Happy Weekend!

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight we are celebrating Christmas a little early with some family and going out to dinner at our favorite French restaurant. It is sadly closing tomorrow, so had to get one last visit in! Tomorrow I have two holiday parties with girlfriends and Sunday the Nutcracker with my Mom. So much on the agenda to look forward to.  

I have also started menu planning a bit for next week. This will be the smallest crowd yet, so it has been nice to not think about quantity so much. I am eyeing this ragu for Christmas Eve dinner since church is late and it will be easy to come home to. And a possible surf and turf situation on Christmas Day? Giant crab legs from Costco sound like heaven. And these mushrooms could be a great addition. This only after our traditional Dreamy Sour Cream Waffles. The best part of the day, really. 

Do you have any recipes you love to make for the holidays? Would love some new ones! 

Happy Weekend! 


Valentino: Winter White Inspiration

Last week Valentino presented a gorgeous all white haute couture collection that was to die for. Here are a few of my personal favorites. 

Gorgeous lace mixed with mod touches and clean lines. It was so so beautiful. 

White can be so hard to pull the trigger on if you are not a bride, but it makes such a statement with minimal effort. Though Valentino may be out of range (way out), there are some options that would yes stunning for this winter. 

White coats in different shapes, but clean lines to covet. 
From Left: Loft $188 (love the soft texture) / Asos $142 (cocoon coats are the shape of the season) / Asos $123 (classic pea coat. love) / Anthropologie $398 (gorgeous shape and love the fur)

I want all of these. How chic is a white dress???
1. This MiH dress is 70% off. So gorge. $168
2. A mod swing dress, much like the Valentinos Asos $85
3. Worship this Asos sweater dress. Pair with booties. $72 
4. The lace bottom offsets the structure well on this Chalk Rider dress. $138
5. Paired with black tights, this is the perfect dress for anything. Anine Bing $200
6. this lace dress is so so pretty. Would look cute with boots. Free People $128
7. Hello NYE dress. For Love & Lemons $194
8. The easiest way to wear white. A cable sweater dress. Madewell $128



Simply Decked Halls

Though I never really go ALL out with the decorations, I do like things to be festive around here. This year though everything feels better when it is simpler. 

The tree has only plastic ornaments that will not break. Kind of a bummer in the looks department, but this way the kids can decorate and undecorate the tree to their hearts content with no breakage. Which is really fun to watch. 

Then there are the mantels. Usually done up in garland and lights and this year I was just not feeling that. A more modern aesthetic and clean look was what I craved, so just a couple wreaths and twinkle lights surrounded by the usual suspects. 

Loved making this guy into Rudolph. 

And no, I do not have those fun, matching family stockings. But I love the ones we have.  

And outside, just enough lighting to make the house look merry. 

Of course there are some out on the column. But just like the blogs name, the imperfectness of the entire holiday is what makes it real and not a fantasy. 

I know my tastes in design will change on a constant basis, so it is fun to switch it up each year. Next year there could be a light show and tinsel on every surface. Who knows? 

And in other big big news. Baby girl had her first day of school this week and she rocked it. 



Skinny Pancakes

I have been wanting to try making the no flour/no sugar/gluten free pancakes that are all over Pinterest for awhile. And while I will not be retiring my tried and true classic pancake, these are a nice break during the indulgence of the season. 

 I have modified the recipes I have seen a bit since we are not a gluten free house and added just a bit of whole wheat flour, but you can omit the flour if you want (some recipes use coconut flour if you want to try that). 

These pancakes are loved by the kids and full of protein. Bonus is they comes together in seconds and no sticky syrup fingers because they do not even need it. 

Skinny Pancakes
Imperfect Polish 2014
serves 2-3 people 

2 ripe bananas (use those over ripe ones too, even better)
3 eggs
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour (I like pastry flour, but any will do)
few dashes of cinnamon
coconut oil spray (or use any oil you have, like Pam)

Preheat a griddle or large pan to Medium low heat and spray with oil. 

