All Neutrals

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I love mixing colors and patterns, but sometime’s it’s nice to stick to one color pallet. For this look, I went with all neutrals. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about mixing all the whites and tans, but I ended up really liking them all together. This sweater dress from Chicwish has got to be one of my favorite sweaters in my wardrobe right now. I absolutely love the cable knit detailing and the turtleneck to keep me warm since it is freezing here in Ohio. I definitely recommend this sweater if you’re battling some cold winter weather and need a good, neutral sweater to cuddle up in. I’m all about pieces that can be dressed up OR down, and this is definitely one of those!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far! xo

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The Perfect Red Skirt

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Fri-yay! :) I hope you all love this dressier look as much as I do. I originally was planning on wearing this skirt for the holidays, but I love it for Valentine’s Day as well. It perfect for a dressier Valentine’s Day look vs. the more casual look I posted a few days ago. I am still trying to pick out an outfit for Valentine’s Day, but this one is definitely in the running. PS – the bow detailing on this top is absolutely amazing. Hope you all have an AMAZING weekend! xo

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I Chopped My Hair Off!

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Hey guys! Sooo, although it won’t be evident for a few more outfit posts, I have chopped my hair off! Last Thursday, I donated ten inches of hair to Locks of Love, resulting in the shortest hair I’ve EVER had in my life! I was so incredibly nervous but I am so happy I went through with it. I hope you all love it as much as I do, and if you have any styling tips — please share! This has been a huge adjustment for me so far. :)

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Cable Knit Sweater

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If you’re looking around for an amazingly comfortable swear, a casual Valentine’s Day date outfit (or maybe even both), this sweater may be the perfect fit. The pale pink color and zip detailing make it ideal for just about any event. PS — I know you’ve seen these boots everywhere, but there’s a reason.. they are absolutely perfect.  My exact purse is no longer available, but I liked a similar one above.

No classes today, so I’ll be relaxing with my pups. Be sure to check back tomorrow for some photos of my new hair! Eeeek. Make it a great one. xo

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Surviving the Cold…

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After a fairly mild winter in November and December, the brutal cold and snow has finally hit Ohio. Most of the schools were closed the past two days due to negative wind chills and the cold literally took my breath away when walking in downtown Cleveland to work the other day. I’m all about the fluffy snow and 20-30 degree weather, but it has been no fun to be here the past week. In addition to my motivation to do just about anything outside the house, my skin takes a huge hit around this time of the year — both the skin on my face and my body. Today I am sharing some of my favorite skin care items for both your face AND body (and some tricks!) to keep your skin feeling amazingly soft and moisturized all winter long.

1. Skin Care Line: Enza

If you’re looking to try a new skin care line for the winter months, I suggest checking out Enza. Enza reached out a few months ago asking me to review some of their products. I suffered from acne throughout high school, but it went into “remission” after I had it treated by a dermatologist when I was 16. I was clear for about five years before I had another “flare up” this summer. Unfortunately, my flares include a lot of painful cysts and terribly embarrassing “lumps” between my eyebrows and on my chin. It was extremely embarrassing to have this flare during my summer internship. Enza actually reached out shortly after I went back to my dermatologist for some prescription medication, so it was perfect timing. The products in my regimen were:

Extraction Cleanser: Used AM & PM. This cleanser smells amazing; super light and refreshing. It didn’t dry my skin out even when using it twice a day, and also did a great job at removing my makeup.

Extraction Toner: Used AM & PM. Usually when I use a toner in the morning and evening my skin gets really tight, but this toner didn’t do that. I love that it is a thicker spray and not harsh on the skin. It also removed any excess makeup I missed with the cleanser.

Rosacalm: Used AM. I am not sure how much this really eliminated the redness in my skin, but it was extremely hydrating and felt cool when applied. It kind of woke me up in the morning, which is always nice.

Stress Extraction Cream: Used PM. This serves as a moisturizer, and it did just that. It was great to apply this for bed after my skin had a “rough day.” I’m ALL about moisturizing so this was a great step in my regimen.

Vitamin C Serum: Used AM & PM. This serum serves as a balancing product for skin types like mine: combination. I believe this definitely played a role in keeping shine at bay during the day and moisturizing at night.

SPF 30 Moisturizer: With any skin care regimen, you should include SPF! I don’t believe I have written about it on my blog, but I had some abnormal cells removed from my head in high school that indicated I am more likely to develop melanoma at some point in my life. Because of this, I am extremely cautious in the sun. Incorporating SPF is important to me, and I love that this was included. (PS – you can read more about “dysplastic nevi” cells here. If you would like me to write a post about my experience with this, please let me know!)

Shine Control Serum: Life. Saver. This definitely kept my skin matte longer than normal (I use matte everything — matte foundation, powder, setting spray, etc.) so I loved having this extra mattifying product.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Recommended by my dermatologist, the Cetpahil Moisturizing Cream is my HOLY GRAIL. I only apply it at night because it is thick, but it is seriously the absolute best at moisturizing in below-zero temps. I feel the difference in my skin immediately upon applying it and can’t imagine going through winter without it. It’s available in any drug store. Although it’s a little pricey for a drugstore item, the large container will seriously last forever. I lived off a trial size for weeks.

3. Coconut Oil as Eye Makeup Remover

If you’re like me, you’ll notice that those eye makeup remover wipes will start to burn at night during the cold, harsh winter months. Ditch the wipes for the season and use some good ol’ organic coconut oil. Seriously — it’s so moisturizing for the eye area and removes eye makeup 10x better than wipes! You may even start using it year round. :)

4. DIY Body Scrub

This has been my secret recipe for so long. It’s so great for the skin that you won’t have to apply moisturizer after the shower. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing for so many things, including a homemade body exfoliant. Mix some brown sugar (I prefer brown because of the larger granules, but you could use regular sugar too if you’d like) and melted coconut oil in a dish. Use this scrub in the shower to exfoliate your skin and leave it so moisturized and soft you won’t believe it. Promise.

5. EOS Hand Lotion

I carry one of these little babies with me everywhere! It’s small, smells good, and provides long-lasting moisture when I need it the most (after walking across my campus aka Antarctica for my classes). I am also a big fan of their chap sticks, as well. Both the lotion and chap sticks are available in stores.

I would love to hear from of your winter products/tips! Thanks for reading xo