Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Musings


Getting organized after a relaxing weekend certainly puts me in work mode. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a delightful visit from my parents for their 23rd wedding anniversary this weekend, and couldn't have had a better time celebrating and showing them around my new neighborhood in the city. For now, it's back to the grind for a short week!

My Sunday night was filled with organizing my shoes and nail polish, which had me online scouring numerous websites like Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Shopbop adding things to my shopping card that, well, weren't so realistic. For example, the Aquazzura heels. Amazing right? They're definitely my dream shoe. The other items are little things that help me get back into the groove; a fresh coat of polish, a sleek bag that fits the essentials and some colorful stationery to take notes and stay caught up.

Here's to a productive (and stylish) short week.
xx, ZM

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Weekender


Wherever you may be spending your weekend, by the pool, on the beach or in the city, be sure to enjoy it. Days off are far and few, so pack right (and light) and explore wherever you may be. Keep these stylish items in mind as they will only perpetuate your fun and make your adventures more enjoyable as the compliments roll in. Have a great weekend! Stay tuned for new projects next week.

Cheers to the first official summer weekend.
xx, ZM


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Skin Deep


It took me a while to solidify my exact beauty routine and find the products that I love. I’m sure I will switch around from time to time, never sticking with the same foundation or moisturizer, but for now, I’m taking my current beauty regimen seriously.

I don’t have a complicated system at all. I stick to the basics and rarely stray to looks or products outside of my comfort zone. If I need a bold eye or a daring lip, I have a few makeup fanatic friends and beauty PR super interns on speed dial. I’ve learned a thing or two from them, but like I said, I stick to what I call the primary stages of makeup.

For several months now I’ve been hooked on Clean & Clear’s morning burst. I use it both morning and night and afterwards I always get a fresh feel and I’m able to see and feel the effects of the tiny microbursts in the cleanser. It’s helped my sensitive skin be less prone to acne, and no other face wash has done this before. Also, it doesn’t leave a scent or an oily shine after a wash, so it’s perfect for cleaning off every spec of makeup and washing before re-applying for a 100% fresh, clean slate. I’m super content with this product and can’t see myself making a switch to anything.

I’ve always been a Chanel fragrance girl, bouncing between No. 5, No. 19 and Coco Mademoiselle, but this summer I’ve discovered Stella McCartney’s Stella eau de toilette and I’ve fallen in love. It’s a light yet prominent scent and it lasts throughout most of the day – yes, even with the humidity and who knows what else lingering in the thick NYC air. Along with this key benefit, the decanter is delicately designed to fit any stinkpot arrangement of cosmetics. The light pink bottle with feminine polka dots and a subtle gold accent is a great reflection of the scent and simplicity of the famous brand. This scent is definitely a keeper.

COVERGIRL lash bloom mascara is another product that really does the trick for me. I’ve tried so many designer mascaras over the years, but this drugstore find is the best yet. I love it because of the incredible volume and length it adds to my lashes. It lasts throughout the day, never demanding to be re-applied, and it’s effortless to take off. Since beginning to use Lash Bloom I’ve gotten so many compliments and people can’t believe these are my real lashes. It’s a staple to my simple beauty routine, and a steal for anyone dissatisfied with their pricey products.

I’ve always loved a neat brow, and I don’t go anywhere without this Anastasia pencil. It’s the only one I’ve ever tried, which is rare for me, so it’s clearly a keeper! It comes in several colors to match any respective hair color, and a lot of my friends are huge fans too. It does the trick and is reasonably priced at $21, so why not?

One thing I’ve changed what seems like a million times is my “face makeup” routine. After many switches and experimenting with different brands and types, I’ve happily settled for Chanel powder foundation and NARS powder blush. I am also addicted to NARS powered bronzer (not pictured) but I don’t need to use it during the summer. These products agree wonderfully with my skin and come in a wide range of colors. Of course I don’t do anything crazy, but if you’re into bold makeup and colorful blush, there are a ton of options. For keeping it simple, these are my go-tos, and I wouldn’t even think of making a change.

Finally, we have the Fresh Sugar lip treatment. Talk about obsessed. I have only been using this product since January, but I’ve gone through three whole tubes and have restocked each time. This lip treatment is true to its title, and I’ve found it to be the best remedy possible for dryness, sunburns, etc. Anything that can happen to your lips, this is the solution. It conveniently comes with different tints, too, so you can skip your lipstick if need be. I am the most passionate about Fresh Sugar lip treatment than anything else I use, and I’m so happy to have stumbled upon it in Sephora one day.

My beauty routine is pretty simple, but I’ve tried so many things before settling for what I use today. I’m more than happy with my choices as you’v probably noticed, so hopefully my experimental stage is over. If you think of recommendations or products you simply can’t live without that maybe I would love too, don’t be shy! Leave your comments below and I’ll check them out. I am always looking for inspiration for my next Skin Deep post. Keep up the good work with the beauty routines of your own, and maybe, just maybe, I will branch out soon.
That's the beauty buzz (for now).
xx, ZM

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Around Town // The Hamptons

To say this past weekend in the Hamptons was relaxing would be a major understatement. After four weeks in the city, it felt incredible to escape to crisp, sea air, kick off my Jack Rogers and lay on the beach with a good read. It's crazy how what seemed to be a quick trip on the Hamptons Jitney takes you to a whole new place. Within minutes of arriving at Rogers Beach in Westhampton on Friday, I was basking in the sun, enjoying the most rewarding of naps – you can ask my friends, I fell asleep mid-sentence. By Sunday I was so used to the surroundings, making it sad to part ways and head back to the grind in the big city.

