It’s crazy to think that Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks. My mind usually thinks about all things pink, but during this time of year, I think about pink a little more often! That’s ok though because it’s very on brand for Timeless Taste so I can get a pass? My birthday is exactly two weeks from today and we are off to Miami for a long weekend next Wednesday. I have been scouring the internet for some fun things for our trip and can’t wait to share with you what I purchased!
In the meantime, I put together this fun Valentine’s Day Inspiration with all things pink that are my favorite! Oddly enough, some of my favorite products come in pink packaging and we all know my love affair with these pink Manolo’s. I also added some really pretty pink clothing items and shoes that I am coveting, lately. Pink is a color that I’m naturally drawn to. Personally, I just love it!
Towards the end of 2017, I decided to dabble a bit with the Herbivore Botanicals brand and some of their products. First off, I love their branding and second I love their products! I purchased their lip polish, lip conditioner and the body polish and I love them all. I love that they are free of “Synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum” and that they still actually work. Not to mention they look beautiful on your counter or in your shower! I’m sad that I waited so long to try them.
A lot of my bloggers do a “What I Got For Christmas” post, but that really isn’t me. Instead, I thought I would share some of my favorite gifts that fit into all things pink and gold category! First up, I have officially turned back into a child because I don’t go anywhere without this blanket. I legitimately bring this throw blanket around with me everywhere. On the sofa, in my office and I sleep with it every night. I have said this before and I will probably continue to say it, however, if you are considering purchasing something from Barefoot Dreams,DO IT! If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen this beauty! My hubby spoiled me with this Cartier bracelet for Christmas and I’m in love. He is so sweet and this is definitely a new favorite that I enjoy wearing everyday!
Lastly, another Christmas surprise from my hubby were these Guerlain Meteorites! If you are a beauty junky, like me, you know that these used to be all the rage several years ago. I always wanted them and somehow they just slipped my mind. Anyways, he surprised me with them and I love how natural they are. You can see them in action here.
When purchasing foundation, I always keep a few things in mind. Coverage, appearance, wearability, and comfort. A couple of months ago I decided to give the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation a go and I’m so glad that I did! You already know that I have quite troubled skin. It is combination oily and so sensitive and prone to breakouts. What I eat affects my skin majorly, the amount of water I drink and also the products I put on my skin. Lately, I have been working hard to get my skincare in line. You can see my morning skincare routine here.
Foundation is huge when it comes to makeup. Not only is it the base of our makeup routine but we usually wear it for long periods of time. I am the first one to admit that it has been a long time since I have worn any Clinique makeup, especially foundation. However, I was in the market for a new foundation and wanted to try something that was actually good for my skin. I decided to give the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation a go and I couldn’t happier with the results.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation Review
Coverage + Consistency
One of my favorite things about this foundation is its coverage and how easy it is to apply. I love a foundation with buildable coverage and this one has just that. Initially, the coverage is a good medium, I would say. It isn’t too light but it gives you a good coverage that is easily buildable. I love being able to spot treat any areas that need a little more coverage.
Another one of my favorite things about this foundation is the wand applicator. This makes application easy and mess-free. It also allows me to spot treat any troubled areas for additional coverage. After using this foundation with a wand applicator, it will be so hard to use anything else!
Even though I love a glam look, I always aim for my foundation to look as natural as possible. No one wants to have a foundation line, uneven coloring or texture. Instead, I always want my foundation to look as if my own skin is just simply flawless. I love how the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation is like my skin but better. It isn’t too matte or too glowy, it just has a very youthful and flawless appearance.
Another wonderful thing about this foundation is its long wearability. Upon application, the foundation has a slow dry formula which allows adequate time for blending and building coverage. Once the foundation is set, it lasts all day. I do occasionally get extra oily on my nose and have to powder that area. Other than that, the foundation really stays put once applied.
Lastly, another important factor, for me, when consideration foundation or really any makeup in general, is the comfort. How does the product actually feel on my skin? Is it irritating? Are than any fragrances that aggravate my skin? Does it feel too heavy, wet or dry? For me, this foundation is one of the most comfortable ones I have worn in a while. Once in place, it doesn’t budge. It is lightweight but still provides the coverage I need. Most importantly, for me, there is no fragrance with this foundation.
