Launch of Glossier's Solution!

Today Glossier launched it's first chemical exfoliant, Solution. This product has been in the works for months, and I'm so excited to tell you guys about it! Last week I actually attended a live youtube Q&A where Glossier answered any and all questions about the product and chemical exfoliation in general. Basically, Solution is a gentle way to reveal glowing skin! Plus, it's only $24 a bottle which is so much cheaper than all the other liquid exfoliant products I've seen. 

Solution is for acne, rough skin texture, uneven skin tone, redness and clogged pores. Unlike other products on the market it is powerful enough to combat all of these skin concerns, but still gentle enough for daily use. It performs this magic by combining AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), BHAs (Beta Hydoxy Acids), PHA (Polyhydroxy) with aloe and niacinamide.   

To use Solution put some on a cotton pad and sweep it across freshly cleaned skin. Then, add your serum and or moisturizer and sunscreen (if you are using it in the morning). Since chemical exfoliation is a new product to so many people, Solution comes with an educational booklet that includes detailed information and instructions. 

If you have any questions about chemical exfoliation or Solution, please comment below, email me or DM me! I'm so excited to share my knowledge! I love Glossier products and I super love talking about them (just ask my husband, ha!) 

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New Eyeshadow Technique

I love trying new makeup looks. Recently I was feeling blah about the way I applied my eyeshadow, and decided to switch up my technique. I wanted something that would instantly brighten and open up my eyes, and wouldn't be too much for a work day. After playing around a little bit, I perfected a highlighting technique. It makes eyes look bright and awake, and can be used with eyeshadow you already own. 

Instead of applying eyeshadow across the whole lid, I only apply it to my brow bone, the outer corner of my eye, and the inner corner, as drawn below. The pink marker lines are where to apply and blend eyeshadow:

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To do this trick you can use any light colored and shimmery eyeshadow. I prefer a light pink or a champagne color. For tools, fingers work best. Just apply lightly and make sure to blend.

Here are some of my favorite eyeshadows for this look:

Let me know if you have any questions on how to apply! 

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Friyay It’s Almost a Long Weekend!

We made it through another week! I’m somexcited for this holiday weekend. We are meeting up with friends from out of state at Disney! I love it there, lol, and can’t wait to enjoy the park and some good food with my love and also get time with good friends. I’m trying to use Instagram stories more, I’ll try and post while we’re there so check it out!

This week I discovered a few things I’m excited to share with you all!

1. I got the Essie gel nail polish in my Christmas stocking and I’m really happy with the results! The color is very bright and shiny and my nails have barely chipped in two days despite lots of typing, cooking and dishes.

2. Charlotte Tilbury contour sticks. I just saw these on Instagram and can’t wait to get my hands on them. They look so beautiful! Does anyone have them?what do you think of them?

3. My favorite exercise pants, the Beyond Yoga High Waisted Leggings, just came out in new colors. I ordered darkest night and am SO pumped. The beyond yoga space dyes are so comfy that they are like a softer second skin. I highly recommend them!

4. Perfect tea maker. I picked this up from Teavana, here is a version still made, as part of their going out of business sale and am in love. It makes it so easy to make just one cup with loose leaf tea. It’s especially perfect for chilly winter nights. 

5. The Greatest Showman . We saw this and Baywatch and accidentally had a very Zac Efron weekend. I really liked both. The Greatest Showman was just so entertaining. If you want to go see a show at the movie theater see this movie. And if you want to laught at something while you sit on your couch, Baywatch was surprisingly funny. 

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I love Butternut Squash soup. It is one of my favorite foods to have for lunch every day, and it is definitely my favorite soup. Over the years I have perfected my recipe and I’m excited to share it with you all! It’s surprisingly easy to make, and since the recipe makes a large amount it will last you almost a whole week! Plus, it doesn’t have any cream in it so it’s much healthier than a lot of the recipes out there. 

You will need: 

6 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons butter (optional) 

1 onion, chopped (optional) 

1 large butternut squash / 1 medium and 1 small / 3 small cubed

salt and pepper to taste

First, peel and cube the butternut squash. You can also use pre cut butternut squash, but it is a lot more expensive. Throw away the seeds and squash guts unless you want to use them for another recipe.

Next, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot or Dutch oven and sauté the onion. I often skip this step, since I’m not the biggest fan of onions (gasp! I know, I know. But it’s true). Next, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the squash and simmer until it’s soft, about 35 minutes.

Finally, use an immersion blender to blend. You can also spoon it out in batches into a blender if you don’t have an immersion blender. Be careful though, the soup is hot!  

Add salt and pepper to taste and voila! All done. 

Do any of you have any go to soup recipes? I just got the Dutch oven as a wedding present and I’m so excited to try lots of yummy and delicious recipes in it, so any suggestions are welcome!  

