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the perfect mix of artsy and essential, the new Tory Burch SS23 release is a must see

Surprising pops of chartruese, asymmetrical accessories, and a distinctly vintage aesthetic… Tory is that you? The most artful drop yet, Tory Buch new arrivals are a sensory delight that inspire dreams and imagination – all in a super tasteful, sophisticated package of course. 

I’ve been keeping myself on a strict “everyday essentials” fashion diet, and I’ve already convinced myself these are just that.

If you’re starting to imagine your wardrobe refresh for 2023, you’re going to want to check this collection out. Here for your preview, a list of my absolute favorites from their latest drop that are just basic enough to be everyday essentials, yet edgy enough to make an artful statement. 

Sporty sophisticated drawstring skirt

Props for being different. Let’s start with my first surprise in the collection, the silk linen skirt. No, the slip isn’t showing. This artful piece is delicately layered to show a soft gathered parachute with adjustable drawcord. Sporty and sophisticated, this skirt gets a freshness award for design outside the box that doesn’t go too far.

Essential cashmere knit

It’s the fit. Quality knits are an essential in very wardrobe, and I love the modern silhouette of this mock neck cashmere knit. It’s the perfect update to a timeless classic.

Chartruese mules

I would wear these with everything to make the outfit. Honestly, I just can’t stop looking at the color. These chartruese asymmetrical mules are so chic. The moderate height, block heel, slip on design makes this style extremely versatile. You can pair them with any of the pieces in this list, your casual denim or dress wear for a fresh pop of color that will define your attire.

Wool high wasted trousers

I’ve been on the hunt (still) for the perfect pair of black, high waisted trousers. What’s nice about this pair – they’re not overly pleated, but they still have a tailored shape. The tapered leg and high waist seem to have a flattering fit, and it’s easy to image countless outfits with this essential in your wardrobe.

Collar necklace

Tory Burch does a really nice logo translation into their accessories that’s both notable, but not too in your face. This twisted T collar necklace is a beautiful necklace with just the right amount of edge. 

Pavé ballet flats

I’m not a flats girl, but these velvet, rhinestone encrusted pavé ballet flats are too luxurious not to mention. In fact, I’d like to think I’d wear them myself on the right occasion. They’re a great style to transition from house slipper to errand with a touch of decadence. 

Jumbo mismatched earrings

Just too cool. I’m a sucker for a pair of mismatched earrings, and these artful asymmetrical earrings have been stuck in my head ever since I laid eyes on them. I selected the model photo so you can see the larger-than-imaged scale of the marbled beading over a curved abstract hoop. I think I’m in love. One piece to modernize your entire look.

Statement bag

It’s the color and the gloss. In the spirit of chartruese, I had to include this statement pop color bag. Honestly, the featured image sold me, somewhere between the fresh hue and high gloss finish.

Light wash high waisted jeans

I have yet to try a pair of Tory Burch’s denim, but this pair has me itching to give them a try. Light wash, vintage high waisted jeans are a wardrobe staple. I have a couple pairs I love, but still on the hunt for “that perfect pair.” The crop length and vintage denim hue have me thinking this just might be the pair. 

Heart locket earrings

I just like them. Perhaps it’s the 90’s child in me, but I find something about these heart locket earrings absolutely charming. Plus, it’s two in one. The locket detaches to reveal double pavé Ts. They are inspired by victorian coach earrings, and would pair well with preppy fashion pieces, nostalgic vintage favorites and everyday basics.

White platform court sneakers

I’d wear these every week. Sticking with wardrobe essentials, the ladybug platform court sneakers that just arrived to the Tory Burch collection are a great investment if you’ve yet to select your go-to pair of white kicks. The lightly embossed bubble platform and butterscotch details give this sneaker just the right amount of character, while still being basic enough to wear with literally everything in your wardrobe from suiting to vintage denim. 

The only problem, which ones to choose for this season’s new essentials. Nothing like writing a luxury fashion blog to curb that shopping addition, eh? 

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the only 5 jewelry essentials you need to accessorize every outfit

We live in a world of access. And, striving to live a more minimalist life has taught me access actually creates stress, instead of reducing it as we sometimes believe.

