Hello! It's been a pretty great week. Celebrated my mom's birthday, sipped a lovely lychee martini, and ate a lot of good food! Looking forward to the Grammy's tonight :)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Hello!! I've decided to start a new series in which I gush about a style icon of mine. This week, and first in the series, is none other than Alexa Chung. She's no stranger to receiving love and admiration in the blogger community. I chose her because she is fresh in my mind from looking at dozens of pictures of her when I was contemplating cutting my hair. I've been really really wanting to get her book, but every time I see it i decide against it because it is a little pricey. Maybe one day I will bite the bullet. But for now, I will admire Alexa's effortless cool-girl style through pictures on the internet.
I don't look to Alexa for thinspo or fitspo, but oh my goodness do I admire how she can put together an outfit that seems completely none put together. I picked the three pictures of her above because they sum up what I love about how she dresses. How she can pull of both grungy 90's inspired outfits as well as rock a pretty floral dress. I'm also really jealous of how well she can pull off those dungarees. Overall, I drool when I see her in any outfit she throws together. I've gone through many different styles over the last years, and I think I'm growing out of my pastel baby doll dress phase into something more like how she dresses. It sucks when you have a closet full of clothes that you don't think suit your personal style anymore! But that's just how it is, I guess. Anyway, OBSESSED with miss Alexa Chung lately. Seriously can't get enough. :)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I can't rave enough about Jo Malone. What a classy, sophisticated, beautiful brand of fragrance. Obsessed. Now, I've been wanting to get my little paws on ANYTHING Jo Malone for quite some time, and finally got a little bottle of one of my favorite scents from them. Blackberry and Bay cologne is unlike anything in my collection of floral and sweet perfumes. This scent is clean, and fruity in an alluring, rather than cutesy, way. Perfect for the colder months in my opinion. The official description on the website is like this:
It's a bit warm smelling when mixed with my body chemisty, not sure that makes sense. I tend to put in on my wrist rather than my neck area just because I feel like it blends in with me better there. It's quite expensive, so I only got the little bottle for now, hopefully my collection will grow (with candles!). I feel these fragrances and packaging designs are timeless and will look beautiful in any perfume/cologne collection.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
So, carrying on. I've struggled with my skin since I was 9 years old. Thankfully, now that I'm 23 it's calmed down a bit. I still get breakouts, almost exclusively to the lower cheek and chin area. Honestly, when I'm not breaking out I don't do the whole shebang of a skincare routine. I usually do a bit of spot treatment to any tiny pimples but that's as fas is it goes (due mostly to laziness)! However, when I DO have issues I found a routine that seems to work best for me.
These are the products I use. I first cleanse with the Fresh Soy Cleanser, then do the cupcake mask, rinse it off and do the Perricone MD Pore Minimizer and finish off with the Origins super spot remover and the overnight moisture mask. Each of these products is great on their own, but in a desperate attempt to get my nice skin back, I found that using them all together really made a difference the next morning.Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is my newest purchase. It's a bit pricey, with the smallest size being $15 but it's really nice!! It smells like cucumber, which I can't stand the taste of but the smell is cool and refreshing and the consistency is a smooth, almost gel-like formula. It feels great on the face and leaves it feeling clean for hours. Lush cupcake mask is meant to calm oily acne-prone skin. It smells wonderful and feels so cool and refreshing when you put it on after just taking it out of the fridge. I've never tried any of their other masks, but I highly, highly recommend this one. Perricone MD Pore Minimizer on right after the face mask. This is good stuff. I've always struggled with my pores and I really feel that this helps keep them under control. It's not a miracle worker, but I don't expect any pore product to be. It has a clean, almost herbal smell to it which is quite calming when I put it on at night. super spot remover. It's expensive for such a little bottle but don't let that throw you off because it lasts a loooong time. Again, it's not a miracle worker, and doesn't do much for those spots that got beyond the surface, but it's a good preventative treatment. It's also good for those pesky white heads. My approach is if it's burning, it's a good sign. Now, I use the Drink Up intensive overnight mask when I'm serious about getting my skin into shape. I am so so so bad at moisturizing that I feel whenever I use this it makes up for my irregular and infrequent moisturizing. It smells so fruity and tropical that I love putting it on. It is quite heavy so a little goes a long way. If you can't stand your face being oily before bed then this isn't really for you, but when you wake up with a super soft face in the morning, it all seems worth it.
This has been my current skincare routine. The products are a bit random and all over the place, but I find that this has been working great for me. I'm going to try and get back on the blogging wagon since I'm no longer working for the majority of my days. Hopefully I can get more fashion-y posts up, since that is where my true passion lies. :)