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.

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

 

 

Dollentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Hey Dolls! We are a day shy of Valentine’s Day, and whether you have plans with a special someone or not, I say who cares! Tomorrow is a day we can spend showering ourselves with love. Peep some of my fab gifts ideas and splurge on yourself for “Dollentine’s Day.”

Brooches are everywhere and this ruby crystal number from Gucci is perfect to gift yourself. Don it on a distressed denim jacket, go-to LBD, or cutest French beret.

Sexy lingerie is not to be reserved for special occasions! Head over to La Perla and indulge yourself in some beautiful intimates.

Honestly, nothing beats a pop of red on the nails. I am obsessed with this opaque poppy color. Not to mention, Smith + Cult packaging is everything.

If we are doing red nails, then certainly we are doing red lips. Who does a red lip better than Chanel? Rouge Allure limited edition lip colour in No. 1 is the perfect shade of red.

Build your own jewelry collection with this David Yurman Crossover Wide Ring. True to his signature style, the Crossover Ring will compliment your Dollentine’s Night Out ensemble.

It goes without saying, that you don’t have to wait on anyone to send you fresh flowers. I’m a tulip Doll; but, swing by your favorite florist and pick up a bouquet of your bloom of choice.

Dollentine’s Day is synonymous with bubbly. Pull out your best flute and pour a glass or two.

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Happy Dollentine’s Day!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Feeling Gray!

Hey Dolls! No, I’m not feeling down. It was simply too easy to title this post “50 Shades of Gray.” Any who, when the seasons change, my fall-back color (no pun intended) is black, with the ever-present perfect shade of Chanel Red Lipstick. I rock black with red lips straight through to Spring. But a funny thing happened this year when I began paying attention to  my cool weather wardrobe. My black is being overtaken by gray – gray pants, gray turtlenecks, gray jackets, gray, you name it. I even find myself attracted to gray on the racks in the boutiques and stores I shop. And, although I have been a creature of habit, I welcome the change to gray.

So what’s new in gray? Here are my fav’s in gray for the season.

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You have to love this shade, described as an “opaque cement.” Not to mention that the packaging is to die for! (And yep, they call it “nailed” lacquer!)

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Smoke is the newest edition to the Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Collection. Touted as “color contouring,” these cool matte grays, coupled with a touch of deep taupe, are perfect for a crisp fall evening.  

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I know, I know! I am taking you out of your comfort zone with this uber-edgy look. But, I promise, it is so chic against the matte eye look above from the Kat Von D Smoke Quad. I purchased, wore it, and have yet to be kicked out of our home by my Mr.

Feeling unsure about all of this darkness? My gift to you – a makeup tutorial by my favorite YouTube beauty blogger, The Fancy Face. No one does it better than Miss Tina. Peep her tutorial below to get the deets on how to rock this look. And be sure to subscribe to  her YouTube Channel! You’ll love her!

Now, what to wear? My go-to staple for the colder weather, a cashmere turtleneck. I am loving this simple deep gray t-neck. Pair it with casual leggings, skinny jeans, or leather leggings with a haute stiletto.

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You cannot go wrong with this outerwear number from J. Crew. Truly a show-stopper, the pièce de résistance with any casual outfit!

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Why not give both of these pieces a little pizzaz with beaded tassel earrings. Also from J. Crew, these beauties are so pretty in “misty fog,” dangling for a sparkly rhinestone!

Finally, we know a Doll can’t go far without a mean shoe, or in this case, boot game. Check out these charcoal thigh highs from Stuart Weitzman. These numbers illicit a full-on swoon!

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You see why my mood is gray?! Won’t you join me!

Until then,

TPD

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,

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Straight Shade.

Hey Dolls! Memorial Day is upon us and with it the beginning of summer. The list of must-haves for the season is endless, but at the top of mine is the perfect sunglasses. What defines perfect? Style and substance. They must look fabulous – for me, the bigger, the better. But equally as important – that they must keep those pesky UV-rays at bay. Yep, vanity be thy name.

My choice? Chanel Signature Oversized Square frames in homage to one Mrs.Kennedy-Onassis.

