Sensitive, Irritable & Red Skin

Having sensitive or irritable skin is not a skin type, rather a skin condition.  The question is why and how to take care of it?  There are so many reasons for skin to be sensitive and get red.  Let’s go through all the reasons and hopefully you can figure out how to help your complexion.

Products you are using?  So many products have ingredients in them that are irritable and drying to the skin, even products labeled ‘sensitive’.  If you live with consistent red or irritable skin, changing the products you are using is a great place to start.

Eczema / Rosacea?  Having a mild case of eczema or rosacea can so often go undiagnosed.  Most will just think they have sensitive skin.  Look for signs like: redness on the cheeks, chest, arms (especially after a hot shower), small bumps or patches (some times rash-like), itchiness, enlarged nose (rosacea only).

Diet or Food Allergies?  “You are what you eat”.  We’ve all heard it and it’s so true.  Having a poor diet will come thru your pores and show on your skin.  Redness on the face is directly related to diet and hydration.  Also, so many of us have mild food allergies that we are unaware of, especially to dairy and grains.  Try eating a strict diet of protein, veggies and fruit and drink lots of water.  You will see a huge improvement in your skin.

External Conditions? No matter how well you take care of your skin, things like the climate and environment can take a toll on the skin.  Living in harsh winters or a heavily polluted city can be extremely hard on the skin.  If you have a living situation like this, your skin care routine is very important.  Cleanse and moisturize daily with sensitive products.  Use a serum in the morning before stepping outside.  This will create a barrier between your skin and the environment.

Just the way you are.  If none of these sound like your skin, but yet you have sensitive or irritable skin then it’s just they way you were born.  In this case, follow a skin care routine for sensitive skin.

How to take care of your skin:
Having sensitive skin I stay away from any main stream drug store brands.  As a whole they use low quality ingredients and fillers.  Even if my skin doesn’t get red or have a terrible reaction, at the very least my skin does get very dry from using drug store brands.  I purchase everything from a reputable place like Sephora or Lush.  If you are budget conscience, there are still a lot of great options.  Trader Joe’s has an amazing body wash for a great price.  Jason is another great inexpensive brand that you can find at Whole Foods and some grocery stores.

Cleanse and moisturize morning and night.  Applying a serum to the skin in the morning (before moisturizer) creates a barrier between your skin and any irritating free radicals in the air.  A serum can also help moisturize your skin all day long and keep the redness away.

When showering, do not take long hot showers; they are very drying and irritating to the skin.  Take shorter showers with luke warm water.  When washing your body don’t wash your arms and legs every day, this will help from them getting dried out.  Apply body lotion right away after the shower while your skin is still damp.  This will lock in the water and keep the skin hydrated.

I have sensitive skin and eczema and here are some of my favorite products to use:
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (I use morning and night)
Fresh Lotus Face Cream or L’Occitane Divine Cream (use in the morning)
Fresh Seaberry Oil (use at night)

Lush Olive Branch Shower Gel
L’Occitane Cleansing Shower Oil
Body Lotion: KorresL’Occitane and anything from Lush

topshop trench coat, pencil skirt, peep toe booties

Denim Pencil Skirt + Trench Coat

Topshop Trench Coat (#nsale) / Denim Skirt (similar) / Top (similar) / Peep Toe Booties (similar) / Vince Camuto Bag (#nsale) / Kendra Scott Necklace

The nights in Chicago can some times be on the cooler side.  I was looking for any excuse to wear this new Topshop tench coat I got for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I’m completely obsessed with the color of it. I’m also loving this black denim pencil skirt.  It works great for summer with a tank and will transition perfectly into fall with a long sleeve blouse or sweater.
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cream lace top

Cream Lace Top

Top: Kimchi Blue (on sale) / Jeans: Paige, similar / Shoes: Similar, Save / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: DVF

I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since the release of Champagne Pop!!  I am so excited and proud of my sister, Jaclyn Hill.  She broke the record in Sephora for most items sold on a release day, of any product ever in the history of time!  We all have been freaking out.  It is the only highlight I have been wearing ever since I received it, it is gorgeous!!!!!  You can read my full review on Champagne Pop here.  They did sell out online and in stores, but have ordered more.  I have been told once these are gone, it will be gone.  So if you have been obsessing and thinking about it the last few weeks, don’t wait much longer.
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black leather jacket

My Favorite Leather Jacket

Trouve Leather Jacket / Joe’s Jeans / Kate Spade Pumps (obsessed for under $100) / Vince Camuto Bag / Kendra Scott Earrings

I am obsessed with leather jackets!  I love how versatile and easy they are to wear.  This one is my favorite I have ever gotten!  The leather is sooooo soft and I love the draping in the front.

I did not know how much I was going to love this bag.  The quilting is so gorgeous and the leather is so soft.  The size is amazing, I used it to travel last week and I was able to put my laptop in it perfectly.
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Maggy london geo print dress

Geo Print Dress

Dress: Maggy London / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (currently on sale) / Clutch: Similar (mine is 2 years old) / Earrings: Sonya Renee

Happy Tuesday!  This past weekend I have been in Florida to celebrate my sister’s birthday.  It’s been so much fun!!  I always have a great time spending time with my family.  Today I fly home.  Always sad to leave my Mom and sister, but I can’t wait to see John and the kids :)
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70's flare jeans

70’s Vibes

Hinge Ivory Lace Top / Joe’s Jeans / Rebecca Minkoff Bucket Bag / Shoes: Old, Similar Here

It’s taken me a while to pull the trigger and get a pair of flare jeans.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale felt like the perfect time to get a pair (on sale)!  I am so glad I did!  When I put them on I loved the way I felt in them.  I immediately felt sexy!  I can’t wait to show you what they look like with a pair of pumps!

