopper ring

Vintage Show Stopper Ring

I suppose I’m obsessed with gold and sparkle!! What are your favorites?

weekend cocktail: witches’ brew

One of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is HGTV. They also post inspirational and fun pictures! I also love almost every single show on their TV channel.

Today, HGTV posted an awesome recipe for “Witches’ Brew” – a fun autumnal take on white sangria! I love how a pumpkin is used as a substitute for a pitcher.

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Here is the white sangria recipe: Pinot Grigio, apple cider, bourbon, apples, pears, oranges, sugar and pumpkin pie spice – how amazing does that sound?!!

nic + zoe now at lord & taylor

Happy Friday, everyone!

Last night I attended an event at my local mall to introduce the Nic + Zoe line at Lord & Taylor with Lucky Magazine.

It was a really fun event with gift bags from Lucky Magazine, cupcakes, and a $25 gift card to Lord & Taylor for anyone who tries on a piece from Nic + Zoe!

Here are a couple of my favorite items from the collection:

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Nova Twirl Dress

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Long-Sleeve Layer

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Black & White Scarf

Have you ever checked out Nic + Zoe? What are your favorite pieces?