Five Finds // 5 Ways to Care for Winter Hair

care for winter hair

Happy Sunday! This week is filled with so much emotion, and honestly I am happy to have a little break mid-week to just collect my thoughts about many things. You can get more on that through my Instagram and Snapchat. But right now I want to talk about hair! Since I was little, I often heard “you have such beautiful hair” or “you have so much thick hair”. However, for me it always seemed more of a stress to style and it always took so long to get it done at the hair salon! Since I have long curly hair but like the ease of having it blown out (especially in the winter), it’s important for me to keep it as healthy as possible.

care for winter hair

Every winter my hair reacts to the change to cold weather from scalp to root and it can take a toll on its texture. I almost never color my hair – highlights mainly – more than once a year, and yet it’s so important for me to do everything I can to care for my winter hair more than in the summer. Of course staying hydrated is paramount (and wearing a hat!), but here are a few goodies that I’ve started to use that I really enjoy and have been keeping my hair full of life!

care for winter hair

Before getting a blow out, using Kerastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry makes my hair significantly smoother and softer. I love the light scene it gives my hair and on occasion I even use a little bit a day or two after to refresh my hair.

care for winter hair

I’ve never been one to use dry shampoo until I came across this product. Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo not only smells great, but it instantly bring my roots to life after second day hair. And while it’s important to brush out the product after applying to the roots only, I love that it doesn’t leave any powered residue on my hair. I also love their travel gift set with flatiron, products and decorative pouch – a perfect for a holiday gift for a friend!

care for winter hair

Now I have used several hair conditioning masks through the years, and some have been better than others. Briogeo’s is definitely one I like better! It has a great scent, it doesn’t get sticky when you apply it and dries, and most importantly, it leaves my hair silky smooth. I like to apply it on my hair after washing with shampoo, then wrapping my hair in plastic wrap with a towel on top. On occasion, I add heat for a few minutes with my blow-dryer for added moisturizing. Using this once a week is perfect for the winter and in the summer after a day at the pool. I might also start to try their curly hair products.

care for winter hair

I have tried many of Aveda’s products and these are some standouts for sure! Because I blow-dry my hair quite a bit and the cold winter can be brutal to my ends, I’ve been using the Split End Repair before I retouch my hair with a flat iron or blowdryer. It softens the ends and also protects them from splitting. And one of my favorites is their Aircontrol light hair spray. I use it to add volume to my hair without feeling like I’ve added a ton of product. This allows me to have an extra day or two before I wash out my hair without product buildup! 

Shop // Kerastase L’incroyable Blowdry | Amika Dry Shampoo (under $10) | Briogeo Conditioning Mask | Aveda Split End Repair | Aveda Aircontrol hair spray 

Thank you so much for stopping by! What are some of the products you use more in the winter to care for your hair? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll be happy to check them out too!

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It’s That Time // Welcome to the 2016 Holiday Season

2016 holiday sales

Shop the Feature //  Sweater (30% off!) | Vest (similar 30% off) | Shoes (30% off) | Jeans (on sale!)| Watch (25% off) | Sunglasses (up to 25% off) | Clutch (similar 40% off)

It’s officially the holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (how was yours?), we are full steam ahead with our shopping in stores and online. This weekend there are so many great opportunities to save on your favorite items for you and for your gift giving! I definitely had a bit of a tough time getting out of the house after the amount of food I ate, but I managed to get out and grab some great deals. I also am slowly recovering from being sick, which had made it a bit tough to write this past week. But I’m getting back to it, and happy to share what ended up in my bag after my Black Friday shopping today plus some other great sales happening this weekend for the start to the 2016 holiday season!

holiday sale

2016 Holiday Season

holiday sale

BANANA REPUBLIC  50% off until 11/28

ANTHROPOLOGIE 30% off  (limited time)

GAP 50% off until 11/26

ASOS (30% off until 11/29)

Shop the Feature //  Sweater (30% off!) | Vest (similar 30% off) | Shoes (30% off) | Jeans (on sale!)| Watch (25% off) | Sunglasses (up to 25% off) | Clutch (similar 40% off)
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you find your favorites on sale! What deals have you found so far?
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Five Finds // Fresh Face Favorites for Fall

Fresh Face

It’s Sunday night and I’ve had a hell of a week! I haven’t slept much, and stress has gotten to me a bit more than usual. My skin is the one area that is the first to show signs of stress and sleepless nights, and if it weren’t for a few favorite finds for my face, I wouldn’t look as refreshed as I have been. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying several products for my combination skin. And if there is one thing I have learned about taking care of your skin well it is that just like the season’s change and your wardrobe reflects that change, so should your skin care routine. Aside from drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet, having four or five favorite products for your face are the perfect way to stay above the fray of wrinkles, dark or patchy skin and the occasional breakout.

