Postcard from Shanghai

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This is my home away from home for the next few weeks. I am in Shanghai, China for work until the end of the month. We are staying at the Puli Hotel and Spa which is the serene oasis we need after the long work days and 90% humidity here! I have a few posts ready for you, but I’ll try to keep you updated (although instagram is banned in China), so check back here for more postcards!

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Saturn Earrings by Charlotte Chesnais

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Minimalist jewelry at it’s finest. It’s rare that I splurge on earrings, especially because I lose more than I wear, but the Saturn Earrings by Charlotte Chesnais are worth every penny (in my book). The mix of metals reduces the morning dilemma of what color  jewelry to wear while the simple orbital shapes are architectural and edgy. As if you needed more of a reason to invest in these earrings, Charlotte Chesnais just won the Andam Fashion Award in France where she will continue to develop and establish her jewelry collection.

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Best of Basics: Dries Van Noten Boots

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I know I’ve gone on and on about the summer sales, but I feel like I showed great restraint! Even though my 5 Piece Wardrobe didn’t work out this season, I only bought a few must have pieces during this major sale moment. One of them being these amazing Dries Van Noten boots. While they are clearly out of season, they are a work of art. Justifying such an off-season purchase is easy… Let me count the ways…. (1) The perfect 1.5″ heel height for running around the garment district, while still looking put together. (2) The cognac and black color combination that will go with every and anything in my closet. (3) The pure detail in the tiny stacked heel. What did you buy this sale season?

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Beauty Supply: John Masters Organics Hair Reconstructor

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During summer I never blow dry my hair, but this doesn’t prevent damage all together, the sun still does a number on my hair. This summer, I’ve been using John Masters Organics Hair Reconstructor Masque to rejuvenate my dull locks. I use it once to twice a week and my hair instantly feels healthier, shinier and it tends to behave itself more than usual. As soon as I get in the shower, I shampoo my hair, rinse, then apply the John Masters Organics Hair Reconstructor Masque. I continue my shower and wait to rinse out the masque until the very end. This ensures the masque has the maximum amount of time to nourish my locks. For extra shine, I rinse my hair with ice-cold water to close the hair follicles and lock in moisture. Not only does this hair reconstructor prove that it rehydrates and repairs dry hair, it is non-toxic! It includes honey, hibiscus and 16 other certified-organic extracts and plant oils that not only repair damaged hair but improve the health of the scalp.

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Project de. VI XV

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This dress was perfect to wear today… easy and breezy. Well maybe a little too breezy, I had to hold my dress down as we walked around the neighborhood this morning so I didn’t flash the passersby. Originally I was going to make this style out of the most amazing blush linen but of course, I didn’t realize how much fabric this dress consumes… almost five yards if you can believe it! I only had three yards of the blush linen, so I dove into my fabric archive for back up. I found this super light weight cotton voile in this neutral khaki color, which works. Now that I made the dress of voile, I think it is better than the linen because wearing five yards of linen would be too heavy/hot… Contradicting the entire purpose of an easy breezy summer dress. 

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