Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Twenty Six Facts

Happy Valentine's Day! I realized that haven't done a post in a long time that lets you get to know me a little better.  For my twenty sixth birthday a few weeks ago I shared twenty six fun facts about myself on InstaStories so I thought it would fun to share it on here with all of you too.  Here are twenty six completely random facts that I hope you enjoy!

1. I try not to eat fried foods, but when I do french fries and fried calamari are my favorite cheats!

2. I don't like breakfast meat or eggs other then egg whites.

3. For a big breakfast I much prefer bagels, waffles, french toast, and pancakes.

4. I don't drink alcohol anymore because it is a HUGE trigger for my Crohn's disease and I also cannot drink with the medication I take for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

5. When I was in college and could drink I either drank vodka cocktails or champagne.

6. I much prefer the snow and cold weather to the sun and hot temperatures.

7. Lately I've been obsessed with watching TLC and HGTV.

8. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, but thanks to medication and therapy I have it (mostly) under control.

9. When I was in high school black nail polish was very high fashion and I loved it. My Mom thought black nails looked "goth" though and wouldn't let me wear it. That is the only time I remember really arguing with my Mom about clothes or makeup as a teenager. (And eventually she let me paint my nails black!)

10. My sophomore year of college I got my cartilage pierced after I had a pretty major surgery because I felt I didn't have a choice about the surgery, but I did have a choice in getting a piercing.

11. Probably the only other clothing/makeup/accessory my Mom and I argued about was said piercing (after I got it done).

12. My Mom was super lenient with me in high school because I got good grades and was a rule follower. This is the reason we only ever had like two fights that related to fashion.

13. My Mom and I are super close and I consider her to be one of my best friends.

14. I have donated my hair three times.

15. I got my first dog when I was sixteen and I will never not have a dog.

16. I don't like musicals.

17. I've lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

18. I want to wear pale pink when I get married because it's my favorite color and I look awful in white.

19. I met my best friend when I was six months old.

20. I've taken Spanish, French, and Russian, but cannot speak any of them.

21. I love to travel alone.

22. I don't sleep well at night because of my chronic pain. For some reason I feel better and more awake at night then during the day so it's better for me to stay up at late night and sleep more during the day.

23. I was home instructed for most of high school because of my health and going away for college was HUGE for me. I was also terrified because I was really only used to being around adults (doctors, teachers, my parents, etc.) and hadn't been around people my age in so long. It was the BEST thing I've ever done though.

23. I did college in five years due to my health. I could only take four classes a semester because of my chronic illnesses so I needed to do an extra year to get enough credits to graduate.

25. I had to have my gallbladder out when I was 15.

26. This year was the first time it didn't snow on my birthday in twenty six years and I'd be lying if I said I was not bummed.

Now that you know more about me, I'd love to hear more about you so leave a fun fact about yourself below in the comments!

                    

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beauty Review: Drunk Elephant Protini


If you've been around for a while you know I love a good moisturizer so needless to say I was excited when Drunk Elephant sent me their newest cream, Protini.  Protini is a polypeptide cream and breakthrough protein moisturizer.  It combines a new array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids, and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement in the appearance of skin tone, texture and firmness.  It's basically like a protein smoothie for your face and coincidentally I'm trying to increase my protein intake. 😂  Not to forget it's also a light, but very moisturizing formula that makes your skin feel amazing.

To use this I wash my face, pat it dry, apply a serum, and then apply Protini.  I like to allow my serum to fully absorb before putting on the cream and then allow that to skin in too.  It's also recommended to combine Protini with any of Drunk Elephant's other treatments or oils as an added boost.  You can use it both morning and night as your moisturizer, but I recommend pairing it with sunscreen for daytime wear for added protection.

I've been using this for a few weeks and am really happy with the results.  I feel like my skin looks more plump and overall healthier.  I also really love that this is supplying more protein to my skin!  If you're in the market for a new moisturizer with some great benefits you absolutely must check this out.

*I was given Protini by Drunk Elephant to facilitate my review, however opinions of this product are all my own.

