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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Winter Skincare

Taking care of your skin in harsh winter weather is not always easy, but with most of the East Coast currently in the middle of storm Jonas, I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter skincare products! Specifically, I had to share more about my latest find – Alchimie Forever. I’ve known of the brand and its DC founder, Ada Polla, for years. Besides the fact this beauty brand is based in DC, I’ve always admired their focus on healthy, youthful skin. But I just recently tried their best-selling brightening moisture mask, which is perfect for winter weather – and instantly, my skin felt super hydrated and smooth. I’m also obsessed with anything that can help decrease redness and brighten my skin (so I can wear less makeup), and this product definitely did the trick. If you haven’t tried any of their products, this is a great one to start with! Find other Alchimie Forever best-sellers here.

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Alchimie Forever Brightening Moisture Mask, Smashbox Primer, Alchimie Forever Lightening Serum
Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Correction Pads, BareMinerals Blemish Therapy
Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Kate Somerville Acne Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads, Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion

Creating a Concealer Wardrobe

As much as I love makeup, I like to keep my every day look pretty simple. Usually, this meant relying on a full coverage foundation, bronzer, and little else. These days, I’m trying to take better care of my skin (love this post on The Everygirl) and be more deliberate about my makeup application – using little or no foundation but utilizing multiple concealers and a simple blush/loose powder to finish. I end up looking “done” and polished but more natural. Why multiple concealers? They serve different purposes!

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Fall Things

It’s still pretty warm in DC these days but I can’t help but get excited for fall! It’s my favorite time of year (I don’t even mind the back-to-school part so much). Leopard, camel, layers, burgundy… lovely.

fall things

 shirt / hat / scarf / cardigan / belt / flats / lace top
gloves / skirt / sweater / earrings / jeans / vest / shoes / bag

Madewell + Cambridge Satchel

Earlier this week, I stopped by the Madewell store in Georgetown to check out their new event space called Our 2nd Story. It was also the launch of Madewell’s collaboration with The Cambridge Satchel Company – a fantastic company that makes seriously great bags – and they celebrated with on the spot live monogramming! The new space will be used for rotating shop-in-shops throughout the year to come, as well as events hosted by bloggers, influencers and local creatives – so cool, right?

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Summer Things

Since my last post, I finished finals (and the spring semester!), took the absolute best trip to Napa and San Francisco (see photos on Instagram!), and started summer class (bummer). I can’t believe it’s already June! But I couldn’t be more excited. I love summer, and this one, in particular, was/is needed. So to celebrate, here are a few of my favorite summer things right now!

summer things

Dress Shirt / Leopard Heels / Sunnies / Tote Bag / Ear Crawler / Watch / Crop Top
Jeans / Skirt / Panama Hat / Sunscreen / Slides / Crossbody Bag / Jacket / Swimsuit