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dog walk at whirlpool park

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Saturday night's right for dog walking. We took Agnes met one of our friends and her two dogs for walk at Whirlpool state park over the weekend. I take some of the things in my city for granted, sometimes. The gorge is so beautiful - how it looks and sounds and the cool air that drifts up from it!

An abandoned building in the park (I've love to see inside of it!)


The gorge and whirlpool







This photo doesn't do justice for the shade of purple the sky was


skincare routine - what's been working?

Monday, May 7, 2018

When you're used to having pretty good skin, you're a bit unprepared when it decides to have a fit...that lasts for months. You know how it goes. Everything’s great- no makeup days are nbd and you feel good about how you look. Then suddenly your skin’s pissed off and won’t quit being uncooperative. 

My plan at the moment to fix my unhappy skin is defense through products. I've been running on the trial and error method and found some that seem to work well.


I'm cleansing morning and night with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and leaves it feeling clean, without being over-dried. At night I also use the Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover with a cotton pad to get all of my makeup off. It's oil-free, but the aloe vera in it leaves my face feeling very moisturized after I use it. Also, I'm all out at the moment, but I also love Lush's Ultrabland for both makeup removal and cleansing.

Before putting on my makeup in the morning I've been reaching for Jules and Esther Vitamin C Facial Serum. Three drops does the trick to give my skin an extra layer of hydration for the day. I follow up with the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet where I need it, too. It's a gel-cream hybrid that keeps my skin hydrated without feeling oily and it doesn't break me out. 

At night for my breakouts I've been using the cult-favorite (and new to me) Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It's possibly the most unattractive thing to put on before going to bed (looks like you're in the midst of a chicken pox battle), but it really works! I'm sure my husband has never thought I've looked more beautiful than when I have that all over my face lol. I see results the next morning every time I use it, though so it's a keeper.


Baxter's on board with this. Mohawk and all.

waves crashing on a rocky shore

Friday, May 4, 2018

I haven't taken my camera out in a while and was itching to take some photos. We took a little drive up to a beach on Lake Ontario over the weekend, so it was the perfect opportunity to snap some pics. With the sun shining, the cool spring air blowing off the lake, and the sound of the waves crashing on the rocky beach it was pretty perfect for wandering around the empty beach in my trusty well-worn Converse.


current favorites: style, home, skincare, & tech

Tuesday, November 28, 2017



\\ Style //
It's been getting colder around here as we get farther into autumn and closer to winter. I've been wearing my Dakine Kylie Beanie on a few chilly nights out, since it's fleece lined and super warm. The faux fur pom adds such a fun touch to a classic piece of outerwear, too.

One of the staples in my wardrobe this fall has been American Eagle Flannel Boyfriend Shirts. I bought three last year (they still have the yellow one - my fave!) and I just put in an order for another last week (the red one). They're unbelievably soft and look great over t-shirts and under crew neck sweatshirts. 

\\ Home //
I love to read, so when I saw that Origin by Dan Brown (same author as The DaVinci Code) was released, I snapped it up. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like it will be another good one, delving into the origin of life, who we are, and where we come from. 

While browsing through Target a few days ago I spotted this Buffalo Plaid Throw Pillow and thought it would add a little bit of winter cheer to my living room. I love that it's plaid felt on one side and off-white shearling on the other. 

\\ Skincare //
A minimal skincare routine has been my go-to lately. I've noticed on days that I use Pixi Glow Tonic my skin seems to be at it's best - more radiant, clear, and balanced. I'm almost out, so I'll definitely be repurchasing this soon!

\\ Tech //
Occasionally I'll get bored and download an app/game to occupy my time. I've been having fun with the Covet Fashion app lately. The game gives you style challenges and you use designer clothing to style a look to complete the challenge. Fellow players vote on the looks for each challenge and you can win prizes to use in future style challenges if you score well enough. My husband likes to refer to it as my "dress up game"...I guess that's pretty accurate haha.

The CaseApp custom phone cases* that I designed (see full post here) have made me so happy every time I look at them. I'm using the case featuring my dogs at the moment, but I'll probably switch to the white rabbit in a few weeks to switch it up. I love how personal they each are to me; plus they were so easy to design. You can use the code LAURAA20 to get 20% off through December 16th!

Agnes stepped in to be my photography assistant for the day:


I hope you all had a nice weekend! On Friday I went snowboarding for the first time this season. I was a little rusty on the first few runs, but was getting back into the swing of it by the end. Let me know anything you've been loving lately that I should check out!

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