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    Reader Request: Shades of Lip Gloss

    I have had a few readers ask me about the makeup I use so I thought I would start by sharing a few of my favorite lip glosses.  When it comes to makeup I believe less is more. I don't buy a lot of makeup because makeup does not have a long shelf life and I end up using my favorite products over and over again anyway. Also I don't have that many lipsticks because I prefer to wear neutral colored lip glosses most of the time.  But having said that, I am interested in experimenting more with lipstick colors and would love to know if you have any favorite shades of lipstick.

    Lip Gloss Shades
    1. MAC c-thru
    2. Chanel giggle
    3. MAC revealing
    4. NARS striptease
    5. MAC lust


    Neutral Ground

    Zara blouse and pants-, Jimmy Choo platform heels, La Mer chain/wrap watch, Oscar De La Renta belt, bangles-London, clutch-India (also seen here)

    On Sunday my sister and her fiance treated Aneesh, Ariyana, and me to a wonderful dinner over at Strega on the waterfront.  For dinner I wore these pink pants and a white silk blouse and for the past few weeks these have been my "go to" pants. The pants are comfortable, fun, and a welcome change from all the dark pants hanging in my closet. They are great too because I can dress them up with heels or wear them with flats for a more casual look.  And while I love all the bright colors for the spring I am equally drawn to these softer neutral tones.  I know my mom will like this outfit because for a change I am not wearing black.

    Have you bought a pair of colored pants for the spring/summer?


    Spring 2011 Trend: Top 5 Must Have Shoe Styles

    In case you missed my guest post over at the CoolKids blog yesterday, here is my list of the Top 5 must have shoe styles for the spring/summer.  Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to evaluate your shoe collection, discard shoes you are no longer wearing, and make space for new and fun shoe styles for the warmer months.

    1. wood platforms
    These chunky shoes are sexy, retro and pair perfectly with the spring 70's trend, neutrals, and florals. They look great with wide-leg jeans, short skirts and dresses.

    Coach grand heel

    2. cork wedges
    Any style of wedges add height which is flattering and best of all they are super comfortable. You can pair these with shorts and short and flowy dresses and skirts. 

    Charles David granite

    3. platform pumps
    These heels are sexy and make your legs look a mile long!  They look great with wide leg jeans pencil skirts, and mini skirts. They are great in a variety of colors but my personal preference is a perfect neutral or nude pair for the spring/summer.

    Corso Comer palomar platform pump.

    4. pointy-toe slingbacks
    Kitten heels, pointy flats and slingback are all back on trend for the spring. They look great with flowy skirts, skinny jeans, and fitted dresses. This style of shoe is definitely my favorite for work. They look professional but since the heel is low you can still walk in them.

    Via Spiga dolmen slingbacks

    5. flat espadrilles
    Instead of ballet flats why not try flat espadrilles for a preppy and casual weekend look? They look great with shorts, cropped pants, and boyfriend jeans.

    Kate Spade new york lido espadrille flat.


    Shoe La La

    On Friday Aneesh surprised me for my birthday (which is today) with dinner and an evening getaway. We headed to the Liberty Hotel for the night and enjoyed a great meal at Scampo, one of the restaurants in the hotel.  It was a lovely and relaxing evening and I thought it was so thoughtful and sweet of Aneesh to plan a fun night out for my birthday. I wore a dress I recently picked up at the Tahari outlet with these black platform sandals.

    I am also guest posting over at the CoolKids blog today on my Top 5 Must Have Shoe Styles For The Spring. I hope you will head over to my friend Betsy's blog and check out my list of the hottest shoe styles for the spring and how to wear them.

    And I have to explain the inspiration behind the title of this post. Aneesh and I have been reading the most adorable book to Ariyana called Shoe-la-la This sweet rhyming story is about four little girls in search of the perfect shoes, and in the end they realize the best pair of shoes they can find are the ones they make and decorate themselves. The illustrations are colorful and what I love most about this book is that it sends positive messages to young children about individuality, friendship, and creativity.

    Elie Taharimalia dress, Isola damar sandals


    Reader Request: A few questions....

    Update-Voting is now closed. Thanks to all of you who voted. I truly appreciate all your multiple votes and enthusiasm the past few weeks. And a special thanks to Kristin over at Bon Bon Rose Girls for her support as well.

    First and foremost a big thank you to all of you who have been voting for me over at circle of moms. Right now I am in the Top 25 for Moms with Style but that could all change quickly because today is the last day of voting and the competition for the Top 25 spots is getting really competitive.

    Being in the Top 25 would not only be a great Mother's Day and birthday gift but I also started my blog one year ago in May and earning a spot in the Top 25 would be such an amazing milestone and accomplishment. Also my friends Kristin and Megan over at Bon Bon Rose Girls need your votes too. Please vote for me HERE and Kristin and Megan HERE And please help spread the word on Twitter and Facebook if you can.

    Kacie and her sister, both Style'N readers,  emailed me requesting some additional details on a few of my previous blog posts.  I thought I would take the opportunity to address their questions on today's post.

    1. Could you provide the link to the peach mango mimosa's and spinach and mushroom quiche recipes you talked about on April13th?I am planning on doing a recipe post on the spinach, mushroom, and onion quiche sometime in May or June so stay tuned. But I can tell you it's my aunt's recipe and it's super easy to make and it's delicious. In the meantime if you want the recipe feel free to email me directly and I would be happy to send it to you.

    And the peach mango mimosa's are really easy to make. I just added this peach mango juice to some champagne...that's it! Oh threw in a raspberry in each glass to make the drinks look pretty.

    2. Which food mixer do you have - it is photographed in your Valentines Cookies blog piece from Feb 7th.

    I use this Kitchen Aid Architect 6 speed hand mixer but I have been baking way more this past year and I would love to get a professional stand up mixer soon.

    3. Where are the beautiful glasses from that you serve your smoothies in - the tall and the smaller ones?

    The smaller cocktail glasses are from Crate and Barrel. I got them a couple of years ago and unfortunately I don't see them on the Crate and Barrel website. I got the taller etched glasses more recently and they are from West Elm. I bought the tall tumblers and the wine glasses. And I use these wine glasses for yogurt parfaits and desserts.

    4. We were curious to know which the orange cook book you had was was - its in the photo where you have the Gpaltrow, Flour and Giada's cookbooks in a pile from April 7.

    The cookbook is Vij's Indian Cuisine and it's available at Amazon. Vij's restaurant is an extremely well known and popular restaurant in Vancouver and we always eat there when we are in town.  My husband and I both really enjoy making recipes from this cookbook. 

    5. Where is your ring from in the photograph of you holding your daughters hand, December 17 2010

    It is a David Yurman albion ring and Aneesh got it for me as a gift when Ariyana was born 3 years ago.