beauty · Fashion & Beauty

Top Skin Care Picks for a Healthy, Bright Complexion

Sometimes, I am a ridiculous human being.

I find myself wondering what it’d be like if that perfect Snapchat filter could permanently make my face look smooth, golden, and flawless. You know exactly which filter I’m talking about, so don’t deny it.

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This is admittedly one of the most vain, petty thoughts I’ve had recently. Instead I should be thinking:

“What nutritious, and presumably leafy green foods, should I incorporate into my diet to promote healthy skin?”

 “Have I drank enough water today? Put the wine down.” 

“Better thoroughly wash off my makeup before I ‘rest my eyes’ one second longer during this action movie Benny picked.” 

If you read my post last week, you recall me mentioning having developed a skin care regime. Today I wanted to share with you the products I find beneficial in keeping my skin clear and bright.

Over the past year, I’ve worked to fill my beauty cabinet with more natural, organic, or food-grade items where possible. These changes have cut out a lot of parabens, toxic chemicals, and other members of the “dirty dozen” so often seen in beauty products. Interestingly enough, these changes have also brought about the clearest skin I’ve had in my adult life. Breakouts still happen occasionally, but it is a very rare instance that I find a straight up nasty zit on my face (last week is only instance I can recall since last summer).

Before I share my favorite products with you, I want to make an extremely important preface: while I believe these products have had a great impact on my overall skin health, in my opinion, the most important thing you can do for healthy skin is make sure you are eating a balanced diet. Drink water. Drink water. Drink water.

One more time for the people in the back:


Also, it is 2017. You can make any nasty vegetable you hate taste good in a smoothie. I listened to a podcast the other day where this healthcare professional was discussing her recipe for a killer cilantro smoothie.

Cilantro. Smoothie. What a time to be alive.

Eat some green stuff.

Now, without further ado, I bring you:

My Top Picks in Skin Care Products for a Healthy, Bright Complexion:

Top picks for skin care products to promote a healthy bright complexion

1. Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser & Balancing Lavender Toner

Top picks for skin care products promoting health and bright complexion

Benny and I discovered Elemis at the spa on our honeymoon cruise. We both purchased Elemis products, and we are both still using Elemis. The Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser is my daily gentle cleanser. It is creamy, smells amazing, and is not harsh. The Balancing Lavender Toner is one of two toners I use. I normally use it in the mornings to refresh my skin. It is super light and gentle, and it gives a nice dewey quality to the skin.

These Elemis products are pillars in my daily skin care regime.

2. Lush Ocean Salt

Top picks in skin care products promoting healthy and bright complexion

Lush Ocean Salt is my single favorite beauty product of all time. When my aunt and cousins flew in for our wedding, they treated me with a huge gift basket of Lush brand goodies. Since then, Lush has become one of my favorite brands and I feel so confident in the quality of their products. Ocean Salt was truly a game changer for me. It is all natural, made from sea salt and vodka-infused lime, and I use is biweekly to exfoliate my face, and sometimes my back.

3. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream & Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Top picks in skin care products promoting healthy and bright complexion

When I started researching the components of a good skincare regime, I realized that a moisturizer is crucial. Sometimes when dealing with breakouts, or a nice shiny mid-day T-zone, moisturizing seems a bit counter-intuitive, but what I have found is that it is actually quite important and can help contribute to preventing and smoothing wrinkles. You should pick your moisturizer based on your skin type, so I will let you [W]IT GIRLS do your own research there, but these two Burt’s Bees products have been great for my skin, which tends to be oily in the T-zone and dry everywhere else.

The Intense Hydration Night Cream is a thick butter consistency, and I work it into my forehead, my cheeks, and my neck. A little goes a long way. The Intense Hydration Eye Cream has a slightly thinner consistency, and I work it into my eyelids, under the eyes, and temples. I sometimes use it to blend in concealer under my eyes as well.

4. Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

Top picks for skin care products promoting healthy bright complexion

This is the second of the two toners I use. This toner is a little more potent than the Elemis, so I typically use it at night before I use the night cream in order to prevent irritation or dry skin. I really use this in my problem areas: the nose, chin, and forehead. I also apply it to breakouts right away, and I’ve noticed that it acts fast.

