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Sample Sprint starts NOW—and you don’t want to miss this! You’ll get 5 FREE samples from each of these brands when you spend $50+ in our Sample Sprint Shop and use code ‘SAMPLESPRINT’ at checkout:Dr. BrandtCOOLA SuncareCynthia Rowley BeautyAtelier CologneNumber 4 Hair CareHurry! This offer ends on 8/3/14 or while supplies last!

Sample Sprint starts NOW—and you don’t want to miss this! You’ll get 5 FREE samples from each of these brands when you spend $50+ in our Sample Sprint Shop and use code ‘SAMPLESPRINT’ at checkout:

Dr. Brandt
COOLA Suncare
Cynthia Rowley Beauty
Atelier Cologne
Number 4 Hair Care

Hurry! This offer ends on 8/3/14 or while supplies last!

Packing List: Italy


Next week, I’m making my first-ever (and long-overdue) trip to Italy. (Squee!) My boyfriend and I are starting in Lake Como and then working our way through Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Rome. I’ll be honest: I’m most excited about the food. That’s not to say I don’t want to wander the piazzas, explore the Tuscan hill towns, and wonder at the Sistine Chapel—I’m just planning to bracket all those delightful things with many quartinos of Montepulciano and cones of gelato. Here are some of the essentials I’m bringing with me:

Madewell Transport Tote: This roomy leather bag is tailor-made for travel. It easily fits my laptop, copious amounts of beauty products, magazines, and (of course) many, many plane snacks.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask: In Tuscany, we’re staying at La Bandita, an absolutely dreamy inn that is owned by my former Condé Nast Traveler colleague Ondine Cohane and her husband John. Ondine only had one request from New York: Rodial’s famed skin-plumping mask.

Number 4 Haircare Styling Foam: I’m a full-on mousse evangelist. I find that it’s the best/easiest/quickest way to give hair a bit of texture and wave. Number 4’s version smells incredible and dries without any tackiness. I scrunch it in and go—no need to blow-dry. 

Atelier Cologne Vetiver: Spoiler alert: We’ve got an awesome gift-with-purchase deal coming up with Atelier Cologne’s travel-size spritzes. Keep an eye out! Me, I’m taking this unisex one on the road.

Inika Mineral Foundation: I recently got a sample of this and liked it so much that I begged our brand team for a second (backup) sample to take with me. The formula is extremely light, dries to a velvet-matte finish, and blends gorgeously. 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: While I don’t plan on wearing much makeup, that doesn’t mean I can’t use a wee bit of highlighter over my blush—you know, to prettily reflect all those golden Tuscan rays. Right? 

Karuna Hydrating Treatment MaskBlame it on Birchbox, but over the years the list of things I consider travel “musts” has changed dramatically. After realizing how tough planes and travel are on my skin, I now consider a great exfoliator and a hydrating mask to be core trip essentials. I love sheet masks because they’re single-use—how great to return with less than when you started!

Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner: Can’t leave home without it. That’s all. 

And Sons, David Gilbert: I bought the hardcover of this novel after my friend (and consummate reader) Eimear raved about it. I’m looking forward to unplugging and doing some nondigital reading while I’m away.

Whew! Can’t wait to see you guys in a week!


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Wedding-Worthy Hair Pins:

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.


(Pussy Willow Hair Pins From BHLDN via

One of this year’s big trends in wedding hair accessories is elegant hair pins. Dainty hair pins and combs look oh-so-elegant when tucked into romantic braids, curls, and chignons. And though the look is very now, the hair pins themselves have a definite vintage feel; think pearls, jewels, Deco styles, and metallic touches. Here are some of our favorite hair pins for brides.

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4 Destination-Inspired Scents


Swoonable travel destinations have inspired countless movies (Midnight in Paris, nous adorons), classic books (In Patagonia was one of our first loves), and an endless number of postcards. Hot spots also serve as the inspiration behind some of our favorite fragrances. Whether you’re heading to a hip locale or simply indulging some wanderlust fantasies, spritz on one of these winning fragrances to channel your inner vagabond.   


Destination: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy 

On a hike in the mountains of Italy, Atelier Cologne founders Sylvie Ganter and Christopher Cervasel stumbled upon a rare flower known to locals as the Brunello and were immediately entranced by its amber bouquet. After returning home, they were inspired to create a scent that paid homage to their fragrant memory, and Ambre Nue was born. A spritz of this highly concentrated scent will transport you (at least mentally) to a chic Italian ski resort. Buon viaggio!


Destination: East Hampton, New York

You don’t need a chi-chi summer rental to fit in with the locals—simply tear open Nomaterra’s seaside-inspired Eau de Parfum Fragrance Wipes. Perfect for world travelers and weekend warriors alike, the handy wipes stand up to the jostling of plains, trains, and automobiles. Inspired by founder Agnieszka Burnett’s childhood summer travels, East Hampton pairs bright citrus notes with enigmatic Egyptian jasmine and Indonesian patchouli. 


Destination: Papeete, Tahiti

Inspired by the South Pacific, niche perfumery Comptoir Sud Pacifique is dedicated to creating sweet scents inspired by exotic beach getaways. One of our faves: Vanille Coco, which pays homage to Tahiti’s lush climes and black sand beaches. The mix seamlessly blends sparkling heliotrope with layers of coconut milk and relaxing Tahitian vanilla—and will have visions of thatched roofs and clear blue water dancing in your head in no time at all. 


Destination: Los Angeles, California

Juliette Has A Gun’s offbeat Not a Perfume may not be specifically inspired by the City of Angels, but it channels L.A.’s rock-and-roll sensibilities perfectly. This unique blend relies on the single note of cetalox, a synthetic substitute for grey amber. The result is clean and pure, as well as being allergen-free. Makes us want to head for the (Hollywood) Hills.


No need to ditch your favorite scent while traveling for fear of spillage and breakage. FLO Fragrance Atomizers make any fragrance portable.