Shopping: Fall Footwear at Its Finest...

Wowza! Is anyone else really loving the escapism of fall footwear? Between the natural disasters & the man-made calamities, I desperately needed a trip to the Neiman Marcus shoe department. This always on point resource of luxe goodness did not disappoint in the flights of fancy department. Fur trimmed heels? Check. Jacquard & ribbon adorned sandals? Double check. Dusty rose velvet slides with a gorgeously huge knot on the front? Sign me up. Gucci Marmont suede mules with a stacked block heel... in rosy pink? I am so feeling you, queen. A 4-inch stiletto with a massive embroidered butterfly on the back? Yes, please. Fanciful shoes... you are giving me life right now. Thank you.

If you also need a break from the news and a bit of fashion brilliance to remind you that life is indeed great, miraculous and amazing, I've got six pretty pairs for you to ogle at below. xoxo!

SHOP THE SEASON'S FANCIFUL FOOTWEAR

Celebrity Living: Raving About Radziwill's Redecorated NYC Retreat...

Carole Radziwill Living Room via Architectural Digest
Carole Radziwill at home via Architectural Digest

Carole Radziwill's style has always intrigued me. From her pedigreed sofa (given to her by Lee Radziwill, mother-in-law, tastemaker and sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) to her sleek fashion choices, she has been low-key upstaging all of us for years. Now that AD has stepped into her newly redone SoHo duplex and shared their findings via a glamorous magazine spread, it's safe to say the secret is out. Radzi is flat out fabulous and has firmly stepped into her role as style icon.

Carole: "I’m the girl who is going to go home, shut her door, and be in solitude, surrounded by beautiful things"

Me: "Same, honey. Same."

What I love about this space is how decadently feminine it is. Touchable velvets, pale blues, Mongolian wool accents, dusty pink tufted headboard, silk panel drapes from floor to marvelously high (silver-leafed) ceiling. Carole is not kidding around here. The designer we can credit for this amazing space is John Bossard, whom she met at a party in Aspen (have to love those fortuitous celebrity run-ins, right?). Having studied her space before, I am smitten by the glorious transformation he achieved. She always had a stylish apartment, but now it seems more voluminous, more luminous and the type of elegant private retreat you'd be hard pressed to ever want to leave.

Naturally, I'm completely obsessed with the "jewel box" effect John achieved and so happy Carole let him have the freedom to fully express his fantastic creative vision. Confession: Before this piece in AD I'd never heard of John, but the space speaks for itself. His work is easily on par with Melanie Turner (whom I adore!) and his use of color & texture make me think of Suzanne Kasler. I am completely in love with the "grown up" femininity of the design. And for a self-described homebody like Carole, this must be pure heaven to call home.

WANT TO TOUR HER CLOSET? STEP INSIDE...

{Note the funny mention of the design matching her cat, Baby. Love!}

LOVE THIS VIBE? SHOP THE RADZI INSPIRED GLAMOUR

What do you love about the space?  Comment below! xoxo

Crushing On: Dallas Shaw Serves Up Boho Chic Style in Nashville

A few months ago illustrator extraordinaire Dallas Shaw announced a 2017 initiative to feature artisan home goods in a Nashville space. A longtime fan of her work and her style, I jumped at the chance to have a few pieces from my collection featured in this fun project. If you pop over to her blog today you'll see the Claire pillow & Dauphine Stool featured in her luminous Tennessee aerie. Her beautifully lit space looks like the ideal space to unwind & it's so fun to see the pieces styled with her sexy boho-chic vibe. Much love to Dallas & her team for including my work in the project! xoxo!

{pix property of DallasShaw.com + Dallas Shaw Instagram}

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Current Obsessions: A Roundup of My Latest Fashion Cravings...

Current Obsessions: My Latest Fashion Cravings

Ahhhhhh... can you feel it? Change is in the air. The sun may be scorching by I assure you there's a new season, a new mood and a new vibe sweeping in soon. And, I am READY for it. But first, I need to retool my wardrobe and lock in a few key pieces to transition me through the last days of summer & sweep me gracefully into the next month or so.

