Thursday, June 7, 2018

rodan + fields - an honest review - weeks 10-12

rodan + fields header 10-12

I thought that three months was a heck of a long time to try something, but here it is, already at the end. Dang, that went quickly! Without further ado, here's my final thoughts and recommendations on using the Rodan + Fields Reverse regimen and Lash Boost serum.

before and week 12 lashes no mascara before and week 12 without mascara before and week 12 lashes with mascara before and week 12 with mascara

Lash Boost - Weeks 10-12

week 10 - Really loving my lashes. They've evened out nicely after a bunch of them fell out at week 7. I still occasionally have some dry eye, but it's nothing a few eye drops first thing in the morning can't fix.

week 11 - I mentioned at week 5 having to not use the product for a night to help with dryness, but I've been using it consistently every night for the past two weeks and have had zeros issue with dryness or styes. I've really noticed my lashes starting to darken as well as thicken.

week 12 - For the first time in years, I feel like you can actually see my eyelashes when I'm not wearing mascara. I've been able to use less product and I love how full, thick and long they're looking.

lash boost weeks before - 12 weeks
before, weeks 6 and 12 with mascara

Final Thoughts: While it took awhile to get there, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my lashes! I feel like I finally got the hang of applying so that it doesn't run into my eyes. I'm not having dryness, redness or irritation anymore and I love that I don't have to apply nearly as much mascara. To keep things consistent, for the week 12 photo I stuck with my original routine - eyelash curler, primer and a good thick coat of mascara, but most days I've been skipping the eyelash curler and primer because I don't need them. One swipe of mascara is more than enough. I'm still on the original tube of Lash Boost serum and plan on repurchasing once it eventually runs out. So much cheaper than getting lash extensions! Worth every bit of the initial $150 investment in my opinion.   

Do I recommend? Yes!

reverse before and week 12Reverse before and week 12 with no makeup

Reverse Brightening Regimen - Weeks 10-12

Week 10 - I've just been keeping up with the regimen as normal this week. No major changes.

Week 11 - Okay, this week I got a little lazy. I skipped doing the full regimen each night. I washed my face but didn't bother with the toner or the brightening complex for a couple of nights. I've noticed that just skipping a night or two means for a very oily face once you start using it again properly. I've also noticed that the brightening serum tends to make my (already oily) skin extra oily, especially now that it's summer.

Week 12 - Majorly oily skin this week + a breakout on the top and sides of my nose. To be fair, I live in Florida, it's crazy hot right now, and I've been sweating. Yuck. So that very well may what's the blame rather than the product itself. On the plus side, I'm still on the original tubes of the brightening complex, though they are just about to run out. I'm pretty pleased that I got a little over three months of use out of them. The face wash and toner are on track to last about two months again this time around.   

rodan + fields weeks 1-3 no makeup eyes open rodan + fields weeks 4-6 rodan + fields weeks 7-9 rodan + fields weeks 10-12 weeks 1-12 using Reverse

Final Thoughts: I've definitely seen an improvement in the texture of my skin - it's so soft now! My skin is less dull - and I think - looks healthier overall. I still have dark marks (especially on the tops of my cheeks), and while there's been some improvement in tone, it's not a drastic change. While 12 weeks is a decent amount of time try something, I think this product will take months of continuous use to see a dramatic result. But overall, I've been pretty pleased with it and plan on seeing if a few more months of use will continue to help with the dark marks.

Do I recommend? Yes, but don't expect super quick results. 

Have you tried Rodan + Fields? I'd love to hear about your experience! (If you want to check out the progress throughout the 12 weeks, you can read weeks 7-9 here, 4-6 here and 1-3 here).

*This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

currently

6.6.18 currently

currently I am...

travelling: to Destin last week to play tourist for a day including shopping at the outlets, strolling the beach and sipping on fruity cocktails.

grilling: nothing after my husband accidentally set our grill on fire. But if I could grill something, it would be this delicious looking Mexican street corn. Yum.

exploring: the idea of getting a new kitchen table. Ideally, I'd like something with a butterfly leaf and a farmhouse look. For everyday use we really only need a table that seats four, but it would be so nice to be able to pull up a couple of extra chairs when we have company. I've been eyeing this one from Joss and Main for about a year now, so maybe now's the time to pull the trigger. :)

planting: nothing (because I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening) but still wanting to find a way to incorporate some blue hydrangeas to my landscaping.

playing: with this little pair of sillies.