                    

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What to Wear: Valentine's Day

Top  |  Earrings  |  Earrings  |  Necklace  |  Bodysuit
Skirt  |  Dress  |  Dress
Heels  |  Clutch  |  Clutch
Heels  |  Heels  |  Clutch

With Valentine's Day just a week aways it's time to start thinking of what to wear if you're going out to celebrate (either with a significant other or your besties!).  For Valentine's I love to play up the holiday colors and definitely wear something red or pink (or even both together).  I had so much fun putting together these pieces that are holiday themed, without being kitschy.   Both this dress and this dress are flirty, feminine, and perfect for a date night to celebrate.  I also like pieces that you can mix and match to dress up or down like this bodysuit and this classic top, which can be paired with jeans or a skirt like this.  I love any excuse to wear heels so to finish the look you can go neutral with these, metallic with these, or add a fun pop of color with these.  Last but not least add some statement jewelry and a cute clutch (I'm obsessed with this one!) and you're all ready to go!  

The great thing about these pieces is they're perfect to wear all year round and don't have to be saved just for Valentine's Day (they're great for weddings, date nights, and girls night outs too!).  So whether you're celebrating or not you can still shop the post below!

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Perfect Present

Still not sure what you want for Valentine's Day or perhaps an upcoming birthday or anniversary?  I have been loving bar necklaces for quite some time now and have been wearing this one that the sweet ladies at Bip & Bop sent me on repeat.  The reason these bar necklaces make the perfect gift is because you can customize it to make it even more special to you or whoever you're giving it to.  I'm wearing The Jessica which is Bip & Bop's signature bar necklace.  I customized mine by choosing rose gold with a sixteen inch chain and having The Blush Blonde engraved on it and there are several ways your can customize yours too.

While The Jessica is my favorite bar necklace from Bip & Bop it is far from their only style bar necklace they make.  They have double bar necklaces, super skinny bar necklaces, vertical bar necklaces, and more to choose from.  The ones I really have my eye on are the coordinates collection, which allows you to engrave the coordinates of a special place onto your necklace or bracelet.

I think my favorite part about Bip & Bop, other then their gorgeous jewelry, is that they are a small female owned business.  I always love supporting small businesses and amazing fellow girl bosses!  Whether you need a gift for Valentine's Day or any other occasion check out Bip & Bop for the perfect present.

What would you have engraved on a bar necklace?

                    

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day

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With Valentine's Day quickly approaching I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorite Valentine's Day gift ideas.  All of these gifts are perfect for those in a relationship to ask their significant other for and they're also great gifts to give to your Mom, sister, and/or friends too.  With so many cute picks this is really a combination Valentine's/Galentine's Gift Guide!  As I'm sure you could tell I was looking for all things cozy with this bathrobe, these slippers, and these socks.  Then I also added a few sexier items like this flirty PJ set, this gorgeous bralette, and the best thongs in the world.  I've covered beauty lovers with this pillow case, this lip balm, and more, and the classic Valentine's Day jewelry with this necklace and these earrings.  Last but not least I've got two beautiful splurge items - this bag which gives a pop of color and these feminine chic sneakers.  No matter who you're buying for (or if you're the one receiving) anyone is sure to love any gift from this list!

Who are you getting gifts for this Valentine's Day?

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Today I'm linking up with Midweek InspoOh Hey Girl!I Feel Prettyand Trendy Wednesday.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Skin Woes: Battling Dry Skin

I've struggled with dry skin since I was a kid, but it got much worse when I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at sixteen.  The skin on both my face and body are dry, but I find the dryness on my body harder to deal with especially in the winter.  During my favorite season the skin on my body gets super flaky, can be nearly impossible to keep moisturized, and is almost always itchy.  

As you can imagine having crazy dry skin is not the most comfortable situation, but this year I've been adding some new products into my routine combined with a few products I've been using for years and have been having a much better time with my skin issues!  I know that I'm far from the only person who suffers from dry skin, especially this time of year so I wanted to share with all of you what's been working for me.  Below are the products I'm loving and the details of how I'm keeping my skin moisturized and feeling comfortable!

EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating is important to remove the dead and flaky skin that accumulates on your body.  If you do not remove the dead and flaky skin the moisturizers you apply cannot penetrate it and do not get deep enough to fully hydrate your skin.  You can use both chemical and/or physical exfoliants to help you with this (check out this post to learn the difference between the two) and I prefer using a mix of the two.

