Love Your Skin: The Ordinary

    April 10, 2017

    I’m a skincare junkie. I’ll admit it.

    I’m constantly researching skincare products celebrities name drop, beauty websites’ “Best of” lists and fellow bloggers recommendations to find new products to promise anti-aging, brightening, and clear skin boosting properties.

    Also, I don’t want to spend over $100 for one beauty product. I know I’m asking a lot, right?

    Lo and behold, along comes Deciem, the parent company of several brands focused on exceptional beauty products. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on their brand, The Ordinary.

    The Ordinary may sound like an ironic name since Deciem is the self-proclaimed abnormal beauty company. However, their mission with “The Ordinary” is to bring time tested, proven and effective ingredients at reasonable price points.

    How do they do that?

    By keeping it simple with each serum containing 1 or 2 active ingredients at most. The most expensive product in this line is under $18.

    I bought 6 products in total and that was pared down from what I originally had in my cart:

    Matrixyl 10% + HA – reduces the look of static and dynamic wrinkles

    Advanced retinol 2% – anti-aging treatment without irritation

    Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA –  reduces hyperpigmentation

    Buffet – targets multiple signs of aging

    Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – reducing skin blemishes and congestion

    Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – brightens skin tone, evens texture and reducing look of blemishes

    Disclaimer: I have stubborn skin. It rarely gets red or irritated, so I just started using them every night. My 2 favorite products to use were the Advanced retinol 2% with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% together. These two products alone made my skin clearer, brighter and softer and gave an almost creamy quality to my skin sans makeup. Hooray!

    I also liked using the Matrixyl 10% + HA to spot treat certain areas where my wrinkles were more prominent-mainly forehead and felt it helped soften the lines.

    Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to try the other serums I bought just yet because these two are working so well for me! Although with the warmer weather coming up, I tend to lay off the retinol as it does make one more sensitive to the sun and at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation.

    With the change in season, my skincare routine changes with it. I’ll save the routine change for a later blog post.

    More products can be found at their website The Ordinary.

    What products do you use to take care of your skin? What’s your routine? Let me know in the comments below! – Adrienne

     

    On Our List: Reformation

    April 9, 2017

    Can we take a moment and talk about how Reformation continues to kill the fashion game? The brand is a leader in the slow fashion movement by creating limited edition collections that are sustainable, environmentally and ethically sound along with a vintage aesthetic. Their silhouettes are feminine, yet evoke a message of badassery.

    Since turning 30, I’ve focused on buying less, but buying better.

    My mantra has also been, “I do what I want.”

    Reformation definitely fits into those categories.

    Items in this post can be found here:

    1. Diego Two Piece

    2. Shirley Dress

    3. Fisher Pant

    4. Bronte Two Piece

    5. Sayulita Dress

    Creative Sundays

    April 2, 2017

    I like to end my weekend and start my week with a full day dedicated to creative pursuits. I’ve been focusing on the Theory of Color with plenty of play time in the Pantone Studio. It’s been a fun and fascinating ride in understanding color concepts, and how color can convey a swirl of emotions within us. Lately, I’ve been loving deep tones balanced by lighter harmonious colors. I dig the vibrancy.

    Check out the photos below to see what’s been sparking my creativity. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll notice that the featured photos are from women all of the world.

    What’s inspires you to get creative? Let me know in the comments below

    Instagram: dchaussee

    Instagram: HelloSandwich

    Instagram: LeSpecs

    Conscious Choices

    March 19, 2017

    While my husband I were moving out of our apartment almost two years ago, I had a moment of panic at the final hour. Our cars were filled to the top with… stuff. And yet, I still had 6+ garbage bags full of clothes. It was nearly 2 AM and we couldn’t drop it off at any donation center.

    Sadly, I left the bags near the garbage bins, hoping that someone might pick it up. It was highly unlikely, but I still had hope. It still bothers me to this day that I did that.

