Florida Vacation 2017 and Some Fabulous Links!

17 days. That’s how long  it’s been since the people who follow the Fabulous Forever page have heard from me, according to Facebook. Not good. I’m sorry.

The day after Easter, Mother Bear and I went to Florida for our annual defrosting. We hit the pool and the beach, and of course, did a little shopping. I didn’t even bring my camera with me. Between my photography class, blogging, and my freelance work this winter, I was exhausted. However, I snapped a few photos on my iPhone.

The view from my beach chair. I could get used to this!

Mother Bear and I

The pool in our condo complex.

I have managed to keep up with beauty news, though: Urban Decay is launching a new Naked contouring palette and this body butter has a loooonnggg waiting list.

Here’s an article on Racked about beauty accelerators and incubators. Beth Shapouri is a great beauty writer/reporter, and this is an easy-to-understand explanation of an important strategy driving product development in the beauty industry.

Fear not, everyone. I’ve fully recharged and I’m back! I’ll post another photo story from my photography class later in the week. And my favorite beauty event of the year, The Makeup Show NYC, is coming up on May 7 and 8! And don’t forget, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Need I mention SPF?

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful in New Jersey. It might be time to blow the dust off my camera, too!

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Happy Spring!

What a beautiful weekend here in New Jersey! I shot outdoors both days, and I’m including some of my faves from Saturday in this post.

Now to the important stuff…beauty news! Jenna Lyons moves on, three cool women share words of wisdom on aging, and a hairdresser turns his love of vintage into an Insta-sensation, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Jenna Lyons is leaving J.Crew. The woman who taught us how to mix preppy staples like blazers and chinos with high heels, chunky necklaces, and flowy tops is leaving the brand at the end of the year. Lyons single-handedly turned J.Crew from a catalog-only purveyor of basics into a fashion-forward mainstay. It’s the end of an era. I’ll be watching through my tears to see what she does next. (New York Times) (WWD) (WWD Style Slideshow)

Rocker Debbie Harry, dancer Judith Jamison, and model Pat Cleveland are all north of 65, and getting this aging thing so right. They shared their thoughts on beauty and growing older with Glamour, and I wanted to share the piece with you. I’ll be referring to their wisdom in my own life time and time again. (Glamour)

I know I’ve mentioned my love of all things vintage: Jackie O, the cancelled TV show Pan Am (set in the early 60s), the WWII era. You name it. Apparently hairdresser Tony Medina feels the same way. Medina has worked with people who rock retro-inspired looks like Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese. Don’t miss his Instagram, @hisvintagetouch. (Allure)

This week on the the blog, I reviewed Sustainable Youth skincare and shared some of my favorite photos from my photography class field trip to NYC.

Colorful flowers are coming out to play!

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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OK. One more since you asked nicely.

 

Photography: NYC Field Trip

For a little weekend fun, I put together a post of my favorite shots from my photography class field trip to NYC last Sunday. We got an early start at about 8 am, and took the PATH to the World Trade Center so we could take pictures in The Oculus and the new Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall.

The Oculus at the World Trade Center.

One World Trade Center, as seen through a window in The Oculus.

Then we walked up Broadway in Chelsea, and stopped so we could practice capturing the blur of a moving object.

Panning blur shot of the ubiquitous NYC yellow cab.

The next stop was Columbus Park. On the way, I snapped this interesting-looking building.

This building looks like Jenga.

We finally arrived at the park. It’s actually a pretty big place with ping pong tables, basketball courts, and a few soccer fields.

A spirited ping pong game was in progress…

You could cut the excitement with a knife…

There was action on the basketball court, too.

I took my camera over to the soccer field. GOOOAAALLL!

From Columbus Park we moved on to Chinatown.

Chinatown is a particularly photogenic part of Manhattan.

I wonder if their noodles are any good? I love Asian noodle dishes…

Chinatown has a lot of these little alleyways…

So there you have the highlights. At least on my camera roll. After Chinatown, I took the PATH back to Hoboken with the instructor and another student. By that time, it was after 11 am, and I wanted to upload my pictures to my computer.

I plan go back and shoot just in Chinatown. I have a feeling these shots just scratched the surface.

Tell me about the most photogenic neighborhood where you live. Let’s talk photo inspiration 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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: Sustainable Youth

Spring has sprung in New Jersey. At least it’s trying to. The weather is warmer (most of the time), and the days are getting noticeably longer. The weather switch up means the time has come to reach for a lighter skin care regimen.

So I was glad to find the skin care routine I got from Sustainable Youth felt nice and light on my skin.* I tried the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, Super Boost Night Serum, and the Elasticity Cream.

I love how great my skin looks. And it feels really soft, too. I am definitely packing this for my upcoming vacation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have SPF, so you (and I) need to add that step in the morning.

The products contain alasta, a patent-pending ingredient derived from the rind of the aloe vera plant. Alasta helps improve elasticity and firmness through boosting immune system performance, the company said.

