Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018

Short, sweet, & to the point - but here are my holiday gift guides for Christmas 2018! I am breaking it up to be Men's (I got a lot of requests for this), Women's (with a few tiers of specifics), & my own personal wish list. Hope everyone has been having a great time gearing up for the holidays! Thanksgiving was such a whirlwind, I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner! I absolutely love having my tree & all the Christmas decorations up. The fact that I can listen to "Christmas Pop" Spotify on repeat, have peppermint mocha creamer in my coffee on the daily, & watch Hallmark Christmas 24/7 has got me pretty dang giddy right now.

If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to DM me! Love y'all. XX. E.

Men's Gift Guide:

Women's Gift Guide(s):

The FitFanatic:

The Beauty Guru:

The Fashionista:

The Jewelry Lover:

My Wish List:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Updated Skincare Routine

Hey all! I got a resounding YES for an updated skincare routine so I thought I would pop on & hit you with my current regimen & favorites as of late. Lets start with my skin journey - & how I would describe my skin "type." When I was in my early teens I did not care at all about skincare. I tanned all the time, didn't use sunscreen, & washed my face with hand soap (my friend (who is now an esthetician, gave me a lot of sh*t for this, lol.)) I never moisturized, & I never broke out super intensely, but I definitely broke out way more than I do now. The things we learn, huh? Now - in my late twenties, I veer towards a spray tan instead of the booth, definitely DO NOT wash my face with hand soap, & moisturize every single day.

My skin type: I would say I lean more towards an oily base. I don't tend to "dry out" in the winter, & I am not genuinely prone to breakouts unless my hormones are raging, I eat crappy, or I am immensely stressed (& by breakouts I mean a few zits here or there - I have been really blessed to say I don't really have acne prone skin.) My skin tends to get fairly oily after I have had makeup on for awhile, so my goals with makeup are to really keep things matte if possible throughout the day.

& now lets get to the routine & products I am using at the moment! The goal for my skin at this point in time is to brighten, tighten, tone, & maintain. I have not done any type of injections or invasive therapy for my face (i've never done a chemical peel but I am definitely interested in trying it!) Last year I did get a "derma pen" facial - which involves a bunch of micro-needles penetrating the dermis - bringing collagen to the surface - minimizing wrinkles & improving elasticity. I did notice good results with this (thank you to my go to skin consultant & full time bestie Leah @ All Skin Speaks!) To maintain results you need to be consistent in treatments, & it is a pretty penny to keep up with, so unfortunately I haven't had a second treatment, YET.

I'm gonna break this up to make it easier to navigate.


I start every morning by rinsing my face & cleansing with COLD water.

+ Cleanser (I use both AM&PM): Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Cleanser

I then tone & lightly exfoliate to prep my skin for moisturizer.

+ Toning pads I use: First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads

I follow toning with a brightening moisturizer, & then prep my skin by "priming" it for makeup.

+ AM Moisturizer: I've been loving this because the brightening & toning effects have made a huge difference in the overall appearance of my skin! Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate "Glow" Moisturizer

+ Brightening Primer: (actually has brightening flecks in it to give your face that extra "glow") First Aid Beauty's Coconut Smoothie Primer

Morning Products:


For nighttime, my goal is to provide INTENSE hydration & to heal from everything I did that day (dry air, lack of water if I feel like I didn't get enough in that day, a cheat meal, etc.)

I start by cleansing like I would in the morning (same cleanser!) Being careful to remove all traces of makeup if I have any on. I then apply a thin layer of retinol serum.

+ Retinol: (I'd say I use this every other day) a TINY amount goes a long way. THIN layer of this. I use Murad's Youth Renewal Serum

After this has soaked in, I apply my night moisturizer.

+ PM Moisturizer: This has been my favorite for the past few months because I feel like my skin literally drinks it up. It feels like 10000 water bottles for my skin at night. Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Cream

Following my moisturizer, I apply a thin layer of under-eye serum.

+ Eye Cream: I switch between these but I feel like this leaves a great hydrating layer & leaves my under-eyes feeling more plump & refreshed in the AM. Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

& lastly, lately I have been utilizing Rodan & Fields Lash Boost Serum to lengthen & strengthen my lashes! I am noticing HUGE results with this product & I can definitely say this is a little "miracle" in a bottle for your lashes. My lashes literally look SO much longer after even just 3 weeks of using this serum! If anyone wants any further information I can give you the name of my consultant & hook you up!

Night Products:


+ Intense Exfoliation: I have noticed a BIG difference utilizing intense exfoliation weekly. This leaves my skin baby smooth, my pores smaller, & makes me feel like I have deep cleaned my skins surface to start anew for the rest of the week. My deep exfoliating treatment I use right now is: Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment & I can't rant & rave about this enough.

+ Mask(s) & Night Serums: I switch up my mask depending on what I am trying to achieve that evening, which more often than not is hydration, firming, & plumping. My favorite masks at the moment that I switch between are:

*First Aid Beauty's 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask (I see a lot of plumping with this one)

*Glam Glow's Gravity Mud Firming Treatment (I notice my skin feels extra tight & firm following this treatment)

*Glam Glow's Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment (this provides an immense amount of hydration)

*I also really love the Yes to Primrose Mud Oil Mask from Target (comes in an individual packet) - this is my favorite mud mask & leaves me skin feeling soothed, calm, & hydrated.

