I’m always one for testing new beauty products & mixing up my skincare rotation, but jojoba oil has been part of my routine for a couple of years now. It took me time to warm up to the idea of putting oil on my face – I used to think it would make me break out! “Oil free” was always a positive thing in my mind – but I’ve learned that’s SO not the case. I find myself using jojoba oil the most out of any other oil (I use coconut & vitamin E oil too), because it’s lighter and absorbs really well. In fact, it’s supposed to be very close to the natural oils our body produces. I buy mine from acne.org – it’s such a great value! I’ve had mine for over a year and there’s PLENTY left. You can also find it here & here. Now, on to how I actually use it…I put this stuff on my face every night before bed. It absorbs pretty quickly so I don’t get that greasy feeling, but at the same time when I wake up my skin feels super hydrated. All I need is 3-4 drops, and I spread it around my face and neck area. I’ve noticed over time that my complexion is more even and I’ve had less and less issues with random breakouts. In a weird way the oil balances out your natural skin oils (it’s tricking your skin so that it doesn’t overproduce as much oil).Sometimes, I just want to put something odorless and clear on my lips for hydration (I do live in Chicago after all) but I’m not a fan of the shiny lip look, which is why I don’t use Vaseline! Jojoba oil is great for this purpose – I apply a drop or two to my lips, and no one can even tell I have anything on (I’m going au naturale, remember?! ha).Confession – I’m a cuticle biter. I know, it’s gross. It’s been a habit of mine since I was a kid and I can’t kick it! That said, 90% of the time my cuticles are super dry. Ever wish that you can keep the oil they have at the nail salon? Well, you can thank me later, because this stuff will do the job. I apply it to my cuticles every AM before heading out, and I think I’ve been successful in masking my bad habit!As much as I try to find wipes and cleansers to get all my makeup off, I never succeed. In order to make sure my face is truly “clean”, I soak a few cotton balls with jojoba and rub off all my eye makeup prior to cleansing my face. Works like a charm, and I don’t have to worry about putting weird stuff on my eyelids (I don’t trust those makeup removers!).
This weekend flew by too fast! We had a gorgeous day on Friday that turned into two days of nonstop rain. I guess that’s to be expected this time of year, but I wish we can just skip to June weather already! We had a jam packed weekend – thankfully, we got to chill a bit on Friday and check out Dox (Leo’s been wanting to go since it opened). I wasn’t a fan of some of the smaller dishes, but the chicken skewers are really good and so are their salads. I think we’ll be back! We also saw Get Out, which was insanely good. I’m so easily terrified (I NEVER see scary movies), yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
It was just warm enough this weekend to bust out the bare feet – that was kind of exciting. I’m so over boots at this point, so I’m trying to take advantage of any opportunity to not wear them. I just bought these killer wedges on Yoox this week (almost sold out but you can find them here too), so I obv went straight for those! I wore them with these cropped Missoni trousers that I’ve had FOREVER (I rarely get to wear them), as they just go perfectly with these chunky wedges. I paired the pants with a burgundy wool turtleneck to keep me warm when the temp dropped later in the day, and my vintage Levi’s denim jacket over for a more casual feel. I’m wearing the hell out of my mom’s vintage Gucci – she’s seeing me rock it and is now questioning giving it to me ha!
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I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’m a BIG fan of white sneaks. Basically, I don’t know what I’d do without them. I wear them when I feel like being comfy (which let’s be honest – that’s most days) – and I love that depending on the outfit, I still feel stylish rocking them. The only issue with white sneakers is that they only look good when they’re crisp and clean. Scuffed up, dirty sneakers are not a thing…yeah, I know, wouldn’t it make our lives easier if they were?
I’ve got a few hacks to make my sneaks look brand spankin’ new, or at least close enough. Here are three things I regularly do (and keep in mind that sneaks don’t last forever, so if you’re past the 2 year mark, you prob need to pull the trigger on a new pair):
PS – If you’re on the market for new sneakers, check out my roundup of favs!
My mom’s hummus is ALWAYS better than whatever I find at the store. Every. Single. Time. I never asked how to make it, because I figured it’d be too complicated/too much work. A few weeks ago, I finally asked how this magical hummus is made, and was surprised to find that it only required a handful of ingredients and a blender. Since I now know how to make it myself, it’s officially in my healthy snack rotation. It’s creamy & full of flavor – I love that I know exactly what’s in it and that it’s all natural! I’ve been eating it with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes…YUM.
Annnnd…Spring is officially here! I felt like we were far far away from spring early last week, but things have taken a turn for the better. The weather warmed up a bit on Sunday, and we got some needed sunshine. Fingers crossed that it’s here to stay.
I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve got some major vintage feels. On Saturday afternoon, I hit up a local Salvation Army and found a few killer designer pieces for spring (currently at the cleaners, but don’t worry, I’ll be revealing these on the blog in the coming weeks!). There’s no better feeling than walking out with 7 amazing vintage pieces and your bill coming out to $90. What?! That is the cost of one knit at Zara. Amazing.
