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Fashion Week Beauty Must-Haves!

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September 19th, 2014 · Print Print

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So, after eight straight Fashion Week seasons — I am a certified expert in packing for Fashion Week. 

Which is no small feat: let’s face it, it’s easy to over pack.  For many seasons, I’d cram every beauty product I could possibly want into a giant case, and then I’d get to the hotel and unpack them, and four or five days later, as I was packing them up again, I’d realize: I only used a handful of all those products.

Because, you know what?  Fashion Week isn’t the time to try the random sparkly glitter eyeshadow that you’ve never used before.  Fashion Week is the time to stick to your essentials, to pull out a few tried-and-true looks, and to keep your beauty routine streamlined and well-planned.

Fashion Week is the very worst time to have your skin react to a new product, or to realize that glitter eyeshadow doesn’t photograph quite as well as it looks in the mirror.

So now, my beauty case is a lot smaller.  I stick to my essentials, the products that I love so much that I couldn’t possibly leave them at home.  I add a few short-on-time necessities (makeup wipes, eye remover pads), and throw in an extra lipstick or two.  But for the most part, I stick to my favorite products.

Even though I didn’t make the trip this September, I plan to again in February!  So with that in mind, here’s what I’ll be packing:

Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes: These are the first thing I reach for whenever I pack for a trip, whether it’s for Fashion Week or work or a vacation.  When you’re too exhausted to take off your makeup at the end of the night (which, let’s face it, sometimes happens), they’re nothing short of lifesaving. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette: I like bringing a palette of eyeshadows so I have some variety, but with colors I’ve tested and love.  This one is a few seasons old, but their Ammo Palette is pretty similar for colors. 

Lancome Flash Bronzer: I always try to get a spray tan before Fashion Week, but sometimes my skin needs a little touch of bronze a few days later.  This lotion is subtle, easy to apply yourself, and never streaks. 

Polish Touch-Ups: If I get a gel manicure beforehand, I don’t bring polish with me, but if not, I like to make sure I have colors that work for my fingers and toes.  Chipped nail polish is completely inevitable when you’re traveling and navigating the city, so backups are key! 

Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser: I love how gentle this product is!  It’s amazing for removing all the city dirt and grime that accumulates on my skin.  Despite how much I love makeup wipes, I’m religious about washing my face with real cleanser twice a day, so this bottle is always a must-have.

Makeup: Again, stick to daily essentials with makeup.  A favorite mascara, concealer, and lipstick are must-have essentials!  For lipstick, I like to pick an everyday soft pink shade, and a bold coral or red for night!

Those are my streamlined Fashion Week must-haves!  What’s in your beauty bag for a big trip?

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baby bear: four months

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September 17th, 2014 · Print Print

Baby Bear,

I say this every month, but I think we are finally getting life under control!

See, here’s the thing. You take your sweet new baby home from the hospital, and for a few weeks, insanity ensues. You don’t have enough time to shower, brush your teeth, or check your email before it’s time for another diaper change, feeding, nap attempt, cuddle, whatever. Around the clock. Without a break.

And then a few weeks go by and it gets a little easier, and you think, “ok, we’re in the clear. From now on, things are going to be smooth sailing.”

But the real truth is: life with a baby doesn’t exactly get easier each month… it just get different.

Sure, some things get easier. When a four month old cries, you have a general sense of what the issue may be, and you know how to solve 90% of the possible problems.  And by now, I feel like I have a basic idea of how to take care of a baby, something that I just did not have when you were born.

(True story: when they put you on my chest, the first thing I said was, “I don’t know what I’m doing.”  I kid you not.  Those were the first words you heard your mom say. I had never held a newborn before, and you were so tiny that I was terrified that I might somehow hurt you.)

But now, you’re a little bigger and a little sturdier, and not quite so terrifyingly delicate — which puts my mind at ease, at least a tiny bit.  So, lots of things do get easier as the months go by.

But… other things get harder.

Like, say, sleep.

Here’s what no one tells you: It is completely possible for a four-month-old baby to sleep worse than a newborn.  Remember my little two-week-old baby who slept for four or six hours at a time?  Well, that baby turned into a three-and-a-half-month old who slept for no more than ninety minutes at once, ever, for weeks on end.  It.  Was.  Brutal.

But even in my extensively sleep-deprived state, watching you grow has been so much fun, and this month brought so many amazing new moments.

And, here, I’ll say it.

You are just SO darn cool.

Whether it’s learning to roll over or learning to laugh (!), it seems like every day brings some new skill. And it’s amazing to watch you discover each of these tiny little actions that remind us: you are slowly growing into your own little person, with all your own likes and dislikes and joys and sorrows. That’s the most incredible thing to watch, really — to see this little person emerge from an unformed newborn into something that’s starting to resemble a child.

And that’s what I’m most excited about, as the months go on — watching you become yourself, learning your place in the world, and seeing the person you become.

I said this while I was pregnant, and I feel it even more now: creating a life was a wonderful thing, and the experience of pregnancy was something I will cherish forever. But parenting is a million times more rewarding, more exciting, and more fulfilling than the biological process of pregnancy. Whether you had joined our family through birth, through adoption, or some other way, your entrance into our lives is an incredibly opportunity.  It’s the opportunity to guide a new person into becoming a happy, healthy, kind, and compassionate human being.

I think about that goal all the time, and I hope, as you develop more and more every day, that I’m doing a good job.

With so much love, and more every single day,

Your mom.

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Skin Benefits for the Yoga Skeptic

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September 16th, 2014 · Print Print

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One thing I love about yoga is that it’s not just exercise — it’s great for your mind, body and your skin.

Yoga requires a lot of deep breaths that deliver more oxygen to your skin, and is known to help increase circulation to help flush out toxins

Doing yoga also improves flexibility, energy and posture, and builds core strength in a low-impact, relaxing way. It even helps with stress and immune system function, and has been linked to lower cholesterol.

Best of all?  You can do it in a studio or right at home!  There are great videos, websites, and apps to teach you the positions, and you don’t need anything more than a mat to get started!

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