Review of Biossance Squalane Oil

review of Biossance squalane oil

I am in love with Biossance’s Squalane Oil. My skin has been acting up all summer - between the heat and humidity, allergy attacks, and switching up my skincare for all clean products it’s been a bit rough. Literally. And this product has brought it back to life!

After spending a good chunk of my 20’s figuring out how to deal with my dry and sensitive skin it was really upsetting to see it all out of whack again. When I don’t follow a rigid skincare routine consisting of morning and night moisturizer, serum, and a thorough cleansing with a mild face wash (my favorite is this one) it gets red and splotchy and I get a large dry spot in the center of my forehead. Well, this summer I stopped using a few of my moisturizers as part of my quest for “cleaner” skincare, my skin got dry and red again. Plus, the heat this summer led to breakouts as well. I’d seen a lot of ads for Biossance products and after doing a bit of research I decided to pull the trigger.

review of Biossance squalane oil

I am so happy I did! My skin is moisturized, the redness is gone, and it has it’s glow back! Plus I haven’t had any breakouts! You know when you’re skin looks radiant because it feels healthy? That’s what Squalane Oil brought back to my skin.

The Squalane Oil is made of 100% squalane oil derived from sugarcane (you can read about that here) and at $32 a bottle the price point is far more reasonable that a lot of products I’ve seen.

review of Biossance squalane oil

I also really love the Squalane + Peptide Eye Cream. It blends in nicely, I feel like my eye area is moisturized, and it doesn’t leave a greasy sheen underneath makeup.

review of Biossance squalane oil

It’s safe to say Biossane is one of my new favorite brands and I can’t wait to try the other products like the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream.

Have you tried Biossance? What’s your favorite new skincare product?


Happy Friday!

Mount Vernon gardens

What a quick week! Maybe because I’m so excited for the weekend? I’m looking forward to soaking all of this sunny cool weather in, perhaps going to the zoo, and relaxing on the coach with my latest obsession, SmartFood popcorn (not very original, but so delicious!) Between that and a Nats game I’m really looking forward to the weekend! What about you? Any fun plans on the horizon?

Here are some other things entertaining me this week -

A great hair tutorial! Such a lovely low bun

I’m in love with these boots, especially the pinkish taupe color - they’d go so well with all the pink I wear in the fall! (and all year round, lol)

Five stretches you can do at your desk

Aren’t these Polene bags gorgeous? They look like something from one of the big fashion houses but are so much less (not cheap, but way less)

I’ve been really enjoying a few pretzels with white chocolate for dessert - just put some pretzels in a bowl with white chocolate chips on top and microwave them for 30 seconds plus another 30 seconds. Voila!

Sorry Starbucks, Dunkin pumpkin is my favorite

These beauty themed dog toys are so fun!

I loved Grace’s explanation of what goes into running her blog and podcast

Have a great weekend everyone!


My Fall Baking Bucket List

My Fall baking bucket list

Fall is one not my favorite seasons for baking! It’s so nice to be cozy at home mixing together something savory in the kitchen while the world turn cool, crisp and golden. In addition, I love the flavors of fall - apples, pumpkin cinnamon - all my favorites! This year in an attempt to try some new recipes, instead of just sticking to the basics (i.e. pie) I put together a baking bucket list for myself. I hope it brings all of you some inspiration as well!

  • Cranberry zucchini bread

  • Butterscotch toffee cookies

  • Apple spice muffins

  • Pull apart caramel coffee cake

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

  • Pumpkin pancakes

  • Salted apple pretzel pie

  • Pumpkin spice cookies

  • Spiced chai Bundrick cake

  • cranberry orange cupcakes

  • Maple cookies

I’m excited to share the recipes with you once I make them! What are you looking forward to making this fall?


Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is here! It’s the best time to stock up on your Lilly favorites, everything is 40-65% off! Plus, once it’s gone it’s gone forever! I always find a few favorites at the sale, the deals are just too good to pass up! This year the clothes are going fast - the pink packing cubes I wanted already sold out! So I suggest logging on quickly! Here are some of my sale favorites:

Remember when you shop that things disappear from your cart so check out fast! I also recommend logging on a few devices so you can check out a few times and not miss your favorites! Plus it gives you a better chance of getting to the front of the online line. Finally, don’t refresh your browser once you’re in the queue!

Happy Shopping!!!


Happy Friday!

Mount Vernon flowers

Happy Friday! Did you all have a nice first week of September? It was busy here in DC, but the temperature is down to the 70s right now so I’ll take it! The only downside is I’m allergic to basically all nature in fall and my nose is a mess : /

On the bright side the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sake starts in stores this weekend and online Monday! I can’t wait for some more pink goodness in my life!

Lilly Pulitzer sale

Princess Charlotte’s first day of school!

Some great fall reading recommendations

I love this quilted jacket from L.L.Bean, it looks a bit like a Barbour

I can’t wait for the Goldfinch movie!

These new pink J.Crew pajamas look so cozy!

Has anyone tried double knitting? I’m intrigued!

Have a great weekend everyone!


August Reading List

August Book List

What a fun month for reading! I finally got off the library wait list for a number of books, and the timing lined up perfectly with our beach trip! Reading by the water is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s a book you can’t put down! Since it was the end of summer August consisted mostly of beach and pool reads, with a fantasy book thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for some books you can’t put down, I highly recommend all of these!

The Last Mrs. Parrish - 3.5/5 - This is your classic beach read. It’s about the perfect family and psycho imposter who tries to ruin their lives. Mrs. Parrish has everything - a loving husband, gobs of money, and beautiful children. Amber has none of those things, and pretends to be someone she’s not so she can weasel her way into the family and steal Mr. Parrish away. It seams like your classic Lifetime Movie until a giant twist that was so satisfying!

The Night Tiger - 4/5 - This novel is pretty hard to explain the plot to, to be honest. It’s loosely about five people in Malaya who are linked together by fate and a finger…The book is full of myths, murder, and love. I found it really engrossing despite the fact that the plot was very slow to unwind.

The Silent Patient - 4/5 - Another thriller! This one follows the story of a famous artist who killed her husband and the never spoke again and the psychiatrist who is obsessed with her. I didn’t guess the book plot twist at all, which is so satisfying, and read it in a couple of days. Every chapter leaves you wanting to know more!

The Lying Game - 4/5 - I loved this book! It’s, you guessed it, another thriller. It’s the story of four girls who become inseparable friends when they attend a boarding school together in England. Years later they are drawn together again when a body is found, which is the last thing any of them wants…As the plot unfolds you feel the intensity of their friendship while simultaneously wonder who’s a killer.

Two Can Keep A Secret - 3.5/5 - A YA thriller at it’s best! This is by the same author as One of Us Is Lying and I enjoyed it just as much! It follows two twins who are forced to spend their senior year of high school with their grandmother who they barely know at her home in Vermont. The town is famous because every decade or so one of it’s popular high school residents is found dead. The twins are determined to be detectives and find out who the fiend is before one of their friends is the next victim.

Once Upon A River - 3/5 - This book is by the same author as The Thirteenth Tale, which I love! It’s a fantasy book that takes place in rural England along the Thames. A young girl appears one night and everyone believes she’s dead, until she comes back to life. Over the next year a number of different families believe she’s their relative, and no one can agree on what to do about it. The book is intertwined with local folklore about the Thames, and keeps you wondering about what’s real and what’s fantasy. A fun read and the characters are lovely!

Whisper Network - 3/5 - This novel is a store about the Me Too movement. It follows a group of woman who work at a company in Dallas; three are attorneys and one is a cleaning lady. They have all had run ins with the In House Counsel and decide to sue for sexual harassment. The results are unexpected and messy! I enjoyed the power of female friendship in the story, though I did find the author to be a bit heavy handed with how difficult it is to be a woman “in a man’s world.”

