7.22.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now PUBLIC!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


If you follow blogs at all, I'm sure you were flooded with posts about the big Nordstrom Sale that's been happening! BUT, up until now, it was only open to Nordstrom cardholders, which I am not.

But todayyyy, the sale officially opens to the public, so you all can start taking advantage of this killer sale whether you have a nordstrom card or not! 

I've rounded up some of my favorites - not gonna lie, this all makes me a litttttle bit excited for fall. Too early?

The idea of wearing that forest green Eliza J dress with those black wedge boots is just too much for my little heart to handle right now - perfect fall work outfit! And cozy gray knits seemed to be a thing for me, too! I've seen a couple of bloggers post about the hooded cardi and it just looked so cute on. I'm also obsessed with the Vince Camuto boots - they look like the perfect OTK boot! 

I have a different faux leather jacket from Cupcakes & Cashmere that I LOVE, so when I spotted this one with the cute quilted shoulders I knew I wanted to include that one to show you all.

What about you? Have you shopped your hearts (and savings) out? 

Shop all the items below!


7.07.2016

Best Drugstore Products for Rosacea / Redness

Best Drugstore Products for Rosacea and Redness


As some of you know, I've been struggling with rosacea for the past couple years and have been on a quest to figure out a skin routine/products that work for me! I've discovered some products that really seem to work for me over the last 6 months or so, so I thought I would share in case any of you are struggling with it too! Even if you don't have rosacea, these products are great for sensitive skin in general or those prone to redness!

I should preface this by saying that I did go through a round of antibiotics 2 years ago and then used a prescription gel (metro gel) to help get it under control. The antibiotics worked great, though I didn't find the gel did much at all. Unfortunately one cannot stay on a high dose of antibiotics very long...

The first product discovery I made was Avene's anti-rougeurs line. Here in Canada I find this at Shoppers Drug Mart, and while pricey in my books (about $32 for a small tube) it did really seem to work in getting my redness under control. It took a couple weeks to notice a difference, but I definitely noticed my skin was significantly less red while using it.

Finding it hard to justify the price of that month after month, I tried out Aveno's Ultra-Calming line after seeing Merritt recommend it. I picked up the day moisturizer and the foam cleanser and during my very first use I noticed how NICE they felt on my skin. I just had a little "Ahhh..." moment when lathering up my face with the cleanser. After a week I noticed my skin was looking and feeling much better, and these have been my go-to since then. They are super affordable, available pretty much everywhere, and work as good if not better than the more expensive Avene line. I'm completely sold! Love love love these products. I also picked up their night cream as I really don't need to be putting SPF on to go to bed.

So beyond cleansing & moisturizing, I had a hard time finding makeup that would cover my redness and last all day. Enter Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. You guys, this stuff is so good. Full coverage without being cakey and covers my redness all day long. I absolutely love this stuff.

And this is not so much rosacea related, but while trying out the foundation I picked up a couple other Maybelline products and found the best concealer I've ever used next to Benefit's Erase Paste. Maybelline Master Conceal is thick and creamy and goes on so nicely.

So there you have it! This isn't to say I don't still get flushed with redness sometimes (hello, red wine...one of my worst triggers but who can say no to wine?) but these products have definitely helped me treat & cover and generally just feel really good on my skin. 

Have you tried any products for redness or rosacea? I'd love to hear your experiences & recs!! 

6.24.2016

Mode Stories - Model off Duty Hair


It's time to share another video from Mode Stories! Loose, natural waves are always pretty, but even more so in the summer. They give you that "just came from the beach and drove with the windows down" vibe but still make you look totally put together. This little tutorial makes it look all too easy, and I suppose it helps when you have this gorgeous main to work with already, but I'll definitely be testing out the alternating directions and see how that goes.

Enjoy!