Fabulous Links of the Week: Presidents Day Edition

Happy Presidents Day!

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! Nordstrom’s K-Beauty pop-up, the best looks from last Sunday’s Grammys, and the best looks from New York Fashion Week, i this week’s Fabulous Links!

Nordstrom is featuring K-Beauty as the theme for this month’s Nordstrom pop-up. It is available at a handful of select Nordstrom locations, and online here.

Music had its big night last Sunday. How great did Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion look at the Grammys? (Elle)

New York Fashion Week just wrapped up. Here is a round up of he best beauty looks, courtesy of Allure. I am loving the green eye shadow at Brandon Maxwell and the deep ruby lip and birdcage veil at La Perla. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I stopped by Blushington again and shared pictures from my second week of photography class.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: Pics from Week 2

Two photography classes down, eight more to go. Demarchelier, watch out! This week’s lesson was about the elements of composition: pattern, perspective, and scale.

Diminishing scale. See how the telephone poles appear to be getting smaller and smaller?

Linear perspective. The shadows from the railing seem to converge in the distance, giving the photo depth.

Frame within a frame. The reflection in the glass in this little lending library on my street gives the photo depth and visual interest. It also became an inadvertent self portrait!

We had to take a picture of something with a pattern to it. I thought the leaves of this grate were pretty interesting.

I love the pattern the shadow of this railing makes on the stairs.

Here is the same set of stairs, from the opposite direction. The shadows lead you right to the green door.

I’m curious. What makes a photograph interesting to you? What makes you pause and study it, rather than just turn the page, or move on the next picture? Let’s talk eye-catching photos in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Blushington and Kelly Rutherford

I mentioned in the most recent Fabulous Links that Blushington on the Upper East Side had free makeup applications last Wednesday.* They also had trunk shows for Kelly Rutherford’s new jewelry line and a cool workout wear store called Bandier. Of course, I had to be there.

First, the makeup by Neah. Remember her? Neah prepped my skin using Erborian’s Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer followed by Erborian CC Cream. Then she used Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer and Celestial Bronzing Veil from Kevyn Aucoin in Tropical Days. She also used the Bronzing Veil as eye shadow. Browns make blue eyes pop! Neah used Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara to define my lashes.

To give my cheeks a rosy glow, Neah dabbed on Stila Aqua Glow Water Color Blush in Rosewater. She completed the look with The Kevyn Aucoin Flesh Tone Lip Pencil topped with Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Nude. Check out the finished gorgeous:

Kelly Rutherford’s jewelry line was beautiful. Very simple and elegant. She has matching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in yellow gold. I love the hearts. I’m a romantic that way. (Sorry for the picture quality. I’m still mastering my new camera.)

And yes, I had the chance to meet Kelly. She was lovely! She told me that in a few weeks, her jewelry will be available at a store called Broken English. She also mentioned she might like to do some rings and pieces in rose gold. I’d be down with a heart necklace in rose gold.

I also think the pieces are perfect for monogramming. The jewelry is priced between about $50 to about $450.

And check out the workout wear available at Bandier. What I love about Bandier is that they have lesser known brands as well as some more mainstream ones. Here are two cute patterned leggings that caught my attention. This is the Ultra Silk Bloom Print Legging by Ultracor, available here. It has a matching top, available here.

Below is the Ditsy Yoga Pant, from an Australian brand called The Upside. You can pick it up here. It has a matching top, too, available here.

Tell me. Do you like to keep your jewelry simple, or do you subscribe to the go big or go home school of adornment? Lets talk jewels in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*I did not pay for the makeover. Blushington offered free makeup applications all day to celebrate the Kelly Rutherford and Bandier trunk show.

