Winter Check In

Friends, I am so sorry I’ve been away so long! It is almost inexcusable. I have been traveling for work like crazy, and it has been so cold, I have been snuggled up in my house wearing sweats and dreaming of summer.

I hope you can forgive me. I promise to start posting more regularly again this month! I swear! Anyway, here’s a quick check in so you know what I’ve been up to.

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wearing: Warm things! It has been so cold, I have been wearing layer upon layer of everything. You guys should have seen me at Fashion Week. Everyone was dressed so cute and I was over in the corner looking like a snow beast. Warmth over beauty, that’s what I always say!
listening: I actually need some music suggestions. I have been listening to my same old tired playlists. What have you guys been listening to?
reading: The Red Tent. I actually just started it. I am only about thirty pages in. So far so good, though!
watching: My husband and I watched Whiplash over the weekend and really liked it. Great movie with wonderful acting. Now we keep asking each other, ‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?!?!’ just like J.K. Simmons character. I also invented my own take on the question: “Are you a Russian or are you a dragon?!” Don’t ask… It literally makes no sense whatsoever. But I can’t stop saying it and thinking it is the funniest thing ever.
doing: Reading, watching TV, cleaning. Anything that involves me staying indoors :)
loving: The fact that, because of my work I have been able to travel to Miami and LA. I needed a change of scenery and a break from the cold weather and those little trips really helped. If only NYC had LA weather and LA palm tress. Then it would be paradise!!
hating: Ok this is weird, but because of the weather I have been wearing tights under my jeans/pants. But for some reason my tights do not want to stay up. It makes for an awkwardly saggy pants situation, which is not a good look.
wishing: Hmm I am not really wishing for anything at the moment. I am pretty content.
wanting: Some cookies from Insomnia cookies. Have you guys ever tried those cookies? Insomnia is pretty common in college towns. It is basically a place that delivers fresh, warm cookies. Seriously! It is the GREATEST invention of our modern world.

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Your last minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is this weekend. Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to just send flowers to yourself and move on.

However, if you want to give a small gift to friend or lovah, but you accidentally/on purpose put it off until the last minute. I have compiled a few great last minute gifts that are sure to please:

If you feel like giving something sweet, but don’t want to spend all darn day in the kitchen because Netflix is waiting:

Blooms! (I happen to love flowers. I think they are a great gift for any occasion. But they are especially special on Valentine’s Day)

The Perfect Accessory:

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I love all of you :)

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Levain Bakery Treats and a Fuzzy Photo Bomber

winter style 3There is a Levain Bakery in my ‘hood that I am more than slightly obsessed with. The treats there are ALL delicious. Every one of them. I would know because I have tried each one.

So my husband and I decided to hit up Levain for a delicious breakfast treat and the grumpiest little dog comes and photo bombs our shoot! Despite the dog’s grumpy demeanor, I do think we had a connection. He was all about posing for the camera and generally being lovely.

But isn’t his face just the grumpiest?! I mean that face is all kinds of judgey and shade-throwing. I love it.

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winter style 4Boots: Frye | Dress: C. Wonder | Jacket: J. Crew | Bag: Petit Sesame

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Cute Little Bears

winter style 1If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know already that I am a sucker for a top with tiny animals on it. Recently, I have been loving Anthropologie’s critter blouses. They are so soft and flowy, and a great way to add some visual interest to your outfit.

Also, sorry for the lack of smiling in most of these photos. It was so windy out, when the cold air hit my teeth it was like, ‘ouch!!’. So I had to ‘smize’ instead. I am not very good at smizing, so yea.

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winter style 3Booties: C. Wonder (ps everything at C. Wonder is 70% off since they are going of business. You should get on that | Jeans: H&M | Blouse: Anthropologie | Blazer: H&M

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Frigid

winter style 4Is it cold enough for ya? I would rather be in giant fleece onesie, but I don’t think that is appropriate.

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winter styleBoots  Enzo Angiolini | Jeggings: H&M | Sweater: H&M | Chambray: J. Crew | Scarf: Brooks Brothers | Coat: Vintage, it belonged to my husband’s grandmother

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My winter beauty must-haves

winter beauty must havesI posted this photo on Instagram and realized it would be cool if I also shared my favorite winter beauty products on the blog as well.

