Beauty

What to wear to work!

Isn’t it the worst feeling when you wake up in the morning and ask yourself, “what am I going to wear to work?” Often I find myself asking the same question. When I moved to California I decided to clean out my closet and re-vamp a lot of my work outfits. Now that I would be living in a much different climate, I thought it was necessary to update some of my looks. I’ve decided to show my work inspired outfits in this blog to help give you inspiration for your own work looks.

Although it’s work, we can still have a bunch of really great and fun outfits. Lucky for us we can also take some of these pieces and transition them into our everyday styles. Spending a lot of money on work outfits is not necessary, it’s more about finding something that’s cute, fresh, and has a good overall fit for your body. I have found a few brands I tend to gravitate to, not only work, but my personal day-to-day wardrobe as well. Two of these brands that come to mind are Top Shop and Zara. I love that they have feminine, yet fashion forward takes on more traditional styles. The other great benefit to these brands is the price point. You can get a whole season of work pieces without breaking the bank. Check out this outfit I wore today when I had to drive a total of four hours in the car. I really wanted something that wouldn’t be restrictive while I was driving, yet would look cute and professional when I showed up for my job. The romper is from Urban Outfitters, and the white blouse is from Zara!

Stay tuned as I share more looks throughout the work weeks to help inspire your work wardrobe!

Beauty

Chemical day 7!

Ok, it is time for me to put my final thoughts on this whole chemical peel deal!  The Good news is, I look like a human again, instead of a reptile!  Over the course of the last week, I endured comments from my kids that were pretty hilarious…”mommy, when I look at your peeling skin, it kind of makes me lose my appetite”, “mommy, if I had a snowman face like you, would you still kiss my cheeks?”  Trust me, there were more.  All confidence boosting.  But, now look who’s talking!  My skin looks great!  It is so soft!  The texture is amazing!  I still have a bit more peeling around my jaw-line and on the front of my neck, but the majority of my face looks good! I really wanted my pores to shrink a bit and that totally happened.  It also just brightened up and freshened up my look.  I am happy I did it.  I admit, I was pretty nervous at the thought of a chemical peel, but I would do it again.  My best advice would be… 1. make sure you don’t have any major plans for at least the next 4-5 days.  2. choose a peel that is appropriate for your skin type.  I have pretty sensitive skin, the VI peel I chose is good for my skin type and I am not sure I could have handled much more!  3. If you know you have sensitive skin like me, make sure you have Benadryl on hand.  It was a lifesaver for my itching!  

Beauty

Chemical Peel Day 4: the Big Peel

Yesterday the peeling started, today it continues. Not so much just around my mouth, but extending to almost all parts of my face. Well, I guess that is the point of a peel, right? It’s working! I feel good, the new skin is super soft. The skin that has yet to peel off is pretty dry and rough. I keep using my post peel cream and SPF. That helps to make the skin look moist. The post peel cream kind of burns on the new skin, but it is hydrocortisone so I’m not too worried.

This morning when I dropped the kids off at school, I had to talk to Gia’s teacher…. as the room mom, we have lots of social activity in the Kindergarten class! Anyway, I was extremely apologetic of my lizard-like appearance… best part… she had just had a peel too and totally understood! Total win. Her skin looked great and hopefully I will be there in a couple of days!

Then, I had a lunch appointment… again… extremely apologetic… I found out she understood too. She had also done a peel and she had been in my shoes! Wow! Everyone does this!

Feeling pretty good, I headed to the grocery store after work to pick up some liquor. Actually, lots of liquor. Our neighborhood is having a progressive dinner tomorrow night and we are in charge of the first round: drinks! Seems easy, right?! Well, it can’t be basic so I got the best of the best. It may only be “drinks” but it’ll be unforgettable. Back to the point, I’m pretty sure my cashier at the Pavilions didn’t want to look me in the eye. Maybe just my perception, but I had some serious peeling going on when I looked in my car mirror!

