Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CAMP Collection

CAMP Collection jumpsuit. Hare + Hart bag. BC Footwear wedges. Lulu*s hat. La Mer watch. Warby Parker sunglasses. Samantha Wills necklace.

This amazing gingham jumpsuit from Tamar Wider's (designer of 2 Bandits jewelry) new CAMP Collection is a star piece in my summer wardrobe. It's made from 100% cotton so it's majorly breathable and light and basically made to last through hot summer days and humid summer nights. But I love that wearing this jumpsuit takes me back to my dreamy childhood days of running through the woods in North Carolina, hopping rocks in river streams, and lying on our backs to catch shooting stars in the clearest of skies. Tamar's entire line is inspired by the cool outdoors and her own nostalgic summer camp days. While I've grown to become less of an outdoorsy person, this line has got me rethinking my next vacation towards a camping retreat in Joshua Tree, bonfire and s'mores definitely included. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Commodity

 
wearing LAST NIGHT dresses

 Fun fact: in the world of beauty, I collect perfumes as much as I collect dresses. 

My signature scent is a medium- to full-bodied floral with notes of jasmine, bergamot, or gardenia. These succulent perennials speak to the depths of my memories and take me over the moon at first whiff. You know a perfume is the one when it takes your mind spinning to the littlest details from your past and present, like coming home late on warm summer nights when the jasmine outside the house blooms and radiates, and you cherish the flashback. It's a millisecond of indulgence that brings bliss to the start of the day. So I don't just stick to one perfume because there are so many scents that can trigger different reactions, but I do have two new favorites that have been in my day and night rotation. I discovered a brand new fragrance collection called Commodity and not only are their scents super luxe and unique, their fun 'scent tailoring' service is unrivaled. As you can see, their branding is minimal, sleek, and all about the actual scent - there's no run-of-the-mill vanilla or green apple in their collection.  Their scents are concisely and smoothly named Whiskey, Tea, Mimosa, Gin, etc. Since they're online only, they've created an entertaining try-at-home fitting kit, where they send you samples of their entire women's or men's collection for you to test out for a few days and see what works for your skin's chemistry. Once you've chosen The One, you can order a full size to indulge in forever (until it runs out and you find yourself running back for more). 

Not only did I sample the women's collection, I also tried the men's as you know borrowing from the boys doesn't stop at just the jeans. My two absolute favorite scents of their 20 piece collection came one from both sides. Pinot, from the women's, is a gorgeous deep floral with bergamot and bulgarian rose. Every time I spray it on, I feel that it elevates my look to a higher sophistication. Book, borrowed from the boys, is a sensual woodsy scent that is subtle and lingering and suitable for days when I really need something to spice my day up. For a whole lot of fun, I like to mix the two and create my signature scent for the summer. 

I think I've come pretty far from my teenage days of wearing Ralph by Ralph Lauren, and really so has the fragrance industry. Commodity is a whole new approach to finding your scent and makes this an experience that you'd have to try to say you've lived. Go on, give it a whiff.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

#BCTakesCoachella

Chanelle and I wearing all BC Footwear

If you're going to look cute and stand for hours at a time,

WEDGES WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND.

I love heels, but they are the torturous instruments of pain and misery for weekend-long benders like the standard girl trips to Vegas (you KNOW what I'm talking about) and especially traversing the dirt and sandy grounds of Coachella. I've finally gained the wisdom after many years of pain (and my feet are now paying for it) to say screw. that. So to have the height I still love so much and the comfort I need if I don't want my feet to fall off, I turned to BC Footwear's cute and fun wedges. They are my go-to brand for stylishly comfortable shoes and I knew I could trust my feet in their hands (or shoes rather).  I was able to easily transition my wedges from my day-to-night outfits in a breeze and I was comfortable till the break of dawn in these saviors. Chanelle and I are such huge fans of the brand that we took them along with us to Coachella and we had such a fun time guest-instagramming our days at the festival on BC Footwear's instagram. Check out our posts here: #BCTakesCoachella.

Stay tuned for more of my Coachella weekend recap this week!