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His and Hers

Just some inspired flatlays of le boyfrand and I’s favorite every day necesities. I love the way the hues capture the femininity and masculinity of each, and I love that we are both so partial to Viktor and Rolf. I’ve loved Flowerbomb since college and I love that I managed to turn Z onto the spicy yet musky scent of Spicebomb.

do you have a favorite scent?

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Self Date Sunday: Beauty and the Chic

Another cold weekend; the temps have been their lowest yet. My skin, even with last month’s spa day, is crying out for moisture. This week, I tried a new brand for repairing my skin while indulging myself in a little self date. Coffee scrubs are rapidly becoming the latest beauty craze and I totally see why. Beauty and The Chic combines the latest exfoliating crazes with stylish packaging and aesthetic and the most clever wording. And while they have yet to officially launch, you can follow them here as they test out new products and curate their brand further (and I anxiously await their rich b*tch bath bombs!)

I began with the lip scrub. “Lip Service” is wonderfully pink, sweet tasting, and dainty smelling. It left my lips smooth, taking all of the dry dead skin off with a massage of the fingers. The best part? It doesn’t take much to get the job done, so I will have smooth (kissable-hey Z) lips for the duration of the winter, thanks to Beauty and The Chic!

Next up on my little self date I poured myself some wine. Took a quick shower and shave (as per my instruction sheet) and then doused myself in coffee. Beauty and The Chic sent me the impossibly best coffee scrub, penned the “typical white girl” this pumpkin spice scrub smells so good it actually took restraint not to lick myself (and has me not-so-patiently awaiting my second scrub “double chocolate brownie”). I lathered myself up, massaging the delicious concotion into my skin, where I let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. I advise cleaning up the mess in this time, as doing this outside of my tub left my floor a mess that I did not want my fur babies licking up.

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After my shower-rinse my skin was SO SOFT. Like, yeah it’s winter and it may have been the first time I shaved in a week, but it felt like there was oil on my skin, but without the oily residue…just, smooth.

And then I had myself another glass of wine and a book and relaxed. Because all of that treating yo’ self really takes it out of you.

What have you done for yourself this week? Have you ever tried a coffee scrub? Be sure to follow Beauty and The Chic for the most FAB luxe line of beauty products we’ve seen since, like, ever.

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South Africa Wish List

J.Crew passport cover, Linell Ellis clutch

The flights have been booked, the window seats chosen, the AirBnB secured, the day trips booked…I’m ready for my next big trip! If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ll know where I’m headed, but for those of you who don’t…it’s South Africa! I depart in less than a month, spending a one-day layover in London (my first time), two days in Johannesburg just in time for Fashion Week (seriously, NYFW is for newbs; time to go international!), and then a full week in the glorious Cape Town. With under a month to go I’m in full acquisition mode, trying to make sure I have anything and everything I may need, sartorial and otherwise.

Here’s a peak into what I’m hoping to be packing…

For Love and Lemons “Antigua Mini Dress”; for a casual yet trendy date out; hoping this won’t be too skin-baring, but paired with a leather jacket I think it will perfect (and maybe even a good look for Fashion Week!).

Going with the spring trend of “cool girl gingham”, a printed midi skirt is a perfect-for-layering multi-use piece to have packed. It could be worn with sandals and a tee for casual exploring, or with a button up for a more dressed up vibe. Definitely a piece to wear for the wineries, too!

When you go to Africa, you like, have to go on a safari. This Philip Lim dress is the perfect dress for four-wheeling around the desert amongst the wildlife, though this vintage-lover will probably end up in a thrifted Banana Republic (they did begin as safari wear, did you know!?)

As for footwear, I’ll be bringing a bunch of my favorites but am coveting some cozy yet sporty-trendy flat sandals. These glammed up Steve Madden’s are perfect for pairing with cuffed denim or flirty dresses.

And, because I’ll be in Africa and on the coast and diving into pools, one swimsuit isn’t enough. This Kiini Swimsuit is the perfect blend of bohemian trendy and bold colors to play off the natural scenery. #gimme

Case of Love Camera bag (for toting around and keeping my camera safe), from Fashion Week to the beach; shark diving and the safari, this bag will be chic yet purposeful.

Something about polka dots screams “flirty and fabulous”, and this being an anniversary trip with my love, that is definitely the vibe I’m going for. I’m thinking this Rock Frock dress for a day date of exploring the city innards.

 

Have you ever traveled to Cape Town or Johannesburg? What would YOU pack?

