My newest coffee table addition? Photographer and stylist Claiborne Swanson Frank‘s new book of portraits: “Young Hollywood” from Assouline. I’ve been a long time fan of her work and this title certainly does not disappoint. “As a photographer, I set out to document American culture through large bodies of portrait work—and what’s more American than Hollywood? Hollywood has been a driving force in defining American culture—at home and abroad—for generations,” said Frank, “When I moved to Los Angeles two years ago, I felt there was an opportunity to tell a new story about Hollywood, about the actresses and insiders who are on the verge of defining the next generation of Hollywood influence.”
Each photograph brings out the personality and character of sixty actresses, directors, stylists, and more. “This is the first generation of actresses who are crossing industry lines and also working as directors, screenwriters, and producers in such considerable numbers,” she said, “‘Young Hollywood’ celebrates Old Hollywood, through the book’s styling and locations, while honoring this new generation ushering in the industry’s future.“ The photographs take you away and capture Hollywood over the decades – then and now with emotion, personality, settings, and of course- incredible style. With a wonderful foreword from designer Michael Kors, this book is a must-have for anyone who appreciates all things beautiful, creative, and chic. “The book is as much about recapturing something lost as it was documenting what’s happening in the moment. It was a honor to be behind the lens,” said Frank. Purchase your copy here.
As a long time fan of the beauty blog Into The Gloss, I was excited to hear about their new beauty line, Glossier. “Over the past four years running Into The Gloss, I saw the need for a beauty brand that speaks to its consumers directly, offering them a chance to engage beyond the traditional touch points of purchase, use and mass marketing. That’s what we’ve created with Glossier—a beauty brand that we want to be friends with,” said Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO, Glossier. “We offer a uniquely immersive brand experience that culminates in our pre-curated collection of products developed for our customers by us, and delivered to them from us.”
Glossier products and the collection will continue to evolve based upon the two-way communication and consumer feedback they’ll continue to receive. The brand has launched with the Glossier Phase 1 Set, which is skincare as makeup. The Glossier Phase 1 Set includes: Soothing Face Mist, Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint and Balm Dotcom, all of which are designed to work together to perfect (not conceal!) skin. The produce prices range from $12-26 and you can purchase the entire set for $80. Shop Glossier here and expect more to come soon!
Cabbages and Roses Pin Tuck Dress / Rag & Bone Leather Trimmed Fedora / Imogene and Willie Kantha Blanket / Hemsley and Hemsley Cookbook / J.Crew Downing Tote in Colorblock Stripe / Tan and Brown Vintage Cowboy Boots from Feather’s Vintage / Shinola Run Well Watch in Rose Gold
I’m super excited to head to Round Top, TX this weekend for the antique show with one of my best friends. I haven’t made it to the tents in a few years and it’s her first time – so it will certainly be an adventure. I’m always inspired by new finds, the scenery, and the people I meet when visiting the area. You can read about a few of my previous trips here and here. Weather wise, it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend! I will be packing light dresses, a tote, hat, a great book, and of course – vintage cowboy boots. I hope you enjoy shopping my inspiration board for this trip!
As of late, working on a blog redesign has put me at a standstill when it comes to inspiration for posting. However, with chillier temperatures in Dallas and planning a visit to the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum, I am finally in the autumn spirit. If I could plan my dream outfit for the weekend, it would certainly be these AMAZING skinny jeans from rag and bone with plaid patches. I would pair them with the perfect cozy ivory sweater from J.Crew and gold hammered hoops from Kendall Conrad. As for shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Golden Goose distressed black boots and a slouchy fringe bag from Calypso. Hello autumn!
Tata Harper at the Nordstrom Spa – Galleria in Dallas
I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and beauty Tata Harper at the Nordstrom Galleria this month. I have been a fan of Tata’s products for the past 2-3 years – particularly her Resurfacing Mask and her Rejuvenating Serum. It was fantastic to learn that Tata’s products will now be sold in all Nordstrom Spas. There will also be several Tata Harper facials available – the Organic Facial (a 60 minute facial treatment) and the Red Carpet facial (for special events – it goes beyond regular maintenance and cleansing). The Red Carpet facial sounds incredible with four different masks!
The aspect I love most about Tata Harper Skincare is her ingredients are of 100% in natural origin and 96% organic. For even the most troublesome skin issues, she’s doing research all around the world resourcing the highest performing ingredients for anti-aging, brightening, brown spots, firming, and more.
nitesurf by Regime des Fleurs
The hot dry Santa Ana winds / Carry the scent of blossoming citrus groves / Across the valley to the light of the full moon / Fractured on crashing waves / of Venice beach
So, I know it’s normal for me to have a long list of “must-haves” for you, but seriously, scratch everything I’ve told you lately and put a fragrance by Regime des Fleurs at the top of your list! The scent I chose, Nitesurf, finally arrived at Forty Five Ten in Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting the two founders at the store earlier this year. At just $95.00 a bottle, you honestly can’t go wrong. The care and personalized touch that goes into each and every bottle is exceptional. The fragrances are made in small batches. The bottle I received was labeled 25/250.
Nitesurf is my new go-to scent. There are so many layers to the fragrance that I can honestly say I’ve never in my life smelled anything quite like it. It includes Tunisian neroli water absolute, floralozone, phosphorescent petal accord, ginger lily CO2, transparent citrus, nautilus shell destructive distillation (yes, crushed seashells), and grey ambergris tincture. I’ll be wearing this fragrance all through fall to remind me of long windy walks on the beach.
