Friday, September 27, 2013

Hair Repair

I love to swim and work out, but with exercising, I have come to the recent realization that constant shampooing of my hair is hindering its growth and volume. I have always had long hair. I think I cut it short (for my standards and right below my shoulder) once in college. While I want to try different hair growth techniques, I believe I need to start properly conditioning my hair first. Chlorine is harsh on hair, so I always a wear a swim cap in the pool and put a leave-in conditioner after I drench my hair with clean water. If I am just laying by the pool or at the beach, I put coconut oil on the ends to protect them.

Here are my new favorite hair products:

Hair Repair

On the weekends, I try not to shampoo my hair at all. I have to during the week since I am in the pool so much and chlorine would cause more damage than shampooing. I have also started to comb my hair with a wide tooth comb instead of brush so I am not damaging it which constant brushing. Deep conditioning treatments have also been a part of my routine twice a week since high school.

Do you all have any hair care tips for me?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Baseball Hats for Autumn

Happy Thursday, my lovely readers!!

One of my favorite fall "trends" is the baseball hat for casual wear... "trend" is in quotations because I have been wearing hats for years with casual wear. I wear them to protect my forehead from the sun...I have a big fear of wrinkles and sun spots if you could not tell. 

I bought the Smathers and Branson hat above at Murray's Toggery on Nantucket and it has been my go-to hat since I bought it, but I need some more autumn-friendly (aka cold-weather-friendly) baseball hats. I am obsesssing over the ones below...I might have to break down and get a Red Sox hat. I have officially been living in the Boston area for a year, so its time.

Here are a few of my favorites for autumn:

Baseball Hats for Autumn

I do have to say that Southern Proper scored a huge touchdown (college football is taking up a significant amount of my time. GO CARDS!!) with this corduroy frat hat available from Country Club Prep. I will be extending it an invitation into my closet soon.

Have a great day everyone,

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

On This September 11th Morning

I remember in great detail the morning of September 11th. My seventh grade music class was interrupted with the news of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers in New York. Our class watched American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. As a twelve year old, I do not remember being so confused and scared in my life, but something happened to all Americans on that fateful day. Instead of wallowing in defeat and being paralyzed by the tragedy, we all came to together regardless of political party in support of the victims, New York City, and the President.

In the year after 9/11, my sister and I used to count the American flags on the houses of our neighborhood as we drove to and from school. Finding a house that did not fly Old Glory was rare. I wish more people would be proud to fly our flag outside their house.

On this September 11th morning, let us remember the tragedy that took many innocent victims, the bravery of all rescuers, and our country uniting as one in support of one another. 

September 11th. Never Forget.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Day in Lexington

Hello my awesome readers,

While many of my fellow bloggers attended New York Fashion Week (yes, I'm super jealous), my Dad is visiting me this week. On Saturday after I got off work, we headed down to Lexington to visit the Battle Green and the other historical sites, which is a very cool area. I took a yoga class at Lexington Power Yoga, but I did not get to explore the area. 

I was obviously thinking about summer days on Nantucket thanks to my York Designs Nantucket cuff.

A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution by Theodore P. Savas and J. David Dameron

Outfit of the Day: Smathers and Branson ACK hat // Ralph Lauren oxford // Selima for J.Crew sunnies (old) // J.Crew Double crepe skirt // Jack Rogers platinum Navajos // L.L. Bean Boat and Tote // York Designs Needlepoint ACK cuff (link above)

Currently dying over these L.L. Bean leather handled Boat and Totes...I am going to put off getting this until November.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

J. Crew: Back to Basics

Raise your hand if you are obsessed with BuzzFeed...if you are not, jump on that train because sometimes you need a little humor to your daily news. About a month ago, I was going through BuzzFeed and I came across this article: Is J.Crew Going Back to its Roots? I started buying J.Crew back in high school when I decided I needed to make my wardrobe more mature. While some preppies can disagree with me, J.Crew made great basics back in the day (2007ish)...and then Jenna Lyons became J.Crew's Creative Director. I seriously did not spend more than $200 a year at a J.Crew store and raced to the outlets for basics. Want to know some of the things I miss most from the old J.Crew? Their riding boots, wide silk/Repp tie headbands, and cable cardigans. 

When I read the BuzzFeed article, I did a mini victory dance. I quickly rerouted to the original article at How to Get J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler On the Phone. A women expressed her concern about the styling of J.Crew for the everyday women through her husband and CEO Mickey Drexler listened. Therefore, the "over-glamification" of the styling is gone from this Fall's catalouge. 