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Reading Lately

I finished a few books in the last couple of weeks that I wanted to share with you. I love to read, and I love giving and getting book recommendations. I’ve been updating my Reading List page of my site with the books I’m reading, and I think periodically I will write blog posts with a quick synopsis of my thoughts on the ones I recently finished. 

First up, Artemis by Andy Weir. I really enjoyed this book. It’s about a heist that takes place on the moon. It’s fun and it reads quickly, and it goes into all of the nuances of living in space just like The Martian did. To be honest I liked The Martian a little more, but still highly recommend this book for a quick and enjoyable read. 

I also finished The Women in the Castle. I also enjoyed this book a lot. If you read and enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See or The Nightingale then this is a must read. It’s about three women navigating life in Germany after WWII, and it does a good job of mixing narratives about the unexpected joys of every day life with the shadows and demons that the women live with.  

Along the same vein, The Alice Network explores post WWII France and includes multiple flashbacks to both WWI and WWII. It is largely the story of a former female spy during WWI, and the characters are based on true heroines. It was also a very quick and engrossing read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction novels.

Have any of you read any good books recently! I’d love to hear. Send me and email or post in the comment section and I’ll add it to a new section on the Reading List page for book recommendations! 

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What I’m Shopping For

2018 brings many new opportunities and adventures, and I can’t wait to meet them with my best foot forward. When the New Years begins I like to freshen up my wardrobe, acquiring a few new items but also getting rid of things that I don’t wear (or shouldn’t, in the case of a few faded items, ha!)  

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1. Coffee Tumbler - I would like a new coffee tumbler, I lost the lid on my old one, so that I can keep tea and coffee warm at my desk for a long while and don’t go through multiple disposable coffee cups in one day. I like that this one is red and is supposed to keep beverages hot and cold for forever. I’m also happy that it’s a lot cheaper and easier to clean than the popular s’well ones.

2. New ballet flats - Mine are all run down after a full year. I think worn out shoes ruin an outfit, and I also just get kinda blue when I feel like my shoes are ugly. I heard about Margaux flats on Carly the Prepster’s blog, and I think they fit the bill perfectly for my 2018 pair. I love the gray color, the quality looks superb, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg for designer branding. They opened up a pop up shop on Palm Beach and I can’t wait to go! For those of you who don’t live near one, you can buy them online too. 

3. Body oil - My skin has been so dry and itchy. Moisturizer just isn’t cutting it, so I’m going to try out body oil. I’m looking for one that isn’t teeming with chemicals and artificial fragrance. This one looks promising! And since Sephora sells them now, I can return it if it doesn’t work miracles on my itchy legs. 

4. Cozy sweatshirt - I have been on the hunt for a cozy sweatshirt that I can wear out of the house without looking frumpy. It does get chilly at night here in South Florids (or at least I get chilly, I’m always cold) and we are going to NYC in a few weeks so I think this one looks perfect. I love the twist detail in the front! 

5. New sunglasses - I like having a few pairs of sunglasses on rotation to match all of my outfits, and my back up pairs broke. I love the unique feeling of the clubmasters, I think they add a somewhat vintage vibe to outfits. There are also a number of shapes and colors so one can find a flattering pair for their own face. 

6. Wicker bag - My wicker bag from last year has seen better days. I was surprised by how often I used it, it became a true staple in my wardrobe since it goes with almost anything. I love the unique shape of this one, and the fact that I can easily tie a handkerchief on the handle. Plus, it’s not super expensive. 

7. Sandals - I drooled over Carrie Forbes sandals on Instagram all last year and I think I might take the plunge. They are just so beautiful looking, one of those pieces that makes any assortment of clothes a classic “outfit.” 

8. Crossbody bag - I don’t own any crossbody bags that are big enough to fit both my Keyes and my phone. I love the color of this Mulberry one, and it looks like the perfect size to fit my essentials without being too big and heavy. I know brown and black are more practical options, but that’s what a wicker bag is for. Right? 

9. Cute tee - I do live in South Florida. Within a couple of weeks it will be back to t-shirts, and mine are WORN OUT. I love that this one elevates the simple tee with the detailing on the sleeves and the ribbed fabric.

Is there anything you shopping for to start of 2018? I can’t wait to hear!  

Friyay 2018 Style

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 I can’t believe it’s 2018 already. I have such a good feeling about this year. Last year was amazing, and the best of my life. I got to marry the love of my life, honeymoon in Europe, became the Godmother to my cousin’s baby boy, and celebrated milestones with the ones I love. After such a busy and full year, I am looking forward to a 2018 that is a little more laid back with more casual free time with the ones I love. This week was already a more laid back than usual - both my husband and I caught nasty colds and have been taking it easy. While being sick is no fun, it’s made us start the New Year off with some relaxation and deep breathes. 

