Weekly Instagram Selects

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It’s hard to believe it’s already the second week in January. As the Women’s March on Washington approaches next weekend, I can’t help but find solace and motivation in the strong women who fill my Instagram feed…

“Take your broken heart, turn it into art.” Carrie Fisher’s words memorialized by Meryl Streep. @localcreative_ 

Winter floral imagery by @colleenmherman

Jen Szeto in The Round Tower of Copenhagen, one of my favorite architectural spots. @windowofimagination

A simple, minimal fireplace to warm up to this season. @caitlinflemming

Celebrating the birth of one of my favorite creators of form, Barbara Hepworth. @counter.space

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Best of Basics: Woven Wool Tee

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If you are a fan of uniform dressing, then you are always looking for the next best piece to update your uniform. My uniform on most days is jeans and a tee. This month, DE SMET launched the perfect Woven Wool Tee. It is slightly sheer, fitted at the shoulders and slightly oversized through the body. Made from soft woven wool this tee has hand finished detailing, including French seams and blind hems.

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Invest in Timeless Design: The Row Shoes

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The older I get, the more calculated my wardrobe investments become. I assess the pieces that have lasted the longest in my wardrobe and I use them as a benchmark for buying new pieces. One of the things I spend the most money on, that last the longest, are shoes. I have friends who swear by one shoe style and continue to re-buy the same shoes when the originals wear out. I continue to resole and repair my favorite shoes until my cobbler tells me they aren’t worth the cost of the repair. Currently, I am wearing out these black boots.

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Whatever shoe shopping style you choose, you can always appreciate a beautifully made shoe. Which brings me to today’s subject… The Row shoes. Made in Italy, the Resort 2017 collection is comprised of paired down, classic shapes that women of every age can appreciate and wear. Investing in shoes from The Row is something I’ve been considering for my upcoming birthday. Above you’ll find my selects. There is something for every occasion. If only this Resort collection was available before I got married last October, I would have worn the sandals throughout our entire wedding week in Mexico. Instead, I am dreaming of the winter boots with treads, a minimal, classic winter boot that doesn’t make you want to vomit, and is sure to help you navigate the icy streets of the city.

Photo from Cereal Magazine

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Vegan French Onion Soup Recipe

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Vegan or not, this recipe is a lighter, healthier version of the winter comfort food, without sacrificing flavor. I’ve tried many recipes over the years and I took the best of each recipe to create this simple, vegan French onion soup recipe. Mushrooms and garlic add substance to the soup while miso gives depth to the broth. Instead of topping with gooey cheese, I opted for roasted garlic and vegan parmesan on top of char grilled toast. Recipe after the jump.

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Beauty Supply: JustBe Santal Mist

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Like most things in life, you learn from your friends. My friend Elizabeth got me hooked on clean beauty and I still take her recommendations. When she told me that the JustBe Santal Face Mist reduced redness, hydrates and helps prevent blackheads, I couldn’t ignore it. I have to be honest, I bought the product a few months ago and just got around to using it within the past few weeks, but I am in love. I think it is better than my usual rose water sprays, especially for wintertime. Between the steam heat in our apartment and the brisk wind outside, my face needs all the hydration help it can get.

I use this spray between 2-4 times a day. After I wash my face in the morning or evening, I will generously spray my face with 1-2 mists. After it has absorbed and reduced the redness in my face, I apply my moisturizer. If I am going makeup free for the day, or heading to bed, I will mist my face once more to lock in the moisture. This keeps my skin supple and hydrated throughout the day/night. It’s also super refreshing when you need a mid-day pick-me-up, it’s not as strong as espresso but it might just be the next best thing.

I especially love the sprayer on this product. You have to keep it about 8-12″ from your face when spraying because it is so powerful. The smell is a bit woodsy, but perfectly pleasant. Over the past few weeks I noticed my skin has a smoother texture, reduced redness, less blackheads and breakouts in general. For the first January in years, my skin isn’t completely dehydrated and flakey.

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