Summer Glow

IMG_6024We’ve hit the ground running with summer temps. It’s hot, humid and not very friendly for skin care and maintenance. Summer, and winter for that matter, are difficult seasons to navigate skincare. The summer sun causes damage, to much oil production as well on the other side of the coin, dry skin. What’s the best way to keep an even-ness when it comes to our skin?…I believe it comes from simple, consistent skin care. Now is not the time to get fussy. Especially with the humidity, layering serum after serum will only make you feel sticky, greasy and in the end look old.

Because everyone has different skin care issues, taking a look at your skin and deciphering what it needs and lacks, is key. If you’re heavy on the oil production, like me, stick with light oil free products. I like organic serums that help repair the skin and then add a light weight (oil free) sunblock on top. Sunblocks can be tricky because so many of them are so thick. Because I’m so oily, I forego any moisturizer and I use the sunblock over my serum to give my skin the moisture that it needs.

If you have dry skin, adding a moisturizer over your serum and under your sunblock will give you a lasting glow without looking greasy. Again look for an SPF on the oil free side. Regardless of your skin type, keep the oils separate and out of your SPF.

Whether oily or dry, a retinol at night is a must for turning over your skin cells. Keeping your cells “new” is key if you want to achieve a glow. It’s definitely a piece of the puzzle. If you’re dry, add moisturizer to your retinol, if you’re oily you probably won’t need any added moisture.

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Of course topical skin care isn’t the only trick for glowing skin. What’s happening on the inside is just as important. Supplying your body with antioxidants (fruits and veggies), staying hydrated and moist importantly, getting your head right, are all keys in unlocking beautiful skin. Trust me, if you’re not glowing from within, it doesn’t matter what you put on. Just some food for thought. 😉  Happy Hump Day xoxo

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Who Are You?…

DSC_9415As I was growing up my parents tried to instill independence, original thinking, a sense of “anything is possible” and most of all to not “believe the hype”. I didn’t always know exactly what they were talking about, or how it related to me, but over time and as I’ve grown older it has become clear.

I wouldn’t say that their skills of how they tried to instill these values were that great, but I think I learned more by their examples of how they lived vs just the word. One statement that always stuck with me was dad would constantly tell me, “Figure out who you are and dress accordingly”. As a teenager I would look at him and think, what are you saying? I would think, ok I’m 16, I know I’m 16, and I really like my Guess jeans! I was good with just knowing that about myself. Obviously that’s not what he was getting at, and it took me a good 10 years to really understand what he was saying.

There’s a lot of clutter in the world that keeps us from really looking inside. And I often feel that society is set up to make it difficult for us to really “see”. It’s much easier to bury our heads in the sand and not drudge our own paths. We have so much “stuff” (social media, societal views, our own crazy wheels in our brains) around us, that it’s difficult to sit in silence and listen to what’s inside.

As I look around and coexist with society I find myself surrounded by anger, lack of common decency and a complete disconnect to others. I’m not writing this blog to bash others or to write that I have all the answers because I definitely don’t, but I’m fed up with the lack of insight that we as a society have. How can we possibly teach our kids to have compassion and respect for others when there’s so little of it being shown on a daily bases. Now, my husband would say that the statement I just made is not entirely true. Yes, maybe there are plenty of examples of shit in the world (my interpretation of what he would say) but how we take in this information, how we respond to it, and how we allow it to impact us is what we have control over. Just because another person may not exhibit the compassion and respect we want, doesn’t mean that we respond in that same disgusting manner. Man, this is a topic that can go on forever! I’m not sure I’m smart enough to go there, so I won’t, but my point!?

I think my dad had/has it right…Figure out who you are and dress accordingly. Spend time in stillness and listen to what’s inside. Don’t believe the hype that other’s want you to believe. Get to know who you really are and what you’re about so that you are clear when weeding out the crap and recognizing the gems. Change starts with one person, I challenge all of us to be that person. We may not be able to control the chaos around us, but we can control how we move around it. This is a life long journey, not a weekend retreat…And to all the noise that’s around…We control the volume. 😉 Happy Hump Day. xoxo

Photo Cred// Nyanzi

 

Blurred Lines

photo 1I got into blogging as a “dare” from my husband.  Looking for something different to do, he suggested that I start a blog and put to paper all the style advice and shopping do’s and don’ts I did for so many of my friends.  I can’t say I thought “what a great idea” when he suggested it, but in the end I’m happy that I did and I’m looking forward to the changes my site will heed.

With that said Instagram has become such a huge venue to showcase fashion, style and living, that the lines become blurred with blogging about what I find beautiful and/or photographing my personal style and life as I see it.  Sometimes it’s just so much more fun (and inspirational) to take a corky picture of my dog than it is to write again about another fashion trend that has been recycled.  Either way the fact still remains that I love fashion and style, and more and more interior design, that’ll I’ll keep doing what I’m doing for the sheer love of it.  So come with me on my journery, follow Show and Tell Me on Instagram and lets keep redefining our style.  Have a great Sunday! xoxo

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