Here are some of my current favorites from J.Crew:

J. Crew: Back to Basics

I always support a little sparkle, but do not go overboard.
I adore the jewel detail of the Tilda shirt. Make sure to grab before they sell out!!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beauty Favorites

Summer is over...Lillys, seersucker, and white pants are put away to be replaced by flannel, tartan, and boots. My accessories evolve from Iced Coffee from Starbucks (Venti, no syrup, and extra room for half and half...I like cafe au lait, okay.) to a grande Blonde roast, wicker clutches to Boat and Totes, and Navajo sandals to Bean boots/riding boots. My skincare routine also changes with the seasons. As I came to learn last year, autumn/winter are the driest months for my skin and Farmer's Almanac is predicting a chilly New England winter. I hopped right over to Sephora for help and found the Josie Maran Argan oil line. I admit that Sephora is one of my downfalls. VIB Rouge status is only $330 away and I need a new hair dryer. Alas, here are a few of my beauty favorites.

Beauty Favorites

ONE || I bought this Givenchy Ombre à Fleur de Peau cream eye shadow when I was at Disney World in the Givenchy Epcot store. I like that it is very no fuss and can be applied with my fingers. I do not like a lot of eye makeup because I prefer a more fresh faced look, so I rarely wear eye shadow during the day and love this one for night.

TWO || Why would you put sunglasses under a beauty favorite, Kaitlin? Two reasons: 1.) Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes/eye area from UV light. 2.) Sunglasses also prevents you from squinting and developing early crow's feet. No wrinkles make me very happy.

THREE || Nars blush in Orgasm aka the most perfect, universal blush shade that looks amazing on almost everyone. I have tried drugstore brand blushes and just didn't last or look right. Do yourself a favor, go to Sephora, and buy this blush. You'll thank me later.

FOUR || I have tried a lot of mascaras in my time. Givenchy Phenomen Eyes has to be my favorite for everyday use. The ball-shape brush makes this mascara easy to apply in hard area like the corners of the eyes. 

FIVE || If I could scream from the mountain tops about this Josie Maran Infinity Intense Cream, I totally would. I teach swim lessons. Dry skin due to chlorine and the dry, winter weather of New England wreaked havoc on my skin. This cream, which can be used for variety of ways, was the best night cream for me last winter. 

SIX || Caudalie uses antioxidant grape-seed polyphenols in their French-based skincare products. I love this lip balm because it provides a natural way to hydrate and protect my pucker.

SEVEN || I use Josie Maran's Organic Argan Oil on cuticles, my hair, and even use it instead of an eye cream in the winter. I can not get enough of this stuff.

EIGHT || I have written about sun protection before. I am so happy about baseball caps being "in style" because I regularly wear to shield my face from the sun, but I rarely leave the apartment without Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ on my face and neck. Beauty tip: Always apply the same sunblock to neck as you do your face. Same goes for night creams/moisturizers and such.

What are your beauty favorites??

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Currently Reading: A Starboard Sea

I do not think anyone around here is shocked that I love to read. Being a History major, I typically read a book a week and had a waiting list for my personal summer list. When I moved to New England, I wanted to immerse myself in the literature of the area. Therefore, I started with novels about prep/boarding schools. I went to the top private girls school in Kentucky that was formerly a boarding school, but ceased to board as the urban sprawl surrounded the school and faster means of transportation did not justify the expense of boarding anymore. Boarding schools are not a popular means of education in the South because local private schools excel. As I have read Catcher in the Rye and Prep before, I recently read A Starboard Sea looking for something missing from the two novels about how teenagers react to their privileged upbringing when tragedy occurs.

Anyway, I started reading books about boarding to see if my private school experience was close to the boarding school experience. Most people from the South form their opinion on "preppiness" and boarding schools from Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, yet there are other numerous books in this coming-of-age genre. I did not read Catcher in the Rye in high school, but I read it in my year after college when I knew I was moving to Massachusetts along with the novel Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. When I went to Nantucket for my first wedding anniversary, my husband and I walked into the local bookstore where I picked up A Starboard Sea. In a completely shallow confession, the cover of the book drew me in. I have a certain affection for rugby uniform shirts. 

The main character Jason Prosper recently went through a personal tragedy involving the death of his best friend and sailing partner Cal before transferring to Bellingham Academy for his senior year. Jason used his time at Bellingham to reflect on his friendship with Cal while forming a close bond with another outsider Aidan. From here, I leave you to read the Jason make sense of all his own secrets and the secrets of the privileged boarders of Bellingham. This novel explores the complexity of the teenage years through the development of adolescent relationships and what they mean or not mean to both parties in that relationship. I suggest this novel for seniors in high school as many of them will be moving on to open a new chapter in their lives in college. This novel will help one to reflect on your life, successes, and tragedies and try to make some sort of sense of all of it.

RIP Summer 2013.