Sunday, October 11, 2015


Kylie Jenner, 18, gave fans an inside look into her new $2.7 million mansion exclusively through her app and website with a tour of her kitchen, breakfast nook and living room. Like her momager Kris, Kylie's home decor is black and white, and like her sis Khloe, she meticulously arranges her cookie jars! Kylie has added some chic accessories to her home as well, so if you'd love to steal her home decor look, keep reading!

Kylie's Kitchen
Years ago I designed kitchens and baths for residential clients, so when I saw Kylie's high-end kitchen I knew I needed to break down the design for my blog!

Kylie (and likely her designer) chose a full-overlay, raised panel door for her kitchen in what looks like a painted ebony color. I love this look and have always wanted to have dark kitchen cabinets in my own home. To pull it off you have to have a lot of natural light. Selecting a lighter, contrasting shade for the countertops helps to also make the kitchen not look like a black hole!

Kylie's kitchen has high gloss, white countertops (great choice!) with a straight front edge that are likely a man-made stone. I've used something similar from Silestone (below) for clients and I love it. It's the look of natural stone minus the maintenance!

Cabinet hardware is like the jewelry of the kitchen, and Kylie went with a brushed nickel square knob and matching pull, similar to these knobs available online for $8.76 (below).

And of course, her high-end kitchen needed high-end stainless appliances, like this fridge from Sub-Zero (below) that runs about $10,000.

Fun accessories in her kitchen include "The Ex" knife block designed by Raffaele Iannello available online for $199, and oversized cookie jars similar to this one from The Container Store (both below).

The overall look is glamorous with an edge!
Here's more Black & White Kitchen Design inspirations:

Breakfast Nook
Just off of Kylie's kitchen is the breakfast nook that has an industrial/vintage feel with a round glass top table, surrounded by French style metal chairs. Restoration Hardware's "Remy Side Chair" is likely Kylie's, on sale for $99 (below).

The lighting over her nook is shaped like intertwined X's with exposed light bulbs, similar to this "Nero Chandelier" (below) on sale from Restoration Hardware for $1605.

Jonathan Adler's Dora Maar Urn, $395 (below), sits on top of her glass table.
I love this urn by Adler! It's inspired by Dora Maar, the French photographer, poet, and painter best known for being a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso.

In her tour, Kylie said she recently added wallpaper to the ceiling of her nook, similar to this geometric grey wallpaper pattern (below) available online.

Here's some Breakfast Nook inspiration with French metal chairs:

Living Room

While the lip artwork in Kylie's living room may be one-of-a-kind (a photograph of Kylie's lips that will be the packaging for her new LipKit beauty line), the couch can be yours!

According to Kylie it's the "Cloud" sectional from Restoration Hardware in white (below). It ranges in price from $5675 - $15445 (on sale!).

Like any glam girl, Kylie's couch is covered in furry pillows like these Faux Fur Ombre Pillows from Pottery Barn (below) $45.50.

Modern wood cage pendants hang on either side of her couch adding texture to the space. Similar fixtures (below) can be found online.

Of all the items in Kylie's home, I am obsessed with the coffee table in her living room! It's this stunning silver, hammered round table and I found a similar one online for $674 (below).

And on that chic coffee table I'd put the same book Kylie has in her living room, Tom Ford (below) $95.

Here's some Living Room inspiration, all from one of my fav home decor stores Z Gallerie:

After Kylie's house tour I can't wait to see the rest of the modern mansion! Tell me what you think of her design style, leave a comment below or let me know on social media.


Happy shopping!
~ Staci

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Hello! September was a fun month! I tried out a lot of new products and will be writing all about them on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@treschicstaci) and on Facebook you would have seen my post about receiving my September ipsy bag (image below). Since I'm new to ipsy I thought I'd not only review what I received for September, but also do a first impressions review. So if you are thinking about trying ipsy and want to learn more about it, keep reading!

