Friday, August 17, 2018

Weekend Reading 8.17

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Well this week FLEW by, didn't it? it was a pretty great one for me - beginning with kitten yoga and surfing and ending with a very calm Friday and some very productive days at work in between and during. This week was gorgeous, a little rainy, yes, but we've been getting the type of weather that hints at fall without actually being fall. Leather jackets weather (finally!) Jeans weather while still being tank top weather! I'm still very happy for summer to stick around a while longer but not mad at cooler nights and a little fog here and there. This weekend I'm headed back home again to pop in to the summer camp I used to attend (it's a long story but I went to camp for 10 years, going back to camp and seeig old camp friends is like visiting your old college campus or getting together with sorority sisters... albeit from a much cooler sorority because whitewater canoeing), then we have a friend coming into town on Saturday night and another friend is having a party - to yeah, tomorrow is a busy one. Sunday, I'm just hoping to relax. Our anniversary is on Monday and I'd like to get us out of town for the day for some hiking or swimming if the weather's right. Hope your weekend is a good one!

I'm saving up for a wetsuit and board - shop my closet to help me get there :)

Love the cover of this antique book - I've always wanted a bee tattoo

Just a liiiiiiitle bit obsessed with these vintage striped pants. So cool with van's slip-ons and a cool top, right?

On my mind: Not quite ready for boot weather but really loving these options and still obsessing over easy breezy summer dresses

Have you noticed friendships fading as you get older? This could be why

The Reformation sale is still going STRONG - really tempted by this dress and this simple but gorgeous top

The story of a face - somewhat graphic (medical stuff) but riveting! A great long read.

Loving this simple handmade bolero hat

How to apply eyeliner. Topical.

Just got this pretty hairbow and I'm in love

Aretha Franklin knew how to sing about women

Two books for work that I ordered this week that I can't wait to dive into: The Creative Home & The Maverick Soul

I just watched Netflix's 'Like Father' last night (found it sweet and reminiscent of 90's rom-coms without the 'rom' - which was fresh) which made me wonder: are cruises cool?

You guys... this llama ring holder. My heart!

Constance Wu's beauty routine (have you seen or read Crazy Rich Asians yet? I want to see it!)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Weekend Reading 8.11

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Happy Saturday! The weather here has finally cooled off after a brutal two weeks and I'm thrilled. Thrilled I tell you! I spent my morning baking banana bread, and I'm headed off to the farmer's market in a little bit. I took most of Thursday off this week to visit with some friends who were in town, so I'll honestly be playing a bit of catch-up with work this weekend, but I'm totally OK with that. I'm thankful for a break from the heat and the humidity. Tomorrow we're heading south to a flea market – we're looking for some side tables for the bedroom and some chairs for our table, and I'm looking for some styling pieces for a job. Hope your weekend is lovely, friends!

ICYMI - A super simple styling trick for vintage skirts

Our plant situation has gotten a little out of hand - but I love it – digging this vintage planter for a spider plant or two.

Reformation is having a HUGE SALE and I'm here for it. I picked up this simple but super chic swimsuit and a great pair of jeans. So tempted by this tank though...

A simple DIY for making your own throw pillows

Found: The most perfect vintage denim jacket because September is coming

Reminder: Fuck politeness to keep yourself safe, and also to keep yourself sane. Honestly, this couldn't have come at a better time. If I had stopped to exchange pleasantries with every person who stopped to say "oh, you're a photographer?" yesterday at work (roughly 50 people) - I wouldn't have gotten any work done.

Dermstore is having a 25% off sale! Love this hair brand

Love these fun handmade earrings. Oh and these too.

I bet this candle smells SO GOOD

Did you listen to this week's My Favorite Murder? This story was fascinating

Someone recently asked why I sell on Poshmark - the truth is, I've been on it so long, I don't feel the need to get on a different app! Although I'm super curious about Depop, since that site wasn't around when I started selling.

