On Looking Young

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It’s no secret that I look young. I’m naturally petite (short and thin), and I feel like this is a large reason why people always assume I’m still in college or- gasp- high school. Although it’s super annoying to get carded everywhere I go or have 18-year olds hit on me, everyone keeps telling me to embrace it. As you get older, you start to enjoy people carding you or mistaking you for someone a decade younger than your age. There’s no doubt I’m looking forward to all of that, but right now as a 26-year old professional trying to be taken seriously, it can be frustrating. In honor of my frustration, I figured I’d share just a few of the instances I can remember off the top of my head.

Back in my senior year of college, a few of my roommates and I stopped by Macy’s to look at dresses for our college senior formal. Macy’s had a huge selection of nice cocktail dresses, so it was an obvious choice to find a dress in the months of April and May. While we were browsing dresses in the women’s section, the chatty cashier asked us which high school prom we were going to. As seniors in college, we were slightly offended. At least this time she grouped all of us together, and didn’t call out just me for looking young.

Recently, while making a trip to the dollar store by our house, I was stopped at the register by the cashier. “You’re 18, right?”, the pimply 16-year-old high schooler said to be while holding the box of matches I was trying to purchase in her hand. I swallowed hard, tried not to get sassy, and simply nodded. I wasn’t aware you had to be 18 to buy matches to light candles in your house. The more you know…

A few days later I stopped by Panera right after running errands to  the drugstore after getting out of work. Dressed in my work clothes (which is basically dark jeans and a nice blouse), I got something to-go since we were low on groceries and James had already ate his dinner. The girl packing up my order tried, a little too hard may I add, to make conversation and began to ask if I had just gotten out of class. “Actually work”, I responded. Her eyes lit up. And I definitely made a typical sarcastic Rachel face or even a casual, involuntary eye roll since she looked a bit sorry for bringing it up. When I told her I worked in Hoboken in marketing, hers eye lit up again. Clearly she doesn’t get out of Panera often if that excited her.

Now that I’ve shared a few of mine, share yours with me! Do you look young? Have you ever gotten into an awkward situation because of it? 

Aquamarine: A Pantone Spring 2015 Color

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Modcloth Botanical Breakfast Dress in Sky  |  New Look Swarm Barely There Blue Heeled Sandals  |  ASOS Blazer In Crepe With Lapel Detail  |  NARS Nail Polish in “Ikiru”  |  Topshop Mixed Mesh Balconette Bra  |  Hayden-Harnett ‘Celina’ Cuff  |  Target Women’s Reversible Tote Handbag  |  Coast Eden Lace Top

Every year Pantone releases their “color of the year”, along with colors for each season. This year, marsala took the top spot. I was sort of “meh”about it- it’s a muted version of last year’s oxblood, with a little brown thrown in. But what I am loving is the other shades they chose- including a gorgeous lucite green and a non-neon yellow that’s actually wearable.

To highlight some of my favorite shades, I’ll be featuring a series of product round-ups based on different shades Pantone chose for their spring 2015 colors. First up- Aquamarine (also referred to as PANTONE 14-4313), a cool, calming, water-y blue. Aquamarine works well on all skin tones (especially pale chicks like me!), and pairs nicely with neutrals like gray and white, as well as taupe shades. I’ve found that the shade itself is a bit darker than the jewel with the same name, so I’d avoid wearing them together as to not over-do the trend.

March Beauty Favorites

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Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask  |  Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask  |  Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief  |  Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation  |  Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel  |  Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup  |  Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

March is flying by- does anyone else feel that way? Although I can’t complain because I’m more than ready for warmer weather. Here are a few of my latest beauty, hair and skincare products. Have you tried any of these yet?

Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask- I do a weekly deep-conditioning mask for my hair in the shower, and then use a regular conditioner throughout the rest of the week. I received a deluxe sample of this and had to try it out as my weekly mask. This salon-favorite has the packaging and scent of your typical salon treatment (in a good way, of course!) and it left my hair feeling softer after just two uses.

Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask- These luxurious masks were in  my goodie bag at a wedding event I attended, and I’m not a convert. I never really used masks of this type before (a sheet), since I usually resort to the kind you spread on your face and let harden. It felt weird at first to put on a soaking wet mask on my face, but it left my skin feeling so supply and moisturized. Although James and the cats were a little scared of my appearance while wearing it!

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief- I love Clinique products. They are so gentle on your skin and there’s a product for each and every skin concern (redness, dry skin, etc.) This gel is a lightweight product that gives your skin intense hydration. I used this up during the winter months and ended up concentrating most of it on the dry areas of my skin (which this year was around my nose for some reason). I will definitely be repurchasing in the future.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation- I recently started sampling some of Josie Maran’s products (I’ll review all those in a later blog post) since everyone and their mother raves about them. This foundation is light and thin (hence the name “serum foundation”) and nourished my dry skin. It goes on white but then immediately matches to your skintone as you rub it in. I was worried at first, but it ended up matching perfectly and leaving a thin, barely-there appearance on my skin. If you have generally good skin and just want a little extra coverage, I’d suggest this.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel- I’ve been looking for something for my eyes to wear overnight and this was the perfect option. This eye gel has a cooling affect (and appearance) so it just feels like it’s working. When I woke up in the morning after using it, my eye area felt plumper and had less visible lines when I applied my undereye concealer. I would suggest using it in the warmer months since it has that cooling effect.

