Father’s Day Gift Ideas | The Groomer’s Edition!

Hey, Dolls! Father’s Day is 5 days away, and I’ve curated more gift ideas for you – today, “The Groomer Dad!” To shop my Father’s Day “Groomer Dad” gift ideas, click here + head over to my LIKEtoKNOW.it page! (You can also download the app, search Lynn_Selby + follow me!)

You can also go back and shop for the Tech and Sports Dads! Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @ellemelony.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty!

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Like to What? | LIKEtoKNOW.it 101 + Give-Away!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Friday! If you follow me on Instagram @ellemelony – You do don’t you?! – you’ve noticed that I’ve recently been posting my favorite fashion, beauty + home finds on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Many of my IG captions say something like, “Shop my look by following me at Lynn_Selby on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Link in bio.” Or, you’ve seen #ltk and #ltkshop in my hastags. I’ve been on the app for about two months and have received quite a few questions about what it is and how Dolls should use it. That said, I bring you LIKEtoKNOW.it 101.

Simply explained, if you are signed up for LIKEtoKNOW.it, which is free by the way, you’ll automatically receive an email with the details on fashion, beauty + home finds that I have posted on the platform and to IG. Good so far, right?

Ok, but now you are thinking, “I love a Doll, but don’t want my inbox flooded with anymore emails.” Drumroll … you can customize your LIKEtoKNOW.it app account settings to receive emails at a frequency that works best for you. And again, it’s no cost to you. However, in full disclosure, a Doll receives a small commission for any purchase you make from my LIKEtoKNOW.it page – Lynn_Selby. Done + done!

Now that you are all LIKEtoKNOW.it savvy, here’s the fun part. This evening, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th, LIKEtoKNOW.it is hosting their exclusive sale for app users only. I don’t want Dolls to miss out. By downloading the app, you’ll get access to shop the summer’s best sales from some of your favorite brands. The beauty brands are always my favorite! To take advantage, here’s what you need to do:

Download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app.

Search for your favorite influencer’s or blogger’s name. Lynn_Selby should come right up – *wink*! Click “follow” next to my name + a few more of your favs for good measure. I recommend following Kalyn Johnson Chandler, HighLowLuxxe, GreenEyesGoldSoul + Lux_Mommy.

Click on the item you wish to shop and you will be directed to the brand’s online store. Voila! Shop away!

But, what about the giveaway you ask? Keep scrolling!

Now, for the good part – The Giveaway! This evening through Sunday evening, I will be posting some of my fashion, beauty, and home LTK sale days favorites. The sales are great!

On Monday, I will pick two followers – one Pretty Domestic + one Instagram who will each receive one of the items posted during the three day sale. To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. sign-up and follow me at Lynn_Selby on LIKEtoKNOW.it
  2. leave a comment on this page saying you are now following me on LIKEtoKNOW.it (and the last item I posted on the app)
  3. follow me @ellemelony Instagram.

Good luck, and until then, keep sharing the pretty!

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Father’s Day Gift Ideas | The Sports Edition

Hey Dolls! We are two weeks shy of Father’s Day, and I’ve been continuing to scout gift ideas for you. First, I curated some pretty cool tech gifts. This week, Father’s Day The Sports Edition.

To shop my Father’s Day “Sports Dad” gift ideas, click here + head over to my LIKEtoKNOW.it page! (You can also download the app, search Lynn_Selby + follow me!)

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.

The Pretty Domestic 

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

Source | HGTV

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.” 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

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! Summer is here with a vengeance and the 4th is days away. I was trying to decide on the perfect champagne cocktail for the holiday and thought I would try the “Always Sparkling.” Don’t you love the name! Peep the mixology.

Always Sparkling

The Ingredients | 

  • 1 part cognac; 3/4 part lemon juice
  • 3/4 part sweetened strawberry purée
  • 1 dash rose water
  • favorite sparkling rose

The Mixology | In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine cognac, lemon juice, strawberry purée and rose water. Strain into a stemless glass filled with ice, and top with your favorite sparkling rose. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

TPD

Source: Cosmopolitan.com

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.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

Happy Dollentine’s Day!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday

Hey Dolls! Happy Super Bowl Sunday! If you’re like me, you’re either attending a fab party or hosting one. We’ll be watching with good friends at their annual Super Bowl soirée.

The big game is synonymous with beer; but I still say bubbles are appropriate. Or better yet, why not both! That said, I bring you The Black Velvet.