    After that night, I promised myself I wouldn’t be so wasteful. I realized that my addiction to fast fashion led to junk taking over my closet. To be honest, I had this Carrie Bradshaw mentality for a long time: excess is good. I needed to keep up with the trends.

    Obviously excess of anything isn’t good.

    Since then I’ve made it a point to change my closet (and life) for the better. I’ve learned that I want a closet of items that 1. make me truly happy and 2. are sustainable.

    Now, I could wax poetry about sites like Everlane where they believe in cutting out the middle, and being fully transparent about where their clothing is made. I could also go on and on about Reformation where all clothing is made in LA and is from 100% recycled material. Both sites have equally beautiful and high quality pieces at a good price point.
    Today, I’m here to introduce you to 6 WOMEN-OWNED (!!) shops that you may not have heard of that are deep in the sustainable movement. Whether it’s preserving the environment or bringing socially driven issues to the forefront, these shops are game changers in the fashion world. Check ’em out below!

     Backbeat Rags

    Created by Isadora Alvarez, I found Backbeat Rags at The Renegade Craft Fair, and immediately fell in love with her aesthetic. Backbeat’s style is inspired by the effortlessly cool vibes of SoCal. Isadora is based in LA where also all the clothing is made. She believes in supporting local makers while minimizing environmental impact. Their belief is, “The Livin’s Easy, so it makes sense to dress that way.” P.S I bought the dress above and it is incredibly comfortable.

    Valfre

    LA based company owned and inspired by the artist Ilse Valfre. They believe in a woman’s style is limitless. Much like her art, Valfre’s clothing is a blend of raw femininity and magic.

    Amour Vert

    Green Love in French. Amour Vert lives by their name with a zero-waste philosophy. Their goal is to change the fashion industry by raising the standards of production by creating clothing made with non-toxic dyes and sustainable fabric. Above all, they believe in an enduring style with lasting eco-conscious clothing.

    Modernation

    From hand selected vintage, dead stock, and sustainable materials, Modernation believes in upcycling materials from all over SoCal. I have a strong affinity towards vintage and making use of the things we already have, Modernation takes those concepts even further by creating one of a kind pieces from clothing once forgotten.

    My Sister

    Their mission: fighting sex trafficking one shirt at a time. With each purchase, anyone can participate in the movement to dismantle systems that allow people to be sold for sexual exploitation. The company reinvests in the community to provide education, empowerment, and employment.

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    Stormie Dreams

    Stormie Dreams focuses on transparency and sustainability. They also believe in zero-waste: they source their fabrics and trims in all over LA that were headed to to landfills. Their goal is to create comfortable and lasting clothing that has minimal impact on the environment.

     

    Field Trip: Pace Art + Technology

    April 3, 2016

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    My awesome friend Courtney joined me on a field trip to Pace Art + Technology in Menlo Park. We both needed a time out from our busy work days and just spend some time in a creative space.

    Developed by teamLab, I think of this gallery as a virtual park-esque exhibit. Art and technology are blended together making the pieces visually playful and interactive. I feel that the art is autonomous to the viewer as your mind tends to wander and develop the story around the art.

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    After taking a few photos, I realized that I wasn’t enjoying the gallery like I should be. Courtney said it best: we were so focused on our phone screen that we weren’t fully diving into the art pieces.

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    When we put our phones away, that’s where our minds began to wander. We created stories and saw the art from different perspective. The Crystal Room, in particular, is incredible and definitely IG-worthy, BUT!! putting the phone away made the experience that much more beautiful. We were immersed in the lights, and it felt like we were dancing in space.

    The Flowers & People Room is also exceptional. We sat there and began to notice the subtle changes in the room – flowers were growing and dying, perhaps symbolizing the unending cycle of birth and death.

    Pace Gallery - Menlo Park

    There’s also an interactive kids room that is a definite must. I don’t have any pictures there because I was too busy making sea creatures for the ocean wall.

    Pace Gallery