Makeup & Beauty

Futureproofing: My (Perhaps Surprising) New Skincare Routine

Summer activities are just some of the many things that can dry out your skin.

You probably know this by now, but skincare is a big deal to me. My skin has always been sensitive and dry and a little problematic, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized more and more how vital it is to not only “treat” my skin, but to actively futureproof it, using products that help prevent problems before they start.

Except there’s one part of my skin I’ve never thought about all that much. You probably haven’t either. I mean, who worries about the skin on their scalp, when it’s all covered by hair, and therefore invisible-ish and such? I certainly never worried about it…until I did. A few months ago, I developed dandruff (like, bad dandruff) for the first time in my life, and it was a seeeeriously unpleasant experience. So after a couple of weeks I decided that nope, this was not acceptable in the slightest, and brought in the official scalpskin experts, Head & Shoulders. I used their products, and loved their products, and later ended up partnering with them - so now I’m going to tell you why I think you should use their products not only for dandruff control, but also for skincare. 

Lifestyle

Why Juneteenth Is More Important Now Than Ever

There are plenty of topics I'm not especially well-versed in, but the fact that I didn't know what "Juneteenth" was until yesterday, when I noticed it on my iPhone calendar and decided to Google it, seems inexcusable. Juneteeth - which is today - isn't just (just?!) a "black holiday," it's a celebration of our national determination - and ongoing commitment - to emancipation and equality, and to giving a voice to those who have spent decades, if not centuries, being silenced. Perhaps more than ever, it deserves the national spotlight. 

I'm reprinting Jamelle Bouie's explanation of the significance of Juneteenth in full below. Required reading, guys. 

The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t

Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of emancipation, it’s a celebration of our commitment to make it real.

Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State” where the residents were “in rebellion against the United States.” In practice, it applied only to those slaves who lived near Union lines, where they could make an easy escape or take advantage of the Northern advance.

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Simplify Your Summer

This post is sponsored by Red Baron, but all opinions are my own. 

Remember when summer was relaxing? I do! It was seven years ago, before my first child was born, and subsequently removed from my life even the vaguest whisper of calm. Now what summer means is that I have to do all the stuff I have to do the rest of the year, except now I have two people right there with me all day, and they need me to not do anything except for devote all of my attention to them all of the time. 

And usually it’s more than just two kids, because we are The People With the Pool. I like this fact a whole lot, because it means that I don’t have to leave my house in order to socialize - when it’s 105 degrees out, humans have a tendency to go wherever the water is - but it also means that I have a LOT of children running around my house preeeeetty much every day during the summer. And sometimes the children get overstimulated and crazy and their parents drag them home around midafternoon, but other times they are wonderful and playing together so well that we agree that sure, let’s all have dinner together.

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DIY Projects

DIY Ankle Cuffs

J.Crew Sandals | Anklets by Me

I have decided that anklets are going to be my thing this summer. But not just one anklet - oh, no. Two anklets. Matching anklets. One on each ankle. 

I decided this the other morning. I was drinking my morning coffee, when all of a sudden a pile of jewelry-making items was deposited on the table in front of me. Apparently Francesca had been thinking of making me matching anklets - one for each ankle! - for my birthday, but then realized, ugh, jewelry making, ugh, and decided that she would give me the idea, and then give me the stuff, and then let me go ahead and do the actual making of the things.

Lifestyle

Presents For Dads

I would call this a "Father's Day Gift Guide," except Father's Day is in like two seconds and I totally failed to get it up in a respectable window of time.

So let's just call it a fun list of presents for dad-type people, K? Like for birthdays! And...birthdays!

...Hanukkahs?

Before & After Renovations

Sunset, Poolside

I know I already posted about my pool renovation, but these photos have muuuuch better light and show the details so much better. So here they are.

As a recap, here's what we changed: 

  • Removed the dated, curved coping and replaced it with clean, squared-off white coping;
  • Replaced the plaster bottom with deep blue Pebbletec;
  • Built a Baja shelf (a 8" deep platform in the shallow end that you use for lounging and such);
  • Removed the ladder, and built a bench in the deep end to replace it;
  • Replaced the dated tiles with iridescent tiles in varying shades of white.

Check out the original post (with before and afters) here, if you missed it.

My Looks

The Pits

Lush jumpsuit | J.Crew sandals (30% off w/code SHOPTOIT) | Mulberry bag

Summer break is happening, and summer break means 24/7 contact with children who, if not constantly entertained, may at any moment start biting other. Or me. So?!

Time for an adventure. Specifically, an adventure in which we go ahead and invade Francesca's apartment and life like a cannon ball, as we are wont to do. We ate sushi. We bought lollipops the size of our heads. We found a stand offering free glitter arm-painting for Pride Day (a good day, as it turns out, to visit LA).

Before & After Renovations

The Pool Of My Dreams

dark blue pool with Baja shelf and pebbletec

Everyone says having a pool is crazily expensive. I haven't found it to be terrible so far - we have a reasonably priced pool guy, and the fact that we have solar offsets the cost of heating it a lot - but you know what happens when you have to repair your pool? Like, because the plaster, having reached its expiration date, starts cracking and flaking off?

You spend oh my god, so much money having it fixed.

When we applied for our home equity line of credit, a pool renovation was one of the main things we knew we were going to do (and yes, it spiraled off into more renovations, and then more) - but the thing about renovating a pool is that it's such a major expense and such a pain, what with the draining and pouring of concrete and spraying of plaster and etc etc - that if you're going to do it, you don't want to do it more than once. Which means you should probably just do it right the first time.