Beauty: The {New} Basics

There have been a lot of welcome changes to get used to after {what felt like} an eternity of being pregnant. There’s the obvious one of not carrying around a growing human but for me, the biggest change has been rediscovering my skin.

BTB (before the babe) I had pretty decent skin – the occasional flare up but never anything too rough. But during pregnancy I struggle with serious acne and I’m not being dramatic here – it was ROUGH. My forehead had what looked like a giant rash and my chin/neck area broke out like I was back in 7th grade. The weirdest part was, pretty regularly, finding bumps hiding in my eyebrows. Yeah, shit got weird.

So you can imagine my focus on getting back to some semblance of normal ATB (after the babe). I started out with this kit to help clear things up. It was great but after a few weeks became a little harsh so I’ve switched into a pretty standard routine now that’s helping get my skin back in shape.


beauty basics

Nightly Needs: obiqo night cream and Eye Cream | Murad Acne Clearing Solution and Spot Treatment

I received a sample of the obiqo night cream and eye cream BTB but didn’t give them a try until I escaped from the hospital. I love that both creams are rich but not too heavy. My eyes also tend to be really sensitive to creams and products (I’m talking tearing up like I just watched The Notebook) but this one is sensitive enough to keep the waterworks at bay. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the mornings – waking up looking more refreshed with less dry, rough patches.

Before I slather on the obiqo cream though, I’ve been using the Murad Acne Clearing Solution and spot treatment to help clear up those lingering break outs. I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks but can already tell it’s helping with the persistent chin flare ups.

Daily Dose: Pixi Glow Tonic | Evian Mist | Boots No7 Lift & Luminate

When I wake up, I love starting off my morning with a mist of Evian. Mostly it’s a good wake up and it feels great before starting my morning routine. Then it’s on to my go-to’s: this Pixi Glow Tonic and Boots No 7 Day Cream (both from Target!).

I read about the glow tonic online and how people raved about it. I can attest that it’s pretty great. It doesn’t strip your skin the way some toners can but rather leaves it feeling fresh and clean. I’m not sure if it’s helped me “glow” but I definitely like that it gives me a clean slate before putting on makeup. The Boots Day Cream is another goodie and I love that it also doesn’t make my eyes water up but more importantly that it moisturizes without feeling tacky or heavy.

Weekly Wants: frank Body Scrub | Glam Glow Mud Mask

If I get a few minutes for a ‘treat yo self’ moment, I’m turning to one of these products.

I read about the frank body scrub from a couple bloggers I love so I decided to give it a try. It’s a little messy but it makes the shower feel like a day at the spa. The description promises that frank will  “target cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne with roasted and ground robusta coffee beans.” I can’t say I’ve noticed any specific changes on any of these fronts but it does leave my skin feeling smoother, more moisturized and it smells delicious.

And this Glam Glow Mud Mask is the deal. I used it once and almost immediately noticed results. It was the best ‘reset’ button I’ve used for my skin. In about 20 minutes it made a huge difference. It may be a little pricey but the bottle is big and allows for a bunch of uses. I haven’t had a chance to use it as much as I’d like but it made my skin feel younger, smoother and just awesome.

Favorite Things: Reese’s Room * Black & White and Pink All Over

Monday’s can be the worst but they are especially bad after a long weekend. We spent the weekend in New York for a friend’s AMAZING wedding (they got married with this view behind them). There also may or may not have been 4th of July themed jello shots at the end of the night which led to my dress needing an immediate trip to the dry cleaners and making my Sunday start a little later than we’d planned. I wish I’d taken more pictures at the wedding but I was having too much fun to break out the camera.

Anyways… a few weeks ago I shared a couple {amateur} shots of Reese’s room but today I’m pumped to show off a few that Whitney snapped during Reese’s newborn pics. My chair still hadn’t come in at that point so that didn’t make the cut but the rest of the room had come together (at the last minute, obviously) in time.

When I planned out her room, I knew I wanted to do something a little more modern but still fitting in with the character of our house. After countless hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration, I spotted these simple heart decals and it was settled. We went with a black and white focus but added the heart elements and a very subtle, pale pink color for the walls (I’d tell you the name but we took a pale pink and then had it diluted with white to get it perfect).

We used a mix of furniture we had already had (we spray painted Drew’s Pottery Barn crib black and I had the white armoire) and added a few special pieces (her chair and this West Elm dresser). When picking out the new items, I wanted to make sure they were pieces that could grow with her. I also had searched for a Moroccan pouf but couldn’t commit to the price tag until I saw this one at the Gilt sale (where I had to get aggressive in order to get my hands on it).

This definitely wasn’t something that came together in one fell swoop, I added black and white pieces throughout my pregnancy (often while wandering aimlessly through Target) and am still looking for little touches. All in all though, I’m really happy with how it turned out and love walking into the room for a quick escape since the rest of my house is, generally, a chaotic mess.

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Love Prints: ShufflePrints | Light: Urban Outfitters | Black & White Tray: Pretty Smitten
Black Tassel Curtains: Serena & Lily | Curtain Rods: Pottery Barn TeenMoroccan Pouf: Lulu & Georgia via Gilt
Gray Library Cart: Land of Nod | Polka Dot Bins: Land of Nod | Heart Garland: Land of Nod
Mobile: Everly Lane Design | Mirror: Target  | Herringbone Blanket: Pottery Barn Baby
Aqua Paisley Stroller Blanket: Pottery Barn Baby
Heart Decals: Ferm Living

Images: Whitney Neal





Favorite Things: Reese Rudy

You’ve probably heard me mention this but I had a baby. So there’s that.

No but really, I was planning on waiting until my gal Whitney took pictures of the little lady before sharing on the blog but since weather woes have delayed her first photo shoot, I thought I’d go ahead and introduce her. Don’t worry, this blog won’t be treading into mommy blog territory any time soon (I’m definitely not the person to ask for advice) but I figured since you stuck with me through nine months, you might as well get to see the little bundle.

Reese Rudy made her scheduled appearance on May 22. I will say that scheduling having a baby is a weird experience since you just show up, like a regular appointment and say, “I’m here to have a baby.” Just a short while later we met our newest addition who was a little peanut, weighing in at 6 lbs. 11 ozs.

She’s the perfect addition to our motley crew and after three weeks, we’re getting into a routine (read: getting a little bit more sleep). Without further ado, here she is with a little sneak peak of the room (still waiting on a couple deliveries and hanging a couple things up before sharing more).

Reese Rudy Davis – May 22, 2014

Boppy Pillow Cover: Pottery Barn Kids | Dresser: West Elm | Changing Table Cover + Blankets: Mod Fox
Prints: Shuffle Prints  | Table Lamp: Urban Outfitters
More room pics to come! 


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