In a blender, magic bullet, or Vitamix combine the rest of the ingredients until smooth. 

Pour batter onto how griddle and cook on one side until bubbling. Flip and cook until well set and just browned. Just like regular pancakes! 

Serve warm with syrup, honey, or nothing at all. the bananas keep them sweet. 



Wall of Love

I have lagged a bit on getting our Christmas cards out this year. But thankfully, many people have not. 

This year I wanted to display the cards that are so lovingly sent from those from near and far. Ideally in a place everyone could see them and the kids could pick out friends and family's faces. I had lofty DIY goals that involved string and stars and washi tape. 

And just like every other pinned DIY and bookmarked design blog challenging me to be creative and resourceful, it never happened. 

When the cards started arriving, I decided I did not need anything fancy, just some scotch tape and blank space. So the side of the fridge has become the Wall of Love. A once blank space has started to fill with the pictures of chubby baby cheeks and wide eyed toddlers. Of loving parents, very proud grandparents and tinseled homes. And when each day the wall gets covered more, it makes me a little teary.

There is so much love, so much joy, and so much to be grateful for when I look at that wall. What a beautiful reminder of those that love us and their happy lives. That they are feeling joy and love and special moments together. It really makes the season even more special. 

There is much to be celebrated, and not just in our own lives. But every one's. 

We all have complications, stresses, tragedy, and disappointment. Some more than others. But 'tis the season to be joyful. To be grateful. And to celebrate all the love.  Because there is a lot of it happening all around us. 

And that perfect display is not missed. In fact, the imperfection of it all makes it even more lovely. And I cannot wait to fill it even more. 

Happy Weekend


Buffalo Check

I am really digging buffalo check right now. In fashion and interiors. Clearly a bit of cliche in the winter months, but there are so many fun ways to wear it now that go beyond the flannel shirt. 

1. This BB Dakota biker jacket is on sale and so so good. $91 
2. I love the colors of the this shirt and the longer style to wear over leggings. Madewell $79
3. Been looking for a new vest to wear with chunky sweaters. Love this. J. Crew $138
4. A color update on the classic flannel shirt. Gap $54
5. The perfect stocking stuffer, plaid sleep shorts. J. Crew $38
6. A light jacket covered in check would be great for running around in. Ralph Lauren $90 (on sale)
7. I worship Hanna Anderssen for the kids and these pjs would be perfect for Christmas. $38
8. Christmas cookies would look mighty fine in this C. Wonder cookie jar. $58
9. This coat for little girls is too much. I want it in my size. J. Crew $248

Additional sales today on some sites listed above! 
J. Crew 30% everything with code MERRYMERRY
Madewell 30% off with code GOFORIT



Ragu Alla Bolognese

There is nothing like the smell of a great tomato sauce on the stove. Bubbling away for hours and teasing you by taking its sweet time getting delicious. And then, the magic. A meaty and gorgeous sauce over silky noodles is heaven and so perfect for a winter meal. This bolognese is one of my favorite for a few reason. One being that it makes a huge pot that freezes well and can be served for months. It also does not require a ton of ingredient, but does include some vegetables for depth and health? ha It is great on pasta, served in a big bowl with crusty bread, or even on top of soft polenta. Time to tuck in. 

Ragu alla Bolognese
Cristina's Tuscan Table, 2007
makes 1 gallon (freezes great and feel free to half or quarter the recipe, cooking times will be shorter)

3 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground lean pork
3 1/4 cups red wine, divided
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, minced*
1 large carrot minced*
2 stalks celery, minced*
3 cloves garlic, minced *Note: to save time, mince the veggies in the food processor
1 cup chopped Italian parsley
1 cup diced pancetta (about 1/2 pound)
salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
18 cups canned tomato puree (I used crushed), about 5- 28 oz cans
pinch of hot red pepper flakes

In a bowl, marinate the beef and pork in 1 3/4 cups wine and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add the minced onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and parsley and saute over medium high heat until onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add the marinated meat, pancetta, salt and pepper. Cook uncovered, stirring with a wooden spoon until meat is browned, about 30 minutes.

