Skincare While Traveling

 You know the power players on your vanity when you have to decide what to bring with you when you travel. I had limited time to make the decisions, but I know that hydration and protection were at the top of my list. My skin always gets ravaged after being on planes and any change in climate is immediately shown all over my face. Here are the all star products that were worth hauling around with me and I used each and every day. 

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Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix

I would slather on the the Vintner's Daughter every morning and let sink in. It really helps with inflammation and redness and provides additional moisture in the AM (ps: that bottle lasts a long time). Then I would slather on the SPF and enjoy the day. 

At night after cleansing, I would dab on the Lotion P50 (Glossier makes a great similar product) to tone and balance, then smooth on some the Ordinary Serum for extra plump/moisture. My favorite is slathering on a good amount of the Creme Masque Vernix that has honestly changed the tone of my skin. Then a little mini eye massage with the eye cream and dab on lips. 

Locals, if you are interested in the Biologique Recherche products, I highly recommend going to Wellness for Eternity for a consult and purchasing there. 


Red & Pink Swim

There were so many questions on the pink and red bikini I wore so I wanted to post it here. Plus I rounded up lots of red and pink one piece and other bikini options so there is something for everyone. 
This color combo has been all over the red carpet and is obviously perfectly fit for this week. 

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Winter Getaway: What I am Packing

This lady has not seen the sun in a looooong time, but luckily that all changes very soon. An adult only get away at that, which makes it an actual vacation. It should be no surprise that I have been packing for this trip for a solid month during the longest January ever and everything is cheery, floral, and rainbow. Because if I am going to be soaking up island life, I am going all out before I return to the gray. 

1. This rainbow bikini (top) is almost sold out, but also comes in a cute one piece
2. This sweet floral set is going to be my travel outfit (top & bottom) $160
3. Big black shades to keep the crows feet at bay and take naps under $98
4. A sweet matching set (top) that is not as croppy as the photo $100 (on sale)
5. The perfect little dress to throw on for dinner and drinks $54
6. I love a basket bag for evening $300
7. My favorite sun hat from Amazon $76
8. This one piece is THE BEST $175
9. Golden Gooses look good with honestly anything $525
10. A nude wedge that go with everything $595 (these too)
12. This pin tucked dress is perfect over a suit for lunch $297
13. I will be lounging in this ombre set $54
14. A chic Amazon find for the beach $22
15. And this one too! You know I love a flowy maxi $28
16. A Goyard tote for the pool and the plane $1545
17. Pink pool slides that are so comfy $480 (these too)



Valentine's Day Gifts: For Her, Him, & The Kids

Valentine's Day is always this bright spot in the dead of winter. A day for treats and love letters and all things hearts. 
And while Valentine's Day might have started as a romance centric holiday, it has certainly evolved into celebrating all the love that surrounds you. 
So here are some Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her, The Kids, and Him so you can show everyone the love. 

For Her
1. Diamond heart studs $480 / 2. A gorgeous smelling candle $45 / 3. The sweetest handpainted mug / 4. A beautiful monogrammed tote $398 / 5. A love box that sends love notes anywhere in the world $100 / 6. A pretty chemise $60 / 7. A cashmere lounge set $120 / 8. A gold heart necklace to cherish $75 / 9. Smokey, salty, chocolate caramels $22 / 10. A rose quartz necklace $290 / 11. Chic noise cancelling headphones for "me" time" $350 / 12. A bottle of champagne and these coups make the for the best night $31

For the Kids
1. The perfect heart sweater $39 / 2. A brain busting puzzle $25/ 3. A set of 6 pairs of fuzzy socks $13 / 4. A sweet heart ring (get a few and stack!) $38 / 5. A fun sticker book $8 / 6. Sweet baby pajamas $19 / 7. The best boy shirt. $32 / 8.  A necklace making set $11 / 9. Pokemon cards because he is obsessed $21 / 10. A soft fuzzy jacket $12 / 11. Heart PJs for her and her doll $19

 For Him
1. Cool New sneakers $140/ 2. A custom framed family photo for his office / 3. A nitro cold brew system for your house $200 / 4. A cute book for the kids to fill out $10 / 5. A new to go cup for his morning coffee $30 / 6. Because he bougie $210 / 7. Because he is always on the road and needs an upgrade $279 / 8. In ear headphones for everything $199



What to Pack: Ski Trip

While going on a ski trip in and of itself is so exciting, a couple of fun dedicated ski pieces to wear takes it over the edge. And ski apparel for mountain time and aprés has become so "extra," as the kids would say. Ombré and tie dye, cozy and preppy, there is something for everyone. 
I tried to pull lots of options in different price points and styles for all you headed to the slopes. And I pulled even more cozy options for Aprés since really that is what we are there for, right?!  

