Thursday, March 31, 2011

Celebrity Looks: Rachel McAdams

Continuing on with my obsession with the classic, I simply could not ignore another celebrity who seems to always hit it out of the park with her hair (and oddly enough, she looks good in nearly every color!). Rachel McAdams always looks so put together and polished with her clothes, and she always has her hair as the perfect crowning jewel to her impeccable wardrobe.


Dark, side swept bangs and a loose updo, oh my!









 
A little blonde bombshell action, with gorgeous long layers













A glamorous yet understated ballerina bun, its a classic!





























Alas, even nearly perfect starlets sometimes make a mistake, and this one's mistake comes in the form of pink stripes and roots, yikes!

Speechless.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JCrew Wants!

Something about the change in weather, and maybe also something from that "The Romantics" movie has me obsessed with the latest JCrew gear! Below are my top lust-after pieces!

Striped Mandarin Tee
Spangled Stripe Sweater
Gingham Mini
Oxford Short
Lulu Tweed Ballet Flat


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Chick-Lit!

So many people use that term like its a bad things, but I think those people are fools! Although there is something lovely about a deep, more intellectually involved piece of literature, sometimes at the end of the day you just want to come home and read something a little lighter. I always find myself craving a bit of chick-lit!

Since people will be starting to take their spring (shameless brag and plug for my Charleston vacation taking place in less than a week!!!!) and soon, summer, vacations, I thought it might be nice to share with you some of my recent favorites!






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Friday, March 25, 2011

"The Romantics"

Yesterday I was blessed with being called for jury duty, aka the most depressing day of the year. But since thats not particularly fun to either write or read about, I want to tell you about the awesome movie I got in from Netflix just in time for the big day!

"The Romantics" was a smaller film that came out months ago and I was eagerly awaiting its release, but then it never even came to Baltimore (mainly to just LA and NYC...lame). So I then waited for Netflix, and TADA! It is kind of like watching a JCrew catalogue photo shoot with a story to it. And that is awesome.

Here are some lovely eye candy shots to entice you, and I highly suggest you go out and rent the movie. I feel like it would be particularly perfect to watch on a rainy day!






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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

Earlier this week I received the Stylish Blogger Award from the lovely Bridget over at BKS Fashion and of course, I was thrilled! Who doesn't love an award, especially for something you work really hard at and put a lot of time into! And the best part? I get to tag 5 other fabulously fashionable blogs!

Here are the rules:

  • Link back and thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Award 5 recently discovered blogs.
  • Contact them and tell them about their award.

7 Things About Me:

  1.  I have recently gotten back into daily exercising and wake up everyday at 5:15AM to go to the gym! It has actually gotten addicting- though one of the things that fuels that addition is the constant buying of more workout related gear...
  2. I have to listen to my calming yoga mix as I fall asleep, otherwise my mind wanders and it will take me hours to pass out
  3. Although I would like to claim I read smart and somewhat mind enriching books, I really only download and reach chick-lit on my beloved Nook (if you love it too, then contact me for some awesome suggestions!)
  4. I am the douche that walks around with 2 Blackberrys (one is personal, one is for work), and is constantly on both of them... its nerdy, and not at all bad ass like I used to tell myself it was...
  5. I have a creepy obsession with my beloved cat Spencer, and cannot go a day without talking to him in an obnoxious baby voice- he is the one thing I miss the most when I go out of town!
  6. To operate at what optimum level, I need 10 hours of sleep- only happens on the weekends though. I can also easily sleep for like 14 hours- I am a sleep machine
  7. I just signed up for my first 5K ever and I am beyond terrified that I will be the lone person who cannot finish it- HELP!


My picks!!

1. Shasta Anne, who is one of my favorite and definitely a fabulous daily read!
2. Blonde Episodes, one of the most adorable blogs I have come across, loves it!
3. Pearls, Fleurs & Departures, my only blogger bud who I actually know in real life- good news, she is equally as cool in person!
4. Frankie Hearts Fashion, who has the most killer wardrobe pics- I wish I could dress like that!
5. My Two Cents (...before I spend it!) has the most adorable blog, with great real life pics and an excellent sense of style!

