Winter Capsule Wardrobe 

My journey with a Capsule Wardrobe started almost a year ago already. Time has really flown by but I have definitely learned a lot about my style, clothing and consumerism over the past year. I have to say that I really do believe that a Capsule Wardrobe is the best way to organize your life and also force you to realize exactly what goes into the clothes you wear. How they are made, where they are made, who made them…etc. My journey for this next year is going to involve supporting ethically sourced, made and produced clothing including eco-friendly made clothing. Consuming less is inherently eco-friendly but I would still like to strive to push my ethical and ecological backbone even further. For now though, here are just some ways I’ve worked with my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

Using accessories has become critical during the winter months. Most days I wear a chunky sweater and jeans so layering with scarves, jewelry and bags has definitely been a focus of my spending for my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

My sweater collection was big enough from my Fall Capsule Wardrobe that I didn’t really need to purchase any sweaters. So I bought a new pair of jeans because I wanted to get a pair that would last and be versatile throughout the changing of trends. They still have ripped hems though; I don’t think I’ll ever get over that trend.

Exhibit A: stacking on the jewelry. This is actually a bit excessive for me but, case in point. Jewelry can change a minimal Winter Capsule Wardrobe in so many ways.

Some how I lucked out this year. It hasn’t been nearly as cold as it normally is so I haven’t purchased a warmer winter coat. I’m still wearing this teddy bear one from last year but it’s warm enough and I feel comfortable in it so there’s no need to change it.

It’s even been warm enough on some days to just wear my leather jacket which astounds me. Also I’m clearly not over the cami over tee ensemble. So 90’s, so understated ‘cool’.

Keep an eye out for my future Capsule Wardrobe post because I will most certainly be including some ethical brands that I am supporting for 2017.

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How to: Soft Matte Waves

I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because it is consistently my go-to way to create soft matte waves. Most days I don’t really have the time to do this but when I do, it’s really worth it. The waves are very natural and soft and the Matte Pomade from Ouai helps keep them in place over several days.

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The process is simple. Comb through hair, gather small sections of hair and slide the flat iron through, clamp down the flat iron and rotate back and forth while still keeping the iron moving. At the ends, twist the iron around to soften the edges. I take a small amount of the Ouai Matte Pomade in my hands and work it into the bottom of my hair.


Rotating the iron back and forth creates a softer wave than wrapping the iron around the hair. It can be a bit tricky to keep the iron moving while doing this, but after a few tries, you’ll get the hang of it. The Ouai Matte Pomade is amazing; it has a lot of hold and adds to the softened look that I love.

Updated Skincare Routine 

Over a month ago I went to pick up a new bottle of my standard cleanser at Target. If you’ve read my last skincare post, you’ll know that I am in love with the Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser and that it’s my go-to. But much to my dismay, Target no longer sells it, nor does Whole Foods or any other store in my area. Although I was ultimately heartbroken, I took it as a sign. A sign for me to get a new cleanser, of course. So I did a bit of research, as I always do when buying beauty products (and everyone else should too). I came across the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser. It checked off all of my boxes so I decided to go for it. Let me tell you, this is a kick-ass cleanser. Gentle, non-drying, smells amazing, and keeps my skin moisturized and clean at the same time. I’m so happy to have found another cleanser that I love.

I hear stories all the time about people being “moisturizer-happy” and after careful reflection, I’ve come to realize that I’m “cleanser-happy,” seeing as though I use not only my Aesop cleanser but also the Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I guess I just like options.

I’m sticking with my Odacité Jo + L serum, it really hasn’t left my side for almost a year. It’s the perfect serum for when my skin looks a bit lackluster and in need of help.

I’ve been trying out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil and I think in-combination with the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, it works best. This is my strictly night-time routine because it’s just a bit too much to wear under makeup during the day. The Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is probably actually just a magic potion because when I pair it with the Lapis Facial Oil at night, I wake up in the morning with plump bright skin and I can visibly tell that my various acne scars are diminished and my skin tone is evening out. It is really a relief, definitely going to purchase the full size versions once I run out.

In the morning I always keep it really simple. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I need something lightweight but still creates a barrier for the day ahead. I’ve been reaching for the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist as a toner and then applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. They work well together and keep my skin fresh and moisturized throughout the the day.

If you’re as skincare happy as I am then you probably know about the struggles of sticking to a regimen. It also is the best thing ever when you find products that you actually want to keep using despite the temptation of new, flashy products. What are some of your go-tos?

New Year’s Eve Essentials

I have been trying out some new products recently and was feeling inspired to write a bit about New Year’s Eve. I’m especially ready for 2017 but first I have one thing left to do in 2016. We are currently pit-stopping in Nashville right now but are heading on down to Charleston tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier to be back with my parents in such a charming city.

My parents moved all the way from Sheboygan, WI to Charleston, SC this year and it’s been a bit of a tough one. Although I didn’t get to see them over any holidays this year, I am going to be with them for New Years Eve. New Year’s Eve was a strictly family holiday growing up; my mom insisted on this because she new that once we were all grown up it wouldn’t be so easy to corral us all together. It really didn’t bother me growing up, in fact I loved NYE. It meant some kind of extravagant meal, like my stepdad making homemade sushi, and playing board games all night just waiting for the count-down. But no matter what, it was always very special.

Because it was so special, I have always enjoyed getting jazzed up for the occasion. It was half the fun. So here are just a few products that are going to get me through the passing of one year to the next while I celebrate with my family.

