April 2016 – A Little Leopard
April 2016 – A Little Leopard

April 2016 – A Little Leopard

Image: Anthropologie

I have long loved Anthropologie for their monogram mugs and generally amazing home decor section, but did you know they’re also a treasure trove of indie beauty finds? Sometimes quite literally, in the form of Chicago beauty brand Indie Lee (puns!).

But seriously, Anthropologie has an amazing selection of makeup, skincare and bath and body products, ranging from the luxurious yet affordable to downright splurge-worthy. I’m a big fan of Mario Badescu’s products, which definitely fall on the affordable side of the spectrum — his facial spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater might be the best $7 you ever spend. It’s not on the website, but I also scored a body wash from the brand for a mere $8.

They even stock hair tools and the vaulted Mason Pearson hairbrush. Though at $150 for a hairbrush,that definitely falls into the “splurgey splurge splurge” budget category. However, if Bobbi Brown recommends it, I’m thinking it’s probably worth it. (Any other Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty readers out there? That book taught me pretty much everything I know about beauty and makeup.)

Look, Anthropologie’s beauty section isn’t going to give Sephora a run for your money anytime soon, but that’s not what it’s trying to do. In lieu of a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs, Anthropologie has a highly curated selection of products that will make you feel like you stumbled upon a great find and are totally spoiling yourself.

Speaking of spoiling yourself, here are my personal favorite Anthro beauty finds, from a cult-favorite mascara to a salt spray suitable for all hair types and everything in-between. Bonus, these all tend to fall more on the affordable side of the splurge spectrum!

Have you ever shopped Anthropologie for beauty? What are some of your favorite products? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for pink, and would even insist on trying to wear it, even as a redhead, for a brief and dark period of my life. Now that it is one of Pantone’s colors of the year, the rest of the world is in on it, too. And when paired with black, it’s one of my absolute favorite color combinations — why do you think the covers of Alexa Chung’s It and #GIRLBOSS are so darn Instagrammable?

But I think where blush and black really shine (besides the general color scheme and branding of A Little Leopard 😉 ) are interiors.

Image: Apartment Therapy

Image: Homey Oh My

Image: Thou Swell

Plus, did you know originally pink was interpreted as a masculine color? It’s true! At any rate, give me a sophisticated, elegant, slightly edgy and dramatic blush and black combo any day of the week.

Feature images via French by Design & Homey Oh My

Feature Image via SF Girl By Bay

Ugh, Monday. It’s here again — I don’t know if killer Sunday night TV shows (ahem, Game of Thrones) make Monday’s arrival better or worse. I feel like probably worse, since you’ve got a whole week between you and the next episode. If we’re judging this on TV shows, of course.

Speaking of Great Things That Happened This Weekend, Beyoncé hit us all with her HBO Special Lemonade and surprise (!) visual album of the same name. If there’s one thing Beyoncé inspires me to do, it’s slay. So, let’s slay this Monday, shall we?

Easy, Healthy Work Week Breakfast

First, wake up with this delicious matcha breakfast smoothie, courtesy of Shape. If you’re a fan of Starbucks Green Tea Lattes or matcha in general, you’ll dig this – I taste-tested it myself over the weekend! Plus, it packs a bit more of a nutrient punch than some steamed milk and matcha powder alone, thanks to the addition of almond butter and a banana:

Matcha Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
In a blender, combine 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1 banana, and 1/4 cup ice. Blend until smooth. (Recipe via Shape.)

Boom. That’s it. You’re done!

Five Minutes to Get Dressed? No Problem.

Next, you’ll probably need a killer outfit in which to slay your work week. But spring weather is notoriously annoying to dress for. Got you covered right here with five different outfit ideas — one for each day of the week.

Girlboss Inspiration to Fuel Your Passion

Now that you’re appropriately attired and fueled, get inspired with the following links during your Monday morning commute. If you have the type of commute that allows reading, of course! If you’re driving, biking or walking to work, a podcast might be a better idea.

