1/19/18

New Year, New Bag





Jacket - H&M (wearing a size 2, also love this one, this one and this one) | Turtleneck - Club Monaco (similar here) | Jeans - GRLFRND | Boots - Stuart Weitzman (similar here and here) | Bag - Gucci (this is the larger size, more colors here) | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney | Lipstick - Lipstick Queen in Ovid

Don't worry, getting a new handbag wasn't an actual new year's resolution of mine but January is a blah month after the holiday hype so it seemed like the perfect time! LOL I had been thinking for months and months about my next handbag purchase before actually making a decision on one. While I love to buy bags that are somewhat popular at the moment, I weigh whether it will still look current and stylish 5-10 years from now. I am not someone that buys and sells handbags frequently - I tend to purchase a bag and keep it foreverrrrr. 

I love everything that Gucci has been putting out over the past few years so I was drawn to their styles again (I purchased this bag and this bag and adore them both!). I will be doing a full YouTube video review on the bag so stay tuned for that coming next week. For now I thought I would share it in this post, but please let that not distract from H&M's faux fur extravaganza that I'm wearing! I was never an H&M shopper years ago, but every time I check their site these days there is always something that I want to put in my cart. This coat was a gamble since faux fur jackets can be hit or miss both in shape and fur quality. Thankfully it was a complete hit! The length was perfection, the shape isn't too bulky, the fur feels so luxe and it is SO warm. A winner all around. It sold out very quickly in the black (though I think some returns trickle in here and there because random sizes keep coming back in stock), but the gray is still available. 

For other faux fur coat options, scroll through the widget below. (that leopard one is a total splurge but absolutely stunning!)

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1/18/18

3 Jelly Cleansers Worth Trying

I fell in love with jelly cleansers when Nude first releasing their Omega Cleansing Jelly (omg, do you remember NUDE skincare?! I miss them!). It was a mix between a gel and a balm and worked wonders at removing makeup while still making my skin feel plump and supple after. Since then I have seen so many more jelly cleansers pop up and I am always drawn to them. Not only is the texture appealing to me, but they always do an amazing job at removing makeup, giving my skin a deep cleanse while still keeping it nicely hydrated. There are three new jelly cleansers that I've been testing and my skin has been enjoying all 3 and I felt a blog post was in order!

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse - This isn't as much a jelly cleanser as the other two, but it does have a creamy gel texture so I decided to include it in this post anyways. As you can see from the swatches below, it is the thickest out of all 3 but what may not be visible are the little exfoliating beads in the formula. I wasn't expecting that and ended up loving the slight bit of exfoliation that it gave me. This one is strictly a second or morning cleanse as I don't find that it does a good job of removing makeup. For being a gel cleanser, I expected a bit of lather which it has but nothing that is too drying. In fact, my skin felt quite balanced after and with the added benefit of exfoliation, I have been using this the most in the morning because it preps my skin so well for makeup. 
Swatches from left to right: Drunk Elephant, Origins and Tatcha
2. Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser - I'm currently testing out the entire line of Drunk Elephant skincare for an upcoming YouTube video I plan to do at the end of this month. This was one of the only products from the line that I didn't have so the DE team graciously sent it over for me to try. It is the thinnest texture out of all 3, and was an instant winner when it came to removing makeup. It does foam slightly but dissolves into a light milk with water and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry afterwards.

3. Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly - As the name suggests, this cleanser is designed to be great at removing makeup. And it is. The texture is a bit thicker than the Drunk Elephant, and does not foam as much. If I had to compare it to the Drunk Elephant, I would say that this one breaks down makeup a bit quicker. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but I do need a more moisturizing milk or balm cleanser after to add a bit of moisture back into my skin.
*pr samples included

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1/17/18

Flattering Workout Leggings + Getting Back Into Shape After Baby




Sweatshirt - Alo Yoga | Leggings - Zella | Sneakers - Nike | Sunglasses - Illesteva

First of all, can I get a big LOL for the fact that I am carrying around my Kombucha drink in all these photos. Truth be told, when I don't have a handbag or something to carry, I never know what to do with my hands and end up with the most awkward photos. So right before I got out of the car to take these pictures, I grabbed my Kombucha that I had with me and voila! Only slightly awkward hand poses. :)

Since I am officially 10 weeks postpartum, I am finally beginning to ramp up my workout routine. I was quite active during my pregnancy (read about that here), but it really surprised me how even with that regular exercise I still feel incredibly out of shape after giving birth (energy and strength wise). So I began first with just walking around the neighborhood pushing Miles in the stroller, and am now back to taking more structured workout classes. The three types of classes I will be rotating into my routine are barre (for toning and tightening), yoga (for strengthening, stretching and it's one of the best stress relievers for me) and cycling (for cardio). The only new workout to me is cycling so I'm unsure how I will like it, but am willing to give it a shot for a few weeks. In addition, Stan will be helping me with a few at home exercises because he is a HUGE workout fanatic and goes to the gym almost every single day, and has been doing so for years. He will help me target certain areas a bit more specifically (like my stomach and hips/thighs). 

