Thank You Notes

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Can an e-mail be elegant? Sure, any time you are taking time out of your day to compose a thoughtful note shows that you care. If you want to take that extra step though, writing your note is an art that is dying out quicker than it should. The process of shopping for your stationery and putting together your thoughts in your own handwriting can be quite an experience. Next time you need to send a note to someone, consider sitting down with a notecard instead.

The Hair Comb

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Elegance is in the details. We love a good hair elastic, it’s quick and dirty and you can stash it on your wrist. They’ve even made jewelry dedicated to it. However, elegance is about stepping your look up. Enter the hair comb. You can pin your hair up the same way but it looks so much chicer.

The Red Heel

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Dorthy was on to something with those red shoes. The show stopper of my wardrobe is my pair of red power heels. I get stopped in the street by strangers so often it’s not even weird anymore. If a bootie and a peep toe pump had a baby. That is this shoe. Maybe it is loved for its uniqueness, but I think it’s because they are red. I own it’s sister in black and she gets some love but it doesn’t even come close to the attention the red pair get.

Brand Spotlight: Aquaphor

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This multi-tsking miracle product will be your secret weapon (if it isn’t already). This salve first was introduced to me for tattoo care, however I quickly found it did more than just that. Add a dot to your eyes or cheeks for a dewy look. It is the most amazing lip balm I have ever tried. This beats every foot and hand cream out there(although I would only use it at night, otherwise you tend to leave a mess everywhere you go)… Use a little to keep your eyebrows in place, hair dye off your skin, the list goes on! What do you use yours for?

The Custom Palette

DSCN0372.JPGI am quite picky. I will be the first one to tell you I am. You know how I see it though? I know what I want. You see all of these collaborations where someone you look up to picks the eyeshadow shades they can’t live without and we buy these palettes not giving it one thought. I am one of those people who always hates at least half the colors in an eyeshadow pallet. One day I was like, I’m not famous, but why can’t I do the same thing? There are some great brands out there for you to pick from like Anastasia Beverly Hills or the lesser known Inglot(my favorite). Urban Decay is also a possibility, but depotting them is less than pleasurable and you risk cracking them.

Signature Scent

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Scent is a powerful thing. It creates memories. Smells are like songs, they transport us to a different time. So when you are shopping for your perfume, keep that in mind. Do some digging. Find something that is unique to you, that will leave a lasting impression when you meet people. I live in California and the scent I wear can’t be purchased here. So I know the chances of finding someone who has the same scent are highly unlikely. Everywhere I go I’m asked what I’m wearing. People smell my fragrance and now it is associated with me. If they smelled it and I wasn’t around, if I have encountered that person, whether they want it to or not, they will think of me. So when you are shopping for your fragrance. Keep that in mind. Mix two together or better yet, make your own. That is the beauty of the signature scent.

Return to Simplicity

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In a world where everyone is trying to be noticed or trendy. I find myself wanting more and more to slink into the shadows. Instead of wearing several shades or pink or patterned everything. I prefer to wear simple pieces, but it isn’t that simple(ironic really). You need to pick well edited pieces. If all you’re wearing is a couple items and a piece of jewelry. It needs to be the right combination. Look for things that are well made or have an interesting detail to them. By doing this, you’ll be what everyone is looking at, in a good way.

Brand Spotlight: Zoya

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If you are looking for the most amazing nail polish ever, this is it. Zoya nail polish is both long wearing and toxin free. With a color collection like that of Essie or OPI, you will never miss out on the color you crave. Many nail polishes claim to be three free. Zoya is five free (toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP)