Let’s Talk Face Oils

faceoilI think a lot of people cringe at the idea of face oils. Putting oil on your skin when you’re apt to shininess or prone to breakouts may seem counterintuitive, but it’s not, seriously. The plant oils used in face products are the non-comedogenic kind, which means they aren’t pore-clogging; so while everyone’s skin reacts differently, these facial oils won’t be the cause of breakouts for most. That’s good news because these babies are great sources of moisture. My face gets super dry during the winter months and whenever I use a facial oil, my skin feels so rejuvenated. I find it best to apply almost immediately after cleansing, when your skin is still slightly damp. It helps to seal in moisture as well as in application.

  1. Josie Maran Argan Oil, $48
  2. Bio-Oil, $16.99
  3. Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil, $46
  4. Rodin Olio Lusso, $150
  5. Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil, $62

Deal of the Week

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{ F21 Animal Print Blazer, $16.99 }

Blazers are a prime example of a wardrobe staple. Normally they come pretty basic to take you from class or work to drinks with friends, even to weekends spent running errands. No matter what the occasion, every girl should have this classic piece stashed in her closet to get her by. But, ever think of trying a not-so-basic blazer? This animal print one from Forever 21 would make  a nice addition, coming in as a steal at half off its original price. It’s such a fun look that’s still relatively neutral in color, so you can make a statement without straying too far from your comfort zone.

Currently Coveting

PAPE-WP4_V1{ Paper Crown Serena Legging, $158 }

Let’s face it, not all faux leather leggings are created equal. Some are super shiny and rubbery looking, which definitely defeats the purpose of going for a leather-like look. I’ve seen my share of terrible ones, but I’ve been searching the web for a great pair. I really like these ones from Paper Crown ( they look great on LC here and here) or these from Zara.

Classic Reads

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As I mentioned earlier in the week, one of my favorite winter activities is curling up with a good book. There’s nothing quite like getting lost in another world for a bit, and, for me at least, novels always cause me to feel a closer attachment to characters and places than any television series ever can. So much so, that some tales I can read over and over again without them ever feeling stale or boring. Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 go-to novels.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery While this list isn’t in order, this book is probably my favorite of all time. It’s written for children, but I think it transcends that category into just being a beautiful story for anyone.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Besides the infamous love story, the best part of Gatsby for me is Fitzgerald’s ability to make the roaring 20’s come to life on paper.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll I loved this since I was a child. It’s such a fantastical little world that’s such a pleasure to visit every once in a while.

Harry Potter 1-7 by J. K. Rowling Seriously, any one of them at any time. I can just get lost in them.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro This story is truly heartbreaking. I always love reading about the characters making everyday discoveries and living their lives regardless of their futures.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck My initial re-reading of this occurred because I honestly needed another go to fully grasp it at the time. Now when I revisit it, it’s just to read a great view on life, family, and love – good or bad.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho This is magically thought-provoking, with a tiny bit of self-helpyness thrown in, but sometimes that’s needed.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen I have just two words: Mr. Darcy.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Sometimes I really love the stories about nothing besides the mundane and exciting occurrences of everyday life. This book reads like summer.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy The beautiful prose alone is worth coming back for more, but so is the post-apocalyptic story.

Chunky Knits

Here in Philly, everyday this week will be below freezing. Leaving the house is sure going to be a challenge, because all I want to do when it’s cold is cuddle up with a nice warm blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book. Since that won’t really be an option, I plan on wearing a variety of comfy and chunky knit sweaters similar to those below. They should do just as well as any blanket, but in a much more stylish manner.

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  1. Chicnova Retro Cable Knit Sweater, $53.40
  2. Girl. by Band of Outsiders Cable Knit Sweater, $285
  3. Chicnova Vintage Cable Knit Jumper, $77.40
  4. Acne Lia Cable Knit Cropped Jumper, $150
  5. Vince Textured Knit Sweater, $180
  6. Mango Cotton Cable Knit Jumper, $24.99
  7. By Malene Birger Kittia Sweater, $261
  8. Chicnova Cable Knit Jumper with Collar, $89.40

Currently Coveting

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This edition of Currently Coveting is something I think everyone can relate to: a vacation. Right now, I’m longing to lounge in the sun on a quiet beach with a drink in my hand and the breeze in my hair. I know I can’t be alone in this, especially during this time of year. Well, that is if your area experiences winter, at least. Almost everyday this week alone has been dreary, dark, and downright cold; it’s enough to make more than just bears want to hibernate.