It’s officially Spring -yay!- now tell that to my skin. Ok, to be fair NY in early Spring is basically the same as Winter in NY except I’m exposing my ankles and wearing lighter coats. (So maybe it feels even colder?!?) The heat is still on and the temps are tapping out in the 50’s (plus some serious wind making it feel like the mid-40s), making it the perfect cocktail for unsightly dryness. You know the kind, that you can’t really conceal with makeup and seems to bring out every pore and fine line. I’m combating this seasonal dehydration with gallons of water and virtually bathing in oil. And while my nighttime skincare regimen is chock full of oil-centric items, daytime was always a bit more difficult because dewiness can easily cross the line into greasiness. Enter my current must-have item - Peter Thomas Roth’s Oilless Oil™ 100% Purified Squalane.
The formula is super lightweight, odorless and made from naturally sourced plant-based squalane which mimics skin’s natural moisture. The result is a fast-absorbing oil that bestows a just-back-from-the-gym glow without having to step foot in one (double win). Most days I add a drop or two to my moisturizer for an extra hydrating zing or if it’s a more special occasion that requires foundation - date night, trips to target - add a drop to that too. I love that it gives extra slip and sheerness, without clogging pores. And since it’s super gentle, Oilless Oil can also be worn on the body, cuticles, even hair. (Note to self - this multi-tasker is a must for travel.) Have you tried it yet? How are you fighting dry skin this season?
Hello, world! I know it’s been a while, like a serious while, but I thought I’d hop on to say hi, I miss you. The first few months of 2019 have flew by, and our house has been a whirlwind of germs, mostly mine thankyouverymuch. I’ve never been one to get sick for more than a weekend, but this winter has fully kicked my butt. This is the third cold in a month and a half, and I’m basically pickled in tea at this point. And in those hours of midnight solitude, where insomnia met coughing fits, I’ve had some time for reflection that I thought I’d share:
Stop letting perfection hold you back. I’m absolutely guilty of getting sucked in by the perfectly (in my eyes) seeming shots of amazing bloggers out there. And as a result, I haven’t posted all that much because something - nails, hair, skin, counter tops, etc -were not flawless. That is just plain old lame. I’ve decided that I’m going to get over myself and insecurities and post more. This is supposed to be fun, right?!
Embrace who my style. This goes back to the first point. Confession, I’m not a shopaholic. Trust me, I shop plenty, but more often than not, lately it’s been for home stuff. Cue the currently #demoday happening right now. That said, I’m also not huge on embracing fashion trends. I wear what works for me which means classic, streamlined pieces - chunky knits, blazers, ballet flats, white button downs, all the stripes. I mix and match to switch things up, but the pieces themselves are not always new. Instead of thinking, “Oh that isn’t newsworthy”, I’m going to make an effort to showcase how I style those pieces and how you can (and should) rework them.
Escape the cold. We are planning a trip south this spring, but until then I’ll be thinking warm and dressing it too. Meaning I’m wearing all the white, all the time, bright nails are happening and I must step up my bronzer game. Confession: I kind of hate bronzers. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way they look, when done right, but I hate that they rub off on hats, sweaters, my daughter… A while back I did one of those #tenyearchallenges on IG. Most of the photos I have from 2009 are my now husband and I on various vacations so I posted away. It was a ah-ha moment, when I looked at those photos, I looked relaxed, happy and tan (the totally not good for you kind.) I’ve definitely gotten better about the sunscreen and have embraced the gradual glow sunless tanners for the body, but I need to up the facial glow category for real. If nothing else, it will hopefully look like I’ve slept through the night. #goals. I’d love to be one of those English Roses who looks fab pale and dewy, but honestly, I just look sickly and TIRED. So I’m going to be gradually revisit my bronzer stash because this girl has got to get some glow back.
If you’ve read this far, thanks for joining on this next step of the journey!
