For Love and Lemons

It seemed to me that this was THE perfect jumpsuit for Italy.  It is reminiscent of my Grandmothers “house coat,” as she liked to call it, and evoked memories of making gnocci with meat sauce and pizza fritte alongside her on Sunday afternoons.  And what else would lemons remind you of if not the sprawling landscapes of the Tuscan hillside and the acres of lemon trees found throughout one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Besides being arguably one of the healthiest and tastiest fruits, they happily remind me of Grandma … and Italy.

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Unfortunately, this exact jumpsuit by ‘For Love and Lemons’, sold out quite possibly the same second as I hit the ‘check out’ button and, therefore,  I was not able to bring it to Italy.  After waiting a few weeks for it to come back in stock, I was able to wear it on a recent trip to New York City and, as it turned out, it was the perfect outfit for a hot, summer day in the city.  I was stopped at least three times about this jumpsuit while walking the streets of NY.  It has since been RESTOCKED (yay!) and I have linked it below for you.  I’ve also added similar styles and price points for every budget.  If you don’t currently own a jumpsuit, I would encourage you to start here!

For Love and Lemons Limonada Jumpsuit – Revolve Clothing
For Love and Lemons Limonada Jumpsuit – Shop Planet Blue
Aéryne Lemon Print Jumpsuit
Moon River Ruffle Romper Lemon Print

My Skin Care Secrets

When I was the ripe old age of 18 I asked my doctor if I should start using anti-aging creams/serums in my nighttime skin care ritual.  After gasping, and somewhat laughing at me, she told me I was WAY too young to start using anti-aging products. Although I didn’t start incorporating anti-aging products until much later, it was always on my radar because I believed it was never too early to start defying the odds of gravity!

I have never had any injectables even though the “11’s” in between my eye brows scream at me to get injected with Botox.  I am not claiming I will NEVER get injected with something and I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with it but, as of right now, I’m pushing back.  I am trying to age gracefully with the use of my anti-aging products, which are mostly by the skincare brand, Skinceuticals.  This is my favorite skincare line of all time and, in my opinion, is the most efficacious when it comes to prevention and correction.  My inimitable aesthetician, Sue Mottola, got me hooked on several of these products ages ago and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I literally smear them on from hair line to chest line, without fail, in both my morning and evening skin care routine. Ok.  Here it goes …

  1. C.E. Ferulic – the single MOST important of all of the products!  If you only start with one product, I suggest getting this one.  It has won beauty awards an impressive 24 times and is constantly featured in magazines.  It is a vitamin C serum that improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and loss of firmness.  It also brightens your skin’s complexion! Apply it in the a.m.
  2. Retinol (not pictured) – another important product in my skincare regimen. This helps to diminish appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration and uneven skin tone.  It may cause irritation and peeling of the skin but it will make your skin so glow-y and bright.
  3. A.G.E Eye Complex – Do you want to fight crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness? Then you need this gem of an eye cream. Love it!
  4. Triple Lipid Restore – A-mazing moisturizer! It took me a long time to find a moisturizer that I loved but when I tried this, it was like butter on my skin. It helps promote your skins natural self repair while smoothing skin, reducing pore size and improving overall radiance of your skin.

5. You should all know by now that sunscreen is vital to our skin health. This tinted sunscreen has 100% mineral filters providing UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. I bring it with me everywhere, including the beach and put it on 365 days a year.  I also use the eye defense sunscreen, which doesn’t migrate or burn your eyes.  I use both of these products on our two sons (and my husband) all summer long because it is the first sunscreen that didn’t burn and itch their sensitive skin and eyes.

6. Last but not least, regular facials are a must! I try to go every 6-8 weeks but I go more often when I’m having difficulty with my skin.  Fortunately, I discovered my aesthetician, Sue Mottola from Wildflower Day Spa in Devon, PA, and have never looked back.  She is a retired lawyer, she is smart as a whip and I’ve never ever ever ever had a facial as good as this.  Her facials last an astounding 2.5 hours (#truth) and she includes microdermabrasion as part of every facial.  Talk about getting your skin smooth and radiant! If you’re local and can schedule an appointment with her, I would highly recommend doing so.  Meet Sue below …

As you can see here in this photo, my biggest problem is hyper-pigmentation.  I have little dark spots on my cheeks and forehead, which intensify in the summer months when my skin is exposed to the sun. Even with sunscreen and a hat, remember that the sun will find you. Sue has helped lighten these spots tremendously and the Skinceuticals products have worked wonders. The only problem with hyper-pigmentation is that new spots keep surfacing and any damage that is deeply rooted will keep making  it’s way to the surface of my skin.  All those years I spent baking in the sun wearing no sunscreen have finally caught up to me! With the use of my products and regular facials with Sue, we are fighting against these pesky dark spots and lightening them one day at a time.

