Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sunset



As the sun sets on another year I'd like to say thank you to all of the readers of WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! When you leave a comment, send me an email or connect with me on Facebook it encourages me to keep blogging, keep sharing, keep creating content; and for that I am grateful! Happy New Year!



Friday, December 11, 2015

5 Best Beauty Products for Winter at Target

Winter is coming...although not this weekend as its going to be 70 degrees in DC on Saturday, but its will sneak up on you so lets be prepared. Here are my picks for the 5 best beauty products available at Target to winterize your skin. 


BODY


$13 (16 oz)

I've been using CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as a body lotion for the last month. Its thick and is well absorbed by the skin, but isn't greasy. It also doesn't have a scent so you can layer it under your perfume or use it with your body wash. I found it moisturizing all day and felt like $13 for a 16 oz jar (think 2-3 body butters stacked) is a great value. Works just as well as the body butter I was buying at $20 for less than 7oz.


BONUS USE: Hand Cream; scoop some out into a small container and keep it in your purse or at your desk as a hand cream.




HANDS

$5 (1.75 oz)

I love Aquaphor as a hand cream. It's almost medical grade moisture for dry skin in winter. I think it's original use was diaper rash cream for babies and who doesn't want their hands as soft as a babies bottom? 

BONUS USE: Lips; Aquaphor comes in a dual pack of travel sized tubes. These are great for deep lip moisture on a cold morning waiting at the bus stop or walking the dog. Also this stuff is amazing to slather on your feet before bed!



HAIR


Apple Cider Vinegar
$6.24 (5 oz.)

My biggest issue with my hair in the wintertime is actually not my hair at all, it's my scalp. It gets dry and itchy and my solution to that has been adding oils, creams and sprays. But I realized that loading on products to stop the dryness was only loading my scalp with gunk. The solution that's worked for me has been clearing my scalp of all irritants by rinsing with a mixture of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water. 

I fill a water bottle with 1/3 ACV and 2/3 water and take it into the shower with me when I do my daily co-wash (washing with conditioner only); and when its time to rinse out my conditioner I use the solution. You can also just rinse off your hair with this and dry without using product. It works by restoring the PH of your scalp.

BONUS USE: Drink it! Two tablespoons in a glass of water (with honey because it doesn't taste all that great) can get rid of bad breath and lower your blood sugar.

NAILS


Vitamin E Oil
$8 (2.5 oz)

Even if you're using a great hand cream like Aquaphor your nails and cuticles can use a little TLC in wintertime. Vitamin E oil is great to rub directly into bare nail beds and massage on to cuticles several times throughout the day. Our hands become so dry in winter and to avoid getting sick we are washing our hands more often. You especially want to rub some on before bed, the oil will prevent your cuticles from splitting. If you don't have time or interest in rubbing oil on your nails all day try soaking your nails in Vitamin E oil for 20 minutes then wiping them off with a warm moist washcloth. 

BONUS USE: You can use a dime size amount and rub into your scalp, but don't use too much it can be a bit thick and you don't want to clog your pores.


IMMUNE SYSTEM

Photo Credit: Boxed Water

$1-2 (In-store only)

It seems like we can remember to drink plenty of fluids in the summer, because we are all afraid of dehydration when its hot outside; but what about winter makes us forget to load up on H2O? One of the best things we can do for ourselves in winter is to flush our systems with plenty of water. It will get us cold and flu season without getting sick and our skin will glow from all of the moisture. 

My favorite way to trick myself into drinking more water is by making the water an accessory. These cute cartons of boxed water cost $1-2 depending on whether you buy the size that fits in your purse or a slightly bigger one and can be found in-store at Target.

BONUS USE: They are great conversation starters, whenever I carry boxed water around people stop me and asking me about it. Also they photograph really well so make sure to take a box water selfie...its sure to get plenty of likes on Instagram!


Thank you to Target for sponsoring this post!
These items are all in my home and were purchased with my own money prior to Target reaching out to me.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

REI goes EVRGRN

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!


Over the weekend REI- a brand that sells camping gear- created a whimsical pop-up campsite to celebrate the launch of their new line evrgrn


What's fun about the evrgrn range is that its just as useful at a music festival (or one of those fancy condo rooftops) as it is in the woods. Since I'm not much for roughing it its the other uses of the evrgrn items that would make me wander into the new REI store (scheduled to open Fall 2016) across from the NOMA-Gallaudet metro station at Uline Arena.


The evrgrn line includes seat cushions with space to conceal carry a few beers into Jazz in the Garden and wearable sleeping bags perfect for catching a movie under the stars or waiting in line for the new iPhone release. 


I'm always threatening to rent a Yurt and go glamping...now I can just set up camp in my backyard!










Monday, September 21, 2015

The Big Chop

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Why yes... I AM doing something different with my hair! Thanks for noticing ; ) I've strugged with thinning hair, caused by (we think) scarring alopecia, for a few years. It's been quite a journey trying to determine the cause and to reverse the affects of my hair loss. I've stopped using heat on my hair, gotten steroid injections into my scalp and even had my scalp biopsied; not to mention all the medicated shampoos and creams I've slathered on. I saw some results from the reduction of heat usage, but overall my hair growth was at a standstill.
 
The hairdresser that has been doing my hair for the past year mentioned that she thought the key to me getting a healthy scalp might be starting from scratch; she pointed to a woman with a closely shorn head and said that she thought my face could carry the look.
 
I thought about it for a few months and then after an appointment at the salon I told my hairdresser I wouldn't be rebooking to give me time to think about what she'd said. And that was it... I'd made up my mind to make the big chop! So far my hair is growing and I love the ease of keeping my scalp clean and moisturized.
 
I scheduled the big chop right before a vacation I had scheduled to the Bahamas and it was great being able to "live with it" for a few days before I revealed my haircut to the world. The reaction from my family and friends (and lots of strangers on the street) has been really supportive and positive. I'm so glad I did it...its strange, but I actually feel more like myself.
 
 
 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Grey Sweatshirt Dress

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

dress: Lou & Grey for LOFT

sandals: Banana Republic (on sale!)

Ok, one last thing about this new Lou & Grey line at LOFT (an no I'm not sponsored by them, I purchased these pieces with my own money...I just stumbled upon them and I really like them!) this dress has been in heavy rotation! If you follow me on Instagram you saw me wear over my bikini on a scorcher of a day when I went to the pool. I've also worn it to a last minute brunch, its so easy to just throw on with a pair of grey New Balance sneakers.

My friends have said this is actually a shirt or tunic, but since I've gone out to several public places in it without pants I'm going to go ahead and proclaim this to be a dress mmmkay?





Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lou & Grey at the LOFT


WHAT I WORE: tip to toe

Shop my dress: Lou & Grey 

Shop my bag: Forever 21

Shop my shoes: Birkenstock


I'm certainly a fan of Ann Taylor (as evidenced in previous blog posts) and her lower-priced sister store, the LOFT. So its no surprise that I picked up a few pieces recently. The LOFT is carrying a new athleisure line called Lou & Grey. Its a very ethereal line based on the senses. My personality is often whimsical so the line really spoke to me...seriously most of the pieces were 50% off at the LOFT store I visited and it was so hard not to buy up everything. 

Have you purchased any pieces from Lou & Grey?