Reminder: you don't have to buy into feminist marketing to be an actual feminist

Currently reading this book - so good

Love this simple astrological sign necklace

How Instagram's algorithm works (for now, anyway)

(Shop the outfit above here)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to Make a Vintage Skirt Feel Fresh

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This skirt has been on heavy rotation this summer, it may even be my most-worn piece of the season. Funny, because I almost didn't buy it. It's secondhand, found at a local shop here in Portland, and it's about five inches too wide at the top. But otherwise it's perfect, and the best part about A-line skirts, especially at this length? They're super easy to take in with the addition of a well-placed dart or two. Which is great, because I've been all about skirts this summer. Skirts used to be a big part of my wardrobe, but back then they were much, much shorter. As I got older and my hemlines significantly lengthened (not out of modesty, mind you, but sheer utility - I hate sitting down and having my legs touch the seat!), I had trouble styling longer-length skirts. But the addition of a few basics (and also generally no longer giving a fuck about certain style conventions – i.e. heels, etc.) solved that problem. I've found my way back to them this summer in a major way, skirts taking over where shorts once stood as the season's staple piece, and so I've been on the hunt for secondhand styles that have a similar vibe to pricier, more modern pieces.

This particular skirt has buttons down the front that just didn't feel right, well, buttoned down the front. A quick shift to the side and most buttons worn unbuttoned (like I said, utility not modesty in my case) solved the problem. Given how much wear I've gotten from this particular skirt, I've been on the hunt for more secondhand skirts with special details, like buttons, a great pattern, and excellent design. I recently found one in silk with a similar button situation, and another silk maxi skirt with an incredible cut and pattern, both just waiting to be tailored.

Paired with a basic white tee (these linen-like tees from Madewell work really well knotted or tied), sleek sunglasses and a vintage straw bag (and flats because I'm not a monster), this has become one of my go-to outfit combinations of summer 2018.

Details: Secondhand skirt / Madewell tee / Moorea Seal sunglasses / Sam Edelman sandals / Rackk & Ruin earrings

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Weekend Reading 8.3

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Happy Friday! This week flew by, and frankly, I'm fine with it. It was a good week, we kicked it off with seeing our friend and his band play on Sunday and managed to squeeze in some beach time as the week progressed, but it's definitely been one of those weeks at the same time. Mercury retrograde? Perhaps. Lots of broken glasses this week for some reason, and my sleep schedule has been completely out of whack despite my best efforts to stay off my phone at night and go to sleep earlier, so yes, I'm looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow calls for more rain, so I'm planning on tackling some home projects while Chris does some cooking, and on Sunday we're celebrating my sister's 30th birthday (with Chris's cooking).

The past several weekends have felt especially full, so we're trying to take back control a bit this month. It's August, which means summer in Maine has a somewhat tangible expiration date and it's drawing near awfully fast. This month, I'm aiming to check a few things off my summer bucket list (surfing, SUP lessons, a hike or two) while also checking a few things off my summer project list (reupholstering some chairs, making benches for our dining table so we can finally have a housewarming party).

ICYMI - Sharing my skincare routine and the game-changing products I use

Because cats are celebrated at all times in our house and our doorbell is shit: I think we need this vintage lion doorknocker

Found via Cup of Jo: My new favorite Insta account (it's very funny)

On my August wishlist: some comfy, classic sandals, considering giving in to the puffy sneaker trend (honestly I'm not sure if I can do it), some comfy basics, and maybe even a transitional sweater to wear with shorts

And another one: funny even in death

If you have yet to add a basket bag to your wardrobe (where have you been?) perhaps consider this one (more of a market tote, really but that's the allure)

The Nordstrom sale is winding down - 3 days left – I have my eye on these sleek loafers and something from Origins because there's a pretty stellar gift with purchase

The one thing to do everyday to change your life (currently working on this)

Because I'm kind of getting tired of wearing the same shoes everyday - really into  these

No-cook recipes because it's hot out and the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven

These handmade constellation necklaces would make a gorgeous gift

I needed this headline: 100 Rogue Goats Terrorize the lawns of Boise

Added this suspenseful book to my summer reading list

When life imitates art: How to do a digital detox (much needed right now, personally)

Hello, I want these sneakers. And these too please. Thank you.

