A DAY AT THE MUSEUM

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If you saw my weekend recap I told you how we visited the Nelson Atkins this past weekend. I was hoping to find a little inspiration and to have a nice outing with London and the hubs and it definitely met my expectation. I’ve been to this museum so many times now, but each time I go it’s such a wonderful experience. My favorite of course is the European section which displays several Impressionist painters and my favorite artist of all time Claude Monet. We spent over three hours at the museum enjoying the pieces and having lunch in the courtyard. If you ever get the chance to visit this museum make sure to save time to each in the Rozzelle Courtyard, the view is beautiful and the food is surprisingly delicious and very reasonable. At the end of the day we did manage to get a few outfit pictures and when I say we, I actually mean London. She took several of these pictures and I am beginning to think maybe we have a little photographer on our hands. The museum is under going a renovation and in March they are opening up an entire new Impressionist exhibit and I can’t wait to go back and see in person.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

ZARA COAT(SOLD OUT)- BANANA REPUBLIC SILK TOPBANANA REPUBLIC JEANSHALOGEN FLATS– LOUIS VUITTON BAG- LOUIS VUITTON SUNGLASSES –LOREN HOPE EARRINGS

THE AUGUST LIST

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and Fall will be upon us soon. August is always one of those hard transition months for me. The temperatures are still really hot but Fall clothes are already showing up in all my favorite stores so I am ready to start buying. Thankfully we enjoyed some cooler temperatures this past weekend, but I am sure the 100 degree weather will be here a little longer. As long as I have some basic pieces to wear I can easily transition from August into the Fall season. Once it starts to get cooler outside I am all about layering and wearing a trench coat and having an option besides black and tan. I have a few long sleeve versions of this stripe tee but would love a short sleeve version to wear with jeans shorts and my white sneakers. Also love the idea of adding a little scarf tied around the neck. Burgundy is going to be a huge color for Fall and I am thinking this little pouch will be the perfect touch to pair with jeans and a blazer on the weekend. I could also throw it in my work bag during the day as well. When I was at the hairdresser a few weeks ago we started talking about my hair essentials and what kind of brush I use as well as hair dryer and curling iron. I have to honestly say I just use a cheap brush from Target but I have always wanted a Mason Pearson brush and am putting it at the top of my wish list. Could these pink mules be anymore gorgeous? I love wearing flats in the Fall with cardigans and sweaters and these pretty pink ones would take my look up a notch(would also love a black pair as well). What’s on your August list?

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WEEKEND MOMENTS NO. 6

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I am so sorry for the radio silence around here and being MIA but I have had a major lack of inspiration over the last few months. I am not sure if it’s because of the 100 degree weather, the fact that we are still trying to settle into the house, or the fact that London has been going to her old day care and it’s 40 minutes each way every day. It’s probably a combination of all of these things but I am the type of person that lives off inspiration, being creative, and pretty spaces. When I don’t have all of these things I tend to bottle up and am probably not the most pleasant person to be around. I decided on Friday that I couldn’t take it anymore and needed a weekend full of finding inspiration. So, thankfully my husband completely agreed this needed to happen and we planned a few days of fun around our neighborhood. Friday night we started at some friends house to celebrate his birthday with champagne and amazing deserts from André’s. Saturday we walked to a local bakery where I had the most amazing jalapeno and goat cheese scone followed by some more walking around the neighborhood and discovering a few cute shops. I also decided to pull out all my coffee table books that have still been in boxes because we have nowhere to put them at the moment. In our old house the hubs had built these beautiful IKEA bookcases but we don’t have anything like that in the new house. Just pulling those books out and putting some of our artwork together with the books made me so excited. It was almost as if the inspiration starting immediately coming to me. Sunday we decided to start the day at the Nelson Atkins  where we spent over 3 1/2 hours. We had originally thought we’d be there maybe and hour but we ended up having the best time looking at all the art, having lunch, and letting London walk around taking pictures. Yes, she actually took pictures with the hubs phone and even took this first picture of me at the top left. That’s why I am  laughing because we were trying to tell her how to take the picture. The weekend ended up being exactly what I needed for a little refresher and to bring in some inspiration finally. It also helped that it was actually cooler and felt a little like Fall. Sometimes, you just need time to take it all in and appreciate the beauty around you.

SLEEPING WITH A SILK PILLOWCOVER

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If you follow me on Instagram then you saw last week I purchased my first silk pillowcase. I’ve been reading lately about the amazing benefits and even heard from my hairdresser that I should invest in purchasing one.  I’ve been sleeping on the pillow for almost a week now and can already tell a few small differences. First of all, usually I wake up in the middle of the night sweating for some reason(could be the 100 degree temperatures lately), but since sleeping on the pillow I haven’t woken up at all with sweat on my forehead. I also have naturally curly hair which also means frizzy hair, but I’ve noticed this week my hair isn’t as crazy when I wake up in the morning. Apparently, the silk reduces the friction on your hair compared to a regular cotton pillowcase which could be thankfully why I have less frizzy’s.  Since the silk pillowcase is reducing the friction on your hair it only makes sense it would do the same for your skin. I am very religious about washing my face every night and putting on my eye cream and heavy night cream so why haven’t I ever thought about what my face is sleeping upon. Besides the fact the silk feels amazing on my face and not hard and rough like the regular cotton case I can only imagine as I continue to use it what it will do. I’ve heard it can help prevent wrinkles, again because your face isn’t rubbing up against something so stiff , and your face will appear softer. I have actually had a few people tell me this week my face looks nice but I don’t actually know if it’s because of the pillow or because I also recently started using Beautycounter.  Either way I am completely sold on a silk pillowcase and even read how Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere travels with one as well because she loves them so much. There are a few tips though when buying a silk pillowcase you need to watch out for.

Make sure the pillowcase says 100% silk and it’s not a blend or a manmade silk.

Also make to look for a mulberry silk with a charmeuse weave as it’s the smoothest and highest quality.

If you use a silk pillowcase or end up purchasing one I’d love to hear your feedback and what you think.