I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m the biggest trend follower but sometimes a trend just hits home and I dive right in! The satin midi skirts that have been all over have really been speaking to me. That’s particularly true for the animal print ones. I think that they give you a fun ability to dress an outfit up or down depending on if you wear heels or sneakers and what type of top you wear. I embrace any opportunity to get dressed in something besides athletic wear and wear sneakers so I am all over this look! I thought that it would be fun to pair my new favorite band tee with it but for night time I can also wear a black top. Also, I got this jacket for the holidays and I am OBSESSED with it! It is so reasonably priced, comfortable, and I love that it has a detachable hood. I like that the sweatshirt fabric hood is detachable because I can keep it on when I want a more casual look and remove it when I want it to be dressier. I linked some of my other favorite leopard skirts below!
Shopbop’s big sale is here and its the perfect time to stock up on Spring/Summer wardrobe pieces! I know that the items that Shopbop carries can be pricier so I kept all of my picks to items under $100. Its the perfect time to get the sandals, shorts, and other essentials that you’ll wear all season long once the sun comes out! Just use the code GOBIG19 to receive 15% off orders of $200 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more and 25% orders of $800 or more. Click on any image above or below to shop.
A little bit ago I asked on my Instagram stories what you guys are currently searching for and was shocked how many people said bathing suits! It’s never too early to start dreaming of warmer weather. In fact, I think its a bit of a lifeline for these winter months! I know a lot of people are also preparing to go on vacation somewhere warm. If you are going away, make sure to also check out my Spring Break Clothes Under $100 post. I tried to cover all of the bases here with a variety of bikinis and one pieces. I also made sure to include some more appropriate options for times when you don’t want your a** hanging out, like when you are around your dad or playing with your kids. They’re all super cute! Click on any image to shop.
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Spring Break is just around the corner! Isn’t it funny to think about what Spring Break means as a kid versus a college student versus a parent? I actually met my husband on (actually on the plane to) the MOST college Spring Break trip to exist. It was in Acapulco, Mexico and was straight out of the scene from MTV Spring Break. Who else remembers those videos on MTV and then again of Ross on Friends haha. This trip was full of wet t-shirt contests (I did not participate) and all of the other college break scenes that you could imagine. Nowadays, the reference to Spring Break in my circle is from my friends who are teachers and families that I am planning vacations for (I am a travel agent and my company is the Cozy Traveler and it is an affiliate of Smartflyer for those of you that don’t know). Even if its not during Spring Break timing for schools, this is the best time to go away because all of the magic of winter has more than worn off and with the lack of holidays, these next few months move by slowly (particularly slowly when you are recovering from surgery and haven’t left the house in 5 weeks!!!).
So, whose going away for Spring Break? I wish that I was going away but since I’m not, you’ll have to say hi to the sunshine for me and soak it all up! Either way, looking at Spring/Summer clothes and starting to shop for them gets me in a better mood. Its fun to have new pieces that you are excited about packing and bringing on vacation. I know that going on vacation can hurt your wallet enough though so all of these picks are under $100! Stay tuned later in the week for my bathing suit roundup…it’s amazing! Let’s get shopping for your warm weather vacation! Just click on any image to shop!
Here is a makeup free, edit free, harsh AF lit selfie for today’s skin care routine post. My skin is obviously far from perfect! However, I put a lot of effort into taking great care of it and I feel like it loves me back when I do. It’s our biggest organ and I think that it’s important to treat it nicely. I am someone that values feeling clean and soft more so than feeling ‘done up’ so skincare is definitely a passion of mine over makeup (although clearly makeup is very important haha). I’m a big believer that your makeup can only look good if the skin that you are applying it to looks good and is healthy.
