This Week’s Good Things, 4.12.21.

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Happy Monday, friends. I hope it was a great weekend. I’m looking forward to a productive week over here. I am still unpacking and am feeling a little behind on all aspects of life right now but am just going with the flow and taking it one step at a time. This week’s list is a fun one, lots of new-to-me discoveries. Wishing you a great week ahead!!

This Week’s Good Things, 4.12.21

Toccin dress | This Weeks Good Things 4.12.21

Toccin NYC

Chic new (to me!) brand alert: Toccin. It’s the brainchild of Alex and Michael Toccin (the husband and wife duo behind Stylists to a T) They sent me this dress (pictured above) and I just LOVE it. It’s perfect and the details are so pretty and special.

This is a Robbery on Netflix | This Weeks Good Things 4.12.21

This is a Robbery on Netflix

OK so this is cheating, as I have not actually watched this. YET! My TV is not set up, and I am so behind on both books and movies/TV… I feel so boring! It looks fantastic and once I have my TV in working order I cannot WAIT to watch this documentary series about the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist (the largest art heist in history). Having spent a lot of time in Boston (that museum is incredible), I have always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding this heist. (I loved this podcast about it too!).

Susan Alexandra's New Headbands.

Susan Alexandra’s New Headbands.

Gahhh these are so frivolous but so, so fun – Susan Alexandra is making headbands now and I think they are just the best. Of course my favorite one is the fruit salad… beaded fruits, yes please!

Brightland "Digestif" Candle! | This Weeks Good Things 4.12.21

Brightland’s New “Digestif” Candle!

Brightland just launched a new candle made especially for your kitchen, and it is amazing. I love that they designed it as a “digestif,” meant to be burned after cooking! It’s made with Brightland olive oil, California soy and features notes of neroli, vetiver, and black pepper and is truly the perfect kitchen candle. I wish I could make this post scratch and sniff as it smells incredible! Speaking of Brightland, I have a review of their olive oil. I never thought I’d have a favorite olive oil but here we are… it’s the best, especially the lemon one!

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Photo by Allie Provost.

Weekend Reading, 4.10.21.

Weekend Reading 4.10.21 | grace atwood amazon the drop dress

Hello! This was quite a week…. a hectic one, but a good one. Between moving and launching my Amazon the Drop staples and the Sephora Spring Savings Event (these two things are two of my biggest and most important partnerships) I am a little exhausted! It’s all so good and exciting though, so trying to just embrace the chaos and let life sort itself out… it always does. This weekend I’m really looking forward to some R&R, getting organized, and really just… sleep? I’m old. Whatever you are up to, I hope it is great. Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Weekend Reading 4.10.21

“We have all hit a wall.” Wow, this NYT article was deeply relatable!

Still not over the fact that Dr. Bader is at Sephora (and you can get it for 20% off if you have rouge status!)

Yum, this roasted eggplant lasagna sounds heavenly.

Bookstagrammers share their cozy reading nooks.

How fun are these blue & white coasters? They’d make a great gift.

Love to see Reese Witherspoon work with one of my most favorite skincare brands.

Need more sweatshorts in my life.

50 funny podcasts!

This Hudson Valley hotel looks like a dream. Love the Le CouCou inspired bar!

Love the look of this pretty pink smocked blouse.

Nine classic cocktails to master.

Love the ruffle sleeves on this fun top!

Dying to read this book about the Barbizon Hotel – it has such an incredible story.

Loved reading Liz’s thoughts on a month of living in Charleston.

OH – this pretty little white dress!!!

A practical guide to manifestation.

The primary color insets on this cardigan are just so fun.

A fun list of thrillers to read.

Can’t wait to watch this documentary about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.

How soon does the COVID vaccine work?

This $50 quilted purse is too good.

Revisiting Bridget Jones Diary and Legally Blonde… twenty (!!) years later.

Loved this article about the post-pandemic beauty boom we’re about to have.

A cozy waffle robe for only $49. Would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

The best Netflix originals of 2021… so far!

This drapey blouse is such a great price and so chic.

On trusting yourself!

I’m really excited about the upcoming H&M x LemLem collaboration.

How fun is this basket tote bag?

23 refillable beauty products to try.

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Photo by Allie Provost.