Learn more about Regime des Fleurs here and catch them in the September issue of Town and Country magazine.
This past May, I enjoyed Memorial Day weekend with my boyfriend in Charleston and Kiawah Island for a wedding. We had such a lovely time! We stayed at the Zero George Hotel – which I highly recommend! It’s a boutique hotel comprised of historical buildings with a restaurant on property and delicious cocktails. One evening, we dine with friends at FIG and another at SNOB (Slightly North of Broad). SNOB was absolutely fantastic. It’s a must-visit on your trip and please try the Shrimp and Grits and the cocktails are beyond. Actually, we found it’s difficult to find a bad specialty cocktail in Charleston.
As for shopping, my favorite stores we visited on King Street were: Lily Charleston (for bath, body, and candles!), the Billy Reid boutique (there’s something about Billy Reid & Charleston), and South of Market (home decor). I’ve recently fallen in love with the South of Market blog! I found the offices of my favorite magazine Garden and Gun - so much fun!
On Saturday, we left for Kiawah Island for the wedding. The wedding was outdoors and the reception had the most beautiful sunset overlooking the golf course. And, I’m in LOVE with the alligator place setting. So creative! I can’t wait to visit Charleston again soon.
* images: my own and Zero George from Zero George
The Hundred Event hostesses!
It was wonderful to attend some sessions of The Hundred Event held a week ago in Dallas. A long time fan of the Aspiring Kennedy blog, I was excited to learn that blogger Lauren Bryan Knight was involved in organizing and hosting a bloggers event at the Warwick Melrose Hotel from August 8th-10th. It was such a great group of women (bloggers, writers, and small business owners) and sponsors included Joules, Minnetonka, Twine Room Design, Lily Jade, and media sponsor Bungalow Magazine. A special thanks was also given to Peacock Alley, Love Ophelia, Uber Dallas, and the Warwick Melrose Hotel.
speaking on The Brand Perspective Panel!
On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with representatives from Peacock Alley, Fossil, and Lily Jade on The Brand Perspective. This panel was about digital marketing and advertising opportunities with brands (what makes them want to work with you!) and the social media that surrounds them. I attended the beautiful dinner on Friday as well – there was a full weekend of fantastic events! You can see the entire image gallery here.
My quick points:
1. Be sure that the brand is a good fit for your audience. Don’t collaborate with a brand your audience will not receive well because chances are the brand won’t see the results it wants and you could harm your own personal brand.
2. Make it natural.We all don’t like to “read” advertisements on blogs. Think of different ways you can showcase the product and reach the needs and goals of the brand without being too obvious.
3. Multi-platform promotions. Even if you’re working with a brand and the deal is just for Facebook, give the company a chance to see the value you can provide them when they work with you. Be sure to utilize other platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and even videos during your partnership with the company. They’ll be appreciative you went the extra mile – even if it’s a value add! It’s often helpful to create a unique hashtag for your partnership, particularly if it’s a longer giveaway or contest.
4. Think like your reader. If you were to land on a blog, think about how you might like to learn about products. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
5. Be Professional. Record activity and statistics on your blog during the collaboration. They’ll be watching, but if you provide the brand with a promotion, contest, or collaboration recap or report, you’ll stand out from the crowd.
6. Understand the Goal. Before launching any partnership or campaign, it’s important that you understand the goals of the brand. Are they looking to drive traffic to their website? Do they want to capture a new audience? Are they hoping to see the different ways you can style their product and share it with your readers? By asking your contact or the brand’s representative about what they hope to achieve through the collaboration, you can better customize your strategy to meet those needs.
Thanks to the Hundred Event team and all involved for the amazing opportunity and on successfully hosting such a lovely and successful weekend!
Photography Credit: Awake Photography
When it comes to summer beauty, here are a few of my current favorites that I try my best to never leave home without – especially when traveling! My newest addiction, is the Sugar Lip Tinted Treatment in Tulip with SPF 15. This gloss keeps my lips hydrated without being too sticky or greasy. And, for summer, the Tulip tint adds just the right amount of rosy hue that beautifully complements a summer glow. It instantly brightens the face and sometimes it’s all I wear. I highly recommend it! I am still using the W3LL People cosmetic line based in Austin, Texas. This line is clean, non-toxic, and 100% natural. The cosmetics are made in very small batches and there’s an emphasis on organic ingredients that offer a natural benefit to the skin as you wear the makeup. There aren’t any harsh artificial chemicals, preservatives or petroleums included in their makeup line. My favorites from the line right now, are the Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation and the Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara. The Mineral Foundation is light and airy, but seems to effortlessly even out your skin tone with radiance. I have sensitive skin and allergies and can often have trouble finding a mascara that doesn’t aggravate my contact lenses. The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara makes your lashes voluminous and striking while supplementing them with health botanical ingredients. This mascara lengthens AND builds. As for fragrance, summer scents to me should either be powdery light and fresh or beachy. Right now, I’m loving Narciso Rodriguez for her. It’s a soft feminine fragrance with notes like jasmine, pink peony, rose, and lily of the valley that doesn’t seem to be too much for the Texas heat.