Weekend Wrap Up

Happy first official weekend of summer! If you've been following on Instagram, our Italy trip just ended and I'm slowly making my way through a mountain of mail, messages and laundry. Of course I also have been a little distracted ....hello high speed wifi again!!!

Once I get settled, I'll be sure to give a re-cap of our Italy travel highlights.

-Came home to so many spectacular sales...this one and this one in particular!

I've been trying to make better (healthier) choices when it comes to snacking. I recently discovered these coconut chips...amazing!

-Speaking of health -  6 Healthy Types of Tea.

-still loving the patriotic colors in this home (two years later).

-summer beauty picks.

-all about THIS summer cocktail.

-10 Home Decor Finds Under $100.

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Ten Home Decor Finds Under $100.

I've been on the hunt for a few more blue and white jars and some new throw pillows. During my search, I found so many chic, budget friendly finds that I thought I'd share them. Whether your looking to add a little something to your home or your currently setting up your first post graduate apartment, I hope you find some inspiration here today.

<< scroll through to see all ten finds >>

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Bridgehampton Beauty

I was recently able to sit down with a large iced coffee and a stack of some of my favorite shelter magazines and really enjoy some fabulous down time. Now that I'm relatively caught up, I thought I'd share a new favorite of mine from Hamptons Cottages and Gardens. This modern spin on a country colonial, designed by Darci Heather is right up my ally.

The tiled walls in the kitchen are a dream, not to mention the amazing wide plank wood floors. Every time I look at these rooms I find something new to love. Check out the full feature here.


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Summer Beauty Essentials

I'll take summer over winter any day...even with the humidity and heat and the beauty challenges that they bring.

For me, those challenges are mostly in the hair department.  Luckily, Aveda was kind enough to send along some products for me to sample. I've used Aveda's hair products for years and was so happy to receive a few new ones in the mail from them.  Two stand outs were the thickening tonic and the smooth infusion-as my hair tends to frizz out in the summer. So far so good - as these two simple to use hair serums seem to be keeping my curls and cowlicks looking straight and frizz free.

In addition, two big beauty boosters are sleep and water. I'm trying my best to drink more water and get more sleep-investing in both departments seemed like a smart idea. I've sworn by silk pillow cases for years and recently upped my game with these soft cases over at Net- a - Porter.  They do the trick for keeping sheet marks at bay and extending your blow outs. I've also finally bought a glass water bottle, I think I was the last mom in town to get one of these trendy bkr water bottles.

Finally,  a few products that I'm loving lately. Reinvested in several tubes of Bobbi Browns High Shimmer Lip Gloss in pastel, a favorite of mine for a few years now. And two new moisturizing facial products that I'm also loving Avene's thermal spring water spray, which I discovered in the airport in Paris and Kate Sommerivilles' Dermal Quench Liquid Lift with oxygen, came highly recommended to me by a friend with flawless skin.  What new products are in your summer beauty routine? I'd love to know!


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Peeking Into Designer's Homes

I can't enough of this Malibu home, spotted over on My Domaine.  According to the feature this beautiful beach house belongs to Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design. The whole clean and calm aesthetic really speaks to me...but it's the stunning bathrooms and out door spaces that completely blew me away. What part of this chic abode are you drawn to the most?


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