I know the first day of autumn is still a month away, but back-to-school promotions seem to trigger an unyielding desire for boot-and-sweater season. This is problematic since it’s still a constant 90 degrees where I live, but my office thermostat is helpfully turned to the “arctic” setting, allowing me to get away with fall fashion a little early.
Retailers similarly jump the gun by stocking shelves with cable-knit sweaters while patrons browse in tanks and flip flops. And though New York Fashion Week highlighted the latest in skin-baring looks for next spring, we’re tasked with finding frugal ways to cover up for fall. Consider the following roundup of my favorite trends based on the top ways to afford them. Read more →
Being a new mom, beauty often goes out the window. After Baby A. was born, I stopped wearing perfumes and cosmetics, and during my pregnancy, I gave up on a lot of skincare products after reading about the potential side effects that ingredients like salicylic acid can have on fetuses. By holiday time, however, I was feeling frumpy, heavy, and bland – and I wanted to feel presentable as both sides of the family converged to meet Baby A and celebrate Christmas for the first time in our home. Read more →
I have extremely sensitive skin – the kind that breaks out in hives when I slip on a pair of jeans that was tossed in a load with a dryer sheet. Regular cosmetics make my skin break out, and forget about heavy skin creams and lotions. It should be no surprise, then, that I’m always on the look out for beauty products that work well (so many “natural products” can seem less effective) but won’t leave me a red, blotchy, itchy mess. Skin lotions seem to be a particular challenge – whether it’s because the reaction they cause is compounded by the amount of body area that’s affected or if it’s because of basic ingredients used in making lotions. Read more →