wide leg trousers + my summer favorites

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Are you all enjoying your summer? I can't believe my spring favorites post was already more than three months ago when it was still cold outside in Brooklyn. Let's get into my favorites:

francesca's palazzo pants
I ordered these beachy, palazzo pants from Francesca's and they're my new favorite thing. They're so flattering, breezy, and feel like pajamas. They're the perfect thing for hot days and luckily, there are lots of other ones like them like these, these, and these

le labo hinoki hand soap
This has been one of my very favorite beauty purchases of the year. The smell is so good: warm and almost a little peppery. It makes washing my hands feel like a luxurious ritual!

indie lee brightening cleanser
Another favorite beauty purchase is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. It's a nontoxic formula that smells like strawberries and has been the perfect hydrating cleanser for summer. 

face steamer
I've wanted a face steamer for a long time and finally got this one. It's small, so you can hide it away easily and super simple to use. I like to drop a little essential oil in the water for aromatherapy steams. This has been so good for my skin and also my sinuses when I recently had a cold. 

dr. teal's coconut bath bombs
I love these little bath bombs! You can find them easily at the grocery store or on Amazon. They smell great and are made with Epsom salt, plus they dissolve really quickly which is good thing in my eyes. 

california vineyards candle
I am loving this black cherry merlot scented candle from Bath & Body Works. Every time I light it, my entire space smells amazing in minutes. 

eucalyptus room spray
Another favorite from Bath & Body is the stress relief eucalyptus and spearmint room spray. I love B&B room sprays because the scent is so concentrated that it doesn't take much to fill the entire room. This scent in particular is super calming. 

coconut lacroix
God bless coconut Lacroix. I pretty much love any sparkling water but this one is my favorite. It's crisp but with a sweet coconut essence and it's the best with a little slice of lime. 

blue buddha lemon elderflower tea with ashwagandha
Another drink that's been really good this summer is the lemon elderflower tea from Blue Buddha. It's really mild and light, plus it has the adaptogen ashwaghanda.

sweet corn salad
I've been making a really delicious sweet corn salad lately that's sort of a mixture of two different recipes. It's simple---just mix together cooked sweet corn, halved cherry tomatoes, diced chives, basil, and dressing (equal parts apple cider vinegar and olive oil with salt and pepper to taste). This is such a good dish to pair with a crusty baguette and cold white wine. 

allie x
Do you guys listen to her? I swear I've been playing her music nonstop in my car for the entire summer. She has a really stylized pop vibe which I love. Some of my favorite songs are "Casanova", "Old Habits Die Hard", and "Vintage" (written by Troye Sivan which is probably why I like it so much).

the higher self podcast with sahara rose
This has been my favorite new podcast of the summer. Sahara talks all about different ayurvedic and wellness topics from intuitive astrology to ayurvedic nutrition. It's a fun and educational one to listen to on your commute.

pretty things no. 19

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Happy Sunday! Yesterday was Bastille Day and today (right now actually) France is playing in the finals of the World Cup. While I'm disappointed my team (England) was just short of making it to the finals, I'm happy that my back-up team is likely to win it all today! As they should, considering Bastille Day was this weekend. So to honor the French, I pulled together some cute, French-inspired pieces to share today.

Sézane is definitely the French girl brand of the moment. This easy button-down Tomgirl shirt is the perfect piece for any Parisian-inspired wardrobe. You can wear it in just about any situation from a casual day at the beach to a dressed up office look.

Another perennially Parisian piece is the basket bag. I love this one from the brand Khokho because it's casual but a little bit dressed up with the leather details. This would be a great day bag with so many different looks.

I have so many Proustian scent memories related to the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. The grapeseed scent always reminds me of summer memories in the city and clean hotel sheets. This is such a great product to keep on hand during the summer so that you can spritz your face to cool off at the beach or wherever you're spending a lot of outdoor time.

How gorgeous is this Alice McCall dress? You can dress it up with espadrilles, the Khokho basket bag, and gold jewelry. Or, dress it down with a straw hat and canvas tote bag. 

I've been loving silk scarves lately, especially this floral printed one from Reiss. Tie it around the handle of your handbag, wear it wrapped around your ponytail, or tie it simply around your neck for a vintage look.