If you’re working on cutting back and investing only on high quality essentials, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are the only 5 jewelry pieces you really need to outfit every look in your wardrobe.

#1 Stackable gold rings

I have probably 100 rings in my possession, very few of which I frequently wear. When it comes to everyday style, I have found a few (3-5) high quality gold rings get the most wear, and are truly the best for styling 95% of outfits.

For simple, casual and minimal looks, wear 1-2. For bold power-play energy, layer all of them on one hand.

#2 Ear cuffs

Since receiving several pairs courtesy of Maison Miru, ear cuffs have been a daily essential. They modernize every look with a subtle edge that’s still feminine.

#3 A collar length necklace (or two)

Whether you opt for a statement chain or a dainty herringbone, a pendant or charms – what makes all of these necklace styles every on trend is the collar bone length.

It’s universally flattering, and compliments every neckline from crewneck sweatshirt to a low V. If you’re looking for a new favorite, I have a few of my personal favorite gold chains available in my shop.

#4 Gold hoops

From sporty athleisure looks to sleek evening wear, a pair of gold hoops somehow seamlessly suit the occasion. Opt for larger hoops if you want them to make a statement, or huggies if you prefer subtle intrigue.

If you’re not exclusively limiting yourself to a certain number of essentials in the jewelry department, this is a good item to have in a couple of sizes.

#5 Personality pair of earrings

No jewelry collection is complete without something fun that really captures your personality. Express your personality with a pair of earrings that are really you. The great thing about statement earrings is that they don’t have to take over your entire outfit, but still make a notable statement so near your face.

My current go-to pick: duo styles with a black lightning bolt on one side and a gold pearl drop on the other. Because why not express a couple moods for the same occasion.

Some jewelry shops have even started offering single-pair earrings to customize your look.

Jewelry has the power to transform your looks with a glimmering layer of extra thought.

Whether you’re on a budget or just looking ways to reduce your access, selecting a few essentials over impulse buying can help define your style and reduce clutter.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the featured post is in collaboration with Responsival. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

worthwhile luxury candles – Replica sweetens unwind time

I get it. You can get a scented candle for less. But before you turn up your nose (literally and figuratively), here’s why a designer candle brand like Replica might be the most worthwhile luxury purchase of all.

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Picture this. You arrive home from the office, an overcast day with dusk setting in. Bags returned to their nook, shoes back in the closet, you begin trifling through your home picking up yesterday’s “lived in” items strewn about. Dinner preparations begin – hearty beef stew and homemade artisanal bread. The floors need polishing… there’s laundry to fold. 

It’s 7pm. Your work is done, and you realize you have a precious hour of un-appointed time. For that, the value is priceless. 

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The satisfying sound of matchstick against box, the slight smell of sulphur and smoke – a flickering light and a pool of hot wax melting into an aromatic escape as you release the burdens of your day.

With Replica, you can enjoy that moment 40 times, with 40 hours of un-acquitted burning time – indulging in olfactory bliss and sweetening your indulgent moments of escape.  

In that light, the value of just the right scent is worth so much more.

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I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a few of Replica’s luxury candles as well as reviewing nearly every Replica perfume ever released. If you’d like a guide to selecting a candle that’s just your vibe, here’s what I can tell you.

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By the Fireplace Replica candle review – put it by your gas fireplace for a real vibe

By the Fireplace is my all-time favorite aroma from Replica – both in perfume and candle mediums. While the perfume is perfect for late night rooftop cocktails by a fire…

Replica’s By the Fireplace candle transforms my propane fireplace into a romanticized winter cabin experience. The scent is just smoky enough, with a heartwarming, enveloping fragrance that feels like memories being made fireside. 

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Matcha Meditation Replica candle review – have it on the coffee table for your next charcuterie night

Sweet and fragrant without being overpowering, try Replica’s Matcha Meditation. With a delightfully pale green hue, this tea time inspired fragrance has a refreshing “light green” with sweet overtones that make it delightfully soothing.

I’ve tried the perfume as well, and it’s another my husband has been stealing. It’s more soft than pungent, and a soothing delicious scent that you want that second breath of.

