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amazing shoes . . . more amazing price

pssssst!  you wanna get in on this?  omg . . . you are going to die!

so, i think we can all agree that when you put on a fine italian shoe that costs $1000, you can actually feel the quality, right?  it actually just feels better than a cheap shoe.  and, it’s not that i just HATE quality (obvi) but . . . it’s the price that’s the choke point (for me at least).

enter m. gemi.  it makes these amazing, hand-crafted shoes of the finest italian leather at a price point for my demographic (i.e., budget).  apparently, m. gemi “works with the most respected, family-owned specialty factories in Italy–and sells directly to you.” so, the prices are “surprisingly attainable” and the shoes are “perfetto.”  m. gemi is also so exceptionally concerned with fit that they have coded into their site a fit assistant that will help you land the right size for you the very first time.  and because they make only small runs or batches, they introduce new styles weekly — a great way to keep you coming back — just like my other favorite (zara).

there are so many wardrobe work horses in the collection that it is hard to choose where to start.  i’ve hooked you up with just a few, below.  one thing is for sure, m. gemi will be my starting point for shoes from now on . . .

xo, cg

p.s. i made martha’s greek quinoa salad on memorial day and it was FAB!!!  if you didn’t catch her post last friday, you can find it here.

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the banda, $128

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the mezzo, $198

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the nuca, $198

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the fiero, $278

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the brava, $248

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the brillare, $298

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the cortile, $178 

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a few of my favorite things

all whiteeven though i think it’s bogus that we aren’t supposed to wear white until after memorial day i am officially posting a few of my favorite white items that i’ve found and even that are currently on sale. so go forth and put away the drab clothes and soak in the sunshine.

from right to left:

rebecca minkoff purse on sale for 130.00

tibi mateo crochet apron top

show me your mumu metzler kimono on sale at swank for 99.00

rory becca jumpsuit

cynthia vincent crochet sweater on sale

via spiaga luxie wedge sandal on sale

 

 

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Beauty

beach beauty basics. . .

yo, wassup, memorial day!?!  packed the fam up yesterday and headed to the gulf coast for the holiday.  hallelujah!  it’s our first trip in almost a year.  because we live so close, we are usually back and forth to the coast every other month or so.  but this past year has been crazy and full of other adventures so the beach fell down the priority list. #whitegirlproblems

because our last trip to the coast was in august, my beach products were a bit scattered around my bathroom and summer handbags. but, by now, it only takes a minute to get a handle on the sitch.  i have winnowed my beach products down to just a few, tried and true.  i hooked you up, below.

here’s hoping, whether at the beach, at the pool, or simply living the good life chillin’ at the crib, that your holiday is totally rockin’.  i just want to soak up the sun and tell everyone to lighten up . . .

xoxo,
cg

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l’oréal sublime glow daily moisturizer for medium skin tones, $11

i like to keep the temptation to overexpose to a minimum by getting my beach on before leaving the bathroom.  i have tried every self-tanning bronzer from here to kalamazoo and i put my stamp of approval ONLY on this one.  it works and it is subtle.  my secret to all self-tanners is to cut it with a pea-size portion of coconut oil which helps it melt into the skin without streaking.  find a streak?  when you shower next, use a wet wash cloth to scrub the spot and the tanner will come right off.  boom!  problem solved.

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aerin beach cream for hair and body, $45

could totally use a gallon of this stuff every summer.  salt water, wind, and sun make my hair so frizzy it is ridic!  aerin’s beach cream, which is activated by the sun, tames the ends and keeps my hair looking fly (and not fly away). i use a teeny-tiny dab every time i come out of the water and let my hair air dry for total beach wave perfection.  word.

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eltaMD uv sport, spf 50, $20

let’s not play around when we are talking facial skin.  i have been using eltaMD sport in spf 50 for over a decade.  it laughs in the face of sweat and water and creates a force field around my face. . .  not really, but it is the very best i have found and i haven’t found anything milder to my sensitive skin or more powerful in the anti-ray action in over ten years.

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aerin lip gloss in weekday, $30

okay.  yes.  it’s pricey, but . . . it really is high quality and the perfect color.  when you see it in the tube you are going to think that it is WAY too nude.  but trust me: it is not.  it looks totes amaze with the flushed-cheek, natural look that we all love to sport at the beach.  keep it in your pool/beach bag and it will last you forever.  promise.

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sun bum lip balm, spf 30, in pink grapefruit, $4

this is some serious biz.  i have learned that with age, you really have to start protecting your lips from the sun.  this balm goes on under the gloss.  sun bum sun products are all natural and were formulated for people concerned about all the chemicals in sunscreens.  while all natural, their products work and you can feel and smell the quality.  i like pink grapefruit but it comes in 5 delightful other flavors.

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beach, eau de parfum, bobbi brown, $72

i can’t put my finger on which sunscreen from my early childhood that this perfume smells like.  but it is definitely something.  QT???  when i inhale it, i am immediately carried back in time and i just can’t pull away.  it will remind you so strongly of the beach (although it is a refreshingly light fragrance) it will make you want to douse yourself in it every time you are headed toward the shore.