The winter has only just begun, but it has already been bitterly cold. My skin is truly struggling as a result. From head to toe there have been flakes and scales and dryness. Overall it is not my best look. As a result I have invested in some really moisturizing beauty products to give my skin the moisture it needs. Ok, let’s get this started:

Fresh Sugar Face Polish: I might be Fresh’s biggest fan. I love this face mask and use it about once a week. It gently sloughs off any dry patches on my face, while giving it a boost of moisture in the meantime.The result is softer more glowing skin.

Fresh Creme Ancienne Soft Cream: Okay, now this cream is truly an indulgence. The price tag is pretty staggering for a face cream, but let me just say — this. stuff. works. I used to get these pesky dry patches around my jawline. Nothing would get rid of them, but this cream has eliminated them completely. And you know that tight feeling you get when you go outside in the cold? When you just know the wind is aging you twenty years and you question why you don’t just give it all up and move to the Bahamas? Well, this cream is so moisturizing, I never get that tight, dry feeling. Also, if you are new to putting heavier creams on your face, this is a great option. It delivers moisture, but it doesn’t feel like you are putting Vaseline on your face.

Keihl’s Creme de Corps Body Butter: I love body butters. My skin, especially the skin on my legs, gets so dry that I start to look like a tiny desert with cracks and lines and dust. It is the worst. This cream keeps my entire body soft, smooth, and never ever ashy.

Matrix Exquisite Oil: I have relaxed hair, so it is always struggling with dryness. This product really, really helps. I usually put this product on out of shower, before I t-shirt dry my hair. My hair ends up smooth and soft. I won’t say it is frizz-free, that is impossible, but it is frizzy and soft instead of frizzy and insane.

Lavender Oil: Winter gives me stress because I hate it so much. Lavender oil smells lovely and is proven to help you relax. I put lavender oil on everything. I mix it with jojoba oil and put it on my hair. I put a few drops of it on a piece of fabric and stick it in my sock drawer. I put a drop of it on my pillowcase. Lavender is my jam.

La Roche Posay Sunscreen: It is very important to wear sunscreen year-round. The sun doesn’t stop burning just because it’s cold. I mix a small amount of this sunscreen with my winter face cream for everyday skin protection.

essie red nail polish: I am loving a nice, deep, super shiny red mani lately. I look at my hands and immediately feel happy. You gotta go bright with your polish in the winter, it is an instant mood booster.

Fresh Rose Toner: I think the thing that really sets this toner apart for me is the smell. It has the most beautiful rose scent. Unlike some other toners that smell like straight alcohol, this one just smells like a lovely spring garden.

Maybelline Define-a-Lash: For some reason, my lashes are really sensitive. I can’t use just any mascara or my lashes get brittle and fall out. Define-a-Lash defines and lengthens my lashes, but it doesn’t make them hard and brittle.

Kerastase Bain Satin 2: When your hair is as dry as mine, just a conditioner is not going to cut it, you have to start with a moisturizing shampoo. I remember growing up kids would say, ‘I don’t even use conditioner!’ and I truly and honestly thought that was utterly insane. No conditioner??? Impossible! This shampoo changed that for me. It is so moisturizing that I could potentially skip conditioner. I never, ever would — but my hair doesn’t feel like steel wool post shampoo like it used to.

Aquafor: This product is my holy grail all year long, but in winter it is truly an essential part of my life. I use it everywhere. I have a little tube for my lips, and one for my hands, knees, and elbows. I also, randomly, get dry skin on my ears. I know, so weird. So I use Aquafor on my ears to keep them soft and itch free. I recommend buying this product in a two pack. You’ll need it.

What are your winter beauty must-haves?

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A pop of tweed

winter 3Head to toe black is a winter staple for any girl. It is chic, slimming, and most importantly, it’s easy to style. But sometimes, all the black can get boring. So adding a pop of color or pattern can really breath new life into an all black look. I added this old tweed jacket from Zara to complete my look.

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winterShoes: Necessary Clothing | Pants: Asos | Top: H&M | Jacket: Zara (old, but this is a cute option)

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