4 Things that are Ruining your Skin

4 Things that are Ruining your Skin

After spending months trying to figure what works and doesn’t for my skin, I realized that there are somethings that nobody should never be doing in regards to their skin, no matter who you are.

Using Hot Water

This isn’t something we all think about, because we tend to think that water is water. But hot water does affect your face. It can keep your pores open. If you use it to rinse your face, large pores can get in the way of you getting clear skin.

Not Washing your makeup brushes 

I think we’re all guilty of this. Cleaning makeup brushes may feel like a daunting task, but there’s a lot of benefits than just having better looking makeup. If you go a while without cleaning your brushes, bacteria can grow and transfer onto your face. This may be what’s causing break-outs. If you don’t have the time to clean them every night, the least you can do is clean them at the end of the week.

 

Having a consistent Skin care routine

With all this hype around skin care products, it’s easy to get lost and want to try all of them. Your skin on the other doesn’t want to try a million new things. It’s really sensitive and needs time to get used to whatever you’re using. It’s best to take some time and do some research on a product before using it on your skin.

Using Expired Products 

You know that product that got rave reviews and seems to actually work for your skin type. Well you might want to slow down and look at the production date. This is very different from an expiring date, because it tells you when a something was made. A good rule of thumb to know if your stuff is expired is never keep anything that goes on your face for more than a year.

XOXO Sophia

 

 

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Mustard Anybody?

Mustard Anybody?

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Pro-tip: sometimes you can find gems in the men’s section if your willing to step out of the box. This shirt is from one of those instances and I love the over-sized looks it’s giving me. Styling it isn’t so hard eather since all I had to do is off set it with some skinny jeans to keep things simple.

Mustard has been the colour of the season. Which is ironic considering that brands have been saying that yellow is a hard colour to sell. It’s great when things get flipped on its head. This is especially good news for me, because I’ve always been obsessed with yellow.

XOXO Sophia

The Sweater Dress

The Sweater Dress

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Sweaters are perfect for keeping warm. But you know what’s better than a sweater? A sweater dress. There are a tone trending this season and I love it. The one I’m wearing is from Simon’s and the bold stripes really help this outfit pop. It’s the perfect cross for keeping warm in winter and not having to sacrifice style by constantly wearing jeans and sweaters.

XOXO Sophia

5 Tips for Purging your Closet

5 Tips for Purging your Closet

I’m a little late on this, since I usually clean out my closet at the beginning of fall and don’t do it again until spring. But I figured hey it’s never to late to clean out your closet. It really helps to keep my closet to a minimum and it does help me get dressed in the morning.

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This is the first thing I do when I’m starting out a purge. Having an empty closet not only feels like a clean start, but it also feels like I’m clearing out my mind. With everything on laying on my bed, I can go through pieces one by one without having to think about organising my closet yet.

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Now you don’t have to go over the top with this. Having a system helps you keep track of everything you have. I like to have a simple system: keep, maybe, get rid of. It’s a simple one, but it works.

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Thanks to my filing system the next step will take only a few minutes. A lot of people say to try on everything in your closet, but that can take a long time. So only going through my “maybe” pile helps decide whether or not I want to keep it or get rid of it if it no longer fits.

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This might seem obvious like getting rid of that t-shirt you haven’t worn in 5 years, but sometimes it may be that skirt you wore once because you had nothing to wear and you only put it on once every season as a last resort. Trust me, it’s not worth keeping. Once you get rid of it you most likely won’t think about it ever again.

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Are you the type of person to put your clothes in where ever in your closet as long as it fits? Wee I know for a fact that you’re probably losing a lot of time looking through your stuff looking for something to wear and then getting tired searching so you wear the same thing. Well organising your clothes in specific order helps you see everything you have. Consider creating a capsule wardrobe to keep track.

Purging out your closet can take a good part of your day, but once it’s done you can maximise your closet. If you’ve never cleaned out your closet, maybe it’s time to get rid of your dark past and have a fresh start. Good luck!

XOXO Sophia

Retro Look

Retro Look

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Deciding that I wasn’t going to let the weather completely dictate what I was going to wear is a conclusion that took me a while to come to. When I bought this skirt, I saw myself styling it for fall and to have it sit in my closet was a damn shame and made me feel guilty.

So, I sucked it up and decided to go for a chic look. I paired it with a turtleneck to keep warm and added some silver accessories to pull it all together.

XOXO Sophia

Bright and Shiny

Bright and Shiny

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Lately, I’ve looking a lot at men’s fashion and getting inspired by how they dress. So I decided to go for a masculine street style look to go with the weather we’ve been having.

I layered one of my favorite sweaters on top of  a white t-shirt to keep warm and kept the colors to minimum with a pair of black pants. This keeps the focus on one particular part of my outfit and keeps the overall look well-balanced.

XOXO Sophia

The Shearling Coat

The Shearling Coat

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Coat: Thrifted Top:H&M Pants: Reitmans Shoes: Vans

 

Out of all the fall/winter trends that have been going around lately, my favorite has to be the shearling coat. I love how it kind of looks like an average jacket with a layer of comfort that doesn’t sacrificing style. I found the one I’m wearing from the thrift shop for only $20. To keep this look chic, I keeped my pieces simple with a black and white scheme. I find it really helps with Parisian vibe I was going for.

XOXO Sophia