1. This velvet (!) pink ski jacket is SO cute. And you can easily wear off the slopes too. $600
2. I love a good stir up. These Fulsaps will never go out of style. $330
3. A belted black fur hooded jacket is always a winner, plus you can pair with any pant. $180
4. I love this entire look. The pants have a great flare and the sporty band on the jacket makes it fun. 
5. I ordered this white jumpsuit (comes in black too) and love it! Size up, it runs small $250
6. An Insta-worthy base layer $60
7. Taking the tie dye trend to the mountain and I am here for it $210
8. This jacket is on sale and has matching pants $346
9. Mirrored rimless googles are all over your instagram, I fell for it!  $170
10. This base layer set from GAP is amazing. I got it and it is crazy soft and will look cute after skiing. Pant & Top $36 each
11. This pant has the best reviews and comes in other colors. You can easily pair with any jackets $160
12. You know I love a white and this SAM is awesome. $350
13. There was never a base layer you needed more than these leggings. $84

1. You want to slip on something comfy and cozy after skiing, these Soludos would also be cute with jeans. $159
2. A funnel neck sweater that is made for skiing (comes in other colors) $158
3. Your skin gets ravaged on the mountain, this mask would be so healing at night $39
4. Rainbow fair isle is so fun $33
5. A pink lip stain that also has spa 30 is much needed $32
6. I think this sweater speaks for itself $280
7. Anything with shearling is perfect and I love the laces of these boots $220
8. I LOVE these fun Uggs. Comes in all black too $156
9. Little hearts and stripes is sweet $59
10. Mirrored shades are much needed for aprés $79
11. Another cute fair isle and would be cute for dinner too $88
12. I live in my iNukki's and these all black ones are chic $295
13. How fun are these retro vibe puffer boots? They come in tons of colors too $30
14. My tried and true mineral powder sunscreen is essential and easy to reapply $65



Current Favorites

Finally the last week of January and we can crawl right out of it and whatever dark cloud it brings. It seems it is different for everyone, but seasonal depressions are a thing. It can be the smallest sad feelings to the largest heavy ones, so recognize it, accept it, and figure out what you need to feel brighter. 
For me, it really comes down to a little extra self care, putting my phone down more, and hanging with my family. So that is the current formula and I will say I have been staying on the upswing. 
Here are some other fun things that give some brightness to these gray days...

1. These leggings are so fun and unbelievably soft. This brand might be one of my new favorites. (bonus, there are 50% off!)
2. I randomly tried bought this shampoo and conditioner at Target to switch up my usual Pantene and it has definitely improved my hair. I got it based solely on how nice the packaging was btw! ha
3. New luggage is on my wish list and I have been looking at all the brands. I am really loving this trunk shape in a faux croc
4. Picking paint is HARD. And trying to paint samples on your walls is even harder, but these new stick on samples are amazing. They make them in every paint brand and color and let you easily try out different colors without any mess. 
5. I love this woven tote for the beach and excited to get to one very soon. 
6. I missed out on getting Apple EarPods pro and decided to try out some Amazon ones in the mean time. These are SO GOOD. Stay in during workouts and noise cancelling to block out the nonsense. 
7. I posted about this lotion before, but it deserves another mention. It keeps my dry winter skin so soft and the fact it is made with clean ingredients is such a bonus. 
8. Hyaluronic Acid is all the rage for skin care and many of the beauty brands are offering serums, but they are spendy. I decided to try The Ordinary brand that it seems every millennial is loving and I have to say I am shocked at the quality given the incredibly low price tag. I smoosh some on my face when my skin is feeling extra dry. 
9. I am so sad that I binged Cheer so fast! It was so good and took me back to my dance days a bit. Watching while working out is a huge motivator btw! 