The press materials I got from the company said alasta works by stimulating macrophages, a type of white blood cell, to produce substances called cytokines, which eliminate free radicals caused by UV and environmental damage to the skin.

You may have used the gel of the aloe plant to soothe a sunburn. A spokeswoman from Sustainable Youth told me in an email that in addition to having the hydrating and soothing benefits of aloe vera gel, alasta helps improve the skin’s firmness and radiance. She also said that when applied topically, alasta has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I haven’t noticed any new smile lines popping up in the last few weeks.

You can pick up Sustainable Youth online.

Tell me. How do you change your skin care routine in the warmer weather? Have you ever heard of using aloe vera for anything but applying the gel to a sunburn? Let’s talk warm weather beauty and aloe 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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!

*The Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Elasticity Cream, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Super Boost Night Serum were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Of course I took a beauty-related shot…

I went on a field trip to NYC with my photography class this morning. I was at the PATH before 8 am, people! Since it was a gorgeous day, the photo opportunities were amazing. But I came home beat. However, we have some Fabulous Links to get to, so…

A modeling agency reps only over-45-year-old models, a K-beauty section curated by Peach & Lily’s Alicia Yoon comes to CVS, and Bobbi Brown talks about how she pioneered “no-makeup makeup,” in this week’s Fabulous Links!

The Russian modeling agency Oldushka works just with models over 45. That’s awesome! Yes, beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and skin tones, but it also comes at every age. With age comes wisdom and confidence. And there’s nothing sexier. (Yahoo! Beauty)

In the wake of the debut of K-beauty at Target, CVS is really upping it’s beauty game. Like Target, the pharmacy/convenience chain is working with Alicia Yoon of Peach & Lily fame to curate and feature a huge K-beauty section, debuting in April at CVS stores. More than 100 products are expected to arrive on shelves over the next year. Keep your eyes peeled. Definitely tweet me or comment about any products you try! (Allure)

Bobbi Brown, who made a career of no-makeup makeup and the beauty of inner confidence, sits down with Linda Wells of The Cut and chats about the evolution of her brand. (The Cut)

This week on the blog, I shared my favorite photos from the first part of the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge.

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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OK, one more from today’s adventure in NYC.

These two pictures were from an event held this weekend called Beauty & Balance at Westfield World Trade Center.

p.s. I’ll tell you what. I’ll post the rest of my favorites from today a little later this week. xo C

 

 

 

Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52

Remember how I said I was doing the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 over on Instagram and Facebook? And that I’d post about my progress about once every quarter? Well, Q1 is in the books, my friends! So here are a few of my favorites.

The beginning is a great place to start. The prompt for week 1 was Me at the Beginning.

The prompt for week 6 was black and white. I love these old posts in front of the turn-of-the-century brownstones in Hoboken!

The beautiful rich colors in this photo…

…make it a good black and white photo.

The prompt for week 11 was portrait. I call this “tortitude.” I took this picture in the LHS cattery for my photography class final project.

“Bokeh” was the prompt for week 12. Bokeh is an Instagram word for limited depth of field. See how the tulip in the foreground is in focus, but the flowers in the background are fuzzy?

What can I tell you? Flowers make for great bokeh pictures…

Hope you enjoyed my favorites (so far). And can you believe it? Today was my final photography class! I’ll share some more picture stories I did for class over the next few weeks, including my final project about our local animal shelter.

Tell me. What do you like to photograph? Family? Animals? Landscapes? Let’s talk subject matter 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!

Fabulous Links of the Week

This week’s prompts in photography class were the titles of Bruce Springsteen songs. How could these trikes and bikes not be Thunder Road?!

Where’s spring? 😛 This weekend was cold and damp. While Mother Nature gets it together, let’s have some uplifting beauty news: Sephora is starting a class to help cancer survivors. And btw, how many of these bad-ass ladies over 60 are you following on Instagram? Check out this week’s Fabulous Links!

In the spirit of Look Good, Feel Better, Sephora is launching free in-store classes for women facing the devastating effects of cancer treatment (such as hair loss and dull, sallow skin). Sephora employees who are themselves living with cancer provided input for the curriculum. Look for the 90-minute classes starting April 9. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen to find classes near you. (Glamour)

If you know me, you know I am officially obsessed with Instagram. It’s my favorite social media platform. Apparently, these 12 ladies over 60 feel the same way. Some are famous, some you may not have heard of. How many of them are you following? (Total Beauty)

This week on the blog, I reviewed my custom lipstick mini from Finding Ferdinand and talked about taking fashion risks.

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!

This pic was inspired by Born in the U.S.A. What is more American than Coca-Cola?

And of course, Born in the U.S.A. also meant a flag pic…

Dia & Co: Move Fashion Forward

Today’s post is all about taking risks: fashion risks, to be exact. I was inspired by Dia & Co., a personal styling service for plus-size women, to take part in an interesting challenge: taking a fashion risk. Since I am thinking about what I’d like to buy for spring and my upcoming Florida vacation, I well, took a risk, and said I’d do it.

