August 2017


Quick and Easy Anti-Aging Routine

easy anti-aging routine

I have found a quick and easy anti-aging routine that contains ingredients that have been proven to work.  I add in masks and peels a couple times a week and am always trying new products, but this is my ride or die skin care routine.

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

  • I also recommend Cetaphil ($9) for normal to oily skin if your skin is oily and prone to breakouts.  Don’t thoroughly dry your face after washing because your moisturizer etc. can penetrate better on damp skin.


  • Next apply vitamin C.  Vitamin C fights free radical damage and helps to brighten your skin.  I like Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($27).  It not only contains vitamin C but also has hyaluronic acid and ferulic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is something you definitely need in your anti-aging regimen.  It attracts and holds moisture in your skin.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

  • You must make sure you wash your face at night.  Even if you stayed out late and crawled to bed you still need to make sure you wash your face.  Keep a stash of face wipes in your bedside table for these occasions.
  • The most important thing (other than your sunscreen) in your anti-aging arsenal is retinol.  Retinol helps to unclog pores and boost collagen (reduces fine lines and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin).  I like CeraVe Skin Renewing Serum ($14).  I have also read great things about Body Merry Pro-A Serum ($16) but haven’t tried it yet.  Any time you use a serum or lotion, don’t just put it on your face.  Spread it on your neck, chest, and the back of your hands.

CeraVe skin renewing serum     Body Merry Pro-A Serum

There are so many different products and ingredients out there that claim to help with anti-aging.  It can be very confusing and overwhelming.  It’s fun to try new products but it’s important to have a good everyday regimen in place that contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, sunscreen, and retinol.

I hope this post helps to clear up some questions about anti-aging products and inspires you to have a good skin regimen of your own.  XOXO Michelle


The Power of the Third Piece Rule

  third piece rule  

The third piece rule transforms your outfit and elevates your style.  Your pants and top are the first and second piece.  The third piece is an extra outfit element such as a blazer or a statement accessory.

Blazer / Vest / Cardigan / Jacket

These pieces elevate a basic t-shirt or blouse.


knit blazer

Old Navy ($40) – this burgundy knit blazer totally pulls this outfit together.  It could also be worn over a blouse for work.  I bought a similar version at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it.


faux suede vest

Nordstrom ($170) – this vest is pricey but I think it will instantly make an outfit look cooler and more put together.  It can be worn over a sweater, blouse, or tee.  I might have to put this one in the cart.


open front cardigan

Gap (on sale now for $49) – I love this cardigan.  The color is beautiful and it upgrades your outfit from a basic t-shirt and jeans.  Also going in the cart!


duster coat

Misguided ($60) – Duster coats can upgrade any outfit.  They can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses and make your look pulled together and fashionable.


Scarf / Wrap

Scarves add a pop of pizzaz to your outfit.


paisley scarf

Nordstrom ($29) – this scarf adds so much color to your face and interest to a plain white tee or blouse.


fringe wrap

Nordstrom ($39) – this can be worn as a wrap or a scarf.  The neutral color will go with so much and will look especially great with a cream sweater or long sleeve t-shirt and tall boots.


Bold Accessory

A bold accessory is something that draws your eye to it like a statement necklace or a bold cuff.


tassel pendant necklace

BaubleBar ($42) – I love this necklace.  It adds a lot of interest to your outfit and can be worn with a lot.

Vera cuff

Nordstrom ($78) – this cuff is so cool and different.  It will definitely draw the eye and add impact to your look.



A hat is another item that can add a ton of interest to your outfit.  Pairing a floppy hot with tall boots, especially OTK ones, is a great look.


floppy hat

Target ($25)


I hope this helped explain the third piece rule and inspires you to make amazing outfits.

XOXO Michelle

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