Lust List: Practically Impractical


Sometimes a pair of shoes will come into your life that are so wonderfully impractical that they come full circle to become practical again.  These Kate Spade Go Taxi Flats from its Monaco collection are exactly that.  They’re decked out to look like your typical cab: yellow as the sun with checkered trim.  There are even little wheels on the side!

Now as fantastically darling as these babies are, I obviously wanted to actually be able to wear them with my current wardrobe before pulling the trigger.  Truthfully, I’m not a yellow person and don’t own much in the way of yellow, so no matchy matchy outfits were in order.  That’s fine with me.  Color, though, I have plenty of hanging in the closet.  With funky flats like these, I think you should just go all out and wear more color!

They’re surprisingly easy to wear but just make sure you’re not in a hurry because you will be stopped by people for complements and photos.  Seriously!  People just can’t help themselves around these adorable flats!  Oh, and a crucial side note, they’re actually comfortable!  I can wear them all day and not feel the need to kick them off immediately when I get home!  I’m in love…

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Lust List: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Naked 3Man, this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was on backorder forever!  So happy it’s finally here!  The colors are a really nice array of rosey tones so I thought this would be perfect for my skintone.  Not to mention I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with all things rose gold.  It’s been really fun testing all the colors and doing lots of combinations to find out what works for me.

DSC_0013Aren’t they pretty?!  There’s a perfect combination of shimmer, matte, light, and dark tones. The colors are rather sheer but have a totally buildable quality to them.  And when paired with one of the generous samples of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, they just last and last and last and last… get where I’m going with this?  Good.  I need to add another step to my beauty routine like I need to put a hole in my head but the Primer Potion was so incredible, I decided the extra 15 seconds a day was totally worth it.  The Eden color is what I use now and I actually put it under my eyes as well!  Stays put all day and the nice beige matte gives me a good even foundation to play with the eyeshadows on.  The trick is to use just a teenie tiny itty bitty amount of the Primer Potion.  It goes a long way and actually works better if you use less!  On another note, I’ll be totally honest with you guys (as I always am!), I don’t like the double sided brush that come with the palette.  It’s way too stiff for my liking.

DSC_0016As you can see, a lot of the really light colors get a little lost on my skintone.  For me, the first 4 colors are used as a subtle rosey base or to add a little sheen on top.  Otherwise, they’re essentially invisible.  Urban Decay did a pretty great job sticking to the rose gold category but not making every color seem like just one step darker than the next.  There are probably a million possibilities in this thing!  Here’s one of my go to favs…

DSC_0034I use Strange as the base which is a slightly pink matte color up to my brow.  Then use Buzz over the lid and added just a hint of sparkle to the inner corners with Dust.  Topped it all off by lining my eyes with Blackheart on both the top and bottom and added some mascara. Voila!  This is one of my favorite combinations to go from day to night.  We’re all busy ladies!  Not needing to touch up your makeup from one thing to the next is a major added bonus!


All in all, this is a great palette that will be nice for travel since you can do day AND night looks all in one.  Bravo, Urban Decay, Bravo!


Lust List: Erin Fetherston x JewelMint Collection

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Get ready to fall in love with this adorable collection!  Erin Fetherston has created a Studio Series in collaboration with JewelMint and the results are perfection.  There’s a lot of rose gold, whimsy, and romance in this collection and any (or all!) pieces would be an easy addition to your look.  Now let’s get what we really want this Valentine’s Day and just send the link directly to our loved ones.  Why beat around the bush?

Shop the collection here!

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Monday Must-Have Lust List: Radiant Orchid Beauty

I love it when Pantone announces the Color of the Year.  For me, it sets the tone for the coming year.  The fashion industry, beauty industry, interior designers, you name it start integrating the color into their collections before you can blink an eye.  The 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, a beautiful blend of blue and red with just a touch of black.  It’s a nice change from the super bold Emerald and Tangerine Tango of the past two years.  This color will look good on just about all skin tones and can be easily slipped into your current beauty routine without totally breaking the bank.  Here are some great Radiant Orchid-esque beauty products to help you stay on trend.

Radiant Orchid

1) Lancome Color Design Palette – Amethyst Glam

2) Deborah Lippmann Nail Color – Between the Sheets

3) Napoleon Perdis Faux Lashes

4) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar – Hoochie

5) Sephora+Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

6) Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint

7) Nars Rage Cinematic Eyeshadow

8) Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Thrust

9) TopShop Lipstick – Lips in Straight Ace

10) Essie Nail Polish – Under Where?


Lust List Gift Guide: Tech Lovers

We all know those people that match their iphone case to their outfit.  Or embrace the idea of at home beauty gadgets.  This gift guide is for them.  With only 9 days until Christmas, it’s important to check company’s shopping policies to make sure your gift arrives on time.  Happy gifting!

Tech Gifts

1) Nordstrom ‘Touch Tech’ Cashmere Gloves – $38

2) Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion – $185

3) Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock – $48

4) DRYBAR Blowout in a Box – $199

5) Moschino Cow iPhone Cover – $85

6) Diane von Furstenberg Quilted Leather iPad Mini Case – $48

7) Nixon Stylus Headphones – $130

8) Kate Spade Harrison Stripe USB – $50

9) X-Mini Portable Capsule Speaker – $15.99

10)  UR Fleece Tech Headband – $32


Lust List Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

You never want to walk into a party empty handed, especially if the host isn’t a really close friend or relative (even then at least bring a bottle of wine or cookies!).  Make a great impression by bringing a unique hostess gift!  It doesn’t have to be expensive but a thoughtful gift is always appreciated.

Hostess Gifts

1) West Elm Snow Globe – $25

2) Crate & Barrel Alexander Decanter – $19.95

3) Pottery Barn Beaded Monogrammed Bottle Stopper – $19.50 – The host will likely put your gift to use right then and there!

4) Williams-Sonoma Ornament Tiny Taper Holders – $24.95

5) Anthropologie Ladybug Trivet – $12

6) Bloody Mary Gift Basket – $79.99 – It’s a tradition for my boyfriend’s family to have bloody marys on Christmas morning.  A fun gift basket would be a great way to share your traditions with the host.

7) Kim Seybert Set of Six Shoe-Embroidered Cocktail Napkins – $54

8) Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle – $42 – Champagne scented candle?  Done!

9) Mark and Graham Hand Blown Ice Bucket – $45 – You can personalize it too!


Lust List Gift Guide: Beauty Junkie

I’m a major beauty product junkie.  Nail polish, lip glosses, designer collaborations… swoon!  You name it, I’ve probably tried it.  I’m definitely not saying I’m a master cosmetologist but I know what works for me and I’m always open to trying something new.  There are a lot of beauty product lovers just like me out there that would love anything on this Beauty Junkie Lust List.  Happy Shopping!

Beauty Junkie Lust List


1) Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set – $58 – With 24 mini nail polishes, it’s the perfect advent calendar for the nail polish loving people on your gift list!

2) Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain – $34 – My personal favorite lip stain ever… period.  It’s fantastic!!

3) Philosophy Thank You Gift Set – $20 – The perfect unique hostess gift.

4) The Body Shop Festive Manicure Set – $8

5) Jo Malone Cologne Collection – $100 – Jo Malone is one of my favorites so a 5 piece sample set is a perfectly luxurious gift.

6) Laura Mercier Luxe Color Eyes and Cheeks Palette – $125

7) Clinique Party Favours Gift Set – $47

8) Estée Lauder Lush Lip Glosses – $38.50

9) MAC ‘Stroke of Midnight’ Essential Brush Set – $49.50 – All the brushes she’ll ever need!