Freshening My Hair For (Gulp) Autumn/Winter!

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When you get off a long, hot flight from London, the last thing you want to do is make a public appearance. Really, you just want to go home and lie down for what feels like a week. Or at least, that was how I felt when Shauna and I flew back to New York. But I didn’t go home. Instead, I took a cab straight from the airport to Sassoon Salon in midtown.

I hauled my gigantic pink suitcase over the threshold, hung up my bulging tote bag (laden down with a laptop and all my worldly possessions), and took a seat in front of a basin.

Turns out that the best thing after a long flight isn’t simply to go to bed. It’s to tilt your head back over a sink, have your hair lathered and rinsed, and receive an extremely precise yet soothing head and neck massage.

Of course, it then helps to be put into the hands of Martyn Duff, Senior Creative Director and genius. He cut Morrissey’s hair in his kitchen, y’all! I knew that whatever he wanted to do with me would be top-notch.

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As soon as he clapped eyes on me, Martyn exclaimed, “You’ve got a great haircut already!” (Sassoon are famous for bobs.) But we decided to make it a little more dramatic, and went for a drastic A-line cut.

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I like to think of this as boardroom in the back, badass in the front!

It was so much fun to experience Sassoon Salon and see what they’re about. From what I observed, everyone was super-friendly, relaxed, and not stuffy at all. I think that when you go to a hairdresser, it should feel really comfortable and easy — and this definitely did. Sassoon Salons release two collections of fresh new hair looks every year, and what they have cooking for AW14 is sick! Isn’t it time to try something different? (I say YES! Life is so much more fun with a new haircut!)

I’m a liiiiiiittle bit in love with Martyn (who works at their 18th Street location), and I can’t wait for him to sort out my colour! Hallelujah!

Flicking my hair like a shampoo commercial,

This post was made possible with the help of Sassoon Salons and Style Coalition.

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Darling HQ: A Sneak Peek!

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Whizzing all around NYC with Tiffany Pratt back in July was definitely one of the highlights of my summer. We didn’t just collect cool things to jazz up my office space, we made merry all over the city. From the IKEA ferry (the best way to travel) to a hidden crystal shop, we laughed and dreamed and had a damn good time. What more could you ask of your decorator?!

Time to get a little Sound Of Music on you: these are a few of my favourite things!

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A LIPSTICK PINK CHAIR
This is my first “big girl” armchair. I fell in love with it on our first day together, when we visited ABC Carpet and Home and my eyes practically bulged out of my head at the magnificence of it all. This chair rocks my world from head to toe: it’s in my signature lipstick pink, it SWIVELS, and best of all? It was on sale, baby! I was in love with it straight away, but I held off a few days until I pulled the trigger. (See? I can be responsible and restrained sometimes!)

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NEW CRYSTALS
I heard of the mythical Rock Star years earlier, but for some reason, I hadn’t made time to visit. That was all remedied when Tiffany came to town… And when we swung the door open, we were absolutely gobsmacked. I walked out substantially heavier, my bag stuffed with crystals wrapped in tissue paper. They’re all part of my new altar. In the photo above, you can see galena, chalcopyrite, an aqua aura geode, pink agate, and magnetic rainbow hematite. (That’s not even all of it…)

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A PINK METALLIC HIDE
One day, Tiffany took me by the hand and showed me the wonders of Mood. It is a wild treasure-trove of wonderful things, from sequin trim to crazy pom-poms and everything in between. We were primarily there to dress up my curtains (just you wait!), but the thing that thrilled me most — unexpectedly — turned out to be this pink metallic hide. What?! How does this even exist?! OMG. There are no words!

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A TURQUOISE RUG
Rugs, rugs, glorious rugs. Originally we were going to go with the IKEA Stockholm — a bold, striped, black and white mat — but then I saw this overdyed turquoise rug (also at IKEA!), and I couldn’t resist. It reminded me of the incredible overdyed rugs they have at ABC… Just $10,000 cheaper. Admittedly, I was nervous about buying such a colourful rug, and knew in the back of my head that going with black and white was a much safer choice. But I’m thrilled we went with the turquoise. It’s lovely to have a pop of colour at your feet!

When you open the front door to our apartment, you see all the way down the hallway into the living room. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to walk in the door and see all that turquoise and pink bouncing back at me. It makes me feel like I’m truly “home” whenever I see it.

Stay tuned for more updates from #darlinghq!

With love from my brand new sofa,

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Radical Self Love Salon In NYC: One Ticket Left!

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In need of a little magic? A little sparkle? If you’re looking to shake off some bad vibes and emerge feeling incredible, you’re in luck. I’m throwing a Radical Self Love Salon tomorrow… And I have one ticket left!

Not sure what will happen? I can tell you this much: you will meet some truly magical women. We will cast spells and banish our fears. You’ll learn techniques that you can use next time you’re feeling sad, bad, or bummed out. And you will go home with a heart full of delight.

There’s more information here. We kick off at 1pm in Soho, and we would love to see you there.

“I always leave your events leaving refreshed and inspired, and this was absolutely no different — when I walked out of that door, I felt like I could conquer all the obstacles that had felt so insurmountable before. Perfectionism, self-deprecation, comparison, all the icky feelings that keep me down seemed to melt away. Whether it was a wave of the rose quartz wand, the energy grounding, or just the fabulous energy of the ladies in that room, who knows? But it truly was magic!” — Luna

Big kisses,

Photo by Emily Faulstich.

