It’s no shocker that the weather’s been a total and complete drag these past few weeks. I recently ordered a few spring pieces that have been sitting in my closet, for lack of better words. Side note: I’m trying to be super mindful when it comes to clothing so I stayed as close as possible to my capsule wardrobe when purchasing spring items. More on that here.
So when I was headed out for the Boston Ballet’s Cinderella last weekend and saw the forecast read sunny + warm, I almost cried tears of joy. I jumped at the opportunity to pull out a few new pieces to hit the town for one of my favorite, favorite, favorite activities: seeing a BB performance!
I was able to grab this silk button-front from J.Crew on sale and I’m so happy I did! I love the fit and you can’t beat the quality of silk. I’ll absolutely be wearing this on repeat this summer since it’s so lightweight. I paired with these white J.Crew linen joggers since nights in the spring can still get a bit chilly. These honestly feel like sweatpants to me and I’m obsessed. Since the BB performance of Cinderella was at night (and it’s at the Opera House which is just a dream), I wanted to “dress up” my look a bit so I laced up my go-to Soludo’s wedges + added this ark clutch to accessorize.
Shop my look:
J.Crew silk blouse – $70 (from $110!)
J.Crew linen pants – $88
Soludo’s wedges – $95
Cult Gaia bag – $128
Not only was the weather beautiful but so was Boston Ballet’s rendition of a fairy tale classic: Cinderella. I used to be OBSESSED with the Disney version as a little girl and I was a ballet dancer growing up so this show couldn’t have been a better fit for me.
If you love(d) Cinderella as much as me, the Boston Ballet’s showing is running through June 8! Snag tickets for 40% off using code NATASHA40 at checkout and this unique link. The show makes for a perfect girls day or date night out!
You may have seen me blowing up Instagram stories recently (if you missed it – you can find the full montage under “wedding” story highlights!) at the Wed experience in Boston. What’s Wed? A hands-on, personal wedding planning event and experience.
I was pretty skeptical about Wed since I’ve heard not-the-best-recaps from friends and co-workers regarding wedding conferences and expos. “Full of gimmicks”, “just a sales pitch”, “not very helpful at all” were just a few comments that I heard over and over again. So when I got engaged – I swore to not even waste my money (or wedding planning time), attending a so-called-wedding-expo. Because who really wants to spend a whole day of their weekend crammed into a fluorescent-lit giant conference room? Enter: Wed by Whim Events.
Wed was more of an all-day workshop where you got personalized, one-on-one time with industry leaders and experts versus an expo (because who needs all those tchotchkes lying around your house?). The schedule included: several panels on various topics like setting the mood for your big day, keynote speakers who spoke to budgets, day-of and planning timelines, breakout sessions where you could speak to a honeymoon planner and stationery expert and you can’t forget the endless bubbly and yummy brunch + lunch options! My favorite by far was being introduced to The Big Wedding Planning Podcast – Christy and Michelle were the MCs for the day and they were seriously so funny and now I can’t stop listening to their podcast. I also loved how the event wasn’t like any regular event but actually felt like a wedding all dressed and decor-ed out. How adorable is this balloon display? #NEED.
I brought along the soon-to-be husband and even he thought it was equally enjoyable and useful! He was totally into the Insta-worthy setup, talking to a few of the suiting + attire vendors and the food, of course! We both loved this adorable craft beer + cocktail truck from Hive that can literally pull right up to your wedding venue. The specialty cakes from Mayflour Confections was also a plus! I was a huge fan of the lemon poppy seed cake – how unique?!
So how will we use our experience at Wed as we move through the wedding planning process? For one, making sure we’re putting our needs, wants and priorities first. At the end of the day – this day is about us and how we, as a couple, envision it. Secondly, making sure we’re thinking of our overall guest experience. One of the points that stuck out in my mind was: how can we capture guests to be present with us? To put down their phones and dance, party and celebrate the night away? Where can we truly “hook” them and make them have a great night?
Regardless of what stage in the planning you’re in – I feel like you can learn so much at Wed! Plus, I just loved getting wedding inspo and “in the wedding mood” at the event! I felt like our planning process had come to a bit of a lull so I loved getting re-inspired and excited all over again to pick up the process of planning.
For more info and to stalk when their next event is, visit Whim’s site.
