In 2007, I married my best friend surrounded by close family and friends in one of our favorite places in the world, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We were so young (I was 27!!), so madly in love and excited to throw a huge fiesta to celebrate our union. The day was filled with beautiful memories, incredible food and thanks to our location, unbelievable vistas. We got married overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Banderas which served as the perfect backdrop for what ended up being one of the best and biggest parties any of our guests have ever been to!
Looking back, I wouldn’t change anything about the day … well, maybe one thing, the photos. Better said, the lack of photos. We hired a friend who was a “photographer” and let’s just say the results were less than ideal. I was so disappointed in the images that anytime someone would ask to see photos from our wedding I would choke back tears and show them the only two photos that I had. Not hiring a professional to shoot our wedding has been one of my biggest regrets, so as our 10 year anniversary got closer, I knew I only wanted one thing – professional photos that captured our love and the joy of our marriage.
After weeks of research, I found the perfect photographer and a stunning location, the only thing missing was the dress. I wanted something that had a more casual vibe since this wasn’t an actual wedding, but that still made me feel really special. It wasn’t easy to find but thankfully, I came across the White by Vera Wang collection at David’s Bridal. The collection featured a wide range of styles – from stunning formal dresses that would make any bride feel like the most beautiful woman in the world to more contemporary and modern styles that happened to be exactly what I was looking for!
I chose a short-sleeved lace dress that echoed the romantic vibe of The Rosewood Hotel (where we would be taking the photos) but that also had a more relaxed feel that felt appropriate for the occasion. When the dress came, I instantly fell in love and now that I finally have the photos back from our shoot, I know I made the perfect decision.
The dress felt like it was custom made for my body because the White by Vera Wang Collection actually offers petite sizing on a few of their styles. The corded lace and delicate organza flowers give the dress incredible dimension and its truly stunning from every angle.
I will treasure these photos for the rest of my life and I can’t wait to see what the next ten years bring! xx, LV
For the last six months I have been hard at work on a new project. It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing, but was too scared to go after…until recently.
Many of you that follow me on social media know that this past summer I opened a pop-up called TESORO Collective in Montauk. It was the perfect size, location and something felt so right about opening my first store literally down the street from our beach house! After an incredibly successful summer I took a much needed break to think about next steps for the shop. Would I bring it back next summer? Could I open another location? Or could I even recreate the magic of this pop-up online, for everyone to enjoy?!
Whenever you embark on a new adventure there are a million reasons to say no, it’s easier to have doubts than to have confidence, but for this particular project, I am certain that my entire career in fashion has led me to this very moment of saying YES!
As a stylist I spend hundreds of hours shopping looks each season. It’s time consuming and at times frustrating, the opposite of what shopping should be, and that disconnect was the inspiration for TESOROCollective.com.The site will feature edited collections that are accessible to every budget, easy to shop and infused with the most wanted looks of the moment … and I promise you a shopping experience you’ll want to come back to over and over again.
As I race full speed ahead on this new journey, I hope that you’ll come along for the ride. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more details and exclusive discounts for my ride-or-die LV Guide readers – you can keep tabs on all of that on our Instagram (@tesorocollective) and of course at TESOSOCollective.com where you can sign up to be the first to know about the launch in November!
For now, this blog will have to take a small pause so I can focus my team and my efforts on this new collection. So while we aren’t going anywhere, we are on a little hiatus!
Thank you for always being so supportive of me and for inspiring me to continue to grow this brand and my passion. I can’t wait to start this new chapter with you!
Where are all my fresh-faced babes at? Glowy, dewy, glossy is what many skincare junkies like myself aim to achieve. We all are looking for the next serum, moisturizer, and highlighter to give us that “glow from within” look. Well, what if I told you, you could achieve all your glowy dreams with Glossier!
Glossier started as a cool-girl skincare/beauty website called Into the Gloss. After much popularity, the editors came together with their extensive knowledge to create one of the most sought-after and loved skincare and makeup brands. I grabbed all the cult-favorites to experiment with, and just so you know… I am obsessed. Here’s what you need to glow up:
Suffer from breakouts? This niacinamide and zinc serum will combat redness and pesky breakouts by flushing out impurities. Use after a toner but before your moisturizer.
Perfect for creating a smooth, glowy base. An ultra hydrating crème that also minimizes the appearance of pores so you can wear less makeup if you so choose, or the perfect base to your foundation.
I think I found my new favorite concealer. It’s creamy, buildable, and brightening. While it may not be the best used on breakouts it’s fabulous underneath the eyes. This concealer brings it back to before using brushes and beauty blenders were popular, just use your finger to blend out.
Combat shine and uneven skin tone with the “matte not flat” Wowder. It’s a sheer powder that that doesn’t cake or settle into fine lines which is perfect for the gals who prefer a minimal look.
There’s a good reason people are raving about these cream blushes. They are the cream of the crop! So easy to blend and I love how versatile each shade is. Finger paint onto your cheeks then swipe onto eyelids and finish up with your pout. Each shade is gorgeous and allows the wearer to achieve a natural flush.
Get ready to shine to the heavens. Infused with real crystal powders and coconut oil for an otherworldly glow. This is hands down my favorite highlighter on the market.
Nourish your pout with one of the six flavors Glossier has to offer. Try Rose or Cherry for a sheer tint of color or Birthday for a subtle shimmer. It’s dense and leaves your lips hydrated, no need to constantly reapply every 10 minutes.
Thrift shopping, did Macklemore really make it popular? While “I’m gonna pop some tags” is catchy and irresistible to say, we’ve noticed that not just pop songs but the fashion world is embracing a thrifted look as well. Now it seems like all the cool fashion moguls are sporting second-hand pieces, and within the last few years more and more companies are acknowledging and even selling pre-loved garments. Places like Buffalo Exchange, Raggedy Threads, and Thread Up are encouraging consumers to buy used rather than new.
Thrift shopping is perfect for those who embrace its veil of mystery, but who are also looking for sustainable ways to purchase clothing, accessories, and home goods. Initially, the task of thrifting may seem daunting but don’t worry! We came up with a short guide to help you thrift shop like a pro.
Whether you are looking for a vintage Chanel jacket or a t-shirt that speaks to you, thrift shopping requires a bit of patience. Never judge a book by its cover. More often than not you will find the hidden gems at the bottom of a cardboard box or sandwiched in an overstuffed rack. Thrift shopping is like an art, it takes time to get the perfect final product.
It doesn’t matter what city you reside in because your Downtown is sure to be a cultural hub full of vintage shops and cool instagramable mural walls. Check out the antique stores to find the perfect tea set or look for vintage threads, then meet up for happy hour with your galpals.
Check local newspapers and magazines for local events and vintage markets. You never know what may be happening in your neighborhood. Some of the best thrifting finds are with small local vendors who upcycle for a living, go to weekend markets and chat with them. They may even help you find a rare piece!
Girl’s just want to be CEO. That’s the motto of one of our most coveted accessory lines, Stella & Dot. Not only does this brand sell the hottest jewelry for a price any Cheap Chica will love, they pride themselves in making sure their products are ethically sourced and made. As well as supporting women as they “achieve success and balance through a career she loves”. We are totally in love with the boss babes of Stella & Dot and their new fall collection!
Mixed metals, luxe layers, and intricate beadwork dominate this fall. Stella & Dot’s fall collection is perfect for the minimalist at heart who wants to experiment when it comes to their jewelry. That’s the beauty of it, jewelry is meant to enhance your style, you can wear as much or as little as you like and make your own statement wearing which pieces speak to you. We got an exclusive look at the fall collection and know our girl posse will fall in love with each and every piece.
Miss the tassel earring train this summer? Don’t fret! The Riva Tassel Earrings are all you need this season. We love the deep red hue and the fact you can remove the tassels for a polished look. You will want to wear them with every outfit, and to that, we say go for it. Another amazing feature on Stella & Dot’s accessories is the multiple looks and styles you can achieve with one piece.
Both the Logan Layer Necklace and the Jaya Tortoise Pendant are versatile and allow the wearer to remove the additional lariat pieces on the Logan, and the pendant of the Jaya. The Logan is a mix of beautiful bronze tones and silver chain, this sparkler can be worn four different ways to match your mood of the day. Remove the lariat for a chic look or tie in a knot for a more boho piece. Wear the Jaya as a statement piece, it’s easy to pair with most fall tones because the tortoise pendant is a neutral, and for those who need a new clutch this season, look no further than the Taj Clutch. Perfect to pair with any colored denim, take it out on a girls night or bring it along to make an instant statement.
Stella & Dot’s fall accessories are versatile and timeless just like all the boss babes who wear them
Let’s get it poppin’. For once, we’re not talking about champagne when saying, “Have a bit of bubbly.” Our latest love affair with dearly beloved GLAMGLOW comes in the form of the most fun sheet mask you’ll ever get your manicured hands on: the BUBBLESHEET. Meet BUBBLESHEET.
GLAMGLOW’s new BUBBLESHEET Oxygenating Deep Cleanse mask covers your face in just that- bubbles. The sheet itself is made of black bamboo charcoal cloth, feeling thicker and more luxurious than other sheet masks. The cleanser in the mask oxygenates in order to bubble into a foam- like a bubble bath, for your face. The mask has the distinct, sweet GLAMGLOW scent that fans know and love. When applying, leave the mask on for about three minutes, then remove the charcoal cloth. Be sure to work the foam around in circles to deepen the cleanse before rinsing.
Major, major points go to BUBBLESHEET for feeling refreshing and non-irritating on even my own sensitive skin. The combination of ingredients bring a clean that feels deeper than the surface, but the mask does not have the harshness or burn that deep cleaning treatments with higher acid concentration bring.
