Thursday, April 17, 2014


Do I ever love a good striped tee. They can go with anything, can be dressed up or down, and somehow manage to always give the wearer a carefree look. It's just one of those closet staples that no woman should ever be without. I throw mine on with anything, but here are two ways I've styled it in... ahem.. the past four days.
The one I have on in these photos is from Banana Republic and although it's no longer available, here are some great striped tee options that I love.

And here's how I styled the two outfits:

Outfit #1:

Outfit #2:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

nighttime skincare routine

Since I shared my morning skincare routine with you a couple weeks ago, I thought it's only appropriate to follow up with my nighttime routine. It's not necessary to have a completely different routine for day vs. night, but this is what works for my skin. I like to use light, oil free products in the morning and heavier, more anti-aging products at night. Let's jump right into it...


First and foremost, the makeup has got to go. For this, I use my tried and true Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser. If you've been around here for a while, then you've seen me mention this time and time again. I've tried multiple makeup removing methods (even ranges of cleanse off oils that are so popular right now), but this has remained my #1 choice. It doesn't aggravate my eyes, removes all makeup in a breeze, it's gentle, and the bottle lasts over a year because you need the tiniest drop. I gently massage this into my face and rinse with warm water.

Next, I follow up with the La Roche-Posay Purifying Foaming Gel and my Clarisonic Mia. The first cleansing in step #1 was to remove makeup and this time it's to deep clean the skin - so yes, it's completely necessary to cleanse your skin twice in the evenings. (Did you know the Clarisonic cleanses your face six times better than doing it with your fingertips alone?)

I've seriously been loving the Colbert MD Tone Control Facial Discs, but warning: they're awfully expensive for only 20 discs. The company was kind enough to send these to me to try, which honestly is the only reason I've been using them in my routine. You have no idea how much I wish these were a permanent part of my routine though! I've suffered from some hyper-pigmentation from a few breakouts and these discs have almost made those spots completely disappear. If you're willing to shell out the bucks, these are worth every penny. Dr. Colbert (renown NYC dermatologist) has an entire line of skincare products and everything I've tried is totally impressive. And the products smell like a spa, which wins them major brownie points. 

Sometimes I spritz La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water on my face after that step, sometimes I do it after step #2. And honestly, sometimes I don't do it at all. But if my skin is feeling especially dry, I like to spray it on before serums because I feel that it puts a little suppleness and moisture back into my skin. 

The Drunk Elephant Framboos Night Glycolic Serum goes on next. It hydrates, reduces hyper-pigmentation, diminishes wrinkles, and gently removes dead skin cells. There's a lot going on in that little bottle. Not pictured, but I've also been using the La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control and it is fantastic. It's crazy good at removing dark spots - perhaps the best serum I've ever tried for that particular use.

Just like in the mornings, I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo spot treatment on any existing breakouts. It has a mix of LHA and benzoyl peroxide, so it's going to exfoliate and even the skin's texure and eliminate acne-causing bacteria.

While I let that set, I go ahead and gently pat a small dab of the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream around my eyes. I mostly concentrate the product under my eyes, but also put it on the eyelids and around the outer edges of my eyes to the top of my eyebrows.

To finish up, I put the tiniest amount of Drunk Elephant Marula Luxury Face Oil on my face, neck, and décolleté. Don't be afraid to use this if you have oily skin like I do. It won't make you more oily and won't make you break out (well, it shouldn't.) Instead, it hydrates, preserves, and heals skin - a great combination in my book.

I've said this before, but these are the products that work for me. Every person and every skin is different, so I'm not promising that they will work for you. But, I'm seriously in love with all of these products and would highly suggest them. I'm always interested in learning what other people use on their skin... so tell me, what are your favorite products to use at night?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

wish list worthy // shopbop 25% off event

Shopbop is having their annual friends & family event, which allows you to save 25% off your entire purchase. It ends on Thursday (4/17) - but hurry before things sell out! Just enter code INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout. Here are my picks!

Oh, one last thing. I recently made an instagram account where I sell all of my blog sale items. Shipping is included in the prices. Check it out here! 

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chambray top / Madewell (runs big - mine is xs)
shorts / 10 Crosby Derek Lam c/o MOSAIC (these are fabulous shorts - they don't wrinkle!)
shoes / Sam Edelman
watch / Michael Kors

Monday, April 14, 2014


This was one of those weekends where you cringe having to be inside, so we tried to not do that as much as possible. We continued what seems to be an unintentional tradition of pizza Fridays. Although our new favorite pizza restaurant is in our neighborhood, so walking there must cancel out at least one slice, right? ;) There are always fun things going on around here, like Antiques & Artisans, which happened in our 'hood on Saturday. My mom and I enjoyed walking around the marketplace and visiting each of the vendors. There was anything from food and antiques, to crafts and flowers.

I really wanted these chairs. How cute would they be recovered with a fun fabric? I have a thing for chairs though. Because of that, I have too many and not enough places to put them. 

That afternoon, Brandon and I took the boat to Hilton Head Island. It's a quick boat ride from Beaufort, but in all honesty, it could have taken an hour and I don't know if I would have noticed. The weather was perfection. Our destination was also pretty awesome - Skull Creek Boathouse. It's one of our favorite spots for drinks and fried shrimp basket deliciousness. 

We took our time on the way back and look - dolphins!

We enjoyed church on Sunday and grabbed some subs to take on the boat afterwards. I forgot the sd card for my camera, so no pictures - but they would have looked just like Saturday's anyway. It really was a great weekend - and I've got a little suntan to prove it!