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    Mary Orton wears a one shoulder long sleeve top with chocker detail, chambray high waisted flare pants, straw box bad, and nude sandals

    TOP: Rachel Zoe (similar option HERE)  |  PANTS: Polo Ralph Lauren (also love THESE)  |  BAG: Kate Spade  |  SHOES: old, similar HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: old, also love THESE  |  EARRINGS: Old, similar HERE

    With spring and summer on the horizon, it’s time to start refreshing your arsenal of classic warm-weather pieces.  As indicated in this recent Monday Memo, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Rachel Zoe one-shoulder top from Macy’s which is one of those super versatile styles for spring and summer that can be worn with a lightweight pair of wide-leg pants for a chic daytime look or dressed up with a mini skirt for a night out.  I end up reaching for this style constantly throughout the season because it strikes the right tone of not too dressed-up but not too dressed-down.  If you like this asymmetric style as much as I do, take a peek at this version as well.  Can’t get enough of that tie detail and pleated cuff!


    Mary Orton shows spring outfit wearing a one shoulder long sleeve top with chocker detail, chambray high waisted flare pants, straw box bad, and nude sandalsMary Orton wears a one shoulder long sleeve top with chocker detail, chambray high waisted flare pants, straw box bad, and nude sandals


    This season, the straw bag trend is back and bigger than ever.  I snagged this adorable Kate Spade basketweave satchel at Macy’s as well and know that it’s going to be on constant repeat through September.  And if the classic style isn’t enough to tempt you, just get a load of the floral lining here.  I absolutely love how they designed the drawstring pouch to help keep everything safe inside.


    Mary Orton wears a one shoulder long sleeve top with chocker detail, chambray high waisted flare pants, straw box bad, and nude sandalsMary Orton wears a one shoulder long sleeve top with chocker detail, chambray high waisted flare pants, straw box bad, and nude sandals


    If you don’t own a pair of lightweight wide-leg trousers, get a load of this pair, this pair, and this pair.  Whether you prefer a cropped silhouette, a full-length trouser, or ankle length like I’m wearing today, there is simply NOTHING more comfortable on a hot day.  I also ordered this adorable polka dot pair from Macy’s and can’t wait to wear them!


    Mary Orton of Memorandum wears favorite spring trends chambray high waisted pants with a one shoulder long sleeve blouseMary Orton shows off her spring style with a straw box bag and chambray pants

    TOP: Rachel Zoe (similar option HERE)  |  PANTS: Polo Ralph Lauren (also love THESE)  |  BAG: Kate Spade  |  SHOES: old, similar HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: old, also love THESE  |  EARRINGS: Old, similar HERE

    Thanks to Macy’s and Shopstyle for partnering on this post!


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    All outfit details c/o Theory:  LINEN BLAZER  |  LINEN PANTS  |   TOP  |   SHOES  |  BAG

    Since Theory knows a thing or two about a well-made suit, I shouldn’t have been surprised that this white linen beauty fit like a damn glove right off the rack.  And yet, I gazed upon the ensemble in all its perfectly-tailored double-breasted glory with childlike wonder, mouth agape.


    If there exists a more perfect warm-weather suit than this white linen masterpiece, I triple-dog-dare you to find it.  The cut of the jacket, the wide leg flow of the pants, the tonal buttons, the fact that it comes in another glorious wear-everywhere color so that I can buy a second one and alternate wearing them every other day for the next four months solid… it’s all nearly too good to be true.



    Since New York City becomes a humid deathtrap from June through September, I’m considering these linen separates a generous gift from the fashion gods.  There is nothing more soul-crushing than having to wear clothes on the subway in July, but since showing up to the office naked is ill-advised, I’m telling you, linen is the next-best thing.  Thanks to these light, airy, breathable separates, I look forward to emerging from the bowels of New York looking more humanoid, and less like a puddle.


    Despite wearing the jacket and pants together as a full suit in today’s photos, my mind is swimming with the styling possibilities of each piece on its own.  For a casual summer day at the office, I look forward to pairing the white linen blazer with jeans and a favorite tee.  I can also see it looking ultra chic with cut-off shorts or a mini skirt for dinner with girlfriends or Sunday brunch.  And as for the pants?  The possibilities are similarly endless.  There are few things in my closet that I’ll wear more frequently this summer than linen wide legs, but as a creature of habit, I expect I’ll be wear them at least 985 times with a classic striped button-down like this one.


    No matter how you style it, I’d recommend going up one size in both the jacket and the pants, because when it comes to light-colored linen, you don’t want it snug.



    You may recognize my bag from this week’s Monday Memo, and you can plan on seeing it on constant rotation for the next many months.  I’m always drawn to black accessories, even in the summer months, so the addition of the circular tortoise handle had me at hello.  If you love the geometric shape of the bag as much as I do, get a load of all of the gorgeous colors and variations here.



    If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that Theory has been a favorite brand since day one.  Nobody does quality, timeless workwear better than they do, but I have to say that I’ve also been particularly drawn to their casual pieces as well this season.  Since leaving their store last week I haven’t been able to get this perfect shirtdress out of my mind.  I mean, if we’re talking about things you’ll absolutely LIVE IN this Spring and Summer, this shirtdress is Exhibit A.


    Since I could probably go on for days about every perfect item in their spring collection, I’ll leave you with the below round up of some additional favorites.  I mean, this jumpsuit?  These gingham pants?!  Theory just gets it.


    MORE SPRING MUST-HAVES FROM THEORY


    All outfit details c/o Theory:  LINEN BLAZER  |  LINEN PANTS  |   TOP  |   SHOES  |  BAG

    Thanks to Theory and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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  • 04/04/18--22:46: Pastel Pink Suit
  •   BLAZER: Tibi (also love the pastel blue version HEREsimilar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  PANTS: Tibiaffordable alternative HERE)  |  SHOES: Louise et Cie (similar HERE and HERE)  |  TEE: J. Crew  |  BAG: Furla (similar HERE) |  GLASSES: Crap Eyewear

    Now that the power suit is back and bigger than ever, I kind of wish I could time travel back to my years on Wall Street when I was actually expected to wear a suit everyday.  If only drool-worthy sets like this pastel Tibi suiting dream were available then.  Le sigh.  Of course, I’ve made it clear how I feel about pink suiting in particular, so if you’re in the market, check out more of my favorites below!



    KILLER PINK POWER SUITS

     


    As mentioned in a recent Monday Memo, the J. Crew perfect shirt continues to be my favorite basic white tee.  The one I’m wearing in today’s photos is one I’ve had for years, and yet it still comes out of the wash looking brand new.  As you might have guessed after this post, I just bought the new version in white, black and navy.  The slightly longer sleeve is just a total game-changer.  It’s the little things, you know?