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sun bum continuous sunscreen spray, spf 30, $16

sun bum spray sunscreen is my absolute favorite.  it smells great.  it works great.  it feels great.  it is all natural.  what more is there is the sunscreen world?  it is not a bargain.  true, that.  so. . . keep this one in your bag and use the target brand on the kids.

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Lifestyle

we remember . . .

longform-original-4963-1417018539-9today, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms.  and, we remember those who are left behind to collect the pieces.  to the entire military community, we thank you for your service.

xo,
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what to bring…

greek quinoa salad

greek quinoa salad

to the memorial day invite. it’s the day the before a long holiday and as i’m typing this, i don’t have time to think about what to cook, plus my brain is fried. but last weekend when we had our neighbors over for hamburgers i made this side dish and it was a huge hit. it actually was even better the next day which makes it the perfect dish to make ahead.

what is its name? i call it greek quinoa salad but only because it has a lot of elements of a greek salad but another plus is lots of alternatives to add depending on your taste. oh did i mention it does not require any measuring of any of the ingredients.

so here goes…

cook one package of quinoa, drain well. add olives, feta cheese, grape tomatoes and green onions. you can add cucumbers or mixed peppers or use a different kind of pasta, it really doesn’t matter, the elements remain the same. for the dressing, mix 1 part dijon mustard and 2 parts olive olive as well as kosher salt to taste. mix it all together and you are out the door.

xo

martha

happy memorial day. let me end by encouraging you to read this usa today article about 29 year old cardinals baseball player mitch harris. officer harris graduated from the us naval academy in 2008. the cardinals had drafted him after his senior year but officer harris had made a commitment to his country and so served almost five years in the navy. in 2013 after completing his commitment the cardinals brought him in and he has worked his way up the farm and minor leagues and this year he was called to the majors. if this story doesn’t show that dreams are possible i’m not sure what will. thank you officer harris and all the men and women who serve our country.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

the knock-off: a fab top & a great read

the only thing i love better than the ultra “cool girl” style of french designer isabel marant is owning it without the hefty price tag. a.k.a., a knock-off.*  maybe this is why i have come to love zara way down deep in my heart.  zara gives me what i need, when i need it, and she never asks for much. . .

so, i have been seeing this fab étoile isabel marant top around for a month now . . .

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and everytime i see it, i covet it but i can never justify the $340 on what i recognize as a very trendy piece.  marant’s broderie anglaise (what i am prone to calling eyelet) is a trend that is sure to evaporate by next summer.  but, this top is totally sick.  i think it would look slammin’ with both destroyed denim and anything white.

so, thank you zara for coming through with a very close second that seems to capture what i love about the top without the slightest guilt about the price.  feel me?

xo, cg

*see below.

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beach reading rec . . .

The Knock-Off: A Novel by Lucy Sykes Rellie and Joe Piazza.

don’t get me wrong . . . i love a good jonathan franzen novel, just like the next gal, but when it comes to beach reading, i need a stack of celeb trash mags like In Touch and Us, and, if the gods are showing favor on me, a lightweight but delightfully smart work of chic lit. like sex and the city or the nanny diaries or the bridget jones diaries, the really good chick lit doesn’t come around that often.

this summer reading season, we are in luck!  lucy sykes rellie, twin sister to plum sykes (bergdorf blondes), has written a novel (!) and it is set in the high fashion world of magazine publishing (!!) (are you smelling the devil wears prada?  me too!).  lucy and plum are former british “it girls” who took new york society by storm in the early ’00s with their high fashion jobs at marie claire and vogue, respectively, and their amazing good looks and sense of style. lucy was at marie claire forever and went on to start her eponymous children’s label, lucy sykes baby, with clothes for kids so cool it killed me (until j.crew started crewcuts and totally copied her ideas and look and kind of put an end to her dream (insert sad kitty cat emoji here)).  she had a stint at rent the runway before she took to the pen.  certainly, she is no stranger to the fashion world, socialites, ambition, heartache, back-stabbing, stilettos, galas, runways, birkins and knock-offs . . . i could go on, but better that you just buy the book!  (get it here).  can’t wait for my copy to arrive!!!

xoxo, cg

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i’m going humphrey bogart on you today

 

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whenever i think of humphrey bogart i think of the white suit. i don’t know; maybe the whole casablanca monte carlo and rick’s cabaret. with memorial day right around and corner and the i can definitely wear white without anyone judging me i thought it was the perfect opportunity to bring the white suit to the forefront. it also seems the white suit has been showing up in my email from different designers so here goes.

the white suit is a great day to night look. you can go a number of ways. first you can wear a bright blouse underneath and at night just remove the jacket or you can can go all white and leave the jacket on and simply change shoes. either way put the white suit in your closet. now just as an fyi, i wouldn’t spend a ton of money on this suit. it is going to get hot and i’ve found that i have to replace my summer whites more frequently just because it doesn’t hold up that well i.e. hello sweat stains. so i’ve given you three suits at three different price points

xo

martha

banana republic sleeveless top

banana republic sleeveless top

tibi crepe halter top

tibi crepe halter top

zara lime green blouse

zara lime green blouse

vince sleeveless top

vince sleeveless top

 

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