Here's what I'm eager to add to the fashion mix: a killer cross-body bag I'm long overdue in adding to my wardrobe, a multi-functional black dress that's just as ideal for a laid back day out shopping as it is for dinner (with the right shoes, of course!), a super feminine stackable ring set I am OBSESSED with a hint of new balm for the lips because they need post-summer repair and a fresh pair of Jackie O-worthy sunglasses because the Texas sun is unforgiving regardless of the season.

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Luxe Accommodations: Tropical Luxe on Vietnam's South Coast

Isn't this positively dreamy? If Phu Quoc, Vietnam was not on your list of magnificent vacation destinations, it will be now. Between the towering palms lining the sandy shores and the luxurious resort that is the JW Marriott Emerald Bay designed by famed architect Bill Bensley, this is a 5-star slice of tropical heaven on earth.

If Bensley is new to you, he's part disruptor, part natural conservationist and pure genius. Known for designing incredibly opulent properties in the midst of glorious natural surroundings, his team embraces the glory beauty of the environment. Designing everything to look like it's always been there and was meant to exist in that space. Like George Clooney, his unique properties continue looking better with age and somehow never feel outdated. If you need more proof of his awesomeness (and edgy sense of humor) I highly suggest his Instagram account.

But back to this particular resort... Tucked away on Vietnam's south coast, this exclusive seaside property offers 244 opulent rooms & suites boasting unrivaled views of the pristine Phu Quoc beach. Discovered via Gypsee Travel, (as these epic spots so often are!) this is easily one of the most selfie-worthy properties I've seen in a while. Pro tip: add a drone to your travel must-have's as you'll want aerial shots of yourself in the magnificent landscape.

As this has now been added to my "must do" list, here's what I'd pack if I were leaving for Phu Quoc today (in addition to a hardworking UV sunscreen mist)...

Perspective: Success + Unrelenting Focus = Match Made in Heaven

this is the path to success
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life... think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
— Swami Vivekananda

This quote is one of my favorites. The passion, intensity and complete commitment to your goals is so intertwined with your chances of true success. Imagine a would-be winemaker with only a casual interest in grapes. It's easy to see that the deck would be stacked against he or she ever bottling an award-winning vintage from a vineyard of their own.

While this example might be obvious, many of us are dabbling at success rather than going all in on our pursuits. Longtime reader know I love being "all in" because it means that failure is NOT optional for you. It means you are ONLY looking at a successful outcome. It means you won't entertain Plan B. It means you have passion in your heart, a sparkle in your eyes and fire in your veins as you pursue your goals.

What goals and aspirations are you tied and tethered to? What are you obsessing over day and night? What vision are you clinging to? Can you feel it? Can you taste it? Can you SEE it? Remember, faith is believing in things unseen. Full, flat-out belief in things that have not yet happened. Harness the power of your mind and focus all of your thoughts, all of your energies on succeeding at something very specific . Be as detailed as you can and (you know what's coming) write it down!

Yes, grab that pretty notebook and flesh out that idea in as much detail as you can imagine. Who will you be when this dreamy goal finally happens? What would he or she wear? How will you walk? How will you feel? What will your emotional state be when this happens? Will you be radiant? Confident? Happy? Calm? Will you be energetic or relieved? Can you feel that mood? Can you imagine that inner emotion?

Here's the thing... once you can "feel" the inner emotions of "you" on the other side of achievement, you're halfway there! Truly. So tap into those feelings and visualize with your heart and not your head. And focus on it daily, nightly, always. And then... let the vision of achievement become such an integral part of you that you have no option other than allow it to become your reality. THIS... is the path to success.

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Extraordinary Journeys: Escape to a Billionaire's Private Paradise on Necker Island...

I've known of Richard Branson's island paradise for years, but these days I'm thinking of it more and more. An isolated island paradise, this unspoiled sandy piece of property in the British Virgin Islands beckons all who make the journey. Pristine beaches, attentive staff and a host of activities are sure to please every style of vacationer. Are you a lounge in the shade kind variety or does the thrill of an open-top underwater speed craft (known as the Necker Nymph) satisfy you? Both extremes will be completely sated at Necker's uber private resort. 

Falling in the category of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Necker Island is best reserved for momentous occasions. Think: exotic wedding locale, the reward for taking your company IPO, celebrating a major anniversary or achievement.