Is there anything better suited for summer than these classic Saint Laurent leather sandals? They're beautifully made and add a bit of elegance to easy, summer looks. 

white bow tank + celebrating pride month as an ally

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Tank | Skirt (similar)

I'm so happy to be celebrating Pride Month 2018 as a proud ally of the LGBTQ community. I can't tell you how much my LGBTQ friends mean to me and how grateful I am for how much the community as a whole has contributed to our world. 

Both J.Crew and Madewell are celebrating Pride Month with their LoveFirst and LoveToAll campaigns. They've come out with special merchandise for the month and are donating 50% of purchase price to the Human Rights Campaign. If you pop into their stores, there are some free promotional items like stickers, flags, and tote bags that you can pick up as well. 

Side note, Queer Eye season two is out today! What a perfect way to celebrate Pride Month.

how to look expensive

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Every once in awhile, there's an article about looking high-end and in the comments section, people always say things like "how to look expensive = be rich/buy expensive clothes". I'm here to say that, yes, having enough disposable income to buy whatever you want does give you a leg up in this area however it is a) not necessary and b) not always effective.

Like let's be honest (and no offense), I've seen plenty of celebrities wearing expensive items that look incredibly cheap because they're either too trendy or just weren't styled properly. I'm sure you've noticed the same! And you know, looking expensive isn't necessarily always the goal and that's fine!

But, if you do want to build a quality wardrobe that makes you look and feel more sophisticated, you can do so without filling your wardrobe strictly with Chloé, Prada, and Chanel. Here are a few of my tips:

Dress in a tonal palette.
I'm all for color and you can certainly pull off a multi-colored, rainbow look if you do it right. However, an easy way to make your look more sophisticated is to use a tonal color palette. This just means selecting different shades in the same color family (i.e. cream, beige, and camel or lemon, buttercup, and saffron). You can do all solids or throw in prints, so long as they're all in the same family. Some of my favorite examples are here on Aimee Song and here on Shiona Turini

Play well with texture.
Especially if you're dressing in a tonal palette (but also if you're not), adding layers of texture is key to a beautiful outfit. Let's say you're wearing head-to-toe shades of white. You could do white denim skinnies and gray/white snakeskin leather shoes, then layer in textured pieces like a chunky knit sweater and a taupe suede bag. Some examples here, here, here, and here.

Opt for a structured bag.
Another quick tip is simply to choose structured handbags to pair with your outfits. See how much more luxe this bag looks versus this one? The first was under $90 while the second was Prada. 

Pay attention to the details.
This encapsulates a few things I've already mentioned like choosing luxe textures and pairing tonal colors together, but it can also refer to accessories, styling, makeup, fragrance, and basic grooming choices. Putting together a solid look and looking high-end both require a sense of balance and artful intention. Make sure your clothing is steamed, keep your nails taken care of, drape your jacket over the shoulders, wear classic sturdy jewelry pieces, get your clothes tailored if needed, and keep your hair/makeup natural. 

Invest in your denim.
Obviously the quality of cheap denim is subpar but sometimes you just want a trendy pair of jeans and don't care if they fall apart after a year. However, I know I've personally attempted to buy cheaper pairs of trendy denim from places like Old Navy and H&M and have been so disappointed in the fit that I couldn't move forward with the purchase. Buying quality denim means so much more than just getting a higher quality material. The amount of work and detail that goes into a pair of premium jeans means that you're likely going to get a more flattering fit for your body and ultimately look more expensive. Some brands I love are Madewell, AG, Paige and J Brand.

Wear the proper undergarments.
This really is a huge key to looking put together. Choosing the right undergarment as well as being fitted for your proper size will make a major difference in the way your clothes look on your body. StitchFix has a solid guide, but definitely make an appointment at a lingerie shop if you can!

Know how to embrace modern trends.
if you wear a trendy print (like gingham, candy stripes, bold tartans, rainbow, tropical, art-inspired, etc.), wear it in a classic silhouette. If you want to wear a daring silhouette, do it in a neutral, classic material and color (like this, for instance). 

Choose a shoe with a pointed toe.
This is a quick and easy tip. In most cases, a pointed toe looks more high-end and is much more flattering on the leg than a round toe. 

FOR INSPIRATION:
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Cambridge, Olivia Palermo, Olivia Culpo, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Letizia of Spain, Carla Bruni, Jeanne Damas, Alicia Vikander, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Kerry Washington, Carine Roitfeld, Amal Clooney, Gabrielle Union.