Weekly Products:

ALWAYS: Moisturize (full body.) Take off your makeup before you go to bed ladies! Drink lots of water. Balanced Diet. Workout. These are key to keeping your skin happy & although they are definitely easier said than done (I wax & wane constantly!) try to keep up with it when you can.

Now I know what you are thinking... how do I afford all of these products? What I have found that works best is buying trial sized samples & trying the product out first before you invest in the full sized product. The sample sizes usually last 3-5 months for me, because you really don't need a ton of product to see results. If you love the product, buy the full size! I really have found that when it comes to investing in something, investing in my skin has really paid off. I will never regret taking care of my face in the years to come! I usually ask for products for Christmas & my Birthday - & this helps with the cost as well. You won't regret taking these measures ladies!

Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have any questions at all never hesitate to direct message me! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall thus far. Love you all. XX. E.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Top 10 Fall Clothing Must-Haves

Hey FAM! I am so happy I put out the: "what type of blog posts do YOU guys want to read/see" on my IG story because I got so many good responses & suggestions & I thought I'd go with this one this week! My top 10 Fall clothing must-haves as of late. I know that I am absolutely horrible at actually sitting down to write blog posts vs. just utilizing my IG as an outlet for my outfits/fashion/beauty/lifestyle tips - but I do actually enjoy sitting down to write so I am hopeful I can whip out a few goodies for ya'll this season!

If you guys have been following me for a while (or just know me in general) you know that I absolutely LOVE the Fall season. 75-80% (no joke) of my wardrobe is Fall/Winter clothing - being that I live in MinneSNOWta I get pretty dang excited for chunky knit sweaters & thermals. I am a HUGE fan of Summer, I always get pretty sad when she decides to leave us, but I really do love every aspect of Fall. Crisp air, cozy sweaters, crockpot soup, Halloween (might be my favorite holiday), pumpkins, candles, YUP. I'm into it. Fall bucket list for another blog post? That could be fun!

Oatmeal Cardigan c/o Magnolia Boutique: linked {here}

My top 10 must-have clothing items for the upcoming Fall season:

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1. Oatmeal/Cream/White Cardis

via Cella Jane Blog

My current favorite! (as pictured in photos above) this Oatmeal cardi from Magnolia Boutique! I LOVE the fit & length of this cozy #! Going to pair it with pretty much everything this Fall.

I actually can't believe how many of this color cardigans/sweaters I have in my closet right now. I always veer towards this color when buying them! It literally goes with everything! I am particularly loving the duster cardi trend right now, as well as the chunky/bubble sleeve trend for sweaters. So cute!

2. Camo Pants

via Alyson Haley Blog

Never really thought I'd be into this, but here we are, & I am buying my first pair of camo pants. I am particularly in to the joggers, but the straight legged skinnies look amaze too! Love to see these paired with a neutral tee & jean jacket &/or cardi & black or white kicks.

3. Knit Thermal Button Ups

via Pinterest

These tops are ALL over right now & they look so effortless & cozy! I love the fact that you can wear them loosely, tucked in, or (my favorite) tied in the front. Suitable pajamas? yes please!

4. Suede/Corduroy Skirt

via A Southern Drawl Blog

These were all the rage last year, & I still consider them to be in now. I love the spin I've seen on them lately! So many cute styles out right now. I've always loved the brown/neutral colors when it comes to these staple go with anything skirts.

5. Knot Back Sweaters

via Southern Curls & Pearls Blog

These are so cute & comfy! I love the fact that you can wear them forwards or backwards for a different look. I just got one with stripes & I want to live in it! They can be played off for a night out as well if you wear it with a lacier intimate or off the shoulder.

6. Over the Knee Boots

via Pinterest

THANK THE LAWD these aren't out of style because 1. I'm obsessed with them & the length they give to my short torso & legs, 2. I bought like 6 pairs last year & I really wanted to be able to wear them again, lol. I will literally wear an OTK with absolutely anything, whether it be jeans, a skirt, dress, you get the picture. I LIVE in these. My favorite color seems to be more of a neutral/beige, but I also love my black pairs as well!

7. Color Block Sweaters

via Daily Shea Leigh Blog

I have been seeing so many of these lately & I am not mad about it! I particularly love them in any neutral tone, but even the bright colors catch my eye! So cute.

8. Sneaker Wedges

via Living My Best Style Blog

Ok I have yet to find THE PAIR yet, but I am absolutely loving this trend right now! For shorties like me, these sneaker wedges are to die. I love that they can be dressed up or down, & that I'd have the option to wear a wedge & still rock sweats on a day out for errands. NEED.

9. Girlfriend Jeans

via Mind Body Swag Blog

These are such a staple because they are loose fitting jeans but yet have a chic/sexy edge to them. I love all of the distressed pairs on the market right now! Definitely pairing these with bodysuits/chunky cardis & heels for dinners out this Fall.

10. Blanket Scarf

via Pinterest

Always. Always. Always a staple. Can't get enough of blanket scarves. They literally can add something to any outfit, not to mention give you that extra layer to keep on or off depending on the weather! I've always been a fan of the plaid printed pieces.

There we have it! My top 10 Fall clothing must-haves for this upcoming season. I can't wait to see the trends that play out over NYFW! My style & thoughts on upcoming pieces is so ever-changing. Stay tuned for all of my Fall outfits on my Instagram - especially my OOTD's! Have a happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

XX BBs. Emily.