A spring capsule wardrobe when winter seems far from over?! Even though it doesn’t feel like spring in MA, doesn’t mean it’s not coming. In an effort to channel spring and will it to feel like spring, I’m rounding up a few of my favorite pieces for spring. To me, spring feels like a fresh start. So, I thought to myself: “what better time to FINALLY start that capsule wardrobe I’ve been going on and on about?” I tried to focus on pieces that need updating in my closet (and will stick around for multiple seasons) and pieces that can be worn again and again, in a variety of ways. I tried to focus on pieces that were QUALITY but not insanely, over-the-top expensive.
ONE. I JUST purchased this stripe top from J.Crew and I’m so excited! I love that it’s over-sized and flow-y. I think it’d look so cute front-tucked into ripped denim and slides.
TWO. I own this striped tee in navy and white and it’s a real classic. I wore it all winter under my go-to sweater blazer and come spring, I’ll swap out the sweater for a denim jacket.
THREE. Since we’re on the topic of tees, how cute is this not-your-average “Ciao baby” tee?! I LOVE.
FOUR. You can never have too many stripes for spring or any season, really.
FIVE. When you’re in a pinch, a black popover silk top is always easy to style. It can easily transition from season to season and for just about any occasion.
SIX. This boyfriend oxford is another recent purchase from J.Crew’s most recent sale. Pair with white denim (forget those Memorial Day rules) for a light, airy springtime look.
SEVEN. I’ve had my eye on this Madewell white boyfriend button down for a while but consider it a #1 capsule wardrobe must. The styling options are endless.
EIGHT. There’s honestly nothing I love more than pull-on chinos for spring/summer. They’re perfect for warm(er) days at the office when you still have to look dressed up but want to stay comfy and cool.
NINE. I’ve seen these white crops all over Insta and they look so flattering and perfect for spring when you want to swap out your old go-to denim for something a little fresher.
TEN. Honestly I love t-shirt dresses SO much. I think this one from Everlane is so flattering and it’s such a great price for the quality.
ELEVEN. I love how crisp and clean a white shirtdress looks in the spring. Dress it down with sneakers or up with wedge espadrilles.
TWELVE. I’m loving this black midi dress for spring. I think it could be so versatile with wedges or mules or slip-on sandals.
THIRTEEN. A jean jacket for spring is almost a no-brainer! I love the over-sized fit of this Levi’s one.
FOURTEEN. The early spring months can be a bit chilly so having a heavier jacket on hand can be helpful. I purchased this faux leather one in the fall and I love it! I’m always reaching for it.
Shoes + accessories:
FIFTEEN. I love this woven pair of mules come warmer weather! They’re so fun. Besides loafers, mules probably get the most mileage from my shoe closet. They’re super easy to just throw on and go.
SIXTEEN. My Sam Edelman loafers (I own them in cheetah and I’m obsessed!) get some serious mileage. And honestly, they’ve withstood the test of wearing through the fall and winter. I really love this nude pair for spring.
SEVENTEEN. You can’t ever really go wrong with a pair of new fresh white sneaks for spring. I’ve been trying to get my hands on a pair of Veja’s but since Meghan Markle was spotted wearing them, they’ll be sold out for the next 5 years.
EIGHTEEN. I’ve recently become obsessed with STAUD bags. I love this black + white one. It’ll match with just about anything, too.
NINETEEN. I love a patterned bandanna tied onto a bag or around your neck for a little something extra.
TWENTY. I love the way hats look but I’m still not entirely convinced I can pull them off. Stay tuned.
What’s on your spring wish list?!
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with taking care of my skin. Or at least making an outwardly conscious effort to take care of it as best as possible. Maybe it’s the increased number of beauty + health podcasts I’ve been listening to or blogs + articles I’ve been reading that have made me more aware of products’ ingredients and just how good a consistent and clean beauty routine can be for your skin. To me, skincare is a routine. It’s something that has to be done day in and day out and takes a bit of patience (i.e. learning what works and what doesn’t, too). My AM and PM routines are something that I look forward to pretty much every day. Truthfully, I can’t wait to get home most days and just take my makeup off and apply ALL my products. It’s so relaxing to me.
So what sparked this skincare routine anyways? A few months ago, my skin was having a major freak out. Whatever I had been doing for years, suddenly stopped working. So one day I planted myself in front of my computer and did hours upon hours of research. I did a clean sweep of my beauty products and decided to start over. Disclaimer: there are still a few products that I’m hoping to add and swap into my routine but I’m getting there! Skincare is definitely an investment, I’m not going to lie. But there’s nothing more satisfying than finding products that you love and love your skin back.
