Arcona Transformed my Skin

Maybe saying the Arcona skin care products transformed my skin is being a bit over dramatic. But I’m telling you I think it actually did! Back in January, my friend Laura, who works for Arcona, offered to send me a sample starter pack from the Arcona skin care line if I’d share it on Instagram and/or Facebook. I agreed to share an Instagram post of me in one of their face-masks, but in truth, I don’t necessarily like to “endorse” a product or service unless I’ve really tried it and can share my honest feelings and opinions about it.

To be honest, my expectations were low. I have pretty sensitive skin and often break out when I change products. That’s why things like Birchbox were never really my jam. Getting a bunch of samples to try just means I’ll be getting a rash or zits or both, and I ain’t go time for that…I’m not really a beauty junkie at heart, but I am all for looking better and of course sharing things that work.

My friend Laura, a breast cancer survivor, insisted that Arcona saved her skin after chemo, so I was cautiously optimistic. She also told me about how it’s all natural and organic, made in small batches and cold processed to ensure full potency and benefits. Since it was time to replace what I was currently using, I decided to give it a shot.

OMG am I HAPPY

Denim Jackets are a Wardrobe Staple.

Denim jackets or jean jackets, whatever you call them, they’re the one thing both of us, Hallie AND Elana, have had in our wardrobes since we were like 8 years old. Back in the day, Hallie had one that was embroidered with “Do The Hustle” Total 70’s child, right? Maybe colors and washes have changed a little over the years but our denim jackets have been a constant workhorse no matter the date, or year.  And, it doesn’t matter how old you get, it’s a tried and true piece and a serious wardrobe must have. 

But here’s the thing, just like denim on the bottom, denim on the top changes too. To keep up with the times, the denim jacket can end up being long, short, frayed, dark, light, stitched, or embellished. But a good old fashioned lighter wash jean jacket ain’t goin’ nowhere.  They always work no matter the year, month, or day. They’re also great for dressing down any outfit that feels to dressed up, or just simply for keeping you warm. 

Here’s how to wear them…

Work Bags that you’d Happily Carry Off Duty too.

We’ve had a few clients on the hunt recently for work bags. You know the kind of bag that can hold your laptop, makeup, wallet, phone, spare chargers, snacks, and feminine hygiene if needed. BUT also still look stylish if you need to carry said bag to after work drinks or dinner. And a big bonus if the bag is chic enough to carry when off duty and the laptop is at home charging. That’s a tall order but we searched and searched and guess what? We found some real winners.

What Elements does a Chic Work Bag need to have?

-A work bag needs to hold a crap ton of stuff

-The handles need to be sturdy to hold all that stuff

-The bag must be LIGHTWEIGHT when empty (if not, when you put in all that stuff you’ll break your back for sure)

-It needs to look professional (like not Vera Bradley print busy) but also not like an old man’s briefcase.

Chic Work Bags We LOVE…

Leopard Print is on Trend, but not Trendy.

We’re seeing spots! Leopard print spots, that is. Splurge on it, or save on it, it’s everywhere and at every price point imaginable. So, either way, you can’t go wrong. The best part about it is, it’s one of those things that never go out of style, so it’s on trend, but not trendy no matter what year it is. So chances are you might already have it buried in the back of your closet.  If so, shop your closet, and pull it out.  And if not, we’re suggesting you give it a try because it’s having a really BIG moment. 

How to Wear Leopard Print Without Intimidation.

Here’s our one rule for wearing leopard print with ease… Think of it as a neutral. The print look can be a little scary for some, (no pun intended) but don’t think of it that way.  If you think of leopard print as a neutral it’s way easier to wear. It goes back to every color of the rainbow, so don’t worry about whether or not a certain color matches, cause chances are it most likely does. Like in the photo above, leopard AND turquoise AND floral?  The leopard is the neutral grounding it all. Instinctively you might reach for black or white to go with this print, but really the options are endless.  So, pick a piece of your clothing, or shoes, or accessories and swap it out for something more ferocious!  

The ONE Thing to Add for Fall

We promise, if there is ONE thing to add for fall 2018 that will spice up what you already own, it’s something leopard

Sephora Sale – What to Get at the BIG Event!

The Sephora Sale is their HUGE beauty insider event, going on right now! It’s sort of like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Beauty junkies. Remember how crazy everyone gets about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Now it’s the beauty obsessives turn. BTW, many of the Nordy items we had blogged about that sold out are NOW RESTOCKED AND ON SALE AGAIN! Here are links to our Nordy Sale roundups to help you sort thru if you want to try again. Hallie’s Picks, Elana’s Picks, Paris’ Picks (Sale prices will show up with these links, don’t worry)

Ok, back to beauty!! The Sephora sale discount amount is dependent on your Sephora membership status (meaning how much you spend a year) Signing up to be an insider is free – many of you may already be insiders like me but have never used it online. When I shop Sephora in person I just give them my phone # and they keep track of what I’ve spent and typically offer me a gift at checkout. But because of this event, I signed up online for the program to be linked (click here) and then, depending on how much you spend there annually, you are leveled into different categories with different benefits.

Public Access Starts TODAY!

Homecoming Dresses for the Win

School has started (Thank G-d). And if you have a high schooler, specifically a high school girl, she’s got ONE thing on her mind… where they’re going to find their homecoming dresses. I know this is true because my daughter has been talking about it ad nauseam, as have her friends, as have clients and readers who have been reaching out looking for suggestions about where to find their homecoming dresses.  I gotta be real here though, I am struggling with finding a homecoming dress for my daughter. Ironic right? Like this is my job! But when it comes to family it can get complicated.  In past years, honestly, I’ve been a little judgy looking at girls homecoming and prom photos. When I see them half naked, posing in all their glory, I’ve thought to myself (and heard from others) how could their parents let them go out of the house like that?!? But this year, with a daughter in high school, it’s my turn to eat crow. Because what she likes and sees as good looking, and what I like are not totally the same! Let’s just say karma’s a bitch baby.

They’re Basically Naked

I have a  non-psychological, psychological analysis as it relates to homecoming dresses…