Last week I visited Washington DC for business and for the first time saw all of the monuments along the National Mall. It was both beautiful and sad to visit the memorials and reflect on all that our country has done to remain free.

The Fall foliage was in full effect, and walking among the orange, yellow, red tree was lovely.

Smaller than I had imagined.

My cozy and chic hotel room for the night.

Lincoln Memorial selfie.

Autumn in the Appalachians 

Our cabin in North Carolina is one of my absolute favorite places in the world, especially at this time. Autumn in the Appalachian Mountains is spectacular, and something I have and will always look forward to every year.


what’s in my makeup bag?

Are you the type of person who loves to know what other people keep in their purse, makeup bag, fridge? If so, we have that in common. I am just so curious! I’ve lost count of how many videos I’ve seen on YouTube or articles I’ve read about other people’s bag belongings (seriously). I find it so interesting, and I also love to take recommendations from others who have had successes with one product or another. So I wanted to share my makeup bag staples. All of these items I love and use on a daily basis.

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Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette: beautiful shades and highly pigmented. Perfect for day or night, and the warmer tones are so complimentary. My favorite shade is “Honey Butter”

Too Faced Blush/Bronzer: I love anything heart shaped… And I happen to love this shimmery bronzer too.

Maybelline Fit Stick – I use this in a darker shade to contour, it’s inexpensive and easy to use.

Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer – my favorite primer and smells like coconut!

Buxom lip gloss – Love the shades Dolly and White Russian. This is my favorite lip brand period.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Stick – my favorite foundation I’ve tried to date, I like to apply this with a Morphe M439 Brush

Maybelline Fit Concealer – cheap and great for highlighting and coverage in the shade Light

Too Faced Mascara

Becca Cosmetics Highlight in Champagne Pop – really beautiful on the high points of your cheeks

Nivea Lip Butter – I try to apply this every night and every morning

Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Pencil -As a blonde, it’s not easy to find the perfect shade and type of eye brow pencil — and this is the one for me!

Sephora Eyeliner Pencil – glides on smooth, cheap and the perfect brown shade.

chocolat chaud


Sometimes one must leave their desk at work, and grab a fresh piping hot chocolat chaud at Laduree. This warm and comforting treat is thick, chocolatey, creamy, and perfectly sweet. Every sip transports me to my time in Paris, walking along the beautiful streets, bundled in my sweater and scarf, and warming up with an Angelina or Laduree hot chocolate and a crispy fresh croissant in hand.