Celebrate National Lipstick Day with Cate McNabb Cosmetics

If you haven’t heard yet, today, July 29, is National Lipstick Day. In celebration, I’m sharing some of my favorite lipstick colors from Cate McNabb Cosmetics, along with some useful tips and tricks.

Cate McNabb Lipstick Day

Cate McNabb lipsticks come in 15 intensely hydrating, trendy shades, from Cate, a blue-based fuschia pink, to Red Red Wine, a pink-based satin merlot. Each lipstick offers full-on, long-lasting color, and feature ingredients like shea butter and sunflower seed oil to leave lips feeling soft and nourished. Better yet, they’re also paraben-free, cruelty-free and derived from natural ingredients.

Cate McNabb Lipsticks

My personal favorites from the Cate McNabb lipstick line are Fetch Pink, a true satin pink, and Clementine, a frosted, mid-tone orange, both shown above.

Wearing lipstick allows you to showcase your personality, beauty and style. To make the most out of your lipstick, try the tips below from Cate McNabb:

  • Prep your Pout: For the smoothest, most even application, exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub and then apply a thin coat of your favorite lip balm. Wait 5-10 minutes after applying the lip balm to use your lip color.
  • Prolong your Wear: Create a look that doesn’t feather by outlining your lips in a slightly darker shade of lip liner. If you want to intensify your lip color and have it stay put all day, fill in your lips with the liner and layer the lipstick on top!
  • Application: Begin by applying a small amount of lipstick to the center of your bottom lip, then spreading it by pursing your lips together. Carefully apply to your cupid’s bow by pressing the tip of the product to the left point and dragging it down and to the right. Do the same going from right to left, creating a small “x” to fill in the points of your lips. Then, carefully apply the product to the rest of your lips, using the edge to get as close to the border as possible. For the smoothest lines, smile while you apply!
  • For Better Control: If you have smaller lips or simply have trouble applying directly from the tube, try using a brush for more control.

Cate McNabb lipsticks can be purchased for $16 each. To learn more about the entire Cate McNabb Cosmetics line of mineral makeup, all of which is made with better-for-you ingredients, visit CateMcNabbCosmetics.com and follow the brand on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

What’s your favorite lipstick? Let us know in the comments below!

**This article was previously published by me on Examiner.com

Delano Hotel in Miami’s South Beach {Travel}

One of my favorite things about my full-time job is that it takes me to places that I might not go to on my own, for one reason or another. Recently, I had the chance to head down to South Beach in Miami and stayed at a beautiful property, the Delano Hotel. Lucky for me, the events I was working were spread out over the weekend, so I actually had the chance to enjoy my stay and also catch up with one of my best friends that lives in another part of Florida. The Delano was the perfect place to stay, with its close proximity to Lincoln Road, beach and pool, and overall chic yet relaxing vibe. Read on for some of my favorite things about this hotel!

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The Rooms

I LOVE the all-white look this hotel has going on in the rooms. If I could pull it off at my own house, I would… but I’m just not tidy enough for it. So I go to places like the Delano to enjoy. I stayed in the City View King room shown below and it was pretty amazing even with just a view of the city, so I can imagine the Ocean View, Oceanfront and Poolside rooms and suites are pretty incredible. The rooms lived up to their description: “Playful and elegant, the serene oasis of every Delano room brings a fresh interpretation of ‘barefoot chic’ to Miami.” The bed is so cozy that I could have slept all day in it, with luxurious 300 thread count cotton and down bedding.

In the bathroom, the rainfall shower head complete with MALIN+GOETZ bath amenities were also perfection. And last but certainly not least, the mini bar was not your everyday mini bar. It was stocked with high-end cocktails and glasses to match. And there’s even a box with any item you may have forgotten or needed, from Supergoop! sunscreen to Advil, to mints and even socks.

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The Pool

Not much of a description is needed for the pool – you can see for yourself in the photos below. The Delano Beach Club is a 7,000 square foot seaside retreat, with a beautiful pool and direct access to the beach. If you want more of a lounge area by the pool, you can rent a poolside cabana. And of course, the poolside cocktails looked amazing and if you want to keep it non-alcoholic, try a smoothie.

