My Four Step Nightly Skincare Routine

Hello! As you probably know by now, I am a clean beauty junkie – and proud of it! Within the past year I joined the BC movement and switched over all of my products to clean, safe alternatives and truly my skin has benefitted so much from it. I’m sharing this information (again) because every single product I use on my skin is clean, meaning it’s safe from any harmful chemicals. Hooray! Okay, moving on.

Actually, one other thing. Today I’m sharing my nightly skincare routine, but it’s not the sequel to a post containing my morning skincare routine nor is that something I’m planning on posting about. Why? Well, because frankly, I don’t have much of a morning skincare routine. I don’t cleanse my face in the morning (like I used to and ended up with lots of dryness) because I don’t want to strip it of the oils it produced overnight. All I do is splash cold water on my eyes, put on this eye cream, followed by sunscreen (always!), and that’s literally it. Nighttime is when I really take the time to care for my skin. And here’s my routine!

 

My Four Step Nightly Skincare Routine

 

Step One: Cleansing Balm. This is an ultra hydrating cleansing balm that removes my makeup. I don’t use this every single night because I don’t always have time, but when I do, it always feels like a treat. It’s the most gentle way to remove my makeup. I slather it all over my face and leave it for a little while to let it soak in. Then, I rinse it off with warm water and pat my skin dry (albeit temporarily, as you’ll see in the next step!). My skin always feels so soft I use this. Sometimes, if it’s a really late night, I’ll actually forgoe the rest of my routine and just use this product as a shortcut to remove makeup and cleanse my skin. But usually it’s the first step followed by….

 

Step Two: Face Wash. After the cleansing balm, I use this face wash to deep clean my skin and fight against breakouts (which yes, I still get from time to time. Yay me.). I make sure to only use this face wash once a day, as any more times than that  dries out my skin. Once a day is perfect, as it gets the day’s grime off my skin and lightly exfoliates with its jojoba beads.

 

Step Three: Facial Oil. I always follow cleansing with moisturizer or oil, and you should too! I’m going to keep harping on hydration because it’s that important. You need to replenish the moisture that was just stripped from your skin by cleansing. I put this brightening oil on to moisturize my skin but also because it’s made with Vitamin C – which is wonderful for skin. It helps fight against fine lines and dark spots. Plus, it smells pretty wonderful!

 

Step Three Alternate: 3-4 times a week, I swap out my facial oil for this resurfacing peel. Unlike what you’d think from the title, you actually don’t have to peel it off – it stays on overnight! I put this on to also help against fine lines and breakouts. I find that it really helps give my skin a bit of a glow the next morning – and it always feels so smooth when I wake up as well!

 

Step Four: Recovery Sleeping Cream. My last step before bedtime, after I’ve let the oil absorb into my skin a bit, is to apply this recovery sleeping cream. It’s another way to hydrate my skin as I sleep and the whipped, lightweight consistency absorbs into my skin quickly.

 

So there you have it! That’s my nightly skincare routine, as of spring 2019. I say “as of” because it’s always good to switch up your routine. I truly love every product I’m using now but know I will swap a few of them out once I finish them off,  all in an effort to keep improving my skin and not fall into a rut – while still making sure I’m cleansing and hydrating my skin, as well as using vitamin C on it. Stay tuned!

Easter Finest

Well, today’s post is short and sweet because my original plan was to share photos of my Easter outfits over the years and talk about how I always love how pretty much everyone dresses up on Easter Sunday. However, I only found photos from the past two Easters, and that’s literally it. Apparently I hadn’t thought to document my Easter outfits before then. Whoops!

 

In all seriousness, though, I really do love how everyone dresses up on Easter. We live in an extremely casual society, and I don’t think we’re any better off because of it. Casual dress can easily lead to casual attitudes, and by this I’m referring to the age-old philosophy that how you present yourself is 90% of an interview, meeting, etc.

When I’m in the South, one of my favorite things to do it people watch. (Okay, I might love people watching wherever I am, NBD). But I especially love it in the South because people dress up more down there – specifically when going to church. Any time I’ve visited a church in the South it feels like Easter Sunday, even if it’s not, because I’m surrounded by bow ties, shiny belts, and pastel dresses. And I love it.

 

So this Sunday, I hope you go to church and I hope you dress up – because it’s Easter! I certainly am – and am looking forward to dressing my entire little family in pink this year- or at least a pink tie, if my husband’s reading this 😉 Happy Easter weekend!

