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Golden Egg

April 20, 2014

easter Martha Stewart

Happy Easter! I came across these beautiful gold foiled Easter Eggs and just had to share. If you’ve already dyed your eggs in bright colors, you’re half way there. Here’s the DIY tutorial, which is via Martha Stewart. Who else?

Enjoy this lovely day!


image via Martha Stewart


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It’s a…

April 19, 2014

baby boy
I’m currently 22 weeks along (5 1/2 mos) and things are going well! Baby is healthy and now that we know the sex, we’re in massive nesting mode. I’m super excited to be having a little boy!! The collage above pictures some of the adorable items I’ve found so far (hello registry). I can’t wait for this little man to join our family.

Enjoy my picks – each would make a great gift for any friends you have who are expecting!

Clockwise from top:

le petit tom baby moccasinskaloo hubby rabbit plush doll | baby aspen diaper covers | ralph lauren cable-knit coverall



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Charcoal Your Pores

April 9, 2014

biore charcoal cleanserBioré’s tag line is “free your pores,” so it should come as no surprise that their new Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser claims to draw out and trap 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser. I was skeptical at first. Charcoal? For your skin?? Wondering if this was just a marketing ploy, I did a bit of research. Turns out that charcoal is GREAT for those with oily and acne-prone skin (like me) due to its detoxifying properties (sources here and here). Wishing to rid my skin of toxins and bacteria, I decided to give this cleanser a whirl — despite my reservations about how it may smell or feel.

So, here’s my review: the consistency is just what I like in a face wash. It starts as a gel, and as you mix it with water and rub between your hands, it turns to a foam. The color isn’t as opaque as it looks in the picture. There is definitely a black tint, but the gel is translucent. The scent is surprising pleasant. I only tried a sample of the product (which contains about two uses), but I loved it so much that I’m going to buy it and factor it into my daily skincare routine. Now is as good a time as any — spring is (kind of) here and summer are coming, and the humidity plus the pregnancy hormones are sure to turn my face into an oil slick!!

This face wash is widely available – you shouldn’t have trouble finding it in your neighborhood drugstore or supermarket. Or, you can purchase here.



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Bump Watch

April 6, 2014

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So…I’ve been holding on to a little secret and there’s NO hiding it any longer! I’m thrilled to tell you that my husband and I are expecting a baby this August. That makes me five, that’s right, FIVE months pregnant! The first few months of my pregnancy were a bit rough (I basically felt sick every day!), so until now, I wasn’t quite ready to share our exciting news on the blog. But, now that I have my heels firmly planted in the second trimester (and I’m showing), it’s time to celebrate baby both off and on The Pretty Dish!

There are so many things that come along with expecting a baby. Though I’m not starving all the time, I have a whole new appreciation for food. I’ve had regular cravings for falafel and sweet fruit juice. I’ve also come to appreciate the clothing in my pre-pregnancy wardrobe that is a little looser in fit! I’m learning a ton about dressing for pregnancy, and, the dreaded maternity department.

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago, when I was about 4 ½ months along. Not one item that I’m wearing is “maternity” because the top has a loose fit and the pants have a very low waist.

All Saints Top (sold out, but this top has a similar drapey fit) | Gap Really Skinny Pants (similar here) | C. Wonder Necklace (sold out, but several other cute sale styles here) | Nine West Flats

A quick note about the top I’m wearing. I LOVE it – and was so excited to see that Halle Berry was wearing the exact same top during her recent appearance on the Queen Latifah Show!

halle berry all saints

image via

I have several photo shoots coming up, so you’ll be on bump watch with me as the baby grows. And, you’ll get to see me doing my best to embrace maternity fashion!

Outfit pics by Lydia Hudgens



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La Roche-Posay *Giveaway*

March 28, 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar

There are a few things I love about La Roche-Posay. First, the brand is strongly backed by dermatologists and is available in 1,500 physician offices around the country. I work with many dermatologists in my day job and knowing that this brand has that endorsement is a nice credibility booster. Second, the products can also be purchased at drug stores like Walgreens, Duane Reade and CVS. Readily available = easy, and I really like that. The third thing is their new website (, which boasts a ton of great product and skincare information, including (nearly 60!) videos featuring dermatologists speaking on topics like dark spots, sensitive skin and sun protection. There’s also a feature where you can save 20% off your order by building your own Skincare Value Set including four different products.

Speaking of products, I started using Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment* to spot treat some recent acne flare ups on my cheeks and along my hairline. The product comes in a sleek tube, and the consistency is lightweight and goes on smoothly. You don’t have to wait very long to see results. I use this in the evening, and by the time I wake up I see a definite difference – the acne is usually drying up and seems less noticeable. It also doesn’t create dry patches on my skin, like some other treatments I’ve tried. Note that since this product’s active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, you should take caution with your colored towels, sheets, etc. This isn’t an issue for me since our linens are mostly ivory and white, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you ever use a product with this ingredient. Overall, my experience with this product was a good one, and I do recommend!

