5 Products To Get You Through The Winter

Let's face it, the winter months are really hard or your skin, body and mind. January was especially long (amiright!?), making all of my New Years goals nearly impossible to keep. But, there are warmer days in our future AND I'm sharing some amazing products that have helped me through the long winter.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

If you've seen me in the last 6 months, you've probably heard me talk about collagen peptides because they are a GAME CHANGER. Here's why, "collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong." - Vital Proteins website. 'Nuff said? If not, read more HERE.

Vital Proteins makes a tasteless powder so I stir it into my coffee or tea every morning.

Here's a picture of me, drinking my collage peptides and loving life by Brittani Elizabeth Photography.

Here's a picture of me, drinking my collage peptides and loving life by Brittani Elizabeth Photography.

The results continue to amaze me. First and foremost, the reduction of fine lines. In my thirtieth year, I've started to see some fine line appear on my forehead - you know the "11" that shows up right between your eyebrows? These lines have have decreased. Yay!

I've also noticed my skin being softer and more supple, making skincare and makeup application very smooth.

Plus, you're getting 18 grams of regular protein (in addition to 20 grams of collagen protein) per serving. Win, win, win!

STAY TUNED! I'm going to be giving away a month's supply of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides SOON!

 

Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo

OK, I have to admit, I was skeptical when first trying this product. Having spent a small fortune dry cleaning cashmere, I thought this was wayyyy too easy. I tested the shampoo on an older sweater and was amazed when it came out of the wash softer than it went in! So here's the deal... turn your sweaters inside out and place them in the wash on the delicate cycle in COLD water. Follow the instructions on the back regarding measurements and enjoy your fresh, clean sweaters! It's that easy!

Check out The Laundress for Wool and Cashmere Shampoo and other great laundry products!

Image from laundress.com

Image from laundress.com

 

Herbivore Face Mist

Herbivore's rose face mist is such a treat! Despite my valiant efforts, my skin gets really dry in the winter. I spritz my face before / after applying lotion in the morning and night, while applying makeup (my skin instantly soaks up foundation) and throughout the day! Buy here.

Photo from herbivore.com

Photo from herbivore.com

 

Burt's Bees Hand Salve

Speaking of dry skin, my hands turn into sandpaper in the winter but Burt's Bees hand salve is a life saver! I massage the salve into my cuticles and hands every evening before bed and once or twice during the day for smooth hands. Buy here (or at your local Whole Foods, Target or CVS).

Photo from burtsbees.com

Photo from burtsbees.com

 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are all the rage lately, and for good reason! My essential oil obsession started with lavender oil. I douse a little in my evening shower or bath. And before I bed, I drop a few drops into my palms, rub them together and take three deeps breaths. Some other favorites include eucalyptus, which I mix with vaseline and for a more natural cold solution, and lemon. I typically drop a few drops of lemon oil in my water or tea for a refreshing treat!

I'm not partial to any brand when buying essential oils. I have a mixed bag from Whole Foods, CVS and Doterra. Buy them where it's move convenient for you!

Photo from doterra.com

Photo from doterra.com

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know below!

xx,
Lauren

Girls Trip to Paris

Paris Flytographer

This January, I took a trip to Paris with my mom and sister to celebrate my sister's upcoming wedding (!!!). Rather than continuously asking strangers to take our photo, we decided to book a photo session with Leo at Flytographer and I'm so glad we did! See some of my favorites below!

The photos of the black and white pillars are at Les Deux Plateaux. If you're headed to Paris, I wouldn't miss this area! It's a quick walk away from The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries. And if you have time, afternoon tea at Le Dali (in Le Meurice Hotel) is a real treat! I also highly recommend staying in this area if you're looking for a central home base (the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is a great option).

And of course, you recognize the Eiffel Tower! If you'd like to get some iconic photos of the Eiffel Tower, head to Trocadéro. It's pretty much always crowded, but if you stand at the top of the stairs and get the angle right, you can get a great shot! We stopped by Carette for a glass of champagne as we ended the shoot. This area is pretty pricey for food and snacks, but if you're obsessed with staring at the Eiffel Tower (like me!) it's worth it!

If you're headed to this magical city, I would definitely consider working with Leo at Flytographer. We went with a one hour shoot, which I was worried wouldn't be enough time. But Leo was very efficient and respectful of our time! Click below for a $25 off a photo session with Flytographer!

I'd love to hear your favorite spots in Paris! Let me know below! 

xx,
Lauren

Snow Day Inspiration

I personally LOVE seeing snow in the forecast and love a snow day even more! Dallas Shaw pretty much hit the nail on the head in her book, The Way She Wears It, describing the expectations and reality of a snow day. (Buy a copy HERE, it's a great read!) 

In celebration of our first snow fall, here's some cozy inspiration! I was inspired by my trip to Iceland when making the mood board - the damp, cold air, rosy cheeks and scratchy wool.

Winter Mood Board

Happy snow day!

xx,
Lauren