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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Krisp Floral Midi Dress

Krisp Floral Midi Dress
Dress: c/o Krisp | Heels: Steve Madden 

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It's no secret that prints are big this season, from paisley to florals. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm especially loving this dreamy floral midi dress from Krisp. Could it be the pleated top or the fun ruffles? Maybe it's the empire waist that flatters every body type, or the hi-low hem that allows each breeze to turn into a perfect flurry of floral. 

This piece is perfect for a late summer wedding, a night on the town, or just frolicking though nature on the weekends. It's one of those dresses that makes you instantly feel glam and fairy-like, and who doesn't want that? It's currently on sale for 50% off and also comes in a cool blue shade!

Krisp Floral Midi Dress
Dress: c/o Krisp | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch: Fossil (Similar from Kate Spade)

Krisp Floral Midi Dress
Dress: c/o Krisp | Clutch: Fossil (Similar from Kate Spade)
Details: My dad gave me this Na Hoku necklace years ago, and I love it so much that I still wear it multiple times a week! Na Hoku are Hawaiian jewelers, which has a special place in my heart because I danced Hula and Tahitian for years (fun fact - even performed at a half-time show for the 49ers)! I also just rediscovered this swan ring, which is from a boutique back in San Francisco.

Krisp Floral Midi Dress
Dress: c/o Krisp | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch: Fossil (Similar from Kate Spade)

Krisp Floral Midi Dress
Dress: c/o Krisp | Heels: Steve Madden 

I can't believe it's almost September! Where has the year gone? We're heading home to San Francisco in a couple of weeks, which I'm so excited about (though I've grown to hate flying over the years). It will be great to see my dad and friends back home! I'll be sure to keep you posted on our SF adventures of course!
Comment Challenge: Do you have any travel plans for the rest of the summer or fall? 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Irresistible Me Hair Straightener Review

irresistible me hair straightener review

*Note: This is a sponsored post. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA!

As you all know, I'm more of a food and fashion blogger, but sometimes certain beauty products come along that are just too good not to share! 

First and foremost, this diamond hair straightener c/o Irresistible Me has absolutely saved my hair in this Boston summer heat and humidity! The ceramic plates on this hot iron are literally coated in crushed diamond particles and tourmaline. This super glam coating actually protects your hair and allows it to retain it's healthy natural oils, color, and moisture. Especially in heat and humidity, this is crucial to keeping your hair shiny and frizz-free! See before and after pics below.

The Moroccan Magic lip balms you see above are my new obsessions. If my lips get even the tiniest bit chapped or dry, I instinctively start biting them, which is obviously not good for them (or cute)! These lip balms are made with organic argan oil, which means they actually re-hydrate your lips every time you use them! They also come with amazing flavors like the above pictured Rose and Eucalyptus. Plus, they're made locally here in the Boston area! 

Finally, I've been crushing on Ogx hair products lately. They just have products for literally every hair type and any style you're looking for, they smell great, and the packaging is so eye-catching! Above are the weightless oil & lifting tonic, which hydrates your hair without weighing it down, surf paste to give you perfect beachy texture, and argan oil in-shower oil to give your locks extra hydration!

irresistible me hair straightener review

Before: My wavy hair which does not do well in heat and humidity!

irresistible me hair straightener review

After straightening with the Irresistible Me hair straightener: Super smooth, straight hair with no frizz! This is without even blow-drying it straight first, which means less heat and damage on my hair.

irresistible me hair straightener review
Dress: c/o SheIn | Hair Straightener: c/o Irresistible Me
Yes, it actually stands up to the 90 degree Boston summer heat, which is over 100 degrees with humidity in these pictures!

irresistible me hair straightener review
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Dress: c/o SheIn | Hair Straightener: c/o Irresistible Me

P.S. There are just 2 days left to use code CHOWDOWNUSA for 15% off of these Swedish Daniel Wellington watches! They're perfect for back-to-school gifts or just to treat yourself!

Comment Challenge: What are your go-to beauty products for summer?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Brunch at Tatte Bakery

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

Tatte bakery is one the best of it's kind in Boston. From pastries, to salads, coffee, and the epic shakshouka, it's a perfect brunch spot! You may remember my previous post on Tatte's fabulous pastries and breakfast sandwiches. This post focuses on their refreshing salads and comforting shakshouka plates for brunch. 

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

I ordered the watermelon + pistachio salad (without feta). This summer salad comes complete with snow peas and a light vinaigrette dressing. The watermelons were all perfectly fresh and full of flavor, and they did not skimp out on the pistachios which is impressive since they're pretty expensive! This plate was super refreshing (and pretty), but I almost felt like it needed something a little heavier to balance all of the light flavors. 

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

This is the infamous shakshouka. One blogger claims it's second only to the shakshouka found in Israel, and I believe it! With eggs and tomato sauce, this warm dish is super hearty and delicious! I kept sneaking bites of it in between my salad forkfuls. 

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

brunch tatte bakery boston brookline

After hunting for free seats for a while, we were finally able to snag a couple at the main communal dining table. I Loved the industrial light fixtures and the rustic centerpiece. All in all, Tatte puts in the effort for a fab brunch. I do wish they had more gluten-free options, but their dishes are all incredible, as is the atmosphere.

Comment Challenge: What's your favorite local bakery?

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