    BLAZER: Tibi (also love the pastel blue version HEREsimilar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  PANTS: Tibiaffordable alternative HERE)  |  SHOES: Louise et Cie (similar HERE and HERE, last worn HERE) |  TEE: J. Crew  |  BAG: Furla (similar HERE) |  GLASSES: Crap Eyewear


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  • 04/09/18--06:37: Monday Memo No. 11

  • THE BEST TRAVEL JEWELRY CASES

    I’ve gotten a few requests for my favorite travel jewelry cases lately so here’s a breakdown of the best of the best after loads of research:


    The brand Wolf is probably the most popular on the market and the Caroline case, was featured in “Oprahs Favorite Things” in 2016. They have a lot of options but my favorite is this one, a compact design that still holds a lot of jewelry. Not as suitable for larger costume jewelry, but for more precious and delicate pieces, it’s the best.


    Another great option is the Wodison Zipper Carry-on Case which has snaps to keep necklaces from tangling as well as earrings and rings in place. It also has lots of pockets and a removable pouch for chunkier accessories. The downside to this case is it is on the larger side and comes only black.  A similar option is also available here which is a bit smaller and has more color options, but does not have as many compartments.


    The last travel jewelry case worth mentioning is this fantastic hanging jewelry case made by Tumi.  It’s a really nice size for traveling and super lightweight. Personally, I just love being able to hang it in the bathroom and see everything easily in one place.

     

     


    MY FAIR LADY AT LINCOLN CENTER

    Reviving one of the most iconic, well-known shows of all time is no easy task, but after seeing My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center last weekend, I’m thrilled to report that Bartlett Sher (Tony Award-winning director) has done it again.  The cast is absolutely stellar, and somehow Lauren Ambrose (who plays Eliza) and Harry Hadden-Paton (who plays Prof. Henry Higgins) makes you quickly forget you’ve seen it a million times.  (Audrey who?  Rex who?)  Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony Award winner and you might recognize him from Bloodline and others) is absolutely genius as Alfred P. Doolittle and Dame Diana Rigg (Tony Award winner who played Eliza in the 1974 West End production!) is the perfect Mrs. Higgins.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.  We will DEFINITELY be going back to see it again.



    CRYOTHERAPY

    I documented this over the weekend on instastories, but on Saturday, I tried Cryotherapy for the first time and absolutely LOVED IT.  Throughout many years of competitive sports, my body has always responded well to any and all kinds of ice therapy—cold compresses, ice baths, all of the cold things.  My friend Lauryn has been raving about Cryotherapy for months (you can read her full post here thoroughly explaining the benefits), so I finally decided to give it a try at Quick Cryo in Tribeca.  I went in super sore from a tough workout the day before, and left completely rejuvenated and energized.  I’m a total convert.



    WORTH THE SPLURGE: CLASSIC PUMPS PERFECT FOR WORK OR PLAY

    I recently got these gorgeous Sergio Rossi pumps from Shopbop and can’t begin to describe the depth of my love for this shoe.  I got the mule versions (which have a slightly lower 3.25 inch heel) but they also come in a classic pump version (which have a 3.75 inch heel).  They’re a definite splurge, but the kind of stunning shoe you will have for years and years, no matter the comings and goings of trends.  The quality of leather is unmatched and the gold detail on the toe elevates them from your basic black pump without being too flashy or (potentially) tiresome.  I get a lot of questions about classic shoes and bags that splurge-worthy, and this one definitely falls into that camp.


    ESCAPE THE ROOM

    I’m a little late to the party here, but we did Escape the Room for the first time with family in town visiting for Easter last weekend and IT. WAS. SO. FUN.  At this point, every major city has several “escape rooms” and they come in all shapes and sizes, but we did the Victorian Home in Midtown.  The basic premise is that you and a group of people are locked in a room and have a limited amount of time to unearth clues and decode puzzles that will eventually lead you to the key which will allow you to… escape the room.  It’s a great bonding experience and an absolute blast, perfect for a cold, rainy day in NYC.  We’re dying to do another one!


     


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    SKIRT: Maje (also available HERE)  |  SHIRT: Uniqlo  |  PUMPS: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  LEATHER JACKET: Old, similar HERE  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (sold out, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)


    I wore this look last week on one of those weird overcast spring days where your hair takes on that unmistakable lifeless-yet-frizzy phenomenon that we all know and love so well.  Bad hair day aside, this embroidered midi skirt by Maje is a new favorite addition to my closet and has proven to be an amazingly versatile piece in the short weeks since emerging from the box.  As evidenced by today’s photos, it can by styled with a classic white button down for daytime or a black silk cami for a special occasion.  The black background not only makes the embroidered floral pattern pop, but it also gives the skirt a much longer lifespan.  I’ll be pairing it with booties, tights and off-the shoulder sweaters (much like this look!) through fall and winter.


    Of course, the white button down I’m wearing is none other than one of the $29 Uniqlo masterpieces that I was raving about in this recent Monday Memo.  They’re men’s shirts, so I’m wearing a size XS and the fit is absolutely perfect.  I’m telling you, if you don’t have a non-iron shirt like this in your closet, it will be the best $29 you’ve ever spent.  In the words of Tina Turner, they’re simply. the. best.


    SKIRT: Maje (also available HERE)  |  SHIRT: Uniqlo  |  PUMPS: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  LEATHER JACKET: Old, similar HERE  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (sold out, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)


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    I remember all too vividly the sleepless nights preparing for my first investment banking interviews when I was a junior in college.  The interviews are notorious for their brutality with questions ranging from how to interpret market nuances to brain-teasers (a.k.a. soul crushers) like how many ping pong balls would fit in a Boeing 747?  Cue the cold sweats.


    In the years since those first grueling finance interviews, I’ve participated in innumerable interviews on both sides of the table.  Today, I’m excited to be joined again by Lauren McGoodwin of Career Contessa for a round-up of the most common interview questions and our tips on how to nail the answer. 


    If you missed the first Career Memo where I introduce this new series (and Lauren!), be sure to check it out here!



    Going into a job interview can be a little scary… err, a LOT scary.  After all, you’re usually interviewing for something you really want, and it’s hard to answer questions knowing that they’re being judged.  But have no fear.  You can ace virtually any interview by preparing answers to some of the most commonly-asked (but often hard-to-answer) interview questions that will pop up again and again.


    How do we know these questions might pop up?  Well, as mentioned above, we’ve been on both sides of the interview table hundreds of times (plus, Lauren was a corporate recruiter for years).  Moreover, time and time again, we’ve actually seen most interviewers Google “What to ask in an interview?” before they walk in which goes to show that many interviewers are just as nervous about interviewing you and asking great questions as you are about performing well.  By breaking down answers to the most frequently asked interview questions, you’ll have the confidence you need to nail anything that comes your way.



    1.  “Tell me about yourself.” / “Walk me through your resume.”

    You’ve probably heard this question a million times—even in situations that aren’t job interviews—so it shouldn’t sound too scary.  However, it’s important to answer the question succinctly and strategically.  You want to offer a brief summary of your background in the context of how and why it has led you to pursue this new role.  Interviewers don’t want your life story—they want the most relevant parts of your story.  If you’re interviewing for a position at a tech company, it may not be relevant to discuss your childhood obsession with horseback riding.  Instead, connect the dots between relevant points in your past with what you’re currently doing, and why you’re applying for a new position.