There you have my top skin care product picks for promoting a healthy and bright complexion. I typically wash my face with the Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser every night.  Twice a week I will exfoliate with the Lush Ocean Salt at night. After cleansing (and sometimes exfoliating), I will apply the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. Once the toner dries, I moisturize with Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream and Eye Cream. When I wake up, typically my skin is soft and smooth, so I just spritz with the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner before applying makeup.

Shop my skin care regime:

Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser

Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner

Lush Ocean Salt

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Mario Badescu Glycol Acid Toner

I hope this helps you in your journey to a healthy, bright complexion, [W]IT GIRLS!


Fashion · Fashion & Beauty

4 Ethical Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Happy Memorial Day!

May we gravely remember and honor those who offered the greatest sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

I hope your weekend has been restful and spent in good company. I started the weekend feeling a bit feverish and under the weather. It’s been a tough allergy season for me.

We had our first guests over to the new house for pizza and beers, and it was so fun to host and entertain in this space! We also partook in our share of housework–I finally painted our guest bedroom.

On Saturday we attended a beautiful wedding. We had a steamy, humid weekend, so I opted to don this cold shoulder dress from Pac Sun.

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

cold shoulder dress for wedding

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

The cold shoulder style seems to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. I loved that this dress was in one of the main colors of my capsule wardrobe–blush. Also, I loved the sort of handkerchief print on it. While this could be worn in a more casual setting, I dressed it up for the barnyard wedding with classic strappy black heels and an envelope clutch.

I typically don’t wear a full face of makeup to work or for daily activities. Since we’ve been so wrapped up in the house for the last month, I can only think of one other occasion on which I went all out on the makeup front.

I went for a dewey natural look to compliment the blush dress, and I used mostly natural and cruelty free products to get this look (namely Tarte, Bella Mari, and Fresh).

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Since we are entering summer, I thought I’d share some ethical cold shoulder dresses, all under $40!


Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

My blush cold shoulder handkerchief dress–shop here 


Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

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I hope you find this guide helpful for any weddings or events you may have coming up!

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40

Cold Shoulder Dresses Under $40



Fashion · Fashion & Beauty

Breezy Cotton Wrap Dress

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend, friends? Ours was simple, relaxing, chill. We mainly focused on cleaning up the house, bringing more over to the house from the apartment, enjoying the weather, and receiving our new couch. The couch was probably the highlight of sweet Benny’s weekend. He picked it out and has been anxiously awaiting  its arrival. We did our fair share of lounging.

I loved the sunny, breezy weather. It officially feels like my favorite time of year. Warm spring–everything is green, and there is just a touch of humidity hanging in the air…truly Southern, that aspect. An essential piece for this weather is a classic light cotton day dress. Coincidentally, this is also a great staple piece for those pursuing an ethical capsule wardrobe.

I love this organic cotton twilight grey wrap dress!










In addition to this dress being perfect for this Southern weather, I love a great wrap dress. Wrap dresses are so feminine and dreamy. This dress is so soft, it’s to die for. It’s made by one of my favorite brands contributing to sustainability.

Get my dress here


How was your weekend? How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?


Fashion · Fashion & Beauty

The Best Basic White Tee

Hi, friends!

Is it just me, or has this week flown by? It’s been a busy one for me, so nothing new there. However, it has been exciting, and tomorrow I’ll be updating you on a new adventure my little family is taking, so stay tuned in to my Instagram!

In my quest to establish a high-quality, ethically-made capsule wardrobe, I spent much time deliberating on which plain white tee I’d select. You see, this may see simple, but really it is quite challenging as the plain white tee is a truly foundational piece to any wardrobe! I’m quite pleased with my selection.


In celebration of the beautiful spring weather Huntsville has been experiencing, I styled my new tee with some colorful skinnies passed down to me, my favorite pair of sandals, and some beautiful hand-made jewelry I purchased from an Etsy artist!