Add remaining 1 1/2 cups wine and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan. Add the bay leaves and tomato paste, and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in the tomato puree and red pepper flakes, and simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.

Note: You could easily put this in the slow cooker to bubble as well if you cannot man the stock. 



Gift guide 2014: Under $100

Honestly, there are so many great gift ideas. Many of which are under $100, but these are just a few I found that stand out from the crowd and in the very best way. I hope it helps! 

1. Rebecca Minkoff $95 (also comes in blue, red, black)
2. A polaroid camera is honestly so much fun. Never knew until I had one. $100
3. A sign language monogram necklace is too cool. Monserat de Lucca $32
4. Love this catch all in emerald green.  C. Wonder $20
5. Classic cozy moccasin slippers. J. Crew $49
6. This earring set allows you to try all those ear cuffs and mismatched studs you have been curious about. Bauble Bar $100
7. This preppy striped over sized hoodie is perfect Asos $37
8. The best universal make up on the planet. Nars bronzer/blush combo in Orgasm and Laguna $42
9. Such a fan of Garance Dore and her collab with Rifle Paper is so fun. $18
10. This Love cuff would be perfect in an arm party. Kate Spade $88



Bronzer Find: Nars Illuminator

I would love nothing more than to to be Magda. To lay in the sun all freaking day, soak up that vitamin D, and get to a golden brown. 

Actually, I was Magda. In college. Hence why I have to avoid the sun at almost all costs now. But I crave that glow. Even in the winter months. 

Bronzer is the best. The absolute best. And while I love a great blush, I really need the look of a bit of sun on my face to feel human. Especially when my skin has not seen the sun in months (hello February). 

The problem with a powder bronzer (much like a powder blush) is that it seems to disappear within hours of applying. So I researched a way to have that glow last all day and into the night. 

I use it in Laguna and apply just the very smallest amount where the sun would hit my face if I had been laying around like Magda (top of forehead, top of cheeks, maybe a little on the jaw line for contour). Blend well and you are set. It wasn't even designed to be used like this (you can apply before foundation for a natural illuminated look too), but I love love love it like this. 

Bonus is it comes in a few colors, so if you are looking for blush with more staying power it comes in the ever popular pinky Orgasm. Or if you want just a bit of sheen a pretty and subtle beige. 

Happy Healthy Bronzing. 


Happy Weekend

What is on your agenda this weekend? 

(Someone's excited. Mary, not so much)

Matt is out of town, so I will be manning the children solo, wish me luck. I plan on making that lovely rigatoni that was posted a few weeks ago. Already looking forward to it.
 And driving into Amy Poehler's book if I am lucky. 
Although I would really like to see Chef & The Hundred Foot Journey which are both on demand now, so we will see what wins out. 
Brunch on Saturday with a friend will be a nice break and picking up some new decorations for the holidays. Including a wreath! I lagged.
 Doing a lot of my online shopping as well on the couch, a lot of ladies on my list are getting pretty little things from Plum Pretty Sugar. I am a little obsessed. 

I hope you have a cozy and relaxing weekend whatever you are doing. 



Minted. More than Cards

We are all doing it. 
Scrolling through the printing sites we love, agonizing over each design, hating the sticker shock, but loving the result. Yes, it is Christmas card design time. 

I have used a few different sites over the years (tiny prints, cocodot, pinhole), but this year I went with Minted. Their design options are beautiful and fun, and they had a clean multi photo design that I think will be great for this year. 

Much to my surprise though as I was searching the site, I found that Minted also sells prints. Gorgeous ones that can be printed in many sizes (including large scale). And to top it off, you can have them framed. I obsess over prints and knowing that a site I trust has some options gets me pumped. 

