Friday, February 17, 2017

Blush Crush + WW Link Up

Happy Friday my friends.  I can't even explain to you how happy I am that this week is coming to an end.  Last Friday, Tyler (one of my toddlers), came down with the flu, then the following day I started feeling under the weather.  Add about two feet of snow to the mix, and lets just say it has been a very long week.  The good news is that we are both feeling better.  However, do to the snow and sickness, I wasn't able to get any new outfit photos taken this week, so today I'm sharing a flashback look from this time last year.  Although, besides my hair now being longer, I feel like you would never know these photos were from last year, because I still wear, and love, all of these items!  As I recently mentioned on the blog, this time of year is when I start wishing for spring to arrive.  To get through the last of these cold months, and cure my winter blues, I reach for the lighter colored clothing in my wardrobe, with blush being my favorite to wear.  Although I've been adding blush colored pieces to my closet all year long, there is just something about the color that sings springtime, and lately, it's all that I've been shopping for.  I love that I can pair a blush colored jacket, or sweater, with white jeans to get a spring-like look, yet it's still warm enough for this snowy weather.  I've rounded up the blush pieces (below) that are currently on my wish list.  My only question is, which do I get first?  These blush studded booties, or these blush skinny jeans?

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The feature blogger is Bogi from Hampton Roads.  I'm loving her classic, yet stylish fit and flare dress.  Make sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty Talk + The Two Items Every Woman Should Be Using

Happy Hump day my friends.  Sorry I've been a little MIA from the blog this week.  The flu has hit our household, and if it isn't hard enough to take care of a sick toddler, try doing it when you're sick yourself!  Since we haven't been able to leave the house all week, I thought today would be a perfect day for a little beauty talk.  I've had a couple of people ask about my skin care routine, so I'm sharing my daily products, along with the two beauty items that EVERY woman should be using, no matter what age.

Now I am not a beauty expert, and I do not have a degree in dermatology.  However, I am a woman in my mid-thirties trying to prevent and reverse the signs of aging, and have visited my dermatologist more times in the past two months than I have seen my own sister (which if you know me, is a lot).  I have learned some great things about skincare, which I'm happy to share with you today.

One thing that I have learned, is that you don't need a fancy cleanser for washing your face.  It's more about the creams and serums that you put on after.  You do want to use one that won't strip the moisture from your face, which is why I love Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.  Cetaphil has been a staple in my skin care routine for years, and the fact that they use it in my dermatologist office, only proves that it's a great drug store brand.  I do love splurging on a nice face wash every so often, and at the moment I have been using Pur-lisse along with my Cetaphil.

Pur-lisse is a brand that combines blue lotus and white tea, giving you products that are gentle on the skin, while providing anti-aging benefits.  They are also free of parabens, petrochemicals, fragrance, GMO, sulfates, and phthalates.  I was sent a few products to try from the brand, and instantly fell in love.  The Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk is a light cleanser that leaves my face feeling smooth and moisturized.  It's infused with soy milk, whole oats, and white tea, which makes it super gentle on my skin.  I have also  been loving the Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer.  It adds the perfect amount of moisture to my dry skin without feeling heavy.  Their products have been perfect for my sensitive skin, and even though these products were gifted to me for review, I will continue to use them in my daily routine.

Okay, so I am sure you can tell by all my photos, that I have very thin lips.  If I am being honest, I am dying for lip injections, but have heard too many horror stories that I'm scared to get them.  I have tried almost every lip plumper under the sun, and nothing has ever worked on me, not even in the slightest.  That is until I discovered NIOD Bio-Lipid Concentrate.  This really works!  Within seconds after applying, my lips are plump and noticeably larger.  It does turn the skin around my lips red, however that only lasts for a few minutes.  It also doesn't have the best smell when applying, but that is something that I quickly got over.  I love that it makes me look like I actually have lips!

Now, lets talk about the two products that at every woman, whether she is twenty-five or seventy-five, should be using daily on her face.  Those two products are SPF and a Vitamin C Serum.  If only I started using these in my early twenties, I would have saved myself a lot of money in dermatology bills.  However, it's not too late to start using these products.  Not only will they help prevent the aging process, but Vitamin C stimulates the collagen production, and can help with reversing the signs of aging.

For an SPF, it needs to be one that is separate from your beauty products.  SPF in lotions, BB creams, and foundations do not provide you with enough protection to prevent age spots and wrinkles.  It should also be worn EVERYDAY.  It's a given when you're spending the day at the beach, but did you know that a five minute drive to the grocery store can cause years of damage on your skin?  A lot of us never think about the sunlight that can be effecting our skin that comes though a window, or the windshield of our cars, which is why wearing an SPF everyday is crucial for keeping your skin looking young and healthy.  My dermatologist introduced me to Ulta MD, and I love this SPF.  Not only does it provide great protection, but it's not greasy, and it feels light when putting it on.  You really fell like you aren't wearing any lotion.  Plus, it doesn't have a smell.  I can't stand the smell of suntan lotion, unless I'm at the beach.

