Hello everyone! I hope you had a splendid weekend. It’s official — summer has arrived! I am absolutely loving the 80+ temps here in southern California and last weekend’s weddings (yep, two of them!) were made especially gorgeous with the presence of that quintessential California sunshine. We had a wedding last Sunday that was right on the water in Malibu and the sunset was just sublime…
Here at Love and Splendor we’ve just wrapped up the most concentrated part of our season — eight (8!!) weddings in just seven weeks! Can you believe it? I think I kept telling people 8 weddings in 9 weeks, but when I double-checked my calendar I realized it was actually 8 in 7 weeks. Just writing that down blows my mind all over again. WOW!! I have to give a shout out here to my amaaaaaazing sister, Anna, and utterly fabulous assistant Michelle (who may as well be our 3rd sister — we love her so much!! xox M!) without whom I could not do what I do! Very grateful to have the support of two such intelligent & talented ladies!
Now without further ado, I wanted to share a new installment of fab finds… just in time for the summer! Here are the things I’ve been loving lately~ As always, make sure you share your favorite finds with me in the comments!
1. Kate Spade Wellesley Neda Wallet in Robin’s Egg Blue
I have to thank my incredibly sweet (and generous!) clients, A&D, for this one. They gifted me with this darling wallet the day before their wedding and I immediately transferred all my things into it. How did they know I needed a new wallet?? Perhaps they had seen my (cute but tired) yellow Cole Haan wallet and got the hint? 😉 I love everything about this wallet — the size, the zip-around closure, the abundance of card slots and the too-adorable-for-words polka dot lining! The color is gorgeous and not perfectly depicted in the photo above — it is more of a sea foam green/blue, which happens to be one of my favorite colors! Thanks again to A&D for the perfect gift… I think of you two everytime I reach for it!!
2. Smith’s Rosebud Salve in a Tube
I’ve adored Smith’s rosebud salve for years in it’s “traditional” form — a cute little tin pot. The problem is I have this (totally rational) issue with sticking my finger into pots of lip gloss or salve… It grosses me out to no end. When I discovered one of my favorite products, now in tube form, I was elated!! This super-smooth balm has the subtle scent of roses and is the perfect lip gloss. I use it every single day and will definitely be stocking up on more. It can be found at many stores and boutiques; I pick mine up at Anthropologie.
Band of Horses is a group I’ve loved for years and years, but the release of their latest album (Infinite Arms) has only rekindled my love for them. I find myself listening to their tunes, new and old, on repeat all.day.long. My favorite tracks from the new album include “Blue Beard,” “On My Way Back Home” and “For Annabelle.” If you’re in the mood for some of their older stuff, check out, “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “The Funeral.” Their sound is soothing and heartbreaking at the same time. If you know me, that is the recipe for my favorite music. 🙂 As always, the lyrics are what take me over the edge.
4. MAC Nail Lacquer “In The Buff”
I’m into interesting nail colors and this new shade, gifted to me by a client, is my new favorite! I can’t get enough of this moody, grungy green crossed with taupe. It’s like a split avocado that’s been left on the counter too long… 😉 I have received lots of comments (not necessarily compliments… but you know I don’t mind that!) about it and it is definitely an odd and intriguing shade. I mixed it up last week using it as my “accent color” on two of my nails… the rest were hot pink. I am still not over painting my nails different colors. Tonight I’m re-doing my nails and will probably paint them all in this color. In general I have to say I’m loving MAC nail polishes — this is my 2nd one and the quality is fantastic… better than OPI and very close to RBL!
5. Milkmaid braids
The lovely Miranda Kerr in a comfy chic outfit and sweet milkmaid braids!
If you’ve seen me in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen me with this hairstyle. I’ve even worn it at a wedding or two! The summertime heat is making it harder to wear my long hair down, so I love putting my hair into long plaits and pinning them up on my head for a look that’s positively Amish. 😉 It’s such an easy style that’s fun to wear.
That’s it for now!! I can’t wait to hear about your fab finds this summer. Fill me in on what’s been delighting you these days!
I have a wonderful week ahead, chock full of meetings and site visits. The summer wedding season is going to be incredible… Enjoy your week!