This heavy hue is the epitome of the new season – warmer clothes, darker evenings, and wine.
Lots of wine.
Despite the fact that the color is a collegiate mainstay, the universally flattering color is keeping my attention this year. And you know what else? It goes with everything – black, tan, white, navy, blush. Merlot can do no wrong.
At the moment, I’m heavily invested in pairing it with blush and denim for an almost-tonal but casual look.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super emotional this month in anticipation of the big O-N-E. We’ve had a quite the year, and I’ve spent the last 25 days reflecting on how far we’ve come with Jack’s health. Coincidentally, September is Children’s Cancer Awareness month which has brought an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for our amazing team of doctors and nurses, not to mention our massive support system. Although Jack still has his tumor, we’ve received good reports that his body is killing the mass on it’s own. We are blessed to have a thriving energetic birthday boy. Sometimes I wonder how it’s only been one year.
Our family has been on the fast track this month with birthdays (still recovering from the surprise party that was Nick’s 30th), weddings, work trips, and well – life. I wanted to make sure Jack was well celebrated, so I went ham on Etsy grabbing everything from oversized balloons to colorful birthday plates. Lara from Paper House Pinatas saved the day by creating amazing letter piñatas which made for a fun centerpiece for our table.
I’m so happy we were able to pull together a festive afternoon to celebrate our favorite toddler! I hope you enjoy the pictures :), they’re definitely ones I’ll treasure forever.
Hormones. Woof. Anyone else’s face revert to teenage status post baby?
After Jackson was born, my face has been um, how do I say this – verytemperamental. Aside from the never disappearing dark circles under my eyes that I have now just come to accept, my chin is always breaking out and I’ve developed random dry spots all over my face. And my eyelids get oily. Whuuuuuuut?
I wish I could say I’ve had a super strict skincare routine, considering I’m well into my late twenties – but unfortunately I’m a serial drugstore hopper. Over the past few months, I’ve been asking colleagues (who I now consider my team of skincare experts), and friends on what their routines look like. Additionally, I have become much more aware of the chemicals and ingredients in products – something that sparked my concern after our battle through chemo with Jackson. In this post I mentioned a friend of mine who introduced Beauty Counter’s baby products to me, and after seeing the amazing results on Jackson, I decided to try out their skincare products. That, along with a few recommended additions, I’ve come up with a pretty solid AM/PM routine that has almost instantly changed my skin – in the best way possible!
When I wake up, I wash my face with the Beauty Counter Nourishing Cleanser – super silky smooth that sometimes I like to leave on in the shower. I follow up with a spritz of the Rodial Hyaluronic Tonic Spray (heavenly), and dab on this Murad Eye cream, which is my favorite to date. I’ll let those soak in, and then lather on the Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Day Cream with a drop of Clarins Glow Booster (heavy eye roll on that name). I’m pretty particular about day moisturizers and this is the first one that hasn’t left my face feeling oily or greasy – even with the added ‘glow’. Also, I’m obsessed with the Clarins drops, despite the name, especially in the winter time when I’m corpse-like.
At night, my routine depends on how much time I have // how lazy I’m feeling (not going to lie, I fell asleep on the couch last night in ALL my makeup. Ew).
I start by lathering on the Beauty Counter Charcoal Soap, and then it’s the fun part – the Foreo. Y’all…this thing has transformed my face!! It’s 10X better than the Clarisonic brush with it’s silicone nubbins (? I can’t call them bristles) that really gets that deep clean. It’s a nightly face massage. The soap is detoxifying (but not drying, that’s key), and together with the Foreo, my face gets squeaky clean. I then follow up again with the hyaluronic mist and Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Eye Cream. After that comes the Balancing Oil. A few drops of this is like a sleep mask, and makes my face feel so refreshed in the morning. It’s not super slimy, and I feel like it dries pretty quickly. If I’m really feeling the struggle, I’ll add the Ren ‘Wake up Wonderful’ serum to my routine post mist, pre oil. Last but not least? The neuLash serum on my eyelashes. I’m allergic to eyelash extensions – le sigh – and this product is the BEST thing on the market for enhancing those natural lashes. Trust me, I’ve tried everything.
So that’s it! I realize this sounds like a Beauty Counter sponsored post, but it’s not. I am not a BC rep, I just really love their products! That’s all folks!