Things I See While On Break

Just started a new job right around the corner from the deeply fabulous 5th Avenue, prime spot for the best designer and global labels, and an area that has endless shopping temptation. I’m all too familiar with this neighborhood since I attended LIM College majoring in, yes you guessed it, Fashion Merchandising. So here are a few of the things that caught my attention during my lunch break on a sunny Friday afternoon.

I always like to check out the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue to get inspired by some of the latest high end designer styles. Yesterday I spotted a display devoted to  Christian Louboutin. I’m abssolutly coveting a pair of Louboutin heels.

Zara’s brand new global flagship store just opened a couple of weeks ago with a high volume of shopper traffic, and possibly the sleekest most sophisticated of all the Zara shops I’ve seen to date. The store is filled with chic and on trend women’s fashions, and even offers men’s and children’s apparel. This Zara truly has something for anyone.

A busy afternoon is simply not complete without a caffeine fix. I stopped by the uber chic and modern Macchiato Espresso Bar for the perfect little pick me up.

After lunch I even caught a glimpse of a Gossip Girl filming. Too bad I couldn’t get close enough to get a decent picture. Hopefully there’ll be another time.

Hope everyone had a great week! Anyone see or do anything interesting this week?

Spotlight on Dallas

Lately there’s been so much media buzz surrounding the famous Texas city. Many shows have been taking place in the Lone Star State and placing Dallas in the center of the spotlight, including reality shows like Bravo’s Top Chef and the stylish Most Eligible Dallas with the always fashionable Courtney Kerr. TNT’s continuation of the ’80s hit series Dallas brings the next generation of Ewings, starting Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe to the center of the drama. If the promos are any indication, TNT’s Dallas  looks like it will be pretty epic, I know I can’t wait for it to start.

A couple of months ago I had the chance to see the iconic southern metropolis, while visiting my cousin Ana. I can certainly say that the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” is true, especially the shopping! Fun fact: Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city. Some of the shopping I had a chance to sample during my stay included the fabulous Galleria Dallas, trendy North Park Center, the historic Highland Park Village, and cute boutiques in Snider Plaza. Also, a trip to Dallas just isn’t complete without a visit to the luxurious Neiman Marcus which was founded  right here. Not only does this city have some of the best shopping around, but also some great nightlife in Uptown and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Southfork Ranch was the only place I didn’t get around to seeing while in Texas, but I’m sure there will be more trips to the Lone Star State and The Big D in my future. Until then here are some highlights from my first trip down south.

Top: The Limited, Sunglasses: Armani Exchange, Bag: Aldo, Jeans: Gap

Highland Park Village

Ana’s chic Black & White look

My top: Express, Jeans: Gap, Metallic Wedges: Steve Madden

Sweet Indulgence

Sweet Crepes

Every now and then we need a little something sweet to indulge in. My ultimate sweet of choice is crepes or palacinke in Croatian, preferably with Nutella and strawberries. My sweet tooth always seems to crave anything chocolate. On a rainy day a couple of weekends ago my sister and I tried making my family’s recipe for crepes. The result was delicious, but the presentation still needs a little work. If you happen to be in New York and want a crepe experience with fabulous flavor and stylish presentation head over to Omonia Cafe. This European style cafe with specialty desserts is sure to please any crowd. The Mediterranean ambience almost makes me feel like I’m in a cafe somewhere on the riviera. Omonia Cafe has two locations at 32-20 Broadway, NY (Astoria, Queens) and 7612 Third Ave. Bayridge, NY (Brooklyn). Pictured above is my crepe from a recent trip to the Astoria location.

Pulled into Reality

Every Sunday night I like to relax and unwind by catching up on my favorite reality shows, which usually consists of the Kardashians on E! and the Style Network’s Jerseylicious. Last summer, I got hooked to the show that centers around New Jersey hairstylists and make-up artists. Now in its fourth season, Jerseylicious always brings lots of drama and fierce fashions. Everyone needs some animal prints in their wardrobe, and who does a better smokey eye than these ladies, or has hair as perfectly teased as Tracy? A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to meet Tracy, Gigi, and Olivia. They were all really nice, and Olivia even said she likes my scarf! I know I’ll definitely stay tuned and keep working on my smokey eye.

my Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Scarf: Express

My Absolute Make-Up Must Haves

As I’m sure everyone has their own list of make-up must haves, I thought it would be fun to share mine. So, here are my top 5 products that have been in constant rotation in my make-up bag for literally years!

1. NARS bronzer in Laguna      My complexion is fairly light, so adding some bronzer is just the thing to pump up the color year round. It’s my go to bronzer that always goes on smooth and even has a subtle sparkle, leaving my skin looking luminous!

2. Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion      This has got to be hands down the best moisturizer for the face. Always smooth and never greasy, and best of all, leaves skin feeling refreshed.

3. Maybelline the Turbo Volum’ Express mascara    Never clumps and always extends lash length adding plenty of volume.

4. MAC lipsticks    Of all the lipsticks I’ve tried, I’ve stayed with these the longest. Always smooth and fun to mix colors. My fav color being Faux, an awesome neutral that I sometimes mix with shades of red to punch up the color.

5. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in Pink Mint    Best lip gloss ever! Comes in lots of shades that mix well with lipsticks, or looks great on its own. As an added bonus, it even has a yummy mint flavor that keeps breath fresh too!

So what’s everyone think of my list and what are some of your fav products?

Color Perspective

I love changing my look and trying new trends each season, while still maintaining my personal style. So with the coming changing of the seasons, it  can be  a great time change your hair color. Even a little change in hue, can provide not only a different style, but also a new perspective on yourself. All through college I tried all different shades of blonde, and loved every minute of it. Recently, I found myself craving the darker shades and went a little closer to my roots. The change left me feeling refreshed and revitalized. Remember to keep in mind when changing your hair color, little tweaks may need to be made to the colors of your wardrobe and make-up  choices. Also if changing more then a couple of shades, it’s best to see a professional stylist. Not interested in a dramatic make-over? Highlights or Lowlights are a great option for subtle adjustments to your look.

So what do you think? Will you be trying a lighter or darker shade this season?