If you follow my blog, you know that I love luxury items. Unfortunately, with high-end foundations often comes a beautiful fragrance. However, if you have sensitive skin, that is not what you like, or at least I sure don’t. I love that the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation is fragrance-free. It provides hydration where I need it but is not oily or uncomfortable on my skin.
Overall, I truly love this foundation. I could honestly recommend this foundation to anyone. It’s pretty rare to find a foundation that is suitable for both dry and oily skin. This one is! Not to mention, with a price point of only $28 it comes in on the relatively inexpensive side of foundations that are not from the drugstore.
As you probably already know, I spent the first week of 2018 battling a brutal cold. Needless to say, I needed some soup so I decided to try making my moms Vegetable Beef Soup. This Vegetable Beef Soup was just what I needed to help me feel better and in the most delicious way possible, if I might add! Soup isn’t really my first choice on the menu, but this Vegetable Beef Soup has me pinning every soup recipe I see! It’s that easy and that good.
My mom is such an amazing cook but she rarely ever writes down her recipes, instead, when I ask for them she just says, “Oh, all you need is x, y, z. Cook it for until it browns or looks done.” Ummm, hello! What does that mean? Mom, I need exact measurements, details, temperatures, cook times and all the things. So now, whenever I making one of her recipes I write everything down!
Before we get into the recipe, I have to take a second to talk about this slow cooker. I have spoken about it before, but it needs all the praise because it makes my life so much easier. I’m a firm believer in sauteeing onions and garlic to add flavor, but that requires dirtying extra pans. Let’s be real. Who enjoys washing dishes, other than Jay? Not me! This All-Clad slow cooker is truly one of my favorite kitchen tools. Its cast-aluminum insert makes adding all the flavor, without extra hassle, so easy. It truly is the best feature. Most foods that I cook with it require a browning, sauteeing, or something along those lines, prior to slow cook. This slow cooker makes all of that so easy. The cast-aluminum insert goes straight from my stovetop to the slow cooker. Easy as that!
On to the soup! I love how rich and hearty this Vegetable Beef Soup is. I’m a gal who loves to eat, so I like to make dishes that I know will fill me up. Soup usually isn’t that, but this was is super filling and delicious! I got so many questions when I posted photos of this soup on my Instagram Story, so I wanted to share the recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it and give it a try.
Vegetable Beef Soup
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion chopped
1 package Stew Beef
1 16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
4 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large dutch oven or cast-aluminum slow cooker insert. Add chopped onions and saute until soft. Remove onions. Set aside.
Add remaining olive oil (1 tablespoon) and stew beef to pot and brown well on each side. Stir frequently to ensure all sides are browning.
Remove tomato core from the whole peeled tomatoes. This can get messy, but I just prefer not to have the core in my tomatoes.
Add onions, mixed vegetables, cabbage, whole peeled tomatoes, diced tomatoes and water to pot with beef.
Simmer for at least 2 hours. Or cook on high for 4 hours in slow cooker. Feel free to continue to add water as things cook down.
Add salt to taste. It will take a good amount of salt to season the vegetables. I usually add my salt in about 30 minutes before I’m finished cooking. I also like to go ahead a cut my meat up a little smaller, after it has simmered for a while, but you can leave it in larger chunks in you would like!
This recipe is pretty basic. Please feel free to add additional vegetables and greens! I love how easy this is to make and how flavorful it is. I want to try this with kale next time. If you make this recipe, I would love to know what you think! Be sure to tag me in your social media pictures. What is your favorite soup to make?
Over the past few years, I have really been narrowing down my closet and making purchases on things that I know will last. There are many pieces in my closet that are iconic classic pieces, I have collected, including The Perfect Trench! I added this Burberry Kensington Trench to my wardrobe several years ago and it has never let me down. It is such a classic and truly the perfect trench coat.
This year I really want to take the time to highlight some of the staples, in my wardrobe, and just share some really great pieces with you. I am always so torn with what content to share because I know fashion can be quite tricky. My goal is to share outfits that you can use as inspiration and pieces that will treat you well, for many years, if you choose to add them to your wardrobe! I hope that helps and any feedback you have for me is always welcome! Now, onto the trench…
The Perfect Trench Coat
When I first got this trench coat, I was torn between this color and black. It comes in several different lengths– long, extra long, mid-length and short. Having never owned a trench coat, I quickly fell in love and this has truly become a must-have in my closet! this makes the perfect coat for rainy Spring and even the other months throughout the year. Virginia’s weather can be confusing and unpredictable at times. This past weekend we had single digit temperatures and now it’s supposed to be in the 60s on Friday! Naturally, the perfect trench is the best options for those cooler days. It shields from rain and is also so stylish!
