My 2020 Gift List … The Home Edition

Hey Dolls! Happy Holidays! This year, gift shopping and giving is challenged by the need to social distance, wear a mask, and simply keep ourselves, loved ones, and even those we don’t know safe and healthy. While online shopping has been de rigueur for as long as we can remember, this year it just may be lifesaving. That’s my plan. As much as possible, I’m staying clear of malls and boutiques, pouring a glass of bubbly, and shopping online. Peep my curated 2020 gift list below. First up, the home edition. Happy shopping!

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Sunday! I’m so excited to bring you a little Champagne Sunday lifestyle hack. We’ve all been there, particularly during the quarantine. The bar cart is insufficiently stocked, what’s available is somewhat random and you can’t seem to figure out how the randomness will make for the perfect late afternoon/evening cocktail. Enter, Make Me a Cocktail. Peep the details below.

Make Me a Cocktail is an online platform that allows you to enter the ingredients you have on hand (spirits, liqueurs, wines and champagnes, beers and ciders, mixers, etc.), select the ingredients you want to see and then have a cocktail recipe recommended to you. 

Of course, I put it to the test. To my online bar cart I added Brandy, Cognac, Bourbon, Whiskey, Vodka, Creme de Violette, Chambord, Cava, Champagne, Prosecco, Rose, Chardonnay, and Bitters. I then selected “Make Me a Cocktail” and voila – seven cocktails from which to select – Champagne + Chambord, The Royal, Cognac Pick Me Up, Threesome, Kickin’ Chicken, Brandy Pick Me Up, and the Late Night. Oh, the choices!

But of course, it’s Champagne Sunday, so I opted for the The Royal. Peep the oh so simple ingredients and mixology below.

Serve, sip + enjoy!

When the Mr. comes from the golf course, I’ll have him try the Brandy Pick Me Up.

The Ingredients |

  • One shot of your favorite brandy
  • Your favorite champagne

The Mixology | Shake brandy and crushed ice together (3-4 ice cubes crushed) then pour into tumbler and top up with champagne.

Another online platform that my bestie KMG share with me is Drizly. So, your bar cart isn’t stocked enough to even use Make Me a Cocktail or you just don’t have time, head over to Drizly and your libations are on your doorstep in under an hour.

What are some of your favorite lifestyle tips and hacks? Leave a comment below.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Travel Essentials for Your Staycation

Hey, Dolls! I don’t know about you and your family, but we canceled our annual vacation. We just weren’t willing to risk the yearly August sojourn to Martha’s Vineyard. Sadly, we would have arrived this week. Feeling a little maudlin about not going anywhere, RS and I decided to do a local staycation and book some time at the Four Seasons in our city. It doesn’t hurt that this is our anniversary week. I don’t need to pack much, but plan on bringing a little luxury with me. Peep my “must-have” travel essentials for a much-needed staycation.

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Voluspa Bourbon Vanille Petite Tin Candle. I am obsessed with candles, and whenever possible like to bring one with me when I travel. The Voluspa travel size candles are perfect for adding to the corner of your tote and  bringing a yummy scent to your hotel sanctuary. 

Sleeper Feather Loungewear. The drama of loungewear from the old Hollywood speaks to my soul – think Dorothy Dandridge … Elizabeth Taylor … Betty Davis. I mean what’s more screen siren than feathers. This set from Sleeper really amps up the glam.

Introval Wireless Changing Station. My motto – ABC – Always be Charging! How cute and practical – charging all of your Apple products at one time. Go to bed, wake up and everything is ready to go.

Free People Starry Eyed Sleep Mask. I like a dark room while I sleep and then to let the light in at my own pace in the morning. (The irony, I sleep with the TV on. I know, I know.) That said, the Free People leather sleep mask is super luxe, comfy and guaranteed to block out the light.

