Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Protecting Your Skin for Summer

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review
When I was in high school, I was a lifeguard and on my country club's swim team. Needless to say, I was out in the sun pretty much every single day during the summer months. My mom is Italian and as much as I mostly take after my dad, I'm lucky in that I got some of my mom's olive tone so my skin is just naturally a touch darker and doesn't really burn too badly.

Because of this, in high school, I wanted to be as tan as possible (this was the Laguna Beach era, ha!) and as much as I knew the rules of sun safety, I wasn't necessarily following them as best I could. I can tell you this much- I never wore a daily SPF... I would only apply it while I was sitting directly in the sun and in a bathing suit and a lot of the time, it was only SPF 15. Yikes. If I could go back, I'd scold myself in a big way!

Now, as I get older and more mature and responsible, I have grown to wear SPF in my moisturizer (almost) daily. If I am outside in the sun at all (especially during the summer months) I can guarantee you I am coated in sunscreen. Routinely wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect not only against melanoma but also against wrinkles. It's probably the most important step in anyone's skin care regimen. 

With summer approaching and Memorial Day weekend in just a few days, it's time to stock up on your sunscreen. Olay, one of my favorite affordable skincare brands sent me their Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 to try out and share my opinions with all of you! 

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 is a face moisturizer that delivers hydration that smooths your skin. It's easy to use! Just apply every morning after cleansing/using your skincare serums. It is moisturizing but also dries and sets into your face quickly, so it's great for wearing alone or under makeup.
Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review

Unlike other sunscreens, Olay Whips with SPF has Active Rush Technology, which holds and releases 1000x its weight in hydration, instantly absorbing into the skin. Because of this, it feels light and moisturizing. You almost won't believe it has SPF in it! This was one of the major selling points for me. I have tried so many sunscreens in the past (read: wasted a lot of money) only to find out that they feel sticky or oily...or worse, break me out. Then I end up ditching the sunscreen altogether.

This sunscreen easily becomes a part of your daily skincare routine without even adding another step, so you will never forget your SPF! Do you wear daily SPF? Have you always been very good at protecting your skin from the sun? This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Net-A-Porter Sale

Net-A-Porter is having an incredible sale. They have such beautiful pieces but I rarely shop there because it's so pricey! However, whenever they have sales, you can score some really good pieces at an even better price! 

They have everything from fancy heels, a scalloped bikini, classic cashmere, and Canada Goose jackets. Alllll on sale. Sizes sell out fast, so I wanted to write a quick post to let you all know about it!

Home Decorating Inspo

Home Decorating Inspo

Navy Blazer (similar, similar)// White Silk Tank
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This past weekend, one of my BFF's Aly, and I went to check out the Junior League's Showhouse. This year's house is the first in 11 years! The home was built in the early 1900's and the owner was working to restore it. There were 20+ rooms and many local designers showcased their work.

I actually had no idea it would be so beautiful, so I didn't bring my DSLR camera. So, apologies for my grainy iPhone photos (we went at night so the lighting was not the best)!

Pittsburgh is known for its architecture and a lot of the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh boast very old homes. It is one of my favorite things about the city because I love the detail and character in older homes.

I grew up in an older home and while older homes do have their issues and temperaments, it really is true that they just don't make 'em like they used to anymore. I also currently live in a building built in 1900... so I guess I just gravitate to older spaces! Some of the homes on the east coast in areas like Philadelphia and New England that were built in the 1800's are incredible with attention to detail! 

The home was located in Wilkinsburg. All my life I had never been there! It was interesting to drive around and see the neighborhood. Most of the houses in the neighborhood need some major work but there are some real historical gems if restoration is your thing. 

The showhouse was so cool and I have to admit that I was very unaware of the incredible design talent that is right here in Pittsburgh! My two favorite rooms were done by Alisha Gwen and Lisa McMenamin Scalo.

I cannot wait for the day that I have a house out in the 'burb's that I can decorate to my heart's content. I've had so much fun decorating my current space but it is just so small and I am itching to decorate (and have) more space!

I figured I would share two of my favorite places for home decor: Williams Sonoma and One King's Lane. Both have classic staples and traditional pieces but also have some fun updated pieces as well. Both sites also have really great sales- you just have to keep patient and check back often. Scroll through the widget above to see some of my favorite home decor pieces.