Now I cannot end this post without talking about the most fun part of working out - the clothes! I specifically picked up this new sweatshirt and leggings as a present to myself as I begin my post baby workout journey. When it comes to leggings in particular, Zella is still one of my favorite brands to wear. I have a few pairs from them and love how they always give a slimming effect without ever feeling constricting. I swear by this style from Lululemon which got me through my entire pregnancy though they were not even maternity. Alo makes some of the chicest workout pieces, but can be pricey so I splurge sparingly (these moto leggings are a must have). I also discovered Beyond Yoga last year (these ombre leggings are currently sitting in my cart) and found their pieces to be very soft and insanely stretchy (which is obviously what you need for yoga in particular). A few more brands that have caught my eye that I would like to try are Outdoor Voices, Onzie and if I am feeling particularly spendy this brand! And this site has been recommended to me by a few of my readers and they have the chicest workout gear!

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1/16/18

10 Faux Fur Biker Jackets at All Price Points

Jacket - Topshop (love it in this color!) | Turtleneck - Club Monaco | Jeans - Topshop | Hat - J.Crew (old but similar here and here) | Bag - Mansur Gavriel | Boots - Acne (budget option here)

I hope the fuzziness of this coat translates in these photos, because the faux shearling lining in this coat is insane! It feels more like a teddy bear and less like a coat to be honest. Ha! For someone that is not very edgy, I love this biker jacket trend that has been popping up at so many different retailers. They look a little more masculine on the hanger, but the faux fur lining and color options available gives a feminine twist. 

And I have been on a bit of a high heel run recently, foregoing some of my flat boots in favor of the added height to my daily outfits. But on this day, I pulled these Acne boots out again which I splurged on a few years ago and remembered how much I love them. The pointy toe, the small chunky heel and the shiny leather checks off all the boxes for me in what I want in a classic flat black ankle boot. It also makes it easier to walk around this residual snow that seems to be sticking around. 

It supposed to snow again today, and I am already dreading it. Counting down the days until spring. Anyone else?!!

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1/12/18

In Search of Cute Winter Boots

Sweater - BP | Scarf - BP | Jeans - Free People | Boots - UGG (they run TTS for me, also available here, here, here and here) | Sunglasses - Illesteva | Bag - Saint Laurent (love this budget option)

Finding great classic ankle boots for the fall is a no brainer - there are so many cute styles that come out every year. But warm winter boots are another story. Chunky, clunky, unflattering - these are some of the words that come to mind when I think of shopping for a winter boot. However, the past few years I have seen more and more styles come out that look chic and fashionable and less like "I live in a cabin in the woods". LOL The key, however, is making sure you grab the good ones early on in the season before it gets cold. I made a rookie mistake and waited until recently to look for a pair of warm winter boots and all the styles I had been eyeing were sold out. 

So I decided to start a new search and came across these UGG boots one night when looking online and began a frantic search for my size in this tan color. I love the fuzzy lining (though it only surrounds the ankle which was a bit disappointing to be honest, but still not a deal breaker for me), the shape and of course, the HEEL! I rarely see a cute winter boot that has a heel which made them a mix of fashion and function for me. I was worried they would be too high, but surprisingly I find them very comfortable. Sadly they are selling out quickly but I linked all the sites that still have some available - I purchased mine on Amazon just as an FYI. 

If the 3 inch heel is not your style and you still want a flat winter boot or even a wedge, I searched through a few sites and found other cute winter boots still in stock. Scroll through the widgets below to see all the options!

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1/11/18

Review and Demo: Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Cream Foundation

I recently purchased the Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Cream Foundation and am reviewing it today with a demo. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

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1/10/18

Loving Star Prints + Some Thoughts on Motherhood


Sweatshirt - Alternative | Joggers - Free People (old but similar here and here) | Hat - Topshop | Stroller - Uppababy | Sneakers - Golden Goose (similar here and here) | Miles Outfit - GAP

I never thought of myself as a sneakers gal, much less someone that would wear joggers but I've slowly warmed to the athleisure look over the past few years. Obviously my lifestyle and job are different than they were many years ago which is a big factor, but I also love finding comfortable pieces that don't look frumpy. I've said before that Golden Goose are some of my favorite non-athletic sneakers (see them styled here, here and here) and I love the downtown cool-girl vibe they give an outfit. This outfit was insanely comfortable for when Stan and I took a stroll with Miles, but I still felt cute, pulled together and like myself. 

