I don't really remember much of 2016. It wasn't so much a hard year but a year, as Zora Neale Hurston says, that has asked a lot of questions. As always, it's a year where I've read a ton and learned a lot about the world -- good, bad, and sometimes, the extremely beautiful. Below I'm sharing 16 best things I've read online this year, in no particular order and no particular category break down. Here's to 2017 - and hopefully a year that provides some answers.Read More
Guys, the cooler temps are doing a number on my dry skin. I've been flaking off all week, shedding little bits of myself all over the place (don't even talk about my lips -- they are a peeling mess). The only other moisturizer that helps my skin whenever it gets this dry is the Kiehl's Cryste Marine Ultra Riche Lifting and Firming Cream however it was very sadly discontinued maybe 2 years ago and I've been sparingly doling out my last tub of this miracle cream.
Enter the Rose Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night Cream. Not only is it the owner of the longest night cream name known to man (and the most complicated actual brand name), it is also phenomenal!! I got this when I was in the UK earlier this year and did my 30-minute sweep of Boots (emerging dusty and triumphant, clutching 5 bottles of Bastiste dry shampoo and an empty wallet). It's definitely not for oily skinned girls -- it's luxuriously thick but absorbs into the skin almost instantly. I like to slap it on generously right after I wash my face in the morning, go about my coffee/ Youtube routine, and then go in after that with my makeup. It gets rid of flaky skin like no other, and the effects last all day. Makes inarticulate sounds of delight. I have the worst dry skin and I never find myself peeling in the middle of the day whenever I use this in the morning.
The only thing I could see putting someone off is the incredibly strong smell. It smells marginally of roses, but mostly of heavy floral perfume. This is a meh side detail to me -- I don't love it but I can live with it when it performs so beautifully on my skin.
I can officially declare -- new HG winter moisturizer. Hurrah!!
Hello! Hello again blog. Where have I been, you ask? I don't even know. My life is slipping through my fingers like grains in an hourglass, my friends. But seriously - in the past five or six months since I've been here I have: 1) traveled to Iceland and watched my brother graduate (both in the same trip; not in the same place), 2) written too many emails to remember - there are days now when I don't even bother signing off with a comma. That is the true canary in the mine -- when I'm too tired to be grammatically accurate is when you know something is up, 3) eaten way too many McNuggets - I mean, they're now 6 for $1. McDonald's is practically paying me to consume these delicious fried babies and I am totally fine with that, 4) read some books - some magical, I will talk about them here soon, many not - and also definitely not read enough, 5) worked myself into a self-conscious, self-hating panic over business school applications and have finally decided to throw caution to the wind and Be Myself, Whatever The Hell That Means.
Phew. I think that pretty much covers it. How have you been?
I'm here today to professionally enthuse about my latest podcast love -- On Being, hosted by the incredibly gracious Krista Tippett, who also has the most enjoyable and soothing radio voice. I was introduced to this gem of a podcast after reading her latest interview on The Great Discontent, which I have forwarded to no less than five people in my enthusiasm to share the good news.
I'm pretty sure I'm the last person on the planet to discover this podcast (in fact a coworker said loudly when I was speaking about this in the break room, "Oh I used to listen to this on NPR like two years ago!" OKAY, I get it, I'm late to this party), but it is so truly magical. What a gift, to be able to listen to this in the morning on the way to work. It is so wise, and thoughtful, and gentle.
In New York especially gentleness is very much in short supply.
No one favorite episode to point to, but what I can say is that I have listened to quite a few since I read the TGD interview, and none have let me down -- even the ones that I wasn't interested in to begin with. There's something about the podcast and the slow unfurling of wisdom that reminds me of Mary Oliver's poetry (her episode was beautiful, she is such an awkwardly charming woman) and also Marilynne Robinson's work (you know my undying love for Gilead). I can think of no higher praise.
Image taken in Iceland -- so, so blue; so, so vast. Maybe soon I will upload all my pictures to this blog but it was such an incredible adventure.
My perennial issue is battling with my flat hair. There are very few things I can say about haircare because the truth is that I don't really do much with my hair. I buy drugstore shampoo and conditioner, I don't heat style my hair because I am terrible at it and also because my hair cannot hold a curl for the life of it, and I have never color-treated my hair. Honestly I spend the majority of my life with my hair in a super chic (ha) ponytail or in a super messy bun.
Lately though I've been trying to up my game to varying degrees of success. The most success I have found has been with the above combo - Batiste Dry Shampoo and Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Hairspray. The Batiste dry shampoo is one of the best I've ever tried. It doesn't leave a white cast, absorbs grease without making my hair feel overly powdery and gross, and just basically does what it says on the can. The Bumble & Bumble hairspray adds just the right amount of pizzazz to my hair without being sticky or heavy-feeling. My hair still feels like hair when I apply it, just a little more voluminous.
Although I don't get crazy-dramatic results with these products, on my hair any small increase is a huge deal because it's so resistant to product and styling. These are definitely in heavy rotation around these parts!
Since I've been testing out a bunch of AHAs, retinols, and Vitamin C serums lately, I decided to also up my sunscreen game. I have an upcoming post all about AHAs, retinols, and Vitamin C serums, but the upshot is that when you use those you need to get sunscreen on the next morning if not you'll be exposing new skin to sun damage.
So in typical fashion, I went to town with trying out new sunscreens and rediscovering old faves in my stash.Read More