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A Rustic Minimalist Italian Vacation Home

Sometimes you need an escape, or at the very least, to dream about an escape. Something far away, and quiet. Preferably somewhere with pasta.

Masseria Angiulli Piccolo is a gorgeously-restored vineyard Italian vacation home from the 18th-century. Located in the center of Puglia, Italy, this is a vacation-worthy retreat at it’s finest.  Nestled along 500 miles of coastline, the sprawling rustic property also serves as home to stunning private weddings and events, but it’s the “vacation” aspect that has me all googly-eyed. This is modern rustic minimalism, packed with history.

Oh, and apparently Meryl Streep now owns a house in Puglia and it’s also where Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were married back in 2010. It’s that spectacular.

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Right down to it’s very landscape, lush with olive groves and prickly pear cactus, everything about this Italian vacation home announces that it is indeed an escape.

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And can we talk about this dramatic indoor space? Sweeping cathedral ceilings and limestone floors, french doors and gobs of natural light; swoon.

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Each room of this Italian vacation home is sprawling in open space and a minimalist design. There’s something so dreamy and promising about an open, clutter-free space to relax in.

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And I love all of the breezy canopies in the bedrooms.

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Dreaming of that Italian vacation home yet? You can rent Masseria Angiulli Piccolo right here.

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All The Cool Girls Are Wearing Them: Woven Leather Mules

Odds are, you’ve probably seen a pair of funky, laid-back woven leather mules pop up on the feed of one of your favorite instagrammers by now. All the cool girls are wearing them. Woven slides, with unmistakable hippie vibes, are nothing new; they’ve been popular for decades, and for good reason. Comfortable, and meant to wear with your steps over time, to give you that perfect, worn-in, just-right fit, woven leather mules are most comfort hounds’ best friend.

I think I’m particularly hung up on the casual shoe/slide trend, because these slides in particular remind me of sandals handmade in the Florida Keys, or house shoes I can remember my Bubby wearing so many years ago when her and my Poppy had a farm in the Dominican Republic.

While some woven leather mules have an almost deconstructed, extremely laid-back “vacation” vibe to them, like these Matisse Morocco Woven Mule, there are plenty of sleeker versions like these Seychelles slides.

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@emthegem in Mohinders Woven Slides

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@purejoyhome in Matisse Morocco Woven Mule

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@lynzyandco in Seychelles Survival Leather Woven Slides (here and here)

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St. Agni Paris Woven Mule

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And a few favorite woven slides this season …

Sol Sana Woven Slides

Sol Sana Kim Woven Mules

Seychelles Survival Leather Mules

Seychelles Survival Leather Woven Slides (available here and here)

Jeffrey Campbell Sanjay Woven Mule

Jeffrey Campbell Sanjay Woven Mule (50% off)

Latigo Aslan Woven Slides

Latigo Aslan Woven Slides

JEFFREY CAMPBELL Doshi Woven Mule

JEFFREY CAMPBELL Doshi Woven Mule (also comes in black)

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Thoughts on the woven leather mules trend? Would you rock them?

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Little Love Notes

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares a few little love notes to the things loved most this week, including this almost 34 week bump! (maternity style) | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hello, weekend! We have a busy one – and seem to have a lot of those right up until baby number two’s big arrival (if she stays put that long, of course!) We’re almost to 34 weeks; can you believe it? (Knowing Scarlett came at 36 weeks has me a in planning frenzy mode. Truthfully, our house still looks like a disaster of folded baby laundry and new baby gear, though slowly, but surely, we’re making some headway. I’m also working on the hospital bag now. Mamas of two or more, what kinds of things do you bring for your older child(ren) so that they could feel included?)

As for our weekend, Saturday we’re attending a sprinkle and Sunday Scarlett and I are going to a girl’s dinner with a few of the moms and girls from Scarlett’s new class (how cute is that?) Hubby is working most of the weekend, but such is the life of a resident. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear growing pains, why making friends as a grown-up is scary – and how to do it anyway.

Dear guilty pleasures, you’ll love reading these from 25 famous women.

Dear new age eats, how restaurants are becoming more Instagrammable.

Dear DIYs to try, the cutest diy no-sew pom pom napkins.

Dear lessons in graceKudos to Allure for not using the words “anti-aging” anymore: “We’ll be making a concerted effort to stop shaming women for getting older, and to celebrate their beauty instead.”

