Friday, January 12, 2018

My Winter Skincare Products

Happy New Year beauties!  Transitioning from the holidays into the new year has been so peaceful and refreshing for me.  It's been so exciting the past few weeks spending time organizing not only my thoughts, but also the space around me.  What helps me to keep my focus and sanity sometimes (lol) is to stay organized and it was really important for me to start my year off that way.  I've been spending time working on my home office space and I recently purchased a few makeup drawers to add since my office will also serve as a beauty room.  What you are looking at here is one of my drawers that I've designated just for skincare!  For me, this is so much more appealing than having all of my products cluttering up my counterspace in our bathroom.  I like the idea that I can put these items away in their own area and keep them out of sight when I'm not using them.  This makes it really easy for me to take inventory of what I already have and to actually use each product because I can see them.

I'm not sure what it is, but this winter my skin has been a lot more drier than normal.  The T-zone area on my face as well as my legs have called for more moisture than usual.  My normal routine of applying moisturizer after a shower is simply not enough right now.  I've had to switch some things up and also increase my water intake and even add a humidifier to my bedroom to help combat the dry air.   The products that I'm about to share with you have truly been a lifesaver.  Most of these items are products that I've gotten from Sephora, but there are a few drug store favorites that I've included as well.  When it comes to skincare, I don't mind shelling out a few extra dollars because having great skin is top priority.  


Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

I've been using this cleansing oil instead of my usual face cleanser because it serves as a two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser, which is perfect.  This cleansing oil gently removes my makeup (waterproof included) and really cleanses my skin without stripping it of it's natural moisture.  Camellia oil is very nourishing to the skin containing vitamins A, B, D, and E as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9.  Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory effects that can help soothe skin irritation, which is a big relief for me because my T-zone gets extremely dry after I wash my face.  The fact that I only need about a quarter size amount of this stuff to apply all over my face and have it literally melt away every bit of my makeup including my mascara, is enough for me to add to my holy grail.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

Although I love roses, I don't necessarily like the scent of them in sprays or cosmetics.  I can however, make an exception when using this face mask because the benefits are amazing.  This is a gel mask that I've been using at least twice a week, although you can use it everyday because it is that gentle.  It's infused with actual rose petals, soothing rosewater, and algae that helps with both dryness, and redness.  My favorite thing about this mask is that it's made without parabens and sulfates, which is really important to me.  One day I will fully be able to transition to all natural cosmetics, but I definitely want to use up everything I have first.  This mask is so calming and I love that the gel helps in cooling and soothing the skin--Especially with the area of skin around and under my nose.  It gives me tons of relief and I don't have to deal with that chapped feeling.  I like to apply my face masks with a brush to keep things clean, plus it just makes me feel like I'm at a real spa : ). The little things!

Glam Glow Volcasmic Moisturizer

My skin really loves creamy moisturizers and this one has a extra creamy and light weight texture.  I love that it doesn't add shine so I really like to apply this product in the morning before my makeup because it's the perfect base before primer.

Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream

This product came right on time in my Sephora Play box.  Another moisturizer, but this one has a thicker consistency that I like to apply at night before bed.  I love that feeling of applying heavier moisturizers at bed time because the product is really able to work into the skin without disturbance.  This cream helps to soothe sensitized skin resulting from external environmental stressors.  We are recently coming off freezing temps, it was literally 1 degree last weekend, so this stuff definitely came in handy with replenishing the moisture and relieving the redness that I've been experiencing around my nose and mouth.  Hydration is what you will get as well as soothing the skin of all the dry and itchiness you'd get around this time of the year.

Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash

Incorporating an exfoliant into my skincare routine is pretty much vital for healthy looking skin.  I learned very early (thanks to my Mom and Grandmother) that you have to remove the dull and dead layers of skin this way especially during the colder months.  I love that Philosophy's exfoliating wash isn't too harsh although there are micro-beads present in the formula, you don't feel like you're scrubbing your face with sand paper!  My focus area of exfoliation is mainly my nose because of white heads and it's important for it to always have a smooth appearance.  

This post would not be complete if I didn't include what I'm using to take care of the rest of my skin! My focus is mainly on my legs, knees, elbows, and the heels of my feet since those areas tend to get the driest first!  I like my skin to feel soft, supple, and moisturized.  With the constant cold it doesn't take a whole lot of time before you find your skin in desperate need of TLC.


Dove Sensitive Skin Shower Foam

My Mom actually put me on to this product over the Christmas holiday.  I was immediately drawn to the smell and the lather!  This shower foam makes my skin feel so refreshed and smooth.  It's hypoallergenic, meaning it's designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances.  It's one of Dove's milder cleansers, and although it has an super light and airy texture, your skin still feels super clean and moisturized even after a really warm shower.

Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Daily Defense Hand & Body Scrub

I can't stress enough how good it is to have a body scrub in your beauty cabinet.  I've been combating flakey skin with this this stuff and it has done wonders!  Using a luffa and and body wash will not cut it with this dry air.  I like to buff away dead and dehydrated skin with this moisturizing exfoliator.  It contains Organic Raw Shea Butter which deeply moisturizes skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids. 

Something else I've added to my routine is dry brushing my skin.  This is another way to really maintain moist skin and remove any dry, dead skin cells.  Not only does it improve my skins appearance but it has deeper benefits like increasing circulation, reducing stress levels, and improves digestion and kidney function!  Do a little research on this when you have time!  I love to dry brush the soles of my feet and work my way up to my legs, arms, chest and back.  Apply firm pressure while brushing, but don't go ham!  Lol, you don't want your skin to be super irritated and red.  You'll also want to make sure you have a high quality dry body brush.  Look for one with bristles made from natural materials.  I normally do this before a morning shower or after work for about 10-15 mins.  It's very energizing!

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

I just love body oils.  Nothing nourishes or makes my melanin pop quite like oils do!  My favorite right now is L'Occitane's Almond Supple Skin Oil.  I received this oil in a PR package not too long ago and I'm completely hooked.  L'Occitane has been a favorite of mine for a little while now and since I've tried out their almond collection, I've been hooked.  I've learned to apply oil before and after my showers to get ultra soft skin.  When I'm out of the shower while my skin is still damp, I work this oil all over.  The smell is intoxicating and will have your skin feeling like satin.  I'm not kidding.

Let me know down below some of your favorite winter skincare products.  Right now, I'm on the hunt for a few butters.  Give me the details of what you like to use!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Winter Wardrobe | Shaggy Jacket with Mod&Soul

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone!  I'm ending the year here on Styled Chic with the start of my Winter Wardrobe style guide that I intend to share with you all throughout the season!  This post is in collaboration with yet another chic boutique here in Richmond called Mod & Soul!  As you can probably tell with my past few posts, I have been working with quite a few local boutiques since my move to Richmond.  I am always so excited to be able to share these posts with you because I love the idea of shopping local and as a style blogger, I really love getting to work with so many different fashion brands.  It's always so cool to be able to live out your professional and business aspirations (one of which was to partner with more style brands) and I am so happy to say that I've done exactly that this year with Styled Chic!

Of course with it being the last day of the year, I've taken the time to reflect on the highs and lows of 2017 and I am so thankful that I still have the opportunity to live another day of life doing the things that I love and to be in good health surrounded by my family and friends.  2017 wasn't a perfect year, but there were enough positive moments to keep my hope alive for 2018.  I feel super blessed right now and have absolutely no complaints.  My only wish is to continue to bloom.

Now, about this jacket!  Don't you love it?  Shaggy Jackets are definitely a trending item this winter.  I would encourage you to have a little fun and step outside your style box and experiment with this piece!  I've seen so many in different styles and colors.  When I was invited out for an opportunity to shop with Mod & Soul I knew this statement jacket was just what I needed to add to my wardrobe.  This shaggy sweater coat makes the perfect boho chic statement and I love the layered colors.  It's so comfy and actually pretty warm.  I love the ability to take a clothing item and make it your own.  For a casual but cute look I paired the jacket with a bodysuit and my favorite Fashion Nova jeans with boots.  This made for a super comfortable outfit while being out and about in the city.  Mod & Soul goes on my favorites list right amongst the other boutiques that I've reviewed here.  The Bohemian chic vibes that I got from the store was so awesome and made it hard to not take home everything I laid my eyes on.  Check out this boutique if you're in the Richmond, VA area and if you're one of my out of state peeps check them out online at www.mod&  This jacket is sold out but there is definitely more where this came from if you shop Mod & Soul.  Trust me, you'll love them.

I truly hope you all have a Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of your Holiday!  2018 is going to be an amazing year!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chic Holiday Wardrobe | Winter White

Merry Christmas Everyone!!  I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season as much as I have.  Lately, I have been talking a lot about having a capsule wardrobe for the holidays.  Articles of clothing that you have especially designated for this time of year.  Festive items that are a bit more glamorous and sparkly that you can wear throughout the winter season.  For me, Christmas time is the point in the season that I begin wearing winter white.  White can be worn effortlessly during colder months--the key is in the fabric and texture of the items you choose.  

