Saturday, November 19, 2016

Beauty Favorites // Fall 2016

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The weather in Coastal Virginia has finally (other than today's 75* surprise;) decided to join the season of Fall. And with that, comes a change in the air that can wreak havoc on your summer hair and skin. It's this time of the year that I move onto creamier, more emollient products. Ones that will nourish your hair and skin during the dry winter months. For me, with my naturally curly hair and combination skin...these products are helping me transition out of summer into the cooler months on a budget!

TRESemme Botanique Hair Mask: I use this once a week to add moisture back into my curly hair. Curly hair is already drier than most, so this mask gives it that extra oomph that it needs this time of the year. Plus, it smells really great!!

Carols Daughter Hair Milk: I don't wash my hair everyday because 1. it's not good for it and 2. it's time consuming! On the days that I don't pile it up on my head in a bun and actually dry it curly, this refresher spray is a lifesaver. I'll go to bed the night before with it up in an elastic and then the next morning spray this on my locks, use the diffuser on my hairdryer and voila....I'm good to go for another day. Truly great stuff!!

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes / Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3: These are actually a year round staple for me. I have combination skin that can be sensitive at times. The towelettes get the majority of the day's makeup and grime off before I use my clarisonic for thorough cleansing. Then I follow up with the the clinique lotion on a fluffy cotton pad to refresh my skin. Feels oh so good:)

Clinique All About Eyes Rich: As I get older one of the areas that I'm really trying to combat is my under eye area. Stress and DNA have both brought out the puffiness and dark circles unfortunately. I started using this super rich eye cream in October and it's made a world of difference. I can feel the skin below my eyes tighten after application and I've noticed a considerable reduction in puff and darkness over the last few weeks. This is probably going to be a year-round staple for me. I'm totally sold!

Clinique Moisture Surge: To combat the extra dry air that has descended upon us, I use a humidifier at night and this gel-cream twice daily. It's cool and refreshing and doesn't make my combination T-zone oily. I also find that it makes my foundation go on a lot smoother and that's always a plus in my book!

So there you have it....my current cool weather hair and skin favorites. 
When we get into the thick of winter, I'll share some of my other faves...
especially those items that keep my whole body soft and healthy.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Norfolk // Colley Avenue

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One of the ironic things about living where I do is that I'm only 2 blocks from Colley Avenue and I just don't spend enough time there. "Colley" as it's referred to by us locals is the main restaurant, shops road that runs through our little hamlet of Ghent. It's less than 1 mile long and it has at minimum 10 restaurants and countless small business shops.

Last weekend my sister and I ventured down to our favorite eatery No Frill Bar & Grill. The weather was one of those perfect fall days....chilly when you stand still with bright, unfiltered sunshine that warms you up the longer you walk. We sat on the patio and had Funky Chicken salads, tuna melts and iced tea. It was really nice.

Afterward, we hit up my two favorite shops, A. Dodson's and Le Marche. Both were decorating for the Christmas season and it was so tempting to buy our each shop!! I'm kinda obsessed with the bird figurines with crowns on their heads....and I definitely bought one:)

So, I wonder where my camera will take me this weekend? Be sure to check back soon!!


Friday, November 11, 2016

This Week....

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This week has been shit. Unless of course you're on the other team, then it's been fantastic. And there's the problem with our country. We are so divided it's scary.

The question now is where do we who've had a shit week go? I'm not sure at this point. I don't ever claim to be super intelligent about politics, I'm not that girl who's going to have a down and dirty debate with you about Republican vs. Democrat policy. I just know what my core being believes and I follow my heart with that.

I know that for me.... racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, Islamaphobia and misogyny are wrong and something that I can never, ever support. Our President-elect has fostered all of these things over the last 12 months and because of that, I'm truly scared for our country and where it is headed.

So that leaves us kinda stuck for the moment, at least that's how I feel. Stuck. Numb. Angry. Sad.....

I don't pretend to think a lot of people flock to this blog, so I'm kinda just writing for myself here. Trying to figure it all out and....and....I dunno.

What I do know right now is that I need to practice self-care for the foreseeable future. I'm creating and photographing the beauty that is around me. I'm listening to music more, buying flowers for the house and eating well. But, I'm also not taking any shit and standing up for what I believe. I'll never apologize for being against those traits above and I will push you to understand that by supporting the candidate our country elected, you are doing just that. Sorry if you don't want to hear that....I don't want to type it. Yet, this election has unearthed a long simmering, festering truth about much of the United States. We are damaged and broken and somehow we need to rise above all of this and find a way to be better human beings.

And it starts with you....

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Crown

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If you're like me and missing Downton Abbey, I'm told the next best thing is to watch this series on Netflix!

I'll let you know my thoughts on it when I finish....


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Life Lately // A Sunny Sunday Walk

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This afternoon I met up with my sister Katie for a walk through my neighborhood. It's such a beautiful time of the year and it's a crime to not take advantage of the great weather! It will be cold before we know it and the fierce winds blowing on our faces will likely keep up indoors more.

Katie lives about 30 minutes from me now so we don't get to see each other as much as we used to when she lived down the street from me. So now days we have to make more of an effort to connect, me going to her town and then she comes into "the big city" to see me;) Life changes and it's how we learn to roll with those changes that matter most. Do I miss having her closer by? Absolutely. Am I happy she's building a family and home of her own, even if it's farther from me? Absolutely :)

One of our favorite places to walk here in Ghent, is an area called The Hague. Not to be confused with the Hague in the Netherlands....this is a neighborhood that connects to mine. It's where the swells live as my grandpa likes to say;) There were a lot of geese out along with bright blue skies, sparkling water and warm sun sifting through the trees!

The rest of the afternoon was spent grabbing lunch at a local favorite restaurant and perusing the local shops on Colley Avenue and buying goodies:) Basically a top notch Sunday!! And since you know I like lists....here are a few things that I'm loving as we go into this 2nd week of November:

  • Lazy kitties in the sun
  • Creme Brule lattes
  • The Netflix miniseries - The Fall
  • Pumpkins and orange fairy lights
  • New olive green suede booties
  • Michael Buble's new CD
  • E.L.F. lip pencils
  • Clinique moisture surge
  • Chicken quesadillas with avocado
  • Mastin Labs new iphone app - Filmborn (which all these images were taken with!)

Have a great week everyone! And don't forget to VOTE this Tuesday. This election is so important to the future of our beautiful country:)