So now, it’s Friday night… Michael and I are hanging with the kids and working on our upcoming segment on San Diego Fox 5 news! All about winter skincare. I think I have indirectly made myself the guinea pig… We are writing the content over a glass of wine from Haber Family Vineyards (https://www.haberfamilyvineyards.com), one of our favorites… super awesome people, and my face is SO warm! You know how your face feels flushed when drinking a few glasses of wine? Well, I think the feeling is exaggerated with the new, fresh skin! Not bad, just interesting. Check out my photos from today and I’ll post some more before bed!

Beauty

Chemical Peel Day 3: this isn’t so bad!

Day3! Yay! Now, it’s really not so bad. I did start peeling today. Dry and peeling, that about sums it up. Other than the tight feeling, I feel great! I worked out again today on the Peloton. I did try to not go overboard though. I kept a towel wrapped around my neck to soak up any sweat. After I was finished, I quickly splashed cold water on my face and laid an cold, wet towel across my face. I didn’t want to take any chances at making this process last longer or add unnecessary complications. Throughout the rest of the day, I combated the peel by using my post peel cream, SPF and a small pair of scissors to trim the loose skin. It is SO hard not to peel the skin off, trust me, you will want to! But don’t! Resist temptation!! This evening, my 2 year old, kept staring at me. At one point she told me I was messy and had food on my face. Still perplexed, she became mesmerized and then just called me a zombie. My 8 year old told me he kind of wanted to throw-up looking at the skin sloughing off. All positive…. anyway, check out the pics and see what you think.

Beauty

Chemical Peel Day 2: I survived

Ok, so it’s the end of Day 2 of my Vi Chemical Peel.  With a little help from my well known friend, Benadryl, I survived.  I have to say, last night, going to bed was the WORST part.  I typically have pretty sensitive skin, for example, I break out on my hands from decorating a Christmas tree.  The absolute WORST…. when I broke out from using “firm grip”  to hold my swimming suit in place for a pageant.  Although I didn’t get a wedgie on stage, I got a really bad rash that lasted like 2 weeks!  Anyway, you get the picture.   When I went to bed, it was not burning, more of a warm sensation.  My face felt fine.  It was my neck!  Holy moly was it itchy!  It was so annoying and I could not fall asleep.  After wrapping my neck in blanket and being totally irritated, I pulled myself up out of bed and got the Benadryl, I also used the post peel anti-itch cream.  Totally wish I would have done those 2 things like an hour earlier.  I woke up again at 4am, ready for some more Benadryl.  Bottom line, if you get a chemical peel, take Benadryl, it helps a ton!  

Ok, so in the morning… I felt pretty good! These pictures were taken shortly after I woke up.  You can see a lot of the redness had disappeared.  Just a few spots of hyper-pigmentation. The itching and burning had were almost gone.  Now, my skin just felt tight.  I spent the rest of the day nursing my skin by lathering it with the anti-itch post peel lotion and SPF 50.  I looked pretty greasy all day.  But I was feeling good!  

As the day wore on, my face just kept feeling tighter and tighter.  This brought on another sense of itching, the dry, pulling feeling.  I also knew I had 1 more towelette to apply 1 hour before bed.  I was not looking forward to that!  As the night continued, I started to notice the beginning of some slight peeling.  You know when you have a sunburn, your skin gets that shiny, kind of waxy look?  That’s exactly what I had going on.  I used the final (thank god) towelette and took some more Benadryl.  Guess what?! No burning or itching!  I think my face has finally toughened up!  Now I really feel like I am in the home stretch.  All I have to look forward to is about 2-3 days of sloughing off my whole face. off  We will see how that goes!  

Oh, and you might be wondering…. did I work out?  Sure did.  Oops.  I couldn’t resist.  I made sure my face didn’t sweat.  I actually kept a towel around my neck to keep it dry from sweat.  I was NOT willing to make my neck itchy again!

Ok, well, time for bed!  I will give my Day 3 update tomorrow!   Just a side note… Michael and I have a progressive dinner party with our neighborhood on Saturday.  We are hosting drinks.  I sure hope I don’t look like the walking dead.  