I have really stepped up my skincare regimen within the last 5 years and have noticed a huge difference in my skin from so many of these products and steps. In today’s post, I break down all of my routines (the routine after I shower and before bed are the most important) and talk about the products that have been game changers for me. Because I am interested in skin care, I try a decent amount of products and always circle back to these because I can’t find others that measure up (I also rule out a lot of them because I’m so picky about scents..whoops). I know that there’s a lot of steps but they are worth it and can be done quicker once you get in a rhythm. If you don’t workout in the morning, just use my ‘Post Shower’ routine as your morning routine and my night routine as your night routine. Here it goes..
Morning Routine…right when I wake up, before I workout:
Face Wipes: Leaning over a sink and half bending to wash my face really hurts my back so in the morning I will just clean my face with one of these face wipes.
Eye cream: Since I’m going to shower after I workout, I am stingy with the amount of eye cream I use first thing in the morning but I use some none the less. I have a lot of lines under my eyes and pretty prominent crows feet (for a 29 year old) so I really appreciate how thick and ‘real deal’ this eye cream feels. I’ve noticed a difference since I started using in with how my under eye concealer sets as well.
Moisturizer: I could bathe in this stuff I love it so much. It feels so luxurious when you’re putting it on and works so well. It doesn’t leave you greasy but still is so hydrating. Once again, since I’m going to workout soon after, I am cheap with the amount of product I use at this point in the day.
In The Shower…following my workout:
Face wash: I do my deep clean face wash once I get in the shower after my workout (sometimes I don’t shower for a while after I workout though…whoops). I use this Clarisonic brush with my face was 2-3 times a week and the other days I put it on with my hands. You want to be careful about how many times you exfoliate your face in a week.
Additional Face Wash For Breakouts: I add this in only when I’m having breakouts or am feeling like I’m about to have a breakout. I scrub it on the Clarisonic brush first and then use the brush on my face. I noticed that adding this additional face washing step it helps with acne when I see it! If I’m using this, I will use it before my other face wash because it doesn’t leave your skin feeling soft.
Morning Routine…after I shower following my workout:
Toner: Toner is a GAME CHANGER for breakouts and clearing up your skin. I am so glad that I added it into my routine because I’ve seen big changes from it. This one smells awesome and feels different than the others that I’ve tried. It is pricey but lasts SO long. My bottle lasts me at least a year. I just pump it once into my hand and then rub it onto my face directly. Then, I let it soak in for a couple of minutes and put on my deodorant and stuff.
Vitamin C Serum: This is the product that I most recently added into my routine and I’m so glad that I did. It has changed the brightness of my skin in a great way! I was reluctant to spend more money on my skincare routine so I held off on adding it for so long but now I realize that the bottle I bought will last for forever (I bet it lasts me well over a year). You need such a tiny amount and the bottle is so big. I heard that it can make your skin sensitive to the sun so in the warmer months I will likely switch this into my night time routine. I pump one pump into my hand and then spread it all over my face (its a tiny amount). I let this soak into my skin for a couple of minutes and moisturize my body in the meantime. If you do that, make sure to wash your hands well after so that you don’t get the body lotion on your face.
Eye cream: Same daytime one as earlier in the morning. I’m trying to be better about remembering to apply it with my ring finger since its such sensitive skin.
Face oil: This is a game changer for moisturizing! It will not make you break out, don’t be deceived. Just put a tiny amount into your hand and then massage it into your skin. After this, I want it to soak in for a couple of minutes so I brush out my hair.
Moisturizer: Same product that I use first thing in the morning. I love that it has SPF 30 in it for the day time.
Night Routine…right before bed:
Face Wash: Depending on if I wore makeup or not, I will actually wash my face with my face wash (if I wore makeup) or just use the wipes again (a lot of the reason I don’t wear makeup frequently is because it hurts my back so much taking it off so my goal is to use the wipes).
Eye Cream: Using a night time specific eye cream has been so helpful for me. I’m not sure why but in the morning I can tell the difference if I used this one versus another one.