There are so many more that I have recently discovered and cannot wait to share with you all, but I will do an entirely separate post on that later ;)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Product Review: T3's Luminous Flat Iron

T3, long known for making amazing hair styling tools, has done it again! Please watch below for my rave review of the T3 Luminous Flat Iron.
Bottom line: its a great flat iron that maximizes the product used in your hair, creates a glossy, soft finish, and is light and compact enough to go with you everywhere! 


Monday, March 21, 2011

Whats In My Purse!

Thanks to Tyler over at Pearls, Fleurs & Departures tagged me in her post about what she has in her purse, and since I adore these posts- of course I had to participate!

The bag itself:
My beloved Michael Kors Bag that I demanded be an early present last year in Charleston!
Its contents:
My Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh's- the ONLY glasses that don't sit on my mother and I's cheek bones and leave marks!

My hold it all Prada wallet- given to my by my AMAZING sister-in-law Jennifer!
Always a staple- Smith's Rosebud Salve that now comes in a no-mess tube! <3
Packets of Emergen-C in Cranberry Pomegranate- sometimes you just need a C boost! 



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day of Silence for Japan

In honor of all those affected by the recent disaster in Japan, Friday, March 18th, 2011 I will be participating in the Blogger's Day of Silence.

The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
Just follow these simple rules:
1. This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2. Please post a blog post about what you will be doing this Friday whenever possible in hopes to spread the word and whoever else would like to join in.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet the link to 
http://forjapanwithlove.com/
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan.
Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated. 

Please join me this Friday March 18th in the
Bloggers Day of Silence.
My blog will be silent, which means no posts will be featured to honor and respect that has happened in Japan.

If you're interested in participating info@utterlyengaged.com for more information.


Thank you so, so much Hopsy over at Monograms and Manicures for this truly wonderful idea!


Icons: Princess Grace Kelly

Every now and then we come across a truly timeless icon, who's beauty and style still remains relevant decades later. Princess Grace Kelly is one of the few. 







Images from hereherehere and here

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Product Review: Leonor Greyl's Lait Luminescence




Have you been looking for a spray leave-in conditioner that not only detangles and softens, but also protects your hair from heat damage? Well good news- I have discovered it for you! Leonor Greyl's Lait Luminescence is once of those rare all-in-one products that adds a bit of luxury and convenience to yours everyday life.

Quickly spritz all over towel dried hair and comb through evenly, and once it is evenly distributed, just style as normal. Easy as that! This has seriously cut down on products that I have to haul to and from the gym everyday in my get-ready-for-work bag, and its beautiful elegant bottle makes me the envy of all the other ladies in the locker room stuck using Herbal Essences (yucktastic much?).

So ladies, do not delay, this spray is worth every penny as it replaces multiple other products like detangler, smoothing serum, and heat protectant spray- and the result? Smooth hair that blow dries to the perfect shiny texture, and allows a flat iron to glide over your hair like silk. Doesn't get much better than that, does it?


Monday, March 14, 2011

Celebrity Trends: Kardashians... The times are not a changing

I wish I had something new to report when it comes to the hair of the Kardashians, and aside from Khloe's interesting choice to go "blonde" nothing has changed. At all. Like ever. Don't get me wrong- I love myself some Kardashian Kraziness- but sometimes it can be refreshing to mix it up. I have often found myself wishing I had their lucious brown locks, including the length (extensions) and the shine (shine rinse?), but I also love seeing new things on celebrities.
This could be 1999 or 2009- its all the same with them
Now I know they have had a few different changes over the years, however I choose to ignore the blonde that almost all of them have attempted. It was a mistake on every single one of them, and they looked like JLo circa 1995 (aka not good). So Kardashian Klan, I am begging you, chop it, dye it, shave it- I don't care, but change it up and give us something to look forward to as we stand in line at the grocery store and page through gossip mags!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

A Little Sleepy So.... More Bedrooms!

Well its Friday, and in all honesty, I am exhausted. So, in the spirit of a sleepy weekend, more luxury bedrooms! Yes, I clearly have an obsession with beautiful bedrooms, but like I have said before, in a little studio apartment, the entire apartment sort of becomes your bedroom!

I could dive right in there

Beautiful and Functional- I want to go to there

Comfy, Bright and Cheery! 
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