Pink Off the Shoulder Top.

pink off the shoulder top | the stripe
top // jeans // bag // earrings // sunglasses // sandals

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice despite the crazy crazy rain on Saturday. I saw friends and had a fun little day exploring my new neighborhood (a few new-to-me spots: The Twenty Bar, Walter Foods, Extra Fancy, and Twelve Chairs!) Yesterday was spent relaxing and getting ready for a busy week… and I managed to drag myself to the gym, finally. I mentioned it on Instagram stories but my latest favorite is Aaptiv – their treadmill workouts are great… it’s like being able to take Mile High Run Club whenever you’d like, at the gym! I’ve been in a little bit of a rut fitness wise since moving and am making it a priority to get back into a steady routine!

Anyway, this top is my favorite. I know I have a lot of off the shoulder tops (especially pale blue and pale pink) but if I didn’t, I would totally scoop it up in pale blue too. I find it to be really flattering – it’s long enough and the ruching up top is very slimming. And it’s only $85, so there’s that too! Also, these earrings are kinda the best. I keep getting asked if they’re vintage (to me, that’s the highest compliment when it comes to jewelry), but nope… they’re BaubleBar!

Outfit Details: Chelsea 28 Off the Shoulder Top // DL1961 Jeans (the BEST! They keep selling out – also available here) // Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals // Saint Laurent Sac du Jour // BaubleBar Earrings // Celine Sunglasses

pink off the shoulder top | the stripe pink off the shoulder top | the stripe pink off the shoulder top | the stripe pink off the shoulder top | the stripe pink off the shoulder top | the stripe pink off the shoulder top | the stripe

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Weekend Reading.

It was another busy week! I got to see an advanced screening of Snatched on Monday (starring Amy Schumer) and it was really funny! If you are looking for a cute movie (especially given the mother-daughter dynamic, and that Sunday is Mother’s Day), I would definitely recommend it. I also (finally!) had drinks at The William Vale (the BEST views in Williamsburg), went to a UNICEF fundraiser in the city, and attended a fun dinner party (at 33 Greenwich – so yummy) with Fossil on Thursday. Annnd I booked a flight to London! I am going for four nights  in June for Briony’s wedding – can’t wait! Today I am on set with Tasting Table – they asked me to be in a photo shoot for their new cookbook which will be so fun… otherwise, I don’t have much planned this weekend, which is my favorite. It’s supposed to rain so I’m thinking of doing an old movie marathon. Along those lines – what are your favorite black & white films? I’d love some recommendations!

7 Daily Wellness Practices that aren’t expensive or difficult to incorporate.

Gingham, bows, and a flounce hem? This may win for the cutest summer dress.

The perfect outfit inspiration if you are planning a trip to Paris!

Loved everything about this cheerful red, white, and pink outfit.

An affordable take on the mule trend.

If you need an easy Mother’s Day DIY, this grapefruit body scrub sounds divine!

This dress looks just like Rebecca Taylor, for $139.

Merritt looks beautiful in this classic outfit.

Because summer is coming: humid day essentials.

I scooped up this fun wrap skirt and this palm tree tank during J.Crew’s sale this week.

I loved Geri’s wellness work from home tips – they are so smart and helpful!

The tassels, the print… I love everything about this dress!

I’m going to London next month and am pretty sure I need to stay here!

Loved seeing the last bits of Kat’s NYC apartment – it’s so perfectly decorated.

Love my new coral running sneakers.

Hahahaha – why people want to eat babies.

Liz shared her skincare routine… I always love seeing what products my friends love… not surprising, we had a lot of the same faves (that Elemis cleansing balm!!)

How cute is this wicker bag? I love the pink.

Summer beauty trends you’ll actually want to wear.

How to read a book a week.

I’m so glad these cute bow slides came back in stock (and in more colors). They sold out in my size last time around.

So cool: How to step up your Instagram story game – such clever hacks!

A very chic off the shoulder dress – for only $40!

Loved this pretty dress on Jenn (and as usual -the gorgeous backdrop… she finds the coolest walls!)

How to beat jet lag.

LOVE these earrings – can’t believe they’re only $42!

So, as a general rule I kinda hate pants (I’m a dresses or jeans kind of girl, most of the time) but Meghan is making me change my mind with this outfit – she looks so chic!

The most perfect party dress – WANT. I would dance all night in this!

image via Unsplash.

