July 18, 2014

Simply Irresistible: Firenze

Anita's beautiful blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages is always a pleasure to read, and so I decided to join her Simply Irresistible Link Party that launches today. Those of us participating have agreed to write about our dream European destination.


Won't you come with me for a little visit to la culla del Rinascimento, the cradle of the the Renaissance, otherwise known as the eternally lovely Florence and the winding roads of Tuscany?



As an homage to the spirit of Anita's dazzling reveries,
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC, IT GOES WITH THE STORY:



Ever since I was little, I wanted to see Michelangelo's sculptures.



The angel that he set free from the marble, the Doni Tondo, and so much more....




I visited Florence with my family when I was 19 and went back to study art the next year.



My time in Florence was glorious. 
There were magical dinner parties that lasted for hours. 



Afternoons filled with shopping and cafes. 



Glamorous parties, where I picked my way through champagne bottles strewn under the olive trees at villas up in the hills of Firenze. Florentines know how to enjoy life and then some.



I don't remember much about art class except that our teacher would wear a pareo and nothing else in the afternoons...But I do remember taking an hour or more every morning to spend alone in the Ufizzi and Palazzo Pitti walking among works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and so many more. I never started my day until I had spent some time in front of my favorite Raphael painting.



The Madonna della Seggiola is to this day the most beautiful painting that I have ever seen. Missing morning class to spend time in front of it was one of the best educational decisions I ever made.



From the beginning, life in Firenze was a slice of heaven laced with chocolate from Rivoire...you haven't lived until you've sipped this melted chocolate concoction.



It was my first behind-the-scenes glimpse of handmade luxury leather goods; 
little did I know it was to become a life long passion...




And then, not surprisingly, one evening, at a party overlooking the Arno, I was struck by the same lightning that Dante wrote about in the Divine Comedy.


For a time I lived with him above the Piazza della Signoria.


I missed one plane ride home. And then another...



We toured the Tuscan countryside, tasting wine and stopping in villas to taste more wine. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. It was like a strange but wonderful dream.




Weeks were ticking by and I was missing the beginning of grad school.
He asked me to stay and I thought about it.


I'm sure I filled pages in my journal.
Penne for your thoughts, ragazza...




I was just 20 and at the time the things I still wanted to do made
the 12 years between us seem like 1200.


Before I left he gave me the pocket watch his mother, a beautiful artist, had worn in her passport photo. And yes, this is the very same watch. I still have it.



To this day Firenze has a dear place in my heart and always will.
Just thinking about it has made me want to return.


Have you ever visited a place that was simply irresistible?


* make sure to check out some of the other 54 Irresistible Destinations!


July 15, 2014

Splurge on Summer Art




Capturing summer's ethereal moments just got a little easier with Ugallery, an online destination for affordable art. Ugallery invited me to be one of their guest curators and round up some of my favorite picks and it was a lot of fun! Prices in my selection range from $150 to around $2000. They were really great to work with and many thanks to Ugallery for featuring trustyourstyle on the Ugallery blog

P.S. Speaking of summer fun, make sure to check back this Friday when I'll be taking you for a quick but delicious trip to one of my favorite destinations in Europe as part of Castles Crowns and Cottages' Irresistible Destinations party. Can you guess where we'll be going?












July 11, 2014

Art Inspired: JoaquĆ­n Sorolla, After the Bath



Yesterday I spent a wonderful day at the Sorolla and America exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. It's a beautiful and large show. Sorolla was a prolific Spanish master draftsman and painter (4,000 paintings/8,000 drawings completed in his life). His love of light and nature makes him particularly appealing to americans, who snapped up his beach scenes as fast as he could paint them. A peer of John Singer Sargent, who urged him to use his growing popularity and accept portrait commissions from wealthy patrons, Sorolla was influenced by Impressionism but brought a personal style to the naturalist movement, pursuing themes of every day life and beach scenes.

If you can manage to travel to see this exhibit before it closes this summer, you won't be disappointed. It wasn't hard to put together a collection of summer fashions based on Sorolla's lovely paintings--breezy white dresses never go out of style and I actually wore the one below to the exhibit. I also read the books below before seeing the show; they're both by Sorolla's great granddaughter and have excellent images and text. If you're just going to get one, I recommend Sorolla: The Masterworks.



