Milan Fashion Week

Everything in Milan is all Gucci these days and, while I'm not the biggest fan of maximalism, I can't say that I am upset. The layered on accessories and feminine quirk allow the eye to travel and promote a sense of individuality that we once saw primarily in London. Below, my street style picks lean away from Gucci maximalism but crash together classic ideas with little pieces of off-kilter joy.

Look 1

Look 2

Wish List: A.P.C.

The french fashion house A.P.C. is one of my current obsessions. I could see each of their minimalist pieces being worn by all of my fashion icons from Audrey Hepburn to Jeanne Damas. The pieces are classic and simple yet high-quality and well designed. To me, a simple, well-designed piece of clothing is the height of luxury. To invest in impeccably made basics is to improve ones wardrobe infinitely. 

Fall Handbag Round-Up

Chloe | Fendi | Topshop | H&M | Cuyana | Kate Spade | Mansur Gavriel | Sophie Hulme | Chloe

5 Fall Outfits for Work

Cozy Sweater + Leather Skirt + Snakeskin Pumps + Gold Accessories

Jeweled Sweater + Dark Wash Skinny Jeans + Nude Flats + Burgundy Bag

Gingham Shirt + Sleeveless Navy Dress + Nude Pumps + Statement Necklace

Camel Coat + Black Blouse + Black Pencil Skirt + Statement Shoe

White oxford + Green Sweater + Green Textured Skirt + Snakeskin Pumps

In-Flight Beauty

After Boarding

Remove all makeup.
Using either a travel sized bottle of micellar water and a cotton round or your favorite cleansing wipes, remove every trace of makeup once you have settled into your seat. This will help prevent clogging and breakouts, but will also make room for the treatments you will do on the flight. 
Recommended Products: Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water or La-Roche Posay Effaclar Wipes (found these while traveling).

Use a hydrating mist.
After removing all of your makeup, prepare your skin with a hydrating mist that doubles as a toner. This will help to maintain your skin's pH balance and increase hydration, which really is the priority when you're in a pressurized tube and so close to the sun.
Recommended Products: Caudalie Beauty Elixir  or Avene Thermal Spring Water 

Moisturize by blending cream and oil.
Next, prepare a moisturizing treatment by blending your cream moisturizer with a facial balancing oil. This will feel a bit heavier than your typical moisturizing routine, which is perfect since the conditions will be a lot drier and you will have plenty of time to remove excess product later.
Recommended Products: Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream & The Elixir or Clarins HydraQuench Cream & Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 

Apply lip treatment.
Most lips are prone to becoming dry and chapped while traveling by air. Choose a hardworking lip moisturizing treatment to apply multiple times throughout the flight.
Recommended Products: Smith's Rosebud Salve 

Apply face sunscreen.
The most important step for in-flight skincare is to apply sunscreen to your face and neck (but also your hands). While you should use a face sunscreen daily, it is even more pivotal while flying since you are closer to the sun and experience greater exposure to UV rays. 
Recommended Products: Clarins Sunscreen Cream High Protection or Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

30 Minutes Before Landing

Use a pair of under eye patches.
Spend the last portion of your flight hydrating your under-eye area. This is the best way to look and feel refreshed after spending so much time in a dry airplane cabin. Pop the little sheets under your eyes and remove once the plane lands.
Recommended Products: Sephora Collection Pomegranate Eye Mask or Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

Spritz your face and neck with hydrating mist.
Repeat just the same as before.

Apply a serum.
For extra radiance, smooth on a serum and allow it to settle in for the rest of the flight.
Recommended Products: Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir or Perricone MD Skin Perfecting Serum

Reapply sunscreen.
Be sure to thoroughly apply.

Upon Landing

Reapply makeup and fix your hair.
Either while the plane taxis to the gate or in the airport bathroom, reapply your makeup and give your hair a quick brush.

