Last month when my Dad was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, we began the arduous process of scheduling all of his appointments for oncologist meetings, further testing & chemotherapy. Because he served in Vietnam, his medical care is done through the VA – which sounds wonderful (because treating cancer is expensive), but I quickly saw how broken their medical system is & how much red tape you have to wade through simply to get answers. It deeply saddened me as I sat in the VA hospital with my Dad and saw the hundreds who were hurting & waiting for hours on end just to be seen. I’m more motivated than ever to champion this cause and to demand change for our veterans. Today’s holiday is a chance for us to honor those who have selflessly sacrificed so much for our country. If there’s a veteran in your life, take them flowers, give them a hug, send them a card or find a special way to say how grateful you are for their service. If you don’t know a veteran, there are centers & clinics in every state (find the one nearest you here) – bake some muffins, make a visit & spread some much-needed joy to those who are so deserving of our thanks.
Every year around this time, pretty velvet pieces start popping up in stores & online and I, for one, am here for it. It’s just one of those classic fabrics I will never tire of – it always looks luxe & feels festive, whether paired with more casual pieces or worn with sparkly accessories for a holiday party. Some of my current favorites include this velvet wrap top (pictured above), these pointed flats, this camisole, this puff-sleeve top, these velvet jeans & this zip-front skirt. See more affordable options in the scrolling bar below!
It seems that the older I get, the more sensitive my skin becomes, including my earlobes. I’ve noticed recently that many of the statement earrings I’ve worn in the past now cause irritation & redness (which I can tolerate for one evening if it’s a special event). But lately I’ve been gravitating towards dainty stacked earrings that I can mix & match based on my mood. I just bought these, these & these and they’ve been on regular rotation ever since. You could also opt for a pre-made set like this, this or this. Or, if you like the look of an ear stack, but don’t have multiple piercings, you could try a dainty ear cuff like this one.
I always have a hard time coming up with a wish list of items to share with family for my birthday because, let’s be honest, I already have more than I need. But, when I came across these suede hiking boots, it was love at first sight. So many lace-up boots in this style are really clunky looking and, being that I already have big feet, I’m not interested in making them look any larger. I love the sleeker profile of these & the slimmer toe box – they also come in black leather & a pretty cognac hue (more sizes here). These are more than I would normally spend for myself on boots, which makes them the perfect birthday gift!
Much to my dismay, we got our first dusting of snow in NY last week and I had to pull all of my winter gear out of storage. When I did, I realized that a few of my cold-weather accessories needed to be replaced. So I’ve been on the hunt for some budget-friendly styles that will help keep me toasty warm – when your winter lasts nearly 6 months, you can never have too many hats, scarves & gloves! At the top of my list are this fringed wrap, this cable knit beanie (more colors here), these warm gloves, this leopard print beanie, this knit scarf, these cable-knit socks, these faux fur ear muffs & this ribbed pom beanie.
I first heard about this mask from Grace & I pretty much trust all her beauty recommendations, so I ordered some to try. To say I was blown away is an understatement – after one use, my skin was the glowiest it’s ever been! And the fact that it’s a clean beauty product made me love it even more. It’s a bit spendy for the size, so I plan on only using it once every couple of weeks to make it last longer. Today is the last day of the Sephora VIB event, where you can get 10% off if you’re an Insider or 15% off if you’re a VIB member with code HOLIDAYSAVE. In addition to buying another jar of this mask, I’m also stocking up on a few other tried-and-true favorites like this heat protectant for my hair, this miracle-working shampoo & conditioner, this makeup primer, these breakout treatment patches & this setting powder.