Did you read anything good in August? Please share!


Happy Friday!

Mt Vernon in the fall

Happy Friday everyone! And cheers to a long weekend! I can’t believe it’s our second holiday in D.C. I remember going to all the monuments last year in awe, and now it’s round two! Plus I’m going to the National Book Festival, and a number of my favorite authors are going to be there, and let’s just say I’m excited ; )

What about you, any fun plans for the weekend? Retiring your white shoes? I think I’ll keep mine out for a little longer, but we’ll see…

This nail polish handle makes painting with your non dominate hand a breeze, and it works on any polish!

How to transition your wardrobe for the new season

All the information on the National Book Festival if you are in the DC area!

Uplifting podcasts to listen to on your way to work

The new Glossier balm is the perfect color for fall (plus 10% off your first order with my rep link!)

Giant Barnes and Noble sale!

I really loved this episode of Fat Mascara, it goes into a lot of entrepreneurial stuff

Lisi Lerch is having a 30% off memorial day sale!

The colorway on this scarf is so perfect for fall (and it looks so much like an Hermes!)

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!


Cookie Pie Recipe

cookie pie recipe

Today I wanted to pop in quickly and encourage you all to make cookie pie! I used this recipe and it was so yummy and so easy - honestly the part that took the longest was waiting for the crust to cool before I added the filling! It’s basically a shortbread cookie crust filled with chocolate chip cookie filling. How can you go wrong with that? Trick question, you can’t ; )

cookie pie recipe

What’s your favorite new dessert?


Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

While we were at the Inn at Perry Cabin JD surprised me with a sailing expedition. I’m always loved the idea of sailing, and even attended sailing camp on the Cape when I was younger, so it was the perfect surprise. We set out around 4 when the air wasn’t too hot and the sun was low in the sky.

We sailed around Miles River for a couple hours of peaceful bliss. The Captain was kind enough to teach us all about the boat and offer tips for where we can take sailing lessons in DC. Apparently there are a few sailing clubs that might take us on as deck hands during a race! Crazier things have happened, so fingers crossed!

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Sweater / Shorts / Sneakers / Hat

The last time I was on a sailboat a hurricane was coming in, so the wind on the river was decidedly more peaceful. The Captain even let me steer for a minute. Don’t I look like I know what I’m doing? ; )

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

It was the perfect addition to our weekend and such a clever way to give a themed gift - cotton is the traditional gift for a second anniversary, and the sails were made of canvas!

If you go to St. Michaels I highly recommend taking some time on the water. There were kayakers, paddle boarders and boaters everywhere.

Do you sail? Any tips for a beginner?


Happy Friday!

Sailing at the Inn at Perry Cabin

Happy Friday Friends! Is it just me, or could the weekend not come fast enough? Also, and I know this is kind of blasphemous, but I’m over summer. I want it to be fall and I want it now. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer! But by mid August I need some Hygge in my life and I need it now. I started singing the Summer song from Frozen about fall, haha. Maybe I’ll write out my lyrics and post them here…

Anywho, here are some links that made me happy this week-

The inside of Julie Engel's (Gal Meets Glam) house in in Southern Living, it’s simply stunning!

Sephora’s summer beauty sale is on! 15% off for VIB; I’m stocking up on my favorite Fresh Sugar Lip Balm

A trailer is out for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3!

I’m really excited about Reese Witherspoon’s new show, The Morning Show with Jennifer Anniston; here’s the trailer!

Biossance skincare products are 25% off! I love their eye cream and I can’t wait to try the 100% Squalene oil!

I how simple and elegant this gorgeous knit blanket is (the pattern is free!)

I am absolutely in love with these black bow earrings from Tuckernuck; they are so perfect for fall!

These tiled backsplashes are gorgeous and have me itching to decorate

These Buddha bowls are so good, particularly the carrot ginger dressing!

How to decorate with color without looking matchy-matchy

How to tie the perfect bow

Have a great weekend everyone!