VIDEO: My Bedtime Skincare Routine.

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Today, over on Youtube I am inviting you into my teensy tiny Brooklyn bathroom and sharing my bedtime skincare routine! Per your feedback (I know not everyone likes to watch the videos!) I’ve linked/described all of the products below (in order of application) but in the meantime, I do hope you’ll watch the video – and consider subscribing to my channel! We had fun making this one… the two of us squeezed into my bathroom, Carter standing on a step stool!

Products Featured!

Sisley Paris Cleansing Milk // I LOVE this cleanser as it takes all of my makeup off but leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. (Kind of like a more glamorous Ponds Cold Cream, which you should try if you are looking for something more affordable!) In the summer I will use a gel cleanser or do a double cleanse but with the cooler Fall weather I use just one cleanser. It’s expensive but the bottle lasts forever.

Biologique Recherche Toner // This is something my facialist at DAPHNE got me turned onto. Funny enough, a few years ago I had tried a different version of this toner and had horrible results. So I’d recommend getting a consultation to figure out which one is best for you. I am going to do a longer review of this product at some point, but the biggest thing is that my skin is so much smoother after using it. I don’t really break out but my skin is prone to gross rough patches and this has really helped with those.

Strivectin Neck Cream // I wrote about why you need a neck cream, but once I hit my thirties these annoying lines started to form on my neck. Yuck. I religiously apply a neck cream every single night, and have found that it has really helped in terms of lifting and firming (and hopefully preventing further lines). Since starting to use this a year ago, the skin on my neck is definitely much firmer, and the “problem” hasn’t gotten any worse.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for Eyes // This is a miracle product. Most of the products I use are not quick fixes, but over time will help your skin look better/prevent further damage. Not the case with this. Apply before bed and wake up with eyes that are far less puffy than they would otherwise be, and zero dark circles. I’ve featured this product countless times

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum // I love this. Not as much as the eye treatment, but it’s a great bedtime product that leaves skin looking refreshed and awake the next day.

Everyday Oil // You know by now how much I LOVE this oil, but it’s an amazing all natural product. Face oil should always be your last step in your bedtime routine… apply it over your serums + stronger products to lock them in and allow them to do their best work while you sleep!

And because I know someone will ask, I am wearing my FAVORITE monogrammed J.Crew pajamas. So comfy!

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Two quick notes!

First, as my bedtime routine is super simple, my morning routine is easy peasy. I simply splash with water, pat dry, apply SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, and then Farmacy Green Screen. So. Easy (and efficient as I am not a morning person!

Second, this is my bedtime routine right now. These are my old faithful standby products (with the exception of the toner which is a newer addition!), but I’m constantly switching it up and testing new products (it’s my job!!) so this is basically the usual routine. If I am testing something brand new I will only swap in one new product at a time and integrate it into my routine, keeping the rest the same, to see if the new product really works. This can be frustrating to brands if we are working on a sponsorship (it takes me a really long time to test out new products), but I always want to give you the most accurate and thorough product reviews possible!

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photography and video by Carter Fish.

Weekend Reading.

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Happy weekend and greetings from Belfast! It was a whirlwind week… I spent Monday through Thurs AM in London + Norfolk with the Monica Vinader team and then flew to Belfast to spend time with friends. I head back to the US tomorrow afternoon! Anyway – how chic is she? This outfit inspires me to buy some gold satin ribbon to dress up an old white shirt. Wouldn’t that make for a chic way to dress up an old shirt? Separately, I made two new really wonderful friends this trip – Kathleen and Cait. Be sure to check out their beautiful blogs!!

So um, apparently, fried chicken pants are a major thing now. All the LOLz but also I’m confused?

A cozy cowl sweater that will be absolutely perfect for layering!

Travel destinations for book lovers.

Love this vibrant red look on Blair.

LOVE these personalized clutches!

I’m such a sucker for these ITG interviews: Victoria Beckham’s beauty routine.

Put a bow on it with these super cute sneakers!

Probably the best roundup of Halloween costume ideas I’ve seen yet. So many good ones!

How to spend less!

I scooped up this velvet camisole (in emerald green) and absolutely LOVE it.

These smoothie bowl recipes look so yummy!

This simple $29 ribbon pin will make any jacket/sweater/blazer look like it’s Gucci!

Loved Jenn’s Fall boot edit.

Totally drooling over Will’s beach house – first the kitchen, then the bedroom!

How dreamy is this (really affordable) satin wrap dress!? Love the color.

I really love Monica Lewinsky’s anti-bullying campaign… and her advice for Melania.

This $75 (faux) suede blouse is so chic. Would go with everything!

Loved Kathleen’s (gorgeous) tips for mixing metals and entertaining.

I adore Jacey’s video content… her first Chanel show was so fun to watch – I felt like I was there!

Not entirely sure I could rock these pink velvet boots, but they are pretty gorgeous.

LOVED this Fall outfit (and all of the pumpkins!) on Cait.

