How To Stay Fresh Faced Throughout the Day

March 25, 2015

It might be common sense to some, but keeping my skin hydrated is something that escapes me from 9-5. Products aren’t readily available, I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off, or I just… don’t care. Insert one of those monkey emoticons here. To be completely honest, until about a year ago, skincare was something I hadn’t ever really given any thought to. And then I looked in the mirror one day when I was getting my hair done – you know – in those gigantic mirrors that forgive ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I saw dry, drooping, wrinkly skin. Hello, panic attack. So from that moment on I vowed to hydrate my skin at every effing moment of the day including, but not limited to, those 8/9/10ish hours you’re at work every day.

Stop whining. It’s not that hard. And it won’t cost you much. You know what? Scratch that. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. It’s the well-being of your skin. It doesn’t matter how much it costs. Pick up the cutest cosmetics pouch you can find, (I’m obsessed with these) fill it with these essentials, toss it in your work bag – or even better, keep it in one of your desk drawers – and call it a day.

Not only are these products that I actually use on the daily, they’re products that I swear by i.e., won’t shut up about. Do your skin a favor and invest in it now. Say it with me, “PREVENTATIVE SKINCARE”. And I swear to God, if you’re not applying SPF daily (whether it’s in your moisturizer or you apply separately) I’ll hunt you down.

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Evian Facial Water Spray

I always thought women who used water spray were high maintenance. Like, why don’t you just splash your face with water? Uh, because then your makeup will come off and you spent far too long applying it to mess it all up now. You know what I learned from hating on these women? That haters gonna hate and I was missing out on a super refreshing mid day beauty hack.

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M61 Hydraboost Eye Cream

I’ve been using this miracle worker as my eye cream for a few months now but only recently added it to my work day refresh repertoire after hearing Bluemercury owner Marla Beck uses it as a mid-day pick me up on top of her makeup. Obviously, I tried it and fell hard and fast for the technique. Skip that 4th cup of coffee and instead apply it as you would regular eye cream over your makeup for a dewy look.

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Marula Oil Lip Stick

Where to start with this lip stick. It’s marketed as a hydration balm and unlike typical marketing scams that lie their faces right off this stuff is actually a super kick ass hydration stick. I have one on my nightstand and one in my purse. Wear it alone or under lip color for extra moisture. You can also use it to heal dry patches on your face – just remember to apply it before you apply your makeup.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion

My love of Vaseline knows no bounds and this intensive hand cream is no different. It’s fragrance free and super light. This is another one of those products I have multiples of lying around my house. Sah good.

bbBlotting Papers

I was never a fan of blotting papers until I found these from Bobbi Brown. These are a lifesaver around 3pm when I’ve been running around and I’m sweating like a lumberjack. It takes away that shine without taking off your makeup. That being said, in the interest of completely honesty, I don’t have a super oily complexion so I’m not sure how well these will work if you have that skin type.

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And last but certainly not least: H20. You should be drinking 8 ounces of water per day. That’s a half gallon, ladies. I like to drink at least double that and I get it done by filling up a monster water jug a few times a day. Of course it’s Notre Dame football themed. Why are you even asking? Healthy skin starts from the inside out but because I know some of you can’t put down those diet cokes, these hydrating products will have to do.

 

Tired of wasting that precious morning time on a face full of makeup? Get ready in 5 minutes by following my 5 Minute Face tutorial!

Little White Dress

March 24, 2015

District Sparkle Milly White Mini Dress Meaghan Moynahan

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MILLY DRESS via RENT THE RUNWAY c/o | SHOEDAZZLE HEELS c/o [LOVE THIS CAGED PAIR] | AEROPOSTALE JACKET c/o | SOUTH MOON UNDER CLUTCH [SIMILAR]

It may have been 48 degrees when I woke up and I may have been pastier than the Pilsbury doughboy, but dammit I was wearing white to Saturday’s brunch come sunshine or hail. Thankfully, mother nature took pity on me and it turned into one of the most beautiful days we’ve had all year.

Saturday was slammed with back to back events and I knew the only way I’d make it through the day, appropriately dressed and covered for all occasions, was in a super chic dress. Unfortunately, my closet is a little bare when it comes to super cute, super short minis which is reason #42 why I’m so thankful we have a brick and mortar Rent the Runway in Georgetown. That bad boy has proven to be a sartorial life saver more than once over the last few months. I knew I wanted to spend the day in white even though there was a 98% chance my bottomless mimosas would find their way onto my lap. Thankfully, I made it through unscathed and unstained!

DS tip: Dress down an otherwise more formal dress by pairing it with a more casual jacket and/or a bootie.

Photos by Sarah

Monday Must Haves | Delicate Gold Layering Necklaces

March 23, 2015

District Sparkle Delicate Gold Layering Necklaces

DATE STAMP NECKLACE | MONOGRAM NECKLACE | INITIAL PENDANT

AMULET NECKLACE | CHLOE PENDANT NECKLACE | WIDE V PENDANT |  PRESSED TANER NECKLACE | BLOOM NECKLACEMARITIME NECKLACE

DOUBLE BAR NECKLACE | MULTI ROW V NECKLACE | LAYERED NECKLACESHARK TOOTH NECKLACE THREE STRAND NECKLACE

No matter the season, delicate necklaces are always in style. Whether you wear them alone or choose to layer a few at a time, this look is a simple go-to for any woman on any occasion. Don’t know the first thing about layering? Fear not. I’ve linked a few of my favorite pre-layered options above. They’re a great way to add a little something to your look without having to worry about balance or all those chains getting tangled!

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