Beauty

My Chemical Peel Day 1

As you all know, I love my skincare products and trying to make my skin look as best as possible while also preventing the aging effects.  Recently, I have been getting Hydrafacials… love them.  However, I was telling my esthetician I really wanted to try to get rid of some fine lines and tighten up my pores.  She recommended I do a chemical peel.  Well, I have not done one before so I didn’t really know what to expect.  Now I sit here, 8 hours post treatment and I am about ready to give you the low-down for the next 7 days.

I was nervous all day, from the moment I woke up, I treated my skin extra nice and made sure not to use any exfoliating products.  It’s like I knew I was about ready to to do something drastic to my skin and I wanted to be nice so it wouldn’t hate me too much!

When I went in for the procedure, I had a ton of questions.  One being… “I can’t work out for 72-96 hours?!?!”  Seriously??? Technically yes.  I will report back tomorrow if I actually followed that rule.  With my new Peloton sitting in front of me, it’s kind of hard to say “no.”  I may do something light, because I am not supposed to sweat!  The other questions just revolved around my skin being sensitive, she assured me this peel is designed for sensitive skin like mine.

Ok, so the peel itself in the office… IT SMELLS.  Yikes!  Smelled like she was putting fingernail polish mixed with orajel on my face.   So bad it would take my breath away!  Not only did it smell, it also burned and made my skin feel hot.  I think she had to put it on, all over my face, like 4-5 times.  Good thing, the stinging subsided pretty quickly.

When I was done with the in-office procedure, I had step-by-step instructions on how to care for my skin for the next 7 days.   I looked pretty good.  Just a little redness like I had been in the sun.   Nothing major.

I came home and didn’t look in the mirror for about 2 hours.  When I finally did, I saw red blotches on my cheeks.  I was like “oh god!”  Kinda freaked out and asked Michael about it.  He said it is totally normal.  It felt fine, so I moved on.  4 hours after the peel was put on my skin, it was time to wash it off.  This is when the fun really started.  I had to wipe my face and neck with a chemically laced “towelette”…. About 10 minutes after I did that, the ITCHING started!  It was SOOOO irritating.  I was trying to get the kids bathed and to bed.  I thought I was going to loose my mind.  Michael even told me I seemed super unhappy like I was super pissed about something.  I’m pretty sure I lost my cool about 10 times just do to the fact I was so irritated.  It was bothering me so much I took 2 Benadryl.  That was the best thing I did all day!  Totally helped.

Now on to my last step of the day… cleansing and ANOTHER TOWELETTE.  UGHH.  Now I have to say, I am not sure if it is the Benadryl or my skin getting more used to the product, but this time around is definitely not as bad.  The worse part is… it is 11pm., I am tired, slightly irritated and Doris needs to get here with all of my groceries I ordered on Instacart!  I need to put them away so I  can go to bed!

Here are some pictures of my redness… stay tuned for tomorrow’s update!

Baseline after in product applied:

4 Hours Post Peel applied:

1 hour before bed:

Beauty

Winterize your Beauty Routine with these Tips and Tricks

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Cozy socks, warm fireplaces, and cuddly blankets all sound great as we prepare for the cold winter temperatures just around the corner.  What doesn’t sound as appealing is the dry, tight, flaky, parched skin that comes with this season.  Our exposure to the less humid air, blustery winds, and indoor heat can cause our skin to appear dull, less vibrant, under moisturized, and just plain older.  But don’t worry!  There are steps you can take to get ahead of the dull and keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long.  Below are some tips and products we like to use to keep our skin supple and radiant!

