End of Winter | Current Favorites

Only one month left until the official first day of spring; a single, couldn’t-come-faster month until I can finally feel my toes again! Life in the Netherlands involves a lot of cold, rainy and windy commutes, (sometimes all at once), which can truly wear down on your psyche towards the middle of February. As one who needs to turn my umbrella right-side-down on a regular basis, I have found that finding things to do and occupy myself with are rather important in order to fight the winter blues. What I do physically to keep my spirits up during these miserable months will need to follow on another post, but with springtime in my sights, I would like to share with all of you what material items I have been loving at the close of this winter!


I only have a few favorites in this category, but I have discovered the new NARS Radiant Longwear foundation. I am aware of the mega-hype on this product right now, and I will say right away that this is not my favorite foundation. It is a tad too cakey on my dry (and only getting drier) skin. However, when mixed with my Radiance Drops from Tarte, it becomes something I genuinely enjoy using.

The other item I want to mention is the Hourglass High-Intensity lipsticks. The packaging is amazing and I have been wearing this color called “I’ll Never Stop” literally non-stop. I worry that I will run out of this rather expensive little lippie, but the formula is totally worth the price. Plus, the refill price is not too bad!

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Last month I re-discovered my iPad mini and have been using the calendar synchronization across all of my apple devices to keep my workouts and other life items in check. I have also been using the Vogue runway app to keep up with all of the new fashion week looks, which works best on an iPad IMHO! I am aware that iPads are not actually necessary alongside your laptop and smartphone, but for whatever reason, I have re-fallen in love with the convenience of a tablet.

My other honorable mention that has now graced a few posts on this blog is my new-ish Fornasetti candle. I am completely smitten with the scent and fantastic design, and I am already looking for another to strategically place in our home!


Sunglasses are my newest vice, and since the winter holidays, I have probably worn these Miu Miu shades more than any other pair in my collection. It is so flattering on my round face shape and includes just enough cat-eye to catch the trend.

My other fashion fave has to be my new Stella Mccartney Elyse platforms that I picked up last month (see them in this post here!). These are so comfortable and easy to style with any casual outfit. Keep your eyes peeled: I want another pair!

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  1. February 20, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    I look forward to checking out the lipstick. Is it long lasting?

    • Nicole Parise
      February 23, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Hey! I would say it is medium, not a “longwear” formula but it also doesn’t come off in an hour or two. Hope that helps!

  2. February 21, 2018 / 1:12 am

    I am a big fan of Nars and Hourglass. I use theor concealers. Debating on trying th enew Nars foundation.

    • Nicole Parise
      February 23, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Thank you! I am so excited, pulling out all of my sunnies 🙂

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