 

 

London Fashion Week

The photos and coverage of London Fashion Week are always so enjoyable. It's the quirky cousin to serious New York, glamorous Milan, and classic Paris. There are always bold color choices, contrasting textures, and wild statement pieces to admire and a sense of genuine individuality in the street style looks. 

This year, I was especially inspired by Burberry's presence which celebrated the industry's craftsmen and was inspired by Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The look was quirky aristocrat and was made very interesting by the fact that nearly all of the outfits I coveted were worn by men.

Elsewhere and everywhere, there were Victorian vibes and odes to the intellgentsia. The girl is obsessed with the Bronte sisters and figures Jane Eyre to be their greatest feminist icon. She brings punk spirit to classical, buttoned-up femininity. 

My London street style picks would be in a similar vein, pairing a minimalist white oxford with a navy velvet dress from Prada and matching lace-up Victorian boots. For a pop of London eccentricity, I'd carry the color-blocked Chloe Drew bag.

For a second look, I'd take a casual route paying homage to classic British knitwear in an Adam Lippes sweater with tie-dye Stella McCartney jeans, a neutral Chloe Drew bag, and a pair of Gucci shoes that remind me of the Sloanes of the 1980s. 

Look No. 1

Victoria Beckham | Prada | Chloe

Look No. 2

Adam Lippes | Stella McCartney | Gucci | Chloe

First Day of Autumn

Although today is the first official day, I know that I've been talking nonstop about autumn on the blog for some time now. I really can't help it! Despite the weather or the official orbital calendar, fall begins for me on September 1st. I'm pulling out the sweaters, dusting off the fall books, and preparing a skincare routine for colder weather. We're all replacing poolside coconut candles with scents of amber and vanilla and we're trading in watermelon aqua fresca for hot apple cider. 

As is the case with many, fall is my favorite season. It's magical and cozy and encapsulates all the feelings of gezelligheid. I've recently posted lists of books, movies, and recipes to enjoy during the season but here is a quick list of my fall favorites to celebrate its commencement!

Fall Favorites

Meal: Seitan scallopini, pomme puree, and sauteed kale from Blossom followed by warm apple cider and apple pie.

Snack: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Drink: Teavana's Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong Tea

Movie: The Dead Poets Society

Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Outfit: Cozy cream sweater, black leggings, brown Bass Weejuns.

Heavy Moisturizer: AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Cream

Body Lotion: Kiehl's Creme de Corps

Nail Polish: Chanel Vamp

Candle: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club

Fall Flowers & Decor

As tomorrow is the first official day of autumn, it's time to switch out the seasonal decor and transform our homes in to cozy little comfort dens. I like to begin with flowers, replacing white hydrangeas with flowers in warm tones and earthy green foliage. Terrain has a beautiful selection of autumnal flowers and decor. 

Fall Flowers for Arrangements

Dahlias
Roses
Eucalyptus
Chrysanthemums
Wildflowers
Lavender
Peonies

As for decor, keep things simple with a clean color scheme. A color palette pattern I tend to follow through all four seasons is to choose one neutral, one metallic, and one accent color. 

Fall Color Palettes

Neutral: White, Black, Gray, Beige, Cognac, Camel
Metallic: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Rose Gold
Accent: Burnt Orange, Aubergine, Emerald, Navy

Use your color palette to help guide your decor selections, but also focus a lot on texture. Texture combinations can be selected by using the pattern of organic, soft, and hard. By using this combination to create vignettes, you will create a nice balance in your design. 

Texture Combinations

Organic: Wood, Plants, Stones
Soft: Cable Knit, Fur, Velvet
Hard: Metal, Hardware, Glass

An example of a combination using this pattern could be placing a fur throw on your couch next to an end table with a wooden tray and a mercury candelabra. Another example is a few eucalyptus branches placed in a hammered copper vase on the coffee table and a cable knit throw pillow on the couch.