Dear beauty favoritesthe scent I can’t get enough of.

Dear weekend bakingdouble chocolate banana bread.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

My Outfit: Pink Blush Black Sleeveless Maternity Knot Dress (on sale!) // Free People Cardigan // Clare V Alice Tote

Photography by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette Is On Sale (As in, 50% Off Right Now)

Stop what you’re doing. Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette is on sale for 50% off right now.

Here’s the deal: The cult-favorite beauty brand just announced that their show-stopping $54 NAKED Smoky palette will be marked down to half-price, selling for just $27. But don’t delay, this beauty is going to sell out quick – and once they do, they’re history. As in, it looks like Urban Decay is retiring the NAKED Smoky Palette for good. From the brand,“these palettes won’t be around much longer, so get one while you still can.” You can pick one up for yourself (at 50% off!) in stores and at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and Macys.com.

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Thankfully the other five Naked palettes (the original Naked, Naked2, Naked3, Naked Heat, and Naked Ultimate Basics) are sticking around, so you can breathe a sigh of relief if you’re not able to snatch up the Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette.

If you’re not already familiar with Urban Decay’s NAKED palettes, or you’ve always wanted to try one, now’s the time. Ever since their debut more than seven years ago, NAKED palettes have become sort of a beauty rite of passage into the world of high-end makeup. I remember the first time my sister and I splurged on a Naked palette; life-changing I tell you. Now we’ve got my mom hooked. The colors in every NAKED palette are universally smooth, with a velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability, plus every case comes with an exclusive double-ended brush (with a Tapered Crease Brush on one end and a Smoky Smudger Brush on the other).

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And why is this deal SO good? Well first of all, 50% OFF. Seriously, these palettes are never on sale. And the NAKED Smoky Palette in particular, is one of my favorites. Filled with 12 essential shades you need to create a sultry or neutral smoky eye – bronzes, grays, taupes, and blacks galore in matte, satin, and sparkly finishes – this is a pretty foolproof way to achieve any kind of smoky eye look. It also happens to be an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

Snag your NAKED Smoky Palette at 50% off before they sell out!

See more of our beauty tips, tricks, and favorites right here.

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Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves

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As the seasons ever-so-slowly start to make the transition from summer to fall, I try to mix in a few fall beauty must haves in my beauty bag to get my purse ready for the change in the weather. Moving from Miami two years ago, I never really thought much about dry skin and chapped lips, or about colors that work better in cooler temps, because really, in Miami, it’s summer 90% of the time. But with fall on the horizon here in North Carolina, I’ve learned that keeping my skin and lips hydrated is SO important. Plus, as September winds closer, it’s important to heal any damage those summer rays did to my skin too.

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So I’m making a few switches in my beauty bag, and sharing just what I stock up on to make the summer to fall beauty transition smooth (nerdy pun totally intended!)

Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves by NC beauty blogger Glitter, Inc.

Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves

  1. Lip Balm. I cannot sing its praises enough. I’ve been using some combination of Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm flavors, Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Stick, and Carmex Daily Care™ Moisturizing Lip Balms for as long as I can remember. I’ve got my husband hooked too. As in, any time one is missing, I know I’ll inevitably find it in hubby’s white coat or pants’ pocket. The minute a cool breeze blows past, my lips are instantly dry and chapped without Carmex, so I’m getting myself prepared.
  2. Hand cream. For whatever reason, one of the first things to dry out as the weather gets cooler are my hands. A good hand cream is essential. Keep a small tube of moisturizing hand cream in your purse and you’ll always have it on hand. Getting in the habit of slathering your hands (and face) with a bit of lotion with SPF each day will go a long way.
  3. A new shade of lipstick. I love a great nude lipstick that I can wear day-in and day-out. This nude (Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in 44 Lavalliere Nude), with a subtle shimmer to it, complements my summer skin, but was made for a fall palette as well. It’s also extra moisturizing, so it’s a win, win. I like to wear it on top of my classic lip balm to pile on the moisture.
  4. Sunglasses. Because even when you don’t feel like throwing on a face of makeup, a chic pair of sunglasses and a swatch of lip balm will have you looking presentable in an instant. And yes, sunglasses totally count as part of my beauty arsenal.
  5. Your favorite floral scent. I love keeping summer going as long as I can in subtle ways. (I say “subtle,” because let’s face it, I’m counting down the days until pumpkin patches, apple picking, and ALL things fall.) But subtle reminders of a sweet summer well spent; that’s perfection in my book. I can’t get enough of this scent – Florence – full of gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, and violet notes. I keep a rollerball in my beauty bag and roll a bit on my wrists and behind my ears and I feel like I smell like an Italian garden all day long.