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Bubble Bath Candle review – keep it in your guest bath

If I had to describe the Bubble Bath candle by Replica other than by its name itself, I’d say it has a sort of fresh laundry scent. Clean and crisp, it’s the perfect scent to keep in your guest bathroom for that “I’m winning at life at home” vibe.

Want a more descriptive review on this scent? You can check out my full Bubble Bath by Replica review.

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Ready to elevate your unwind time? Start with a fragrance that grants you a truly luxurious experience.

If you love Replica’s perfumes, why not grant yourself the same pleasure through the aura of your home. In the meantime, you’ll find me fireside, enjoying a vibe of my own. You can shop Maison Margiela’s Replica fragrances and candles online. Thanks for reading.

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the featured perfume was gifted to me by Maison Margiela Replica. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

Anne Fontaine’s fall collection boldly celebrates feminine style

The rain pattered gently, just loud enough to be heard softly through the double pained glass. The birds sang lightly through the weather, not ready to give up their morning posts.

The chill in the corridors was undeniable. Fall is here. And with it, a new season of luxury with Anne Fontaine.

Readily equipped for the darker days that lie ahead, Anne Fontaine has just released their FW22 collection.

Bolstered with strong details, this drop faces the season in unrequited resolve. Padded full-length jackets, crepe utility cargos designed with a more elegant consumer in mind – it’s just what you’d hope for from the bold, darkly romantic brand of luxury.

The fall collection is edgier than ever, with high contrast pieces that exude ferocity while not withholding Anne Fontaine’s signature celebration of feminine style.

Beyond the seasons statement pieces, ruffled blouses, elegant knitwear and new additions to Anne Fontaine’s signature white shirt collection.

My seasonal selects, a padded jacket, crepe cargos and some classic Anne Fontaine workwear pieces.

The full length, reversible padded jacket is an evolution of utilitarian style – a crisp golden hue on one side and classic black on the other.

Undeniably a statement piece, there is a notable eastern influence and intricate details that scream cultured luxury.

Paired with boots and an all-black ensemble, it’s only a shame fashion week has already come and past.

In the spirit of versatility, the look can easily transcend from fall to winter with a flip of the jacket and a footwear change. Or, take off a layer to show this season’s sophisticated new cargos.

Anne Fontaine’s new Ballade cargos maximize utilitarian street style trends with side pockets and silver hardware while maintaining a sense of elegance with feminine details.

But the real star of this re-imagined silhouette is the surprising material that differentiates the style. Crafted with a beautiful, heavy-duty crepe, the Ballade pants drape in the utmost elegance, making these cargos a sort of trouser hybrid that’s clearly made to navigate office to street style in effortless sophistication.

Of course, I could not review Anne Fontaine’s fall collection without mentioning their classic white shirt and workwear essentials.

This season I selected a striped blouse and classic black trousers that bolster my wardrobe of timeless classics. I’ve been forever a cult consumer of Anne Fontaine’s white shirts, so the subtle print felt like a nice evolution to mix up my staples in a silhouette and crisp poplin fabric that I already knew I loved.

While working in a business casual environment lends me to some freedoms in weekday dressing, my position also calls for a professional presentation – which Anne Fontaine suits with both grace and style.

This combo lends itself well to a comfortable ensemble that can go from everyday Monday to impromptu board meeting.

As always, it’s the details and quality fabrics that make the Anne Fontaine collection a notable player in the luxury fashion market.

The crepe trousers are easy to keep wrinkle free with a timeless straight-to-wide leg silhouette and elegantly welted pockets.

The new collection pinstripe white blouse features an optional “pussy bow” at the collar and french pointed cuffs. As is standard for the Anne Fontaine collection, the cuffs allow for cufflinks if you should decide to dress up beyond the pearled button set that’s included.

Want more? Shop the entire FW22 collection online, or browse my edit including the pieces styled in this post and more essentials with a luxury fashion, capsule wardrobe in mind.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the featured post is in collaboration with Anne Fontaine. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

minimalist fall fashion must-haves report, from runway to street style  

It’s hard to imagine the end of summer is already here. But for perhaps the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to the crisp air and the return of fall fashion

The longer I work in fashion, the more of a minimalist I’ve become.

Passing through phases of maximalism and needing to drop unspeakable amounts on new collections each season- I’ve learned what I will actually wear. And what I won’t. 

