Never Settle


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Looking back, this has pretty much been my mantra for the past year.  

September 1st marked my first anniversary living in NYC.  After a year of doing [and not doing] a lot of things that were leaving me unfulfilled, I decided to make a change. So today I'm excited to not only be starting a new job but I'm officially announcing the return of Opal & Violet! My passion is sharing my love of both fashion and beauty with you all right here... and I'm here to stay! 

See you Wednesday for an outfit post [& a little more in depth life update]!


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Review: Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Cream for Lips


You'll know from my latest video that the sweet people over at Birchbox were kind enough to send me the Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips to review.  I have been a little crazy about cosmetics and skincare products lately, so needless to say I was pumped to try out this hyped product!

So first things first: the packaging.  I am huge on good packing, great colors and the perfect fonts. Thankfully, Dr. Lipp passed all my tests!  The tube's size is very similar to most lip products if not even a little on the larger size so nothing but positive things there.  The cap screws off and you squeeze out the product - pretty basic, yes, but that's where the product carries it over the edge. 

The product is 100% natural and has many purposes.  As it's name states, it was originally intended for nursing women to ease the soreness from beastfeading.  The brand boasts that it can be used for many other purposes like diaper rash, sunburns and split ends.  For now I'm just sticking with what I know and focusing it as a lip balm, plain and simple.  

Although it comes out a with a bit of a yellow tinge, the product applies clear.  It's super thick and totally moisturizing - perfect for night time use which is what I've been doing.  For the last week it's been a part of my bedtime routine.  Some nights I use a Lush Lip Scrub [in either Popcorn or Bubblegum] and follow it up with a slather of this stuff or I use it without a scrub and just let it do it's magic.  What's extra amazing is that the balm isn't sticky at all so you don't have to worry about it getting in your way of feeling like your going to bed with a sticky lipgloss on.  Each morning I wake up with a good amount of balm still on! I have no idea how I don't wipe it all off on my pillowcase overnight, but it somehow lasts.  Best of all, after a week of use, my lips are looking & feeling better than ever.  

If you're interested in trying Dr. Lipps Original Nipple Balm for Lips for yourself, you can purchase it in the Birchbox Shop here. It's only $14.50 and it's currently offered with free shipping!

Thanks so much to Birchbox for sending this my way to try out & for sending a second one for the giveaway winner, Adrianne!


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"Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking." Miranda Priestly - The Devil Wears Prada

Alberta Ferretti dress (rent it!)
Serpui Marie clutch (rent it!)
Mossimo wedges (similar)

Photographed by: Tyler

Are you guys freaking out as much as I am that this is an OUTFIT post?!  For a second there I thought it was never going to happen again!  I literally didn't get a single outfit photographed during the winter, but let's be honest, there really wasn't much to photograph.  The winter was long and it felt like it was never going to end, however, it is finally over! So you'd better believe that I busted out this fantastic floral dress to celebrate mine and Tyler's anniversary last week.  4 years!  Holy crap!  How did 4 years go by so unbelievably fast?!  Can someone let me know how to slow things down a bit?  K, thanks!

So yes, this dress!  This is one of the new dresses from Rent the Runway.  As you guys know, that's where I've been hiding the last few months when I've been too busy to update you here.  And I suppose I'm long overdue to show off some of the amazing pieces we have!  I literally squealed when this Alberta Ferretti dress hit our website and then literally squealed again when we first received it in the showroom.  It's perfect and it completely embodies my current style.  So obviously I had to wear it out for a day long anniversary date with the hubs.  During the afternoon we strolled through Chelsea Market & The High Line and then we ended the night by watching The Realistic Joneses on Broadway.  Aside from countless Marilyn moments created by the ruthless NYC wind, I had a fantastic day in a fantastic dress! 


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Recent Obsession: Bow Shoes


Hi friends!  I know it's been a while and I promise that I have stories  to catch you up on my life but I must hold out just a little longer before I fill you in on everything.  There are a few crazy things going on right now and I'd rather wait until I can give you full resolutions instead of starting a story without an ending.  So, for now, I'm going to attempt to bring you as much fashion as frequently as I can.  Hopefully soon it will be as consistent (& as full of outfit posts!) as you and I would both like.  

One of my latest recent obsessions has been fabulous shoes with bows.  Now, this isn't really something I just started drooling over but rather an ongoing lust that I just couldn't hold it any longer.  You and I both know that I'm a huge sucker for girly details like bows, so I've rounded up a few current favorites of mine in both flat and high heel form.  I hope you'll be as inspired as I am going into Spring with these pretties in mind. 


Have a fantastic week!!


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