Check out some of these beauties...

Gorgeous, right? And the pricing is not scary, in fact it is great. 

The other bonus on the site is fabric. I wish that I knew how to sew, but luckily I know someone who could make some great pillows or table linens out of some of these lovelies. The selection for options for little people's rooms is adorable too. 

Love a good find on a site I already love. 



Gift Guide 2014: My List

Let's just pretend I was super good this year and Santa was going to drop off a big bag of loot, this is what would be under the tree...

1. I could use a new suit for an upcoming vacay. Love the color block with this top ($44 xs) and this bottom ($40 s). 
2. Ina Garten is my hero and this book is perfect for my life right now. Barefoot Contessa Make Ahead $35
3. This would be a dream. In need of a camel bag. Valentino $2495
4. This romper would also be a fun cover up for my trip. Shopbop $118 s
5. These flats have been on my wish list for awhile. Ferragamo $495
6. I could use a refill of my favorite cleanser. Dermalogica $25
7. This would be an upgrade from my current Camelback. bkr $35
8. This sweater would be so great for lounging around the house. Asos $56 s
9. Always in need of a sweet pajama set. Plum Pretty Sugar $48
10. This soft gray coat is perfect for the winter. J. Crew $395
11. This diamond ring set would be a great stack for my left hand. Gorjana $158
12. I live for my sleep masks and this one is so pretty. Plum Pretty Sugar $22
13. I can always use gift cards to my pilates studio. If you live in or near Barrington, try the pilates or yoga. Amazing. Tensile Strength Studio

I hope this gives you some ideas for your list as well. 

Check out my other gift guides too: 



Gift Guide 2014: Statement Jewelry

Sometimes a statement piece screams out at you, and sometimes it is the most delicate thing you wear. Either way a unique piece of jewelry for the lady on your list (or yourself) is something that will be treasured for many years. Here are some of my favorites. 

1. This horn and malachite bangle is perfection. Furbish $68
2. Emerald green is certainly never going out of style. These drop earrings are so pretty. Eddie Borgo $125
3. I love the navy update on this classic gold Marc watch. Marc Jacobs $250
4. Nothing is more chic than a gold watch and plain black leather band. This Nixon has great lines too. $125
5. The hassle on this bracelet is so so good.  J. Crew $115
6. I worship a stack of delicate rings all on their own. These have diamonds. Even better. Gorjana $158

Don't forget to check out the other gift guides: 



Welcome to December

And…. It's Christmas. 
I know it is a terrible cliche to say it is all coming a little fast, but I swear this year it is. We went to our first Christmas party yesterday and from now until the 25th it never ends. 
Our trip South was so wonderful and the break from the every day was so needed. 
Now it seems that the every day is nothing as it was before because it will involve something festive whether I want it there or not. 
Shopping, decorating, cooking, music, snow. 
All of great, some of it a chore, but I am excited. 

I will be trying to post some healthier cooking options (like this favorite) in between the sugar and madness that I am sure is taking over all your houses. I also will post a few more gift guides and posts to help you with your shopping this time of year. If I can get my *hit together, the decorating will be done this week. We shall see. 

If you want to check out the previous gift guides here are the links: 

I know I am going to try to knock some people off the list today. 



Secret Lives of Moms: Holiday Traditions

I would like to start by wishing all of my very supportive readers the best Thanksgiving weekend. On the list of things to be thankful for, you are undeniably one that hits it at the top. And I may not even know you! But I do. Every week I am so thankful to have a space to be creative, chat with you, share stories like this series, and generally just feel like I am passing notes in math class with my friends about what outfit we want to wear tomorrow. 

The holidays always bring out the best (and maybe worst ha) in everyone. I love the decorating, the cooking, the general merriment of it all. And because there are so many of us that are possibly starting some of our own traditions with our budding new families, I thought it would be nice to hear some from my mom posse. So this week's question is… 

What holiday tradition do you look forward to most (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, etc) this time of year? 