Birdies “The Songbird” Slipper. I mean if your loungewear has feathers, you certainly need an equally appropriate glam slipper. Enter Birdies “The Songbird” jeweled slipper. They may be a little heavy for year-around, but my feet are always cold. And, what’s a staycation without a pair of sandals in your tote if you need to change. But, aren’t they fabulous!

Diptyque 34 Boulevard St. Gertmain Solid Perfume. We all have our favorite perfumes, but sometimes they’re just too bulky with which to travel, even on a local staycation. Diptyque’s solid perfume is the perfect answer. So petite and easy to throw in your tote. The smell is heavenly with notes of Amber/Patchouli Accord, Rose. Cinnamon and Blackcurrant Buds.

Frette Spa Slippers. Your hotel will provide a pair of spa slipper/sandals, so these are a nice to have, but surely not a necessity. But if you like to have your own, ensuring a nice fit, these are your go-to. 

Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 or 60. It’s a staycation, you’re not going far, so no need to overpack – says the person who always overpacks. Everyone’s favorite go-to, the Louis Vuitton Keepall. Easy to carry, just enough space for an overnight or two and forever stylish.

What are your favorite travel essentials? Drop a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to The Pretty Domestic.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Sunday! Today I’m bringing a whimsical Sunday cocktail, totally reminiscent of childhood days eating slushies, but with an adult twist – The Vodka Lemonade Slushie. Perfect for these sweltering end of summer days and so much fun! Peep the mixology below.

Vodka Lemonade Slushies

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The Ingredients | 

  • 5 lemons, halved
  • 1/3 c. vodka ( I used Tito’s)
  • 1 c. lemonade (For a little more whimsy, use pink lemonade. Pro tip. Use a little red food coloring to bring out the color if you use pink lemonade.)
  • 2 c. ice
  • 1 bunch mint

The Mixology | Using a spoon, scoop out the fruit of the lemon, leaving the peel intact. In a blender, combine vodka, lemonade and ice. Blend util smooth.

Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop vodka mixture into the lemons. (Pro tip. Place each lemon in the freezer on a platter while you continue constructing the others. That way they won’t melt before you finish.) Garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve + enjoy!

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For an added touch of sophistication, I decided to serve mine in martini glasses.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Sunday! What I’m bringing you today is not exactly a champagne cocktail; but perfect for a hot summer day. Inspired by Mrs. Ayesha Curry in her new magazine “Sweet July,” I bring you Cucumber Vodka Lemonade. Peep the mixology below.

Cucumber Vodka Lemonade

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The Ingredients |

  • 3 cucumbers
  • 4 to 6 sprigs of mint
  • 1 1/2 cup of Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c fresh lemon juice

The Mixology | Cut 2 1/2 cucumbers into half moon pieces and set aside. Roughly chop the remaining half. Place half of the chopped cucumbers into a large martini shaker, with 4 to 6 sprigs of mint. Add 1 1/2 cup of vodka and muddle. Strain into a pitcher, add 4 c. hot tap water, 1 c. sugar and 1 cup fresh lemon juice. Add the remaining cucumbers to your pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and refrigerate for one hour. I let mine refrigerate overnight. Pour in your favorite glass, serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

 

What a Dolls Loves!

Hey, Dolls! I’m back! I know, I know! We can get to why I’ve been gone for so long at another time, let’s just jump back into the fabulousness!

Quarantine and ongoing stay-at-home mandates have led to some first world challenges, no salon services and what to wear during ongoing Zoom calls and social distance drive-bys. And, if you’re anything like me – super social – one’s spirits get a little low from time to time missing friends, family and colleagues. Miss Amazon and curbside pick-up have become my BFFs. That said, I want to share with you what a doll is loving during these of oh so uncertain times.

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(1) I’ve been grabbing and loving my wicker handbag for quick store runs. It’s reminiscent of an afternoon picnic or beach party on Martha’s Vineyard. I dress her up, giving her different looks by changing out the twilly on the handle. Until next year MV. …

(2) No nail salon visits, no worries. Ive perfected press-on nails. I swear by Kiss Nails. There’s something for every fancy – French, a summer pop of color, long, short, square, coffin – you name it. With a little practice, you’ll be mani perfect for two weeks. (Don’t forget to grab some acetone for the soap off.)

