If you’re one of those lucky east coast people who has been basking in upper 60 to lower 70 degree weather lately, let me just start by saying NO FAIR. Forgive my whining, but you have no idea how hard it is to see all of you wearing your spring–ish clothes already, meanwhile I’m over here in a three shirts, tights under my jeans, a parka and fur boots trying to avoid going outside whenever possible!
Seriously though, we had record low temperatures in France this week, but things are warming up just in time for the weekend. Of course, by warming up I don’t mean like Hey, let me take my kids to the park to play kind of warm, but more like I might ditch the tights under my jeans today kind of warm. Baby steps….
But enough weather talk for now! Let’s get down to this week’s Friday Favorites:
ONE – I’m over half way through my first Whole 30 (I’ll give more deets on that another day) and I’m pretty much loving it. My only qualm with it is that my face has been breaking out like crazy the entire time. I’ve never really struggled with acne before, barring that time when I got over enthusiastic over my new Clarisonic Mia 2 and used it too often, so I’m assuming my current skin issue is linked to Whole 30-induced hormonal changes or perhaps to increased consumption of coconut products (Google told me that could be the problem… ???).
I was at home all day yesterday so I decided to give my skin a make-up free day complete with some TLC. After showering and washing my face with my Clarisonic Mia 2, I dabbed on some Glamglow Supermud mask as a spot treatment, followed by the Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment. I had all intentions of stopping there, until I caught a way too close up glimpse of my make up free face with just enough sun light to make me want to gag! I hadn’t noticed it before, but the pores in my t-zone looked surprisingly gigantic and I had loads of ….. brace yourself…black heads?! Ick. Not fun.
A quick Pinterest search later and I was in the kitchen mixing lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste, which I then gently applied to my t-zone. Twenty minutes later I washed it all off and was thrilled to already see a huge improvement, with almost no visible blackheads after only one treatment! Definitely planning to incorporate this into my skin care routine!
TWO – Every night after the kids are in bed and my husband is done working, we kick back on the couch and watch one episode of some show we enjoy. When we were in Argentina, friends of ours recommended that we check out Suits on Netflix. Well, we finally started watching it at the end of the year and we are completely addicted!
PS- I know we’re a little behind the game and that this isn’t exactly a new show, but I still thought I’d share in case anyone was in need of inspiration for their next Netflix and Chill sesh and had somehow missed out on this gem.
THREE – Living in an apartment has its perks (aka no lawn mowing), but it definitely comes with its own set of challenges. I love our place, but we have managed to accumulate more stuff than we have space to store. Our closet space is very limited compared to what most Americans are used to, plus we don’t have spare rooms or attics or all those other luxuries that house owners have.
As of late, I’ve been concentrating on cleaning out / decluttering / purging our apartment like it’s my j-o-b. Whenever I have a chunk of time, I choose a drawer or a closet and tear everything, removing what can be donated or trashed. This whole declutter/organize project is time consuming, so if you thought I’d been kind of slack on blogging, now you know why!
FOUR– I rarely drink enough water throughout the day, but this month I have been downing 4 cups of this Apple Cider Vinegar concoction every day and have quickly become addicted!
FIVE – Being insanely productive all week means I totally deserved to indulge myself a little, right? Since my usual indulgences of dark chocolate and wine are both off the menu until the end of the month, I figured that a little window shopping would be a nice treat. Here are a few things that caught my eye at Zara:
These nude sneaks are so calling my name!
Okay, that’s all for now! Thanks so much for reading. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Before you go, drop me a line below and let me know if you have any skin care tips or tricks that you swear by and if there are any shows on Netflix that I should check out!