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    January and February Beauty Favorites 

    January favorites

    The past couple of months I have visited Blue Mercury a few too many times to pick up some new products and replenish some of my favorites. My two favorite additions to my evening beauty routine is the M61-Power Glow Peel and the REN Wake Wonderful Night Facial. I would definitely recommend adding these to your beauty routine. 

    February Favorites 


    1. Oribe Signature Conditioner. I bought the Oribe shampoo a while back just to try a new shampoo. And I ended up getting this conditioner to go along with it. I like this conditioner because it feels luxurious yet it is lightweight and very hydrating. It also smells so good. 

    2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.  I use this concealer after applying the Bobbi Brown peach corrector. It has a rich texture and radiant finish. I have been using this product a long time and highly recommend it. It smoothes the under eye area while blurring and hiding imperfections and signs of fatigue. 

    3. M-61 Power Glow Peel. This is new for me and my advice is if you want to add one new product to your routine make it the Power Glow Peel. I first bought a pack of 10 and loved this so much I went back and bought a pack of 30. My friend Amanda introduced me to these exfoliating peels and they are a MUST have for every woman over 30! This 1-minute 1-step exfoliating peel resurfaces, clarifies, and helps firm the skin for a radiant and renewed glow. Also I used to get salicylic acid peels as part of my regular facials and with this product I can definitely reduce the frequency of facials I get. 

    Key Ingredients

    • Glycolic Acid: Promotes the reduction of wrinkles,acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliates, exposing live skin cells.
    • Salicylic acid: A beta hydroxy acid that penetrates into the pores. Contains sebum that exfoliates dead skin cells built up inside the pores.
    • Vitamin K: Reduces facial discoloration caused by poor circulation, skin irritation and scarring.
    • Bilberry extract: Rich in procyanidin which reduces inflammation.
    • Chamomile: Functions as an antimicrobial, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic.
    • Lavender: Increases relaxation.

    4. Moroccan Oil. I have been using this argan oil for a very long time and I typically use it 3x a week after washing and conditioning my hair. It's a great detangler and nourishes the hair. Growing up my mom used to apply coconut oil to my hair every Sunday and even though I don't do that anymore and never liked it I still think applying some kind of oil is essential for restoring shine and increasing hair elasticity. 

    Key Ingredients

    • Argan Oil: With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, it increases hair’s elasticity and consistently restores shine to dull, lifeless hair. It is a powerful antioxidant, UV-protector, and free radical neutralizer. Proven to make hair softer, silkier, and shinier.

    5. Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector. This corrector neutralizes discoloration and layers perfectly under my concealer. I use dark peach and what I love most is that this product doesn't crease, blends well, and has a nice smooth coverage. But the key with this product is that it really can't be used alone-you have to apply a concealer on top of it. This product is best used as a first step to correct and cover the discoloration under the eye area. 

    6. REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial. This is another new product for me and one I will add to my nighttime beauty routine. This leave-on mask exfoliates, energizes and plumps the skin overnight. It repairs uneven texture, encourages cell turns over and reduces pigmentation.

    Lately what I have been doing is using this 2x a week and the M61 Power Peel 2x a week. Definitely give them a try! 

    Key ingredients

    • Lactic and glycolic acids: Repair uneven texture, encouraging cell turnover and reducing surface pigmentation. Glycogen, magnesium and omega oils: Energize, revitalize and heal the skin. Sodium lactate: Raises the skin's pH, giving a plumping effect.

    On Air: Athleisure Fashion with Fox 5 DC 

    Yesterday I was over at Good Day DC at Fox 5 sharing some fun Athleisure looks. Athleisure is all about taking the looks you wear for your workout or at the gym and wearing them out to coffee, work, running errands, and other casual social occasions. I featured three athleisure looks from Bethesda Row boutiques- Kit &Ace, Lucy, and Ministry of Supply. 

    Models from left to right

    • Brianna is wearing pants, wrap, tank, and sports bra from Lucy. Her look is perfect from studio to street!


    • Grace is wearing a dress and shawl from Kit & Ace. Her look is great for weekends, travel, and the girl on the go! 


    • Dan is wearing pants, tee, zip up sweater, and jacket from Ministry of Supply. His look is the perfect workout to work look! 

