Thursday, October 27, 2016

{long grey vest for fall}

I scooped this vest up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been patiently waiting for the day I could wear it. It hit 40s this week after being in the 80s all last week - Yeah, mother nature was having a bit of a temper tantrum - so it was finally the perfect time to rock it. Paired with leopard heels and statement earrings the vest was able to do all the talking. I kept it simple underneath with a white v-neck and my favorite skinny pants. Sometimes a classic look is best!

Love Always,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{favorite skincare products}

With a new apartment came a lot of change... a change that wasn't welcome was how my skin reacted to the new routine, stress, and change of pace. My old skincare products just weren't cutting it anymore. I had uneven skin and dark circles under my eyes. So the past three months I've been trying some new products out to find a good combo that worked for me. I also love trying new things out in general - but you have to give it a good week to see if it works.

I've broken the products into two categories: my morning routine and my night routine. Then I threw in a favorite face mask (that everyone raves about...) because who doesn't love a good mask?!

Morning Routine //

1. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster - immediately after getting out of the shower I rub one pump of this collagen booster all over my face, neck, and collar bone. I like to think that it soaks in with warm skin better and knowing that my face is fresh and clean means the serum can work it's wonders more easily. It has a gentle orange smell because of all the vitamin-C that's packed into it while working to brighten

2. Caudal Resveratrol Lift Cream - after the serum has fully absorbed I apply this cream all over my face just like a moisturizer.  It's perfect for wearing under your makeup because it creates a matte foundation while plumping and firming your skin.

3. Bye Bye Pores Primer - one of the best non-oily primers I've found to date. It creates a smooth, matte finish on your skin to create the perfect base for applying makeup! It also helps with shrinking your pores and eliminating/preventing wrinkles. So much power in one primer!

Night Routine //

1. Zo Skin Health Lash Enhancing Serum - after washing my face at night I swipe this serum across my top and bottom lashes and my eyebrows. This serum helps enhance length and thickness and I love that it's safe to use on my eyebrows too! I don't have a lot of eyebrow hair so being able to naturally thicken them up (I don't understand microblading) is fabulous. I've noticed my eyelashes and eyebrows being not thicker just yet - I've only been using it for a month so hopefully the results will increase soon.

2. Zo Skin Health Growth Factor Serum Plus - I'm not sure what amazingness is in this product but it's a miracle worker. It has helped reduce irritation on my skin so much. The directions say to the more you massage it in the better it works so I stand in front of my mirror and massage it for a good 5 minutes haha ;) The description online says it helps reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles - this gal has laugh lines so I focus around my mouth when rubbing it in. It also strengthens weak skin and helps enforce the skin's protective barrier. Perfect for people who are combating sum damage as well. 

3. Bye Bye Lines - next up is my version of a "wrinkle cream". My laugh lines around my mouth and eyes don't embarrass me per say but I'm a firm believer in preventing aging early. This serum is supposed to begin lifting, filling and firming in just 10 days.

4. Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream - raise your hand if you have dark circles under your eyes... (I'm raising my hand really really high right now). Sure, we all have concealer to hide those dark circles but I hate having to put it on every morning. This begins working at night by de-puffing from the start and brightening up the skin. With a bit of caffeine it helps maintain energize the skin so that you don't get puffy the next morning and the blue tint visibly begins helping the dark circles the second you put it on. A lot of my girlfriends have said they noticed results right away!

5. Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream - if I've had a particularly trying day or I was outside in the sun/wind for an extended period of time I like to lather on a bit more moisturizer. This night cream locks all the nourishments into your skin while you sleep (when your skin can get the driest). I also like to rub some of the cream onto the backs of my hands - my momma's trick! Don't forget your neck and collarbone :)

Favorite Products //

The two products I would recommend the most: the Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster. Both products make your skin feel like you just got a facial - they give you tight skin, a great glow, and an amazing lift. The Tula mask is great because you get some exfoliating action while you rub it on and take it off. It helps clear out your pores while sloughing off dead skin so your skin will wake up and look brighter.  It's a great after work treat while drinking a glass of wine and taking a bath ;) or at least that's how I like to treat myself!

Do you have any products you can't live without? Any new brand you've discovered recently? Let me know in the comments below!

Love Always,

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

{it's good to be a girl}

Olive Green Dress, old (similar) // Chambray Shirt // Booties, old (similar) // Vera Bradley Purse c/o // Baublebar Ring // Quay Sunglasses // Kendra Scott Necklace c/o

I'm going a bit more casual for today's post. Just because this purse is so glam that it deserved to take center stage! It was a bit of a hot day when I styled this look but still cool in the shade - so I grabbed this loose chambray for a little bit of extra warmth (but not as heavy as a jean jacket). I had to add in my booties because it's the season! I'm also looking for a new pair... any favorites that y'all have this season so far?

You may remember my first It's Good to be a Girl post last month! Vera Bradley had just introduced their new logo and campaign :) women from all over have shared their favorite reasons why it's good to be a girl - my new favorite line (that I've seen on the site) says "not having to wear pants (aka dresses)"!! I got a good laugh at that. I looooove dresses but I hate tights... so the Fall is my ideal season because I can still let my legs breathe before I have to cover them up!

My new reason why it's good to be a girl? Mother Daughter time. Hanging out with your parent is probably the coolest thing to do. She knows everything about me, laughs just like me (or me like her), knows what I like to drink and eat, knows what to say to turn my day around, and we love all the same things. I had a hilarious weekend with her eating and drinking through DC and wine country and then spending the evening looking through gifs on the new iOS 10, eating salami and brie in bed, and watching Pretty Woman. My little "hotel room" of an apartment has had some pretty amazing memories all thanks to my momma! Yep, it's pretty good to be a girl!

If you share your reason on Vera Bradley's website you could be featured! I'd love to hear your reasons below :)

*Thank you to Vera Bradley for sponsoring this post! While this post is sponsored all thoughts, photos, and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep this blog going.*

Love Always,

Friday, October 21, 2016

{football friday | style your orange part 3}

Shop the Mint Wine Tunic // Orange Scarf (similar) // Old Navy Jeans // Tory Burch Boots // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // J.Crew Bangle

Well folks, today's the last Football Friday with a group of awesome ladies! We've been sharing how we style our orange this season and this is my favorite way... with an easy orange scarf! Why? Because game days are getting colder, it's time to put the dresses away, and being cozy is a top priority. Nobody wants to adjust a dress or skirt while you're jumping up and down cheering for your team! So I grabbed this maroon tunic, threw a scarf on it and paired it with my new Tory boots and jeans for an easy weekend gamed look. Spoiler alert - I actually wore this with leggings haha ;)

I've been living in this new slouchy tunic shirt (I have it in coral too) almost every weekend. Shop the Mint launches new colors every Sunday! They're normally $48 but you special readers can get one for $24 :)  Head over to Shop the Mint to see all of their new arrivals and grab a slouchy of your own! I have a couple of dresses and blouses from this boutique and I love every piece that I get!

PS don't forget to check out the other bloggers styling their orange!

Love Always,
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