October 10, 2013

Hello There

Old Navy Sweatshirt, Zara Skirt, Loren Hope Necklace c/o, J.Crew Pumps, Ray Ban Sunglasses (these are the 58mm), Fendi Bag

I’m a big fan of dressing up sweatshirts because they add a relaxed/cool element to whatever you’re pairing them with. Normally I would wear a blouse with a pencil skirt, but the sweatshirt makes it feel younger and more daytime appropriate. I’ve always loved the Zoe Karssen sweatshirts and tees, but I couldn’t resist a great deal at Old Navy and ended up taking home a handful since they were only $8. Here are a few of my other favorites that I would love to wear with this leather skirt

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Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser/ Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask/ Sephora Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask/ L’Occitane Créme Divine/ L’Occitane Regard Divin/ iS Clinical Eye Youth Complex/ Arcona Night Worker

Over the past couple of months I’ve added a few new products to my beauty routine that I’m really excited to share! I was recently introduced to Tata Harper and have been using a few of her products ever since returning home from our trip to Kauai. I’m absolutely hooked on her Resurfacing Mask. I use it multiple times a week to tighten my skin and give it an instant glow, especially after a long day or late night out. Her Regenerating Cleanser is a great daily face wash and is perfect for my semi-sensitive skin. What I love most about Tata Harper is that all of her products are 100% natural, organic and nontoxic. I try my best to eat as fresh, organic and clean as possible, so why not do the same for my skincare?!

Even though my skin looked refreshed when I got back from Kauai (it’s amazing what a tan can hide) it didn’t exactly feel that way. It was dry, starting to peel and dull. I’ve always been interested in trying face masks, so I went into Sephora and picked up this, this and this. My favorite ended up being Sephora’s Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask. I swear it’s like hooking your fave up to a vitamin iv. If I wake up puffy, I’ll put one on after I get out of the shower. I’ve already had to go back to Sephora to get more!

Words can’t even express my love for L’Occitane Divine Cream. It’s like heaven on your face…seriously! I let my sister try it out when she was here and she was amazed how amazing it felt and made her skin feel. I tend focus the most on the skin around my eyes- part because it’s the most delicate and also because it’s my most problematic area (hello, dark circles and puffiness). I love using L’Occitane’s eye cream in the morning and at night before bed- it’s soothes the skin around my eyes and instantly makes them look refreshed.

Both Arcona’s Night Worker and iS Clinical’s Eye Youth Complex were recommended to me by my esthetician at International Orange. She recommended the “Night Worker” in particular because of my dry skin. I use it at least two nights a week to hydrate and replenish my skin. She explained it to me as basically feeding your face a giant green juice full of vitamins. She also recommended the “Eye Youth Complex” to help get rid of my under eye circles. I told her that my goal was to try and go makeup free as much as possible, but that I’m always trying to hide my under eye circles. I’ve seen a huge difference in the skin under my eyes and my dark circles since using it.

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BCBG Dress (on sale), Valentino Heels via TJ Maxx (similar here), Ann Taylor Clutch, Estée Lauder Nail Polish in “Smoked Chrome”, Estée Lauder Lip Lacquer in “Ruby Glow”

I haven’t been to a formal/black tie event- especially one that required a floor length dress- since college and scrambled to find something last minute for the Helpers House of Couture Gala this past weekend. Luckily, I had my sister in town and she suggested I try on this BCBG dress. It didn’t look like much on the hanger, but when I put it on, we both knew it was perfect. The draping falls in all the right places and the slit gave a glimpse of my new sparkly heels. I found these gorgeous Valentino sandals at T.J. Maxx and squealed with excitement! I had actually ordered these heels, but ended up returning them because I loved the Valentino pair more.

I hardly ever wear eyeshadow, but since I kept my look pretty simple, I decided to go a little more dramatic with my makeup. I used this palette and this lip lacquer to achieve my look.

This dress and this dress were also contenders, but in the end, I wanted something colorful. I actually forgot how much fun it was to dress up and am hoping I get another reason to with the upcoming holiday season. Here are a few of my other favorite looks…

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