"My favorite holiday tradition is spending Thanksgiving with my family.  I love spending time with my siblings and seeing them as aunts and uncles (my son is the only grandchild)."

"Every Christmas Eve since I can remember, my mom would bake a two layer red velvet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting and after dinner, we would light birthday candles and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. 
We are not the most religious family, but I think it really helped us all remember what the holiday was all about... And what kid doesn't love a birthday party?!
We would open a few presents after we had our cake and always prepared a snack for Santa and his reindeer too. I will definitely carry on this tradition in my home with my own kiddos."

"Since our daughter was born we stood firm that we would travel to my parents at Thanksgiving and always stay home for Xmas. Three years ago we started a new tradition of putting the kid down early and cooking a delicious surf and turf for Christmas Eve at home! Then Christmas night we sleep at my in laws so we can party with them and have another delicious meal." 

"Since our first daughter was born, my husband I started the tradition of buying a special ornament for each member of the family every year. Now that our family has expanded to four, it's a special day when we pack up into the car, and drive to a magical Christmas store where they are now old enough to pick up that perfect ornament and bring it home to place it on the Christmas tree. I've had to start putting their names and year on the ornaments though so we remember who's is who!"

"One of my favorite Christmas traditions as a child was getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Since getting married, my husband has jumped on board and gifts me a new set each year on Christmas Eve. Since my son came along, he too gets a cute pair of "jommies.""

"Thank the Lord for daughters to pass on our traditions.  One of my favorite memories of my mother is skipping around the family room to the tune, which of course was blaring, "I Believe In Santa Claus"... by no other than Dolly Parton! I miss the days of skipping with my mom, but I know that she's right there with my daughters and me when we show off our dance moves. There will be skipping this holiday season....oh YA!  I hope that you all reading will find your skipping song with your special someone."

"Every year, without much planning to it (since there is a 24 hour marathon on cable) we watch A Christmas Story. It is such a classic and so funny, so even if you just watch pieces of it over a glass of wine or while making cookies you all get a laugh together."

"We always have William Sonoma Mulling Spices on the stove all season long. Makes the house smell amazing! We also set up our miniature ceramic Dickens village the weekend after Thanksgiving. It's mine and has become a tradition for the big kids to set it up. They love the miniature sledding hill and it's so great to see them enjoying it like I did as a kid."

"I am so excited for the holiday season and this year I have found myself in the Christmas spirit much earlier than usual. Being a new mom, I think Christmas will forever change for me! One of my favorites traditions is decorating our tree while listening to Christmas music and sipping on cocktails. I love looking through and hanging our ornaments. There is something so special and fun about filling a tree with ornaments that hold sentimental value and endless memories."

This gets me seriously excited for tomorrow and the upcoming holidays. I hope yours is fantastic. 


Gift Guide 2014: For the Home

It can be hard to pick out items for some one's home. Nothing that makes too much of a statement and something that can be discreetly placed in many places is best. There is so much to sift through, but here are a few of my favorite items for the girl who loves making her house a home. 

1. I love this little plate for a jewelry or key catch all on a nightstand or entry table. C. Wonder $35
2. For the girl who loves to bake, this rabbit cake stand is adorable. Lulu & Georgia $78
3. A design book from one of my favorite bloggers. Includes some of her essays that I love, plus looks great on a coffee table. Elements of Style $35
4. A bright Mexican serape would look great as a throw and is so unexpected. Lulu & Georgia $50
5. Coasters that feel like art. $75
6. The ultimate tray for the hostess. Alexandra Von Furstenburg $220 (other colors too)

Check out all of the other gift guides: 



Holiday Appetizer Favorites

It can be tough with all of the entertaining and company this week and next month. While your table is usually filled with family favorites and traditional dishes, the appetizer can be something you can have more fun with. Everyone loves a nosh when they arrive somewhere or are watching you slave in the kitchen (ha), so here are a few of my favorite appetizers for the season. Click on the name of the dish for the recipe. 

