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The Best Of // T-Shirts and Tanks

June 10, 2018

If you’ve been following along over on Instagram, then chances are you’ve seen me asking for recommendations on the best t-shirts and tank tops for everyday wear. I’ve always loved the idea of a white tee shirt and jeans but had never really found tees and tanks that I loved to wear. So I scoured the internet, and tried a number of different tops on, and am sharing my favorites with you today!

1. Old Navy EveryWear Slub-Knit Tank // $12.99
This tank is a steal. It’s casual, comfortable and easy to wear with jeans and shorts. It’s a thinner material yet it isn’t see-through – a major win in my book! And so far it’s held up to washing and multiple wears quite well for the price.

2. Carly Jean Los Angeles // Carly’s Favorite Tie Tank in Grey $34
SO many people recommended Carly Jean Los Angeles when I asked for recommendations on Instagram, and for good reason! I ordered both t-shirts and tank tops from the site and have to say that they definitely lived up to the hype. The material of these shirts is SO soft and comfy and a little more polished looking than a basic tank, meaning you can dress it up or down. I also have the Tie T-Shirt in Ivory and LOVE it.

3. Madewell // Modern Tie-Front Tee $39.50
This tee is perfect! It’s a little dressier looking than a basic tee and I love the tie-front detail that makes it easy to wear with high rise jeans or shorts. It’s true-to-size and unlike some other Madewell tops, which I usually find run a little short in the torso, this one is great for those who are taller or have long torsos.

4. Old Navy // Luxe Swing Tank for Women $16.99
The material of these Old Navy Luxe tees and tanks is amazing! It washes well and feels great on, and I love that it has a little stretch so it holds its shape well. I knotted this one at the waist, but you can wear this tank without a knot for a looser, more flow-y look, too. I bought it in white and black and am in love!

Madison

Family, Fashion

A Month of June Giveaways!

May 30, 2018

Good morning, friends! With June right around the corner, I wanted to let you know of a few fun things happening around these parts. As many of you already know, I have a huge passion for safer skincare and clean personal care and cosmetics. It’s what led me to starting using Beautycounter products, and eventually partner with them as a consultant. Over the last 2 1/2 years it’s been one of the greatest joys to introduce many many of you to Beautycounter, too!

While you might not see a lot about Beautycounter over here on the blog, if you follow me on Instagram or my Espresso & Cream Beauty page on Facebook, I talk a lot about my favorite products and ways they make my skin and my life better.

As a little thank you for all your continued support in this journey, I’m going to be hosting A MONTH OF GIVEAWAYS over on Espresso & Cream Beauty! I’ll be giving away product all month long, including a bottle or two of a yet-to-be-released new product pictured above that has been giving my skin a major glow!

Not currently part of the community? Not a problem. Just head on over to Espresso & Cream Beauty on Facebook and request to join! You’ll have a front-row seat for all the giveaways and fun beauty and wellness talk!

Madison

Family, Fashion

Spring Skincare Favorites

April 23, 2018

The weather is slowly transitioning to spring around these parts, which means I’ve been switching up my skincare and makeup routine a bit as the temperatures change. Sometimes (most of the time?) what works for your skin in the winter months needs tweaking as the summer comes around, so it’s important to continue to evaluate what is and what is not working for your skin as the seasons change. Additionally, since I have a lot of mommas who read this blog, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that postpartum skin can require constant re-evaluation. Other milestones outside of having the baby (such as weight loss, weaning, sleep regressions and lack of sleep for mom, hormonal shifts, etc.) can mean that a product which once worked for your skin no longer does the trick like it used to. Hint hint: That’s what I’m here for!

  1. Nourishing Cream Exfoliator 
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I think that a lot of skincare issues come back to inadequate exfoliation and inadequate (or incorrect) moisturizing. My skin tends to be on the drier side, and in order for my skincare products to penetrate the skin it’s important to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. I use the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator a couple times per week, especially in the summer when sweat and sunscreen tend to be a part of everyday life.
  2. Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk 
    This is a new product to my routine (and a new product this month to BC’s line-up) and, in my opinion, a total must-have item if you struggle with dry and/or sensitive skin. The milk-based cleanser adds moisture and hydration to the skin while dissolving away grease, grime and makeup.
  3. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
    This has been my go-to moisturizer since it launched over a year ago. It adapts to your skin’s unique hydration needs and is great for dry skin. Note: Countermatch is not great for those with acne-prone skin.
  4. No. 3 Balancing Face Oil 
    Sometimes in the warmer months I can get away without using a face oil, but I LOVE these face oils more than any other product in my skincare routine. The face oils are so great for adding hydration to the skin, improving overall appearance, and combating specific skin issues such as breakouts, unevenness, dry skin and more. I use the balancing oil to keep breakouts at bay and keep my skin hydrated without feeling greasy.
  5. No. 1 Brightening Face Mask
    I use a face mask a couple times per week – more often in the summer when my skin is exposed to the sun – to treat specific skin issues. For me, brightness and evenness in my skin tone is a primary concern that I use this mask to treat.
  6. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (No. 2)
    Sun protection + moisturizer + a product that evens out skin tone without feeling like you’re wearing makeup? Check! I wear Dew Skin at least four or five days out of the week, even more so in the warmer months when I’m out in the sun. It contains SPF 20 from non-nano zinc oxide and covers just enough to make me feel and look put together.