Face Oil: This night time face oil is my great addition. I discovered it a couple of years ago and I can’t live without it. I used to travel without it but I was missing it so much that I now have to bring it where ever I go. If I don’t have it, my face feels so dry! I am more generous with lathering this on (I pump it into my hand and then onto my face) because I typically workout in the morning so I don’t care if my hair gets a little of it in it. If you’re worried about it though, I would just tie your hair up and then use a couple of small drops and you’d be totally fine. This product is pricey but lasts me half a year on average (and would last you longer if you weren’t as excessive as I am).
Jade Roll: On the nights that I am dedicated, I will use my jade roller after putting on the oil to really make it soak in. I want to be better about adding in this step because I really only do it once a week on average. I really love it and feel it de-puff my face mainly, I just get lazy.
Moisturizer: After letting the face oil soak in for a few minutes while I do other tasks to get ready for bed, I apply my moisturizer. Then, I try to do a few more tasks to let it soak in before getting in bed.
Weekly routine..once a week on average (some weeks I DEFINITELY skip):
Tanning Lotion: During the colder months, I use this awesome tanning lotion once a week or once every 2 weeks. One bottle lasts me a year so its definitely worth the investment. The cream is white and you cannot mess up the application. It’s SO easy, you just apply it like regular lotion and don’t have to worry about streaks. Just rub it in and then wash your hands and let it dry for a couple of minutes before putting on your clothes. I’ll apply in in the morning and then shower later in the day so that I don’t get in my sheets with it on, even though I’m sure it would be fine because the cream is white. It doesn’t smell bad but I just don’t LOVE the smell and I’m a psycho about being clean so I want to shower a few hours after applying it even though I know it would be more effective if I didn’t. It produces a really subtle and awesome fake tan and I couldn’t recommend it more. I put it on my face as well and have never had any issues. I get asked a lot about the brown bottle versus the white bottle and they’re the same thing.
Face Mask: On Sundays, I try and do a face mask. Full transparency, I probably only realistically do this half the Sundays of the year. I do my face masks after I shower because my pours open up in the steam. Some of my favorites are this one for brightening, this one for acne/general care, and this one for extra moisture and to use when I travel. I also just bought this one to try because I heard great things.
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My mom has the most perfect (natural) teeth on the planet. I remember being a kid and being amazed at how white and straight they were. Even before I really valued it, I knew that it was special. After all, its hard not to notice people’s smiles. Someone’s smile is so important. I feel like someone’s smile (and how much they use it) really gives you a sense of that person. I started valuing it from a young age and added it to my list of the many reasons that I wanted to be just like my mom.
When I was around 14 years old, a local family in my town lost their home and all of their possessions in a fire. My mom bought them tons of new clothes, toys and other things. The mom of the family was a dental hygienist at my dentists’ office so as a thank you she offered to give us all teeth whitening trays. My mom turned her down a few times but eventually accepted and continued her selflessness by giving them to my sister and I (I guess she also didn’t need it haha). I’ve used those trays on and off over the years but my teeth have shifted and changed since I was so young so I really needed new trays. I quickly found out that if you are not getting them comped like I originally did, they are actually really expensive!
Enter Smile Brilliant! Smile brilliant is an affordable and easy solution to teeth whitening. Its truly made for everyone because the price point is attainable and you can do everything from home. As you may know, I do as much as I can from home. I online shop, get a lot of my groceries delivered, abuse my Amazon Prime membership, and all that jazz. Therefore, I was pumped to not have to go to an office to get my trays made.
At first, I was slightly intimidated that making my molds was going to be confusing but it was SO easy! They give you fool proof instructions in your package. The whole process took me 10 minutes maximum.
I don’t drink coffee (I’m too naturally prone to anxiety to be able to handle caffeine), I don’t drink wine or other colored beverages (I don’t produce an enzyme to digest alcohol through my liver or I would gladly drink wine haha), I don’t smoke and I just generally avoid a lot of the things that would discolor my teeth to begin with. I think that this helps me see lasting results from whitening my teeth and its a silver lining to the rest.
Now, I will be using my system for years to come for ‘touch ups’ every now and again! Plus, I’ll be keeping up with my lipstick usage, which always helps my teeth look whiter, even if they have lipstick on them half the time like a crazy person!
