What I’m Loving Right Now

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Best Of post, so here are a few things I’m loving right now:

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Shoes I’m loving right now:

Jack Rogers Marbella Sandal

Seychelles Impatient Boot

I don’t own this, but I want it. Bad. It’s such a grown up girl purse, and I feel at 30 years old it’s about time for me to graduate from Old Navy to grown up girl purses, right?

Tory Burch York Buckle Tote

The two items of makeup I wear everyday (and usually the only makeup items I wear):

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara

-Basically anything from Page 6, including this cute Emma top

-Jess Lively’s Intention Tattoos. When I catch myself staring at my phone when I’m with other people, I remind myself to be present. I turn my phone over so I’m not tempted to look at it every 2.5 seconds. It’s a daily habit to practice being present and mindfulness, and I think these intention tattoos are a great reminder. (Image taken from here.)

Just a reminder, I won’t be posting about interior design on this blog anymore. Anything interiors related will be on juliedanieldesign.com.

That’s all for now!

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Here’s what I’m loving this week–going to share it in non-collage format. Makes it a little more straightforward to comment on each thing:

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Joan’s Corn Toaster Muffins– The other day at Whole Foods I met Joan herself, who was handing out samples of her gluten free toaster muffins. I was about to say no immediately upon hearing the words ‘gluten free’, because I love me my gluten, y’all. I’m naturally a little wary of gluten free products, but YUM these are good corn muffins.  I ended up buying a pack, and they don’t disappoint. Not a paid advertisement, I just really liked them! And I love supporting a woman-owned, small business!

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Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment– The other day when out to drinks with a friend at a dimly lit restaurant, she let me know I had something on my face, food she thought. T’was actually a big fat zit, thanks for pointing that out. I have to admit, taking off my makeup at the end of the day and properly moisturizing/ tonerizing it (I know I made that word up), is such a drag, so sometimes I just do the bare minimum and end up zitty.  I like this spot treatment, it’s better than any I’ve tried so far. I found out about it through my Ipsy membership. I’m finding that with each monthly box, both Ipsy and Birchbox, I find one product I really love, which makes it worth it to keep up the subscriptions even though I have beauty samples coming out my ears. Again, not getting any money for plugging this (or any product on here).

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 Jack Rogers Wedges– I saw a girl wearing a similar pair of Jack Rogers wedges the other day, and gosh darn it they were cute. Definitely going on my wish list.

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Gap Ultra Skinny Pants– These pants are my jam, y’all. I heard about them from Nicole at Making it Lovely, and man are they a great pair of pants. Just an overall great fit, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear them. Great wardrobe basic.

My sister has a new foster dog, Bagel. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in adopting him, check out his profile page. Here is a cute video she put together of him!

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Have a great Thursday, all!

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Happy Tuesday!  Here’s what I’m loving this week:

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City Gold White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse– I find having to apply eye shadow with a brush a total chore, so I like that I can apply this with my finger (although you probably are supposed to use a brush, but I’m a rule breaker).  This eye shadow is really light and fluffy so it’s fun to apply.  I found it through my Ipsy subscription.  (I love a good subscription, I get Birchbox as well.)

Flavor Paper Wallpaper– Funky, fun wallpaper.  Check them out.

Iced Coffee– I use The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, except I use espresso beans to make it a latte.  They have been my lifeblood this summer.  I also half the recipe and use 1/2 pound of beans and 8 quarts to make it a little less unwieldy to make (more wieldy?).

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer– Another Ipsy find.  It gives your skin a shimmery glow.  Two thumbs up.

Madewell Transport Tote– I do not own this, but I would like to.  Love a good tote.

That’s all for this week.  Check out my latest post on The DC Ladies and say hi on Twitter.  Have a good one!

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! Here’s what I’m loving this week:

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I bought this dress in black from H&M last month and I’ve worn it once a week since I got it.  It’s super comfy and best of all, it’s only $18.

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This picture was not taken this week, but I came across a blog post of a collection of Bush 41’s socks, and whenever I see him with his crazy socks it makes me happy.

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I loved this dress on Kim Kardashian this week.  Yes, it was a little too booby, but I am a sucker for a full-skirted dress.

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This photo makes me nostalgic.  Time for a SATC marathon.