Sharing with Anne in Residence and co-host Sarah of Total Basset Case for Currently. Each month features a series of prompts that may be interpreted any way you wish.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 5.27.18

thoughts and whatnots 5.27.18 neutrals: one  |  two  |  three

blog love:
  • I just discovered Lauren, Emily and Kristin from Bestie Dressed, and I'm obsessed. All three of them have a such a great, obtainable style. Love it!
  • Another recent blogger find is Lauren from Simply Holifield. She's from Chattanooga (shout out to my hometown)! Loved her recent post on her trip to 30A (which is practically my current backyard). 
  • A new(ish) blogger that I love is Keely Raquel. Now in Nashville, I knew her when she lived here in Panama City Beach. She does gorgeous makeup and her outfits and home decor are equally amazing. 

on teal and polka dots:
  • on the blog: oh, my gosh nothing lately. I'm so, so sorry I've been MIA lately. My camera broke (which I'm beyond upset about) so I haven't been able to take any outfit photos. Plus, I've been crazy busy and wanted to focus on other things. So no blogging lately. But last week, I posted a review of weeks 7-9 of using Rodan + Fields
  • on instagram: when I stopped blogging I kinda went dark on the Instagram as well. So my only recent post is the same picture as above...a neutral look with a lace peplum top, crochet cardigan and skinny jeans. 
  • coming up on the blog: since my camera is still broken, I don't anticipate being able to take outfit photos (depressing) so I'm not really sure what the week will look like. What would you like to see other than an outfit post?

favorite sales:
There's so many good sales this weekend, it's hard to just pick a few, but here's a few of my favorites:
  • Extra 40% of sale at Anthropologie (no code required)
  • 40% off at Banana Republic (no exclusions!) with code BRSUMMER
  • 50% off everything at J. Crew Factory + extra 50% off clearance with code (WINWIN)
  • 50% off at Loft with code LONGWKND

whatnots:
  • what I'm watching: just finished binge watching Nurse Jackie. 
  • what I'm crushing on: Lisi Lerch earrings. My favs styles are ginger (in the latte color), button (in pearl) and maya in czech pink. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: Aubrey's birthday on Thursday - can't believe my baby is going to be 4-years-old - and her unicorn themed birthday on Saturday! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

rodan + fields - an honest review - weeks 7-9

rodan + fields header weeks 7-9

I'm three quarters of the way through my Rodan + Fields Reverse regimen and Lash Boost serum experiment. (You can read weeks 4-6 here and weeks 1-3 here). While I've continued to see results, I've also had some issues with running out of product too soon and lashes falling out. Here's my experience with both products for the past three weeks:

before and week 9 lashes no mascara before and week 9 without mascara before and week 9 lashes with mascara before and week 9 with mascara

Lash Boost - Weeks 7-9

Week 7 - My eyelashes have started to fall out, sometimes five and six at a time leaving me with thin, sparse lashes, with gaps between. Freaking out, but I assume it's because while Lash Boost extends your lash growth cycle, eventually the growth cycle has to end and they have to fall out. Unfortunately mine decided to fall out in mass. :(

Week 8 - I'm not going to lie, I'm so unhappy with my the way my lashes look. After last week's fallout, the remaining lashes are long, but look weird, with gaps between the lashes. The left eye definitely looks worse than the right. I'm tempted to stop using, but want to press on until week 12 to see if there's improvement.

Week 9 - my lashes are starting to even out - thank goodness - and I've noticed my lashes darkening. At night I keep trying to scrub off my remaining mascara only to realize that's just my lashes, no mascara remaining. My left lashes are still a little wonky looking, but much improved from week 7. Looking back at week 1 vs. now, I can really, really see a difference in the length in my lashes and I'm hoping my lashes will thicken up in the weeks to come. I'm hoping for volume as well as length.

lash boost weeks before - 9 weeks
before, weeks 6 and 9 with mascara

Thoughts so far: I'm still not convinced this is going to be the miracle product that gives me the amazing lashes of my dreams. Yes, my lashes are longer, yes they are a bit darker, but with the weird lash fallout and continued occasional eye irritation, it's not a perfect product - at least not for me. That being said, the tube of Lash Boost has lasted a long time. I'm still on the original and there seems to be a lot of product left, which makes me feel a better about the $150 price tag.

reverse before and week 9 Reverse before and week 9 with no makeup

Reverse Brightening Regimen - Weeks 7-9

Week 7 - Ugh, I ran out of toner this week. Still using the cleanser and brightening complex.  No huge skin changes of note. 