Keeping it Clean: Keeping your skin clean is a great way to keep your skin fresh and your pores clean and less likely to have clogged pores causing blemishes.  Using a cleanser that is gentle in the cooler months helps to balance the skin, gently cleanse, and maintain the skin’s natural pH and moisture.  While salicylic acid is a great ingredient to exfoliate the skin in the warmer months, it causes increased dryness in the winter.  Stick to gentle cleansers that calm or soothe dry skin and are creamier in consistency.  As much as you want to exfoliate that annoying dry skin, it is important to do it as gently as possible.  Here are 3 great cleansers from SkinCeuticals: Soothing Cleanser, Simply Clean, and Gentle Cleanser. (www.davidandrossi.com)

For the more budget friendly, check out Cerave, Cetaphil, and Neutrogena (HydroBoost is a great one!).

Let’s talk about those summer sunspots:  Summer leaves us with a lot of fun memories made outside enjoying the warm sun and beautiful weather.  It also leaves us with the less desirable sun damage and sun spots.  When it is cold out, you are less likely to spend as much time outside in the sun.  This makes this time of year a great time to tackle the sun damage left by the summer sun.  Using products that contain hydroquinone and kojic acid will help diminish the marks left by the summer sun.  Start slowly and work up to regular use.  It is important to remember, these products (bleaching creams) will exfoliate the skin, so hydration is super important.  I love using these pads from David and Rossi Cosmetic Surgery for about 3 months and then switching to SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense

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Reduce fine lines and wrinkles with vitamin C: Now that you are taking care of those pesky sun spots, treating the skin with a Vitamin C serum will help keep the damage of the UV radiation at a minimum.  The antioxidant properties of the vitamin C will help repair your skin, increase collagen production, which will soften fine lines and wrinkles and  prevent new ones from forming.  This is one of those “can’t miss” products in great skin care no matter the time of year.   Here is what we use twice a d day and love!

Build Collagen with Retinol: With less sun exposure, winter is a good time to break out the retinol products.  Just keep in mind these too can be drying and a good moisturizer is key.  Moisturizing will definitely be addressed!  Just like the bleaching creams, products containing Retinol need to be used slowly.  Give your skin time to adjust and don’t go too fast.  We love the Obagi line and personally use 0.05%.

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Staying Hydrated:  Having well hydrated skin in the dry months of the year is so important!  Especially if you are treating your skin to repair sun damage and build collagen production, you will want to make sure you are using hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is not like what it sounds.  It is not harsh or drying of the skin at all.  It is actually the exact opposite.  Hyaluronic acid keeps moisture locked in to plump, soften and even keep the skin looking younger.  This another can’t miss product of the dryer winter months.

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Moisturize!: Choosing a good moisturizer is key this winter!  A product containing ceramides and lipids will repair your skin and help maintain moisture balance.  Use your moisturizer at least twice a day… morning and night.  Your skin will thank you!

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Protecting your skin:  Although you will not be spending as much time outdoors, the sun and it’s harmful UV rays are still shining down on your pretty little face.  With all the winter work to repair the sun damage and keep fine lines and wrinkles to a minimum, protecting our skin from the sum is  super important!  Using an SPF30+ is essential.  You can choose a moisturizer that has SPF built in and I personally like using a tinted SPF.  Now that your skin is radiant and glowing, you can finish your beauty routine with a little tinted moisturizer with SPF and head out!

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Got chapped lips?: Who doesn’t love a good chapstick?  I will admit, I love a silky smooth chapstick with a hint of flavor.  My favorite is SunBum, I love all of the them!  However, even the best chapsticks sometimes won’t give you what you need.  If you lips are feeling particularly parched, layer them with some Aquafor.  The thick ointment will really help with the peeling and cracking.  

Still Dry?:  Treating your skin extra special during these harsher months is super important.  There are a lot of great masks to help heal the skin when you are feeling extra dry.  Using a hydrating mask 1 to 2 times a week will help you skin stay extra soft and lush.  https://sandiegoface.com/hydra-facial-san-diego/

Don’t forget about your body:  Dry skin doesn’t discriminate!

Just in case keeping your skincare line up to snuff isn’t enough, here are a few other procedures to help you meet your skin goals!  Look for more blog posts on what it is like to actually have these done!

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