Why is Necker so highly esteemed when so many islands dot the ocean landscape? First, you aren't just on an island. You are on a privately owned island that is Sir Richard Branson's personal oasis. Rather than keep it to himself, he shares it (for a fee) with all who dream to join him in his tropical paradise. 

So... now the pressing question. Just how much does the rare privilege cost? From $28,000/week (yes, you read that right) you and your amore can rent a suite. From $65k per night (yes, per night) you and your posse can have the entire island to yourselves. Imagine, you and all of your favorite faces enjoying this idyllic sandy Caribbean paradise together for the vacation of a lifetime. So very #richkidsofinstagram of you. 

So.... how do you go? Right here. And of course, I'm helping you pack. Hint: bathing suits and sunscreen aplenty and scarcely anything else save for a dusting of bronzer and perhaps your FitBit bracelet to see how much activity you enjoy have during your stay. 

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR BILLIONAIRE ESCAPE





Loving: The Enduring Allure of Palm Beach Chic...

Blame it on CZ Guest and those yummy Slim Aarons books that litter the tables of Mecox Gardens, but the shocking heat of August in Texas makes my mind wander to other sunny destinations. Namely, costal retreats. When I think of well-heeled socialites enjoying summer by the pool, I go to the thin strip of land that draws society types like bees to pollen: Palm Beach.  

We associate such a specific design aesthetic and sophisticated lifestyle to this area. Pink walls, Greek key fretwork, palm fronds, bamboo accents, cabana stripes, pretty floral chintz here, pops of pink there and heavy hand with white and gold. It's all in the mix and it's fabulous. IChinoiserie chic is all about happy colors and lovely design elements.

Country club lifestyle aside, it is impossible to deny the allure of white beaches, palm trees and fresh seafood caught moments before your sunset meal. If you're thinking of going, don't pass up your opportunity to stay at The Breakers, a classic in its own right.

In case you haven't noticed, ticket prices have been dropping (thank you, Jesus!) and flights to Florida are actually reasonable (despite all Buzzfeed is doing to deter you from heading to the state's white sandy shores). I love a good end of summer/early fall escape, and a jaunt to white sandy shores is just a quick flight away.

Another option if hotels are too 2013 for you? A sweet rental with Airbnb (this place is totally gorgeous) or if you're a really baller check out these Luxury Retreats on Palm Island. Swanky!. After all, renting a private pad gets you closer to that posh lifestyle Slim Aarons famously celebrated. 

What to wear? If you're not in a breezy coverup enjoying the view of crashing waves, it's all about those happy Lilly Pulitzer prints and sandals. Palm Beach chic for the home and for the closet is a style that makes us believe - if only for a moment - that we are part of that elusive lifestyle we've come to know and love. Thank goodness we can visit and sit in our own cabana and bask in the same sunshine. 

What about you? Do these long days make you dream of other sunny places? Where are you eager to go before cool weather returns? Are you a Palm Beach lover or is the quieter vibe of 30A (think: Rosemary Beach & Watercolor) more your vacation style? I love them both for various reasons. If you can't get away, enjoy these fabulous pieces below inspired by Palm Beach chic:

INSPIRED BY PALM BEACH CHIC





Dreamy Spaces: Tranquility Along The Beach...

I've been a fan of Ohara Davies-Gaetano for a while now. As it turns out, she shares time between Crorona del Mar, San Fran and (my home) Dallas. This project features the ceiling detail that initially brought my attention to Ohara's work. 

Her signature style in a heady mix of whitewashed glamour and classic refinement - and I cannot get enough of it! This young designer has mastered a finished look that is aged, layered and well-traveled without veering too deeply into the overly-patina'd arena. Growing up in a family of artist certainly aided her in the process of honing her appreciation for beautiful things. 

For it, it's her lushly layered spaces, generous use of natural materials and careful selection of materials that I appreciate. There's a nice balance of aged finishes with modern details. It's a tug of war between layered designs and tightly edited spaces. I love this specific project, and it beautifully reflects the beachy scenes just beyond the windows. There's a dreamy quality to it while still feeling quite livable and inviting. 

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Perspective: What You Focus On Expands...

Life holds a few simple truths. One is that what you dwell upon, what you focus on, what you think about grows. You'll get MORE of that in your life. This is why you must guard your mind and control that mass between your ears. Your thoughts truly become things.

