I’ve been getting a ton of questions and requests lately on what to wear to a wedding. This little red dress is a great example of a versatile piece that I’ve been able to wear to a wedding, a cocktail party, and a very special dinner (which took place on a balmy night in the French countryside.) I’ll be doing several blog posts in the coming months on what to wear to a wedding and wedding gift suggestions so be on the look out! In the meantime, I wanted to share pictures from an evening at the L’Occitane founder’s dear friend’s private home. The friend happened to be an interior designer which came as no surprise since the interior and exterior of the home were absolute perfection. The dinner was gorgeous and we all sat around a long table in the middle of the yard under the stars, enjoying good wine, good food and great company. It was truly one of the loveliest evenings I’ve ever had and I’m so happy I have these pictures to look back on. I told you I had a major giveaway opportunity centered around this trip…and I’m excited to finally share it! L’Occitane is giving a way a trip to Provence!!! Enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Provence, along with a spa treatment and tour of the factory and museum. And shop all of my favorite L’Occitane products (like this lavender bubble bath, this shea butter soap, and this eye cream below.)
Happy Monday! Last week was an insanely productive one and I have so much content lined up for August that I can’t wait to share with you! I shot a video for Shiseido on Thursday and ended up editing it with the videographer till 1AM Friday morn. The time flew by. I love getting so excited about a project with a fellow creative that is equally as passionate about it. It’s so important to surround yourself with inspiring people in this industry and I feel lucky to be building a solid network of creatives here in LA! This day in Provence with L’Occitane will forever be engrained in my memory! It started at 5AM with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over town. A group of 16 of us went out and we were all just in awe the entire time. Surprisingly my hat stayed on (luckily it wasn’t too windy up there!) and this stripe dress (also love this one) was perfect since it’s a bit thicker and the temps were chilly in the early morning. I’m usually not super afraid of heights, but I must admit…I did have a moment halfway through where I had to talk myself out of freaking out haha. I think you guys are going to DIE over the giveaway I’ll be announcing tomorrow – hint hint it has to do with this post! Shop my entire look below :)
Oh gosh, where do I begin with Provence?! Running through the lavender fields in Provence has been on my bucket list for years – so to be invited by the L’Occitane team was an absolute dream come true. They organized an incredible 4 day experience for Talun and I – complete with a hot air balloon ride over town, decadent lunches set in private villas, tours of the best lavender fields, an intimate dinner with the L’Occitane founder, and tons of fascinating beauty tutorials that I talked about in my Wellness Wednesday post. I’ve been buying L’Occitane products since my high school days (I used to work at the mall (my retail experience taught me SO much!) and would always pop in on my lunch break to pick up their lavender hand cream) so to be able to learn about the science and meaning behind each product was incredible. I linked to all of my favorite lavender products below (like this bubble bath, this lavender satchel (I stick mine in my pajama drawer), and this shower gel.) Lavender is so soothing! I love carrying this mini roll on perfume in my bag. Dab a bit on your wrists for an instant wave of calm in the middle of the day or before bed!
What is it about the French? They just exude that effortless beauty, confidence, cool… It’s that “je ne se quoi” that captivated me all of those years ago (and even made me want to move there!) and that still intrigues me to this day. I had the pleasure of spending 4 days in Provence with the L’Occitane team and learned sooooo much about French beauty that I can’t wait to share with you. As a part of our trip, we were invited to peel back the curtain and see what really goes into the brand. We were taken to the exact lavender fields where the lavender for their products gets sourced, we went inside the lab and chatted with the scientists, we experienced essential oil and skincare tutorials from a woman who has been working for the brand for 20+ years (pictured here), and finally, got to have dinner with the founder who talked about the heart + soul behind the company. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures with you from the trip, but today I want to focus on the wellness aspect of it. The two most fascinating things I learned on our trip were how to give yourself a facial lymphatic drainage massage and the healing power of essential oils. A facial lymphatic drainage massage instantly de-puffs your face and relieves tension by getting the blood circulating. I consider myself pretty educated in the beauty realm and was shocked that I had never heard of this before! Let me tell you, it is a TOTAL game changer. If I wake up puffy from too much wine, salt, or lack of sleep, I take 5 minutes in the morning to do this and can instantly see/feel results. This tutorial walks you through every single step – ENJOY ;) The next thing I loved learning about was the magic behind essential oils. These photos were taken at a demonstration showing how they used to extract oils back in the day (essential oils have been used for over 5,000 years by cultures all over the world.) The darling woman in the picture with me, exuded that effortless French beauty and was probably one of the happiest, sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. She swims every single day (she was very proud of her swimming pool!) and grows all of her own fruit and vegetables in her garden. Talk about goals! This site talks about all of the different oils out there, but I wanted to highlight one in particular (my fave); lavender. Lavender oil can be used to treat just about everything from anxiety, to depression, digestion problems, headaches, cuts, jet lag, rashes, insomnia… I keep this roller of lavender oil in my purse and dab a bit on my wrists in the middle of the day to help me relax. I also use it when I travel and spray this on my pillow before bed. There are a ton of “fake” or poor quality lavender oils and oils in general out there, so do your research and be careful if you buy from an unknown source! For this week’s giveaway, I’m SO excited to be offering 1 lucky reader $500 worth of my favorite L’Occitane products (including lots of lavender goodies!) To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter and comment below “Signed Up!” The winner will be announced on Friday. XO
This is the ultimate red dress for summer. It sold out only a few days after I posted it on Instagram, but has been re-stocked so snap it up here! It’s flirty and just the right amount of sexy – making it perfect for date night, wine tasting, or shopping with the girls. It runs true to size and has adjustable straps in case you want to make it higher or lower cut. I’m currently in Provence with L’Occitane and a ton of you have been DM’ing me about outfits I’ve been featuring in my instastories. The wifi here is super spotty (almost non-existent!), so I will be uploading full blog posts with details to everything next week. In the mean time, you can shop the pink dress from my first night in Provence here and the stripe dress from the hot air balloon ride here (but FYI it’s only left in one size so here’s a similar version!) This is the blouse I wore in the lavender fields and this is the skirt I wore with it (although it just sold out.)