Lifestyle

Water Never Looked So Good

100% recyclable and BPA-free, glass is the obvious water bottle choice for the on-the-go. Stay hydrated and stylish with these fashionable, practical must-haves.

Classic Twist Cap – 22 oz Glass Bottle (shown in Green Apple) by TAKEYA

16 oz Glass Bottle with Classic Cap and Silicone Sleeve (shown in Raspberry) from the Lifefactory

Original bottlesUp glass bottle

Ready, Set, Kick-Start

I spend way too much time procrastinating. I have grandiose plans. I think big. Problem? I don’t aways execute. Example, it’s November 6th and I’m only posting this now. Solution? I decided to make monthly to do, must complete, mini-bucket list if you will.

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  1. Start holiday shopping. Big family. Long list. Need time.
  2. Catch up on. Email, dry-cleaning, tailoring, shoe repair…
  3. Clean out my bedroom dresser- I am dreading this.
  4. Make something. Anything. With my hands. Just stop talking about it and do it.
  5. Take a class because I want to. Does registering count?
  6. See the Henri Matisse the Cut Outs exhibit at the MoMa. This goes without saying.
  7. Read a book. I haven’t decided which one yet, but I will. Really, I will.
  8. Holiday cards. Every year I buy them. Every year I get as far as to… date… and then never send. Let’s try again.
  9. Plan a vacation before 2014 allotted days expire! Very important.
  10. Cook something new and exciting (open to suggestions)

Let’s see how far I get and what carries over.

Wish me luck!

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

Shop Your Closet

You know the feeling before an event when you have no idea what to wear. Or maybe you are just so busy you put off shopping? Or perhaps, you just aren’t in a position purchase right now.  
Anticipating a friend’s wedding, panicked with no time to shop and coming down with a cold, I knew I would never find a dress in time. Solution- I shopped my closet. 

Did you retire that amazing black cocktail dress after you broke up with your ex? Umm, why? It looked amazing. Maybe it’s time to rethink that decision (the dress, not the boyfriend.) What about the gold heels you lovingly bought on sale only to later realize they matched nothing you owned. Oh wait, since then didn’t you buy a dress that would match them perfectly? Turns out you had the perfect outfit in your closet!
These are also great moments to get a bit adventurous. Don’t discount your favorite little black dress. A colorful scarf, killer heels, or that sequined evening bag from your cousin’s wedding can redefine a standby garment. Pair your fav daytime pencil girl with a sequined tank and slip on a leather jacket, stilettos and hello cocktails. 
Point is, don’t give up on what your own. Search for the buried treasure. Break the rules. You will be surprised what you find. 
(Tip: Properly storing cleaning and storing formal wear after each wear really pays off. Keep garments in garment bags to insure great condition. When you peak in, it’s like finding something new.) 

xox, Elle

Back to the Beach

Yesterday was so sunny in New York City that while it may really be autumn, in my mind, it’s summer. Let’s go back to the beach to get a bit retro.

Hats On

The perfect hat can speak volumes, exclaiming our personality, our mood and our individuality, without saying a word. They can be bold or understated, simple or ornate, fashionable or functional but one thing they all have in common is the ability to reflect who we are and how we live.