Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Inspiration: Quotes I Love

Happy Friday! Another weekend has arrived and I'm pretty excited about it. :) I don't have any huge plans for the weekend which is good because I need to get some laundry and packing done before I leave for San Diego next week! What are you all up to? I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What I Wore: Leather, Leopard & Pearls

I wore this outfit back in January to judge a local pageant for Miss America - you may have seen a photo of it on Instagram - and because so many people liked it, I decided to do a full shoot with Pedro so you could see all of the details! As I've mentioned, I'm really trying to save more and not shop as much, so I combined pieces I've worn before but had never worn together. You can see how I wore this pearl cuff blouse with leather shorts two years ago here, how I wore this faux leather skirt with a sheer blouse here and to NYC fashion week here, and how I wore these leopard print pumps with stripes and burgundy pants here. It's all about shopping your closet and recreating old pieces when you're on a budget! I really love this outfit because it speaks to all aspects of my personal style {feminine, chic and classic with an edge} and because it combines some of my favorite colors and materials {blush pink, leopard, pearls, sequins and leather.} Let me know what you think about my outfit in the comments below!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Recipe Roundup

Easter is just over a week away, so it's time to start thinking about what you're going to bake for Easter Sunday! I'll be visiting my sister in San Diego starting next Wednesday 4/1 through Monday 4/6 to celebrate both Easter and her birthday with my dad, so I'm not sure if I'll be baking yet, but I do have a few great recipes on hand in case you're looking for something new to make this year! Click the title of each dessert to be taken to the recipe page. :)

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies. All you need to do is take some mini Cadbury creme eggs and bake them in to chocolate brownies - the results are delicious and perfect for Easter!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes. Take every Easter Bunny's favorite vegetable and make them taste better by throwing them into some cupcakes with the best frosting in the world: cream cheese!

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies. The absolute best cookies I have ever made, hands down. Who doesn't love mini eggs?!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Beauty Roundup

I've tried out some great new skincare and beauty products this past month and I'm really excited to be sharing my reviews with you today! It's pretty rare that I test four new products and have fantastic experiences with all of them, so I'm pretty pumped. :) Have you tried out any of these products yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Kate Somerville 'Nourish' Hydrating Toning Mist - $46. Kate Somerville was kind enough to send me a full sized bottle of their brand new Nourish facial toner which has yet to hit their website or stores! You should be able to purchase it starting in April, and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. The weightless, alcohol-free formula contains the powerful ingredient Matrixyl 3000™, which is clinically proven to lift and firm skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Extracts of beet root, algae, ginger and green tea combine to hydrate, nourish, tone and firm skin, while Montmorillonite Clay helps detoxify and refine pores. The toner also contains hints of lavender and orange essential oils which I love. I've been using it daily for the last 3 weeks before my regular serum and a new moisturizer you'll learn about below, and I am happy to report that it does not irritate my very sensitive skin which is prone to cystic acne! No cystic pimples here! :) It sprays on easily, absorbs into the skin quickly and has been very hydrating on my dry winter skin. I love how light and refreshing it is, and I may make the switch to this toner from the Dr. Hauschka one I've been using!

Kate Somerville 'Nourish' Hydragel Mask - $70. I also feel very lucky to have been sent this full sized mask by Kate Somerville because it is such a treat to use and is out of my budget at the moment, so I wouldn't have been able to afford it myself. Like the toner, it also contains Matrixyl™ 3000 along with ultra-fine hylaronic acid, which holds up to 1000x its weight in water and penetrates fast to deliver deep hydration and long-lasting moisturization, plus vitamin C, vitamin A and ginger root extract. The mask is a nice, thin gel that's easy to apply with a light, pleasant scent and has a slight cooling effect on the skin. I leave it on for about 10 minutes, and when I rinse it off, my face feels as smooth as a baby's bottom. Seriously. I don't think my face has EVER felt so nice and smooth! I would use this mask every day if I could, but it's recommended to use just 1-2x per week, which is probably more realistic. :) 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Inspiration: Quotes I Love

It's Friday again which means the weekend is almost here! I don't have much planned aside from judging a local pageant for the Miss America system in Middleborough on Sunday. What are you all up to this weekend? I hope it's a great one! :)