The other product every woman should be using daily is a Vitamin C Serum.  You want to be careful when buying them, because a lot of brands list Vitamin C on their labels, but don't actually have the active or pure ingredient in their products, or have very little of it.  I would recommend investing in a slightly higher end line for this product, as you will see better results.   You want to be looking for products that list L' Ascorbic Acid or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate in the ingredients.  L'Ascorbic acid is the pure form of Vitamin C.  Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a solid, oil-soluble form of vitamin C, which because of it's fatty acids, is believed to penetrate into the skin better, giving you great benefits and anti-aging results.  The Vitamin C serum that my dermatologist suggested was $163.  Although I  have heard great things about the product, it is a little pricy to be buying on a regular basis.  That's when I was excited to learn about SeneGence's SenseSerum-C.  I have heard people rave about the product, that I started using it a month ago.  Not only does it have the active ingredients, but it goes on smoothly, is not greasy, and is only $65.  No, $65 is not cheap, but compared to $163 it's a price I'll pay for young, healthy skin.  (If you are interested in learning more about SeneSerum-C, please send me an email).

Now these three products I am still testing out.  Tula send me their Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment and Advanced Neck Cream to try.  I've only been using them for a couple of weeks, and will let you know more on my results soon.  So far, I've been loving the overnight cream.  I use it each night before bed, and love the moisture it provides to my dry skin.  I also love that I wake up with my face feeling soft and hydrated.  I was excited to try the Advanced Neck Cream, since I recently started noticing fine lines on my neck.  I haven't seen any improvement yet, but am hoping to see results soon.  I am also trying out Rodan and Fields lash boost.  I have been using it for about 6 weeks now, and haven't noticed any growth in my lashes.  However, products usually take longer on me than others to see results, so I am not expecting to see a difference until 10-12 weeks of use, and will keep you updated.

There you have it, the products that I use on a daily basis.  I do also use a skin lightening cream (for dark spots) and I have a prescription ache and retinoid lotion. Most of these I've only recently started using, so I'm hoping to see great results in the near future.  What are the beauty products that you use on a daily basis, and absolutely love?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Romantic Valentine + WW Link Up

This week I've had everything Valentine's on my mind.  Not only have I already devoured a package of chocolate hearts (oops), but my posts have been all about the holiday of love.  If you're looking for the perfect gift, I shared my Valentine's gift guide here, and on Wednesday I shared a cozy, yet super cute, Valentine's Day outfit here.  To end the week I am sharing a romantic date night look.  In my opinion, there is nothing more feminine than a pink tulle skirt.  I've owned this one for over a year, and it has become a staple in my closet.  I wanted to go for a romantic look, so I paired it with my white lace top, and loved how the two textures looked mixed together.  Because it is the middle of February, I added my faux fur coat for warmth, and finished my look with beaded bracelets, which added the perfect pop of color.  These bracelets are from Jacqueline Lapuck jewelry, which the designer happens to be a friend of mine.  We were working together when she started her jewelry line, and it has since grown into her full time business.  There is nothing I love more than seeing my friends, and other women around me succeed, so I'm very excited to be sharing her jewelry with you today, and to announce that I'm giving away the exact set that I'm wearing in these photos!  Make sure to check out her jewelry line here, and you can enter the giveaway on my Instagram.  Click on this photo here, and follow the instructions.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Skirt: c/o Chicwish| Top: c/o Chicwish (sold out but similar here)| Faux Fur Coat: c/o Chiciwish| Heels: Sole Society (similar here)| Bag: GiGi New York| Sunnies: BP (identical here)| Bracelets: J Lapuck Jewelry

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The feature blogger is Jodie from Jodie's Touch Of Style.  I'm loving how she styled her white jeans for the winter, and how adorable is her hat? Check out her blog to see how she, her mom, and step mom style white for the winter.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cozy Valentine + Giveaway

Happy Hump Day!  Today I'm excited to be collaborating with some blogger babes to show you how we all style our perfect Valentine's Day outfits. Whether you are looking for something cute and casual, simple and sweet, or a little sassy and sexy, we've got you covered, so make sure to check out all the looks here.  I'm also excited to be hosting a Valentine's giveaway with these awesome ladies!  You can see the goodies, and enter at the bottom of this post.  I want to give a shout out to Monica from Jersey Girl Texan Heart for putting this fun collaboration together.  She hosts a style link up on Wednesdays, so if you're a blogger, make sure to head over to her blog and share your best looks.

