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Pregnancy Skin Care: My Top Three

When you’re pregnant, it is really important to maintain your health and beauty routine. Not only is it good for you, it is also good for your sanity. If I am perfectly honest, I am not sure if stretch mark creams actually prevent stretch marks. I think getting stretch marks has more to do with heredity and skin type, and no cream can change your genetic makeup. I will say I haven’t gotten a new stretch mark (yet), and I think these creams are really helping! Also, my pregnant skin definitely needs extra TLC. Between dry patches and break outs, a solid moisturizer is essential. I have found three that I swear by. top 31. Burt’s Bees “Mama Bee’ Belly Butter: This cream is great. I personally like it because it barely has any smell and it moisturizes deeply. I know this is supposed to be a belly butter, but I use it all over my body. My arms and legs have never felt smoother.

2. Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action: This stuff is the real deal. True story — I have stretch marks in the most random places from growth spurts I had growing up. This cream has really helped to even my skin and I believe it has helped to prevent new stretch marks. We will see how I hold up in these last few months.

3. Creme Ancienne Soft Cream: I thought I loved this creme before I got pregnant, but it is my saving grace now. Sadly, I have been plagued by breakouts during pregnancy (booo) but this creme has really helped to keep my skin nice and luminous. So even if I have a blemish, at least the rest of my skin is glowing!

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?

4 Beauty Products That Changed My Life

four beauty products that changed my life.jpgI have always been a bit of a product junkie. Products come, products go, but in the end there are a few that I could never give up. Ever.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I use this product mostly for my lips. But it also works well for cuticles, knees, elbows and other pesky dry spots. For lips, this product is extra amazing because it isn’t one of those chapsticks that just makes your lips more chapped.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil: I know I have already raved about this product, but it is the bees knees. I swear my face has been transformed into a beautiful, silky portrait of fabulousness. And I know you are probably like face oil?? Won’t that turn me into a pizza face?? The short answer — no. In fact, the black heads I had on my nose are pretty much gone, and my t-zone overall is smoother and softer. This face oil is the biz’ness.

Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins: Beauty starts from within, y’all. These supplements can really help. Now I am not saying that you will turn into Rapunzel taking these vitamins, but your hair and nails will be stronger and healthier looking and your skin will look much more glowy and clear.

Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine: If you struggle with dry hair — this product will deliver. The ingredients are all natural — and the smell is amazing. I could go on for days about how great this product is. Even if you don’t have “ethnic hair” this treatment could work great for a pre-shampoo treatment for any type of dry, damaged hair.

Same Dress, Different Wedding

black lace

I am not sure if you all know my wedding dressing policy — but it is pretty straightforward. One dress gets purchased for wedding season, and that dress gets worn to every wedding of the year. This year’s wedding guest dress is actually last year’s wedding guest dress because of laziness. Next year I will get a new one. This one is so cute, though! It is lacy and fluffy!

black lace dress

backless lace dress

Also, guess what! My creative directin’ husband is here! On the blog! Looking all handsome! This is rare event, y’all. So savor this moment.

usDress: Asos (old) | Shoes: J. Crew


14th streetIn NYC, even the art wears hipster glasses.

at the present I am…

 wearing: My trusty Ralph Lauren button down, skinnies and nude flats
 listening: Kacey Musgraves’ album — Same Trailer, Different Park
 reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
 watching: Mad Men — isn’t everyone?
 doing: My nails. I am trying to get better at painting my own nails. I think I am making progress, if I do say so myself.
 loving: All the blooming trees in the city. Gorgeous.
 hating: Leggings as pants. But you already knew that.
 wishing: For a puppy!
 wanting: A whole piece bathing suit. I think I might get this midkini first, though. Baby steps

What about you, lovelies?

The worst weekend to get your hair did.

full skirt and blue ginghamThis past weekend was straight up rain all day err’day in NYC. But I had a hair appointment that was tragically overdue so I went despite the weather.

My hair stylist was all like, “Wow! You are brave. It’s so rainy today.”

And then I was like, “Well, it isn’t raining Nair, so I think I’ll be all right.” Because I am so witty and I always have so many witty things to say, you see.

Well, as usual — the lady who has spent the last three years transforming my hair from a dry, breaking, rat’s nest into something moderately presentable was right. Approximately five seconds after leaving the shop, the beautiful, soft curls she gave me fell into a frizzy stick-straight disaster, just in time for me to shoot my outfit post.

So I got my nails done to make up for it — definitely a sound investment.

ANYWAY — on to my outfit. I had been seeing this skirt in every H&M window in NYC and I just HAD to make it mine. It is the best. You should buy it immediately for the sake of your happiness.

full skirt and gingham

gingham and a full skirt

blue gingham and a full skirt

blue gingham shirtShoes: Zara | Skirt: H&M | Belt: Target | Shirt: J.Crew

Short Week

So see what had happened was….

I didn’t do any outfit shoots this week. Yes, I know, I have a fashion blog with no new fashions on it.