The focus for fall decor is to ensure the highest level of coziness. Use texture, color, and scent to build a warm room full of positive energy. Burn candles constantly and keep the lighting low. Fill the space with fragrances that feature vanilla, cinnamon, oud, and sandalwood. Take inspiration from the harvest by decorating with little objets d'art inspired by gourds, pumpkins, and branches. For fun, add in a few high-end Halloween inspired items like faux crows, witch brooms, and a ceramic skull vase.
 

Fall Decor

Zara Home Throw Blanket
Fornasetti Candle
Zara Home Candlestick
The Grand Budapest Hotel Coffee Table Book
Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Baking Dish

Tuckernuck Fire Log Holder

Collected Week 9.20.16

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WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO:
Spent some time in Vegas and filmed a little video. I'm going to get into vlogging a little bit more, so bear with me as I practice and experiment. Ate truffle pizza, gelato, and outrageously priced cold pressed juice. Dove on top of giant flamingo pool floats to help deflate them. Watched John Ondrasik perform, helped out with some things for Simon Sinek and Brene Brown. Lots of hugs.

LISTENING:
"It's Already Cold" by Serge Erege

READING:
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

WATCHING:
Throwback movies---The Prince and Me, 13 Going on 30, and Practical Magic.

CLICKING:

  • To me, this story represents exactly how Christ wished for his believers to act and it's so, so refreshing to see.
  • Having a bit of a busy travel/work month myself, this read about how Sarah Rutson survives her 18-hour day fashion week schedule.

The Ultimate Wardrobe Wish List

We all have our little dream lists of the pieces we'd like to one day acquire for our wardrobe. These are sometimes standout items and other times they're luxe basics. I remember when I bought my Burberry rain boots a few years ago because the experience of buying a major wish list item is always memorable. Instead of buying online, I went into the physical Burberry store to buy the boots so that I could watch them being wrapped in tissue and boxed up in an enormous Prorsum box which I've kept and use for storage. 

Here is my current wardrobe wish list:

6. Zimmermann dress
7. Chloe scalloped Lauren flats
8. Hermes scarf
9. Stella McCartney flatforms

1. White Chloe boho blouse
2. Mulberry Bayswater bag
3. Aquazurra lace-up flats
4. Cashmere sweater from The Row
5. Burberry trench coat

What are some of the items on your ultimate wardrobe wish list?

Healthy Evening Habits

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love hearing about the morning and evening routines of others. Some of my favorites have been from Mimi Ikonn whose routines are a wonderful place to start for inspiration. I previously wrote about healthy morning habits and wanted to follow up with the healthy evening habits that I try to incorporate into my nights. 

Face Mask with Steam
A few times a week, I like to put on a face mask---usually Indian Healing Clay or a mask from Caudalie---and simultaneously steam my face. You can use a face steamer if you have one or simply boil some water, then place your face in the steam with a towel over your head. You only need to steam for a few minutes, but this will help moisturize your skin and prevent the mask from stripping the oils from your skin.

Skincare Routine
Follow the mask and steam with your usual skincare routine. I recommend using a nice foaming cleanser after a steam followed by serum, moisturizer and eye cream. Take your time and enjoy the smell and feel of all the products since you've likely spent a good amount of money to acquire them.

Reading
To wind down and help turn down the frequency of your thoughts, strive to read at least a chapter each night. I recommend reading fiction or at least something that isn't too heavy. You want your mind to become relaxed, so try to avoid reading the news or an infuriating non-fiction book (even if it's a good one). 

Cup of tea
Either while you are reading or immediately after, make a cup of herbal, non-caffeinated tea. Some great pre-sleep teas are chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, or Aveda's Comforting Tea which is a blend of licorice root and peppermint.

Gentle Stretching
Once you're laying down in bed, do a few gentle stretches. Pull one leg into your chest at a time and take deep breaths. Cross your ankle over one knee for a good back stretch. Don't forget child's pose. For neck tightness, a massage therapist recently recommended to me a stretch that involves lying on your back with your head hanging over the side of the bed. This helps to lengthen the pectoral muscles which often become shortened when we look down at our phones, computers, and books too much.

