The Must Haves …

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1. an essential possession: Jo Malone Lime Basil + Mandarin Bath Oil

Hey Dolls! Every once in a while I stumble upon a goodie that becomes a “must have” – meaning I cannot go without “said” goodie in my beauty regime. This week I stumbled upon my latest must have. Dolls know I love all that is Jo Malone and have tried many of the products in her line, with one exception, the bath oil. Thursday morning, I realized that I had several samples of the Lime Basil + Mandarin Bath Oil from a recent purchase and was moved to give it a try. I am so glad that I did. It’s absolutely EVERYTHING!

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I’ve tried body and shower oils, that when applied, simply lay on your skin – absolutely no absorption, nor moisturization. Not Ms Malone. As I massaged it into my slightly damp skin, it absorbed nicely and the smell was to die for! The trick would be how moisturized would my super dry skin remain throughout the day. Ms. Malone wins again. Hours later my skin still felt soft, hydrated and fragrance had not left me. 

Needless to say, I’ll be picking up the full size for myself, and possibly several as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Make sure to grab a bottle for yourself!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

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The Must-Haves: Les Blancs

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1. an essential possession: the perfect summer white dress

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2. essential: a must-have summer white wardrobe

Wearing white before Memorial Day is a ma-JAH faux pas on the East Coast. We eagerly await Memorial Day, the first opportunity to don our crisp whites. But, Memorial Day has come and gone, and its time for Les Blancs! Peep the deets below for some summer white inspiration.

White Cotton Maxi-Length Wrap Dress.

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 The Diamond Brunch Sunglasses from Azalea in Matte White.

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Palm Beach Sandals by Jack Rogers.

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Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer in Coco.

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All White Canvas Tote from the Gardenista.

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Tod’s “Gommini” Crytsal Embellished Fringed Driving Moccasin.

Enjoy your summer! It’s going to be white hot!

Until Then | Keep Sharing the Pretty,

The Pretty Domestic

The Must-Haves: Snob Essentials Jewel Box

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1. an essential possession: the Snob Essentials Jewel Box Bag

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2. essential: a must-have spring bag

Hello Dolls! So, I stumbled across this “must-have” during a recent Instagram binge and immediately fell in love. A quick search and voila, the Snob Essentials Jewel Box, from Snob Essentials.

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It’s the absolute cutest cross-body bag with a chain, available of all places on HSN! (I know! I too was surprised.)

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It’s also available in yellow, pink, and white. Swoon!

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Will you be ordering one for Spring? It’s a MUST-HAVE!

Until Then, Keep Sharing the Pretty! | The Pretty Domestic

The Must Haves: The David Yurman 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Renaissance Bracelet

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1. an essential possession: the David Yurman 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Renaissance Bracelet is a must-have for your fine jewelry collection

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2. essential: a must-have piece of arm candy

David Yurman is synonymous with classic style when it comes to jewelry; but for the 30th Anniversary of his line, he added a unexpected twist to his Classic Cable Bracelet – COLOR! The Limited-Edition Aluminum Renaissance Bracelet is available in Hunter Green, Amber, Gray, Champagne and Rose. Aren’t they gorgeous!

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I love the idea of remaining true to the Classic Cable style, but creating an instant signature look by adding color. This is truly arm candy; and the Hunter Green is calling my name!

 Happy Anniversary Mr. Yurman!

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

 

The Must-Haves: The “eyePad!”

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1. an essential possession: the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set is the must-have for every Pretty Domestic Doll

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2. essential: a must-have for your makeup kit

Ok Dolls, a little something about me. I’m always in search of a product, some type of makeup, and/or fragrance. Not necessarily what’s on trend, but what I like. Last month I decided that I needed a new eye shadow palette. I searched online and ventured to my normal beauty haunts, but to no avail. I gravitate to neutrals, but wanted to try something a little different. However, I’m “une femme d’un certain age,” and can’t walk around looking like The Joker.

Some free time on Thursday evening led me into Sephora and as soon as I entered, “ta-da,” my new eye shadow palette – +PANTONE UNIVERSE The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set!

As you know, Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year 2014, and is simply one word, pretty.

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In addition to Radiant Orchid being centered prominently on the palette, there are 24 other beautifully rich colors that will match your mood or #ootd you are rocking.