Here are the products I’ve found work for me as well as the routine I follow pretty much every single day:
2. Peel pads. This is a step that I recently incorporated into my routine when I did my product sweep. I’ve found that this step has made a significant difference in my complexion and brightness of my skin. Plus, these pads are clean!
4. Serum. For the AM, I use this Indie Lee Vitamin C serum which is supposed to help with overall brightness and reducing redness of your skin. I just recently switched between using the same serum for night and day so I don’t have any results to report back just yet! But, I can say that my makeup feels much better sitting on top of this serum during the day.
5. Eye cream. I’m a chronic dark-circles and bags-under-eyes-sufferer. I read somewhere that it’s genetic so don’t feel too bad. I have found, however, that a good eye cream can significantly reduce puffiness and leave under your eyes looking brighter. I was gifted this VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream and it does just the trick! It’s perfect for during the day since it protects against pollution, UV and radiation. Plus, it’s light enough so your makeup doesn’t feel cake-y underneath.
6. Moisturizer. Unfortunately, nothing too exciting to report here. Currently, I’m using CeraVe moisturizer with SPF (because turns out the sun and our skin are not friends). Protect that skin, ladies! CeraVe works for me because I have super sensitive skin and it’s sensitive safe. I’m looking to switch it up to a clean product so once I have that – I’ll be sure to update!
PM routine: My PM routine is pretty much the same as above with a few added steps and product swaps.
2. Double cleanse. There’s nothing worse for your skin than sleeping with makeup on so I like to double cleanse every night. First, I use the above cleanser from Aveda then, I exfoliate gently with this scrub from Aveda to ensure all excess gunk from the day is off.
3. Peel pads. I repeat the peel pad routine at night, as well.
4. Toner. Same for toner. Repeat, always.
5. Serum. For the night time, I use this Caudalie natural salicylic acid serum which is amazing! I strongly believe that ever since I started using this – my blemishes have pretty much disappeared. They’ve become way more far and few between. Plus, it’s natural which is amazing since salicylic acid can be super harsh on your skin.
6. Treatment. If a blemish pops up, I apply this Mario Badescu drying lotion a few nights in a row and it disappears within those few days. Even though it’s a drying lotion, with the combo of my moisturizer – my skin rarely dries out while using! My bottle is almost empty so I’m looking to swap out for the Indie Lee one since it’s the clean version.
7. Eye cream. For the night time, I use the same eye cream as above – VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream. I love it for the night because it leaves a bit of a cooling effect. When I forget to apply at night, my eyes definitely look rough(er) in the AM.
8. Moisturizer. For the night time, I like to apply a thicker moisturizer to really give my skin extra moisture while it sleeps. I’ve been using this Origins one and it’s definitely thick and leaves a cooling sensation after it’s been applied so it feels really fresh for night time! Disclaimer: I’m pretty sure it’s not a face-specific moisturizer but I use it like one and it works just fine!
I’ll also always add a mask to my routine at least once a week. Depending how my skin is looking/feeling, I may add masks 2-3x a week. I love Karuna face masks but I recently tried Patchology and saw pretty much instant results. For wash-away masks I love this peel-off one from Origins and this clarifying one from LUSH.
What’s your tried and true skincare routine? I’d love to hear it!
It may sound super cliche but time has flown by. About 7 months ago or so, we booked our wedding venue (and a few vendors) and now we only have 9 months to go. Right now, we’re in a bit of a “lull” period with planning so I figured it was the perfect time to share an update with you guys on the process thus far and what the remainder of the 9 months will look like. Fingers crossed for smooth sailing from now until the big day!
Warning: this post is a bit long so be sure you’re settled in with a cup of tea or glass of vino!
Venue. The venue search was by far the most tedious and nerve-wracking because most of your budget will go towards it. Also, a good venue (staff, coordinator, etc.) can really make or break your experience. We narrowed our venue search down to few that were close by to our ceremony space. We ultimately landed on The Cape Club of Sharon for a number of reasons. The biggest being they (read: the coordinator Nicole) were super flexible, up front about costs and fees and seemed genuine and eager to make our dream day come true. Second, we LOVED the floor-to-ceiling windows and the bonus outdoor space with fire pits and lounge seating (though it may be a bit chilly in November so stay tuned). A lot of spaces we looked at didn’t feel quite right – too glam, too rustic and so on. We felt as though the Cape Club had elements that we both liked: chivari chairs, hardwoods and tall windows for me and a more relaxed vibe for him. We can’t wait to make this space our own with our vision. See below for more on that!