    Stick to the highlights by giving a brief overview of the positions that you’ve had before, explain what you learned from those positions and how they might assist you in this new potential job.





    2.  “What would you say is one of your biggest strengths? What about your biggest weaknesses?”

    Undoubtedly, you’ve heard this one a million times too, but people still find it paralyzing.    How can there possibly be a good answer to the weakness part?!  The trick is to pick an answer that allows you to explain how you have worked toward strengthening and/or overcoming that “flaw.”  Maybe you have had trouble with time management in the past, but you’ve learned to overcome that by time blocking and diligently keeping itemized to-do lists.  Maybe you need to work on being more assertive in meetings, so you’ve volunteered to lead presentations at your current job.  As for strengths, the best one to choose is the one that would benefit the new company the best. They’ll love that you’re speaking to their needs.





    3.  “Why are you looking for a new job?”

    This question is not as tricky as it seems, but you’ll still want to be sure to spin your answer in a positive light.  If you’re looking because you hate your current job, don’t say that.  Even if you work in a truly toxic environment, it never sends a good signal to speak disparagingly of former employers or colleagues.  Instead, focus on the positives by explaining the reasons you feel the new job would be right for you.  For example, maybe your current job doesn’t allow for any upward mobility, and you want to make a change to give yourself the opportunity to grow and take on more challenging work.  Alternatively, maybe you are hoping to utilize your particular set of skills in a new way that your current position doesn’t allow. Whatever the reason, try to tie it back to why this potential job might help you to meet that goal.





    4.  “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

    We get it.  Sometimes it seems like you don’t even know where you see yourself in five days much less five years.  Since it’s hard for many of us to answer this honestly (lots of us are changing jobs often), do your best to go in with thoughtful career goals in mind already.  The real objective of this interview question is to gauge how driven you are and whether this role aligns with your long-term personal and professional goals.  If you’re applying for a marketing role at a cosmetics company but you answer this question by saying you’d like to be a personal injury attorney one day, the interviewer may feel that you don’t have a genuine interest in the position or the company.


    If you have a specific job that you hope to have in five years that aligns with the position you’re applying for, great.  However, if you don’t, don’t be afraid to say that!  Instead of focusing solely on a specific role you hope to have in five years, discuss general areas of your career that you want to strengthen or continue.  For example, if interviewing for a junior investment advisory position, you could say that in five years, you don’t know exactly what role you’d take on, but you know that you have a deep-seated interest in financial markets and that you’re passionate about working closely with people to achieve their financial goals.  Perhaps you indicate that the position you are applying for will give you experience in portfolio management and help you cultivate your managerial skills so that you’re well-positioned to move into a role down the road which will allow you to combine both passions.





    5.  “Why do you want to work for us? / Why are you interested in our company?”

    Hopefully this one isn’t too surprising; after all, you are in the interview for a reason.  An easy tip here is to do your research on the company beforehand—Google them, check them out on LinkedIn, read their company profile on Career Contessa, and research as much as you can about the challenges facing their industry.  If you know about the company, you can easily explain why both the company and the particular position within that company is personally appealing to you.  If the position offers you specific opportunities, areas for growth, or the work style that you desire, explain that.  The ideal answer is one that shows that you are a good fit for the position and that in that position, you’d be a valuable asset to the goals of the company overall.





    6.  “How do you manage your time and priorities?”

    Basically, the interviewer wants to hear that you can manage your time effectively and that you’ll be a reliable, efficient, hard-working employee.  Explain what your work style is like during a typical workday and list a few time management techniques you employ (using an agenda or lists, delegating tasks, time blocking, calendaring, etc.).  If you’re applying for a job where you’ll be part of a large team, discuss how you work well with others to prioritize and efficiently work towards achieving team goals.  This can also be a good time to explain your priorities when it comes to life outside of work and the techniques you use to find a balance between your work and personal life.





    7.  “How would your current boss and/or team describe you?”

    This question is a little awkward because it feels like you’re forced to brag about yourself.  And, to be honest, you kind of have to.  The key is to answer with as much humility as possible.  Go into the interview with some adjectives that you feel describe you and back up each description with an anecdote or way in which you exhibited that specific trait in the past. Maybe you explain that your team would call you compassionate because you organized a company charity event. Or, maybe they’d describe you as a problem solver because you worked to develop a new system for streamlining sales calls in your previous role that saved your team several hours of work each week. Try to find the balance here between noting your positive attributes and explaining how they came into play in a concrete way.





    8.  “What would you do in your first 30 days on the job?”

    There are lots of potential answers to this one, and they’re probably pretty similar across career fields.  This question gives you the opportunity to show that you’re a quick learner and eager to make an impact right away. Explain that you’ll quickly learn the ropes of the new position by reaching out to colleagues, asking questions, participating in any training offered and setting goals for yourself.  If there are any platforms you’ve never used before or skills you know you’re weak in, it’s also a good time to talk about how you’ll narrow those skill gaps so you’re quickly caught up with the rest of the team.





    9.  “What are your salary requirements?”

    This question is almost always asked, so definitely go in prepared. Career Contessa has a great resource called The Salary Project, where you can compare salaries of women in your field across the country.  Another good resource is Glassdoor’s Salary Calculator, which helps you calculate the amount you should request based on your experience level and field. Our best advice? Do your research by looking online and talking to real people so you’re confident with the salary range you tell the interviewer.





    10.  “Do you have any questions for me?”

    The short answer here is yes because you want to demonstrate a sincere interest in the position and the company and an eagerness to learn more.  Go into the interview expecting this question, and prepare by thinking of at least three questions to ask (there are a few good ideas here). These might change based on your conversation, and that’s okay, but at least you have something in your back pocket at the end of the interview.  Ask about challenges that face the company or the industry to show that you’re thinking big picture.  You should also ask questions that deal with what to expect in the prospective role.  For example, you could ask what a typical day looks like or about specific challenges that you might face.  Ideally, you should try to relate this discussion to how you would be great for the role, so that you end on a strong note and walk away from the interview feeling confident.





    Looking for more help with job interview prep? Check out more potential interview questions here and this awesome set of job interview flashcards!

     

     


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    SKIRT: Diane von Furstenberg (similar affordable alternatives HERE and HERE)  |  BODYSUIT: Alice and Olivia (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Sergio Rossi (affordable alternatives HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: Cult Gaia  |  EARRINGS: Baublebar (also love THIS pair on sale!)


    If you haven’t peeped it already, the insane Shopbop sale ends TOMORROW, so it’s officially crunch time.  The black and white striped maxi skirt I’m wearing today along with my black Cult Gaia ark bag and these Sergio Rossi mules that I raved about in this week’s Monday Memo are ALL included in the sale.  I’m also buying these gorgeous pants, this pretty midi dress and these perfect jeans.  Don’t forget to use code EVENT18 at checkout and peruse more of my sale favorites below!