Ready to try the product for yourself? The team at La Roche-Posay is giving away Effaclar Duo Dual Acne Treatment (valued at $36.95) to one lucky TPD reader. All you have to do is ONE of the following:

  • Like The Pretty Dish on Facebook here
  • Follow me on Twitter here
  • Follow me on Instagram here
  • Share my Facebook page on your timeline and encourage your friends to ‘LIKE’ The Pretty Dish! Or, you can Tweet a link to my blog and ask your followers to check it out.

Leave a comment below letting me know that you’ve completed one of these steps, and consider yourself entered. This giveaway will close on April 4, 2014 at 5pm eastern time and the winner will be selected via later that evening. U.S. entries only. Good luck!!

UPDATE: This giveaway has now closed and the winner has been contacted.



*This product was gifted for review purposes.

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Dreaming of Spring

March 24, 2014

Spring Wish List 2014 jpeg

This winter has been so brutal on the northeast, so I know I’m not alone in welcoming spring. I hear there’s more snow coming — nooo! While waiting for the weather to warm up and the flowers to bloom, I came up with this list of covetable items that I just can’t wait to get my hands on for spring. Enjoy!

Sunnies | Perfume | Polish | Scarf | Earrings | Tote | Sandals | Watch



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Spring Refresh

March 22, 2014
Ahh, spring. It’s FINALLY here (though it certainly doesn’t feel that way outside). This is my favorite time of year to “clean house,” if you will — purge things I’m ready to let go of, and refresh areas of our home that need a little TLC. We’ve lived in our apartment for three years, and I decided that our living room was in need of some decor therapy. Enter T.J. Maxx*. I usually think of the store as a place to get great bargains on clothes, but the home section is also fantastic for deals and steals on quality decor items. Check out my before and after pics below. Then head to T.J. Maxx pronto to give a spot in your home the upgrade it deserves! Visit to find a location near you.







new silver pillows add some interest to the couch…


a large straw basket can play catch-all to stray pillows and blankets…



pastel glass ornaments shaped like eggs perfectly timed for Easter…


a new lamp and picture frame changes the look of our end table…and another Easter accent!




*This post was sponsored by T.J. Maxx and items included in the refresh were gifted. As a TPD reader, you can rest assured that I only post on products, items and businesses that I would sincerely recommend. 

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Quick Dry

March 19, 2014


Blow-drying my hair is seriously one of my least favorite tasks…the detangling, the time, the arm workout, the fact that when I’m finished drying I still have a job ahead of me with either the curling iron or flat iron…just not my favorite of tasks. So, when I heard that CIBU launched a product called “Drynamic,” formulated with argan oil and designed to accelerate blow dry time, I jumped at the chance to try it.

You spray a few pumps into wet hair, and then you follow that with your favorite styling product (for me, it’s a detangler). Then — ready, set, blow-dry. I was happy with the results and it did seem like my hair dried a more quickly! I was a little nervous that the product would somehow rob my hair of moisture, but on the contrary, my hair felt nice and hydrated after use. I’ll have to permanently add Drynamic to my CIBU arsenal of products. I’ve actually been a fan of the brand for years – my favorite product is this detangler and this serum is a close second. You should try them — 2014 is CIBU’s 10th anniversary, so you can get 10% off any order at with code CIBU2014. Enjoy!


This product was gifted to The Pretty Dish for review purposes. Rest assured that I never post on products that I’ve never used or wouldn’t sincerely recommend.


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little light

March 17, 2014

voluspa mini candle

This is just a quick post to tell you about a great home find for under $10. I don’t think I’ve ever shared my love of Voluspa…so first, I should tell you how great the brand is for beautifully packaged candles that smell simply divine. I just discovered the Yuzu Rose Stonecrop scent, a mix of yuzu grapefruit, rose, lavender, white strawberry. Though it’s small, this little votive burns for 25 hours. You can get it here, at Candle Delirium.



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:: stripes ::

March 10, 2014

I took these pictures way back in December and am just getting around to posting them now! This is an easy work look (you know how much I love those) that incorporates denim, layering, neon and a fun striped print.

The sleeveless dress is, believe it or not, is by Merona (from Target). It’s no longer available, but you can find a similar frock here. I’ve layered the dress over a fitted black v-neck that I’ve had for years. For a similar look you can really layer it over any long sleeved black top you have, as long as it’s not too baggy. You’ve seen the J. Crew vest before (here and here) and the belt is also from J. Crew (similar here). A skinny neon belt can do so much to elevate an outfit, and here I think it adds an unexpected pop of color.

The glasses are my Warby Parker Prestons (seen here) ) and the shoes are by Christian Louboutin (seen here and here).

Photos by Lydia Hudgens



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