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Friday, February 24, 2017

Beauty: Travel Skincare Favorites

It's been a few months since my last Beauty post (how is time flying by so fast?!), but that definitely doesn't mean I haven't been trying out a bunch of products! I have lots of reviews to report back to you! This post is dedicated to a few of my favorite beauty and skincare products that I used while I was traveling last month to Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul).

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When traveling, keeping your skin hydrated is key, since flying, stress, and lack of sleep can all contribute to parched skin. However, having compact, travel-friendly packaging is important as well, because you can't bring your whole skincare arsenal with you. These beauty and skincare products are all-of-the-above!

1. GLAMGLOW "ThirstyMud" Hydrating Mask - The .5oz size is perfect for travel. The texture of this mask is thick like pudding, and it sinks into your skin and plumps it up. I like this GLAMGLOW Trio Set from BeautyKind because they're all travel-sized, and you can sample a few types of masks to see which works best with your skin.

2. Tatcha "Luminous Dewy" Skin Mist - This is my favorite all-purpose face spray. I use it to set my makeup, and I keep it in my purse for a facial refresher throughout the day. It spritzes the finest, even mist. Plus, the bottle is gorgeous. It's made of glass, which isn't the most travel-friendly per se, but it's so well-constructed that it won't leak or crack (under normal traveling circumstances).

3. Lanolips "101 Multipurpose" Ointment Superbalm - Products that are multifunctional are great for travel. This is an all-natural balm (just make sure you're not allergic to lanolin) that I use to deeply hydrate my lips, cuticles, and hands. I like the cute gold and blush-colored packaging too!

4. Estée Lauder "Double Wear Nude" Cushion Stick Foundation - I love how compact and convenient this cushion stick foundation is. You twist the end and the product dispenses from the cushion. I use the cushion to dab the foundation onto my face and then I blend it out with a brush, but you could also use the cushion to blend if you want (the cushion is removable and washable). For reference, my color is "2N1 Desert Beige".

What is your favorite beauty/skincare product for travel? Leave a comment below - I'd love to try out new-to-me products!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winterizing the Maxi Dress

Tobi maxi dress (similar here & here)
Acne Studios mohair cardigan (on sale!)
Madewell booties (on extra sale!)
JES Design Studio jewelry

The maxi dress is so versatile and works for every season. It's one of my favorite pieces to pack for tropical vacations (like this halter maxi and cutout maxi that I wore in Hawaii), and I like long-sleeve maxi dresses for fall. Add an oversized cardigan and swap out sandals with booties, and the maxi dress works for winter too.

These photos are taken by my sister-in-law Cassie of Cassie Marino Photography for JES Design Studio, a local jewelry maker. There are more photosets from that day here, here, and here.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Day

Last week, Seattle got an unexpected (to me) snow day! I'm a public school teacher, so waking up to the city covered in white made me feel like a kid on Christmas morning. If I thought I loved snow days back in the day as a student... I looove snow days as a working adult haha. We threw on some warm layers and went out into the winter wonderland!

United Colors of Benetton coat (similar)
Ralph Lauren sweater dress (similar)
J.Crew beanie (similar)
Intermix fingerless gloves (similar)

We live in the city center of Seattle, so we don't get as much snow as the suburbs, but last week, even the city was entirely covered. We'd still like to snowboard downtown one of these years... but there wasn't quite enough snow for that. ;) However, there was just enough for another snow day on Tuesday = happy teacher!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with love!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Pink Knit for Valentine's Day

Valentines Day outfit inspo
Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow! Wishing your day is filled with love. Since the holiday is in the middle of the week, I wanted to rep the color pink but in a casual, weekday-appropriate way, so I'm wearing this pink sweater dressed down with distressed jeans.

Seattle Great Wheel
pink sweater
StyleNanda pink sweater
chunky knit pink sweater
Rebecca Minkoff nude booties
StyleNanda pink sweater
Zara fringe jeans (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff nude booties

I got this fun cotton candy pink sweater at the StyleNanda flagship store in Seoul, South Korea last month when I was there. I looove the color, the chunky knit, and the bubble sleeves!

I first wore this look to explore Seattle Aquarium for February Museum Month. All month, you can get discounts on select museums around Seattle. That could be a fun date with friends or your partner! Also, if you haven't treated yourself to something for Valentine's Day yet, check out my gift guide!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day: #TreatYoself (and Loved Ones)

Valentine's Day was a huge deal growing up, like when you had to buy candy and cards for every kid in your class. In my "younger" years, I would rack my brain for something to gift the boyfriend at the time, and we'd exchange presents over an overpriced prix fixe dinner.

Now, I feel like everyday is an opportunity to show love. While the flowers, jewelry, and dinners are fun, love is also in the little mundane things of everyday life. For example, Husband truly makes it seem like Valentine's Day everyday -- every morning, he makes me a latte and smoothie and packs my lunch. I love these daily gestures of thoughtfulness!

So Valentine's Day is just an extra reminder to appreciate your loved ones... and yourself!

What are your Valentine's Day plans this year?