MY FAVORITE SCENTS

Smelling good is kind of my thing. It’s more of a neurosis at this point than an actual skill set, as I, personally, just feel that much prettier when I smell nice. For me, it’s more than just my perfume. It’s how my perfume layers with my body cream, my soap and if I’m so inclined, my bath soak. Below are just a few of my go to’s when it comes to pleasing the nose. And, as Coco says, you should apply scent to everywhere you want to be kissed, so I’ve even included my secret to yummy smelling lips.

Favorite Scents

TOP ROW: Jo Malone is my go to. She has a scent for every woman, every season, every occasion. I like her fragrances because they are light and feminine. I use four different scents including:

Spring: Nectarine Honey

Summer: White Jasmine Mint

Winter: English Pear & Freesia

Night Time/Time with my Guy: Red Roses, all the way

BOTTOM ROW: I always start with a base of Barr & Co. Their original scent soap is just clean with the right amount of citrus and then I lather up in their Honeysuckle Hand Cream, which I’m not afraid to use over my entire body. If I’m in the mood for a bath, I love Royal Botanicals Rose Geranium Bath Soak. It’s super luxurious and fragrant without being over bearing. And for my lips, I keep them supple and smelling good with Smith’s Minted Rose Balm.

Layering scents is an art. Figuring out what scents work well together in what amounts with your personal body chemistry can take a little time, but it’s well worth it. Give it a shot!

ART AT HOME : A HOW-TO

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I’ve always been a fan of wall art. It almost makes me feel like my room is ‘unfinished’ if I have too many blank walls. The problem is, I have such a hard time choosing the right art piece for my space – the whole process just seems so daunting.

Thanks goodness for my friend, Talenia Phua Gajardo – Founder and Director of The Artling: she has put together a few things to consider for choosing that perfect piece for your home.

1. It’s Emotional:
 Go for what makes you feel good. You’ll have to look at the same piece for a while within your living environment, so it has to be something that grows on you with time.
2. Research:
Look up the artist, find out where they’ve shown, who else collects them, which galleries they’ve worked with, and what they are trying to say with their work. It’s not just about the decoration, you’re also supporting an artists’ career!
3. Budget:
It helps to have a set budget to narrow down the options – there is so much amazing work out there.
4. Planning for Space & Lighting:
Figure out where the work is going and how the lighting in that area is, so that once the piece arrives, it can go straight up and be installed.
5. Be decisive:
While impulsiveness is never a good thing, don’t wait too long if you feel strongly about a piece… otherwise someone else may beat you to it!
6. Be bold:
Explore Sculpture and Media. There are many options besides flat works that could be fantastic additions to your collection. Case in point, This is Kohei Nawa’s ‘Pix-cell Deer’ – one of my favorite wall pieces.
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x, Jody

TRAVEL MUST-HAVES

I’m the first to admit that it can be challenging to maintain your lifestyle when traveling, but after traveling an average of 100,000 plus miles per year for the past 7 years, I think I’ve finally got it down. This being said, I thought I’d share a few of my travel must-haves that tend to get me by. TOTE: I don’t go anywhere without my Longchamp tote. It’s not only pretty but it can take a solid beating and still look polished. I cannot recommend this enough. HEADPHONES: I love my Urbanears Tomato Headphones. Not because they are the most amazing headphones ever, but because they come in such lovely colors. And, pretty always wins out over functionality in a designer’s world. TRAVEL DRESS: Splendid’s long sleeve maxi dress is my go to for every flight. It’s warm and comfy and when paired with a scarf or denim jacket, still looks fresh. SANDALS: Dolce Vita makes my all time favorite sandals in every color. They’re as comfy as your average flip flops but still have a bit of polish to them. DAY DRESS: Joie’s Soft line has the greatest wrinkle free dresses ever. I always travel with one so I can go straight from the plane to a meeting when needed. LINEN BAGS: Way back when my bestie bought me monogrammed bags for my jewelry and lingerie. I love them so. They make me feel put together and girlie when my whole world is in disarray due to my hectic schedule. This set is from Turq Jewelry. BRACELET: I love my leather Tory Burch bracelet. I literally wear it with EVERYTHING for a quick touch. It’s a definite staple. THE TEE: J. Crew’s Vintage Tees are my go to tees. I do everything in them. I sleep, workout and just cruise about town in them, if I get a few hours to myself. So comfy. Virtually wrinkle free and just effortless. NECKLACE: I always have a basic locket with pictures of those I love inside. This one from House of Harlow is a definite classic. DENIM: Mother Jeans are where it’s at. I love their Skinny jeans myself, but they have a style for everyone. They are so comfortable and when my maxi is a little dirty, I’ve spent 14 hour flights in these little beauties. MY WORKOUT: When at home, I head to Barry’s Bootcamp, but when I travel, I never really know what I’m going to have available. So, I’m always prepared with workout memes to get me by. This one is from my super fab trainer, Ricardo Vargas, is my all time favorite. It totally kicks my bum every time. FLATS: A comfortable pair of flats is a must for every trip. These are from Chloe, but Lanvin, Burberry and Chanel all make perfectly polished flats. RUNNING SHOES: I don’t go anywhere without these. As I mentioned, I never know what my workout will be, but 99% of the time, there is always a place to run. These are my Nike Frees in my signature colors, black & gold, but you should obviously, find the perfect pair for yourself.

BEHIND THE SCENES : BALI

Scouting a new destination is my all time favorite thing to do. And it’s the first thing we do when booking a destination wedding. Not only do we check out vendors and the venues, but we do a ton of shopping! We look for the perfect design elements that will make the day feel authentic and effortless. On our most recent trip to Bali, Steve Steinhardt captured some behind the scenes footage of the gorgeous destination and of me doing my thing. Check it out!

Bali from Steven Steinhardt on Vimeo.