March 13, 2014

The Joy of Aging

Eyelid wrinkles. Crows feet. Lip line wrinkles. Sun damage. Saggy knees. This, my friends, is what happens when you get old.

I know, I know, I'm NOT old. I'm actually still quite spry for six months shy of thirty-seven. These little aging things just happen to jump out of the mirror at me sometimes and I think...where has my youthful visage gone?? 

I suppose I'd better get used to the wrinkles since I don't really see myself doing anything drastic (face-lifting, needles, etc) to get rid of those anytime soon. Maybe that Lifestyle Lift? If I develop a turkey neck one day I'm definitely looking into that! Do I have to get used to saggy knees? Could I get a knee-skin-oplasty (or whatever they're calling it) one day? I could get some more photofacial done. That really has helped the sun damage a lot. I wonder how much they charge for a whole body photo facial? Probably way too much. Sun exposure--so bad for your skin. All those sunburns I had, I wish I could undo. Younger ladies (and dudes): please please PLEASE wear your sunscreen every day! And for goodness sake do NOT bake yourself in a tanning bed. Ever had tanning bed burn on your ass? It's not fun. You will live to regret it.

Maybe if I just keep up my 5 day a week fitness routine, keep eating (mostly) healthy, and take my vitamins, always use sunscreen, keep not smoking, take up yoga, drink less alcohol, go running more...

Oh, well, maybe I should just accept that I will get old unless I die young. And I definitely would prefer to get old if given the choice. I'm just trying to figure out how to wrap my mind around accepting the inevitable parts of aging. More wrinkles, more saggy knees (and probably other things too), and so on.

Honestly, I really don't stress about it too much, but I do notice the physical signs that I'm not as young as I used to be. And really, that's pretty ok. I whine a little and then I get (mostly) over it. These days, I know myself better. I've got years of experience. I've got wisdom. And I'm actually in better physical shape now than I was even a year ago. I know that the people who love me, love me for ME, not my face or my body. I know I am so much more than my appearance. The trick is to remember that, and to believe it with my whole heart, even when my wrinkly eyelids try to tell me otherwise.


xo :)

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March 7, 2014

Street Style Friday

I know all the various Fashion Weeks around the world are over, but right after NYFW I went browsing through street style photos and pinned a few that I liked. I thought I'd share because many of us are still in the throes of winter and all these looks prominently feature amazing coats. Granted, I'm not in much of a coat buying mood lately...all I can think about are dresses and shorts and sandals. But maybe seeing these again will inspire me to hunt for my own amazing coat...maybe on super duper end-of-season discount!

I love love LOVE this jacket. Do want.

Here's to a great weekend!

xo :)

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February 28, 2014

Radiant Orchid...Continued

After taking photos in my jacket the other day, I kept thinking about that color...radiant orchid. I decided to do some online perusing to see what other vibrant purple/pink lovely things I could find.  There are plenty! I may need another piece...

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Happy Friday!

xo :)

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February 26, 2014

I Cooked!

Ok maybe it's not THAT exciting...I cook pretty regularly. But the other night I cooked with something I'd never cooked with before. Parsnips. Now, I have heard of parsnips before, but I had no idea what they were, really. I walked into the produce section and had to actually read the signs on the bins because I didn't know what parsnips looked like. I didn't even know what section to look in. By the greens? Near the peppers? I was clueless.

But now I know, and I'm glad I do!
Parsnips are a close relative to carrots and they even kind of smell the same. But I thought the taste was pretty different. It was sort of a tangy/spicy taste, almost like ginger root but not as strong. I liked it!

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and it looked so delicious I decided I had to make it immediately.

white wine and lemon roasted chicken - via The Noshery
Looks amazing, no? Since I was adamant that I make this dish ASAP and I didn't feel like making another trip to the grocery store because I forgot to write down what I'd need and all I could remember was the parsnips (seriously, it's like my memory goes blank when I enter the grocery store), I decided to improvise and make do with the stuff I did have.

veggies tossed and ready
Beautiful veggies, huh! I really dislike Brussels sprouts, which were called for in the original recipe, so I traded those for some broccoli. I didn't have any roasted red peppers so I subbed in some sun dried tomatoes, and since I didn't have any thyme sprigs growing in my kitchen herb garden (I don't have an herb garden!) I used dried thyme. Also, instead of the called-for chicken thighs, I used three plump chicken breasts I had in the fridge. I did everything else according to the original recipe.

I think it turned out quite nicely! It's obviously not as pretty as the original, but I was happy with it. And it was delicious! Totally easy too. I imagine you could probably sub in pretty much any vegetable and chicken part you wanted to in this recipe. I thought of maybe adding some mushrooms next time. I love mushrooms.

I would definitely recommend trying this recipe out. It's simple, flavorful, and versatile. As Meseidy said on TheNoshery, "winner winner chicken dinner!"

xo :)

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February 24, 2014

Radiant Orchid

Happy Monday peeps! I've been staring at this jacket all winter. I love it, and I kept wanting to wear it, but it just seems like such a spring/summer color that I left it in the closet, untouched.  Until this past weekend, however.  The temps were in the 70s, there was a cool breeze, and I had a Friday lunch date with my girls.  It was the perfect day for some radiant orchid.

jacket and jeans (old) - The Limited // heels - Shoedazzle // shirt - Express
I don't smile enough, sheesh. I am a happy person...promise!
I bought the jacket last year on a whim. Who knew it would become the color of the year for 2014?! Not me. It may not be EXACTLY the shade Pantone features on their site, but it's pretty damn close I think.

