9 Pretty Pieces for Fall

Now that temperatures are cooling, I’m thinking about updating my fall wardrobe and it’s perfect timing since Shopbop’s Fall Sale is upon us! I put together a round up some of my favorite fall pieces from their site that will be a welcome addition to my closet. I’ve actually found myself shopping Shopbop’s site more, now that they have Prime shipping perks for anyone who is also an Amazon Prime member. I bought myself a new jacket  and a couple of dresses from this sale…you’ll see them soon.

This sale is a great way to stock up this time of the year since full price + sale items are all discounted. If you’re a Madewell fan like me, now is a great time to get items at a discounted price — or if you’ve been eyeing my Ulla Johnson dress that’s on sale (seen here) or my Charlotte Olympia velvet kitty flats, now is the time to snag them! You get 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more. Use the promo code: STOCKUP18

PS – The dress I’ve been wearing all summer long is included in the sale. Get it!

PPS – Don’t know where to start? Their under $200 section is a good place to start narrowing down (or the sale section!).

The sale starts today and runs Sept 26-29. This is the perfect time to stock up as you get 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders of $500 or more! Use the promo code: STOCKUP18

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The CoolSculpting Process Explained

This post was made in collaboration with CoolSculpting.

After writing about my CoolSculpting experience (read here), I got a ton of messages and texts about it. I got a lot of public questions, but the amount of private ones made me realize how many people were quietly interested. I totally get it. We’re expected to love our bodies as is, except we’re also expected to be naturally, effortlessly flawless. Isn’t that contradictory? There’s a lot of pressure on both sides, quite frankly. Though most of the comments were refreshingly positive and encouraging, I had a scarce few who were disappointed in me. I find that strange. My wanting to change my upper arms does not affect anyone but me, and I did it for no one but me. We treat acne, we straighten our teeth, color our hair, swap glasses for contacts, put on red lipstick, and barely anyone bats an eye. But anything beyond that will inevitably get pushback. But privately, I’ve never received more inquiries. Everyone wanted to know if my CoolSculpting treatment worked, where they should go, what it was like. And it made me realize that we don’t share these little things we do as much, because we’re afraid of judgment. But as the girl who loves a chemical peel and a laser, it only seems natural that I would be open about this. I want to share this with you not just because it’s a partnership, but because I want to open up the conversation and let you know it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You do not have to change anything about yourself. Whether you want to or not, just remember this: it’s your body and your rules. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it, either way.

I only knew about CoolSculpting because a friend of mine was open about her own [positive] experience, and I immediately went home and did some more research. Before I knew it, I booked my own appointment. People always ask me if it was worth it, and I always say the same thing: 100%. It was worth it because it made me like my upper arms more. But the results were not just in my head, because my mom and I measured before and after. I lost over an inch from the largest part of my upper arms, which made all the difference, and friends and family have commented on my upper arms looking slimmer. 

For my second and third treatments, I went to Laura Dyer at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology. She is the best of the best and made me feel so comfortable. My first appointment was in Florida with the old machine, one arm at a time for an hour each. The new machines, however, take almost half the time and are a lot more gentle. Since their office has multiple machines, I was able to do both sides at the same time. Holly came with me and couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was. Watch the video to see the process.

First, she marked the treatment area with a white pencil (easily removed after treatment!) and then applied a cool gel pad to the area. Next, she positions the cooling device and it sucks the area in and then there’s a sensation of pressure (kind of like when you put your hand against a vacuum hose) and cold. The area got numb pretty quickly, and I spent the short time answering emails or chatting with my friend, who was so fascinated by it all. Once the procedure is over — and it will be over in the blink of an eye! — the cooling device is removed and they massage the treated area. That’s the most unpleasant part, because massaging and warming a frozen body part is a little uncomfortable, but it’s quick and bearable. Once my upper arms warmed back up, I felt totally fine. Holly and I went to lunch and walked around the city like any other day. Beyond the quick and easy procedure, here are some things you should know:

How CoolSculpting works: once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die and are eliminated from the body. 

CoolSculpting won’t affect your skin; it’s focused on fat cells below the skin’s surface.

It is not a weight loss solution. It’s specifically meant to treat targeted “problem” areas. In fact, I would recommend this to people who maintain a pretty steady weight but want to target an exercise resistant area, because once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. So if you typically gain weight in one area, it will have to go somewhere else. My upper arms have been large even at my very smallest, so I had no worries about that.

From the site: In the US, it is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm.

Manage your expectations. I would love to have ballerina arms, but that’s just not my body. CoolSculpting got me way closer to my goals in a way that exercise and diet could not do alone. Now I can focus on toning them more, and actually see results!

