Rose Beauty Products

If you’re beauty obsessed, and love trying to new products, you’ll swoon over this Limited Edition Birchbox. A few weeks back I was reading the June issue of Vogue, where I learned about the first-time ever partnership between Birchbox and Vogue. To commemorate Vogue’s 125th anniversary, they worked with a horticulturists to create their very own peach-colored “Vogue rose,” which ultimately inspired the items included in the Limited Edition Box.

The pretty peach flowers and the rose-infused products were enough allure to peek my interest. I couldn’t resist testing the assortment! Each product in the box is hand selected, and petal-perfect I might add, making them a refreshing Summer addition to one’s cosmetic bag. The box is valued at $224, but priced at $68. Now that’s a deal, if you ask me! And there’s no skimping here—all but one of the items are full size.

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Summer White

There is something classic about an all-white ensemble that transcends all seasons. Especially in Summer, white exudes an effortless ease and sophistication I love. One can easily throw on a little white dress, and call it a day! I’m a sucker for dainty eyelet details, so when I saw this dress on sale I knew right away it would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. Given the loose, shift-style fit, it also accommodates my growing bump (which has been a huge decision factor in shopping these days).

Tomorrow marks the first official day of summer, and let me tell you, it’s hot in the Bay Area! Temperatures reached a record high in the triple digits. Pregnancy and heat are not a good combo, so it’s been a tad uncomfortable. Thankfully, it’s expected to cool back down in a few days, but until then we’re staying indoors close to blowing fans and AC. With these warm days, I’ve been rotating through white breezy dresses to stay cool. So, to kick of the sizzling season of Summer, I’ve rounded up a few white pieces I’m eyeing—all under $100!

Stay cool out there, and don’t forget to hydrate!

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My Garden Baby Shower

This past weekend my friends Tamara and Taylor (author of Simply Silicon Valley) co-hosted a baby shower to celebrate the impending arrival of our little girl. Every detail was divinely and beautifully thought through, leaving me overwhelmed with gratitude, to say the least. Perhaps it’s third trimester emotions, but the outpour of love and generosity from family, friends and co-workers has been a humbling experience. From the east coast to the west coast and a few stops in between, we’ve received countless words of encouragement, expressing excitement for our soon to be family of three!

After we moved into our new home this past December, I dreamed of one day throwing a garden party in our backyard as it lends the perfect setting for such a soireé. Unbeknownst to me, Taylor latched onto this idea and brought the garden party vision to life, in honor of our baby. How lucky am I to have such sweet and thoughtful friends!? Because I can’t resist sharing all the pretty details, and documenting the festivities so that our daughter can one day see how we joyfully celebrated her birth, below are a few photos from the day. Further down the post I share a short update on my third trimester and what I’m learning about motherhood.

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Vacation Vibes

Although we don’t have true vacation plans on the horizon, I can’t help but feel like I should pack for a getaway with this gauzy cotton dress—the embroidered blue details, and subtle front tassels make for a slight gypsy, bohemian flair—calling for a seaside destination. Club Monaco’s Summer Style Event is currently offering up to 30% off, where you can snatch a unique array of breezy items, like this dress, in hues of light blue. Below I link to a few items I’m loving for the Summer season, or you can shop curated items at the Club Monaco beach shop here with discount code “summer.” With the baby on the way, truth be told, I haven’t had much time to think about summer vacation plans nor do much blogging (these photos were taken Easter weekend, so, as you can imagine, the bump is much bigger these days!).

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Chez Kelly – New York City

Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Kelly, a contributor in my Chez series. If you missed my last Chez post, you can read more about the series here. After college (where I  met Kelly!), she moved to New York City to pursue her career in fashion PR; but over the last couple years, it’s been neat to see her foster her true passion and dream: working with animals. Despite being in the city that never sleeps, Kelly manages to live a quiet and stress-free life in her darling studio apartment in the West Village. I love her artwork and decor as it’s the perfect extension of Kelly’s personality, representing her travels to Africa, love of animals, her many, many good books—and of course, her two fur babies! Scroll below to read my full interview with Kelly, where she shares her infectious philanthropic passions and favorite go-to places in New York City.

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