Summer just isn’t long enough for all the cute ‘kinis I want to wear–at least not where I am currently living in Northern New Jersey. Don’t get me wrong: experiencing all four seasons is great, but I am definitely a warm weather type of gal who prefers wearing swimsuits and loves soaking up the sun over cozying up fireside in a sweater.

Colder weather may be on its way, but MINIMALE ANIMALE is helping me end summer on a hot note. Not only does this brand of killer swimsuits make me feel like I live in and endless summer (at least while I’m wearing their pieces), they design and manufacture their goods in the U.S.A. What could be better than that?

On a couple of the last warm, sunny days summer had to offer, I opted for these two one-pieces by MA: one in black, and one in a classic red.

The Lucid Onezie is easily one of the hottest swimsuits I’ve ever seen; at a glance it looks like a typical string ‘kini, but, like all MA suits, the devil is definitely in the details.

Crisscross details on each side connect the top portion of the suit to the bottom portion, turning it into a skimpy one-piece number. Ultimately, the straps meet across the back, and we all know I am a total sucker for interesting back details.

Like I said, this suit is ultra-skimpy, so there’s minimal front and back coverage in terms of the bottom portion of the suit. This piece is definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Daiquiri Suit is just as sexy, but with a little more coverage. It is low-cut on the chest and high-cut on the hips with a gorgeous ribbed texture. This suit’s strings can be tied multiple ways; personally I love wrapping them all the way around, from front to back. It creates a belt-like effect that draws attention to the waist, while offering a little depth to the not-so-basic one-piece.

Because The Daiquiri is from the label’s M I N I M A L E collection, it’s not quite as revealing as The Lucid Onezie. Instead of a cheeky, booty-hugging fit, this suit is mostly backless with a more modest bum.

Like many other MA pieces, I love, love, love these suits because they’re fully equipped with adjustable straps. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a gorgeous suit that just doesn’t perfectly fit your curves.

Most importantly, both these pieces are comfortable! With swimsuits, you definitely get what you pay for, so I don’t mind spending a little extra for a quality suit with an excellent fit that will hold up for seasons to come.

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Surprise! Earlier this week Glossier launched its newest products: Body Hero Duo.

Body Hero Duo includes both the Daily Oil Wash and the Daily Perfecting Cream to help you achieve that dewy Glossier glow for the other 90 percent of you.

As an official Glossier Rep, I received this product on launch day (huuuge thank-you to the entire G-team), and took it for a test run later that same day!

This was my first time ever using a cleansing oil, and I was so pleasantly surprised! Not only does it smell like a dream (not exaggerating), it transforms from a thin oil to a thick froth when rubbed into the skin.

Like all Glossier products, Daily Oil Wash is great for all skin types–even sensitive. It doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture; in fact, it adds to it. And, it’s gynecologist-tested. Glossier calls it “face-quality skincare for the rest of you”.

Daily Perfecting Cream is a neck-down moisturizer that enhances your skin’s look while it moisturizes and adds that signature Glossier sheen all over.

What *really* sets Daily Perfecting Cream apart from other body lotions on the market is its ability to sink into the skin, providing you with deep moisture, without leaving behind any sticky or greasy feeling. It works like magic by quickly absorbing into the skin; the only thing it leaves behind is silky-smooth skin topped with a Glossier glow.

Not going to lie–even though I am a Glossier Rep who loves the company, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Daily Perfecting Cream; I was definitely super skeptical. It turns out, this product *really* delivers. I was so blown away.

Body Hero, also lovingly referred to as “Phase 3”, is exactly what you need for the your-skin-but-better look (and feel!) from head to toe.

Let’s talk packaging.

Glossier is known for its gorgeous, minimalistic and pink packaging. And Body Hero definitely lives up to the hype.

First of all, you get a ton of bang for your buck. Both the Daily Oil Wash and the Daily Perfecting Cream come in 8.4-ounce bottles–that’s a ton of product in my opinion, especially when you save by shopping the Body Hero Duo.

Quite possibly my favorite part of the Duo is the XL pink pouch that comes with it! You met the smaller pink pouch a couple months ago, and of course you know all about the original one, but the XL pink pouch is a serious game-changer.

This guy is seriously huge! And I love it. I was so amazed when I opened the package from Glossier and saw it–it’s *almost* big enough to fit my MacBook. I just can’t get over it.

As expected, all these babies look gorgeous in your shower (or your top shelf). And like all Glossier goodies, they are extremely user-friendly.

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As you guys know, last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of GUIZIO Footwear at Manhattan’s High Line Hotel. This was my first time experiencing New York Fashion Week, so I was super excited to get dolled up and soak it all in; obviously, a fabulous party calls for fabulous hair, makeup and wardrobe.

In addition to the all-black outfit featured in my last post, I put quite a bit of thought into the rest of my look for the event. I opted for a bronze smoky eye, sultry rose gold cheeks and feminine pinky-nude lips with a glossy finish.

I decided to pair the glam makeup with undone hair for a French girl-inspired effect. All I needed to complete this ‘do was a little dry shampoo for the messy, slept-in-style volume, then opted for a middle part to clean it up a bit.

From head to toe, I’m really happy with how the entire look came together, so I decided to dish all my makeup details in a post separate from the last one (which focused more on the night’s outfit).

Products I used:

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. First apply with the attached wand, then blend with the fingers.

Step 4: With the coordinating brush, add Wowder to the under-eye area to set the concealer.

Step 5: To set concealer applied to the t-zone, use Lock-It Blotting powder with its puff.

Step 6: “Melt” makeup into the skin with a generous amount of Boscia’s setting spray. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Carve out the cheekbones by using a contour brush with NARS’ Laguna bronzing powder. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally.