Fairmont Mayakoba Travel Diary.

earrings // bag // kaftan // birks

When the Fairmont Mayakoba invited me down to Mexico to learn all about the Melipona honeybee, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been lucky to travel to Mexico a lot this year, but was particularly excited for this trip because as you may or may not know, I am a HUGE NERD. Whenever a trip promises to teach me something new (that I can ideally pass along to you), I geek out. The Melipona bees are these super rare bees that don’t sting. As a part of their sustainability project, the Fairmont actually cultivates these bees on site and uses the honey in their restaurant + spa. Over the course of three days, we dined at the property’s many restaurants, experienced the spa, and even spent a day in the rainforest at the home of a Mayan family. Pretty cool, right?

So, let’s dive in – I have a lot to tell you! First of all, let’s get our bearings! The Fairmont Mayakoba is located in Playa del Carmen which is more or less halfway between Tulum and Cancun. (To get there, you fly into Cancun and drive about an hour). You know by now how much I love Tulum, so it was fun getting to see another part of the Yukatan Peninsula. There are about 400 rooms in the hotel – all very spread out. (The property has complimentary bikes and golf carts that run back and forth between the main lobby all the way down to the beach). I stayed in a deluxe casita room which felt (by New York standards) like a private home. I had a little deck overlooking the jungle and the canal… a mini tropical oasis. There are monkeys that live in the jungle… they’ll come out and visit if you’re lucky!

On our first night, we were treated to a private cooking demonstration, where we saw firsthand how the hotel incorporates honey into their menu offering. We first made a rum based cocktail that was sweetened with honey (so delicious!). From there we glazed a black cod in honey and coriander (my personal favorite) and also made made a honey salad dressing using passion fruit (passion fruit acts like a vinaigrette, for the record!), onion, and garlic.

Hanging out with Katie… she is the cutest and I really loved getting to know her better on this trip. Especially now that I know she loves passionfruit margaritas as much as I do. You can tell a lot about a person based on their cocktail of choice, am I right? Read her post from the trip here.

I absolutely love this kaftan from my friend Mara’s collection with Morning Lavender. It’s easy and breezy and I love the blue & white pattern. Also I get asked about my gold Birkenstocks quite a bit. I got mine ages ago at J.Crew – they always sell out! Luckily they are back this year – at Barney’s, though!

I included a detail shot of my bag as yes, the bag is great, but it’s sort of a hot mess when you put a lot of stuff in it. I used it as my main bag for the trip so it had my camera, itinerary, and a map of the resort inside of it. It looks pretty messy. When I’m at home I use a blush pink dust bag inside of it… it keeps things from falling out, and hides your stuff!

Here is the Fairmont’s hive. It’s worth noting that the Melipona bee (one of 16 indigenous bee species to the Yukatan) has been an important part of the Mayan culture + religion for over a thousand years!! Back then, the honey and wax were used as a rom of trade and in modern times the honey is used in medicine – as a natural antibiotic, to eliminate cataracts, to prevent throat infections, and to soften mothers’ muscles during childbirth.

This was a favorite outfit from the trip. This dress is really fun (and it’s on sale). If you get it, size down as it runs very big. I am wearing a small and it’s pretty loose. I paired it (again) with my Cult Gaia Bag, these BaubleBar earrings (my fav right now), and these Splendid ankle-tie sandals (which are SO comfy).

Also, this is what my hair looks like when I dry it naturally (no blowout or Beachwaver). Most of the trip it was in a ponytail, but at dinner I’d spray in a hefty dose of this salt spray, scrunch it, and hope for the best. Mexico is very humid and with our packed itinerary there was definitely no time for heat styling!!!

dress // bag // earrings // sandals

One of the real highlights of the trip was spending a day with a Mayan family in Chabela, Coba. They welcomed us into their home, showed us the property and how they harvest honey, and even cooked us a traditional Mayan meal. It was one of those things I’ll never forget – the true stuff of “bucket lists.”

But let’s talk about honey and bee politics, because this is where things get really fascinating.

The bees get their pollen from 13 different trees. All of the bees in the hive were female. The male bees are drones. They only come during the honey season… once they serve their purpose, the queen kills them. Each hive has a queen and a princess and guards. If a bee tries to come intot he hive wihtout pollen, they will actually get turned away. Also, the bees sleep thirteen hours every night!!

We extracted (yes, I did this with my own hands!) honey from the hive using a syringe and then tasted it (so yummy)… it was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve done!

No but seriously how do I get one of these hammocks for my apartment?!

A big thank you to Fairmont Mayakoba for a fun filled trip!

On My Radar…

on my radar | May 2017 | A totally random collection of things I am absolutely loving at the minute... from the best self-tanning pads to an ultra cozy throw blanket made from recycled cotton.

Sometimes I just have… like, a lot of stuff to tell you about, but it doesn’t necessarily fit within a specific beauty story or roundup. Hence today’s hodgepodge of amazing stuff. It’s a little bit all over the place, but everything here is seriously good. As always, click the image above to shop… or read along below to see why I love these little gems.