     


    SKIRT: Diane von Furstenberg (similar affordable alternatives HERE and HERE)  |  BODYSUIT: Alice and Olivia (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Sergio Rossi (affordable alternatives HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: Cult Gaia  |  EARRINGS: Baublebar (also love THIS pair on sale!)


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  • 04/16/18--07:12: Monday Memo No. 12

  • MY FAVORITE TRAVEL MAKEUP CASES

    Similar to my hunt for the best travel jewelry cases, I’ve also been searching for the best travel makeup cases over the past several months and have found it surprisingly difficult.  Maybe I’m turning into an old lady, but at this point, I care a lot less about whether the case is cute and a lot more about whether it successfully keeps everything organized and in one. dang. place.  I came across this makeup case a couple months ago and it has been a true game changer for long trips.  I was skeptical at first because it’s definitely on the large side, but then realized that its size allows ALL of my makeup and ALL of my toiletries to fit perfectly in one place.  I can’t tell you how amazing it is not to deal with 5 separate bags of makeup, makeup brushes, hair products, shower products and miscellaneous toiletries while traveling.  The movable dividers allow me to organize everything perfectly and the black, waterproof material makes it super easy to clean.  There’s nothing worse than getting some cute floral makeup bag and having your foundation explode on a flight the first time you use it rendering it marred forever.  Can’t recommend these highly enough!





    THE NESPRESSO MACHINE I USE EVERY MORNING

    I’ve had the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso maker for two years and can’t possibly think of every owning anything else.  I’ve tried tons of other coffee makers in the past—french presses, Bialettis, Keurig, the list goes on—but nothing compares to this one.  This particular model can make either espresso or coffee and nothing beats the quality.  In fact, in the mornings, I have no desire to stop at Starbucks or any number of amazing coffee shops on my walk to the office because the iced lattes I can make with my Nespresso are just as good (if not better).  I use it absolutely every morning and not only does it look nice on the counter, it’s completely fuss-free and reliable.  Typically, I keep it pretty simple and make two shots of espresso poured over ice with almond milk and a sprinkle of stevia.  However, if you’re devoted to steamed milk, you can opt for this set which gives you the Nespresso Vertuo along with Nespresso’s amazing milk frother.





    THE BEST TRAVEL STEAMER

    I was recently DM’ed this question on instagram and thought I’d share my favorite steamer for keeping clothing wrinkle-free while traveling.  I absolutely love this model which packs easily, heats up in less than a minute and boasts up to ten minutes of steaming time.  Especially for skirts, dresses and blouses, this is a much easier way to get out the wrinkles than pulling out the hotel iron and ironing board.





    FRENCH EATERY IN SOHO: LA MERCERIE

    La Mercerie has become one of my go-to spots for breakfast or coffee meetings in Soho since it opened its doors in December.  The unique space offers a french café and home decor store in one with a wonderful breakfast and all-day menu along with wine and delicious cocktails.  In the same space, there is a grab-and-go counter providing the dreamiest french pastries, coffee and tea.  If you’re looking for a new place to check out in Soho, I can’t recommend this bright, beautiful spot highly enough!





    CULT FAVORITE DRY SHAMPOO

    If you’ve read the post on how I do my hair, you know that dry shampoo is an integral part of the process.  Since I’m always eager to test new products, I recently asked everyone on instagram to share their favorite dry shampoos and the result was an amazing treasure trove of recommended products.  I’m working on a post to round up all of the top recommendations, but one that came up time and time again was completely new to me—the Batiste Dry Shampoo.  Naturally, I ordered it on Amazon right away and absolutely love it so far.  It’s under $10 and works perfectly to both keep oil at bay and also add volume. You can find it at Amazon, Ulta and most drugstores but for the price, it’s tough to beat. Important note for my brunette friends out there, it comes in a very popular brunette version (also here) which prevents you from having that grey root look.





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    DRESS: Saloni  |  SHOES: Alexandre Birman (affordable alternative HERE)  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (old, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)  |  HAT: Cult Gaia (unavailable in black, love the tortoise version HERE and white version HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Kate Spade (old, also love THESE and THESE)


    We’ve finally had a few glimpses of spring weather in the past week which has fueled my excitement for warm-weather fashion.   Well, it was probably 10% the glimpses of spring weather and 90% the spotting (pun intended?) of this polka dot beauty at Nordstrom that got me to climb aboard the spring fashion train.  There are so many cool, trendy pieces everywhere, but there’s something just so refreshing about finding a classic piece you know you’ll love in five to ten years from now as much as you do today.  For me, a classic silhouette and a timeless polka dot print always fit the bill.



    This red Saloni dress has me salivating for more polka dots, so I currently have this stunning top in my shopping cart as well.  Below, I’ve rounded up a few more polka dot numbers that are on my hit list and you may recognize this beauty as well from this recent post.  I can’t get enough!



    15 PERFECT POLKA DOT PIECES FOR SPRING


    DRESS: Saloni  |  SHOES: Alexandre Birman (affordable alternative HERE)  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (old, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)  |  HAT: Cult Gaia (unavailable in black, love the tortoise version HERE and white version HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Kate Spade (old, also love THESE and THESE)

    Thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!

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    Ring the alarm, Sephora’s crazy spring sale is happening now and ends TOMORROW.  Absolutely all inventory (everything!) is on sale for all Sephora members—VIB Rouge, VIB and Insiders.  This is not a drill.


    If you’re hoarding your favorite products like I am, remember that the website doesn’t automatically apply the markdown.  See below for discount codes and nitty-gritty details:


    • VIB Rouge Members get 15% off with code  YAYROUGE
    • VIB Members get 15% off with code YAYVIB
    • Beauty Insiders get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER
    • All inventory is included with the exception of products by The Ordinary and you can apply the discount to no more than one Dyson product and three Drunk Elephant products.

    Today I’m breaking down my top ten beauty must-haves—the products that I always stock up on during this sale.  In addition to my favorites below, it’s worth noting that now is also a great time to snag some of those products you’ve been wanting to try while you can get them at a discount.  I mean, I respect your desire to experiment with blue eyeshadow, but I can’t, in good conscience, allow you to pay full price for that… so now’s your time to go hog wild.



    1.  // Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

    Type:  Mattifying Primer – For Oily Skin

    Application: My hands!


    When it comes to makeup, I need products that truly last all day, and this Make Up For Ever mattifying primer is the best in the biz for ensuring just that.  Especially in the warm weather months when your face is producing extra oil and moisture, this primer keeps shine at bay and makeup in place.  If you have combination skin, you can use a regular primer (I love this product by Laura Mercier) all over your face, and then just dab this one in the areas that produce excess oil (typically the t-zone, chin, and around the nose).  I’m telling you, I’ve tried just about every single other oil-control primer on the planet, and nothing can hold a candle to this one.  Just remember—a little goes a long way.

