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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANCHESTER.

I had another post planned for today, but I felt I couldn't be silent about the things on my heart. I'm sure by now you've heard about the Manchester attacks, & any time a tragedy like this happens I think my brain fails to recognize the full depth, because it's so fixated on the why. Why are there such horrible people in this world, who take innocent lives & not bat an eyelash? I don't believe for a second God lets it happen, so how is it done? 

Some of my happiest memories, the times I've felt most alive, have been when I'm singing along with thousands of strangers that become friends for the night, captivated by the music that is universal to us all. Concerts are supposed to be a safe place, so what happens when we can't even be safe in the places that feel like home? 

Just sitting back & watching these tragedies seems passive & unproductive, but how do we help? In this case, donating to this fundraiser started by the Manchester News is a good start. If you can't donate, spread the word. As of Tuesday night, there are still fifteen people missing. The power of social media is amazing & has already helped one missing girl be found. 

Keep loving, keep being a light. Don't let the world put out your fire just yet.

xo,
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Skincare Notes.


Starting in your 20s, skincare is an imperative part of self care, & it's important to establish a bit of a routine, or at least have favorite products on hand to reach for. Over the past couple years I've gotten a little groove going & have figured out what typically works for my combination skin:

// toner
A good toner is beneficial for soothing & repairing the skin, removing all traces of makeup in the process. & it's super refreshing! Spritz some on after nighttime cleansing for a wind down, or in the morning for a little refresher. 

// eye cream
It's never too early to start paying attention to your eye area, as it's one of the main areas that begin to age. A dab of cream at night helps to minimize puffiness & protect the under eye area. (on the under eye note, I've also just ordered an ice roller to add to my routine-- will update!)

// weekly mask
A weekly pamper is SO HELPFUL for your mental health & overall sanity. & so is a weekly face mask, in my opinion. Filled with antioxidants, it's an anti-aging weapon in liquid (or sheet) form. Add a rose mask for anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Any mask option is a gentle, refreshing skin treat.

// moisturizer
Perhaps the most important, a moisturizer with an SPF is a wrinkle & skin cancer fighter, plus it keeps the skin hydrated & ready to go. It's not news that moisturizing is imperative for healthy skin, but it's easy to forget or skip & say 'mmmm I'll do it next time'. DON'T SKIP IT! 

// oil
Facial oil is like icing on a cake; a perfect makeup primer, dry skin hydrator, and toxin fighter, oils provide a lock in of protection. I like to dab some under my eyes & on my cheeks after cleansing & toning at night.  


What are your skincare must haves?


xo,

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Friday, May 19, 2017

HOW TO TAKE A SEASONAL WARDROBE INVENTORY


When each new season hits, it's tempting to buy ALL THE CLOTHES. But it's more efficient (& easier on the bank account) to only add what you really need for the upcoming season. 

1// Take inventory
Be a shopper in your own closet. See what pieces you already have, getting rid of anything that doesn't fit right, you haven't worn since 2015, or you're just not feeling anymore. 

2// Make of a list of what you need.
After you have a visual of pieces you might be missing, make a checklist of it all, starting with high priority going down to low. I list the stores I'll be looking for each item at as well, so I'm not all over the place.

3// Online first.
Once everything is listed, take an online shop inventory & see if any of the items you need are available online. (they most likely will be) Sometimes their online prices are less expensive! Of course unless it's somewhere like asos, in which case online is your only option..... 
THEN once you've done virtual, it's time for the stores. 

Ready, set, SHOP!!


xo,

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

GIRL POWER


I like to believe the whole 'putting your love & support for women on clothing items' trend started with monica geller's 'girls girls girls' sweater way back in '94. Yes, mon!

I hope the trend of girl power is a lasting one, as with the trend of a good 'ole graphic tee. I looove these for summer, paired with a fun neck scarf  & a pair of shorts.

I've rounded up some more girl power picks for you! :
xo,

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