This famous drink was invented in 1861 at Brook’s Club in London. Prince Albert had died, everyone was in mourning. The story goes that the steward at the club, overcome with the emotion of the occasion, ordered that even the champagne should be put into mourning and proceeded to mix it with Guinness. The taste was so delicious the Black Velvet quickly became extremely popular. Peep the mixology below.

The Black Velvet

The Ingredients |

  • one part Guinness (extra stout)
  • one part Champagne (well chilled)

The Mixology | Fill half a Champagne flute glass with Guinness. Slowly top off each glass with chilled champagne. Serve and enjoy!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Pretty Organized … the 2018 Edition

Hello Dolls! It’s a new year and for most of us this means new beginnings – the opportunity to reassess what worked and what didn’t in all areas of our lives. We decide to stay with the status quo or make the necessary adjustments. Some areas like career, relationships and finances require more of a heavy lift; but there are some things that are less heady we can do to start the year off fresh.

If you are like me, I start by tackling much needed organization projects in my home. First up the guest coat closet, followed by the basement storage closet and finally my wreath design studio. I love organizing, but equally love shopping for organizing and storage items. Here are some of my organization favs that will hopefully inspire you.

IKEA Bumerang Hangers

I love to open my closet and the clothing is neatly organized, spaced and hung by item type and color. My pet peeve is a hodgepodge of hangers. A while ago, I purchased pretty pink velvet hangers, and much to my chagrin, the pink rubbed off on my white blouses! Needless to say I was horrified; so off I went in search of new hangers. Clean and minimal works best me, so I opted for these Bumerang white wooden hangers I found in IKEA.

Poppin Desk Supplies + Accessories

I truly believe that I focus better and work more efficiently when my desk area is clean, clear and neat, with my necessary supplies organized and accessible. Again, I opted for a minimal aesthetic and Poppin desk supplies are my choice to keep my desk area on point. I love white, but they offer a bevy of colors to meet your fancy.

Peep The Pretty Domestic desk below.

The Container Store Grey Drop Front Shoe Boxes

If you are a Doll with a mean shoe game, you know that there never seems to be enough room for shoe storage. Boxes are different sizes, making storage challenging and sometimes disorganized. What’s even more frustrating is having to open numerous shoe boxes to see what’s inside. These sophisticated drop-front shoe boxes will pamper those Louboutins, protect against dust, and keep them easy to access.

You also have the option of purchasing the Luxury Closet Starter Kit, if you are considering a complete reorganization.

The Lexington Cart

A cart is an informal way to store items that you use frequently. I’ve seen the Lexington Cart from Michael’s styled several ways, but particularly love how Homeyohmy styled it in various rooms. I am thinking of purchasing one or two to organize and accommodate my design supplies.

Kitchen Spice Jar + Labels

Ok, I admit that my husband thought I was absolutely crazy when I embarked upon this little project; but I couldn’t stand the disarray that was in the spice cabinet. The solution, Talented Kitchen Magnetic Spice Tins and 113 accompanying labels.

It takes no time to transfer and label your spices into the new tin. You will be uber pleased at the instant organization of you spice cabinet, your ability to locate just what you need for that recipe and not repurchase spices because you were unable to locate them.

The Talented Kitchen 14 Glass Spice Jars and labels are also nice, if you want a different look.

Z Gallerie Bodega Storage Boxes

You know the drill, you come in the house and throw your keys and whatever other sundry you have in your hands onto the end table. Why not consider a decorative storage box. You’ll know where everything is and have a stylish piece, or two, for your table. I love this set from Z Gallerie, which comes in off-white and salmon.

Z Gallerie Storage Benches and Ottomans

I’ve always liked the look of a swanky storage bench or ottoman at the end of, or beside the bed, or in a living area. Great for storing blankets or seasonal linens, it can also serve as a nice statement piece.

For a modern twist, the Z Gallerie Declan Storage Bench with lucite legs in Bella Gray is hot.

The Robinson Storage Ottoman in dark blue, with silver polished nail heads works well as smaller storage accent piece. It’s also available in white, grey and black.

Christmas Storage

Finally Dolls, the annual post holiday struggle involves where to store all of the holiday decor. Peep your local Target for a wide selection of storage options for ornaments, trees, and of course those Pretty Domestic Wreaths you ordered to glam your door this holiday season.

Ornament Bin

Wrapping Paper Storage Bin

24″ Wreath Storage Box

Dolls, I hope this gives you some new year organization inspiration. I know I have some work to do and would love to hear about your organization tips. Leave a comment below and share your go-to ideas.

Until then, Happy New Year! Keep sharing the pretty!

L.

TPD