     


    2. //  Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

    My color: Y335 – Dark Sand

    Application:  Artis Elite Oval 8 Brush


    When it comes to foundation, Make Up Forever’s HD foundation is hands-down the heavyweight champ.  My love for this foundation runs deeper than deep.  In fact, I’ve been known to tout this as unequivocally the best ever foundation on the planet, and I may or may not have joked about naming my first child after it (was I joking though…?).  It’s buildable, lightweight, looks truly invisible (yet still hides everything you need it to hide), has the most natural finish, and doesn’t budge all. damn. day.  I’ve been using it for more than 3 years now, and I’M NEVER TURNING BACK. EVER.

     


    3.  //  Lancôme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer

    My color: Light Buff

    Application: BeautyBlender Sponge Applicator


    Waterproof undereye concealer is a very important for me because I JUST HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS.  Kidding.  I actually just have sensitive light-colored eyes which tend to water whenever exposed to bright light.  It’s super convenient.  Nevertheless, this concealer stays perfect all day, never creases, and doesn’t move a muscle if your eyes water.


    4.  //  Beauty Blender

    My color: I’m using the black “pro” beauty blender, but they’re all the same—they just come in different colors.


    The BeautyBlender is my multi-tasking BFF.  I primarily use it to blend concealer in the triangle under my eye, but I also sometimes use it to blend other areas as-needed (foundation, concealer, contouring—you name it).  It’s also really great for applying foundation products (whether that’s a BB cream, CC cream, tinted moisturizer, foundation, etc.) when you just want a thin coat—perhaps for daytime when you’re going for a more natural look.  My favorite foundation above (the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation) is super buildable (i.e. it can be layered to reach the desired coverage you’re looking for while still looking really natural) so I apply it with the BeautyBlender instead of my foundation brush when I want a lighter look.  Bottom line: it’s safe to say that the hype is legit on this one.  The BeautyBlender is your all-around application MVP.

     


    5.  //  Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

    My color: Translucent

    Application: Sephora Collection PRO Precision Powder Brush #59


    If you don’t use a setting powder, please for the love of all things, stop what you’re doing and buy this.  Like primer, this product is truly game-changing and this Laura Mercier powder is an honest-to-goodness MUST-HAVE.  I honestly look back on years of wearing foundation or concealer without a setting powder and cringe.  After applying my foundation and concealer, I dust it all over my entire face (using this brush!), making special efforts to especially cover the areas under the eye where I applied concealer.  When it comes to keeping everything in place for the whole day, keeping oil under control, and preventing your under-eye concealer from creasing, this will be your new best friend. 

     


    6.  //  Nars Bronzing Powder

    My color: Laguna

    Application: Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Light Powder Brush #50


    There’s no question that NARS wins the bronzer game.  I use this on my face and even dust some on my chest and shoulders in the summer.  It has a very subtle shimmer, but looks totally natural and never orange which is the danger with most bronzers.  Also, their Laguna shade somehow magically works on absolutely every skin tone.

     


     7. //  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

    My color: Taupe (formerly called “ash blonde”)


    Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is the best eyebrow pencil on the planet, plain and simple.  It’s completely smear-proof and the super fine tip allows you to mimic actual hair when you’re filling in gaps, yielding really natural results.  Everyone I know—brunettes to redheads to blondes—is obsessed with this eyebrow pencil.  Conclusion: There’s a reason this baby has 480,000 “loves” on Sephora.

     



    8.  //  Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette

    Application:  Sephora Collection Eyes Uncomplicated Brush Set


    One of my most frequently asked questions on instagram and instastories is what eyeshadow I use, and for the past year, it’s been this palette!  This travel palette is the condensed version of this larger palette that I have and love, but with just the eight colors I use most in a compact little case that doesn’t take up any room in my makeup bag.  The shades are universally flattering, apply easily, stay perfect all day and never crease.  Especially for everyday use, I prefer a matte shadow to something with a lot of shimmer, so this is the palette for me and the shade “Grounded” is my go-to.

     


    9.  //  Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Pencil

    My color: 3C Medium Natural Beige


    Similar to many of my favorite lip products, I have this lip pencil in several colors, and switch them up depending on what lip color I’m putting over it.  However, this natural hue, is by far the most heavily used of the group because it’s the natural color of my lips and therefore blends under just about every lip color that I wear.  This liner is waterproof, long-lasting, non-feathering, and non-fading, and it helps make your lips look fuller while keeping your lipstick locked in place.


    10.  //  Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

    Favorite colors: Under My Thumb and American Woman


    You’ve likely heard me rave about this product many times, but it continues to reign supreme as my favorite long-wear, matte, liquid lip product.  It offers full coverage in one swipe, is incredibly long lasting, and never dries out my lips.  With a smudge-proof formulation, it allows me to have my glass of wine (or coffee) and bold lip at the same time.  I’m telling you, this is the best long-wear product on the market.

     


    If you’re looking for the complete, exhaustive list of every single beauty product I use, check out My Beauty Routine post, which I just completely overhauled and updated!   It gives the comprehensive details of every single makeup product I use, how I use itwhen I use it, and even what brushes I use to apply everything!



    Thanks to ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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  • 04/23/18--12:35: Monday Memo No. 13

  • SEPHORA SALE

    Yesterday I rounded up my top ten beauty must-haves that are all included in the crazy spring Sephora sale.  If you haven’t stocked up on your favorites yet, hop-to because the SALE ENDS TONIGHT!  Aside from snagging all of your ride-or-die products, it’s also a great time to test out products you’ve been wanting to try while you can get them at a reduced price.  As you know, I loooove Make Up For Ever foundation, so I’ve been wanting to try this sheer version of the product for summer.  For all of the details and promo codes, check out yesterday’s post here.





    THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN NYC

    My friend Blair of Atlantic-Pacific knows a thing or two about great photography.  She’s a bonafide master at finding the most picturesque locations for all of her spectacular photo shoots and recently she shared a comprehensive guide to the best backdrops in NYC.  If you’re preparing for engagement photos, family photos, blog photos or just want to check out some of the most picturesque corners of the Big Apple, you can trust that Blair knows the best of the best.





    CHARLESTON / NEW ORLEANS BACHELORETTE PLANNING

    I returned late last night from an amazing bachelorette weekend in Charleston and as the Maid of Honor, I was tasked with the planning/coordination of weekend festivities.  A couple weeks ago I serendipitously connected with Randi of Kay & Co. Weekends and can’t recommend them highly enough if you have an upcoming bachelorette party in Charleston or New Orleans.  Kay & Co is a boutique travel planning company that crafts thoughtful, creative getaways for bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, weddings & the occasional girls’ weekend, too.  While I already had the weekend planned out before I found them, I did use them to help put together a surprise “bubbly bar” which kicked off the weekend in such a fun, festive way.  I had never been to Charleston before so Randi was also invaluable in answering my last minute questions about the area.  Can’t recommend highly enough!!