    Thanks to Tucker NYC for the Market Dress and to Sophie Blake for the cuff and earrings. 


    Ministry of Supply Review 

    Have you checked out Ministry of Supply? One day I was walking past this new boutique in downtown Bethesda and I was intrigued with the beautiful minimalist boutique design and even more so by the clothing which features washable, wicking, stretch fabrics, tailored in work ready styles. 

    I had the chance to learn more about this clothing line, how the company was started, and the mission of the company.

    "The mission behind Ministry is to identify real life problems that traditional work clothing presents, then use performance fabrics, innovate construction, and purposeful design to create pieces that are in sync with how people live today." Genius and love this! 

    What I loved most about the men's and women's collection is that there aren't too many styles and too many pieces to choose from. It's more like a curated work capsule collection and the pieces are wearable and all the hard work has been done for you. 

    What I am Wearing: Easier Than Silk Nehru Blouse

    This blouse delivers the drape and feel of silk -without any of it's hassles. It's a polished shirt you don't have to worry about. 

    • 4-way stretch fabric
    • 84% polyester, 16% spandex
    • moisture-wicking
    • anti-odor treatment
    • machine washable
    • wrinkle-free 

    My blouse was gifted by Ministry and this review and all opinions are my own. 


    On Air: Golden Globes Fashion at Let's Talk Live

    Yesterday I stopped by Let's Talk Live over at ABC7/NewsChannel 8 for a fashion segment highlighting the best and worst fashion from Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Some of my favorite looks were from Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, Thandie Newton, and Mandy Moore. 

    Click here to view the TV segment. 



    How To Care For Sweaters I Banana Republic 

    It is starting to feel like winter today in Washington D.C. and as I begin to wear more of my wool and cashmere sweaters I am finding that some of them need a little TLC. I have teamed up with Banana Republic to share my top 5 style tips for caring for your sweaters this winter season. 

    1. Hand wash sweaters when needed.  I usually throw my sweaters in the washing machine on a delicate low spin cycle and I use warm water with a gentle soap. But to be honest it's probably best to hand wash them in a sink if you can. (I am just too lazy!) After washing never wring sweaters because doing so will cause the sweaters to lose their shape. Also to mainstain the shape of sweaters sure always lay them flat to dry and never hang them up on the drying rack. Once my sweaters are dry I like to either run a steamer on them or toss them in the dryer on very low heat for 2-3 minutes. It helps to soften and fluff them up a bit.

    2. Steam sweaters between washes. One of the easiest ways to care for your sweaters between washes is to steam them. A steamer is more gentle than an iron and it is convenient and produces great results. I have this handheld steamer and LOVE IT.  Not only does a steamer remove wrinkles but it works great to freshen up and restore the shape of sweaters as well. 

    3. Properly store sweaters by folding them. It's best to fold sweaters instead of hanging them so that they maintain their shape and don't stretch. But having said that I hang all my sweaters with these plastic hangersI tend to hang mine only because I have more hanging space vs. drawer space.  But for cashmere or delicate sweaters I always fold them and put them in drawers. 

    4. Use a de-pilling and de-fuzzing comb. Pilling is common with sweaters and it is caused by rubbing during wear. Pilling is most apparent under the armpits and elbows but I have seen it happen all over my sweaters. Try an inexpensive comb like this one to de-pill and de-fuzz sweaters. Also as soon as you see pilling, lint, or fuzz you should remove them-don't let this build up. Also if you get holes in your sweaters it's best to take it to a seamstress to be repaired. This happened to me with my favorite cashmere cardigan and luckily I was able to fix the hole and the sweater is as good as new. 

    5. Wear a base-layer under your sweaters. Unless the sweater is fitted and tight I usually wear a tank or long sleeve tee (like this one) under my sweaters. The idea here is that the tank touches your skin and creates a barrier between your skin and the sweater. The barrier will prolong the life of your sweater because the sweater isn't coming into contact with your body oils, sweat, and odors. Also some wool and mohair sweaters are itchy and wearing a layer in between helps reduce itching and discomfort. 

    Feather Trim Cardigan



     Thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. Photos by Tamzin Smith

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