Week 8 - This week I ran out of face wash. No real difference in my skin, probably because I haven't been using as much product to try to make it last until the new product arrives (automatic renewal ships every 60 days).

Week 9 - Hooray for being fully stocked again with cleanser and toner! Also, I'm noticing a decrease in breakouts, which is awesome! After two weeks of not being able to use perform the regimen as I was supposed to, I'm back to the original routine. It's worth noting that while I did run out of face wash and toner, I have a ton of the brightening complex left. I'm still using the originals and haven't tapped into the new tubes yet. I probably used too much of the toner and cleanser to start out with, so I'm using less of it during each application to see if I can make it last as long as it's supposed to. 

rodan + fields weeks 1-3 no makeup eyes open
rodan + fields weeks 4-6 rodan + fields weeks 7-9 weeks 1-9 using Reverse

Thoughts so far: I've definitely noticed an improvement in skin texture from when I originally started using the product and my breakouts are finally starting to clear up. On a daily basis, I don't feel like I've seem dramatic results in reduction of discoloration, but looking at photos, I can see a huge different between week 1 and 9. I've also haven't had to use as much makeup on my skin, which is awesome.

Have you tried Rodan + Fields? I'd love to hear about your experience! You can read my review from weeks 1-3 here and weeks 4-6 here. Stay posted for my final 10-12 week review.

*This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 5.6.18

5.6.18 thoughts and whatnots pencil pants and leopard flats:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:


on teal and polka dots:


favorite sales:

whatnots:
  • what I'm reading: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. 
  • what I'm watching: PJ Masks #toddlerlife
  • what I'm looking forward to: My poor husband is in the middle of a 12 day work week on the heels of a six day work week (with a Sunday off). So basically he'll have worked 19 out of 20 days in a row. We're both so ready for him to have next weekend off! 

Friday, May 4, 2018

color crush - all things blush

I can say with certainty that my new favorite hue for spring/summer is blush. It's such a happy, fun hue! It's practically a neutral, easily pairing with teals, grays, navys, olives, and even deeper pinks and corals.

all things blush

sweater blazer  |  watermelon tee  |  filigree necklace  |   floral band watch  |  capri blue candle  |   round throw pillow  |  copper picture frame  |   fan earrings  |   tory sandals  |   leather satchel  |   hello gorgeous mug  |  stackable rings  |  blushing bride nail polish  |  chunky knit throw  |  2019 planner

I doubt any of you are surprised that this sweater blazer made the list (see how I've worn it here and here). It's been my go-to layering piece this spring - I'm beyond obsessed with the color and cozy fit. I've yet to wear this combo in real-life, but I think it would look fabulous paired with this watermelon tee and a pair of skinny jeans. This delicate filigree necklace has been on my wishlist for a while now. I tend to gravitate toward longer necklaces, but it would be nice to have a shorter one like this to wear with tees and such. 

Capri Blue's volcano scent is one of my absolute FAVORITES and I'm beyond obsessed with this gorgeous opalescent container. So pretty. Speaking of pretty things, how lovely would this round toss pillow look on the sofa along with this chunky knit throw

And I could never justify buying them for myself, but I can't say I'd be upset if someone just happened to gift me these Tory Burch sandals

How do you feel about the color blush? Love it or ready for the trend to pass? 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

currently

5.2.18 currently

currently I am...

celebrating: little man turning 6 months old! Can't believe how quickly time has passed. He's army crawling and *this* close to full-on crawling, loves tummy tickles, blowing raspberries and is all kinds of enamored with his big sister.

creating: this unbelievably adorable knit pegasus unicorn for my daughter. You can purchase the pattern here and I bought rainbow variegated yarn from yarn.com. As soon as it arrives it's knitting game on.

wearing: this blush sweater blazer on repeat.

sharing: my experience with Rodan + Fields' Lash Boost and Reverse Regimen.

going: (or just went) to Destin to Emeril Lagasse's newest restaurant Emeril's Coastal Italian. He was working in the kitchen that night, so we got to see him in action!