    My New iPhone Case Obsession

    I recently found out about these amazing cross-body iPhone cases from Cara Van Brocklin’s instagram and immediately ordered this one from Amazon.  The accessory is part case, part cross-body bag and I can’t tell you what a game-changer it has been over the past three weeks since arriving at our door.  It’s a sleek, slim leather case that also has a snapback pocket for any cards you want to keep handy while on the move.  The best part?  The case has a detachable cross-body strap that allows you to keep your phone at-the-ready without always having to be in your hand.  When I’m at home or at my desk, I easily remove the cross-body strap and it’s just like holding your phone in any sleek case.  However, when I’m on-the-go, the cross-body strap is indescribably wonderful.  I have my phone immediately available (not shoved into a handbag) but don’t have to hold it in my hand.  I can’t tell you how convenient this was while traveling—both in and out of Charleston but also just while exploring the city and hopping in and out of ubers.  It’s also just incredibly convenient to have both hands free of my iPhone when out to drinks or during the day running from meeting to meeting.  As mentioned, I bought this one from Amazon, but they also sell a ton of other styles at Nordstrom as well.  Easily one of the best purchases I’ve made lately and it doesn’t hurt that they look really chic as well.





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    TOP: Caroline Constas (also love THIS affordable off-the-shoulder top)  |  JEANS: Frame  |  SHOES: Tory Burch  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (old, similar HERE)  |  BAG: Cult Gaia  |  LIP: Georgio Armani (shade 400)

    The Contemporary collection at Saks is a destination I’m constantly trolling because (a) we all know that Saks Fifth Avenue is, well, Saks Fifth Avenue (i.e. fashion holy ground) and (b) the selection is always curated and edited to PERFECTION.  By this, I mean that I don’t have to spend three weeks sifting through 500 pages of random garbage before I spot pieces I love.  Honest-to-goodness, I’ve had the Saks Contemporary collection bookmarked on my computer for years because shopping there is just EASY (in fact, my credit card would argue that it’s a little too easy…).  As you know, I like classic, feminine, sophisticated pieces that are high quality and versatile but as someone who already has two full-time jobs, I want to be able to find those kinds of pieces quickly and efficiently.  I want a professional to weed out the neon tie-dye band t-shirts so that I don’t have to devote my entire weekend to sifting through the “tops” section, you feel me?


     

     


    Today’s look is a perfect example of the killer, classic pieces I’ve recently found at SaksCaroline Constas continues to be one of my favorite new designers and I simply can’t seem to get over her fresh take on classic prints and silhouettes.  When it comes to this polka dot off-shoulder top, no detail is spared from the snug bodice to the blouson sleeves and even the stunning ties at the elbows.  If you’re looking for a simpler look, I also love this similar black off-shoulder top that you’ll wear day and night throughout the warm-weather months.



    I’ve been on the hunt for a fresh pair of white denim and audibly gasped when I spotted these Frame wide legs.  The frayed hem, the bow-tie waist, the high rise, the slight stretch… utter perfection.   Run don’t walk because these suckers are going to sell out FAST.



    Of course, when it comes to accessories, you can’t beat these stunning Tory Burch sandals or this black Cult Gaia ark bag.  This bag was actually one of those purchases that I originally hesitated on, and yet it’s been the bag I’ve worn more than any other since temperatures started to rise.  It can be casual, it can be dressy, it’s just the easiest piece that goes with everything while also adding interest.


    TOP: Caroline Constas (also love THIS affordable off-the-shoulder top)  |  PANTS: Frame  |  SHOES: Tory Burch  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (old, similar HERE)  |  BAG: Cult Gaia  |  LIP: Georgia Armani (shade 400)



    Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!

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    In the previous installment of the skincare memo series, we talked about how to properly cleanse your face (because yes, there is a chance you’re doing it all wrong). But even with proper daily cleansing, your skin still has layers of dead skin sitting on the surface waiting to be sloughed off.  That’s where exfoliation comes in.  Unlike cleansing, which removes daily dirt and debris, exfoliation goes further by removing layers of dead skin build-up and revealing new, regenerated skin underneath.


    The average life cycle for our skin cells is 2-3 weeks, and without proper exfoliation, the old, dead cells can build up on the skin’s surface, clogging your pores and dulling the appearance of your skin. Removing these dead skin cells will make your skin appear brighter (almost immediately), and the process will also help clear acne, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve the absorption of other skincare products.  


    If you have a pulse and/or an internet connection, you’ve undoubtedly heard of “exfoliation” before.  However, not all exfoliation is created equal and it’s easy to become overwhelmed (and supes confused) by the variety of options available. Moreover, it is important to note that while exfoliation can work wonders for your skin, if done incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good.  To help ease the process, I’m breaking down the two types of exfoliation and what you need to know about each so you can incorporate them into your skincare routine.


    Chemical Exfoliation

    The word “chemical” gets a bad rap. We’re taught to avoid chemicals in most aspects of our lives—from the food we eat to the air we breathe—so, the last thing we would instinctively do is put chemicals on our face.  But when it comes to skincare, chemicals can work wonders and (as discussed in this post) can sometimes be better for your skin than their “natural” or “organic” counterparts.  Chemical exfoliants work by removing the dead cells on the surface of the skin either through loosening the “glue” that binds old cells to new ones or dissolving the old cells altogether.  In most cases, chemical exfoliation is actually more gentle on the skin than mechanical methods (more on that below).


    Acids are the most common type of chemical exfoliation and since incorporating acid exfoliation into my daily routine (details on the products I love below!), I’ve noticed an unbelievable difference.  While there are a variety of acids that you can use, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) are the most widely-used.  


    Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)


    AHAs encourage the shedding of old skin cells by loosening the bond that keeps the cells on the surface of the skin. By loosening that bond, old cells are able to fall away with greater ease.  AHAs primarily work on the skin’s surface (epidermis layer), but with continued, extended use or when administered by a dermatologist in higher concentrations, they can penetrate deeper into the skin.  The most common types of AHAs include Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric, Malic and Mandelic Acids.


    Because AHAs are water-soluble, it is important that your skin is cleansed and free of as much oil as possible before applying.  They are also best for normal to dry skin because of their humectant properties (ability to draw and hold moisture into the skin).  AHAs are best used at night as they can increase photosensitivity, which also makes it EXTREMELY important to wear SPF during the day (but you’re doing that already, right?).


    Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

    BHAs go a step further than AHAs and are excellent for those with acne or acne-prone skin. They also work on the epidermis of the skin, but they are oil soluble which makes them able to penetrate deep into the pore and clean out pore-clogging bacteria. In other words, BHAs clear the “gunk” build-up in a gentle, non-abrasive manner.  The most common type of BHA is salicylic acid, which also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating acne. Those with normal skin types can also benefit from BHAs but if you have dry skin, tread lightly as they can increase dryness and lead to irritation.


    Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs)


    Like the other acids, PHAs loosen the “glue” that keeps the old, dead cells attached to the skin. However, PHAs have a larger molecular structure than the other acids, which makes them unable to penetrate past the uppermost layer of the skin. This results in gentle exfoliation with little to no irritation. If your skin is more sensitive, PHAs might be the best chemical exfoliator for you.


