blank'/> A LITTLE BIT OF LACQUER: August 2016

August 30, 2016

Back To School: Toddler Edition!

It's hard to believe, but this month, this year, Liv is actually headed to school! Well, pre-school of course, sort of pre-pre school, but still, there's way more structure than daycare when she was there and Liv is just over the moon excited! I had fun picking up a few things for back to school - I love ordering sets like these below - they're just so easy! They're not the best option for kids who's top and bottom sizes vary (ie 2T in tops but 3 or 4T in bottoms), but for Liv that's not a problem! 

When she was smaller I'd always buy whatever I love, but this girl already has her own style that is quite different from mine and I totally support it! Hence number 5 on the list bahaha - it's adorable but I'd never pick it out for her - except for the fact that I know she would love it! 
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There are so many adorable options for backpacks now - Liv is still super attached to one we picked up from H&M almost 2 years ago now! But I love some of the ones linked up below! Realistically we just put a change of clothes in it as needed and she'll come home with art projects, so she's not carrying much, but boy does she love it! 
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August 28, 2016

At-home pampering

Happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite products for at-home pampering since many of you caught some of it on snapchat actually happening this weekend (both girls napped at the SAME TIME so I had some actual me time)! 

Face: I just tried this face mask two weeks ago and had to immediately buy more (and this was the best deal I could find)! I really felt like it left my face brighter with a bit more glow to it and the tightening effect was no joke (although certainly temporary). I felt like the morning after I could see the brightening effect even more. I always like to give a product at least a week or more before I make up my mind about it - especially because while I'm patient about the results promised - one thing that happens even sooner is the breakout my sensitive skin gets! Thankfully after using this twice in a row for two weeks no breakouts (so I gave myself the go-ahead to stock up lol)!

Eyes: If you guys have followed this blog for a while, you've seen these babies before. These are my favorite gel eye pads - I find them most helpful for de-puffing under eye bags and really helping smooth out any of that crinkly skin I can get. One thing I have found they haven't done (and I've been using them for years) is help much with the actual darkness under eyes - but they also don't make claims to! I find that with the great depuffing and smoothing they do, all I need is a bit of undereye concealer and I'm good to go (this one has been my favorite, but I've also been sort of itching to try something new, so I just bought the travel size of this one that has incredible reviews). 

Hands: One ritual that I've incorporated into my nighttime routine (and takes all of 10 seconds) is using my Stressless body oil (a perfect lavender mixture from my oh-so-missed Boston-based Organic Bath Co.) for a little hand and cuticle massage. I keep it right on my nightstand table (and the packaging itself is so beautiful that it adds to the relaxing vibe of the bedroom) and apply it when I get into bed - then take a few deep inhalations of the fantastic smell and call it a night. My hands have been so happy and I really have felt so much more relaxed heading to sleep! (Ps for those who have asked about my bed this is it - we haven't added the canopy yet. It's almost $200 cheaper here than it is on Amazon)!

Body: I'm obsessed with any and everything Lush. Like OBSESSED. Even Liv is already addicted to their bath bombs. And their massage bars? I have the Pearl massage bar just sitting out on my bathroom and the room always smells fantastic (and so do I when I put it on)! I could buy all of their products - I'm currently trying out a new mask of theirs as well as some other products and will check back soon about how I feel about them (thanks to my sensitive skin mentioned above lol)!

What are some of your favorite products for at home pampering?

August 20, 2016

Weekend Vibes!

Enjoying a little Miami staycation with N this weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary (and my first weekend of derm residency actually NOT being on call)! Will add a few more pictures later in the weekend! Hope you all enjoy yours!

Dress  (comes in light denim like mine or medium denim, and is on sale for $30!)  //  Handbag  //  Watch  //  Sunglasses  //  Sandals

Top  //  Jeans  //  Handbag  //  Watch  //  Sandals (on crazy sale right now from the original $170 to $75!)
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