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How about you? Any favorite beauty must haves to make the transition from summer to fall?

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20 Ways to Treat Yourself (When You’re Basically Always Too Busy)

This summer, I’ve been on an endless wheel of getting ALL of the things done; a.k.a., I’m basically always too busy. Every night, I crumble into the sofa, only to announce something along the lines of, “I need a break!” And then I pick up my laptop, and get back to work.

Part of it is that we have a baby due in just a matter of weeks (I think we have somewhere around 6ish weeks, and time is flying); and I feel an increased sense of urgency to be “ready” for the new babe, whatever that means. Let’s face it, is there such a thing as being “ready” for kids? ha, probably not. Not ever. Hubby and I; we’re also workaholics. We feed off of each other, I think. We both eat dinner, watch shows (Did you see Game of Thrones last night?), and sit with our heads buried in our computers. I swear I’ve had the thought that my over-churned/overheated laptop on my lap cannot be good for the growing babe in my belly. And now that I’m a mom, everything is about Scarlett. My head is a constant whir of planning her outfits, her lunches, her activities and playdates, whether we’re on track teaching her the alphabet and her numbers, if she’s social enough, if her current bedtime schedule starts a bit too late, when I’ll need to size up on shoes for her, if I have a raincoat that fits her for the new school year, what gifts I should bring for her new teachers, how to get her to fear going number two on the potty less, the list goes on and on, and on. Oh, and I have a job. I run a business, and all that goes along with it. How I managed all of this, while practicing law just a couple of years ago, I’ll never know.

My long-winded point is: as a mom, a business woman, and a go-getter, how do we make time for ourselves? how do you treat yourself? Do we? The answer for most of us is, probably not. I won’t be going on any girls’ trips in the foreseeable future, and I can’t really afford to pay a sitter to watch Scarlett (and soon enough, the new baby), just so I can go to a daily yoga class; so I have to start small, and practical.

But even the small and practical, it’s so worthwhile. Remember the old adage – ahem, Parks and Recs knows all – Treat Yo’ Self.

So here they are: 20 Ways to Treat Yourself (when you’re basically always too “busy” to treat yourself) …

… because you totally deserve it, FYI.

