travel

TRAVEL BEAUTY PICKS by emily starr alfano

wedding backdrop!

wedding backdrop!

we have just returned from an incredible trip to colorado for my baby brother's wedding! it's been a few years since i was there and almost forgot how the altitude can affect pretty much everything, including my skin. so i thought i'd share some of my favorite beauty products that i use on an everyday basis and specifically while traveling. planes are no friend to skin my friends! the best part is most are non-toxic and all make you feel {and look} amazing. 

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1 / tata harper's resurfacing mask. instant glow!    2 / i'm obsessed with tata's floral essence {aka toner}. i use it after cleansing and before oil/serum, and throughout the day for a little moisture and glow.   3 / an everyday super fine exfoliating cleanser. i love using it under the resurfacing mask for a 5-minute mini-facial {i did this the morning of the wedding!}    4 / skin can be unpredictable while traveling. this spot solution targets and rids blemishes quickly.   5 / vintner's forever and always. for everything.   6 / this glossier SPF goes on clearly and easily.   7 / both max and i use this. it goes on a little while but easily blends in with your fingers.   8 / i swear by beautycounter dew skin. gives a little coverage, a lot of glow, and offers SPF coverage. win, win, win.   9 / i alternate this vitamin c booster with this 10 / antioxidant booster. both get mixed in with 11 / cellular repair serum. the combo is minimizing/removing my sun spots and makes my skin feel amazing.   12 / i typically rinse just with water in the morning but love this simple hydrating cleanser from true botanicals in the evening.   13 / i'll never go back to regular face lotions again! seriously. i use the renew face oil in the evening and 14 / the calm version in the morning to help with any redness i may have throughout the day {i'm prone to a little redness on cheeks and chin}.   15 / schmidt's just works for me. i actually love the rose & vanilla scent best but you have to deal with temporary armpit stains until washing and with the lime, you don't!   16 / water and more water while traveling. especially where we were in the mountains! i fill it up after going through security and bring it with me everywhere.   17 / an everyday go-to for a little tint and glow on my lips and cheeks.   18 / i keep tins of rosebud salve everywhere. i use it on my cheeks, lips, and hands whenever dry.   19 / a little texture spray goes a long way.   20 / dry shampoo. enough said.

happy shopping {and traveling}!

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WAYFAIR NORA LAUNCH by emily starr alfano

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this past september i was asked to style an exciting event to celebrate the launch of wayfair's nora mattresses...and it was kinda my dream project. editors, influencers and bloggers were invited to city vineyard in new york city to preview and test out the nora in person and help spread the word about it.

my job? conceptualize two distinctive, but complementary, bedsides:  a botanical-inspired vignette and a minimalist vignette. both were grounded in floral and greenery accents but used in very different ways. the botanical featured lots of lush roses framing the bed while lots of eucalyptus wove around the bed's canopy.

once the designs were in place, i got to shop wayfair's site and bookmark the various items we'd need to execute the looks. and let's be honest, this part was REALLY fun. lucky for you, i'm sharing all the items we used below! 

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the backdrop of the event was the hudson river and new jersey skyline {am i the only one who always thinks of "you've got mail" when tom hanks and the kids scream "hello new jersey!"?} so it was important to have the designs really stand out but also complement that beautiful background. 

i took this opportunity to finally collaborate with sierra and her talented team at poppies & posies on the floral design. i told them what i was looking to do + unsurprisingly they ran with it and they knocked it out of the park.   

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the early evening event started with bright sunshine, segued to a truly stunning sunset, and ended with cuddling in the beds under the late summer stars. as an avid wayfair fan + shopper {and having done some things previously with them as seen here}, this was a particularly fun project. and for whatever it's worth, i spent a decent amount of time lying on the mattress. it's part of that whole affordable, mattress-in-a-box generation and it's incredibly comfortable. soft yet firm which is key for a gal like me who has a perpetually bad back + neck!

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shop the botanical bedside below...

or shop the minimalist design!

or shop both here!

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all photos were taken by lisa richov

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