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A Note on Style by Karima - 15h ago

I have to admit, I’m a bit intrigued by the NuFACE microcurrent devices. The before and after photos are subtle but definitely show improvement. I’m considering purchasing one so included both the body and face devices in my Nordstrom Anniversary Edit. They rarely go on sale. According to the reviews I’ve poured through, consistency is the key to see results. I’m curious if any readers have tried NuFACE devices and if you’d share your experience.

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I’m sure by now most of you’ve seen Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch in editorials and numerous street style photos. Creative Director Daniel Lee’s modern interpretation of the Lauren clutch has catapulted to a highly covetable ‘it” item, although I think it will become a classic and keeper for the long haul.

I waffled, perhaps too long, on which variation and color would suit me best. There are four sizes and they sell out as quickly as they’re listed. The larger two options are generous in scale and come strictly as a clutch. My favorite, the Pouch 20 above, is a perfect size and has the bonus of an optional crossbody strap. I like the versatility it offers for transitioning between day and night and its compact size for travel. The smallest of the four is a “charm” miniature version with a leather cord to carry as a wristlet.

Pre-order from some of the sites below, or if in stock, grab it while you can.

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With summer vacation on a lot of people’s radar, I wanted to share the packing formula I use for almost all of my trips. I create a wardrobe from a simple color palette built around eight items that always make the cut. Today, in my guest post on La Dolce Vita I’m sharing those key pieces I’d never travel without.

Need more packing tips? Check out these posts as well:

PACKING A CARRY-ON FOR SPRING TRAVEL

THE KEY TO CARRY-ON TRAVEL

MY NEW PACKING FORMULA: BLACK + WHITE + BRIGHT

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITE FINDS: THE TRAVEL EDIT

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There’s no reason to deal with Saturday shopping crowds when I can get it done more efficiently from the comfort at home. This morning, I went through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale* while relaxing in my backyard and pulled together pieces I thought A Note on Style readers would find relevant.

I don’t pay much attention to the fall fashion aspect of the sale. Instead, I go through and see if there are any items I would be buying regardless of a discount. I’ll look for essentials and basics like these Frame jeans and cashmere sweaters or specifically zero in on a favorite designer, such as Nili Lotan. Browsing around, I also found some casual fine jewelry pieces that would layer well with pieces I own or make nice gifts. I checked out the beauty category for devices I’ve been tempted to try and perhaps now will finally purchase. More gifting options include a set of Diptyque candles or a beautiful home fragrance. I also wanted to include a few pieces for travel in this brief edit from mini fragrance sets to carry-on luggage. My Tumi luggage has held up beautifully, so when I see their products on sale, I want to share with readers.

CLOTHING
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JEWELRY
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BEAUTY & DEVICES
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TRAVEL
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*You need to have a Nordstrom card to take advantage of Early Access, which you can register for on the Nordstrom site. Sale items will be available to non-account holders on July 20.

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The strappy “it” sandal of summer has a new twist with a square-toe detail. At the top of the list are styles from Bottega Veneta including the sandal above in brown, turquoise, or white, and a wide strap mule. Other options, with a lower heel and friendly price point yet still equally chic, are available from Mango, And Other Stories and By Far. Take a look below.

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I’m currently pleased with the regimen of lotions and serums used on my face and neck. However, skin maintenance is continuously evolving and I still remain interested in learning from others suggestions and advancing technology.

My focus now has shifted to the skin on my arms and legs. Years of sun damage from my teens has taken its course and I’m paying for it with a textured pigmented surface. Rather than go down the rabbit hole of endless reviews online, I thought I’d ask readers for their recommendations. Is there a body lotion you love that does more than nicely moisturize? Or a treatment with results? Please share.

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A Note on Style by Karima - 1w ago

This is perhaps the prettiest way to wear multiple hoops. I spotted the Sophie Bille Brah X Georg Jensen Halo collaboration last year in Copenhagen and still think it looks modern, elegant and fresh. Having double piercings is necessary to create the effect as pictured.

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A Note on Style by Karima - 1w ago

My favorite pant of the season is as easy to wear as jeans but offers a lot more polish. I’m wearing APIECE APART’s Merida pant in a crinkled cotton canvas. It’s one of their best sellers for a reason. The fit is snug through the hips, then falls straight for a flattering fit. I look at the style as a new closet staple and bought a pair in black too.

It’s all about the silhouette. Look for a smooth high waist and a cropped full leg. For California, these are seasonless. I’ll be wearing mine with sweaters and boots well into fall.

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Still thinking about what dessert to make for the Fourth of July? I’m tempted by any of these that would undoubtedly be a crowd-pleaser. They look both delicious and beautiful. Have a happy Fourth and enjoy the long weekend!

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake (gluten free)

(above)

photo courtesy Yvonne Lin

Chocolate Raspberry Cake 

photo courtesy Recipe Tineats

Lemon Cake

photo courtesy Half Baked Harvest

Strawberry Chamomille Cake

photo: courtesy Donna Hay

Classic Apple Crumble
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In a sea of statement-making street style looks in Paris this week, two quietly chic women stood out. Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert and Elizabeth von Guttman kept it simple with one of my favorite summer uniforms -a white dress and flat sandals. I’ll keep these looks on my mood board for inspiration in the coming months when the heat turns up.

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