August 27, 2015

wednesdate night

wednesdate-nightPhil and I have accidentally fallen into a new routine. Every Wednesday, after getting home from work, we pick a restaurant in the neighborhood and go on a little date. It’s a great way to break up the week and get some quality time in (won’t just be the two of us much longer!), and I still get to turn in by my regular 9pm bedtime without feeling like a snoozer loser. It is a school night after all. Recent “Wednesdate nights”, as Phil coined them (or so he thinks :)), include sharing a pretzel at Deschutes Brewery, doubling up on cheeseburgers at Little Big Burger, and noshing on organic Chinese with fresh ginger ales at Seres. We also tend to swing by the grocery store on our way home for a couple of odds and ends and a sweet treat, like sharing a pack of green apple Hi-Chews.

What is your dating routine? Is it unconventional? Spontaneous? Low key? I’d love to hear! (Also, would you ever try this on a date night? I think I’m too much of a control freak…)

Photo is from last week’s Wednesdate night to Seres.

xNatalie

August 26, 2015

browsing

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Cannot get enough of this toast. (Despite what it says, I always add basil.)

A new kind of “reading list”. Just downloaded #6.

The most delicious summer pasta.

Can’t say enough good things about this movie, see it.

Been wearing the sh*t out of this t-shirt lately.

Too delicious for words. God I love nectarines.

This jacket is on my fall shopping list.

This blog is sort of my guilty pleasure. Don’t judge me :)

And this book is giving me fresh perspective on life!

(Top photo via Rocky Barnes.)

xKelsey&Natalie

August 25, 2015

navy

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Denim: J.Crew. T-shirt: J.crew. Blazer: Equipment (similar here). Boots: Swedish Hasbeens. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Wallet: Prada.

I love the combination of casual basics paired with more formal wear, like these cut-off jean shorts and navy blazer. The shorts and striped tee make the blazer less stuffy, while the blazer brings more pizzazz to the outfit. Lately, I’ve felt a little stuck when dressing up to go to brunch or early dinner with friends. I’m constantly battling a feeling of being overdressed or underdressed, so am attempting to find a balance. What do you think about this combination?

On a totally unrelated note, I went and saw Amy on Sunday, and loved it. It was so heart-wrenchingly sad and utterly beautiful all at once. I had to take time to walk it off a bit afterwards, and was left thinking about it days later. Like one critic mentioned, in-your-face-intimate.

xKelsey

August 13, 2015

let’s talk skincare

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The other day, I was texting with my friend Brooke, and she mentioned that she wanted a new skincare routine. She said her complexion was looking lackluster and wanted to know if I had any skincare product recommendations. To be honest, I’ve never given much thought to skincare – I’ve always kept things pretty minimal – but her question got me thinking…

Ever since I got pregnant, my skin has gone from “fine” to “dull”. (I somehow missed out on those wonderful pregnancy side effects like glossy locks and glowing skin.) Blemishes, patchy dryness, puffiness – barf. Spurred on by Brooke’s question, I decided to do something about it and started exploring new skincare products. And what a difference it has made! My skin has honestly never looked better. Tight, even and, save for the occasional pimple, blemish free. These are the products I’m using on a regular basis, in case any of you are looking to amp up dull skin.

Daily:

Clarisonic face wash and brush. I’ve been using this face wash day and night for a couple of years now and love it. I use the brush on an almost once-daily basis in the shower for a deep clean. My skin feels so fresh after using the brush.

Jergen’s Natural Glow face moisturizer. It may be basic, but this is the best daily face moisturizer, period. SPF20? Check. Slight tanning quality? Check. Hydrating? Check. I love it. Use it in the morning for all-day protection.

M-61 Jetglow Serum. I got a sample of this from Bluemercury, and now I’m hooked! My skin tone and has drastically improved since I started using this product at night. I also love how much tighter my skin feels – a great anti-aging benefit as I head into the last year of my 20s.

Eye cream. I’ve been dabbling in a few eye creams lately, and my current favorites are Bliss’s eye gel, Kiehl’s avocado eye cream, and MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream. They all seem to work great – my eyes are bright and fresh – so pick your poison! I also got my hands on some M-61 Hydraboost Eye that I’m excited to start using.

Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action Cream. This is specific to pregnancy, but I rub this on my belly, boobs and (occasionally) hips after every shower. No stretch marks yet.

Weekly:

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I learned about this product from Victoria Beckham’s book That Extra Half an Inch. I slather it on once a week and reap the glowing benefits for days. A must-have, in my opinion.

Frank Scrub. This product has a huge cult following, which automatically made me a little skeptical of its effectiveness. One scrub later, and I am singing its praises. My skin has never felt softer than after using this product. Head-to-toe smoothness. Something about the oils and coffee grounds? I don’t know, just try it, you won’t be sorry. It is my Sunday pampering obsession.

I’m curious – what skincare products do you love?

xNatalie

August 12, 2015

blue denim

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Romper: J.Crew. Jacket: J.Crew. Shoes: Michael Kors. Jewelry: Gorjana, David Yurman.

We like rompers around here, can you tell? They are so easy to toss on and go, making this J.Crew playsuit one of my summer staples. I’ve paired with flat sandals, slides and these wedge platforms to take me from daytime to evening.

Allen and I have had a pretty adventurous past few weekends, backpacking outside of Bend, joining my sister and dad on the PCT and most recently, rafting the Rogue River. The trips were fabulous, but after all that adventure, bug spray and trucker hats, nothing makes me feel more like myself than coming home and throwing on a nice outfit.

xKelsey