Wish List Wednesdays September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 10 comments

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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

A fun and flirty dress, perfect for girls’ night out.

Floral embroidery elevates this jean jacket for a feminine vintage vibe.

Suede slides are all the rage right now. This embellished pair adds a twist.

A classic cross body bag for fall.

Velvet pillows perfect to throw on the couch or pile on the floor.

These 5″ earrings will make a bold statement.

Slippers you’ll want to wear out on the town.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?


Tales of Brok-pa by Madsam Tinzin

September 5, 2017  |  EastWest 6 comments

Madsam Tinzin Tales of Brok-pa gown

Yasmin Hakim in Madsam Tinzin

Details of gown from Tales of Brok-pa

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Madsam Tinzin

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Madsam Tinzin

Gown from Tales of Brok-pa

Yasmin Hakim in Tales of Brok-pa by Madsam Tinzin

In this fusion look, Madsam Tinzin adopts the Greek influenced draping, colorful ornamentation, and textural elements of the Brok-pa tribe of East India. Silver details are woven through as homage to the group’s affinity for silver jewelry. The simple and delicate flowing fabrics are reminiscent of the fairy tale spirit of this exotic, yet colorful tribe.

About the Brok-pa Tribe

The Brok-pa people of Ladakh, India are almost a modern day relic, diminishing in number, yet full of spirit. The theory is that this tribe of mountain dwellers descends from Alexander the Great’s army and is alleged to be what’s left of the pure Aryan race. However their true origin remains a mystery. Around 4000 people still exist, making it one of the smallest ethnic groups of the world. As they live in an incredibly isolated region, their numbers continue to dwindle.

The exoticism of the Brok-pa is magnified by their style, which includes colorful floral headdresses women may wear while working in the fields. The headdress often includes rows of coins and flowing ribbon. Men might wear a long woolen gown with trousers, yet are also known to style their turban with a flower or two for a burst of color.

Shop this collection at Madsam Tinzin’s flagship store in New Delhi and watch their Instagram for updates on their next U.S. trunk show.






Wish List Wednesdays August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 14 comments


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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

Love the paper bag waist trend? Get this skirt in all four colors.

The cute kitty cat ears on this case are driving me wild.

An elegant double pearl ring to adorn your digits.

Fun frills line the front and back of this feminine top.

Wear these animal print heels as a neutral or for a bold statement.

Super excited that Blossom Box’s traditional jewelry is now available at Anthropologie.

These striped pants will give you the appearance of longer, slimmer legs.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?


Bell Sleeves: 12 Styles You’ll Love

August 28, 2017  |  Fashion 25 comments

I love a statement piece. And the easiest way to make a statement is with a statement trend. Bell sleeves are having a moment this year. I scored this classic Chelsea28 bell sleeve top during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It sold out during the sale, but this popular top is back in stock. Super fun to carry, bell sleeves are guaranteed to grab all the attention in your look.

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeves Blouse

Bell sleeves blouse on Bangles and Bungalows

Blue striped bell sleeves blouse

Chelsea28 blouse on Bangles and Bungalows

Bell sleeves blouse on Yasmin Hakim

Bell Sleeves: Looks to Try

Here are some of my favorite styles featuring bell sleeves starting at $40.


Get Youthful Eyes with these Anti Aging Miracle Glasses

August 25, 2017  |  Beauty 8 comments

Can you reverse the signs of aging? It’s 2017. I certainly hope so. Unfortunately Indiana Jones doesn’t really exist, which makes it unlikely we’ll discover the fountain of youth anytime soon. So what’s a girl on a budget to do in the meantime? I’ve tried all sorts of serums and lotions and various at-home anti aging devices that all promise to diminish those pesky wrinkles. None have brought me quicker and more dramatic results than the SpectraLite™ EyeCare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross. I’ve started my own quest for youthful and rested eyes with these super fun futuristic glasses, no dangerous adventure á la Indy required.

Anti Aging results from the SpectraLite Eyecare Pro

A Simple Anti Aging Routine

What I really want is a simple beauty routine. I’m so over the morning and nighttime rituals of applying 10 different types of gels and creams to my face. My life is complicated enough. Can’t my skincare routine be simple? I’d love something that seamlessly integrates into my lifestyle, without adding extra time to my routine. When I tried the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro for the first time, it was like a light bulb went off. Well it actually has 72 LED therapeutic lights, so a light bulb literally did go off.

Adjusting the strap on your SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

These glasses are so sexy. More importantly, they are incredibly easy to use. First of all, the glasses are hands-free. Just attach the strap to either end of the device, put the glasses on, and tighten the strap for a comfortable fit. Press the button on the left side to turn on the glasses and they’ll start to emit an orange light. This therapeutic light is what gives your eyes all those juicy anti-wrinkle benefits. The light stays on for about 3 minutes and then shuts off automatically. That’s it!

Using the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

I like to wear the device in bed at night while I’m winding down for the day. I can spend those three minutes reading the news or checking my Instagram (rather than doing my nightly anti-aging ritual, which usually turns into me analyzing my pores for an ungodly amount of time). After I’ve used the glasses, I apply a little bit of eye serum. The skin around my eyes ends up super soft and supple. I’ve been using this anti aging device for a few weeks and here are my results.

The Results

Before and After anti aging results Using the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro: Left Eye

Before and After anti aging results Using the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro: Right Eye

As you can see, the fine lines are starting to see some noticeable improvement. There is visible diminishment. The company had a 10-week study with some awesome anti aging results, which totally has me motivated to keep tracking my progress for the next few months.