For starters, if you don't know what ipsy is, here's the basics:
Ipsy creator Michelle Phan, of YouTube fame, launched the company as a way to share with her fans fun and new beauty products. Her team selects deluxe samples and full-sized products, along with a cute makeup bag, and ships them off to subscribers for $10 per month.

As a new subscriber I took ipsy's online Beauty Quiz, designed to help the ipsy team select the best products for my skin tone and personal preference. Then by mid-September my first Glam Bag arrived!

I heard about ipsy from one of the many YouTubers I follow. I knew there where a few companies that offer similar beauty samples through the mail to monthly subscribers, and I'll link those below. I chose to start with ipsy for a few reasons. Number one: ipsy seemed more makeup focused. I was interested in sampling makeup over mostly skincare and hair products. Number two: when I learned Michelle Phan was behind the brand I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try!

So as I mentioned, my first Glam Bag arrived in mid-September, which was later than I had hoped. Maybe it's where I live in the U.S. (the Northeast) but shipping seemed to take a while. I did my best to not sneak a peek at other posts online about what was inside the September bag - I wanted to be surprised!

The morning I opened my mailbox and saw the hot pink, bubble wrap bag I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I first snapped a photo (of course) and then ripped into it in the car before leaving for work. I had to. No apologizes here!

My September ipsy came in the same golden colored makeup bag I'm sure you've seen posted online. It's cute, small enough to fit in my handbag, but big enough to hold all the September products, and then some!

What I was reminded of after seeing others post online about their September ipsy bag, is that what arrives in yours may not be the same as what arrives in mine. Mine included:

That same week I sampled all of the products, and while some I will repurchase, others, not so much.

First up the Brightening Facial Scrub from Acure Organics! I started using this product (image above) in the morning in the shower. I was surprised to see it was a dark muddy color with a lot of grit to it, but after the first use it left my skin super soft, clean, but not overly dry. I will definitely be purchasing a full size after the deluxe sample runs out! Click the Acure Organics link above to learn more about the scrub. A 4oz size is $9.99 on the Acure website.

The City Color Cosmetics City Chic Lipstick in One Night Stand (I swatched above) was one of the first products that jumped out at me when I opened the Glam Bag. The packaging is cute and the fuchsia color looked pretty! It's a smooth and easy to apply lipstick that I have worn since receiving it from ipsy. A friend saw my initial ipsy post online and went online and purchased the lipstick that day! And for only $4.99 you can't blame her! It's a great lipstick and super affordable. I will be trying more City Color products in the future! Click the City Color Cosmetics link to get yours!

I was skeptical to try the Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer (above) only because it is a new skincare product and I wasn't sure if it would make my skin breakout. I've used it a few times now and haven't had an issue. I like the feeling of it, but it's not memorable enough to make me want to use it again. I think I would pass on buying a full size of this one.

When I saw the NYX Cosmetics 3 Eye Shadow Palette in IPSYNYX01 in the September ipsy bag (I swatched above) I was excited! I recently discovered this awesome brand and cannot get enough! NYX sells their 3 Eye Shadow Palettes for $6 online (which are on sale right now for only $3!), but I think this in particular palette was created just for ipsy. I've been purchasing NYX from my local Ulta and CVS stores and the quality of the product for the price is amazing! This 3 color palette for ipsy comes with a metallic gold, metallic bronze and matte black. I have not had a chance to try the bronze and black, but I've worn the gold and love it! From what I have swatched with all three colors, they are buildable with a nice sheen on the metallic shades. I will for sure be picking up some more 3 color palettes from NYX. Click the NYX Cosmetics link above to see all the 3 color palettes on sale!

I was thrilled to see Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted in the ipsy bag (above)! It's a new brand for me and the color looked so beautiful! I have been on an OPI kick lately trying out their new Venice collection, but I cannot wait to wear this lavender shade from Trust Fund. If you haven't seen their polish click on the Trust Fund Beauty link above and read some of their color names, they are hilarious! They scream Blair Waldorf! I will for sure be using their nail polish in the future, even if they go for $15 a pop!

