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Three Steps to the Most Luxurious Lashes Ever

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October 22nd, 2014 · Print Print


With natural beauty all over the runways, one of the best ways to look natural yet put together is to rock luxe eyelashes.

Lashes are one of the most important pieces of your look. Taking care of your eyelashes so that they’re long, lush and healthy will save you a ton of time and effort when you’re getting ready.

Here are step-by-step instructions to ensure you’re making the most of your gorgeous lashes!

1. Start with a good base. If lashes are the focus of your look, skin has to look perfect. The best way to achieve this isn’t by adding a ton of foundation. It’s starting with healthy skin. Use a gentle cleanser, like the Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Cleanser, which doesn’t have any harsh chemicals and follow with a moisturizer that has SPF to protect your skin, like the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.

2. Use a natural shadow. Just because you want va-va-voom lashes doesn’t mean you need to wear nighttime makeup during the day. Stick to your usual your daytime look, and pick an eye shadow that’s a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.

3. Coat your top and bottom eyelashes with primer and mascara. Make sure each lash is coated with mascara, even if you have to use two coats.  It’s crucial to give your makeup extra surface area to stick to!

4. Dust your face with translucent powder. When your whole look is complete, dust translucent powder all over your face. This gives your makeup extra staying power, which helps it last all day and night. 

When you need to remove your gorgeous lashes, remember to reach for Simple Skincare Eye Makeup Remover Pads – they’re a lifesaver when you’re ready for bed and done with your beautiful lashes!

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booties and breast cancer awareness

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October 20th, 2014 · Print Print


So, I bought these shorts literally one day before finding out that I was pregnant — and not surprisingly, pretty shortly afterwards I tried to button them up and the answer was a resounding ‘not a chance, lady.’

In fact, big shock, I wore them exactly one time before tucking them away into a post-baby drawer, where they stayed for almost exactly a year, until this weekend.

And here they are: and oh my gosh, I sure do love them. 

And they paired perfectly with these boots from Nine West, who very kindly let me pick them out from the Galleria store as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts!  They’ve partnered with the CFDA to donate $25 of every $125 purchase to a breast cancer research fund, so if you’re looking for some boots this season, stop in before the 21st to take advantage of their pledge!  (And you’ll also get a free gift with purchase too!)

We have a good friend who is in treatment for breast cancer right now, and this month, I feel particularly grateful for the medical advances we’ve made in the last ten years.  Nearly everyone I know has been touched by this disease in some way, and I know it’s near and dear to many of your hearts, as well as mine. 

Nine West boots, LF shorts, Forever 21 tank and necklace, FEED x Rachel Roy purse, Soko and Tanya Lochridge bracelets.




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baby bear: at five months

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October 17th, 2014 · Print Print


Baby Bear,

The strangest thing happened this month. 

No, life didn’t calm down.  You went straight from your four-month sleep regression into back-to-back colds, ear infections, and then a stomach bug.  In the last few weeks, you have been sick more days than you have been healthy. 

Which meant: less sleep, more tears, and lots of hand-wringing for mom.  When something is bothering you, nothing is more important to me than to fix it, any way I can.

But, you know what? 

Sometimes I can’t.

Sometimes you have to do it on your own.  Obviously, I’ll do anything I can to help — whether it’s rocking you to sleep, taking you to the doctor, or just making sure you’re comfortable. 

But fighting off that cold?  Or learning that new skill, the one that’s keeping you up at night because your little brain has almost mastered it?

Those things, you have to do on your own.

And no matter how much I want to help… there are times when I can’t.  And I need to remember that’s not the end of the world.


See, in the midst of this crazy month, I had a realization. 

For the last five months, I’ve been waiting for that moment in the future when things would get easier.  And each time something gets in the way, I get frustrated: “He’d be sleeping through the night if only he didn’t have a cold” or “he’d be happy during the day if only we hadn’t gone straight into teething.”

And you know what?  I’ve spent too much time waiting for that moment in the future when everything would be perfect.  When you’d be smiling and perfectly healthy and I’d have nothing to worry about.

When that happens, I figured, then I could just relax.

But you know what?

In being so focused on the future, I’ve been letting myself lose track of all the wonderful moments that I get to see every single day

Even when you’re sick.  Even when you’re up all night.

It makes me a little sad.  Especially in those frantic newborn days, now I see so clearly: I worried too much.  I was so scared of doing something wrong, of not knowing what I was doing, I made myself miserable trying to figure out how to do everything right.  I googled everything for hours instead of just trusting my instincts and doing my best. 

I didn’t spend enough time just taking in the moments, enjoying them.  They went by as quickly as everyone says, and I wish I’d cherished them just a little bit more. 

But, you know what?  You’re only five months old.  There’s a lot of time left to enjoy those little moments, even the not-perfect ones. 

And even with my nervousness, my first-time-mom jitters, and all the things that I’ve worried about: these last few months have been lovely.  They’ve been amazing.  Sure, we’ve had a day here and there with tears from you and me both, but we’ve also read stories, gone for walks, snuggled in bed, played with the dogs, and smiled and laughed. 

We’ve had a blast, you and me (and dad). 

Five months.  It went by in a flash.  And I know month six will be our best yet.

With all my love,

Your mom.


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