Dollentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Hi Dolls! Valentine’s Day is this week; and while it’s always fun to spend time with that special someone, I say spend the day showering yourself with love! Peep my ideas for your own “Dollentine’s Day” splurge!

Hermès Fouets er Badines Tatoo Scarf 140

Whether around your neck, over your shoulder, under your chin à la the fabulous Jackie O, or tied on the handle of your favorite tote, a stylish scarf always adds a little something extra as you head out for the day.

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 115mm Satin Crystal-Toe Pump

Dolls, whether you are stepping out or staying in, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and don these stunning red satin Blahnik’s. Red + sparkle screams sexy!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Moisturizing Lipstick in Romance

What’s Dollentine’s Day without a good red pout? Dolls know my go-to is Chanel Pirate; but I recently stumbled on Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Moisturizing Lipstick. “Romance” will definitely be in my clutch on Thursday. The coverage is great – matte, which I love – yet, moisturizing. Don’t sleep in a good drug store brand!

Chanel Heart Metal & Resin Brooch

Brooches continue to be on trend; and this whimsical number by Mademoiselle Chanel is perfect for your Dollentine’s Day ensemble.

Juliette has a gun … MMM Eau d Parfum

I admit to loving pretty packaging. Many a purchase has been made as a result of a sleek box or unique font. “MMMM” was no different. This bottle caught my eye during the Christmas holiday and thankfully, the smell is a pretty as the packaging. With notes of Vanilla, Neroli, Sandalwood, and Jasmine Sambac, a spray or two will take you a long way.

Lace-Up Harness Detail Lingerie Set

Did you really think I was going to leave you without some beautiful underpinnings? Of course not! I love this high-waisted pretty little lace up number. Leaves a little to the imagination, don’t you think?

Diptyque Tuberose Red Scented Candle

Set the mood over dinner or a hot bath with a sensual Diptyque Tuberose Candle or any candle of your choice. Voluspa and Votivo are also my favs.

Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer

Any nail lacquer named “Good Kisser” is perfect for a Dollentine’s Day mani and pedi! Enough said!

Happy Dollentine’s Day!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Top 10 Beauty Products from 2018

Hi Dolls! The stroke of midnight always brings thoughts of what we will let go of and embrace in the new year. Bad habits, toxic people – be gone! Clean eating, less spending, weekly exercise come on in! These types of resolutions are great, but on a personal level, I believe everyday is an opportunity to reset. So, since this is a beauty and lifestyle blog, I thought I would skip the resolution-sharing and instead share my top 10 beauty beauty products from 2018, that I’m bringing in to 2019. (And the one that didn’t make the cut.)

So grab your favorite glass of bubbly – it is Champagne Sunday after all – and peep the deets below.

In my never ending quest to remove every drop of makeup before going to bed, last year I began trying cleansing oils. My go-to’s were Dermalogica Precleanse and Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil. Both work fine, but yet I still had traces of makeup and mascara. In a pinch I would repurchase one or both.

Enter a trip to Nordstrom during the Christmas holidays and a sample of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. This elixir is everything! Not too thick, easily removes every trace of makeup and mascara, and the smell is heavenly – reminiscent of a spa.

Kiehl’s Migdnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil | $32

I suffer from super dry skin year around, and while Vaseline Intensive Care does the trick, I continue to look for something more luxe to moisturize. Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Creme has been around “foreva,” but I can’t remember the last time I’d tried or purchased any. I was gifted a jar of the Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème during the holidays and suddenly remembered what there was to love! Super luxe, moisturizing, with a sweet, but not overwhelming scent – Madame Mercier is now a 2019 must-have for me. I even grabbed one of the Soufflé Body Crèmes in chic mini sizes to keep in my tote, car and on my desk.

Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Crème | $65

I was introduced to Geo F Trumper Deodorant by my Step-Mom, Laurabelle, last year. There was nothing wrong  with my relibale Secret, but always open to trying a new product, started using the roll-on she gave me. One year later, I’m not going back. Extremely reliable without the smell of powder or spring flowers, Trumper has a spa-like scent with a blend of lemon, bergamot, orange and juniper

GEO F Trumper Deodorant | $11

I love eyeshadow, but prefer matte finishes, with the exception of a NARS Pasiphae, which I use daily as a shadow liner. Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette gives neutral, warm and cool tones that will take you from a daytime office look, to an evening smokey eye. The palette also contains a contour and highlighter. A bonus – it packs really well, sliding right into the pocket of my toiletry bag or my LV Toiletry Pouch 26 if I need to drop it in my tote during the day.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette | $48

While we are on eyeshadows, the Urban Decay Nakeds2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette will also be a 2019 repurchase. True to self, Nakes2 is designed to create a matte eye. I’m embarrassed to say that I only purchase it for two colors. My current palette looks completely unused, with the exception of “Stark” and “Frisk.” Like the Kay Von D palette, the shadows are highly pigmented, buildable and long-wearing.

Urban Decay Nakeds2 Basic Eyeshadow Palette | $29

Dolls who know me, and have been following Pretty Domestic since the beginning, know my obsession with red lipstick. My must-haves – Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate or No. 99 and MAC Ruby Woo.

Neither shade are new to Dolls, but what makes them work is that they are true reds – or blue reds – and work with almost any skin tone. The difference in the two is that Chanel Pirate is moisturizing, while MAC Ruby Woo is matte. A good red lip automatically makes me feel unstoppable!

