Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Morning Chatter - Movies

Good Morning!! If you're just tuning in, you are reading the first installment of a weekly post about whatever is going on around me. Yes, I have a weekly blog that contains daily outfit looks, beauty posts, wishlists, and trend alerts. But, I'm not just about those things. I'm a mom, a wife, a dabbler in the home decor arena, a DIY enthusiast, an Etsy shop owner, baker, want to be cook, movie lover (although I never get to watch them), beer lover, wine drinker, and watcher of FRIENDS on Nick @ Night! And with this weekly post, I just want to talk. Talk about everything. Talk about nothing. Talk about my family. Talk about my friends, but not in a bad way. Talk about how many chocolate chip cookies I've eaten this week and wishing I hadn't made them! What you want find here is a discussion around religion, politics, or worldly events. I'm not knowledgeable enough to talk about them and who really wants to read about them outside of all the news. Not this girl!

So for this week, I thought I would talk about movies. With the SAG Awards taking place this weekend, it's only appropriate. I've only seen one nominated movie, Into the Woods, so I can't talk about those actual movies. I thought I would focus on the ones I have loved over the years. Happy and sad. Romantic and comedic. Movies that got me through rough patches, made me laugh when I wanted to cry, and helped me cry when I needed a good one. That's what I love about movies. They're like a good friend. They can get you through the good and the bad.

I was watching Peggy Sue Got Married the other night. I'm not sure how that wasn't ever nominated for an award. It was awesome! One of my favorites, although until earlier in the week, I had forgotten all about it. But that Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner, what a match! I remember watching that movie as a young teen and wondered what it would be like to be a teenager in the 50s. You got to wear awesome clothes (the hoop skirts were the best), listen to some great music, and have amazing basement parties complete with a boyfriend who was the lead singer of a boy band. I remember thinking how cool it would be to one of the couples in the movie and wondered if they liked kissing each other, had to follow the script and kiss only when it said, or if they were truly allowed to act like boyfriend/girlfriend and kiss when they wanted. When you're a young teen, I guess you think about kissing...a lot! God help me with this in years to come! 

There are the classic 80s movies that I literally rented over and over again. Remember when you could go into a video store, rent a movie, and then take it home to watch. Remember the cute little slogan "Be kind, please rewind." Such simpler times. But I digress. I'm pretty sure that I rented, and re-rented, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink every weekend. Or if not every weekend, I alternated every other weekend. To date Jake Ryan or Blane ("That's a major appliance, not a name.") was a dream. St. Elmo's Fire, still a classic, was a little too old for me so I didn't watch it as often. And The Breakfast Club didn't really come into my life until much later in my teens. Still could relate, but not a frequent renter. All of those movies have quotes that are still relevant today, even their issues, and I love that my husband and I can banter back and forth with all the same favs. I just hope I can share them with my son when the time is right. "What's a happening hot stuff?" Classic!

Then there are those B rated movies where famous actresses claim they wish they had never appeared. Okay, that just burns me up, because don't we all need to start somewhere? And without those B rated movies, they wouldn't be where you are today, right? Take Sarah Jessica Parker for instance. She says she wishes she had never starred in Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Really?!? I loved that movie and wanted to be her or Janey. Who didn't want to be her? She got to dance, dance with that really hot guy, and win a spot on Dance TV. I remember dancing in my room and pretending I was her. The only thing I couldn't do was the gymnastics. Then there's Picture Perfect with my gal Jennifer Aniston. Another actress who states she wishes she had never made this type of movie. Okay, again, what's not to love about that movie? It got me through my single phase. I seriously watched it nightly. Or weekly at least. A girl in her late 20s, I'm guessing, just trying to make it in the world. Dresses a little quirky, told she's not serious enough, finds love in the most unusually of circumstances, loses said love, then wins him back. All things I was so hoping would happen to me during that stage of my life. True story, I was watching the movie one afternoon, making my bed (something I never do), and getting ready to head off to work (I worked retail), and my phone rang. It was a boy. A boy asking me on a date, not my husband, and I couldn't believe my luck. It has to be the movie, right? Seriously, this movie was my single girls therapy.

