Obsession Collection: Radiant Orchid.

This post has been on my to-do list since December, when Pantone revealed their color of the year for 2014. So that just shows you how far behind I am on this blogging business. Kind of pathetic actually. (Like I’m not even sure that some of this stuff is still available, in which case, I apologize.) But I’m happy to get this post up on the last day of January – I think that still qualifies as the “new year,” right? So, here’s my belated introduction to Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. I love purple, and I love pink, and this color is a perfect combination of the two. According to Pantone, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Assuming we’ll be seeing this color all over the place this year, from fashion and makeup to home decor, here are a few items that are first to embrace this modern, rich, pinky-purple. What do you think about Pantone’s choice for color of the year?

Obsession Collection: Radiant Orchid. Pantone Color of the Year 2014. #pantone #radiantorchid #obsessioncollection #girlyobsessions

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Obsession Collection: Eye Makeup Removers.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an Obsession Collection. Although I guess you could make the argument that all collection posts I create (and all posts in general) are obsessions. Either way, I’ve been meaning to share this collection for a while. When you buy as much mascara and eye shadow as I do, you need something to take it off. And I don’t know about you, but if I’m being lazy and try to use my face wash to remove eye makeup, it never works, and just results in black streaks that end up all over my towels. I’ve tried a lot of eye makeup removers over the years, and all of these options have passed one major test – being able to remove Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. So, let’s check out some of my faves – what are yours?

Obsession Collection: Eye Makeup Removers. #girlyobsessions #makeup #beauty

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Obsession Collection: Girly Skulls.

From punky to preppy. Subtle to bold. From clothing to accessories to home decor. Skulls are totally on-trend right now. I’m assuming my obsession with skulls goes hand in hand with the Green Day obsession. And I love subtle skull accents that feed my punk princess alter-ego (I own items #6 and #8 and am currently wearing this on my nails). But no matter your style, skull accents are a great way to add a little punk to your prep, some edge to your outfit or a hint of rock ‘n’ roll glam to your home decor.

Obsession Collection: Girly Skulls. #girlyobsessions

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Obsession Collection: Corky Shoes.

I just realized that it’s been months since I’ve done an Obsession Collection! Unless you count the holiday gift guides which I guess could be seen as one huge collection! Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I am SICK of all my winter clothes. And as much as I love my boots, I’m ready to trade them in for some lighter, spring-like options. Even though cork shoes have been around forever, it seems like the natural material is making a bit of a comeback in the form of some very cute shoes. (I NEED #11.) See, I knew there was more to this stuff than just using it as a wine topper!

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Obsession Collection: Corky Shoes

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Obsession Collection: fall workout faves.

Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce a  fabulous new guest blogger, Jess. Jess and I go back to 2005 when we met while working at the same design firm. (The same one where I met Stacey!) She now lives across the country, and I am so excited to finally see her again when I head to Vegas to see Green Day. Thanks for the awesome post, Jess. I’m so lucky to have such talented, girly contributors!

The leaves are starting to change and the scent of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air… Whoo hoo! Unfortunately that usually means my workouts are being replaced with spiked hot chocolate and homemade macaroni & cheese. In order to keep my comfort food cravings at bay, I needed to peruse the latest fall workout gear! I consider incentive a necessity when it comes to exercise (especially running) so I’ve come up with a collection of cold weather workout wear to keep me (and hopefully you!) going through the winter months.

Oh and be sure to check out our past Obsession Collections.

Obsession Collection: Fall Workout Faves lululemon Nike

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Obsession Collection: Girly DSLR Camera Bags.

Even though Obsession Collections started a while ago, I think the search for a feminine camera bag is the one that actually generated the idea. There are plenty of camera bags out there (believe me, I think I went to the end of the Google search on this one), but it’s hard to find a nice, quality bag that is made for a women. One that is cute and girly but still practical and useful. These are some of my favorite options that would create a nice home for your camera and gear. The one I actually own is #6, the Kelly Moore Classic bag, in purple. I love it!

Oh and be sure to check out our past Obsession Collections.