Despite the cold, this week has brought a lot of fun too!

1. First off, it’s in the 40’s in South Florida! I love it, even if I’m the only one. I get to keep wearing my sweaters ;) With that said, I pray that everyone is warm and safe in this weather and the storms up North. 

2. My husband and I have an agreement - when he golfs I go to the salon. Blow to Paris is near our home, and it is definitely my happy place. They serve you tea while they do your nails, play relaxing music, and have rom coms on mute in the background. There are chandeliers on the ceiling, a giant wall of paper flowers, and most importantly everything is super clean. They even open up the nail tools from their packages right in front of you. If you are in the area and looking for a blowout or mani/pedi I highly recommend stopping by Blow to Paris!   

3. I got my hair cut before we left for our Christmas trip and am trying to perfect curls with a straightening iron. I will report back once I have my technique down. 

4. My husband has a training in New York in February and I am taggin along. Does anyone have any recommendations for food in Soho? We have been to NYC a few times recently, so this trip we decided to just explore one neighborhood instead of going back and forth across the city. I’ve been to Soho before and love it, and I can’t wait to do some more in depth exploring!   

5. Did anyone find anything good at the Lilly sale? This is the first year I didn’t get anything - right before I pulled the trigger they sold out of my size. Sad face. 

6. I’m getting this case for my new iPad Pro. I’m so excited about it! The leather looks gorgeous and it’s so unique looking.  

7. I saw these pink jeans at Anthropologie and can’t stop thinking about them, especially with this initial necklace

I hope everyone has a wonderful first weekend of 2018! I can’t wait to hear all of your recommendations!  

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Review of Glossier Body Hero

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I started using Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash a few weeks ago, and I love the product. It smells divine and it does not irritate my dry and sensitive skin at all. Most products make me get these little white bumps up and down my arm, but Body Hero calms my skin and moisturizes it. 

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The product comes out of the pink pump as an oil. When you add water to it and rub your hands together it turns into a light foam. 

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It rinses off easily, but the scent lingers, and the oil does not build up in the shower at all. 

Body Hero leaves me feeling clean but not stripped like a lot of soaps, and it doesn't need to be used with a loofah like most body washes. I also love that the product feels very luxurious but without a hefty price tag. Overall I highly recommend it! Plus if you use my link you'll get 20% off your first Glossier order! 

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Have any of you used Body hero yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the product! 

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The Farm Table

While my family was in Massachusetts for the holidays we went to The Farm Table at the Single Candle store. The food was delicious and inspiring, and the outside was as lovely as a Christmas card. 

Outside it looks like an old colonial house, complete with old door latches, candle lit lights, and a wreath on top of every door. 

They also decorated their rooster statues for the season. I love how they have hand knit scarves on - it was very cold out, those roosters need to keep warm! (I think it was 7). 

Inside is a full bar, a piano, and multiple dining rooms with working fireplaces. I especially like the light fixtures made out of wine bottles. 

I had the Butternut Squash Flatbread and my parents both had the Curried Chicken Salad. Both meals were delicious, and everyone's food around us looked so good too! The flatbread though, it was one of the best one's I've ever eaten. The pesto sauce offset the squash really well, and everything was cooked perfectly. It's safe to say I cleaned my plate.

Since we live so far away, I'm planning to recreate the flatbreads at home, homemade pizza dough and all! I can't wait to share how they come out! I love going to a new restaurant and feeling so inspired to cook and create in the kitchen. 

If you are in the area I highly recommend trying the restaurant! If not, check back in soon for some flatbread recipes! 

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The Lilly Pulitzer After Part Sale January 2018!

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale starts tomorrow, with a sneak peek in stores todat! This is one of only two sales a year, and the discounts are always major. I get most of my Lilly gear at the sale, and am always thrilled at the prices I pay.  

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After shopping the sale for a few years now, here are my big pieces of advice: 

1. Try to log into the site at exactly 8 am to get the best spot in the virtual line. 

2. Don’t refresh your browser once you are in line, you will lose your place.  

3. If you get something you really like, check out right away. You’ll have to wait in the line again, but otherwise you run a high risk of it getting sold out. 

4. Log in with a few devices, if possible, so that you can get back into the sale faster after you’re first check out.  

5. Have your billing and shipping information saved ahead of time for a faster check out process. 

6. Have a few items in mind that you want to buy; I find this helps me stay focused and not spend a lot more money then I intent, since the prices always tempt me.  

7. Check the Lilly Facebook and Instagram accounts if the site crashes - they often post updates there. 

8. The offering online is generally much larger than in store, and they often add more items the second day of the sale. 

Happy Shopping! Let me know if you got anything good!

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