Products I recommend:
Bath & Body Works Foaming Sugar Scrub- This is one of my favorite scrubs as it does a great job exfoliating, but isn't too harsh.  It also contain oils that are left behind on your skin to moisturize it.  I usually pick up several of these whenever they're on sale so I almost never run out of them.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub- This is a grittier scrub that I like to use when my skin is super flaky as it really deeply exfoliates.  It also begins moisturizing your skin when you use it with shea nut oils and contains vitamin C to help keep your skin healthy.

DERMAdoctor KP duty Body Scrub- This scrub is a combination chemical and physical exfoliant.  It combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion in one.  This is particularly great if you suffer from keratosis pilaris (chicken skin).


MOISTURIZE
Using moisturizer to hydrate your skin is the most obvious way to deal with dry skin.  I've learned though that not all moisturizers are created equally so when you're struggling with very dry skin it definitely matters which creams, lotions, and oils you choose to use.

Products I recommend:
Eucerin Intensive Repair Enriched Lotion- This cream combines moisturizer naturally found in the skin with alpha hydroxy acids to intensely hydrate, exfoliate, and smooth skin.  This cream is thick, rich, and deeply moisturizes.  With its combination of moisturizers and exfoliants I would say that this product has been the most important one I've added to my routine to help with my dry flaky skin.

Curel Ultra Healing Lotion (c/o)- This lotion is very moisturizing, but with a lighter feel.  It works to better maintain skin's barrier so it can better lock in and maintain moisture.  If you're looking for something strong that absorbs quickly this is that.

Kiss My Face Body Lotion (c/o)- This lotion uses natural oils and antioxidants to smooth and hydrate skin.  It has a thick feeling to it, but doesn't take as long to absorb as you would think it would upon initial application.  It's also great for anyone who has any issues with parabens and phthalates as it does not contain them.

Lush Dream Cream- This is my go to for dry and itchy skin.  It works to hydrate your skin, while also soothing it, which is so important when you have skin like mine.  It contains oat milk, lavender, and chamomile to soothe, and olive oil and shea butter to help with dryness.

Jojoba Oil + Coconut Oil- I love using both of these oils (separately) from time to time as a way to naturally intensely moisturize my skin. I will also sometimes add them to one of the other moisturizers mentioned above to give it a little added hydration power.  The great thing about these is that they're multipurpose and can also help with dry skin on your face, hands, and feet too!

BEST TIPS FOR MOISTURIZING
-Exfoliate at the end of your shower so that any oils or moisturizers in your body scrub will stay on your skin.

-Always apply a lotion, cream, or oil to your body after showering to replace the moisture that your skin lost.

-After showering pat skin dry with a towel (being gentle is important) and immediately apply moisturizer.

-To lock in extra hydration apply moisturizer to damp skin after showering.

-For severely dry skin apply moisturizer twice a day, a lighter lotion like this in the morning and a more intensive one like this at night.

-Add any oil (almond, jojoba, coconut, baby oil, etc.) to your lotion or cream to make it extra powerful.

-Allow moisturizer to sink in for a few minutes before putting on clothes.

If you have any questions about any of this please feel free to ask in the comments or email me.  What are your favorite products or best tips for dry winter skin?

                    

Today I'm linking up with #HowIFallHello Monday, and Weekending.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cranberry Crush + Faux Fur

Sweater: (similar here)  |  Vest: Eight Sixty (similar here)  |  Jeans: Paige  |  Boots: Sole Society (similar here)  |  Handbag: Chloé (similar here and here)

This was another look I shot a few weeks ago when I was in New York City that is perfect for this time of year.  It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of layering and winter is the perfect time to layer a faux fur vest over a sweater.  Wearing these pieces together is a great way to look stylish while keeping warm!  Fur vests have been big for a few fall/winters now and I hope that it's a trend that is here to stay.  While fur is always chic, I prefer to keep mine faux because of allergies.  If you try to avoid fur because of allergies or ethical reasons there are tons of good faux options available today.  I'm especially loving colorful faux fur right now and definitely need to add a blush faux fur vest to my closet!  Below I'm linking a bunch of different faux fur vest options that I'm swooning over so you can add one to your wardrobe too.

Do you wear real fur, faux fur, or switch between the two?

SHOP FAUX FUR VESTS I'M LOVING HERE:

                    

Today I'm linking up with Midweek InspoOh Hey Girl!I Feel Prettyand Trendy Wednesday.
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