phuket, thailand

i spent an amazing 2.5 weeks at the end of january traveling through southeast asia.  as with my trip last year to italy and malta, i plan to devote each post to a different city.  we started the journey in bangkok, but since we were so jet lagged and only had a day, phuket was the first city i documented.

we stayed right on the beach, and took an amazing tour to the islands to see the sights.

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carine gilson set

one of the points marie kondo makes in “the life changing magic of tidying up” is that you should have a different set of clothes for rest and sleeping than what you wear during the day.  while the idea seemed nice, i wasn’t quite sure how pajamas were really that much better than a soft rumbled t shirt.

of course that was until i laid eyes on this beauty during the winter sales.  the purple silk is so vibrant, and the handmade black lace is both feminine and strong.  i also plan to wear the cami under a black blazer for a night out.

now, i still sleep in my rumpled t shirts 90% of the time, but on that night i want to feel extra special, this fits the bill.

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sale finds

my bathroom renovations are finally underway, and with them, a large portion of my budget is now devoted to the materials and labor costs.  therefore, my new year’s resolution was to go 3 months without buying any article of clothing/accessory.  i know this may not seem like a lot to many readers of this blog, but over the years, shopping has become such a hobby (and habit) that the restraint has required more resolve than i anticipated.

i’m not sure how many readers of this little corner of the internet stop by to see what is new to my closet, so i am going to devote a few posts to some recent acquisitions that you have not yet seen.  first up is this a.m.a.z.i.n.g blazer and shoes.  i do have a great foundation of basics in my wardrobe, but i found that it was lacking the charm of pieces that are not so versatile but are still so fun that they make you smile.

these items definitely make me smile (especially since they were both over 75% off!).

{dries van noten schoolboy blazer}

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{christian louboutin top street velvet mary janes}

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perfect pieces: christian louboutin tortoise shell pump

remember this post from 4 years ago?  as i hoped, those manolos became a great staple in my work wardrobe.  i wore them multiple times a week every year since i bought them.  however, after numerous trips to the cobbler to replace the soles and the heel taps, i finally realized that they were beyond resuscitation.

i went to the bergdorf goodman the day after christmas to see if i could find replacements, and i have literally never witnessed such utter chaos in my life.  this includes being in a train station in india.  grown women were hoarding shoes in shopping bags and under their chairs (assuming they could even find a chair to sit in), and shouting at each other and the salespeople.  i somehow managed to find the below in my size, bought them as quickly as i could, and got out without looking back.

i then decided that it would be a good time to see the tree at rockafeller center, which was probably the only place in new york more insane that bergdorf goodman that day.  i clearly lost my mind.  worth it for beautiful shoes at 75% off?  likely not.  but i do love them, and hope they will last at least another 4 years.

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also, as an aside, how has it already been almost 5 years that i have had this blog???

mushroom lasagna

ina garten never does me wrong.  whenever i want a recipe, whether it is for the perfect chocolate cake or a show stopping dish to impress company, her cookbooks are always my first stop.

this mushroom lasagna has been one of my favorite recipes to make when i am having company, or for any special occasion.  despite the number of dishes it requires, it is not that difficult to prepare and can be made in advance.  and despite varying the recipe slightly from time to time, it always turns out delicious.

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happy new year

below are a few shots from my holidays.  i had a blissful week off between christmas and new years, and spent it wandering around new york city, catching up with friends, and of course, lounging around the house.

happy new year everyone – hope your 2017 is amazing.

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love this pink macaron ornament

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beautiful ornaments from anthropologie that we used as tree toppers

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the last remnants of yet another cup of tea

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so excited to bust out this sugar paper + target planner

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j.crew sale finds

i feel like i have bought and returns dozens of items from j.crew this year.  in the past, the declining quality, poor fit, and increasing costs have always left me wanting more. this sale season, however, i came across these two gems.  the sequin top is so stunning, and the cashmere turtleneck is soft, thick, and has no signs of piling even after several wears.

thanks for stepping up your game j.crew.

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enchantment resort, sedona az

i was lucky enough to spend my birthday at the enchantment resort in sedona, arizona.  it was, hands down, one of the most awe-inspiring places i have ever been to.  the hotel is nestled within the beauty of the famous sedona red rocks, and the services, included activities, food, and overall environment ensured that i never wanted to leave.

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the door to our casita

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casitas set within the rocks

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the view from our balcony

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the view from the top of the resort

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breakfast at one of their wonderful restaurants

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their acai bowls look like ice cream

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wildlife in one of the many trails that connect to the resort.

i am already scheming to find out how i can go back.

favorite natural beauty products

there has been so much written about the importance of using organic skincare and makeup products, seeing as your skin actually absorbs everything you put on it.  while i admit i have not done a full overhaul of my routine (there are products that i love that are not organic), below are a few of my favorites currently in rotation.  with these, i don’t feel like i am sacrificing anything in terms of performance.

img_5505{pictured from top:  rms luminizer, drunk elephant vitamin c serum, rms powder, one love organics cleansing oil, and herbivore botanicals face mask in the center}