Obsession Collection: Girly DSLR Camera Bags Ona Kelly More jo Totes Jill-e

1. Epiphanie Belle $164
2. Jill-e Small Bone Leather $129.99
3. Jo Totes Georgia Neon $107
4. Cheeky Lime Classic $98
5. Jill-e Swing Camera $59.99
6. Kelly Moore Classic $199
7. Ona The Venice $329
8. Jo Totes Betsy $109
9. Jill-e Compact System Bag $99
10. Capturing Couture Bohemian Jubilee $199 

Click links for more info or to purchase. Photos courtesy of respective retailers.

Obsession Collection: Bold & blingy bracelets.

I tend to wear bracelets more in the summer than in the winter, since they always seem to snag my long-sleeved shirts. But I’m loving all the big, bold and blingy bracelets (how’s that alliteration?!) that are super trendy right now! They are a simple accessory that can make a bold statement! Here are some of my faves.

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Obsession Collection: Bold & Blingy Bracelets

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Obsession Collection: Olympic inspired.

Or maybe I should call it Union Jack inspired? Either way, London-Olympic-fever is running rampant with the games officially starting tomorrow, July 27th. I know I’m super excited! I love watching gymnastics, and I thoroughly enjoy watching all the male swimmers. But my one hope is that The Fed takes home the gold for singles tennis, the one prize he’s lacking in his vast collection. So who else is excited for the Olympics? What’s your fave sport to watch?

BTW, you may notice a new Obsession Collection layout. It’s been updated to go with our facelift. It’s a little crowded, but there was so much fun stuff for this collection, I had to find a way to fit it all in!

GirlyObsessions Obsession Collection London Olympics

1. ASOS Motel Zoe Dress Union Jack Print $32
2. Ted Baker London ‘Union Jack Dog Bobble Matinee’ Wallet $180
3. Hunter Original British Wellies $195
4. Juicy Couture ‘Warrior Princess’ Charm Bracelet $98
5. Liberty London ‘Union Jack’ Silk Scarf $328
6. butter LONDON ‘Olympics Heavy Medal’ Trio $36
7. Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette Spray $82
8. Ray-Ban ‘London Wayfarer’ $160
9. Juicy Couture ‘London’ Tote $148 (Cute matching iPhone case, too!)
10. PANDORA London Bus Bead Charm $45
11. tokidoki Love From London Palette $25
12. FLOR ‘Hey Jack’ Carpet Tiles $18 each 

Click links for more info or to purchase. Photos courtesy of respective retailers.

Obsession collection: wedge sandals.

I love sandals. I love wedges. So sandals + wedges = total feet happiness. I also love the mix of natural materials, like a chunky wood or cork heel paired with colorful leather or polka dot canvas. They’re super versatile and can be dressed up or down. And I love that after spending all day in a good pair of wedges, my feet are not in pain!

Be sure to check out our past Obsession Collections!

Girly Obsessions Obsession Collection wedge sandals heels

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Palm Desert $150
2. ALDO Crosier $80
3. Via Spiga Evelina $158
4. Steve Madden Tampaa $90
5. GUESS Asila 2 $90
6. Jessica Simpson Mack $89
7. Juicy Couture Kati $149
8. Splended Lustful $109
9. Steve Madden Whatif $90

{ Click links for more info or to purchase. Photos courtesy of respective retailers. }

Obsession collection: cute cosmetic cases.

Vacation season is upon us! While prepping for my own vacation, I decided it’s time to invest in one item I’m missing: a good quality cosmetic case. I know you’d think with my makeup addiction that I’d have invested in a nice case by now, but in reality I’m using a case that was part of a Clinique gift with purchase from college. Like 12 years ago. I do have a nice toiletry bag, but it’s not big enough to hold all the crap it takes to beautify myself! There are a lot of really cute options out there that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Even though I own a lot of products, I don’t take them all with me. That would be crazy! I usually pack the essentials, then I’ll throw in whatever else will fit in the bag that I think I might need! What are your makeup travel essentials? 

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Obsession Collection Cosmetic Cases

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