Tuesday Tip: Instantly Radiant Skin

Ever just wake up in the morning and for whatever reason your skin looks dull or flat? Like you drank too much, but you didn’t? (Or maybe you did, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!) I’ve found the short-term cure: L’Oreal’s Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. I love this product because it takes only five minutes and results are immediate. You apply, leave it for 5 minutes (while you sip your coffee), then gently rub it into your skin briefly to exfoliate, before rinsing off. I like to rinse the mask off with a damp towel rather than my fingers for better exfoliation. Voila! Instantly perkier morning skin. I’m not sure about any “renewing cells”, but my skin is rosier and brighter looking, which is all I can really ask for. You can pick it up at any drugstore including Amazon and Target.

Tip: Make sure you get the “mask” and not the “cream”, they are different, but look the same.

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xo Alaina

Menswear-Inspired Blazer + Tee For Work

IMG_8239.JPGJeans: Madewell // Blazer: Mural // Earrings: Elizabeth and James // Shoes: Old, Similar Here // T-Shirt: Korrupt Label // Lips: Nars

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We had such a busy weekend! Have you seen Book of Mormon yet? We saw it on Saturday again and it never gets old – literally the funniest broadway show I’ve ever seen. A good one to bring the boy if you usually have to drag them to shows – my husband LOVED it. After such a fun weekend with musicals and the Museum of Ice Cream it’s hard to go back to work. Lately when I’m lacking inspiration, I’ve been borrowing from the boys! Can’t get enough of menswear-inspired blazers with a tee shirt. The best thing about this look: it’s professional but you can still show a little personality. You can dress it up or down with different blazer/tee combos, so it’s appropriate for the formality level of your office.

Play with prints and colors! There are unlimited combos: Mixed prints, black and navy, stripes and polka dots, it all works. A plaid blazer and a striped t-shirt, or a solid blazer and a funky graphic tee? Done. My husband gave me this t-shirt because he thinks it makes me more “rock n’ roll”. Ha! What do you think? Paired with high-waisted pants and a red lip, it’s a me that’s fun, but ready to WERK. Did I mention it’s comfortable? I love the look of a loafer to complete the menswear vibe, but when I have client meetings, I go with pumps.

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Fashion Round-Up: Everyday Black Booties

If you’re like me, you spend your entire fall (and winter now that I live in California) in the same pair of low heeled black booties. Unfortunately, I am not blessed with slim, angelic ankles, so I need a pair with a really low shaft height. I️ appreciate this below-the-ankle cut because the height looks good on everyone, and hits right at or below the ankle bone, slimming the look of your leg. This means you show the perfect amount of skin with jeans and also hit low enough to wear with dresses and skirts. And a 1″ heel feels dressed up, but wearable for everyday, so it’s guaranteed to be the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe.Mine: Alexander Wang Kori Ankle, $575 (they have silver AND rose gold accent)

I️ rounded up some great options at all price points so you too can find your ride-or-die black booties.

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1. Loeffler Randall $425,  2. Kenneth Cole $139, 3. Munro $224,

4. Jack Rogers $96 (on sale!), 5. Sam Edelman $99 (on sale!) 6. Gap $80

Here’s a shot with jeans.

Show me your faves!

xo

Fall Makeup Must: Copper Eyes

I’m super obsessed with metallics for fall. Accessories, clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, and I want it to be metallic. (I actually just tried to buy a entirely sequined metallic jumpsuit but it was veto’ed by my more rational friend. Like, where would I wear that? But it was so pretty… sigh.) Anyway back to my one true love: Copper. Not just for pennies anymore. For your FACE! I stumbled upon this amazing eyeshadow from MAC and it’s been the answer to my copper pleas. This specific hue is guaranteed to pop your eye color brilliantly (especially you blue and green eyed babes). Try these four steps to swoon-worthy beauty. (Took me 3 minutes, I swear!)

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How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints

Listen friends, we all wish we were independently wealthy, yeah? You know, hanging out in the French Alps not working the 9-5 grind. But that’s not our (or at least my,) reality. We’ve got to work our faces off Monday to Friday to afford those weekend trips to Napa and our lovely condos. And since we spend more time at work than at home (TRUEE!!!), I feel we must commit to being our best selves at the office too. One way to do that, is by actively trying to be the best co-worker, employee and manager possible.

I’m in a field that’s creative, corporate, and team-oriented so have managed a lot of different types of people. I’ve run teams of up to 14 people and also teams of just 2 people. I’ve worked with people who were “please don’t ever leave me, you’re the only person who can do this” and people who were simply “good”. However, in my years of experience, I have noticed that there are consistent behavior traits across my strongest team members, that I always look for now in new hires. Today I’m going to share my tips so you can be the girl everyone wants on their team (aka Office MVP). This list is not exhaustive, but a good start.

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BE HONEST: Boss ask you a question, but you don’t have the information? Don’t try to CYA and make up an answer. Just admit that you don’t know, then do your damnedest to find out quickly. No one expects you to have all the answers, but a half-baked response, or worse – an answer with incorrect information – can sometimes be more damaging to the job and the relationship (trust fail). You don’t have to know everything all the time – just be committed to finding answers when faced with an unresolved question. (Unless, of course, it is your singular job to know that singular thing he/she is asking you about, in which case, you better just know that thing. But that’s a different problem.)

In the same vein, if your manager asks you to complete a task and you don’t have the bandwidth to meet the given deadline, let him/her know. A simple: “I can’t do that by 5pm, but can deliver by tomorrow at 11am” or a “I can get it done by 5pm today, but will need to de-prioritze something else, what would you like me to move down the list?”, works brilliantly in bringing your manager into your world. Nine times out of ten, something can shift. If it can’t, put in the overtime or enlist more help. We allllls got to work late sometimes. Continue reading “How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints”

Wardrobe Want: More Pleated Midi Skirts

I am LOVING pleated skirts midi right now. They are so feminine and fun, and you can’t help but feel like a giddy girl in them (twirling optional). Since pleated skirts are so on trend, you can find one in almost any color and in lots of fun patterns. I found this bright striped number at J. Crew and styled it with a t-shirt (only $28!) since it’s still pretty warm here in California. I also love the look of a pleated skirt with a thick cable knit sweater and booties for cooler temps. I tried this skirt with a white silk button-up too and the outfit was trés professional. Enjoy, mon cherie.

ps I have a new instagram account @thechampagnechic. Follow me for more fun!

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Why I Love Reformation + Polka Dot Dress

By now you might have heard of the It-girl go-to brand Reformation. What makes Reformation different, is their admirable mission. It’s all about sustainability! They use environmentally-friendly practices and materials to make gorgeous, sassy styles for a fraction of the environmental impact of fast fashion (what’s not to love?). I am personally soooo obsessed with their dresses. Always available in fun prints, including polka dots, florals, stripes, etc., every dress feels like an easy win: throw it on and live your life while looking nonchalantly fabulous. You can find anything from casual slip dresses ($98) to wedding options (up to $350). And what I love most, is all Reformation pieces seem to have an eye for layering – you can imagine these worn with a jean or leather jacket over the shoulders. Voila, summer to fall. I can’t forget to mention the fabrics are luxurious too like the Velvet Anoush Dress or the Silk Getty Dress. I know I sound like and ad (and this is not one) I just really love their stuff. Plus free shipping and returns. Swoon.IMG_7837 Continue reading “Why I Love Reformation + Polka Dot Dress”