I need to stop looking at decor because I literally cannot fit another piece into my home... not even a little knickknack! I actually have ended up storing things at my grammie's/parents because I'm keeping them for a future space in suburbia with some square footage! So someone buy these pieces and share your end results so I can live through you, ha! I've also updated my 'HOME' widget on the right sidebar so you can view the items once this post gets pushed! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Backpacks for Traveling

Backpacks for Traveling
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I have never counted the tote bags that I own and quite honestly, I am afraid to do so. I have always been such a tote gal. Especially now because I'm almost always on-the-go with my computer and my camera. Both are big and heavy (ugh). I have the 15" Macbook. While I know most have the 13", I just love the larger screen- even while on the go, I appreciate the bigger screen. 

A lot of my totes serve different purposes. A carry-on, a pool/beach bag, a weekender, for dirty laundry (looks cuter than most hampers!), for picnics, for moving (seriously in college, totes were the only reason I think I moved in and out of dorms and was able to keep my sanity). Point being: totes are the best and you can use them for whatever it may be. 

Enter the backpack. I have two backpacks. I'll be sharing one soon because it is so cute. I got it so I could wear it while walking Henry. We go on long walks together for exercise and a backpack is so easy to carry with treats and waters for the both of my keys, wallet, and phone! It's smaller so I can't fit my 15" laptop. 

The other backpack that I have is specifically made to carry my camera, computer, and equipment. It wasn't cheap and it's not exactly attractive. The functionality, however, is great. The only issue is that it's great for protecting my camera and lenses and computer, but it doesn't leave room for much else (while traveling). So I could carry that on, but I would still have to carry another bag with things I never check like my makeup, jewelry, headphones, cashmere wrap, etc. (it all takes up more room than you'd think!). 

I have a few totes that I enjoy using as my 'personal item' on flights. I am a notorious over-packer and almost never carry-on a piece of luggage (always check a big bag). So it's really just me and my giant personal item. My two favorites are Barrington Gift's Yacht tote and Nantucket tote. I will also occasionally use my L.L. Bean XL canvas tote or my Goyard St. Louis. 

As much as I love a tote, I have been in way too many travel situations where I have to race to a different terminal or I have to get into a small plane where they stow your personal item underneath or I end up having to stand in a long TSA line and my shoulder hurts from holding my bag for so long (one time I was standing for so long, I started dragging my tote on the ground because my shoulder started hurting so badly). 

I feel like as I get older, I'm a bit less concerned about fashion (wait, what??) and more concerned about function. Plus, function, when you are traveling, makes everything much more enjoyable, don't you think? I am wondering if you use backpacks when you travel? Do you use them as your personal item? And if so, do you have one that is super functional but also cute? 

My reservation is that a lot of the times that I travel with a tote, I also use it while at my destination and I know I wouldn't use the backpack. When I'm traveling within the country, I also like a tote without a zip because I can access everything easily and quickly (I just make sure to carry bags inside of the open tote that zip). 

I think the issue is that I have a 15" laptop and a lot of the backpacks I have found only accommodate 13 inches (this one and this one is so cute but only for 13" laptops)! So, today I thought I would share a few backpacks that I have come across that I am considering purchasing as my travel backpack. Weigh in if you have any of the ones I am considering!

One// This is my least favorite in the 'looks' category. I think it looks like it is meant for a man. However, this is really functional and has so many great pockets and design features. I think for the amount I will use the backpack, this might be too intense with all of the features but might be amazing for someone who commutes daily via public transportation. 

Two// I love the beautiful leather of this backpack. The only concern I have with this one is that it seems a bit stiff and therefore can't accommodate odd-shaped items (like my camera). This one has a non-zip pocket on the outside which I love so much. Would be great for your plane ticket and phone for quick access! 

Three// Of course, this is my favorite and it is also the second most expensive. It has a great strap on the back of the bag that you can attach to your luggage. I'm not sure if I would want navy or black. I wear black in the winter and navy in the summer so it's a toss-up. 

Four// I love the look of this backpack and it has some really great pockets. My mom and dad had this when we were children (they had the whole sportsman luggage set) and he loved it. It has some reviews that the quality isn't what it used to be so that's what holds me off a little. 

Five// This is the leather version of #3. I love the luxe look but don't think I need something that fancy for just flights. 

Six// I love the look of this- the only thing is that the straps don't look extremely comfortable and the leather in the photo doesn't look high-quality (but who knows!). This looks like the Coach backpack I have been dreaming of for ages

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