Run 10 Feed 10

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I have seen advertisements for the Run 10 Feed 10 10K in my Women’s Health magazine for a couple issues now and today I actually registered for it.

The idea is simple enough: run a 10K, feed 10 people. The beauty of this particular race is that, if there isn’t a formal race happening in your city (New York, Chicago, or San Francisco), you can run your own 10K at any time, anywhere in the world. You still get the FEED swag bag and you are still helping local people eat a good meal. I’ve enlisted my gal pal to run, too (she’s in Michigan!).

As the weather starts to get more predictably sunny and less rainy, I’m looking forward to enjoying more than just this one 10K. I’ve been super in to workout clothes ever since they went from drab to fab.

Run happy!

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Friday Find: Hey, Gorgeous Face

Images c/o The Body Shop

Images c/o The Body Shop

In an attempt to keep my little baby of a blog alive and well, I thought I would introduce a quasi-series that will take place each Friday. There are so many delightful things that I come across that I wish to share with others and/or  own myself. Some attainable, some not so.

For this first one (eee!) I would like to share part of my skin care regimen. I am obsessed with skin care, specifically for the face. If there is a lotion or lip balm or sunscreen that will do something special that another one doesn’t, you have my attention. For example, I have a sunscreen for sports, a sunscreen for the beach, a sunscreen for my face, a sheer sunscreen for my body, and body and face moisturizers with sunscreen. All different purposes, all completely necessary for survival.

I recently purchased the two featured serums from The Body Shop and I love them. I promise that there is a positive difference in my skin and I should know because I analyze it on the daily. The first one is the Vitamin C Skin Boost to brighten dull skin. I apply it after my moisturizer and it makes my face velvety soft with no added oily-ness later in the day. The second is the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment meant to even out oily and dry patches of skin (kind of gross-sounding when read in print). It is the last thing I use at night and I can tell that my face is less oil-ridden during the day.

These are relatively inexpensive when compared to serums you might find at, say, Sephora. Plus, I appreciate that The Body Shop doesn’t test on animals and uses natural ingredients. Act now because there’s a 40% sale happening for Memorial Day weekend! I just may have to pick up the Vitamin E Moisture Serum

Have a great weekend!

On the Move

Image c/o Etsy

Image c/o Etsy

Coming this Monday, I will be leaving my first apartment in Chicago for something new. Going from a studio to a one-bedroom is my foray into adulthood and I couldn’t be more jazzed. I have so many decorating ideas floating around in my head that it can sometimes be hard to focus on actual work. Last night I made a video of myself giving my future self a tour of the apartment. I hope it will be funny to watch years from now and see the silly things that I had cluttering up my space. This exercise also helped me realize two things: 1. I have a lot of beauty products, and 2. I am kind of a klepto when it comes to magazines.

The overall look I am cultivating is very flea-market-eclectic-vintage chic. Slash you think you may have walked into Anthropologie instead of my home. There is so much furniture to buy! Also, why a glass coffee table is more than $50 anywhere, I will never know. Here are some of my favorite living rooms of the moment.

Image c/o Lonny

Image c/o Lonny

Image c/o Me Oh My

Image c/o Me Oh My

Image c/o Style at Home

Image c/o Style at Home

Image c/o Netrobe

Image c/o Netrobe

1. (Top of Post) Bri Emery’s Los Angeles Living Room, etsy.com

2. Eclectic Traditional Living Room, lonny.com

3. Nicole Davis’s Living Room, meohmymamma.blogspot.com

4. 11 Basic Design Elements, styleathome.com

5. Tory Burch’s Hamptons Living Room, netrobe.com

Irish You Luck

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

There is a reason why my Twitter bio has not changed since I created my account. I love my Irish heritage so much that you should kiss me because of it. I’ve been lucky (pun intended) enough to visit the Motherland and it’s every bit as magical as you would expect. As St. Patrick’s Day draws near, I reflect upon how much I love actually getting to be Irish every day. All y’all are just posers. Jk lol haha. Please don’t stop reading.

Image c/o Parenting

Image c/o Parenting

1. We are proud supporters of the luckiest cereal around.

Cadbury Snack2. At one point in time during my travels circa early 2000, these most amazing Kit-Kat-esque delights were available. The Cadbury snack is something that I constantly look for but have yet to ever spot again.

Image c/o IMDb

Image c/o IMDb

3. Hello! This movie happened. Best one since Motocrossed. Amiright? Whatever happened to Ryan Merriman anyway?

Image c/o IFANCA

Image c/o IFANCA

4. Ireland is known as “The Emerald Isle” because everything (yes, even the sheep) is green. The Earth’s favorite and official international color (I’m making this up) is green. Using simple logic, the Earth loves Ireland and, by proxy, its people and so should you.

Image c/o Topnews.in

Image c/o Topnews.in

5. Liam Neeson is Irish. Game over.

I raise my Guinness to you. Cheers and may the wind always be at your back!

DIY: T-Shirts & Bracelets

My evenings usually have a couple hours that are free for just me time. I usually get in a workout after which I make dinner and watch TV. If there’s something to clean up, I’ll get it done (minus those two loads of laundry in my closet, those I cannot d0).

Now that I have a better lay of my neighborhood land, I want to do some more productive things. I found these projects below that particularly intrigue me. They will be perfect for the upcoming colorful and warmer months. Bonus: you can make them without a manual. That’s what I love about P.S. I Made This. Just simple steps and you have something you made.

Image c/o Pinterest

Tying the bottom triangle of a t-shirt? Easy and chic.

Image c/o Birchbox

A customizable bracelet for everyone. Gold is so coming back.

Image c/o Pinterest

First of all, I love anything tie-dye. Just cut out the back and wrap the extra material around the straps. Can someone say, “beach cover-up?”

Image c/o Saifou

I would like one of each!

D-I-Yes, please!

Jean Vest + Maxi Dress

Today is the first day that I officially get to shop again. I have been buzzing all morning and can’t wait to hit the streets at the close of business today. A carefully crafted list was created to keep me from amassing a heaping pile of things that I really don’t need yet may be induced to buy in a shopping blackout.

One combo of an outfit has my current (and fleeting) attention. In the last issue of InStylethere lived a spread featuring the jean vest with the maxi dress. I lack either of the two items I have laid out for you. There are a few midi dresses in my closet so, for me, the maxi dress just seems like a natural extension. The jean vest is just a dressing-down element that makes it/me cooler.

In my search, I see a softer patterned, sweeping dress paired with the vest and some sandals. The pic in the magazine had a long necklace, too.

Image c/o Forever 21

Images c/o Piperlime

1. Vest, Forever 21, No Longer Available Online

2. Dress, Rebecca Taylor Tie Dye Smocked Silk Dress, Piperlime, FINAL SALE: $197.97

3. Dress, Collective Concepts Paintbrush Strokes Maxi Dress, Piperlime, $89

4. Dress, LA Made Cami Maxi Dress, Piperlime, $123

5 o’clock can’t be here soon enough!