A.M. Routine: Drink Your Citrus

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What I’m celebrating today: Happy just about February! This amount of happiness knowing January is about over is pretty much making my heart smile. Spring is that much closer. Ahh…and it’s Friday. Loveliness.

Lately, as you know, I’ve been a bit down and out. Winter has been especially horrid this year for me, but I can’t say I haven’t been a little more pro-active about it. (Although I might have indulged in serious heart-wrentching country music from the 90s lately- that shit isn’t for the faint of heart.) Why is that when we’re down we usually want to jam to songs that are just as sad? Allison Krauss, I’m looking at you. You know, I actually need an answer for that one.

 Anyhow, I used to run pretty avidly, however the past few years have definitely seen a big decline. So, in November before all the NYR’s started rolling out at the gym, I decided to start trekking back to where I used to be. Goal: Run past 15 mins. without looking like a zombie afterwards. Last week I finally(yyy) felt wonderful and happy about having to run. Pro-active score: one check for Laura. Continue reading “A.M. Routine: Drink Your Citrus”

How To Give A Gift: Everyone Will Love

Simple Gifts for the Hard-To-Buy-Fors

To start off, here are a few of my favorite odds-and-ends that are simple, festive, & bright.

A cozy throw, a comical plate, a beautiful magazine, lovely glow-worthy skincare + nailart, etc., are simple and definitely no-brainers that many times are a hit among holiday gift-giving (girl-edition, at least.)  However, sometimes it’s definitely not so easy.  Especially when perhaps you don’t know someone that well, or maybe you don’t know their interests.  So I’ve organized some rules that I’ve come up over the years that are really helpful in giving a great gift, to everyone:

Rule 1 Okay, so maybe not everyone, but I’m talking in reference to things not many people don’t like.  Take a topic that is always a ‘win’, enter: food, health, useful home decor/tools (I’m staring at you never-been-used-bread-makers), your own favorite skincare products (Om Aroma & Co.), good spirits, etc.  It’s a simple rule when buying gifts; be thoughtful & unique, and always think to yourself would like the gift if you were the one being gifted.  When you start thinking about gifts that you would like yourself, you’re more likely to be on-point of what others might enjoy, too.  For instance: think of some of the go-to restaurants in your general area that you really love, like a bakery.  Do they ship their speciality items?  Same for local wines, a local brewery, etc.  I mean, how many people don’t like great food and good alcohol.  I can’t think of anyone I know…

Rule 2 Words that work magic together during the holidays: ‘One of a Kind.’   There is something so magical about giving something no one else has.  Yea, it sounds a bit conceited, but it’s really not.  Truthfully…it’s just plain awesome and, well, one-of-a-kind. It’s a no-fail. (p.s…have you ever heard of ‘Of-A-Kind‘? It’s pretty much equivalent to a hidden-rare-jeweled-crusted website of treasure.)

Rule 3 Get your hands dirty with creativity so you don’t overspend. Cheesiest remark ever? Yes, indeed.  However, good gifts aren’t always expensive gifts.  Why is it that so many feel this way?  To be honest, some of my most treasured gifts are well under 30 bucks. For instance, my Dad once bought me a gorgeous ceramic pitcher that has this adorable little lid you can place your teabags around as they steep.  And yes, I’ll probably be the old lady who hands down a tea pitcher as if it were a rare piece of jewelry. My point with this story, yet again: don’t overspend.

Rule 4 Go ‘local.’  I’ll never tire of this statement.  Rev-up your local economy + get an awesome gift for someone?  Pretty sweet gig if you ask moi.  Plus, it pretty much entangles everything we’ve gone over above.  Unique, one-of-a-kind, thoughtful, interesting, etc. There are so many talented people in your own community who spend their days creating something awesome, why not find em’ and know about em’? Oh, and obviously the best part: share them.  (p.s…here is one of my local favorites: My A La Mode)

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Rule 5  Think of ‘places’ they seem to be a lot, then go from there.  You want to get them something they will use everyday, or at least a lot. Are they in their office space (insert: a calming & inspirational print for their wall,  some low-matenience greenery- I think these guys are too fun, etc.), kitchen, living room space, outdoors.  When you think of the places they spend most of their time, chances are your gift will reflect a certain thoughtfulness a lot of people, often times, miss when gifting.  How many times did you get a gift that was totally not…you.  It’s these simple references that’ll help you get a little closer to the ‘them.’

So lovelies, hope this helps! If you like what you see, I may start a series leading up to Christmas of quick tips and tricks to give a great gift that comes from your heart, not your wallet. So feel free to leave comments and questions! xo, loves!