Yet, it’s still all in fun to add a few new pieces into my wardrobe each season.

After watching the runways and drooling over NYC, Copenhagen and Paris streetstyle for the past several months… how could I not. 

Image cred: Getty Images

Simply put, after months of following this seasons fall trends in the making, here are the 7 wearable must-haves I’ll be scouting out this season to boulder my minimalist wardrobe. 

Image Cred: @maria.calvet, Whowhatwear, @mvb

The fitted, knitted maxi dress 

The return of 90’s fashion didn’t just bring back platforms and chunky slides. They brought back a form of elegance as well. This season a fitted, knit maxi dress is “unavoidable” according to Glamour. Elongating, versatile and office appropriate, It’s a timeless investment you can wear for years to come-and currently reaching fire status in this seasons trends. 

Image cred: Whowhatwear
Image Cred: LONDON FASHION WEEK ph. Szymon Brzoska – The Style Stalker

Knee high boots 

If you’re wondering about boot height this season, it’s all about the knee high boot. Or higher. But the knee high has a bit more utilitarian feel that makes this investment piece fashionable and practical to wear over denim and leggings or under suiting and paired with fall dress. 

Photo cred @sofiamcoelho

Cargo pants 

Another nod to the 90’s you’ll be seeing cargo pants coming into fall. Still not ready to revert back to everyday skinnies, cargos balance out a straight frame, they’re super comfy, and work well with any array of fitted tops and bomber jackets. They’re an effortless look that’s on trend and ok for casual Fridays at the office. 

Image cred: Pinterest

Oversized button downs

Currently in route to my closet, the new pinstripe blouse by Anne Fontaine. Oversized blouses are a key piece for fall and you can wear them with literally anything for a look that’s off duty chic that can take you from office to beachside. Pair with wide leg leather for day to night. Or biker shorts for errands and off duty vacation style. 

Image cred: @lucky_girl_h @_m__e, Pinterest, @selezneva.kat, @whatgigiwears

Tailored suiting 

A trend that will never die, it’s never the wrong time to invest in suiting. And the time has never been more right then now. With unexpected combos like crop tops and trousers and blazers over just about everything… you will never regret the amount of wear ton can get out of the right suit set. Focus on fit to maximize versatility based on the looks you want to pull together with your pieces. Oversized and boxy for me please. 

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A elongated mini bag 

Still on my wishlist, an elongated mini bag gives your outfit that confident touch that says I know fashion and pills basically any look together. Bonus points if you’re brave enough to opt for a pop color. 

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Ribbed tanks 

If you haven’t already invested in ribbed tanks, please stop putting it off. They’re the perfect layering piece with suiting, skirts and your at home loungewear. And invest in a couple of nice ones. You’ll get your wear out of them. Remember, fashion is what you were at home just as much as anywhere. 

Image cred: Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

A Balaclava

Call me crazy and this might be a fashion stretch for some… but I’ve been hankering for a balaclava the more I see them in runways and streetstyle. These hooded neck warming “hats” have been featured everywhere this season with a real intriguing sort of edge. Plus, they’re super practice as it starts to get cool for outdoor events like games and bonfires. 

Image cred @veneti.a

Statement chain

Thanks to hours of shopping for my Econ shop, I already have my statement chains for the season. But if you don’t have yours it’s time to invest. The beauty of it. If you find one that really suits your style, it’s the only real piece of jewelry you need to accentuate all of your looks this fall. Ok maybe that and a couple stackable ear cuffs and gold rings.

Image cred: Pinterest, @mathildenauta, Hailey Bieber via Pinterest

Leather layers

I hesitate to add this category – not because I don’t think it’s relevant, but because a staple leather jacket is an all season, every year essential. (Perhaps its own article coming soon). Having said that if you somehow don’t own a leather jacket, it’s as multifunctional as ever and absolutely a staple for fall.

With these fall trend essentials, you can mix with your wardrobe essentials in style all season with countless combinations and creative layering. Shop wisely and you’ll be adding these fall pieces to next years essentials. 

Here’s to the new season. Fashionably yours, xoxo 

Image cred: @selezneva.kat

joining JUNOCO on a mission #ToBeHuman

There are a lot of things that make us human–a deep level of complex emotions, a strong awareness of self identity, the ability to question the world around us.