This is one of the many reasons why I seek out beautiful things, high quality that make me happy. I seek out thought leaders that speak on personal growth and achievement. I seek out others who lift me up and avoid those who strive to pull us down.

What are you focused on this year, friends? Take some time to be strategic with your intentions. Surround yourself with joyful people, uplifting people, happy people. Move towards exactly what you want and make bold moves away from that which no longer serves you. Seek out joy. Seek out growth. Seek out expansion. Seek out beauty. Seek out life enhancing experiences. Seek out simple things that bring a big smile to your soul. What you focus on expands... so focus on GREAT things.

Have a terrific week, everyone!

MY WEEKLY OBSESSIONS

Current Obsession: A Scintillating Scent as Signature Fragrance...

It will come as no surprise to hear I am incredibly selective. Give me an opportunity to invest in a nice handbag and I'll ask to line five identical bags up to choose the one I deem to be perfect. Yes, I'm that person. So taking a risk and purchasing a new fragrance online is basically my version of gambling. Not one with a trained nose, how could I know what notes of "Pink Pepper, Pink Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon, Sparkling Pear, Raspberry, Lychee and Vetiver" create? I honestly had no idea, but it sounded lively and yummy. But one look at the faceted bottle and a quick read of the "awww!" inducing love story and I was hooked. Gift card redeemed. Bottle ordered. I was in. All in.

Today, this impossibly pretty jewel-shaped bottle arrived. To tell you it smells divine is to say the ocean is wet. This, to me, is wild happiness embodied in a perfume. It is light, cheerful, sexy and sophisticated. Yet somehow completely luxe and instantly wearable. Plus, look at that bottle!!! This was a "gamble" that absolutely paid off.

To give you a sense of my fragrance preferences, I prefer them bright rather than sultry. I am repelled by powdery finishes. Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming comes to mind as a favorite. Omorovicza Bagatelle de Gabrielle is another absolute winner. Love, Relentlessly falls into the "wow, what are you wearing?" category of fragrances that will garner genuine compliments from friends and strangers alike.

My father wrote this note to my mother, which he ran in the newspaper and signed “Love, Relentless.” My parents were the most romantic couple I have ever known. This fragrance is inspired by their love story.
— Tory Burch

I cannot wait to wear this lovely acquisition every single day for the foreseeable future. Sheets shall also be spritzed with it (confession: already happened!). I love it that much. Perhaps a body cream of the same intoxicating scent will be available soon. (Tory, if you're reading this, that's an urgent request) Divine indeed.

MY CURRENT SIGNATURE SCENTS

Beauty: Silk Pillowcases, the Jen Atkin-Endorsed Luxury You Need Immediately...

It's no secret that lying down is a fresh blowout's sworn enemy. To combat this, many a girl has invested in Egyptian cotton sateen sheets & pillowcases to extend the life of her 'do. What you may not know is that those high thread count cotton sheets also leech hydration from your skin and your hair while you get your beauty sleep. Yes, the slumber you so crave is actually drying out your hair and leaving your pretty skin parched. The fix is easy and wonderful, but does come at a small price.

Silk pillowcases. I've been a fan of Slip for a while and have worn silk eye masks for about a decade now (don't judge, it's the Zsa Zsa Gabor in me) and can tell you they absolutely make a difference. Especially when paired together. Hair glides effortlessly over the surface of the pillowcase and skin unharmed during sleep. Effective immediately, famed celebrity hair guru Jen Atkin is brand ambassador for the brand Slip, maker of luxurious silk pillowcases and eye masks in a range of stunningly subtle colors. This brilliant pairing is genius, as it now thrusts this boutique brand to the forefront of our cultural obsession with silken tresses and age-defying skin care.

If you've not seen Slip mentioned here or in other places, it is a growing Australian line of silk goods created with proprietary fibers. Beauty editors everywhere have fallen for their high quality and soft sorbet-like color range (think blushy pink and creamy vanilla) that fits in with anyone's decor.

Why Atkin? She's the go-to tress tamer du jour for the Kardashians, Jessica Alba and many other Hollywood stars, Her debut hair care line OUAI has won acclaim from customers and critics alike.

According to the hair expert herself...

I try to create solutions to women’s problems,. What I’ve noticed the most is that women want to take care of themselves and are focused on overall health.

