Little Self Care Luxuries for the Transitioning Seasons: Summer to Fall

I don’t know about you babes, but my skin and scalp don’t exactly cooperate during the changing seasons, especially Summer >> Fall. My shins get a little scalier, my scalp gets a little drier and eczema creeps in. My skin gets a little tighter and more susceptible to redness; acne flare-ups start thanks to the sweat-freeze cycle from indoors to outdoors in the city.

Oils
I’m known to slather oils on my face, hair and body. From store-bought blends to my own concoctions, these are my go-to picks season after season.

  • Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil
  • Zum Face Undereye Butter
  • Homemade body oil concoction: Pumpkin Seed Oil + Flaxseed Oil + Jojoba Oil, put it in a clean pump bottle and slather on post-shower before toweling off. Super soft skin afterwards 🖤 can be applied to body + face, but I opt for body application only out of paranoia lol.

Chamomile + Honey
A known skin-soother, chamomile is wonderful for soothing anything from skin flare-ups to upset tummies. When the whipping NYC winds irritate my skin just a wee bit too much, I slather (or sip!) on these must-haves to calm it down.

Rose
Known to have anti-bacterial and soothing properties, I use rose products on areas where I have skin conditions such as acne or scaly skin.

I know you’ve established your own go-to’s over the years – share them down below! Would love to see what some of you use to soothe and soften from head to toe ⚡️

Fall Flavors: Cider Spiced Wheatberry Waldorf Salad

If you’ve been following me for the past few years, you’ve noticed that I get super excited for everything Fall: sights, sounds, flavors, fashion, EVERYTHING. It’s my favorite season of the year, and that’s putting it lightly.

Since my *Fall Fever* is hitting me a bit early this year, I thought I’d ease you into the spirit with a deliciously healthy and light recipe for Wheatberry Waldorf Salad. I originally found this bad boy on the Whole Foods Recipe App when I was in college, and with my own little tweaks I’ve been making it seasonally ever since! Yes, it’s that good. *NOTE* plan to make this  recipe for the next day – requires overnight soaking.

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 7.49.29 PMIngredients

•  2 cups uncooked wheat berries
•  1 cup chopped walnuts
•  2 medium apples, cored and chopped — Use a crunchy, firm, sweet-tart apple (like Granny Smith or Gala)
•  1 cup seedless raisins
•  1 cup finely chopped parsley (optional)
•  1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
•  1/2 cup spiced apple cider
•  1/2 tsp salt
•  1/2 tsp pepper
•  1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
•  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
•  3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•  2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Put wheat berries into a large bowl, cover with at least 2 inches of water and set aside to let soak overnight. Drain well.

2. Put 7 cups water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. (Wheat berries retain a firm, chewy texture when cooked.) Drain and set aside to let cool.

3. Transfer wheat berries to a large bowl. Add walnuts, apples, raisins, parsley, vinegar, apple cider, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice and mix everything together thoroughly. Voila! Enjoy as-is, or refrigerate for a cold salad.

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Show Me Your Tights

Quite a few of my girlfriends have girly-er taste than me…surprise surprise. That being said, they enjoy wearing skirts with cute tights in the cooler months. Their challenge? Staying warm while showing off the cute designs on the tights. In an attempt to help a few girlfriends keep staying cute while out and about town, check my advice to keep those shivers at bay:

1. Layer nude or black tights under patterned ones & wear socks (if wearing with booties/boots), NOTE: nude will obviously work under any tights, but be more strategic with black. For extra warmth, spring for the kind of thicker nude tights worn by figure skaters (yes, I used to figure skate as a child lol it was a glorious realization to have as an adult, years later).

2. Knee socks are your best friends. This will work much prettier with the solid tights (don’t try this with the patterned ones, especially if you’re looking to show off the pattern!). Buy “over-the-knee” socks for optimal warmth & simply layer. Since “over the knee” is pretty popular with higher-cut boots, they now are easy to find in an array of colors! Pick out a few shades that will coordinate well with the solid colored tights. Or if you’re not into the color-blocked look, try n find as similar colors to the tights as possible. This trick even works well with the faux-suspender look on sheer tights, like the pale ones above to the right.

3. Another even WARMER way than knee socks: leg warmers. American Apparel has some amazingly warm ones that are a chunky waffle-knit in an array of colors–the ones I’m thinking of are the “longer length” ones (b/c yes, they also have the dinky ones that only come to mid-calf). The longer length lets you play with it a bit more, especially if you want them to show at the tops of knee-high boots or cover your heel a bit for an ’80s vibe.

I hope this helps a bit ladies!! Rock em loud, rock em proud.

None of these photos are from me—found via 1, 2, 3

How-To: Cutely Masking Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.

POST Thanksgiving outfit

Early-Fall Wish List

As I’m sure many of you know, my all time F A V O R I T E season is Fall. Aside from the beautiful leaves and the crisp air tousling your hair, I love the fashions that come with it: boots, scarves, leather jackets, darker colors, richer textures…what’s not to love? Just coming out of summer…here are a few things that have caught my eye already:

Top: Equipment silk blouse| Bottom: Burberry Brit jeans | Hoodie: American Apparel  | Watches: Nixon, Emporio Armani, Andrew Marc | Shoes: Converse high tops, Church’s lace ups  | Bag: Kooba hobo | Polishes: both OPI  | Skirt: black leather skirt…still searching for “that one”

 

As you can see, I try to keep my color palette as simple as possible. I tend to think it’s because my mind gets so…active and crazy and a million miles a minute that I need to keep my outfits as bare-min as possible as not to distract me throughout the day. Plus it makes for easy pairings in the a.m. 🙂

What are on your Fall wish lists?