Monday, January 29, 2018

Favorite Discoveries of 2017 Part 1

I love discovering really good new products.  I further love when I find myself continuously reaching for them over and over again.  Today I thought I'd share the first of a 4 part series that I'll be posting over the course of the next couple weeks.  I'll be highlighting some of my favorite, and most used new discoveries from last year that I'll continue to use and repurchase throughout 2018.  I'll be breaking down the series by category; household, beauty, personal, and baby/toddler with today's post being dedicated to beauty related products.


Korres Rose Brightening Oil  - I love this oil! I normally apply it at night, unless my face feels extra dry in which case I'll use it during the day before applying my moisturizer.  It's also great for when you're traveling and your skin is feeling a little parched - instant glowing, luminous skin.  The little rose petals that float in the bottle are an added luxurious touch.

Korres Rose Night Cream - I loved the brightening oil so much that I gave the "sleeping facial" a try. It's equally as great as the oil.  Read all the positive reviews on it here.

Kiehl's Calendula Face Wash - I first tried a sample of this when we were on vacation in Mexico last year.  Upon returning, I instantly purchased the full size version and haven't looked back.  I'm typically pretty picky with my face washes.  I like a good cleanser to be foaming, non drying but still able to remove waterproof mascara, and not sting my eyes.  This one checks all the boxes and is the hands down the best cleanser on the market.  I own the mega 17oz bottle and it has lasted forever!

Living Proof Shampoo, Conditioner, and Dry Shampoo -  I've been using this hair care line since last summer and it's so good!  I've noticed a dramatic difference in the appearance of my hair since I started using it.  I've tried sooooo many professional products on the market, and this is the best in my opinion.  The dry shampoo from the line is basically a mama's bff!

Travel sets of eye shadow - I used to weigh down my travel sized  cosmetics bags with multiple small eye shadow palettes, or I would pack full size versions that simply took up too much room.  At some point last year I discovered the two best travel sized palettes.  This one by Smashbox features 8 universally flattering matte shades, and this one from Urban Decay is equally as great.  They're both matte palettes only (no shimmer), but are so great for basics and they take up zero room in your makeup bag since they're so compact.

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss - This extremely flattering shade (in tawny pink) is the prettiest nude pink lip gloss.  I find myself consistently reaching for this over all my other lip glosses as I'm walking out the door, and I constantly get asked what I'm wearing when I have it on.   

The Seaweed Bath Co. Firming Detox Cream - I'm not really a believer in "firming creams" being a total fix for cellulite (only a clean diet and strength training has been a fix all for me), but this cream is extremely moisturizing, and I do feel a slight tingling when I apply it, so I know that the ingredients are doing their job.  The cream is thick, applies nicely, smells great (I prefer the awaken scent), is non greasy, and absorbs really quickly.  I love that the combo of pure essential ingredients are all natural and detoxifying.  I've also heard great things about the body scrub from this line, and I want to try that next!

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Have you tried any of these products?  Feel free to leave any feedback + comments below.  Thanks for reading! xx

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

Playdough is a huge hit in our house.  My husband dubbed 2017 as the "year of playdough" as Isla will play with it multiple times throughout the day.  Last month, her little hands started to get so dry that they began to peel and I just had a hunch that the store bought playdough was the main culprit.  When I was offered up the recipe a few weeks back for a quick homemade playdough from one of the kids club teachers at Blackberry Farm, I eagerly jotted it down and we've been making it about once per week since we returned home.  It doesn't get any easier than this! It takes about 10 total minutes to make this totally all natural playdough, and Isla loves to pick out the color and help me stir all the ingredients together.  The coconut oil is moisturizing and great for little hands, and the cream of tartar in the recipe will help preserve the dough for a solid 4 months!  An added bonus is that the dough tastes so salty she won't put this in her mouth, as opposed to the store bought version ;)

I know that playdough isn't the usual type of recipe I normally post over here, but it's just so easy that I had to share with any other mama's who have tots equally as obsessed with 'the dough' as mine.