Fabulous Links of the Week: Valentine’s Edition

Christie Brinkley proves she still has it, Allure‘s founding EIC Linda Wells scores a new gig, and Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham decide to take their relationship to the next level, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

If I look like Christie Brinkley in a bikini when I’m 60+, I’ll pose in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue with my daughters, too! Rock on, girl! (People)

Revlon announced this week that it has hired legendary beauty editor Linda Wells as chief creative officer. A lot of changes have been happening at Revlon: the company is reorganizing and it recently acquired Elizabeth Arden. Wells has been charged with boosting the company’s presence on social media. I can’t wait to see what she has planned! (New York Times)

Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder are continuing their collaboration, following the success of their first joint venture last fall. Look for new items and a restock of sold out faves online soon! (WWD)

This week on the blog, I shared some of my photography class homework from week 1. I also went to Blushington on the UES and got my makeup done by Neah again! While I was there, I checked out Kelly Rutherford’s (yep, from Gossip Girl) new line of jewelry and got to meet her. She’s lovely!

Me at Blushington UES! Thanks Neah!

I also went to the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom to kick off New York Fashion Week. During a blizzard! What I do for this blog! I saw Maureen McCormick (a.k.a. Marcia Brady) model a cool red pant suit in honor of the late Florence Henderson and heard Rachel Platten sing “Fight Song” live. Unbelievable! Check out the pics from the pros at Newsday here.

Took this before the show. Check out the custom Snapchat filter!

The red lips are a coconut oil lip balm just above a red dress pin. The background is the show program.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Photography: Pics From Week 1

I’m two photography classes in, and so far, so good. I thought I’d share a few of my photos from week 1 that the teacher seemed to like. The lesson was about light and the visual interest it can add to a photograph.

This gazebo is in a park along the Hudson River. This photo is an example of back lighting, with the light behind the subject. By throwing shadows towards the viewer, back light gives a photo depth.

These flags surround a monument in the same park. In this photo, the light comes on the subject from the side. Side light reveals the textures in a photo.

I love the quirky details of the old iron railings in Hoboken. This photo was taken on a cloudy day, and is an example of cool, diffuse light. See how soft the shadows are? They are almost nonexistent.

This is just a bonus pic, but he’s cute, so I’ll throw him in too.

I made a friend one day…

TBH, I wan never really into taking pictures until a little more than a year ago, when I started taking them for my blog. Then I realized how much I loved taking photos on my phone, and wanted to take it to the next level. Are you into photography? How did you get started?

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Fabulous Links of the Week: Super Bowl Edition

Took this shot for photography class. The pop of blue from the bike drew me to the scene.

It’s Game Day, and it looks like the Falcons are Rising Up. This week, New York magazine’s blog The Cut takes on aging and Kerry Washington turns 40 and owns it. See below for the Gaga-licious Links of the Week!

I’m a longtime fan of New York magazine. I especially like it’s lifestyle blog, The Cut. This week, The Cut published a series on aging and aging well called Wrinkles In Time. My favorite piece is an essay called “Why Won’t We Let Madonna Age the Way She Wants To?” I love Madge, and how she keeps reinventing herself. Why shouldn’t she age however she pleases?

The older we get the more interesting we get. Slowing down and getting out of the fast lane are boring, and make you irrelevant. And The Material Girl is anything but. You can see a list of articles in the Wrinkles in Time series here.

Kerry Washington turned 40 this week. Happy birthday, girl! (Entertainment Weekly)

This week on the blog, I waxed poetic about Adore Me pjs and Essie Gel Couture nail polish.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Also, I started taking a photography class recently. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Product Review: Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel Couture in Take Me to Thread

Guys, I recently tried Essie Gel Couture, and I’m in love!* I have never had a mani last this long. Ever. What I love about it is that you get the durability and shine of gel polish but you don’t need to set it with a light and you remove it with regular nail polish remover. No need to soak your poor nails in acetone.

Check out the Day 8 photo below, taken right before I removed it. Pretty great, huh?

Day 8. Not a chip in sight!

It’s a two-step system: first you apply two coats of the polish, then the special Gel Couture top coat. Essie’s Gel Couture comes in so many colors, you’re sure to find something you like. The only bad news? At my local salon, they charge $5 extra for Gel Couture. So it can add up.

You can buy Essie Gel Couture online at Ulta. You can get the special top coat here.

Have you tried Essie Gel Couture? If you have, tell me about your experience in the comments.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Also, I started my photography class last week. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*I used the Gel Couture polish from the wall at my local salon. I did not buy a bottle, nor was a bottle sent to me for review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Product Review: AdoreMe

Weekends are for comfy PJs and required reading!