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Recipe :: Ramen

Guys; it’s so cold. Like really effing cold. If you’re anything like me you’re a big baby; your extremities change colors, no amount of layers seem pervious to the frigid air and wind, and no amount of coffee or tea seems like enough. Days like these have me craving a slurp-y dinner that’s easy yet substantial and will put me into a food coma effective enough to bring me into the next day of arctic living. Things I’ve been noshing on lately? Soup and grilled cheese, classic pasta, and ramen. Ramen you say!? Yes, but fear not; this is not your college ramen (well, it is, but upgraded).

Ingredients:
3 packets of Ramen (1 per person/serving)
1/2 an onion
2 cloves of garlic
meat of your choosing (we chose tofu)
1 table spoon of miso
4-6 cups of broth (we use vegetable)
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup of sesame oil
1 branch of ginger
a bunch of cilantro
1 egg per person
Siriacha sauce to taste

Begin by bringing your vegetable broth and miso to a boil in a large pot. Once they have come to a rolling boil, add in your full branch of ginger, the soy sauce, sesame oil, and noodles (throw out the included sauce pack) and let simmer until noodles are soft and separated. While that boils slice your onion, dice your garlic, and chop your meat and sautee in a frying pan. Add to your noodles and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Next, fry (or poach) an egg per person.

Dish out the noodles and broth, placing the egg on top. Garnish with cilantro and siriacha.

Enjoy, and stay warm my winter-weather-worn friends!

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What We Do In The Darkness Will Come To Light

Even in the dead of night,
If we can make it to the morning,
We can get things right.

With NYFW upon us I retire to my own bedroom, not a hotel room amidst a concrete jungle. Another year of spending the week not making the pilgrimage to Lincoln Center and avoiding all that has become the “peacocking” of Fashion Week. If I were to attend, though, you’d bet your butt I’d be in a uniform like this one of cozy velvet culottes, a warmth-enhancing turtleneck and a statement coat, perusing the newest collections in the most professional of ways. In reality, I’ll be working my real job in fashion, staying warm and snowless, and prepping for my upcoming trip. Here’s hoping South Africa Fashion Week is less of a zoo of observant, hungry passionates and more of serious sartorial business work.

Uniqlo HeatTech turtleneck
Necklace c/o Current Boutique
Culottes by Nicole Farhi

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Self Date Sunday: Chesapeake Beach Salon + Spa

It’s winter; the harsh cold and winds have our skin dry, lacking vitamins and moisture, our face’s whiplashed into flakes. While at-home spa treatments (and the thought of the low temperatures keeping you from wanting to leave your house) can be effective, there’s nothing quite like getting yourself out and getting the professional treatment. When I was approached by local CB Salon + Spa to come in for a relaxation day I was ecstatic. I took a day trip to the scenic beach side town (really, there’s nothing so heart-thumping as seeing the sea side, even in 25 degree temps) and indulged myself.

After changing out of my cold weather layers and into the quintessential fuzzy robe it was time to begin. I headed into a red lit chamber where I lay undressed in a shallow tub. I received what the CB Spa calls the “vichy scrub”; a full body exfoliating scrub and rinse which eliminates dry skin and soothes it with warm water and lavender soap and moisturizer. HELLO HEAVEN.

Next up it was time for my facial. I relaxed with soothing sounds, layers (and I mean layerS) of exfoliates, lotions, and warm towel wraps immersed in massaging shoulders. It was bliss. And all of a sudden it was three hours later; time flies by when you’re eyes are closed and your body is getting it’s highest form of self-date love.

Fresh faced and smooth bodied I reluctantly made my way to the beverage bar and on to the changing room to return to the real world, not ready to confront the freezing world outside. Thankfully, my body stayed smooth for days after, and my face literally glowed (as compliments at work let on).

More about the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa: it’s one of the top wedding destinations on the Eastern Shore (meaning if you’re getting married and want a gorgeous white-sand beach without the trip to the Bahamas, you can head there) (not that I’m looking either but hey), and the salon gets pretttty crazy around wedding season, Mother’s Day, and other warm-weather holidays. With such generous and exceptional staff, it’s hard not to want to treat yourself and those you love to such luxury.

Have you ever had a spa day? If you’re a DC/MD/VA resident I highly suggest the day trip to Chesapeake Beach for the salon; it’s worth the trip and the exiting of the city for the relaxing sea side!

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this post is sponsored by the CB Salon and Spa

I Never Knew That I Could Love So Hard

Before I ever met you
I never knew that I liked to be kissed for days

A quick fun look I wore to a recent local blogger happy hour, BloggersScene. A little Mexican/Frida Kahlo meets modern trends, and a perfect menage of vintage and modern textiles.

vintage skirt via Current Boutique
scuba crop c/o The Girl That Loves
chambray shirt via Zara
necklace c/o Natalie B Jewelry
Nine West shoes via TJ Maxx

Everyone knows I’m right about one thing
You are my only vice

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