About a month ago I picked up the Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples and have been loving it ever since. The bronzer, blush and highlight are creams that are highly pigmented and easy to blend. They also stay put all day which make them great for a NYE look. The Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites are part of the holiday range but they are great for everyday use. There are 5 loose eyeshadow shades that are all matte, I love this because my go-to party look is a 60’s matte cut-crease. I usually take a fluffy shadow brush and spray a bit of face mist onto it then dip in the pot and tap of the excess. I have found that that’s the easiest way to apply.

My base is always the Glossier Skin Tint because it’s really the best. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please do. I have been trying out the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and I am finding that it is the best concealer yet. It doesn’t crease and is long-lasting. The color match for me is perfect which can be tricky because I am so pale yet warm undertones. If you have warm undertones, I’d recommend checking out this concealer.

Last but not least, my eyelash curler and my favorite lipstick. I love the NYX matte lipsticks. This one is in Pure Red and is the perfect pop of red as the focal point of my NYE look.

Tell me what NYE look you’re going for in the comments or if you’ve tried out any of these products already!

2-Minute Holiday Hairstyles

My lack of activity around here lately has been due to busyness. An overloaded schedule and a cold/flu immediately lets me know exactly what time of year it is. It might be the most wonderful time of the year but that comes with a price.

With the semester wrapping up, no pun intended, I’ve been thinking about holiday parties and family functions. Especially how I can do up my hair in a short amount of time and still feel good about it. I’m very low maintenance when it comes to my hair but I love trying different things.

These two foolproof hairstyles will have you out the door and sipping holiday cocktails in no time.

My large gold barrette from Madewell has been my bff the past few weeks. Literally all I do is gather my hair in the back, slide the clip through then close it up. Sometimes I don’t comb my hair for this because well, it’s faster but it also adds to the messy look. Add in some hairspray if you feel compelled but that is pretty much it.

I’m obsessed with the revival of the Brigitte Bardot black ribbon. For this one, I gathered my hair in the back, tucked the ribbon underneath all of the hair, brought the ribbon around and tied it into a bow.

I encourage you to try these time saving hairstyles, not only are they compliment prone but also very easy. Share you photos with me over on Instagram if you choose to try one! Happy Holidays!

 

3 Everyday Hairstyles for Short Hair

For me, my hair plays a big role in who I am. That may be because I’m convinced I have had bangs since birth. Anyways, in order to freshen it up here and there, I have been experimenting with different and simple go-to hairstyles. And you guessed it, it’s another video that shows three of my favorite everyday hairstyles. These work especially great for bobs and short hair but can also work for anyone. All of the links to the bits I used in the video is linked in the video’s description box in YouTube. Try them out and share them with me!

New In: Cruelty-Free Beauty Products 

 It seems that spring fever has got a hold of me. My revitalized energy has possessed me to clean the apartment like crazy, start a regular gym-going schedule and re-vamp my medicine cabinet with some new cruelty-free/vegan beauty products.

I am always up to changing out some of the beauty products I use with something new, especially after my birthday this month (where some alcoholic drinks were consumed). My skin was looking a bit dull and need some revitalizing. I did a little research and came across the Pixi Glow Mud Mask, which is conveniently cruelty-free, and it has changed my skin for the better. The whole surface of my skin has become much smoother and has a gentle radiance to it, hence why it’s called the Glow Mud Mask. I’ve only used it twice but my skin is really thanking it.

I was in need of a new body scrub and opted for the Yes to Coconut polishing Body Scrub. It smells divine and has a gel like texture that moisturizes my skin as it exfoliates.

Next up is the Boots Botanics Age Defense Foundation. Now I understand that this is marketed as an anti-aging foundation, which I don’t particularly need,  but after reading some of the reviews I decided to get it. I felt like trying something new and I realized that I’ve been using Bare Minerals for 2 years. It has a very fresh dewy affect that creates a really healthy glow for the skin. My only qualm is that it doesn’t have SPF which means that I have to apply SPF as another step in my routine. But I really love the coverage of this foundation.
 I ran out of Valentina’s Home Brewed Natural Body Mist recently and was going to repurchase (I really can’t live without it). Before I had the chance to repurchase it Harry had already given it to me as a birthday present. He chose Sweet Dreams which has jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla essential oils. Of course it smells amazing but it’s great to spray on before bed, after the shower, as a way to mellow out and calm down from the day. I also was in need of some body wash so I picked up this You Are Amazing Lavender Fields body wash. Cruelty-free and with each product purchased You Are Amazing gives to fund leadership development to empower girls to change the world. It also smells amazing and the scent of lavender lingers on my skin all day. It’s an all around winner.

 As a little birthday present to myself, I picked up the Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Towelettes. I had been wanting these for a while but never actually got them. I am so happy that I finally got these. They are amazing. There are many uses for these but I have been just placing an opened one in the shower and it is insanely relaxing. The eucalyptus works as a decongestant but it’s also just deeply invigorating.

 I also picked up the Burt’s Bees Tomato Toner. I had been using the Aveda Botanical Kinetics for ages and really just felt like changing it up and decided on the Burt’s Bees Tomato Toner. It does contain a form of alcohol which can be harsh on my skin so I stick to only using it at night. But it smells great and does a great job of getting any leftover dirt and makeup off after I’ve washed my face. Also, props to Burt’s Bees for using a glass bottle for this product instead of plastic.

If you’ve tried any of these before or decide to try them out, let me know what you thought of them!