Going on a ski trip this winter? I’m currently in the middle of planning a couple, so naturally the first thing I did was go to Pinterestand start pinning some cute après ski outfits. Maybe I’ll bring a few faux fur jackets to hit the slopes? I’m not the biggest skier, but browsing Pinterest left me feeling inspired by all the snow bunny looks. If you’re planning a ski trip or two this winter, see above for my favorite picks to keep you looking chic and staying toasty on and off the slopes.
Some cold weather style tips to keep in mind
If you’re traveling to one of the chicest ski towns (think: Aspen, Deer Valley, somewhere in Europe), you’ll want to keep some cold weather style tips in mind. Cold weather + snow doesn’t mean it’s time to let your style game down! Some easy tips to keep you warm but don’t mean looking like a Michelin man:
+ Fitted gear is key. Fitted ski pants, jackets, slim base layers, and leggings help maintain *some* semblance of a shape. They might be a little more pricey (good fitting clothes always are!), but view it as an investment that you’ll wear for years and years to come. If your family/friend group is big on skiing, you can probably safely bet it won’t be the last time you’ll pull these pieces out! Stick to black or white – these colors will keep your entire outfit looking sleek + chic, and can be worn every year.
+ Don’t forget about accessories. Earmuffs, hats, scarves, mittens – these are cold weather essentials! Faux fur, colors, and prints help add a unique touch to your look. I’m personally a huge fan of faux fur accessories in the snow.
+ It’s all about boots! Avoid leather or suede that will get ruined in the snow, and get yourself a pair of functional snow boots. I love Sorels for the price point, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, there are some very high end, chic options.
There’s nothing better than surprising your BFF with the perfect holiday gift. I’m super excited to be sharing some of my all-time favorite gifts for friends today! There’s nothing wrong with a gift card (especially if you know she’s particular about what she wants), but getting her something more specific is meaningful and shows you care. Whatever her hobbies and interests are, there’s sure to be something she’ll love below.
The best holiday gifts for your BFF
For beauty lovers
For the girl that’s basically a beauty guru – gift her a new kit or product she’s sure to love testing.
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick – this is a great stocking stuffer or little gift she’ll love! Ideal for carrying on the go in your daytime purse or evening clutch. I really love how rich and luxe the formula is, and you can never go wrong with a rich matte lip color!
The Perfect Bite Set – Bite makes some of my favorite lipsticks, these mini lipsticks are easy to carry and double as a moisturizing layer for your lips as well. How cute is the red tin for the holidays?
Fresh Sugar Lip Suite Set – better than your drugstore chapstick. Hydrating, luxe, and tinted just enough so you can get by without applying anything else. These are forever a staple in my bag, and every friend I’ve gotten them hooked on can’t live without them!
Ole Henriksen Advent Calendar – how cute and festive is this little skincare advent calendar? Jump start her new year with your brightest, most glowing skin yet!
For health nuts
Gifts your health + wellness junkie BFF will love.
Dry Shampoo Set – when it comes to dry shampoo, there’s no one product fits all! This sample set will ensure she can try a bunch of different kinds before finding the one that will earn a permanent spot in her gym bag.
Touche LA Leggings & Sports Bra – because who doesn’t want to look cute while they sweat? This is one of my favorite new workout clothing lines of the year, everything is SO comfortable, flattering, and performs well for any type of workout.
Skidless Yoga Mat – a must for any hot yoga lover. You can never have too many of these for your practice!
Away Carry On – it’s not a bad idea to invest in high quality, durable luggage. This is a great gift idea for anyone on your list that you’re looking to spend more on. They’ll love and appreciate this for years to come.
Passport Holder – something nice to protect and hold one of her most prized possessions – her passport.
What are you getting for the girls on your list? Happy shopping & happy holidays! xx
As you probably already know, skincare is seasonal! Changing temperatures and climates brings about very different reactions in our skin. Right now, it’s winter, and you might be suffering from major dry skin. I know I am! Even more so than usual, my skin is THIRSTY and soaking up every last bit of moisturizer and hydrating ingredients (think: hyaluronic acid). Facial oils have been popular for a while now, but I wanted to share one that I’ve been particularly loving – argan oil.
I was introduced to argan oil through Josie Maran’s incredible all natural argan oil line, and so far every product I’ve tried has been incredible – soothing, moisturizing, and non-pore clogging. Whatever your skin type, chances are you could likely benefit from using some kind of oil on your face! To find out if argan oil might be the missing product in your winter skincare arsenal, read on to learn more about all of the different argan oil benefits.
What is argan oil and how do you use it?
Argan oil comes from the kernals of the argan tree, which is found in Morocco – you probably have heard of Moroccan Oil, but did you know that it is the same as argan oil? It can come as a pure oil, or mixed into a product for its many benefits. It’s completely all natural and organic – Josie Maran makes some of my favorite argan oil products!
Argan oil benefits for your skin, hair, and nails:
+ It’s very hydrating! Argan oil is most often used to moisturize and soften skin and hair. It can be used on your whole body – including your lips, nails, and feet.
+ Filled with vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids that are good for your skin.
+ It smooths and conditions hair.
+ It has anti-aging benefits for your skin.
+ It absorbs easily into the skin, is not greasy, and doesn’t clog pores – believe it or not, it is actually often used as an acne treatment and is safe for oily skin as well!