The feminist revolution is happening... in Western Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 2, 2018

My Skincare Routine (+ Tips for Saving on Skincare Products)

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There was a time, not so long ago, when I prided myself in the simplicity of my daily skincare routine. A simpler time. Uncomplicated: Cleanser, moisturizer, done. That was, of course, when I felt invincible against environmental factors, before the onset of visible wrinkles and dark circles caused by stress and lack of sleep, and all those other fun things that seem to crop up as soon as one turns 34 (and/or is living a perhaps too-frazzled life). As the birthday candles on my cake have increased in number, so has the intensity of my morning and evening skincare rituals – I'm not obsessive, I've just come to enjoy the ritual and process of it, and of course, the nice skin that comes with it. While it's no 10-step-Korean-double-cleanse-tango, it is definitely more involved. But it's also very much worth it, ever since changing a few things in my arsenal last fall, my skin has been considerably clearer and fresher looking. I'm not without the occasional breakout, but it's better. Much better.

Recently I've received several requests on Instagram to share my routine, so here we are. When we moved here in October last year, my skin was looking... haggard. After one final gross Philadelphia summer and the stress of moving (and some not-so-great food choices because of it), my complexion was congested and broken-out, and I was miserable. It took a lot of tinkering, but after several months my skin is back on track and frankly looking better than it ever has.

Along with the products and routine described below, two major factors that affect my skin are stress and diet. I'll be discussing both in separate posts because the topic is a big one. So while you read what follows, I ask that you keep the following two points in mind:

1. I am not a skincare expert, this is simply what works for me at this very moment in time. I'm happy with how things are going.

2. Stress and diet play a major role in the clarity and tone of your skin. You can use all the expensive products in the world, but if you're not taking care of your insides, it often (though not always) reflects on the outside. You gotta eat well and keep things moving.

Anyway, another post for another day. OK?

OK! Let's do this:

Oh... one more thing to keep in mind  I don't use ALL these products EVERY DAY. I swap 'em out! Some days I'll be feeling one product while some days I'll be feeling another. You gotta go with what moves you.

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  • Cold water-only wash (usually – sometimes hot though)
  • Tone
  • Serums
  • Moisturizer (gel cream)
  • SPF
  • Lip Serum
Cleanser: I don't normally cleanse my face in the mornings, instead I'll typically just splash with cold water and pat dry. Occasionally I'll use the Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser on my chin since that's where I tend to break out most frequently. This cleanser can also be used as a quick mask, so if I'm feeling especially congested, I'll leave it on while I brush my teeth.

Toner: Usually just a few sprays with this rosewater spray. But again, if I feel like I need more or if I'm trying to clear a breakout, I'll swipe on this witch hazel toner.

Serums: Always vitamin C and something with hyaluronic acid in it. The vitamin C brightens and hyaluronic acid plumps and helps retain moisture. Right now I'm loving this vitamin C serum (which I found at TjMaxx) and this serum from Coola that contans hylaluronic acid and also adds a hint of tan (also LOVE their sunless tan for what it's worth).

Gel moisturizer: This is a new one for me, prior to this I was using oil for daytime and didn't put two and two together that it was the reason why my makeup was always tired looking. Not anymore! I picked up this gel moisturizer from Origins and it's been a game changer. It makes my skin feel super hydrated and dewy.

SPF: Confession: I only recently started wearing SPF consistently. I know. Regardless of my shameful ways, I found two that I LOVE: This gel SPF primer from Coola and this mineral SPF from Biossance. Both work beautifully - switch 'em out depending on how I'm feeling and what I'm doing (SPF primer for low-key days and mineral SPF for days hiking or at the beach).

