Keep that Summer Glow Going

All of us are feverishly getting ready for the upcoming holiday season. We’re shopping, decorating, cooking, baking – all this on top of our daily workload. It’s so easy to neglect our skin during this season of hustle and bustle. As I was winding down from a day of shopping this week I caught a glimpse of my face in a floor to ceiling mirror and had to do a double-take. Whoa…I said. I really need a facial. Then I looked down at my hands. They looked as though someone had dusted them with flour or chalk. Whoa…I said. I need a paraffin dip in a major way. But who has time for that right now? Not to mention the budget…
Well, if your fortunate enough to have the time AND the budget you should really go splurge at a fantastic spa in Northern New Jersey called Depasquale The Spa. They have amazing facials and skin therapies available from anywhere between $50 and $300.  Definitely an enjoyable treat for yourself or… it would make a fantastic Christmas gift from your significant other (hint, hint). However, if you don’t have the time, energy or money to sit down and actually relax until sometime in March of 2011 here’s some quick tips to keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy during these winter months.

1. Try not to take a scalding hot shower. I know, its tough – especially when that bathroom tile floor is so miserably cold. The hot water really dries out your skin and removes the moisture from it more quickly then luke-warm water.

2. Get yourself a great exfoliator that you can use on a weekly basis. I just tried St. Ives Apricot Scrub and I LOVE it! It is not greasy and smells delicious. Totally in my price range, too – about $4-5.

3. Moisturize your skin daily. Make sure your lotion’s top ingredients have some sort of butter in there…cocoa, shea, etc. Avoid creams that have alcohol in them – this defeats the whole idea of  “moisturizing” your skin…alcohol REMOVES moisture. L’Occitane has some amazing shea butter products that are as low as $15.

4. Drink a lot of water…I mean, A LOT! Even if you think you are drinking enough, drink more. Your body needs this water in the winter months as much as it does in the warmer months. In the winter we experience much drier conditions due to a drop in humidity outdoors so we need to really keep ourselves hydrated in order for our skin to remain smooth and supple. If the thought of drinking MORE water makes you want to bury your head in your itchy, dry hands then try drinking herbal teas. Not only are you drinking water,  you can choose some that have immune boosting properties to fight those nasty germs that are lurking all around us this time of year. The Republic of Tea has a great one you can grab for about $10.

5. Purchase a bronzer – but not one that makes you look as though you were just spray-tanned orange. I love the one from bareMinerals because it does not have any harsh chemicals in it that would damage my skin. They have bronzers for $18 and $30.

Ofcourse, I could not talk about skin without showing at least one picture of an item that could cover my skin! 🙂 Here are a gorgeous pair of gloves from Anthrolopolie that you NEED to have on your wish list.

Oh, and remember – you would be surprised at how lovely smiling makes your face look…it takes away years! So go ahead, smile on!

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. Proverbs 15:13

Adventure: my feverish thoughts.

I’d like to clarify something, my Rudolph the Reindeer nose is NOT in honor of Christmas! It’s the unfortunate result of being sick & using one-too-many tissues.

I’m currently not in possession of any deep thoughts, but I figured you’d all have a good laugh reading what’s going on in my brain (spoiler warning: NOT MUCH, since my body has channeled all of its brilliance into fighting germs):

-tea is delicious, especially when you have a sore throat
-I look pale and pathetic while sick, but a sparkley scarf helps to fix that!
-dark nail polish is super cute. even cuter on short nails. (Note: I’m biased, I ALWAYS have short nails)
-note to self: journal more! You’ve only written ONCE since August.
-Real, live Christmas trees smell delicious!
-I’m addicted to earrings like these and these and these.

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To distract you from my current lacklusterness, here’s a drool-worthy pair of pumps from J.Crew:

Little bow tweed platform peep toes

A few of my favorite things!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Let’s be thankful together!

A short list of thanksgiving (in no particular order):

1) This coat. Oh my gosh! This coat! This coat!

2) Stuffing. I have stuffing once a year, and I look forward to indulging it in its deliciousness the other 364 days.

3) I own this wrap dress in charcoal grey & can’t wait for the concord purple to go on sale. This year, I’m especially thankful that Banana Republic created the most perfect faux-wrap dress.

4) I’m grateful for the unfailing delight of my God: “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5b

Happy, HAPPY Thanksgiving! What are YOU thankful for?

What to do on the Ugly Days

Last week I was in a complete fashion funk. It was bad! Each day presented a new problem… I had bedhead, awful outfits, a few breakouts, bags under my eyes, and I could go on and on. Instead! (Lucky you.) I am going to give you a few quick tips on how to make an Ugly Day better.

Step 1: As soon as you get the premonition that today just isn’t your day, commit to AVOIDING all mirrors, tinted windows, glass displays, computer monitors, cameras, and any other reflective item. Not practical? Fine, fine…just promise yourself to STOP obsessing, STOP looking (if you’re out & about a quick look isn’t going to help), and just keep smiling.

Step 2: Fake it ‘til you make it. No really! This works! Whenever a condemning, self-deprecating thought comes your way just push it out IMMEDIATELY, and then force yourself to smile. Soon enough, you’ll forget about the frizz, stained shirt, and tired eyeballs.

Step 3: Don’t mention your Ugly Day to ANYONE. It must be kept a secret. Last week I was wearing the worst outfit of all-time. No, seriously The Worst Outfit of All-Time. And I texted my sister to get some back up/share a laugh. Hours later when she & I met up, she instantly remembered by text and informed me that, “Whoa. You really ARE wearing The Worst Outfit of All-Time!”. If I had followed Step 3, she would have never noticed and I could have avoided revisiting all my self-consciousness. It’s imperative that you swear yourself to secrecy on the Ugly Days!

Step 4: Realize that you could look like this, and you don’t:

Warning! This is UGLY!

“…[your beauty] should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

Coco, Audrey, & Matt: Thoughts on Looking Good

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” –Coco Chanel

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” –Audrey Hepburn

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:28-32, 33-34

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And some dress suggestions for the holiday season*:

From Nordstrom

This fabulous dress is from Nordstrom. Currently Nordstrom is offering free shipping on all orders over $100 AND there is a HUGE, COMPLETELY AMAZING sale happening this week (starting 11/3)!

As usual there is also some dress lust going on over Shabby Apple’s inventory. Check out this darling dress; it’s perfect for countless winter celebrations!

*I love the idea of dressing up for Thanksgiving, it makes the holiday seem even more magnificent!