the weekend list no. 66

What you seek is seeking you.
— Rumi
Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 10.54.52 AM.png

As the summer has begun to wind down over the past two weeks, I’m trying (and failing) to make more of an effort to get to the pool and beach which I’m going to try again this weekend. I think there’s just not a lot of pressure to do so mentally because it’s going to stay hot here well into autumn, so there isn’t any real rush. Honestly, I prefer the pool/beach in spring and autumn to the summer because the summer months can get so hot that even the pool/beach are too warm. But I do hope to go swimming at some point this weekend!

Last weekend, I spent some with a cup of tea and the September issue of British Vogue, edited by Meghan Markle/the Duchess of Sussex, which was incredibly impressive. I had such high hopes going into it and my expectations were completely exceeded. There were so many interesting interviews and creatively done fashion pieces! I must admit that it’s been a very long time since I actually read every single section in a magazine, but that was the case here. I’m still managing to find a physical copy online, but you can get the digital version on British Vogue’s app and looks beautiful on the screen.

Something else I’ve been doing lately is beginning preparations for my next big trip! The plan is to go to Paris next autumn for a really cozy, relaxed visit to the city. I’m having so much fun in the planning process already, picking out a hotel and making a list of all the food I want to eat. This time around, I’m promising myself that I’ll actually make it out to Versailles for a day while I’m there.

This weekend, I’m working on some GRE prep, taking practice tests and studying to brush up on my math skills. Tonight, I’m eating ice cream and watching both Kill Bill movies with my dad and then, tomorrow having a fun day with my best friendand waiting patiently for the second episode of season two of Succession, which is very hard to do because I can never stop thinking about that show when it’s in season. What are your weekend plans? Let me know here or on Instagram :)

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 10.57.31 AM.png

Some great tips for defeating the Sunday scaries.

I like this article about finding new topics to discuss with other women.

Here’s a fascinating story about the woman who catches domestic terrorists before they carry out their plots.

How to nail the French kitchen look.

Krystal & Igee’s cinema themed photo shoots will never get old.

Some great motivational quotes for your Monday mornings.

Your guide to eating like a local in France.

How to recreate an Italian spa at home.

Love Sydney’s cute hairstyle ideas! I want to try the French braid ponytail.

22 acts of kindness you should try to incorporate into your daily life.

how to find your signature scent

1442DA53-84E6-4636-B69C-95203A14930E.JPG

As Proust would tell us, scent is a powerful sensation that has the ability to transport us and to evoke deep memories. It also says a lot about your personality. Buying a $200 Tom Ford perfume says something very different than using a $10 Egyptian musk rollerball from the natural food store. Your perfume style might be different than your fashion style too, which is when things get interesting. Here’s a few ways to start developing your signature scent.

look to your scent preferences
This is the most obvious point of consideration, of course, because your visceral reaction to the scent is the most important thing. What kind of scents make you just want to keep smelling them forever and ever? For me, I’m drawn to things like vanilla, amber, pink peppercorn, and hinoki.

rotate seasonal scents
The smells that are fitting for summer aren’t as appropriate for winter, so it’s nice to have two different scents. I like doing one for spring/summer and then another for fall/winter. For the spring/summer months, look for scents that are fresh, clean, and bright with notes such as lime, grapefruit, yuzu, magnolia, freesia, sea salt, berries, and green grass. For fall/winter, look for scents that are warm, dark, and spicy with notes like cedar, vanilla, amber, vetiver, pomegranate, cassis, and rose.

consider your personality + moods
Like I said before, your scent can really say a lot about your personality, so take that into consideration when figuring out which will be your signature. Below, I’ve included some perfumes I find fitting of four different archetypes: cool girl vibes (think Paris and New York girls), bohemian earth queen, bubbly personality, and old Hollywood glamour. This doesn’t necessarily have to match your personal style when it comes to clothes. In fact, mixing it up is what makes things interesting. My personal style leans more classic, old Hollywood with a little bit of cool girl vibe, but I prefer the cool girl vibe scent profile. Mixing the two together makes for a vibe that’s all my own.

