1.10.2012

Smitten: Winter Calm


Every once in a while I list the little things that have me Smitten. Enjoy.

The holidays are a flurry of activity, glitter, and sequins, all of which I adore. But in January I like to embrace the Winter Calm.


Normally, I'm all over some statement necklaces, but lately I've been smitten with this teeny tiny necklace I won. It's so delicate and lovely.

{sally hansen complete salon manicure in shell we dance}

I'm giving my beloved glitter nails a break and enjoying this light pink shade (my dupe for Essie's Ballet Slippers).

{wet n wild eyeshadow trio in walking on eggshells}

I've been calming down my eyeshadow instead of a heavy smokey eye, and I love these light brown neutral shades.

{makeup forever lip gloss in pearly nude and revlon colorburst lipstick in soft nude}

After wearing red lipstick for my brother's wedding, Christmas, and NYE, I wanted something barely there, and I'm smitten with these lippies. Note: never use "lippies" in a sentence again.

 {annual/party tradition of coffee beans & vanilla tea light candles)

I have a candle for just about every season/occasion. However, it's about this time of year when I need a little scent detox, so coffee beans + vanilla tea light candles it is! The metal tea lights heat the beans for a comforting scent & the vanilla is subtle and calming. Bonus tips: I use this duo or this whenever I host a party to ward off the smokers' scent when they come inside.


My January resolution is to not shop--it'll help save money. Another way I'm saving money is by making my coffee treats at home using this milk frother. It's amazing, cheap, and matches my kitchen. How did I get along without it?

What has you Smitten lately?

PS: What hair tutorials would you like to see on here? Leave looks/styles/celebs below!

76 comments:

  1. I agree with the eye shadow. I've been really in to neutral tones lately also.
    Maybe a tutorial on how to use nude shades. Like, subtle ways to wear it or mix it with other colors.
    Some times a plain old nude shade looks great with a little pop of color in the crease or outside of the eye.

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  2. I should not shop for a month, but if I tell myself that it just makes me want to do it more.

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  3. I should not shop for a month, but if I tell myself that it just makes me want to do it more.

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  4. I have been skipping my usual smoky eye too, for more neutral shades but with a little glimmer or warmth, and I love your picks!

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  5. That's a fantastic idea about the vanilla tea lights in coffee beans! I bet it smells wonderful. Your little heart necklace is so pretty.

    Loulou Downtown

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  8. Oooh, I'm glad you like the necklace! It's lovely

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  9. I'm trying to not shop too no hard fast rule...but trying to curb my spending.

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  10. lovely neutral colous of make up products! and great resolution of January, it's great to start year without extra clothes/shoes/whatsoever in your closet but escaping the sales - that's why I think of how great you are.

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  11. That necklace really is lovely!!! What has smitten me? Apparently chocolate cake! :P

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  12. That Eyeshadow Trio looks gorgeous! :)

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  13. I'm smitten with dainty necklaces too these days :)

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  14. I've been doing shimmery neutral eye colors as well. I would love to see a hair tutorial from any one of the Pretty Little Liars girls! I love Emily's and Hanna's hairstyles the most.
    Thanks!!

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  15. Love that neutral nail shade - and that necklace is so lovely. My resolution is not to shop until my birthday...I hope I can stick with it.

    Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  16. That necklace is super cute!! I want one :) Oh and the vanilla candle with the coffee bean idea?? Genius!!

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  17. you are right, i'm calming down too! what have me smitten are thin scarves and different hairstyle.. i'm leaving my long wavy hair behind and gonna have a haircut on Saturday, i'm so excited!!!!!

    i would like some tips on how to style shorter hair :)

    kisses,
    teresa
    www.trend-ish.com

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  18. I love that necklace, so cute and delicate! Also the nail polish is beautiful, for some reason the softer colors don't look great on me, but they are soo pretty!

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  19. i love that frother... it's so useful!

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  20. I really like your necklace pick. Have you tried dogeared jewelry? I feel like you'd like some of their simple pieces.

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  21. I love your picks Elle. I have a necklace super similar to the one you showed that I got as a gift years ago and it is so dear to me. love it!

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  22. I love the vanilla tea lights and coffee beans trick! I'm definitely going to have to try that! Wonder if that would help with removing odor when you cook fish. Totally doing this one!
    Love all of your other pick too, lovely :) xoxo

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  23. i'm right there with you on the jewelery. usually i'm all about large and statement and fun, but lately i've been a lot more subtle and i've been loving that too.

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  24. Love all your picks! Neutral eye shadows are my favorite, I always gravitate to that for some reason. Although my resolution is to shop more since I barely bought any clothes for the past 2 years! Hope you are having a wonderful beginning to the new year!

    xo Mary Jo

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  25. That candle sounds divine! I love the simple and small sometimes. The necklace is lovely. :)

    P.S. I hope you'll enter my giveaway!

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  26. That coffee beans with vanilla tea lights idea is amazing! I love the smell of coffee, and it would be a welcome change from all the cinnamon and evergreen scents of the holidays.

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  27. That edor necklace looks fab! Want! And you can never go wrong with nude lippies:)

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  28. I have candles for pretty much every season as well. Love 'em!

