Snapshot 10/16

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I’m going to write about that heart-stopping, joyful sensation that occurs when you find a perfectly distressed, perfectly fitting vintage piece. That feeling – after flipping through racks, digging through piles, and trying on garment after garment – of discovering something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re like me and the idea of mixing vintage and contemporary looks excites you, then you understand the possibilities that finding a vintage wardrobe staple like a pair of Levi’s jeans can hold. Jeans and a t-shirt is an unbeatable combination, but adding high-waisted timeworn jeans that are undoubtedly as rugged as they are feminine to the mix takes it to another level. I have found some pretty sweet vintage pieces in unlikely places, but I have yet to find, yes find (not “find” in Urban Outfitters, which, not going to lie, I’ve been tempted to do) my own pair of vintage Levi’s. In cherishing these timeless jeans (or jackets, or shoes) of the past I feel as though I can bring nostalgia to an outfit of otherwise current pieces that were most likely manufactured in this decade. A pair of vintage Levi’s can stand alone with a modest shirt and not much else and can add something special in their own subtle way.

Cheers to Friday, and have a fantabulous weekend!


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How to Make Rose Water at Home

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It has been a little while since I have had the time and inspiration to sit down (actually, to stand up and run around my kitchen) and publish a post, but I was so thrilled to find this recipe that I had to share it. Managing my first issue of Willow and Sage magazine has taken up a large amount of my time and, to be honest, creativity, but I feel fortunate and happy to say that I’m working on something that I’m truly interested in. I’m learning about so many different kinds of all-natural ingredients and the benefits they have for our skin, and dreaming up scrubs, face masks, body oils, etc. is just one of the things that keeps me super busy during the week.

The rose water recipe here was originally published in our most recent summer issue of Willow and Sage. I had never really considered the necessity of a facial mist, let alone one as gentle as this. About a year ago, like so many women in their mid-twenties, I started seeing flare-ups of pimples at certain times of the month, which frustrates me to no end because I was lucky enough to make it through my teenage years acne-free. So when breakouts started showing up, in my mind, anything that I  putting on my face had to have heavy-duty ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that would basically wipe out any bacteria on my skin. While I still use a cleanser with just 1.5% salicylic acid (you can find it here), I have recently had much more success using gentle products with minimal ingredients that won’t affect the natural pH of my skin or strip it of oils that are essential to keeping it hydrated (I case you’re curious, I use this face oil several times a week and this moisturizer morning and night. And I just started using this toner, but so far so good!). While my skin has been looking (knock on wood) awesome for a few weeks, I know that pimples are bound to come back in one capacity or another, which is why I think skin care is always in transition, needing little tweaks now and then to fit the mood your skin and body are in.

Which brings me to this amazing recipe for rose water that I have been using as a facial mist. After washing my face and letting my toner sink in, I have been using this face mist to rehydrate my skin before I apply my face oil and/or moisturizer. This is that super important step that I didn’t think was necessary, but man, do I see a difference when I wake up in the morning! Rose water has so many different, varied uses: face toner, light fragrance, fruit salad additive, and even an ingredient in traditional Russian desserts. I hope to post more DIY bath, body, and beauty recipes, especially ones that I have incorporated into my daily skin care regimen. And (shameless plug) if this sort of thing interests you, you should totally pick up a copy of Willow and Sage – it is so rewarding to work on and even more exciting to share.

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Recipe borrowed from the summer 2015 issue of Willow and Sage

You Will Need



Filtered water


Glass jar with secure lid

Spray bottle (optional)


To Make

It’s best to use roses that are either grown in your garden or sourced from a market that does not spray their flowers with chemicals. I picked mine up from our local farmers’ market.

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Pick the petals off of two roses. Rinse the petals in water to remove any dust.

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Place the petals in a saucepan, and add about 2 1/2 cups of filtered water to just cover the petals. Too much water will make your rose water too dilute.

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Cover the saucepan and simmer on a low flame. The water should be steaming hot but not boiling. Allow the water to steam until the petals have lost their color. You will see a little bit of oil floating on the surface.

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Strain the water into a glass.

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Rose water can be used as a face mist, a toner, a light fragrance, or a hair rinse. I funneled mine into a spray bottle, but it can be kept in any container with a secure lid. I added a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the face mist for an extra dose of antibacterial power to keep breakouts away. Be sure to store your rose water in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

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Owning the Red Carpet: Part One

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Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

So I wasn’t going to do this.

On the eve of the beginning of Award Season, while reeling with excitement for the impending glamour that could only exist in a place like Hollywood, I decided that I wasn’t going to do a round-up of my favorite red carpet looks this year. Why? Because pulling pictures from HuffPost Style and posting them up seems a little “in the box.” But after seeing the red carpet showing from both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards the number of ‘hits’ tremendously outweighed the ‘misses’ (who am I? E! Network ?!).

My jaw dropped when Lupita Nyong’o confidently stepped out in a bright red, strapless cape-dress by Ralph Lauren that was equal parts elegant and badass. The always stunning and very pregnant Kerry Washington so perfectly put her fashion foot forward and was glowing in a custom gown by Balenciaga. And I am still trying to recall a better tailored, more flattering gown than Reece Witherspoon’s turquoise Calvin Klein creation; red carpet queen Reece proves once again that fit is everything.

With so many red carpet moments worth mentioning, I present my top picks below. Whose looks did you love? And who are you looking forward to seeing on the BAFTA and Academy Award red carpets?

(images courtesy of HuffPostStyle)

Queen of the Screen

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Tippi Hedren in 'The Birds'

Tippi Hedren in ‘The Birds’

Monday would have been the 116th birthday of the woman responsible for costuming some of the biggest actors during the “Golden Age of Film.” And on the eve of All Hallows Eve (the most widely accepted day of costume wearing, right?) it seems both interesting and apropos to show her some love. Edith Head, easily the most celebrated costume designer in film history, designed for over 400 productions throughout a career that spanned five decades. She earned an impressive eight Oscars and worked with pretty much every silver screen legend from Audrey Hepburn to Elizabeth Taylor to Cary Grant. Remember Audrey’s Givenchy ball gown in Sabrina? Had Head never put her in couture- a move that was unheard of in the film industry at the time- we may never have had subsequent on-screen high fashion moments (who would Holly Golightly have been without her little black dress?!).

The Cut featured 30 of Edith Head’s most memorable costumes from a gaggle of Hollywood’s iconic films. Her influence on film is far reaching and eternal. I mean, she was even immortalized by Pixar as the flamboyant fashionista/cartoon character Edna Mode in the film The Incredibles. But you don’t have to take my word for it! Hear it from the woman herself: “If it’s a Paramount film I probably designed it.”

Take a look at some of my favorite on-screen looks curated by Edith Head. Do you have a favorite? Hmm?

Images courtesy of NY Mag & The Cut

Through the Lenses

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