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. 

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

Hair We Are

Having worked in a salon and with many close friends being hair stylists and salon owners, I have picked up a few trade secrets when it comes to proper hair care.. After years of struggling with styling tools, embarrassing at home blowouts and hair as dry as the dessert from over dyeing, the wrong tools and too much time in the ocean, I am proud to say no more. 

Tools of the Trade

  • Invest in good tools. Poor quality blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. will burn your hair. Two fantastic product lines include BaByliss and Kenta 
  • Using quality hairbrushes result in quality blowouts. I am obsessed with Y.S. Park brushes 
  • Do not underestimate the importance of using hair brush specifically for wet hair when needed

The Blow-Out

  • First tousle dry/ finger dry your hair to eliminate some of the moisture before getting started.
  • Leave few inches between your hair and the dryer to allow for air circulation.
  • Dry in sections
  • Apply tension but be careful not to pull or tug on your hair
  • Keep the blow-dry moving; do not hold it stationary

Deep Conditioning Steps

  • Apply coconut oil to dry hair or olive oil to very dry hair 
  • Place hair in plastic shower cap. (Tip: Plastic bags works in pinch.)
  • Leave on for a few hours, or preferably, overnight in order for your hair to absorb the oil
  • Wash as usual

xox, Elle