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Lifted

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When I launched this business, I wanted to create a place where I could go to share all of my favorite things and experiences.

There are some folks out there who find something good and like to keep it to themselves. That’s cool. I get it. However, by nature, I am a sharer. I love finding something special — whether it’s a great sale, a beauty product, a chic hotel, or yes, even a bra — and running out and telling everyone about it!

So here I am and here’s my latest and greatest find that I am literally wearing 24/7 —  with a wash (or two) in between.

Yes, it’s a bra… but not just any bra.

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From Russia With Love

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Russia is quite the mixed bag when it comes to fashion.

Between the whole unfortunate Soviet-Bloc, communist “thing” and assorted images of toothless Russian grandmothers in their babushkas, Russia doesn’t exactly have the best fashion reputation… or reputation as a whole, for that matter.

However, the fashion (and socio-economic) elite of the country are definitely working overtime to change these connotations of their vodka-swilling, borsht-eating, Mother Land.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.38

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I would say this has been a good week.

An evening yoga class followed by a wine (sparking rosé cava is unexpectedly delish, by the way!) and pizza fueled girls night out was a nice way to set me up for the weekend. Some weeks conclude with me thinking about all of the imperfections and how I should’a, would’a, could’a handled things differently. This week was… different.

It’s nice to look forward instead of dwell on the past.

I should do that more. We ALL should do that more.

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What I’m Reading:

•  Have you taken this NEW YORK TIMES REGIONAL DIALECT QUIZ? It’s eerily accurate! (nytimes.com)

•  If you need a bit of an escape without physically getting on a plane, you must read this PARIS WALKING GUIDE and bookmark for your next trip to the City Of Lights! (worldofwanderlust.com)

•  Attention emoji lovers: you’ve been using them all wrong! Here’s the REAL MEANING BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE EMOJIS… you’ll definitely be surprised! (vulture.com)

•  There is nothing worse than greasy fingerprints on pristine stainless steel. Here are the TIPS YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES GLEAMING! (iheartorganizing.com)

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What I’m Making:

•  Warmer weather always has me craving fresh fruit and veggies. Why not combine them into one kick-butt CITRUS AVOCADO SALAD WITH LEMON MINT VINAIGRETTE?! (pumps andiron.com)

•  Warmer weather also has me craving a good chilled cocktail (balance, right?). Cheers to this refreshing LIMONCELLO COLLINS! (foodandwine.com)

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What I’m Buying:

•  Ok, I went “wild” and impulse bought the NAILS, INC. PAINT CAN in Mayfair Lane — a spray paint for your nails. I don’t know if it was my terrible handiwork or just an unfortunately disappointing product, but it was the worst manicure I could have ever given myself — uneven, messy, chipped within 2 hours, etc. Anyone have any better luck?

•  I took a quick peek at ASOS yesterday to find some fun summer dresses for upcoming events and trips. Now my shopping cart is officially bursting at the seams and I just can’t decide what I love best.

Here are some of my finds:
•  This LILAC LACE CUTWORK MIDI DRESS is everything!
•  … but so is this LACE COLLAR LATTICE DRESS.
•  The colors of this SILK COLOR BLOCK MAXI just scream modern summer.
•  Now if I get that maxi dress, how could I NOT get these FRINGE SANDALS!?

What say you? Which dress is your favorite? I could use some unbiased opinions here…

Have a great weekend! 

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Oui, Oui, Paris! :: What to Pack for a 5-Day European Getaway

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Ok, I’m a total self-admitted Francophile.  I love to eat, wear, see, smell or hear anything French.  I even posted about my love for the French HERE.  So when a friend asked me to help create a Paris packing list for her upcoming June getaway with her husband, I obviously jumped on it.  In addition to my French obsession, I’m the queen of packing.  No, really.  Don’t challenge me.  I’ll take you down.

When putting this list together, there were a few factors I had to keep in mind:

1) Ideally, all of these clothes should fit in a carry-on.  I don’t do checked bags.

2) I need to plan enough outfits for 5 days, including at least 1 day trip to Versailles and 1 dressy romantic dinner.

3) The clothes needed to be suitable for typical June weather in Paris: a mid-60’s avg high temperature, with cooler nights.

Oui, Oui, Paris!

Pants:  J.Crew pixie pants / Gap sexy boyfriend jeans

Tops:  J Crew striped shirt / J Crew t shirt / Uniqlo draped blouse / Topshop striped sleeveless shell

Skirt:  Topshop scuba pleated skirt

Dress:  Topshop striped dress

Jackets:  French Connection tweed jacket / Nasty Gal anorak /American Eagle Outfitters hooded zip sweatshirt

Bags:  Clare Vivier calf hair clutch / Coach crossbody handbag

Shoes:  Zara pink pumps / Aerosoles smoking flats / Converse sneakers

Necklaces:  BaubleBar gemstone pendant / BaubleBar multi-chain statement necklace

Now, here is the fun part- mixing and matching!  Since all of the pieces in your suitcase share a color palate, coordinating is a snap.

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Take me with you, PLEASE?!

So, tell me, what packing tips/trips do YOU have up your sleeve?

XOXO,

Stella

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Paris, Je T’aime.

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In these last few weeks I’ve been daydreaming a lot about travelling to Europe (Exhibit #1).  First Florence… now PARIS!!!  Totally a romantic cliche, I know.  Although I’ve been to the city a few times, most of my time spent in Paris was for work related events which left me stuck in fluorescent lit conference rooms and running to appointments.  Here and there, I caught glimpses of true Parisian life- a quaint cafe, a perfect croissant, the stunning tree lined streets.  Unfortunately, these fleeting moments are just distant memories at this point.  More importantly, I’ve never had an opportunity to truly take in the city vibe and culture and enjoy it in the company of my husband.

On my flight home this weekend, I came across a photo of Jessica Alba from New York Fashion Week in a full tulle midi skirt, a cozy little cropped sweater and heels.  I’ve been fixated on recreating that look ever since- it totally encapsulates what I believe “Parisian Date Night” should look like.

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Carven knit cropped top / COMUNE leather moto jacket / Coast layered tulle skirt / Christian Louboutin nude pump / Druzy layered pearl and crystal necklace / Henri Bendel pearl stud earrings

Sigh…

I die over that blush and oxblood color combination- not to mention, the Chanel bag perfection.  Add the items above to my list of daydreams.  In my head, I’ll be wearing that ensemble as I stroll past the illuminated Louvre on a beautiful starlit fall night.  A girl can dream, right?

What are some of your travel and fashion dreams?

XOXO,

Stella