Anyone else get a major thrill from figuratively peeking inside handbags, closets and desk drawers to see what other (preferably stylish & creative) people consider obsession-worthy? Thanks to my voyeuristic tendencies, we’re launching an all-new series that does just that, and each season we’ll be getting the lowdown on the cool stuff and unexpected items that our team of editors call must-have’s. I’ll be kicking it off, so without further ado, here are the items I currently can’t live without!

*title photo by Buff Strickland

Viburnum. I love the organic lines and not-too-feminine touch that a bunch of green viburnum adds to the dining table.

Le Pens. I purchase these by the dozen, and it seems I’m not the only one whose enamored since they’re constantly disappearing from my desk. Le Pens somehow seem to magically make my handwriting better. photo from paper pastries.

Lillet. I discovered this French aperitif wine a few months ago, and my go-to cocktail lately has been a glass of lillet with a few frozen peach slices added to cool it down. It’s the closest I can get to summer on the Riviera in my own backyard…

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. I’ve referenced Gwyneth’s latest cookbook a few times before, and I continue to be blown away by everything I’ve made from it. Super healthy without compromising amazing flavor, it’s exactly how I like to cook.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream. Since I decided to try out one of the trendy new CC Creams, I’ve become a total convert! This one manages to make my skin look perfect while totally disappearing, as well as providing ungreasy moisture and SPF protection. What else could you possibly ask for?

The Admiral, Solé Bicycles. Currently at the top of my wishlist, and they come in loads of droolworthy color combos.

Coral. I’ve collected coral pieces for a few years now, and I love the beachy elegance they add to a bookshelf.

The Bonn Jean by MIH. These jeans are my hands-down favorites. Incredibly flattering and as comfy as leggings, I’m planning to pick up a couple new washes for fall.

Fresh Ginger. I’ve been adding it to everything lately, it seems! Smoothies, stir-fries and summer desserts, ginger makes everything better.

Jennifer Zeuner Mini Wishbone Bracelet. I’m really feeling delicate jewelry lately, and this wishbone bracelet is whisper thin and results in loads of compliments.

St. Tropez. This is destined to become my next obsession, since I’m  headed there for the first time to celebrate my big 3-0 next May! I can’t wait to soak up the natural beauty and legendary glamour of this iconic locale, and yes – I promise to chronicle the entire adventure.

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    Rachael | August 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Great idea, Camille! I love getting those sneak peaks into the lives of my favorites bloggers (and it’s a great way to draw some new inspiration). Can’t wait to see what the other editors have to share in their future!

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    Luci's Morsels | August 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    What a great new series! I love Le Pens. I only recently was introduced to them and now I think I need them in every color! And I’m going to have to try the apertif and frozen peaches. Sounds absolutely divine.

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Camille Styles | August 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      You’ll love it! And yes – Le Pens in every color are a MUST HAVE. 😉

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM | August 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Yay, so excited for this series!! I go through so much Lillet it’s a little embarrassing (I’m a sucker for Vespers). Keep it coming 🙂

    • Camille Styles | August 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Eeek, just googled Vespers, and I am obsessed! It’ll be tonight’s pre-drink, for sure. Thanks for the intro Todd!

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    Heidi | August 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Since, we don’t have a Bevmo in Austin where are you purchasing the bottle of Lillet from? It sounds like a drink I would enjoy!
    PS: Jealous of your trip to St. Tropez. What a great destination to celebrate as you know the champagne will def be flowing there!

    • Camille Styles | August 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Cheers to that! You should be able to find the Lillet at any well-stocked liquor store. Can’t wait to hear what you think! xx

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    Lotoya Vongrechin | August 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Yayyyy this sounds like a fun series. Like you I have a list of my must haves and obsessions, you aren’t alone. I am on a ginger kick right now.

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    Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) | August 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I have to try the CC Cream! It looks like something that would be perfect for traveling – an all in one product! Thanks!

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    Laura Bohls | August 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I was introduced to Lillet during the heatwave of 2011 and became hooked. I am known as the Lillet Lady at our local liquor store and buy it by the case! I like it to pour it over a slice of orange and crushed ice and top it with a little Topo Chico.

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    Desiree {Chic Coastal Living} | August 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Love everything on your list! A glass of wine after work sounds good to me right about now… Cheers!

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    Rachel | August 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Love this new series! Super fun.

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls | August 27, 2013 at 4:15 am

    My new favorite feature, Camille! I’m just like you: getting a sneak peek into the lives (drawers, handbags, closets…everything, really 🙂 is so much fun, and a great source of inspiration. I love all your picks, I’m off to hunt down the Lillet wine, and I can’t wait to see and hear all about your St. Tropez adventure!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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    Miro - Dose of Dash | August 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    What a great, new series! Totally agree about the Le Pens and Lillet and ginger! Ginger is so great in a green drink or even a little bit to add intrigue to a tomato sauce.

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    Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles | August 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Adore this new series, Camille! I agree – Gweneth’s cookbook is brimming with way too many delicious recipes that I can never choose just one for that night. 😉 (Um, I can only imagine how much you’re counting down for your trip next year — it will be beyond amazing!)

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    Cara Crowley | August 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Such great picks! I too, love Viburnam and I hope that Gwyneth keeps writing cookbooks, I can’t get enough. I love the vase that you use for your Viburnam, where did you get it or do you know where I could find one similar? Thanks 🙂

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    Classiq | August 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I think it’s time I added Gwyneth’s books to my cook books, I’ve heard too many good things about them. The Jennifer Zeuner bracelet is so delicate and beautiful and I’ve been trying ginger in so many recipes myself lately. A welcome new series, Camille!

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