Photos by: Lindsey Clark Photography (@takeitoutside)

To buy products or to make an appointment with Sue : 610.341.9444 or 484.354.4072

Online shopping links:

C.E. Ferulic

Retinol

A.G.E. Eye Complex

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Physical Fusion Sunscreen

Physical Fusion Sunscreen for Eyes

 

Chic By Alison Rose Featured on The Zoe Report

I am beyond excited to share my feature in the online magazine, ‘The Zoe Report’.  The inimitable stylist, Rachel Zoe, has long been my style muse since her days styling the Backstreet Boys in the 90’s! It is such an honor to be recognized in this major fashion and beauty magazine. A special thank you to Lindsey Clark, my friend and photographer, who helps make our photo shoots creative, care free and crazy fun all at the same time. I couldn’t have done this without you! Click link below for full the feature. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet enter your email on the right hand side of my main page.

Direct Link to my feature in ‘The Zoe Report’

xo

Alison

Ready For My Close Up With Luminess Air

I recently had a night out on the town and needed to (ok, WANTED to) have flawless looking skin that would last the entire evening but also look natural … like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. In the past, I have shared with you my love for the Luminess Air Airbrush Foundation System. It is, by far, the lightest and most breathable foundation I have used.  It doesn’t crease like other foundations (finally!) and camouflages dark spots better than any cover up I’ve used. I had always used the foundation alone until I received the Airbrush Essentials Kit, which arrived just in time for my event. I was chomping at the bit to give it a try and I’m so glad I did.

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(How pretty is this system? I chose turquoise but it also comes in white and black)

The essentials kit contains products called “Eraser”, “Xout” and “Porcelain” — you may be hooked just from the names alone and you should be.  These 3 items elevated the look of my skin and enhanced the “blurring” effects of the foundation.  I’m talking reducing pore size, evening out skin tone, reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and illuminating the skin for a “soft focus” effect.  This stuff is A-MAZING!

 

 

 

Each item should be applied under the foundation and is specially formulated for buildable coverage that doesn’t become cakey (hallelujah!). The result? Less foundation and a full coverage look.  A win-win in my book.

Oh, I should mention … this is so easy to use that even the most inexperienced users will have no trouble operating the system.  It comes with a video which explains everything from instructions on how many drops of foundation to use, to how to clean the tubing.  Watch it! It will explain everything!

If you want to try it for yourself, the production team at Luminess Air has graciously offered my followers a discount.  Click here for 20% off your order!

These photos have been untouched.  No editing, no filters.  I had a makeup artist apply my makeup for this event but I have used the airbrush system myself numerous times. You do not need a makeup artist to apply it!

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Anthropologie Hot List

Many of us rely on Anthropologie for their unique selection of clothing, mixed price points and amazing customer service.  Beyond that, the possibilities are endless when you walk through the door.

Recently, I spent an evening with fellow local bloggers and the personal shoppers at Anthropologie in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Our goal for the evening? To create unique holiday looks that spoke to our own personal style.

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Above I’m wearing a dress by Tracy Reese, which I had purchased at the Anthropologie in King of Prussia. I immediately fell in love with the lace fabrication and versatility of the dress. It came with a black slip dress underneath but I decided to style it with a bodysuit, jeans and over the knee boots. If I had only one piece of advice for people it would be to tap into your creative side and think outside the box when styling your outfits. You don’t have to wear an outfit exactly the way they style it in the store or catalog. There are so many ways to wear this dress, which I will feature in my blog soon! To order this exact dress, click here.

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Ok. Bomber jackets. When this trend first hit the streets I was not a fan and thought I wouldn’t wear a bomber jacket after their stint in the 90’s.  But then,  they started designing them with embroidery and appliqués —> hook, line and sinker. The one I’m wearing here is A-MAZING! Shop it HERE!!! !!!!! If you’re a hat person and want to change things up from the common floppy hat trend, try a beret! They are so Parisian and so chic. Shop a similar one here.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite bomber jackets for you to shop:

My fave! A colorblock vegan leather bomber!

Another embroidered option – chic and trendy

Love the cutouts on this one

My fave layering bandeau!🙌🏻

Of the moment VELVET!

