So Fresh & So Clean

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How to get a naturally luminous look / By: Alexa N. Hernandez
Photos By: Leo Deveney 
Jewelry: Jacquie Aiche/Catbird
Blouse: Think Closet

First Step: Toning the skin with Sunday Riley’s ‘Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner‘ to prep the skin and to keep the dewy look in the right places which are the high points of the face not the T-Zone.
Second Step: Sunday Riley’sGood Genes‘. This step is amazing because it contains a lactic acid that gently helps exfoliate any dead skin and also consists of a pearl finish, which is crucial for that glow we all want.
Third Step: Sunday Riley’sUFO Oil‘ for an additional glow and continued hydration. Not only does this oil help treat active breakouts but it also helps reduce pore sizes because of the salicylic acid and tea tree oil. It also balances any dryness with it’s milk thistle and cucumber ingredients.
Fourth Step: A few blemish/under eye touch ups with NarsVanilla Radiant Concealer‘. This concealer provides the perfect amount of coverage avoiding that caked on look that most concealers do.
Fifth Step: Glossier’s Boy Brow‘ brow gel in brown. I have tried many brow pencils and gels, and this one is perfect giving you that natural brow look.
Sixth Step: Alexa used the Vapor HaloIlluminator‘ on the high points of my cheeks, corner of the eyes, and nose to really finalize that dewy fresh face.
Final Step: Dinoplatz Peach Melba Lipbalm‘ for that hydrated, and slightly tinted lip.

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Second Look: Transitioning into a toned down evening look.
Step 1: Repeat Sunday Riley’sGood Genes‘ adding luminosity and hydration.
Step 2: Tom FordShade & Illuminate‘ this is the most fool proof sculptor the texture is so sheer that you can build up from a light chisel to a full contour.
Step 3: Charlotte TilburyBlush in Ecstasy‘ an extra glow.
Step 4: Charlotte TilburyCara D‘ Brow Definition. This pencil is wonderful because it defines the brow without hiding the hairs to give you depth.
Step 5: Eyes that glitter provided by Lemonhead’s, ‘Adult Film’. This glitter is vegan and made with coconut oil unlike most harsh glitters that irritate the skin. This glitter looks so fresh, and is great because it’s translucent yet adds iridescence to the eyes.
Step 6: Dinoplatz ‘Escalator Mascara‘ this jet black mascara, thickens up the lashes extremely quickly and provides full volume!
Final Step: Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick ‘Birkin Brown‘, Alexa chose brown for my lip to add a classic contrast to the fun glitter eye, and also a unique alternative color for Fall.

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Dreaming of India

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I don’t know about you but I find most of my inspiration from nature as well as architecture.
I have never been to India but I am really itching for a bright, bold and beautiful excursion there, one day, in the nearest future.
It really seems like such a sacred, holy place to visit. The energy seems as vibrant as it’s majestic scenery, not to mention I definitely love the taste of Indian food. I’m going to start pinning away, and really taking notes and tips on where to visit in India.

Please do reach out if you’ve been, and share with me your favorite places to explore in this incredible Country!

(All Photos were borrowed from Pinterest)

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Palm Beach Pads

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Palm Beach Bedroom
1939 Colonial Palm Beach House
Palm Beach Kitchen
PB Wall
PB Pink chairs

I really feel that Interior Design and Fashion can go hand in hand.
Really mastering the color wheel, and knowing what hues work together in a home are crucial.
I get a sort of nostalgic feeling when I see Palm Beach Decor, it reminds me of growing up in Florida. Pinks, and greens and Palm Trees galore… When I scroll through Home Inspiration photos I can’t help but feel that missing connection to my origins. I love that feminine, light hearted element of decor.

Follow me on Pinterest or Tumblr for most of my Inspiration.

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Dressed like a “Gypsy”

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Photographs By: Ian Passmore

Tophat:Vintage/ Vest: Nasty Gal / Blouse: Shaina Mote / Tassel Necklace: Wendy Nichol / Denim: Vintage

“So I’m back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and pAper flowers
Back to the gypsy that I was
To the gypsy… that I was
And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy
To the gypsy that remains faces freedom with a little fear
I have no fear, I have only love
And if I was a child
And the child was enough
Enough for me to love
Enough to love
She is dancing away from me now
She was just a wish
She was just a wish
And a memory is all that is left for you now
You see your gypsy
You see your gypsy
Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you
And it all comes down to you
Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you
I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
And it all comes down to you
I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
And it all comes down to you
I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
(She was just a wish)
(She was just a wish)
And it all comes down to you
Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you”

-Stevie Nicks “Gypsy”

This is one of my absolute favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks has always been a major style influence for the bohemian side of my soul. Living in Laurel Canyon really brings out the boho aesthetic not only in my home, but also in my everyday style. Everybody has their “go to” uniform in their ensemble, mine typically consists of a pair of vintage levis, mom jeans. This “Suede Cropped Vest” designed by, Nasty Gal really spruces up that look.

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Dancing Barefoot

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 Photos By: Ian Passmore

Top: Mademoiselle Pussy Bow Blouse designed by Nasty Gal /Sunnies: Sun Buddies

This shoot was inspired by Patti Smith and her dark, yet feminine song, “Dancing Barefoot”.
Patti was a true style icon in my eyes. Some know her for her book “Just Kids” with Robert Mapplethorpe, others know her as the “Godmother of Punk”, artist, feminist and poet. I truly believe she paved the way in the seventies for androgyny today, with her trendsetting style. I think her effortless Tomboy look was/is so sexy and appealing.
Patti never cares what anyone thinks of her and I think that’s what truly makes her a trendsetter and ultimately a badass rebel. This Nasty Gal “Mademoiselle Pussy Bow Blouse” can be worn with a pair of black trouser pants like I have shown, or it can be paired with a skirt and vest this Fall, for a more femme look.

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