Favorite Things

Let’s Talk Moisturizer

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Well my friends today I’m at the ALT Design Summit Conference in Salt Lake City as a first time attendee and so far the experience has been great.  I’m excited to meet and make new friends and contacts while I’m in town.  My sister also relocated here last year so I get a chance to celebrate her birthday with her this weekend.  She warned me before I came to town, "this is not California, this is a mountain climate, and it is cold!  Bring your warmest jacket, drink lots of water, and remember to moisturize!"  

I hate to say the words (plug your ears sis) but my sister was totally right.  My skin already feels very dry but I’m also in denial about a little thing called the aging process.  :)  I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’m turning forty this year, yes me, forty!  It always reminds me of that line in When Harry Met Sally  when Meg Ryan has her meltdown and when she says through tears "But I’m going to be forty….someday!"

It’s taken me a few years to settle on the moisturizers I like best and my favorites vary by day and by season.  Spring and summer I’m focused on sunscreen and in winter or dry climates like this one, it’s all about extra moisture.  Here are my faves:

kates skin care picks 

For daytime:  Ole Henriksen Truth Crème Advanced Hydration – light texture, citrus scent, my favorite in the morning, especially in winter.  I also use Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream from my local pharmacy. 

For nighttime:  Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream – thick and creamy and wonderful, I love this one at night before I go to bed.  It reminds me of Crème de la Mer, but much more affordable, I’ve been using this for over a year.

For pep:  I love love love Ole Henrickson’s Sheer Transformation, it’s lightweight and silky and perfect for right out of the shower and in summertime too. 

For eyes:  Mario Badescu Chamomile Eye Cream (anti aging, for nighttime) and Origin’s GinZing for puffiness or dark circles during the day.    

For sunscreen:  Again Mario, I love his Solar Block Cream (SPF 30) in combination with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

So tell me friends, what is your favorite facial moisturizer for your age or skin type that you swear by? 

 

*not perked or paid, I just love the stuff!  Over and out.

 

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Under $30: Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I’m a lover of entertaining during the holiday season, decorating the house with fresh evergreens, adding some sparkle, and filling it with the scents of the season – we love inviting friends in from the cold to enjoy a cup of cheer at this time of year.  

Every year I do a roundup of favorite gifts ideas for a host or hostess and I keep it under $30. If you’re invited to a get together this holiday season, here are my 2012 picks for the cooks, foodies, wine enthusiasts, coffee or tea lovers, gardeners, and hip hosts or hostesses you know! 

for the cook

 

Striped Apron, Dean & Deluca, $30; Le Creuset Butter Crock, Pot & Pantry, $30; Spotless Juicer, Anthropologie, $30;  Red Zig Zag Apron, Sur la Table, $20; Equal Tea Towel, Studio Patro, $24; Marble Mortar and Pestle, Overstock, $29.99;  Letter Pressed Cookie Set, World Market, $17.99 

for the foodie gifts

 

Fig Jam Assortment, the girl and the fig, $28; Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup, Dean & Deluca, $22;  Demi glace (several flavors), Williams-Sonoma, $29.95; Gray Salt Trio, Napa Style, $29;  7” Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory, $25.95; Royal Riviera Pears, Harry & David, 29.95. 

for the wine enthusiast

 

8 Cork candles, Napa Style, $22;  Red Pedrini Bottle Opener, Target, $19.99; Decanter with Oak Stopper, Wine Enthusiast, $29.99; Wine Purse, Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99;  Gold Honeycomb white wine glasses, set of four, West Elm, $25

coffee or tea lover gifts

 

Loose Tea Storage Tins, Teavana, $10.95;  Glass teapot, CB2, $17.95; Graphic Espresso Serving Set; Crate + Barrel, $19.95; Tea for One, Poketo, $29; King & Queen Mugs, Jonathan Adler, $26; Aerolatte Frother, Crate + Barrel, $19.95

 

for the gardener

 

Herb Keeper, Amazon, $19.95; Floral Garden Shears, Hayneedle, $24.95; Compost Container, Gardener’s Supply, $29.95; Rosemary Mini Tree; Burpee, $29.95;  Copper Garden Labels, Terrain, $18

for the hip host or hostess

 

Thomas Paul coasters, Orange & Pear, $18; Hobnail Candle, Altogether Home, $28;  Mustache Tray, Z Gallerie, $24.95; Wood Bowl, Wayfair, $24.95; Agate trivet, Leif, $20; Enamel Servers, Macys, $24.99; Maple stick candles, Shop Terrain, $30;  Cheese Knife Set, Crate + Barrel, $24.95

I hope you like the 2012 picks as much as I do.  Perhaps one of them is the perfect gift for someone you know … or for you?! 

Coming up next, the Friday Finds of the week.  :)

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