I {heart} Open Front Cardigans!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever really mentioned the love I have for open front cardigans… Well.. in case you were wondering-  I love, love, love them… Especially since I’ve started working in an office – I like to keep one handy for days when it’s chilly in the office. I’ve also noticed since I put on some weight, they’ve been a staple go-to in my wardrobe – I know I’m not hiding that extra weight, but I feel like they help me to downplay the extra pounds a little bit.   Since I have such a love for them, I thought I’d share two of my favorite open front cardigans with you all!  Both can be found at Nordstrom..

The first is this Bobeau Asymmetrical Fleece Wrap Cardigan – I have this one in three colors {black, dark grey, and a dark blue} and I’m currently debating getting a few more because I love them so much! I’ve been thinking about the dark orange, pink paradise, and maybe even dark purple! At least 4 ladies in my office have jumped on the Bobeau wagon, and they look great on everyone {sidenote: it also comes in petite, and plus sizes.}  As an added bonus I noticed this week they’re on sale at Nordstrom for under $40!    One of the things I love most about this is it’s something I can throw on anytime of the year to warm up a bit.. especially once I pick up one {or all} of those brighter colors.

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The second is a newer obsession for me, the Barefoot Dreams Chic Lite Wrap.  I bought myself the black one after Christmas, and I want to wear it EVERY day { I’m not joking.. it’s that great!}.  It’s so comfortable, warm, and cozy!!   This one is a bit more expensive ($90!) but totally worth it… I’m thinking about getting another color but I just can’t decide which one!  The ombre intrigues me and the light pink looks almost white {gosh I’d probably get it dirty the second I put it on.} I know at Christmastime they only had three colors- black, ombre, and grey so I’m hoping if I hold out a little longer a few more colors might be forthcoming!

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PS: I personally like to wear mine with clothes.. but it’s seriously comfy enough to wear like this!

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PPS- I just realized that I’m wearing the Bobeau cardigan today in black! Funny how that works, here’s the shirt in action:

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{clearly I need to work on my selfie taking skills!}

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Favorite Beauty Products of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I’m doing a lot of reflecting. I thought it would be fun to share what my favorite skincare and makeup products from this year are!

First up, skincare. My skin totally changed this year, what used to work for stopped working. I was on a quest to find a new skincare regimen that would give me clean skin that looked healthy. After kissing a lot of frogs, I’ve finally found a few new products that are working well for me right now:

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1: Benefit: Triple Performing Facial Emulsion I love this moisturizer; it’s lightweight but really moisturizes skin.  I like to mix this with my favorite CC cream (more on that in a second) and apply after washing for just the right amount of moisture and coverage.

2: Benefit: Foamingly Clean Facial Wash I use this face wash every morning and night.  I think it does a great job removing my makeup  (just not eye makeup– I use a real makeup remover for that)  I love that I can use it with, or without the Mia.  I also like that it’s not super drying.  Much like the lotion it has a fresh, clean scent that is pleasant but not overpowering.

3.  Clarisonic: Mia 2 I did a post when I first bought the Mia 2, I had debated for months if I should invest or not but now that it’s been a few months I am SO glad that I did.  I feel lost without this thing; last month when we were in Germany I forgot to bring this and the entire week I felt just gross.  One of the first things I did when I got home was wash my face, it felt so good!  Clarisonic recommends replacing the brush head every three months or so, I started with the Acne brush head which I read good things about because its gentle on the skin.  A few weeks ago, I decided to pick up a new head and went with the Deep Pore brush head, and it’s working just as well!  This was probably the best beauty purchase I made in 2013!

Now for the fun stuff, my favorite makeup items from 2013:

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2nd Annual Favorite Things Party

Earlier this month, I hosted my 2nd annual favorite things party!1000456_10100852045975135_1931054866_n Of course, I managed to take no pictures of the setup or anything—hopefully I’ll remember to next year.   The concept is simple, every guest has to choose one item to be their favorite thing.  I set some guidelines this year to keep things consistent:

  • Had to be new with tags/gift receipt
  • Had to be store-bought
  • It needed to cost at least $10

So everyone picked a favorite thing, and then they had to buy and bring 3 of them to the party.

Tip: Last year I asked everyone to bring five items costing $6, however we thought that $10 was a better price point because it can be hard to find something nice for $6.  You can set your price point and item limit at whatever you want though!

This year, for my favorite thing I picked one of my favorite winter  candles from Bath and Body Works, the Fresh Balsam 3-wick.  I was able to plan ahead and pick them up when they went on sale 2 for $22.

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