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November 12, 2017

DIY Round Photo Display


Happy Sunday all! Last week I shared a sneek peak of a really fun and simple project I made to help personalize our home. I love how it came out, and you guys gave some really great feedback, so I wanted to share a quick DIY with how I made it here!



Here's what you'll need:
~hula hoop 
~gold spray paint
~hot glue gun
~faux florals
~fishing line
~mini clothespins
~photographs



It was so easy to put together, and I love how it came out! A few of you brought up the idea of using this to display holiday cards and I think that's such a great idea too!! 



Directions:
1. Spray paint hula hoop. Do one side, let it dry, then do the other side. 
2. Start gluing the flowers! Just keep adding them on to make a look you like - make sure to add a few leaves and greenery as well!
3. Tie the fishing line to the hula hoop - tie one end, then tie it to the other side - make sure it's taut! I did three lines for mine, but do however many fit the photos you plan on displaying!
4. Attach photos to the line with the clothes pins.




A lot of you asked where to print the pics - you can use any of the fancier companies big on social media, I just printed them at my local Walgreens. I'm sure most local drugstores offer photo printing!



Thanks so much to Esurance for inspiring this post to create a thrifty but oh-so-special project to make our house more of a home!  

October 30, 2017

Race Together

“Nobody likes you.” It’s a sentence so hurtful I’d never imagine even thinking about saying it to somebody. But when it comes to CANCER!?!? I think we are all in agreement when I say that indeed, nobody likes you. 

I’m partnering up with JCPenney this month to highlight their Race Together Collection by Xersion. From now through 10/31, $1 from every item sold of the collection will be contributed to the American Cancer Society, up to $100,000. On top of that, The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney will be accepting donations (with a chance to win a basket of Salon and Sephora products), and Sephora inside JCPenney will be offering a “Find Your Perfect Pink” lip service to help you find your perfect shade of pink!
                                       

I love products that are beautiful and functional, but add in serving a greater good and I’m sold! I fell in love with this top (the message, the cut, and the mesh sleeves), and the Xersion capri leggings are so comfortable and perfect for working out! Love the herringbone pattern (and they are on sale for literally $10). Such an easy athleisure look!! Head to your local JCPenney or online to shop the Xersion Race Together Collection today!


In partnership with JCPenney.

October 12, 2017

Fall Style Vol 3

Hi all! Today I'm coming in with a new round of fall fashion for the entire family! One of the most fun things about having girls is that they love (at least for the moment), dressing in the same outfits as mama!




Livi was so excited when I showed her her dress, and was nearly floored when I showed her mine that was just like it. She immediately wanted to try it on and spun around in it until she got herself dizzy! Elli took right after her doing the same. Ro clearly has no idea what's going on yet but giggled at her sisters and she was forced to also wear this outfit hahaha! I'm sure she'll love it one day. But I know these days are numbered, so I will soak them up while they last.




We wore these outfits on our way to a casual family dinner, but not before a little photo shoot on the way. Of course during the walk, Elli passed out in her comfortable stroller and was down for the count. So unfortunately she wasn't a part of this shoot ha ha.




But Ro sure was, as was Liv, *and* the tree she decided to climb. A little dress isn't stopping this girl from getting messy and finding something to climb on!




I especially love my dress because it's nursing/pumping friendly. I get asked a lot about nursing and pumping clothes, and usually the most simple thing is a relatively loose fitting/flowy top with bottoms that make for easy access to nurse. Dresses are usually a tougher option, but dresses like this that have buttons down the top are a winner every time!



Add in a comfy denim jacket and you have an extra layer should you need it. And loving this floral/bohemian trend for fall, especially in a pretty color like this deep purple - wine color.



All of our looks are from Old Navy, where we were able to really find something for the whole family (including the not photographed hubby who wear jeans and Old Navy's soft-washed heathered V neck shirt - I have these for him in so many colors and they are the comfiest!! I know because I steal them all the time lol)!



October 5, 2017

Current Skincare + Everyday Makeup

Hi all! Today I wanted to share a bit about my everyday skincare and makeup routine! Those who know me know I am NOT a makeup person at all, it's fun to play with now and then, but for me it's really just about making my skin look as even as possible and keeping me from looking like a zombie when I haven't gotten enough sleep! So don't expect any expert makeup tips here hehe, this is just what works for me!

I will say, though, that as a dermatologist, good skincare and healthy skin is the MOST important part of any makeup routine, and I've shared and updated my skincare routine many times here on the blog, but I'm always tweaking things, so here is my current routine:


AM:
Wash with this cleanser
Apply this light moisturizer (also my nighttime moisturizer)
Makeup (see what I use below))

PM:
Wash with same cleanser
Apply this serum (LOVE this so much and feel this has made a huge change in my breakouts and dark spots - although remember, sunscreen is critical for keeping dark spots away!)
Apply same light moisturizer once serum dry

I should be using an eye cream but I'll be honest and say I still don't love any one.

As far as makeup - check out my IG stories today where I'll be sharing a video of my routine!
I apply this mineral powder foundation (I bought it because I ran out of my normal mineral makeup and this one is SO much cheaper, available at drugstores, and provides higher SPF) all over face blending well with this brush (my holy grail brush). I love that it lasts all day and provides extra sun protection, and the finish gives a glow even if I skip my bronzer step (which I do often lol)!
Then I apply this bronzer over my cheeks, bridge of my nose, and a bit on my forehead and chin as well (using this brush if I have the time, otherwise I'll just use the same palm brush).
Then I brush my eyebrows and fill in with this pomade using this brush.
If I'm feeling fancy I'll swipe on this mascara ;)

That's it! Like I said, nothing crazy, but I get questions all the time about my skin so I wanted to share!

