Thursday, July 24, 2014

STYLE | summer make-up

It is my humble opinion that unless you work at a cosmetic boutique, make-up should be applied sparingly during the day. The evening is another occassion. 

This simple look {which I love using during the summer} is achieved in 4 steps: 
For my eyes I use Indianwood by Mac. Underneath my eyebrows I use Benefit's soft highlighter - which helps to open up your eyes more. For my cheeks I use Amour by Nars and on my lips is Snob by Mac. I use no foundation or concealer for this look since I love giving my skin a break. Not to say I don't use it... but for days when I am not in meetings with clients and running simple errands I just don't do it. It keeps my skin healthy and makes up for days when I do apply heavily. 

Big tip: Always moisturize. 

I hate using cliché phrases such as 'less is more'.... but oftentimes it's true. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STYLE | sky blue

When you're as addicted to dark colors as I am, you never give punchy colors any thought. However on recent shopping sprees, I have been trying to make a conscious effort to apply more color to my daily wardrobe. It has proved to be a bit challenging, but a color trend I am spotting everywhere and actually appeals to me- is this sky blue. 

I think Valentino did this particularly well. When I walked into their San Francisco store (shot here), their collection felt elegant and sophisticated. Nothing was overstated and I loved their patterns for this upcoming season. 

I can see a gorgeous interior space designed around these tones. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LIFESTYLE | thank you notes

I am all over a good Paperless Post card - but...there's something so personal about writing 'thank you' notes to friends, family and clients. It shows they were deserving of your time in a more intimate way. 

Label me traditional, but it's part of a routine I really enjoy doing. 

So the next time you get invited to a dinner party, think twice before sending a quick email. Instead keep thank you cards handy and send them off! Your personal touch won't go unnoticed. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

LIFESTYLE | simple things

{art a la rue image}

I often think about how many forms of art  exist, but it's a single moment such as this, that reminds me that we are always immersed in it. Rarely do we take the time to stop and take in all the natural beauty that surrounds us. 

I captured this moment while I was on an airplane...



Saturday, July 5, 2014

STYLE | accoutrements

The best way to unwind after a long week of work? Going to the park. It's the easiest thing to accomplish with zero effort to get yourself dressed for it. All you need are your basics- a book, your ipod/music, sunblock and yourself. Of course a little white wine doesn't hurt, but a couple of hours of sunshine will guarantee to bring out your happy hormones. 

Nature is always the best remedy. What are your favorite 'take to the park' items?


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

STYLE | a simpler time

Forget carrying around a big camera and wearing a great outfit to create the "perfect" post. 

Sometimes life is so much better when you unexpectedly find yourself nestled amongst trees while living out your day in jeans and a knitted sweater- only to be caught in a pure moment. 

It makes me feel like one of my favorites songs by Van Morrison "Into the Mystic". I love simple things. 

{" I wana rock your gypsy soul"}


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DESIGN | polished entryways

{Kelly Wearstler} 

Most would believe the statement room is always the family room or dining room, where you typically entertain... Still, I like to think of myself as a first impression kind-of-a-gal. Which is why I consider the same for your home. Ergo, today's post is dedicated to entryways. 

Oftentimes uncelebrated, entryways (aka foyer, just easier to pronounce) is arguably one of the most important spaces. It's where you first greet your guests and creates the moment that will transition over to the rest of your home. It should equally possess the same wow-factor as much as the next room since that will set the tone.

It could potentially be the conversation starter.

Selected, are a few entryways which I found inspiring and perfectly polished.

{One of my favorites- Renea Abbott}
{I love the magenta console}

Thank you for reading!