bye for now.

it’s with a heavy heart that i write this post. it’s long overdue (clearly, as i have been silent for quite some time now). a style file is being tucked away in my closet, amongst the bags, shoes and other hidden purchases still in shopping bags, indefinitely.

photo courtesy of windsor smith.

photo courtesy of windsor smith.

when i started this blog back in june 2010, almost three years ago, i never thought that it would be anything more than a new outlet for me to talk about all the things – beauty products, apparel and accessories, home decor and more – that i was desperately in love with. but it turns out i had acquired a slew of fabulous readers and there were companies out there that actually wanted to work with me. but as is the case with everything in life, time changes everything and we have to evolve.

you may know that in december 2010 i launched my own boutique public relations agency. it’s my fourth child (second to my hubs and furkids mckinley and whitney) and i’m so proud to say that it’s grown so much that i just don’t have time to keep up here anymore. with a new nearly full time employee, a handful of incredible interns, a move to our second office space and growing the business to a level that i had always dreamed of, i need to slow down some things in my life. this is one of them.

i want to take the opportunity to thank you for sticking with me these past years and for reading. i loved sharing my obsessions, experiences with products, and stories of navigating the waters of living on a budget. i adore you and i appreciate you.

be well. keep obsessing and keep buying. i know i will!

xo- allyson

p.s. and if you’re so inclined, i’ll be posting regularly over on my business website’s blog. make sure to say hi if you stop by.

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friday footwear fetish.

photo courtesy of zappos.

photo courtesy of zappos.

oddly enough, while i am desperate for some spring weather, i am completely obsessed with these black booties from report. the ackley’s will work beautifully with all the things i am dying to wear. the maxi dress, rolled white jeans. and even, denim shorts. they give a bit of rock and roll appeal even for a prepster like me. and when it gets too hot, i’ll simply put them away until fall, when they can be reintroduced with skirts and tights.

-a

 

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the best liquid liner. for real.

listen up. it’s about to get real up here in a style file. i’m disclosing the best liquid eyeliner on the market. stop whatever you’re doing and read this. then go buy it.

photo courtesy of urban decay.

photo courtesy of urban decay.

here’s the scoop. it’s by urban decay. it’s called 24/7 liquid eyeliner. and while there are 8 available shades, i’m all about perversion (the blackest black).

here’s why i love it. the brush is super thin and easy to use, which means that minor flick of the wrist can yield a fabulous cat eye. it’s totally versatile, which means you can rock a demure thin line or go all out. it’s super dark and almost looks wet. and it stays put. through my workout, through a laugh-so-hard-till-you-cry-and-your-mascara-runs session, a long (long) day at the office. it looks stellar both solo and with eyeshadow.

i’ve gone through two so far (since december), as they tend to last me a couple of months (with near daily use). for $19, that’s some staying power.

now, go forth and buy.

-a

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pinterestpiration.

photo courtesy of the nest.

photo courtesy of the nest.

let’s be honest. how many nightstands look this pristine? especially when you’re living with a less-than-interested-in-styling-your-nightstand partner (mine).

i’m a straightener. you can call it a touch of ocd, but before i leave a room, i like to straighten everything. ensure it’s put back in its place. so when i enter the room next, it’s got that showroom quality (designers you can start cringing now). that’s why i love this shot from pinterest. everything is perfectly in its place. life is good. ahhhh.

-a

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things i love.

photo courtesy of pinterest.

photo courtesy of pinterest.

you’ve probably noticed that it’s been pretty quiet over here. i’ve been traveling for business, decorating my home, trying to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, spending too much money, painting my nails, lacking motivation for blogging. you know. typical stuff.

sometimes you need a bit of inspiration to get back on the proverbial blogging horse. for me, inspiration has always been found in products (not once have i ever admitted to this outlet being deep). so, i’m going back to the root of this blog. and listing out some of the things that i love right this moment.

- shellac manicures. i finally tried my hand at my first shellac and i’m already a fan. i’m a week in and still loving the asphalt hue.

- personalized petite plates from waiting on martha. i just ordered a set for my desk and think they’ll add the loveliest feminine touch.

- korres wild rose + vitamin c advanced brightening sleeping facial. i swear it’s the only thing that keeps my dry skin nice and moisturized. it feels so supple every morning.

- jack rogers vachetta sandals in nude and neon. my 7th wedding anniversary is coming up and i asked for a pair!

