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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers! I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends! Don't go into to big of a turkey coma! I'll be in a sugar one, myself. I leave room for ALLLLL the desserts!

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I wore this on Saturday to go on a shopping and ramen trip with a friend. If I told someone I was going to wear stripes with leopard print they would think I was insane. But after seeing this look they would (hopefully) be converted! The trick to not looking totally crazy while mixing prints is to wear the same color family.

Imagine this look with a regular leopard print. I would look like a total weirdo, right? But since I paired burgundy leopard print with a stripe that also has burgundy, it doesn't look nearly as strange. I bet I still got some stares while walking through Marshalls, but I don't care!

Cardigan: DNKY (Net-a-Porter), Cashmere Turtleneck: Vince (Marshalls), Leopard Print Jeans: Current/Elliott (Rue La La), Two Tone Flats: Chanel (eBay), Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye (eBay)



*I was not asked to write this post, but I have been gifted Aveda products in the past*

For the past year or so I've been lucky enough to have Aveda send me some of their amazing hair, skincare and beauty products. Over that time there have been a few knockouts that I have run out of because I love them so much! Today I 'm sharing my current skincare routine as well as some of my favorite Aveda products!


Night

Aveda Tulasāra™ Wedding Masque Overnight and Eye Overnight

Every night right before bed I use Aveda tulasāra™ wedding masque overnight and Aveda tulasāra™ wedding masque eye overnight. I started using them in February 2017 and am totally hooked. I'm almost out of both products so I'll have to order some more.  The scent is amazing and the cream goes on super smooth with no greasy feel. I wake up with my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. There's actually a more in-depth process to using this masque that I've since been too lazy to keep up with, but in case you want to try it out:
  1. Sweep wedding masque for face onto décolleté, neck and face. Breathe in the relaxing aroma with jasmine, camomile and grapefruit.
  2. Massage your shanka pressure points counterclockwise 7 times, then clockwise 7 times, then in slow, pulsing motions 7 times.
  3. Place index and middle fingers on the sthapani point and repeat massage motions. Sleep, and wake up to wedding-day skin.
After (or before) the wedding masque, gently apply the accompanying eye wedding masque with ring fingertips around the whole eyelid and under-eye.

Morning & Night:

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

I’ve been plagued by dark spots on my face for quite a while. They’re old acne scars, and I’m sure no one else notices them, but I'm self conscious. I decided to get rid of them and did some research. I chose Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and it didn’t disappoint!

At first, I balked at the price ($49.50) but in the end I decided that if it worked it would be worth it. I’ve used other Kiehl’s products in the past (and present) and was confident it would work. I’m now on day 101 of using it morning and night with my usual routine and the dark spots are  gone! I have some new ones on my chin to get rid of now, it's a never-ending curse.

I repurchased the dark spot solution in the larger size during a Kiehl's promo deal (to get deluxe samples of their Midnight Recovery line, another favorite!) and started using that on November 1st. The first bottle lasted 80 days when used morning and night.

I read in reviews that the top doesn’t stay on tightly so when I traveled I made sure to put it in a plastic bag to avoid it getting all over my other products. I’ve definitely lost some product due to the loose top, but that is the ONLY issue I’ve had.


In the Shower:

bliss triple oxygen instant energizing foaming mask

A few times a week while I'm in the shower I like to use bliss' triple oxygen foaming mask. Previously I used Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial, which I got from the "free table" at my old job in New York City. Once that ran out I started using the bliss, which I had gotten free from Kohl's. Both work great but I love the smell of the bliss facial.

Aveda Shampure Collection

This is my newest acquisition from Aveda. Earlier this month they sent over the Shampure shampoo, conditioner, body mist and composition oil. When I wash my hair I apply conditioner to the ends of my hair first and then shampoo to the roots and rinse them off together. I'm not sure how prolonged use will affect my hair but after the first couple weeks it's soft and smooth, so an A+ rating so far! I also use the composition oil while in the shower but you can use it on dry skin as well. The scent of these products is very subtle but extremely calming. It's made up of 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.

Aveda Candrimā Collection

This is another favorite Aveda product, the Aveda Candrimā cream cleansing oil. The fragrance, made with ginger and ginger lily, is so comforting. I ran out a few weeks ago so I'll need to buy some more. I use it at the end of my shower and then rinse it off for the perfect relaxing scent to finish my shower. It also comes as a body moisturizer which I frequently use and am also running out of. The horror!!! This product is limited edition for the holiday season so it's time to order it again if you like the scent! It will make a perfect gift for friends and family too.

Previously: Aveda invati

I wash my hair every other day and used the exfoliating shampoo and thickening conditioner each time. Unfortunately using them started making my hair a little too greasy so I had to switch to a different shampoo and conditioner. But the scent is amazing and I loved how smooth my hair felt afterward. So if you want thicker, fuller hair, give it a go!