Where to turn on the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

I’m about to wind down for the evening myself. As I write this post, I’ve got my SpectraLite EyeCare Pro right next to me on the nightstand, ready to do battle with my raging crows feet. If you’re excited to try the device, you can find it at Sephora or you can order online at http://drdennisgross.com.

Thank you to Dr. Dennis Gross for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Pure Elegance in Ritu Jain Singh

August 24, 2017  |  EastWest 7 comments

I love a black dress, especially one with a twist. This gown by Ritu Jain Singh features subtle zardozi work (metallic threading) and an attached dupatta (scarf) that drapes effortlessly down one side. The light gold embellishments on the skirt of the gown give a subtle twinkle. It’s the light details that elevate this simple and elegant look — a contemporary take on a traditional style. See more looks by Ritu Jain Singh here and here on the blog.

Yasmin Hakim in Ritu Jain Singh Black Gown

Coming and going in Ritu Jain Singh

Yasmin Hakim in a gown by Ritu Jain Singh

Ritu Jain Singh: Dupatta Details

Ritu Jain Singh Black Gown front and back

Ritu Jain Singh Close up Details

Glamorous in Ritu Jain Singh

What I love most is that she does not rely on machine work or pre-made pieces to adorn her clothing. Once the design has been rendered by Ritu, and the material prepared and stretched for embroidery, each embellishment is hand stitched carefully by skilled artisans. I’ve seen the craftsmanship up front, executed in her workshop. There is an attention to detail and skill that goes into each piece. I can’t wait to share more about this process — hopefully coming soon after my trip to India. Stay tuned!

Wish List Wednesdays August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 5 comments

Wish List Wednesdays on Bangles & Bungalows

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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

Ruffles on ruffles for an extra romantic blouse.

This mug will remind the bride of you every morning.

Pick up this cheerful printed clutch for an instant pick-me-up.

Take a nap on this luxurious velvet lounger.

This bold and dramatic top has eye catching structured ruffles.

Who doesn’t love a pop of yellow? This blouse is perfect with a pencil skirt or cropped pants.

Lovely statement earrings for an elegant lady.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

Transitional Style with Old Navy

August 22, 2017  |  Fashion 12 comments

This post is brought to you by Old Navy.

It’s that time of year! Fall clothes have trickled into stores. Although summer may be winding down, there’s plenty of warm weather left. That’s why I love transitional style. You can shop fall looks early by choosing strategic layering pieces. Hold onto your t-shirts and tanks. But make way for cute knits, chambrays, and light jackets. Best of all are the Labor Day sales! I’ve shopped a few fun pieces from Old Navy to highlight how to master the upcoming change in weather.

Old Navy Transitional Style Summer to Fall

Summer to Fall Transitional Style Tips

Tip #1: Hold onto summer fun with clever graphic tops like this super soft metallic quipped sweatshirt.

Old Navy Transitional Style | Layers are Key

Tip #2: Layer a lightweight button down top under your knits. These tops are light enough that you won’t get overheated. Or layer them on top of a graphic t-shirt for simple summer transitional style.

Old Navy Light Layers for Fall

Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to mix prints. Stripes and cute little foxes make perfect friends.

Old Navy Lace Up Flats | A Pop of Yellow

Tip #4: Think fall color schemes: I’ve chosen a bold pops of color on a neutral palette with plum, mustard, and denim. Shop these bright lace-up ghillie flats for only $27. The plum headband is available in stores.

Old Navy Transitional Style | Add Color with Accessories

BONUS TIP: The Rockstar jeans at Old Navy fit incredibly well! I chose the Rockstar mid-rise jeans and they hug me nicely. And at $29, they’re a steal!

There are so many size options from shape to length. You’re bound to find the perfect fit easily.

Old Navy Transitional Style | Dark Denim Rockstar Jeans for Fall

Don’t forget to shop their Pre-Labor Day sale for all your transitional style needs. Sale starts 8/24 with discounts like 30% off all jeans, 40% off all dresses, and 50% off all tees (some exclusions apply).

Bold Lips with Beauty Insider

August 17, 2017  |  Beauty 7 comments

The first time I ever stepped into Sephora, I was 19 years old and wore very little makeup. That all changed when I walked into this adult candy store. After receiving my first pro makeover, I was addicted. I looked like a million bucks and had never been hit on more. I wanted to learn more about this place that turned the face into a canvas for art. These days, I often visit my local Sephora for pro recommendations. They’ll help me choose between brands or shades of lipstick, like this NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv. But they’ve also introduced the new Beauty Insider Community on Sephora.com, an amazing alternative for real beauty opinions from real women.

Nars Audacious Lipstick via Sephora Beauty Insider Community

Sephora Beauty Insider Community

Create a profile. Then join groups that share your specific beauty interests like “Everything Eyes”, “Best Hair Ever”, “Combination Skin” and more. I joined “Frizzy Fighters” because my hair never wants to calm down. These groups are a great place to start a conversation, swap tips and tricks, share photos, and talk beauty with people who share your interests.

Sephora Beauty Insider Community

Choosing a Dark Lipstick

Sephora sent me on a mission to pick up some new items and share my thoughts in the community. I’ve been dying to try a dark lip so I gravitated toward the NARS Audacious lipstick in Liv. What I love about it is the strong pigment and the array of awesome colors. It has such a smooth finish and looks amazing on. Plus the magnetic closure of the black case is super fun. If you’re looking for a great dark lipstick, here are some of my favorite options below!

This post is in collaboration with Sephora. All opinions are my own.