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1. A day at La Fontelina Beach Club

A quick ferry from Positano will bring you to the island of Capri. We went just for the day to visit the spot where one of my favorite Slim Aarons photographs was taken, La Fontelina. Being here felt like being in the scene of a movie or the pages of a magazine – tanned couples lay on blue and white striped chairs next to teal water so sparkling clear that you could spot the fuchsia jellyfish lolling meters below the surface.

2. Dinner at Trattoria Da Cumpa Cosimo

In what feels like an actual family home, we had one of the best meals of our trip – authentic Italian home cooking with grandma Netta stopping by each table to check in. Order the seafood pasta and don’t leave without trying the tiramisu.

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3. A private boat from Positano

Renting a boat from the beach in Positano was one of my favorite parts of our trip. We strolled down to the Lucibello stand on the beach and picked out a boat comfortable for four. The company was recommended from friends and in turn I recommend them to everyone. It’s a small beach and big umbrella, you can’t miss it! A guide brought the boat to us, showed us how to “stop, go, faster, slower” then hopped off and said “see you later, maybe.” Talk about laissez-faire. With baguettes and a bottle of wine, we set off along the Amalfi Coast.

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4. Customize a pair of leather sandals

The only shopping I did in Italy was a pair of custom leather sandals in Amalfi. I went to this darling shop where there was an entire wall of styles and colorful leather straps to choose from. The sweetest girl helped me decide then made them right then and there. She fit me for the leather soles, cut the straps, measuring and adjusting at each stage for the perfect fit. The last touch was embossing my initials onto the sole.

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5. Walk from Ravello to Amalfi

It’s about an hour walk from Ravello to Amalfi along a pedestrian pathway that’s thankfully 90% downhill. It runs along narrow cobblestone paths, through lemon tree groves, beside the sea – swoon. We wound up taking closer to two hours with how often we stopped to snap photos.

6. Eat Gelato every chance you get

My diet in Italy consisted entirely of pasta and gelato – coffee in the morning, lemon in the afternoon. It was divine. After walking to Amalfi, get gelato at Pasticceria Savoia and sit on the steps of the Amalfi Cathedral.

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Ok, I’ve simply lost track of how many bottles of Bioderma I’ve been through. I was hooked after my first use and, unlike most areas of my beauty routine, was never tempted to try another.

Bioderma has been a cult-classic Parisian pharmacy staple since long before the micellar water craze. Though it looks and feels like ordinary water, micellar water is made up of microscopic micelles that act like a magnet for makeup and impurities, removing them without stripping skin like some soaps and cleansers will.

My version of double cleansing is to remove makeup with Bioderma then use a gentle cleanser from my dermatologist. It’s super easy – even waterproof mascara is gone in a few swipes of a Bioderma-soaked cotton pad.

I use Bioderma Sensibio H20, the one formulated for sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic and has cucumber extract for an incredibly soothing effect on dry or irritated skin. Before I lived in New York where it’s easy to find, I would order it in bulk on Beautylish.

If you’re using anything other than a micellar water to remove your makeup, you must give this a try.

Photo, Jennifer Nam

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The first thing my dermatologist did when I began seeing her six months ago was pare down my skincare routine to an utterly simple four steps in the evening: cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize. She recommended a gentle, hydrating toner so I chose one I’d been reading rave reviews for – MUN’s Anarose.

The Anarose hydrating rose toner is full of the loveliest ingredients that are all organic and sustainably sourced like soothing Bulgarian rosewater and aloe leaf juice, calming prickly pear stem extract and hyaluronic acid for long-term hydration.

I know what you’re thinking and let me tell you, this toner is noticeably better than plain rosewater. It has the same calming properties plus goji berry extract to reduce free radical damage (that causes anti-aging) and willow bark extract to gently exfoliate so that any skincare that follows is more effective.

It may seem like a superficial step but the bottom line is that if you are not using a toner, you’re not getting the most out of your skincare. For any skin types, especially dry or sensitive, I highly recommend giving this one a try.