As I’m in the vintage spirit, I decided to kick off spring with a beautiful piece knit by my grandmother 40 years ago. My mom wore this cropped knit tank when she was 13 years old, just like I did here, with a white button down blouse. Funny how fashion works sometimes, huh? I adore the knit for its uniqueness & 70s vibes…it’s special in many ways. I wore it here with a pair of Levi’s and blush/nude loafers, but I can’t wait to wear it with a skirt & chunky heels in the summer. What are you doing to get the spring feels going?
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Confession – I LOVE snacking. I love food in general, but snacking is one of my guilty pleasures. Sometimes (well, most times), I just want to munch on a little somthin’ somthin’. Depending on what I have at arm’s length, it can be a bad situation. Knowing I have this habit of hitting up my pantry every few hours, I try to keep only healthy snacks in the house. That way, even though I feel a tad guilty about snacking, I’m comforted by the fact that I’m at least putting healthy stuff into my body. These are the healthy snacks I resort to on the reg –
Siggi’s Yogurt: I’ve tried most yogurt brands, and Siggi’s is by FAR my favorite – I even like it better than Fage (sorry, Leo). My favorite is the plain one, but I’ve tried most of their flavors and there isn’t one I don’t like. Their yogurts have less sugar than most brands on the market, and significantly more protein (even when compared to Greek yogurts). Their plain yogurt is 0% fat, and it’s still as creamy as ever. I typically eat it with honey and fresh blueberries, sometimes adding some cereal or granola for a little crunch.
As most of you already know (I’ve only been talking about it nonstop the last few months!), when we bought our place in August of last year, we knew we had a lot of work to do. The condo needed some SERIOUS love, as it hadn’t been updated in about 20 years. Though remodeling can be exhausting – literally the number of decisions you have to make is mind numbing – I found it to be so so worth it in the end. There is something special about having your place just the way you want it, minus some potentially regretful decisions (which we did have too haha).
I’ve got plenty of projects to share with you guys, but wanted to kick things off with one of our biggest ones so far, the kitchen! When we bought the house, the kitchen was super dark. Dark cabinets, counter tops, a green-ish beige paint color on the walls. We wanted a more modern, minimalist feel, but one that still felt cozy & warm. I feel like coziness can get lost in modern homes, so we kept that in mind as we made our kitchen decisions. Ready for the BIG REVEAL?!!!
Annnd it’s Monday! I don’t know about you guys, but losing one hour yesterday really threw me off. I was shocked that I woke up so late, and realized that it was because of daylight savings. Pleasant surprise! I spent the rest of my Sunday playing catch up with groceries, cleaning the house…all fun stuff. It’s been a brutally cold week in Chicago, and the weather was bringing me down. I’m so so over the cold…I’m hoping that we’re nearing the end! To keep my spirits up, I decided to bring some color out this weekend with this bright orange-red coat. It wasn’t until after I ran out of the house in this ensemble that I realized the majority of pieces were hand me downs.
The coat was my aunt’s from the late 90’s/early 00’s. I remember around that time Sisley had killer stuff, and she shopped there ALL of the time. This was one of many great pieces she got from there, and it was one of the items I snagged from my mom’s closet a few weeks back…that and the vintage Gucci bag. Coincidentally, the bag and this coat were a match made in heaven. The other hand me down? The shades. They’re vintage Carrera from the 80s, and funny enough, they’re my DAD’s! Dad was rocking stunna shades back then. I’m happy he takes care of his stuff, as I’m currently reaping the benefits. I dressed down the outfit with cropped jeans & a graphic tee (one I’ve had since college!). A pop of red lipstick and I was ready to take on the cold! Shop the look below:
Our little house is FINALLY coming together. I don’t feel like I’m living in boxes anymore, so that’s progress…right?! We put up our art on the walls a few weeks back, along with installing bookshelves in the living room. Most of the furniture we ordered is in – I can’t wait to show you what the living room looks like once it’s all done! I need to get a few accessories to cozy it up a bit, and I’m waiting on my desk too. Exciting stuff!
One thing we knew we’d have to be creative with in our place was closet space. There isn’t a ton of it, and both Leo and I have way too much stuff – more than either of us would like to admit (he has more than I do, truth be told). We found that after much trail & error, there was no way both of us could fit all of our stuff in the bedroom closet. As much as I hated the idea, we had to put a dresser in our hallway, underneath the stairs.
We’re nearing the end of winter (THANK GOD), which means my pastiness is at an all time high. I’m in desperate need of a tan – my go-to tanning pads aren’t even helping me at this point. I tried packing on more concealer, more bronzer, more moisturizer to help with my dry, pale winter skin, but nothing was working.
Finally, last week at Sephora, I discovered a magical product. One that brightened up my skin instantly, giving me the dewy look I’ve always strived for. I didn’t even care that my skin was pale because it was GLOWING. Introducing…Milk Face Gloss.