What I Actually Wore: 10.5 – 10.11.

What I Actually Wore: 10.5 - 10.11

Happy Monday! I had a good weekend, a nice mix of productive and relaxing and fun. I was pretty tired from the week (we recorded four different times for the podcast AND I spoke on a panel on Tuesday, and had an early morning shoot on Friday) so made sure to get to bed early every night this weekend and just load up on sleep/relaxing stuff. Also, I saw The Joker on Saturday night. It was pretty dark and hard to watch but so brilliantly done. Highly recommend (but only if you enjoy/can handle dark stuff). I can’t stop thinking about it.

This week is going to be another really busy week but one that I’m very excited for! We’re recording the podcast with Eva Chen tonight (!!!) and then on Wednesday morning we’re off to DC and then Philly for our live shows! I am really looking forward to both shows; if you live in either city… COME!

On the podcast front, hope you’ll check out today’s bonus episode of Bad on Politics. We sat down with Clare Malone from fivethirtyeight to get a primer on all of the Democratic candidates (and the three Republican challengers) before tomorrow night’s debate. In 47 minutes she walks us through the top ten contenders (who they are, their platforms, etc). I definitely learned a LOT.

What I Actually Wore: 10.5 – 10.11

Saturday:

The Occasion: manicure date with a girlfriend at Paintbox.

Outfit Details: gifted Veronica Beard x Sold Out Sweatshirt // Levi’s Jeans (old but linked to a similar pair) // Vince Sneakers // gifted Donni Sunglass Chain // Amazon Sunglasses // Chanel Purse

ballet flats - What I Actually Wore: 10.5 - 10.11

Sunday: 

The Occasion: errands, laziness. If we are being really specific, I think I took this picture while walking to get a breakfast sandwich. Sounds about right.

Outfit Details: I forgot to take a pic but my jeans are Levi’s (old!) and my pretty new ballet flats are (gifted) Gal Meets Glam x Margaux.

Tuesday: 

The Occasion: Speaking at ACTIVATE influencer conference (I was a part of Chinae Alexander’s live recording re: body image + size inclusivity)

Outfit Details: Wayf Top (it’s navy blue; love the ivory too!) // Frame Jeans (old but try these I’m pretty sure they’re exact) // Gucci Belt // Sarah Flint Heels (take $50 off your first pair with code GRACE50)

Wednesday: 

The Occasion: working from home + podcast recordings.

Outfit Details: gifted Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Sweater (this is my fav piece from her collection; wearing a size small, it’s in plus sizes here) // Re/Done Jeans (really old; these are similar) // Manolo Blahnik Pumps (old // only saying this because people asked – I love them but if I were buying them again I’d get the Sarah Flint ones as I find them more comfortable. This depends on your foot shape; try both!)

Thursday Day: 

The Occasion: work from home + podcast recordings.

Outfit Details: gifted Atlantic-Pacific Sweater (this sweater is SO COMFY, wearing a small) // NYDJ Jeans (exact pair + they’re on sale – size down!) // Vince Sneakers

Thursday Night: 

The Occasion: dinner with one of my fav publicist friends at Brasserie En (SO GOOD).

Outfit Details: MM La Fleur Trench // Rodebejer Top + Wrap Skirt (old SORRY bought the set in Sweden last year) // Miu Miu Pumps (also old; they have the coolest silver stud heel)

Friday: 

The Occasion: I had a photoshoot in the morning and then put on my comfiest sweater + jeans for a lazy work from home day. I look like a slob and my sweater is v wrinkled!

Outfit Details: Madewell Sweater // NYDJ Jeans

That’s it for What I Actually Wore: 10.5 – 10.11!

Weekend Reading | 10.12.19

Weekend Reading | 10.12.19

happy weekend! I was home in New York all week and am home all weekend, too! Next week we head to DC + Philly for more podcast live shows! I’m excited. I have a work event today and am seeing The Joker with a girlfriend tonight… and tomorrow I have a lazy day planned. Probably yoga and maybe some more movies! We will see. (Anyone have a good TV show? Last week I binged The Politician… so so good!!! I would love any recommendations!)

Weekend Reading | 10.12.19

This white bean chili sounds so good!

This oversized cowl neck sweater looks ultra cozy.

I really loved this piece by Elizabeth Holmes on how she turned her side hustle “So Many Thoughts” into her main gig.

I bought this really affordable leopard skirt on Amazon and really love it! Just size (way up!) I’m usually a medium in bottoms and got the “US L = Asia XL!”

The 50 best movies on Netflix right now.

I love the pretty velvet dots on this sweet mini dress.

Can you believe that only 15 women have won the Nobel prize in literature!?

Oh this $35 animal print dress is CUTE!

Brilliant advice from therapists.

Very excited that Nancy Drew is back; as a show on the CW! Have a feeling I’m going to love this!