Very few ingredients and truly one of my all time favorite things to make. Travels well too, just assemble at your destination. 

Warm, ooey, gooey, cheese with sweet jam and a flaky crust. Nothing better and comes together in minutes. 

Always nice to have a healthy snack around when all it seems we do is indulge. This is packed with flavor and guiltless. 

I make this for myself because it is so fabulous. Truly a crowd pleaser and is made in advance. Tons of flavor and a creamy cheese makes everyone happy. 

If you need any other menu help for your Thanksgiving this week, let me know! 



Happy Weekend Reading

Though this trip does not include a whole lot of the above, there is some. And those moments are being well enjoyed. The rest of the time is spent watching the kids play and laugh in the sun (my favorite), golf with my man, eating fresh food from the sea, and lots of wine. Life is good. 

I know it is not so good for those back in the cold. Hopefully some of you are headed to warmer weather and if not, here are some links to keep you busy while you snuggle under the blanket. 

If you are headed to Naples, FL, here are some of my favorites in the area. 

Cooking? I love this soup when it gets cold. 

I love this article on morning routines of women leaders from Forbes

And a nice reminder that we are all not perfect, especially when it comes to Mothering. 

Don't forget to check out all the gift guides for your holiday shopping. More to come next week. 

Happy Weekend


Secret Lives of Moms: On Beauty

It can be very hard in the craziness of life (Mom or not) to find the time to make yourself look and feel great. Moms have the added bonus of little sleep and little people running around their feet when they are trying to get ready in the morning. So that makes them also a great resource for beauty products. They have had to streamline their routines and maximize the little time they do have to get ready. Plus, you really appreciate what makes you feel great inside and out when you have 5 seconds to get ready or pamper yourself. So this week's question is….

What is the one beauty product that you swear by to make you feel great and why?

It was hard for everyone to choose just one, and there are definitely some repeats which shows how great some of these products really are. Here is what a few Moms had to say…

Click "read more" below to see their answers...

"My Shu Uemura eye lash curler. Even with dark circles under my eyes and a puffy face, it makes me feel so much better. I use it even if I am not leaving the house, it feels like I made some effort and does not require me to wash my face after. So lazy! "

"I love blush.  If I do just one beautifying thing, it's liberally apply blush. I feel like it makes my face look alive.  I was using Nars in the color Orgasm for years and just recently purchased Chanel's powder blush in the color Malice."

"Just one?  Not possible!  Call me high maintenance...  First -- Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo.  Let's be honest.  I *maybe* wash my hair twice a week.  This dry shampoo gets me from wash to wash without looking too oily.  Fresh.  Second -- Bobbi Brown Corrector.  This is a must for moms who don't have the luxury of a full night's sleep.  Layer underneath your regular concealer.  Magic.  Lastly, YSL Glossy Stains #17 (pink) or #32 (red) depending on your mood.  Long-lasting wear like a stain, yet with the shine and texture of a gloss.  Perfection!"

"Mascara. Thank God for mascara."

"I can't choose just one. It's Lancôme Definicils mascara and Nars Orgasm blush. They make me feel like a human. Unfortunately I only use them when I'm going out, out. Maybe I should use them more!"

"I love my Jo Malone red roses perfume so much. It smells like roses (duh) and makes me feel fresh even if I'm not actually. Also my Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. I'm way too lazy to do a lot of eye makeup these days. With some fun mascara it looks like I'm a little bit alive."

"Every night before I get into bed, I put lotion on my hands, and most nights I use L'Occitane shea butter hand cream.  The smell is soft and subtle, and it instantly goes to work.  Between frequent hand washes (due to lots of diaper changes!) and the colder weather, my hands take a beating.  This hand cream helps fend off chapped and cracked skin, and it's one of the simplest and most luxurious parts of my nighttime routine."

