DIY: White Lace Up Shirt


If you’ve been following my < runway > board on Pinterest, or even taken a look at any of the Spring 2015 collections, you’d know that the lace-up detail is having a major moment in fashion. If you need more proof, read this Into The Gloss article and this Who What Wear post. Are you all caught up? Ok, good. This is why I thought a DIY white lace up shirt was in order. The icing on the cake? Coming across this shirt dress (pictured above) from the Isabel Marant.


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Lotta for Kobo: Pure Soy Candles

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Last week I stopped by the oh-so-fun Kikkerland Shop to celebrate the launch of Kobo candles collaboration with Lotta Jansdotter. Made of domestically grown, sustainable soybeans, the pure soy candles burn cleanly while filling the room with a soft fragrance. With an eye on sustainability, Scandinavian designer, Lotta Jansdottter designed the packaging to have a longer life. The cup can be used later as a drinking glass, once all of the wax is removed and it’s thoroughly washed, of course. The box, adorned with Lotta’s simple signature prints, breaks down into two postcards to encourage sending handwritten notes. The entire collection has eight scents, ranging from Cloudberry to Forest floor. The simple design of the ceramic vessel makes us want to start collecting them. You can find Lotta’s pure soy candles at Kikkerland Shop and online at Kobo Candles. We have our summer linen candle (pictured) burning now, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start the week.


Sunday Funday: Loewe SS2015 Book


A fun little treat for this Sunday morning… Straight from Jonathan Anderson’s instagram, a brief sneak preview of the Loewe SS2015 Book, Maison de L’Unesco, Paris, featuring my favorite model of the moment, Julia Nobis. The book will be out soon, with a tear-out poster to hang lovingly on your wall. This is definitely on my holiday wish list, but I couldn’t wait to share it with you. For more images visit Jonathan Anderson’s instagram!


Non-Toxic Beauty Gift Guide 2014

To kick off the seven weeks of gifting here on DeSmitten, we’ve put together the ultimate non-toxic beauty gift guide. Originally this guide was put together for your organic-beauty obsessed besties, but it doesn’t hurt to stock up on a few non-toxic beauty supplies for yourself to keep you looking fresh through the holidays. It’s also a great time to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions… change your beauty routine to a “clean” one in 2015.

To keep up on all the gift guides from now until Christmas, and get some extra inspiration, you can also follow my Pinterest board < holiday gift guide 2014  >.Non-toxic-Beauty-Gift-Guide-2014-beauty-gifts-under-$100-holiday-2014-desmitten

Surratt Relevée Eyelash curler $25 // Fresh face, no-makeup looks were all over the Spring 2015 runways, so what better gift to give than the look of natural, long lashes without any products! The ergonomic design of this eyelash curler puts less pressure on the lashes while making them look longer. If you rather go for mascara, this is a great organic option.

Zoeva Classic set of makeup brushes $75 // Whether you add this set to your growing arsenal of makeup brushes or if you feel like starting fresh, this set of six makeup brushes will do everything from concealing to adding a silky finish to  your face. It also makes a great gift for friends who aren’t so savvy with makeup brushes because it leaves them with no excuse to try them out!

 Beauty Counter Color Shade Eye Duo $30 // If you haven’t heard, Beauty Counter (refresher: the skin care brand that banned over 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard) recently launched a line of cosmetics! The Fawn/Night color eye duo makes the perfect combination to take your lids from day to night. Be sure to explore all the cosmetic gift giving possibilities on their website.

Dr. Jart Hydrating Mask $9 // This one-time use mask is like a hydrating facial without the spa prices. It restores hydration and elasticity to the skin. I wouldn’t recommend this as a gift on its own, but giving this mask, along with a bottle of booze wouldn’t be a bad idea! It would also make a perfect stocking stuffer.

Zoya nail polish $9 // In an effort to match this (505 Particulier) Chanel nail color, in a less toxic formula, I found this Zoya color, ironically named Chanelle. A perfect dark neutral, that isn’t black.

Herbivore Botanicals, Pink Clay mask $18 // Without artificial fragrances or colors, this clay mask removes the top layer of skin without over drying. A mild exfoliant removes flakey dry skin, leaving your face glowing and ready to face the day. Recommended by my friend Elizabeth from The Note Passer.

PRTTY PEAUSHUN skin-tight body lotion $39 // Who wouldn’t want a Gweneth Paltrow approved beauty product? With extracts of Avocado Oil, Japanese Green Tea and Grapefruit, it reduces the appearance of blemishes and helps even out skin tone, all over your body. Available in an array of skin tones and a no pigment option as well.

Mario Testino’s photo from his towel series featured on instagram


November List

Can you believe that Christmas is only seven short weeks away! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. My November list is full of things to look forward to this month…


TO DO // This week, celebrate the 100 year anniversary since the bra was patented by treating yourself to a new bra! Whether practical, fancy or downright necessary, a new bra is always a nice treat. Personally, I’m going to wait for the much-anticipated Araks sample sale that starts on November 20th, get the details here. I hope my favorite everyday go-tos, the Yanelis bralette  and the Greer bralette will make appearances at the sale.

TO SEE // As the weather grows colder by the minute, I look forward to visiting the museums and catching up on the latest exhibits. I’m most excited for the Egon Schiele: Portraits exhibit at the Neue Galerie. As one of my all time favorite artists, I’ve never seen a large group of his work in one place, I can’t wait! Other exhibits that are worth a visit this month include Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mounring Attire at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife at Moma PS1 and Picasso and the Camera at Gagosian Gallery, Chelsea.

TO PREP // I don’t normally post about food and such, but since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, I have some treats in store for you to help you get prepared for Thanksgiving day! Whether you are hosting or attending dinner, get ready for outfit, meal and table setting inspiration all month long! A little sneak preview of what to expect, images from The Line and Canvas Home.

TO SHOP // As I mentioned earlier, there are only seven weeks until Christmas! From now until then, I will bring you a new gift guide each week to get your holiday shopping jump started! My goal is to buy one gift a week until Christmas, that should make it less stressful, I hope! The first gift guide will be up later this week, for your friends and family who are beauty supply obsessed… so stay tuned!