For me, taking a fashion risk would involve wearing yellow. I don’t own anything in yellow. Not even something like a purse or scarf. So I did a little online research and found a few things I’d like to try on. (I’m not a fan of buying clothes online, unless I’ve already tried them on IRL.)

I like this cotton v-neck tee in Sunshine Yellow from Lacoste. I think it would be cute with khaki or white shorts and a bright lip.

I am also loving the denim South Ocean shorts in Lemon Drop by Lilly Pulitzer, which you can see here. Perfect with a white tee on a hot day!

Ashby, my contact Dia & Co., told me that every Friday, Dia staffers celebrate Try-Day Friday, and challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zones, style-wise. I love that twist on Casual Fridays!

Tell me. What does taking a fashion risk mean for you? Let’s think outside the box 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!

 

Product Review: Finding Ferdinand

I had a favorite uncle named Ferdinand. We called him Fred. He passed away 24 years ago, but I will always have a soft spot for those names. So after I saw this post about the makeup line Finding Ferdinand, I somehow found myself at FF headquarters in NYC

What makes Finding Ferdinand particularly cool is the app that allows you to create your own lipstick. I have been dying to create my own custom lipstick forever, and the team graciously gave me a demo.

After you download the app, you choose one of three lipstick finishes: matte, sheer, or creamy. Then you choose up to four pigments from a total of 16. The pigments range from mauve to bright orange to true red to taupe-y nude, so everyone will find something. You use the slider to determine the percentage of each pigment you want in your custom color.

After you design your color, you can save the “formula” in the app for future reorders. You can even name your color! Your product is shipped to you in about three business days.

I love how they emboss the logo on the bullet!

The look I was going for was a mauve-y pink, like the shade Jacqueline from Julie Hewett Los Angeles. I choose a creamy finish that is 60 percent Au Naturel (a beige taupe), 100 percent Pink Pizazz (a 60s-inspired bright pink), and 80 percent Creamy Mauve. I named my shade Pashmina, after my beautiful girl who passed away in August. (I wasn’t sure how Uncle Fred would feel about having a lipstick named after him.)

Pashmina: As beautiful as the lipstick she inspired.

A full-size custom lipstick is $30, but the sample-size custom is just $6! The mini size is perfect for your bag or travel. At just $6 a pop, you could even create a few different colors. And the creamy finish stands up to eating and drinking, and doesn’t dry out your lips.

How cute is this mini lipstick?!

Your lipstick comes in this envelope

Finding Ferdinand also has customizable eye shadow and blush/bronzer/highlighter palettes. You can pick from 60 eye shadows, 10 blushes, three bronzers, and two highlighters.

“We believe that beauty trends of the future will be created by the customer, so customization has always been a major part of the Finding Ferdinand DNA,” founder Nhu Le told Allure. “I really wanted each and every customer to be able to create something that they would love and love to use.”

The lipsticks and palettes comes with a sheet of stickers, so you can indulge your inner teen queen. I did.

It’s enough to make you want to decorate a Trapper Keeper!

According to a company spokeswoman, Le was inspired to name the brand Finding Ferdinand after learning the story of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella while studying abroad in Spain. The name is up to individual interpretation, however, and represents the search for and discovery of those things in life that make you feel like the best you.

Tell me. Have you ever created a custom lipstick color, or customized a makeup palette? It’s usually pretty pricey, so this is a one off for me, but it was such a treat!

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

Good Day Sunshine! (One of our photography prompts from class last week.)

Urban Decay had a big week: the edgy beauty brand announced a cool new collection and the launch of four lip kits. Meanwhile, the Pioneer Woman has a new home collection at Wal-Mart, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Urban Decay is dropping a new collection inspired by the graffiti art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Mark April 20 on your calendars! I am loving the pink-y lipstick and the cool cosmetics bags. (Allure) (The Cut)

UD is also launching lip kits! If you’ve been wanting to try a lip kit (usually a lip liner/liquid lipstick set), here’s a great option. The Urban Decay Ultimate Pair includes a UD Vice lipstick in a cream, sheer, or matte finish, and a coordinating lip liner. The Bad Blood and Ex-Girlfriend/Naked2 lip kits look pretty. (FYI, I have the Ex-Girlfriend lipstick and love it. A soft, pretty nude. I like to put it in the center of my lips, like a highlighter.)

The kits are a $37 value for $22! I hope they come up with more. Maybe in a pink or coral for summer. They are available at Ulta. (Allure)

Does anyone watch the Pioneer Woman? I admit, I don’t. But I saw a post about her new home collection for Wal-Mart and wanted to share. I am a fan of the color combinations and am thinking about doing more lifestyle stuff on here. Is that something you’d like to see? Let me know what you think! (POPSUGAR Living)

This week on the blog, I shared the pictures from my Essence of My Neighborhood photo essay. Our next four prompts are all Bruce Springsteen-themed.

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!

Morning at the Hoboken Terminal (This was another option for Good Morning Sunshine.)

 

 

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