Kate Somerville retinol cream and face serum
I started using Kate Somerville's RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream a few months ago, once every three or four nights, and now I use it almost every night. Looking up the benefits of using this cream, I'd read that most felt the difference in their skin in 2-4 weeks. Now this may sound dubious, but I believe a difference was felt and seen in less than a week, maybe even overnight upon first use. If I get very little sleep and/or have had one too many cocktails the night before, the consequences will definitely show the next day. On the flip-side though, if I were to try and remedy that by applying creams, serums, oils, etc., it usually takes repeated effort before seeing any positive, alleviating effects. Kate Somerville's retinol cream, however, makes me feel renewed instantly. When using this night cream, I wake up to noticeably more vibrant skin, with an extremely soft but firm touch... or what I'd told another friend, verbatim: "It feels like my skin had gone through a rebirth and can breathe better." My favorite KS product without a doubt.
Apparently the RetAsphere cream delivers pure retinol in a lipid shell that then melts into the epidermis, after which the seaweed extract (also found in the cream) keeps moisture locked in. In other words, your skin gets all the retinoid and stays hydrated seemingly longer. Retinol, aka retinoid, is vitamin A derivatives that help boost collagen and smooth the skin by compelling a quick cell turnover.
In the mornings, I apply Kate Somerville's Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum before putting any makeup on. It absorbs quickly and makes your face glow without looking at all oily. What I appreciate most about using this serum in the AM is that by the end of the day when I remove makeup, my skin doesn't feel like it's completely dried out and that it was properly fortified to take on impurities/makeup. Thank you Kate Somerville for looking after my skin from dawn to dusk and all over again.
Kate Somerville retinol cream and face serum
Lulu & Georgia cowhide rug, 4040 Locust Canyon dresser, Assembly Home pillows and Audioengine B2 bluetooth speaker from Urban Outfitters, Matteo bedsheets and long pillow, Saranoni throw
After traveling quite a bit in the last couple of months, it seemed incredibly easy to neglect the nest back home. I thought, If you're always on the go, why bother sprucing up a place you're hardly ever at? After some time though I'd realized that I desperately needed to make my space homier in order to feel relaxed after stressful flight delays and travel hiccups. I perused Lulu & Georgia and found really beautiful pieces that I knew would fit my taste with long lasting quality. Above, you have my bedroom with my favorite decorative piece from Lulu & Georgia: an almond cowhide rug. They have a ton to choose from- it took me a while to settle on one.
Lulu & Georgia console and rug, Audioengine A2+ speakers, and "Modern Romance", "Humans of New York", and "Models of Influence" from Urban Outfitters
Continuing on with the brown and camel color scheme here... this girl finally got a TV (after years and years of resisting the urge to grow attached to any television show--have Game of Thrones to thank for breaking me in), and decided to perch it on this wooden console I love. Rustic with enough space underneath to decorate with knick knacks.
succulents from Indiana Colony in Old Town, Pasadena, Lulu & Georgia mirror
I like the idea of leaving things, that should normally be hung, on the ground. I decided to place this Bea mirror from Lulu & Georgia down on the floor, right next to another full length mirror. I love how classy and pristine the mirror looks while casually sitting against a more undone brick wall.
Lulu & Georgia chair and throw, desk and Assembly Home bookcase/lamp from Urban Outfitters
And last but not least: my humble working station. I wanted this space to be a bit minimalist, so I went with a desk with tubed legs and the Lisette chair from Lulu & Georgia. The leaning bookcase is one of my favorite decorative pieces in my apartment, complete with "The Pizza Bible", "#Girlboss", "The Book of Symbols", and a throw in the perfect shade. After I'd sanded down and painted four pallets for my bed frame, I didn't know what to do with the last one that came with my order- it ended up as a backdrop to my working area and complementing the bookcase nicely.
Will share more with my dining space in another post, but in the mean time, take a peek at Lulu & Georgia's current collection and enjoy 20% off your order with the code "NEONBLUSH20" (expires 7/30/15) x
MLM Label crop top, Citizens of Humanity wide leg trousers, Nike AF1 sneakers
Channeling a bit of the early 2000s here. I'm loving the silhouette that the wide-leg creates - when worn with a crop, it adds the perfect amount of masculinity and fabric to balance the skin-baring upper half. Shop some of my favorite crops and wide-legs below: