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#OOTD: Crossover Pants

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{ Zara pants; LOFT tee; Gorjana bracelet (via complimentary Rocksbox subscription); Nine West sandals (Hautelook); Kenneth Cole bag; Cole Haan sunglasses (ON SALE!) }

My mom ordered these pants on final sale from Zara — always a gamble — and when they didn’t work for her, she passed them along to me. They’re a smidgen too big, but I’m not mad at the extra room; especially on a Monday when I basically want to wear pajamas to work.

If you like your daytime PJs fancy, I love this black silk style from Rebecca Minkoff. ;)

Naked Manicure

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My summer beauty mantra: do less.

You already know I love a good no-makeup makeup‘ routine, and my latest favorite thing is a clean and natural manicure. When my salon started stocking Zoya’s Naked Manicure kits, I had to get my hands on one (ha, pun).

For the cost of a professional manicure, this perfecting kit has everything you need to get lots of your-nails-but-better DIY manis at home. It treats, corrects, and protects in five minutes, and leaves your nails with a satin buff finish that lasts. Over time and repeated use, the system improves nails’ strength, condition and flexibility; it’s especially great if you’ve damaged your nails with acrylics or gel manicures.

And like all Zoya’s nail products, all the polishes in the kit are toxin-free.

Zoya Naked Manicure Womens Nail Perfecting Kit, DIY Manicure

To keep my hands and cuticles in shape — they take a beating at the flower shop — I keep this all-natural Shea Moisture hand and body scrub by the bathroom sink and give my paws a good scrub when I get home from work each day. I also keep hand lotion everywhere (from my handbag to my desk drawer and nightstand) and try to remember to apply it throughout the day. I love FarmHouse Fresh and Lollia, and Trilogy’s Everything Balm.

DIY Manicure, Shea Moisture Hand and Body Scrub, Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Body Milk, Natural Beauty Products

Faircloth Supply For Nepal

A Pretty Penny Faircloth Supply Nepal Earthquake Tee

Faircloth Supply is a charitable clothing line created by Phoebe Dahl (who happens to be the granddaughter of my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl*). The line specializes in effortless basics with a focus on linen and heritage textiles. For each item sold, Faircloth Supply donates one school uniform to a girl in Nepal.

‘For a young girl in Nepal, the benefits of education are for more than just academic. Girls who receive education are less vulnerable to HIV infection, human trafficking and other forms of social & economic exploitation. They’re more likely to marry later & raise children who will attend school themselves, and go on to contribute positively to their family’s economic well-being.’ (fairclothsupply.com)

On April 25, shortly after the Faircloth team returned from a trip to visit schools and distribute uniforms, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu, also affecting nearby parts of India. A few days later another earthquake struck again, leaving Nepal in total devastation.

These earthquakes destroyed entire communities, leaving hundreds of thousands of Nepalese people homeless. The nightmare continues with the arrival of monsoon season and the threat of landslides.

Faircloth Supply will donate 100% of proceeds of this Nepal Earthquake Relief Tee to help these communities. I happily ordered one for myself!

Sidebar: If you somehow missed the treasure that is Roald Dahl’s writing in your youth, his stories are just as lovely to read as an adult! They’re all wonderful, but Matilda and The Witches are my favorite; I still go back to my childhood copies to re-read them every few years.