Hairstyles are not going to go back to complication. Healthy, long shiny hair is coming back. I’m teaching women to find something in their day to help with their hair health.
— Jen Atkin

Bottom line, if Jen Atkin tells us to stop sleeping on cotton once and for all, it's time to listen and obey. Why lovingly care for skin and hair by day and cause (avoidable and unnecessary) damage by night? Here's what I'm loving form Slip right now...

SHOP MY SLIP & OUAI FAVORITES

Why black, you ask? Simple: you'll never accidentally put it in the laundry with your other linens. Pink for the same reason. I feel the difference in color will prolong the life of your investment as you will see the pillowcase (or mask) as unique and special. They also come in creamy white, caramel and charcoal.

I love the idea of a black mask for optimal light blocking why trying to sleep in and pink for the pillowcase for the reasons stated above. It's pretty, makes its presence known and you'll never accidentally leave it behind at the hotel while on vacation.

Which colors would you choose? Shop Net-a-Porter, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom & Anthropologie and say bye bye to creased skin and bed head for good an wake up to your gorgeous, silky haired self.

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Dreamy Spaces: Parisian Luxe in the Hollywood Hills...

This was one of those moments when I discovered the home that belongs to the master closet seen above. I've pinned and repinned that closet many times over the years, each time making a private promise to myself to achieve such closet perfection in my life. Yesterday I discovered the rest of the home on Luxe magazines's site.

Designed by Smith Firestone Associates, this incredible Hollywood Hills home captures the elegance and glamour of a refined Paris estate white embracing California's easy, breezy vibe. The living room may lean toward the formal end of the spectrum with its shimmering velvet fabrics and lustrous metallic finishes, but the rest of the home is pure relaxed elegance. It will come as no surprise to you regular readers that I love it! 

And that dreamy closet is the brainchild of none other that the esteemed Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design - another all-star in my book. {All photographs via Luxe & SFA.}

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Dreamy Spaces: A Relaxed French Château in Sunny Southern California...

My real estate dream come true! A stunning French château that requires little more than a move to sunny California to occupy. It's the best of France (think: creamy limestone and marvelous architectural details) and the best of West Coast style (relaxed linen seating, a subdued color palette and blurred lines between indoors and out) that makes this a dream home for me. I love everything about it from the intimate gardens to the grand facade. Positively dreamy! It's spying new construction like this that inspires me and encourages me to keep my eyes on the prize. Anything is possible. {photographs above by MATTHEW MILLMAN for Veranda}

CHANNEL THE CALIFORNIA CHATEAU LOOK AT HOME 


French Linen Bergere // Vintage Gilt Sconces // Potted Lavender // Linen Bench Seat Sofa // Footed Silver Bowl // Potted Orchid // Wing Sculpture // Seagrass Rug // White Textured Dinnerware // Nested Woven Baskets // Oval Back Linen Chair // Textured Velvet Pillow // Lion Head Wall Fountain // Brass Chandelier // Whitewashed Hanging Lantern // Round Marble Lidded Box // Gilt Mirror

The key to marrying the styles is to let the architecture and structure of the home shine with elegance, but keep the upholstery and the decor relaxed, unfussy and livable. Add decadent glamour on the walls via gilt mirrors, elegant sconces and stunning boiserie. Allow the textiles to bring in an organic vibe. Choose linen, seagrass and woven baskets to infuse the space with the natural and inviting spirit of Southern California living. Dare to add a bit of this vibe to your home with inspiration from the pieces above. And most of all, keep it light, bright and airy because a dank, dark château isn't on anyone's wish list! 

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Dreamy Spaces: A Study in Fabulous French Lavender...

Leave it to Nathan Turner to convince me that lavender is completely and truly chic. Purples of all varieties are often done in a way that is too overdone. Yet at the hand of a master, even rich velvet banquette cushions done in this royal color with bold chocolate piping look completely inviting and tasteful.

For these clients, the space is the wife's study in what is an already stunning Bel Air home. Every room featured in the story is exceptional, but this one particular room demonstrates a decidedly more feminine and less restrained result.

Those walls, the Lucite and brass desk (good Lord, I need that) the incredible chandelier. There's a romance here, but there's a very high level of sophistication on display and not a hint of  "little girl sweet" that one might think of when the color lavender comes to mind. Nor is it garish and overthought. It's simply fabulous. 