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup- In the winter, I’m all about matte skin. This “makeup” gets rid of any shine or oil and gives your face a smooth and matte appearance. I found that my powder blush and bronzer went on easier after wearing this product, since there wasn’t any dewiness to pick up too much of the color.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch- I’m pretty loyal to my Benefit Poreless Primer to hide pores, but this one is right up there, too. Although it’s a bit more pricey, it lasts super long. I love the feel of the product on my fingers when applying as well as when it’s on my skin. Makeup goes on smoothly and pores are hidden!

My Top 5 Ways to Relieve Stress

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I used to refer to myself as Stressful Sally- well, sometimes I still do. But thankfully as I’ve gotten older and wiser (stop laughing, Mom) I’ve learned how to manage my stress better. I’ve talked before on my blog about having anxiety and how it affected my health and life. Thankfully, I’m in a much better place today. But that doesn’t mean I’m magically cured and lead a stress-free life. Here are my top 5 tips for managing stress.

1. Get enough sleep. I never used to be a person who loved sleep. I hated going to bed, felt that I was wasting so much time, and rolled my eyes when people said that sleep was their boyfriend. But between working my regular, busy job, commuting, doing freelance work and having a life, I’m tired and in bed by 10 p.m. almost every weeknight. Getting a full 7, 8 or 9 hours of sleep has done so much for my health. I’m awake and alert at work, can concentrate better, and just feel better overall. Sure, I could stay up until 1 a.m. each night working and blogging, but I simply prefer to be healthy and less stressed out by going to bed earlier.

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2. Take RESCUE products. I typically drink Green tea at work to keep my stress levels down (and stay hydrated). In addition, I’ve started incorporating RESCUE products5t into my daily intake. RESCUE Pearls help you stress less and stay calm and in control. They are natural/homeopathic and developed by a doctor, so you know they are gentle and safe with no side effects. RESCUE products can be purchased from CVS (can be found in the Stress & Anxiety section, or Sleep & Analgesics), Walgreens (can be found in the Sleep section) or Whole Foods (can be found in the Whole Body section). You could try the RESCUE Pastilles, RESCUE Pearls, or the RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts. They’re offering a coupon on their site, check it out here.

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3. Write everything down. I’m a big fan of lists and notebooks. I write down all my appointments, birthdays, events and blog events or posts. If I don’t write it down, I will most likely forget it. Keeping things organized and in written (or electronic, if you prefer) form helps me stay on top of my work life and my regular life. And I’m sure we all can agree that that crossing things off those lists is one of the best feeling in the world.

4. Learn how to say “no”. This one is hard for me, but I’ve gotten a lot better at it. Saying “yes” to every opportunity thrown your way can overwhelm you and cause stress. Whether it’s a friend’s party, a new task at work or a blogging commitment, sometimes it’s best to politely decline and take some time for yourself to relax. Those who are prone to stress or anxiety really need to learn to do this. No one is perfect and can do it all, so stop trying to be the “yes” girl.

5. Talk it out. Whether it’s talking to a best friend, your boyfriend or a professional counselor, just getting it off of your chest can instantly make you feel better. When I’m stressed, I have a few solid people I can talk to about it. They offer me advice, help calm me down and keep me centered. Eliminate those who cause you stress (fake friends, nasty co-workers) and only focus on the good. If you’re not comfortable talking to someone you know, many professional therapists or counselors offer affordable rates. There’s also various online forums and outlets for this.

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Throw a Party with Pringles® Tortillas

Tracking PixelThere isn’t a better snack for a party than chips and salsa. Ok, maybe chips and salsa and guacamole, but I won’t be picky here. So when I got the sponsored opportunity to try the new Pringles® Tortillas Zesty Salsa crisps, I got excited and pictured myself eating them while sipping on a margarita. So naturally that’s what I did: threw myself a mini Mexican fiesta including the crisps, margaritas on the rocks, and a little Mexican decor like these mini sombreros.

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Pringles® Tortillas are crunchy corn tortilla crisps, in the iconic Pringles® shape, loaded with delicious, taste bud-tingling flavors that are so delicious you don’t need dip. New Zesty Salsa Pringles® Tortillas are packed with a tangy, mouth-watering tomato flavor. They are the perfect snack to have on hand because they’re fun and delicious on their own – no dip necessary means total convenience.

So instead of having to make a homemade salsa (which takes a lot of work-including finding the ripe veggies, getting the perfect consistency and making sure it’s not too hot), and carrying it to a party without spilling in in the car, you can just bring the Zesty Salsa Pringles® Tortillas instead! This is something I plan on doing in the future because I rarely have the time to cook up elaborate snacks or meals. And as any gracious woman knows, you should always bring something to a party as a thank-you to the host.

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In honor of celebrating James’ new job, we snacked on some Zesty Salsa Pringles® Tortillas and made margaritas with our new Oster blender. I tried to get Harvey in on the action, but he wasn’t too happy with wearing a sombrero. I don’t blame him.

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If you’re interested, you can join the Pringles Twitter Party on Tuesday, March 10 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST. Super fun prizes packs will be given away, which include everything from a margarita mixer, to juicer, to margarita glasses. (Each of the four prize packs is valued at $125.00.) I’ll be there tweeting along, too!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pringles®.