I ran across this post on Tumblr this week.  Does anyone else remember this book from childhood?  I remember it scaring the bejebus out of me.

The plethora or Leo Oscar posts still are making me smile.

The Real Housewives of New York City is back on. #TurtleTime

Last but not least, check out my latest post on The DC Ladies.  Have a good weekend!

Packing for Europe

My sister is getting married next month, and asked me for some ideas of bags and shoes to bring with her to Italy on her honeymoon.  Two essentials when traveling in Europe are comfy (but still cute) shoes, and a nice, big bag that zips (to keep those pickpocketers away).  Lightweight clothes, especially jackets that you can layer is huge.  When I was in London this May I  was freezing the whole time because I only brought one rain jacket, failing to realize that London can be very cold in May.

Here are a few of my recommendations for bags and shoes that will help you get around town in style:

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Shoes:

Merrell Barefoot Life Whirl Glove.  Also check out Whisper Flush.  Merrells are so, so comfy and great when you need to do a lot of walking.

Sperrys- Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe and Audrey Slip-On Boat Shoe.  I love Sperrys, and if I were to buy another pair, I would probably get the Audrey version, since the shoelaces on mine come untied all the time (so maybe I don’t love them that much…)

Bags:

Kelly Moore Libby Bag.  I don’t have this (it’s expensive!), but I really, really want it.  I love how you can arrange the compartment and which way you like.

Scout Haulin’ Totes.  I LOVE my Scout Pocket Rocket bag(s), although the Pocket Rocket might be a bit too big to lug around on a daily basis.  Haulin’ Totes looks a little smaller, or check out Uptown Girl.  Scout bags are made out of a super tough recycled material, and they are a much more economical option than the Libby bag, or…

Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote.  Longchamps are classics and perfect for throwing everything and anything in them.

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Before I jump on in, I just want to say, A very Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all!

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Here’s what I’m loving this week….

This dress the FLOTUS wore to this week’s White House State Dinner is probably my favorite look on her of all time.  I think she has impeccable taste, and this Carolina Herrera gown is jaw dropping.

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Stila Long Wear Lip Color.  This is one of my favorite lip sticks- it really does last a long time.

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Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer– I got this as a sample from Birchbox, and I really love it…. but $120?  I probably won’t be able to afford the full size product for a long time.

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A Few Favorite Hats and Fascinators

I don’t know about you but I was swooning over the amazing hats and fascinators worn by the ladies at yesterday’s Royal Wedding.  I’ve always loved hats and if I had boat loads of discretionary money you can bet I would be spending it on building a wardrobe of hats.  Here are some of my favorites from some of the most famous British Milliners.

Jane Taylor Millinery:

The one above kind of reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding headpiece from the Sex and the City movie…

My favorites from the British Favorite Philip Treacy:

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And some from Catherine’s favorite Milliner, Vivian Sherrif:

My favorite look of the day was Miriam Gonzalez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  Love her fascinator.  Faint.

This just cements it in my mind… I was born in the wrong country and century.  Sigh.

Black, White & Pink Wedding Inspiration

Here is an inspiration board I made for an upcoming bride:

 

Ok I guess there’s not a ton of pink in it, but you get the picture :)

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Linens: BBJ

Bride’s Dress & Veil: BHLDN

Chiavari Chairs: Brooke Rental

Favors: Guest Boxes

Table Settings & Cakes: The Knot

Bridesmaid Dress: Chloe & Reese

Headband: J.Crew

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Skechers Shape Ups Update

I mentioned here how I was in the market for Shape Ups.  I finally picked up a pair at my local Skechers shop (and I’m glad I went in the store as opposed to buying them online… I found a cheaper pair than the ones I was eyeing online and they were 20% off).

Here is what I ended up buying:

Verdict:  I love them.  I can totally tell they are toning my legs.  And no, they don’t hurt (muscle wise), comfort wise they are one of the comfiest pairs of sneakers I’ve ever worn.  Not that I’m a big sneaker wearer, I firmly believe sneakers are only for working out and never to be worn out and about.  As Avery says in 30 Rock “Flats are for quitters.”  I love me some high heals, yo.

The only downside: I’ve gained some major (muscle) weight.  I’ve become a running monster since I bought them a few weeks ago and I’ve watched my weight slowly creep up while my body shrinks.  I know they scale will catch up with my body eventually, but it’s still a little scary.