Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the Go

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Hi! My apologies for the infrequent posting this week! With Keith and I having only a few days left in our apartment, things have been just a little hectic. We have to be out of our place on Monday and then going to rent an apartment in the city for 1-2 weeks before we're able to move into our new place. Pretty excited about that because I've never actually lived in the city. I went straight from Queens to BK!

Things will be chaotic for the next month or so, but I'm so excited for the next chapter! Mainly, I'm excited for more space and to decorate.

xo,
Helena

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monochromatic Neutrals

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Skirt: Express (less than $50!) | Sweater: Theory | Shoes: Aquazzura | Bag: Celine Nano in 'Dune'

Wishing you all a wonderful week! Just a couple of days left of August (where did the summer go?!), lets try to make the most out of it!

xo,
Helena

Photos by Keith Hodne

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

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There are few things that bring me more joy than hosting a wine and cheese party with some of my dearest friends.

 Last Wednesday, I had the fun opportunity to throw a little shin-dig with Alouette Cheese. I invited a few of my favorite people over to the studio space and served up an assortment of wines, cocktails, Alouette Le Petite Fromage & Le Bon Dip, charcuterie and some seasonal fruit, veggies and salads.

To be perfectly honest, actual dinner parties stress me out, but a good 'wine & cheese' party has always been one of my favorite ways to entertain. I love the act of buying all the ingredients, the flowers and putting everything together. The vibe is a bit more casual and everyone is free to eat and drink all night long. Maybe now that we're moving into a place with an actual dining table, I'll feel differently, but I sort of doubt it.

Thanks to the generous Alouette team, I sent everyone home (including myself!) with a generous goody bag and since then, found a new favorite breakfast: a toasted english muffin (or whatever bread/cracker you like), a wedge of Le Petite Fromage, the garlic and herb being my favorite, and some sliced tomatoes on top. Each wedge is only 40 calories so my breakfast feels a bit indulgent, without actually being so. I'll pair that with my morning cup of coffee and seriously, I wake up every morning craving that. Highly recommend!

Thanks to everyone that attended my party and for Alouette Cheese for providing all the yummy cheese!

Photos by: Michelle McSwain

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Grey Ease

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Tank: Express One Eleven ℅ | Denim: Express Girlfriend Jeans (wearing a size 4) also love these distressed jean leggings | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Givenchy | Necklace: Dylanex (similar alternative

Keeping it super simple and cool in a muscle tank and a pair of great jeans. The One Eleven line from Express has become one of my go-to's for the best basics that don't break the bank. Now with our move happening and most of my stuff being kept in storage, I've been almost forced to select some easy basics that I can build several outfits around in the next few weeks. Count these in for pieces that are definitely coming with me!

Have a good one!

Photos by Keith Hodne

Monday, August 17, 2015

Soho Sleek

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Silk Romper: Anine Bing  (wearing a small) | Blazer: Theory | Shoes: Steve Madden | Belt: Vintage Chanel | Cuff: Hermes CDC | Bag: Celine | Sunglasses: Celine |

Happy Monday!
 Keith and I spent the majority of the weekend packing boxes since we have to be out of our current place by September 1st. It's so crazy, but you really don't realize just how much stuff you accumulate until you're forced to pack it all up. Then, we're probably going to airbnb it for a week or two before we're able to move into our new place. So, it should be an interesting couple of weeks (especially with two feisty terriers), but nothing like a good challenge to keep you going!

Now, on to the outfit! I picked up this silk romper several weeks ago and I have to say, it's one of the most versatile pieces I currently have in my closet. For a night time look, leave the blazer off and add a statement necklace. For colder months, I plan to throw on a pair of black opaque tights and some black booties.


Photos by Karen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Splendid

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Tee: Splendid ℅ | Pants: Splendid ℅ | Shoes: Schutz (similar) | Necklaces: David Yurman + Bauble Bar | Lips: Sephora Lip Stain in #4 Coral Crush mixed with Bobbi Brown Bellini | Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples | Bag: Celine

You know how some outfits just make you feel cool? For me, this outfit does just that. Splendid kills it with these two pieces: the softest, most comfortable u-neck tee and these menswear inspired trousers in one of my favorite transitional colors. The sportiness of the tapered ankle made me want to balance it out by a simple, feminine shoe and a few simple accessories.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

7 Day Hair Diary

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I'm so excited be sharing a little hair diary with you guys after test driving an innovative new product,  Luxurious Volume 7 Day In-Shower Treatment, which as the name suggests, is all about volume! What I loved most about this stuff is that it's a treatment you apply after your usual shampoo and conditioner and it lasts for about three washes. Naturally, I have roots that get greasy super quickly, but this treatment made my hair feel fuller and thicker for so much longer than it normally does. Huge plus!

Here's a breakdown of my 7 looks.

Day One: I let it air dry and then finished off with a blow dryer. I didn't use any other product other than the treatment and my hair dried so much bouncier and fuller than it normally does.
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Day Two: I was heading to my friends 30th birthday, so I wanted something a bit different than how I typically wear my hair. I was looking for a look that incorporated braids, while still being able to wear it down. Thank to Pinterest, found this pretty look.
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Day Three:  Continuing with the braided theme, I was in the mood for a slightly messy side braid. One of my favs from all of the looks.
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Day Four: Time to wash before having one of my friends (who works at a salon) give me a quick trim. After, I let it air dry and then threw it in a high, messy ponytail.  Usually, my ponytails have a tendency to fall flat, but my hair had so much volume, even after the wash.
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Day Five: What I love most about this product, it makes my hair have so much texture, making something as simple as a bun, so much easier to manage. Normally, I will lightly tease my hair before  putting it in a bun, but this time, no need for that! Big plus.
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Day Six: As in typical fashion, I snoozed way too many times and then had zero time to get ready. Pulled my hair into a quick side pony, topped it off with a scarf and was ready to go. This look took all of three minutes.

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Day Seven: Hot and humid day, so a big voluminous bun was the way to go.

Find the treatment HERE.

Thanks to John Frieda for sponsoring this post!

All photos by Keith Hodne