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Doing London Style with Jo Malone

May 30, 2017

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Products by Jo Malone
Salvatore Ferragamo dress
The 2 Bandits earrings
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Oh, London! How I miss your daily rain showers and afternoon tea! Let me tell you, when it’s raining outside, all you want to do is spend an afternoon inside drinking tea (and champagne). Natalie‘s and my stay at the famous Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, an upscale part of London, was more than divine. The hotel is over 200 years old, and it has history as epic as it’s wallpaper. During WWI, many aristocrats sought refuge at this very hotel. Imagining the people who came in and out of this hotel in the past 200 years drops by jaw. It was a pleasure to be able to call this place home for our last two night’s in London. Our chic London experience was made even more chic with Jo Malone, of course. The brand is a revolutionary in the fragrance world, and just about everyone knows the name and has at least one favorite scent. Our first night at Claridge’s ended with a nice, long bath in the picturesque tub. The bubbles were the fanciest bubbles I’ve ever experienced! Right before bed, I lathered myself with Jo Malone body cream in Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It’s my favorite body cream in the world. My mom’s, too! I always make sure to gift her a jar on her birthday and Mother’s Day. It makes any woman feel fantastic right before a night of rest. We slept peacefully that night, to be woken early by our alarms so as not to miss our morning massages at the hotel, which was one of the most relaxing events of our entire London experience. London is quite a hectic city, and we fit so much in our itinerary the previous days that our bodies were aching for a magical touch.

We had breakfast waiting in our room before heading out to explore a little bit more of Mayfair all the way towards St. Jame’s Park. The weather was mildly warm and fabulous, which is rare for London. But, of course, it then changed its mind halfway through the afternoon with a heavy rain that brought us back to Claridge’s earlier than expected. But all was good, because it just gave us more time to explore the hallways of the hotel, say hello to guests coming in and out and just be generally fancy for no reason other than to be fancy. Plus, we had a 5pm afternoon tea waiting for us. So the timing was actually perfect. I had an amazing Chinese green tea with rhubarb syrup and it was one of the most delicious teas I’ve ever downed. Props to our waiter who recommended the syrup, it was so interesting to taste. Soooo, fully relaxed and our tummies filled with tasty finger sandwiches and sweet treats, we had a little less than an hour to get ready for the big Jo Malone “Talk of the Townhouse” party in Mayfair. There we rubbed shoulders with London socialites like Karen Elson and Poppy Delelvigne, as well as the best dressed in town. All fans of Jo Malone and fashion and everything creative. I felt so much creativity in the air amongst the crowd. You can just feel the vibrations not just from the bad ass tunes the DJs were spinning, but also the colors, patterns and shapes of dress that everyone adorned. I felt so much inspiration dancing and mingling all around me. And that is really what is my favorite part about coming to London. The energy, the quirkiness the rock and roll. And, of course, everything smelled fabulous because the party was lit with Jo Malone candles, which I obviously can’t live without. 

I wore this lovely Ferragamo dress from a recent season. In a way, it felt a bit flamenco to me, so I threw on some bold earrings to match with the feeling. Perfect for the night, because the townhouse turned into a late night dance party, and everyone had moves to show off. It was such a fun way to spend our last night in London. With a fashionably scented bang. Thank you Jo Malone for having us as your guests all the way from over the pond. Natalie and I hope to be back soon! xx

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Take a Bite Out of Life

April 24, 2017
 
 
I’m so proud to be the DKNY Be Delicious fragrance ambassador for the United States, and super excited to give you all a peek into my life through this partnership. The fragrance‚Äôs name, Be Delicious, is refreshing and motivating, bold and energetic. That mindset, and work approach is something that I try to incorporate into my daily routine. It’s all the things that I try to get across with this blog, and have been trying to do since the day I started it way back in 2009. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep this sort of Be Delicious mindset up 24/7. I know that I am a human being, and I know you readers are, too. I know that you guys have come to really like the rawness I throw into this blog; the more personal aspects. So I want to say that being delicious doesn’t mean being perfect. It means being present in the moment, and positively so. Be Delicious is a reminder for me to do that, and that is why I share my process with you all. Going forward, I make a vow to TAKE A BITE OUT OF LIFE, meaning facing whatever life throws at me and turning it into something substantially worthwhile. It’s these sort of unexpected moments that test us the most, and resonate with us the most. I encourage you all to do the same, no matter what your path in life may be. 
 
Many of you have followed my adventure from starting my blog to working full time jobs in different parts of the industry to finally making the dedicated decision to pursue my blog full time. It’s been an invigorating experience, full of ups and downs, but so well worth the challenge. And I’m so happy with where my path has brought me to be. I know many of you are career ladies because I get a lot of questions about how to get started in the right direction when it comes to finding a career path, or even more importantly, finding a balance between career and passion. This balance is such an important aspect for us City Girls in the word. Being a girl boss is a true state of mind that just happens to align with the Be Delicious fragrance. No matter what you may be in your career. Maybe you are creative, or maybe you are completely technological and numbers driven instead. Maybe you are just a student or working an odd job until you find something that is your true calling. Being aware of your path, your goals for the future, and being open to the possible changes that will in the long term take you strides ahead, is true dedication in my eyes. Even making sure you get downtime from work is an important part of being a City Girl. A City Girl is healthy in her mind, body and soul. Her environment is a strong component of who she is, and she makes sure to build it from scratch so that she can be in the zone and on top of her game as much as she can. 
 
And so, this brings me to the main topic of this post . . . my work space! It’s always changing, mostly because I am inspired by different things at different times. And I like my work space to reflect that. A mood board in constant rotation of collages and personal photos is the foundation of my desk, surrounding the screen of my laptop with colors and textures and environments that showcase my biggest inspirations. In actuality, I work from a lot of places . . . makeshift desks during my travels, in my living room, at my sister’s apartment, sporadically out of a coffee shop and hey, even from the comforts of my own bed. But out of all of them, there’s no place that gives me the most motivational setting than at my desk, basking in the late morning light coming through the windows of my bedroom nook. My work space is full of candles, some flowers in a color scheme that reflects my mood and a lamp that I like lit up during my evening days at work as Cat Power plays in the background. This is usually the time when I write the most and at my best. Today, alongside my camera gear, external hard drive, and vase full of fresh cut flowers, is my Be Delicious fragrance. It allows for an easy mid-work pick me up . . . a whiff of it from behind my ears or on the pulse point of my wrists is even known to cure the annoyingly curious event of writer’s block, which hits at the most inconvenient of times I must say! And like the flickering candles, magazine tears and nostalgic snaps of my childhood and friends, it’s scent not only inspires me creatively when it comes to storytelling, but helps me unwind for a few moments. I’m trying to put breaks to destress and relax higher up on the list of City Girl guidelines, obviously. Be Delicious is the ultimate reminder that stopping to pay attention to one’s senses is just as important to one’s success as answering all the unread emails in your inbox by 10:30am.  
 
This post is made in partnership with DKNY Fragrances for DKNY Be Delicious
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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