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But for my Dolls, I want to share my other faves for the season. I’m giving you a little of everything from a Classic Rayban Aviator, a trendy take on the Wayfarer in tortoise, to an avante-garde shield frame from Chanel. Whatever your taste, peep the haute-ness below!

The Celine Marta.

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Prada Oversized Glam.

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The Classis Rayban Aviator.

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Dior Lady Lady 1.

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And for you more daring Dolls …

The Chanel Butterfly Acetate Frames Embellished with Pearls.

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Have a fun-filled holiday!

Until Then | Keep Sharing the Pretty,

The Pretty Domestic

The Must-Haves: Snob Essentials Jewel Box

must-have \ˈməst-ˌhav\n

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!

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The Must-Haves: Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer

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1. an essential possession: the Mischo Beauty “Brave is Beautiful Collection” is the must-have fall nail lacquer

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2. essential: a must-have luxe nail lacquer

Hi Dolls! You know I love beauty products and when I find a good one, I’m loyal. If you recall, last November I introduced you to Mischo Beauty, a luxe nail lacquer, after attending the DC launch of the line – Pretty New ~ Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquer. The inaugural line, Fashion Week, was so fab with colors aptly named The Tents, Front Row, Invite Only, and #NYFW that I wanted to check back in almost a year later to see what’s new in nails.

Fashion WeekI reached out to beauty brainchild, Kitiya Mischo King, who graciously agreed to give us a peek into what going on with Mischo Beauty and fall nail trends. Peep the deets below.

mbPD. Last time we saw you was in November at the Washington, DC launch of Mischo Beauty. Tell us what’s been going on with your line since then?

K. We’ve been working tirelessly to grow the brand!  We are now available at The Emerald Door (www.emeralddoorsalon.com) in Silver Spring, MD – which is our first retail account.  We’ve also launched two new collections – “The Icons Collection” for Spring 2014 and “The Brave is Beautiful Collection” for Fall 2014.

PD. If I recall, Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer is “5 Free.” Remind us what that means and why it’s important?

K. The term “5 FREE” means that the nail lacquer formulation does not contain the following toxins: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor.  These toxins can cause some ugly side effects such as nausea, light-headedness, headaches, and more. They’ve even been linked to cancer and birth defects.

PD. Let’s get to what’s important. What’s on trend for nails this fall? Colors, shapes, lengths? Is the long pointy nail still in?

K. Our favorite trends for Fall 2014 include winter pastels, tonol dressing (from head to toe), metallics and knits in every variation (dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, pants, etc) and the new Fall 2014 collection pairs well with them all! As far as nail shape and length are concerned – yes, we’re definitely still seeing the “stiletto” nail!

PD. What about a couple of tips for maintaining healthy nails.

K. Our absolute favorite tip is the fact that a healthy body results in healthy nails!  It’s important to make sure you’re exercising, maintaining a balanced diet full of green vegetables, drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily, taking a multivitamin and getting adequate sleep!

PD. I know that all of the Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer colors are your babies. But do you have a favorite? What are you featuring in your line for the fall?

K. Honestly, I love them all!  The Fall 2014 “The Brave is Beautiful Collection” includes four new, daring, 5-free shades which are a tribute to the bold choices of women who curate fabulous lives in the face of challenge.  Determination never looked so good.

PD. Will you be expanding Mischo Beauty to other beauty products in the future?

K. Yes! We are working on launching a full collection of color cosmetics to be released in the very near future.  Please stay tuned!

Thanks Kitiya! We sure will! We look forward to chatting with you again soon!Brave is Beautiful

 

L to R: FAIT ACCOMPLI (NUDE): Boss babes never sleep since luxury does not come cheap. #youdidTHAT; CATWALK (CONCRETE GRAY): Calm, cool and fearless. Life is your runway. The world steps aside for a woman who knows her mission; RUN THE WORLD (BLACKEST BLACK): You never tire of the beautiful life and you are not afraid to grab it by the horns. Shape shifting and magic are your specialties; and PHENOMENON (METALLIC RED BLACK): Your favorite position? CEO. Naturally, the world hangs on your every extraordinary move.

About Kitiya.

Until Then,

L.

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

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