1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. maple flavoring***
Food coloring

*** I buy the maple flavoring from Whole Foods, next to the vanilla extracts.  Isla loves this as it makes her playdough smell like syrup!  You can also pick up the exact version I use here.  Alternatively, you could also use 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie extract, or experiment with essential oils like lavender or peppermint. ***


Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Transfer to a large saucepan, and heat on the stove on medium heat until solid.

Transfer to a cutting board until cool enough to handle.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Signs Of Spring

Spring embodies the return of cheerful color and light.  With just a couple months to go until the official start of the new season, I'm working on freshening up Isla's wardrobe with bright and breezy pieces that celebrate the exuberance of spring.

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Numbers 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 are already on their way to our home 😏 Dressing little girls is so much fun!  Have a great week! xx SaveSave

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2017 Tuscany Vacation Diary

Back in October/November, we spent 10 days in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany.  If you've been reading here for a while, you know that this region holds such a special in my heart (view previous Toscana posts here, here, here, here, and our wedding here).  While in 2016 we chose to travel sans baby, this year I really went back and forth about bringing Isla with us versus leaving her at home.  I really wanted solo adult time with my husband, but I also wanted to share the beauty of Italy with my daughter.  Ultimately, we ended up bringing Isla + her nanny along for the trip, and it ended up being the best of both worlds!  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I'm a much better wife and a better mother because I have help.  By bringing our nanny along with us to help with Isla, my husband and I were able to sneak out for dinner dates and wine tastings, yet we were also able to experience everything we love about Italy through the eyes of a two year was absolutely perfect and we made so many amazing memories as a family that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  

We split our time between 7 days in Tuscany, and 3 days in Rome because we had direct flights from Miami to Rome.  I plan on dedicating a whole post in the future about my experience flying 12 hours with a toddler and what I did to prep for that so stay tuned!  In contrast, I wish I would have dedicated those few extra days to staying in Tuscany.  Rome was too busy, too crowded, and too overwhelming for Isla.  Try forcing a 2 year old to visit a museum....yea, never happening.  Don't get me wrong, Adam and I love Rome.  It's one of our favorite cities and we've been several times, however being out in the beautiful countryside, surrounded by animals and nature was a much better set up for Isla.

We made the decision to return to Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco this year because we are extremely familiar with the area since we've traveled in this region so many times in the past, and because you simply receive a different level of service at Rosewood properties that is difficult to find elsewhere.  You really feel like family when you stay with them.  Rosewood also has a fantastic kids club, and we really try to base our hotel choices around properties that offer a kids club (Four Seasons resorts also have great kids clubs!).  Every day after her nap, Isla and her nanny would head down to the kids club for a few hours until dinner, and she would literally be in tears on her way back home for dinner - she had so much fun she didn't want to leave!

I realize that I'm extremely delayed in sharing these photos, but it's always better late than never and I just love how this space has evolved into a great photo diary of our travels.  Make sure that you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post as I'm also including a fabulous video that we shot with Origami Videography (who also filmed our wedding video).  I just received the video a couple weeks ago, and instantly fell in love with it.  I'm a big fan of taking family photos with a photographer while we holiday, but this video turned out better than I ever could have imagined.  It was the absolute perfect way to document some of our favorite days in Italy.

^^ Checking in to our villa for the week!  Wearing: Franco Ferrari poncho {here} //  long sleeve tee {my favorite that I own in multiple colors here} //  AG jeans - old //  Gucci velvet slippers //  Gucci sunglasses {super flattering, here}.   On Isla: J.Crew little boys wool sweater {no longer available online} //  Old Navy leggings {here} //  Old Soles shoes {under $25 here}

^^ This was our first time traveling here so late into the fall season, and we were blessed with fantastic weather.  It was also our first time witnessing the changing of the leaves in this region, and these views did not disappoint.

