Day 2: Thank You

Taking a moment to thank my Mom today. She's been so supportive this past week (as well as the past 35 years) as I've been seeking her advice and possibly providing her more than an earful at times.

I saw this "Home Is Where You Mom Is" home decor item at T.J. Maxx this week and thought of her.

Today is one of these days I have all these ideas swirling in my head but I am too exhausted to process. Here's to a proper post tomorrow for day three of my #30DayBlogChallenge but this will have to do for day two.

Thank you for always being there, I love you Mom. ❤

30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello September! On a whim, I've challenged myself to blog/post for 30 days. Some days the post may be short, some days the posts may be long but I am beyond overdue to create some content and get back into blogging.

(photo credit: @elizabethhorrelllookbook)

I took some time yesterday at Central Park to decompress and think about my life, career, passion, and motivation. It still amazes me how such a beautiful bit of nature is tucked into NYC.

So here's to Day 1 of my #30dayblogchallenge. Where will it take me? Come join me on this journey!

FASHION: My New Fave - Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress

First off, I will admit that having an Old Navy next door to my work is not a good idea. It's a great idea except for when you're trying to not shop. I am all for fast, trendy fashion at times but I also rely on Old Navy for finding some basic yet cute pieces to add to my wardrobe. Example - I am currently obsessed with the Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress. I have purchased three of this dress - black, olive green with a black stripe, and then I bought this blue one last weekend.

I am 5'1" and the dress hits me right at the top of my knees. It looks great alone or paired with a jean jacket or cardigan. I also like adding a lightweight scarf for some extra color if I don't feel like wearing a statement necklace. 

At the moment my favorite thing to wear under these dresses are the Old Navy Go-Dry High Rise Side-Pocket Compression Shorts. I never know what kind of day work might and I enjoy the comfort of not worrying about flashing anyone and these have a slight Spanx-like ability to keep things smooth. To be honest I didn't notice the pockets until I was looking up the shorts on ShopStyle Collective to post here! I might utilize the pockets at the gym but definitely not under a dress.

Last but not least, if you haven't signed up for Ebates - you should (and can do so here)! They offer cash back for many online retailers but they have also have an "In-Store Cashback" option. Often Old Navy is listed as an in-store option and then I can earn cash back if I pay with my connected card (you can link almost any credit/debit card to your Ebates account).

Please note this post is not sponsored by Old Navy or Ebates - I am just a fan of both brands!

LIFE: Lunch At Raclette

Yesterday a few of my friends and I went to brunch at Raclette to partake in the goodness of all things cheese. They are known for their Raclettes which is a rack melted alpine cheese that is scraped on top of the meal you ordered. Everything is better with cheese, right?

I ordered the Meditterran√©e which featured cherry tomatoes and asparagus and also included an arugula salad and a baguette. A couple of my friends ordered the Suisse with the prosciutto. The food was quite good but was not as amazing as we had hoped by the reviews. 

NYC - where are your favorites for lunch and brunch?



BEAUTY: Face Oils

New York City winters have been known to be notoriously dry... One of the best ways I to keep my face moisturized is with a face oil. Even with my combination skin that can go from semi-oily to semi-Sahara dry in a matter of moments. As a result, I've amassed a collection of oils that are essential to keep my skin happy and balanced as possible.

I prefer to utilize oils on a freshly washed or showered face - I take a drop in between my palms on clean hands, gently rub between my palms and then I pat on my face and then gently rub on my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin as a face massage and to ensure absorbtion. For my eye area, I pat with my ring finger and oils are amazing for the outer corner of my eyes as that area gets super dry for me. After a couple minutes, I then apply a light moisturizer and eye cream to lock everything in and to provide a nice base for my sunscreen and if I am wearing makeup that day, my face primer. If I am not scheduled to work or to go somewhere other than the gym or grocery store, I avoid wearing any sort of makeup. I am self conscious of some skin issues including melasma and discoloration but I know my skin needs to rest.

Elizabeth Lord Naturals Skin Food is the oil that started my obsession with oils! I always buy this when I am in my hometown (or my mother sends me a bottle) and this mix of avocado, apricot kernel, coconut, argan, seabuckthorn, and wheat germ oils with essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and patchouli. I barely use a drop but this helps keep my skin happy.

I originally received my Tarte Majacuja Oil in an Ipsy bag and I do like this one as well. This oil is rich in vitamin C and has a nice light texture. I prefer this oil on the days where my face seems to be a bit on the oiler side as the product claims it helps with sebum (oil) production. According to Tarte, the oil can also be mixed in with a favorite moisturizer.

Argan oil has also been talked about quite a bit as a the topic of oils surfaced on the beauty blogs and the like. Actually Organic's Argan Oil is my go-to on the days where my skin is beyond dry and it need of some extra moisture. I prefer to use this one at night vs. the day as it feels a bit heavier on my skin and may interfere with makeup application. However when I apply at night, my face feels super moisturized in the morning.

What's your favorite face oil and way to utilize them? I have heard of mixing a drop with foundation but I have yet to try it. Let me know in the comments!