pineapple sandals

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Sunglasses: Nasty Gal, Dress: SheIn, Sandals: Aquazzura

So stilettos on cobblestone is not the most ideal but if there’s any pair that can take it, it’s these. I’ve always found Aquazzura shoes are impressively comfortable — I say that having walked nine city blocks in this outfit! My more classic favorites from the brand are these sandals and the Christy flats which now come in every color imaginable (eyeing the velvet ones). To end on a more budget-friendly note, a few of my favorite dresses recently have come from here at the cost of a few coffees instead of, I don’t know, rent? 😉

Photography by Christina Emilie

herbivore botanicals

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It started on Instagram — Herbivore Botanicals’ clean-lined packaging and brightly colored products are like gold for the platform, no? What’s inside is just as good. Founded by a couple in their Seattle kitchen, the brand creates natural, non-toxic products from scratch that are packed with active ingredients to be ultra effective. I was overwhelmed at first by the site (read: wanted it all) so I picked out a set to try out. Here are my favorites!

Jasmine Body Oil: This smells divine and not at all too strong. My favorite ways to use this are all over after showering before my skin is completely dry, or to smooth a bit on my décolletage and arms before I go out. The oil absorbs really quickly and just leaves the skin slightly dewy.

Pink Clay Mask: I limited myself to two of Herbivore’s masks (for now) and am loving both. Given the ingredients, I thought this one would smell more like roses but the results far outweigh any disappointment there. It’s an equally gentle and effective exfoliator that leaves my skin soft and soothed. To top it all off, a little goes a long way so I have no qualms about using it once a week.

Blue Tansy Mask: I have borderline too many face masks so it takes a lot for a newcomer to stand out. This mask is the big guns I bring in if my skin has reacted badly to a new product I’m testing. I notice a little tingling and a big improvement right away — judging from the pages of reviews, I’m not the only one! Do heed the instructions to apply a thin layer or it can get messy.

Sea Hair Mist: They’ve bottled a tropical vacation. This spray adds that effortless ocean texture without making my hair at all oily or stiff. The scent is hard to describe — heavily coconut but more refreshing than sickly sweet, rereading the ingredients I think it must be the lime essential oil!

Rose Hibiscus Face Mist: I was hesitant to try this because coconut oil and my skin do not get along but evidently coconut water is fine. I’m equally addicted to face mists and rose water, so once I got past the coconut scare, this was a fast favorite. I rotate the travel size bottle between bags and got the full size to keep on my desk — it’s the perfect skin refresher any time of day.

the wear-everywhere dress

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Dress: Banana Republic, Sandals: Brian Atwood

I’ve worn this dress more places than I can remember, more times than I can count this summer. It seems appropriate for nearly all occasions and is so comfortable to boot. I love any dress with pockets and a long skirt that swishes when I walk. My favorite way to wear it (and several other dresses) is with these beaded sandals that I oggled until they went on sale.

Photography by Christina Emilie