Marktgasse Hotel, Zürich


“the ding of a bell. the click of a room key. the rush of water filling a bathtub. the rustle of bed linen. they’re the sounds we hear at home, but in a hotel, they sound so much more glamorous. maybe it’s because we know someone else is tidying up and aligning our mini bottles of shampoo. or because a hotel’s history or thoughtful décor can feel like a film set where we are playing the leading role. wherever the magic comes from in this place we temporarily call home, we gladly check-in our cares upon arrival. it’s all music to our ears”.   Kate Spade


The Hotel

I do not have enough nice things to say about the exquisite experience I had last week while staying at this new boutique hotel in the heart of Zürich. With its 39 individually furnished rooms, two restaurants and decadent bar, you would never realize you were standing inside one of the oldest inns in Zürich. Built in the 15th century, the Marktgasse Hotel has been renovated gorgeously and is surrounded by winding lanes, cobblestone streets and shops that you could only possibly find in Switzerland.

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Room No. 309

The rooms are absolutely gorgeous, but I think I will start with the fact that I had the best sleep of my life here. After a relaxing bath in the soaker tub, I collapsed onto the Schramm mattress while the aroma of orange rind immersed my senses, thanks to the complimentary Aēsop products I had lathered on myself. The down comforter on the beds could be a mirrored image of my mother’s that she had brought back from Switzerland many years ago. I left the windows open, letting the cool air seep in so I could wrap myself in familiarity.

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Breakfast

Delish Cafés breakfast lasted me all the way up until dinner. With its wide variety of breakfast offerings such as in-house smoked fish, selections of regional cheeses and breads, sweet pastries and creative egg dishes making it an ideal place to fuel up for a long day of sightseeing and shopping.

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Dinner & Drinks

 Baltho Bar & Küche was a perfect place to end each day. I enjoyed an amazing burger (the baltho burger) and a glass.. or two of Prosecco. The French fries were amazing and dipping them in the homemade ketchup made them to die for.  We were too full from the burger to finish the fries so the waitress allowed us to bring them up to our room for a midnight snack (how sweet!).

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p.s. ask the waiter to get the vegetable stew (or Gemüseeintopf) as an appetizer, you won’t be disappointed.

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After dinner, we walked up a few stairs to the unique and popular, Baltho Bar. Inside you will find books perfect for any cocktail enthusiasts, aromatic and spicy cocktails as well as classics with a Marktgasse twist.  After Midnight and Great Gatsby were my two favorite cocktails!

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Between the helpful staff, chic and Scandinavian styled lobby, board game-filled library and unique surprises around every corner, I am counting the days until I am able to visit this darling hotel again.

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 Thanks to Marktgasse Hotel for partnering with this post

Slip Into This

When the temps are high, it’s hard to find something to wear that won’t be ruined by sweating. This slip dress is perfect for a day spent at the farmers market, a day spent shopping in the French Riviera and everywhere in between. For a more modest and “in trend” look, channel your inner Kendall Jenner by styling this dress with a white tee underneath. 

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Sporting: French Connection hat, Free People dress, Colin Stuart sandals (similar here)

Breezy Babe

Off the shouldering it has become my favorite pastime this summer. It is such a perfect way to avoid the sweat from the heat while still being dressed up and out and about. Due to the amazing open back this dress is made to go braless.. But if you are like me that’s a plus! Dress down this outfit by using it as a bikini cover up or play it up with gold accessories; either way you will turn heads. 

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Sporting: The Jetset Diaries dress, Colin Stuart sandals (similar here), House of Harlow earrings, Gorjana bangle

Simplicity 

It’s only a few days until September (what?!). It’s that awkward month where it’s not quite summer, but it’s not quite fall yet either. For an easy transition that doesn’t look like your still stuck in summer, try to keep your colors neutral and only show one or the other, when it comes to your arms and legs. This super comfortable romper is perfect for those days when it’s not hot or cold, and is the perfect color pallet when transitioning into fall. For another example on how to dress for September, try a low cut blouse and high waisted denim with a pair of booties. 

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Sporting: Forever 21 romper (similar here, here, here), Schutz heels

Summer Glow

fuzz-free-forever-featureWe all have had at least one of these moments when: a. it is too hot to lay out, b. you realize skin cancer is real or c. you’re at a topless beach and well.. your feeling french.

I have the solution to all 3; fake it.

Faking a gorgeous glow has become more and more popular and I have to admit.. I am a fan. After sacrificing several gallons of sweat laying out, praying at night I don’t get skin cancer or age too quickly, skipping out on buying a gorgeous swimsuit because the tan lines would be too awful, and keeping a top on at a topless beach because well everyone but me is perfectly tan there.. I have been sold.

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Below are the best beauty products to a gorgeous summer glow, and if you choose to lay out like Brigitte Bardot, I listed my favorite sunscreen for you too.


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Summer Essentials 

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We may be far in to summer, but don’t let that stop you from indulging in items perfectly suited for this seasons mild temps.

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I have curated a few items that I personally am obsessed with and that will keep you looking of-the-moment all the way until Labor Day.


Same Swim The Catch Top in Blanc & Noir  Commando Takeouts  VAVA by Joy Han Vali Dress in White  Mara Hoffman Wheatfield Slit Front One Piece Swimsuit in White & BlueAlameda Turquesa Aurora Lace Up Sandals   Product Image, click to zoom  Product Image, click to zoom  Nanette Lepore Greek Tiles Vixen Bikini Top in Multi  Ettika Beaded Choker Set in Opal & Gold  8 Other Reasons Omen Ear Cuff in Rhodium & A-Glass Stone  Beach Bunny Siren's Song Top in Matte Gold  Le Specs Drop Top Sunglasses  Product Image, click to zoom    NBD Satisfaction Dress in Summer Green


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here, finally! My favorite sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale is exclusively for card members only right now but public access starts July 22nd. Remember, prices go back up August 8th, so get to shopping!

I’ve made a list below of some of my favorite pieces that I’m planning on swooping up as well as a list of items that I already have and love that are currently reduced!

I can say that a good majority of these items have made it into my cart and you will likely be seeing styled in upcoming outfit posts!

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Choker Love

Ettika is a jewelry line that is made with a LA laid-back luxe lifestyle in mind. As a member of their Review Team, I get to try some of their gorgeous pieces and share them with you! Girls everywhere have been embracing the choker trend for months now and I am right there with them! Taking on this 90’s trend, I stayed away from black wraparound fabric and decided to opt for more decorative options rendered in metals, stones and chains. This turquoise beaded necklace can be the perfect way to add a little something extra to your outfit or swimwear. This necklace is so versatile that it can be stacked with multiple ones for a knockout look or to keep things more simple just wear one. And if you aren’t feeling the choker style for the day, you can loosen it and wear it as a regular beaded necklace or wrap it around your wrist as a bracelet.

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Still Surprise You Choker in Turquoise and Gold

 

Special thanks to Ettika for partnering with this post

Sporting: Forever 21 dress (similar here), Ettika choker, Nakamol bracelet, Vince Camuto sandals (similar here)

Photo taken from Ettika.com