Sharing with Anne in Residence and co-host Carrie of A Stylish Fit for Currently. Each month features a series of prompts that may be interpreted any way you wish.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

blush sweater blazer on repeat

blush sweater cardigan, white tee, black pencil pants, leopard flats 1

When you love this blush sweater cardigan as much as I do, you have to wear it on repeat, amiright? I've been suffering from outfit fatigue lately, and am having a hard time getting excited about getting dressed. So I apologize for not posting as much lately. I just haven't been excited about what I'm wearing, haven't wanted to take photos, and have had a big 'ole case of the blahs. Hopefully this is just a temporary malady.

It's been hard to write about what I'm not really into at the moment. In all honesty, I feel like life has been pulling me in a different direction from the blog. I'm not saying I'm going to stop blogging, at least not yet, but I am contemplating how I want (and if I should) proceed. I think you should love what you're doing and if it starts to become a chore, something's wrong. And lately, I've been blogging because I feel like I should, not because I want to. I'm not saying this to whine or complain, but I want to be transparent about what's going on.

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sweater cardigan: J. Crew (exact)  |  tee: Target (similar)  |  pants: Loft (similar)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Kate Spade (exact)

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

rodan + fields - an honest review - weeks 4-6

rodan + fields header weeks 4-6

I'm officially six weeks into the Rodan + Fields Reverse regimen and Lash Boost serum. (You can read my review of weeks 1-3 here.) I'm super excited that I've started to see some real results, but I've also had some issues (mainly with the Lash Boost) these past few weeks. So without further ado, here my experience with both products for the past three weeks:

before and week 6 lashes no makeup
before and week 6 without mascara
before and week 6 lashes mascara
before and week 6 with mascara

Lash Boost - Weeks 4-6

Week 4 - No real difference this week, which was a little disappointing. Patience is so not my thing.

Week 5 - A few people have noticed a difference in my lashes. I've had problems with dry, irritated eyes and ended up developing a stye in the top lid of both eyes. After talking to my consultant, I decided to skip a night to give my eyes relief and started applying less product to my eyes. Thankfully by the end of the week the styes were gone.

Week 6 - I've really noticed a difference in the length of my lashes this week! I've been using less mascara and seeing a more dramatic result, which is great. I'm still having issues with dryness, so I've been using eye drops, making sure I use less product and wiping off any excess, which seems to be helping. This week I also decided to start using the product on my eyebrows, since Lash Boost can also be used to prompt eyebrow growth. Since the edges of my bows have started to thin, I figured it can't hurt!

lash boost weeks before - 6 weeks
before, 3 weeks and 6 weeks with mascara

Thoughts so far: I'm loving the longer lashes, but NOT the dry eyes that have come along with them. I talked to my consultant who reached out to her contacts at Rodan + Fields and apparently dry eyes are relatively uncommon and no one had heard of anyone developing styes, so I'm not sure what to make of that. So I googled it and found some people talking about both dry eyes and styes while using Lash Boost, so while I'm not the only one, it's not a common reaction. Since reducing my use of the product, I've definitely noticed an improvement in dryness and redness. I still apply the product nightly, but if the dryness gets to be too obnoxious, I'll skip a night.

reverse before and week 6
Reverse before and week 6 with no makeup (I'm not sure what's up with the uncheerful faces, I didn't realize how pitiful they looked until posting)

Reverse Brightening Regimine- Weeks 4-6

Week 4 - I experienced another big breakout by the end of week four, but that *could* have been hormonal. Fun, fun.

Week 5 - This week I definitely felt like my face was looking brighter and less dull. I've been using a bit less concealer, which has been a nice benefit.

Week 6 - Still having breakouts and oily skin by the end of week six, but I had those issues before I started using Reverse, so I don't think it's the product doing it at this point. And the breakouts aren't nearly as bad as when I first started using it. I'm back to my usual level of breakouts, if that makes sense. On the plus side, I've noticed some fading in the discoloration on my forehead and a little bit on my cheeks, which is really encouraging!

rodan + fields weeks 1-3 no makeup eyes open rodan + fields weeks 4-6 weeks 1-6 using Reverse 

Thoughts so far: I'm finally starting to see some noticeable results! My skin is less dull, and some of my discoloration has faded. I really love how my skin is feeling as well. Seriously, it feel so, so soft. I haven't been having any issues with sensitivity or negative reactions to the product. So far, I'm really pleased and can't wait to see where my skin as at by the full 12-weeks.