Vision. Between Instagram, Pinterest and numerous wedding websites (my favorite by far for inspo is Style Me Pretty!), nailing down a vision can be pretty challenging. Since our wedding is in the late fall, I was torn between jewel tones + boho and keeping it simple, romantic, light, airy and earth-y. I knew for a fact I wanted lots and lots of greens. After scrolling through hundreds of real weddings for inspo, I finally landed on a color palette I felt comfortable with: dusty blue, grey, white, green and gold. Even though I loved the idea of deep hues for fall, my heart was pulling me towards neutrals (surprise, surprise). Since our wedding venue has dark ceilings and floors with large floor-to-ceiling windows, I wanted to keep the space light while also playing off the natural landscape outside and bringing some of the outdoors in. I also loved the vibe of “french romance”. Read: lots and lots of candles, script signs and greens. After I decided what I wanted my vision to be, I started panicking: HOW did I make my vision come to life?! Enter: The White Box.
Wedding planner. A few months ago, I reached out to the gals at The White Box after hearing Shauna’s super positive experience with them! PLUS, her flawlessly planned and executed wedding. Insert major heart eyes. I loved the idea of a wedding planner but my budget-conscious fiancé did not. Working with the White Box has proved so easy and effortless. What I loved most about The White Box is how personalized yet totally affordable they are. The White Box offers a variety of services: helping with your venue search, creating a custom vision board, providing sample linens and invitations and access to a professional wedding stylist to answer any (and all!) questions you may have like: “do those flowers really go with that? do you have any bridesmaid gift ideas?” and so on. Based on which plan you select, they’ll send you a curated box or you’ll have access to your vision board digitally. One of my favorite features has to be access to Aisle Planner. My OCD self loves it. This online planner allows you to create a day-of wedding timeline, manage guest lists, keep track of your budget and even create a floor plan of your room! Carrie and Michelle (the founders of The White Box), even added a curated shopping list based on items that fit my style which was HUGE for me because it can take HOURS alone just searching for ribbons, gifts, signs, etc. I’m so excited to continue working with the amazing White Box team as the big day gets closer and closer!
Vendors. Besides the venue and vision, nailing down vendors proved equally as difficult and time consuming. Everyone told us to pick what was “most important” to us in terms of a wedding. We both felt the same way – photography and making sure everyone is up out of their seats and dancing. We chose Stephen Grigoriou as our photographer since we loved how our engagement pictures came out! We actually found him via Instagram. He was so laid back and easy to work with which eased my nerves. We found a highly-recommended DJ from the area, AllStar Entertainment, and booked pretty much right away!
Flowers were also important to me since they would help my “vision” come to life. The one thing I realized: flowers are crazy expensive. Whatever you think flowers will cost – double, or triple it. By trolling Instagram (obviously), I came across Petal & Crumb: a small, local-to-me, woman-owned florist who sources organic blooms. Love, love, love. Kerri has been so easy to work with and I feel as though I’m getting everything on my floral wish list for a reasonable and fair price. Plus, her arrangements aren’t your “classic” wedding flowers – they’re unique and so, so beautiful! For save-the-dates we kept it pretty standard with Minted but for our invitations we’ll be using another local, one-woman-show: Sally Murphy Design. Do you see a trend here?! I spent countless hours searching for just-right wedding invitations and nothing caught my eye. So, I reached out to Sally who will be helping us craft our french romance, meets florals, meets dusty blue watercolor, meets script invitations and stationery. My fiancé and I met at Stonehill College so Sally will also be creating a watercolor map of Stonehill’s campus that will be on display at the wedding. I’m most excited about this piece because we can display it in our future-home post-wedding for years to come!
Initially, we were toying around with the idea of a videographer but couldn’t find one that was in our price range but also had quality videos. However, my cousin had a wife and husband team photographer and videographer (Merrisa Caroline Photography) at her wedding and when I saw her preview video – I was in tears. We sent them a message right away and ended up booking both of them as our videographers and we’re so excited! I feel like it’s so special to have a husband and wife duo filming our day.