It's nice to take a break every once and a while an indulge in what summer's all about. Listening to the waves crashing, sand in my sandals, the aroma of my tote changing to that of tanning oil, an array of new downtown boutiques to obsess over – it's the little things. The work week is amazing and I couldn't have a more enjoyable internship, but taking advantage of the weekend is something special.

The week is halfway over and my friends and I are already planning for what's ahead. Stay tuned for next week's About Town for a fresh take on all things NYC. For now, enjoy this Hamptons recap and think of planning a trip of your own. You won't regret it.

Power through the work week.
xx, ZM


Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Musings


It's impossible for me not to have a case of the Mondays every Monday, especially today after a relaxing weekend in Westhampton. There are some things I simply cannot get back into the groove without, and they definitely won't hurt your routine either.

There's nothing like good stationery. I can jot down notes on just about anything, but the prettier the paper the more productive I am. This Kate Spade New York stationery is the perfect match for kicking my weekend blues aside and getting to work.

My favorite time of day is snack time. Having a certain snack in mind motivates me, and after having one I feel energized and ready to go. This week I'm dying to try PopBar. They have a plethora of popsicles like you wouldn't imagine. Fruit flavors, gelato, you name it. You know where to find me once that two o'clock feeling hits.

If you're going to be watching the clock all day you may as well have a beautiful watch. This Tory Burch timepiece is one of my favorites. The colors are remarkable and always stand out, and the band is adjustable and so comfortable to wear all day. It's great for work, play, weekends, etc., and that's essential to me when deciding on the perfect piece.

Staying organized is key. I'm a neat freak about things, just ask my roommates over the years. Especially while carrying a giant tote to work every day, I need to make sure everything is being held exactly where I want it to be. This Kate Spade New York pencil pouch is the exact case to do just the job. Without this, my bag would be a mess and my day would be a lot less put together. 
A little shopping also helps me stay sane during the week too. You know, retail therapy. Keeping track of sales and special retail events is key for finding the best deals and exclusive pieces. Here's a breakdown of what's going on this week in terms of shopping:

  • J.Crew Factory – Head to the website to enjoy 35% off your order with the code "newnew" 
  • J.Crew & Madewell Sample Sales – Listen up, New Yorkers. Tomorrow, June 23 through June 28, both J.Crew and Madewell are hosting sample sales. Yes, this is real life. For the full details click here and follow the hashtags #MadewellsFirst and #CountdownToJCrew. I'm a little too excited for this.
  • Loeffler Randall – If you're anything like me, the only BS you need is bags and shoes. And if you're looking for a great discount on both (aren't we all), Loeffler Randall is having a killer sale. There are an endless amount of summer styles that are the trendiest options you can find for amazing prices. Shop ASAP before it ends. And heads up, sign up for the email list and receive 10% off. 
Cheers to a great week! Don't forget to treat yourself.
xx, ZM

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Weekender x The Hamptons


The best thing to remember while packing for a weekend getaway is that it's only for a weekend. This is always my biggest struggle. Choose a neutral bag and one or two pairs of sandals or pumps that go with a couple of different outfits, only bring clothes you know you'll wear and pack a couple of small accessories that you'll get a lot of use from. Sound good? These were my points on my checklist while packing for The Hamptons, and I think I did a good job. Limit yourself because nothing's worse than lugging an unnecessarily heavy bag. Believe me, I'm an experienced over-packer, and it'll take away from your weekend escape.
Have some fun in the sun.
xx, ZM

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Around Town // Washington, DC

Soon after my arrival in New York, I learned that it's common to flee the city on weekends for quieter, more relaxing destinations. And after spending three weeks here, that makes complete sense to me. Amongst the most popular havens are the upscales towns in The Hamptons, but many travel up or down the East Coast to different cities or their hometowns too. 

Last weekend I visited Washington, D.C., and was able to enjoy a day trip to Alexandria, Virginia. Exploring timeless, old American towns like Alexandria, and Georgetown in D.C., is one of my favorite things to do. The architecture of the brownstones – and all different color stone homes – is fascinating and beautiful to compare one to the next. Each street is filled with countless uniquely colored doors, flower boxes and shutters, creating a consistent, classic look for the perfectly curated neighborhoods. I like to think that if J.Crew transformed into architecture, it would look like a Georgetown or Alexandria neighborhood. 

The classic elements of American design not only reside in these old school sectors, but all across D.C. As pictured above, sightseeing around the National Mall and admiring what each and every monument stands for and has to offer is something I haven't grown sick of after several trips to D.C. in the past year. It's fascinating to think of how each was constructed way back in the day without many of the resources we deem as essential today. Each is ornate and different from its counterparts, offering aesthetic experiences incomparable to any other place I've been. I'm sometimes reminded of London or Paris, and can see details inspired by both places, but the way all of the elements come together is much different than both places.