- bali mirror from lulu & georgia. we’re just putting the finishing touches on our dining room and this will look so chic over the bar.

- flowy, chiffon maxi dresses like this one from free people. if only spring would cooperate. let’s get this party started.

-a

 

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if the shoe hurts.

it probably means it’s fabulous. i mean, that’s the norm in my world (yours, too?). great shoes, great foot pain (no where here have i said that it’s not worth it).

take for instance yesterday. i decided to wear camel high heeled booties with my white (high waisted, wide leg) j brand jeans. <hello spring!> and i purposefully didn’t bring another pair of shoes for walking to and from my office. while i knew i’d suffer later, i couldn’t bring myself to tuck my white jeans into a pair of uggs (and it’s way too early for havaianas). after a full day in the booties, i was suffering a bit. and i since i’ve committed myself to the physique 57 april challenge (with a 30 minute cardio burner yesterday), i knew that my feet weren’t going to see any immediate relief.

photo courtesy of topricin.

photo courtesy of topricin.

enter topricin foot therapy cream. formulated to treat foot and ankle pain, it’s the perfect solution for sports injuries and the pain associated with fabulous, albeit uncomfortable, shoes. i was sent a tube back in december, along with a few of their other products, and have pulled it out before bedtime a handful of times since then (including new year’s eve, travel day, too-stubborn-to-wear-flats-to-grocery-shop day, etc). it’s formulated with natural biomedicines to ease pain, is paraben free and best of all, is scentless, non-greasy and moisturizing. seriously. let’s just all say that it’s a genius product.

before bed, i rubbed the cream onto my tired, achy feet. and i awoke with zero pain. let me repeat myself: zero pain. think of it like waking up sans hangover after polishing off a bottle of your favorite prosecco the night before. had i not used topricin before bed, i would have been relegated to shoes my podiatrist would approve of today. and that, my friends, is a miracle if you ask me.

-a

disclosure: this post contains product(s) sent to me for testing or reviewing consideration. i am neither paid nor compensated for my opinion.

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simple stack.

photo courtesy of my iphone.

photo courtesy of my iphone.

sometimes i like to go bold. sometimes i like to make noise. sometimes i like to layer a bit too much. and sometimes i like to wear nothing at all. but today, i’m all about the simple stack, with some clearly loved gold pieces what about you?

-a

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wallet not?

sometimes all it takes to make you feel bright, shiny and new is a new wallet. especially when it’s in a sunny color or pattern. even if you’re low on cash to actually fill the wallet (no judgement here), it’s pretty much a guarantee that it’ll make you happy.

here are a few springy wallets that i love:

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kate spade grove court floral lacey // ted baker london crystal bobbie // tory burch robinson // dvf metro flap // mcq collar stud flap // madewell the dispatch 

-a

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nail 911.

no matter how much i want to, i can’t seem to keep my nails as healthy, strong and polished as i want. i am a devoted at-home nail polisher and you’d be hard pressed to find me sans nail color (unless i’m taking a breather with essie millionails – remember this post). and while polish always seems to protect my nails from the “elements” (i.e.: zippers in general, pounding away on my macbook air, my love for hand sanitizer), when i take the polish off, my nails just don’t seem healthy (peeling nails, unruly cuticles, you know).

photo courtesy of sephora.

photo courtesy of sephora.

that’s why i was super excited to see that indie nail brand julep is now offering a nail 911 repair system. the power packed duo features a nourishing vitamin b, c and e polish and nail & cuticle system with green tea leaf extracts. the set not only takes care of your nails, but your cuticles, too.

for $21, it’s totally affordable for both die-hard gel lovers and novice at-home polishers to achieve pretty, healthy nails and cuticles.

-a

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break out the self-tanner.

has spring arrived where you live? sadly, we had a good amount of snow here in colorado last friday (the official second day of spring). so while my closet is in pseudo-transition (a mix of winter and spring pieces), my heart pines for warm weather clothing.

photo courtesy of urban outfitters.

photo courtesy of urban outfitters.

i’m dying to break out the self-tanner and rock a pair of shorts. i’ve been wearing shorts all winter (with tights and boots), but it’s just not the same. i’ve spared myself from the inevitable torture of buying these fabu lace tap shorts from urban outfitters (and the pins and needles and sparkle and fade versions) and then choking up every time i see them, just hanging there in my closet, super sad and begging to be worn. (don’t you worry, they’re on my to-buy list for may)

pretty lace shorts, your day will come.

-a

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