Then there are those movies that helped get me through the rough times. Okay, not really rough, but those days where I needed a good cry. I always look to Bridges of Madison of County. When she has her hand on the car doorknob, and he's staring at her in the rain, I always yell at the screen "Open the door. Open the door." No, I'm not one to promote adultery, but she loved Robert. And her own family never really loved her. Why shouldn't she go! I will always yell at the screen! Then there's Titanic. True story. The first time I ever saw the movie, I bawled. Seriously bawled. The second time I saw it, yes I saw it more than one time in the theater, I cried so hard that a man came over after the movie to make sure I was okay. I didn't realize I had cried so hard and apparently I had the shoulder shudder. You know the move. You cry so hard that your body shakes? Well, that's what happened to me and apparently it was enough to cause a stranger to be concerned. I cry every time I watch it. I never fails. I also cry (happy and sad tears) when watching Somewhere in Time, The Thorn Birds (made for TV but still a movie), Say Anything, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sweet Home Alabama, A Walk on the Moon, and Sleepless in Seattle

And lastly, there is the category of movies that just make me feel good. The movies that make me belly laugh, remember a different time in my life, or simply play in the background while I clean or cook. Clueless is hands down my go-to movie when I need something silly. A movie that I adore and can watch over and over again. Dirty Dancing because I just feel the need to do the merengue. When I need that laugh that comes from my toes, I turn to O Brother, Where Art Thou. Not everyone's cup of tea, but a movie we can't get enough of! Hilarious! "Oh George, not the live stock."

Okay, so there's on last category that my life would not be complete without and that's the romantic comedy. The movies are as follows: Down to You, A Lot Like Love, The Proposal, Never Been Kissed, Serendipity, Fever Pitch, The Twilight Saga, and Pretty Woman. Those really only scratch the surface, but you get my drift. Romance, romance, romance!! 

So that's it. My nod to all the movies that have shaped me, provided therapy, carried me through thick and thin, or simply made me happy. They aren't all award worthy movies and they don't have to be. They are all awarded "Andrea's Seal of Approval" and will continue to feed my soul. Now I just can't decide which one to pop into my DVD player. 

In the words of Daddy Warbucks, "Let's all go to the movies."


Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Beauty - Moisturizing Oils

I've been reading a lot about body, facial, and hair oils, but I've been a little leery to try them. With facial oils, my skin is oily already, so I feared the facial oil would only make it worse. Body oil of my youth was simply Baby Oil and you talk about oily! You couldn't put on anything after using it because you were like an oil slick. And hair oils, well I could only imagine the grease pit my hair would be.

All of those fears were put to rest when I stepped foot in Sephora. I spoke to Tessa and she put me on the right path around oils. It turns out, I didn't need to worry about applying a facial oil because you can actually fight oil with oil! If your skin is thirsty, it will just absorb all that liquid you put in it. If it's lacking it, it will just try to produce it. Tessa talked to me about six different lines of moisturizing oils and I tested two on my hands. The first, Caudalie, left my hand feeling overly greasy. It eventually soaked in, but I felt like my fingers were oily for a while. The second was Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and I loved it! It immediately soaked into my skin, my fingers felt normal afterward, and I wasn't afraid that I would be shiny upon use. 

I am extremely interested in purchasing L'Occitane Almond Smoothing Oil. According to Tessa, it's a great alternative to shaving creams. It doesn't leave you with razor burn and gives your skin the nourishment it needs. Sign me up! She also said that she uses the fresh facial oil, but it's truly intended for those with drier skin. Definitely something for me to stay away from! The NUDE line is organic and perfect for those who need a gluten free product. And lastly the Jurlique. This is great for those who are looking for something in the anti-aging department. Yes, I'm looking for that, but I feel like my actual moisturizers are currently doing the trick.



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I walked away with the Josie Maran argan oil. It was perfect for what I'm looking for and my mom has already tried it! Tessa said that in addition to being a facial oil, she uses it on the ends of her hair to help dry split ends, her cuticles which is where my mom used it, and on curling iron burns. She even used it on a recent jellyfish sting! It's truly a multi-functional healing oil! 

I used it last night on my face and I couldn't get over how smooth it felt hours later. Tessa suggested that I use it at night for now just to see how it makes my skin feel. She said to place two small drops in my hand, rub my hands together, and then press onto my skin, not rub. That's exactly what I did. And, she said to use it before I applied my moisturizers for the day. I even used it on my cuticles before bed. And, because I'm using such a small amount, this little bottle will last me forever!

The next thing I'm going to try is the L'Occitane Almond Smoothing Oil. I will definitely let you know my thoughts on the product! After all my research, which one are you thinking of trying? Can't wait to hear!!