As we start to experience cooler days this fall and head into winter (it’s coming!), here are my favorite five finds for my face that I simply cannot do without!

Fresh Face // Caudalie Micellar Water

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I had no idea about micellar water until I did a little more digging into skin care routines and found that this is probably one of the best ways to really get your face clean for both your day and nighttime cleansing. I use it right after washing my face with an oil-based cleanser or using a Neutrogena cleansing cloth. Using a cotton round, I wipe any excess make-up all over my face and eyes-which is great because it doesn’t irritate my contacts. You’d be surprised how much one cleansing really isn’t enough, which is why I love using this after I wash my face. I happen to love the entire line of Caudalie, so this is a definite favorite find for me! 

Fresh Faced with Kiehl's

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Kiehl’s has been a favorite brand of mine for as long as I can remember! This alcohol-free toner has probably been my favorite for the last 15 years! Before I began to use this toner, I did some research on the calendula flower learning that it had healing properties which is exactly what I needed at a time when my skin’s texture began to change. It isn’t a product where you will experience immediate results overnight, but it will benefit you long term and I’ve never look back since using it. It is refreshing on the skin (sometimes I refrigerate it and use to it on an  impending breakout), and does not leave you with any sticky residue after use. 

Fresh Face with AromaticaFresh Face with Aromitica

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I have never used a serum before, then I discovered Aromatica and it changed my skin care life! This is one bottle I have almost emptied! I am already purchasing another soon! I use it nightly without fail and it has not only smoothed my finer lines and my skin overall, but also brightened those subtle dark spots that have begun to show up as the season changes. I put this serum on after I use the micellar water and toner as my third step to a fresh face at night. I use my hands and lightly pat it throughout my face avoiding my eye area. Rose is one of those products that you can find in many skincare lines, and it works well in this serum! A definite new found favorite this fall season!

Fresh Face with Josie Maran Argan Oil

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So I’m going to be totally honest here and say that when I first heard of Josie Maran cosmetics, all I could think about was David Blaine. Partly because I invited him to come and perform for my students once and he was brilliant, but also because he used to date Josie Maran (long ago!). Yet, that has nothing to do with the brilliance of this cosmetic line – luxury with a conscience! I am absolutely in love with the argan oil. I used to think an oil and your face did not mix. And boy, Was I wrong! My hairstylist convinced me to try it and after days of research I decided to give it a try. Now I cannot live without it. This bottle has lasted me 2 months and it is worth every penny. I pat 2-3 drops of the oil throughout my face after the Aromatica serum, and suddenly my face feels like it’s taken drink of water (ironic, I know!) after a day out in the sun.

Fresh Face with Glossier

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Glossier is one of those brands that seemed trendy, and so I thought it really wouldn’t live up to my expectations in skincare because it hasn’t been around long enough to prove it’s worth. Yet, I’m here to tell you that many of their products not only deliver their promise, but are affordable and luxurious at the same time! One of the many products I’m currently obsessed with is their soothing facial mist; and when they say soothing, they mean it. This is my third bottle in 3 months, and it’s because I take it with me everywhere. I use it in the morning to set my make-up, in the middle of the day to freshen my face, and in the evening after using the argan oil before heading to bed. It has a light rose scene, but nothing overbearing or drying in the least. And if you have seen other facial mists out there, this by far is an affordable bottle for the size you receive. Definite favorite find for my face this fall!

Shop the Feature // Caudalie Micellar Water | Kiehl’s Calendula Toner | Aromatica Rose First Serum | Josie Maran Argan Oil (20% 0ff w/ code VIP20) | Glossier Face Soothing Mist

Some of these products can be found online, but if you are a Sephora VIB member (it took me two purchases to become one!), your entire purchase is now 20% off until tomorrow, so be sure to prepare to stock up on your fresh face finds before the holidays and winter weather!

If you get a chance to try or already have tried any of these products, I’d love to know! Leave a comment below sharing your experience. Love this post? Share it and let me know if you’d like to see more in skincare and beauty from me!  Thank you for reading and stopping by!

