Beauty

Influenced by the Past

Having a nostalgic moment. Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve received much cherished advice spanning a myriad of topics from the amazing women who graced my life. I would be honored to hear what the women and or men in your life shared with, and taught, you.

“You can grow old gracefully or die young.” my Grandma, A

“Everyday is a birthday.” my Grandma, M

Dress for yourself. Your clothing should make you feel confident and attractive- regardless of your age.

Your shoes speak volumes. Do not underestimate the power of footwear.

Know your color.

Have a signature scent. It allows you to be present long after you leave.

There is never a wrong time- or age- for red lipstick, if you wear it right.

You never know who you may run into or who by may stop by.

Focus on what you have as opposed to what you do not have.

Creativity goes a long way.

Work within your means. You don’t have to buy a new wardrobe; scarves, belts and accessories can speak volumes.

Keep a journal documenting your outfits to insure you don’t always wear the same outfit. (My mom did this for quite some time out of school.)

Hot rollers are a lifesaver.

Learn how to properly iron and mend your own clothes; you will never regret learning. (In my home, these skills were acquired by the time you started kindergarten!)

Never stop dancing and singing.

Laughter and kindness make you infinitely beautiful.

It is improper to ask a woman her age.

“Let them look. I know I look good.” My grandma M who taught us that strong, independent women can also be elegant and graceful.

xox, Elle

All Seasons Skin Care

Cold weather can equate to dry skin but with dedication and diligence it doesn’t have to. Follow the tips for year round radiance. 

Sunscreen, Just Use It!

We all know sunscreen is not just for the tropics. While the warm of the sun, feels feels fantastic it is still damaging. Even if your moisturizer, canceler, powder, etc. contains sunscreen, WebMD recommends applying a separate sunscreen for added protection.  (And remember, the sun causes damage even on cloudy days.)

Hydrate

Water is your best friend. Click below to assist you in determining your H2O requirements. Your doctor can provide information you as well.

Wash & Dry

Oily? Dry? Combination? Sensitive? Know your skin type to determine the right cleansers to use. Keep in mind, your skin type can change seasonally and when switching climates. 
Wash with warm water and pat dry. Be gentle. Love your face; it will love you back. 

Moisturize

You are never to young to moisturize and it’s never to late to start. Apply immediately after washing to lock in water. 
Don’t be wooed. There are many brag-worthy high end products on the market and equally fabulous reasonably priced options. Find what’s right for your skin and your wallet. The choices are endless. 

Sweet Dreams

Before closing your eyelids, remove your make-up. This is non-negotiable if you want glowing clear skin and who doesn’t! Read my earlier post on how to best remove your eye make-up.

Change your sheets often. Dirt, grease and product from your hair is absorbed into your linens and in turn, clogs your pores. 
Get a good night’s rest. Overtired? Stressed? It shows.
Happy skincare!
xox, Elle

Spring into Autumn

There’s no denying winter is coming on this brisk Monday morning. However, I’m not quite ready to let go of sunny lazy beach days, fresh-cut flowers and soft hues. For a few more days I am going to obsess in keeping the spring in my step.

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  • Pink Studded Club Monaco Pumps
  • Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume
  • Paper Pinwheels

xox, Elle

Beauty Products to Love

There are the products you like and then there are those you love so much you will spend a day of your tropical vacation trying to locate because they are just that necessary. These are some of my tried and true beauty basic survival requirements. A bit melodramatic? Maybe. But give them a try and you will see why I am such a loyalist.

Eyes

 

Face

Skin & Hair

  • Olive oil/ coconut oil. Best friends to my over dyed hair. 

Style Quotes Worth Quoting

Good Morning Lovelies,

Should you need a bit of inspiration to kick-start your morning…

xox, Elle

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” Miuccia Prada

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.”  Alexander Wang

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Harry Winston

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” Kate Spade

“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.” 

Mary Quant

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.'” Gianni Versace

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”

 Alexander McQueen

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” Audrey Hepburn

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” — Karl Lagerfeld

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren

“Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.”  Simon Doonan

“Buy less, choose well.” -Vivienne Westwood 

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” -Edith Head

“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” -Jean Cocteau

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”–Caitlin Moran

Obsessing Over Style

Leopard Print Pumps

I just am.

Pink Wool Coats

I love the softness of this pale pink. It is perfect for winter.

Helene Berman Button Front Collarless Coat from ASOS ($358.16)

Fall Nail Polish Colors

My favorite part of getting my nails done? Picking out the color and admiring it after! I have so many favs; this is just one.

the perfect cover up by essie ($8.50)

Capes

I know everyone is obsessing over capes but cab you really think of a better piece for autumn’s transitional weather?

Pajama Sets

Just because you are sleeping doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look your cutest. Sweet dreams!

Static Be Gone

We have all been there. Rushing out the door, before a meeting, overslept and there it strikes – static. Your dress is clinging in every which way and panic. Do not give up. There is hope.

  1. Carefully run the long side of a metal hanger between your skin and your clothing. This works particularly well on delicate fabrics, such as silk.
  2. Apply lotion to your skin. The moisture will help eliminate the static electricity. (Tip: Lotion and water can also be applied to hair to reduce static.)
  3. Rub a dryer sheet on your clothing. (Tip: This method is also hair safe.)

xox, Elle