The above picture was taken last weekend near our friends lake house. A weekly conversation that Keith and I have is about owning a property outside of the city.
We fantasize about owning a country home with good bones, that could use a little TLC and making it our own. We go back and forth on whether we’d want to make it an Airbnb to get some of our money back. This way, it turns into a business venture and a worthy investment. There are so many thoughts and conversations about it, but I’m confident that it will happen down the line. I’ve mentioned this several times, but as much as I love living in an urban city, getting out and away is necessary. Especially as we get older and especially with small children.
This past week was filled with good links and a few new and repeat buys.
Just got these placemats and another set of this silverware. I was afraid they wouldn’t hold up in the dishwater, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised!
My Few Picks from the Nordstrom Sale
Our absolute favorite travel stroller is part of the big Nordstrom sale and is less than $500 when you get part of a great bundle. Typically, the stroller alone is $500 and rarely goes on sale so I felt the need to alert those who are in the market. This stroller is a splurge, but it really is the BEST! I’ve tried several (and we also own the Mountain Buggy) and I’d recommend this one in a heart beat. It’s incredibly comfortable to push around, the best for travel (yes, it folds up and can fit overhead) and is an extremely smooth ride. Especially if you’re pushing it around in urban cities.
Aside from the stroller, there were only a small handful of items that I thought were even worth mentioning: this skincare set from Sunday Riley, filled with some of their best items! This hair set from Oribe which has my favorite texturizing spray and their dry shampoo.
For a plaid blazer splurge, this one from Veronica Beard is a classic.
More Weekend Links
Slowly but surely, I’ve been swapping out all of my ugly closet hangers for these. Absolutely adore the bronze detailing, which immediately makes my entire closet look a wee bit fancier.
I got a pair of Keds to wear in Italy and while I debated whether they were me for a bit, I’m so glad I kept. They give me all the 80’s Dirty Dancing vibes and are so comfortable. I love how they look with breezy summer dresses or better yet, with cutoffs and a tank or tee, as Baby did it best.
I first heard about Beauty Pie when several of my in-the-know, trustworthy beauty sources started buzzing about them. Both on their social channels and in-person, over casual beauty conversations.
Then, the icing on the cake was when two of my go-to’s for all things skincare: Caroline Hirons and Grace Atwood – started raving about the quality of their products, their prices, and the entire Beauty Pie system. That’s what really put the brand on my radar more than it already was.
So, what is Beauty Pie? It’s basically a luxury buyer’s club for skincare and beauty lovers that allows members to buy products AT COST! I know, it seems too good to be true but trust me, it’s not. It was founded by Marcia Kilgore, a renowned genius in the beauty industry and also the founder of Bliss, Soap & Glory, and Soaper Duper. Because of her extensive knowledge and connections within the industry, she had the idea to start a members-only club, where the member pays a fee from $10-$30 a month (depending on how much you buy) to get access to luxury beauty products. Think of it as Netflix for beauty.
The reason for the membership? That’s really the only way Beauty Pie makes their money. All other costs like marketing, beauty markups (which are insane in the beauty space), celebrity endorsements, etc. are not part of their price. It’s all direct-to-consumer, so you’re avoiding all of that middleman markup. If you’re more into skincare than makeup, I recommend starting at $20 (you can always down or upgrade) to get access to some of the top-notch products and ingredients out there. The products that they sell come from the same exact top-tier labs that many of these luxury brands use. Also including a way to get $50 off below! Keep reading.
My Favorite Products:
Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm: By now, I think I’ve made it pretty known how much I love balm cleansers to use as my first cleanse. I cannot tell you all how much I love this one! It’s buttery, has a light, pleasant smell and removes makeup beautifully. As a member, this will cost you $12.09! There are so many similar, high-end balm cleansers on the market that cost 5x the price. It’s pretty crazy.
Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion: When it comes to my night cream, I prefer it to be rich and decadent. Overnight is the time to give my skin as much moisture as it can handle, so I don’t skimp out on something that is too watery or not decadent enough; I can save those for the day. This cream, low price aside ($10. 41 for members), is wonderful. It’s packed with a multi-active, hyaluronic-acid hydrating complex and has this buttery-like texture that I love.
Superdrops High Intensity Hydration: Loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and other soothing ingredients, these drops are super hydrating and make any mask or facial cream work even better. Personally, I prefer to use this one at night because of its thicker consistency.
Retinol: One of their top selling ranges. At the moment, I’m not using any retinol because I’m pregnant but both Grace, Keiko, and Caroline raved about their Super Retinol range. Grace mentioned on several occasions how much she loves their retinol night cream, which she layers with a face oil on top. Keiko has told me how much she loves the retinol eye cream and Caroline has raved about the entire range in general. If you’re in the market for one, I recommend checking Beauty Pie’s out along with their retinol hand cream; I’ve heard from several people that they’ve seen noticeable difference since using it! Our hands show our age more than anything else, so always an important thing to remember. Just be sure to remember to slather them in SPF.
There are still so many other products to try, including makeup, candles and fragrances but these are some of my favorites.
And yes, all products are clean!
If you’re interested in signing up, use code HELENASENTME to get an extra $50 allowance in your first month!
Thank you to Beauty Pie for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Hope everyone had the best weekend! We stayed in the city for the 4th of July and on Friday, went up to Pennsylvania to our friends house by the lake. After our Italy trip and a slow two weeks, I feel so ready to get back into a life groove. I feel rested and creatively more inspired.
I’m officially halfway into my pregnancy and thankfully, still managing to wear a lot of non-maternity clothes, typically in a size or two bigger. This is actually my first summer (ever), that I’m not living in denim cutoffs. I haven’t found a pair that I love, so I’ve been embracing dresses more than ever before.
For those asking what I wear underneath sheer and light colored skirts and dresses, these have been a game changer. If you’re not pregnant, which I’m assuming is the majority of you, I would recommend these or these. Pregnant or not, something to wear underneath is essential. I tried a fitted Spanx slip and hated the way it rode up when I walked. I found it so uncomfortable. The shorts on the other hand – very comfy!
We’re back from our Italy adventure and it was one I’ll never forget. As exhausting as it was to travel with a 3 year old, the memories we made, truly made it all worth it.
I plan to share all of the travel tips we learned along the way; the locations, destinations and restaurants that were our favorite and even restaurants that we didn’t make it to, but that got recommended time and time again.
In the meantime, as I attempt to organize everything, including a ton of photos, I leave you with one of the series we shot in Lake Como. This was for a project with Sarah Flint. On Instagram, I got a ton of messages asking me “how can you possibly walk on those old cobblestones?” to which I replied “Sometimes it’s fun to just use a backdrop for the sake of memorable photos and memories!” I’m definitely planning to blow up and frame the one of me and Nate. Initially, he wasn’t even supposed to be in the shot, but it was one of those mornings were he insisted on taking a photo with me (doesn’t always happen), so we just went with it!
Hello! We leave for Italy this Sunday night and as excited as I am, I have those pre-trip nerves that are associated with making sure we have everything packed, organized and done before a big trip. That aside, I’m really looking forward to getting away and to explore a new part of the world. This will be our first trip to Europe as a family (and our longest flight with Nate), so I’m just crossing all fingers that the 8+ hour flight goes smoothly with a toddler in tow.
This week, I’m listening to a new podcast, excited about a new (to me) beauty brand, a face highlighter that gives the most incredible glow and lots more:
For the plane, I got Nate this brilliant travel kit for the plane. If you’re feeling creative, you could put it together yourself but quite honestly, I didn’t want to be bothered. It came from the UK, but arrived within a week!
I’ve been listening to the podcast ‘To Live and Die in LA,” and I’m very into it. It follows Rolling Stone journalist, Neil Strauss, as he tries to get answers about an aspiring actress who vanished from her Hollywood apt.
I may have had to give up retinol during this pregnancy, but at least there’s this trusty lactic acid. I’ve been using it for years and thankfully, lactic acid, is one of those ingredients that’s gentle enough (deemed safe for pregnant and nursing women), but does an excellent job at keeping the skin exfoliated, soft and bright.
Maxi dresses have become my uniform this summer, even though most of them aren’t specifically made for maternity! They’re just so comfortable & easy. I’ve worn this one several times & this one is great for every day wear.
I’ve been using a few skincare products from Beauty Pie and have been really impressed. It’s a membership service, but don’t let that scare you off. Their concept is to sell luxury beauty products (with wonderful ingredients) at extremely low prices. How? They cut out all of the middlemen so it’s direct to consumer.
I have a massive sweet tooth. So much that I need a bite or lick of something sweet after almost every meal. I recently ordered this snack butter and it’s been pretty great at curbing my craving. It’s high in protein, low in sugar and just the right amount of sweetness. I will warn, it does taste a drop like a protein bar, but that doesn’t bother me.
For the parents of a picky eater. Nate has become increasingly pickier and while I try not to stress over it too much, I definitely welcome a few tips in that department.
I’ve been using this Glass Glow face highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin and I really love it. It comes in three colors, but I decided to go with the clear (and I might go back and get a 2nd one). A little goes a long way, but it creates the most beautiful, dewy/glassy look.
This pregnancy is a little different than my last. I found out I was pregnant with Nate in late August, so my pregnancy wardrobe was dominated by fall and winter items, with a few spring pieces mixed in. This time around, the weather is warmer and I’ve been finding myself wanting to wear dresses and fitted (but comfortable) pieces that embrace the bump. I’m 99.9% sure this is my last pregnancy, so rather than rushing through the process (I don’t necessarily love being pregnant, to be honest), I’m trying to enjoy the miraculous process.
With my last pregnancy, I remember panicking about finding stylish jeans that I could live in (which ended up being these), but with the warmer weather, I have yet to get a new pair of maternity jeans. I’ve grown bigger, a lot quicker, so my old rubber brand trick is not going to cut it this time around. As far as jeans go, I got a fresh pair of the ones I mentioned above and these from Madewell, since many people seemed to recommend. I like to have the option of having a pair that goes below the belly and one that is over-the-belly.
Below are pics that I’ve shared on stories that I’ve never really intended to share on here, but I figured, why not. My closet is a mess in most of them and the lighting is less than ideal, but whenever I post one, I get more questions than on a regular outfit pic that I post to my feed (that requires so much more work and time). Go figure!
I should also mention, a lot of these pieces are NOT maternity, but if they are, I’ll specify.
Hello, Friday! Hello, June! Hard to believe we’re a few weeks away from summer. I have so many things on my summer bucket list, including attending the US Open (a yearly tradition with my father), a Summer Streets bike ride, renting a house upstate with a few friends and our families (already booked!) and a weekend getaway with a few girlfriends, sans kids. Italy is happening in less than two weeks, so at the moment, that’s all I’m prepping for. Once we’re back, I’ll get to planning some other activities because quite honestly, that’s really what keeps me going and happy.
Other than that, below are a few of my favorite links, a few new purchases and things that have been catching my eye:
I recently got AirPods after my Bose SoundSport stopped working on me, which I’m going to attempt and return. Not sure why I didn’t go with Apple to begin with, but after reluctantly shelling out over $159 on the pods, I’m happy I finally took the plunge. I love the compact little case they come in and they really do make working out, commuting and talking on the phone, so much better.
I made this spring pea pasta and burrata recipe this past week and I cannot tell you guys how delicious it was. Keith and I both had two bowls and had to stop ourselves from going back for me. It was dangerously good and so incredibly easy. Cannot recommend enough! Just keep in mind, the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes which we loved, but if you don’t love heat, scale back.
It’s officially rooftop season! Whether you live in NYC or are visiting, there’s no better way to welcome the season than by grabbing a few cocktails at one of these beautiful locations. There are so many places with rooftops, but below is a curated list of our personal favorites, depending on what type of scene you’re in the mood for or what neighborhood you’re in!
Address: Brooklyn Heights (1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge at 60 Furman St)
Open-air venue for handcrafted cocktails & choice bites on the roof of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. New Yorkers will admit this is one of the most beautiful cityscape vistas ever seen, with views of Downtown Manhattan, Ellis and Liberty Islands, the Sea Port, the Brooklyn Bridge, & more. This is the place you go to for the view.
By reservation only, this innovative venue is “the world’s only commercially viable rooftop vineyard.” This is the place where you can enjoy wine tasting overlooking the beautiful view, as well as participate in sunset yoga and/or watch movies with pizza. If you’re looking for a different or more refined venue for rooftop shenanigans, this is it.
Rooftop bar offering a vast wine list, craft cocktails, well-priced draft beer, and fancy tapas, along with panoramic skyline views from a terrace & glassed-in lounge. The lines here may be long but the reward of a breathtaking westward-facing view is worth the wait. Try to beat the crowd as early as 2pm on weekends.
Going to the Met and ending with a cocktail on their rooftop, is one of my favorite summer traditions my friends and I have. It is one of NYC’s most enticing outdoor spots on the 5th floor of the iconic museum! Offers contemporary art installations, a sunset happy hour, and majestic views of Central Park and the surrounding skyline.
Buzzy, lushly-decorated rooftop lounge with a green-garden vibe that’s open year-round. Bar menu includes a variety of chic cocktails & punch bowls, along with great beer and wine lists. Hosts weekend brunch by reservation & a great place to host a birthday party!
Night club located on the roof of The Standard Hotel, overlooking the Highline with views of the Hudson River & the lower west side. This is where I’d go to when in the mood to get dolled up and have a “sceney” NYC night. Keep in mind it’s not always the easiest to get into after hours and you may experience an annoying doorman, but hey, sometimes that’s part of the fun.
Posh rooftop spot located on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo. Choose from multiple terraces to sip drinks or enjoy lite bites while catching the views. Very popular during the spring/summer so I suggest getting there early to beat the line, which is sometimes out the door & around the block.
Industrial-chic rooftop spot in the Refinery Hotel featuring cocktails, light fare, and dramatic views of the Empire State Building & NYC skyline. Named America’s #1 Rooftop Bar + Hotel Bar for 3 consecutive years by USA Today. Great happy hour spot & fab place to host an event or birthday party.
Glamorous rooftop restaurant residing on the 6th floor of Restoration Hardware that blurs the lines between residential & retail. Offering American fare amid chandeliers, greenery & skyline views. Perfect for both romantic & casual occasions.
Boutique-hotel rooftop bar with sweeping views, cocktails & small bites, plus an indoor lounge. Now debuting a new seasonal experience “Royal Summer” which will feature regularly scheduled acoustic sets and music by renowned DJs, curated art installations, branded partnerships, weekend brunch parties and specialty events all summer long.
Glassed-in, vibrant & energetic rooftop bar at the Public Hotel with jaw-dropping 360-degree sweeping views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows & an outdoor terrace. Ideal place for sunset cocktails & turns into a DJ-fueled late-night hotspot after hours.
Over the weekend, and probably about 3-4x in the last month, I’ve worn this Free People dress. It’s not a maternity number, but it’s been working quite well for me. So far, I’ve worn it on its own, with a cotton sweater layered on top and with a suede and leather jacket (saved to my insastory highlights)
Which look do you prefer? With or without sweater?
Hi! Unlike last weekend, this weekend we don’t have any major plans. Those happen to be some of the best weekends, filled with spontaneous plans. I do have some blog projects to shoot so we’ll probably drive into the city early, take advantage of the weather and end up having breakfast or brunch somewhere delicious.