Sephora’s Spring Savings Event!

Sephoras Spring Savings Event 2021
Sephora’s Spring Savings Event 2021

It’s the most wonderful time… of the year… (cue me, breaking out in song and dance). Sephora’s Spring Savings event starts TODAY, and if you have status with Sephora, NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOP!!! Here’s my list of evergreen beauty favorites from Sephora – the products I love and use every day.

Sephora’s Spring Savings Event 2021!

Here’s the scoop:

The event will run from today, 4/9/21-4/19/21

There are so many ways to shop: online, in-store or buy online and pick it up in-store.

Save these dates:

  • If you have Rouge status, you can shop TODAY, saving 20%. 
  • If you have VIB status, you can shop beginning 4/13 – 4/19 taking 15% off + free shipping with $35 purchase.
  • And if you have Insider status, you can shop 4/15 – 4/19 and take 10% during the event + free shipping with $50 purchase.

Use code OMGSPRING 

I am quite proud to have Rouge status and am so excited to take advantage of the 20% off. You are probably well aware of this but beauty rarely goes on event and Sephora only runs this event 2x a year, so now is the time to stock up on all your favorites products.

PS – If you shop the sale, tag me in your stories! I want to see what you get!

Sephoras Spring Savings Event 2021
Sephora’s Spring Savings Event 2021

What I’m Buying

More Glowscreen – this is one of my holy grail, must-have products. Obviously SPF is the most important part of any anti-aging routine (post-skincare, pre-makeup!!) and Glowscreen is my favorite; it makes you glow like a radiant little angel. (You can read my full Glowscreen review here!)

Bader!!!! I am so so thrilled that Sephora now carries Dr. Bader. More Rich Cream. It’s my holy grail.

My favorite candles. This is no secret, I talk about these every year but I love this candle so much, it smells a lot like Le Labo Santal 26 but at a much better price. I buy 3-4 every time Sephora has this event. Smoky and sexy and just incredible… they’re my favs.

Olaplex No. 6. This is a new favorite but I am so happy Olaplex has made a leave-in treatment. The bottle is quite small, so I need more. I just scrunch in a small amount (about a quarter), comb through, and let my hair air dry.

The Tata Harper resurfacing mask. I love this mask so much and always buy one during the sale. It brightens and tightens and just makes you GLOW, all why smoothing and refining the texture of the skin.

More Necessaire body lotion and Eucalyptus body wash. Holy grails.

Another (my fourth now?) bottle of Biossance’s lactic acid treatment. This is my favorite acid potion – leaves skin so smooth the next day, I do it 2-3x a week.

Lord Jones’ amazing lavender bath salts. They smell heavenly and work wonders on sore achey muscles. I also love giving this as a gift.

Two New Spring Makeup Favorites

Rare Beauty Cream Blush – I have always said I’m not a cream blush person but this one may have changed my mind? This one is so pretty and natural and the wear is very good. I love the “nearly rose” shade.

Charlotte Tilbury’s brand new Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara is AMAZING. It gets lashes super long and voluminous (but not spidery overly dramatic) with a little bit of a wet/glossy look. The “push up” effect is real.

Sephora Spring Makeup Favorites

Self Care Favs to pamper at home

This facial steamer is everything when it comes to creating an at home “spa experience.” It also ALWAYS sells out during this sale. I bought it for myself at the beginning of quarantine and it’s been such a treat. I like to wash my face and then use this before a deep cleansing mask to really let the treatment penetrate.

If I could only pick one favorite face mask it would be this one from Tata Harper. It’s truly the best and leaves your skin SO glowy. This one from OleHenriksen is a close second favorite!

Dry brushing is one of the best things you can do for your skin and circulation (for a nice how-to, refer to this post!) Ths brush is amazing!

For a nice take on a microcurrent facial at home (my personal favorite when getting a facial), the NuFace is king! You need to do it every day to see a difference (but we have a lot more time on our hands, right!?) but for a lifted look, nothing is better. (I also have the ELE attachment which is amazing for the lip and eye areas). I also always stock up on the priming gel during this sale.

Dark Circles + Undereyes

This is always a hot topic! I want to say that there’s no product on the market that will actually get rid of dark circles BUT you can minimize their appearance!

