Tag: skincare

So I turned 30 in July.

Growing up, I remember thinking how old thirty sounded…even when I was 21 or 22 I thought “thirty, eek”! But once I got to be 27ish I started to change my tune. All of a sudden, “thirty” sounded like a real grown up age! I figured that by then I would have my life figured out, be more mature, and have more wisdom and grace. I couldn’t wait, but I have a few girlfriends who were dreading turning thirty. WHY?? Dreading leaving the most unstable decade of our lives behind? Dreading the next big chapter, the ultimate prime of adulthood? But even with as much as I talked shit to my friends, I wasn’t expecting things to ACTUALLY change in myself almost the second that I turned thirty!

For your reading pleasure: Three huge things that changed in my third decade.

My Tastes in Food and Drink:

Up until this year, I’ve never been able to stomach red wine or IPAs. I was a Mich Ultra and Moscato girl all the way…and then out of no where I couldn’t stomach them! Light beers taste awful to me now, and Moscato? I can’t even stomach that grape juice crap! I’m not sure when the switch was flipped, but I LOVE a good glass of Bordeaux at night, and don’t even give me beer that has the word “light” on the label. Craft beer, IPAs, lager, stout, porter…that’s where it’s at! And food? Say hello to a newbie in the spicy food club!! I’m not trying to burn a hole in my esophagus by eating ghost chilies or anything, but I do like a spicy little kick to my foods nowadays! It’s so strange how much your tastes can change with age. I feel like my food and drink choices have done a 180 since my 20’s.

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Bring it on, Mr. Cabernet…

My Skincare Regimen:

“Don’t rub your eyes, you’ll get wrinkles”! “Pat your concealer on, don’t tug your skin”! Blah, blah, blah…that’s what 25 year old Lacey said in her head when people would shame me for ruining my skin. But then I started noticing my fine lines a few months ago (and that fucking grey hair right on top of my head) and had a mini meltdown. 300 dollars and over an hour at Sephora later, and I became the new owner of a skincare army and more knowledge about facial products than I thought possible. I started using retinal day and night, but I quickly learned that my skin is way too sensitive under my eyes for that mess. When I started using Young Living essential oils, I discovered my favorite skincare oils: Frankincense, Copaiba, and Manuka oils. I use them every single morning, along with SPF and all of my other products. Masks are my favorite thing, and I have at least 8 of them. I never would have thought that I’d be a skincare fanatic, but that’s thirty for ya…

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I may love being 30…but grey hair is a bitch.

My Choice of Leisure:

I used to love going out with my husband or my girlfriends. I would dance all night and party it up! My motto was always “shots shots shots!!!”…and then the hangovers came. Oh did the hangovers come. If I don’t drink like 1/4 gallon of water after every single drink, there is zero chance that I will make it out of bed in the next day or three. I’ve become a homebody, and I’m happy with that choice! Coming home from work and relaxing with Laila and Carson is my favorite part of the day. Reading a book and snuggling with Michael on the couch while he watches football is my happy place! Thirty has definitely taught me how to relax. I’ve always been the one to seek out an adventure but now I’m the one saying “ehhhh…I’m really tired y’all”. I still love to have fun with my friends and family, just on a much more spread out scale.

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Blurry pictures are only from the best nights out…which bring the worst hangovers!

Never again will I go tanning or go to bed with make up on. I wish I could go back and slap some sense into 20 year old me, but I’d just flip my hair and think that I already knew everything I needed to know. But you know, I think my favorite thing about myself at this age is that I’m so much more confident than I was at any other age. Even when I was a 100 pound fresh faced college freshman, I was always so self-conscious. So here’s to growing older and wiser, to cultivating your tastes, and to truly embracing each new phase in your life. You never know when your last day will be, so don’t waste any being salty about turning a year older. I’m so excited for this new phase in my life and I really am enjoying this more mature outlook on life. You know, now that I’m a real grown up and all…

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Who knew I would be so refined and mature at 30?

My First Love – Shopping!

One of my favorite blog topics to browse are “Friday Favorites and Style Guide” posts. I’ve decided to combine the two with my new segment, Friday Finds! Because I’m a rebel like that.

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-eve-quarter-strap-sandals-merona/-/A-50013792#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=096053032 , https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/hats/PRDOVR~23793/23793.jsp , https://riflepaperco.com/shop/notepads/rosalie-notepad/ , https://www.amazon.com/How-Parisian-Wherever-You-Are/dp/0385538650 , http://www.sephora.com/sun-safety-kit-P408684

I love to shop, hate to have what everyone else has, and don’t like to search too long to find items that fit my style.

  1. Sandals: Turns out, my husband is even more amazing than I previously thought. Not only did he secretly book a cruise for us, but he planned with my family to have ALL OF MY SIBLINGS AND MY BEST FRIEND come with! More on this later. While browsing Target for the perfect swim suit to hide my extra beer weight, I stumbled upon these perfect sandals and I couldn’t get them in my cart fast enough.
  2. Hat: Thanks to my Scottish heritage, my skin may be olive, but I am not down with extra freckles and skin cancer isn’t really my style. Enter the sun hat, one of my summer must haves. J. Crew can be a bit pricey, but for a classic that I wear year after year, I’m good with the cost if it means it will hold up over time!
  3. Rifle Paper Notepad: I’m slightly obsessed with being organized, which means that I make lists for every-damn-thing! Bills, To-Dos, reminders on how to breathe in and out slowly so that I don’t lose it when my kids are mortal-combat-style fighting…you get the picture. I also am a sucker for anything from Rifle Paper Co, because just look at it! I use this notepad everyday, but I’m not worried about running out because guess what?! They’re having their semi-annual sidewalk sale in Winter Park tomorrow from 10-5!!! You’re welcome locals. You can find their website here.
  4. How to Be Parisian: Anyone who knows me knows that while I rarely watch TV, my nose is ALWAYS stuck in a book. This book may sound a little silly, but it’s a really fun read! I’ve been in love with Paris since my first french class in the 7th grade, and this book read like some of the stories that my fabulous french teacher told me about her college days exploring France with her Parisian girlfriends. Classy, rebellious, witty, and just snobby enough to be cute.
  5. Sun Safety Essentials Kit: Okay, I’ll admit it. I used to go to tanning beds. GASP! Come on, it was before everyone was becoming aware of skin cancer and premature aging! For the past 5 or so years, I’ve been diligent about sun protection, both for myself and my children. I’m also in head-over-heels love with Sephora, and each year they roll out their new Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit and I always snap it up ASAP. The products are all travel size, but they all pack a punch and are super effective. My favorite from this year is the Coola Makeup Setting Spray. It’s on the expensive side, but it works like a charm! It dries immediately and protects your face (and make up) with SPF 30! Win-win in my book!

Strawberry Basil Mule recipe in my last post! And yes, that is a Harry Potter lightening bolt on my mule mug…

Michael is traveling this weekend to help my parents and little sisters move down to Florida (finally) so I’m flying solo with Laila and Carson…and my growing to-do list. While searching for easy and semi-healthy breakfast recipes for the kiddos, I stumbled across this recipe and wanted to share! Cheers to the weekend friends, I hope it’s relaxing and way too much fun!