My 5 Favorite Lipsticks

posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Do you have a signature favorite lip color? For me, that's this shade by Yves Saint Laurent. It's the perfect shade of pink, with just enough color and lasting power to make the formula splurge-worthy. Don't get me wrong, I also love drugstore beauty buys — which are more practical and budget-friendly for everyday wear. Whether they're from Nordstrom, Sephora or the corner drugstore, here are five lip colors that have become my go-to favorites:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine' (Pink in Devotion): Smooth, moisture-rich color that lasts. (Smells great, too!)
NARS Lipstick (Schiap): A fun, vibrant color for when you're feeling bold. Perfect for vacation or a girls' night out.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm (Vivacious): My choice for everyday wear. You'll likely find it in my bag at all times.
Milani Lipstick (Flamingo Pose): I'm usually not one for red lips, so this shade strikes a balance between berry and pink.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color (Passion Fruit): A sheer, flattering shade that's easy to apply for an effortless look.



Fall Preview

posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014


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While Saturday was a quintessential summer day, yesterday was a little overcast and chilly, which had me thinking about the changing of seasons. I'm not quite ready to give up sundresses and sandals just yet, but I am excited to see fall fashion arrivals, like these suede booties, this quilted jacket, and this leopard print scarf (under $30!). Fall is also a time when I stock up on favorite candles for around home — this one by Voluspa and this Capri Blue candle are the absolute best. Are you looking forward to fall? Be sure to visit my Shop page, as I'll continue to add new arrivals throughout the season!



Office Chic

posted on: Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Whether it's your home office, desk at work, or study spot at school, personalizing a workspace can help you feel energized and productive. While I love keeping up-to-date with my iPhone on the go, there's something about keeping an old school journal and desk calendar — don't you think? Some of my favorite office accessories are from retailers like Graphic Image and Container Store, offering both professional and stylish pieces. How do you like to personalize your workspace?


(For more office design inspiration, be sure to see these gold office accessories)


Summer Snapshots

posted on: Monday, August 11, 2014


A few summer snapshots of late... Between beach volleyball and days on the lake, weekend weddings and girls' book club, these past few weeks have been flying by! While the sunshine is still with us in Chicago, I'm trying to take advantage of everything outdoors in the city, whether it's the lakeshore path or dining al fresco, like this patio (a fave spot of mine). I hope you're enjoying these last weeks of summer!

Saturday

posted on: Saturday, August 9, 2014


Happy Saturday to you! My weekend mornings usually begin with enjoying a cup of coffee (or two!), catching up on the news and my favorite magazines, and browsing Pinterest. (Any one else here with me?) I've added a few pins and boards, in case you're browsing this weekend. I'm heading to a friends' wedding later today, which will surely provide lots of fun for the remainder of the weekend. Do you have any special plans for today? I hope you have a great Saturday!

P.S.: I get quite a few questions about this leopard clutch. You can find it here at 30% off (by subscribing to Piperlime emails), if interested!

8 Rosé Wines to Try

posted on: Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Believe it or not, rosé wine has been making a major comeback. Don't let its pink color fool you — the majority of rosé wines are not sugary sweet; rather they fall within the "dry" category. The perfect rosé is light, crisp, and pairs well across a variety of foods. It's a great choice for a summer picnic, backyard BBQ, or dinner with girlfriends! It’s also fairly affordable wine, so there are a number of good options you can find without breaking the bank. Here's a sampling of rosé wines worth a try:

Whispering Angel ($20): The palest of pale rosés, tastes clean and fresh of light summer fruits.
Incanto Rose ($7): A fun frizzante (sparkling) wine with cherry, raspberry and strawberry aromas.
Lorenza ($19): Pale pink, bright and crisp with light flavors of citrus and berries.
Miraval ($24): Concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon.
Triennes ($15): A nice pale pink rosé, crisp and dry finish.
Aix ($17): Bright pale pink with aromas of soft, ripe summer fruit.
Sofia ($14): Deeper in color, tasting of flavorful strawberry and raspberry.
Breezette ($15): Blush colored rosé balancing mineral and ripe fruit aromas.

Are you a fan of rosé? If you have any favorites, I'd love to hear!