Tuesday, January 24, 2017

When the Weather Wrecks Your Skin

* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own.
Y'all, this winter is no joke. So normally I can be seen using my joking about California and our lack of seasons (#westcoastwinterstruggle) but lately, we've been having....weather. Like below 60 degrees cold, rain and hail. Hail, y'all. And because it's been a WHILE since we've experienced any type of real weather and as a result, my moisturizing game is all off. 

For some reason, my skin has been ridiculously dry lately. It's so bizarre because I STAY moisturizing. I pretty much douse myself in all the butters, oils and lotions each morning after my shower.  But this current season has been different it seems like no matter what I do, I can't stop the dry skin from creeping in. My husband doesn't seem to notice and thinks my legs are still soft and smooth and while my skin isn't thirsty dry, it's just dull and dry looking. That bugs met. My saving grace is that because it's pretty chilly out I am in pants pretty much everyday. Which could also be contributing to my dryness on some level. But like I said, I've never had this struggle before so I don't know. Bizarre yo. 

My husband has his own set of issues and because of that I am on him to keep himself moisturized in a myriad of ways as well. Having had eczema as a kid and never really treating it, seven years married and he makes it seem like he's still "new" to the ways of lotions and creams. It still bemuses me. 

Luckily for me he's willing to indulge me in my daily requests for him to slather up before he heads out and he's found a few creams that work to help reduce itching of his eczema which ultimately reduces his scratching and helps his skin clear up! It makes us all happy. The trick is getting him to remember to use it consistently. But, when he does...watch out now! You cant' tell him nothin' when his skin is rash free and feeling good. 

My teenager is also experiencing a bit of "winter skin" dryness but her struggle is the area around her face. Consistent nose blowing when she has a cold coupled with lack of hydration and remembering to use her face cream leaves her with a lackluster foundation. It's also important to me that her face cream have a little SPF in it as she's still exposed to the elements while walking through campus and in various activities. Just because it's winter doesn't mean the sun is any less harsh. Her lips also get awfully dry so she tends to get laced with an assortment of balms, glosses and salves for the holidays so she's set for a good long while. Now let's hope she stays consistent with their application. 

For more tips on how to treat winter skin issues that you or your family may be experiencing check HERE

Do you have any secret remedies for combating dry skin? 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Mama Style: Casual Leather + Kicks

So in case you haven't heard, capsule wardrobes are all the rage. The concept of a seasonal capsule wardrobe (the idea of taking a set number of pieces and wearing only them for a season) has been around for quite some time but it's completely taken off this last year. I remember discovering the 30x30 Remix Challenge by Kendi Everyday in the early days of style blogging around 2010 and it amazed me she could pull off wearing only 30 items from her closet for 30 days.
Like what? Where do they do that at?

Since then, the approach to capsule creation has evolved while the fundamental tenets remain the same: Choose a limited number of pieces from your closet that are relevant seasonally, you can include shoes and accessories or not and basically where only those pieces for the 'season'. 
Being that we don't really have "seasons" in California and global warming has totally messed things up, I shied away from the idea. Then in September, spurred on by Amiyrah I went ahead and did a live show on what I'd be wearing for this 'faux Fall' season we were currently in. 

One of my goals with the items I chose was to actually wear more of my favorite pieces that seem to get lost in my closet until they are out of season. Or sometimes out of style.  I've curated a pretty decent wardrobe and I'm making more of an effort to work more 'avant garde' pieces into my wardrobe. And not really avant garde but the things I'm still working out how to work in to my daily life.

Like my faux leather leggings. Back in 2013 I was unsure if a suburban mom could really pull them off and if so, when and where would I really be rocking them? 
Fast forward three years and they were still sitting in my closet not getting a whole lot of play. I mean, they made a cameo here and there on a night out w/ the hubs or girlfriends but never really in every day wear type situation. Not past that first year anyway.
But I was determined to change that this season. I've low-key been waiting for it to get cooler so I could rock them. Particularly since I had an idea of an outfit in my head and I was hoping it would turn out as cute in real life as it did in my mind.

I can't front. I was thrilled. Even though my hair was dirty and needed to be washed. Even though it was still a bit warm outside for October, it was cool enough for me to pull of the whole look. 

Don't you love when an outfit comes together in just the right way? It didn't feel like I was doin too much for a Saturday afternoon, and I was hella comfortable. So much so that I was plotting on how I could put a spin on it with a different vest + top combo. 

But can we just talk about my sneakers for a minute? I'm OB-SESSED. For serious. I can wear them several days in a row and my feet don't get hot or tired in them like they do in other shoes. I'm ridiculously excited about this and have spent many happy hours running about town in them. Big up to Nike for making cute kicks. 

What's sitting in your closet that could use dusting off and remixing? Let me know in the comments! 


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