Still feeling like myself has been one of the important things for me these past two months since having Miles, and even before while I was pregnant. I thought today I would share some thoughts and musings on my first few months of motherhood. 

1. Postpartum hormone fluctuations have really kicked my butt mentally. I was prepared for them, so I never wonder "what is happening to me" or "why am I feeling this way", but it's still like a hurricane somedays that I just try to sit and wait out. Thankfully it's not all day, every day that I have the anxiety, mood swings or feelings like I am drowning in the overwhelming magnitude of it all but it doesn't make it any less difficult to manage. Owning the moment and my feelings have helped me greatly. I say to myself "this is a postpartum mood swing and not who I am" which helps me separate from it and not make it my identity.

2. Some days I am going to win, and some days I am going to feel like I'm losing at everything. Miles can have a good day and I feel like I won the Olympics. Then when I can't figure out what's wrong with him or can't seem to manage it, I feel like my world is collapsing. Once again, that is the postpartum imbalance causing me to make a mountain out of a mole hill but nonetheless it's frustrating and upsetting.

3. I am going to ask for (and accept) help any way I can get it. I have my mom and Stan both here with me so I regularly tag them in when I need a moment, break or want to do something for myself. I quickly learned that doing it all (I call it "being a martyr") only makes me exhausted, resentful, angry and an emotional mess which ultimately is not what Miles needs. He needs me at my best (or semi-best) and there is nothing wrong with someone else helping me out. 

4. Balance is hard. Yup, I still have not mastered how to balance work, me time, taking care of Miles, etc and that's what stresses me out the most. I always feel I'm missing something (work or personal) but each day that passes I have more of an acceptance that this is what life is (kids or not). Early on my mom, Stan and I decided that I when I was working on my blog I would put Miles in "daycare" (AKA with my mom). Me trying to work while he napped or taking breaks here and there to play with him is too hard right now. I need to focus on one or the other and that ultimately helps me be more present with the situation at hand (whether that be work or family time).

5. I thought I would compare myself more to other moms or what I think a mom should be doing, but for the most part I don't. I like to educate myself and take in information seeing if something could work for me or Miles, but I really don't give a hoot at the end of the day what others are doing. I believe in accepting other moms (frankly other women) for who they are and what they choose to do because everyone's lifestyle is different (as long as it is ultimately safe and law abiding LOL). There are sooooo many unique family dynamics out there, schedules that are erratic because of one's career, money burdens that dictate certain choices, health issues that may not be visible but need a certain type of lifestyle/schedule - the possibilities are endless of how people can choose and need to live. So therefore, I do what works for us/me and that's that. And that truly has been such a freeing feeling.

6. I will go to the ends of the earth for Miles until my last breath, but that doesn't mean I neglect myself. I want Miles to always value himself and take pride in who he is, but that starts with me showing him that myself. Whether it's my health, my appearance, my career - whatever it is that fulfills me and makes me feel confident, I know that will translate in how I care for and relate to him as he grows up.

7. Most of my friends will tell you that I was never much of a kid person. I didn't run to hold someone's new baby (I was afraid of spit up, yuck LOL), never knew how to talk to them (I would have full conversations with a 6 mo. old as if they understood me, and talk real slow and cutesy to a 5 year old #noidea) and was just not that interested. I knew I always wanted my own children, but until then I was happy to watch from afar with other people's kids. And just like with Elmo (I love dogs, but don't always care to pet every single one I come across), I knew things would be different with my own. I adore Miles, find all his silly nuances fascinating and think he is the cutest thing. But I do giggle to myself every time I go crazy over the smallest things he does because it reminds me of how far I've come. 

8. I STILL do not believe everything I see on social media, especially when it comes to being a mom. Even before I began blogging, I was able to appreciate social media for what it is - a highlight reel. I think that mindset comes from experiencing hard things in my personal life and still being able to go to school, work or hang out with friends and never have them know what was going on behind closed doors. Obviously I would share with close friends, but I was not airing my dirty laundry to every person in the office or every person at school. And frankly, I had things to get done, bosses to impress, goals to meet and ultimately bills to pay so I couldn't let my personal life spill over. I have always assumed that others did the same thing and what I see when they are "on" at work/school/events/social media is never the full story, just like it isn't with me. As a result, social media is enjoyable to me rather than a place to feel inadequate and that has really been helpful as a new mom.

I'm learning more each day and will as the years go on. For now, I am doing my best to take each day as it comes, not be too hard on myself and have some fun along the way.

Let's finish off the post with a few more fun star print pieces that caught my eye:



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