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  29. I love little necklaces. Big ones look ridiculous on me. I have this new Christmas gift candle..it's called "Soft Clean Blanket." It's amazing.

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  30. Great finds! I love that eye palette. We were gifted a wine aerator set over the holidays, and we're having so much fun trying it out!

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  31. those are so delicate and lovely .. adore the hearts! x

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  32. That necklace is lovely! I am usually into big statement necklaces but lately, I have been going for my smaller, delicate pieces as well :)

    http://www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  33. Loving that two hearts necklace. Simple and gorgeous.

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  34. That necklace is beautiful! I normally love colorful necklaces, but lately I have been drawn to these kinds of necklaces. I also love that eyeshadow palette you featured. I love neutral shadows with some shimmer.

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  35. It´s great to see your creativity in this blog.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  36. Love that you have a milk frother. I've always wanted one of those. All good things to be smitten with. Hope your no shop month is going well :)

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  37. i'm so gonna try the coffee bean/vanilla tea light idea. that must smell so good.

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  38. LOVE that necklace! I've been into smaller statements lately, too.

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  39. I've been into tiny jewelry lately too, that necklace is so sweet!

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  40. I want to buy a Nespresso Machine to make coffee treats at home. : )

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  41. Great smitten list!
    Love the nude makeup- very feminine and barely-there, which looks great against a winter backdrop! :)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  42. I don't mind her hauls, I actually love Ingrid's hauls :D ^^

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  43. funny- everything you shared is understated. calm...
    I feel the same way right now and wrote all of these wonderful suggestions down.
    Thank you so much for sharing everything!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  44. I'm going to have to try that candle and coffee bean trick. I love the idea of the those two scents!!

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  45. That teeny tiny necklace is just too perfect!

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  46. Great post!!Love the eye shadow..:)Following u immediately..:)
    follow me back?

    xxx

    Angie

    P.S:chasingkitesbyangie.blogspot.com

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  47. Those eyeshadows are the perfect colour for what I'm after right now.

    And I love the candle/coffee bean tip! Thanks!

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  48. That necklace is perfection!! Such a great everyday necklace that simple and sweet.

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  49. Love those eye shadows! they are lovely!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope you visit again in the future!
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo

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  50. Oooo I like the necklace! I have that same nail polish too, and I will have to try the vanilla candle and coffee bean thing, I bet it smells great!

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  51. Ah milk frothers are really cool

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  52. I really like that necklace. I love the way the two hearts intertwine. Nice! :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  53. I'm loving those eye shadow colors!

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  54. I'm a huge fan of the natural eye make up and currently I'm loving the creamy gold/brown eyeshadows from Bobbi Brown. xoxo
    www.hellohellofriday.com

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  55. Ooo, I am so gonna try your coffee bean tea light thing! I got tons of tea lights for Christmas.. and I love the smell of coffee, but can't handle the caffeine... this is perfect!!

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  56. I LOVE the two hearts necklace!!
    It is so beautiful.

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  57. Love this! Those toned down colors are so pretty and natural! Good luck with your resolution. That would be a hard one to keep ;)

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  58. I love these tips, your blog is absolutely delightful! I"m now following :)

    xo Gillie

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  59. I love wearing neutrals for eyeshadow, too! :) Hooray for being smitten and the calmness that January brings.

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  60. Now I can grasp making the coffee at home but not shopping. . . there is only so much pain that I can endure ;) Good luck on your first month's resolution!

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  61. Love that pretty nail shade, and that frother sounds pretty fab!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  62. the 2 hearts necklace is so delicate and cute! right now i'm smitten with ice cream and anything with hearts.

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  63. I love your little milk frother! I have one too but rarely use it, maybe it's time to get it out again :)

    Leia

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  64. wow, that frother is awesome!! I have got to pick one up when I move, what a great way to save money.

    And I love the tapestry of taupey colors here, very lovely.

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  65. These are amazing items!! I will have to try out the Sally Hansen nail polish. I love a neutral pink shade!

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  66. So many good things - I love the necklace. Lately I am smitten with my fringe boots. If only they were work appropriate. Ha!

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  67. All great suggestions. I am loving a beeswax pillar candle in a glass cylinder with star anise in the bottom of the glass. Myer lemons are a favorite right now as are clementines. I'm experimenting with pomegranate molasses and will post on it soon. I agree with a more natural approach to makeup.

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  68. I really love the delicate heart necklace, a nice breather from statement necklaces.

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  69. These are some great finds. I think it's time to mix it up with my make up and whatnot. I'm going to have to check out a couple of these things.

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  70. Oh that necklace is so sweet, I love it! I would like to request some braiding tutorials. I suck at it and need some tips! xoxo

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  71. love that pretty pink nail color - and i have been loving "walking on eggshells" lately too!! xoxo

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  72. I am also giving up shopping this month and am a very tight budget with hopes of being able to buy a new home this summer/ early fall.
    My bday is in a few weeks so knowing I will get a treat then is helping me stay strong from not missing out on anything fun at the stores. Plus, with the stores still clearing out winter great is not like there is much of a selection Like I how I need to say this to make myself feel better?! lol

    I would love to see makeup and outfit ideas!

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