For this look I chose to stick with faux leather.  The faux leather skirt although a midi, has a high slit that I absolutely love.  It's bold and definitely a show stopping number, but still very tasteful.  To balance the sexy leg, I chose a long sleeved high neck top.  I love that the top has a sleeve of texture that matches the faux leather skirt.  It's unique and something I haven't really seen before.   My tip on keeping a sexy look tasteful and classy is to choose only one body part to highlight and cover the rest.  

I just couldn't resist pairing a bold red lipstick with this look.  The combination of the red lips and white together just says holiday.  And this year, I definitely wanted to dress for the season!  I was so inspired by the ambiance one of my favorite places to visit here in Richmond--Quirk Hotel that it was only right to get a little fancy and hang out in the lobby by the beautiful Christmas tree.  It never takes much to create the experiences that you want to have in life.  I hope your Holiday experience will be one to remember this year.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chic Holiday Wardrobe | The Red Sweater Dress

Tis the season-- for cozy sweaters and rich colors!  The holidays have swung back around once again and while I'm sitting here realizing that Christmas is literally next week,  I'm also planning to be very intentional about making the most of this time by enjoying and celebrating each moment!  This is the time that I acknowledge and celebrate the birth of Christ and also celebrate life.  Something that I do everyday, but around this time I love to just get a little more glam and really reflect on the great moments I had over the year.

So far, I've been getting into the spirit of the holidays mostly with my wardrobe.  I've added quite a few sweaters to my closet recently, but I also came across an old favorite.  The red sweater dress.  I've had this sweater dress for a few years now and it has remained an old faithful.  The thick material keeps me warm and comfy while still feeling a bit festive and a little sexy too : )  This is definitely that go to item that I look forward to wearing every year.

I love the idea of wearing a pretty sweater dress during the Fall and Winter!  This dress is actually from Victoria's Secret and I purchased it when they still sold actual clothing.  I decided to play around with mixing texture, so I just wore these velvet boots to make the look super simple.  Don't you just love when you've had something in your closet for years and it has stood the test of time and fits like a glove?  That's why I love classics so much!  Every woman should have an arsenal of clothing especially dedicated to this time of year from full on glam to casual chic--just like this look here.  While this dress is no longer available I did make sure to link similar dress below in a few different colors too!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Style At Work | Chic & Modern with Ann Taylor

At the top of the year I started a new series here called 'Style At Work'.   The first installment was a bold beauty look to wear to a conference or board meeting.  You can view the post and video HERE in case you missed it.  I created this series because when I entered the working world years ago I had to learn through trial and error how to properly build my professional attire.  I was always out of ideas on what to really wear to the office that wasn't just a pair of black slacks and a white button up.  I always wanted my attire to still feel like Samara.  I aspired for an effortless and chic work wardrobe, so back then, I'd gain inspiration from style magazines.  Hopefully this series can be a guide for you to help with your professional look.  Not only that, but I'd like to make it a point to share my everyday lifestyle with you and that includes a bit more details involving my corporate lifestyle.  For me, it doesn't matter wether I need to wake up a little earlier to take the time to put myself together.  While looks aren't everything, I'm definitely a firm believer of dressing appropriately.

Recently I attended a three day business conference and this was one of the looks I wore.  My wardrobe reflects my lifestyle and is comprised of modern, classic, and chic/trendy pieces here and there.  I love making an outfit come together effortlessly and having items that can stand the test of time definitely helps me to achieve that.  I'm sure for most of you, your work place requires professional attire everyday with the exception of casual Fridays--But for me even then there are no tennis shoes or distressed denim allowed.  

I've just added these window pane printed pants to my collection from Ann Taylor and have so many ways that I'd like to wear them.  I just love when I can find a pant that is elegantly tailored to fit just right! 

This is definitely one of those outfits that you can literally get dressed in the dark in.  Black turtlenecks are on heavy rotation for me during fall and winter because they are timeless and pair well with everything.  Really--that's what it takes to make an outfit come together without really trying.  Having items that pair well with almost everything.  My sleeveless blazer was added as an extra layer for the am and cooler office temps and to also add more interest.  Under normal circumstances you will find me in a pair of flats, but for this particularly warmer afternoon, I went with a block heel to take things up a notch.  I'll be doing more of that in the upcoming months.  It will be a busy time for my office because of the upcoming General Assembly session in January.   I work for a state agency that is involved in assisting constitutional officers through budget and costs.  The General Assembly session is where legislation is made and an important time that provides us with new policy and budget changes that affect the constitutional officers for the fiscal year. Showing up and doing my job well is important to me--dressing the part is the icing on the cake.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Home For the Fall Holiday