It may not be snowmageddon (at least not yet), but it IS time to winterize your skincare routine. And for me that means its time to step up my exfoliation game. (Remove dull, dry skin, boost cellular turnover and help reveal a more even, healthy complexion? Yes, please!) During the warmer months I typically exfoliate approximately 2-3 times a week, but with winter and it's dry, freezing wind coupled with my hot air heating, its time to up the ante, in a gentle, skin-pampering way, of course! Here's how I keep my skin in shape when the weather turns chilly.
- A gentle exfoliating cleanser. I have tried a TON of exfoliators, but having pretty sensitive skin, I've learned to steer clear of cleansers that are a bit too gritty. (You know which ones I'm talking about.) These can be a bit too abrasive and can actually leave micro-tears. Instead I look for a gentle scrub that I can use daily. This one from VMV Hypoallergenics is amazing! I love that it has a Dry Skin option that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and itchy.
-Toner. I know so many people are anti-toner, but I'm a believer! Some people have a mask for every skin situation, I have a toner. Breakouts? Dark Spots? General skin prep? Got 'em covered (much to the chagrin of Mr. C, the collection of beauty products that lives in our bathroom seems to multiple overnight). Right now, I'm using this one which is formulated with unbuffered glycolic acid to help cell turnover and force new, younger, brighter cells to the surface. Maybe it's just me, but I find it strangely satisfying when I see a bit of left over dirt or makeup on the cotton ball after toning. It makes me think just how much is left behind by cleanser and how my skin is now squeaky clean. I use mine twice daily.
- Clarisonic. I'll be the first to admit that I was late to the Clarisonic party. Seriously late. But having recently received the Mia 2 for Christmas, I can say that I'm thoroughly smitten! After getting a little too brush happy, I've scaled back and starting using using it every 2 to 3 days with a gentle cream cleanser, and I'm really happy with the results. Afterward, I use a toner to seal the deal, obviously.
After all this exfoliation, I layer on a lightweight cream with SPF for day or a heavier, more nourishing cream or oil at night to help lock in moisture.
How do you get your skin winter-ready?
It's unofficially summer, and that means two things, summer Fridays, and it's time to tweak your skincare regimen. Since East Coast weather is, just now, starting to heat up, I was a bit behind on my own update, but now that we're in full swing, it's time to assess and readjust. Here is how I make the seasonal switch:
- Lighten Up - Time to replace heavier foundations for tinted moisturizers or BB/CC creams. These let skin breathe (ie. less clogged pores), and you won't have to worry about having a makeup meltdown - double win. My all time favorite is VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible. It's super lightweight, gives skin a dewy finish and offers SPF 30 protection. Completely obsessed.
- Switch Your Scent - Heavy, lingering fragrances can feel a overwhelming come the warmer months. If you are a certain scent devotee, look for a lighter eau de toilette or eau de cologne version. My go-to this summer is this scent from Burberry. It feels clean and fresh.
Embrace Bronzer - Just a dusting along the forehead, cheek bones and jawbones gives a well-rested radiance. Look for formulas that say illuminating, which will give an ever-so-slight glow, rather than full-on disco shimmer.
Put Your Best Foot Forward - It's sandal season. Make sure nails and nail beds are well-kept and hydrated. (This foot cream from LCN is amazing.) Complete the look with a fun pop of color. Right now, I'm wearing Elephantastic from OPI.
Lash Out - I like to keep my makeup minimal in the summer and that means just a hint of bronze plus mascara. I'm currently obsessed with this one from Touch in SOL. If gives super long length and doesn't budge or flake all day. Add a poppy lip color and you're set!
Over the last few years I've become a bit skincare obsessed. I've established my regimen - cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer with SPF 15 - and I'm pretty happy with the results. I'll dabble from time to time and play around with different eye creams or a mask, but I'm pretty devoted to what works for my sensitive skin. Recently I've introduced a new element - an essence - and I'm a bit in love. (I'm currently using this one.) I'm not sure if the essence itself or the application of patting it into the skin (to help the skin absorb and tone) that I find more beneficial, but I feel like I'm seeing a difference already! My skin feels more hydrated and balanced, even when I first wake up. I'm only about one week of consistent, twice a day use, but so far, so good!
