Monday, March 21, 2016

Look of the Day: Denim Dress & Miu Miu Sweater

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I can't believe I passed on this sweater the first time I saw it. A first look, and it's just a giant, ridiculous sweater, right? Well, I went back to Value Village a few days later to return something, and it was still there. I looked a little closer and realized it was Miu Miu! It's funny (and a little embarrassing) how a designer name can change your mind about something. Honestly, though, Miu Miu makes beautiful pieces of amazing quality, so it's easy to look past the fact that I'm slightly drowning in this sweater. It smells like baby, Italian lambs. And this might be a little gauche to talk about, but the original price point is mad. Somewhere around $1,000!

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This is not your run-of-the-mill cardigan. I'm in love with the shape.

The Dooney & Bourke purse is another recent thrift store find. It's in fabulous condition, so if you're looking for a new bag for Spring, visit my Etsy shop!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Look of the Day: A taste of the tropics

As luck would have it, my day off was sunny, so I spent a good portion of it photographing things for Etsy, like this Hawaiian print dress. I can't wait till it's actually warm enough to wear things like this for longer than 15 minutes.

I almost didn't buy this dress when I found it at the thrift store. It requires me to do a lot of sucking in, but it photographs so beautifully!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: Royal Rose Hydrating Serum by Valentia

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This past month, I've been experimenting with a new skincare routine. First off, washing my face regularly! I get super lazy at night, but I've been trying to start the routine before I'm too tired to care. Second, I got La Roche-Posay's Eau Thermale on super-sale at the local drug store. It's basically French mineral water in an aerosol can. Très chic and perhaps très silly. It feels nice, though.

Lastly, I added Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, sent c/o Valentia. I've only been using it for about 7 days, but so far I'm really happy. It's definitely good for sensitive skin, as they claim. I haven't seen any increase in redness and no rash, which is always a risk for me when I try new products. They recommend using it at night, but since it's so lightweight, I like to wear it under my make up.


It smells lightly of roses
It's lightweight and absorbs quickly
Soothes & calms
Contains only natural ingredients

If you have sensitive skin, I really do recommend giving this one a try!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fleur d'Elise at Home: Desk Refresh

My goal this year is to start carving out little areas of peace and quiet in my home. To, this means a lot of cleaning and organizing. Our apartment is small and I'm "the creative type" with a part-time Etsy business, which, you can imagine, has led to a very crowded and messy living space. I purchased The Magic of Tidying Up last year, and it still resides in a pile of books on my bedside table. I feel like some progress has been made and I just had an "a ha!" moment in regards to our clothing situation (Trevor and I both LOVE clothes). That'll take some time and money, but for now, I'm very happy with my brighter, tidier desk.

Before: Messy and blah. After: Brighter and cleaner.

I've had this piece of metal grating for a few years and was getting pretty tired of the dark brown. A couple coats of gold spray paint and it looks new and modern! I did the same for the black wire racks I keep my folders in.

The marble texture is just contact paper I found at a thrift store! I used it to customize my laptop and the magnet board is just a cookie sheet covered with contact paper and edged with copper tape. Pretty crafty, huh?

For info on where to get similar stuff to freshen up your desk, just click on the image below!

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