Overall, I LOVE having samples arrive EVERY month in the mail, trying out new brands and colors I may not have chosen on my own! I'm so excited to see what ipsy has in store for October!

I feel like September was a good mix of makeup and skincare products that flattered my skin tone and addressed my skin concerns. The products ranged from high-end to drugstore pricing too, which is exactly how my own makeup collection and skincare is. As an ipsy subscriber, I also receive discount codes to buy products from ipsy participating companies! 

If you're interested in signing up for ipsy click HERE.

Since signing up for ipsy I have also signed up for Scentbird, a monthly fragrance subscription service (which I will of course be blogging about soon!), and may also try out some of these monthly beauty subscriptions:

Let me know if you have tried any of these services and what you think. Leave a comment below or send me a message on my socials:


Happy Shopping! ~ Staci

Sunday, September 27, 2015


There's a fun Fall Favorites Tag video making its way around YouTube right now, one I first saw when a favorite beauty vlogger of mine, Jaclyn Hill, posted it to her channel (see below). The Fall Favorites Tag video, or in this case Tag blog, is a fun way to share your favorite Fall items! So check out mine and be sure to post one of your own, or let me know your Fall Favorites in the comments below and on my socials:
@treschicstaci on Instagram | Twitter 

Favorite Candle
Like the rest of the world I can't live without a new Bath and Body Works, 3-wick candle for Fall! My favorite this year is their Caramel Pumpkin Swirl that I've been burning every night since I got it. BBW describes the scent as a "sweet fall pairing of spicy pumpkin with rich, buttery caramel" - which is spot on! It's sweet and pumpkiny (if that's a word) and fills my entire house with the warm yummy scent. Love it! 

Favorite Lip Color
Fall makes me think of apple picking and a lip color in a juicy red is perfect for this season! I recently wore this combo and love it for Fall: Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Rapture under Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Brandi.

Favorite Drink
I love a good PSL (pumpkin spice latte) from Starbucks (did you see my Instagram photo?!), but Fall is my favorite time of the year to start drinking hot tea - just as the nights get colder. For years Teavana has been my go-to place for loose tea that I can steep at home. My all time favorite is their Earl Grey Creme, a black tea that has a creamy vanilla scent and taste. A hot cup of Earl Grey Creme is perfect for sweater weather!

Favorite Blush
I love pairing my Fall makeup looks with a mauve/sand blush like the one I am currently obsessed with from MAC, their Powder Blush in Mocha. It's a matte blush that looks great on my pale skin and compliments a brown or green eyeshadow. MAC describes Mocha as a "soft pink-plum" color and shows an image on their site that looks more pink. So I snapped the photo below. Belk has it online and the color is more accurate.

Favorite Clothing Item
Scarves are my go-to clothing item for Fall! I have a huge collection and LOVE wearing them everywhere: to work, out to dinner with my hubby, shopping with friends, even to the playground with my daughter. Scarves are an easy way to update your wardrobe in the Fall and can transform an outfit on the cheap! I'm always on the lookout for new scarves, checking TJ Maxx and Marshalls where I've found beautiful scarves for under $25! Nordstrom always has a great selection of scarves and I love these for Fall:

Maison Scotch, Dot Print Scarf in Mauve/Black, $49 (above)

Favorite Fall Movie
All of my favorite Fall movies have to do with witches and were made in the 1990s (when I was a teen). I can't pick just one, which is why I love watching all of these movies in the Fall leading up to Halloween:

Practical Magic (1998) with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock (below) - how gorgeous is Nicole's hair?!

