Phil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We like rompers around here, canyoutell? 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.
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