 

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Happy Weekend, Loves

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What happens when we make promises? We randomly get super busy. That’s what happened to my updates lovelies. Mostly it’s been me trying to get some professional aspects a-going, which has been a bit of an up-and-down sorta’ ordeal. Seeing I haven’t updated much of my current life lately, I am now working as a Medical Aesthetician for a wellness spa. Of course, as of right now I’m also helping with the website, social media, and things of that nature seeing as it is a new place trying to get their feet on the ground. I’m clearly a product junkie so working there will definitely be equal parts like a candy store in my eyes. If I find any goodies in the lines we carry, you know I’ll be sharing them with you guys ;). The downside is I’m driving a good bit to get there (45 mins…eh), but as I know- life comes with a good bit of balance, whether good or not so good. Continue reading “Happy Weekend, Loves”

Pretty Picks: Drugstore (Natural) Beauty

Pretty Picks: Glow Natural
 There are some topics that just simply don’t get old, and somehow drugstore beauty products make that cut. I’m kind of obsessed at looking at simple priced beauty products that never let a girl down.  So, yesterday I decided to pull together some of my own favorite natural drugstore-priced products. I’ve been seeing a lot of them popping up by fellow bloggers out there, but mostly there are no natural products that get mentioned.  Maybe they’re just looked over?  I always try to get the word out about how easy it is to switch to really good, natural, skincare. Especially when you’re on a budget, it’s still a really easy switch! These are the products that I absolutely adore and always find myself purchasing as complete ‘must-haves’ time and time again, so I hope you enjoy! (p.s…the Kiss My Face peaches and cream moisturizer is an all-over moisturizer (body & face) and it works absolute miracles- I’m a cult follower of this product– no lie.)

I’d like to know, what are some of your favorite drugstore-priced natural products that you’ve come across? I’d love to hear what you guys have found as your ‘must-haves’! xo.

In My Cup: Oh, Hello, Sweet Summer.

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Summer brings about a certain kind of happiness and absolute recklessness. It’s a breathtaking combination, really. A time where we all feel light and our cares seem a little(eee) farther away. It’s a sun-kissed mirage (even when we may still be vampires, hello moi) with plenty of fizzy, light, beverages that muses a makeover for time- just a lovely haze it all becomes. Outfits consist of swimsuits with some sort of circa 70s’ blue silk robe we (perhaps?) stole from our mother’s closet. Who knows, maybe it’s just me on that one. Anyhow, we don’t even know why it seems more than appropriate to lift all responsibilities and take a cross-country drive through little towns when we’re broke (but we’re story-rich), or why we, women, take off hair in places that probably should be illegal all while casually insisting, “It doesn’t hurt that bad.”, while actually thinking, “So far, that is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.” All we know is there has to be some sort of vibrant glowing golden book that explains in detail why a time of year seems to make us want to dance around in the sun with sunflowers to match and say fuck it all, but, until then- let’s just cheers to that statement and run free. xoxo. Here’s what’s in my cup, my dears, styled by summer, of course. 

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1. My new vow to read myself to sleep this summer instead of Arrested-Development-binge-watch-myself-to-sleep. (Magazines are clearly acceptable.) 

2. The best self-tanner ever. I loved seeing it in Elle’s “30 All-Natural Must-Haves” this month, I discovered it when living in the city a few year’s ago and fell in love, it gives the perfect glow with NO orange grossness, and I’m basically Edward Cullen’s sister. It also truly leaves your skin unbelievably soft, my pick if you’re trying to get a pretty glow. {Lavera Self Tanner}

3. Aren’t these beachy pastel-hued clutches absolutely lovely? I instantly gravitated to them when I spotted their fun and bright colors in a tiny shop by my apartment. The designer, Allison Howington, started ‘My A La Mode’ this year and you’ll know each one is one-of-a-kind because she hand makes and paints them herself! As if I didn’t already adore them, she paints them in every pastel ice-cream-inspired color imaginable. {Shop them here

4. Facial oil is my favorite pick for moisturizer during the hottest time of year, it’s a cult-worthy rule of mine. Your skin needs to be balanced to look and feel its’ best, and essential oils are the most calming ways to treat your skin. I found this guy last week by Seventh Generation’s new line of ‘Boost serums’- I chose the one infused with skin-nurturing Baobab oil, which is pretty much a miracle oil for your skin. It is also infused with mint essential oil, which feels heavenly and tingly fresh after washing morning and night. They might just be my new favorite facial oil line. Oh, and did I mention it’s also super affordable too, running for under $10 in some places? Latte money, my dears, is ringing. P.s…they just launched the line, so I don’t have the link, but keep a look out at your local drugstore. They are worth the search. 

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1. This lipstick in ‘Poppy’ is most definitely the perfect red, I’ve found it. It’s bright, yet with a deep undertone, that makes the color a bit mysterious and vintage feeling. It’s summer and winter and all the seasons wrapped into one marvelous, red. I’m obviously living in it at the moment. (literally and figuratively)

2. New York in no match to any other when it comes to frozen yogurt havens, but I have been meaning to check this place out about 1000 times by now. So if you’re in the city, I’m jealous. What a perfect summer treat?

