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Travel Essentials

July 19, 2018

I am currently en route to California with only one flight standing between me and a much-needed fun family vacation! Normally, when I travel it’s for work. It is nice to be switching it up and going somewhere solely for fun. I wanted to share some of my travel essentials and things I do/wear/use the day I am traveling anywhere.

The first thing I always do is prep my skin before getting on a plane. My face gets very dry when I travel so I try to keep it as hydrated as possible. I use all the same products I normally do, I just add a couple extra steps of moisturization to ensure my face stays hydrated for the duration of the travel day. I start by cleansing my face with Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (1). I have recently started using cleansing balms and I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal cleanser. Balms don’t seem to strip my face of moisture or dry it out like some normal cleansers do. Next, I neutralize my skin by using Kopari’s Coconut Rose Toner (2). This instantly puts some moisture back into my skin after cleansing, and it smells divine! Then I apply an eye serum (3) (I am very generous with this step because my eyes seems to soak it right up) and a Vitamin C Serum (4).  Both by Dr. Dennis Gross. Next I apply Rose Hip oil by Naturopathica (5) to my entire face and neck. This is my favorite step. The oil feels so good on my skin and I feel this step is essential to keeping my face moisturized all day. I then follow that up with an Elemis Superfood Day Cream (6). I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup the day I am traveling so I opt for Nars’ Tinted Moisturizer. It gives the perfect amount of coverage and has SPF. I am a nut about sunscreen, so I double up on the SPF by using Supergoop’s Setting Mist with Rosemary (8). I keep my skin hydrated thru out my flight with Dermalogica’s Hydramist (9). This stuff is so refreshing and instantly makes my skin feel hydrated. Kopari’s Coconut Melt (10) is my go to body moisturizer the night before I travel, and pretty much every night while I am on a trip. It can be a little greasy, which is why I don’t use it during the day. At night though, it transforms my skin while I sleep. It is a game changer! Kopari also makes a coconut oil spray that is lighter and is perfect to use for the day.

Aside from prepping my skin, there are some other items that I keep handy while traveling. My husband recently bought me a three meter iphone charging cord. We always wish our charging cords were longer and this takes care of that problem.  It is especially great for the airport when outlets can be long distances away. He bought the pretty rose gold color (he knows me well), which is a bonus!

I also recently just got the Wireless Apple Earbuds and I am obsessed. They sync with my iPhone and Apple Watch, and come with a case that charges them in 15 minutes flat. I wasn’t sure how much I would actually use them, but I use them all of the time!

I follow the Skinny Confidential and love everything she posts about and recommends. She recently posted about Liquid IV and how she adds it to her water for optimum hydration. One bottle of water with Liquid IV equals the same hydration as 3 bottles of water. I am terrible about drinking enough water so I had to give it a try. So far it seems to help, and they offer some great flavors.

Comfort is the key when it comes to what I wear when I am traveling. In the warmer months, I love to wear a dress and no one makes a more comfortable dress than Rachel Pally! Not only does this one shoulder dress feel like a pair of pajamas, but it doesn’t wrinkle or have to be dry cleaned. Win – Win! I get cold easily so I always have a scarf with me. By Malene Birger does the perfect size scarf in my opinion. They are a great weight and she always offers beautiful prints. Both scarves below are available on our website and are on SALE! Lastly, I almost always travel in sneakers and we all know that Golden Goose is the sneaker king. My sweet hubby got me this leopard pair (you can never have enough leopard) for Christmas this past year and I wear them with everything!

These are just a few of the things I can’t live without when it comes to traveling! Next up, sipping yummy vino in California wine country!

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NYC Day 1

September 20, 2016

We started off day 1 of market at the Coterie and it was busy, busy, busy! We saw almost 16 different lines and our heads are still spinning at how beautiful Spring 2017 looks thus far. Below are some of the highlights from the day!

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Sachin + Babi was breathtaking! They always have the most beautiful dressy pieces and the detailing is amazing!

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Another gorgeous look from Sachin + Babi’s Spring presentation.

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Great prints at Equipment!

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Rachel Pally offered some fun prints in some oh so comfortable fabrics and silhouettes!

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Some of the dazzling styles at Kendra Scott!

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Rachel Zoe had some awesome statement pieces!

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Line up at Alice + Olivia!

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Loving this color palette at Rebecca Minkoff!

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Rebecca Minkoff fun clutches!

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It doesn’t get much more fun than this pom pom story at Rebecca Minkoff!

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Color, color, color at M Missoni!

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Some of our favorites at M Missoni!

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Great print at Trina Turk!

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Mignonne Gavigan Tassel Earrings. They come in an array of colors and are a great price point!

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Pretty blues at Mignonne Gavigan!

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BCBG was amazing and had so many wearable, versatile pieces!

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More BCBG!

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We saw so many great, wearable shoes! These are Joie!

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(left) Strappy sandal by Joie (right) Fringe tie up sandal by Bernardo

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Rachel Zoe’s shoe collection featured great pops of gold!

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Fall Friendly

July 30, 2015

 

What you may not know when looking at the three outfits above is that each one features an item from Spring. With the end of each season we are always looking forward to what new items we can buy and sometimes neglect great items from past season that can transition seamlessly into the next. I was looking through out Spring Sale racks last week and realized there were some amazing pieces left at great prices that could easily be worn this Fall. We have styled three different outfits in this post to show you how easy it is to incorporate some of your favorite Spring pieces into Fall ensembles.