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Travelling The World And Other Dreams!

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One of the side effects of travel is that you end up wanting — no, yearning — to travel even more. I only just got back from London, Berlin, and Amsterdam… And yet, somehow, it’s not enough. It’s like contracting a fever that never goes away.

Brazil, Sweden, Japan, Morocco, Greece, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Bali, Tulum, Jamaica, the Bahamas, India… The list just goes on and on, with no end in sight.

There’s just something so miraculous about travelling, with its proliferation of brand new sights, smells, and sounds, that blows me away. That’s why travelling the world — and going to new places, instead of simply visiting my old favourites — is so high on my list of goals.

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We went to Santorini and Mykonos to celebrate my 30th birthday last year, and it was pure magic. Next time I go back, in addition to Santorini, I’d love to do more island-hopping. Paros and Antiparos, Ios and Naxos… There is so much to see, all of it beautiful in its own unique way.

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I’ve wanted to visit Rio De Janeiro, in Brazil, for ages, and somehow it keeps popping up into my frame of reference. From the enormous statue of Jesus The Redeemer to its beaches packed with bodies and teeny-tiny swimsuits, there is so much I want to see and do!

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The Amalfi Coast is the place dreams are made of. Built along the side of a hill, and famed for its production of limoncello, this stretch of coastline in Southern Italy is known for its azure sea and absolute beauty. Things to do? Rent a speedboat and hoon around in a striped bikini. Perfection.

Of course, while rocking your retro-inspired two-piece, staying hairfree and lovely is a priority. All summer long, I’ve been using Skintimate® Signature Scents® Moisturizing Shave Gels in Mandarin Burst for a zesty kickstart to my day!

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International playgirl dreams,

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Things I Love Thursday: Bright Lit Blue Skies

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This morning, Mike and I woke up and walked the dogs down to the East River. As we strolled and chatted, we played the gratitude game. It’s simple: all you have to do is name 5 things you’re thankful for in this very moment. It can be surprising how quickly it gets deep and meaningful, and it’s also an incredible way to start the day.

It’s important to count your blessings, especially when it appears like the world is going to hell in a hand-basket all around you. Maybe you have also been following the news with a mixture of disgust and revulsion. Sometimes it can all seem too much. Get informed, and help where you can. Practice compassion, and march for peace, but know when it’s time to take a break. Step away when you know you’ve had enough. Be good to yourself and the people around you.

Here are some things I’m thankful for this week…

My massage pillow
Right now, my magical massage pillow is wriggling all over my lower back, and it is the best thing ever. I always get really bad lower back pain when it’s that time of the month, and this pillow is a lifesaver! I’m pretty sure I’ve written about it here before, but if you’re in agony and don’t have the time or the dough to go to a masseuse, this will be your saving grace. I use it at least twice a week, and it always does the trick. LOVE IT.

Business plans, goals, and 2015
The New Moon in Virgo is coming this Monday… And my inner Virgo is on high alert. My latest obsessions have been cleaning the house, hanging mirrors and art (aka making the house look like a home), and PLOTTING. I figured out our 2015 Blogcademy dates in a frenzy last night (stay tuned!), yesterday afternoon I wrote a list of goals for the second half of 2014, and I’m going to spend the rest of the day writing a couple of business plans. This is my idea of heaven.

Cleaning out my closet — and finding great new stuff
Whenever you make space in your life — whether by quitting a sucky job, cutting off contact with a negative friend, or by clearing out physical junk — you are rewarded for it. This is just how it works. I was reminded of this fact the other day when I went to Buffalo Exchange with a whole suitcase full of stuff that I simply do not wear. I sold pretty much all of it, and then of course, I looked through the racks. I ended up taking home skirts by Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, Moschino Cheap & Chic, and Cynthia Rowley… And a Gucci handbag! What?! The thrifting gods were smiling down on me that day!

Dolly’s personality
Can I just take a moment to commemorate Dolly’s loveliness? I know that if you have a dog, this might offend you, but… Dolly is the best dog. She is 100% full of love. She wants to play with every dog she meets, and lick every person. She is curious and ridiculous, and she has the longest tongue I have ever seen. (I think it goes all the way back to the base of her ribcage.) Her favourite things to do are chase Hank and kiss him (he is old and cranky, but she loves him anyway), pass out in a pile of blankets and pillows, and walk underneath you like a cat. It is adorable. If you were here right now, she would lick your face until you begged for mercy. She makes my go pitter-patter!

The little things…
Hard workouts that make you feel high as a kite. Layering up berry lipsticks. Looking forward to showing my babe, Helen, an authentic NYC Christmas! New boots (the Ashlee, by Miista). Sending packages to Francesca Lia Block. Making the best guacamole ever. This lipstick in Pink Peony (it’s as close to “nude” as I’ll go). Finally doing my nails (complete with sparkle thumbs). Working with a new photographer! Opening the fridge and forgetting that you left a Juice Press smoothie inside (it’s like buying a present for yourself in the future). Seeing the Aphex Twin logo sprayed on the ground — new album soon! Cleaning my face as soon as I get home, and covering it in serums and madness. And Dolly’s adorable sneezes! Awww.

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So, what are you thankful for this week? Share your top five with a friend!

Mwah,

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