Going Paperless Saves Trees and Time

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Everyone is always asking if you’d like to go paperless, from your electric company to your bank. Where I prefer to go paperless is with party invitations. Over the past year I’ve used Paperless Post to invite friends to birthday parties, housewarmings an even our casual courthouse wedding.

From cards and envelopes to RSVPS, and even stamps. countless trees were saved by going paperless. I didn’t even have to compromise on my vision, I simply designed my own invitations and uploaded them to the site. Our courthouse invitation is pictured above.

Helping the environment is always an easy choice, but in reality, the time saved by using Paperless Post is move valuable. From pulling addresses from my email account to tracking every invitation to see if your guests received, opened or RSVPed. This allowed me to spend more time designing the details of the event. I found it most helpful when planning and managing multiple events at one time, especially around our wedding. If you haven’t used Paperless Post yet, follow them on Instagram to see the endless possibilities, you won’t be disappointed.

This post was publish in partnership with Paperless Post.
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Introducing the Asymmetric Overcoat

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As we transition into Autumn, layering pieces become the focus of the wardrobe. For September, DE SMET launched the Asymmetric Overcoat. A reinterpretation of the classic longline trench with asymmetric collar and sculpted sleeve. Available in smooth tencel twill and crinkle cotton poplin, this light weight layering piece is essential to trans-seasonal dressing.

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Postcard from Hudson, NY: Modern Cabin in the Woods

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The only way to enjoy living in New York City for years on end is by having somewhere to escape to. My husband’s family lives upstate, so we have always used their homes as getaway destinations. Last weekend, we rented a modern cabin in the woods near Hudson, NY. It was only then that we realized the value of having our own place in the woods. So, while I dream about designing (or renovating) a modern and rustic space, I’ll leave you with this image that inspired this new idea. Find more upstate New York getaways here.

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Roundup: Everyday White Dishes

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The search for the perfect everyday white dishes is as hard to find as the perfect white paint color. We started our search for everyday white dishes over a year ago, with only a few criteria in mind: durable (microwave, oven and dishwasher safe), slightly organic shape (not perfectly symmetrical, with a handmade feeling) and deep bowls (we make a lot of ramen in our house). We found it best to buy a single set of your potential everyday white dishes (one setting: dinner plate, salad plate and bowl) to use for a few weeks before committing. This will give you an opportunity to see if the size, weight, durability, color and material meets your expectations. Are they too heavy once food is placed on them? Are they big enough for the food portion size you usually eat? Do they work well with your glassware? Do they wash well? Are they too delicate when thrown in the sink with other dishes? Does the color look nice on your dining table or favorite table-cloth? Here is a roundup of our top contenders.

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HomeStories | Cast stoneware made in Portugal, the simple matte white dishes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The slight grey-white color feels modern yet timeless.

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Serax | Designed by Piet Boon, the bone white porcelain dishes have high thermal stability and is free of lead and cadmium.

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Brickett Davda | Hand-made in the United Kingdom, the shapes of each dish are conceived and designed from pure, functional objects, cherished and worn by use. Dishwasher safe at low temperatures.

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Mud Australia | Artisanal-made dishes made from porcelain sourced from Limoges, France. No two dishes are alike. Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.

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Long Flight Beauty Routine

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I just returned from Tokyo, Seoul and China and I wanted to share my Long Flight Beauty Routine. After reading many articles and trying out different methods each time, I wanted to share my best practices with you.
When flying for more than four or five hours, these are my go to beauty travel tips:
1 | Board the plane bare-faced. Or once you settle in, use a cleansing cloth to remove makeup. Never use the water in airplane bathrooms to brush your teeth or wash your face, studies show that it is contaminated with feces.
2 | Avoid caffeine and alcohol. I know, no fun, but caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin and when changing time zones, it also increases your chance of getting jet lag. Also steer clear of foods high in sodium. This will cut the chance of swollen feet and ankles.
3 |Once you have a clean face, apply hydrating face oil and use facial massage to help drain the excess fluid in your face. Most of the oil will soak into your skin during your massage so once your massage is complete, apply one more layer of hydrating face oil. While this begins to absorb, drink 12 ounces of water.
4 | Next, use a heavy moisturizer to seal in the hydrating face oil.
5 | If at any time during the flight your face begins to feel dry or tight, avoid spraying water on your skin because this actually pulls the moisture away from your face. Instead, drink more water and reapply hydrating face oil and heavy moisturizer.
6 | If you are trying to avoid jet lag and plan to sleep through your flight, bring melatonin with you. Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help you sleep and readjust your body’s internal clock. Dissolve one tablet under your tongue before you drift off to sleep.
7 | When choosing a sleep mask, always opt for an adjustable elastic strap, this will reduce breakage on your hair and insure a comfortable fit. Also look for a mask made of a natural fiber that is slippery, like silk. It allows your skin to breathe and will reduce the appearance creases from your mask transferring to your face.
8 | Avoid hydrating beauty masks made of cloth because it attracts the moisture from your face and ends up drying your face out more than hydrating it.
9 | The most important thing to remember is drink water! Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, but it will reduce your risk of jet lag, indigestion, headaches and picking up unwanted air born illnesses on the flight.
What are your long flight travel rituals?

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