Love the simple buttons on this sweater (it comes in a million great colors, too).

Definitely need to make this chocolate mousse!

I’m planning a trip to Harbour Island in December and am thinking about buying this fun wrap dress.

The best easy recipes for Fall.

On owning a dog in the city.

This $45 wrap sweater looks so cozy. In plus sizes here.

I agree with these dating red flags.

You’d never guess this sheer leopard top is $18 from Target!

Oh my god; do I need a rainbow Christmas tree!?

 

I’ve said it again and again: Miranda was the best character on SATC. We should all be Mirandas, but which kind of Miranda!? Take the quiz.

I’m thinking I definitely need more velour in my life.

Great advice for making your lunch every day.

Such a good white eyelet top.

Loved this interview with Mindy Kaling.

How to exfoliate without hurting your skin.

Oh wow, Rixo! Everyone else: meet my dream dress! *sets up sale alerts*

Krystal’s trip to the Maldives looks like heaven.

This sparkly headband is a great price and will be perfect for holiday parties.

Congrats to Blair on her latest Nordstrom collection. It’s all SO GOOD!

photography by Carter Fish.

A Clean Dupe for Nars Orgasm.

Clean Dupe for Nars

A Clean Dupe for Nars Orgasm

Remember when I posted my mostly clean everyday makeup routine? I had been on a hunt for an everyday blush that I’d love as much as my beloved NARS orgasm. Nothing I’d tried measured up! I asked you guys for recommendations and my DMs were flooded with suggestions for Beautycounter’s blush in “Nectar.” I’d never had so many people recommend one specific product. So I ordered it (along with this cream blush) immediately to see how it measures up. It’s perfect. That same golden pink glow that looks good on EVERYONE and just makes you look awake and happy. I am obsessed. My favorite way to test it was to put one blush on each cheek and see if I could notice a difference. I could not. The wear was the same too – both blushes last all day on me.

The cream blush was not my favorite but I’m just generally not a cream blush person. I know a lot of you love them and I’ve tried a million of them’ I just personally prefer a powder blush! Becca is a big fan of cream blushes so I gave it to her and she really likes it. It’s not a bad product, it’s just not for me.

PS – my sweater is available here!

A Clean Dupe for Nars Orgasm.

(Also, a word about my beauty routine as a whole: I am about 80% clean…

I do the best I can but this is NOT a fully clean beauty blog. Makeup wise, I try to make my daily routine fully clean and won’t feel bad if I occasionally get my makeup done by Glamsquad or do a glittery eye from NARS. I still love NARS for special occasions etc but if it’s a product that I am using every single day, I want it to be clean!)

cream blush

photography by Carter Fish.

Three Days in San Francisco!

Three Days in San Francisco

Our trip to San Francisco was so much fun,  really productive (and way too short!!!). I will be really honest; this trip was pretty much all work and less play. We had our live show at Cobb’s Comedy Club; but I also set up brand meetings with three of my favorites brands. So it was definitely time very well spent. I felt so guilty because on our last night (the night after our show and a full day of meetings), I was too tired to do anything – I opted to hibernate in my hotel room!

So yes – this was a true work trip, but we still did some fun things that were worthy of the blog. I am sharing everything we did (and what we ate) but I definitely wish it was a longer list. I’ve been to San Francisco quite a bit and always have the best time… there are so many fun neighborhoods (they are all so unique!) to explore and cool things to do. We didn’t really leave the Union Square area. That’s not because I didn’t want to but because we were working! I am saying this all as a caveat: I don’t want you to read the post and think “Wow she’s so boring, she definitely didn’t do Francisco right!!!”

Three Days in San Francisco - outfit

Outfit Details: gifted MM LaFleur Trench // Madewell Sweater // J.Crew Leopard Pants // Sarah Flint Heels (take $50 off your first pair with code GRACE50) // Chanel Purse // Amazon Sunglasses

We stayed at the Parc 55 Hotel for three nights, which was the perfect little home away from home.

Parc 55 generously gifted us a two night stay and then we each paid for a third night on our own. The hotel was in the perfect location – right in Union Square (across from the Nordstrom). I loved how easy it was to get around… the day after our show, I was able to walk to all of my meetings! The hotel also had a fantastic breakfast buffet in the morning and I loved the fitness center (for the first time in live show history, I worked out every day!)

Three Days in San Francisco unpack to feel at home

I always unpack. Always!!! It makes the room feel like home.

