Holiday 2016 Fragrance Fav: #KPMadLove

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Are you ready to spread the #KPMadLove this holiday season? I know I am! As you may have seen me tweeting recently, I’m obsessing over Katy Perry’s latest fragrance offering, Mad Love.

It’s a sexy floriental with the perfect balance of fruitiness. The perfume opens with Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with the freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the delish Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses. Indulgent warmth builds in the background with the allure of Coconut Wood, Skin Musk, and sensual Sandalwood.

Beyond the sweet smell, the bottle itself is super chic and looks just darling on my vanity. The glass design takes its cues from a classical round potion bottle that has been dipped in Cupid’s favorite color, light pink. The front of the bottle features an embossed heart-shaped seal inspired by the vintage wax seals from love letters. The marbleized cap is the finishing touch.

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It’s a total must have for the holiday season and the perfect gift for that special gal in your life! And, if that special gal happens to be yourself, that’s totally ok. 😉

So, ready to win a bottle of your own? I know you’ll fall in love with #KPMadLove as I have. Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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Sleepy Hollow Travel Guide + Vacay Inspo

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At the risk of sounding extremely basic, I LOVE fall. This time of year is my favorite! So, to continue my annual mission to fill my fall to the brim with memories, I embarked on a trip to the infamous Sleepy Hollow.

Of course, I’ve been a fan of the tale since I was a kid and used to watch the Disney version. My interest in Washington Irving’s story was reinvigorated when the Sleepy Hollow film came out (classic Johnny Depp, hello!) and then again when I relocated to New York where it takes place.

The spooky little town of Sleepy Hollow did not disappoint, so I’m thrilled to share what I learned from my adventure! Read on for my tips and tricks before you plan your own trip…

When to go

Halloween, duh. Sleepy Hollow was affectionately nicknamed the “Halloween capital of the world” (although I’m sure there might be some folks in Salem and NoLa that disagree). Even if you aren’t big on the ghouls and goblins side of Halloween, fall is absolutely beautiful in the Hudson Valley area. So trust me on this, go in October. I took the New York Water Taxi’s Sleepy Hollow Ferry. The view from the Hudson River was breathtaking and the ride there was honestly one of the highlights of my trip! Even if you’re coming in from out of town, I think this is the route to go.

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What to wear
The most important piece is comfortable shoes! Nearly everything fun in Sleepy Hollow involves walking and exploring large, hilly areas (especially the cemetery, but more on that later). Leave your witchy heels at home, this is a job for Adidas. As far as your outfit, leggings and a flowy fall dress will do!

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What to eat

If you’re day tripping from Manhattan like I did, I recommend kicking off your Sleepy Hollow adventure with brunch at Ichabod’s, appropriately adjacent to the Headless Horseman bar on Irving Place in Manhattan. Don’t confuse this awesome spot with The Horseman in Sleepy Hollow. That Horseman is a sad diner and you will be disappointed if you eat there. Pro tip: Walk a little farther from Sleepy Hollow to Main Street in Tarrytown where you’ll find a string of foodie friendly restaurants (The Twisted Oak, yum) and hipster approved craft beer bars (The Oath, double yum). When you’re done, grab some homemade ice cream at Main Street Sweets. SO good.

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Where to stay

Planning to stay overnight? If you’re coming in from another area, The Castle Hotel and Spa should be your home away from home. This stunning resort is a hot spot for weddings and special events with good reason. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and have an eerie elegance, perfect for a Halloween vacay. If you’re an NYC dweller looking to save a few bucks, you can totally skip the overnight part and ferry back after a full day (it only takes about an hour to get back to the city).

 

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Where to play

It just would not be a trip to Sleepy Hollow if you skip the Headless Horseman bridge and take an obligatory tourist photo at the very spot where the horseman made his infamous ride and scared the bejeezus out of our friend Ichabod Crane. Also worth scoping out: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside where you can tour the grounds of Irving’s beautiful estate. Another not to be missed sight is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a walk-through pumpkin promenade at Van Courtlandt Manor with over 7,000 decorated jack o’lanterns on display. You also can’t miss the Old Dutch Church and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (where many of New York’s elite have been laid to rest). Spooky, but beautiful.

Follow my advice and I promise you a perfect Halloween excursion to Sleepy Hollow! 👻👻👻

Celebrate Fall with Betsey Johnson at Macy’s

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Are you ready for a super fun fashion event to bring in fall? Love the movie Trolls?! Betsey Johnson will be at Macy’s to celebrate her new line, Betsey Johnson xox Trolls, and you can have a chance to meet her! Join to celebrate Betsey’s latest collection inspired by Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls and available exclusively at Macy’s.