Have you tried Rodan + Fields? I'd love to hear about your experience! You can read my review from weeks 1-3 here and future updates will be posted after 9 and 12 weeks of use.

*This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

thoughts and whatnots 4.22.18

4.22.18 thoughts and whatnots
midi skirt/tippi sweater remix: one  |  two  |  three

blog love:



on teal and polka dots:



favorite sales:



whatnots:

  • what I'm watching: More home decor shows on Amazon. This week it's "Brand New House on a Budget."
  • what I'm planning: Aubrey's birthday party. I can't believe she's going to be four next month! 
  • what I'm crushing on: Trisha Yearwood collection at Kirklands. It's everything mint and gold and rustic and I'm in love. 
  • what I'm looking forward to: we had Oliver's six month photos taken last week and I can't wait to see them. Here's a sneak peek - isn't he just the cutest? All smiles and wild hair.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

blush sweater blazer

blush sweater cardigan, skinny jeans, black and white stripe luxe tank, bow flats 7

If there's a color I've been obsessed with this spring, it's blush. So when J. Crew had a sale on this oh so cozy looking sweater blazer, I had to snag it. Sweater blazers are another one of my current obsessions. I love that they are polished but still insanely comfortable and look a bit more dressy than a simple cardigan. Win. Win. Win. While still available in most sizes in the blush, sadly it's not on sale at the moment. With a $138 price tag, I definitely recommend waiting for a sale. I know I have my eye on the classic sky (light blue) as well. So pretty. It's runs really large, I got mine in an XL and while it fits well in the chest/waist, the arms are big. I love the oversize feel, but if you want a more fitted look, I recommend going down a size.

Funnily enough, this blazer was a win with my daughter as well. She loved that it has deep pockets to store all the toys she tries to sneak into daycare. :) Speaking of the kiddo, I did something a bit bad this morning. At almost four-years-old, we'd never cut her hair. It was long and beautiful (when she'd actually let us brush it), but it constantly was full of snarls and fixing it was a nightmare full of tears and complaining that it hurt. She has refused to let us cut it for months. This morning while we were getting her ready, I grabbed a pair of scissors and while brushing her hair snipped off about three inches. I about cried - all that sweet baby hair - but she didn't even notice the difference. All that drama-rama about not cutting it... and then nothing. So while I've been beating myself up about it, I think she's actually happy it doesn't hurt to brush anymore. But I still feel a bit guilty about it. Was it a bad parent moment to do it without her permission? Sometimes reasoning with toddlers is impossible - which is what we've been trying to do for months. Either let us brush it, or cut it. And cut it we did.

blush sweater cardigan, skinny jeans, black and white stripe luxe tank, bow flats 1 sweater blazer: J. Crew (exact)  |  top: Old Navy (exact) last worn here  |  jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  necklace: Kate Spade (exact)  |  watch: Kate Spade (exact in sliver)  |  earrings: The Pearl Shoppe (similar)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

dotted midi skirt

cream dot midi skirt, mint tippi 4

Hooray for FINALLY having a chance to post this cream dotted midi skirt outfit! I apologize for not posting it last week as promised. Little man decided to go on a sleeping strike that left me utterly wiped. Work was extra busy - which I guess helped keep me from falling asleep at my desk - but meant all I had energy for after work was to make sure the kids were feed, bathed and tucked in bed before crashing for an hour...then back up for the rest of the night with the sleepless baby. At wits end, we decided to start the transition to the crib - if he's not going to sleep, might as well be in the crib, right? - and after a rough week he's finally getting used to it and sleeping a lot better than he did in the room with us. We're talking nice 4-5 hour chunks before waking and then going back down for another 3 hours. Heaven.

Anyway, back to this outfit. I bought this skirt last summer while pregnant, and have been dying to wear it post-maternity. We've been having some truly lovely weather, so I decided it was time to dust it off and rock it. I wore it with a chambray before, this time around with a soft bluish mint sweater, but I also think it would look cute with a bright tee or maybe go crazy with a floral pattern - or stripes!

cream dot midi skirt, mint tippi 5 skirt: J. Crew (similarish) last worn here  |  sweater: J. Crew (exact)  last worn here  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew (exact)  |  watch: Michael Kors (exact)

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