Is it too early to think about holiday outfits? Because this lace dress is pretty perfect.

Mackenzie is the one who convinced me to try a keratin treatment. Loved reading her experience, here!

How my favorite custom jackets are made. Loved this piece on my friend Hart!

Love the built in choker on this simple dress.

How cool is Lucy Williams’ new vintage jewelry collab?!

This metallic dress is comfy AND cute.

This (pumpkin free!) Halloween centerpiece is pretty epic.

Loved Julia’s photos and post from one year in Charleston.

The sleeves on this sweet satin top are so gorgeous!

Yummmmm – Kat’s pumpkin soup sounds divine!

Looking for the perfect leopard coat? I found it, you’re welcome.

And so it seems that I need this perfect white tee? Thanks, Man Repeller!

Six gorgeous Fall coats!

Utterly obsessed with these metallic, emerald green loafers… and they’re only $132!

This gold top is perfect for any party. Just add skinny black pants or a cute skirt.

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Sweater Weather.

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sweater // bag // jeans // sandals

How fun is this wall!? Trent and I were wandering around DUMBO and we stopped and saw it and knew we had to use it for a background at some point. It was perfect for this cozy sweater/white jeans combo. DUMBO is definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn – and just a short bike ride away from my own neighborhood (Williamsburg). With so many dreamy little backdrops (cobblestone streets, the waterfront, and cool murals like this), it’s also a great spot to take photos.

I’m in Belfast now, with two of my closest friends (and their 3 sweet boys). While London was all about being fancy (boat rides + black tie dinners), this leg of the trip is about family, hanging out in sweatpants, and (haha) catching up on sleep as I did not sleep much in London! Happiest of Fridays to you, and have the best weekend!

Outfit Details: Aether Sweater (c/o) // 7 for all Mankind Jeans (also here + here) // Steve Madden Sandals // Celine Sunglasses // Chanel Bag

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a few more cozy sweaters under $100!

I can’t believe how many well-made, comfy-cozy sweaters there are right now! Here are a few of my favorites… at really good prices.

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photography by Trent Bailey.

My Favorite Hand Cream.

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Admittedly, for all of the time and energy I devote to my skincare routine, I am not always the best with remembering to apply hand cream. Sometimes, after a long day, I will look down at my hands and be just a bit distraught over how… old they look. They say your hands and your neck are the areas we neglect most, right? Oof. I started using a neck cream last year, but somehow now at 36 years old I’m just getting into hand cream.

Anyway, I think the reason I forget about hand cream is that I don’t keep it in the right places. I always keep one in my purse but I forget about it in there! Since starting to keep a hand cream in my night stand and on my coffee table, I’ve gotten much better at remembering to apply it. And my favorite is this one from Susanne Kaufmann. It smells incredible (a bit like lilacs but not overtly floral), and is ultra hydrating – without being greasy. I am a bit obsessed and nothing is better than sitting down on my couch after a long day, pouring a glass of wine, and applying this. My hands already look so much better.

Do you use a hand cream? Which one is your favorite?

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Photography by Carter Fish. This post is not sponsored; though I did receive a sample from Space NK for editorial consideration.

For the Jewelry Lovers!

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If you have been reading here for a long time, then you know how much I love jewelry. I love how bolder pieces can transform an outfit, taking it from a little bit boring, to interesting and unique. I love how delicate pieces can become a person’s signature item… and I love how adding a few trendier items of jewelry to a classic wardrobe can make it look like you invested in an entirely new wardrobe. Basically, I just love jewelry.

My own jewelry collection is rather robust. I am a collector of jewelry, that’s for sure. When Rocksbox reached out to me about a partnership, I immediately said yes as I love what they are doing! It’s the perfect way to try out different jewelry trends without a big commitment. The premise is pretty simple. It’s a subscription service, but they don’t send you a box every month. It’s $21 a month. You sign up + create a profile, and shortly thereafter, 3 pieces of jewelry (hand selected for you) will arrive in the mail. You can keep the jewelry (the $21 will be applied to your purchase) or wear it on loan, and send it back whenever you’d like. Once you’ve sent the pieces back (or purchased them), a new box will arrive in the mail.

Read on to see what was in my first Rocksbox… and I’m really excited to give you guys a special offer! Use code thestripexoxo to receive a free month! (This code does not expire!)

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Here’s a peek at what was inside my box. I’ll give you one guess as to what piece was my favorite. Those tassel earrings! They are amazing, and in this season’s hottest color… red! I love the oversized shape, the color, and how lightweight they are. I also received this gorgeous cuff from Gorjana (one of my favorite brands), and this snake chain necklace.

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This necklace is great because it’s classic and simple but still bold enough to show up when you’re wearing stripes or a pattern.

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Oh how I love a good simple cuff!

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These are new favs, that’s for sure.

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Sponsored by Rocksbox and ShopStyle; Photography by Carter Fish.