Category: Lifestyle 

Beauty, Lifestyle

Smitten Spotlight: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Smitten Spotlight: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Can you believe we're halfway through the year already? Summer is just around the corner but I'm still reminded of Chicago winters everyday when I look down at my hands. Winter is brutal to my skin in general but my hands always seem to get hit the worst. I usually spend all of spring trying to recoop but this year was more difficult than usual. I'd smother on pounds of lotion but my hands would still be dry and cracked by the end of the day. I honestly thought I'd have to live with these sad hands forever until angels sent down this must-have hand cream. L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream is made with 20% organic Shea Butter and that combined with honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil gives you this luxurious hand cream…

Lifestyle

Checking In On My 2017 Goals

Checking In On My 2017 Goals

It's been about 3 months since I made my 2017 resolutions/goals and to hold myself to them, I decided to do a little check-in and I wanted to share my progress so far! Overall, I think I've been pretty good about making a conscious effort to do everything I said I would with the exception of one of them. But I'm doing this check-in for that very reason - to make sure I actually work on all of these goals. EXERCISE AND EAT HEALTHY January: I know this one is on 99.999% of the world's list but I'm going to take this one VERY seriously this year. I don't believe in dieting or cutting out the "bad stuff" because I'd live a pretty sad life if I didn't let myself eat ice cream and…

Beauty, Lifestyle

Lipstick Comparison: Is The Higher Price Really Worth It?

When I was younger (and by younger, I mean in college), I only owned one tube of lipstick. I wore it not because I actually liked it but because it was a neutral shade, got the job done, and was dirt cheap. I didn't care about the benefits or if it dried out quickly - all I wanted was a cheap lipstick that would add a little color to my lips. Nowadays, I'm a little more picky. Unlike my college days, I'm making my own money so I'm a lot more thoughtful in deciding what products I'm buying especially if it's going on my face. But that doesn't mean I'm throwing money around like confetti. I'm still frugal where I can be so I like to do my research to make sure that what…

Lifestyle

One Year Blog Anniversary

Smitten in May One Year Blog Anniversary

Smitten in May officially turned 1 yesterday! I cannot believe how quickly my first year has gone by. I started this little passion project of mine so that I could share the things I love most in the world (food and fashion) and it has been so much fun creating content and connecting with people with similar interests. I'll be completely honest - I wasn't really sure how long I would keep at this because I was so scared of putting myself out there. So I'm super super thankful for everyone in my life who has been SO encouraging and supportive. And I'm even more thankful for you guys who read my blog and keep me passionate about everything I do on here! I'm still learning all of the ins and outs of blogging…

Beauty, Lifestyle

My Morning Skincare Routine

Morning Skincare Routine

Throughout high school and college, I was lucky enough to not have struggled with any major skin issues. My mom always had great skin so I just chalked it up to genetics and thought I could coast on using the most minimal amount of skincare products to keep my skin healthy looking. My morning routine was always so quick and easy because I only ever used face wash and lotion with SPF. Then I graduated college and all of a sudden, things started changing. My once tiny pores had become huge and noticeable to me, I was going through acne spot treatment tubes like it was my job, and my skin just began to look so so dull and unhealthy. For years, I thought I could just keep doing what I was doing and…

Lifestyle

New Year, New Resolutions

Cropped Flare Jeans

A new year brings new resolutions and I've been taking a good chunk of time this week to really think about what I can do to better myself and better the blog. I didn't make any resolutions last year, mostly because I forgot to, but I knew I wouldn't really keep them. But this year is going to be the year that I'll put in some real effort to stick to all of them! EXERCISE AND EAT HEALTHY I know this one is on 99.999% of the world's list but I'm going to take this one VERY seriously this year. I don't believe in dieting or cutting out the "bad stuff" because I'd live a pretty sad life if I didn't let myself eat ice cream and pasta so I won't be doing anything…

Beauty, Lifestyle

Smitten Spotlight: Vital Proteins

Smitten Spotlight: Vital Proteins

Every year, I dread winter as I'm sure most people do. I love wearing cozy sweaters and eating all the comfort food that comes with the cold weather, but I hate what it does to my skin and hair! Winter is where my skin and hair usually go to die. USUALLY. This year is different. I've been using my lip scrub once a week to keep these babies nice and soft, and I've gotten a LOT of help from my friends over at Vital Proteins! Who is Vital Proteins, you ask? Vital Proteins is a Chicago-based (whoo!) company that sells collagen products. Except it's not the type of collagen you're thinking! I know your mind probably went to collagen creams and injections, but I'm talking about collagen that you ingest. YES. We are talking…

Beauty, DIY

DIY Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

I've always been super interested in all things beauty but I never thought I was really any good at it. I know the basics like how to make your hair wavy v. curly, how to apply blush so you don't look like a clown, and the best little tricks to hide pesky pimples but lately I've been finding myself researching skincare and hair care a lot more. Why? Because I'm getting older and I'm realizing my skin and hair are never going to be like they were 5 years ago. Not to toot my own horn but I had great hair and great skin in college. I never needed foundation or concealer and my hair stylist would always comment on how healthy my hair was. Okay, toot toot. But now I feel like I…

City, Lifestyle, Style

Charleston Charm

Charleston, SC

After being MIA for a while, I'm happy to say I'm back on a regular schedule and finally have time to post about my amazing mini vacations. So, immediately after moving to a new place, J and I went on a little trip to Charleston and Savannah (and a little pit stop in Hilton Head!) and I have to say they were both exactly what I expected. And by that, I mean absolutely BEAUTIFUL. (more…)