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On My Nightstand: January 2020

Happy February! Is it just me, or did January drag on? I am excited for a new month and hoping that we are lucky enough to enjoy an early spring! Even if it is cold here, I am heading to Miami for a work trip in a few weeks and am excited to enjoy some warm weather temps for a few days. Anyway—enough about the weather, let’s chat about the topic of today’s post: books!

In January, I read eight books! In addition to having a flight to and from New Orleans to power through some reads, I also made a lot of time to read at home—I’ve been enjoying lazy weekend mornings where I read in my bed for an hour before getting up to start my day and it has been so nice. I also really loved my Metro reads this month, which meant instead of playing on my phone for half my commute, I focused fully on reading.

As is custom on these posts, I wanted to call out that I’m part of a program where Random House will send me some of their new titles each month. I’m under no obligation to post about any titles I receive, so I really can tell you my own opinion (good or bad!) about them. I’ve starred the books Random House sent me for free below. I’m so lucky to be sent books and that’s not lost on me!

You can always follow along with what I am reading in real-time over on Goodreads—feel free to friend me there! x

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Link Love #131

Happy, happy Friday! Even though I had Monday off so it was a shorter week, it’s sometimes the shorter weeks that feel the longest—I am excited for the weekend! Though work got off to a busy start this year—knock on wood—it’s been pretty reasonable since I got back from New Orleans, which I am really grateful for. This week, my winter blues really kicked in, especially earlier this week when it was really cold in DC, so it’ll be nice to have a few days off just to do me.

This weekend, I am keeping things pretty low key. Tonight, I’m doing a wine night with some friends that we’ve been talking about since like, October! We want to stay in, watch some RomComs, and catch up. Tomorrow, I’m hitting up Soul Cycle and grabbing coffee with a friend from college. Other than that, I’m planning on reading, working on TOT, and hitting the gym. I love chill weekends like these, especially when it’s so darn cold out.

Last night, I went to Kramer Books in Dupont Circle with three friends from high school and had the best time. We talked about what we used to be like in high school and what we know now we wish we knew then. We laughed about AIM culture and our old away messages, some of our old teachers, and the nerdy things we used to do. It’s true what they say, the older you get, the more you need people who knew you when you were young—and I am lucky to have those people in my life.

Hope you have a great one! x
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My Nighttime Skincare Routine

I am so excited about today’s post! While I’ve had a solid nighttime skincare routine for 10+ years, over the last year or so, I’ve really taken a deeper interest in skincare and have found a lot of joy in testing new products and working to perfect my routine. Since I turn 30 this year, preventing aging and keeping my skin as youthful as possible has been my biggest priority. I’ve been sharing a little bit more about the skincare products I love over on Instagram Stories, and it seems like a lot of you are also interested in and dedicated to your nighttime skincare routines, too, so I wanted to share mine here today on the blog.

Before I dive in, there are a few housekeeping notes I want to preface this post with—

First, I wanted to share a little bit about my skin type sine I always find it helpful when I’m reading other’s skincare recommendations. I’m lucky in that I don’t have super acne prone skin—other than a breakout or two here and there, it’s not something I struggle with. However, my skin runs on the drier side, especially in the winter, and is on the more sensitive side. I’ve started to notice a few fine lines, especially on my forehead, but overall, am happy with my skin and don’t feel like I’m at the point where I need botox, intense chemical peels, or anything like that yet. (Though I am definitely not opposed when the day comes!)

Second, while some of the products I use are “clean,” it’s not a huge priority for me personally. If the best product for me in the category is clean, that’s great! But using “normal” skincare products doesn’t cause me any angst—I just want the product that works the best. And, let’s be real, even if all my skincare and makeup was clean, I’ll still be drinking diet soda everyday.

Third, some of the products below are on the pricier side. Skincare is something I choose to invest my money in, and you might have different priorities—that is totally OK! Just like I used to not have the same budget for travel, I also haven’t always had the money to spend on skincare. For the first several years I was out of school, my budget was really tight, and I relied solely on drugstore skincare because that’s what I could afford. (And, my skin was clear and moisturized then, too!) Now, I feel like the products I splurge on are in the $80-100 range—the same ones I used to lust after—and I am lusting after the products that are in the $180-200 range (like Vinter’s Daughter and Augustinus Bader!). If I was on a stricter budget or wanted to spend less on skincare, I’d prioritize taking my makeup off everyday, and use a drugstore cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream. A good serum is the product I’d recommend saving up for since there are typically more/better active ingredients in the pricier products versus what you can find at the drugstore.

So without further ado—here’s my current nighttime skincare routine!

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