If you’re looking to step it up a notch for a special occasion, check out the poolside bungalows. Admittedly I didn’t experience these for myself, but they sound pretty amazing! The bungalows include a private patio, rainfall showers, MALIN+GOETZ bath products and an enormous Roman-inspired marble soaking tub. Step outside and you’re right at the pool!

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The Beach

This one also speaks for itself, but as I mentioned above, the hotel has direct access to the beach and ocean. The staff down by the beach were super friendly and led us to a beach chair with fresh towels. For an additional cost ($200!) you could rent cozy beds on the beach, but our beach chairs were perfect for what we needed that day. And the ocean water was much warmer than in New England! Oh and in one of the pics below I’m wearing my new bikini from Mi Ola Swimwear… more to come on that in a future post!

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The Spa

If you have time, you have to take full advantage of this spa, Club Essentia. It’s located in the penthouse and is a 3,500 square foot private rooftop oasis with amazing views and a calm, refreshing vibe that it so perfect. In addition to your traditional spa offerings like mani-pedis and massages, they also offer preventative aging procedures. It was raining when I was up there, so my photos don’t do it justice, but check out a few below that I found.

 

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The Location

The Delano is only a few blocks from the popular Lincoln Road, where you’ll find lots of shops and restaurants. My favorite spot for breakfast was on Lincoln Road, Paul. It’s actually a chain, but it has delicious omelettes and other breakfast offerings. And of course, the Delano is right on the beach, so you can’t go wrong there.

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The Food & Drink

Bianca, the hotel’s main restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has both indoor and outdoor seating. I sat outside on their deck for a post-work glass of wine and apps, and then again for lunch with my friend when she was in town. The menu items are simple and savory. I tried the calamari, a chopped salad and truffle fries, all of which were delicious. You can also order from a menu of sandwiches and the likes from the pool deck and beach.

FDR at Delano was the perfect place for my friend and I to go out for a bit the Saturday we were there. I’m not really into clubs, but this place was not too clubby, not too casual. They played awesome music (lots of fun remixes and older rap/dance) and the drinks were delicious (but beware, the martinis were $20 each… pretty typical for South Beach though!). We also got to cut the line and avoid paying a cover since we were guests at the hotel.

There’s also the Umi Sushi and Sake Bar, which I didn’t have a chance to try myself but looked delicious from what I saw walking by. The restaurant offers guests a casual, full-dining experience right in the middle of the lobby, featuring a large communal table that’s great for group dining. And lastly, the Rose Bar is a cute little bar at the hotel that’s a great post to grab a drink and light food bites in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting.

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(Image via HotelChatter.com)

Have a favorite hotel to get away for a relaxing weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Summer Wedding Style {Get the Look}

I had a big case of the Mondays after a long weekend reuniting with some of my best friends for a wedding in Portsmouth, NH (and some festivities in the days leading up to it). Our friend was lucky enough to have great summer weather for her wedding – not too hot or cold and a little overcast that always makes for great photos.

Today I’m sharing my wedding outfit featuring some of my favorite brands: Shoshanna, Loeffler Randall, Diane Von Furstenberg, BaubleBarKate Spade and Essie. I purchased my Shoshanna dress earlier this year, but I’ve included a very similar strapless version below. Check it out and click the links to view or purchase any of the items yourself!

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What are your favorite colors for summer weddings? Let us know in the comments below!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese {Recipe}

In case you missed it, Monday was National Mac and Cheese Day. I could eat mac and cheese any day, whether it’s a box of Annie’s or homemade cheesy deliciousness. Today I’m sharing a new, healthier spin on mac and cheese that substitutes some of the noodles for cauliflower. I swear you won’t even notice the difference and I found it to be much more filling than traditional mac and cheese. It’s based off of a recipe I found on Damn Delicious and there are lots of ways you can tweak it to make it your own (see the bottom of the post for some ideas!).

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

 Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup Panko
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 cup elbows pasta
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk, or more, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring, until browned and toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in parsley; set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add cauliflower; drain well.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the pot. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in pasta, cauliflower, sour cream, milk and cheeses, a handful at a time, until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Spread pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Panko, if desired.

Variations

  • Add Frank’s hot sauce before serving (my favorite!).
  • Take a tip from Michelle Obama’s cauliflower mac and cheese recipe and puree the cauliflower to make it blend better with the cheese.
  • Use any combination of your favorite cheeses (below I used Trader Joe’s Swiss and Gruyere along with cheddar cheese).