I'm so inspired by the images it is making me seriously consider painting a room in this exact color. As I consider that, I rounded up what it would take to somewhat achieve the very glam Hollywood Regency look seen above. 

SERVE UP FABULOSITY IN FRENCH LAVENDER

John-Richard Diaphanous Chandelier // Serena & Lily "Wisteria" Paint // Jonathan Adler Lucite + Acrylic Console // Purple Floral Silk Pillow // Lavender Linen Pillow // Linen Side Chair

Loving the ideas above but wanting less commitment and less investment? Here are a few easy pieces to help you ad a touch of the glamorous look to your life. Pretty accessories & accents you're sure to love. 

MORE LAVENDER & REGENCY LOVE


But this all prompts me to pause and ask you - what have you seen lately that truly caused you pause and deep soul-stirring inspiration? I'd love to hear all about it. 

Get the Look: The Glamorous Feminine Vanity & Desk...

shop the look: the glamorous feminine vanity & desk...

The inspiring image of the Barbara Barry desk and Z-chair above isn't new, but it bears repeating if recreating this vision of a private paradise can be replicated. With a few key pieces (namely that iconic desk and chair) you can perch yourself upon the mod molded lucite and gaze out the window or at your own lovely visage and daydream. Or (as in most of our cases) work at your laptop. I dare say that whether you work, apply blush or pen thank you notes at this feminine station the task will be far more pleasant.

I've given you a range of options for recreating this amazing look at home. For me, it's a look that is timeless and will always make you smile. We all deserve to carve out room in our homes to make a small little "nest" for ourselves. This could be in an office, a nook in a hallway, a master closet, a spare bedroom or even as a behind a floating sofa solution. Regardless, carve out a space for YOU and relish in it. You deserve it. 

Now... go be girly, glam and gorgeous. It is your birthright. 

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Shop the Look: Effortlessly Feminine Interiors...

One link on pinterest led to another and another and ultimately I chased the rabbit down the hole to Bijou & Boheme's home tour on Style Me Pretty. I've loved Christine Dovey's look since I very first set eyes on her site, but seeing her home in detail was a delicious treat. This home has been featured here and there on other sites, but any kitchen with an Empire style crystal chandelier over the island and gold fixtures at the sink deserves to be showered with an excess of public praise. 

Christine's family-friendly home is dripping with style and radiates feminine chic in the most relaxed fashion. Soft textures, golden accents and undeniably romantic elements are presented in a very approachable manner. Fortunately, you too can take a bit of Bijou home via a few well selected accents. Here are my favorite selections for achieving her livable chic vibe:  

Closet Crush: A Fashion Lover's Over-the-Top Opulent Dressing Room...

A space worthy of Georgina Chapman if there ever was one! This spacious dressing room is that of an unnamed (but presumably not unknown) California resident with spectacular taste and an equally spectacular budget. Designer Philip Nimmo leveraged his skills to deliver old Hollywood glamour in this beautiful custom project. Gilded French furniture, a mesmerizing ’60s-vintage Murano chandelier and that elegant hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper make the serene walk-in a sight to behold. Can I just say I'm in closet love? 

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Giveaway: Join the Super Elixir Challenge...

** THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED! THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER GRACE M. **

How about a giveaway, loves? One of my commitments to self is to be more alkaline. What does this mean? More greens, more truly natural and organic food, more water, more fresh vegetable, more whole foods, more plant-based living. This means establishing a baseline of nutrition by staring my day with a dose of The Super Elixir. I've used it fairly consistently for about two years but have really stepped up my loyalty to it now. Prior to this marvelous find I juiced. Juicing was exhilarating at first (that glow!) but seemed wasteful (and messy) and nutritionally incomplete. I scoured the web to find a powdered blend of superfoods and... lo and behold the miracle of powdered greens existed.

I've tried several brands and sources for this nutritional fix and I can say without question this is my favorite. Elle Macpherson's Super Elixir offers a very diverse array of star ingredients and delivers a powerful antioxidant punch in a simple spoonful of green powder. I mix it with a very small shot of filtered water to start my day in lieu of coffee. It's efficient, incredibly tasty and WORKS. My skin is radiant, I feel great. My blood sugar is completely stabilized and my body's overall health thanks me daily.