Be patient. You can start to see changes about 3 weeks after your treatment, but the most dramatic results take 2-3 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. For me, I saw the most dramatic results at around the 3 month mark. It was initially discouraging even though I was told it would take awhile. We always want instant gratification! But after a couple of months, it was really noticeable. And like I said, totally worth it!

Make sure you watch the video to see the procedure in action with the lovely and ever-so-knowledgable Laura Dyer. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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That Girl

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit
modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit

modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit  modcloth fall outfit ideas, 60s inspired outfit  modcloth fall outfit ideas: B.A.I.T. footwear red glitter heels

Outfit Details:

Bonlook “Keiko” glasses (use code COLLAB15 for $15 off my glasses, as well as Elsie & Emma’s “Jack and Norma” glasses!)

red beret

navy and red polka dot coat

vintage knit top

polka dot a-line knit skirt

red glitter B.A.I.T. heels

p.s. Get 30% Off $150+ ModCloth orders with Code BFF30 (most of my outfit is from there)

 

Well, I still haven’t completely moved out of my studio. And by “haven’t completely moved out,” I mean that I haven’t moved a single thing since my mom and stepdad were visiting. I’m procrastinating because it’s depressing, but I think my being in limbo is the worst part. There’s not much left to move; most of the big stuff has been moved and I’ve kept my lighting there so I can still shoot while I have the space. But it’s just figuring out what to do with the small stuff — and selling or donating what’s left of the furniture. Anyone in need of a large, pink industrial cart or a shabby chic desk?

Anyway, life goes on. Call me basic, but I love Fall, so I’m looking forward to focusing on all of its offerings. I’m not much of a pumpkin spice latte person, but I love apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, changing leaves, and Halloween! You’d better believe I already started my Halloween looks (although I’m not sure how I’ll top last year’s Haunted Mansion stretching portraits), and I jumped at the opportunity to wear some layers. You know I love that jacket/sweater with bare legs kind of weather! Bobby and I went uptown and got some lunch/took some photos before my appointment at KUR (for a PCA chemical peel — read more about them here). Since I was going for a slightly more aggressive retinol peel, I wanted to make sure I got in some social time (and some photos for upcoming projects!) before my skin started peeling. I’m currently on day 2 and am only peeling minimally, so it doesn’t look like I’ll need any downtime at all. I still see great results — I swear by peels — but is it weird that sometimes I miss the satisfaction of seeing my skin shed like a snake?

How did I go from moving out, to Fall, to chemical peels? Just a real talent for having absolutely no direction, I suppose. But let’s bring it back to this outfit: will I ever get over my love of vintage inspired dressing? I think not. It seems to be a lifelong commitment.

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moving in and out

Mom’s dress is Mara Hoffman, mine is vintage

I moved into my studio on my birthday. I think it was 5 years ago, when I was 29. Or maybe it was 6, when I was 28? I have a horrible memory. What I do remember was feeling so elated to have a commercial space of my own — albeit shared with my dear friend Helena, at first — where I could work and create and build out my dreams. It was the best birthday gift I could ever give myself. It felt like I was really moving up in my career and I had big plans for both the studio and my life, in general. I did a lot in that studio: hosted workshops, sales, benefits for charity, social gatherings, volunteer meetings, conferences, craft sessions, and so many dog photo shoots I was starting to wonder if that was my new calling. But in all honesty, I fell short of my goals to make it more of a creative community space and less of a personal one. It mostly hosted my own projects and I rented it out to others, despite my grand ideas to have so much more happening. It was too much for me to take on by myself — or at least, I felt that way. Since it was my side gig, I was hesitant to let it take up too much of my time, and each event was a labor of love, energy, and money. Lots of money. And I only have so much to give. Honestly, it’s hard for me to write about this. It makes me feel like a bit of a failure.

After awhile, I decided it was too much space and way too much overhead for just one person. Rentals (which helped me keep costs lower) required having a manager, and when said manager took a great job opportunity (I miss her every day!), it became harder and harder to keep things running smoothly and justify keeping Brooklyn Brigade open. It’s going to be harder to build new sets and do fun photo shoots without the space, but luckily my new apartment has quite a bit of space and storage for my equipment, sets, and props. I think I’ll be able to make do.