    Enzymes


    Enzymes, or more specifically, proteolytic enzymes, are another type of chemical exfoliant but instead of just weakening the bonds of the cells, these enzymes digest (break down) the proteins within the cell.  The most common types are papain (an enzyme found in papaya) and bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapple).  Proteolytic enzymes are activated by water and not dependent on the skin’s PH level like some acids. The level of exfoliation that can be achieved with these enzymes is also limited, which can make them a great and natural choice for gentle exfoliation.


     

    It’s important to note that Retinols and Retinoids (Vitamin A products) also act as chemical exfoliants by promoting cell turn-over, but we’ll cover that in another post.  The four chemical exfoliants detailed above are the most common types that you need to know about.  There are endless products that include one or multiple of these chemical exfoliants, and it’s important to make a decision based on your own skin type and sensitivities.  Personally, I use and LOVE the Biologique Recherche P50 every single day and it has made an insane difference in my skin.  Other favorite acid exfoliants include Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Salicylic Acid Exfoliant, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel.


    Mechanical Exfoliation

    Mechanical or physical exfoliation refers to the use of abrasive materials (i.e. facial brushes, rough sponges, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, etc.) or substances (i.e. cleansing products with scrubbing beads) that physically remove dead skin cells.  Despite how pervasive these tools and scrubs are, they are widely controversial among dermatologists because they often do more harm than good.  You can achieve the same (or superior) level of exfoliation with gentle acids (chemical exfoliation described above) rather than tools or products that tug and tear at the delicate skin on your face, often causing it to sag and age prematurely. 


    So, despite what many skincare marketers might lead you to believe, you should tread lightly and mechanically exfoliate infrequently.  As discussed here, you never want to be scrubbing so hard that you’re left red, raw or in pain.  For me, a longtime favorite tool for mechanical exfoliation is the Clarisonic brush which comes with a variety of different heads for every skin type.  However, I only use this device once a week.  Similarly, I seldom use harsh scrubs of any kind anymore and when I do, it’s only once or twice (max) a week.  




    As always, it’s important for me to note that I am not a dermatologist or a trained medical professional. The information shared in my Skincare Memos is based upon extensive research, reading scientific reports and interviewing board-certified dermatologists, but you should always consult a doctor prior to beginning any new skin regimen.  


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    SHOES: Nike (also love the GRAY and OLIVE versions)  |  TRENCH COAT: Elizabeth and James  |  SWEATSHIRT: Frame  |  SKIRT: Alice and Olivia  |  BAG: Philip Lim 3.1 (old, love THIS navy option)  |  SUNGLASSES: Old, similar HERE  |  EARRINGS: Argentovivo  |  LIPS: Stila (Fiery)


    For me, beauty is most often found in contrasts.  The combination of black and white.  The soft, slow notes of a song before a dramatic, loud crescendo.  The sugar high I’m experiencing right now because I (accidentally?) just finished an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Fish Food ice cream coupled with the despair of feeling my favorite jeans tighten around my mid-section.


    (K that one wasn’t beautiful, just very concerning.)


    A flower springing up in the crack of a sidewalk.  The softness of brie with the crunch of a cracker.  You get the gist.  Opposites attract and contrasts are beautiful (aforementioned Ben & Jerry’s situation excluded).



    The contrast of a feminine midi skirt and bold red lip against the strong athletic silhouette of a running shoe and hooded sweatshirt has the same effect for me.  The stark contradictions are what I like best about this look, and it also happens to be what I like best about Nike’s latest and greatest React running shoe.  It’s the lightest, sleekest runner I’ve come across while packing an incredible performance punch.



    Full disclosure:  I’ve been on the hunt for a new running shoe for weeks but after receiving these beauties in person, I couldn’t bear to waste them on the gym.  Now I understand why everyone seems to be hoarding these shoes.  The design is so sleek and the monochromatic off-white hue is such a chic statement.  Whether you’re looking for a top-notch new running shoe or an ultra-chic sneaker for nailing the pervasive athleisure trend, you’ll get the best of both worlds with this pair.



    I’m thinking about keeping this ivory pair for wearing outside the gym and ordering another color for working out.  Maybe the black?  Or the pink?!  So many good colors.




    As an avid runner, I love the bootie-style flyknit construction where the tongue is seamlessly part of the upper, but the new “React” foam cushioning is what really wowed me.  They’re insanely lightweight and soft yet incredibly responsive.  As they say, it’s like wearing a pillow, strapped to a spring, tied to a rocket, shot from a cannon.  Hard to define.  Easy to love.


    SHOES: Nike (also love the GRAY and OLIVE versions)  |  TRENCH COAT: Elizabeth and James  |  SWEATSHIRT: Frame  |  SKIRT: Alice and Olivia  |  BAG: Philip Lim 3.1 (old, love THIS navy option)  |  SUNGLASSES: Old, similar HERE  |  EARRINGS: Argentovivo  |  LIPS: Stila (Fiery)


    Thanks to Nike and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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  • 04/29/18--19:44: Monday Memo No. 14

  • 30 Dresses in 30 Days Starts TOMORROW!!

    I can’t believe it’s that time again, but I’m so excited to be kicking off the Spring/Summer edition of 30 Dresses in 30 Days tomorrow, May 1st!  If you’re new around here and haven’t followed my bi-annual series before, I’m excited to take you along this season!  Each day for 30 consecutive days I’ll be sharing a favorite dress geared towards a specific Spring or Summer occasion.  I’ll be covering everything from the perfect dress for Mother’s Day to dresses for summer weddings and even the best summer work dresses.  Be sure to check back first thing tomorrow for the new series and a look at dress number one!  Pro tip: If you’ve followed along in the past, you may have noticed that the dresses often sell out fast, so if you sign up for the Memorandum newsletter here, you’ll be the first to know when each dress is revealed!





    THE BEST TRAVEL BOTTLES FOR SHAMPOO AND LOTION

    Rich and I are headed to Paris on Thursday for work and I just ordered these squeezable travel bottles for shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face cleanser, you name it.  I love that they’re silicone so they’re easy to squeeze (no awkward ketchup bottle smacking situation like other travel-sized products) and they also have a convenient suction cup on the side which allows you to conveniently attach them to a mirror or shower wall.





    HOW TO FIND THE BEST MIDI SKIRTS AND DRESSES

    As a midi-length devotee, I constantly get asked how I find all of my midi skirts and dresses which often requires some next-gen internet sleuthing.  My friend Krystal perfectly detailed the best tricks in her blog post here which covers everything from the right search terms (i.e. you won’t always have success with just “midi”), tailoring tricks, styling tips and more.  If you’re a fan of the universally-flattering midi length like we are, be sure to bookmark her tips.





