The Weekend List {No. 16}

Hi, everyone! It's been a nice week here. I've been doing quite a bit of swimming, having tacos, and drinking bellinis, so I can't complain. I'm sad to report that I've also allowed myself to get sucked into Bachelor In Paradise (mostly because Dean's little moment during the opening montage instantly reminded me of this Bo Burnham vine). I admit, it's a gross show but I'm also reading several quality, higher-brow books so I think I've got a good balance going on.

I loved reading about Amelia's "unsexy skin care routine" over at Man Repeller. More and more, I find myself drawn to simple, French drugstore brands with basic packaging. I'm sensing a trend toward beauty products that give off a more medicinal feel.

Speaking of French skin care, I adored Louise Follain's beauty routine on Into the Gloss. She seems like a lovely person and has a very cool vibe about her.

On another note, Josie wrote a great post on kickstarting your day when you're not in the mood to be productive. We all have those kinds of days, so I recommend keeping this information in your back pocket.

My favorite recent read was from Alden of Eco Cult who wrote a fascinating piece for Quartz about multilevel-marketing companies like Lularoe and the impact they have on the women who get involved. It all seems pretty sketchy if you ask me.

A Healthy Summer Beauty Routine

I'm finding it hard to believe that summer is nearing its end. That's especially true since I've been spending time in Florida where the heat isn't going away. So, I'm keeping up with my summer beauty routine in the midst of back-to-school season, even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes are already back on the Starbucks menu (can you believe that?!) and September is quickly approaching. 

There's no doubt that summertime requires a specific set of beauty rituals to protect your skin, body, and hair from the elements. Here's the routine I stick to in the summer months:

Skincare
The product I'm using the most this summer is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rose Water. I use it at multiple points throughout the day starting in the morning when I cleanse my face. I spritz this on my face, then follow up by cleansing with Caudalie's Cleansing Milk.

After rinsing with cold water, I follow up with a trio of products from The Ordinary. First, I use the Buffet serum (every morning and evening), the Advanced Retinoid 2% (every other evening), and Hyaluronic Acid (every morning and evening). Then, I moisturize with Embryolisse or with La Roche-Posay's Double Repair Moisturizer if I'm going to be out in the sun. To keep my lips hydrated, I finish up with Smith's Rosebud Salve.

About once a week, I use Mario Badescu's Silver Powder. This mask is amazing, you guys. It contains only three ingredients: kaolin, calcium carbonate, and titanium dioxide. It starts in powder form and you apply it to your face with a wet cotton round. Let it sit for 10 minutes and it turns back into an easy-to-remove powder, leaving your skin feeling clean, super soft and matte without any tightness.

Body
In order for my skin to hold a light tan, I make sure to keep it exfoliated by using the Himalaya Scrub from Rituals. I've mentioned this product before...it smells beautiful and has a really nice, soft texture. 

Then, I use Weleda Skin Food to moisturize all over. Remember when I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of this as a face moisturizer? Well, I've recently found that it works wonders for dry legs and even for minor kitchen burns (haha). 

In the evenings, I apply my St. Tropez Gradual Tanning Lotion to help maintain a healthy glow so that I can avoid spending too much time in the sun getting a tan. But, when I do venture out to the pool for an hour or two, I use Supergoop SPF 50 Sunscreen Mist on my shoulders, back, chest, arms, and stomach and Clarins Spray Solaire SPF 30 on my legs to allow for a bit more of a tan.

Haircare
At any time throughout the year, you guys know I'm using my Function of Beauty custom formulation shampoo and conditioner. This keeps my hair soft and healthy while providing a little bit of volume which is great for summer hairstyles like beachy waves and textured top knots. Every night, I brush out my hair with my Aveda Paddle Brush to keep it from getting tangled.

About once a week, I'll use the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to exfoliate and cleanse my scalp. It smells amazing and makes your hair feel so clean after lots of exposure to the sun, seawater, and chlorine.
 

10 Things To Do In Between Jobs

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Whether you've just graduated from college or you are starting down a new path in your career, it can be really difficult being in between jobs. Especially for the Type-A, ambitious types who excelled in school and have a distinct vision of what they want their life to look like. In my personal experience, it truly is difficult not to let your self worth get too tangled up with employment status. 

My friends who have experienced this and I agree that it's important to keep busy, not only with your job search but with self-improvement in general. While it may feel really hard, your time between jobs is the perfect time to grow. 

Here are ten things to try:

Create a vision board.
Evaluate or re-evaluate what your life vision looks like by making a physical or digital vision board. Keep it specific and look at it everyday to remember what you're aiming for. Manifestation Babe has a great video providing an overview on how to make and use vision boards.

Learn a new skill.
Use some of your newfound free time to learn or brush up on a valuable skill. Get back into the habit of studying French, practice a new form of art or a tough baking technique, or learn to code. This creative exercise is a great place to start if you're not sure what to pursue. 

Connect with yourself.
As I said above, the time between jobs can be very challenging mentally and spiritually. It requires a lot of self-awareness, persistence, and faith. Spend some time each day meditating to cultivate a sense of calm and comfort knowing that everything with work out. You can also take this time to evaluate the different areas of your life and determine where changes should be made.

