Dress It Up // Dress It Down


Happy Monday! I feel like this past weekend was just what we needed.. doing a whole lot of nothing before the craziness starts. Ryan had to study for finals coming up this week and I actually went to yoga and coffee early Saturday morning with some girlfriends! I love lazy and cozy weekend like this one, with no plans and mostly staying home. Aka I'm a grandma. 

We are leaving for a Yosemite and Mammoth camping trip Thursday-Monday, then the following Wednesday, we are headed back to Maryland for a few days before a little family getaway in the Bahamas! I'm already jet lagged LOL but soooo excited for all these adventures (and outfits) to come! ;)

You can totally tell when I love a piece of clothing because I wear it NON-STOP. Like too much. So these pants.. obsessed with them lately and they have gone with everything! I wore them with a plain white t-shirt to a casual dinner at a friend's house, wore them out on a date night with an off-the-shoulder black bodysuit, and wore them to church with a teal blue sweater! Overkill?? BUT I wanted to bring back the dress it up // dress it down segments to the blog so I figured what better way with these amirite.. outfit details below!

I'm off to pack and plan for camping / Caribbean outfits!! xo

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Dress It Up // Dress It Down

Culottes $35



SHOP THE LOOK: 

- Culottes: ASOS -

- White Crop Top: Forever 21 -

- Orange Cardigan: Forever 21 -

- Tan Heels: Forever 21

- Sunnies: H&M

- California Tee: Forever 21

- Sandals: H&M

- Hat: Nordstrom


Haven and Harmony Skin Studio Custom Facial + 5 SKIN TIPS


Hi friends! Hope your week is going great. I've been off the blog for a little while because I was taking a class + studying to become a Salesforce Administrator, and am happy to announce I completed the class, took the exam, and am now a Certified Salesforce Admin! Now the job search begins ... lol

Anyways, enjoying my last few days of being a stay-at-home dog mom and was lucky enough to partner with Chelsea at Haven and Harmony Skin Studios for a custom facial! You know those people who you just instantly connect with and feel like life-long friends right away? Chelsea was one of those people! After showing me around her beautiful studio, we talked about what my biggest skin concerns were (anti-aging and wrinkle prevention, eliminating sun spots & sun damage, and minimizing pores & black heads) and then she customized my 60+ minute facial! 

I am still learning (and becoming obsessed) with more and more skincare, so bear with me as I walk through the steps from memory :) 

Facial Steamer: opens pores


Purifying Cleanser: with manuka Honey, manfura Oil, and merigold

Enzyme mask: gets rid of dead skin cells

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Extraction: getting rid of black heads deep in pores

High frequency light therapy: for anti-aging and acne  

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 Just ordered this to start doing at home!! Under $60

Just ordered this to start doing at home!! Under $60

Hyaluronic acid and light mask therapy: for anti-aging and getting rid of any bacteria

 Can also be used for a Freddy Krueger Halloween costume

Can also be used for a Freddy Krueger Halloween costume

Moisturizer with papaya: for rehydration

I have to say again, THANK YOU so much to Chelsea at Haven and Harmony Skin Studio for the amazing custom treatment and for sharing all of your knowledge! 10/10 would recommend to anyone in the Carmel / Monterey area looking for a skin care specialist. She also offers 20% off for military members and spouses! β™‘β™‘β™‘

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As I get older, I am focusing more and more on skincare for the future and urge you, my friends, to do the same! You don't have to do all these crazy chemical peels or procedures to start in skin care, just start doing small things that mean A LOT over time! 


Five easy skin care tips I've learned: 

1. USE SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY (under makeup)

This is sooo important if you want to minimize wrinkles and lines in the future! Gone are the days where I lay out lathered in tanning oil. If I'm outside, you'll find me with SPF and big hats protecting my face from the sun. 

2. TONE, CLEANSE, AND EXFOLIATE 

I just recently got into finding and using a great toner that is working for me. Don't forget, that everyone is different and everyone's skin is different! You have to sometimes test products and find what is best for you. For example, my cleanser was making me breakout like CRAZY so obviously had to stop using that and tried different products until finding the best one for me. 

3. OILS ARE YOUR FRIEND

Using oils on your face was hard for me to grasp after having oily skin growing up and being taught to use products to prevent oil. BUT after using oils every night during my night-time routine, I have seen a substantial difference in my skin hydration and firmness! And the last thing they do is leave your skin oily!! Mind-blown.

4. IT'S GOOD TO GET OUT BLACK HEADS

But it's NOT good to break the skin! So be careful with this one. Unfortunately, black heads are just oil trapped in your pores, and they won't go away. So one of the few ways to get rid of them are to extract them yourself or through a professional. If you pick them at home, be sure to use a tissue and wash your face right after to prevent bacteria from being spread as much as possible.

5. GOOD SKIN STARTS FROM THE INSIDE

Along with exercise, what you put in your body will show on the outside through your skin as well. Water. Food. Nutrients. All contributes to glowing skin! Biggest tip: drink water until you can't anymore!


Are you growing old like me and interested in more skincare realated posts?

As always, please let me know! :D 

XOXO

Bachelorette Black Dresses


Happpppy day friends! I recently got a request for an upcoming bachelorette party black dress - so I rounded up the hottest ones I could find! (I LOVE WHEN I GET REQUESTS BTW!) keep em comin ;)

It also brought me back to my own bachelorette party - 2015 in NEW YORK CITY.  

I still don't think I'm ready - exactly three years later this weekend - to go over all the details of that weekend LOL. I'll paint you the final day picture.. all of us (13 in a two bedroom flat in NYC  to be exact) slept in and missed our reserved soul cycle class big shocker right, me waking up hysterically crying that I lost my phone and all of my pictures from the weekend, screaming I wanted to be a skinny bride, and taking the subway (with no wallet, money, or phone) to the bronx to try and get my phone back. I'll spare you the rest of details, but I don't ever want to be the bride at a bachelorette party hahaha 

I did a "sequin" night where everyone wore something sequin obviously lol, and the classic white/black dress night! We also went to an all inclusive drag show - LUCKY CHENG's in NYC, bottomless brunch (duh), and an open-bar pole dancing class which was def harder than it looks. 

PS - the cab driver mailed me back my phone !!!! BLESS HIM

Let's get to the goods! I think all of these should be under $50 if I'm not mistaken! There are so many Memorial Day sales going on so it it an amazing time to get that perfect outfit or stock up on some things you've been eyeing! ASOS (my go-to) is having a 20% SALE OFF EVERYTHING with code: "SUNNYDAYS"


ASOS: USE CODE "SUNNYDAYS" for 20% OFF


FOREVER 21:


NASTY GAL: 


Enjoy! xx