Lip serum: Yes, lip serum. Guys, I am OBSESSED with this serum from Odacite. It's made to diminish fine lines on the lips and provides a gorgeous cooling sensation. Yes, it's pricey, but it lasts forever and in my opinion, it works. I barely need lip balm anymore.

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  • Cleanse (with either oil cleanser or double cleanse with oil cleanser + Bioglycolic cleanser)
  • Tone
  • Serums
  • Moisturizer (oil)
  • Eye stick
Cleanser: At night, I use this oil cleanser from Biossance to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. Depending on how my skin is feeling and the time of the month (I always get some problem spots before my period) I might follow that up with the Jan Marini Cleanser. I always, always remove my makeup and do my full skincare routine. It's a non-negotiable for me and has been since my 20's. 

Toner: Same as my morning routine (either this rosewater spray or this witch hazel toner).

Serum: In the evenings I'll usually use a serum or two that has some kind of AHA or exfoliant in it - right now I'm loving this vitamin A serum from Mad Hippie and I've also been using this AHA serum from Paula's Choice lately. 

Oil moisturizer: I'm a huge fan of oils for skin. I use Trader Joes coconut oil as a body moisturizer and after my serum soak in, I pat on one of three oils that I switch out: either this one from Biossance, which is fairly light, this rosehip oil from Trilogy, or this CoQ10 oil from Trilogy. Again, depending on my mood and the state of affairs on my face.

Eye stick: I learned of this eye stick from Evan Healy from a coworker and now I use it nearly every night. After my moisturizer has had a chance to soak in, I'll dab it around my eyes and sometimes swipe it over my lips for added moisture. It's super travel-friendly, too, so I always pack this with me when I fly for a little extra moisture (I fly with a clean face if the flight is over two hours - something I definitely recommend)

Lip serum: Before I hop into bed I swipe on the Odacite serum to moisturize my lips overnight.

Phew! That's "it" (it feels like a lot even though I know it's not). I understand a lot of these products are on the more expensive side, and I get that's not feasible for everyone, so I wanted to add a note about saving money on skincare. 

First, I guess I should say that most of these will last a full year for me. For example, I bought the Jan Marini cleaner back in October and I'm only about halfway through. 

Second, I'm a huge sale shopper. I purchased most of my Biossance products on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and I always look out for the beauty sales at Whole Foods (they carry Ole Henrickson, Trilogy, Mad Hippie, Evan Healy, the rosewater spray and witch hazel). I'm also a Thrive Market member, where I'll occasionally pick up a mask or reup on rosewater or the witch hazel. When it comes down to it, knowing when to buy will save you a ton of money, and also purchasing from retialers that accept returns on beauty items in the even that a product doesn't work for you.

And finally, investing in products when you know it's worth it. Yes, that lip serum is expensive. But it lasts forever, and for me, it was a product I deemed worthwhile. Some people pay for expensive spin classes, I go to a $10 dollar gym and buy expensive serums. We all have our vices.

I hope this was helpful! Hit me up on Insta if you have any questions! XOXO

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Weekend Reading 7.28

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Happy Weekend! I have officially been editing photos for 13 hours and I. AM. OVER. IT. My eyes are crossing. This week was great though, despite the incredibly gloomy weather. I kicked off a new freelance job with a shoot on Monday (hence all this editing), was back and forth in New Hampshire for a couple of days, and then ** poof ** all of a sudden it's the weekend! What are your plans? We're headed back to New Hampshire tomorrow for a quick family get together, and I'm honestly really hoping for a quick visit. Family, I love you, but I'm a little desperate to just chill after a busy week. I'm craving some outdoor time and to hit up the farmer's market and to maybe enjoy Portland after a hectic workweek.

Hope yours is relaxing, friends! xo

#SayHerName: Nia Wilson (this story is heartbreaking)

Because it's literally my uniform this summer: This vintage '80s skirt would be so cute with a knotted top and sandals

ICYMI: Moving to Maine changed my style... a lot

Dying to hang this vintage print in my living room

I watched this comedy special this week and found it very, very funny.

