I have a slight, ok semi large, obsession with handbags—leather, woven, striped, small, big, tie dye, I can't help but love a show stopping bag. This one by Gustto was one of my first loves and the leather just keeps getting better with age. I love the minimal gold hardware, the rich orangish/tan color and the oversized shape that earned itself the title of "the horse feeding bag" by my boyfriend. Like jewelry, I love building my handbag collection in hopes that a daughter or granddaughter will get to dig through it some day.
Being a redhead, I've learned that my skin is more sensitive to sunshine than others. Don't get me wrong, I can tan without transforming into part lobster, but sitting in the sun sans sunscreen is not the brightest idea for a girl like me. But it's amazing how much better I feel wearing a dress or skirt when I have a good tan—my skin tone looks more even and I swear it has a slimming affect. As I get older, I'm starting to take the adult path when it comes to protecting my skin, which means no more greasing up with Maui Babe, which by the way totally attracts bees, and yes I learned that the hard way. Since I've wised up, I've learned a few tips on affectively applying self tanner without looking like an umpa lumpa. Some important steps to achieving a natural looking tan at home.
1. Always shower and exfoliate before applying any kind of self tanner. This will help prevent streaking and odd brown spots.
2. Moisturize with a good, thick lotion after exfoliating. I like Jergens Shea Butter lotion best. Make sure to rub in well and let dry. Tip: On a lot of the self tanner bottles it instructs not to use a lotion before, but I find I get less streaks and a more even application when my skin is moisturized.
3. Apply self tanner. Picking a good brand is crucial. Ask for samples if your local store offers them, but find what works best for you. Some options below that are favorites among my girlfriends. My personal top pick is Ultra Dark Self Tan Lotion by Sun. I like to mix a little of my Jergens lotion with it before rubbing it in.
Bare Essentials Faux Tan, St. Tropez Bronzing Mist, Sisley Tanning Spray, Clinic Airbrush Spray, Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel, Comodynes Self Tanning Towelettes and Sun Dark Tanning Lotion
4. Make sure that you rub in the self tanner—whether it's a lotion or spray—all over and really well. Don't let it soak in one area more than the other. Once most of the product is rubbed in brush areas like your ankles, tops of feet and palms, and neck. Tip: start with a small amount and rub in well. You can always go back and make it darker if you want. Streaks form because of too much product soaking in without getting blended in well.
5. Always wash your hands well after applying—nothing looks worse than orange palms. A trick I use is washing with loose, powder detergent. I also have a cuticle brush to clean under and around my finger nails.
6. Make sure to wear black while putting on self tanner and afterwards while it's soaking in. A light shower and more lotion the next day will even out any suspicious areas.
7. Finally, to maintain a little color thereafter, mix in a dime size amount of self tanner with your daily body lotion. It will leave you with a little sun kissed glow before heading out the door.
May is just around the corner and I have big plans to make a trip to Zara to check out some of these uber adorable, feminine pieces. I'm just such a sucker for neutral colors and drapey cuts I can't help it. I also love how the romper is reminiscent of the Miu Miu cat print.
Erika is one of my most dangerous shopping buddies for two reasons, one, we share a love for the finer things, and two, we usually always end up at one of our favorite cupcake spots due to our out-of-control sweet tooths. She's got a wardrobe to swoon over (Chanel, David Yurman and Jimmy Choo to name a few) and enviable, blonde locks that go for days. She and her husband, Derek—one of the masterminds behind menswear line, Riviera Club—are two of my favorite people. Not only are they incredibly stylish and tons of fun to be with, but they stir up a mean margarita.
Some girls have to step in and do a complete 180 with their boyfriend or husband's wardrobes, torching, tossing or throwing certain items in a black hole that should never be seen again. Lucky for me, my Mr. has a solid sense of style that I've always loved and have never felt the need to alter. His most recent obsession (and mine) is menswear line, Riviera Club—which three of our good friends are the brains behind. Derek Buse, Greg Ullery and Joe Sadler have created a line that has a cool California beach vibe with a vintage touch. Their debut collection, inspired by notorious playboy and surfer Bunker Spreckles, is full of comfortable pieces like jersey lined shorts, slub cotton sweatshirts, which I happen to be living in lately, and hand dyed henleys. Over the weekend friends and fans shopped and toasted their amazing line at a party they had at Ron Herman. Some snaps I took of the event.
Pieces from the Riviera Club Spring 2010 collection
Me and Lindsey
Dustin Franks an amazing singer/songwriter—look him up!
The fabulous Caycee
The Mr. wearing Riviera Club
A hand dyed shirt I took home with me
Even though it's April it has been incredibly cold and windy here in California the last few days. So much so, every night I've just stayed cozy at home in my favorite cashmere pants, a sweater and my Uggs. Sometimes there's just nothing better than lighting some candles, making a good dinner and snuggling up on the couch. Some recent favorites of mine when it comes to being a homebody.
3. Lounge Lover Cashmere Set $475
4. Metallic Uggs $157
7. Missoni Throw Blanket $300
Yesterday was one of those extra long days with a never-ending to do list between my move and work, and to top it all off, I had a lingering headache. It's days like these that make me wish I had my dream bathtub waiting for me at home to unwind, relax and soak away the day. But until then I have my ways of de-stressing that unfortunately don't include bubbles. My first savior is Peppermint essential oil. I love putting this on my temples, forehead, neck and behind my ears before I get in bed—it has an icy hot affect that is so relaxing and is also an amazing remedy for headaches. Second, my cold pack eye mask that lives in the freezer when its not easing my tired eyes, third, my lavender neck wrap that you can heat up in the microwave—the smell alone will calm the nerves—and fourth, a hot shower that I sprinkle with Eucalyptus oil before getting in for the ultimate at-home spa affect.
Dream bathtubs above from Waterworks
I had big plans for the wall color in my new room—a striped wall, Tiffany blue and the whitest white to name a few—but I ended up going with a more basic, neutral color called Tortilla. It looks amazing and goes well with my favorite blue lamp and light blue curtains that I have incorporated. It's funny how wall color looks completely different at night than it does during the day, but I'm completely in love with how light and warm it always seems to feel. Some Tortilla inspired finds...
1. Brian Atwood Maniac Patent Pumps $575
2. Lanvin Cuir Tente Sac Pochette Bag $1,195
5. Furla Sabia Bag $495
I've recently moved into a new house which, of course, sent me on a tailspin deciding how I was going to start fresh with a new look. In a perfect world, I would have an unlimited budget and create my dream room with the best of the best furniture and linen sheets—like these uber soft ones from Restoration Hardware—but, alas I live in the real world for now so only a few new things could be added to the mix. I looked to House Beautiful's website for inspiration and found these pretty rooms. Lucky for me, my best friend Lindsey (my new roomie!) and my boyfriend's mom are both interior designers, needless to say I had some serious help making my room cozy and stylish. Stay tuned for how it turned out!