Monday, August 26, 2013

Fruit Salad

 Dress: Forever 21
Belt: Gap
Navy tights: Hue
Gold oxfords: Seychelles
Glasses: Warby Parker (Marshall)
Earrings: Shoplately
If you are in need of cute dresses on a budget and are size 8 and up, I highly recommend Forever 21's Plus Size section.  I find that the dresses in that section are better quality than their regular line, with some added length and ability to actually move and play in!  I plan on wearing this obnoxiously bright dress throughout the entire year, and I think navy tights and oxfords autumn it up nicely.  Ah, late summer.  This may just be my favorite time of year.  Oktoberfest is just around the corner, Rowena begins kindergarten, choir practices start, Bath & Body Works pumpkin candles are back in season, and hot chocolate is definitely in my near future.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Wedding Blues

I just liked the title.  No blues were had.  Perhaps the only disappointment was that my camera completely ignored the metallic stars on my dress.
Dress: Forever 21
Cami: Shade Clothing (RIP)
Belt: Gap
Sandals: Miz Mooz
Earrings: Glint & Gleam

My friends got married outside, and it was beautiful.  Amy, the bride, can be described as Pinterest in a mini mason jar.  It was an adorable wedding, complete with a bluegrass band welcoming us as we entered the lawn.  I brought along a strange man:
And met some dear friends:
We admired the decor of white with scatterings of hops and wildflowers:
And then the wine took over.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dickinson's Pore Perfecting Toner Review

My skin hasn't been the same since I had (gave birth to? Pushed out? Idk.) Gabriel last year.  Gone was my foundation-free life and no-makeup days.  My skin became redder, bumpier, and prone to breakouts, my cheeks flaky and croissant-like.  Ah, what poetry!  Don't you feel like you're reading Oscar Wilde?  

I tried exfoliating more, exfoliating less, an expensive LUSH face wash, a paraben-riddled moisturizer, and a several other tactics.  One fateful day at Walgreens one month ago, I spotted a clear bottle of Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner.  I used Dickinson's original witch hazel and Thayer's Rose Witch Hazel Toner before, both of which I still have half full in the medicine cabinet.  I decided to plunk down the $5 and purchase the dang thing.   I began to use the toner in the morning and evening with a cotton ball and swipe it gently all over my face.  Three days later, my skin improved drastically. 

Before- note the moisturizer in the hairline:
 After- note the glob of moisturizer on my nose-crevice:
 I'm swear I'm not trying to pose-- I just wanted to pull back my bangs!
(Sidenote- Darin always teases me because of my moisturizing skills. 
 I always, always fail to rub it in thoroughly.)

I hope that these pictures show how much my skin has improved.  I still have some redness, but the texture of my skin is so much smoother.  You can't see it in the Before photo, but I have serious flaky patches on my upper and lower cheeks.  They're gone now!  My skin has become more luminous, too.  I have been using this toner for a month and I am oh-so-happy with the results.  

Get thee to the drugstore and buy this!  I bought a back-up bottle yesterday because Walgreens had a special display in which you can fill out the attached rebate and get a full refund!  It's FREEE!  Well, as long as you remember to fill it out and send it in.  Oh rebates, you fickle demons.
Let me know if you have tried this!
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