Here’s to the End of Summer!

Hey Dolls! Happy Labor Day! I hope that you are doing something fabulously fun. And really, whether it’s beaching, brunching or barbecuing, the day calls for a great cocktail. It’s still hot here on the East Coast, so I’m opting for a refreshing libation – the Le Grand Fizz with Vodka. Peep the mixology below.

Le Grand Fizz with Vodka

The Ingredients.

  • 1.5 oz of your favorite Vodka
  • 1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime (approx. half a lime)
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 2 parts chilled soda water

The Mixology. Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a stirrer. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Happy Labor Day! Here’s to the end of summer!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Source: Town & Country

Last of the Summer Soirées

Hey Dolls! I seriously can’t believe that September is five days away. The next few weeks will bring the last of the outdoor summer soirées. Cookouts, picnics and beach parties aren’t what they used to be. The stylish selection of outdoor accoutrements really excite a Doll. So, whether you are headed to the beach, cookout, picnic, “porching,” or enjoying the backyard with your honey, here are my recommendations for the last days of summer outdoor soiree must-haves.

Paper napkins be damned! Salt + Sundry’s Cotton Cocktail Napkins Rolls instantly take your outdoor soiree to the next level. The texture is awesome and they are completely durable. In addition to white and grey, they come in green, navy, and coral.

No one wants to schlep a stale old blanket to the beach, park, family or friend’s. Keep it stylish with a cotton woven striped beach blanket from Jack Wills.

A Doll has been known to bring glass champagne flutes to the beach, park or friend’s cookout. And if the location warrants, I will continue to do so. But some locations are just not conducive to glassware. Enter Crate and Barrel’s Govino Shatterproof Stemless Champagne Flutes. Cast you worries aside about a simple spill meaning the end to one of your favorite stems. Pour and enjoy.

An additional outdoor soiree must-have is fabulous beverage tub for all things sparkling and bubbly.

No one wants an uninvited guest; but what’s worse are the pesky little one flying around your soiree. Citronella candles are helpful for keeping these flying friends away; but they tend to be so unsightly. Anthropologie nails clean packaging, coupling it with citronella oil that works to mask odors that attract those little pests. You can also grab an accompanying incense. I’m also a fan of the Willams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Citronella Multi-Wick Candle.

What’s a soiree without sounds. Pick your favorite playlist and get the party started with the SACKit WOOFit Go speaker. Don’t let the petite size fool you. This little number gives great sound quality, volume and is easy to pack and go.

Canned and boxed wines get a bad name; and some rightly so; but every once and a while you stumble on to something that changes your mind. A recently trip to the Edgartown Meat and Fish Market brought me face-to-face with Babe Rosé with Bubbles. Yes, a canned sparkling rosé. I grabbed a few and headed off to the beach to share with some Dolls who definitely have discerning palettes. We sipped and fell in love. Don’t judge. Try it for your end of summer soiree. Plus the packaging is so much fun. Oh, and you can’t go wrong with something that is on the Big O’s (Oprah’s) list as a party must haves!

Don’t forget fresh flowers. If you don’t have a ready made cutting garden, pay a quick visit to your Whole Foods. They have a beauty selection of florals. The petite bouquets are perfect for your outdoor tables or powder room.

Will you be entertaining this Labor Day Weekend, headed to the beach, friends or family. Leave a comment let me know your summer soiree favs!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

10 Things to Buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale

Hi Dolls! If you are a beauty addict like yours truly, you are beyond excited for the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale beginning today, August 24th and running through September 3rd.

If you’re not familiar, and I can’t imagine you wouldn’t be, Sephora VIB Rouge Members have early exclusive access to the sale beginning today, August 24th, with 20 percent off in stores and online using the code YESROUGE. VIB Members can begin taking advantage of the sale on August 30th with 15 percent off in stores and online using the code YESVIB. Beauty Insiders can also begin taking advantage of all the beauty goodness on the same day and receive 10 percent off using the code YESINSIDER.

But enough with the formalities. Peep the deets below for my recommendations on the 10 things to buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

I always start with my go-to, can’t live without products. For me there are two – Anastasia Brow Wiz and Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder.

In the world of natural, yet sculpted eye brows, there is no better pencil. My color is Soft Brown, but Anastasia has a wide range of hues – from blonde to those with the darkest of tresses.

