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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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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.