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Winter weather has a tendency to wreck my skin. My lips dry out from the constant temerature shifts, the dark circles under my eyes become more pronounced as my tan fades, and my skin looks dull and lackluster from the lack of sunlight.  Over the years I’ve picked up tips, tricks, and products that help manage the negative effects of the season. Below I’ve outlined my favorite remedies as well as go-to products for helping my skin recover while looking it’s best.

Sheet Masks – Sheet masks are the perfect shortcut when your skin needs some extra TLC. Tip: Store in the fridge to help reduce puffiness.

Rose Water – I use this year round but an extra spritz in the morning and evening is never a bad thing. Pro Tip: Freeze your rose water in ice cube trays and swipe over your face and neck every morning.

GlamGlow YouthMud – I’ve talked about this product before. It’s one of my favorite masks to help dry out breakouts and tighten pores.

Face Scrub – I’m a big believer in rather aggressive exfoliating. I like to use a scrub at least a few times a week and step up the regimen when my skin feels like it needs an extra polish. Tip – Make your own by combining sugar, honey, and coconut oil.

Under Eye Cream – At any given moment I use anywhere from 2-4 different under eye creams. I combine products that help reduce under eye circles with formulas that are created to reduce wrinkles.

Vintner’s Daughter – This is a product worth splurging on. It was recommended to me by a few peers along with a makeup artist. Tip – Dab just a little on any area that creases after makeup application.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is my go-to for when I need an intense dose of hydration. I generally use it on my lips, knees, and elbows, but in the winter I use it on any little dry patch I find.

Tea Tree Oil – By far the most effective way  I have found to spot treat acne or breakouts. Everyone I know who has ever tried it swears by it. Tip: I buy mine at Trader Joe’s.

 

How many of you have been with me long enough to remember my days of modeling at NastyGal? It was years ago when the blog was only a year old, NastyGal was a team of 6 people, and we were living in San Francisco. Sophia scouted me through my blog and for the next year I was a regular NastyGal, shooting twice a week. I look back on those day with immense fondness. I remember when Stacey the stylist, Paul the photographer, Nick the styling assistant and I the model would take the Bart back into the city after a full day of shooting. We all wore black, lots of leather, and were asked if we were in a band almost once a week. The days were long but always filled with tears-in-your-eyes laughter.

When I saw this tinsel fringed vegan leather jacket, it instantly took me back to my NastyGal days. I saw myself twirling in it, I heard Paul telling me to drop my chin and look left. I could feel Stacy and Nick eyeing me up and down, debating whether to add a leather glove or a statement ring. I could see Sophia peering out of her office ready to restyle the entire look, a perfectionist in ripped up band tees and Alexander Wang boots.  It was exhilarating, exhausting, and unforgettable.

Is there a time in your life that you look back at and almost wish you could go back?

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I’ve spent way too much time trying to write something mildly insightful about velvet suits, but honestly all I can say is that I love suits.  I love velvet. I love velvet suits.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below in case you share my affinity for this luxe take on suiting.

Wearing: Velvet blazer and pants –  Yumi Kim, top – Anine Bing, shoes – Lacoste, bag –  Flynn, watch – Olivia Burton, earrings – Adornmonde

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I first wore this gown to the Dior Gala I attended in Melbourne, Australia this past summer. I received so many compliments on the dress during the gala that I’m thinking it’s probably going to be New Year’s dress as well. It’s currently on sale as are so many other beautiful things. Below I’ve rounded up my favorite Cyber Monday deals.

Wearing: Dress – Self Portrait, shoes – Sophia Webster, bag – c/o Alexandra Clancy

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The Best of Cyber Monday Deals

Shopbop – 35% off sale items

Net-A-Porter – up to 50% off

Nordstrom – 20% off sale items

ASOS – 30% off everything

J. Crew –  40% off everything + free shipping

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 40%

Target – an extra 15% off an all other deals

West Elm – up to 70% off

Barneys – up to 40% off

Revolve – extra 20% off all Final Sale items

Sam and I spent the long weekend putting up our holiday decorations. This year we decided for a subtle color palette of metallics and neutral tones with accents of vintage glass in pink and mint. For our wrapping paper I decided on these dark plaid and chevron patterns.  It has a more masculine feel buts looks really chic under the tree.  Below I’ve linked  more of my holiday decor picks. Shop now to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

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