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Mary Jo Matsumoto Salt Creek Key Fob
Pulsaderm Buddy: a tiny sonic facial cleaning system for fresh faced summer beauty
Free People Fable Dress
Sorolla and America by Blanca Pons Sorolla
Laura Mercier Eye Color in Deep Night
Mary Jo Matsumoto Salt Creek Mini Wallet
Sorolla: The Masterworks by Blanca Pons Sorolla
Laura Mercier Rouge Noveau in Sexy


P.S. If you enjoyed this post there are over 100 Art Inspired fashion posts you can peruse here on trustyourstyle - just click the link or check the right hand index.






July 3, 2014

Summer Wellness Essentials


My morning workout has been lagging, okay nonexistent recently. When Kohl's invited me to go shopping for wellness essentials, my Bridget Jones mentality immediately rose to the challenge. Shopping?! That counts as exercise, right? As it turns out, I had a field day in Kohl's picking out some new workout gear. I got all of this for $100!


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Hoodie
Cropped yoga pants
Asics
Food Containers

If you're wondering about the Food Network 7 piece container set on the bottom left, it's my attempt to turn over a new leaf. I'm pretty crap when it comes to packing a lunch (sorry I got that expression from Bridget Jones and I couldn't help myself). I've never brown bagged it even two days running. Ok, let's be honest, never. During my time in Santa Fe, my friend Christi brought her lunch to class every day in something similar and it made me realize that I needed to get a little more organized in the food department. 

What about you? 
How are your summer workouts going? 
Do you find that buying work out clothes motivates you to actually work out?


p.s. Many thanks to Kohls for sponsoring my wellness essential picks!

p.p.s. Make sure to stop by tomorrow for the first art inspired post of July!

June 30, 2014

Notes on Santa Fe + Desert Inspired Beauty Picks

Hello friends, I missed you! Over the past week I've been recovering from my June road trip to and from Santa Fe, checking in with friends and trying to settle back into some semblance of a routine, which has been challenging.



Aside from what you see here, I didn't make it home with much in the way of souvenirs, unless you count snugger fitting clothes courtesy of Santa Fe green chile, frybread and Sierra Nevada on tap. I'm pretty sure this is why summer, bikinis and beaches were invented--to keep these kinds of indulgences in check.

As much as I missed Laguna's breezy weather, the 4,300 species of flowering plants to be found nowhere else in North America but California and the comforts of home--now that I'm back, I find myself thinking about the night blooming lilies and cottonwood trees that look exactly how Georgia O'Keeffe painted them. I'm also missing the discipline of daily drawing class and the new friends I made.

It seems only fitting that this week's beauty round up be inspired by the colors of the desert.

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The tans and corals of the desert make for pretty lip colors - The Hollywood Nude Lip Palette by Skinn and Mally's Lip Magnifier in luminous Petal Pink are a couple of easy to wear lip options perfect for summer.

Normally I don't wear a watch but I fell for the turquoise face of this Michael Kors chunky watch and decided it might be a good idea to rely on more than my iphone for the time.

The bleached bones of New Mexico are the inspiration for including Everday GLO Teeth Whitener in this roundup. I'm not one to have patience for teeth whitening strips so I adore this pack-and-go pen that slips into your purse, doesn't have an icky taste, texture or downtime and gives you nice breath too.

Soap and Paper Factory's Solid Perfume Bella, with its mix of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Black Pepper somehow reminds me of Santa Fe.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze gives a sunlit glow to your skin without the heaviness of a self-tanner and can be worn as sheer coverage without any foundation.



How has your summer been so far? Please fill me in!


June 12, 2014

Dreaming In Santa Fe


I just wanted to say a quick hello and let you know that I'll be taking a blog break through the end of June. I'm in Santa Fe studying with the incredibly talented Tony Ryder and trustyourstyle will be back in July.

Hoping you're having a wonderful summer!

Drawing by Tony Ryder

June 4, 2014

June Mermaid Waves


I've been a beauty magazine editor for almost a decade, and for the past year and a half I've also been writing a weekly hair tutorial for a client. What I love about covering hair is that while there's always a few wild and fierce hair trends, certain looks never go out of style.


I've noticed that no matter what's happening in fashion, from June through the end of August full blown mermaid hair {also known as beachy hair} becomes wildly popular because it's a romantic look that can be obtained with very little time and effort.


