Hello Weekend & Noteworthy Links

Dolce far niente ...

Literal translation: the beauty of doing nothing. And something I'm terrible at. When I spent the Fourth of July weekend in the mountains with friends I left feeling totally refreshed. Partially from spending so much time outdoors – doing little more than lounging in the sun and making s'mores around the campfire – and partially because of the terrible cell service (and lack of WiFi).

That trip served as a little reminder that it is okay to not be constantly connected, and I'm hoping to take that little lesson and apply that "dolce" mindset it to my weekend(s) in the city. Whatever your plans are this weekend, I hope you have a relaxing one!

A few noteworthy links ...

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on and I've got my eye on some deeply discounted classics like this timeless watch, these cat eye sunnies, this LBD (Vince dresses are cut to perfection), this leather moto jacket (a fall/winter staple), and this leather crossbody. It's the perfect excuse to pick up those wardrobe staples you've had your eye on.

A reminder to just go for it. (Thanks, Essie!)

Off Duty? Take 15% off The Atelier's 'off duty' canvas tote this weekend with the code 'WEEKEND'. (Deal ends Sunday 7/20 at 11:59 PM). P.S. enjoy free shipping on orders $100+ every day!

The next book on my summer reading list.

Traveling to Morocco. 

Erin on perfectionism.

We signed the lease to our new place! I can't wait to set up shop in front of those gorgeous french windows. And I've already started decorating on Pinterest. (More photos to follow, of course).

Arts & Culture | Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda '15

Fashion is my first love and favorite form of art, and couture (or alta moda in Italian) is one of my favorite places to draw inspiration. It's over the top, lavish, decadent, and definitely not ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter) – unless of course you have a red carpet event to attend – but it is literally wearable art. 

Hand painted stripes, bejeweled bodices, tiled motifs, big, dramatic skirts – what I love about this Dolce and Gabbana collection is that it captures the essence of the brand and Italian culture. It's bold, it's luxurious, it's rooted in the past, but still feels new and fresh. And I love that they chose to present the collection in beautiful Capri, in a stunning but informal beach setting ...

Who: Dolce & Gabbana

Where: Capri, Italy

What: Alta Moda AW '15 Collection


"As the sun slowly sank below the high cliffs, a flotilla of small boats ferried guests on to a beach to make their away along a rocky path to the the small bay next door, where bougainvillea climbed up candelabra lighting, and rows of deckchairs mixed with satin ottomans in a makeshift show space. " - Alexandra Schulman, Vogue

I spy Anna Wintour.

I spy Anna Wintour.

My Summer Beauty + Skincare Routine

I'm a minimalist when it comes to makeup. The shorter my morning routine, the better (some days it's simply BB cream + mascara). My routine doesn't change drastically throughout the year, but during the summer months I like to keep it extra simple. To me, there's nothing better glowing skin and and barely there makeup for summer days, amped up with a bold lip or smoky eye for night. And because I personally love reading other bloggers' tried and true recommendations, here's what's currently in my makeup bag ... 

Image via designlovefest

Image via designlovefest

Skin Care


CVS Makeup wipes ($6) are refreshing and amazing for removing makeup, etc. from the day. I usually use one of these pre-shower/cleanser.


I use Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel in Sensitive ($39) 1-2 times per week depending on how dull or oily my skin is. It's great for making your skin glowy and smooth. About once a week, I use Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask ($17). It's great for removing impurities and making skin feel smooth, especially when it randomly breaks out, but it can be very drying so I use it sparingly.  I usually leave both on after showering for 10-15 minutes, or until they dry. 


Hello, mid-twenties and the necessity for a skincare regimen (am I right?). At night after I hop out of the shower, I use Estée Lauder's amazing Advanced Night Repair serum (a bottle lasts for a while)($62), and usually follow up with their Advanced Time Zone Night Creme ($74). I ended up trying these because I received free samples about a year ago, and ended up loving them. They are on the pricier side, but I definitely notice the difference. Even after a day on the beach or running around the city my skin feels hydrated and moisturized without being greasy or breaking out. Other moisturizers I've used and love: Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream ($62), Sephora Instant Moisturizer ($22).


While I know I definitely don't drink as much as I should, I notice a difference in my skin (and entire body) when I don't drink enough water. Especially in the summer. Plus, it costs next to nothing so no excuses.



Dr. Jart+ Premium BB cream ($39) has quickly become my favorite thing in my makeup bag (originally sampled via Birchbox). I'm not a full foundation kind of girl, and I love that I can control the amount of coverage, but that it still smooths out and covers imperfections. The shade (they only have one) adjusts to your skin color, lasts all day, has SPF 45, moisturizes, and gives you a bright, dewy complexion. If you add one thing to your makeup bag, let it be this.


To cover any blemishes and brighten dark circles, I use Lancôme Maquicomplete cream in Porcelaine ($31). The coverage is great without being too heavy. Concealer can be tricky, but making sure that the undertones of the makeup match your skin tone is key to finding the right one.


If there's one thing I never leave the house without it's mascara. It makes me feel instantly put together, and I'm just as happy using Maybelline as I am Benefit. Right now I'm loving Estée Lauder's Sumptuous Lash mascara ($26). 


During the day if I wear lip color, I usually go for a pink or peach gloss like NARS Turkish Delight ($24), but if I'm in the mood for a pop of color, I'll wear one of the NARS matte lip pencils ($25) (and I've been swearing by them for years).


The final touch that makes a huge difference for me is dabbing a little luminizer under my eyes/above my cheekbones, on the bridge of my nose, and lower forehead, and applying bronzer below my cheekbones and on my upper forehead (a mini contouring session). I like Benefit Girl Meets Pearl (one tube lasts for a while)($30) and for bronzer Benefit Hoola Hoola Bronzer ($28) or Physician's Formula Multi-Color Bronzer ($11).


What are your can't-live-withouts? Any secrets for making your skin glow? Details, please!


And the winners are ...

Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend! I'm just popping in to announce the winners of my tote bag giveaway (and I promise to be back soon with more fabulous blog posts once I get some of these custom orders wrapped up!) ...


Bon Weekend Tote - #111 Gracey W.

Off Duty tote - #38 Hélène H.


Congratulations, ladies! Please email me by Saturday with your shipping details!

Image via Le Catch

Image via Le Catch

P.S. If you didn't win your favorite tote, you can get yours here & here. xo