I love using the Supergoop Brightening Eye Cream with the KOSAS concealer or tarte Shape Tape. In fact, I have been really impressed by both of these concealers; the coverage is great. Shape Tape is a bit more full coverage than KOSAS; but KOSAS is a little bit more hydrating. The key for both is to use an eye cream to keep the area really hydrated so that you the concealer doesn’t get cakey and dry.

Holy Grail Skincare

Tata Harper Everything! Always. I am absolutely obsessed with this brand. If I had to pick just one item to buy from her it would be the resurfacing mask (holy grail FAVORITE MASK EVER).

I always forget about this “line-reducing” concentrate from Kiehl’s but it’s one of my FAV products. It really makes a difference in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead.

This face cream!

WOW. It’s so good. If you have very dry skin and need a really rich moisturizer, it’s excellent. I love that it also lifts and visibly firms the skin. It’s a new favorite. I’m going to write a longer post just about this cream, but wanted to share it here because of the sale. I really love this brand: their 30% glycolic acid peel is UNREAL (you will have no lines the next day – it’s temporary but amazing) and their retinol is my current favorite.

Biossance is one of my absolute favorite brands.

I absolutely love their lactic acid treatment. It’s become a holy grail for me as it makes SUCH a difference in your skin in just a night. I also really love their phytoretinol (the best Bakuchiol/retinol alternative I have tried). Last but not least this year I got really hooked on this Vitamin C Serum – leaves skin so bright and GLOWY and has really helped to even out my skin tone.

Farmacy is my other fav. Their Green Clean cleansing balm is a holy grail fav. My all time favorite cleanser. I’ve tried so many cleansers (many of them being so much more expensive!!) but always come back to this – it takes off all my makeup while leaving the skin so soft. I am also a big fan of their Deep Sweep toner and this ultra gentle (honey scented) gel cleanser.

Biossance lactic acid treatment

Makeup Favs

Saie Beauty. I am SO happy that Sephora started carrying Saie Beauty as they are one of my absolute favorites. The Glowy Super Gel is one of my absolute favorite products – I like to apply it all over my face for that no makeup makeup GLOW. And I love this bouncy little highlighter. Lastly, their mascara is currently my favorite clean mascara. It’s really good (reminds me a lot of Lash Slick).

Glowscreen! Is it makeup? Is it skincare? It’s kind of both but I love it so much and wear it nearly every day.

Ilia has become another big favorite brand. A few standouts are this eyeshadow palette (in warm – I apply with a wet brush and the finish is perfection), their mascara, and their eyeliner (the BEST LINER).

And Wander Beauty. My two holy grails from Wander are the foundation and the mascara. I like their eyeshadows a lot, too – really pigmented and pretty. And of course the gold eye masks… favs, and so instagrammy!

I know I am talking about a lot of mascaras but I love the tarte Sea Curl Mascara – it does not budge or flake and leaves the lashes with a bit of a curl.

My favorite bronzer ever. I’ve been using this since 2006 – it was one of the first luxury beauty products I ever bought! It lasts forever and ever.

The BeautyBlender. I’d be lost without mine. I use it for everything from blending my foundation and highlighter to fixing eye makeup mistakes. I really like this color changing one.

The KOSAS lipstick in Rosewater. This is one of my absolute favorite everyday products. It is the color of my lips but just a little better. I have a few of these around the apartment/in handbags as I can’t be without it!

Fun Pick Me Ups

this is sort of just a catch-all for all the other stuff I’m loving!

This Briogeo Scalp Scrub is heavenly. I have talked about it at length but it’s just the best. Smells so good, feels so good, and gets your scalp ultra clean.

This is my favorite blonde shampoo… and I’ve tried so many. I use it once every week or every two weeks to keep my highlights from getting brassy.

This citrusy body wash just smells so good. I love lemon-scented things, they put me in such a happy mood.

Speaking of lemony things, I am obsessed with this face scrub. OMG. It smells SO good but more importantly it exfoliates two ways: sugar manually exfoliates while acids chemically exfoliate. I like to do this for two minutes in the shower. It leaves skin so so glowy and smooth.