In the picture above, I’m only wearing the following makeup because my skin is glowing and my new routine is working well right now:

  1. Volumizing Mascara
    It’s hard to say whether Volumizing Mascara or Lengthening Mascara is my favorite. I rotate the two and sometimes even layer the two for both lengthening and volumizing impact. I really love both and use them interchangeably, so it’s really a matter of preference more than performance.
  2. Brow Pencil in Medium 
    Beautycounter’s Brow Pencil is one of the handful of makeup products I can’t live without. I have brows that need a little filling in from years of over-plucking so I use the pencil, along with the brush on the other end which is great for blending, for a natural yet put-together look.
  3. Whisper/Tawny Blush Duo 
    This duo is my favorite of all three color duo options for it’s natural look that bridges the gap between blush and bronzer. It’s versatile for many seasons, including springtime!
Fashion

Pop of Color

April 17, 2018


Top from Anthropologie // Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans (a couple years old) // Nine West Flats // Natalie Borton Necklace (a couple years old)

For years I’ve been a lover of all things neutral in my closet, while my husband has been begging me to embrace some COLOR in my wardrobe. And for years I’ve resisted his suggestion, but the last couple of months I’ve been pulled toward color in my outfit choices. Sure, a lot of my outfit choices still gravitate toward neutrals because it makes getting ready for the day so easy, but I think I’ll be embracing a bit more color in my closet this spring and summer, if spring ever decides to make an appearance in the Midwest. (Right?!)

Also, I wanted to say I’m sorry for being so MIA lately around these parts. It’s not meant to be an intentional choice, but life has been particularly busy with a number of trips and obligations – mainly good and fun but it hasn’t left a lot of time for getting ahead of the game in work life and blog life. But I’m looking forward to a summer that is less about travel and more about staying put and embracing all sorts of creativity on the blog. I’ve been toying around with a really fun recipe project along with a few other ideas for new and fresh content for the site.

Madison

Family, Fashion, Food & Recipes

The Espresso and Cream Weekly Favorites

February 20, 2018

Lately, I’ve been craving a space and reason to share some of the products, podcasts, recipes, and more that I’ve been loving lately. I was initially going to use this idea as content for an e-newsletter, but after thinking about how cluttered inboxes are these days, it seemed a better fit to make this into a weekly blog post. Each week, I’ll be sharing my favorite thing I’ve bought, listened to, used on my skin, recipe and book and/or article to read. Hopefully this is a fun, inspiring little weekly round-up!

TO BUY // J. Crew Dorito Cotton and Silk Blend Blouse (pictured above)
It’s a little lightweight for cold weather, but I can already tell that I’m going to be wearing this all spring and summer long.

TO LISTEN // Balanced Bites Podcast with Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe 
Although this podcast is geared toward those who live a paleo lifestyle (which is certainly NOT me) I really love this podcast and their approach to health and wellness. It’s been around forever, and they have a wealth of experience, great advice and interesting experts on a variety of topics relating to health and wellness.

TO USE //Volume & Shape Shampoo and Conditioner 
Postpartum hair loss and re-growth is, undoubtedly, difficult to deal with and can really take a toll on your hair. One thing that’s helped tremendously in this process is Beautycounter’s Volume & Shape Shampoo and Conditioner. You truly couldn’t pay me to use anything else. Switching to a safer shampoo and conditioner has made my hair look healthier, but even more importantly it’s actually made my hair healthier. If you’re struggling with postpartum hair issues, I can’t recommend this line enough.

TO EAT // Pinch of Yum’s Chicken Wild Rice Soup 
I’ve made this a handful of times and it’s delicious, easy and worth making at least a few more times before winter is over!

TO READ // I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
I’m only a portion of the way through this book and already I can’t resist recommending it to you guys. If you’re a mom, business owner, wanna be business owner, working corporate employee or just busy woman (hello, this is probably all of you!) then you need to pick this book up. It’s empowering and really leaves you with the feeling of “I can!” in the best possible way.