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Red Lipstick: So Many Shades! How Do You Choose?


Hi, ladies!


As the latest addition to the Real Simple editorial team, I am very excited to have this amazing opportunity to share our beauty triumphs and woes! Although I’ll be giving you insights on trends and how-tos, I want to hear about your regimes and personal tips, too. I’m looking forward to reading your feedback today (and in future posts). If your intersted in learning a little more about me, check out my bio!


With all these holiday parties, sometimes I find it fun to experiment when it comes to make up. If you’re anything like me, my daily routine includes lip balm and (sometimes, but rarely) a lip stain. But when I feel like dressing up or adding something snazzy to my little black dress combo, a bold lipstick is my perfect accessory.



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Candles That Crackle By DayNa Decker

If you are still looking for fab gift ideas, and you need something special for a friend who seems to have everything, I’m willing to bet that a DayNa Decker luxury candle will do the trick! I was gifted by one from my friend and “Travel Stylist” blog author Natalie who lives in NYC, she brought one with her to Marrakesh when I taught there…

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Go To Bed With Jonathan Adler

“Go to bed with Jonathan Adler”, his words not mine! I swear! The Jonathan Adler bedding collection is quite colorful and fun just like the designer himself. From pink flame to grey Hollywood, he has some great choices for you, your teenagers, your guest room, your hotel… you can easily pull of a mod bedroom with his fancy linens. Check them out below…

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CB2 – 14 Favorites For Fall

CB2 is really blowing my mind lately! They have so many fresh finds that it’s hard to not empty your wallet — and not just on furniture, but on soft furnishings and accessories too. I’ve always liked their energetic color palette combined with a mostly neutral base, but their aesthetic just feels fresher and even a bit more edgy this season – what do you think?

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7 Fabulous Fall Wrap Dresses For Under $100

Not only is the wrap dress a universally flattering silhouette, but it’s also the perfect year-round ensemble! By simply adding or subtracting a cardigan, a pair of tights, sandals or a knee-high boot…you always look pulled together and chic in a wrap dress.

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Genius! The Stowaway Bathtub

I’m a sucker for good hidden storage ideas. I like everything in my home to have a place and be put away. (Not that that normally happens, but I’m very happy when it does.) So when I was catching up on my blog reading over the long weekend, a post on Apartment Therapy Chicago made me stop and take a second look.


Check out this bathtub with built-in storage:




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Throw Pillow Round Up

I’ve been on the hunt for throw pillow inspiration lately. I’m planning on sewing my own for my sofa, but I wanted to do something a little bit more exciting than just a plain pillow cover.

Here are some of the pillows I’ve found so far that I like. Next step, off to the fabric stores.


Monogrammed Recycled Felt Applique Pillow, $65 Alexandra Ferguson on Etsy

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The Search for the Perfect Ceiling Fans

It seems like the most consistent advice I’ve gotten when trying to figure out how to make my window air conditioners more effective is to invest in ceiling fans. It makes sense: they help cool in the summer, warm in the winter (with just a flip of a switch). And they help prevent stale air (one of my biggest pet peeves about not having a central heating/cooling system).

So, now the problem is finding the right fans for my apartment—and finding someone to install them. (I’m now accepting applications.)

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St. Jude’s Prints

You may or may not have heard, but I’m writing a book for Chronicle Books (to also be published in the UK by Jacqui Small) about decorating. My job was to scout and book locations, conduct interviews, write portions of the book, choose a photographer, travel to locations, style homes and build out the resource section in the book as well. No small feat for a first time author! Along with my work…

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Jo Malone Candles = Love

I am so super addicted to Jo Malone candles that it’s not even funny. And now that I’m here in New York finding them in lots of the homes I’m visiting of friends, I see I am not alone in this Jo Malone obsession. Are you a fan too? They are just heavenly, right?

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