20 Ways to Treat Yourself (When You're Basically Always Too Busy) by NC lifestyle and mom blogger Glitter, Inc.

  1. Bake cookies. Forget the calories, bake a big batch of cookies, and eat one or three fresh out of the oven with a big glass of milk or cup of tea.
  2. Binge-watch a show or have a movie marathon. Make a big bowl of popcorn and settle in. NO computers or phones allowed. (By the way, I shared a HUGE list of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, right here.)
  3. Buy a stack of girly magazines, and actually READ THEM. All in one sitting. Go wild, and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and just browse. Fold pages. Circle things. Feel inspired.
  4. Take a nap. Even if you can only sneak in a half hour, sleeping is magical, and odds are, none of us get enough of it. Spray a bit of lavender on your pillowcase and pretend you’re at the spa.
  5. Go to the spa or nail salon. A pedicure is a fraction of the cost of an actual massage, and did you know at most places you can pay just a few dollars extra to have them rub your legs and feet LONGER? Dooooo it. Treat yourself.
  6. Buy the shoes, or whatever on-trend item you’ve been mooning after for months. Since having a child, I’ve stopped splurging on seasonal trends, re-directing any of my shopping efforts towards more practical items. This summer, I really wanted a pair of espadrilles. And hey, this pair, they’re like sneakers; comfort and practicality. Save up or wait for the sale, and go for it.
  7. Read a book. I’ve started reading again this summer. I usually only sneak in a few pages at a time – waiting at doctors’ appointments, just before bed, when I just need to let my mind wander – and I’m LOVING it. I’ve read several books the last few months and it feels so good. It feels like a treat; and best of all, it’s both good for my mind and FREE. Our local library lets you check out ebooks online for free. Often, you have to get on a waitlist for the more popular books, but once you sign up for a book, you get an alert when the book has become available, and it’s so exciting when a bestseller you’ve been eager to read shows up in your inbox. You can also go to the library and check out a good old-fashioned book with pages. There’s something decadent about reading an actual book. (Stumped on what to read? Check out our book club.)
  8. Check your city calendar for events. Do this on a Monday, so that you have all week to look forward to your big weekend plans. Invite friends. Festivals, fairs, outdoor concerts, Bavarian pretzel-eating contests, whatever. Have fun, get out, enjoy all of the great stuff your city has to offer.
  9. Take a class. You’d be amazed at how important it is for your mind and spirit to learn; to continue to grow. Whether it’s a cooking class, a coding class, a knitting class, a macramé class, you name it; if it peaks your interest and one is available in your community, or online, give it a try. (Here’s why I love taking classes as a grown-up.)
  10. Take a hot bath. If you’re a mom, wait until the kids are asleep. Add a drop or two of essential oil or epsom salts or bubble bath or flower petals. Turn on your favorite mellow music, light a few candles, and stay in the tub until your fingers get all wrinkly and raisin-like. Put one of those gunky hair masks in and actually wait the time the package tells you to leave it in. Then wash it out, and stay a few minutes longer.
  11. Go on a date night. Check out a restaurant you’ve been dying to try. See a show. Spend the time to do your hair and makeup. I always feel extra special when I actually take the time to put on a bit of makeup, curl my hair, and slip into a pretty dress.
  12. Get your hair blown out. For just $30-$35 most blow-out salons will have you looking va-va-voom in no time. I ALWAYS feel like a rockstar when my hair looks great. After that, see number 9.
  13. Take the yoga class. (Or the barre class, etc.) If you’re a mom, find a gym that has childcare. This will be your new best friend. Try all different classes until you find the right fit. No sense committing yourself to a “luxury,” only to be shackled to a class you aren’t in love with. Then, once you’ve found it, even if you just go once a week, that’s your time. If you want to save time and money, try one of these 10 free online at-home workouts. (The best part, there’s no one to embarrass yourself in front of when you try hip hop!)
  14. Get outside. Even if you loathe going to the gym, odds are, a breath of fresh air sounds nice right about now. If you’re with the kiddos, strap them into a stroller, pack a few juice boxes and snacks, and take a walk. For some reason, it takes me all of this energy to muster my behind outside, but once we’re out and strolling, most likely singing to Taylor Swift at the top of our lungs (sorry, neighbors!), I feel so much better. And Scarlett LOVES it. She collects leaves and twigs along the way and tells me stories. Win, win.
  15. Spend a day complimenting yourself. Seriously. Every time you even think about putting yourself down, give yourself a compliment instead. And mean it. For instance, when you’re getting dressed in the morning and you feel the urge to think, “I look fat in these pants,” scrap the pants, put on your favorite dress, look straight in the mirror and think, “I look gorgeous.”
  16. Go for a drive. Pick a weekend day without any commitments, pack the family into the car and go for a drive. Sometimes, when we just want to aimlessly explore, we leave around our little one’s nap time. She passes out fairly quickly, and we get a pretty peaceful one-to-two hours to explore the scenery, make mental notes of places we want to try, and talk about future vacations, plans, dreams, goals. Treat yourself.
  17. Tour model homes. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Grab your local paper or search online for model homes in your area. Hit up a few with a big cup of coffee in hand, and let yourself dream. Maybe it’s that we watch too much HGTV, but hubby and I LOVE dreaming about future homes and home renovation projects we could do in our current home. Even if you never have that gigantic kitchen island, it’s fun to play pretend now and then.
  18. Buy new sheets. As in, really, really soft sheets. Or a silk pillowcase. You’ll feel like a million bucks after just one night’s sleep.
  19. Take a trip down memory lane, with music. Pick a favorite album from high school or college and play all of the tracks from start to finish.
  20. Color or paint. All of those adult coloring books are popular for a reason. It really is SO relaxing to just sit and create. Pick up an intricate coloring book or print a few of these free adult coloring pages and using markers, colored pencils, or watercolors, have a little creative fun.

How do you treat yourself, even when you feel like the busiest person in the world? Send me your suggestions and favorite ways to unwind and reward yourself!

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