3. It speaks for itself, let’s just be honest. I mean, who doesn’t feel this way? 

4. I’m a believer, a believer in heaven-like bedding, one in which you fall into like a bath of bubbles and pillows, and vanilla scented angels. With that, West Elm is having a sale on bedding (which to me is grounds for party), and this one pretty much recites what is stated above. Plus the clean, symmetrical pattern doesn’t overwhelm the room, but rather gives it a soft, yet fun, feeling. Note: I may or may not admit it sold me when it recited it was inspired by ‘intricate Moroccan mosaic tiles’. I’m still not quite sure why that seems awesome, but I went with it. 

5. ‘A novel about a life-altering, all-engulfing young love.’ Next book I will be reading. Sold to the girl in the crazy blue robe. 

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Bring it to the Beach: Natural Goodies to Get Your Glow On.

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1. There are plenty of shimmery highlighters out there, but this one is natural, and gives a dewy shimmer for a subtle glow for all skin tones- plus, the argan oil helps to keep skin moisturized while we glow. It’s a definite go-to for summer. (Josie Maran Illuminizer)

2. Keep your skin soft, hydrated, and protected with this MyChelle skin-loving, chemical-free, SPF. It also has a hint of natural coconut for some extra love. (MyChelle-SPF Sun Shield)

3. My absolute favorite BB cream- it protects against UVA/UVB rays with natural SPF 30, helps with anti-aging, gives your skin moisture, all while creating a lovely glow. Definitely a ‘foundation’ with the punch of a skin treatment. Love, love, love. (Tarte BB Cream)

4. Give your skin some silky ‘after-sun’ love with Savannah Bee Company’s Royal-Jelly Body Butter. Packed with goodies your skin needs after being out in the sun all day- like vitamins, lipids, and amino acids- it’s ‘naturally’ a must. The scent is amazing as well, with some ‘southern inspired’ goodness, pecan butter and blackberry. Yum. (Savannah Bee Body Butter)

5. Again, Josie Maran is a wonder and I’m a devout new fan. Her new Coconut Water Cheek Gelee’s are like summertime packed into tiny packages. If you have sensitive skin, like this girl, it is literally a blush from heaven- not to mention it also makes for a beautiful lip color. I’m a fan of ‘Poppy Paradise’, but I literally stood in Sephora forever trying to decide the best color. Amazing. xoxo. (Josie Maran Coconut Cheek Gelee)

5. Of course, a new favorite for beach days are all things ‘Daisy-inspired’ (courtesy of my obsession with The Great Gatsby). For extra sun protection I thought this lovely, Daisy-channeling, peach-hued J.Crew hat what would look lovely while catching up on some reading. (J.Crew summer hat)

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xoxo. Glow-on loves.

Skin Trip: A Simple Mask for Silky, Smooth, Skin.

Hello my loves.

How are you?

All is well, I hope.

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Today’s Skin Trip is probably the quickest fix I’ve ever found to show major results in  less than ten minutes. I’m always looking for products that are tried, and true. Yet, the latter part is always the hardest to prove itself to me. We live in a world where the idea of ‘instant’ is not always an option, it’s expected. I don’t think that is where we need to be in everything we do as a society, however, with skincare, I cheat on that statement at least five times a day.

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As the days have been oh-so-lovely, but oh-so-windy and cold, I have found my skin way off balance. And then, there is always light. Want to know my secret mask that battles all things winter?

Whipped Shea Butter. It glides over your skin in moments and the longer you leave it on, the more you will see a major change in the glow of your skin. I call it a mask because you can wash it off while still getting the benefits, or if you like, leave it on so your skin can soak it up. The breakouts, oiliness, dryness, flakiness, dullness of winter- all gone. Mostly because this hydration helps balance our skin out as it changes from the sunny days of summer to the chilly days of winter. So, not to worry about all those upcoming festivities for the season, you’ll be dashing my beautifuls!

It’s such a simple and inexpensive way to have really amazing results, so quickly, from an all-natural fix. Not from gross, synthetic, goos we see pop up all over the place this time of year. Oh it’s also good to know, while you’re applying around your face, not forget your lips so they stay super-hydrated, too! It’s my skin’s heaven for winter. Especially the next day after I did a mask the night before, when my tinted moisturizer isn’t flaking off because my skin is super dry. Cute right? Ha.

Ohhh…and my dears…

One more Skin Trip: Did you know that if you apply it around 10 pm your body will go into healing mode  for the day, and it is then that products will be most beneficial? Pretty cool, huh? 🙂