Healthy Bare Skin in 2016

2.03.2016

Finding the right skincare has been a life-long struggle for me. As many of you know I went on accutane during college to fight my persistent acne which made groundbreaking changes in my skin. Since then I've still struggled with skin issues from acne relapses to dry patches and this year I made a resolution to find a skincare regime that felt right for me. I was really excited when BareMinerals reached out to me to try their 3-step skincare regimen which focuses heavily on natural ingredients with a variety of textures. I'm going to tell you guys about my revamped routine and the changes I've noticed in my skin since starting a few weeks back. 
My routine: cleanse with Oil Obsessed, replenish with Skinlongevity & hydrate with True Oasis, all c/o BareMinerals. 
Step 1: Oil Cleansing
I first started trying out cleansing oils when I worked at a cosmetics store back in college. At first the idea of putting oil onto my combination skin seemed really scary. But, over the years, I've come to love cleaning oils because they really breakdown makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of it's natural oils. The Oil Obsessed by bareMinerals is my new favorite. It feels so luxurious on my face in the evenings and I can really feel it take off every stitch of makeup. It smells like you're at a spa with the scent of lavender and tangerine. 
Step 2: Serum
After I've gotten all the makeup and dirt off of my skin using the Oil Obsessed, I add a few pumps of the SkinLongevity from bareMinerals. The super lightweight serum helps empower the skin to maintain a vibrancy we all crave. I've noticed a visible change in my skin - it looks more awake and healthy. I highly recommend trying out this serum - it's unlike any I've ever tried. 
Step 3: Hydrate
Once the serum has fully absorbed into my skin I apply a dollop of the bareMinerals True Oasis Gel Cream. I have combination skin that still craves a lot of moisture, especially in the winter so this moisturizer has been amazing. The texture is super lightweight and oil-free. It slides on so easily and really absorbs quickly into my skin. My skin feels soft but not greasy or overpowered by a heavy lotion. 



I honestly feel like my skin hasn't looked this good in quite some time. I can't believe I'm sharing a totally makeup-free photo! This year I've really kept true to creating a healthier lifestyle by eating better, working out three times a week and giving my skin the care it needs. How have you been keeping up your 2016 resolutions?

Scout's Honor

2.01.2016






I always have such mixed feelings about winter but this year I'm embracing it with my whole heart! Last weekend's snowstorm was such a thrill albeit slightly scary at times. I loved playing in the snow with childlike glee. I think the photos say it all! It's warmed up dramatically since these photos were taken but I'm still praying for another snowy Saturday. 

{outfit details: coat: J.Crew, sweater: Boden, skirt: American Apparel, boots: Hunter, hat: J.Crew Factory (similar)}

Valentine's Day Retro

1.28.2016

It's almost that time of year again - Valentine's Day! As someone who loves all things red, polka dot & heart-shaped it's one of my favorite holidays to dress for. This year I partnered with one of my favorite brands, ModCloth, to show you a few of my favorite dresses and homewares for the romantic occasion. I wanted to create a look that was very retro and sweet so I started with an elegant sweeping dress. It's currently sold out, but here are a few of my vintage inspired favorites {1, 2, 3}. To add it the perfect throwback effect I also picked up this adorable rotary-style phone (and yes -it actually works!) For more cute and festive home items, I scooped up this ampersand figurine & set of measuring spoons {currently unavailable but equally as darling spoon here}. I had so much fun shooting this retro look at my friend Noelle's apartment which is part Mad Men part Grandma's cabin and I just love her styling. Shop a few of my Valentine's Day favorites from ModCloth below & see the entire Sweetheart Shop on ModCloth.com


Special thanks to ModCloth & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post and supporting this blog! 

Modern Romance in Kendra Scott

1.25.2016

Look 1:
NecklaceBracelet, Ring: c/o Kendra Scott

Look 2:
 Earrings, NecklaceRings c/o Kendra Scott



Look 3:
Earrings & Rings c/o Kendra Scott



One of my New Year's Style Resolutions was to include more jewelry into my wardrobe. I tend to keep it simple when it comes to my looks but I really do love jewelry and have vowed to incorporate great accessories into my styling. I was so excited when Kendra Scott asked me to collaborate on creating 3 unique transitional looks featuring their new Spring 16 collection. I had so much fun picking out all the pretty pieces!

For the first look I wanted to style something very romantic with a vintage feel to it. For the jewelry I added a few lovely pieces in rose gold metal. It really plays into that soft femininity. The necklace draws the eye to the decollalaté of the dress while the ring and bracelet add a touch of toughness but still in that very sweet rose gold color. 

For the second look I wanted to do a play on a schoolgirl look. I went to Catholic school for most of my life and our school had really strict rules about jewelry. We were told we could only wear earrings smaller than nickels, so we of course glued nickels to earring backs to protest. This look is definitely more elevated than my nickel earrings of middle school past but still keeps the classic schoolgirl elements with a crisp white top and plaid skirt. The jewelry pieces are slightly edgier to echo that rebellious sentiment with black studded midi rings and gunmetal earrings. The necklace might be my favorite with a long silver chain draping across the front f the buttoned up blouse. It really adds some visual interest to a classic white blouse. 

The might be my favorite, it's has a very modern elegance with ladylike yet chic styling. I was immediately drawn to these beautiful Mother of Pearl earrings. They are so feminine yet bold which is a combination I always love. They really bring attention to the face so I paired it with a colorful berry lip shade. For the outfit I wanted to keep it simple with a navy silk dress, clean white topper and colorblock Mary Janes. I also added these dainty rings for that extra ounce of femininity. The outfit feels very grown up but still has a playfulness thanks to the swing of ruffled dress.

If you haven't checked out Kendra Scott I highly recommend her jewelry.  I'm always taken away by the attention to detail in all of her jewelry that really makes each piece very special. The collection takes notes from trends yet remains classic in many ways. It's not the kind of jewelry you wear for one seasons and replace . The quality is top notch and you'll keep it forever. 

Special thanks to Kendra Scott for sponsoring this post.

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