I feel like there are certain pieces of clothing out there that just make you feel good in your own skin. This trench coat is definitely one of those pieces! For cooler temperatures, I like pairing it with black denim, this bag, and a sweater, like shown above. In the spring, I love wearing this trench coat with cute flats and white denim! It also looks so chic with heels. I could seriously go on and on, about this trench!
Obviously, this is an investment but there are a ton of other trench coats out there that look quite similar. I always push investing in good quality pieces that will last because they are truly worth the investment. They will last and you will love them for several years! However, making these purchases take time and if you aren’t ready to make a huge purchase, I have rounded up some of my favorite trench coats that are just as beautiful and are much more affordable than Burberry. I love all of these options and find that they are very similar to mine.
I found this one from London Fog which is truly almost identical to my Burberry trench! The detail on the sleeves, buttons, and wrap around the waist are identical. At a price point of $178, it is a much less expensive option for almost the same appearance! It also has a detachable hood for added functionality.
Lauren Ralph Lauren
This Lauren Ralph Lauren trench is a total classic and although the detailing isn’t as similar, to the Burberry, I think that the overall silhouette of this coat is a complete classic. This trench coat is probably my favorite of the alternative options and is quite affordable, $130!
I hope that you have enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more posts like this, breaking down some of my favorite closet staples, and investment pieces, let me know. Timeless Taste is all about finding pieces that will not go out of style and are worth the investment. It’s easy to be sold quantity in the world that we live in today. Unfortunately, we often lose quality along the way! I would love to share more posts like this, breaking down my favorite pieces and sharing a few other options for you. So, if you enjoyed this I would love to know in a comment so I can keep creating content like this! Now I have to ask, do you have a trench coat in your wardrobe?
I’m still playing catch up here, on the blog, and even though it’s a little late, I still want to share my Best of 2017 post!
Best of 2017
While there are so many things that I truly loved in 2017, for this post I wanted to narrow it down to about one per category. If you want to see more of my favorites and all of my Best of 2017 products, head over to my Youtube channel. I will be posting more of my favorite products from 2017 in the next few days!
Madewell Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt
You know I am such a sucker for a good basic, especially a basic white tee! One of my favorite creators and photographers, Alyssa Rosenheck, shared this beauty on her Instastory several times throughout 2017. I decided to jump on this purchase and there was no looking back! If you are looking for the perfect comfy tee that can be styled any way, this is what you need.
Romwe Grey Cuff Cardigan
Earlier in 2017, I was contacted by Romwe and they wanted to send me a few products to share on my blog. I kindly accepted and quickly fell in love with this cardigan. You can probably tell that I’m not a fan of fast fashion, and rarely support it. However, this is one exception. For the price, only $12.99 you can’t beat this buy! I have plenty of other more expensive favorites, such as thiscardigan from Club Monaco, but if you are looking for an inexpensive staple this one is hard to beat!
Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Neverfull
This bag was a purchase I made for myself as a college graduation gift! I have loved it dearly and my review and comparison of it to the GM has by far been my most viewed blog post and Youtube video! that post and video are so in depth, so I will keep this short, but I definitely carried this bag the most last year!
Gucci Marmont Belt
You have seen this belt all over my IG and it has truly been loved. SO much, that I want to get another one! I just added theseboots to my closet and I feel like I really need these for our Miami trip at the end of the month. What do you think? Do you love Gucci right now?! I do!!
David Yurman Oval Link Bracelet
David Yurman is definitely one of my favorite brands of jewelry, which you can probably already tell if you read my blog or follow me on Instagram! However, the best of 2017 in the David Yurman category has to go to this oval link cable bracelet. I love how it switches up my usual stack and adds a bit of texture and personality.
Madewell Mockneck Sweater
I debated putting this one in here because unfortunately, it is no longer available from Madewell. However, I have found several similaroptions so I decided to share anyway. Over the past year, I have fallen in love with Mockneck and Cowlneck styled sweaters. They are so classic and effortlessly chic. I just want them all! This one is my latest favorite!