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

What’s your favorite mac and cheese recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

Perfect Fall Outfit, Complete with Affordable, Stylish Jeans {Get the Look}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abercrombie & Fitch for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer took forever to get here in Boston, but it finally feels like it’s here to stay. But now that summer is in full swing, it’s already time to start thinking about fall fashion. Whether you’re headed off to college for the first year or juggling grad school courses with your full-time job, it’s important to look put together even on those days that you can barely roll out of bed (I know, easier said than done). I’m loving the outfit below for fall because it’s simple, yet stylish, and can easily transition from class or the office to dinner and drinks with friends.

Fall Fashion Finds

 

Finding the right jeans includes a combination of the perfect fit, stretch and style, all of which depends on how you intend to wear them and on what occasion. While there are many times where I’m a fan of expensive designer jeans, when it comes to my go-to everyday jeans, I personally love simple, stretchy jeans like the Super Skinny style shown above from Abercrombie & Fitch. I also love their Boyfriend jeans, shown below. One of the best things about their jeans is that they have a no-slip waistband with memory stretch that lasts wash after wash. They also come in lots of different washes, rises and sizes. The best part? Right now, you can get any jeans in store for $35 - such a deal!

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Donate Clothes, Earn Nordstrom or Lord & Taylor Gift Cards AND Give Back to Nonprofits

I’ll admit it… I hold onto my clothes for too long just in case I want to wear them again. Every so often, I reach a point where I truly realize that I need to purge my closet and actually do so on a day I have to myself. Since my college days, I’ve brought the clothes I no longer needed or wanted to a local Second Time Around consignment store.

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While I think Second Time Around is a great company, let’s face it, we’re all looking for a little more convenience in our lives. So during my last closet clean out session a few months ago, I did some research and found a few great online consignment stores that give you a list of accepted brands, a pre-paid shipping label and all you have to do is send away and wait for your PayPal funds to come in once your items are approved. I sent everything I could to Twice and the rest to ThredUp (this is because ThredUp doesn’t have a specific list of brands they do not accept). And of course everything else went to Goodwill). I have to say, I did get a decent amount of money for the items I sent.

Fast forward to today… I think I may have uncovered an even better way to donate my clothes. Fashion Project, an online clothing donation company, aims to raise money for charity through online clothing donations. The company currently has more than 800,000 nonprofit partners and donates 55% of net proceeds to charity. To top that off, they’ve partnered with Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor to reward you with gift cards for your clothing donations! Donation + gift cards = cleaning out my closet this weekend. It’s a great combo of the ideas behind Goodwill and Twice.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Donate clothing. Clean out your closet and donate your apparel, handbags, shoes and accessories in like-new or gently-used, clean condition.
  • Fill it, ship it. Order a free donation bag or print a free pre-paid label at home. Fill your bag (or box) and give it to USPS. Fashion Project will email you when your items are received.
  • Get rewarded. Once your items sell on Fashion Project, 55% of the net proceeds will go to support a charity you choose. And as a thank you, Fashion Project will send you either a $40 Nordstrom gift card or $20 Lord & Taylor gift card for every 5 qualifying items. Note: the Lord & Taylor program will end August 3 and you will have a choice of supporting Dana-Farber or the Jimmy Fund. 

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At first glance the lists of accepted brands for the Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor appear to be the same, but make sure you check out the qualifying brands list for each before sending in clothes. If you have clothes that don’t qualify, try bringing them to your local consignment shop, Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Will you be cleaning out your closet this summer? If so, where will you donate or sell your clothes? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Summer Skin Care Tips

With summer weather comes outdoor activities, and while getting tan was once viewed as a great thing, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and maintain a proper skincare routine during this time of year. Fortunately, BeautyResearch.com put together a list of the “Top 5 Summer Skin Care Tips” to give some tips on keeping your skin healthy.

