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We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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Here’s a secret: Essential oils are the best way to make your home feel a little extra glam and to keep your guests wondering how you manage to have everything in your home smell so fantastically clean. Whole Foods, and many health stores, offer a variety of essential oils for $10 or less. You’ll only need a drop or two for each use, so these little bottles pack a big punch. After you’ve cleaned up, rub two drops of essential oil into your countertop for a deliciously fresh scent that will last for hours. And don’t stop there.

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We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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On a recent spring day, I tied up these linen Supergas sneaks and headed to the park with Jessica Soffer’s brilliant debut novel, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots. It was hours before I could tear myself away.

The story is of a professional chef and her daughter Lorca, a sensitive and earnest fifteen-year-old who believes that if she can perfect her mother’s favorite meal (a traditional Iraqi dish called Masgouf), her life will be as beautiful and as happy as she imagines it can be. In the meantime, she is haunted by her mother’s determined coldness and in secret moments, wounds herself in hopes that she’ll be reminded that she’s alive.

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The Quintessential Summer Salad: Guest Blogger

We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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There’s no better summer mal than a light, fresh, and healthy salad. Get your gal pals together and serve one up on mismatching vintage china with pressed linen napkins to keep things casual-chic. Lately I’ve been serving wine Italian-style in these juice glasses from Fishs Eddy, $1.49 each. And even if you’re dining for one, don’t forget the red lipstick. Read on to get my recipe for mango avocado salad with shredded chicken and goat cheese:

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How To Build The Perfect Spring Bouquet: Guest Blogger

We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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Fresh blooms make any home brighter. Here’s a crash course to at-home botanical beauty.

To make a really spectacular bouquet, find a vintage crystal knick knack to use as a vase. I picked up the vintage crystal ice bucket pictured above at an antique shop in Greenport, Long Island for just a few dollars. Crystal glassware is dreadfully expensive when purchased new, but you can put together a whole vintage set for under $100, so keep your eyes peeled! 

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How To Colorblock Your Beauty: Guest Blogger

We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultrachic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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I’m addicted to colorblocking. It’s easy, chic, and lighthearted, and it’s the springtime antidote to the all-black outfits we New Yorkers wear from September to March. But if the idea of dressing in contrasting colors from head-to-toe feels like too much, colorblock with your nails and your lipstick instead.

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Lady Crush: Annie Dean and Her Elements of Style

Nandita Khanna has been our go-to style maven for quite some time. She spent years as an editor at luxe glossy magazines like Town & Country before making the move to digital (check out her blog Dress Like Nan). Every so often, Nandita will be dropping in on the blog to share her favorite fashion and beauty finds. But be forewarned! You’ll quickly find that her picks may have you saying goodbye to your latest paycheck.image

It’s not everyday that we come across a blog so utterly charming that we wish we could befriend its author—immediately. That’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon New Yorker Annie Dean’s new lifestyle site, Elements of Style, which quietly launched over the holidays.

A scan of her most recent posts reveals a kind of modern-day Miss Manners (but a downtown one who lives on Bond Street, and wears her husband’s Rolex and J.Crew sweaters with equal aplomb). She’s the girl who knows exactly where to find the perfect housewarming gift (John Derian) and loves Paperless Post but will also tell you how to appropriately fill out an R.S.V.P card for a formal event. Did we mention her day job is as a lawyer? We checked in with Annie to learn a bit more about how she juggles a new site launch along with life as a newlywed, and just how she ended up with a Twiggy-style crop.

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