Wednesday, March 25, 2015

head over to HolyCityChic.com to see this new beauty post!


Hello, newest makeup obsession. The gloMinerals Suede Matte Collection was just released this spring and I have my hands on some beautiful shades to share with you. In a nutshell, these lip products are just like the ones by Nars, which it seems like everyone (myself included) has raved about, but —dare I say—these might just be better because they are more moisturizing while being just as long lasting. 

There are two different formulations that make up the Suede Matte Collection:
  • Suede Matte Stick: A crayon-inspired pencil with a built in sharpener, which delivers precision and convenience in one.
  • Suede Matte Crayon: A slender stick, which offers a cream application that lasts for hours.




Both formulas offer antioxidant protection and conditioning ingredients that include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Mango Seed Oil and Shea Butter. Who would have thought you could have those amazing, moisturizing ingredients, while still having a matte lip? Apparently, it's possible.


Also, the colors. They are amazing.



I have shades bombshell, monogram, and sorbet in the suede matte crayon, as well as shades bliss and pinup in the suede matte stick. I would love to try crush, pop, and memento, though!



Here they are swatched below:



If I had to pick one formula over the other, I think I prefer the crayon over the stick, just because I like the extra control... it's almost like a liner and lipstick in one, which is awesome when dealing with extra bright colors (like Sorbet, which happens to be my favorite). And what's even better than my liking them more than the Nars pencils? These cost $10 less!

This is not a sponsored post, nor does this post contain any affiliate links. I was sent these products, but not required to review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New post on Holy City Chic! Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale: My picks under $100!

bb dakota jacket               j.o.a. midi skirt


The Bloomingdale's friends & family sale is going on now through the 29th! Save 25% off your entire purchase with code FRIENDS. All of these picks shown above are under $100, but I've added in a few more great pieces into the slideshow below, too. ;)







Pillow Makeover - Please update your URL to holycitychic.com!

For what seems like the longest time, I've been on a pillow hunt for our new-ish sofa. My first thought was to go white because I love a good classic, but then again, we do have shades of white all in our living room—walls, sofa, rug, chairs. Kind of wanted to add a punch of color, but which color?

I stumbled upon Arianna Belle, an online boutique owned by Arianna Vargas that specializes in bespoke luxury decorative pillows. All pillows are handmade in-house and are the source for many top designers. Ok, so I knew Arianna has amazing style and I was thrilled with her curated collection of fabrics. Her selection of pillows is awesome and there's certainly something for every taste, but my eyes kept going back to these green velvet pillows.





Here they are in the 24x24 size, paired with a couple random pillows I picked up at Homegoods.







Since Arianna Belle only sells the pillow covers, I ordered my inserts from a different company, but here's a pillow insert size guide that might be helpful if you have inserts laying around at home.





The quality of these covers blew me away. The fabric is luxurious and the stitching is impeccable. Definitely my favorite covers I've ever owned.





...and our sofa certainly is a lot happier! If you're on a pillow hunt too, you may love this coral with greek key border, this les touches black, the mirasol linen, this solid white with grosgrain ribbon border,  and if you're feeling a little funky, maybe the chiang mai aquamarine.


By the way, sale alert! Bloomingdale's started their friends & family sale today. Save 25% off with code FRIENDS. Oh, and remember all of those spring favorites I posted on Saturday? They are all from Bloomies and I am pretty darn sure that none of the brands I mentioned are excluded from the promotion! Happy shopping, friends.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

creative, talented charleston (on Holy City Chic / holycitychic.com!)

I'm pretty much always awe struck by the amount of creative talent there is in Charleston. My mind, specifically, has been on the artists I admire in this city because I'm just craving some new art on our walls. Here are some of my favorite Charleston artists:






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

today on HOLYCITYCHIC.COM, my office reveal with Farrow & Ball!

After changing the color of absolutely everything in our house since we moved in last October, my office has been the last lingering paint project to cross off the list. I knew this was my area to have a little fun and to do something different, so I explored my options with Farrow & Ball, a company I've always admired because of their reputation of un-matched quality. And I mean, have you ever seen their beautiful shades of paint? ..and their wallpaper? It's stunn.ing.

I want to start off by saying that this room is NOT complete when it comes to styling. It's lacking a few key pieces and just doesn't feel complete to me, but it's close enough to share with you. I've never been good at waiting, after all. So just know that the walls are the main focus for now. :)



Just for fun, this is what the walls looked like before. Blue.





At some point this year, I will have to get an iMac because my laptop is starting to die and the charger doesn't charge. I say this realizing my laptop is not sitting on my desk where it should be, but downstairs on the kitchen table—I digress. When the day comes that I get a desktop computer, I will reverse my desk and position it up against the wallpaper wall. But for now, I like the desk floating so that I have my face to the door (and, um, to the TV that you can't see pictured).





Another difference between the before photo and what I've got now is the hardware on this desk. Brandon spray painted it gold one afternoon and I absolutely love it.





Some more photos before we get to the good stuff, which in this case is the wallpaper and paint.





I bought the antique cherubs shown above at Charleston Revisions. The skull is Cynthia Rowley—a good Homegoods score. The bar cart below is from Joss & Main!





...and this acrylic file box is from Target, not that it's an important part of the room or anything, but I like it. So there.







Ghost chair (above)  |  Charleston pillow (below)




The walls are Farrow & Ball French Gray, a beautiful gray/pale green shade which changes subtly depending on sunlight or artificial light. It's muted, but speaks volumes at the same time. We chose the estate emulsion formula, which is buttery and applied like a dream (says my resident painter/husband, at least). Altogether, this paint really brought a lot of character to this space that our new home is lacking.




Now, my favorite part! Can you get over this wallpaper? This is the Farrow & Ball Lotus BP 2009 wallpaper and I have to say, it's undoubtedly my favorite wall in our entire house. I love it because it's a neutral, but still makes a statement.


Farrow & Ball wallpapers are handmade to order using their very own paint, giving them a sumptuous texture. The lotus flower design is a modern take on a 100 year old French archival design. It's timeless and I'm sort of obsessed with it. Wouldn't it be fabulous in a powder bath? So would their new wallpapers, at that. You can check them out here.

Honestly, I don't know if I will ever hang anything on this wall. To me, piercing this beautiful wallpaper with a nail hole would be the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. I just don't think I can do it. But I do think it needs something, so I will figure that out one day.



Farrow & Ball products are available at farrow-ball.com and at various stockists throughout the world. Charleston friends, our local stockist is Charleston Palette & Design. It's a beautiful showroom with wonderful home decor items, as well. If you haven't been, you should soon!