Black French Manicure For Halloween

Ooh, I love this look. It’s basically a mashup between a black manicure and a traditional French manicure, and works with pretty much any costume…but is still elegant enough to go to the office on Monday morning.

(Click here for lots more of my Allure segments, including how to make your red lipstick last, how to make your summer tan stick around, and tips for looking wide-awake when you feel anything but.)

Lust Object: Perfect Sheer Pink Balm

I’m a huge sucker for a gorgeous lip balm, and this one is really, really good. Luxurious packaging, crazy-beautiful color (but very sheer on lips), lightweight texture. Also expensive, but a nice little indulgence if you’re in the mood (and if you’re not, pick up some of this stuff).


PS. The hot-pink is my favorite shade, but it also comes in bunches of other colors (including the light pink, orange and grape shades pictured above), FYI.

(Click here for a DIY lip scrub if your lips are feeling less-than-lovely lately.)

The Dorky Tourist T-Shirt

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Whenever we went on vacation when I was a kid, my mom would buy one of those tourist t-shirts they sell at beachside stores – not the “IT’S BEER O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE” ones, but rather the pastel-colored ones with the name of the place and drawing of, like, a lobster or a seashell. And I always thought those shirts were sort of dorky (sorry, mom), but then every time I stay at my parents’ place overnight – to this day - those are the shirts that I ask my mom to borrow to sleep in: they remind me of being in a hotel room at maybe ten years old, Ace Ventura on the TV, all sunburned and sandy. They make me happy.

Since this might be our last time in Ogunquit – one of my favorite towns since I was a little girl and the place where we got married – for awhile, I wanted to buy a shirt while we were here. When we were in the shop browsing around I picked up various distressed, “cool” (or at least as cool as a tourist t-shirt can get) styles…and then kept returning over and over to this sort of faded yellow shirt that said “Ogunquit” on the front and had a big drawing of a compass on the back, and couldn’t figure out why I liked it so much, until I realized: it’s the shirt my mom would have bought back in the early ’90s.

So that’s the shirt that’s coming home with us. Because maybe one day, twenty years or so from now, my little girl will come home for the weekend and need something to sleep in, too.

Bucket List II: New England Leaves & Lobster Rolls Trip

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I’ve been visiting Ogunquit, Maine pretty much every summer since I was four years old, so there was no way we were moving without one last trip up north (as a bonus, I had a credit at the hotel I had booked – and then had to cancel - for a vacation over the summer).

October in Maine – or anywhere in New England – is obviously beautiful, but the benefits of visiting during this time of year go beyond the leaves. Sure, it might be a little chilly…but the cooler temperatures mean that hotels that usually run $400+ a night are more in the $100 range, that you can get a lobster roll without waiting on line for an hour, and that the beaches are still gorgeous…but completely empty, perfect for seagull-chasing and such.

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Where To Stay: The Pink Blossom (we scored a two-story townhouse with a separate floor for our son for – no joke – $125/night).

Where To Eat: Barnacle Billy’s for lobster and steamers with the perfect view; Amore for the best breakfasts ON THE PLANET (cream-cheese stuffed lemon-bread french toast with blackberries, oh my).

What To Do: Get drinks at The Front Porch; take a lobstering tour on The Finest Kind; buy nautical-themed jewelry at Swamp Johns; check out a play at the Ogunquit Playhouse; catch a movie at the old-school Leavitt Theater.

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ogunquit at night

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The Bucket List

We have only a little over half a year left as residents of the East Coast, so Kendrick and I have made a decision: it’s choose-your-adventure time.

The thing is, as (relatively) new parents you spend a lot of time saying “Oooh, that sounds fun!” and then not doing whatever it is, because you can’t find a babysitter/it’s too hard to get out/you’re exhausted (and once your kids are finally in bed you would really rather lay on your couch and stare at the television than do anything else). It’s very easy to put stuff off until later.

Except we don’t have a ton of “later” ahead of us, so it’s time to start with the yes-ing.

We’re doing it. All of it.

We’re calling it our East Coast Bucket List. I’m pretty excited.

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First up: a stop back into our favorite NYC bar, the Rusty Knot, to drink picklebacks while watching the sun set over the Hudson and make sure that our initials are still where we left them…

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…followed by a visit to Addiction NYC for tattoos. I chose a Tom Waits quote (written in my own handwriting) that meant a lot to us back when we first started dating and that means even more now, plus two birds to symbolize our kids. Kendrick’s next tattoo ended up being a bigger process than we had allotted time for, so we’re making another trip back in a few weeks (fine by me; I have yet another tattoo in mind as well, whee).

We’ve got a running list of activities in the works and are going to try to tick at least one off a week, but I’m very open to suggestions if you have any East Coast Musts that you think we have to hit.

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