The {WE}ekend

I'm not sure there are a sufficient amount of words in the English language to describe how magical last weekend was. An impromptu Hamptons getaway, breakfast on the beach, sipping Champagne on our private beachfront deck, shopping on Main St., an early dinner at Citta Nuova, and a long (trafficless) drive home at sunset...
 {a floor to ceiling bleach white room with crisp lavender scented sheets}
 {Zara linen tunic, Mossimo harem pant}
 {waves crashing along the shore-- a pleasant lullaby to fall asleep to}

 {Alice + Olivia sequin frock, featured here, gold Havaianas}

 {paper lanterns at a local flower shed}

 {best fries and gooey mozzarella}

{one day this set will serve as my breakfast table}


Velvet Reign

Looking for a way to glam-up your get-up? Look no further. While breaking preconceived barriers, Velvet is no longer relegated to evening wear and emerges fresh for any season. Incorporating hints of this regal fabric into your everyday wardrobe adds a luxurious touch, and takes your ensemble instantly from picnic in the park to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

{1. Roger Vivier velvet tassel flat, $745; 2. Eva Green in Tom Ford; 3. Manolo Blahnik pink bootie, $1,350; 4. Alexander Wang oversize velvet sunglasses, $365}


Met Ball Blunders

Opinions, please! As Tinseltown's finest walked the red carpet at the Costume Institute Gala on Monday night, some stars hit the mark, while others... Not so much. Here are some looks I'm on the fence about. What do you think: Love it or leave it?
 {the 1940's called and want their skirt suit back!}
 {From the front Beyonce looks incredible. I love the Ombre train. From the back, "Well, that's one way to show you've lost all the baby weight, B!" - People Mag}
 {The before shot for a Jergen's Lotion ad}
 {I love this dress... for an US Weekly party. Her accessories totally dress down the look. This is the fashion OSCARS!}
 {Maybe if it were long?}
 {Gift wrapping gone wrong}
{Double Yikes!!}



I'm going through a major Polka dot obsession. I love how seemlessly mixing patterns becomes; these stylish spots can be mixed with virtually any fabric, style, cut and color (see Anne Hathaway). Trying this trend is an instant way to glam up an outfit! Daring Divas: you get bonus points for pairing polka dots and animal print or stripes.


Sealed with a Kiss

My lips are on the larger side and with that much surface area it's no wonder I am constantly clutching for the chap-stick (especially in the drier, cooler months). I leave a lip balm in every bag, blazer, and pocket I have, just to be sure I wont go a minute without sealing in some hydration. With the amount of lip products I purchase I can definitely attest to the most effective and below par products.

Bag It:
I discovered Bag Balm many years ago and I still use the smooth salve. Originally intended to ease chapped utters while milking cows in Vermont, Bag Balm has evolved into a multi-purpose product ranging from lips to babies bottoms! My favorite thing is to rub some into the soles of my feet at night. I then wear a cozy pair of socks for maximum absorption, and when I wake up the next morning my skin feels baby soft.
My friend pulled a small tube of Aquaphor out of her bag to heal a cut I once had. I asked her what it was and she replied, "I dunno, something they use in my Dad's office." Being the renowned plastic surgeon that her father is, I knew this had to be serious stuff. Indeed, Aquaphor locks in moisture for hours, leaving lips silky smooth. And because it lasts so long, you are spared sifting through handbags to apply more and more.
Finally, I've saved the best for last-- Lucas' Papaw Ointment. After studying the Carica Papaya tree in 1906, T.P. Lucas discovered its natural healing properties, deeming the wondrous plant "one of the most outstanding trees in the world." He went on to develop many cures and remedies from the papaya extract found in the native Australian trees. Ever since my friend from down under brought me back a tube, I never board a flight without it! Thanks D :)