    Chef’s Table: Pastry

    The Netflix series Chef’s Table is easily one of my all-time favorites.  If you haven’t watched the series, you’re in for a binge-worthy delight.  The series takes you inside the minds of the world’s best chefs and culinary stars who are revolutionizing the way we eat.  The fourth season just came out and much to my sugar-addicted delight, the entire season is dedicated specifically to pastry chefs.  THE BEST.





    My Secret Weapon When It Comes to Sunglasses

    I love a pair of designer sunglasses as much as the next girl, but sometimes I want a funky, trendy pair of sunglasses without having to take out a mortgage, you feel me?  I discovered BP sunglasses at Nordstrom about a year ago and have been hoarding them ever since.  For $14 (not a typo, that’s FOURTEEN DOLLARS) you will find the biggest, best assortment of adorable sunglasses on the planet.  I’m not kidding, I own at least seven pairs of these things and they’re absolutely fantastic—from classic aviators to chic cat-eyes.  They don’t feel or look cheap and the best part?  If (and when) you drop them, sit on them, or scratch them, you won’t need to see a therapist to deal with the grief.  You’ve seen me wear this pair constantly and I just bought this pair too.  Love love love.




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    DRESS: Calvin Klein  |  SHOES: Michael Kors  |  BAG:  Patricia Nash  |  JACKET: Old, great alternative HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: old, similar HERE  |  EARRINGS: Old, also love THESE  |  LIPS: Nars (starwoman)

    I know I’ve said it about 98,523 times in the past, but a classic shirtdress is a summer MUST-HAVE for me.  When I spotted this white Calvin Klein shirt dress at Macy’s, it reminded me of a nearly identical dress I wore on the day of my wedding.  To be clear, I didn’t get married in it, but it was the perfect easy frock to wear while getting my hair and make-up done because it was cute, comfortable and the button front meant nothing would be pulled over my head disrupting my hair later on… because there’s no precaution too great in the protection of the bride’s ‘do, you know?



    In the flurry of our wedding weekend, I was devastated that this dress somehow disappeared.  Perhaps it was thrown into someone else’s bag accidentally after everyone was done getting ready or perhaps it fell into some hidden crevice in our suite, but it never made it out of the wedding weekend alive.  Needless to say, I was over the moon when I spotted this beauty at Macy’s recently because I’ve had my eye peeled for a replacement for YEARS.  And, not to be disloyal to the beauty that got me through my wedding day prep, but I actually like this one better because of the beautiful eyelet detailing throughout.  Such a gorgeous touch to this classic, wear-everywhere closet staple.



    I have to say, Calvin Klein seems to be winning the shirtdress game this season.  As you may recall, I posted this gingham beauty a few weeks ago and also have my eye on this beauty and this beauty.  Also, HOW STUNNING IS THE EMBROIDERY on this one?!

     

    DRESS: Calvin Klein  |  SHOES: Michael Kors  |  BAG:  Patricia Nash  |  JACKET: Old, great alternative HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: old, similar HERE  |  EARRINGS: Old, also love THESE  |  LIPS: Nars (starwoman)



    Thanks to Macy’s and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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  • 05/01/18--00:32: Picnic

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    DRESS: J. Crew (also love THIS ONE)  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (similar HERE)  |  SANDALS: Veronica Beard  |  BAG: Patricia Nash  |  NECKLACE: Shashi

     


    Happy May!!  Today I am so thrilled to kick off the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series!  I can not BELIEVE this is the fifth season, but I am so excited for what I hope will be the best series yet.


    If you’re new to Memorandum, here’s the low-down: every day for the next 30 days, I’ll be posting a new dress on the 30 Dresses portal.   Each post will be geared towards a specific Spring/Summer occasion—everything from favorite summer activities like today’s picnic dress, to wedding guest dresses, work dresses and many more!



    In addition to providing a fun collection of my favorite dresses, my goal with this series is to offer a true resource for navigating all of the season’s occasions in style.  It seems that work and life often get in the way of planning ahead for the parties, events, trips, weddings and other occasions that make the warm-weather seasons so special, so this series is meant to make your sartorial challenges painless.  Whether you have an upcoming baby shower, a big client meeting or a beach getaway on the calendar, I’ll be breaking down every upcoming spring and summer occasion so you can focus on the stuff that really matters, like when exactly Celine Dion is going to release her new album or whether Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are actually frenemies.



    From here on out, I’ll be sharing the dresses exclusively on the 30 Dresses in 30 Days portal HERE (and a few peeks on instagram, of course!), with links to the exact dress I’m wearing plus styling tips, affordable options and several additional styles that I think are perfect for the occasion.  I’ll also be sharing additional exclusive content with my email subscribers, so if you haven’t signed up yet, get the memo here!


    Without further ado, hop on over to the 30 Dresses portal to check out more of day one!!


    DRESS: J. Crew (also love THIS ONE)  |  HAT: Janessa Leone (similar HERE)  |  SANDALS: Veronica Beard  |  BAG: Patricia Nash  |  NECKLACE: Shashi

     

     

     

     


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    DRESS: Staud (also love THIS)  |  SHOES: Veronica Beard  |  BAG: Love Binetti (similar HERE)  |  LAYERED NECKLACES: Kenneth Jay Lane & Shashi  |  SUNGLASSES: Marc Jacobs (old, similar HERE)

    I’d imagine that most mothers revel in memories of the glory days—back when they were the authoritarian rulers of their daughter’s wardrobe and could dress her up like a damn cupcake every single day with no questions or complaints.  Ahh what bliss.  According to my mother, those were truly the days.  You know, before all the white eyeliner and butterfly clips and spaghetti straps started happening and our home was turned into a war zone that involved my mother sending me back upstairs to change every morning and me promising that today was really, truly the day I was running away forever.



    Of course, for my mom, the glory days of dressing me as a small child meant PINK.  All of it.  In fact, I don’t believe I knew that clothing even came in colors other than pink until I was in my teens.  It’s likely the fact that I was the only girl in the family that compelled my mother to seize this sartorial opportunity as her ONE SHOT TO DO ALL OF THE GIRLY THINGS.  And so she did.  All of them.



    While my wardrobe is no longer exclusively comprised of pink, lace, and florals, I still blame her for my deep-seated attraction to classic, feminine silhouettes and my pathological affinity for the matchy-matchy.  I can’t escape it.  I was brain-washed too early for too long, and the worst part is that I’m not even mad about it.  Is it sartorial Stockholm syndrome?  Probably.  But alas, the classic feminine vibes get me every time.



    As echoed in today’s 30 Dresses post on Mother’s Day style, I’m all about giving the woman what she wants on her special day and thanks to the down-right DELICIOUS number of classic spring dresses I’ve been hoarding at Shopbop lately, this task is an easy one.   Below I’ve rounded up my favorite feminine spring dresses, perfect for Mother’s Day and beyond.

    DRESS: Staud (also love THIS)  |  SHOES: Veronica Beard  |  BAG: Love Binetti (similar HERE)  |  LAYERED NECKLACES: Kenneth Jay Lane & Shashi  |  SUNGLASSES: Marc Jacobs (old, similar HERE)


    Thanks to ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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