The Craft (1996) with Neve Campbell and Robin Tunney (below) - #squadgoals

Hocus Pocus (1993) with Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker (below)

Favorite Fall TV Show
How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM) became my fav new show last Fall with all of its plot twists and an amazing performance by Viola Davis (who just won an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series!). IMDB describes the show as "a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor (Davis) become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives."

I was curious to find out what its creator Peter Nowalk (part of Shonda Rhimes' production company Shondaland - think Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) had in store for the sophomore season. After watching Episode 1, Season 2 of HTGAWM I am dying to see more!

Favorite Thanksgiving Food
Thanksgiving. YUM. The food is all so good, but no turkey dinner is complete for me without cranberry sauce. And not your Nana's chunky cranberry relish. Nope. I'm talking about the jelly that slides out of the can - in the shape of the can! It reminds me of being a kid and it is so good with leftover turkey sandwiches!

Favorite Halloween Costume
Years ago my husband and I were obsessed with True Blood! We binge watched the seasons together on HBO OnDemand and in 2010 we dressed as vampires for a friend's annual Halloween party. We went all out for the costumes with fake blood on our clothes, vampire caps on our teeth, and I did our makeup. It was the first time I used NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, and it's still a cult favorite! Aren't we cute?

Now it's your turn! Post your list using the following TAGS:
Favorite Candle
Favorite Lip Color
Favorite Drink
Favorite Blush 
Favorite Clothing Item
Favorite Fall Movie
Favorite Fall TV Show
Favorite Thanksgiving Food
Favorite Halloween Costume

I'm TAGGING some of my fav YouTubers:
Huda Kattan
Kathleen Lights
Stephanie Lange
Chloe Morello
Carli Bybel
Alex Faction


Happy Fall! ~ Staci

See Jaclyn Hill's FALL FAVORITES TAG Video!

Sunday, September 20, 2015


The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired tonight in Los Angeles, bringing out the brightest stars and the outfits picked out for them by their stylists! As much as I love television and alot of the shows nominated (VEEP, Mad Men), nothing excites me more than an awards show red carpet!

Top trends of the night: Black, Yellow and Metallic. 

So let's get to the best of the best, the "Emmy Red Carpet Royals" chosen by yours truly!

Rainbow Bright - Jaimie Alexander in Armani Prive

Charlotte's Web - Christine Marzano


There Will Be Oxblood - Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen - this color is stunning for this Posen gown, which Hyland rocks with coordinating nails and jewels. Reese Witherspoon wore a similar silhouette in black and white by Tom Ford for the 2015 Oscars, which I also loved! Remember this? 


Nude Attitude - Giuliana Rancic in Zuhair Murad

Scream Queens - Jamie Lee Curtis and Lady Gaga (in Brandon Maxwell) both look sleek and chic! I'm loving Gaga's toned down look!

Mellow Yellow - Padma Lakshmi in Romona Keveza

Smooth Operator - Trevor Noah looks perfectly pulled together in this classic black bow tie tux!

Downton Cool - Joanne Froggatt looks chic and fashion-forward, but I would have loved to have seen her hair up in a messy chignon to better show off the gown's top detail.

Pink is the New Black - Samira Wiley 

Walk the Line - Ellie Kemper in Naeem Khan 

2 Chaniz - Claire Danes in Prada and Taraji P. Henson in Alexander Wang. The chain details on both of these gowns are bold and beautiful!


Like A Virgin - Gina Rodriguez in Lorena Sarbu - the "Jane the Virgin" actress looks ethereal and glowing in this stunning gown. I love the wide sweetheart neckline and pop of color in the red clutch. Bravo Gina! Gina was almost my pick for Best Dressed but...

TRES CHIC's pick for BEST DRESSED at the 2015 EMMYS is...

Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs - it's no surprise this fashionista knocked it out of the park with this GORGEOUS metallic frock. She is a fashion knight that SLAYS!!

Who's your pick for Best Dressed at the 2015 Emmys? Leave a commet below or on TRES CHIC's social media and use the tag #treschicstaci: