5 Lust-Worthy Hostess Gifts to Ensure You Get Invited Back

August is here (can you believe it?!) and it's time to squeeze every last bit of summer left.  Insist that every meal be eat outside, order one more glass (ok, two) of rose, and extend that weekend an extra day.  And while summer may be winding down, giving the perfect hostess gift is always in season.  These gorgeous gifts not only show gratitude but are sure to score you an invite to the next wave of festivities come fall.  

1. Flowers are always a winner and you can never have enough roses.  This Landeau bouquet is available in a variety of hues to match her style.  

2.  What better way to say "Cheers" to summer than these anchor ice trays?!

3. Ideal for the home chef, this recipe journal is as practical as it is beautiful.  

4. The perfect little something to accompany the traditional bottle of bubbly.

5.  Candles can be tricky, but if you know your hostess well enough to be able to sniff out her style, they are a truly thoughtful gift.  Every time she lights it, she'll be reminded of you!  Le Feu De L'eau Candles are shaped by water and couldn't be more decadent.  Extra points if accompanied by these gorgeous Apothecary Matches.  

What's your favorite hostess gift to give or receive?


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Summer Skin

Image Source:  Laurie Bartley, Harper's Bazaar

Image Source:  Laurie Bartley, Harper's Bazaar

It's unofficially summer, and that means two things, summer Fridays, and it's time to tweak your skincare regimen.  Since East Coast weather is, just now, starting to heat up, I was a bit behind on my own update, but now that we're in full swing, it's time to assess and readjust.  Here is how I make the seasonal switch:

- Lighten Up - Time to replace heavier foundations for tinted moisturizers or BB/CC creams.  These let skin breathe (ie. less clogged pores), and you won't have to worry about having a makeup meltdown - double win.  My all time favorite is VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible. It's super lightweight, gives skin a dewy finish and offers SPF 30 protection.  Completely obsessed.  

- Switch Your Scent - Heavy, lingering fragrances can feel a overwhelming come the warmer months.  If you are a certain scent devotee, look for a lighter eau de toilette or eau de cologne version.  My go-to this summer is this scent from Burberry.  It feels clean and fresh.

Embrace Bronzer - Just a dusting along the forehead, cheek bones and jawbones gives a well-rested radiance.  Look for formulas that say illuminating, which will give an ever-so-slight glow, rather than full-on disco shimmer.  

Put Your Best Foot Forward - It's sandal season.  Make sure nails and nail beds are well-kept and hydrated. (This foot cream from LCN is amazing.) Complete the look with a fun pop of color.  Right now, I'm wearing Elephantastic from OPI.

Lash Out - I like to keep my makeup minimal in the summer and that means just a hint of bronze plus mascara.  I'm currently obsessed with this one from Touch in SOL.  If gives super long length and doesn't budge or flake all day.  Add a poppy lip color and you're set!


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