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Dine Out : Emily

July 28, 2017
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While we still haven't made it to the original Emily in Brooklyn, we did manage to dine at Emily in the West Village not soon after they opened. Both the original and Emmy Squared come from the chef-restaurateur and husband-wife team of Pizza Loves Emily known for their well loved inventive take on Detroit style pizza. This newest location occupies the former home of Blue Ribbon Bakery on a charming corner in the West Village. The restaurant itself is a long narrow bi-level space outfitted with plenty of wood and rustic touches throughout. The bar is situated right inside the entrance and the downstairs dining room offers a view of the pizzas cooking in the wood fired ovens. We were seated in the upstairs dining room which has a decidedly homey vibe. The seating situation is cozy since all the tables are placed in very close proximity to one another. This is typical of many a New York dining establishment.

A Minimal Skincare Routine With Shortlist Beauty

July 24, 2017
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This post is part of a #Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™

My beauty routine has always been more focused on skincare than makeup but it has been anything but streamlined. I first introduced first introduced Shortlist Beauty here last month and I took a step in adopting a minimalist approach to skincare with their products. I'm back to talk more about this routine, how I adjusted to it and how it's worked out for my skin.  First things first, the Shortlist regimen consists of just two products: a serum and a cream. I have not given up on washing my face or using toner, masks and eye cream but my multi-step skincare routine has been reduced to just two steps twice a day and it's been quite liberating even though it did take a little getting used to at first.

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

July 21, 2017
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a big deal because it's the one time of the year when Nordstrom offers discounts on brand new arrivals. This translates into some incredible sale prices on the upcoming Fall and Winter lines from top brands. I like to take advantage of this sale to stock up and replace classic wardrobe items as well as maybe splurge on a few discounted high end pieces for both myself and my husband. A few home decor items have also caught my eye this time around cause we're in the midst of updating our apartment again. Full disclosure: I already ordered 1, 2, 7 and 12 from this list.

The sale is officially open to the general public today and runs through August 6. Prices go back up after the sale. Sellouts are common so you better act fast if you see something you like. Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What are you getting?

1. Via Spiga Hooded Packable Utility Coat
I have a similar jacket that is on it's last legs because I wore it for years. This will be a nice replacement.

2. Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra
One of the best bras I've owned in terms of comfort and support and I need a few more.

3. Monica Vinader Riva Kite Diamond Bracelet
Love classic jewelry styles like this that can be worn with practically anything.

4. Vince Camuto Pleat Foiled Knit Skirt
This skirt looks so fun and versatile.

5. Helene Berman Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket
This tweed jacket is such an easy way to add polish to any outfit.

6. Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boot
I was never into Hunter boots because they looked too clunky but this updated sleek silhouette is anything but.

7. Ted Baker Steam Trim Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
My husband could always use another smart looking shirt and I really like the stripes/dots pattern and color of this one.

8. Bugatchi Plaid Sport Shirt
Because dressing down for guys doesn't have to be sloppy.

9. Bensol Tic Wool Trousers
When I find crisp slim fit, flat front pants like this, I usually buy a few pairs.

10. Boss Water-Repellent Car Coat
The minimalist styling and classic proportions make this the type of coat that can be worn for many years to come.

11. Monogram Bedside Water Carafe Set
This will save me a trip to the kitchen when I wake up in the middle of the tonight and want a drink of water. Nice how this carafe is capped with a drinking glass.

12. Asterism Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Our current diffuser has seen better days and this one is just so stylish and elegant.

13. Faux Leather Jewelry Roll
Such a lovely way to keep jewelry organized on the go.

14. Nap More Stress Less Accent Pillow
So fun and graphic and I agree!

15. DKNY Clean Rug
I've been coveting this rug and this is the perfect opportunity to buy it!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Picks

July 19, 2017
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In case you haven't heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on! This sale is a real event since it's offers a great chance to score some incredible deals for a limited time and all orders qualify for free shipping and returns. Of course the first thing I had to browse are the Beauty Exclusive and these are some of the items I have my eye on. Since I don't really need anything right now, I'm looking at restocking products that I already use like the Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C.  We go through a few bottles every summer and this three pack is like 35% off which makes it a fantastic value. The neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum Duo is like getting one for free. It's a pricey product but it's definitely one of the best lash enhancing products I've ever tried with impressive visible results. The Diptyque Scented Candle SetWinky Lux Your Bestie The Nudes Trio and Skinny Dip Marble Manicure Set would all make terrific gifts. Trust me now is not too soon to start your holiday shopping. I'm almost done with mine.

Nordstrom cardholders get exclusive early access to the sale on July 14th. The Anniversary Sale is open to everyone else on July 21. It’s the biggest sale of the year and these items go fast! Have you shopped this sale?

1. Winky Lux Your Bestie The Nudes Trio
2. NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
3. Diptyque Scented Candle Set
4. Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist 3 Pack
5. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum Duo
6. GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool for Face & Body
7. Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Set
8. Skinny Dip Marble Manicure Set

10 Things I Need For The Summer

July 17, 2017
Alexa Chung

I've been looking forward to summer all winter long but now that it's finally arrived, I'm reminded of what I don't enjoy so much about the season - specifically the sweltering heat and getting sweaty and gross. While I can't really avoid the heat entirely, there are things that I can do keep my cool and make the most of summer.

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