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OTK Roundup

Over the knee boots are a must this season.  They have been in stores for years and they don’t show signs of disappearing any time soon.  In fact, the silhouettes keep evolving and the lengths keep moving further and further up the thigh.  I’ve had mine for years and I am so pleased that, once again, I can wear them all winter long. This is not my first post on over the knee boots and, truthfully, I hope I can post another one next year.  I just can’t get enough of them!

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The grey suede stilettos I’m wearing in these photos are from the incredibly chic brand, M. Gemi.  I instantly became a fan of their brand when I discovered their 100% Italian leather, hand-made designs on Instagram. It’s hard to find impeccably designed, luxurious shoes at an attainable price point these days but M.Gemi is changing that for consumers.  They offer their shoes directly to customers, cutting the middle man out, which means you get an insanely gorgeous pair of leather shoes (including the soles) for an insanely reasonable price. Plus, when you use my code alison143, you get an additional 20% off 🙂

Shop M. Gemi here.

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Over the years, I have invested in more than one pair. Pictured here are a stiletto and a 1/2 inch heel but most recently I purchased another pair in an of-the-moment block heel. There are an infinite number of ways to wear them from skinny jeans, shift dresses and rompers to long oversized sweaters or oversized blazers.  In the winter months, you can essentially wear them as tights if you buy a pair that are extra tall.  The pair you see pictured below are designed by L.K. Bennett and I’ve worn them more times than I can count.  At this point, my cost per wear has to be a negative number and since they are a flat boot, they have been eternally versatile –> meaning, they were worth every penny! If you’re ready to take the plunge, invest in a pair that fits your personal style so you can get as much wear out of them as possible.

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Our little buddy, Fenske, paying us a visit during the shoot. So cute!

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Links to a few of my favorite OTK styles:

Calvin Klein (sale)

Marc Fisher

Dune London (very similar to my M.Gemi’s)

Marc Fisher (flat option)

Stuart Weitzman (Splurge! I LOVE this pair)

Navy Velvet (of the moment fabric!)

Stuart Weitzman (Splurge in Velvet!)

Ivanka Trump Burgundy mid heel

Dolce Vita (flat option)

 

 

 

 

Layered with Troll Beads

Two of my good friends, a few months back, suggested I feature a photo on Instagram of my “go-to accessories”. The pieces I wear over and over again. The pieces that look infinitely different when styled with different outfits. The pieces that would make my “cost per wear” calculation nearly zero.   Which accessories made the cut? I can tell you indefinitely that my layered troll beads bracelets did.  With flying colors.

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I have owned two leather wrap bracelets for years and barely take them off. I wear them to the gym, in the shower, and to bed at night. They are so versatile and can be layered beautifully and effortlessly with so many of my other go-to pieces that it has been a no brainer to wear them over and over and over again.

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Many of you already know that I love to layer everything. Necklaces, rings, bracelets, tops and even my outerwear in the winter months. Layering for me is my comfort zone. I feel it lends a sort of laid back, relaxed vibe and is so incredibly easy to achieve.  With a few new pieces added to your accessories wardrobe, mixed with what you already own, you too can become a layering queen. Believe me,  you’ll become addicted to layering once you start.

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Here are a few photos featuring how I styled my new Troll Beads twisted copper cuff with skull charm 💀 (how cool is this charm?). I layered one with my leather wrap bracelets, which I referenced above, and wore one on its own around my upper arm. Below you’ll see that I wore them all together on one arm, which I often do.

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I am a huge proponent of thinking outside the box (see my previous post about that by clicking here). So, when Troll Beads asked me to partner with them for the second time and gave me the freedom to style their pieces as I see fit to my personal style, I was all in. As soon as I saw this skull charm, I knew exactly what I wanted to do … and I couldn’t wait to layer them. I ordered two of the exact same cuff, as I often do, and layered them with my leather wrap bracelets.

Direct Links to my favorite Troll Beads combinations:

Skull Charm

Copper Cuff

Silver Spacer (order 2 of these)

Brown/Tan leather wrap bracelet

Soul of Sunshine glass bead (order two)

Brown leather wrap bracelet

Blossom Shade Bead (order two)

**30% off their “Falling In Love” Collection by clicking here

 

 

 

 

Makeup That Feels Like Air

Many of us would like to have a makeup foundation that has the ability to provide full coverage but doesn’t actually FEEL like we’re wearing makeup. A buildable foundation that covers up hyperpigmentation without a caked on, heavy finish. One that doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes, marrionette lines and frown marks. A foundation that feels like air; like we’re not wearing any makeup at all.  Well, I’m happy to inform you that I’ve found it — the new Luminess Airbrush Legend system is AH-MAZING, my friends.