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You guys know that I love a great excuse to get dolled up and fancy. I am either in sweatpants or a dress basically. My sister and I always joke because when she asks what I’m going to wear to something she goes so are you going homeless vibe or wearing a dress? I would like to add that I also wear athleisure a good amount haha. On NYE I like to take the opportunity to get fully dressed up. I’m not a big sparkle or glitz girl (except for when it comes to diamonds, I mean come on haha). Even if you don’t have fancy NYE plans, I think that dressing up in a festive outfit is a way to make it feel different than any other night. Well that and champagne but we all know I can’t drink so I have to wear extra glitter in my outfit to compensate.
This year, I will be in Florida for NYE. My parents always celebrated NYE with their best friends and when we were kids we used to celebrate with them. They recently moved to Florida so after my dad’s passing they kindly invited us down there to celebrate it with them. We are one big extended family (kids included) and so it will be good to all be together for it. It’s another holiday in the list of them all that is crappy this year so I am glad that we will be together as a group/fam. We are going to stay at their condo and all hang out. What are your plans for NYE? Are you going big or laying low?
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Christmas Day is right around the corner. It’s one of those days where I’m looking to wear something that is equal parts cute, comfortable, and festive. We spend a lot of time lounging on the couch so I like to be comfortable. I also like to get on the ground and play with my niece and nephew (I mean, they obviously need to play with all their new toys and I want in on the excitement) so I like something that allows me to do that. However, you know I don’t pass up on opportunity to dress for a theme or holiday. These items are the perfect balance of dressy and comfortable. There are a lot of great sweaters here too, which are great for the winter months ahead as well. Just click on an image below to shop!
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Who else has some holiday parties coming up? I have Jay’s work party, which is really a pretty lit party filled with 20-somethings who have that NYC-startup thinking going on. It’s such a fun time of year to dress up and really go all out. This time of year, along with vacation, are my favorite things to dress for. I love a good excuse to get fancy! A lot of these items are also perfect for winter weddings. I have one next week and I think that so many of these dresses would be perfect for it and the welcome dinner. I hope this helps get you in the festive spirit!
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The sales seem to kick off earlier and earlier every year now. Luckily, I get some insider scoop as to when retailers will be hosting sales and when they will be ending them. I also have a couple of special codes for retailers. I spent a lifetime searching the internet and rounded up all of the BEST sale items in this post! Just click on an image to shop or click into a retailer’s name to shop the sale in general.
Gorjana: 20% off site wide + free gift with exclusive code CYBERSAVE20; Dates: 11/25-11/27.
They never have sales and this one is exclusive to Rewardstyle bloggers’ readers (aka YOU). The choker I wear all the time is linked as the first item.
JCrew: 50% off everything + 60% off select styles with code CYBER
Free People: 50% off select styles; 30% off other select styles
Anthropologie: 30% off everything
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off select styles
ASOS: 20% off site wide with code EPIC25
Bloomingdales: Take 25% off items labeled Take 25% off
Sephora: 50% off select items
Macy’s: 20% off Macy’s Cyber Monday + Free Shipping at $25 with code CYBER
Old Navy: 50% off everything
Pottery Barn: 25% off regular priced items + free shipping with code CYBER
Topshop: Up to 50% off selected lines, with free standard worldwide delivery plus stackable 10% student discount
Baublebar: 35% off everything with code CYBER35
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Today’s gift guide is for your dad and father in law. For the record though, my 29 year old husband owns and loves a bunch of these items so I think that they are applicable for men in general. I included a few of my dad’s favorite things in this guide. If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the words next to the number below.
Sneakers: My dad was sending us texts in our group chat multiple times about how fan-fu*****-tastic these sneakers are right before his passing. We even buried him in them because he was so passionate and excited about them. My husband has them and says that they are not designed for exercise but are good for everyday wear. They are really breathable so your foot doesn’t get sweaty.
