Saturday Skincare

Who’s in need of some new skincare recommendations for some end of summer facial fun?

Skincare

I have the hardest time staying on a good skincare routine during the week. Between work hours, afterwork sessions at the gym, finding time to walk my dog, etc. it’s just so hard to carve off those few extra minutes in the morning or before I fall into bed. So from Monday to Friday I pretty much stick to a gentle face wash in the shower and maaaaaybe some eye cream at night.

What’s nice about having some time to myself on the weekend is that I can take a look in the mirror and spend a few minutes giving my face some TLC.

I’m a fan of the at-home facial – which reminds me… I should do a little “how to” on that sometime. Note to self!

But what I wanted to share today was a few products that I’ve added to my medicine cabinet recently:

Skincare

Perricone Brightening Eye Cream is awesome – I try to use it during the week if I can remember.

Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue is also sweet – I use it before bed and even before going out.

Epicuren Glycolic Lotion Skin Peel – this one may sound scary, but I use it once in a while to literally cause my face to peel, revealing tighter, brighter skin. You need to use it sparingly because it’s basically acid that removes the uppermost layer of skin.

xo

~j

Skincare

Skincare

Labor Day Book Reco: How to Set a Fire and Why

How to Set a Fire and Why

If yesterday’s review for Into the Water left you a little underwhelmed and soggy, you’re in luck. Fire beats water (haha where’s my Captain Planet ring??) with an amazing novel called How to Set a Fire and Why.

I read one review that compared this YA fiction to Catcher in the Rye. It has a Holden Caulfield-esque female protagonist who struggles with a difficult home life and behavioral issues that make her school life even worse. Her obsession with a secret arson club leads her down some interesting paths that showcase both her maturity and aimlessness.

I gobbled this one up since it’s definitely for high schoolers. Middle schoolers? I don’t know… but it’s an easy read and a very compelling story. Actually I would say it’s probably more high school appropriate… there’s some sex and language.

Funny story – I read this on a flight to and from Nashville and you will get some interesting looks from people at the airport while you’re reading a book called How to Set a Fire and Why. I imagine it’s like riding the New York subway reading a book called How to Fart in Public. Oh well.

xo

~j

How to Set a Fire and Why

Labor Day Book Reco: Into the Water

Into the Water

There’s a glorious long weekend coming up so here’s one option for some Labor Day reading – Into the Water.

So you know I’m all about a good book recommendation. I love to get them and give them. Into the Water is by the author of The Girl on the Train – which I loved… but I’m sad to say that I just couldn’t get behind this one 100%.

I don’t know if it’s because I read it over the course of a month instead of all at once. To be fair, I love when I have a couple of long flights (like LAX -> NYC and back) when I can get totally lost in a book and power through 500 pages. And who can deny a good beach read? Getting lost in a book as the sun fades… The best! It’s when I drag a book out over too long that I think it loses my interest.

Into the Water sounded really intriguing. A murder mystery? In a small town known for witch trials? With a clandestine underage affair? Sign me up!

Sadly there were so many characters that I just couldn’t keep track of (or give a shit about) and the plot developments that you would think of as major (rape, kidnapping, murder) all sort of fell flat. It was like listening to music under water. Everything was a little muffled and soggy.

But hey – it would be a fast beach read so if you’re looking for a psychological suspense thriller that does have a pretty solid Amazon star rating, give it a go!

And don’t fret. Come back tomorrow for a fiery recommendation for a book that I LOVED.

~j

Into the Water

National Dog Day

National Dog Day

Today’s the big day! IT’S NATIONAL DOG DAY!

As I mentioned yesterday, in my Prelude to National Dog Day, I am quite excited to celebrate this very special day with my pup, Grace.

She’s a little black lab mix who I’ve had for 4 years now… 4 years? Maybe 5. Let’s just move right along. It’s just been such a joy having her that I’ve lost track of the time. It’s definitely not that my memory is failing me and I don’t recall when I adopted her.

In any event, Grace was a rescue. She was only a few months old when some heartless monster dropped her off at a high kill animal shelter in Los Angeles.

Luckily a friend of mine spotted her and helped me adopt her.

If you’ve ever thought about it, I hiiiiighly encourage you to rescue an animal. You’re saving a life that will ultimately add so much joy to your life.

Give your pup an extra squeeze today!

~j

Polo: Fred Perry
Shorts: Forever 21 (last season)
Shoes: Stan Smith Adidas

National Dog Day

National Dog Day

National Dog Day

Prelude: National Dog Day

National Dog Day

Tomorrow is National Dog Day! I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to start celebrating man’s best friend so consider this a little pre-holiday teaser.

To honor my dog, Grace, on the eve of this oh-so-important celebration, I’m donning one of my fave pins – this little setter. Is it a setter? Let’s go with that.

I picked this up recently during my trip to Nashville (which I did a little travel diary for w/ some recommendations in this post.)

Lapel pins are awesome because you can add them to a jacket in a classy way like this; or you can add several to a more casual / edgy one like a motorcycle jacket. Either way, they add a special detail that can be a conversation starter without being too over the top.

I never want to be the guy who you spot from across the room because I’m wearing something insane. But if, as we’re talking in close proximity, you pick up on a cool detail like leather trim on a shirt’s buttonhole or a quirky pin on my lapel, mission accomplished. It’s those little details that I love love love.

Scotch & Soda generally does an amazing job with subtle details like that. They’re having an amazing end of summer sale now (50% off) so check ‘em out.

Sadly I got this pin at a vintage store so I can’t give you a direct link. But check out accessories like this at your fave store!

Happy National Dog Day (tomorrow)!!

~j

National Dog Day

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