bedtime

Get your bed just right and it will reward you with rejuvenating sleep night after night.  Here’s how + favorite bed linens:

  1. Upgrade your mattress. No need to buy a new one if your mattress is under 8 years old; try adding a pillowtop with memory foam for extra comfort.
  2. Use a mattress cover.
  3. Rotate your mattress every three months. Even pillowtop mattresses should be rotated (though not flipped). Try this tip.
  4. Ditch down. While it can feel luxurious, down pillows and blankets are a haven for dust mites, mold infestation, leaking feathers and other nasty problems. Plus, eek.
  5. Use a machine washable duvet cover rather than a big comforter. It can be washed each time you wash the sheets (also, wash bedding at least once a week).
  6. Don’t over-pillow. More than six will overwhelm the bed (and you). All pillows on the bed should be useable — no “for decoration only.”
  7. Keep it neutral. Take a cue from some of California’s best hotels: all-white or neutral-colored bedding will look luxurious and inviting whatever your room decor.

ORGANIC

 1. California-based Coyuchi organic sateen collection ($27-$682)  // 2. Target organic blanket ($29.99-$49.99)  //  3. West Elm organic pintuck collection ($24-$139)  //  4. Target organic 325 count sheet set ($27.99-$53.99)

LUXURY

 1. Frette Hotel Classic bed set ($350-$395)  // 2. Restoration Hardware cashmere throw ($185-$249)  //  3. Judy White Studio for DWR bedding collection ($115-$850)  //  4. Sferra 1020 thread count sateen bedding ($139-$1395)

hard truth

We’ve all spent gobs of money and pinned our hopes on little jars that promise a shortcut to beautiful skin.  The bad news is that there is no shortcut; the good news is that with a little discipline anyone can get beautiful skin:

  1. Face your food: You simply can’t have beautiful skin without eating right. Sugar and alcohol will age your skin. A green salad with healthy oils, protein, and veggies should almost always be your main dish!
  2. Moisturize: Drink water! Creams treat only superficial dryness. Girls with gorgeous skin drink water constantly throughout the day to keep skin looking healthy. Make it your rule to never refuse an offered glass of water (hint: your pee will tell you if you are dehydrated — a clear to light yellow color means you are properly hydrating!)
  3. Sleep: If you wake up feeling tired your skin will look tired. Most people need 8 hours of sleep; models make sure to get up to 12 hours!
  4. Sweat: Learn to love sweating. Exercise daily and throw in a sauna from time to time. Sweat pushes out toxins, increases circulation, and keeps skin glowing. Be sure to wash skin after sweating.
  5. Simplify: You need just three products to prevent aging: a sunscreen, an antioxidant, and a retinoid. Your sunscreen should contain at least 5% zinc and should be applied daily, religiously. See a dermatologist for recommendations on the antioxident and retinoid products that are right for you.
  6. Find a dermatologist: Spend some time researching your dermatologist; make sure to read reviews.  She should have a reputation for accurately describing the results you can expect under her care and delivering those results at lowest cost. You don’t want to end up at an office with very little dermatologist oversight where associates push products for the sake of commission.
  7. Skip the facial: California girls know that hotel luxury facials are for tourists and those seeking a little pampering — not part of a serious day-to-day beauty routine. Facials worth getting occur at your dermatologist’s office and include treatments that are specifically prescribed for your skin.
  8. Lose hope: if your dermatologist didn’t prescribe or recommend it for your skin, don’t buy it — most over the counter products at drugstores and department stores will cost you a bundle without delivering results.

Rethink your skincare routine

 

pajama party

Which would you choose for a little hotel getaway? Shutters // BHH

For Shutters:

  1. Liberty for J. Crew pajama ($198)
  2. C. Wonder small dopp kit ($48)
  3. Guerlain Super Aqua Mask Intensive Sheets ($117)
  4. Preserve Recycled toothbrush ($4)
  5. Marvis Aquatic Mint toothpaste ($6)

For BHH:

  1. Olivia Von Halle silk pajama ($500)
  2. Aerin Essentials Makeup Bag ($48)
  3. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($32)
  4. Supersmile toothbrush ($9)
  5. Euthymol toothpaste – it’s pink! ($9.95)

tie one on

Spotted: vintage inspired California travel scarves by Emily + Ross

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