^^ Showing Isla our olive tree that we purchased after our wedding in 2013.  She was seriously jet lagged in this photo, and was an absolute terror beforehand as we attempted to visit with friends and do a wine tasting, but at least we got a cute photo!  I'm wearing: Veronica Beard turtleneck {on sale here} //  Joie skirt - old //  On Isla: Our favorite Ugg boots! We also have them in black patent {get them on sale here}

^^ Cheesin!  Tee // Leggings //  Sneakers

^^ There's a bit of interesting history about the villa we rented.  It's nearly 1,000 years old, and was originally a small village police station!  They did such a gorgeous job at renovating the home, updating it in a classic way that only Italians can do while still being respectful of it's original structure.  

^^ The most stunning sunsets over looking the Val d'Orcia valley.  This might sound completely silly to you, but every time that we're here, my soul feels so peaceful, full of love, and like it just belongs here.  I fully realize how insane that sounds, but I've always had the strongest pull towards this area.

^^ How cute is this little guy? He was just hanging out with Adam & I one evening while we were drinking wine on the terrace.  Adam was feeding him potato chips - pretty hilarious!

^^ Little Miss eating gelato in Pienza.  Her cute handmade shoes can be found here.

^^ "Rosso all day" :)  Rosso di Montalcino is one of my favorite wines.  I also love a good Brunello, but Rosso's are just a little lighter, easy drinking and not so full bodied.

^^ Cheese tasting at Podere il Casale.  We did a farm tour (as featured in our family video), and finished the afternoon with a tasting of various cheeses that they make right there on the farm.  Highly recommend this spot if you're planning a trip to the Pienza area!

^^ Since Isla would go to the kids club daily from 3-6:30ish, Adam & I would sit out on the terrace every evening, glass of vino in hand, and watch the most spectacular sunsets.  

^^ I always feel my best when I'm wearing "fall style" clothing.  It just seems so much easier to feel classy and put together in sweaters, leggings, boots, cashmere...all those fall staples.  Wearing: J.Crew sweater {sold out} //  BCBG leggings {a staple in my closet, get them here} //  Rag & Bone fedora {found here}

^^ Displaying the pumpkin she painted in the kids club on our front step!  We were there during the week of Halloween, and even though the holiday isn't celebrated in Italy, they tailored the activity to her and incorporated a Halloween party into the afternoon.  We felt pretty special :)

Straight from the tree.  These cozy cashmere cardigans are quickly becoming a favorite in my wardrobe.  They are almost always on sale, and the quality is great.  {Info found here}

Showing off the small rosemary bush she planted in the garden (another kids club activity).  They seriously had the cutest activities arranged for her!

The prettiest ivy covered stone wall + cobblestone street deserves a photo.  Wearing: Intermix sweater {on sale! here} //  AG jeans - old //  Chanel loafers //  Fedora - old

After our week in Tuscany, we drove back to Rome and stayed there for two nights.  We always stay at Portrait Roma as the hotel is super luxe + we love the location (a block away from the Spanish Steps), the neighborhood restaurants, and the shopping).

Making a wish with coins at the Trevi Fountain.  I wished for another baby, Adam wished for Isla to sleep through the night (she slept pretty terrible this whole trip), and Isla wished for pasta haha! Girls got the right idea ;)

The Adler Family :: A Vacation in Tuscany from Origami Videography on Vimeo.

^^  And here is our family video!  As I said earlier, we normally opt for family photos at least once a year (usually in South Carolina) during our travels as a family, however this time I really wanted to document Isla's age in a more intimate way.  We met with Gianpiero & Stefania and shot this video over the course of 2 days in Montalcino, and in Pienza.  I couldn't have asked for a better video; it perfectly captures the innocence, playfulness, and curious nature of a two year old, and it will be something that we'll be able to watch and relive those beautiful memories for years to come!

I really hoped you enjoyed this photo overload of our vacation in Tuscany!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the area as I have a vacation guide to this specific region that I can send your way.  Thanks so much for your readership and following along on our travels! xx

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