 

2017. Snapped a quick photo while I was thinking of it in the guest room of my parent’s house. Clearly my selfie game is top notch.
2018. Six months pregnant and feeling like an Easter horse covered in flowers.

The Realization That Changed My Home Decorating Strategy

Recently I changed my design strategy for decorating our home and I’m so excited about it I just HAD to share it with you! It’s a blanket truth that can apply to lots of areas of life, but I’m finding that right now it resonates most clearly with me when it comes to my house:

 

Just because something has been a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue being that same way.

I’m sure you’ve heard this or something very similar before- I know had, but I’d never thought about what it meant for decorating our living space until I read my new favorite home book, (which I’ve mentioned on here already, I love it that much!), Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith. As you might have guessed from the title she’s all about having a cozy home, but that coziness doesn’t have to be achieved by using more stuff.

“When I keep acquiring stuff because I can -without a goal- coziness turns into clutter, a distraction from the life I want to live. I’m assigning myself extra work to care for all of my precious stuff and, ultimately, that means my junk gets in the way of the people…. Suddenly, my cute stuff is in my way, my house is messy, and I’m overwhelmed.”

While I was reading the book it was almost like a light bulb went off above my head – a ha! I had pointless clutter in my home, all because I thought it made it look more cozy and “lived-in.” Let me back up a bit to explain.

My husband and moved three times over the course of our first three years of marriage. I came into our marriage already with a modest amount of home decor, since I’d had an apartment the second half of college. I decorated our first apartment with pretty much all of the decor I had, and then switched out seasonal decorations on a seasonal basis (naturally). We moved to our second apartment and again I put out my decor, all of the exact same decor, in basically the same places in the apartment that they had been in our previous one. The only change I made was that now I had even more knickknacks and decorations. We moved a third time, to our current house, and guess what? Yep. Once again, I put out all of the same decor, in basically the same places they had always been, except now in addition to having more stuff, I also had more space, so it looked a little different.

 

I’d dust the same frame on the same coffee table over and over again and then look at the votive candle that had always been in the same spot on same bookcase and think it all looked a little bland after three years, but truly it didn’t ever cross my mind to actually change anything until I read the book.

After I read the book, it felt so freeing to finally change up my decor and realize that putting out all of it wasn’t making my home cozy – it just looked bland and cluttered. I put away a good chunk of my knickknacks and changed up the rest, moving them to different spots of our house. I also stopped putting out all of my seasonal decor every year, choosing instead to select certain items to put out and leave the rest in storage for the next year – except for Christmas, that is. I still kind of go all out for Christmas because, well, it’s Christmas.

I feel so much more bold and free in my decorating choices now as I arm myself with these truths: More style does not equal more stuff! Just because something has been a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue being that same way! I truly love decorating, transforming, and renovating (more on that later, but I’ve already shared our master bathroom renovation) our home, and have grown so much as a designer because of it. I’m now a converted Cozy Minimalist, and I love it. Home decorating is a journey, but it’s sure a fun one!

 

 

Are Skinny Jeans On Their Way Out?

 

2019 is shaping up to be a milestone year, trend-wise. Scrunchies are back, tennis shoes are blindingly white, snakeskin is everywhere, and skinny jeans are no longer in style – wait, what?

 

 

 

 

I’m as big of a fan of skinny jeans as anyone else. Aside from one pair of girlfriend jeans, they’re all I own, denim-wise. They’re universally flattering on all body types (as long as they’re not too skinny) and they can easily be dressed up or down. And they’re a known staple. Skinny jeans started to come back into style over a decade ago, and they’re been going strong ever since. But the vicious cycle of fashion had to catch up with them at some point, as each trend, no matter how strong it is, has a lifespan. And so, yes. Skinny jeans are (finally) on their way out.

 

 

More and more, other silhouettes are becoming popular and are starting to edge out skinny jeans. To be specific, straight-leg, bootcut or flare, and kick crop (cropped jeans with a frayed hem) jeans are now considered more trendy than skinny jeans. If you buy a pair of jeans this spring and want them to look brand new and current, then you should probably go with a kick crop pair instead of skinny jeans.

 

Before you decide to donate your old skinny jeans, let me tell you this: while skinny jeans are no longer at the top of the fashion pyramid, they’re still considered a classic staple. Why? Well, for one, because they’ve been around for so long, and two, because none of the other more trendy silhouettes are as versatile as skinny jeans. So hang on to them, and wear them still (like me!), but consider diversifying your jean choices – you’ll be so 2019.