They say traveling is the only thing you pay for that makes you richer, and I couldn't agree more. Between all of the interesting people, adorable dogs all over the place, and an endless amount of coffee and ice cream shops I swear I could live in, this excursion – like all to D.C. – was enjoyable as ever. Stay tuned for this weekend's getaway in the Hamptons. How New York of me.

Hoping the travel bug never goes away.
xx, ZM

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Around Town // Part One


Moving to Manhattan certainly isn't for everyone, but so far, it's been an adventure for me. I began interning in Digital Strategy at Tory Burch on June 1, and will continue through mid August. Each day, whether at my internship or walking around familiarizing myself with my new city, has been mesmerizing. From people watching to shopping, sightseeing and eating all different kinds of food (many of which I never knew existed), the activities are endless. These three weeks in the city have taken me so many unique places, and I'm constantly learning more and more about myself and those around me. I've immersed myself in a culture greater than anything I've experienced anywhere else in the world, and the journey has just begun.

This post will be the first of many chronicling my summer in the city. There is so much left to explore in and around New York, New York, and a countless amount of photos left to take and share. "Around town" will be a weekly series of posts recounting treasured places, meals, people, outfits and more that I stumble upon and am intrigued by. It will be a stylishly curated looking glass into the summer I've been looking forward to for many years, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

Stay tuned.
xx, ZM


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Say Hello to Bambina

Year after year we find swimwear trends ever changing, and it's hard to keep up. New styles, colors, patterns, etc. are trending all over the place, but the one thing that really matters – and is often times forgotten – is the fit. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Diana Piekarski, owner and designer of Bambina Swimwear recently to discuss her new-to-the-market brand. 

Bambina is a lifestyle swimwear brand featuring fashion forward, quality bathing suits with an emphasis on superior design and fit.  Diana's designs strive to empower women by raising their confidence when they are in their bikinis. Sounds good, right? Another great factor about the brand is that you're able to mix and match from many options for your shopping ease. 

As told by her Kickstarter campaign bio, Diana says about Bambina, "I was inspired to start Bambina when I was finally fed up with my quest for the perfect bathing suit. Since I was young, I have always had a passion for swimwear but never was able to find a suit that looked and fit 'just right'. By providing women with a top notch product that is both comfortable and fashionable, I hope to take the pain out of swimsuit shopping and turn it into the fun experience that it should be!"

Speaking of Kickstarter, there are 6 days left to pledge to Bambina. Every amount brings the brand closer to becoming a reality. Diana is super passionate and ready to take Bambina to the next level. I met with her in the midst of the Financial District in New York City, and her energy and motivation to push Bambina to its limits stood out amongst thousands of others I passed on my way to see her. She and the brand are both ready for success.

There's no better way to kick off summer than by helping a fellow fashion lover bring her designs and ideas to life. Make sure to watch Diana's Kickstarter video here and learn more about the brand, its inspiration, and where she hopes to take it. You'll leave the site with a new outlook on swimwear and I can promise you won't be able to get her chic designs out of your heads.
Cheers to Bambina!
xx, ZM

Monday, April 27, 2015

Three Ways to Gear Up For Mother's Day

Mother's Day is around the corner – less than two weeks away to be exact – and it's time for you to get your ducks in a row. Everybody may celebrate a little bit differently, but like any other year, it's all about Mom. Part of gearing up means getting your plans ready that day, whether they be surprise or not, and of course planning special gifts that show her just how much you care. There are all sorts of things to get Mom, but the steps for gearing up are the same across the board. Yes, you can thank me later.

  • Do your research– this is one of, if not the, most important steps in the Mother's Day planning process. Start thinking about gift ideas and how you're going to present them in a way that's all about Mom. You can start your research with fun gift and DIY decoration ideas on Pinterest. Checking out all forms of social media is a smart idea, too, because then you'll see feedback and input from others. Once you've done this, you'll have all sorts of inspiration for what to get and how to dress it up especially for your leading lady. 
  • Compare, compare, compare – You can't find the best quality or priced products in one look, so you have to browse around and compare. That's the beauty of the Internet. Utilize the feature of having many tabs open on your browser, and compile all of your ideas.
  • Keep personality and authenticity in mind – Like we covered, Mother's Day is all about Mom and nobody else. You want to ensure that her gift is personal and has meaning attached to it. For example, if you're shopping for jewelry, go for something you know she loves or that ties into some part of her life. Anjolee Diamonds offers a wide variety of precious stones on bangle bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings, and more. The company, based in San Diego, CA, allows you so many options that whatever you choose for mom is sure to be personal.

These three tips are sure to get you on the right track for your Mother's Day gifting in the amount of time that's left. Shy away from last minute brainstorming and shopping to make the holiday as stress free and enjoyable as possible on your end and on Mom's. There's a myriad of amazing products on the market for Mother's Day, but consider the options above and take these steps to make this Mother's Day all about the mom in your family, and the best one yet.
Happy Mother's Day shopping.
xx, ZM

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