This is the perfect treat for a night in. Go ahead and light a candle- my current obsession is getting a cozy cabin smell by mixing Apotheke’s Binchotan Charcoal Scented Candle amid my hordes of vanillas. Pop on BUBBLESHEET for a few minutes and have a blast playing with the foam. Then, last but not least, slip on your coziest robe and lay down to marathon the latest on Netflix. You’ve earned it.
Whether it’s a housewarming gift, a just because gift, or a treat for yourself we got our hands on a new way to send luxury candles right to your door. Wickbox is a subscription gift box that finds the perfect hand crafted candle based on your scent preferences to send you every month. Now you don’t have to worry about standing in front of the candle display of your favorite boutique trying to find a candle that not only speaks to you but is made with high-quality wax such as soy, coconut, or vegetable based waxes. Talk about environmentally friendly. Wickbox sends only the best quality gifts to take away all that time candle-hunting.
This is a monthly subscription box everyone can get behind. No more wondering if you are going to like the everything in the box, Wickbox will send a luxury candle based on a scent quiz (the easiest quiz you’ll ever take) that you and friends will adore. For those afraid of commitment, you are in luck. You can choose between a medium or large sized candle as well as the length of your subscription. Choose from a monthly, 3-month, 6-month, or yearly subscription.
Giving the gift of “me-time” is the most rewarding act of self-care you can do. Cozied by the fire, well candlelight… sounds like the perfect way to let the stresses of the day melt away. Not only are you receiving a beautiful candle, but a tool to help implement more time for self-care. Wickbox wants you to take time for yourself so you can in return let your light shine because the more you treat yourself the more light you can shine and show to others. To that, we say shine on babes.
You can probably tell from the image above that I am really loving mules this season! They’re perfect for showing off the raw-edge/frayed hems that are so popular right now. But…a girl can’t just wear mule flats, so I threw in a few other pairs. xx, LV
1. Zara – A chic and modern take on penny loafers: faux pearls, fringe, and a square toe, $40
2. Soludos – Supersoft leather, a cork footbed, and details like textured laces make these sneakers both comfy and totally cute for everyday wear, $129
3. Forever21 – The perfect flats to slip into, accented with a pointed toe and a unique square back, $20
4. Anthropologie – Tweed with a twist, this wine-colored ballet flat with a suede bow adds polish to any outfit, $128
5. Free People – Closed toe, slightly stacked heel, and cutting edge side cutouts complete the look of these chic flats, $198
6. Lulus – Polished and classy, these genuine leather loafers with faux pearl accents are versatile enough to complete your work wardrobe and elevate your favorite jeans and tee look, $79
7. Chinese Laundry – These sleek leather slip-ons designed by Kristin Cavallari are effortlessly elegant, $120
8. Aerosoles – This classic retro silhouette combined with a contemporary pattern gives us the perfect, timeless mule, $60 (sale price!)
9. Forever21 – The knockout floral embroidery speaks for itself in this totally on-trend loafer mule, $48
10. DSW – These leather slip-ons with an embroidered floral embellishment add class, whether you dress them up or down, $60
Don’t miss my list of must-have fall heels and boots, plus 5 budget-friendly basics for the season!
The best spas always have cucumber water to sip on. There is something about cucumber water that gives you the calmest, cleanest feeling. Doesn’t your skin deserve the same treatment? Kiehl’s has brought us the face wash that’s truly cool as a cucumber.
Kiehl’s new Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser is the new best friend of anyone who has sensitive or dry skin. This refreshing, soft face wash is the perfect daily cleanser for the sensitive skin crowd. It smells like cucumbers, cleans without drying, and moisturizes without being greasy. What more can one ask for in life?
The formula is free of sulfates, which are actually aggressive and detrimental to your skin’s overall health, and predominantly uses glycerin to retain your skin’s moisture. The combination of glycerin and cooling cucumber extract create the calming, moisturizing cleanser. Truly a breath of fresh air for tired, dry skin.
With this Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser, Kiehl’s has managed to deliver what many dermatologic companies fail to- a product that doesn’t smell like chemicals. When describing the face wash as “cucumber scented,” Kiehl’s isn’t joking around. The first time I tried this cleanser, it smelled so much like fresh cucumbers that I actually had to go to Trader Joe’s and buy myself some tzatziki sauce. We’re talking majorly perfect cucumber vibes here. This dose of cucumber is the key element that makes the product so soothing. Just like when drinking that favorite cucumber spa water, opening cucumber face wash is that extra little moment of peace in your day. My own sensitive skin when using it? No redness or irritation.
Kiehl’s is a brand that you always know you can count on. Their wide range of products for both men & women are known for being well-made and reliable. Living up to that name, this cleanser doesn’t disappoint. Go ahead, give this cucumber scented cleanser a try. It might be exactly the product that your bathroom counter has been looking for.