Chanel Rogue Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Pirate | $37

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo| $18.50

There’s nothing more unsightly than dry, chapped lips. I first learned of Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from a beauty box subscription. Named to Glamour’s 208 Beauty Awards, this little pot of goodness truly works to moisturize your lips, without making them feel like they are sliding off of your face. Within days your lips will feel soft and kissable.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask | $20

I admit, I was a masking fool in 2018 – I mean truly obsessed. I tried peels, sheets, clays, you name it. I realize that we all have our skin burdens to bear – mine are dullness, dryness and hyperpigmentation – so your choice of mask will certainly differ. Peep some of my go-to’s that deliver results.

Sephora Pearl Perfecting + Brightening Sheet Mask is mild as far a masks go, with a signature ingredient of pearl extract of natural origin, that works to fight dullness in the skin. With consistent usage my skin began to glow.

Sephora Pearl Face Mask | $6

I’m sure you’ve picked up the dry skin theme. My face hasn’t been spared. I supplement water drinking water with frequent use of hydrating masks. GLAMGLOW offers a mask for every skin ailment. I use their THIRSTY MUD Hydrating Treatment to give my skin a much need shot of moisture.

GLAMGLOW THIRSTY MUD Hydrating Treatment | $59

Another beauty box subscription introduced me to Deco Miami’s Lavender Cuticle Oil, which works wonders to put the final touches on a fresh mani or just in daily use. It’s a constant in my tote.

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Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil | $8

True confession. I am obsessed with YouTube beauty videos. One of my favorite YouTubbers is Lydia Elise Millen. A particular video featured these fabulously-handled foundation brushes. I was immediately intrigued, searched her description box and found Orchard Miles’ Artis Brushes. The Elite Oval Mirrored is perfect for applying foundation and setting powder all over your face. As a Doll who until then used her finger tips to apply my foundation, the handled brush kept my hands and mani clean while I finished my makeup. The application is flawless.

Real Techniques Blend + Blur Foundation Brush gives you the same look at more than half the price.

Orchard Miles Artis Brushes | $56

Dolls of a certain age know that skin loses it’s elasticity with time. The culprit, a reduction in collagen leading to the appearance of more wrinkles, as well as sagging and dull skin. There are all types of dermatological procedures that help with the appearance of fuller, vibrant skin. I am fan of a good procedure; but if you want something less invasive, try Hum Collagen Love Skin Firming Supplements.

Collagen Love contains a blend of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and types I, II, and III of collagen to support skin elasticity.

Hum Collagen Love | $40

The One that Didn’t Make the Cut …

This Miami-born Doll loves anything that remotely reminds me of the beach. For years I’ve been going into Sephora and looking at the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Something about the packaging and the smell screamed summer, so I purchased a jar. I even grabbed the Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist.

Yes, it reminded me of summer and the beach. You know that coconut, sea breeze smell we crave, particularly during the long, cold days of winter. And yes, I liked the creamy consistency. But unfortunately, within an hour my skin was craving moisture. I may layer it with something else until it’s gone. But I won’t be repurchasing in 2019. Have you ever used this product? What was your experience?

What products will you bring into 2019? Leave me a comment.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Sometimes you don’t need a mixed cocktail; just a most-fabulous glass of bubbly – undisturbed. Town & Country recently published its list of Champagne Bottles to Try; with UK blog, Country & Townhouse, sharing its list of the 10 Best-Selling Champagne Brands in the World. Does your favorite make the list? In my quest for the perfect grape, I also stumbled upon a great article on how best to choose a champagne. Peep the deets here.

But in keeping with tradition, I am still bringing you the option of a champagne cocktail. This week’s recipe is compliments of Food + Wine. I admit to not yet having tried it, but was intrigued by the ingredients and the rimmed glass. I invite you to trying it with me and leave a comment with your thoughts. I will update my post with a my thoughts when I make it this week. Peep the mixology below.

Marasca Fizz

The Ingredients |

  • 3 maraschino cherries, plus 3/4 ounce syrup from the jar
  • superfine sugar
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 brown sugar cubes
  • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering or cherry liqueur
  • 4 ounces chilled champagne

The Mixology | Moisten the outer rim of the flute with 1/2 ounce maraschino cherry syrup and coat with superfine sugar. Sprinkle the bitters over the sugar cubes. Add the Cherry Heering, maraschino cherries and the remaining 1/4 ounce of maraschino cherry syrup to the flute. Top with champagne and add the sugar cubes. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! Happy New Year! Yes; I know, I know … I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I’m back. Please don’t think that I’d suddenly become lazy or didn’t care about my Dolls. Nothing could be further from the truth. I actually spent the last several months completing my MBA; while at same time interviewing for a new role as executive director of a non-profit – I began last week! In the end, I really missed my Dolls. I have some great posts and new features in store for you, so grab your favorite flute of bubbly and let’s chat.

Today’s champagne cocktail is perfect for the snowy weather we are experiencing on the East Coast – the Winter Champagne Cocktail. Peep the mixology.

Winter Champagne Cocktail

The Ingredients.

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed clementine juice
  • 1 fat peel clementine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine, Champagne or Prosecco, chilled

The Mixology. In a Champagne flute, add your citrus juice. Squeeze your citrus peel to express the oils around the rim of the glass. Drop the peel into the glass. Add the bitters and the rosemary sprig and pour in the chilled bubbly. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty!

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Source: Today

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

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

Diptyque Candle

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