Shop any of this post by clinking the in text links throughout the post, or by clicking any of the products below (use the arrows to scroll through)!



PS: the brushes mentioned above are the Palm Brush, the Oval 6, and the Linear 1 by Artis

September 26, 2017

Fall Style Vol 2


Hi all! Hope you all are having a good week! We (or more like I) have been pretty stressed lately to be honest with all of the natural disasters that have been going on plus some personal things. It felt SO nice to get out of the house and take a family walk and grab dinner together!



While the weather here is still humid, the evenings have had a nicer ocean breeze that I am so thankful for! I wore a stretchy long sleeve shift dress in a neutral dark green color (perfect for fall)! I love dresses like this because the length still makes them appropriate for work, but they are still cute/comfy enough to wear on the weekend too! You can dress it up or down depending on the shoes you choose and the rest of your accessories!



Liv loved that she could put on a little sweater (albeit a light, short-sleeve one), but she was so cute walking around in her little mustard cardigan. And don't get me started on Elli in her little striped shirt, jeans, and boots! She's just adorable and too sassy!! Nathan tried only staying behind the camera but I even got a shot of him (and Ro since he was wearing her)! It was a perfect evening out enjoying the weather with my family and giggling away.



All of our outfits are from Old Navy believe it or not! Love all the options they have (and most importantly how budget-friendly they are while staying on trend)! This post was in partnership with Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions are all my own.

September 6, 2017

Fall Style Vol 1



Hope you all have been well! Today I'm sharing a few shots of the girls on our walk home from school. As we get into September I really start to miss New England and fall, but just because we don't have the cool temps here in Miami doesn't mean we can't start dressing like the temps are cooling down (and they thankfully are a bit)!


Denim is a staple any time of year, but I love darker washes for fall - and Liv loves how soft and stretchy her jeggings are! Perfect for her posing (can you believe her poses in these photos lol!? She was teaching me how to pose!)


Of course, regular leggings are always a safe bet (especially for toddlers like Elli who are always doing things in weird positions lol) and pair perfectly with a longer top like her adorable peplum top. This fall is all about shape when it comes to tops, so El is on trend with her peplum, as is Liv with her bell sleeves that have made a huge come back!

 
This day I still wore sandals (like we can do year-round here in Miami lol) but the girls already have their booties and LOVE them! Now mommy needs a pair!!
 

What are your favorite fall trends? Stay tuned for more looks for the whole family - thanks to Old Navy which really is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion (and you know important to me - so many good deals)!!
 

This post was in partnership with Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions are all my own.

August 6, 2017

One Pretty TV - The Frame

Hi all! Today I'm so excited to be sharing a quick post in collaboration with Samsung to highlight their incredible new TV - The Frame

I remember being at a conference not too long ago and barely noticing the television monitor in the hotel lobby - it was displaying artwork, but then switched to display the conference schedule, and then again switch to start playing video. I remember thinking to myself - how cool would that be in your house!?! Let's face it - most TV's are an eyesore and when it’s not in use, you’re left with a large black rectangle to stare at. While I'm happy to take on the challenge of designing around a TV set up on a nice (stand?), I was so excited when Samsung reached out to me with this incredible design! What makes it so amazing? Well thanks to it’s customizable options, it can fit in with anyone’s design style! I never thought I'd use "pretty" and "TV" in the same sentence, but this is one pretty TV!


We currently have The Frame set up in our guest bedroom, and love how it blends in effortlessly with the decor. We have it angled down to make watching TV a little easier, but it has a no-gap wall mount which let’s it be hang nearly flush with the wall and really blend in with artwork even more! I also really love that when not in use as a TV you can switch to Art Mode to display art (with an incredible free selection of 100 pieces of artwork) and an awesome selection of matte frames. It seriously looks like a framed piece of art!


On top of that, you can upload your own images from your phone using their simple to use app - I love seeing my girls up on the big screen!


And of course - for watching TV or movies (what it's actually for) it has an incredibly crisp 4K UHD display and was so easy to set up! It has an Invisible Connection transparent cable which means it makes the typical mess of tangled cables a thing of the past. We have it connected to our wifi and use our Amazon Video, Netflix and Hulu subscriptions without an issue! I don't know about your house, but over here Moana is still on replay weekly!!


We're so happy to have this new addition in our home and can't wait to style it properly in our new family room/playroom/guest bedroom (yah, we're moving this week! Crazy)! It really is the perfect TV especially for a multi-purpose room. Will certainly share when we have that set up - stay tuned!!

So how about you? How would The Frame fit in with your d├ęcor?

This post was sponsored by Samsung, but as always all opinions are my own!

July 30, 2017

Huge Instagram Round Up!

Hi all! Doing a huge Instagram Round Up today with links for everything that you've seen on my feed recently! Hope you all are having an incredible weekend!

Blouse, wearing size XS  //  Watch  //  Gold Bracelet  // Leather Bracelet

Dress (which is technically a nightgown), wearing size XS  //  Sandals  //  Stroller  //  Car seat 

Dress  //  Hat  //  Girls' sandals  //  Car seat

Dress, wearing size XS  //  Sandals (SO comfortable and so cheap!)  //  Stroller



Top (similar light version and dark version)  //  Shorts, wearing size 0  //  Sandals  //  Handbag (similar here)  //  Watch  //  Phone case (less than $10!)



Blue dress, wearing a size XS (also available in other colors as well! Such a steal!)  //  Sandals

Earrings (nearly identical for less than $15, these are another gorgeous pair) //  Lashes

Pants, wearing size 0  //  Top, wearing size XS  //  Flats

Kids Chair  //  Bookshelf  //  Girls' round table (not pictured but you guys always ask about it! Also available in whitenavy and pink)
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