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But, the genius of this set, the case! It’s slim and light and resembles the iPad Air. Of course the case color is Radiant Orchid. I’ve coined it, “The eyePad!” You can easily slide the case in your tote without adding bulk, and voila, have makeup will travel.

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I am on travel next week for business and pleasure, and so look forward to having all my eye shadows with me in one stylish case.

Sephora and Pantone created sevaral other items in the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Collection SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set, SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Gaze Brush Set, SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Nail Ambrosia Trio, and SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick.

Described as “petal soft or vividly intense, this limited edition collection provides a modern feminine jolt for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails.” You need this in your life for your radiantly beautiful self this spring.

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Image via Swept Crazy

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The Must-Haves: Mommy’s Magic Kit

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1. an essential possession: the Mommy’s Magic Kit is a must-have for the stylish Mommy set

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2. essential: a must-have Mommy-on-the-Go accessory

Every once in a while I run into something that is just too good not to share – a must-have. This one is for the Mommies and Mommies-to-Be. It’s called the Mommy’s Magic Kit by Bella Tunno.

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The Mommy’s Kit is a stylishly cute clutch for Mommies-on the-Go. Perfect for Spring, the Kit comes in green, orange, teal and pink; and contains 12 “in a pinch” products – everything from disposable bibs to babytime Sunny Sunscreen, to crayons. I can also see using the clutch as a wallet or cosmetic case.

Bella Tunno is also a good corporate citizen. A portion of every purchase is donated to the Matt Tunno MAKE A DIFFERENCE MEMORIAL FUND, established in memory of Matt Tunno, the late brother of Bella Tunno founder, Michelle.

“In his absence, we try to meet his goals and make his dreams a reality. By donating to drug and alcohol abuse education, prevention and rehabilitation programs, our goal is to help others live the life Matt would have wanted. Additionally, Bella Tunno donates to programs supporting at-risk children and teenagers.”

I love the idea of a swanky shower gift that gives twice!

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

The Must-Haves: The Classics

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1. an essential possession: the pump, a stylish shift or sheath dress, the perfect bag, a crisp white blouse, tasteful go-to earrings, and a DVF Wrap dress are the must-haves for every Pretty Domestic Doll

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2. essential: a must-have wardrobe

Recently I had a conversation with one of my Dolls, who shared that the most stressful part of her day was deciding what to wear in the morning. I was taken aback, because she is perfectly coiffed head to toe whenever I see her.

I soon realized that a lot of women feel this way. However, with the addition of some must-haves in their closet, and they can start the day with a little less angst and a little more confidence. So here it is, my list of 5 must-haves. Let’s go.

1. The Pump.

The pump is a true fashion classic and is associated with style and glamour. A Doll needs many pairs for many reasons; but the true must-have is a classic black pump in leather (and patent).

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2. The Shift Dress or The Sheath Dress.

A shift is commonly confused with a sheath. Both refer to uncomplicated-looking dresses that end somewhere around the knee. The difference is that a shift tends to be less fitted around the waist and hips.

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3. The Bag.

The Celine Trapeze Bag might be so Twenty-Thirteen, but it’s still a great tote. It comes in solids and prints, leather and suede; but more importantly is stylish, yet sturdy.

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A great clutch is also a must-have wardrobe staple. I love the soft-clutches being shown on the runways.

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4. The Perfect White Blouse.

There is nothing like a perfectly crisp white blouse. In my mind it takes a skirt, suit or pants from 0 – 10 in a matter is seconds. I particularly like a white blouse with a french cuff. If you don’t have cuff links, borrow your hubby’s or S/O’s.

Now, nobody, I mean nobody does a white blouse like Carolina Herrera. I love that it is her signature look. (Every Doll needs a signature look, or signature piece.)

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Images: TallSkinnyRich & The Post_Gazette

5. The Earrings.

There are some days, and evenings, that call for a more ornate earring; but for everyday, a Doll needs a go to pair that fit every outfit, for any occasion. The go-to designer, David Yurman. His classic cable hoops never fail. They are simply a classic.

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I know I said that these were my five must-haves, but the ultimate go-to frock for those mornings when you can’t decide what to wear is the Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap-Dress. This looks great on women of all shapes and sizes.

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Peep these pictures of DVF from 1974 in her original wrap! PS ~ She’s doing iPad and iPhone cases and covers now!

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There you have it, my six must-haves. Leave me a message with the go-to staples in your wardrobe.

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic