Creating a Self-Care Ritual with Leahlani Skincare

One of the most important things I have learned on my journey towards clearer skin is that it is more important to follow a specific skin care ritual than it is to use a specific product. While using products with quality, safer ingredients that are beneficial for your skin type and skin concerns are important, there is no one product out there that will transform your skin overnight. It’s all about how you use the product. And thinking of your morning and evening skin regime as a ritual will help you see some changes if you’ve been struggling to maintain clear skin.

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Et Cetera II

Reading…..various blogs on my Bloglovin’ feed. Mostly Truncation and Reading My Tea Leaves.

Listening…..to Ariana Grande’s a cappella rendition of “Dangerous Woman”, Nick Jonas’ “Close” and pretty much anything on Top 40 radio right now.

Watching…..Fixer Upper via Netflix. And when I’ve seen one too many shiplap walls, 30 Rock via Netflix.

Eating…..lots of fresh fruit. All of the stawberries, blackberries, mango, and kiwi I’ve picked up at the grocery store lately have been perfectly ripe.

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Spring 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

I am SUPER excited to share my spring capsule with y’all. And I’m especially excited that I’m finally wearing it! Winter lasted a bit too long, in my book. Just when I thought I could pack away all my winter wear mid-March, we had freezing temperatures again. So for about 2 weeks I had an everything-I-own capsule. But things have been consistantly warm so I felt safe packing up all of my winter clothing last week. My spring capsule will officially run March 31, 2016 – June 30, 2016, and it is composed of the following items:

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Fall/Winter 2015 Capsule Wrap Up

It’s been awhile since I talked to y’all about my capsule wardrobe. Even though I haven’t had a public conversation, there has been a lot of activity privately surrounding the whole process. I first introduced my Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe with the intention that I wear it from mid-October to mid-December, depending on the weather. Being on a tight budget and not truly needing a new winter clothing led me to decide to combine my Fall and Winter capsule wardrobes for 2015 (and into 2016). Most of the pieces were going to overlap so in December, I added in a couple sweaters and some snow boots I had been storing. Flash forward – it’s April and I am finally saying goodbye to the pieces in my F/W 15 capsule. It’s been 5 months of wearing about the same pieces every two weeks. That kind of redundancy definitely makes it easier to decide what you love and what you can do without. In early February, I decided it was time to really edit down the capsule even more. I removed a few blouses, pants, and a blazer. For the two months my capsule consisted of:

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March 2016 Budget Review

Spring has officially sprung and with it comes rain, pollen, allergies, and home shopping! After YEARS of wanting to purchase our own slice of heaven and over a year “casually” browsing the MLS in our new town, Ryan and I decided to get serious about home buying. We became pre-approved for a mortgage, found a realtor, and started touring some potential homes. Making the decision to leap towards buying a home now wasn’t easy. If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you know my husband I were both pretty adamant about waiting until we had 20% down plus closing costs before starting the home search. But despite having set this goal, we’ve found ourselves having the same conversation over and over.

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