I am extremely pleased with the quality of this shirt. One of the things I was concerned about while exploring my options was too thin of a white shirt. I hate when white tees are too transparent. This one is extremely opaque and sturdy, yet light and breathable. It is made of organic cotton, and it is only $15!

Get my look

White tee (I ordered a Medium to allow room for shrinkage)



Pants (some similar ones in a pretty blush color)


What’s your favorite basic white tee?


entertaining · Fashion · Fashion & Beauty · Living

Easter Eggs and Flowy Pattern Mixing

Hey, y’all!

Happy Monday, and I hope that you had a Happy Easter! He Is certainly risen, and this is more apparent in my life than I give credit! Alleluia!

The weather yesterday, and the whole weekend in general, were amazing! We spent most of our weekend being productive…towards the exciting things we have brewing, which I will share later this week.

Easter was particularly great because we combined our Easter gathering with a surprise birthday party for my nephew, who is a tax day baby. We of course went all out with the egg hiding, including a super duper prize egg that my brother and sister sunk at the bottom of the pool for one lucky kiddo to discover!

I wore a breezy little number that I’ve had hanging in my closet for some time. I love the two pieces together, or separate. They are from Target, and more on Target ethics are below.


A word on Target fashion ethics… If you’ve been following along, you know I’m pursuing a journey to a more fair, sustainable, and ethical wardrobe. I am exploring and sharing brands I find and love. I’m also trying to support brands I already love that are working to improve their manufacturing practices.

Target carries quite a few brands, and while I do not consider these to be participants in slow fashion, I do want to point out that Target has and continues to take initiative in more responsible practices. Here is Target’s webpage addressing its initiatives and projects. I have researched the Higg Index that the webpage mentions, and I support this project, as well as Targets progress towards more ethical manufacturing and practices.

With regards to my Easter outfit, I love the mixing patterns and the light flowy feel to both pieces. I think the top would look great with high waisted jeans, and the bottoms with a plain white tee. I love versatility, and I find these to be fun and interesting pieces to include in my functional capsule wardrobe.


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How was your Easter?



Fashion · Fashion & Beauty · Wednesday Wisdom

Fun and Fair Mesh Leggings Perfect from Workouts to Out & About

Hey, y’all!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is feeling refreshed after the weekend. I sure am! Life can get so crazy all at once, and sometimes all it takes is a few days to breathe and remember what is actually important.

Today  I wanted to share a really fun twist on a classic black legging: ALO Yoga’s Epic Legging. ALO Yoga prides themselves in creating athletic wear that can easily transition to streetwear, and with this pair of leggings, they definitely accomplished just that!














I think the mesh detailing is so fun! In the two weeks that I’ve had these leggings, I’ve worn them everywhere from teaching Pure Barre, to taking walks, going grocery shopping, and grabbing a quick bite! They are very supportive and opaque, yet extremely comfortable. They also come in several colors besides black.

I was hesitant to purchase these leggings at first because I struggled to find factual information on ALO Yoga’s manufacturing. I’d read a few blogs claiming they are made in the U.S.A., which is erroneous. Finally, I broke down and e-mailed ALO Yoga because I really wanted these leggings, but I just couldn’t make the purchase without knowing more about the origins of the garment.

They responded within an hour of my inquiry:

Thank you for contacting us at Alo Yoga!

Our items are made both domestically and internationally depending on the style. Goddess Ribbed Legging specifically are made internationally.

We have the same fair labor requirements for all of our vendors and factories no matter where they are located. As our Ethical policy explains (attached), our company goes beyond the “mission statement” and requires vendors to sign contractual agreements prior to working with us.

In addition to the contractual requirements, we are also working with a third party non-profit organization that audits our factories to ensure people and working conditions come first.
We were recently awarded the Platinum Certificate, which is the highest rank by the WRAP Certification Board.

Please feel free to visit their website and let me know if you have any further questions.

I dug around the WRAP website, and I found that many other reputable ethical clothing lines work with WRAP. It was great to find out that ALO Yoga is taking great measures to ensure the ethics of their clothing, and maybe they will include this information on their website in the future.


Get your ALO Yoga Epic Leggings here

What’s your favorite athletic piece to wear out and about?