Wish I coulda seen them at Coachella this year!
Wish I coulda seen them at Coachella this year!
If you let me loose in an department store, I would probably get lost in the beauty department for hours over any other section. I don’t really care much about makeup, in fact, I rarely wear any – but I have a weakness for skin/hair products, their packaging, the scents…all of it. It might even be worse than my ring buying habit (this one made its way into my collection this week. Oops…not sorry). Thought that I would share my finely-honed list of beauty goodies with you, because god knows if it exists, I have probably tried it. Here are my tried and true favorites:
+ DIPTYQUE PHILOSYKOS / My signature perfume. I have worn this for years, and always come back to it because it just smells so damn good! I love fig anything, and this is THE perfect fig scent. It’s also warm, woodsy and intoxicating without being overwhelming. Light enough for the summer, but rich enough for the winter.
+ TOKYOMILK BULLETPROOF HANDCREME / This was a case of “I love the packaging” and then it quickly became a fixture in my beauty line up because it smells so fantastic and gives you major hydration sans the grease. I also have the body mist, and my boyfriend and I share that, because it’s kind of a unisex fragrance. Really earthy with cedar notes, dark and sexy.
+ AVEDA BLUE MALVA / I’ve recently started working my way back to super blonde hair, and I have a tendency to get a tinge of the ginge, but this shampoo helps tone down that brassy hue. Plus, it smells really yummy and it’s a cool purpley-blue color.
+ DAVINES MELU CONDITIONER / Have used this for years and love it. Smells kinda apricot-y, sweet and grassy (clearly, I give a lot of weight to my products having good scents). It really works as far as keeping breakage at bay goes. I like to keep my hair on the longish side, so avoiding splits ends is important.
+ AVEDA VOLUMIZING TONIC / My hair is a weird combination of being really fine, but I have LOTS of it. Which means that it falls flat a lot. No bueno. I spray this stuff on my roots while my hair is wet (just a bit, it really works!) and then whether I blow dry or air dry, it gives my hair that va-va-voom that all us ladies want. Try it.
+ AESOP CAMELLIA NUT CREAM / Aesop has awesome products. I tried this after my dog Oliver became a huge fan of their pet shampoo, and I fell in love with the geranium scrub. I can tell my skin is starting to need moisture now that I’m getting into my late twenties, and this product is very moisturizing without being irritating to my SUPER sensitive skin. Now that kind of cream is hard to find!
+ NUXE REVE DE MIEL LIP BALM / Hands down, my favorite lip balm ever. I’ll admit, it’s a little weird to get used to at first, because it’s an exfoliant and a balm in one. It has little grainy bits mixed in that help keep flaky, cracked lips in check, so you need to rub it into your kisser really well. It keeps your lips ultra moist, plump and tastes kind of like honey and lemons.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that. I had so much fun designing those little icons and getting girl-tastic with this post. I love, love, love designing for the beer industry, but sometimes it’s nice to let that femininity out, ya know? Cheers to being a lady!
I’ve always gone for the gold, but lately I’m really digging it paired with hard angles. It gives the precious metal such a clean and modern look, which (naturally) I’m drawn to. Pieces like these seem to defy fads and go with any style. Let’s invest, shall we?
This week’s guest on ‘Objets de Valeur’ was a no-brainer. Of course I had to ask the lovely Megan Gilger of The Fresh Exchange and Hitch Design Studio to participate! Megan is a powerhouse in the blogging realm, consistently delivering original content to her readers in the form of delicious recipes (I’ve made her roasted artichoke recipe more than I’d care to admit – it’s THAT good), beautiful imagery, mood boards, and more! She is also one of the founders of Blog Brunch - which is an amazing resource and supportive community for bloggers…if you haven’t participated yet, be sure to check out the newly revamped website and get the details to join in! Clearly, she is a very busy gal (and does everything beautifully!) – but what I love about her is that she always seems to make the time for LIFE to happen; dinners with friends, enjoying the beautiful town she lives in…which is so important, and just what this feature is about. Check out Megan’s articles of value below…
Growing up I learned everything I know about about cooking from my father. I look so forward to their visits, as it means I get to step away from the kitchen and watch my dad take command. He never fails to impress. This time it was curried lentil salad with homemade mango chutney. Sounds terrible right? Yeah, you never want to come visit. ;)
The moments I look most forward to are the times by the water. The years I spent away from Lake Michigan were hard, so now I still have deep gratitude for that body of water. It means so much, and getting to enjoy it with my husband is even better.
Accidental photos are the best. Especially when they include cute shoes and great outfits with your bestie. This is one of my favorite mistake photos ever. The colors are just too good.
These are from an old W editorial…I just loved the contrast between the fluoro clothes and nature as a backdrop.
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I really love how these photos by Viktor Gardsater make me feel. It’s as though his lens picks up a stream of conciousness/dream state. The fluid, placid aura that these images give off is such a gift.
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I just thought these were too good not to share. Looking at ALL kinds of art as I prepare to start on a new series of paintings! Love the bold washes of color in these…something I’d definitely put in my home. :)
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The architecture in this kitchen is basically my dream. Only changes I’d make would be: all white brick walls and sleeker/more modern glossy white cabinets with brass hardware + bamboo counter tops. I’m an idealist, what can I say?! I love the view so much; I’m assuming it’s somewhere in Thailand. Being on the water is a requirement for my dream home.
One of the many great things about my new job is that I no longer will have that hour long commute (yep – it takes me around an hour to drive the twelve miles from work in Bellevue back to my home in Seattle). But now, I get to take the bus to work! That might not sound appealing to some people, and I’m sure I’ll discover some downsides eventually; right now though, it sounds like the best thing in the world. I can just zone out and read or listen to music!
I know it may be hard to believe, but I don’t even own an umbrella! Crazy, right?! I didn’t need one that much in California, and I’ve never bought one here. Same for a raincoat. If I’m going to be waiting for a bus in the rain though, it’s time to invest! I think a backpack will be an essential too. Easier on my shoulders and perfect for having free hands to hold the umbrella.
Gotta love a good excuse to go shopping! ;)