We are a lot of things.  Perfect is not one of them. Yet, we live in a world inundated with idealism driving consumerism and self worth. 

JUNOCO challenges us to rethink our imperfections with the launch of their #ToBeHuman campaign, asking friends to share personal insecurities, and how they’ve learned to be proud of them.  

Thankful for the invitation, I am happy to join the JUNOCO with this message of positivity, learning to overcome perceived flaws and embracing what makes each of us unique-because that is truly beautiful. 

“What’s one of your insecurities that you’re most proud of?” JUNOCO asks the question. 

Dull skin, the start of a few fine lines that have emerged with time, a splash of multiplying freckles… while they can all be minor annoyances I remind myself these things:

Freckles formed from blissful memories spent in the sun. From beaches abroad to slow afternoons with a cool drink in hand. Fine lines mark the smiles and expressions that share our inward emotions with others, defining much of who we are. 

Dull skin – admittedly I don’t have a romantic acronym for. Thankfully, there’s great skincare like JUNOCO’s cleansing balm (a new favorite) to moisturize and bring out your most radiant natural glow. 

So stop fretting. Keep living. And embrace what it means #ToBeHuman. 

No one is perfect. But confidence under pressure and inward beauty cover a multitude of perceived imperfections. Here’s to your good health and a happy spirit. 

More on JUNOCO? Check out my full JUNOCO review of their cleansing balm and powder. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with JUNOCO. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

I’m literally sleeping better, with an overlooked luxury we should all invest in – Sunday Citizen bedding review

We spend about a third of our lives in bed.

Allowing that to sink in, I’m actually taken aback I haven’t made the comparably modest investment in luxury bedding much much sooner. 

Consider the value of a better sleeping experience–one you actually look forward to at the end of the day rather than just another element of life’s necessities. 

That’s the difference Sunday Citizen bedding made in my life. 

I felt the difference immediately. That deep sinking in feeling my body had been craving since my last 5-star escape (It’s been far too long). The first night of sleep–honestly like a mini slice of paradise. I slept like a baby, wrapped in silky-soft sheets buried beneath a fluffy comforter with the AC pumping. 

It felt like a stay at a luxury resort.

Deepening my amusement, after making the mental comparison, I discovered Sunday Citizen bedding was ironically born to create just that experience. A story that started with a 4th generation textile family and an entrepreneur hoping to develop a blanket for his luxury hotels.

In this Sunday Citizen review, I’ll be sharing my personal experience after spending 3 weeks wrapped in their bamboo viscose sheets and snug stitch comforter. 

When Sunday Citizen reached out, I so happened to be in the market for some new bedding (My $20 Amazon sheets just weren’t cutting it). I had more recently “invested” in some known brand sheets thinking I was getting something a bit more elevated, but was disappointed when they didn’t feel much better, and started looking dingy and pilling from normal everyday wear. 

All that to say, it was worth trying something different, and Sunday Citizen sounded like an interesting company to get cozy with. 

3 weeks later–I’ll never go back to ordinary bedding. Sunday Citizen was superior in every way, and well worth the investment.

First, here’s what you can expect from the brand. Sunday Citizen promotes affordable luxury with high quality materials sold direct to consumer. As with all DTC models, that keeps the operation lean and more affordable for better quality products. 

But what really makes Sunday Citizen stand out? The fabrics. Perfectly put, “not all fabrics are created equal”.  – Sunday Citizen

Sunday Citizen makes their own fabric blends. Yeah, that’s radical. 

Working directly with the manufacturers to weave up a unique blend, Sunday Citizen has mastered that soft luxury feel you crave when slipping into a freshly made bed. 

They’re also conscious of their impact on the environment, using recycled PET bottles in their comforter filling and shipping in recycled boxes. 

Ready to sink in? Here’s the scoop on Sunday Citizen sheets. 

A must-have for every home in 2022, Sunday Citizen sheets are the ultimate luxury hotel sleeping experience brought into your home.

A mix of bamboo viscose, the texture is smooth and soft and hasn’t pilled or stretched out after its first couple of washes. They have that nice cool feel to the touch when you first slip in, and stay super breathable all night long. They have a variety of muted earth tones available. My selects – the fitted sheet in white and top sheet in a buttermilk accent.