(Also – because I know you guys well! The gold star sandals are old Valentino Red; bought on the Outnet a few years ago I did a deep dive for you guys and did find them in a size 7 here on Poshmark! The leather bag is AWAY. It is the best carry-on ever!)

makeup books

I packed three books and did absolutely no reading while we were there, except a little bit on the plane. (Fashion Climbing is so good!!!) I also packed my Equilibria CBD. More on that here, in this post!

wine in bed

I loved the big comfy bed and the Parc 55 was so generous and sent up a bottle of wine and a fruit bowl! (My pajamas are J.Crew)

live show at cobb's

Our live show at Cobb’s Comedy Club went really, really well. We had a blast and this was our biggest meet & greet yet! I was totally fried by the end of the night but it was amazing. We had so much fun! I will also add that this was our 7th live show and seeing your name on a sign/promo material/anything NEVER gets old. I geeked out SO majorly when I saw our name up at Cobb’s!

Three Days in San Francisco - toast

The next day I was up and at them for meetings. I had Philz! It was delicious! But a real highlight for me was coffee + snacks at Mazarine. The toasts were delicious!

One of my favorite meals from the whole trip was tapas at Bellota. We went on our first night and it was absolutely delicious. A few highlights: they have this little cart with cheese and olives and meats that they roll around and you can order from (SO GOOD); the patatas bravas (always a fav anyway) ANIMAL style with prosciutto and pimento aioli (heaven), and of course the paella which I barely had room for. So, so insanely good. The space is beautiful, too!

My favorite drinks from the trip were at Cityscape! Cityscape is on top of the Hilton (across from the Parc55) and the views of the city are INSANE. I had a very delicious dirty martini here (and not pictured) we shared a fantastic cheese board!

fruits and wine Three Days in San Francisco trench coat live show outfit - Three Days in San Francisco

My dress for the live show is from Parker! (It’s currently on sale!) I also wore this to my birthday dinner last week – it’s a great dress. It’s also available here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Three Days in San Francisco

photography by Tory Putnam!

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Hyaluronic acid is one of the buzziest ingredients right now. Why? It’s AMAZING for delivering a shot of moisture to the skin and reducing fine lines (it hydrates the skin immediately). As someone who travels a lot, has dry skin to begin with, and is starting to see more noticeable signs of aging, I had been curious about this power ingredient for a while.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

For my latest project with Sephora, they wanted to pair me with one of their powerful derm solutions products. I gave them my biggest skincare concerns (dryness, loss of firmness, fine lines), and they paired me with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.

What makes this serum different?

This product is a splurge – I want to acknowledge that. This serum is for someone with dry skin who wants a really high tech serum and potent hydration.

The key ingredients in this serum are hyaluronic acid + purslane. It contains both long chain and short chain hyaluronic acid molecules. The long chain molecules provide intensive hydration to the surface, refreshing it immediately. The short chain molecules replenish moisture long term.

Purslane is the other power ingredient that differentiates this serum from other HA serums (there are a lot of them!) It’s a strong antioxidant that stimulates the body and supports skin rejuvenation. I loved this article where Dr. Sturm raved about this ingredient in particular, calling it the “fountain of youth enzyme.” It’s also one of the richest sources on earth of earth of omega-3 fatty acids, a-linolenic acid, and antioxidants.

How to use it?

I use Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum in a few different ways. I have been using it as my daytime serum and I like how refreshing it is. It’s very lightweight and absorbs into my skin immediately. It reduces the look of fine lines caused by dehydration (incredible if you are traveling a lot or had that second cocktail the night before). It’s definitely a godsend for someone who travels a lot.

I also love applying it on the plane. For a long flight I will skip makeup. Once we’re in the air I’ll refresh my skin with toner or a face mist, massage in a few drops of this serum, and then lock it in with a thick creamy moisturizer or moisture mask.

It’s important to note that this is a serum and not a moisturizer. While it delivers a jolt of moisture to your skin, you need to apply moisturizer (or face oil) afterward to lock in the benefits.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum review

A bit more about Dr. Sturm

Dr. Sturm is a world renowned aesthetics doctor who has become sought after for her non-surgical treatments that tackle the signs of aging. She makes luxury beauty products known to target the look of skin renewal, in particular. The ingredients and technology are always cutting edge. She’s also an avid traveler (I loved her interview with Travel & Leisure). I haven’t tried very many of her products (yet) but I have tried the Enzyme Cleanser and really liked that. (It’s a powder, which makes it great for travel!)

My Personal Experience with this product

As someone with very dry skin I notice a big difference using Dr Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum. With regular use over the past 5-6 weeks, I’ve noticed that the fine lines on my forehead are less visible. I also love it in the morning. Something I’ve noticed probably since turning 35 is that my “morning face” needs about an hour to wake up, especially if I ended up sleeping on my stomach. Pillow creases and fine lines are so much more visible and if I don’t do my skincare routine as soon as I wake up, they’ll hang around for hours!

This really helps with that! I’ve talked a lot about my morning routine but I’ll splash my face with water, tone, and apply this serum and then moisturizer. This serum plumps up your skin big time, waking things up and reducing the look of those fine lines.

Hyaluronic Serum Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum skincare product

Created in partnership with Sephora; photography by Carter Fish.