Matching Lounge Set

You all gave me so many great ideas for new posts on insta! Thank you so much and I am hoping to get to most of them in the coming weeks. 

Multiple requests were made for a matching lounge set. Since we are settling in the depths of winter, this came as no surprise. You might be slipping it on to relax on the weekends, pulling it on for morning drop off, or wearing it ALL OF THE TIME. Either way, nothing feels more pulled together but ready for the couch like a matching sweat suit. 

I know some of you love a print or a bright and others gravitate towards neutrals, so included lots of options. 

*Note: almost all of these come in other colors if you click for details*
1. A super chic update on a velour tracksuit (top + bottom $220)
2. Pastel tie dye that I LOVE (top + bottom $218)
3. Hearts that are just sweet enough (top + bottom $46)
4. Full on leopard, I know you! (top + bottom also here $160) 
5. An Amazon velour suit score $34
6. Ombré is everywhere and bright yellow (top + bottom $177)
7. Retro striped track suit (top + bottom $160) 
8. Another Amazon score that looks just like Eberjay (top + bottom $26)
9. This burgundy set would be perfect with white sneakers (top + bottom $95 on sale!)
10. LOVE the color and stripe of this set from ASOS $51
11. I own this set and love it! I wear it to bed and for drop off $49

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Workout Style

I know, workout clothes post in January, how groundbreaking?

But honestly it is one thousand percent true that if you have a cute outfit for the gym you are way more excited to go. Trying to hustle in pilled leggings and your old college tee is not really going to be the kick in the ass you need to get out the door. But leggings that make your booty look good and a perfectly flattering top, well that will get you there. 

In case you are wondering what my workout goals might be this year, I actually did not make any. I would like to keep moving my body in lots of different ways and to feel really good about how I feel inside. If the outside might gain some benefit, fantastic, but honestly I want to be able to do all the things well into my 80s and that is only possible if I stay in motion. 

Of all the exercise I do, Pilates is by far the best. I have osteoarthritis and have had it since I was 19, so joint health and strength is huge for me. I started going to pilates regularly after some terribly boring PT that did not feel like a workout. Luckily, I have found a studio that not only is helping me build a better body for my entire life but also gives me the workout that I need to feel satisfied that I actually got a workout. For locals, Tensile Strength is the absolute best! And for anyone (especially those who want to try or need a workout on the go) here is a mat workout video I did with my teacher, Jessica, that gets you sweating, stretching, and those abs burning. 

As for my other workouts, I love the Tuesday Tabata at SBC, tennis drills with my fave gals, running on a treadmill while watching Bravo, and my newest addition, the Pelaton. Still easing in but so far I like it. 

So while I am in motion, these are my favorite pieces that get me motivated and I feel fine wearing around town post workout. Each of them I have bought more than once and continue to grab when I see new colors on sale. 

1. & 2. GameSetStyle is such a go to site for me with the most curated items. Plus, they will put together a style box for you to take the guess work out. A muscle tank and Terez leggings never fail.
3. This jacket is crazy warm and the color combo is so fun. Goes way beyond the normal fleece. 
4. & 5. I am obsessed with this sport bra and its old school design, really comfy. And these leggings are comfy and cute, plus come in so many fun colors. Save when you do a set. 
6. & 7. I cannot tell you how many times I have bought this tank and leggings over the years. I have 3 pairs in black right now and reach for them over and over. 
8. Words cannot express my love for this tennis dress. I have it in white, but am coveting the black. 
9. & 10. The Maria line from Nike always has the cutest sets that are also comfortable. They always run small, so size up. I love how flouncy this skirt is and a matching top is always a great look. 
11. Of course I have a bubble gum pink fit and flare tennis dress?! haha it also comes in black and white and is honestly one of the best fitting dresses. 
12. &13. I thought I would always stay true to Lulu, but honestly Athleta has serious upped their game. These leggings are crazy soft and this top is the perfect length. 


