One working mama's journey to leading a happy and stylish life with little ones

Month: March 2017

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

It is what it is, and what IT is, just so happens to be Monday!! With Monday comes a few links I’m loving only this week I’m putting a twist on it. Trending, every season it’s all you here about, spring trends, summer trends, fall, […]

It’s All About the Investment

It’s All About the Investment

I’m thinking it’s time we all started investing a little more time and energy into OURSELVES. Of course I’ve been outspoken about skin care, especially as we embark into the spring leaving winter in the dust!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

I feel like a kid in a candy store. It is officially spring and I’m loosing it with excitement! I just love this time of year. Winter really isn’t my gig out of all the seasons it’s my least favorite. Really I shouldn’t say that it’s not that it’s my least favorite it’s just really a time where you are forced to reevaluate and take stock of where last year went vs. where you want this year to go. It’s a symbol of letting go of the people and things that drag you down. Come spring time you are ready to say adios to the crazy-b’s and just be your most fabulous self. But again it takes lots of winter time work to get to the spring glory. And here we finally are!

Spring being my spirit animal and all, I think it’s time we talk about all things floral, fun, and fabulous! I’m dedicating this weeks links I love to all of that and so much more! Happy Monday everyone

  1. Sam and I love the great outdoors. He grew up camping and hiking with his family while mine stayed so far away from such activities that it made me more and more curious about them. So, the 11 PA places that are a must see this spring obviously peaks my interest!
  2. I’m a big fan of reading my horoscope I know it may all be fake up. Honestly, reading it can be therapeutic. Refinery29’s horoscopes are my FAV and basically my weekly vibe go-to!
  3. My obsession for spring? Pretty Plum Sugar, a lot of people know them for their beautiful floral  bridal and maternity robes which are amazing. But did you know they also have rompers and dresses as well. Here is two I’ve been eyeing up for spring!!  Romper. Spell-Mand Soren Romper. Alodie Rhymed In Prose-S
  4. With spring comes flower arrangements, peonies, the queen of the garden and my absolute favorite flower will be in bloom soon so I’m research this seasons floral trends/styles to get the low down!
  5. Now of course it’s Monday so some of you might be feeling blah. Here’s some positive thinking tools I use to keep that smile going!!!
Never Leave Home Without It!

Never Leave Home Without It!

As most of you know, I’m not make-up obsessed. I don’t feel weird without it on and I don’t care if I leave with house with a “naked” face. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like make up, I just never really took the time to […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

As most of you know tomorrows the big blizzard and it has me thinking it might be time for some much-needed rest and relaxation. If the forecasters are correct I see movies and pillow forts in our near future! I also hope to crave out […]

Monthly Beauty Buys

Monthly Beauty Buys

Happy March! Winter in the Philadelphia area hasn’t exactly been the winter that we’re used to, but I can still feel a difference in my skin. Of course my complexion has gone from a golden glow to pale and greenish pasty (I have an olive skin tone) due to the lack of out-door activities, but there’s more to it then that. It feels consistently more parched, my lips are especially taking a hit. Here are some of the steps I follow to ensure that my skin stays glowing and dewy, despite the mini drop in temperature.

 

 

I try to exfoliate twice a week with, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub. Yes, it’s listed as a men’s scrub, but no where does it say women CAN’T use it. Exfoliating is the quickest way to sloughs away dead surface skin cells and other impurities of and even if it’s all in my head, I feel like it therapeutic and helps reduce my stress-level. This one also has a nice kick of caffeine in it which really helps jump-start my morning since I’ve nixed coffee out of my life.

Pro Tip: If you already have a scrub you love but are still searching for something to wake you and your skin up in the morning, try a toner. I use Thayers toner, it’s  alcohol-free and  infused with Rose Petal, Witch Hazel, and a touch of Aloe Vera. On days I need a boast and don’t exfoliate I use this. Bonus is it’s less than 12 dollars!!

 

 

Next I apply face oil. I usually use an oil mixture of pepper and red clay, like this one, from Etta and Billie.  At first It makes me look like a greasy mess, but give it a couple of minutes and allow your skin to soak up the oil. It’s always the first step in my routine after I’ve exfoliated or washed my face.

Pro tip:  Oils can be tricky, you don’t want to use to much or too little. I like to add three drops into the center of my palm. Then I put both hands together and  move my hands in a circular motion. This works the oil around so you truly know what you’re working with. It also warms the oil before you put it on your face. It may be all psychological but I always feel like if I warm it up first I’m activating all the good stuff.

My daily moisturizer is constantly in rotation. I have a few different products I use, whatever I’m using at the moment I normally make sure it has SPF.  However recently I fell in love with a particular cream  I found while in Vegas. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream has become a favorite of mine since I purchased it. The only problem is it doesn’t have SPF, but I figure rule are meant to be broken.  So I over looked it, especially due to the fact that it is winter and I’m not outside as much.

Pro tip: Add a small drop of foundation and mix it all up before applying it to my face. I find it goes on smoother and looks a little more natural that way.

For my lips I stick with Smith’s Rosebud Salve, it has a great scent and feels amazing on my lips. As an added bonus its inexpensive ($6) and it’s not just for your lips. This salve can be used on your elbows and feet, even your hands. I love it and swear by this stuff in the winter months!

Pro tip: Already have a lip balm that does just the trick for you, but want something with a tint. Take your favorite lipstick shade and apply it to your top lip. Next take you balm and apply that to your bottom lip. Blot your lips together and you’re good it go!

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot it was Monday! Today was a bit of a world wind. We woke up this morning and by morning I mean 3 am to find that G had decided if he couldn’t sleep NO ONE COULD! Later in the […]

Sunday Style

Sunday Style

I am, of course, a working mom. Anyone that reads the blog knows this. So as a mom, comfort is key. Thankfully in my line of work I don’t really have a dress code. One day I’m wearing converse and ripped jeans the next it’s a high-waist […]

Mind Games

Mind Games

If you live in the Northeast you know the weather is playing mind games with us at the moment. On Wednesday I wore a black jumper today it’s sweater weather. One minute spring has sprung, a minute later and we are back to old man winter. Personally I’m a spring mama, I was born in the spring, I am a floral girl, so spring is like prime time for me. We all have our season, some of us rock the layers and booties other know how to turn winter transition into the next hot trend. It all depends on when and what makes you feel most comfortable. Spring just happens to be it for me. The floral dresses, rompers with denim jackets, it literally sounds like heaven to my ears.

The first day of spring also happens to be less than 30 days away so in honor of my favorite time of year I’ve put together a little starter list of spring must have items. Even better almost all of it is from Shopbop (one of my favorite retailer) oh and ready for this, everything is under $55. No need to thank you, I’m helping all of us here! With a budget by my side I can’t spend like I used to but thankfully a retailer like Shopbop has something for everyone, include this mama! With a new home/home improvements and a new baby to worry about it can be hard to  So lets get ready for the sun, the blooms and all the fun spring holds!

 

***Each piece is linked! So feel free to click on individual items and it will take you the site where you can purchase!***

       

Happy Living, Happy Soul!

Happy Living, Happy Soul!

Having the right vibe in your bedroom is essential for a happy soul. At the moment our room is lacking. I’m in the process of correcting that but as anyone who rents or owns a home knows it can be difficult to redo your space. Sometimes it’s […]