White denim has easily become one of my favorite staples in my wardrobe. I have two pairs that I am extremely loyal to in my closet. You know that I love J.Brand, so this pair is definitely a favorite. They are bright white which is great. If I am feeling like I need something a little more subtle, I will opt for this pair from MOTHER, which I probably do wear more!
Chanel Ballet Flats
These ballet flats from Chanel became my favorite pair of shoes in my closet during 2017. They go with everything, are so comfortable and are so classic! I seriously wear them everywhere, with everything! If you are debating investing in these, I would say YES, YES, YES! They are truly worth every penny. I will link a few similar alternatives below!
Peter Thomas Roth Maximum Complexion Correction Pads
After hearing Makeup By Tiffany D rave about these, I had to see what the hype was about. Y’all, if you have trouble skin, like me, you have to at least give these a try. I get a lot of questions about how I cleared my skin up and while it isn’t 100% clear yet, I owe all fo the positive change to these pads! I use them morning and night, in place of a toner and adore them. They are a little strong but the seriously clear up my acne and the unwanted oil and bumps. If you are hoping to clear up your complexion in 2018, I would at least give these a try!
Tom Ford Cream Shadows
2017 was the year of raving about these Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows. There is no doubt that I am a lover of designer products and truly believe in investing in good quality skincare and beauty products. These Tom Ford shadows are seriously incredible. In the past, I had given other cream shadows a shot, Chanel, Makeup Forever, etc, but never truly loved those products. They all dried up to quickly and just didn’t have a great color pay off. These from Tom Ford are everything! They provide the most radiant pigmentation, last all day and are so easy to apply. If you are in the market for a new cream shadow, or shadow in general, I say try these! My favorite colors are this bronze shade and this blush shade.
L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate
It’s embarrassing for me to admit, but I really don’t apply lotion on my skin like I should. I’m too impatient and having oily skin, kind of makes me steer clear of the lotion. However, L’Occitane was definitely a best of 2017 for me. I was introduced to their brand and instantly fell in love. I’m not much on heavy fragrance because my skin gets irritated easily, but L’Occitane does such an amazing job of having a light scent that doesn’t irritate or bother my skin at all. Their products are so hydrating and calming to my skin and I just love using them!
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I decided to jump on the Collagen Peptides bandwagon and 2017 and I’m really glad that I did. All I do is add one scoop to my Nespresso in the morning (serious fave!) and it gives me a collagen boost for the day! I always feel like my skin is clearer and my nails are stronger when I am using this. You can get it on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
This might seem a little weird I’m including this, but I always find that I drink more water when we have Smart Water on hand. Seriously though, I love the taste and their massive and chich bottles make it easier for me to just carry a big one around all day. I will no joke drink two or three in just one day!
Fiddle Leaf Fig + Basket
I always get a ton of questions about our Fiddle Leaf Fig tree! It was one of my favorite home purchases of 2017 and I’m so thankful that she is still going strong. To be honest, I was so afraid I was going to kill it, but we have had it for almost a year and it seems to be thriving so I am feeling pretty good and thankful! Because I get so many questions, I definitely want to write an entire post on our Fiddle Leaf Fig, so look for that soon. I will say that I got ourbasket at Homegoods and found this identical one online. I totally think it makes such a beautiful statement. Our tree wouldn’t look nearly as good without it!
Alice Lane Bed
We, and when I say we I mean I finally made a decision on a bed for our master last year and I’m so happy with our decision. I have always admired Emily Jackson’s bed and never found anything that I loved more so I decided this was the one! After purchasing our bed, I also ended up purchasing these bedside tables as well! I love how everything is coming together! Now… for the perfect bedroom mirror!
Last year we were able to do a little bit of traveling, which I am so thankful for! I love to travel, but I seriously hate leaving our pup at home! I wish we could just bring him everywhere with us. For me, the best of 2017 travel edition was definitely Palm Beach! It had been on my list for a little while and it just felt right at the moment. Needless to say, after one trip I have already added it to my go back soon list, so it’s definitely a “best of 2017”. Have you ever been to Palm Beach?!
I hope that you enjoyed my Best of 2017 post! Be sure to visit my Youtube Channel here, to see more of my favorites from last year in the next few days! Also, I would love to know some of your favorites from 2017. I am always on the lookout for a good product, let me know in a comment below!