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 4.22.09 PM.png

cool girl vibes
warm, androgynous
summer- Byredo Bal D’Afrique, Fleur de Peau
winter- Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club, Le Labo Tonka 25

bohemian earth queen
earthy, natural, woodsy
summer- Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, Byredo Gypsy Water
winter- Byredo Eleventh Hour, Le Labo Oud 27

the bubbly personality
summer - Calvin Klein CK One, Byredo Sundazed
winter - Ouai Rue St. Honoré, Tom Ford Lost Cherry

old hollywood glamour
summer - Glossier You, Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On
winter - Chanel No. 5, Jo Malone White Moss & Snow Drop

ballet on the big screen

152408331967a2efc4b59c76ea808705.jpg

My local independent theater has been doing a series this summer where they’re playing different ballets and operas on the big screen. If your local theater does something similar, I can’t recommend it enough as it’s the closest thing to actually going to a live performance. If you’d prefer something to watch from home in your cute pajamas with a glass of champagne or cup of chamomile tea, here are some options that you can actually watch online.

First Position
This is one of my favorite documentaries. It follows a group of kids and teenagers who are preparing for one of the biggest ballet competitions where they will potentially be scouted by prestigious academies.

Ballerina
This is a great documentary that follows ballerinas at the Kirov and paints a really interesting picture of ballet culture in Russia.

Dancer (Hulu)
This is a great documentary following Sergei Polunin, known as the “bad boy of ballet”. You may know him from David Lachapelle’s “Take Me to Church” video.

Swan Lake - The Kirov

The Bolshoi’s Romeo & Juliet

The New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker

how to create a glamorous getting ready routine

2E0D4BA2-C9D0-4F7B-9B6F-505E20952B71.JPG
IMG_4326.JPG

We all get ready at least once a day, maybe twice, so why not make it an event? When I’m getting ready to go out, especially if it’s for the evening, I love turning up the glamour with a few easy tricks.

light a candle.
This step is non-negotiable, in my eyes. Set the mood with a really good candle to set your vibes for the night. For this scenario, I like scents that are warm or sort of powdery. The scent paired with the flickering light should get you in the perfect mood for either a night out or just your daily routine.

prepare a feel-good playlist.
You can’t deny the importance that music plays in setting a mood, so I’ve created a short little playlist that I like to listen to when getting ready. I also suggest the Hotel Costes playlist or any sort of ye-ye, French pop.

give yourself a facial massage.
When you’re doing your skincare, give yourself a facial massage for extra glowing skin. You don’t have to do anything fancy here, just spend some extra time massaging in your cleanser with your hands or a facial massage tool like a jade roller.

wear a lovely robe.
I love wearing my robe as I get ready as it’s a nice transition piece between pajamas and regular clothes and can feel so glamourous. Really, what is more glamorous than a silk kimono? Let me know.

have a glass of champagne or cup of tea.
Always have a nice drink on hand. If it’s morning, bring your cup of coffee, tea, or lemon water with you to your getting ready spot. Or if it’s evening, really amp up the glamour with a glass of champagne.

Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 12.34.09 PM.png

the weekend list no. 65

5DB371F4-24AF-4EA2-91DB-EC90D280E63E.JPG
What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
— Henry David Thoreau
Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 10.54.52 AM.png

The last two weeks of July were full of good summer vibes around here. We spent a lot of time outdoors, in the pool, and reading. My dad came with me to my monthly outdoor yoga class by the beach which I left with a totally sunburnt face and the outline of my sunglasses imprinted in white. I binged watch the new season of Queer Eye, had margaritas with a friend and Impossible burgers with another.

One of the big highlights was that my best friend and I went to see the new Tarantino movie, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” and I have literally not stopped thinking about it since. I’m filling up the time until I see it again with every podcast and interview I can find about it. There’s so much to talk about, I feel I should write a full think piece.

Side note, the rosé above was bought (along with a big bag of Starbursts) to get me through both Democratic debate nights as well as two nights of Bachelorette. I’ve never been more happy to see Hannah (kind of) pull a Mesnick and am crossing my fingers she and Tyler C. actually work out. I also started watching Succession (finally) and am truly obsessed.

Tonight, I was supposed to be going to an Orlando Pride game and was so excited because our team has three players from the national team who just won the Women’s World Cup including two of my three favorite women’s soccer players, Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris. But, then at the last minute I realized I bought the wrong tickets! So, instead I’ll be buying tickets to the right game and spending the rest of my night with my stack of library books and then head to the beach on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 10.57.31 AM.png

I’ve been so looking forward to Meghan Markle’s guest edited September issue of British Vogue for months and this video has me even more excited, if that’s possible.

What vacation should you take based on your Enneagram? My 4w3 choices are so accurate.

How gorgeous is Plum Sykes’ home?

Love this piece, 10 Ways to Do You.

Is this the perfect end-of-summer linen dress?

So many good books on this list. I added at least 5 to my list.

This is very cute.