My Top 10 Favorite Documentaries

I don't watch documentaries as often as I used to, but there's a list of ten that I often resort back to when I feel like watching one. Some people gravitate towards environmental, social, or true crime documentaries but for some reason, almost all of the documentaries I love are work-related. 

The September Issue
The original Vogue documentary will obviously go down in history as one of my top three favorite docs of all time. If you're at all interested in fashion and you haven't seen this, stop what you're doing and watch it now.

First Monday in May
Vogue's follow-up documentary about the Met Gala is just as good if you ask me, but its focus is more art-oriented than what you traditionally think of as fashion. As a former art history student and current event planner, seeing what it takes to work as a curator was just as interesting as watching the Vogue team plan such a huge event. 

Dior et Moi
There are several recent documentaries following fashion designers but my favorite is this one which follows Raf Simons as he takes the helm at Dior. Raf is such an incredible creative in my eyes and it was so interesting to see him in a rather vulnerable position as he took on leading, arguably, the most iconic fashion house of all time.

Restrepo
On a very different note than my previous choices, Restrepo was the documentary that affected me most and that, to this day, I can't stop thinking about. Shot by one of my favorite individuals Tim Hetherington, it follows a platoon deployed in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. It's a visceral film, putting you directly into the group of men as you watch them experience what real life looks like as a soldier in Afghanistan. It's a lot, honestly, so don't watch it if you're not mentally prepared.

First Position
Switching tones again, this documentary is one that I can watch over and over again. It follows a diverse group of young ballet dancers as they perform at a competition which allows them to be admitted to prestigious ballet conservatories.

The Story of Film
This 15-part documentary is an epic odyssey through film since its origin through modern day. It's incredible to see how film has progressed and this documentary is helpful in understanding why certain movies were so important and influential. Watch this and you will be the film expert among your friends.

Bill Cunningham New York
New York Times street photographer Bill Cunningham is the subject of this documentary. Bill seemed to be such a sweet soul and I still get sad thinking about him since his passing last year. 

Iris
Another classic New York figure we all know is Iris Apfel and this documentary lets you see into her eccentric world. Her apartment is full of quirky trinkets and her late husband Carl is the cutest man ever.

The Rape of Europa
This classic historical documentary is one that I've watched in countless art history courses over the years, but still packs a powerful punch each time. It is about the Nazis' plundering of European art during World War II. The movie The Monuments Men was inspired by this.

Grey Gardens
Big Edie and Little Edie are perhaps the most iconic documentary subjects of all time, with good reason. This classic documentary follows the fabulous and bizarre duo (cousins of Jackie Kennedy) as they live in a crumbling mansion in the Hamptons. It's wonderful and absolutely one of the strangest things you'll ever see.

What are some of your favorite documentaries?

3 Favorite Products from Christophe Robin

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Have you guys tried any Christophe Robin products? They've accumulated in my bathroom over the years and I feel like now is a good time to talk about it! The brand seems to be a French girl staple of sorts which is, of course, what led me to initially order a bottle of clarifying shampoo. Ever since, I've tried several products from his line and have seen such great results. 

My 3 Favorite Products from Christophe Robin

The man himself says the philosophy is to be inspired by natural, ancestral recipes which is very clear in the products. The Clarifying Shampoo has cornflower and camomile which act as natural lightening agents. As this is a clarifying product, it works to cleanse your hair of residue and build-up but does so without any parabens, oxidants, ammonia, silicone, SLS, and colorants.

Another great product to try is the Cleansing Mask with Lemon which adds a great extra step to your hair routine on days when you have a little more time to pamper. This mask happens to be the brand's very first product, created in 1977. This product in particular is great for color-treated hair as it is formulated with an acidic pH that nourishes hair fibers and helps to maintain the color.

My all-time favorite Christophe Robin product is the Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. You guys, this product is amazing. It has a thick, grainy texture---you can actually feel the grains of sea salt---and smells amazing just like the ocean. Although it contains sea salt, it doesn't leave your hair with that rough texture you get after swimming in the sea. Instead, you massage it into your scalp and come out with the most lush, soft, and beautiful smelling hair which really lasts! 

The Weekend List (No. 7)

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Happy Saturday, everyone! Last weekend was all about relaxing for me but now I'm energized and motivated again and excited to spend this weekend working on several projects. I have a lot of fun things to look forward to this summer and I'm excited to share with you guys here and on Instagram!

BoF had a great piece this week about Amazon's ever-expanding presence. Not only is it incredible to see the innovations they've been creating in retail with things like automated stores, but it's interesting to read about how their newer endeavors in content creation are affecting business across the company. The piece also makes a great point about brand stories and shopping experience.

The world has had a pretty rough week, right? I've been seeing the famous Mr. Rogers quote being passed around and it led me to this article which is the perfect pick-me-up. We should all aspire to be more like Fred.

Did you guys see the Net-a-Porter sale this week? Shop my picks below.

Recent Beauty Buys & Trys

I've tried a lot of new products recently between my birthday, Sephora Play boxes, and just needing to replace old things. Luckily, this time around I've been super happy with the things I've tried and can't wait to share my thoughts with you guys!