I'm not alone in my new found essence- devotion - check it out.
Here are a few things about excited about this week:
- Girl Power - Here are some inspirational words from the Fashion Industry's most brilliant ladies.
- This week, we lost a great beauty. This is a beautiful tribute to her.
- We've been hot on the idea of traveling to Scotland, and I've been dreaming of Celtic fisherman sweaters. This one is gorgeous!
- Feeling tired of the endless reel of "what-ifs"? This breaks down why we can be our own worst enemy.
- Stumbled on these beauties recently. Could they be more gorgeous?! I'm dreaming in pineapple.
A while back the New York Times featured an incredible story about the next wave in scent. Similar to how hotels have been piping in scent through their air systems to delivery a specific atmosphere, companies are now offering a chic at-home option. Consider this scent 2.0. Designed to go way beyond a simple candle or room diffuser, companies are creating fully customized scents - taking into account one's lifestyle (do they want a cozy relaxing environment or something clean and energized? How much do they entertain?) plus other distinguishing factors such as the typical temperature and preferred shaped (yes, seriously).
This got me thinking - what scent would I want? I looked to existing home fragrances (clean, light, fresh) and perfumes (light, some floral). I was certainly seeing a pattern and decided to do some digging to see what exactly elements I was drawn to. Turns out I'm all about white florals with greenery, yuzu, peonies, bergamot, geranium, bamboo and jasmine. Be it perfume or for the home, which really is an extension of yourself, I like fragrances to be subtle and fresh. I like scent to add another layer of intrigue, not steal the show. I'm still trying to determine what shape I am.
Here are a few fragrances I have scattered about:
Every 4th of July we escape the sweltering city and head upstate to the Lake House. It's a small Adirondack town in the mountains where the vibe is seriously laid back. After going for several years, I've given up on certain things -blow drying, long showers, trying to avoid insect bites, mascara - and learned to embrace others - Navy Showers, serious SPF, buffed nails, the art of the air-dry and streamlined packing. Here are a few things that kept my bag light and organized this year:
1. A Maxi - I love a good maxi dress. Be it plain like this one or patterned, a lightweight dress is perfect for the lake. It can go from lounging to cover-up to dinner. To keep the bottom from dragging in the sand, while simultaneously adding a waistline, just add a belt. It's stylish without looking overdone (too many accessories is a sure way to standout in a too obvious way).
2. A Chambray Shirt. I was a bit late to the chambray party, but now that I'm here, I'm totally embracing it. I wore mine from Guess tucked into shorts, tied over dresses, and layered for extra warmth at the bonfire. I love that it can wrinkle and still look totally polished.
3. Lip SPF. If there is one thing that never leaves my side during a trip to the lake, it's this lip protecting balm. I try to be good about applying all-over, but I'm fanatical about applying to my lips. This one glides one and has a super high SPF.
4. Simple Tan Sandals. When I'm not in my Sperry's or flipflops, I love a basic tan sandal. They go with everything - shorts - dresses, jeans - cover-ups, you name it, it works. These are elegant in their simplicity.
This year we had beautiful weather, a packed house, the annual clambake, and lots of boating. Here are a few shots from the weekend:
In the bright lip debate I'm most often a red lip girl, but lately I'm veering towards the dark side, or as the case may be, the light side. Pinks ranging from bright barbie pinks to flamingo and even cotton candy feel fresh and new. To keep it from feeling too precious, I like more of a matte finish. Paired with simple skin (hold the blush) and a simple lined eye (a classic cat is my favorite), it's feels very riviera-chic. My current favorite is the Laura Geller Love Me Dew Crayon in Dragon Fruit Sorbet. It's super easy to apply, who doesn't love a chubby crayon, and the color wears beautifully.