Basic Wardrobe Planning

A few years ago, I worked at a popular children’s store that drilled into me the importance of mix and match pieces for building a wardrobe. The basic recipe is as follows: Look #1 = Jacket + Top + Skirt Look #2 = Top + Jeans Look #3 = T-shirt + Leggings Mix and match […]

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My Latest Obsessions

I know I’m late to the party, but I’m finally on Instagram (@akaleistar)!  While I don’t have many pictures yet, I am bookmarking ARFotografie’s post about all the things you can do with your photos. My computer is dying, so I am busily backing up my data in the hopes that I wont lose anything […]

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Vera Wang: Designer of Champions

Nancy Kerrigan sparkles in Vera Wang For me, 1994 was a magical year.  I discovered figure skating and Vera Wang.  Blame it on Nancy Kerrigan, who was everywhere that year.  She was America’s sweet heart who overcame a vicious attack in order to win silver at the Olympics, and she did it while wearing Vera […]

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Charlotte Au Chocolat: A Book Review

Charlotte Au Chocolat By Charlotte Silver Every once in a while I discover a sweet surprise of a book at the library.  Charlotte Au Chocolat is Charlotte Silver’s delightful memoir of growing up in her family’s Harvard Square restaurant, Upstairs at the Pudding.  While the restaurant has long been closed, Charlotte magically brings it back […]

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Inspired By Troop Beverly Hills

Get inspired by the fashion from the 1980's classic film Troop Beverly Hills.

Her recommendations for a campsite were totally unsuitable. There were no outlets. And there was dirt, and bugs, and… and it rains there. So anyway, we’ve found a place that’s much more us: the Beverly Hills Hotel.   -Troop Beverly Hills Troop Beverly Hills by icedivastar featuring platform heels One of my favorite movies as […]

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Rise of the Blogazine

Something is changing in the blogosphere.  The pictures are glossier.  The text is wittier.  The branding is everywhere.  Today Racked posted an interesting article about the age of the blogazine in which successful blogs are metamorphosing into online magazines.  Several of the sites referenced in the article I happen to visit regularly, but the majority […]

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Links a la Mode

Good Reads Edited by: Victoria of vmac+cheese Yawn. Mid-week holidays are fantastic because, well, they’re mid-week holidays. The down side? It’s Thursday and I’m sure we’re all wishing it was the weekend! Waking up after a holiday that includes all of summers’ best aspects (warm weather, fireworks, swimming, and grilling) can be painful indeed. To […]

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Easy DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

Thanks to Lana Del Rey flower crowns are topping the heads of girls everywhere.  Inspired by tutorials I saw on Pinterest, I decided to make my own.  A quick stop at the thrift store for silk flowers and pipe cleaners meant this project ended up costing me less than $2. Supplies pipe cleaners silk flowers scissors/wire […]

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Favorite Summer Beauty Products

Summer days call for a simple beauty routine. A dollop of sunscreen.  A swipe of mascara.  A spritz of perfume.  Here are the products I’m reaching for this summer: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream in Light/Medium – like a tinted moisturizer but with better coverage Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock – doesn’t […]

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Fairy Wings Nail Tutorial

Nails glitter like fairy wings! The colors used One coat OPI Las Vegas Strip Poker A bit of MAC Bad Fairy on the tips Some MAC soiree applied in the middle with a wet Q-tip A coat of Ulta Diva all over plus a second coat on the tips A dash of glitter on the […]

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