Turn Up the Heat: 2019 Summer Essentials

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MK’s PICKS FOR A HAPPY AND GLAMOROUS SUMMER 2019 

More and more, people are rediscovering the joys of traveling light. I think back to my younger days and how I would pack suitcases full of beautiful things for my summer holidays, only to lug them around and be faced with my own frustration when I would get home, unpack, and see how many of my things went unused…

Luckily, over the years I have learned and my bags have become smaller and smaller. I’ve learned to pare down and prioritize, and I can see more clearly things I can’t go without. This year I can’t resist my favorite Johanna Ortiz swimsuits and those very summery, casually chic strappy dresses from Graces of London. I’ve also found some gorgeous and beautiful hats at Moda Operandi (to, you know, keep the sun away and my skin healthy and glowing). I’ve also added in a few precious jewelry pieces from Silvia Furmanovich and Federica Rettore for good measure, since I am a jewelry lover after all!

Cosmetics/Beauty: The beauty department is especially tough in the summer, since the threat of the sun makes it feel like we need everything. But I have some essentials that I’ve decided I can’t do without. Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 45 is probably one of the best products in the market. Very easy to apply, leaves your skin with such a soft, velvety effect. They have a SPF 15 tinted moisturizer, too, which I love. Cheek Gelee offers a very natural, summery effect. For the evenings I use a tiny drop of their illuminator as well.

Philip Kingsley is the best product for hair that I have found so far – elasticizer is a must for the summer, in case you swim a lot and your hair is inevitably exposed to the sun. You may also enjoy their after sun scalp mask and weatherproof hair spray. I picked up a few of my favorite shampoos for the summer: Re-Moisturizing Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Moisture Extreme Hydrating Shampoo – are the best one. They can seem a little heavy, but are better in the long run for hair that is constantly wet, sandy, and being washed.

And finally, I can’t do this summer without l’Artisan Parfumeur’s Bana Banana fragrance. It’s light and gentle with a very peculiar ingredient – banana?! – that blends surprisingly and beautifully with Jasmine. Give it a try!

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Pearls and roses are always appropriate [Jackie Kennedy]

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Both fragile, both feminine and both eternally beautiful, roses and pearls are a natural pairing.

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In my world Pearls and Roses symbolise love and loyalty. Just ask Oscar Wilde. The other day I was reading The Nightingale and the Rose to my daughter, his heartbreaking children’s story in which a nightingale observes an emotionally distraught college student lament the absence of a red rose among the myriad of plants before him. The red rose, he wails, is needed to win over the hand of his true love.
“Mummy, what if there really were no more roses in the world!” exclaimed my daughter. “What would we do?”
“That’ll never happen,” I replied, but in truth she got me thinking. How would we cope with a world without roses and pearls?

So many perfumes and beauty products are created from this beautiful flower. I decided to dedicate a short post to them and to my favourite pearls.
Cruelty-free, vegan Chantecaille’s superb, concentrated Rose de Mai rose face oil and cream, is one outstanding example. And Chantecaille’s rose water is on the list too. It’s the best, purest rose water I have ever tried.

And I certainly don’t want to contemplate a world without my favourite Mizuki pearls! In the skilled designer hands, these orbs are transformed in highly modern and sculptural ways, perfectly reinvented for the contemporary woman. And of course, nothing flatters the complexion like pearls.

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IN THE WAVE OF PICASSO …

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Sometimes you fall in love with something and just can’t shake it – which is what happened to me with these splendid earrings.

I’ve been waiting for this earrings while they’ve traveled all around the world with their designer, and I’ll finally receive them in January. [ Materials: Rose & black gold aquamarine]

Since I was so enchanted, I figured I would ask Federica Rettore where she got the inspiration for these, but her answer intrigued me even further! “Eleganza e leggerezza  ispirati alle onde che si rifrangono sulla battigia e portano tesori in superficie dalle profondità del mare.” – I started to translate this into English but realized how difficult it would be to translate such poetry.

The Italian language definitely has its “fascino” (charm), and it’s no wonder that the language has its share of admirers. But here’s my best effort at describing her inspiration: “Elegance and lightness inspired by waves that refract on the shoreline and bring the treasures from the bottom of the sea to the surface.

Still, not satisfying. Federica is a poet of words and jewels. Her pieces make me daydream. We are lucky to have so many talented young artists around us. As far as Federica goes, her pieces are all handmade in Italy, one of a kind, and can be engraved just for you. Feel free to reach out for more information.

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Happy 100%

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People talk a lot about being happy, seeking happiness, what makes them happy…but if we were to ask you, how would you reply? We presume the question would prompt some silent contemplation, going into the wilds of your mind and deep into your heart, asking yourself a hundred questions in the course of a few minutes. But then, the answer we most often find simplifies things: it focuses in on the few things in life that bring us joy. Often, we can leave the rest behind.

I’ve been asking myself this question lately too, steering away from big, glamorous goals and looking instead at the little things that bring me joy in my daily routine. I’ve found that my beauty routine in particular brings me a lot of simple joy, which I think can be the case for a lot of women. One comforting thing about it is that it makes us feel beautiful!

Here are a few things from my beauty routine that bring me joy.

Chantecaille

I discovered this brand quite recently but have fallen in love. They make beautiful makeup products, but I’m also very drawn to their brand philosophy: naturals over synthetics, conservation over all else, and offering beautiful products. I especially love their Rose de Mai face oil. I follow it up with some tinted moisturizer and follow it up with their Cheek Gelee for a friendly, natural look.

Tom Ford

For me, eyes are key – and Tom Ford is a master of eye products. He makes a couple of items that are central to my routine. I always start with his eye base, which makes shadow stay longer and brightens the overall eye area. And the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Brown has all of the right colors – they work together perfectly! You know how usually if you buy a set there’s a color or two that you don’t use? Not the case with this quad. It’s perfect!

Nars

No beauty list is complete without a mention of Nars. I particularly adore their bronzers – it’s just a great and versatile product – and their blushes have become iconic, but their body oils are sometimes overlooked but also very special.

In the end, being 100% happy is about what you do for yourself. Treat your body with love and respect no matter what.

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