Travel, Washington DCSalamander Resort

salamanderIt is so amazing to me that nestled a mere 50 miles from the nation’s capital is a fairytale horse country replete with rolling hills, vineyards, and small town charm. We were lucky enough to discover all this while visiting the area’s most luxurious and grand getaway, the Salamander Resort & Spa. The resort spans 340 idyllic acres with trails, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor event space. From the moment we drove onto the grounds, we were astounded by the peace, beauty, and elegance that seemed to emanate throughout the property. The hotel lobby is an refined mix of the genteel country and the luxury of an estate, and staff were welcoming and professional, ready to help with any whim.

FOR TRAVEL - Salamander Resort & Spa --Living Room Center View Salamander Resort & Spa features a spectacular Living Room, which is the first space a guest encounters upon entering (Photo credit: Justin Kriel)


Accessories, Obsessions, ShoesObsession of the Moment: Sebago Hutton Smoking Flat


SkincareL’Occitane pour L’Homme

l-occitane-cedrat-pure-cleanserIt’s not often that an inspiring men’s line comes up that my hubby will actually use and enjoy! If left to his own devices, this is the guy that will use bar soap (or even dish detergent if in a pinch, scary!) for his face and SPF moisturizer at night. So when I cajoled him into trying L’Occitane’s Cedrat line, I was completely surprised when a couple days into using the cleanser, he volunteered, “All joking aside, I really like this facewash. It just feels luxurious!” He actually looks forward to washing his face when getting off a long day of work. I love the scent as much as he does, and he even enjoys the gentle exfoliating beads. Cedrat, or citrus, originated from Asia and eventually landed on the shores of Corsica. The Cedrat extract from the pulp was found to have skin energizing properties. L’Occitane harvests cedrat during the winter months from a small organic cooperative on Corsica. The exfoliating beads are actually derived from lemon rind to refine texture and reveal soft skin. The scent reminds me of eating juicy citrus fruits in Provence in the evenings on our balcony, so for me there’s even a hint of romance wrapped up in it.


Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Covered Goods Nursing Cover


Beauty, Skincare, TravelBordeaux: Sources des Caudalie

chateauBordeaux and its surrounding vineyards in southwest France, is a dreamland for me. It sacrifices nothing: the most revered wine, stellar cuisine, chateaux in droves, and French sensibility. For 36 hours one June weekend, we feasted with our eyes and tastebuds through vast vineyards and Michelin-starred restaurants. I loved every minute exploring the cobbled and sloped walkways in our small town, St. Emilion, and savored evenings on the terrace at the lovely Hostellerie de Plaisance. Our adopted home was full of charm with historic substance and the best service we’ve ever experienced in Europe. We didn’t have a lot of time to visit multiple vineyards, as each appointment is typically over an hour long, complete with a personal tour and tasting. We chose strategically, experiencing two vineyards, each with its own distinct personalities. First was Chateau Grand Mayne, a beautiful boutique winery in St. Emilion, and the second one, much larger, folds out into a beautiful story.

Nestled in rolling vineyards atop a gentle slope is the family-run Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a producer of superb red and white wines whose history dates back to 1365. The vineyard takes exquisite care of each step of the wine-producing process, from honed techniques of nearly all-organic growing processes to having their own barrel maker who works with tasters to cater each piece of wood to a desired taste of wine. The estate hosts a luxury inn, two restaurants including the decadent and delicious La Grand’Vigne which has the distinction of two Michelin stars, and a spa. The beauty brand Caudalie is part of what makes the chateau so special as it utilizes the rich resources of grape by-products in production of the line. Even the name ties into the equation, the word Caudalie is derived from the word caudal (tail), this is the unit used to measure the the persistence of a wine’s finish, with one caudalie representing one second.


Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsessions: Candice Pool


Candice Pool is the founder of FINN Jewelry, a delicate fine jewelry brand that was founded in 2005. The Cape Town-born, Houston-raised and NYC-based designer offers a whimsical, not-too-serious twist on classic and dainty charms, symbols, and shapes – creating modern jewelry for the everyday. Below this talented shares what she’s obsessing over currently! READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, FragranceLavender Love

This time of year brings back fond memories of a trip to France, with gorgeous and fragrant blooming lavender fields. I wanted to bring that back into my home this summer, and found two fantastic products to help me: C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Candle and Soap & Paper Factory Lavender Clary Sage Liquid Soap. READ MORE

BeautyThe Summer of Glossier


Glossier is a new modern beauty brand by Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss. Designed as a line of beauty staples, these products are not only effortless, but also effective. After hearing about all the buzz – from friends and colleagues, we’re so excited to try the Glossier Phase 1 Set.

The set includes Soothing Face Mist, Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and the Coconut Balm DotCom (the summer version of their signature Balm DotCom). All four products are designed to work together, keeping your skin hydrated and glowing. READ MORE

Mom & KidsLittle Passports

ppOn the hottest days of summer, I search near and far for unique indoor activities. A fave of ours is Little Passports, which is educational, fun, and allows for “world travel” without leaving the living room! The “Global Adventure” starts with a suitcase full of goodies including an introduction to Sofia and Sam, two kids who zoom around the globe to exotic locations on their magic scooter, a big fold-out map, and of course, a passport for stickers from every country visited. Every month, a surprise package arrives with a new country to highlight, complete with pictures, a new story from Sofia and Sam, and some kind of activity. My favorite so far is the Egypt package, which came with a pyramid hiding a buried treasure. Tools provided were small shovels and a hammer to “excavate” the treasure, in our case a bronze pharaoh head.


Beauty, FragranceGet Clean for the Summer


As I’ve mentioned here many times, the CLEAN fragrance brand is one of my favorites (if not my actual favorite).  I may have a hundred different perfumes, but a crazy amount of the time, I’m reaching for one of their scents in the morning.  They just work on me (and they smell amazing too).  So any time they release something new, you can imagine my excitement.  For summer, there are two new scents (TWO!) which makes me very, very happy.

Air has the best description ever.  It’s meant to “evoke the expansive airiness of a hot air balloon ride over the Himalayas” which I think we can all admit sounds amazing.  The fragrance itself can be worn alone or layered over any other CLEAN scents to make them more floral.  It’s definitely more of a floral than their other scents, but it’s still fresh and light, not cloying or overpowering.  (It has notes of Bergamot Blossoms, Sparkling Freesia and Dewy Peony).  As per usual, I want to wear it always.

The other new scent, Summer Sun, is even more up my alley.  It’s supposed to capture the essence of an endless summer day and every time I smell it, it just makes me happy.  So, so happy.  With notes of Clementine, Crisp Apple, Bergamot, Wet Marine Notes, Honeysuckle, Orange Blossom, Juniper Berry, White Amber, Blonde Woods, Sandalwood and Soft Musk, it’s playful and fun.  To me, it’s a little fruitier than most of their other scents, but it’s still so… clean (for lack of a better word!)  The thing I love about CLEAN is that every scent feels perfect in all situations to me.  I definitely wear them in the daytime to work, but they seem perfect for nights out as well.  I love that when I wear Summer Sun, I smile every time I catch a whiff of it.  Fragrance SHOULD make you happy and CLEAN scents always do.  Kudos!

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