It makes some of my best girlfriends laugh, but I am darn meticulous when it comes to my skincare routine. There are certain products and rituals that I swear by, and I won’t go without them. I was even known to pack a facemask (or two) for overnight stays in hotels when I was on the equestrian team in college! #HighMaintenance, haha. Though I’ve always been focused on perfecting my skin, I’ve been thinking more about anti-aging practices in particular lately. This is what really gets my girlfriends going, since I’m only 20 and am already worried about getting wrinkles! It might sound a bit wild when put that way, but I really do believe that the secret to good skin years down the road is taking care of it now. I’ve done a lot of research on anti-aging products, but I’ve unfortunately found that many of them can simply…

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July 4th is comin’ in hot. Are you guys excited? I feel like it’s kind of an overdone, cheeseball holiday in a way, but I’m pretty sure we all love it nonetheless. After all, it’s an excuse to get little wild, enjoy the water, eat an offensive amount of pasta salad, and just be high on the fact that our country made it another year. Right? Personally, I’m going to be taking it easy chilling lakeside with a glass (or three) of Moscato. I can’t wait to unwind and take a day off of work. Life has been pretty crazy lately, so I’m all about unplugging when the holiday rolls around. Though I’ll be taking a little breaky-break for at least part of the day (let’s be honest, if I don’t post at least one July 4th photo to Insta, did it even happen?), I’m still ready to get festive —…

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We all love a good (sunless) tan, am I right? 

However, everyone also knows that one girl who straight looks like an Oompa Loompa each time she hits the tanning salon. To each their own, but I’d choose a natural, sunkissed look over a cheeto spray any day. I’m also all about tanning at home. Because who really has the time to keep up with a spray tan nowadays?

And can we just touch upon how freaking expensive spray tans are, too? Tanning beds are OUT (buh bye harmful UV rays & skin cancer scares), so it’s easy for salons to jack up the price of spray tans. It sucks, since this is the safer option, and the pricing difference might encourage some people to just take the risk and opt for a tanning bed. 

[In case you’re wondering, the tanning salon near my house has spray tan memberships priced at 4x the cost of a tanning bed membership.]

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A quote popped up on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, and it really stuck with me.

All it said was:

Get out of your own way.

I know, it’s simple. Short and sweet. That’s why, when the idea to do a post on the subject came to me, I immediately thought, “Wait a second, everyone already knows this. It’s too easy. Like, thanks Captain Obvious.”

Then I realized though, even if people already know this short mantra in their hearts, their heads often interfere, making it extremely difficult to actually follow through with this seemingly simple direction. I mean, think about it. How many times have you wanted to do something so badly, but still found a reason not to?

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Ya’ll know I’m obsessed with all things beauty related, or at least it’s pretty obvious if you spend just a bit of time on my site. However, skincare is definitely my favorite niche topic within the beauty realm.

So guys, let’s talk about something v. important today.

Face wash.

Specifically, I want to chat about how to wash your face with my absolute FAVORITE face cleaner, which just so happens to be a cleanser and a makeup remover all in one. And boy do I love all-in-one products.

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There’s nothing like summer in New York. It’s fleeting (though you still might catch us natives griping about the 90 degree temps), but it somehow makes curling up through the frigid winter all worth it. For this reason, I try to take advantage of the beautiful weather as much as possible.

Though I’m not an overly outdoorsy girl by any means, I do enjoy a nice Sunday hike, lounging by the pool, boating, etc. during the warmer months. I’m also looking forward to picnic season this summer, too. Richard and I spend a lot of time at our local parks when the weather is nice, and it’s always fun to bring a snack and relax for a bit. 

Oh, and my favorite part?

It’s free, aside from the food and drinks you pack. 

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JEANS (*) || SHIRT (*) || TRENCH (*) || BAG (*) || SHOES || CHOKERS (*) 

When I first started blogging almost three years ago, I was totally clueless. I read other blogs, but I pretty much had no idea how the whole shebang worked. 

+ If you want to see what I mean, check out my first post ever…I’d say there’s been quite an improvement, no?

Regardless, I jumped in with both feet & spent almost every night for the first year staying up until all hours researching and teaching myself everything from website design and photography, to how to land sponsorships, build an audience, earn affiliate income, increase engagement, etc. 

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