Set a routine.
It's tempting to throw your schedule out the window, but sticking to a routine is a good way to stay productive. Keep in mind, the routine can certainly be flexible as each day will be different. I recommend at least setting a consistent wake-up time as well as enriching morning and evening routines. 

Improve your resume.
It may seem obvious, but one of the first things you should do during your time off is to evaluate your resume, update it, and make any necessary improvements. Consider trying a new design and don't forget to add any skills or projects you worked on since your last resume update.

Connect with friends and other contacts.
Networking often is the key to finding a new position, so use your free time to connect with friends, family, and other contacts who may be able to point you in the right direction. If you can, schedule a lunch or coffee date but at the very least, send out some emails.

Practice for interviews.
Each interview is different, but there are common pieces of information that you should have prepared for all interviews. Develop your sixty second "Tell me about yourself" pitch and think about some anecdotes to share when asked behavioral questions. What were your wins in your last job? What were your mistakes and how did you rectify them?

Work on a passion project.
Not all of your time in between jobs needs to be spent on the job search. It's a great time in your life to commit more time to a passion project such as a blog, a certain fitness goal, or maybe a novel you've been considering working on.

Volunteer.
Not only is volunteering a humbling experience that will make you grateful for all you do have, but it is also a positive way to give back to the community that, in turn, can help you to realize some of your passions and maybe even meet new contacts.

Enjoy the time off.
This is the hardest one for me and for so many others, I think. We can be so laser focused on finding the next opportunity, that we don't allow ourselves to rest, relax, and enjoy the time off. It won't help anyone if you spend your time off so stressed that you're already on edge when you start your next position. So, if you need a movie day or to take a stress-free weekend trip, don't feel bad, just do it.

7 Back-to-School Outfit Ideas

So, I know that a lot of people tend to dress (really, really) down for classes, especially in college. I totally get why...most times, you're running on little sleep and would rather just wear your gym leggings and a sweatshirt because getting dressed for an 8 am class seems pointless. Trust me, I really get it. Toward the end of my senior year, all I seemed to wear to class was a pair of Zella leggings and a J.Crew sweatshirt.

But for the most part, I've always liked putting together outfits for class. My style in high school was different, but I always loved the collegiate vibe so I tried to use that as inspiration in college. Honestly, I highly recommend using your time in college to develop your style before you have to entertain the possibility of a work dress code. 

Here's a few outfits for back-to-school that will make you look cute, feel confident, but remain comfortable throughout your long days.

Cardigan, White Tee, Jeans, and Ankle Boots

Oversized Denim Jacket, T-Shirt Dress, White Sneakers

Cream Turtleneck, Tan Skirt, Ankle Boots

Cozy Sweater, Skinny Jeans, Knee-High Boots

Black Long-Sleeve Tee, High Waisted Jeans, Loafer

Puffer Vest, Long-Sleeve Tee, Leggings

Graphic Tee, Silky Trousers, Espadrilles, Tote Bag

How to Have a Cozy Hotel Night

Since I was little, I've always loved staying in hotels. Whether it's for a week long trip, a quick overnight stay, or something more extended, I just feel at ease and content in a good hotel room. Remember that MK & Ashley song "I Wanna Live In a Hotel"? Fortunately, I had the chance to live in a hotel for three months when I was an intern in college, so I got to live out that dream.

Everytime I stay in a hotel, I like to treat it like a special occasion and go all out to have a cozy. Here are five ways you can do the same:

Curate a selection of snacks and treats.
Once you arrive at the hotel, head out to a good grocery store like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, or Dean & DeLuca. Fill your basket with a variety of snacks---crunchy, savory, and sweet. Or, just stop by the bakery and pick up a selection of pastries for later. Back in your room, set up a little snack bar to enjoy for much cheaper than the already established mini bar. 

Pack a good book and a fun magazine.
Bring along a novel or non-fiction book so that you can use your downtime to get caught up on reading. I also suggest bringing a fun magazine, whether it is related to fashion (Vogue, W, Marie Claire), lifestyle (Real Simple, Garden & Gun), high-brow (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Town & Country), or independent (Kinfolk, Oh Comely, Cereal). 

Bring along your favorite spa essentials.
Supplement the hotel bathroom amenities with a few of your favorite beauty products. I suggest bringing a sheet mask or two as well as a good body lotion. But, my favorite thing to bring with me is an aromatherapy spray. You can use this in the shower as well as for spritzing on the sheets. Why not turn your hotel stay into a little spa retreat?

Indulge in live TV.
Since I don't have cable at home, I always get a little excited when I stay at a hotel because I'm able to spend a little time mindlessly flipping through the channels. During your next hotel stay, watch whatever movie is on or have a little HGTV binge. 

Take advantage of hotel amenities.
Whether you're at a resort, a luxury hotel, or just your average passing-through kind of place, you can take advantage of the hotel amenities. For instance, if there's a sauna on the pool deck, pair it with your face mask!