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Clean Beauty Sweep

Happy New Year! 
The holidays have closed and the come down is real, so hopefully you are taking care of yourselves. Which could be basking in the joy that was the last couple months or possibly shaking the anxiety of it all or maybe both. ha
I am not one for resolutions. In years past I have mostly tried to add things into my year instead of taking them out. This year I may be on a bit more of a minimalist kick coming into 2020. Trying to get rid of the junk in my closet, the junk in my pantry, and the junk in my beauty products. Nothing drastic as I cherish Doritos and Pantene too much, but at least in a few ways to sort of clean up my act and those of my family. 
Clean beauty is now so mainstream that it is so much easier to make a few different choices and have a real impact on your exposure to toxins (pssst: I only minimally know what I am talking about, so take all this with a grain of she-is-not-doctor). 
Doing the research on what is "clean" and what is not is not only a drag it is real work. I found the app Healthy Living though and it is genius. You can scan the barcode or type in the name of any beauty or personal care product and it will rate it for you. The ratings include allergy, cancer, and developmental concerns. I look mostly at the cancer and developmental to make decisions on things I will buy again or try, but it is nice to have the whole picture. 
Now let's be clear, I am still using things that are not on the clean list all the time. But I have found some really great options that are clean that I think are the same or even better than my former dirty dog stand bys. 
Here are the products that I switched to and have been using (or bonus was already using and are clean!) that I am feeling great about using on myself and my kids. 

1. My skin is DRRRYYYY in the winter. I am on my second bottle of this body lotion and it is legit. 
2. I love these body washes, especially the Calm Down one. There is a different scent for what you are feeling or want to feel, which is fun. 
3. This Jason Body Wash is so great for myself and the kids. It gets nice a foamy and the coconut smell makes me feel like I am on vacation. 
4. I have been a Honest fan since my kids were babies and the body wash/shampoo and conditioner is still the one I go back to every time. 
5. Now that I am a bath person (what?!) a solid bath soak is now my favorite indulgence and this Martini one is crazy relaxing. 
6. You guys, I am not giving up regular deodorant. I tried, I really did, but I cannot do it. But when I am not going to sweat a bunch, I put on this natural one with a pretty scent. 
7. This Simple Micellar Water is the best make up remover. So gentle and lasts forever. I use it as a face cleanser when I am feeling lazy too. 
8. Good ole Bareminerals is the best way to even out skin in my opinion. And it has SPF which is hard to do with something clean. 
9. Glossier products are generally all clean and I love them, but if I had to choose one it is the concealer. For under $20 it is the best beauty buy there is
10. I know I have posted this serum a billion times, but really I love it. The smell, the consistency, and the results are amazing. I use it every morning 
11. Thank goodness Cerave products make the cut as I swear the foaming cleanser and lotion is what my skin loves best and what I slather on especially during break outs

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Gift Guide: The Lux List

Ok, this is the dream list. 
The one with the items we wait all year to ask for. 
Investment pieces that we will wear and enjoy forever and quite frankly you deserve it. 

1. A Hermès Evelyne bag in a incredible colors $2600
2. Diamond huggies to wear every day $355
3. Cozy Gucci boots that are fun and functional $890
4. A pink Moncler jacket $1,015
5. Golden Goose sneakers to wear ALL OF THE TIME $525
6. A Gucci belt bag with a retro vibe $790
7. A mother of pearl heart necklace to cherish $440
8. A YSL tote and crossbody bag for all the things $995
9. Valentino boots she has always wanted $1375
10. Luxury noise cancelling headphones because she lives on planes $399
11. A Valentino crossbody that is just big enough $661
12. A fun ski jacket for that upcoming vacation $635
13. Opps! Put two on this one! 
A Dyson hairdryer that will change her life $400
14. A classic but fun Gucci watch $1020
15. A diamond heart bracelet she will never take off $715

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Gift Guide for Her: Under $300

You know who needs ideas for what to get their loved ones most? 
So feel free to forward this one right along so you can make sure to get something you do not have to pretend to love. But really, I LOVE this list and anything on it would make someone so very happy. 