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  1. Protect It All. Sun protection is a must for healthy skin all year round, but it is especially important in the summer when the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight is at its most intense. You should apply 1 ounce of broad-spectrum sunscreen from head to toe 30 minutes before sun exposure and then every 2 hours afterward or more frequently if you swim or sweat. Make sure that you cover every exposed part with sunscreen. Don’t forget your ears, your neck or the tops of your feet! Also, use a lip balm with SPF protection to protect your lips, which can also sunburn.
  2. Fight Dehydration. Sun exposure causes rapid evaporation of moisture from your skin, leaving it dehydrated. Use a hydrating mist before reapplying your sunscreen and let it soak into your skin to revive and rejuvenate your complexion. Use a moisturizing night cream with antioxidants to help your face recover from your day in the sun. Slather on a moisturizing body lotion to all other areas that basked in the summer sun before heading to bed.
  3. Keep Oil at Bay. Summer humidity can lead to problems with oily skin for some women, and if you’re among them, you may end up with acne breakouts or enlarged pores. Switch to an oil-free moisturizer and a foaming cleanser for your daily skin care routine to counteract the effects of summer weather. When blemishes appear, use a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil to speed up healing and help unblock your pores.
  4. Even It Out. Even when you use an effective sunscreen, you may still develop splotchy redness following sun exposure. This is typically a temporary problem, but it can make it difficult to look your best during the summer months. Applying a CC cream before your foundation will help to even out your skin tone and disguise imperfections while also providing you with SPF protection.
  5. Slough It Off. Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least once per week during the summer months. This will help to remove tissue that has been damaged by the sun and keep your pores clear to decrease the risk of summer acne. If you have sensitive or dry skin, try using a mild natural exfoliating mask or a scrub with moisturizing beads. For an oily or combination complexion, an alpha hydroxy acid peel is a smart summer exfoliation choice.

Keep up this routine until the summer turns to fall, and then reevaluate your skin care needs for the new season.

How will you keep your skin healthy during the summer months? Let us know in the comments below!

**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com’s Boston Makeup Examiner.

Patriotic Style {Get the Look}

From Memorial Day to the World Cup and 4th of July, I’ve seen some amazing patriotic style items this year. In honor of Independence Day, I’m sharing some of my favorites that you can pick up for summer or the next American holiday.

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And of course… Hank was decked out in his patriotic gear both today and yesterday. Despite today’s rain, he had a great time running around on the beach and we’ll be back there tomorrow and Sunday! Both the bow tie and pup shirt can be found at PartyCity.com.

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How did you celebrate the 4th of July and what was your patriotic style? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t Let These “Health” Foods Fool You {Infographic}

I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that usually includes eating healthy and exercising daily… at least during the weekdays. That’s not to say that I don’t indulge in the occasional chocolate bar at work when I’m craving it or pizza for dinner when I just don’t want to or have time to cook dinner. But when I’m trying to eat healthy, it’s helpful to know what foods are actually healthy. The below infographic is super helpful when it comes to picking out good-for-you food and drink options. Many of the items on the list – caesar salad, frozen yogurt and bottled green tea – are foods I love but just aren’t as healthy as you’d think!

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Which of your favorite foods are not as healthy as you once thought? Let us know in the comments below!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

This past Friday, June 20, was Pet Sitter International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, which I was SO excited to take Hank to at my office. Unfortunately, I ended up having to travel for work (can’t really complain about a work trip to Miami though!), but I learned some interesting things about dogs and work that I wanted to share anyways.

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This year marks the 16th anniversary of Take Your Dog to Work Day, and each year I hear more and more people I know both participating in this event and bringing their pups to the office regularly. According to AllYou.com, when the holiday first started, 300 companies participated, and this number continues to grow each year.

Leading up to Take Your Dog to Work Day, Wellness Natural Pet Food surveyed more than 1,000 dog and cat owners to get some info on the benefits of integrating pets into our jobs. Here’s what they found out:

  • Currently, only 12 percent of American dog owners are allowed to bring their pooch to work, but 48 percent of all owners wish they could.
  • 64 percent of owners feel that bringing their pet into the office helps reduce stress.
  • 56 percent say that having their pet at work improves their mood.
  • 40 percent believe the additional cubicle mates make for a more positive work environment.
  • 62 percent of dog owners say they get more exercise as a pet owner than they would otherwise.

While I don’t have any photos of Hank at work, I’ll leave you with this one of him holding my suitcase hostage as I packed up for Miami on Thursday night…

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Does your company allow you to bring your dog to work? Did you participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day? If so, please send photos to katy@dailykaty.com and let us know in the comments below!