Moving into my studio on my birthday felt like the best way to celebrate being another year older and more successful. What I didn’t think about was how much it would suck to have to move out on my birthday, and what that would represent for me. I’m not moving upward, I’m just moving out. It’s so silly, but I had to excuse myself a few times [on my birthday] because I started crying at the thought of moving out. Luckily, my landlord very kindly offered me some extra time to move out; he didn’t want me to leave and even though it somehow made it a little harder, it also made me feel happy that I’ve been a good and appreciated tenant. Even better? My mom and stepdad came up to help me and celebrate my birthday. When I’m down, there’s no better therapist than mom. Thanks for always being there for me when I’m feeling vulnerable and a little lost — and for giving me a reason to use one of my favorite sets one last time.

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The gateway top

Outfit Details:

vintage off the shoulder polka dot top (love this similar, $15 option — see below for lots of other new options)

vintage denim skort

Adidas campus sneakers

heart sunglasses

red bandana

Kate Spade heart crossbody

I bought this vintage off the shoulder polka dot top (also seen here, here, here, here, here) a couple years ago on our Wanderful New England road trip. I remember seeing it, loving it, and almost leaving it in a Portland vintage shop. It reminded me of Minnie Mouse in the best way (because let’s be real, she’s one of my style icons) and though it instantly spoke to me, I was concerned about the amount of arm and torso that would show. It’s cropped and the ruffle provides minimal arm coverage. I’ve always been a little weird about my arms in particular — although that’s greatly improved in the past year! — but since I just couldn’t leave this one behind, I gave it a whirl and I’m so glad I did. It didn’t hurt that it was under $20. Fast forward to two years later and I still wear it all. the. time. It was probably the gateway top to most of the other off the shoulder, arm baring tops and dresses I have. Being that I spent a pretty penny on my tattoos that I admittedly love showing off, I’m pretty glad it opened the floodgates.

I talk a lot about buying pieces you’ll want to wear over and over, and I want to make it clear that while I believe in investing a little more in special pieces you’ll love for a long time, you do not have to spend a lot of money to find a piece you love. Some 0f my most loved and worn clothing items were bought at a thrift store, vintage shop, or were a lucky sale rack find at your run of the mill mall store. For me, it’s not about filling my closet with investment pieces (although, wouldn’t that be nice?) or even with wear it with everything basics — it’s about filling it with pieces I’ll reach for over and over again. Sometimes that’s a pair of Madewell jeans that I love so much I buy them in every wash. Sometimes it’s a slightly less practical piece of clothing that makes me feel special every time I wear it. Either way, they’re being put to good use.

p.s. See my space buns hair tutorial (or maybe Minnie Mouse ears hair tutorial?) here.

p.p.s. Please excuse my wrinkled skort. Yes, skort. Look, a girl’s gotta sit and I can’t be carrying a steamer with me all over the place.

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Diptyque City Candles

Diptyque City Candle Review. Special edition candles created for select cities New York City, Miami, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo. You can typically only find them in each city boutique but for a limited-time they are offering them online!

Eminence Organic Farm: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

One of the main reasons we take care of our skin is to make it look great, but do we ever think about taking care of it to prevent cancer? Eminence Organic Farm shares with us their 5 ways to protect against skin cancer and we think it’s incredibly important for everyone to know. We’d love to hear your thoughts and please check out our shop for our favorite sun screen from Sun Bum.

Source: https://eminenceorganicfarm.com/5-ways-protect-skin-cancer/

We all have our own agenda when it comes to our skin concerns. But whether you’re treating signs of aging, large pores or problem skin, one major skin concern we should all think about is sun damage

At the Eminence Certified Organic Farm in Hungary, we spend a lot of time in the sun. No matter what your skin type, anyone can be victim to the harmful effects of the sun, including premature signs of aging, sun spots and in more severe cases, skin cancer. As the most common form of cancer, a shocking 5.4 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, will account for about 76,380 cases of skin cancer in 2016 (Skin Cancer Foundation).

On the upside, you can still get your daily dose of vitamin D without causing harm to your skin. The month of May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, so there’s no better time to share these 5 simple tips on how to protect yourself against skin cancer.

1. BE SUN SELECTIVE

If it feels like your skin is burning, then it probably is.  The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM so, during this time, seek out shade and stay out of the sun as much as possible (Skin Cancer Foundation). When outside during peak hours, take breaks from direct sunlight by relaxing in the shade of a tree or under the protection of an umbrella.

2. COVER UP: HAT, SUNGLASSES & SUNSCREEN

Effective protection from the sun means covering up with a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. It’s important to remember that UV damage can occur all year long, so make sure to apply your sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days and during the winter months. Eminence Organics Skin Care President Boldijarre Koronczay recommends applying a dedicated Eminence Organics SPF moisturizer daily and, for extra coverage, finishing with a dusting of your favorite shade of Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals. Sun cancer can occur anywhere on your body, so it’s essential to protect all exposed areas of your skin with an all-over sunscreen like Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Body Sunscreen SPF 32.

