Sunday, February 14, 2016

Every other year up until I was 16, my family would travel to Stockbridge, Massachusetts and stay at the Red Lion Inn for Thanksgiving. The Red Lion Inn is an inn like no other; it has been in continuous operation since the 18th century, features three restaurants, and a gift shop. The best part about the Inn is that it seemingly has not changed; you get the same feeling when you walk in, no matter how much time has passed. 

Our family trips to the Inn were wonderful - filled with trips down to the gift shop, walking down Main Street, eating breakfast in our room while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a formal Thanksgiving dinner in the Dining Room. 

My husband and I wanted to take an overnight trip a few weeks ago, and we ended up going to Stockbridge. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, about 10 minutes away from The Red Lion, and had a wonderful weekend getaway. 

We explored Great Barrington, and of course made a stop at The Red Lion Inn. Below you'll find photos of our journey, and links to the most notable places we visited. 

I hope you one day get to visit The Berkshires; it is a lovely area, and you will leave feeling refreshed and recharged (at least I always do).

Banh Mi Sandwich

Crab Cake Dinner

Simon, Lobby Ambassador

The Tavern



Sunday, February 07, 2016

When I think of the type of makeup I'd like to wear on Valentine's Day, a soft, romantic look with a rosey flush comes to mind. You could also go a different route and wear simple makeup with a bold, red lip...the choice is yours. The good news? There are so many options to choose from...

>ONE - Sephora Cream Lip Stain in the shade Always Red - My top pick for a bold red lip any time of the year, especially Valentine's Day. This is a matte formula that won't budge!

>TWO - Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in the shade Elusive - A formula that is both matte and hydrating with a fresh mint scent. 

>THREE - Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Honey - This has the same mint scent as the Matte Balm, but is a gel formula that acts as more of a stain. What this means to you? A color that will last.

>FOUR - Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in the shade Pink Sapphire - A beautiful gloss that delivers both color and shine. I especially like the brush-tip applicator.

>FIVE - Dior Addict Fluid Stick in the shade Kiss Me - A hybrid of lipstick and gloss all in one - this beautiful pink gives your lips a bit of color, without going over the top. Plus, it has the softest doe-foot applicator I've ever used.

>SIX - Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in the shade Peony - I wore this lipstick on my wedding day, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart, especially on Valentine's Day. This is a smooth formula that has a satin finish, and is a perfect lipstick to give your look a flush of pink.

Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade True Love gives a beautiful wash of color to the cheeks - depending on how you apply it, it can be a subtle glow, or give you a rosey flush as if you just came in from the cold. 

Milani has gorgeous powder blushes in the shape of a rose (doesn't get more Valentine's Day than that) and I recently picked one up in the shade Romantic Rose. This particular shade gives a matte, beautiful dusty rose color, and blends like a dream.

Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette is the ultimate palette for any Valentine's Day look. You can go bold and dramatic by using the shimmers and darker shades, or keep it simple by using the matte cream colored shade with a dusty purple thrown in the crease. 

What is your go-to Valentine's Day look?