"Rosehip seed oil! I use it morning and night after washing my face. I love the way it makes my skin feel. "

"For decades I have held strong that the one item I couldn't live without is black eyeliner (preferably a MAC pencil). I have always felt that bringing my eyes to life was the most essential of necessities. However, as I "mature" and the tired signs of motherhood begin to wear on my face, my must-have item is Clé de Peau Beauté concealerThis little magic stick is stupid expensive ($70/stick), but I just can't live without it-- smooth application, amazing coverage, moisturizing, no creases, evens tone and leaves smooth photo-ready finish. It's THE BEST! "

"I am newly obsessed with the  Yves Saint Laurent 'Forever Youth Liberator' Eye Zone Serum. Makes my eyes feel soft, smooth and literally glow! I put it on under my Touche Eclat in the morning. (FYI girls, they changed their shades so if you use this chances are you are a different number now! I went from a 2 to a 2.5 ) Its great during the day you can place it on over your existing concealer and blend for a touch up. "

"I'm in love with Josie Maran's Argan oil. My mother-in-law bought it for me last year and I swear my skin has never been better. After a long day nothing feels better then washing off my makeup and slathering it on my face. I love the way it gives my skin a natural glow! "

"I swear by my Rodan and Field Make up Remover Eye Clothes that remove all makeup and fill wrinkles at night!! I use their Multi Function eye cream which has been a saving grace for tired eyes and puffiness in the mornings. Love my Bare Minerals Loose powder since I no longer need concealer for my eyes since the eye cream is so amazing."

"Most days I have barely enough time to get a shower in before my husband leaves for work and the children rise for the day. And most days we leave the house to get chores done, or a child to school or a class. I've found that throwing on Lauren Mercier tinted moisturizer, MAC lipgloss, and some mascara make me look less like a dowdy old housewife and a little more put together!"

"My toothbrush? My stretch mark lotion? Nipple nursing cream? Sitz bath? Okay, okay, actually I really like Philosophy Purity Face Wash because it comes in a large pump bottle for the shower. Least expensive during the Nordstrom's anniversary sale!"

"I would say the Benefit lip stain/tint.  I am terrible reapplying lipgloss so I like that this give me a little bit of color when I don't have time to give that much effort."

"My "Wand" hair curler is great! I can curl my hair with it and then go a few days without washing it and will have perfect beachy waves. "

"Mascara. I generally don't wear much makeup, but a little mascara everyday makes me feel semi put together even if I'm not leaving the house. My go-to for years has been Maybelline Full & Soft in Very Black. Never flakes off and washes off easy with soap and water at the end of the day."

"Mine is my Cle de Peau Concealer - it covers up my bags and everything else!"

"My favorite beauty product right now is an oldie but goodie, my 3/4 inch curling iron. I've let my hair grow since becoming a mom, mostly because I can't make it to the salon as frequently. I let my hair air-dry then I put some curls in. I call it my beachy/professional look. The best part is that the texture allows me to go longer without washing and coloring. Break out your old curling iron! Oh, and my Laura Mercier under eye concealer. I can't leave the house without it."

"I have a serious obsession with mascara. No matter how tired I am or how terrible I feel, a little mascara can make my day. Nothing is better than using a new one for the first time too. I like to change my brand of mascara every time I get a new one though, I think it helps my lashes to stay stronger. I just finished Dior Show (always a fave) and picked up Cover Girl Last Blast...best $10 mascara out there!"

"Ok, so I feel like I need 3 to feel normal...these all go hand in hand.  First I have to have moisturizer on otherwise I feel as if my face will crack to pieces...especially now in the winter.  Then I swear by my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and her Blush in Rose Bloom.  She's just so dependable! "

"Either Vita Liberata Tan Mousse, a little tanner can perk up the gloomiest of days and if you can't tone it, tan it! Or Jurlique Rosewater Face Mist. Not only smells great but is refreshing and gives your skin a nice glow. "

Clearly everyone likes looking bright eyed with glowing skin. Cannot wait to try so many of these! 


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