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For starters, these photos have been untouched (HELLLLO dark spots 👋). I am constantly trying to conceal what years of sun exposure has done to my skin. Many times, due to unsuccessful attempts, I give up and only use BB Cream or tinted moisturizer because I hate (yes, hate) the feeling that I’m wearing makeup. I also despise when makeup creases and pools  in my ever growing crows feet and other fine lines on my skin. I mean, really? Let’s just accentuate one of the reasons we are wearing makeup to begin with? No thank you.

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Introduce Luminess Air and all of our concerns vanish into thin air — literally. This makeup application is much better and much easier than you think.  It took me less than 5 minutes to apply every step and I even took a stab at contouring! I applied a primer, a foundation (concentrating on dark spots more than once for that buildable coverage I talked about earlier), a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. I even cleaned the tubing afterwards with a little water. All done in less than 5 minutes.  It was fun, invigorating and super easy. It not only covered my dark spots but also made my pores appear smaller and never settled into fine lines. Can I get an AMEN?!? Man, I love this stuff.

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Since I’ve been asked several times if it’s messy to apply, I would like to address that question here. The answer is NO! Surprisingly, it isn’t messy one bit. I applied it while wearing this white dress and not one speckle of makeup was found. I also would like to mention that it’s ideal for sensitive skin since it’s fragrance free and your dirty brushes (and hands) never touch your face. Oh, and one last secret — it can last up to 18 hours🙌🏻🙌🏻

Click HERE to order but first get your discount code below!

**The amazing team of people who work for Luminess Air have generously offered my followers 20% off their entire website (www.luminessair.com)! To order use code: 131950157. Also, you can post questions or comments here on the blog or on insta — I’ll be sure to get back to you! Continue reading Makeup That Feels Like Air

Teva – Old Brand, New Twist

Tevas. We all remember them.  We all wore them.  If you were a child of the 80’s and early 90’s there is no way you didn’t own at least one, if not two, pairs of the classic, strappy, sporty sandal.  Now they’re back with an updated, trendier version of their original selves…and I couldn’t be happier.

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You all know how much I love a flatform and, in my opinion, it is THE shoe of the season.  High-end brands like Prada and Marc Jacobs have graced the runway with Teva look-alike versions and other high-end companies are asking to collaborate with the classic brand. Teva has always done Teva; they have stuck to the design which has always worked for them but they have now given it an unexpected twist. And consumers can’t get enough of them.

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The best part is that  you don’t have to reserve them only for your casual, adventurous days like we are used to.  With the athleisure trend at an all time high, you can wear them with dresses, skirts, rompers, jumpsuits, and even socks (yes, socks). Stay tuned for all sorts of collaborations! This brand isn’t going anywhere any time soon and I say we embrace it and run free…

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For the design I’m wearing in these photos click here.

Get another version I’m obsessed with here.

If you want a shinier, dressier version click here.

Happy shopping everyone!

xoxo

Alison

 

 

M. Gemi Bi-Annual Sale – Come and Get It

The time has come. M.Gemi’s bi-annual sale hits TODAY. This is huge as all styles included in the sale are up to 60% off! For Italian leather hand-made shoes, you should consider this the deal of the century.  I have linked my favorite styles below but to view the entire sale click here.  They are already selling out quickly so nab a few now if you’re interested.  Note: if you really love a style that is unavailable, get on the wait list! They will notify you if it becomes available in your size.  How’s that for customer service?

1. Black and White loafers

2. White cut out flats

3. Tan boots no longer available. 🙁

4. Basket weave grey sneakers also no longer avail

5. Flatforms — my fave shoe of the season!

6. Neutral strappy high heel sandal

7. Neutral two-strap high heel sandal

8. Lace up flat sandal in luggage

9. Leopard print high heel mule

10. Black wooden heel boot no longer avail

11. Neutral high heel bootie

12. Double strap mule – high heel with animal print

13. Neutral suede slides

14. Mule with mid-heel in cognac

15. Gladiator sandal in neutral and/or black – everyone needs a pair!

16. Black double strap high heel sandal

17. Red double strap with bow high heel sandal

18. Blue driving moccasin

19. Blue/white lace up flat sandal

Below are a few photos of an M. Gemi platform that I ordered in the spring. They are the perfect sandal to pair with flare jeans and have such a 70’s vibe.  I love them! If you don’t own a platform or a flatform, I highly recommend giving one (or both) a try.

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