I am a big, big Olaplex person. I’ve been doing the No. 3 mask once a week and my hair is SO MUCH SOFTER. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it also meets Sephora’s clean standards. I also like using No.0 beforehand. You don’t need it, but it makes a big difference!

Because we need to GLOW:

A couple self-tanning favs (I usually self-tan on non acid or retinol nights). This St. Tropez Bronzing Water Face Mist is magical (you can even just spritz it on over your makeup), and a few nights a week I mix a couple of these Isle of Paradise drops into my moisturizer.

Last but not least is this Retinol Eye Stick from Peace Out Skincare. I love this little stick. My undereye area is definitely my biggest trouble spot. This adds a ton of moisture, with those retinol anti-aging benefits we all want. I only use a retinol serum a couple times a week but find this gentle enough to use every single night.

Sobel Skin RX | Sephoras Spring Savings Event 2021

I have to say it again: Sobel Skin RX is definitely my favorite new skincare brand. It started as an obsession with this cream but their 30% glycolic peel is AMAZING, and I’ve been using and really liking their retinol as well.

Sephoras Spring Savings Event 2021
Sephora’s Spring Savings Event 2021

Photography by Allie Provost, created in partnership with Sephora.

My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today!

My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today

Today is the day – my latest collection for Amazon the Drop launches! This time around, Amazon brought me on board to design three breezy summer dresses… perfect for lounging at home, dining out, or maybe just maybe (post vaccine etc) a summer vacation! Each dress comes in three different colors (and in one case, a pattern) and I am so thrilled with how they turned out. Read on for more about each dress, but in the meantime, sign up here to get a text the minute they launch. Or, once they are live, this link will take you to them!

PS – here are the shoes I styled them with! gold strappy sandals // nude ankle strap sandals // yellow satin slides

My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today!

A few quick things!

Sizing: Amazon the Drop runs very true to size. I am wearing a medium in everything. The fit on everything is pretty loose, and was designed to be that way. I could probably have sized down to a small, especially in the kaftan and midi dress, but prefer the looser cut. If you want a less flowy look, size down! All pieces are available in an XXS – 3X.

Staples vs. Drops: A fun thing about designing staples pieces is that these pieces ship immediately (as opposed to being made to order for The Drop.) They will also be on the site for a bit longer. But like with drops, once they are gone… they’re gone!

Links: It would mean the world if you’d shop via my links. The main way I earn money from this partnership is actually via commissions… if you click my link (this one will do the trick) before checking out, that would be amazing (truly no stress if not!).

summer midi dress | My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today

The midi dress is your perfect easy summer dress.

I don’t like to play favorites but this is the one I’ve been wearing most. It comes in navy, a fiery red, and this fun green palm print. I love that it has pockets, and that you can wear a regular bra with it… the little ruffle will cover your bra strap!

cute little babydoll dress | My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today

This cute little babydoll dress is the best little easy everyday dress.

I love wearing it with sneakers or birks… or dressing it up with fancier heels. It’s also fun to belt it! (And yes – it has pockets!)

green baby doll dress | My Amazon the Drop Staples Launch Today black chic kaftan

And of course we had to bring back the chic kaftan from my first Drop.

We updated it a bit, though. We raised the arm holes (again, for bra concerns!), we made it a little wider through the hips, and we switched the fabric to that same tencel as the midi dress. I love this fabric as it resembles a washed silk but is much easier to take care of! It’s thicker and less wrinkle prone than the green viscose that we used for the first kaftan.

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Created in partnership with Amazon the Drop; photography by Allie Provost!

15 Fun Finds under $50.

15 Fun Finds under $50. spring outfit and accessories

15 Fun Finds under $50

Today I thought it might be fun to share a few fun fashion finds… all under $50! I am a BIG believer of mixing high and low: a $40 dress with a fancier purse, maybe my favorite $50 strappy sandals with an Ulla Johnson dress… an inexpensive blouse paired with designer jeans, you get the jist. Great style should not be about spending a ton of money. The fun is in mixing and matching. And all of these pieces are absolutely gorgeous – at great prices!

Some highlights: This little “nightgown” dress from Target could totally pass for Sea or Ulla, this dress (also from Target) reminds me a lot of my fav red floral dress from Joie (but sleeveless), and I just looove this gingham midi dress. And this little pouch bag from Amazon is just the BEST!

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