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November Blooms // Floral Sheath & Pink Coat

Ann Taylor Pink coat

Shop the Feature // Dress | Coat (on sale under $75) | J.Crew Clutch (similar) | Shoes Sunglasses | Necklace | Earrings (I love them!)

Happy Monday! We are one day away from a phenomenal change here in our country, and I am eager to see how it all plays out. More personal to me as I enter another week in November is my daughter’s angel birthday. It’s funny how different I feel this year as opposed to last. I spent every day last year dreading the moment her 1st year birthday would come and fearing the amount of sadness that would come over me. I didn’t know what to expect. But when her birthday arrived, I was stronger than I thought I would be and more determined than ever to make my experience of baby loss a movement that would change my life and inspire the lives of others. I like to think November is a time when things bloom; a time of year that I am renewed by my love for her and her guiding spirit to do good for others and ensure that she is never forgotten. I wear her initial as a proud mama and celebrate her memory this November and every day forward.

Floral Sheath and Pink Duster

This floral sheath is such a perfect piece for all seasons. I don’t mind it being sleeveless as we’ve had an unusually few warm days in November already. Pairing this dress with a light pink coat and a nude palette of accessories pulls the look together.

Maggy London Floral Sheath

If you’re in more of a blue mood (the various shades of blue in this dress are beautiful!), you can wear this dress with a warm caramel coat and navy suede pumps. That’s the beauty of fashion and why I love sharing so much. What you wear is all about how you want to feel that day. 

floral sheath and kate spade shades

floral sheath

November Blooms // Floral Sheath

blooms floral sheath

Blooms Pink Duster

Shop the Feature // Dress | Coat (on sale under $75!) | J.Crew Clutch (similar) | Shoes | Sunglasses | Necklace | Earrings (I love them!)

I hope you enjoyed this style journal today! Have a great week and thank you for reading! Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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Mamma Mia // Rustic Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking - Rustic Tablescape

Happy Wednesday! Last week, I had the pleasure of joining forces with some local NYC fashionista’s to enjoy an evening of rustic Italian cooking lessons with Mamma Mia wine! I shared a bit of the festivities on Facebook Live in 2 parts, so feel free to learn more about the brand there as well.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking with Wine

As a Mom, I love to cook (luckily, so does my husband!) and when it’s time for us to wind down as grown-ups (without our little guy), we love a good bottle of wine. And when I’m out with my girlfriends, enjoying a glass is always a good idea too! That’s what this fun night was exactly all about. The benefit? Enjoying a rustic cooking lesson at Rustico Cooking, founded by famed chef and James Beard-nominated cookbook author, Micol Negrin.

With the holidays approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite moments from the evening for some major decor, food and wine inspiration. If you’d like the recipes to these delicious dishes, simply drop your email here for our newsletter, and we’ll be sending a special one out very soon with all the details to our subscribers!

We started the evening with some white wine from Mamma Mia. Its crisp and floral notes definitely were the perfect start to our amuse-bouche and the start of the cooking lesson.

Mamma Mia White Wine

Our chef shared that we would be making everything from scratch, including pasta, which I was so thrilled to do! For our appetizer, we enjoyed a small dish of Tagliatelle with Two-Meat Ragu. It was so perfectly done (if I do say so myself!). It was such a joy to make the pasta from a basic flour and egg mix and see it through to the final plating for all of us to enjoy!

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking - Fresh Pasta

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons - Ragu

Italian Cooking - Rustic Table and Tasting

For our main course, we had Chicken Scaloppine with Lemon-White Wine Glaze. As our sides, we made Roasted String Beans with Sundried Tomatoes and Fresh Thyme along with Braised Chickpeas with Spinach and Chili.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine
Italian Cooking with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

 With very few ingredients, we made Wine-Poached Fruit over Wine-Laced Mascarpone Mousse. Our dessert was simple, but perfectly ended the evening. Are you hungry yet? We definitely were and enjoyed the entire meal from beginning to end with Mamma Mia wines. The red was perfect for the dessert, as it was fruity and earthy.

Dessert Mis En Place

Italian Cooking - Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

I loved all the kitchen tools we got to use, so I’m sharing them below as you start to plan your own menus for the upcoming holiday dinners! I know I’ll be making this entire meal again because I do love a great rustic Italian dish, wine, great company…and kitchen tools! What’s your favorite meal to cook and wine to drink? Let us know!

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