Hello Spring! I love you tons.

What do you think of this year's color, radiant orchid?

xo :)

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February 14, 2014

Casual Friday Love

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I really love being able to dress casually for work on Fridays. And today, the temps are up (65 degrees!), the sun is out, and we've got a beautiful weekend ahead.  Doesn't get any better than that!

loafers - Shoe Mint // jeans + tee + cardigan (old) // shades - Dior

Since my outfit isn't saying much about Valentine's Day, I decided to give you some red lip action! I'm wearing Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Candy Apple. Kisses!!

xo :)

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January 31, 2014

Winter White at Work

This space hasn't seen my face in a while.  So here it is.  Along with my fab white jacket.

jacket/sweater/pants - The Limited // heels - Enzo Angiolini // scarf - old
I've been wanting to style this jacket again for a work look, and this is what I came up with.  Simple, but I like it.

On another style note, I can't seem to stop cutting my hair.  I went from long hair to the middle of my back up to my shoulders, then a little shorter, then a little bit more, now here we are.  This is the shortest it's been in, like...well, a really long time!.  I'm pretty sure I'm happy with this length.  I probably won't go any shorter.  Maybe.

Happy Friday everyone!

xo :)

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January 28, 2014

My Skin Faves

The wonderful wide world of skin care products is, to say the least, expansive.  I feel like every time I turn around there's a new cream, lotion, gadget, etc.  And each exciting new product claims that "this will be the one that will work for you!!"  Meh.  I've tried a ton of different skin concoctions (as has most every woman) and have only just within the last year or so settled into a pretty steady routine.  I thought I'd share my favorite products so maybe, if you have skin like me (fair, mega sensitive, sun damaged - oops, and often times acne prone), you might find something here that would work for you.

First, let's start with cleanser.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser - $11

Cetaphil has been my daily go-to for quite a while now.  It's gentle, doesn't dry me out, and washes off clean.  It's pretty ok at taking off mascara too.  I do tend to break out a teensy bit sometimes, especially if I sleep in my makeup from the night before (bad Monica!!)  So that's why I still have another cleanser in my arsenal...

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser - $20
Proactiv, as you may know, is a super popular acne treatment line.  I ordered it several years back while in distress with too much acne and unbalanced skin.  It DID work wonders for me, but thankfully over the last few years I just haven't needed it as much.  Maybe because I've improved my health and lifestyle quite a bit?  I don't know but I'm happy about that!  It's pretty powerful stuff, and using it all the time really dried my skin out.  Now I use just the cleanser once or twice a week as a sort of insurance against that whole sleeping in makeup thing.  I feel like it will keep the zits away even though I do bad skin things on occasion! 

Dickinson's Witch Hazel - $5.49
This stuff is just...the best.  It's natural, cheap, and effective.  Just a little bit on a cotton ball or pad and a quick swipe over the skin and you're good.  I have tried probably 20 other toners in my life and pure witch hazel beats them all.  I swear those little teeny blackheads that never seem to go away actually decreased in number quite a bit.  I also use it on other body parts (booty, legs) to soothe my skin and keep it smooth.

Natural bristle body brush - $10
Organic coconut oil - $12.50

And speaking of smooth skin, a natural bristle body brush and organic coconut oil are your BFFs.  A little dry body brushing before your shower and a slathering of coconut oil after is super beneficial.  It seems a little greasy at first, but trust me, it is awesome and yes, you will get used to the greasy.  To jazz up my coconut oil experience a little, I got an inexpensive glass jar and mixed the oil with a little bergamot essential oil for fragrance.  I love it.

Bergamot essential oil - $12.50
Pure grapeseed oil - $8
Oil??  On my face???  No way I used to say.  But since I first got on the facial oil bandwagon about a month ago, my skin has looked and felt SO much better.  I mixed in some bergamot (vitamin C!) with my grapeseed oil, about two drops of bergamot to an ounce of oil.  Just two little drops of this mixture rubbed between my fingertips and then gently pressed into my skin every night made a huge difference in how my face felt.  No more dryness, no more excessive oiliness (and putting on face powder to cover that up a few times a day), and...could it be?  The little blackheads diminished some more?  Amazing.

Yes to Grapefruit dark circle correcting eye cream - $16
This little almost miracle right here is so perfect:  totally affordable, light, non-greasy/cakey, and works like a charm.  For real.  I've even taken to walking out of the house to head to work minus under-eye concealer.

CeraVe SA Lotion
 Lastly, this is body lotion I refuse to live without.  I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms.  CeraVe, in addition to the coconut oil, has made it practically disappear.  I can't tell you how happy this makes me!  All those unsightly bumps are gone and my arms are smooth and happy!  I also get super annoying bumps on other body parts and irritation from shaving my legs, and this lotion is my savior for taking care of that too.  I've tried everything under the sun for shaving and this stuff is by far the most effective at keeping my skin bump free.  It's a little bit expensive, $17 for 8 ounces, but for me it's a small price to pay for something that works SO well. 

I hope you're having a terrific Tuesday!

xo :)

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