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Essential Apps For Your Device: Texture

21 July 2016

Sure, I love the feeling of flipping through a dozen magazines, perusing the latest and greatest in fashion, home decor and recipes. Magazine are great. They keep you occupied on long trips and commutes, give a fresh burst of inspiration with the flip of a page. All of this is true. but toting around several pounds of glossy paper doesn't hit high on my jump for joy list. Because, let's be real, we're not just picking out one and stuffing it our purse, we have a whole assortment. Admit it, it's tedious. 

Which is probably why Texture came to life. It's hundreds of magazines, articles and stories all in one little app. It's pretty amazing if you ask me. Forget your Vogue at home but wanted to read on it on the train before work? No problem, just open it on Texture and flip through with the slide of your finger. Instant gratification. It's been my go-to for home decor inspiration, new recipes to try, and figuring out what to add to my closet for the upcoming Fall season (Thanks Women's Wear Daily!). We're already buying boots, right?

Not feeling up to 'flipping' through the whole magazine, you can search for top stories from your favorites list, each article is marked to let you know the estimated time it might take to read. Enamored by Hydrangeas? Better Homes and Garden has a 5 minute story that will send you straight to your local nursery to pick up a bunch. Want 'the dirt' on Mila Kunis's personal life? This month's Glamour has it. InStyle even has the top summer trends from A-Z, and it'll only cost you 2 minutes of your time, your closet will thank you later.

Take it anywhere. Read it at home with coffee first thing in the morning or leisurely as you pass the time on a long road trip. You can even share with your significant other and give him or her some reading time while you pick out your 100th outfit for date night. You can use up to 5 devices per account.  

The Texture app is the only digital reading experience that gives an all-access pass to the world's best magazines. It is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, all Android devices and Amazon Fire tablets. Rates start at under $10 a month for basic and $14.99 for premium.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Texture. The opinions and text are all mine.

Throwback Thursday Style: Last Summer

Looking back at some of my summer favorites from this time last year make me nostalgic for vest layering, voluminous midi skirts and chambray shirts. Check out my picks from last year's Summer Style. 

New York City Salon To Try: Marie Lou & D

20 July 2016

If you've been reading along for awhile you might have noticed I bounce around from salon to salon looking for the best of the best when it comes to my hair. Some winning me over in an instant and well, the others leaving me nothing short of a trainwreck. Obviously the latter isn't the case when it comes to Marie Lou & D in NYC. The French owned salon located in the middle of Soho is nothing short of a dream or what you would imagine any salon in Paris to be like. The stylist's are dressed to the nines, the inviting mid-century furniture against an exposed brick back drop and no shortage of fresh coffee makes for an incredible experience whether you're just popping in for a mani/pedi or spending the afternoon adding an extra pop of color to your 'do'. 

I met up with creative colorist at Marie Lou & D, Joseph Mullen to amp up my fiery locks for summer and was enamored by the outcome. After spending some time talking about my loves (and dislikes) about my color, up keep and expectations we decided to brighten things up a la Christina Hendricks in Mad Men (hello, bombshell!).  Joseph intensified the look by adding more golden copper reflects making a brighter, more bold version of my usual hue. Honestly, I couldn't love it more. 

As for the very voluminous blow out courtesy of Top Stylist, Hugo, that was just as much of a work of art as creating the brilliant copper you currently see me sporting. Using a round brush, some clips, blow dryer, and curling iron, Hugo created voluminous curls to go hand in hand with my new hair 'persona'. It took a little time to achieve the look but the results were well worth the wait, if only I had him on hand for daily blow outs. 

Here's the step by step guide to how to get the look: 

"After shampooing, we towel dried hair to get all the excess water out; then put in Kerastase L'incroyable Blowdry product to create a smoother end result.

Once blowdry product is applied, we did a rough drying of the hair with the hair dryer. This first rough dry is utilizing your hands to comb through hair and no brush, bringing volume and lift with fingers at the root while drying.

The next step we took was blowdrying at the front of the hair line with separation of 2 inch pieces of hair, rolling and drying them out with the round brush and then rolling each section back and pining. We let these sections set for 10 minutes and then unpinned and let the curls fall, and finished off curls with a curling iron and spritz of Kerastase Laque Dentelle Micro Mist Fixing Flexible Hold Hair Spray for all day hold." - 
@_hugony_ Top French Stylist 

No day at the salon is complete without a mini photo shoot, am I right? 

Marie Lou and D is located at 345 West Broadway, NY, NY 10013. Appointments can be made by calling 212- 390-8666. TfDiaries get 15% off their appt. with "TFDiaryMLD". 

Spots and Emojis

19 July 2016

I'm still pretty excited about this Burlington shoe find from last week, so much so that I could barely wait to wear them out. First, pairing print mixing with this banana top and pair of drapey shorts. A little dressed up but still casual enough for everyday wear.. (Ps - my heels were spotted on Betsey Johnson for under $20, and my top is on sale this week at Banana.)

Blouse and Shorts Banana Republic, Shoes Betsey Johnson via Burlington, Bag H.Butler

Purple Playsuit & Platforms

18 July 2016

Rompers are one of those summer essentials that are easily worn on repeat. Every closet should at least have one romper or playsuit in rotation. Honestly, they go with everything from heels to sneakers and can be effortlessly dressed up or down. Plus, they come in so many different shapes, cuts, and sizes that it's nearly impossible to find one you don't love. 

This one has actually grown on me, at first I wasn't loving the very exposed back but the longer I had it on I somehow started loving the easy, laid back feel of just letting it hang. I remembered that I had these ridiculously (awesome & and gigantic) purple platforms in the back of my closet and knew they needed a break from collecting dust and should absolutely get a good wear in with this romper. Hello color and legs for days. 

Romper Akira, Shoes Candies (OLD), Bag Sole Society, Earrings Banana Republic

Cut Off Shorts & Lace Up Espadrilles

13 July 2016

And the denim shorts are out! I honestly am surprised I haven't dug them out sooner, you can't go wrong with a denim short in the summer. I've been on the hunt for a new, more high waisted pair but haven't had much luck yet. Thankfully this 7 year old pair still does the trick when I need it to, especially with these (amazing and comfortable) Old Navy espadrilles and Lisa & Lucy tunic. It's not my favorite look but it does it for those ridiculously hot, I don't want to wear anything but a bathing suit days. 

Shorts Target, Shirt Lisa and Lucy, Shoes Old Navy, Bag Marshalls