Sweater Weather Playlist + a Nordstrom Giveaway
12.03.2018

hot peppermint tea & a cute sweater are all you need this time of year
sweater (c/o) | photo by Jo Johnson Photo

As much as I hate cold weather, and short, gloomy days, I'm trying my best to find the perks of this time of year! The holidays, hot tea, cozy sweaters, and a little more downtime snuggled at home watching tv, reading, and listening to music.  

Because I'm 27 years old and still obsessed with making music mixes (some things haven't changed from my high school days spending hours on Limewire), I like to make playlists for each season. My Sweater Weather playlist just feels like the right vibe at the moment. I hope you love it!




$1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
To make your holiday shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a 
$1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Monday, December 17th at 12am PST. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

The Best Face Mask + Spot Treatment for Acne
11.28.2018

The best face mask & spot treatment for acne

I've been dying to share this magical skincare product with you guys because it is seriously transforming my skin (and no, this isn't sponsored or gifted)! A couple of months ago my sister told me about the LEROSETT clay mask by Gunilla of Sweden, and I ordered it that day. Now I'm on my second tube because it really is that good and I use it every single day!

So you know acne has unfortunately been my companion for many years, and I'm constantly looking for ways to clear it up holistically through nutrition, skincare, supplements and more. Most topical products don't do much for me, but this is one that I saw a difference from in just a couple of days.

How it works...
LEROSETT is a mineral-rich ionic clay, which is literally magnetic. According to Gunilla of Sweden's website, when activated by water, the clay particles "act as a (- charged) magnet to pull (+ charged) pimple-causing impurities (like oil, and dead skin cells) and toxins onto the clay particle and out of your skin." And...  the high levels of zinc and other minerals help minimize oil production and aid in healing damaged skin.

As a mask...
If you have active breakouts, they recommend applying a very thin layer of the mask allover both morning and night and leaving it on until it dries (usually only about 5-10 minutes for me). As your skin starts to clear over time, you can experiment with cutting back a bit. To this day I still use it every night after taking off my makeup and washing my face, and I use it some mornings as-needed.

As a spot treatment...
I use this as a spot treatment on any active pimples every single night and without fail, I always see a huge improvement by the morning! I find that if a pimple does come to the surface, using this spot treatment will speed up its life cycle and make it go away so much faster (I'm talking like half the time if not even less). It's be far the most effective spot treatment I've ever used!

Needless to say I owe my sister BIG TIME for telling me to order this! It's been my best kept secret lately, but I had to share with you guys. Have I sold you on it yet??

$800 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway
To make your holiday shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win an $800 Sephora Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until Tuesday, December 4th at 12am PST
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

Cyber Monday Sale Guide
11.23.2018

plaid blazer with jeans
I love cyber week sales for picking up things I've had my eye on as well as for Christmas shopping! There are lots of fantastic sales this year and you can shop them from your couch - a total win-win! I plan to keep updating this post through Monday as sales change out. 

** Just updated this post again for Cyber Monday! **

CYBER MONDAY SALES
Maude Boutique - 30% off site-wide with code CB30
Lawless (clean beauty - I wear their foundation, powder & lipstick!) - 40% off site-wide
Shop Lux (one of my favorite boutiques!) - 30% off site-wide with code CYBERMONDAY
Stitched by Grace (cute pillows) - 25% off with code SIMPLYSTITCHED
June & Beyond - 30% off store-wide with code CYBER
Vitruvi (essential oils & diffusers) - 30% off
Herbivore Botanicals (clean skincare, etc.) - 25% off with code HOLIDAYGEMS
H&M - 30% off site-wide - no code needed
Gunilla of Sweden (awesome skincare - get this mask!) - 25% off
Farmacy Beauty - free shipping + 20% off with code CYBER

TARGET
15% off site-wide


ASOS
25% off everything with code EPIC25



ANTHROPOLOGIE
30% off everything


MADEWELL
25% off your order with code SHOPALLDAY


MANGO
30% off site-wide with code CYBER18



AMERICAN EAGLE / AERIE
40% off + free shipping // 50% off all sweaters




The Best Teddy Jackets + a Sephora Giveaway
11.20.2018

Cream Teddy Coat #teddycoat
How to style a teddy coat or teddy jacket
cozy winter neutrals
As you may have noticed, I'm just a little bit obsessed with teddy coats and jackets! I've always hated wearing coats and feeling stuffy/bulky, but this is a trend that's equal parts comfy and chic. This is the coat I'm wearing in these pics (highly recommend grabbing it before it sells out again). I also own this budget-friendly tan jacket, and just added this black teddy jacket to my collection (use code BRI20 for 20% off).