  1. A full time job, personal blog and freelance side hustle? It’s possible, according to Brittany Grace of Not Another Blonde. Read how she does it here.
  2. All that hustle can feel like it’s draining your creative side. One of my favorite bloggers, Geneva of A Pair and a Spare, breaks down how you can be more creative every day.
  3. Finally, all that work slayage is going to require a desk worthy of a girlboss. SF Girl by Bay has rounded up some great home office inspiration and picks to spruce up your own workspace, right this way.

Breakfast, outfit, inspo…I think my Monday morning just perked up a bit. Hope your week is off to an equally killer start!

I love this time of year: the sun is out, the days are longer and the world is full of promise. However, I don’t always love dressing for it. “Spring outfit” is probably my most-Googled term of the past couple weeks. Sometimes it’s gorgeous outside, sometime’s it’s a little chilly, and if you have a 9-to-5, it’s probably pretty cold in your office, too. (Blame dudes for that. No, seriously.)

Anyway, here are five killer outfit ideas for this weird weather time: one for each day of the week!

Image: Crystalin Marie

This is the perfect time of year to rock a lightweight trench, both indoors and out. Crystalin Marie, is wearing one of my absolute favorite pieces, a Banana Republic trench dress from last year. I wore a similar ensemble and got quite a few compliments on it: the lightweight trench look is just elevated enough while still being comfortable. The Banana Republic dress is sadly sold out, but there are plenty of alternate options out there.

Spring is practically begging you to embrace your inner Annie Hall and invest in a floppy hat. It’s the perfect topper to a simple jeans and chambray combination, which also happens to be a truly all-seasons outfit. Throw a jacket on for chillier days, and you’re set.

Image: Damsel in Dior

I’ve seen quite a few stylish girls in my office rock a vertical-stripe button down and/or camel coat and it makes me want both pieces. Damsel in Dior combines these trends in a spring outfit perfect for chillier days … complete with those Gucci loafers every blogger seems to own. Luckily, affordable versions of all these pieces aren’t too tough to find.

Image: Glamour

Leather jackets get a bit heavy for summer heat, so wear them now while you can. They look great when paired with all-season basics like stripes and trends like lace-up flats.

Image: Stylecaster

Finally, it’s hard to beat a classic jeans, t-shirt and sneakers combination. If it gets warm, knot your field jacket around your waist like the cool girl you are.

Today features a special double-header interior crush/life goals in the form of Sara Ruffin Costello, editor and interior designer extraordinare whose repoirtorie includes such valuted names as VogueThe New York Times and oh, you know, founding creative director of Domino. I guess you could say this also makes her my #womancrushwednesday, to put it very, very mildly.

I stumbled on Costello’s home while reading another of my favorite interior design blogs, Lark & Linen, yesterday. Yep, literally yesterday — that’s how excited I am about this space! When I saw Domino in the post title, I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn’t know just how good it would be until I clicked through…

Costello moved with her family from New York City to New Orleans, Louisiana, into what her husband Paul called “a chic disaster.” With the help of architect Michael Carbine and the home’s original decorator Gerrie Bremermann, the couple turned it from chic disaster to chic, livable family home. And I want to move in, please. It helps that, according to this article in The New York Times’ T Magazine, they hang out with the likes of Solange Knowles and Reese Witherspoon and throw really cool parites (see: below video). #casual

But enough about my total girlcrush on Sara. Let’s take a peek at her New York City meets Southern Charm dream house, shall we? For starters, the exterior looks straight out of Gone With the Wind, and I am not at all mad about it:

Ugh, I could just live in that living room forever! My personal interior style definitely tends more toward “scandi-minimalist with a touch of glam,” but there is something really timeless and lovely about Sara’s eclectic style. It’s a gorgeous space that clearly belongs to New York high-society folks, but it also has a story, and it looks like people actually live here. I love that.

And, for the rest of us peasants who aren’t New York high-society folks, One Kings Lane did a shoppable profile on Sara’s home so you can bring a little bit of that eclectic, urban-meets-Southern look to your own space. Shop some of my favorite pieces inspired by Sara’s home below (some of which are admittedly more budget-friendly than others):

What do you think? Are you a fan of this New Orleans home? (And for those of you in shoeboxes like me…don’t worry. Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool 2016 is here, which means more small space inspiration is right around the corner!)

All images via One Kings Lane.