Makeup

Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade Taupe
Obsessed with this as it is by far the best brow product I've personally used. I've tried brow pomades, gels, pencils, and crayons but none of them work as well as this. The pen is tiny, so you're able to easily make brow-sized strokes to create a precise but natural looking shape.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 in the shade Light
I had been using the version of this product that contains illumination but wanted to switch to something slightly more matte for the summer. I also went up a shade (to light, which is kind of funny) since my skin is darker with self-tanner in the summer. I love the consistency and SPF in both the normal and illuminated product, so it really depends on your highlight preference when deciding between the two.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in the shade Spice Girl
I initially planned on getting the plain, clear Lip Injection but ultimately decided to get a tinted one when I tried it on in store. I love lip plumping products because the tingle is amazing and it really does make your lips look full and bee-stung. Love this tinted product, but I also recommend the clear version so that you can wear it over the color of your choice.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Paaarty
This blush is amazing! I was using a cream blush before, but I've actually switched over to this for my daily makeup look. Although it feels like a powder, the color is super pigmented so it only takes one or two swipes of the brush to show up on your cheeks. It also looks cute lightly dusted across the nose. 

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Birthday Suit
This lip paint goes on glossy but dries matte, which creates a really pretty effect. This color was a little too brown for me, but it looked pretty when I dabbed a bit off on a tissue and added gloss on top. It was a bit drying on the lips, though, so maybe not the best for summer.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in the shade Honey Beige
I wanted to try this out as a bronzer rather than a blush, so I got a warm, golden shade and have been brushing it on the contours of my face for a glowy look. It actually works really well for this purpose, so I'll probably buy it again. 

Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in the shade Maldives Luminescent
I got this highlighter stick in my Sephora Play box and it's great! I apply it to my cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupid's bow before putting on my CC cream and it shines through in a really natural, pretty way.

 

Skin + Hair

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I've talked about my love for The Ordinary before and will likely do an update now that I've been using the products for awhile (and my skin has never looked better), but I recently added the hyaluronic acid to my routine and absolutely love it. I use it alongside my moisturizer and find that it instantly makes my skin look and feel more hydrated and plump. 

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion
I'd been using the Jergens foam for the past few months but didn't love the consistency, so I switched it up and ordered St. Tropez's classic body lotion. I much prefer the lotion consistency and find that the smell is a lot better than any other tanning product I've used. 

Caudalie Cleansing Milk
I adore Caudalie's products and this cleansing milk is also a winner. I've been trying to use gentler cleansers since I started using a retinoid and this one is so good, I think I'll be sticking to it. The consistency is light and milky and the scent is  very gentle and calming. I love the way this works in tandem with my other skincare products.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
This is another product I had really wanted to try and, luckily, I received it in my Play box as well. While I do prefer the Caudalie cleanser for now, this one is really good too. It has a slightly stronger smell and a more gel-like consistency, but it feels really good on the skin and cleanses well.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
I love, love, love Christophe Robin and have a full post on his products coming up soon but I had to rave about this one in particular. It's a very thick, grainy sea salt scrub that doubles as shampoo and it smells just like the sea. It deep cleanses your hair incredibly well and leaves it super soft and shiny the next day.

What products have you tried recently and loved?

9 Pool Bag Essentials for Summer

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I always have this idea in my head that the perfect day is spent at the pool with a magazine followed by being served a delicious sandwich and french fries in a cabana nearby. Even without french fries, a day at the pool tends to be a good one. However, it does take some preparation. I'm always careful to pack all of the pool bag essentials and fun things in order to have the best time possible and stay healthy in the sun.

9 Pool Bag Essentials for Summer

Magazine - Even if you plan on swimming, you've got to have some sort of reading material in order to have the perfect pool day. I'm obviously a book person, but sometimes a pool day just calls for a magazine. I fondly remember reading giant issues of W magazine on really hot days by the pool when I lived in Florida and these days, I also like Town and Country, Fortune, Harper's Bazaar, and of course Vogue. 

Sunscreen - The single most important pool bag essential is a good, high-quality sunscreen. With the sparkling water and white hot pool deck, it's so easy to get a sunburn at the pool. I know a lot of people find sunscreen to be incredibly annoying, but we beauty girls know that you can make it luxurious. Find one you love so you feel like you're being pampered when you protect your skin.

Sunglasses - Not only do you look cute and make a statement in your sunglasses, but they're important for protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays. The bigger the frame, the better in my opinion.

Drink - Pack a cute tumblr filled with ice water so you don't get dehydrated from being in the sun all day. You can also pack a fun summer drink or even just pop a few frozen berries in your water.

Lip Sunscreen - On top of your usual face and body sunscreen, try to apply a good lip product with SPF to protect your lips from burning. There are plenty of great options, like the Fresh lipsticks, with sun protection that are cute and don't seem like a typical sun chapstick.

Towels - I like to pack two towels for the pool, one to lay on and one to cover up with when I get out of the water because I tend to be cold for the first few minutes. There are so many cute towel options out there, but I love ones that are aesthetically appealing and kind of cheeky.

Sandals -I know we can all relate to memories of the excruciating pain of walking on a hot pool deck with bare feet. Don't forget to pack a pair of sandals, preferably a flip-flop that looks cute but can also get wet without being ruined, so you don't burn your feet.

Wide Brim Hat - To me, there's nothing more chic than a girl in the sun with a wide-brim hat and Old Hollywood sunglasses. Pretend you're at one of those classic French piscines and wear a wide-brim sunhat to protect your face and to look mysterious. 

Facial Mist - I always pack a facial mist in my bag when I'm outside on a hot day so that I can give myself a spritz when the sun is beating down on me. The perfect spray for the pool is the Herbivore After Sun Mist which contains cooling mint and lavender to soothe sun drenched skin.