BUT I blame this little guy.

falstaffHere’s what happened — I went to Virginia last week to visit this sweet, adorable little pup (and my parents) then I got stranded, with no camera and no creative director, when Nemo hit. So, in essence, the lack of outfit posts is entirely the puppy’s fault. You can yell at him (if you have no soul).

So, because there are zero new outfits to share this week, I am going to put off blogging until Monday. By then I should have some new styles. Until we meet again next week, you can stare at sweet Baby Falstaff’s face.

Thanks for understanding!


Outfit Post Outtakes: Part 2

outtakesYes, it’s that time again! Time for outfit post outtakes! Yaaaayyy!!

As a fashion blogger, it is easy to take yourself a bit too seriously. The pressure to style the perfect outfit and land the perfect pose can sometimes make you forget how fun (and hilarious) blogging can be. I like to ground myself by looking back through my old shoots and laughing at some of the hilariously bad photos that are taken. Then I like to put those pictures on the Internet — because, hilarity knows no shame. Oh, and if Beyonce can do it, so can I.

Below are a few of my favorite outfit post outtakes. Spoiler: They are embarrassing.

runningMovement photos: You know when professional models run or move in photos and it looks amazing? Well, apparently that doesn’t happen with me. Just look at those clenched fists and knock knees. I am like an Olympian, people. Pure stamina and health.

no armsMissing limbs: Sometimes a photo fail isn’t apparent right off the bat. This photo looks okay, right? Definitely blog worthy. Except for the fact that I look like a sparkly double amputee.

lens flareLens flare gone wrong: Lens flare is basically my favorite thing ever. It is so cool and artsy, amiright?! Sometimes, though, the sun has a mind of its own and I look like I am being engulfed in the fiery flames of hell an angel.

photo bombAll around fail: Everything is the worst in this photo. There is a random child in the background, I look like I am lost/confused/being confronted by an unsavory-looking stranger — and, of course, there’s the oblivious photo bomber that suddenly appeared to completely sabotage the picture for good measure.

whoopsDetail Shot? Ummm… yea. There’s this. We’ll call it a detail shot — so you can see the intricate detail of my sleeve, cheek, and eye corner.

movementAgain with the movement — It is just not good.

Another Brick in the Wall

blue gingham, layered cardigan, a-line skirtThe sun came out in picturesque Harlem which made for bearable outfit post shoots. Hurray!

Also, you may notice that my new bangs are a bit shorter. They are because I decided to go big or go home. So I had my stylist cut them short and blunt.

However, short, blunt bangs require even more TLC than longer, swoopy bangs. For example, when I washed my hair after my stylist cut them, I didn’t realize that one has to style one’s bangs when they are wet.

Since I failed to do anything to my bangs when they were wet, when they dried they stuck out straight forward. They didn’t stick up or to side, they stuck straight forward and I looked like a full-on crazy person. Instead of simply re-wetting my bangs and starting again, I immediately began panicking and my husband thought my my Alfalfa-inspired bangs were just hilarious. Then, in my hour of need, the blow dryer and flat iron only made the situation worse. So I had to tie a scarf tightly around my head and sort of glue my bangs to my forehead and hope for the best. Luckily, the scarf worked, and in the morning all was well again with my bangs.

But now I know. Always style bangs when they are wet.

gingham, cardigan, and an aline skirt

layered blue gingham and an a-lineShoes: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: Asos also worn here | Cardigan: Forever 21 (old) | Shirt: J.Crew

Bangs: An Analysis

bangsLast weekend, I got me some bangs. I have had them for approximately five days and they have already changed my life — for worse and for better (like marriage!). Here’s why:

The Good:

The bangs, overall, are quite lovely. I look exactly like Zooey Deschanel with bangs. In fact, people have stopped me on the street and they are all like, “Omg,  are you Zooey Deschanel??” and I am all like, “Oh, hehehe yes no. It’s just my amazing bangs!”

So that is good.

The Bad:

I have prided myself in waking up (about) thirty minutes before I need to leave my apt to get to the office on time each morning. That thirty minutes is usually broken down as follows:

  • 7:31: After hitting the snooze button a million times I emerge groggily from my bed looking like a monster
  • 7:31- 7:34: Get dressed
  • 7:34-7:52: Complain to myself about how tired I am and how everything is the worst.
  • 7:52 – 7:57: Brush teeth
  • 7:57 – 8:09: Eat breakfast (Yes, I know I should brush my teeth after breakfast, but I have an unbreakable routine. The idea of breaking this delicate a.m. order is unthinkable.)
  • 8:09: Leave

You will notice that “do my hair” is not a line item. Because, during the week, I do not do my hair. I usually wake up, throw my hair into some bootleg version of the topknot and resume complaining about my tiredness.

With bangs, all of this has changed. I must now do my bangs. Which requires complex tools like a flat iron and heat protection spray. Now, I still don’t do the rest of my hair (that’s asking too much). But I must make sure I give my bangs the love and attention they need and deserve. This also means that my morning has been entirely thrown off and I have to cut down on my morning complaints by about five minutes.

So that’s not as good.

The end.