Want to get cozy? The snug stitch comforter is the plushy soft yet cool comforter you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. (Seriously, I don’t know how we lived without it).

On one side, you have this almost sherpa-like, fluffy fleece. The other, a smooth and cool sheet-like feel. Sunday Citizen’s duo-surface comforters make a great all-season select, with a cozy contemporary design that suits every home decor. 

Perfectly cool, yet warm and cozy. How is that even possible.

Positive this is my husband’s favorite editorial sample of all time, and the remainder of our master bedroom linens and blankets have since gone into storage.

Do yourself a favor and get the snug sham set too. Same duo-material, great for temperature sensitive sleepers and all who dream to be incomparably comfortable.

But don’t just take my word for it. Vogue calls Sunday Citizen one of the best places to buy bedding, and other editors rave of the snuggliest blankets, throws and beyond. 

Ready to get a better nights sleep? I sure was. And thanks to Sunday Citizen, I’ve never had a better nights sleep from home. And for this new mother of one, it’s never been more worth it. (Baby approved). Seriously, go check them out. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, items in this post were gifted by Sunday Citizen. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

Vegamour reviews put to the test, here’s what you can expect

Looking for ways to achieve thick luscious locks? (Aren’t we all). Vegamour reviews have been flooding social media and across the web. With taglines like “Performance you never thought possible” and 100% vegan formulas, it’s a tempting promise in hopes of the best hair ever.

If you’re deciding whether or not to give them a try–I did. Here’s what you can expect.

In this Vegamour review, I’ll share my first impressions of a handful of products I’ve been using over the past 30 days. 

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Formulated with powerful plant-based ingredients
  • Lots of testimonials sharing positive reviews
  • Rich herbal scent
  • Beautiful simple packaging
  • Easy on my sensitive scalp
  • I noticed some immediate results

For the past 30 days, I’ve been using a regiment of Vegamour’s shampoo and conditioner, a conditioning hair mask, and both lash and brow growth serums.

Since I’ve been using them in tandem, I’ll review Vegamour in its entirety while also sharing a few notable comments about each of the products I’ve been using.

Vegamour GROW revitalizing shampoo and conditioner kit review

First, let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. Both come in 8oz, soft matte nude tubes. Active ingredients include mung bean, curcumin (derived from tumeric), and red clover. They have a soft, herby sort of smell that’s pleasant–reminiscent of a spa treatment.

I have a history of psoriasis and a pretty sensitive scalp. The Vegamour shampoo and conditioner were non-irritating and left my hair feeling clean and heavily moisturized. 

Be sure to rinse thoroughly. I found the conditioner is pretty heavy on the roots, and can sometimes dry looking a bit oily. However, I work in a sprinkle of dry shampoo powder after using, and it gives it the most perfect “next day” volume and texture that makes it really easy to style. 

So for immediate results of volume, it actually works quite well. 

Vegamour ENSO overnight restoring hair mask review

Next up, a deep conditioning treatment. I tried the ENSO overnight hair mask, and it felt like quite the self care treatment. It has a similar herbal fragrance as the shampoo and conditioner, but has a much richer and thicker texture. 

I massaged it into my damp hair before bed, and slept with a towel wrap. In the morning after a rinse, my hair felt extremely moisturized and luxurious. It gave it that real “healthy hair” feel with a sort of weight to it, yet somehow maintained a more than normal volume.

My feedback on instant results–it’s a great treatment for that sort of main hair with a healthy, voluminous feel. 

Vegamour review of brow and lash growth serums

I have what any would consider to be very fair, think lashes and brows. Not due to over plucking, just got that roll of the dice in my genetics. So, I was quite excited to dry the brow and lash growth serums from Vegamour. 

Both come in small pink tubes. Each with an applicator tip appropriate for the job. Active ingredients include the same lineup of the shampoo, with the addition of cannabidiol (from the sketch yes it does look like cannabis derived) which is shown to reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation.

I apply both 1-2x daily. In the morning after a face wash and at night before bed. 

I’ve tried a few lash growth serums in the past only to result in extreme eye irritation and redness that made any positive results just not worth it. Both the brow and lash serums were non-irritating, and easy to apply.

