Easy Breezy

There is nothing easier than summer dressing when you have a couple of go-to dresses and some sporty shoes.  It’s the 5-minute fashion fix and it’s fool proof.  I am loving this one from J. Crew (*30% off through today with this code).  And, file under #tbt – I am loving my new Tevas!!  They look great with summer frocks and crop jeans, too.  Super fresh!  Get them on sale for $30 right now at saks.com – no code needed. xo, cg J. Crew silk smocked waist dress. *$158 or $110 on sale, j.crew.com. Isabel Marant set of 2 gold-plated and beaded necklaces.  $121, netaporter.com Warby Parker Everett Navy shades.  $95, warbyparker.com Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Blondie.  $22, nordstrom.com Muzungo Sisters Sicilian Straw Pom-pom tote, $370, matchesfashion.com Teva Flatforms in french blue, $29, saks.com

Beach Bag Beauty Basics

What’s the inside of your beach bag sitch?  I have this idea that my beach bag is permanently sitting on go — just sitting there waiting for the next trip to come along, already packed up, no thought required.  And, then, I’m all “Wait . . . what??  Who used up all my sunscreen???  I swear this was full the last time I used it.”  Or “Ew, yuck!!! Who didn’t put the cap back on???  Nasty!!”  Or “Is this already all gone???” and you try and bend the lip gloss stick to see if you can swipe the sides to scrape one final use out of the tube.  And you turn your bag upside down and a 1/2 cup of sand falls out.  And then you realize that you are the culprit and no […]

Stocking Stuffer: YOU!

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara

I’ve saved the best for last. We are one week away from Christmas. You’ve been running around taking care of everyone else, here is the blog post that you simply forward on to someone who will either fill your stocking or make sure it gets filled. Here are a few ideas… Bobbi Brown Instant Smokey Eye Set: Y’all’ know I’m all about get in and get out. This smokey eye set by Bobbi Brown is easy peasy. All you do is take the cream stick and smooth with your finger and done! Add mascara for an extra oomph. The other Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow that I love is the Sequin Eye Shadow. I recently bought the brown and purple but the green looks just beautiful. This eye shadow looks dark but I […]

Beauty Bits: Wonder Glow


Ever pad to the bathroom sink first thing in the morning, take a peak at your skin in the mirror, and say, “Ugh!  This is going to be a tough one!”  I know.  Me too. And, whether I had to be up with a child in the middle of the night or didn’t sleep well because I had a second glass of wine (a sure sign aging, in my book), or, really, any day that I am not on a kale-rich cleanse, I used to always wish I had a little beauty flash to lend a helping hand with the skin-tone.  To be sure, I have a couple dozen face and anti-aging elixirs, salves, and pommades that help turn back the hands of time.  That’s not what I am talking about here. I am […]

a glimmer of hope

so i needed a little pick me up this weekend and what better place than my local makeup counter. i find a little shimmer does wonders for my mood. i love eye palettes. the variety of the colors is so fun and even though i usually hit one or more colors than the others it  allows me to see what hits my fancy. below i’ve hit you up with a few of my favorite brands that i’ve tried and raise my glass to. xo martha

beauty bits | classic black (liner) is back


black liner is so classic it can hardly be called a trend, but it does seem that the width of the lines on our lids tend to ebb and flow with the seasons. . .  today, we are in luck!  black is back, baby, and in a big way.  this season’s runways were replete with models rocking a heavy lid.  and this month’s T magazine, which keeps it finger on the pulse, heralds the dawn of the day of the heavy black liner (read the story, battle ready, by emily cooke, here). as the times points out, just how you rock your liner is personally revealing.    from grunge-y heroin chick to vampy sex kitten, from warrior to major beauty-ista, your liner tips your hand. so, the prob with this sitch is that the liner pen is […]

make-up day . . . the charlotte tilbury giveaway. . .


sign up to follow our blog via email (enter below) OR follow us on instagram AND tag two friends in comments and you could be the lucky winner of my absolute favorite could-not-live-without ct “full fat lashes mascara.” winner to be announced tonight at 9pm. it’s not lost on me that i have already posted on this subject twice – once last summer (see it here) and once last fall (see it here) – but i am so crazy about charlotte tilbury make-up that i have to share (thus the giveaway).  to the point of forcing.  i get that i need to dial it back a notch.  but . . . i can’t help myself. ask martha – i almost caused a family squabble between her and her mom by secretly suggesting her […]

makeup day . . .


it’s our lucky day . . . september 1, that is.  it’s our makeup day.  that’s the day charlotte tilbury’s make-up line hits the e-shelves stateside.  charlotte is billed as the most saught-after makeup artist in the world and is credited with developing the iconic looks of the world’s most beautiful women, like kate moss, gwyneth paltrow, jennifer lopez, and rihanna, to name a few.  and she’s created a line of her most important products, such as her “magic cream,” a pre-makeup skin plumper that “has gained cult status behind closed doors,” according to vogue.  charlotte believes while celebrities and models get the importance of makeup, most women aren’t doing their faces justice.  so, she has curated her line into different “faces” to make it simple to unlock.  from rock chick to […]