Finding the right makeup artist was another big to-do. Again, I searched and searched. I wanted someone who came highly recommended since makeup can really set the whole tone of your bridal look. I booked and already had my trail with Tracy from Makeup by Tracy and GUYS, she is the best! Her work makes you feel so fab sans feeling cake-y. She knows how to accentuate all your best features while still looking natural. On the day of our trail she said to me: “you still want your fiancé to recognize you as you walk down the aisle to him” and I couldn’t agree more!
Finally, I ended up getting my dress at a local boutique: Ve’Lace Bridal. They were accommodating (I brought 9 people with me LOL) and patient as I tried on a ton of dresses to find the one. No spoilers here, sorry! My girls are getting their dresses from Birdy Grey. I love how many style options they have in the same color option (which is harder to find than you’d think). All of the dresses are also $99 so win-win. My MOH selected the prettiest, sequin-clad dress from BHLDN and I might be the one crying when I see her.
We’ve booked a few other vendors as well like transportation and rentals, and our wedding cake (which I’m over-excited about, strangely) as well. PS. wedding cakes are another more-expensive-than-you’d-think item. We had such good luck with Konditor Meister! We’ll be adding fresh greens to our cake so I want to keep it simple.
What’s next? Now that most of the big stuff is done it’s time for some fun! Booking a donut baker is next. We’re thinking apple cider donuts for fall! I also need to start purchasing signs, candles, etc. I’m a bit strange in the sense that I’d rather gather these pieces super slowly in the next few months than all at once because that can be v overwhelming! I’ve started picking up small things here and there – like a velvet ring box for style-ized photos because #basic. I also need to decide on other small details like: how will I wear my hair? Will I be needing any extra jewelry? Bridesmaids gifts, day-of essentials like pretty robes and the list goes on.
If you have any wedding advice PLEASE pass it my way!
I can’t wait to take everyone on this journey and hope you enjoyed this v lengthy wedding planning update.
A faux fur coat used to be a thing of the past but they’re no longer something your grandma used to wear for special occasions only. Faux fur coats are so hot right now.
What I love most about these cozy, furry coats is that they’re so versatile. A fur coat can be thrown over a simple slip dress for a night out on the town. Or, paired with denim, a slouchy sweater and booties for effortless street style. You can even get away with rocking a fur coat with leggings and sneakers for that “I didn’t feel like trying today, but I also did, but I really just wanted to be comfy”.
I love how soft and cozy my faux fur Rachel Zoe coat is. It’s also surprisingly warm! I snagged mine at TJ Maxx but here’s a super similar option for less than $100! Since the coat is sort of the “statement piece” here, I wanted to keep my look simple and minimal. I threw on the coat over my favorite turtleneck tee which I tucked into these destructed Levi’s jeans. This pair of denim has been on heavy rotation ever since I purchased them! They’re so flattering with it’s high waist and ankle cut. To add a feminine flare, I added a dainty pink velvet bow to my hair. Bows are also having a serious moment this year. These Marc Fisher pointed-toe booties finished off the simple, winter-y look.
Shop my look:
Faux fur coat (similar) – $98
Levi’s denim – $98
J.Crew turtleneck – $29.50
Urban Outfitters velvet hair bow (similar) – $6
Marc Fisher booties – $180
I’ve linked to a ton of fun, cozy faux fur coat options, at a few different price points, below:
What’s your favorite trend this winter?
Stocking stuffers always seem to be an afterthought. The usual suspects: candy and gift cards. Say goodbye to last-minute, generic stocking stuffers and hello to must-have little extras. At these price points, you may even want to add some of these to your own stocking, too!
THREE. Everyone love Himalayan salt lamps but aren’t exactly sure where or how to display. This Himalayan salt night light is perfect for any space in a house while staying inconspicuous – with all the same health benefits.
What’s on your stocking stuffer wish list?
S & T
Its the most wonderful time of the year — and that means its snail mail season. I absolutely LOVE receiving snail mail, that isn’t a bill of course! It’s so unexpected these days and really means a lot knowing the person sending put thought into writing out your card and dropping it in the mail. I wish more people sent cards and letters, it’s so thoughtful. This year I teamed up with Basic Invite to send a gold foil, wedding thank you holiday card to our friends and family.
If you don’t know about Basic Invite, you really need to put them on your radar for all things paper goods. Beyond super high quality printing and paper, they have the most responsive customer care team (you can chat with them as you create your designs) and a few more things worth mentioning:
Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.
Custom Samples – you can order a printed sample of your actual invitation or card so you can see exactly how it will print and feel without having to place your oder first.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – you can choose from over 40 different peel and seal envelope colors, no licking required!
Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Even better, Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.
Foil – available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
At first I felt a little weird about doing a combo wedding thank you holiday card. But the timing was right, we had the most beautiful wedding photos and in the spirit of being as green as possible (we didn’t send wedding invitations — we did those online), one card was just perfect for us. These are by far the prettiest holiday cards we’ve ever sent. The quality is superior, the paper and the printing are all perfect. Last year, I ordered from another site and I was so disappointed with the quality of the printing, I had to trash them and re-order. It was so !
Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30
Have you send your holiday cards out?
P.S. This post was made in partnership with Basic Invite. All thoughts are my own and as always, do not partner with brands I don’t 100% stand behind for ethics and quality.
Hygge lovers rejoice. The season of hygge is officially here. Aka cozying up indoors and never leaving your house until spring. We’ve rounded up the coziest gifts for the hygge lovers in your life to make for the perfect, most hygge day or night ever.
FIVE. Hygge means not only being cozy but being comfortable in your own skin, too. This “Eat Beautiful” cook book breaks down an uncomplicated and holistic approach to clean eating and how it effects your skin.
NINE. Just looking at this pom pom throw makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a Hallmark Christmas movie. It’s also super reasonably priced and makes a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list – hostess, mom, friend, even a coworker. Because who doesn’t love cozy blankets?!
TEN. A hygge lover’s wardrobe requirements? No real pants after work or on weekends. Enter: these comfy (and affordable!) marled joggers from J.Crew. They come in a variety of colors so you can have options for weeknights and weekends!
ELEVEN. Come winter, I practically live in my fleece Patagonia pullover. I love the neutral color of this one and the super soft fuzzy material. I also love their brand because of the quality + sustainability of their products.
How do you plan on getting hygge this winter?
S & T
This whole self care meets natural, clean beauty “trend” is no longer a trend but a movement. It’s so important to show yourself some love in a natural, good-for-you way! What better gift to give your fave gals (moms, BFFs, aunts, friends) or maybe even yourself than the gift of looking and feeling good?! We’ve rounded up a few of our tried and true clean beauty products. And, a few self care items that are a must for stressful days or just helping to unwind. Because she totally deserves it.
ONE. You guys have to visit my spiritual healer/wellness guru/yogi teacher/friend Stef at Root + Sky Wellness. She’s been treating me for an old ankle injury, anxiety and most recently to get my skin wedding ready. You’ll absolutely love some me time, relaxing at her holistic health and wellness retreat and leave feeling refreshed and revived.
TWO. These Dr. Bessette soaps are from farm to shower. Support a local lady run business and lather yourself in the most delicious smelling soaps. You can find these luxurious bars at Stillman’s Farm Stand at Boston Public Market.
THREE. I use the OSEA Sea Vitamin Boost spray everyday. It’s the perfect toner to hydrate and purify and the smell is incredible.
FOUR. So, since seeing Stef (ONE above!) I’ve been hooked on micro needling. This is something she can do for you at the retreat, and something you can do by yourself at home. Confession: sometimes I lay in bed and watch TV and roll away. Lady gets a little scared, but it helps keep my mind off the slight pinching of the micro needles!
FIVE. I recently discovered Follain (thanks to a ton of recommendations via Instagram!) and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. I was a bit confused on where to start when it came to natural skincare but Follain curates a selection of all-natural products. You can search by skin concern which was so helpful for me! The Follain starter kit would be perfect for someone who is looking to test out some new products but unsure where to start. It also doubles as a gift for the jetsetter (since those drugstore travel items just aren’t cutting it).
SEVEN. This Caudalie serum screams French luxe. It’s a bit pricey but really worth it, especially since it’s a serum. I’ve noticed way less unwanted acne and even skin tone while using this. It kind of feels like magic in a tiny bottle.
EIGHT. I’ve also been using these Naturally Serious peel pads, which combined with the Indie Lee toner, have left my skin feeling so, so smooth. They’ve both dramatically helped improve the texture of my skin, too!
NINE. The Beauty Chef Inner Collagen Boost seriously changed my hair and nails. When I was drinking this religiously everyday my hair grew faster and my nails were stronger. My face was also a little brighter, but I can’t 110% give credit to just this product, as I was also experimenting with new clean beauty creams and serums.
TEN. This Hidrate Smart water bottle lights up when you need to take a sip, how cool is that? Talk about a cute way to be reminded to get your daily h20 intake!
S & T