For years I used a different face powder, but a mini-makeup over in Sephora made me an instant Makeup Forever brand loyalist. The sell for me was that it gives you full coverage over your liquid foundation; but is still light enough to be worn by itself during warm months. A light dusting is perfect for days when you skip the liquid foundation and want a more natural look.

I always load my cart with my favorite skincare during the Beauty Insider Sale and lately I have been obsessed with Asian beauty lines, especially SK-ll. The signature and award winning Facial Treatment Essence, with Pitera, will forever hold a place in my skincare rotation. This face cocktail is great for minimizing hyperpigmentation and fine lines, improving texture and brightness.

The Vitamin C Duo is everything for brightening, moisturizing and repairing. I use it as a part of my morning skincare regime.  And as a bonus, the scent is everything. 

My evening routine also includes Miss Riley. The Power Couple Kit with Good Genes, Luna Sleeping Oil, coupled with Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water work overtime while you sleep to brighten, refine, plump, moisturizer and even skin tone. The true definition of beauty sleep. Yep, all of that!

Do you mask? No! You should. Sephora has a mask for every skin type and ailment. I swear by the Primary Raw DoYou 2 Step Milk Peeling Kit. This lactic acid based sheet mask and oversized exfoliating swab helps with exfoliation, brightening and minimizing pores. I love anything that has a little tingle, and DoYou definitely does.

A Doll suffers from under eye puffiness, but has recently discovered facial rollers. I have two from The Body Shop, that I keep refrigerated. The coolness of the the metal really helps to reduce the puffiness. However, I’ve heard that Jade facial rollers work best. This will be a new purchase for me, so I will let you know what I think.

Don’t forget your palettes! I never miss an opportunity to pick up my day and evening eyeshadow palettes. For day, I love the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, featuring six matte neutrals. In the evening, I create a smokey eye with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Glimmer Contour Palette with shades of porcelain, copper, bronze, and sterling.

I’m also thinking about picking up a few fragrances, and I’m sure some other goodies will make their way into my basket. What about you? Drop a comment below letting me know what you’re picking up at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

So Soon?

Hey Dolls. As I post, I am literally heading back from a week on the Vineyard. There’s something about disembarking from the ferry at Woods Hole for the remainder of the trip home that makes me a little melancholy. It dawned on me that the end of vacation means that summer is just about to turn the corner and fall is around the bend.

Yep, I know that there will be “Indian Summer” days well into October; but sooner rather than later I have to store the white and pull out a light cashmere sweater. The one thing I do look forward to are the fall nail colors. And from what I can see, the fall 2018 colors aren’t disappointing. Not to mention packaging that makes a Doll swoon! Peep the deets below for a few of my favs.

Grey is the new black, and this elephant grey five-free nail lacquer is perfect for a fall day.

Mischo’s Sans Souci is a little jade, a little sparkle, reminiscent of a little camouflage, and totally toxin-free. What a combo!

What’s a crisp fall day without a rich Bordeaux … on your nails.

Blues have become a year-around go-to. Deborah Lippman’s deep cobalt continues the trend as the perfect hue of blue for the fall.

Fall is synonymous with classic red polish, and what’s more classic than a cool Chanel red nail lacquer.

Essie’s Say It Ain’t Soho from the Fall 2018 collection shimmers like a leaf in the sun.

I am loving this twist on a classic nail look – an edgy satin and matte French mani for a fall evening out.

Leave a comment sharing what nail colors will you be rocking this fall?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

It’s National Lipstick Day!

Hi Dolls! Yes, it’s Champagne Sunday; but it’s also National Lipstick Day! In celebration of this most fabulous of days, MAC Cosmetics is gifting Dolls a free full-sized lipstick. Choose from nine shades including bright pink “Florabundi” and the deep red “Dare You.” finishes range from frost and satin to “retro matte.” Colors include the bright pink “Florabundi” and the deep red “Dare You” and finishes from frost and satin to “retro matte.” Drop a comment below letting me know your fav brand and color; and while you’re at it raise a glass to lipstick!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

The Social Graces: We Loved Having You …

Hey Dolls! I’ve published this post annually for several years, with the original post published June 2012. It continues to be a favorite! Because summer is here and vacations are in full swing, I thought a refresher may be in order (even for me). Peep the original post below! (Hostess gift ideas have been updated,)

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Summer has arrived in all of its glory, and with it much-anticipated travel plans. Some travel involves a stay at a cute boutique hotel and other times we are guests of family or friends. On those occasions when we are guests in someone’s home, how do we ensure that we are invited for a return visit. In other words, what makes a gracious house guest?

