What is Retinol?

When it comes to skincare, retinol is one of the most frequently Googled words – and for good reason. So what is retinol? Retinol is in the Vitamin A family and it is proven to smooth fine lines plus prevent new ones from showing up, brighten skin, treat acne and fade dark spots. Sounds pretty amazing right? Olay Retinol24 Now let’s be real here – I’m not someone who jumps on the latest trend bandwagon, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare. I tend to find products I like and stick with them for years and years. When Olay approached me about their gentle, but effective new Retinol24 cream, backed with TONS of positive data, I was intrigued. My mom has been using Olay for 30+ years and looks incredible (she honestly looks at least 15 years younger than she is), so I already trusted the quality. I tested their Retinol24 eye cream, moisturizer and night serum for 4 weeks and here’s what I found… Results from Retinol Like the 96% of women who tested these products, I had zero irritation. Retinol has seemed scary to me, in the past because I’ve heard it can be harsh and cause redness, but I honestly experienced none. My favorite product was the night serum because it was fragrance-free, lightweight, compact (which made it great to travel with), and I could use it alone and wake up with brighter, clearer skin. After 4 weeks, I 100% did notice a visible difference in my fine lines – especially around my eyes and forehead. How To Use Retinol If you’re using products with retinol in them, you should absolutely be diligent about applying sunscreen because it does make your skin more sensitive to the sun. For the Olay Retinol24 serum, just drop a pea size amount in your palm and apply a thin layer over your clean face. You can use this alone, or wait a few minutes and layer with the moisturizer and eye cream should you choose. It really just depends on how your skin is feeling that day. All in all, I am SO happy that I finally tried retinol, because it really does wonders for your skin. I am all about aging gracefully and naturally, and retinol 100% helps with that.
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November in Nolita

Happy November! I had a much needed low key weekend at home after a busy social week. I’m reading a book called Quiet which celebrates introverts and talks about how our society deeply undervalues them. As an introvert myself, this book is really helping me better understand myself and why I like/dislike certain things. I highly recommend it if you know or have an inkling that you are an introvert as well! Mercury is in retrograde right now which means things are always a little bit more difficult with communication, relationships, and more. Call me “woo woo” but I really believe in this, and amp up my self care routines during this period. It always last a few weeks, and so I just make an effort to meditate, go to therapy, take a yoga class, and relax at home with baths + face masks + movies. Now let’s talk about my outfit ;) This gorgeous black fall coat is from my friend Julia’s line; Gal Meets Glam. Julia is one of the sweetest, most hardworking bloggers in the business and I love what she has done with her brand. Her coat collection is a new addition to GMG and they are all beautiful. The quality is excellent, and I’ve been wearing this coat nonstop since she sent it to me. It’s warm, classic, and so easy to toss on. I recommend sizing down if you’re in between sizes since it runs big. I’m wearing an XS here. I paired this coat with my new Schutz heels (so affordable!), and fun houndstooth trousers. I love a trouser – especially a houndstooth print. Also, I linked 7+ options below of all price ranges. As a fun accessory, I brought out my Steamline Luggage hat box which is not only functional, but chic as a home decor/closet accessory! I linked another option here which comes in several colors and would make a great gift for the fashionista in your life!
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An Oversized Camel Coat

If you’re looking for a comfy, oversized camel coat for fall – look no further. I LOVE this one. It looks like a fancy shmancy Max Mara coat, but is a fraction of the price. It’s a relaxed cut, but still flattering, and feels heavenly on. The material is soooo soft (not stiff like many camel coats on the market), and you can layer beautiful sweaters like this one underneath. I do recommend sizing down because it runs big! A few other camel coats I am loving are… this one (so classic right?), this one, and this one from Bloomingdales. Bloomingdales always has the BEST outerwear selection – from trenches, to raincoats, puffers, and teddy coats you can always find something that’s ideal for any situation. Their sweater selection is also on point, and I couldn’t resist picking up this chic Helmut Lang cropped turtleneck, which also comes in black. It looks amazinggg with high waisted jeans, wide leg trousers, or a pencil skirt, and you can even layer it underneath a sleeveless dress. The material is a super high quality merino-wool blend aka it will actually keep you warm! A few other pieces I have my eye on for fall are this cream sweater dress (pair it with over the knee boots and a trench), this simple scoop neck T, these fun black trousers with gold buttons (very nautical!), these long sleeve bodysuit henleys, and these wide leg plaid pants. All of these pieces are from Bloomingdale’s Advanced Contemporary section which is full of the best brands like Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Equipment, and Ramy Brook. Shop more of my fall must haves below!
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Unique Gift Ideas

I often get asked about gifting giving – “What should I get my mom for her birthday?” “What should I get my girlfriend for her wedding?” “What’s the best thing to get a guy for Christmas?” Finding the perfect gift for someone can often be stressful right?! Not to worry! I’m sharing a few of my no-fail, great gift ideas that I’ve gotten loved ones over the years. Any of these gifts could be for a wedding, a housewarming, a birthday, or a holiday… Gifts For Him *I’ll never forget what a fail my first Christmas gift to my high school boyfriend was. I couldn’t figure out what to get him, so I got him a basket of random things I thought he’d like. They were all too practical, and well, just super lame LOL. I never grew up with brothers and was clueless what guys liked so I had to quickly catch up after that! Here are a few things I’ve given to the men in my life that they all loved and appreciated: -A bottle of Japanese whiskey –Old fashioned glasses -This iconic car coffee table book -A leather catchall for watches and jewelry -A classic leather Shinola watch (these are SO beautiful in person…and unisex as well) -A record player + records (We have this one and love it!) Gifts For Her -A Diptyque candle with a fancy gold wick trimmer and pretty matches. Trust me, don’t stray from this brand. Every woman just wants Diptyque at the end of the day haha!!! (These are a few of my other favorites, but I always come back to this one) –Pacific Natural coffee table book. This is from Jenni Kayne and full of incredible recipes, decor shots, and entertaining inspo galore –Chanel book set -This YSL eyeshadow palette in Saharienne. It’s been my favorite for years and is AMAZING to travel with since it’s so compact -A Cuyana monogram cosmetic case Gifts For The Dog Lover -A custom illustration of their dog from Arabella June (who did the CUTEST one of Charlie that I am now framing!) -A plaid dog scarf -A chic dog toy from St. Frank or a fun rope from Jenni Kayne for the dog lover who is also a decor aficionado -A fancy dog food + bowl stand (I just got this for Charlie and OMG it looks so much better than what we used to have!) -A black velvet bow tie – because why not? -A cozy cream lace up sweater or down snow jacket…I mean do you die? Gifts For The Foodie -My favorite Le Creuset pan which you can also put in the oven! -A Boos cutting board (this is what professional chefs use – it’s the best) –Marble cheese board –Beautiful teacups and tea –A silver cocktail shaker and bar tool set Gifts For The Decor Lover -This framed textile is a splurge, but will go in anyone’s home/with any decor. It’s one of my favorite pieces – and was styled here in my LA home -A beautiful Ralph Lauren silver frame with a sentimental photo -A stunning alpaca throw from Jenni Kayne (I have this on my bed!) Be sure to check out my past gift guides: Gifts For Him, Valentine’s Day Gifts, Best Last Minute Gifts, Gifts For Everyone, Best Candles, Best Coffee Table Books, and Beauty Gifts.
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