Face Masks

I also use some face masks throughout the month when I'm feeling extra fancy. Below are the ones I'm currently using as well as a few I've tried in the past. I still have two Sephora sheet masks I have yet to use. Perhaps this weekend!

ORIGINS Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

This is my current favorite. I bought it after getting a sample from Sephora. It does a great job of cleaning my pores and making me feel fresh. I've always been too afraid of the peel off masks so this is a great alternative. Do you have a peel off charcoal mask that you like?

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

"A mask that helps to purify skin and visibly minimize pores." I still have a TON of this left since it's in a big tub so I'll be enjoying it for quite a long time. My skin always feels tight and fresh after using it. Such an odd but satisfying feeling, right?

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

"A complexion clearing treatment with an AHA superfruit blend and quartz sand micro crystals to create the look of a clearer, more refined complexion. " I only had a small sample of this so I used it twice, but I really liked how it made my skin feel. Once I run out of my current full-size masks I may buy this in a larger size.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Hydrogel Eye Mask Depuffing & Moisturizing

"A mega-refreshing hydrogel mask that eliminates signs of fatigue." This mask has a really nice cooling effect for my constantly tired eyes. I used it 3 times before it became too dry to reuse. At only $4, I will definitely re-buy this in my next Sephora order.

Nails:

Chanel Nail Polish

Since I was already taking photos I figured I should show off my Chanel nail polish collection! I allow myself to splurge and buy a new one every once in a while. I prefer to paint my own nails rather than going to the salon so instead of a manicure I just buy a Chanel polish for the same price that I can use more than once. (I also use Essie and a few other random brands)

This is the first outfit that popped in my head when I thought about styling these boots I first posted last week. So far these boots are down to $6 per wear (I paid $12,) and I only need to wear them 10 more times to be at the optimal $1 per wear many strive for. I do love a good deal! Especially one that perfectly matches my Chloé Faye.

Turtleneck Sweater: Inis Crafts (Marshalls), Jeans: rag & bone skinny jean in Iris (Shopbop), Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 'Five Station Blackened Arrowhead' (South Moon Under), Patchwork Boots: Impo 'Omega' (DSW), Bag: Chloé Faye (eBay)


A super simple outfit for a day where I didn't want to get dressed. Sometimes you just need to throw on a sweater dress, belt and tall boots to feel good when you have a cold, right? Not sure why I don't wear this dress more often...it's so comfy!

Dress: Twitch Vintage, Boots: Audrey Brooke 'Mirie' (DSW)



The Original:
This outfit is a little out there, but I still like it! Without the blazer it's slightly more normal but it was a very chilly day so I  decided to go monochromatic-ish with my layers. I can pretty much wear this dress with anything underneath. Previously I wore it with my Zara crop top and a black shirt.

I wore this for a little mid-week excursion with my parents to Kringle Candle in Bernadston, Massachusetts. While I technically played hooky for the day, I really didn't. I had my computer on hand so I could work in the car on the 2 hour drive if need be and I worked from about 3-8 once we got home. That's the good thing about freelance, I don't have to work 9-5, although I usually do. It's just nice to have some flexibility if I need/want to do something during the day.

Blazer: PBM Women's (Coco's $10 Sale),  Top: Altuzarra for Target, Sweater Dress: Miss Selfridge (Lord & Taylor), Necklace: Madewell, Boots: Miu Miu (Roundabout Resale), Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye (eBay), Sunglasses: Gucci (bought in Italy), Eyeglasses chain: Tinksky (Amazon)


The store is FULL of candles (and Christmas decor) but it doesn't smell like you've walked into a perfume shop full of smells. They also have a house-wear/Christmas/toy/food shop as well as a chocolate shop to enjoy!



We also stopped at The Farm Table, Kringle Candle's farm to table restaurant, for lunch. I had "The Lulu" a DELICIOUS flatbread with pickled onions, cured Italian meats, mozzarella and some oregano. My dad had the Thai Shrimp wrap and my mom went for a special - the squash & brussell sprout risotto.


Each fashion week I go through all the collections to choose my favorite outfits* as well as looks I would like to recreate with pieces in my own closet. This look from the Belstaff Fall 2017 collection was pretty easy to recreate, the only piece I had an issue with was the striped top since I only have 3 and they're mostly Summery. But this Zara tee did the trick! Add in some purple accessories and I was good to go!

*I haven't finished going through the September collections yet because life has been a bit hectic...OOPS!

Shearling Jacket: thrifted, Tee: Zara, Jeans: J Brand 811 Photo Ready Mid-Rise Skinny (Gilt), Shoes: Vince 'Maxon' in Fig (DSW), Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye (eBay)



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