July 11, 2017

Beauty Routine: Evenings with kiddos Edition

Since I became a mom a little over 6 years ago, evenings take on an entirely different meaning for me than they once did. long gone are the days of leisurely drinking wine while watching as many shows as I want (I now binge watch on my iPad while the baby sleeps on top of me, and chug wine with one hand while feeding him with the other). Nighttime beauty and sleep are the same way, they need to be fast, efficient, and not too expensive.

I NEVER sleep in my makeup. It doesn't matter if I spent 2 hours unsuccessfully trying to coax my littlest baby into his crib at night, I will not skip face washing. Right now I'm using BeautyCounter's balm ($80), and then Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Micro Cleanse ($30). I tone with a variety of toners depending on the night (Clinique, Estee Lauder, Biologique Recherche) and use eye cream (love this one).

I spend less time on my mattress now than ever. Having a new baby reminds one never to take sleep for granted. So when I actually am in my bed, I need to be comfortable. The Leesa trial is great- 100 nights- so if you chose wrong, no worries. The baby likes it too, since he basically only sleeps on top of me, in our bed. (Maybe Leesa should try crib mattresses and we can trick him into thinking hes still in our bed.)

June 30, 2017

Insta Round-Up

As we prepare to celebrate our 2nd July 4th holiday weekend in our new home, I'm reminded of how just a year ago, I didn't know a single person here. Tomorrow, we will be hosting 30 people in our yard for food, drinks and fun. Happy Summer!

June 1, 2017

New Finds

So these days I am not in full make up most of the time, but I still want to be presentable when on video chat with my office, running lunch errands, and at school pick up. So light, effortless (I hate that term but actual find myself using it now), and natural are key.

Never a big Estee Lauder fan, I hadn't picked up a new product from this brand in years. But their revamped ad campaigns and offerings caught my eye and I tried 2 new items.

The Perfectionist duo concealer ($34) is a huge hit. My horrible dark circles are helped tremendously, and the wear is hydrating unlike some others I've tried after reading rave reviews, and hated (Smashbox BB concealer, Makeup Forever HD concealer).

The Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick ($34) is my next new favorite. One step to get it on, blend and be done. I cant do separate sponges, brushes and applicators (no skill, no time) so this is a great item for me. It isn't matte finish, but its not greasy or sticky so my oily skin likes it.

Memorial Day weekend meant our club opened for the season, and afternoons will soon be spent at the pool. I am still a hat person in the sun (despite my short hair and the fact they probably don't look good on me), but I also douse myself in sunblock. Beauty Counter's face-stick ($18) is my favorite- and I like being able to use one products for all 4 family members (including baby). Select my friend Sarah Hawkins from the consultant list when purchasing!

I recall trying a similar formula and not being a huge fan, but the new Dior Addict lacquer ($35) is a huge hit for me. It stays on longer than my other favorite YSL oil in stick, but has the same gel like texture that is a must for me (I detest the matte lipstick trend and hope to see it fade sometime soon). Try it in LA Pink or Underground.

May 26, 2017

Thoughts on a Friday

I all but gave up the modified Whole30 diet these last few weeks, as birthday cake, cocktails, and then leftover birthday cake took over.

Being an adult is full of interesting choices, and unexpected feelings. Like being excited for a new roof and new driveway, to the point you actually instruct you husband not to buy you a birthday gift (and actually mean it).

As the school year winds down, despite being much more settled than we were last year at this time when we hadn't even moved yet, I find the familiar crippling anxiety creeping in at night, an unwelcome guest trying to rattle my calm mind with fear about the summer transition for Tucker, and starting another 'new thing' after such a successful year of Kindergarten.

My now 4 month old baby has spent a total of 8 hours in his crib since he was born. Ans these 8 hours were over the span of several weeks. And we are OK with that. Baby cuddles don't last very long after all.

May 15, 2017

This is 6

My first baby, who made me a mom 6 years ago today, celebrates his birthday with all the love and enthusiasm we could imagine in his heart. The best gift I received on his behalf this year was when a fellow mom to a classmate of Tucker's, who happens to have autism, emailed me to say that her son has been touched and helped immensely by Tucker this year. Hearing your young child is internalizing the lessons of love and acceptance you teach at home is pretty much the best news there is. So happy birthday sweet Tucker, when you're not making me want to rip the hairs from head, you're warming my spirit with your laugh and the way you love everyone.

May 11, 2017

Insta-Round Up

Bloody Mary's are always a good choice

Striped Cold Shoulder (Loft), Tortoise Flats (J.Crew), Summer Water (Winc Wine Club)

Me and my Mom, 1982- how much does this look like me and Wells???

Family of 4 at Tucker's 6th bday party (Peplum top-J.Crew)

Boys in Vineyard Vines

My Whole30 sweet potato. avocado and egg bowl

Cannot believe this angel is 4 months old!

May 9, 2017

The Great Jean Dilemma

Ok, so being 3 months post-baby aside, I am finding the greatest challenge of my personal style life to be finding a new pair of jeans. I'm the same size as I've always been (generally a 27 in jeans, I'll go for a 28 if they are really skinny or narrow) but nothing I'm trying fits exactly as I want. The waist is too tight or too large, the legs equally at these ends of the spectrum, and don't get me started on the rise. High-waited jeans seem like a girdle, and low rise are no mom's friend. I have purchased and returned no less than 8 pairs of jeans these past few weeks, from my favorite denim go-to's (J.Crew, Loft, J.Brand). I'm growing desperate for a new pair. Nothing too 'lived-in', nor with pre-made rips (my 5 year old likes to tell me 'Mommy! You have a hole in your pants!' each and every time I wear my distressed boyfriend jeans from J.Crew). Something comfortable, straight, medium rise, medium wash, with a flattering fit. Is this asking too much? If I don't lose hope when I'm done with the post, I may make one last effort.

Loft classic modern skinny, $69

J.Brand high-rise skinny, $198

J.Brand mid-rise dark skinny, $198

J.Crew classic toothpick- but I'm finding these too low rise lately, $125

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