The Best Moisturizer For Winter

Cold winter mornings are the best and also the worst. I swear, this Chicago weather has made my skin do a complete 180. With temperatures in the twenties and on some days single digits, it’s no surprise my poor face is as dry as it is.

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I’ve been searching for a good scrub or skin care product to help with this but nothing I’ve tested has done the job well enough…until now! I recently got the chance to try out a moisturizer from Aloette (aka a brand I’ve been entirely obsessed with) that seems to be restoring my skin back to normal. Their mud face mask, setting spray, and mascara have rocked my world so it was only about time I tried their maximum moisture complex product. Yay for hydration!

Favorite Things

It’s anti-aging and helps fight premature wrinkles or fine lines.

A couple of the main ingredients include aloe vera and shea butter to make for a silky smooth blank face canvas.

The consistency is more of a cream and thicker than many other moisturizer’s I’ve tried. You can actually feel product soaking into the skin.

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I typically apply this once in the morning before applying my makeup and once in the evening during my bed-time routine. After the last week or so, I can already see a true difference in the way my skin looks and feels. Once this jar runs out, you bet I’ll be buying another! Do you have a favorite moisturizer or beauty product I should know about? Leave a comment down below letting me know what I should try next!


June Vacation Essentials 2017

Vacation season is upon us and I can’t help but think about what I’m gonna pack + what I need vs what is practical. This July, I’ll be taking a week long trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL for some quality hubby time. We’ve got this thing planned out from beginning to end. Each day will be something new, exciting, and full of adventure. So, it’s crucial I’m bringing the items necessary for our activities. Which rolls me into today’s post…my favorite vacay essentials for June! If it’s just a day at the beach, dip in the pool, a cruise, or something larger; these essentials are guaranteed to get you in the Summer mood!

Sundrenched Straw Tote by Free People

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Vegan straps, straw, and tons of space! How could you ask for much more?! This lovely little bag features a spacious lined interior with a draw string top closure. Just amazing for keeping your items secured in place. Can’t wait for this beach bag to take me everywhere I need to go fashionably and functionally.

Birkenstocks – Arizona Soft Footbed Women’s Dress SandalsScreen Shot 2017-06-11 at 12.03.59 AM

Metallic anything is a winner to me. I’ve been digging these copper Birkenstocks. The comfort level is incredible. Full of support and cushion, other sandals probably don’t have. These would go great with some ripped jeans and a light tank; perfect for a bonfire night. Huge fan, huge fan.

Ruffles Palm Tree Leaf Print Bikini

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I’m okay with this palm tree trend never-ending. This suit could be the sweetest addition to your Summer getaway. Very loose and nothing too heavy that will weigh you down in the heat. The colors are vibrant and the fit can be flattering for so many body types. Love this!

Down The Shore Henley by FP Beach At Free People

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A light and beautifully designed white top screams Summer fashion. The buttons make this shirt customizable for a little show or a lot. I’d personally, use this as a cover up for that palm tree swimmy I mentioned early. Peep the suit for those beach vibes. No shame.

Hello Boys Straw Hat

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These cuties have been seen all over Instagram. It’s Summer time babes, let’s embrace it. This hat is inexpensive and great to add on top of your head during those salty water-filled afternoons.

Women Who Are Killing It: #GirlBoss Style

There’s nothing that gets me more motivated than seeing others succeed. Watching people work hard for what they want, struggle, and yet still end up accomplishing their goals is so inspiring. What I’ve learned over the years, is that finding someone to look up to, a mentor perhaps, can without a doubt help shape the way you grow. With this idea in mind, I wanted to share with you all today who my favorite influencers are and how they’ve impacted my life!

“I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it. And sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith”

For me, a role model is someone who is fearless and does things without necessarily letting the views of others effect their next move. They are individuals who choose to enjoy the ride even with some rough spots. A role model doesn’t always have the answers but chooses to listen, ask questions, and learn.

Lori Greiner

If any of you are familiar with the show “Shark Tank“, then I’m sure you know of the ultimate boss lady herself. Lori is an inventor, business woman, and now television personality who not only is determined to lead but carries herself with class and integrity. This girl seems to have it all from her “Queen of QVC” title to her fashion sense and willingness to work. She puts passion into every project she gets herself into and makes everything she does seem so effortless.

Sophia Amoruso

I’ve spoken a little about Sophia in some past blog posts but thought I’d expand on why I love her so much just one more time (sorry not sorry)! The #GirlBoss herself has coined the term and was able to create something amazing out of nothing.

At 23, she started her online Ebay store “Nasty Gal“. But since beginning, things haven’t been easy. If you’ve read her book or have seen the show on Netflix, you know she’s persevered through some pretty tough shit. Nonetheless, she pushed through hardships and turned her small business into a multi-million dollar brand. Despite having the odds against her, she has proven everyone wrong from her past employers, father, and even her cheating ex-boyfriend. I admire the way Sophia overcame these things to make a better life for herself. Such a girl power story!

Aspyn Ovard

Talk about a girl on fire. Aspyn has really made a name for herself in the YouTube community. Since finding her audience, she has branched out from the internet game and has turned herself into a full blown business owner. Her and husband, Parker, are on a serious grind with their freshly launched business Luca and Grae. The online boutique features a mixture of bohemian, modern, and casual clothing all at reasonable price. Aspyn has used her YouTube platform and social media experience as a catapult for her future business endeavors. She has taken what she loves to do and made it her very own. The commitment she has to her work radiates which makes her one of my top favorite idols for this list.

“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in. Even if it makes you vulnerable. Amazing things can and will happen”

Emma Watson

We all know Emma for her leading roles in movies like Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast. What we sometimes forget about is her loyalty to equal rights. She has become an activist for gender equality as well as a respected feminist. I honor her level of professionalism and praise her for stepping out of her comfort zone to speak about issues that are important to not only her but many others. Emma has created a voice and has used her fame to start vital conversations that some are not brave enough to acknowledge. P.S the quotes on this post are from Emma herself! 

So who’s your biggest influence or role model? Let me know in the comments or on my other socials! Can’t wait to start a conversation with you