Dinner in the French Countryside
Provence, FR

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.)

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Veronica Beard dress c/o (also love this one and this one) // Alexandre Birman sandals (also love these) // Baublebar necklace // With Love From Kat x Gigi New York clutch
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A Hot Air Balloon Ride
Provence, FR

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 :)

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Misa dress (also love this one) // Janessa Leone hat // Hermes sandals (similar) // Meli Melo bag // Baublebar necklace
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How To Make GOOP's Chocolate Chia Truffles
Venice, CA

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful lunch hosted by Nordstrom x GOOP to celebrate GOOP’s pop-up boutique.  I happened to get seated right next to Chef Thea Baumann who helped Gwyneth Paltrow co-write her latest cookbook; It’s All Easy.  The lunch was absolutely delicious and ended with these divine chocolate chia truffles.  These babies are TO DIE FOR – they literally melt in your mouth – and they left such a lasting impression on me, that I immediately ran to the grocery store after the lunch and bought all of the ingredients to re-create them at home.  I’ve been making a batch every single week since and love that they are 100% guilt free!!!!  They have zero dairy, refined sugar or gluten.  With only 7 ingredients and about 15 minutes total for prep/completion time – these are the ultimate mid afternoon treat or if you’re like me…midnight snack!  Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium and chia is a great source of fiber.  Coconut oil gives you glowing skin and coconut nectar is a low glycemic sweetener that tastes amazing.  Watch the tutorial, which we filmed inside the GOOP office in Santa Monica, for the exact recipe and step by step instructions!  Sign up for my newsletter here and comment below “Signed up!” for a chance to win a signed copy of the It’s All Easy cookbook + $500 of GOOP beauty products (the perfume smells heavenly.)  I’ll announce the winner on Friday.  PS congrats to last week’s Wellness Series subscriber Nisha for winning the $500 of L’Occitane goodies and subscriber Jenilee for winning the $500 Lululemon gift card!

Chocolate Chia Truffle Recipe
1/2 cup Cacao Powder
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons Coconut Nectar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 pinches Sea Salt
6 Drops of Stevia
6 tablespoons Chia and/or Sesame Seeds

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Pampelone top (also love this one) // Madewell jeans // Cacao // Coconut Nectar // Chia Seeds // Sesame Seeds // Stevia // Vanilla // Coconut Oil // It’s All Easy Cookbook
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Lavender Fields in Provence
Provence, FR

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!

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Veronica Beard top c/o (also love this one) // Spell & The Gypsy skirt (similar) // Madewell sandals // Jadetribe tote // Vintage sunnies (similar)
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