Happy Friday Beauties!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spring Trend Alert - Culottes

Who is excited to add a pair of culottes to their wardrobe for spring? This girl! The Zoe Report talked about it in December, People Stylewatch reported on it in their February issue, and Style My Way is telling you all about it today! I love the flared leg, the menswear inspired cut, and the fact that they come in so many different styles. Pleated, cuffed, flat front, side zipped, and elastic waist. They're made of wool, cotton, denim, silk, and lace. And I've found four pair that I would wear in a heart beat! 





Cropped sweaters, fitted tees, printed button downs, and little blazers are all pieces I would pair with these cool pants. As for shoes, I'm pretty sure I would wear heels with each and everyone one, but I could be persuaded to wear an oxford for a little throwback look. 

What do you think of the newest trend? Having flashbacks or a sudden interest to hit the checkout button? I can't wait to hear your response!

Happy Trends Thursday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Tres Chic - A New Addition



Hey hey!! It's January, a Wednesday, and Tres Chic day! With a new year comes resolutions and goals, and by now they're either still going strong or have been put to bed. I don't typically make resolutions, I'm one to put them to bed, but this year is a little different. I posted a couple of weeks ago that my mom got me a Fitbit for Christmas and I'm not using it to lose weight. I'm using it to get moving! 

This is also the time of year where I find I get a little lazy. It's cold, you can't really get out and walk/run, and I don't like going to the gym because of the new year resolutioners taking up the treadmills. But with my cool gadget, I'm on the go! And because I'm on the go, I needed an awesome motivator to keep me going. What is that you ask? A great new pair of sneakers! I wanted something that didn't totally look like a sneaker, but instead had a little pazazz! And talk about pazazz! Nothing like a raspberry tennie to get you up and moving!

And I've teamed up with my fellow Tres Chic girls to give you a little more inspiration in the kicks department. Check out all the looks, links, and deets below!

I am in love with Caitlin's high tops!! A little old school and totally chic! 

 Lucca bike jacket similar here and here, Old Navy tee (old) similar here and here
Old Navy black jeansJ.Crew Nike high topsNickel and Suede scarfHouse of Harlow earrings 
Ralph sunnies, and David Yurman ring 

And here is our new addition! Let's welcome Jana of Jana Style Blog to our Tres Chic family! I met Jana a little over a year ago at a Rebecca Minkoff event at Hall's and we literally had started following each other on Twitter that afternoon! Been friends ever since! I love how Jana has kept the gray theme throughout the look, totally inspired by her gray Converse, and the coat is fab!!
 
  Black and White Cardi {Bogatte} Tee-Shirt {VS Pink} Dark Wash Denim {Vanity} Blue Handbag {c/o Audacious Boutique} Gray Converse {DSW similar} Necklace {gift} Sunglasses {Urban Outfitters}


I'm living in my Adidas tennie's! They are comfy, chic, and colorful which keeps me stylish while casual! I'm a happy girl!

 Vest: Land's End; Sweater: Magaschoni (similar); T-Shirt: Boden (various colors);  
Jeans: Banana Republic (similar); Scarf: Gift; Sneakers: Adidas via DSW; Shades: MbyMJ 


I am so excited about a new year for the Tres Chic girls! Tons of trends on the horizon, style challenges to tackle, and as always, we're looking for suggestions from you! Let us know what questions you have or styles you are interested in seeing. We are up for anything!

Stay chic!  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Metallic Gold

Sweater: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar); Shorts: Zara (similar);
 Booties: Rebecca Minkoff (similar); Tights: Target; Handbag: Balenciag (similar); Belt: Ann Taylor;
 Necklaces: Ann Taylor (similar)/Tori Spelling (similar);
Rings: Gorjana/Tori Spelling (similar); Bracelets: J.Crew Factory/BaubleBar (similar); 
Shades: Tom Ford; Nail Color: Chanel Noir; Lip Color: MAC Dark Side

Last week I attended a Fashion Group International meet up regarding networking and connecting to make your business profitable. I learned some great tips for all facets of business and I can't wait to start applying the practices.

We met at the uber cool Garment District in Power and Light. We sipped champagne, listened to speaker Laurie Morrissey, and chatted with fellow business women about their current endeavors. And because we were going to be among some pretty fashionable ladies, I wanted to step up my game! I knew I wanted to wear the shorts, but the top was tricky. I tried on several different pieces, which were all great, but there was just something about this metallic gold! Gotta love a little shimmer!