Forget about being fashionably late – there’s something to be said about being early. You hear it all the time, but it turns out there really some truth in the saying, the early bird gets the worm. There are a whole slew of benefits to being early – in LA, it means less traffic. On vacation, it means less people at tourist attractions. If I’m being honest, for me it means fewer people in my photos. There’s a reason why early mornings are some of the best times to shoot! At a sample sale, you get first pick on items. At networking events, you’re among the first people to make a stronger impression. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. So why is it we have such a difficult time being on time, much less early?
I may not have the answer, but one thing I will say is being on time takes a level of effort and discipline. I have so much respect for the people in my life that are not only on time, but always early!
Being early applies to more than just showing up to your hair appointment on time. Think about trendsetters, innovators, and entrepreneurs that were the first to have a particular good idea. Not only did they have the idea at the right time, they were also able to quickly bring their ideas to life. I’m far from being the first blogger, but I have so much respect for the trailblazers that paved the way.
When it comes to personal style, I don’t claim to be a trendsetter. My style isn’t super high fashion or complicated. It’s much more comfortable, relaxed, and attainable. At the end of the day I still work a corporate job and have to dress appropriately for the office! This particular look combines some of my favorite trends at the moment – white boots and accessories with a newsboy cap, and one of my favorite pieces from last year – a mesh turtleneck! As much as I love fun prints, colors, and statement pieces, I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older, I tend to gravitate more towards neutrals and pieces I can wear over and over again. Mixing up higher quality basics with more fun, on-trend pieces allows me to keep my wardrobe fresh and interesting.
On an unrelated note – I had my aura read for the first time tonight, and it was so fun and enlightening. If you’ve never done it before, I highly recommend the experience! You can learn more about it here and here.
Even though I’m an introvert at heart, I love a good party every now and then. I mean, who doesn’t? December is my favorite time of year – I love the holiday season and all of the festivities that come with it. Not to mention, December happens to be my birth month! Naturally, this means lots of holiday parties, events, indulgent dinners, and nights out. As much as I try to maintain a healthy routine, it can be almost impossible to stay entirely on track this time of year.
Determined to do it all, I’ve been trying my best to be a healthier party goer. The goal is to be social and not miss out (even though there’s nothing I love more than staying in), while sticking to some semblance of a health and wellness routine. The key is always balance, and with a little effort and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can manage your social calendar without gaining a pound. Who says you have to sacrifice your waistline for a social life?
Tips for being a healthier party goer
+ Checks and balances
Life would be oh so great if we could just eat whatever you want, drink as much as we want, never workout, and not gain a pound. Unfortunately for most of us, that’s just not the reality of life. When it comes to going out, the biggest thing is making sure everything balances out. Meaning, if you indulge more in one area, you have to tighten up in another. Some examples: if you’re planning on drinking more than normal, maybe skip the dessert one night. If you want seconds of your favorite holiday dish, keep the portion size small. Of course, you know your body best, and if you rarely indulge, there’s no need to be so strict either! If your routine is usually pretty light and healthy, you have to trust your body to be able to handle a few extra cocktails and a slice of pie.
+ Make healthy choices
Most parties will have healthier options. Stick to veggies and proteins. If you’re worried about the options that will be available, consider bringing a healthier dish as a contribution. There’s also no shame in bringing your own healthy snack! In college, I would pack wheat PB&J sandwiches in my purse if I knew there was late night pizza in my future and I wanted to avoid it. A little discipline goes a long way! When it comes to alcohol, stick to clear spirits (tequila, vodka) with sparkling water and extra lemon/lime.
If you’re really craving a cocktail, have just one – craft cocktails are FILLED with sugar and one will usually do the trick. Switch to cleaner drinks after if you want to continue drinking. If you’re not into vodka sodas, sip some bubbly!! A glass of champagne is less than 100 calories, and you’re much less likely to chug a glass of champagne because of the bubbles. If you’re worried about standing around without an alcoholic beverage, grab a glass of sparkling water and lime. You’ll save yourself from tons of calories, unnecessary sugar, and a nasty hangover the next day.
+ Eat before parties and enough
I hear so many girls say they won’t eat before events or will skip meals – I’m guilty of this too – but the reality is your body needs fuel! When you don’t eat, your body essentially goes into “starvation mode” and begins to hold onto extra calories, effectively slowing your metabolism. Some of the best advice I’ve gotten is to always have a small snack before going out – an apple, a little bit of protein (turkey slices, hard boiled egg), a handful of nuts – it’ll settle your stomach and prevent you from gorging at the actual event. If you’re on a stricter diet, make sure to eat in advance if you aren’t sure what will be available to eat at a party. The last thing you want is to show up starving and have no healthy options available.
+ Drink water
Especially if you’re drinking. The age old advice to alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water is tried and trued. Staying hydrated will stave off hunger and hangovers – such a no brainer!
+ Up the workouts
Squeeze in a workout whenever you have an extra moment. If your schedule is extra busy, try incorporating HIIT or treadmill intervals into your routine – these quick, high intensity workouts are super effective at torching calories on the fly. Schedule your workouts into your calendar or sign up for a workout class with a friend – that way you can be accountable! Making time to take care of yourself and your health and wellness is ALWAYS worth it.
Of course, you want to look appropriately festive for all of your holiday events! If you’re looking for a holiday party outfit that will take you from office to night, this duster jacket has been one of my favorite pieces. I can’t get enough of all things metallic right now – festive without being over the top! I’ve linked my entire outfit below, as well as some of my other favorite metallic holiday pieces.
Happy Holidays, everyone!! How do you stay healthy during this time of year? xx