Do you ever feel like your skin gets exceptional dull, grey, blah in during the winter? I swear I look in the mirror during these cold months and hardly recognize myself. The harsh weather undoubtedly takes a toll on our skin, so I am always looking for ways to brighten, rejuvenate and hydrate.
While checking out a recent issue of Real Simple, I came across a promo for Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask and was intrigued. This product contains berry boosters that attack clogged pores (you know…from make-up, dirt, grime, etc…). Ingredients like strawberry and rosemary work to eliminate impurities, while yarrow clarifies skin for an instant complexion wake up. Totally affordable at $6 a pop, I knew I had to give it a try.
First of all, it smells DIVINE! Honestly, it is one of the most enjoyable, yet subtle, skin care fragrances I have encountered. I am one of those people who religiously reads the back of the product packaging before using. So, I followed the instructions and thoroughly washed my face before applying and was prepared for the (kind of serious) tingling sensation that I felt after applying a thin layer all over my face (avoiding my eyes, of course). I let it set / harden for about 12 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
My skin literally felt brand new. Soft, bright, clean. I could already see the impact on my pores and am excited to continue to use the mask a few times a week. I am totally a believer and am excited to see the long-term results from this product.
Grab one for yourself this winter, and maybe a few extras for the stockings of some good little girls or boys this holiday season!
The holiday season means festive parties and fun dinners. It is a chance to rock your favorite ‘holiday looks’ all season long. I asked three of my favorite little fashionistas to share what they plan to be wearing over the holidays in case it might inspire a new look for you!
Colored pants have become one the easiest ways to accessorize an outfit lately. Since I am someone who struggles in terms of pairing the right jewelry with an outfit to make it look just right, I have definitely resorted to the colored pants trend to make my outfits a bit more exciting. These pants, the Elliot style from Babaton
(sold at Artizia) are by far the best pair of pants I have ever owned. They come in every color, you can dress them up or down, they are stretchy, AND they are machine washable. Everyone, go buy a pair…or 5. I chose the red pair to show off my Holiday Spirit.
On top, this blouse puts the attention on the pants, but is still a versatile part of any wardrobe.
I am a big fan of stud-style earrings, so I chose this Betsey Johnson pair to go with this outfit. They are both subtle and fun at the same time.
Pair these items with your favorite pair of black flats, and you’re ready to go!
I am a big supporter of the “high-waisted” trend, which really grew in popularity this past summer. I could always be found in a pair of high-waisted shorts, paired with a graphic tee or cute crop top. Now that it is (much) colder and the holidays are approaching, it is time to incorporate this trend (which I love so much!) into my fall/winter style. Skirts are an AWESOME way to do this! To put together my outfit I started with my favorite skirt right now from Tophop.
I am pairing my skirt with this white top from NastyGal. The long sleeves provide warmth, but still interesting with the cut outs on the sleeves (another summer trend transitioned into fall/winter.
For jewelry I chose to pair the top with a fun statement necklace from Aldo.
Black opaque tights paired with maroon high socks just peeking over black riding boots finishes my look. I am absolutely IN LOVE with socks/legwarmers paired with boots. I find myself wearing them everyday with leggings or tights. So easy to throw on, but add a cute, layered look to any outfit.
When I think of the holiday season, the three words that describe my wardrobe are warm, comfy and cozy. There is simply nothing better than being bundled up on the couch with a big knitted sweater on a winter day. For this holiday season, going out doesn’t have to be any less warm, comfy or cozy.
I chose this Macy’s sequined sweater to rock as the main ensemble. The sequins take the sweater from “comfy couch” material to “holiday party” ready. Not to mention, the over-sized look is perfect if you happen to eat one too many holiday cookies along with that eggnog. This black infinity scarf paired with the sequined over-sized sweater brings the cozy yet adorable look to a whole new level.
Plum is the color. The dark and warm shade is the perfect color to pair with a light shaded sweater for this holiday season. This short yet tasteful laced skirt is girly and adds some spice to the more conservative sweater on top.
Put this outfit all together with a statement necklace, some black tights and a pair of little black heels and you are ready to be adorable and cozy all night long.
If you are a student, work on a college campus, are the parent of a student, or simply are on any form of social media…you have probably picked up on the fact that it’s FINALS WEEK.
Good luck to all students (and professors) out there this week.
May you actually get a decent amount of sleep.
May your cup always be full of hot coffee.
May you find a good spot at the library / union / Starbucks.
May you remember to breathe.
May you surround yourself with friends so that you take quality breaks
and fill them with laughter.
May you remember that you are likely smarter than you think.
May the 4.0′s be ever in your future.
You Don’t Know Jacques
Parties and dinners and celebrations galore! ‘Tis the season where you will see and be seen, so make sure you have your nails polished and ready to go!
I know that typically hues of red tend to trend during the holiday season (and there is nothing wrong with rocking some red), but don’t limit yourself to crimson and cranberry. Check out some of my current favorite nail colors and consider branching out!
Looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank, or put you in the poor house? Yeah..me too. The catch is that you DO want want to splurge on the important people in your life…the trick is how to give them something worthwhile, that won’t leave you holiday-poor.
Here are some fun finds for under $20 that will help your holidays be a little happier.
Threshold Jewelry Box
Colorblock Leather Card Case
Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye
I adore Christmas stockings, or ‘socks’ as we lovingly refer to them in my family. I love that they are filled with little treats and treasures and that they, themselves, are a focal point of holiday decor.
If you are somewhat neurotic like me, you may find it important to make sure your stockings match, or at least ‘go’ together. Which means if you have expanded your family at all (baby, dog, cat, fish, etc…) you may be in the market for a new set of stockings. Or, perhaps you are less ‘type A’ and are just looking for a single eclectic stocking to add to your existing collection. Either way, I don’t think Santa will judge.
I popped around the wonderful world of Etsy and pulled the adorable stocking options you see above. Check ‘em out. You might just find a new piece of holiday decor / history perfect for your fireplace.
I don’t know about you, but I am slightly overwhelmed by all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Time to dial it back and enjoy some good ‘ole holiday music to kick off the season properly.
One of my favorite holiday albums is Jingles and Bells by Ben Rector. Nothing too crazy or out of the box. Just some good, classic Christmas music favorites sung beautifully by the dreamy Ben Rector.
Ben Rector is my absolute favorite singer/songwriter/musician, so when I found this album a few years ago, I was thrilled. His voice is so smooth and soothing, with somewhat of a vintage-vibe. I swear I could listen to him read the phone book.
This festive compilation encourages you to reflect on Christmases that have passed, but also feels fresh and modern. Something that Rector is a true wizard at…the guy has a gift.
So, warm up some hot cocoa, put on your favorite cheesy pj’s, get ready to trim the tree or just enjoy a crackling fire and check out Jingles and Bells. Add it to your holiday jams playlist. I promise you will be singing along within a matter of mere moments if you aren’t instantly mesmerized by Ben Rector’s magical voice…which could very well happen. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
Cheers to the holiday season, friends!
P.S. Since I know you will instantly fall in love with Ben Rector and will ask yourself (perhaps out loud) – “Gosh, I wish I had more fabulous music from Ben Rector. That would be swell. Wonder where I can find more great tunes?” Click HERE to check out all of his amazing albums! Your life may forever change…
P.P.S. Just because I love Ben so much, here is a little video of him performing “Let It Snow” LIVE (that I randomly found on the internet).
Why aren’t you taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals?!?!
Get out there and get clicking!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!