Step 8: Using the contour brush in a circular, buffing motion, blend any harsh lines left on the cheeks from the bronzing powder.

Step 9: With the product that is left on the brush from contouring the cheeks, apply some bronzing powder under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.

Step 10: Apply Rockateaur to the apples of the cheeks with its brush using a circular motion.

Step 11: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little Watt’s Up to the cupid’s bow.

Step 12: To intensify the highlight, use a setting brush to apply ABH highlighter in White Sand to the cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

Step 13: Add more setting spray and allow to dry.

Step 14: Blend a little Primer Potion to the eyelids with the fingers.

Step 15: Using a fluffy blending brush, set the eyeshadow primer with Urban Decay’s Thirteen.

Step 16: With a crease brush apply Combust to the center of the crease and blend outwards in a circular, buffing motion towards each corner of the eye.

Step 17: Apply Whisky in a “V” shape to the outer corner of the eye using the smudging end of the Naked Smoky brush. Smudge the product outward, along the lower lash line.

Step 18: Again using the fluffy blending brush, apply two layers Dirtysweet to the eyelids for an intense shimmer. Dust the remaining product left on the brush onto the lower lash line.

Step 19: Add two layers of Le Crayon Yeux to both the tightline and the waterline.

Step 20: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 21: With the setting brush apply High to the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.

Step 22: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 23: Apply 1-2 coats of Tres Leches to the lips. Be sure to angle to doe-foot applicator so that you can line your lips neatly with the product.

Step 24: Dab Orgasm onto the lips and rub lips together to blend.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for Danielle Guizio’s new Footwear collection in New York City.

Earlier this year, when I first fell in love with the up-and-coming streetwear designer, I never imagined I’d be a guest at the launch of her footwear line, so I was super excited when I received an invitation to this exclusive event.

The celebration was held in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District at the High Line Hotel in The Refectory–known as one of the most beautiful rooms in New York City–and it definitely delivered. (Seriously, can I have my wedding reception there?)

Front and center were some of the new GUIZIO footwear designs: five pairs of spiky-heeled booties.

In white, red and black, these shoes definitely make a statement–even when worn with the designer’s signature sweatsuits and track pants. Unique textures like patent leather and python, along with details like crisscross laces, o-ring pulls, zippers, grommets, buckles and straps, truly add to this footwear collection’s one-of-a-kind steez.

Still, they’re versatile. They look effortlessly fab with anything from denim to leather to knitwear. And, they can easily be dressed up or down; they’re stilettos, but like I said, they pair perfectly with athletic-inspired pieces like Guizio’s.

Guizio’s footwear designers [source: Coveteur.com]

For the event celebrating these babies, I sported all black with pops of pink. Of course, I just *had* to wear my DG fishnet bodysuit 😉

Underneath I layered a strapless balconette-style bra for a feminine touch, then paired it with Adidas Originals track pants to play up GUIZIO’s athleisure vibes.

For a little height I sported a pair of black heeled booties (although they aren’t from Guizio’s namesake line) for my night out in the City, along with a customized coordinating bag from Pop & Suki.

And to polish everything off, I added my (vegan) leather jacket with pale pink and baby blue embroidered flowers. This jacket is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely one of my main go-to’s for a night out. I love how its long fit brings some structure to my otherwise relaxed look.

I also went for a bold makeup look to match the flashy getup, so I went a very minimal route in terms of other embellishments–just my rose gold nameplate necklace for a subtle sparkle, as well as undone hair with a middle part. (More on all that in a future post.)

Shop my look:

Jacket, Blank NYC, $168

Bodysuit, Danielle Guizio, $63

Bra, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Track pants, Adidas, $70

Booties, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Bag, Pop & Suki, $195

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I’m not 100 percent ready for summer to end, but I do love fall fashion. And I’m especially a fan of the athleisure trend that has been popular over the last couple years.

Lower temperatures are beginning to set in, so I decided to incorporate some atheleisure vibes for a casual early autumn look.

Regardless of the weather, I tend to favor full-length leggings over cropped styles. (Is it me, or are they just more flattering?)

So, to make things autumnal, I went for this gorgeous olive green color. It’s muted enough to match almost anything, but it is a nice change of pace from typical black or gray pairs. Don’t get me wrong, though, I still *love* my grays.

White is my favorite neutral, so I paired these leggings with a white cropped tank. Because the fabric is super smooth, this top is perfect for wearing with athletic-inspired looks. But, it also has ultra-skinny straps, so it’s still feminine–not overpowering–which I love.

These two pieces work perfectly together in my opinion. The high-waist on the athletic pants elongates the legs while also compensating for the crop top’s lack of coverage. It’s definitely a silhouette I can see myself rocking all season long and into the next (with various jackets, sweaters and scarves, of course).

When I ordered these Free People leggings, I was a little nervous they may not fit 100 percent because they are only available in two sizes (XS/S and M/L). It turns out, these are some of the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn!

I love that they’re impossibly soft and stretch with my body, yet supportive enough to get me through some my fav workouts, including cycling and pilates. They’re perfecting for taking from the streets to the gym, and I cannot wait to get them in another color (or two).

To top off the look I added a pair of classic white vans with a tan sole. These are definitely my go-to shoes when I need something both stylish and practical. I love that the athleisure trend has made supportive sneakers part of a fashionable wardrobe.

I skipped jewelry and accessories all-together, as I typically do with my athletic-inspired looks. My style tends to be minimal most of the time, anyway.

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Cropped tank, Free People, $20

Leggings, Free People, $68

Shoes, Vans, $55

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