Vegamour review results

So do they work? You’ll notice most Vegamour products list a 4 month trial period for their promised results. So after 4 weeks in–I don’t think I can fully commit to answer if their promises come true. However–

there are a few immediate results I’m happy to report, and have been pleasantly surprised with my Vegamour experience.

The shampoo, conditioner and hair mask give my hair that really thick, heavy yet high volume feel that I can best describe as healthy

It leaves it feeling highly moisturized with a ton of extra volume. That in itself has kept me using the products over the past few weeks.

Even more exciting, after 4 weeks of fairly consistent use of the brow and lash serums 2x daily, I’m actually starting to notice results!

Especially in my brows. For the little effort it takes to swipe on, I’m really looking forward to keeping up with the progress over the upcoming months. 

I used to never leave the house without filling my brows, but the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself feeling good about stepping out after a little brow gel. 

Want to give them a try? Vegamour has tons of positive reviews and customer testimonials for each product. And if that’s not enough, you can find a slew of reviews online including before and after photos and known beauty critics like InStyle and Shape Magazine providing their endorsements. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with Vegamour. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

luxe “thank you hostess” gift ideas you’ll want to give (and get)

You know the table will be set with elevated dish wear and foods to share over the sounds of laughter and the best company. Everyone knows being the best guest means never showing up to the party empty handed, but there’s something growingly mundane about grabbing a bouquet at the nearest market on your way in.

Thank your host or hostess more personally, with these distinct gift ideas for your hostess unique as they are.

Swivel cheese & tapas board

Plan to bring charcuterie to share? This compact cheeseboard has places for crackers, jams and meats with an included cutlery set. Make an irresistible spread to share, and leave the board as a hostess gift.

Enjoying tequila tasting journal

Does your hostess adore a good party? This guided tequila tasting journal includes tips on selecting the best brands and educating your palate along with mastered cocktail recipes. Bonus guest points if you also bring the tequila. 

Olive oil gift curation box

Bring the taste of Italy with the old world delight of “pinzimonio” (dipping raw veggies or breads into olive oil and a scrumptious mix of peppers). This olive oil gift curation box includes a bottle of rich extra virgin olive oil from Puglia, Italy along with a Japanese, lampworked amber dipping glass.

3-in-1 Classics wooden chess, checkers and backgammon game set

Challenge your hostess to some after party gaming with this 3-in-1 classic game set in a beautiful natural wood finish. 

Gourmandise box of 24 macarons from Laudurée Paris

Nothing says best hostess gift of 2022 quite like Paris. This elegant gift box of 24 macarons includes Laudurée’s chef’s choice of assorted flavors including passion fruit, salted caramel, and blackcurrant violet. 

Mid century modern bluetooth vinyl record player

Give the gift of ambiance with this  mid century modern record player, complete with simple nostalgic design and bluetooth connectivity. 

Whimsical motif set of 6 wine charms 

Joanna Buchanan’s wine charms infuse your soirée with an optimistic mood and make a perfect thank you gift for any esteemed hostess. 

Engraved gold cake server

If you haven’t checked out Zara’s home goods, perhaps it’s time you did. This engraved gold cake server is crafted with stainless steel and offers an elegant way to serve desert. The perfect holiday hostess gift. 

Looking for more holiday or hostess gift ideas?

Check out some of my favorite bespoke foodie and home goods resources like Uncommon Goods and DLISH.

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indulge in escape with Anne Fontaine’s ss22 new collection of lace blouses and dreamy resort wear

Not another soul in sight as far as the shoreline stretched north to south. Serenity. The only sounds to be heard – crashing waves and the same colony of seagulls that had been scavenging the stretch of beach the last few days. 

I could have spent hours alone there, and so we did. The realization of escape. A place you must cross over by ferry to reach, and amongst the last havens on earth, or at least the east coast. 

Joining with Anne Fontaine for another season, the solitary island was the perfect setting to introduce the SS22 collection –  showcasing looks of pure fantasy with nods to escapism. 

Without further adieu, here’s a taste of Anne’s latest collection of masterful creations, inspired from the exploration of France’s Basque Country of Biarritz and the arresting landscapes. 

