Beauty Break: Own Day Lotion & Lip Treatment

Own Skincare Products Sunscreen Lip SPF


I want to give a shout-out to Own skincare products. A publicist sent a over Own Dual Protecting Day Lotion with SPF 30 and Own Day Lip Treatment with SPF 10 since the line just debuted at Ulta.

Although I was once a beauty editor, I’m no longer product-obsessed. While it was once fun to have the entire OPI and Nars glittery nail polish collections at my disposal, these days I’m more apt to be hoarding ikat print pillows. (For fun, you can click through to this article in the Hartford Courant in which I’m quoted on spring nail trends.)

Anyway, as old habits die hard, I happily snapped up the stuff, seeing how it’s sunscreen and I’m pretty darn pale, and gave them a test drive in Delray. High marks. The packaging is lovely (green IS my favorite color) and works well (the dispenser on a tube was a fun surprise). The day lotion sunscreen went on smoothly and while initially shiny, soaked in with a smooth, dry finish within ten minutes. Plus it is scentless. SO important! I didn’t burn, though of course I was also wearing a hat. (Sun = poison pour moi.)

I adored the lip treatment ($9.99). While I’m addicted to Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for night time, I really like the Own lip treatment for day, with the SPF of 10 (zinc oxide is the active ingredient). The pen-like tube is cool, and is better for tossing in a handbag. Application was easy. . . it has a roller ball. Remember those kissing potions, those of you who were little girls in the ’70s & ’80s? The good news is that you get the nostalgia without the scent or gooeyness.

So, thanks Mr. Publicist. These ones are keepers.


Find My Chair in House Beautiful’s Scavenger Hunt!

House Beautiful’s  4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt kicks off on Wednesday and I’ve got a chair in the mix. The magazine has assigned StyleCarrot this ikat-patterned Dane recliner by La-Z-Boy. Like it? You could win it.

On Wednesday ant Thursday, the HB team will hide 20 black and white chairs (including this one) in iconic locations around Los Angeles.  Follow @HouseBeautiful and @StyleCarrot on Twitter for clues on where to find and win my chair in LA! We’ll be marking tweets with hashtag #hbchairs.

UPDATE: On Thursday, March 7 at around 2:30 PT the HB team will hide this chair in the vicinity of the Urth Café at 8565 Melrose Avenue between Robertson and La Cienega. FIND IT!!!


House Beautiful Los Angeles Chair Hunt

With its classic lines, I can easily picture this chair in the New York City apartment of Laura, the 1944 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. In addition to fitting in with the decor, the ikat swirls also reflect the dizzying machinations of Laura, the femme fatale, who captivates the men around her.





If you’re wondering what the occasion is, this is all in celebration of House Beautiful’s March 2013 “Color Combinations” issue, for which they’re toasting the most classic color combination of all—black & white—along with the glory days of cinema. The event is called “Beautiful in Black & White.”

House Beautiful March 13 Cover jpeg


 Other chair brands include American Leather, Crate & Barrel, Hickory Chair, Kravet, Room & Board, Target, and more, and participating bloggers include Tobi Fairley, Lisa Mende, Tamara Stephenson of Nest, Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow Eight, Christian May of Maison21, Jennifer Mehditash of Dec-a-porter, and plenty of others. Feel free to gather clues for all of them!

Finally, stay tuned for House Beautiful’s Pinterest contest in which you will be asked to pin the chair from this post. Meanwhile, follow StyleCarrot and HouseBeautiful on Pinterest. 



Boston Giveaway: Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise

Odessey Ship Boston Entertainment Cruises

Entertainment Cruises is giving one StyleCarrot reader a pair of tickets for the Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise on Saturday, February 16 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship in Boston.

The romantic cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, champagne toast, a rose, and amazing views. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Boston. (I’ll avoid asking about Valentine’s Day for fear of sap.) Contest ends Sunday, Feb. 10 at midnight ET.

Heart Ornament White with Topstitching



Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise
Date: Saturday, February 16
Board: 7:00pm | Cruise: 8:00 – 11:00pm

Winner will pick up the tickets the evening of the cruise at the ticket booth at Rowes Wharf.
Retail value $109.90 per ticket