It's difficult to explain 'feeling great" unless you get on a program or develop a routine that does this for you. In my life, a daily vinyasa yoga practice, a serving (or two) of Super Elixir, whole food eating and healthy living are working wonders for me. Yet when I skipped this simple green powdered step for a month or two my energy suffered, I looked lackluster and something was just "off" about my overall health. My hair even felt different. I'm not saying this is a magic bullet. Obviously I live a clean lifestyle too, but I can tell you the absence of this was felt. Now that I'm back on it, I'm truly back with a fierce loyalty. Thus... my desire to help you achieve the same feeling of wellness.

I'd love to invite you to enter my giveaway below. I'll send you a 30 day supply of what I feel is a marvelous treat for your health. Yes. It's just that good. Simply pop your name & email into the short pink form below. Enter before midnight Sunday night (giveaway entry period ends at February 5, 2017 11:59 PM CST).

Then... try it. If you love it, you may want to enter the Super Elixir Challenge on Instagram and you could win a YEAR'S WORTH of this marvelous green powerhouse of wellness. Good luck & great health!

** THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED! THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER GRACE M. **

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{image credits: yours truly, Franki Durbin via Instagram}

Loving: New Year = Fresh Solutions...

With that toss of the old calendar comes new big ideas, fresh solutions and new approaches. I'm committed to ensuring 2017 is worlds away room last year. Thus I'm incorporating subtle shifts in my daily routine to create new results. Here's what I'm loving:

BABY SOFT, SUPPLE SKIN

I'll admit, Bobbi Brown has been there all along but I never stopped long enough at the counter to move beyond her dreamy shimmer bricks & eye shadows to discover her decadent skin care treatments. Well, now I know how much my skin needed them. THIS is the source of skin quenching goodness I am craving this winter. I began with the Soothing Cleansing Milk and Hydrating Face Cream and have quickly begun to branch out into the brand's "extra" line which serves up (you guessed it) EXTRA hydration for winter skin. As you can see, it's a love affair with this antioxidant-rich line, and I have been gushing to girlfriends about this for a few weeks now.

Why the shift? I realized we live in a moment of treatment after treatment for our skin. From exfoliation to retinoids to a variety of AHAs & BHAs. Sometimes, friends, our skin just wants a hug. The Bobbi Brown line seems to be the big bear hug my skin needed. This isn't to say all it does is hydrate. High concentrations of hyaluronic acid, mineral water, algae extract and vitamin E leave your skin plumped, glowing and quenched. You may never go back to your previous products. Consider yourself warned :)

Pair this line with my Clarisonic and the super soft "luxe contour" brush head and my skin is as soft as silk. If you've not seen the new head I'm referring to, it has longer softer bristles for getting smaller areas of face (think: around nose, near eyes) for a truly gentle yet deep clean for hard-to-reach areas. I have been overjoyed by the results in such a short period of time.

 

BIG SMILES + BIGGER SUNGLASSES

You know me. I love my big sunnies! The Texas sun never rests, so oversized shades are a must year round. I'm vibing on these large but lightweight frames from Chloe to add sun-shielding style to my face. Remember, sun may do the damage, but squinting tells the crinkles where to live. Wear the big sunglasses & stop squinting.

TRAVELING LIGHTER

Confession, the idea of going wallet-free never occurred to me. A very close friend, however, shared her obsession for cardholders as well as her reasoning. And frankly, it makes quite a bit of sense. Most of my cards have been replaced by apps on my iPhone and what few cards I do carry (license & a credit card or two) can easily be tucked in a nifty holder. I love this one that safely clips to the interior of your bags so it won't ever be lost. Also... it matches my coveted dream wallet and could be tucked inside for easy removal when showing identification or paying for items. Thus, reducing wear & tear on the wallet itself.

ALKALINE LIVING, ALL DAY EVERY DAY

You know by now I am obsessed with the Super Elixir. It has replaced my cumbersome juicing habit and saves me considerable time, money and effort. More so, it keeps the healthy of my body in check, my skin radiant and my eyes sparkly. I'm expecting this healthy lifestyle habit to kick up this year as it slowly nudges out my coffee habit (did I just type that???). Long live alkaline living, and the glow-inducing properties of a greener life.