Pillow: This is such a great pillow. Its really the pillow for everyone because it has an inner layer that you can remove if you want it to be thinner. It was designed with a lot of special technology to make it conform to your head and neck in the best way.
Speaker: This device is so awesome! We have one and love it. I really like how this one has the brass/brown details at the bottom. I think that it gives it a cool and masculine edge. In addition to using it for music, its great for setting timers, asking about the weather, asking facts, setting reminders, and so much more.
Steam Grill Cleaner: This gift is awesome for the grill master. It is a grill cleaning brush that involves steam to get it extra clean! I couldn’t have a dad gift guide without a grill item!
Cooler: This cooler bag is the best there is. It’s perfect for bringing some beer to the beach or a tailgate. It can also be used to transport food I guess haha.
DNA Kit: 23 & Me is such an awesome gift for a parent. It’s so interesting to find out all of the results. We got it for my dad last year for Chanukah and found out some really interesting facts about his, and therefore my, heritage. It’s fun for them to get and share the results with everyone as well. It’s all so easy to do. Plus, if you’re giving it to a birth parent, then you will also learn things about your own DNA.
Cologne: This is the greatest cologne. Its actually unisex and designed with special science to smell good on and adapt to everyone. It’s worth the price tag.
PJ Pants: These are the softest and most incredible feeling PJ pants in the world. Both my dad and husband have had and loved them for years. They are thin and lightweight so they aren’t like other pajama pants that people who get hot while they sleep hate. They feel like butter!
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Look, I may not know how to change the oil in my car or how to get most places in the world (the saying ‘directionally challenged’ was coined for me) but I do know a thing or two about coziness! After all, they don’t call me the Cozy Curator for nothing! I really value soft things, loungewear, amazing smelling candles and more. This is truly the ‘cozy girl’ survival kit. These items are really great for women at any age! If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the URLs below.
Weekend Sweater: I have a “Sundays” t-shirt and seriously wear it every Sunday. Its so nice to have special weekend cozy-wear that you look forward to putting on. Plus, you can pair this with some faux leather leggings and cute booties and have the perfect outfit for brunch in the winter. It’s currently on sale and priced so well!
Candle: I get this scented candle every single year and LOVE the style that they are offering this year. It is the BEST smelling candle and gives off all of the cozy, winter scents. It smells just like a balsam tree (but in a subtle way that does not smell artificial) combined with other wintery scents. The amount of compliments that I get on the scent of this candle is absurd.
Pearl Embellished Pullover: This is the pullover that I’m wearing in the photo! The pearl details on this add a dressier element to what is really just a comfy sweatshirt. Its thin/lightweight and is perfect with joggers or leggings. It runs true to size.
Robe: The softest and coziest robe of all time. Perfect for cold winter days! It comes in so many colors.
Set with Lace Details: I need this set! Feminine loungewear that makes you look dressed up when you’re anything but dressed up is where it’s at! I love the “color” and lace details!
Blanket: This is the blanket version of that robe. It is insanely soft. Its basically an adult baby blanket and so comforting! It comes in a ton of colors.
Slow Cooker: This is the best slow cooker/crockpot of all time. I know I’ve talked about it before but that’s because my obsession with it is REAL. The inside of it is all-clad so you can use it on your stovetop, in your oven, and in the slow cooker. That means that you can brown your meats, garlic, whatever on the stovetop before starting your crockpot recipe and only use one pot the whole time (life changing). It also has a steam function that I use ALL THE TIME! You can even cook rice in it. Its truly an ‘all in one’ device and perfect for every cozy meal!
Fuzzy Half-Zip: I posted this last year and people went crazy for it. I call it a ‘wearable blanket.’ Its the warmest and best thing. Its perfect to throw on when you’re cold at home or even as a fleece when you’re out running errands and what not. Its currently on major sale and will sell out soon so get on it! Multiple people told me that they got it for their moms last year and that they loved it so its really a perfect gift for everyone!