Meditation
I recommend spending at least five minutes each night in meditation. You can do a guided one or simply sit still in silence.

What are your healthy evening rituals?

 

 

 

Autumn Baking

When leaves begin to fall and the weather gets chilly and you've pulled out all your sweaters, the next step is to start baking your way through the mental list of baked goods that have sounded good all year but that you were unable to enjoy because of the heat. I love spending the morning or afternoon in my kitchen with a fall playlist and my favorite vegan baking recipes. Light your favorite fall candles, turn on the playlist below, and try out some of these recipes:

 

Pumpkin Pie

Lattice Apple Pie

Cinnamon Rolls

Banana Bread

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

Pumpkin + Pepita Caramels

LISTEN

10 Ways to Wear a Trench Coat

A classic, beige trench coat is the age old fall wardrobe staple that can have a place in your closet at any age. Here are ten ways to style it.

White T-Shirt + Basic Jeans + Loafer

Black Jeans + Wellie Boots + Oxford Top

Striped Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Ballet Flats

Leggings + Flatforms + Blouse

Black Leather Leggings + White T-Shirt + Sneakers

Wrap Dress + Nude Pumps + Gold earrings

Black top + White Pants + Ballet Flat

Jeans + Black Top + classic bag

Gray hoodie + Black leggings/joggers + black flats

Gingham shirt + navy trouser + pointed flat

Bookshelf: Autumn

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Each autumn, I reread this book to get into the cozy mood. For those few who haven't heard, it follows a debauched group of friends at a college in Vermont and is completely flawless.

Still Life by Louise Penny
A warm novel set in a small town that pairs crime solving with descriptions of French-Canadian comfort food.

The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
The story of a family of hoteliers in New Hampshire.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
An obvious choice for their combination of magic, academia, and pumpkin based treats.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
Any book set on a college campus or prep school makes for excellent fall reading. This one is about a student at a prep school in the late 1980s, sailing, and emotion.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
A classic short novel with all of the essential elements of Halloween---druids, the dark ages, gargoyles, and catacombs.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Another prep school pick, perhaps the most essential of them all, although the mostly New York setting makes it even more fall-worthy.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Dilapidated mansions and the English countryside---all that needs to be said.

Dream Weekend: Dublin

The day would begin with a breakfast of Turkish eggs from Sister Sadie before heading out to explore the amazing library at Trinity College. After a morning among the books, I'd go to The Winding Stair for lunch and more books. I'd have an heirloom tomato salad with pea pancakes and a cup of tea before spending the afternoon shopping for antiques. I'd have dinner at Coppinger Row---spinach and ricotta gnocchi with a salad. After dinner, I'd take a long walk and spend a little while at the Brazen Head, a pub dating back to the year 1198.

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Sunday's breakfast would be at Herbstreet, where I'd have pancakes, chia seed pudding, and a cup of tea. I'd spend the morning browsing several of the art galleries in the city before going over to Wall and Keogh for a light lunch eaten outside in the garden. After lunch, I'd find a good bookstore to buy something new to read in various spots around the city for the remainder of the afternoon. Dinner would be at The Camden Kitchen. I'd have free range chicken with cabbage, potato gnocchi, and butternut squash with a side of green beans and for dessert, an apple and blackberry crumble with spiced ice cream. After dinner, I'd finish off the night with a movie at Light House Cinema.

What to Wear

Top 10 Autumn Candles

In my opinion, there should be a candle for every part of the day. We need energizing citrus in the morning, something warm and sunny for the afternoon, and relaxing scents in the evening. A more widely adopted theory is that there should be a candle for every season. This past summer, my go-to scent has been Poolside Dream, which smells kind of like coconut sunscreen. But it's obvious that my favorite candles always fall into the fall category because all of my favorites inevitably do. 

