It has taken me a while (far longer than I expected), but I finally had a chance to go through the several hundred photos that we took while we were in London earlier this month. I wanted to put together a little photo album for our coffee table with some of our favorite photos, so I planned to take about 30 min out of my mornings for a few days to grab a big cup of coffee and sort through everything and pick my favorites.
Starbucks recently sent along some of their single-origin coffees from around the world for us to try. From Rwanda (which was my favorite!) to Guatemala, each flavor is unique, rich and showcase the best qualities of coffees from each region. They also shared how the soil, climate and elevation in each location makes each of the Starbucks single origin coffees so different, and I found it interesting to take a little coffee tasting world tour and find our favorites.
Speaking of favorites, that’s what some of the photos are for today’s post. There are far too many to share here but these were some of the great moments and memories that happened during our trip and some of the best were:
Our family ride on the London Eye. With how many times Jackson pointed out Big Ben, I’m not sure if everyone else in the capsule would consider it a favorite.
Jackson’s photo with a Beefeater at the Tower of London (I can’t believe he held his hand!)
One of the good things about the (almost) end of summer is the sales. At this point, I’m trying not to buy things that I won’t be able to wear into fall. But if I do “need” a little summer dress or something, I want to buy it on sale. So, I did a little research and found some of the best of my favorite sale sections, just in case you’re thinking the same way:
I’ve partnered with Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan to share the best lipstick picks for summer. I’m usually pretty neutral with my lip color choices so I was excited to try a couple of brighter colors and I’d love to hear what you think of my lipstick picks for summer!
Nude // Tom Ford Lip Color “Spanish Pink”
This pretty nude lip color from Tom Ford is one of my very favorites. First of all, it is such an easy-to-wear color that I would every single day, with a dress or even yoga pants for errand running. To dress it up a bit, this color is really pretty layered with Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Peach Absolut. The lipstick itself goes on super SUPER smooth, moisturizing and perfectly matte – and I actually think it smells really good!
Other favorite nudes at Tom Ford: Blush Nude, Vanilla Nude, Pink Dusk
Red // Chanel Rouge Coco “Arthur”
I’m not really that brave when it comes to red lip colors, but I’m sure no one does red better than Chanel. They have several great red shades to choose from (all named after Coco Chanel’s loves), depending on your skin color and how brave you just might be. I chose Arthur, which is a perfect pop of bright red without being too much.
Other favorite reds at Chanel: Etienne, Dimitri, Gabrielle
Pink //Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color “Orchid Pink”
This Paint Wash formula from Laura Mercier is very new and it’s awesome! This fuchsia color packs a serious punch and it lasts all day (after eating, drinking, etc., it really lasts!). This is the strongest color I picked for summer and I’ve been getting a lot of great wear out of it.
Other favorite pretty pinks at Laura Mercier: Petal Pink, Nude Rose, Fuchsia Mauve
Have you tried any great lip colors recently? Well, Neiman Marcus and I want to know and we also want to give away a $50 NM gift card to one lucky reader so you can shop for an old favorite or try a new one. Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below and good luck!
I’ve been doing a lot of unpacking and packing lately and I noticed a trend. I’ve been packing the same things over and over, so I wanted to put together a post to share some of my travel style essentials and what has been working really well for me on our recent trips, just in case you’re doing a little shopping for a late summer vacation (although these definitely aren’t exclusive to summer!).
The Red Twist Cashmere Wrap Why you need it: I have this pretty wrap in blush pink (and it comes in several other colors) and it is super soft and lightweight but oh so warm, perfect for planes or car rides. It’s also an easy-to-add layer if you get a chilly night while you’re on your trip.
Why you’ll love it: It also rolls up to easily put in a carry-on bag, diaper bag or just your big purse.
Tibi Long Skirt with Shorts Why you need it: It’s a skirt. With shorts. It’s a fancy skort, what’s not to love? This little Tibi number is one of my favorite summer purchases. This is one of the most versatile pieces I own. I wore it casually for walking around London and sightseeing and then dressed up with a silk tank for a dinner date.
Why you’ll love it: The versatility is the best thing about this skirt/shorts. I also really liked it as “mom clothes” that I can wear for busy play days with Jackson, while still looking put together. Oh and it’s on sale right now, so it’s a must buy (and you can get it in white and greenhere)!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Shadow Why you need it: This creamy eye shadow stick is a light and easy addition to your streamline your travel make-up bag.
Why you’ll love it: I love this product because it lasts all day and doesn’t crease or get oily. I recommend getting a few colors, with at least one lighter one (I like Taupe) to use as an everyday color or base for your lids. Also get a darker color (Heather Steel is my favorite here) you can use to make a smoky eye and/or to use as eyeliner.
ECCO sandals Why you need it: These sandals are absolutely perfect for a day of walking in the summer sun. They’re comfortable, cute and they also come in black.
Why you’ll love it: Style and function. I actually have to give my husband credit for this one. When I was looking for “stylish walking shoes” he said I should look at ECCO. So I hesitantly looked and was VERY pleasantly surprised! Oh and this pairis next on my list.
Tory Burch York Tote Why you need it: Again, versatility is key with this pretty pink Tory Burch tote (which comes in other colors too). There are great little pockets to keep your phone and other essentials. My laptop also fits in here for taking it to and from meetings, so it’s great for everything from work to weekend!
Why you’ll love it: No matter what you’re carrying around (diapers and wipes, anyone?), this bag adds structure, style and sophistication.
Yet another short week here! We are off to Chicago for a little visit to the Windy City and I’m really looking forward to this fun few days with Clint and Jackson. Some of you may know this about me, but both Clint and I went to the University of Notre Dame for business school and were fortunate enough to be able to make lots of quick weekend trips to Chicago. Since graduation, however, we haven’t been back once! Now that we live so much closer, I hope that we can make more frequent visits for shopping, good food and seeing friends.
This week’s wish list is full of lots of great picks under $150. This week I loved finding a few home items to go along with the usual fashion and beauty picks. This cute cheese board is under $100 and would be a great hostess gift, as would this set of NEST Fragrances candles.