Heads up: Moorea Seal is having a major anniversary sale! Including these great earrings and this adorable hat

How to wear purple, because honestly, it's not easy

Love finding new beauty brands on Etsy - so curious to try this!

How stunning is this dress on Keiko?

My favorite sandals of the summer are on MAJOR sale!

I always love Tieka's lighthouse adventures

How lovely is this dainty moon and star necklace?

Because this is important: Jonathon Van Ness has a Top Shelf. YES.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is still going strong - I've got my eye on these coasters, this candle set, and this sleek diffuser

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How My Style Changed After Moving to Maine

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Maybe it was moving to the top of a mountain in Maine and spending all winter in yoga pants while the temps outside dipped below -10˚f... perhaps it was getting out of the big city and moving to a place that judges more on how sensible and adventure-ready your footwear is than how trendy or cutting edge it may be... whatever the reasons, my style philosophy has dramatically shifted since moving back to Maine. And I'm all the better for it – my closet too.

Over the past few years, I've been culling my wardrobe in an attempt to pare down (and also save up for a much-coveted Vitamix – finally bought it last week! 10/10 recommend for the smoothie-obsessed out there). After working at URBN HQ and surviving more than one grab-it-and-run sample sale, when the dust finally settled after our move home, I found my closet cluttered with pieces that I didn't feel a connection to and definitely didn't need. As much as city life can offer a wealth of style inspiration, the constant exposure to new trends can also lead you to purchase things you don't need and don't fit with who you really are. The same can be said about working in the apparel industry – so the two combined is a particularly volatile mix. Arriving back in Maine, I found myself feeling more at ease, less stressed, and more in tune with who I actually am and what I actually value. I also looked around and realized I needed to get rid of a lot more stuff. When we moved from my mom's place to Portland, I donated and listed even more and found it easier to say goodbye to the pieces that no longer served me. Like heels – the thought of wearing heels here (save for the occasional wedding) is downright laughable.

An interesting side effect of this has been a return to the type of clothing and style of shopping I've always loved, but mostly parted ways with while living in Philadelphia: Vintage and thrift. I stopped thrifting in Philly for a number of reasons. I didn't have the time, the city was so enormous that driving to a worthwhile thrift store was an all day event... there were a lot of reasons. But like I said, with my return to Maine my philosophy has shifted. While Portland provides plenty of style inspiration, that inspiration is much different here than it is in a larger city. There's value placed on scrappiness and ingenuity, a kind of unselfconscious, honest creativity exists. What's typically thought of as "Maine style" is actually just Maine tourist style. Look, a blue and white Breton shirt paired with white shorts is fine, but we all know you're from away. Mainers are the ones wearing secondhand LL Bean paired with a dress from the '90s and workboots they've had for years (a VAST generalization, I know, but a quick stroll down Commercial Street on a Friday afternoon all but confirms this).

Anyway, I've found myself drawn to more of a mix lately. Mostly secondhand, with a few key pieces thrown in where it's worth investing: A great pair of shoes, jewelry, a solid bag. And maybe a new clothing item here or there that I know will get a ton of wear across at least a couple of seasons (like the skirt I'm wearing here). Somedays may lean more vintage, others current pieces. Do I still occasionally purchase something that would be considered fast fashion? Yes. I'm not immune to it, though I also consider these pieces to be "investments" and weight heavily the pros and cons of making a purchase. As in, I'm aware of the implications of fast fashion and I'm purchasing this item (usually about 1 or 2 pieces per year, if at all) because I know I'll wear the hell out of it, not because I need a quick fashion "fix".

There's a lot I could say about shopping secondhand – it's certainly more eco-friendly (something that has come more into focus for me moving to a place where there's a lot of value placed on the environment), it allows me to create a more unique wardrobe, and it's definitely more affordable – but I'll save it for a follow up. Sometimes a new environment is all you need to get back to who you are, and I'm just happy I'm here.

Details: Tee & jewlery: All vintage // Bag & sunglasses: Moorea Seal // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Soludos
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