Beauty

When it comes to body (and self-tanning), I have gotten addicted to these alpha beta glow pads from Dr. Gross. They’re a wonder-product of sorts – besides self-tanning they exfoliate, firm, and help reduce hair growth. With summer around the corner I’ve been using them twice a week (and getting a lot of questions from my girlfriends with regard to where my tan is coming from!!)

On Tuesday I was treated to a blowout at IGK’s fab salon at the Dream Hotel. My stylist used this instant hair mask spray and I was amazed at how soft my hair was after. I love that it’s pretty much instant… no sitting around, waiting. You just spray it on, comb it through, and leave it on maybe 30 seconds, and it works its magic. It left my hair super soft and shiny but not even a little bit weighed down.

This cold pressed coconut oil is the most luxurious. I also love the jar. I keep it on my nightstand to dab on dry spots (knees, feet, elbows, even my lips) before bedtime. I love the brand’s sustainability mission too… for every jar purchased, they plant a coconut tree!

With all the travel I’ve been up to (Mexico, especially, as I used so much sunscreen) my skin started to feel really dull and dry. That was all quickly remedied with this Herbivore Mask. It’s the perfect solution when you need a little glow. It clarifies and brightens without irritating. (Blue Tansy oil is high in Azulene, which helps to calm skin and prevent inflammation.)

Pixi is one of my favorite inexpensive beauty brands (all of their “glow” products are so good, especially when your skin is feeling rough or dry) and their new overnight glow serum is truly awesome. It has a thicker consistency. After washing your face, pat it dry and then apply 2-3 (big) drops of this to your skin. Allow to dry and then apply a thick moisturizer. Go to sleep and wake up with super soft skin.

Fashion

I spotted this bag on a girl on the street and put it on my instagram story, asking if anyone knew who designed it. You guys pointed me to Min & Mon and I am so in love with all of their stuff. If you are looking for a cool statement bag (that not everyone else has, and won’t break the bank), dash over to their site!

I don’t really know how I am just discovering the wonder of BP’s sunglasses, but I am. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy expensive sunglasses again. They’re chic and fun and rarely over $12. Most recently, I’ve been eyeing these.

I love a good collaboration but only when it makes sense. John Robshaw and S’Well are two of my favorites, and their collab is perfect for summer! The set contains a beach bag, towel, and S’well water bottle – decked out in one of Robshaw’s signature patterns.

Home

My friend gave me this (amazing) home fragrance machine from Aera as a housewarming gift. It’s so cool. You can control it with an app so that it turns on and off at the right times, and there are several different fragrances. Right now I am using the “Mosaic” fragrance and my apartment smells like a spa! If you need a last minute gift for Mom, I would definitely recommend it.

My interior designer told me about Happy Habitat’s throw blankets and I am obsessed! They’re soooo soft and made from 80% recycled cotton. They sent me this graphic coral and emerald one and I have spent the past few nights snuggled up under it watching my shows and reading. This palm leaf one is also very cool.

Easy Spring Basics.

easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe
top // jeans // bag // heels

I’m so glad that old “no white jeans before Memorial Day” rule went out the window. I mean, white jeans are the greatest… and once Memorial Day rolls around it gets too hot to actually wear them! May is really the time they are at their best… it’s not too hot for pants, but it’s warm enough to pair them with cute Spring tops and lightweight jackets. Today I’ve teamed up with Style & Co to style a few looks around their curvy-fit white jeans. What I love most about these jeans is that they aren’t too tight. White jeans always seem to run tighter than traditional denim… it’s nice that this pair is still skinny but a bit more relaxed – they’d even be cute cuffed at the beach.

That being said, now I have Memorial Day plans on the brain… what are you up to? I’m going to Palm Springs to speak on a panel the week before, but don’t have long weekend plans yet. Time to start thinking about that!

Outfit Details: Style & Co Top // Style & Co Curvy-Fit White Jeans // Style & Co Crossbody Bag // Style & Co Heels (all c/o)

easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe

Outfit Details: Style & Co Lace Up Top // Style & Co Curvy-Fit White Jeans // Style & Co Sandals // Style & Co Crossbody Bag (all c/o)

easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe

Outfit Details: Style & Co Top // Style & Co Curvy-Fit White Jeans // Style & Co Sandals // Style & Co Reversible Tote (all c/o)

easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe

(We shot this look on my new patio! As you can see I haven’t accomplished much… yet. I can’t wait to decorate it… patio parties are going to be another staple this summer.)

easy spring basics with style & co / how to style white jeans | the stripe

Photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Thank you to Style & Co for partnering on this post!