Packing For The South Of France

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Bonjour! I just got back from the south of France and it was truly incredible. We bopped around Antibes, Cannes, and Saint Tropez which were all special in their own way. I loved the Picasso Museum and Farmer’s Market in Antibes, Cannes had a rocking nightlife, and Saint Tropez was surprisingly quaint. We lunched at Club 55, browsed the beachy shops, ate gelato, and talked about spending a future summer there someday. A girl can dream, right?!

We were lucky enough to stay at the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Roc which was the highlight of the trip. I now understand why Picasso, the Kennedys, Ernest Hemingway and so many of the greats spent their time there. Just like the rest of the country, it was super inspiring—from the design to the food and obviously the fashion.

When packing for the trip, I wanted to bring pieces that were chic yet versatile, and to maintain a streamlined light, textured palette. Shoe wise, I knew I only needed two options: a great gladiator sandal for day and some sort of platform for evenings. I opted for saddle suede instead of my usual black sandals and lived in my Stuart Weitzman ROMANFLAT during the day. I wore them by the pool, to lunches, and they were perfect for long walks around town. At night I’d slip into Stuart Weizman’s ROMANESQUE Sandals which gave me the height I would want from a heel, but with the ease of a platform to navigate cobblestone and gravel.

**This post is sponsored by Stuart Weitzman

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Grocery Store Shopping Rules That Will Guarantee A Healthier Home

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Good nutrition starts with smart choices in the grocery store, but making the right choices can be overwhelming and daunting. There are temptations to throw you off in each aisle, and literally thousands of options to decide between. I head into the store with a game plan and stick to it whether I’m heading in for a couple essentials or a full haul.

Here are the grocery shopping rules I live by, that guarantee a healthier home:

  1. SHOP THE PERIMETER. This saying was made famous by Michael Pollan (who I love) and it’s one that I live  by. The fresh and more nutritious food, including produce, fish, dairy and meat, line the perimeter of the grocery store. This is primarily where I shop because by sticking to the perimeter, I fill my cart with REAL food and avoid the chemicals/processed food lurking in the center aisles.
  2. REAL FOOD. If there is anything written on the label which I don’t understand, it probably shouldn’t go into my body. As a general rule of thumb, if there are ingredients I can’t pronounce, I don’t buy it. Or as Michael Pollan puts it, “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
  3. ORGANIC. I only buy organic, and if there isn’t an organic option of what I need, I skip it. This is obviously pretty strict and buying as much organic as possible is probably more realistic; however, if you don’t do this already, it’s something to strive for. Also, most restaurants don’t serve organic food which means we’re ingesting free radicals and toxins (pesticides, additives, etc.) often.
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Ask A Makeup Artist: What Makeup Brushes Do I REALLY Need?

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When it comes to beauty I’m no expert, but I am curious, so I thought it would be fun to start a column called, “Ask A Makeup Artist.” In this column we (as in you and I) will be asking makeup artists for their best tips, products, applications, DIY ideas, and more.

This is where you come in. Please let me know what questions you want answered or topics you want covered! Simply leave a comment below or on Instagram here.

To start, I asked my friend and LA-based makeup artist Meghan Nguy (pictured after the jump, isn’t she the cutest?!) about the basics: BRUSHES. What are the 5 makeup brushes every girl REALLY needs? Here’s her answer:

My philosophy of brushes and all of makeup in general is “minimize to maximize.” I believe that you can purchase a few key products to achieve a variety of looks. The brushes that I picked can be used for multiple purposes, and they will be the only five brushes you’ll ever really need:

1. Foundation Brush

Pick a synthetic brush for liquid foundations.  I like the MAC 193 Foundation Brush because it’s slightly narrow to allow you to use it for under eye concealer. The angle also allows you to precisely conceal spots.

2. Powder Brush
My favorite powder brush is the NARS Yachiyo Brush. It is a great brush to apply powder, blush, and/or bronzer. Pinch the base of the bristles to create the perfect shape for highlighter too.

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