 
 

The Sweater: Before and After

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These tights were a total mistake! I thought I was grabbing my standard opaque pair, but instead I ended up with leopard. Totally worked out in my favor! I love the texture of the tights with the metallic cable sweater.
  
 

Black and gold just happen to be one of my favorite pairings. My alma mater colors just happen to be black and gold as well! How cute would this look at a basketball game? Too bad I wasn't this pulled together in college! 

Hope you're having a fashionable week!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Classic Goes with Everything

Sweater: Piperlime (similar here/here); Jeans: Loft (similar); Shoes: Target;
Scarf: Gift (similar); Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (black version); 
Necklaces: Stella & Dot/Rocksbox (c/o - fun option);
Bracelets: BaubleBar/J.Crew Factory (similar and under $10); Shades: MbyMJ

I am obsessed with my new sweater!! I purchased this little number a couple of weeks ago during the big Piperlime sale and got it for a steal! I love the abstract fair isle print! Of course it goes well with boyfriend jeans, but I'm also thinking of styling it with my leather mini skirt, worn over a dress for a skirt/sweater look, and possibly with faux leather leggings. (If the coverage isn't right, it won't be worn out of the house.) A classic sweater print goes with just about anything!



 

 


When Caitlin and I took these photos (thanks for the pics girl) it was freezing! We literally couldn't feel our fingers and toes after the shoot. But, after a little shoe shopping at DSW, a latte from Starbuck's, and a stroll around Target, we felt like our selves again. That is until we had to walk to our car! It's a good thing I had this sweater!

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

Love the look? Don't forget you can always shop the links!
Sweater: Piperlime (similar here/here); Jeans: Loft (similar); Shoes: Target;
Scarf: Gift (similar); Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (black version); 
Necklaces: Stella & Dot/Rocksbox (c/o - fun option);
Bracelets: BaubleBar/J.Crew Factory (similar and under $10); Shades: MbyMJ

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Beauty - Biore Strips


As I continue my quest for healthy skin, I remembered one of my favorite products that I used to use all the time, Biore strips! Have you ever used them? If so, aren't they great! If not, keep reading. I'm going to give you the ends and outs of these awesome cleansing strips.

I'm not sure how long ago I started using them, in college I'm sure, and I'm not quite sure why I stopped. They are the best pore cleanser I've ever used! Have you ever noticed that even after all the cleansing, toner, and facial scrubs your pores still seem clogged? That there are small blackheads that seem larger than life although no one else can probably see them? Then it's time to start using Biore! 

When I told my mom that I was going to blog about my Biore use, she asked me if I was going to show pictures and everything, and I responded yes. It's a beauty post after all. She asked, "Isn't that kind of gross?" Not really, but I guess it could be. If you think it's gross, stop reading. If not, keep going.


Use your nose strip after you wash your face. I used mine right out of the shower. It takes roughly 10 minutes to get the best results, so I took the time to get dressed while the strip was doing it's thing. But I must warn you, the photos below will show you the real me first thing in the morning. And when I say first thing in the morning, I mean 9:00 on a Thursday morning after taking McKinley to preschool. And, after I've had coffee. But it's still morning.

So here's your little strip. It doesn't look like much, but it's pretty powerful. Dampen your nose. Don't douse it in water, just get it a little wet. Peel off the back of the strip and apply to the nose. Like I said, it takes about 10 minutes. The strip will dry out, feeling a little like paper mache, and you're going to want to remove it. Don't!  


Here I am with my Biore strip! I told you you would see the natural me! I'm fresh from the shower, with no makeup, hair air drying, and my bathrobe! Oh, and a giant chin zit!
 

And here's my nose strip afterward. Clean as a whistle! I couldn't zoom in enough for you to get an actual look at the results, but let me assure you, it was pretty clean. You will find flecks of dirt throughout the strip and that's a good thing! It means it did its job! Honestly, the easiest way to cleanse your pores!  


Biore also offers face strips for use on your chin, forehead or cheek. I've only used it on my chin and it works the exact same way. And again, you get results in 10 minutes! This little box was under $10 and I will probably use another strip in about a month.

What do you think? Are you going to give them a try? I love them and I honestly feel like my pores are so much cleaner afterward! I love a good drugstore find! A $10 investment that will last for over a year is my kind of beauty find!

Happy Friday, Beauties! Have a fabulous weekend!