Yankee Candle | Crisp Fall Night
Described as dreamy and earthy with notes of bergamot, grapefruit, black peppercorn, lavender, maple leaf, cedar, and lakeside moss. This will evoke the feeling of an evening on the lake.

Tom Dixon | Royalty
To evoke the feeling of London, this candle blends the smells of "a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a '52 Bentley with tatty leather seats".

Bella Freud | Bella Freud
A warm scent combining Moroccan smoked incense, cedarwood, and resins of amber and myrrh. 

Bath & Body Works | Leaves
This quintessential fall scent combines notes of crisp red apple, golden nectar, and warm clove spice. 

The Little Market | Coffee
The scent of dark roasted coffee beans will evoke the feeling of early mornings and evenings in your favorite coffee shop.

Byredo | Bibliotheque
This scent imitates the cozy feel of a library with peach and plum, peony and violet, then patchouli, leather and vanilla. 

Maison Trudon | Solis Rex
Inspired by Versaille's Hall of Mirrors to evoke imagery of candelabras, wax, and palace with leafy green notes, fir's bark, and cedarwood.

Diptyque | Oud
A mysterious East-meets-West with notes of wood, patchouli, and sandalwood.

Jo Malone | Oud & Bergamot
Smoky wood with bergamot and orange granite, described as hypnotic and alluring.

Le Labo | Pin 12
Pine woods and amber will give your space a preview of the holidays.

5 Healthy Travel Snack Ideas

Protein Drink
Take along a few individual packets of protein powder, then mix it into steamed or cold almond milk from the airport Starbucks.

Coconut Chips
The most delicious, inexpensive, healthy snack are the little packets of Dang Coconut Chips. They're made with only three ingredients---coconut, cane sugar, and salt. 

Trader Joe's Crunchy Beans & Peas
Stock up on a bag or two of crunchy, dehydrated beans or peas from the snack section of Trader Joe's. These are a good healthy alternative for potato chips and are totally addicting. 

Fruit
There's nothing easier or more wholesome than bringing along a banana, apple, or pear on your flight.

Homemade Picnic Box 
For a longer flight, try putting together a homemade picnic consisting of a hard-boiled egg, sliced vegetables, almonds or cashews, and raw energy truffles.

What to Wear to the Library

Photo via Apartment Therapy

While visiting the library is a favorite year-round activity, it is even better in the fall when the sidewalks are covered in leaves and it is chilly enough to wear a cozy sweater. Whether you're visiting your local library to check out books or studying in the school library, you'll need a few cozy looks and a great tote bag.

Black jeans, white oxford, brown loafers

Pink sweater, light jeans, ankle booties

Striped tee, long cardigan, leggings

My Favorite Moisturizers

Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Creme
I love this moisturizer for dry, winter days. It's thick and suitable for all skin types, formulated with ingredients like matsutake mushroom, AB12 complex, and hand cultivated green tea. Perhaps my favorite part of using this cream is that it has the most perfect green tea scent.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream
This is a really great, clean moisturizer containing Caudalie's usual grape seed polyphenols, resveratrol, and viniferine. Try blending the cream with the Caudalie Premier Cru elixir for added anti-aging benefits.

Lancer The Method: Nourish
The entire Lancer method line is incredible. This moisturizer is clinically tested with active ingredients including grape polyphenols and an oxygen-boosting compound isolated from Nasturtium flowers. 

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
This is a great, go-to everyday moisturizer that I like to slather on at night. It's lightweight and dissolves into the skin quickly so that you aren't left with an oil slick of a face. Best of all, it contains the most important ingredients for great skin---retinol, hyaluronic acid, and arnica.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost
By far the best drugstore moisturizer on the market. This not only contains hyaluronic acid but also SPF. It's a great day moisturizer whether you are on a budget or not.