Most of these are under $100 and quite a few are under $50!




cozy neutral outfit idea for winter
cozy teddy coat for winter
winter neutrals

Outfit Details
Coat  |  Sweater (so soft!)  |  Jeans   |  Hat  |  Sunglasses  |  Backpack  |  Similar Boots

neutral winter outfit idea
cutest teddy coats and jackets under $100

Winter has definitely arrived here, and while I'm pretty sad about that, cute new clothes do help to make it better! I try to venture into color more often these days, but I can't lie...I still love my neutral outfits like this one the most.

New makeup and skincare help too, so be sure to enter this awesome giveaway!

$800 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway
To make your holiday shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win an $800 Sephora Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until Tuesday, December 4th at 12am PST
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

5 Simple Ways to Have a Healthier Day
11.15.2018


Striped jumpsuit // Cannon Beach, Oregon
Lack of Color Zulu Rancher
Health is all about balance, and doesn’t mean you have to eat strictly salads and do an hour of cardio every day. I certainly don't do either of those! Health and wellness mean soooo much more. It’s a balancing act and sometimes you just have to start small, and make a series of positive choices. Here are 5 simple things I do and that you can do to have a healthier day today and every day!

low-back jumpsuit
Hydrate, first thing! As we sleep our bodies are working hard to digest food, regenerate cells, detox the body, and much more. So, when we wake up we’re actually dehydrated. I like to start my mornings by immediately hydrating! This gives me more energy and makes me feel so much better in the mornings! I used to feel terrible every morning - dizzy, exhausted, etc. After I go to the bathroom and take the dogs outside, I make a cup of hot lemon water or herbal tea, and also fill up my tumbler with ice water (often with a lemon slice and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt for electrolytes).

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Go for a quick walk. To be honest, I don’t get in a ton of steps day to day. I work a desk job, and also work on my computer every night at home, so other than photoshoots and workouts I’m not moving tons by any means. So, I like to incorporate some quick walks when I can to stimulate my circulation, refresh my brain, and burn a few calories. Most days I don’t have time for a 30-60 minute walk, but I do try to walk the dogs nearly every day (usually just a 10 minute walk to the field at the end of our street and back)! I do this mostly for them, but I sneakily benefit as well. Also, if I’m feeling stressed, anxious, or bored/cooped up at work, I’ll take a quick walk around the block! It’s such a nice way to break up a day full of sitting and staring at a computer. Sometimes I’ll throw in headphones and listen to music or a podcast, or other days I just want some silence away from the office for a few minutes. 

Add leafy greens to a meal. My skin and health have improved so much since incorporating more leafy greens into my diet (even though they’re not my favorite to eat in all honesty). Because I don’t love eating spinach on its own, I like to sneak it into my meals. For example, I put a cup of spinach in my morning smoothies, and like to put some in scrambled eggs as well. At lunch and dinner I’ll often make myself a little side salad, and instead of tacos I make taco salad bowls. It’s all about sneaking in your greens when you can!

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Park in the furthest parking spot. My dad has done this my whole life, and while I found it bizarre growing up, I now appreciate his eccentric practice! It forces you to move more! However, I do skip this when I’m alone at night :)

Put your phone away a little bit before you go to bed. I used to lay in bed staring at my phone every night, and not only did I get less sleep, but I was probably doing harm to my eyes and my brain as well with all of that blue light. Now, I set my alarm, plug in my phone, and turn it to silent before I even crawl in bed. Then I set it down and don’t look at it anymore, which helps me get to sleep a lot quicker (and have better sleep quality)! 

Cannon Beach, Oregon // striped jumpsuit
Lack of Color wide brim hat

Jumpsuit (c/0)  |  Hat

Photos by Jo Johnson
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