Eminence Organic Skin Care3. APPLY SUN PROTECTION THE CORRECT WAY

Your sunscreen works as soon as it’s applied, right? Well, not necessarily. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body at least 30 minutes before going outside. As a general rule, sunscreensshould also be reapplied at least once every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating more frequently. Click here to see if you’re applying your sunscreen the correct way.

Quick tip: Especially for men, protect the exposed areas of your noggin with a quick dust of Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals. This easy-to-use product is in a powder form so it won’t cause excess oil or buildup on your scalp, and the added bonus is that it’s waterproof!

4. AVOID TANNING BEDS AT ALL COSTS

If you have a tan, then you’ve already sustained skin cell damage. A tan is your body’s response to sun damage, so avoid sunbaking at all times, especially in tanning beds. Still not convinced? A study by the Skin Cancer Foundation found that “people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent”. Enough said.

5. GIVE YOURSELF MONTHLY SKIN EXAMS

Another way to protect yourself against skin cancer is through early detection. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “if you can spot it, you can stop it.”  In addition to being the most common form of skin cancer, it’s also the most curable if diagnosed and treated in its early stages (Skin Cancer Foundation). Visit skincancer.org to learn how to conduct your own monthly skin exams.

TheGoodTrade: 7 Organic Beauty Blogs To Green Your Beauty Routine

We loved these 7 organic beauty blog recommendations from TheGoodTrade! We came across them while looking for more resources ourselves. Let us know what you think about their recommendations in the comments.

Source: http://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/natural-organic-beauty-blogs-to-green-your-beauty-routine

If you are drawn to simple, natural, beauty products and looking for inspiration to “green” your beauty routine, these 7 natural and organic beauty bloggers have a way of simplifying the complex ingredients and products that make up the beauty world. Their product reviews, how-to’s, tips and insights are invaluable when it comes to navigating all things natural beauty. Let us know if we missed your favorites!

1. Beauty By Britanie

This natural beauty, holistic healing + lifestyle blog incorporates a comprehensive look at beauty and wellness from the inside, out. Affected by chronic health conditions, Britanie became interested in not only what she was putting in her body but what she was putting on her body as well and launched Beauty By Britanie. She is passionate about living and inspiring others to live a cleaner life through healthier alternatives. We love her DIY beauty how-to’s and writings on wellness.


2. kimberlyloc

Founded in 2010 by Kim Wallace, kimberlyloc features natural beauty product reviews and glimpses into the life of a busy beauty addict. We’ve been following Kim’s blog for nearly 5 years now – long before the natural beauty craze had become mainstream – and we’ve found her to be a perfect guide to the growing world of green beauty. We especially love her comprehensive guides to natural face cleansersnatural mascaras, and natural shampoos.


3. The Organic Bunny

The Organic Bunny is among our favorite resources for all things both green and glamorous. Amanda is on a mission is to provide people with resources for amazing organic alternatives to their favorite products. She reviews makeup, skincare, hair and even home products with beautiful photography and storytelling. Check out her masterlist of top recommendations by category, with discount codes for many of the products she includes. 


4. One Love Organics

One Love Organics embraces the simplicity and the knowledge that you can achieve more with less. They believe in the power of the beauty ritual to renew, relax, and transform and they trust in the healing power of plants. Their line of beauty products are some of our favorites and One Love’s blog on beautyhealthhappiness and love is filled with lovely tips and inspiration for organic, thoughtful living.


5. Organic Beauty Talk

Organic Beauty Talk was created in May 2011 out of a love and passion for knowing what’s in your products, caring about what goes on your skin, and connecting you with brands that have the best organic, natural and eco-friendly choices. Founder, Brandi  Gilliam has since launch Thoughtfully Mag and while the Organic Beauty Talk blog isn’t updated as frequently, the archives are a wonderful resource. We especially love the section for men!


6. Living Pretty Naturally

Kate is a Canadian living in Norway, and a self professed beauty products junkie. Her blog, Living Pretty Naturally, is a source to natural cosmetics and beauty product reviews, healthy hints, beauty-enhancing recipes, eco beauty lifestyle tricks, natural health information, yoga, wellness recommendations, holistic treatments and more. We love the broad range of wellness and beauty topics Kate covers from skincare reviews to natural travel tips.


7. Organic Beauty Blogger

Inga’s a passion for natural and organic beauty inspired her blog, Organic Beauty Blogger. She wanted to create place to share her thoughts about green beauty experiences and products. She reviews skincare, makeup, hair and body products, tips and insights. Check out her recent guide to oil pullingand we love her haircare routine roundups.