Friends and family don’t really mean it when they say, “Feel free to drop in anytime.” Don’t drop in on anyone. In other words, communicate and coordinate your plans with your hosts well in advance. Let them know when you will be arriving and departing. It’s good practice to book your travel arrangements after you have confirmed these details with your hosts. Equally important, let your hosts know how many people will be traveling with you, especially if little ones are involved.

Inform your hosts of your schedule while you will be staying with them. This is a courtesy, especially if your plans do not involve spending all of your time with your hosts. You don’t want to inconvenience (or surprise) your hosts with an unexpected knock on the door from you late at night or early in the morning.

Observe and respect the house rules. Most hosts will offer a tour of their home to make you feel comfortable when you arrive. Ask questions. “Is this the powder room that I should use?” “Is this the closet in which I should hang my coat?” Don’t be too familiar just because you have a long-term relationship.

If you notice that your hosts take off their shoes when they come in the door, you should do the same. Similarly, if you notice that a certain room in the house is not used by your hosts, don’t “camp out” there during your visit. If your hosts turn in early, and you are on the nocturnal side, be respectful … speak in low tones if you are on your cell, don’t turn a bright light on directly outside of their sleeping area, don’t have the volume on the TV turned all of the way up, and for goodness sake, don’t order PPV movies “on their dime.”

Clean up after yourself. I will say it again. Clean up after yourself! Wait, let me say it again. Clean up after yourself! Your hosts are not your housekeepers. Make your bed, load your own dishes in the dishwasher (or offer to clear the table one night), turn the lights out when you leave the room, keep the powder room you are using neat and tidy. Don’t leave wet towels anywhere, but on the towel rack. Keep your things in one place. When you are leaving, ask your hosts what they would like you to do with bed and bath linens.

If you break something, inform your hosts immediately and offer to replace or pay for the broken item.

Ask to lend a hand when you see your hosts’ straightening. There is nothing worse than following guests around the house, picking up after them. Remember, you want to be invited back, not talked about after you leave.

Your Hosts are Not You Babysitters. If your children will be traveling with you, and you will need sitting services, make the appropriate arrangements before arriving at your hosts’ home. Don’t expect them, or their children, to watch and entertain your kids. Set expectations with your children, before you travel, about minding their manners and being neat.

And finally, these two go without saying ~ bring a gift when you arrive + send thank you note after your departure.

Peep these gift ideas to bring to your hosts.

Luxe Room Spray + Hand Soap. Gift your host and hostess a little bit of luxury that they wouldn’t normally pick up for themselves. I love Byredo Room Spray + Soap. The Cotton Poplin + Gypsy Water fragrances are particularly lovely for summer.

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Candles make great gifts. They are practical, yet you can selected from thousands of aromas to compliment the tastes of your hosts. Diptyque Candles and accompanying Wick Trimmer are always a win. My favorite scent is Baies

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Personalized Stationery are the “Write” Stuff. While shooting a quick “thank you” email has become commonplace, but there re still a lot of paper Dolls out there. Gift your hostess a beautiful Grand Silk Stationery Box. Personalized stationery ranges from whimsical to formal. 

While you’re at it, order a set for yourself, so that you will always be prepared to send a quick “Merci!”

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Fab Florals. Who doesn’t love flowers!? I have been swooning over the eternity roses from Venus ET Fleur. Gift your hosts a beautifully curated rose arrangement that will remind them of your gratitude and time together long after your gone – actually up to a year.

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Cocktail Glass Set. For your friends that imbibe from time to time, these Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glasses make for a super stylish gift.

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Personalized Guest Towels. A hostess can never have enough guest towels when entertaining. These luxe Caspari personalized guest towels from Horchow have the look of linen, with the feel of cotton. 

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And for a whimsical splurge for the friends who have everything, bring a a couple bottles of bubbly and a “Thank You Candy Trunk” from Sugarfina!

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So there you have it ~ Gracious Guest 101. Follow these simple rules and you’ll surely receive an invitation to visit again. Final thought, make sure you reciprocate. Don’t forget to invite your hosts to spend time at your home.

Until Then | Keep Sharing the Pretty,

TPD