There are a lot of mermaid hair tutorials out there, some better than others, so I thought I'd offer some suggestions gleaned from top hair stylists I've interviewed--I promise these will work!


1. Mermaid hair almost does itself if you have a good cut, especially one with layers concentrated near the face. This summer's updated twist is mermaid hair meets the bob - so cute, don't you think?




2. It took me a long time to believe this, but the right product is enormously helpful for styling. Beach spray is great for naturally wavy hair but if you have dry hair, stick to a texturizing cream on towel-dried hair and let your hair dry naturally. Beach Head Surf Shake texturizing spray, Seaside Smooth anti-frizz cream and Coastal Cooler shine mist will help you with your mermaid styling at very affordable prices.

3. You can get a similar look with a flat iron by taking one inch sections of hair and slowly pulling the iron down, rotating in a half-way turn.

4. This little tip I learned from Vito Esposito and I think it's one of the best ways to make your hair always look natural: curl each section of hair in the opposite direction--one towards your face, the next away from your face, etc. for a pretty look that doesn't look "done".

What's your favorite way to wear your hair in the summer?



May 30, 2014

Happy Summer Shopping

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Normally I'm not one to go shopping for seasonal items because I know I'm capable of racking up a huge pile of things I didn't know I needed until I'm in the store - think Nate Berkus at Target...anyone? I'm on instagram, so luckily I know I wasn't the only one who indulged in that goodness. I've actually been feeling a bit guilty for a recent over-the-top spending spree at ShopBop, but when Kohls generously offered to give me $100 to spend on a summer outfit, it seemed like a fun challenge.

Have you ever shopped at Kohls? I've always liked the Vera Wang diffusion line and now Peter Som is doing one and it's good. I scooped up a Peter Som maxi dress (total score, it was on sale) in time for the long weekend and wore it to a leisurely brunch - it's really comfortable and I love the print. I was very proud of myself until my random shopping habits kicked in and I found myself wandering around Kohls with a pile of stuff...you know the drill. Having a pre-set $100 budget gave me some focus and so I put back the linen pants and random tee shirts and narrowed it down to a new beach towel and pajamas, coming in under budget.

Have you been summer shopping yet? I cannot believe it's the end of May!


May 23, 2014

Candyland


Fashion has always been like candy to my soul, and never more so than this week. I was getting over the flu, my phone died, my kitty almost died...and then a family friend called to see if I might be interested in a beautiful wardrobe that had belonged to her very elegant mother-in-law. I spent the day in Marina del Rey going through two closets full of glorious midcentury dresses, gowns, sweaters and coats that had been curated by a personal shopper {the equivalent of today's power stylist} at Bullock's Wilshire back in the day. The garments are in impeccable shape and each comes with a matching headband{!}. Most improbable of all, everything fits me.


My photos don't do justice to the many amazing pieces - Vera blouses, Irene suits, Bill Blass dresses, Halston shirt dresses, Givenchy separates and so much more. I love the colorful palette that this lady gravitated to, tempered by the most powdery pastels that are on trend with every single hue in this season's Burberry line up. To think this was just her Marina del Rey wardrobe...


And so the week ends on a sweet note and I hope yours does too!


May 19, 2014

Spring/Summer Fashion: Coming Up Roses

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Something about our recent southern cal heat wave has made me savor small bright treats in this particular hue. Here is a little round up of some of my favorite rosy picks of the season: 

top left/clockwise:
* Rose Color glasses by Stella McCartney - everything about these from the cat eye shape to the pale pink shade makes them hard to resist...and of course, who doesn't want to see the world through rose colored glasses?
* Rose Petal Witch Hazel - so great to cool down delicate skin; I keep mine in the fridge.
* I just picked up this simple peasant dress over the weekend, I thought it was so sweet.
* If you've ever fantasized about being a Sports Illustrated Cover Girl, this Voda bikini will let it happen {it graced the pages this season}.
* Our Bougainvillea Mini-Wallet is the perfect grab and go clutch this season.
* Adore this fun little patio table.
* I have a serious crush on everything from ThirdLove, a cool new lingerie brand that lets you customize your picks, comes in half sizes and fits like a dream. 

Are you feeling the rosy glow yet this season?

 
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