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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Theatrical // Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar Top

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Happy Sunday! I hope you are gearing up for a fun Halloween as much as we are! While my theatrical obsession with Hamilton – The Musical is very real (theatre teacher here!), it’s become obvious the fashion industry has taken notice of the theatrical phenomenon and have embraced military jackets and ruffle collars again in their fall/winter collections. I’m all up for the look as it speaks to my personal love for getting into costume or just making the ordinary jacket and top a bit more interesting.

As a working Mom, it’s been a growing challenge to get to writing these days. With the holidays coming up (and my little girl’s heavenday), teaching theatre and film, and this space, I am forever busy! A foundation (to be revealed) is on the horizon, so I definitely know I have my hands full. I’ve promised much to myself these days (changing season’s can do that), but as the lyrics from Hamilton play on my iTunes – “I am not throwing away my shot!”

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

I think the challenge to styling a military jacket can be that it may look a bit like a costume (hello Halloween!), but I encourage you to embrace it. Make the rest of the look casual and simple – as I did here with jeans and flats – and you’re safely not looking like you belong in a theatre production.

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Theatrical // Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

I love the pops of red piping on this jacket as it adds some dimension and gives you a reason for adding that perfect red lip to your makeup for the day!

military jacket and ruffle collar

There are some beautiful ruffle collar tops this fall season, but I wanted to keep the look simple with only a hint of ruffle at the edge of the collar. But if you are bold, take a look at some of my other favorite ruffle collar tops below! By adding oversized shades for bit of edge, I felt my ode to Hamilton and the fashionista inside of me was complete! 

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Shop the Feature // Jacket | Ann Taylor Top  (similar) | Loft Jeans | Shoes | Shades | J.Crew clutch (similar) | Earrings (my new faves!) | Lip color 

Are you obsessed with Hamilton – The Musical as much as I am? Sound the alarm below in the comments! And if you decide to embrace the military jacket – let me know! Use #TSGoldInspired on Twitter or Instagram! I’d love to see how you style your looks! Thank you for stopping by!

Military Jackets
Ruffle Collar Tops

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Changing Seasons // How to Wear Fall Colors

This Season's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 2

Shop the Feature // Wrap dress | J.Crew vest (similar) | Booties (under $60!)  | Watch

Happy Friday! We made it through another week! As I look at my camera roll and all the photos I have from New York Fashion Week and events I’ve attended from Lulu’s Style Studio to Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to The Toy Insider, I feel there is so much catching up to do! Hopefully you were able to catch everything in real time from my Insta-stories or Snapchat (like meeting Simon Biles! Ah!) I just can’t believe we are about to enter October! Time flew by, don’t you think?

The changing season is always a good time to reflect and make shifts in what matters most to you and what doesn’t. I know that this is the time of year where I am thinking of my daughter often and the triggers of the fall colors and crisp air make it much more difficult to move through each day with ease. But I carry on and I get dressed and smile and know that everyday I can put myself together is another day I am stronger for my son, my family and my own heart.

This Season's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 3

My favorite way to wear colors as we transition into fall is to think about what I see in nature. We still can see so much green in some areas by New York City, but it’s those first few maple trees that start turning red that inspired me for this look. The ease of a sleeveless wrap dress makes it perfect to wear alone, with a vest, or even with a long sweater on cooler days making it a great transition piece to have in your closet.

This Season's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 4

This Seasson's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 7When you’re mixing two different colors (color-blocking, if you will), I like to find those that compliment each other in ways we would find in the world around us. And finding the perfect ankle boots is a great way to play with color for fall! A rustic green or brown ankle boot gives you the freedom to play with color in your wardrobe while not committing to an entire look in color or in a full length boot. Wearing a mix of deep red and green is a nod to the upcoming holiday season; and we know how quickly that will get here!  What are some of your favorite colors to wear for fall? Let me know in the comments below!

This Season's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 5

Shop the Feature // Wrap dress | J.Crew vest (similar) | Booties (under $60!)  | Watch

Here’s some inspiration to wearing my favorite fall colors this season!

Thank you so much for reading!

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