Labor Day Sales and Steals!

Happy Labor Day!  The end of the summer is always incredibly bittersweet.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but I am certainly going to miss the relaxed beach vibes of summer.  You know what will soften the blow?  Some shopping, of course.  Luckily, plenty of my favorite brands are offering killer deals this weekend.  Here are some of the best:

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My 5 Step Makeup Routine

When it comes to makeup, I am a true minimalist.  My skincare and hair care routines are definitely more involved than my everyday makeup look…but that is a post for a different day🙂

Over the past two years or so, I have really embraced a less is more approach.  The best part of this attitude?  Getting from my bed, out of the shower (on non-hair washing days, of course) and out the door in about eight minutes flat.  Truly!  Here is my easy routine:

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Shopbop bag sale

Through tomorrow (8/19) at 11:59 PM, certain classic style bags are 20% off on Shopbop with code: INTHEBAG.  Now is the time to consider adding a timeless, versatile bag to your wardrobe just in time for fall.  Even if you aren’t going back to school (those were the days), this time of year is still a great excuse to invest in the perfect handbag for work or play. Here are the ones I have my eye on:

Shopbop bag sale

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TREND: Air-Dried Locks

No, I’m not just full of hot air. It is time to drop those blowdryers, flat irons, curling irons and hot rollers in favor of air-dried locks. While natural breeze coming off the ocean is obviously preferable, the drifts felt by NYC subways count as well. Not only is this the hair look du jour, but it is also a great way to give your strands a nourishing break from all the stress you put them under (I’m looking at you, highlights.) Hairstylist Lacy Redway, who works with clients including Olivia Palermo and Jourdan Dunn, filled me on how to master this trend.


CC: Can any type of hair rock this look?

LR: This trend is all about embracing your natural texture. Most women don’t even know what their natural texture looks like because we have been using heat and/or chemicals to alter our natural textures for so long. I think any hair type can rock this look because it’s more about self acceptance and learning what products work for you.

CC: What products do you recommend for air drying?

LR: I think a great mousse and a good hair moisturizer is key for this look. I love Kèrastase mousse Bouffante  and Jane Carter Solution Nourishing Cream.

CC: What if you want the air-dried look, but need to dry your hair quickly? Can you achieve this look with a blow dryer?

LR: A hair dryer diffuser will dry your hair quickly, but without irritating your natural texture . I use ghd Air diffuser  along with my dryer when I’m home, but for travel I pack my YS Park sock Diffuser .

BB: How can you keep air dried hair from getting crazy and puffy?

LR: The key is to keep your hair moisturized. Locking in the moisture will help fight against frizz. Also, a good hair mousse will keep your hair in place.

This post originally appeared on Beauty Banter but was written be me :) 

Brand Spotlight: M. Gemi

What girl doesn’t like shoes?  Personally, I really wear my shoes.  Walking on New York City streets isn’t kind to my soles, so I generally seek well-crafted shoes that will really last.  When I started seeing M. Gemi shoes all over Instagram, I knew I had to check them out.
To put it simply, M. Gemi cut out the middleman.  All of their shoes are handcrafted in Italy at family-owned factories (yes, the same ones that have been producing high-end designers’ shoes for longer than you have been alive.)  Because they are sold directly to the customer through their website, the prices are significantly lower than their designer counterparts.  While they still aren’t inexpensive, you know you are getting a quality product at a fair price.
Not only is their business model genius, but their designs are gorgeous to boot.  Below are my favorite picks for summer…I can’t wait to see what they have in store for fall.
M. Gemi

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