I’ve been wearing skinny jeans for so long I forgot how amazing flare jeans are.  Paired with this lace top I feel so 70’s.  I must have been channeling my inner 70’s vibes and peace and harmony, because a butterfly landed on my shirt while we were taking these pictures.  John captured the moment!  It was so awesome!  My jeans, top and bag are all currently on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

In case you noticed, my hair is a slightly different color. I wanted to try a lavender toner.  My hair didn’t take the lavender color like I wanted it to.  Some spots turned out way more lavender than others.  My colorist kept trying different things hoping my hair would work.  What should have been a 90 minute appointment turned into a 4 hour appointment.  I’m happy with the way it turned out.  I’m hoping next appointment my hair will cooperate more.
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nordstrom anniversary sale haul

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best sale of the whole year!!!  For the last 8 days the sale has been early access for cardholders only.  Today the sale is open to everyone!!  I have been to the store twice and placed many online orders.  Here is a video of everything I have purchased during the sale:

All products mentioned in the video:

Womens //
Trouve Top (wearing) / Tweed Jacket / Leather Jacket / Trench Coat / Button Down Blouse / White Lace Top / Green Dress / Ted Baker Dress / Zella Live-In Leggings / Skinny Jeans / Flare Jeans / Pj Pants / Earrings / Matching Necklace to Earrings / Lorac Palette / Turquoise Pumps / Black Quilted Bag / Bucket Bag

Over the Knee Boots / Faux Fur Vest

Faux Leather Jacket / Tunic Top

Mens //
Jacket / Pants / Polo / Button Down / Hoodie / Shoes

Girls //
JacketJeans / Ballet Flats / Converse / Sneakers / Boots

Boys //
Jeans / Tucker & Tate ‘Canyon Zephyr’ Pants (sold out online) / Spiderman Tee / Button Down / Shoes

You can see the rest of my favorites of the sale in this blog post.  Everything on the sale is new pre-fall items that are currently on sale and all the prices will go back up to full price on August 3rd.  Don’t miss out on your favorite piece and pay full price next month.

Happy Shopping!!  Ask me any questions that you have… sizing, colors, anything!

Be on the look out over the next several weeks as I will be posting more pictures of everything I got :)

Shih Tzu Puppy

Puppy Love

Jacket: ASTR / Top: Topshop / Shorts: Treasure & Bond (under $80) / Shoes: Sam Edelman, Similar / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Earrings: Sonya Renee / Ring: Kendra Scott / Watch: Kate Spade / Sunglasses: DVF / Lip: NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ Lipgloss

We have had Phoebe for about 6 weeks now and she has stolen our hearts!  She is the sweetest little ball of fur.  I finally feel like our family is complete.  The day I brought her home she weighed 2 pounds & 2 oz., yesterday she had a check up and weighed 5 pounds.  How is she growing so fast?!  Of course we are still working on potty training, no biting, no barking, etc.  But she brings that extra added life and spunk to the house!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on the for early access.  The sale begins for everyone this Friday, the 17th.  I’ve already been back to the store for round 2.  And I’ve placed several orders online.  I will be doing a haul YouTube video in the next day or 2 to show you what I got.

Today Kendra Scott released their fall line, Mystic Bazaar.  I had the honor of seeing it early and it is amazing!!  I have been dying for you to see it.  I have been wearing their pieces so much since getting them.  This ring and this necklace have been on repeat with so many outfits.  And this earring cuff I can’t get enough of!

Also (I know I’m writing a lot today), this is the time of year where I start thinking about transitional pieces.  I know it’s only mid July, but in Chicago it will be fall weather in 2 short months.  I like this top and jacket combo as it can be worn with shorts for summer, then jeans or grey pants for fall.
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most flattering maxi dress

Figure Flattering Maxi Dress

Dress: Felicity & Coco / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (on Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) / Shoes: Sam Edelman, Similar / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

The other night after dinner we took a little walk and found this beautiful place with all these gorgeous flowers.  Sofia and Caleb had so much fun running around playing and smelling the flowers.  They were pretending they were in a castle, it was so cute!

This maxi dress is very figure flattering!  It has a nice V-cut at the neckline, which elongates.  And a great cinching in the waist, which gives a great hourglass figure.  I’m obsessed with this Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag I got from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! I love the color and the big fringe tassels on it.  If you have early access (cardholder) you can purchase it now.  Or the sale starts for everyone on Friday, July 17th.
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runway

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites – Early Access

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best sale of the whole year. All the best of fall fashion has just landed and is on sale!!!!  No one else in the entire retail industry does a sale like this!  The sale lasts for a short time then all the prices go back up to full price.  So if you miss it, you will be paying full price in a few weeks for the same items.

Reward Members get early access starting today to the sale 8 days before the sale goes to the public. ‘Reward Member’ means you have a Nordstrom credit card or debit card and use that card at time of purchase. (you can open one at any time) Here are my favorites of the sale:
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