The Anne Fontaine new collection

Littered in soft brights, feminine lace and luxurious silhouettes, Anne Fontaine has really captured the essence of sophisticated resort, occasion, and everyday work wear in the perfect seasonal collection roll out.  

My top selects for our secluded getaway – Anne Fontaine lace blouses that doubled as beach covers during our 6 days of luxury escape. 

I wanted to go with something iconic and timeless, as this particular adventure also marks the last days of life alone with my husband and I – as we prepare to welcome the arrival of our first child due to arrive just a few weeks from now. 

I knew these moments would last forever, and I wanted to embody a sort of timeless romanticism that captured the essence of each experience we shared during our time there. 

Anne Fontaine lace blouse and floor grazing tulle skirt

Pure, ethereal and dreamy, this first combination is inspired by sea foam, and the waves creating a fresh new landscape with every touch to the shoreline.

Featuring the Cefalu eyelet embroidered shirt with poplin details, the French cuffs on this classic Anne Fontaine blouse allow for decorative cufflinks with crisp poplin details that can translate from resort wear to office attire with some simple layering. 

Capturing the fantasy, the look is transformed to an unworldly  elegance with the floor-grazing tulle Clady skirt – a piece that one can only be described as completely and utterly enchanting.

To say I felt like I was part of a dream is an understatement. No other look could have captured the emotions and visions of this irreplaceable experience better than these luxury selections from the SS22 Anne Fontaine collection

Anne Fontaine black blouse

Part II, anther day seaside, another lace blouse from Anne Fontaine. There are some great silhouettes with a subtle 90’s influence that trigger a sense of nostalgia, evoking memories we can now relive in a new way. 

The Lys lace shirt is one such piece. Crafted with unlined stretch lace, this Anne Fontaine black blouse is one I will recall when thinking back to these moments spent watching him cast his line at sea from our makeshift camp on the windy eastern shoreline. 

It has a sort of familiar feel. Same as these moments spent together here on this island we’ve come to frequent for escape. 

The details are pristine, with long sleeves and French cuff links. The center button placket and pointed collar add a sense of sensual sophistication that can transform the piece to an ideal selection for a date night out – or, a feminine transition piece for day to night wear with thoughtful layering.

Best of Anne Fontaine 2022 new collection

Transitioning to daytime resort wear, the Anne Fontaine SS22 collection also features elegant dress wear, ruffled blouses, and of course – more of their classic white shirting.

Some of my favorite pieces

I love the Cannes dress with pleated and ruffle details. It’s beautifully feminine with a soft edge that creates a certain curious intrigue. It reminds me of a seaside escape with a beautiful stranger stealing glances from passer bys. 

Of course the Anne Fontaine white shirts remain a staple in my wardrobe, and play a big role in repeat wears with so many looks throughout the seasons. 

The color block combos have a great duality vibe that really captures the essence of today’s culture and expressing individuality. 

Fitted knit cardigan

For myself, my last select was a piece from Anne Fontaine’s previous season, the Solfege cardigan. The perfect fitted v-neck for layering over summer wear during chilly nights, it completed my collection built for late spring and early summer escapes. 

The wardrobe essential is finished with elegant feminine details that I’ve come to know and love from Anne Fontaine.

I wore it open top button down over a growing baby belly, and plan to make the piece a wardrobe staple with its fitted silhouette that pairs perfectly with trousers and an assortment of summer dresses.

The Anne Fontaine SS22 collection radiates a playful energy that reminds us to indulge in summer escape. Each piece exudes a relaxed, effortless luxury while maintaining the brand’s iconic, timeless heritage. 

Just a few of the many reasons I look to the Anne Fontaine new collection of shirts and dreamy occasion wear that can transition effortlessly from resort wear to office attire. 

Anne Fontaine white shirts

Want more? Here are 4 ways to style Anne Fontaine’s classic white button down blouses

Shop a curated collection of Anne Fontaine’s new collection

Want to discover the rest of Anne Fontaine’s SS22 collection? Browse my curated shortlist with these featured styles and more, inspired by my own escapes and life experiences, designed for a life where dreams and reality collide, a day in my dreams.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the featured post is in collaboration with Anne Fontaine. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!