The first item is the by Malene Birger Latsy printed maxi dress. Who doesn’t love a sleeveless maxi dress in the Spring and Summer? However, sometimes we put these away once the season ends and don’t pull them out again until the next year. This maxi dress features a neutral palette and therefore doesn’t limit itself to one season. We paired it with a cozy new Allude Chunky sweater. This is one of our favorite pieces for Fall and we cinched it in with a by Malene Birger wrap around belt. The Jerome Dreyfuss booties we paired it with are also a Spring item but would be a great neutral heel to take into Fall. Did we mention our Sale items are 60% off?!?!

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The next outfit actually features two Spring items. We took an easy Elliott Lauren button down and paired it over a causal Rachel Pally maxi dress. I love the look of taking a loose fitting button down and tying it in the front with a short or long dress. It is casual and easy but looks put together and stylish at the same time!

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For the final look we combined this great IRO sweatshirt from Spring with a new printed Equipment blouse and a great pair of Current Elliott skinnies. This is a great way to incorporate your favorite sleeveless blouses into Fall outfits. Layer them with your favorite sweater or jacket so can continue to enjoy wearing them.

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These items and many other great finds are available in our 60% off Sale going on now!!

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Big Apple Appointments

September 19, 2014

 

Yesterday we arrived back in the bustling city to finish our Spring 2015 appointments. We were thrilled to be staying at the uber cool Empire Hotel. The hotel opened in 1923 and still has the original iconic sign. The design and décor of the Empire Hotel is very eclectic with a neutral palette of coffee, cream and caramel.  The decor is a mix of modern and vintage and is accented by hand-crafted metalwork such as hammered bronze, brass and copper. All furnishings and fittings were custom designed for the Empire Hotel, making it truly one of a kind. We are sure this hotel rings a bell with all you Gossip Girl fans out there!

 

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The Empire Hotel also has an amazing roof top bar that features awesome views of the city and the Lincoln Center. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed staying here and will definitely do so again in the future!

 

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Our first appointment of the day was with a potential new designer for Mosaic. The Alexander Wang showroom displayed a very modern and edgy feel which was a great backdrop for his unique clothing.

 

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Next, we switched things up and headed to the bright and cheery Diane von Furstenberg showroom. Her Spring 2015 collection included some of her classic staples as well as many new silhouettes and prints.

 

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Our sweet DVF rep recommended that we go right around the corner and try out Rocky’s Restaurant for authentic New York style pizza. We never turn down a chance to have great food, much less awesome pizza! Rocky’s did not disappoint and their selection was extraordinary! We had a hard time narrowing down our choice to one slice.

 

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After lunch, we headed to a much anticipated appointment at Lela Rose. She is originally from Dallas, TX and her feminine clothing shows off her southern roots. Her attention to detail is mind boggling and her fabrics are breath taking! Here are our favorites from her Spring 2015 collection.

 

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Hatch showroom was our next stop. They house several current lines carried at Mosaic including Giles & Brother and Rachel Pally. Little did we know, we would be introduced to an amazing new jewelry line made in NYC! Auden is the perfect mix of industrial and feminine. We are already counting down the days until it arrives at Mosaic!

 

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At this point in the day we found ourselves famished and in need of a great cocktail. Luckily, Isola at the Mondrian Soho was right across the street. This restaurant is gorgeous!! The beautiful chandeliers, glass ceiling and lush greenery create quite an elegant atmosphere.

 

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The Mondrian Bellini and the Antipasta plate hit the spot. The cocktail consisted of Prosecco, white peach and raspberries! The antipasta plate included various meats and cheeses.

 

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Our last appointment was viewing Jerome Dreyfuss! We can’t think of a better way to end the day than viewing a fabulous shoe and handbag collection. Dreyfuss is the husband of the very talented Isabel Marant. What an amazingly talented couple?!? Each of his handbags have male names because he states, “Every woman deserves to have a french man on her arm.” His bags and shoes are enough to make any girl swoon!!

 

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Stay tuned to hear about all of the other great lines we saw on our trip!!

 

 

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NYC Day 2 Recap

September 6, 2014

After an amazing nights rest, I woke up refreshed and ready for day 2 in New York City. I started the day at the fhitting room, a High Intensity Training boutique fitness studio delivering a comprehensive, body-changing workout in a small class environment. It was an amazing work out that I know torched a ton of calories and it flew by! I am hoping to get to another class before the trip is over.

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During the afternoon, we headed back to the Lincoln Center for Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2015 runway show. Her show is always one of my favorites and it didn’t disappoint.  I had been looking for an excuse to snag this Mara Long Maxi skirt and I knew this would be the perfect chance to wear it! I paired it with a BCBG fitted top and a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

 

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It was hard to narrow it down but these are some of my favorites from the presentation.

 

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I changed into a super comfortable Rachel Pally dress for dinner. I paired it with Megan Park jewels and an Alexander McQueen clutch.

 

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We headed to Hakkasan for dinner. It was my second visit and it was delicious. We had the Cod topped with truffles, the Wagyu beef tenderloin and jasmine rice. The cocktails were out of this world. We sipped on the Green Destiny(vodka, cucumber, kiwi and apple juice) and a passion fruit puree and prosecco bellini!

 

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Mini, Midi, Maxi

May 31, 2014

A skirt is a beautiful thing.  Summer is practically synonymous with them and this summer you have multiple lengths to choose from – not just mini-skirts.  So how do you beat the heat without showing off too much skin? Maxi and midi skirts are your answer.  Choose one with a slit and lightweight fabric to help keep you cool.

Maxis strike the perfect balance between casual and glamorous and are so versatile.  They are naturally chic when worn with a t-shirt or tank and your favorite sandals.  Rachel Pally knows her way around a fabulous maxi and her skirts are no exception.  They pair perfectly with a simple t-shirt or tank for the day and can be dressed up for a night out.

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