Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

1. Agave Kisses Set - this is such a cute set and a great value for these products! 

3. Journal Trio - for writing new year goals! 

6. Velvet Sunglasses Case - because who says her sunglasses shouldn't be kept in a cute case?

8. Velvet Hair Tie Set - a nod to one of the biggest trends this season.

11. Plush Slippers - to keep her feet warm and cozy all winter!

13. Silk Eye Mask - I sleep with this every single night - one of my favorite things! 

14. Origins Mini Mask Set - the best face masks in a perfect kit.


My Current Skincare Routine

Sweater | Lip Color

Finding a good skincare routine that works well for my skin has been years in the making. For too long, I settled on using products that probably caused that breakout on my chin and extra oil around my T-zone and definitely didn't do what I wanted it to do. It was a combination of not wanting to throw a ton of money at products and not really knowing what my skin needed. Thankfully, I've finally found brands and products that work great for me and my skin has never been happier! 

Before I get into the products I use and how, let me explain my skin a bit. I have very sensitive skin. Like, very. I've tried products in the past that cause a full-face skin rash within hours. I break out within a day or two of using something that either isn't doing its job or isn't right for me skin type. In some ways, I appreciate the sensitivity because I know nearly instantly if I need to stop using the new product. In many ways, it has made me timid and nervous when it comes to skincare. In terms of oily/dry, I have pretty normal skin, although I do get more oily around my nose and my chin, which is where 97% of my breakouts will happen. In winter, my skin gets more dry, naturally, but I've never had an issue with regular dryness. 

Step One: Remove Your Makeup/Cleanse
There are two things that I must do in order to go to sleep at night: floss and brush my teeth, and remove my makeup. I can think of about 3 times that I've slept in my makeup in the last 6+ years. Always, always take your makeup off before you sleep! I've found that a cleansing oil, like Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, is my favorite kind of cleanser to do this. It melts my eye makeup off and cleans my skin without leaving me feeling dry. Plus, this oil smells amazing!

Step Two: Toner
It wasn't until about a year or so ago that I regularly introduced toner into my routine. Origins Zero Oil Toner helps reduce the oil on my skin and purifies down into my pores, preventing breakouts! 

Step Three: Serum
If there's one item that you should introduce into your own routine, it's Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It is liquid gold. I can't remember exactly when I started using it, but I will never stop. It has changed my skin. It used to be normal for my skin to have some sort of breakout that I would try to cover. After using this serum for a little while, my skin totally balanced out and was cleared of breakouts, save for hormonal or bad product reactions! 

Step Four: Moisturizer
Especially in the dry, winter months, moisturizer is key for skincare. I just started using Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer and I love it. It's super lightweight, smells wonderful, and has a truly matte finish. 

Step Five: Eye Cream
I do this step for my future self. I don't notice much wear and tear under or around my eyes yet, but I know that it's inevitable, so I want to keep those babies as protected as possible! I like Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, although admittedly I'm the least picky about this product. 

Step Six: Lip Balm
I can't stand when my lips feel even remotely dry, so I'm constantly applying lip balm throughout the day. Before bed, I always swipe on some Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment to keep them moisturized throughout the night.

Incidentals: Masks and Spot Treatment 
About once a week, I do a face mask. Not only is it like a little spa getaway, but it helps my skin out, too. If I've been wearing makeup a lot and my skin doesn't feel smooth, I like to use Origins Original Skin Mask to retexturize and smooth. If I'm nearing a breakout, I use Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask. I love them both, but if I had to choose just one, I would definitely take the charcoal. 

When a blemish is coming on or I'm trying to treat it, I like Origins Super Spot Remover. It doesn't work miracles, but it does dry things out and speeds up the healing process! 

After I shower, I use the toner and matte moisturizer before applying makeup! 


Coffee Conversations

Sweater | Denim | Lipstick (Baci) | Mug | Nail Polish

Good morning and happy Friday! Has these week absolutely flown by for anybody else? It's that time of year where there's a million things to-do and time just keeps going by faster and faster! Christmas will be here before I know it. 

As you may have seen in Monday's post, the week started with my 28th birthday! Mike planned the best day for us - we went to breakfast, tried a new winery and went to delicious place for dinner. He knows me well, that guy. We were laughing on the way home from dinner because when his birthday comes around, the day I plan for him will likely be a lot different (read: I'm going to have to do some research for an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant around here -- that's basically his deepest desire 😂) It was one of my best birthday's yet, all thanks to him! 

I saw on the news that there is maybe, possibly, but probably not a chance of a tiny flurry around these parts and, to be honest, I miss snow! I know, I know, I wouldn't be saying that if it were freezing cold and the roads were in bad condition, but there is something about snow that adds to the festiveness of the season! 

Our kitchen pantry needs some season organizational love, so I'm thinking of tackling that this weekend. It's one of those pantry's that is built into the rest of the cabinetry of the kitchen, so there are just three shelves to work with, which tends to get a little crazy and hard to organize. They're deep, too, so I like to keep most things toward the front, so that I can actually access it. I'm planning on browsing through Pinterest for some inspiration and then making a trip to the Container Store! 

If you've been looking for comfortable, casual over the knee boots, look no further. These are great

Have you tried any new podcasts from this list I shared? I'm thinking of starting one up this weekend, but there are so many options to choose from! 

Last night, I gave myself a fresh rose gold manicure for the weekend! I used two coats of this color (because I couldn't pull the trigger on the rose gold) and then one coat of this color over top. I don't usually like a shimmer polish, but I could get behind this combination. 

Did you catch this week's posts?

Preview of what's to come next week:
My Current Skincare Routine
Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers 
Over the Knee Boots
Updated Hair Tutorial
Coffee Conversations

Have a great weekend! 

Closet Update

I thought it would be fun to do a little Instagram, Lately / What's In My Closet update today. I've been adding some new things to my wardrobe (all those sales are too hard to resist!), so I want to share them with you! 

This hooded open sweater-jacket is one of my favorite things in my closet right now. It's got just enough structure that it isn't slouchy, but it's still casual with the hood and material. It's currently 50% off, which is a steal! I'm wearing an XS (fit is true to size).

Tee | Denim | Mules | Bag | Cat Tag

Love doesn't quite justify how I feel about this puffer vest, but it will have to do. I have it in two colors (the black has lasted me years) and wear them all the time. So great for layering over a long-sleeve tee, light sweater, or your favorite hoodie. The downstairs of our house stays pretty cold even with heat pumping, so I'm usually wearing one of these lounging on the couch in the evening. I have the vest in an XS, for a more fitted look.

Sweater | Bag | Denim

My beloved robe. Guys, I love this thing. If you caught my Insta-stories a couple months ago, you know that I was searching for the perfect robe. I tried some from other brands, but when this one graced my doorstep, it was meant to be. So warm, so cozy. 

Slippers | Leggings | Eye Mask | Speaker

My perfectly festive and oh-so-comfortable leggings are 50% off right now! I own them in two colors, but (not so) secretly want to buy the other three. These would make a great gift this holiday season! (Fit is true to size!)

Tee | Cardigan | Socks

A couple of my Cyber Weekend orders finally arrived yesterday! Here's what I'm keeping:

these jeans 
If I could take up permanent residence in this pair of denim, I would. So flattering, super stretch, and the perfect coloring. I sized down, as they're so stretchy.

this perfect button-up
It's a bit out of season (although, I think it would look super cute a cardigan, but it's such a classic piece to have in my closet. I ordered an XXS and love the fit.

this beanie
Such a pretty color and super warm!

these socks
I wear no-show socks with so many of my sneakers and booties, so I'm a bit of a snob about them. These stay on your heel and aren't too tight!

+ this swim top and bottom
Both fit true to size! The material is so soft and the ruffle adds just the right amount of femininity.

Gift Guide: Dear Santa

I've had a hard time thinking through what I would ask Santa for this year! I'm one of those people that will just buy things for myself when I see them, so that makes it a little more difficult for family when the holidays come around. This year, there are just a few things on my wishlist:

1. Kitchen-Aid Pasta Roller and Cutter Set - We learned how to make pasta (SO easy!) on our honeymoon and I've yet to do it at home. I love this set because you can make all different types!

2. Prosecco Rose Candle by Voluspa - I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many candles. This beauty would go perfectly in my office! 

3. 18-piece Le Pen Set - My absolute favorite pens to use. 

4. Russel + Hazel One Day At A Time - Such a pretty notepad set! 

5. The Transport Weekender - The perfect back for quick trips.

6. Mini Jewelry Case - I don't usually travel with much jewelry, so this is a great size!

7. Q Venture Smartwatch - I love the idea of the Apple Watch, but hate how it looks. This beauty is perfect - looks like a standard watch, but with smartwatch functions! 

8. Stereo Turntable System - While I don't own any records, I love the idea of having this in our main living space. It's kitschy and fun and would set a great atmosphere.