Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beauty Bar

A beauty regimine is a personal choice, but I am always on the lookout for a new products to try as I mix and match the products I use, not aligning to just one "line" of cosmetics or skin care.  And because I don't go to an office every day, putting on make-up daily is not something I typically do.  But here are some of the product lines I am loving right now.......

Kate Somerville
I have tried some of Kate's products and they generally receive good reviews.  This "2 Minute Facial" would fit in well with my lifestyle. I'd love a facial but where would I find the time?


I have used the Gentle Daily Wash and like it a lot.

Erno Lazlo
I have been a fan of Erno Lazlo for years and know many people who use their line of skin care. The line is not inexpensive but their followers are cult-like and include many famous actresses.

“I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and the other 50% to Erno Laszlo,” - Audrey Hepburn

Other well-known clientele include Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman, and Jackie Kennedy. You have to "clock" your skin to understand which products you will use. You can do that here.

 NARS
NARS is one of my favorite make-up brands. I love their blush, their lipstick, foundation and eye shadows.
Christian Dior
I'm also a fan of Christian Dior cosmetics, especially their mascara.

Kevin Aucoin
I discovered Kevin Aucoin last year when I was in New York.  I love this line. The masara is wonderful!


Sachajaun Hair Products
This is on my "to try" list.

What's in your beauty bar?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Dog Days of August

It's still July, but I always look forward to the month of August.  Summer is my favorite season and August epitomizes all that is summer to me. Why, might you ask?  Well.......in August.....

The US Hardcourt Tennis Season is Full Swing
I love to watch tennis and the US has several high quality tournaments that lead up to the US Open in New York.  There are tournaments in Washington, in North Carolina, Atlanta and Cincinnati just to mention a few. If you happen to live near these cities, it's a great way to see top players very close up, at a reasonable price. And then there's nothing like the US Open.  Cannot wait to go in September.


The Lilly Calendars Come Out
Need I say more?




The Fall Clothes Start Appearing 
It's fun to shop for winter when it's 90 degrees outside.  I love fall clothes and can't wait to start seeing what the new styles look like.





Saratoga
This is high on my bucket list, maybe in 2018 we'll make the trek to Saratoga in August.  I want to see The Travers in person and just everything I have read about this place, well, I know I will love it.



Trips to Bath County
When the temperatures rise, we escape to Bath County here in Virginia where the air is cool(er) and the scenary perfect for a hot summer weekend.



Summer Patio Dinners
I'm not an air conditioner lover, so I bear the heat and humidity and dine outside even in late summer. 



Enjoy this time of year!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Net-a-Porter Sale Dress Picks

You can't go wrong with a great dress, no matter what the occasion.  I love wearing dresses and like finding good quality dresses, on sale, buying styles that will last many years and span multiple seasons.  Net-a-Porter has great sales and right now their clothes are marked way down, some have an extra 20 percent off, so you can buy some top designer names for a reasonable price. Here are some of my picks.....

1) Emilia Wickstead Dress
This brand is frequently worn by The Duchess of Cambridge.  Love the color and the style.  It's 30 percent off.


2) Pucci Dress
I love Pucci prints.  This dress is now 70 percent off.


3) Preen Dress
I adore this dress and wish it was still available in my size.  This could do black tie or cocktails. And it's 70 percent off.


4) Needle and Thread Dress
I also adore this dress.  It's 60 percent off.


5) Cotton Day Dress
This dress is so versatile.  It's 50 percent off.


6) RedValentino Black Dress
I almost pulled the trigger on this dress.  It's a light wool crepe and can go formal or informal and it's an extra 20 percent off the 50 percent off price.


7) Temperley London Dress
This looks like something the Duchess of Cambridge would wear.  


8) Roland Mouret Black Dress
If you have the figure to pull this off, then I say go for it.  Lovely!


9) Roland Mouret Wool Crepe Dress
Another dress that can go anywhere.


10) Oscar de la Renta Dress
I'll swoon over this all day long. Love this dress.  It's Oscar!  


Find a reason to go out and dress up!  Have a great Friday!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fish Hippie

I just returned from a mini-vacation in one of my favorite spots on the planet - my family's beach house in North Carolina.  While I was there I met a lady whose daughter is associated with the brand Fish Hippie.  The brand has an interesting story but the company is based in North Carolina near the place where I once lived.  Their clothes are made for men with some boys' stuff but the accessories like the hats, visors, coolers, can be used by all of us.  I am not a fisherman but I do love the label and their tag line, "drift off course" is spot on.  Many of the photos in their ads were taken in North Carolina. 



The clothes are a bit expensive but the quality is very good.  They try to make their stuff in the US (hence the higher price point) and they even have a wine label.  Their t-shirts are super soft.

You can shop the brand here.  Some of the men in my life will be seeing the Fish Hippie logo for sure.  Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Local Virginia Artists

About a month ago, we had a small festival in the tiny village near the farm.  Two very talented artists displayed their work and I took a number of photos to share.  Their work is very reasonably priced and I was tempted to do a lot of Christmas shopping that day.  We have so many cows around here and landscapes that it's a treasure trove for anyone who can paint.  I took photos of their business cards. They will ship.  Enjoy!











Monday, July 17, 2017

Etsy Finds

Etsy is one of my favorite sources for gifts, especially at holiday time.  As someone who likes to have my shopping completed long before December, I peruse sources like Etsy frequently. Here are some of my recent finds...

These journals will make great stocking stuffers or gifts for that horsey person who has just about everything. See them here.

These leather key rings also will make a great gift for $30! See them here.


I love these monogrammed pillows. See them here.


And these monogrammed pillowcases will make a great gift. See them here.


Monogrammed cocktail napkins anyone?  See them here.


An inexpensive tassel necklace?  See it here.


And for the person who loves dishes, try these monogrammed plates. See them here.


Happy Monday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tennis Chic

The Wimbledon Finals are this weekend and like Wimbledon, tennis chic never goes out of style.

Stan Smith shoes are back in style. Did they ever really go out of style?  I wore these many years ago.  They look great with dresses, shorts, jeans.

This looks so Ralph Lauren. What year is this?  Does it matter?

I'm not sure if this is real or a joke, but it's creative.....

But I love the green and white lattice looks that so reminds me of that Wimbledon aura....



And then there is the Ralph Lauren Wimbledon influence....

Happy Friday. Go Venus and Sam! 
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