Welcome to the first Friday Five post of the year! It’s been a while since I do one of these and these are actually my favorite posts to write so I’m going to try really hard to incorporate it into my blog as often as possible. If you’re new here, my Friday five posts just consist of five things that I will talk about, which can range from life updates, home updates, or anything that I’m loving at the moment.
1. If you saw my December favorites you would’ve seen me talk about Le Labo’s Another 13.. it has been EVERYTHING lately. This is one of those scents that every time you put it on SOMEONE compliments you. It is so unique and beautiful & I cannot stop wearing it! I have mentioned Le Labo so often lately but it is for a very good reason! It smells like luxury with a hint of masculinity while still retaining femininity. It’s so perfect 😩
2. The Ordinary is a skincare brand that I’ve been trying out for about a month and a half now and I am so happy with the results I’ve had in such a short period of time. Granted, I am using alot of new products which have, most likely, also contributed to the changes but I wanted to highlight two products that really bring my skin back to life post application.
The first one is their Glycolic acid 7% toning solution, (pictured above) I use this once or twice a week and I notice a huge difference in my skin when I wake up in the morning. I am just free of dead skin, my face looks so plump and glowy in the morning. I definitely recommend incorporating at least one chemical exfoliant in your routine once or twice a week, I actually prefer them over physical exfoliants. This just helps me bring my skin back to life when it is looking extra dull.
I have three serums from them which I’ve been using every day and really love, but as far as instant gratification goes, their buffet serum is your guy! Right after I put this on, my skin feels plump and ready to go, it helps everything that I put on top of it go on so smoothly. Of course, despite it looking great right after application, it is actually doing something for your skin, this is the perfect cocktail packed with peptides.
3. I know that the Ouai texturing hair spray (first picture) is a VERY hyped about product, but honestly… it’s for a good reason. This not only gives your hair volume and texture but it somehow keeps your hair style put without making your hair feel hard or weird. I also really love the Amica bombshell blowout spray, which can be used on damp or dry hair, I ran out of that one, which is why I tried this one but I genuinely love both.
4. If you guys have been up to date with my IG or channel you probably already know my dining room is slowly but surely coming together. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is if I’m going to do a full house tour soon & LORDDDD, furnishing a house takes so much time! I promise those videos are coming… but it takes time to get things exactly how you want it, & even then, you will never feel like it’s finished. I’ve lived here since last April and now is when I finally have a dining room.
I knew from the beginning I didn’t want my entire house to be mid-century, there is nothing wrong with having everything one style but, personally, I love mixing because I feel like it brings coziness and warmth to spaces. This is why I opted for a barn-style table. I have always loved colonial dining rooms so I wanted to incorporate that into my home… but with my twist, of course. The dark wood brings so much warmth to this space and I think it makes such a great contrast with the walls.
Some people wouldn’t advise mixing dark chairs with a dark table but since the chairs are iron, I think it gives it a little bit of an industrial touch while still retaining the colonial aspect. My chandelier is from west elm and I think it adds the perfect modern touch. The antique mirror is a hand-me-down from my mom & it is actually going to go on top of a mantle, I’ve always wanted a fireplace but a real one would cost too much to install and all of the faux ones are too bulky looking so I’m hoping I can find an electric insert that doesn’t look too cheesy and we will build a mantle around it. I have yet to design the mantle, but I just know I want it to be sleek, quite narrow & barely there, while still being able to hold this heavy mirror and other little nooks & crannies.
I’m excited! Of course once we get started I will document everything.
Quote of the week…. or of the year. xx