We’re a month into 2017. I promised myself this was the year I’d get more into photography. I really love taking pictures, and I wanted to graduate from my phone, as nice as the camera is on the iPhone.

I think I mentioned I got a new camera for Christmas and 10-session photography class to learn how to use it. We’ve only had one class so far, and each week we will have homework based on what we discussed in class. Said homework involves taking pictures. Using your camera. Becoming one with your camera. That’s the only way you’ll learn.

When I come home from a day outside “shooting,” I love a great set of pjs to snuggle up in while I peruse the latest issue of Allure. So when the nice folks at AdoreMe reached out about working with me, I was totally on board.

I bought the Matilda pajamas pictured above.* They are so soft and comfortable! And the fit is cute, too! A little body skimming, but not too tight. And I got a $40 first-time customer discount and free shipping, so for $20, the price was right.

AdoreMe has tons of cute intimates and sleepwear. And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Check out their gorgeous Instagram and Pinterest pages for styling ideas!

Tell me. What are you go-to looks for relaxing this winter? Let’s talk R and R in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Also, I started my 10-week photography class on Saturday. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*I bought the pjs. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Weekends are for comfy PJs and required reading!

L’Oreal and Founders Factory announced the five beauty start-ups they will invest in, Coach announced a chic new collab, an 85-year-old model kicked it at Paris couture week, Kopari Beauty got celeb investors, and the legendary Mary Tyler Moore passed away, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Earlier this week, L’Oreal and Founders Factory announced the five beauty start-ups their partnership will invest in. London-based Founders Factory is a digital incubator, a company that provides financial resources and mentorship to tech entrepreneurs. (Forbes)

Coach just announced it’s coolest collaboration yet: a 15-piece collection with fashion label Rodarte. Look for it in stores in April. I can’t wait to see it! (WWD)

Carmen Dell’Orefice is 85 years old, and fierce as hell. She has been modeling for 70 years, and just closed out a show at Paris couture week. When I’m 85, I hope I can still move. Rock on, Carmen! (Allure)

Remember that time I reviewed the Coconut Crush body scrub from Kopari Beauty? This week, the brand announced they had received investments from some very famous fans, including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Karlie Kloss. Congrats, guys! (WWD)

Mary Tyler Moore passed away this week at the age of 80. Before there was Liz Lemon and Carrie Bradshaw, there was Moore’s Mary Richards. She paved the way for how working women were portrayed on TV. MTM was an advocate for diabetes research (she had type 1 diabetes) and a friend to animals. She will be greatly missed. (New York Times)

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Also, I started my 10-week photography class yesterday. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

The steeple of the church across from my house.

One more week of January. I can practically smell spring in the air. To keep you going, Betty White turns 95-years-fabulous, K-beauty grabs more shelf space at Target, and ballerina Alessandra Ferri looks amazing in No7 skincare ads, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Happy 95th birthday to the national treasure that is Betty White. Here’s a list of five cool things she accomplished after 50. Life doesn’t end at 40, people! (The Zoe Report)

Target is becoming the place to stock up on K-beauty. First the retailer announced that Alicia Yoon of Peach & Lily was curating a 13-piece collection of her K-beauty favorites that launched at Target and online on January 15. (WWD) Then the company announced that 12 products from K-beauty brand Missha would be available in about 750 stores the same day. (WWD) As if we needed another reason to love The Bullseye!

Prima ballerina Alessadra Ferri is fronting No7’s Ready for More campaign, which launched this week in the U.S. Ready for More advertises No7’s new Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum. Ferri came out of retirement in 2013 to continue dancing professionally. “They obviously saw a woman who didn’t buy into the belief that you have to give up your life because you are not 35,” Ferri told Women’s Wear Daily. She went on to say, “Of course we all want to look our best at any age, but it’s fine to live in the present of who you are in the moment.” You go, girl! (WWD)

This week on the blog, I unboxed The Zoe Report’s Winter 201-17 Box of Style.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

 

 

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