For my Valentine's look, I wanted to keep it cute and cozy.  Although I love the idea of celebrating those that you love on Valentine's Day, we have never made the holiday a big deal in our household.  Mike and I usually keep it simple by cooking a nice dinner at home, and exchanging cards and chocolates.  Since we hang at home, I want to be cozy, which makes this sweatshirt dress perfect for the occasion.  I'm basically wearing an oversized sweatshirt, so it's super comfortable, yet the red color and lace detailing gives it a special feel for Valentine's Day.  I added a blanket scarf for extra warmth, and finished my look with booties and printed tights. Because I am always cold, and it's the middle of February, I had to have my legs covered and thought pattern tights added a fun touch.  I can also see myself styling this dress with leather leggings for a cool, yet festive look.

What does everyone have planned for Valentine's Day?  Do you go out, or skip the crowds and stay at home?  Stay tuned because I have another Valentine's Day look coming to the blog later this week, and make sure to check out my Valentine's gift guide here.

Dress: c/o Shein| Scarf: Look by M (similar here)| Bag: ChloĆ©| Booties: Vince Camuto| Tights: Hue| Sunnies: BP (similar here)| Necklace: similar here| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Roseberry

Valentine's Giveaway

Now for the giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a Kate Spade coin purse, Kate Spade stud earrings, a $25 gift card to Sephora, and a Betsy Johnson scarf.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and good luck!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

With Valentine's Day only a week away, it's time to start shopping for your loved ones.  I have to admit that in our household, we don't usually exchange Valentine's gifts besides your typical chocolates and cards.  However, I do love the idea of giving (and getting) little gift of love, so if you're on the hunt for a the perfect V-Day gift, I've rounded up some great options.

I mean, is this heart shaped bag not the cutest crossbody that you have ever seen?  It's sure to put a smile on any girls face, and I can't get enough of these pink hunter boots.  Although they come in several colors, I love the girlie feel of the light pink, plus they're perfect for heading into spring.  In my opinion, one can never have too many coffee mugs, and this travel mug is perfect for the girl on the go.  I also believe that you can never go wrong with jewelry when it comes to Valentine's Day, and I am in love this infinity cuff bracelet.  Not only is it pretty on it's own, but it's perfect for layering with other bracelets.  If you to want to give something on the sexier side, then I highly suggest Hanky Panky.  The brand has been my favorite for years, as their underwear is not only sexy, but they are actually comfortable to wear.  And of course lipstick always makes a wonderful gift.  Ever since I started using Lipsense a few moths ago, I have become addicted.  It truly lasts all day and does not rub off on anything, which also makes my husband very happy!  I'd love to hear, what are some things on your Valentines day list?

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Grey Jeans and A Layered Cami + WW Link Up

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that this is the time of year when I start adding lighter colors to my wardrobe to brighten up these long, dreary winter days.  One of my favorite ways to do this is by wearing grey jeans.  You all know that I live in my black ones, so switching them out for the softer shade of grey brings be one step closer to spring.  Of course, grey and pink happen to be one of my favorite color combinations, so I had to style them with my blush lace camisole.  Because it still is winter, and freezing, I layered my camisole over a white long sleeve tee, then added an oversized blazer for extra warmth.  Instead of wearing your typical nude shoe or bootie, which is what I would normally grab for this look, I decided to to go for my blue velvet booties, and love the contrast they added to my outfit.  I finished my look with this bolo wrap necklace that I got from Ettika.  Not only do I love the choker style, but I'm obsessed with the light grey color mixed with the gold detailing.  If you're looking for some gorgeous jewelry with a boho flare, then make sure to check the brand out.  Because they have become a favorite of mine, Ettika is giving Threads for Thomas readers 15% off your order!  Just enter the code, @thomasrachael, at checkout.

I've owned these grey jeans for a couple of years now, so they are no longer available, but I found a very similar pair and linked that, along with some of my grey favorites below.  My camisole is also sold out in the blush color, but it is available in black and a red, which would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

Camisole: Aqua| Tee: American Apparel| Jeans: JBrand (similar here)| Jacket: c/o Chicwish| Booties: Steve Madden (on sale!)| Choker: c/o Ettika| Bag: Chanel| Sunnies: ChloĆ©| Watch c/o Klasse14 (get 12% off with the code rachael14)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Roseberry

Shop Camisoles and Grey Jeans

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The feature blogger is Kristina from The Kontemporary.  I'm loving her bell sleeve knit and fringe bottom jeans!  Make sure to visit her blog and say hello.