Beauty Buzz

photo of my vanity by Leslie Unruh for One Kings Lane

Have you noticed the amount of attention eyelashes are getting these days? Bigger, longer, darker, fuller -like most women I know, when it comes to our eyelashes we always want more! So I went and had my lashes professionally "done"-not once, but twice! Only to learn this look is really not for me. The lashes looked great in photos (I had the first set done for an event) but, during everyday life, I felt too self conscious with even the most natural application on. In fact, I was sure the lashes were somehow highlighting my "mature" skin around my eyes, by drawing so much attention to them.

Granted this was probably more in my head than reality...but if we don't feel our best, we don't look our best, right? I ended up having the second set of lashes professionally removed. Since then, I decided to boost my own set of lashes by applying NeuLash every night (I really see a difference) and switching to this fabulous new to me mascara. Along with a little black eyeliner and a dab of highlighter just under the brow bone, this less is more (but more than nothing) approach to big, bold eyelashes is much more my style. Plus, I can take it all off at night...

Other new beauty finds include this amazing all natural eye serum, a lovely and light lip balm and my new sleek hair iron, which won my heart with these three words: "automatic shut off." What's new in your beauty routine these days?

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Weekend Wrap Up

The warm temps and sunshine we were lucky enough to experience here in Connecticut this week inspired me to finally get some fall decor happening on our front stoop. Good thing, because Halloween will be here before we know it! 

This week's favorites:

-My favorite cashmere cardigans are on sale! (just ordered one in camel/ true to size)

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Home Tour: Chic In L.A.

Every detail of this airy Los Angeles home captured my attention. From the wall of glossy subway tiles in the kitchen (above) to the designer Sharon Taftian's clever idea to paint the wooden window mullions to look like the (much more expensive) steel version. I can't get enough of these bright and stylish rooms.

Scroll through below to see my latest home decor picks inspired by the vibe of this modern meets traditional house. And, you can read more about the design process of this well thought out "spec" home over on Domino.


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Fall Into Winter Coats

Even though we've been enjoying the most amazing summery temps and sunshine here in Connecticut these past few days, I have winter coats and jackets on my mind. It's just a matter of time before the cold weather sets in for the next several months. Once it does, your coat or jacket essentially becomes your whole "outfit."

Maybe because it's my second year in New England, but I finally broke down and ordered a Barbour jacket for myself (similar to the one above). I plan on wearing this classic piece on weekends and with most of my casual clothes. For fancier moments I've got my eye on a few versatile camel coats (love this one and this one and this one. I'm also a bit obsessed with all the camo and military inspired jackets this season (this one's my current fave).

Once the temps really dip below freezing, I'll be relying on my favorite puffer jackets to keep me warm in style...good thing these practical coats are having a fashion "moment" right now:)

images via Who What Wear


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Progress Peeks: Our New House

blue and white ginger jars // Beautiful // A House in the Country

I managed to keep the design momentum from September up right into this month...although just recently things are starting to slow down again. Here's the latest bunch of updates to our home. Notice I'm still calling it our new home, even though we will be living here exactly two years next month!

The round table above was once in our foyer at our old home, but now we have it in the guest room. Prior to these new blue and white jars, I had a bunch of framed family photos displayed, but this always looked a little chaotic. Three blue and white jars, two favorite new design books and some fresh flowers make the room look a lot more serene and pulled together.

I also added some much needed light to the guest room with this Grasshopper style floor lamp that I found over at for a great price.

Not too far from the guest room upstairs is a large open space. Our new living room is smaller than our old one, so we put most of the furniture that didn't fit in the new living room here in this space. Muse Interiors helped us pull the room together with a fun modern orbit light fixture and this pretty new blue Greek key rug. I got a lot of questions on Instagram about the grid of art on the wall. While the actual prints are no longer available to purchase, I would recommend checking out Framebridge to create something similar.

Finally, I ordered this fabulous new velvet ottoman from Pottery Barn Teen for my closet. Cosmo completely approves.

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