(3) I’ve never been the lash girl, nor jumped on to the lash extension trend. Give me a Chanel or Lancome mascara and I’m good. However, I was intrigued by magnetic lashes and, well, I’m hooked. When I say easy to apply … beyond easy and will give your eyes an instant pop! My go-to is Eylure. Trust me on this one.

(4) Sometimes I just want to dress up (with no where to go). Enter lounge wear – and not yoga pants and a tank. No shade, I do those too. However, I picked up this fuchsia and brown silk twill set from J. Crew. So pretty and just the perfect wardrobe pick-me-up. I plan on wearing it for outdoor social distance entertaining before summer’s end.

5 + 6 are are simple self-care loves.

For Team Selby, vacation is off of the radar … decking and porching it is. But, it’s been 90+ degrees daily on the East Coast. To cool off and refreshing while I’m outside sipping I’ve been spritzing with Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist. It’s cooling, smells so good and will immediately transport to the beach.

Nothing is better than a good candle. I picked up these Lemongrass Tea Candles by Milk Honey Candles from Home Goods. When I say I grabbed everyone they had. The smell is everything!

Ok, the “Should I” is this the Le Nine Carol Tassel bag I’m eyeing. I mean it’s chic and  sparkles! Everything I love! Should I?

What are you Dolls loving + coveting these days? Drop me a comment below. 💋

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

 

 

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! It’s summer and sweltering. What better way to cool during afternoons and evenings than with two summer staples – champagne + ice cream! Enter the Champagne + Raspberry Ice Cream Float. Peep the mixology below.

Champagne + Raspberry Ice Cream Float

The Ingredients |

Floats:

  • 750 ml (1 bottle) your favorite champagne or prosecco
  • 1 pint vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • fresh raspberries for garnish

Raspberry Sauce: 12 ounces frozen raspberries, defrosted; 1/4 cup granulated sugar’ + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Mixology |

Raspberry Sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add raspberries and sugar. Stir and mash the raspberries with the back of a spoon until broken up and the raspberries have released their juices. Once the mixture is mostly smooth, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Press the raspberries through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds and pulp. Chill.

Constructing the Floats. Add a couple spoonfuls of raspberry sauce to the bottom of each champagne flute, followed by a couple small scoops of vanilla ice cream on top of the sauce. Top off each champagne flute with champagne, fresh raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Be sure to chill the raspberry sauce and champagne before assembling the floats.

Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then,

L.

TPD

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You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! Life has been hectic; but in the best of ways. And because it has, today is all about the relax + recharge. What’s better to do so than sipping on the perfect champagne cocktail. Peep the mixology for the Lazy Sunday Mimosa.

Lazy Sunday Mimosa

The Ingredients |          

1/2 cup pink sanding sugar; 1 (750 ml); 4 tablespoons pineapple juice; 4 tablespoon blood orange juice; + 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)

The Mixology | Dip the champagne flutes in water, then dip in sanding sugar. Divide champagne between two glasses. Add half of both juices to each glasses and top with Grand Mariner. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Drop a comment below sharing how you relax + recharge.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

TPD

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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!

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. (Hermès Fouets er Badines Tatoo Scarf 140)

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! (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 115mm Satin Crystal-Toe Pump)

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! (Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Moisturizing Lipstick in Romance)

Brooches continue to be on trend; and this whimsical number by Mademoiselle Chanel is perfect for your Dollentine’s Day ensemble. (Chanel Heart Metal & Resin Brooch)

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

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? (Lace-Up Harness Detail Lingerie Set)

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. (Diptyque Tuberose Red Scented Candle)

Any nail lacquer named “Good Kisser” is perfect for a Dollentine’s Day mani and pedi! Enough said! (Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer)

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

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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

img_1835I 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 is 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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic