August 19, 2018
My 'Retro Summer Nights' Look with Charlotte Tilbury

My 'Retro Summer Nights' Look with Charlotte Tilbury

When one of your all-time favorite makeup brands asks you if you'd be willing to create your very own "Superstar Look" to celebrate their Sephora launch, do you hesitate to answer "YES, PLEASE!!"? Well, I definitely did not. Not only was I excited to hear that Charlotte Tilbury was launching in select Sephoras; I couldn't wait to put on my makeup geek cap and get thinking about what type of look I wanted to create. 

Let's just say, this wasn't a difficult task. Immediately, when I think of Charlotte and her namesake brand, my mind wanders to glamorous highlights, sultry cat eyes and overdrawn nude pouts. I also knew I had to incorporate my three favorite products from the brand: the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette and the The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner PenTogether, these three gems create the basis for this glowing, doll-eyed, bronzed look with nude lips. It reminds me of a modern 60's summer look and I absolutely love that it flatters all skin tones!

Scroll down for the entire product list!
For Base:
Magic Foundation in shade 3

For Face: 

For Eyes: 
Luxury Palette Color-Coded Eyeshadows in Dolce Vita & Golden Goddess
Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet

For Lips:
Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
What are your favorite Charlotte Tilbury products, and what kind of look would you create with them?

*pr samples included.

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August 08, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday

After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Giorgio Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Blush - This water-based liquid blush looks right up my street! I love creamy products, but in the summer, certain cream blushes seem to slip and slide all over my face; this seems like the idea solution to that problem, offering a stain-like texture that stays put.
  2. Ilia Silken Shadow Stick - If you have been around for awhile, you'll know I love shadow sticks. This new one from Ilia is natural and looks absolutely beautiful; the shade range is filled with perfectly muted mauves and nudes.
  3. YSL Glossy Stain Holographics Lip Color - I am riding the glossy lip wave right now, however, I don't like gloss that remains sticky on your lips all day. These YSL stains have always been a favorite for exactly that reason, and this new range of holographic shades promise to illuminate and plump your pout.
  4. Tom Ford Sole di Positano All Over Body Spray - Described as "brillian. sunlit. invigorating.inviting." I can't help but dream of a trip to the sunny Amalfi Coast. Shhh...there may or may not be one happening this coming Spring. Already cannot wait!
  5. Guerlain KissKiss LoveLove The Heart Catching Lipstick - This is one of those times that the packaging and overall design sells the product. Don't you just want to apply that heart-shaped lipstick in public? I know I do.
  6. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - This isn't exactly brand new, but I'm finally starting to think it may be worth the investment. My current hair dryer seems slower, louder and more damaging than I'd like it to be and I've heard such great things about this one from Dyson.
  7. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3-in-1 Setting Spray - A mist loaded with nutrients that preps skin, sets makeup and acts as a toner? Count me in.
  8. Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact - These Soleil releases from TF are always some of the best; this compact offers a gorgeous peachy blush, contour and golden-pearl highlight all in one. I can already see this being the ideal travel compact for tropical destinations.
  9. Windle & Moodie Intense Treatment Mask - Straight out of Covent Garden comes this new(ish) haircare line that has celebrity hairstylists raving. I have my eye on this treatment mask for damaged hair...as that's precisely what mine is after a summer of sun and styling.
  10. The Hotel Couture 'A Place in the Sun' Body Lotion - This new range of body care and home fragrance products is made up of scents inspired by the beauty kits of some world-famous hotels. I love the idea of this one, which was modeled after the scent of Il Pelicano Hotel in Italy. When someone describes a scent as being reminiscent of a "mediterranean breeze"...I'm all in.
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August 05, 2018
The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

Unless you live somewhere it's warm year-round, the summer months seem to fly by. For us New Englanders, we're lucky to get a good three months of nice weather, so when the weekend rolls around and last minute jaunts to lakes or beaches present themselves as opportunities, I like to have an edit of summer style essentials that I can reach for without wasting precious time. This means a capsule fashion & beauty wardrobe containing standbys that I already know will never fail me in warm-weather scenarios. This is also a great way to start your packing for any summer getaway; I already went on summer holiday to Puglia (headed back to the Amalfi coast in the Spring - eek!), but will be referencing this edit when it comes time to pack for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica! 
Here's what every 'Summer Weekend Essentials Edit' needs...
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August 03, 2018
A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

When a place is this beautiful, I find it hard to come up with words that will do it proper justice. However, I loved the seaside town of Polignano a Mare so much that I just had to share a mini travel guide with you. Because - trust me - once you're done scrolling through these photos you'll find your fingers scurrying to type this town's name into your favorite booking site.

Puglia had been on my travel list for quite some years, as it was one of the few remaining regions of Italy that I had been desperate to explore but hadn't yet had the chance. When choosing which towns to call home-base while there, I instantly thought of this famous restaurant in a cave, and knew I had to pay a visit to this place dangling over the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea.

While it's not as popular as, say, coastal towns like those on the Amalfi Coast, Polignano is considered to be "the gem of the Adriatic" - and for good reason. Day-trippers often make their way from Bari, but overall, this place is considerably less touristy, yet offers striking beaches, delicious, inexpensive food, and ancient sites that make it worth a visit. I'd recommend getting there before everyone else finds out about this secret...
Where to Stay
After a bit of searching, I found the Gioví Relais hotel and spa on a website that offers bookings for small luxury hotels and ended up reserving a room through Expedia. To be honest, I found it difficult to choose a place to stay here, as it's a small town with fewer hotel reviews, but this hotel way exceeded my expectations. The Gioví Relais is a boutique hotel with suite-style rooms that are bright and airy, with high, vaulted ceilings and very tasteful beach decor. The hotel also offers a daily breakfast on their rooftop, which boasts views of the town's rooftops sweeping out over the Adriatic. I loved how spacious the room was, and appreciated the updated bathroom and big shower - which by Italian standards - were certainly luxurious.

Where to Eat 
Ah, glorious Pugliese cuisine! I know this sounds so dramatic, but seriously, the food in Puglia is incredible...and so cheap for Europe. For lunch, we ate at Casa Mia Trattoria Pizzeria and Trattoria Pizza Neuro twice, each. They are both located in the old main square, and offer extensive menus complete with delicious pizzas, pastas, fish, meat, salads and more. Some of my favorite restaurants for dinner were Meraviglioso, a seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean, and Ristorante Antiche Mura, another seafood-centric restaurant in a trattoria-like setting. Both of these restaurants were incredible and also offered pasta dishes or beef for those not into eating fish. 

Of course, I can't write this post without mentioning the social-media famous Grotta Palazzese; this is the restaurant I mentioned earlier that's set inside of a cave overhanging the ocean. First, I will say that this is an experience more than anything else; you literally eat in a grotto overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. But, I do also have to say - while I made a point to eat here during my trip - it was by far the most underwhelming meal I ate during my time in Puglia, and also the most pricey (by hundreds of dollars for just one meal). It's strange, because the food is prepared in such an upscale manner, but it pails in comparison to the delicious local options that aren't so geared toward tourists. That being said, if you do want to experience this restaurant, just know in advance that that's precisely what it is...an experience that's all about the location. If not, then you can rest knowing you aren't missing out on an exquisite meal.
What to Do
I loved that, in Polignano a Mare, I didn't feel the pressure of a typical "go, go, go" European vacation...where you're trying to see as much as possible in a short period of time. It was more relaxed, but there was plenty to occupy our time. We'd spend the beginning of each day wandering the town and admiring the views and then we'd head down toward the old Roman bridge and beach. The main beach is beautiful and provides plentiful people-watching, but I'd also suggest walking off the beaten track; what you'll find is a series of ravines with empty beaches perfect for exploring and taking in the views.

From Polignano a Mare, we also took a trip to the Grotte di Castellana, which is a system of caves over 3km long that's located in the Itria Valley. I'm surprised that I hadn't heard of this attraction prior to going to Polignano, as it was a really incredible experience to be able to explore miles of underground caves made up of stalagmites and stalactites. Picture crevices dripping in pink, red and white crystal-like formations - so cool!

We also visited Alberobello, the charming whitewashed village that offers the highest concentration of trulli houses in the region. This town is incredible; I'd highly recommend at least a day trip there, as the ancient, conical-roofed houses that make up the town are really something you won't see elsewhere.
Have you visited Polignano a Mare before? If not, I hope this post has convinced you to add it to your bucket list!