Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hello friends, I’ve missed you! My schedule this past year has been on on overload and in case you haven’t heard via instagram, I’ve been in NYC editing and writing a book with Melissa Lee, who does amazing healing work and am developing ways that her work will incorporate art therapy into the mix.  I’ve also been attending the Art Students League of New York full time and getting away on the weekends, so there hasn’t been much time to check in here. I’m going to do my best to blog a bit more the rest of this summer, I pinky swear.

Before we get to the Jitney of Happiness, first a quick announcement: my instagram, twitter and pinterest accounts have all changed from trustyourstyle to my name, Mary Jo Matsumoto. If you already follow me, you don’t need to do anything. And if you’re not…please do! Instagram is the one place I try and show up regularly. Also my business Facebook account will be closing in a week as I always forget to check it, but I’d love it if you’d join me on my personal Facebook.

Okay, so today is all about how not to pack for a long weekend like me. If you’re smart, you will bring this glorious Tammy Fender Treatment Kit with you.

I am the hugest Tammy Fender fan – this luxury line of organic skin care is in a league of it’s own – think lavender, baby soft skin and delicious in every way. (I really love a beauty product if I go to the bother of keeping it in the refrigerator the way I do with my jar of Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Cream). This kit is called the Teenage Treatment Kit, and I think it’s perfect for travel because skin seems to act up the most when we’re traveling. It contains travel size Purifying Cleansing Gel, Essential C Tonic, Clarifying Dermagel, Antioxidant Creme, Epi-Peel and Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil.

So there you have it, this is the one and only travel kit that I feel good talking about. I get pitched a lot about including products for summer travel posts…and for the most part I decline as I really am the world’s worst packer. Are you thinking, how annoying, she of the private bell boy and stacks of LV luggage? I wish! Despite my best intentions, so far on my summer excursions I have arrived without a toothbrush, sweater or phone charger.

For example, here is what I took with me for a weekend in the Hamptons a couple of weeks ago.

The watercolors made it. The sweater did not. What actually arrived with me besides art supplies was a beach towel and my Laguna Shimmer leather tote filled with beauty products. Again, I’m not recommending this course of action, but 10 years as a beauty editor will make you do crazy things. No lie, this is what made the cut, left to right:

Ibiza Detangling Comb – it’s the best hair tool ever (except for Ibiza brushes) and I decided I didn’t need a brush at the beach (not sure that decision was the right one).

DV Mascara – I have grown to love this mascara!

Inphenom Shampoo – it’s from Japan. My friend Aaron gave it to me and told me it was good stuff – it is!

Coola Cucumber Matte Finish SPF30 face sunscreen with antioxidants that fight free radicals, aging and provide sun protection. Not shown: Coola SPF30 Plumeria body organic sunscreen, it hydrates and protects. These are my favorite sunscreens because they’re organic, weightless and not too sticky + resist water up to 80 minutes!

Burts Bees Day Lotion SPF30 – A great daily go-to. I love the built in SPF30.

Murad Invisible Perfecting Shield SPF30 – I know you see the SPF overkill happening but I warned you about my packing skills and you never know when you’re going to need the specially formulated blurring effect, especially on vacation!

Straw hat from Urban Outfitters

Sea scented candle –  hostess gift

Mary Jo Matsumoto South Sea Pearl Earrings (available in our LA showroom and online)

Bella Rose Perfume – It’s the perfect size for travel and I love the light scent.

Blossom Lip Gloss – my inner 15 year old loves this stuff!

Ophelia Medallion Beach Towel – every flower child needs one of these!

I got this Wildfox I Took the Jitney sweatshirt in the Hamptons and was really happy about it (except for the part where I was really really cold on the Jitney.) If you’ve never heard of the Jitney then you must read this. Personally I did not sit next to Marc Jacobs, although that would’ve been nice. I left super early in the morning and opened one eye to see that my seat mate was wearing khaki shorts embroidered with whales and promptly went to sleep. However he was very nice and offered me his Wall Street Journal when I woke up. As you can probably surmise, my news most days comes from PureWow and not the WSJ, so the Jitney even stimulates the intellect if you’re so inclined.

Wishing you a wonderful July!

p.s. Are you a good packer? Please tell me your best packing tips in the comments below as I hope to one day reform!

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16 Comments

The Dainty Dolls House May 26, 2019 at 09:57

Yesss!! She is one of my most favourites, adore this post :)) And I love these shoes…fabulous :)) Good luck to everyone. I already like your fb page. Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

Stacey May 26, 2019 at 13:32

That painting is everything! Love me some Frida too! I just liked your page and keeping my fingers and toes crossed:-)

Sam May 26, 2019 at 20:29

What a fabulous painting and I like how the entire outfit fits into the theme. Hope you have a productive week ahead sweetheart!

Rowena @ rolala loves May 27, 2019 at 03:14

I think Frida would’ve approved of the bold colors of this outfit from the statement blouse to the vibrant accessories. Those Inkkas shoes are so cool!

CarolynN519 May 27, 2019 at 19:50

I saw the ones on your Facebook page, and love ’em! I went shopping the other day, making a conscious effort to stay away from blacks, browns, and greys. (I’ve got plenty!) … But it was nearly impossible. Everything is very dark and neutral this season–with two-tone colorblocking or simple stripes. So it’s refreshing to see a pop of color and fun patterns for fall and winter.

Love the cause and companies that give back!

Zara May 28, 2019 at 00:53

Colourful, happy piece of art and a nice look! These Inkkas look just cool!

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest May 28, 2019 at 06:33

oh frida! she is one of my absolute favorites. and i think it is for what you mentioned about her personal life being such a part of her art work. for me it’s almost like poetry. there’s so much that is represented in her work i can’t help but feel overwhelmed every time i see it (in the best way of course). love your inspired collection. and wow! the 99th! that is amazing!! xo

LPC May 28, 2019 at 08:57

Happy Thanksgiving

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic May 28, 2019 at 23:25

Hi !!!!!
Love the Frida Kahlo painting and that outfit pairing is AMAZING!!!!!!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

About Last Weekend May 29, 2019 at 08:53

Love everything about Frida. Bizarrely the ski lodge where we stay in lAlta is owned by the daughter of the man who took all those photos of Frida and she was selling them, they were stunning. F got more beautiful as she got older. Going over to like your page

FASHION TALES May 30, 2019 at 02:40

I like the updated contemporary version, and think Frida would as well. iT’S nice that you also teamed up with Inkkas. Of course, I’m a fan them, since I already have a pair, good luck to everyone! 🙂

Pamela RG May 30, 2019 at 06:32

I admire Frida Kahlo too. I have never seen this painting. I have to say this painting is beautiful and so colourful. Frida is so talented. I liked your Facebook page. Those shoes look so stylish and comfortable.

Marisa Silva May 31, 2019 at 01:30

Love the shoes!

Diana Mieczan May 31, 2019 at 17:04

Yes, I love her and the outfit is amazing. The colours, the patterns – they rock! I would totally wear this outfit. Happy Thanksgiving, darling.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com June 1, 2019 at 14:55

Minus the heinous brow, I’ve always loved her look. I want to wear huge flowers in my hair. LOVE this shirt.

Josephine Chicatanyage June 1, 2019 at 22:15

Wonderful colours to brighten a winters day.

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