Beauty Supply: NKD SKN Giveaway

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Sadly, it’s the last week of summer… but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your tan! Recently I was gifted a few bottles of NKD SKN, a non-toxic self-tanning spray (which promises to give you a soft, summer glow). I have to be honest, I haven’t used self tanning products in years… but since it’s chemical free and it states the use of odor remove technology, I gave it a try. After exfoliating in the shower and drying off completely, I used the foam mitt (which comes with) to distribute the product evenly on my legs (the whitest part of my body). The application was easy, no streaking. The dry-time was quick, I only waited about five minutes before throwing on my white dress. The outcome was impressive; not too orange, just a warm summer glow, which is what I was hoping for. At the end of the day I noticed a very slight self-tanning odor, but it wasn’t noticeable to others (because I asked, haha). So if you are still trying to catch up on your summer tan, NKD SKN might be your quick fix. I’m giving away one bottle of the tinted tan liquid (dark), which is what I used in these images. The only thing you have to do to get a shot at this is share and care.

1. Follow me on instagram @desmitten.

2. Leave a comment on this image about what you’ll miss most about summer.

3. Tell your friends!

This giveaway is open until the unofficial last day of summer, Monday, the 7th of September, to US residents only. The lucky one will receive a direct message from me on the 8th. Enjoy the last days of summer!!

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Back To School Shopping

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It’s that time of year when we fall back into our “back to school shopping” mode, dreaming of wearing the Fall collections we fell for back in February. Unfortunately, most of those must-have pieces are for colder weather (not ready for that yet)! These pieces are perfect for transitioning from Summer to Fall without committing to either season entirely. As you know, most of my wardrobe is black, but this year I am consciously adding more neutral tones – dare I say color? – to my wardrobe (evidence herehere and here). Black is classic, but I may have maxed out the number of black items one can own in a single wardrobe. Peppering in some lighter hued pieces, in classic shapes, only strengthens a timeless wardrobe. I focused on shapes that work for my work-from-home lifestyle; easy, everyday, versatile pieces… some of which have been on my wish-list for over a year.

Loquet delicate chain necklace // Still dreaming of the perfect delicate gold (or silver) chain to wear with basic tees. This one from Loquet is the perfect length with the best chain-link shape.

Lemaire trench coat // I’ve been looking for a trench coat for how many years? Let me count them… one… two… you get it! Even last month, at the La Garconne sample sale, I tried on this trench from The Row and fell in love all over again… but it was still over $1000, so I had to walk away. I’m hoping this off-white trench coat from the Lemaire + Uniqlo collection fits. It is only $150 with removable hood and water-resistant cotton fabric. Only time will tell, the collection launches on October 2nd!

Mykita sunglasses // A classic frame to dress up the simplest of outfits for now and for years to come.

Totême scarf // A bit of color and print goes a long way in my wardrobe. This giant silk scarf adds a graphic touch to every look, and it’s currently half price!

Trademark slides // I love the cognac color of these Trademark slides (remember the wool ones from last year, which are still available by the way). There is nothing better than an all black outfit with a few rich, cognac leather pieces to brighten it up.

Maison Margiela cardigan // This style does double duty, wear it as a layering piece or forgo the undershirt altogether and rock it as a low-v top. There’s nothing better than a color that loiters between heather grey and brown.

Il Bussetto leather card holder // The best looking business card holder around; with a structured leather shell and clean finished magnet closure, it can double as a mini-clutch in a pinch. Or at the very least it will keep me from putting my debit card in the back pocket of my jeans to run to the corner store.

What’s on your back to school shopping list?

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Get Inspired: Ghirri

Paradise-Backyard--Aldo-Rossi-by-Luigi-Ghirri-desmittenDo you know when you have an image hanging on your physical inspiration board for months because it resonates with something inside you, but you don’t know much more about its origin? Well I’ve had this image (above) hanging in my office for almost a year and didn’t realize it was a photograph taken by Italian photographer, Luigi Ghirri. After exploring his work further, I couldn’t be more impressed. The colors in these images make pastels feel like neutrals. I chose to share this collection of images because it makes me nostalgic about the end of summer…luigi-ghirri-desmitten

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Beauty Supply: Rosewater Spray

glossier-rose-water-clean-beauty-non-toxic-beauty-products-2-desmittenHave you jumped on the rosewater band wagon yet? If not, then this is the perfect time to jump on. Feeling hot and sweaty while running around the city all day? A little spritz not only refreshes you, but also helps reduce redness and irritation while nourishing your skin. With antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties it promotes healthy skin (and hair).I keep it next to my computer while working, it’s like a thirst-quenching drink of water for your face. I am always trying out new rosewater mists, Glossier’s soothing rosewater spray is my current go-to. Who makes your favorite rosewater mist?

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Must Have: Glove Shoe

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Martiniano // glove shoe // $395 flats // $540 for 1 3/4″ heel

It’s not the first time I’ve talked about the glove shoe… I mean, who wouldn’t want a shoe that fits like a glove? Made in buttery leather that forms to your foot, the glove shoe is the Fall replacement of the summer slide. Take your pick,  Martiniano // Rachel Comey// Maryam Nassir Zadeh // Celine. And beyond which designer- do you go with a flat or low heel, suede or leather? And even still, which color? Stark white or one of the brassy, buttery, vegetable colors that would add a welcomed, unexpected element to any achromatic look? I am drawn to the glove shoe because it makes me nostalgic for the hours of dance classes I took growing up. I remember how comfortable my jazz shoes were, but they were never to be worn outside on concrete, almost as if they were sacred. What is your favorite version of the glove shoe? Here are some of the many to choose from…

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Rachel Comey // Calder heeled ballerina // $345 // 2″ heel

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh // Roberta // $379 // 1 1/2″ heel

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Celine // soft ballerinas // $590 flats // $770 for 2 1/2″ heel

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