1. A hand knotted lapis necklace that she will cherish forever $172 (or this one!)
2. A suitcase set that is functional and cute $276
3. The softest faux fur coat in the best color $290
4. Lux leopard pajamas she could lounge in all day long $168
5. Cozy boots that are also super chic $295
6. Gucci sunglasses, because Gucci $275
7. An incredible clean beauty mask that you apply with this lovely brush like a spa $150
8. A puffer in a bright hue for dreary winter days $198
9. A Nespresso machine so she can make her own lattes at home $124
10. Beautiful leather gloves that are also fun $158
11. An Isabel Marant belt to add to any outfit $160
12. Cult sneakers that look great with jeans and dresses $150
13. A sweet Mama necklace $125
14. A diamond initial stud to up her ear game $145
15. A super chic white Staub for her love of cooking

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Gift Guide: Under $100

I feel like this gift guide is not only great for the ones who love you, but also maybe for yourself?! I mean let's be honest, you are doing all the things, keeping things afloat, and bringing the holiday cheer every darn day. So maybe this is a treat yourself moment??? 
But this list is also perfect for those that need something extra special this season. All of these items scream luxury, but you can afford to get one for them and one for you. 
1. Gorgeous pearl and gold hoops $98
2. My absolute FAVORITE pair of pajamas, so soft! $55
3. The full set of Glossier serums for every skincare need $65
4. A custom name ring to wear her loves close $88
5. Chic Green Pans for clean cooking $60
6. Oversized cat eye glasses $69
8. Cult favorite serum that is also clean and free of chemicals $72
9. An instant camera that is the most fun at parties $90
10. A pebbled leather laptop case for the girlboss $95
11. A full set of the BEST eyeshadow sticks by Laura Mercier $90
12. Mongrammed jewelry case for travel $69
13. La Mer set because everyone loves it $90
14. An essential oil diffuser to help her chill out $90
15. A winter white tunic to wear with anything $80
16. My favorite slippers that are cozy and cute
17. A heart pendant she can wear and think of you $60

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Gift Guide: Under $50

A luxury gift does not have to be expensive and this list proves it in so many ways. From cult beauty buys to serve ware and jewels, this under $50 list is so good. Anyone would flip over these! 

1. Gorgeous birthstone stackable rings $36
2. The new Echo for all the things $50
3. Cashmere (!) gloves that come in many colors $49
4. The Glossier body set that I can vouch is amazing $46
5. The most amazing massager for knots $30
6. Super soft faux fur slippers $30
7. The crazy Hanacure mask that pops up in your Insta Feed $29
8. Beautiful ceramic mugs for her morning coffee $37
9. The perfect pitcher for margarita night $30
10. French candles that smell like heave $45
11. A chic hand knit headband for cold days $36
12. A killer Kiehl's set with all their best products $50
13. Fancy Jo Malone misters for travel $45
14. A leopard passport holder for the jetsetter $28
15. Classic leather sneakers to wear with everything $45

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Gift Guide: Under $25

So you want to show the love and wow them, but you want to keep the budget tight. The options under $25 have gotten so much better than a candle or a bottle of wine. Here are a bunch of creative and unique ideas that will be talked about all year round. 

1. A wooden keepsake box you could fill with printed photos, drawings, and momentos for a loved one $20
2. A super soft cozy robe $25
3. A sweet, purse friendly, planner that has lots of ways to keep her organized $21
4. Mulling spices to fill the whole house with the holiday spirit $14
5. Shearling inserts to make any shoes or boots cozy $25
6. Freezer glasses to keep your drinks super cold without any ice $20
7. Red wine mouth stain and teeth blocker, because everyone loves their red $13
8. Clean beauty favorites for the product junkie $23
9. An automatic pan stirrer for your favorite home chef $25
10. Soft, butter socks 
11. A personalized tumbler perfect for adding a gift card to $18
12. Alcohol infusers with the ingredients to make festive cocktails $25
13. Essential oil shower steamers for all that ails them $14
14. Fill up this guacamole saver then add chips and tequila $11
15. The Bright Eyes Sleep Set for bright mornings $25
16. The healing clay mask that has been used for centuries for clear skin $8

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Gift Guide: Hostess & Friends Bundles

Because two is always better than one, I put together some really cute paired up gift ideas perfect for hostesses and for your beloved friends. It can be easy to find one cute thing, but adding a little bonus to use with that gift takes it over the top. Plus, there is something for everyone and you will impress the hell out of them! 

4. A DIY kombucha kit $40 and a crystal infused water bottle $49 (you know, for that friend ha) 
6. Old school Santa mugs $22 and gourmet hot chocolate
7. A bread warming basket (genius!) and a fresh loaf from the bakery $30
8. A garden basket that can go straight in the sink, but is pretty on the counter and fresh pears $58
9. Gorgeous cheese knives and stinky French cheese to nosh with her $38

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