I’ll be at the iconic Macy’s Herald Square on Thursday Oct. 13th at 6 p.m. to celebrate with Macy’s and Betsey and I’m SO excited. Be one of the first 100 customers in line and have your photo taken with Betsey! Plus, with any $50 Betsey Johnson purchase, receive a signature selfie stick. If you’re in the area, come hang with us! If not, definitely check out Macys.com to see where the nearest event is in your area.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Betsey16.

[This post was sponsored by Macy’s, but all opinions are my own.]

What I Learned at Fashion Week

I’m still recovering from the whirlwind that was New York Fashion Week. And if you’re a fashion fan, you know that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the flutter of activity during fashion month around the globe. So, as we look ahead to London, Paris, and Milan, allow me to share what I’ve learned so far…

Disney is in.

Little #mermaid vibes at #MillySpring17. 😍 #nyfw

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I saw fairytale themed goodness on more than one runway this season. I spotted Ariel at Milly, Belle at Vicky Zhang, and even the Rodarte show had a princess lost in the forest kinda vibe. Moral of the story is, it’s cool to dress like a princess this spring. This makes me happy for obvious reasons.

The 80s are back.

GIVING YOU ALBUM COVER GIRL GROUP REALNESS 😍 @sarasampaio @chaneliman @ariwestphal 👠💋👙

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Seriously. They were all over the place! Definitely in full effect at Jeremy Scott‘s “Slime Time” show where 1980s New York took center stage. Purple eyeshadow,graphic neon nail art, and all.

You can wear a dark lip in the springtime.

It’s a common misconception that you have to wear poppy brights in the spring and vampy dark lips in the fall. But that’s not a thing. You going to challenge Pat McGrath? I know I’m not. #bowdown

All body types are welcome.

Seeing all sizes and all colors on the SAME runway was truly a beautiful thing. Sure there are some designers who dedicate shows to “plus” size fashion, but to showcase both together like Christian Siriano did, on the same runway, is truly remarkable.

New York Fashion Week Must Haves

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If you follow me on social, you might have seen a thing or two about New York Fashion Week recently. It’s winding down now, but I’ve been having a blast for the past week attending all the best shows and learning some amazing behind-the-scenes secrets from some of the most talented artists in the beauty biz. (More on that later!)

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my absolute must-have products for surviving fashion week. As die-hard fashionistas know, NYFW is just the beginning of this season’s fashion extravaganza. So, if you’re jetting off to the next runway in London, take a peek at my must haves list below! Couldn’t have survived NYFW without these…

External Phone Charger

Seriously, if you do not yet have one of these, get one now. I got mine on Amazon for like $20 and it has been an absolute life saver in terms of keeping my necessary electronics juiced up when I need them the most. Snapchat sucks a lot of battery power, you guys.

Listerine Strips

These are my lifeline for making sure my breath is fresh at all times. They’re also great for a quick way to perk yourself up if you’re nodding off from exhaustion. #truth

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray

Sometimes there is just no time for touch-ups and your look has to last all day. I’m obsessed with the Urban Decay setting sprays – especially the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Legit lasts for 16 hours so your makeup will last from early morning call time to late night show to the after party.

Bandaids

You’ve heard that you need a sturdy heel or a flat. You’ve shopped and shopped. You’re convinced that you found the perfect pair. You think your shoe selection is fine, but you’re wrong. Even the chunkiest heels can create mean blisters if you’re darting from show to show for a week straight (especially if they’re new and not properly broken in). Do your footsies a favor and keep some Bandaids in your bag.

Ardell “Babies” False Lashes

The absolute easiest way to instantly up your glam is to add a pair of falsies to any look. You could be free of any other speck of makeup and the Ardell Babies lashes will legit up your makeup game with little effort. They look natural thanks to the awesome flexible band. They’re definitely on my fav lashes list!

Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths with CleanRipple® Texture

Even the chicest shows (I’m looking at you, Jeremy Scott) sometimes require port-a-potty situations due to the massive amount of attendees. So, take it from me and do not get caught off guard in a situation where you’re out of toilet paper! Luckily, I had some Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths with CleanRipple® Texture to keep me clean and fresh in all the sketchy restroom situations I encountered this week. Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture keeps you clean so you can feel confident enough to strut your stuff, whether down the runway, the red carpet or the city streets. It’s designed to clean better, so you’re clean and confident enough to go commando. Just keepin’ it real, folks.

[I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.]