 I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend because I sure did.  This year was very chill for my husband and I and different from previous years.  We decided to spend our first Thanksgiving in our new home with just the two of us--which made for a very quiet and peaceful day.  I prepped our dinner the day before, doing things like brining our turkey as well as cutting and washing the collard greens.  Although I stayed up pretty late preparing I was up early to begin roasting the turkey.  I was determined to have everything done by 1pm!  Our Thanksgiving dinner included all the usual suspects you'd find on most families dinner tables.  I did, however, add a few new entrees that I've never made before--like stuffing--girl was a first, but it came out bomb.  My husband loved it and I was so glad because he can be such a picky eater, lol.  The rest of the weekend consisted of doing all of my favorite things.  I visited a new coffee shop downtown (where these photos were taken) and celebrated my guy's birthday this past Saturday.  After brunch that morning, I took him over to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the Terracotta Army exhibition.  We ended the night eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant downtown.  I also made an attempt to do some black Friday shopping which was a bust as far as savings were concerned because nothing I purchased (with the exception of two items) were on sale.  Don't you hate that??

The holidays are my absolute favorite time of the year and really can't believe how fast we rolled around to it again.  I love the time off and always try to carefully plan how I want to spend it.  I'm always caught between deciding if I want to just flake out entirely because --we all deserve to do that sometimes right?  We all work and spend most of the day multi-tasking, sometimes its perfectly okay to just BE and sleep in.  However, there are just some parts of me that has to take advantage of every extra hour that I can get.  In my case it's organizing or home décor planning, driving out to see my family, and the list continues.  I also love sharing as much as I can here on Styled Chic so I'm always looking to upload my weekend experiences or style stuff  and that definitely takes time.

JORD watches decided to help me with keeping track of my time this season with this beautiful wooden and vintage rose watch.  I love for any jewelry or accessories that I own to be feminine and dainty.  Unless I'm going for a statement, timeless pieces like this are of everyday wear for me.  Since the holidays are officially in full swing, if you love this watch just as much as I do you can snag it for a deal with 25% off using the code STYLED25.  There are several other styles to choose from whether you'd like to purchase for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  Be sure to visit HERE to gain access to your holiday savings!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Trunk Up Boutique Collaboration

Fall is in full swing and you guys, I can't tell you enough how much I am enjoying Richmond.  It's been 5 months since our move and my husband and I have been spending lots of time just getting to know the city during our free time.  I love that there is so much to do and each day we feel more and more at home.  Richmond has been such a easy city to adapt to.  This area is comprised of several other different cities & counties and just when you thought you've seen all there is to see, you discover more.  For me, I always find myself downtown, visiting coffee shops and boutique hotels.  I love sitting with my laptop, taking photos, and overall finding cool new things to experience.

A few weeks ago, I attended Richmond Fashion week and was introduced to a few different boutiques here in the city, one of which was a brand by the name of Trunk Up!  Trunk up provides trendy and affordable pieces to women under $50.  Isn't that awesome?  I was able to shop online and chose a few pieces to share with you guys and let me tell was so hard to choose just a few, lol.  I ended up going with this off-shoulder blouse which easily fits into my wardrobe.  I'm such a fan of this style of top.  I probably have an embarrassing number of them in my closet in several different colors and styles than I'm willing to admit.  I am always interested in pieces that compliment my figure in ways less thought of.  It's always refreshing to find different ways to style yourself.  There are so many ways to show off your femininity without going the obvious route.  I tend to gravitate towards this style of tops because I love how well they compliment my shoulders and neckline.  This time when deciding on how to wear the top I decided to dress it up a little and pair it with high-waisted slacks, heels, and this fisherman cap.

Aside from wearing jeans nearly 85% of the time, I loved wearing these black slacks in a setting other than work.  I'm really big on having items that I can transition from work to weekend.  Wearing these slacks more than once really makes me feel like I'm getting the most out of my wardrobe.  Lol, I used to watch a lot of  'What Not to Wear' so after all these years, their advice has just stuck when it comes to wardrobe tips.  The blouse I'm wearing actually has a bit of length to it, but I tucked it into the high waisted pants for this more classic look.

  I feel like I've been falling for a lot of trends this season, lol.  Something I normally don't do, but it feels good.  I was so excited when I found the fisherman hat I'm wearing because it's so chic and makes me feel like I'm on my way to Paris.  I almost feel like I had one before and got rid of it.  It's crazy how these things are selling for over $50!  Mine was purchased for under $20.  My kind of deal.  Thoughts?   Be sure to check out Trunk up Boutique if you like my blouse!  Now that I'm discovering so many chic boutiques, I've been so motivated to shop local. 

**This Post was brought to you by TrunkUP.  All thoughts and opinions are my own**


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